Briandong79 wrote:Does Simmons not think that people know that Vitale coached the Pistons? I thought that was pretty common knowledge.
fans of every potential no. 8 seed watching those epic 2007 Warriors-Mavs videos and thinking, Why not us?
Brad Stevens back in his old, familiar Butler-against-the-world underdog situation
no Thabo Sefolosha
at least one Isaiah Thomas Heat Check looming
Brad Stevens a second time
Just for kicks, we’re throwing in a meaningful Dom Toretto quote to capture every noncontender’s state of mind.
So why should Knicks fans be feeling good right now?
THEY HAVE A TOP-FIVE LOTTERY PICK!!!!
Once that’s settled, they can enjoy multiple Chad Ford mock drafts, dozens of Okafor-or-Towns conversations, the inevitable “Mudiay could own New York, should we just take him?” groundswell, some trade-up/trade-down scenarios, my inevitable “Why wouldn’t the Knicks trade Melo and completely blow this up?” podcast with Zach Lowe.
If USC asked me to teach a college course called “How To Be An NBA GM,”
I’d much rather break down his amazing Love-for-Wiggins trade — maybe the only time an NBA franchise extracted more than 100 cents on the dollar for a perceived superstar.
The key to that trade: Flip waited.
We’ve almost reached the point when we can stop talking about the T-Wolves drafting two straight point guards directly in front of Stephen Curry. Almost.
Nerlens Noel (solid rookie year; looked extremely Theo Ratliffish)
They tossed away three years, and counting, for everything in the previous paragraph. It’s no different from how a private equity firm would gut a struggling company.
Check out their season-ticket page: “THIS STARTS NOW” in all caps. What starts now? Giving a shit? You just stole money from your fans for two straight years.
And what customer would put up with a business that operates like this?
Imagine your parents purchasing season tickets for the opera if the Met said,
What if this really is a Ponzi scheme?
Only two destinations truly matter to NBA players: the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat (we’ll get to them). That’s it. The Lakers will be fine.
Jordan Clarkson’s emergence as This Year’s Second-Round Sleeper Headed For Good Things means the Lakers would be “phenomenally, almost historically stupid” to overpay a severely declining Rajon Rondo this summer instead of “typically, par-for-the-course-lately stupid.
That reminds me, is there a support group for sports fans who despised Duke for the past 20-plus years with a passion normally reserved for meter maids and traffic jams, only they thoroughly enjoyed watching the Blue Devils’ collection of 2015 players and even found themselves rooting for them a couple of times?
Tao of Dom: “I saw Linder about a week later. I had the wrench in my hand. I hit him. I didn’t mean to keep hitting him, but by the time I was done, I couldn’t lift my arm. He’s a janitor at an elementary school. He has to take the bus to work … and they banned me from the tracks for life.”
Still, there’s a certain honor in rooting for the strangest, goofiest, most inexplicably incompetent franchise in basketball.
When everything turns around, it makes the whole thing feel even sweeter. Trust me, I’m a Patriots fan.
There’s a really fun Ty Lawson summer deal coming. Maybe a three-way that sends Lawson and a second-rounder to Utah, Jrue Holiday and Utah’s 2015 lottery pick to Denver, and Rodney Hood and Trey Burke to New Orleans? Maybe Lawson for Darren Collison, Sauce Castillo and the rights to Sacramento’s top-eight pick? Or Lawson back to Charlotte for Kemba Walker, Charlotte’s top-12 pick and one pick swap before 2020?
The SVG plan: Dump Josh Smith (done); let someone else overpay Greg Monroe (imminent); pay Reggie Jackson (just don’t overpay him, for god’s sake); build around Andre Drummond, Jackson and a Top-10 Lottery Pick X (in motion);
We might have to rename that 35-40 wins/borderline no. 8-spot/late-lottery area “Charlotteland.”
So that’s my positive for Charlotte: It’s a franchise blessed with loyal NBA fans who aren’t ashamed to admit that they love mediocre basketball and poor decision-making.
You know how Knicks fans think their team will be fine because everyone always wants to play for a big market? Actually, Miami is the Eastern Conference team with a 20-year track record of landing marquee players — Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway (mid-1990s), then Juwan Howard (1996 for about 10 seconds before the NBA voided that deal), then Eddie Jones and Brian Grant (2000)
That’s why Riley doesn’t care about giving up those future first-rounders. Ride or die — remember?
That quote made me think of the Pacers because they built such a potent family atmosphere there.
What other franchise could lose Paul George (one of the NBA’s best two-way players) and Lance (their second-best creator/defender); rebuild on the fly around Roy Hibbert’s ghastly low-post game, Rodney Stuckey’s scoring and a bunch of C.J. Miles types; tell Luis Scola, “We’re gonna need you to ramp it up,” and then somehow stay lurking for a no. 8 seed with one week to go?
NOBODY would have blamed them for throwing away the season. They refused.
They believe their fans are family … and you don’t turn your back on family, right?
I thought the whole thing was awesome. Great job by the Pacers. That’s what sports are all about.
So what’s left? Let’s see … Larry Legend, Frank Vogel, a finally healthy Paul George, a lottery pick, the NBA’s best building, the basketball capital of America
We need to save the Nets. We need to take down Billy King. This is about family.
So, how can this be positive? Easy. The Nets are zigging when every other mediocre-to-lousy team is zagging. They can’t tank because there’s no light at the end of the tanking tunnel.
Tao of Dom: “I live my life a quarter-mile at a time. Nothing else matters: not the mortgage, not the store, not my team and all their bullshit. For those 10 seconds or less, I’m free.”
Dom’s greatest quote
T-Mac averaged only 15.4 points with 45-28-71 percent splits that season. His points-per-game for his next three years in Orlando: 26.8, 25.6, 32.1. Everyone knew we were headed for good things with T-Mac in Boston that night, but nobody knew we were headed for THAT. During Durant’s rookie year in Seattle, the same freakish pieces were in place, only it seemed a little more conceivable that a mega-blossoming was coming because of his pedigree. With Giannis, it’s a little more under-the-radar — like it was with T-Mac in Year 2.
They turned last season’s delightfully entertaining, unexpectedly promising and precociously young run-and-gun Suns team into this season’s sullen, disjointed mess of a whatever-the-hell-happened-here. They turned Eric Bledsoe into a borderline max guy.
They antagonized Goran Dragic by bringing in a third point guard, played him out of position for three months,
then panic-downgraded from Dragic (I voted him second-team All-NBA last season) to Brandon “You’re Gonna Have To Overpay Me So This Doesn’t Look Like a Total Disaster” Knight.
They made the Finals in 2012.
They lost in Round 2 in 2013.
They lost in Round 3 in 2014.
They probably aren’t making the playoffs in 2015.
Harden plays for Houston.
Durant’s contract expires in 2016.
Westbrook’s contract expires in 2017.
BostonSucksMyBalls wrote:How did Bill type 10,000 words one-handed, while jacking off Brad Stevens? Impressed!
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