Nice poster, but why the hell is Shaggy from Scooby Doo on it?
Mama there goes that man! Thank God! Mark Jackson has been named head coach of the Warriors
. You know, in spite of him having zero coaching experience in his career. Where else in the world can you get a top-level job with zero job experience (and in some cases be successful
)? This is why we love the NBA, folks. No, not because of the guy getting a job. We love the NBA because we will now be able to watch it without hearing Mark Jackson drone on and on with his same schtick every other game! Too bad he won't start his new gig until after the Finals.
(Oh, and be sure you check out The Basketball Jones
and their take on Mark Jackson's job interview.)
Now, the important question: who will replace Mark Jackson on ABC and ESPN broadcasts? If we can't get Bill Walton or Shaq, who else would be a good pick? Post your thoughts in the comments.Worst of Game 3 in Pictures:
Pictured: the moment Jason Kidd realized he crapped his Depends Man love, Finals-styleGame 4 of the NBA Finals:Heat at Mavericks, ABC, 9pm (Heat lead series 2-1)
: According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the first time since 1998 we've seen consecutive games decided by two or fewer points in the NBA Finals. Whether you like the Heat and/or the Mavericks, you have to admit this is compelling basketball. Now just think of what this series would be like if it wasn't just Dirk playing one-on-five against the entire Miami Heat team! (Wait, you mean he has teammates on the floor? Really? You'd think I would notice something like that. Hmm.)
While on a road trip with my old college roommate Corey this past week, we watched part of games 2 and 3 on crappy motel TVs with failing picture tubes. This seemed appropriate when Corey asked "Good God, Juwan Howard's still in the league???" It would have felt wrong to watch Juwan Howard shoot free throws on a nice flat-panel LCD screen. Hell, watching on a fuzzy 857 pound CRT TV set with green and purple spots burned in the corners was kind of a stretch. Juwan Howard's age should probably be best experienced watching on one of those old cabinet TV sets from the 1950s. Or maybe in the crude drawings Grock left on the cave wall during the last Ice Age. (This was before the basketball itself was invented and the game was played with weathered rocks, of course.)
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It will be funny if David Lee returns to form and they win another 10 games and then everyone will say it was Mark "I'll take good offense over good defense any day of the week" Jackson (maybe that's how he got hired). Speaking of which, it's too bad we won't be able to play the MJ drinking game anymore. We could've added some more to the list, like:
The bottom line is
There's a price to pay
May I have this dance?
No question about it!
An outSTANDING job of...
Any reference to "airspace" and the closing thereof
Down the entire bottle if he talks about throwing the ball into a lake.
stephenie g- Those lines would fit in great for the Mark Jackson poetry hour.
I have the energy of a bear, that has the energy of two bears!
The kelp is crap!
Eat some more pills, pillhead!
You totally rule.
I totally already know that.
kazam92 -- Warriors would gain some defense while losing an alpha dog scorer, which I'm sure many fans will not appreciate. And I think Philly could use someone who can take over a game for stretches on offense. Ellis could fit that role.
Who would have guessed?
While he's not exactly "making a believer out of me", he is making the most of his first Finals appearance.
LeDouche - lowest scoring game in NBA Finals: 8.
Just wow. LBJ is the highest paid second banana in the entire universe. Wade is clearly the Finals MVP if the Heat win this.
Dirk, on the other hand, simply deserves a ring.
LeBron looked like a big armless Rondo out there and Marion is arguably outplaying him for the series, or at least playing him to a draw. All the same, imagine if LeBron missed a critical freethrow and had butter fingers on the inbound pass like Wade did.
But I'd enjoy the journey.
You know, man, I owe you an apology. All this time I never really bought into your "upscale role player" definition of LeBron. Until now.
You were right. You were right about LeBron. Tell your sister. You were right.
Wade dunked (with foul), ball didn't get in, he kept hanging in rim, ball went down, 2 points.
Now, if I remember the rules (FIBA rules, and they change), you cannot touch the rim with the ball in the air...
Should that have counted?
Mike Brown already has a job...
They are very lucky they pulled out the win last night and in Game 2. Aside from a few minutes in the 4th quarters of both games, it seems they've always been trailing the Heat.
i guess doyel really got into lebron's head. maybe james tried too hard to prove that he can be dominant without scoring points, or he can lead his team to victory without having to score. also, he looked somewhat tired after the 3rd quarter.
ex 1: during a breakaway layup by terry in the 4th, he only halfheartedly tried to chase him and block it, whereas usually he'd have swatted the attempt with such a force.
ex 2: during a fastbreak opportunity with only small guys kidd and barea on his way, he missed the layup badly, though to his credit, he still managed to secure the rebound.
Shit it sounds like I've become a lebron fanboy in the last couple of days, but really I hate the guy, just wanted to put things into perspective.
Anyways is it that they're lucky or Miami doesn't know how to close games properly?
It was the 2nd in a series of blocked shots where Terry, I think, drove the lane and shot a floater.
I only saw one replay in game and it looked the ball had already reached it's highest point and was descending yet no one mentioned it on the broadcast team.
Anyway, I can't wait for the game on Thursday evening. I do wonder what the heck is up with Lebron, you're really not telling me a simple zone can shut him down to the point that he can't even reach double figures. Again, I think it's the lack of a consistent offensive game plan that's hurting this team. I'm still confident the Heat will win the series though because all hating aside, you can't honestly say Dallas deserves to win the title based on what they've shown during these Finals.
My vote for MJ's replacement would definitely be Shaq - hearing him and JVG on the same broadcast would be epic.
Really? The Heat have been dominant throughout the playoffs, especially the fourth quarters of games -- Dallas has consistently shut them down (see Bawful's post today)and scored on their defense when it matters. Other than game 2, every game has been close wire-to-wire. Just because the Heat have been getting a lot of dunks doesn't mean those dunks count for more than 2 points.