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I feel for Thabeet.  This guys has been unfairly maligned.  He never got a real opportunity to show what he could do.  In the few minutes he has played, he has produced rather positively.  Hopefully he will have an opportunity in Philly with Joel Embiid out for the season, most likely.  Props to DT for showing him the love he deserved.

3 days, 16 hours ago on Thunder trade Hasheem Thabeet to Philadelphia

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You're info is a little dated--Bennett will be headed to Philly in return for Thaddeus Young, which I believe is a big mistake.  Thaddeus is undersized, has no post game,  and lacks the range or the handle to be a real outside threat whereas Bennett is more of a complete package with his well blended perimeter and post game sort of reminiscent of former UNLV star Larry Johnson--only far bigger and stronger.   AB also has the physical tools to be quite the banger in the paint as he showed in the La Vegas Summer League--reminiscent of another number one overall pick, Elton Brand.  


Anyways, I guess we will have to wait and see because a lot can happen over the next few months.

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://twolvesblog.com/videos/timberwolves/despite-critics-wolves-get-great-deal-for-love.html

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Magic sure got a steal when they got Vucevic.  I doubt that he was even projected to be this good when he was drafted in Philly.  The problem is that with the Magic at this current stage, his accomplishment have fallen under blind eyes and deaf ears.  

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Conversation @ http://orlandomagicdaily.com/

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@BrittBeemer It's not Jacque's  fault because he is coaching an extremely young team and if you look at the numbers from last season, they were not as terrible.  Despite winning just 23 games, most of those games were pretty close as they only lost by an average of 5.5 points per game.  The Magic also played rather efficient and disciplined on the offensive end as the team shot a shade under .450 from the field and  they were 17th in the  league in turnovers, which is pretty impressive considering that they were such a young team. It should also be noted that they also forced as much turnovers as they committed as can be seen by their +0.7 differential.  


So if you look at things that way, you can see that JV is not the "bump on a log" coach that you claim him to be.  

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://orlandomagicdaily.com/

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Jeez, you guy are really gasping at straws to find something remotely interesting to write about considering the NBA off season canbe considered well and done.

2 weeks, 5 days ago on Conversation @ http://orlandomagicdaily.com/

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Well of course the Spurs cannot attract those who want to win a scoring tile.  They don't have the cap space to do so.  So what sounds like a very bold statement from RC Buford really sounds quite ridicoulus if you ask me 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/r-c-buford-lists-his-non-negotiable-deal-breakers-when-looking-at-potential-spurs-players.html

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Can't wait to see how Nerlens Noel wil play in the Summer league.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2014-articles/magic-wands-philadelphia-76ers-070514.html

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Let's see if those two wasted first round draft picks show why OKC picked them in the first place.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: Summertime

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I doubt Eric Gordon will be traded.  His contract is dead weight.

2 months ago on In the NO Podcast Episode 184: Free Agency and Making room for Asik

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I would not go as far to call the Raptors "losers" in the draft by any means because they picked a player that no one has heard of.  The truth about it, is that they secretly knew about him working him out without anyone being the wiser.  That Bruno kid can be an absolute steal in the draft.  And if you look at all the Brazilians that have came into the league, they were all pretty raw with little or nothing known about them, but they managed to have rather successful careers nonetheless.


And considering the fact that he probably would have been taken later, the Raptors had to jump at the chance.

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/crossoverchronicles/

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Both Gordon and Payton are great young talents with oodles of potential; however the problem wit the Magic is the team is littered with young talents with oodles of potential.  None of them really really stand out from one another and that can cause a problem.  With no real cornerstone to build a franchise around, you will have a case of an army that are all soldiers, but with no general to lead them.  

2 months ago on Conversation @ http://orlandomagicdaily.com/

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I still think that McGary was a bad pick.  The thunder could have probably gotten him later in the second round.  Plus there were far better options.

2 months ago on Saturday Morning Cartoons: White Thunder

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In this really deep draft, I severely that Nik Stauska will make the first round.  There are simply much more talented and athletic players that are ahead of him; however, I see him going as high as 9 in numerous mock drafts.  Seriously, I do not know what these people are thinking. 

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://hoopsmanifesto.com/articles/basketball/2014-nba-draft-player-profile-nik-stauskas.html

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I think Hood could be had much lower because they are far more promising prospects to consider with Orlando's twelfth pick.  Hopefully if the rumors are correct and Orlando chooses to trade Arron Afflalo to the Bulls for their 13th and 16th picks, maybe Hood could be gotten there.  Otherwise the Magic should consider someone else with the 12th pick other than Hood.

2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://orlandomagicdaily.com/

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I have heard a lot about Exum, yet I have not seen much of him.  People peg him to be a franchise player, but I will hold of judgement until I actually see if all the hype is deserved.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2014-articles/dante-exum-working-out-for-magic-on-tuesday.html

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@504ever @Michael McNamara Personally I do not think Tucker is that great.  He was only made to look good because of Phoenix's style of play.  Signing him with the MLE will be as bad of a mistake as when NOH signed James Posey to a long term deal.  Remember that? Ugh!!

2 months, 2 weeks ago on New Orleans Pelicans MLE Tournament: First Round Results Are In

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What I find is the big problem for the Magic is that the team already has a deep pool of young talented players and adding another one will just end up lost in it similar to what happened to Victor Oladipo.  Even at number four the Magic will have a tough time to find a player capable of outshining an already talented group of young players.  Something tells me that there might be a draft day or big off season trade in the works.  What do you guys think? 

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://orlandomagicdaily.com/2014-articles/getting-to-be-draft-time.html

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Emeka would play well alongside Antonio Davis becoming the physical veteran presence in the paint while the Unibrow takes care of business.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on New Orleans Pelicans MLE Tournament: Kevin Seraphin vs. Emeka Okafor

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I would have picked Humphries over Hamilton.  Pelicans need size.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on New Orleans Pelicans MLE Tournament: First Round Results Are In

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The problem with the Magic is that the team has plenty of young talent, but no one stands apart from one another.  Save for Nikola Vucevic and Arron Afflalo, the rest of the team is relatively interchangable and thus expendable.  Hopefully with the cap flexibility and young assets, the Magic can get the talent to bolster its roster by either trade or free agency.  

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://orlandomagicdaily.com/

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Sounds like Vonleh might be another Hasheem Thabeet and if that is the case, his draft stock will plummet.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://hoopsmanifesto.com/articles/basketball/2014-nba-draft-player-profile-noah-vonleh.html

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So far it has been dead even with both teams having impressive wins on their respective hoe floors.  Can't wait to see how the Spurs respond.

3 months ago on Wednesday Bolts – 5.28.14

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The series is not over yet.  Indy can still stretch the series to a game six.  They will need to improve their ball movement, however.  

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://hoopsmanifesto.com/articles/basketball/and-then-the-wheels-fell-off.html

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What's great about the Orlando Magic is that it has probably the deepest well of young talent in the in NBA and with that second overall pick pick, the well will become even deeper.  Unfortunately none of that can be considered as star talent and save for Nikola Vucevic and Arron Afflalo, no one player really stands out amongst them.  Without a true star, the Magic will simply be stuck in limbo going nowhere.  They will need to use some of that talent to either facilitate a trade to get an All star caliber player who is already signed or package them for a potential sign and trade deal.

3 months ago on Conversation @ http://orlandomagicdaily.com/

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It shocked me seeing Ibaka playing so well in game three, especially considering the fact the he was supposed to be shelved for the entire playoffs.  Hopefully he will play in game four as well.

3 months ago on Tuesday Bolts – 5.27.14

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It's gonna a be a bloodbath.  That game is going to be so good to see especially since the Wolves are at full strength.  It will certainly be the most fun to watch this week.   

10 months ago on Thunder vs. Wolves: Pregame Primer

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I('d be down to watch the NBA Dleague if it did not allow washed up has beens to play in it.  This is supposed to be a league of developing young talent and finding diamonds in the rough in which the NBA would not otherwise find.  Instead it has become a docking spot for players who are WAY past their primes looking for another chance.  Case in point--Mike James Antoine Walker.  Both have made successful careers in the league, but because they could not take of their business, they have to bum around yet again for another NBA shot.

Such players like that do not belong in the D League because they have already had their chance.  Personally I think there should be an age limit and a three strikes rule--if you have been called up and dropped back to the DLeague more than three time, then considered ineligble to play in the DLeague.  Also the age limit should be set at 25, because if  you have not reached the NBA by 25, then it's more than likely that probably NEVER ever make it.  Anyways that's my two cents on this topic.      

10 months ago on 2013 D-League Draft: Players of Interest

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I see the Kings having a very impressive year.  Not since the arrival of Chris Webber have I been more excited about this team.

10 months ago on Pete D'Alessandro discusses upcoming decisions, Sacramento Kings' progress ahead of season opener

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They may be in good shape for the future, but this season is going to be ugly.  With the Wolves and Blazers rising with the already strong presence of the Thunder and Nuggets, the Jazz do not stand a chance

10 months ago on 2013/14 NBA Team Preview Haikus: Utah Jazz

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@itstheMs @El Diego @slapdoghoops I'm sorry, but I don't think Adamas would have been in the top five.  For heaven's sake, I do not even think that Alex Len should have been taken so high, but hey, that's just me.

10 months ago on Monday Bolts – 10.28.13

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I don't know if the Spurs will have a shot at the title.  Last Finals was a BIG TIME shot to the GUT and with Duncan's age, I don't think it will be a realistic prospect.  I see SA finishing a close second place in the West to Houston and possibly reaching as far as the conference Finals, but that's only speculation at this point.  Nonetheless, I'll still be rooting for them because they are simply a model for consistency--for 14 years the Spurs have won 50 games or more per season, finishing at least at the second round of the playoffs.

10 months ago on Tony Parker gives his West teams to watch

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The reason why the Magic are so eager to start the season because they simply want to get it over with already.  We all now the magic are going to stink this season, probably not as bad as Philly or Boston, but they will be nonetheless terrible.  I would not even be surprised if they did not reach the 20 wins that they had last season because the east has gotten so much better since last season.  I'm sure Orlando realizes this and are simply looking toward the lottery where they will hear whether they will be able to get Andrew Wiggins with the number one pick.

10 months ago on Magic dive right in as season starts

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With how they played in the preseason, I would not be surprised if Sacramento becomes this season's version of the Golden State Warriors 

10 months ago on Sacramento Kings show increased poise ahead of start to regular season

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I also disagreed with Simmons'summation of the Thunder as well.  Trading Harden was absolutely necessary.  The Thunder did not want to pay 17$ to 20$ million and be stuck in luxury tax hell for a guy that scored off the bench which Harden did.  Otherwise they would have lost him for nothing.  At least they got a solid sixth man in Kevin Martin for a season--one which they could have returned to the finals had it not been for Westbrook falling to injury in the playoffs--and a potential stud in Jeremy Lamb who, given the time, can make people forget about Harden.

Granted it will be harder to find another player like him, but they do not necessarily need a play like Harden, either.  The Thunder already have two bonafide all stars in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook and a potential one in Serge Ibaka as well.  I am also certain that there will be one or two others in that Thunder roster who will be able to step up and provide an additional offensive punch.      

10 months ago on Monday Bolts – 10.28.13

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Everyone wants to be a "Mamba" even they don't have the skills or talent to back it up.  

10 months ago on Video: Matt Bonner goes as 'The Red Mamba' at SA Comic Con

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LOL, Greg Oden gets hurt AGAIN.  I wonder if he will even play the season.  

10 months, 2 weeks ago on 5 things to watch: Spurs vs. Heat

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Will definitely be interesting to see whether Gordon will finally  live up to that big contract he signed just a couple short years ago.

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Pelicans-Wizards: Homecoming

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What's Ubuntu magic?

10 months, 2 weeks ago on 2013/14 NBA Team Preview Haikus: Los Angeles Clippers

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Even when Russel Westbrook returns to the court, the Thunder still lack that strong intimidation factor as the team virtually have no one else to look to other than him and Durant to consistently put points up on the boards.  Before Durant and Westbrook had strong buffers behind them to lessen the load on offensive load in the form of +James Harden two seasons ago and most recently Kevin Martin; however, with both of them sporting new uniforms, who in the Thunder is capable of picking up the mantle and become that third scoring option they so desperately need?  Serge Ibaka could probably pick up more of the slack as he will certainly benefit with the extra touches, but he is so not much an initiator on the offensive as much as he is more a recipient of Westbrook's passes and open looks.  The same goes for the Thunder's other starter, Thabo Sefolosha, whose offense mainly comes from kick outs to him to shoot the open three, not from actually putting the ball on the floor and actually making something happen.  So far, the Thunder have set their hopes on second year guard, Jeremy Lamb, to become that third scoring option behind Durant and Westbrook; however aren't those expectations a little to unfair and unrealistic for a player who had just played such 23 games last season averaging just six minutes of playing time per game?

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Wednesday Bolts – 10.16.13

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I don't see Milwaukee doing that well anyways.  They're certainly not make the playoffs, that's for certain.

10 months, 2 weeks ago on O.J. Mayo asks: How do the Spurs still win?

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@Jason Calmes @slapdoghoops Hopefully they will be ready by opening tip off because I was salivating to see an Evans, Holiday, and Gordon backcourt with Davis anchoring the paint at the four or five. I see a fast placed offense with that lineup with Davis taking a Lamar Odom type role pushing up the ball after a rebound and causing plenty of matchup problems.  

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Biloxi Blues, Reds, and Golds

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My question is who is Jeff Ayers and should we really care?  The rotation is basically already set in stone and I do not see Ayers being any part of it.  Also Manu is over the hill now.  He sould be worrying about being able to play his next game without falling apart than finding chemistry with a player that will most likely not see any minutes on the floor.  

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Ginobili looking to develop chemistry with Jeff Ayers

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It will be interesting to see whether or not Duncan can repeat last season's performance because he'll be 38 or 39.   We can expect the same 20 points and 8 assists from Tony Parker.  Otherwise chalk up another 55 to 60 win season finish for the Spurs in my opinion.

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Spurs Roundtable: Top Storylines heading into new season (Video)

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Question: how come neither Tyreke Evans or Eric Gordon have played as of yet.? are they injured? 

10 months, 2 weeks ago on Biloxi Blues, Reds, and Golds

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I can't stand the porno music!! It creeps me out.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on A Special Message From Reggie Evans To You About His Beard

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@gymbear Let's hope for the best because he does not have much time left.  

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Ginobili happy to be playing with Marco Belinelli

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@gymbear Don't sell your Spurs short.  TD is great, but they will still survive without him.  Thyey will not be a championship contender, but they will still win fifty odd games and make the playoffs.  

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Video: Tim Duncan admits he was on the decline

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@isaacd35 I'm sorry, but Ginobli is washed up and over the hill.  He more hurt the Spurs than help them in the Finals.  His explosiveness has all but disinntegrated and at best he is a rotation player.  I think the Spurs should have passed on extending him because they could have used his roster space to give more minutes and shot to either Danny Green or Nando de Colo.  It's not like the resigning of Duncan because even at his advanced age--TD is still a productive big man worth the 10 or 11$ million that they are paying him; that cannot be said about Manu, however.   

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Ginobili happy to be playing with Marco Belinelli

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@mateor Actually my logic is sound.  Read my response above and see why.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Rage

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@LieutenantKumar @slapdoghoops I will have to disagree with you on all accounts. Last season the Toronto Raptors were 16-31 w/o gay.  Upon his arrival, Toronto finished 18-17 and came within four games of the last playoff spot in the Eastern conference. 

Add the fact with his short stint in Memphis prior to that, the Grizzles has the best record in the league at the end of November when Gay was still there.  He also led the team in scoring despite not having his best shooting soon too.  In fact onbe can go as far to say that his leaving Memphis hurt the team rather than help it because they no longer had a player in the perimeter to keep defenses honest and stop them from crowding the paint on gasol and randolph like they do now.

As for him being overrated, that's a complete crock.  In fact it's the complete opposite.  If you look at his numbers and PER he is arguably the third best SF in the league behind Lebron James and Kevin Durant.  If anyone is overrated,  it is  Loul Deng, Paul George and Andre Igoudala.  Those guys are not nearly as productive or as efficient as Gay, but they get all this All Star acclaim.

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Rage

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