We can't assume the playoffs next year.
Old 04-26-2008, 07:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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After firing Vincent, it looks like the Bobcats probably gonna hire Larry Brown. They've been vastly underperforming with their roster, they have the talented wing players (Richardson and Wallace), a good rebounder (Okafor), a solid PG (Felton), some good bench players (Boykins and Dudley) and in the last half of the season they showed they have the ability to play hard. I definitley think they'll finally make their move.

Miami might turn things around insantly if they end up with Rose or Beasely, putting either of them with Wade and Marion, that's a nice trio. Riley is still good when he has something to try with, so we'll see.

Bucks hired Skiles, now I'm not as confident in them as I am the Cats, but they have the guns to make a move if they play together.

I think those are the 3 teams that could potentially jump into the playoff race next year. Now I assume Boston, Detroit, Cleveland, Orlando, and Washington (assuming they sign Jamison or Brand) will be fine. Atlanta will be better with a potentially star-budding Horford, he'll make a big impact next year. Philly is the one I could see having a letdown (kind of like Golden State), but if they take their capspace and get one of those big PFs on the market, they could be fine.

Anyways, I still think we're good enough to make the playoffs, but if Bargnani continues to shit the bed and our offseason isn't great, we might have to worry a bit.

I realize this is early because we're not officially dead yet, but I always like looking ahead.
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Old 04-26-2008, 07:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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In BC I believe .... he'll improve this roster ten fold this summer in my opinion. In some way or another he'll get those pieces we need to improve from this season. At this point, as much as we all love players like Jose and Bosh, I don't think anyone's safe or untouchable this summer.
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Old 04-27-2008, 03:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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It's going to be an interesting summer. I have total faith in Colangelo. The first year, he wanted to make a splash and turn the franchise around quickly. I think even he was surprised at the results. He tried to tweak it this year, but for whatever reason, it didn't work out. I really think that now, he knows what he has to do.

I'm excited.
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Old 04-27-2008, 03:39 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Larry Brown is going to Atlanta - book it!
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Old 04-27-2008, 12:39 PM   #5 (permalink)
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We will have home court next season - and I'm seriously thinking we could be a #2 seed in the east. I see us winning 51-53 games next season, and Detroit and Boston will both win fewer games. Boston will probably lose thibodeau, so their defense will suffer. Allen and Garnett will be one year older and they will no longer have the same intensity. Charlotte and Atlanta will not be much better than this season, they will probably finish around .500 - nowhere near where we will be.

I see the next season much more even in the east, with many teams around .500. Toroto, Boston and Detroit will fight for the #1 spot, while 7-8 other teams will fight to make the playoffs. I think Orlando will have a significant drop-off because their division will be much improved. Charlotte, Milwaukee and Atlanta will improve a little. Whasington will probably be a little worse than last season, if they keep Arenas they will end up around .500 as they usually do. Chicago and NJ will probably fall behind again, and Cleveland will be a 42-50 wins, depending on Lebron's intensity. I'm not sure what to make of the 76ers and Miami, because they are bound to make some major changes to their teams.

But going back to us, I think we are bound to finally become a eastern conference contender - anything less than that and I would be very dissapointed. If we are not a contender in the east next season, then it's time to make major changes to this team (like trading Bosh).
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Old 04-27-2008, 12:46 PM   #6 (permalink)
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We will have home court next season - and I'm seriously thinking we could be a #2 seed in the east. I see us winning 51-53 games next season, and Detroit and Boston will both win fewer games. Boston will probably lose thibodeau, so their defense will suffer. Allen and Garnett will be one year older and they will no longer have the same intensity. Charlotte and Atlanta will not be much better than this season, they will probably finish around .500 - nowhere near where we will be.
What are you basing this on? Are you saying this now because you assume that Colangelo is going to improve this team ten fold this summer or are you really confident that who's on the roster this season can really win 51 to 53 games? If its the latter, then be prepared to be let down milk.
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Old 04-27-2008, 01:10 PM   #7 (permalink)
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this is only if we get our star SF this summer, which I think we will. If Bryan wait until the trade deadline, then we might have some problems, especially if Garbo is really done. The other assumptions I made is that Bargnani will play 32-35 minutes next year, will finally become a constant offensive threat and finally we will get a coach. It looks like there will be a bunch of high-profile names available this summer, including D'Antoni. Since we have a similar style , D'Antoni could be the perfect coach for us.
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Old 04-27-2008, 01:12 PM   #8 (permalink)
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It looks like there will be a bunch of high-profile names available this summer, including D'Antoni. Since we have a similar style , D'Antoni could be the perfect coach for us.
Grrrrrreat .... another coach who knows absolutely nothing about defense. Don't see how that helps us considering offense really wasn't an issue for us this season.
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Old 04-27-2008, 01:23 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Phoenix is not that bad defensively, just because they score a lot. If you look at Hollinger's adjusted stats (for pace), they are in the top 10 or something like that.
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Phoenix is not that bad defensively, just because they score a lot. If you look at Hollinger's adjusted stats (for pace), they are in the top 10 or something like that.
Meh .... I take Hollinger and his stats with a grain of salt. They mean absolutely squat. Based on his "stat equations" he had the Raptors as the 4 best team in the league for most of the year. Pure rubbish.
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Old 04-27-2008, 01:31 PM   #11 (permalink)
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some do make sense. It definitely make sense to adjust by pace - if you play more possesions, you're bound to get more points, rebounds, steals etc. Even the FG% is affected, because you get more easy transition points (for and against).
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Old 04-27-2008, 01:33 PM   #12 (permalink)
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PHX gives up the 2nd most easy baskets in the NBA behind the Nuggets, so any way you look at it, theyre terrible defensively. You can skew numbers all you want but the game tells the story. Dantoni makes no adjustments at all to the Spurs pick and roll game, and allowing their big 3 to go for 80+ PPG just screams 'fire me' once this season is done.
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But they play a running game, lots of transitions and therefore easy baskets. I don't think it's fair to judge D'Antoni this season - shaq was such an obvious mistake in their system. Losing marion was very important, because now bell is the only good defensive player, and he can't defend both parker and ginobili, especially with O'neal going in and out of the lineup.
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Old 04-27-2008, 01:43 PM   #14 (permalink)
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then again, I'm not a big fan of D'antoni either. But he is the master of the running game, and he will be better than Mitchell. And it's not like Sam is known for his masterful defensive plans.
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Old 04-27-2008, 01:51 PM   #15 (permalink)
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After game 2 Dantoni shoulda said we're gonna make the role players beat us. You cant allow the big 3 to go for 80ppg and expect to win.

Dantoni and Mitchell are equally bad with defensive schemes. Dantoni wouldnt be that big of an improvement come playoff time, who cares about the reg season
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I think there would be a big improvement. And again, I'm talking realistical scenarios. The only way BC could get away with firing Mitchell is by getting a big name. So we're talking (potentially): brown, van gundy, avery johnson, d'antoni and george karl. Apparently Karl's job is safe, brown is probably gone by now, van gundy is the worst coach for this team. So you're left with 3 options:mitchell, avery, d'antoni.
Avery is inexperienced and so far hasn't done much in the playoffs. So it might be mitchell vs d'antoni.
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I think Carlisle will be the guy when its said and done. I think he only did that horrible 24 second offence with IND because of the pieces he had. I think hes a very good coach and can easily adjust with a bunch of good offensive players. The defence will definately be better at least.
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D'Antoni a master of the running game?


Steve Nash is the master of the running game.
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Old 04-27-2008, 02:20 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Colangelo will improve the roster 10 fold this summer? He didn't do it last off-season, what makes anyone believe he'll do it this time. It was obvious what the team lacked after the embarrassment of the Nets series and BC didn't address any of those issues. Hey, maybe he'll add some more outside shooting. Can't have enough of that!!
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Old 04-27-2008, 02:23 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I'd go for Carlisle, but for some reason I expect Chicago has "dibs" on him
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