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#121 BasketballIQ



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Posted October 15, 2013 - 07:01 PM

That 05-06 Phoenix Suns team was better than some of you guys are giving them credit for. 


Remember we were starting Kwame Brown, Lamar Odom, Luke Walton, Kobe, and Smush Parker. Where did 4 of those players go after they left LA? Right out of the NBA (or relevance anyways). Kobe made them look much, much better than they actually were by drawing so much defensive attention.


As per the Suns main guys that year,


Nash -- MVP, top 3 PG in the league that year.

Bell -- Would be a all defensive first team selection, shot 40% from 3.

Marion -- All star and an excellent defensive player, Odom was neither of those things by the way.

Tim Thomas -- Decent defensive player, again shot 40% from 3. 

Boris Diaw -- Put up better numbers than anyone not named Kobe/Odom. Shot upwards of 50% as well. 


Kobe/Phil were the only reason that series even went to 7 games. 

Look, I love kobe and I loe pPhil


But Luke and Smush were vital to winning that 4th game and going up 4-1



the reason we lost is because everyone but Kobe and Lamar disappeared after that.



Bell is a marginal player, tim Thomas too, So is Boris Diaw




It was said that nash made all of them, but really it was D'Antoni's system





That team was not that good,look at the roster and tell me that they were some type of world beaters



Kobe and Lamar and some guys


Nash and Matrix and some guys

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Posted October 15, 2013 - 09:43 PM

Luke, Smush Kwame were all as solid as them

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Posted October 16, 2013 - 05:00 AM

Completely agree. You could even substitute "pretty much everyone" for a LOT. Or even 'he's kind of a dick'...no disrespect...we were lucky to have him though.

I think Phil is a brilliant coach, but he rubs a LOT of people the wrong way

Praying for 1. Kobe's Health (a special 20th season, like he deserves), 2. Draft Picks Ballin (they better. Seems half the team hasnt played in league) 3. Miracle Move (We still need 2 more impact guys, but Bass and Lou are solid moves), 4. Hibbert (trimming down, change of scenery and attitude sorely needed) 5. Upshaw (If he works out, mitch and jim and ryan deserve major kudos as the risk is minimal). Staples (some renewed energy in that building, been a total morgue last couple years)




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Posted October 16, 2013 - 11:20 AM

the reason we lost is because everyone but Kobe and Lamar disappeared after that.

People often forget that Kwame was actually playing very well in that series.  But after we went up 3-1 a random woman came out and put a 'sexual assault' case on Kwame, or said that he did.

Does anyone remember this being part of the news?   

That whole thing messed with kwame mentally and he was never the same after that. 

Cause I remember in those 4 games where we went up 3-1 Kwame was playing about as good as I'd ever seen him play with us.   After that 'sexual assault' case came up with his name attached to it, he never got back mentally.   He still scored, but his aggressiveness on defense was gone, his desire to fight for rebounds was gone... he just didn't have the same intensity.  

But before that accusation he was beasting.  Games 3 and 4 especially.   Kobe really doesn't get enough credit for how much he did do for that team. 

But yes after that game 4 win, all rhythm seemed to fall apart after that.    Kwame's game 6 performance is also forever tainted by biting on that Tim Thomas pump fake that no one in their right mind would have fell for.

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Posted October 16, 2013 - 08:27 PM

Majesty. People remember the result not the journey.

I remember it all though.

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