Re: Rick Carlisle Punch Lakers in the Grill!!!
posted at 5/25/2011 8:06 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Rick Carlisle Punch Lakers in the Grill!!!
In Response to Re: Rick Carlisle Punch Lakers in the Grill!!! : Ok so Kobe's twice not folded when down 3-2: '02 vs. Kings Ahhhh the infamous Game 6. Stern sends the company man Dick Bavetta to officiate the most notoriously one-sided game in history (as called nation-wide, not just in Boston). This game was at worst fraudulant and at best the most poorly officiated game in in favor of LA. Thanks to a monster game by Shaq in G7 and unusually good FT shooting by the big man the lakers pull out an OT win. Kudos Kobe. '10 vs. Celtics They are down 3-2 but have the luxury of heading home for the final 2 games. Under the intense pressure of Game 7 the "greatest player on the planet" shoots 6-24 while being defended by 6'5" Ray Allen. Luckily Gasol has a monster game, Artest and Fisher unlikely hit huge 3's, a few non-travel calls on Gasol, and they pull out game 7 at home. Kudos Kobe. Look, I think Kobe is one of the greatest individual talents to ever play the game and his work ethic is second to none. However, his undenial trend of folding when things are bleak seriously calls into question his leadership and decision making. This prevents him from ever earning consideration to be in the same class as the best ever (Bird, Jordan, Magic, Kareem, etc.). Now that his best years are behind him I doubt he'll be able to do much to change that.
Posted by OC-CeltsFan
OC-fan, you should look at the Celtics' folding when they are IN FAVORABLE SITUATIONS!!!!
If Kobe's folding when the going gets tough, it's called "quitting". The Lakers got overmatched, tough but that's life.
Yet in the Big 3 era, the Celtics folded when they are in the driver seat, double digit leads, series leads, game 7 at home, etc. What do they called them?
I am sure you enjoy your team's choking than quitting. So do I. I enjoy watching the Celtics choke away 4th quarter leads, double-digit leads, 3-2 series leads than getting blown out by 40 points or getting swept. That's called "heart", yep. That's how you folks like it.
That's called snatching defeats from the jaws of victory. I have to wonder, is it because of a lacking of mental toughness? soft? don't have the killer instincts? with the mental capacities of rookies? or what?