The half-crazed ramblings of a Lakers fanatic in Japan
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://with-malice.com/articles/awesome-sol-republic-headphones-giveaway.html
I will announce the winner some time this weekend!
Not a lot there that I disagree with, other than the inherent problems of viewing a game as a series of one-on-one match-ups.
Probably the only thing I'd disagree with it the importance of Kawhi matched up on LeBron (tho' from what you said, I think we're pretty much in accord on the impact of James in a basketball game). Leonard didn't give LeBron fits, the Spurs did - and it was more a case of no-one else on Miami's roster being able to have any impact at all, such was the Spurs dominance.Look... at this point, it's all conjecture. I simply object to the "there's no way" point of view taken in the piece. Both teams have to actually GET to the next Finals.
4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/can-the-new-look-cavs-test-the-spurs.html
Come on dude: then refute what I said, rather than just saying *oh gee that's opinion* (tho' I can understand why you wouldn't want to go there).
And jh? This sentence:
"Should I fallow the standard that you have put forward in these discussion based on opinion and conjecture..."
is an interesting stance given your first post in this. You offered nothing but (and slammed the NBA for doing the same).
THEN you go on and paint opinion as "fact" - your "fact 2" is only fact up until "... change [sic] teams twice..." then it's opinion yet again.
So.... to summarize: thus far you've offered some ad hominem, then that James has won 40% of the Finals he's been in... has changed teams twice (well... the second's a return - he's only played for 2 teams)... and then a combination of telling us the Spurs rock - and hating on LeBron.
Ummm... gee. Thanks for that.
@jhhein So... your analysis amounts to "same thing said last year"? "Cleveland and LeBron are all hype"? "Spurs are defending champions" (how's that worked out historically?)?
How does all that - which basically amounts to naught but hyperbole - detract from anything I said?Let's explore what you said a lil'...
- "Same arguments". Most pointedly, you did not. There were just about as many people predicting a San Antonio win prior to the Finals as Miami (for what it's worth: I picked SA).
- "...ran away with his tail between his legs..."
Someone's sounding a wee bit bitter. So... he should stay at Miami, when he can impact a team and end up with a far better roster to play with? Why on earth? Flat out inane. Additionally, the "tail-between-his-legs" comment intimates that he had a bad Finals. Most poignantly, he did not. Let's be honest: the entire Kawhi-outplayed-LeBron storyline is somewhat facetious. Because if that was "out-playing" him, I'd hate to see the statlines if he got beat.
- You deride the NBA for riding hype, yet what beyond just that have you offered in your retort?
How is "believing in LeBron James" fit in the category of "hype", anyway? The guy has done more than prove himself over the last half a decade. If someone fits within the category of remaining a *non-believer* as to the guy, then it's based on something other than reality.
Well... aside from the obvious problems of seeing a basketball game as a series of *mano e mano match-ups*, outside of a few Spurs fans I don't think ANYONE would see LeBron-vs-Kawhi as "...I think this is the most even matchup of the five starting positions."
Leonard won the Finals MVP due to it being almost by default. San Antonio won, therefore it has to be a Spur... and for the series Kawhi was the best player... probably (there are arguments for other players - and you probably know them better than I do!).
But to declare him now a close match with the guy who is the undisputed best player in the world? Hell... I don't think Leonard's even the best player on his team - so that declaration's a bit of a reach.Leonard did well on LeBron due to all that was being asked of James. That last Heat team was akin to LeBron's first trip to the Finals (funnily enough - against the Spurs!), where he had little support from a poorly constructed team (that did manage to win 60+!). Wade was useless, Bosh at times invisible. The way the Heat looked entirely mortal-sans-one-guy is why LeBron left.
The Cavs are looking pretty good now, and LeBron will have enough help around him that Leonard-vs-James will be far more difficult than it was last Finals.
Some other bits...
- Tim Duncan can't guard Love... nor will he be required to. In this match-up, there's no way Pop has Duncan running out to defend Love's range.
- Splitter's not better than Varejao. I think Tiago's a perfect fit for the Spurs team, but against the Cavs I don't think he'd even be a starter. I'd guess they'll have Diaw on to cover Love, and Timmy anchors.
- I'd have the guard-play in SA's favor. TP/Kyrie... pretty close but the advantage goes to Parker. Green I'm not a huge fan of, and it depends on how Manu's season unfolds - but an advantage to the Spurs, if by a smaller margin than at the point.
- I think you're overestimating the difference of the benches... but I do like the team unity of SA. I think you're underestimating the *LeBron effect* that he's going to have on those *role players* (to parlay Harden).
- Historically... the Spurs haven't done brilliantly after winning a title.
I think when push comes to shove, a match-up is going to come down to:
- What kind of a coach is Blatt?
- How old is Timmy Duncan this season? And Manu...
- How good is LeBron James?
Psst... Jeff: Lew Alcindor, not "-der".
5 months ago on Conversation @ http://hoopsmanifesto.com/articles/basketball/top-10-nba-players-of-all-time-2014-update.html
How on god's green earth, can Magic sink to FOURTH from second the last time we did this?
Yeah... there could be a massive influx to Cleveland or wherever this off-season.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://with-malice.com/articles/2277.html
@CollegeWolf I think you're right. And hopefully... Bosh/LeBron might not be there either.
I wonder how many current fans of Miami will still be Miami fans in a week or two?
No Nate Thurmond???
12 months ago on Top 10 NBA Centers of All-Time | Basketball
@bowlalpo since when is *journalism* about who pays for ad-space?
1 year, 3 months ago on The NFL reportedly did pressure ESPN to stop work on PBS documentary
I've had people tell me that this was "lucky". This wasn't *lucky*... this was *good*.Learn to tell the difference.
1 year, 6 months ago on Video: Tony Parker's shot gets the 'And 1 Mix Tape' treatment
Nah Dave, I didn't say "entitled to be right", I referred to the "sense of entitlement" which lead you to be condescending.
Anyway, I've only just realized that you're taking the piss. Completely facetious.
No-one discussing this topic with the opinions you've flown could be doing so without having tongue firmly pressed in cheek.
Well done, you had me going there for a bit. Normally, I pick up on the satirical much faster than this.
Kudos to you sir.
1 year, 6 months ago on Tony Allen: Manu definitely committed a flagrant foul on me
No Dave, you're delusional. And I mean that in the most gentle way possible.
You stated that you only speak this way because of some sense of entitlement at being right. Condescension is condescension, whatever the justification given. Forgive me if my patience has worn somewhat thin, and I'm giving a lil' back.
"Convoluted"? Well, your replies have become increasingly so, and your last post is no exception... now blaming "gravity" as part of the problem. So... it wasn't even Ginobili's fault at all now. Come on Dave... "gravity"?Sheesh...
Talking of convolution - "grabbing and pulling someone's arm" is a basketball play... you know what I'm talking about Dave - it's in the rule book. It's not a "basketball play". Indulge in semantics all you like on that.*Pushed*?... to quote Inigo Montoya, you keep using this word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
The only reason I didn't discuss the LeBron play is for the reasons YOU listed when you first mentioned it. "It was the same only it wasn't".Speaking of avoidance tho' - glad you've moved off the "he-wasn't-below-him" stance. That was... odd.
Don't both replying Dave. It'll only be even more nonsensical. I've used video/photos... and you've used... well... "gravity".
1 year, 7 months ago on Tony Allen: Manu definitely committed a flagrant foul on me
Video-don't-lie Dave. Nor do dictionary definitions.
Pull: to draw towards oneself.
Push: to press upon or against (a thing) with force in order to move it away.
We can argue semantics as to which terminology to use, but the facts remain the same: Manu Ginobli exerted a non-basketball play *force* upon Tony Allen, whilst Allen was airborne... which caused him to fall.
I suspect that there's an even more convoluted reply from you in my near future...
Such an astute and well-versed reply. I am completely unarmed in the face of your withering logic.
You're right champ: there's a troll here... but it's not me.
I'm pretty sure Jeff's fine with my posts, even if he may not agree with my contention. Jeff and I don't need to agree with every single opinion for us to get along just fine.
You tho'... you present nothing to the discussion. You lack wit and ability to converse on the issue, so you sink to the tired , ol' *you-don't-favour-my-team-therefore-you're-a-troll*.
Bring more to the argument, or simply shut-up. I really don't care which.
I'll allow your somewhat facetious commentary as to being simply a "passionate Spurs fan". Henceforth, any chance we can just discuss this without condescension - fair?
Anyway... let's address your assertion (calmly, and rationally):1. Being below Allen. Err... Dave? He was absolutely "below Allen". You might want to check the video shown at the beginning of this piece.Have a look: http://img189.imageshack.us/img189/9417/manuallen1.pngDefinitely "below".
2. Push vs Pull. Well, this is the only place that I'm reading it as a "push"... and I have to say no: he "grabbed". Commentary even stated (at the 0.17) "...as Ginobli grabbed his arm". Again, I urge you to look at the video at the beginning of the piece.Better yet - check this one out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Z2Sa62bW6gHD, clearer. Watch from 0.52 through to about 0.58 (slo-mo, hi-def!). Manu's hand is definitely grabbing, definitely pulling down. And again at 1.06-1.11.
Here's a picture of the hand on his arm: http://img266.imageshack.us/img266/9345/manuallen2.pngNote the position of thumb vs fingers, that's a grabbing motion.I absolutely agree that Allen overacted (tho' you can get concussed without actual contact to the head - tho' clearly that's not the case here). But Ginobili made a play that was potentially dangerous. That's a flagrant.
Umm... you're airborne, someone who isn't holds your arm unexpectedly and moves beyond you. Your vaunted laws of physics will ensure you fall. More so, it wasn't a "push".
Did Allen go on the worst acting spree since Tom Cruise in the late 90s? Absolutely. Awful stuff an he SHOULD be fined (I doubt the league will tho'). But that *should* be irrelevant in assessing the flagrant foul.
What the hell does his flop have to do with the flagrant?
Ok.. a very difficult decision, but I have to give it up to a Celtics fan who posted his favourite Laker!
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1 year, 9 months ago on Another SOL REPUBLIC Headphones/With Malice GIVEAWAY
@JosiahYiu Hey Josiah - I hear you're friends with my cousin! Good stuff... great comment, and came very, very close.
Good work guys... keep 'em coming!
@Jeff Fox @MichaelSaunders
"why the hell are we hanging out on a Lakers site then?!"
@ChrisCano Wasn't grammar per se... just no idea what you were trying to say.
And LA aren't in the playoff mix? Err... Chris? I think you need to follow basketball just a wee bit more carefully.
(oh... and note: you should always have a space after an ellipsis!)
1 year, 9 months ago on Do the Spurs want the Lakers in the playoffs?
@ChrisCano @spursfan80 Is... "suspect" the word you really want to use there?
It'd be a foolish man to look at a team with Dwight, Kobe, Nash (and perhaps Gasol)... and declare it's nothing to worry about.
@aamador521 @WithMalice @RogJr38 Actually, it was more a snide reference to "da" way RogJr wrote his commentary.
Spot on. I think that if the Lakers get rolling, they're going to be a problematic opponent for any team. That's not to say that they'll win whoever they face first round (tho' I suspect they *could*), but who wants a first round series that goes the entire distance?
@RogJr38 Can someone translate this for me?
In all seriousness, reading your comment post the other guy (aamador521) calling another team "cocky" is funny as hell.
@MichaelSaunders Well... firstly, I think he absolutely still has his detractors. But I still believe he has a very long way to go before he's known on a Jordan level.
Here in Japan? Many people still don't know who LeBron is, but even kids know Jordan.
1 year, 10 months ago on LeBron James... gets it.
Some great responses here, but the one I liked best was from rikstenz.
Loved the line "...the fact of the matter is: even when you live in your mom's basement, it can't get much worse and all you really have to do is move out. C'mon Wolves, time to pack your bags!"
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2 years ago on SOL REPUBLIC Headphones/With Malice GIVEAWAY
Some great comments people... going to make it a difficult decision!
@Lives "Being critical of the best choice out there"? How so?
Because I called him a "part-timer"? Hell, that's what Jackson would have amounted to being, and I'll stand by my comment that I do not want a guy who's half-assed about the job. Develop a mentor? Mentee perhaps? How would Phil develop his own 'mentor' (would that be Tex Winter?)?
Interesting you make the Freudian slip of calling the Lakers "the Knicks"... and really. You'll talk the Knicks up after less than half a dozen games? Just as I'll not write the Lakers off on their performances thus far this season, I'll not crown the Knicks as... well... anything yet.
And didn't the Knicks get to be rated 5th in Def efficiency with Mike D at the helm? Sure, Woodson had a lot to do with that... but at least realise that he has a helluva lot more to work with at LA than he did at New York.
Lastly: ridiculous to say "never". But for David Stern's suspension of Amare, they'd both be likely to already *HAVE* a ring.
2 years, 1 month ago on Wait... Phil Jackson? | LA Lakers
@slapdoghoops Really? Worse than a 1-4 in the first 5 games? I very much doubt that. Not with a starting five of Nash/Bryant/MWP/Gasol/Howard...
2 years, 1 month ago on Lakers Fire Mike Brown | LA Lakers
@slapdoghoops Dunno about "favour"... I think Phil misses it all, and I think that if the Lakers cave to his requests, he'll do it.Having thought about it tho', I definitely do not want them coached by a part-timer, and that's what PJ would end up being. Bad for his legacy (the way he went out last time was bad enough), bad for the team.
@CollegeWolf Yup. Good to see an NBA player who doesn't take himself so seriously.
Guy actually moves pretty well for a big fella...
2 years, 1 month ago on Dude! That was Roy Hibbert! Gangnam Style!!! | NBA
@jtshoopsblog LOVE that nickname! "The Fantastic Four"!!! I will be stealing... err... using that sometime in the future JT!!
Love your allocations of roles too. Steve Nash will be fantastic indeed, Kobe's gonna torch teams, Pau at times might be completely invisible - and Dwight Howard is going to be a complete beast!Well done sir.
2 years, 4 months ago on LA, LA, LA! The Lakers definitely on song! | LA Lakers
I've heard he's very close to signing with LA...
2 years, 4 months ago on Kenyon Martin looking for a new home
@CollegeWolf @WithMalice Makes you wonder.
Want an addition for you & your mob of conspiracy theorists? Lakers D12 jerseys are available NOW in the NBA store...
2 years, 4 months ago on A city without a star
Not sure which other way LA could be expected to go tho'.
2 years, 4 months ago on Report: Dwight Howard trade to Lakers is done
Oh. And add Jodie Meeks to that much-maligned bench.
Thank you very much Mitch.
@knickfan212 Ummm... how would that work exactly? If it "may be a wrap in the western conference" - wouldn't that automatically lead to a "championship appearance" in the Finals?Just a bit confused...
@CollegeWolf Agreed on all counts. You have to admire the balls on LA tho'. Wait it all out, wait until other deals fall through, wait until it became evident that the Magic could not start training camp with a new coach and Dwight Howard still on roster.
And make the deal without having to take on any junk whatsoever.
Mitch Kupchak, genius.
@tarasm A valiant attempt... but some notes:
1. Caps doesn't make you look cool, authoritative or knowledgeable. It just makes you look like a complete douche.
2. Quotation marks ( " ) are used for *quotations*.
3. There is no such thing as "most high". The correct superlative is "highest".
4. You have a space after a comma.
5. "Applaud" has no 'e'.
6. Could you not do this here? Allow me to enjoy the moment without having to feel apologetic about some complete douchewad who happens to follow the same NBA team I do. Thanks in anticipation.
@CollegeWolf @tarasm Not me dude.
Get used to CW sounding ugly and petulant when it comes to the Lakers.And I'll take that wager. $20 on the field vs your Thunder/Heat.
@BETHBOLTON Ok. LA are quite near the top of the pool. Given that the Buss family fortune comes from the Lakers, and the money earnt via that franchise is predicated on their success (TV deals/ticketing/merchandise), what would you suggest they do?
"Rebuilding" in a more traditional way (ie. bottoming out and praying for a franchise guy via the draft) is basically ensuring the franchise bites the dust.
What would you have them do?
"...though the Lakers bench will leave a lot to be desired..."Really? Jamison, Hill, Blake, Morris, Ebanks, Eyenga (maybe), Clark (maybe?) and Duhon (maybe?). Significantly better bench than any they've had in the past few seasons. Including ones LA have won championships in.
Safe to say, pretty ecstatic about this. Mitch Kupchak stated that LA were looking to hit a home run. And it was a given that a deal of any magnitude would require the departure of either Bynum or Gasol.
Steve Nash joins, with not a single player walking out the door. Pure awesomeness.
2 years, 5 months ago on Suns trade Steve Nash to the Lakers | July
@NorMussEstudillo Hehe... well aware of who is on my banner. I chose 'em after all...
2 years, 6 months ago on The Lakers, the off-season | LA Lakers