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    [–] [Littal] LeBron was almost unanimous NBA All-Star MVP. One fan vote for Lillard TheEssexian -2 points ago in nba

    WTF? Few points, rebounds, assists, and steals, and he's on the losing team.

    Yes... he got fewer turnovers.

    Lillard's brother must have been one the people casting votes. He wasn't even the best player on his team. DeRozen got as many points with fewer shots, as many assists, and got more steals, and rebounds, and only one more turnover.

    [–] [Marv Albert Mistake Megathread] Discuss Marv Albert’s mistakes during the 2018 NBA All-Star Game TheEssexian 2 points ago in nba

    You are 100%. I mean... he already did enough to undermine with the sexual assault... but at least defenders could say "That aside, he's really good at his job."

    Now, they don't even have that.

    I was just pointing out that he was, at one time, very good at this. Some suggets he was always bad. He's not good any more, but he was, at one time, extremely good.

    [–] The Art of War by Sun Tsu is more about life than it is about War. TheEssexian 2 points ago in books

    Um... I don't mean to be a dick, but... isn't this an overtly obvious observation?

    [–] [Marv Albert Mistake Megathread] Discuss Marv Albert’s mistakes during the 2018 NBA All-Star Game TheEssexian 3 points ago in nba

    Marv doesn't seem t have a grasp or understanding of the game now, but you are spot on. Back in the day, he was the best guy to listen to. He was a 'commentary' guy that had a passion for the game, and though a Knicks commentatory, you never got that overt bias in his commentary like you hear when you watch local broadcasting games.

    As a Detroit fan, I still remember listeing to George Blahah go through the year-end awards with his colour guy (Kelly Tripuka, who notiable lacked any colour, both in his skin and in his contributions). Blahah was suggesting Dumars get the MVP and Rodman get defensive player of the year... all Piston guys... Kelly was looking at hims like... "What?" And offers his response: "I have Michael Jordan down for MVP." Keep in mind, this is when the Pistons sucked.

    You still hear this. Listen to the Celtics commentary. They really get to insulting other players.

    Marv ain't shit now, but he was great back in the day.

    Now Bob Costas... that guys ALWAYS sucked. I remember him saying something like "There is nothing more beautiful in this world than watching Michael Jordan play basketball." I'm like.. dude... have you seen a pair of tits before? Costas was trying to wrtie sonnets to Jordan.

    Anyways... I don't mind the young fans mockin Marv for what he does now, but they should recognize that even if he is shit now, he was a good commentator at one point.

    That said... the sexual assault just makes him a piece of shit.

    [–] [JJ Redick] Please read. Thank you. TheEssexian 2 points ago in nba

    It didn't sond like 'ink' at the end; it sounds like 'an'. But it was clearly a tongue twisted moment... he was going to say one thing, his mind realzie the structure of that sentence was wrong, and went to change it.

    [–] I don't think the US needed bots to do all this... TheEssexian 1 points ago in socialism

    This seems a bit conservative. I mean... only one African cuntry is highlighted.

    [–] Dennis Rodman is 30 days sober TheEssexian -2 points ago in nba

    I'll gladly concede that this is a bit of a jump, but Rodman's public behaviours, struggles with suicidal ideation, substance abuse and other issues point to an underlaying problem.

    And you are right, his behaviour could be explained in a number of ways.

    Look at Aspergers, for example (a form of autism). It usually presents with strong repetitive behviour, disinterest in other things, and a lack of empathy/awkward social interactions.

    While witht the Spurs and Bulls, Rodman woudl turn down easy lay ups because he is utterly disintereed in anything but rebounding and defense. Rodman, who was a promising offensive player in his first couple of seasons, certanly was competent, but he became a literal libility on offense for no rhyme or reason.

    Then we go Rodman making trips to North Korea and chumming it up with a despot and not seeing anything wrong with it, and headbutting officials.

    And I'll admit that this is a bit of a jump, but while on Celebrity Rehab, Dr. drew Pinsky also suggested that said that his observations of Dennis Rodman's behaviorous indicated that Rodman may have Aspergers. So there is a medical professional offer a similar primilinary diagnosis (though I'm not entirely sure I would say Dr. Drew is impartial).

    Keep in mind, there is a big difference between saying somebody is on the spectrum, which we all are potential, and saying they have a severe case of autism.

    [–] Dennis Rodman is 30 days sober TheEssexian 0 points ago * (lasted edited 2 days ago) in nba

    But Korver doesn't have the awkward social struggles typical of autism. Aspergers, for example, usually presents with strong repetitive behviour, disinterest in other things, and a lack of empathy/awkward social interactions.

    It's not like we have Korver, just because he's a role player, utterly rejecting playing defense (though he is bad) or turning down easy lay ups because he is utterly disintereed in anything but shooting 3's. Rodman, who was a promising offensive player in his first couple of seasons, would literally pass up lay ups on the Spurs and Bulls (even in his last season on the Pistons) and would instead focus soley on rebounds.

    Neither do we have Korver making trips to North Korea and chumming it up with a despot and not seeing anything wrong with it, or head butting officials.

    So I'm not sure that is a fair comparison.

    And I'll admit that this is a bit of a jump, but while on Celebrity Rehab, Dr. drew Pinsky also suggested that said that his observations of Dennis Rodman's behaviorous indicated that Rodman may have Aspergers. So there is a medical professional offer a similar primilinary diagnosis (though I'm not entirely sure I would say Dr. Drew is impartial).

    Keep in mind, there is a big difference between saying somebody is on the spectrum, which we all are potential, and saying they have a severe case of autism.

    [–] Dennis Rodman is 30 days sober TheEssexian 2 points ago in nba

    He complained the D-Rob was lazy on D. I remember thinking: how is that possible.

    Then I watched soem games. There were a lot of instances where D-Rob would actually let guys get around him. He often used his amazing athleticism and length to compensate, getting long blocks from behind. I'm not sure of this was his strategy or compensation for bad defense. He got a lot fo blocks from behind, so it usually worked out. But apparently Rodman would often have to come over to help.

    Not sure if that was a fair statement from Rodman, but it is an interesting thought and at least an explanation as to why it didn't work.

    At any rate... it ended up working out quite well for the Spurs They won 5 rings since then; no other teams have won more and only one has won as many.

    [–] Trump: FBI spending 'too much time trying to prove Russian collusion' to stop Florida shooting TheEssexian 609 points ago in politics

    "Children died because Mueller is investigaing me." This guys is the BIGGEST fucking piece of SHIT I've ever seen in my life.

    [–] Dennis Rodman is 30 days sober TheEssexian 4 points ago in nba

    I've heard this from a lot of people. I just know, as an old school Bad Boy fans, he had the offensive potential to be a strong all-around player. Certainly not at the level of, say, Pippen, but a guy who would be kicking around for a while.

    I think you are right; his rebounding and D made him a commodity and ensure he'd be around for a while. He filled a niche.

    But I feel like it was his obsessive personality that allowed him to do that. Of course, I'm no professional, but I think Dr. Drew gave him a primilinary diagnosis of this as well.

    [–] Dennis Rodman is 30 days sober TheEssexian 16 points ago in nba

    I always thought he was on the spectrum. He seemed roothlessly passionate about defence and rebounding, and despite a promising offensive game early in hsi career, he really zeroed in on a small scope. This is consistent with people on the spectrum. The are obsessively good at something in particular, and then struggle with everything else, most especially empathizing with others and socializing.

    [–] Dennis Rodman is 30 days sober TheEssexian 2 points ago in nba

    He played a little, but didn't make the squad because he was too short... so literally next to no organized ball before college.

    [–] Dennis Rodman is 30 days sober TheEssexian 1 points ago in nba

    Good for him.. hope it works for him this time.

    I had a friend/co-worker who had a shirt that said "Rehabd is for quitters."

    He lost his house, wife, and job due to addiction.

    [–] Blazers tweet that they’re reimbursing Charles Barkley for his $1,197 TheEssexian 38 points ago in nba

    He was... I was like 13 or 14 at the time... love Chuck.. he was my fav player.

    He knew Philly was going no where. They utterly failed to build around him.

    I mean.. they traded Moses Malone, Terry Catledge, and two first rounders for this guy and Cliff Robinson. And not THAT Cliff Robinson, but the other Cliff Robinson.

    I mean... they traded their All-Star MVP center (with a promising rookie and two first rounders) for TWO power fowards.... when they ALREADY HAD CHARLES BARKLEY at power forward.

    You trust a team like that? I'd try to get the fuck out of there as fast as possible too.

    [–] Blazers tweet that they’re reimbursing Charles Barkley for his $1,197 TheEssexian 13 points ago in nba

    They were actually a great team to play with that year. Moses and Dr. J with Cheeks... they had recently won an NBA title.

    [–] Al Jefferson with the Statue of Liberty pump fake TheEssexian 1 points ago in nba

    Man... this dude was born in the wrong era. If he were playing in the 80's and early 90s alongside Nance, Malone and Barkley, he would have been a perenial all-star posting 20/10 with peakes of 25/12.

    He certanly wouldn't have compared to Hakeem, or D-Rob, but we would have been geting his for sure.

    That's not to say he is an all-time great, or that he was as good as any of those guys, just that his game is more suited to that post-up era. I've always been a big fan, though.

    I love the NBA now, and I loved the NBA then. The shooting skill and passing is amazing to watch, but I loved watching those post-up iso plays; seeing how two mamoths work each other putting the muscle in. It was especially entertaining with guys like Hakeema nd D-Rob who could draw the double and pass out, making defenses scramble all over.

    [–] Kevin Durant on Critics of Steve Kerr Letting Players Coach: 'Who Gives a S--t?' TheEssexian 7 points ago in nba

    He was a great coach. He said it in a kind of playful way. Good guy over all around. Love playing for him.

    [–] Kevin Durant on Critics of Steve Kerr Letting Players Coach: 'Who Gives a S--t?' TheEssexian 91 points ago * (lasted edited 4 days ago) in nba

    I had a coach in high school... way back in the day before everybody was shooting 3's.

    We had one guy on the team who was lights out from down town. Another guy was a slasher. The slasher started. We came on a team whose defenders always dropped behind the pick-and-roll to get the first step on the guy driving to the basket, and left the shooter wide open. The slasher was taking the open shots, but missing them.

    I was a pine-picker, so I was sitting next to the coach, and I said: "Hey... they keep dropping behind the pick. Why not put our 3-pt shooter in. He'll knock that shot down all night."

    He look at me and said "Who is the coach?"

    Then the next ball stop he calls up the 3-baller and takes out the slasher. Dude hit 3/4 on the next four plays.

    It was kinda funny.

    [–] Kevin Durant on Critics of Steve Kerr Letting Players Coach: 'Who Gives a S--t?' TheEssexian 11 points ago in nba

    Great leaders delegate.

    The Tao Te Ching says that when things go well, the people will feel like they did it themselves and the influence of the great leader will be unnoticed.

    This is a great way to get players to buy into the system. They make a contribution to it, they see why what they coach does works, and why what they might think is better doesn't, or how they can contribute to what's going on.

    People might think that this undermines the coach's authority, but if a coach feels like he/she needs to assert his/her authority, then he/seh doesn't actually have any.

    What this does instead is strengthens the respect between coach and player.

    Every team has this. I mean... MJ use to coach the Bulls, and when Pippen got to the level, he put input in the system. Phil's 'Triangle' wasn't even his: it was Tex Winters. He delegated his most famous coach strategy to his assistant coach. Phil was more of a defensive coach.

    You look at practice footage of the Blazers stuff, you see Sheed giving input (a young Sheed) to the coaches about what to do and what's not working with the play and what is.

    CP3 was a leader on the floor. So was Kidd. So was Nash. You see Billups and Flip talking out plays all the time back in the day.

    What Kerr did was more overt. This conversations might go on more in practice than in games, but all healthy player/coach relationships involves coaches listening to what their players feel is right and trying it out.

    Coaches who exert too much control, like Larry Brown, wear out their relationships quickly unless the player is totally in sync with them.

    [–] Tonight, the Timberwolves raise a banner for Flip Saunders. Here's just how meaningful he was to Minnesota basketball: TheEssexian 27 points ago in nba

    As a Pistons' fan, I was really impressed with how he maintained the standard of excellence with a roster that was steadily going down hill. He seemed to stave off the end of title contention every year, though many were critical of the minutes he was putting on the starters.

    I feel like if it weren't for McHale, Flip would be much more respected as a coach.