Posted on: September 1, 2008 6:44 pm
Anyone who watched the Olympic game with USA vs. Argentina in the semi-finals saw Manu Ginobili's injury. If you saw it, you would know it was a lot more than just a minor injury. He know will have to arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle. He should be having it sometime later this week and as of right now there is no timetable for when he will recover. The best guess would be somewhere around 6-8 weeks, but it could be longer or it could be shorter. Then again, if the doctors say he will recover in a certain amount of time, that doesn't always mean he will actually be recovered by then. Remember Andrew Bynum last year? He was suppose to recover from his injury within 6-8 weeks, but he never returned all of last season.
Best case scenario let's say he's back just in time to get a few practices in and be ready for the next season. That is his left ankle and he is a left handed player and he goes to his left more than his right. The point is that that injury could always reoccur and come back, and/or it just bother him for the rest of the season. The ankle is a key joint for a basketball player like Ginobili because he will need it to be okay for him to make quick cuts and turns on it as well as using it to lift him high into the air to make those crazy layups.
Worst case scenario he is out for around half the season or maybe the whole season. He isn't able to do much at all for the Spurs thus leaving everything up to Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Bruce Bowen. With how good the Lakers are, how good the Rockets could be now with Ron Artest, how much the Deron Williams and Chris Paul are improving the Jazz and Hornets, the Spurs would find it very hard to have success in the West.
Most likely scenario is that he is able to play within the first two weeks of the next season. He probably won't re injure himself but that ankle injury should linger with him most of next season. He won't be as good as he normally is, Timmy is getting a little older and can't carry the whole team on shoulders all the way to the Finals anymore, and Tony Parker is too busy with Eva Longoria to having a monster year for the Spurs. The Spurs will make the playoffs around the 3-6 seed and possibly make it out of the first round but not likely any farther than that.
No matter which scenario it is, this injury is not good for the Spurs and will impact them negatively in a big way. Ginobili won't be able to be at 100% all season for the Spurs and won't be able to do enough to get them deep into the playoffs. With how much the Rockets have improved, how much better than Laker will be with a healthy Bynum than they were last year (scary) I just don't see the Spurs making themselves a contender this year with Ginobili's banged up ankle.
Posted on: August 16, 2008 11:40 pm
Edited on: September 22, 2008 8:06 am
Okay, all the pool play is done and now it's time to get the actually tourney started. We have all the seeds set and this is how it will look:
1) You Still Don't Want It With Us vs. 9) Big B's Bad Boys http://www.sportsline.com/mcc/messa
11) Tha Jello Jigglers vs. 14) UFWs www.sportsline.com/mcc/messages/chr
2) Michigan Sports vs. 10) The Legends www.sportsline.com/mcc/messages/chr
1) You Still Don't Want It With Us vs. 13) Team 1 Large Hawaiian Thanks www.sportsline.com/mcc/messages/chr
11) Tha Jello Jigglers vs. 10) The Legends www.sportsline.com/mcc/messages/chr
* teams that are bolded and underlined are the winners of the matchup
Posted on: August 16, 2008 10:20 pm
It's almost 100% certain now that Ben Gordon won't be on the Bulls next season, but it's not 100% certain that he will stay in the NBA either. He has spoke about doing a sign and trade with other teams as well as the possibility of going to Europe. With his Chad Johnson type ego, I doubt he goes to Europe because he wouldn't be in the spotlight enough there. Still, I think it would be a big benefit to him and his game if he did go to Europe. You might think I'm crazy because the competition is much worse there than it is here, but hear me out for you call me stupid. Once I'm done, than feel free to call me whatever you feel like.
For those that know about the international teams, you know that they focus more on the fundamentals and teamwork aspects of basketball. They want their players to know the basics and be able to play good team ball before they can do high light dunks and pull of sick dime passes. Now for everyone that knows Ben Gordon, they would know he is a great shooter.........when he is on fire. When he is cold however, he is frozen. He is the definition of a streaky shooter and not a very good team player in my opinion. These are the two biggest reason why the Bulls won't give him his money. He thinks he is the best player on the Bulls and thinks he should be paid more than anyone, but he doesn't have the consistency like Luol Deng does. Sure, if he was consistent he could be the Bulls best player, but he's just not that guy right now.
I think if he went to Europe that he would be out of the spotlight and might able to have less of an ego. When that happens, he will start listening to his coaches (if he can understand their language). Then he will start learning the fundamentals and start learning how to be a team player. He would work on his shot and become more consistent of a player. Who knows, maybe someone could teach him so defense over there too. He would be a much player if he could learn all of that stuff. Then he could come back to the US and join an NBA team again. He would now be a much better player and could even be an elite player if he really worked on it over there. Then he would finally get his money and become a high payed player.
So Ben, if you're reading this: GO TO EUROPE! Trust me, you'll come back a much better player and will get your money. I doubt you listen to me though because your ego is bigger than any contract you'll get so good luck joining a new NBA team and continuing to be one of the most inconsistent and overrated players in the NBA. Good for you, you can score 30+ one night and 3 the next. Way to go!
Posted on: August 6, 2008 2:47 pm
I decided that it would interested to gather up the greatest defenders in history and make teams of them like they do each year for the best players in the NBA. So I will find the greatest defenders at put them at their respective positions. Forgive me though, if I don't put them at their primary position, but there is too many great defenders that played center, and I couldn't fit them all onto 3 teams (I'm only going to a 1st team, 2nd team, and 3rd team). So you will some a PF instead of center. Also, players that played multiple positions will be put at whatever position I feel like. If you don't like it, than too bad.