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@Joey Caltabellotta @Gilbert_Vengeance @Lexo I think his ceiling is Juan Pierre at SS, which would be nice (assuming his defense comes around), but a lot has to be worked out. I have no idea what the rest of the league thinks about Dee but I think we overvalue him as Dodger fans. Murphy can hit, can play 3rd, 2nd or 1st, and will be entering his age 28 season. Plenty of value there. Dee will never OPS over 740, which is to be expected as the base from Murphy
1 year, 2 months ago on So What’s Next For the Dodgers?
@Gilbert_Vengeance @Joey Caltabellotta Murphy can play 3rd, and he is way better than Dee....if not as cuddly
I love speculation. Here is mine.
Dee Gordon to the Mets for Daniel Murphy.
@GoDodgers Can't argue on Saito. Good point.
1 year, 8 months ago on Dodger Bullpen on a Budget Among the Best in Baseball
I cringe every time Ned signs or trades for a reliever. James McDonald was a better reliever than the rusty catapult he was traded for, and now yeah he's a good starter, but I digress...I actually think that yes, you SHOULD almost always rely on cheap home grown arms to fill your pen. Especially if your scouting director has the power arm fetish he has.
Man, if Charlotte passes on MKG for Eddy Curry, err I mean, Blatche, err I mean Thomas Robinson they are forever doomed. MKG will be the best player out fo this draft without a doubt. It's not even a question. I get drafting AD first, he's the consensus number 1 and I cant argue with what he has to offer, but personally I believe MKG to be the guy in this draft who takes a team to another level. His shot will improve, no one who works as hard as he does does not improve on his flawes. His handle is underrated, as his ability to score in the half court set.....So yeah, MKG is going to be one of the top players in the league very soon. Harrison Barnes sucks by the way, I thought we all knew this by now? He'll be very lucky to be the next Richard Jefferson.
1 year, 9 months ago on The Unofficial Official Hardwood Paroxysm 2012 Mock Draft: Part 1
@Shmolnick @Nineteen84 I'm down to complain about the 2nd worst trade in team history.
1 year, 9 months ago on Dodger Rotation Exceeding Expectations
@TROBOB No im not....
Headley would take a lot to get. Too bad. He's a perfect fit for just about any lineup.
Headley would be a wonderful acquisition, but I'm not sure the Dodgers have the prospects needed to bring him in given how good his contract is.
@RFN It's very hard to have this discussion when you continue to pigeonhole me into your idea of who a Lebron hater is. I accept that my reasons for thinking him overrated are simple (no rings when he's been on good teams) and "intangible" (to be a winnner, to will your team to greatness etc) and those are tough things to talk about, but you keep painting me a person with some other agenda. LBJ needs to make it to the top. Simple as that. He has no excuses. This is not Barkley or Ewing who toiled for years on god awful teams. Ewing was already totally hobbled when he finally got a title shot (and his team still sucked) and Barkley...well Barkley is actually a good parallel. He did get to be on a few good teams, and they came short, and thus his place in history is probably correct, which is where Lebron is right now.
1 year, 9 months ago on NBA Playoffs: Back To Indiana Now
I didn't say he's never taken over a game. Joe Johnson has taken over games too. LBJ is obviously a better player, but he's on a team with plenty of talent and hasn't won. This is a season the Heat should absolutely take and they are floundering again. Time will tell of course. He had better teams in Cleveland than is ever talked about (we've had this argument before I think) and didn't win. It's painfully simple. A player of his ability, with his supporting cast should have rings, and he doesn't. The 2010 Celtics had no business making it to the finals, and you could say the same about Orlando the year before. Now he's playing against a weak field and if he comes up short who will you blame?
@RFN Yeah Lebron can play. This discussion always forces us to define terms like "great, and "winner". I think of players like Magic and Bird, and Jordan and KObe and Hakeen, and TD, and (for a shorter span) Paul Pierce. When given solid supporting casts those guys all won. Lebron's "help" (not feeling that term, but just me) is not THAT bad. It is a well put together group of roll players built around Lebron and Wade, and LBJ just keeps not getting over the hump, and his defenders call out those of us who point this out for having some irrational set of issues with him. No, its simply that he hasn't won and in the past few seasons has in fact had a very good supporting cast...you know Dwayne Wade?
Any act can get old. Even one featuring awesome dunks. Jordan was famous for being good after all. Griffin's lack of progression as a player is bringing him dangerously close to being Dennis Hopper rather than Marlon Brando.
It's interesting that no one minded when he dunked on another one trick pony in Kendrick Perkins, but people weren't so happy to see his act attempt to humiliate Pau Gasol and his refined game. It was like when Miles Davis would write about hot dog chops heavy horn players showing up to jams and blowing loud without actually doing anything interesting.
1 year, 11 months ago on Air Walk With Me: Blake Griffin Touches The Face Of God And Doesn't Get Called For The Foul
@thom_not_tom Derrick Rose is the only PG in the league I could take over Rondo. Rondo may be a bad shooter, but he knows he's a bad shooter, and he more than makes up for it by setting up the good shooters around him quite well. A PG should be a distributor first. Rondo is one of the easiest players in basketball to build around because he so clearly understands his strengths and weaknesses and when it comes to his strengths, defense, passing, rebounding, NO ONE at his position is better at this point in the league. I know the intangibles discussion is a difficult one, but unlike baseball, intangibles in basketball are far easier to clock (if still a murky subject), and Rondo is as tenacious a player as there is. His effort on defense alone puts him at the top of my list. I ask you, who would you rather have at the PG?
1 year, 11 months ago on Random Musings on Rondo, PER, And The Heat
Jefferson and MIlsap starting over Favors and Kanter is whats keeping Utah from Dominance. Jefferson is a tiny bit better than before and Milsap is a guy I'd love off the bench but he's not what he's made out to be. Developing a starting front line of Favors and Kanter and having Hayward and Burkes along with it could lead to a very serious team. Protected picks are a trade strategy. As for Utah their Future is now, they just don't use it.
1 year, 11 months ago on The Utah Jazz And Their Tank-Tastic Dilemma
I thought the Ukraine Train was gonna be a helluva player...but how about those Cavs uni's?.....THe Northwestern Indigenous threads that B Scott is sporting are also very cultural.
1 year, 11 months ago on Look! A Bunch of Old and Goofy Basketball Cards!
@steventurous Greater Antilles, but in general it's part of the Latin America, Caribeno como Puerto Rico o Cuba. Anyway, I like the article a lot. Iverson is one of my fav roundball subjects, and growing up watching the Lakers, the Iverson series was made compelling because of him (I even just called it the Iverson series) and wish he and Larry Brown could have made it work a little longer.
1 year, 11 months ago on La Respuesta
and the DR is not Central America...sorry, I don't mean to be obnoxious.
Did you mean Matt Geiger?
This is a funny article. Hollins went to the rival of my High School and I saw him play as a high schooler. He sucked even then.
1 year, 11 months ago on Ryan Hollins and One March Night