If Your Uncle Jack Helped You Off An Elephant, Would You Help Your Uncle Jack Off An Elephant?
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I think what props was saying though was the hawks are the perfect example of a middle of the pack team. they can't contend for the championship but they will win a ton of games during the regular season and maybe get past the first round. There's no substance to that, though. It might not be the 7-11 but lets call it the tim hortons in cornwall.
Like Masai and Leweike said, anyone can build a playoff team. That's actually pretty easy which is kind of crazy when you think about what BC did the whole time he was here. Building a contender is a process, and there's going to be some eggs cracked to make that omelet.
That said, alot of those teams (later 1st rounders) may still wait until well into the season. GS, as stands, could easily drop out of the playoffs in a competitive western conference if Curry and Bogut miss alot of time (hardly unlikely possibilities). After which Golden State would putting on their tanking shoes (much like they did in 2011/12)
For non-lottery teams, the pick is way too important an asset to flip this far away from draft night. Like you say, I believe they'd wait til into the season, and see if they fall, or if they need the pick to pull off a strategic move after watching their roster play.
In the end, I also actually think some tanking teams will consider trading away a protected 2014 pick. I mean, think of it...you know you're going to be in the lottery, and you can add a player you want via trade without that really changing, why not trade away the pick, which you end up keeping because it's protected? I mean, if a bad team (Cavs, Bobcats...I don't know, whoever) traded us their protected 2014 1st (because no team will give up an unprotected) for Rudy Gay....In all likelihood they're still a lottery team anyway, keep their 2014 pick and add a player they want via trade...in the end giving up a future pick for a guy they might consider a keeper, and still getting a pick from a supposedly loaded draft.
Ah, to be a fly on the wall in Ujiri's office. Right now, to me anyways, it just looks like he is going to bring back the same team from last year with a few tweaks to the bench. We should be good enough to make it into the playoffs and lose any chance of a high draft pick, but not good enough to do any damage once we get into the playoffs. If this is the case it's the worst scenario imo, though I understand he has a lot of work ahead of him before he can undo BC's mistakes.
But put it simply, if GSW is willing to part with one of their young pieces, chances are they can do a straight sign and trade with LAL. I don't buy all this smoke out of LA from earlier on when they said they would not do sign and trades. Even the Lakers can't take nothing over something. So far GSW has offered Bogut and a #1 pick. If they cave and throw in Thompson or Barnes, I think the deal gets done.
1) I am not particularly enamored with DH...the guy is a bit goofy to be a franchise cornerstone
2) DH is driving the bus on his movement and I think will end up in Texas (Houston). He gets a good team and the money. I understand the diff. between the max money/term. in LAL/S&T & a Houst. deal is about 7 mill. because of no TX state taxes/Calif. taxes being particularly onerous.
3) Unlike with previous regimes in GSW they have among others Jerry West good say keeping them away from the dumb decisions
Last edited by Bendit; Fri Jul 5th, 2013 at 10:09 AM.
That's why I don't like drawing the conclusion that retooling this offseason = treadmill team for the next 5-10 seasons. MU will simply continue improving/retooling this team, season after season, towards the stated ultimate goal of contending for a championship. I'm not worried about an improved Raptors squad - god forbid, a playoff team - peaking as a 5-8 seed long-term.
And I still don't know what West and GSW would consider a dumb decision. Franchise cornerstone or not, he's still the best C in the game when healthy, and they have other quality pieces. If they managed to clear all their expirings for nothing to be able to sign him, they'd have a starting 5 of Howard, Lee, Barnes, Thompson, and Curry. That's a pretty great unit. From that perspective, GSW may even be more appealing than Houston. Houston can offer the better player to play beside, but GSW maybe has the best roster in terms of being young and competitive.
I really hope Howard makes up his mind today. His indecisiveness is grating and its holding up the entire off-season. American holidays are the worst for sports news.
Whatever you do, do it the best you can
- 28 percent is an 8 percent improvement over his career average and would be fine if he could get another 5% this year.
-yes a freaking dunk highlight! It was freaking nasty! It shows that he's getting stronger and can absorb contact while dunking
- yes a game winner
- yes Rudy Gay's opinion over yours
I listed my reasons.....It really wasnt up for debate.
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