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2 days, 12 hours ago on Friday Bolts – 10.17.14
@Tvaddic I don't expect KD to ever retire.
@Tvaddic This is excellent news.
I hope Serge can find a niche for himself next to Adams.
@King of Carrot Flowers the third preseason, half the roster is injured, don't we always complain about Brook's rigidity with line ups?
@GREENE1148 Success builds trust. Laker fans trust their front office to put things together and so Julius Randle must be one of the best players in the draft.
2 days, 18 hours ago on Friday Bolts – 10.17.14
@Crow Like Presti, I think RJ and Pop worry about their own house and not what everyone else is doing. Don't you think RJ and Pop got themselves into trouble by going for a championship with the signing of Richard Jefferson and realized that staying true to building from within with younger players was the right way to go?
@_justin @Crow Because being successful for as long as possible gives you more opportunities to win championships. #proofspurs
@yarkmu @Perk-Punt I don't think players ever flatline. I don't think we can answer the questions of the value of Lamb and PJ3 until the end of this season.
@yarkmu @rednuht @Perk-Punt I disagree. I think finding guys who can produce what Reggie did last year is not difficult, but to say that Reggie is easily replaceable ignores what makes him unique and a candidate to get paid next summer.
Not every player can get to the rim at will and finish in this league. Perhaps because we have Westbrook we take it for granted, but it's pretty special.
@yarkmu @rednuht This is why I think you wait on Jackson. He may want to start for a team, regardless of salary, but despite public comments in this realm, he also likes playing for this team, he likes winning and if he gets paid, he's playing a lot of minutes and will have a major role.
If the only hurdle is whether Jackson starts or not with the Thunder, that might just work itself out naturally, to where both parties are satisfied.
And if it doesn't then the worst case scenario is you match and trade or you get a good size TPE or some value and move on.
@Perk-Punt @rednuht @yarkmu Do you wait to find out or do you take care of the guy who has already broken out and is still improving?
@yarkmu @rednuht Does it matter whether Jackson starts or not if he is a difference maker?
If the Thunder win the championship and Jackson is an important part of that process, then isn't he worth Bledsoe money to us?
@McLasch @yarkmu Assuming Jackson is offered something similar to Bledsoe and Presti matches, what is the worst case scenario moving forward?
2 days, 19 hours ago on Friday Bolts – 10.17.14
@yarkmu @rednuht I'd put Bayless at about 3/8 of Reggie's effectiveness. With Durant and Westbrook, I just don't think the SG role is as important to upgrade, but I get it.
Middleton was kind of a piece of gold in a field of terds last year for Milwaukee. I think they're very high on him.
@yarkmu @McLasch Might as well let Reggie's situation play out.
@yarkmu This seems like a band aid fix to Durant being out, but what happens in the playoffs? Is Middleton buried on the bench and are we relying on Bayless as the third shot creator?
@Keith00 @rednuht @FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] I'd stick with Lamb over Dudley. If you're taking a risk on two imperfect players, I'd go with the one who is younger and can create their own shot.
4 days, 13 hours ago on Wednesday Bolts – 10.15.14
@SeinfeldOKC Green is the difference maker? Why would Phoenix trade such a player?
4 days, 14 hours ago on Wednesday Bolts – 10.15.14
@OKC2503 So you're telling me there is a reason Presti traded for him?
@Keith00 @FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] @rednuht Adams is the contract that isn't currently being factored into the potential luxury tax.
@Keith00 Which player represents the couple of million in salary that we would shed to stay below the tax?
Would I use Sefolosha's TPE to acquire Dudley and go over the tax? No.
Would I trade a young prospect to create room under the tax? No.
Trading for Dudley at the deadline reduces his salary cap hit and gives us time to properly evaluate PJ3. My instinct is we have been patiently developing PJ3, he has worked hard and now has a an opportunity for consistent minutes. Trust the system, let's see what we really have.
@Tvaddic I don't remember the voting results last year beyond Durant, but I though Blake was a top 3 or 4 in the MVP race.
Although I have a great amount of respect for Paul, I don't really see him as an MVP type player. He's never been able to transcend his game/impact to that level through a whole season.
5 days, 16 hours ago on Tuesday Bolts – 10.14.14
@King of Carrot Flowers the third After watching the setbacks to Westbrooks knee surgery, you can understand why they want to take their time finding the right surgeon.
6 days, 13 hours ago on Monday Bolts – 10.13.14
@Lambaaaaaa @rednuht I don't think it depends on Jackson's trade value at all. I think Presti wants to give this team as constructed the opportunity to win this year.
Presti understands he can match any RFA offer to Jackson and if Jackson states he wants to move on, then he can sign and trade him.
6 days, 14 hours ago on Monday Bolts – 10.13.14
@Lambaaaaaa @rednuht Did you read a trade scenario this summer where you thought, yeah I'd trade Reggie for that and not worry about losing a step this season?
I think Presti holds on to Reggie and lets next summer play out.
@Lambaaaaaa The team goal has not changed, so there would be no need to make changes that would affect the teams goal for this season and the future.
I see Jackson as a reason why the Thunder can deal with the loss of Durant at the beginning of the season.
@duhsweetness There is nothing instantly gratifying about developing players through the draft. We have been programed by those who run NBA franchises that drafted players may not develop at all, that the draft is an unknown science and player development is a kind of voodoo.
Off season commentators only make judgements on what happened during a particular offseason. There are never mentions about previously drafted players still in development, because those players are treated as some sort of mystery.
@FallenOSIRIS @Marko (Lacoste baby) How is he suppose to answer such a question? Every athlete plays as much as they can, they listen to their bodies and make adjustments accordingly.
@OBoy (LaFamilia) @rednuht I'm trying to ascertain if there is something unique happening here or just running the offense through your SF?
When Magic played pg, teams put their pg on Byron Scott who was only about 6'-4" and not a threat to post up. If Milwaukee plays small around Giannis, you just switch your defenders and hope you have a SF who can defend the dribble. If Milwaukee puts a big SG and SF beside Giannis this is something unique.
6 days, 17 hours ago on Monday Bolts – 10.13.14
@_justin @rednuht @True Champ Jones III What was Durants usage with Westbrook out last year?
@OBoy (LaFamilia) I assume with Knight at SG. Is Middleton the SF?
Against OKC, we would put Roberson on Giannis, Westbrook on Knight and Jackson on Middleton. Does Milwaukee have an advantage?
@True Champ Jones III I think Westbrook is right. His role hasn't changed, just the players beside him. I've seen a lot of what would happen if Westbrook was unleashed questions and I think Westbrook has been unleashed his entire career with the Thunder.
@SeinfeldOKC [Seinfeldtinder] I agree with Justin, I think Brooks goes with a 10 man rotation which if you look back is common for Brooks for the first 20 games coming out of camp.
I agree Telfair isn't in the rotation with a healthy roster, but will likely see time to start the season.
How many minutes are yo envisioning Russ and Reggie playing?
@Barry Amanema KD doesn't get punked by point guards until the playoffs.
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@DanielLawler @rednuht It seems to be more of a mindset to not give up the easy basket, than just willful fouling. He can play defense without fouling if he's not being targeted, but he'll sacrifice a foul to prevent an easy basket if one of the perimeter players gets beat. I think he's smart of enough to control his fouls most nights.
@DanielLawler @rednuht Adams still get lost on some rotations, but only experience and continued development is going to improve that. He's still choosing the foul over protecting himself from foul trouble, but we'll see how that evolves.
@DanielLawler @rednuht Lots of scoring in the paint, but the numbers aren't as impressive as his improved timing in the pick and roll, his effort to become a target down low both in the half court and in transition and his touch within 6 feet of the basket is even more impressive than last season and his movement into a shot is very purposeful and smooth. No wasted motion, no extra dribbles, no bringing the ball down low.
In my mind Adams has gone from a player who can have an impact if left alone like Perkins often is to a player that has to be guarded. We should have a chance to see if the improvement is for real against Memphis.
@DanielLawler You can have minutes of it without starting them together. Morrow comes in for Roberson in a first substitution.
@Durantacula I think if you want to relieve pressure from Westbrook to be everything to the team, then you must insert a second creator into the starting line up. One option is Jackson and the other is Lamb.
Jackson is the most reliable player and is the best prospect to offer consistent production. This means that Telfair becomes part of the rotation and likely another point guard whether Jenkins or someone else is signed until Durant returns.
Roberson maintains a spot in the lineup as a designated wing defender.
The need for more offense in the starting line up is just another reason for Brooks to go with Adams at center.
Westbrook, Jackson, Roberson, Ibaka, Adams.
Morrow, Lamb, PJ3, Collison, Telfair
In this line up, Westbrook and Jackson can set each other up as well as the rest of the team. Roberson will take the opposing teams best wing. Adams will be given as much pick and roll as he can handle. Ibaka will be given more opportunity to create off the dribble or in the post.
Westbrook, Jackson and Lamb are now the shot creators and 2 of the 3 will always be on the court unless Telfair surprises.
Players have expanded roles, but no one is asked to do too much more than what they are capable of.
@Julius F Wrek @rednuht Do you want to watch Lamb's 2013/14 highlight package on youtube?
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@d21 @rednuht @FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] NBA gm's love the mystery element.
@True Champ Jones III He should review Durant's shot chart for inspiration.
@Julius F Wrek Lamb didn't look good in summer league. #summer league conclusions
@FunakiEjectsAnother [#StartLambFaction] @rednuht I disagree. He has skills that other teams value and he's young and cheap.
@Hustle Westbrook Morrow Faction @rednuht If Brooks doesn't like him, that's significant. If the philosophy is defense first and Lamb isn't good enough offensively to slack off that's significant.
Lamb lost his confidence or effectiveness before Butler supplanted him.
@AlexR44 Quiet! The baby is sleeping.
If Lamb is out of the rotation do they keep him for insurance or trade him just before the season for future assets?
@King of Carrot Flowers the third Russ did get hurt.
1 week, 5 days ago on Tuesday Bolts – 10.7.14