Discussion in 'Know Your Enemy' started by Quazza, Aug 16, 2010.
Warriors currently playing with ZERO fire... end of the 3rd, down by 30? no excuses...
Pathetic effort tonight...I feel sorry for the fans paying huge dollars for tickets to these last handful of games in Oakland.
Man, how the Raptors f*cked up their trade for Marc Gasol. I've always been a fan of Jonas Valanciunas, and man, he's been playing GREAT since traded to Memphis and given minutes and chances to run the offense through him.
Marc is older, certainly savvier and a better defender, but I still think they shouldn't have made that deal. Jonas is way younger, a better offensive player at this point and a better rebounder, not to mention cheaper than Marc. And they sent him along Delon Wright, who is also a young, useful rotation player. I just don't think Jonas was properly used in Toronto, and we're watching the real one right now.
They'll try to sell it as a move with the playoffs in mind, but I don't buy it. Marc is likely not going to opt out (not at his age and with a player option for $25 million next year), so you don't get cap room until after next season (not that Toronto has a successful record of attracting top tier free agents, for that matter), and I don't think that having Marc on the team will sway Kawhi's decision to stay or leave one side or the other. Actually, I think he's gone, even if they make the finals. Winning the ring might be the only way I see him staying... And if Kawhi leaves, the current iteration of the Raptors is done and they have to go back to building from scratch (although they would remain talented enough to be a playoff team in the east, just not one that could be considered a contender).
So, even tho I'm a fan of Ujiri, I think the Raptors front office made a huge mistake with this deal.
That's what i was thinking when the trade was made. Its like they were trading for the name. I guess they gotta show that they are "Going for it".
Somehow, the stars have aligned and Ernie Grunfeld has been fired as the Wizards GM. What a fine mess he leaves for the next one on that job.
It doesn't seem real, but he was the GM of that team for 16 seasons!!! 16!!! And they never won 50 games once, barely made a couple of trips to the second round of the playoffs, and overall have a losing record, not to mention their cap room is f*cked up for years, particularly due to the untradeable John Wall's max deal.
That team has some talent (Bradley Beal, one of the top SGs in the game, mainly, but also a couple of intriguing pieces like Bobby Porter and the youngsters Satoransky and Troy Brown Jr.), but it's going to be one of the toughest rebuilding jobs in the league (unless John Wall comes back in MVP form after missing NEXT season too... not likely). Good luck to whoever gets the position.
Happy to see the Nets back in the playoffs. Despite all the mistakes they made trying to "go for it" back in the day and how it cost them, that's a team that's rebuilding the right way, that has talent on their roster and can make a huge jump in the standings if they can add a star this offseason. Great job by Atkinson and the staff getting that team back together after several awful seasons with no real growth nor the chance for it due to several ill-advised deals.
So plenty of moves in the last couple of days since the end of the regular season. Bickerstaff is out in Memphis, as are Luke Walton (good for him, in fact), Dave Joerger (good for him as well) and Larry Drew. Joerger and Walton were coaching for two of the most dysfunctional franchises in the league, they probably will have more luck in their next spots, because they've been victims of power moves. Although Walton is being linked with the Kings job already...
I really like Joerger as a coach, btw, but he seems to not mesh well with the front office guys. Not sure why, but it happened in Memphis and happened again in Sacramento. Still, I think he's the best coach of all the fired ones.
Also, and a great move for that franchise, the Pelicans have signed David Griffin to be their GM (actually, VP of Basketball Operations, but that's only the name they've given the position, he's gonna run the team, which is all that matters). I think he's really, really good and never thought he was going to sign for a small market team like New Orleans. It is a coup to sign someone like him to that position, because the Pels "GMing" has been atrocious since they drafted AD back in the day.
The trading for AD gets real interesting now, tho, because now the Pels will have a plan...
Walton is going to do great things with the Kings...their future is bright.
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