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Discussion in 'Community' started by KnightWriter, Nov 16, 2006.

  1. Darth Tunes SfC Part III Commissioner

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    16 days to go until Opening Night, and I'm almost at record levels of anticipation... feels like waiting for Christmas to arrive back when I was kid. The purple & gold held their first preseason game at Staples Center last night, which I only cared to notice (via highlights & photos after the game*) because of this:

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    It's a new court for the Lakers this season at Staples! I very much like it, particularly the stars (representing each year they've won a title :cool: ) , the new script logo along each basket (the old block script was hideous), and the 'L' secondary logo's along each key. Well done.

    *http://articles.latimes.com/2012/oct/06/sports/la-sp-plaschke-lakers-tv-20121007- Now, this really doesn't matter now. I never watch any preseason games in full (only for a minute or 2), so I'm not upset yet. I do believe a deal will be reached before the season starts... no chance in hell they're going to shut out so many Laker fans in their ability to watch on television. It better not happen.
  2. epic Ex Mod / RSA

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    Can't see the Bulls finishing 2nd with Rose missing most if not all the season.
  3. tom Chosen One

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    they played well in the regular season without rose last year. and the real question is what other team is going to finish ahead of them. after miami the eastern conference looks really weak this year.
  4. DarthIntegral Chosen One

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    It'll depend on how healthy Boston can stay, how quickly the Nets can gel, and I wouldn't sleep on the 6ers being a surprise team this year and taking a top-three seed in the East.
  5. tom Chosen One

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    i really don't think adding joe johnson is going to put the nets over the top. i agree with you about the sixers though.
  6. DarthIntegral Chosen One

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    Over the top? No. Good enough to win more regular season games than any Eastern Conference team that doesn't feature Lebron James? Maybe.
  7. tom Chosen One

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    doubtful. the hawks had a better supporting cast around johnson than the nets do. i wouldn't be at all surprised if they miss the playoffs.
  8. PRENNTACULAR VIP

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    Really? I mean, the Hawks have Josh Smith. And then who?

    The Nets have Deron Williams and Brooks Lopez, in addition to some pretty decent cog/role player guys. They seem like the superior team to me.
  9. tom Chosen One

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    i like deron williams, but i would take al horford over brook lopez any day, a 7' center who in his last full season couldn't even average 6 rebounds per game. the nets are ridiculously thin in the front court.
  10. Darth Tunes SfC Part III Commissioner

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    I think it might be a Brooklyn/Miami 2nd round match up in the playoffs, maybe even in the first.
  11. Darth Tunes SfC Part III Commissioner

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    http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/8478267/who-nba-top-title-contenders-season-trailing-pack

    Zach Lowe is a new NBA writer for Grantland.com, and this was his first article for the site (and it's rather good).


    http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id...-becomes-nba-player-becomes-kobe-bryant-enemy

    Smush Parker isn't breaking any new ground... who the hell hasn't known that Kobe is a *****/not the easiest teammate ever? Please. And those Laker teams from 2004-2007 were filled with terrible players, so who can really begrudge a superstar from looking back on that with disdain?
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  13. Darth McClain Arena Manager Emeritus

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    That just doesn't make sense to me...I really can't see an NBA team, even the Kings, moving to Virginia Beach.
  14. Juliet316 Chosen One

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  15. Darth McClain Arena Manager Emeritus

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    But, realistically, there are a lot stronger markets for an NBA team to come to than Virginia Beach. Take Seattle or Kansas City, for example
  16. tom Chosen One

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    seattle first, please.
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  17. Darth Tunes SfC Part III Commissioner

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  18. DarthIntegral Chosen One

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    So, uh. Yeah.

    James Harden traded to Houston. Who saw that one coming?
  19. Darth Tunes SfC Part III Commissioner

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  20. tom Chosen One

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    i'm not that shocked. they offered as much as they felt they could and he turned it down. better to turn him into two first round picks and kevin martin than let him walk.
  21. Darth Tunes SfC Part III Commissioner

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    Eh, maybe, but shouldn't OKC have wanted to keep that nucleus together for at least one more season? Sure Harden had a crappy Finals, but I've got no doubt he'll rebound from that this season.
  22. TheVortex3 Jedi Master

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    Well I did not see that trade coming at all. I thought that OKC would have found a way to work out a contract extension with him.
  23. Darth Tunes SfC Part III Commissioner

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  24. DarthIntegral Chosen One

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    I'm more surprised that Houston makes that trade than OKC. Harden is a nice piece. But he's not a main guy that you win a championship around. Houston acquired assets and then set themselves up for a chance to bottom-out, win the lottery and potentially get that cornerstone type player. And now - they've got James Harden, lost a bunch of draft picks, and probably won't be bad enough to get a true cornerstone player.

    For OKC, it's a no-brainer. You avoid serious luxury tax penalties. You pick up some very good assets. And, you send the message "if you're name isn't Kevin or Russel, I make the rules not you".
  25. New_York_Jedi Force Ghost

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    Yeah, I don't see Harden as a franchise centerpiece. Love him as the third best player, like him as second...but #1 option? Eh. Kevin Martin is a a pretty good player, maybe 60-70% of Harden, and you pick up some young pieces and draft picks and who knows what happens? Lamb certainly has all the physical tools to be a very good NBA player. Its gotta be disappointing for OKC fans to lose Harden, but this gives them a lot more flexibility going forward without losing too much.