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You don’t know enough about Dennis Johnson.
It’s not your fault, hell, many in the media & those who vote for the basketball Hall of Fame must not have known just how good he was. There’s no other explanation as to why it took so long for him to get inducted. Maybe he was overshadowed by the Big 3. Ask Rondo what that feels like. Then remember that he has a looong way to go before he’s the player DJ was. 
Anyway, rather than have me attempt to describe just how great he was, let’s have Larry Bird do the honors:
 “I played with a lot of great players, but if I had to play with only one of them it would have been DJ. I just had a connection with him. The backdoor cuts and many other things. We never needed any conversation on the court. No need for talking. He just always knew what we needed.’’ 
“He was a big-game player. He always shot better in the playoffs and he always took it hard to the hole in big games. People forget he won before he came to Boston, and once he came, we got to the Finals four years in a row.’’
“I played with some great players, but DJ was the easiest to play with.’’
Great compliments from a pretty good ball player & former teammate. Now they are fellow members of the Hall of Fame.
(w.w.)

You don’t know enough about Dennis Johnson.

It’s not your fault, hell, many in the media & those who vote for the basketball Hall of Fame must not have known just how good he was. There’s no other explanation as to why it took so long for him to get inducted. Maybe he was overshadowed by the Big 3. Ask Rondo what that feels like. Then remember that he has a looong way to go before he’s the player DJ was. 

Anyway, rather than have me attempt to describe just how great he was, let’s have Larry Bird do the honors:

 “I played with a lot of great players, but if I had to play with only one of them it would have been DJ. I just had a connection with him. The backdoor cuts and many other things. We never needed any conversation on the court. No need for talking. He just always knew what we needed.’’ 

“He was a big-game player. He always shot better in the playoffs and he always took it hard to the hole in big games. People forget he won before he came to Boston, and once he came, we got to the Finals four years in a row.’’

“I played with some great players, but DJ was the easiest to play with.’’

Great compliments from a pretty good ball player & former teammate. Now they are fellow members of the Hall of Fame.

(w.w.)

Greatest Trios of All-time?

DWade just said that this could be the greatest trio of all time… only time will tell but until then lets look at other great trios:

- KG, Pierce, Allen: It’s a shame these three didn’t join forces earlier in their careers.

- West, Baylor, Chamberlain: These guys never technically won a title together but those three names are amoung the greatest of all time.

- Birb, McHale, Parish:  Won 3 titles together. A total of 10 rings and 3 MVPs

- Jordan, Pippen, Grant: These three won 3 straight titles together until Jordan retired and Horace left. But it’s okay because that led us to the next great Bull’s trio.

- Magic, Kareem, Worthy: These guys won 3 titles together. Between them 14 championships and 9 MVPs.

- Jordan, Pippen, Rodman: While Rodman isn’t in the Hall of Fame, he deserves it. One of the greatest rebounders/defenders of all time. This Trio has 17 titles between them and the greatest single season record of all time.

- Russell, Havlicek, Jones: These guys won a staggering 8 championships together. A total of 29 titles between them. Sure it happened back in the day but all these guys did was win, win, win.

Where do James, Wade, and Bosh rank on this list? Currently, no where. They haven’t done anything together. Alone they have 1 ring and 2 MVPs. Not exactly amazing stats.

In my mind these guys have realized individually they will never catch MJ in stats or Legend. Their next best shot is to catch him in Championship count and this is the best way how. Look at Kobe, for example. The guys numbers don’t even touch MJ on an off night, yet he is one ring behind his Airness and already people are comparing Kobe to Jordan.

What this trio and, more specifically, LeBron accomplishes in June is going to be the best measure of their greatness.

From @SI_vault: How cool would it be to see this portrait every time you walked out of your high school gym?

From @SI_vault: How cool would it be to see this portrait every time you walked out of your high school gym?

This photo is pretty bananas.
(via SI Vault)

This photo is pretty bananas.

(via SI Vault)

(via hoopdreams & pickandroll)
You’re looking at probably the greatest visual joke in the history of basketball. (Other contenders: Chuck Hayes taking free throws; Andrew Bogut high-fiving himself; Ron Artest yanking Paul Pierce’s pants down). 
Three Bs.

(via hoopdreams & pickandroll)

You’re looking at probably the greatest visual joke in the history of basketball. (Other contenders: Chuck Hayes taking free throws; Andrew Bogut high-fiving himself; Ron Artest yanking Paul Pierce’s pants down). 

Three Bs.

threebs:

Went to my mailbox today and found three amazing items.

Hey remember when Bill Simmons compared the ‘08-‘09 NBA season to Christina Hendricks/Joanie from Mad Men?
Who best represents this season? Goth chick from Twilight?  Nicki Minaj? Carey Mulligan? Amy Pohler? Michelle Obama? Who’s your pick?

threebs:

Went to my mailbox today and found three amazing items.

Hey remember when Bill Simmons compared the ‘08-‘09 NBA season to Christina Hendricks/Joanie from Mad Men?

Who best represents this season? Goth chick from Twilight? Nicki Minaj? Carey Mulligan? Amy Pohler? Michelle Obama? Who’s your pick?

Ménage à trois

Ménage à trois

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