Another thing I would say about the Pierce comparison is that Anthony--and any young star, really--will be hard pressed to extend his prime as long as Pierce has. He turns 35 later this year, and if he is slowing down, it is only by a little. You could make the argument that his 2010-11 campaign was the best season of his career. It hasn't just been that Pierce got a better team around him and came up big in the playoffs. He has proven durable and highly productive into his mid-30s, which is no mean feat.
I was also thinking of the Alex English comparison for Carmelo and was also thinking of the other great scorers of that era that were not able to lead their teams far in the playoffs, including Adrian Dantley, Dominique Wilkins and Mark Aguirre. I think I would put Carmelo ahead of all of them except Dominique at this point and think he deserves credit for his very solid play for the national team.
“Those two kids, they’re champions,” Krzyzewski said of his senior leaders. “They’re trying to teach the other kids how to become that, and it’s a long road to become that.”
Sort of on topic, Battier had zero points, zero rebounds and zero assists in Game 3 against the Knicks. But his teammates gave him the game ball for his defense on Anthony.
LOL...Redick and Hansbrough just got into a 'skirmish'. Both parties should have received technicals but they only gave one to Redick.
Time for Big Baby to "accidentally" set him straight.
Heckuva response by JJ, though. 3-4 assists and a floater since then, spearheading a 10-0 run.
ETA: Oh well, that's probably game there. Paul George with some big time shots.
Redick with a game tying 3.
JJ!!! With the game tying three, 38 seconds left.
What a quarter for him.
Horrible shot by Jameer at the end.
OT it is.
Orlando's had nothing in OT so far. JJ's missed two open jumpers he usually makes; his shot's been off all day.
Cool to see him essentially playing halfcourt PG in most of their sets down the stretch, though. He's been very effective in the pick and roll with Davis.
I'm still not a fan of Davis.
Jameer Nelson is in with some bad bookies, apparently. Inexplicably stupid play there.
I don't know who has been watching the Bulls the last couple of games, but the officiating has been awful. Deng gets hammered driving to hoop and falls on his injury wrist, no call. Boozer gets a phantom call on a late whistle the play before. Boozer must have a bad reputation with the refs because he gets more late whistles on him than anyone I have seen. last game I noticed a bad blocking charge call and a bogus defensive foul in the second half.
Baron Davis went down with a horrible knee injury. You could tell its bad -- players didnt want to look at his knee. Needed a stretcher. New York and Miami are locking in a 2pt game in the 4th Q.
Davis dislocated his patella... It looked horrible in slow motion
Well, the last two games have been more like it defensively for the Bulls (79 and 89 points allowed). But the offense has disappeared. Without Rose and Noah it's looking more likely that they won't make it past round 1. What a disappointment. I was really looking forward to a probable Heat/Bulls Conference Final. Now, I just have to hope that Rose can make it back to full strength by next year's playoffs. The Bulls will probably not have homecourt advantage in the first round if they make the playoffs next year.