Sunday , May , 09 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

21st edition – 05/09/2004

Man… talk about torture. Even though I knew the Spurs would most likely win the series, it’s still been EXTREMELY difficult to watch the demise of my beloved Lakers. Especially the manner in which it’s been done. I didn’t think it would be this easy. The way they’re getting handled reminds me of the first time I reached Iron Mike on “Mike Tyson’s Punch Out,” massacre. The Lakers look old, slow, and disturbingly uninterested in competing. But that’s a topic for their impending eulogy.

21st edition - 05/09/2004

What I would like to discuss is Gary Payton.  What’s his deal?  I mean when he decided to come to L.A., was he not aware that he was joining the Lakers and not the Clippers?  Did he think the team would abandon the triangle offense just to suit his game?  Didn’t he say that he knew the Lakers are Shaq and Kobe‘s team and that he was just going to fit in?  Wasn’t he supposed to sacrifice his ego for a chance to win the Glory?  As a matter of fact, HE DID!  So why the change of heart at such a critical juncture of the season?


 


Following Game One’s loss, he made a comment about what he used to do in Seattle?  Well, this ain’t Seattle!  Besides, I don’t recall him winning any titles playing the way he played for the Sonics, a team WHO TRADED HIM!  I mean for the love, be a professional.  Do what your nine-time NBA champion coach asks of you, especially since he’s been demanding the same thing for the past six months.  Jeez Louise!  Payton whines more than Tracy McGrady.  Besides, who in their right mind thinks he should have the ball more than Shaq or Kobe?  And what’s up with his ole’ defense?  I know Tony Parker is quick, but come on?  It looks like Payton isn’t even trying to guard the guy.  Dare I say sabotage?  Or maybe washed up crybaby would be more appropriate.    


 


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I’m down with Kevin Garnett, I think he’s a great player, but it hasn’t been his best last few days.  First he hits a dude in the family jewels, second he predicted that Game 5 against the Nuggets would be “…a complete riot…” (How surdiculous was that?), and finally he laid an egg in Game 1 against the Kings after receiving the Most Valuable Player Award (well deserved I might add).  I don’t know, but maybe he was a little too excited about getting out of the first round to understand that the picture is a lot bigger than that.  And wasn’t it funny how a number one seed was talking SO MUCH ISH with the lowly eighth seed?  And to think some people actually believe the T-Wolves are going to win the Glory.


 


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Congratulations to the New Jersey Nets for their dubious accomplishment the other day.  56 points… the entire game… incredible.  I can’t think of a team who deserves such an honor more than them.  “The Curse of Byron Scott” lives on!


 


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It’s the second round, and I’m still not feelin’ the playoffs like I should.  I’m just watching because it’s basketball.  So far, the entire post season is a bust.  I hope the commissioner is reading this, because this current playoff format (long first round and an exorbitant amount days between games) needs to be addressed.


 


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Oh, and we can include that WNBA commercial where the players are trying to look sexy in that LAME category I talked about last time.


 


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Does Dr. J’s lobbying for the Raptors’ general manager job reek of desperation to anyone else besides me?


 


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After Doug Christie made that huge shot in that Game 1 win against the T-Wolves, a friend of mine was so shocked, he thought the sky was falling.  I wouldn’t be telling you this story if the moon didn’t hit me on my back!


 


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Terry Stotts and Tim Floyd are the latest coaches to get Donald Trumped.


 


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Thank goodness for TNT’s “Inside The NBA.”


 


 


 


After awhile.