5.04.2007

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Pietrus was crowd-surfing. Biedrins was waving a big flag. After all of this, does anyone else oddly feel extremely depressed for Avery + Dirk?

21 Comments:

At 5/04/2007 2:26 AM, Blogger Jordan Ginsberg said...

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At 5/04/2007 2:27 AM, Blogger Jordan Ginsberg said...

"Depressed" may be the wrong word. Though I do get the feeling that Dirk will be hiding under an alias in Argentina by the time Stern gets around to giving him the MVP. I'm betting on a Maurice Podoloff trophy being found on an unmarked grave in Brazil thirty years from now. Sweet sassy molassy.

 
At 5/04/2007 2:29 AM, Blogger crazylegsjackson said...

As soon as I'm done feeling happy for the Warriors, I'll start feeling sorry for Dirk. Don't think I'll every feel sorry for Avery.

What does this all mean?

 
At 5/04/2007 2:35 AM, Anonymous grover's dad said...

classic boss/worker split. Cuban is a dick so I love laughing at him over this, but I do feel sorry for Dirk. But damn, what a game by GS. my god. 7 3s for jackson?

 
At 5/04/2007 2:39 AM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

I said it last month and I'll say it again: FREE DIRK NOWITZKI!

 
At 5/04/2007 3:19 AM, Blogger Martin said...

Shoals when you first posted on the subject last month I did not see the basis of your argument. But after this series, I am beginning to see exactly what you are getting at. Just imagine what kind of damage Dirk would have done in this series if he was playing on the Warriors paired with Davis? My conservative estimate Dirk would have been at least 10 times the presence that Matt Barnes was given the disparity in talents. Put Dirk on the warriors right now and not only does his skill set slide seamlessly into their game plan I would pick them as the favorites to win it all.

Unfortunately like all stories there must be a dastardly villian. In this case it is Avery Johnson, the fruit of Popovich's satanic "right way" coaching loins. Avery's relentless crusade to turn Dirk into Duncan 2.0 is wasting one of the leagues most unique and talented players. Furthermore it is becoming increasingly obvious that Dirk has neither the disposition nor talent set to be a Duncan.

 
At 5/04/2007 3:32 AM, Blogger Martin said...

One last follow up point, it is so refreshing to see a team win backed by a coach that allows for freedom of style and decision making.

Sadly in next round- we are likely to see more of unheralded nobodies that go by names like Oberto and Fransisco grabbing multiple rebounds and hitting clutch jumpers. All while Walton is praising the "right system" that is replaced by new players yet maintains a consistent style and output.

I think coaches that force players to adjust to their system rather than let the system evolve around the players are dicks! The entire cabal of coaching dictators the likes of Skiles, Popovich, JVG, Sloan, et al can collectively screw themselves. One win is a small step but hopefully we are heading down the path of basketball freedom.

 
At 5/04/2007 3:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Nellie the most FD coach? is he the coach best equipped to free the inner darko chained to the larry brown bench of every FD player. When is will Golden State take on Bonzi's contract?

 
At 5/04/2007 3:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The more pertinent question is would Nellie free or ruin a player of Tim Duncan's ilk?

 
At 5/04/2007 4:24 AM, Anonymous bucsdork99 said...

"After all of this, does anyone else oddly feel extremely depressed for Avery + Dirk?"
- HELL NO

 
At 5/04/2007 5:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fact that Dirk didn't dominate throughout the series might be somewhat because of the system. But as a great player dirk has to do mroe than he did tonight. 1 fieldgoal int he first have of an elimintation game... If there was one thing that made this game disappointing it's that Baron Davis came out playing like he fully expected Dirk and company to show up and then we didn't even get a little drama. Dirk didn't even want to touch the ball once the third quarter was coming to a close.

 
At 5/04/2007 5:11 AM, Anonymous padraig said...

Is it just me or does Biedrins with a giant flag and Mickael Pietrus crowdsurfing feel like some awful point in time/space where the fall of the Berlin Wall crashes into a wobbly Pixies reunion at Coachella? Probably just me. I think the GSW would eat the Rockets alive (picture Yao, incoherent with rage, swinging his mighty paws ponderously as hordes of 6-7 dudes dart and swarm around him, accidentally crushing Pietrus while J-Rich posterizes a thorougly befuddled Shane Battier) and possibly the Jazz although Stephen Jackson would probably get ejected from every game in Salt Lake by the middle of the 1st quarter. Actually the GSW rampaging through Utah sounds like the plot of a low-budget horror flick.

Now that it's all said and done I do a feel a little bit sorry for Dirk. His real crime is not living up to largely unrealistic expectations hung on him by ambivalent journalists and the ESPN hype machine. He's a great, unique player; he's just not dominant. It's not in his game or his makeup. He's an awesome complimentary 2nd player.

 
At 5/04/2007 9:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

(picture Yao, incoherent with rage, swinging his mighty paws ponderously as hordes of 6-7 dudes dart and swarm around him, accidentally crushing Pietrus while J-Rich posterizes a thorougly befuddled Shane Battier)

My God, padraig, you're right. Don't forget all the confused, wistful looks T-Mac would be shooting at the GSW bench.

Go Rockets!

 
At 5/04/2007 10:33 AM, Blogger Colonel D. Williams (Ret.) said...

Martin,

I see what you're saying about Coach's forcing their style onto a team. Nellie too has his persistence of vision, however. He enjoys a certain type of player in the same way those other coaches like a different type of player.

Nellie, oddly, might be upset if a player started playing "the right way" and start slowing the pace down and perfecting the half-court set.

And its also odd to think that Nellie was one of Pop's mentors.

 
At 5/04/2007 10:48 AM, Blogger Joey said...

Pietrus was the third-best player in the series after Baron and Stephen Jackson.

 
At 5/04/2007 12:38 PM, Blogger Pacifist Viking said...

I'm not in the habit of being depressed for millionaires, but in a curious and not at all pleasant way, I identify with Dirk. Not like I'm putting up posters of him and loving him, but suddenly I feel this "He is me" empathy that comes from years as a Minnesota Vikings fan.

 
At 5/04/2007 12:49 PM, Blogger Matt said...

Dirk needed this more than a championship. I get the sense that everyone's overprotective of Dirk because he doesn't display classic alpha-dog tendencies.

Fuck that. Dirk is a strong guy and a competitor, or at least he needs to be in order to be anything but the first Andrea Bargnani.

If dude spends the whole summer working overtime on driving the lane and working the post, and he comes back with some real fire in his gut, and the mavs get somewhere? Good for him.

Also, did anyone else catch that Moses Malone stat? Who's gonna be his Dr. J?

 
At 5/04/2007 12:57 PM, Blogger spinachdip said...

As a more or less neutral fan who enjoyed the fuck out of this series, I'd like to thank the following people outside the Warriors organization.
*Everyone involved in the Malice at the Palace, for lowering S-Jax's trade value.
*The guy who tried to run over S-Jax, making the people of Indianapolis scared of black people more than they already were, forcing the Pacers to trade for Dunny and Murph.
*New Orleans Hornets, for trading for Peja and giving the trade exception to Pacers, which eventually sent TMNT to Indiana, allowing to get him later for much less than they were willing to give up in the summer.
*God, for making Baron Davis' knees wonky, prompting the Hornets to trade him for a pittance.
*Mark Cuban, for vanishing Don Nelson from Dallas, rather than giving him some upstairs position in the Mavs organization.

 
At 5/04/2007 1:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a Jew I will never feel sorry for the tall German and the Christian right.

 
At 5/04/2007 4:03 PM, Blogger Nate said...

Not for Dirk, but definitely for AJ Doey...

 
At 5/04/2007 4:07 PM, Blogger Nate said...

Also, gotta love Slick William and his never ending love for holding black babies. No doubt it was Obama's little girl, but I've seen him do it all the time. I can't ever recall any other politician doing such a thing.

 

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