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Nothing's wrong with signing with Boston is just history suggests Durant or any top notch free agent will sign there.
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Originally Posted by Antidope View Post

Wait what's wrong with Bostons makeup? Top five coach, an actual defined core, cap space, draft picks, mainstream appeal, what's not to like?

1. The city is viewed as racist (rightfully so)
2. The core they currently have isn't really that appealing. It's similar to the 2013 Nuggets or 2015 Hawks.
3. Good young coach...but he's largely unproven

Now the Draft picks and cap room I can't argue against....but I just can't see a top 2 player willingly going to Boston with that uncertainty. I feel like legit deals and stuff have to be done and laid before it actually becomes intriguing.
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I always wondered about the race thing in Boston. Never been
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Originally Posted by Antidope View Post

Wait what's wrong with Bostons makeup? Top five coach, an actual defined core, cap space, draft picks, mainstream appeal, what's not to like?


1. The city is viewed as racist (rightfully so)
2. The core they currently have isn't really that appealing. It's similar to the 2013 Nuggets or 2015 Hawks.

 


Now the Draft picks and cap room I can't argue against....but I just can't see a top 2 player willingly going to Boston with that uncertainty. I feel like legit deals and stuff have to be done and laid before it actually becomes intriguing.

This, all of this. 

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aint no revenge you just see only what you want to kiddo, nada extra than that
figured you would go ahead n admit to ya ******* but I guess not

n we reallllly not talking bout soft rosters are we? don't go down a trail that will get ya head bussed

yall gon catch this L in the "phone booth" tonight too

Ain't no Bull willing to see Nene with the hands. Where I'm from going at a man when he's down is weak. I guess in Chicago tryna flex on a man already down is considered manly.

You can't post the picture of Wall and Acy head to head face to face because it doesn't exist. Jimmy was acting real tough until it got real. Then he turned into a coward. Noah trying to save his life. All bark and no bite. Gortat would punish the Bulls roster.

Bulls lost 10 of there last 12 on the road. Haven't won back to back road games since January. I like our chances tonight.
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Nothing's wrong with signing with Boston is just history suggests Durant or any top notch free agent will sign there.

History also shows Lakers has a good track record with free agents and that changed last summer.
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Tired of the nene/Jimmy argument

Collector, just make sure you come back in this thread to collect this L tonight
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I remember Kidd tried him at PG in the preseason last year & he struggled mightily laugh.gif straight up trash

Amazing the jump he made in one year.

I remember him bringing the ball up and jacking shots at will laugh.gif. He's really learned the position in a short time it seems.
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Wait what's wrong with Bostons makeup? Top five coach, an actual defined core, cap space, draft picks, mainstream appeal, what's not to like?

Meh. I can easily see them sliding to the 7th or 8th seed and suffering a first round knockout again. A little premature to call Stevens a top coach when he hasn't actually won anything.
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Tired of the nene/Jimmy argument

Collector, just make sure you come back in this thread to collect this L tonight
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Tired of the nene/Jimmy argument

Collector, just make sure you come back in this thread to collect this L tonight

I'll be front and center. I'm tired of it too. I knew it wouldn't sit well with ColdCity. Best way to get a reaction out of him is that picture though. Ha ha ha

NBA thread should have known that pic was coming.
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Originally Posted by WavyCrocket View Post

1. The city is viewed as racist (rightfully so)
2. The core they currently have isn't really that appealing. It's similar to the 2013 Nuggets or 2015 Hawks.
3. Good young coach...but he's largely unproven

Now the Draft picks and cap room I can't argue against....but I just can't see a top 2 player willingly going to Boston with that uncertainty. I feel like legit deals and stuff have to be done and laid before it actually becomes intriguing.

I have nothing to say about the first point, but I think the Celtics' current roster is better than you're giving it credit for and I think just based on what he's done in his short time there, Stevens has already proven he's a good a coach as pretty much anyone in the league not named Greg Popovich or Rick Carlisle.

Yeah, Boston doesn't have any superstars now, but they have some pieces that can fit really nicely around a star or two. Bradley is an elite defender who is getting better on offense. Crowder is a good, versatile wing player. Smart is another very good defender. Olynyk is solid stretch 4/5. Put KD in there and that team could definitely compete for the ECF.
" . . . what a long, strange trip its been . . . " The Grateful Dead, "Truckin'" (and a good summary of my life as an LA Clippers fan)
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Ain't no Bull willing to see Nene with the hands. Where I'm from going at a man when he's down is weak. I guess in Chicago tryna flex on a man already down is considered manly.

You can't post the picture of Wall and Acy head to head face to face because it doesn't exist. Jimmy was acting real tough until it got real. Then he turned into a coward. Noah trying to save his life. All bark and no bite. Gortat would punish the Bulls roster.

Bulls lost 10 of there last 12 on the road. Haven't won back to back road games since January. I like our chances tonight.

no one has fought since forever man... no one cares any more about these guys stunting with their just for men dyed beards and their screen setting IG pics
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Shout out to the Clippers, the team that apparently doesn't have their bench practice.... What?

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Shout out to the Clippers, the team that apparently doesn't have their bench practice.... What?

Where did you hear that?
" . . . what a long, strange trip its been . . . " The Grateful Dead, "Truckin'" (and a good summary of my life as an LA Clippers fan)
" . . . what a long, strange trip its been . . . " The Grateful Dead, "Truckin'" (and a good summary of my life as an LA Clippers fan)
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Shout out to the Clippers, the team that apparently doesn't have their bench practice.... What?

so is that why Austin sucks? partially to blame? fully?
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so is that why Austin sucks? partially to blame? fully?

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so is that why Austin sucks? partially to blame? fully?

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mike woodson is unwrapping the **** outta that candy ....super focused
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Nothing's wrong with signing with Boston is just history suggests Durant or any top notch free agent will sign there.

History also shows Lakers has a good track record with free agents and that changed last summer.

The Lakers haven't been getting those free agents because no one wants to play with this Kobe. They should be in a good place this offseason.
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Kawhi Spurs organization is the definition of Ball is Life. Guy Entire organization lives and breathes basketball smokin.gif
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Joel Embiid's 22nd birthday today 

A 100% healthy Jo Jo would've been a monstar.

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Soon

 

 

 

kid is special, sad he cant get on the floor. 

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:hat

 

thats my dude right there. 

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roll.gifroll.gif @ that Doc gif.
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post #72472 of 93193
**** Boston and those racist rednecks
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Nothing's wrong with signing with Boston is just history suggests Durant or any top notch free agent will sign there.

History also shows Lakers has a good track record with free agents and that changed last summer.

The Lakers haven't been getting those free agents because no one wants to play with this Kobe. They should be in a good place this offseason.

I'm a Lakers fan, and no we won't. No one is coming to play here in LA. We're a clown show.

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Shout out to the Clippers, the team that apparently doesn't have their bench practice.... What?

Where did you hear that?
From Jared Dudley

http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25519009/spurs-gregg-popovich-not-a-fan-of-shootarounds-theyre-often-total-crap

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^^^ Actually, aside from landing Shaq, which obviously was pretty huge, the Lakers record of signing FAs is pretty spotty.

Most of their biggest player acquisitions have come either through the draft or in trade.
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Austin Rivers' Brother Defends Clippers Guard, Challenges ESPN Insider to Fight

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Anybody who goes at the Rivers family better be prepared to deal with UC Irvine freshman Spencer Rivers.

Los Angeles Clippers guard Austin Rivers—who had four points in 18 minutes—and coach Doc Rivers couldn't do enough to keep the team from suffering a 108-87 loss at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday. While it was a rough night for the Rivers family on the court, it was also an eventful time on social media.

It's not clear what led to the tweet, but it appears as though Spencer took issue with something ESPN insider Amin Elhassan said:

March 16, 2016


It is important to note (h/t Complex's Chris Yuscavage) that Spencer and Elhassan have some history together, with the basketball player calling the ESPN employee a troll last year.

This time around, there was an interesting exchange between the two:

Not wanting her brother to get too caught up in this beef, Callie Rivers stepped in:

March 16, 2016


It doesn't appear as though this beef is serious enough to head to Temecula—but there's no denying there's some bad blood present.

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http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2625240-austin-rivers-brother-defends-clippers-guard-challenges-espn-insider-to-fight
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Almost a champ: Jermaine O'Neal on leaving the Warriors

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Last June, Jermaine O’Neal stood in his living room, watching what could have been.

On his flat screen, old teammates hopped and hugged and celebrated. After a 40-year drought, the Warriors were NBA champions. Out came Adam Silver, hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

Back at his house in Southlake, Texas, O’Neal watched, silent. His 15-year-old daughter, Asjia, stared at him. “Are you OK?” she asked, finally.

O’Neal didn’t answer.

*****

So often in sports we focus on the winners. But what about the almosts and might-have-beens? What about those who come this close and then, for whatever reason, miss out at the last moment?

When Jermaine O’Neal joined the Warriors in the fall of 2013 as a free agent, he was 35 years old and entering his 18th season in the NBA. Drafted out of high school by Portland in 1996, he’d spent his entire adult life in the league. He’d made six All-Star games, averaged a double double three years in a row, and earned north of $160 million. But the closest he ever got to a ring was the 2004 Eastern Conference finals, when the Pacers fell to the Pistons in six games.


But in a young Warriors team, he saw promise. At the time, Golden State was coming off a 47-win season and an unlikely trip to the Western Conference semis. Draymond Green was still a little-used reserve. Harrison Barnes had recently turned 21. Steph Curry’s ankles remained a source of anxiety.

And yet, O’Neal was optimistic. “He was like, look, I think with a little bit of maturity this team can win a championship,” remembers Barnes. “That’s why he said he chose us.” Within weeks, “J.O.” became a mentor to the younger players, especially Barnes, Green and backup center Festus Ezeli. He told them stories about the old days—the era they grew up watching—and invited them to hang at his place. He took them bowling, talked about life and the business of the league. That season, the Warriors won 52 games before losing to the Clippers in Game 7 of the first round of the playoffs. Afterward, in the locker room, O’Neal noticed something unusual. “Sometimes in pro sports other things trump being cut deep emotionally when you lose, so you don’t see a lot of that at the pro level,” he says. “Usually it’s more in high school and college.” But there, across from him, were two teammates weeping: Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. This resonated. “When your two best players are affected by losing like that, I knew right away they were going to be good the next year.”



O’Neal found Warriors GM Bob Myers, his old agent. “I said, ‘Don’t do anything else. You don’t need anybody. These guys are going to be good.’” Later that summer, when O’Neal heard the rumors about Kevin Love, he called Myers. “I said, ‘Don’t you dare do that,’” remembers O’Neal. “Klay is one of the best two-way players in the game. He’s supremely underrated on defense. He moves his feet as well as anyone I’ve seen in a long time, and typically guys only go hard one way or the other, not both offense and defense. I said, ‘Bob, give these guys another year.’”

In the end, Myers did. O’Neal, however, did not. That summer, he chose not to return for a 19th season. His playing career, he said, was over.


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Still, as the 2014-5 season wore on, teams called. Veteran big men who can guard the rim and score in the post are a rare commodity, and the 6’11" O’Neal clearly had something left in his legs after averaging 7.9 points and 5.5 rebounds in limited minutes for Golden State. By February, reports had him joining the Mavs or Blazers for the stretch run or, possibly, returning to the Warriors.

Still, O’Neal was torn. For years, he’d told his family he was going to put them first. O’Neal didn't meet his father until his third season in the NBA, and then only briefly developed a relationship. Now, he was coaching his eight-year-old son’s basketball team. Asjia had recovered from open heart surgery and was a rising star in volleyball, a 6’3" middle blocker. He worried about the impact of leaving. “Physically, I could have done it. Mentally, no. My son and my family asked me not to, and that was the trump card. At the time, my son was saying, ‘Hey Dad, I need you.’ That did something to me. I was seeing changes in my son, he became more angry. And for a guy who didn’t meet his dad until seven years ago myself, I understood what it meant not to have a dad there.”


He stuck by his decision and now, watching from afar, he’s proud of his old team. He speaks about what he saw in a young Draymond—“His tenacity is what separates him”—while laughing when asked if Green ever guarded him in practice (“He used to get that work, tell him I said that!”). He remains impressed with Curry, who he says hasn’t changed. “You see a lot of people in sports who need to be humbled first to become who they are. That’s never really happened to Steph. Some guys come in and they’re super-humble and they get some success and then they change, everything changes. They become too big for other people. Not Steph. He’s still the same guy.”



These days the question O’Neal hears most from his son’s friends is, “Did you play with Steph?” Says O’Neal: “He’s like their modern-day Jordan.” He’s involved in a company with Lacob. He goes to his daughter’s volleyball games. He raves about the Warriors and the, “class of the organization.” Similarly, he’s annoyed by talk of Golden State not competing with teams of other eras. “The Warriors have an old-school work ethic,” he explains.

And yet, as happy as he says he is now, during that moment last June, standing in front of the TV, all he felt was empty. He’d done a lot of things in his career but never reached the Finals. And there were the guys—his guys, the ones he vacationed in Cabo with, who he bowled with and had late-night talks with—celebrating. So when his daughter asked that question—"Are you OK?"—he couldn’t answer. She stood there for a moment, then disappeared upstairs.


A few minutes later, O’Neal’s phone buzzed. She’d sent a text. In it, she wrote about how she was so happy that he was home and how much it meant to her that that he traveled and watched her play volleyball and was there for her brother and that, “Dad you being home is like you being a champion.” “It made me so emotional,” O’Neal says. “When she wrote the text, how much it meant to her, to get that, it cleared up everything. All the emotions I had, missing out on the championship. That did it and I knew right away that my time was over.”

His teammates say they understand. Barnes, who remains close with O’Neal, says, “I think he can have some peace in the fact that he knows he was part of our development. He was part of the reason we won.” He pauses. “There are things bigger than the game.”

As for O’Neal, he watches these Warriors cruising toward history, one win at a time. He sees Steph setting records, and a dynasty in the making. He’s sure he could have played two more years, especially after receiving platelet-rich plasma therapy on his knees in Germany. Hell, he hasn’t even officially filed his retirement papers. But he says he’s OK with how it all turned out. Last year, his father passed away. He says it reinforced what mattered. “Sometimes you can’t be a champion. That doesn’t determine who you are,” he says. “But you can be a champion father, and that means everything. That means everything.”
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Welp . . . indifferent.gifmean.gifembarassed.gif

Mind boggling. I mean, if what Dudley saying is true, it makes absolutely no logical sense. Why the **** would you be worried about saving the legs of guys who probably aren't going to play much in the playoffs anyway?
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Wait what's wrong with Bostons makeup? Top five coach, an actual defined core, cap space, draft picks, mainstream appeal, what's not to like?

1. The city is viewed as racist (rightfully so)
2. The core they currently have isn't really that appealing. It's similar to the 2013 Nuggets or 2015 Hawks.
3. Good young coach...but he's largely unproven

Now the Draft picks and cap room I can't argue against....but I just can't see a top 2 player willingly going to Boston with that uncertainty. I feel like legit deals and stuff have to be done and laid before it actually becomes intriguing.
I can see why you disagree but with the space to max out two guys this summer it's not that far fetched

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Jared Dudley still running his yap
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