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It irritates me when people put the warriors ahead of the rockets…… I’m not sure if your one of them….. but when you look at golden states statistics…. which i think daryl morey and his recent genius work have proved that there belief in the numbers are at the very least valid…… golden states numbers were much much worse then what a team of their record should have….. the most basic and obvious of those statistics being point differencial which was just shockingly poor…… and i’d say they lost there second most important player in jack…. who was just a perfect fit as a sixth man finishing games and allowing Thompson and curry to come off screens and do what they do best…. shoot…… and people don’t realize…… during the regular season….. jack would often close for the warriors… sure they had a good run… sure they got iguadola,….. but don’t you think that the overpriced contracts of bogut and lee prevent them from getting any better? i mean i would have just signed jack who signed for 4 years 25 mil compared to iguadola and his 4 year 48 mil deal….. it puts them in a whole…. too many big contracts….. and on top of those contracts….. whose to say bogut can stay healthy? whose to stay lee can stay healthy? whose to say curry can stay healthy? odds are curry won’t be 100 percent in the playoffs if he plays in it at all. i feel they’ve dug themselves in a hole of a destined 5 or 6 seed… and thats if they can all stay healthy which is highly unlikely…. plus iguadola has had history of struggling in the playoffs. are you on my side here? I’m i just being totally biased or is there some truth to this?
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I have an article dropping later this afternoon that puts the Rockets and Warriors in the same category since both young teams ended multi-year playoff droughts last season and are looking to make the next step to legitimate contender this year.
However, I would agree with you that the Rockets are further along than the Warriors. Both teams have a bright a future and it’s clear that their best basketball is ahead of them, but I believe Houston will finish higher in the standings this upcoming season. You also make some good points about Jarrett Jack leaving, Golden State’s core needing to stay healthy, etc.
I just submitted my predictions to USA TODAY, and I have Houston finishing third in the West and Golden State finishing fifth.
What are the chances Sebastian Telfair signs with the Knicks?
The Knicks are definitely the frontrunner to sign Sebastian Telfair, from what I’ve been told. Other contenders such as Miami and Oklahoma City have reached out to Telfair’s camp, but there’s mutual interest between the Knicks and the point guard. Telfair loves the idea of going back to New York and playing 30 minutes from his home. I’m not ready to say that a signing is imminent, but the two sides continue to talk and it’s definitely a possibility.
i need your advice my dream is to become a general manager but i know its a long shot so i would probably needed to become a scout first what advice would you give me to study in college
You should major in Sports Management in college, but you also need to make sure you network and meet people who can help turn your dream into reality. It’s all about who you know because you need someone to give you that initial opportunity that allows you to work your way up. Getting involved with scouting is smart, but make sure you’re building relationships. It also helps to have a friend in the media who can make sure your hard work gets noticed.
Wow! Pistons killed Bucks…not 1 single 1st rounder? C’mon!…how do u feel about that trade and what does it do for either team? What could the Bucks done to get more leverage? me thinks Detroit needs shooters more than ever!
I think both teams got exactly what they wanted out of the deal.
The Pistons are clearly trying to win now and they felt that Brandon Jennings puts them closer to the playoffs. They also managed to land their point guard of the future without having to give up Andre Drummond or Greg Monroe, which is what held up the Rajon Rondo talks with the Boston Celtics.
The Bucks didn’t want to commit a lot of money to Jennings (which says something) so they were content with cashing him in for Brandon Knight (a younger point guard whose ceiling is arguably higher than Jennings’). Keep in mind, Jennings could’ve signed a large offer sheet out of Milwaukee’s price range, which means they could’ve lost him for nothing. I don’t have any problem with what the Bucks did. I think this move is better than overpaying for Jennings.
Alex, why is there a dearth of dominant interior players in the league nowadays? DO you think Derrick Favors and Greg Monroe could emerge as dominant low post forces over the next couple of years?
That’s a great question. I think we need to do a better job of developing young big men. I’ve spent a lot of time with top high school centers who aren’t taught fundamentals or low-post moves. Instead, they’re just told to use their size and athleticism to dominate. Coaches should do a better job helping these kids expand their game. That’s why a big man like Jahlil Okafor is so special. For those who don’t know, Okafor is arguably the next great center (here is an article I wrote about him a few months ago). His post moves are just ridiculous, but it’s because he has been working with a big man coach and professional trainer for years. More players need to receive the kind of instruction that Okafor has received.
Derrick Favors and Greg Monroe are certainly in that next wave of centers. They are very different in terms of how they impact the game, but I think both have the potential to become dominant forces.
Hello. big fan of your chats. keep up the good work.
Re: proposed Doc & KG trade with clippers for Jordan.
i know this is old news and the deal never materialized, but i was wondering at the time, and still am, why either side would have been speaking of such a trade when it is in clear violation of league rules. surely someone in the room knew this, so am i to assume that someone leaked this news in order to quash the KG portion of this deal? because if i’m the clippers, i’d rather be rolling into the postseason the next two years with a front line of KG & BG (with a chance of signing pierce….)as opposed to DJ & BG. can you shed some light on what might have happened and why? many thanks.
Honestly, it’s because executives talk too much. While it probably wasn’t an executive who called up a reporter and told them what’s going on, an executive most likely told another executive or player or agent, and that’s how it leaked back to the media. That happens all the time. When a big transaction is about to happen, these guys get excited and start running their mouth. In this instance, it cost the Clippers a very scary frontcourt. Like you said, it’s very possible that a rival executive heard about this deal and then leaked it just so that it wouldn’t go through.
do you see the cavs trading or pursuing someone to fill the 3 spot on the roster because thats really the only position not get excited about, K. irving- All star, Dion Waiters- budding player, Alanzo gee, Tristan thompson- budding post player, A. Bynum, when healthy all-pro and either second or first best center in league based on opinion, A. bennet- this years number 1 overall pick see alanzo gee doesnt excite or anything of the sort seems best as bench player
Why would they acquire a small forward when LeBron James is going to sign there next summer?
All jokes aside, the Cavaliers really like Gee and the things he brings to team. While he may not be a big name or lottery pick like some of their other players, they feel he’s a solid player who fills his role well. It’s possible that Cleveland will make a trade, but I don’t think they’re in any rush to make that move. Also, they want to see if Anthony Bennett can play the three. If he can, they may already have their small forward of the future.
What do you think of the acquisition of Brandon Jennings to the Pistons?
I understand why the Pistons made the move. They have missed the playoffs in the last four seasons and have a 111-201 record during that span. Joe Dumars wanted to make some splashy moves this summer to put Detroit back into the playoffs (and protect his job). However, I’m not sure how the one-two punch of Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith will work. They really need those guys to play under control and become more efficient, and neither Jennings nor Smith have a reputation for doing those things. This team could be really good because a core of Jennings, Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond is very talented, but this team could also be really bad if Jennings, Smith and co. take bad shots and struggle to coexist. We’ll see what happens. It was a high-risk, high-reward move for Detroit.
When does the NBA Schedule come out?
I believe it’s coming out next week. I think I heard August 6, but I’m not positive on the exact date.
The Lakers don’t seem to be getting over the fact that D12 bolted LA for the Rockets? Why are they still talking about this?
Hard to blame them for being upset. Dwight Howard is one of the best players in the league when healthy, and they lost him for nothing. It hasn’t even been a month since he left so I don’t blame them for not moving on. Also, this isn’t something that happens to the Lakers so I’m sure it’s hard for that fan base to wrap their head around losing a star to free agency for the first time. And it’s not like they can move on and get excited about the team they’re putting out there next season.
Alex, as a Knicks fan myself, do you see Carmelo Anthony retiring a Knick?
Hard to say. I don’t think he’s looking to leave New York, but it’s all about the situation. If he can’t contend for a title with the Knicks, he may start thinking that the grass is greener elsewhere. There aren’t many teams that can compete with the Knicks’ market, off-court opportunities, etc. However, as we saw with Dwight Howard recently, sometimes a star will leave a large market and seemingly good situation if they feel they have a better chance of winning elsewhere.
Many people/analysts believe that the Lakers will be a lottery team and MAYBE fight for the 8th spot, because “the team is worse than last year without DH12, Metta,Jamison,Earl, and since last year Lakers clinched a playoff spot in the very last day, this year should fall into 10-11 spot”. They continue:”With DH12,healthy Kobe they won 45 games. Without DH12, Kobe coming from Achilles, Nash and Gasol older, 40- wins is a safe bet”. I do not really follow that childish logic.
Last year’s record is not a benchmark. If last season’s record was as high as the expectations (55+ wins) then yes, start subtracting 8-10 wins from the “2012-2013 Big 4 team” and come down to the upcoming year’s record of around 45 wins. But starting from 45 as a benchmark?! No way!
Team’s chemistry should be better this year, Kobe is still on that team, Nash-Gasol as well (even on a declining mode), some very useful CHEAP choices have been made…. I just don’t believe it is a FACT that the Lakers will be a WORSE team this year. A good season for this year can easily mean overpassing the 45-wins-AWUFUL last season’s record. I personally feel that Lakers will win more than 45 games (48-49 my guess) Thoughts? Thank you
I see what you’re saying, but it’s also hard to bet on an ailing Kobe Bryant, aging Steve Nash and declining Pau Gasol. Not to mention, the Lakers could very well be the worst defensive team in the league this season given their supporting cast and head coach. While it’s possible that this team comes together and surprises people because they’re finally healthy and on the same page, you can see why people would have them as a fringe playoff team. In the predictions that I submitted to USA TODAY for their season preview publication, I had them finishing as the eighth seed in the West.
1)Throughout the last 5 years, being a Blazer’s fan has been an up and down debacle of potentialities. The thought of how good they would have been with a healthy Roy/Aldridge/Oden is one of the pies in the sky that we as fans clung to. What I’m wondering is why things are so different now? Is Lillard/Aldridge/Batum that much worse of a group? They are all improving, even LA has showed improvement in the clutch aspects of his game, and has extended his range to the three point line. If this team continues to progress, as it would seem natural to do, could they be largely done constructing their team?
2)Trading Lamarcus would be a step backwards, as no one is trying to make a lateral trade involving him. “What they can get for him” conversations usually leave out the fact that we can still get 2 years out of an all star player in his prime, an opportunity rarely afforded to Portland teams. This considered, what would you feel is a fair price for LA should they trade him?
1) I love the Blazers’ core of Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Nic Batum. They are very talented and they complement each other very well. Like you said, the Blazers could just be a year or two of internal development away from being a very scary team. Sure, adding a defensive center would be great, but there’s nothing wrong with Portland’s core as currently constructed.
2) The Blazers are approaching the LaMarcus situation exactly how you described it. They have all of the leverage and don’t have to trade him if they don’t like what’s being offered. In a year, Aldridge will start to have some leverage because he could threaten not to re-sign with certain teams trying to trade for him (just as Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard did recently), but Portland is in no rush to make that move today. I think they’re hoping that they can take the next step this season, make the playoffs and then everything will work itself out. If they do have to eventually trade him, they can ask for a lot. Aldridge is one of the best low-post players in the NBA so their asking price should be high.
What did you think of Dennis Lindsey’s draft results?
Did Trey Burke’s Orlando performance sour your opinion?
Is Ian Clark the real “Trey Burke?”
And, your thought on Favors/Kanter?
I think Dennis Lindsey did a good job, and I’m not worried about Trey Burke. I spent some time with him in Orlando and while it wasn’t the summer league performance that he was hoping for, I’m not ready to write him off just yet. His transition to the NBA may be rocky, but he’s a very talented player with a great head on his shoulders. I think he’s going to be alright and develop into Utah’s floor general of the future. He’s a very hard worker and I think he’s going to keep grinding until he can become the player that he wants to be. At every level, people have doubted him, but he’s always experienced success and had the last laugh. I think he’ll do the same thing in the NBA.
Ian Clark may become a solid role player, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
I love the Derrick Favors/Enes Kanter frontcourt. They’re going to be special in a few years.
Do you see the Hawks making any more additions to the roster? What do you think of their offseason so far?
They’re kicking the tires on a few role players, but I think they’re done making big moves. I think they had a pretty good offseason. It wasn’t the super summer that they were hoping for because they didn’t land Dwight Howard and Chris Paul, but they’ll be a playoff team next year. Al Horford, Paul Millsap, Jeff Teague and Lou Williams is a nice core.
Alex, Pat Riley talked about being a major player in the free agent market come August and September. Who do you think they will target as they enter training camp?
Right now, they’re pursuing Greg Oden and Mo Williams with their taxpayer mid-level exception. As August and September get closer, they’ll try to land some contributors on veteran minimum deals. They’ll be in the mix for all of the veterans who are looking to join a contender. Some names that comes to mind are Stephen Jackson, Corey Maggette, Ronnie Brewer, Raja Bell, Antawn Jamison, Tyrus Thomas, etc.
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