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    Quote Roarque wrote: View Post
    You have also missed my solution for the second all-star that the Raptors already have on the roster. I'll save my formula for helping that man to blossom until someone tells me that Andrea has truly been motivated, Sicilian style, especially if they've had seven years to try.
    Oh boy, I can't wait.

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    The only thing this fanbase should be concerned about is where Bargs fits. The team is just starting to gel, and then now amidst the trade rumours, we want / wish for things to be broken up. This is a great group of guys - let them gel for a bit.
    “The saving of our world from pending doom will come, not through the complacent adjustment of the conforming majority, but through the creative maladjustment of a nonconforming minority.” - Martin Luther King

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    Quote Mediumcore wrote: View Post
    I'm currently on the band wagon with what Houston has done in putting Harden and Lin together.
    I don't think that Houston would have signed Lin if they'd known about the Harden deal at the time; but Harden is clearly a great pickup for them. I remember hearing somewhere, a few months ago, that Toronto were in that Harden discussion and Presti wanted Valanciunas. At the time (this was before the season started, before we saw Harden playing so well) I was glad it didn't happen. Now, I'd do that in a heartbeat.

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    Quote ebrian wrote: View Post
    Is anyone? Honestly I don't even know what a cornserstone is.
    I'd say it's a guy who can be the best player on the floor, for at least one game, when playing against anyone else, when the stakes of that game are high.

    For example, Rondo can be better than Lebron when they're playing high stakes games. Is he always better player than James? Of course not. But he can raise his game up to that highest level, so I would call Rondo a cornerstone.

    On the other hand, as much as I enjoy seeing DeMar's improvement this year, I cannot imagine that he will ever be able to outplay any of the best players for even a single game when it matters.

    Other cornerstones right now: Durant, Paul, Westbrook, Kobe, Anthony, Nowitzki, Duncan (maybe still?), D Rose, Kyrie, Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard (I'll keep him here for the moment, but bad backs can be brutal), Noah, Randolph, Love, Rubio, Bynum (an injury prone cornerstone, the worst kind).

    Potential cornerstones: Paul George, Steph Curry, Marc Gasol, Anthony Davis, Batum, Lillard, MKG, Wall, Cousins, Bledsoe, Monroe, and a bunch of other dudes with much slimmer chances (and I'd put Ross and Valanciunas in this category, with Ross ahead of Valanciunas).

    And I agree with Mediumcore, I think you do whatever it takes to get any of these guys. You overpay for these guys.

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    Quote Mediumcore wrote: View Post
    In my Gay and Bledsoe pairing it's Bledsoe that I think will be the star. I'm really excited about his game and I think he will break out in a starting role as Harden did this season. There is no comaring him with Bargnani because it took Bargs 6 or 7 years to show All Star talent, but Bledsoe is showing it in his 3rd season...as a back up...and he was injured for much of his second year I beleive. Needless to say I love Bledsoe's game and just have a really good feeling about him in starting role and given the reigns to his own team.
    Bledsoes offensive game is incomplete. He's not a good shooter and currently relies on his godly athleticism to attack the