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2014-05-31 01:06:35 AM  
Would you expect anything less from a team led by The Mario Chalmers?
 
2014-05-31 04:47:12 AM  
Cleveland collectively has a hissy fit in 3... 2...
 
2014-05-31 06:25:08 AM  

MmmmBacon: Cleveland collectively has a hissy fit in 3... 2...


That plotline ended sometime between the Heat's 1st and 2nd championship.
 
2014-05-31 06:31:24 AM  
Normally I'm not for rematches, but I think Heat-Spurs II has epic potential.
 
2014-05-31 07:06:09 AM  
People actually root for Lebron?  This makes me think people actually root for Sterling.

/someone has to like the bad guy I guess
 
2014-05-31 07:13:09 AM  

FreetardoRivera: MmmmBacon: Cleveland collectively has a hissy fit in 3... 2...

That plotline ended sometime between the Heat's 1st and 2nd championship.


There's people in Cleveland openly pining for LeBron to return, actually. The opinion on him is actually very split.

/I doubt he'd return
//Who leaves a team they just won three straight titles with (assuming they beat the Spurs/Thunder)?
///Even if they have Embiid AND Love AND Kyrie, that still might not be enough to attract LeBron
 
2014-05-31 07:39:15 AM  
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2014-05-31 07:55:12 AM  

kukukupo: People actually root for Lebron?  This makes me think people actually root for Sterling.

/someone has to like the bad guy I guess


Hey yo
 
2014-05-31 08:17:37 AM  
This is why I don't even watch basketball anymore. I grew up in the 90s, when every single team had one and only one superstar. The players had pride back then. They were franchise guys. You could name a team and I'd name their face: Boston had Bird, Atlanta had Wilkins, Houston had Olajuwan. These cowards all want to group together into unbeatable all star teams. It's f*cking boring. Literally, is the East all star team just the entire lineup of the Heat?
 
2014-05-31 08:57:52 AM  

Tommy Moo: This is why I don't even watch basketball anymore. I grew up in the 90s, when every single team had one and only one superstar. The players had pride back then. They were franchise guys. You could name a team and I'd name their face: Boston had Bird, Atlanta had Wilkins, Houston had Olajuwan. These cowards all want to group together into unbeatable all star teams. It's f*cking boring. Literally, is the East all star team just the entire lineup of the Heat?


The Celtics had Bird? The 1986 Celtics started four future hall of famers and had another coming off the bench.
 
2014-05-31 09:04:16 AM  

JerseyTim: Tommy Moo: This is why I don't even watch basketball anymore. I grew up in the 90s, when every single team had one and only one superstar. The players had pride back then. They were franchise guys. You could name a team and I'd name their face: Boston had Bird, Atlanta had Wilkins, Houston had Olajuwan. These cowards all want to group together into unbeatable all star teams. It's f*cking boring. Literally, is the East all star team just the entire lineup of the Heat?

The Celtics had Bird? The 1986 Celtics started four future hall of famers and had another coming off the bench.


I liked the 90's because when every opponent has one superstar, it makes it much easier for the team with four superstars to win.
 
2014-05-31 09:11:09 AM  

poughdrew: JerseyTim: Tommy Moo: This is why I don't even watch basketball anymore. I grew up in the 90s, when every single team had one and only one superstar. The players had pride back then. They were franchise guys. You could name a team and I'd name their face: Boston had Bird, Atlanta had Wilkins, Houston had Olajuwan. These cowards all want to group together into unbeatable all star teams. It's f*cking boring. Literally, is the East all star team just the entire lineup of the Heat?

The Celtics had Bird? The 1986 Celtics started four future hall of famers and had another coming off the bench.

I liked the 90's because when every opponent has one superstar, it makes it much easier for the team with four superstars to win.


Seriously. Do you know why Michael Jordan never teamed up with other all-stars to win a championship? He didn't have to. He was already on a team with two other hall of famers. Lebron's second best teammate was Žydrūnas Ilgauskas, and while I loved Big Z, he's not making the 50-best player list any time soon.
 
2014-05-31 09:14:05 AM  

Tommy Moo: This is why I don't even watch basketball anymore. I grew up in the 90s, when every single team had one and only one superstar. The players had pride back then. They were franchise guys. You could name a team and I'd name their face: Boston had Bird, Atlanta had Wilkins, Houston had Olajuwan. These cowards all want to group together into unbeatable all star teams. It's f*cking boring. Literally, is the East all star team just the entire lineup of the Heat?


Yeah, good thing Jordan didn't play with any Hall of Famers in their primes. Except for Scotty Pippen and Dennis Rodman.
 
2014-05-31 09:18:39 AM  

kukukupo: People actually root for Lebron?  This makes me think people actually root for Sterling.

/someone has to like the bad guy I guess


I don't really give a hoot about LeBron, but it's nice for Miami to have a solid sports franchise.  The Dolphins and Marlins aren't doing much of anything.
 
2014-05-31 09:26:21 AM  

Palmer Eldritch: Tommy Moo: This is why I don't even watch basketball anymore. I grew up in the 90s, when every single team had one and only one superstar. The players had pride back then. They were franchise guys. You could name a team and I'd name their face: Boston had Bird, Atlanta had Wilkins, Houston had Olajuwan. These cowards all want to group together into unbeatable all star teams. It's f*cking boring. Literally, is the East all star team just the entire lineup of the Heat?

Yeah, good thing Jordan didn't play with any Hall of Famers in their primes. Except for Scotty Pippen and Dennis Rodman.


And Luc Longley.  Don't forget about Luc Longely.

What?  He's in someone's HOF somewhere.  He has to be.
 
2014-05-31 09:34:35 AM  

lacydog: FreetardoRivera: MmmmBacon: Cleveland collectively has a hissy fit in 3... 2...

That plotline ended sometime between the Heat's 1st and 2nd championship.

There's people in Cleveland openly pining for LeBron to return, actually. The opinion on him is actually very split.

/I doubt he'd return
//Who leaves a team they just won three straight titles with (assuming they beat the Spurs/Thunder)?
///Even if they have Embiid AND Love AND Kyrie, that still might not be enough to attract LeBron


People in Cleveland who think LeBron's coming back also think strippers talk to them because they like them.
 
2014-05-31 09:40:40 AM  

FreetardoRivera: MmmmBacon: Cleveland collectively has a hissy fit in 3... 2...

That plotline ended sometime between the Heat's 1st and 2nd championship.


I'm still waiting for the eventual Kobe vs Lebron championship plot line. It's a money maker for the NBA and I'm surprised the writers haven't picked up on it.

Maybe next season - Kobe will want to repent for this terrible season and the Heat will be going for five. It'll be a seven game championship series
 
2014-05-31 09:54:48 AM  

kukukupo: People actually root for Lebron?  This makes me think people actually root for Sterling.

/someone has to like the bad guy I guess


Please elaborate on why LeBron is a bad guy. I'm sure you have a ton of very logical and well thought out reasons that are grounded in reality and not a bunch of bullshiat based in personal bias.

/derp decision, tattoos, derpity derpity
 
2014-05-31 10:01:06 AM  

js34603: kukukupo: People actually root for Lebron?  This makes me think people actually root for Sterling.

/someone has to like the bad guy I guess

Please elaborate on why LeBron is a bad guy. I'm sure you have a ton of very logical and well thought out reasons that are grounded in reality and not a bunch of bullshiat based in personal bias.

/derp decision, tattoos, derpity derpity


I think the problem isn't LeBron, himself. It's the cult of personality that built around him when he moved to Miami. Hell, it might just be the heat

Suddenly, you had people who have been 'die-hard, life long' Heat fans (since the Decision) and you have a major sports network just suck up to him during every broadcast and game. Any call by the refs is a terrible call because it went against him.

I'm not saying it didn't happen in Cleveland (I'm from Ohio and I know we had the bandwagon) but it was bumped to an 11 when he moved to Miami.
 
2014-05-31 10:05:32 AM  

Cubs300: Palmer Eldritch: Tommy Moo: This is why I don't even watch basketball anymore. I grew up in the 90s, when every single team had one and only one superstar. The players had pride back then. They were franchise guys. You could name a team and I'd name their face: Boston had Bird, Atlanta had Wilkins, Houston had Olajuwan. These cowards all want to group together into unbeatable all star teams. It's f*cking boring. Literally, is the East all star team just the entire lineup of the Heat?

Yeah, good thing Jordan didn't play with any Hall of Famers in their primes. Except for Scotty Pippen and Dennis Rodman.

And Luc Longley.  Don't forget about Luc Longely.

What?  He's in someone's HOF somewhere.  He has to be.


If Australia has a basketball hall of fame, he'd probably be in there.

I remember playing some kind of video game with a cousin once, where I played the Bulls against his Rockets. I just gave it to Longley the whole time and had him take jumpers. He probably ended up with 40 points or something.
 
2014-05-31 10:11:11 AM  

JerseyTim: poughdrew: JerseyTim: Tommy Moo: This is why I don't even watch basketball anymore. I grew up in the 90s, when every single team had one and only one superstar. The players had pride back then. They were franchise guys. You could name a team and I'd name their face: Boston had Bird, Atlanta had Wilkins, Houston had Olajuwan. These cowards all want to group together into unbeatable all star teams. It's f*cking boring. Literally, is the East all star team just the entire lineup of the Heat?

The Celtics had Bird? The 1986 Celtics started four future hall of famers and had another coming off the bench.

I liked the 90's because when every opponent has one superstar, it makes it much easier for the team with four superstars to win.

Seriously. Do you know why Michael Jordan never teamed up with other all-stars to win a championship? He didn't have to. He was already on a team with two other hall of famers. Lebron's second best teammate was Žydrūnas Ilgauskas, and while I loved Big Z, he's not making the 50-best player list any time soon.


Hey! Mo Williams was a decent point guard! And they had Anderson Varejao too, didn't they? And they brought in Antawn Jamison that one time, back when he was still a career 20/10 guy.

//props on the accents on Ilgauskas though.
 
2014-05-31 10:15:43 AM  

Aar1012: js34603: kukukupo: People actually root for Lebron?  This makes me think people actually root for Sterling.

/someone has to like the bad guy I guess

Please elaborate on why LeBron is a bad guy. I'm sure you have a ton of very logical and well thought out reasons that are grounded in reality and not a bunch of bullshiat based in personal bias.

/derp decision, tattoos, derpity derpity

I think the problem isn't LeBron, himself. It's the cult of personality that built around him when he moved to Miami. Hell, it might just be the heat

Suddenly, you had people who have been 'die-hard, life long' Heat fans (since the Decision) and you have a major sports network just suck up to him during every broadcast and game. Any call by the refs is a terrible call because it went against him.

I'm not saying it didn't happen in Cleveland (I'm from Ohio and I know we had the bandwagon) but it was bumped to an 11 when he moved to Miami.


So personal bias? And Cleveland homer? Yeah.
 
2014-05-31 10:16:02 AM  

JerseyTim: Normally I'm not for rematches, but I think Heat-Spurs II has epic potential.


No matter who comes out of the West, it's a rematch, and it should be fun. Unless Ibaka's foot falls off again.
 
2014-05-31 10:33:14 AM  

lacydog: FreetardoRivera: MmmmBacon: Cleveland collectively has a hissy fit in 3... 2...

That plotline ended sometime between the Heat's 1st and 2nd championship.

There's people in Cleveland openly pining for LeBron to return, actually. The opinion on him is actually very split.

/I doubt he'd return
//Who leaves a team they just won three straight titles with (assuming they beat the Spurs/Thunder)?
///Even if they have Embiid AND Love AND Kyrie, that still might not be enough to attract LeBron


Theres no chance he'd go to a team that didn't make the playoffs. In the scenario where Cleveland has Embiid, Love, and Kyrie, I'd expect him to stay in Miami this coming season, then reconsider after that to see how well Cleveland makes things work. Also, there will be more teams with free cap space that could actually sign him in 2015
 
2014-05-31 10:37:49 AM  

js34603: Aar1012: js34603: kukukupo: People actually root for Lebron?  This makes me think people actually root for Sterling.

/someone has to like the bad guy I guess

Please elaborate on why LeBron is a bad guy. I'm sure you have a ton of very logical and well thought out reasons that are grounded in reality and not a bunch of bullshiat based in personal bias.

/derp decision, tattoos, derpity derpity

I think the problem isn't LeBron, himself. It's the cult of personality that built around him when he moved to Miami. Hell, it might just be the heat

Suddenly, you had people who have been 'die-hard, life long' Heat fans (since the Decision) and you have a major sports network just suck up to him during every broadcast and game. Any call by the refs is a terrible call because it went against him.

I'm not saying it didn't happen in Cleveland (I'm from Ohio and I know we had the bandwagon) but it was bumped to an 11 when he moved to Miami.

So personal bias? And Cleveland homer? Yeah.


Fun fact: Cleveland does not equal all of Ohio. Know how many Piston fans that I grew up with on my corner of the state?

I don't have a problem with the man. He's a nice guy and does a lot for the communities he's in. He is an excellent basketball player.
 
2014-05-31 11:23:30 AM  

Tommy Moo: This is why I don't even watch basketball anymore. I grew up in the 90s, when every single team had one and only one superstar. The players had pride back then. They were franchise guys. You could name a team and I'd name their face: Boston had Bird, Atlanta had Wilkins, Houston had Olajuwan. These cowards all want to group together into unbeatable all star teams. It's f*cking boring. Literally, is the East all star team just the entire lineup of the Heat?


This comment has to be a joke. The Big three for Boston back then was Bird, McHale, Parish. Then supporting players through the years were Danny Ainge, Gerald Henderson, Tiny Archibald, DJ, Scott Wedman (nice shooter) and Bill Walton! The 1986 Celtics team was so loaded and good it's considered one of the best NBA teams ever.

And don't even get me started on the Lakers or the Sixers of the 80's. And players had pride back then? You mean during the decade when Robert Parish sucker punched Bill Laimbeer, Danny Aigne almost had his finger bitten off by Tree Rollins, oh yeah and when Larry Bird and Dr J wound up choking each other during a game?
 
2014-05-31 11:30:57 AM  

kukukupo: People actually root for Lebron?  This makes me think people actually root for Sterling.

/someone has to like the bad guy I guess


I grew up hating the Pacers (the whole Spike Lee vs Reggie Miller thing).

I've never liked the Spurs, because Tim Duncan is a walking nap.

I was living in Seattle when the Sonics left, so I'm never rooting for the Thunder.

Therefore, Heat.

/yes, if NY allegiances make me hate the Pacers, they should also make me hate the Heat.
//but I kinda like Lebron.
///Jordan had a better team around him than Lebron does.
 
2014-05-31 12:51:09 PM  
The NBA sucks.

The way the system is set up it allows for 6 to 8 teams to continually dominate and the other 20 or so to be the practice squads for the dominant teams.

The beauty of the NFL system is that it allows ANY team the opportunity to win the league championship.

Until the NBA completely changes the way it operates, it will continue to be the red headed step child of professional sports leagues.
 
2014-05-31 01:00:20 PM  

lacydog: /I doubt he'd return


He's a better man than I if he returns. As douchey the manner in which he left was, when people in your (sort of) hometown spend a good year plus burning your jersey and cursing your existence, if I were him I'd rather play in Mongolia than come back as a part of a life-long, smirking "fark you" to them.

Adults acting like that over a professional athlete is not a good look.
 
2014-05-31 01:24:37 PM  
Has anyone pointed out the Bulls had three hall of famers, the Pistons had three during their peak, the Celtics had four (even five at times and in the 60s they were all the way up to 8) and the early 80's Lakers had 5 yet? Good.

Remember when Drexler was crucified for heading to Houston? Yeah, me neither.

I'm just pulling this out of my ass but I think Olajuwon's first  ring and the second run Kobe Lakers were the only recent teams I can think of that did it with one. No wait, that Piston team when Rasheed was there (but who knows how the voters will look at the two Wallaces).  That's assuming Robert Horry doesn't eventually sneak in to make it 2 HoFers on Houston and eventually 3 when Clyde glided in.

The same old stars that take the piss out of Lebron for what he did are the same people that thump their chests about standing up to the owners, getting the players their money and getting the players their free agent rights, the very same free agent rights that Lebron and Bosh used to build that team. Lebron is a complete dipshiat for "The Decision" thereby jerking around the Cleveland fan base and his people should have stopped him but christ, ESPN is equally as responsible for the garbage they pass off as sports journalism.

Still, I can definitely see how the Heat could be fun to hate and having a villain is good, people will still tune in. Hell, I think cheering for the Mavericks against the Heat was the first time I've ever pulled for a Texas based team but my dislike for San Antonio had me pulling for the Heat last year.

I'd like OKC to make the finals because I like Durant and Westbrook but the whole modern day dynasty thing is compelling as well. I just want some close games and good basketball.
 
2014-05-31 01:28:03 PM  

Cubs300: And Luc Longley. Don't forget about Luc Longely.

What? He's in someone's HOF somewhere. He has to be.


Australian Basketball Hall of Fame.

Bill Wennington - Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame.

Jud Buechler - Two-Sport Hall of Fame (pro beach volleyball, baby)
 
2014-05-31 01:42:17 PM  

NotoriousW.O.P: lacydog: FreetardoRivera: MmmmBacon: Cleveland collectively has a hissy fit in 3... 2...

That plotline ended sometime between the Heat's 1st and 2nd championship.

There's people in Cleveland openly pining for LeBron to return, actually. The opinion on him is actually very split.

/I doubt he'd return
//Who leaves a team they just won three straight titles with (assuming they beat the Spurs/Thunder)?
///Even if they have Embiid AND Love AND Kyrie, that still might not be enough to attract LeBron

People in Cleveland who think LeBron's coming back also think strippers talk to them because they like them.



Ever seen Cleveland strippers? They might actually like them...
 
2014-05-31 02:22:27 PM  

skinink: Tommy Moo: This is why I don't even watch basketball anymore. I grew up in the 90s, when every single team had one and only one superstar. The players had pride back then. They were franchise guys. You could name a team and I'd name their face: Boston had Bird, Atlanta had Wilkins, Houston had Olajuwan. These cowards all want to group together into unbeatable all star teams. It's f*cking boring. Literally, is the East all star team just the entire lineup of the Heat?

This comment has to be a joke. The Big three for Boston back then was Bird, McHale, Parish. Then supporting players through the years were Danny Ainge, Gerald Henderson, Tiny Archibald, DJ, Scott Wedman (nice shooter) and Bill Walton! The 1986 Celtics team was so loaded and good it's considered one of the best NBA teams ever.

And don't even get me started on the Lakers or the Sixers of the 80's. And players had pride back then? You mean during the decade when Robert Parish sucker punched Bill Laimbeer, Danny Aigne almost had his finger bitten off by Tree Rollins, oh yeah and when Larry Bird and Dr J wound up choking each other during a game?


It's one thing if you build a great team through the draft and with excellent coaching. It's another for the players to orchestrate their own do-it-yourself all star squad. There was no such thing as free agency until 2000. Players loved their cities, and fans loved their star franchise players. These days you aren't even rooting for the players; you're rooting for the damn uniforms.
 
2014-05-31 02:36:23 PM  

Tommy Moo: skinink: Tommy Moo: This is why I don't even watch basketball anymore. I grew up in the 90s, when every single team had one and only one superstar. The players had pride back then. They were franchise guys. You could name a team and I'd name their face: Boston had Bird, Atlanta had Wilkins, Houston had Olajuwan. These cowards all want to group together into unbeatable all star teams. It's f*cking boring. Literally, is the East all star team just the entire lineup of the Heat?

This comment has to be a joke. The Big three for Boston back then was Bird, McHale, Parish. Then supporting players through the years were Danny Ainge, Gerald Henderson, Tiny Archibald, DJ, Scott Wedman (nice shooter) and Bill Walton! The 1986 Celtics team was so loaded and good it's considered one of the best NBA teams ever.

And don't even get me started on the Lakers or the Sixers of the 80's. And players had pride back then? You mean during the decade when Robert Parish sucker punched Bill Laimbeer, Danny Aigne almost had his finger bitten off by Tree Rollins, oh yeah and when Larry Bird and Dr J wound up choking each other during a game?

It's one thing if you build a great team through the draft and with excellent coaching. It's another for the players to orchestrate their own do-it-yourself all star squad. There was no such thing as free agency until 2000. Players loved their cities, and fans loved their star franchise players. These days you aren't even rooting for the players; you're rooting for the damn uniforms.


Ah, so employees shouldn't have a say in who they work for or where they work.  Got it.
 
2014-05-31 03:51:50 PM  
I had heard about the way Lebron left Cleveland and about the Big Three going down to Miami. I wasn't really paying attention to the NBA back then, so I'm curious about what I'm about to ask.

Was the Miami Heat any good before the Big Three went down there? Or did they suddenly came out and started dominating after they got down there and suddenly there's a bunch of bandwagon Heat fans?
 
2014-05-31 04:06:05 PM  

SeikaArashi: I had heard about the way Lebron left Cleveland and about the Big Three going down to Miami. I wasn't really paying attention to the NBA back then, so I'm curious about what I'm about to ask.

Was the Miami Heat any good before the Big Three went down there? Or did they suddenly came out and started dominating after they got down there and suddenly there's a bunch of bandwagon Heat fans?


The Heat made the playoffs with Wade and Chalmers but were crushed in the first round by the Celtics (who won the conference). Cleveland at the time with LeBron lost in the second round to the Celtics. The Raptors with Bosh didn't make the playoffs.
 
2014-05-31 04:52:11 PM  

Lost Thought 00: SeikaArashi: I had heard about the way Lebron left Cleveland and about the Big Three going down to Miami. I wasn't really paying attention to the NBA back then, so I'm curious about what I'm about to ask.

Was the Miami Heat any good before the Big Three went down there? Or did they suddenly came out and started dominating after they got down there and suddenly there's a bunch of bandwagon Heat fans?

The Heat made the playoffs with Wade and Chalmers but were crushed in the first round by the Celtics (who won the conference). Cleveland at the time with LeBron lost in the second round to the Celtics. The Raptors with Bosh didn't make the playoffs.


A handful of years before (five or so?  maybe fewer?) they won a championship with Wade and an older Shaq.  They'd been alright a while, but not particularly great until Bosh and Lebron showed up.
 
2014-05-31 05:44:23 PM  

SeikaArashi: I had heard about the way Lebron left Cleveland and about the Big Three going down to Miami. I wasn't really paying attention to the NBA back then, so I'm curious about what I'm about to ask.

Was the Miami Heat any good before the Big Three went down there? Or did they suddenly came out and started dominating after they got down there and suddenly there's a bunch of bandwagon Heat fans?


They won it all in '06, with Shaq and a young D Wade. But Miami is not a great sports town, so I'd wager a lot of their fans are of the bandwagon type.
I thijk right before the big three, they were not good. Riley was clearing cap space in order to have room for the big 3's salaries, so they had some not good players.
 
2014-05-31 06:37:09 PM  

SeikaArashi: Was the Miami Heat any good before the Big Three went down there? Or did they suddenly came out and started dominating after they got down there and suddenly there's a bunch of bandwagon Heat fans?


There's a bunch of bandwagon any kind of fans. The only way to avoid "bandwagon" fans is to have the same franchises win over and over in perpetuity. Then, of course, it's the same couple bandwagons, but people pretend it's different.

/also, people who root for franchises instead of players/particular teams (as in one year's version of a team) are suckers
//my opinion may be jaded by having lived near LA when they lost the Rams and Raiders and in Washington when Seattle lost the Sonics
 
2014-05-31 06:39:27 PM  

Dafatone: Ah, so employees shouldn't have a say in who they work for or where they work.  Got it.


And Michael Jordan was so much better because he didn't do something he literally had no ability to do. He even said he wouldn't have when someone else was taking a ton of sh*t for having done so, so you know it's true.
 
2014-05-31 06:52:28 PM  

Dafatone: Tommy Moo: skinink: Tommy Moo: This is why I don't even watch basketball anymore. I grew up in the 90s, when every single team had one and only one superstar. The players had pride back then. They were franchise guys. You could name a team and I'd name their face: Boston had Bird, Atlanta had Wilkins, Houston had Olajuwan. These cowards all want to group together into unbeatable all star teams. It's f*cking boring. Literally, is the East all star team just the entire lineup of the Heat?

This comment has to be a joke. The Big three for Boston back then was Bird, McHale, Parish. Then supporting players through the years were Danny Ainge, Gerald Henderson, Tiny Archibald, DJ, Scott Wedman (nice shooter) and Bill Walton! The 1986 Celtics team was so loaded and good it's considered one of the best NBA teams ever.

And don't even get me started on the Lakers or the Sixers of the 80's. And players had pride back then? You mean during the decade when Robert Parish sucker punched Bill Laimbeer, Danny Aigne almost had his finger bitten off by Tree Rollins, oh yeah and when Larry Bird and Dr J wound up choking each other during a game?

It's one thing if you build a great team through the draft and with excellent coaching. It's another for the players to orchestrate their own do-it-yourself all star squad. There was no such thing as free agency until 2000. Players loved their cities, and fans loved their star franchise players. These days you aren't even rooting for the players; you're rooting for the damn uniforms.

Ah, so employees shouldn't have a say in who they work for or where they work.  Got it.


I didn't say they should be arrested; I said I no longer want to watch it. Let them skip around the league if that's what important to them. I have the right to decide that this makes basketball unappealing to me, and to stop watching it because of this. From all of the stats I've seen, I'm not alone in this. The popularity of the NBA is way down since the 90s. Only extreme sports aficionados and urban blacks still watch it. It used to be as popular as the NFL. This means less revenue, which ultimately means less salary money to go around. The free market will hold these prima donnas accountable.
 
2014-05-31 08:18:38 PM  
Good thing Tommy Moo is here to tell us the opposite of everything that's actually being reported in the news. The NBA is losing its popularity, which explains why someone just dropped $2 billion on a team.

Sorry your team isn't the one winning anymore, buddy, but that doesn't mean that the NBA is less popular.
 
2014-05-31 08:33:51 PM  

Tommy Moo: This is why I don't even watch basketball anymore. I grew up in the 90s, when every single team had one and only one superstar. The players had pride back then. They were franchise guys. You could name a team and I'd name their face: Boston had Bird, Atlanta had Wilkins, Houston had Olajuwan. These cowards all want to group together into unbeatable all star teams. It's f*cking boring. Literally, is the East all star team just the entire lineup of the Heat?


I think you got all of your NBA knowledge from NBA Jam.
 
2014-05-31 10:55:33 PM  

js34603: kukukupo: People actually root for Lebron?  This makes me think people actually root for Sterling.

/someone has to like the bad guy I guess

Please elaborate on why LeBron is a bad guy. I'm sure you have a ton of very logical and well thought out reasons that are grounded in reality and not a bunch of bullshiat based in personal bias.

/derp decision, tattoos, derpity derpity


please explain why there is always a NBA thread for a Heat game, but we have had two nights of the Western Conference Finals where no thread was submitted to be greened.
 
2014-06-01 01:16:43 AM  

Hyjamon: please explain why there is always a NBA thread for a Heat game, but we have had two nights of the Western Conference Finals where no thread was submitted to be greened.


Because the Heat are interesting; the Spurs are not. As shown in an above thread with Kawhi Leonard - the person was excited about how he went through three defenders to dunk and never reacted. They're a bunch of soulless automatons.
 
2014-06-01 02:18:58 PM  

Tommy Moo: I didn't say they should be arrested; I said I no longer want to watch it. Let them skip around the league if that's what important to them. I have the right to decide that this makes basketball unappealing to me, and to stop watching it because of this. From all of the stats I've seen, I'm not alone in this. The popularity of the NBA is way down since the 90s. Only extreme sports aficionados and urban blacks still watch it. It used to be as popular as the NFL. This means less revenue, which ultimately means less salary money to go around. The free market will hold these prima donnas accountable.


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