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Losing respect for NBA writers...

As clipper fans we're all used to the constant jokes of NBA writers. The Blake Griffin injury just gives them some new fuel. I can deal with most of those jokes (some are even funny. Bill Simmons regularly is). What annoys me though, is the staggering lack of knowledge or effort in the work of some writers.

Here's a piece on ESPN (http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/news/story?id=4823032) that somewhat upset me:

"Danny Manning played just 26 games in his rookie season in 1988-89 after tearing his knee ligament and undergoing surgery, though he eventually became an All-Star before fleeing town. Michael Olowokandi, the top pick in 1998, played only 45 games in his rookie season, and he wasn't much help even when healthy during five underachieving seasons."

Although the Kandiman didn't develop as much as we all hoped, I don't see the bad in playing in 45 of the possible 50 games in his lockout shortened rookie season. In fact, if you add the games he played for Real Barcelona that year, he might even have played the most games of all the rookies that year. Olowokandi actually played in 97% of the possible games in his first 4 seasons as a Clipper (and even played decent, though not as well as some of his draftmates.

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