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Lakers Report Cards: Derrick Caracter

56841880This is the seventh edition of Lakers Report Cards, focusing today on rookie forward/center Derrick Caracter.

Grade: D-

The weight continues to hold him back. The off-the-court issues continue to plague him. And his commitment level continues to be questioned.

Derrick Caracter's rookie year was supposed to be another benchmark in the long progression he's made since transferring from Louisville to Texas-El Paso for perceived off-the-court issues. After losing 28 pounds since leaving the Miners, this season was supposed to mark another step in slimming down. And after pledging he'd take advantage of the few opportunities a veteran and front-line-heavy team would afford a 58th pick out of the NBA draft, Caracter failed to take the proper steps.

"I need to work and be ready for the next year," Caracter summed up of his exit interview.

But where to begin. First, the off-court issues are the biggest mistake Caracter could make considering he remains a raw talent and is on the bottom of the Lakers' depth chart. He was arrested at a New Orleans IHOP and was detained and booked under charges of battery, public intoxication and resisting arrest. Then the play itself: Caracter averaged two points on 48.5% shooting in 5.2 minutes a game, showed poor ball-handling, raw post-up abilities and self-admittedly didn't prepare for the little playing time he received. And lastly, his weight: Caracter estimates he weighs 275 to 280 pounds, which means he's on the fringe of his contractual agreement that he'd less than 275 pounds.

He wants to lose 15 to 20 pounds by increasing his cardio work, taking boxing lessons and continuing to consult IMG's Dan Barto.  He plans on sharpening his post-up skills. And considering his revelation that there's no pending trial date involving his arrest, Caracter believes he can "clean things up." But he will be the first to admit this means nothing more than empty gestures if he doesn't follow up on them, a theme that he said defined his rookie season.

"I felt I could've helped if I had showed I was ready for the time I got," Caracter said. "I'm disappointed I couldn't have been more of a factor knowing I could've helped. I definitely have the talent to do it. I just didn't execute. No excuses."

Caracter's season wasn't entirely negative. Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said multiple times that Caracter hustled in practice. He showed a willingness to engage in the rookie duties, including picking up towels and water bottles. And his two separate stints with the Bakersfield Jam allowed him to sharpen up on the aforementioned needs involving post-up abilities, ball-handling and footwork. But it's head scratching that Caracter spent time in his exit interview lamenting his lack of preparation when he acknowledged in January suffering through the same thing.

He already wasn't going to receive much playing time because of the depth chart above him with Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom logging heavy front-line minutes and because Jackson jokingly equates rookies to whale feces. But his improved preparation could've alleviated some of the Lakers' problems in providing Gasol some relief with Bynum's rehab, Theo Ratliff's rehab and the team's refusal to acquire a backup center already making it difficult. Oftentimes, Caracter could fly under the radar for his laziness. But he didn't do himself any favors from a development standpoint or give the Lakers much of an impression. As Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said, "I'm a little disappointed in Derrick too with the way his season ended." 

"Staying true to your word," Caracter said when asked what he needs to improve the most. "If I say I'm going to go do this, then do that. If I say I'm going to work out at a certain time, don't push it back. Come up with a plan and stick to the plan."

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: The Lakers' Derrick Caracter battles Nuggets guard Arron Afflalo and center Eric Boateng for a rebound in the fourth quarter of an exhibition game. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times / Oct. 16, 2010

 
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@Art – congrats on the Friedman

@Troll Man – funny stuff. Although your takes on Adelman and LB were probably the closest to reality. What happened to Dunleavy?

@131 – Speaking of classy...that was a very classy elbow to the head that KG gave Wade in game 5.

@GDub – Sorry for the delay…it’s been a hectic last few days…but I did love your selections for Wes, but then again you can never go wrong with the man who influenced everyone from Metheny to Stevie Ray to Jimi.

I wasn’t familiar with John Hicks so thanks for the intro. Really like that one with him and David Murray “Morning Song”.

I saw a lot of chatter in the last few posts about Kobe’s not practicing hurting the team. Of course, every time I read this I think of Bill Russell seldom practicing with the Celtics. Here’s a few comments from some of the parties involved from Russ days….

From the book Tall Tales by Terry Pluto…

Red Auerbach said, “Why kill him in practice? What was there to gain? Russell knew what he had to do to be ready for the games and the last thing I wanted to do was to have him leave his game on the practice court. The idea is to win games, not to make Russell tired in practice.”

HOFer Cliff Hagan on Russell not practicing….

“When I came to the Celtics I was surprised at how little Russell practiced. He usually had some kind of injury that he was resting. I did detect a bit of undercurrent of dissatisfaction from some of the players, but no one said anything. Russell put his body on the line every game and the feeling was why rock the boat?”

From Bill Russell’s book Red and Me

“Once I got in shape, I’d come to practice and run through our plays with everyone else because that was something we needed to do together. But when it came time to scrimmage, I went up in the stands with a cup of tea and watched. That was great for me, because I hated practice — I thought, ‘I already know exactly what I’m doing. Practice is only a drain on my energy.’ Eventually, tea in the stands became my new routine, and I almost never scrimmaged again.”

More from Russ…..

“During my second year, the team was practicing after the All-Star break when Red announced, ‘Russ is not here today.’ Just before they started the scrimmage, someone groused, ‘You know, we’re tired of busting our humps scrimmaging while Russell’s up there drinking tea in the stands or taking another vacation!’…Then [Auerbach] announced to everyone, ‘Listen, listen, listen. There are two sets of rules on this team. One set of rules for Russell and another set of rules for the rest of you guys.’”
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My take on all of this...

Kobe loves practicing (unlike Russ) so his teammates should've understood their had to be a good reason why Phil made that decision. Shame on them if they couldn't understand the big picture.

Phil was a great coach because, like Auerbach, he understood it was okay to treat players differently. But ultimately its his job to get everyone to buy into the program and if some resented Kobe not practicing then he failed.

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Police here; the Chicago bulls are warming my heart. Watching both teams play such intense defense makes the PSP feel ashamed of the effort our Lakers put out in our short playoff run. Oh well.

Thanks
PSP Intern

LRob-

I dont claim that we are classy! Thats Laker fan, yet the Lakers had 3 guys ejected for classy fouls last series alone!! Not to mention the 1 arrested the series before!!

An elbow to the head? Arrest throws an elbow to the head every rebound. Luckily he only gets 2 or 3 a game!!

Anybody know the contractual situation with Shane Battier in Memphis? If the Lakers were to sign Adleman, Battier could be very smart pick-up. He shoots the 3 very well and is a great perimeter defender.

I watched Caracter pretty closely when I saw him play in a D-league game. He hustled in transition and had some strong post moves. His attitude and body language totally sucked. He acted like he already had a ring and was undeserving of a D-league stint despite the D-league being full of talented (and sometimes still young) former NBA players. He fouled excessively. He didn't provide focused follow through with his shots so most of them missed. And he didn't do a very good job of securing rebounds. Successful or not, what I saw of him against the Bighorns makes me feel he will not be missed at all were he not with the Lakers next season.

Off Topic: I wonder if Spoelstra will reveal that they are some guys crying in the locker room tonight! The King still chasing the Ring! I feel bad for D Wade because he thinks everyone wants to see the Heat lose and the guy has it all wrong. It's all about watching LBJ chase his billion via a championship that will never come. I wonder if Jackson will coach this team next season. Hmmm

Wow

The Bulls pounded the Heat. Looks like it's time to blow up the Heat this summer.

Good thing that Wade and Lebron have such massive ego's, if either one understood it takes a team to win a ring and went to the Bulls we might be talking multiple rings for the Bulls.

MH

Yea nice game by the new Dynasty in the Making.Where's G.money with all his Heat praises and Island Priest, they haven't been given the championship,they have to earn it.

Go Lakers!

Just thinking, if Phil had retired last year, we would've had a shot at Tom Thibodeau. And if we got him, we would've been a much better defensive team this year. Oh well.

Thanks G, how many games you think the Heat Bulls series will go? Like you I am eagerly awaiting the official coronation of King James. Why should poor leadership, lack of chemistry, selfishness, poor peformance in the finals be rewarded year after year as demonstrated by Kobe? It is time that a great and unselfish player like LBJ finally get his due.

Posted by: island priest | May 14, 2011 at 12:20 AM

Lebron 5-15 enough said.

MH

The Bulls shoved the Miami Cheat...

But we all know (I assume) that the Cheat will come back. The refs will probably take this one to 7 games, just to build some excitement...

But at the end, LeCrab will bull his way into the paint several times and get ALL possible calls...

Now that Kobe is out of the way, the "Ring-for-the-Crab" project is pretty much on the track...

Pathetic...

Very impressive win by the Bulls. Outstanding defensive strategy, and tenacious execution (hopefully Jim Buss is taking videos to put in front of whoever is his new coach, saying, "Here, we want our team to play like THIS."). Seriously, this was a real pleasure to watch for any fan of the game. It also confirms that the real genius behind the Celts' run the last few years was Tom Thibodeau. Chicago is in good hands whether they win it all this year or not. Their only vulnerability right now is the lack of size in the middle (something that Bosh exploited for 3 quarters).

The best team in the league was on clear display tonight. The Bulls have the best coach, best player, best defense, and best overall team in the game. Simply put, they have what the Lakers used to have, but not any more.

If Pau Gasol wants to see how he can take his game to the next level he need look no further than Joakim Noah. That skinny 7-footer players with a relentless intensity that would make Pau the best big guy in the NBA if he could match it.

I don't think the Lakers played a single game this year that ranks with what the Bulls did tonight considering the competition.

You know, God, it's not often that I disagree with You (and I humbly agree with your assessment of the Bulls at this point), but as a matter of fact, the Lakers did indeed play at least two games this year that indicated they could win it all...the late season thrashing of the Spurs and the blowout against (shocka!!!) the Mavs. Those two games really faked us all out because Bynum was truly beastly, and the whole team played like they were really in it to win it.

CornerJ, I thought of those two games (as they were the only two that could arguably rate with tonight's Bulls performance), but I still discounted them in light of the competition and the stage. The Spurs were not as good as their record, as Memphis demonstrated in the first round. Dallas, at that time, was not a title contender in the way that the Heat are (or, before tonight, were).

Nevertheless, the larger idea isn't so much a comparison between this year's Lakers and the Bulls, but rather the hope that the Lakers can focus their efforts on following the Bulls approach: defensive minded coach, speed in the back court, shooters off the bench, and relentless effort by the big guys on the boards and on D. That's a recipe for another title.

Lakerholics, Heat in a tough 7 games. C'mon Kobe pass the popcorn.

Lakers will not win another championship next year if they don't get CP3 and Dwight Howard and still able to keep Bynum and get a 3 point specialist.

Bring Yao Ming as a sub for Dwight or Bynum; bring Steve Nash as a sub for CP3

the Bulls are just too good for the next 3 years by far!!!

Lakers needs to get young, athletic, speed, & talent in all fronts in order to go head to head against the Heat, Bulls, thunder, Mavs, Clippers (LOL, but that's the truth), Memphis, Trail Blazers and even both Celtics & Spurs.

Lakers are nowhere near as talented or athletic as the Bulls or Heat....

Lakers really really need to revamp the roster drastically!!!

Kobe Bryant needs to reduce his salary to half next year so he can have EXTREMELY TALENTED PLAYERS HELPING HIM WIN ANOTHER 2 TO 3 MORE CHAMPIONSHIPS, or EVEN 5 MORE......

Acquire: Blake Griffin, Kevin Love, Kevin Durant in the next 2 to 3 years!!!

Lakers' NEXT Dynasty would look like this in the next 2 or 3 years:

Dwight Howard
Bynum (if he will be around)
Kevin Love
Blake Griffin
Kevin Durant
CP3

Lakers should just pick up DJ Mbenga.

mary,

A player can't resign at a smaller salary cancelling a current contract. Every CBA forbids it. If the current CBA voids all contracts, it's possible, but there's no way the new CBA does that. It would be a disaster and scramble that neither teams nor players would wish to have as a problem.


As for the gloaters that the Heat lost. It's one game. Don't get too excited... yet. I too would like them to lose, but we're way ahead of ourselves if we're celebrating their death already. They win the next game and they have home court advantage...

mary,

A player can't resign at a smaller salary cancelling a current contract. Every CBA forbids it. If the current CBA voids all contracts, it's possible, but there's no way the new CBA does that. It would be a disaster and scramble that neither teams nor players would wish to have as a problem.


As for the gloaters that the Heat lost. It's one game. Don't get too excited... yet. I too would like them to lose, but we're way ahead of ourselves if we're celebrating their death already. They win the next game and they have home court advantage...

Mary,

This is not FANTASY Basketball. Your ideas are wayyyy to off.

Pls. be realistic.

Lakers' NEXT Dynasty would look like this in the next 2 or 3 years:

Dwight Howard
Bynum (if he will be around)
Kevin Love
Blake Griffin
Kevin Durant
CP3

Posted by: mary chandler
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STFU! Not even close. While you are at it, just put the NBA First team of 2011 on our roster next year, that includes Kobe/ Lebron/ Durant/ Howard/ Rose.

Please mary.

Island Priest/ G.Money,

Lebron can do nothing to win a championship. He will lose again this year. Did you see the Bulls? Not even Darth Stern can stop that! So, you two idiots, STFU!

Now what? You expect Miami to win against Coach Thibs defense?

Bring it you two clowns!

Lakerholics, Heat in a tough 7 games. C'mon Kobe pass the popcorn.

Posted by: G.Money | May 15, 2011 at 10:25 PM
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Idiot, there will be no game 7. Did you see the domination in Game 1? I never thought a team with D.Wade and Lebroom can get dominated like that until now.

Gibson's dunk on Wade is PRICELESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

and Bibby climbing over Joel Anthony is very funny!!!! lol!

I read an article some time ago about possible ramifications of a new CBA.

The writer said that current contracts could be amended. They even mentioned Kobe's huge salary being reduced.

When I read it at first I thought to myself, this guy doesn't know what the heck he's talking about. You can't change a contract thats been signed.

I wish I would have saved the article but it made me wonder about a new CBA, perhaps they can agree to let existing salaries be extended out many years so that Kobe can defer some of his 25, 27 and 30 million due the next 3 years to make salary cap room for some top level talent.

With a new CBA almost anything is possible if you think about it.

I'll do some research to see if I can find that article

Here's part of an article, not the one I was talking about, but it shows you the issues that negotiators will be arguing about for the new CBA, including a "Salary Rollback" that I mentioned aboved.


THE ISSUES


The Salary Cap
What you need to know: The owners' initial proposal, according to reports, called for a "hard" cap, which sets a fixed figure on team salaries that cannot be exceeded. Players favor a softer cap, which includes several exceptions (see glossary, and below).

Bottom line: An insistence on a hard cap could be the major sticking point in these negotiations. The union flat-out doesn't want one. The league says it has to have one, though some outsiders suggest that owners would be willing to discuss a cap with fewer exceptions than the current one.

Salary Cap Exceptions
What you need to know: Both sides favor the ability to create a system that would help teams to keep their own free agents. A logical way to do that is with exceptions to the cap. A new agreement could bring new exceptions, such as the "franchise" tag that's used in the NFL. An enhancement of Bird rights (see Glossary) is another possibility. "Amnesty" provisions could be reinstated to allow teams tax relief for current contracts, too.

Bottom line: Despite the owners' insistence, an NBA with a "true" hard cap, one without any exceptions, will be hard to come by given the union's stringent resistance to the idea.

Basketbal Related Income
What you need to know: Players get 57 percent of all Basketball Related Income (see Glossary) in the current agreement. That percentage, along with what constitutes BRI, is going to be hotly negotiated.

Bottom line: The league not only wants to scale back the percentage of BRI the players receive -- from 57 percent to about 41 -- it wants to narrow what revenue is considered as part of BRI. The union, predictably, wants to keep the percentage at or near where it is now, and possibly include revenue streams that are currently not considered basketball-related.

Salary Rollbacks
What you need to know: Across-the-board salary rollbacks -- in effect, changing the terms of existing contracts -- are a possibility. The NHL bargained for a 24-percent rollback on all existing salaries after its 2005 lockout. Such a move in the NBA could impact all current contracts.

Bottom line: The union and its rank-and-file would fight against restructuring existing contracts.

Revenue Sharing
What you need to know: Owners are in agreement on the need for increased revenue sharing among teams. Currently, about $54 million is divvied up. The league's position is that better revenue sharing will help teams compete and give them a reasonable expectation of being profitable.

Bottom line: This would seem to be a mostly owner-controlled issue, but players must agree to any revenue-sharing plan and will have a say on what monies are to be considered for the revenue-sharing pot. The union wants healthy teams, too -- financially and on-the-court competitively -- because that means more job security for players and, theoretically, better wages.

Guaranteed Contracts
What you need to know: Owners reportedly favor a system that would allow them to cut their losses on so-called "bad" contracts for underperforming players. That could mean shorter-term contracts and less guaranteed money.

Bottom line: Guaranteed contracts have been a staple in the NBA for years. The union isn't going to give up what they have without a fight.

Contraction
What you need to know: Stern has said that the idea of eliminating at least a couple of teams in order to enhance the league's bottom line -- and its on-court product -- is on the table.

Bottom line: Contraction remains a longshot for a few reasons. One, there's a question as to whether any teams, even those losing money, would be willing to sell. Two, other cities may be willing to take on a struggling NBA franchise, so many argue that relocation should be considered before contraction. And, of course, cutting teams would mean fewer jobs for players. That's something the union would fight.

Well done, Troll Sir!


Very informative indeed!

Here is the glossary, you can thank me later that Laker bloggers will be well schooled in the CBA negotiations

GLOSSARY

BASKETBALL RELATED INCOME

Generally, income received as a result of basketball operations. The sources include broadcast rights, gate receipts, sponsorships, proceeds from NBA properties, percentage of arena naming rights, suite proceeds, concessions, merchandise sales, etc.

Players are guaranteed 57 percent of BRI in the current agreement. The BRI figure for last season was approximately $3.6 billion, with players guaranteed nearly $2.1 billion in salary and benefits.

LUXURY TAX

An amount levied on teams that exceed the salary cap. The luxury tax level for this season is $70.307 million. Teams whose player payroll exceeds that figure will pay a dollar-for-dollar tax. For example: A team with a payroll of $75.307 million pays $5 million in luxury tax.

The luxury tax is split evenly among the teams that do not pay the tax. Each gets 1/30th of the pot. The remaining money is controlled and used at the NBA's discretion.

SALARY CAP

The limit teams can spend on salaries. The salary cap for 2010-11 is $58.044 million, an increase from $57.7 million last season. It's calculated by multiplying projected Basketball Related Income (see above) by 51 percent, subtracting player benefits and then dividing the result by 30 (the number of teams in the league). The minimum team salary, by the way, is set at 75 percent of the salary cap. This season, that equals $43.533 million.

The league wants a "hard" cap, which would strictly disallow teams from exceeding a calculated payroll limit. The league's current salary cap can only be described as "soft," because it includes several methods that teams can go over the cap (see Salary Cap Exceptions).

SALARY CAP EXCEPTIONS

Rules that allow teams to exceed the cap if the player meets certain criteria. Here are some of the current exceptions:

Qualifying Veteran Free Agent (Bird Exception): Used for a free agent, eligible for up to the maximum salary, if he played for that team for some or the entire prior three seasons, or if he changed teams by trade.

Early Qualifying Veteran Free Agent (Early Bird): Used for a free agent eligible for a salary of up to the greater of (a) 175 percent of the player's salary in the last season of his prior contract or (b) 108 percent of the average player salary for the prior season. The player had to play for the team for some or the entire prior two seasons, or changed teams by trade.

Non-Qualifying Veteran Free Agent (Non-Bird): Used for a free agent who is neither a "Bird" nor an "Early Bird" player. He can sign up to (a) 120 percent of the player's salary in the last season of his prior contract, (b) 120 percent of the player's applicable minimum salary for the current season or, (c) if the player is a Restricted Free Agent, his Qualifying Offer amount.

Bi-Annual: Can be used to sign one or more players to contracts with first-year salaries totalling up to $2.08 million for 2010-11. Can be used only every other year.

Mid-Level Salary: Can be used to sign one or more players to contracts with first-year salaries that provide for a total of up to 108 percent of the average player salary for the prior season. Set at $5.765 million for 2010-11. Can be used every year.

Rookie: Teams may sign their first-round Draft picks for up to 120 percent of the Rookie Salary Scale amount, as negotiated in the CBA.

Minimum Salary: Teams may sign a player to a one-year or two-year contract at the applicable minimum salary determined by years of service.

Disabled Player: Teams may replace a player who suffers a season-ending injury with one player making up to 50 percent of the injured player's current salary.

Traded Player: If a team trades a player's contract to another team, that team can replace the traded player with one or more players acquired by trade. Teams have up to one year to complete transaction to comply to the Salary Cap rules.

OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST

In the current CBA, the maximum length on contracts between a team and its Bird free agents, or between a team that is extending rookie contracts, is six years. For the minimum salary exception or bi-annual exception, it's two years. Rookie contracts are two years, plus two one-year team options. All other contracts, including extensions, can be as long as five years.

The maximum player salary, per year, is based on a player's years of service and a percentage of the salary cap. For players with fewer than seven years of experience, the maximum salary is now $13,603,750. Between 7-10 years, $16,324,500. Ten or more years, $19,045,250.

The current agreement has an allowance for a player's annual salary to either increase or decrease, as negotiated on the contract's signing. Contracts with Bird or Early Bird players can be negotiated to be increased or decreased after the first year by up to 10.5 percent of first-year salary. For all other contracts, it's 8 percent in both directions.

Ludwig

Just cut and pasting but this article has the basics that everyone should be aware of.

Medina how come everyone can attack the clergy with impunity? When the Priest lay a smack down in response you are quick to warn me. Medina a course in ethics and fair play will serve you well. michael h, ocl, jun etc the Priest is a laker fan for your information. I have been a laker fan for 30 years and that is why I am critical of the play of Bean Bryant. You guys grew up in the nick van excel and then shaq/kobe era. Big difference. I have watched the teamwork of magic and worthy worked to perfection. Now I just recently watched a very talented team like the lakers sabotaged by the ego maniac Kobe Bryant. Look at the bulls with 1 superstar and the rest scrubs at best. They played as a team. The lakers have 1 superstar, an all star, a 6th man of the year, a former defensive player of the year etc etc. I'm still standing by prediction that the heat will prevail though. LBJ/DWade had terrible games and will bounce back. But that DRose is excellent and is playing with such confidence.


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Derick Rose shot 10 for 22 to get 28 points along with 6 assists. Kobe stat line would have been 27 shots to get 28 points with no assists. Even though DRose is the man I am sure in his post game interview he didn't say he has to eat first and all the idiotic rubbish kobe spews out of his mouth sometimes. Obviously Rose at only 22 is more mature than the 33 year old Mamba. Plus he is a better teammate obviously.


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Get some younger, fundamentally sound players that enjoy playing defense. If you are drafting players that need to be taught the foundations of hard work, get to the back of the championship wanta be line.

Look at the bulls with 1 superstar and the rest scrubs at best. They played as a team. The lakers have 1 superstar, an all star, a 6th man of the year, a former defensive player of the year etc etc. I'm still standing by prediction that the heat will prevail though. LBJ/DWade had terrible games and will bounce back. But that DRose is excellent and is playing with such confidence.

Posted by: Island Priest | May 16, 2011 at 02:50 AM
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The Bulls actually had the second best record, so they aren't scrubs. Joakim Noah is one of the most tenacious defenders of the paint -#3 blocks, #5 rebounds this post season, and Luol Deng was in a trade package for Kobe a few years ago.. you might remember that since you have been a "l0ng-time-Laker-fan". Derrick Rose is one of the rising stars in this league and current MVP. I can go on and on about their coaching philosophy, their athleticism, and that they already have owned the Heat this year (passed you by?). So no, I wouldn't characterize that team as bunch of scrubs.

@Priestess
"Obviously Rose at only 22 is more mature than the 33 year old Mamba. Plus he is a better teammate obviously. "
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And you are obviously a Kobe hater, obviously, with your #4,599 post in a row bashing Kobe, and why you don't like him, and never mentioning the good things about him, that he helped bring in 5 additional rings to this city.. and your constant whining and moaning. You are a legit step above unicorn in the fantasy evolution chart, to reference one of the posters.

rootin for them #babybulls!

Trollman,

Nice job, keep it coming. I'm learning new things from your real handle especially those funny interviews of Mitch Cupcake impersonation. Well, I should also mention Sister's grading was very realistic.

Bulls 1-0 and three more to go before the crying series starts.

Vilmos Vegso,

If you are a real poster of just one person, you posted what a new Coach needs to do. Get a defensive minded player from the draft, a hard worker on free throws and threes and knows how to run fast. The requirements are very simple but hard to sustain once they have been exposed to the spoils of Hollywood.

And my last post for the day is dedicated to the Virgin Priest, I think you need a little humor in your hate on the black mamba. Here is a funny video of Mamba just a parody-comedy of a creative fan to relieve us all from stress. Have fun.

http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/14820e72b5/kobe-byrant-s-post-game-meltdown

Looks like someone may have OVERcelebrated and cried a bit too prematurely.

Save the drama fo yo mama!!

I smell another grand Lechoke coming.

Its time to jump on dwades coattails as he barrels and overflops in the lane

Not even stern may save him now

GO BULLS!

I was having bad nightmares of dwade and lechoker driving the lane and then desperately WAILING n FLAILING their arms begging for whistles then holding the o'brien trophy.

I feel a little better now

Move over chokers here comes DROSE

Sterns endorsing a new guy.. His next superstar in the making.

And this ones LEGIT!


Hey Heat fans,

If the Heat are to advance beyond the Bulls they will need to make history.

The Bulls swept them during the season 3-0 and no team that has been swept during the regular season has ever beaten the team that swept them in the playoffs!

Rotsa ruck...

@Troll Man – thanks for the CBA post. Excellent info.

@Point Forward – IP lost all credibility some time ago regarding Kobe when (in the midst of a debate) he was getting smashed and was reduced to pulling out the Colorado card.

The Bulls swept them during the season 3-0 and no team that has been swept during the regular season has ever beaten the team that swept them in the playoffs!

Rotsa ruck...

Posted by: Art | May 16, 2011 at 08:51 AM
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When I heard that stat yesterday it did make me go hmmm. I hope it holds up cause like 99% of the people here I want the Heat to go down!

You picked the Bulls over Miami initially...but wavered a little bit last week...lol.

(Not counting IHOP) C+

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

Island Priest,

I agree with you... 22 year old Rose is a lot more MATURE than the 33 year old KOBE.

FYI, I, too, only 14 years old.

THE UNASSUMING ROSE WILL GET HIS CHAMPIONSHIP RING THIS YEAR BEFORE LEBRON WILL EVER GET HIS....

I THINK ROSE WILL GET AT LEAST 3 MORE CHAMPIONSHIP RINGS, UNLESS, THE LAKERS WILL MAKE A DRASTIC MOVE STARTING THIS COMING SEASON.

Derrick needs to work on personal issues off the court. When he played at UTEP he was often spotted around town late at night liquored up. How good could he have been during his short stint there? How good can he be in the NBA? Depends on how much he is willing to change. I don't think he will he has had too many second chances and is not determined to make the changes that will make him a better player and a better person.

>>>I have watched the teamwork of magic and worthy worked to perfection.

I have watched Magic lose in the first round, as well.

Magic was not perfect. Nor was Worthy. They won lots of playoff games and lost lots as well. They lost in the playoffs and then still won championships after that.

>>>The writer said that current contracts could be amended. They even
>>>mentioned Kobe's huge salary being reduced.
>>>
>>>When I read it at first I thought to myself, this guy doesn't know what the
>>>heck he's talking about. You can't change a contract thats been signed.

They did it in the NHL. Also put in a hard cap.

Basically, they can't just make the change, but if the Players Union agrees to it as one term of agreeing to the new CBA, then they can do it. In other words, if both parties agree to change a contract, then it can be changed. And the individual players by being a part of the union have agreed to go along with whatever the league & the union agree to.

One thing that might be on the table would make some of you happy. The new contract might allow each team to pay one player's contract off and thus get them out of their cap usage. That would allow the Lakers the ability to end their contract with Luke. (I'm sure pfunk and a few others just jumped for joy at the thought :-)

>>>Look at the bulls with 1 superstar and the rest scrubs at best. They played as
>>>a team. The lakers have 1 superstar, an all star, a 6th man of the year, a
>>>former defensive player of the year etc etc.

Technically, Boozer is a two-time all-Star. If he'd have been healthy the whole season, it's not implausible that he would have made the All-Star game for the Leastern conference this season.

And I think you'll eventually see Noah make an All-Star squad as well. And if they win it this season, you might see some hype for Deng as a potential All-Star next year as well.

Most of their core roster is far from "scrubs". Their 1-8 were all better than Blake and Barnes and Brown this season (for example).

>>>I'm still standing by prediction that the heat will prevail though.

I still think so, too. Though I'd be pleasantly surprised with a Chicago-Dallas finals.

>>>The Bulls swept them during the season 3-0 and no team that has been swept
>>>during the regular season has ever beaten the team that swept them in the
>>>playoffs!

FAIL.

Orlando swept the Lakers during the 2009 season, and we all know how the finals series went that year.

That's just one example. I'm sure there are MANY other examples.

But I think the Bulls do have the talent to beat the Heat.

The biggest thing the Bulls have over the Heat is coaching. Their defense is stifling. Congrats to Thibodeau.

I still say that Phil Jackson did a pis poor job of coaching and devloping players that could have helped the team doing the season so that they could have been better prepared for the playoffs, Red Aubach would have made the talent that he had,that they were used no matter how good or bad that they played, just ask John Thompson for one and some other coaches that knew Mr. Aubach he didn't get all those rings because he had the talent it was he knew how to coach Phil has always landed at the right place at the right time Larry Brown has had playoff teams that were rejects some of them did good some of them are still wishing that they had listened to coach Brown. Oh bye the way I am still available just tell where to fax my resume(don't laugh I work CHEAP).

why give him this Grade ? he is just a new palyer who did not get to play so I am saying lets not give him the grde So on doing I agree I like your work and truth ok.

Class Claaasss Claaaaaasssss SHUT UP
thank you

Now class I know there are other students in this class but Little PJ failed to turn in any progress reports on them but I did find a list of their names
Theo R.
Devin E.
Derrick C.
Baby Trey
I will have to give you all an incomplete grade because I have no record of any of you participating in any school activities. I so very sorry for this, it seems to happen every year some students are ignored and not given an opportunity to.......
Class Claaasss Claaaaaasssss WAKE UP


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