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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:09 am 
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Apropos of nothing I love the name Joe Johnson...... Alliterative and a good old fashioned name that sounds like it belongs to a boxer from the 1950s.


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Here's the truck he used to drive:

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Not so old fashioned...


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:22 pm 
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Sooo, All Star teams?

Order of BS snubs, IMO.

1 - Chris Paul
2 - Paul George
3 - Chris George (AKA Andre Drummond).

Ben Simmons & Lou Williams can also feel hard done by, but there's only so many spots.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:28 pm 
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NBA wants legalized gambling on smartphones and other widely available means. They want 1% of every dollar wagered. Would be a huge cash windfall for them if it happens.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:52 pm 
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The boogie Ad thing is just absurd... I hope they both stick around and a wing or two.

I said the second he left Chicago the ET Moore deal was a belter but more obviously needed


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:53 pm 
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PG the biggest snub imo, Wall the luckiest


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:01 pm 
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Here’s the list for reference:

Eastern Conference

Starter: Kyrie Irving, G, Boston Celtics
Starter: DeMar DeRozan, G, Toronto Raptors
Starter: LeBron James, F, Cleveland Cavaliers (Captain)
Starter: Giannis Antetokounmpo, F, Milwaukee Bucks
Starter: Joel Embiid, C, Philadelphia 76ers

Reserve: Kyle Lowry, G, Toronto Raptors
Reserve: Bradley Beal, G, Washington Wizards
Reserve: John Wall, G, Washington Wizards
Reserve: Victor Oladipo, G, Indiana Pacers
Reserve: Kevin Love, F, Cleveland Cavaliers
Reserve: Kristaps Porzingis, F, New York Knicks
Reserve: Al Horford, C, Boston Celtics


Western Conference

Starter: Stephen Curry, G, Golden State Warriors (Captain)
Starter: James Harden, G, Houston Rockets
Starter: Kevin Durant, F, Golden State Warriors
Starter: Anthony Davis, F, New Orleans Pelicans
Starter: DeMarcus Cousins, C, New Orleans Pelicans

Reserve: Damian Lillard, G, Portland Trail Blazers
Reserve: Klay Thompson, G, Golden State Warriors
Reserve: Jimmy Butler, G, Minnesota Timberwolves
Reserve: Russell Westbrook, G, Oklahoma City Thunder
Reserve: LaMarcus Aldridge, F, San Antonio Spurs
Reserve: Draymond Green, F, Golden State Warriors
Reserve: Karl-Anthony Towns, C, Minnesota Timberwolves

Jay Cee Gee wrote:
Sooo, All Star teams?

Order of BS snubs, IMO.

1 - Chris Paul
2 - Paul George
3 - Chris George (AKA Andre Drummond).

Ben Simmons & Lou Williams can also feel hard done by, but there's only so many spots.


Goddamnit I love Lou Williams, really was hoping he’d make it.

Last season would have been more appropriate but would have liked to see Goran Dragic in there for once. Made an All-NBA team but still no All Star nod. Having another great year on a real sleeper of a team in Miami.

It’s so hard to get in if you play in the backcourt.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:13 pm 
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Seems as though the All Star thing is a bit of a joke. Four from the GSW? Durant I get but Curry seems to be riding on a wave of popularity from dick riding fans. And I say that as a casual.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:24 pm 
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Seems as though the All Star thing is a bit of a joke. Four from the GSW? Durant I get but Curry seems to be riding on a wave of popularity from dick riding fans. And I say that as a casual.


Nah, Curry is ludicrously good at scoring and is solid on everything else. He's a legit superstar.

Green & Thompson are kind of lucky to be there this year, IMO. Thompson especially.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 10:41 pm 
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Curry is #1 in Real Plus Minus and #3 in Box Plus Minus. Averaging 27.5-6.5-5 in traditional stats. He's having a great year by just about any measure.


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Seems as though the All Star thing is a bit of a joke. Four from the GSW? Durant I get but Curry seems to be riding on a wave of popularity from dick riding fans. And I say that as a casual.


I don't like the bandwagon fans either, but Curry is a top five player in the league, a 2 time MVP, and possibly the best shooter the game has ever known. He's legitimate.

Curry has an interesting backstory in that he was not highly sought after when he was younger. When he came out of high school, none of the top colleges in the US would recruit him because apparently he was too small. The one college he did want to play for was Virginia Tech because his father went there. However, VT did not offer him a full scholarship. Curry went to a lesser known college Davidson and he led them to the final 4 in the national tornument three years later. He was drafted into the NBA the year after and selected by the Warriors. The rest is history.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:07 pm 
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Interesting analysis of Westbrook's recent upswing

http://global.nba.com/news/one-team-one ... m:homepage


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:32 pm 
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Urgh All Star weekend. The absolute most repugnant part of the season, although I'm not sure what is worst. All Star weekend or hearing the cringeworthy comments from Kiwis who think Adams should be an All Star.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:35 pm 
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Urgh All Star weekend. The absolute most repugnant part of the season, although I'm not sure what is worst. All Star weekend or hearing the cringeworthy comments from Kiwis who think Adams should be an All Star.


He's not yet All Star level, but he's actually not that far off. If he was doing the same thing in a bigger market he'd be a fringe All Star. But the word 'snub' should not be used in any headlines about him (ditto Aussie media & Ben Simmons).


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:47 pm 
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Ben Simmons is an interesting case for consideration though. I think had he been named he would be a worthy selection but at the same time I don't believe he has been snubbed. The triple double he just put up was incredible. I really hope Simmons and Embiid can remain injury free and stay together for a few seasons.

Adams is putting up some good numbers however until he develops his offensive skill set I don't really think he would ever be worthy of NBA first or second team status. He is the classic typecast garbage man but he is not and without intending to be disparaging of him because I love him like I love Riche McGoat he never will be a franchise player.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:54 pm 
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Good link there btw Jay Cee Gee. I know the current trend is more 3 pointers but that really is only a good strategy for teams with at least 3 excellent 3 point shooters and one of those must be able to drop bombs from the dribble. E.g Warriors. You have to play to your strengths and taking it strong to the rim is Westbrooks game and complements OKC other players.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 10:56 pm 
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Kahu wrote:
Ben Simmons is an interesting case for consideration though. I think had he been named he would be a worthy selection but at the same time I don't believe he has been snubbed. The triple double he just put up was incredible. I really hope Simmons and Embiid can remain injury free and stay together for a few seasons.

Adams is putting up some good numbers however until he develops his offensive skill set I don't really think he would ever be worthy of NBA first or second team status. He is the classic typecast garbage man but he is not and without intending to be disparaging of him because I love him like I love Riche McGoat he never will be a franchise player.


Well, All NBA teams and Franchise players are both levels above All Star. If he upped his scoring by 4 or 5 ppg and averaged double figure rebounds (which he'd be doing now if it weren't for team tactics), he'd be a good chance of getting there. He's not gonna be a multi year All Star, but I wouldn't be surprised if he made it once or twice by the end of his career (especially if he got traded to the East).

If you see him in shootarounds, he's actually got a decent shooting touch, he just doesn't use it in games, but it wouldnt' surprise me to see him start using it more in the next few years.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:11 pm 
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Why do think All NBA teams are above All Star and franchise player status? Imo they should be the same thing, teams made up of the best players in the world.

It's sad Steve is reluctant to play for the NZ team because I think a stint in a team where he is the go to man would help him (and the Thunder) out of sight. Unfortunately in OKC he won't get that opportunity to develop and he is far too humble to take a more selfish approach to his team and his own detriment.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:17 pm 
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Kahu wrote:
Why do think All NBA teams are above All Star and franchise player status? Imo they should be the same thing, teams made up of the best players in the world.

It's sad Steve is reluctant to play for the NZ team because I think a stint in a team where he is the go to man would help him (and the Thunder) out of sight. Unfortunately in OKC he won't get that opportunity to develop and he is far too humble to take a more selfish approach to his team and his own detriment.


Well, there's 24 All Star spots and only 15 All NBA spots so by definition the latter is harder to achieve.

Franchise player is a bit more of a fuzzy concept obviously, but I'd argue it means a player you can build a title contender around as the star player - guys like Curry, Durant, Harden, James etc, and the likes of Porzingis, Embiid & Antetokombo probably will be that in the future. Current All Stars like Beal, Thompson, Green, Love, Horford etc aren't franchise players and never will be.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:37 pm 
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Without googling who is the only player to make the 2017 All NBA team and was not an All Star in 2017?


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:39 pm 
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Kahu wrote:
Without googling who is the only player to make the 2017 All NBA team and was not an All Star in 2017?


Cousins?

Edit: Nope.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:46 pm 
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Embiid - EDIT sorry, misread the question.

Dunno, Giannis? No, he would have been an All Star.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:52 pm 
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Follow up - who'll be in this year's All NBA teams who's not in the All Star game?

Chris Paul.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:02 am 
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Rudy Gobert was All NBA but not an All Star. These popularity contests just pi$$ me off. The only thing I like about ASW is the celebrity game.

Chris Paul should be there before Lillard though.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:58 am 
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Dunk contest is good for a youtube rewatch. And it's actually a decent competition every 5 years or so. But we're only two years removed from the LaVine v Gordon duel, so probably not this year.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 26, 2018 3:05 am 
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Adams is f'ing KILLING Washington on the offensive glass. 7 at halftime.

I swear if he was on a team that wanted him to go for defensive rebounds he'd be top 2 or 3 in rpg.


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Adams probably deserved a flagrant for that dick kick on Beal.


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Kahu wrote:
Rudy Gobert was All NBA but not an All Star.


I knew it had to be somebody in the West, but I didn't even think of him.


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It sounds like Paul George wants to stay in OKC when free agency comes - at the moment anyway. I didn't predict that a few months ago.


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......Boogie may have just done his achilles


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 4:45 am 
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https://twitter.com/cjzero/status/957094152956792832

Not looking good. Really hoping it's just a calf...

Great win by your boys, but at what cost?

I didn't realise Miller was this good from 3. Dude been great.

EDIT: Could be a sprained ankle? Other angles show it's a possibility.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 4:58 am 
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Meanwhile, young Philly wrecked the Spurs.

Embiid might be my DPOY so far.

Steve has Drummond tomorrow then Embiid the next day. :uhoh:


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https://twitter.com/cjzero/status/957094152956792832

Not looking good. Really hoping it's just a calf...

Great win by your boys, but at what cost?

I didn't realise Miller was this good from 3. Dude been great.

EDIT: Could be a sprained ankle? Other angles show it's a possibility.

Woj and Gentry say it's the achilles. Needs an MRI


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Crazy part about it was that it looked like a relatively innocuous, harmless spill. I was watching the game and figured it was a twisted ankle or something.


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The non-contact injuries are often the scariest...

Pellies were playing so well. This is cruel.


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https://twitter.com/ShamsCharania/status/957105295397916672

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New Orleans All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins has initial diagnosis of a torn left Achilles’ tendon, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. He’s on way now to get MRI to confirm.


Shit. :(


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Shit for Cousins if it is an Achilles problem. Probably some underlying problem that led up to the tear.

Adams for NBA All Star!


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......Boogie may have just done his achilles


That will likely be his season, and dare I say it - he probably won't come back as the same player. They rarely do after that type of injury. He'll be lucky to receive a max contract offer in free agency.


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Roberson just had a horror fall and his knee buckled.

Had to be stretchered off. :(

Gutted for the kid. Thunder are cooked now. Defence falls to pieces without him.


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He's ruptured his patellar tendon.

Oh look at this: https://www.welcometoloudcity.com/2018/1/5/16854510/sounds-of-thunder-oklahoma-city-sitting-roberson-is-just-what-the-doctor-ordered-2018

The Thunder medical staff are farking incompetent! Farked with KD's foot, Payne's foot, and now Robes' knee.

Stupid plums. :x

I am fucking livid!


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:45 am 
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Nice win by OKC without Roberson who is done for the season most likely.

Adams comes up big with 20 points, 13 rebounds (10 offensive!)

Embiid got to smack Westbrook twice - both should have been fouls...

https://twitter.com/UpTheThunder/status ... 7638106114
https://twitter.com/World_Wide_Wob/stat ... 6714994688


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