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Old    Darren Lamont (83Starsnstripes)      Join Date: Jul 2013       06-21-2016, 12:33 PM Reply   
^^Agreed. LBJ made a serious case for top 3 greats of all time. Still not MJ, but he's closing the gap.
Old    Nick Tomsyck (sidekicknicholas)      Join Date: Mar 2007       06-21-2016, 6:30 PM Reply   
Seriously the most insane performance I've ever witnessed.

He led BOTH teams in Points, Rebs, Assists, Steals, and Blocks .... that is absurd. I think be the time he retires he will have passed MJ, and here is why:

Old    E.J. (deuce)      Join Date: Mar 2002       07-04-2016, 5:32 PM Reply   
Wow, surprised Durant is heading to Golden State.
Old    Nick Tomsyck (sidekicknicholas)      Join Date: Mar 2007       07-05-2016, 9:24 AM Reply   
Yeah, I get it from both sides, but also sucks as an NBA fan. Fingers crossed OKC trades Westbrook to the Cavs out of spite.

Knicks making a lot of moves, on paper they're looking like a 4-6 seed if the old guys stay healthy.

I'm bummed the Wolves didn't get Mirza, he would have been a perfect fit for them.
Old    Darrel F (95sn)      Join Date: Sep 2005       06-14-2017, 6:24 PM Reply   
Belated Congrats to The Warriors and Fans for another NBA Championship and KD for Finals MVP. Looks like round 4 next year already. LeBron averages a triple double and they are blown out 4/1. The Warriors are loaded, dominated the playoffs and the finals. How long can they pay that roster?
Old    E.J. (deuce)      Join Date: Mar 2002       06-15-2017, 8:29 PM Reply   
^^^Yes, congrats to the Warriors fans.

Hope the Jazz can resign Hayward and either G. Hill or a REALLY GOOD PG.

If you are not watching the 30 for 30 Celtics/Lakers Best of Enemies, you are doing yourself a disservice. As good as it is, the amazing thing is what a lot of these guys have done in the game after their playing days. What a bunch of crazy great basketball minds.
Old    Darrel F (95sn)      Join Date: Sep 2005       06-16-2017, 1:51 PM Reply   
If you are not watching the 30 for 30 Celtics/Lakers Best of Enemies, you are doing yourself a disservice. As good as it is, the amazing thing is what a lot of these guys have done in the game after their playing days. What a bunch of crazy great basketball minds.
I am TIVOing it each night. It is excellent. Good luck hanging on to Hayward, also congrats on the nice playoff run. Chris Paul is available.
Old    Darren Lamont (83Starsnstripes)      Join Date: Jul 2013       06-17-2017, 1:03 PM Reply   
Dang Warriors! They really put the smack down on the Cavs this year. I think that put the LBJ vs MJ convo on hold for a while.

I'd love to see the Cavs pick up another defender/shooter. Kyrie, Love, JR, Korver, are not exactly known for their defense. I'm really liking the Durant vs LBJ for next season.
Old    Darrel F (95sn)      Join Date: Sep 2005       06-19-2017, 2:12 PM Reply   
I think that put the LBJ vs MJ convo on hold for a while
I dont count rings to determine greatness, lots of people do so its 100% acceptable reasoning. Of course that means Charles, Malone,Stockton, Bernard King, Vince Carter, Chris webber, Grant Hill, Tracy McGrady, George Gervin, Patrick Ewing, A. Iverson, Elgin Baylor and lots more Greats never won even 1 let alone several.
I think LBJ is better than MJ. Bigger, stronger, faster, dominates games thru more than just scoring and defense.

I think the Cavs will have to give up Love or something to be able to afford someone like Paul George. Interesting times in the NBA.
Old    Darren Lamont (83Starsnstripes)      Join Date: Jul 2013       06-19-2017, 4:14 PM Reply   
^^agreed that rings aren't everything but to be the GOAT you need more than 3.

And I'm a huge LBJ fan but for him to surpass MJ he needs championships at this point. He already has MJ in almost every stat.
Old    Darrel F (95sn)      Join Date: Sep 2005       06-20-2017, 12:21 PM Reply   
It is going to be difficult for LBJ to beat a great team like the Warriors, same for all the teams in the west to advance. Thats gonna hold him back for at least another 2-3 years. Most of GS is in their prime.
Paul George is going to be a Laker. Some team may rent him for next year but after that, LA bound.
Jerry West is a Clipper, ouch. Another Great with only 1 ring as a player. I think losing to Boston all those times really took a toll on his psyche.
Draft coming up!! I sure hope Lonzo Ball becomes an NBA great. Pretty good draft class.
Old    Darren Lamont (83Starsnstripes)      Join Date: Jul 2013       06-21-2017, 2:50 PM Reply   
Ugh, can't stand the Lonzo Ball and family. I'm hoping his game will look like his jumper.

I think the Cavs can beat the Warriors but they need better defense. I'd love to see Butler end up there.
Old    Darrel F (95sn)      Join Date: Sep 2005       06-21-2017, 6:06 PM Reply   
I dont think Butler is going anywhere this year. Cleavland just let their GM go, Gilbert doesnt pay, he's a dick and dick owner. Its going to affect who will go there.
Lakers dumped Deangelo Russell and Timofey Mosgov for Brook Lopez.. $$ dump and attitude dump. Lopez has only 1 year left on his contract.
You may think im crazy but I think LeBron just may move on out to LA after 2018 season. If Lonzo is a real player and PG13 comes....I think you know what i mean
Old    Darrel F (95sn)      Join Date: Sep 2005       06-23-2017, 3:04 PM Reply   
I dont think Butler is going anywhere this year
and 2 days later the Bulls trade Jimmy Butler. But for what? Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and the No. 7 pick in the draft (Lauri Markkanen)... the bulls got F'd. They didnt even get a starter. I hope the Pacers, who have less say are as nice to the Lakers when they take PG13.
As expected, Lakers took Lonzo Ball, the pick isnt exciting (expected) but the future is.
Cleveland is unraveling thanks to Gilberts ownership.
Old    Darren Lamont (83Starsnstripes)      Join Date: Jul 2013       06-24-2017, 3:16 PM Reply   
^^LOL. Guess I was wrong on that one. The Bulls gave up one of the best players in the East for three random guys and LaVine is coming off ACL surgery.

Paul & Griffin both opt out. Wonder what Griffin, Paul, Kyrie & LBJ would look like together?
Old    Mike (BCPMike0663)      Join Date: Apr 2010       06-25-2017, 2:10 PM Reply   
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Originally Posted by 83Starsnstripes View Post
^^LOL. Guess I was wrong on that one. The Bulls gave up one of the best players in the East for three random guys and LaVine is coming off ACL surgery.

Paul & Griffin both opt out. Wonder what Griffin, Paul, Kyrie & LBJ would look like together?
Never going to happen. Even if it did it would not be enough to beat the warriors. Blake is soft and can't play D. Cavs would be better off with PG. lebron knows he is screwed because without a major injury the warriors are in line for a 3 peat
Old    Darren Lamont (83Starsnstripes)      Join Date: Jul 2013       06-26-2017, 12:19 PM Reply   
^^Yeah I know that won't happen but it would be interesting.

Cavs need better defenders. Kyrie, JR, Korver, are all terrible defenders and trying to outscore the Warriors doesn't work. Klay, Green, and KD are all huge offensive threats that can play great defense too.
Old    Darrel F (95sn)      Join Date: Sep 2005       06-26-2017, 3:23 PM Reply   
Yep, they opted out. Lots of teams looking to attract Paul. San Antonio?
Agree, its not happening, Paul and Griffin would be WAY too expensive. Lebron runs the offense in Cleveland, not sure Paul and Lebron would work. The league only allows one ball in play at a time.
ATL traded Dwight for nothing, geez that guys value has dropped off quickly.
At this point it would take an eastern conference all star team to beat Golden State.
Old    Darrel F (95sn)      Join Date: Sep 2005       06-28-2017, 2:38 PM Reply   
Holt Cow! Chris Paul (probably the best player ever on the Clips) to Houston for Sam Dekker, Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams and a protected 2018 first-rounder.
Gonna be interesting, Harden is used to holding on to the rock, ChrisPaul is an old school PG that always runs the offense. Will D'Antoni make CP3 the new Steve Nash?
Oh, and Phil Jackson gets his $$ and gets fired. Think he planned it all along?
Old    E.J. (deuce)      Join Date: Mar 2002       07-04-2017, 9:07 AM Reply   
Come on Hayward, stay with the Jazz.....please.
Old    E.J. (deuce)      Join Date: Mar 2002       07-04-2017, 6:26 PM Reply   
Well that sucks.....
Old    Darrel F (95sn)      Join Date: Sep 2005       07-05-2017, 2:38 PM Reply   
Sorry EJ. I didnt think he would leave.Bummer, Utah, please proceed back to the pack. Boston is getting better but its the same as in the west...it does not matter. There are currently 2 super teams and then the rest of the pack. This is C-towns last run so Celtics are situated well for 2019+ but the Warriors will be waiting.
Durant resignes, Iguodala resignes, livingston resigned, Curry signs big contract...
Summer league starts in a few days, REALLY hoping Lonzo Ball looks like the real deal.
Old    Darren Lamont (83Starsnstripes)      Join Date: Jul 2013       08-23-2017, 1:15 PM Reply   
Cavs just fleeced the Celts!! Enjoy Boston Kyrie and enjoy never getting back to the Finals till LBJ retires.
Old    Darrel F (95sn)      Join Date: Sep 2005       08-23-2017, 1:24 PM Reply   
I think that trade makes these 2 teams pretty competitive. They open the season against each other. Ratings boost.
Old    Darren Lamont (83Starsnstripes)      Join Date: Jul 2013       08-23-2017, 2:10 PM Reply   
I'm a huge Kyrie fan but he had a few seasons before LBJ showed up and was no better than Thomas when he was running the show in SacTown.
Old    Darrel F (95sn)      Join Date: Sep 2005       08-23-2017, 3:58 PM Reply   
Tru that, Kyrie wasn't Kyrie til James showed up. I am much more excited about this season than last year...(Lonzo Ball) I actually have a reason to watch now. Still, nobody is beating GS.
Old    Darren Lamont (83Starsnstripes)      Join Date: Jul 2013       08-24-2017, 2:43 PM Reply   
As much as I hate the Lavar Ball Show, Lonzo looked really good. Get a few more pieces on that team and they will be back.

GS is still in a different league, everyone is still competing for 2nd place.
Old    E.J. (deuce)      Join Date: Mar 2002       10-17-2017, 7:01 PM Reply   
Holy smokes that Gordon Hayward injury was horrible. Wishing him the best for a full recovery.
Old    Darren Lamont (83Starsnstripes)      Join Date: Jul 2013       10-18-2017, 11:24 AM Reply   
such a bummer. Good to see GS lose last night, then again they lost on opening night last year too.

LBJ in post season form already with 29,16,9. Anyone who thinks he still isn't the best player in the league is kidding themselves.
Old    E.J. (deuce)      Join Date: Mar 2002       10-18-2017, 9:26 PM Reply   
Not sure the 1st game of 82 is ever big, but in conference and a team you are battling against for the bottom of those playoff spots, nice win! Wife and Little One were there, I watched at home.

Go Jazz!
Old    Darrel F (95sn)      Join Date: Sep 2005       10-19-2017, 5:28 PM Reply   
Haywards leg injury was horrific! Tough luck for the Celts.
I'll make my Laker win prediction. I think they had about 27 wins last year. This year an improvement to 37 and will not make playoffs.
Tonight against the LA V. LA...Clips, opening night...but I got Dodgers V. Cubs in a series clincher if Kershaw carries them. Go Lakers!
NHL, NBA, MLB and NFL all on tonight. Gotta love sports in October.
Old    Darren Lamont (83Starsnstripes)      Join Date: Jul 2013       10-20-2017, 10:42 AM Reply   
Hey Lonzo, welcome to the NBA. Beverly was all over him.
Old    Darrel F (95sn)      Join Date: Sep 2005       10-20-2017, 11:14 AM Reply   
Ha, yeah he was. Good that he sees one of the best defenders in the league right off. Ball should have had several more assists but when the team shoots 35%....
Honestly, he didn't look bad, Lopez needs to be a little more selective in taking shots. I didn't expect much different, these guys have had no time to play together and gel. They will improve. I hope.
Old    Darren Lamont (83Starsnstripes)      Join Date: Jul 2013       10-20-2017, 4:23 PM Reply   
^^no doubt. I think Lonzo will be leading the league in assists by next season. Just needs guys that can score when he passes it.
Old    Darrel F (95sn)      Join Date: Sep 2005       10-23-2017, 6:21 PM Reply   
Lonzo is 19. Imma give him some time but...after just 3 games he is averaging 9 boards and 9 assists.
Old    Nick Tomsyck (sidekicknicholas)      Join Date: Mar 2007       10-24-2017, 7:46 AM Reply   
I can't stand the Ball family, all because of LaVar... I shouldn't hold it against the kids, but I do. I can't wait to see how the Wolves look after ~15 or so games, once this lineup starts working together its going to be something special.
Old    Darren Lamont (83Starsnstripes)      Join Date: Jul 2013       10-24-2017, 10:49 AM Reply   
Wolves could be the spoilers of the West this year.

I also try to avoid all LaVar Ball media coverage, he is ESPN's current jester.
Old    Darrel F (95sn)      Join Date: Sep 2005       10-24-2017, 3:22 PM Reply   
Didn't the T wolves just beat westbrook/Carmelo/George OKC Thunder? theyre going to leapfrog some teams this year. Playoffs.
X3 re LavarBall. I avoid everything Lavar, so far so good.
Old    Nick Tomsyck (sidekicknicholas)      Join Date: Mar 2007       10-24-2017, 3:28 PM Reply   
Quote:
Didn't the T wolves just beat westbrook/Carmelo/George OKC Thunder?
Yeah, in OKC too! 3 lead changes in the final 10 seconds!

I think they'll fight for a 4-5 seed with GSW, Houston being 1/2.... 3/4/5 will be Spurs, OKC, Wolves
Old    Darren Lamont (83Starsnstripes)      Join Date: Jul 2013       10-25-2017, 12:20 PM Reply   
LBJ running the point last night looked good. Although it was against the Bulls and doesn't he already do that most games anyway?

I think the Cavs without Rose is a pretty big loss. They need a quick to the rim guy and Wade can't do that anymore.
Old    Darrel F (95sn)      Join Date: Sep 2005       10-25-2017, 3:02 PM Reply   
Eric Bledsoe not happy being part of NBA's next laughing stock team.
http://www.espn.com/blog/nba/post/_/...gent-rich-paul

I think Wade may be done.
Old    Darren Lamont (83Starsnstripes)      Join Date: Jul 2013       10-26-2017, 11:47 AM Reply   
Wade is in Cleveland for the playoffs and that's it. I think he will play limited minutes the entire season and then turn it up when it really matters.

BTW are the Nets actually decent this year?
Old    Darrel F (95sn)      Join Date: Sep 2005       10-26-2017, 5:24 PM Reply   
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BTW are the Nets actually decent this year?
They cant be, they have D'angelo Russell.

Lakers take John Wall, Bradley Beal and Gortat to overtime last night and lakers hang on for the win. Slowly but surely making progress.
Old    Darren Lamont (83Starsnstripes)      Join Date: Jul 2013       10-27-2017, 10:35 AM Reply   
^^Ah ha! D'angelo didn't play against the Cavs. That makes more sense now.
Old    Darrel F (95sn)      Join Date: Sep 2005       11-06-2017, 6:21 PM Reply   
Whoa, Lakers are on a 2 game winning streak!!
Lonzo is coming along slowly but Kyle Kuzma may be one of the steals of the draft. Sometimes its better to be lucky than good. Brandon Ingram starting to show some improvement.
Lebron had 57 in a game over the weekend. Still the best in the NBA.
Old    Darren Lamont (83Starsnstripes)      Join Date: Jul 2013       11-10-2017, 11:57 AM Reply   
Do I need to hit the panic button on the Cavs?!?! 5-7 and not getting any better.
Old    Darrel F (95sn)      Join Date: Sep 2005       11-10-2017, 2:39 PM Reply   
I think OKC will hit the button before Cavs. Besides Lebron will be a Laker next year anyway.

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