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NBA full of disappointments this season


NBA full of disappointments this season
Seemingly lost in the excitement of LeBron vs. Kobe vs. Dwyane and the compelling saga of facial-hair decisions among coaches is the very real possibility that this NBA season may be judged as brutal.

The evidence screams it.

I'm not exactly sure where we can go to find that famed coaching carousel, but it's probably spinning at Mach 1. In terms of job security, pro basketball coaches now seem as doomed as, well, the rest of us. And that's just the beginning. Charles Barkley, who once threatened to run for governor, spent time in the hoosegow for behavior that might qualify the plucky TNT analyst for a seat in the Senate.

The New Yorks Knicks overshadowed their interesting ability to bruise the scoreboard by sticking us with about five months of Stephon Marbury in exile. Mark Cuban waited to have a crucial e-mail bonding episode with his team until it was almost too late.

And there's always Greg Oden. Forget about the injuries and the uncertain — or at least uneven — performance levels. But that commercial promoting your turn on a magazine cover was as lame as your early plus-minus score.

Anyway, with those issues as a warm-up, it's time to salute this season of questionable efforts by listing the most disappointing players and teams in the NBA. In a few instances, we've combined player and team into one listing.

NBA roundup

Nash is saluted for the squad-rallying pout he unleashed when Porter attempted to shift gears (yeah, not a wise move by Terry), and the team traded a couple of the rare Suns who could actually guard someone.

  • Shaquille O'Neal: This eclipsing Sun receives his own listing despite performing feats of basketball we no longer believed he was capable of during his rope-a-dope with Pat Riley.

    The flop in Orlando was lovely, referring to Toronto's Chris Bosh as the RuPaul of the NBA was sort of amusing (even though Bosh was right about Shaq's tendency for long-term lane parking) and the five rebounds against San Antonio last weekend was a hoot.

    But pretending to be buds with Kobe Bryant in an effort to fall back into the Lakers' embrace was disgusting. Hey, Shaq, tell Kobe how regret tastes.

    By the way, O'Neal was two-faced long before hooking up with the Jabbawockeez.

  • Stan Van Gundy, Orlando Magic: Yeah, he's a Coach-of-the-Year candidate, but verbally sparring with Shaq after that miserable flop puts Stan — at least for one day — in Barkley's class as a decision-maker.

  • Washington Wizards: OK, these guys did surprisingly well without Gilbert Arenas last season, signed him to a huge extension and have gone 15-50 without him this year.

    Firing Eddie Jordan wasn't stupid or cruel ... it was merciful.

  • Tracy McGrady, Houston Rockets: Dropping to 15.6 points and 39 percent (from 21.6 and 42) may have quite a bit to do with poor health. But making Ron Artest seem like the more conscientious teammate is really disappointing.

  • Boston Celtics: How can a defending champion with solid repeat potential land on this list? Well, looking past the injuries and the two prolonged winning streaks, we have a team that — when in reasonably good health — lost of seven of nine games, allowing the Cleveland Cavaliers to stake a claim on home-court advantage.

    It's enough to make a Big Baby cry.


  • Author: Fox Sports
    Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
    Added: March 14, 2009

     

     
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