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Monday, April 23, 2007

Things That Make You Go Hmmm...

C & C Music Factory once sang about Things That Make You Go Hmmmm.... Here are a few items to add to the list:

1) Why did the Dallas Mavericks, sporting the best regular season record in the NBA, change their starting lineup to adjust to the eighth seeded Golden State Warriors? If you are the best team in the league, shouldn't other teams have to adjust to you? This question was posed by Charles Barkley on TNT; it will be interesting to see how Dallas Coach Avery Johnson responds in game two.

2) Is Steve Nash really "making his teammates better" when Leandro Barbosa uses his speed to go coast to coast and score?
2 B) Or when Shawn Marion uses his quickness to get an offensive rebound putback?
2 C) Isn't it more accurate to say that Nash is a great player who is surrounded by players who are good/very good?

3) Is Kobe Bryant making his teammates worse when Kwame Brown fumbles passes and misses point blank shots?
3 B) Or when Smush Parker makes poor decisions, argues with his Hall of Fame coach and loses any interest in playing defense?
3 C) Isn't it more accurate to say that Bryant is a great player who is surrounded by a supporting cast that is not very talented and that has been decimated by injuries?

4) Did anyone notice that Kobe Bryant shot a better percentage from the field (15-33; .455) than Steve Nash (7-17; .412) did on Sunday? Bryant accomplished this despite not having a single All-Star on his team to carry part of the load (Nash has All-Stars Marion and Amare Stoudemire, plus Leandro Barbosa, the newly crowned Sixth Man of they Year). Phoenix can win even if Nash shoots poorly; the Lakers have had trouble beating anyone recently unless Bryant scores 40-plus points while shooting a good to excellent percentage from the field (.450 or above).

5) You would not know this unless you were inside Quicken Loans Arena, but Cleveland fans boo much more loudly when the overhead scoreboard displays either the University of Michigan or Pittsburgh Steelers logos than they do in response to anything that happens on the court. The recent increase in attendance at the Q shows that fans support LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers--but Cleveland will always be first and foremost a Browns town and Ohio will always be first and foremost a football state.

Bonus: I realized that I left out an important "Hubie-ism" from my recent list of seven favorite phrases used by my favorite NBA analyst, so here is an eighth staple of almost any telecast featuring Brown:

When you miss a layup or a dunk in the NBA, the opposing team will score within three to five seconds

Brown has admitted that he does not know why this is the case but it is something that he mentions quite frequently and it certainly seems to be true a significant portion of the time (the Suns often score within three to five seconds of a made basket but that is a different story). My theory about this is that when a team misses a layup or dunk several of their players are often gathered right around the hoop, so a defensive rebound followed by a quick outlet pass will likely lead to an advantage fast break (3 on 2 or 2 on 1).

posted by David Friedman @ 10:40 PM


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At Tuesday, April 24, 2007 6:41:00 PM, Blogger marcel said...

for the last time when steve nash dont play they aint no good they cant beat anybody consistently they went 1-3 he came back and they got right back on track david kobe team was 27-14 he wasnt scoreing 40 points a game and lamar odom was hurt in game 21 and they went 12-8 without him it aint that the players arent no good it's that great players make role players better he was doing that the first 41 and he didnt the last 41 thats it kobe is a great player best in the league but nash has better intangibles thats all im saying shawn marion only plays well when he has a nash or kidd type point guard if you ask him to get the ball and create his own shot he cant do that. same thing with barbosa if he's not in transition he's not as effective in half court setting. stoudamire is good either way he could create his own shot but he's better in a nash type setting or transition so saying he plays with better players is half right but the other half is that he makes them better as well your undermineing his greatness. steve nash would run and gun with the lakers wouldnt be as efective but they would still be good team. kobe could win with phoenix as well but he would have to play like he did the first 41 with the lakers to be effective

At Wednesday, April 25, 2007 4:07:00 AM, Blogger David Friedman said...

We're just going around in circles, so I don't know what else to say. If you really believe that the Lakers' season has not been wrecked by injuries to Odom, Brown and Walton plus subpar point guard play then you are entitled to your opinion. I can't imagine that there is a single knowledgeable person who has watched the team play who would agree with you. If Kobe had not averaged 40 ppg during March then the Lakers would not have even made the playoffs; they had lost several in a row when Coach Jackson told Kobe to take over, which is when he started his string of 50-point games.

Michael Jordan used to be accused of not making players better and his response was that you can't make chicken salad out of chicken you know what. The Lakers right now are chicken you know what.

At Wednesday, April 25, 2007 11:04:00 AM, Blogger marcel said...

steve nash is great kobe is great how about that they impact there teams in diffrent ways david thats it

At Wednesday, April 25, 2007 1:45:00 PM, Blogger David Friedman said...



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