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Posted Wednesday January 30, 2013, About: Bryant adds 'devastating' twist for Lakers
Once again, Kobe Bryant is taking all the credit for something... yet when is the last time he was willing to accept all the blame for "HIS" team?
Posted Wednesday January 23, 2013, About: The man behind Phoenix's latest fiasco
Sarver has turned what was once a proud and continually playoff bound team into a complete laughingstock.
Posted Friday January 18, 2013, About: Count on an NBA team in London
I just don't get it. The league could expand within the US to places it has yet to go but instead, Stern wants to have a franchise way the hell over there? There's no point, honestly.. and I fully expect FIBA and Eurobasket to fight it. While fans and a potential revenue stream from Europe would be great, it's just not all that viable unless there's a number of teams in Europe to truly make it work.
Posted Thursday January 17, 2013, About: How Earl Clark got into the Lakers' rotation
I think the Suns gave up on him too early. Clark has shown flashes, but he's only had limited or scrub minutes in which to show them. I'm glad he's finally coming around despite it being at the expense of Gasol or Hill, but that's not within his control. Good on him to stay hungry yet patient.
Posted Thursday January 17, 2013, About: Are the Suns preparing to tank?
I'm sickened by the thought of the team tanking, to be quite honest. However, had it not been for the damn foolhardy moves and moronic owner sabotaging the team and setting them up for failure, we wouldn't be in this discussion now or ever. While I'm all for giving the young players some run and seeing what they can do, I'm not for doing it for the sake of "development" (a better lotto spot) over winning. Despite the doubters, this team DOES have some good players on it. The question is, after this season, how many of them will still be on the roster?

In relation to tanking... I don't see any player in the upcoming draft who's shown to be utterly head and shoulders above all others. There are no Tim Duncans to be had, so why bother with something that's so heinous?
Posted Wednesday January 16, 2013, About: Haley sets high asking price for Cardinals
Haley is an idiot who couldn't hack it as a head coach in KC. Despite the differences in talent between the two teams, a good coach knows how to get the most out of them and the coaches below the head coach. Is Haley that guy? HELL NO.
Posted Friday January 11, 2013, About: Significant snag in Sacramento-to-Seattle sale
Why should the Maloofs care? Hansen's group will run the team far better than those two bozos ever have. Besides, once you sell it, YOU SELL IT.
Posted Thursday January 10, 2013, About: Kings' sale reports premature
This is pretty much a foregone conclusion. Once the Sacramento arena deal fell through, it was only a matter of time before talk strengthened in terms of relocating the team to Seattle. The fans have to understand that the team is for sale with the intention of relocating it and not saying that it's for sale, selling it to an out of town buyer who lies about keeping the team in that city, and then moves the team once he doesn't get what he wants. While it'll be a sad day for Sacramento fans, at least it's not the same mess that Clay Bennett pulled with the Sonics and the city of Seattle.
Posted Thursday January 10, 2013, About: Do Rudy Gay or DeMarcus Cousins fit Boston's plans?
If Rudy goes anywhere, it may be PHX. There's been a lot of talk about it, but I doubt it goes down.
Posted Thursday January 10, 2013, About: Oden plotting a return?
He needs to go to a team with a solid training staff and a need for his services. Why not PHX? Oden can't be any less productive than Michael Beasley, so why not take a gamble?
Posted Wednesday December 26, 2012, About: Phoenix interested in Bulls' Hamilton
I wouldn't mind seeing Hamilton in PHX if even for the short term. Hell, I'd prefer seeing him to Michael Beasley at any point.
Posted Wednesday December 19, 2012, About: Lakers problem? Kobe Bryant
Despite not being a Lakers fan, seeing things as they are is rather sad. I'm all for having the organization shaken somewhat and enough so that there's more parity in the league, but having it happen at the player level and not the management side is just disappointing.
Posted Wednesday December 19, 2012, About: Lakers problem? Kobe Bryant
Nash will help the offense as much as Bryant lets him. Bryant has made it quite clear that he still intends on being the focal point. I don't care what Bryant says, deep down I believe he still resents Nash for the times he led the Suns to victory over the Lakers. Those playoff losses hurt his ego, trust me. I don't know how many times I've seen Bryant coasting against a team, but it's been plenty; however, each time he played the Suns... it was if it was the very last game on Earth and he wanted to show everyone that he was the best player out there.

The Lakers DO have good defenders and they'll do their part to contribute to winning. I don't think D'Antoni's lack of defensive prowess and focus on outscoring will be as much of a factor on the Lakers as it was on both the Suns and Knicks. While defensive sets are good for possession denial and what not, it's really all about individual, on-ball defense that truly makes the difference.
Posted Wednesday December 19, 2012, About: Lakers problem? Kobe Bryant
It certainly makes sense. However, Bryant has always been of the untrusting sort and feels the need to try and "be the MAN!" far too often by taking questionable and often contested jumpers instead of passing to an open teammate who is in a better position to make the shot or grab a rebound from a missed closer ranged shot.

So, from my perspective, the onus isn't entirely on Bryant or Howard: In fact, it's on BOTH. Until Bryant decides to defer more often to Howard and for Howard to get some help with his shot at the stripe, the Lakers are going to struggle. They've got a hell of a lot of talent on that roster and thereby should have no excuses for what's going on. Once Nash comes back, I'm sure things will either stabilize... or self destruct. The saga of these 2012 Lakers remains to be seen.
Posted Wednesday December 19, 2012, About: Lakers problem? Kobe Bryant
The evolution from an average or poor FT shooter to a good one takes time and, more than anything, EFFORT on the part of the shooter. If he's unwilling to accept pointers from one of the very best FT shooters to ever lace up a pair of sneaks, he deserves whatever criticism comes his way. Nash is the consumate professional and would approach it in the very best manner possible. Howard being arrogant about it and rebuffing Nash's offer is pretty piss poor of him.

Howard's troubles WILL continue until he gets the help he needs and puts in the work to strengthen that facet of his game. The Lakers will be the worse for it until it improves, but I don't see it being a problem forever unless Howard makes it so. Still, even with that consideration, he's certainly NOT getting enough touches in the post.
Posted Wednesday December 19, 2012, About: Lakers problem? Kobe Bryant
The guy is damn near unstoppable in the post and out to about 10 feet or so. He can score with both hands down under the hoop. Considering that his game is all about athleticism and dunking on people (since his finesse game is lacking), let him do his thing.

I never once suggested he's a good free throw shooter. He's passable at best, and even that is worrisome given the defensive strategy to intentionally foul a particular player repeatedly. I never understood how someone could be a poor free throw shooter. All it takes is practice. His refusal to take any kind of assistance or pointers from either Bryant or Nash speaks of arrogance and apathy, and that's not a trait I'd want in a teammate and especially not a teammate who is going to be spending a good amount of time at the stripe.
Posted Wednesday December 19, 2012, About: Lakers problem? Kobe Bryant
Kobe's ego has always been a problem and will continue to be until he retires. No matter how many more seasons he plays, he'll ALWAYS be second fiddle to Jordan. Championships are a team award. If Bryant really wants to attempt to measure up to Jordan, he needs to compare his individual accolades. Not surprisingly, he's quite lacking when looking at it that way. Jordan outshines Bryant by a significant margin.

As for Howard, he's rather underused given his overwhelming talents as a scorer and defensive presence. I wouldn't be too surprised to see him walk away at the end of the season to see who else can better utilize him and his particular skill set. He's supposed to be the future of the Lakers... but Kobe's still trying far too hard to remain relevant in the present. It's time to let someone else take the reins, Kobe.
Posted Thursday November 22, 2012, About: Boston Celtics interested in Phoenix Suns' Marcin Gortat
I don't see this happening. Gortat is exactly what they need in the pivot. What the hell would they get in return for him? I might be more inclined to something if it involved ridding the roster of Michael Beasley, but I don't see that happening anytime soon.

Without Gortat in the middle, this team would be in SERIOUS trouble.
Posted Wednesday November 14, 2012, About: Mystery team (Sacramento?) in talks with Virginia Beach
If they move to Seattle, the Kings name will be left in Sacramento. That much is certain.
Posted Wednesday November 14, 2012, About: Mystery team (Sacramento?) in talks with Virginia Beach
If the Kings move, it'll be within the Western Conference. The only way a move out to the east would work is if another team was placed out west to fill Sacto's spot. Few teams make sense to do so, and the only one I can think of is the Bucks. MEM should go to the EC before any other team from the west is considered, move or otherwise.
Posted Thursday November 01, 2012, About: Suns struggling to pick up system
I watched it a number of times last night and was rather disgusted. The dude is a chucker, and we've already got one of those in Frye. We certainly don't need another one, especially when the shots that Beasley are taking are unnecessary,
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