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#2932322 - 06/11/18 04:19 PM Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread
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#2932323 - 06/11/18 04:19 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Geoff Grace]
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Oh, and let's not forget that Phoenix has the top draft pick! cool



GO SUNS!!! thu

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#2932381 - 06/12/18 07:04 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Geoff Grace]
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Rumor is that Towns wants out of Minnesota. Would be interesting to see him and Lebron together somewhere.

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#2933920 - 06/21/18 02:28 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: RABid]
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The reconfiguration of NBA lineups gets started in earnest tonight:

The 2018 NBA draft: 7:00 PM EDT | 4:00 PM PDT

Will there be any star trades as teams jockey for position?

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#2933934 - 06/21/18 05:07 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Geoff Grace]
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#2933970 - 06/21/18 11:21 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Geoff Grace]
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I hope it works out for you, Geoff.

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#2933971 - 06/21/18 11:26 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: KenElevenShadows]
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And one of my first posts in this thread will be this ridiculous scenario: Lakers landing the big three of Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, and that other guy. Now, a lot of you know that I'm not a huge Lebron fan, but regardless, it will be interesting to see who, if anyone, they get.

How the Lakers can land Bronbron, Kawhi, and Paul George

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#2934085 - 06/22/18 12:05 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: KenElevenShadows]
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Originally Posted By: KenElevenShadows
I hope it works out for you, Geoff.

Thanks, Ken.

Originally Posted By: KenElevenShadows
And one of my first posts in this thread will be this ridiculous scenario: Lakers landing the big three of Paul George, Kawhi Leonard, and that other guy. Now, a lot of you know that I'm not a huge Lebron fan, but regardless, it will be interesting to see who, if anyone, they get.

How the Lakers can land Bronbron, Kawhi, and Paul George

A lot of pundits seem to be betting on that outcome, and it would be nice for the Lakers to be contenders again. It sure looks like it would take another super team—at or above the level of the Rockets—to topple Golden State.

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#2934091 - 06/22/18 12:16 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Geoff Grace]
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Lebron going to any Western Conference team (other than GS, and that ain't happenin') will raise the possibility of not seeing him in the Finals for the the first time in, well, forever. I don't really think the big 3 they're talking about trying to assemble in LA necessarily beats the Warriors as they are presently constituted.....

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#2934153 - 06/22/18 09:09 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: area51recording]
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Lebron going to any Western Conference team (other than GS, and that ain't happenin') will raise the possibility of not seeing him in the Finals for the the first time in, well, forever. I don't really think the big 3 they're talking about trying to assemble in LA necessarily beats the Warriors as they are presently constituted.....


I keep hearing rumors about how Bronbron has already been making specific arrangements with the entertainment industry that clearly indicates that he is coming, that he intends on putting down roots in Los Angeles.

But then I think about what your point and how he would need to go through Houston and GS to do so, no small feat, and I really don't know.

But I think free agency is July 1st, right? Not far from now. This will be fascinating.

As a Lakers fan, I think it would be more fun for them to battle Bronbron and defeat whatever team he's on soundly than it would be to have him join up.

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#2934172 - 06/23/18 04:22 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: KenElevenShadows]
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#2935595 - 07/01/18 05:16 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Joe Muscara]
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#2935596 - 07/01/18 05:25 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: antimatter]
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Lebron is a LAKER 4 year 154 million deal not bad.

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#2935599 - 07/01/18 05:41 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: bennyray]
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Originally Posted By: bennyray
Lebron is a LAKER 4 year 154 million deal not bad.


Wow. Big news.

Now the rest of the free agency / trade dominoes can fall.

The next cliffhangers have us holding our collective breaths: What will happen to Lonzo Ball and his two brothers?
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#2935603 - 07/01/18 05:52 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: timwat]
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Originally Posted By: timwat
The next cliffhangers have us holding our collective breaths: What will happen to Lonzo Ball and his two brothers?
laugh and their dad! roll

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#2935605 - 07/01/18 05:53 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Joe Muscara]
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Originally Posted By: Joe Muscara
laugh and their dad! he who shall not be named roll


Fixed.


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#2935616 - 07/01/18 06:33 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: bennyray]
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Originally Posted By: bennyray
Lebron is a LAKER 4 year 154 million deal not bad.

Link:

LeBron James agrees to 4-year, $154M deal with Los Angeles Lakers

The fourth year is reportedly a player option.

Well, at least we know for certain now that next year's NBA Finals will not be yet another LeBron/Warriors rematch. It also seems very likely that the Lakers will at least make the playoffs.

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#2935620 - 07/01/18 06:57 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Geoff Grace]
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As I was saying... Go Lakers!!!

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#2935621 - 07/01/18 06:57 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: steadyb]
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#2935634 - 07/01/18 07:57 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: steadyb]
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Originally Posted By: steadyb

As I was saying... Go Lakers!!!

thu

Good to see you here, steadyb. cool

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#2935649 - 07/01/18 09:22 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Geoff Grace]
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So what's the next domino? Leonard? the ESPN guys were making noise like that was going to be hard for the Lakes to pull off. Bron Bron is going to need some help in LA. Also, I wonder how long Ball's stay in LA will be now. I can't imagine Lebron putting up with dear old dad's static for very long before Lonzo gets shown the door.....

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#2935651 - 07/01/18 09:40 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: area51recording]
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I think it's pretty clear that Kawhi Leonard will be a Laker once his contract expires a year from now, but it'll be tough—although not impossible—for LA to extract him from San Antonio in the meantime. As for Lonzo Ball, I think he'll remain on the team, for now.

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#2935677 - 07/02/18 02:17 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Geoff Grace]
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#2935716 - 07/02/18 08:15 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Geoff Grace]
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I suppose that's one way to keep Lance from blowing in LeBron's ear... grin

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#2935748 - 07/02/18 10:44 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Dave Bryce]
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So, the Lakers will become the Cavaliers of the Western conference. laugh

Well, not exactly because the Lakers will still have a hard time getting past Golden State, Houston, San Antonio and probably OKC.

Obviously, this is great move in terms of reinvigorating the Lakers fanbase and filling up the Staples Center.

Otherwise, it seems like a great golden parachute for LBJ to set up shop in Cali and ride off into the Hollywood sunset to further his post-basketball ambitions. cool
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#2935753 - 07/02/18 10:51 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: ProfD]
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this is great move in terms of reinvigorating the Lakers fanbase and filling up the Staples Center.


for the 1%ers laugh

I read tickets prices started skyrocketing immediately after "the announcement".
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#2935757 - 07/02/18 10:58 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: ProfD]
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So, the Lakers will become the Cavaliers of the Western conference. laugh

Well, not exactly because the Lakers will still have a hard time getting past Golden State, Houston, San Antonio and probably OKC.

Obviously, this is great move in terms of reinvigorating the Lakers fanbase and filling up the Staples Center.

Otherwise, it seems like a great golden parachute for LBJ to set up shop in Cali and ride off into the Hollywood sunset to further his post-basketball ambitions. cool


Golden State, Houston, sure, probably San Antonio.....OKC is one mega over rated team right now, in my opinion. A one man gang isn't beating any great TEAM in a 7 game series, I don't care how good that one man may be.....Bron Bron just proved that, didn't he?

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#2935765 - 07/02/18 11:38 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Dave Bryce]
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I suppose that's one way to keep Lance from blowing in LeBron's ear... grin

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#2935767 - 07/02/18 11:40 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: ProfD]
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So, the Lakers will become the Cavaliers of the Western conference. laugh

Well, not exactly because the Lakers will still have a hard time getting past Golden State, Houston, San Antonio and probably OKC.

Obviously, this is great move in terms of reinvigorating the Lakers fanbase and filling up the Staples Center.

Otherwise, it seems like a great golden parachute for LBJ to set up shop in Cali and ride off into the Hollywood sunset to further his post-basketball ambitions. cool


It is that.

The Lakers are not going to win a championship as presently constituted. They are not getting past Houston or Golden State, but might be able to get past San Antonio or OKC.

They're relevant again after sucking for ages.

As I said above, I'd rather be beating Bronbron, but I'm glad that the Lakers are playoff-bound and relevant.

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#2935826 - 07/02/18 02:57 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: KenElevenShadows]
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Rajon Rondo is now a Laker as well.

Could this portend Lavar...umm, I'm sorry- I mean Lonzo Ball's exit? idk

They did have to renouce Julius Randle to get Rondo - not sure that was a good move. facepalm

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#2935828 - 07/02/18 03:05 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Dave Bryce]
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Originally Posted By: Dave Bryce
Rajon Rondo is now a Laker as well.

Could this portend Lavar...umm, I'm sorry- I mean Lonzo Ball's exit? idk

They did have to renouce Julius Randle to get Rondo - not sure that was a good move. facepalm

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What sucks for Lonzo is that no matter where he gets dealt, his dad's loudmouth BS follows him like an albatross round his neck. If the kid could get some help with his mechanics shooting wise he could be a really good NBA player, but the really unfair part for him is all the baggage having Daddio around brings to the table.....

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#2935831 - 07/02/18 03:29 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: area51recording]
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Could this mean the return of SteadyB to the forum?

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#2935844 - 07/02/18 04:27 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: RABid]
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Originally Posted By: Dave Bryce
Rajon Rondo is now a Laker as well.

Could this portend Lavar...umm, I'm sorry- I mean Lonzo Ball's exit? idk

They did have to renouce Julius Randle to get Rondo - not sure that was a good move. facepalm

Link:

Sources: Lakers renounce Pelicans-bound Julius Randle, agree to deal with Rajon Rondo

More links:

Giant LeBron banner set for removal following departure for Lakers

Kobe Bryant on LeBron James' arrival in L.A.: 'Welcome to the family'

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#2935851 - 07/02/18 05:33 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Geoff Grace]
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On another topic, the Phoenix Suns are now 50 years old. I remember being very excited about the new franchise in 1968 and rooting for star player Connie Hawkins. Less than a decade later, I was lucky enough to attend the NBA Finals game in which the Suns beat the Celtics in overtime.

Unfortunately, my favorite NBA team has yet to win a championship; but they've at least had three great eras of top-level contenders. Now finally, they appear to be on their way back up after a severe drought.

Hoping for even better years ahead... cool



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#2935854 - 07/02/18 06:26 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Geoff Grace]
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I'll probably get shredded for this, but I am Lebron'd out.

I can't wait to see LaVar and Lebron in their first interview together. Actually, never mind. I take that back... smile

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#2935856 - 07/02/18 06:47 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: wd8dky]
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I'll probably get shredded for this, but I am Lebron'd out.

I can't wait to see LaVar and Lebron in their first interview together. Actually, never mind. I take that back... smile

I can't LeBron understand LeBron why you're LeBron, LeBron, LeBron "Lebron'd out."

Is LeBron a LeBron popular LeBron, LeBron topic LeBron in Chicago LeBron?

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#2935857 - 07/02/18 06:50 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Geoff Grace]
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Dubs sign Boogie.
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#2935865 - 07/02/18 07:43 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: timwat]
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Dubs sign Boogie.

Now that's just nuts. HeadPop

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#2935882 - 07/02/18 11:00 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Dave Bryce]
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The Lakers seem to be collecting every obnoxious player. Bronbron, Lance Stevenson, and now Rajon Rondo. Why don't they get Steven Adams and just be done with it?

Add Draymond Green, woo Dwight Howard back, have LaVar flap his gums more, and we will really have something annoying. grin

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#2935884 - 07/02/18 11:47 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: KenElevenShadows]
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Draymond may be obnoxious to some, but he's OUR obnoxious.

Dubs fans happy to have him. Now Draymond and Boogie. When's the season start?
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#2935898 - 07/03/18 06:36 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: timwat]
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Boogie is not exactly new to GS. Three of the players played with him on the Olympic team and know exactly what they are getting.

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#2935949 - 07/03/18 12:49 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: RABid]
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DeMarcus Cousins: 'I prepared myself for this' in free agency

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It was 5 a.m. Pacific time on Monday morning and nearly 90 degrees Fahrenheit. And a wide-awake Cousins was standing on the balcony of his off-season home alone.

“I was shocked. I didn’t believe it. It was a rough, pretty emotional night,” Cousins told The Undefeated in a phone interview on Monday night.

Just before the sun peeked in on another sweltering Vegas day, Cousins called his long-time agent Jarin Akana with a shocking plan. How about signing the mid-level exception with an elite team? How about giving the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors a call, despite the fact they already had four All-Stars, to see if they were interested?

“I was f—– up,” Cousins said. “I said to Jarin, ‘Let’s make a call.’ He was shocked. It was very insulting to not receive an offer. But I understand. I prepared myself for this.”

So around 8 a.m., Cousins said he called Warriors general manager Bob Myers. This is not a misprint. Myers cannot talk about free agents until they can sign with teams on Friday. But when Myers can speak, boy does he have a story to tell.


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#2935950 - 07/03/18 12:50 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Joe Muscara]
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GSW is just stupid now. Sigh.
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#2936001 - 07/03/18 07:14 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Joe Muscara]
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Wait - the Lakers passed on Boogie? At the same price GSW paid????

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#2936008 - 07/03/18 08:38 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: timwat]
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Draymond may be obnoxious to some, but he's OUR obnoxious.

Dubs fans happy to have him. Now Draymond and Boogie. When's the season start?


I actually like the guy, but he can be really supremely annoying.

I'm assuming everyone in WarriorLand is rejoicing at Boogie coming, despite the injury and him sometimes being a little "difficult"? He'll probably fit in pretty well despite that, I think, since he knows some of them, can score and pass, shoot threes...

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#2936009 - 07/03/18 08:53 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Dave Bryce]
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Wait - the Lakers passed on Boogie? At the same price GSW paid????

facepalm roll

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I'm not sure what the Lakers are doing. At that price, you take a chance, right?

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#2936012 - 07/03/18 09:27 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: KenElevenShadows]
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I'm not sure what the Lakers are doing. At that price, you take a chance, right?

One would think...if for no other reason than to keep him off GSW. idk

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#2936020 - 07/03/18 11:03 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: KenElevenShadows]
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Originally Posted By: timwat
Draymond may be obnoxious to some, but he's OUR obnoxious.

Dubs fans happy to have him. Now Draymond and Boogie. When's the season start?


I actually like the guy, but he can be really supremely annoying.

I'm assuming everyone in WarriorLand is rejoicing at Boogie coming, despite the injury and him sometimes being a little "difficult"? He'll probably fit in pretty well despite that, I think, since he knows some of them, can score and pass, shoot threes...


Well, remember that dubs fans are VERY aware of Boogie's history up the road w the Sacramento Kings, where he essentially ran roughshod over everyone and everything, bullying his way in every decision and preference. There are still a lot of Sac folks how despise him.

So dubs fans like me are happy for the potential, but well aware we have two unanswered questions looming:

1) what % of the old Boogie returns to the court after a serious Achilles injury, and
2) what will be the response of Kerr and the incumbent all stars when Boogie inevitably gets pushy and bullying again.

Will he learn to get with the system, the fast, quick-pass, beautiful game system (which is NOT his historical game), and how will the team help him to embrace his new role as a non-essential cog in an already well-oiled, high performing basketball machine?

Don't know, but it will be interesting to watch as it unfolds.
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#2936072 - 07/04/18 06:09 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Dave Bryce]
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Wait - the Lakers passed on Boogie? At the same price GSW paid????

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That's interesting because the article I posted made it seem like Boogie called GSW first when he realized no one was calling him. I guess if he called LAL first, he might have left that part out since they turned him down, if that's the case.
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#2936090 - 07/04/18 07:57 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: timwat]
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Draymond may be obnoxious to some, but he's OUR obnoxious.

Dubs fans happy to have him. Now Draymond and Boogie. When's the season start?


I actually like the guy, but he can be really supremely annoying.

I'm assuming everyone in WarriorLand is rejoicing at Boogie coming, despite the injury and him sometimes being a little "difficult"? He'll probably fit in pretty well despite that, I think, since he knows some of them, can score and pass, shoot threes...


Well, remember that dubs fans are VERY aware of Boogie's history up the road w the Sacramento Kings, where he essentially ran roughshod over everyone and everything, bullying his way in every decision and preference. There are still a lot of Sac folks how despise him.

So dubs fans like me are happy for the potential, but well aware we have two unanswered questions looming:

1) what % of the old Boogie returns to the court after a serious Achilles injury, and
2) what will be the response of Kerr and the incumbent all stars when Boogie inevitably gets pushy and bullying again.

Will he learn to get with the system, the fast, quick-pass, beautiful game system (which is NOT his historical game), and how will the team help him to embrace his new role as a non-essential cog in an already well-oiled, high performing basketball machine?

Don't know, but it will be interesting to watch as it unfolds.


That would be my concern, all of those things.

That trade seemed to come out of nowhere, at least for me. Didn't see that coming at all.

He will definitely need to buy into the system or he is going to get some short playing minutes.

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#2936134 - 07/04/18 12:29 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: KenElevenShadows]
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I don't think Boogie will have any trouble buying into the system and playing 2nd to the GS stars. Like I said, he did it while on the Olympic team without issue. And GS has one advantage that other teams don't. They could afford to wait for him to heal. No rushing back. And he knows that this year is an investment. The better he does on and off of the court, the bigger the contract he will get next year. He is playing for the future.

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#2936332 - 07/05/18 12:20 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: RABid]
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Report: Don't Worry, Bronbron is Totally Cool With The Lakers Signing All Those Weirdos

"What Johnson pitched to James was a team stocked with tough-minded playmakers like Stephenson and Rondo who could free up James to finish in the lanes and from the post, rather than having to create the lion’s share of the offense himself. Rondo and Stephenson are also defensively versatile as their length enables them to be effective defenders in switches. That also follows with the talents of the 6-foot-6 Ball, who showed the ability to be an elite rebounder and defender for a guard in his rookie year.

This makes some sense. LeBron has completely exhausted himself carrying the Cavaliers’ offense over the past few seasons, and if he’s hoping for the final stage of his career to be a productive one he’s going to need to find a way to increase the number of low-impact possessions he plays. Having Rondo and Lonzo Ball around should allow him to spend plenty of time off the ball, and Windhorst theorizes that LeBron will spend much more time in the post during this upcoming season, an adjustment that both Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant made when trying to extend their careers.

That all sounds nice in theory, but it seems unlikely that everything is going to go so smoothly in practice. How many times will LeBron have to kick it out from the post only to see Ball brick another jumper, or spend an entire possession in the corner while Stephenson maniacally dribbles the texture off the ball, before he reverts back to the old way of doing things? More than anything else, this upcoming season could be a test of LeBron’s patience."

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#2936333 - 07/05/18 12:23 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: RABid]
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I don't think Boogie will have any trouble buying into the system and playing 2nd to the GS stars. Like I said, he did it while on the Olympic team without issue. And GS has one advantage that other teams don't. They could afford to wait for him to heal. No rushing back. And he knows that this year is an investment. The better he does on and off of the court, the bigger the contract he will get next year. He is playing for the future.


Cool for GS. Frightening for everyone else.

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#2938232 - 07/17/18 10:18 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: KenElevenShadows]
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Supposedly the Rockets are in the lead for Melo. Supposedly D'Antoni has spoken to him and all that stuff that went down when both were in NY is water under the bridge. Supposedly CP3 really wants him. Supposedly CP3's style of ball handling with work well with Melo's style of play. Supposedly Ennis is a good pickup after losing Ariza andMbah a Moute.

Supposedly.
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#2938235 - 07/17/18 10:39 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Joe Muscara]
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Supposedly the Rockets are in the lead for Melo. Supposedly D'Antoni has spoken to him and all that stuff that went down when both were in NY is water under the bridge. Supposedly CP3 really wants him. Supposedly CP3's style of ball handling with work well with Melo's style of play. Supposedly Ennis is a good pickup after losing Ariza andMbah a Moute.

Supposedly.


I'll NEVER understand the fascination with acquiring Melo. Even in his prime the guy was the worst ball stopper in the league, and he's old now. No defense, and the next stop for the ball after he touches it is the rim. One of the most over rated players in the NBA, in my opinion...

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#2938237 - 07/17/18 10:55 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: area51recording]
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I didn't follow Anthony much when he was the Nugget's guy - 04 to 10 - but during his prime he was a formidable offensive weapon.

Defense? He drinks from the same cup as Harden.

Or as George Karl said, "I want as much effort on defense -- maybe more -- as on offense. That was never going to happen with Melo, whose amazing ability to score with the ball made him a star but didn't make him a winner. Which I pointed out to him. Which he didn't like."
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#2938248 - 07/17/18 11:42 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: area51recording]
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Or as George Karl said, "I want as much effort on defense -- maybe more -- as on offense. That was never going to happen with Melo, whose amazing ability to score with the ball made him a star but didn't make him a winner. Which I pointed out to him. Which he didn't like."
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I don't think anyone here is expecting anything from him on D.

I disagree with your assessment of Harden's D. While it can come and go, he has gotten better with it lately. It's probably WAY better than Melo's! grin

Originally Posted By: area51recording
I'll NEVER understand the fascination with acquiring Melo. Even in his prime the guy was the worst ball stopper in the league, and he's old now. No defense, and the next stop for the ball after he touches it is the rim. One of the most over rated players in the NBA, in my opinion...
I'm not jumping up and down about getting him, either. But maybe maybe maybe he can be a decent piece with all the other talent the Rockets have. Maybe. As long as they keep Capela...
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#2938382 - 07/18/18 09:00 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Joe Muscara]
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DeMar for Kawhi...

...and neither of them are happy about it. idk

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#2938384 - 07/18/18 09:11 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Dave Bryce]
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#2938404 - 07/18/18 11:21 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: MAJUSCULE]
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Lakers are especially psyched. Kawhi is a free agent next year...and if he doesn't like Toronto... idk

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#2938406 - 07/18/18 11:58 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Dave Bryce]
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DeMar for Kawhi...

...and neither of them are happy about it. idk

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Most of the Raptors fans share that unhappiness. frown

I don't know enough about the game or Leonard (beyond the headlines) to have a valid opinion, but my FB is blowing up with as much anger as Canadians seemingly can generate. wink
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#2938407 - 07/18/18 12:10 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Sven Golly]
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Most of the Raptors fans share that unhappiness. frown

I don't know enough about the game or Leonard (beyond the headlines) to have a valid opinion, but my FB is blowing up with as much anger as Canadians seemingly can generate. wink

Among other things, Lowry and DeRozan are friends and like playing together.

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Most of the Raptors fans share that unhappiness. frown

I don't know enough about the game or Leonard (beyond the headlines) to have a valid opinion, but my FB is blowing up with as much anger as Canadians seemingly can generate. wink

Among other things, Lowry and DeRozan are friends and like playing together.

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That I knew... just don't really follow the game outside the Raptors highlights. Frankly, not seeing Kyle and DeMar in the post-game press conferences is gonna be sad. frown
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#2938469 - 07/18/18 07:21 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Sven Golly]
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I saw someone post on FB that they were happy the Raptors were losing the "dead weight" that was DeRozan and even if Leonard splits after the season, they will be rebuilding with a good group. idk

I do know that we're big fans of Lowry after his stint in Houston and am glad to see how much better he has become.
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#2938585 - 07/19/18 03:56 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Joe Muscara]
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Thunder getting Dennis Schroder as part of Carmelo Anthony deal; Mike Muscala to 76ers

According to ESPN's sources, Carmelo is going to the Atlanta Hawks, where he'll be waived and become a free agent.

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#2938588 - 07/19/18 04:39 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Geoff Grace]
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OK should have traded Melo when they had a chance. Every team that has traded Melo has improved.

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#2943076 - 08/14/18 08:29 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: RABid]
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It's official.



But I thought this column put it best.

Quote:
Is he willing to sacrifice himself for the Rockets?

Is he willing, for the first time in his underwhelming 15-year career, to fully recognize his limitations and give in to the greater good?



Anthony's words and demeanor during the Rockets' official rollout will mean something.

If he gets it entering Year 16, he'll say that he'll gladly come off Mike D'Antoni's bench if that is what's best for his new team. That all he wants to do at this point in his career is win his first title. That the Rockets already have a very good thing going and the last thing he wants to do -- after all the frustration and endless rumors in Denver, New York and OKC -- is screw it up.

Oklahoma City always felt forced and never was right. Melo recently acknowledged that fact – but his devotion to his own legacy didn't help the Thunder's cause. He also still sounded like it was all about him.

The Rockets don't do this if they don't believe it can work. There were assurances made on multiple sides. Paul can publicly and privately push Anthony. Harden has one more on-court ally after falling to the Warriors yet again.

The Rockets must back D'Antoni the entire way and can't be afraid to move on from Melo if this Morey experiment is failing.

Warriors, Warriors, Warriors. Surviving the West, then winning the first NBA title in this city since 1995. That's all this should ever be about.

The Rockets are too good to allow Melo to drag them down. After 65 wins and being up 3-2 in the Western Conference finals, they're still trying to be great.

If Anthony gets this right – and what a big "if" that is -- it'll be the best thing on the hardwood that's ever happened to one of the best pure scorers in NBA history.
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#2943085 - 08/14/18 08:57 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Joe Muscara]
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I hate to be negative, but I do not see the Melo thing working out at all.

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#2943086 - 08/14/18 09:00 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: KenElevenShadows]
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I hate to be negative, but I do not see the Melo thing working out at all.

...for any team he's played on other than Syracuse. Especially recently.

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#2943109 - 08/14/18 10:05 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Dave Bryce]
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If I have said it already in this thread, my apologies. But here's what I think.

I *hope* that Morey, D'Antoni, Harden, and Paul know what they're doing. They really seem to think they can make it work. I have my doubts, just like the rest of you guys. The pattern isn't good. They're the pros, I'm just a guy who watches the games and sometimes understands the analyses!

Melo will likely have to drop his ego and "give in to the greater good" as the column says. I don't know if he's capable of that.

At the very worst, I hope he doesn't distract the team if things don't work out and he rides the pine. They should do very well without him, hopefully even better with him.
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#2943114 - 08/14/18 10:23 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: KenElevenShadows]
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I hate to be negative, but I do not see the Melo thing working out at all.


Again (I'm not looking back but I KNOW I must have posted this before) I just don't get the Melo thing. Like, at all. The guy is so one dimensional at this point. The Rockets have plenty of scoring firepower, and now you add a guy who plays ZERO defense, is a epic ball stopper, and eschews coming off the bench. What could possibly go wrong? You put together a team like they have (and honestly, their big problem is that right now GS is looking like one of those "teams for the ages" squads) and MELO is your missing chess piece? When they DO play Curry and Co. whomever Melo is charged with guarding is going to light his butt on fire.....

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#2943128 - 08/14/18 10:56 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Joe Muscara]
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Melo will likely have to drop his ego and "give in to the greater good" as the column says. I don't know if he's capable of that.

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#2943131 - 08/14/18 11:14 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Dave Bryce]
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Melo will likely have to drop his ego and "give in to the greater good" as the column says. I don't know if he's capable of that.

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I am an optimist and like to think that people are capable of maturing. Maybe if he truly realizes that this is his last shot to go all the way, he'll do what D'Antoni, Harden, and CP3 tell him is best.

I am not holding my breath. I am hoping this season is as fun as the last one was. idk

[I mean, really. What do you expect me to do? The Rockets are my favorite team so I gotta go with it. grin As long as I don't hate it as much as the T-Mac era, I'll be okay. I wish T-Mac back then was as mature as he seems to be now.]
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#2943151 - 08/14/18 12:18 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Joe Muscara]
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Mike D’Antoni says Carmelo Anthony is willing to come off bench

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Mike D'Antoni understands the doubts, the questions the Rockets' addition of 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony on Monday raised with many. He had questions, too. But to the Rockets' coach, they have been answered.

Anthony was a free agent when he made his decision to join the Rockets official, signing his one-year, $2.4 million contract Monday. He chose to accept the kind of role he could find with the Rockets, largely playing as a power forward, possibly coming off the bench, certainly in support of other stars rather as the No. 1 option as he had been through most of his career.

His willingness to not just accept, but to choose his place in the Rockets' mix was all D'Antoni needed to hear.

"I understand some of the naysayers," D'Antoni said. "I understand the question marks going into it. I would be worried about it if there were no conversations. But those have been answered sufficiently. Now, we'll have to adjust. I'll have to adjust a few things to get the best out of Melo and he'll have to adjust his game to play with us the best he can. That's normal things it took Chris (Paul) and James (Harden) about an hour and half to get solved.

"I go back to the Olympic experience and they want to play for the team, the name on the front of the jersey instead of the name on the back. That makes it easy, when you have talented players. You can't make something out of nothing. We can make something out of something. These guys got something."



"We'll see what performs best. What makes the best rotation and how to get the best out of them. Whether he starts or doesn't start, and he said it, is a moot point. We'll make that decision as we go forward. Maybe he starts the game, maybe he doesn't.

"We had to make sure that everybody's on the same page and he definitely, definitely is. We all have the same vision and want to get this thing done and beat probably the best team in NBA history. We can't afford a misstep or take things for granted and say 'we'll work things out.' When we talked about his vision and our vision and it matched up."

With that," D'Antoni called adding Anthony "a no-brainer." The questions might have been valid, but more than a month before training camp will begin, D'Antoni considered them answered.
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#2943188 - 08/14/18 04:08 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: area51recording]
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I hate to be negative, but I do not see the Melo thing working out at all.


Again (I'm not looking back but I KNOW I must have posted this before) I just don't get the Melo thing. Like, at all. The guy is so one dimensional at this point. The Rockets have plenty of scoring firepower, and now you add a guy who plays ZERO defense, is a epic ball stopper, and eschews coming off the bench. What could possibly go wrong? You put together a team like they have (and honestly, their big problem is that right now GS is looking like one of those "teams for the ages" squads) and MELO is your missing chess piece? When they DO play Curry and Co. whomever Melo is charged with guarding is going to light his butt on fire.....


They lost Trevor Ariza, so they really could have replaced him with someone who is a great perimeter defender. Instead, they get Melo.

Melo could score, once upon a time, but he is slowing down with that as well. In the NBA, the guy has been a meathead and perennial ball stopper, and the Rockets seem like a more cerebral share-the-ball play-good-defense get-up-and-down-=the-court sort of team. I really don't get it at all.

Regardless, the upcoming season should be interesting. The Rockets will be interesting, the Lakers will be interesting (I don't know that they'll be good, but they'll be interesting grin ), and who fills the void in the East (Celtics, most likely) will be interesting.

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#2943197 - 08/14/18 05:19 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: KenElevenShadows]
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They lost Trevor Ariza, so they really could have replaced him with someone who is a great perimeter defender. Instead, they get Melo.
Morey is pretty good at finding players other teams overlook. James Ennis could be an example of that.
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#2943198 - 08/14/18 05:23 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Joe Muscara]
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They lost Trevor Ariza, so they really could have replaced him with someone who is a great perimeter defender. Instead, they get Melo.
Morey is pretty good at finding players other teams overlook. James Ennis could be an example of that.


Cool.

I hope on the Lakers' end, they are good at getting something going too. One sports journalist described the new-look Lakers as "The Island of Misfit Toys". It is an odd combination. A passionate combination, but an odd one, with them seemingly trying to collect every annoying player in the NBA.

They overlooked Steven Adams from OKC. grin

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#2943268 - 08/15/18 05:02 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: KenElevenShadows]
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A passionate combination, but an odd one, with them seemingly trying to collect every annoying player in the NBA.

They overlooked Steven Adams from OKC. grin
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It will be interesting to see what the Lakers can do. I'm guessing they're thinking that with Lebron leading, everything/everyone else will line up.
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#2943306 - 08/15/18 07:51 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Joe Muscara]
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Melo is on a 1-year deal for a reason. wink

That will either give him an incentive to play with a championship caliber team or pad his retirement account. laugh cool
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#2945513 - 08/28/18 03:27 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: ProfD]
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#2946272 - 09/02/18 03:59 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Geoff Grace]
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Rockets unload Ryan Anderson in four player trade with Phoenix.

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Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has traded forward Ryan Anderson and guard De’Anthony Melton to Phoenix in exchange for forward Marquese Chriss and guard Brandon Knight.

Anderson always seemed to slump towards the end of the season and the playoffs, making himself useless and not worth his contract. Hopefully Knight will be healthy and useful after slumping hard for the Suns. But in the end, I think the big thing here is money. Anderson was a big chunk for the Rockets and they might be able to unload either or both of these guys by Oct 31 if they don't work out.

Meanwhile, Geoff, you get Ariza and Anderson! Good luck.
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#2946280 - 09/02/18 06:41 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Joe Muscara]
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Meanwhile, Geoff, you get Ariza and Anderson! Good luck.

Unfortunately, I don't have room for them at my place. Maybe the Suns can put them up.

But seriously, I don't know what to make of the trade. Each player has an upside and downside. I'm hoping for the best, but guessing mediocrity with prevail.

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#2946321 - 09/03/18 06:05 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Geoff Grace]
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Meanwhile, Geoff, you get Ariza and Anderson! Good luck.

Unfortunately, I don't have room for them at my place
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But seriously, I don't know what to make of the trade. Each player has an upside and downside. I'm hoping for the best, but guessing mediocrity with prevail.
I don't know where the Suns are right now and what they're up to. It's too bad to see them floundering around in the west like they have been.
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#2953565 - 10/18/18 03:35 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Geoff Grace]
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I haven't been able to say this often lately, but Phoenix is tied for first place: 1-0 baby!!! cool wink grin



GO SUNS!!! thu

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#2955551 - 10/30/18 07:30 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Geoff Grace]
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The Lakers are about 2-5, I think, and reporters are already asking Lebron how much more patience he has. It took almost halfway through the season for his superstar teams to begin gelling, and they're asking him about his Island of Misfit Toys, a weird combination of people like Javale McGee, Lance Stephenson, and Rajon Rondo along with a bunch of 20 year olds, how much more patience he'll have.

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#2955605 - 10/31/18 06:49 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: KenElevenShadows]
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The Lakers are about 2-5, I think, and reporters are already asking Lebron how much more patience he has. It took almost halfway through the season for his superstar teams to begin gelling, and they're asking him about his Island of Misfit Toys, a weird combination of people like Javale McGee, Lance Stephenson, and Rajon Rondo along with a bunch of 20 year olds, how much more patience he'll have.


The sad reality of an instant gratification society. The Lakers should be 49-0 right now. laugh

Of course, the media has a job to do in asking the questions and being a superstar, LBJ brings a certain amount of press baggage with him. cool
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#2955618 - 10/31/18 07:50 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: ProfD]
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Looks like Houston is playing out as people expected.

Hopefully they get healthy and get it turned around.

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#2955637 - 10/31/18 09:53 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: p19978]
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Looks like Houston is playing out as people expected.

Hopefully they get healthy and get it turned around.
This has been painful. I've been wondering if they're experiencing the "Melo Curse," even though Melo himself isn't doing too badly. The rest of the team has been ice cold. To go from such a high-powered and high-scoring offense to this, well, it's bizarre. I could live with them needing to figure out the defense with all the changes, but when Eric Gordon can't hit a three to save his life, there's a creek and they're up it.
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#2955647 - 10/31/18 10:22 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Joe Muscara]
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Raptors fans are already deeply in love with Kawhi Leonard. Even though he’s only played half a dozen games, they’re chanting “MVP, MVP” every time he goes to the free throw line. His game looks as good as anybody’s who’s ever played for Toronto. Kyle Lowry’s playing out of his mind to impress him. New stud, new coach, lots of good young talent....maybe, maybe, maybe this year will be special.

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#2956279 - 11/03/18 10:49 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Polychrest]
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Houston will probably pick it up. I don't know about the addition of Melo. I think that's a bit of a mistake, but maybe it works out.

The Raptors with Kawhi seems like a winner for sure.

So this is the thing that's got sports journalists in Los Angeles chattering now. Apparently Magic Johnson laid in to Luke Walton for their 2-5 start (they're now 3-5, I believe, because they just beat the Trailblazers). The press picked up on this and won't shut up about it even though Magic is not exactly warm and fuzzy, and has apparently had numerous discussions with Walton since the beginning of the season. However, since ESPN picked up on this, it's the subject of non-stop speculation.

Fueling this is Coach Lue being fired from the Cavaliers. Some are thinking that they might want to bring Lue aboard, especially since Walton was a Jim Buss/Mitch Kupchak hire before Magic/Pelinka took over.

However the Lakers do, it will not be a boring year. Between having odd personnel, which people have referred to as The Island of Misfit Toys, and all this other nonsense, it's not gonna be boring in Lakerland.

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#2956312 - 11/04/18 07:20 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: KenElevenShadows]
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Apparently, the Chris Paul-led huddle in the second quarter of the Nets game is what woke them up and turned them around. It was a good game to watch. They were playing with the intensity they had before both on offense and defense. I didn't get to see the win over the Bulls yesterday, but I suspect it was more of the same plus having Harden back.
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#2957727 - 11/13/18 12:03 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Joe Muscara]
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There are LOTS of rumors about the Melo experiment in Houston being over. He has been out with "an illness" for the last two games and didn't travel with the team for tonight's game in Denver.

There are also lots of articles saying the Rockets woes are not his fault, but OTOH, maybe he's so disruptive in the locker room or something they are. idk

I saw one article blaming the problems on what Morey did and who he let go during the offseason, but if anyone thinks that the poor performances of Harden and CP3 are because Ariza and LMAM are gone, they're crazy.
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#2958100 - 11/15/18 03:47 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Joe Muscara]
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Originally Posted By: Joe Muscara
It's official.

And now it's official. He's gone. He was a Rocket for 94 days, depending on how you count it exactly.
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#2958102 - 11/15/18 03:51 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Joe Muscara]
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...and now there are rumors about Kevin Durant and Draymond Green having issues. idk

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#2958160 - 11/16/18 04:19 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Dave Bryce]
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Watching them play the Rockets last night, while they looked poor (I think the starters didn't hit a single three-pointer), there weren't any issues to note between them. At one point, when Green messed up, running back they were talking and Green tapped himself taking the blame. Things seemed normal to me in that regard. idk
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#2958389 - 11/17/18 08:49 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Joe Muscara]
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#2958606 - 11/18/18 10:23 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: d / halfnote]
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I'm thinking the Green/Durant thing is not that big of a deal.

I knew the Melo thing wasn't going to work out. I don't know what the Rockets were thinking with that.

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#2962691 - 12/13/18 09:05 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: KenElevenShadows]
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So, how about those Raptors, eh?

Blowout swing through Cali even with Kawhi sitting out.

And how about the non-call on Green dislocating JV's thumb? C'mon, man!
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#2962717 - 12/13/18 11:28 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: MAJUSCULE]
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I had no idea the Melo Curse would sit on the Rockets after they let him go. Or maybe it's because he's still officially with the team or whatever that situation is.

I can't tell if the Rockets are going to be awesome, terrible, or just blow a great lead to lose on any given night. What fun is that??? idk
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#2962726 - 12/13/18 12:20 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Joe Muscara]
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Well.....every team that lets Melo go seems to improve.....so there's THAT.....

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#2963089 - 12/15/18 11:12 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: area51recording]
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#2963180 - 12/16/18 05:05 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: area51recording]
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Well.....every team that lets Melo go seems to improve.....so there's THAT.....
We're still waiting for that to stick. The Rockets have been incredibly up and down this year. Last year, we were sure they were dominant. This year, we're sure they COULD be dominant, and sometimes they are, while sometimes they're inexplicable.
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#2964922 - 12/25/18 05:22 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Joe Muscara]
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Just when the Rockets looked like they were hitting their stride, CP3 pulls a hamstring, again. facepalm So what do the Rockets do? They signed Austin Rivers. Yes, that Austin Rivers, who says he has no beef with Paul. I hope not. The Rockets need a PG for all those times CP3 needs a rest.
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#2968105 - 01/10/19 05:37 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Joe Muscara]
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Austin Rivers has turned out to be a bit of a revelation, Brandon Knight is starting to find his rhythm, and James Harden is a lock to be the MVP.
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#2968157 - 01/10/19 10:12 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Joe Muscara]
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I'm just impressed at how quickly he got up.

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#2968305 - 01/11/19 04:37 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: MAJUSCULE]
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[knocks on wood]

Even when he gets injured, it doesn't last. The guy isn't close to fragile at all. He just gets back in there, almost every time.
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#2968333 - 01/11/19 08:50 AM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: Joe Muscara]
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The beard, it protecc him.
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#2977615 - 02/26/19 12:26 PM Re: Official NBA 2018-2019 Thread [Re: MAJUSCULE]
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Okay so Brandon Knight is gone but the Rockets have Manimal (he prefers to be called that freak) aka Kenneth Faried, Shumpert, and every new player was a mid-season pickup while all the offseason acquisitions are gone, including Melo. Go figure.

It's hard to believe Faried was let go by the Nets, they hardly played him, and neither did Denver.

Manimal and Capela are playing together sometimes for a "big" lineup, which is fun since the Rockets have been so guard heavy of late.

The one thing that's killing me though is that last season spoiled me. I'm so disappointed when they lose. I do think that part of it is because they're clearly good enough to win every game or nearly that many.

Harden is now solidly second on the list of players with games scoring 30 or more points, behind Wilt Chamberlain in first and ahead of… Wilt Chamberlain in third! Chris Paul has climbed into the top ten of all time assist leaders, despite all those injuries. He's up there somewhere on steals as well.
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