he's a helluva player. he was the one that i really hated to see go in the pau trade.
Butler? He was dealt to get Odom iirc. TO be honest though, Butler wouldn't have grown or gotten better with Kobe next to him. They play practically the same position (SG/SF) so it was a good trade in the end.
[quote=RFX45;4462055]^^^ Nah, Lebron have been stupid for at least 3 years going now. Remember the no handshake and how he left the arena before talking to the press when they lost to Orlando? Remember the dancing on the side of the court while the game was going on? Remember the stupid egotistical MVP tees? Those are all way before the stupid "decision."
James has pulled even more than that. He was demanding of many personnel move by Cavs.
He and Kobe are both immensly talented individuals. But both come across as selfish a-holes. Unfortuntaely. that seems to goes with the territory of so many NBA superstars these days. Of course there are exceptions. I have always admired Duncan.
OK...a little game. From the standpoint of the Networks (best TV audience) rank the possible finals matchups of remaining teams from "American Idol" to "What's Basketball?".
Best: Miami/Dallas (a repeat of 2006, but now with more LaBron)
Worst: Atlanta/Memphis (What, were Duluth and Topeka not available?)
The best of all possible matchups of course would have been LA/Miami, but that's done.
Love 'em or hate 'em (I hate 'em) Miami is the only team left in the field that's likely to drive ratings this year. As much as I am a Mavs fan I must admit that they generally get a big yawn from the rest of the country. From my perspective though, ATL is probably the worst (who's on that team again?), followed by Memphis.
OKC and Chicago have good young players that people are interested in. The only "big names" are on Boston, Miami and to a much lesser extent Dallas.
Forward: LeBron James, Miami
Forward: Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City
Center: Dwight Howard, Orlando
Guard: Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers
Guard: Derrick Rose, Chicago
All NBA Second Team:
Forward: Pau Gasol, L.A. Lakers
Forward: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas
Center: Amar'e Stoudemire, New York
Guard: Dwyane Wade, Miami
Guard: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City
All NBA Third Team
Forward: LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland
Forward: Zach Randolph, Memphis
Center: Al Horford, Atlanta
Guard: Manu Ginobili, San Antonio
Guard: Chris Paul, New Orleans
And WTF is this?
If you go on down the list of who got votes, it again begs for transparency. We don't know who voted for whom, but you should have to defend your choices. While the groupthink of the top three All-NBA teams ends up being defensable, there are some votes that are not.
Like three people voting Kendrick Perkins at center to an All-NBA team. Perkins played in just 29 games and has no offensive game to speak of "” that is just a terrible vote.
If you look at it you have 2 small market teams and a semi-small in Dallas left in the Western conference. There's not much else to talk about with all the juicy drama the media would like to tear apart in regards to the epic failure that went down in LA.