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  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 5:10 PM on August 31, 2018 Permalink  

    LeBron Unfiltered 

     
    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 5:15 PM on August 31, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Great show…you don’t see guys on LeBron’s level being this open very often. Especially not while they’re at the top of their game.

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 4:22 AM on August 23, 2018 Permalink  

    The LeBron Factor 

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 8:22 AM on August 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Ehhh, I think it’s more likely a case of JC was a fine player on a bad team and an underwhelming one on a good team. That’s not a knock on him, he’s just still got some growing to do.

    • mud

      mud 9:16 AM on August 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      JC was never that good.
      while i really liked him when he was in LA personally, i never thought he was a very good player. i didn’t cry when he left. i certainly never wanted to give him a cute nick-name, nor did i ever expect anything from him.

      i’m sure the LeBron is tough to play with if you have overblown ideas about your own abilities, just like Kobe or any other great player that was determined to win was…

      • mud

        mud 10:24 AM on August 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        who the heck is Nick Wright, anyway?
        what has he done to be the arbiter of anything sports related?

        talking about sports on the radio is not proof of a great sports mind, nor does it indicate knowledge of what really goes on in the locker room. Chris Carter has an idea, i’m sure, but his job is to make his co-hosts look like experts.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 12:04 PM on August 23, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It’s gonna be interesting to see who rises to the occasion and who cracks under the pressure of The LeBron Factor.

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 8:33 PM on August 21, 2018 Permalink  

    Kawhi sighting…. 

     
    • mclyne32 (Director) 9:17 PM on August 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      LeBron, KD, and Kawhi in the PnG- now that’s a squad Deej could get behind!

      • therealhtj

        therealhtj 7:07 AM on August 22, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Add Cuz and Dame and you may be onto something.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 7:51 AM on August 22, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Bawhahahaaa

          • Seely_Iggy (Director)

            Seely_Iggy (Director) 10:05 AM on August 22, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Hey, we can dream fruitless dreams, can’t we? :D

            • mclyne32 (Director) 12:02 PM on August 22, 2018 Permalink

              We sure can, Seely. Although, I have a feeling we will have either KD or Klay on our squad next summer. I have been known to be wrong, from time to time.

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 11:35 AM on August 21, 2018 Permalink  

    Helluva pickup game… 

     
  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 10:22 AM on August 21, 2018 Permalink  

    Do what you gotta do…. 


    The Toronto Raptors are hiring San Antonio Spurs staffer Jeremy Castleberry — a close friend of Kawhi Leonard — to a position on their coaching staff, league sources told ESPN.

    Castleberry has worked with Leonard as a Spurs staffer and played with Leonard in high school and at San Diego State, where he was a walk-on.

    The Spurs traded Leonard and Danny Green to Toronto for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick last month.

    Leonard can test free agency in the summer of 2019, so Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri took significant risk with the transaction. Ujiri made the deal with a determination that he can convince Leonard to re-sign with the Raptors next summer in free agency, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Hiring Castleberry certainly won’t hurt Toronto’s chances of keeping Leonard.

    The Raptors would be able to offer Leonard a five-year, $190 million contract next summer. If Leonard leaves the Raptors, he could sign a four-year, $141 million deal with a team with the available salary-cap space.

    So far, Leonard’s preference is to sign in Los Angeles with either the Lakers or Clippers next season, sources told Wojnarowski.

     
    • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:39 AM on August 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Smart move by Raptors to add a check mark on the ‘Stay’ side of the ledger.

    • mud

      mud 10:43 AM on August 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      i hope he stays there.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 10:46 AM on August 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        For some reason, I think he will end up going to the Clippers, which actually says everything about what I think about him.

        • mud

          mud 11:22 AM on August 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          that might be ok, too.

          i can’t worry about other teams. the Lakers need to win regardless of who is on those teams. during the Wilt/West days, there were stacked Celtic, Knicks and worst of all Milwaukee teams(prime Kareem) that were stacked. during the Kareem/Magic days, there were teams like Portland, Golden State, the Rockets and the Celtics that were stacked. the Lakers had to find a way to get past them. during the Kobe/Shaq days, there were teams like Sacramento, San Antonio and Portland that were STACKED. the Lakers had to get past them, too.

          there will always be superlative players on other teams, unless the league completely falters. that’s what makes a championship such a wonderful thing.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 11:39 AM on August 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m starting to wish Lebron had forced Earv & Rob to get PG13 or Kawhi before he agreed to come. Feeling like Cousins might be our only real shot next summer…

      • mclyne32 (Director) 2:28 PM on August 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        You don’t feel like we would have a chance with Klay or Durant?
        I do.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 3:08 PM on August 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I look at the reasons why superstars leave their teams and none of them really apply to Golden State.

        • mclyne32 (Director) 4:25 PM on August 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I don’t think their owner is going to pay that ridiculous amount of money back to the NBA, to keep it together.

        • MongoSlade

          MongoSlade 7:12 PM on August 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Are they really gonna start to dismantle their dynasty while opening that new arena at the same time? I just don’t see it. I think that group wants to at least match the MJ Bulls with 6 rings…

          • mclyne32 (Director) 9:22 PM on August 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            They will lose either Klay or KD- that won’t be labeled a “dismantling.”
            I’m not saying we will get either, but nobody, including the Dubs will be paying Steph, KD, Draymond, AND Klay max and super max money at the same time.
            Not Gunna Doit.

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 5:51 PM on August 20, 2018 Permalink  

    And then this…. 

     
    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 5:57 PM on August 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I couldn’t tell you the last time I watched an entire baseball game…it’s been years.
      And I get offered free tickets all the time; when I go I spend alotta time just walking around the stadium taking in the sights…lol

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 6:04 PM on August 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        It’s hard. And there are 162 of them. I’m a die hard Yankee fan in a great year for the team but I often just watch the score on my phone and then replay the parts I want on television after the fact. Can’t imagine what you do if you’re a Marlins or Tigers fan. Wait for next year.

        • DJ2KB24

          DJ2KB24 6:59 PM on August 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I DVR and sometimes only watch Yankees bat. Run right thru those pesky commercials.

          • LakerTom (Publisher) 9:22 PM on August 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Sometimes, I’ll turn off the sound and read a book while the game is going on. It’s a sport that was best when there wasn’t much competition and everything was slower. Vinny calling the Dodgers on the radio while laying by the pool or mowing the lawn or just hanging out. Today, everything is much faster. On steroids.

    • NBA4ever

      NBA4ever 8:18 PM on August 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I grew up watching Baseball, Basketball, and Football equally. I haven’t watched a baseball game in over 15 years and can’t believe people actually watch whole games.

    • mud

      mud 10:02 PM on August 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      it’s just a sign of the inability of the average fan to concentrate on one thing for very long. i have the same problem spending the time on a game anymore, but it’s not the game, it’s me and the demands on my time by various things around me.

      baseball is baseball. there’s nothing wrong with the game, there’s only something wrong with the people.

      actually, in New York and LA and few other big cities, you’ll hear this complaint a lot louder than in the rest of the country.

      the article is just propaganda to deliver the thought for the day to the hypnotized. “A third of the time in today’s MLB, the ball isn’t even put in play.” yeah, in ANY days ANY league ANYWHERE that baseball is played, only 1/3 of the time, the ball is put into play. this is not some sudden crisis that nobody has ever seen before that is ruining the game…wow!

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:13 PM on August 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I watch whole games and, if it was a good game, I’ll watch the midnight replay. I think baseball is far more exciting than football is. i find it difficult to watch football in any meaningful capacity. Just never was my thing.

    • Seely_Iggy (Director)

      Seely_Iggy (Director) 7:55 AM on August 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’ve embraced basketball with a passion. I enjoy American football, I love soccer (growing up in Asia and all). But baseball, I cannot find any enjoyment in it. To me it is sooooo boring. The only live game I’d been to was a Dodger’s game and trickery was involved. Hubbie told me we were going shopping in Chinatown and then he turned into Dodger’s stadium instead!!!! He bribed me with a cap, a little wooden bat, and food just to get me to go in. I lasted all of 4 and half inning before putting down my feet, “Honey, I’m leaving -- with or without you!”

    • John M.

      John M. 12:25 PM on August 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m a SoCal native, and grew up with the Lakers, Dodgers, and Rams. When the Rams left, I followed them for several years, then lost interest. Now that they’re back, I’m trying to care again, but it’s lukewarm. I DVR the Lakers, but that doesn’t work so well with the Dodgers. Baseball runs on suspense; the action is secondary. As far a whole game is concerned, I’ll look at people in the stands and think, “Who’s got time for that?”

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 1:05 PM on August 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      As the article points out, this definitely isn’t the same game most of us grew up playing and watching. The more strikeouts than hits phenomenon, the shift, the lack of stolen base and/or hit & run attempts, the use of multiple relievers with starters barely pitching 5 innings…it’s a long list. And most of it can be traced back to….you guessed it….analytics.

      • John M.

        John M. 1:55 PM on August 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        The shift isn’t new…goes back at least to Ted Williams’ day. And analytics, of course, is a product of $. Money has changed all the sports, for better and worse.

      • MongoSlade

        MongoSlade 1:58 PM on August 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        The increasingly excessive use of the shift is most definitely new.

        • mud

          mud 9:09 PM on August 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          lately.
          i remember the shift from little league in the 70s. it only makes sense if you know the hitter’s tendencies. it’s a bit more scientific these days, but it’s nothing new.

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 5:48 PM on August 20, 2018 Permalink  

    Meanwhile….. 

     
    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 7:02 PM on August 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The NFL’s demise has been greatly exaggerated.

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

      Jamie Sweet (Local Ne'er-Do-Well) 10:17 PM on August 20, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Some of that is offset with the fact that the NFL is broadcast on regular TV and a lot of other sports are exclusively on cable, sometimes only via an added package at a cost. Football is consistently on ABC, NBC and FOX local channels. Gone are the road games on KCAL 9 days in the NBA for all the big market teams.

    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 4:18 AM on August 21, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thing is..these numbers are in comparison to EVERYTHING that comes on tv, not just sports. TV viewership is down across the board because we consume content in different ways these days (streaming, dvr, etc..) but even in this environment the NFL is still the undisputed king of the hill and it ain’t even close. Which is why networks & advertisers continue to throw so much money at it. If you wanna throw the NBA into the mix…there are regular season NFL games that had bigger audiences than NBA Finals games…..

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 5:46 PM on August 20, 2018 Permalink  

    Kuz… 

     
  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 9:13 AM on August 20, 2018 Permalink  

    Yep 

    Nothing else really to be said about the NBA at this stage.
    We’ll finally begin to get some real answers instead of a buncha speculation & conjecture…

     
  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 2:32 PM on August 8, 2018 Permalink  

    Behind the scenes…. 

     
    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 2:41 PM on August 8, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Seems like we’ve been snake-bit by injuries the last few years then we hired the Kardashian’s guy as our head trainer. I’m hoping LeBron’s arrival will force us to place a greater emphasis on the training/medical staffs..no salary cap restrictions there either. Put our advantage of the rich local tv contract to good work.

      • Magicman (Editor)

        Magicman (Editor) 3:03 PM on August 8, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Spending Millions of your own cash, should be evidence enough for your employer, to make a big investment.

        • MongoSlade

          MongoSlade 4:44 PM on August 8, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Kobe did the same thing..didn’t change things.
          Maybe with LeBron closer to the end the FO will look outside the box to keep him (and the rest of the team by association) healthy.

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 6:31 AM on July 18, 2018 Permalink  

    That’s It? 

    Clearly, the Spurs were just never gonna trade him to LA. Dude wanted to go home; they sent him outta the whole damm country.

     
    • therealhtj

      therealhtj 7:09 AM on July 18, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Good deal for the Spurs. They were never gonna get the reported asking price, so they shipped him off to TO. TO wanted out of their ill-fated, camp jump year contracts to DeRozan and Lowry and now they have that vehicle. They won’t make the Lakers mistake with Dwight by trying to keep a (at least at the time) valuable asset that don’t wanna be there. They’ll flip him at the deadline for cap relief, draft picks, and maybe a young asset or two. One of the youngins, couple picks, and salary ballast ought to get it done.

      • LakerTom (Publisher) 11:16 AM on July 18, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        That could be difficult since it would be a very short term rental. Don’t see them getting much and don’t see the Lakers giving up any of their youth for something they could get in 4 months for free. Raps might be better to let him walk and get the cap space.

    • mud

      mud 9:46 AM on July 18, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      great.

    • mclyne32 (Director) 9:58 AM on July 18, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Good.
      Time to move on.

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 2:26 AM on July 18, 2018 Permalink  

    Welp… 

    The Toronto Raptors are finalizing a deal to acquire San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard in a trade package that includes All-Star DeMar DeRozan, league sources told ESPN.

    An agreement in principle could be reached as soon as Wednesday, league sources said.

    Leonard and DeRozan are both aware that an agreement could be imminent, and neither is expressing enthusiasm for the deal, league sources said.

    Toronto and San Antonio have been talking about the trade for two weeks, and several incarnations of packages have been discussed, league sources said.

    Sources close to DeRozan told ESPN that DeRozan met with Toronto brass in Las Vegas during summer league and was told he would not be traded.

    Ujiri will make the deal with a determination that he can sell Leonard on re-signing with the Raptors next summer in free agency, sources said. Toronto would be able to offer Leonard a five-year, $190 million contract next summer. If Leonard left the Raptors, he could sign a four-year, $141 million deal with a team with the available salary-cap space.

    Leonard has been clear that he plans to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency next summer.

    DeRozan has three years and $83 million left on his contract, including an Early Termination Option for the 2020-21 season.

     
  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 7:18 PM on July 12, 2018 Permalink  

    Charles Oakley not leaving any money on the table..literally 

    Charles Oakley is learning the hard way … if you try to cheat a Vegas casino, you’ll end up behind bars.

    TMZ Sports has learned … the ex-NBA star was arrested at the Cosmopolitan on July 8 after allegedly trying to pull a fast one during a gambling session — and it was all caught on video.

    Officials from the Nevada Gaming Board tell us Oakley “was suspected of adding to or reducing his wager on a gambling online poker game after the outcome was known.”

    Unclear what game he was playing at the time — but one source with knowledge of the incident says Oak tried to pull back a $100 chip after he realized he was going to lose.

    FYI, Oakley reportedly made more than $46 mil during his NBA career.

    Oak was confronted about the incident — and it was kicked over to a security team which reviewed the casino video footage … confirming the alleged cheating.

    The 54-year-old was taken into custody at 5:30 PM and booked into Clark County Detention Center.

    Oak’s gambling charge is serious business — “to commit or attempt to commit a fraudulent act in a gaming establishment.” He faces between 1 to 6 years in prison if convicted.

    A source close to Oakley tells us, “This is an insignificant matter that will be quickly resolved.”

     
  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 8:46 PM on July 8, 2018 Permalink  

    Crazy… 

     
    • MongoSlade

      MongoSlade 8:49 PM on July 8, 2018 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Kyrie would be outta San Antonio the second his contract is up…

  • MongoSlade

    MongoSlade 8:14 AM on July 8, 2018 Permalink  

    The Queen 

     
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