d-will tombstone

Deron Williams: I'm not saying he directly forced Jerry Sloan out of Utah. I don't think that's quite how it went down. However, by all indications, it seems as though dealing with day-to-day bullshit from new school players killed Sloan's passion for the game. Yeah, well, almost getting into a fist fight with your All-Star point guard will do that.

So, sure, Williams and his issues -- which may or may not have revolved around Sloan's super-strict adherence to the flex offense -- may have only been the final straw. But I'd still like to take that straw and set it on fire.

As for Sloan, he represented a lot of what I appreciate and love about the game. He was no-nonesense and a real man's man. I'll miss ya, coach Sloan. Good luck and Godspeed.


The Golden State Warriors: That whole "Outscore The Other Guys" strategy works if you're scoring...and the Warriors weren't doing that last night. They were missing from everywhere: 36-for-90 from the field (40 percent), 6-for-20 from downtown (30 percent) and 10-for-17 from the line (58 percent). Their eFG% was a dismal 43 percent and they were scoring at a rate of 93.2 points per 100 possessions.

Meanwhile, Phoenix had an eFG% of nearly 60 percent and an O-Rating of 118.6. The Suns -- a notoriously weak rebounding team -- won the Battle of the Boards 47-32 and, despite having far fewer misses, finished with an ORB% of 34.3.

Let me put it this way: The only thing the Suns didn't do was physically put the Warriors over their knees and administer what Grandma Bawful would have (in all her Hoosier glory) referred to as "a learnin'." Remember: The Warriors want to run-run-run-and-gun. And the human body isn't built to run a track meet every day.

Said Golden State coach Keith Smart: "You share with the younger players how hard it is that you have to play every night in the NBA, back to back in particular, but there's nothing you can do with it. We didn't play well to start the game off in the first half. We didn't have the energy we needed to have against this team."

Added David "I can't believe I left New York for this shit" Lee: "It was bad from start to finish, similar to the last game we played them. I feel like we got outplayed at all five positions from the start of the game to the end."

Um, that's 'cause you did get outplayed at all five positions from the start of the game to the end, David. As Air Supply would say, it's more than a feeling.

The Suns went on a 20-0 run between the second and third quarters and led by as many as 33 -- their biggest lead against any team this season -- before resting Steve Nash (18 points, 11 assists) during the fourth quarter of this 112-88 beati...er, learnin'.

Random: Rookie Zabian Dowdell, who was signed to cover for the injured Goran Tragic, almost doubled his NBA career-high by scoring 10 points.

The _allas Mavericks: Defense: It works bitches!

Assuming teams actually, you know, use it.

Apparently, _allas and _enver decided to take Lawler's Law to its most illogical extreme. The Mavericks hit 53.6 percent of their shots, went 11-for-25 from beyond the arc, had an eFG% of 60.1 percent and an O-Rating of 128.4. The Nuggets converted 52.4 percent of their field goals, including 48.4 percent of their treys (15-for-31), and had an equally mind-numbing eFG% (61.3) and O-Rating (129.5). _allas had six players in double-figures, while, for _enver, Carmelo Anthony scored 42, Chauncey Billups had 18 of his 30 in the first 12 minutes, and Aaron Affalo blew up for 19 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter.

Considering that nobody could stop anybody else, it's appropriate the game came down to this:


You may have noticed 'Melo wasn't involved in that final play. That's 'cause he'd fouled out of the game. That's right: The Mavs couldn't defend one possession...even when the opposing team's best offensive player was sipping Gatorade on the sideline. And did I mention that _allas had a nine-point lead with 2:51 left?

Said Dirk Nowitzki: "It was a tough finish. Afflalo was basically a non-factor for three quarters, and all of a sudden he throws everything in that he got."

Added Jason Kidd: "This is the NBA. You win games sometimes when you're not supposed to and you lose games when you're not supposed to."

I think that was Jason's passive-aggressive way of saying the Mavericks should have won this one.

Random: According to ESPN Stats and Information: "It's the first time since the 1999-2000 season that Denver had players score 40-30-20 in the same game. On Jan. 20, 2000, Antonio McDyess scored 40, Nick Van Exel had 31 and Ron Mercer had 22 in a 122-115 loss to the Rockets."

Being mentioned in the save breath as the Holy McDyess-Mercer-Van Exel Trinity is pretty special. Soak it up, guys.

More random: The game's best plus-minus score? Brian Cardinal was +18 in his 16 minutes. By contrast, Nowitzki was -11 in his 36 minutes. Clearly, Mavs coach Rick Carlisle should be starting Cardinal and bringing Dirk in off the bench.

The Boston Celtics: Excuses? You want excuses?


I love that scene. Anyway...

...the Celtics have four All-Stars. But three of them are old men by NBA standards and the fourth was forced to play 44+ minutes because his one and only backup (Nate Robinson) went down with a bruised knee after only three minutes and 39 seconds of lacktion.

Remember, this Boston team was supposed to go deeper than Ron Jeremy. During the offseason, they signed Jermaine O'Neal and Shaq to counter L.A.'s superior size. And The Drain and The Big Creaky might have made a difference if they could actually suit up and shuffle up and down the court. As it was, Pau Gasol (20 points, 8-for-13, 10 rebounds, 4 assists) and Andrew Bynum (16 points, 6-for-10, 9 rebounds) got pretty much whatever they wanted and the Lakers outrebounded the Celtics 47-36 while racking up an ORB% of 33.3.

Speaking of depth, the combination of Robinson, Marquis Daniels and Delonte West might have been one of the best backup backcourts in the league. Unfortunately, Lil' Nate got hurt, and Daniels (bruised spinal cord) and West (broken wrist) on on mid-season vacation. As a result, Doc Rivers had to get nearly 20 "quality" minutes out of Von Wafer, who due to matchups (and Ray Allen's foul trouble) had to try and guard Kobe Bryant for long stretches of the second half. Even rookie Avery Bradley was given a turn at checking Bryant.

Do the words "thrown to the wolves" mean anything to you?

It's no surprise that Mamba got into a groove, scoring 20 points in the last 24 minutes, including 13 points in the final 12 and 8 (on 4-for-6 shooting) in the final 4:51. About the only thing Kobe didn't do in clutch time was flip a big middle finger at all the people who have been questioning his ability in the clutch.

The American education system: If you're going to be a douchebag, couldn't you at least be a creative, witty douchebag?


Update! Israel State Cup final fight: From Basketbawful reader Czernobog: "What, my brawl video wasn't Bawful enough? It has everything! A a 30 point blowout, a cheap punch from behind followed by an awesome takedown, cheap shots by a Greek giant in the scrum, and Refs who want nothing to do with it. Here, look at that shit again."


Chris's one-line lacktion ledger: Avery Bradley may have not had much to celebrate, but at least he came out of tonight's matchup richer, with a 1.3 trillion (1:17).

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76 Comments:
Blogger Ragib said...
This is a sad day in basketball history. Jerry Sloan is a basketball icon and it feels like a part of the game has gone with him.

If D.Will was actually the main cause of this, I will throw rocks at him during a game.

Blogger Adam said...
Why does the Boston accent make me want to strangle everybody in the vicinity? My GOD is it irritating to hear. Pronounce things properly, for heaven's sake!

Anyway, rapid fire bullet points:

- By one point or a million, I'll take any win over that sack of bastards
- Even if it turns out strife between D-Will and Sloan was just the final straw, either that straw was REALLY heavy or there were lots of other big straws we don't really know about. For Sloan to just up and leave means serious shit must have gone down. After 23 years you don't just quit because your team is having an off year. With Sloan gone and Jackson retiring, Pops is going to have to pick up the slack as crusty elder statesman.
- Any more news on how Marquis Daniels is doing? Freak injuries suck.

Anonymous Stockton said...
You should put a black banner today.
Part of the NBA, and basketball itself, died yesterday.

Anonymous Stockton said...
My biggest fear, as a Jazz fan, is that the inmates start running the asylum...
Jazz organization is known by the work ethic, etc, etc... I would hate to see headcases in Jazz uniform just to please a "star", either is Williams or someone else...
Some average players had the time of their careers in Utah (check Donniel Marshall)... even like that, players don't want to go there... and it's not only because of the all-white-no-fun city... it's because there was a clear hierarchy, in which the players knew their place... and that strategy may fall...

Anonymous kazam92 said...
Adam, I was just going to say that.

TAWM BRADY IS MVP! GO SAWKS!

Blogger Cortez said...
"...Yeah, well, almost getting into a fist fight with your All-Star point guard will do that."

Normally I'm not prone to violence or encouraging it either but I wish Sloan would have just taken the opportunity to sock him right in the jaw.

As a rule, I would not give odds to a 68 year old man fighting an athletic 26 year old BUT I would be willing to bet that Williams has never been in a fight (after middle school) in his life. He has no actual real life fighting experience. Modern blue chip basketball athletes don't get into many rough and tumble street brawls. Sloan, on the other hand, has probably had to maim a person or two in order to escape some backwoods hole in the wall intact.

Williams just moved down a couple of notches in my (meaningless) book.

Blogger TK said...
I know the emphasis is supposed to be on Bawfulness and all, but not even a mention of Ray beating Reggie's record?

Also: David "I can't believe I left New York for this shit" Lee

Moving from New York to Golden State is no way go through life, son.

Blogger Dan B. said...
Well, here's something randomly amazing to cheer you up, Bawful: OHHHHHHH YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Blogger Cortez said...
"I love that scene. Anyway..."

How about the scene in Carlito's Way when Lalin is giving any and every excuse he can think of as to why he is wearing a wire?

It wasn't on...
I was going to give you a signal...
They tricked me...
It was something else...
You have everything, I have nothing...
Just shoot me...
I'm no good in the joint...

Blogger AnacondaHL said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Y'Know what? During the elusive fourth quarter, when Bryant played "unstoppable ball", guess who tried to defend him? Yes, it was Allen and not Wafer, actually, so that's really not the problem here. In fact, Wafer played a surprisingly good game, with OK defense on Bryant which the commentators noticed as well.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Deron Williams: Guilty until proven innocent?

Blogger stephanie g said...
I just hope Sloan doesn't jump ship to LA after Phil leaves. That would cause way too much cognitive dissonance for me.

Blogger Dick Sullivan said...
The Mavericks last night = fodder for vomitus. The Dallas Mavericks do fortunately have the following lame excuses at their disposal: second night of back-to-back, road game and high-altitude. All of these, naturally, lead to a missed, clutch freebie by Nowitzki.

Also, did anybody catch Melo awkwardly hugging Barea from behind last night. I shouted an understandable "WTF" and my friend Travis pointed out the following: "That's just how it goes. Midgets are always getting picked up when they don't want to, hugged when they don't want to. People think they're cute."

Anonymous Nick said...
I hope the not mentioning of Ray Allen's record is due to basketbawful working on a 3 page special on it!

Anonymous Czernobog said...
What, my brawl video wasn't Bawful enough?

It has everything! A a 30 point blowout, a cheap punch from behind followed by an awesome takedown, cheap shots by a Greek giant in the scrum, and Refs who want nothing to do with it. Here' look at that shit again:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgYWbXO_fbE

Anonymous Marylander said...
@Anon

Exactly! When I was watching the kid (Wafer) in the first half last nite I thought "OMG another Celtics star is born today!" he played very well. Second half was a different story, Kobe totally DOMINATED Ray Allen. He ruined Ray's record breaking night which I'm so glad it's over. I don't think think the result would've been different if Shaq and Jermaine Oneill was on the court. When Shaq plays he gets a couple quick fouls in the first minutes of the game and spends the rest of the half on the bench. Jermaine O'neill is a non-event. but Nate Robinson's injury badly hurt the Celtics. Boston fans have to admit the Cs blew it. They had 15 point lead in the second Q. My guess is they thought "Oh the Lakers are soft, they lost key games this season so we should win this game w/o any effort". Overall it was a good W for the Lakers.

Blogger Josh said...
@ stephanie g

While I like Sloan as much as the next guy, I'm not sure he'd be a good fit in LA at all... He'd most definitely have the descipline for it, but I imagine he's a much more intense coach that Phil "Zen Master" Jackson. I really don't know if the players, Kobe with his ego especially, would respond in successful ways.

It's posslbe that Sloan's no-nonsense attitude could be what the Lakers have been missing the last few years when they fall into their "ho-hum, it's only the regular season" bullshit and lose games to JV opponents that they have no discernible reason to lose against.

Regardless, the league is certainly less intelligent, intimidating, and less of an institution now that Sloan is gone.

Oh and I'd put money on a Sloan vs D.Will fight. Sloan wouldn't even need to lay a hand on Williams, he'd just need to stare hard enough at him and Williams would just melt away into pudding.

Anonymous Stockton said...
I see Sloan as a guy who grabs nuts and headbutts his opponent in a fight...

Blogger Michael Hsu said...
if utah doesnt make the playoff jerry sloan will win coach of the year.

Blogger Dooj said...
I should've taken a picture, but at the 11:19 mark in the 3rd quarter of the Boston/LA game, Kobe actually did give the middle finger to someone. Anyone have that on tape?

Blogger AnacondaHL said...
There are only two possibilities for his nickname. Ludwig or Wilhelm, pronouncing the W's as V's if possible.

Blogger BadDave said...
{Reposted, since it belongs with this entry - sorry if you read both]

You know, I'm guilty of quick-triggering DW for Sloan, but after reflection I'm okay with it. Here's why (in case you cared):
1 - Sloan is one of my role models. I'm emotional. It sucks. If players and coaches all acted like him, the league would be the most competitive sport in America.
2 - He has such an amazing work ethic that I can't see him retiring (quitting) mid-season without a large reason.
3 - DW is suspect. He's placed his foot in his mouth too many times for me to not suspect him.
4 - I need someone to vent on. In the whole Jazz organization, DW is the most likely target for me. The other players seem kosher, and the Millers are just flat out too awesome for me to think of them.
5 - This site is about negativity. Usually couched in humor, but there is nothing funny about Sloan retiring.

That is all.

Blogger Dick Sullivan said...
The rape in question: http://cdn1.sbnation.com/imported_assets/652952/101136_mavericks_nuggets_basketball_medium.jpg

Blogger Josh said...
@ Dick Sullivan

Due to height disparity, that looks more like a spinal tap to me...

Blogger Basketbawful said...
Czernobog -- Post updated.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Just got Deron Williams twice on Elo Player Rater. I don't know who he was against, but I voted for them over him twice without thinking.

@Anonymous, what? wafer was guarding kobe most of the second half unless i was wathcing a different game. Kobe was on easy-bake oven mode and always is when he got a yungin on him . . . @Cortez, go ahead, just keel me then you CAHK-SUCKER!

Blogger AnacondaHL said...
Anon - This same thing is happening with about 70% of people getting LeBron in their matchups.

Blogger Basketbawful said...
This same thing is happening with about 70% of people getting LeBron in their matchups.

Oh, pffft, that's not true. I know, in my heart, Scott Wedman was a better player than LeBron. My soul feels clean.

Anonymous The Other Chris said...
@AnacondaHL, thank you for improving my life by posting that video.

Steve Nash: Uhh.. explosive. He's a crowd-pleaser, he's an entertainer.

(mumbled question)

Steve Nash: Umm.. He's-he's one of the great targets on the break.. in the league.. Just enjoy the.. just watch him take flight.

Reason 61,214,934,1231 why Steve Nash is amazing.

Blogger stephanie g said...
The Onion does it again:

"Kids In 'Scared-Straight' Program Visit Horrifying Cleveland Cavaliers Practice"

http://www.onionsportsnetwork.com/articles/kids-in-scaredstraight-program-visit-horrifying-cl,19156/

Lots of gold, but my favorite part is:

""What are you laughing at?" added Hickson, staring directly at a snickering 14-year-old. "You think getting blown out by the fucking Toronto Raptors is funny? That's what I thought once. But this is some serious shit right here. I wish this life on no man.""

Blogger AnacondaHL said...
Hot off the presses, more amazing video:

RotY debate:
Dunks-A-Lot?
Dougie well?
Pshh. Nothing.
Landry Fields for RotY based on this commercial alone.

Blogger Wormboy said...
Damn. And Sloan STILL has no coach of the year award. FFS, that is criminal.

I thought he might retire when his wife died, but he kept on going (probably a good idea, so he wasn't staying at home brooding).

If I had to guess, Williams' antics just precipitated an "I'm too old to put up with this shit" moment. Sloan is approaching the age where most coaches retire, plus or minus a couple of years. So, probably we can blame Williams for being the straw that broke the camel's back. My money is that Sloan would have retired before 70.



Who was guarding Affalo for that game winning shot? A "franchise player," I believe.



@dumbass Boston student. Dude, the role of "dumbass friend" in "Good Will Hunting" was filled a long time ago, tryout videos not needed. It gave us over a decade of bad Ben Affleck films.

And I loved the uncontrolled giggling at the hilarity from the one filming the shenanigans. So we can be certain that this wasn't simply lone stupidity.

Blogger Dan B. said...
AnacondaHL -- Haha, oh man. That video is awesome. When he breaks out the little basketball hoop and challenges people, it pushes it to the next level. "H... O... R..."

Blogger AnacondaHL said...
I've watched it 4 times now, trying to suppress my laughter, but I can't get past PATRICK EWING BABY

Blogger Wormboy said...
We need some Bawful for UNC losing to Duke after running up a huge first half lead. Roy Williams: wildly outcoached once again. Coach K might be an uptight far-right rat, but he IS the best coach in college hoops.

Blogger Drake said...
Another illustrative depiction of a coach, courtesy of postingandtoasting.com. This time, I bring you Philip Jackson:

http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/542059/IMG-20110211-00030.jpg

Anonymous Blizzard said...
Remember, the Celtics have never lost to the Lakers when their starting 5, reserves, bench warmers and inactive reserves were all healthy!

Anonymous Anonymous said...
@Blizzard

That sounds like an excuse...
just saying..

Blogger Dan B. said...
Greatest thing ever? Hedo flowchart. (via BQRMagic)

Blogger Wild Yams said...
I have to wonder if the Celtics might need to try to make some kind of move before the trading deadline, given the injuries on their roster. As I said last summer, I don't think Shaq or The Drain are really going to matter too much for the Celtics come playoff time, not if Perkins is healthy. They had a good 3 man rotation going last night with KG, Perk and Big Baby (none of them played more than 34 minutes), and at this point all three of those players are far more effective than either Shaq or The Drain, but if either O'Neal is healthy they could probably soak up around 15 minutes of PT off the bench I suppose.

But Boston is gonna have some real issues if Marquis Daniels is indeed out for the rest of the season (which remains to be seen), because without him, even at full strength the Celtics don't really have a backup for Paul Pierce. When Delonte West and Nate Robinson are back, that gives Boston depth at the PG and SG spots (although Delonte and Nate Rob makes for a pretty tiny backcourt), but who is going to spell Pierce? Is Boston gonna have to go super small and try Ray Allen in spot minutes at SF alongside Delonte or something? Even if Marquis Daniels does come back in a few months, who's gonna back up Pierce in the meantime?

Watching that game last night I was again reminded of how much I think the Celtics miss Tony Allen this season. If the Lakers and Celtics do meet in the Finals Boston is going to have a hell of a time trying to guard Kobe Bryant, and that's true even if they're at full strength. Now while this might help if it encourages Kobe to go one on five like he did two weeks ago, odds are Kobe won't do that for a full series. But Kobe has now shown twice this year that he can pretty much get whatever he wants against Boston's defense, and Tony Allen not being there is a big reason for that. Ray Allen can't risk guarding Kobe that close cause it gets him in foul trouble (as it has in both Boston-LA meetings this year), but beyond Ray there really isn't anyone to guard Kobe. That could really be a problem for Boston if they rematch the Lakers in The Finals.

Anonymous kazam92 said...
Alright, I was listening to Mike & Mike and Bucher was on. He insists that Deron Williams is not the villain. D. Will was increasingly frustrated with the lax practices, the lack of preparation, etc. He wanted harder practices, to watch film, essentially be a hard worker that is to be admired because he knew his team was struggling. Sloan though, just simply didn't have the heart to care that much. They bumped heads and blam!

Now it's not to say Sloan is a lazy coach, its just that in all his hard work through the years, you simply cannot blame him for losing the desire.

Blogger Cortez said...
"Sloan though, just simply didn't have the heart to care that much."

He cared so little that it resulted in a expletive laced tirade?

Likely story. *eye roll*

Which scenario is more probable?

A young dynamic guard wanted to be released from the highly structured offense of a coach who is old enough to be his grandfather or one of the most hardened coaches/players the league has ever seen all of a sudden became soft and lax?

Anonymous James said...
Just came here to write that the guy in the Israeli Cup brawl video is Romeo Travis, LeBron's St. Vincent St. Mary teammate, a former Akron Zip and an all around cool guy. More Than A Game is still out on DVD btw!! (and I bet they're glad that came out before The Decision)

Anonymous kazam92 said...
Don't shoot the messenger. Bucher adamantly defended this.


and yes it is quite likely Jerry Sloan became "soft and lax" why does that shock you? He's old as hell and gave a lot of hard years, The jazz have been a middling 40-50 win team for a while. Decent but unspectacular. You just lose it after a while. Watch the clips of Sloan through the years. In the 90's he was fiery and passionate and you look at his recent clips, it's like two different people. I'm sure the end was on his mind since before the season, but it culminated within the past few weeks.


I don't feel right villfying Deron Williams. He's not a Marbury.

Blogger Basketbawful said...
Watching that game last night I was again reminded of how much I think the Celtics miss Tony Allen this season.

I was thinking the same thing.

A young dynamic guard wanted to be released from the highly structured offense of a coach who is old enough to be his grandfather or one of the most hardened coaches/players the league has ever seen all of a sudden became soft and lax?

You know my answer.

Blogger BadDave said...
Kazam - Not one player on the Jazz has stated that practices are easy. Nor is their performance reflecting that sudden change. Lack of preparation? Seriously? Bah.

Sloan got older and a little less demonstrative. But frankly the man, and his work ethic, certainly didn't change. In any of these clips you talk about with Sloan, he is always involved, usually on his feet, and working his team.

And I'm not shooting the messenger. I'm vehemently arguing against the man that listens to him. I will retract my arguments the day that Sloan himself gives me a different story and not before.

Wormboy - seriously. Some part of me hates to admit this, but I actually like that clip of Affleck. Probably because it's his best role as himself. Literally everything else he does makes me wince.

Blogger Lord Kerrance said...
I'm at the Craptors-Blazers game and the within the first minute the Blazers had a three on one break...and dribbled it out of bounds. Not to be outdone, the Craptosaurs promptly threw the inbound pass from one sideline to the other...out of bounds.

Basketbawful, thy home is Toronto (at least tonight).

Anonymous Czernobog said...
I'm going to go out on a limb and say that Jerry Sloan has had bigger disagreements with bigger players than Deron Williams.

I can't imagine what it was that caused Jerry Sloan to just throw in the towel, but I refuse to believe it was a disagreement with a star player. Disagreeing with a star player is an NBA coach's job. Sloan has been doing this, and doing it well, for longer than I've been able to spell. Narrowing the discussion down to him and Deron is just naive.

Blogger Wild Yams said...
I read somewhere that Sloan had much worse disagreements with Karl Malone early in his career, but the difference then was that Sloan was a lot younger and less financially stable, and that nowadays he's set financially and is a lot older so he may have just said "hell with it."

And Affleck has been good in a few movies other than Good Will Hunting. I liked him in a lot of his early career roles (Dazed and Confused, Mallrats, Chasing Amy) and even thought he was decent this past year in The Town. I can't believe I'm defending Ben Affleck. :facepalm:

Blogger Wild Yams said...
Wow, what happened to the Spurs tonight? They only scored 25 points in the second half! Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Richard Jefferson combined for only 20 points? Dude.

Anonymous Jabari said...
Cadavers showing signs of life (unlife?) against the Clips - could be the end of 2 eras in a couple of days...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Stupid Clippers are going to f**k up the epic Generals - Cavaliers matchup...

Blogger AnacondaHL said...
Just a reminder that tomorrow's IND @ MIL game is one of the four Basketbawful sponsored games of the year, where both teams will be on their 4th game in 5 days. Both teams will be traveling too. Sadly, the Gordon Hayward/Cavs/Wiz news may overshadow all NBA news this weekend.

Blogger Dariusz said...
Clippers... no matter The Blake, they are, who we thought they were... :(

Blogger David said...
I think we have new Coach of the Year candidate: Vinny Del Negro, everybody!

Anonymous Aaron said...
"the basketball god smiled on the cleveland!" "they may have the second winning streak coming" wow...these are sad

Blogger stephanie g said...
I just did a a BIG NO where I scream NOOOOOooooo! while looking up at the sky like in the movies.

Should've been goal tending. No OT.

Should've been a four point play too! Refs feeling bad for the rust belt serfs.

Cleveland play by play guy called Jamison's 3 the biggest shot of his career. You know, that might be true. Maybe that's another reason LeBron is in Miami.

Anonymous kazam92 said...
Grr...I hate the Clippers now. Refs appeared to actually help a bit. That over and back on gomes

Anonymous Karc said...
Burn in hell Clippers. Totally saw it coming, but still, burn in hell.

Blake Griffin, first chance you get, get out. Don't stick with this farce of a franchise. They beat the Knicks in MSG. How hard is it to beat the Cavs? Really?

Extreme bawful ruined, by the Clippers. Is anyone really surprised?

Anonymous kazam92 said...
Oh and BadDave, Bucher also said if ANYONE else had complained about Sloan, they would have been traded or cut within a week. Williams was the first "superstar" to find fault with Sloan since Malone/Stockton

Blogger BadDave said...
The Clippers are even who the Cadavers thought they were. DAAAAMMMMNNNN YOU!

Also, with all of the talk with Sloan, we all failed to comment that Phil Johnson also left. A lot of that, I'm sure, is personal loyalty. However, it adds even more to my belief that *something significant* would have made staying not worth it.

Blogger Cortez said...
"Don't shoot the messenger. Bucher adamantly defended this."

I'm not arguing with you, I'm disputing Bucher's (or your framing of) far fetched rationale.

Once again, I'm supposed to believe Williams wanted "harder" practices and more preparation and upon hearing this Sloan goes into a tirade and quits. What was the tirade for? Did Williams interrupt his (standard) halftime nap?

Re-cap:

He quit because his star player wanted to practice and prepare harder and Sloan simply didn't have the chops for it anymore because he decided he was to old mid-season so he quit.

Yeah, right.

Blogger Dan B. said...
Oh, Los Angeles Clippers... You never fail to screw things up no matter what you do.

Sigh.

Anonymous kazam92 said...
"He quit because his star player wanted to practice and prepare harder and Sloan simply didn't have the chops for it anymore because he decided he was to old mid-season so he quit."


I mean, Yeah. Thats it. I'm sure a podcast is up if you guys wanna listen. I didn't get it word for word, but that was the point he was making. I just don't see it as something so absurd or far fetched like you do *shrug*


And as we continue to argue this, the Jazz have blown a 15 point lead and Suns are leading in the 3rd.

Blogger TeamD said...
I watched Dwill while he was injured on the bench laughing and having fun while his team was losing, can't remember which game. That was the final straw to me. Something had to happen, a bawful story of course, and here it is... the worse it could happen, the coach gave up.

I think sloan was not happy of the moves Utah has made the last year. I think he was not happy with Milsap contract and the let go of Boozer and he was not happy with Jefferson _efense and the fact that he didn't have a decent guard or a SF. He did not have any solutions to their fucked up year because he did not have a team to coach. Illadvised shots, bad jumpers sloppy _efense and players not having the winners mentality from years ago got to Sloan.

In the press converence he looked awful, he lost support of the owners because in this bad economy you have to sell tickets to survive as a team, jazz had an off year, ads revenues and all of that dropping and having sloan barking at them for not having a decent group of players was not on their liking. Huge mistake that will cost Jazz franchise. I don't think you can find a better coach in this league who teaches hardness the way Sloan did, but you have to have players that are willing to listen, not half soap opera actors that are franchise players now.

Blogger gregsgourmet said...
Leave it to the Clippers to ruin things for everyone. While the Cavs have been really good at sucking this year...the Clips have actually PRACTICED at sucking for years.

Blogger AnacondaHL said...
Guys...

The new scapegoat is Gordon Hayward. Get up to speed!

Anonymous Crjoe said...
Cue the losing streak for the Pacers, Yahoo! has officially deemed them "surging"... After downing the T-Wolves none the less

Anonymous Jonesy said...
guess we can always trust the clippers to ruin our bawful dreams!!!

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Check out the guy with the awesome pink sneakers in the israel brawl. WTF??? I wouldn't dare to wear those to the park, let alone in front of an entire arena...

Anonymous Stockton said...
What has Hayward to do with this??

Man... Jazz are so... hmmm... Lohaned?

The team has his flaws... loosing Mathews was a HUGE mistake... Maynor was the perfect sub for williams... the NY pick didn't result as expected... Jefferson IS an upgrade over Boozer, but still the team misses Millsap as a sub... AK is, well, AK... Okur is out... and CJ stated on 6th-man-award mode, and then became... CJ.
Is it Sloan's fault? Did Sloan get pi$$ed with management? I don't know... what I know is that Williams complained several times about the game book's complexity... and that he complained about management moves more than once...
F### IT, this season is done!

And do not fear, some Jazz fans wanted Sloan out... they considered him the reason why some players didn't live to their potential... you know, guys like Deshawn Stevenson, Kirk Snyder, Pavlovic, etc...

Anonymous kazam92 said...
I don't understand why AK47 has been at SF the past 3 or 4 years. The guy was an All-Star putting Hakeem like Block and Steal numbers at PF....I mean they have other guys at those positions but...

Anonymous Stockton said...
#Kazam
Because he is too fragile to be pounded by large PF 35 mins per game...

Blogger Wormboy said...
"rust belt serfs"

stephanie g comes through with a gem once more.

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