Kyrie doing Kyrie things.
2017-18 NBA Season - Page 4
He's not really the guy to lead a rebuild effort. I predicted before the start of the season he moves on by the end of this go. He's clashed with too many of the Mavs major pickups, from DeAndre to Rondo to Noel now. He's had success here when Dirk was the unquestioned leader - hard to maintain in the twilight of his career. And he had the most success when he had a floor general who was seasoned enough to be able to tell him to go fuck himself and get away with it (Jason Kidd).
When he has unquestioned authority of all things, he micromanages and clashes with anyone who doesn't slot into his expectations without complaint. You're gonna have a hard time getting enough players who will both go along with that who are also talented enough to win games.
Tactically, strategically, he's every bit as good as Pop. Managing matchups, he might be even better. But his players don't love him. I guess JJ loves him. But damn near everyone who has ever played for Popovich has a deep abiding admiration for him, and that's really the difference. Between getting guys to buy in and browbeating them into it.
Also, there's a picture floating around of the Carlisle Thanksgiving dinner and its fucking pitiful. If you can't put together an acceptable meal for the best holiday on the calendar your priorities are all fucked up.
I feel Carlisle has a job forever with the Mavs because of the championship he won for Cuban. The only way he's not on the team next year is if he walks away.
The Mavs are going to lose a lot this year, and probably end up with a top 5 pick...which is what needs to happen. Too long have they been spinning their wheels in mediocrity in a silly effort to be the 8th seed in the west. And now they are old and bad. They need other young pieces to go with Dennis Smith. I think Smith is the only guy currently on the team who will be there 3 years from now. They dodged a bullet with Noel, I think he just flat out sucks. Dirk is done. Barnes is a 5th option on a good team.
I would be surprised if Carlisle would want to stick around for a 3 or 4 year rebuild, but maybe he's comfortable. I would think if he left after this year he's still got enough cache to get a top job, whatever that is.
People blame the Mavs strategy of focusing on aging vets on the FO but dude has been here long enough to earn equal credit for the failure to develop *any* young players (shout out Jae, exception to the rule).
So who to bring in? Impossible to say. But if they started talking about Avery Johnsons return, I wouldnt be mad. He developed the best youth movement in the teams history, with JHo, Devin, Marquis, JJ. He would be great for DSJ. His tenure is marred by two historic choke jobs, which makes people remember him as faaaar worse than he was. Dude could coach. He absolutely deserves another shot, if he wants it.
The Celtics don't really have a rim protector. Supposedly that's the one thing Noel can do although I have yet to really see it. But Stevens gets the absolute best out of his players, so don't feel bad when Noel is putting up 10 boards and 2.5 blocks a night in Boston while catching oops from Kyrie.
Maybe its a Marcus Smart 4 Noel trade. Smart is a gritty player, but he's single-handedly keeping the opposing teams in games with his outside shooting. 3 for 15 (and 2 for 11! from 3) vs the Mavs.
I think Ainge has been stingy with his assets because hes waiting to swoop on Boogie tho. Thats the real missing piece there. Kyrie can distract him with Youtube videos about the lizardmen Royal Family and theres enough talent at all positions to demand accountability from Boogie.
Leaving NO barren and adrift. We assemble a package of Devin Harris' embalmed body, Noel, Doe Doe, and RICO CARLITO. Plus $100 million cash. All we ask for in exchange is AD. Not like theyre doing anything useful with him anyway.
The brightest timeline.
"LeBron James says he's already visualized how Isaiah Thomas will fit in with the Cavs by playing with him on NBA 2K: "It’s the most realistic basketball game you could ever play. I mix and match a lot of lineup changes to see how we can be really good. I’ve done that."
LAL-PHI was ridiculously entertaining.
One thing I really like about younger teams is that they treat national broadcast games like they're the playoffs.
Pop just sits everybody you want to see.
Longtime DIPO stan, so that's nice to see.
I said at the time I would be somewhat hesitant about that trade, simply because I have a feeling that SABONIS will end up being a really, really good player one day not too far off.
Even though I always picked up Vic on my fantasy teams, I didn't really see him breaking out like this.
We haven't really talked about how disappointing the Thunder have been so far, and how Westbrook especially has made no effort to blend his game with fresh superstar talent.
The other week Dubs bench were laughing at him still being in an already decided game with a minute to go blatantly chasing triple double. Anthony Bowie rolling over in his grave..
For a second I thought the Warriors were actually gonna allow all those Laker fans to go home happy on King Diva Kobe Night. Thank you David West for showing Lonzo what the true meaning of a blocked shot is. God that was great.
NBA TV has a one-on-one interview tonight between Isiah Thomas and Magic Johnson. Looks like it'll focus mainly on their up-and-down friendship over their years. Don't think Isiah will spend much time asking Magic about how the Lakers are a shell of their former selves and will never rise to prominence for the foreseeable future.
Don't try too hard buddy. I know trolling the Clippers no longer holds any joy, but it would take a decade with GS on top and the Lakers at the bottom before you could have any impact.
Simple fact is our group of teenagers has played you guys close in two games, enjoy your reign while it lasts. PS, Klay will look great as a Laker in 2 years.
That seems to be the rallying cry for the Lakers these days. "Wait till we sign so and so!" But then the offseason comes and nobody worth a damn goes there. Westbrook isn't going, LeBron? He's not going. Klay? He seems comfy being a #3 guy and remaining eternally stoned so he's not going. Lakers are the Knicks-west. Geography dictates they'll always be in the news but as a legit good basketball team it's a wrap.
Summer League '18 is theirs to lose though. They'll dominate.
It will take around 4 years to restore order. The team is too young to compete for a championship any time soon. But the core of Kuzma, Lonzo and Igram has tons of room to grow. Other nice young players include Nance, Clarkson, Randle, Bryant and Hart (not all of these guys will stay if we do the free agent thing) but even if we don't get free agents the future is bright.
If you think the Lakers far from contention you are kidding yourself, or just trolling. GS has a nice squad, but we will be up in your grill in a few years.
Pretty enjoyable, if slight, til the very end when Isiah breaking down wrecked me.
I'm in love with the idea that the Thunder are put together for the sole and specific purpose of beating the Dubs. Kinda like how the Pacers used to gear their entire roster around stopping LeBron.
Did you know that you can't goaltend a shot if it wouldn't count? The refs didn't, the players didn't (I didn't either)... but the Suns coach did, and he won 'em a game with it... pretty cool.
“Nothing like getting served, pestered by Sherrifs & taken to court over a Will that myself and my sisters are not only 100% excluded from but do not even have any interest in contesting in the first place. Thanks Dad ,” Sager II tweeted Tuesday.
Yeah thats fucked up.
Apparently the gold digger who initiated court proceedings used to be a Bulls backup dancer.
I can't believe Sager used his wildin suits for nefarious ends, but apparently he had a reputation as being definitely not a family man.
Still, youngblood came through with the bone marrow twice. Really ought to warrant a consideration. Most charitable explanation is Sager was all fucked up on chemo and his acquired thot pushed the changes to the will on him in that state.
Which is disgusting and terrible but damn, man. She's just a hoe.
No heroes. Its unfortunate all that is out there.
Intriguing article about Rick Carlisle's rant related to LaVar Ball, and the notion that some coaches want credentials pulled from writers who interview Ball:
I think its bullshit, and Rick's holier than thou attitude on it is not helpful.
This is a problem between the Lakers and their player and Lavar Ball. Coaches trying to police who the press talks to is fucking ridiculous.
OKC went out and damn near hung 150 on them. That team is built to demolish the playoffs.
Anyway, Wes Matthews for D.Rose and Jae. Whatever assorted crap you gotta throw in to make it work. Lets get this done.