Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Rockets in the Head: Deke and Juwan Bend Time and Space

Dikembe Mutombo is now #2 all-time in blocked shots, passing Hall-of-Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (or Hakim as we like to remember him), by racking up 5 blocks against the latter's former latter team. Add 19 rebs (7 offensive) and's huggable Fran Blinebury reminds us Deke hasn't played like this since Philly in 2000... that's right, bandwagoneers... when they went to the Finals.

But neither has Juwan Howard... or maybe not as far back, but as far as we can remember. In fact, we don't think we've ever seen him play like this. He's sticking clutch jumpers and running the break like he never got all fatty over 100 mil. No, this isn't "Max Deal" Juwan. This is "Apex of Professionalism" Juwan--which means he's better than before he became "Max Deal" 'cause now he has all this veteran leadership stuff to boot.

Sometimes questions are more powerful than answers. How is this happening? What are they? Why them and not others? Why now? What does it all mean?

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