You Need a CLOSER to be successful in the NBA. It's not "hero basketball!"

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    You Need a CLOSER to be successful in the NBA. It's not "hero basketball!"

    NBA teams need a closer to be successful. Relying on a player to come through in the heat of the most critical time of a game--as time is running out--is vitally important. And it can't always be the same guy. But having that capable super-star who rises to the occasion is tremendously advantageous. Why?

    Because opposing teams have to focus on that player, freeing up others players to get open looks. The Celtics have both Pierce and Allen to play that role. The Lakers have Kobe, the Blazers have Roy, Miami has Wade and Bron, the Knicks have Stoudamire and now Carmelo & Billups, the Mavs have Nowitzki.

    Some posters like to trash an opposing player because of such heroics. But that criticism is misplaced. Michael Jordan was constantly attacked for dominating the ball in Chicago. The fact is, there are some players who want the ball and some who shrival when it happens to them.

    Boston fans like to call Kobe--Kome--as a way of belittling his success. They are just blinded by their hate. When NBA coaches and managers are asked, which player they would want on their team to take the last shot, it's Kobe hands down.
     
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    Re: You Need a CLOSER to be successful in the NBA. It's not "hero basketball!"

    In Response to You Need a CLOSER to be successful in the NBA. It's not "hero basketball!":
    [QUOTE]NBA teams need a closer to be successful. Relying on a player to come through in the heat of the most critical time of a game--as time is running out--is vitally important. And it can't always be the same guy. But having that capable super-star who rises to the occasion is tremendously advantageous. Why? Because opposing teams have to focus on that player, freeing up others players to get open looks. The Celtics have both Pierce and Allen to play that role. The Lakers have Kobe, the Blazers have Roy, Miami has Wade and Bron, the Knicks have Stoudamire and now Carmelo & Billups, the Mavs have Nowitzki. Some posters like to trash an opposing player because of such heroics. But that criticism is misplaced. Michael Jordan was constantly attacked for dominating the ball in Chicago. The fact is, there are some players who want the ball and some who shrival when it happens to them. Boston fans like to call Kobe--Kome--as a way of belittling his success. They are just blinded by their hate. When NBA coaches and managers are asked, which player they would want on their team to take the last shot, it's Kobe hands down.
    Posted by rsalas67m[/QUOTE]

    Well, MJ was criticized for dominating the ball before he won all those titles... When he got some support on his team, it changed tho he still dominated the ball, just alot less.

    About Kobe, which NBA coaches/GMs are you referring to?   I think statisically, Kobe is a very poor shooter in the clutch...meaning last shots to tie or win games. Somebody had posted his FG% in the past. 

    Now Kobe has hit many big shots in those situations but lets face facts...Kobe taked just about every shot at the end of games...Many times he'll miss 3-4 shots in a row in the final 2 mins..then one goes in and hes on ESPN. Have to be fair about things.  HEs a great 1on1 talent that hoists up way too many bad shots... he nearly singles handedly lost the finals last year with his horrible shooting and bad shot selection...still he won MVP cause hes a marketing  tool for the NBA.

     
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    Re: You Need a CLOSER to be successful in the NBA. It's not "hero basketball!"

    Yes the NBA should take advice from Major League Baseball.

    Find a player who will only play the last 5 minutes of each game and only if you're winning at the time...... then give him a quarter of your team's payroll.
     
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    Re: You Need a CLOSER to be successful in the NBA. It's not "hero basketball!"

    In Response to Re: You Need a CLOSER to be successful in the NBA. It's not "hero basketball!":
    [QUOTE]Yes the NBA should take advice from Major League Baseball. Find a player who will only play the last 5 minutes of each game and only if you're winning at the time...... then give him a quarter of your team's payroll.
    Posted by Stupideeediot[/QUOTE]
    wow, robert horry would have been a HOF closer, the mariano riviera of nba closers! just pop in for the last 3 minutes, take and hit a biig shot, get your check, go home, get all the glory!
     
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    Re: You Need a CLOSER to be successful in the NBA. It's not "hero basketball!"

    I'll admit the Kobe is a great player and a great clutch player. He's still the enemy. I'd love to see him end this season empty handed. Go Celtics.
     
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    Re: You Need a CLOSER to be successful in the NBA. It's not "hero basketball!"

    Disillusion is a wonderful thing. Facts never have to get in the way.

    Recently, ESPN did a study of NBA "closers". It was very interesting.

    It showed the success of the top NBA clutch performers. The criterion was shooting percentage with less than 24 seconds left in the game. The top clutch shooter in the game was Ray Allen at over .600, followed by Tim Duncan.
    All of the Celtic big three had higher clutch percentages than Kobe Bryant, who shot under a horrible .260. 

    Just because he always takes the shot, does not mean that he is good at it. Kobe wants to be known as a clutch shooter, and he has the clout to always demand the ball.

    Without the addition of Gasol, the Lakers would be a footnote in the last decade's history. Some one has to compensate for Kobe, when he gets 40 points and shoots 25% to 35%. Fortunately the Lake front court is there to bale him out most of the time.
     
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    Re: You Need a CLOSER to be successful in the NBA. It's not "hero basketball!"

    "Without the addition of Gasol, the Lakers would be a footnote in the last decade's history. Some one has to compensate for Kobe, when he gets 40 points and shoots 25% to 35%. Fortunately the Lake front court is there to bale him out most of the time."
     
    And without the additions of Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett where would the Celtics be? Kobe proved last night against Portland that he could still win the game in the end. 

    Although I'm a Laker fan, I appreciate the talent of Boston's big 3. You need a player who looks forward to taking the last shot to win the game. And Boston is fortunate to have Pierce, Allen & Garnett. 
     
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    Re: You Need a CLOSER to be successful in the NBA. It's not "hero basketball!"

    Ha Ha, I thought this was about having a "closer". ... give up already?

    ... boy you are easy.

     
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    Re: You Need a CLOSER to be successful in the NBA. It's not

    The Green Closer just closed a case in NY!
     

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