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  • #31
    Re: Pierce Being Shopped

    Originally posted by Shade
    Paul Pierce has had quite the attitude problem over the years. Though not quite as bad as Ron, let's not make PP out to be a saint here. He would drive the anti-Artest ppl just as crazy with his antics.
    Thats the overstatement of the year.

    Paul Pierce actually plays an entire season without getting suspended, believe it or not.

    "Anti-Artest" people are upset mostly because Ron does things to get suspended. That's something Pierce simply does not do.

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    • #32
      Re: Pierce Being Shopped

      Btw, if we got rid of all the Pacers with "attitude problems," we would be left with:

      C - Pollard/Harrison/Edwards
      PF - Foster/Croshere
      SF - JJones/Bender
      SG - FJones
      PG - Johnson/Gill

      So, IOW, let's jettison off our Top 4 players for "nice guys" and change our name to the Indiana Saints. After all, we're getting a new logo and jerseys anyway...

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      • #33
        Re: Pierce Being Shopped

        Originally posted by PacerFanAdam
        Shaquille O'Neal
        Tim Duncan
        Kevin Garnett
        Dirk Nowitzki
        Allen Iverson
        Kobe Bryant
        Tracy McGrady
        healthy Jason Kidd
        Dwayne Wade
        Lebron James
        Ray Allen
        healthy Jermaine
        Steve Nash
        Amare
        Marion

        Those 15 players are EASILY better overall players than Ron Artest. If you took Ron over any of them, you'd be crazy.
        I'd agree with most of that.

        Nowitski's amazing, but I don't see him ever putting a team in the Finals. I don't think we'll see a fully healthy J-Kidd again. Jermaine/Artest healthy and sane are nearly a wash to me.

        And Marion, well, uh ... that's probably the one I disagree with the most. Great rebounder, but the offensive arsenal is rough and I've always thought he's an overrated defender in a team D concept.

        Just a little devil's advocate.

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        • #34
          Re: Pierce Being Shopped

          Originally posted by PacerFanAdam
          Thats the overstatement of the year.

          Paul Pierce actually plays an entire season without getting suspended, believe it or not.

          "Anti-Artest" people are upset mostly because Ron does things to get suspended. That's something Pierce simply does not do.
          Paul Pierce is Kobe Bryant with less talent.

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          • #35
            Re: Pierce Being Shopped

            Originally posted by Shade
            Btw, if we got rid of all the Pacers with "attitude problems," we would be left with:

            C - Pollard/Harrison/Edwards
            PF - Foster/Croshere
            SF - JJones/Bender
            SG - FJones
            PG - Johnson/Gill

            So, IOW, let's jettison off our Top 4 players for "nice guys" and change our name to the Indiana Saints. After all, we're getting a new logo and jerseys anyway...

            Alot of players in the NBA have attitude problems

            Very few get suspended every season (Ron was suspended many times in 02-03, a game in the 04 playoffs, and of course this year).

            No players get suspended the entire year........except Ron.

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            • #36
              Re: Pierce Being Shopped

              Originally posted by PacerFanAdam
              Shaquille O'Neal
              Tim Duncan
              Kevin Garnett
              Dirk Nowitzki
              Allen Iverson
              Kobe Bryant
              Tracy McGrady
              healthy Jason Kidd
              Dwayne Wade
              Lebron James
              Ray Allen
              healthy Jermaine
              Steve Nash
              Amare
              Marion

              Those 15 players are EASILY better overall players than Ron Artest. If you took Ron over any of them, you'd be crazy.
              Easily?

              Shaquille O'Neal
              Tim Duncan
              Kevin Garnett
              healthy Jason Kidd
              Dwayne Wade
              Steve Nash
              Amare

              I'll give you those, and only Amare based on his recent offensive prowess against the Spurs. Though Amare's defense was still lacking for the most part, and his offense would probably be considerably less on a team like the Pacers, who emphasize defense over offense.

              The other players, Ron is near or at the level of.

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              • #37
                Re: Pierce Being Shopped

                Originally posted by Kraft
                I'd agree with most of that.

                Nowitski's amazing, but I don't see him ever putting a team in the Finals. I don't think we'll see a fully healthy J-Kidd again. Jermaine/Artest healthy and sane are nearly a wash to me.

                And Marion, well, uh ... that's probably the one I disagree with the most. Great rebounder, but the offensive arsenal is rough and I've always thought he's an overrated defender in a team D concept.

                Just a little devil's advocate.

                I personally think that Shawn Marion is one of the most underrated players in the league.

                I agree, I dont think Dirk will ever lead a team to the finals, but neither will Artest. Nowitzki is superior to Artest, and that was the purpose of the list, to name 15 players better than Ron.

                If you dont want the Matrix on the list, I'm sure you could sub in another player. You could put in Elton Brand(underrated) or a healthy Chris Webber.

                I'd easily put the Vince Carter we saw in NJ this year on that list.

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                • #38
                  Re: Pierce Being Shopped

                  Originally posted by PacerFanAdam
                  Alot of players in the NBA have attitude problems

                  Very few get suspended every season (Ron was suspended many times in 02-03, a game in the 04 playoffs, and of course this year).

                  No players get suspended the entire year........except Ron.
                  Ron's suspension wasn't exactly fair. Other players have gotten considerably less punishment for worse behavior.

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                  • #39
                    Re: Pierce Being Shopped

                    A continually healthy Grant Hill and Andrei Kirilenko are also in there, I'd say.

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                    • #40
                      Re: Pierce Being Shopped

                      Originally posted by Shade
                      Easily?

                      Shaquille O'Neal
                      Tim Duncan
                      Kevin Garnett
                      healthy Jason Kidd
                      Dwayne Wade
                      Steve Nash
                      Amare

                      I'll give you those, and only Amare based on his recent offensive prowess against the Spurs. Though Amare's defense was still lacking for the most part, and his offense would probably be considerably less on a team like the Pacers, who emphasize defense over offense.

                      The other players, Ron is near or at the level of.
                      Come on, like them or not, Kobe and Tmac are amazing basketball players. Ron is not on their level.

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                      • #41
                        Re: Pierce Being Shopped

                        Originally posted by Shade
                        Ron's suspension wasn't exactly fair. Other players have gotten considerably less punishment for worse behavior.

                        We could debate that all day.

                        The bottom line is, he was suspended the entire season. At the end of the day, that's all that mattered.

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                        • #42
                          Re: Pierce Being Shopped

                          Originally posted by PacerFanAdam
                          Alot of players in the NBA have attitude problems

                          Very few get suspended every season (Ron was suspended many times in 02-03, a game in the 04 playoffs, and of course this year).

                          No players get suspended the entire year........except Ron.
                          Like your list was flawed, there are several players not in the same class as Ron, this is more nonsense, unless you want to call the "flagrant" he got in the 04 playoffs that cost him a game really a foul.

                          If you do then I suggest that you look at some of the footage from it, and you will see that that was another really bad call.

                          Why is it yet again that a thread gets turned into Artest bashing? is that all you can think of?


                          Pierce is not a good fit for the Pacers, will never be a Pacer and is in general overrated, why else would teams trade him yet again? There is a reason his name is oince again in whispers on possbile trades, even for a pick no less, really shows his value.
                          There is more to that then you might think.
                          So Long And Thanks For All The Fish.

                          If you've done 6 impossible things today?
                          Then why not have Breakfast at Milliways!

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                          • #43
                            Re: Pierce Being Shopped

                            Originally posted by PacerFanAdam
                            Come on, like them or not, Kobe and Tmac are amazing basketball players. Ron is not on their level.
                            TMac is inconsistant, but at his best, he's better than Ron.

                            Kobe fell off quite a bit this year.

                            Ron showed in the few games he played this season that he has the ability to nearly score at will if he wants to, as well as the ability to shut down nearly anyone he can stay in front of. I hope he isn't too rusty next year.

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                            • #44
                              Re: Pierce Being Shopped

                              Originally posted by able
                              Like your list was flawed, there are several players not in the same class as Ron, this is more nonsense, unless you want to call the "flagrant" he got in the 04 playoffs that cost him a game really a foul.

                              If you do then I suggest that you look at some of the footage from it, and you will see that that was another really bad call.

                              Why is it yet again that a thread gets turned into Artest bashing? is that all you can think of?


                              Pierce is not a good fit for the Pacers, will never be a Pacer and is in general overrated, why else would teams trade him yet again? There is a reason his name is oince again in whispers on possbile trades, even for a pick no less, really shows his value.
                              There is more to that then you might think.
                              Truly great players step it up a notch once traded. Shaq, Vince, TMac, and Kidd are great recent examples of this, not to mention JO and Ron. As for Pierce, we'll see how he responds if he's sent packing.

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                              • #45
                                Re: Pierce Being Shopped

                                Originally posted by PacerFanAdam
                                Shaquille O'Neal
                                Tim Duncan
                                Kevin Garnett
                                Dirk Nowitzki
                                Allen Iverson
                                Kobe Bryant
                                Tracy McGrady
                                healthy Jason Kidd
                                Dwayne Wade
                                Lebron James
                                Ray Allen
                                healthy Jermaine
                                Steve Nash
                                Amare
                                Marion

                                Those 15 players are EASILY better overall players than Ron Artest. If you took Ron over any of them, you'd be crazy.
                                and with the exceptions of lebron, amare, and wade....they all make over twice what ron makes and in many cases 3 times what ron makes....

                                like it or not this is a business.....and the simple fact u compare him to these guys only make it more obvious of his value.....i dont agree with all of these on this list...but thats really irrelevant....what is relevant is that he is comparable to these players....hes an allstar and dpoy....all these others are basically allstars....yet rons salary is on par with a role player...which allows us tremendous flexibility....in this case to overpay austin...lol...

                                find a guy whos making 6 million a year thats not on a rookie contract....compare ron to those guys and see what u think....its no contest....if u want to get rid of ron its simply a personal issue...it has nothing to do with performance or the business of basketball....

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