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@EthanSherwoodStrauss Then again, Steve Nash will probably be able to convince Dwight to run more pick and rolls. Until then I suppose I will have to endure watching them continually try to set up Dwight on the low block.
2 years, 3 months ago on Tyson Chandler: Best Center, Best Minimalist
This is basically what Dwight Howard has been doing for years. A screen and roll center as opposed to the traditional back to the basket type centers. Dwight can't shoot, can't dribble and he has a skinny waist and lower body. But he protects the rim as well as any bulldog center (a la Perkins) and covers ground as well as any hybrid 4/5 guys like Kevin Garnett. Thibodeau once said he believed you need both pieces in order to build an all time elite defense like the Celtics had when they made their recent championship runs. Dwight combines both physical attributes, meaning guys like Chandler and Dwight blow that blueprint out the water. Truly a one man paint protecter/enforcer.
Which is why I hate it when people automatically assume that Bynum is a superior offensive player. I feel that affects how Dwight perceives himself, evidenced by the fact that he seems more determined than ever to be thought of as a traditional post up man. Which is just something that he simply is not. He should instead focus on what he is truly gifted at, which is swift and powerful defense/rebounding and forcing double teams on offense by setting hard screens and rolling hard to the basket. No one looks at Chandler and expects him to do more than he does already, and in that sense you are right in that people look at Dwight and see all that talent and expect a traditional form of dominance.
The lord Westbrook giveth, then he taketh away. With his amazing relentless drive he did a great job of keeping OKC in the game by limiting Parker's scoring the entire night. Then he lets Parker get a relatively wide open jumper at the end of the game while Westbrook either jacked up consecutive shots without passing or turning the ball over. Much like his amazing 43 point game in game 4 of last years finals, he can keep a team in the game...until the end where he gives it up with an amazing array of turnovers, off balance jumpers, and half-hearted attempts to get KD the ball.
I mean, after R-dub takes a few shots without even so much as an entry pass, you can see KD hustling after defensive board, so that HE can bring the ball up, knowing that is the only way he can get shots. Is it any coincidence that R Dub finished with more shots (21) than the best scorer in the NBA (KD got 18...right around his average)?
2 years, 4 months ago on SUPER-OVERREACTIONIZER: The Thunder Are Doomed Because Russell Westbrook Is The Worst
Totally agree with freeothyusjeffers, first game-winner my foot... he got away with two blatant travels in the same series. Without the ref's swallowing their whistles like they swallow Lebron's jizz, Washington would've beaten the favored Cavs and maybe people would've been quicker to see Lebron for who he was. Unfortunate for someone like myself who never bought into the hype, I had to listen to 7 years of Lebron jockriding before a large part of the media saw him the same way I do.
The Decision was a unique moment in sports history because all the resentment Lebron generated from his "I can do whatever the fuck I want and the media will sweep my mess under the rug" behavior over the years, especially the way he flirted with multiple teams prior to his free agency (let's set the record straight, the free agency media monster was all on Lebron, he couldn't stop himself from acting like a hot girl in high school with self-esteem issues flirting with multiple men to make herself feel better, and really who else but Charles Barkley called out his disrespectful behavior? Fucking spineless media shrills..) really shattered the mirage of Lebron as King James, the Chosen One, the supreme basketball player destined to be the greatest.
Is becoming a shallow, bumbling buffoon of an egomaniac all on Lebron? Of course not, modern society and the media must take a share of the responsibility of creating such an abomination. But when ppl ask , "What happened to Lebron? He used to be such a good guy! The media destroyed him!" just remember that Lebron was the one who showed up to some high school AAC all star game wearing a jersey that said King James (a gift from adidas). When a reporter asked him who gave him that gift, Lebron told him,"God gave it to me." And he wasn't even playing in the damn game! Yup, sounds like the Lebron that would lose in the playoffs then try to jack the spotlight away from the finals by appearing on Larry King and hyping up his impending free agency. Dude hasn't changed much over the years. It's another reason why I don't think he will age all that gracefully compared to Jordan or Kobe who put in the work when they were young. So yea, like POINT 3 basketball said, Lebron's case is unique just because he brought all of this mess unto himself, without being accused of rape or murder or dog abuse. Can't think of another player who was THAT stupid...
3 years, 2 months ago on LeBron James and The Perfect Storm of Criticism
Obviously Dirk is still disrespected like hell despite the fact that he was the best player in last year's playoffs. "Before last season, it's questionable as to whether I'd even have Dirk on this list" Are you kidding me??? I would put Dirk in the top 10 even if he retired ringless.
The panel's slobberfest over KG is more sickening than Dirk's ranking though... "He clearly deserves to be ranked at #1 overall"? "I could gush for pages & pages, but I’ll contain myself."? Give me a break. And you're telling other commentators to bring a decent argument to the table? I don't even want to waste my breath but damn I made an account a few weeks after reading this just to comment hah... no true superstar franchise player in my generation ever missed the playoffs two years in a row besides KG. Kobe, Wade, Lebron may have missed the playoffs once in a while but never two times in a row even if they had D-League worthy teammates. No superstar in the last two decades has been given more of a free pass than KG. Lebron was granted similar favoritism (the old "he has no help!!" pass) but his pass was taken from him when he teamed up with Wade. Even to this day, Wolves fans think he's the best PF ever despite the fact that he does nothing as well as Tim Duncan, except for screaming a lot. Defense? KG's career high in blocks is 2.2 (1.6 for his career). Timmy's career high is 4.3 (2.6 for his career). I hate stats and I don't need stats to tell me they were both phenomenal defenders but I find it hard to believe a super-athletic 7 footer with a 7'6" wingspan couldn't average AT LEAST 2 blocks per game for his career. As for offense, one could write a textbook on all the moves Tim Duncan perfected in the post. I can count the number of post moves KG had with one hand, maybe a bit more. It's probably the biggest reason why KG struggled to be the closer as "the man." I never bought the argument that he was a choker but his limited offensive rep was his biggest downfall as a Timberwolf. Having Pierce helped change that of course.
All in all, I just think Dirk and KG's spots should be swapped.
3 years, 6 months ago on Top 10 NBA Power Forwards of All-Time | Basketball