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Originally Posted by lawyerdad View Post

FTFY

I'll keep doing it so stay sharp.

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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

idfnl might not see the fault in his stupidity, many stupid people dont. instead, its the rest of the members in this thread - who time and again dismiss his comments as being stupid and yet keep replying to his bug-eyed ideas - that might be stupid; like moths attracted to light because they dont know any better.

Being called stupid by a tail-wagger like jet is practically a compliment. Otherwise, you should realize we've got a crowd of superheros longing for a villain. Much more offensive here is the poor quality of humor.
post #21302 of 27197
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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

idfnl might not see the fault in his stupidity, many stupid people dont. instead, its the rest of the members in this thread - who time and again dismiss his comments as being stupid and yet keep replying to his bug-eyed ideas - that might be stupid; like moths attracted to light because they dont know any better.

Could be.
Or maybe it's just that it's an internet discussion board, where pretty much by definition people do nothing other than post and reply to stupid comments because it's all meaningless except as a passing distraction?
post #21303 of 27197
Eh, it was fun at first when you could tell dude was getting butthurt. Now that he enjoys said butthurt, it isn't as fun.

My relationship with Conne in a nutshell.
post #21304 of 27197
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Originally Posted by lawyerdad View Post

Could be.
Or maybe it's just that it's an internet discussion board, where pretty much by definition people do nothing other than post and reply to stupid comments because it's all meaningless except as a passing distraction?

I fill a needed void in social standing for them, and you. It explains your compulsion for correcting trivial grammatical errors. This thread is meaningless in that none of us are going to change the NBA, but isn't from the perspective of feeling your part of an in-crowd.

Yes, I know it's you're satisfied.gif
post #21305 of 27197
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Originally Posted by Neo_Version 7 View Post

Eh, it was fun at first when you could tell dude was getting butthurt. Now that he enjoys said butthurt, it isn't as fun.

You're SFs David Wooderson. It's not enjoyment, it's boredom.
post #21306 of 27197
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The trolling has gone too far, thread has been unreadable and we all tolerated it and amused and fallen into his traps.

Then dude always acts like a fucking victim like he is being picked on but he thrives on that shit.

Any decent discussion and interesting topics goes around to him and it all snowballs into his idiotic point of views.

Where the fuck is Steve to restore some order, I mean if you can't tell this guy is simply trolling then I don't know what to say.

A simple warning like last time would shut this guy up and we can get some decent conversations to last us until the finals at least.


Seriously, just get the fuck off my thread and start your own "Dumb NBA Thread" somewhere else for gods sake.
post #21307 of 27197
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Anyways...

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The Race to Capture the NBA Apparel Licensing Title Begins Now

It was only recently that adidas announced it would not be renewing its partnership with the NBA as the league’s official uniform and apparel supplier. Historically, various sportswear brands have held this title, including Champion, Starter, PUMA and Nike during the ’90s. In 2001, Reebok signed the first major multi-year contract worth an estimated $175 million USD over 10 years. Once adidas acquired Reebok in 2006, the contract was restructured to an 11-year, $400 million USD deal, which will soon conclude following the 2016-2017 NBA season. During its years at the helm, adidas took in a disappointing amount of revenue from jersey sales, the lowest monetary drop coming in 2011 when sales plummeted to a measly $1 million USD, compared to $3 million USD the year prior — a 38% decline. All the while, adidas continues to lose valuable market share to Nike’s powerhouse basketball division.

adidas joins the likes of past companies who have struggled to carry the seemingly appealing burden of sole sponsorship rights to the leagues’ gear. In 1999, Starter was forced to go bankrupt before being bought out by PUMA, primarily due to its deep investment in the NBA. Potential brands who are entertaining the prospect of bidding for licensing rights will have to seriously weigh the potential of taking a hit in yearly revenue earnings with the glorified prestige of holding the NBA’s apparel licensing title.

As adidas prepares to hand over the reins to the next sportswear conglomerate, it is essential to note its revolutionary impact on the league from a visual perspective in order to anticipate what the future holds for the next generation of jersey designs. In 2013, adidas introduced the league-approved sleeved uniforms – a new silhouette that was met with lukewarm reception, and underwhelming sale numbers. However, the German sports brand can take credit for the press buzzing success of the most recent Christmas Day and All-Star game jerseys, coupled with the Spanish-themed uniforms, and commemorative Chinese New Year sleeved jerseys that debuted this spring. Furthermore, in the years following Stern’s mandatory, strictly business dress code policy, adidas found a way to add unprecedented flavor to the game by designing unique, game-worn jerseys, which embrace hints of pop culture. On and off the court, you can find official NBA uniforms donning nicknames such as “King James,” and “Truth” amongst others. One can only expect that the next licensee holder will have to continue to develop the new precedent adidas has set for suitable flashiness as an avenue for driving jersey sales.

Although adidas will not be relinquishing its hold for another year and a half, it’s not too early to begin analyzing the feasibility of an NBA apparel deal amongst the most viable contenders: Nike, Under Armour and perhaps as a dark horse, a well-appropriated fast fashion brand looking to make a splash in the sports realm. On paper, Nike is undoubtedly the strongest party who can take on this venture, having achieved 11% growth, which translates to a grand total of $7.4 billion USD in revenue during its 2014 fiscal year. However, one must keep in in mind the fact that Nike is continuing to push in many other sporting domains. An increased presence in the soccer world, evidenced by its decision to sponsor more teams in last year’s World Cup than its rival adidas, and the fact that Nike is in the middle of its 2012 contract with the NFL to be the league’s sole jersey provider are all notable things on their plate. This is also coupled with the increasingly competitive nature behind sponsoring successful college football programs. Nike may in fact be too focused to improve on the various foundations established across various sports to pick up an NBA contract.

Under Armour has positioned itself as the next brand to carry the NBA apparel licensing mantle. The native Baltimore corporation is building to be the next big multinational sports company, boasting its best monetary year to date. In 2014, Under Armour experienced a staggering 30% growth in sales, and accumulated over $3 billion USD in yearly revenue, effectively surpassing adidas for the second spot behind Nike as the largest sportswear company. Today’s Under Armour truly embodies the combination of infusing industry-leading technology, suitable for indoor play (ColdBack shirts, HeatGear garments) with consumer-pleasing designs (Alter Ego line, themed football jerseys). Having already signed Steph Curry, the face of tomorrow’s NBA, to an exclusive sneaker deal, the next power move would presumably be further establishing visibility in the league by stitching its crossed insignia on official game-worn jerseys. If the Tottenham, or University of Maryland uniforms are any indication, fresh batches of enhanced, styled jerseys are on the way if Under Armour can reach an agreement with the NBA.

This sounds quite farfetched, but could an established fast fashion brand seize the opportunity, and effectively add an unparalleled aspect to its label identity? This case is not likely, but is still worth evaluating. Consider Uniqlo for example: the brand has made strides reassuringly cultivating its image as a manufacturer that constructs pieces using quality linen, and the latest in sportswear technology (HEATTECH), while sponsoring the likes of tennis star Novak Djokovic. Although the merger would certainly be unique, and aesthetically pleasing, a fashion-oriented brand would need to ramp up its experience to create high-performance product worthy of the world’s best basketball players. However, it could be argued that unlike the other players on the table, Uniqlo, and similar labels could deliver a more distinct fashion element through designs, or celebrity collaborations for added exposure.

The NBA is in the midst of a transitory period spurned by recently elected league commissioner Adam Silver, who seeks to revolutionize the game’s product value in order to match the growing popularity of the sport on the global front. The imminent change of the NBA’s apparel license will surely be a key talking point in Silver’s plan to further enhance the game’s appeal while the brand that comes on board enters the limelight for an ever-growing global sport. The brand that convincingly proves it can set aside a deep and encompassing budget, execute exemplary marketing initiatives, and formulate a diverse creative staff who can brainstorm ways to capitalize on the recent resurgence of jersey designs will undoubtedly be offered the chance of creating the future of NBA apparel.
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So the Blazers are at 4th right now with 46-25 record and the Clippers are at 5th with 48-25 record. Since Portland is #1 in their division and the Clips are #2 in their means the Blazers have home court. My question is at what point can the Clips pass them? Right now the Clips has clinched a playoff spot but Blazers hasn't, is them being eliminated from the playoff picture (which isn't happening) is the only way the Clips surpasses them?
i could be wrong but i'm pretty sure portland is guaranteed to get the 4-spot, but they don't actually get home court against #5. and to answer your question, i think the clips can only pass the blazers by leapfrogging them to #3. so houston would have to drop down

Going back to this, apparently as long as the Clips stays ahead of Portland, they still get homecourt despite the Blazers being a 4th seed.


Via: http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25129843/nba-playoff-races-and-magic-numbers-update-for-march-31-2015
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The Clippers have won six straight, and even if they can't get past Houston and Memphis and Portland wins the division, the Clippers can still get home court in the first round over Portland, even as the No. 5 seed. (Because the NBA is insane in its arcane devotion to divisions, if you win the division you automatically get a top-four seed but it doesn't guarantee you home court.) They lead Portland by a half-game for home court in the first-round.
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We're only a few weeks from the playoffs but if you had to pick the final four starting today, who would it be?


A majority of media, analysts, etc. (that I follow, at least) have Golden State going all the way and changing the NBA landscape in the process. GSW and SAS seem to be the teams from the West with how they are currently playing.


East: Hawks and Cavs are obviously frontrunners which hurts the Bulls fan in me.


Who are you guys' dark horse candidates?? I'm really hoping for Memphis to grind it out come playoff time.
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i really want to see the bulls come out of the east. they seemingly have all the pieces to make it happen so ill be disappointed if they at least dont reach the conference finals. that roster isnt gelling with the coaching style but im holding out hope it can come together in the playoffs. on paper they matchup with any team in the league. come on bulls! make it rain NIKO! god bless you NIKO, make it rain!

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In what way are they saying the Dubs will change the landscape?


It's really hard to pick for me especially int he west. I want to say the Clips could make it and they've been playing really well even without J-Crossover (knock on wood) but I just feel they aren't there. I feel like they could collapse because they still seem immature complaining to refs or staring them down when there's no calls.

I do think the Dubs got it in the west with Houston being a close second though I haven't really seen how they would be against the best teams without Beverly and an even softer than tissue Howard just returning from an injury. Harden is beasting though and actually playing D so we'll see.

Sad to say but I do think the Spurs are the dark horse lol8[1].gif They laid low for practically the whole season and all of a sudden they kick it to high gear (helps that they got healthy) and are just scary again. They lulled the rest of the league just so they can pounce on them and win it all again. I still don't see them repeating though, sorry Steve.




For the East, I think its the Cavs to lose. Lebron and Kyrie been playing like MVPs, if Love wakes up (or they actually find something for him to do) then they'd be very scary. If the Bulls were 100% they'd be right up there. Raptors and Wizards disappeared after the All Star. Only real competition for the Cavs are the Hawks and I haven't been paying attention and maybe they are resting their players but I am seeing plenty of losses from them recently. I think the Cavs are just rolling right now and that momentum will carry over to the playoffs where Lebron will just kick it up another notch.

Darkhorse on the East, I really don't know but I kind of want the Bucks to surprise everyone and at least get past the first round.
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With regards to Dubs, it's just the styles they are playing (moreso defensively than offensively, funnily enough). I mean, this team is winning in historical fashion. Not only winning, they are thrashing opponents and are showing no signs of stopping. They are the top offense in the league. Top defense in the league. Top transition defense in the league. They have top 10 position offense in the league. Their win margin at home is ridiculous. They can play big, small, 4 out, 5 out, whatever.


I'm starting to sound like a GSW fan now but it's just crazy how versatile they are. Obviously, anything can happen in playoffs but if they don't end up winning chip this year, it will be worse than Suns not winning one back in the day
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Oh, in that way. I don't know if that means changing the landscape though because that would mean it'll open it up for others to do the same which I doubt will be easily repeatable (if ever again).

It's an amazing feat though for sure and they rightfully earned the top pick to win it all.
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I think if teams like GSW, ATL, SA keep a stranglehold on the league for the foreseeable future; that could bring about change from a superstar driven league to a more "teamwork" driven league. Freak athletes like the LBJs, Westbrooks, Blakes give way to the more cerebral type like Currys. I don't know, just throwing it out there.
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Originally Posted by RFX45 View Post

my thread

"My thread" smacks of your entitlement. You're stubbornly unable to deal with it or put me on ignore, culminating in feeble whining. My posts are topical. Your problem.

In other news, Neo Wooderson is suddenly bothered/substantive.

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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

i really want to see the bulls come out of the east. they seemingly have all the pieces to make it happen so ill be disappointed if they at least dont reach the conference finals. that roster isnt gelling with the coaching style but im holding out hope it can come together in the playoffs. on paper they matchup with any team in the league. come on bulls! make it rain NIKO! god bless you NIKO, make it rain!

I like Chicago as fan of the team but it's not their year. Atlanta looks poised for a spot in the finals. I'd actually rather see Chicago, but they'd get trounced by GSW (would love to see Butler v Klay though). Atlanta has the right dynamics to make a series out of it.

Of all the talk of the dominance of the west, it's a 2 horse race between the Spurs and Warriors. Injuries this season have been acute. I'd welcome a Hawks - Warriors finals.
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