Re: Can both these statements be true?
posted at 3/15/2011 7:13 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Can both these statements be true?
[QUOTE]Glad you are gonna stick around and watch this play out. I think Shaq is back(duh) he is 7'3", but I wouldnt say if he does not return we are toast. I think if both O'neals cant go, we are Threw! Atleast with Shaq out and JON in, we could get some blocks, some rebounds and maybe a little post game. Also in regards to last year game 7. How can ignore that we got killed on the boards? That was a big factor of lenght with Baby trying to board at 6'6" with the likes of 2 seven footers and K.G. had no lift The 4th quarter was abysmal. Ray couldnt hit a shot in the 4th. Paul looked like he just walked out of a steam bath, and the starters got all of a minute rest while guys like Nate played around a quarter and no longer due to lack of trust. So all that happened and all you can talk about is Rondo missing or not taking a jumper? Yeah, you def. got a personal with R.R. , He was just part of many problems that occured that game, mainly the rebounding and the starters not being able to get a breather.... They ran outta gas, and Yes maybe if Rondo was a scoring guard he would have stepped up and scored 30 in the 4th, but he didnt. He may have been gassed too, as he had a lot to do with them getting that far, as he dominated mostly every series until Kobe guarded him
Posted by JayShizzle45[/QUOTE]
Re. Rondo dominating series, etc. Rose is a vastly superior player now in year three than he was two years ago against Rondo when he actually outscored Rondo....
Anyway, I have been watching for 40 years so there is no talk about abandoning at any stage. Objectivity is key though.
I will share one brief story with you that bring the Jermaine O'Neal issue to a personal level for me.
In 1989 I was playing in a league in Boston, we had a game at Christopher Columbus High in the North End. We had a 3 on 1 break, I was on the right wing, the guy in the middle had the ball, the guy with the ball looked my way but passed the ball to his left, the defender came at me when he saw the guy with the ball look my way. I was running about as fast as I could at the time and stepped on the defender's ankle. My knee went backward like a dog leg, my femur came down on my tibia like a hammer on a nail, I had 9 separate breaks in my tibia and my femur shaved the cartilage off the top of my tibia. I thought no big deal and tried to play the second half but could not even walk. My teammate / colleague carried me to his car on Prince St. and drove me back to the financial district where my car was parked. The next morning I went to the doctor and he said how have you been getting around since you hurt it and I said walking. He said what do you mean walking, you can't walk on this knee it is broken in 9 places blah blah blah.... I said interesting... I am not a f n doctor so how would know that?
Anyway, what I am getting at is Jermaine's knees are a lot lot lot lot lot worse than mine. He is completely bone on bone and if there is anyone thinking he is going to contribute anything they are on better drugs than I have access to.