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The Smile Is Nearly Back
Lately I've been randomly blurting out a dangerous prediction: Chris Webber will soon be the proud possessor of his first NBA championship. No one seems to agree with me. But, having watched the Pistons dismantle the Bulls tonight behind an increasingly rejuvenated Webber, I'm starting to think that I may have put my eggs in the right basket after all.

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art_thirst From: art_thirst Date: May 8th, 2007 01:27 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Yes, I think Webber is highly motivated now that he has more than a good possibility of getting to the finals. Nowitski's game is good but, he just doesn't seem to know how to get it done in high pressure situations. Udonis Haslem (smaller but tougher) pushed him last year but, I haven't changed my impression of him since I became aware of him.

Webber has had some good years and had taken the fall for his teammates faltering. His role is defined and he's playing well. Center? I'm surprised but, if it works, great. :-)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 8th, 2007 02:30 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
He'll probably have to face Tim Duncan in the finals. A hard task, but not impossible, since Duncan is more of a power forward himself. Webber does pass the ball well.
masoo From: masoo Date: May 8th, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Man, you sure know how to take the shine off of the glow Warrior fans are feeling. Count me as one person who hopes Chris "Time Out" Webber never wins a ring ... the dark ages for the Warriors began when Time Out cry-babied his way into a trade because he didn't like that mean Mr. Nelson. Every year that he falls short in his quest for a ring, I gloat.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 8th, 2007 02:31 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

When I watched Pedro Feliz hit that three-run homer the other day, I thought of you. Secretly, I hoped that someone would describe it as a "clutch hit."
masoo From: masoo Date: May 8th, 2007 02:55 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Pedro has become the player who won't go away. Time Out was the player who wouldn't stay. Local sports history would be a lot different if those two had switched roles.

The other night at the ballpark, Pedro looked at six straight pitches on his way to a base on balls. All the people in my section were cheering him on and giving me goofy glances :-).
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 8th, 2007 08:56 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
He looked at six straight pitches? Damn. Maybe he's going to come out of the closet!
dlowestanimal From: dlowestanimal Date: May 8th, 2007 10:55 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I don't know, your birthday candles were Suns colors...
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 9th, 2007 03:05 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Oh, I'd like the Suns to win, assuming the Warriors won't make it that far. But the Spurs are a terrible matchup for Phoenix. I just see McDyess, Webber, and Wallace neutralizing Duncan enough to allow Billups and Hamilton to demonstrate their backcourt superiority.
schencka From: schencka Date: May 9th, 2007 06:27 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
The difference in intensity level between the West (high intensity) and the East (low intensity -- Raptors? Nets? Cavs? Wizards?) indicate the East has no chance. Sans the Dwayne Wade-type ref favoritism.

Even the teams who aren't going to win it all. Did you see Matt Harpring go for that final rebound against Golden State?

I also think the Spurs have finally gotten Too Old.

Re: your family picture entry. My grandma was born in 1916, and saves the used tin foil to prove she came of age during the Depression.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 9th, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
That's really cool about your grandma. Do you really think the Pistons don't measure up? They played the West pretty tough.
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