While I agree there's a theoretical difference between being dirty and being a tough competitor, there's a fair amount of overlap. A dirty player is often merely a tough competitor if you happen to be lucky enough to have one on your squad.
In other Battier news, how about his characterization of LBJ:
"He is a global icon, a basket-ball monolith, the most prevalent and recognizable athlete of our generation," says Battier. "And he's one of a kind, because he's the first to rise to prominence in the Information Age, which is why he's such a fascinating sociological observation. He's accountable every single day for every single thing, from how he plays to what he tweets to what he says in the pre- and the postgame interviews. He has a camera and a microphone on him wherever he goes, and then when he [goes out to] dinner, there's a camera phone on him. This is what he signed up for. There is a price to pay. He understands that. But I don't think a lot of guys could handle it."
Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/201...#ixzz1t57wMxAE
JJ lighting it up tonight against the Bobcats--16 first half points with 4/5 from beyond the arc.
Just be you. You is enough. - K, 4/5/10, 0:13.8 to play, 60-59 Duke.
You're all jealous hypocrites. - Titus on Laettner
You see those guys? Animals. They're animals. - SIU Coach Chris Lowery, on Duke
JJ finishes with 31 (6/10 from three point range)- a new career high- as the depleted Magic managed to hold off the inept Bobcats and secure the 6th seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things. - Winston Churchill
President of the "Nolan Smith Should Have His Jersey in The Rafters" Club
Are you sure they're that good?Of course, playing the Bobcats is like playing against college competition again.
Does anyone in North Carolina get the Bobcats on their FOXsports affiliate? I have Fox Sports South but the games are NEVER televised despite it being scheduled programming. I assumed they blacked out all local games, but EVEN AWAY GAMES are not shown -- they usually just replay crap. I'm in mountains...
oh and I have Charter...so no issues with the DirectTV/Dish.
Wow! Lance logged the most minutes of anyone on either team last night, with 46 in a loss to Houston. He totalled 11 points, 8 boards, 2 blocks, 1 steal...and in all that time only picked up 3 fouls. Sweet.
Gerald and Nolan also had very nice nights -- G 21pts in a loss as Charlotte became the worst basketball team in history. Nolan had 16 and 7. Boozer had 9 pts in just 14 minutes in a win over the Cavs.
NBA Playoff Matchups!
In the East the #1 Bulls (Deng & Boozer) take on the #8 76ers (Brand). Starts Saturday at 1.
--the #2 Heat (Battier) take on the #7 Knicks. Saturday at 3:30.
--the #3 Pacers (Jones) take on the #6 Orlando (Redick and Duhon). Saturday at 7.
In the West the #3 Lakers (McRoberts) take on the #6 Denver Nuggets. Sunday at 3:30.
... and aren't OK City and Boston owners from Duke?
... and two Duke parents are head coaches (Rivers and Collins).
I feel like JJ could win 6th man of the year if he played with a contender. Playing for the Magic with garbage Nelson at point is hindering him from reaching Jason Terry like numbers and big shots. Magic are a dysfunctional bunch for sure, but JJ is exceeding expectations and continues to hit (duke)buckets!
PS - 1st post
Speaking of Blue Devils in the NBA...
Here's some old video I found the other day in my VHS collection.
Hurley and the gang turn it on big time midway through the game.
I still say that 1992 team was the best team ever.
They never lost when healthy.
One thing is for sure, JJ has proven all the doubters wrong.