It's shaping up as a blue Christmas for plenty around the NBA this year
It's raining and the temperature is hovering around freezing and the wind is whistling. Still, I just finished putting holiday lights in the windows without blowing a fuse -- a major accomplishment for the domestically-impaired -- and I'm heading out to hear
Others around the NBA are not, alas, feeling the same way. In fact, they can't get no satisfaction, though they try and they try and they try and they try. OK, I had the Stones on today.
So, with a little help from the erstwhile gymnast and soccer player from Kent, England, who first expressed his frustration in song, it's time to go around the league for a quick top 10 of those who can't get no satisfaction.
Steph did want to play but, when offered the chance, refused to play and got himself suspended. Now he wastes away in Knicks purgatory, hoping against hope that some GM will wake up one morning and say, "Man, we gotta get us a perpetually unhappy backcourtman with an overblown sense of his own abilities who can't decide whether he's a point or a shooting guard."
Nash has had considerable trouble finding satisfaction in new coach
Curry, who waited in the wings for this job after having been tapped several years ago as head-coach material, was not satisfied with the
Noah has not found satisfaction since he arrived, a bundle of nervous energy, from Gainesville two years ago. Then again, he hasn't been too satisfying to anyone else, either, least of all his coaches. Rookie mentor
Though his 14 points and 11 assists contributed to Thursday night's win over the Portland Trail Blazers, Williams has been, of late, a rare portrait of dissatisfaction. He is having significant difficulty bouncing back from a bad preseason left ankle sprain that severely limited him in the early stages of the season, admitting that, when he drove to the basket, he was thinking more about his injury than making the basket. "I'm just not playing like myself," Williams said after making only two of 11 shots, committing five turnovers and drawing a technical foul in a recent win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
We weren't going to put the callow pivotman this high in the Jagger rankings, figuring that no one playing for an 18-3 team can be that dissatisfied. But the 21-year old, who earlier complained about coach
Jackson does have an idea -- Bynum's mediocre pick-and-roll defense. Bynum has heard that before but no doubt considers that Jackson, in the words of Jagger, is "tellin' me more and more useless information supposed to misfire my imagination."
Bosh is averaging 24 points and 10 rebounds, yet he was visibly dissatisfied during the a recent five-game losing streak broken with Wednesday night's win over the Indiana Pacers. Not that he should be happy, of course, but Bosh's own high level of play this season has slipped as he seems burdened by the expectations of carrying a 9-12 team that was expected to be among the Eastern Conference contenders. There is still time for Bosh to get un-dissatisfied, of course, but he's going to need some help.
The mercurial dunking specialist can't get no satisfaction from
Well, we're not sure Marbury would agree with that.
Oh, how happy (Shades of Blue, 1966) the long-suffering followers of this franchise should be. Their heroes are 19-3 and the MVP award is
They are 21-2, the best start in history for a franchise with names in its past like