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#1 LALakersFan4Life

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Posted January 21, 2009 - 05:11 PM

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Former NBA great Rick Barry had some pointed comments for LeBron James during an interview with Comcast SportsNet Bay Area that will air on Wednesday night.

"He's got major flaws in his game," Barry said. "He's six years into the NBA. How can a man six years into the NBA with his talent have a major flaw in his shot? How can he not use screens effectively? . . I watch the game very carefully - he doesn't use screens effectively and this is not LeBron's fault. It's the fault of the people who are teaching him. . . . There is no doubt in my mind that LeBron, if shown these things would do them, because he wants to be a great player, he wants to win a championship. As great as he is, he should be better."


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Posted January 21, 2009 - 05:21 PM

Sure, but a LOT of player don't use screens effectively. They go too early, don't use the screen etc. This leads to a lot of offensive fouls. Not using a screen effectively doesn't exactly pan out to be a "flaw" in his game.

Hell, Kobe said the best screen setter for him was Kwame Brown. Flawed a bit in argument? I think so.

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Posted January 21, 2009 - 05:22 PM

its because his athleticism has allowed him to dominate even with these flaws not affecting him therefore since they dont affect him he probably doesn't notice them therefore doesn't work on them
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Posted January 21, 2009 - 06:00 PM

Sure, but a LOT of player don't use screens effectively. They go too early, don't use the screen etc. This leads to a lot of offensive fouls. Not using a screen effectively doesn't exactly pan out to be a "flaw" in his game.

Hell, Kobe said the best screen setter for him was Kwame Brown. Flawed a bit in argument? I think so.

Rick Barry is one of the most fundamentally sound players ever, so I'm not surprised he's overly critical

Not to derail the thread, but Barry is one of the few players to win a Championship without a significant HOF caliber player next to him. The guy was awesome and is severely underrated in NBA history.
Gooden>> Lamar Odom. Mo Williams>> Ray Allen>> Gasol. Nene= Gasol.

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Posted January 21, 2009 - 06:07 PM

Rick Barry is still a douchebag.
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Posted January 21, 2009 - 06:13 PM

Rick Barry is still a douchebag.

For pointing out the obvious?

It's true, Lebron has ugly shooting mechanics.
Gooden>> Lamar Odom. Mo Williams>> Ray Allen>> Gasol. Nene= Gasol.

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Posted January 21, 2009 - 06:39 PM

Lebron has flaws, he is just a human being... Then he should rip everybody else, nobody is perfect...

Kwame can't catch
Ben Wallace can't shoot
Eddie Curry is obsessed with food
Fisher can't finish at the paint
Lamar only goes left
etc...

Rick Barry has always been a douchebag... This guy made MJ (pre-championship years and Kwame Brown era), Ron Artest, and Stephon Marbury looked like saints.

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Posted January 21, 2009 - 06:58 PM

Rick Barry is one of the most fundamentally sound players ever, so I'm not surprised he's overly critical

Not to derail the thread, but Barry is one of the few players to win a Championship without a significant HOF caliber player next to him. The guy was awesome and is severely underrated in NBA history.

Can you think of any players that won that way.

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Posted January 21, 2009 - 06:59 PM

Hakeem won his 1st championship without any hof players.
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Posted January 21, 2009 - 07:03 PM

2004 Detroit has no HOFs either...
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Posted January 21, 2009 - 07:03 PM

Hakeem won his 1st championship without any hof players.

Thanks I love this stuff. I only know one player that won as a rookie and his last year.

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Posted January 21, 2009 - 07:04 PM

Hakeem and Barry are the only ones

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Posted January 21, 2009 - 07:06 PM

Thanks I love this stuff. I only know one player that won as a rookie and his last year.


Bill Walton?
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Posted January 21, 2009 - 07:27 PM

Dang no need to call him out like that...

is he trying to me him monster now ?

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Posted January 21, 2009 - 07:33 PM

Bill Walton?

He didn't win as a Rookie, did he?

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Posted January 21, 2009 - 07:52 PM

Lebron has flaws, he is just a human being... Then he should rip everybody else, nobody is perfect...

Kwame can't catch
Ben Wallace can't shoot
Eddie Curry is obsessed with food
Fisher can't finish at the paint
Lamar only goes left
etc...

Rick Barry has always been a douchebag... This guy made MJ (pre-championship years and Kwame Brown era), Ron Artest, and Stephon Marbury looked like saints.

Because they don't have the hype as the greatest player ever like LeBron does.

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Posted January 21, 2009 - 08:55 PM

Hakeem won his 1st championship without any hof players.

excuse me, I meant to say guard

But as for Hakeem, he did have Otis Thorpe who wasn't exactly a scrub.
Gooden>> Lamar Odom. Mo Williams>> Ray Allen>> Gasol. Nene= Gasol.

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Posted January 21, 2009 - 09:13 PM

excuse me, I meant to say guard

But as for Hakeem, he did have Otis Thorpe who wasn't exactly a scrub.

neither is mo williams, boobie, delonte west, bigz, or champion Ben Wallace, . And Varejo isnt a scrub....but defensive players get no love
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Posted January 21, 2009 - 09:13 PM

the barrys' always have something to say.

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Posted January 21, 2009 - 10:22 PM

neither is mo williams, boobie, delonte west, bigz, or champion Ben Wallace, . And Varejo isnt a scrub....but defensive players get no love

WTH are you talking about?

I'm talking about Rick Barry. He won a championship without any significant talent next to him. That's a great accomplishment as a guard. Read before you post.
Gooden>> Lamar Odom. Mo Williams>> Ray Allen>> Gasol. Nene= Gasol.




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