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The Atlanta hawks needs an improvement at the SF position. Could they flip Jeff teague and for who
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The Hawks really like Jeff Teague and see him as part of their long-term plan. That’s why they were willing to match the Milwaukee Bucks’ four-year, $32 million offer sheet this summer. It’s hard to imagine Atlanta moving Teague since they like his game and want to continue developing him. Also, the Hawks just signed Kyle Korver to a four-year, $24 million deal so clearly they feel like he’s going to be their guy at the three. They could definitely use some depth behind Korver though so I wouldn’t be surprised if they signed someone.
Everyone in new Zealand is really excited for Steven adams, our first lottery pick. Do you see him getting minutes or will he be in the Dleague for a couple seasons?
Also, do you have any insight to why kirk penney could never get onto a roster after various summer camp invites and string showings at the Olympics ?
I’m a big Steven Adams fan and I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do in the league. At first, he’ll likely play in the D-League. Oklahoma City is obviously a contending team so they are going to play their veterans rather than young guys. Jeremy Lamb, Perry Jones III and Reggie Jackson all had to go through the same thing. I think Adams will eventually be an important piece for the Thunder, replacing Kendrick Perkins in the starting lineup, but don’t expect him to receive big minutes from day one. Oklahoma City will put him on a customized development plan and take things slow with him.
Not sure why Kirk Penney couldn’t get onto a roster. There are a lot of talented players who just don’t end up making it because there are so few roster spots. Even if a guy plays well when given an opportunity, unfortunately it doesn’t always mean he’s going to get a shot in the NBA.
Kobe is 6000 something points away from the all time scoring list in nba history, which means if he wants to become the no.1 in the league, he needs to play at least 3 more season with average 25.6 ppg, is that even possible? were there any cases about Kobe’s injury and how it affect the player’ performance after surgery. Thank you.
I’ll have a much better answer for you in several months. It’s definitely possible, but it’s hard to say if Kobe will still be capable of averaging that many points until we see how he looks returning from the injury. An Achilles injury is very tough to come back from and, even once it’s healed, it can sometimes lead to other nagging injuries. Chauncey Billups is a perfect example. It wasn’t the Achilles that kept him sidelined this past season, it was all of the other injuries that popped up as he was trying to get back. I’m hoping that Kobe can still play at that high level and average over 25 points per game because he’s a joy to watch as a basketball fan, but we can’t know for sure how the injury will affect him. Like I said, we’ll have a much better idea in the next few months.
someone in a previous chat called tmac selfish and only interested in scoring…. and that really got to me. people need to know that tmac was one of the best non-pg passers of all time….. only lebron was as good of a passer as he in that era….. and people need to give credit where credit is due… tmac hall of fame…. there are far far far worse players in there and theres no reason to punish him for being a superior talent who had a god awful supporting cast in his prime… even worse than lebrons cleveland supporting cast before mo williams came over….. if yaos body held up and tmacs body had held up theres no doubt in my mind they would have at least made a trip to the western conference finals…. stop the nonsense its making me sick
I agree with you. I talked with Tracy at the NBA Finals in June and he made similar points. Here’s what he had to say about having to carry the scoring load and take that many shots throughout his career:
“I had to [in Orlando] because no Grant Hill. There was more of a burden on my shoulders to carry the team. That’s just what I had to do. Same thing in Houston. I mean, Yao was a big part of our team, but he wasn’t a dominating guy like Shaq, a 25 and 15 guy. I don’t even think he averaged 20 points. It was still a lot for me because I had to get him the ball. I didn’t know I was capable of that type of performance as far as scoring. I didn’t know I had that in me, I really didn’t. I thought I’d be somewhere around the game that LeBron had [in Game 1 of the Finals], minus the 18 rebounds. You know, 18 [points], 10 [rebounds] and seven [assists]. But it was just the work that I put in. I started to build confidence, I had more of the backing of the coaches and my teammates allowed me to go out there and just be me.”
Tracy definitely viewed himself as more of an all-around player and someone that facilitates for others. But when his team needed him to step up and become a scorer, he was able to do that better than anyone (himself included) imagined.
Just curious how assistant coaches get recognized for head coaching positions a la Mike Budenholzer and Brett Brown. Is it because they were under Gregg Popovich? They normally don’t get to coach during the season, occasionally when the head coach is tossed or is away from the team.
Every executive has an idea of which assistant coaches are possible head coaching candidates. Keep in mind, most assistant coaches have to interview for a few offseasons before they get a shot at becoming a head coach. Mike Malone and Brian Shaw are excellent examples. They were respected and regarded as top assistants, but they had to interview with several teams before getting hired. Executives become familiar with these guys and the same names often pop up when a team is doing a coaching search. Working for a top head coach like Gregg Popovich certainly helps, though. It’s like being an intern for a top company. It also helps because teams like to model themselves after successful franchises. Another way for an assistant to separate himself is by working with an individual player and then that player having a breakout season. Shaw got a lot of credit for Paul George’s ascent to stardom because he was working with him individually. Being able to crush the interview is important too. Some coaches get hired not because they’re the best candidate, but because they’re the best at selling themselves as the best candidate.
What do you know about steph curry`s brother seth curry? Does he have any similarities to his star brother?
I spent some time with Seth Curry at the combine and during his pre-draft training at IMG Academy. He seems like a great guy, just like Steph, and he’s a very hard worker. He obviously doesn’t have Steph’s star potential, but he could be a three-point specialist in the league. He has an excellent shot. Don’t judge him off of what you saw last year at Duke because he played the entire season injured. His size is a concern, but he may be able to stick in the league if he continues to develop his point guard skills and gets the right opportunity.
Hey Alex, i hope you´re doing well during the offseason. I´m so thankful for this site, especially during summertime.
I have a feeling that Durant and Westbrook might have screwed up their title chances in the near future. When you look back at the 2011-2012 season, there was really just SA,MIA,CHI and OKC, maybe IND starting to come up.
There are so many great young teams coming up, that i really really have to doubt that Durant catches a Ring before he turns 30, i´m hopeful he will during his career, but as of right now, there is simply too much competition for this kid coming from the west and also looming far in the east. GSW,MEM,LAC,IND all of them are capable of beating them in addition to SAS,MIA and CHI.
your take on this?
Kind regards from germany, right now i´m joining all of your hoopsworld chats with questions from all over US-basketball, because…well it´s summertime.
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I agree that there is more competition for Oklahoma City now than there was two years ago. Not only do they have to worry about LeBron James over the next few years, they have to worry about the Pacers, Clippers, Warriors, Rockets, Grizzlies, etc.
However, I’m not sure Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook can be blamed for not taking advantage of their Finals opportunity since they were so young. Neither of those guys thought that would be their last season with James Harden either, since pretty much everyone thought he’d be back on a long-term deal (James included). It’ll be tough for Durant to get a ring, but it’s definitely possible. He and Westbrook have improved every year that they’ve been in the league and I think that will continue as they get closer to entering their prime. Also, I still view Sam Presti as one of the best executives in the NBA, so we’ll see what happens.
who should the knicks starting 5 be?
I would go with Raymond Felton, Iman Shumpert, Metta World Peace, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler.
nolan smith to celtics? I’d like to see it
I talked with Nolan Smith at the Orlando Summer League and he said that was going to go to training camp with the Celtics. However, that was before he inked a deal with Croatia’s Cedevita Zagreb recently. He really hasn’t made much money in the NBA so I guess he decided to get a payday and then try to resume his NBA career when he gets back.
Where do you see the Wolves ending up in the Western Conference playoff bracket if they can stay healthy? Out? 8th? Higher?
They’ll definitely be in the mix for the seventh or eighth seed. It’s just a matter of them staying healthy. When they’re at 100 percent, they’re a scary team. I love the additions they’ve made over the offseason too. Kevin Martin is the scoring shooting guard that they’ve been searching for in recent years and Corey Brewer, Shabazz Muhammad, Gorgui Dieng, etc. give them some much-needed depth. If Minnesota is completely healthy, I think they’re a playoff team. That’s just a big if considering the injuries they’ve had to deal with in recent years.
Which do you think is the limit of minutes of oden?
The HEAT will move very slowly with Oden. Don’t expect to see much of him early in the season. He’s going to be working out at the facility and learning the system, but the goal is for him to be a contributor in the playoffs. The last thing they want to do is rush him out there and have him get hurt early in the season. If anything, he’ll play limited minutes early in the year and then his role will gradually increase as the season continues. They’re focused on having him available for the postseason – that’s the biggest thing.
Do you think there will be a lockout/missed games in 2017?
Man, I hope not. I hated the last lockout. It’s too early to tell what’s going to happen in a few years, but it wouldn’t surprise me. I’m hoping that they can get a new CBA ironed out without missing games because I really hate covering the negotiations. We’ll see.
I know its hard to go against lebron, but i have a feeling that drose will win the mvp and lead chicago to a tittle.
It wouldn’t surprise me if a team dethroned Miami this year, but I’m still taking LeBron James for MVP. The gap between LeBron and everyone else is enormous right now. I tweeted this out a few days ago: The PER gap between LeBron and second-place Kevin Durant was 3.3. That’s equivalent to the gap between James Harden and J.J. Hickson. The gap between LeBron and third-place Chris Paul was 5.3, which is basically the gap between a superstar and a role player. By comparison, Kobe Bryant and Ramon Sessions have 5.3 gap. LeBron is just so dominant right now and it’s hard to imagine anyone taking that trophy from him.
Do you think Brookly ever changes their name from “Nets”?
What first time All-Stars can you see this year?
Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, Kawhi Leonard and John Wall are some possibilities.
I was watching the Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals the other day and I was amazed from the Lakers defensive effort. Great and quick rotations, players helping each other, sacrificing their bodies, a lot of talking. The 5 players who finished the game were: Fisher,Kobe,Artest,Odom,Gasol.
2012-2013 season’s starting 5: Nash,Kobe,Metta,Gasol,Howard.
The 3/5 of the players was the the same as 3 years ago (3 years older), Nash as a PG and the BEAST in defense DH12.
So….what was wrong with last year’s defense? Is it all about the aging players? Does age explains that MESS in defense? I tend to believe that ok, yes, age is a factor but is chemistry a bigger one? Will the departure of DH12 + Rambis make the Lakers defense better than last year’s?
Aging players, chemistry issues and coaching are to blame, in my opinion.
I don’t think the Lakers will be better defensively this year, though. I think they’ll be worse. Looking at the roster, they really don’t have many defensive-oriented players on the team. Rambis will help, but that’s a tough roster for any coach to work with.
What do you think of the Cavs lineup? Sure they have talent, but who gets minutes where? I personally think it is poorly formed.
I like it. I’m curious to see if Anthony Bennett can play the three. If he can, I think their starting lineup will be Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Anthony Bennett, Tristan Thompson and Andrew Bynum. That would make their second unit Jarrett Jack, C.J. Miles, Earl Clark, Anderson Varejao, Tyler Zeller. That’s a very talented, deep team.
Hey Alex. I’m a big fan, by the way. I don’t like how everybody is putting down the Lakers talking about how they will struggle tremendously this season. I don’t believe it, to be honest. They picked up Nick Young, who is a lights out scorer off the bench while Kobe is recovering from injury as well as out of the game. They also picked up Chris Kaman, who has proven himself as a humble, solid center in the league. They lost Dwight Howard, but I believe he brought a negative attitude to the team and hurt the teammate chemistry greatly. What is your opinion on the pickups by LAL and what are your predictions for their season?
Thanks Wyatt, I appreciate it. I’m not very high on the Lakers this year, but I don’t think they’ll struggle tremendously. If Kobe Bryant can return at a high level and Steve Nash and Pau Gasol can stay healthy, they still have a lot of talent. They’ll also have more chemistry since last year’s team since that core group will have a year of experience together under their belt. I also like the addition of Nick Young – I think that was an underrated move. Like I said a few answers ago, though, I’m worried about their defense. I think teams are going to be able to put up a lot of points against Los Angeles, so they better hope their offense is able to win them some shootouts.
how good do you think andrew wiggins will be? how much of a fit do you think andrew wiggins would be on the 76ers? lastly if the 76ers cant pick andrew wiggins and get the 2nd,3rd, or 4th pick who do you think we will pick?
I’m an Andrew Wiggins believer. He has all of the tools to be a very special player. He’s a franchise-changer. He’ll make any team better. The Sixers are particularly interesting though since they just drafted Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams. A young core of Wiggins, Noel and Carter-Williams would be outstanding and a lot of fun to watch. They’d be one of the best up-and-coming teams in the league, in my opinion. Even if Philly misses on Wiggins and grabs someone like Julius Randle, Jabari Parker or Aaron Gordon, they’ll have a very nice young core to build around. I like what Sam Hinkie has done.
Knicks/Nets, Warriors/Clippers, and Rockets/Spurs? Who are the better teams and do you expect any of these state “rivalries” to flourish?
I’d go Nets, Clippers and Spurs. I do expect the rivalries to flourish because I think the fans get into it. I’m looking forward to those match-ups this season. They’re always fun.
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