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Hinkie traded his assets for future assets. Good GMs do that sometimes but they also remember to balance in acquiring contributors as well. That's the difference. Hinkie never tried to get a player who would improve the team.

 

EDIT: Which team did you enjoy more? 2016-17? Or 17-18? Hinkie was never going to give you the latter.

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2 hours ago, BringBackTheVet said:

 

You contradict yourself and endorse the process with every keystroke.  You've said that you need stars and that once teams get them they tend to stay good, and it's hard to get good.  You post a list of teams, of which 2 (Cavs and Spurs) were ridiculously lucky to have the GOAT growing up in their back yard (Cavs) and luck into the top pic the year that a generational player was availalbe to build a franchise around... and discover an all-time great coach out of nowhere (spurs).  GSW and Boston - sure, they're outliers that had a combo of great leadership and luck.  It would be great to be able to do that, but it's just not realistic for the 99%.  The other teams on that list are irrelevant.  I laugh at them.  Ha ha.  The Sixers weren't trying to be the Rockets or Thunder.  They want to be legit contenders every year, not just be pretty good and maybe make a Finals every few years.

 

Coangelo is a joke.  Seriously - between the two, they've been running teams for like 60 years, and won absolutely nothing.  Again - Coangelos have won absolutely nothing, but you all want to suck both their deeks.  Coangelo got sodomized and then took a money shot right to the grill from Ainge in the Fultz deal.  Gee whiz, a division rival and contender is totally cool with giving you the top pick in the draft - shouldn't that have told him something?

 

I won't disagree that Hinkie didn't have an end in sight, but I don't think that was his job (despite what he thought).  His job was to break it down and acquire assets, then when the time was right, bring in a "basketball guy" to build it back up, which is exactly what they did - except that they brought in basketball DOPES.

 

I won't dereal this much more with Hinkie talk, but I'm not trolling and legitimately do think that you unknowingly support him whether you want to lower yourself to admitting it or not.

 

"they're outliers that had a combo of great leadership and luck"

 

Isn't that the very nature of pro sports, though? Is what the Sixers are doing really so special and different than what the Warriors did, e.g. draft well consistently and put yourself in position for a star FA?

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To repeat, the Sixers threw away four seasons. Other teams don't do that.

 

Edit: put another way, the Sixers forfeit four seasons.

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3 hours ago, DG_Now said:

To repeat, the Sixers threw away four seasons. Other teams don't do that.

 

Edit: put another way, the Sixers forfeit four seasons.

Meh, the Twolves and Kings have kinda done unintentionally for the last decade and the Warriors did it before the '07 "We Believe" season.

 

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Horford is making the Cavs look like a bunch of dorks.

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I'm not saying that Toronto should look at this game right now and commit mass seppuku.  I'm just saying they should look at this game, blow it all up, and at least strongly consider collective ritual suicide.

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Let’s be honest, we all knew it’d be a game like this. We all just thought the score would be the other way around. :P

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Cavs keep on threatening to cut it to 15, 12 before the 4th. If they could get there, they'd have a chance. But once they cut it to 18, the Celtics respond. If James weren't playing like garbage, this would be a much different game. That said, James is playing like garbage in large part because Brad Stevens is a damn genius.

 

I don't think the Cavs can win today, but I remember the Cavs being down 14 or so at the end of the third in game 1 against Toronto, and feeling like the Cavs had it in the bag.

 

Everything is going right for Boston today. Cavs are putrid from 3. The and-1 opportunities aren't falling. James is doing his favorite thing of dropping game 1. And yet, I've seen this enough to know you can't count out the Cavs until they're down 30 in the fourth.

 

EDIT: The number in my head the Cavs need was 14 at the end of the third, and that's where they ended. If Boston starts the fourth on a 7-0 run, that might be the game. But this is definitely not in the bag yet.

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Even when The Celtics had that 61-35 lead at The Half, I knew the game wasn’t safe. 

It was inevitable that Lebron was going to close The gap eventually. 

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5 minutes ago, DG_Now said:

EDIT: The number in my head the Cavs need was 14 at the end of the third, and that's where they ended. If Boston starts the fourth on a 7-0 run, that might be the game. But this is definitely not in the bag yet.

 

I'm a genius.

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Definitely don’t think anyone expected game 1 to go that way.:lol:

 

Game 2 should be interesting, let’s see if Celtics can stop “Angry Lebron”. 

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That won’t happen again i would bet, but goodness that was fun to watch.

 

I hope this playoff run forever shuts up the “Al Horford is overrated” crowd. Not flashy or interesting but a hell of a two-way player, every single time.

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13 minutes ago, Digby said:

That won’t happen again i would bet, but goodness that was fun to watch.

 

I hope this playoff run forever shuts up the “Al Horford is overrated” crowd. Not flashy or interesting but a hell of a two-way player, every single time.

Horford has taken a steaming, slimy dump on all his naysayers this entire playoffs.

 

Dude is the backbone of this Celtics team. 

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Oh awesome. Now we get two full days of “The Cavs are in trouble and Lebron can’t always carry this team, y’all” talk from everyone before we get a Cavs close win in game 2 and Lebron going Super Sayian in game 3 which the Cavs will win by 10-12 and we’re back to square one. 

 

How is this league so predictable yet im still intrigued enough to watch? 

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Regression to the mean. That's all.

 

LeBron stunk today. He also has a history of dropping games ones. I think the Cavs will be fine, but who knows.

 

Houston/GS is more intriguing. I'm really excited to see what the Rockets do with home court. Their whole roster is constructed to take on the Warriors, and here they are. They've been the most consistent team this season and Harden has been the best non-LeBron and non-Curry player.

 

Assuming Harden and Paul have pooled their powers to conquer the playoff yips, they're in a really great position to win the series.

 

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Draymond will be kicked out tonight. No doubt. Just waiting for Tony Brothers or Scott Foster to do the honors.

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Pretty much like I said a few days ago. Rockets are GREAT, but this Warriors team is from another planet. 

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It’s harder to beat a defending champ in basketball compared to other sports.

 

Goaltending is probably the main reason PIT lost to WSH: Holtby was the better goalie.

 

Eagles has a better roster than New England man for man.

 

Basketball does not have variables like a hot goalie or even good pitching in baseball.

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