HOOPSWORLD Publisher Steve Kyler will hold his weekly chat at 10:30am EST on Thursdays. Drop in your questions regarding NBA trades, the NBA Draft, roster moves or questions about your team.
Hello Mr Kyler. Maybe I’m just stupid but I think as long as there is replay available in sports, there should never be any questionable calls made that decide a game. Sometimes I just wanna punch my TV on a bad call. You agree?
Welcome in everyone… lots to get to, so lets get after it.
As technology advances there will be more tools for this, but here is the battle… How long do you want your NBA games to be? TV wants them under 2 hours and 30 minutes. Fans don’t want prolonged stoppage of play and how can an official determine a bad call?
Its like holding in football or fouls on contact in the NBA… if each one was whistled, it’d be whistled on every play and in the NBA the game would be a free throw contest.
If the refs ran to the monitor ten times a game, the game would last 3 plus hours – no one wants that.
The way the rules work now is the ref has to call something, then in many situations they can review the play to confirm the call on the floor. The NBA every year looks at this and tries to give the Refs more latitude in reviewing plays, but they can’t review everything, they just can’t.
Equally, if I am making the call… 99% of the time I believe in the call I am making, so it boils down to having a mechanism to check my own judgement.
I like the challenge system in the NFL… I like the idea of a fourth official… we ask Refs to do too much, but when I presented the idea of a fourth official it comes down to that it costs maybe $10 million to make happen.
The NBA doesn’t perceive that it has a major Officiating problem. 90-95% of the time the calls are spot on. We fixate on the few calls that are not because we the benefit of High definition, wide angle, DVR’d instant access to replays that the refs simply do not have without destroying the flow of the game.
Can officiating in the NBA be better… it sure can, but there is a balancing act that is about pace of the game, keeping the game free flowing and trying to compress the product into a neat – easy to sell package. The NBA wants every call made right, but they won’t turn into baseball to achieve it where games run north of three hours.
Hey Steve! Hope you enjoyed the NCAA final game!
After watching that game, I did some research on Rick Pitino. Found his book “Success is a Choice”. Have you read that book? Would you recommend it? Also, can you recommend some basketball related books?
I have not read Rick’s book, so can not comment on it.
I live in the basketball world every day, so when I read books I generally don’t read basketball books. Bill Ingram used to review books for us and he’s read a lot more of these kinds of books than I have.
To be honest I have a bookshelf of books that I have not read and there are a lot of basketball books there. I will say there are two basketball books that I call must reads… Chris Ballard’s The Art of a Beautiful Game (awesome), he also did Hoops Nation: A Guide to America’s Best Pickup Basketball (awesome). I also highly recommend Money Players.
hi who in the draft does rob hennigan really like and will he buy out hedo and al cause if he does he should sign tyreke evans young still has a ton of upside and can play pg or sg
Who in the draft does rob hennigan really like?
— Not sure why people ask this question this way… do you honestly believe Rob has a list posted somewhere or has told anyone the players he really likes?
Equally, why would any GM zero in on a player or group of players before everyone has declared, before a single workout was held or a single interview has taken place? Rob Hennigan and the magic value the entire package of a player. They are building a culture, not picking up baseball cards. The draft process hasn’t even really started — the Magic will probably look at 80 players this year, where they pick whihc they won;t know until may 22nd, plays a HUGE factor in that.
will he buy out hedo?
— Undecided. The first option is to try and trade Hedo to a team that would like to free up capspace or Luxury tax room cutting Hedo themselves. So look for Orlando to try and find a trade around the draft that offloads Hedo to someone else who buys him out… if that doesn’t happen, there is nothing gained paying Hedo to go somewhere else, Magic won’t have meaningful capspace.
As for Al Harrington, again, whats gained in buying him out other than opening a roster spot. He’ll count against the cap for the next two years. First option is to trade him to a team that might give you something for his contract either now and next year.
he should sign tyreke evans…
— OK, with what money?… Does Tyreke Evans strike you as a team first, name on the front means more on the back, play the role your asked to play, want to be coached and live in Orlando kind of guy?… or does he strike you as someone who’s going to want a ton of money and a huge role in Orlando? You are also by-passing the fact that Sacramento can match anything Tyreke gets offered or they could facilitate a sign and trade somewhere else.
Orlando’s not going to take the “quick” fix route… they have a young core they like. They’ll add to again this year… lose some more games and add to it again in 2014 when they’ll have a mountain of cash and a better environment to recruit free agents.
Steve, I keep hearing that this draft stinks and that next year’s will provide game changers, but I see some intriquing talent in this draft–just not so much right at the top (except Noel and Maclemore, who I expect to get picked in that order). From Carter-Williams, to Ricky Ledo, to possibly Mitch McGary, this draft offers some really good talent. Which late-round picks do you think could be steals and why?
This draft doesn’t stink… it simply doesn’t have any franchise players… also the guys ranked from 12 to 32 are virtually interchangeable.
Not going to get into a lengthy Draft report in the chat space, but here are guys I really like in this draft:
If I came out of this draft with two of those guys, that is pretty decent draft.
Hi Steve. With the Pick’em game for the regular season coming to an end, I think the player with the best win ratio should get a prize too. Do you agree? And what will the format be like for the playoffs?
No… the contest was win the most weeks and that is going to be Marjan Damjanovsk who won 5 weeks, who by the way won 66.94% of his picks.
We are going to do a LockerDome giveaway next week for an iPad Mini… basically the way the contest works is its like a raffle. You get so many entries for completing tasks like following us on Twitter, Liking us on Facebook, sharing links, bookmarking links… you can choose what you do and you’ll get so many “raffle tickets” for each action.
We are also going to do a Playoff version of the Pickem Game… and there will be prizing for that too.
Which first round matchup, East/West, are you most looking forward too?
Clippers/Memphis… will be a slugfest. Nuggets/Warriors will be a track meet, first team to 150 wins. Brooklyn/Chicago lets see who’s for real. Knicks/Celtics could be the upset Knicks fans are dreading.
Can the Knicks go all the way to the Finals and potentially win it all, if they stay healthy and keep their composure together?
Sure and if I win the Powerball I am buying everyone dinner.
The playoff format favors the older Knicks. More preparation time, more rest for weary legs, more game planning and less travel.
Hey Kyler, 3 questions:
1)Many an analyst or writer, including you, have commented on how front offices and players should take the 2012 Lakers as an example of how you can’t just throw talent together and expect to win, or something to that effect.
But shouldnt this also be a learning opportunity for coaches? To generalize, D’antoni is a coach who like his team to run, have 4 or 5 shooters on the floor, move the ball quickly, plus he dislikes iso and post ups. Yet that is exactly what the Lakers aren’t. They’re old so they don’t run, only have about 2 or 3 shooters, and they’re 3 of the best 4 players like posting up and the star is fond of iso.
2) Lets say Lakers can afford to keep Earl Clark and Jamison wants to return. Regardless of what happens with Gasol, J.Hill/Clark/Jamison is a log jam at PF. Clark plays more minutes at SF but D’antoni plays him a good bit at PF, even when Hill was here. Am I correct in assuming one of the 3 won’t return/will be moved?
3) How crazy is it that when Gasol plays in the post, he loooks good! Maybe D’antonit should post this guy up more. He might be a post player.
Sarcasm aside, Gasol’s close to his 2009 levels recently (15.8ppg, 55 FG%, 9reb, 6apg in last 5 games). If he keeps this up does it make him more or less likely to get traded?
I’d argue more because his value is going back up…(if he can sustain this and stay healthy.)
#1 — and I am saying this will absolutely reverence and respect for Dr. Buss who was an icon as an owner. But in talking with a Western Conference executive about what went wrong with the Lakers it was said to me, and not in a cold way, that the decisions you make when you have cancer might not be the same decisions you make when you have a have to ten year window.
Orlando did this with Dwight Howard — it hard to sell a long-term plan to an owner that’s 87. The Lakers went all in on this Laker team for a lot of reasons, but you have to believe Dr. Buss’ health played a role in that.
There are no shortcuts in basketball. Teams are built over time. Rosters have to be assembled to compliment the other players and the coach. That is not what happened in LA. The coaches wasn’t the right hire, the roster doesn’t fit together – it was bad from every angle and I am sure it will be fixed this summer. But I don’t think you can lay “blame” at anyone thing. It was the perfect convergence of bad fit/personnel, injuries, egos, coaching and expectations.
#2 — Pau Gasol is likely gone this summer. The Lakers have to break his contract up into smaller contracts and they have to get serious depth around Kobe and Dwight. I have spoken to both Earl and Jamison. Earl wants to come back, but there is business he has to take care of that is about his future and his family. Jamison has the luxury of choosing where he plays. This season has been a zoo more so than anything he’s experienced. He likes LA, he likes what the Lakers represent in terms of an annual contender and I think he’d come back on a Vet minimum kind of deal – if he decides to play another year and I honestly think he will especially if Pau is traded.
#3 — Gasol is a great player. He’s arguably a hall of famer and if he made $5 million a year you’d never consider trading him. He just makes too much money for the new NBA economy.
Is it crazy to think the Magic’s 2014 starting lineup will be any combination of:
SG:Harkless or Afflalo
I don’t have my crystal ball handy… but sure.
Look at the history of the draft lottery… widen your gaze, there is more in 2014 than just Wiggins. If Orlando comes out of the 2014 draft with Jabari Parker you should be thrilled and honestly he might fit in with the guys in town already better than Wiggins.
It seems like every top underclassman has declared except Marcus Smart? Of course he will declare soon.
I hope he stays in Stillwater for one more season, he’s supposed to seriously be considering remaining BMOC?
Hard to pass on guaranteed NBA money.
We had this debate in the Thunder locker room a few weeks ago… why would you return to college to develop?… In the NBA they will pay you to develop. You’ll have better training and development resources available to you. You’ll be able to focus 100% of your life to development and Oh did I mention the NBA will pay you millions to learn and get better?
We also talked about this too… tell me the last guy that was ranked in the top 10, that opted to stay for another year and actually moved up in the draft?
The trend is you lose ten draft spots if you stay after being considered a top 15 guy. Marcus has to come out, it will cost him millions if he stays.
Any offseason trade rumors currently? As the Mavs hope to build with a superstar around Dirk to assume the team lead from him as his career winds down, do you see viable trade partners this summer (seems safe to assume D12 & CP3 aren’t going anywhere)?
I’ve thrown out:
DAL gets Rondo
BOS gets P. Gasol
LAL gets Marion + picks/filler
Any offseason trade rumors currently? — no.
Draft and draft related trades come first… most teams won’t look at deals like this until July when the next contract valuation kicks in and you can return more value or move off more money.
Do you see Jared Sullinger as a 40 min per night starting PF in the NBA or is more suited coming off the bench?
Starter?… Not on a team that is winning serious games.
I think he plays in the NBA for a while assuming his back heals properly, but I don’t see Jared as a starting power forward on a serious playoff team.
What’s your thoughts on Rockets’ GM Daryl Morey should at least being in the Exec of the year race?
Pretty good deal for harden, Houston a playoff team while being least experienced, still a lot of cap room next summer, but his name isn’t in your poll…
should at least being in the Exec of the year race?
I get that Rockets fans are excited about the makeup of the team, but why does that make you the best executive in the NBA? Houston won .515 of thier games last year… have won .564 this year. They aren’t winning their division, they are not title contenders and they didn;t go from basement to playoffs, or basement to first place.
They are a few win better than they were last year and a few wins better than the year before… they have to take a leap into contender status to get an Exec of the Year nod.
I agree with the idea that Daryl has set the table nicely for Houston, that does not get you Executive of The Year until you actually win something.
Do you agree with Magic that the Lakers can take the Spurs if they match up in the 1st round?
Depends which Laker team shows up… that is their problem.
Is Kobe a real person or some sort of robot?
“Not a robot. A cyborg – cybernetic organism… An infiltration unit. Part man, part machine. Underneath it’s a hyper-alloy combat chassis. Microprocessor controlled. Fully armoured, very tough. Outside it’s living human tissue… Flesh, skin, hair, blood… They look human. Sweat, bad breath, everything.”
NBA free agency question. I know someone is going to overpay for Josh Smith. What would be a reasonable amount that YOU would be willing to shell out to him if YOU were a GM? Which team does he fit best with?
If Josh leaves he’s getting a four-year deal… that is not nearly as scary as deals of the past… $12 to $14 million a year is about right for Josh.
If I am going after Josh, I give him Max in Year 1 and back his deal down each year.
hey steve, My question to you is. Do you think Trey Burke is the pick for Detroit at 5-7 pick lottery? i believe he is a star in the making. This about this Steve, Trey, Mayo, Cory Brew, Monroe, and Drummond. BOOM
You giving up on Brandon Knight already?
Trey is not as good as Brandon. He could be a star, he could be very good but Brandon is the better player today.
Who’s your pick for executive of the year?! Morey should win it!
Again… I ask why… because he made some good moves that yielded almost exactly the same number of wins as last year? Daryl has set the table nicely in Houston, now go do something with it.
As for my money hard not look at Glen Grunwald in New York and RC Buford in San Antonio…. what the Spurs have done around Parker, Manu and Duncan is impressive and understated.
Guys… I am out of time. Thanks for all the questions. Make sure you are following me on Twitter (@stevekylerNBA). See you all next week.
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