In Basketball Stuff on January 26, 2013 at 3:04 am
The Los Angeles Lakers of 2012-13 are the classic example of a paper team. The problem with a team built on paper is that it doesn’t account for real life issues and personalities. The numbers and names that you see do not always fit well together. So basically what you end up with is a wet piece of paper. There is nothing you can really do with wet paper. You can’t write on it or make origami with it. It either has to wait to dry or throw it out and start all over.
The Los Angeles Lakers of 2012-13 are the classic example of a paper team. The problem with a team built on paper is that it doesn’t account for real life issues and personalities. The numbers and names that you see do not always fit well together. So basically what you end up with is a wet piece of paper. There is nothing you can really do with wet paper. You can’t write on it or make origami with it. It either has to wait to dry or throw it out and start all over. The belief that D’ Antoni and Steve Nash would rekindle their Phoenix fire would be the magic pill for the team was never a good idea. The fact is that this coach has failed miserably at one premium job in the NBA and wasn’t that successful as the Suns head coach.
The second wrong turn the team made was picking up Dwight Howard. Initially it sounded like a great idea. The most dominate center the NBA has seen in the last 6 or 7 years could join Kobe Bryant. The world has seen what Kobe can do with a dominant inside compliment. The problem is that Howard exposed himself as a head case in Orlando last year. That same type of behavior has resurfaced this year in LA. The good news that he can opt not to resign next year but that means you traded Andrew Bynum and got nothing for him. Maybe the Lakers can trade Dwight mid-season but what can they get for him and will that fit with them.
Right now at 17-25 the team is 12th in the Western Conference standings. So basically if they made a run and into the playoffs their opponents would be the likes of the Spurs, Clippers or Thunder. A early round playoff defeat would not help anyone. In the NBA you have to be either really good or really bad. A middle of the road team just seems to get stuck.
The team over all is financially top heavy and doesn’t have much of a bench to look too. Kobe Bryant is play excellent but is in the last years of his career. For whatever Steve Nash brings you offensively he will get burned on defense by the Russell Westbrook’s and Chris Paul’s of the world. Without some kind of major intervention this paper will not dry off anytime soon.
In Michigan Sports on January 9, 2013 at 12:50 am
Dear Detroit Lions
This has been a weird 33 years for our relationship. There have been some ups but mostly downs for us. I just feel that it’s time for me to take my football heart somewhere else. I am getting nothing out of this besides being misused as a fan.
Don’t worry I’m not seeing anybody else right now. There is this nice Falcons team here but we will have to see how the playoffs workout. This is just something that I have to do for my own mental health. The constant promise of winning but it never happening is hurtful. Only one playoff win in 50 years is just not enough to keep this going.
I can’t watch what you do with Calvin Johnson’s career and ability. I have sat through you not getting Barry Sanders a championship or even a constant contender. Tired of watching you blow games that you should easily win. I have had enough home blow outs and bad quarterbacks for my life time. I may tune in every now and then but trust it won’t be the same. I will not invest my emotions in the games.
In Atlanta Area Stuff on January 8, 2013 at 2:58 am
This week Aaron Murray the quarterback of the University of Georgia made a lot fans happy. He decided to stay in school one more year and not go into the NFL draft. Prior to young Murray making this decision it was a hot topic on local sports talk radio. Should he stay or should he go? It seemed like most of the callers to these radio stations thought he should stay in school. That is mostly due to that they are fans of Georgia football and don’t want to be without the conference’s best quarterback.
I on the other hand say leave while the iron is hot. This year promises to be one the weaker quarterback classes in recent memory. Also the major critique of the Dawgs signal caller has to do with his height. Since he won’t grow three inches in a year he will probably not change his projection from being a 2nd or 3rd round choice. He has completed his degree and been a three year starter in Athens, GA. Not to mention the injury risk of coming back to play or having a bad season and possibly lowering his stock. Hey if you get hurt in the NFL at least it won’t be for free.
Now that I am done with highlighting the negative, glad the young man came to a decision that he is comfortable with. He should have fun in his last year and hopefully compete for a Heisman trophy.
Keith B. Holt
In Basketball Stuff on January 5, 2013 at 1:24 am
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