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Shootaround 8.9.10: Heat to pass 72?

Posted on: August 9, 2010 8:42 am
Posted by Royce Young
  • Jeff Van Gundy says the Heat will be historically great : "They will break the single-season win record [of 72],'' Van Gundy told the Miami Herald. "And I think they have a legit shot at the Lakers' 33-game [winning] streak [in 1971-72], as well. And only the Lakers have even a remote shot at beating them in a playoff series ... They will never lose two games in a row this year. They have put together a much better roster than anybody could ever have expected. There is now no good way to defend them. They are unguardable. They are indefensible. They are just too good and have added so much shooting and are so versatile that they will score at will. And with  Erik Spoelstra coaching, they will be in the top three defensive teams in the league, as well. The other 29 teams better hope the lockout gets moved up a year.''
  • Where do the two O'Neal's fit together in Boston? Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston weighs in: "However, I actually see potential in an O'Neal-O'Neal frontcourt. Celtics GM Danny Ainge noted that he was eager to utilize Jermaine O'Neal at the 4 this season, and high-mileage legs aside, I don't see why it can't work against another team's second unit. It's not like they're going to spend 20 minutes together on the court per game, so if you need to lean on that pairing for a sequence or two each game, I don't see a problem."
  • David Aldridge of also reports the Pistons are actively discussing McGrady but aren't close to a decision either way. Aldridge also says the Pistons are expected to try and move Prince before the start of the season, thus making room for McGrady.
  • Multiple people have mentioned this, but it's a good question: How does the Knicks consulting job work for Isiah Thomas? With his relationship to the Knicks, wouldn't him coaching at Florida International mean he's having improper contact with underclassmen?
  • Frank Isola of the NY Daily News says Donnie Walsh should walk away : "Walsh is too respected by his peers to take orders from Dolan via Thomas. We know Walsh has no use for Thomas and therefore can't work with him or more precisely work for him. Full autonomy? Please. Thomas is calling the shots now. There is too much distrust and bad blood already for this to be anything less than a terrible marriage. The fact that Dolan can't see that Walsh has done a solid job tells you all you need to know. This is the same guy who blames the media coverage for nine straight losing seasons. So quit, Donnie. Resign. Walk away. You've already said you'll stick it out because you're a class act. But you deserve better."
  • Joakim Noah and the Bulls are talking extension : "Of course that's the goal," he told after a charity event for his Noah's Arc Foundation in Queens on Friday night. "I'm not really worried about it. I think everything's going to happen with time and at the end of the day, I'm really excited about the upcoming season."
  • Robert Parish loves Boston's move for Shaq: “Shaq can still start for at least 15 teams, maybe 20 teams,’’ Parish told the Boston Globe. “I would say that time has caught up with him but he can still be a factor and not to mention defensively. He’s long and has a lot of mass and is going to take up a lot of room and that definitely is where the Celtics’ strong suit is, defensively. I think that’s where he gets it done. I think Shaq will definitely bring a defensive presence along with Garnett. He’s going to cause a lot of havoc defensively and he still can get it done offensively.’’

Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: August 9, 2010 2:16 pm

Shootaround 8.9.10: Heat to pass 72?

Meaningless drivel there newby. Unsubstantiated opinion, and nothing more.

I have about 30 reasons for Why Not: Every other team in the league that has to listen day-in and day-out to comments like Van Gundy's about how great this team is. Wait till they have to play a team or two that actually owns a center. Really watch out for the teams that have more than one capable big man. Zydrunas Ilgauskas will be eaten alive, pushed around like a little girl. Rookie fodder won't be much help. Neither will Chris Bosh's ole' defense. And he'll be pushed around more than Z. Last time I looked, Laid (watch out for Mrs. King James) and LeDink can't play 48 minutes every night, nor can they guard everybody. That's why the NBA is a team sport, not a Triad Sport.

Now you go back to your Jeff Van Gundy driven World of Hyperbole (AKA... Butt Kissin' the Heat), and come up with some more, okay? You both appear to own some massively huge brown lips. Ewwwwwww. Laughing Because this stuff means nothing. While in other ways, it is priceless. Laughing 

Every other NBA team is going to be just waiting for their opportunity to kick some Heat a$$ (this Heat team has a limited ability to push many teams around... simply not big enough), and plant Wade, Mr. Still Waiting for a Witness, and Mr. Lap Dog on theirs. Looking forward to the Lakers playing the Heat, and showing them how to build a real title team.

I'd be real careful about sampling the Van Gundy Kool-Aid. 

Funny how people start showing up, who've never been here before. Where ya been the last five years? Burnt out?

17 come 11.


Since: Jul 13, 2009
Posted on: August 9, 2010 1:39 pm

And that's why Van Gundy's no longer coaching

Ridiculous.  The Heat aren't even the best team in the Eastern Conference, let alone the NBA.  Scratch that, they're not even in the top 3 in the Eastern Conference, and none of those top three teams (Boston, Orlando, and Chicago) will come anywhere close to 72 wins.  Heat will finish somewhere around 58-24, I'll give them 3rd seed in the Eastern Conference (even though I think Chicago's better), beat a crap team like Charlotte in the first round, and then lose to either Boston or Orlando in Round 2.  They won't even taste the CONFERENCE finals, let alone NBA history.

Since: Aug 9, 2010
Posted on: August 9, 2010 1:26 pm

Shootaround 8.9.10: Heat to pass 72?

10 Reasons Why:

Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: August 9, 2010 12:59 pm

Shootaround 8.9.10: Heat to pass 72?

Unguardable. 72 wins. More than 33 straight wins. Won't lose two straight.

WOW!! Part the Red Sea. Install another couple of Commandments. Save the world from hunger. Well, at least the strippers and LeBron's Momma (AKA, Delonte's Booty Call). End war in our lifetime.

It's ridiculous comments like these from the Never Done Anything Jeff Van Gundy that will only serve to inspire all others. How idiotic that a team that has not even set foot on the floor together as a unit is lauded so greatly by a coach who couldn't lead one of the All-Time Great centers to a title.

Of course, upon further review, Van Gundy was talking to the Infamous Worst Rag in the Country, Miami Herald. Beleive me, I know... Read it many times while living in South Florida.

Why don't we do this? Let them get into camp first before handing them their rings?

Every single night a team goes out there against the Heat, after being told for three days (plus) that they have no shot at beating this team... That opponent will be fighting, and clawing, and scratching like they never have before. 

Are they going to be an excellent team? Of course they are. They would, simply put, be a monumental failure if they should not win the NBA title for the next five years. They've been given that much of an advantage over every other team in the NBA by The Puppet Master, Pat Riley, and his minnions, LBJ (Follower 1), D-Wade (Head Puppet), and Chris Bosh (Follower 2)... As well as all the other tagalongs. But we shouldn't forget that the entire NBA Nation has been told for the past five years to "Witness" the greatness that is LeBron, only to actually enjoy "witnessing" his huge failures and meltdowns in the playoffs. I will give him this though... He is a great mime film-maker. At least when his team is ahead.

So let's see exactly what they can accomplish on the court before we annoint them the 2nd Coming. Or in LBJ's case, wouldn't that be the 3rd Coming? Oh yeah, you first have to have that 2nd Coming success... Which never really transpired.

We do know this... The Heat starting center would not get that nod on the vast majority of the other contender NBA teams. Z will be challenged to play D against much more athletic and versatile centers on a regular basis. Add to that the fact that this team is challenged when it omes to length and height... Yes they have some, but most of that comes from rookies and other former do-nothings... And this team can, and likely will struggle against some of the better teams in the NBA... The ones that actually have some Big Men.

And the Master of Hyperbole, brother to the Master of Panic... He should holster some of his butt kissing, suckup, adjectives until this team wins at least its first game.

I know this... Miami better win, and win big, over, and over, and over again... Or they will be the laughing stock in the NBA.

At least if that happens, they can take that title form Jeff Van Gundy.

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