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@Slam Define "need" though. They could have shot worse and still won this.
1 year, 12 months ago on Warriors score at will in Denver, win Game 2 decisively without David Lee
@sammasaaron @EthanSherwoodStrauss @Aren't I'll put it this way: The shot selection is a bigger deal than the mood swings. The former is probably easier to fix, too.
2 years ago on Thursday Bolts – 4.11.13
@Aren't I believe I was quite complimentary of Westbrook, actually. Also: You're really going to assert that Westbrook's reputation is based on myth? Really?
@Cloud Totally agree here.
2 years, 4 months ago on Tyson Chandler: Best Center, Best Minimalist
@KirkSeriousFace Sorry, Kirk. Poor Mavs fans.
@mathjohnson Thanks for thoughtful comment, Matt. And yes, I'm fascinated by this uneasy turn of events for this seemingly blessed team.
2 years, 5 months ago on Daryl Morey and Houston's Big Freed Three
@RomyN I'm fairly skeptical that Boston "offered" what they claimed to offer via anon sources. But I'd like to see someone ask Ray Allen if a better deal was really on the table. Based on how Boston moved so quickly to get Jason Terry, I'm guessing that they wanted to part ways.
2 years, 5 months ago on Would you like Ray Allen to lie?
"Morey not being a good recruiter is speculative"
"I think objectively speaking he's one of the best GMs, if not THE best."
Daryl Morey is one of the best GMs based on what?
2 years, 6 months ago on Daryl Morey's blameless failure
@StrangerSong Good point on Carslile, but that's more about the shot-fake, swing the ball around the arc style. I'm thinking about shot-fakes in conjunction with other movement. The shot is faked as someone flashes to the basket, for instance. Not sure it'd work, just spitballin'.
2 years, 7 months ago on Change is Scary, Sarunas
@borisadm "Pound for pound" is NOT a strawman. If you haven't heard Iverson described as the "pound for pound" best, I don't know what to tell you. It was a ubiquitous descriptor.
2 years, 7 months ago on The Allen Iverson paradox: Right moment, wrong time
@Mount Dikembe Nobody is saying that Iverson was "bad" for the Sixers. The question is whether his impact mattered all that much. I think the answer is "some years it did, some years it didn't," depending on how well he played. His offensive workload was so immense that the Sixers could rise and fall based on whether AI was having an up or down year. In 2000-2001, Iverson played well enough to make a hideous offensive team average on that end. The next season, a dip in shooting and rise in TOs did much to make that offense about as bad as it would be without his presence.
Anyway, I like this, even if I don't entirely agree: "All I'm saying is that it's going to be difficult to be a basketball fan if people really take these stylistic changes to heart. It's pretty clear to me that we should memorialize all the different eras' styles, but not become too attached to them. If we do, we'll feel blindsided every few years when we should instead feel wonderment in trying to examine and understand the ins and outs of the new trends."
I believe we should focus more on how rule tweaks alter this mysterious game, but I'm not a stylistic relativist. Certain forms of this game are better than others, and there's no shame in celebrating or ridiculing whatever system is in place.
2 years, 7 months ago on The Tyranny of Allen Iverson
@icinthedark @GhostofGeorgeLynch I understand what you're saying, but here's the problem: Generally speaking, we need to believe in the effectiveness to be wowed by the aesthetics. Once you come to the conclusion that he's missing too often and freezing teammates out, it's difficult to then get wrapped up in how cool the performance looks. There is no perfect correlation between efficacy and beauty, but most fans need to believe in the former to believe in the latter. This is why many Iverson fans tout "most incredible player to watch" while citing the Finals appearance as proof.
@GhostofGeorgeLynch Keith Van Horn had one good Sixers season. Don't hate!
@GhostofGeorgeLynch This is an excellent comment. I think, what I'm struggling with here, is divorcing my hatred of an era from someone whose play epitomized it. If no perimeter stars were efficient during that time, it's fair to wonder if Iverson can be blamed. And yes, there aren't really any combo guard slashers who thrived in the early aughts.
I can point to Kobe, but Shaq could account for some of his breathing space at the time. I could point to Vince Carter's (non MVP) 2001 season as example of how it can be done, sans bigs. McGrady's 2002-2003 comes to mind. But altogether, you're correct and this comment rings true:
"Unless you had Shaq, Duncan, or Garnett, your team was likely to be very inefficient."
As for Philadelphia's "well known" defense, we're in highly subjective territory. I can say that, living in San Diego (far from Philly), that aspect wasn't exactly hammered home to my memory.
ANYWAY, I can still quibble with A.I.'s horrid shooting and with the idea that his misses were more likely to lead to offensive rebounds. But at this point, I don't want to. I'm more interested in why the early 2000's atmosphere was so cruel to perimeter guys. Again, love this comment.
@beckleymason @JonathanBrill Been thinking about this, and it's an awesome hypothetical. I wonder, was A.I. close to the shooter Westbrook and Wade are in the midrange? Just how effective was he at finishing at the rim? It's quite conceivable that he'd be much better today.
@AndrewScanlan Dean Oliver evaluated Iverson as a "slightly better than .500 contributor," by the way. Yes, there is folly in citing just one stat, but quite a few stats speak to A.I.'s in efficiency.
@thecity2 @AndyGrimsrud For so many players, the improving jumper is in a race against declining athleticism
@AndyGrimsrud Appreciate it, Andy. I didn't fit this into the post, but latter Iverson had a good stretch with the Nuggets. So there's reason to think that his inefficiency was situationally-based. I'm not of that opinion, but it's a fair take.
@Sol Orwell Thanks Sol. And yes, the iron (rim this time) must be gratifying, considering all the BS involved in being a "superstar".
2 years, 8 months ago on LeBron and Durant care more about basketball than competition
@Michael Nelson You're right, it's all in my head that Kobe gets the lion's share of Olympic credit. If not Kobe, then which player gets the most praise?
2 years, 9 months ago on Carmelo Anthony was a bad Olympic player
Thank YOU, Zombie Bill Murray
2 years, 9 months ago on Why Ray Allen might not care about Boston fans
@Mount Dikembe " The basketball blogosphere often sanctimoniously derides "narrative" as if it's wrong for us to order the events of basketball into a specific sequence to make the game more compelling"
Well put. Narratives rule, though many are dumb. But even those dumb narratives are compelling insofar as events can refute or confirm them.
2 years, 9 months ago on LeBron James' career as explained by Shakespeare
@ahermeneut I beg to differ, though it's splitting hairs. I doubt we'll ever see a LeBron playoff run quite like 2009. That was James at his physical peak, as least in terms of win shares, PER & all that jargon.
THIS interests me: "I think the real point you should be making is about how the growth in a great player's game almost always results, paradoxically, from a specific decline in his game."
I just might steal that one in the future.
2 years, 10 months ago on LeBron is better while being worse
@KirkSeriousFace Ya, I'll admit to not knowing, prior to this game.
2 years, 10 months ago on Russell Westbrook, Scapegoat in a Superhero Cape
2 years, 10 months ago on What Can the NBA Learn from Barefoot Running?
This was damned good
2 years, 11 months ago on Mike Woodson: Company Man