Bill Simmons. Read his Grantland article. He does a great job of dissecting the decision.
I don't like the Bulls at all, but Noah and Gasol should be fun to watch.
Am I the only one who fucking hates Bill Simmons?
Simmons is a good NBA historian, and that's about it.
His articles are pretty tired nowadays, but he brought us Grantland which has a bunch of better writers to read, so I give him props for that.
Did you read the McConnaughey Emmy acceptance speech that was posted this week. That Shit was hilarious.
Simmons' articles are decent but as an on-camera analyst he's so insufferable. But yeah he's not nearly as bad as Broussard and his endless mystery "sources" for bogus signing rumors and meetings, aka himself.
ESPN/ABC sucks in general, they're all puppets. I like Doug Collins, and that's about it besides the coveted Hubie Brown when he gets a rare slot.
I am not sure how to feel about this, it is similar emotions to when we signed Boozer. We swung for the fences and missed on the big names and grabbed a consolation prize that is very good player but questionable fit. To me there's players out there who I would have taken first but I am not upset as I have always rated Pau. I just hope Taj Gibson is cool with this.
At least there has been a flurry of activity instead of the random conjecture of the last few weeks, some really interesting moves being made. I am still confused by why the fuck Isiaah Thomas went to PHX though?
Indiana is imploding. They're now even getting worse in the offseason. Charlotte, with the signing of Lance Stephenson, is looking like a top-five team in the East.
I'ma ball at the mall shuttin' down the sea wall
Today I watched the Pau Gasol introductory presser and I immediately see why he is so respected as a person over and above his rep as a player. I haven't really paid any attention to him off the court and it is nice to see such a smart, engaging and humble professional athlete.
Gruesome injury to Paul George tonight in the Team USA game.
That's terrible. He had such a polarizing season last year and it was his time to possibly step up to elite status with Lance gone. Looks like his year is definitely done.
I'ma ball at the mall shuttin' down the sea wall
Can't believe what happened last night. Guess the east is Cleveland's, especially since K-Love to Cle is all but openly confirmed.
Paul George's injury just further cements next year's ECF showdown; Bulls vs Cavs.
I think both Washington and Charlotte can make big leaps in the standings. I could see both of those squads finishing in the top five in the east this year.
The Wall / Beal backcourt is only going to get better and the addition of Pierce gives them a much needed experienced veteran and is an upgrade over Ariza, even if he's at the end of his career. I think they overpaid to retain Gortat, but his presence on the court certainly benefits their interior.
The Hornets are interesting. They have a lot of young pieces. Kemba, MKG, Vonleh, Zeller and Biyombo are all very talented, developing youngsters. The addition of Stephenson could be what puts them into the top four or five of the East. That young core plus Al Jefferson can be competitive.
The Wizards still have Nene too, huh? That starting lineup is pretty solid.
I have a good feeling about tonite.
1. Oklahoma City
2. San Antonio
4. LA Clippers
8. New Orleans
OKC over New Orelans
San Antonio over Houston
Portland over Dallas
Golden State over LA
OKC over Golden State
Portland over San Antonio
OKC over Portland
Cleveland over Miami
Washington over Brooklyn
Chicago over Atlanta
Toronto over Charlotte
Cleveland over Toronto
Chicago over Washington
Cleveland over Chicago
NBA Champion: Cleveland Cavaliers
I am biased, but fuck it.
As far as my standings, I like OKC to reclaim the top spot out West. The Spurs are still a contender, but they've never won back to back titles and I don't think that starts now. Durant just turned 26 and is coming off an MVP season. Their roster is well constructed and I can see them unseating the Spurs in the West. I also picked Portland ahead of the Clippers because I believe that Portland's roster is better constructed from top to bottom. I believe Lillard is the most underrated point guard in the NBA and Aldridge is looking for a big payday. I have them upsetting the Spurs in the second round. They can spread the floor well and have a strong, defensive minded center to round out their lineup. I like calling upsets and this is what I came up with this year.
In the East, I think Cleveland is the clear favorite and I don't think it's a close second. The Bulls are being handed one of the top two spots, but I am not impressed with their roster to the point where I think they will challenge the Cavs. in fact, I have Washington surprisingly finishing ahead of them. Wall and Beal provide one of the best young backcourts in the NBA with Nene and Gortat providing one of the better frontlines in the east. Pierce is an upgrade over Ariza even at this point of his career. It will be close, but I think the Wizards leapfrog Chicago by a hair. When they meet in the playoffs, however, the game slows down and I think Thibs can out-coach Wittman.
Stephenson helps Charlotte make the jump but the rest of the East is a crapshoot. I think Miami is going to fall to the eighth seed due to lack of healthy talent.
Noah, and Gasol are going to be filthy. If D-Rose is a shell of his former self, you're going to have your hands full.
Now that baseball is over I was just thinking about basketball for the first time since April. Well here we go:
East Finals: Cavaliers over the Bulls in 6
8. Trail Blazers
West Finals: Spurs over the Mavericks in 7
NBA Champion: Spurs. People will then question if Lebron can ever beat the Spurs
MVP: Kevin Durant
Defensive: Tyson Chandler
6th man: Taj Gibson