whatz up dorsey former dorm director from laurinburg inst.(marvel haile)morris hall/barstor hall. keep up the good work! e-mail me when u get a chance @ firstname.lastname@example.org/ marvel from dc./md. the years @ laurinburg 2003-2006.
yes i meant to say i am joey dorseys cusin. yupppppppppppppppppp!
Dave Casinelli was a great player. He played with so much heart, I know many that loved watching him play.
Like you, I've let my aspirations of being a sports superstar go many years ago however I've found ways that I can start getting active again. One thing I did to get myself moving again was purchase an inflatable kayak, there's a review on my blog about the Seaeagle 380x kayak I bought.
Paddling my kids around in this kayak gives them the thrill of getting out on the water while I get some moderate exercise. To keep myself motivated I started a blog at http://inflatablekayakguy.com to journal my paddling trips - Hope that inspires others to get active too
Daddy would be proud to see how far jacob had to come from. When my DAD was sick and he knew he did'nt have long he told my brother and I to take care of Jacob and watch over him. We did all we could for him, not as a brother but as my Father would've done, since we are 23 years his elder.
Mark should fade into the past and be forgotten.
CDR @ 28. What a deal it was.
THANK GOD THAT "THE ANSWER" HAS DECIDED TO 'RETIRE' GOOD RIDDANCE AND CONGRATULATIONS MEMPHIS FANS..YOU'LL A WHOLE TEAM INSTEAD OF A WHINING, ONE MAN BAND. I'M GLAD THAT MY TEAM DIDN'T PICK HIM UP EVEN AFTER JAMEER SCREWED UP HIS SHOULDER.
Pau is a big reason we won last year. Pau is a Laker for life!! No one can contain the "Big Spain". islate.org
When I saw Mary in 97, I fell off my bicycle and said "It's you". She grinned & was extra nice, She is MUCH more attractive than her pictures.
Memphis fan's get ready!! I'm here to tell you that AI has a lot left in the tank and he is definately not a six man! For over 13yrs, this guy has been ripping up the league! Unfortunately, the Detriot experience did not help with the perception of AI's legacy. Detroit did not respect the future hall of famer! Stuckey & RIP Hamilton over AI? Please!! They deserve to lose all of those games last year because of the way they treated AI. In terms of leadership, dont get it twisted. AI is a leader! How many guys in the NBA could have taken that Philly team that AI was a part of to the NBA finals that year??? Chris Paul?no Darren Williams?no Kobe B? no , Lebron James?no My point is that AI is a victim of the what have you done for me lately syndrome. I believe that he will have a solid year and help Memphis get out of the basement in the western conference. I also believe that his years of experience has made him a smarter basketball player! He will adapt and blend in with OJ Mayo and help Mike with his overall development. This guy only knows how to play one way and that is to die for!!! If everybody on that squad takes on AI's courage & toughness, you have something biuld on and the fans will gravitate to it! That's a great formula to turn around a losing environment! I wish the players and fans have a fun, exciting, and most of all a winning season in Memphis this year. I will be routing for the Grizzlies all the way from Chicago!
Memphis get ready! AI has not lost anything! Not only should he start, I believe he should play the majority of the minutes. He gives this team a chance to win!!! And that's all you ask for over the 80 game grueling season. Detroit did not treat the future hall of famer with respect! RIP Hamilton & Stuckey over AI? Please! This guy has been playing like his life depends on it for over 13yrs! The jury in my opinion is still out on guys like Chris Paul and D Will. Before I put them in AI's category, they have to do it for at least 10 more years!!! AI is a victim of the what have you done for me lately syndrome. I have not forgotten, that this guy took a host of NBA average players in Philly to the NBA championship! I dont think Kobe or Lebron could have taken that team to the finals!!! I hope AI has a great season and that Memphis shocks the world!!!
Straight out VA!
Guys, someone needs to explain to me how Rudy, AI, Zack and OJ are going to share the ball when its a contract year for AI, Zack and Rudy. There is only 1 basketball and none of the above mentioned get their points off the bar (followup dunks, consistent fast breaking) and our starting point guard is only somewhat (i am still unsure if he will be in the league 3 yrs from today) effective with the ball.
I love the fact that our team now has both potential and present offensive firepower, something that has been severely lacking in the recent past. But, I am VERY worried that while, the team the past few years has not been filled with any kind of urgency and was content in underperforming night in and night out, now we have a team full of individuals with everything to prove. Iverson is out to prove he can still play at a high level. Rudy is in a contract year. Mayo has to show he can avoid the sophomore slump and continue to live up to the hype. Randolph has to prove that he can do more than just put up an empty 20 and 10. Conley will be out to try and show that his number 4 draft position was not a big mistake and that he CAN be a big-time PG. The only guys I am not worried about trying to force anything are Marc and Thabeet, because Marc is a team-first guy and I'm pretty sure Thabeet is aware that he wasnt drafted for his offensive prowess. God, I just hope Hollins can figure it all out, put people in the right positions with the right minutes and avoid any major personality clashes. Otherwise, this will be the same old song and dance of losing 60 games, just with a different cast.
thinking of Allen Iverson coming off the bench is a mistake, how can iverson lead from the bench, iverson can make plays put pressure on the d, what if u play som one like the lakers or spurs or with good O u have to put iverson in the game quickly to help score the ball, why cause conley can't make those plays u relay too much on 2nd year mayo, zach jammed up,rudy would force a bad shot, , conley would have to create off the dribble, thats not his game, QUESS what check allen in to save the day, now what do that do for conley confidence zero, allen iverson is far from a 6th man he is a allstar with a godgiven talent, Detroit tryed the bench thing with allen it didnt work why cause he is not the sixth man type,Mj was 40 an still started, thats a insult to injury an a losing season to start iverson on the bench, let conley watch from the bench an learn from allen, if memphis couldnt win with conley at the point last year, whats so different, if detroit would of kept allen at the point they would of won more games, matter fact they had won there best games with him at the point gave LA there first lose last year, Cavs there second loss last year, memphis if you want to win Allen at the point, but um sure lionel hollions knows that already thats why he said all postions were open at training camp, Nuggets would of went deeper in the playoffs in 07 with allen but they played the lakers, why cause new orleans forfitted that game agest the mavs, oh yeah the the western cof was a 50+ conference that year never in history that as happen, anyone that played the lakers in 07 was losing in the west,if denver played in the first round with billups last year agest the lakers they were going to lose, i forgot they lost in the western champ game, denver won 52 games last year with billups, they won 50 games with allen, with a injuryed denver nugget team k mart was off a knee injury, nene had medical problems, akins was injured the whole season, melo caught a DUI charge that made things really hard far as a team image, JR came along at the end of the season, allen still managed to help lead with what he had, allen is going to show everyone this year that he is no sixth man or fade out legend you memphis fans is going to get a true warrior thats going to lead by example get ready for excitement memphis allen going to show u i been watchin AI for 13 years I watched alot of his games through Nba league pass so I know, he didnt play half of the season really so he is very fresh get ready! ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE
Memphis yall want to win for a couple of years AI will give it to you. just let him play his way, don't force the issue BELIEVE ME
Good points, Fan . . . I'm all for winning, and all for fielding the most competitive team we can. Just to expand on a few points . . .
My point had to do with leadership and the necessary sacrifices one makes for group successes. I'm sure we'll find out by the season opener (if not before) who has EARNED the starting job (I don't think Hollins is just going to hand the keys to Conley). My point is that if his teammates KNOW he wants to start (and they do), but watch him submit to Hollins' leadership . . . those guys will play their hearts out for Hollins and Iverson. It would be the ULTIMATE "lead by example" that someone of Iverson's stature could do to unite the team and short circuit any chemistry issues before they arise.
As for the pure basketball logic of it, I can see the logic of bringing Iverson off the bench. The starting lineup got a big offensive boost with Zach Randolph joining the squad and of course, Conley improved in the second half of the season. To me, it's more a question of fit. Of course, both Conley and Mayo will have to work harder if they want to keep their starting jobs -- that can't be bad.
If Iverson comes off the bench, he brings instant offense, an instant momentum swing, and an instant shot of adrenaline for the crowd at FedEx Forum. Not to mention that our second unit could use some scoring, and AI's job would be to do just that. Perhaps most importantly, no matter what anybody says, Iverson's continued career will depend on him being willing to be a sub. PERIOD. That's why we got him in the first place -- because nobody else wanted him unless he fit into that role. So if he wants to play past this year . . .
Finally, this quiz: Quick: who was the starting SG for San Antonio last year? Heck, I dunno. It was either Michael Finley or George Hill. But guess what? Manu Ginobli is still Manu Ginobli -- even as sixth man. And he FINISHED games.
I don't think anyone would question Iverson's importance to the team as a sixth man. And given the way the city's already embraced him, I don't think he should either.
All that said, I return to my previous statement: As far as Hollins is concerned, if Iverson wants to start, it's up to him to take the job. Likewise, it's up to Conley and Mayo to keep it. Either way, it's good for the team.
fair enough, but i think it would be a mistake to bring ai off the bench. i believe the best player on the team should start AND finish, especially if the team is legitimately trying to win. i feel like there is too much emphasis in general about "developing for the future". i think it's a very good idea to develop players, but i think too many teams these days take that to mean that young players should start before they are ready. and i don't see the sense in that. i don't recall in all my years watching the nba, such an emphasis on "development" and not on winning, until the past few years. personally, i think winning is more important to the development of young guys than starting, especially if the young'in is not ready; learning how to win rather than learning losing. winning is what the fans want; it will generate revenue; it will attract free agents that want to win; and it is (should be) the goal of any professional team...you play to win. i hear statements all the time from media pundits and rebuilding franchises such as "you don't want to mortgage the future...". well, what about the present? planning is one thing, but it doesn't make sense to give up the present for the future either, especially since you can't predict it. further, the future never pans out the way you expect it to, if you do ignore the present. What happens, for instance, if a young'in is forced into a starting role and doesn't progress because he only learns losing? what if the young'in does develop, but chooses to go somewhere else that is about winning, instead of development, when his contract is up? some things to consider...
i think mike conley is a good player, but i'm not sure if he is ready to be a starter in this league. i think an AI - OJ backcourt would be best. they can both handle the rock, play point, and score. conley can then develop in his own time, instead of being forced into something he's not ready for.
And yet, Allen . . .
If you are willing to come off the bench, it will be the ULTIMATE sign of leadership. Assuming of course, that Hollins determines that's the best way to use your talents. But for you to say what you just said, and be willing to SACRIFICE your own will . . .
THAT will send a POWERFUL message to your teammates. If you want to be the leader, you at least have to be willing to fulfill that sixth man role.
Besides, who among us doubts that you will be in the game during the closing minutes of a close game?
Arkelon Hall sucks bigtime. He should be benched and replaced with 40 year old Will Hudgeons!
Tommy said, "I don't think anybody out there wasn't trying." He's wrong. There was one person who wasn't trying, and his name is Tommy West.
The Tigers were overmatched. Ole Miss was quicker and sharper. Yet the Tigers played with enormous heart. They were let down by their coach, but in the post game show, Tommy mostly blamed his players. He never takes responsibility for his fantasy football play-calling. I suppose in Tommy's World, every play he called would lead to a touchdown if only his players would execute. And the opposing team lay down.
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