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post #26011 of 27250
I tend to agree. I can see why he pulled him, but can't say it was the smart move because nobody succeeds against GS matching them for small.

His big lineups were dominant, especially in gobbling these fabled "Kobe Assists". I kept asking myself in the 4th why he didn't play Adams and Ibaka... or you know, play that $16m/yr albatross on your bench with the cute mustache sucking up your cap.
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One of the surprising anecdotes that was brought up the other day was how OKC has been to the Conference Finals 4 out of the past 5 seasons. With a loaded West, that's just nuts. Just imagine if they played some semblance of intelligent basketball. smh


I just hope Russ/KD don't become this generation's Stockton/Malone.
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One of the surprising anecdotes that was brought up the other day was how OKC has been to the Conference Finals 4 out of the past 5 seasons. With a loaded West, that's just nuts. Just imagine if they played some semblance of intelligent basketball. smh


I just hope Russ/KD don't become this generation's Stockton/Malone.


the 2000's Western Conference kind of resembles the 80's Eastern Conference where it was such a rat race to get to the top (76ers, Celtics, Pistons). Hell the Bulls had the greatest player ever and weren't really taken seriously until they had to win over everyone (celtics and pistons) and go straight to the championship and become a dynasty.

they're following that 80's pistons arc of going through the most heartbreaking ways to lose at the highest levels before finally winning.

the saddest team of all in the 80's? the Milwaukee Bucks, who had the 3rd most reg season wins of all teams in the NBA and still didn't win a chip.
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I wonder what would happen if OKC did end up eliminating Golden State.


Would you guys have them beating the Cavs in the finals??
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Obviously MJ and Kobe had their share of coaches they ran out of town... But what LBJ did to Blatt was another level. His reasoning it with his "brilliant basketball mind" is the icing on the cake.

 

what do you mean? didn't lebron hire blatt to an nba head coaching position in the first place? it shoulda been clear that he served at bron's pleasure...

 

and anyways cavs are a better team under lue. 

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Blatt was hired before Lebron decided to move to Cleveland, at least officially

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Blatt was hired before Lebron decided to move to Cleveland, at least officially


hmmm...

 

late june blatt (and lue) are hired. early july bron signs. team proceeds to fill out the roster with a bunch of ex-heat teammates and buddies. 

 

GS will win in 6 or sooner unless D Green T's out of the playoffs.

 

OKC maybe coulda, maybe not (they don't have that killer instinct lol).

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The Akron Beacon Journal's Jason Lloyd reports:

Funny postgame moment: As James was leaving the locker room, Blatt -- wearing only a towel -- swung open the door to his office and called James over to him.

"C’mon Coach," James said. "I can’t talk to you like this."

He did, though. James obliged and after the two briefly chatted, James turned and walked toward Tristan Thompson. "That man was naked," James said.

"Players walk around locker rooms in towels all the time," writes Lloyd. "Unusual to see coaches do it, however."


http://www.ohio.com/blogs/cleveland-cavaliers/cleveland-cavaliers-1.275356/cavs-122-raptors-100-jason-lloyd-s-29-thoughts-on-kyrie-irving-j-r-smith-s-shot-and-trip-ahead-1.652248
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In hindsight, Blatt did have a little bit of that Mike Singletary rigidness to him.

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In hindsight, Blatt did have a little bit of that Mike Singletary rigidness to him.

Lue seems to be more of a player's coach. Blatt was probably really hard on his players.
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 Blatt was probably really hard on his players.

Are your jokes always this bad?

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Are your jokes always this bad?
DocLarry's jokes have never been better. Take that as you will.



Also, random postscript to an earlier discussion. While I'm sure idfnl's comments about the state of Indy racing are accurate as a general matter, the Indy 500 turned out to be fun as hell, even aside from the sitting in the sun drinking beer with my greenfrog part. It ended up being decided by strategy and some bad luck rather than infinitesimal aerodynamic advantages.
Three of the 4-5 cars that had been jockeying for the lead for the first 3/4 of the race got effectively knocked out by a pit road collision that appeared to be caused by a major fuck up by a crew member. "You're clear! Go, go, go! Oh shit -- bam!" One appeared to have gotten away clean until a piece of his car started to fall off a few laps later. Then a rookie who'd been rumning in the middle of the pack all day made the ballsy call to skip his final pit stop. The announcers were certain he wouldn't have enough fuel to last until the end of the race. They may have been literally right, as he crossed the finish line running on fumes and going about 50 mph slower than the cars chasing him but was still about half a lap ahead and he coasted past the checkered flag.
Even if you're not a racing fan (which I'm not, particularly) it''s worth having on your aports bucket list for the sheer spectacle of it. That's despite the fact that the city managed the whole traffic/shuttle situation really poorly and created a clusterfuck for everyone trying to leave after the race.
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Also, random postscript to an earlier discussion. While I'm sure idfnl's comments about the state of Indy racing are accurate as a general matter, the Indy 500 turned out to be fun as hell, even aside from the sitting in the sun drinking beer with my greenfrog part. It ended up being decided by strategy and some bad luck rather than infinitesimal aerodynamic advantages.
Three of the 4-5 cars that had been jockeying for the lead for the first 3/4 of the race got effectively knocked out by a pit road collision that appeared to be caused by a major fuck up by a crew member. "You're clear! Go, go, go! Oh shit -- bam!" One appeared to have gotten away clean until a piece of his car started to fall off a few laps later. Then a rookie who'd been rumning in the middle of the pack all day made the ballsy call to skip his final pit stop. The announcers were certain he wouldn't have enough fuel to last until the end of the race. They may have been literally right, as he crossed the finish line running on fumes and going about 50 mph slower than the cars chasing him but was still about half a lap ahead and he coasted past the checkered flag.
Even if you're not a racing fan (which I'm not, particularly) it''s worth having on your aports bucket list for the sheer spectacle of it. That's despite the fact that the city managed the whole traffic/shuttle situation really poorly and created a clusterfuck for everyone trying to leave after the race.

My affinity for racing is an order of magnitude above basketball, so I'm very happy you enjoyed it. Alex Rossi has been a pretender in several European racing series but has not broken into F1. That's not so much a statement towards his talent as it is a statement of political influence in F1, and drivers bringing in funding. Currently in F1, a pretender has to bring about $40m in sponsorship for a seat at the back of the grid, or 2.5 Enes Kanter Albatross season contracts in terms we can relate to.

Or you can present no doubt and be racing's Ben Simmons (Max Verstappen) and show a talent that is only seen every 20 years. But instead of 50 players getting that chance in a draft, in F1 you get 1 or 2. While it seems limiting, it adds to the drama because it's so rare. Trust me, this Verstappen kid has all the hallmarks of the greatest driver ever, Aryton Senna. Senna was Michael Jordan. Senna never raced Indy, so not a great analogy but Indy is college ball. Watch this to understand, especially the Monaco piece and his driving in the rain, that Monaco lap was Chamberlain's 100 point game:

https://vimeo.com/89217406

What also set Senna apart is what the joke-monkey's find funny about my feelings towards Durant. Durant wouldn't do what Senna did. Jordan would. He was racing in 1200hp cars, today's cars do 900, so there's a parallel to be drawn to the pussification of the NBA. Durant is no Jordan (yet).

The most pedestrian racing series can produce fantastic results, I am not surprised Indy was great. As a whole, if you watch a season you'll find plenty of races worthy of nap time, but sometimes the stars align. We saw the same in college b-ball this tourney, and to me college ball is pure shit, but hey, an amazing game can happen.

If you want to take it to the next level, see a Moto GP race or travel to Montreal to see the Canadian GP for F1. F1, even in it's current malaise, will make Indy look like racing go-karts. F1 is an accumulation of all this historical incredible talent, and when you understand F1, you understand how much more talent you need.

The parallel between the NBA is that there are only 2 or 3 really true superstars. We love to chat Boogie Cousins, Harden, and Blake Griffin but in F1 they would NEVER win a world championship. that space is rightfully reserved for guys like Olajuwon, Chamberlain, Jordan and Bird.

Join us over in the F1 thread if you really want to be bored.
Edited by idfnl - 6/1/16 at 8:37pm
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Tonight we are all Cavaliers. smile.gif
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^^^

 

IMO a second dubs title is better for the league.

 

what is that avatar (with the nun) from? i find it incredibly compelling lol.

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