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Gil Meriken

  • joined Feb 02, 2010
  • last login Jul 05, 2013
  • posts 186
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Used to be Gils_Keloids, changed it because I'm all growns up.

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Just another Blake Griffin highlight

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Just another Blake Griffin highlight

20 Second Timeout: Lakers Pacers and some good Q&A with a Scout

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"However, even though the game's story is not particularly interesting I do have an interesting story from the game, namely my conversation with a veteran NBA scout who offered some very candid and insightful comments on a wide variety of subjects. He stated without equivocation that Bryant is the best player in the NBA, declaring, "LeBron's interested in his brand. Kobe is interested in championships." The scout added, with admiration, that Bryant is a killer on the court, in the mold of "#23 (Michael Jordan) and that guy sitting near the baseline wearing a suit (Pacers President Larry Bird)." The most fascinating part of our conversation concerned what it means to be an MVP level player and some of the fallacies concerning how "stat gurus" evaluate the NBA game. When I told the scout the way that Coach Jackson answered my question about what it means to be an MVP level player (see Courtside Notes) he agreed completely, noting that there is a big difference between being a team's main option and being a team's second option: an MVP level player "performs under duress" (Jackson's phrase) in terms of overcoming nagging injuries, fighting through fatigue, dealing with physical play/double teaming defenses and still finding a way to lead his team to victories; a second option player is able to perform at a high level at times--particularly when the defense is tilted toward the first option--but he cannot sustain quite the same level as the first option can nor can the second option overcome quite as much "duress." I mentioned that many "stat gurus" contend that Gasol is actually more valuable than Bryant and the scout immediately retorted, "That just shows their stupidity. You watch this game and it is very clear who the best player is, the way they defer to him--and they should." I noted that the "stat gurus" simply look at Gasol's high field goal percentage and his rebounding numbers without examining why he is producing those statistics: Gasol's field goal percentage and offensive rebounding increased after he joined the Lakers largely because of the extra defensive attention that Bryant draws. Few All-Star players get to play one on one very often, but Gasol has that luxury whenever he and Bryant are on the court at the same time, particularly if they are involved in a screen/roll action together." Read the whole thing by clicking on the headline.

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The Outlier and Other Excuse Thread

In honor of the fans who likes to point out all the unusual things that lead to the demise of their team, I'm going to keep a thread this season listing all of the "outlier" reasons that the losing...

Bathroom Reading: Earl Monroe Profile by Woody Allen, 1977

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Click on the headline for a entertaining read (starting at the bottom of page 64) on a great basketball player. Read some of Woody Allen's descriptions of Monroe's style of play and tell me if it reminds you of any other players.

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Lebron-Kobe Thread v3

3rd edition!!!! A new thread that won't take 20 minutes to load! Is Kobe simply T-Mac on good teams? Is it Lebron's fault he's never been on a team good enough to win a title? Who's a bigger diva?...

2010-11 Miami Heat - the comedy gift that keeps on giving. We will only stop laughing if the Heat...

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2010-11 Miami Heat - the comedy gift that keeps on giving. We will only stop laughing if the Heat win the title. Until then, enjoy!

Miami Heat Color-coded Strength of Schedule (ESPN)

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I know, you probably think this belongs on Peninsula is Mightier. But no one is reading that! Also, someone want to take this on for the Lakers schedule? Shouldn't be too hard to do, just takes some time ...

Kobe & the Percentage of a Team’s Points Produced

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by Neil Paine at the basketball-reference blog. click on headline to see the analysis

Iguodala gets some extra lift on the and-one dunk!

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Iguodala gets some extra lift on the and-one dunk!

Meet the Creator of the Michael Jordan/Lebron James YouTube Sensation

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The man responsible for the video that has all of America talking is film student Tom Hinueber. In a Jersey Chaser exclusive, Hinueber answered our questions about the video… and I think his answers will surprise you! Click on the headline to get to the Q&A

Unboxing a pair of Jordans. Unbridled enthusiasm.

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Unboxing a pair of Jordans. Unbridled enthusiasm.

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Lebron-Kobe Thread v2

Clearing it out when the thread gets too long, at this rate, we'll have about 7 of these. Would Kobe ever say he played "too many minutes"? Would the Heat be winning if it was Wade and Kobe or...

NBA Team Name Clouds

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From hoopism: We created word clouds for every team in the NBA based on who played the most minutes for each team. The larger names are players who played more, the smaller names are players who played less.

How Does a Player Affect the TEAM'S Perfomance?

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How Does a Player Affect the TEAM'S Perfomance?

Russell Westbrook: "Uncoiled, like a SNAKE!" This made me do the stinkface, it was so nasty.

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Russell Westbrook: "Uncoiled, like a SNAKE!" This made me do the stinkface, it was so nasty.

Russell Westbrook dunk against Rockets ... oh my.

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Russell Westbrook dunk against Rockets ... oh my.

Griffin Dunking His Way Into the Spotlight

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Blake getting some publicity in the New York Times

Kobe through the years, as designed by artist David Brady From www.reddit.com/r/nba user...

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Kobe through the years, as designed by artist David Brady From www.reddit.com/r/nba user extraterrestrial

Michael Jordan has a few words of wisdom for Lebron, in this mash up of Nike's wonderful ad's...

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Michael Jordan has a few words of wisdom for Lebron, in this mash up of Nike's wonderful ad's "Maybe" and "Rise". Created by: Tom Hinueber

Daniel Artest is killing it on Twitter

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Funny stuff from Ron's sibling HT www.reddit.com/r/nba

Marvel Comics Mash Ups for All 30 NBA Teams

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If a picture can say a thousand words, than a comic illustration can say at least 10 thousand words. Marvel Comics and ESPN collaborated this season to draft NBA/Marvel Comic mash-ups for each NBA team which were published recently in ESPN the Magazine’s NBA Season Preview. thehoopdoctors.com

Even Amare knows that dunk by Griffin was nice! Check out his reaction ...

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Even Amare knows that dunk by Griffin was nice! Check out his reaction ...

And the one on Mosgov ...

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And the one on Mosgov ...

Barnes Storming

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Barnes Storming: Matt Barnes' NBA Journey

Jason Kidd is to basketball genius as the Talking Heads are to musical genius...

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Jason Kidd is to basketball genius as the Talking Heads are to musical genius...

A trip down memory lane. Source: The 1998 Complete Handbook of Pro Basketball, edited by Zander...

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A trip down memory lane. Source: The 1998 Complete Handbook of Pro Basketball, edited by Zander Hollander & Eric Compton $1 at the used book store!

Here's a little something to take your mind off of the Lakers' first loss of the 2010-2011...

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Here's a little something to take your mind off of the Lakers' first loss of the 2010-2011 season. Specially made by me, Gil Meriken, for (but not on behalf of) SS&R - My first and last Lakers mix (takes a loong time!). I do not own any of this footage, and I am not making any money from this. In fact, I didn't even put my name in the video. This is purely from the heart of a fan who is not embarrased to admit he likes a cheesy R. Kelly song. Special thanks to the site (Lakers fans will know it, don't want to out them!) for having many of the Lakers clips available online. The non-game footage is mostly from NBATV "The Association" episodes on the Lakers.

Wait, which is it? You want to play all 48, or not?

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Wait, which is it? You want to play all 48, or not?

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