Opening power outage

Opening power outage

There are 27 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Nov 1, 2007, titled Opening power outage. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

Perhaps a more competitive season opener will lead to a more competitive season.

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Sweet Cheeks

Hollywood, FL

#22 Nov 2, 2007
Why are the refs calling the power move by Shaq a foul now and ten years ago? He used to bull everybody over when he was with the Lakers and the refs never called it.

Riley...the do refs dislike you that much?
kenny g

Gyeonggi-do, Korea

#23 Nov 2, 2007
Sweet Cheeks...that's a valid point...however, he has got to adjust to reality...the game has changed from the days of bad boy pistons and then Shq the superman...The league is trying, not successfully, to move to fast paced game..without all that pausing and grabbing and running over. So, Shaq has infact been a victim of that..but you gotta adjust to reality. Rules change..would you keep playing as if the shot clock were not there? Would you keep thinking 3 point shot is a two point? Rules change, mostly for the better if we agree with the theory of evolution, but Shaq is busy crying about it instead of adjusting to it and working harder...mainily, I am mostly disappointed in his defense and rebounding because that shows he is not hustling. And about your point about Shaq getting fouls called and implying the reason in connection with Riley...Maybe that is the reason Wade shoots all those free throws because they don't like riley also?.....but, by the way, I think Riley has really lost a lot in coaching though. I wouldn't give much credit to Riley for that. Even during the Championship year, that was all Wade. Wade saved a lot of asssssss that year. But, I don't think he will pull that off again. Only Jordan can...year after year
niko

United States

#24 Nov 2, 2007
Dang, I didn't really expect them to win but I hoped for a better showing. Looks like D. Wright is not gonna be the answer for anything and Smush looked awful. Shaq does not appear to have too much left in the tank but at least he was drawing doubles for most of the game. Its hard to figure out why the rest of the team has such a hard time scoring when they are pretty much playing 4 against 3. I used to think Dorrel Wright was a good defender when covering Tayshaun Prince but he looked like one of the Dolphin's defense backs chasing after Randy Moss. Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't the idea on defense to play Between the offensive player and the basket rather than chase chase after him?
'Zo is the man! I personally think the heat are a better team with Zo on the court than with Shaq.
Ricky Davis looked pretty good and will be better when DWade gets back. I hope JWill can keep it going this year. He is the only effective point on the team. Did I mention that Smush looked awful. OK ... the season is here .. not time for pissin and moaning ... lace 'um up and go get Indy.
Go heat.
More Heat

Kingston, Jamaica

#25 Nov 2, 2007
Hey kenny g. Do you realise that Wade never played last night?Youre not making any sense.
Kila

Daytona Beach, FL

#26 Nov 2, 2007
Ok..u have kenny u have a grudge against Shaq earning so much and not playing up to his expectations, and last night he backed up your point...but seriously dude...where did u see Dwayne Wade playing last night???? Your posts keep knocking both Shaq and Wade, yet Wade isn't playing till later this month. And Wade does play like the money we pay him...not even talking about our 2006 championship season. Last year he and UD were our only consistent people there!!! and that was a fluke injury he got in te Houston game.
Again i understand your excessive Shaq bashing, but Dwade isn't going to play today, tomorrow or next week.
Lay off!!!
kenny g

Gyeonggi-do, Korea

#27 Nov 2, 2007
That is the very point I am making (And I am not knocking Wade-because he would be the first pick, over Bryant or Lebron, if I could take any player in the league because he has the heart and focus and the clutch shooting). Because Wade and Shaq are either sitting or not playing well because of injuries or whatever, they cannot compete. It is no different than what would happen to Spurs if Duncan and Parker sat out or played like that 50%of the time. Whether sitting out or playing badly, 35 million is not playing up to par with the other stars of the league. Then, how can they compete? The role plyers are role players. There is a reason why a guy makes 2 million and another guy is making 20 million. That is the shopping list.You cannot go out and get 5 guys that demand 20 million dollars. All you can hope for is those one, or two, or even three, superstars on your team play enough and play well and give you return on that investment. So far, because of injuries or age or whatever, Shaq and Wade haven't delivered and have not fulfilled their role of franchise players, and that puts a lot of pressure on the other players on the team because they are expected to play like they make 20 million when they are only making 3 million. This applies to Shaq more than Wade though. They have 60 million going out for the old guy during the next three years. Usually you pay those money to the players in their prime.Riley just did not see it coming. I am more disappointed in SHAQ's lack of rebounds and defense than points. That shows he is not hustling. But, who is to say it was not worth it since it brought a championship? And who knows, Shaq might still get over it because I still believe he has what it takes physically. It's just that I don't think he knows what it takes mentally to play well at older age. He has work twice as hard as when he was young. Instead, he thinks, I am SHAQ and I am superman...I did this I did that...and deceieves himself into thinking he should do it like that with the same effort as he did when he was young. He should take lesson in how to prepare for an old age from Mourning.
kenny g

Gyeonggi-do, Korea

#28 Nov 2, 2007
but, by the way, I think Wade is the best player in the league because he is such a clutch player...he would be the guy to have the ball in the closing minutes in any team in the world...He would make the right decisions and right shot, unlike Bryant who could be fabulous but not show up at the end or Garnett ( He might be the best) who has not proven that he can take control and win series in the playoffs like Wade has. A lot of guys have better physical tools than Wade, but he has the best overall skill and basketball IQ, and heart and focus. Cloest thing to JORDAN in that regard. If you could put Bryant and Wade together and got the best of each one, that would be Jordan because Bryant has slightly better physical tools than Wade, but Wade is head and shoulders above Bryant in mental game and thus plays better. But, you might still take the big guys Duncan or Garnett or Shaq over Wade though, in their prime.

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