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[Floriday Today] Yao is NBA's Most Disappointing Player

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  1. daRox

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    [Florida Today] Yao leads "NBA's five most disappointing players"

    http://www.floridatoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050207/SPORTS/502070326

    NBA's five most disappointing players

    BY TIM WALTERS
    FLORIDA TODAY

    FLORIDA TODAY sports copy editor Tim Walters ranks the five most disappointing players in the NBA this season:

    1. Yao Ming, Houston Rockets. Greatness was predicted for the 7-foot-6 center from China, but all he's producing right now is mediocrity. Yao is averaging 18.2 points and 8.6 rebounds a game, which isn't bad, but at his height and weight, he should be averaging double figures in rebounds and at least 20 points a game.

    And with Tracy McGrady hoisting up 25 shots a game, Yao should grab six to eight rebounds alone from his teammate.

    2. Keith Van Horn, Milwaukee Bucks. A career 17-point-a-game scorer, Van Horn is having a season to forget. He's averaging just 11.3 points and 5.2 rebounds a game, all career lows for the nine-year veteran.

    The Bucks are the third-worst team in the dismal Eastern Conference, and the poor play of Van Horn is partially to blame.

    The Utah grad was supposed to do great things in the NBA, but he's past his prime and his numbers are sinking.

    3. Latrell Sprewell, Minnesota Timberwolves. Before the season, he was running his mouth about wanting a $14-million-a- year contract rather than $10 million. Let's see him garner a big deal as a free agent after this season averaging just 12.5 points and 2.4 rebounds a game thus far.

    The Timberwolves are struggling despite the inspired play of reigning MVP Kevin Garnett, and that's mainly because Sprewell and Sam Cassell are having lackluster seasons.

    Sprewell's actions have been intolerable, and it's a shame because his talent is great but his attitude is not.

    4. Gary Payton, Boston Celtics. First he said he wouldn't play for the Celtics, then he decided to. Maybe it wasn't such a good idea.

    The Glove, as he once was known, is averaging just 12.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.17 steals per game. All well below his career numbers.

    You can chalk up some of his decline to age and playing on an average team, but it's still amazing that Boston leads the Atlantic Division despite being just a .500 club. But you still expect more from one of the league's best point guards.

    5. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers. Maybe it's unfair to put a guy on this list who's averaging 27.5 points a game. But considering he's missed a lot of games this season and his team is clinging to the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, he has to be held accountable.

    Bryant chased Shaquille O'Neal and Phil Jackson out of town, and the team's poor play made Rudy Tomjanovich so ill he had to quit. The team has almost no shot at making it back to the Finals.

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    Someone's still bitter about T-Mac. He also took a cheapshot at T-Mac by saying he's taking 25 shots/game
     
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    Well this is sure to get everyones our of there seats!

    Telll Mr. Tim Walters to get off the crack! His argument is that Yao is 7 '6 so he should b playing good right? Well how many other player over 7 '5 played good in the NBA? There isnt one thats averaged over 10 ppg BUT Yao!
     
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    It's amazing a guy can average 18 and 8 and be considered one of the biggest disappointments in the league. Absolutely amazing. Pau Gasol does that and comes out of it with the respect of his teammates, the media, and oh yeah, 90 million dollars, but Yao Ming does it and it's described as 'Mediocrity'. More amazing still - it's true. I don't think anybody believes Yao is playing up to his potential. Here's to hoping he'll reach it.... but if he doesn't, thank god Yao's mediocrity is 18 and 8. :D
     
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    You are absolutely right. His initial point is totally wrong: Do height and weight lead to more points and rebounds?
     
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    This dude makes absolute no sense at all with his article. Did anyone really expect Kobe to carry his team in a 4th or 5th seed spot in the overloaded Western Conference? Plus, Bryant been hurt, and he just overlooks it for the sake of his article. How is Gary Payton disappointing when everyone already knows that he's lost a step and is really towards the end of his career. Factor in his assessment of Yao, it's clear that this dude just looks at numbers. Everyone just punches in this forumula: 7'6 + 310lbs = 25 ppg, 12 rpg. IIRC, does'nt Yao currently have the heighest ppg and rpg for anyone over 7'3 or something like that? Some sportswriters really get on my nerves and really don't put in their time to do the research; such a shame really cause they get paid to watch sports....something most of us here wouldn't mind doing at all for a career.
     
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    You know what, give me these 5 most disappointing players and I will win you title after title. It's that simple baby!;)
     
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    Sour grapes maybe? Since they lost T-MAC to play with the most disappointing player?
     
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    with all the comparing these guys did with Yao in the beginning with Shawn Bradley, you'd think they'd remember that the 7'6=monster stats argument doesn't hold any water.
     
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    Geez man. Those Floridian Sports Writers ...

    Do they all have a monster piple planted in their mouth or what ?

    :confused:
     
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    Van Horn, Kobe...

    at least Yao is in good company ;)
     
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    They should merge and combine the 2 threads to form....CAPTAIN PLANET!!!

    (cough...sorry for the bad joke)
     
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    Man, we should sue that hole. What a hate!
     
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    Since when does being tall automatically mean a player should be a hall of famer? Another article from a clueless writer.

    Yao is not a disappointment to me.
     
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    Isn't Walter's the guy always calling Tracy "Me-mac"?
     
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    At that height and weight? Since when did basketball height and weight mean anything as far as greatness. It gets you in the league. Greatness is something else. Besides, how many players have there ever been at Yao's height and Weight. Please.
     
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    18 and 9 for a 3rd year player who has never played in America before is bad?:eek:
     
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    It was interesting for them to use Yao's height and weight to justify Yao's 'Mediocrity' ... I have not seen anyone taller than 7'4 (not need to go up to 7'6) or taller playing better than Yao yet. So they put the bar for Yao much higher than those other TALL centers.

    Yao will not be trying to collect rebounds that he knows that his teammates will certainly get. Especially when he knows that the salaries are tired up with stats. He is just such a nice person that he would not want to "take" from his friends and teammates... Hey this might be the reason Yao is not averaging 9 rebounds per game ...
     
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    well this guy's an idiot. 18 and 8 is a dissapointment from a guy who most sportswriters, probably including this jacka$$, considered a project? that's funny.
     
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    damn.....articles like this are so dissapointing, and show that u dont have to be smart to be a journalist.....
     
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    Some one here should send a letter to the paper!
     

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