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NBA 2017-18: A Tale of Two Conferences

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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?

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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.

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If Team Steph won, does DeRozan or Lillard win MVP? 

 

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10 hours ago, KittSmith_95 said:

If Team Steph won, does DeRozan or Lillard win MVP? 

 

 

Why not Embiid?

 

I was out last night so watched the replay this morning. Really fun game! Especially at the end. If Durant and LeBron ever played for an actual team together, Jesus Christ. The way they swallowed up Steph at the end there was disgusting.

 

Lastly, can everyone in the Black Eyed Peas community disappear forever? Fergie pretending to be Marvin Gaye was an embarrassment to everyone.

 

EDIT:

 

Sometimes the NBA is the best. You can't hear the whole audience laughing during other sports' national anthems.

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On 2/18/2018 at 12:02 PM, DG_Now said:

I think the Nance dunk is different because he uses to hands and he does the tap when he's up there, while Howard did it on the ascent. Both are cool though.

 

I'm not sure what's up with JJ Redick: https://streamable.com/rfjc6

 

The link is a video of NBA players wishing Chinese fans happy new year. Redick says "I wish all the NBA ch*nk fans of China..." I can't believe he would be that stupid and maybe it was a weird mispronunciation. But it clearly sounds like a slur. NBA Reddit has blown up about it. His Twitter isn't that great right now either. If thre's anything true about the NBA right now, it's that you can't piss off China.

 

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I just saw the video.  His explanation of changing the wording mid sentence and getting tongue tied seems to make sense, and he posted a longer explanation which IMO closes the book on it.  I don't know anything about him, but from what I've heard he sounds like an intelligent fellow and certainly smart enough to know not to use that word, even if it was part of his vocabulary.  This seems like a non-issue and just an unfortunate verbal gaffe, which happens to everyone, it's just that this time it sounded exactly like a slur.  The real issue is why it wasn't caught and re-shot instantly.

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On the one hand, Duke (kidding).

 

But yeah, it was weird that he seemed to have said a slur so clearly, but he probably has a microphone shoved in front of his face constantly. Someone really should have caught that during editing.

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I'm reading a lot about how awful the intro and national anthem was -- which, fair -- however the N.E.R.D. halftime show absolutely ruled.

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Worst part about Fergie was her not pronouncing the "T"s at the end of her words. 

by the dawn's early lie~~~~

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I guess Lebron said in some interview that the Sixers were one of the best teams in the East, or at least one that would be contending for the title soon, then Ben Simmons posted the photo below with the caption of "June 30th Midnight" (apparently James posted something also about Simmons and Embiid though I can't find it) then James posted a photo of himself getting a triple double in a video game as the Sixers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Is Ben Simmons with Klutch?

 

Maybe LeBron goes to Philadelphia -- it'd be a good fit -- but I think this is more repping his sports talent agency (which is clearly totally normal no its not).

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24 minutes ago, DG_Now said:

Is Ben Simmons with Klutch?

 

Maybe LeBron goes to Philadelphia -- it'd be a good fit -- but I think this is more repping his sports talent agency (which is clearly totally normal no its not).

Yes and yes

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On 2018-02-16 at 4:54 PM, DG_Now said:

No one pays attention to the NHL and the NBA's chief cultural comparison is the NFL. By the NFL's standards of cultural ineptness, the NBA is a refreshing.

The NFL? The second league that adopted and abandoned the “draft” ASG format before the NBA adopted it?

 

As far as the NHL goes? 

Granted, the NHL is run by idiots and/or criminals, but the NBA is getting far more credit as a “fun” league than it deserves.

And no, I’m not talking about the “should we celebrate benign and fun brands or not?” discussion. 

 

I just don’t see how a league playing to see who gets to lose 4 games to 1 to the Warriors in the Finals is particularly compelling. 

It’s a damn shame that no one’s paying attention to the NHL. If they did then might see a competitive and compelling league, at least as far as the on-ice product goes. 

 

And hey. I don’t like the fact that I came into the NBA thread to rain on everyone’s parade, but when everyone collectively forgets that the NHL did a thing people are tripping over themselves to praise the NBA for? And when the NBA fans react to this fact being pointed out with “lol hockey sucks”? 

 

Well that makes me feel a bit better re: the parade raining. 

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1 hour ago, DG_Now said:

Is Ben Simmons with Klutch?

 

Maybe LeBron goes to Philadelphia -- it'd be a good fit -- but I think this is more repping his sports talent agency (which is clearly totally normal no its not).

Simmons is with Klutch as they gave his sister, Emily, a job four years ago.

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I'm as big a LeBron defender as anyone, but it's really weird that he (kinda) owns a sports agency and has active clients in the same league he plays. Everyone just pretends it's not happening.

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3 hours ago, DG_Now said:

Is Ben Simmons with Klutch?

 

Maybe LeBron goes to Philadelphia -- it'd be a good fit -- but I think this is more repping his sports talent agency (which is clearly totally normal no its not).

 

“June 30 midnight” - that’s the key part. I’m sure it’s just Simmons and embiid having fun (embiid tweeted recruitment bids to him last time around too) but from what I’m reading, James genuinely really likes both of them and does want to someday play with Simmons. I would think it stunts both of their careers if he joins, but what do I know?

 

#trusttheprocess

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