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Old 06-26-2008, 04:29 PM   #21 (permalink)
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if Sam wants to keep his job this year he better get the team to play some defence
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Old 06-26-2008, 04:29 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Huh ... I guess I'm in the minority then. I actually like JVG and thinks he's pretty witty with his colour commentary during games.

Looking forward to him eventually coaching the Raptors at some point next season too.
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Old 06-26-2008, 04:44 PM   #23 (permalink)
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JVG is a great commentator, he`s a lot better than Mark Jackson.


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Old 06-26-2008, 05:25 PM   #24 (permalink)
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jeff van cunty is an idiot and the WORST color man maybe EVER!!! We may or may not be that high up... we won't be better than the wizards if they're healthy and if you think the cavs will stand still, you're mistaken. A lot is going to be determined by this summer and what ELSE BC can do... but a great start nonetheless!
I don't know if the wizards will be the same team next year since Gilbert Arenas already said hes going to test free agency this year and Anton Jameson is a free agent too
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/s...2008freeagents
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Old 06-26-2008, 05:29 PM   #25 (permalink)
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his voice is shrill and he's a moron. I swear to god I don't know who's worse between him, breen and jackson? Such inane chatter, I never thought I'd pray for leo, but he's even better than that!

I can't believe you DR J!?! I'm disappointed!
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Old 06-26-2008, 05:31 PM   #26 (permalink)
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I don't know if the wizards will be the same team next year since Gilbert Arenas already said hes going to test free agency this year and Anton Jameson is a free agent too
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/s...2008freeagents
Welcome to RF FarSight.

That's still to be determined regarding both Antawn and Gilbert. If the Wiz can re-sign Antawn then its pretty much a given that Arenas will remain in Washington. If not, then its a crapshoot as to where both end up.
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Old 06-26-2008, 05:31 PM   #27 (permalink)
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I can't believe you DR J!?! I'm disappointed!
You're not the first.
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Old 06-26-2008, 05:35 PM   #28 (permalink)
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I was saying this all last season. They're damn good when they play as a team and this season im sure they'll be ever better.
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Old 06-26-2008, 05:49 PM   #29 (permalink)
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I like jeff van gundy too Doc, BTW wheres bargs?
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Old 06-26-2008, 05:53 PM   #30 (permalink)
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I like jeff van gundy too Doc, BTW wheres bargs?
Bet's over. It's been close to 2 weeks.
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Old 06-26-2008, 05:55 PM   #31 (permalink)
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if Sam wants to keep his job this year he better get the team to play some defence
I think there is absolutely no chance that Colangelo gets fired. The playoffs two years in a row, his only two years in Toronto, isn't bad to say the least.
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Old 06-26-2008, 06:04 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Huh ... I guess I'm in the minority then. I actually like JVG and thinks he's pretty witty with his colour commentary during games.

Looking forward to him eventually coaching the Raptors at some point next season too.
I agree. He has more insight into the game than almost any other analyst out there. Who cares about his voice, the guy knows NBA ball. I actually think that JVG-Jackson-Breen combo is one of the best the NBA has had in years.

Bill Simmons wrote a great piece about this a while ago:

http://http://sports.espn.go.com/esp...simmons/080305

Q: Wait, you're criticizing me? We're giving you the best three-man booth for a basketball game in three decades and you're taking shots at me? You're an ungrateful ^#%@%!%.
--J. Van Gundy, Houston

SG: You're right, that was a bad job by me. And you're right, Mike Breen-Mark Jackson-Van Gundy is the greatest three-man basketball booth since Dick Enberg, Al McGuire and a pre-curmudgeon Billy Packer. Their performance during the Mavs-Lakers game was simply remarkable, highlighted by Van Gundy mentioning before Odom's second key free throw in the Mavs game that Kobe Bryant was one of the best free-throw rebounders in the league and he wouldn't have an inexperienced guy like Brandon Bass boxing him out …and even as the words were hanging in the air, Kobe put 17 different fakes on Bass and grabbed the rebound. Even better, Van Gundy didn't ram the moment in our faces, and within a few seconds, Jackson was making "even a broken clock is right twice a day" jokes while Breen played the straight man. This was the defining sequence for a team that's every bit as good as TNT's "Inside the NBA" studio team.


These three have developed some excellent chemistry on the air.
Three notable things here. First, I never imagined (and neither did you) that Van Gundy would be this good and this funny as a lead network TV analyst; I remember enjoying him on TNT during his earlier stint, never thinking he would become the best in the business. Now you could argue that he's the single best guy for any sport, college or pro (in fact, I just did), and his give-and-take with Jackson and Breen proves once again that sports announcing is about chemistry and not just throwing two or three big names together and hoping they click. Second, I can't believe that the greatest NBA three-man booth ever doesn't have Marv Albert on it; for whatever reason, he's never had the best possible partners at the same time. On the other hand, even Marv would admit that Breen is the best possible fit for this particular crew, as well as the most underrated play-by-play guy in any sport. (I've written this before, but his performance during Game 4 of the Nets-Celtics series, when Boston came back from 27, remains one of the all-time classic play-by-play jobs.) And third… ...

Actually, this deserves its own paragraph: After watching the Breen-Jax-JVG team a few times, I'm more convinced than ever that every No. 1 announcing team should have at least one analyst who recently coached or played. (We'll define "recently" as "within the last 4-5 years.") Some of Van Gundy's points and predictions -- like what happened with the aforementioned Kobe play, for example -- are things that someone couldn't know unless he recently played or coached. You're just not going to learn things like "Kobe is the best rebounder in the league off missed free throws" from someone who's been out of the league for 20 years, shows up 24 hours before the game and gets his tidbits from talking to the coaches on both teams. You're not. Ideally, the perfect three-man team would have a quality announcer, a personality who's been out of the game for a few years but still does homework and watches tapes (like Jackson, Ron Jaworski or Kenny Smith), and then, a former player or coach who left the league within the last four years … and then, after you have all of those things, you still have to cross your fingers and hope they click and have the right blend of humor, intelligence and chemistry. And you wondered why it's only happened twice in basketball.
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Old 06-26-2008, 06:24 PM   #33 (permalink)
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How can you possibly think they are better than ANY team on TNT? Swirsky and Jack are better!

INANE CHATTER & BULLSHIT from those three!!! Talking about barber shops during the nba finals for 5minutes? Thats your example of a good broadcast team?

More importantly...
Who cares about a voice for a broadcaster!?!? ummmm... everyone!? It's pretty important!
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Old 06-26-2008, 06:27 PM   #34 (permalink)
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JVG is awesome.

Very funny and and very insightful.
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Old 06-27-2008, 12:38 AM   #35 (permalink)
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I hope you all noticed how great Van Gundy was tonight on the draft coverage.
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Old 06-27-2008, 01:05 AM   #36 (permalink)
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what I noticed is what great looking he was ... I couldn't recognize him at first, if not for his specific voice. I guess the life of a coach really does take its toll - he looks now like a real human being, and not like a member of the Adams family ...
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Old 06-27-2008, 05:18 AM   #37 (permalink)
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We are very weak at the wing right now, even assuming that Parker stays. Graham is a write-off, Delfino is highly questionable to return and Moon-Kapono-Parker 2-3 rotation doesn't inspire me one bit. We also need to get a capable backup PG for 12-15 minutes of every game.

thankyou, exactly why my hopes aren't up one bit.
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Old 08-20-2012, 02:28 AM   #38 (permalink)
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tht was the worst prediction ever
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Old 08-20-2012, 07:04 AM   #39 (permalink)
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Isn't there a policy against bumping old threads? Lately it is geting out of control. All those exciting but misleading titles and the dissapointment when you see the first post's date...
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Old 08-20-2012, 12:43 PM   #40 (permalink)
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Ya, WTF man? Why bump this. Everyone knows how this ended. If your going to bump something old, make sure its interesting.
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