It's time to start Nelson at point guard

It's time to start Nelson at point guard

There are 136 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Jun 6, 2009, titled It's time to start Nelson at point guard. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

All of this conversation and consternation about whether Magic point guard Jameer Nelson should be playing in the NBA Finals is as ridiculously aggrandized as the "Sorry, honey" $4 million purple diamond ring Kobe Bryant bought his wife.

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Lake Mary, FL

#107 Jun 7, 2009
When we win of course! Because we will. Go Magic! And we don't want to get into how anyone body is perfect but if you are billed as a writer, it helps to be able to write with some style. With similar talent as say a BB player in the NBA where would ol Mikey fit in...Denmark B league?

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#108 Jun 7, 2009
Mike Bianchi = Buffoon!!!
So you take a players word on his "game conditioning"? Practice condition and game condition are two clearly different entities. Are you willing to gamble on his word during the Finals? Maybe in a first round series...but not when the season is on the line and the Championship is within your grasp. And why disrupt the team continuity that has developed between the Alston/Johnson tandem and the rest of the team. A spark off the bench yes...but Nelson for this season is nothing more.

Port Charlotte, FL

#109 Jun 7, 2009
Nelson played as good as any other magic player(not saying much). He still should see much less minutes. Have faith Magic fans. This was one game.

Orlando, FL

#110 Jun 7, 2009
Gimme a break with all the chemistry and continuity BS. Its not like Alston/Johnson have been winning games for us. Alston won us 1 game this playoffs, game 4 clev. We have been winning in spite of them most of the time. Nelson was a little rusty but still is probably better than those 2 combined.

Kissimmee, FL

#111 Jun 7, 2009
Alston has the worst shot on the team. He has been playing horrible. We are not winning becasue of him but in spite of him. Play Nelson please
Laker Larry

Canyon, TX

#112 Jun 7, 2009
What in the world does Kobe buying a purple diamond for his wife have to do with Nelson and his playing in the finals?

Very tacky reference.

Bedford, TX

#113 Jun 7, 2009
Horrible article here....

Orlando, FL

#114 Jun 7, 2009
Laker Larry wrote:
What in the world does Kobe buying a purple diamond for his wife have to do with Nelson and his playing in the finals?
Very tacky reference.
He was referencing how Kobe is a piece of ****, while Jameers jumpshot looked like ****.
Florida Fan

Gainesville, FL

#115 Jun 7, 2009
Mike Bianchi,while I enjoyed reading many of your articles supporting the Magic during these playoffs, you are wrong as a basketball analyst. Alston/Johnson have been key catalysts in many of the magic playoff wins.Start Alston & bring Nelson & Johnson off the bench. Whoever is playing the best can play more down the stretch in the 3rd & 4th quarters.

Rafor Alston ("Skip to my Lou")has allowed the Magic to play at a break neck pace by pushing the ball up quickly after missed shots by the opposition and allowing his teammates to play at a faster rhythm. This puts tremendous pressure on our opponent & they eventually fold down the stretch. Alston is also a bigger PG who can be physcial with the opponents PG & help out on defense.

In game 1, Nelson was a nice change of pace PG who dished out many assists to his teammates for easy buckets. But as the game wore on, he was playing too slow. The Lakers started clamping down defensively against the slower magic.

Use Nelson only(as a change up PG) in 5-7 minute bursts to set up his teammates on offense and use Alston the rest of the way to push the pace.

Apopka, FL

#116 Jun 7, 2009
I'm sorry Bianchi. Normally you are on point, but you are completely wrong about this one.

I completely disagree. Nelson should NOT have played, and if we were going to take a chance with him, he should have played reserve minutes. There is no way he should have played the entire second quarter and the same amount of minutes as Rafer. Granted, Nelson did not have a bad game and I was impressed especially since it was his first game back. However, he threw off our chemistry completely. The Magic did not look like the same team out there. Our bread and butter offense has been very fundamental. It starts down low with Dwight, if he doesnt have anything then the ball is kicked out and then swung around until we get the best shot. Drive and kick, etc. With Jameer in, that was not happening. Hedo and Rashard were non-existant last game because they couldnt find a rhythm. Since Jameer has been out, Hedo and Rashard have had to take on more of an offensive role. But now that he's back, they were unsure of what to do. Jameer completely disrupted the flow of the offense. And I'm sure to the general public (like you Bianchi) it looks like he is ready to take on the starting position. But from a coaching stand point, you dont want to fix something thats not broke. I will admit, I am so happy to see Jameer back... but he should just be our spark off the bench, giving "breather" minutes to Alston. Jameer is NOT 100% and our players have gotten accustomed to Alston's style of play. Our chemistry has gotten us this far, we shouldn't mess with it.


#117 Jun 7, 2009
Jon wrote:
All the slugs are out again after a magic loss. Its the finals, cant you go away until next year?(Jim, LMAO, etc...)
Wont be long LoverBoy... and I can hardly wait.

Corpus Christi, TX

#118 Jun 7, 2009
I'm a Jameer Nelson fan. But I love what Rafer has done for us. If it weren't for him, we'd have been out in the first round. He may not be an all-star, and he may have had some poor games. But he's gotten us from the first round, to the NBA finals.
And we'd be backstabing him if we didn't start him the entire series.
Next year when Nelson starts again, will be fantastic.
But right now, we owe Rafer our gratitude. And it's about doing the right thing first, and winning second.


#119 Jun 7, 2009
notaclue wrote:
Don't we play 3 games at home???
God willing only 2.
Ernest Williams

Indio, CA

#120 Jun 7, 2009
“It’s time to start Nelson at point guard”

I was prepared to read an interesting article about a relevant subject , but:

In the very first sentence of your story you take a classless shot at Kobe Bryant and his wife.

Was this supposed to be funny, clever, or humorous? Actually, it was downright hateful to me. Are you a Kobe-hater?

I’m willing to bet that you do not know Kobe, and probably never had a conversation with him, yet you condemn him. Makes one wonder what kind of person you are. I know what kind of man you are, a backbiting hater.

You should try to hide your hatred a little better and maybe you can become a better writer. I have always wondered if so-called sports writers hate some stars because they envy them so much. Is that you Mike?


Orlando, FL

#121 Jun 7, 2009
LMAO wrote:
<quoted text>
Wont be long LoverBoy... and I can hardly wait.
Why, is JJ too tired from sitting on the bench to give you any man love?

Lake Mary, FL

#122 Jun 7, 2009
Hey Ernest, got to agree, MB is one sorry Dude and he's not very funny even at his best. You should read his stuff on Tebo. What he seems to know best is UCF and his running off at the typewriter column, that's funny once in a while. This is his first shot at real big time NBA, in fact it's the first shot for most of us since the middle 90's so you'll have to excuse the passion and desire but you don't have to excuse poor sportsman ship from writers. With that said, you don't have to excuse hate either it's out of line and a poor excuse for intellect.

We have our share of great fair minded fans but excuse me; we want to win this thing no matter how we look to you LA fans.

Now with regard to Mr. Black Mombo or whatever. What is with those faces he makes...that is purely as ugly as hog turds. So the guy can make can a lot of people not as well as he but but does it require what appears to be hatefulness on his part?

Visually from a sportsmans view he's appearing to be a little man. And by the way, while he looked a whole lot better at the Olympics and carried himself very well he does have a track record with his actions in the past gold digger or not. He's great at BB but he acts like real HT.

Kissimmee, FL

#123 Jun 7, 2009
Bianchi, you would only work here, no one else would have you. You are very below average
Super Shaq

Kissimmee, FL

#124 Jun 7, 2009
NPP wrote:
<quoted text>
Shaq is the NBA's Jose Canseco with a bit of Bullwinkle mixed in. An over-the-hill cartoon character with nothing useful to say.
Shaq has 4 rings in less years the O-Town Clowns have in their 20 year existence. How many to the O-Town Clowns have, ah zip, LOL. So who is the real cartoons characters, I'd say the magic your hometown O-Town Clowns.

Winter Haven, FL

#125 Jun 7, 2009
Well Charles has made his prediction, so we don't have to watch anymore games... Give the Lakers the trophy and Kobe his MVP trophy. Good thing I didn't listen to his predictions before or I would have missed the Magic beating the Celtics and the Cavs.... Shut your mouth... Idiot!!
Super Shaq

Kissimmee, FL

#126 Jun 7, 2009
notaclue wrote:
Don't we play 3 games at home???
It will be 2 games, because Kobe will have the brooms out to get his four in four.

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