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I wouldn't be in a rush to honor Hardaway or Richmond.
Hardaway strikes me a slightly better pick than Richmond, both because Hardaway had more post TMC success (being the point guard for some good Heat teams) and because he's responsible for popularizing the crossover dribble.
Five people from various committees (ABA, Early African American, Veteran, International, Contributor) already elected
I wouldn't be crazy about it if I was a Clippers fan, though.
The only times when putting Millsap next to Griffin could create a problem for the Clippers are when the opposing center is too good offensively for Blake to handle. How often will that happen? (honest question, I haven't seen him anchor the defense enough to judge)
The much bigger problem is interior help defense, Griffin is fine as a man to man defender and defends the pick and roll ok, but his arms are kind of short and he doesn't provide the presence in the paint that Garnett or DeAndre Jordan or even Lamar Odom or Turiaf do. Griffin blocks about half as many shots as Eric Bledsoe.
with Jordan and Griffin in front of Millsap, I don't see Millsap's minutes being much different.
Millsap might not be as valuable to many teams as Bledsoe, but he could very well be more valuable to the Clippers. They don't really need Bledsoe.
As much as I love Millsap, I would do this deal from the Jazz' perspective. However, doesn't a deal centered around Jefferson for Bledsoe make much more sense for the Clippers? We've already talked about VDN not trusting Jordan late in games, so I'm sure he wouldn't mind having Jefferson at C, and I don't think Jordan would even have to lose many minutes since Jefferson could take almost all of Turiaf, Hollins, and Odom's minutes.
Are we sure Chris Bosh isn't letting his brother Joel get some run tonight?
I can't be the only one who caught Reggie saying his darkhorse in the East is Memphis, right?
Kobe's putting in work on the defensive end right now with Lebron.
I'm sure VDN would like it, but I think the Clippers front office values Bledsoe more than VDN. Jefferson is another guy who doesn't fit with Griffin, probably even more than Millsap. He's bigger, but still a weak defender and he's a much less efficient scorer than Griffin that needs to take a ton of shots and space close the basket, that would be better given to Griffin. Jefferson would also require multiple other players to be included to match salaries and he's also expiring which could be an issue.
I probably think as much of Memphis's chances in the playoffs as anybody does, but I'll admit I'll be pretty surprised if they win the East.
I think it's more that this team is so awful, it literally killed him. Sigh. RIP, Dr. Buss.
Who wins Bledsoe plus filler for granger?
Oh, I like this suggestion for both teams.
I disagree that he's a worse fit for Griffin/Clippers than Millsap. Jefferson has actually developed a good mid-range/long 2 jump shot (42%, which is above average, on 5.6FGA compared to 33% on 2.8FGA for Millsap). He shoots more often from 3-9 feet than Millsap (3.5FGAA to 1.9FGA) but a bit less at the basket. Deandre Jordan, FWIW, shoots about 75% of his shots from within 3 feet of the basket. If Griffin can thrive with him, he should be even better off with Jefferson. Furthermore, Jefferson, if he is allowed to go one on one in the post, is a beast. On a team with Griffin and Paul, teams won't be able to double Jefferson often, otherwise Griffin and the Clippers' shooters will destroy them.
The NBA Hall of Fame is weird, but I'll ask this without checking the numbers: was Mitch Richmond ever even one of the best 20 players in the league during his career? I'd be pretty surprised if he was.
There is no NBA HOF. It combines all levels of basketball.
I think their issue is more about if paying these guys is going to get more than they can handle
@WojYahooNBA Three teams that league GM's on phones believe will make significant moves before trade deadline: Atlanta, Milwaukee and Phoenix.
I feel like Indy needs to take its shot while it can. I could be wrong, but they strike me as an ensemble team, and those are real hard to keep together, and hard to keep competitive if you have to change personnel.
@AlexKennedyNBA The Magic and Knicks have discussed a J.J. Redick for Iman Shumpert trade. Other players (and maybe a third team) would have to be involved
I have no idea what Phoenix is doing and I doubt think they do either.
IIRC a lot of people here vouch for The Basketball Jones podcast, but the few times I've listened to it they always say a few too many monumentally...puzzling...things. One of the guys is making a J.R. Smith All-Star/6th Man case in today's podcast...
Richmond was the best player in the state of Kansas in final year at Kansas State.
You could also convince me that the economics of Indiana pro sports dictate that the Pacers need to stay competitive (if not championship caliber) to make money.
Are there title contenders other than okc, sa, and mia now?
Disagree on NYK. KG would definitely make them title contenders.
Clippers. 6th in ORTG; 7th in DRTG. Third-best player in the league, another top 15-20 guy, and a good bench.
Clippers. 6th in ORTG; 7th in DRTG. Third-best player in the league, another top 10-20 guy, and a good bench.
@Nets_PR: #Nets now 32-0 when outscoring opponent this season
Former Texas forward Gary Johnson is expected to make a full recovery after fracturing his skull in a collision with an opponent during a second-division Israeli basketball game.
The 24-year-old Johnson was put in a medically induced coma but has regained consciousness, the Israel Basketball Association said Wednesday. IBA spokesman Hagai Segal said Johnson was awake and communicative.
Johnson will require some plastic surgery but should make a full recovery, Segal said.
Johnson, who plays for Hapoel Galil Elyon, was injured Tuesday when Elitzur Ramla forward Johndre Jefferson hit Johnson in the head with his elbow.
"Gary made a step-through move and when he was going up I was close enough to block the shot and I blocked it on the backboard," Jefferson told The Associated Press. "I don't know how it happened, but when I was coming down my elbow caught him in the forehead.
"When we both came down I was standing over his feet trying to tap him on his side to ask him if he was OK. He was holding his head and kind of rolling around."
Jefferson said play was delayed for about 25 minutes as trainers and coaches tended to Johnson, who rolled on the court in agony before being taken to a hospital.
"You could see the fracture, the break," said Jefferson, who went back to his team's bench to wait while officials worked on Johnson. "I just had to walk away."
Every few days I marvel even more at the results of the 76ers involving themselves in the Dwight Howard trade. They traded Nikola Vucevic, who is a really good player. And they traded Iguodala, who is obviously Iguodala. And they traded a first round pick. And what they got was an old guy who had his worst season and then got injured, and a guy who everyone realized in November or so would never play a game for the 76ers.
At least they're only 4 games out of the playoffs!
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