Posted on: October 30, 2008 6:22 pm
There are 3 main guys who have the pressure on them in Detroit. The whole team has something to prove, and show everyone they are still able to compete for a title. However, these 3 guys will have the most to prove and most likely the most pressure on them to get the Pistons back to the NBA Finals.
He is filling in at head coach for Flip Saunders a.k.a. "Slip" The Pistons have been to the Finals 7 straight years now, but haven't won a championship since 2004, and haven't even been to the NBA Finals since 2005. The players have become too arrogant and lazy. They think they can slack off and only play when they want to. They believe that their talent is enough to get the team a championship, and they believe they are above the coaches. Curry has to be the guy that steps in and runs this team. He can't let the players slack off and try to do what they want to do. They need a leader in Curry to get them back to the Finals and win another championship. He has to be able to make these guys listen to him, and make them respect him. In other words, they need him to be more like Larry Brown and less like "Slip" Saunders. This will be a big key factor into whether the Pistons can make another title run this year or not.
There have been reports and rumors that this is his last year. Whether they are true or not, his contract runs out at the end of the year. At 34 years old, Sheed doesn't have a lot of time left. This will most likely be his last year to contend for the title unless he pulls a Bill Walton. Sheed has to step up big time this season. He can't let his emotions run wild; he has to be able to control himself and play like he cares every night. He has to be one of the team leaders and set an example to everyone else. He has to work with his coach (Curry) and be able to give everything he's got left this year to get the Pistons another title. He has to shut out the refs and any one else that gets his emotions going. He just has to concentrate on playing great basketball for the Pistons. He will one of their key players (if not the key factor) in determining whether the Pistons are able to get back to the NBA Finals.
As of right now Amir is the starting center. This move was made by Curry so that Sheed could go back to his normal position of power forward. This puts a lot of pressure on the young guy. He has to step up and play against other post players that are have more experience and/or are much bigger and stronger. Now he has the height, but he is still a skinny guy. Most big men he will go against will have a good amount of weight on him. He will have to go out every night and prove that he can hold his own against the opponent's big men. He will have to prove to his coaches, his teammates, and the fans that he has what it takes to be a starter. He has Kwame Brown and Jason Maxiell (would start at PF and Sheed would have to go back to center) breathing down his neck, waiting to get their chance as a starter if Amir can't get the job done. He's not going to be Ben Wallace for them, but he has to play his role very well and contribute on defense and offense for this team. Sheed can't be the Pistons only post threat (on either offense or defense), so Amir has to step and be that other guy to help out.
So who do you think has the most to prove this season? I think all 3 have tons to prove, and I think it's a tie between Sheed and Curry for the most to prove. I'd love to hear what you guys think.
Posted on: October 24, 2008 7:40 pm
Edited on: October 25, 2008 9:03 am
Here are 10 games to watch for in the first half of the season:
Tuesday, October 28th: Cleveland Cavaliers at. Boston Celtics
Boston and Cleveland's opening game of the season. Both teams should be looking to the start the season off on a good note. We should get our first good look at how Mo Williams will be able to contribute to the Cavs against the top teams.
Sunday, November 9th: Boston Celtics at Detroit Pistons
First rematch of last year's two ECF teams. The rivalry has been reborn, anyone that saw any of last year's games has noticed this. All the games are so intense and all the players are playing physical. The games should always come down to the final minutes, and making it a great game to watch.
Sunday, November 9th: Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers
Our first look at the Rockets with new addition Ron Artest. It will be against the defending WCF champion Lakers. We should always get a good look at Bynum as well. Should be a great game to watch and get some early analysis on these teams and some of their players.
Wednesday, November 12th: Los Angeles Lakers at New Orleans Hornets
Should be exciting to see if the Chris Paul and the Hornets will try to show everyone that they are going to be a top team again this year. Kobe vs. Paul, last year's top two MVP vote getters (with Kobe actually winning MVP).
Friday, November 14th: Detroit Pistons at Los Angeles Lakers
These games have become a lot more fun to watch after the Pistons beat them in the 04 Finals. Both teams are top teams in their conference, and will be looking to get a big win here. Detroit has one of the best records against the West in recent years.
Friday, November 14th: Houston Rockets at San Antonio Spurs
As my good friend Chrisper would say: "TEXAS FIGHT!" Always a great battle between two Texas teams. Should be even better with the improvements the Rockets made in the off season.
Wednesday, November 19th : Cleveland Cavaliers at Detroit Pistons
This has become a great rivalry over recent years. Especially when the LeBron James.......I mean the Cavs beat them in the 07 ECFs (only to get swept by the Spurs in the Finals though). Even people who are not fans of either team has to enjoy these games because they always are a great divisional battle.
Friday, November 28th: Philadelphia 76ers at Boston Celtics
The new and improved 76ers look to show they are going to be a threat in the East this year. Newly acquired PF Elton Brand vs. 2008 DPOY winner Kevin Garnett should be great to watch. I can't wait to see how Philly plays against the defending champs. Should be a great game here.
Thursday, December 25th : Boston Celtics at Los Angeles Lakers
Rematch of the 08 Finals. The Lakers will look to try and get some revenge here, and the Celtics will look to show them who's boss again. You better believe if the Lakers win big, they will remind us how they didn't have Andrew Bynum last year and they would have won the championship if they had him.
Wednesday, January 14th: Los Angeles Lakers at San Antonio Spurs
Rematch between last year's WCF teams. Lakers vs. Spurs is always a great game to watch. The Spurs better hope Manu Ginobili is healthy enough for this game, or they could have a tough time keeping up with the Spurs. Then again, you can never count out Tim Duncan in big games. I think he has shown that time after time. Remember the 3-point buzzer beater in the playoffs last year?
Posted on: October 18, 2008 4:38 pm
Edited on: October 28, 2008 6:40 pm
PG - Chris Paul:
The best point guard in the leauge; he can do it all. He can pass, he can shoot, he can defend, and he can lead his team. He makes whatever team he is on better, and is always a big time threat on both sides of the ball. He showed that is no one of the best playres in the league, and he can take any team deep into the playoffs.
Derek Fisher: A perfect back up for Paul. He has tons of veteran experience especially in the playoffs and getting to many NBA Finals with the Lakers. He has great leadership, good defense, and is a clutch player when it matters. He can mentor Paul, and give my team lots of leadership and clutch play to get me to the Finals and possibly even the championship.
SG - Manu Ginobili:
A top 5 shooting guard, no question. You can love him or hate him, but in the end you can't deny how great he is. He can drive the lane and make unbelieveable lay ups, and he can hit the outside shot. He isn't a great defender, but he isn't a bad one. He does flop a lot, but hey, he gets away with it and gets a lot of calls his way. If you think Bowen is a good defender with all his dirty play, then you have admit Ginobli can play some good D to. He is just great player that contributes a lot to championship team. He has won 3 rings with the Spurs, a gold medal in the 2004 Olympics with Argentina, and many international titles as well. Combined with Chris Paul, he makes my backcourt the best.
Bruce Bowen: Bowen is a great guy to have, especially off the bench. He has good perimeter defense and can get a little rough if need be. You might not like him (I don't), but he gets the job done when you ask him to. He can come off the bench and provide great defense when I need it.
Jamario Moon: Moon is the perfect back up player off the bench for my team. Like Marion, he has tons of athleticism and can be huge for my team on the fast break. He is also a good defender, and uses his great athleticism to get lots of blocked shots and rebounds. He provides lots of energy off the bench for us on offense and defense.
PF - Yao Ming:
Yao? At power forward? His height causes so much mismatches when he plays center, imaging how much more he can causes as a power forward. He his that unstoppable hook shot, the short jumper, and many other post scoring moves (not to mention he is a great free throw shooter). He is so difficult to cover for anyone, and with Paul giving him the rock, it should make it even harder on the opponents. He can play either post position for us, and play great at either one.
Paul Millsap: This is another one of my energy players off the bench. Millsap is very atheltic for a big man. He can crash the boards and gets lots of rebounds on defense and even offense as well. He is a very good defender and uses his big body to keep the post player from getting too deep on the block and getting easy shots. He is coming off the bench for the Jazz, but that's only because Boozer is there. He could be a starter for a lot of teams. He is pefect off the bench for me because he provides lots of energy and good defense as well as some offense.
C - Chris Kaman:
Kaman showed last year why has been the most underrated big man. He is very good rebounder and defender. He also can score well in the paint as well. He is a big guy that just works hard and contributes a lot to his team. He can hold his own against all the other great centers in the league, and knows how to help his team. Good offense, and great defense makes him a perfect player for my team.
He is a great player to have. He can rebound, play solid defense, and give you some good post scoring as well. Big Z is a perfect big man to come off the bench for me. He can come in and give us that good defense, good rebounding (especially offensive rebounding/ tip backs), and post scoring with his turn around shot and tip backs.
Good luck to everyone with the tourney, and don't forget to keep track of the schedule so you know when to turn your gameplans in.
Posted on: October 16, 2008 2:09 pm
Edited on: November 21, 2008 7:34 am
Okay, here is the schedule for the first round of pool play. There will only be 2 games per voting period and the voting period will last 72 hours (3 days). There will be a 2 day break between each set of games, so you have during then to get your gameplans done.
There is no excuses for gameplans to be late. You all know now when your games will be, so you should know when you gameplans are due. You gameplans will be due in by midnight of the day your matchup will occur on.
Any further questions, please PM me.
Day 1: Lesser Crew vs. Smooth Criminals www.sportsline.com/mcc/messages/chr
Big B's Bad Boys vs. T-Mackers www.sportsline.com/mcc/messages/chr
Day 4: The Gamebreakers vs. The Drunken Monkeys www.sportsline.com/mcc/messages/chr
Go 2 Work vs. Team 1 Large Hawaiian Thanks www.sportsline.com/mcc/messages/chr
Day 7: Timberwolves vs. Chrisper & Crew Timberwolves forfeit (no gameplan)
The Clutch Killers vs. Super-nuga-listic-expi-ali-docious www.sportsline.com/mcc/messages/chr
Day 10: San Diego Squarepants vs. The Elites www.sportsline.com/mcc/messages/chr
Winning Gamblers vs. David Stern's Jowel www.sportsline.com/mcc/messages/chr