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1  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: May 22, 2018, 01:19:53 PM
Question on Doncic is which team wants him if they don't get him next year?

Luka can orchestrate a "stay in Europe" move if he doesn't like the team he lands with.

But he would be costing himself millions in salary.  This isn't like the Rubio threat where the rookie wage scale 10 years ago wasn't as good as what they'd make at home.

It's all bluff and bluster to get himself to the Knicks  Wink ... and hell yes we do that deal
2  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: May 16, 2018, 10:37:17 PM
By the way, watching tonight's action - and laughing at the "series is over" folks

DANT CAN SIMPLY COACH.


He can, yes, but Monday night he had the coaching equivalent of J.R. Smith's game last night.
3  Sports / Basketball / D'Antoni should be carted away somewhere... on: May 15, 2018, 10:27:55 PM
Now this game, this game is pretty good. Lots to see. So much better than last night's. Last night's, dead-on sum up here:

https://deadspin.com/the-warriors-are-better-than-the-rockets-1826038408

so let’s talk about some stuff that went wrong for the Rockets in Game 1. Chris Paul, in typical Chris Paul fashion, cobbled together a decent-looking box-score line (23 points on 17 shots, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, and one measly turnover) while also doing a very convincing impersonation of a sinkhole in the middle of Houston’s offense. His dismal isolation acts—God, it makes me sick that an NBA team won 65 games and made the conference finals with these bullshit anti-basketball dribble-dribble-dribble solos as the foundation of its attack—were just as annoying as James Harden’s but exponentially more pointless and embarrassing, just these sad, flat-footed wastes of time, leading in virtually all cases either to a contested desperation jumper or to a harmless pump-fake and an awkward dump-off pass with not enough time left on the shot-clock to do anything worthwhile. The Warriors defended these with one hand, using the other to stifle their yawns.

James Harden put up 41 points on 24 shots, and so you go Oh wow, so much firepower, and against the Warriors, too, but it’s bullshit. Golden State checked him just fine after his flurry in the opening minutes, generously accommodating the Rockets’ desire to match him up with Steph Curry and rarely sending a second defender to meet him anywhere but at the rim. They were happy to let him go off, correctly figuring it’d come at the cost of his teammates doing nothing but waiting for spot-up shots in the corners, where the Rockets hide them on every possession to make sure they don’t crowd the only two guys on the team who are permitted the use of their skills. Harden could average 45 points in this series, on 56-percent shooting, and get swept.

The irony here is that it cost the Warriors nothing at all to let the Rockets turn Steph into a full-time defender. Mostly that’s because, can you believe it, standing still at the top of the key while James Harden rocks the ball to sleep between his knees isn’t actually all that exhausting for world-class professional athletes. But, also, it’s because the Warriors had more than enough firepower at the other end of the court to hang a double-digit loss on the Rockets in their own building with Steph doing nothing more than flitting along the outer edges of the action, letting the game come to him and never even really hunting for his own shot. That, in turn, partly is due to the fact that the Warriors have Kevin Durant, but more importantly it’s because the Warriors know more ways to score than standing around like fucking idiots while their Designated Ball User dribbles a Morse Code War and Peace into the hardwood in 22-second chapters.
4  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: May 15, 2018, 07:28:41 PM
According to Second Spectrum, Houston had 45 isolation plays in Game 1. That is the most by any team in any game -- regular season or playoffs -- over the past five seasons and more than double what they averaged in the regular season (22, first in the NBA).

Harden accounted for 26 of the isolation plays, nearly nine more than he averaged in the regular season.

but.........

this is not why they lost


but.....

that was one big reason it was boring as f...ck
5  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: May 15, 2018, 10:22:15 AM
Gonna be boring as hell. Boston-GS, would be fascinating, off-def. And at least with Clev you've got "how many new levels can Lebron raise his game at the age of 33" intrigue. But this is crap.
6  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: May 14, 2018, 11:38:36 PM
Kind of a boring game. Had it on DVR. Found myself skimming. A lot.
7  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: May 09, 2018, 09:05:23 AM
y'all are boring as fuck and go on and on and on and on....


all?

I'm wounded Lester .

Lester the Molester!!!


 Grin

Nagel, always a pleasure to read your from-the-west-side posts.

It's usually a pleasure to read most of the posts in here, even if I'm not commenting or interacting.

But then there's the folks who seem to show up after a wife has thrown them out of the house for boring them half to death. Then you're stuck at the bar with the guy who's drooling on himself and babbling over and over, "I won, moron" "you lost, moron" "I won, moron" "you lost, moron"

Makes ya miss Mia.
8  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: May 08, 2018, 11:41:23 PM
y'all are boring as fuck and go on and on and on and on....
9  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: May 05, 2018, 03:11:29 PM
on Fizzle

"After a loss in his first season with the Grizzlies, David Fizdale went around the locker room asking each player if they believed he could win a title. Fizdale said that they didn't belong on the Grizzlies if they lacked belief.

"No," said Marc Gasol. "We don't have the right leader."

"I get it, you want Gregg Popovich, and I want LeBron James," Fizdale replied.

The relationship between Fizdale and Gasol continued to fray. Fizdale alienated Gasol by disregarding his accomplishments both in the NBA and overseas while also helping push out Zach Randolph and Tony Allen.

"He had it in where Marc was going to be a certain way and he didn't care who Marc was and he didn't care how the offense was, he didn't care about the style we were playing. It was going to be about – 'This is a new era. The Memphis stuff is over. That Grit n Grind is done,' " a source said. "Then he turns around and says, 'We're going to do it the Miami Way.'

"The players didn't respect that. If you're going to talk about Miami, we should be able to talk about Memphis."

when you get LeBron , Wade and Bosh the feel feee to do it the Miami way.


nothing has changed IMO.  new coach same dumb ass owner and  president.

LOL, Fizz sounds like a complete idiot. Odds favored that anyway as a Dolan hire. Anyway, it's win-win as the worst that can happen is better picks. At least until Zingis walks.

10  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: May 04, 2018, 08:12:35 AM
I don't know how the hell you don't take Budenholzer, but maybe he didn't want us.


* Well maybe the Lebron connection is reason enough for Fiz, considering that L's looking like he can play for another decade.
11  Sports / Basketball / Re: This is the type of performance on: May 03, 2018, 09:36:12 PM
I want to see more of in order to see equality/separation between LBJ and MJ.

There just haven't been that many of these Jordan-like "I'm a kill you fools"  games from LeBron.  

WTF?
12  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: April 27, 2018, 03:58:34 PM
my feelings have been clear.

PS

we might be able to fit Cousins into our cap next year.

anyone dead set against that?

Bo  Wink
13  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: April 26, 2018, 01:19:16 PM
That MF'er is just too much, no sign of decline. Outrageous. His game is such that he'll probably still be able to play at 45.
14  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: March 28, 2018, 02:59:52 PM
Here are some things little lesterdawg did during his misspent youth.

Climbed into window of own house from back yard - daytime, nightime.
Entered own house through back yard cellar door - daytime, nightime
Climbed into window of others houses - daytime, nightime
Entered cars not my own.
Put sleeping possums in others cars.
Broke some windows, including a car window with a big ass brick.
Vandalized all kinds of shit.
Did not tip any cows.
Never got shot at by cops or others.

I was pretty much the tamest of my crowd. None of us got shot by play soldiers.
15  Sports / Basketball / Re: Knicks on: March 28, 2018, 02:54:34 PM
But of course, you need a good fast-food meal after slaughtering black folks. Every good play soldier knows that Angry
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