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Bobcats' D shows up, but offense still has holes
Game Time: Bobcats 104, Pacers 88I'm sure that Larry Brown thoroughly enjoyed snapping his team's seven-game losing streak with such an easy win. The Bobcats' energy at both ends of the court certainly was a factor, but the visiting Pacers were listless from the get-go content to hoist up long-range jumpers and mostly reluctant to drive the ball into the paint.
Straight shootingSometimes he calls himself Agent Zero, and sometimes it's Hibachi but you know who he is. Gilbert Arenas, the not-so-super hero with the not-so-secret identities. Obviously, the dude is confused about his self-identity, on the court and most likely off the court. Should he concentrate on passing? Or on shooting? Does he want his eggs scrambled? Or soft-boiled? How about a big-cheese omelet?
Vox PopuliWe all know the upsides of the great players Jordan's tenacity, Magic's versatility, Bird's clutch play, Wilt's otherworldly point-making, Russell's defensive genius, et cetera. Could you give us some idea of the downside of these guys? Please include the likes of Olajuwon, Ewing, David Robinson, Barkley, Malone, and Stockton in your analysis. Thanks. Johannes Suhendra, West Java, Indonesia After overcoming his tendency to dominate the ball and force shots, MJ really didn't have any weaknesses except for being nasty to any teammates who didn't perform up to his expectations. Out of necessity as Jordan's career progressed, he'd often have to pick his spots to play top-notch defense, but this was both understandable and excusable. If pressed, I'd say that his 3-point shooting was often inconsistent indeed, of all his offensive options, opponents wanted him to take as many perimeter shots as he desired. Even if he shot a high percentage from out there, he'd be kept off the foul line, and his teammates would be excluded from the offense. Late in his career, Magic developed a one-handed push shot but he never was a reliable outside shooter. Also, throughout his career, he was a subpar defender.
Bird wasn't especially quick, fast, or strong. Moreover, if he was an excellent team-defender, Bird had difficulty defending when put in iso situations. Bill Russell couldn't shoot anything except layups, dunks, and lefty hooks. Occasionally, he'd knock down a 15-foot jumper, and sometimes he converted a free-throw (56.1 percent for his career) but Russ was the perfect role player on 11 championship teams. Wilt couldn't make free throws, was stubborn, and was often intimidated by the demonstrable courage of his opponents. By Russell, for example, and infamously by Willis Reed in the seventh game of the 1973 championship series. The only flaws in Olajuwon's game his lack of overpowering strength, and a tendency to handle the ball loosely while on the move. For his career, he averaged 2.5 assists and 2.97 turnovers. Ewing played little defense, was reluctant to pass, and was a big-time choker. Robinson was all finesse, had limited offensive moves with his back to the basket (depending almost exclusively on an up-fake to create space for his shots), and many opposing coaches and players considered him to be too soft. Barkley was rarely in shape, had limited shooting range (26.6 percent from beyond the arc), often dribbled the ball to death before making some kind of attack-move, was essentially a good defender but was reluctant to risk picking up fouls, and (with Houston) was a back-biter in the locker room. Malone was a vastly overrated defender who lost too many gambles. He wasn't particularly adroit passing out of heavy traffic. But, above all, he seldom delivered the mail in clutch situations. Stockton's only discernable weakness was his lack of jet-speed. Otherwise, there were no holes in his game. Now, all you bloggers, don't get your keyboards in an uproar. I'm only answering the question.