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post #13201 of 27206
Lol heat just cut lead down to 3 in OT

Forgot Lebron was still in the game: 3 straight 3s
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I've finished the 1984 finals series, wow... great series. A classic.

Basketball was pretty different back then. That Laker team ran and ran and ran. What a fast break. And wow... you actually see traveling being called. You're shocked... I mean, today almost none of those would be called.

Larry Bird was incredibly productive. What a smart player. Robert Parish was much better on offense than I remember. I also thought McHale was a starter, he was actually the 6th man in '84. I had also forgotten how fast James Worthy was.

Very different game. The sets were simpler and they shot a lot faster than today. I found this more entertaining, frankly. There are so many stoppages in today's game, seeing minutes of action go by is great. Fewer time outs and especially official time outs.

I'm glad I did this. In many ways the game is has taken a step back. The players are more athletic today, but the quality of the basketball is not... its actually significantly worse.
post #13203 of 27206
:hide:Don't look now but your Atlanta Hawks have a good thing going!

Also, correct me if I am wrong but Lakers' record now is worse than it was this time last year. Wonder if foodguy still enjoys watching this team's to last year's. peepwall[1].gif
post #13204 of 27206
Wow, Denver is in free fall. Andre Miller got into it with Brian Shaw last night for a DNP. I think Shaw has lost that locker room. Firing George Karl was a big mistake and I don't think Shaw can turn it around. His rotations are just weird.
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Originally Posted by edinatlanta View Post

Also, correct me if I am wrong but Lakers' record now is worse than it was this time last year. Wonder if foodguy still enjoys watching this team's to last year's. peepwall[1].gif
can anyone remember an nba team this snake-bit by injuries? 18 different lineups so far this year. they've gone through three point guards (four if you count xavier henry, who seems more like a stretch 3, but got pulled in because everyone else was hurt. now farmar is out for another 4 weeks with a bad hammie. they're a whipped bunch at this point. getting blown out by the bucks ... watched the first quarter and a half and it wasn't as close as the score indicated.
short answer: no.
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Originally Posted by foodguy View Post

can anyone remember an nba team this snake-bit by injuries? 18 different lineups so far this year. they've gone through three point guards (four if you count xavier henry, who seems more like a stretch 3, but got pulled in because everyone else was hurt. now farmar is out for another 4 weeks with a bad hammie. they're a whipped bunch at this point. getting blown out by the bucks ... watched the first quarter and a half and it wasn't as close as the score indicated.
short answer: no.

^consider yourself lucky, at least the Lakers can tank in peace. the east, especially the atlantic division IS SO BAD that a losing record might even win it. tanking in the east is almost not an option anymore lol8[1].gif

my conspiracy theory is that the lakers miss the playoffs and land one of the top two picks (even with a 1% chance). then there will be huge outcry of the draft being fixed and the new commissioner has the momentum to implement the draft wheel and abolish the draft lottery.
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can anyone remember an nba team this snake-bit by injuries? 18 different lineups so far this year. they've gone through three point guards (four if you count xavier henry, who seems more like a stretch 3, but got pulled in because everyone else was hurt. now farmar is out for another 4 weeks with a bad hammie. they're a whipped bunch at this point. getting blown out by the bucks ... watched the first quarter and a half and it wasn't as close as the score indicated.
short answer: no.

Just a terrible season for the whole team, not just PGs. Pau is in and out of line-ups due to some weird injury and Kaman and his ankle, dude would get dressed but not even play single second. Now Wesley Johnson is out with some throat disease too. Team is so depleted that they got Kelly and Mitchell playing.
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Just a terrible season for the whole team, not just PGs. Pau is in and out of line-ups due to some weird injury and Kaman and his ankle, dude would get dressed but not even play single second. Now Wesley Johnson is out with some throat disease too. Team is so depleted that they got Kelly and Mitchell playing.
yup. remember the good old days of pre-season when we thought this year would be a struggle? back when we had nash, blake, farmar, kaman, xavier henry, wesley johnson, healthy pau and kobe supposed to be back for thanksgiving? not a huge mda fan, but the guy has to be feeling like job right now.
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yah not a big MDA fan either but his rosters just hasn't been that great and the Lakers has taken big risks that didn't pay off, not even the slightest. Nash barely playing and Dwight leaving just looks like a disaster now.

And now there are talks of swapping Pau for Bynum so they can save ~$20m with Paus contract since Bynums isn't guaranteed. I think that is also a bad move but I am not sure the Lakers has much choice these days if they want to get more support for Kobe in the remainder of his new contract.
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I feel bad for Bynum. He was such a hometown hero when he got drafted. Bought his friends cars and all that fun stuff. Now it appears he is quite useless.

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It seems like it's his fault though, he was being crowned the next big man of the league and was suppose to surpass Howard but he was just too immature and his injuries might have drained his determination and drive because dude just doesn't seem like he cares anymore.
post #13212 of 27206
bynum is a perfect example of something i keep harping on (well, occasionally anyway). and that is that beyond a certain point, being an nba level player is as much a matter of mentality as it is physical. it takes a willingness to focus on the minutiae of basketball -- footwork, etc. -- to an almost obsessive degree and for a long, long time. the consensus i hear from the lakers on bynum was that he was initially a great student of kareem, but that at a certain point just got bored with it. the way i think most normal people would. and when you add in that he's already getting a guaranteed $6 mill a year, performance or not, you can see how even a minimal amount of immaturity could be fatal.
post #13213 of 27206
Not a laker fan as you all know, but tough season for em. I was just talking to my buddy, what could've been if Stern didn't block the CP3 trade. Dwight probably would've stayed too.
post #13214 of 27206
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Originally Posted by skitlets View Post

Not a laker fan as you all know, but tough season for em. I was just talking to my buddy, what could've been if Stern didn't block the CP3 trade. Dwight probably would've stayed too.

^lets play the "what if game" with the 2004-2008 suns now! mwink[1].gifdevil.gif
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^lets play the "what if game" with the 2004-2008 suns now! mwink[1].gifdevil.gif

If the lakers keep sucking, Stern might throw em a bone and give them the #1 draft pick. The world would explode.
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