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To: Mannie who wrote (82903)2/21/2012 9:53:00 AM
From: altair19
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Mannie, wonderful video - simple and clear. Inspiring.


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To: Wharf Rat who wrote (82907)2/21/2012 12:05:12 PM
From: abuelita
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ahem .... i can see that.

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To: Cactus Jack who wrote (82908)2/21/2012 12:05:34 PM
From: abuelita
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thanks jpeg.

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To: altair19 who wrote (82915)2/21/2012 12:22:57 PM
From: Mannie
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Thanks you, barmaties..

I appreciate you passing our little video along in cyberspace..

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To: elpolvo who wrote (82913)2/21/2012 12:57:33 PM
From: abuelita
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this will probably as well .....

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From: Mannie2/21/2012 12:59:46 PM
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I'm about a third of the way through this's a fun read, thought some of my barmates may enjoy it. Long time Sonics assistant coach Bob Weiss is a really good guy, I've always liked him.....he lives near me, I see him out and about all the time. He's one of those happy guys that just seems to love life...

New books details Bob Weiss' basketball adventure in China "Brave Dragons, A Chinese Basketball Team, an American Coach and Two Cultures Clashing" isn't just about basketball. It is a serious look at the deep divisions between American and Chinese cultures, using Weiss' season on the brink as a metaphor.


"The big job was to get the players to believe in themselves," says Bob Weiss of coaching in China.

The Taiyuan Brave Dragons were down double digits at halftime and, as often was his custom, team owner Boss Wang was berating his players in a manner that could make Bob Knight blush.

Dragons coach Bob Weiss and American import Bonzi Wells, the former Portland Trail Blazer, watched and listened to the familiar scene before Wells finally had enough. He turned to Garrison, the team's Chinese interpreter, and in a short, profanity-peppered rant asked Garrison to tell Wang to "get his butt in the stands and let Coach Weiss do the coaching."

The room fell quiet. The Dragons came back in the second half and won. After the game, Weiss asked Garrison how he had interpreted Wells' words to the owner.

"I told him," Garrison said, " 'Bonzi says we need to play better defense in the second half.' "

In 2008, Weiss, who had been an NBA coach with the Spurs, Hawks, Clippers and Sonics, was deciding with his wife, Tracy, the next step in his basketball odyssey.

They had talked about Weiss coaching overseas, and the idea of spending a few seasons in Italy or Spain or France or Greece seemed delicious to Tracy.

Weiss talked with his old friend, agent Warren Legarie, who had strong ties in the overseas basketball world. He told Weiss the European leagues weren't looking for American coaches. He suggested China.

After doing his due diligence, Weiss, who recently had undergone successful prostate cancer surgery, accepted what he thought was a consultant's position with the Brave Dragons.

His experiences are at the heart of a remarkable new book, "Brave Dragons, A Chinese Basketball Team, an American Coach and Two Cultures Clashing," by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jim Yardley.

Before he left for his consultant's job, Weiss was told that Wang, his new boss and a multimillionaire steel-industry magnate, had fired his fifth coach in two years — including the Korean national team coach after one game — and Weiss would become the new coach.

The Brave Dragons had finished 5-24 the previous season; two of the wins were by forfeit. Weiss was going to be the first NBA head coach to become a head coach in the China Basketball Association, starting the next day.

It wasn't just a job Weiss was accepting. It was the adventure of his basketball life.

As the book's subtitle implies, "Brave Dragons" is about much more than basketball. It is about more than Weiss' adventures. It is a serious look at the deep divisions between American and Chinese cultures, using Weiss' season on the brink as a metaphor.

But Weiss, with his curious nature and quick-witted charm, was the perfect protagonist for the book.

"One of the problems with their (basketball) system is that these kids move into dorms in the sixth grade," Weiss said last week over coffee in Madison Park. "Basketball becomes their job. They no longer go to school. They have two practices, maybe three a day.

"So the question is, how do you keep it interesting for them? They would do rote drills, just dribbling up and down the court for a half-hour straight. They do so many drills and they don't do any basketball-decision things. There's no instinct. It's like having a sprinter being trained by a marathon coach. You don't have any fast-twitch drills."

Weiss said many of the Chinese owners hire American coaches to teach the American way, but when the coaches begin teaching, the owners tell them the American way doesn't work with Chinese players.

"They hire you to do it, but then they won't let you do it," Weiss said. "All the Chinese coaches do is yell at the kids. It breeds this system within the players that you have to pace yourself or you're gonna die."

The most intriguing character in the book and in Weiss' life with the Brave Dragons was their owner, whose real name is Wang Xingjiang.

Wang came to all of the Brave Dragons' games, sat on the bench and would make substitution suggestions to Weiss. During one game, a player came off the court after taking an ill-advised three-pointer, and the owner got off the bench and punched the offending player in the back.

"He (Wang) considered himself an expert on basketball in China, because he watched as many NBA games as he could," Weiss said. "He thought he could outsmart everybody. But he had no concept of building a team. They're so afraid of losing control of any situation. So the thing they (owners) do is keep the individual down."

Wang would often address the team and tell the players they weren't good. But he expected them to fight hard. Sometimes Wang kept the team after games for more than an hour, berating the players one-by-one inside a cold, empty gym that would begin to feel like a meat locker.

Listening to Weiss artfully tell his stories, I tried to imagine any other ex-NBA coach lasting more than a day with Wang as his owner. It took a coach with Weiss' easygoing, accepting manner to survive Boss Wang. And for Weiss, this gig was as much about enriching his life as winning games.

"The big job was to get the players to believe in themselves," Weiss said. "After the owner would talk, I would tell the players, 'Look, we have some good pieces here. We can win some games.' "

Although they didn't make the playoffs, the Brave Dragons improved. When they won their season finale with a buzzer-beater against playoff-bound Hangzhous, the players reacted as if they had won the championship.

That win told Weiss that he had done his job and, equally important, he had taught his players that basketball can be played with joy, even with a mercurial owner like Wang.

"To me that win was the culmination of what we were trying to get them to do," Weiss said. "They believed in themselves enough to compete and actually accomplish this.

"There were times early when I thought, 'Do I really want to stay here and do this crap with this guy?' But I hated to leave these players with this owner. And for me it was like reading a bad book, or watching a bad movie. You kind of want to see how it would come out. And it turned out great."

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To: Mannie who wrote (82920)2/21/2012 5:37:29 PM
From: abuelita
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sounds like a good read scooter, and it's
always more better when you know the
author :)

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To: elpolvo who wrote (82911)2/21/2012 5:39:52 PM
From: abuelita
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i'll see if i can get your photo published on
your birthday too.

i've got an in with the guy.


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To: abuelita who wrote (82916)2/21/2012 10:20:36 PM
From: Wharf Rat
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Takes a lot of hard work to become an icon.
Busy busy busy.

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To: Wharf Rat who wrote (82923)2/22/2012 11:25:58 AM
From: abuelita
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for your reading pleasure, treasure ....

February 21st, 2012

Dominique de Kevelioc de Bailleul: As the latest news from Tehran suggests Iranian oil exports to France and the UK will be cut off in response to EU sanctions on the world’s fifth largest oil producer, the oil price inches to a breakout price above $105 per barrel. Silver, too, is again prepping in sympathy for the possibility of a major move up to test $37, which, if cleared, could prompt traders to eye the last bastion of resistance at $50!

In essence, by his latest move, the confident and smiling and Ahmadinejad has told the Obama Administration to ‘bring it on’ and be thrown out of office as the US teeters to a market-driven bankrupt, not unlike Russia 1989 following its war with Afghanistan. Get my next ALERT 100% FREE

Iran’s oil ministry spokesman Ali Reza Nikzad-Rahbar stated on the ministry’s Web site during the weekend that “crude oil exports to British and French companies have been halted,” adding, “We have our own customers and have no problem to sell and export our crude oil to new customers.”

The threat of $150+ (maybe more likely $200) oil price from an attack on Iran during an election year will most assuredly usher in a Republican, and Obama knows it. Inflation will kick him out of the presidency as fast as Jimmy Carter tumbled out of the Oval Office in 1980—over the same issue: Iran.

“Above $115, there really isn’t any technical resistance until the $140 level, near the all-time high,” technician Dan Norcini told King World News. “If we see two consecutive closes above $115, you dramatically increase the odds that crude oil will be revisiting the all-time highs near $150. . .”

On the other hand, the inflation that’s already primed into the financial system can be masked by a war with Iran, providing perfect cover for the Fed and its drive to lower the value of the U.S. dollar. Could Obama benefit politically as a war-time president? History shows Americans rally around their president during war irrespective of his popularity prior to the war.

What this may mean, is silver (NYSEArca:SLV) bugs could soon have their day in the sun despite the blatant dereliction of duty at the CFTC to put an end to JP Morgan’s criminal enterprise.

So, it turns out, instead of the ‘good guys’ ensuring a free market in silver, Iran, backed by the might of Russia and China, could free silver from the financial repression scheme of US policymakers.

The chart, below, shows the relationship between the oil and silver price. As oil ran away from the silver in 2008, silver caught up with crude during the monster silver rally of July 2010 – April 2011, taking the price of silver from $18 to nearly $50 within eight months.

How high the silver price can achieve during the next rally could pop some eyes for sure.

The silver market is razor thin. And with reports from both Eric Sprott of Sprott Asset Management, Goldmoney’s James Turk and the U.S. Mint indicating that the number of dollars moving into the silver market has equaled the amount of dollars moving into the gold market for months following the violent 50 percent silver correction last year, it’s difficult to imagine anything but spectacular moves to the upside could result.

Sprott recently told the Silver Doctors:

“ . . . [investors are] buying 50 times more physical volume of silver than they are gold. And when you go to the US Mint site, they sell the same number of dollars of silver as gold. Which means people are buying 50 times the volume of silver than gold.

“But when you look at what’s available to buy- you know we produce 80 million ounces of gold a year, and maybe 70 million of that is available for investment, and we produce 900 million ounces of silver, and theoretically let’s say 200 million ounces are available for investment, well that means you can only buy 3 times more silver than gold for investment purposes.

“But we see so many instances where the ratio is 50 to 1! And GoldMoney’s the same thing. Almost every time I talk to a metals dealer my favorite question- How much silver do you sell vs. gold? And every time, I get the same answer: We sell as many dollars of silver as gold. Well, that’s impossible. It’s just impossible that people can keep buying at that rate, and we not end up with some type of shortage. It’s those data points that make me so optimistic about silver.”

The chart, below, suggests a move in oil to $150 could spark that silver breakout above $50 that silver bugs have anticipated since the beginning of the year. At $150 oil, silver could clear $50 easily, moving traders to the next target of the round number of $100.

Numerous predictions of big moves in silver for 2012 have streamed in since the start of the new year. One standout, financial author Stephen Leeb, told King World News on Jan. 31 that he wouldn’t be surprised if silver cracks $100 in 2012. He believes that, not only is silver an under-priced monetary metal, it’s a critical industrial metal for China’s alternative energy programs.

“I think the outlook for silver, both as an industrial metal and certainly as a monetary metal, is as bright as it can possibly be,” he said. “I’m sticking with my target of at least $100, but I tell you, Eric [King], it will happen this year. We are definitely headed for triple digit silver in the not too distant future.”

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