TopOfTheThread – it starts here…

Sports, shopping, college, politics, life, and more…

Posts Tagged ‘lakers’

Someone is going to die in the name of professional sports. (Metta World Peace)

Posted by TopOfTheThread on April 23, 2012

What is it going to take? Someone is going to die in the name of professional sports.  Did you see the elbow Metta World Peace (Ron Artest) threw at James Harden! He could have killed him!

There was a movie many years ago, called The Deadliest Season.  In that movie a hockey player killed another player…. Here’s a summary:

Gerry Miller, a professional hockey player, gives in to internal and outside pressures and adopts a more aggressive style on the ice. During one particularly violent game a player on an opposing team dies, and the authorities charge Miller with manslaughter.

 And the viciousness of today’s sports are putting us right on the cusp of a death occurring during a sporting event.

* * * *

Suspend Mr. Peace (ironic huh?) for the remainder of 20112 – 2012 season and the entire 2012 -2013 NBA season.  

File assault charges against Metta World Peace.

* * *

 Here are some violent sports videos.

(a)     Yesterday: Metta World Peace (Ron Artest) assaulting James Harden during an NBA game.
(b)    1977: Kermit Washington hitting Rudy T during an NBA game.
(c)     Dale Hunter hitting Pierre Turgeon during an NHL game.

(a)  and (c) are very similar in that they were both after a score and the other person had no way of knowing they were about to be the target of an assault.   Please take a look at the videos below.

*

*

Advertisements

Posted in sports, Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

2008 NBA Finals – Celtics v. Lakers – No contest

Posted by TopOfTheThread on June 5, 2008

* It is now the 1st quarter of game #1 of the NBA Finals. Boston leads LA 19 – 14. *

***************************Kobe Bryan NBA Lakers star

Nothing magical or shocking here…

For the Lakers to win, they need Bryant, Odom, and Gasol to take it to the hoop at every opportunity. The 3 are talented and too long for the Celtics. When the opportunity arises, they should kick it out to Derek Fisher. This strategy will get Garnett (et al) in foul trouble and put the Lakers on the line.

For the Celtics to win, Garnett and Pierce need to take it hard to the hoop. Ray Allen needs to hit his j’s (which he finally hit his shots in game #7 of the Pistons series.) Rondo needs to continue to play like a top tier point guard.

What will happen? No contest. The Lakers will handily win the series. Some of the games will be close but the Lakers will win the series 4 games to 1.

What would have happened if the Spurs had beat the Lakers in the western conference finals? The Spurs would have beaten the Celtics 4 games to 2.

Sorry Celtics. Congratulations on a good year.

(photo images.businessweek.com)

add to del.icio.us :: Add to Blinkslist :: add to furl :: Digg it :: add to ma.gnolia :: Stumble It! :: add to simpy :: seed the vine :: :: :: TailRank :: post to facebook

Posted in sports, Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

When being selfish is being a team player; Paul Pierce, Kobe Bryant, Sydney Crosby

Posted by TopOfTheThread on May 28, 2008

This is an open an open letter to star players Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics, NBA), Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers, NBA), and Sydney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins, NHL).

****************
Dear Paul, Kobe, and Sydney,Paul Pierce Boston Celtics NBA

You need to be more selfish, be leaders, and take responsibility for your team’s success.

You cannot be passive and polite. This is not the time to share the ball – Make the extra pass – And worry about being a team player. By being selfish, you are being a better teammate.

When you drive to the hoop (or net), you are opening up the court (ice) for your teammates. When you take the extra shot, even if it is a little forced, you are helping your team. I am not telling you to take ridiculous shots, just shots that may be borderline.

These types of plays make it easier on your teammates. The players covering your teammates are forced to “cheat” and “help out” on you. Their defenders cannot focus on them 100%. This gives Kobe Bryant NBA Lakers Basketballyour teammates that edge they need to make significant contributions.

Paul: In game 7 of the Boston-Cleveland series, you took control (23 shots), took it to the hole, and made the Celtics a better team. You didn’t stand around being polite waiting for Garnett or Allen to shoot. You took control, and let your teammates benefit from your effort. And you won the game and series. Good work. Do it more often.

Kobe:
Don’t do what you did earlier this week in game 4. What’s the deal with strolling around the court in the first half not taking shots? 4 points in the first half and then 26 in the second half. The passiveness did nothing to help the cause. You ended up wining the game… barely. You would have been a better teammate if you were proactive , a leader, and a little selfish the entire game.

Sydney: Will you just take the puck to the net? I am now watching game 3 against the Red Wings. You had the puck on the left side. You had a path to the net and you passed it back across the circle. It wasSydney Crosby Penguins NHL Hockey intercepted. Please take it to the net and let your teammates deal with the rebounds! (You’re down 0-2. You better do it soon.)

Good luck guys. You’re being paid the big bucks to be selfish.

Please reread this letter before your next game. You will be glad you did.

Sincerely,

A Passionate Fan

*********************

(photo i.a.cnn.net, images.businessweek.com, asapblogs.typepad.com)

Posted in sports, Uncategorized | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »