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In other news, I'm not sure I agree with docking Kiper for #6.

Sure, Dilfer and Shuler both sucked, but Trev Alberts was somehow a worse NFL player than he was a College Gameday host, and he was fucking brutal on College Gameday.

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/

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Cam Newton had a "breakout" season? His numbers were nearly identical across the board to his previous two seasons.

Blue Steel? Ferrari? Le Tigra? They're the same face! Doesn't anybody notice this? I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!

3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/

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"Instead, we’d focus in on the two teams that have survived the toughest schedules so far — Auburn and Missouri."

Except they didn't survive. They each lost a game.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on The BCS Title Game: Five Teams, Two Slots, One Test Of Blind Resumes

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Bringing in Brandon Jennings makes sense. He's 23, and he's better than Brandon Knight. If he meshes with the team, you don't have to worry about PG anymore. If he doesn't, he's still going to be viewed as a decent asset, and you can use him to get someone useful down the road.

The Josh Smith signing, on the other hand... There are two things I didn't like about it.

1.) He doesn't help and potentially hurts the development of your young frontcourt. Assuming the plan was to build around Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe, why bring in a guy whose natural position is power forward, who has shown a proclivity for taking questionable shots and who doesn't really do much for your spacing? How does allowing defenses to sag off your small forward at the 3-point line help Greg Monroe adapt to playing power forward full time or speed up Andre Drummond's development on the block?

2.) Different players age at different rates, but looking at some other notable high-schoolers in recent years... Jermaine O'Neal's decline began around the 17,000 minute mark in his 11th season when he was 28. Rashard Lewis became more of a contract than a player around the 29,000 minute mark in his 13th season when he was 31. Josh Smith will be 28 in December, is entering his 10th — yes, 10th! — season in the NBA, and has already logged over 23,000 minutes. He's had a relatively clean track record with injuries, which is a positive, but he relies on his athleticism more than most, and he's played at least 2,000 minutes in every single one of his seasons so far. Smoove's career is at the point where he could show noticeable signs of decline over the next few years, and they'll have him under contract until he's 32.

The one saving grace is the timing. They probably aren't going to have to open up the purse strings to pay Andre Drummond until the last year of Smith's contract. I don't know the organization's opinion of the luxury tax line, but assuming they're not fond of the idea of crossing that threshold, they'll either be able to add players in the meantime and simply let Smith walk when his contract expires or hold off on any long-term signings and use the money that Smith's departure will free up to sign free agents. Both plans, of course, depend on the team avoiding any Dumarsian signings in the meantime, but they could get out of the four-year Josh Smith era with Brandon Jennings, Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond and cap space/free agents. But that's not really any different than how things would have been in four years had they not signed Smith in the first place. So, I guess the one saving grace will be playoff experience. Because everything else, splashiness aside, doesn't really seem to help the team get any closer to its long-term goals.

12 months ago on What are the Detroit Pistons?

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Amen.

1 year, 1 month ago on Hey, You Never Know

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Good trade for both sides. T'Wolves finally #FreeMarShon, while the Nets pick up point guard depth with Ridnour (ideally) or Barea (still okay).

1 year, 1 month ago on MarShon Brooks Minnesota-bound?

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RT @RetepAdam JAVALE IS AWESOME BECAUSE HE IS A MAN-CHILD WITH TREMENDOUS POTENTIAL WHO BALANCES HIS WACKY ANTICS WITH SOME LEGITIMATELY SKILLED PLAY.

1 year, 6 months ago on RT @shighkinNBA WHY DO YOU HATE JAVALE MCGEE, @JADubin5?

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The problem is too many of those sleeper picks end up walking away or getting dealt in one-for-one trades for other sleepers. At some point, you have to package those guys or do something out of the ordinary. Otherwise, you're just running in place.

2 years ago on Moreyball Is Dead, Long Live Moreyball

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Somebody get that Brandon Jacobs letter kid on the phone!

2 years ago on The Gerald Green Conundrum

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Best SF we've ever had*

 

*Aside from Vince Carter and, you know, Dr. J.

2 years ago on 4-on-3: On Deron Williams' Decision

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"Without Crash we have no defense, no rebounding,  and no SF.  And he's a bargain at $10 mil."If Gerald Green continues playing like a younger Gerald Wallace, the Nets will have all of those things at a much cheaper price tag.

2 years ago on 4-on-3: On Deron Williams' Decision

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Starting to wish I had written my Nets martyrdom piece in the wake of the Dwight Howard indecision last week. Probably too late for it now.If you think you can build around Deron Williams to win a championship, you have to. If you don't think he's someone you can build around, you trade him and start over.

2 years, 4 months ago on It's Time to Build a Team

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The only one of those deals that the third team would reasonably sign off on is the Timberwolves deal. If they want Morrow and Humphries, I could see them giving up Beasley (unless he's already on his way to L.A.), Darko (expendable with the emergence of Nikola Pekovic) and a pick.

2 years, 4 months ago on The Dwight Cometh...In Three Nets-Friendly Deadline Deals

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My question: If your given name is already Lexus, do you really need a nickname?

2 years, 4 months ago on This high school basketball announcer is so excited he breaks the sound barrier | March

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@uuords No. 2 had nothing with going to SSAC today, I'm sure.

2 years, 5 months ago on Net Worth: Celtics 107, Nets 94

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Kenyon Martin. Richard Jefferson. Vince Carter. Hassan Adams. Gerald Green.

2 years, 5 months ago on Gerald Green Can Fly (VIDEO)

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I've always been partial to the dead-silence-until-the-last-second-and-then-SCREAM method.

2 years, 5 months ago on Why do we scream?

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Look at you, getting your Sebastian Pruiti on.

2 years, 5 months ago on Please keep Shawne Williams in the corner

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