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  1. 2017-2018 NBA Season

    I have a tough time seeing Goran or Dion repeating their second half shooting performance and I think they need to be in that 40% range if they're going to be in the all star conversation. Hassan certainly has the ability and I think we've all beaten to death all the reasons why he won't. Hopefully he proves the naysayers wrong and produces at a level that is impossible to ignore.
  2. 2017-2018 NBA Season

    Well one of these days we'll get a stat to measure the effect of a solid screen and guys like Cody will start to get a bit more respect. Cody helps Kemba, Kemba helps no I can't see it as the other way around. Kemba started to thrive when they gave him a stretch 4 and someone who could set a screen and cause havoc when he dived to the basket. Clog up the paint and Kemba's entire arsenal is reduced to step back jumpers. Possible but not likely. I don't pay much attention to PER. As a rookie he was a plus player which is a rare occurrence regardless of the stats he was able to produce.
  3. 2017-2018 NBA Season

    How many of those all time great coaches were all time greats before they met their star pupil? Pop will be quick to tell you that the only reason he succeeded was because he had a player who bought in and forced everyone else to follow his lead. I've never seen a willingness to do that from Lebron, other than a short stretch in Miami when he was being coaxed along by Wade. To me that has been one of his greatest failures in his career and something he'll regret. Stan built a team with a bunch of complementary players surrounding his two stars only to figure out that his stars weren't all that good. The team only goes as far as Jackson and Drummond can taken them. One is just a mediocre point guard and the other has such a glaring deficit in his free throw shooting that he becomes unplayable for long stretches in games. I don't see how that's a recipe for success. When Howard was a defensive force it was easy to live with all his faults. Now I expect every team to get worse when he joins them and every teammate to breathe a sigh of relief when he leaves. What makes it worse is the player who's starting spot hes taking. I think Zeller deserves some recognition for his role in Kemba's meteoric rise. Hes everything a small guard could ask for in a pick and roll partner. I have little doubt that these guys genuinely like playing with one another. There's just too much evidence to say otherwise. Whether the talent is there to compete with the big boys I don't know. It is a frightening prospect knowing that in order to really compete this team probably needs Winslow or JRich to become an all star caliber player. But the locker room I believe is as solid as they come. I have never seen a team lose as much as they did last season and still stick together. Those ticking time bombs had the perfect excuse to go their own way with new contracts looming and the team going nowhere. I was very skeptical of Waiters when he signed based on his track record. After last season I'm convinced.
  4. 2017-2018 NBA Season

    That team can top 50 wins on talent alone. I do think someone else in the east will put it all together this season and put together a 60 win clue who's going to do it though. Despite the political narrative and all these symbolic gestures invading the sporting world I still see athletics as one of the least racially charged arenas. It really doesn't matter what color you are as long as you're good at what you do. I haven't seen anything that leads me to believe that Lebron views Lue as a coach worthy of his respect. There's no semblance of a gameplan, Lebron has his own schedule and his own goals. And without the buy in from the best player its really tough to get the rest to follow. Even strong personalities like Wade freely acknowledge that Lebron is the leader of that team, the ball is going to be in his hands, and hes going to decide where it goes. I do think after its all over James will look back and regret not building a relationship with a coach like most of the greats have. People are sleeping on the Raptors because we're coming off yet another disappearing act from Lowry in the playoffs. It gets hard to take them seriously when this happens every year.... The Wizards are pretty much in the same boat. Eventually you have to play defense to win the playoffs, and I haven't seen anything from them that would lead me to believe this is the year they figure that out. I really like Stan, but hes not cut out to be a Coach/GM. His franchise player he can't even keep on the floor and the point guard he hand picked to lead this team has been a disaster. There is talent there but my bet would be a total collapse and a firesale before Christmas. The team is a mess. I don't know what to make of Charlotte. They found something that worked and threw a wrench into it with Howard. I really feel bad for Clifford. Jordan throws all sorts of crap at him and when he finds a way to make it all work in comes another load. On talent alone you're probably right, although I don't think any of those three teams are separated by much. But in Miami I see a team that actually likes playing with one another and works hard, something I haven't seen from any team with Howard or Drummond for quite some time.
  5. 2017/2018 Heat Training Camp - Pre-Season Thread

    Winslow sees the court better than most of his teammates. I would say the basketball IQ is just fine. He forces the issue because the pull up jumper isn't an option. Until that's added to the repertoire hes going to be limited in what he can do.
  6. Winslows Development

    Not trying to compare the two....its just an unpleasant reminder when I see him actively avoid the open jumper and work his way into a worse position. The loss of McGruder sucks but it does open up more time for Winslow to prove himself on the perimeter. Hopefully he takes advantage of the opportunity.
  7. The Official Bam Adebayo Thread

    I loved Reed but its not like he brought a whole lot to the table. He was basically a garbage player who accepted his limited role and played with a whole lot of energy. I think Adebayo could average 5/5 without too much difficulty if given the court time. Where he was picked in the draft doesn't have much relevancy. I think hes shown already that hes an NBA player.
  8. Winslows Development

    I hate to say it but when I was watching him I kept thinking of McRoberts after he lost all faith in his jumper. It was pass first, pass second, pass third, and maybe try to take it to the rim if all else fails. After a while it becomes far too easy to defend unless everyone else on the floor is able to be a complementary player. Even so that seems like the role hes best suited for on the offensive end. This team has a whole bunch of guys that can create for themselves off the dribble but not many that are better than him at creating for others. I still hope to someday see him in that Draymond Green role setting the pick for Dragic/Waiters and getting the ball going towards the basket.
  9. 2017-2018 NBA Season

    If I were the gambling type I'd be eyeing what I'm sure are long odds for some team like the Bucks, Raptors, or Heat to win the eastern conference. There are always bumps in the road when you try to bring a bunch of new guys together, especially guys that need to put a lot of points on the board to win games. And the Cavs as a unit just don't care if they win 50 or 60 games. I'm sure Lue is going to have a great time "coaching" Wade and Rose and James. Might as well just acknowledge that they're going to do what they feel and hand them the clipboard at the start of the game.
  10. 2017-2018 NBA Season

    Its like the Heatles all over again. The starting frontcourt are a bunch of perimeter shooters while the starting 2 guard plays in the post. Just for the fun of it one game they should name Wade the starting PF.
  11. Hornets 106 - HEAT 109 Game Recap

    I don't see much overlap with Ellington. The only thing that will keep Ellington from playing is a prolonged shooting slump. I know some will see it as favoritism for the first round pick but I think the reality is that Winslow has a leg up on McGruder because of his defensive versatility. Then again Spo has stuck with McGruder a lot longer than I thought he would so the kid may still have a chance.
  12. Hornets 106 - HEAT 109 Game Recap

    JJ looks so much more comfortable having the ball in his hands with the second unit. He gets lost in the fray with the starters and having him as a spot up shooter is just a waste of his talents. I'd still like to see what he can do playing off of Dion and Goran but that might have to be limited to when Whiteside is on the bench. Not sure how you can keep Richardson on the bench. There are going to be some matchups where he gets abused and require a quick sub for Winslow but the man needs his minutes. The lineups I like: Dragic, Waiters, Richardson, Olynyk, Whiteside first subs: Dragic -> TJ Whiteside -> JJ TJ, Waiters, Richardson, JJ, Olynyk Throw in Winslow with the second unit as SF/PF where needed for defense at SG/SF Ellington for Waiters' reprieve and instant offense. I know Spo like McGruder but there's going to be a minutes crunch and it probably comes down to him or Winslow.
  13. 2017-2018 NBA Season

    Not a chance. You're going to start hearing about all sorts of out clauses the Sixers built into that deal. I'm sure hes still going to be a very rich man regardless but there's no way hes seeing that 148 mil if he only plays 31 games over the next three seasons.
  14. 2017-2018 NBA Season

    That's the fundamental problem. You know there's no way any owner is voting to reduce the number of games played, no matter how much better it may be for the sport. Its very difficult to justify a 16 team pool when one team gets a much easier schedule and equally difficult to make a balanced 82 game schedule that doesn't unfairly burden certain teams.
  15. 2017-2018 NBA Season

    Mostly wishful thinking. Its tough without a balanced schedule, and if you were to remove the conference imbalance the travel over 82 games would be brutal for a team like Miami. I honestly wish they had doubled down on the division idea and tried to develop rivalries by forcing teams to play each other 6-8 times a year. You see each other that much and you're bound to develop a healthy dislike for one another. Instead the objective seems to be to have a few marketable games every week to put on national tv while the rest is barely watchable garbage.