PDA

View Full Version : 2013-14 NBA Season: Random Thoughts Thread


Pages : [1] 2

spreedom
10-29-2013, 10:10 PM
One reason why I don't think the Clippers can win the championship this year is because I don't think they're going to be good enough on offense in the half-court... JJ Redick is really going to help them there because he's so smart as a passer and moving without the ball.... but other than that I still think they're going to struggle in half-court sets. Also, I think they should consider starting Matt Barnes over Jared Dudley to give their starting 5 a little more defensive help. Blake is a very mediocre defender and DeAndre Jordan doesn't do anything well defensively except when he gets the block.
Xavier Henry looks like he might be a rare bright spot off of the Lakers' bench. They're going to have a hard time beating anybody unless Pau Gasol and Nash time warp to 2009 again.

EricaLubarsky
10-30-2013, 12:14 AM
Clips are built for the regular season and not the post-season. It's like the Mavs were in 01-05. They could win in the regular season but no real hopes to win it all. I will be very surprised if they even get to the WCF.

In that regard, the West is open. The Thunder are my favorites to win the West, but even they've shed some of their edge and are an injury or two away from being bounced early. San Antonio is always a competitor, but they don't blow anyone away with talent. They just play precise, smart ball. Memphis lost a lot with their coach. Lakers will fight to make the playoffs. Nugs are much worse.

About the only other teams that I see challenging the spots and going far in the playoffs are Warriors and Rockets and both teams have huge question marks. Warriors have an efficiency problem and a few injury bugs. Houston has some roster holes and the chemistry thing.

EricaLubarsky
10-30-2013, 10:37 PM
Did we screw the pooch on MCW and Schroeder? Both look solid.

MCW with 22pts, 12ast, 9stl, 7reb

LonghornDub
10-30-2013, 10:49 PM
Did we screw the pooch on MCW and Schroeder? Both look solid.

MCW with 22pts, 12ast, 9stl, 7reb

MCW was drafted before the Mavs' pick so I'm not sure how that would qualify. Remains to be seen on Schroeder, but I have a sneaking suspicion he ends up better than Larkin. But who really knows.

EricaLubarsky
10-30-2013, 10:59 PM
Forgot he went 11th completely. He was predicted to go 16-23 for so long before the draft. I guess that's what I was thinking about.

LonghornDub
10-30-2013, 11:38 PM
Forgot he went 11th completely. He was predicted to go 16-23 for so long before the draft. I guess that's what I was thinking about.

Yeah, I distinctly recall thinking he'd likely fall to the Mavs' spot before the draft, too. Too bad....

DevinHarriswillstart
10-30-2013, 11:48 PM
MCW has size, length, and athleticism...a deadly trio. Still, the Heat were on a b2b so I wouldn't freak out quite yet.

spreedom
10-30-2013, 11:59 PM
Very exciting finish in Minnesota as the Wolves squeak by the Magic in overtime. Kevin Love had a monster game. He's my favorite non-Maverick (living just south of the Twin Cities for most of my life) so I'm glad to see him healthy and kicking some ass again.

mac222b
10-31-2013, 01:16 AM
Did we screw the pooch on MCW and Schroeder? Both look solid.

MCW with 22pts, 12ast, 9stl, 7reb

I remember hearing that the Mavs had a draft day deal to move up if the guy they were targeting fell one more spot. Always assumed it was McLemore. Adams, MCW, Noel? We may never know but interesting to speculate about.

GhostOfAdamMorrison
11-01-2013, 04:34 PM
Chris Paul's mid-range jumper is such a thing of beauty, as much as I detest him.

LSMF
11-01-2013, 11:11 PM
Anyone watching this Kings-Clippers game? Im hoping the Kings find a way to pull this one out.

PS - Isaiah Thomas is a beast.

GhostOfAdamMorrison
11-02-2013, 08:46 PM
Sixers are 3-0, lolz.

Spencer Hawes might be the most underrated big in the NBA.

Underdog
11-02-2013, 10:00 PM
Sixers are 3-0, lolz.

Vegas O/U was 13-14 total wins for the season.

GhostOfAdamMorrison
11-02-2013, 10:24 PM
Vegas O/U was 13-14 total wins for the season.

Before the season I wasn't sure if they'd hit double-digits.

MCW had a TERRIBLE pre-season. He was an awful shooter at Syracuse as well. We'll see if that sticks or it's like Jennings rookie 50 point fluke. Nonetheless, his passing and defense is legit. Hawes looks great. Young is another underrated guy. Wroten is looking like a steal pickup. Pretty impressive. Interested to see how the GM handles this...

DevinHarriswillstart
11-03-2013, 03:11 PM
lol at Mayo coming off the bench last night.

Bayliss
11-03-2013, 04:19 PM
Westbrook playing tonight. I was hoping the Mavs would catch the Thunder w/o Westbrook.

spreedom
11-03-2013, 06:55 PM
lol at Mayo coming off the bench last night.

Much better role for him if there aren't any shot-creators in the starting lineup. That's a huge area of need for the Bucks. They have like 10 very good catch-and-shoot players, but nobody to create those open looks.

Edit: Ironically, Monta would be a pretty good fit for that starting lineup if he'd be disciplined enough to play the facilitator role. Calderon would make more sense on their roster than he seems to on ours.

grndmstr_c
11-06-2013, 04:48 PM
Looking forward to watching some of the GS/Minny game tonight. Minny's on the short list of teams with a chance at making a real jump in the standings this season, and IMO GS has the single best 5-man unit going right now, even if health questions are going to be there all year for both squads. Should be a good game.

sike
11-07-2013, 01:03 AM
Looking forward to watching some of the GS/Minny game tonight. Minny's on the short list of teams with a chance at making a real jump in the standings this season, and IMO GS has the single best 5-man unit going right now, even if health questions are going to be there all year for both squads. Should be a good game.

mention "health questions" and they appear. ;)

GhostOfAdamMorrison
11-08-2013, 12:34 AM
Steve Blake just jizzed all over Houston.

dude1394
11-08-2013, 09:26 AM
mention "health questions" and they appear. ;)

Better add Andrew Bynum as his own team.

DevinHarriswillstart
11-08-2013, 09:59 AM
Rockets have no bench.

GhostOfAdamMorrison
11-08-2013, 05:05 PM
Rockets have no bench.

Casspi is great off the bench, and so is Lin (coming off the bench...that might change soon). Outside of that, they lack some depth. What they ought to (and probably will eventually) do is start Casspi or Donatas at the 4 and bring Asik off the bench.

GhostOfAdamMorrison
11-09-2013, 09:47 PM
Deron Williams is not that good.

Cerberus
11-09-2013, 10:16 PM
Anyone see Dwyane Wade's blunder?

Heat are up 110 - 108 Boston with 0.6 seconds remaining while Wade is about to shoot Free throws.

Made missed first free throw. Then intentionally misses the next one...BUT, he needed to hit the rim with the ball to make it a valid miss to waste the remaining 0.6 seconds. He instead just chucks the ball at the back board; a violation, giving Boston 0.6 to inbound.

Jeff Green then sinks a 3-pointer infront of LeBrons face mind you, out of a timeout from the same spot Ray Allen hit the 3 from game 6 of the finals.

Not sure if a video is uploaded now, but there will be.

DevinHarriswillstart
11-09-2013, 10:48 PM
Yep, Houston still doesn't have a bench.

GhostOfAdamMorrison
11-10-2013, 12:21 AM
Yep, Houston still doesn't have a bench.

Again, they do. It's just not deep.

Btw, tonight:

Lin: +1
Casspi: +8
Garcia: +3

D12: -12
Harden: -19
Parsons: -21

I guess they still don't have starters. :rolleyes:

grndmstr_c
11-10-2013, 01:41 AM
^ They'd be in better shape both ways if they'd bring Asik off the bench. I honestly don't know why Mchale's sticking with that silly experiment of starting him and Dwight together.

GhostOfAdamMorrison
11-10-2013, 03:06 AM
^ They'd be in better shape both ways if they'd bring Asik off the bench. I honestly don't know why Mchale's sticking with that silly experiment of starting him and Dwight together.

Yeah, I agree. That's what I said earlier. Start Casspi or Donatas.

DevinHarriswillstart
11-10-2013, 09:55 AM
Looks like KG finally fell off the cliff.

grndmstr_c
11-10-2013, 11:58 AM
Just glanced at the standings...there are currently only four teams in the West with losing records, wheras in the East there are only three teams with winning records, and two divisions in which all but one team is below .500.

j0Shi
11-10-2013, 01:18 PM
Miami is 4-3 and 3rd in the East.
We are 4-3 and 9th in the West.

Fix it already.

Underdog
11-10-2013, 06:23 PM
Looks like KG finally fell off the cliff.

Nets trying to edge out the Yanks as NYC's most overpaid/underachieving sports franchise.

GhostOfAdamMorrison
11-10-2013, 06:49 PM
The Nets just have very little offensive ability outside of Lopez.

KG is done offensively. Nothing more than a pick and pop mid-range shooter. JJ is nothing more than a spot-up shooter now. Deron looks awful (and really hasn't looked good as a Net). Pierce can still create on certain nights. But they really lack the ability to create shots.

spreedom
11-11-2013, 03:18 PM
Kevin Love is the MVP through the first 6-7 games of the season.

EricaLubarsky
11-11-2013, 03:22 PM
Love is an enormous asshole, but you can't argue with 27-14-5, and more importantly-- the 5-2 start.

spreedom
11-11-2013, 08:26 PM
Love is an enormous asshole, but you can't argue with 27-14-5, and more importantly-- the 5-2 start.

Yeah, I could do without that part and his flopping, but damn, he is can't-miss TV right now. His offense looks even more refined than it was a couple of years ago. The Wolves are probably the most entertaining team in the league so far.

FreshJive
11-12-2013, 04:39 AM
I was really looking forward to the Wolves vs Clips tonight. Not disappointed.

FreshJive
11-12-2013, 04:59 AM
Kevin Love 7 ast
Blake Griffin 5 ast
Kelly Olynyk 5 ast

Big men passing the ball and also having big scoring nights.

DevinHarriswillstart
11-14-2013, 09:18 AM
Poor OJ Mayo...

0:01 O.J. Mayo bad pass (Arron Afflalo steals) 91-94
0:00 End of the 4th Quarter

Magic Win

spreedom
11-14-2013, 05:03 PM
Poor OJ Mayo...

0:01 O.J. Mayo bad pass (Arron Afflalo steals) 91-94
0:00 End of the 4th Quarter

Magic Win

Story of his career.

dirt_dobber
11-15-2013, 11:28 AM
interesting tweet by espn's Tom Haberstroh

West teams have a .639 win pct (23-13) vs. East teams so far. (thru 11-14-2013)

DevinHarriswillstart
11-23-2013, 12:24 PM
Poor Rose...injury to the right knee this time. Some players are just made of glass unfortunately.

Underdog
11-23-2013, 01:06 PM
Poor Rose...injury to the right knee this time. Some players are just made of glass unfortunately.

I'm calling it now: first MVP to not make the HoF.

Worst selection ever... Most MVP's get passed over several times before they win it, but the NBA was so intent on making him the "next Jordan" in Chicago that they crowned him before he proved if he had any staying power. Sucks that such a promising career might be cut short by injuries (at this rate), but durability is part of the game.

dude1394
11-23-2013, 05:39 PM
I'm calling it now: first MVP to not make the HoF.

Worst selection ever... Most MVP's get passed over several times before they win it, but the NBA was so intent on making him the "next Jordan" in Chicago that they crowned him before he proved if he had any staying power. Sucks that such a promising career might be cut short by injuries (at this rate), but durability is part of the game.

In some respects durability is one of the biggest parts of all sports. Without it you'll do little. Actually bill Walton is the most fragile guy I can remember who deserved the hof.

adonis
11-23-2013, 11:47 PM
I'm calling it now: first MVP to not make the HoF.

Worst selection ever... Most MVP's get passed over several times before they win it, but the NBA was so intent on making him the "next Jordan" in Chicago that they crowned him before he proved if he had any staying power. Sucks that such a promising career might be cut short by injuries (at this rate), but durability is part of the game.

Yep. That was an easy MVP selection for either Howard or LeBron.. but unfortunately Orlando isn't a big market and LeBron was coming off The Decision. Media loved Rose obviously, they think he's humble when in reality he's borderline illiterate.

dirt_dobber
11-24-2013, 02:10 PM
I'm calling it now: first MVP to not make the HoF.

Worst selection ever... Most MVP's get passed over several times before they win it, but the NBA was so intent on making him the "next Jordan" in Chicago that they crowned him before he proved if he had any staying power. Sucks that such a promising career might be cut short by injuries (at this rate), but durability is part of the game.

agree completely.

Makes what Dirk has done all the more impressive.

mac222b
11-25-2013, 01:24 PM
Good news! Kobe re-signed for two years 48 million. Hometown discount

EricaLubarsky
11-25-2013, 03:31 PM
Good news! Kobe re-signed for two years 48 million. Hometown discount

Dirk better take more than a 7mill/year cut. Whew.

Kobe at 37 will earn considerably more than Dwight Howard, Durant and almost twice what Harden will earn this year

spreedom
11-25-2013, 10:57 PM
Wolves close to finalizing trade with Kings, sending Derrick Williams out for Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. Good deal for both teams, though on the surface, trading a #2 pick for the #37 pick seems like it's selling awfully low. The Wolves desperately need defenders though so it was the right type of trade to make IMO.

Now they need some sort of deal to get a 3-and-D type for the perimeter, or a rock-solid defensive center. If they can add those pieces that is a tremendous roster.

spreedom
11-25-2013, 10:58 PM
Dirk better take more than a 7mill/year cut. Whew.

Kobe at 37 will earn considerably more than Dwight Howard, Durant and almost twice what Harden will earn this year


I'd be surprised if Dirk took anything over $10M per year. As much as I'd love to see him sign for the minimum or something like that... I want Dirk to be taken care of too. I think a 3-year deal at about $30M total would be perfect.

mac222b
11-25-2013, 11:55 PM
I'd be surprised if Dirk took anything over $10M per year. As much as I'd love to see him sign for the minimum or something like that... I want Dirk to be taken care of too. I think a 3-year deal at about $30M total would be perfect.

I see him right at $10M per too. Rather it be 2 yrs. though.

Sportstudi
11-28-2013, 12:43 PM
Didn't know the Nets are in such deep shit :D

Nets' pick situation:

2014 — Atlanta Hawks have right to swap first-rounders (Joe Johnson).
2014 — Owe first-rounder to the Boston Celtics (Kevin Garnett) — after Hawks potential swap.
2014 — Owe second-rounder to Philadelphia 76ers (MarShon Brooks, Kelly Olynyk, Ricky Ledo).
2015 — Atlanta Hawks have right to swap first-rounders (Joe Johnson).
2015 — Owe second-rounder to Atlanta Hawks (Mehmet Okur, Raul Neto).
2016 — Owe first-rounder to the Boston Celtics (Kevin Garnett)
2016 — Los Angeles Clippers have rights to swap second-rounders (if Clippers’ pick in top-55, Reggie Evans)
2017 — Boston Celtics have the right to swap first-rounders (Kevin Garnett).
2017 — Owe second-round pick to Atlanta Hawks (Joe Johnson).
2018 — Owe first-rounder to the Boston Celtics (Kevin Garnett).

So the Nets could potentially miss the playoffs for the next 5 years and not get a single lottery pick, they own 1 second rounder in that time period, they are in cap hell for at least the next 3 years and they dont have a single promising young player. Holy hell! :D

EricaLubarsky
11-29-2013, 11:54 AM
Only 2 teams in the east above .500. The entire Atlantic division is sub-.500, so a sub-.500 team is a top 4 seed.


Only 4 teams in the west below .500

4 teams in the east are on pace to make the playoffs with sub-500 records. In the west, three teams are .500 or above and on pace to miss the playoffs.

Underdog
11-29-2013, 12:01 PM
Only 2 teams in the east above .500. The entire Atlantic division is sub-.500, so a sub-.500 team is a top 4 seed.


Only 4 teams in the west below .500

4 teams in the east are on pace to make the playoffs with sub-500 records. In the west, three teams are .500 or above and on pace to miss the playoffs.

You gotta think that will level out some over the course of the season, but I'm not so sure - there are some BAD teams in the East, and many of them are just getting worse (especially with injuries to key players).

DevinHarriswillstart
11-30-2013, 09:41 AM
Yeah, waking up today I realize that 10-7 is a lot better than say Mayo's 2-13 Bucks or Kidd's 4-12 Nets.

Jack.Kerr
11-30-2013, 11:47 PM
Top Ten All-Time NBA Career Earnings List


10. Jermaine O’Neal: $168,793,821

9. Chris Webber: $178,230,697

8. Jason Kidd: $183,443,175

7. Ray Allen: $184,356,050

6. Paul Pierce: $184,818,902

5. Dirk Nowitzki: $204,063,985

4. Tim Duncan: $224,149,286

3. Kobe Bryant: $279,738,062

2. Shaquille O’Neal: $292,198,327

1. Kevin Garnett: $315,483,090

DevinHarriswillstart
12-01-2013, 11:26 AM
Jeez, Bynum with 20pts, 10 rbds, 5 blocks last night. I wasn't sure if he was still capable of such a game.

EricaLubarsky
12-03-2013, 07:29 PM
Brooklyn is looking rough.

Kidd just forbade his head assistant coach (Lawrence Frank) from even being at games. Now Frank has to write reports with ideas that have to run through Kidd.

Sportstudi
12-03-2013, 09:53 PM
Brooklyn is looking rough.

Kidd just forbade his head assistant coach (Lawrence Frank) from even being at games. Now Frank has to write reports with ideas that have to run through Kidd.

lol wut? :D

Underdog
12-03-2013, 10:01 PM
wrong thread, but so very right

GhostOfAdamMorrison
12-04-2013, 02:48 AM
Brooklyn is looking rough.

Kidd just forbade his head assistant coach (Lawrence Frank) from even being at games. Now Frank has to write reports with ideas that have to run through Kidd.

The thing is, Frank was essentially coaching the team. Kidd's nothing more than a mascot. I guess he was tired of looking stupid and wanted a scapegoat, but Kidd actually coaching ain't going to solve anything. K.G. Has negative Win Shares this year...

fluid.forty.one
12-08-2013, 03:07 PM
I know the Knicks are bad, but I can't believe the Celtics just blew them out by 40 points. 3 Knicks starters combined for 2 points.

DevinHarriswillstart
12-08-2013, 05:12 PM
The Atlantic division is a serious joke. Big black eye on the NBA when one of those teams makes the playoffs. Yikes.

Bayliss
12-08-2013, 05:35 PM
The East are just trainwrecks. And it really isn't because of lack of quality talent. It is lack of quality ownership/GMing. Between drafting incompetently or trading incompetently, they just can't get out of their own way.

Bayliss
12-08-2013, 07:48 PM
Looks like Rudy Gay is being shipped to Sacramento.

DevinHarriswillstart
12-10-2013, 11:07 PM
Douglas-Roberts is signing with the Bobcats. Well deserved after killing it for the Legends.

spreedom
12-10-2013, 11:56 PM
Douglas-Roberts is signing with the Bobcats. Well deserved after killing it for the Legends.

CDR looked pretty decent for stretches with the Mavs last year... just wasn't the piece we really needed. I could see him carving out an average bench role with the Bobcats... though there aren't really a lot of things that he does particularly well. He's just solid enough to be a 12th/13th man and a scoring option befitting that type of roster spot.

ffballer
12-12-2013, 10:00 PM
CDR looked pretty decent for stretches with the Mavs last year... just wasn't the piece we really needed. I could see him carving out an average bench role with the Bobcats... though there aren't really a lot of things that he does particularly well. He's just solid enough to be a 12th/13th man and a scoring option befitting that type of roster spot.
plus ricky ledo is gonna have much more minutes so he can polish his basketball for next years summer league

EricaLubarsky
12-12-2013, 10:59 PM
plus ricky ledo is gonna have much more minutes so he can polish his basketball for next years summer league

Nice

GhostOfAdamMorrison
12-16-2013, 09:59 PM
BTW, that Goran Dragic guy, who "genius" Cuban didn't think was worth 10 million a year, has led the Suns to a better record than us, putting up:

19/6/3 on a 61% TS% with a 21.6 PER, 120 ORtg, and .194 WS/48.

Yeah, he's totally not worth 10 mill...

EricaLubarsky
12-16-2013, 10:55 PM
BTW, that Goran Dragic guy, who "genius" Cuban didn't think was worth 10 million a year, has led the Suns to a better record than us, putting up:

19/6/3 on a 61% TS% with a 21.6 PER, 120 ORtg, and .194 WS/48.

Yeah, he's totally not worth 10 mill...

nm

spreedom
12-17-2013, 01:18 AM
BTW, that Goran Dragic guy, who "genius" Cuban didn't think was worth 10 million a year, has led the Suns to a better record than us, putting up:

19/6/3 on a 61% TS% with a 21.6 PER, 120 ORtg, and .194 WS/48.

Yeah, he's totally not worth 10 mill...

http://i500.listal.com/image/5030169/500full.jpg

GhostOfAdamMorrison
12-17-2013, 03:06 AM
Cogent argument...

*You do realize that off-season before that, Mavs could have had him for that price, but MC didn't think he was worth it...

EricaLubarsky
12-18-2013, 12:34 PM
Lillard is crazy-good. I'm so glad I have him in my fantasy league. The almost-game-winner against us and another game winner against Cleveland (also 36pts, 10ast, 8reb and 8-12 from three)

GhostOfAdamMorrison
12-18-2013, 04:30 PM
Lillard is crazy-good. I'm so glad I have him in my fantasy league. The almost-game-winner against us and another game winner against Cleveland (also 36pts, 10ast, 8reb and 8-12 from three)

He also hit ANOTHER game winner the game before the Cleveland game. Dude is pretty cold-blooded. Did you see Batum's reaction on the play? He knew it was going in as soon as Dame shot it. One thing I (from a fan standpoint) can't stand about Lillard, is he gets a bit of KD-lite treatment. Guy gets an inordinate amount of arbitrary fouls on jumpshots.

GhostOfAdamMorrison
12-18-2013, 08:49 PM
Love is taking a @#$% on the "MVP Candidate" LMA. 17/10/6...in the 2nd quarter! LMA with 4/2/2...

mac222b
12-18-2013, 09:58 PM
Lillard is an awesome offensive player but I believe he was one of the very worst defenders in the league last season. And he made Jose Calderon look like freaking Iverson the way he was able to blow by him to the hoop when we last played them.

grndmstr_c
12-19-2013, 01:09 PM
Rockets stepping away from the trade table on Asik, per Stein. Always a little difficult reading negotiating tactics, but I have to say I'm glad to hear that at least they're having a tough time finding a deal they like. I assume that balloon payment Asik's due next year is keeping his value lower than his strong play as a starter last year would otherwise dictate.

mac222b
12-19-2013, 03:32 PM
Rockets stepping away from the trade table on Asik, per Stein. Always a little difficult reading negotiating tactics, but I have to say I'm glad to hear that at least they're having a tough time finding a deal they like. I assume that balloon payment Asik's due next year is keeping his value lower than his strong play as a starter last year would otherwise dictate.

It is nice to see. Looks like the best they'll get is a 1st with protection and one or two decent role players ala Bass and Courtney Lee.

If someone loses a Center to injury before the deadline maybe they get more?

mac222b
12-19-2013, 03:35 PM
I like Morey less after hearing about the "offer" for Dirk. What a dweeby little twit.

adonis
12-19-2013, 04:32 PM
The most overrated player of all time out for 6 weeks.

EricaLubarsky
12-19-2013, 04:43 PM
Bucks fans buy billboard to encourage Bucks to tank
http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/199wr2ynf5tyajpg/ku-xlarge.jpg
http://saveourbucks.com/

Underdog
12-19-2013, 04:47 PM
Bucks fans buy billboard to encourage Bucks to tank
http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/199wr2ynf5tyajpg/ku-xlarge.jpg
http://saveourbucks.com/

There are definitely worse things that you can do to your franchise than passing on Chandler and striking out on D-Will, Dwight and CP3... Weren't these guys supposed to be a playoff team at one point?

Also, no need to "tank" when you're only 5-20 while TRYING to win.

DevinHarriswillstart
12-19-2013, 05:12 PM
The most overrated player of all time out for 6 weeks.

Lakers should just tank. They have absolutely no shot at anything other than a prayer of an 8th seed this season. Injuries and mental cases (Kaman) have just killed him.

Then again, so many teams are tanking that not everyone is going to get a top 7 pick.

A weird season so far.

mac222b
12-19-2013, 05:48 PM
Lakers should just tank. They have absolutely no shot at anything other than a prayer of an 8th seed this season. Injuries and mental cases (Kaman) have just killed him.

Then again, so many teams are tanking that not everyone is going to get a top 7 pick.

A weird season so far.

I thought they owed their pick to the Suns?

DevinHarriswillstart
12-19-2013, 05:56 PM
I thought they owed their pick to the Suns?

Ah yes, I believe you are correct.

TripleDipping
12-19-2013, 06:34 PM
Kobe out with knee fracture (http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/story/_/id/10167684/kobe-bryant-los-angeles-lakers-likely-six-weeks-injured-knee)

sike
12-19-2013, 11:04 PM
Kobe out with knee fracture (http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/story/_/id/10167684/kobe-bryant-los-angeles-lakers-likely-six-weeks-injured-knee)

I hate the Lakers. That is all.

adonis
12-19-2013, 11:30 PM
Lakers should just tank. They have absolutely no shot at anything other than a prayer of an 8th seed this season. Injuries and mental cases (Kaman) have just killed him.

Then again, so many teams are tanking that not everyone is going to get a top 7 pick.

A weird season so far.

The Lakers are actually better without Kobe. So if they want to tank, they should play Kobe immediately when he comes back.

EricaLubarsky
12-19-2013, 11:47 PM
Rumor is that Kaman is the harbinger of knee injuries.

adonis
12-20-2013, 01:19 AM
GSW sucks. I still can't believe we lost to a Mark Jackson-coached team on a last second shot.

twelli
12-23-2013, 06:55 AM
That stat line by Kevin Love tonight is insane.

Underdog
12-28-2013, 05:40 PM
Toronto is 4th in the East with a 12-15 record.

Memphis is 13th in the West with a 12-16 record.


:rolleyes:

Cerberus
01-04-2014, 10:43 PM
LOL Kevin Love (finally) gets called the foul while shooting a 3 pointer with 3 seconds left against OKC for the lead. And misses all 3 free throws. Haha something that would never happen with Dirk.

spreedom
01-05-2014, 05:41 PM
Celtics-Grizzlies close on a Courtney Lee-Jerryd Bayless trade. Damn, I was really hoping C-Lee would be a trade target for us.

Bayliss
01-05-2014, 05:52 PM
Courtney Lee is terrible. Must be a monetary move on the Grizz's part. They now have no PG on their team other than Conley. And Bayless wasn't a true point, but Lee definitely isn't one.

(Edited to say: Looks like it is a monetary move for the Celtics. Bayless is an expirer this year. Grizz getting kind of screwed on this deal.)

spreedom
01-05-2014, 06:42 PM
Courtney Lee is terrible. Must be a monetary move on the Grizz's part. They now have no PG on their team other than Conley. And Bayless wasn't a true point, but Lee definitely isn't one.

(Edited to say: Looks like it is a monetary move for the Celtics. Bayless is an expirer this year. Grizz getting kind of screwed on this deal.)

Playing the best ball of his career... just not getting the minutes. Shooting 49% from the field and 44% from three, and he is a plus-defender. I don't see what's not to like as far as roleplayers are concerned. I'd love to see him on our bench.

Bayliss
01-05-2014, 06:52 PM
Playing the best ball of his career... just not getting the minutes. Shooting 49% from the field and 44% from three, and he is a plus-defender. I don't see what's not to like as far as roleplayers are concerned. I'd love to see him on our bench.

His ball ball of his career was when he was in Orlando. Unfortunately that missed layup really affected his overall game, much like Anderon's free throws did to him.

Courtney Lee isn't getting minutes on an inexperienced squad starved for back court help with Rondo out. His shooting numbers look nice but his overall game is terrible. And his contract is for another 2 years. Yuck.

spreedom
01-05-2014, 07:30 PM
His ball ball of his career was when he was in Orlando. Unfortunately that missed layup really affected his overall game, much like Anderon's free throws did to him.

Courtney Lee isn't getting minutes on an inexperienced squad starved for back court help with Rondo out. His shooting numbers look nice but his overall game is terrible. And his contract is for another 2 years. Yuck.

I totally disagree with this post, especially the bolded part... but to each his own.

spreedom
01-05-2014, 11:21 PM
Andre Miller on the trading block, per the Denver Post:

http://www.denverpost.com/nuggets/ci_24851681/andre-miller-denver-nuggets-trading-block

Andre Miller on Denver Nuggets' trading block
By Christopher Dempsey

Andre Miller, who was excused from all team activities for four days, won't be part of the Nuggets team much longer after he returns.

The Nuggets are actively trying to trade Miller, according to a league source. It will be the second time Miller has been traded from the franchise. He was traded back in 2006 in a package that brought Allen Iverson to the Nuggets.

It has been a dicey few days for Miller, who verbally went after Nuggets coach Brian Shaw during the team's game last Wednesday against Philadelphia. Miller was initially suspended, but then that suspension was rescinded, in part so Miller would be able to continue getting paid during his time off.

Miller has spent all or parts of seven seasons in Denver, in two stints, this latest one starting in 2011, when Portland traded him back to the Nuggets.

He has averaged 12.0 points and 6.7 assists in his career with the Nuggets.


Almost makes me wish backup point guard was a need for us, considering how badly he kills us every time we play his team. Lots of teams could use a backup PG of his caliber. Minnesota comes to mind first, and Golden State after them.

Bayliss
01-07-2014, 06:11 PM
I would really like to have Andre Miller. The only unsettling thing is he has been disgruntled about playing time several times in his career. But he is a steady eddie on the court.

j0Shi
01-07-2014, 07:46 PM
Will Bynum join the Heat now?

Underdog
01-07-2014, 07:51 PM
Will Bynum join the Heat now?

Why would the Heat do that to themselves?

Bayliss
01-07-2014, 08:12 PM
Will Bynum join the Heat now?

http://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=/i/headshots/nba/players/full/2816.png&w=350&h=254

Don't think they want Will Bynum.

j0Shi
01-08-2014, 10:38 AM
http://a.espncdn.com/combiner/i?img=/i/headshots/nba/players/full/2816.png&w=350&h=254

Don't think they want Will Bynum.

Noticed that wordplay as well after writing it ;)

Meanwhile:

I'm told 8 teams are interested in signing A Bynum, most notably Heat & Clips. Playing time, contender status & $ all factors in decision.

https://twitter.com/Chris_Broussard/status/420939494159040512

Why Heat? Because it's a standard move for every veteran who likes to take the fast route to a(nother) ring and Miami has little to lose given they pay only the veterans minimum.

And I don't think any team should offer more right now anyway. He has to prove the rest of the season that he still is eager to play ball.

DevinHarriswillstart
01-11-2014, 10:15 AM
Really happy to see Kendall Marshall play well for the Lakers. Does show that if you do give some young guys with potential minutes, then they will succeed. He might not have ever gotten that chance if the Lakers weren't so desperate for a pg.

adonis
01-12-2014, 06:09 AM
That stat line by Kevin Love tonight is insane.

That's the only thing he's good at. He's the biggest loser of all time.

EricaLubarsky
01-12-2014, 12:28 PM
That's the only thing he's good at. He's the biggest loser of all time.

Bigger loser than Adam Morrison?

Underdog
01-12-2014, 01:08 PM
Bigger loser than Adam Morrison?

Or the Ghost of Adam Morrison?

adonis
01-12-2014, 04:47 PM
Bigger loser than Adam Morrison?

Love's regular season winning pct with the timberwolves is terrible, and he's a bigger diva than Morrison.

DevinHarriswillstart
01-12-2014, 08:01 PM
Well Love is currently putting up a stinker against San Antonio. I always hate the term "empty stats" because he is immensely talented, but he always seems to call out his teammates to no avail. He just isn't a true leader that a superstar needs to be.

Jack.Kerr
01-14-2014, 01:21 AM
Show them the money.

Pro Basketball
Payout May Come for an A.B.A. Team That Is Long Gone

By RICHARD SANDOMIR
JAN. 7, 2014

The N.B.A. has long hoped to be released from its financial obligation to Ozzie and Daniel Silna, brothers who owned the Spirits of St. Louis in the defunct American Basketball Association.

But it has never been easy. The Spirits were excluded from the 1976 merger of the two leagues. So the Silnas watched unhappily as the New York (now Brooklyn) Nets, the Denver Nuggets, the Indiana Pacers and the San Antonio Spurs were absorbed into the N.B.A. But the Silnas negotiated an astonishing benefit that was critical to the merger: an agreement to be paid one-seventh of the national television revenue that each of the four teams was to receive, as long as the league continued to exist. That amounted to being paid in perpetuity, and so far, the deal has provided the Silnas with about $300 million.

Their deal is as much a part of A.B.A. history as red, white and blue basketballs, the 3-point line and the big Afros of Julius Erving and Darnell Hillman. It is a lasting memory of how, through luck or prescience, the Silnas and their lawyer, Donald Schupak, capitalized on the league’s growing popularity.

The N.B.A. has tried to buy them out, including an effort before the financial crash in 2008. Negotiations have picked up in the last six to nine months.

On Tuesday, the Silnas, the league and the four former A.B.A. teams will announce a conditional deal that will end the Silnas’ golden annuity. Almost.

The Silnas are to receive a $500 million upfront payment, financed through a private placement of notes by JPMorgan Chase and Merrill Lynch, according to three people with direct knowledge of the agreement. The deal would end the enormous perpetual payments and settle a lawsuit filed in federal court by the Silnas that demanded additional compensation from sources of television revenue that did not exist in 1976, including NBA TV, foreign broadcasting of games and League Pass, the service that lets fans watch out-of-market games.

Still, the league is not getting rid of the Silnas altogether. They will continue to get some television revenue, some of it from the disputed sources named in their lawsuit, through a new partnership that is to be formed with the Nets, the Pacers, the Nuggets and the Spurs, according to the people with knowledge of the agreement. But at some point, the Silnas can be bought out of their interest in the partnership.

The Silnas, of course, did not have to settle. They could have continued to make money from the N.B.A., without ever having to invest in players or build an arena. Clearly, their old agreement would have to be honored as long as the N.B.A. continued to exist.

But there is a reluctance, more by Daniel, 69, than Ozzie, 80, to keep fighting the league, said one of the people who discussed the agreement. Although wealthy people often plan their estates, much of the Silnas’ riches from the N.B.A. is already in family trusts.

Bob Costas, the NBC sportscaster who called Spirits games, said in a telephone interview, “My guess is that for the N.B.A., the upside is that in the foreseeable future, there will come a time when they will not have to look at this and blanch and it will be in the past.”

League officials declined to comment because the settlement must be approved by the judge, Loretta A. Preska, who has presided over the case in United States District Court in Manhattan.

The Silnas’ deal resonates, at least in part, because it appears that they snookered the league, or, more accurately, the Nets, the Pacers, the Nuggets and the Spurs, who dealt directly with the brothers.

But Michael Goldberg, the A.B.A.’s former general counsel, recalled in a recent interview that the four teams were desperate to get into the N.B.A. and willing to satisfy the Silnas.

“Schupak said they’d take TV rights in perpetuity as a kind of Hail Mary to get money down the road,” he said. “What was missing was someone saying, ‘Thirty years, 50 years, or until something happens, and it’s over.’ ”

The Spirits got a sweeter deal than the Kentucky Colonels, who were also not absorbed into the league. John Y. Brown, the Colonels’ owner, got $3 million to fold his team.

And while the Silnas, who were planning to move the franchise to Utah at the time of the merger, did not bring a roster that included Caldwell Jones and Marvin Barnes into the N.B.A., they got a $2.2 million payment — and all that television money. They never acquired another team and have attended to their investments (some of which went sour during the Bernard L. Madoff Ponzi scheme).

But their deal, widely called the greatest in sports history, if not in American business, lives on as a remnant of the marriage of the undercapitalized A.B.A. and the N.B.A. in its mid-1970s doldrums, before Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Michael Jordan.

“The only way to appreciate this,” Goldberg said, “is to go back in a time capsule to the bidding wars between the leagues; the N.B.A. tiring of them, and saying, ‘Let’s take four teams, but not St. Louis and Kentucky, and we’ll move on.’ ”

DirkFTW
01-14-2014, 10:47 AM
Show them the money.

So that hippie who made the 3/4-court shot should be able to finally cash in his gigantic check now, right?

EricaLubarsky
01-14-2014, 10:41 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMu99dDeisI

spreedom
01-15-2014, 12:48 PM
Three-way deal, as reported by Woj:

Heat send out Joel Anthony, Philly's future protected first, and a future second and receive Toney Douglas.

Celtics send out MarShon Brooks and Jamal Crawford and receive Joel Anthony, two future 2nds, and a future protected first (Philly's, now belonging to Miami)

Warriors send out Toney Douglas and a future second and receive MarShon Brooks and Jamal Crawford


Looks to me like the Celtics are ramping up those tanking efforts...

EricaLubarsky
01-15-2014, 02:19 PM
Also, Bogans has been suspended from the team for the rest of the year.

Rondo is almost healthy, but not practicing with the team until he finishes a stint in the D-league.

Rumors are that Rondo is just trying to get healthy in order to be traded and does not get along with the new head coach. Celtics certainly look to be in tanking mode with no cohesion or chemistry, although why they're making Rondo rehab in the D-league is beyond me, unless they are worried about lockerroom issues while Rondo isn't playing.

I don't know if the rumors are true, but if it's as bad as it sounds, then Rondo could be had. It may take first-rounders (which we don't have), but it certainly sounds like Stevens+Rondo aren't a good match and Rondo may not be happy to be in rebuilding mode.

Jack.Kerr
01-15-2014, 02:43 PM
J.R.Smith is toxic. Knicks supposedly shopping him. Under no circumstances would I want to see him mucking things up for Dirk and the Mavericks. I figure the Knicks will have to pay some team to take Smith off their hands. The question: Who would take him and how much would they charge the Knicks for the trouble?
Thoughts? Anyone?

EricaLubarsky
01-15-2014, 03:13 PM
J.R.Smith is toxic. Knicks supposedly shopping him. Under no circumstances would I want to see him mucking things up for Dirk and the Mavericks. I figure the Knicks will have to pay some team to take Smith off their hands. The question: Who would take him and how much would they charge the Knicks for the trouble?
Thoughts? Anyone?

Don't think the Knicks are fooling anyone with their rhetoric. JR knows that no one wants him. The team wants to pretend that they are shopping him, because they don't want to admit that he has no value.

Underdog
01-15-2014, 03:32 PM
although why they're making Rondo rehab in the D-league is beyond me, unless they are worried about lockerroom issues while Rondo isn't playing.

It was actually Rondo's idea to be assigned to the D-League so he could work out without bogging down the Celtics game plan... He was recalled a couple of hours ago...

"Rajon is progressing terrifically in his rehab and this is the next step," said Danny Ainge, Celtics President of Basketball Operations. "This is a brief assignment so that Rajon can participate in a workout this afternoon with the Red Claws and he will be called back up to the Celtics upon the conclusion of the workout."

Underdog
01-15-2014, 03:36 PM
J.R.Smith is toxic. Knicks supposedly shopping him. Under no circumstances would I want to see him mucking things up for Dirk and the Mavericks. I figure the Knicks will have to pay some team to take Smith off their hands. The question: Who would take him and how much would they charge the Knicks for the trouble?
Thoughts? Anyone?

J.R. Smith would be a perfect fit for a Rodman-coached North Korean team.

DirkFTW
01-15-2014, 03:53 PM
It was actually Rondo's idea to be assigned to the D-League so he could work out without bogging down the Celtics game plan... He was recalled a couple of hours ago...

FFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUU *ignites Rondo Mavs jersey*

Jack.Kerr
01-15-2014, 04:30 PM
Don't think the Knicks are fooling anyone with their rhetoric. JR knows that no one wants him. The team wants to pretend that they are shopping him, because they don't want to admit that he has no value.

I agree, except it's not even any secret that as far as the NYKs are concerned, he has negative value--he's an erratic, disruptive, low-IQ player, coming off a surgery that is limiting his productivity.

Knicks will have to put together some kind of deal that compensates a team for taking Smith off their hands. It's the parameters of that deal that I"m kind of interested in.

Apparently Smith has POed even Jimmy "Buy High, Sell Low" Dolan with his nonsense antics, so Dolan wants him gone--like he did with Camby, Sprewell, Marbury, Robinson, Larry Brown and probably a few others I'm forgetting. I'm just wondering how much of a premium they (the Knicks) will have to pay to be done with him.

And also, what team would take Smith and his contract on--a cellar-dweller willing to take on a headache for a little payout? A contender who thinks they can bend Smith into shape and get some productivity out of him ? (Good luck.)

grndmstr_c
01-15-2014, 07:08 PM
Three-way deal, as reported by Woj:

Heat send out Joel Anthony, Philly's future protected first, and a future second and receive Toney Douglas.

Celtics send out MarShon Brooks and Jamal Crawford and receive Joel Anthony, two future 2nds, and a future protected first (Philly's, now belonging to Miami)

Warriors send out Toney Douglas and a future second and receive MarShon Brooks and Jamal Crawford


Looks to me like the Celtics are ramping up those tanking efforts...
Good trade for the Warriors. There's a piece up on ESPN right now criticizing GS for not mixing their starters and their bench players enough, but I take a different view, and tend to think that their starting lineup has been so, so good (check the +/- stats for 5-man units around the league: they dominate that stat about as much as Dirk dominates in post-scoring), that their best bet was to try to upgrade their bench so that they wouldn't have to alter their rotations (and could keep Curry from having to play too many minutes). I don't love Crawford's game, but he does fill their need for a another backcourt initiator, so job well done.

spreedom
01-15-2014, 10:19 PM
Fun 3OT game between the Bulls and Orlando. Bulls just won it 128-125... Jimmy Butler played 60 out of 63 possible minutes. Taking us right up to the opening tip in LA!

Edit: My fantasy team loved this game... I have Oladipo and Joakim Noah.

mac222b
01-15-2014, 10:41 PM
Fun 3OT game between the Bulls and Orlando. Bulls just won it 128-125... Jimmy Butler played 60 out of 63 possible minutes. Taking us right up to the opening tip in LA!

Edit: My fantasy team loved this game... I have Oladipo and Joakim Noah.

This is a joke right? Thibs is unbelievable. 60 of 63?! It's borderline abusive

Burn this City
01-16-2014, 12:53 PM
A lot of clutch shots in that Bulls/Magic game. Oladipo looked awesome.

sike
01-17-2014, 06:52 PM
Oladipo looked awesome.

copy and paste this x500 for his career.

Kid is legit. Once he figures the League out, Orlando will have a superstar.

Burn this City
01-17-2014, 07:30 PM
copy and paste this x500 for his career.

Kid is legit. Once he figures the League out, Orlando will have a superstar.

Something tells me once he figures the league out, he'll be a free agent and sign with the Lakers. Poor Orlando...

But yea, Cleveland really screwed up by passing on Oladipo.

adonis
01-18-2014, 11:34 AM
If LeBron 3-peats this year, I would take his 3-year stretch over any player in NBA history. Only Shaq 2000-02 and MJ 91-93 come close.

Burn this City
01-19-2014, 12:01 AM
The Bucks have such a promising future assuming they don't make any bone-headed moves...between Brandon Knight, John Henson, the Greek Freak, Larry Sanders, and what should be a top 3 pick in the draft - they've got a really awesome young core.

alby
01-19-2014, 01:12 PM
It's still Milwaukee.

spreedom
01-19-2014, 01:56 PM
The Bucks have such a promising future assuming they don't make any bone-headed moves...between Brandon Knight, John Henson, the Greek Freak, Larry Sanders, and what should be a top 3 pick in the draft - they've got a really awesome young core.

I like all of those guys except for Knight... he seems like a player without a position to me. Not a natural PG and not tall enough to be a SG. He should have a nice career as a 3rd or 4th guard but I wouldn't build around him as a starter.

Burn this City
01-19-2014, 02:15 PM
^ Ya he's not a natural PG but if he could cut down the turnovers, he could be a George Hill-type player (better scorer). He had 26 & 7 last night and he just turned 22...

j0Shi
01-19-2014, 03:08 PM
If LeBron 3-peats this year, I would take his 3-year stretch over any player in NBA history. Only Shaq 2000-02 and MJ 91-93 come close.

I would take our 4-peat denial over anything else in NBA history in that case.

Burn this City
01-20-2014, 09:36 AM
Break up the Lakers...they've won 2 in a row...

Seriously though, Kendall Marshall is putting up crazy assist numbers like he's back at UNC.

dude1394
01-21-2014, 12:45 AM
Hmm....jkiddo seemingly getting brooklyns stuff together.

Burn this City
01-22-2014, 09:06 AM
"Kevin Durant has scored at least 30 points in eight straight games, two games behind the record for consecutive 30-point games in a single season."

Kobe did it 10 times last season...

twelli
01-22-2014, 09:06 PM
"Kevin Durant has scored at least 30 points in eight straight games, two games behind the record for consecutive 30-point games in a single season."

Kobe did it 10 times last season...

Dirk's my hero, but I have no problem accepting that KD is probably better these days than Dirk was in his best days.

http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/10331927/coast-coast-how-high-kevin-durant-climb

dude1394
01-23-2014, 01:56 PM
KD is definitely a freak... Fantastic player.

mac222b
01-23-2014, 03:00 PM
Dirk's my hero, but I have no problem accepting that KD is probably better these days than Dirk was in his best days.

http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/10331927/coast-coast-how-high-kevin-durant-climb

Durant is amazing but he's been getting superstar calls consistently almost since he entered the league that Dirk could only ever dream of.

alby
01-23-2014, 03:03 PM
Durant is amazing but he's been getting superstar calls consistently almost since he entered the league that Dirk could only ever dream of.

I agree. But we can't take anything away from him -- the shots he's been taking and hitting are simply ridiculous. Dirk also gets calls other guys don't get as well.

alby
01-24-2014, 09:36 PM
Melo has 62 early in the 4th.

Burn this City
01-24-2014, 10:52 PM
Lakers lose to Orlando...poor Kobe...

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7381/12111514685_cd91a02545_o.gif

alby
01-25-2014, 02:17 AM
I don't feel sorry for him at all

DevinHarriswillstart
01-25-2014, 09:33 AM
Lakers lose to Orlando...poor Kobe...

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7381/12111514685_cd91a02545_o.gif

Lakers weren't going anywhere this season anyway. Their one saving grace has been the miraculous breakout of Kendall Marshall who has been just amazing considering expectations.

Jack.Kerr
01-25-2014, 10:16 AM
Melo has 62 early in the 4th.

He's no Bernard King.

Burn this City
01-26-2014, 11:50 AM
After Melo scores 62, Terrence Ross goes off for 51 - out of nowhere...

Underdog
01-26-2014, 01:05 PM
After Melo scores 62, Terrence Ross goes off for 51 - out of nowhere...

How is that even possible??? Ross didn't play the Mavs...

Burn this City
01-30-2014, 12:11 PM
Lebron vs. KD last night....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1dOhukFbhM

mcsluggo
01-31-2014, 10:50 AM
"Kevin Durant has scored at least 30 points in eight straight games, two games behind the record for consecutive 30-point games in a single season."

Kobe did it 10 times last season...

how can that be the record...?? when Wilt averaged around 50 points a game one season?

Underdog
01-31-2014, 10:59 AM
how can that be the record...?? when Wilt averaged around 50 points a game one season?

It's a consecutive games record... If Wilt sprinkled in a 20-something point game every few games and several 50+ point games to balance out his average, then I could see him missing the mark.

Plus, stats were wonky back in his day - I mean, he averaged 48.5 MPG in 80 games that season... Were the games longer, or did they just get stuck in a lot of overtime situations?

Too bad there aren't any game logs from back then...

spreedom
02-01-2014, 10:29 AM
Denver is now down to 11 healthy players, with Gallinari and Nate Robinson finished for the year, JaVale McGee still out with the leg fracture, and Darrell Arthur back out after returning from a hip/groin injury. Ty Lawson is expected back from his rotator cuff/shoulder injury any day now, but he's had a very uneven season as well.

Will Denver be sellers at the deadline? And if so, could a team get Faried (who Brian Shaw apparently isn't fond of as a player) if they took on Wilson Chandler's salary? They're going to be interesting to watch.

EricaLubarsky
02-01-2014, 12:26 PM
http://deadspin.com/terrence-ross-in-the-pepsi-center-with-the-authority-1513707348

Lots of posterizations, but it's been a while since I've seen something this good.

Skywalker
02-01-2014, 12:41 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85kW7Ws-Hk8

if theres a player other than Dirk that really gets my sports weenie going its Steph Curry. If hes ever a Mav ill be a very happy man

Burn this City
02-01-2014, 02:36 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85kW7Ws-Hk8

if theres a player other than Dirk that really gets my sports weenie going its Steph Curry. If hes ever a Mav ill be a very happy man

Completely agree. I remember the run he made with Davidson in the NCAA tourney a few years ago...I basically stop everything to watch Warriors games now. If he gets hot in the playoffs, they could beat anybody.

EricaLubarsky
02-01-2014, 04:18 PM
Pacers have signed Bynum for the rest of the season. We'll see if being on a winner cracks the whip for him.

dirt_dobber
02-02-2014, 11:34 AM
Report: Luol Deng shocked at mess that is the Cavaliers
http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/02/02/report-luol-deng-shocked-at-mess-that-is-the-cavaliers/
by: Brett Pollakoff

When Luol Deng was traded from the Bulls to Cleveland, he was coming from the only team he had known in his nine-plus NBA seasons. His Chicago teams, especially under head coach Tom Thibodeau in recent years, have been the epitome of professionalism in pursuing winning above all else.

The Cavaliers, apparently, are the complete opposite.

Deng reportedly is shocked at some of the goings on in his new surroundings, the particulars of which are detailed by Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News:

As Deng recently told one close friend, “the stuff going on in practice would never be tolerated by the coaching staff or the front office back in Chicago. It’s a mess.”

Deng was brought in to help clean it up when he arrived in a deal for Andrew Bynum on Jan. 7. But since then, he’s seen players get thrown out of practice, take off their uniform tops at halftime and threaten not to play, mouth off to Brown and generally act like spoiled brats. …

There is no accountability, as Dion Waiters found out when he was kicked out of practice last week but still got his usual minutes against the Knicks.

Mike Brown may have done an adequate job when he had LeBron James on the roster during his first stint in Cleveland, but his personality is geared toward basketball more than it is charismatic leadership or taking on the role of a disciplinarian.

When things start to go bad on one of Brown’s team, they snowball to a level that gets out of control extremely quickly — which is exactly what happened when he was relieved of his duties as coach of the Lakers just five games into last season.

There are real problems with personalities in the Cavaliers locker room — Waiters is immature, and Irving lacks the level of star power to command enough respect. The accountability needs to come from the top, and it doesn’t seem like Brown or GM Chris Grant are able to get the players on the same page.

The good news for Deng is that he’s an unrestricted free agent once this season is finished. The Cavaliers, however, will be stuck with this mess moving forward unless the required changes are made, which seemingly need to take place at multiple levels of the organization.

Underdog
02-02-2014, 11:56 AM
Report: Luol Deng shocked at mess that is the Cavaliers
http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/02/02/report-luol-deng-shocked-at-mess-that-is-the-cavaliers/

http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/b3/ef/61/b3ef6130907abe41ab8b8c92c0ecc355.jpg

dirt_dobber
02-02-2014, 02:51 PM
yep
http://i623.photobucket.com/albums/tt314/dirt_dobber_2009/mike_borwn_what_happened.gif (http://s623.photobucket.com/user/dirt_dobber_2009/media/mike_borwn_what_happened.gif.html)

Jack.Kerr
02-03-2014, 01:39 PM
Report: Luol Deng shocked at mess that is the Cavaliers

When things start to go bad on one of Brown’s team, they snowball to a level that gets out of control extremely quickly — which is exactly what happened when he was relieved of his duties as coach of the Lakers just five games into last season.



Yeah, but at least D'Antoni really got that Lakers ship righted fast.

I hate this kind of knee-jerk, me-too, pile-on blogging by kids on the internet, who pick up a meme (e.g. "Mike Brown can't coach") and repeat it every time an opposing team scores a basket on a Brown-coached team.

Maybe it's just a case of an inexperienced GM bringing immature players into a chronically difficult losing situation (e.g. Cleveland) without a mix of experienced, responsible veterans to liaison between managment and players, and neither the coach, nor the GM, nor the owner having enough juice to fix things on the fly. But just repeat the line that "Mike Brown can't coach."

LSMF
02-04-2014, 12:20 AM
This is how I felt during the 2006 Finals tbqh: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urfdwK-IC6M

dirt_dobber
02-04-2014, 12:49 PM
Will the new commissioner warn LeBron ?
.

LeBron flops twice on the same play vs. Pistons (VIDEO)
by: Brett Pollakoff
(video gif at link http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/02/04/lebron-flops-twice-on-the-same-play-vs-pistons-video/ )

LeBron James is built like a tank, but when trying to defend a slightly taller and perhaps equally-strong Greg Monroe in the post, things can get a bit physical.

This play actually was a real battle for position, it’s just that the contact that was made likely wasn’t enough to send LeBron flying to the floor the way he did. And it certainly wasn’t enough to warrant the first flop he performed before going down.

Again, there was real contact here, and James did get a small shot to the chin (which, obviously, is easy for me to say). But the league sees plays like this as follows:
~~~~~~~~~~~~
“Flopping” will be defined as any physical act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player. The primary factor in determining whether a player committed a flop is whether his physical reaction to contact with another player is inconsistent with what would reasonably be expected given the force or direction of the contact.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
By that definition, a warning should be on the way from the league office.

Jack.Kerr
02-04-2014, 10:22 PM
This is how I felt during the 2006 Finals tbqh: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urfdwK-IC6M

This is how you'll be able to tell if the NBA is serious about acknowledging officiating errors, or if David Stern was just goosing Cuban and the Mavericks on his way out the door.

If the NBA is serious about acknowledging officiating mistakes, they will admit that no foul should have been called, suspend the referee who called the utterly bogus phantom foul on Noah, and fine him an equivalent amount to what Noah was fined. Or at least make him refund half or Noah's $15,000.

If Noah had strangled that referee (and I was kinda hoping he would), I would not have penalized him.

That kind of call totally degrades the integrity of the NBA, and when you've seen it often enough and you know that certain officials are baiting certain players, you realize just how much theater, fraud and manipulation is going on. It's really muted a lot of my interest in pro ball over the years.

chumdawg
02-05-2014, 01:09 AM
Are you aware that the referees have a union?

Skywalker
02-05-2014, 10:17 AM
Well, so do the players

Jack.Kerr
02-05-2014, 03:13 PM
Exhibit 1:
Referee Stafford received two-game suspension

By Marc Stein
ESPN.com
February 26, 2003

The NBA does not announce disciplinary action taken against its referees, but ESPN.com has learned that two game officials were recently sanctioned in the wake of run-ins with Miami coach Pat Riley -- one suspended and the other fined.

Derrick Stafford, who clashed with Riley during a Heat-Blazers game just before the All-Star break, was required to serve a two-game suspension this month, according to league sources. Newspaper reports quoted Stafford telling Riley during the game: "It's not about you. Go on TV crying."

Riley was fined $20,000 for "publicly criticizing game officials to assembled media" after that game.

Steve Javie, meanwhile, has been fined $1,000 by the league office for his part in an exchange with Riley early in the 2001-02 season. The incident didn't get national attention until December of this season, when Riley was fined $50,000 for saying leaguewide "dislike for me over the years" among referees -- specifically Javie -- was influencing the way Heat games are officiated.

"It all started, I think, last year," Riley said Dec. 13 after a loss to the Knicks. "I think I sort of sensed something changing last year when Steve Javie, in Cleveland -- and to his delight, obviously, absolute delight, as we were getting beat, and going through a real tough time -- came to my face, after we were having a discussion, and said, 'It's giving us absolute delight to watch you and your team die.' "

NBA vice president of operations Stu Jackson declined comment through a spokesman Wednesday, citing the league's policy of not discussing internal communications with its referees.

Jackson did acknowledge during All-Star Weekend in Atlanta that the league was "investigating both sides" of the Stafford-Riley incident from Feb. 5. Commissioner David Stern, however, said in Atlanta that he remains against publicly disclosing disciplinary measures taken against game officials.

"I just think in light of the competitive challenges when players and coaches get a hold of certain information, it might further erode the ability of these gentlemen to do the job that they do so well," Stern said at his annual state-of-the-league address. "So I'm resisting that."

A week before his clash with Riley, Stafford drew the ire of Sacramento coach Rick Adelman and Kings center Vlade Divac (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=84) in Sacramento's home loss to the Los Angeles Lakers (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/clubhouse?team=lal) on Jan. 31. Divac was quoted in the Sacramento Bee as saying that Stafford told Doug Christie (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=817), "Tell Vlade this is not the last game of yours I'll be working this season."

Javie was back in the news again last week for ejecting Memphis coach Hubie Brown and Adelman in separate games in a span of three days.

Jack.Kerr
02-05-2014, 03:22 PM
Exhibit 2:
Crawford suspended indefinitely; Duncan fined $25K

April 17, 2007

NEW YORK -- Joey Crawford is done ejecting players and coaches this season.

On Tuesday, he was the one getting tossed.The veteran NBA referee was suspended indefinitely by commissioner David Stern for his conduct toward Tim Duncan, who contends the official challenged him to a fight during a game in Dallas.

Crawford has worked more postseason games than any active ref. His suspension will last at least through the NBA Finals, and he apparently will have to meet with Stern after that to discuss reinstatement.

"Especially in light of similar prior acts by this official, a significant suspension is warranted," Stern said in a statement. "Although Joey is consistently rated as one of our top referees, he must be held accountable for his actions on the floor, and we will have further discussions with him following the season to be sure he understands his responsibilities."

But Crawford made it clear to NBA executive vice president Stu Jackson on Tuesday that he would eject Duncan again if the circumstances were the same.Crawford likewise informed superiors, including Stern, and fellow referees via e-mail Tuesday that "if my employer does not think that was acceptable, I have a problem" working in the future.

Crawford has maintained from the start that Duncan deserved two technicals for what he deemed to be disrespecting the game by "laughing [at] and mocking the officials."

However, in his e-mail to Bloomberg News, Crawford appeared to imply that he didn't expect to officiate an NBA game again in his career.

"Please do not be sad for me," Crawford wrote to Bloomberg News. "I have had a great run and a great career and nobody will ever take that from me." Crawford ejected Duncan from San Antonio's loss after calling a second technical foul on the Spurs star while he was laughing on the bench.

"He looked at me and said, 'Do you want to fight? Do you want to fight?"' Duncan said. "If he wants to fight, we can fight. I don't have any problem with him, but we can do it if he wants to. I have no reason why in the middle of a game he would yell at me, 'Do you want to fight?"'

Crawford was cited for "improper conduct" and "inappropriate comments made to Duncan during the game." Stern said Crawford's actions "failed to meet the standards of professionalism and game management we expect of NBA referees."

The NBA also fined Duncan $25,000 for verbal abuse of an official. Crawford said Duncan referred to him with an expletive. Crawford was the first referee suspended since Rodney Mott was banned three games Jan. 12 for making an obscene gesture toward a fan and also using inappropriate language in Portland.

Crawford comes from an officiating family. His brother, Jerry, is a major league umpire, as was his father, Shag.

Joey Crawford is in his 31st season as an NBA referee. He has officiated more than 2,000 games during the regular season and 266 in the playoffs, including 38 in the NBA Finals.

But his temper has gotten him noticed before, especially in Game 2 of the 2003 Western Conference finals, a matchup involving the same teams as in Sunday's game. Crawford called four technical fouls in the first 10 minutes, 11 seconds, leading to ejections of then-Mavs coach Don Nelson and assistant Del Harris.

Two of the technicals in that game came in rapid succession during a timeout when Nelson tried to engage Crawford in a staredown and did not heed his order to return to his bench. Assistant coach Del Harris was tossed by Crawford late in the second quarter after he walked onto the court to protest a non-call against Duncan for playing illegal defense. "Don [Nelson] walked up to half court. I never told him to sit down because that's not my job to tell him to sit down," Crawford told a pool reporter at the time. "I told him to go coach his team, and he said, 'No, I'm not going to.' So I hit him with one. I said, 'Go coach your team.' He said, 'I'm staying right here.' So, bang, I threw him.

"Del Harris was different," Crawford said then. "Del Harris came to my partner [Ted Bernhardt] at a timeout and said that he was going to get ejected, and to eject him on one [technical], which isn't unusual."

Stern was so angry with Crawford for overshadowing the playoff game that, according to a league source, Crawford was told that if he repeated such actions, the consequences would be serious.

Nelson and Harris, now with Golden State, and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban all declined to say anything about Crawford's suspension before the Warriors played Dallas on Tuesday night. "All I can do is get in more trouble," Nelson said. Crawford also called a technical in a recent game against Duncan, who said Sunday that Crawford has a "personal vendetta against me."

Duncan was called for his first technical foul Sunday with 2:20 remaining in the third quarter for arguing about an offensive foul. Crawford hit him with the second technical 1:16 later after Duncan was on the bench laughing about a call that went against the Spurs. With Duncan gone, the Mavericks rallied to beat the Spurs, ending San Antonio's chance of earning the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference.

Jack.Kerr
02-05-2014, 03:37 PM
I'm pretty sure that the NBA has the ability to discipline its referees. The issue would be one of greater transparency, a concept to which previous NBA commissioner David Stern was somewhat averse in years past. Recently, however, some NBA owners such as Mark Cuban have made calls for greater transparency in evaluating officiating, which could reasonably entail timely disclosure of disciplinary actions taken against NBA officials.

It would seem that the NBA has tacitly acknowledged the inappropriateness of the calls that resulted in Noah's ejection by failing to suspend Noah for his response, and by only fining him $15,000 when many observers anticipated that a suspension would be forthcoming.

Interestingly, it was Rodney Mott who made the bogus call(s)/non-call(s) against Noah versus Sacramento. Mott has previously demonstrated his lack of self-control and tendency toward antagonistic behavior by making obscene gestures at NBA fans in Portland back in 2007, for which he was suspended 3 games.

I would be fairly surprised if Mott doesn't get some league feedback for what transpired in the Bulls v. Kings game given the degree of exposure that video clip has gotten, and given the egregiousness of the calls made by Mott. The question will be how soon (if ever) any disciplinary actions are made public.

spreedom
02-07-2014, 03:25 AM
Jared Dudley is apparently on the trade block, as the Clippers have depth at the wing and feel that his game overlaps too much with the much better Redick. Apparently they're looking for frontcourt depth. Looks like it would be tough for us to get him in a two-team trade but maybe a tanking team like Philly would help accomodate us? Dudley is a role player that I've coveted for a few years because he works hard, defends well and doesn't ever try to do anything that's not his game. Also, he would instantly becomethe best defender on the team (except maybe Devin, and Dalembert when he tries). Any interest?

dirt_dobber
02-07-2014, 12:44 PM
2014 All Star Game 3 point contest - AND NO Jose Calderon?????????

Player Name-----3PA--------3PT%
EAST
Arron Afflalo-----211--------.427
Bradley Beal-----184--------.408
Joe Johnson------223--------.386

WEST
Marco Belinelli----169------.444
Stephen Curry----389------.406
Damian Lillard----346------.405
Kevin Love--------285------.375

BUT NO!!!!!
#6 in the league Jose Calderon with 270 3PA and a .441 3PT% not invited

anti Mavs bias – FACT

alby
02-07-2014, 12:54 PM
2014 All Star Game 3 point contest - AND NO Jose Calderon?????????

Player Name-----3PA--------3PT%
EAST
Arron Afflalo-----211--------.427
Bradley Beal-----184--------.408
Joe Johnson------223--------.386

WEST
Marco Belinelli----169------.444
Stephen Curry----389------.406
Damian Lillard----346------.405
Kevin Love--------285------.375

BUT NO!!!!!
#6 in the league Jose Calderon with 270 3PA and a .441 3PT% not invited

anti Mavs bias – FACT

To be honest, I'm okay with it. I want to see Curry, Dame, and KLove. I guess you can replace Marco but I'm looking forward to the team getting a few days off.

jleefilled
02-09-2014, 10:21 PM
Right now, 56-19, the Clippers lead the 76ers. Ouch for Philly.

EricaLubarsky
02-09-2014, 10:35 PM
Awesome game.

25-66

jleefilled
02-09-2014, 11:11 PM
89-33 with 6 minutes left in the third. Apparently, it's too early for doc to take starters out.

spreedom
02-09-2014, 11:20 PM
Clips had the Sixers lapped for a minute there, 98-49...

sike
02-10-2014, 11:00 PM
Someone needs to check the weather report for Hell...The Pistons beat the Spurs by 9 today.

Underdog
02-11-2014, 12:20 AM
Someone needs to check the weather report for Hell...The Pistons beat the Spurs by 9 today.

NBA: "where amaZing happens."

sike
02-11-2014, 01:13 AM
must spread rep.

Jack.Kerr
02-13-2014, 05:02 PM
Jimmer Fredette comes off the bench for 24 points in 27 minutes on a Dirk-like 14 shots (9-14, 6-8 3s, no FTs) as the Kings go into MSG and spank the NYKs.

Tough-guy J.R.Smith sits this one out with a broken face.

LSMF
02-23-2014, 09:33 PM
Props to James Johnson for completely embarrassing that douchebag Matt Barnes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_T6yA_j2H2I (LOL @ DeAndre Jordan's face as the Posterization is happening)

sefant77
02-24-2014, 06:56 AM
im okay to pick up James Johnson in the summer as backup SF

alby
02-24-2014, 11:36 AM
Thomas Robinson's block last night... Goodness gracious

EricaLubarsky
02-24-2014, 01:42 PM
Thomas Robinson's block last night... Goodness gracious

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhdYpW2ocso ?

LSMF
02-24-2014, 05:01 PM
Excellent block. Man, it's tough to play in the Rose Garden...

Jack.Kerr
02-25-2014, 03:17 PM
Would it have killed her to do this 24 hours earlier? Also, how much does Dolan wish he'd pulled the trigger on that Lowry trade now? Dolt.

Knicks guard Raymond Felton faces gun charges (http://www.gantdaily.com/2014/02/25/knicks-guard-raymond-felton-faces-gun-charges/)

Posted On 25 Feb 2014 By AHN (http://www.gantdaily.com/2014/02/25/)

New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton was arrested and charged with felony gun possession after his wife surrendered his gun and accused him of threatening her with the weapon.

Felton’s arrest came after the Knicks lost to the Dallas Mavericks Monday.

According to police, a divorce lawyer for Felton’s wife, Ariane Raymondo-Felton, turned in the gun at the 20th Precinct station house, saying the firearm belonged to the playmaker.

Two hours later, Raymondo-Felton came in for questioning and gave her statements to detectives at the precinct, accusing Felton of threatening her with the firearm. But it was not immediately clear when any threats she described took place.

Authorities said the couple was in the process of divorcing.

The police described the gun as an FN Herstal, a Belgian weapon, and said it was loaded when it was turned in. Felton’s wife told the police that the gun was being kept in their Upper West Side apartment in Manhattan.

After scoring eight points and seven assists against the Mavericks, Felton turned himself in at the same station house at 12:50 a.m. and was charged with second-, third- and fourth-degree counts of weapons possession. Two of the charges are felonies.

The 29-year-old Felton is expected to be arraigned later Tuesday and for now remains in police custody.

Felton has struggled this season and the Knicks tried to send him to another team before the trading deadline but there were no takers.

Last season, the Knicks signed Felton to a three-year, $10 million deal with a $4.5 million player option for 2015-16.

Jack.Kerr
02-25-2014, 04:20 PM
Felton's defense attorney can point out that he's only connecting on 29% from distance for the year, so Ariane was never in real danger.

Underdog
02-25-2014, 04:37 PM
Felton's defense attorney can point out that he's only connecting on 29% from distance for the year, so Ariane was never in real danger.

Nice.

alby
02-26-2014, 03:40 AM
Harden 43 points in 31 minutes tonight (sat out in the 4th). Easily could have gotten 60.

BPo001
02-26-2014, 09:25 AM
Harden 43 points in 31 minutes tonight (sat out in the 4th). Easily could have gotten 60.

I saw about 4 highlights from that game. He traveled on every one.

alby
02-26-2014, 11:53 AM
I saw about 4 highlights from that game. He traveled on every one.

I wouldn't argue against that.

FreshJive
03-02-2014, 02:47 AM
Nice insider article.

More efficient AND more scoring?
Players' awareness of advanced metrics could impact the MVP race

By Kevin Pelton

By adjusted true shooting percentage, Kevin Durant and LeBron James are atop the NBA all-time.
As the NBA's metrics community gathers in Boston for the annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, starting Friday, the growing impact of analytics on the league can be found in many places. From the number of teams employing analysts to advanced stats on NBA.com, it's hard to miss the influence of analytics. But the most interesting example might be playing out on the court as Kevin Durant and LeBron James battle for MVP.

Wait, the MVP race? While advanced metrics won't necessarily decide the vote, as has been the case with baseball's biggest awards in recent years, there's reason to believe that our newfound understanding of the game has helped lift both players to newfound levels of performance.


Unprecedented scoring and efficiency

Last month, Deadspin noted that both Durant and James are reaching historic levels in terms of their combination of scoring efficiency, as measured by true shooting percentage (TS%), and share in their teams' offenses, as measured by usage rate.

In the past, as shown by Evan Zamir, there has been a frontier beyond which NBA players have been unable to go. They could trade off fewer shots for better efficiency -- as James did last season -- or score more with a lower true shooting percentage, but never accomplish both at the same time. Until now.

I've measured the combination of usage and efficiency with a metric called adjusted true shooting percentage that estimates what the player's true shooting would be if he used plays at an average rate (20 percent of the time). Translating TS% from past seasons to this season's NBA average to account for fluctuations in offense levels league-wide, the cap on adjusted TS% is about .700, a mark nobody had reached before this season. As the chart below shows, James (.709) and Durant (.703) are both on pace to surpass it.

BEST SCORING SEASONS SINCE NBA-ABA MERGER
Player Year UsageTS% Adj. TS%
LeBron James 2014 .307 .656 .709
Kevin Durant 2014 .331 .638 .703
Kevin Durant 2013 .300 .647 .699
Adrian Dantley 1983 .261 .661 .699
Artis Gilmore 1982 .196 .702 .698
Charles Barkley 1988 .267 .665 .698
Artis Gilmore 1981 .185 .699 .695
LeBron James 2013 .304 .640 .695
Amar'e Stoudemire2008 .284 .656 .694
Darryl Dawkins 1986 .230 .680 .691

Of course, there's a month and a half left in the season, and both MVP candidates could regress to some extent. At the same time, given Durant set the previous record in adjusted TS% last season (edging past Adrian Dantley in 1982-83) and James was in the top 10 in 2012-13, this is far more trend than fluke.

Death of the volume scorer

Thing is, Durant and James aren't alone. While their efficiency is far off the charts, two more of the league's top 10 scorers in points per game -- Stephen Curry (.601) and James Harden (.603) -- have posted TS% of better than .600 this season. Blake Griffin (.588) and Kevin Love (.597) aren't far behind. Among the NBA's 10 leading scorers, LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trail Blazers (.513) and DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors (.523) are the two with below-average shooting efficiency.

This season's top five in points per game collectively score with a TS% that's 13.0 percent better than league average, just ahead of last season (12.9 percent) for the highest relative mark since the ABA-NBA merger. That hasn't always been the case, as the chart shows. (chart shows a steady decline from 1990 to 2000, ups and downs to 2010 with a sharp rise from 2010 to present, couldn't copy paste it)

As recently as three seasons ago, the top five scorers were just 6.0 percent better than average. And high scorers were notoriously inefficient in 2000-01, when the top five were 4.9 percent better than average and the top 10 were 3.6 percent better than average. Not coincidentally, that's when Allen Iverson of the Philadelphia 76ers was voted MVP.

About that time, statistical analysts first started to gain a foothold on the Internet and began touting the importance of efficient scoring. If anything, that message has probably sunk in too well, and volume scoring -- the ability to create shots at average efficiency or slightly worse -- is now somewhat underrated. Better still is the ability to create shots at above-average efficiency, and the new math has helped stars do just that.

Superior shot selection yields historic results

The advances statistical analysts have made in understanding shot selection, and the superiority of 3-pointers and shots at the rim to midrange jump shots, have trickled down to players, and not equally. Rethinking shot selection has helped star players trade out those long 2-point attempts -- long a staple because they are asked to create their own offense rather than getting set up by others -- for 3-pointers or forays to the hoop.

That's evident in the way Durant and James have evolved in terms of their shot distribution, via NBA.com/stats.

STARS' SHOT SELECTION
James
Durant
Year Rim% Midrange% 3PA% Rim% Midrange% 3PA%
2011 .336 .479 .185 .180 .551 .269
2012 .355 .518 .127 .234 .502 .265
2013 .400 .413 .188 .241 .525 .233
2014 .428 .346 .226 .260 .474 .266

James, who averages a little more than 17 shots per game, has over the past two seasons cut about three midrange shots in favor of one more try at the rim and two more beyond the arc. Durant's less dramatic transformation this season has seen him take about one fewer midrange attempt per game out of his 20-plus.

It's unclear how much analytics have played a direct role in influencing the league's biggest stars. Last season, Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins reported on Durant's use of a personal statistical analyst, but Durant recently said he let the specialist go because he was concerned about overthinking things on the court. Instead, Durant prefers to focus on the X's and O's.

Though James won't be confused with sabermetrics pioneer Bill James, he has embraced the value of high shooting percentages.

"When you're a young player, you cast up low-percentage shots, and you're not really involved with the numbers as much as far as field goal percentage and things of that nature," LeBron James told Grantland's Kirk Goldsberry last season. "As I've grown, I've made more of a conscious effort to become a more efficient player and I think it's helped my team's success over the years."

Whether Durant and James specifically altered their games because of metrics or not, their lessons have surely had an impact. In a league in which efficiency is valued more than ever, Durant and James stand as the ultimate tribute. The new NBA, shaped by analytics, has helped them reach heights no scorers in modern league history have reached before.

EricaLubarsky
03-05-2014, 01:00 PM
Chandler wants out of NY and the Knicks are in a hard rebuild.

If anyone would take his 15mill salary, they could probably get him cheap.

Anyone think that we could simply re-create the same roster as 2011 and actually be successful?

DirkFTW
03-05-2014, 01:15 PM
Chandler wants out of NY and the Knicks are in a hard rebuild.

If anyone would take his 15mill salary, they could probably get him cheap.

Anyone think that we could simply re-create the same roster as 2011 and actually be successful?

http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i102/Venvierra/gifs/tumblr_m8hsvbrZeB1raysz9o1_400_zps8f9ef9d7.gif

Not sure who would effectively fill the Jason Kidd role though...

spreedom
03-05-2014, 02:54 PM
Chandler wants out of NY and the Knicks are in a hard rebuild.

If anyone would take his 15mill salary, they could probably get him cheap.

Anyone think that we could simply re-create the same roster as 2011 and actually be successful?

I've been a longtime advocate of bringing Tyson back... I fully believe that Melo is going to walk this summer, and if/when that happens, I think the Knicks will do whatever they can to shed salary. I'd happily welcome him back.

Underdog
03-05-2014, 03:30 PM
Chandler wants out of NY and the Knicks are in a hard rebuild.

If anyone would take his 15mill salary, they could probably get him cheap.

Anyone think that we could simply re-create the same roster as 2011 and actually be successful?

Mark Cuban signing Tyson Chandler at this point would be the ultimate admittance of defeat... His ego won't allow that to happen.

DevinHarriswillstart
03-05-2014, 03:46 PM
I'd do it just to show people that we have more problems than just a different starting center. Dalembert has been pretty darn good lately, and it isn't solving the team-wide defensive issue. Don't get me wrong...I'd gladly welcome Chandler back, but too many think unreasonably about the type of impact he'd make.

spreedom
03-05-2014, 11:02 PM
I'd do it just to show people that we have more problems than just a different starting center. Dalembert has been pretty darn good lately, and it isn't solving the team-wide defensive issue. Don't get me wrong...I'd gladly welcome Chandler back, but too many think unreasonably about the type of impact he'd make.


Good coaching will bring the Tyson of old back, assuming he can stay healthy. And Tyson of old had a HUGE influence on the "defensive disposition" of this team... guys were active, making good decisions, and making their matchup work hard to get their numbers. Right now we don't have a vocal guy like that on the roster. Dalembert has been okay, but very up-and-down, this season, and honestly I don't think he's much more than a good backup at this point of his career. He doesn't do enough things at a high level. I'd gladly take Tyson back even with the $14.59M left on his deal next year. I'd love if Tyson retired here. It probably won't happen, but I'd love to see it. Just depends if the Knicks will be that desperate to trade a one-year deal, and what they'd be looking for in return.

Jack.Kerr
03-06-2014, 12:32 AM
Just depends if the Knicks will be that desperate to trade a one-year deal, and what they'd be looking for in return.

Tyson & Shumpert, for Marion, Carter, & Dalembert?

spreedom
03-06-2014, 02:25 AM
Tyson & Shumpert, for Marion, Carter, & Dalembert?

I seriously doubt the Knicks would consider a trade like that... especially if they have to give up Shumpert. The point of trading Tyson would be to get assets and cap relief... I could see something like Larkin/2nd for Tyson (wherein we absorb the contract into our cap space) or something similar to that... maybe add a signed-and-traded player to the deal too if they have interest in any of our free-agents-to-be, but taking all three of those old guys doesn't make much sense for the Knicks. I'd be more than happy to take Shumpert off their hands if they absolutely insisted, though. More likely they'd insist on us taking back JR or Bargs... both guys that would be deal-breakers for me.

Jack.Kerr
03-06-2014, 12:39 PM
I seriously doubt the Knicks would consider a trade like that... especially if they have to give up Shumpert. The point of trading Tyson would be to get assets and cap relief... I could see something like Larkin/2nd for Tyson (wherein we absorb the contract into our cap space) or something similar to that... maybe add a signed-and-traded player to the deal too if they have interest in any of our free-agents-to-be, but taking all three of those old guys doesn't make much sense for the Knicks. I'd be more than happy to take Shumpert off their hands if they absolutely insisted, though. More likely they'd insist on us taking back JR or Bargs... both guys that would be deal-breakers for me.

I don't think that it's a viable future trade. But in terms of value at the trading deadline two weeks ago, it might have been fair.

Re: Shumpert--the NYKs do NOT like him. They've been rumored to be on the verge of shipping him out at least 3 times in the last 10 months. First, Dolan got permanently and irremediably miffed with him back in June/July because he (Shumpert) didn't want to play in the Summer League. Dolan was ready to trade him somewhere/anywhere then and there just to show him who was boss. Second, Shumpert was rumored to be on the trading block again to start the season, and some poor play and boneheaded, game-costing mistakes only intensified the NYKs' dissatisfaction with him. His attitude and performance also got him crossways with Woodson, who was looking for any available scapegoat. If Shumpert hadn't sprained his knee about a week before the trading deadline, I think it's quite likely he'd have been moved. And it's not that he doesn't have some ability/potential as a wing defender, but as always happens in New York even middling performance by a rookie leads to wild projections of stardom (cf Channing Frye, Landry Fields, Jeremy Lin). I've read a couple of allusions by local sportswriters that Shumpert himself seems to believe the hype, and appears to be prone to overestimating his own talent and his own value to the team. But given Dolan's pathological spitefulness, it seems almost certain that Shumpert will end up as a reclamation project for another team.

From the Mavericks' perspective, if Chandler wasn't worth the $$$ 2 years ago, he looks even less worth the money today and going forward. I very much appreciated the defensive mentality he brought to the Mavericks and to the NYKs, but he now looks older and more fragile than 31 years, and without a Kidd to spoon-feed him lobs, his offensive production is nil. If he stays reasonably healthy, he'll be able to help some team defensively, but at $15M, he's not a good value for what he brings, and especially not for the Mavs' current roster (sad to say).

As for what the Knicks want, it seems like trading Chandler would be for cap relief/flexibility, so I woulld think they'd be wanting multiple, smaller, expiring contracts rather than future assets/obligations. If they somehow fail to re-sign Anthony, then Chandler is of nearly no on-court value to them ever again. It's gotta be Rebuild City. Dalembert might be reasonably attractive as a backup center, but Marion's and Carter's contracts would be for pure contract-shedding. And obviously (as Dirk would say), it's moot now anyway.

spreedom
03-06-2014, 05:49 PM
I don't think that it's a viable future trade. But in terms of value at the trading deadline two weeks ago, it might have been fair.

Re: Shumpert--the NYKs do NOT like him. They've been rumored to be on the verge of shipping him out at least 3 times in the last 10 months. First, Dolan got permanently and irremediably miffed with him back in June/July because he (Shumpert) didn't want to play in the Summer League. Dolan was ready to trade him somewhere/anywhere then and there just to show him who was boss. Second, Shumpert was rumored to be on the trading block again to start the season, and some poor play and boneheaded, game-costing mistakes only intensified the NYKs' dissatisfaction with him. His attitude and performance also got him crossways with Woodson, who was looking for any available scapegoat. If Shumpert hadn't sprained his knee about a week before the trading deadline, I think it's quite likely he'd have been moved. And it's not that he doesn't have some ability/potential as a wing defender, but as always happens in New York even middling performance by a rookie leads to wild projections of stardom (cf Channing Frye, Landry Fields, Jeremy Lin). I've read a couple of allusions by local sportswriters that Shumpert himself seems to believe the hype, and appears to be prone to overestimating his own talent and his own value to the team. But given Dolan's pathological spitefulness, it seems almost certain that Shumpert will end up as a reclamation project for another team.

From the Mavericks' perspective, if Chandler wasn't worth the $$$ 2 years ago, he looks even less worth the money today and going forward. I very much appreciated the defensive mentality he brought to the Mavericks and to the NYKs, but he now looks older and more fragile than 31 years, and without a Kidd to spoon-feed him lobs, his offensive production is nil. If he stays reasonably healthy, he'll be able to help some team defensively, but at $15M, he's not a good value for what he brings, and especially not for the Mavs' current roster (sad to say).

As for what the Knicks want, it seems like trading Chandler would be for cap relief/flexibility, so I woulld think they'd be wanting multiple, smaller, expiring contracts rather than future assets/obligations. If they somehow fail to re-sign Anthony, then Chandler is of nearly no on-court value to them ever again. It's gotta be Rebuild City. Dalembert might be reasonably attractive as a backup center, but Marion's and Carter's contracts would be for pure contract-shedding. And obviously (as Dirk would say), it's moot now anyway.

All I'm saying is, if you think that is how we'd trade for Tyson, there's no reason for the Knicks to do that. They'd basically be getting very little cap relief this year if they traded for the three guys that you mentioned, all of whom we'd have to re-sign first with the agreement that we're doing sign-and-trades with all three of them. If the Knicks were really rebuilding, they'd trade Chandler for as little salary they can take back as possible, unless we sent them a first-round pick. And I don't really want to do that. I'd much rather send them our best prospect (Larkin, who fills a positional need for the Knicks) and a lower draft pick... if we played our cards right, we could probably get both Marion and Vince to come back next season as backups and spend whatever remaining cap space on more versatile wing players. Hell, we might even get a late-season hot streak from Monta that boosts his trade value so we could even move him for a piece that complements Calderon's game a little better. I think a move that replaces Monta at the two and gives Calderon more control over the offense would mitigate the loss of Monta's shot-creating ability.

Or hell, if they would do it, I'd trade Monta for Tyson in a heartbeat just to get our cap a little more situated going into free agency.

dirt_dobber
03-07-2014, 09:15 AM
After Lakers train wreck of a game in last nights loss to the Clippers by 48 is Jim Buss of the Lakers the equivalent to Tommy Boy?

Jack.Kerr
03-08-2014, 02:17 PM
A little extra on NYKs and Shumpert: Apparently, the NYKs were dangling Shumpert between OKC and LAC at the trade deadline. The NYKs were also trying to attach Raymond Felton's contract (2 more years @ ~$4M per) to any Shumpert deal. OKC was offering their #1 draft pick, which figures to be in the 26-30th pick range, but Dolan/NYKs wanted a flesh-and-blood contributing player (a PG) in addition to help the NYKs in their quest for the 8th-seed playoff spot (along with the certain first round drubbing that would come with it). Delusional?

The Clippers, on the other hand, were offering Darren Collison, Matt Barnes, Byron Mullens, and two #2s for Shumpert, Felton and Udrih.

Shumpert sprains a knee the Wednesday against the Pelicans before the trading deadline on Thursday, and with projections that he could be out at least two weeks, the Clippers cool on the deal. (Shumpert was back in the lineup 11 days after the injury).

Back in December, Dolan reportedly quashed a deal at the last minute that would've sent Felton, World Peace and either Shumpert, Hardaway, Jr, or a future #1 to the Raptors for Kyle Lowry. Dolan nixes the deal (reportedly because he was hesitant to deal with Toronto GM Ujiri, who'd fleeced him in the Carmelo Anthony trade) and the next night Priggioni breaks a toe. Then Felton has hamstring, groin and gun problems.

Hard to say categorically whether Dolan is just dumb, or chronically snake-bitten, but it's tough to imagine Phil Jackson working for him, unless PJ's compensation starts at low 9 figures. From Jackson's perspective, I'm guessing he hopes Dolan is just dumb.

LSMF
03-08-2014, 09:55 PM
Great to see my boy Gerald Green burning the OKC Thunder (Look at them walking off the court butthurt after), I've always believed in him. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvR1x3PJmIw

GermanDunk
03-09-2014, 05:07 PM
107 : 110 OKC - LAL

Underdog
03-09-2014, 05:53 PM
107 : 110 OKC - LAL

Not bad for a team that gave up a combined 408 points over the previous 3 games...

GermanDunk
03-09-2014, 10:28 PM
Suns lead. Eek.

GermanDunk
03-09-2014, 10:33 PM
Pft. Suns by 7 over the Detlef Globetrotters

dirt_dobber
03-13-2014, 10:46 AM
Spurs 103 - Trailblazers 90
Popovich yelled at official David Guthrie a minute into the game over a perceived missed call, prompting Stotts to smile and tease his counterpart. `'If he's going to start yelling now, so am I," Stotts said.

http://scores.espn.go.com/nba/recap?gameId=400489838

alby
03-14-2014, 12:45 PM
We really should get into Gerald Green a bit. He's playing out of his mind this year. Is he the MIP? Or is that Unibrow?

Jack.Kerr
03-26-2014, 12:09 PM
Three fairly significant stories out of the NBA Owners, Management, Coaches File over the last couple of weeks:

1) East Coast Jackson: Phil takes NYC and Madison Garden. Anybody think he can turn the NYKs around? How long will it take? Key moves? First move--Kerr (Steve, not Jack) as coach? Re-sign Carmelo? Trade Chandler? The Triangle offense?

2)West Coast Jackson: GSW coach Mark Jackson demotes/re-assigns 3rd assistant (that's right...3RD ASSISTANT) Mark Scalabrine 71 games into the season because of "philosophical differences". (Question: Do 3rd assistants even have philosophies?) Jackson also had a similarly curious (and reportedly acrimonious) parting of the ways last year with Mike Malone, who left to become the head coach of the Kings. Mike Malone (son of former NBA head coach Brendan Malone) was named NBA Assistant Coach of the year in 2012 by NBA GMs, and was reportedly the highest-paid assistant in the NBA. Relations between Jackson and Malone had reportedly deteriorated to the point that they went weeks during the NBA season without talking to one another directly.

Scalabrine was hired by Jackson last year, and his work was reportedly well-regarded within the Warriors organization, so much so that instead of firing him outright, ownership chose to re-assign him within the organization.

Mark Jackson's repeated inability to co-exist with highly regarded assistants comes as Jackson appears to be headed into the final year of his contract, with NO talk of an extension. Jackson is rumored to have probed for interest in both the Clippers and the Nets jobs in the last several months, as well as the NYKs soon-to-be vacant position. Jackson has taken heavy criticism in 2013-14 for what GS management considers to be an underperforming collection of talent. While Jackson is credited for instilling a defensive awareness to the Warriors, he is regarded primarily as a motivator. He is poorly regarded as a tactician, game manager, and in-game decision maker, and is taking a lot of heat for lack of an offensive system. (...cough....Avery...cough....Johnson....cough)

Also, his wife (the one he cheated on with the pole-dancing stripper who subsequently blackmailed him) cannot sing (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkujGrb5pog).

3) Not so fast, Ivan: NBA Brooklyn Nyets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is rumored to be preparing to re-locate the company that is the ownership entity for the Nyets to Russia, in the wake of Putin's calls for repatriation of American-held assets in response to recent economic sanctions imposed against Russia by the United States. The NBA says no one told them anything about it.

Prokhorov, who bought a majority stake in the Nets in 2010, had signaled an intention to run for office again in Russia (he ran for president in 2012) but has found an obstacle in a new law Putin enacted that bars candidates with foreign assets from running in elections.

On Monday, Prokhorov was one of several people honored by Putin in Moscow for their roles in the staging of the Sochi Games. Prokhorov served as president of the Russian Biathlon Team. In conjunction with the ceremony Prokhorov spoke to the media. “A Russian company will own the basketball club,” Prokhorov said according to the Reuters news agency. “This (move) does not violate any NBA rules and I will bring it (under Russian jurisdiction) in accordance with Russian law.”

But the NBA issued a statement soon after that saying that the league had “received no application nor is there a process underway through our office to transfer the ownership of the Nets to another company.”

mac222b
03-26-2014, 09:41 PM
Anyone else see that bullshit in the Heat-Pacers game. Ref threw Stephenson out after Wade whined about Stephenson saying something to him in passing. After Chalmers tried to trip Stepehenson. Then cheap foul call on the other end against West, two ft's for Rashard Lewis.

mac222b
03-26-2014, 09:55 PM
Wow. Can't wait for Pacers-Heat in the playoffs.

Underdog
03-26-2014, 09:58 PM
Wow. Can't wait for Pacers-Heat in the playoffs.

Yawn... The first round in the West will probably be more interesting.

twelli
03-27-2014, 04:56 AM
I liked what I saw from Reggie Jackson last night. This is the type of player I like to watch, versatile, has range, finds his teammates, makes smart decisions, and has some surprising moves. Wouldn't mind to see him in Mavs uniform some day.

GermanDunk
03-31-2014, 08:22 PM
F the Sp**s

EricaLubarsky
03-31-2014, 11:19 PM
Mavs go from 8th to 7th without playing

Grizz go from 9th to 8th with a win

Phoenix goes from 7th to 9th without playing a game.

GermanDunk
04-04-2014, 09:40 PM
Vikings beat Miami on 2 OTs

EricaLubarsky
04-08-2014, 03:05 PM
Joe Dumars out according to rumors.

DevinHarriswillstart
04-08-2014, 04:11 PM
Joe Dumars out according to rumors.

That was imminent the second the ink dried on the Josh Smith deal.

TripleDipping
04-08-2014, 10:53 PM
That was imminent the second the ink dried on the Josh Smith deal.

I thought the clock pretty much started ticking the moment he decided to draft Darko Milicic.

DevinHarriswillstart
04-08-2014, 11:03 PM
I thought the clock pretty much started ticking the moment he decided to draft Darko Milicic.

Wasn't quite imminent at that point since the Pistons were still good. He shoulda been fired after the Gordon and Villanueva contracts.

Jack.Kerr
04-09-2014, 12:02 AM
Steve Nash overtakes Mark Jackson for 3rd on NBA All-Time Assists List.

Well done, Nashty.

EricaLubarsky
04-09-2014, 12:16 AM
145 in 48 min? Is that a record?

HopeIsAlwaysThere
04-11-2014, 08:21 PM
And now Spurs are resting Duncan and Ginobili, Popovich is such a twat.

dude1394
04-11-2014, 10:43 PM
Holy crap Corey brewer scores 51! Am I in the twilight zone?

EricaLubarsky
04-11-2014, 11:53 PM
Dieng with 12-20-2 as well.

Jack.Kerr
04-12-2014, 01:31 AM
Dieng with 12-20-2 as well.

Not to mention the game-winner.

Underdog
04-12-2014, 01:34 AM
Dieng was my top offseason choice, but Larkin did make sense considering we had ZERO guards on the roster when we drafted him... Not that center was much better, but at least we had Wright (not technically, but his re-signing seemed to be a fairly obvious foregone conclusion).

DevinHarriswillstart
04-12-2014, 08:18 AM
Ugh, the Dieng thing is depressing...

spreedom
04-12-2014, 04:08 PM
Holy crap Corey brewer scores 51! Am I in the twilight zone?

He was one of the affordable pieces from the 2011 team that I was very upset to be losing. He was mostly good during his time with Denver but this year he was an open court freak in Minnesota.

http://i.imgur.com/Nz58z8k.gif

EricaLubarsky
04-12-2014, 06:16 PM
Ugh, the Dieng thing is depressing...

There has to be consequences when you sell your soul to the devil.

Cuban got one of the best players of all time, and now he's paying. Every player Cubes had or passed on is exploding.

Dtownsfinest
04-12-2014, 08:09 PM
There has to be consequences when you sell your soul to the devil.

Cuban got one of the best players of all time, and now he's paying. Every player Cubes had or passed on is exploding.

LOL. Cuban didn't luck into Dirk though. The Mavs did. This is just poor work by our GM. From the guys we've passed up on to the guys we gave up. And Brewer...even excluding his 51 point game....I never understood why we just literally gave him and Rudy Fernandez away. It goes back to that pipe dream of Deron and Dwight I guess.....

Jack.Kerr
04-14-2014, 01:18 AM
Portland defeats GSW in OT, 119-117, despite Curry's 47 pts.

GSW record: 49-31. DAL record 49-32, a half-game back.

GSW with games v. MIN, and @ DEN. They'll probably win at least one of those, probably both; but if they somehow end up tied with the Mavericks, that missed goaltending call is gonna be stuck in my craw for awhile longer.

Thanks for nothin', Eric Dalen, Sean Corbin, Dan Crawford, and NBA.

Underdog
04-14-2014, 11:45 PM
The Suns missed out on the playoffs with a 47-34 record and 1 more game left to play... They'd currently be 5th in the East, with a possibility of going as high as the 3rd seed before the season ended (depending on how tie-breakers panned out).

That very well could've been our Mavs... Be thankful that it wasn't.

Jack.Kerr
04-21-2014, 04:18 PM
Woodson out with the NYKs.

I think he's getting an unfair rap by some clueless sportswriters who overlook the badly constructed roster he had to deal with, management instability just before the season started, trying to transition the team from D'Amnedphony's worthless run-and-gun game, a grossly overrated player around whom the team was anchored (Carmella), and injured and/or under-performing players at every position up and down the roster (Chandler, Stoudemire, Felton, Bargnani, Smith...every damned one of them). No way Woodson should be fired based on performance.

However, it seems perfectly fair for the organization to say "New management, new direction, new philosophy, new coaching staff. Thank you for your service."

Pay the man the last year of his contract, give him a good recommendation, and let him walk out of the building without a security guard escorting him. He gave the NYKs and honest year's work. No need to tear down his reputation.

EricaLubarsky
04-21-2014, 10:15 PM
Yet another call that the NBA admitted it blew in the Portland game. I'm not sure I like this league anymore and I'm not sure if I liked it more when the NBA was "infallible" or now when they come out every other game to say that the game should have been won by the other team had it not been for the thugs in black and white.

Jack.Kerr
04-24-2014, 12:23 PM
Phil Jackson to Carmella Anthony: Howz about a paycut?

EricaLubarsky
04-24-2014, 01:40 PM
Phil Jackson to Carmella Anthony: Howz about a paycut?

Carmello: you show respect by paying me. I'll listen to the Bucks' offer and be bad with them next year.

spreedom
04-24-2014, 04:10 PM
I honestly think Phil's public "be a team player and take a paycut" comments are meant to drive Melo out of town.

Underdog
04-24-2014, 05:16 PM
I honestly think Phil's public "be a team player and take a paycut" comments are meant to drive Melo out of town.

Well, Jackson was hired to turn the team around - getting rid of Melo is a step in the right direction.

Jack.Kerr
04-30-2014, 12:44 PM
What's the difference between someone secretly recording a phone conversation and releasing it to the press, and someone revealing the content of a private conversation(s) to the press, either anonymously or 'not for attribution'? Is one worse than the other?

According to unnamed sources, the assistant coach whom the Warriors terminated a few weeks ago, Darren Erman, was fired for secretly recording conversations between himself and other assistant coaches, as well as private conversations between other coaches. Erman reportedly believed that other assistant coaches were making insulting and disparaging remarks about him to one another, to head coach Mark Jackson, and to the players. There is also some concern on the part of Jackson's increasingly paranoid coaching staff that Erman may have been making contents of the conversations known to Warriors' management and ownership. Erman has since landed a job with the Celtics as Director of Pro Scouting. Everyone in the Celtics organization is advised to play music in the background and whisper during private conversations. And remember: Don't say with a nod what can be said with a wink.

For those keeping score anonymously at home, Erman is the second member of Jackson's coaching staff to be released in recent months after reportedly having a strained relationship with Jackson and his other assistant coaches. Brian Scalabrine was reassigned to the Warriors D-league affiliate after having what Mark Jackson characterized as "philosophical differences" with Jackson. Nameless Cowards have revealed that Scalabrine showed a pattern of disrespect toward Jackson and the other coaches, mainly by refusing to speak to them, though to be fair, in light of Erman's proclivity for secretly recording the conversations of his colleagues, Scalabrine appears to be both justified, smart, and lucky as hell to be out of that situation. Scalabrine also went so far as to sit in a separate section of the team plane during flights, away from the backstabbing brownnosers on Jackson's staff.

Jackson also recently categorically denied that he had limited GSW advisor (and former NBA Legend and Logo) Jerry West from access to team practices and meetings. Unnamed Sources were skeptical at Jackson's denial, despite unconfirmed and unverifiable reports that West had been at some recent team functions.

Mark Jackson moved another game closer to the end of his Warriors tenure with Tuesday night's loss to the Clippers in LA, which gave the Clippers a 3-2 series lead. Unnamed Sources report that Jackson, in the wake of Donald Sterling's recently revealed musings on race and other topics, had sought to take advantage of the chaos and disarray surrounding the Clippers franchise by encouraging LA fans to stay at home for Tuesday night's game. Anonymous Observers indicated that Jackson appeared to be employing a "When You're Skating On Thin Ice, You Might As Well Dance" strategy.

The former pole dancer with whom Mark Jackson carried on his own extra-traditional-marital affair, and who according to Well-Placed Law Enforcement Sources allegedly attempted to blackmail Jackson with compromising (i.e. 'nekkid') photos, remained unavailable for comment at the time of this posting.

GermanDunk
04-30-2014, 08:50 PM
Mike D'Antoni. Boom.

DevinHarriswillstart
05-03-2014, 12:15 AM
Uhhhh Howard just shoved Aldrige with his left hand to get that play to go in his favor, but hey...

Sportstudi
05-03-2014, 12:26 AM
Tough game.

DevinHarriswillstart
05-03-2014, 12:28 AM
LILLLAAAAAAAAAAARDDDDDDDDDD!!!!

Sportstudi
05-03-2014, 12:33 AM
LOL Houston :D

Sportstudi
05-03-2014, 12:37 AM
http://bbs.clutchfans.net/showthread.php?t=254012&page=167

loooooool hiroshima reloaded :D

Underdog
05-03-2014, 12:48 AM
http://bbs.clutchfans.net/showthread.php?t=254012&page=167

loooooool hiroshima reloaded :D

Yummy.