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2016-17 NBA Season

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4 minutes ago, BlackBolt3 said:

You see an overpayment, I see someone finally getting the contract they deserve.

Earl, Jr. has a track record of not being the best with his money.

http://www.espn.com/blog/new-york/knicks/post/_/id/19565/the-knicks-summer-spending

 

Speaking of $$$, Portland has the third highest payroll in the league, man. For the fourth best team in the conference. Shades of the 1998-2001 era team in terms of cash. And it gets crazy high over in '18 and '19.

 

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NO J.R. SMITH SLANDER WILL BE TOLERATED ON THESE BOARDS. BE GONE WITH YOU. PERFORM FIVE HAIL MARYS TO THE HENNESSY GOD AND PRAY FOR YOUR FORGIVENESS.

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You know, I'm starting to be fine with the Oladipo deal...

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(Key for things that actually matter (things on the left): Position, Points, Assists, Rebounds, ORebounds, DRebounds)

 

Thanks for wheeling and dealing with the Orlando Magic, come back soon! :P

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I'm excited (for once in a blue moon) for this season. I feel my T-Wolves finally won't suck. KAT is emerging quickly as a versatile C. Wiggins is improving slowly but surely. I'm ecstatic with Thibodeau coming in to coach. 

 

I'm worried about Kris Dunn though. I was hoping he'd be able to take over Rubio's job (since Rubio can't shoot to save his life), but Dunn's been terrible so far. 

 

Still optomistic, though. Lots of young talent. If we had some more depth I really think we could compete w/the Thunder and the Jazz for the division. 

 

I'll be optomistic and say we grab the 7th or 8th seed. We'll lose in 5 in the first round to either the Spurs or Warriors, but making the playoffs is the first step. Give us 2-3 years and we'll be a serious competitor. 

 

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Picked up tickets to the Clippers Kings pre season game tonight. I have to say, bravo, Sacramento. The new barn is beautiful. 

 

 

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hIt kinda sorta reminds me of America West/US Airways/Talking Stick whatever in Phoenix in terms of size and feel, but it also has a surprising amount of charm that the building in Phoenix absolutely does NOT have. The suites are stacked in a way that makes the place feel kind of intimate, but still allows for a good amount of size. The end with the garage doors is really cool because the entire thing is wide open and looks out onto the street from all three levels. It almost feels like you're outside watching the game, which is anoretty unique element. It's got railings on that end in the upper decks and that's actually a pretty solid place to post up and watch the game. The one complaint I have is that the 200 level is a bit steep, but all basketball arenas kinda feel like that. 

 

I actually liked it a TON more than I thought I would, and I can't say I've ever been to a better indoor arena, which was VERY surprising. 

 

Ill try try to get some more pictures uploaded here when I get them online. 

 

 

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EDIT: I can't get them to upload right now. I'll try again tomorrow.

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As far as I know, they all do. 

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2 hours ago, Josh.0 said:

Except here in Utah ... raffles are illegal.

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For once I am actually excited about the timberwolves this year for we seem to have a good squad that might be able to finally have a playoff birth

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Ethan Sherwood Strauss has a good story on Draymond's instability last season: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/17790252/golden-state-draymond-green-problem

 

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INSOFAR AS THERE can be unanimity regarding the unknown, the Warriors believe this: The 2016 title would have been theirs if not for Green's Game 5 suspension, the penalty he earned in the waning moments of Game 4 by swiping at LeBron's genitals after James guided his undercarriage over the back of Green's skull. Few things capture the beautiful absurdity of sports quite like this moment deciding a championship, a moment Speights frames as, "If somebody put they balls on your head, what are you supposed to do?"

Draymond Green played 23 games in last season's playoffs. But it was the one game he missed that proved his worth and exposed the Warriors' biggest problem. Jason Miller/Getty Images

In response, the Warriors had united around Green, with the two most powerful team executives rising in defense of their guy. Owner Joe Lacob, who due to his brashness is often internally referred to as the Draymond of his operation, sported a Green jersey at Game 5. Meanwhile, Warriors GM Bob Myers watched the proceedings alongside Green in a suite at the O.co Coliseum. After that Game 5 loss, and the collapse in Games 6 and 7, when Green had apologized to his teammates in his final news conference, Kerr had insisted that Green had nothing to apologize for: "Without you, we're not even here."

But herein lies the problem the Warriors have to solve. By so often defending Green publicly, the franchise might also be sending him the message that he doesn't need to confront the central tension of his career: that what makes him great on the court -- the passion and drive, the recklessness and ego -- threatens to undermine him off it...

 

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All of which leaves Kerr in a suboptimal situation. As much as he might want Green to stop making the wrong kind of news, he's wary of sabotaging Green's id, the part of him he most needs as the coach of a team that won 73 games last season. "The dangerous thing is," Kerr says, "if you try to temper him too much, are you taking away his edge?" And should Kerr attempt to counter Green's excesses, there's seemingly little organizational support. "He's on an island," one Warriors official says of Kerr.

Indeed, ask most team officials about how Green approaches life off the court and they routinely answer with a go-to phrase that's one part scouting report, one part absolution: "He gets after it." Despite the arrest (for which he ultimately reached a plea deal), despite the penis pic, despite Green's Snapchat of a 118 mph drive toward Oakland's heavily trafficked Caldecott Tunnel, how much, they note, can teams credibly focus on off-hours behavior in a league that has routinely seen players who "get after it" bring more energy than their opponents?

There is, to be sure, a "boys will be boys" ethos in the NBA that condones a high level of hedonism, as long as the player produces. Still, the chorus of murmurs around Green is growing -- not because his production is suffering but because his discretion is. As one Warriors official says, "There's an a--hole in every bar. The question is, why are you winding up in that situation?" And as one NBA team executive says of Green's behavior, and its potential to subvert a potential dynasty, "He's what will ultimately prevent them from having long-term success."

 

 

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On 10/19/2016 at 4:02 PM, Rj0498 said:

For once I am actually excited about the timberwolves this year for we seem to have a good squad that might be able to finally have a playoff birth

 

It's definitely there for the taking. They could really surprise and win the wide open division. 

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