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OC Dolphin
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...and yes, I did move to Texas and love not having to pay 10.55%.
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I know the stories, but I'll predict that we will all see more and more high salaried stars flock to the five teams. Regardless their personal background. Watch what happens in the next three free agency years.
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Nance, not Lance.
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I don't agree. Rookie, Okafor continues to be livid, while Russell celebrates. Rookie, Lance couldn't have been more apologetic to Kobe, as he nearly broke his fingers rushing to delete past tweets. Jim Buss may be an a-hole. An individual with zero basketball acumen, but not one Philip Jackson. Not Doc Rivers, who may be at the top of the list of most respected coaches in the game today. A player's coach. Yet DeAndre Jordan left a team on the verge of having gone to the finals to go play alongside an aging Dirk Nowitzki, Charlie Villanueva and Jose Juan Barea. The Lakers had absolutely nothing to do with Jordan and Aldridge Knixing (couldn't help it) those two other respected teams and owners. Heck, were you not just recently giving mad props to Steve Ballmer? By-the-way. Citing Karrem, Horry, et-al, as part of your argument shows that you either disregarded the merits of my $1M vs. $80M rational or failed to understand it altogether. The argument I made is not motivated by any blind Laker-worship nor hatred wrongly perceived by you towards the Heat. They come from observations. One simply cannot turn a blind eye to the fact that every quality free agent whose contracts had expired and were coming out of income tax free states elected to sign once again with their teams. Also, those quality free agents that were in state tax states chose to sign and play either in Texas or Florida. You may not like the "progressive" implications, but facts are facts and capitalists are capitalists. Even though clothed in hip-hop.
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Roy "freaking" Hibbert. Oh boy!
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Gee, what a surprise. Aldridge will sign with the Spurs.
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Woods, if you're going to insult the guy, you might wish to spell his name correctly. His name is Goran Dragic, not Marco Drajic....yeah, I know...whatever!
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Woodcock, Check out the statistical numbers towards the bottom of this article. I think you'll find that our rookie cigar store Indian posted better numbers than the other rookie cigar store Indians. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2509508-why-robert-upshaw-can-be-steal-of-the-2015-nba-draft-for-los-angeles-lakers
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Happy Fourth of July to all.
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The NBA is going to have to address, what will most certainly be a new trend - bolting to tax-free states. Otherwise, all the stars will primarily be found playing on five teams.
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So LaMarcus Aldridge was "unimpressed with the 'analytics' presented to him by the Lakers," is that what he said? And he did what next?...cancel an upcoming meeting with the most successful NBA coach of all time? Analytics indeed. What poppycock. Here's what all these guys are conveniently not telling you. 8.82% and 10.55%. Those are the state income taxes for New York and California, respectfully. By leaving such states, and signing or re-signing with teams in the two only states without state income tax they keep millions! Back in the day when player salaries were within astronomical range a player might cringe at the thought of giving their state $100K off the million they did not get to keep. However, when the salary jumps to what it is now for these players. Contract like the one DeAndre Jordan is signing for $80,000,000,000. That state gift is $8.4 million dollars! Look at all the top signings since free agency started. Aside from the Anthony Davis deal, which most importantly, was not a free agent deal, just one to keep him happy, have had players signing with Florida and Texas teams. Spare us the lack of "analytics," LaMarcus. Pick Houston or San Antonio, they both have -rather- lack, the kinds of figures you really wish to see.
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Woods, Did you happen to take notice who clocked in with this week's longest drive of the tournament with a 359 yard drive?
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Three, not four.
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IMA, The Lakers do have a rim protector (Robert Upshaw) that they have in camp. He is 7"-1" and 250, from Washington. He was rated the 5th best true center coming out this year but for screwing up being a 19 year old. He is completely unpolished, needing coaching and seasoning, but he can protect the rim better than even the two best centers drafted this year. Consider Clarkson, Randle, Russell and this kid, Upshaw. Four potential starters, four who have yet to play a professional season, and one, who has played one.
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BB, Please take note of the obvious. All this year's top talent did their best acting, shimmiying here, then there, then - low and behold, they sign with teams and in states without a state tax. I'll bet you a stick of gum that Aldridge settles with the Spurs. After it is all set and done, they'll be forced to take position alongside and counter "the man," but they all know where their bread is buttered. All things considered.
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shadow, I didn't miss any of The Avengers either. Also, The Saint, with Roger Moore.
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Clippers will be that much less of a team.
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DeAndre Jordan will be signing a four-year, $80 million contract with the Mavericks.
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She certainly has a big RACKet.
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Recently DVR'rd Where Eagles Dare. Another fine R. Burton film.
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Shadow, From Russia, might just have takenin the lead, as it is also my favorite Bond flick.
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btw, and as stated... that movie question I posed need not include "high art," as proven by my two: 1. Die Hard (the original). I don't know what it is about that movie, aside from the very likable Bruce Willis and Professor Snape, other than it includes many scenes that are funny and predictable in a cartoonish sort of way. No matter how many times I watch it, I still sit and watch again and again. 2. (tie). - 2a. Hunt for the Red October is another I might stumble across and watch, regardless of where I catch it. The movie checked off and pressed ALL my buttons - Cold War, submarines, technology, political inner dealings and Tom Clancy. What is there not to like? 2b. Commando. I may be in the minority here, but I've always liked practically everything "Arnold" has done. He's just pure entertainment. Especially, his early stuff. You know you're getting the accent, the corny one-liners, and lots of, like Rae Dawn Chong puts it - "macho bulshit." The fight scene with Cooke (Bill Duke) is priceless, as was the "Sully" scene over Mulholland Drive and the climactic finish and the line I've used a gazillion times since - "Let off some steam, Bennett!" One time I actually counted (estimated) how many bad guys Arnold wasted in the compound scene, and it was something like 300+. Too funny.
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shadow, The thing is, NFL talk is off the charts until camps open up again. This leaves baseball, Wimbledon, one more match for the women's Cup (that doesn't sound right!), NASCAR, The Open in two weeks, and championship darts. The race to position for next year's NBA is at least somewhat compelling.
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Don't be so quick to feel sorry. This is far from over. The Lakers still have $24M uncommitted. Nothing in that front has changed. Which free agent worth their salt would opt to join a rebuilding franchise when they can get the same amount of money and sign with a team that's contending? Where the Lakers seriously contending for a finals playoffs Aldridge would not care one iota were the pitch presentation given at Disneyland and by Jim Buss dressed as Goofy. What some of you may be missing is the power of the trade. Perhaps you have fallen into the trap and notion that "players" construct teams. No they do not. There are only so many LeBron James out there capable of such constructions. Last I saw, Cousins still wanted out of Sacramento. Don't be surprised if Rondo is signed by the Lakers and Russell is traded straight up for Cousins.
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I think the trend will be (especially for younger players) to sign one to two year contracts from now on. I reported that the salaries and cap have risen 72% within five years. Players would be foolish being stuck in a 5 year deal when the market continues to climb through the roof. Older players like Wade, on the other hand, need the security that a longer term contract affords. Wade capitulated to the gamble that he will last through the whole year, uninjured, so that next year he can obtain another $3M raise, then again the following year.
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