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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.

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Where do you rate Kobe all time?

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  • Re: Where do you rate Kobe all time?

    Originally posted by 1984 View Post
    Kobe Bryant is a top 10 player all time. I think the top 10 looks like this:

    1. Michael Jordan
    2. Larry Bird
    3. Magic Johnson
    4. Wilt Chamberlin
    5. Kareem Abdul Jabbar
    6. Bill Russell
    7. Kobe Bryant
    8. Hakeem Olajuwan
    9. Oscar Robertson
    10. Tim Duncan
    How about the "logo"? Didn't he average 30 points per game in the playoffs? I would have both Jerry West and Oscar Robertson ahead of Kobe. That makes Kobe the fourth best Laker and just barely in the top ten...... I also think Moses Malone rates ahead of Olajuwan and Duncan ...

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    • Re: Where do you rate Kobe all time?

      Originally posted by vnzla81 View Post
      I don't know if anybody feels the same way I feel with the old school players but to me when I compare old school players to this new era of NBA players is not even close, this new guys are bigger and stronger, I think that a lot of old school hall of famers would be bench players or decent starters in this new NBA so when I make a list of top 10 all NBA players I take this into consideration.
      Which is why people don't take you seriously.

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      • Re: Where do you rate Kobe all time?

        Originally posted by vnzla81 View Post
        I don't know if anybody feels the same way I feel with the old school players but to me when I compare old school players to this new era of NBA players is not even close, this new guys are bigger and stronger, I think that a lot of old school hall of famers would be bench players or decent starters in this new NBA so when I make a list of top 10 all NBA players I take this into consideration.
        I understand why you feel that way. I assume you are a young man. Let me educate you a little. Being big and strong and athlectic is not something that happened since 1995. There have always been athlectic people it is nothing new. Kevin Love led the league in rebounding, he is not bigger or stonger than Wilt, Artis, Thurmond, Reed, Unseld and a lot of other past greats.

        D. Howard is big and strong and athectic, but he has no skill set and is the most overrated center I have ever seen. He looks good and you think he should be better than all those guys I listed, but he isn't. I enjoy your post for the most part, but on this we just have to disagree.
        Good is the enemy of Great


        We're changing the identity of our basketball team -- dramatically. We're a power post team -- a blood-and-guts, old-school, smash-mouth team that plays with size, strength, speed and athleticism. We attack the basket. . . . This is the new identity of our team. It was a great effort. I'm very proud of our guys."
        -- Frank Vogel.

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        • Re: Where do you rate Kobe all time?

          Originally posted by colts19 View Post
          I understand why you feel that way. I assume you are a young man. Let me educate you a little. Being big and strong and athlectic is not something that happened since 1995. There have always been athlectic people it is nothing new. Kevin Love led the league in rebounding, he is not bigger or stonger than Wilt, Artis, Thurmond, Reed, Unseld and a lot of other past greats.

          D. Howard is big and strong and athectic, but he has no skill set and is the most overrated center I have ever seen. He looks good and you think he should be better than all those guys I listed, but he isn't. I enjoy your post for the most part, but on this we just have to disagree.
          I was talking about recent hall of famers or future hall of famers compared to old school hall of famers I was not talking about just any NBA player, for example if I had a choice between West and Kobe I take Kobe 10 times out of 10.

          And with that said I believe that players like Russel, Walton, Kareem and others would have been just fine in this era.
          @WhatTheFFacts: Studies show that sarcasm enhances the ability of the human mind to solve complex problems!

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          • Re: Where do you rate Kobe all time?

            Originally posted by vnzla81 View Post
            I was talking about recent hall of famers or future hall of famers compared to old school hall of famers I was not talking about just any NBA player, for example if I had a choice between West and Kobe I take Kobe 10 times out of 10.

            And with that said I believe that players like Russel, Walton, Kareem and others would have been just fine in this era.
            You also have to take into account that players during the era you are referencing did not have the technological, nutritional, or health advancements that today's players utilize. Give George McGinnis today's advancements and he is no different than LeBron athletically. Give Kemp or David Thompson or Drexler or Dr. J or Wilkins or Wilt etc. the same, and they are on par with the most athletic players today but with an actual basketball skillset.

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            • Re: Where do you rate Kobe all time?

              Originally posted by MAStamper View Post
              I just never know how to translate their era to the modern one or even the 80s or 90s NBA. I tend to think they wouldn't do nearly as well today (particularly Russell at his size and skill set) with those same bodies/talent, though they would still be good or very good players. No way to really know, I guess.

              That's why I always have trouble with putting them in my 'best ever' lists because I have a hard time separating how dominant and awesome they were in their own era with how I think they might fare in 2012.
              I mainly recall seeing Wilt rather than Russell. Maybe it was his notoriety. But the way you translate Wilt to the modern era is to go through Kareem. Kareem was a dominant C and IMO better than all other centers except Hakeem and maybe Shaq. But when you compare him to Wilt, you can see who the better center was. That's the main reason I believe Wilt is the best center of all time.
              Lance is finally home. Whether he becomes our starting PG or he's 6th man, he's getting big minutes and he's here to stay. #llortontnia

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              • Re: Where do you rate Kobe all time?

                Originally posted by vnzla81 View Post
                I was talking about recent hall of famers or future hall of famers compared to old school hall of famers I was not talking about just any NBA player, for example if I had a choice between West and Kobe I take Kobe 10 times out of 10.

                And with that said I believe that players like Russel, Walton, Kareem and others would have been just fine in this era.
                Kareem would be the best center in today's NBA. Goodness, Tyson Chandler is considered one of the better centers and he has no game. I find today's era for centers to be awful. I could name 5 or 10 centers in the 90's that were considerably better than Tyson Chandler.
                Lance is finally home. Whether he becomes our starting PG or he's 6th man, he's getting big minutes and he's here to stay. #llortontnia

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                • Re: Where do you rate Kobe all time?

                  No offense to Roy - a recent all - star center and arguably one of the league's best last year - but put he or Howard up against Wilt, Kareem, or a multitude of the 90s pivots. It screams painful MISMATCH. Like CYO vs. NFL. Duncan is one of the few current Cs who'd even give those guys a good run. And he's not even in his prime now.
                  I'd rather die standing up than live on my knees.

                  -Emiliano Zapata

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                  • Re: Where do you rate Kobe all time?

                    Originally posted by D-BONE View Post
                    No offense to Roy - a recent all - star center and arguably one of the league's best last year - but put he or Howard up against Wilt, Kareem, or a multitude of the 90s pivots. It screams painful MISMATCH. Like CYO vs. NFL. Duncan is one of the few current Cs who'd even give those guys a good run. And he's not even in his prime now.
                    Hakeem would make every single C in the NBA look like trash. Howard has the physique, but his skill level is terrible. Hibbert isn't even part of the conversation. There are no other centers in the NBA who even remotely compare. Yes, Duncan deserves an honorable mention but that's about it.
                    Lance is finally home. Whether he becomes our starting PG or he's 6th man, he's getting big minutes and he's here to stay. #llortontnia

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                    • Re: Where do you rate Kobe all time?

                      Originally posted by ilive4sports View Post
                      You really think that Kobe was the second best player on the back to back teams with Gasol? LMAO dude. Give me a break.
                      You may have a case in the year they beat Orlando, but ire-watch their championship against Boston. If you can't see that Pau Gasol was by far the better and more valuable player, I don't know what to say. How was Kobe better exactly? Name recognition? His 6-24 performance in Game 7? LOL
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                      • Re: Where do you rate Kobe all time?

                        Originally posted by D-BONE View Post
                        No offense to Roy - a recent all - star center and arguably one of the league's best last year - but put he or Howard up against Wilt, Kareem, or a multitude of the 90s pivots. It screams painful MISMATCH. Like CYO vs. NFL. Duncan is one of the few current Cs who'd even give those guys a good run. And he's not even in his prime now.
                        I like to look at it this way. Smits was a good center in the 90's, but not one of the best. Today, he would easily be one of the best if not the best C.

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                        • Re: Where do you rate Kobe all time?

                          Originally posted by Pace Maker View Post
                          You may have a case in the year they beat Orlando, but ire-watch their championship against Boston. If you can't see that Pau Gasol was by far the better and more valuable player, I don't know what to say. How was Kobe better exactly? Name recognition? His 6-24 performance in Game 7? LOL
                          You do have a point (kind of) if you ONLY watch the 2010 NBA Finals. Gasol not only was better in Game 7, but should have won the Finals MVP that season as well, IMO.

                          However, Tony Parker won the 2007 NBA Finals MVP. In no way, shape, or form was Tony Parker better than Tim Duncan that season. That's exactly the way to look at the 2010 Lakers. Kobe Bryant was the best player on that championship team. No question.
                          #DBAP

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                          • Re: Where do you rate Kobe all time?

                            Originally posted by Justin Tyme View Post
                            Wilt the Stilt was JUST AWESOME. He was so unbelieveably athletic, agile, and mobile. The greatest big man EVER!! He could be said the greatest BB player ever.

                            The problem I have with this thread is that few posters on this board have seen players who played in the 50's 60's, or 70's. If you never saw them play, you are at a great disadvantage ranking players.

                            Wilt was THE player in his time! He was head and shoulders above the rest. Chamberlain didn't have the quality of players surrounding him like Russell did, thus he didn't win Championships, but what he did do was make his team championship caliber contenders by himself. Most don't remember or know Wilt's 1st team was the Phiadelphia Warriors. Quick name another player on that team without goggling the answer. I watched many a game of Wilt's, and that's why I can say how GREAT he was!

                            How many are aware after the NBA that Wilt played volleyball? He was an ATHLETE personified!
                            I agree completely. I am old and have watched pro ball since the mid 50's.

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