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"Remember when PosterX said OldCommentY that no longer looks good? "

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We also dissuade passive aggressive behavior. This can be various things, but common examples include statements that are basically meant to imply someone is either stupid or otherwise incapable of holding a rational conversation. This can include (but is not limited to) laughing at someone's conclusions rather than offering an honest rebuttal, asking people what game they were watching, or another common problem is Poster X will say "that player isn't that bad" and then Poster Y will say something akin to "LOL you think that player is good". We're not going to tolerate those kinds of comments out of respect for the community at large and for the sake of trying to just have an honest conversation.

Now, does the above cover absolutely every single kind of distraction that is unwanted? Probably not, but you should by now have a good idea of the general types of things we will be discouraging. The above examples are meant to give you a good feel for / idea of what we're looking for. If something new or different than the above happens to come along and results in the same problem (that being, any other attitude or behavior that ultimately distracts from actually just discussing the topic at hand, or that is otherwise disrespectful to other posters), we can and we will take action to curb this as well, so please don't take this to mean that if you managed to technically avoid saying something exactly like one of the above examples that you are then somehow off the hook.

That all having been said, our goal is to do so in a generally kind and respectful way, and that doesn't mean the moment we see something we don't like that somebody is going to be suspended or banned, either. It just means that at the very least we will probably say something about it, quite possibly snipping out the distracting parts of the post in question while leaving alone the parts that are actually just discussing the topics, and in the event of a repeating or excessive problem, then we will start issuing infractions to try to further discourage further repeat problems, and if it just never seems to improve, then finally suspensions or bans will come into play. We would prefer it never went that far, and most of the time for most of our posters, it won't ever have to.

A slip up every once and a while is pretty normal, but, again, when it becomes repetitive or excessive, something will be done. Something occasional is probably going to be let go (within reason), but when it starts to become habitual or otherwise a pattern, odds are very good that we will step in.

There's always a small minority that like to push people's buttons and/or test their own boundaries with regards to the administrators, and in the case of someone acting like that, please be aware that this is not a court of law, but a private website run by people who are simply trying to do the right thing as they see it. If we feel that you are a special case that needs to be dealt with in an exceptional way because your behavior isn't explicitly mirroring one of our above examples of what we generally discourage, we can and we will take atypical action to prevent this from continuing if you are not cooperative with us.

Also please be aware that you will not be given a pass simply by claiming that you were 'only joking,' because quite honestly, when someone really is just joking, for one thing most people tend to pick up on the joke, including the person or group that is the target of the joke, and for another thing, in the event where an honest joke gets taken seriously and it upsets or angers someone, the person who is truly 'only joking' will quite commonly go out of his / her way to apologize and will try to mend fences. People who are dishonest about their statements being 'jokes' do not do so, and in turn that becomes a clear sign of what is really going on. It's nothing new.

In any case, quite frankly, the overall quality and health of the entire forum's community is more important than any one troublesome user will ever be, regardless of exactly how a problem is exhibiting itself, and if it comes down to us having to make a choice between you versus the greater health and happiness of the entire community, the community of this forum will win every time.

Lastly, there are also some posters, who are generally great contributors and do not otherwise cause any problems, who sometimes feel it's their place to provoke or to otherwise 'mess with' that small minority of people described in the last paragraph, and while we possibly might understand why you might feel you WANT to do something like that, the truth is we can't actually tolerate that kind of behavior from you any more than we can tolerate the behavior from them. So if we feel that you are trying to provoke those other posters into doing or saying something that will get themselves into trouble, then we will start to view you as a problem as well, because of the same reason as before: The overall health of the forum comes first, and trying to stir the pot with someone like that doesn't help, it just makes it worse. Some will simply disagree with this philosophy, but if so, then so be it because ultimately we have to do what we think is best so long as it's up to us.

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Question about Roger Brown, George McGinnis, and Mel Daniels

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  • #16
    Re: Question about Roger Brown, George McGinnis, and Mel Daniels

    I think I beat you to that article by about 10 seconds.

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    • #17
      Re: Question about Roger Brown, George McGinnis, and Mel Daniels

      Originally posted by tsm612 View Post
      I think I beat you to that article by about 10 seconds.
      Yeah. That is pretty much the strangest thing that has ever happened.
      ...

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      • #18
        Re: Question about Roger Brown, George McGinnis, and Mel Daniels

        "Roger Brown was a money player. Anytime the game was on the line, Roger was always there. Roger had tremendous ability. One of the greatest small forwards to ever play the game. I've seen everyone that came down the pike in the last 50 years playing against them, coaching them or broadcasting them. Roger Brown deserves to be in the Hall of Fame."
        "We gave him the ball, isolated him and put all four players above the free throw line on the other side of the floor. If they came with a double team, we just cut the man whose defender left toward the basket and he would get a layup."
        "He had some unbelievable moves," Leonard remembers. "I've seen guys who were guarding him fall down. He had reverse dribbles and stuff. Matter of fact, one time when Larry Bird was younger he was working out with Roger over at Butler Fieldhouse and he wanted Roger to teach him that baseline move that Roger had. He could paralyze you."
        "He was so good one-on-one that I remember defenders actually screaming for help. He actually dislocated or broke eight guys' ankles (with a) crossover dribble move. He would look at you and put the ball down and look at you again and if you made a move, he would react opposite to that move and get to the basket. Sometimes it was so easy for him, he would laugh at people and miss the layup because he was laughing."

        Read more: http://hoopshype.com/articles/brown_...#ixzz1EXp3uAwQ
        If George is a fraction of that good, than .

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        • #19
          Re: Question about Roger Brown, George McGinnis, and Mel Daniels

          Here is a highlight video of Roger Brown:



          I know highlight videos can be deceptive, but looking at his stats, this guy seemed automatic from mid-range and looked to have a nice defensive touch.

          Speaking of George, on the BBR link, look at the similarities between Brown's 70-71 season with George's rookie one.

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          • #20
            Re: Question about Roger Brown, George McGinnis, and Mel Daniels

            Big George completly changed the PF game. He was fast and mobile, he could shoot, dribble, and pass the ball in a time when big men were not THAT big and not nearly as mobile. Who does he remind me of? How about a "clean" Karl Malone.

            Mel was dominant...flat out.

            Raja Brown was clutch especially in a clear out, one-on-one situation. He was our original Reggie.


            All three belong in the HOF and Neto belongs on the Pacer Wall of Fame.
            Ever notice how friendly folks are at a shootin' range??.

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            • #21
              Re: Question about Roger Brown, George McGinnis, and Mel Daniels

              Question about McGinnis: Quinn Buckner mentioned last week in the Pacers/Heat game that LeBron James reminded him of a modern day McGinnis. Does that hold up?

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              • #22
                Re: Question about Roger Brown, George McGinnis, and Mel Daniels

                They all brought very different skill sets to the table.



                Roger was amazing off the dribble, just an incredibly unstoppable force who could also play on the blocks. Not really a pure shooter, but a scorer. Amazing footwork and explosive first step. His career was short because he had been barred from the NBA draft after being wrongly linked to a college scandal-- he was working in a Dayton factory, if I recall, when the ABA was born. A modern comparison is tough... need a SF with exceptional handles, and nobody jumps to mind.

                Big Mac was a physical freak of nature. With modern training we are used to 6'8" 250 pound athletes, but in the days before hoops players lifted or did all year conditioning, he was a relative monster and in that way the Lebron comparison is apt. Very quick leaper, soft huge hands that made a basketball look like a grapefruit, and explosive. Could face up or kill you off the blocks. Karl Malone is a decent comparison, but George was notorious for not taking care of himself (smoking, drinking, junk food) so his career lacked the longevity of other hall-of-famers who couldn't touch George when both were at their peak.

                Mel was a leader, tough guy, enforcer, low block scorer, defender, and the first great ABA center. Dale Davis toughness with offense. Artis Gilmore was the rival and next great ABA center. Undersized by today's standards, Mel was a bruiser who wouldn't get outworked. He was better than Paul Milsap, but a similar blue collar game.

                I'm hopeful that the new Hall committee to review ABA achievements will get some deserving guys in. Artis , Slick, Mel for sure. With their somewhat shorter careers, George and Rajah will be tougher sells.
                Last edited by Slick Pinkham; 02-21-2011, 12:48 AM.
                The poster "pacertom" since this forum began (and before!). I changed my name here to "Slick Pinkham" in honor of the imaginary player That Bobby "Slick" Leonard picked late in the 1971 ABA draft (true story!).

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                • #23
                  Re: Question about Roger Brown, George McGinnis, and Mel Daniels

                  Brown was one of the smoothest, most graceful players I've ever seen. I would disagree with Pinkham a bit... I would agree that he was a scorer, but he was also a very clutch shooter. As others stated, Brown did have a great pivot move and was also known for his multiple jab steps before finally making his one-on-one move. Brown was an absolutely fantastic finisher on the break. He had the ability to fake, blow by you and get to the whole. When a defender felt he had that figured out, Brown would come down the court in a full sprint and instead of giving you the fake and going to the rim, would stop on a dime and pull up and nail a soft 10-15 footer. When the Pacers needed a score late in the game, it wasn't Mel, Neto, George, Freddy or any other Pacer of that era they went to... it was almost always Rajah.

                  George was absolutely the first true "power" forward to play the game. McGinnis never lifted weights, but was a chiseled 6-8 235. What many didn't know is that he was also the fastest Pacer on those team, regardless of whether it was being measured via the shuttle run or simply an end to end run.... with or without the basketball. McGinnis was able to overpower his defender in the lane much like Ron Artest has been able to do so. Until he fell in love with palming the ball one handed and shooting it that way for all his shots, he was a very respectable shooter from most distancess, particulary mid-range and closer. He was an excellent rebounder and a very good, very physical defender.

                  It is true that McGinnis smoked, drank and ate some junk food (he was and is mostly a steak/chicken/ribs and potatoes man), it should be mentioned that the vast majority of players in the 60s and 70s did the same. The real culprits in ending George's career were severe knee and ankle injuries and a back that just couldn't take the pounding any more.

                  Mel was a very physical player with a very nice shot within 15-18 feet. What hasn't been mentioned so far is that one of his money shots was a fadeaway shot that he took within 8-12 feet. McGinnis was no slouch at rebounding the ball, but was nowhere in Daniel's league... Mel was a ferocious rebounder. Mel was also the defender of his teammates... no one messed around with Roger or the other players because Mel would simply take their heads off the next time they got anywhere near the basket. No player in the league messed around with Mel... other than maybe Wendell Ladner of the Colonels... but that's another story.

                  For the first 5-6 years of Conseco, I watched many games from McGinnis's suite at the fieldhouse. I've been very fortunate to meet many great players and celebrities in the suite, and all of them speak very fondly and respectfully of George. He is a big man, quiet and soft spoken, but with one of the quickest smiles you would ever see in meeting someone new.

                  While also in the suite with some of these players, I've participated in the same conversation about the HOF. I can remember one discussion years ago when the Pacers were in the finals with LA. A lot of guys were in the suite following the game. Bantom, Hillman, Wayne Pack, Bob Costas, Hallie Bryant and a few others that I don't even remember now. The topic turned towards the jerseys in the rafters and eventually to the HOF. Everyone there agreed that Mel and Roger deserved to be in the HOF, in that order. They also said that Slick should be in. They seemed to be split on whether George should get in. I took that as guys being pretty honest.... especially since the conversation was in George's suite.

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                  • #24
                    Re: Question about Roger Brown, George McGinnis, and Mel Daniels

                    Originally posted by michealwilliams4 View Post
                    Here is a highlight video of Roger Brown:



                    I know highlight videos can be deceptive, but looking at his stats, this guy seemed automatic from mid-range and looked to have a nice defensive touch.

                    Speaking of George, on the BBR link, look at the similarities between Brown's 70-71 season with George's rookie one.
                    Am I the only person who see's a lot of Danny Granger in these film clips of Roger Brown?

                    The drives and pull up shots are almost identical & neither of them ever seem to use a power or high flying game.


                    Basketball isn't played with computers, spreadsheets, and simulations. ChicagoJ 4/21/13

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                    • #25
                      Re: Question about Roger Brown, George McGinnis, and Mel Daniels

                      Hey Beast....didn't Big Mac turn out to have some vision problems at the end of his career that affected his shooting? Tried glasses and maybe contacts but couldnt get used to playing with them.....or am I thinking of another guy that was here, left, and we got back??

                      As for the McGinnis/Lebron comparison....NOT IMPO. George was much more of a team player.
                      Ever notice how friendly folks are at a shootin' range??.

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                      • #26
                        Re: Question about Roger Brown, George McGinnis, and Mel Daniels

                        Originally posted by indygeezer View Post
                        Hey Beast....didn't Big Mac turn out to have some vision problems at the end of his career that affected his shooting? Tried glasses and maybe contacts but couldnt get used to playing with them.....or am I thinking of another guy that was here, left, and we got back??

                        As for the McGinnis/Lebron comparison....NOT IMPO. George was much more of a team player.
                        I agree about Lebron, George was a pretty good teammate on the floor. Since he actually had very good quickness for a player his size, he adopted a variation of Roger's pivot move when he was outside the "mid-post" area. With the move he would quickly move across the lane and almost always draw the double-team. As he went up with his one-handed shot, he would often pass off to a wide-open teammate on the weak side for the assist.

                        I'm not certain about his eyesight during his playing career. As I recall, George did sometimes wear glasses in high school games. I do know that George had some sort of eye surgery (Lasik?) in the mid to late 90s to improve his vision. He still had glasses but I'm pretty sure I only saw him using them to read game guides, menus and so forth.

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                        • #27
                          Re: Question about Roger Brown, George McGinnis, and Mel Daniels

                          I have an old basketball signed by all of them!
                          GO PACERS!!!

                          Twitter: @Circlecity3318

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                          • #28
                            Re: Question about Roger Brown, George McGinnis, and Mel Daniels

                            Originally posted by Peck View Post
                            I wish ABAdays was around to answer this.
                            He always was the go-to guy when ever I had any questions about the ABA.

                            I had a thread about the ABA Pacers a couple years ago where he gave me answers I was looking for. I might be able to dig it up.

                            edit - I must of brought it up in someone else's thread because I'm not finding it under my created threads, sorry.
                            Last edited by Merz; 02-21-2011, 01:49 PM.

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                            • #29
                              Re: Question about Roger Brown, George McGinnis, and Mel Daniels

                              SI Vault articles on ABA Pacers:

                              Daniels
                              http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vau...3522/index.htm

                              Brown
                              http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vau...9643/index.htm

                              McGinnis
                              http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vau...7358/index.htm

                              A few about the ABA Pacers in general
                              http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vau...6652/index.htm

                              http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vau...5745/index.htm

                              http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vau...2342/index.htm

                              they have plenty Pacers (including ABA) stories in the vault those are just a few.

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