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Stripper Poles Or NBA Polls ………… Which Gets Your Direction And Immediate Attention ?

Stripper Poles Or NBA Polls ………… Which Gets Your Direction And Immediate Attention ?

I’ve never been one to really put much store in polls unless it’s pole that’s actually being adorned by an exotic dancer . Needless to say that with the NBA __ season now in full swing and but a quarter of the way through already some fans out there are already putting up their polls as to who they believe are the best in the league given the teams’ records. That may well be all well and good but anything can be read into a poll given the amount of information stated at the time. To my mind we don’t really know much about the teams until we are at least a third of the way through the season. But realistically we can as such say that a number of teams are merely now there only to make up the numbers .


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Unfortunately teams such as the New Jersey Nets (6-17), Washingtion Wizards (6-16), Detroit Pistons (7-17), Los Angeles Clippers (5-18), Sacramento Kings (5-15) and the Minnesota Timberwolves (6-17) are having a torrid time this season within their respective divisions . Needless to say that their fans while being somewhat disheartened are no doubt hoping for better things down the line as the season progresses. That feeling no doubt holds true also for the other teams around the NBA and of their fans also.

Here within the state of Florida where the NBA essentially comes down to the hype surrounding the trio that makes up the Miami Heat and its remaining roster of accouterments merely there to provide some sort of support and applause for Chris Bosh , LeBron James and Dwyane Wade while team President Pat Riley basks in the glory . He’s either the most despised person within the NBA or one of the most respected given the views of some across the league . I’m sure that there are a number of fans in the city of Cleveland who’d place Riley right up there alongside LeBron James at this juncture as amongst the most hated ! The Heat having got off to an ignominious start to their season now seem to be rebounding into the form many had expect. James and Wade seem to be playing up to their expected standards while Bosh just seems to be going through the motions. I’ve seen cardboard cutouts with more life than this guy seems to portray on a basketball court. But then again this was the best that Riley felt possible given the talent allegedly on the market at the time of the acquisition. You don’t say ?

The other team within the state happens to be the Orlando Magic coached by the always animated Stan Van Gundy . Now the expectations have been high for this team over the past few years and they’ve repeatedly come up short for one reason or another . To my mind it comes down to the lack of leadership shown and the very fact that this roster beyond Dwight Howard and Jameer Nelson is like milque- toast , not quite tough enough to get the job done but the effort put forth at times gives you the impression that on a given night they can be world beaters but on other nights they can look extremely bad. And while I’ve no doubt that Van Gundy will find a way to will get the Magic into the playoffs I for one don’t feel that they possess the aptitude or mentality to deal with the team I believe are the favorites in the Eastern Conference the Boston Celtics. Doc Rivers perhaps the most understated coach in the NBA has a roster of veterans as well as young players that have gelled together and seem to be getting the job done and not only that but that bench of theirs might just be about the best and deepest in the league . The same I don’t believe can be said for the Magic or perhaps the perceived favorites , the Miami Heat within the Eastern Conference.

In the Western Conference while some seem to be impressed with the run of the Dallas Mavericks and their play. I’m wondering how the hell a number of people are overlooking the San Antonio Spurs ? OK so no it’s to be expected that the Spurs given their pedigree will be in there at the end and in Gregg Popovich they have the best coach in the league outside of Phil Jackson of the Los Angeles Lakers . However when it’s all said and done whatever the Mavericks are presently doing you can’t get over the fact that come the postseason this is a team that simply melts like butter off a hot knife . And I for one don’t believe that will change at all this season should they make the playoffs. Rick Carlisle I’ve no doubt is a good coach but he’s not a hard-nose coach who’ll get at his players when they’re failing to get the job done. I simply look at his resume’ as a coach in Indiana with the Pacers and it tells me all I need to know ! Now even with the Mavericks not much to my mind has really changed …… they simply are a team that essentially boils down to one thing go out and put up the numbers on the offensive end and then as they do so often struggle on the defensive side of things. And while they have had their plaudits it goes without saying that as their season progresses we will actually get to indeed see what this team is really made of.

The reigning champions the Los Angeles Lakers seem to have their own problems at present having lost four straight games for the first time under Jackson’s reign as a coach with the team. Hard to believe that such a thing has happened now for only the first time under this esteemed coach and the Lakers. And while there are some naive enough to think that this may well show some cracks in the vulnerability of the Los Angeles Lakers . You would be foolhardy to think that Jackson won’t find a way to fix things. Point being Phil Jackson knows how to win and one seriously doubts that Kobe Bryant won’t actually get at his teammates and tell them to pull their fingers out their own ass and get the job done . He’s as determined as anyone to prove those out there that he and not James is the rightful successor to assume the mantel as the face of the NBA since Michael Jordan’s departure. I think that 5 NBA titles, league MVP award and 2 time NBA Finals’ MVP awards gives him sort of credibility don’t you ? The team merely has to stop being complacent and simply play to its strengths rather than down to the level of their opponents . If they can do that then there’s no reason to believe why they cannot play themselves back into contention and make a return to the NBA Finals .



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From my own perspective this season and in particular within the Western Conference we could very well see a number of surprises within the divisions . I’ve no doubt that the likes of the Portland Trailblazers and Oklahoma City Thunder can stake a claim that they ought to be feared and be a major part of the postseason if they play up to their potential. For me , the most exciting duo in the league at present is the tandem of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant . There’s something to suggest that given the right set of circumstances these two players could lift this team to unexpected heights this season . But for their inexperience in the playoffs last season they could have pulled off a major upset in their first round loss to the eventual champions the Los Angeles Lakers (4-2 ). Coach Scott Brooks and his coaching staff had to have been encouraged by what they had seen and have no doubt put those lessons learned to good use this season as his team looks to improve on last season’s showing. I for one would like to think that somehow a team like the Thunder can be the future of the NBA . They seem to be going about things in the right way and have the fervent support of their fans and the city of Oklahoma behind them.

As I’ve stated in terms of polls unless the information there is succinct and subject itself is something that is substantive I tend not to put much store by it. Polls can be made to sway or detract from an objective. Strippers adorning a pole on the other hand …… well is there a reason not to look and enjoy ? As to the NBA season so far and how it has progressed what thoughts if any do you have on what you’ve witnessed so far ? Chime on in with a comment .


Alan aka tophatal …………………… 🙂



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"Marathon Man", Basketball, Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA All Star Game, Portland Trailblazers, Sports

Is It Safe …………?


Is  It  Safe    ?  



Those  are the  words   uttered   in    thriller   suspense  movie  Marathon Man” starring  Laurence Olivier  and   Dustin  Hoffman. “Is It Safe ?”:  And  if one   can  remember  the  scene    whereby  the  villain  of   the  piece   Olivier  an  on  the  run  Nazi  war  criminal   subjects his   prisoner  Hoffman  to  some  undue  torture  by way  of  drilling  into  his   tooth    with  a  drill. 



Olivier (left) in  his  role  as  a   war  criminal   subdues his  captive  Hoffman  to  some  unspeakable  torture.   picture is a  scene  from the  movie  'Marathon Man'   (1974)  Columbia Tri Star Pictures  ..........
Olivier (left) subdues his captive Hoffman and then proceeds to torture his captive with some unspeakable torture. Scene from the movie "Marathon Man" released by Columbia Tri Star Pictures circa @ 1974 ...........




What  then   follows   is  an   unseemingly  tortuous   scene   that  one   can  only   lament.    As  too  was   last   night’s   abysmal   showing   by  the  Los  Angeles  Lakers   in  their   loss  to the  Portland  Trailblazers.  No matter  which   way  you  slice  and   dice  it  ,  analyze  it  or  whatever.  This  may  well  have  been  the  Lakers’   worst   regular    season  display.  And   one  might  question the  fact that  there’d  been   a  skirmish   during  the  game  between  the  two  teams.  But   it  oughtn’t  to  excuse   the  fact    that  they  were  handed  their   heads  on  a  silver  platter.  And  if  nothing  else   it  proves  the   point  that  the  assumption  being   made  that  they  possess  the  deepest   bench  in  the  league  can  no  longer   be   justified.     Based  on  last  night’s  performance    they   were   anemic  to  say  the  very  least.



Brandon  Roy  of  the  Portland  Trailblazers   dunks  over the Lakers' Jordan Farmar  during  the  game  played  at the  Rose Garden  Arena   in Portland,Or.
Brandon Roy of the Blazers dunks on the Lakers' Jordan Farmar during the game played in the Rose Garden Arena in Portland ,Oregon. The Blazers would go on to rout the Lakers 111-94. picture appears courtesy of nbae/getty images/ Sam Forencich ............





As   for  the  Trailblazers   they’re   proving  to  be  a  very   young ,  hungry  and   tough  team.   Whatever   they’re   lacking  in     inexperience  they’re  more  than  making   up  for  with  their   very   determined  displays. To  my  mind  they  are   indeed   the   surprise   team   within  the  NBA  this  season  and   the   fact  that  they’re   now   locked   in  a  two way   tie   within  their division  alongside  the  Utah  Jazz (40-23).  It  shows  the  progress  that   they’re   now  making  under coach  Nate McMillan.  He’s  providing  the   stability  needed  and  the  players   themselves  are   buying  into  the  thought  process  and   teachings. If  nothing  else  it  has  proved  that  this   team   though  not   yet   tried  and   tested   they’re   now  proving  that  they’re   capable   of   contending   with  the  best.   Whether  or  not  they   can  convert  that  into  anything  sustentative  remains  to  be  seen.  At this   juncture   they’re   trying  to   play  themselves   into  the  playoffs  and   garner  a  postseason  berth.  



Bryant  goes  up   for  the  offensive  play  against  the   Trailblazers  during  the  game.
Bryant goes up for the offensive play against the Trailblazers . picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Sam Forencich .............










In  Brandon  Roy  the   Portland Trailblazers    possess   one  of  the   better   young   players  within  the  NBA.  And   this  season  he  proved  that   point   by  him  being  named to  the  All   Star   roster  of  the  Western  Conference   for  the  NBA  midseason  showcase  event.  But  it’s  not   just   Roy alone  that   one   has  to  be  impressed  with   on  this  team. The  roster   has  a  nucleus   that   should   they   remain  together   over  the   next    five   or   six   years   can   contend   for   numerous   championships.  But   that’d  be   predicated   upon  the  desires  of  the   hierarchy  within  the  organization  and  the   financial   constraints   that  they  would  be   under.  If  nothing  else   this   team   has   become  a  pleasure  to  watch  as  they  set  about   doing  things   the   right  way.    They  play  with a  zest  and  zeal   not  often  seen   in  such  a  young   and  inexperienced   team. 




A subdued  Kobe Bryant (right) and  teammate Pau Gasol seated on  the bench  look  on  in  the  waning  moments of  the  game.  The  Lakers  would  go on  to  lose the  game  decisively  against  their  Western Conference rivals the Portland Trailblazers 111-94.   picture appears courtesy of   nbae/getty  images/ Sam Forencich .........
A subdued Kobe Bryant (right) along with teammate Pau Gasol left seated on the bench look on during the waning moments of the game. The Lakers would go on to lose the game decisively to the Portland Trailblazers decisively 111-94 . picture appears courtesy of nbae/getty images/ Sam Forencich ............




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