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  1. Smokey Joe

    2024 Playoffs Eastern Conference First Round: (2) New York Knicks vs (7) Philadelphia 76ers

    The idea that Embiid not being able to work on his conditioning every summer because he was recovering from injury every fricking year is possible but it makes my head hurt. I’m not ready to research this tonight.
  2. Smokey Joe

    2024 Playoffs Eastern Conference First Round: (2) New York Knicks vs (7) Philadelphia 76ers

    I agree and disagree. I think that his MVP type play has more to do with the Sixers hiring a competent coach OR Embiid actually listening to the coach. He has been surrounded by a lot of talent in his career and he has failed to drag them past the second round. He gets injured and/or cannot keep...
  3. Smokey Joe

    2024 Playoffs Eastern Conference First Round: (2) New York Knicks vs (7) Philadelphia 76ers

    I wonder if anyone has told him that the time to bust his ass for the team is in the off season so that he is less likely to be injured and out of breath in the playoffs.
  4. Smokey Joe

    April 21, 2024: Beat the Heat

    I want Butler to pull a Willis Reed, hobble back on the court to play in game 4 down 3-0 and then get stomped on the way to a Celtics 30 point win.
  5. Smokey Joe

    2023-2024 General NBA Season Thread

    Hey! Jrue shoots 60% from the corners.
  6. Smokey Joe

    2023-24 Celtics

    Now that the post season is here and the talking heads are forced to talk about the Celtics (Besides breathlessly reporting on last minute losses). I still have not heard this being mentioned on any podcasts or in any columns. I think it’s good but most of the blogosphere seems to think it’s...
  7. Smokey Joe

    2024 Playoffs Western Conference First Round: (3) Minnesota Timberwolves vs (6) Phoenix Suns

    This is kind of like dieting. It doesn’t matter what diet you use, if you start paying attention to what and how much you eat, you’re going to lose weight. If you start working on your footwork and paying attention to your decision making, you’re going to get better no matter what pseudoscience...
  8. Smokey Joe

    Tatum or Ant?

    You know….there is a difference between complaining about players and complaining about how the media treats the players.
  9. Smokey Joe

    Tatum or Ant?

    And their team is in 7th place in the East and has to navigate the play-in. Do you think that they may have been in a better position if they hadn’t built their offense around maximizing their beast? Are you going to base your season on Embiid being healthy?
  10. Smokey Joe

    Tatum or Ant?

    Thank you. One of the things that has bugged me this post season is the lionization of Embiid because he has averaged more then a point per minute. This puts him with the likes of perennial NBA “champion” Wilt Chamberlain. It doesn’t take much thought to realize that you get to averaging a...
  11. Smokey Joe

    Team USA 2024

    And I think that it contained one player who fell off the Celtics radar in Myles Turner. I always found it fascinating that Danny wanted nothing to do with Turner during the Hayward trade negotiation. I can’t imagine that his coach and his four best players weren’t fine with that.
  12. Smokey Joe

    Tatum or Ant?

    One of the joys(?) of the last few weeks of the season is that one gets to listen to podcasts where they will list players who they think should be all-NBA or MVP or who the would like to build around going forward. Then they will list the qualities that they are looking for like Durability…...
  13. Smokey Joe

    Wembanyamarama

    Yao ming, Shawn Bradley…Porzingis? You’re absolutely right, being really tall doesn’t mean that you are destined to have your career damaged by injuries, but I think that starting every discussion about Wemby’s future with “if he stays healthy” is justified.
  14. Smokey Joe

    Wembanyamarama

    Ok. Greg Oden, Pervis Ellison, Sam Bowie…
  15. Smokey Joe

    Wembanyamarama

    Bill Walton and Ralph Sampson say “Hi”
  16. Smokey Joe

    Brad Stevens: President of Basketball Ops

    Thank you for the drive by Pulp Fiction reference. Your reward is a Royale with cheese.
  17. Smokey Joe

    Playoff Fear Factor: Which EC team is your top concern?

    Miami because they are the most likely to injure one of our top 6 before the get eliminated.
  18. Smokey Joe

    Wembanyamarama

    Not to mention that it would allow the fans to check to see if the balls are properly inflated.
  19. Smokey Joe

    2023-2024 General NBA Season Thread

    Ummm…. I’m not too sure about some of this. He (or his representatives) did an awful lot of leaking details and planting stories to make him look like the victim. So when he finally decided to keep his yap shut, it was probably forced. As was his “contrite things”. Losing his relationship and...