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@McPuffin [nthf] @senseandsenescence Technically that's not small though it does give more spacing.  Start that and go 3 bigs off the bench.  #whynot

4 days, 1 hour ago on Thunder collapse in Utah, 98-81

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@_justin @senseandsenescence @Mr Unreliable I'm not optimistic that small ball would work with the current roster and it really could get ugly fast, but at this point I'm open to trying it.  I thought the defense would be good enough and for the most part it has been, but the offense is just unbelievably bad.  I really don't understand how there are teams that are worse.


Also I think tempo is an issue.  It is fine to control the tempo and keep it low if you are good, but typically low tempo combined with low talent leads to losses.  It is conventional wisdom to slow it down with low talent, but I thought I read somewhere that higher tempo is actually better. 

4 days, 1 hour ago on Thunder collapse in Utah, 98-81

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@Mr Unreliable Not all races are about speed.  Some are about survival.

4 days, 1 hour ago on Thunder collapse in Utah, 98-81

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Can anyone come up with a small ball approach that doesn't involve playing Ish and Telfair together?  I was semi-serious about the start Ish faction.  I'd rather see us try a race to 100 rather than a race to 85 for a few games.

4 days, 1 hour ago on Thunder collapse in Utah, 98-81

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@Sustainable Parameters @senseandsenescence I know.  It's sad that people think he is better than Telfair.  Wish neither were on the team.  

4 days, 1 hour ago on Thunder collapse in Utah, 98-81

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Anyone want to join the start ISH faction?

4 days, 2 hours ago on Thunder collapse in Utah, 98-81

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@Jooseppi @ Luke And slick behind the back passes.

1 week, 3 days ago on Thunder vs Celtics: Pregame Primer

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@ Luke I'm pretty sure he can't miss.  Should be 100%.

1 week, 3 days ago on Thunder vs Celtics: Pregame Primer

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@El Prez Prez its all about technical FTs. We haven't lost yet when the opponent doesn't make one and we haven't won when they do.  How does your TSN model weigh techs?

1 week, 4 days ago on Bucks suffocate the powerless Thunder, 85-78

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@OKC035 There isn't an easy way that I'm aware of, but searching the play by play gives 4-8 counting tonight.  Opponents are 9-10.  The only games we have won have been games where the opponent did not score a technical free throw against us (nugs only opponent not to attempt one and Casspi missed the only one for the Kings). 



By game: 0-0, 0-2, 0-1, 1-1, 0-0, 0-0, 2-2, 1-2

opp: 1-1, 2-2, 0-0, 2-2, 2-2, 1-1, 0-1, 1-1

1 week, 4 days ago on Bucks suffocate the powerless Thunder, 85-78

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@SeinfeldOKC [Kobe faction] Citation was amazing, but I'm not sure he knew anything about basketball.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Perry Jones fractures the Nuggets, 102-91

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@King of Carrot Flowers the third It's not hard to sign up and yes it is free.  I think it is actually called all access or something like that..  Anyways, I think whether Perk starts is now about Adams more than Perk.  Perk has shown that his level of offensive performance is slightly better against second stringers and his rebounding is better without Durant and Westbrook stealing boards off him.  I think the only way he returns to the starting lineup is if Adams is consistently not good enough defensively against quality starting big men.

3 weeks ago on Perry Jones fractures the Nuggets, 102-91

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@King of Carrot Flowers the third If you have an NBA insider account, you can watch the game for free on league pass.

3 weeks ago on Perry Jones fractures the Nuggets, 102-91

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@King of Carrot Flowers the third He was in position for more rebounds but they kept bouncing off his hands or getting tipped by a Nugget.  He probably could have had 4 more if he was stronger in securing the ball.

3 weeks ago on Perry Jones fractures the Nuggets, 102-91

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@Dominator @senseandsenescence This isn't true, but it is a popular narrative.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Thunder lose in more ways than one to the Clippers, 93-90

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@Dominator LOL at #2.  The guy already knows how to coach and has out-coached top coaches in the playoffs before.  Just because the team is playing in a more popular way now doesn't mean he is suddenly learning to coach.  Also I think Durant still makes the All star team.  I mean Kobe could retire mid-season and he might still get voted in, and Durant is getting close to that level of popularity.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Thunder lose in more ways than one to the Clippers, 93-90

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@Durantacula @YoniK Where did you hear that because I don't believe it is true.  It is a league decision so obviously they don't just approve it if guys are going to be coming back soon, but I'm not aware of any rule that requires 4 weeks.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Thunder lose in more ways than one to the Clippers, 93-90

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Game threads are the place for crazy talk, but let's talk facts.  Last year no team failed to win 3 games by the end of November and the worst 8 teams (selection criteria: the ones that failed to win 30 games) averaged 5.5 wins over the first 16.5 games (i.e. through the end of November).  Win percentage by month was .331, .353, .248, .340, .216, .250 for those 8 teams.  Even the very worst teams tend to get some unexpected wins in November and December before giving up in the new year.


Even if KD, Westbrook, and everyone else with longish term injuries is out through the end of December we can expect to stumble into something like a 10-20 or 12-18 record.  That would be close to the worse case scenario too because even the Bucks were 7-24 last year by the end of December.  

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Thunder lose in more ways than one to the Clippers, 93-90

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@Jooseppi You have to be more clear on what your faction represents, i.e. fire, hire, kill, start using, stop using, go DO over MD or vice versa, witch doctor, etc.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Thunder lose in more ways than one to the Clippers, 93-90

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@mattchant @bmuelle23 Starring William Simmons.  He could edit that together in a couple hours tonight with archive footage and BS Report clips.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Thunder vs. Clippers: Pregame Primer

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@FrankFang under, its wasn't possible even with everyone healthy.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Thunder vs. Clippers: Pregame Primer

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@_justin @mattchant Trade Reggie for Kevin Martin and picks!

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Thunder vs. Clippers: Pregame Primer

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@ThunderGunner @BangBangThunder That means with Morrow, McGary, Durant, and likely Jerrett set to miss more than the first 3 games, the Thunder could seek approval for a 16th man.  However, they would not be eligible for the injured player exception like the Lakers with Nash and Pacers with George because none of the injuries are supposed to be season ending.  Thus the acquisition of the 16th man would have to come within any remaining exceptions such as the minimum exception which allows you to sign anyone to a minimum contract, the biannual exception which I don't think the Thunder have used recently, or whatever of the midlevel was not used on Morrow.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on 2014-15 Season Preview: 35 statements made with extreme confidence

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@ThunderGunner @BangBangThunder


An NBA team can have a maximum of 15 players on its roster during a season (and up to 20 during the offseason). A team normally may have 12 or 13 players on its active roster, who are eligible to play in games, and can have as few as 11 for up to two weeks at a time. Any remaining players must be on the team's Inactive List, and are ineligible to play in games. Teams temporarily can have four players on their Inactive List (bringing their roster size to 16) with league approval in the event of a hardship. Teams must suit-up at least eight players for every game.


A hardship can be deemed to occur when a team has four players who are sick or injured and have missed at least three games, and will continue to be unable to play.


http://www.cbafaq.com/salarycap.htm#Q79

3 weeks, 4 days ago on 2014-15 Season Preview: 35 statements made with extreme confidence

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@L0rv @UselessHuestis Yeah conference imbalance is just going to keep getting worse unless there is a major FA exodus to the East.

1 month ago on Kevin Durant says he’s not going to rush back to the court

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@Jooseppi @senseandsenescence My mom went to Pitt so I follow them more closely than most college basketball teams and I don't know what to think of Dixon.  He almost always has a good team, but never great players.  Besides Blair and Adams his biggest NBA successes are Sam Young and Aaron Gray.  I don't think he's much more than a defensive coach.


We'll see on the Michigan guys.  I just assumed Robinson and Hardaway would do something because of their dads.   Not quite nepotism, but there's something safe about a "known" name.  Robinson was pretty highly rated out of high school, but I'm not sure on Hardaway (DX doesn't have an RSCI for him).  I'm not sure Burke is actually any good.  I think he'll max out as a bench scorer somewhere between Aaron Brooks and Isaiah Thomas (hope that's the one that's still playing).  Not many guys that small become starters. McGary we'll see but he's been pretty well regarded since high school.  As far as I can tell Burke was the only guy that wasn't expected to be  NBA caliber out of high school, so I'm not sure he's made the most out of less talented guys as much boosted second tier talent to first tier draft slots.  I guess Stauskas could qualify, but who knows how he'll turn out on the Kings.

1 month ago on Kevin Durant says he’s not going to rush back to the court

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@Lambaaaaaa @Jooseppi Perk's shooting is undefined.  That's not the same as unrefined.  His pose is pure class.

1 month ago on Kevin Durant says he’s not going to rush back to the court

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@Jooseppi I think its Jamie Dixon. How many Pitt players have become anything in the NBA?  We're talking Dejaun Blair and probably Adams, though Adams looked a lot worse at Pitt than he does in the NBA.

1 month ago on Kevin Durant says he’s not going to rush back to the court

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@Old Man Game @El Prez @RRRWHOAAAA @RMark50c His control was impressive, but I agree that it is not easily repeatable.  Won't take much more than defenders taking a couple steps off him to really shut that down.  It was confusing to see him take that one dribble pull up that Thabo was in love with.  It went in, but I hope that doesn't become his shot.

1 month ago on Friday Bolts – 10.17.14

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@Old Man Game Doubt it.  You would think if he played at all it would be in Witchita.

1 month ago on Friday Bolts – 10.17.14

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@cemitten That's the LD faction.  There's no need for a merger.

1 month ago on Friday Bolts – 10.17.14

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@Barry Amenema Not going to lie, lamb chops are delicious.  I would trade Lamb for a few pounds of lamb chops.

1 month ago on Friday Bolts – 10.17.14

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@Julius F Wrek But Robes>>>>>>>>>>>>Lamb is more interesting.

1 month ago on Friday Bolts – 10.17.14

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@FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] @senseandsenescence @Julius F Wrek LOL.  Roberson.  This is why I think Brooks goes with the defensive approach.  Too many of the bench guys are sieves defensively.  They just aren't good enough to guard starters and none of them except Reggie are real offensive threats (morrow and Adams to some degree too, but they are pretty dependent on good setups).

1 month, 1 week ago on The Side Part: Plates filled with crow

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@FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] @Julius F Wrek @senseandsenescence Still played 31 minutes though, so there was considerable overlap.  I guess you can definitively say he is better than Lance Thomas.

1 month, 1 week ago on The Side Part: Plates filled with crow

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@Thunder_Blue @senseandsenescence In a good way or bad way?

1 month, 1 week ago on The Side Part: Plates filled with crow

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How did Roberson look?  Obviously no 3s, but a good +/- considering.  Was he the only one playing D?

1 month, 1 week ago on The Side Part: Plates filled with crow

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Stop with the wishful thinking.  This team believes in defense first and all good defenses have 2 big men.  Perk and Ibaka will start and Adams and Collison/maybe McGary eventually will come off the bench.  There will be very little small ball except against reserve units and when there is a big deficit to make up in the second half.  This is the way they played without Russ and KD is even more important in making small ball work for this team.

1 month, 1 week ago on Kevin Durant likely out 6-8 weeks with ‘Jones fracture’

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@Crow Not really.  His passing is not particularly great in any situation.  Though he tends to be portrayed as good in a slow offense he is better at getting his own than setting up teammates.  He either makes the obvious pass or tries to score.  If neither works, he tosses up a weird floater.  


http://bkref.com/tiny/TytPQ


That link is all guards 6-4 or shorter who had 100 assists last season sorted by assist percentage.  Reggie is closer to the shooters like Foye and Fish than he is to creators like Paul, Curry, Wall, Rondo, Westbrook.  


The question shouldn't be should Westbrook be moved to shooting guard, but whether Reggie can play shooting guard next to Westbrook.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Tuesday Bolts – 10.7.14

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@The McAdams Bros @dollarbillrussell @Turf is always Greener

Try reading this...  http://82games.com/barzilai1.htm


Its a bit old, but the only guys to really break the trend since it was published are Marc Gasol, Chandler Parsons, Lance Stephenson, and Isaiah Thomas.  The rest of the late first and 2nd round picks have at best turned into quality starters.  There are guys like Ibaka, Asik, etc. that have exceeded the trend but they are countered by lots of guys who have never made it which is why the trend is in the middle.  The four guys I mentioned are the only guys since 2007 to completely blow away their draft slot projection. 

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Monday Bolts – 7.28.14

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@James Haren @senseandsenescence That's because its not a question.  It is an obvious statement disguised as a question where the statement relies on a delusion to have any semblance of fact.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Monday Bolts – 7.28.14

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@James Haren Do you think James would have made the ASG if it weren't for all of his free throws?

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Monday Bolts – 7.28.14

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@JordanEraJazz You forgot Bonner, Lewis, Turkoglu, McRoberts, Bargnani, Gallinari.  All were active as of last season and have at least 3 seasons meeting your criteria.  Bargs probably can't do it still and Turkoglu or Lewis could be done too, but there are probably 15 guys in the league that can do that.  Serge met the criteria last year and was close the year before.  Bosh has done it on very low volume multiple years and I could imagine him doing it again on lower volume than last year.  It's not exactly a rare skillset anymore.  Even Perry pulled it off last year on low volume.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Monday Bolts – 7.28.14

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@epicurean yes we'll be over the cap.  sham has us at 92 million in salary and cap holds for next summer.  About 23 million is cap holds for Perk, Collison, Thabeet, Telfair and Fisher that can be renounced or reduced if they re-sign (or eliminated by cutting during this season), but depending on the new cap number currently projected as 66.5 mil, the most we could clear out would be 3-4 mil and that is with renouncing Reggie's Bird and restricted rights, Heustis, next year's pick(s), and pretty much everything else not on a guaranteed contract.  So we'll be staying over the cap and using the MLE or more likely the TPMLE instead.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Monday Bolts – 7.28.14

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@Perk has a lot of value @BangBangThunder It looks like if the player is not already under contract in another league at the time of the draft, you would still need to make the required tender and then likely extend another one when his contract in the other league expires, but it doesn't appear that you have to make a tender every year.  Only after the draft and when there are not other contracts and the player plans to play in the NBA the following season.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Monday Bolts – 7.28.14

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@Perk has a lot of value @BangBangThunder It is called a required tender.  I'm not aware of any other name for it, but it doesn't have to be minimum and in the case of first round picks is actually 80% of the rookie scale.  It also doesn't have to be made every year.  It only must be made once.  You can read the details in article X of the CBA 


http://www.scribd.com/doc/172760974/NBA-NBPA-CBA-2011


The most relevant sections are:


1) For players that do not sign other professional contracts:


"A Team that drafts a player shall, during the period from the date of such NBA Draft (hereinafter, the “Initial Draft”) to the date of the next Draft (hereinafter, the “Subsequent Draft”), be the only Team with which such player may negotiate or sign a Player Contract, provided that, on or before the July 15 immediately following the Initial Draft (for a First Round Pick), or in the two (2) weeks before the September 5 immediately following the Initial Draft (for a Second Round Pick), such Team has

made a Required Tender to such player. "


2) For players already under contract in another league or who sign such a contract covering at least part of the season following the draft:


" If, by July 1 of any year, the player notifies the Team that has drafted him that by September 1 of such year he will, immediately thereafter and for any future Season, be under no contractual or other legal impediment to sign and play with such Team, and provided that on such September 1 the player is in fact under no such contractual or other legal impediment, then, in order to retain the exclusive NBA rights to negotiate with and sign the player as provided in Section 5(a), such Team must make a Required Tender to the player by September 10 of such year.

3 months, 3 weeks ago on Monday Bolts – 7.28.14

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@TempBoy Brandon @senseandsenescence @Lambaaaaaa @ThunderChick2010 I know.  My point was more that there has always been pulp which has been profitable and widespread.  The problem is past centuries' pulp didn't have the massive promotional benefits of modern internet media.  It also wasn't worth keeping around.  Pulp becomes dated like most pop culture and each generation finds its own.  The same themes in different clothes.  We tend to look down on all of it, so I doubt today's is any worse than the past's  The fact that women authors are the top in young adult pulp is probably equal parts luck and the increasing power of women in spending and in the workplace and education.  Which is interesting in its own way too.

4 months ago on Friday Bolts – 7.25.14

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