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Is Kobe Bryant better than Michael Jordan?

No one got more calls than the Jordan,true but Reggie miller was right up there,and John Stockton was a master at making people foul him(not the same but still i like Stock),just 1 example,in the history of the NBA there r many more.(pretty much any major star got similar treatment). little post script here,MJ received favorable calls no argument,he received those calls because at that point Jordan was the league,NBA ratings dropped by more than 50 percent post Jordan retirement,and merchandise sales dropped by around the same. Jordan was bigger than the league,bigger than the game,and according to a poll of 10,000 people in the mid-nineties,was the top Idol in the world,finishing second was God.  (Jul 10, 2007 | post #1129)

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Is Kobe Bryant better than Michael Jordan?

Did the Jordan's Bulls teams have as much talent as some other dynasties,no,no,no t even close.What they did have was role players who were made to play their roles,over,and over until they could play them to near perfection.it was a great team and jordan. The Bulls didnt sink when jordan was gone because they functioned so well as a unit,Team Defense Team hustle,veteran savvy,they were no longer an elite team,no longer a threat,but still a very good "team". Michael Jordan took them to another stratosphere.only 2 or three of those players retained their usefulness once that team broke up.Jordan fueled that team of overachieving,but mentally strong players,he was the reason they were a championship threat,no favorite year in and year out.as good as Kobe is,he doesn't do that for his team,he puts up the numbers and makes himself a star,but he doesn't bring anyone else's game up,you didnt see him force feeding his shooters so they could hit when the games on the line,that happened in Chicago.Kerr got fed and fed when they needed a shot so that when the real season started he didnt think about it,it was just there. As a response to the triple double thing,no I think The bulls had players for roles for a reason,so one man didnt have to or try to do everything.It was hammered into that players head that thats what he had to do to stay in the line up.If you couldn't perform your role you didnt play.I remember back in the Bull's reighn,when Rodman kicked that camera man in the groin and was suspended 10 games,the bulls needed a reliable rebounder,they didnt have one so Jordan took it upon himself,he even sacrificed scoring (somewhere in the low 20's i think bout a 7 or 8 ppg hit)and had multiple high double digit Rebounding games.So while the triple double is nice,I think if it is a stat that your top scorer has to come close to achieving for you to be successful your in trouble.Nice stat once in a while but your top guy shouldn't be trying for it. little bit rambling and i didnt bother to reread so ...  (Jul 7, 2007 | post #1026)

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Look for Isiah and Knicks to make some more moves

1st All defense isnt accurate , 2nd that's a stat thing, watching kobe play defense isn't watchin Payto or Pippen or even doug christie.Kobe Doesn't shut guys down. 3rd, adding kobe doesn't make them a contender,a playoff team yes, but not a contender. And lastly, Zach Randolph is a headcase who put up numbers on a bad team.call me mid season when he isn't the big player the knicks think they got. Oh and by the way Garnett 22.8 ppg 12.8 rpg Duncan 20.0 ppg 10.6 rpg Boozer 20.9 ppg 11.7 rpg Randolph 23.6 ppg 10.1 rpg lets include Randolphs 0.2 blocks per game just for fun.  (Jul 4, 2007 | post #16)

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Look for Isiah and Knicks to make some more moves

srry any trade for Kobe involves Curry.  (Jul 3, 2007 | post #12)

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Look for Isiah and Knicks to make some more moves

Saying Kobe Makes this team an automatic contender is a reach,and i don't think New York fans are going to be too excited when they get an extended look at randolph. Now that said,if they could put together a deal for Kobe that would of course be a good thing,and would become a great thing and maybe a championship thing if Bryant committed himself to playing defense and looked a little less at his own numbers.Kobe committed to playing a complete unselfish game would cement him as the best player in the NBA in my own Kobe-hating opinion. I guess if i were putting together a deal it would look something like this: Eddie Curry Jarred Jeffries Richrdson/Crawford (i dont like Crawford)/Collins 2 first round picks maybe 3 for Kobe Bryant. that's the best i could do and even still i dont think the Lakers come out winners.Ididn't see enough there for me to make a trade work. I may look at this later and have a different opinion but for now this is it.  (Jul 3, 2007 | post #11)

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What will Bulls do with Noc?

I don't know the bulls very well but i've noticed Nocioni, I'm sure they musta had someone else they could cut loose.I'd be disappointed if i were a bulls fan.I feel yur pain.  (Jul 3, 2007 | post #3)

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Billups re-signs with Pistons

They Needed to keep this guy,It's really the only way they were gonna be able to keep their steadily declining title of contender. Even so though i don't think these guys are much of a threat unless they can rid themselves of their own lofty opinion of themselves .  (Jul 3, 2007 | post #1)

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Vinsanity looming for Raps

Nets overpaid for hype, sure Vince can score,mostly when it doesn't matter, and he is still one of the most explosive players when he wants to be,and man can he make a highlight reel. But no team is going to win because of Vince Carter.Rather they'll win with a slightly fuller stadium.  (Jul 3, 2007 | post #152)

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With Europeans like Barac, team patient

P.S. I agree Larry is not shining in his role with the Pacers  (Jul 3, 2007 | post #12)

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With Europeans like Barac, team patient

Here's the thing though, no he wont help them now,but the pacers are not set up to win now, it's a risky but acceptable move by the Pacers,imo. Given the Kid is still maturing,20 years old. also he reportedly has a nice jumper. As for McRoberts, he is as slow footed if not slower than Barac, and has Little defensive presence(though a better J),Barac has average.(but barac is also 7'2" and is fundementally sound,which can make up some for the lack of quickness) I don't know if this guy is gonna pay off but I have more faith in him than McRoberts. Was it the wisest pick in this win now NBA,No,but at this pick it's not a bad one.  (Jul 3, 2007 | post #11)

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Newest draft pick and J.J. Redick on Orlando Magic's summ...

The guy should at least get a fair shake.But in limited action he looked undersized and overmatched on D,and it seemed to carry over to the offensive side of his game.Putting on 10-15 pounds would help.  (Jul 3, 2007 | post #4)

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Agent: Heat had its shot at Kapono

My Raptors overpaid but i think they have to to lure free agents over,either that or it's just another athlete overpaid,a plague thats afflicting all pro sports accept maybe,big maybe(only because roleplayers rarely get overpaid) the NFL,but even then.  (Jul 3, 2007 | post #17)

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Sources: Rashard Lewis will sign with the Orlando Magic -...

Rashard Lewis was only sometimes the best player on his own team, bad move by Orlando. This player is in no way a max contract player.  (Jul 3, 2007 | post #123)

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The Kobe Better Than Jordan Vs. Restarted

Kobe Bryant is among the best offensive players ever,very fundamental,and at the same time explosive, but Bryant also plays in a much more me first,far less physical, and much weaker defensive era in the NBA. To say he was better than Michael Jordan is debatable only in the offensive side of the game(and also those who use the weaker team thing in Kobe's favor,I think that is the reason he scores as much as he does,that and the fact that he"saves " energy on the defensive end).On the Defensive and fundamental aspects of the game only the fundamental is close. It took Jordan until his second comeback before he turned the ball over more than 4 times,I think that is an amazing stat as much as he handles the rock,but also indicative I believe of the era, I dont have the facts in front of me but I think if you cared to look you'd find that turnovers have increased markedly in the last 10 years or so,but even so I dont believe there are many players in the modern era who can boast anything similar.(i know there is more to the fundamental aspect than turnovers but im not writing a thesis here,i just think the turnover is often overlooked as a key to a successful player) I'm gonna keep this short so im just gonna say that defensively who are we trying to kid,this part of the vs. isn't even remotely close.I'm not saying it couldn't be,because certainly Kobe's athleticism and focus would allow him to become a great defender,but at this juncture the offense seems to be the thing for him. I guess bottom line i go with Kobe on offence but not by a lot, and Jordan by a landslide on D, fundamentally id give the edge also to Jordan. So do the math and you get my winner.  (Jul 1, 2007 | post #1)

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Is Kobe Bryant better than Michael Jordan?

Kobe Bryant is among the best offensive players ever,very fundamental,and at the same time explosive, but Bryant also plays in a much more me first,far less physical, and much weaker defensive era in the NBA. To say he was better than Michael Jordan is debatable only in the offensive side of the game(and also those who use the weaker team thing in Kobe's favor,I think that is the reason he scores as much as he does,that and the fact that he"saves " energy on the defensive end).On the Defensive and fundamental aspects of the game only the fundamental is close. It took Jordan until his second comeback before he turned the ball over more than 4 times,I think that is an amazing stat as much as he handles the rock,but also indicative I believe of the era, I dont have the facts in front of me but I think if you cared to look you'd find that turnovers have increased markedly in the last 10 years or so,but even so I dont believe there are many players in the modern era who can boast anything similar.(i know there is more to the fundamental aspect than turnovers but im not writing a thesis here,i just think the turnover is often overlooked as a key to a successful player) I'm gonna keep this short so im just gonna say that defensively who are we trying to kid,this part of the vs. isn't even remotely close.I'm not saying it couldn't be,because certainly Kobe's athleticism and focus would allow him to become a great defender,but at this juncture the offense seems to be the thing for him. I guess bottom line i go with Kobe on offence but not by a lot, and Jordan by a landslide on D, fundamentally id give the edge also to Jordan. So do the math and you get my winner.  (Jul 1, 2007 | post #984)