Wednesday, December 31, 2008
These are happy times for Hawks fans so I'm not even going to nitpick today. I hope everyone has a splendid New Year and hopefully we'll pick up in 2009 right where we left off in 2008.
Although I hope sometime between now and the New Year Coach Woodson finds some minutes for Acie Law (without Flip alongside him). WE just want to know if he's capable.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
The officials were just ridiculous in the third quarter, but of course no one will mention it...... except Drew.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
That’s a line from Atlanta’s home-grown rapper T.I. off of the song “Live Your Life,” and that sentence pretty much sums up what rookie phenom O.J. Mayo is right now. He just has IT. He was in town recently to play the Atlanta Hawks as well as to help introduce the marketing agency Eighty81, which is opening up a new office in Atlanta. I caught up with him for a few minutes to get his thoughts on life in the league.
Calandra Coone: What’s life like in the NBA? How is it different from college?
O.J. Mayo: I think it’s all the travel, you know, the climate changes. The travel is really rough going from city to city. You go from a cold city to a warm city and you’ve really just got to make sure you get enough rest.
C.C.: You’re averaging over 20 points per game, so you seem to be adjusting pretty well. Is Rookie of the Year something you’re shooting for?
O.J.: Nah, not really. I’m not really a person who looks for individual goals. I’m more of a team-goals type of person. I’m just looking to help better our team.
C.C.: What was it like for you on draft night being traded from the Timberwolves to the Grizzlies? Did you take that personally?
O.J.: Well, it just let me know that the NBA is definitely a business. I didn’t know I got traded until I saw it on TV. So it just let me know that it’s a business and I have to maintain, be a professional and stay strong.
C.C.: Are you going to be extra-motivated when you face the Timberwolves for the first time?
O.J.: Yeah probably so, haha, probably so.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
One thing that stuck out to me was Josh Smith's turnover (bad pass) with 5:36 left to play. Turnovers are bad, they really are, but turnovers should also be quantified because some are worse than others.
For instance, if Josh is dribbling out of control when there's a more capable guy to his left or right and he turns the ball over, that's a bad turnover. Unforgivable.
However, if Josh just got a steal and he sees a teammate ahead and he tries to throw the ball to him but it sails out of bounds that's a turnover I can live with. Why? Because of the intent. I see what he was trying to do and it was a good idea, it just didn't work out.
I guess coach Woodson doesn't quite look at turnovers the same way I do and hey I don't blame him, he's obviously a bottom line kind of guy.
He yanked Josh at that point (while they were clinging to a two point lead and had completely lost the ability to score) and he didn't put him back in until there was only 1:53 left and that two point lead had turned into a 10 point deficit.
Josh is not the best defender in the league.
Josh is not the best defender in the East.
Josh is probably not the best defender in the Southeastern division.
Josh is the best defender on the Atlanta Hawks.
Josh was bad on offense.
Josh was not bad on defense.
Since Woody is a bottom line sorta guy he should have thought to himself since we can't score maybe I'd better try to stop Houston from scoring.
Woody could have genuinely thought Za Za was a better defensive option at that point. We'll never know because no one asked him. Maybe he was trying to teach Josh a lesson. Hey, I'm all for getting your point across, but there's a time and a place for it. That was not the time. Berate him during the time out, question his heart, question his manhood, then put him back on the floor because as bad as you need a bucket, you need a stop.
Yes he was dreadful leading up to the turnover. He missed three or four shots in a row to help Houston get back into the game. Dreadful.
But, for everything he was lacking on offense he was still pretty effective on defense. The bottom line is even though he was having a bad night, he was still the best option at the time.
I have no idea what to make of this team right now. All I know is if they are going to be bad, I want them to be all the way bad. Don't be middle of the lottery bad. Be number one pick bad. I know its waaaaay too early for this talk, but I'm seeing some of the same things this season that I've seen in the previous four seasons. That's not good.
For a thorough analysis of the game go see Brett.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
I am not a stat geek, not by any stretch of the imagination. I don’t feel like stats always tell the whole truth. Besides that, stats sometimes get in the way of the opinion I want to have about certain players. Sometimes they work against the point I’m trying to make so I just don’t deal with them.
Every time I watch the Hawks play I get this nagging feeling that when Acie Law and Flip Murray are on the floor at the same time nothing good happens. Now of course I had nothing concrete to back this up, but this feeling just kept intensifying so I finally decided to look it up Friday night after the Hawks lost to the Raptors. I went to 82games.com and I was not surprised to learn that I in fact was correct. The Law Murray combo this season is absolutely awful. In defense of Murray, he’s equally as awful when he’s on the floor at the same time as Marvin Williams and Maurice Evans. In defense of Law, when he’s on the floor with Maurice Evans it’s also dreadful. It's not just the two of them together. See, this is exactly why I don’t bother with stats. The only point I wanted to make is that Coach Woodson should stop playing Law and Murray together unless there is absolutely no one else available. I don’t just limit that to point guards and shooting guards. I mean they shouldn’t be on the floor together unless there is no one else available in uniform. It feels that bad when they are on the court at the same time. What I discovered is that Woodson needs to not play Acie, Flip or Maurice much at all. Now that doesn’t make any sense. I told you stats don’t tell the whole truth.
The Washington Wizards fired Eddie Jordan last week after they started the season 1-10. My only feelings on this are if they were ready to fire him after only 11 games they might as well have fired him last season. They obviously weren’t convinced he was the right person for the job anyway.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Since I wasn't there for the photoshoot
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
If Randolph Morris gets to play meaningful minutes my head might explode. If I'm not back here to update this blog (at the very latest Monday morning), that's why.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Why couldn't it be anyone but him?
I thought two things while this game was unfolding, in this order.
1. Al picked up two early fouls in the 1st quarter so there's a good possibility we won't see him again until Friday against the Nets. No, this isn't last season, Woody knows better...... Even still, the Hawks built a double digit lead and as it started to dwindle I knew at any moment we'd see Al again. Any moment didn't come until the 3rd quarter. Really Mike? Really? Randolph Morris gets meaningful minutes. Really? Really? (expletive, expletive, expletive)
2. If Josh Smith were playing we would have won this game. There's no doubt in my mind about that.
* Bonus thought: I hate Paul Pierce.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Drew was also big enough to give Mike Woodson credit for a job well done. I'm not there yet. Yes, I'm probably being petty, but still. I have four loooooong years of frustration I'm dealing with. I'll be the first one to write a post criticizing him when he starts mismanaging minutes, fouling players out of the game in the first half and insisting on playing Randolph Morris meaningful minutes, but I'm only human. Forgive me. I will give him credit for inspiring them to play defense. That's as far as I'm willing to go right now.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
The Philadelphia Phillies won the World Series. Cole Hammels was named MVP. I'm happy for Jimmy Rollins because the fans in Philly have been hard on him at different points in his career. Earlier this year they were pissed at him cuz he was pissed at them for booing the team. I'm glad he's been somewhat vindicated.
There were a lot of other games in the NBA tonight, but I honestly don't give a damn about any of the rest of them.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
NOW, THAT'S HOW YOU CELEBRATE! The Rays are going to the World Series. As a Yankees fan I really don't care who wins it when we aren't playing. Well, unless Boston is playing, then I'm rooting for the other team no matter who it is. Anyway, the Rays will face the Phillies. I'm going to say the Rays will win it because I'm an American League girl.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
The Yankees missed the playoffs for the first time in over a decade. And to add insult to injury, they just gave Brian Cashman an extension thru 2011. Really? Really? I mean what has Cashman done to deserve an extension? I really can't think of anything right now. I am of the thinking he needs to go. And, he should take Hank with him. Neither of them have a clue at this point. The players were all pretty much horrible this season. Melky and Cano regressed. Jeter and A-Rod struggled. Johnny Damon still throws like a girl. Carl Pavano made it back and he started more games towards the end of the season than he's started in any of the seasons combined prior to this one. Okay, that's not true, but it feels like it. Joba got hurt. Wang got hurt. Cashman didn't do anything to address those issues and keep the team in contention. Luckily we get 3 more seasons of this type of inactivity.
Gilbert Arenas had to undergo another surgery just months after signing that monstrous contract. Penny Hardaway was his favorite player growing up. Looks to me like he's following in Penny's footsteps.
Jaguars offensive lineman Richard Collier was shot 14 times in the month of September and has just had to have his leg amputated. He's also paralyzed from the waist down. It's just a horrible situation and the NFL needs to do something to address player safety. Yeah he was out in the early hours of the morning, but you know what I hang out like that on the weekends too and it doesn't mean I want to get shot. The league can't expect these players to just go to practice and games then spend the rest of their time at home so they need to take small steps to look out for these guys. One thing they need to consider is not publicizing these players salaries all over the world wide web. Of course we all assume a player is making a lot of money since he's in the NFL, but we don't need to know exactly how much.
My Eagles are off to a 2-2 start. Brian Westbrook missed the last game with an ankle injury and the team looked lost without him. They are so average when he's not on the field it's ridiculous. And to think they were hesitant about paying him more money. He should go back to the negotiating table and ask for even more money as far as I'm concerned.
Roger Federer won the U.S. Open. I knew he wouldn't go through the whole year without winning one of the four major tournaments. He is getting a little long in the tooth though. We'll see if he's still able to catch Pete Sampras.
Serena Williams won on the women's side. She regained the #1 ranking for the first time in a handful of years.
The Hawks open up training camp soon and I can't wait to see what this new team looks like. They decided to keep Mike Woodson around because those two weeks in the playoffs apparently mean more than the 4 years preceding them. I'll have more on this later. Okay this post is so random, I'm gonna let it go, but I'll be back with an NBA preview soon.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Yankees fans don't resign themselves to failure in August!
I mean, yeah they're several games out of contention for the AL East and or Wild Card, but its barely the middle of August and there are a lot of games left. It's too early to concede!
At the end of it I wrote:
I'm not ready to concede this season. I won't believe the Yankees are out of it until they are officially out of it. 6 games is a lot, but there's still time.
I believe that.
I've changed my mind.
Friday, August 15, 2008
We're going to win it next year," he said. "If we need to add a top veteran pitcher, we'll do that. We'll do whatever we need to do. Next year, we'll be extremely dangerous."
Monday, August 4, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I was born into a sports family. My father is Buck Godfrey who is the head football coach at Southwest Dekalb High School and the winningest high school football coach in Dekalb County history. My mother coached Pop Warner football at Glenwood Hills Park. She led her team to an undefeated season. Yes, my mother!
Not only did my father coach football, he also coached our summer league swimming team and the high school swim team at Towers High School and SWD. He taught me how to swim at the age of three. I began swimming competitively at the age of five. There were very few girls swimming at the time so I would have to swim the boys in my age group. It definitely helped me build character at an early age!
What is your favorite sport to play?
I am definitely good for a nice swimming workout from time to time! It used to be hard to swim recreationally because after so many years of training you kind of look at the pool like, "man, I sure did put in a lot of hours throughout my life." Training for swimming is arduous! It can be grueling at times. Nonetheless, it is the best exercise for your body, hands down.
Sporty Girls, Inc. is a non-profit organization which encourages young African-American girls to swim, play golf, tennis and soccer while developing lifestyle skills. We are in the midst of our first summer camp right now!! It has been extremely exciting!!! I am so thankful.
SGI was a dream that I had about two years ago. Growing up, my relay team and I were the only Black girls in the water for a number of years. We were very good and very successful. (We still have two records that stand in the Dekalb County Summer League Record books. One record is 23 years old.) All of us received full scholarships to swim in college. Two of us went to Florida A&M University. One attended Georgia Southern and the other went to Howard University. All of our degrees were free because we chose a sport that most African-American girls just don't do. So I thought to myself, why not create a way for girls from all economic backgrounds to be exposed to the sports "we" don't generally participate in on a professional level. There are scholarships being given in these sports, but they are not going to our youth because we simply have never participated in it.
Swimming also helped me to foster great relationships. The girls on my relay team were also in my wedding. That's what swimming did for me.
I think all sports offer the same things. Since we traditionally aren't seen in a swim suit, with golf clubs, with a racket, with shin splints; it gives them that much more confidence to believe that they can accomplish anything by succeeding in those non-traditional sports.
I never feel awkward! I've been around male athletes all my life! I've always considered myself the 'feminine tomboy" so I can relate to males very well! I know how to form good relationships with athletes. They gain respect by your approach and your knowledge of the game. I think I've done a great job with both of those.
I've also been given the opportunity to do some new things with "Better Mornings" on CBS 46, so television is definitely up next!
If you want to learn more about Sporty Girls Inc. or you want to make a donation, log onto the website or write to:
Sporty Girls Inc.
P.O. box 4390
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Please visit www.rashanali.net to learn more about Rashan.
Monday, July 21, 2008
I hope Josh Smith leaves. Don't get me wrong I adore almost everything about Josh Smith, but this organization is inept and I do not want him to be locked in an untenable situation somewhere down the line. If I typed faster this would go a hell of a lot smoother. Anyway, a lot of the personalities in the town have decided that there's no market for Josh since he didn't get an offer. They love to point to Philly and L.A. and say see they wined and dined him and even they passed on him. What they fail to acknowledge are two very important things. 1 Elton Brand opted out. While I wouldn't have given him $90 million bucks coming off an achilles injury, he is a career 20 pt 10 rebound guy so I can see why Philly rolled the dice on that one. 2. The opportunity for L.A. to get Marcus Camby for literally nothing arose so of course they couldn't pass on that. It's not that Josh isn't worthy, it's that he's restricted. So, if they made him an offer they knew they'd risk having their money be tied up for a week while the inept Atlanta Spirit decided whether or not they were going to match it. I can see why they went in another direction, but others feel like its because Josh isn't worth it. Believe me they wouldn't have wined and dined him if they weren't genuinely interested. Elton Brand opting out couldn't have come at a worse time for Josh Smith.
Everyone in this town seem to think Josh has no right to not want to play for Coach Woodson. This irks me the most. Damn near his whole coaching staff left this offseason. Why do you think that is? Did they leave to become head coaches? Nope, they made lateral moves. Even they had the sense to try to get the hell away from Woody. A couple of them tried to leave last season, but since they were contractually obligated Billy made them stay. Larry Drew is still here, but Brett Lagree (Hoopinion) and I are in agreement about the fact that he must long to have the words Interim Head Coach attached to his name. I'll link to Brett's post later. If I forget remind me or just go to my worth a look section. I'm even more annoyed that EVERYONE is so quick to forget the last four years just because the Hawks took the stinkin Celtics to 7 games! Four years does not 2 weeks undo. Mike Woodson didn't all of a sudden become a good coach just because the Hawks managed to win 3 games against them for no other reason than the fans at Philips arena. If the Hawks were winning in spite of Woody (which I firmly believe they did) for the 82 games prior to the playoffs why the hell would they all of a sudden start winning because of him just because its the playoffs? He's not a good coach, I don't care what anyone says. And while we're talking about the celtics series that has everyone jaded, let's talk about the fact that not one time did they bother to show up against the Celtics in Boston. Not once. Alot of that was Woody's fault. Anytime one of the key starters picked up 2 fouls I knew we wouldn't see him again until the game was way out of reach and I assure you that's how the games in Boston played out. Everyone wants the players to trust the coach, but he didn't even trust his players enough to let them play with 2 fouls in the first half. Give me a break. My 2o minutes is almost up, but I'm far from done, at least I think I'm far from done so I'm going to go for 15 more minutes.
Joe Johnson is a very good player, but in real life he only averaged about 4 more points than Josh. So if you're going to tell me Joe is worth $14 million then surely Josh is worth 10 or 11 million. I mean, numbers do matter in this instance don't they? I don't understand how Josh Smith can bear the brunt of the responsibility for everything that ails this team when he's still on his rookie contract, while Joe gets to mosey on through season after season never taking any responsibility for the team's shortcomings. He's the max player on this team so if they aren't winning shouldn't he take a little heat for that. When the Lakers are losing Kobe gets the blame, when the LeBron's are losing people ask LeBron to do more, when the Rockets fail to get out of the first round time and time again, people blame T-Mac. They don't blame the role players. Somehow Joe has been able to escape all criticism. It's really mind blowing. I can't explain it. I swear I don't think the air conditioning is working right now. My glass of wine is getting extremely warm and as we all know you need to have a Moscato chilled. Anyway, back to the Atlanta Spirit. everyone wants us to believe that they are just playing their hand by literally doing nothing where either of the Josh's are concerned. Puhleeze. This group has been inept for many years now all of a sudden I'm supposed to believe they're 2 steps ahead of everyone else. Are you kidding me? They assured us that re-signing the Josh's was priority number one, so why do neither of them have a contract? Are they trying to lowball them? Particularly Josh Smith. Just because bad timing prevented him from getting the $55-65 million he deserves that doesn't mean he should sign with the Hawks for well under what he's worth. josh is undervalued in Atlanta from so many angles its ridiculous. I honestly don't think people understand how important he is/was to this team. Joe didn't do it by himself. One of the radio personalities said he doesn't think Josh plays hard every night. That's fine, but if him dogging it was only 4 points different than Joe playing his ass off then that leads me to one of two conclusions. Either he's way better than we give him credit for or Joe isn't nearly as good as we make him out to be. I mean if he has to play all out just to average 4 more points than a guy who only shows up half the time...... I love this Leona Lewis song playing in the background. I really should buy her album, or just download it. Back to Josh, I hope he doesn't let them lowball him. You are worth double digits don't let anyone tell you differently. Sign that one year qualifying offer, insure you legs and arms and anything else that is important to you being a successful basketball player (if J-Lo can insure her rump surely Josh can insure his legs.) Play out of your mind next season and about halfway through when you're averaging 20 and 10 and headed to the All star game come out publicly and let the Hawks know there is no way on God's green earth you are going to re-sign with them. Let it be known you won't be fielding emails or phone calls from anyone associated with the Atlanta Spirit llc. They had their chance to sign you for like 2 years straight and they decided to play wait and see so now they get to wait until the end of the season to see you go sign with someone else. Time.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Brett and his agent cannot really believe the Packers are going to be stupid enough to let him play somewhere else without getting any type of compensation for him. He still has 3 years left on his contract and they own his rights. Brett is about to learn that the NFL really is a business and even though he's a legend he is not bigger than the team. At least he isn't anymore.
Poor Aaron Rodgers is probably supremely annoyed with that lil diva, but he'll never say it. The fans in Green Bay would never forgive him if he started talking reckless about Brett.
Either way I'm tired of this. ESPN isn't even bothering to cover other stories. I really want him to make a decision and stick with it. He's always been able to live with his decision to throw into triple coverage leading to an interception so he needs to just decide with that same "If this is the wrong decision I'll live with it" mindset. Seriously, this song and dance is getting old!
Matt Jones, wide receiver for the Jacksonville Jags is a cokehead......
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
P.S. Chris Douglas Roberts did not go in the first round. WTF?
My girl Holly Mac was not feeling OJ, but I think he looks handsome other than the shoes. The outfit fits the image he has been projecting. He looks slightly lame, and I like slightly lame guys.
DJ Augustin looks fabulous! I love these colors on him.
Mike Beasley played it safe. He so looks like he knew he'd be going 2nd overall.
Derrick Rose bored me. Is it asking too much to make a statement when you know you're probably going to go #1? Color please!
This suit is adorable just like the man wearing it!
I'm kinda feeling Brandon Rush's ensemble. The colors look good on him.
Eric Gordon looks a little like he was going to the prom when you get a close view of the suit, howeva I'm glad he took a risk. He went there.
This suit kinda bores me.
He cried waaaaay before you should ever start crying in any draft. And, he did it in a boring suit!
I'll end this post with a pic of Darrell Arthur, the last guy in the green room. Awkward.
Most "draft prognosticators" (I don't wanna call them experts anymore because they are the same people who said Marvin Williams was the best player in the draft a few years ago) say Derrick Rose is going first to Chicago. Although Chicago clearly needs an inside presence, I think they lost faith in Beasley when he measured out just 3 inches shorter than what they had him listed as in college. I mean really, we all know athletes lie about their height all the time, but you can't give yourself 3 whole inches. That's just wrong. Just because he's barely 6"8 it doesn't mean he can't still play power forward in the NBA. Stranger things have happened.
I'm really interested to see where Chris Douglas Roberts and Jerryd Bayless end up for no other reason than the fact that they're cuties.
The only other reason I have to watch the draft is to see what everyone will be wearing. I'll probably do a best and worst dressed on Draft night blog.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Before this series started I, like many others thought the Lakers would win. They were playing fantastic in the playoffs while the Celtics were being pushed around by everyone they faced. The Lakers had all the momentum and it translated into exactly nothing.
Boston won the first two games at home, then the Lakers won Game 3, gave up a 24 point lead in Game 4 then barely won Game 5. The Celtics ran them out of the gym in Game 6 and the rest is history.
This series redefined a lot of Celtic's careers.
KG is now a champion. That's deep because I was pretty convinced he'd join the likes of Karl Malone and Charles Barkley by being one of the best players to never win a championship. He no longer has to worry about that. He wasn't great in the Finals by any stretch of the imagination, but he was decent and for the first time in his career that was enough. He also convinced a whole team to play defense. That in and of itself is amazing. When you can get Sam Cassell to give you a solid defensive effort you've done something correct. You could argue that his teammates were afraid he might actually kill them if they didn't play defense, but either way they got it done. Someone better check on KG over the next couple of days because his head might actually explode.
Paul Pierce was the closest thing to amazing the Celtics had all series long. He went from needing reconstructive knee surgery in Game 1, to Finals MVP in Game 6. You couldn't have scripted it any better than that. The Celtics loyalty to him FINALLY paid off. Most teams just don't wait that long. If Paul Pierce had played in any number of other places he probably would have been traded a couple of years ago. They held onto him and after a few years of making him play in a situation where they were sorta kinda rebuilding, Danny Ainge made a couple of big trades and gave him a legitimate chance to win a championship.
Ray Allen doesn't have to become the next Reggie Miller. He even went all "He Got Game" on the Lakers a few times in the series. I guess when the only thing standing between you and the rim is Sasha Vujacic it tends to make you a little more aggressive.
PJ Brown finally got a championship after being in the league for 37 years. Gotta love that.
Sam Cassell bought his way into his 3rd ring. I'm not mad at him though.
I can't say enough about Brian Scalabrine....................
The person I feel happiest for is Doc Rivers. We needed another black coach to have the ultimate success. He pressed all the right buttons throughout this series. He actually out coached Phil Jackson, don't believe anything else. Even if he didn't always have the right lineups out there he at least made damn sure they played hard. That's something Phil was not able to do with the Lakers. Doc said all the right things to the media, but deep down inside I don't think he was worried at all about half of the things he kept harping on. Kobe Bryant in particular. He was determined to not let Kobe beat them and his team got that message loud and clear. He lost his father early in the season so he probably never really had a chance to mourn. The fact that he was able to hold it together for so long in the interest of leading a group of men to accomplish something great is tremendous.
This series also redefined (maybe only temporarily) at least 2 Laker's careers.
Remember that look in Kobe's eyes I told you all about? Well I thought it was fire, but it turns out it was probably just a little touch of pink eye. Hey, they look the same.
Losing this series was not all Kobe's fault. You can never really pin a series loss on one guy, but someone has to take the blame so congratulations Kobe, it's you! No one is going to remember the fact that Lamar Odom didn't decide to join you in the Finals until Game 3 and then shortly after he disappeared again. No one is going to remember Sasha's inability to stop shooting when he was clearly having an off night. We've already tried to pretend like the Chris Mihm experiment never even happened even though you won that game. We'll forget about how clumsy Pau Gasol seemed throughout the series. We'll also forget about Derrick Fisher's ineffectiveness.
No one is going to remember any of that.
All anyone is going to remember is that you lost in back to back trips to the NBA Finals.
You talked about how you gave your teammates some of your DNA, well obviously it didn't take because I didn't see not one Laker other than you who had the look or the effort of a player who did not want to lose. KG was able to instill something real into his teammates, unfortunately you were not.
Will the Lakers be one of the favorites to win it all next season? Sure, but that won't erase the ass whippin you took in Game 6 of the 2008 Finals from anyone's memory. Luckily for you there's still time for you to right this wrong. It's not like you've never won a championship, but since most people try to minimize your role during the championship years of the Lake Show you need to win one without Shaq to convince everyone of how great you really are.
Phil Jackson a.k.a. The Zen Master got out coached by Doc Rivers. Period. He'll have to wait at least another year for that 10th championship ring. He deserves it for coaching this team like it's November when clearly it's June.
The Celtics were the best team all season long and they were rewarded with a championship.
Party all night.
Set the city on fire.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
• "Tim explained the league officials would tell referees that they should withhold calling technical fouls on certain star players because doing so would hurt ticket sales and television ratings," the letter adds. "As an example, Tim explained how there were times when a referee supervisor would tell referees that NBA Executive X did not want them to call technical fouls on star players or remove them from the game. In January 2000, Referee D went against these instructions and elected a star player in the first quarter of the game. Referee D later was privately reprimanded by the league for that ejection."
• In addition to game-altering allegations, Donaghy's letter claims that many officials carry on "relationships" with team executives, coaches and players that violate their NBA contracts. For example, it said, referees broke NBA rules by hitting up players for autographs, socializing with coaches, and accepting meals and merchandise from teams.
"Tim described one referee's use of a team's practice facility to exercise and another's frequent tennis matches with a team's coach," the letter says.
• The letter also alleges that during a 2005 playoff series, "Team 3 lost the first two games in the series and Team 3's Owner complained to NBA officials. Team 3's Owner alleged that referees were letting a Team 4 player get away with illegal screens. NBA Executive Y told Referee Supervisor Z that the referees for that game were to enforce the screening rules strictly against that Team 4 player. Referee Supervisor Z informed the referees about his instructions. As an alternate referee for that game, Tim also received these instructions.