5.02.2006

When I Come Back Like Jordan

WEARING THE 4-5?



Uh...How is this not a problem?

29 Comments:

At 5/02/2006 11:04 PM, Blogger SilverBird5000 said...

Great fucking question.

 
At 5/02/2006 11:07 PM, Blogger SilverBird5000 said...

btw, my last word verification was tlmchus. as in, son of Odysseus.

 
At 5/02/2006 11:42 PM, Anonymous Aaron said...

The #45 fiasco never happened, as far as I'm concerned. #23 is always #23.

I have yet to decide whether this rule applies to #8.

 
At 5/03/2006 12:40 AM, Blogger GentleWhoadie9000 said...

For some reason, I vividly remember one detail of the 45 comeback game: Jordan had his shorts on backwards. You remember how the little NBA logo used to grace the bottom front corner of the shorts? Well his shit was on the back. I think that was the issue more than inconsistent numerology (it's not the god, god.)

But yes, this is wrong, and yr boy is a chump for doin it.

 
At 5/03/2006 12:41 AM, Blogger Mirabeau Lamar said...

But in terms of a bad luck number for the franchise, maybe they could "retire" #45 by not allowing players to have it. The Bulls did lose tonight. Curse45 lives!

 
At 5/03/2006 12:43 AM, Blogger GentleWhoadie9000 said...

By the way, does this make 12 off limits too?

 
At 5/03/2006 1:59 AM, Blogger Brickowski said...

whoa, genius move by Nash with the preemptive strike. "The MVP dares you to suspend Rajah!!"

and yet, Phil comes right back.

this is a league of politicking.

and i think Kobe just challenged Bell to a cage match. this series just keeps on giving.

 
At 5/03/2006 3:01 AM, Blogger mutoni said...

"By the way, does this make 12 off limits too?"

since Mike dropped 38pts in a chi-town win wearing that jersey, then, yes, it's off limits.

 
At 5/03/2006 3:05 AM, Blogger Zembla said...

Kobe got a little political in the post-game:

"He didn't like my toneage, if that's a word." Bryant said. "He's the decider. Is that a word, decider?"

 
At 5/03/2006 3:09 AM, Blogger mutoni said...

this is no longer a playoff basketball series. Simply : It's WAR

Thursday night is for all intents and purposes THE SEASON.

 
At 5/03/2006 3:44 AM, Blogger SilverBird5000 said...

On the Raja question....

You know, its one thing to throw the occasional retributive elbow or one or another tactical dirty trick. But to be in the middle of an open court and just straight up Triple-H a player - especially one whose mortal frame carries the hopes of an entire nation – I just don't know how anyone can reasonably expect to get away with something like that. I mean, at the very least, have some fucking discretion.
(speaking of the Federation – Pat Burke is really rocking some Kurt Angle style these days)

also, shoals has brought this up before, but why is it that every time a player like Aaron McKie checks into the game, the announcers immediately start in with the hushed and reverential whisperings about how much "experience" he brings to the team. i mean, I can understand it when they're just talking generally about a roster - the importance of team leadership and all that crap. But in these situations, its like they honestly consider McKie's "experience" as having a potentially real, quantitative impact on the game. Like the fact that he was in the Finals in 2001 will somehow translate into more points or better defense or something. I only bring this up because I think the Dick Stocktons of this world actually believe its true.

(btw, don't get me wrong: I have nothing but respect for Aaron Mckie; if basketball were more like the Hellenic War games of old, there's no grizzled elder whom I would rather have interpreting bird signs and running the point.)

word verification: goouobgz

 
At 5/03/2006 8:13 AM, Blogger Vegan Viking said...

Come on--when I look at that photo, it SCREAMS the next Jordan!

 
At 5/03/2006 9:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can that photo not inspire greatness, Luke will be better than Jordan in the long run!

 
At 5/03/2006 9:40 AM, Blogger T. said...

Luke Schenscher has a Posse






Word Verification: djboibab - that might become my new DJ name

 
At 5/03/2006 10:19 AM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

the playoffs are physically intensified basketball, but if you stink during the regular season you don't suddnely have a lot to work with in post-season. save thing goes with the emotional aspect of it--young cats might be anxious and a little frazzled, but it's not like aaron mckie is suddenly a good player just because he's not shook. nor are kwame or diaw fazed to the point of incapacitation.

i said all this mostly to point out that horry is the exception to all of this. please, please let the spurs get knocked off, so we don't have to go through that "what does his career mean" crap again. to me, it's like finding out that there loch ness monster exists---absolutely insane, but it's singularity stomps on the heels of its own revolution.

 
At 5/03/2006 11:00 AM, Blogger Mirabeau Lamar said...

I think you overlook Horry's philosophical contribution to the Association. He couldn't have been written better by Beckett or Sartre. His existence forces us to ask tough questions about our own. Who are we? What, if anything, does existence mean? What is the role of chance in human affairs? The man has been to the conference semis in each season he has played. I'd like to see continental philosophy grapple with The Problem of Horry.

 
At 5/03/2006 11:05 AM, Anonymous aug said...

Experience does have something to do with confidence. Not to the point where they're "fazed" as shoals said, but basketball is all about confidence. Brent Barry hitting that shot has to do with experience. I don't think a 1st or 2nd year player would've taken or made that shot. They usually don't have a chance to. Look at the lakers, all of a sudden, deavon george is getting big minutes, especially in the 4th. He's not a special player or anything. He's like mckie. Good defense, smart shots, smart passes, experience. I'm not saying it's as important as commentators and analysts would have you believe, and it affects each player(experienced and inexperienced ones) in different ways. It definitely doesn't do anything but help you though.

I can't wait till the offseason when kobe and bell enter the octagon and face off. Kobe is a pretty boy, but something about bell doesn't exactly scream "scrappy fighter".

Anyone else use the handicap word verification?

 
At 5/03/2006 11:18 AM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

kobe is above basketball-based bad blood; he doesn't even resent THE RASH. and raja's in no position to hold anything against kobe. i suspect that this is just building their mutual admiration. plus haven't we heard a million times that there's nothing personal going on here?

don't think for a second that kobe's above some dirty tricks. him and bell both know this, and that's why only the rest of the world was shocked at raja's bow.

 
At 5/03/2006 11:30 AM, Blogger mutoni said...

raja's always been a little, what's the word here, CRAZY. So, no, I wasn't entirely surprised that he snapped.

Dude has tried to fight a number of cats in the lig, namely, ron-ron. God, I wish that had happened.

*as for the dirty tricks on bryan't part; he's a master at it. he always elbows the defender in the post, bumps to get position, the works...*

 
At 5/03/2006 11:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is way off topic, and i'm sure someone's already posted about it, but what is going on with the left side of ernie johnson's face? has it always been like that? have they acknowledged it?

 
At 5/03/2006 11:44 AM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

he has cancer. went public with it because people were asking about the face.

continually amazed that anyone would think this was anything but a health problem of some sort.

 
At 5/03/2006 11:45 AM, Anonymous TheOnlyWayIKnow said...

5-6 shooting for a career high 10 points up there(the picture) folks. You can sleep on him now, but I'll be the first to tell you know... He will be a solid 12-10 for somebody in a couple of years.

 
At 5/03/2006 12:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The funniest thing to me, is when Kobe says he never "loses his head". Um yeah, I thing Reggie Miller disagrees with that statement.

And Mike Bibby's smashed up face in the Conference Finals a few years ago.

And Mike Miller.

 
At 5/03/2006 12:17 PM, Blogger Dr. Lawyer IndianChief said...

wow, i noticed that kobe comment too. you won't find a bigger K8 fan than me, but that comment was just ridiculously phony, stupid, and incorrect. i wish i had it verbatim...he said something like, "you take an elbow and it's just part of the game. you have to keep your cool. i've been playing basketball like that all my life."

MIKE @#%$RWOUIFHASDF)*(&@%)( MILLER.

 
At 5/03/2006 12:18 PM, Blogger Brown Recluse, Esq. said...

right. ask mike miller if kobe "isn't the type" to throw 'bows.

then again, we are seeing a new kobe, one who loves life and is "excited" by seemingly everything.

 
At 5/03/2006 12:19 PM, Blogger Brown Recluse, Esq. said...

ah, fuck yeah, the handicapped password is the jam.

word verification: tioihu

 
At 5/03/2006 12:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

he has a 1 inch vertical. actually I don't even think his right foot left the floor on that shot.....

white men can't jump

 
At 5/03/2006 12:36 PM, Blogger Mirabeau Lamar said...

BR, Perhaps because he has just brought life into the world? Papa Kobe now understands the circle of life in a way that he never had before. Young angst-ridden Mamba-Simba is now ready to take Mufasa's (Shaq) leadership mantle. If anyone else needs any gangsta-ass Disney references, I'll be here all night.

 
At 5/03/2006 3:56 PM, Anonymous jack said...

Bruce Bowen (or somebody) was talking about defensive philosophy, and how you have to come out in the first five minutes, getting in their face, grabbing, ellbowing, flopping, letting the player know you're gonna be here ALL NIGHT doing this shit. And often this is good enough to take the Vince Carter's out of their games.

I feel like Kobe is the opposite. He terrorizes defenders because if they think he's being dirty and physical or making big shots in their face in the first quarter, they know it's only going to get worse as the game goes on.

 

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