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i've said this before about pau -- he's an immensely talented player who is just to smart to be a truly great basketball player. which is not to say that truly great basketball players cannot be smart, but they have to have a level of single-minded focus that argues against it.
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i've said this before about pau -- he's an immensely talented player who is just to smart to be a truly great basketball player. which is not to say that truly great basketball players cannot be smart, but they have to have a level of single-minded focus that argues against it.

I take your point, but off the top of my head: Jabbar? Russell has always struck me as really smart. Bill Bradley was a great college player, but probably falls a bit short of that mark as a pro.
I think Walton's pretty smart, but he's like buddies of mine who are really smart but also dumbshits at the same time.







I've seen Oscar Robertson as the witness in a deposition. Not particularly smart.
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I take your point, but off the top of my head: Jabbar? Russell has always struck me as really smart. Bill Bradley was a great college player, but probably falls a bit short of that mark as a pro.
I think Walton's pretty smart, but he's like buddies of mine who are really smart but also dumbshits at the same time.
I can see Jabbar. But having spent some time with him, there's also a deep core of a kind of very pissed-off needing to prove himself-ness (just made that word up!). And that's kind of my point. At a stage in life where most people are mature and mellowing out, an elite athlete still has to have something that pushes him to spend the crazy gym hours that are necessary. From all accounts, Steve Nash is a smart, very cool, well-rounded guy. But I have a hard time thinking of very many others who fit that bill. Don't know anything about Duncan as a person, but he seems like he could be. I think, just from second hand, that Robinson probably was that way.
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I can see Jabbar. But having spent some time with him, there's also a deep core of a kind of very pissed-off needing to prove himself-ness (just made that word up!). And that's kind of my point.

No argument there. I get the same vibe from Jabbar, although in my case it's all through second-hand accounts and press reports.
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But doesn't it make sense, considering Jackson needs someone flexible so he can orchestrate things from behind the scenes? I see the Zen Master as being the meta coach, and really missing parts of the game just not wanting the drag of travel and the insanely long regular season.
i meant to respond to this earlier. yes, it does. he's clearly Phil's guy. i am very skeptical of this Wizard of OZ thing that Phil is trying to pull, i think it won't work unless Fisher proves to be a good coach in his own right.

one advantage to this arrangement is that Fisher is probably a better player than the Knicks current starting PG, so he can add value in that way as well laugh.gif
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No argument there. I get the same vibe from Jabbar, although in my case it's all through second-hand accounts and press reports.
he and i had books come out together and did a couple of signings at the same time (shocker: his lines were longer). He'd get up and walk around with a full line of people and he just signed, never acknowledged anyone or chatted. it was just work.
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At least you didn't try to snake his parking spot at the froyo place.
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one advantage to this arrangement is that Fisher is probably a better player than the Knicks current starting PG, so he can add value in that way as well laugh.gif
Nope. Violates the salary cap rules. Otherwise, you would be correct.
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rondo's supposed to be very smart. also a weird loner. battier (not a superstar tho by any means), grant hill.
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SPURS are on fire. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
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SPURS are on fire. icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

amazing
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holy fuck, is that a typo? Spurs shooting 90% from the field???
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Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green taking turns splitting the Heat defense out the back...

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bounce2.gif omgomgomg spurs offense. they could regress to the mean in the 2nd half and still comfortably shoot 60%
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