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  1. Tsai has weighed in... predictably. https://twitter.com/SopanDeb/status/1181054196000395264?s=20 Since we are living in the weirdest timeline I can only assume this is somehow going to end with Daryl Morey: NY Knicks GM.
  2. I love this man so much. As a daily listener, I just knew it was a matter of time before he broke the dam on ESPN’s company-wide policy. Amazing. The man is an inspiration to me.
  3. If the Clippers and Lakers aren’t contenders who is? The dynasty is dead. It’s time we act accordingly. Clippers seem like obvious favorites, not sure how anyone could deny that one, but I expect the Lakers to be nearly as good. They will be rough around the edges, but AD and Lebron is still AD and Lebron. 5 people on the court... If I was a Lakers fan would I want more than the ‘17 pelicans? Yeah, sure, but they are going to win a ton of game regardless.
  4. The NBA is fucking wild man. As it stands now I’d predict a Lakers/Clips WCF. Jazz being the wildcard team that could break that up. Sixers and Bucks are going to walk to the ECF this year. Loved what the Pacers did though. I’d say they will be the best of that next tier by the end of the season. There is a clear power structure in both conferences and none of those teams have been to the finals as currently constructed. Kinda cool. Lakers,Clippers, Rockets, Jazz is a super good and fun top of the West
  5. Davis is still only 26! We can’t judge a guy as playoff winner or loser this early in his career. Two seasons ago there was a legit argument he was the best player in the league. He carried a thin team to the playoffs after Boogie went down and then capitalized on a few late season additions to SWEEP the third seeded Blazers. A team that was much deeper than the one that just made the WCF. Those Robinson/Garnett playoff runs mentioned above would have been a hell of a lot shorter if they were playing GS in an early round. A few of these Pelicans teams have been ok, but some have been absolute dogshit. Y’all remember the Asik years, right? Im not gonna ding the guy for missing the playoffs early in his career in a historically stacked conference with varying levels of dogshit to mediocre surrounding him. That being said, it’s time to prove it. If they get a 3rd guy in there the Lakers will no doubt be the preseason favorites. No more excuses here.
  6. Great trade for both. I assume the Lakers do in fact land another big name now. Kemba fits. Kyrie would be better. I would be even more impressed if they landed another wing like Butler or Kawhi. NO has maybe the best defensive backcourt in the league now with Jrue and Lonzo. Ultimate league pass team. I really do think they could be a playoff team next year, especially if Griff moves that 4th pick for a legit guy who can shoot. Those later year picks being unprotected is interesting. Have to assume the Lakers are rebuilding around AD by ‘24.
  7. Generally I would agree, but KD is like the best suited out of anyone to recover from this specific injury. He doesn't rely on athleticism in the same way a smaller player does or a big man who is pounding down low would. He should still be able to shoot over everyone even without the same lift as before. He probably will never return to his pre-injury level defensively, but the buckets aint going anywhere.
  8. Every team who can put the money together will still offer Durant a 4 year max. Which seems nuts for a guy who will miss all next year, but it is Kevin Durant after all. Even if he takes 2 years to get back to peak KD, a 4 year max would still be worth it for years 3 and 4. Still think KD signs in NY (and they tank for another year while he rehabs), but the injuries to him and Klay really throw some wrenches in the FA pool. Jimmy Butler, for example, will probably have more suitors now. Still think he stays in Philly, but he’s going to get to pick between max deals in favorable spots. How much is that extra year worth to him is the question.
  9. I dunno man, I still think he is leaving. He has said himself he really doesn’t do it for the fans. He clearly cares more about winning than anything, and I think it’s pretty clear he can win wherever he goes. Clippers with 2 max slots and the Warriors dynasty collapsed. Good a chance to win there as anywhere. As crazy as it is to think, with Klay and KD missing most of if not all of next year, Kawhi probably has a better chance at repeating in the West. Especially if Philly runs it back and Giannis continues to improve. The Warriors could very well struggle to make the playoffs if KD opts in. That’s insane. Whole league is about to change.
  10. Update!: The plant did not, in fact, make it to Kawhi
  11. I present to you the most relatable Canadian of all time:
  12. Happy for Boogie. They’re gonna need KD back more than ever on Wednesday if only so Dray can play some center. I assume Klay will play, but Looney being out for the series is a way bigger blow than most realize.
  13. He had his Curry and KD tats covered up as well. Legend.
  14. Interesting that they would leak that news out so soon.
  15. I’d say this last episode was a 3 season high point for Tyrion. He tried to make the best out of a bad situation and remained loyal to the one family member who has never let him down. The 15 shit decisions he made that got us to this point because D&D couldn’t figure a good way to have Dany in Westeros without immediately steamrolling everyone? Yeah, not great. To be fair, George is obviously struggling with that as well. I had zero problems with the Jaime/Cersei ending. It only rang false because of the speed in which he decided to go back to her after the Brienne stuff (and the very dumb Bronn subplot). Another thing that would have worked much better if those episodes weren’t back to back...
  16. Lakers got so so so damn lucky by the way. They clearly jumped back up to the front of the line for AD.
  17. So you’re saying it’s a done deal?
  18. I predict AD to LA for the 4th pick and any number of those young guys. Knicks trade up a spot to land Ja. Also. Stephen A is the best promo guy in any business.
  19. They could have had it play out in ways that are visible to the viewer, but not to the other main characters. Seems like a thing that could have worked with more time. Regardless. I was fully in camp Dany must turn heel. This episode did a great job of taking something I wanted and making me watch the gruesome actuality of it. Incredible last hour. One of the finest in the shows run in my opinion. Would have meant more under different circumstances, but the episode itself was masterful. With the proper set up... oh what could have been. This last 13 ep rush to the finish line should have been 3 whole seasons at least.
  20. Just watched it. I’ll go back and read the comments here shortly, but my initial thought is this: A breathtaking, cruel, beautiful episode that was built to poorly. They needed a season of Danys decent into madness to match the emotional scope of that last hour. With that being said, boy that episode got me. Jon being helpless to stop the slaughter (even helpless to stop some of the northmen, who let’s face it, have more reason to hate the Lannisters and the people of King’s Landing than anyone). Arya finding the will to live. Jaime and Cersei together. All that got me. If only we had a better road to this moment. Edit: One last thought. She really did break the wheel.
  21. I’d say GS in 6 and and Bucks in 6. Although if Kawhi shuts down Giannis, while also carrying the offense for a bunch of dudes who don’t want to shoot, I’m willing to crown him as the current best in the NBA. Sorry KD.
  22. . Hope the loss gives him the motivation to better, smarter and stronger so he can crush the opposition and troll their lifeless bodies. But seriously though. Despite all the nonsense, a good portion of the league seems to like the guy as shocking as that is. He is a big goof no doubt, but not many people have bad things to say. The fans get way more upset about his theatrics than the players. (I’m sure Andre Drummond would disagree) I wouldn’t consider him a bad sport though. He’s willing to give credit where it’s due. Ex: “We don’t have a rivalry with the Celtics because they always kick our ass.”
  23. Looking back. That was a great moment with Gasol comforting a crying Embiid while the rest of his team celebrated. All class. I know I’ve already gone over this, but good god those + - numbers. He was +10 tonight in a game they lost while playing 45 minutes. Think about that for a second. It’s damn near impossible with how many minutes he played. First time it’s ever happened (reg season or playoffs) since they started tracking + - . The Sixers FO somehow having 4 unplayable backup centers on a team where they could have really used some depth elsewhere. That’s the failure this year. I do think Brett will be the fall guy, but I thought he coached a good series considering everything.
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