Lamrock wrote:Bogut clearly isn't the defensive beast here that he is IRL.
dare wrote:If you don't win this series then I'm going to expect this story to last a little longer.
hova- wrote:I think the postseason is pretty much over for Sit and his squad. I definitely expect a Durant trade. You don't have the chance to bring in another All-Star I guess, so you need to trade Durant for a decent package.
The X wrote:Unfortunately my prediction was right. You needed to win game 4 to win title, otherwise you were done. You can still come back, but it's really tough right now. Chara is just too damn good
ChrisO0 wrote:Tough loss. You are definately missing Kidd and AI was obviously no replacement. I guess that Karl will have a great game and you'll tie the series.
Thierry • wrote:Damn, I forgot this is still 2K9. Tough loss bro, AI was cold.
Thierry • wrote:Sit wrote:What's with the ?
Is it good/bad?
Good! I mean, Association & Story of the Year 2010 on 2K9, that would be with a game from two years ago.
Thierry • wrote:Sit wrote:It's quite an enjoyable game.
Yes it is, I still have it installed, but with 2k11, you know.
Updated: May 25, 2013
If There’s Any Better Time To Prove It – It’s Now!
Four-time NBA Scoring Champion Kevin Durant has always called the Seattle Stealth ‘his team’. Now would be an opportune time to make the claim ring true.
Kevin Durant is a talented scorer but can he carry his team?
By Woody Hannes
Kevin Durant has become known for his favorite one liner: ‘My team baby’. Durant’s team, the Seattle Stealth, are one game away a second straight elimination at the hands of the Sacramento Kings. It’s as perfect a time as ever for Durant to lift ‘his team’ but something tells me that he either can’t or won’t do it.
Durant has always talked the talk but to be fair, Durant has also walked the walk. With the Stealth, Durant has made it to two Western Conference Finals and missed the playoffs just twice. Multiple All-Star and All-NBA team selections plus four scoring titles, Durant fit right into the franchise and was handed the keys to the team. He became the face of Seattle basketball by default and with the responsibility came a lot of power.
Durant has had his way throughout his entire career. Now he is in his prime and with his team on the brink of elimination, it’s time he repay Seattle for their faith in him. Durant has to give back by getting his team back into this series and willing them to victory. He is the only guy who is able to do it.
Durant has disappeared in these past few games ever since he didn’t get his way at the end of Game 2. Stealth Head Coach Will Sit gave the last shot to someone else. Durant wasn’t the man for the last shot and he has not been the same since. Durant looks like he has quit on his team. It’s sad because he has the talent to turn this series around. I mean, did anyone see that 15 point third quarter in the last game? He can control a game on his own. Unfortunately, he has chosen to take a backseat and watch his team fall in a 2-3 hole.
There was so much promise in the Stealth’s postseason campaign this year. Durant dominated in the first round and did a splendid job of sharing the rock during the second round. It’s sad that the Western Conference Finals has seen him contribute to his team’s crash and possible burn. Now coupled with the loss of shining light Jason Kidd, who knows if Seattle will be able to recover to force Game 7.
So much is on the line here in Seattle. Not only is an NBA Finals spot on the line but so is the credibility of this franchise. The fans have been patient with their team and this season marked the occasion where the Stealth have the best NBA record. That is no coincidence as they have the most talented team in the league by far. I don’t know if Durant understands that if he sabotages everything, he may never get a shot at winning a title again; at least not a surefire shot like this year.
I don’t even know if Durant is smart enough to see that his career and legacy could be defined by what he is doing (or not doing) in this postseason.
Durant is talented. He is the youngest scoring champion in NBA history and he is a 4-time NBA scoring champion. This season was his fourth in a row and there seems to be no slowing Durant down. He will probably have his fifth scoring crown in a row next year.
With his tremendous talent comes an ugly side of Durant. The egotistical side. The ‘hand me everything on a silver platter’ side of him. The one side no one saw coming from the down to Earth and lanky teenager who played his lone freshman year at Texas. Everyone has been left wondering what happened to him in between his rookie season and everything that has happened in the past few weeks.
How did Durant get so out-of-control?
The answer is simple. Durant was handed everything too easily and given too much power within the organization. Every key move Seattle has made can be linked to Durant (all too conveniently). It’s rumored that he asked for Russell Westbrook to be traded because he felt threatened by Westbrook’s potential (funny how karma hits back as Westbrook is carving up the Stealth this series). That was only the start of it all.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize why Durant preferred the team signing Jason Kidd over Steve Nash. Why did David Lee’s career stall after landing in Seattle? Why did Durant push for Andrew Bogut over Chris Bosh? What about Reshawn Tyson barely touching the ball as a rookie and second year pro?
More evidence of Durant’s hand prints over the running of the team? Durant’s insistence on starting a 40 year old Raja Bell or an overrated Adam Morrison over Tyson who has blossomed into an All-Star despite Tyson bring more talented than the aforementioned players. Durant pushing Will Sit out of the Head Office, which sort of backfired because Sit moved to the sideline to ‘fix the problems he created’. And recently, there has been talk of Durant pushing for the trading away of Tyson.
It’s clearly evident that Durant seems to have the final say in everything. Seattle does everything to appease him. Not since Adolf Hitler, Fidel Castro or Kim Jong-Ill has someone had so much power.
If that really is the case, I think it’s only fair to say that it’s time Durant did something to make all the trouble worth it.
It’s time to prove that this is really his team. It’s time to prove that he is worthy to have his team.
The X wrote:Great article. You could replace IRL Lebron James with Kevin Durant & nobody would blink
Valor wrote:The X wrote:Great article. You could replace IRL Lebron James with Kevin Durant & nobody would blink
That pretty much summed up my thoughts after the read
|)e8* wrote:Awesome article, hopefully Durant leads your team to victory!
Houndy wrote:If Durant can't get a championship this year, I would trade him in a heartbeat and let some unselfish basketball start
hova- wrote:That's how it is. If he can't deliver, I don't want to see Durant's career being continued at Seattle. His trade value is still very high, so get rid of this fool before he destroy the organization completely.
Lamrock wrote:Great article. Here's hoping the Durantula can carry Seattle to a game 6 victory. Gotta say I doubt it though. Even if you do lose, you gotta keep the Durantula. He's the franchise and a classic anti-hero.
Thierry • wrote:Loving the article bro. I guess that's a big difference from my threads, apart from the obvious reasons... your articles hit bullseye. When I do articles that long, I only hear negative comments, so props for that.
The X wrote:Durant's got a bit of Kobe in him too. When the team's losing everybody is all over him, but when they are winning, well that's what he's suppose to do being the team star & NBA scoring leader etc
Because Sit knows how to build-up his long stories from the current situation of his association that makes readers wanting more to read and he also has that sense of timing knowing when to break out the long articles that fit very well with the current events of his association.Thierry • wrote:When I do articles that long, I only hear negative comments, so props for that.
Jao Wu!?Sit wrote:Well, I think that you will all be disliking who I startt at PG for Game 6
JaoSming2KTV wrote:its fun on a bun
shadowGrinch wrote:Because Sit knows how to build-up his long stories from the current situation of his association that makes readers wanting more to read and he also has that sense of timing knowing when to break out the long articles that fit very well with the current events of his association.Thierry • wrote:When I do articles that long, I only hear negative comments, so props for that.
On the brink of elimination in a conference finals isn't exactly the same weight as preseason or early regular season games that don't even play into the playoff picture.
Thierry • wrote:Lol yeah, I really can't compare myself to Fresh
Will try to post less or smaller articles then.
The X wrote:Size isn't the issue, it's content.
JaoSming2KTV wrote:its fun on a bun
It's going to be Allen Iverson starting huh? Not Jao Wu. *sigh*
Durant Leads Stealth, Forces Decisive Game Seven
Game 6, Western Conference Finals, 2013 NBA playoffs: Seattle Stealth at Sacramento Kings 93-90 (Series tied 3-3)
Preview | Boxscore | Recap | Highlights
MAY 26, SACRAMENTO (AP) – After a defeat in Game 5, Seattle Stealth youngsters Jao Wu and Aaron Karl called a players-only meeting. In it, they expressed to the older players how much they wanted everyone to come together to stay alive in the Western Conference Finals. They said that no matter what each individual wanted to achieve, they had to share one common goal: win a championship for Jason Kidd.
“Jason has gotten us this far,” Karl stated, “I would think that it would be tough for him to watch us fall like we have. J (Jao) and I thought enough was enough and it was time to get everyone on the same page. We know that Coach (Sit) has tried his heart out to get through to everyone but it wasn’t working. It was time that one of us said something.” Wu admitted, “I’m only a rookie and Aaron is nearly as young as me. We thought it was a long shot. But for Jason, we had to try something.”
The miracle they were hoping for eventuated and the Stealth’s players regrouped overnight. Kevin Durant led the charge with 34 points as Seattle played on a united front. Durant and Reshawn Tyson set aside their differences to power the Stealth to a win with their backs against the walls. Tyson ended with 17 points and Andrew Bogut added 22.
Durant and Tyson both declined to comment after the game and the team sent Australian All-Star Centre Bogut to conduct the podium interview. Bogut spoke of his two team mates, “They’re playing together again out of respect for Jason.” Bogut also noted that it was great to see Durant play good again and defended his captain for the recent criticism he has received in the media, “Kevin was having a few off-nights. He is an awesome player so don’t try and say that he quit on the team just because he didn’t deliver on one night.”
Moses Chara led the Kings with 29 points and Russell Westbrook had another double double of 21 points, 11 assists. Michael Redd and Al Jefferson added 14 apiece.
The focus was on Durant and Chara all night as the two stars did battle, which seemed to have been won by Durant. Although Chara had 19 points in the first half in comparison to Durant’s 16 and the Kings did hold a lead at halftime (47-42); Durant ended the third quarter with a three point play, drawing a foul off of Chara. That would extend Seattle’s lead to a game-high 9 points at 69-60. Another highlight from Durant was in the final quarter where he soared over Chara to grab a rebound and went coast to coast for the dunk.
Chara was left red-faced after badly missing a three pointer late in the game that could have cut his team’s deficit to one point. On the next possession down the court, Durant would hit a triple in his face to extend Seattle’s advantage to 6 points. Even though Chara would later hit a long range shot with 11 seconds left to cut the Stealth lead to 3, it was too late for any comeback. Chara made note of the pivotal exchange between him and Durant, “I had a chance to help us gain a lot of ground. Things didn’t go my way. Time to move on and think about winning Game 7.”
Chara also refused to acknowledge the fight shown by the Stealth and instead blamed his teammates for giving Seattle a shot at taking the series at home, “Everyone played bad on my team. I’m carrying them and they’re just not performing.”
Head Coach Will Sit praised his young players for their initiative and maturity, “I’m happy that my guys pulled for me at the last minute. Now it’s time for us to go home and defend our home court.” Sit also took a swipe at Chara as well as possibly playing the ‘mind trick’ card with his teammates, “Moses Chara might be the League MVP but he sure isn’t the League’s best team player. What kind of leader would openly criticise his teammates like he does. If I was a player, I would hate to be his teammate. Why don’t any of the Kings stand up to him?”
Notes: Jason Kidd was on the Stealth bench helping the coaching staff again. His right arm is still in a sling… Allen Iverson started at point guard again and was solid with 7 points and 11 assists… Karl and Wu didn’t manage to get off the bench but were the most popular players in the locker room after the game for questions from the media… Seattle won the game thanks to a 27-13 third quarter…
Box Score wrote:Sacramento Kings
SF Moses Chara: 29 points, 4 assists, 2 steals, 11-22 FG, 3-9 3PT, 4-5 FT
PG Russell Westbrook: 21 points, 11 assists
SG Michael Redd: 14 points, 5 assists
PF Al Jefferson: 14 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, 7-9 FG
SF Kevin Durant: 34 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 12-15 FG, 1-2 3PT, 9-9 FT
C Andrew Bogut: 22 points, 5 rebounds, 11-14 FG
SG Reshawn Tyson: 17 points
PF David Lee: 8 points
SG Allen Iverson: 7 points, 11 assists
NBA.com wrote:Around-The-League Wrap-Up: Game 6
Cavs 100 (James 20 pts, 9 reb, 6 ast, Noah 13 pts, 12 reb, Gay 19 pts, 8 reb)
Bucks 95 (Gray 21 pts, 18 reb, 9 ast, 3 blk, 2 stl, Washburn 17 pts, 10 reb, Conley 15 pts)
[Cavs win series 4-2]
dare wrote:It was close but a win is a win, I thought you're going to use the rookies. After what Chara said to his teammates I'm expecting a collapse for the Kings in 7.
ChrisO0 wrote:Great win!
The X wrote:Yep, I knew you would will out a win. Let's hope you can do the same in game 7
Jay Gray wasn't far off a 20-20-10 triple double. Shame the Bucks went down, but not a surprise.
I'm guessing you are going to post game 7 & then take a hiatus for exams. Am I correct?
hova- wrote:"Player card" was pretty much my way to say "post some numbers". You don't need to be fancy. Just put in College, age, height, weight, years pro and the stats. That's all I'm asking for
Martti. wrote:Durant had a good game for a change.
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