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  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 6:29 PM on April 29, 2017 Permalink |  

    Not sure how the Wiz will defend IT…When he discontinues his dribble, other than LeBron and Harden, he’s toughest to guard.

    Defensively, he should get posted up by Wall or Beal. Although Scott Brooks lack of imagination Offensively could doom the Wiz.

     
  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 6:13 PM on April 29, 2017 Permalink |  

    Another year another diss from the Rock and Roll HOF 

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 6:15 PM on April 29, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Kobe’s theme song on the Court.

      I broke a thousand hearts
      Before I met you
      I’ll break a thousand more, baby
      Before I am through
      I wanna be yours pretty baby
      Yours and yours alone
      I’m here to tell ya honey
      That I’m bad to the bone
      Bad to the bone
      B-B-B-Bad
      B-B-B-Bad
      B-B-B-Bad
      Bad to the bone

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 1:38 PM on April 23, 2017 Permalink |  

    Russ and Pat still got some bad blood 

     
  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 6:48 PM on April 22, 2017 Permalink |  

    R.I.P. Cuba Gooding Sr. (Love Main Ingredient) 

     
    • DJ2KB24

      DJ2KB24 6:59 PM on April 22, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      : (

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 7:02 PM on April 22, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Deej, Main Ingredient’s genius will live forever. Cuba Gooding Sr. will live forever. :)

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 7:09 PM on April 22, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Everybody plays the fool sometime
        There’s no exception to the rule
        Listen, baby, it may be factual, may be cruel
        I ain’t lyin’, everybody plays the fool
        Falling in love is such an easy thing to do
        And there’s no guarantee that the one you love
        Is gonna love you

    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 5:39 AM on April 23, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Condolences to the Gooding family. One of my all-time favorite vocalists, and an underrated(IMO) balladeer.This will always be one of my all-time favorite ballads.

      https://youtu.be/4tWNRB7NHL

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 2:30 PM on April 17, 2017 Permalink  

    Summer Wind 

     
  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 11:31 AM on April 17, 2017 Permalink  

    Giannis will undoubtedly be the NBA’s 2018 MVP.

    We’re past the point where there’s doubt about his game.

    And of all the guys citing Magic Johnson as an influence, Giannis is the only true devotee to Magic’s style. Stays within the flow of the Offense and Defense, rarely plays hero ball and trusts his teammates.

    Harden and Westbrook both do at times break the rhythm of an Offense and turn to isolation to get themselves going.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 12:19 PM on April 17, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Giannis is a transcendent talent for sure but a lot will depend on how his team fares.
      As LeBron gets older, there could be several young stars who could take the leap.
      I kind of like seeing strong competition for the award rather than just one of two guys.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 12:54 PM on April 17, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Man games lost to injury is the biggest deterrent to efficiency and Most importantly, Wins.

        NBA top 5, wins lost due to injured players (Lost-ws metric)

        1 UTA (9.4 wins lost)
        2 DEN (9.1)
        3 TOR (8.3)
        4 MIN (7.4)
        5 MEM (7.4)

        Man Games Lost NBA‏ @ManGamesLostNBA

        NBA bottom 5, least games missed by injured players

        HOU 52
        OKC 69
        PHO 78
        GSW 79
        SAS 93

        NBA 2016-17 season top 5, most games missed by injured players

        PHI 317
        MIA 262
        MIN 178
        NOP 177
        POR 171

        Missing Khris Middleton and his two-way effort hurt the Bucks. Missing Parker hurts. Malcolm Brogdon accelerating helps a lot. And Maker player heavy minutes at Center is accelerating his growth.

        The Raptors won 50 games this year. I don’t see fear in the Deer. It wouldn’t shock if the Bucks won Game 2.

        Yes a lot of teams could make the jump, but Milwaukee has taken a step those other teams haven’t: 1) They have found a “core” and are exploring building around the core…2) They made the Playoffs with this group.

        Houston and OKC were very healthy this year. If OKC is nixed up for a period of time, they might get 47 wins.

        Bucks had 2 Starters lose 84 man games lost combined and still managed to get to 42 wins. Thon Maker missed a chunk of the season.

        They have the best defensive group among young teams along with Boston. Giannis, Middleton, Brogdon, Snell.

        They run 3 deep at SG. Brogdon, Middleton, Snell all average 25 minutes a game. No other team has 3 SGs playing 25 minutes a game.

        They switch and stunt better than anyone excluding Miami and Utah. And have the versatility to play half-court.

        Jason Kidd is alright Offensively as a Coach, he can get better. He’s becoming a top-tier Defensive Head Coach.

        The Raps were 9th in Oeffectiency and the Bucks held them to 83 points.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 8:33 PM on April 16, 2017 Permalink  

    Both MVP candidates started out cold. And now that Russ’ Turnovers are more magnified and get exploited in the PO.

    OKC has 4 bigs. Two can give consistent Defense, the other one can’t and the Rook Sabonis who is mistake proved Defensively.

    Pat is healthy for the Roxkets, which makes a difference for their Team Defense..

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 8:34 PM on April 16, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      mistake prone Defensively.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 8:41 PM on April 16, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Russ & OKC were a nice regular season story but I don’t think anybody thought that thing was gonna fly come playoff time. Even if he goes off, those other dudes ain’t ready….especially if they gotta keep up with a team like HOU..

    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 8:49 PM on April 16, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That elbow Pick and Pop Lou does with the big, just efficient.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 8:53 PM on April 16, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      OKC’s bigs just aren’t mobile enough to deal with the switches when HOU has Nene or Capella out there surrounded by shooters

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 9:10 PM on April 16, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Nene has always had a nice game. Injuries aside, has skills.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 6:12 PM on April 16, 2017 Permalink  

    Isaiah played his heart out for you, Chyna!

    R.I.P.

     
  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 1:09 PM on April 16, 2017 Permalink  

    No surprise Wiz beat the Hawks!

    Dwight Howard, Father Time has caught up with you!

    Kelly Oubre is a rising star. He keeps coming after every adversity thrown at him!

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 5:24 PM on April 16, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Dwight had one chance and couldn’t outplay Pau Gasol or Lamar Odom or Andrew Bynum on one leg or even Kobe in the post on more than a few plays back in 09.. Never sniffed the NBA Finals after that.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 5:45 PM on April 16, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I believe Kareem summed him up better than anyone.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 8:42 PM on April 16, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Dwight went about as far as his skillset could take him. Once the back went out it was a wrap.

      • tate793

        tate793 9:08 PM on April 16, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yep. Back injuries are hard to overcome. Dwight, Nash, TMac, Larry Johnson, Ralph Sampson, Luke, TJ Ford, Brad Daugherty, buncha guys whose back injuries helped end their careers.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 10:09 PM on April 15, 2017 Permalink  

    ISO Joe!!!

    Quin didn’t take the timeout. Went with Joe against Jamal.

     
    • GDUBinDC

      GDUBinDC 6:20 AM on April 16, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That could end up being a good series.

      BTW, Sean … looks like Giannis and the Bucks r proving u right so far. : )

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 9:33 AM on April 16, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Probably the greatest clutch player of his time but rarely gets the recognition. ..

      • GDUBinDC

        GDUBinDC 10:43 AM on April 16, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        True … seems u almost have to deliver in the post season to receive the recognition.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 9:20 PM on April 15, 2017 Permalink  

    And if Harden doesn’t have a season for the ages, Quin Snyder wins COY. Losing his anchor Defensively and keeping this game close so far.

    Utah is a Mensch of a Defense. Happy Passover to those out there!

     
  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 6:24 PM on April 14, 2017 Permalink  

    What happened to John Brisker? 

     
    • keen observer

      keen observer 7:18 PM on April 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks for this, Sean. One of the great ABA brawlers. I’ll look for the show.

    • p ang

      p ang 2:12 AM on April 15, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Him and Wendell Ladner. Two of the best (worst?) alltime.

      From Jim O’Brien’s 1972-73 Complete Handbook of Pro Basketball:
      Runner-up to Kentucky’s Dan Issel and Virginia Charlie Scott for 1970-71 ABA Rookie of the Year honors . . . Gave away two to five inches to all those ranking above him in ABA rebounding . . . Real farm boy, he likes to raise hell on floor . . . Most serious challenger to John Brisker’s claim to heavyweight champion of the ABA . . . “I’d like to see that matchup,” Memphis coach Babe McCarthy claims. “Ladner’s had some big fights and there’s not a mark on him.” . . . Was always after Rick Barry’s hide for some reason or another . . . His second wife turns a lot of eyes but you’re advised not to look . . . Drafted second by Memphis and signed prior to NBA draft, although projected to be one of NBA’s top 20 prospects . . . They call him “The Mad Bomber” for his penchant for three-pointers. He tried 236 of them, but hit only 25 percent of them, which might dissuade some, but not Ladner . . . “Wendell might make two of the worst plays you’ve ever seen,” said McCarthy, “but he’ll come back with a dozen great ones because he never quits hustling. It’s a pleasure to have somebody like him” . . . Once quite a football prospect, and still bulls his way around . . . Handsome and muscle-bound, he pairs with Bob Netolicky on ABA’s all-flake five.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 3:33 PM on April 14, 2017 Permalink  

    Most Points in Playoffs history

    [5,987] Jordan
    [5,762] Kareem
    [5,640] Kobe
    [5,572] LEBRON
    [5,250] Shaq
    [5,172] Duncan
    [4,761] K.Malone

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 3:35 PM on April 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      At some point this Spring he’ll pass Kobe and KAJ.

      Might even pass MJ.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 5:02 PM on April 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Different playoff format back in Cap’s day…less games

    • p ang

      p ang 6:14 PM on April 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The amazing thing that shows is how Kobe and Shaq got on the list considering they played together. Put any two together and one of them would be off that list.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 3:26 PM on April 14, 2017 Permalink  

    Rudy Gobert is the first player in NBA history to finish in the top 3 for offensive rating and defensive rating.

     
    • Magicman (Editor)

      Magicman (Editor) 3:27 PM on April 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Might not receive a single MVP vote. Smh.

      • tate793

        tate793 4:51 PM on April 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        If Pop pushes his SAS to the Finals, Kawhi might walk away with the Finals MVP.

        • Magicman (Editor)

          Magicman (Editor) 4:53 PM on April 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          If that occurs, without question Deone. I don’t think LeBron wants anything to do with Kawhi or Pop in another Finals.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 5:04 PM on April 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Probably woulda received votes in another season….not this one tho…

      • keen observer

        keen observer 7:19 PM on April 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Might not even make one of the 3 all-NBA teams.

  • Magicman (Editor)

    Magicman (Editor) 1:09 PM on April 14, 2017 Permalink  

    KTIM:

    Knicks had the 3rd worst Record and won the Lottery. Patrick Ewing

    Spurs had the 3rd worst record. Won the Lottery. Tim Duncan.

     
    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 1:30 PM on April 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Lakers have the 3rd worst record and win the Lottery……..who do they select?

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 2:11 PM on April 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Not being around the interview process with these kids, I can’t speak to character.

        The other two qualities, are Athletic Skills and BBall skills, if you have to rate from 0-10 on Fultz and Ball, I’d give a slight edge in Athletic skills to Fultz and a slight edge to Ball in BBall skills.

        Fultz has a few specific Basketball skills, I personally view as imperative to the way the game is played: 1) He gets to the FT Line A Lot. The Lakers should be able to get more efficient shots with the group they have, but the group did not, for whatever reason. Fultz creates balance if Russell slides to SG. Fultz has a herky-jerky style a la James Harden, light on his feet like a jackrabbit.

        Fultz has superior body control, either changing direction or leaping…which means Markelle Fultz can get to whatever spots he wants anytime he wants.

        The Lakers need Speed. Badly. BADLY.
        You put that guy beside Russell, it creates a balance.

        Lonzo puts everyone at natural positions to…

        If the Lakers are positioned to select one of those 2, it’s the best possible scenario.

        Outside of those 2, everyone else is redundant on our Roster.

        • tate793

          tate793 2:26 PM on April 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Great points, Sean. Great question, other Sean. I had wondered the same thing. My main concern is their defense. The way Fox dismantled Ball in the March Madness shows what speed and athleticism can do. Ball and Russell would be a dynamic backcourt- offensively. On the other end, could be a problem.

          Our most glaring weakness, for the last few years, has been our defense. The wing is vulnerable, the paint is vulnerable and the rim is unprotected. Hopefully, Zubac will continue to develop and we grt some stoppers on the wings.

          Might make Fox and Jackson look more viable.

          • Magicman (Editor)

            Magicman (Editor) 2:34 PM on April 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I agree about the Defence, Deone, that needs fixing…

            I see a lot of similarities between Zubac development and Rudy Gobert, so I’m optimistic next year he starts figuring things out and becomes an anchor in year 3.

            Our perimeter needs fixing, you are 100% right.

          • mclyne32 (Director) 4:19 PM on April 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I have the exact same issues with NOT selecting a guy like Fox.
            We need to start signing guys who can play both ends of the floor.
            You can’t keep trotting out squads that can’t or won’t stop anyone and expect to win games.

            • Magicman (Editor)

              Magicman (Editor) 4:33 PM on April 14, 2017 Permalink

              That’s as important as the pick itself, I agree.

            • GDUBinDC

              GDUBinDC 9:43 AM on April 15, 2017 Permalink

              I’m with u 100% on this one, Matt.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 5:12 PM on April 14, 2017 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Lonzo.

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