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  1. cheech13

    The Bill Simmons Thread

    The Pacers made the ECF and wouldn’t have been a top 7 team in the west. It doesn’t diminish the Celtics accomplishment to acknowledge that the East was generally terrible this year.
  2. cheech13

    The Bill Simmons Thread

    Ok, but Tatum did suck. That’s part of the analysis of the game. I guess you could say he could’ve softened that a bit given the other stuff Tatum did but this thread is full of examples of people saying RR hedges too much without a strong opinion.
  3. cheech13

    The Bill Simmons Thread

    Sometimes I feel like I’m listening to a completely different podcast than the rest of you. Bill and Ryen spent an entire segment absolutely trashing Kyrie and how bad he played in the game, how he took the Mavs out of their rhythm and chucked up bad shots. RR then made a tongue in cheek...
  4. cheech13

    2023-2024 General NBA Season Thread

    Maybe I’m wrong but this feels like it’ll end up similar to when the Lakers and Kobe pursued Coach K, or the Cavs with Tom Izzo.
  5. cheech13

    Best guard tandems

    Before my time, but I always thought Elgin Baylor was considered a forward.
  6. cheech13

    Best guard tandems

    Is it any more talented than Harden/Kyrie from three years ago? I guess that backcourt only won playoff round instead of two.
  7. cheech13

    2023-2024 General NBA Season Thread

    Kerr is a good coach but I’ll always remember Ty Lue absolutely eating his lunch in the 2016 Finals.
  8. cheech13

    The Bill Simmons Thread

    I thought it was going to be the part where he said Tatum isn’t cool (which I think is fair).
  9. cheech13

    The Bill Simmons Thread

    I listened to the pod and didn’t catch anything absurd. Which part are you referencing?
  10. cheech13

    Western Conference Finals: Minnesota Timberwolves (3) vs Dallas Mavericks (5)

    Why win titles when you can horde extra first round picks and lose in the second round? Forgive me if I don’t understand why the architect of 2 of the 3 best teams in the NBA wouldn’t be considered great at that job? Because he “lost” the Gobert trade?
  11. cheech13

    Western Conference Finals: Minnesota Timberwolves (3) vs Dallas Mavericks (5)

    Wait, is the argument that Connelly is not one of the best GMs in basketball? He put together last year’s champ in Denver, and then went to Minnesota and constructed the perfect team to beat them, and may get another chip in the process. I’d take him over almost anybody to be my GM.
  12. cheech13

    Western Conference Finals: Minnesota Timberwolves (3) vs Dallas Mavericks (5)

    In a vaccuum I like Mitchell better, but I can just envision a scenario where he gets in the way of Edwards, and KAT mopes around in the front court on defense, and the end result is an offense and defense that are both much worse than they are now.
  13. cheech13

    2023-2024 General NBA Season Thread

    Levert, Strus, Okoro, Niang and Wade are all perfectly competent NBA rotation players. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say Cleveland is the second most talented roster in the East, but the on court has been mostly meh the last two years. JB might not be the problem but I also don’t think he was...
  14. cheech13

    2023-2024 General NBA Season Thread

    Probably because they’ve drastically underachieved, Mobley hasn’t progressed, and they can’t figure out how to play their four best players at the same time. I’m surprised they didn’t do this last year, TBH.
  15. cheech13

    NBA formalizing deals with Disney, Amazon, NBC that would begin with the 2025-26 season

    Doing some very rough back of the napkin math here, does this mean that cap could go up more than $78,000,000 per year? That’s $7.4B less the $2.7B they currently get, multiplied by .5 and divided amongst 30 teams.
  16. cheech13

    Western Conference Finals: Minnesota Timberwolves (3) vs Dallas Mavericks (5)

    Kyrie has baggage but I don’t think it’s fair to put 100% of the blame on him for requesting a trade out of Cleveland. By all accounts David Griffin was shooing him as soon as the 2017 Finals ended and wound have shipped him out on draft day if he didn’t get fired.
  17. cheech13

    OKC Thunder (1) vs Dallas Mavericks (5) - 2024 WC Second Round

    Bravo. This is still my biggest hang up about Presti as a GM. He’s really good at drafting and acquiring assets but his team building has always left something to be desired.
  18. cheech13

    OKC Thunder (1) vs Dallas Mavericks (5) - 2024 WC Second Round

    Zach Lowe opined on his podcast that the Thunder had no interest in Gafford or any other big because they only want play five out.
  19. cheech13

    2024 NBA Draft

    They probably would have closed the deal on Jason Kidd in 2003 and won a similar amount.
  20. cheech13

    2024 NBA Draft

    In 2017 I was obsessing over the draft because the Blazers had three picks and I thought it was their shot to put a title team around Dame. I had settled on wanting Anunoby, Jarrett Allen and Josh Hart or Jordan Bell, and we came away with Zach Collins and Caleb Swanigan. I was just devastated.