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I think the so called weak drafts are the drafts in which the better run organizations clearly seperate themselves from the weaker ones. Because what weak draft really means is that there are just no "Sure thing" stars at the top. However, every draft features All-Star talent. And it is not a coincidence that the same teams seem to find that talent over and over again.
1 year, 2 months ago on The NBA Draft Lottery And The Paucity Of Hope
24 hours and 3000+ words later and I came up with my own HOF solution. Thanks for the inspiration. Normally I don't like to post links to my own stuff in someone else's comments, but I thought you may be interested in checking it out. If not, feel free to delete this comment. http://wp.me/pGHyt-22g
1 year, 7 months ago on Discussing a Win Shares Hall of Fame
I don't know, I can't help but being more than a little critical of bulding a HOF that would base its inductees on stats alone. Let alone one stat. I would go and list the reasons why but you did that for me by mentioning the players it would leave out, some of whom would get in and the factors is does not include for. However there is one concept I can fundamentally agree on. The Basketball Hall of Fame is a deeply flawed as a destination. For all the reasons that Bill Simmons discusses in his book and then some. I love the NBA an inmeasurable amount more than I do baseball. Yet, I have been to Baseball's HOF more than I have basketball's. I think the NBA needs to separate itself from the Basketball HOF in Springfield, and create its own institution. Let the Nasmith Hall of Fame still exist in its own right and honor any people who have played a meaningful roll in the game. Let them honor the women's game, the international game, the college game, the BBA days and all that. The NBA though, get a building somewhere in a rich basketball city. I suggest NYC so I can hop on the LIRR and go whenever I desire. Honor the players that mattered to the NBA and the NBA only. Instead of relying on certain committees for induction have people apply every couple of years to choose the HOF (I know, but will choose the choosers). This way we keep the voters rotating, if someone seems to lose their passion for the game, they don't just stick around because "they've always had a vote". I want to know my voters care deeply about the game and be up to date on their knowledge. Also, I don't want veterans deciding who gets in, they can lobby to my voters, but too often when you have players voting for players someone gets in because everyone liked them. I would like to have a cast of 25 get in the first year (our first tier HOF), then another 25, (our second tier), and then after that we go yearly on a percentage basis, like baseball does. Imagine the debate this would fuel those first couple of years. Imagine what those ceremonies would be like. I get chills just thinking about it. I'm just gonna cut myself off here because I have already gone on way too long, I probably just should have written my own blog post on the topic, and you know what, maybe I will.
Somewhere the epic poet Homer is surely smiling down on this entry. Because what is Sheed if not a modern day Odysseus. A leader of men who's journey has seen him land ship in 6 different NBA cities, including a two year exile from the NBA. Like Odysseus he has had crazy adventures in each stop along the way. He has seen greatness (Detroit) and some epic failures along the way (Jailblazers and Celtics). One day Sheed's epic journey through the league shall end, he may find his Ithaca. When it is all over some scribe will, like Homer, attempt to capture Rasheed's adventures through prose. Much like Odysseus, scholars will try to put meaning to Rasheed's life and times and will come to the conclusion that nobody could have actually lived such a crazy and fantastic life as Sheed. And the title of this insane journey the NBA the world will have come to accept as fiction, of coarse, "Ball Don't Lie".
1 year, 7 months ago on SUPER-OVERREACTIONIZER: Narrative Don't Lie
The idea of sanctioning the Spurs for resting their players on the tail end of 4 games in 5 days with a showdown against the Grizzlies coming up is comical. The fact that David Stern thinks he has the power to tell Pops how to coach his team is an even bigger joke. The Spurs have been nothing if not a model franchise for the last decade plus. If you want to issue sanctions, issue them on teams that bench key players for the final month of the season while tanking for draft picks. Pops did what he did to rest an aging team playing a brutal part of his schedule so that he may be able to compete better when it really matters. It was no statement. It didn't hurt the integrity of the league. If David Stern thinks he can sanction Pops while still ignoring the farce that is tanking for draft odds, it will definitely lesser my opinion of the man. But he's David Stern, and he clearly doesn't care what we think.
1 year, 7 months ago on RTOE: HP Mailbag Roundtable!
I've been following the Royce White situation while, for the most part holding my comments in reserve because I have no clue what the man is going through. I have no firsthand knowledge of what it is like to live life with anxiety, and none close to me, that I know of, suffer from an anxiety disorder. I have been rooting for him, based off the fact that I like rooting for people to overcome their obstacles, just like most decent people do. His recent actions have made that tough however. From my point of view, the Rockets had tried hard to accomodate him. However, I agree, without trying to sound insensitive, that as of late he has tried to use his mental illness as a crutch. However, those who look at Royce, and use him as a model of someone who suffers from anxiety, are just as foolish as Royce is for the way he has handled this situation. Like yourself, there are many out there who live with this condition on a day to day basis, and thrive despite it. It should be those people who people point at and use as an example, and not a young man who still may not have learned entirely to cope with hand he has been dealt.
1 year, 7 months ago on Royce White's Unclear Intentions
God, that post is a grammatical nightmare....Can we get an edit button in here for our own posts? That way I don't look like such an idiot.
1 year, 8 months ago on So How Good Is Raymond Felton, Anyway?
Enjoyed this piece as someone who has run the gammut of emotions on Felton in my own fandom. I went from enjoying his play so much during his first run with the Knicks that I purchased a Raymond Felton jersey before he was trading. I then join the ranks of the many making fun of Felton in his turns in Portland and Denver (Even recently joking that Felton has started this season off like he was playing with a potato chip on his shoulder). When the Knicks reacquired him this offseason I thought it was a joke. In the preseason I claimed that the only way Prigioni would not be the starting point guard by the end of the season is if Raymond Felton ate him (Shows how much I know, both Felton and Kidd have proven me wrong so far here). I was pissed when my computer momentarily froze and he was autodrafted to my fantasy team. To say his play has pleasantly surprised me so far this early season would be an extreme understatement. Here is to hoping that he continue proving me wrong and keep up the early success he has achieved this season. While many of the reasons you pointed out could be the reason for this revival, I just hope that whichever one it is, lasts. Hell, I've even started wearing my Felton jersey again.
I remember this incident being a Long Island kid around the same age group who had lost a best friend around the same time. My heart goes out to her family, and everyone else who like you was touched by her life. I would love to able to attend the tournament but will be out of town that weekend. I will however make what modest donation I can to a good cause.
1 year, 9 months ago on Hardwood Paroxysm Celebrates A 5-Year Paroxy-versary: You've Got A Friend
Great piece. Amir sounds like the kind of player who has always gotten it. Here's to hoping he gets his chance to shine. He's gotta learn to cut down on the fouls though. In three preseason games he has averaged over 5 fouls per 36 minutes. However one can't help but feel if he gets his minutes this season, he will more than likely make the best of them.
1 year, 9 months ago on Profile Paroxysm: Amir Johnson Has Seen It All
Interesting concept to NBA Rank I had never previously thought of and dead on as well. I would love to see what Jordan's Rank would have been during his Wizards comeback. I myself have always wondered how our perception of Jordan would be different if he had played in an era like today's, where every move a player makes is disected by 100 blogs. Yes, it wouldn't have changed how we think of him as a player, but would we worship him as much as we did for his "killer instinct" or would we just think he was the world's biggest jerk? The only instance we really got to see Jordan like this during the social media era was his Hall of Fame induction. If we go by the reaction to his speech I would have to say the answer would lie with the latter. He revealed himself to be petty and vindictive, something many of us suspected all along. If his entire career were played in the immense spotlight that is today's NBA, I think it is safe to say that Jordan's worship would have been greatly diminished.
1 year, 9 months ago on #NBArank and Michael Jordan's Wizards Comeback
@therealjang I love the Nuggets as a sleeper team in the west nobody is talking about that much because of the Lakers. They got incredible depth. They got said quick point guard that can give the Lakers fits in Ty Lawson. They got size to compete with the Lakers bigs in the JaVale/Manimal/Mosgov combo who will only get better in my opinion. And they added Iggy who I believe is the perfect fit for their team as well as a lockdown perimeter defender. Add Gallo to that mix and I would not sleep on the Nuggets at all this year.
1 year, 10 months ago on Player Capsules (Plus): The Flickering Candle of Stephen John Nash
@JohnProtevi Ha, those NBA media guides are such liars. I think my point is still valid though.
Love the idea! Love the teams. I would have actually liked to see this go a step further with the best 8 or 9 man rotation. Who do you think would win a hypothetical round robin style tournament with this teams? I would put the Southeast at 2 to 1. The Pacific at 3 to 1. The Northwest and Southwest at 6 to 1. The Atlantic at 10 to 1. And the Central at 15 to 1. I would probably end up betting on the Northwest in this scenario. You know what? I might just have a slight gambling problem when I am handicapping a hypothetical division by division tournament. I'm gonna go reevaluate my life for a few minutes.
1 year, 10 months ago on I Got 5 On It
Am I the only one in the world to seriously question the Lakers ability to put together a serious run this year? Let us for a second take a look at their starting lineup;
PG- Will be turning 39 this season. Consistency has been properly questions in this article.
SG- 34 years old. Entering his 17th season. Has 3+ seasons worth of playoff and International games on top of that and has had two mysterious procedures on his knee in Germany.
SF- The boatload of crazy that is Ron Artest.
PF- Entering his 12th season in the league, with 3 full seasons of ball in Europe before that. Plus a whole lot of international ball on top of that.
C- A 6'11" prima dona who is coming off of major back surgery. As we all know, back surgery is not something someone that size under goes lightly or returns from easily.
You're telling me I'm supposed to expect this team to hold up over the strain of 100+ games? I'm sorry, I'm just not buying into it. Just like I'm not buying into the Lakers as the favorite in the West.
I always say the offseason is a time when great writers are seperated from the merely good, because it is extremely challenging to keep an audience interested when there hasn't been a game in months and the season is still over a month away from starting itself. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this profile and loved "The Who" comparrison. I hate how we always try to compare athletes to their predecessors because very rarely does it do either party justice. This is especially the case when it comes to Rubio and you exercised that point brilliantly. I hate to sound like such a kiss ass, because that is not who I am, but I thouroughly enjoyed this piece and look forward to reading the others. Thank you.
1 year, 10 months ago on Player Capsules (Plus): Ricky Rubio, Can You Hear Me?
While the markets are small and overlapping I think the biggest point hit in this piece was the Stern factor. What is that mission statement if not a direct slap to one of David Stern's pets, the D-League? Is Stern going to take this lying on his back? Like you said yes and no. By completely ignoring it, he will doom it's existence. Stern would probably crack the top 10 of an international ego ranking power poll, and I don't see any way his ego lets him concede any inch to his new league after they made a misson statement like that one. Well done though guys, I definitely enjoyed this one.
1 year, 10 months ago on 20,000 Leagues Under Development
To be perfectly honest I'm not huge in to fantasy basketball, I play and I do well, but I get so into the actual games sometimes may fantasy teams fall to the wayside in my priorities. First thing I noticed though was Josh Smith, I think there will be more points than 19.9 ppg without iso Joe in the Atlanta mix. I mean isn't ALOT of their offense going to be revolved around him. I would say closer to 23-25 ppg. And as for Steph Curry going in the 2nd round (assuming 12 team league) I would not use a pick that high on him. As far as I know is ankles are actually made of paper mache. I also don't like blake in the first two rounds. One, I don't trust his health issues and second the seven year old next door to me shoots better free throws. Not exaggerating, kid is legit, been giving him pointers. I'll just stick to the first two rounds for now, I'll be back with more obnoxious criticism later.
1 year, 10 months ago on 2012-13 NBA Fantasy Basketball Projections