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  1. Surprised the Raptors didn’t make another run with their existing roster in the LeBron-less east. If Kawhi thought San Antonio was obscure and hurt his marketing potential, whew, this sucks for him. Can’t imagine he stays. Toronto didn’t give up too much when compared to the king’s ransom the Spurs supposedly wanted from LAL. The pick they traded being in the next draft and protected is smart. Really, the Spurs didn’t get much at all. Wasn’t Boston’s offer supposedly very good? Honesty, the real winner of this could easily be the Lakers. They didn’t give up anything, no one expects anything of them next year, and Leonard went to a team he will almost certainly want to leave soon. Of course, that’s what conventional wisdom was about Paul George last offseason.
  2. The Heat are already over the salary cap. I think the only scenario that enables LeBron-to-Miami is Cleveland cooperating with a sign and trade. I spent all of last season thinking that the Heat were a fun enough team that could have really gone places if only [one of the greatest players of all time] decided to stick around . As it stands, the Heat are a collection of nice role players that could perhaps help LeBron win 2 games against the Warriors, so I doubt he is coming back. It seems that the more realistic scenario is that the front office realizes this team is going absolutely nowhere while Whiteside eats up 20% of the salary cap to do nothing (someone PLEASE trade for him!), so they just give D-Wade as much money as they can for 2 years to make up what he's done for the franchise until Whiteside is off the books. The idea of the Banana Boat getting together in L.A. isn't unrealistic. LeBron, Chris Paul, and Dwyane Wade are all free agents, and Carmelo is a Thunder buyout away from being one as well (perhaps they'd do it if George left). Obviously, it has nowhere near the appeal it once did, but I would really like seeing Melo and Paul finally making the Finals.
  3. "One significant caveat is that major NCAA conferences can still implement rules that are more restrictive than the national rule." So this won't make much of a difference in the end, I'd imagine. At the very least, it'd be easy to see conferences disallowing transfers within the conference, intrastate, and/or within the conference's geographical footprint.
  4. That's fascinating -- to bid on the headache that the Olympics would have been, but not be interested in the relatively simple hosting of a World Cup match. Selfishly hoping that Atlanta gets chosen for group stage and that USMNT plays there. I'd be willing to go anywhere to see us play at home the in World Cup (too young to remember '94, so this is very exciting). Mercedes-Benz shouldn't be the crown jewel of American stadiums at that point; hoping not to have to shell out for the final rounds there, not that I'm too optimistic about the team getting that far.
  5. alxy8s

    2018 NBA Post Season

    LeBron’s 2011 performance has been replaced as the biggest mental breakdown in Finals history, so he at least got that. Jesus Christ, JR. Just get a shot up, and you were at least getting a foul out of it.
  6. alxy8s

    2018 NBA Post Season

    If only there was a website that treated the Boston Celtics as if they were a pillar of our society. Great game 5 for the WCF. I'm one of those that argue that seeing the same match up repeatedly is fine if we're getting the best teams, but I won't lie, the possibility of the Warriors' elimination is exciting. Proof that they're not invincible is going to help this league avoid the appearance of inevitability.
  7. alxy8s

    2018 NBA Post Season

    Incredible game. What a mess of a last possession for the Warriors. Didn’t they have a time out?
  8. alxy8s

    2018 NBA Post Season

    This might sound condescending, but whatever. The sheer nature of the sport is set up to virtually ensure that the better team prevails. Each team has 100+ possessions on both offense and defense, a massive sample size that gives the better team dozens of opportunities to separate itself from a lesser opponent. The games themselves are unlikely to spit out a random victor that's the result of a very small number of possessions (e.g. football) or points scored (hockey, baseball, soccer). Add the profit incentive of extending every series to a best-of-7, and you will almost never have an upset in the NBA. For some people, particularly those that don't get a hard on for a no-look assist, that's a deal breaker, and I understand it well enough. As a casual fan of other leagues, I get way more excited to tune in to see a perennial favorite finally lose. In the NBA, I enjoy the rare upset, but I don't need it. I don't really see the problem in having a system that nearly always rewards a championship to the best team. It shifts too much attention to offseason moves relative to regular season play, but the playoffs make it worth it for me. Whatever the league lacks in parity, it makes up for it in the number of people telling its fans that they shouldn't enjoy it.
  9. alxy8s

    2018 NBA Post Season

    His crowning achievement is taking a deep Hawks team led by B-list "stars" to a 1 seed and picking up a Coach of the Year just to be decimated by LeBron James. What on earth is the difference? It looks like the Raptors built as good of a team as can be hoped for in a market that is not a free agent destination. Their peak is probably conference finals, and they did that in '16. With the Bucks, Sixers, and Celtics on the rise, and LeBron refusing to age, they've got nowhere to go. It's a structural problem of the NBA that seemingly no matter how deep the talent pool gets, certain teams are just never going to reach the top.
  10. alxy8s

    2018 NBA Post Season

    Lord was it good to see Wade pull just one more game like that out of the bag. Wish Whiteside would take some notes from him. What a disappearing act he’s been. Hope some team is fool enough to trade for him.
  11. alxy8s

    NBA 2017-18: A Tale of Two Conferences

    Heat :censored: around and "win" their way into a match up with a Sixers team that hasn't lost in a month. Would've rather faced any other team in the East.
  12. If he was put on the spot, Donald Trump probably couldn’t tell you what the World Cup is. He certainly won’t care if the U.S. doesn’t receive the bid, but the moment it’s awarded to us, he’ll jump to take credit for something he didn’t have a damn thing to do with. I’d be willing to sit through a few more asinine tweets for World Cup matches to be within driving distance of home.
  13. alxy8s

    NBA 2017-18: A Tale of Two Conferences

    OF COURSE the player who went 29/10/8 on 71% and 50% from 3, outscored everyone on his team by at least 10, and won the game wins MVP.
  14. alxy8s

    NBA 2017-18: A Tale of Two Conferences

    Excellent All Star Game! Got a little bored with the zero pass, early shot clock, long three point attempt possessions at the start of the game, but it really improved. More than a passable effort throughout by almost every player and the fourth quarter was great. It seems that the draft made it more fun for the players. Televising it will obviously happen next year. My only other suggestion would be to completely open up player selection: take the top 24 players regardless of conference and let the captains choose anyone from that pool regardless of who the "starters" are. Thank god C-Webb was on mic. Cannot stand Reggie Miller in any setting and Marv Albert's assessment of the defense on every single possession got very old, very fast. Does any other league have so many announcers that simply refuse to let fans enjoy what they're watching?
  15. alxy8s

    NBA 2017-18: A Tale of Two Conferences

    I know it's among the least significant moves today and it'll probably be curtains for his career in 3 months, but I am so excited for D-Wade to be back in Miami. (...not to mention these):