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I don't want to pile on BBD. He seems like a decent guy, but when BBD for Bass happened, well first I was stunned (Otis Smith, you're an idiot). Second, I was ECSTATIC. Yeah, this one's working out damn well. As for Otis, hmmm he granted the RIDICULOUS contract (Rashard) which basically was the reason we had the lockout, brought in Vince, brought in Arenas, can't keep his superstar center happy, not only trades for BBD, but dumps Bass to do it AND pays BBD. Overpays of course as is his MO. How do people like this have such esteemed, powerful and lucrative jobs?
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Where did that crossover and blow by come from? That was killer. Can we see that more than once every 2 years please?
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Was hoping Pierce could rest his 80% heel. Oh well.
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Rest Pierce. A bone bruise on the heel. He says he's only 80%. If he keeps playing, he'll never get to 100%, which is what the Cs will need in the playoffs. Use these opportunities to sit him.
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Let's say Green passed the physical and was on the roster. He was a Celtic last year, but was a free agent. Assume the one year deal went through. IIRC I heard him in sign and trade rumors last month and thought I also heard more recently he couldn't be traded right away (again *if* he happened to be signed). So which is it? I mean teams re-sign "their" guys all the time and do sign and trades, so it not just "free agent contract" right? It must be "newly acquired free agent" or something like that, no?
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Great break downs. Ray should get half an assist for opening these plays up for easy buckets.
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1) Talent sure, but no thank you. 2) If you can't trade a player for 2 months after signing him, somebody please explain sign and trades.
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"I think we've found our center for the next decade." Not that I haven't been extremely impressed (in all of 70 career minutes) and of course I want him to continue to get playing time, but this was tongue in cheek, right?
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Some stats that stood out to me. Rondo: 7 TOs, zero FTs Ray: 6/7 for 3, 27 points on 16 shots. Somehow he missed 2 FTs. Steamer: 13 on 7 shots, only 3 fouls, plus 7 boards (3 offensive), 2 blocks and even 2 assists, only 1 TO. That is bringing a lot to the table and taking nothing off. Really impressive. Pierce: started off with bricks like the last game, found his stroke and ended up with a typical 21 on 18 shots. Only 1 FT though. Bradley: 0/3. Please go away. Bass: Solid contribution, but in 31 minutes, should have been more. 7: Cs leading rebound total (both Rondo and Steamer). Oh wait, Pierce had 8. Bass and KG with 6. Everyone rebounding is good, but I can't help but feeling uncomfortable with that distribution. Steamer 7 in 21 min. Wilcox 4 in 9. KG 6 in 33? Ugh. Seems like every game he has his hands on 12, but half of them get taken away. Not encouraging.
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Pierce is not that old. Highest FG% of his career last year. All those dunks he put on people, too. Still can score in more ways than anyone else in this league. Speed and hops were never his game, so one would expect his game to only slowly decline (if that's even eminent) not fall off a cliff. All, please be smart enough to completely ignore all the lazy media headlines of "age, decline, etc." not just for Pierce, but most of the Cs. KG's was quite lively last year. No one's in better shape than Ray. Rondo gets beat up, but always still laces up. Yeah, JO needs to prove it (Quisy, too), but by all accounts, the surgery really helped him and he's looking and feeling great (we shall see). Point is, "they're all decrepit" is a weak storyline. Bottom line. Pierce is still an All-Star level player. Him coming off the bench in a couple years? Maybe. This year? Asinine.
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Seriously, though, I wouldn't expect the form to vary much at all, though I do notice the slightest improvements. Thing is, at this point in his life, in his career, he's not going to completely rebuild his form (I never understood how Tiger decided to take two years of his prime to change his swing, but I digress). There are ugly/unconventional golf swings (Furyk), batting stances (Craig Counsell) and yes shooting strokes (Noah) with which athletes perform perfectly well. Anyway, point is, he's more or less stuck with what he's used to, he just has to hone it. Even if his form isn't ideal, he can still practice it until it's as sharp, repeatable and consistent as humanly possible. Two offseasons ago, it didn't look like he made any effort to come back with an improved jumper. Last season, it didn't really look improved, but it did seem he made an effort. And hey, maybe it takes more than just a couple months of practice in a gym. Maybe turning a weakness into a strength at the NBA level isn't as easy as some of us (me included) think it should be for these world class athletes. Maybe last season pulling it out and one more (long) offseason to focus on it is what was needed to make a big step forward. Maybe.
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Ha. You were too generous with vowels for Krstic.
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Could we please not give worthless polls like this any attention? It just encourages them. Moving on. Thank you.
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I wouldn't call it soft at all. Honestly, it doesn't really take very long to judge someone. A rookie should come in humble, ready to listen, eager to work, especially on a team like this. If he does or doesn't, either way, it's apparent pretty easily. KG probably doesn't have the time and, more likely, tolerance for someone who thinks he already knows everything, who thinks he's bigger than he really is (BBD anyone?). KG's focused on winning and if you are too, you are worthy of KG's tutelage. If not, what was it he said to the Pacers' PR guy? Oh, yeah "F your rookies."
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For breakfast or with breakfast? Ha ha, either way. Oh and I forgot, in my younger days I was partial to MGD and found it to be the rare beer that was better out of a can than abottle. The only way I could get Yeungling out here was at a Philly's Best, but by the time it got here (with whatever 3rd rate, underground shipping they must have done) it was skunked, so foiled again. And I think they shut that pipeline down years ago anyway. Agree about Negro Modelo, one of my top preferences as well. Newcastle (very popular here) would seem to be within my preference parameters, but it's only ok to me. Killians (low end) and Bass (high end) are the ambers I prefer. As for lights, I might go for a Michelobe Ultra, but to me Sam Adams Light is the clearly the best choice in this category.
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Not that we all LOVE the bench, but they have pieces. As for a lost season if there's a key injury, is that really a concern unique to the Cs? Of course not. Rose, LeBron, CP3, Kobe, Amare, Dirk, and on and on. DA has paid max money to 3 guys and 10 million for Rondo. With those commitments, what level quality backups are you really expecting?
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Well, maybe my assessment of Dooling is being shaded by the sheer horror of Bradley and Pruitt (remember him? I had to look his name up even though I sure as hell remember his atrocious play). I mean seriously, you have to be able to dribble without being suffocated, be able to turn the corner when KG or Perk sets you a killer pick. I mean if Dooling can at least do that, he's the best backup PG the Cs have had for Rondo (besides Delonte). Looking closer, though, you are probably right. I hate chuckers. 40% is unacceptable. And it's not like he's dishing like crazy to compensate. I guess I'm hoping, now in an actual well-coached, good-teammate setting, his weaknesses will be reigned in and his strengths brought out. Guess I'm hoping/expecting the same about Bass improving his D, etc. The culture/system of the Cs I believe is one of the best IMO. You take these guys with potential that have been on losing teams, poorly coached, trying to do too much on their own and you put them in here, you got professionals all over. Rondo knows how the game is supposed to be run on both ends of the floor, KG (and Doc, too) demands execution on D, JO is right there to support that as well, PP is the poster child on this roster, even as a HOFer, for stepping up where needed (D) and sacrificing elsewhere (ball dominance) and of course there's no work ethic like Ray's. Quisy's come in and bought in and succeeded. I just don't see how Wilcox, Bass and Dooling have any option but to come in and improve based on what Doc and the vets have established as a professional, well-coached, accountable culture. They will be given expectations and going outside of that won't be acceptable. I think that was Baby's biggest problem. As much as he may have tried to perform his role, it was always blatantly obvious he saw himself as a starter and he was often victim of trying to do too much and now he has been jettisoned (thankfully). These guys, though, they know the starting lineup is set and they've also been part of plenty of losing teams. I think they will be eager to listen and learn, eager to work and play extremely hard, do what's asked and not what isn't and be accountable to their teammates and coaches. Basically, I fully expect solid contributions from all of them and for this to be a very good 2nd unit. But hey, I've been wrong before. Lastly, I don't want to come off as a beer snob or anything, but I don't drink Bud, Coors I can take, despise Corona more than Bud, love Pacifico. I like many darker, particularly amber, beers. But my favorite major beer is Guinness. Nothing is as smooth. Also, Boddingtons, which has the exact attributes of Guinness but is golden. But my absolute favorite (which I never get anymore because I'm displaced in Faker land and it's only sold back East) is Yuengling. Oh my goodness. So good. Great, now I'm craving one.
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Baron has always been a phenomenal talent with an atrocious performance/effort track record. Wasn't there chatter a couple years ago about him and the Cs? I would have dreaded that. Try hard to get a contract, then take 3 years off. Nooooooo thanks. That being said, already having Melo (not that I'm a huge fan of his), Amare and Tyson, adding Baron is brilliant for the Knicks. D'Antoni's system, those pieces. Those games are going to be 125-115 all season. That team will be in the mix for sure and just one more for the Cs to contend with. Should be an interesting season. I'm actually feeling pretty good about the Cs. As always, injuries can derail the season, but Dooling is an actual capable back up. (Bradley, sorry your 15 minutes are up. Don't care how well you defend, if you get pick pocketed 2 out of 3 possessions, you don't belong anywhere near and NBA roster). Quisy can score and defend very well. Sasha can defend very well and knock down big shots. JO looks fresh. Bass should be a beast. My biggest concern is one more big, so I think Stiemsma could be very key. Of course, Wilcox should at least provide competent minutes and 6 fouls, so that's something. And if Moore makes a contribution, all the better. All told, the roster's pretty good for the season. As for the playoffs (and the real goal, a championship), well benches matter less, but the Cs still need extra bodies for particular opponents. Fortunately, the starting 5 starts with two All-Defensive players (RR and KG) and two more above average defenders (PP and JO). Then there's Bass (he'll learn) and Wilcox (6 fouls at the least) and hopefully a 4th big (6 more fouls) to throw at Dwight plus Quisy and Sasha are excellent wing defenders for Wade and Prince James. Don't discount that. Anyway, again, it should be quite interesting.
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Get well Jeff. A previous thread brought out a bunch of ideas for replacements. Stevenson is a good one and has defended Prince James well. The more shutdown defenders, the better, but remember, Quisy is back and he's an excellent defender, particularly of the likes of the Prince, completely disrupts him. The Cs need a true low post banger. KG plays 17 feet away a lot. JO plays 10 feet away a lot. Whatever Shaq's faults, he anchored his height and girth no farther than 5 feet away and occupied that space and 1 or 2 opponents at all times. Erden stayed near the rim and was pretty deft around there; wish the Cs could have kept him. Really it was Krstic who should have been the guy. He had the size and the skills, but obviously lacked something (besides defense). Very disappointing. Anyway, point is I hope this Stiemsma guy turns into something useful. And yeah a versatile defender who also can nail the dagger 3s? Sure would be nice. For the vet's min? I guess we will see.
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Uh, where's the post mocking the Fakers in the wake of the CP3 trade?
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The Howard trade hubbub of late bothered me because, as pipe dream as it might be, I'm hoping both KG and Ray are willing to take huge cuts (made PLENTY of moeny, only care about titles now) and the C's can land Dwight. How beautiful would that team be? Defensively, they'd be historic. Then you give Rondo another and even better alley-oop partner? I'm practically giddy just thinking about that roster. Sure, 2/5th of the lineup are awful FT shooters, but would that really matter? If KG and Ray re-upped for 2 years, wouldn't banners be practically guaranteed in 2013 and 2014?
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In a handful of recent posts, you've mentioned you can't trade recently signed players. How are sign-n-trades possible then?
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Fan-freaking-tastic. As is Danny Granger's tweet. http://m.tmi.me/j9xgT Absolutely brilliant, not to mention ballsy.
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Think BBD will make friends with that kid he ran over in the playoffs? Ha.
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Brilliant deal. As are the others on the margins. I just posted on the previous article similar thoughts (though I don't see it posted yet). Definitely time for BBD to move on. 26 over 4 years? Ha ha. Nice Otis. Dumbass. Can't wait to see Bass beast it up. Never understood why he spent so much time on the bench. So excited and not just because Rondo has a new alley-oop partner/monster. Don't kill me on this question, but seriously though, how is Bass not extremely similar to Griffin? Griffin has 2 inches on him, but same weight, Bass stronger, can jump/fly just as much, Bass slightly better FG%. Per 36 minutes, Bass gives up .75 rebounds and 6 points to Griffin. And Griffin is an offensive focal point while Bass never has been given that chance. Griffin dishes a couple extra assists, but Bass can definitely learn that in Boston (and can definitely become a beast defender in Boston). Griffin gets to the line a little more but hits only 64%. Bass hits 83%. Because of hype, you probably immediately dismiss the comparison, but seriously, this is the type of player Ainge just acquired ... and got rid of BBD to boot. Damn what a move. BTW, very glad DA didn't sell the farm for a marginal and short-term PG upgrade. CP3 is great, but never even came close to understanding how that reported deal would be worth it for Boston.
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