Sunday , May , 23 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

22nd edition – 05/22/2004

Hip Hip Hooray! Hip Hip Hooray! Hip Hip Hooray!!!


The Nets are dead… dead, dead, dead! If I sound a little too excited about the their UGLY demise in Game 7 against the Pistons, well, it’s because I am. Those blasted turncoats. Let this be a lesson to all teams who think quitting on their coach will lead to a prosperous future. Think again. I hope Byron Scott’s enjoying this as much as I am. I mean Jason Kidd was held scoreless the entire game. How funny was that? Scott took the high road by predicting that New Jersey would win the series, but I can’t believe he really wanted that to happen. What they did to him was so unfair he has to be bitter. I mean I would be. As a matter of fact, I still am. After leading a team to the NBA Finals for two consecutive years, one would think the organization would display a great deal of gratitude. Instead, they hung him out to dry by not offering him a new contract and subsequently fired him. Jason Kidd and his Merry Men orchestrated the entire ordeal. Their DISGUSTING tank job (specifically that 47 point defeat to the Grizzlies) earlier in the season sealed Scott’s fate. Well, I’m thinking the results of their actions didn’t end there. Your time has come Nets…have a great summer.



22nd edition - 05/22/2004

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Prior to the Lakers/Spurs series, my brain said Spurs, but my heart said Lakers (loyalty). However after the first 2 games, you could say that my Hope Tank was almost on E. As you can imagine, it’s quite full now… thanks to Derek Fisher.


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Now we see why John Stockton took all the big shots in Utah. Will Karl Malone ever hit a clutch shot? He was killin’ me in Game 5 against the Spurs.


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Oh, and now that Pistons have advanced to face the Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals, don’t think that I’m not rooting for Rick Carlisle to get his comeuppance against the team that gave him the SHAFT last season.


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Chris Webber earned my respect back after his performance throughout the Kings’ playoff run. At best he was at 70% health wise, and he still gave an all out effort for the benefit of his team. For a brief moment, I thought his last second shot in Game 7 against the Wolves was money, but as the ball spun out I remembered that he doesn’t exactly have the best karma.


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Speaking of the Kings, I guess folks can put that SURDICULOUS theory that Peja Stojakovic is the next Larry Bird to bed.


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First Kevin Garnett predicts that Game 5 against the Nuggets would be a “riot,” then he equates Game 7 against the Kings to a “war” and he’d have all of his weapons loaded and ready. I don’t know about y’all, but I’m looking forward to the next WILD thing he says.


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As the saying goes, “The playoffs are where legends are made.” So I guess we can say that Dwyane Wade is off to a good start. However Stan Van Gundy may disagree since Wade WASN’T in the game for the final ten seconds against the Pacers. Unbelievable!


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I could be wrong, but I’m thinking that Robert Horry is probably second guessing his decision to leave the Lakers right about now. Nevertheless, it had to be difficult for him to play against the team he was a part of for six years.


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I’m glad to see that the commissioner read my last piece and decided to change the playoff format next season. Unfortunately, he didn’t take my advice and go back to the five game first round, but at least we won’t have to wait THREE WEEKS between games anymore. Crazy.


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What did Mike Montgomery do during his tenure at Stanford to allow the Warriors’ brass to believe he could coach an NBA team? I ask this because I haven’t figured it out yet.


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Can Diana Taurasi really save the WNBA?


Peace out.