MJBAZ's Comments

Posted Thursday January 09, 2014, About: Bynum wants to take his talents to ...
You can rule out the Suns. They have Len back from injury to split time with Plumlee. No way they would screw up surprisingly good play and chemistry from their young guys to bring in an older injured guy with a bad attitude that when healthy and happy was only a couple of points a game better anyway.
Posted Thursday September 12, 2013, About: Beasley's biggest (on-court) problems
I actually doubt Beasley will make the team. His only above average talent is that he makes everyone around him worse. Watching him play it becomes clear he has no basketball IQ and is actually a lot worse of a player than his numbers suggest.
Posted Monday January 14, 2013, About: Cardinals expected to target Mike McCoy
Ray Horton is the only remotely decent option the Cards have even looked at so far so it would make sense for them to try and screw that up.
Posted Thursday January 03, 2013, About: Stoudemire: 'I've never been taught defense'
Your basics are great, but they are VERY basic. That might be good enough for elementary school basketball. It would get you slapped off the court at a decent high school. Generally speaking there is more to learn defensively then offensively.
Posted Thursday January 03, 2013, About: Stoudemire: 'I've never been taught defense'
What!?! Gentry is good at placating veterans and getting them to work together, but he is abysmal on defense. He cant even teach individual defense let alone team defense.
Posted Thursday January 03, 2013, About: Stoudemire: 'I've never been taught defense'
Sorry, I didn't realize I had to spell it out for Mr Sarcasm.
1.) He skipped college as a chance to learn defense.
2.) He played for teams who have nothing close to defense taught by any level of coaching.
3.) He now has a new coach and is finally "healthy" to theoretically learn.

If you really want to go through the coaching tree of KG and Lebron we can do that as a point of comparison. I am not suggesting that Amare will be a good defensive player. He does not want to be and never has. I was just pointing out he is correct in stating he has never been taught anything about defense. Most NBA defensive IQ consists of being longer, stronger, and more aggressive than your opponent.
Posted Thursday January 03, 2013, About: Stoudemire: 'I've never been taught defense'
Lol, maybe 10-15 coaches (or assistants) in the NBA actually teach defense. I don't think it is surprising that he knows nothing of it having skipped college which is where most NBA players gain their only exposure to it.
Posted Monday December 10, 2012, About: Fitzgerald's dad rips 'pathetic' Cardinals
An o-line would probably be even better. Too bad every time he should get one in the draft he goes for the WR or RB instead.
Posted Monday December 10, 2012, About: Fitzgerald's dad rips 'pathetic' Cardinals
Nobody wanted Warner when he went to AZ...including Whiz. It wasn't until injury forced Whiz to play him that things clicked. Whiz has a pretty solid record now of being totally incompetent in all matters relating to QBs. Since he has been in AZ there has only once been a actual named starting QB and that was the year after the Superbowl. His ability to ruin the careers of his young players is becoming pretty legendary too.
Posted Wednesday October 31, 2012, About: Whisenhunt delivers harsh message to Cards
It's only been almost a decade since they upgraded any part of the o-line...why would that be a problem?
Posted Friday June 29, 2012, About: Nash now a lock to leave?
Telfair was mediocre as a back up (which exceeded all expectations for him). But as a starter I would not touch him. Rather have Price for a starter and at least get consistent defense. I actually think this might be the best draft they have had in years.
Posted Wednesday June 20, 2012, About: The best-paid benchwarmer in sports
I think Wilt would do more on offense, especially since he played all 48 minutes, so I would expect 30/15 or more which would make him the league leading scorer and rebounder this year. Really, if anything, I was just surprised to see the gap between Jabbar and Wilt given that both are considered all offense & no defense. Everyone has their list though. I think most of the guards of today would have had a really hard time dealing with traveling calls and offensive fouls in the older style games so those numbers would drop going back for them too.
Posted Wednesday June 20, 2012, About: The best-paid benchwarmer in sports
The era is critical, but you have to account for it properly (meaning both sides of the equation). Russell even said once that he could have guarded Shaq playing by the rules/refs of his era, but not in the modern era. Problem is that Shaq would have fouled out in the first 5 minutes from offensive fouls back then. And I have to wonder who you think would stop Wilt in today's game. I look at D. Howard in comparison to Wilt and he is smaller, has worse footwork, and has only seen post moves from tapes of Olajuwuan. There has never been a worse time for centers and PF in the NBA.
Posted Friday June 15, 2012, About: Time to call Kolb a bust?
Given that DRC is a locker room cancer with no work ethic, it is a little early to call it a completely lopsided trade. Kolb's health issues make the contract size questionable, but the trade itself was not unreasonable.
Posted Thursday June 07, 2012, About: Count Nash chase out in Portland
I'll assume your dislike of the Suns is clouding your mind. They should have started rebuilding as soon as Coangelo left not Stoudemire.
Posted Friday March 09, 2012, About: Celtics open to offers for Pierce
Huh, not worth addressing all the weirdness on the list there, but since you had 2 Suns players I will jump on those. Nash is leading the league in assists and nearly FG% (better than everyone but a couple of centers) and he is making about 11 mil which isnt bad in his last year. Grant Hill just signed a 1 year deal, following his previous two year deal... how do you "rear load" that short of a contract?
Posted Friday March 02, 2012, About: Suns afraid to move Nash
The contract that would some with the bag of balls. If it is a mid-level player in his contract year then why bother. If it is a mid-level player with 2+ years on a contract, why pay him to just be another Frye, Dudley, Childress, or Warrick? To make sense, they have to get something significantly better than what they would get in free agency this summer, and I don't think they can.
Posted Friday March 02, 2012, About: Suns afraid to move Nash
It all depends on what they can get. Everything I keep hearing is an early second round pick and a garbage player. The odds of getting a useful player in the second round is really small and they already have too many guys that are floaters between low level starters or bench players. If they can get a mid first round pick then it might be worth it, but I think the safest bet for them would be to try and move several of their longer contract mid level guys off the books so they have flexibility to actually do something via trade, fa, or draft in the future. Right now they are hamstrung financially with or without Nash.
Posted Friday March 02, 2012, About: Suns afraid to move Nash
They are off to another enemic start, butgiven the talent they do have, maybe they drop to 14th in the West if they trade him. So the overall draft pick doesn't change much, if at all. Like with most trades with "stars" they have no chance of getting as much back as they lose. And if you look at viable trade partners it is hard to find a scenario that makes sense for both teams. They already are loaded with contracts that tie up the majority of their money for the next several years. And they don't have any young players who he is stealing time from. I actually can't see any reason to get rid of him. In terms of winning or rebuilding his presence seems to be completely irrelevent. But in terms of fans and money it is not.
Posted Friday March 02, 2012, About: Suns afraid to move Nash
The problem is the Suns just cant get anything useful back for him. Maybe another mediocre player with a bad contract and a second round draft pick. What will that do for them? There is really no difference between that and just letting him go in the off season.

If they trade him they might move up 2 spots in the draft, they still won't have money to spend on FA, and the front office still won't have a plan. It makes the most sense to keep him, use his popularity short term, and hope the FO gets a plan together for after he is gone.

The only best case scenario for the Suns at this point is that they somehow package 3-4 of anyone else on the team off for an upgrade at any position.
Posted Tuesday January 10, 2012, About: Redd's misses Bucks, but debut is imminent
They might get a late 1st round pick for Nash at this point since most the teams that like making stupid deals have already emptied their cupboards. In terms of the Suns ability to draft the last 5 years that means they have a 50-50 shot of turning everything they get for Nash into 1 player that can even make the roster. That well is pretty dry.
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