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Shootaround 12.22.10: Bah-humbug says Phil

Posted on: December 22, 2010 9:44 am
Rhino injured, Sactown's new digs, Jackson hates Christmas (games), and KG talks to himself, surprise, surprise, all in today's Shootaround.
Posted by Matt Moore

Rhino down! Craig Smith has a herniated disk and will miss three weeks. The Clippers are reportedly pursuing Ike Diogu to take his spot.

Both the developers of Staples Center as well as Kansas City's Sprint Center have been brought into discussions for the new arena in Sacramento. Progress of any kind is welcome here in an effort to keep the team in Sacramento.

Phil Jackson is not a fan of the Christmas Day games. It is important to remember players have families, just like the rest of us. Then again, lots of people work on Christmas. Jackson's problem seems to primarily be with the religious nature of the holiday, but given the diverse religious nature of the league, that doesn't really seem like it's a practical consideration. Touchy issue, for sure. It's also the 12th time the Lakers have played on Christmas. You'd think Old Man Winter would be used to it by now. 

The Sixers lost to the Bulls last night... no, I mean, the Sixers lost to the Bulls last night. 

Paul Flannery with a fantastic look at Celtics practice, including another look at just how much of a psycho KG is: "With Nate Robinson isolated on defense at the top of the key and a screen coming from the man he’s defending, Garnett takes over. He doesn’t so much yell as make himself heard. 'By yourself, Nate. By yourself, Nate.' Then when the screen comes, 'It’s hot, Nate.' Garnett continues to do this every single time, over and over. This is a small but important part of what he is trying to accomplish during the workout, and in doing so he is also setting an example for the other big men. (Garnett also talks to himself as much as he talks to other players. After setting a screen that freed Ray Allen for a jumper, he blurted to one in particular, 'Nice pick, Kev.')"

Trevor Ariza: super-defender, super-bad on offense

The Grizzlies play the Raptors on Monday. But their scouts have been in Toronto for a while now. Coincidence?

Larry Bird texted Dirk to congratulate the Big German on passing the Legend on the scoring list. 

Kendrick Perkins, inching closer

Pink kicks for a good cause
Category: NBA
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Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2010 10:27 pm

Shootaround 12.22.10: Bah-humbug says Phil

C'mon Phil man up and just play. Our country has freedom of religion, but your not considering is the majority of the country is the freedom not to practice religion. We want to be entertained every day including your holidays. Take the day off and stop being such an attention whore.

Since: May 3, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2010 8:00 pm

Shootaround 12.22.10: Bah-humbug says Phil

what does salary have to do with the point that you miss out on family time on the holidays...Why is it overprivledged? its economics, they get paid what people like us contribute to it..funny how nobody ever has issues with the billionaire owners only the millionare that actually has talent and worked hard to achieve what they got. Most owners were born into money, but dont waste any time bashing them ever. You come off as bitter because you werent born with the talent to do what they do.

Since: Oct 10, 2010
Posted on: December 22, 2010 7:52 pm

Shootaround 12.22.10: Bah-humbug says Phil

He doesn't do anything but sit down.  Go cash your paycheck and coach the game moron.

Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2010 7:43 pm

Shootaround 12.22.10: Bah-humbug says Phil

I can see where Phil is coming from, but with the salary he and his "employees" make, couldn't they just fly their families out to where they are playing? (insert Sprewell or Shawn Kemp joke here)  

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2010 5:59 pm

Shootaround 12.22.10: Bah-humbug says Phil

I feel much worse for those working at the stadiums on Christmas than I do for the highly paid players. Christmas has become way too huge anyways. It is more about presents than anything else.

Personally I am looking forward to attending my first Christmas game- Orlando/ Boston. Will be a great family affair and maybe I will tip my usher :0).

Since: Oct 1, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2010 5:28 pm

Shootaround 12.22.10: Bah-humbug says Phil

Sounds great actually?  How big of a check are we talking?  Because Phil will be collecting roughly $146,300.00.  That does make things tough.  I will need closer to 200,000.00 to work on xmas myself!  What a joke; so sick of hearing the over privileged in the sports world whine.  Nobody needs that much money for three hours of work; clearly they are overpaid any way you cut the cake.  The median household income in 1989 was 42k; it is now a whopping 46k.  Average NBA ticket prices are $48.00; in 1989 they were around $20.00.  Pro athletes salaries are the only salaries to go up in the past 20 years and the working man that supports them has stayed level?  So how exactly can someone making 46k a year afford to bring their kids to a game?  Put it on a credit card; so in that respect Phil Jackson actually received bailout money in an off beat sort of way.  Stop whining because of the job you picked.  Mine happens to suck because I don't make 146,300.00 every time I show up for work!

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2010 5:17 pm

Shootaround 12.22.10: Bah-humbug says Phil

phil jackson is severely overrated.  a glorified cheerleader.  i don't care what he complains about stop printing these stories

Since: Jan 21, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2010 5:15 pm

Shootaround 12.22.10: Bah-humbug says Phil

To be fair.......A lot of these players have quite a few little boys and girls, scattered across several cities. They are really like Santa when it comes to giving out gifts im sure.  The least they could have is the day off lol

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2010 4:42 pm

Shootaround 12.22.10: Bah-humbug says Phil

So because Phil Jackson makes a lot of money he is unable to speak his mind .  These players and coaches have family as well and there little boys and girls miss out on spending a special holiday with there family.  Christmas is about family and religion.  Do you need to have th TV on and watch NBA basketball?? Nobody watches the sport anyway look at its TV ratings.  You should all be sitting around with your families eating, drinking, talking and enjoying the smiles on all the kids faces not watching TV.  I guarantee if anyone of you were in his position and had little children at home you would be saying the same thing.  I should say thinking as your probably to affraid to express your true feelings on the issue. You just want to be haters and get on Phil because he wins and makes more money than you.  i dont like him but i do agree with him. Oh and this just in all business are opening on christmas this year and you all have to go into work  I dont want any complaining as you make a lot of money so suck it up

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2010 4:37 pm

Shootaround 12.22.10: Bah-humbug says Phil

That was a great post scbull0303!   

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