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16 minutes ago, Doug B said:

The Pelicans are looking horrendous in comparison with the Saints (they'll ALWAYS be compared to the Saints).

So much excitement after getting the #1 pick, and then Zion coming to town with a slew of young players (plus Reddick). Gayle Benson put up "Won't Bow Down" billboards all over town.

And now ... "Won't Bow Down" looks pretty danged hollow when the team is getting boat-raced every night. Half the team is hurt -- again. Alvin Gentry is apparently made of Teflon. And the Pelicans look like a 65-loss team.

So ... Zion will be several years of playing 30 games or so a season, perpetual knee injuries, and then he'll sign go elsewhere? That's what's coming ... again?

Sorry -- we compare to football. Four games is a quarter of a season ... errr, close enough. 

The Saints turned around with the additions of Sean Payton and Drew Brees, but it took time. The Pelicans now have a great GM and Zion, but it will take time.  This franchise was looking at a really bleak future just a few months ago and things are looking much brighter.  The medical staff is now competent (even above average?) and ownership appears willing to invest in winning.

Don't let a few losses wear you down.  This slow start may be a blessing in disguise.  Rather than expectations shooting through the roof before the team was ready the organization can continue to build the roster the right way. To see what they have without the pressure of win now moves or with Zion being heaped with unfair projections.

I was in attendance for the Pels home opener last Friday and the crowd was into the team despite the disappointment of Zion making his on court appearance with a crutch.  There was real energy and support for the squad, a ton of gear was being worn, and the atmosphere was good.

BTW - I've got a few large 'Won't Bow Down' Pels t-shirts from the game available in trade if anybody else has similar NBA swag from this season to swap.  PM if interested.

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So I've watched 2 Charlotte games do far(I know, why would I put myself through that. They just happened to be televised here.) Rozier has not looked good AT ALL, definitely seeing less of the 2018 Scary Terry and more of the gross 2019 Terry. Not that a lot of peopled loved it but that contract could end up being even more turrible than expected :oldunsure:

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15 minutes ago, trader jake said:

The Saints turned around with the additions of Sean Payton and Drew Brees, but it took time. The Pelicans now have a great GM and Zion, but it will take time.  This franchise was looking at a really bleak future just a few months ago and things are looking much brighter.  The medical staff is now competent (even above average?) and ownership appears willing to invest in winning.

Thanks for the support, trader jake.

I hope the bolded pans out ... but it's looking rough so far (again). On what should the current medical staff be evaluated?

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3 minutes ago, Doug B said:

Thanks for the support, trader jake.

I hope the bolded pans out ... but it's looking rough so far (again). On what should the current medical staff be evaluated?

J.J. Redick was willing to sign there...that's a good start. :) For now I'd say general competency.  Eventually how many players miss games due to soft tissue injuries.  Long-term how many veteran players stay healthy and/or marginal talents come aboard and are productive.  Think Grant Hill/Steve Nash once they got to Phoenix or what some of the unknown Heat players have accomplished the last few seasons.

Note: the only big issue I see is with the coaching staff.  When in doubt they give minutes to the offensive player and the development of younger talent hasn't been there.  Jrue may be the biggest argument against those points though.

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i want my players playing hurt it shows grit in my opinion oh your shoulder is separated well back in my day guys played with no arms so rub some dirt on it and get the h e double hocky sticks back in there take that to the bank brohans 

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2 hours ago, Doug B said:

The Pelicans are looking horrendous in comparison with the Saints (they'll ALWAYS be compared to the Saints).

So much excitement after getting the #1 pick, and then Zion coming to town with a slew of young players (plus Reddick). Gayle Benson put up "Won't Bow Down" billboards all over town.

And now ... "Won't Bow Down" looks pretty danged hollow when the team is getting boat-raced every night. Half the team is hurt -- again. Alvin Gentry is apparently made of Teflon. And the Pelicans look like a 65-loss team.

So ... Zion will be several years of playing 30 games or so a season, perpetual knee injuries, and then he'll sign go elsewhere? That's what's coming ... again?

Sorry -- we compare to football. Four games is a quarter of a season ... errr, close enough. 

Well, he needs some discipline - and the last place one might look to coach discipline is Alvin Gentry - but, if he gets it, NAW is going to be almost as big a star as Zion, healthy or broken. The whole ballguy package, this li'l Hokie, if he ever takes some pleasure in defending.

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4 hours ago, Doug B said:

The Pelicans are looking horrendous in comparison with the Saints (they'll ALWAYS be compared to the Saints).

So much excitement after getting the #1 pick, and then Zion coming to town with a slew of young players (plus Reddick). Gayle Benson put up "Won't Bow Down" billboards all over town.

And now ... "Won't Bow Down" looks pretty danged hollow when the team is getting boat-raced every night. Half the team is hurt -- again. Alvin Gentry is apparently made of Teflon. And the Pelicans look like a 65-loss team.

So ... Zion will be several years of playing 30 games or so a season, perpetual knee injuries, and then he'll sign go elsewhere? That's what's coming ... again?

Sorry -- we compare to football. Four games is a quarter of a season ... errr, close enough. 

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1 hour ago, Long Ball Larry said:

looking forward to tonight's finals preview in Philadelphia

still a Wiggins fan, loving his defense

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Just now, Long Ball Larry said:

I mean I love it when he commits dumb fouls on three point shooting Turks 

when Korkmaz is drawing fouls from you, it is probably time to re-assess your defensive effort. Pleasently pleased that the Sixers are improving on their 33% from wide open 3s

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7 minutes ago, modogg said:

when Korkmaz is drawing fouls from you, it is probably time to re-assess your defensive effort. Pleasently pleased that the Sixers are improving on their 33% from wide open 3s

Still don’t get why he is playing and Zhaire is in G league. 
 

Thybulle is great. 

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I see Cus Cries is losing to the Bucks 40-23. i'd like to hear more about how great positionless basketball is or about Taco Fall's Hall of Fame career.

funny thing is Bucks aren't even using Giannis

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f'n camera work NBA. Joel and KAT go toe to toe and they show us court floor for most of it. Dude fight lions, i'd take Joel

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Jo and KAT got tangled. Jo gave him a nudge. KAT threw a punch.

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2 minutes ago, Insein said:

KAT got mad at Embiid. 

yeah he was pissy. Ben had him locked down, nice chemistry building activity for the big 2.

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Good to see Ben got Jo's back. Had KAT in a choke hold.

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2 minutes ago, Insein said:

Jo and KAT got tangled. Jo gave him a nudge. KAT threw a punch.

Embiid with a sneaky judo trip

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4 minutes ago, Insein said:

Jo and KAT got tangled. Jo gave him a nudge. KAT threw a punch.

feel bad for KAT with that one. His punch looked awfully, awfully poor. My 2 year old daughter throws a tighter jab than that

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Just now, Long Ball Larry said:

that's actually worse for the wolves than the sixers.

Yep.

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Embiid's control of the crowd is impressive. whole crowd is booing, and he turns it instantly into loud cheers

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2 minutes ago, Long Ball Larry said:

that's actually worse for the wolves than the sixers.

glad the officials didn't get shady and try to put something on Ben for his involvement

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if thybulle can stay a main contributor all year, it is huge for the rotation.

push ennis and scott down to 7 and 8 and then still have o'quinn, burke and neto to bolster the C and PG when needed.  very solid.  

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Just now, Long Ball Larry said:

if thybulle can stay a main contributor all year, it is huge for the rotation.

push ennis and scott down to 7 and 8 and then still have o'quinn, burke and neto to bolster the C and PG when needed.  very solid.  

Very impressed with Thybulle so far. Funny how we've had all these high picks that we had to wait on then this guy just comes right in and balls.

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well, if the T-Wolves ever decide to tank a season it seems pretty easy they have the pieces to do it. Just sit KAT

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8 minutes ago, Long Ball Larry said:

pop the kork

it is nice to see him hitting his shots. if he can somehow turn this into some consistency it will certainly be a pleasent surprised

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lol, just looked at bleachreport. their "trending" section has the top 5 stories all about the mini-brawl between KAT and Embiid

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Nets have realized this is a lost year with KD sidelined, so they’re tanking to get a young stud who will make their ‘20-‘21 roster even scarier. Always one step ahead.

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11 minutes ago, Long Ball Larry said:

Imagine if Hayward gets back to full strength this year and opts out.

he probably should as he could be the primo fa this year.  Wow.

that is an interesting idea, and would be interesting to see if Boston would max him again. i think his ceiling is like top 40 player

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14 minutes ago, caustic said:

Nets have realized this is a lost year with KD sidelined, so they’re tanking to get a young stud who will make their ‘20-‘21 roster even scarier. Always one step ahead.

Wow, they could have three firsts.  Dubs pick unlikely to convey I think, but there’s a chance.

how you get that sixers pick from LAC?

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1 hour ago, modogg said:

I see Cus Cries is losing to the Bucks 40-23. i'd like to hear more about how great positionless basketball is or about Taco Fall's Hall of Fame career.

funny thing is Bucks aren't even using Giannis

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Really gritty win by the Celtics, looked awful for most of the first half but fought back in the 3rd

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4 minutes ago, flranger said:

🤣

yeah, i'll give them credit. didn't watch the game, but nice comeback.

guess it just means Sixers are only legit team in the East

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2 minutes ago, modogg said:

yeah, i'll give them credit. didn't watch the game, but nice comeback.

guess it just means Sixers are only legit team in the East

I actually really appreciate your unwavering support of 76ers and hate of Celtics modogg.  It makes the board better having someone who has that passion.  I'm just an NBA fan in general, other than the Magic.

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45 minutes ago, Long Ball Larry said:

Wow, they could have three firsts.  Dubs pick unlikely to convey I think, but there’s a chance.

how you get that sixers pick from LAC?

Thought it was interesting that Woj said on his pod today that he didn’t think the Warriors had any chance at the playoffs this year. But then he turned around and said he thought the Kings would still compete for a spot even after their start, so he’s clearly delusional. 

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1 hour ago, Long Ball Larry said:

Wow, they could have three firsts.  Dubs pick unlikely to convey I think, but there’s a chance.

how you get that sixers pick from LAC?

That was a draft day trade I think. Dealt pick 27 to LAC for the Philly pick.

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Kawhi on load management DNP. 5 more games till PG13 joins the squad.

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1 hour ago, kodycutter said:

Is this for real?   Its 153-152 Rockets over Wizards with a minute left in regulation?

Yeah, I'm disappointed I missed this game.  Cant believe those scores in regulation. 

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Kings at 0-5. 

Dedmon (who is in Year 1 of a 3/40 deal) has already been passed by Richaun Holmes (2yr/10m) in the middle.

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Broken left hand for Curry.

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