I pity the fool who wears a naked chin
@OohWeeItsVelvetHoop last year you could still find Hawks-Heat tickets in the lower bowl for $70 the week of the game.
The sad part is attendence is significantly better now than it was in the early 2000s. I remember going to see Iverson play for my first NBA game ever, and it looked like a preseason game in the stands.
6 days, 2 hours ago on Thunder vs. Trail Blazers
Oh yes, time to ruin another Blazers hot start and send them careening into lotto land! I always love this time of year!
6 days, 4 hours ago on Thunder vs. Trail Blazers
@Jooseppi @ricky_roe I would like to see a "bird rights luxury tax" get at least some serious discussion. A luxury tax line that has the same penalties as the current version, but operates on a sliding scale based on the percentage of players on your roster who are either on rookie contracts or you own bird rights to or have owned bird rights to for X amount of time. This way you get rewarded for building through the draft, but teams are still discouraged from just loading up free agent studs. It would also make for a much more exciting trade deadline most likely as teams clamor to get their target players with bird rights still intact instead of waiting until free agency.
6 days, 8 hours ago on Reggie Jackson, and pending anxiety
@Fear the Pubes It's a pretty interesting scenario. Hawes gets suggested every year, but this is the first time it seems realistic and also worth it at the same times. I'm still hesitant to give up Perry though.
6 days, 13 hours ago on Wednesday Bolts – 12.4.13
@attila11101 Thompson is the perpetual "I wonder if we could get him" guy every single year. But like Jooseppi said, somehow he's signed through 2016-17..... and nobody even heard about his re-signing. One of those high value to the organization/ low profile guys I guess.
6 days, 13 hours ago on Thunder hold off the Isaiah Kings, 97-95
Stephen A. Smith's assertion that the Knicks will can Woodson if they lose to the Nets, if there's any truth to it, is exactly why the Knicks are perpetual underachievers. Who makes their hiring/ firing decision based on one game? What if they beat the Nets but then lose the next game? Or go on a short winning streak followed by a losing streak? Stupid management is stupid.
@mattchant @Robin Lopez I'd take Parker or Randle over Wiggins right now to be honest. Both are really really really special players. Embiid's going to continue to get hotter and hotter as the year goes on since he's absolutely enormous and continues to show more and more skill, but can't see him overtaking Wiggins unless a team in DESPERATE need of a center moves into the 3 spot, and even then I see them trading down for Embiid.
6 days, 16 hours ago on Thunder hold off the Isaiah Kings, 97-95
@Legendary_Dork I think we should draft Igor Ibaka. I mean, really, our 12th man's not going to play anyway, so get a guy who's sure to be a hit with the media because of his awesome name
1 week ago on THTV: Steven Adams, a big find
@Turfright is George on the ballet as a guard or forward? But man... this might end up being one of the worst all-star games in history unless Lebron-Bosh-Wade start running some legit Miami offensive and defensive sets to outdo the West's talented, but less organized basketball
@OohWeeItsVelvetHoop We played against a Swedish kid named Magnus Magnusson in soccer. He's the biggest kid on the team on the far right of the photo (a freshman), and when we played them, had his hair in a man-mini pony tail. One of the best big guy names I've ever seen: http://www.erauathletics.com/roster.aspx?path=msoc
1 week, 1 day ago on Player Power Rankings: Secondary weapons
@TempBoy Brandon Looking at early mocks, I'd say 21 looks better than last year, but no different from normal. In my mind, the top 7 are just about penciled in stone, with the only changes coming in which order they go, and there are a few guys I have my eyes on for the 8-10 spot. The rest is mostly open game, with quite a few pretty solid guys, but nobody who makes you go "You got him at 21?! What a steal!!"
1 week, 1 day ago on Monday Bolts – 12.2.13
@TempBoy Brandon I don't see the stacked-ness extending to 21, even though it's an incredible draft. At 21, there is usually still very good talent to be had with shrewd scouting, and I see this year being no different, maybe just a little easier to find, which doesn't affect us since our scouts in that range typically do well. If anything, the talent level at 21 will be only marginally better. The real gems this year are the mid-teens picks, where the talent will be more equal to a mid to late lottery pick.
@Perk-Punt @f5alcon I'll do my usual, wait-2-3-years-until-my-console-is-obsolete-then-buy-the-new-one-finally-for-a-largely-discounted-price thing.
@Dominator I'd say the starting SG, who is younger and better will end up being Lamb if Thabo's out next year
@FF_pickups @Lost Ones my point exactly. If he's substantially better than Harden defensively (which he is), then I don't see why this is a factor?
1 week, 1 day ago on Thunder turn it on against the Wolves, 113-103
When was the NBA's new TV deal supposed to kick in? Wasn't it 2015-16? If so, that could greatly affect the Reggie situation. Perk going off the books+salary cap and luxury tax rising would be enough to allow us to pay him substantially more, and a renegotiation of the CBA, which with some of the struggles teams like OKC have had with the current cap layout you can be sure will end at least somewhat more favorably for us than the current CBA, could make it downright easy to keep him.
@Lost Ones shut down? Or defend decently? Because I'd take a pretty solid bet he could do the second, and that's all we really need.
@Perk-Punt @Turfright @TheresABabyFaceUnderMyBeard Agreed. If we did trade Reggie, we'd be a lot more likely to be able to find someone to take on Perk as an expiring than we would've trying to force him in with the Harden package... still don't think he'd add much value though to the trade, only make the salary we could take back easier to negotiate with.
@Perk-Punt @TheresABabyFaceUnderMyBeard I didn't. Far from it. Not that that matters at all.
Well I guess yeah it does matter in the validity of my argument, since it makes me a little biased toward the lineup we had then as opposed to now.