South Beach or Cheesesteaks?

Will it be South Beach for the Hawks in the first round of the playoffs ...

Will it be South Beach for the Hawks in the first round of the playoffs ...

 

 

PHILADELPHIA - No one could argue against Miami as a destination location for a first round playoff series.

There’s South Beach, an endless supply of Cafe con Leche and the chance to see Dwyane Wade face off against your Hawks in what would be a fantastic matchup.

But if the 76ers somehow nip the Heat at the tape for the fifth spot and a date with the Hawks, I could deal with a few days and nights in this gritty city, where you’re nothing without one of these Freeway beards, some Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and a cheesesteak or cheese steak (since no one here can agree on whether it’s one or two words or the best place to get one) close by.

I can’t imagine there being a more exciting first round series in terms of the individual matchups or the preferred style of play (up-tempo if the 76ers had their way). I also can’t think of a better place to see two of the league’s most athletic, high-flying teams in the first round.

... or cheese steaks?

... or cheese steaks?

That’s what makes tonight’s matchup between the Hawks and Sixers at Wachovia center even more interesting. Both teams will be in the mood to send a message, just in case they see each other down the road. Late season games like these always serve as playoff mood setters.

And now that the NCAA Tournament is winding down, the focus for hoops heads like us can shift officially to the NBA playoffs.undefined

That being said, my eyes have been opened to a few things in the past couple of weeks of watching the college kids go at it.

Five things I’ve learned along the way:

1. Blake Griffin is the No. 1 pick in the draft and no one else need apply. Griffin is the closest thing to a man among boys in the college game right now (sort of like Mike Beasley, Kevin Durant, Al Horford and Greg Oden before him). There’s no one else to even consider for that top spot. NO ONE!

2. Hasheem Thabeet should be the poster child (albeit a 7-foot-3 version) for players teetering on the brink of entering the draft before it’s time. Thabeet has been discussed as a high lottery pick from the minute he set foot on campus at UConn. Somehow he resisted the urge. Now he has the grand stage at the Final Four to make his case for top three status.

Does the term Man Among Boys mean anything to you Blake Griffin?

Does the term Man Among Boys mean anything to you Blake Griffin?

3. Ty Lawson has made his case for a lottery slot as well, proving that he and not that other Ty(lyer Hansbrough) for North Carolina is the Tar Heels’ true most valuable player. I actually had someone argue me down about his earlier this season. But there’s no debate these days. A game-changing point guard trumps a big man in the college game.

4. There isn’t a single player on Villanova’s roster that appears to be a sure-fire NBA player, but they are the one team in the Final Four I can see myself rooting for. Michigan State is out for obvious reasons. And big dogs like Carolina and UConn don’t need any more help. Nova, however, is just the kind of underdog (and bracket buster) that keeps folks tuned in when their teams have already disappeared.

5. I know his team was bounced by those hated Spartans, but Louisville’s Terrence Williams is my draft sleeper this year. I’ve only seen him mentioned as a late first round pick, so apparently not everyone thinks as highly of him as I do. I just don’t know what more a team would want from a small forward. The guy plays hard, passes well, can score in a variety of ways, is physical and appears to be arguably the most unselfish player in the country. I’m thinking he’s going to be like Danny Granger was in the 2005 draft, in terms of being a value pick outside of the draft lottery.

ONE LAST THING OF NOTE …

I know all the studies show that people don’t have the time or desire to read long stories anymore, but if you don’t make time for anything else in the next few days you have to read this riveting story from Pablo S. Torre of Sports Illustrated.

It’s a detailed look at how professional athletes go broke in this age of jaw-dropping salaries, something that nickle and dime hustlers like us figure should be an impossibility with all the zeros on cats’ salaries. I wouldn’t have believed half the stuff in the story if I didn’t know a few former players mentioned in the story and hadn’t already heard, first hand, some their horror stories.

This story took over the conversation at my barbershop last weekend, and I know if it got everybody talking in there it needed to be shared here. Enjoy and (aspiring pro athletes) take notes!

Don’t forget Hawks-Sixers tonight. We’ll chop it up here all day and throughout the game.

353 comments Add your comment

tbhawksfan

March 31st, 2009
11:34 am

We match up better against the Heat, but it would be exciting to watch the Hawks beat the +ers athletic squad.

doc

March 31st, 2009
11:42 am

geez, i havent even read the story yet but this is amazing and i didnt have to go far to se it:

• By the time they have been retired for two years, 78% of former NFL players have gone bankrupt or are under financial stress because of joblessness or divorce.

• Within five years of retirement, an estimated 60% of former NBA players are broke.

that was presumedly while the economy was good. ouch!

smartguy

March 31st, 2009
11:55 am

Here’s the plan: trade Joe Johnson for the second or third pick, and take Thabeet. If you have to throw in Marvin or the rights for Chills, that’s fine, but the goal would be to end up with a **front line of Thabeet, Horford, and Smith.** Losing JJ would hurt, but he’s probably leaving next year anyway. Then, with our own pick, I would take Toney Douglas. Try to keep Evans and Murray.

And, of course, PLEASE FIRE MIKE WOODSON.

O'brien

March 31st, 2009
12:25 pm

Sekou, I would prefer to play Miami in round 1 (although Wade might get 30 every game). Against Philly, there is Andre Miller (who is a good passer), and will post up Bibby, Dalembert is long, and we still have to worry about the athleticism of Thad young and Iggy. And dont they have Reggie Evans and Louis Williams coming off the bench?

The Hawks need to make a statement tonight to let Philly know that we can beat them on the road.

MannyT

March 31st, 2009
12:28 pm

Reading the first page was enough to get the basics of a familiar, but sad story. Pro athletes have no idea what to do with large sums of money if they did not come from significant wealth.

It amazes and disturbs me that the pro athlete unions don’t do more to funnel these players toward organizations that have consistently helped their peers to manage wealth. It’s not like this is a new industry. Even in the world of having an entourage, SOMEONE (i.e. a wealth manager that is not your cousin Shifty) needs to allocate allowances so the main revenue source (athlete/entertainer) can sustain fiscal stability beyond his playing days.

This is why I was so impressed when I read an article about Marvin & Chills last summer where they were hanging out and saving meal money on road trips.

There are more programs to help them these days, but there are also many more bad influences in the ears of young athletes at earlier stages in their lives. Maybe they should learn something from the dad/uncle of the prep school classmate that paid full tuition to attend Super Prep Elite HS.

At least it looks like the NFL side is doing more to help their players.
http://wsb.wharton.upenn.edu/activities_businessedu.htm

terrell barron

March 31st, 2009
12:30 pm

Doc, that’s interesting, but I dont believe it. 78%? 60%? That statistic was probably done before the NFL started handing out outrageous signing bonuses, and before NBA players got GUARANTEED contracts. If you retire in 2009 and your’re broke in 2013, your’re either stupid, an idiot, dumb, or you made some bad “cousin” investments(buying barber shops, hair salons, beauty parlors, clothing stores, restaurants, car detail shops, etc… for your kinfolks.) Reason I say this, is I’ve seen it happened. I was related to Charles Martin. R.I.P. Remember the guy that slammed Brett Farve after the whistle had blown? So It does happen. But 78 and 60% seems a bit too high. And speaking of the draft Sekou, my little cuz,(Chris Singleton) stopped by the house the other day and said he has been told that he COULD be a 1st rd pick. He asked me what I thought about his draft status, and I just told him to pray about it. I’ve seen him going in the 2nd in most of the NBA mocks. The guy really needs his father right now, but he was sensesly gunned down on College Spring break in my old neighborhood back in the late 80’s. I was there. I did’nt see the shhooting but I heard the gun shot, and ran down the street and saw him llying there coverd in blood. What a tragedy. He met a girl, girl had a daughter, daughter told father he disciplined her, argument started, Dad went Berzerk, and killed a good friend of mine. Was out of prison in 5 years. Just sad. Chris is the spitting image of his father. When I saw him, it brought up something that I will never forget. Just thought I’d share that story with my fellow Hawks fans. R.I.P. Carl Singleton. Go FSU.

MannyT

March 31st, 2009
12:33 pm

Sekou,

I don’t get to make the trip, so the opponent doesn’t matter as much to me. The food is more fun in Philly, but the sights of South Beach are so far beyond Philly’s South Street, you cannot put them in the same category.

All that said, I think we match up better against Miami. If you slow down Wade, the Hawks should win easily. In Philly, the options are not as talented, but there are more ways for them to attack.

Tonight’s game should be a good barometer of how we fare against a hungry team that is scrapping for playoff position. A win tonight could send a message. How about a little Mario on Iggy–just for a few minutes to put a wrinkle in the game.

BWAF

jhan

March 31st, 2009
1:18 pm

I like that front line from a defensive standpoint. Offensively who would score? All three of them need to shoot inside the paint to be effective. Not enough room for all three down low.

Ken Strickland

March 31st, 2009
1:20 pm

SMARTGUY-I was about to take issue with your frontline of Smoove(SF), Thabett(C) and Horford(PF), but when I saw your very last sentence, I lost my desire. Seriously, who would do the scoring, especially from the outside, with JJ and Marvin gone? Smoove will likely never be an effective or efficient outside shooter, Horford just doesn’t seem ti have a volume shooters mentality and Thabeet just isn’t a scorer of any kind at this point.

Even with Bibby, we have trouble offensively when he’s off, so what would we do if he’s all we have, assuming we can resign him. And we all know he’s too limited to deal with the constant double teams he’d certainly face if we got rid of both Marvin and JJ. If Acie takes over at PG, we limit our outside scoring options even further. With that lineup, teams would just sit back in a tight zone DEF and wait for us to throw up brinks. Besides, as much as Woodson’s OFF scheme is based on outside shooting ability, how OFF limited would we be?

Astro Joe

March 31st, 2009
1:23 pm

I’ve enjoyed Mojitoes on South Beach and Cheesesteaks on South Street. A very difficult choice.

I agree with Manny, Miami is the better match-up because shutting down one player (Wade) seems easier to do than to deal with 3-4 guys from Philly who can really hurt you in any given game.

From the last blog, someone called Philly the next “up and coming team”. Remember that they made the playoffs last year. So they are not exactly new to this. They just had to crawl back up after a horrific start.

Lastly, we’re NOT a running team. That went away with the Greek afro. Bibby, Joe and even Flip seem much more interested in half-court sets. While our front-court can certainly out-race their opposition, the tandem with the ball seemingly has little interest in pushing the tempo. And Bibby usually has very, very, very poor games against Philly (is his father still an assistant in Philly?). I’m looking forward to tonight’s game… in some ways this is a more realistic test than playing the league’s elite last week. This is a test to see if we’re still “the best of the rest”.

Astro Joe

March 31st, 2009
1:25 pm

smartguy, and exactly who is going to score for that team… especially when 98% of the opposition plays zone defense?

terrell barron

March 31st, 2009
1:26 pm

Smartguy, Trade JJ and Marvin for the 3rd pick in the draft???? I thought we were trying to go forward, not backwards. And with Thabeet, Horford, and Josh Smith on the frontline, where’s the scoring going to come from? Flip cant do it all. And who’s going to guard the opposing teams SF? Smith? Flip? Mo? I’ve got 4 words for you on that proposal. Hell to the naw!!!

niremetal

March 31st, 2009
1:26 pm

If you haven’t seen this video with JJ yet, you’re missing out. Seriously.

Of course, anyone who can’t answer the question at the end of the video should be banned forever from this blog.

G State Ben

March 31st, 2009
1:35 pm

Smartguy: Mo Evans is under contract next year for a cool $2.5 million. I agree with you that Flip needs to be signed (he’s in for a big pay day considering he signed for $1.5 million this offseason). No way they trade Joe. Not a chance. I’d be okay with the Toney Douglas pick (J’boro represent) but you aren’t grabbing him in the 1st round. I’d rather sit back and see what happens in front of you and grab a BJ Mullens or Johnny Flynn at #19.

4 is the magic number folks to clinch the #4 seed folks…Now You Know.

niremetal

March 31st, 2009
1:42 pm

And wow…this little anti-Celtics gem escaped my attention last week. Who knew that BASG had a good sense of humor?

And smartguy…you really want to trade a 3-time All-Star in the prime of his career who can play 2-3 positions to take a shot at a big man who probably will turn out to be a poor man’s Mutombo? AND you’re willing to throw in Marvin, our second best offensive player when healthy, to make it happen? Where will our offense come from?? Do you really think that Josh and Al will pick up the slack for that loss of production? Especially when it means moving Smoove to the 3, where he’ll end up taking even more jumpers than he does now?

niremetal

March 31st, 2009
1:44 pm

Heh. I see that jhan, Ken, Astro, and terrell all beat me to the punch. Sorry folks. Just watch the videos and pretend I don’t exist. ;-)

niremetal

March 31st, 2009
1:55 pm

terrell,

If you retire in 2009 and your’re broke in 2013, your’re either stupid, an idiot, dumb, or you made some bad “cousin” investments

Terrell, I would absolutely not put it past them. People think that MC Hammer and Jack Clark are the exception in the entertainment industry when it comes to poor financial planning. The sad thing is that they are not, but most of the financial problems never get talked about because it does not usually happen while the athlete is still playing and because it happens most often to third-tier players. Most athletes don’t understand (or don’t care) that $2M per year is not a lot of money (especially after taxes) if you are trying to live the same lifestyle as people who are making $20M/year (as star players do after endorsement money). And most athletes do try to live that way. Cliff Levingston was a good example from the Hawks of old – he tried to play “keeping up with the Joneses” with ‘Nique and nearly went bankrupt as a result.

Some sports agents and law firms insist on their clients hiring financial managers, but most do not. So I’m not surprised at all by the stats in that article.

niremetal

March 31st, 2009
1:57 pm

RLP

March 31st, 2009
2:24 pm

G State Ben – “4 is the magic number folks to clinch the #4 seed folks…Now You Know.”

I think you are wrong. If the Hawks lose four games including tonight’s game against the ’76’s AND the 76’s win out the two teams would have identical records at 47 – 35. By winning tonight the 76’s would hold the tie breaker and thus would get the fourth seed. Therefore our magic number is 5. As I posted earlier a Hawks win would reduce our magic number against the 76’s to 2 making the task a whole lot easier.

Sautee

March 31st, 2009
2:31 pm

AJ, did you drool on your keyboard at the cheesesteak photo?

Ryno

March 31st, 2009
2:39 pm

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Wes

March 31st, 2009
3:00 pm

Sekou, Jim’s on 4th and South Street is the best place to get a cheesestaek in Philly. And frankly I’d prefer to play them, who wants to see D-Wade go off on the home team in the playoffs?

doc

March 31st, 2009
3:26 pm

tb i didnt write it and i dont know why the writer would make it up nor sekou recommend it if it was false. you are free to believe whatever you want.

folks, i dont know why folks continue to chop at josh but quotes like this suggest there is more the warrior mentality to him that folks will embellish:

“I can’t tell you the last time we played a game that didn’t seem like our entire season was on the line at the opening tip,” Hawks forward Josh Smith said. “Philadelphia is an interesting team for us because they match up pretty well against us. And the way they play that up-tempo style, they’re going to challenge you to either run with them or put your own stamp on the game. We have to make sure the game is played the way we want it played.”

i think for the most part he gets it and comes to play with the intensity most of his counterparts dont have night in and night out. al, zaza and josh continue though undersized to do the dirty work at a value most teams dont have for “bigs”.

JOSH = MVP!

bigeasy830

March 31st, 2009
3:33 pm

By know it all Ken Strickland, the reason the Hawks are so inconsistent is because they rely to much on the outside shot. Al horford is a beast and could easily be a 20 and 10 guy if the hHwks feed him the ball in the low post. Now, Smartguy, I would not trade JJ, but I understand you logic. Al Horford is a beast but his development is being hamperd by his teams guard play. JJ and Bibby do not penetrate and dish and the Hawks seldomly run pick and rolls using the big men. If the Hawks are not careful they will lose their best player which is Al Horford in a couple of years to a team that will utilize him properly. By know it all Ken Strickland,”Horford just doesn’t seem to have a volume shooters mentality”, no big man can shot it if the guards don’t get it to him. The Hawks need to play more inside out basketball. Al And Smooth are very good passers and Al have great post moves, Smooth need to play more under control but Al should be no less than the second option on this team maybe the first. JJ is a great player but he is Robin not Batman. Al could be Batman, just like Jordan and Pippen, or better yet, Hakeem Olajuwon and Drexler.

Holla and see you all in the PLAYOFFS BABY!!!!!!!!!

newkid

March 31st, 2009
3:41 pm

The team that picks up Thabeet had better have offensive potency elsewhere in its frontline. He won’t help in this category for several years, if ever. His stature and timing makes him a shot blocking treat on the defensive end against sides playing set offenses. Don’t see him being much of a force on defense against sides that run the ball off rebounds and made baskets (unless he gets in much better shape). If Carolina and UConn meet for the championship, it’ll be interesting to watch just how effective he is getting after Lawson and his thoroughbreds pushing the ball at every opportunity, with the help of a bench that is effective to the the 9th or 10th player.

Astro Joe

March 31st, 2009
3:52 pm

doc, so was the warrior injured when he allowed Odom to out-rebound him by 20 in the first game after the All-Star Game? Maybe he was riding a scooter with Monta Ellis? Probably a “Ninja Moped”.

Sautee, sorry for the delayed response… I needed to go and find a replacement keyboard after I broke the previous one. I plan to bill Sekou for making me drool all over the frwakin thing. Thanks for asking.

Elijah

March 31st, 2009
4:19 pm

Trade Joe and Duck for Thabeet?

LOL you better change your name on here soon

Big Ray

March 31st, 2009
4:29 pm

Smartguy,

That’s a bad trade. Even if you’re trying to get a guy like Blake Griffin.

Doc,

Your tag line is a killer. : ) You’re going to give ol’ Astro Josh-basher a heart attack…well, if one (or a dozen) of those cheese steaks doesn’t do it first…

BigEasy830,

Looks like you have all the answers to Ken’s stuff. Does that then make YOU the true “know it all?”

Sekou,

Give me Miami all day long. Wade will bring it, but he’s got a young, inexperienced, and broken supporting cast. Philly knows just how to beat us, and has just the right advantages at just the right spots. Dalembert is a long, lean 7′1″ and can give Horford plenty of trouble. Andre Miller vs. Bibby. Ouch. And you can’t hide Bibby against these guys either. Who’s he gonna guard? Willie Green? Yeah right.

Who’s guarding Thad Young? Josh Smith, probably. So that puts Mo Evans on Iguodala. Ouch again.

Louis Williams coming off the bench. Reggie Evans coming off the bench. Ouch and ouch. No, I don’t want Philly. Give me Miami.

The one good thing about Philly is that they don’t have outside shooting. But that’s only a comfort if you’re not allowing much of anything inside. And there’s the rub. The Sixers run, and they get to the hole. Can we stop them?

Marcus

March 31st, 2009
4:29 pm

Sekou,
I read that story in SI and showed my wife (a financial planner). Eye opening to the depth of the losses adn general gullibility of entertainers, even though past events with MC Hammer, Vick, Holyfield, may have been a snapshot, but may have belied the breadth of how rampant poor money management is for young entertainers and athletes.

Marcus

March 31st, 2009
4:31 pm

Sekou,
Wanna drop this on you again, since it probably got lost in teh sea of responses in a blog a couple of weeks ago:
Knowing what you know are teh Hawks weaknesses, what player(s) should get serious consideration for us, given our relative draft position (somewhere in the 20s)?

Ken Strickland

March 31st, 2009
4:42 pm

BIGEASY830-I don’t know where you got that from, but you weren’t quoting me because I’ve never said any of that. The idea of me being a know it all could only come from someone that apparently knows too little.

A lot of fans want us to acquire a talented starting BIG, but that would necessitate getting rid of either Horford or Smoove. Switching Smoove to the 3 simply isn’t a viable option. We need a PG that can shoot, penetrate, play DEF, run an uptempo OFF and is acceptable to Woodson, more than we need a starting BIG. He should be a combination of Acie and Bibby. It wouldn’t hurt to have a serviceable BIG with good OFF and DEF skills coming off the bench, assuming Woodson would let him off the bench.

As far as which team I prefer we meet in the playoffs, I want us to play the one that gives us the toughest competition. If we’re going to become an Eastern power, and elite NBA team, we’ve got to start doing a better job of (1)winning on the road, (2)beating the better teams consistently and (3)making tactical adjustments during gms, instead of waiting until we’ve encounted 2 or 3 losses in a week.

I WANT THIS TEAM TO GET BETTER, AND WE ALL KNOW ONE WAY THAT CAN HAPPEN.

Sekou K. Smith

March 31st, 2009
4:46 pm

I said it before and I’ll say it again Marcus, you go with a big or pg (best available) in the draft if you don’t move the pick and Speedy’s contract for a vet at either position. There’s nothing scientific about it. Just get it done.

And as for Jim’s, I have no complaints with the texture of the meat and the bread is fantastic, but the cheesesteak was lacking in the cheese department. I liked the chicken philly at Ishkabibbles (right across the street from Jim’s). I’m more of a po-boy kind of guy anyway, but there will be no more trips to New Orleans this season unless the Hawks and Hornets turn the NBA upside down the next two months. Ha.

SWAT Native

March 31st, 2009
5:02 pm

Ken Strickland, I’ve been meaning to ask you – did you graduate from Southwest High School?

As for the Hawks, this will be an excellent test for them tonight. As to which team you should prefer to face, I remember Hubie Brown saying once that the team that you try to get to match up with in the playoffs always seems to beat you.

Astro Joe

March 31st, 2009
5:02 pm

For those of you suggesting the Hawks draft a PG… if the Hawks don’t trade up, you do realize that they may be drafting the 5th or 6th best PG in the draft, right?

Sekou, you forgot the most important ingredient when it comes to cheeseteak… the grease! That’s what gives it flavor, WTF is wrong with you, man? Bread? I don’t need no stinkin’ bread! GREASE IS THE WORD!!!

Elijah

March 31st, 2009
5:03 pm

Sekou, what are the insurance implications if Speedy plays? Is he going to be activated?

dmortone

March 31st, 2009
5:05 pm

Best case offseason scenario? I’m too lazy to number crunch, but the Blazers(Pryzbilla), Hornets(Chandler) or Clippers(Kaman or Camby) or some other team feels the economic crunch and decide to offload contracts for scraight cash, Speedy’s insurance-paid(I think) contract, Chillz, and our number 1 pick(good value for servicable player). Sund said we don’t need rooks, teams young enough as it is.

Resign Bibby, Flip and Marvin, let Zaza walk cause we have 3 starter caliber bigs now, slide Josh to the bench and divide the frontcourt minutes in thirds so Josh, Al and new Big(Chandler! hey, they were trying to get rid of him for pennies on the dollar) get around 32 minutes a night, Acie develops a consistant 3 point shot, give JJ a nice little extension, expect a little natural growth from not-yet-in-their-prime Al, Josh, and Marvin, Woody decides run an offensive system and badda bing, championship contender!

I like that pipe dream.

Personally, I think the Woody part is the most unrealistic of it.

terrell barron

March 31st, 2009
5:53 pm

Dmortone, Josh to the bench?? Yeah right. I’d like to see that. He and Woody would go at it like pitbulls.

Elijah

March 31st, 2009
6:14 pm

Sekou, what are the insurance implications if Speedy plays? Is he going to be activated??

The Truth

March 31st, 2009
6:22 pm

You guys layoff smartguy; he’s entitled to at least one mistake. Smartguy; man, that’s an outrageous plan though; make another one like that and these guys will pounce.

Ken Strickland

March 31st, 2009
6:41 pm

SWAT NATIVE-sorry, but like old CLYDE, I’m from Alabama, although I’m not a Univ of Alabama fan.

fudd21

March 31st, 2009
6:47 pm

Ken what part of Alabame you from. Roll Tide!!

Melvin

March 31st, 2009
7:14 pm

3 of the 1st 4 shots are jumpers…

ajw

March 31st, 2009
7:17 pm

yeah! Josh made the dunk!

Melvin

March 31st, 2009
7:23 pm

WTF. 3 straight turnovers. 6 turnovers in the first 7mins..

ajw

March 31st, 2009
7:25 pm

You can’t have these types of mistakes. -Dominique

Melvin

March 31st, 2009
7:25 pm

Mike Bibby guy (Green) already has 9pts in the 1st qtr. Get Flip in there.

bigdave

March 31st, 2009
7:30 pm

if that aint karma…

Sekou K. Smith

March 31st, 2009
7:31 pm

Thaddeus Young just went down with a sprained ankle with 2:15 to play in the first quarter. It was a nasty fall and one that could cost him some time. He’s having to be helped off the floor right now because he can’t put any weight on his right foot. WOW. That’s a blow for the Sixers down the stretch because the former Georgia Tech star is having a great sophomore season.

Melvin

March 31st, 2009
7:34 pm

Sekou, looks like he sprain his ankle as his right foot came down on top Josh…

Melvin

March 31st, 2009
7:36 pm

BS call. How many guys make that same move…