Hustle & Powe
Leon Powe  in front of Los Angeles Lakers Spanish Pau Gasol  and Frenchman Ronny Turiaf during the Game Two of the 2008 NBA Finals, in Boston, Massachusetts, June 8, 2008. Celtics won 108-102.
(Getty Images Photo / Gabriel Bouys)

Leon Lets Lazy Lakers Have It
Celtics Avoid Biggest Collapse in the History of Earth

Game 2 Box: Boston 108, Los Angeles 102
Celts Survive... and the Lakers Look Very Ascared
You're Not Going to Win Any Free Furniture ...
But the C's are Prime for a Monster Sweep
Kevin Millar Was in the House, Just in Case We Need Him for Something or Other

"Leon Pow... Powe, excuse me for mispronouncing his name... gets more foul shots than our whole team does in 14 minutes of play. That's ridiculous." -- 6.8.08, Phil Jackson, bitchin' and moanin'... Youkilis style...

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Curt Calls Out Kobe

Curt Schilling sits courtside at Game Two of the 2008 NBA Finals. Kobe Bryant stands on the court during a break in play against the Boston Celtics in the second half in Game 2
(Schilling: Elsa / Getty Images | Kobe: Reuters)

Schill Sees Lakers Rolling Their Eyes at Kobe's 'Leadership'

"Who doesn't know Kobe Bryant right? I only know what I have heard, starting awhile back with the entire Shaq debacle. I don't really have an opinion one way or the other on or about him other than to know that people feel he might be one of the 4-5 greatest players to ever lace it up. What I do know is what I got to see up close and hear, was unexpected. From the first tip until about 4 minutes left in the game I saw and heard this guy bitch at his teammates. Every TO he came to the bench pissed, and a few of them he went to other guys and yelled about something they weren't doing, or something they did wrong. No dialog about 'hey let's go, let's get after it' or whatever. He spent the better part of 3.5 quarters pissed off and ranting at the non-execution or lack of, of his team. Then when they made what almost was a historic run in the 4th, during a TO, he got down on the floor and basically said 'Let's f'ing go, right now, right here' or something to that affect.

"I am not making this observation in a good or bad way, I have no idea how the guys in the NBA play or do things like this, but I thought it was a fascinating bit of insight for me to watch someone in another sport who is in the position of a team leader and how he interacted with his team and teammates. Watching the other 11 guys, every time out it was high fives and 'Hey nice work, let's get after it' or something to that affect. He walked off the floor, obligatory skin contact on the high five, and sat on the bench stone faced or pissed off, the whole game. Just weird to see another sport and how it all works. I would assume that's his style and how he plays and what works for him because when I saw the leaderboard for scoring in the post season his name sat up top at 31+ a game, can't argue with that. But as a fan I was watching the whole thing, Kobe, his teammates and then the after effects of conversations. He'd yell at someone, make a point, or send a message, turn and walk away, and more than once the person on the other end would roll eyes or give a 'whatever dude' look." -- 6.9.08, Curt Schilling on who has much more to say on basketball and the Sox brawl, believe it or not ...

More Hoop Talk from Schill on Pau Gasol: "I heard that the Lakers got Gasol in a horrible steal of a deal and that the league should have investigated the trade for some sort of punishable crime. I saw a 7 footer last night who grabbed like 4 rebounds and spent the entire game whining about getting fouled."

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