Re: Remember this Date, Bandwagon Jumpers
posted at 3/27/2011 12:48 PM EDT
In Response to Remember this Date, Bandwagon Jumpers
[QUOTE]Remember these dates, March 26, 27, & 28. These are the dates that all of you bandwagon jumpers, you fair-weather fans, you prognosticators of doom, you who panicked and claimed the C's were done, finished, through, jumped ship and gave up on our team! The nadir of the C's season, the time when they struggled the most. You gave up on them. You attacked them. You showed your true colors. We know who you are, it's on the record, right here on this forum. Don't come around later as bona-fide fans when the C's go on deep into the playoffs. We know that you are nothing but EIO's rather than fans, a bunch of No Nothings who tried to brow beat others into believing in your negativity. You have been exposed. We know who you are, and we know where to find you. -
Posted by RajonRondowski[/QUOTE]
Ski...I'll try to express myself as just not a fair weather fan but unless the fairy waves her magic wand, this team as it is now, will not advance beyond the first or second round. Watching NCAA games I heard Barkley say that having a choice of two excellent players, one an ability to shoot a high % of jump shots and the other, good at putting in layups/dunks, he prefers the latter. And I agree. We did it last year with the combination of both, Big 3 for outside shooting & Perk under the basket. And went to game 7 but, alas, no Perk and lost the critical rebound battle as we shot a higher % than LA but their extra chances killed us. (yup, hate to bring up old wounds but even with disparity in foul shots, we'd have won with more rebounds).
Teams that are more than just competitive have one of two things, and hopefully, both. A strong presence in the paint or a superstar G or F. Let me address the latter first, Bulls have Rose, most definitely a superstar & perhaps MVP this year but are not exceptional under the paint. The Magic & Mavs, on the other hand, don't have, in my opinion, superstars other than Howard and Nowitski(who is a PF & Center) but they are terrific under the basket. The Spurs have Duncan in the paint & then Ginobli & Parker, both guards and although not youngsters, they are still stars. The Thunder have superstars, Durant & Westbrook...both very young...and now Perk foir "D" & rebounds.
But the real stickout and I hate them but they are 14-1 since the allstar break have the best of both worlds with 3 very good players in the paint, Gasol, Bynum & Odom, & , of course, Kobe, the very best, I think, since Michael Jordan.
Now we come to us. Yup, we have the BIG 3 & won in 2008 with them and Perk, of course, not for offense but good defense. That same team almost won last year except we'll never know about Game 7 if Perk were not injured. As a long time Celtic fan still smarting from Game 7 and disparity in foul shots, I feel that being out rebounded killed us too & with Perk that wouldn't have happened. Rasheed, in my opinion, was not a power center who liked to dunk the ball. He like Garnett was mostly a jump shooter and at times felt he was a 3 pt shooter like Pierce & Allen. I'd have preferred muscle in the paint. So, we still have our 3 stars but they, as happens to all of us who age, have lost a step or two & we do not dominate in the paint. If we shoot 50% + we need not worry so much about rebounds, but if not, we need them. Lakers shot a pathetic 32% in Game 7 but dominance of rebounds allowed them extra chances. We do not have that luxury when we have poor shooting nights so as I titled this post, I end it with WE MUST HAVE SHAQ AND JON, ALBEIT NOT ESSENTIAL, WOULD BE A BIG HELP TOO, ESPECIALLY WHEN SHAQ FOULS OUT !!!
PS...apparently from a coach(paisano too) who knew something about winning & it seems didn't believe in bumps in the road and slumps, here's a couple of quotes from Lombardi that could apply to the unimportance or importance of our team not winning now:
"Winning is not a sometime thing; it's an all time thing. You don't win once in a while, you don't do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing."
" If you can accept losing, you can't win."