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jdw
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The undersold part of the Kawhi trade is that the Raptors also go Green, who is a very good 3&D wing.

Lowry-Green-Claw-Ibaka-Valanciunas is a stout Eastern Conference starting line up.

Anunoby goes to the bench joining Miles, Wright, VanVleet, Siakam & Powell who were the best regular season bench in the East. They lose back up center Poeltl in the trade, who was a pretty useful back up but they can probably pick up something pretty easy.

The coaching change will be a question, and having Kawhi & Green fit in may take a little time. But if the team is healthy, they should pile up a lot of wins.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With the free agency sweepstakes mostly over, and nearly two months till training camp, it seems there might be a lull in NBA happenings. Nope:

https://sports.yahoo.com/kevin-durant-ugly-twitter-feud-c-j-mccollum-called-move-warriors-soft-014402147.html
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2018 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rockets retain Capela on the cheap, though $18M average per year isn't that cheap. He was squeezed because most teams didn't have a lot of money and no one wanted to force the Rockets to pay more to retain him.

I would have been tempted to take the qualifying offer and roll that money into a giant insurance policy if an injury caused me not to get PAID next year. Teams will have the cash next year, and someone would pay more if he hit the market. He also would be able to bake in an opt-out if his value exceeded the contract.

But no one wants to take the risk of the qualifying offer. I keep waiting for someone of real value to do it.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ive read rumors that was a big NBA fight a few weeks ago. Now its revealed who was in the fight:

https://bossip.com/1657650/exclusive-tristan-thompson-draymond-green-catch-fade-at-espys-bash-in-la/

If this is true, can't be good for Draymond's reputation.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It might not have been such a big deal. Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic told a slightly different story.

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The​ end of​ the​ story: everything​ between​ Draymond​ Green and​ Tristan​ Thompson was​ quashed by night’s​ end.​​ According to sources, all involved ended up having a good time.

But the friction that led to sparks in Game 1 of the Warriors-Cavaliers Finals matchup last June, and continued at the conclusion of the Warriors’ Game 4 clinching of the title, first took one more twist last month in Los Angeles.

At a private after-ESPYs party hosted LeBron James, Green’s prophecy in June was fulfilled. The Athletic has learned what went down, or at least a version of it. (The first public reporting about the fracas came from the gossip site Bossip.) But first, the backstory.

Green and Thompson got into a minor scuffle in the final moments of the Warriors’ Game 1 overtime victory after Thompson was ejected. Green tauntingly applauded and repeatedly said “get him out of here!” Thompson took exception and, as he walked by, shoved the ball in Green’s face. The two were immediately separated before Green could retaliate.

Thompson pointed towards the exit, inviting Green to, in essence, step outside. Green waived off the invitation as meaningless.

“I can’t meet him outside (of an NBA game) because I’ll still get fined,” Green told reporters after Game 1. “But I can meet him in the streets any day. … In the summers, you can meet anybody. But all that meet me outside, meet me at the bus, I ain’t going for that. But if he want to see me somewhere else, that’s fine. Any time.”

At the end of the series after Game 4, the teams shared handshakes and hugs on the court. But when Thompson went to shake Green’s hand, the Warriors’ All-Star refused to accept it.

“We ain’t cut from the same cloth,” Green said he told Thompson in the moments following the Warriors clinching back-to-back titles.

In what would be best told by the late great storyteller Charlie Murphy, the “streets” turned out to be the swanky Delilah restaurant in West Hollywood on July 18. Both Green and Thompson were guests of LeBron for this ultra-exclusive affair — which prohibited phones and cameras. None of the attendees expected the on-the-court drama to flare back up in this setting.

Which is why everyone was stunned when Thompson, according to sources, out of nowhere attacked Green.

No argument. No squaring up. No taking it outside.

“It was a sucker punch,” said one source who attended the party. “But, to be honest, it wasn’t really a punch. It was more like a shove.”

It was a face mush, another source described it. Other reports have described it as a legit punch, maybe even a quick one-two.

Whatever it was, Green was incensed, according to the sources.

Again, the two separated before a full altercation could ensue. Several NBA stars, among them LeBron and Kevin Durant, intervened. They were reminded this wasn’t that type of party.

After a conflict resolution session among NBA millionaires, temperatures settled. The party continued with Green and Thompson co-existing without issue, laughing and partying the rest of the night.

“Man, that wasn’t no fight,” one source said. “It was much ado about nothing.”



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like Draymond got revealed to be a big-mouthed bitch in any of the versions.

And since Marcus is the Dubs house Organ, I put the least weight in his version.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, as is often the case, the truth is probably somewhere in the middle. We'll see if any of this carries over the first time the Dubs play the Cavs next season.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 1:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like nothing.---Yohe
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

an amusing postscript:

https://www.nbcsports.com/bayarea/warriors/parade-scheduled-honor-tristan-thompson-punching-draymond-green


Good to see Lebron going to LA hasn't dampened whatever fans, the Cavs have left.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 27, 2018 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Manu retires.

So the Spurs are now a completely different team. The last of their core players that helped establish their identity en route to winning several championships is gone.

Only Pop remains.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2018 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is the world ready for the return of Andrew Bynum?

https://www.si.com/nba/2018/09/09/andrew-bynum-comeback-effort-lakers-76ers-pacers-cavaliers

I don't think there's room on the Lakers, but maybe there is a taker somewhere.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wonder if he's broke. He never had a great deal of passion for hoops.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Man, I haven't thought about Andrew Bynum for quite a long time. I don't know if I am surprised that he is *only* 30, or *already* 30.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2018 3:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

He didn't like to play, and considering the injuries he had....it's understandable.

He is 30, but his body has been resting for years....without taking a beating. Might work.

If I had a place, I would have played until I was 50. I loved it. Doesn't seem like he does. Maybe he just ran out of money.---Yohe
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Lakers should invite Bynum to camp.

Not like they don't need bigs. But his knees are swiss cheese and as Uncle John said, his heart was never really in it.

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