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LeBron and Durant are, unsurprisingly, 1-2 in the league in WS. Guess who's #3?
I would like to know where all the "Grizzlies can go all the way with this team" people were in between early December and the Gay trade. They were sure awfully quiet.
Fisher : the NBA version's Omar Vizquel
If the Bulls wanted, they could have sent money with Rip that pretty much would have covered his salary the rest of this year and the buyout for next. Not that I think Jerry would do that, but it wasn't rumored; it was rumored that Denver wanted him and wanted a first round pick to take him off the Bulls hands. The Bulls passed.
the people who have pushed the narrative that the Gay trade threw away some chance of playoff run have mostly seemed to me to be national mainstream-type commentators who just needed something to say about them after this trade went down
More of a backup catcher - Pat Borders?
I guess this way they can say 'we paid tax'?
Aldridge says that the Wiz and Clips agreed on an Ariza for Caron Butler swap, nixed by Sterling. (There's other interesting stuff there as well, no surprise considering the source.)
I was wondering why the hell the commissioner would get involved in a Butler-Ariza trade.
Yeah, I was trying to come up with a baseball Fisher -- a guy who was a role player on a bunch of championship teams, and then sticks around as a "leader" long after his playing ability has evaporated -- and couldn't really. I can think of guys like Vizquel, Kendall, and Julio Franco who pulled off the second part, but it's surprising how little that correlates with having won championships (in fact, if I'm not mistaken, those three combine for zero rings.)
I was wondering about this the other day. LeBron is shooting over 56% despite taking over 18% of his attempts as 3's. Does anyone have an easy way to find out what the highest FG% ever is for someone who takes, say, at least one 3 every 6 shots?
What do the non-Chicago people think of Rose coming back this year?
What do the non-Chicago people think of Rose coming back this year? I think that he should be back as soon as the doctors say he is fully ready to return. It is possible that there is a much higher risk of reinjury in the period immediately after a player returns, but I tend to think that the risk is built into the recovery timetable (ie- that doctors make a guy rehab until the risk is not that much more than normal). Rose and the Bulls are good enough that I do not think it is worth wasting a year of potential contention to minimally reduce the risk of reinjury.
Robinson is not a 3-point shooter, and the coaches don't yet know what to do with him. Learning the playbook is not an issue, because Houston doesn't really have a playbook. "We don't have to stop practice and say, 'OK, now let's go over our plays,'" Sampson says. "We don't have any plays. During the flow of the game, very rarely do we run an actual play."
"We don't have to stop practice and say, 'OK, now let's go over our plays,'" Sampson says. "We don't have any plays. During the flow of the game, very rarely do we run an actual play."
I don't know how you can look at Russell and think he'd develop offensive game along the lines of Durante/Lebron. Russell could not shoot.
While I love a free flow offense and the Rocket's play in general... but shouldn't they at least have 1 or 2 plays for half court sets?
Also, another play index request: LeBron had 40 points, 16 assists, and 2 turnovers in this game. Even loosening the requirements a little - say 35 or more, 15 or more, and 3 or less - I'd predict this happens less than once a year.
On if they don't realize how desperate they should be playing? (Bob Cooney of Daily News)
"Bob, you know what man, I wish I knew. I wish I knew. I really do. I gotta tell you. I'm sitting there. I gave my body to this franchise. I was never booed as a player. Never. I ran through my sneakers."
On if his players have become comfortable losing:
"You would have to ask them that. I don't know. I do not know. The thing about it is, I can't speak for others. Damien Wilkins -- I mean he's been one of our best players since coming back from break. I told you, I did not think our guys prepared themselves during the break to come back to play."
"And it's incredibly frustrating, yes, it is. But my job is to not put that kind of product on the floor. I'm incredibly hard on myself. I love it when the fans start yelling at me -- I'm not playing. You didn't yell at me when I played. Why are you yelling at me when I'm coaching?
“We made a huge deal and we have nobody playing a part of that deal. How many teams can give up Andre Iguodala, Moe Harkless and Nikola Vucevic and have nothing in return playing? That’s tough to overcome. That’s just the facts. I’m not looking for any outs. That’s a fact. Nik Vucevic had 19 rebounds tonight. Spencer had one, I think Lavoy had two.”
I say all the time ... they say it's a players' league, well then take ownership. Take ownership. That's all I'm asking: Take ownership of what you're putting out there.
I just don’t want you to think I’m up here blaming. I don’t want you to think I’m making excuses. That’s not what this is about. I’m not a blamer; I’m not an excuse kind of guy. No one takes this harder than I do. Nobody and I am a guy who, when I have coached, I’ve always been able to find some answers and I’ve not been able to find answers.
Would it matter if Bynum end up signing elsewhere though? which looks increasingly likely? The Sixers really drew the short straw on that one. at least Howard is playing most of the time sheesh.
If you're Houston, would you rather spend max money on Bynum with his injury history and have to figure out what to do with Asik, or spend max money on Josh Smith and plug him into the lineup?
I'll say three. He started it, kept it going, and led it into the stands. Curry should get at least one, probably two.
I don't think Gasol makes the 13-14 Rockets contenders, so why bother with him? Would they want to resign him? Why would he accept a reduced role in a contract year? Why try to add a bit player with a $19mil salary for one year, when they'd also have to give up assets to get him?
Because the Lakers due to cap issue would probably go as far to amnesty him
or trade him to the Rockets for almost nothing?
Smith's not a true max guy, but what is the value of his "max"? He's still a useful player who you'd be buying right in his prime. I'm not sure he fits in Houston's system. I think the last offense you'd want him in is one that encourages jacking threes.
Maybe I'm not remembering the timeline that well, but he wasn't "hurt" when they traded for him, right?
And wasn't he was supposed to (or assumed that he would) play well before now?
There's a chance they're also shot with him, and with an awful max contract ####### things up even more.
They may be hosed no matter what they do. Such is the NBA. You have to take risks to get the franchise player you MUST have, and often it does not work and you are hosed. Recovering from being hosed is pain now, pain later, or most likely pain now and later.
Looked at this way, every NBA team (except the Lakers) is in the position of the small-market MLB teams, like when the Indians eliminated all hope of success for five years by betting on Sizemore and Hafner.
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