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  1. Sir Boobie surprise

    Jim O'Brien

    Jim O'Brien originally wrote this blog post after Game 4. It was updated after Game 6. Jim has since accepted the head coaching job with the Indiana Pacers. If LeBron James is the King, what does that make Daniel Gibson? How about the young prince...

    Blog | Conversation | May 30, 2007
  2. Pistons' offense struggles

    Jim O'Brien

    I have to admit to being more than a little surprised at how badly Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince have looked at different times throughout this series against the Cleveland Cavaliers. It makes me scratch my head and wonder w...

    Blog | Conversation | May 28, 2007
  3. Another playoff lesson for LeBron

    Jim O'Brien

    Let's face facts right up front. There are two sets of rules in the NBA: one set during the regular season and one set during the playoffs. The exception is the rule for coming off the bench during an altercation; that rule never changes, ask Mi...

    Blog | Conversation | May 25, 2007
  4. Shoot first, pass second

    Jim O'Brien

    When is unselfishness a negative. I think we saw in the first round of the Pistons-Cavs series. LeBron James has a view point about how he can best help his team win against the Detroit Pistons. I do not believe his view on things is the one share...

    Blog | Conversation | May 23, 2007
  5. Playoffs are a balancing act

    Jim O'Brien

    Balance seems to be the key word when attempting to build a team that can regularly compete for an NBA championship. Balance as in a team that can beat you at whatever game you want to play. You want to run, they'll run. Grind it out, that's okay ...

    Blog | Conversation | May 21, 2007
  6. Nash: Face of the playoffs

    Jim O'Brien

    When all is said and done in these playoffs, the face of Steve Nash will be etched in a lot of our minds. He might even be considered the "face" of these playoffs. Nash has been at the center of most of the visuals that the television cameras lov...

    Blog | Conversation | May 18, 2007
  7. The man behind the suspensions

    Jim O'Brien

    When I was a senior in college at St. Joseph's University we had a young man visit our campus who we were trying to recruit. He was a big-time player out of Reading, Pa. A left-handed, all-state player who I am sure our head coach Jack McKinney, a ...

    Blog | Conversation | May 15, 2007
  8. Jazz win using old adage

    Jim O'Brien

    The great coach John Wooden has said many important things as a coach/philosopher during his long-storied career. The quote that keeps on running through my mind as I watch the Western Conference semifinals is the one that every player at UCLA const...

    Blog | Conversation | May 14, 2007
  9. Fatigue sets in for some teams

    Jim O'Brien

    Sometimes we forget how well conditioned the NBA player is to be able to play at the level we are seeing in the playoffs. It is also clear that nagging injuries and age could play a bigger role than meets the eye. Another critical element of the seve...

    Blog | Conversation | May 10, 2007
  10. Time to man up

    Jim O'Brien

    Every year the NBA and its officiating crews are challenged to do a balancing act during the playoffs. They have to concede to a certain extent that these games are a heck of a lot more important than what happens from November to the end of the reg...

    Blog | Conversation | May 09, 2007
  11. JVG ... Take your time

    Jim O'Brien

    As we continue through this very, very entertaining postseason there is one thing I am absolutely sure about, and it is has nothing to do with the games. It has to do with personal decisions, and in particular the one that Jeff Van Gundy may or may ...

    Blog | Conversation | May 07, 2007
  12. NBA QBs in control

    Jim O'Brien

    I am a huge sports fan. It doesn't matter what the season, there is always a game to watch or someone to root for, or against. On Saturday I was at a bar named Handsome Harry's in Old Naples, Florida. One of the reasons for being there was the fac...

    Blog | Conversation | May 01, 2007
  13. That playoff look

    Jim O'Brien

    Over the course of a long, long 82-game schedule it is often difficult for a coaching staff to keep its team zeroed in on every aspect of every game. Focus is not a problem at all during the playoffs, however. The heightened level of attention to e...

    Blog | Conversation | April 27, 2007
  14. Adjustments key for Spurs, Mavs

    Jim O'Brien

    Here we were traveling through the weekend thinking that this was just going to be another run-of-the-mill first round of NBA playoff basketball. Then all hell broke loose Sunday night. All year the talk has been who is going to win it all, Dallas...

    Blog | Conversation | April 23, 2007
  15. Best first round matchups

    Jim O'Brien

    The series that intrigues me most is the Houston Rockets taking on the Utah Jazz. I was raised thinking that playoff basketball is a down-and-dirty affair. A battle in the trenches in which only one team crawls out after going toe-to-toe with an ad...

    Blog | Conversation | April 20, 2007
  16. Webber can still pass, but ...

    Jim O'Brien

    Former NBA coach Jim O'Brien takes a look at the Pistons' decision to bring in Chris Webber.

    Story | Conversation | January 15, 2007