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    All he can find wrong with the pacers is he thinks Ronnie is due for a blow-up, our depth won't help us, and our point guard situation? I must be watching a completely different season from this guy.....But I will say at least he says in the first paragraph that he believes someone from the east could win this year, however reluctant he is to say it.

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    Fatal flaws
    It's hard to imagine any of the imperfect contenders winning the NBA title
    Posted: Wednesday March 10, 2004 11:49AM; Updated: Wednesday March 10, 2004 12:07PM

    I hate to pass on the opportunity to analyze that thrilling race for the bottom playoff spots in the Eastern Conference. But with the season three-quarters complete, it is time, once again, to play ...

    I Don't Think Any of 'Em Can Win It.


    Kevin Garnett will again find himself overburdened and over-defensed in the postseason.
    John W. McDonough/SI
    This is a theoretically impossible exercise, of course, since by the third week in June we will have a champion. (By that time, Kerry and Bush will be just about out of insults and Shaquille O'Neal will be just about out of implosions.)
    But it's not hard to build a case against any of the potential champions this year, the interesting news being how many potential champions there are. I recall many occasions when, at most, there were three teams that could've conceivably won the NBA title, even from the start of the season.
    This year the race is wide-open, especially since -- and I offer this reluctantly -- I can imagine a scenario in which a club emerges from the Eastern Conference to win it all, a statement I would not have made at any point in 2003.



    But I digress. This column is about flaws and blemishes.

    Take the DETROIT PISTONS, for example. They can't win because coach Larry Brown is sniping at two of his starters, Tayshaun Prince and Chauncey Billups. They can't win because Mehmet Okur will grow weary at the increased attention being bestowed upon Rasheed Wallace and because Wallace will eventually blow up during a crucial situation.

    The NEW JERSEY NETS? Now, you might think the back-to-back Finalists can win it all, but they can't. The Lawrence Frank coaching magic will disappear when he faces some of the sly foxes in the West; the always shaky offense of Kenyon Martin will get shakier in the clutch (as it did in last year's Finals); and the Joisians just don't win enough tight ones (1-5 in games decided by three points or fewer) to prevail in June.

    And the INDIANA PACERS, the popular pick out of the East? Can't happen. Ron Artest is due for a boil over; the deep roster will make no difference in the postseason; and their unsettled point-guard situation will eventually haunt them.

    Now, for the West ...

    The DALLAS MAVERICKS are entertaining as hell but they can't win it. Without being obvious, they don't play enough defense, they don't play enough defense and they don't play enough defense. Plus, it's a burden for them figure out whether point guard Steve Nash or point forward Antoine Walker will make the team's key offensive decisions during important games.

    The MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES have made giant strides, but they can't win it. Fitting Troy Hudson and Wally Szczerbiak back into a rotation that played so well without the duo will be a problem in May; Michael Olowokandi, as soft as a marshmallow, will be as unsuccessful as Rasho Nesterovic, Cherokee Parks or any of the other centers who have gassed out during the T-wolves' seven straight first-round exits; and Kevin Garnett will again find himself overburdened and over-defensed, and consequently, over by early June.

    The SACRAMENTO KINGS have the league's best offense and deepest rotation. But they can't win it. The shots that Chris Webber will take away from Peja Stojakovic will prove to be a negative; the Kings' tendency to lapse into Dallas-like defense from time to time makes them susceptible to defeat; and they will once again turn to jelly when Shaq and the other lads in Purple and Gold show up.

    Speaking of which, the LOS ANGELES LAKERS can't win it. Karl Malone will return from injury too late to re-integrate into the L.A.'s system; Gary Payton's unwillingness to buy into said system, i.e., the triangle offense, will prove fatal; Kobe Bryant's injuries and off-the-court distractions will keep him from being the force he was during the Lakers' three-peat; and Shaq is just too fed up with the whole darn thing to dominate the way he has in the past.

    Finally, the SAN ANTONIO SPURS? The defending champs? They can't win it, either David Robinson's D will be missed during the postseason (Nesterovic, now a Spur, is called for many of the fouls that weren't whistled on The Admiral); Speedy Claxton is no longer around to man the point guard position when Tony Parker goes haywire (as he does from time to time); and all of the Spurs, Tim Duncan included, will miss too many free throws when it counts. OK, who do I really think will win it? That's an analysis for a different day.


    Sports Illustrated senior writer Jack McCallum covers the NBA for the magazine and is a regular contributor to SI.com.

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    Default Re: From Jack Mccollum Sports Illustrated writer.

    I am pretty sure the pg position is settled and I am not at all worried about Artest blowing up. This guy must not have watched any games this year.

    He has just seen Ron getting benched in the NJ game and Tins taking over the point after that.

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    Default Re: From Jack Mccollum Sports Illustrated writer.

    Heck - that's just a Page 2 type article.

    Anyone who takes it seriously is, well, saying that Denver or Memphis is going to win it.
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    Default Re: From Jack Mccollum Sports Illustrated writer.

    I am pretty sure the pg position is settled and I am not at all worried about Artest blowing up. This guy must not have watched any games this year.

    He has just seen Ron getting benched in the NJ game and Tins taking over the point after that.
    Agreed. This article looks like it was written by someone who picked up a Preseason magazine and quoted what was in there.

    This guy is a classic reason why the Pacers aren't getting any pub. These guys just watch whatever game ESPN has on and that is all. They do no research on their own. I see it everynight when the Pacers' opponent's announcers are on League Pass. These guys don't have a clue as to what is going on. The Denver guys even called Jeff Foster "Scott" Foster a couple of times. I think it was the Golden State announcer who asked 'is this the same Fred Jones that won the dunk contest?' I got the feeling he was only half joking, like he didn't know there was a guy named Fred Jones in the NBA before the dunk contest. I am amazed at how many of these guys say the same thing McCallum wrote - "PG is unsettled and Artest will explode." Well it isn't and he won't. I'm sure the 1st time he gets a flagrant ESPN will have a 15 minute segment with footage of every foul he's ever committed. But Artest's next flagrant will be the 1st of the entire season for him, so I'm not too concerned. The PG situation seems to be going along very well. When (and it's not often) that Tinsley isn't getting the job done, either AJ or KA step in and do a good job. Tinsley has improved dramatically, especially on his decision making, and I think he will continue to improve.
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    Default Re: From Jack Mccollum Sports Illustrated writer.

    I am pretty sure the pg position is settled and I am not at all worried about Artest blowing up. This guy must not have watched any games this year.

    He has just seen Ron getting benched in the NJ game and Tins taking over the point after that.
    Reading comprehension is vitally important sometimes.

    This article is about why NO team is going to win the championship. Read the whole thing. It talks about the flaws of every team, and goes on to say that none of them are capable of winning it.
    Yes I got that. My point is that his points about the Pacers are the wrong ones. Our weakness is at the center position when we face a team with a big center ie:Shaq.

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    Default Re: From Jack Mccollum Sports Illustrated writer.

    This article was clearly meant to be tongue-in-cheek.

    I'll take Bill Simmons over this dork anytime.
    Why do the things that we treasure most, slip away in time
    Till to the music we grow deaf, to God's beauty blind
    Why do the things that connect us slowly pull us apart?
    Till we fall away in our own darkness, a stranger to our own hearts
    And life itself, rushing over me
    Life itself, the wind in black elms,
    Life itself in your heart and in your eyes, I can't make it without you


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    Since CNN took over SI, they absolutely suck.
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