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« Reply #525 on: April 14, 2018, 11:17:39 AM »

I'd say Lebron has got a psychological edge over the entire NBA. He has in the past put the fear of god into Golden State, which he has no business doing, considering how much worse his teams have been than theirs.

This will be interesting for Cleveland, considering how different that team is than was the one that began the season. I think it's substantially better, talent-wise, and a lot more versatile. (Obviously when I say talent-wise, I mean talent as it now produces. Rose and Wade clearly WERE more talented than anyone they have now.) But considering the injuries Boston has suffered, Cleveland would be my guess. I know I said I wouldn't make picks, but if I were going to, that would be my pick from the East.
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« Reply #526 on: April 25, 2018, 08:57:00 AM »

Wearing my circa 2005 Wizards reebok polo! Wink

Wiz ain't over until the fat lady sings....
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« Reply #527 on: April 25, 2018, 08:57:43 AM »

Carnie?
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« Reply #528 on: April 25, 2018, 09:00:29 AM »

 LOL

You want to be the Wolves' Brian Windhorst?
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« Reply #529 on: April 25, 2018, 09:17:01 AM »

Id rather be their Scott Layden.
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« Reply #530 on: April 25, 2018, 10:16:51 AM »

Do you still have David Kahn nightmares once a month?...
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« Reply #531 on: April 25, 2018, 10:46:48 AM »

GF rocking an Embid mask?
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« Reply #532 on: June 12, 2018, 11:19:45 AM »


Carnie?
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« Reply #533 on: June 12, 2018, 11:21:35 AM »

G-State shows no signs of slowing down. Lebron will end up where???
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« Reply #534 on: June 15, 2018, 07:22:42 PM »

G-State shows no signs of slowing down. Lebron will end up where???

No one knows, but now that Kawhi wants out (and prefers L.A.) everyone is clamoring for LeBron, Kawhi, and either Paul George or Chris Paul to join the Lakers.

I'm really getting tired of all this joining up. Ideally, the top 30 players in the league would be on 30 different teams (and certainly the top 15 or 10 or 5 or 3 would be on different teams!). People have actually talked about LeBron joining GS. GS!!! I know most people dismiss that scenario, but that's how turned around the NBA is. I know there have been superteams throughout NBA history and the ratings are up, but I honestly believe the NBA has a problem and they need to address it. Would ditching the max contract limitation help? Perhaps the novelty of these superteams putting up historic stats will wear off and people will realize that it's not as impressive (or ENTERTAINING) when your starting lineup doubles as the ALL-NBA team.
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« Reply #535 on: Today at 08:35:24 AM »

Lebron: I think Cleveland and LAL are the most likely scenarios.

  • Philadelphia was a sexy pick for a while, but I think for the good of the future of the franchise, they shouldn't go that route. Ben Simmons is a ball-dominant, generally non-shooter. Adding the equally (more?) ball-dominant Lebron James doesn't make a lot of sense, and while Lebron has become a pretty good shooter, he's far too good a creator to use off the ball in a spot-up shooting role or something.
  • Boston is a sexy pick in some circles now. This makes a lot more sense for some reasons, especially in that they have what it would take to work out a trade that Cleveland would find attractive (if Lebron were willing to do it as a sign-and-trade or opt in first). You could send Gordon Hayward, Terry Rozier, and a pick; or maybe move Jaylen Brown. You could even (hilariously) send Kyrie, Marcus Morris, and Brown. Whatever: Boston has a lot of options. And Lebron would be REALLY interesting in that almost positionless, ball-movement offense full of creators. And speaking of...
  • Golden State. Nope. They simply don't have the money, so unless it's done as a trade it is impossible. And would the Warriors REALLY be willing to break up the core of a multiple-title team for a possibly one-year Lebron rental? You'd have to move Klay Thompson AND Draymond Green, or some such thing. That or Lebron would have to be willing to sign for an exception or minimum. Ahhhhhh no. He's not going to give up money. Nor should he be expected to.

I disagree about the problem of players controlling their own futures though. If some 22-year-old is a brilliant programmer, does anyone say he ought not go work for Apple or Google because they already have too much talent? Do we insist he go work for some Ukrainian semilegal hacker? People deserve to have some degree of control over their own lives, including their careers. The rules in the NBA (and pro sports) are already set up in a way that would be illegal in every other industry: they have been given exceptions from antitrust laws, basically.

I also disagree that it's bad for basketball. Watching Golden State is the most fun I've had in decades. The last teams that even approached them from a fun standpoint were the early '00 Sacramento teams, which weren't anywhere near as good. And I think back to those Bulls teams of the 90s and the Lakers-Celtics rivalries of the 80s very fondly. Nobody really spends much energy complaining that the 80s weren't fair. But look at the Finals: only the Lakers, Celtics, 76ers, Pistons, and Rockets made it. Twenty Finals spots were filled by a total of five teams. The Lakers and Celtics filled 13 of those 20 spots.

And it isn't as if Golden State steamrolled its way to the title. Houston had a really decent shot this year, and both NOP and SAS each stole a game. It's just that Cleveland wasn't a very good Eastern Conference representative, Lebron notwithstanding. And he played with a broken hand. I think Boston would have won at least one, if not two, games. (And that's without their two best players.)

I think we're in a new golden (no pun intended) era of NBA basketball. The players are great, some teams are great and really good, and there aren't any massive scandals going on. Yes, the players are looking at their own "personal brands" (the most annoying, overused term on earth) and business, but it's not like the gang-culture-periphery of the 90s of coke-heads of the 80s and 70s. I'll take relatively professional, well behaved players putting on a great show night in and night out anytime.
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