erainmania should win MVP for that avatar! LLOLL! He gets my vote!
"...I got the hand that will rock your craddle / cream you like cheese spread you on my bagel..." - Shaq
I see nobody is speaking about Spain, so I'll have to do it.
Unfortunately All Star Pau Gasol is not playing the final. This is very upsetting but the most important characteristic of the spaniard squad is the quality and the great performences of the players coming from the bench.
Against Argentina, and probably the key of the game, in the first minutes of the second quarter Spain neutralized an eleven points argentinian advantage with a great perfomance of Sergio Rodriguez (first round pick for Portland in the last draft) and Rudy Fernandez, substituting guards Calderon (Toronto Raptors) and Navarro.
Also we recovered Jorge Garbajosa (power forward, joining Raptors next season) a terrific long distance shooter who was not playing at his best level in the past games, and of course, if you don't know Juan Carlos "La Bomba" (The Bomb) Navarro there's a great opportunity for him to get his desired NBA contract playing his best electric basketball in the final.
Maybe the weakest position in this team is center and without Gasol this could be a problem, but this guys are very confident and if there's a high-score game with a quick game and not very interrupted with fouls and that kind of game Greece can play for decades, this could be their championship. Remember we haven't won any big titles yet.
Anyway this is going to be a very tight game with the two best teams of the competition. And this has been the victory of brain and motivation against muscle and arrogance.
Congratulations Greece, congratulations Spain.
[QUOTE=EverGreen]It is a shame that Pau won't be playing for his team, country and himself. BUT!!! If this is the end of the world for Spanish hopes then sorry, you are not half the team Greece is. The Greek team does not have the superstar like Gasol because depending on the moment, any Greek player can step up and be the superstar. That is called balance and not having all your plans thrown out of the window because your main man got injured.
Yeah right, so it wouldn't matter to you if Papaloukas or Diamantidis were injured for the finals?
Once again.....come on Greece.......tomorow we can be the world champions......thanks
i didn't like hernandes' decision to call marc gasol in the first place but unfortunetly i feel it's gonna hit spain tommorrow.
vasquez is (was) injured - but de-miguel and trias (had much better season in barcelona than gasol) should have done better. you know what - even chuck kornegay who returns to play in spain next season might have been a better option. instead pepu got stuck with gasol (and i personally don't like felipe reyes and think he's undersize to handle top centers - tommorrow 2 great ones like papadopoulos and sofo). well i understand he took gasol thinking he needs "a body" to throw against the americans or argentinian while having the smaller (and more skilled) reyes able to play as 4. but damn that's a big problem now. at least with trias or de-miguel spain would have had another option.
Last edited by ziv; 09-02-2006 at 06:18 PM.
I´m so sorry Gasol won´t play.It´s gonna take some glory away from Greece´s win tommorrow.I can already see the posts here after the game...
What about Duenas? You think he'd kick Papadopoulos' ass?Originally Posted by ziv
I dont believe that if the game goes to a high score we are bound to loose it. I can see us adapting to that kind of game (again). It will be a close game anyway, may the best team win.
of course i think so - at least he's a better player atm (and imo) than marc gasol - but since he officaly(?) retired from the NT i didn't include him.Originally Posted by koroshiya1
We will win with or without Gasol, take it for granted!!
Vamos, españa, vamos!!