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Old 08-25-2008, 01:02 PM   #101
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Kobe has Paul Gasol (pretty good player);

Melo has Iverson;

James has Mo Williams (what a great trade by Cleveland) and Z;

Wade has Shawn Marion;

Being a Cleveland fan, I don't know as much about the supporting cast for Melo/Wade/Kobe...but those are some pretty talented players with some pretty talented players surrounding them. I don't know that the Lakers (Lost in the NBA Finals) the Cavaliers (Took the NBA Champs to 7 games in the EC Finals), the Nuggets (playing in a very talented West) are crappy teams. Miami is hard to read because Wade has been hurt, but I wouldn't be surprised to see them make a playoff push this season with a healthy "Flash" back.
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Old 08-26-2008, 02:10 PM   #102
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Coach K gets credit for getting a team full of prima donna's to actually play team ball...it certainly didn't hurt that they all made a 3 year commit and played some international style b-ball together during that time.
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Old 08-26-2008, 02:28 PM   #103
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Amongst the biggest names (Kobe, Wade, Melo and LBJ), I would probably call Kobe the only real Prima Donna.

James, in particular, has been known for trying to bring his teammates into the fold in NBA games. He is a superstar, but he seems like a genuine team guy. I haven't seen much of Wade lately (mostly due to his injury) but I had the same impression of him. Melo has always been a bit of an enigma, but I've always had the impression that he's a super-roleplayer as opposed to a super star.

Still, this team doesn't do nearly as well (and doesn't likely win the Gold) with most other coaches.
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marion only had a 1 yr deal i think when he joined the heat.. and when he did join the heat he didn't play very well... lebron has no one to play w/ but a bunch of avg players.. maybe maybe mo can change that but will have to wait and see... the only reason the nuggets are good and win is b/c melo and A.I score like 35 points a peice..
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I'm not knocking these guys...they play their game in the NBA the way the NBA is played. But the NBA game is about big names taking over, but how do you do that when the whole team is filled with big names? Allen Iverson tossing up his obligatory 50 shots a game so he scores 32 comes to mind. He was a bad fit...

But that's why we lost in '04.
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this 08 team was phenomanal in play... and i can see the same team in 4 yrs w/ the minus off prince and kidd.. but u can add amare and durant.. :O
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