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2012-06-22 01:38:51 AM

Eddie_Dean_NY: After watching the wheels come off the Spurs bus like it was scripted


Wait, so you hate flopping but you root for the Spurs? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA HHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHA HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAH AHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAH AHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA HAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAH AHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHA HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAH AHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA HHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHA HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAH AHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAH AHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA HAHAHHAHAHAHHA
 
2012-06-22 01:40:56 AM

FreetardoRivera: Is this you Lebron?


No, just someone that thinks that Gilbert's "open letter" was 100x more offensive than anything LeBron did. You're the owner of the team, show some f*cking decorum. No one likes Cleveland, no one wants to go to Cleveland, and no one wants to work for an owner that's going to pull sh*t like that if they leave via free agency.
 
2012-06-22 01:42:10 AM

IAmRight: FreetardoRivera: Is this you Lebron?

No, just someone that thinks that Gilbert's "open letter" was 100x more offensive than anything LeBron did.


You are simply wrong and I feel bad for you.
 
2012-06-22 01:42:24 AM

TedDalton: LegacyDL: Now the question becomes how many rings does Lebron need to get before the haters give him a break?

"Not 2, not 3, not 4, not 5, not 6, not 7"

I'll give him a brake with just three.


Slow down there, Raybestos.
 
2012-06-22 01:45:31 AM
For starters gilbert's dumb letter was a reaction to what james already did.

You sound like the kind of person who would start shiat with someone and then be confused about why you got popped in the mouth.
 
2012-06-22 01:49:50 AM
So this stupid Asterisk of a season is finally over? Good.

/not hard being the best if you only need to pay 2/3 the games.
 
2012-06-22 01:51:02 AM

Mitch Taylor's Bro: bighairyguy: Only ten more championships to go to catch Bill Russell.

In the free agency era, I don't think that will ever happen again. MJ might have been able to win eight if he'd stuck with basketball, but I doubt anyone can win 11 without some kind of massive labor agreement change.


Labor agreement? Try massive contraction. In Russell's day, their were like 8 teams.
 
2012-06-22 01:51:36 AM

LegacyDL: Now the question becomes how many rings does Lebron need to get before the haters give him a break?


One without Wade at his side.

/I'll give him Bosh, Bosh is a natural sidekick
 
2012-06-22 01:54:01 AM
Well this thread turned about as quickly as people predicted in the game thread. I'll check back tomorrow midday after all the derp from both sides gets spewed and the people who watched the playoffs can discuss what happened: good and bad.

I will laugh a hearty laugh though if my 4 point prediction of ESPN coverage comes true over the next two weeks. Right now, they have managed to stay in stage 1 over the past few hours.
 
2012-06-22 01:54:53 AM

FreetardoRivera: For starters gilbert's dumb letter was a reaction to what james already did.


Got it. So when you're in charge of a team, and an employee leaves for a better opportunity, you think it's appropriate to sh*t on them in the media and blame them for all of management's failures. Gotcha. Furthermore, you should put it in writing, make it public, and write it in comic f*cking sans like a retarded assclown.

That's much more understandable than limiting attendance to your press conference and selling ad time during the interview to raise money for kids' charities.
 
2012-06-22 01:56:15 AM

TheManofPA: I will laugh a hearty laugh though if my 4 point prediction of ESPN coverage comes true over the next two weeks. Right now, they have managed to stay in stage 1 over the past few hours.


There have been a few comments on the TV floating around stage 3 and 4's territory.

/and in fairness, LeBron doesn't get to shoot 30+ times per game like Jordan does
 
2012-06-22 01:58:02 AM

FreetardoRivera: IAmRight: FreetardoRivera: Is this you Lebron?

No, just someone that thinks that Gilbert's "open letter" was 100x more offensive than anything LeBron did.

You are simply wrong and I feel bad for you.


You know what Gilbert's letter sounded like to a lot of people, specifically to the black players that make up a majority of the league? "I'm pissed my property left costing me money."
 
2012-06-22 02:03:17 AM

IAmRight: R.P.M.: he isn't king of anything

Well, he's MVP, champion, and Finals MVP...that's pretty much the king of basketball.

/also reigning gold medalist


hey, i am super happy for you. honestly. i wasn't trying to hate. i had way better things to say about Lebrton in what i said. but honestly, he isn't the King. i laughed when a foreign paper asked Peirce if he was the best player in the NBA after the '08, and he said he had the Finals MVP, so he was.

be happy. Lebron was the best player this year. sort out everything when the dust settles and everyone retires. if he goes back to the "not one, not two...ect" thing, then he may have problems historically. no one that loves basketball said "Nowitzki was King" after last year. congrats to Riley, the HEAT and Lebron.

oh, and the gold medal that is next to his bronze, and the gold medal that Kobe's final game performance and Wade's actions got him? even Bosh was great. ya, that was awesome...sorry, i had to balance the scales =) this upcoming one can change that.
 
2012-06-22 02:03:20 AM

Neeek: FreetardoRivera: IAmRight: FreetardoRivera: Is this you Lebron?

No, just someone that thinks that Gilbert's "open letter" was 100x more offensive than anything LeBron did.

You are simply wrong and I feel bad for you.

You know what Gilbert's letter sounded like to a lot of people, specifically to the black players that make up a majority of the league? "I'm pissed my property left costing me money."


only sounded like that to idiots and race baiters

to normal people it sounded liked a whiny, pissed off fan
 
2012-06-22 02:04:51 AM

TheManofPA: and the people who watched the playoffs can discuss what happened: good and bad.


It was a great playoffs! Boston was that team - the guys who can take on anyone because of their savvy and experience. They were the toughest team to play against and the Heat might not have been able to win the title if they didn't go through that before the Finals. I'd say that they are unlikely to do it again, but I think most of us have been thinking that for at least a couple of years.

You can't love basketball and hate LeBron without having some serious mental issues - the dude is simply far, far better at basketball than anyone else in the world right now. Comparing across eras is silly, so don't even bother trying to do it just to try to say "but he's not the greatest ever."

I need to make it to a Heat game when they travel up in the NY area so I can have the pleasure of telling my future kids that I was able to see any of those guys play in person, honestly.

The Thunder will learn from this like the Heat did and they'll possibly be even more powerful next year (though when guys get into contract years, sometimes it's tough to convince them to play as a team). I really do think it's these two teams for a while, unless there are significant injuries that take one of those teams out of the playoffs. The Bulls don't have enough offense, all the teams the Thunder beat this year have stars that are getting older...
 
2012-06-22 02:08:12 AM

R.P.M.: no one that loves basketball said "Nowitzki was King" after last year


Did Nowitzki win MVP and Finals MVP in the same year?

FreetardoRivera: only sounded like that to idiots and race baiters

to normal people it sounded liked a whiny, pissed off fan


At best, it sounded like a whiny, entitled fan. At worst, it sounded hyper-racist. And yes, there are still a lot of those undertones around the league and in the coverage of the incident. Don't act like it's not there. Just like, for some reason, the Thunder are "good guys" because they drafted their players. It's "good" to stay on with the place that forced you to come to it. It's "bad" to go where you want and try to pave your own way to success.
 
2012-06-22 02:10:02 AM

IAmRight: FreetardoRivera: For starters gilbert's dumb letter was a reaction to what james already did.

Got it. So when you're in charge of a team, and an employee leaves for a better opportunity, you think it's appropriate to sh*t on them in the media and blame them for all of management's failures. Gotcha. Furthermore, you should put it in writing, make it public, and write it in comic f*cking sans like a retarded assclown.

That's much more understandable than limiting attendance to your press conference and selling ad time during the interview to raise money for kids' charities.


How do you know so little about how fandom works yet post on here? Gilbert is like Cuban. They are actually fans and they care more about being fans than being suits trying to make a buck.


Bringing the children along to the decision to tie it into a charity was a PR stunt. Only the most delusional of nuthuggers bought into it.
 
2012-06-22 02:12:43 AM

IAmRight: R.P.M.: no one that loves basketball said "Nowitzki was King" after last year

Did Nowitzki win MVP and Finals MVP in the same year?

FreetardoRivera: only sounded like that to idiots and race baiters

to normal people it sounded liked a whiny, pissed off fan

At best, it sounded like a whiny, entitled fan. At worst, it sounded hyper-racist. And yes, there are still a lot of those undertones around the league and in the coverage of the incident. Don't act like it's not there. Just like, for some reason, the Thunder are "good guys" because they drafted their players. It's "good" to stay on with the place that forced you to come to it. It's "bad" to go where you want and try to pave your own way to success.


so you are unable to understand how sports and fans work. ok I will give up, you have won, sir.
 
2012-06-22 02:15:37 AM

Neeek: Mitch Taylor's Bro: bighairyguy: Only ten more championships to go to catch Bill Russell.

In the free agency era, I don't think that will ever happen again. MJ might have been able to win eight if he'd stuck with basketball, but I doubt anyone can win 11 without some kind of massive labor agreement change.

Labor agreement? Try massive contraction. In Russell's day, their were like 8 teams.


That, too. It really is hard to fathom one player winning 11 titles without stumbling into it via team-hopping.
 
2012-06-22 02:16:40 AM

FreetardoRivera: Bringing the children along to the decision to tie it into a charity was a PR stunt. Only the most delusional of nuthuggers bought into it.


The whole thing was a PR stunt. It doesn't matter if it's genuine or not unless you're a retard.

FreetardoRivera: How do you know so little about how fandom works yet post on here?


I know how it works. People are irrational and stupid when talking about their favorite teams. Gilbert failed to put together a good team for years, failed to get a competent coach or GM, and LeBron caught all the blame for not winning a championship. He left to a place where he felt he would be able to win multiple championships.

Gilbert behaved like a petulant child.

For some reason I have less of a problem with 25-year-olds with nothing beyond a HS education acting childish than I do 50+ year-olds that own several businesses and employ hundreds of workers.

And really, that was a retarded guarantee - c'mon, Cleveland sucks at everything, and the Cavs roster was complete dogsh*t except for LeBron. No one else on the team would've started for any other contender.
 
2012-06-22 02:20:32 AM
Though I actually do like what Gilbert does as a fan in general, that letter and Cleveland's reaction was by far the easiest way to make anyone with more than half a brain root for Miami.
 
2012-06-22 02:21:03 AM

IAmRight: R.P.M.: no one that loves basketball said "Nowitzki was King" after last year

Did Nowitzki win MVP and Finals MVP in the same year?


wow, be happy. i understand your love on Lebron i had high hopes for Kobe because he came into the league a couple years older than me. i am grateful he surpassed them. i am happy for you that Lebron is taking steps towards there.

don't be like the redsox and burn all the good will. iit seems to be happier to enjoy the journey. as much as it pains me, Russell's the king with rings. West won Finals MVP without winning (that doesn't pain me, and does). Magic won his rookie year out of place (happy). i still cheer Kobe's achievements.

be happy for your guy!
 
2012-06-22 02:25:31 AM

IAmRight: Though I actually do like what Gilbert does as a fan in general, that letter and Cleveland's reaction was by far the easiest way to make anyone with more than half a brain root for Miami.


Two words: Dwyane Wade

Anyways, happy that Bosh got a title, sad that Wade got a second one. Now, I'd seriously like someone to ask Stern how the "flagrant foul" by Fisher was equivalent to Wade's flagrant foul in the Indiana series.
 
2012-06-22 02:28:49 AM
Congratulations Juwan Howard.
 
2012-06-22 02:30:43 AM
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Congrats to the Heat.
 
2012-06-22 02:58:42 AM
Good for the Heat. As for LeBron, good for him. 6 more to go.

www.totalprosports.com
 
2012-06-22 03:14:05 AM

skinink: Fark Miami, LeBron and Wade.
Congrats to Spoelstra (who was being treated pretty crappy and probably would have been fired w/o a win) and Bosh (who seems nice, just flops too much). The rest of the team can go to hell.

 
2012-06-22 03:14:09 AM
Congrats, Heat fans.
 
2012-06-22 03:21:01 AM
Suppose for a moment that this ends up being the only title that this version of the Heat ends up winning. 20 years from now, well into his retirement, which one do you think Dwyane Wade looks back on more fondly? 2006 or 2012?

Re: Seattle vs. OKC - we get it, Sonics fans, you're still bitter about the way you lost your team. You should be. But to act as though Thunder players and fans -- who played no significant role in that whole debacle -- don't deserve a championship because of the actions of a few suits is the very definition of irrational butthurt. Focus those energies on lobbying hard for a new arena deal and maybe you'll get the Kings, or another team, and then we won't have to hear this whining anymore.
 
2012-06-22 03:29:26 AM
Congrats to LeBron and Bosh and a big FARK YOU to the Heat and the city of Miami.
 
2012-06-22 03:34:37 AM

Rafe: Suppose for a moment that this ends up being the only title that this version of the Heat ends up winning. 20 years from now, well into his retirement, which one do you think Dwyane Wade looks back on more fondly? 2006 or 2012?


2006, no question. That title made Wade more so than any player I can remember in recent history. Without that title, there is no "big three" in Miami because Bosh and James aren't going down there. And unlike James who's been given the respect of being one of the best players in the league over the past 7-8 years, Wade would've just been your average all-star in terms of popularity and fame - think Joe Johnson. Financially, that 06 title has probably put close to 50m in his pocket in endorsements up until this point.
 
2012-06-22 03:38:54 AM

Somacandra: Congratulations to the Thunder by being Western Champions. More seasoning needed. See you next season!


When I watched Lebron interact with Durant after the game, I felt that's what he was saying to him.
 
2012-06-22 03:41:27 AM
The forgotten news out of all of this...

For the first time, a member of the Fab Five has won a championship at the college or pro level.

Just think about that... and remember how old you are.
 
2012-06-22 03:46:52 AM
Imagine if LeBron were drafted to play alongside Duncan and Parker for the Spurs, instead of the Cavaliers.

That's similar to the situation in which Kobe found himself.

LeBron's done more with less than Kobe did. This one? Meh, big deal. This is only slightly more impressive than a ring Kobe received with Shaq, except that LeBron is closer to Shaq than Kobe as the clear-cut most important player in the series. Wade and Bosh could have been replaced with comparatively great players, just as Kobe could have been replaced in those early three titles. LeBron is like Shaq was in those years: not the straw that stirs the drink, but the glass that holds it all together and prevents a big mess.
 
2012-06-22 03:48:59 AM

Chewbock: If you cared enough about your team when you had it,


They did, you idiot. That's why they had a total reconstruction of their stadium, located near the heart of Seattle, not 15 years before being purchased and shipped to another city.
 
2012-06-22 03:54:15 AM

Chewbock: We have sold out over 20 home games and have the loudest arena by far in the NBA.


Incidentally, for years, Seattle and Portland had reputations as the best fans in the league. Not a year or two, but a large number of years.

Also, Seattle has the loudest professional football and soccer stadium, one of the five loudest crowds in college football, and even the Mariners had fans once.

The team was bought by a piece of shiat, after being sold by a piece of shiat, and the owner broke contract, colluding with David Stern and the NBA's owners, into moving the team. That's not the fault of the toothless hicks in OKC, that's the fault of the dickless wonder who owns the team and his butt buddies in the NBA office.
 
2012-06-22 03:57:01 AM
So who do we move on to with the constant "He's good, but he doesn't have a ring so he's a bust" nagging?

Melo?
Dwight?

or do we just skip right ahead and throw that on Durant?
 
2012-06-22 03:58:55 AM

IAmRight: /and in fairness, LeBron doesn't get to shoot 30+ times per game like Jordan does


If any player at his position can approach Jordan's shooting percentage while also showing his athleticism, I'm sure he could shoot 50 times per game and the coach would be more than happy.
 
2012-06-22 04:02:27 AM

4NSpy: So who do we move on to with the constant "He's good, but he doesn't have a ring so he's a bust" nagging?

Melo?
Dwight?


Howard has gone further as a team leader at the pro level, as sad as that is to say. Melo reminds me of the typical overrated NBA selfish scorer. The difference is he came into the league with a better resume, having carried a legendary college coach to his first (and only) title.

And I mean, I wouldn't use the term bust, but meh I know what you meant.
 
2012-06-22 04:07:40 AM

Chewbock: So, first of all, did anyone see the high five by the ref to the Heat coach? Interesting, considering the large amount of awful calls this series.

Second, F U SEATTLE FANS. If you cared enough about your team when you had it, you probably would still have it. We have sold out over 20 home games and have the loudest arena by far in the NBA. Quit crying, it gets way old.

And lastly, we will dominate the rest of this decade. Finals in four years? Good things are coming people. Good things.


Pssssss. The narrative you've been told about the Sonics not being beloved in Seattle pre-steal is not reality. We understand you want believe it in order to negate guilt or a sense of villainy, but reality only has one truth. You choose to follow the one you're told, not the one that was lived.
 
2012-06-22 04:11:26 AM

coolio mack: Wade would've just been your average all-star in terms of popularity and fame - think Joe Johnson


What the hell are you talking about? Wade is, easily, one of the top ten players in the league. The only guard who could be considered unquestionably "better" is Kobe Bryant.

Look at it this way: Carmelo Anthony, previously mentioned, is pretty hyped for his scoring prowess. Wade is better than Anthony in every facet of the game (save maybe rebounding, and that's iffy), INCLUDING points per game. He's a much better shooter, on top of that.
 
2012-06-22 04:12:53 AM
And I mean, he wouldn't have been Carmelo in terms of hype (because some guys are just overrated from the get-go... right, Vince Carter?), but he'd have been a farkton more well-known than a guy like Joe Johnson.
 
2012-06-22 04:14:09 AM
One more piece of credit to give to the Heat: they won a title with the freaking mail clerk as the head coach. ;)
 
2012-06-22 04:21:43 AM

TheManofPA: Erik Spoelstra has more NBA title wins than Jerry Sloan

I just want you to all know that.


Yes, but Sloan has more coaching acumen in his little finger than Spoelstra will ever have, as Eric rode the coattails of men with talent to get his ring. But never fear, Nature always rights itself when there is a kharmic imbalance like this, and Spoelstra won't have a job in two years, tops.
 
2012-06-22 04:59:10 AM
This just in: Portland Trailblazers vindicated for choosing Odem over Durant.

/I keed, Portland still has the worst front office in sports.
 
2012-06-22 05:16:42 AM

DoctorRock: just a coont hair behind boxing as the crookedest sport ever! yay for us!


It was a 4-1 series, you can't blame the refs.
 
2012-06-22 05:17:51 AM
James has now proven himself to be WAY better than Jordan.
 
2012-06-22 05:30:38 AM

TwoBeersOneCan: James has now proven himself to be WAY more arrogant than Jordan.


Subby, the only title fit for Mr. James is "Persona Non Grata", enforced with extreme prejudice by all good citizens of Ohio.

His post-Cleveland record does not count.
 
2012-06-22 05:30:41 AM
Maybe this ring was ineveitable, but I never thought Lebron could drop 45 on the Celtics in an elimination game in Boston and drop a triple double in a closeout game in the Finals.
There, that's as close as I'll come to saying I was wrong.
 
2012-06-22 05:33:46 AM

peachpicker: The Baltimore Ravens would like to welcome LeBron James to the pantheon of athletes who risk their life if they return to Ohio.


FTFY.
 
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