Discussion in 'Know Your Enemy' started by Quazza, Aug 16, 2010.
Ha! Those were good times. That couple of games, I mean...
I’ve seen Kevin Love purposely draw a 3-in-the-key demanding for the ball and get pissed at Collin Sexton for dribbling down the clock. I’m not sure what’s upset him when he chose to agree on an extension in 2018 that paid him $120M over the next 4 years to be part of a rebuilding team. And you can’t say he didn’t know LeBron was going to leave a week later. Writing was on the wall with that.
It was a lot of money, and when a player wants to move, they do it. It's a different era, you're tied to a contract, not to a franchise that signed you. Guess Love is getting to that point right now...
I have to admit that I was a little hypocritical because Iguodala is making $16M this year to basically sit it out unless he’s traded to a contender and I didn’t harp on him like I did on Love.
But like you said, he’s stuck with his contract. You want to collect as much as you can in a short 3-15 year time frame, but the team that controls you isn’t trading the talent... they’re trading the contract. And a young, rebuilding team like the Cavs are not going to offer draft picks just to shed a big contract.
It’ll be a while until we can evaluate the value that all those draft picks Sam Presti acquired for Paul George, but he turned an overvalued Westbrook and disgruntled George into Shia Gilgeous-Alexander, Chris Paul (he does what Westbrook does not), and a endless loop of draft picks.
And the Thunder are back as a playoff team. Amazing.
Yeah, it's particularly satisfying to watch how CP3 is having a better season than Westbrook. Go figure...
Also, they got a huge ransom for PG, all those picks, plus SGA and Gallinari, who's also playing really well. Rebuilding is going to be fast if they hit on those picks.
Also, the team that everybody expected to be fun and exciting, albeit not ready because they are simply too inexperienced, was the Atlanta Hawks. Well, they were wrong. There's another team from the south that's earning that place, and that's Memphis. The Grizzlies have been one of the most fun teams to watch in the entire league. Their second unit isn't very good (although there's talent there and I love Brandon Clarke, who's going to be a starter sooner rather than later, but not only him, as Melton is good, particularly on defense), but they have a good, albeit young, starting five, a solid starter in Dillon Brooks, a very reliable vet at center in Valenciunas, who's having the best season of his NBA career, and TWO stars in the making in Jaren Jackson Jr. and Ja Morant. I think Clarke will replace Crowder as a starter soon, too. And if they can develop a good second unit, the Grizzlies will soon be a very dangerous team.
New Orleans is also intriguing, because Ingram is playing great, Holiday is really good, too, and we don't know Zion's ceiling, but if he plays up to his enormous hype (or even half of it), the Pelicans will also be another team to watch. They also have a ton of picks, btw.
Guess that what I'm saying is that, for the next few years, the West is gonna be incredibly tough, and it's going to be hard to even make the playoffs.
Random thought of the day: I know the Clippers had to trade for PG to get Kawhi, but they'd be a much, MUCH better team keeping Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Gallinari and all those picks. SGA is going to be a star! (He's already, but an even bigger one).
Not surprising but pretty insane graphic on how the game has changed. Personally I think for the worse
Me too. I've been saying that for a while. Still love basketball, but this is not the basketball I fell in love with.
Death of the mid-range. Kawhi’s one of the few who still use it.
That graphic is crazy! I do not think it is a change for the better.
Death of the mid-range, the physicality, the need to fight to score points, near death of defense... not the greatest era for the sport.
I miss the Pistons of the late 80's, that was fun to watch.
I miss so much 80's, 90's and 2000's basketball... The last decade would have been awful if the Warriors hadn't been dominating the NBA landscape.
They were like watching a combo of hockey and basketball...
Anyone else find Kyrie Irving’s leadership style very odd? Just barely returned from injury and he calls out the lack of championship talent on the team? Yeah, he apologized the next day and blamed the media, but cmon man. Own up to what you said. You’re the one with the mic and lens pointed at you. Think about what you say first if that’s not what you really meant.
That's an oxymoron in itself.
You’re right. The sentence ends right there because it only exists as true on the flat planet of Earth-80085 in the cirquedukyrie galaxy.
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