Seriously, what's wrong with J.R. Smith glaring at the opponent's bench after he puts a 'dagger-in-there-heart'? To the guy who criticized J.R for that ... come on man. Is that it? That's the reason why you'd prefer him not to be on this team. Even after admitting he would be a definite talent upgrade. I think more-and-more as I hear and read Mike Mac's comments I grow to appreciate his basketball logic. As I listened, he made the best point about J.R. Smith's 'character' VS his 'personality', and even went a step further to give the Terrell Owens comparison of both players having different personalities; however, as Mac pointed out, neither has CHARACTER ISSUES. They just express their personalities differently than others. Furthermore, in the right setting both players can manage their personalities ... alaa Stephen Jackson with Popovich. I live in Minnesota, and Kevin McHale made judgements like that for years. This is the reason why we finally had to say bye to Kevin Garnett after Kevin McHale didn't give him help (like Sam Cassell & Latrell Sprewell who both played in the Finals previously) and didn't trust the 'characters' of Allen Iverson when that deal was presented to Glenn Taylor and management; and before that it was Gary Payton. So, when McHale brought in Ricky Davis you can understand why most T-wolves fans just accepted the fact that Kevin McHale is just a 'bad judge of character'. That's it, bring in the guy with bad character who doesn't care to win, and refuse to trade for talented players who have different personalities, but character wise THEY WANT TO WIN! J.R. Smith plays with passion and wants to win, but has played in organizations that didn't have real leadership or stability like the Spurs. We often criticize him based on his relationship with Byron Scott. Okay, so he didn't like Scott, but neither did Jason Kidd and others. Even Kidd went through a rebellious stage after He, Scott, and the Nets went to two Finals. Once they clashed, Kidd was labeled as rebellious and player trying to get a coach fired. Kidd was traded eventually after Scott was fired. Now look at Kidd ... would anyone say he has a bad character or just a different personality? He is a winner last time I checked. The Hornets actually need some attitude on this team in order to compete with the Lakers and Spurs. Players who actually show they 'give-a-damn'. One comment that was made by the same person was in regards to the emotion Tyson Chandler would show for the Hornets when he played here. As you can see, even though Okafor is effective, he doesn't show that same intensity that Chandler would show for us. Who else gets fired up on this team other than Paul and West or shows some emotion? We need a J.R. Smith / Stephen Jackson type of player on this team. Not just for talent, but also because they will go at Kobe Bryant repeatedly, without fear, and glare at him ... and the bench! L_REAZY
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In the NO Episode 19: Trade Deadline Chatter
In this clipping from the Podcast we recorded Monday night, 42 joins Michael and Ryan as we talk about trades! Trade rumors, trade needs, etc. If you don’t like trades, you won’t like this podcast. Enjoy.
I will take JR Smith any day of the week. His offensive skillset is exactly what the Hornets need. WTF is wrong with you? Rip Hamilton? Noooooo. I will cry if that happens. BTW New York paid a price but a Turiaf/Stoudemire/Anthony/Fields/Billups starting lineup is still pretty damn solid. Don't forget that Billups is actually still pretty damn solid.
i cant listen to anything on my computer at work, all the volumes are set to never be turned on. its brutal. Hopefully yall talked about some good trades for us =)
I agree if CP3 keeps playing this way it will be a quick first round exit for us... Gopefully the Nets will now buy out Troy Murphy now that Melo is going to NY. If not then we somehow need a blockbuster trade for a SG
hornets must trade CP3 for 2007/08 CP3 :P i wonder if his struggling is only because of his knees... I missed the first layup in the skill challenge :\ I hope they are not going to trade Ariza, his presence is invisible but when he's not on the floor i can see the difference.. And if you trade Ariza also Okafor will be less valuable for this team because the team is going to lose an important piece of his defense. You saw previous season that Okafor can't do all the job by himself, he's not Dwight. What about Cory Brewer? Knicks has Isiah back so hornets should make an offer for him :D i think he can be a good fit for this team, the starting SG and play some minutes as SF. Same as a guy like Courtney Lee! I hope something is going to change soon.. Maggette for some scrubs and that's it?! I'm ok with that.
Also, I agree with Mike Mac again when I say .... ... HELL NO to Troy Murphy .... EVER on this team!!! He's softer than drug store cotton! We might as well keep Jason Smith. One of the worst SF / PF tandems ever was Mike Dunleavy and Troy Murphy ... perhaps the softest ever!!! L_REAZY
I can say with 100% certainty that the Knicks will not win a title, due in large part to their foundation at the top. They are pushing their one sane mind out (Walsh) and allowing Isiah back into the fold. Amare will get hurt in the next 2-3 years, Melo will not mesh terribly well in that offense and the new CBA will prevent them from getting a third star. I understand that they HAD to make this move for ticket sales and headlines, but this team will not be a true contender at any point in these next 5 years. As for Rip, I personally do not want to see it and I have a hard time that Demps will put in all this effort and come away with nothing on Thursday- and be perfectly fine with that. A move will be made, and Rip is on the list- even if it is number 7 or 8 on the list, he is there. This team needs a strong finish to this season to give West a reason to stay and to increase the value for a local owner. A trade will get done.