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

  1. xbay

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    I’m not sure what more validation he needs. And this is not to say he can’t feel the way that he did. He believes he’s the best. I don’t disagree. But for a guy that is already a legend, a future HOF, present family man and makes significant impacts in the community... why does it matter if he doesn’t get a lot of votes? That just feels like insecurity to me. I just found his reaction and Giannis’ reaction to telling... and not surprising.
     
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    Also, the award is not for being the best player. It's for the Most Valuable of the season. And the Bucks without Giannis don't even make the playoffs in the East.
     
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    Yeah, shut your mouth LeBron! Your focus should be on winning a title, not individual awards.
     
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    He's such a whiny little bitch.
     
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    The Bulls tab Billy Donovan the new head coach. Interesting hire. He warranted being a candidate once he parted from OKC, but I really thought they’d wait on Wes Unseld Jr and give him a shot. I guess the pressure from Indy and Philly showing interest in Donovan pushed them to close the deal.

    Anyways, that leaves the Rockets, Pacers, Pelicans, Zombie Sonics and 76ers with openings.

    The Pacers are interesting because they have a lot of talent, but will ownership pay to keep it all? Unlikely, considering their group is heavily involved in malls... and that was dying even before the pandemic. The Pelicans have a decision to make on re-signing Ingram and if they want to trade Holiday for value. The Rockets are in a pinch financially too with Fertitta heavily involved in hotels and restaurants. So the only thing we know is that the roster will definitely have Harden. OKC is a draft pick bank and has decisions to make with CP3 and Gallo. And if they depart from both, that could mean departing with others like Adams. The Sixers are just a cluster so I won’t even dive in.

    Interesting vacancies. I’d be wary of Philly and Houston, if I was interviewing though. Those situations are very rocky.
     
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    Not sure I like Donovan's fit in Chicago...

    Do you really think Ingram is a decision they have to make in New Orleans? I think he's going to be re-signed no matter what. They are going to build around him and Zion. I wouldn't trade Holiday, as I expect them to compete for the playoffs next season and already have a ton of draft picks, but that's a legitimate decision to make. But Ingram, I think it's clear he's going to re-sign there.

    Also, Silver has said he expects next season to start at some point in 2021, maybe not even Christmas. It's the safe answer, at this point, but if they expect to have fans on the stands, I think we're aiming at 2022 more than anything. They'll have to find a way to play without fans, or with a very small number that have been previously tested.
     
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    He labeled January 2021 as “at the earliest.” I just don’t know you can commit to a date with the idea of fans in attendance until they know when the first round of vaccines will be rolled out nationally. They’re trying really hard to get enough rapid testing kits and how to implement that with fans.

    I can’t imagine being part of that committee trying to figure all the ins and outs. Thinking about all of it gives me a headache. One thing is for certain: even once COVID is gone, nothing will go back to the way it is. The conduct in which we live our lives will change. Too many lives lost. Too many businesses dead. Too many jobs erased. It’s just all unfortunate.
     
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    D’Antoni to Philly is gaining noise. But it would be a very strange hire considering Embiid slows everything down and that’s not his style. Simmons is a perfect player for MDA, but if they run with Mike, it makes me think Embiid will be shopped.

    And I know Embiid on the Dubs isn’t a popular idea, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they went after him. As much as they like to run and gun, the idea of a triangle type offense with him, Klay and Steph is something Kerr would love to coach. We all know how much coach likes bigs who can pass.
     
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    It's a weird fit if they want to build around Embiid, true, but they decided to build around Nash and Stoudamire back in the day when he was coaching Phoenix. I think they might give it a chance and try to build around those two, in which case I think they'll shop Horford and Harris hard... Changes are coming to Philly, that's for sure.
     
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    Doc Rivers is out in Ballmer land! Wow. Can’t say I saw that coming especially since he just signed an extension in 2019. So don’t know if he was fired or if he stepped down, but either way, there’s a new vacancy. And it is an intriguing one for short term purposes. Long term, if they don’t win and Kawhi & PG bolt, it’s one of the ugliest jobs... very few draft picks for the next decade.

    The pandemic has not hit Ballmer very hard so he has money to spend on a coach while still paying out Doc. But my first guess is Ty Lue will be getting promoted.
     
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    Yeah, I also can't say I expected them to fire Rivers (I'm assuming he was fired, btw). Not this season, at least, although I could see that coming next year if they had another disappointing playoff run. Still, the blame should be more on others than Rivers. I don't think he's at fault for PG forgetting how to play basketball or how to shoot when it mattered. And I'm not a fan of Rivers the coach...

    It's an intriguing opening, yeah, but I think Lue is in the driver's seat for the job. By a mile.
     
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    The 76ers ownership just met with Rivers so the job is between Mike D'Antoni or Doc Rivers. I personally would love to see how MDA utilizes Ben Simmons. But I'm starting to think Doc may be their guy.
     
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    MDA to Clippers maybe?

    Wow what a dud of a first game. Lakers just destroying Miami. Several key Heat players injured. Devastating.
    Need to have Dragic, Butler, and Bam on the floor to even compete. We shall see, but this series could be a very unexpected sweep.
     
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    Considering their roster make up, that would be interesting. I just wonder how Kawhi’s body handles a more uptempo offense even with all the load managing he does.
     
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    I think Doc is going to be their choice, unless Doc wants something they're not willing to do. Like, I don't know, unless he tells them they have to break the pair of Simmons and Embiid if he's going to sign there, and Philly's ownership is not willing to do that yet.

    I don't know if he's the right choice, tho. I also liked the possibility of D'Antoni coaching Simmons. Doc... I'm not sure. He's a better choice than Lue, tho. I'm just not a fan of Ty Lue the coach...
     
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    Enough of the coaching retreads, how about trying something new?
     
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    We're talking about good coaching retreads, not any coach. Unproven ones are even riskier. We've got some experience with that. So I think some names deserve that second or third chance.

    As for Philly, the right candidate would have been Jay Wright, imho, but he's the one that doesn't want that job (or any NBA job, at least at the moment). A pity, because I think he'd be able to turn things around quickly.
     
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    Doc is officially the guy. Alvin Gentry is rumored to be his lead assistant. Next step is figuring out how to re-tool this roster and getting rid of Horford’s horrendous contract is going to come at an ugly cost.
     
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    Yeah, they were so invested in their other options that only took them two days to reach a deal with Doc... Well, it's going to be interesting. Doc is great motivating players. If he can get Embiid in better shape and Simmons to work on his outside shot, they can be good. But I still expect changes to that roster.

    I just hope the Nets (a team I like, in fact) burn in hell and have one of their worst seasons ever. I just can't stand comments like Durant and Kyrie's about the Nets coaching being a "collaborative effort" and that they "don't really have a head coach". If I'm the team owner, I'm suspending them 10 games each for disrespecting their coach (one they chose, in fact). Nash can't be feeling good about that, they basically said he's irrelevant.

    I was a fan of KD. Nowadays, I think he's become one of the biggest morons in the game. Kyrie already played in his own league.
     
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    It will be interesting to see how the team holds it together when things get rocky. They go on a losing streak. Can’t find rhythm. Will there be pointing of the finger? Subliminal quotes? The one thing that KD had here when the noise would escalate was Curry’s ability to stabilize any issues. That was the same for Kyrie with LeBron until he demanded a trade. Everything, for the most part, stayed in house.
     

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