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  1. reggiecleveland

    David Ortiz in Hospital with Gunshot Wound?

    I read that as Mike Wallace. I knew he was a tough interviewer.
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    Old guys playing in different eras

    Toney, like Bird didn't shoot a lot of threes, but he took a ton of tough mid range shots, and made them. The arrival of DJ slowed him a bit, but he was so tough off the dribble. Dr. J (now there's a guy who would struggle today) was not great in the half court, especially as he was in decline...
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    72 Suburbs in Search of a City: Anthony Davis to Los Angeles Lakers

    Old enough? Old enough? If that is old that may explain why we get Jordan put next to Derozan in this forum.
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    6/16 at Balt. Series sweep

    What a great at bat
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    Old guys playing in different eras

    That was me. I was on a summer team and the better guys, would get nba workouts and some went to the league. A guy who eventually played with Charlotte, got called to workout for the Celtics. So this was a guy who played in the nba right after this summer. All the guys said he was going to camp...
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    Old guys playing in different eras

    The rule changes have been positive. The handchecking, etc hid the skills, and put a premium on physical toughness. Guard skills are at premium now so the natural progression has taken place and creativity in that area has improves skills immensely. But, the efficiency of operating it tight...
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    David Ortiz in Hospital with Gunshot Wound?

    Delete if off topic, but this thread makes me think of two things I spoke to family friend (a marine special ops Guy sadly killed in Iraq) about. 1. A huge part of his training was doing relatively simple tasks, loading his weapon, aiming, etc while placed under stressful situations, even...
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    Old guys playing in different eras

    Robinson was the best body and athlete for his time too. Watch vets talk about hi, 'Nice guy" "good team mate" "too unselfish" all euphemisms for soft. There is an "it" stars need and he didn't have it. He was so insanely talented he could get by, but in big matcups, like young Sabonis he...
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    Old guys playing in different eras

    I used to think that about Russell until Ben Wallace was doing so well. Also Russell was a really long 6-10. There is a weird thing in listed heights that they converge around 6-9, maybe 6-10 today. Guys under 6-9 lie to be taller. Guys bigger want to be thought of as skilled. KD for example is...
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    Old guys playing in different eras

    McHale would not doubt be able to pick and pop today. He was hitting a lot of Js at the limit bigs were allowed to shoot 18 feet or so, later in his career. He was a great agile defender and had the much coveted length coaches talk about. He often guarded guys too quick for Bird, and locked up...
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    The 2nd Season - 2019 Playoff Thread

    You don't get it. Stuff that is a foul now was not a foul then. For a while there were only two refs too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWz-EemQKbI...
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    Old guys playing in different eras

    This is my hobby horse, I guess, but I think the game in the after life or a time warp, and you can make two all time teams, you have to include him. He just dominated david robinson in the goodwill games. When I talk to guys that played for Canada in the 8Os and they talk about the best guy...
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    The 2nd Season - 2019 Playoff Thread

    Since we like to use the "No special extra training" to hamper the past teams, I would love to see the pout face or Curry when magic, or Byron Scott, or DJ, or Gary Payton, had a hand on his hip the whole time he had the ball with no call, and when he curled a screen and Horace Grant or Rodman...
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    MIA JBJ

    Judging a ball and a hit pitch are quite different. Fisrt of all judging the ball, despite how quickly JBJ does it , is a slower process, also the distance from the ball, angle, etc, different too. I imagine with my old eyes I would use different lenses in my glasses to play Of than hit. I am...
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    MIA JBJ

    I am happy it is going well, but JBJ has figured it out is like a February "best shape of his life" story. It seemed he figured it out in the 2nd half last year, he credited JD, etc.
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    The 2nd Season - 2019 Playoff Thread

    But the skills of playing in traffic, post moves, are far worse, because they have no value. The elimination of the hand check, 1st on the ball then off the ball has been far more significant than the rule changes.
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    The 2nd Season - 2019 Playoff Thread

    This is exactly the thing, and why recency bias is a big problem. With 80s rules and reffing the Magic?Kareem Lakers and Bird Celtics would crush the Warriors, with 90s handchecking and off the ball holding Curry may not even be a great player, which is one reason that era had to change the...
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    The 2nd Season - 2019 Playoff Thread

    Let's get back to the team that won. Though the narrative will be they won because of injury, some credit is due. The Toronto media has been full on Shank/curse mode for years. Lowry, and Nurse were getting killed the last few days. Lowry came out and played great. There were some terrible...
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    MIA JBJ

    https://youtu.be/kDBPeRqi3v0
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    6/13 Vs Tex. Two in a row

    Good lord this is a bad team