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  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 8:11 PM on January 19, 2017 Permalink |  

    KAT’s only weakness on Offense is still a work in progress: Double Teams…still has trouble recognizing floor spacing when one of his guys has no defender. If he can get better, the Wolves might be a better Offense…

    They had problems with guard shooting already…Rubio and now Kris Dunn can’t hit the broad side of a barn.

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 11:02 PM on January 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      TCB in the 2nd Half…made Jordan look silly at times.

    • tate793

      tate793 12:00 AM on January 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Giving up the future for Nash, was a bad move -- that could have been avoided had not Jim, unceremoniously, fired Alex along with many other long time Laker employees. Alex, having intimate knowledge of Nash’s health issues, would have given valuable imput, prior to a decision being made to signing Nash.

      Bringing in D’Antoni to coach the given Lakers roster was another huge mistake made by Jim (no matter how hard he tries to blame it on his deceased father). That mistake cost us Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol. Neither were appreciated by, or, wanted to play for D’Antoni. No compensation for either one. Costly, and expensive lessons. Not to mention, wasting the last 5 years of Kobe’s career.

      Brown, MDA, Nash, dismissing long time support staff, FA faux pas and failures, failing to enlist the expertise of Phil. Could be an insurmountable deficit.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 12:08 AM on January 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Meat on the bone in those statements, sir…Yup, If Alex was retained (dumbass move based on cleansing any hint of Phil Jackson) , there’s no way on Earth, Nash passes a physical and there’s no way Alex would put his insignia on any said Approved Medical Report…

      • tate793

        tate793 12:37 AM on January 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Mistakes, more daunting than any efect of the nixed CP3 trade, 2011 CBA or payroll. Any positives arising from the s#itty sezson records, including lottery picks, are only pertinent when viewed in relationship to the huge hole that we dug ourselves. So, 10 steps foward are tempered by the previous 7 steps backwards.

        • keen observer

          keen observer 7:28 AM on January 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          The Kobe contract was the biggest mistake, but even if he had signed for less, that would not have made a difference. If they had traded him? That’s a different story. We disagree, Mr. Tate. Respectfully, of course.

    • tate793

      tate793 9:58 PM on January 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Of course, Mr. Keen.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 7:16 PM on January 19, 2017 Permalink |  

    John Wall just stamped his All-Star Game pass. Offensive Board and coast to coast lay-up.

    And John Wall deflects the shot in the waning seconds…

    A good example of leading by actions not just words. I’m sure a few of our youngins’ are watching…

    That’s how you finish games.

    Winning Time and John Wall punched in and punched out the Knicks.

     
    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 7:30 PM on January 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      MM, do you think Melo has a chance at getting outta NY? Or his salary to restrictive to move?

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 7:50 PM on January 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I think the problem is more his No-Trade Clause, Deej…It’s common knowledge the only two places he’ll go is the Clippers or Cavs…knowing that, makes it harder and you’re right to Deej, his salary…especially that 5th Year Player Option at 27 mil…

        And does acquiring Melo but giving up K-Love make them better? Not so convinced…

        And the Clips would have to decide between trading Griffin or Jordan, for Melo? Not so sure that makes them better. I think it weakens them personally.

        Phil Jackson knew or should have known, if things got bad, he’d regret giving Melo a No-Trade Clause…because It’s Melo who has ALL the leverage not Phil. Melo holds all the cards.

        • DJ2KB24

          DJ2KB24 8:04 PM on January 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I agree. Not giving up Love. Griffin would be a very slight possibility.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 5:37 PM on January 19, 2017 Permalink |  

    2017 Eastern Conference All-Stars

    LeBron James
    Kyrie Irving
    Jimmy Butler
    Giannis Antetokounmpo
    DeMar DeRozan

    2017 Western Conference All-Stars

    Steph Curry
    James Harden
    Kevin Durant
    Kawhi Leonard
    Anthony Davis

     
    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 6:53 PM on January 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Can’t argue too much with those picks, cept Westy, wow!

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 6:56 PM on January 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        That about sums it up, for me to, Deej. A snub for Russ.

        • DJ2KB24

          DJ2KB24 7:16 PM on January 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Russ seems to get that Kobesk treatment.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 7:20 PM on January 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Yeah..and like Kobe, Deej…He probably don’t give a hoot. #Mambamentality.

            :)

            • DJ2KB24

              DJ2KB24 7:21 PM on January 19, 2017 Permalink

              Westy will probably score 40 at the All Star game win another MVP. Pretty driven dude.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 7:22 PM on January 19, 2017 Permalink

              Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving said that he channeled his inner Kobe Bryant during his team’s 93–89 win in Game 7 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors.

              During the postgame press conference, Irving admitted that he started off slow in the game because he had barely slept over the previous 48 hours. He says that was the result of him going over the scenarios of what could happen in the game.

              Irving said that early in the game, he told his teammates he just needed to settle in, and that happened around the end of the first half.

              “That moment right there happened, and I was like ‘ok, I’m fine’ ” Irving said. “And all I was thinking about in the back of my mind was Mamba mentality. Just Mamba mentality, that’s all I was thinking.”

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 7:22 PM on January 19, 2017 Permalink

              DJ, he just might…just might.

            • DJ2KB24

              DJ2KB24 7:29 PM on January 19, 2017 Permalink

              Cool

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 7:32 PM on January 19, 2017 Permalink

              The dream continued into Irving’s celebration.

              “I actually FaceTimed Kobe after the game as soon as I got in the locker room,” Irving says. “Other than seeing my dad and my sister right after we won, FaceTiming him was just a great thing, knowing how he has won five and I just won my first. Then realizing how hard it is just to win one, my respect for him is already high, but it went to another level knowing that he’s got five of them. I’m trying to get a second one.”

              1-2-3-4-5. :)

              https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ujuQheviI7U

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 5:26 PM on January 19, 2017 Permalink |  

    Alex Kennedy ‏@AlexKennedyNBA
    D’Angelo Russell received one All-Star vote from players. Nick Young received two votes.

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 5:43 PM on January 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Sean Highkin ‏@highkin
      Tarik Black got two All-Star player votes.

      Tarik got more Peer All-Star Votes than D’Angelo Russell and as many as Nick Young.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 5:51 PM on January 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Fred Katz
        @FredKatz

        Brice Johnson got two player votes. He has literally never played an NBA game.

        Lol.

    • Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well)

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 11:19 PM on January 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Can players vote for themselves? “Hell yeah, I’m an All Star! (checks box)

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 5:26 PM on January 19, 2017 Permalink |  

    Alex Kennedy ‏@AlexKennedyNBA
    Stephen Curry received only 63 All-Star votes from players. The NBA says that 324 players participated in voting.

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 5:31 PM on January 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Less than 20% of your peers voted for you.

      In fairness, some of it is Jelly, no doubt…

      Nevertheless…

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 4:54 PM on January 19, 2017 Permalink |  

    In a Popularity contest…an MVP Candidate doesn’t get in as a Starter.

    Leonard having a great year, Russ is averaging a Triple Double. #Snubbed

     
  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 2:14 PM on January 19, 2017 Permalink |  

    Speaking of KD, he’s averaging 30 a game on 12 shots…Ridiculous…won’t win the MVP out of a discrimation of too much talent…

    Still hard to choose between Russ and Beard, seems like a Magic and Bird thing, each one paying attention to what the other is doing, trying to out duel one another.

    Maybe we get spoiled and they draw each in the Playoffs.

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 2:18 PM on January 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      As far as Offense is concerned, you have to give D’Antoni, was able to see what Harden could do as a Lead Guard, convinced him he was a Point Guard in a Shooting Guards body.

      D’Antoni saw a superstar on film wearing down at the end of games and an untenable career trajectory.
      “How can we cut out the fat?” D’Antoni asked. “Because there’s a lot of times where he’s just standing over in the corner or just standing somewhere not being involved where the team really needed him to be the facilitator.” The toll was in the little things: running the floor, tracking a cutter, trying to move without the ball.”

      http://www.si.com/nba/2017/01/05/mike-dantoni-rockets-lakers-suns-james-harden-eric-gordon?xid=socialflow_twitter_si

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 2:19 PM on January 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Was something Scott Brooks and McHale could not do.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 2:29 PM on January 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      All these leagues messed up decades ago by naming the award Most “Valuable” Player. Makes it way too subjective and open to multiple interpretations. Shoulda just been Player of the Year. Having said that…I’d have to give it to Harden even though Russ is my favorite player to watch. The assist thing is just a remarkable change imo and made that team so much better. As much as I despised MDA when he was here, he deserves COY consideration on HOU. As bad of a choice as he was for our team he’s a “perfect” fit for the Rockets.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 3:19 PM on January 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      KD is still S-O-F-T!

      • keen observer

        keen observer 7:30 AM on January 20, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        And you’re flaccid. Or am I missing something here? Give me a break.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 1:48 PM on January 19, 2017 Permalink |  

    Hilarious radio interview, if anyone is interested…Anthony Davis was asked about Isaiah Thomas, whose roughly a full foot shorter than AD…his response about his style of play: “He’s a wound up little midget.”

    Lol.

     
    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 1:50 PM on January 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You taking Embiid, Davis, or Towns?

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 2:05 PM on January 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        The Oakland media asked KD how easy is it to score, he said not as easy as Anthony Davis makes it look.

        “(Davis is) probably going to lead the league in scoring this year easily … 50 for him is a good game, and now (he’s like) move it to the next one,” Durant told reporters. “It’s kind of a customary night for him.

        “It’s hard to defend him. You can’t. His first step is probably the quickest I’ve seen in a while at his position. He’s long, he can shoot it, he can dribble it, he can shoot the three — so he’s doing just about everything out there on the court.”

        So, I’d go with AD just slightly ahead of KAT, NBA.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 2:11 PM on January 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I’d go with Towns mainly based on the injury issue. Like they say: The greatest ability is availability.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 10:49 AM on January 19, 2017 Permalink |  

    Enjoy Retirement Jack! A force of nature Hollywood will never see again 

    https://qph.ec.quoracdn.net/main-qimg-93e4bcd6928b2744207be813dbe54ccc-c?convert_to_webp=true

    Jack Nicholson has said goodbye to his days as a working actor.

     
  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 8:23 AM on January 19, 2017 Permalink |  

    Lakers 

    Here’s the updated TPA breakdown for the Los Angeles Lakers:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/NBA_Math/status/822077406106136576/photo/1

    NBA Math ‏@NBA_Math
    @chrisdemetral Consistency needed for DAR, though the flashes of his vision and shooting are starting to become more extended (encouraging)

    NBA Math ‏@NBA_Math
    @chrisdemetral For Ingram, let me direct you to 21:43 in this podcast I appeared on yesterday:

    http://vsporto.com/episode/18517/nba-prospectcast-a-look-at-future-prospects-nba-rookie-analytics-and-breaking-down-2017-draft-into-tiers/

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 8:29 AM on January 19, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      To those complaining about Brandon and his minutes dolled out by Luke…

      Fromal is right…he leads the league in minutes for a Rookie and the media created unrealistic expectations for him.

      Luke is giving the kid a lot of burn…

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 10:12 PM on January 18, 2017 Permalink |  

    Marc Stein ‏@ESPNSteinLine
    Link to the @espn latest on the suspected torn Achiles suffered tonight by Kings forward Rudy Gay –>

    http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/18506920/sacramento-kings-fear-torn-left-achilles-tendon-rudy-gay

     
  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 8:16 PM on January 18, 2017 Permalink |  

    Who wins Bomb Squad Knicks vs. Bomb Squad Warriors in each era 

    https://mobile.twitter.com/MickeyDunne1/status/738766329340170240

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 8:18 PM on January 18, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’d take the Warriors because of pure talent…

      Pat Ewing though…

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 8:22 PM on January 18, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        After Pitino left for Kentucky, the Knicks Head Coaching choice came down to two men: Knicks assistant coach Stu Jackson and the assistant coach of the Chicago Bulls, name of Phil Jackson…

        The Knicks hired Stu Jackson and a day later the Bulls promoted Phil Jackson to Head Coach.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 9:52 PM on January 17, 2017 Permalink |  

    Jock Itch outplayed our bigs…

    Zubac played well again..

    Sweet Lou kept us in it…

     
  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 7:26 PM on January 16, 2017 Permalink |  

    Mr.4th Quarter at it again 

    Isaiah Thomas at it again:

    35 points
    5 rebounds
    4 assists

    Had 17 in the 4th…averaging 10.1 in the 4th. Most points averaged since MJ in ’96-97.

    He not gonna win MVP this year…he in the Top 5 though.

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 7:27 PM on January 16, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Isaiah Thomas is the first @celtics player since Kevin McHale in 1986 to score 20+ points in 25 consecutive games.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 2:23 PM on January 17, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      So glad we don’t have him as our PG.
      This one burns me more than all of the other because HE WANTED TO BE A LAKER.

      • mclyne32 (Director) 2:25 PM on January 17, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        There is no excuse available for our FO not bringing him in.
        NONE.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 6:50 PM on January 16, 2017 Permalink |  

    Warriors hit ’em high hit ’em high hit ’em high, hit ‘me low hit ’em low hit ’em low 

     
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