Lang Greene is a NBA Writer for HOOPSWORLD covering the Atlanta Hawks and Eastern Conference. Lang’s chat gets started at 8pm EST every Wednesday.
NO ONE will beat the heat this year! Its time to fast forward to stopping them next year. What new superstar merger needs to happen that CAN beat them? CP3 and D12?
What’s up Hoop Freaks? Hope the season is treating you well. Playoff time a coming. Is your favorite team in or out? Let’s work …
I get what you’re saying and the Miami HEAT are my presumptive favorites as well but I would stay clear from final declarations. A high ankle sprain to the right player can derail any team, so while the HEAT look unstoppable they’ve still got5 to put in the work, stay healthy and focused.
In the past the book on the HEAT was to jump on them early get a lead and watch them fail to execute down the stretch. But now they’re just imposing their wills on teams around the league. I mean, teams get up by 20 points and it doesn’t even feel like Miami is in trouble to lose the game. That is insane.
I read this article about Nerlens Noel and the Cavs:
My Question is, Can you see the Cavaliers picking Nerlens Noel with their top pick? His knee injuries make me a lil suspect and the Cavs have always had problems with big men and injuries: Brad Daugherty, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Anderson Varejao
I can see the Cavaliers selecting Nerlens Noel, yes. Will they, all comes down to their respective draft position and the stability of Noel’s knee once their medical team can truly evaluate the situation. But I think Noel fits what the Cavs are trying to do. Varejao is in his 30’s and sooner or later the Cavs are going to look for a young guy in the pivot to run with Kyrie. I think Noel could be that guy. He’ll be a good supporting player in the NBA, not a franchise changer.
Personally I think the Cavs need a dynamic small forward on the wing. A 17-18 point scorer. I don’t see one of those types off guys available in the draft this year.
If you were Rich Cho of the Bobcats, which of the following scenarios would you do? Let’s pretend the lottery balls bounce for CHA and they get the #1 pick.
1) Draft Ben McLemore and do a sign and trade with Gerald Henderson
2) Re-sign Henderson and take a risk with Nerlens Noel.
The 2nd scenario would probably allow the Cats to tank another year due to Noel’s injury and put them in prime position for Parker or Wiggins in 2014 while also giving them a healthy big man with lots of potential in Noel ready to go.
Honestly, I don’t see any talent in the draft this year that will catapult the Bobcats out of the ping pong balls for 2014. McLemore is an intriguing talent and I think he’s ready for the pro game. But he has work to do. He’s not D-Wade straight out of the box ready. The Bobcats desperately need help on the interior too, so Noel makes sense but their fan base is getting restless with all of the losing so I’m not sure they can afford to wait.
Sacramento kings (or sonics) starting pg next season will be…………..?
Easy, I’m going with Isaiah Thomas as things stand right now. I don’t believe Fredette is a true point guard at the NBA level. More of a combo guy … think Ben Gordon or Randy Foye … maybe more Eddie House.
Lang: Haven’t been able to post in some time……….quick salary cap question on the Hawks. They have space, so instead of offering Smoove a max deal. Could they take that money and combine it to sign 2 or 3 players (like a Devin Harris, Korver, Hickson, Zaza, etc.) Thanks!
(I can see the Hawks making a run at Hickson, Ferry loved him in Cleveland)
Mark- good to hear from you as always.
Yes they can. But at the end of the day those guys don’t put the Hawks in a stronger position to contend for a title. Let’s be clear here, Danny Ferry was hired to change the perception of the franchise and put the team amongst the league’s elite. If you don’t bring back Josh you sure as hell better bring in another All-Star type of talent.
Ferry was high on JJ Hickson in Cleveland. That is true. Definitely something to keep an eye on.
The thing in my mind that separated MJ and Kobe from everyone else is that they outlasted Father Time the longest and stayed consistent through the years that everyone expected them to digress. I am wondering if LBJ can do the same? The punishment he takes every night makes me wonder. Especially if he suffers a major injury which he has never had throughout his career.
I hope LeBron can defy the odds, but Father Time is an undefeated champion with all wins by way of brutal knockout. I never thought Tracy McGrady would fade as quickly from the top as he did after he hit his 30s. Michael Redd is another guy. Gilbert Arenas too. Guys typically drop off dramatically as they enter their 30s. Only a select few can maintain dominance until their mid 30s. LeBron has a shot because of his size. He could easily transition to a power forward type of role is he loses a step.
Had to pick young player on a struggling organization who would most benefit from a change of organizational culture, who do you take?
Got a couple guys I would like to see in positive situations. Greg Monroe, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. You can throw in John Wall too. Those three for starters.
Long regular season winning streak the Heat has going…Pop, say’s it’s not a good thing? He should know about regular season vs post season?
All I’m saying is that if I were a Heat fan…I’d hope they lose a game soon and get it out of their system…
relax and heal up the bang’s/bruises, re-charge the battery before the PO’s, physically and mentally…. and please hire a new PA announcer.
They have Chicago, San Antonio and the Knicks in the near future, that is a yardstick?
I hope the Heat win out in the regular season…it would drain them so much they couldn’t possibly win another championship?
Just my opinion.
Jim- appreciate the love as always, but man, I have to disagree with you here.
There is some truth to peaking too early, but not in this case. This is the right time to be peaking if you ask me. To me, I don’t think there is any reason to want a club to willingly lose a game. That’s just me. Trust me, so much of the game is mental that when an opposing team sees the HEAT roll into their arena with a 27 game winning streak they start doubting themselves too. When teams around the league see the HEAT routinely comeback from 30 points down to win by 15 points you don’t think that instills a level of intimidation.
In boxing, opponents feared Mike Tyson’s punching power that they were already falling before they even got it clean. Only when Tyson got busted up by Buster Douglas was the blueprint discovered how to beat him. Whether the early assault then take him to deep waters to drown him. Tyson was never the same after that loss.
So, if you’re a HEAT fan you don’t want the team to lose going into the playoffs. You don’t want another team finding a loophole. You want LeBron and Co. to continue placing foot on neck and coasting to wins.
I see coach Pop’s point, but remember he’s usually been dealing with a much older team where rest is much more important. LeBron is in his prime.
My usual list of question:
1. The Josh Smith experiment has got to be over for the Hawks, No?
2. Do you think LD will be back? Josh is back we definitely need a different coach?
3. Thoughts on LD’s constant shuffling of line-up(and please don’t say injuries)?I hate it, the players must too – Teague penetrates only to pass to Jones instead of Korver or Stephenson. LD sometimes out thinks himself.
4. Why did LD not play John J in the first half last game when he has been getting consistent minute?
5. Do you think Teague will be back with Hawks and at what price?
6. Why does LD insist on NOT running the offense through Al and Teague consistently?
Judy – I see you’re in playoff form … hope all is well.
1. I had a feeling he wouldn’t be traded, but I still think we’re at a 50/50 split right now. Still a strong chance he return to Atlanta next season.
2. I respect the hell out of Larry Drew. The guy has won with a variety of different rosters, maintained through injuries and is just a genuinely nice dude. But at the end of the day, I believe Ferry will look in another direction at head coach. Most execs like to bring in their own people and Danny has been doing just that behind the scenes.
3. See your point. LD definitely has an erratic rotation at the bottom end. But when you think about it, how much separation is there really between guys like Ivan, Tolliver and DeShawn on a nightly basis?
4. Not sure. As a rookie, JJ should be happy getting any run on a playoff bound team. Look around the league, not many rookies getting burn on teams headed to the postseason.
5. Yes, I think the Hawks match Teague unless it gets ridiculous. The 8-9 million per year range seems feasible to me. If a team comes and offers $11 million per year (Stephen Curry money) I think the Hawks should walk …
6. Well, Al is taking the most shot attempts per game of his career this season and Jeff is averaging a career high in assists and has posted more double digit assist games this season so far than any other campaign. So the right guys are touching the rock
hello mr Greene, i just want to thank you and all the guys here at hoopsworld, you all do a great job. i live in denmark and a rarely have the opportunity to watch nba games part because of the time difference,and we dont have any channels that broadcast nba games, so i enjoy you chats and this website is great. would you rather see the mavs or the lakers making the playoffs ??
Thank you my man and call me Lang. Great group of guys (and gal – shout out to SB) on the staff. Good place to write.
For my money, as a fan, I’d rather see the Lakers because of the star power. Even though they’d get bounced relatively quick, Kobe wouldn’t go down without a fight.
Who is the meanest, prettiest, baddest mofo low-down round this town?
Sho-Nuff … the Shogun of Harlem! All-time classic movie!!!!!
I was trying to remeber the preseason picks that you all made and if I’m correct everyone at Hoopsworld picked the Knicks to self destruct and finish last in the Atlantic and barely if at all make the playoffs. Between all of you and Barkley why is there so much hate on the Knicks. I personally think they are better than you all give them credit for. They had Miami in all three games and the one they lost, I chalk up to coaching leaving stat on da bench when he was killing it. Not saying they will beat them in playoffs but they are better than ppl think.
The Knicks finishing last in the Atlantic prediction was all ME … no one else on the team. But I didn’t just pull it out of the air to be controversial.
I just thought things would implode from within. They lost a solid glue guy in Landry Fields. JR Smith is basically playing for a new deal. Amar’e started the season hurt. Iman Shumpert started the season hurt. Kurt Thomas and Marcus Camby started their college careers my freshman year of high school (or close to it). Last we had saw Ray Felton he was leading a player rebellion and terribly out of shape in Portland. And lastly, the man they brought in to stabilize things, Jason Kidd, had an incident of being suspected to be driving under the influence.
So, yeah, with my right mind I could pick them to finish first in the conference. In hindsight should have pegged them third or fourth. The Knicks have definitely exceeded my expectations.
Lang whats good with you man , It’s spring break!!! Let’s get these 3 in
1. Would Brain Shaw make a good Head Coach for the hawks
2. Is Danny Granger to washed up for the Hawks to consider (With Paul George Shinning this could be possible)
3. Who would draft with our two picks this year and what free agent would you add beside Al Jefferson to improve our Hawks
3Q! Spring Break, I remember those days … now I only get eight holidays a year …
1. Good question. I think so if the Hawks were blowing things up at the end of the season. Not sure how a rookie head coach would be viewed by a core who has six straight playoff appearances to their credit. Could be friction or he could give them the edge to push them over the top, but it would be risky.
2. Depends on how much the Pacers want for Danny. DG has bad knees and will likely never be a 70 game player again. Sad. He was just what the Hawks needed 2-3 seasons ago. A dynamic scorer next to Joe Johnson.
3. I really would look at the Trey Burke kid out of Michigan if he was still on the board. If the Alex Lin kid fell that’d be an interesting look as well. If Teague gets a crazy offer you can’t afford to match I would look into Jarrett Jack at point guard in free agency.
How can my Pacers find that missing piece to make them Championship contenders? What is that piece? (To me it is a pure scorer to pair with PG’s all round game)
Until Granger’s knees betrayed him my answer to this was simple … organic growth from within. Paul George raising his game. They need more consistency from Hibbert. They got a solid bounce back year from David West … the only thing missing was Granger this season. Indiana would have been a legit contender if DG was still capable of carrying a load.
Dawg ! that Jay-Z song is dead on point for the movie 42 lol Question: If the Hawks miss out on all the big free agents this year do we tank for the draft or try to build through trades to stay competitive to make the playoffs
Beanz! Nah man, I don’t feel that Jay-Z track on Jackie Robinson’s commercial. The man was an icon, they could have went so many directions.
Doubt the Hawks’ new leadership group goes the tank route. They want to win. They don’t want to rebuild. IF they wanted to rebuild they could have went all-in that direction last summer when they traded Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams. If Atlanta missed out on all major guys I think you’d see them get creative in the trade market with their cap room.
whats up man ? portland fan from pasadena,ca
i know the season is still going but lets say we dont make the playoffs. we have a good core batum, LA, lillard who do we get a center with the cap space we have do you think neil olshay with make a big slash ? and what do you think we should do about jj hickson personally i think we should sign and trade him.
Future is bright in Portland. Try to sign JJ, but if the number is crazy walk away. Much rather bring in a guy like Chris Kaman or Samuel Dalembert for a year or two until a stud in the pivot becomes available.
Hey Lang hope all’s well.
Just curious on what you think about Vasquez of NOLA. Is he due to be targeted by many teams once his contract is up? I think he’d be a good fit in Dallas as Kidd and Nash once were with Dirk, and not bad next to Mayo if he resigns. I’d give up Collison but I think he’s already on his last year.
Darren Collison is likely headed to restricted free agency. I like Vasquez. He has some weaknesses but he’s a player. I always felt that way about him. He’s always had such a confidence in his game, even when he was riding the pine starting his career all the way back to his Maryland days. Those type of confident guys really get me in their corner.
You guys have a great week and be safe out there on those streets – suburban or urban … danger is everywhere. Out dawg.
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