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Thread: Hard to Argue LeBron's Comments From the Other Day

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    Administrator Dr. James Naismith's Avatar
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    Default Hard to Argue LeBron's Comments From the Other Day

    Don't know much of Jeff Blair's work, but he's been pretty accurate regarding the Raptors lately.

    Here's what he had to say today:

    After watching the happy-go-lucky manner in which the Raptors greeted their elimination from the playoffs on the final night of the regular season – all but having a sing-along and spraying champagne around the locker room – it is impossible to argue with James. But it's one thing when a corn-fed, white, middle-aged, overweight sportswriter can say he's never seen a team accept choking so readily, and quite another when a guy whose opinion holds sway muses about it, especially after an opinion column in the Toronto Star suggests the Raptors partied their way out of the playoffs, a charge that has not been sufficiently riposted.

    It speaks of a group of athletes with a remarkable lack of self-respect and a management team that for some reason let it go unchecked. Montreal Expos manager Felipe Alou used to worry about his team being perceived as a “small team” – small not in stature or even within the game's economy but small in the sense of getting the 50-50 calls to go their way during a game. There's no zone rating or statistical measure for that. But there are teams that leave that type of an impression, and this year's Raptors were like that.

    Know what? It was kind of cool in a Canadian inferiority complex sort of way when Toronto received some love as a destination for NBA players' high-end parties, like millionaire American athletes letting their hair down is a mark of a city's cultural importance. But what good is it if Toronto is a good place to play off the court only? The NBA is a social club, and if you are prepared to buy the management line that his peers could get Bosh to shut it down over champagne during the all-star break, it also stands to reason that James's remarkable candour about the Raptors wasn't a revelation to those same members of Murmurer's Row who were in Bosh's ear. Turns out the Raptors can fool sportswriters, fans and maybe even management. But not their peers.
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    Super Moderator MangoKid's Avatar
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    Blair is one of those guys I'd read for baseball purposes, but basketball articles, notsomuch.

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    The only thing that article had to do with basketball is that it was the characters' profession. You don't need to be a basketball writer to speak on this topic.

    That whole party thing, James' comments about the team, it all has me pissed off at the team. If Colangelo doesn't get it right in the off-season he deserves to be fired.
    Last edited by Apollo; Fri Apr 30th, 2010 at 01:38 PM.

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    I know it is accepted for NBA players to run at the mouth about other players. Maybe it is a culture thing or the players are just looking to get more media coverage.

    Its like those movie stars who droll on endlessly about ex-significant others.

    Maybe the players can't be blamed because they all have egos and just love to be quoted. On top of that the public eats it up, sometimes more interested in what some players say or do off the court than what they do on the court.

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