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Old 09-29-2008, 02:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Not too bad of rankings for a change

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/powerr...n=2009&week=-1


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10 (19) Raptors 41-41 I loved the Raps' gamble here. If O'Neal's knees don't hold up, the Raptors still can be a .500 team without Ford and Nesterovic. And if he does come back strong? Toronto becomes a threat to the East's beasts in Boston.
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Old 09-29-2008, 02:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Jeez! That's higher than I would have expected from ESPN.
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Old 09-29-2008, 03:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Jeez! That's higher than I would have expected from ESPN.
thats higher than even the espn guys would have expected...
i wonder if they read this afterwards and were surprised themselves?
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Old 09-29-2008, 03:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Its because O'Neals situation is no longer speculative, they can actually see he's ok. Everyone in Vegas saw him play, and all the guys here are seeing him play.

He's back, and so long as they limit his minutes when he's getting sore or inflamed, he can stay back.

His trainers and nutrition guys have done a great job, and credit to Jermaine, he finally bought in, it's called growing up.

He will rub off on Bosh and Bargs too, hopefully he can inspire Moon as well.
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Old 09-29-2008, 08:44 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Or, they realize that Toronto is the third biggest market in North America and their advertisers enjoy the hits on their website...
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Old 09-29-2008, 11:04 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Or, they realize that Toronto is the third biggest market in North America and their advertisers enjoy the hits on their website...
or they clearly don't actually know that because they keep calling toronto a small market city.
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Old 09-29-2008, 11:08 PM   #7 (permalink)
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ESPN also posted a full summer forecast:

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/s...sonPredictions

It's not nearly as in depth as last years, though they'll probably put that up closer to the season's start.

ROFLMAO at the guy who chose Dwayne Wade to win the MVP, and at the guy who chose Cleveland to win the title. Only 4 out of 21 picking Boston is badddd, too.
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Old 09-29-2008, 11:09 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Wow- we're higher than Mavs, Suns and Orlando

I'm loving this pre-season hype
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Old 09-29-2008, 11:27 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Is it just me that think that Jermaine Oneal will have a much bigger impact on our team than Brand will on Philly?
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Old 09-30-2008, 12:05 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I say this, anyone taking Wade lightly this year will get burned.

He was a tank in Beijing
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Old 09-30-2008, 12:16 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I say this, anyone taking Wade lightly this year will get burned.

He was a tank in Beijing
+1.
I got shitted on months ago by Bulls fans who said Derrick Rose >>>>> Wade.
How is Wade, being a top-5 player in this league, not better than Rose?.. ROSE!
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Old 09-30-2008, 12:26 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Don't ask me.

The Dude won his team a championship.

Derrick Rose, hasn't stepped on an NBA floor yet.
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Old 09-30-2008, 01:10 AM   #13 (permalink)
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I say this, anyone taking Wade lightly this year will get burned.

He was a tank in Beijing
when was the last time a player from a <50 wins team won the MVP? And there's NO WAY Miami gets to 50 this season. Lebron was a god last season, and he didn't win, and I don't think we'll see anybody (not named lebron) posting better stats in a season anytime soon.
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Old 09-30-2008, 05:25 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Yeah, my comment wasn't a knock on a healthy Wade's skill, but because the voters' ignorance when it comes to MVPs only being awarded to top 2 in the conference teams. Miami will be lucky to get 8th seed at this point.
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