Monthly Archive for: ‘July, 2009’

China Fires One Over the Stern

The communist-run Chinese media is right about Yao. The NBA treats its players like tires on a sports car: it rides them hard and fast, then tosses them aside.

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As Goes Lamar Odom…

On June 16, 2009, in a blog entitled “Dynasty for Sale or Rent,” I wrote, “Maybe beating Orlando was the …

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The Lakers’ Road is getting harder and harder

Phil Jackson often uses the metaphor of a journey when he talks about winning a championship. Using his metaphor, the …

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Artest for Ariza?! What were the Lakers thinking?!!!

During the 2009 NBA Playoffs: Trevor Ariza shot 50% from the floor. Ron Artest shot 39%. Trevor Ariza shot 48% from the arc. Ron Artest shot 28%. Trevor Ariza made clutch defensive stops again and again for the Lakers. Ron Artest, a supposed lock down defender, made boneheaded decisions that resulted in technical fouls and ejections. Trevor Ariza knows the intricacies of the triangle offense and is productive in it. Ron Artest doesn’t, and frankly doesn’t have a reputation for being the brightest bulb in the ceiling. Trevor Ariza is young and getting better. Ron Artest is declining. Ron Artest is a stronger BRAND name than Trevor Ariza, but Trevor is the better player — especially for the Lakers.

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