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on NBA playoffs
By Ralph Wiley
Page 2 columnist
Road Dog and R-Dub expose themselves, or at least their innermost thoughts, about the NBA playoffs:Bucks coach George Karl rips Magic coach Doc Rivers
Karl admitted he was driven by feelings of jealousy and anger when he said: "It bothers me that Doc, with all his style and spin, got a job coming right out of the TV booth. ... He didn't pay dues."
Road Dog Thought Balloon: "Vince s'posed to be the Man. So .... where he at? Oak had me dying laughing, when he said, 'All the plays go through Vince (he's shooting less than 35 percent and averaging nearly six points less than the regular season.). This is the time you have to step up ... be a man. When they made the Dream Team, he went. All 12 of us didn't go. When they do commercials, we don't go. He goes.' Vince is 'bout to be the second coming of Harold Miner, not Michael Jordan. Gimme that boy T-Mac, every day of the week ..."
R-Dub Thought Balloon: "Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects. (Stolen from Will Rogers)." Road Dog Thought Balloon: "Yeah, n------ will steal. But me myself, I ain't no bigot. I'm straight up. Say, Will Rogers -- he was part Injun, wasn't he? Injuns -- they like hoop, don't they? But they ain't self-starters. Don't have no business sense neither. Look at that Manhattan deal. They always gettin' beat." John Starks' left one
Road Dog Thought Balloon: "TMI -- Too Much Information." R-Dub Thought Balloon: "TMJ -- Too Much Jordan." Portland Trail Blazers' meltdown
Road Dog Thought Balloon: "How can Shawn Kemp be a drug addict and overweight?" R-Dub Thought Balloon: "Rasheed Wallace -- King of the Coach Killers." Most eye-opening playoff player to date
Road Dog Thought Balloon: "Shaq Fu. Who else? Like he said, 'I play man basketball.' " R-Dub Thought Balloon: "Shaq Tarzan, but Iverson and David Robinson ain't no Janes. Tri-MVP." Who to listen to about hoop, Kenny Smith or Pete Vecsey?
R-Dub Thought Balloon: "Trick question, right?" Road Dog Thought Balloon: "Barkley. He ain't protecting players' feelings, like Kenny does sometimes." Pat Riley: The winner within, or Captain Queeg?
R-Dub Thought Balloon: "Queeg, by a landslide. Except in Florida." Road Dog Thought Balloon: "Riley still in the game? Media-made genius. Believed his own hype." Shaq-Kobe feud
R-Dub Thought Balloon: "Wish he'd sit down and stop blocking the light." Road Dog Thought Balloon: "Wish he owned the Knicks." Who will win the 2001 NBA title?
Road Dog Thought Balloon: "I see Lakers." R-Dub Thought Balloon: "I say San Antone. Which pretty much makes the Sixers a lock." Ralph Wiley spent nine years at Sports Illustrated and wrote 28 cover stories on celebrity athletes. He is the author of several books, including "Best Seat in the House," "Born to Play: The Eric Davis Story," and "Serenity, A Boxing Memoir."
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