TNT Notes Nov 13th: Kobe Does His Usual

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No Duncan? Oh it’s all good.

Old School Friday at The Commission. 

Barkley on Senator George Mitchell’s report exposing steroid use in Major League Baseball: “I took a lot of criticism a couple of weeks ago defending Barry Bonds. Barry Bonds is a friend of mine, but I’m not here to defend him or condone (what he did), I just thought it was unfair how they tried to make him the bad guy and that no one else is doing steroids…This is bad for baseball, let’s get past it. This is ‘The Steroids Era,'; Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and Roger Clemens deserve to go into the Hall of Fame.”

Smith: “I was checking to see if (Charles Barkley) was the list, he was on the Krispy Kreme list. He’s been getting injections of Krispy Kreme.”

Barkley on Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford’s flagrant foul on Toronto Raptors guard T.J. Ford that sent Ford to the hospital and resulted in a Horford suspensin: “(Al Horford’s foul on T.J. Ford) wasn’t a flagrant foul. He tried to hit (Ford), no question, but it isn’t a suspendable offense. I disagree with the NBA on that one. Yeah he tried to foul the guy but he wasn’t trying to hurt him, it’s unfortunate that he got hurt. (Horford) has no reputation of being a bad guy.”

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Game 1: Washington Wizards (104) @ Miami Heat (91)

Announcers Kevin Harlan and Reggie Miller with Cheryl Miller reporting

In another edition of Inside Trax, TNT replayed audio from Washington Wizards head coach Eddie Jordan talking to the team in the locker room prior to the start of the game.

Eddie Jordan to his players: “We’ve got to have an aggressive mindset, so nothing changes, nothing changes. This shouldn’t be a changed game because where we are on TV and all this kind of stuff. Just continue to do what we’ve been doing. We’ve been very successful making winning plays, whether we’re on a break against New Jersey, whether it’s a comeback against Minnesota. Make winning plays, okay?”

Miller on Washington Wizards forward Darius Songaila: “Darius (Songaila) can really help this team with his outside shooting. He’s really been struggling lately because he’s been hurt, but this is a chance for him now that he’s getting some court time to really help this team out offensively this season.”

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Halftime

Johnson, Barkley and Smith

Barkley on the struggles the Heat are facing at home after returning from a six-game road trip: “When I played in the NBA the hardest game to win is your first home game after a long road trip. A lot of people don’t pay attention to that stat, but when you’re on a long road trip there’s something about when you come home that you’re relaxed. Your first game home after a road trip, especially a successful road trip, you tend to be a little lackadaisical.”

Smith on Miami struggling to find their identity: “Miami still hasn’t found an identity, in terms of player personnel and style of play. They really don’t know who their top eight players are because from night to night it varies and it has varied all season. Also, I don’t think they’ve defined the style of what to play because they had been accustomed to Dwyane Wade taking over games and they had been accustomed to even throwing it in to Shaq (O’Neal). They really don’t know their style of play anymore.”

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Miller on the Washington Wizards playing with defined roles: “We spoke with Eddie Jordan and he said that everyone knows their defined roles. (Jordan said,) ‘We know who our scorers are, we know who our facilitators are and we know who our rebounders and shot blockers are.'”

Miller on Miami Heat guard Chris Quinn: “Pat Riley is going to have to think about playing (Chris Quinn) a little more, if not starting him. That’s no disrespect to Jason Williams, but this guy just settles down the team.”

Miller on what recently acquired guard Luke Jackson brings to the Miami Heat: “Not only is he a great long-range shooter, but he also sees the floor (so well).”

Cheryl Miller talked to Wizards forward Caron Butler after the game.

Butler on the Wizard’s key to success this season: “We’re moving the ball, everybody’s involved, everybody’s confidence level is going up and up. As the season progresses, we need to continue to play this way and believe in the system.”

Game break

Johnson, Barkley and Smith

Smith on the team mentality of the San Antonio Spurs: “(When asked), ‘What do you have to do this game?’ Most guys would say, ‘I gotta be more offensively aggressive. I got to get more shots.’ But (Manu Ginobili) said, ‘I got to get my teammates involved more.’ And that’s the mentality of the San Antonio Spurs, it’s not just Manu Ginobili. And that’s what makes them a great basketball team and that’s what makes them the team to beat to win it all.”

Barkley: “That’s how great players think. (When I played) I could get my shot anytime I wanted to, but I’d say that 40 percent of the time when I made a move I was trying to get the ball to Dan Majerle, Mike Gminski, Cedric Ceballos, Richard Dumas, those guys. And Ginobili understands (that)…He’s such a terrific player, I could play with that guy.”

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Game 2: San Antonio Spurs (97) @ LA Lakers (102)

Announcers Marv Albert and Doug Collins with Craig Sager reporting

Collins on LA Lakers head coach Phil Jackson relying on his bench early on: “We’re going to see Phil Jackson go to the bench early and try to get some energy off that bench. That’s one thing this team has done well this season. He calls into that bench and guys have performed very well.”

Collins on Lakers forward Ronny Turiaf: “(Ronny Turiaf is) Mr. Excitement. That guy brings instant energy to (the Lakers).”

Collins on Lakers guard Jordan Farmar: “(Jordan Farmar) is a much improved player. He’s really playing with a lot of confidence and I like his game. If he continues to improve this team could be pretty good come playoff time.”

Collins on the construction of the San Antonio Spurs team: “When you think of the construction of this San Antonio team – (Manu) Ginobili is a guy who can get his own shot, as well as (Tony) Parker, and you’ve got (Tim) Duncan in the post. Those guys create for the Michael Finley’s and the Brent Barry’s and the Bruce Bowen’s. When you take two of those weapons the guys who are affected most are those spot-up shooters – (Brent) Barry, (Michael) Finley and (Bruce) Bowen because they don’t get the normal looks because they aren’t getting the drive and the kick-outs and the double-teams in the post.

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Halftime

Johnson, Barkley and Smith

Smith on Lakers center Andrew Bynum: “(Andrew Bynum’s) length really shows against (depleted) teams like this…Some guys are just taller, stronger and bigger and that’s what he adds to this team. Most teams don’t have long centers. He’s so long, he’s so athletic and I think one of the biggest keys for him is that he’s able to dominate these smaller centers when they do come into town.”

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Collins on Lakers forward Lamar Odom: “I like (Lamar) Odom taking the ball to the basket. So many times this year we saw him settling for that outside jump shot, but tonight no dunking inside – take that ball to the rim and finish.”

Collins on Phil Jackson signing a contract extension with the Lakers: “Everybody thought that there was no way (Phil Jackson) would coach a team that had no chance at winning a championship. I talked to him after he agreed to that extension and he said he feels good about teaching these young players what it is to be a champion. We’ll see if this team can continue to grow under his tutelage.”

Collins on the Spurs playing short-handed: “It was a nice effort by San Antonio tonight. Being this shorthanded I didn’t know if they would have the capability to get the three’s that they got tonight. (Gregg Popovich) kept messing around with his lineup and getting guys into the game that could create some opportunities.”

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Inside the NBA

Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith

Barkley on the struggles of the Miami Heat: “(Heat guard) Dwyane Wade has to average a minimum of 25 points a game. He’s got to become more like Allen Iverson (when he played) in Philly, more like Kobe Bryant in L.A. because it’s his team. Shaquille (O’Neal) has been a legendary player, he’s one of my favorite players ever but he is obviously on the downside of his career. I still think (O’Neal) can do what Kareem (Abdul-Jabbar) did with the Lakers with Magic (Johnson) when it became (Magic’s) team. But the problem is, their supporting cast is not very good.”

Smith on what injured guard Gilbert Arenas brings to the team when healthy: “I don’t think we should be misguided to think that (Washington) is a better team without (Gilbert Arenas). (Arenas) is a guy that is a finisher. So in big games against great teams, he’s the one guy who can get his shot and make a play when no one else can. When (teams) play San Antonio, (they) might steal a game because (Arenas) is a guy in the fourth quarter who can make two or three baskets. He brings that electricity, that finishing element to a team that’s pretty good.”

Barkley on what the NBA’s Heritage Week means to him: “I love basketball; it’s given me every single thing in my life. I’m 44-years-old, I’ve never had a real job. It took me out of the country from Leeds, Alabama. It took me to Auburn, to Philly, to Houston, to Phoenix and now to here. The game is not what I wished it was today. (Players) want to be rich, they want to be famous. In our day, we really wanted to be great players. I don’t think they want to be great players now. (Players) like Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Shaq, Kobe Bryant…they want to be great. I think (current players) want to be rich and famous but that’s the only thing I miss in the game today, players that want to be great.”

Smith on current players lacking the drive to improve their games and become better players: “The mid-level (player’s) attitude has changed. The guy who is the seventh or eighth best player on your team used to strive so much to be the second or third best player even if that goal was unattainable. Now you don’t see that extra effort to be that player, that extra thought process to be that player. Superstars are always superstars but the guys that aspire to be superstars that never made it still play better.”

Barkley on former NBA guard Gary Payton: “I could watch Gary Payton play. I used to love playing against him. Other than Michael Jordan, (Payton) was the best competitor I ever played against.”

TNT OverTime

10 Responses to “TNT Notes Nov 13th: Kobe Does His Usual”

  1. Kobe, just doin what he do.

    Barkeley right as rain on the steroids thing and completely, utterly full of cow manure on this

    “(Players) want to be rich, they want to be famous. In our day, we really wanted to be great players. I don’t think they want to be great players now. (Players) like Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Shaq, Kobe Bryant…they want to be great. I think (current players) want to be rich and famous but that’s the only thing I miss in the game today, players that want to be great.”

    What a steaming load of crap.

  2. Barkely drives me crazy.

    He says something like the steroids thing and it’s so spot on that you want to cheer for him.

    Then he makes the comment KevDog referenced and you’re like WTF. Anyway, he’s entertaining and expecting him to be more really is stupid.

  3. GrandNubian Says:

    KevDog,

    I think i’ve mentioned to you before that the Lakers are not a bad team. They just have to learn to trust each other more and let Kobe take over when the game is on the line.

    Yeah, i got to go with Barkley on the steroids comment but will agree that he is full of sh** with that comment that most players just want to be rich and famous.

    On another note…the Heat cut Penny Hardaway.

  4. Exactly Kevdog. Barkley is another in the line of fools. Who think athletes today are all about money. Like I said before athletes in barkleys generation wanted to be paid too.

    Man I saw so many trash @ss players in the league growing up. Barkley is full of sh#$. Go look at those old chicago bull teams. When jordan was young. I saw a ton of dudes who seemed to lack the drive. Thats why jordan’s teams didn’t win crap then.

    Also isn’t barkley the same fool who never worked out, or ate healthy to stay in shape???

    Isn’t he the same dude who said that he never liked to play defense and prefered not too???

    Maybe if he carried himself in the offseason like a professional, lost weight instead of using the season to lose weight and tried to actually play defense. Scottie Pippen and MJ would not have questioned his drive. Maybe he would be the greatest PF of all-time. Maybe he would have won a championship.

    F^%$ Barkley!!!!

  5. Also Kev Phil needs to give bynum the ball more on the block. The kid got mad post up moves.

    Bynum needs to teach dirk how to play with his back to the basket!!!

    LOL!!!

  6. Also anybody check out Rasheed Wallace spitting to wu-tang “Verbal Intercourse” the other night.

    The kat was spitting Nas’s verse on the song.

  7. Grand Nubian thanks for reminding me about Penny. Someone posted a sick highlight vid. Damn I remember now. It was The Commission.

  8. Origin-I seen that. He got skillz.

  9. And yeah, suspension was not due Horford on that foul. Just because it looked ugly and ESPN played it approximately 8,000,000,000, they tried to scapegoat someone. But there was obviously no malicious intent. Horford obviously thought Ford was going to go up on the near side of the hoop but he paused and Horford caught him……..it was only coz Horford got wrong-footed though, that he him him so grossly.

  10. Orgin, AB moves to the basket well without the ball and is a monster at cleaning up points off gthe glass. He’s got a good drop step to his left but needs to get better at getting and holding his position on the block and to develop a few more moves.

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