Tuesday, March 31, 2009

If the playoffs started today...TMaK edition

Yes Vince's cousin gets a lot of abuse from Spike and myself. I'm not totally sure that there is any specific reason other than he embodies everything that is wrong with certain parts of the NBA. Selfish yet offensively gifted, heavily marketed for some reason, helps his team get better but only to a certain point (i.e. to the playoffs but not past the first round) and has a ludicrous contract that handicaps the team from actually adding great supporting players. So if the playoffs started today...

TeeMAK might actually help his team past the first round
By totally screwing his team over right before the trade deadline and choosing to have his microfracture surgery, many were rightfully disgusted. However, a month and more later those same folks are talking about how much better the Rockets are without him. They even traded away their starting point guard and continue to win.
I am going to go out on a limb, despite T-maK's history, and say that this is the best shot he has ever had at helping his team get past the first round of the playoffs. All this is courtesy of him being more selfish than he has ever been. And all this without him playing a single minute of postseason ball. No we won't get 8 points in 30 seconds, pull up 30 footers or 6-32 shooting performances. But we just might get a 5th or 6th postseason game in Houston.
Hakeem isn't walking through that door, neither is Mario Elie, Kenny the Jet, Baby Bigshot Bob and neither is Teemaq. And that is a good thing.

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