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Friday Shootaround

Posted on: December 19, 2008 11:08 am
 

Friday's speed-read brings you Stephon Marbury digging into his deep pockets, Chris Webber throwing his shoes at Charles Barkley, Brandon Roy's 52-point game, J-Kidd's return to NJ, and more:

* Turns out Stephon Marbury didn't receive a comp ticket to attend the Knicks-Lakers game at Staples Center Tuesday night. He paid full price for the courtside perch: $2,600. At $21.9 million to do nothing, I think he can afford it.

* As the first snowflakes of New York's first big snowstorm of the season begin to flutter outside my window, it strikes me that Devin Harris may be looking forward to Jason Kidd's return to the Meadowlands Friday night a little more than I am. Harris is playing sensational basketball for the Nets, who appear to have gotten the better of last season's deadline trade sending Kidd to Dallas after six-plus seasons -- and two Finals appearances -- in New Jersey. The Mavericks practiced in the city Thursday in preparation for the game, and Kidd was surrounded by about 20 reporters afterward. Here's some of what he had to say. And here. And what the Nets had to say. And what former Mavericks coach Avery Johnson had to say.

* It's the second Kidd vs. Harris matchup since the trade, but the first in New Jersey. The Mavs beat the Nets 111-91 on March 8, but neither point guard was much of a factor. Kidd had three points on 1-for-5 shooting with 13 assists, while Harris had nine points on 3-for-12 shooting with two assists.

* Ticket brokers in L.A. say demand for seats at the Celtics-Lakers game on Christmas Day is the highest it's ever been for a Lakers regular season game.

* Chris Webber throws his shoes at Charles Barkley.

* With a 90-78 rout of the Spurs, the Magic are starting to make a case that the Big Three (Boston, Lakers, Cavs) needs a fourth.

* Knicks center Eddy Curry is being sued over allegations he failed to make good on clothing bills totaling $41,000. And here I thought if Curry was going to get sued for not paying a bill, the plaintiff would be a fast-food chain.

* Fifty-two points for Brandon Roy. Wow. It's all over YouTube.

* Elton Brand doesn't need surgery. Still out for a month, though.

* Wages of Wins breaks down the Pistons' decline, and says the answer is Iverson.

 

Category: NBA
Comments

Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: December 20, 2008 1:16 pm
 

Friday Shootaround

Thank you Mr. Jim! I was beginning to think that I was the only one who believed that Marbury was behaving badly. There is hope in America!



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: December 19, 2008 11:00 pm
 

Friday Shootaround

Free country or not- it is just wrong for Marburry to be front court at that game- after being told to stay away.

You see the same attitude from kids in classrooms, certain young players- "I have my rights!" When in reality, all schools and coaches are trying to do is to teach these kids how to succeed in life and how to reach their potential.

Unfortunately, these kids watch Marburry -like antics occuring in the NBA, the corporate world. It makes it harder to get the right message across to the kids.




Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: December 19, 2008 9:32 pm
 

Friday Shootaround

You are right, it is a free country and Marbury came to the Laker game to exercise his basic rights which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. His happiness is based upon causing turmoil with the Knicks organization. Go to all the games you want to Mr Marbury. Other teams are watching your antics too. Be careful, as you may not be called upon by any teams, ala Barry Bonds. Can you say collusion?




Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: December 19, 2008 6:09 pm
 

Friday Shootaround

Hey, its a free country.  If Marbury wants to go to a basketball game he can.  The Knicks can't tell him to stay away from anywhere other than property that they own.  If the Knicks are distracted by some guy sitting in stands then the Knicks are in real trouble.




Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: December 19, 2008 3:01 pm
 

Friday Shootaround

Because Nash is the worst defensive starting point guard in the game.

People say D'Antoni didn't want to focus on Defense enough...but all he wanted to do was maximize strengths and minimize weaknesses.  The Suns major strength was Offense, and weakness, Defense ((Besides Nash's liability....Amare really doesn't pay any attention during rotations at all....as witnessed during the first few possessions last night when Oden dunked twice in a row.))  So he had them run....and then got ran outa town by Kerr.  Interesting...




Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: December 19, 2008 1:36 pm
 

Friday Shootaround

Knicks Management itself is causing the distraction. Why pay a guy $21 mil to do nothing. They think they are punishing him, but like Marbury has said, he is getting healthy, he will soon get wealthy from someone else and he is most diffiently wise for sticking it to the Knicks. The Knicks may be winnning more games this year, but still are stuck within their own mudpile!



Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: December 19, 2008 1:07 pm
 

Friday Shootaround

Yea....to the last commenter...that's insane.  He's been making 20 mil a year for a while now.  I really doubt he'll need to save the $2600 =).  Little harsh, no?

Sorry dude, but my comment was made in jest, except for the parts dealing with him coming to the Knick game to rub it in. But then again, money doesn't buy happiness. Maybe Marbury will be happier...

As for defensive liability, it's funny, but D'Antoni made a comment that his new point guard Chris Duhon was an excellent defender. I never heard D'Antoni say that about Nash... 




Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: December 19, 2008 12:36 pm
 

Friday Shootaround

Yea....to the last commenter...that's insane.  He's been making 20 mil a year for a while now.  I really doubt he'll need to save the $2600 =).  Little harsh, no? 

More proof that Steve Nash is the biggest defensive liability in the game.  Every time they lose, it's because the opposing backcourt attacks like crazy. 

Funny, now teams are doing that against the Spurs too (where Tony Parker's D isn't so great).




Since: Feb 12, 2008
Posted on: December 19, 2008 12:07 pm
 

Friday Shootaround

Turns out Stephon Marbury didn't receive a comp ticket to attend the -Lakers game at Staples Center Tuesday night. . At $21.9 million to do nothing, I think he can afford it.What a guy...do you think Marbury really came to the Laker game to root for the Knicks? No, he came to rub it in their faces, to cause a distraction from courtside. The Knick management told him to stay away, and the Knick players don't want him around either. He was a distraction both on and off the court and it appears he wants to remain a distraction. Enjoy it while you can Stephon, because you'll never be offered 21 mil again. Maybe you should have kept the $2600 for the courtside seat. You may need it...


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