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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Are The Lakers This Good? Or...

...is George Karl a terrible coach?

I'd say it is a disastrous (for Denver fans, anyway) combination of both.

Not to take anything away from the Lakers. They are damn good. They pass as well as any team I've watched in the playoffs; maybe Boston is equally good.

But these Nuggets are just embarrassing. Think about it: the have Carmello Anthony, who is (supposedly) one of the best players in the league. They've got A.I., who still can ball--I don't care how old he is. They have an explosive PF in Kenyon Martin, and a 2- or 3-time Defensive Player of the Year in Marcus Camby. Throw in a bunch of really good role players, and on paper, this should clearly be one of the best teams in the NBA.

But that's on paper. Anthony is vastly overrated with a shitty attitude. Kenyon Martin, the same. A.I. seems to be the only guy who actually gives a shit as to what is going on during the game (and I suppose Camby). They whine, they swear at the refs, and seemingly blame each other for bad plays on the court. In fact, in the last 5 minutes of this game, Mello got T'd up, every call that goes against them gets an exasperated look from their players and Karl, the crowd is booing every call...and he doesn't call a time-out. Doesn't make a substitution. Doesn't call a play to try to get an easy bucket. Literally, the guy didn't do one thing. And now LA is up 21 points.

If I were a Nuggets fan, I would want George Karl fired not at the end of the season--no, I would want his dumb ass fired during the fourth quarter. Unprecedented move? Yes. Deserving? Emphatically yes. This is just as embarrassing of a performance as you could imagine. Your team goes down in a 2-0 hole, but you've got the home crowd to look forward to (who were jacked up at the beginning of the game)--and you respond by whining and blaming everything on the refs. Meanwhile, the Lakers put on an assist clinic and completely undress you at home. Ridiculous.

Again, no slight against the Lakers--I think after watching these first 3 games, they have to be my favorite to make the Finals. Perhaps us few NBA fans left will get to see the dream Lakers-Celtics series we have been hoping for the entire second half of the season after all.

But ultimately

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but ultimately what??? But ultimately the Spurs are going to break our hearts and ruin the dream match-up? 'cause you know those boring, whiny, fundamental fucks are going to do that again...
I don't know why I got cut off there. And frankly, I don't remember what I typed, so we're leaving it.

That said, there is always a good chance of that happening, and I am about the only person in America that doesn't mind it. I like the Spurs. Sorry.
Certainly this is just as embarrassing of a performance as you could imagine.

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