Thread: NBA 2018-19 Season

porkchopbob - 1/4/2019 at 02:52 PM

Figured I'd start a fresh NBA thread for this season since it's starting to take shape.

The Bucks are in first place. I grew up on the underrated 1980s Bucks squads, they were always solid just never had the Bird or Magic to get past the top teams. Other than the 2000 squad that almost went to the finals (and was quickly broken up by George Karl) there hasn't been much to enjoy about the Bucks until the Greek Freak arrived. This is a damn fun team to watch.

On the other side of the river, the Nuggets are tearing it up alongside OKC and GS. In Houston, Harden is having another amazing season on a merely ok team, still looking up in the standings - just had an epic barn burner against GS, rallying from 20 down in GS no less.

LeBron's Lakers have definitely made a leap while the Cavs have dropped like a dead weight without him - no surprise.


crazyjoe - 1/4/2019 at 04:12 PM

Kinda gloomy for a Bulls fan, so the things I look at with the NBA right now, root for LeBron, root against GS, kinda just casually follow the playoff bound teams, Gonna have to try and watch a couple Bucks games........Peace.....joe


Stephen - 2/1/2019 at 05:15 PM

Trade activity is ramping up, to put it mildly --
Both LeBron & Rajon had near triple doubles last night -- still think they'll get going & them & GSW in conf finals --
we still haven't caught Phila -- they beat GSW last night --
also, a good win for your Bucks team over Tor -- still staying with Celts-Bucks conf final

No one wants to see Kyrie go anywhere -- Danny would have to look pretty closely at a Kyrie-for-AD deal if it came up I suppose
Let's go Celts


Stephen - 2/21/2019 at 08:39 PM

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EXCEPT IN BOSTON -- we're fine, will pass Phila soon -- we can beat GSW

You're wishful Stephen..........we'll see about that one.

I should say we'll see about it.........IF Boston makes it to the championship. Philly just got a LOT deeper and their roster is looking every bit as good as yours...........you've got a very tough row to hoe now.
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No tougher than it was before -- I'm more worried about Mil and Tor than Phila
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We visit Mil tonite, Tor Tuesday -- then Warriors the Tuesday after that

( I said can, not will, beat GSW -- they're obviously the frontrunners to repeat -- they're amping up Demarcus' minutes -- what a laugh those posts were -- "I can think of 20 players better than Cousins" blah blah
-- then no reply when asked whose those players might be -- that's why these threads are mostly dead, they're not negative enough

It's the top 5 & nobody else in the east -- so a tough 1st rounder w/us, Phila and/or Indy -- credit to Indy, they've played well w/out their top player, Victor O -- let's go Celts

[Edited on 2/21/2019 by Stephen]


BoytonBrother - 2/21/2019 at 08:58 PM

It’ll be interesting to watch the Lakers evolve...or not evolve. I thought it was incredibly risky of LeBron to choose L.A. If he gets this team to the finals in the next 2 seasons, it’ll be one of the greatest feats in NBA history.

Will the Sixers have an asterisk next to their name if they win it for tanking to get the picks and assets? I just hope people direct the “tanking” comments to the front office, and not the players and coaches, because those guys demonstrated the highest level of professionalism and character throughout “the process”. Speaking of which, Embiid might be my favorite player to watch since Jordan. I’ve missed the old-school dominant big man position - Malone, Kareem, Hakeem, Ewing.


jszfunk - 2/21/2019 at 10:50 PM

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EXCEPT IN BOSTON -- we're fine, will pass Phila soon -- we can beat GSW

You're wishful Stephen..........we'll see about that one.

I should say we'll see about it.........IF Boston makes it to the championship. Philly just got a LOT deeper and their roster is looking every bit as good as yours...........you've got a very tough row to hoe now.
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No tougher than it was before -- I'm more worried about Mil and Tor than Phila
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We visit Mil tonite, Tor Tuesday -- then Warriors the Tuesday after that

( I said can, not will, beat GSW -- they're obviously the frontrunners to repeat -- they're amping up Demarcus' minutes -- what a laugh those posts were -- "I can think of 20 players better than Cousins" blah blah
-- then no reply when asked whose those players might be -- that's why these threads are mostly dead, they're not negative enough

It's the top 5 & nobody else in the east -- so a tough 1st rounder w/us, Phila and/or Indy -- credit to Indy, they've played well w/out their top player, Victor O -- let's go Celts

[Edited on 2/21/2019 by Stephen]



I live in the Indy area and glad the Pacers are holding on for now. They are good but not sure they could win a 7 game series against the upper brass in the East without Vic.

Just curious what the feeling is in Boston with Kyrie . Seems to be alot of drama there.


robslob - 2/27/2019 at 04:49 AM

Celts completely blown out and befuddled in Toronto tonight.........what's going on Stephen? This is not the Celtics team that I picked at the beginning of the year to go to the Championship series. The East has gotten much much stronger with four really good teams but right now I'm not sure Boston is one of them: Philly, Toronto, Milwaukee and Indiana.

Gotta say Houston is looking a bit scary right now. They gave the Warriors a real good thumping last Saturday night and they did it in Oakland with Harden on the sidelines. That was the third time this year they have beaten the Warriors. Not sure what that means come playoff time but if the two teams meet it could really be a classic.



[Edited on 2/27/2019 by robslob]


Stephen - 3/1/2019 at 04:16 PM

Yep 58 points for Harden last night -- Rockets could go off -- Portland recently acquired Enes Kanter & a real twin tower tandem for them now w/Jusuf
Good One last night w/Jazz-Nugs -- both those teams also could go off -- IT helping in spots for Denver, C's fans love you bro

But wish I knew about C's Rob -- we slip into some sort of void every so often -- we'd beaten top teams, but also lost to lower teams too, prior to this complete 4-game blackout/vanishing.....
again, IMO C's have become a little too rigid as far as the rotation -- would still like to see the complete roster of players getting on the floor, depth is a strength of our team

still no reason to panic
(HEELLPPP!!!!)
Washington tonite, let's go boys, still plenty of time

[Edited on 3/1/2019 by Stephen]


robslob - 3/3/2019 at 05:48 PM

The Lakers, clinging to playoff hopes and desperately in need of a win, lost in Phoenix last night. The Suns at 13-51 are owners of the worst record in the NBA. I have to think this is the final nail in Luke Walton's Lakers coffin. Really doubt he will be around more than one week after the season ends.



Stephen - 3/4/2019 at 04:20 PM

Once again, simply not there yesterday

still have faith that we can get out of this funk -- the boos however were well deserved yesterday, we gave them no game at all & dangit, it doesn't look like the fires that need to be lit under peoples' butts, are going to be

We need a new plan -- we should've been more flexible all long -- am not knocking coach S, have always touted our depth

The thing is, when we lose, we look completely lost out there -- it's like we're playing in doubt a lot, overthinking -- it's a major mystery

Their original Ft. Wayne mascot, Big Z, has returned , & suddenly, Andre Drummond, Blake Griffin & the Pistons (W8 or so) are cheering up a bleak MC winter -- (wattan OT win last nite over Tor)

Well, we need Mr. Lucky to start doing his thing too -- we visit GSW tmrw & Who Knows -- the same team that looked Bad losing to da lowly Bulls last week

........could look like world beaters against titlists tmrw -- let's put in our bench people who've been champing at the bit & deserve the chance -- Let's go Celts


tbomike - 3/4/2019 at 04:44 PM

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Once again, simply not there yesterday

still have faith that we can get out of this funk -- the boos however were well deserved yesterday, we gave them no game at all & dangit, it doesn't look like the fires that need to be lit under peoples' butts, are going to be

We need a new plan -- we should've been more flexible all long -- am not knocking coach S, have always touted our depth

The thing is, when we lose, we look completely lost out there -- it's like we're playing in doubt a lot, overthinking -- it's a major mystery

Their original Ft. Wayne mascot, Big Z, has returned , & suddenly, Andre Drummond, Blake Griffin & the Pistons (W8 or so) are cheering up a bleak MC winter -- (wattan OT win last nite over Tor)

Well, we need Mr. Lucky to start doing his thing too -- we visit GSW tmrw & Who Knows -- the same team that looked Bad losing to da lowly Bulls last week

........could look like world beaters against titlists tmrw -- let's put in our bench people who've been champing at the bit & deserve the chance -- Let's go Celts


50+ years as a Celtics fan and this might simply be the most confounding team in all that time. I am off the Kyrie train that is for sure.


robslob - 3/6/2019 at 03:31 AM

Houston 107 Toronto 95.......in Toronto.........Rockets continue to impress.


robslob - 3/6/2019 at 08:03 AM

Nice win Stephen. We will see if Celts can sustain this. They sure looked like a different team tonight. But then everyone gets up for the Warriors.


Stephen - 3/21/2019 at 05:38 PM

Sustain it we haven't -- we continue to be mercurial, an enigma wrapped in a paradox cloaked in a mystery -- we played well most of it last night, they were betr at the end -- Pacers will be a tough 1st rounder

west conf playoff field is set, plenty of fluctuation before it's all over as only three games separates the bottom 6 teams -- Jazz are on a 22-8 tear -- & all it's gotten them is a half-game out of last place!!!

my pick of LAL to play GSW in west finals sure didn't happen -- any one of those top 8 teams can make finals, hardly any clearcut favorite outside of Warriors -- Let's go Celts, our top-level is still to come

[Edited on 3/21/2019 by Stephen]


porkchopbob - 3/21/2019 at 07:21 PM

West always is the stronger conference, not sure why the East teams lag behind overall year after year.

Bucks hit a little skid recently with Giannis, but continue to stay atop the East. Bizarre loss to the Suns. Hopefully they can start another roll against the Heat tonight. They play Houston in a few days, should be a nice tuneup for the playoffs.


porkchopbob - 4/5/2019 at 02:07 PM

Bucks clinch the best record in the league. Pretty crazy how far they've come 5 years after a 15-win season to likely 60+ wins. Even the Big 3 in 2001 didn't look this good. I'll be surprised if we don't see Toronto-Milwaukee in Eastern Finals.

Also, who knew Milwaukee might have an MLB and an NBA MVP? Only competition is Harden who is having another monster season.


Stephen - 4/24/2019 at 03:46 PM

It should be a good series -- can't argue with your projected conf finals, both your guys & Tor have been solid all year --

Phila is very solid too -- As Are C's -- would like it a ton better w/Marcus in there vs. Mil -- he's been running on a treadmill etc, unlikely tho for this series

was trying to recall Bucks Big 3 of that era -- Sam Cassell? Genn "Big Dog" Robinson? Brandon Jennings? (pretty sure not him)

it's the 45th year of one of our best ever -- 7 games over Bucks in 1974, & if Kareem & the Big O were intro'd prior to game 1 -- they'd bring the house down, it'd become a mecca of love -- we'd have no chance

it wasn't a sky hook -- Kareem made a space hook to beat us at the buzzer 6th game in Boston -- it was from way out there
then back to Mil & unbelievable, 102-87 final, 1st title since Russell & Sam Jones retired
this series will be every bit the grind -- Giannis is some kind of player -- I Think We Can Win It, let's go Celts


porkchopbob - 4/24/2019 at 04:24 PM

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was trying to recall Bucks Big 3 of that era -- Sam Cassell? Genn "Big Dog" Robinson? Brandon Jennings? (pretty sure not him)


Jennings was much later, it was Cassell, Robinson and Ray Allen. The next season George Karl tried to retool the team, brought in Anthony Mason to play "point forward" and they collapsed after the All-Star break and missed the playoffs.

Those early 1970s Bucks teams were pretty dominant, I think they had 3 60-win seasons during Kareem's tenure. Some scrappy 1980s Don Nelson-lead squads too, even swept the Celtics in '83.


Stephen - 4/25/2019 at 05:18 PM

Yep, they had it all going then -- Bob Lanier, Randy Bruer, Paul Mokeski, Marques Johnson, Junior Bridgeman, Alton Lister, Sidney Moncrief.........…they had one dagger game in that 1983 series when their first lead of the game came on the final basket

wondering if Marcus Smart will return depending on how far the series goes -- & yeah, Nellie -- who would he root for while burning one in the lap of luxury (saw that vid recently) --
really think we'll give Bucks a great series -- Let's Go Celts


Stephen - 5/9/2019 at 04:22 PM

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really think we'll give Bucks a great series -- Let's Go Celts


started out that way
just couldn't sustain the defensive intensity of that 1st game -- we gave Giannis more room to operate after that & 4 games later.....
disagree w/the "Celtics disaster should've been clear from the start" headline on espn -- Mil made the adjustment after the 1st game & was the better team --
agree we should've had a better season -- agree w/some-not-all of the Kyrie criticism

they were awesome & a Mil-Denver final w/the 2 MVP tall-men, Giannis & Nikola, would be a Blast to watch -- Joel Embiid's impact on 6ers' fortunes Clear, they Vanished 2nd half of last game -- your team is great PCBob (still want a Kareem-Oscar appearance ), we'll be back better than ever -- showing up in the kelley green of the Boston Celtics

[Edited on 5/9/2019 by Stephen]


robslob - 5/9/2019 at 05:54 PM

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just couldn't sustain the defensive intensity of that 1st game -- we gave Giannis more room to operate after that & 4 games later.....
disagree w/the "Celtics disaster should've been clear from the start" headline on espn -- Mil made the adjustment after the 1st game & was the better team --
agree we should've had a better season -- agree w/some-not-all of the Kyrie criticism

they were awesome & a Mil-Denver final w/the 2 MVP tall-men, Giannis & Nikola, would be a Blast to watch -- Joel Embiid's impact on 6ers' fortunes Clear, they Vanished 2nd half of last game -- your team is great PCBob (still want a Kareem-Oscar appearance ), we'll be back better than ever -- showing up in the kelley green of the Boston Celtics
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First off Ainge needs to FIRE Brad Stephens and soon. He is just not getting the job done.

It should be embarrassing to any Boston fan the way they gave up last night with 7:00 minutes left.........in the NBA a 20 point lead is NOT insurmountable with 7 minutes to play. The Celtics were going through the motions, waiting for their misery to be over. That is PITIFUL. At which point the Coach says, "Look, any of you assh*les who do not think we have a chance to pull out this game, you are right next to me here on the sidelines." And if finding someone with some heart means playing your 11th and 12th guys, THEN DO IT.


CanadianMule - 5/9/2019 at 06:43 PM

Raptors!


tbomike - 5/9/2019 at 07:24 PM

Fire Brad Stevens? You gotta be kidding me. The only thing Ainge should do is help Kyrie pack his bags. In my wildest dreams I could never have imagined a player of that supposed caliber playing 4 games that awful in a row. He was beyond dreadful. I have no use for him and pretty clearly most of his teammates don't either. Please let him go. No coach can overcome his #1 player performing like that It was a joke.


robslob - 5/9/2019 at 09:07 PM

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Fire Brad Stevens? You gotta be kidding me. The only thing Ainge should do is help Kyrie pack his bags. In my wildest dreams I could never have imagined a player of that supposed caliber playing 4 games that awful in a row. He was beyond dreadful. I have no use for him and pretty clearly most of his teammates don't either. Please let him go. No coach can overcome his #1 player performing like that It was a joke.


I agree that Kyrie was awful. That doesn't explain why the entire Celtics team gave up on the game last night with 7 minutes left. That's pitiful.


jszfunk - 5/10/2019 at 01:28 AM

Maybe I am biased, but Stevens ,in my opinion is the farthest thing from they're problems. People should not forget what he did last year without Kyrie and Gordon. I feel for these coaches having to deal with these NBA p!ayers........must be painful at times.


robslob - 5/10/2019 at 01:38 AM

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Maybe I am biased, but Stevens ,in my opinion is the farthest thing from they're problems. People should not forget what he did last year without Kyrie and Gordon. I feel for these coaches having to deal with these NBA p!ayers........must be painful at times.


Great point and I totally see it, too. "These NBA players"..........maybe we could change that to "these spoiled overpaid brats".............I think that's a better fit............

But that's OK. I'm in the Bay area. The Warriors haven't won it all 3 out of the last 4 years with an attitude like THAT. We have a bunch of Champions on that team. Guys that will do whatever work it takes to be successful.

[Edited on 5/10/2019 by robslob]


Stephen - 5/30/2019 at 05:52 PM

That's how Warriyz have rolled -- nothing new about that -- & it should be a good finals -- if Draymond Green keeps going off like that Tor will have little chance, nor would any team -- ups to GSW, they're right there w/most any of the great teams of recent decades -- & to Tor, they've been steady all year & deserve to be there

Yes, the Kyrie/Terry Rozier situation is a thorny one -- a 'pleasant problem' no longer -- doubted the trade that brought Kyrie here at 1st, but he played great --

there were obvious problems on the court after the 1st Bucks playoff game -- we weren't competitive, we should've been, & that to me that falls on the coach to make sure his players are motivated & prepared -- they weren't in the latter stages of the 5th games, as has been pointed out, & it wasn't the first time this season

what makes it so mysterious is how we looked the first game -- hard nosed, intense defensively
overall, a good season that should've been better-- Our Team Is Solid -- huge moves needn't be made IMO

Maybe Kyrie & Kevin Durant will end up on the Knicks -- that's been rumored anyway but who knows -- also Kawhi couldn't want any part of LAL now -- his matchups w/the Warriors will be fun to watch -- great final indeed

[Edited on 5/31/2019 by Stephen]


Brendan - 5/30/2019 at 05:59 PM

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maybe we could change that to "these spoiled overpaid brats"


Aren't there some kids on your lawn you should be yelling at??


porkchopbob - 5/31/2019 at 01:09 PM

Raptors take Game 1. They look tough, even with Durant back the Warriors have a beast of an opponent on their hands.


leafsfan - 5/31/2019 at 04:54 PM

Really hoping Raptors trade Drake this summer for a D man for the Leafs. God the guy is an embarrassment. 32 year old kid Drake grew up in the richest neighbourhood in Canada, was a child actor on Degrassi and then all of a sudden became a thug w a jet and Warriors tattoo's. If I was on the warriors an errant pass would end up in his face early in game 2.

Great win by Raps, Warriors are not going to take last night lightly.


robslob - 6/1/2019 at 07:42 AM

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Really hoping Raptors trade Drake this summer for a D man for the Leafs. God the guy is an embarrassment. 32 year old kid Drake grew up in the richest neighbourhood in Canada, was a child actor on Degrassi and then all of a sudden became a thug w a jet and Warriors tattoo's. If I was on the warriors an errant pass would end up in his face early in game 2.

Great win by Raps, Warriors are not going to take last night lightly.



That's hilarious. IMO whoever wins game 2 on Sunday will win the series.


Stephen - 6/11/2019 at 05:01 PM

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Really hoping Raptors trade Drake this summer for a D man for the Leafs. God the guy is an embarrassment. 32 year old kid Drake grew up in the richest neighbourhood in Canada, was a child actor on Degrassi and then all of a sudden became a thug w a jet and Warriors tattoo's. If I was on the warriors an errant pass would end up in his face early in game 2.

Great win by Raps, Warriors are not going to take last night lightly.



That's hilarious. IMO whoever wins game 2 on Sunday will win the series.


It was GSW (winning game 2) -- now it goes back for the final-ever game in Oaklnd, & the motivation on that alone --
espn is saying KD w/a possible torn achilles? -- & that the loud one, Charles Barkley, blames Kerr/the Warriors


robslob - 6/12/2019 at 03:14 AM

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espn is saying KD w/a possible torn achilles? -- & that the loud one, Charles Barkley, blames Kerr/the Warriors


Gee, BIG surprise for Barkley to criticize the Warriors. Ever heard the phrase "hindsight is always 20/20", Charles? Five years ago it was "Jump shooting teams don't win Championships". I guess after 3 Championships in 4 years, The Warriors kind of shoved that one right up Charles Barkley's ass. So, he's gotta find something else............


crazyjoe - 6/12/2019 at 04:52 PM

Well, it generally is a little easier to cipher things in hindsight, I don't know who called the shots here, but I do think that the result here is one of the bigger injury/administrative fiascos We've seen in awhile? It reminds me of the RG3 thing in football, I remember watchin him try to run around the field with his knee joint flopping different directions?...........Peace........joe

Also, think KD may have been doomed when he strained it, never ever do I recall any kind of Achilles injury heeling well, even the strains never seem to heal right.

[Edited on 6/12/2019 by crazyjoe]


Stephen - 6/14/2019 at 05:31 PM

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espn is saying KD w/a possible torn achilles? -- & that the loud one, Charles Barkley, blames Kerr/the Warriors


Gee, BIG surprise for Barkley to criticize the Warriors. Ever heard the phrase "hindsight is always 20/20", Charles? Five years ago it was "Jump shooting teams don't win Championships". I guess after 3 Championships in 4 years, The Warriors kind of shoved that one right up Charles Barkley's ass. So, he's gotta find something else............


He showed his face in between periods at the 7th game of B's-St.L too -- why did they let Charles Barkley into a hockey broadcast booth -- he doesn't know anything --
but by way of clumsy segue, St.L are deserving winners -- we beat them 5-1 Gm 6, they got us 4-1 Gm 7 --
we had a pretty wide shots margin & played Good hockey Gm 7--
But The Ken Dryden Nightmare Recurred -- in the form of Binnington
REALLY wanted to remind em of that phony advertisement that mistakenly got on social media after Gm 5 proclaiming their title
Also, winning would've ensured MVP for Tuukka -- he was outta this world this playoffs
besides that, no real disappointment here -- it was fantastic, even-steven hockey at its highest most hard-nosed level -- one game never should a season make

B's were fantastic this season
article said St.L has averaged 99 points over last 8 seasons -- that's a tremendous accomplishment too IMO -- it deserves to be rewarded

Reversing Segue back to topic, our veteran squad couldn't beat upstart Blues -- GSW same/same Tor -- both bounced at home -- Great job by Tor Rptrs & St.L Blues

rumor (in June 14) has Kyrie going to Brkln
finally, AD joins/rejoins LeBron/Rajon in LA

[Edited on 6/16/2019 by Stephen]


CanadianMule - 6/16/2019 at 08:08 PM

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Raptors!


Yup.


porkchopbob - 7/1/2019 at 07:57 PM

And all of a sudden The Nets look like they can contend, at least on paper. Durant and Kyrie picked Brooklyn over the Knicks (let's be honest, over guitar hero James Dolan) and might even lure DeAndre Jordan. That's a huge power shift in the East. As good as Durant is, I don't think it hurts the Warriors that much.

The Bucks lost Brogdon, but kept Middleton. Added another Lopez, so they have literal Twin Towers. Not bad.

If Kawhi bolts Canada for LA, that's a pretty big shake up league-wide.


jszfunk - 7/1/2019 at 11:55 PM

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And all of a sudden The Nets look like they can contend, at least on paper. Durant and Kyrie picked Brooklyn over the Knicks (let's be honest, over guitar hero James Dolan) and might even lure DeAndre Jordan. That's a huge power shift in the East. As good as Durant is, I don't think it hurts the Warriors that much.

The Bucks lost Brogdon, but kept Middleton. Added another Lopez, so they have literal Twin Towers. Not bad.

If Kawhi bolts Canada for LA, that's a pretty big shake up league-wide.


Not sold on Brooklyn yet. Irving is a great playet, but kind of a knucklehead. KD is gonna be out for awhile. Doubt they will do much this up coming season.

Just curious your thoughts on Brogdon...He is headed here to Indy.


jszfunk - 7/2/2019 at 01:07 AM

NBA luxury tax
https://hoopshype.com/2018/10/11/nba-luxury-tax/


porkchopbob - 7/2/2019 at 12:50 PM

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Not sold on Brooklyn yet. Irving is a great playet, but kind of a knucklehead. KD is gonna be out for awhile. Doubt they will do much this up coming season.

Just curious your thoughts on Brogdon...He is headed here to Indy.

It won't be overnight for Brooklyn, but nice for a team already on the upswing.

Brogdon is pretty solid, a great hustler but not irreplaceable - he was out for good chunks of the past 2 seasons. Good pickup for the Pacers though.


jszfunk - 7/3/2019 at 12:48 AM

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Not sold on Brooklyn yet. Irving is a great playet, but kind of a knucklehead. KD is gonna be out for awhile. Doubt they will do much this up coming season.

Just curious your thoughts on Brogdon...He is headed here to Indy.

It won't be overnight for Brooklyn, but nice for a team already on the upswing.

Brogdon is pretty solid, a great hustler but not irreplaceable - he was out for good chunks of the past 2 seasons. Good pickup for the Pacers though.


Sounds like decent pickup for here in Indy. Solid at best. Not a second scoring threat.We will see if it will be an upgrade for what they lost. Not betting on them yet. VO wil be out till at least midseason,and even when he comes back, who knows how he will be.

It's hard to compete with location,owners paying the luxury tax, and players buddying up recruiting each other.


robslob - 7/6/2019 at 06:46 AM

Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to The Clippers!

Wowie Zowie is all I can say. Let's not forget that the Clippers gave the Warriors a serious run for their money in the first round this year, so they ALREADY had a team. And Doc Rivers is one hell of a Coach. They sure did give away the farm to get him though mostly in the form of many draft picks, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Galinari. I do not know more details, just saw the trade on ESPN.

I would say that the Clippers are now the Western Conference favorite although the Warriors are making some great moves and will be very competitive. Despite Lebron and Anthony Davis, they Lakers have a long way to go and lots of holes to fill.

When you look at the amount of draft picks the Thunder picked up in this trade, in addition to Gilgeous-Alexander and Galinari, it really seems that OKC got the better end of this deal. Gilgeous-Alexander is an up and comer out of Kentucky, averaged 10 points last year in his rookie season with the Clippers and had a 22 point game in the playoff vs. the Warriors. Trade details:

https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/clippers-acquire-paul-george-recruited-b y-kawhi-leonard-in-reported-blockbuster-deal-with-thunder-trade-grades/

Just saw the Lakers re-signed Rajon Rondo which will help them immensely.









[Edited on 7/7/2019 by robslob]


jszfunk - 7/8/2019 at 07:09 PM

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Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to The Clippers!

Wowie Zowie is all I can say. Let's not forget that the Clippers gave the Warriors a serious run for their money in the first round this year, so they ALREADY had a team. And Doc Rivers is one hell of a Coach. They sure did give away the farm to get him though mostly in the form of many draft picks, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Galinari. I do not know more details, just saw the trade on ESPN.

I would say that the Clippers are now the Western Conference favorite although the Warriors are making some great moves and will be very competitive. Despite Lebron and Anthony Davis, they Lakers have a long way to go and lots of holes to fill.

When you look at the amount of draft picks the Thunder picked up in this trade, in addition to Gilgeous-Alexander and Galinari, it really seems that OKC got the better end of this deal. Gilgeous-Alexander is an up and comer out of Kentucky, averaged 10 points last year in his rookie season with the Clippers and had a 22 point game in the playoff vs. the Warriors. Trade details:

https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/clippers-acquire-paul-george-recruited-b y-kawhi-leonard-in-reported-blockbuster-deal-with-thunder-trade-grades/

Just saw the Lakers re-signed Rajon Rondo which will help them immensely.









[Edited on 7/7/2019 by robslob]



Interesting to see what the Clippers do. On paper it looks good, but I am not sold yet. I don't trust Paul George. He pretty much lied to the originization here in Indy.Then wrote a thank you letter via social media. Bailed on OKC in the middle of a four year contract. He wants to be the man, well it's time to put up or shut up. I don't see Him or Leonard being much of a vocal leader.

Thought on Durant leaving GS , Rob?


robslob - 7/8/2019 at 09:55 PM

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Thought on Durant leaving GS, Rob?


Hell yes. Warriors were brilliant in how they handled this, working a sign and trade for Durant which netted them D'Angelo Russell, a 23 point 7 assist a game guy.
$164 million 4 years to a guy who can't play next year and even after that is a HUGE question mark?
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO


Stephen - 7/8/2019 at 11:10 PM

Was surprised GSW thought enough of him to retire his jersey


porkchopbob - 7/9/2019 at 01:33 PM

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Was surprised GSW thought enough of him to retire his jersey


Yeah, that was kind of over the top. Three very solid seasons as a hired gun doesn't exactly put you next to Wilt.


porkchopbob - 7/11/2019 at 04:39 PM

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$164 million 4 years to a guy who can't play next year and even after that is a HUGE question mark?
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

And really, who cares? Because let's be honest, the NBA is just the farm system for THE BIG3!!!


Stephen - 7/12/2019 at 01:04 AM

Russell Westbrook for Chris Paul, yawn
doubt it'll change much for either team


porkchopbob - 7/12/2019 at 12:52 PM

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Russell Westbrook for Chris Paul, yawn
doubt it'll change much for either team


I disagree. Westrbrook and Harden have already played with each other, back when Harden was their fresh young legs off the bench in OKC. If they can sort out "alpha" status, then Houston looks like a much bigger threat in the West. Harden is lights out, but Westbrook does it all. Chris Paul still has some miles left, but he's also only played in 60 games in each of his past three seasons. As he heads to the other side of his 30s, his production isn't going to go up. Won't be long before he's starting on a BIG3 team.


Stephen - 7/13/2019 at 01:01 PM

CP3 & Harden were supposed to be all the stuff in Hou, didn't really change their fortunes tho -- about the same as when Harden/Wstbrk were in OKC w/KD, a good-not-great squad

-- but yes, on paper Houstn could rocket to next level, as you said Russell & James checking in their egos will determine how far they go -- Hou also signed veteran center Tyson Chandler to back up Capela

still think it won't change much for either team tho -- same LAC w/Kawhi/George, also Brklyn w/Kyrie &, next year KD -- 2019-20 west pick is same as last year, LAL-GSW -- this time tho w/LBJ, DeM Cousins & Co in finals

Horford, Kyrie, Terry R., Aron -- & for sure the Dancing Bear, Guerschon, when he got to play
they were all great, best to them -- Isaiah Thomas signed w/Wash

Let's Go Celts In 2019-20


[Edited on 7/13/2019 by Stephen]


porkchopbob - 7/13/2019 at 01:12 PM

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CP3 & Harden were supposed to be all the stuff in Hou, didn't really change their fortunes tho -- about the same as when Harden/Wstbrk were in OKC w/KD, a good-not-great squad

OKC made the finals in 2012. That was a great lineup, and had they kept KD, Westbrook, Harden, Ibaka, together they might have dominated the West, or at least gone toe-to-toe with GSW. I think the problem in Houston is Harden. Great player, but maybe not to play with. Westbrook is a huge upgrade on CP3 at this point.

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2019-20 west pick is same as last year, LAL

Ha, ok, sure.


robslob - 7/13/2019 at 09:28 PM

With the Warriors, the Clippers and the Lakers, the Pacific Division of the Western Conference will now be the toughest and most competitive in the league. FYI the other two teams are Phoenix and Sacramento. Sac definitely on the rise also.

And if you think you can just ignore the Warriors now that Durant is gone I would think twice. They still have two Hall Of Famers in their lineup in Curry and Green and a third, Thompson, will likely be back mid-season. I like the moves they have been making especially D'Angelo Russell. They may not be dominant like the last five years, but they certainly will be a very tough win. They may surprise a lot of people.

https://www.yahoo.com/sports/assessing-warriors-roster-expectations-heading -181625534.html



[Edited on 7/13/2019 by robslob]


Stephen - 7/16/2019 at 05:31 PM

Yep they'll be Very interesting chemistry tests, the new backcourts of Curry & Russell for GSW, & Westbrk/Harden for Houston -- D'Angelo was always The Man in Brklyn, now he has to adapt to a different role -- then what when Klay returns etc

Kawhi consented to select LAC only when John Ringo signed -- LAC will about the same -- winning the title in Tor meant zilch to Kawhi, he just wanted to be in LA -- DeAndre Jordan now w/Brklyn

LAL will be good, they're stacked w/guards like Rajon, former Celtic Avery Bradley, Danny Green -- also Caruso, their draft pick, & forgotten man/former Pacer star Lance Stephenson -- again, I pick them West finalist, on paper they're better than last year

Rajon & AB keyed Celts to a 27-3 start many years ago -- that was an Immense backcourt tandem
Rajon, AD & Cousins were really starting to hit it for NO b4 DeM's achilles injury
w/LeBron in the mix, LAL has a chance to be great this season

awaiting on the green, a work in progress -- would rather have seen Terry stay than Kemba W coming by trade -- Danny has a way of making good things happen tho -- let's go Celts

[Edited on 7/16/2019 by Stephen]


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