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  1. maufman

    72 Suburbs in Search of a City: Anthony Davis to Los Angeles Lakers

    I’m guessing someone in the Lakers’ organization is the source for those reports. I don’t believe them for a second. I was bullish on Ball a year ago, figuring his late-season shooting woes were a product of the distractions created by his family and that he’d snap out of it. That hasn’t...
  2. maufman

    72 Suburbs in Search of a City: Anthony Davis to Los Angeles Lakers

    Agree that this year’s #4 is the most valuable of the draft assets acquired by NO. It’s unlikely that any of the future picks will land in the top 3, and even if they did, the 4th overall pick now is worth more than the 2nd or 3rd pick 5 years from now. Strongly disagree that Ingram and Ball...
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    72 Suburbs in Search of a City: Anthony Davis to Los Angeles Lakers

    One of the underrated aspects of this deal for NO is that the draft assets they obtained are (I think) fully tradable. So even if you think those future Lakers’ 1sts will be nothing more than a bunch of 20-something picks, you can probably find a GM willing to part with value to take the other...
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    72 Suburbs in Search of a City: Anthony Davis to Los Angeles Lakers

    I would’ve thought that the Lakers could construct a workable rotation between grabbing a couple players with their cap space (assuming they can’t convince Kemba Walker to accept less than the max to play with LBJ/AD), signing a couple “veteran ring chasers” (not quite sure who that might be)...
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    72 Suburbs in Search of a City: Anthony Davis to Los Angeles Lakers

    I think we all agree that this trade will rise or fall on the value of the picks. That said, this deal is different from the KG/PP trade, where the players coming here were nothing but salary ballast. I’m not bullish on either Ingram or Ball, but both are positive assets.
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    Rich Paul/SI Article....

    I think it depends on how you define “sucking up.” Bringing a top-5 talent under the tent on major personnel decisions (including deciding who coaches the team) only makes sense — in a star-driven league, your future success depends on keeping apex talent like that happy. So, for example, if...
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    David Ortiz in Hospital with Gunshot Wound?

    If your read of the room is so bad that you thought that line would get a laugh, perhaps you should leave the humor to others. Let’s move on.
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    Byerie Irving? Do you want Kyrie back?

    The next time you participate in a discussion on this site (because you’re done with this one), you need to do better.
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    Kevin Durant Offseason Thread

    Depends on whether KD is willing to make a long-term commitment to a franchise. I agree that if he’s willing to sign a 4-year deal (opt-out after year 3), someone will give him the max, but no one’s giving him a shorter max deal when he won’t even play in year 1. So if KD wants flexibility, the...
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    Rethinking Barstool?

    Does the CEO of a media company typically drive the organization’s editorial direction? I don’t read Barstool. I understand they almost certainly don’t maintain the strict separation between business and editorial functions that a newspaper does. But I would still expect that their CEO would...
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    2019 NY Jets: Why Are You Laughing at Us? (Jets Hire Adam Gase!)

    Oh yeah, no disagreement there, particularly with regard to the Jets. But ownership’s failure has been repeatedly hiring the wrong people to run the team; cutting bait relatively quickly when they realized their mistakes is one of the few things they’ve done right. Some owners are too slow to do...
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    2019 NY Jets: Why Are You Laughing at Us? (Jets Hire Adam Gase!)

    You’re not unsuccessful because you churn; you churn because you’re unsuccessful. It’s not like being patient with subpar coaching and front-office talent is a winning strategy, and I’m at a loss to think of anyone this century whom I felt the Jets gave up on too soon. I’m in the minority that...
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    The Lakers Reality Show

    How can you look at Magic’s business career and conclude he’s not bright?
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    The Lakers Reality Show

    Ownership is to blame for this imo. If Magic was really the team President, then Pelinka needed to work with him. If Magic was just a figurehead, then it shouldn’t be a big deal that Pelinka went around him. Either arrangement could be fine, but it was incumbent on ownership to establish clear...
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    Celtics on-off numbers

    Agree that the numbers confirm the emerging SoSH consensus that Baynes is underrated. (Yes, you’ve won us over!) My eyes tell me Theis has some glaring deficiencies but can be used productively against opponents/lineups that aren’t equipped to exploit those deficiencies. These numbers don’t...
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    Celtics on-off numbers

    I hadn’t seen these numbers before. Here’s the net on-off for the eight guys who played at least 45% of the team’s minutes. (This excludes guys like Baynes, Theis, and Wanamaker who put up good numbers but either missed loads of time to injury or were used very selectively.) Tatum +4.8 Kyrie...
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    The 2nd Season - 2019 Playoff Thread

    Very close call on Giannis’s 6th, but I feel like that’s usually called a block in the NBA.
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    Game 4 - Bruins @ Canes

    Does Yankees/Devils count?
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    Game 4 - Bruins @ Canes

    I love the tradition of no one touching the conference championship trophy.