Weekly Countdown (cont.)
4 Questions rescued from the spam
4. Mo Williams was a pretty good player in Milwaukee. He's been a good player in Cleveland, too, and now, because he's on a great team while playing alongside perhaps the best player in the league, suddenly there's outrage that he's not an All-Star? I realize he didn't make the team (at least on the current roster), but all this talk about the "travesty" of his exclusion makes me think that there's too much emphasis on playing for a winning team when it comes to All-Star selections.
An interesting point of view. Winning trumps everything, I say. To play like a star and contribute meaningful production to a championship contender is far more valuable than putting up numbers that don't amount to anything, don't you think? I see where you're coming from, but my view is that he deserves consideration this year.
3. When the Bobcats joined the league in 2004, it messed up the schedule of playing all teams in your conference four times and teams from the other twice. Now, there are some teams in your own conference you play three times. I know it rotates, but should strength of schedule be taken into account in the NBA? Some teams get absolutely hosed each year. For example, the Rockets play the Kings three times and the Lakers four times this season. On the other hand, the Mavericks, a team in contention for the playoffs with the Rockets and a division rival, play the Kings four times and the Lakers just three times.
But then you have to worry about the schedules of the West vs. the East, because that defines home-court advantage in the NBA Finals. And if you want to be fair about strength of schedule, then you must take into account player injuries and other absences, such as the other night when the Spurs sat Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Michael Finley for a (nonetheless) tight 104-96 loss at Denver.
Instead of trying to discover new uses for computers, let's think about ways to make everything less complicated and more accessible.
2. I get tired of hearing about the lack of fan support for cities like Memphis and Charlotte. I don't know how it is in Charlotte, but here in Memphis, the people WANT to support the Grizz! However, the owner has shown he only cares about the dollar and not winning. He says he'll spend money when they start winning, but they won't win until they spend money! With this economy, nobody wants to cough up $50-$100 for a decent seat to watch a losing effort.
I hear you, Reginald. Small crowds are almost always an indictment of the ownership regime, and this recession is going to widen the divide between the teams that aggressively try to create revenue by winning games versus those franchises that prefer cheap, young rosters with no prayer of winning.
1. Can the Warriors still sort out this whole Anthony Randolph situation? He's already at odds with Don Nelson and just fired his agent. Will this be Chris Webber all over again?
This is nothing like the rookie year of Webber, a No. 1 pick whose falling-out with Nellie damaged everyone (including Webber himself). The 19-year-old Randolph is a No. 14 pick who is not entitled to anything. He is going to have to earn everything he gets, because it will be much easier for NBA teams to give up on a long-term project like him than on Webber, who was viewed as a certain star coming into the league.