Archive for September, 2008

Sheed … unplugged

September 30, 2008

Did you know there’s juice served on the mountaintop?

Or, that it’s important to ride with the ship, no matter what?

If not … then listen up.

Courtesy of mlive.com

As this corner has pointed out several times before … things are going to be different for the Detroit Pistons this year.

“I mean, Guys respected him; guys looked up to him. Mike knows the game … you know, if you know the game of basketball then I think coaching can come easy to you … but everyone that’s a coach don’t know the game of basketball.”Rasheed Wallace

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So, so true.

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On paper … the best team the Raptors have had

September 30, 2008

According to a quote attributed to Bryan Colangelo yesterday …

This is ‘best’ Raptors team on paper, GM Colangelo says
Bryan Colangelo considered the question and considered the moment and considered the circumstances in which the query was posed. And then he offered a qualified answer about the talent level of this incarnation of the Toronto Raptor roster.

On paper, in terms of just pure talent, I would say, yes, this is the best team we’ve had,” the Raptor president and general manager said Monday afternoon.

So off they go to training camp, a merry band of just 13 players but a group richer in individual talent than has been put together in Toronto in years. No games have been played, no practices have been held so every question about the season came with qualifications but the over-riding feeling out of the annual media day was of unbridled enthusiasm.

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Hmmmmm ….

Here’s the team’s current roster:

’08-09
W-L Rec’d-?
Playoff Finish-?
Coach: Mitchell-S

STARTERS

O’Neal-J
Bosh-C
Moon-J
Parker-A

Calderon-J

KEY BENCH SUBS
Ukic-R

Kapono-J
Bargnani-A

RESERVES
Solomon-W
Adams-H
Graham-J
Humphries-K
Jawai-N

and here’s a snapshot of the previous 9 teams [1999-2008] in Raptors’ history:

Toronto Raptors’ Roster 1999-2008

‘99-00

45-37

1st Rd – NYK

Carter-B

‘00-01

47-35

2nd RdPHI

Wilkens-L

’01-02

42-40
1st Rd

Wilkens-L

Davis-A

Oakley-C

Christie-D

Carter-V

McGrady-T

Davis-A

Oakley-C

Peterson-M

Carter-V

Williams-A

Olajuwon-H

Davis-A

Peterson-M

Carter-V

Williams-A

Bogues-M

Brown-D

Curry-D

Thomas-J

Willis-K

Childs-C

Curry-D

Clark-K

Williams-J

Montross-E

Childs-C

Curry-D

Murray-T

Clark-K

Williams-J

Williams-A

Workman-H

Marks-S

Stewart-M

Radojevic-A

Murray-T

N’diaye-M

Stewart-M

N’diaye-M

Stewart-M

Montross-E

 

’02-03

24-58

DNQ

Wilkens-L

’03-04

33-49

DNQ

O’Neill-K

’04-05

35-47

DNQ

Mitchell-S

Davis-A

Williams-J
Peterson-M

Carter-V

Williams-A

Bosh-C

Marshall-D

Rose-J

Carter-V

Williams-A

Bosh-C

Marshall-D

Rose-J

Carter-V

Alston-R

Alston-R

Lenard-V
Jefferies-C
Bradley-M

McCoy-J

Palacio-M

Peterson-M

Curry-M

Moiso-J

Blount-C

Palacio-M

Peterson-M

Murray-L

Bonner-M

Hamilton-Z

N’diaye-M

Huffman-N

Foster-G

Long-A

Baston-M

Brown-D

Hunter-L

Strickland-R

Glover-D

Mason, Jr.

Murray-L

Archibald-R

 

Cook-O

Williams-E

Moiso-J

Williams-Aa

Araujo-R

Sow-P

Woods-L

 

’05-06

27-55

DNQ

Mitchell-S

’06-07

47-35

1st Rd – NJN

Mitchell-S

’07-08
39-39 (at present)
1st Rd – ORL
Mitchell-S

Bosh-C

Villanueva-C

Rose-J

Peterson-M

James-M

Bosh-C

Garbajosa-J

Peterson-M

Parker-A

Ford-TJ

Bosh-C
Nesterovic-R

Moon-J

Parker-A

Ford-TJ

Calderon-J

Graham-J

Bonner-M
Araujo-R

Calderon-J

Dixon-L

Graham-J

Nesterovic-R

Calderon-J

Delfino-C

Kapono-J

Bargnani-A

Barrett-A

Martin-D

Williams-E

Williams-A

Williams-Aa

Sow-P

Davis-A

Woods-L

Martin-D

Jones-F

Tucker-PJ

Jackson-L

Sow-P

Bargnani-A

Humphries-K

Sow-P

Slokar-U

Martin-D

Graham-J

Johnson-L

Humphries-K

Baston-M

Brezec-P

Does it seem to you as though this might, in fact, be the one with the most ‘pure talent’ on it?

Or …

How about just in the last 3 years? 
[since the start of Bryan Colangelo’s tenure with the team]

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Cause unless these eyes have suddenly lost their ability to see with any degree of acuity … this statement is very, very far away from being accurate.

According to the judgment of this corner … there are, at least, 5 other teams on that list which, on paper, are superior to the current version of the Rapshow … i.e. ’99-00, ’00-01, ’01-02, ’06-07 and ’07-08.

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It is going to be a very interesting season in Raptorville. 🙂

NOTE:
* Heart concerns sideline Raptors’ Jawai
* Spotlight squarely on Raptors’ Bargnani
* O’Neal ready to take his lumps

Reading NBA tea leaves in September

September 29, 2008

Providing accurate Power Rankings at this point in the PRE-SEASON is a perilous exercise. 

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Power Rankings: Training Camp edition

NO. RANK  | Team | Last Season’s W-L Record | Last Season’s Ranking | Improved Ranking This Pre-Season

1 Boston Celtics 66-16 [1] +0
2 LA Lakers 57-25 [2] +0
3 New Orleans Hornets 56-26 [5] +2
4 Houston Rockets 55-27 [6] +2
5 San Antonio Spurs 56-26 [8] +3 **
6 Cleveland Cavaliers 45-37 [15] +9 **
7 Detroit Pistons 59-23 [3] -4 *
8 Philadelphia 76ers 40-42 [13] +5
9 Utah Jazz 54-28 [4] -5 *
10 Toronto Raptors 41-41 [19] +9 **
11 Dallas Mavericks 51-31 [10] -1
12 Phoenix Suns 55-27 [7] -5 *
13 Portland Trailblazers 41-41 [17] +4
14 Orlando Magic 52-30 [11] -3 *
15 Washington Wizards 43-39 [12] -3 *
16 Milwaukee Bucks 26-56 [24] +8
17 Chicago Bulls 33-49 [23] +6
18 Denver Nuggets 50-32 [9] -9
19 LA Clippers 23-59 [29] +10 **
20 G-State Warriors 48-34 [14] -6
21 Charlotte Bobcats 32-50 [21] +0
22 Atlanta Hawks 37-45 [17] -5 *
23 Sacramento Kings 38-44 [16] -7
24 Miami Heat 15-67 [30] +6
25 Indiana Pacers 36-46 [20] -5 *
26 New York Knicks 23-59 [25] -1
27 New Jersey Nets 34-48 [22] -5 *
28 Minnesota Timberwolves 22-60 [28] +0
29 Memphis Grizzlies 22-60 [26] -3
30 Oklahoma Thunder 20-62 [27] -3

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According to these eyes, Marc Stein [ESPN.com] has not perceived accurately what’s in the cupboard, right now, for a number of different teams, in the NBA, for the 2008-2009 season:

Under-rated *
Pistons [-4], Jazz [-5], Suns [-5], Magic [-3], Wizards [-3], Hawks [-5], Pacers [-5] and Nets [-5];

Over-rated **
Clippers [+10], Raptors [+9], Cavaliers [+9] and Spurs [+3].

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Bookmark this page … and, come April 2009, it will be interesting to see which of these teams have performed according to the training camp expectations of a noted ‘NBA Insider’ and which ones have not.

Talking the talk, already … in Raptorville

September 29, 2008

The 2008-2009 NBA season officially opens today for the Toronto Raptors.

Together, Chris Bosh [PF/C, current All-Star], Jose Calderon [PG, current ‘almost’ All-Star] and, new arrival, Jermaine O’Neal [PF/C, former All-Star] form the core of a team with significant ambition this season … which includes a stable starting 5-man group BUT a plethora of question marks elsewhere on the roster. 

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O’Neal likes Raptors chances of ‘doing great things’ this year
The difference between the Raptors and the other contenders and pretenders is the level of excitement that goes with today’s official opening of the 2008-09 season.

They are talking great, not good, expecting success unrivalled in the franchise’s 14-year-history, the optimism based on the arrival of a new big man and the natural maturation process of a roster now dotted with experience rather than question marks.

“Me, Chris Bosh and Jose (Calderon) sat down after the scrimmage (last week) and it was like, ‘Man, we have a real shot here,’ ” newcomer Jermaine O’Neal said. “We’ve got a real shot.

“Obviously, we have the talent on paper and if we mentally believe that and bring that swagger every day, that we’re the best team on the floor every time we step on the floor, we’ve got a shot at doing some great things this year.”

O’Neal is certainly to be at the centre of any resurgence of the Raptors, who’ve bowed out of the first round of the playoffs in each of the last two seasons.

Turning 30 during training camp, he’s been impressive in informal workouts and scrimmages over the last week, according to teammates and coaches. He brings experience – albeit having missed most of two seasons with knee woes – and a steadying force under the basket.

“Watching the guys work out, it’s just amazing how much more confidence they have, having Jermaine O’Neal back there,” said coach Sam Mitchell. “I’m telling you man, just watching them work out, he was blocking shots and talking.

“The thing I love about him, not one time has he talked about ‘Give me the ball.’ All he’s talked about is playing defence and rebounding.”

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Rebounding & Defense are crucial elements for a legitimate contender in the NBA but so, too, is QUALITY DEPTH throughout a team’s roster. 

Putting Anthony Parker [OG, 4th year] and Jamario Moon [SF, 2nd year] into the starting line-up, leaves a supporting cast of:

Key Bench Subs
Andrea Bargnani … C, 2006 NBA Draft No. 1 [overall] Selection, Yr/3
Jason Kapono … G/F, 2003 NBA Draft No. 31 [overall] Selection, Yr/6 
Kris Humphries … PF, 2004 NBA Draft No. 14 [overall] Selection, Yr/5
Roko Ukic … PG/OG, 2005 NBA Draft No. 41 [overall] Selection, Yr/1

Reserves
Will Solomon … PG, Undrafted 2002 Free Agent, Yr/1
Hassan Adams … OG/SF, 2006 NBA Draft No. 54 Selection, Yr/2
Joey Graham … SF/PF, 2005 NBA Draft No. 16 [overall] Selection, Yr/4
Nathan Jawai … PF/C, 2008 NBA Draft No. 41 [overall] Selection, Yr/1

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In the view of this corner, whoever sees this group of 8 secondary players for the Raptors as somehow being ‘good enough’ to get the ‘job done right’ in the Eastern Conference this year, Regular Season and Playoffs … is simply NOT being realistic, considering the potency of other teams in this half of the League right now, many of which subtantially upgraded their ‘quality depth’ this off-season.

2007-2008 Finish; TEAM; 2008-2009 Adds; [Number of Quality Depth Adds]

1 BOSTON – Giddens, Walker, Erden **, O’Bryant & Miles [3]
2 DETROIT – Michael Curry [new coach], Sharpe, Brown-KBynum-W [3]
3 ORLANDO – Battie [returns healthy], Lee, Pietrus, Johnson-A, Jones-Dw, Wilks & Richardson [4]
4 CLEVELAND – Hickson, Jackson-D **, Williams-M, Kinsey & Wright-L [3]
5 WASHINGTON – Thomas-E [returns healthy], McGee, Brown-DDixon-J [4]
6 TORONTO – O’Neal, Ukic, Solomon, Adams & Jawai [1]
7 PHILADELPHIA – Speights, Brand, Ivey, Ratliff, Marshall, Rush-K & Hill-H [5]
8 ATLANTA – Hunter, Claxton [returns healthy], Evans-M, Murray-R & Morris-R [4]

9 INDIANA – Rush-B, Hibbert, Ford, Nesterovic, Jack, McRoberts, Baston & Croshere [6]
10 NEW JERSEY – Lopez-B, Najera, Dooling, Simmons, Jianlian, Hayes, Anderson-R, CDRHodge [9]
11 CHICAGO – Vinnie Del Negro [new coach] & Rose [2]
12 CHARLOTTE – Larry Brown [new coach], Morrison [returns healthy], May [returns healthy], Augustin, Ajinca & Brown-S [5]
13 MILWAUKEE – Scott Skiles [new coach], Alexander, Mbah a Moute, Jefferson, Ridnour, Griffin, Jones-Da, Lue, Allen-M & Elson [5]
14 NEW YORK – Mike D’Antoni [new coach], Gallinari, Duhon, Houston, Ewing-P/Jr & Roberson [4]
15 MIAMI – Eric Spoelstra [new coach], Wade [returns healthy], Beasley, Chalmers, Diawara, Jones-J & Magloire [5]

** unsigned 2008 Draft Pick

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Instead of talking ‘Loud & Proud‘ at this point in the PRE-SEASON … on the first day of training camp, no less … it might behoove this version of the RapShow to simply try and ‘Walk the Walk’ properly, at first … for one of the few times in the history of this franchise … AND LEAVE THE TALKING OUT OF IT COMPLETELY, considering the fact that this team has advanced to the 2nd Round of the Playoffs only ONE TIME in its 13 year history.

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Although it isn’t quite the same as Ubuntu, the 2008-2009 Raptors would do well to embrace the following sentiment first popularized by acclaimed RoughRider, Theodore Roosevelt, over 100 years ago:

“Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.”A West African proverb

There is still a long and arduous journey ahead for this team.

Who are those guys?

September 27, 2008

It truly is amazing who the influences are in our lives.

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Legendary actor Paul Newman dies at 83 after long battle with cancer
With his strong, classically handsome face and piercing blue eyes, Newman was a heartthrob just as likely to play against his looks, becoming a favourite with critics for his convincing portrayals of rebels, tough guys and losers. “I was always a character actor,” he once said. “I just looked like Little Red Riding Hood.”

Newman had a soft spot for underdogs in real life, giving tens of millions to charities through his food company and setting up camps for severely ill children. Passionately opposed to the Vietnam War, and in favour of civil rights, he was so famously liberal that he ended up on president Richard Nixon’s “enemies list,” one of the actor’s proudest achievements, he liked to say.

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Without ever meeting him, it is still safe to say that Mr. Newman was, without a doubt, one of mine.

Actor, husband, father, sportsman, activist … etc.

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May those Raindrops Keep Falling On Your Head … even now.

Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head
And just like the guy whose feet are too big for his bed
Nothin’ seems to fit
Those raindrops are fallin’ on my head, they keep fallin’

So I just did me some talkin’ to the sun
And I said I didn’t like the way he got things done
Sleepin’ on the job
Those raindrops are fallin’ on my head, they keep fallin’

But there’s one thing I know
The blues they send to meet me won’t defeat me
It won’t be long till happiness steps up to greet me

Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head
But that doesn’t mean my eyes will soon be turnin’ red
Cryin’s not for me
‘Cause I’m never gonna stop the rain by complainin’
Because I’m free
Nothin’s worryin’ me

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It won’t be long till happiness steps up to greet me

Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head
But that doesn’t mean my eyes will soon be turnin’ red
Cryin’s not for me
‘Cause I’m never gonna stop the rain by complainin’
Because I’m free
Nothin’s worryin’ me

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Butch & Sundance

Trailer

Robert Redford Interview

Paul Newman Interview

in my book … are Style & Class, personified.

UPDATE: Paul Newman, 83: Acting legend.

Raptors unveil … a new way to make money for MLSE

September 26, 2008

Unlike some others in the hoops’ blogosphere …

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Black is the new Red: Raptors unveil new third jersey
Olympic medalists Chris Bosh and Jose Calderon unveiled the Raptor’s alternate road uniform Thursday at Air Canada Centre in front of fans, guests and some guy named Matt Devlin. They look pretty slick.

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for this corner, keeping this franchise solidly IN THE BLACK … majorly in the BLACK, in fact, to the Raptuous Tune of Big-Time profits … is all it’s been about for the Dinos, since the shift in ownership, several years ago, from the original John Bitove/Isiah Thomas group to the all-encompassing conglomerate control of the parent company known as Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment [MLSE].

In terms of black unis, to these eyes, this style belongs, first and foremost, to the original San Antonio Spurs, then les infants terribles Orlando Magic, and best of all to the 6-time World Champions, Chicago Bulls, of a different completely era.

In today’s game, however … when organizations like the Lakers and the Pistons and the Celtics [etc.] – historically talented and championship-worthy NBA teams – are choosing to keep their focus on things like winning and tradition, this corner takes particular note … in sharp constrast to some other otpp-rich-and-larry-come-lately-wannabee outfits, without a single appearance in an NBA Finals to their credit yet, but a slew of less-than-.500 finishes, and a number of seasons with 1st Round Playoff exits … who seem most intent, not on doing what’s necessary to build a championship calibre NBA team, down-the-road for this franchise … e.g. like acquiring the best available young talent [i.e. Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge or Rudy Gay, in the 2006 NBA Draft] with considerable upside for their roster … but on making the MOST MOOLA possible, for their ownership group, while distributing an insidious and lethal does of treadmill-status-camoflaging Kool-Aid to their rabid fan base, year after year after year after …  

IT SIMPLY MAKES THIS STOMACH WANT TO WRETCH. 

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Black is NOT the new Red for the Toronto Raptors.
Far from it.

BLACK is simply the colour it’s been ‘about’ for this ‘outfit’ since that ownership transfer took place, behind closed doors … only difference is, now it’s also on full public display, merchandising style, for everyone else to see for themselves.

New York State of Mind

September 26, 2008

This corner, for one, Truly, Madly, Deeply believes in & respects the fundamental human dignity of Stephon Xavier Marbury … as evidenced in this interview, from yesterday, with Bruce Beck:

Marbury Speaks Out About Future With Knicks

[on a bigger picture]

“First of all, I would just like to say how good God is, how good he’s been to me, whereas talking about being waived this year … it’s nothing … because being in this peaceful place [as a state-of-mind-and-body-and-spirit] … it’s the best thing that has ever happened to me … and, Playing basketball, it’s so small, you know, it’s a bigger, bigger picture going on, as far as me being waived and if I’m gonna be here and all of the speculation … at the end of the day, I wanna play basketball, so it doesn’t matter if I’m waived or not.”

[on the correct framework for success]

“I’ve worked extremely hard, I worked out six months straight, you know, I dedicated myself to gettin back in the best shape of my life, I’m 200 lbs, I’m 7.5 body fat, uhmm … I’m eating right, I’m living right, I’m doing all of the things, I’m doing all of the things that I’m supposed to do to put myself in the situation where I can come out and be a dominant force … I’m mentally right, physically right, spiritually right … I’m inclined with myself, I’m in tune with what I have to do on the basketball court … I mean, I’m ready to play basketball, and it doesn’t where.”

[on when & what to fight]

“I felt like I have a lot to prove … you know, a lot of people have said that I can’t play anymore, you know, you have reporters walkin around with no spirit, sayings things about me that aren’t true, and they can say those things because they’re not, they don’t feel anything within themselves, so you know, when I hear the things that they’re saying, I’m like, wow, that’s malicious, you know to say these things about me and to talk about me the way that they’ve been talkin about me, it’s wrong … so for me, the only thing I can fight is principalities, I can’t fight people.”

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Yes, it’s a long interview … at 13+ minutes.
Watch it all for yourself.

Laugh if you will, but … to these ears, heart, and mind … there’s an awful lot to genuinely like about this young man.

Hopefully he will find a place to ply his trade this season.

No human being is perfect, or can ever come close to reaching that standard … BUT each and everyone of us deserves a second chance … and a third, and a fourth, and fifth, and a sixth, etc., etc., etc.

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IF

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream–and not make dreams your master,
If you can think–and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings–nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And–which is more–you’ll be a Man, my son!

–Rudyard Kipling

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Doing the best that you can do, at all times, is the best that you can hope for and achieve.

Taking on all comers

September 25, 2008

Reading this specific blog entry … precipitated the following thought:

If you could construct your ideal 12-man team of current NBA players, who would you select?

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Hmmmmmmm …

From that many possibilities, there would be some exceptionally difficult choices to make … and a lot of supremely talented and valuable players left out in the cold.

Regardless … according to these eyes,

these are the Dirtiest Dozen, in the NBA today:

[listed by position & role]

Starters
PG – Lebron James … far and away his best and most natural position
G/F – Dwyane Wade … the best, taking it to the rack, in the half-court
G/F – Kobe Bryant … Samarai Warrior
PF – Kevin Garnett … Rebounding & Energy are thy true names
C – Greg Oden [my, oh, my] … that’s right, before he’s played a game 

Key Bench Subs
PG – Deron Williams … well-balanced in every respect
G/F – Manu Ginobili … the best 6th Man in existence
PF/C – Tim Duncan … the best combo Big in existence

Reserves
PG – Steve Nash … still the best facilitaor in the business, bar none
G/F – Tracy McGrady … multi-purpose player
PF/C – Amare Stoudemire … multi-purpose player
PF/C – Rasheed Wallace … multi-purpose player

Coach – Philip Patrick Jackson Riley … ‘The Sacred Winner Hoops Within’

“Train them … Excite them … and, Turn them Loose … “

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There you go!

Now … Which 12 players would you choose for your team?

[PLEASE NOTE: Who you choose, in what positions & roles, and who you leave out, says a lot about your unique vision of the game.]

Hakuna Matata … in South Beach

September 25, 2008

Two very positive and productive comments, from an article yesterday, on the present situation, going forward for the Miami Heat …

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Beasley, Chalmers put rookie symposium experience behind them
“I’m not worried about it,” Heat guard Dwyane Wade told The Associated Press. “I think it could carry over, but from being around them the last few nights, I can see that they’re not going to be a problem. Mario knows he has an opportunity to compete for a starting spot. Beasley knows the same thing. They have an unbelievable opportunity in this league, and they need to understand the culture of the Heat and how we do things. They didn’t have that this summer.” [on what it means to be a member of the Heat]

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“I would say that’s where my immaturity played a factor,” Beasley said. “I’m 19, so I kind of tried to be a kid and get away with it. … But it was kind of eating away at me, just to watch my teammate go through so much and be basically hiding behind the lights. I just felt it was the right thing for my team, and just to stand by my teammate.” [on what it means to be 19, with a lot to learn]

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Baby steps, gentlemen … baby steps.

It’s important to be able to put your past behind you … with the full support of your friends and family.

Some things money can’t buy

September 24, 2008

Okay.

Sticking with today’s theme of irresistibility …

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Hou’s back; Steph, too, for now
“There wouldn’t be no negotiation,” Marbury said. “They’re going to give me all my money. … If they want to waive me and give me all my money, fine. If not, …” 

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Given the latest news from the former 1st Round Draft Pick of the Milwaukee Bucks (1996, No. 4 overall) … someone needs to create a new commercial for the “Comments of Steph” … along the lines of:

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Scene 1 – “Random Steph comment #1 … $5.99

Scene 2 – “Random Steph comment #2 … $1.98

Scene 3 – “Random Steph comment #3 … $21,900,000.00

Scene 4 – “Being in a place you’re wanted … AND trying to help the New York Knicks win a championship … Priceless. There are some things money can’t buy. For everything else … there’s Marburyscard.”
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Then, again … maybe not. -)