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Old 12-06-2011, 04:56 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I don't necessarily need to see a team loaded with tons of talent from three players. I meant to mention that teams in the past saw individual players rise to great levels thanks to the talent around them, but also the overall balance and players able to fill complimentary roles. With a hard cap the Pippen that excels next to a Jordan would have to go. Or a well-balanced group of lesser talent needs to be broken up due to a few of them being in line for a raise. We already see that sort of problem coming into play with young teams too much, and it kills fan interest.
True. I do prefer the growth format of an NBA team. I'd be all for eliminating all exceptions except the trade exception, Bird exception, and minimum salary exception. No mid-level, no sign and trades, no free agents for a team over the cap, except those min salary roster fillers and ring chasers. But a team could keep its core together in perpetuity, until it inevitably needs to change, and then trades would be the mechanism to renew the team.
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Bill Simmons breaks down the 2-guard spot - Grantland
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good read.

I totally agree with him about denver, if they're clever and don't mind an average season they could be very strong next season.
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Bill Simmons tries to find a destination for Chris Paul - Grantland
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Old 12-08-2011, 01:30 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Houston is chasing him … but even if the Rockets offer Kevin Martin, Patrick Patterson, Terrence Williams, Hasheem Thabeet, Jonny Flynn and two no. 1 picks for Paul and Okafor, why would New Orleans do that?

wtf!? that's an amazing deal for NOH isn't it!? considering they could lose him for nothing, they get a decent young PG, an excellent PF prospect, martin who can still fill it up AND terrence williams and thabeet who are useful pieces, AND 2 1st rounders!?
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Old 12-15-2011, 10:22 PM   #26 (permalink)
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We're celebrating Day 10 with a bullet-point column for three reasons …

1. I am no longer capable of writing a coherent column with a beginning, middle and end.

2. It's a special holiday anniversary tribute to Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton.

3. It symbolizes the bullet the Clippers put in the Lakers yesterday.

Yesterday, the Lakers were hanging out in front of the Staples Center, twiddling their thumbs and coming to the depressing realization that Josh McRoberts was their fourth-best player, when suddenly the Clippers did a drive-by shooting, popped them in the leg and sent them limping away. It wasn't a fatal blow, but the Lakers definitely lost a ton of blood. And they might spend the next few years walking with a limp.

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Bill Simmons can't believe the Lakers are no long the hot ticket in Los Angeles - Grantland
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Josh McRoberts now plays for the Lakers? How did I not hear about this sooner?
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Old 12-17-2011, 04:40 PM   #28 (permalink)
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a tidbit from day 11:

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• Minnesota paid $19 million for four years for J.J. Barea, making him the third free agent point guard in three years that they've signed for at least $16 million (even though they spent three first-round picks on point guards over that same timeframe) and giving them three point guards for the 2011-12 season. I don't know what to tell you.

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Holy crap. Jose for Kevin Love?
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Just read day 8 (or was it 9?) about Dwight. He nailed it. All he missed was stating the obvious - Dwight has no heart.
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Just read day 8 (or was it 9?) about Dwight. He nailed it. All he missed was stating the obvious - Dwight has no heart.
yeah, i just read the howard one, another good read and yeah, he was spot-on wasn't he. How can they NOT be considering the bulls!? would be a sick team and it's a big city with passionate fans anyway.

good debate about ranking best ever Cs in there as well. Was having a debate with jackson filth on that one. I definitely think howard coulda lived with those 80s and 90s guys, just coz of physicality but might have to agree with filth and you a bit in saying his attitude/heart/desire don't seem to quite match up with those guys. A consequence of being by far the best in a week C era? Those huge match-ups back in the day, constant banging and rivalry drove them on to be bigger and better?
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yeah, i just read the howard one, another good read and yeah, he was spot-on wasn't he. How can they NOT be considering the bulls!? would be a sick team and it's a big city with passionate fans anyway.

good debate about ranking best ever Cs in there as well. Was having a debate with jackson filth on that one. I definitely think howard coulda lived with those 80s and 90s guys, just coz of physicality but might have to agree with filth and you a bit in saying his attitude/heart/desire don't seem to quite match up with those guys. A consequence of being by far the best in a week C era? Those huge match-ups back in the day, constant banging and rivalry drove them on to be bigger and better?
He might have made more of himself against stiffer competition, but what I see in him, and have seen in him very early, is a Vince-like tendency to settle for playing up to a certain level and generally losing his way when things get tough. Then smiling his way through shortcomings. Look at the playoffs last year. I was ready to think that he had finally arrived. He was hitting free throws. His offensive game had finally expanded. He was looking really good, and not unlike some in that second tier that Simmons mentions. Then he gets more double-teams, some physical contact, a tough call here and there, his team makes some mistakes, games tighten up, and suddenly he offers very little. He misses the free throws again. He makes bad turnovers. He falls asleep on defense. And he commits stupid fouls. It's a terrible pattern for him. And although he didn't have the supporting cast last year, he could have stood out by breaking that pattern at least.
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He might have made more of himself against stiffer competition, but what I see in him, and have seen in him very early, is a Vince-like tendency to settle for playing up to a certain level and generally losing his way when things get tough. Then smiling his way through shortcomings. Look at the playoffs last year. I was ready to think that he had finally arrived. He was hitting free throws. His offensive game had finally expanded. He was looking really good, and not unlike some in that second tier that Simmons mentions. Then he gets more double-teams, some physical contact, a tough call here and there, his team makes some mistakes, games tighten up, and suddenly he offers very little. He misses the free throws again. He makes bad turnovers. He falls asleep on defense. And he commits stupid fouls. It's a terrible pattern for him. And although he didn't have the supporting cast last year, he could have stood out by breaking that pattern at least.
yeah, i have to accept he has short-comings. I watched every game of the atl v orl series and he let orl down, even in that huge game he had (rope a dope!)
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yeah, i have to accept he has short-comings. I watched every game of the atl v orl series and he let orl down, even in that huge game he had (rope a dope!)
That's not to say I'm not a little irrational about it as well. I'm about the only person that wouldn't like to see him on my team. That's just from seeing that bit of Vince in him. I couldn't cope with that.
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