Exposing you was my pleasure said Lebron.
*" A JAY GRAVES MUST READ JOINT" Information from the Associated Press was used in this article.
Anyone that has ever grown up in the hood and is now raising kids in the suburbs feels the pain of Jeremy Lin this morning. We all understood what Lin was going to run into last night even before he arrived in Miami. We've all experienced the same thing with our kids when we wanted to see just how good they really were. Remember the day when you said to yourself, “My kid is the best player in the league and looks like a complete stud but I just don't know bruh!” So you had to put him in the ride and take the inevitable drive. You took him straight to the ghetto where all the real ball player's were and he learned that he was good but not as good as advertised.
The rock star known as Linsanity learned a valuable lesson in South Beach on Thursday night. He learned that he still has some work to do before he becomes as good as advertised in the NBA. Don't hate on him though because he's still legit but he's got mad work to do to become one of the elite point guards in the league and New York learned that just by having talent isn't going to get it done.
Winning championships takes more than just talent. It takes team chemistry more than anything else. Not only does Miami have the most athletic and talented team in the league but at this point they've got the best team chemistry as well. It's hard to match up against that bruh! I don't care who you are. Even if you're the legend they call Linsanity.
The Heat were simply too much for the Knicks blasting them 102-88 in route to their eighth straight win all by at least 12 points. Miami now has the best record in the league at 27-7. The Big Three were however, as good as advertised on South Beach by putting up big numbers; Chris Bosh scored 25 points, Dwyane Wade added 22 and LeBron James finished with 20 points, nine rebounds and eight assists for Miami.
Simply put bruh, there was nothing Jeremy Lin could do to stop the on slaught. Not only did Miami show up on offense but their defense was ridiculous all night long. Lin has been averaging 6 turnovers a night but against the Heat he turned it over 6 times in the first half. It's not a knock on him he just played against the absolute best team in the league that happens to play defense bruh.
He was 1-11 from the field, eight points, three assists when he's been averaging 23.9 points and 9.2 assists over his first 11 games. Hey, it is what it is! Remember after your kid played his first game in the ghetto and he sat in the back seat crying because he'd never been handled like that before? You felt bad for putting him through that but it was necessary for his growth and development not only as a basketball player but as a person. He learned that the level of competition determines how good you are not the just the numbers you put up.
He had to play against the very best in order to understand what it takes to become one of the best. That's what Jeremy Lin experienced last night. Everyone keeps talking about the 38 points he put up against the Lakers but they were a middle of the road team. Most importantly, he wasn’t matched up against Kobe all night either. I know ya'll saw Mario Chalmers in his ear every time he ripped him. If Mario grew up anywhere near where I grew up he was saying something like, "Bruh, I went to Kansas and you went to Harvard! I was born take the rock from you!" That can be devastating when they were taking it as effortlessly as Chalmers and Co. were.
Now that Lin has been baptized by the best team in the league and he's got a few days off to think about it he'll be alright. New York fans don't trip! You've got a got team but chemistry isn't on your side right now. Once that catches up to your talent just like it did for the Heat this year you'll be ready to roll. Just be satisfied with beating the mediocre teams in the league and surprising one or two of the better ones at this point. Just don't expect to show up in the ghetto and win just yet bruh!
Ben & Jerry’s replaces fortune cookies in ‘Lin-Sanity’ flavor after controversy
I am ready to give Jeremy Lin a pass for the poor performance exhibited against the Heat. I can name at least a dozen or so NBA point guards who are currently better than J. Lin: D. Rose, CP3, R. Westbrook, R. Rondo, D. Williams, K. Irving, B. Jennings, S. Curry, R. Rubio, J. Wall, S.Nash, M. Ellis, and T. Parker. There may even be others: J. Nelson, R. Felton, R. Sessions, J. Flynn?
Lin was never the Asian "savior" the media made him out to be; he does not walk on water, nor can he part the Red Sea, and will not do miracles to carry the Knicks up the stairway to NBA heaven, Nirvana or paradise. Nevertheless, JLin17 is the best point guard available on the Knicks team and has the potential skills and work ethic to get himself and the team better. So without the "Linsanity," I am quite prepared to love the one I'm with, and thus I love Jeremy Lin. He alone cannot lead us to the promised land, but as a contributing member of the team, I believe he can help pave the way. LGK
“At the end of the day, Jeremy has played amazing, it’s been three weeks, something like that,’’ the Clippers guard said during the All-Star Game media session yesterday. “'Melo has been doing it for nine years. We all tend to forget how great a player he is. At the end of the day, it starts with 'Melo and ends with 'Melo.’’
Paul did not understand why it was an issue when Anthony, his friend, rejoined the squad during Lin’s heroic spree amid perceptions he might ruin the winning chemistry.
“I was surprised about it,’’ Paul said. “The Jeremy Lin thing has been great. It’s great to see him doing well and the Knicks doing well. But that’s something everybody shouldn’t be trying to throw on 'Melo, or to throw on Jeremy. Those guys aren’t worried about that situation. It’s more the media.’’
The lingering issue is whether Anthony will accept not being top dog. He said he heard that same charge when Allen Iverson and Chauncey Billups came to Denver and when he joined the Knicks with Amar’e Stoudemire as top gun.
Anthony has taken criticism because his play has been subpar, though he will make his fifth All-Star appearance. Anthony is shooting just 39.7 percent and didn’t play well in Miami on Thursday.
“I accept it through,’’ Anthony said. “I don’t sit back and complain about anything. You never heard me complain once about anything in New York. I love playing with Jeremy Lin. As far as sharing the spotlight, I’ve been in this game a long time. I’m not going anywhere. The Knicks aren’t going anywhere. The spotlight isn’t going anywhere. If we do what we have to do, everybody will share the same spotlight.’’
This team will be fine
OK guys. I think the ballers in you will gain a little bit more appreciation of Lin when you read this. This article may seem to be about ball, but you old heads know this is about life. It makes me want to root for him like I root for my own kid, like I rooted for Patrick, who was dogged out every whichaway, from Cambridge to the Garden. Check it out and get back to me.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/25/sports/basketball/the-evolution-of-jeremy-lin-as-a-point-guard.html?hpw (The Evolution of A Point Guard by Howard Beck).
And if you really want to feel good, check out Kyrie Irving's wonderful story on ESPN.com. I didn't really know him, but I'm rooting for him too now.
http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/page/kyrieirving_120224/nba-father-laid-plan-kyrie-irving-followed-it (A Father Dedicated To Helping His Son by Jackie MacCullum)
West Coast-East Coast stories. The resilience of the human spirit. Love it.
I love this blog and Brotherhood! Props to the type thread that brought back Cooley and Statesman! You guys have been gone too long and were missed!
Now. that's what I'm talking about... Back and Forth, Front to Back, Beginning to End. The Alpha and Omega conundrum...
FEAR - by my definition is, False - Evidence - Appearing - Real
Based on that definition, I am anxiously waiting to see how JLIN responds. I personally believe he has the fortitude, intelligence, and work ethic to over come this version of FEAR. We've ALL experienced it in some form or fashion along our own personal journey's. I had that 'Dear in the Headlights look of FEAR at the birth of my first Son Jarell. And, yes, I did overcome that false evidence searing in my brain at his birth to become a Decent Father. Once I saw the Light, I had the audacity to have another child and name him Joseph, just in case his older Brother sold him into slavery.... You all know the story...LOL
LIVES, you know how I Roll, Cruise Control... IMHO, Certainty is Fool's Gold and those who apply it are Tools in this system of Build them up to Break them Down Society. I have always believed Consistency is an overrated virtue, but Honesty is not. As I stated in my post on yesterday, I hope JLIN becomes a solid piece to overall Knick Puzzle. As Kenny Smith said last night during the TNT Telecast describing his time with Sacramento, "The 12th man on every NBA team roster was the man on his College team." So we know JLIN can play and has some of the prerequisite skills. It was his inability to adjust on the fly, that concerns me. And, if the Knicks are going to play for the proverbial CHIP, he will have to do just that several times during Playoff Series where Good NBA coaches make adjustments.
I recall a moment in my BBALL career playing with Tiny's All - Stars in a tournament in the 'Dome' in the Brevort Projects in Brooklyn, and my assignment was to guard the'Heatwave' VJOHNSON... He blistered my azz going for 47 points, and at the end of the game, an obvious defeat I might add, my Mates told me I did a credible job, played hard, scored 17, with 11 dimes, but the FEAR I had was palpable, because in the end he had a storied NBA career, won a chip, and after my BBALLcareer, I end up working for Xerox with the likes of Cornelius Green, Rose Bowl MVP, the Heron Brothers, Larry and Reggie of Villanova BBALL Lore. Why, simply because he was better than me. No more, no less. It didn't mean I couldn't play, just not at his level on that given day or any other day. JLIN had that experience on Thursday, and hopefully he will rebound, do what he does best, and orchestrate a very deep and talented Knick team far into the Playoffs.
As Ernie Douse of Boys HS Fame and Long Beach State/LIU, use to say to me at Jacob Riis Park in the Rockaway's as he shot sweet Jumpers from the corner in my mug, "What's my name Cooley," and I would reply, "Ernie Douse," a BBALL Legend, who was just better than me.
On Thursday Night, the Heat were just better than the Knicks... It was just one game... Over the next 31 games and hopefully a productive NBA career, JLIN'S Body of Work will tell the Full Story. And, that one game in South Beach will be a blip on the radar screen when the final tale is told...
Resident Poet, Peaceman, TMANACULAR, my Dawg Rock Steady, O & B, my Contrarian Brother State's, who I have much respect for, and the rest of the FANATIC HOOPS SQUAD, I have missed you Brothers and I continue to find our fellowship vital to my BBALL obsession and my Daily steps. Lastly, I want to thank all of you for keeping me, my Familia, and my parents in your prayers.
The Wife and I have Lost one Pillar, and prepare unfortunately to lose another, but through it all we are Divinely Favored and our LIVES enriched by those who came before US, built and created the Legacy we both stand on, and taught US the way. Based on those facts, we've learn not to Mourn those who leave before US, but to Celebrate their LIVES by LIVING DECENT AND RESPECTABLE LIVES...
Keep it coming Fellas! I have truly missed all of this...
Keep it POPPIN!
I am happy that this is what we do -- make uneducated guesses on current information flow. Some of us are just like the worst financial analyst on Wall Street (or in Beijing if you wish), we move with the emotions of the moment.
Some of us are having greater problems because we can't separate the media hype from the floor game. We get it all confused and become a bit befuddled about what is really happening out there.
Does the Heat game really mean that he can't become a great point guard?
I don't project that he will be a great point guard. I have no idea. I don't even know if it really matters if he is great or serviceble. Perhaps it does to those who are upset that the NBA has recognized his talent includes a hefty dose of marketability. Now skeptics automatically suggest that any compliment of Lin is meant to fall in line with the NBA marketing propaganda.
Well, no doubt that may be true off the court, but ball don't lie and Spoelstra devised his defense specifically to cut off Lin, because he knew that if you pressure the ballhandler, it is more difficult for the ball to move freely. This is especially true for the Knicks who had already shown Miami that they don't favor ball movement when they are point less. It was just basic brilliant defense that any smart coach would employ. Pressure and ball denial. How does a team beat ball pressure and ball denial? Is it that fucking hard? think gentlemen -- all you folks who play ball or watch ball with an eye on defense and response to defense.
Spoelstra without talking, without concern for marketing treated Lin like he was the key to the team. Did anyone else on the Knicks force Spoelstra to double them to free up Lin or somebody? If Lin got past the point guards, what was waiting for him. Did anyone else make the Heat pay in the second half.
And what does it mean that Lin played the night before, hoped on a plane to Miami just hours before and played a ridiculous amount of minutes in a very physical game. Is that going to happen every night?
Will Lin be a great point guard?
Was Dennis Johnson considered a great point guard back in the day? Is Derek Fischer considered a great point guard? Did you have any idea at first that Chauncey Billups would be a great point guard? How great or flawless was Kenny Smith? On and on and on.
The kicker is that this is a team sport. As Rubio has indicated, what makes the NBA a little easier for point guards is the talent they play with.
No one knows what Lin will eventually do. We all like to guess and that's hwat we do. But any expectation that any of us has a hold on the final outcome is delusional. Lin may be a bust -- but there are too many signs on the court that that is highly unlikely. His talent and willingness to penetrate and ability to finish is very rare for point guards today, but it is a combination held by the elite guards. He may not be an elite guard, but he is certainly already better than and more suited for point than quite a few.
Here's the point Peace, my Brother from another Mother, you cannot get caught up in Lil General's Hype Machine, where JLIN is clearly in the Spin Cycle. This forced blast of stardom is the Manufactured Hype Game the NBA plays better than any League other than the NFL, the Creme de La Creme of Sports Brands. These last three weeks hasve been all about the ALMIGHTY DOLLAR....
ASIT RELATES TO BBALL:
JLIN got schooled on Thursday night by some o the best in the business; and you knew it was coming after DWILL punished his azz on Monday. But what happen next? He responded with a decent floor game on Wednesday against a short - handed ATL team.
As I stated in my previous post, after his Deer in the Headlights moment, now we will see what this kid is REALLY made of for sure. And lastly, LEBRON and DWADE and CBITCH"S performance did more to help Melo & STAT, and put to bed all this nonsense about who's TEAM it is, can Melo or STAT adjust., this is JLIN"S team and all of that Spin Cycle MSM banter How Ridiculous!
Also Delshay, I am glad to see you have a pair, but your length on the site is inconsequential to me as long as you Bring The Funk everyday and every night. But don't get it twisted, I can paint with earth tones and pastels, plus I have Minority stake in Behr. For the record, my strokes are long, hard, and precise. I have a myriad o brushes, and my canvass can be this site, the BBALLERS I run with, or simply the unfortunate I choose to help and uplift, and certainly the City that I run. My artistry is vast and substantive, but it can also be violent and penetrating. Such is the Light and Dark of it!
From Baldwin to Longfellow, Alice Walker to Krishnamurti, from California Cooper to Maya Angelou, or Poitier to Cosby, MY REP IS GOLDEN, because it is Deeper, Wider, Flier, Higher, didn't you Notice and didn't you KNOW THIS Mr. Delshay Stormwolf... Welcome to FANATIC LAND!
To God Be the Glory Gents!
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LOL!!! Peaceman is in the middle of a mirage at the tail end of a delusion on the edge of a wet dream. He's so proud of himself for sparking yet another controversy. I saw the invitation, and actually enjoyed the development of the convo, but was too busy to join into a conversation dominated by nonsense. This morning I've got a little time to waste on silliness.
First, it is an absolute pleasure to e-see Cooley. Lord knows I hope his family is doing well and that his work handling parental decline brings out a lot of love, great memories and thankfulness. Been there once already. Tough situ.
Cooley comes by so infrequently that to some of us it is a pleasant surprise; to others it simply sounds like brotherman is acting the roll of Moses returning from the mountains with the proclamations, revelations and commandments from God. In the case of the post below, it may sound like Cooley skipped the intermediary and decided to go George Burns as God on us. (Can't even give him Morgan Freeman for those comments).
Tman called the comments on fear perfectly. Since I know a little about Cooley's good works (especially raising Children), I now that he could not possibly believe that his ability to discern fear as JLin tried to deal with immense defensive pressure from the best team in the league had any far reaching meaning beyond his far reaching analysis.
Fear? Please. We all have experienced fear. Those who claim they have not are liars. More significantly, fear is the beginning of greatness, because fear comes from lack of knowledge -- not knowing with certainty the outcome of a certain action or decision. the vast majority of surperior performers, whether they be Acadamy Award winners, basketball mvps, surgeons, lawyers performing before a jury, negotiators, etc will tell you they have experienced fear -- fear because of doubt of the outcome of a decision or action.
Fear is not the problem. Never. Fear of fear is the problem. The inability to embrace fear and act regardless, to take the risk regardless of the perceived consequence is the geratest problem. Most of us fail to succeed because we allow the fear to consume us and paralyze us.
If you saw fear in Lin's eyes, then hopefully you were clear eyed enough to see a young man confidently and competently embrace the moment and work is way through the fear. He did not wither and disappear. He did what any player who loves the game and wants to improve does, he plays through it.
Quite frankly, to suggest that a temporal emotion such as fear in one game has any definitive meaning is just some of the dumbest shit I've read in awhile. And I say that with great confidence and no insult to my brothers because I know for a fact that they are accomplished and that each of them reached their heights and goals by working with fear.
If there was fear in Lin's eyes against Miami, then he did a helluva job working through it as he got jacked up by the best and most defensive oriented team in the entire league.
Now, the next time you ask for my comment, give me something that makes sense to comment on. I'm going back to my perch in Cooley's mountain.
@Tman Lin has been impressively dissected.
I believe whatever team that plays New York will mandate these brilliant defensive scenarios be reviewed.
@Lives We get to see J Lin v. K. Irving Wednesday, 2/29 when Knicks play Cavs at MSG. Since both players have made "quantum leaps" in their basketball career, it is appropriate that they meet each other on the "leap day" of this leap year. While I wish both players well, I wish Lin and the Knicks to begin a substantial "leap forward" and expect a win as a "leap of faith." LGK.
@Lives Great stuff, there are no guarantees in life.What we say here is really for ourselves, it changes nothing in the world we talk about.But in our own little e-ther-real barbershop it may do some good.Isn't that the ultimate purpose of fellowship?The snideness, backbiting, boastfulness pass quickly enough, a new day brings a new argument.Everyone needs an outlet and Ball may not lie,but it does entertain.
Loved the quote;"
The box score shows failure. To Lin, it reads like a teachable moment.
“I’m sure in the next couple weeks, someone’s going to figure out how to slow him down and stop him,” Reddicks said before the loss to the Heat. “It’s a chess match. He’s going to figure out how to beat that. That, to me, is a kind of a testament of who he is.”
What more can you ask of anyone? Great article Lives, enjoyed it.
As for the other article, anyone with a child can appreciate a father's love and devotion.I used to take my sons to the gym on 169th St in the Forrest Houses to have Bingo shape up their games too.Only the strong survive but then strength is not always exclusively a physical thing.
@Lives Good reads. I knew Irving's story & that Drederick Irving was th real superstar in the family. I am sure LIn has worked hard to remake his game and body. With that said I stand by my earlier post. I hope that I am wrong, but I would not bet on it.
LIVES, thanks for sharing the two articles on arguably the two Best Fresh faces at PG in the NBA today(don't want to leave out NCOLE). Beck's story is the one the NBA Marketing gurus forgot to share to provide some balance to the Hoopla.
If JLIN continues on this path, he will be fine. Put in the work and the results will come... That's what I use to tell my MEN.
And, the KIrving story is surreal. Just imagine if Dad had not changed jobs. What might this kid's story be today. These two compelling young PG'S will be fun to watch for sometime. Like I said, Certainty is Fools Gold; especially when your point of reference is skewed by the Hype and not the facts. I know at times I resemble that comment...You gotta laugh at yourself sometimes...
Thanks again Resident Poet! Information is truly POWER.
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I meant "guys" and Gals. It's been great that the sista's have been joining in the convo on the LBE's instead of lurking around. As a person with six sisters, all of whom are sports enthusiast, I think a women's voice is critical in many ways. . . . except it has gotten in the way of our exhibition of almost naked women during sporting events. Oh well.
@Peaceman Peace it is good to be back!! As we enter the serious season (post allstar game) as opposed to the silly season(pre-allstar game) I will offer my views that have been shaped by my pink-eye(ole schoolers know the joke). As some may recall I may not go along to get along, but to quote the great Howard Cosell, "I will tell it like it is", (I will not however refer to anyone as that little monkey). Where is Ed Drossman & what does ethink of Lin?
Peace & Blessings
@Cooleyhigh Please don't take this as a negative Connotation. However, you seem to be a Man of belief!
The value of understanding the difference between God and the Creator is that people are more than willing to kill or be killed over their version of God that they believe to be true. Passions are not so high for defending the Creator of All That Is. There is a lot of merit in merely admitting that we don’t know what the Creator wants, but we have faith that it will all work out for the Universal good. We may disagree with you, but we aren't about to hurt you to prove we are right. We are also willing to admit we may be wrong. We'll see what happens later.
This approach of looking to the Creator for guidance provides a lot of leeway, but it isn’t entirely a free for all. The Golden Rule is not only a good idea, but it appears to be the way the Universe operates. Karma is a concise statement of the personal responsibility that we recite each week with regard to the consequences of our decisions and actions.
As spiritualists, we need to remember to apply the Golden Rule to ourselves. When we do and say unto our selves as we would do and say unto others, and vice versa, we have pretty well covered the most important thing we need to be doing. We need to treat each other and our selves with kindness, respect and love. The concept is simple. The doing is not so easy.
One of the most divisive beliefs of any religion is that it is somehow special to the Creator. I suggest that we accept that each religion has one or more special Gods, and that everyone in that religion should be following the teachings of that God. The God of that religion appreciates that the followers are doing what that God teaches, and punishment will come to those in the religion that stray from that religion’s beliefs.
The Creator of All That Is doesn’t operate with many specific rules. It is hard to imagine that the Creator of a total Universe of about 1 Septillion stars and probably 10 septillion planets is concerned with what a few people on one speck called Earth believe or does not believe about the Creator. Neither believers nor non-believers have any impact on the Creator beyond how we treat each other and the rest of the creation.
You can pick a religion and a God and follow the teachings and you will progress on the Spirit Path. You can pick no religion and have reverence for The Creator of All That Is, and you will progress on the Spirit Path. You can deny all Gods, religions and the Creator, and you will still progress on the Spirit Path. Whoever you are, and whatever you do, you are part of the Creation and you are on a spiritual journey.
Don’t let the details of what you think God wants confuse you. None of us really know how we got here or where we are going. The Creator wants us all to treat the creation as a wonderful and continuing event. Be the best human being that you can be. Treat everyone with respect and love. Have a good time. Leave the rest up to the Creator.
@Cooleyhigh Please accept our families sympathy on your loss and our heartfelt support in your struggle.
Liked your face the fear story.Got a few funny ones for a more appropriate time.
Head up! Eyes right!
@Cooleyhigh Very well said lines Cooley. Pleasure to read you hear again. My well wishes to you and yours through your recent ordeals.
@Cooleyhigh Yeah, now that's what I'm talking about. Good shyte. Amen.
@Lives Did it all the time. Defense was the funnest part of the game.
@Lives Well said Lives. I've said time and again when the Knicks are without a point guard or with the point guard nullified (via denying the functioning of the key D'Opey set) that the Knicks devolve and present no other answers. That is why I continue to be critical of D"Antoni and his offense. All the eggs are in one basket. Lin is a good player, not great, elite, very good. Yet, like you I believe he will not be a bust. There is too much I have gathered from his approach to the game and way he carries himself to believe that he will fold. Yet, I still very much believe the Knicks need more from our current coach or better from the coach on the sidelines. Absent that I don't believe the Knicks will go as far as they conceivably coudl go with the pieces they've assembled.
@Lives Way to bark, Big Dog.
I'm just going to put the real out there though I Know that "Dr Salem (chief witch hunter)" aka ***, and the "anti-Mello" haters, as well as the "Lin zombies" won't accept reality even if it added years to their shallow basketball lives. IMO, Lin is a back up point guard and is riding on a wave of hype, a rabid sports news machine, and a biased anti-Mello agenda/fan base. I'm not gonna repeat his stats from Miami's game but I will make mention as to the obvious and as to what his play should have gave clear indications of that (1) he is not that athletic, (2) his flaws (ball handling, turnovers, his left hand) are "major" flaws, and (3) he look to score first and pass second that's his mindset and his over dribbling is not to probe the defense ala Rondo, Nash, Kidd, and most of the other NBA point guards but his over dribbling most of the time is for him to find his own shot. This accomplishes only the shot clock being wound down and Lin forcing a pass (turnover), a poor and low percentage shot by Lin or someone else, Lin dribbling into double teams (turnover) , or worse of all Lin thinking he is the "first option" not seeing the floor and not getting the ball to the Knicks stud scorers on the floor at the time. For some players MD and his systems is a blessing and for some players it is an illusion! I stated in an earlier post that Lin needed to "play within himself", unfortunately the present coach will not help him to do that. For the record I for one would love to have Calipari here next year with his system of coaching to a players strength ie Mello, Amare, Chandler, and all the other young players. Also for the record I will state that if Lin don't realize that he need to stop trying to set himself up and look more to set up his scorers he's only going to be exposed more and more and more!
@Cooleyhigh Kinda missed the Lion's roar.Welcome back.
@Cooleyhigh Man, I know you were a gunner, did your behind play any defense? I am pretty sure Peaceman and States did not.
@Cooleyhigh OK Preach my "younger?" brother. See below.
@Lives You're on a roll.I can't add anything to that but, "Wish I'd said that!"Loved the Cooley's mountain ending.
We could not make this type beautiful Music if we all played the same instrument!
@Delshay WOW! good link!
This freaken guy called the Miami game before they played!
What will Miami do? The toughest challenge yet for Lin comes tonight against the Heat. Though they should just force him left, the Heat are likely to trap Lin hard every time he comes off a ball screen. That is their strategy and they rarely deviate. The traps they set will probably be more effective than Dallas' were, based solely on personnel — Joel Anthony, Udonis Haslem, and Chris Bosh will be more effective that Dirk Nowitzki and Brendan Haywood. But more important, because the Heat regularly rely on trapping, they rotate on defense very well. The Heat allow the seventh-lowest points per possession against ball handlers in pick-and-roll situations. (They give up just 0.735 points per possession, according to Synergy Sports.)
Don't expect Lin to have a big game. As I previously wrote, the Heat give up the most 3-point shots in the league, so look for Landry Fields, J.R. Smith, and Steve Novak to score. If the Knicks do win, Lin will need to have a lot of assists and hockey assists, with most of them leading to 3-pointers. Otherwise, expect Lin's turnover count to rise and an L for the Knicks.
@Delshay "Please don't take this as a negative Connotation. However, you seem to be a Man of belief!"
Delshay, if no offense intended, none taken. As this is a serious matter to most, I respect your right to freely examine Faith or Belief, and to freely apply it, free to test it out in your daily life; not keep it merely as theory or as principle towards which you are working. For a second, let us look at what is actually going on around us in the world. There is violence of every kind, not only outwardly but also in our relationships with each other. There are infinite nationalistic religious divisions between people. Each against the other, both politically and individually. Seeing this vast confusion, this immense sorrow, what
are we to do. Can we look to anybody to tell us what to do? The Priest, the Monk, the Rabbi, the Elder, The Pastor, the Specialist, or the Analyst? These individuals have not brought about peace or happiness or Joy, or Freedom to live. So, where are we to look.
If we assume responsibility for our Authority as Individuals, because we no longer have any Faith in outward institutions, than we as individuals will have to look inwardly. IMHO Delshay, it is VERY IMPORTANT for all Men and Women to learn, to see, to observe. What is it we are observing? Not the outer phenomenon only, but the inward state of Man and Woman. Because unless there is a fundamental, radical revolution in our Minds and Hearts, the very root of one's being , mere trimmings, mere legislation on the periphery, has little meaning. What we all must confront at some level is whether we can bring about a transformation in ourselves. Not according to any particular theory, a particular philsophy or theology. But by examining what he or she really think or believe they are. That very perception will bring about radical change. And, to see what one really is, is of the HIGHEST importance. Not what one thinks they are and not what we are told we are.
Lastly Delshay, I try to live by these words daily and pray along the way that I am my Brothers Keeper, and that I treat all of my Brothers and Sisters the way I would like to be treated...
In conclusion, I hope all Fanatics have or will read 'By the Light of My Father's Smile, by Susannah, because it is a GREAT read and I try to resemble this poem at the end of her book:
"When Life descends into the pit
I must become my own Candle
Willingly burning myself
To light up the darkness
Peace, Love, Longevity, and Prosperity is my Prayer and Meditation for Each and Every FANATIC...
Keep it POPPIN!
O&B and Peaceman, that was for you as well as my new Brother Cooley! Moreover, you both knew before I left this trail.
@Tman Thanks TMANACULAR! I appreciate your kind expressions and look forward to hearing your 'Dear in the Headlight' experiences. At this juncture, when we reflect, they do make you laugh... Thankful for my Journey TMAN!
@Orange_and_Blue Thank O & B! Much appreciated! Glad to be back and enjoying all the great posts from the crew.
@Cooleyhigh I'm planning a trip to DC to check you guys out. Let me know when you all are available in the next couple of months.
@Orange_and_Blue Funnest or Funniest? Just kidding. Defense is fun. I enjoy seeing the best shooters (or those who shot the most because they look like they're productive) not be able to score or move because you're in they'e grill on the ball and off the ball. I'm an old man so I do what we call in church "a layin' of hands" on my opponent. (Can't foul out so why not).
Of course, we can't stop everybody all the time. As Cooley says, sometimes the opponent is just too good. And any one who has defended or really watched a game knows that great offense trumps great defense (see Wilt, Kobe, Kareem, MJ, etc.). However, great defense can win games, control temp and makes it harder for the opponent to score. Great scorers/shooters must adjust.
VJ may have burned Cooley but I'm betting Cooley earned mad respect for stepping up and making VJ work for those points. Not everybody had the guts to make the microwave work on one end and then post a double-double on the other.
The Heat was a big test for JLin, but I suggest it was a bigger test for D'Antoni who clearly could not figure out how to deal with those traps and the speed of the Heat front court. If we can figure out their defense, we can beat their behinds in the playoffs.
@Delshay @Cooleyhigh Yea. I'm not feeling D'Antoni at all. The System puts all the eggs in Lin's basket. That basket needs holes patched and corrected. But the problem beyond that for me is that it is limited on fast tempo and one set. The offense needs more varieties and the ability run sets that exploit mismatches. Melo creates mismatches and the system's limitations don't maximize that strength.
@Delshay Peaceman is in love with you dawg. LOL!!!
@Cooleyhigh Oh Peace still plays, which I'm guessing he still doesn't play defense.
@Lives LIVES, you know the FORCE MD'S are always happy to fellowship with you and yours. I am in town during the week in March. Weekends are tough, because I am regularly checking on Mom and Pop. Outside of of the first three weeks in April, I should be around. Let us know when and we will roll out the Red Carpet for our Resident Poet .
@Peaceman Delshay. Your new best friend. ROFLMAO. I gotta run but I'll be back. Great thread Peaceman. Great thread. Later.