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Discussion in 'Know Your Enemy' started by Quazza, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. xbay

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    I very much enjoyed The Last Dance. It gave a youngin’ like me more context to things happening in that era that I didn’t understand the full scale of then. I have more of an appreciation for that team and everyone involved. I’m in awe of what Phil Jackson had to deal with for a decade with Jerry Krause and all the different personalities. MJ’s mindset. Pippen’s undervalue. I can’t even understand how Rodman could party so hard and then play in a high intensity game the next day at his age. I don’t know anyone in their 30s that can recover that quickly after a Vegas binge.

    All in all, watching that franchise repeat a three peat was amazing and it really shows how difficult it is to win even one championship. We live in an era where stats and regular season MVPs/Finals MVPs suddenly matter more than rings. The work and dedication to win one and try to do it again in a 3-4-5 year time frame is incredibly difficult. We may never see a team accomplish what those Bulls teams did ever again. Just like we may never see another MJ again. That should be celebrated.
     
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    RIP Jerry Sloan. I never really liked those pesky Jazz teams he coached, but it was more because I really dislike the Jazz. He made them really competitive, always playing hard and getting the most out of their two stars and a bunch of role players. Those teams would have won a ring or two if not for MJ's Bulls. He was always a class act, at least from what I know about him.
     
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    Chum NBA 1st Team All Pro

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    I figured Jerry Sloan was going to outlive me. He just seemed like he was going to go on forever.
     
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    Great coach...rip
     
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    RIP Coach.
     
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    RIP Wes Unseld.

    Obviously, I wasn't around when he was playing, but I've watched some of his classic games and loved the way he played. He also seemed like a great guy, from everything I've read.
     
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    RIP Hall of Famer Wes Unseld.
     
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    He was on the Washington team that played against our Warriors in 1975 and got swept.... I only know this because I watched game 4 a couple of weeks ago on cable.
     
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    That Bullets team also had Elvin Hayes, that really was an imposing inside game.
     
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    Great move by the Pistons hiring Troy Weaver as their new GM. He's highly regarded in the whole league and will bring a totally different (and much needed) attitude to roster building. Times are changing in Detroit.
     
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    All I’ve read around the league is nothing but positive. Unfortunately, he didn’t get to move Drummond for more assets he may have deemed of more value. But he does get a shot at re-imaging this very young roster. Only Blake Griffin is in his 30s. His contract is loaded but he could be an important trade piece for a fringe playoff team like Portland looking to propel higher.
     
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    16 of 302 players entering the Orlando bubbles tested positive for COVID-19; just a bit over 5%. No surprise there. Jokic was one and he’s not even in the US.

    I understand some of skepticism, but I think they’ll be fine in that bubble. Yes, Florida cases have surged, but 1) players had the option to opt out of Orlando and 2) family can’t even enter the bubble until the semifinals when there will only be 8 teams left. There’s risks, but you either accept it or you opt out (I think July 1st is the due date). Heck, the CDC just admitted that there are probably more people with COVID all around the country outside of the current stats... meaning, that fatality rate should be a lot smaller.

    Anyway, I digress. I just look forward to basketball again. It’s gonna look ugly, I think. You don’t just pick up where you left off after nearly 4 months without any competitive engagement... which is unfortunate for the teams that were hot like the Lakers.

    I honestly believe this playoff is completely wide open. The Clippers, Lakers and Bucks were the favorites before the shutdown. And they’re on paper the favorites. But this is anyone’s ball game now. As much as I dislike the Rockets, I’m going with Houston to land in the final 4. They’re made for these circumstances.
     
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    With the current uptick in infection rates and most states reversing their opening up decisions, I don't see how this season can continue.

    2019/2020 season may be scrapped....
     
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    The team that wins this should just inscribe a huge * in the middle of their championship rings... would save us all a lot of time and endless discussion.
     
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    xbay NBA 1st Team All Pro Staff Member

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    I disagree on the asterisk. To win under these circumstances shouldn’t be written off. You might as well asterisk the Raptors championship last season with Klay & KD going down. Or any championship for that matter.
     
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    The NBA season will be completed. Not 1 professional athlete in the world has died of Covid 19. They will just have to deal with some players missing time if the get the virus.
     
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    It's not about injuries or missing games only. That's part of the game. A four-months stop in the middle of the season, a restart without fans and without any kind of home-court advantage for the teams with the best record, players opting out, and what happens if a team ends up with four or five positives together all of a sudden?

    If this season doesn't get that asterisk, none will. Doesn't mean the championship has been easy for whoever wins it. But it's the weirdest season in NBA history, and nobody really knows what can happen.
     
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    In that regard, I can agree with that. It’s not a negative star, but it will be thought about much differently than other scenarios.

    Pretty much every season has an asterisk. Tom Haberstroh wrote this tongue in cheek article about every championship with one. It was funny reading the reactions to it because you knew who didn’t read it.
     
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    I like Tom. Has a great podcast and his articles are really good. One of the guys I try to follow as much as possible.
     
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    Quentin Richardson on the 95.7 the game this morning, made a very good point. He thinks the younger non married NBA players may very well be safer in the bubble, than they would be at home.
     

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