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.
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Do the Warriors hold the title of “best Cali team” currently due to the Speights and Iggy acquisitions? Or does Doc Rivers make the Clippers legitimate contenders with JJ plus Dudley for better spacing (and a possible Antawn Jamison addition to help provide a scoring punch off the bench)? I think the Dubs are deadlier with the Splash Bros but Chris Paul seems extra motivated with LA catering to his every need (championship coach, key role players that will contribute, max contract).
What’s up Hoop Freaks? Hope the offseason is treating your favorite teams well. Plenty in the queue tonight so let’s bang this out … and yes, the soundtrack for tonight’s chack is courtesy of my man @DaHybrid33 and the Hip-Hop barbershop
Lol. Man, you wild. I haven’t heard this comparison before. I
I think Golden State has had a strong summer, but I still think the Clippers are the better squad. Slightly. They have more star power at the top w/ Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. I would love to see these two matchup in the playoffs next season. While I think the Clippers are better, the Warriors are right there. Just need to see how the chemistry works out there. Golden State was sparked last yer by their strong chemistry. Landry and Jack were big parts of it … so we’ll see as they’re no longer in the building.
should spurs just give up since we blew it and tank for ANDREW WIGGINS?
No. The Spurs are currently constructed were literally 25 seconds away from winning a title this past season. Why on earth would you blow that up with Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard both still playing at a high level (Duncan too).
whats on earth is taking greg oden so long to decide on a team? he had more than a year to pick a team, he should just sign with spurs already, right?
The Cavs were interested in Greg Oden. But they changed directions and went toward Andrew Bynum’s direction. So Greg will get his shot, but he’s going to have to respect the pecking order.
Hey Lang! Mass confusion out here in Sacto… Overloaded with PFs and SGs, no reliable SF…now looking at Monta? What gives?
Sounds like new ownership and the new coaching staff are stockpiling the roster w/ talented pieces in order to flip those same assets into trade bait at a later time. The team is rebuilding but is talented at multiple spots as you mentioned. They’re going to compete but the playoffs are out of the question. New ownership is just trying to get an exciting squad on the floor … a quality product for the fans to enjoy.
I’m glad to see my Pels making moves, but I am a little disappointed at the sf position with just Aminu signed. I was hoping for someone with more D and 3 ability like a Brewer. Are there more moves ahead for Dealer Dell?
Aminu isn’t a bad option in all honesty. Matter of fact he’s one of the better rebounding small forwards in the league right now. That’s what you need him for … Tyreke, Eric Gordon, Anthony Davis, Ryan Anderson and Jrue Holiday will get the buckets.
so what are the chances rondo is out of boston by start of season….and does detroit have best chance/asset if he does become available?
I think Rajon Rondo will be on the roster at the beginning of the season. However, I do believe that the trade winds are swirling and it’s only a matter of time before he’s donning a new uniform. If he comes back from the ACL injury and is scorching the league … I think Ainge will make the move.
Lang, my man. (I hear if you’re called my man, that’s a slam dunk for getting your question answered – lol) If the Hawks & Mavs strike out on Bynum, what are their likely options at center?
The rumors are right my man. Lol.
The center market is drying up. Maybe the Hawks will look into a Timofey Mozgov or a Greg Oden type. Samuel Dalembert is also available, but from what I’m hearing he’s not getting a lot of interest at the moment.
Is it likely that the Cavs will sign Bynum? How do you think he will be a 19 and 12 player? And if he is a 19 and 12 player. Are the Cavs a playoff team?
Broussard is reporting Bynum has decided to join Cleveland. I don’t think Bynum will be asked to produce those kinds of numbers and coming off an injury plagued season I think it it would be an unrealistic expectation. If he can give the Cavs 22-24 minutes per game next season and appear in 60 contests that’s a win-win scenario.
What’s good with you Lang! Man you had a hater on another blog from hoopsworld that didn’t understand the relationships you’ve built with the people, that make this the best chat session HW has going. With that being said keep doing your thang I love it.
1. I know Josh wanted to make a run at a ring, but he’s not going no where near a ring with them Piston’s.
2. If the Hawks are trying to build a contending team instead of tanking wouldn’t it have been better to keep Josh at 4years60-65 then Paul this change in the 4 position doesn’t make any sense unless Josh was completely done with the Hawks
3. Please tell me something good about these Hawks, because rite now this is not a team I want to cheer for much less then watch (What highlight factory with this roster)
3Q! What’s good? Thanks for the line. I’m not sure what you’re referring to exactly but man I’m just doing me and being myself … supporting my family, staying out of trouble and grinding. Critics are going to critique … and that’s just part of the game. On to the questions
1. Josh Smith had to take the money. Detroit was the highest bidder and it’s actually a pretty good situation for him right now. Good frontcourt. But Josh had to take the money.
2. Paul Millsap was a very savvy move and on a two-year deal I can’t find too much negative to say about it. I like Millsap, he’s a guy who plays within himself and brings the hard hat to the construction site every night.
3. The Hawks are still in a very solid place from a cap position to be flexible moving forward. The team no longer has those dealsfrom years past which made it hard for them to make changes on the move.
Hey Lang, hope you are keeping cool. So, what is up with the Hawks? I think fans had higher expectations than losing J-Smooth for nothing, signing another PF, and leaving Teague out to dry. What is the plan?
The fans had visions of grandeur this summer. But Dwight Howard and Chris Paul were more of a best case scenario. I’ve said it from the beginning, I expect the Hawks to compete this year but the playoffs may be stretch. I know fans don’t want to hear this, but this wasn’t going to be a 1-2 year plan. Ferry has a 3-5 year vision.
Hows it goin Mr.Green? have some questions about my Bucks.
do you think it would be better for them to give out some bigger one year deals and try again in free agency next year, considering they havnt had much success this year and hope for a top pick next year?
do you see a trade on the horizon to thin out our front court log jam? any chance Gooden gets amnistied?
What’s up Luke? Thanks for the note.
Lots of big bodies in the frontcourt and not much depth in the backcourt just smells of a future trade. I plan on talking to some Bucks officials in Vegas this weekend. Check in next week and I should have an update for you.
Hi Mr. Lang 1 How are you doing? Think Time Warner signed the agreement with the Lakers a year too early?
One team in the NBA I don’t worry about long term is the Los Angeles Lakers. They will be fine in due time. Trust me on this.
Any other free agent for the heat?
This is pretty much the Miami HEAT team you’ll see this season. They may look into a Greg Oden type of another veteran lingering on the waiver wire … but they’re not in a rush to mess up their flexibility.
Has there been any word on Greg Oden’s health and prospects of signing with a team?
From everything I’ve heard directly from guys who worked out with him, GO is in great shape and ready to go. It’s just a matter of trying find the best situation for him.
Mavs fan here…thoughts of D. Harris at SG with Calderon?
Signing those two suggests a pending trade which includes Larkin, right?
Devin showed last year in Atlanta that he’s able to handle shooting guard duties in a pinch. The biggest thing with Devin is his health, or the lack of it over the years. He has so many foot problems for a guy whose game is predicated on speed.
Lang, Atlanta’s signing of Milsap seems strange. Are the Hawks going to play two undersized big starters with Horford still at the 5? Milsap can’t play the 3 full time, and they’re paying him as a starter. What’s your take?
Much like when Josh Smith was in town, Al Horford will be playing the center position barring any other moves. Millsap is a good player. Consistent, if not flashy. Steady. Just the guy Danny Ferry was looknig for in the lineup.
Hey Lang, hope all is well my friend.
I’m sure you’ve probably been asked this already, and at least just as curious about it yourself…but why oh why did Atlanta sign Millsap? I asked Bill the same question and his belief is that Horford would be seen as a Center. Now if that’s the case and he really wants to play PF, shouldn’t they traded Horford and kept Smith?
In a perfect world Al Horford would like to play power forward, no question. He’s told me this multiple times. But he’s not going to demand a trade because he has to play center. So I want to clear that up if there’s a misunderstanding going around. He’s a two-time All-Star center, so sure he can play it … but Al feels he has an advantage against power forwards … and he has a point.
Hey Lang, one final one for you.
No disrespect but after watching the Celtics against the Knicks I just see Garnett and Pierce are done. I might be harsh but the way I see that starting 5 is Lopez – weak, Garnett – old, Pierce – old, Johnson – old, Williams – coach killer, Jet (6th man) – old. I just think this is more of a team to take on a tour around the world than be competing in the NBA, and I have a feeling that Williams and Coach Kidd will not get along once the honeymoon period is over. Please tell me if I’m right or wrong and your opinion on the Nets
Physically Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are past their primes. No doubt. But those guys have the mental edge on a lot of the guys in the league today. They know how to play the game. Know the angles, how to read defenses, identify cutters, set perfect screens, have the respect from the referees and KNOW their spots on the floor to get off. That’s why they’ll help Brooklyn.
Brooklyn will win plenty of games this year, but I still don’t think they’re a title contender … I need to see a game played first …see the chemistry.
What’s up big dawg??
Do you see Tom Chambers ever getting into the HOF? In 16 years he has scored over 20,000 points, lifetime ppg of 18.1, 4 time all star, all star game MVP of 1987 and not only a 60 point performance against the Sonics but highlight worthy dunks (especially what he did to Mark Jackson as well as Orlando Woolridge when they played against the Lakers in 1990). The guy was not only clutch but he was an outright BEAST!!!
Do you think that there would be any chance that he would get some HOF love???
My man! Whew … you went back on this one. Respect to Tom Chambers. Man could that guy get his off. In his prime Tom was a problem. I don’t think he gets the Hall of Fame nod but he has a case. Only two All-NBA selections (second team only) show he wasn’t considered amongst the best at his position for the majority of his career, but his body of work is impressive.
You know who reminds me of that right now? A guy like Andre Miller. When it’s all said and done I don’t believe Dre gets a Hall of Fame nod either but he’ll finish his career with over 8,000 assists (which will be top 10 in NBA history).
Skip that he ranks doc rivers slightly ahead of popz on the best coach in the nba today. Yah right, popz is thebest coach in the universe and second? Its not even close, thibz is there,rivers and coach spoe is also in the conversation… Whats your take brother?
I don’t listen to Skip much because when he’s on air I’m at work grinding. Doc is a great coach. So I’m not going to argue his pick. It’s his preference. Some guys do it for you … and some guys don’t. Figure he just likes Doc’s style a bit more these days.
Lang clearly the lakers need alot of help specially athletically if they even want to make the playoffs. Guy under the rather that i kept asking is this dude sonny weems! He is in europe i believe and the style of play there is team ball or u sit, why not get him right? Lastly my boy the gladiator cmaggette would be a perfect pick up for the lakers. With me bro?
Lakers need athleticism. I like Nick Young, a LA native, out there. Maggette would be a great fit on the Cleveland Cavaliers as a locker room presence.
Hope your enjoying your summer so far Lang. Few questions to the eminence grise that you are:
Do you know if the Development league has serviceable centers the Knicks call use? If so, could you mention some/any of them
And would you know if NBA GM & scouts do consider such options (certainly hope that Glen Grunwald does).
The Hawks also seem to be in the same boat, are they gonna biff up their front court rotation at all? The lost of Zaza might hurt them don’t you think?
As always, thank you for your time, have a good one.
PS: Mad props for quoting Nas “Ether” last chat session. Respect.
Thanks for rocking w/ me Lucas. Appreciate it. I do these chats for you guys and just try to add some different flare to it … something outside the normal.
I can see the Hawks joining the Greg Oden chase since they were actively pursuing Andrew Bynum.
D-League has plenty of big guys who could give you a few minutes a game. I think you’ll see Cole Aldrich spend some time down there and get a call up eventually.
If you were starting a team from scratch, how many current NBA players would you choose above Dwight Howard. My list would be Lebron James, Chris Paul, then Dwight Howard. What would your list look like?
I would likely go LeBron, Durant, D-Rose and Chris Paul over Dwight Howard. He’s definitely in my top 7 though.
If you were a GM of an NBA team, which shooting guard would you prefer: OJ Mayo at 8 million a year, DeMar DeRozan at 9.5 million a year, Tyreke Evans at 12 million a year or Eric Gordan at 14.5 million a year.
Depends on the supporting cast. But I would roll w/ DeMar DeRozan.
Something about that kid … he’s work ethic … I like him right not from that list.
Hey Lang, I always wondered something. When you guys (the writers) get the heads up that you’re writing the NBA AM or PM or whatever, do you start writing it immediately ? Or do you start writing them the day that its due to get the most recent and most accurate ?
We get our schedules early … a lot of guys start the night before … but you always have to keep an eye out on the latest news because something may break which trumps your original idea or exclusive interview earned. But yes, lots of thought is put into these assignments … and a creative mind is needed on those slow news weeks.
Good evening Lang, enjoyed seeing pic of your daughters enjoying the new trampoline(hope you solved bird drop problem). For a number of years now, many NBA writers(and you) have noted that ATL’s C Al Horford-’would prefer to play at PF…’; yet in 2013 FA, 1st thing Hawks did was go after PF starter Paul Millsap(and now sign him) to replace FA loss of J. Smith(to DET). Can you reconcile ATL moves, or is it that Hawks don’t see Horford as viable PF for them after 5 seasons as their starting C? Or is it that Al really does prefer role as C(rather then PF)?
Man, those birds are keeping me busy … but anything for those little ladies!!!
Kind of touched on this earlier … in a perfect world Al wants to play power forward (and his dad wants him there too), but he’s not gonig to demand a trade if he has to play the position.
Lang…..if we strike out on Bynum and Ellis/Jennings, which direction do we go at PG? Keep Teague, or go for Mo Williams?
Also, as of now I see Jenkins being the starting SG and really have no issue with it.
Teague is a solid option. A two-year deal wouldn’t be a bad alternative if you don’t get the guy(s) you want.
Why are the Hawks hating on Teague?
The Hawks are not hating on Jeff Teague. They are just evaluating their options … slowly. If Jeff had suitors he could force their hands by signing an offer sheet .. but the market is sort of dry for him at the moment.
Hey man. Long time/First time (love your chats).
Being from a smaller town just outside of T.Dot where he trained. Where do you have Lennox Lewis (all time) in the heavy weight division?.
Also, it’s certainly not going to shift the balance of power in the East however what are your thoughts on Hansbrough now that we have him.
Thanks for reading..
Thanks for the line my man.
Lennox Lewis is a top 15 heavyweight of all-time, which is elite company when you think about all of the legends in the division. Respect to the Lennox … as he used to say … “No Bwoy Test”
I like Tyler in Toronto. Will give the team a physical presence and he’s a guy the fans will like when they come to the arena.
Has New Orleans transformed itself enough to make a playoff push, and did they give up to much for Holiday (essentially a couple of lottery picks)?
New Orleans should be in the playoff mix come February / March … no whether they can close the deal on a berth is another story to be determined.
Hey Lang, hope you’re doing great.. enjoying your chats. Your boy Zaza got paid ok, but what’s the matter with the Bucks GM?? How many bigs does he need, like 10 or something? And yes, wasn’t it better for Atlanta to tank than to sign Milsap, Korver, and others?? Thanks
Trades are coming in Milwaukee. Sure thing. Bank on it.
I’m going to miss Zaza here in Atlanta. He’s a seriously good dude and I loved talking shop with him over the years.
Where do you rank the Spurs in playoff seeding for next year?
Still top three out in the Western Conference until proven differently.
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