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1 year, 7 months ago on Of legends... Kobe/Achilles

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Wondered where that page view from With Malice might have come from... :PSeriously, thanks for sharing this around so much. I do appreciate it. I didn't at the time, because it was literally the middle of the night and I was a bit lazy, but I've changed the mention I made of you in the post into a link to that LeBron article you wrote. My story is getting shared around a bit, so hopefully you'll get some views too. 

1 year, 7 months ago on Of legends... Kobe/Achilles

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I thought about this, and at first I thought the answer was obvious - but it's not Steve Nash. I like Laker Nash, just like I like Dallas Nash... but Phoenix Nash is the only version I truly love. He wasn't the same guy before, and he hasn't been the same guy since. So, the answer can't be Nash.

 

If not him, then who? Not Kobe - it's forbidden as a Suns fan, and Metta was the final nail in the coffin with that 2010 putback. Pau is affable in an Encino Man way, and Dwight's entertaining but just not 'right'.

 

Clearly then, it's not a current Laker. One of the three-peat Lakers? Nah. 90s? Eww. I think at this point it's starting to get predictable...

 

It's a showtime Laker, the man who changed the fortunes of the league itself. The one that caught my Dad's eye as his favourite basketball player; the precedent to everything that the league is today. In fact, 'a' showtime Laker is erroneous - it's THE showtime Laker. Without him, there is no showtime, no Celtics-Lakers rivalry, no comeback from near insolvency. It's not for the reasons many others that might respond to this would say - certainly, most would be actual fans of the team. But nonetheless, my favourite Laker of all time is Magic Johnson.

1 year, 8 months ago on Another SOL REPUBLIC Headphones/With Malice GIVEAWAY

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I think it was kind of inevitable. For a while, it was 'cool' to hate him - for his failures in Cleveland, or for everything that happened in 2011 - but he's always had what it takes to be universally popular.

I think he's at a point now where he has pretty much no haters (obviously some Cavs fans, certain media members will always hate) and it's really quite remarkable.

Who was the last player to be so well-liked and accepted across the league? Kobe's always had haters, T-Mac, VC, AI, Shaq all had their criticisms... I guess Jordan? I know he was a jerk too, but he's the biggest idol the game's ever had.

On that, up until now it's been a case of wanting to be 'like Mike'. Can getting your ''Bron on' challenge that? 

1 year, 9 months ago on LeBron James... gets it.

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You probably call yourself a realist. I call you dramatic. You make it seem as though Phoenix has absolutely no chance of re-signing Nash. Never mind the fact that he specifically said that he would like to come back, the only condition being that the roster gets an upgrade.Free agency isn't the only means for doing this. You're ignoring that for the first time since the 2009/10 season, the Suns will actually have flexibility and assets. Markieff Morris, Marcin Gortat and Jared Dudley are all coveted. They have a lottery pick. Lopez, Redd and Brown, if re-signed, have shown themselves to have value. Many Suns fans were in favour of Lopez usurping Gortat as the starter - and given the magnitude of 'Tat's season, that's saying something.Especially given that we're heading into an unprecedented financial landscape in the NBA, there's no telling just what this off-season and subsequent ones will entail. Can OKC afford to keep Harden and Ibaka? Is ATL willing to pay Josh Smith on top of Johnson's albatross? Pau Gasol and Chris Bosh might well find themselves on the market. The Suns have the means, finally, to make moves for these kind of players. Factor in Steve Nash, and that's a pretty good outlook - certainly a much brighter picture than the Bobcats.And then, the free agency that you so quickly shot down. Deron, you're right - no chance. But how about Eric Gordon? Nic Batum? Gerald Wallace? There might not be transcendent talent available, but there rarely is. There are opportunities for the Suns to improve their roster in free agency.What about the draft? There probably won't be the future all-star types available at #13 - but there will be guys that are capable of filling much needed holes. Kendall Marshall, Perry Jones, Austin Rivers... they all project in that range, and can all bring something that will be able to help the team right away.It's not, and never will be as easy as making one move and suddenly contending. The Suns FO have had their eyes on this off-season, and personally, I have faith that it was for a reason. What I'm certain of, is that Suns fans didn't just suffer through two straight seasons of mediocre basketball just to become Charlotte. Maybe Nash will leave, and prove me wrong. I'm thinking, I'm hoping - even praying - that it's you and your kind that will be eating their words next season. 

2 years, 7 months ago on The Inevitable End Of The Nash-Suns Equilibrium

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@WithMalice Doesn't the league change its rules all the time? What would be wrong with introducing harsher penalties from the start of next season regarding this sort of thing? I'd propose all flagrant-2s garner an automatic one game suspension (subject to review - not all calls are the right ones, of course) and for elbows, punches, kicks, especially to areas near the head something like a minimum of 5 games. That would include Artest, Kevin Love (on Scola) KG last season on Frye, Bruce Bowen's hi-kicks, etc. as well as plays like Robin Lopez' hard foul on Blake resulting in a suspension. There's no need for this kind of crap.

2 years, 7 months ago on Ron-Ron/Artest/MWP... Suspend him, yes. But some perspective please! | LA Lakers

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@wfundina I showed the video of the elbow to my girlfriend, and we both came to the conclusion (similar to Mal) that Artest didn't know what he was doing. That shouldn't excuse him, far from it - to me, it's a cause for greater concern. If he's prone to episodes where he can't control his actions, and given his somewhat violent history, I think that's a huge worry. He's a loose cannon, simple as that.

2 years, 7 months ago on Ron-Ron/Artest/MWP... Suspend him, yes. But some perspective please! | LA Lakers

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@WithMalice I agree that it's only fair Artest is punished similarly to those before him. Where I disagree is that those guys got what they deserved, and I think somewhere along the line it needs to be corrected. And yes, obviously Ron gets blown out of proportion. It's unfortunate that you're probably right about had it been KD or someone else. For me though, even if it was the Nashty one himself, I'd expect as harsh a penalty as I call for with the others.

2 years, 7 months ago on Ron-Ron/Artest/MWP... Suspend him, yes. But some perspective please! | LA Lakers

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Sorry about the wall of text... I guess either iPad or livefyre don't like paragraphs? I tried, promise!

2 years, 7 months ago on Ron-Ron/Artest/MWP... Suspend him, yes. But some perspective please! | LA Lakers

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I'm one of those hoping for a longer suspension - what he did was disgusting, and it concerns me, given his track record, what could be next. Obviously it's not exactly fair to punish him for what he might do, so I'm not necessarily suggesting that be the case... What I would like to see, is a much harder stance from the league in general with this sort of thing. You made the comparison to the Bynum and O'Neal incidents, and asked if this was worse - but first you should be asking, were they properly punished in the first place? O'Neal was centimeters away from potentially killing a man. Bynum was fortunate Barea didn't suffer any long-term damage, which was a real possibility with a mid-air hit like that. And Artest... Well, what if Harden is knocked out and hits his head on the ground on the way down? I understand that you're a Laker fan sticking up for your guy. Don't quote me, but I seem to recall you doing the same with Bynum last year. I get that. I do the same, for my team. I'm not saying you're wrong - 5 games is probably all he'll get. But that doesn't mean he - and those before him - didn't deserve more.

2 years, 7 months ago on Ron-Ron/Artest/MWP... Suspend him, yes. But some perspective please! | LA Lakers

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LA (Kobe especially) are better than I'd anticipated. I'm not sold (yet), though. Maybe won't be 'sold' for the entire regular season, but I made the point on my blog a few weeks ago that this season more than ever, playoff seedings won't matter that much. The younger, more athletic teams will win more regular season games but it's knowing how to get it done that I think will prove the more valuable skill... as much as I hate to say it!

2 years, 10 months ago on And into it... | LA Lakers

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Yeah, I've noticed. Sounds like you had a ball, though! Anyway, you've summed it up perfectly there. Not much more I can add to that!

2 years, 10 months ago on Does Henry Abbott even watch the NBA? | NBA

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Good to have you back, Don! I actually like a lot of what Abbott has to say, but I'm 100% with you on this one. It's frustrating when the guys who are meant to be somewhat objective (Abbott, Wojnarowski, et al) let their bias show through. That's probably the main reason I'm finding David Aldridge to be my favourite writer at the moment. He's the most open-minded national guy I've come across.

2 years, 10 months ago on Does Henry Abbott even watch the NBA? | NBA

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@WithMalice @MichaelSaunders Yeah, as much as I hate the guy, he's a lock for top 10 all time, let alone at his position. I daresay he's the type of 'fan' that spews out half the crap you see on Bleacher Report.

3 years, 4 months ago on 10 Greatest Shooting Guards of All Time... | NBA

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Like I mentioned elsewhere, I think you've got it just about right. Moving forward, despite his age, I think Steve Nash can and will do enough to move further up the list. He's said he'd like to play til he's 40 - 3 more seasons is a lot of time to rack up accomplishments. Given what he achieved this season with the support he had, it wouldn't be a huge stretch of the imagination to see him maintain his career averages (14.6 ppg, 8.5 apg, 1.4 3pmg, ~72 games per season) and finish up somewhere around 19,000 points, 11,000 assists and 1900 3pm. good for top 5 in points among PGs and 3rd all time in both assists and threes made, and for me, that puts him in the discussion for definitely top 5, maybe top 3 points of all time, when all is said and done. Of course, there are a lot of 'what ifs' here - and quite a bit of Phoenix bias!

3 years, 4 months ago on Livefyre conversation - http://with-malice.com/articles/nba/10-best-pgs.html

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Most of the guys on this list are beyond my years, but I do my fair share of reading up on NBA history, and like your PG edition, it looks like you have this one more or less right. Maybe some shuffling around at spots 7-10, but that's just me. I never realised Logo only got one ring. Looking forward to the rest of them!

3 years, 4 months ago on 10 Greatest Shooting Guards of All Time... | NBA

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