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post #19051 of 27206
harden played his ass off in this game and had nothing left at the end. played well but he's playing w/ nick johnson and jason terry and tarik black while the warriors are running out so many good players. apparently harden was even playing really really good D earlier on. probably wanted to prove something against klay.
post #19052 of 27206
harden's improvement on defense is like a big going from 50% to 65% FT shooting
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that's pretty accurate i'd say. i was just talking about this game though
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Jeanie Buss being a complete idiot on NPR in LA right now. Ugh… Dr. B rolling over in his grave.
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She still spewing that "Anyone who doesn't want to play with us is a LOSER!" bile? lol8[1].gif
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Jeanie Buss being a complete idiot on NPR in LA right now. Ugh… Dr. B rolling over in his grave.

The sad thing is that she seems to be the smart kid in the family.
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i don't know ... i think the whole "tanking" thing is mostly another ginned-up controversy from the fans. granted, when you're having a really shitty season and the other team gets a lead, it's easy to let up. but the idea that teams go out intentionally to lose, i think, is wrong. every good athlete i've ever known has been crazy competitive. Even if winning the game isn't the goal, beating the guy opposite them is. I don't think they can turn that on and off at will.

I agree, however talent wins games. If you significant talent gap you will lose majority of games even if all your players go out there and compete every night. So tanking is more on GM than on the players- example you trade all your valuable players for draft picks and sign 6 rookies.
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Nick Young doing his best Rocket Raccoon impression happy.gif
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Originally Posted by wojt View Post

I agree, however talent wins games. If you significant talent gap you will lose majority of games even if all your players go out there and compete every night. So tanking is more on GM than on the players- example you trade all your valuable players for draft picks and sign 6 rookies.
exactly.
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Nick Young doing his best Rocket Raccoon impression happy.gif

Has Mr. Bresnahan not been around basketball courts much in his life? That counts as "epic trash talk"? Somewhere Gary Payton is weeping.
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Originally Posted by wojt View Post

I agree, however talent wins games. If you significant talent gap you will lose majority of games even if all your players go out there and compete every night. So tanking is more on GM than on the players- example you trade all your valuable players for draft picks and sign 6 rookies.

I feel like the Spurs past few years is somewhat of a counterpoint. I mean clearly 6 rookies aren't going to win a championship but I also feel like you need a team more than you need talent. Heat didn't start winning until their team played as a team either.
post #19062 of 27206
Simple solution. Introduce relegation, tanking will stop and every game of the season now has meaning.
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Has Mr. Bresnahan not been around basketball courts much in his life? That counts as "epic trash talk"? Somewhere Gary Payton is weeping.
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When practice was opened to the media, Bryant and Nick Young were already trading barbs during the scrimmage with Young telling Bryant, "Nobody in the world can guard me one-on-one," and Bryant telling Young, "You're going exactly where I want you to go."

Later Bryant said, "You mother- - - -s are soft like Charmin in this mother- - - God damn, is this the type of s- - - that's going on in these practices? Now I see why we've lost 20 f- - - ing games. We're soft like Charmin. We're soft like s- - - ."

Bryant was also getting on Jeremy Lin during the scrimmage, daring him to shoot whenever he had the ball, yelling, "This mother-- - - don't got s- - -. He ain't got s- - right now. Shoot! Shoot!" After Lin missed a pull-up jumper, Bryant said, "I talked his ass right into that bulls- -. I talked his a- - right into that bulls- - ."

By the end of the scrimmage, which the starters won, Bryant said, "Practice gets real uncomfortable when I'm in this mother- - -."

After the team gathered together at center court to close practice, Bryant passed Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and said, "I'm supposed to practice and get better, Mitch. I'm supposed to practice and get better. These motherf- - -s ain't doing s- - - for me."

haha kobe
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"No, I was just being myself," Bryant said. "I don't know if it helps them, but it obviously raises the intensity level. It was a tough practice for them ...
"I just challenge guys and see what happens. I've always believed in throwing them in the pool and seeing if they can sink or swim."

http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/story/_/id/12016979/los-angeles-lakers-star-kobe-bryant-critical-teammates-heated-scrimmage
post #19064 of 27206
If that's true, Kobe is right, but it explains why nobody wants to play with him. These modern players are too coddled to be challenged.
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If that's true, Kobe is right, but it explains why nobody wants to play with him. These modern players are too coddled to be challenged.

+ a billion. The league now is sheer/brute athleticism and a lack of skill. I'm not saying they aren't good, just they lack the discipline to become students of the game.
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