I figured 'd be a chessy hack and, like every other corporate "inspirational" cite some lines from Sun Tzu. I've got a meeting with The Bobs, so don't forget to put a coversheet on your TPS reports.
"It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle."
Then I came across this one --
"To know your Enemy, you must become your Enemy." That sounds familiar.
Then there's the Shaq Tzu version of the old general's wisdom:
"Know your enemy, know yourself, know your girlfriend's ex-con husband's abusive temperament, know his work schedule, and most importantly know the fastest way to get the hell out of there if he decides to come home early."
Know Your Enemy, Be Your Enemy
Know Your Enemy, Be Your Enemy
Training camp is approaching and we keep looking to the start of the season. Is baseball over yet? Is there some sort of mercy rule for the pennant race?
After the Shaq trade last year, Bluntman told me that the Suns would finish sixth. I did not agree because I figured they’d still have a good enough for the fourth of fifth seed -- after the integration of the Big Role Player. Although last year, two games out of first was only good enough to get the sixth seed, I don’t think it will be as ultra-competitive as it was last year. Bluntman has re-predicted a sixth seed and is looking forward to a season of low expectations. More on the Suns later, this is about how they stack up.
With all due respect to rabid fans in
In my book, there are (once again) ten teams in playoff contention:
My heart says Dalls misses the playoffs, but my head says Denver. It's even harder because I've been a huge A.I. fan ever since he single-handedly took on the Lakers in the Finals. I'm going with my head, not my heart. I see
Now that I think I know who is not getting into the playoffs, I’ll start at the top.
The Lakers and the Hornets will go 1 and 2, with the Suns and the Sp*rs (respectively) close behind. In the most boring division race,
The Lakers still have
I might only be willing to put even money on the Hornets to take the Southwest Division, simply because they have to get past the Sp*rs. Tyson Chandler got a lot of dunks last year. West is a true power forward, and Chris Paul is a stronger, more intense version of the Great Kevin Johnson (I said it first, Reggie) – and he plays defense. He’s already one of the top three for 2008-2009 MVP voting. Byron Scott knows what he’s doing. This dominating team comes to town for the Suns’ home-opener. CP3 and Scott are locked-up in the Big Easy. This is scary for years to come. They don’t have quite the bench yet, but they did sign Sean Marksso they've got that going for them.
For those of you living under a rock, Manu Ginobili needed ankle surgery during the WCF. A healthy Manu is a different series. Maybe not a win, but a different series. The supporting cast is aging, and that’s why I’ve got them at #3. It’s Same team, albeit a little bit older, with the same Big 3. They have at least three more good years in them, as currently composed.
The “Jazz” is simply inappropriate for
The Suns are in the second-tier teams, along with
Mainly to be a contrarian, I’m putting the Suns at 5th (not 6th) and the Rockets at 6th.
The Blazers have more young talent than they know what to do with. Their fans should be thrilled. They have so much promising talent that going through the roster would take pages of analysis. This year, however, in this conference, they are still at the bottom of the playoff contenders. In the East, they’re probably a 3 seed. Collectively, they need more time together. Individually, each player need more time in the league. Brandon Roy is very mature and will be the glue keeping them together. They will be a tough beat and a ton of fun to watch.
I guess, by default,