The World Cup post is till active, I’ll save any match activity comments for over there, but I did want to include this separately;

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I don’t think this is a surprise to anyone. The rest of the world needs a direct introduction to the recent phenomenon of #metoo. Sure, most of this will be dismissed as fan revelry, a communal celebration of shared exuberance, a party where overt testosterone fed enthusiasm must be overlooked or at least mitigated for the good of the cause. OK, we get it, but pretend like your mom is watching and act like a mensch. Acting appropriately is the best way to celebrate your team’s achievements.

They had the NBA draft last week; I didn’t watch it, never watch any drafts live, but take a peek the next day. Nothing is ever guaranteed, one pick will not make any team demonstrably better, especially fresh out of college, and unlike the NFL, kids coming into the NBA are less ready both mentally and physically. The one and done’s who draft high can buy mom that nice house she always wanted, but more times than not struggle with the brutal physicality that is the NBA. Not only is everyone big and strong (6-8 guards, really?) but any minimal deficiency will limit playing time and be exploited by the opposing team.

The biggest (and most exciting) wildcard for me is Luka Doncic. Luka is this European phenom who it is said will cause people to say ,”Dirk who?”. I admit that I know nothing about this kid outside of his stat sheet. Supposedly he has a good attitude and wants to learn, he will need both, the Euroleague is double A compared to the NBA. I can’t help it but the Ricky Rubio comparisons are unavoidable.

Another wild card, Trey Young. I did watch a few of his games, streaky, and very small. He set the Big Eight Conference on fire the first half of the season, then came back down to earth. I see him getting pick and rolled to death, literally getting swatted by bigger guards. A few more pounds wouldn’t hurt either.

Deandre Ayton and Marvin Bagley III are ready right out of the gate, they will help their teams bag at least 10 more games a season.

Good news for Santino and Kevin, The Pistons secured Dwane Casey as their head coach, no doubt he and the rest of the team are hoping Lebron goes to L.A.

We can talk Lebron if you want. As mentioned before in an earlier post, I hope he stays in Cleveland. I hear there is a disgruntled guard in San Antonio that is looking for a new home. Adding Kawhi to the roster would go a long way in having Lebron stay put.

So if not Cleveland, where? He ain’t going to Houston. Philly is very intriguing, they are ready to win now, something on Lebron’s must have list. I see James, Embiid, and Simmons just as deadly as James, Wade, and Bosh, maybe more so.

There is also rumblings about L.A., Lebron already owns a few houses there, has the acting bug, and would fit in nicely with that lifestyle. But he is not coming without some carpool buddies. There are lots to choose from and Magic is not shy about opening up his wallet. Chris Paul, Isaiah Thomes, Paul George, DeAndre Jordan, Demarcus Cousins, any two of these dangled in front of Lebron with even just a matching Cleveland offer would probably be enough.

We can talk NFL if so inclined, although I am so far from even thinking about football now.. Edleman is fighting his 4 game PED suspension and wants it reduced; given how much Goodell hates the Patriots, not a chance.

Is Andrew Luck finally going to throw a football in practice?

Will Drew Brees break the all time passing yardage mark by Halloween?

Will Julio Jones (the best WR in the NFL) end his holdout with Atlanta, who will blink first?

Anything else sports related, let’s here it.

 

18 comments

  1. I’ve been following this, despite a self loathing for doing so. I mean, this really is soap opera tabloids for us sports guys, but I can’t help it. I get dragged in.

    My very first hunch is Lebron was going to Lakers. How could he not? If you look at his history, he goes to a team that cleans the closet out for him, offers a pile of money to him and the cast of his choosing. The team with the most cap room right now is the Lakers. they can sign two max contracts, and with a little trimming, they can make it three.

    It was a lock.

    Then the news started to spill this week.

    The Spurs don’t want to deal Leonard to the western conference, understandably so. Leonard was one of the key chess pieces in the Lebron superteam sweepstakes. Now I’m hearing that Paul George might want another bite at the apple and stay with the Thunder.

    Now it’s complicated.

    I think we’re at a coin flip between staying with the cvts or coming to LA. I don’t think Philly has made an intriguing enough offer yet.

    Here’s the caveat to this decision, maybe one only one of our other experts like kevinmkr can answer: if you’re Lebrun do you stay in the eastern conference, sign with a (possibly) lesser team knowing you can get to the finals overtime?and who knows, maybe there is an injury or Belichek decides to bench a pivotal player and hand you a ring?

    ORrrrr, do you go to the west coast and face the Warriors STRAIGHT UP? If you can beat them the ring is yours in the next round.

    Adding further complication to this, is even if Bron goes to LA with his band of role players, I hear Dwight Howard might be released from his contract in Brooklyn only to sign a veteran’s minimum in Oakland for a ring. If you’re Lebron you’d need an impactful center to go along with your shooters just to compete.

  2. if you’re Lebrun do you stay in the eastern conference, sign with a (possibly) lesser team knowing you can get to the finals overtime?

    Right now I think it is all about rings. His stats right now are equivalent to MJ, what will put him over the top is championships. I don’t think it matters whether East Coast or West, what cast of players will allow him to win now?

    I hear Dwight Howard might be released from his contract in Brooklyn only to sign a veteran’s minimum in Oakland for a ring.

    This is the first I’ve heard of this, interesting. Normally I would not recommend it, why mess with perfection? Do you remember the 2003-2004 season where Gary Payton and Karl Malone (2 HOFers who wanted to close out their careers with a ring) went to the Lakers? It didn’t work out so well. Kerr could make it work but Howard would need to subordinate his role as a bench player, is he up for that?

  3. Anyone up for some baseball news?

    I like baseball, after September. I will watch the all star game and the WS. It helps when a local team is in the mix, not likely here in the Bay Area this year. Is there a team you like?

  4. Well, not so fast there. Conference is important. Lebron wouldn’t have even made the finals this year if he were in the western conference. He was able to coast all the way to Oakland and keep his powder dry precisely because he knew he was in the easier conference.

    So, is there a strategy to just keep on meeting Oakland in the finals, maybe fate or injury will deal you a winning hand? Or do you take the hard road knowing that if you can slug it out in the West, the ring is yours, but you might not make the finals at all?

    And, yes the rumor mill is Dwight to Oakland possibly on a veteran’s minimum. I think that would be a no-brainer because Kerr can deal with personalities, and if Howard starts acting up you can throw him on the bench, replace him with either Bell or green.

    Buuuuut, if you can get Lebron to Los Angeles, you can cut brook lopez (opening up some cap room), and sign Dwight on a redemption contract at a veteran’s minimum. Dwight has averaged a double double every year he’s in the league, his issue has been engagement:

    Maybe Lebron or durant could get his head in the game. For sure, any team hoping to beat golden state right now knows they can be folded like a towel at the center position. Anthony Davis proved that by himself.

  5. Good news for Santino and Kevin, The Pistons secured Dwane Casey as their head coach

    Not bad getting the coach of the year. I still don’t think the Raptors made the right decision. I sense a big drop in the standings for Toronto this season.

    Buuuuut, if you can get Lebron to Los Angeles, you can cut brook lopez (opening up some cap room), and sign Dwight on a redemption contract at a veteran’s minimum. Dwight has averaged a double double every year he’s in the league, his issue has been engagement:

    I can’t imagine that the lure for LeBron would be to play alongside Howard. After the team LeBron endured this season, why the hell would he want to have Howard dragging him around, hanging on his coattails for a season?

    Now a team with Simmons, Embiid, and LeBron? That to me is scary.

  6. I think the allure of philly is premature. I think Simmons is a physical specimen, and embiid is full of heart (and high IQ, AND he’s a physical freak) but let’s not forget their record post the trade deadline was almost entirely against below .500 teams. Their playoff performance was a total hype train, and I loved every minute of it (even when Meek Mill made a game right after prison release) but Miami gave them trouble. They couldn’t hack it against a Celtics team that was short staffed, despite having s clear advantage in two skill positions.

    When the rubber met the road they stalled, they isolated and dragged possessions, and in the end a very good case could be made that they wouldn’t have lasted five games with the Celtics without the contributions of saric and bellienelli. That is not exactly turnkey talent.

    Lebron was able to limp the gaggle of flunkies he has in Cleveland to the finals, and I’d bet he’d have beaten philly to get there. So, why would the grass be greener there? He’s clearly demonstrated he only needs a few knock down three point shooters and a rim runner occasionally to make it to the promised land.

    Well, as for Howard I didn’t say it wasn’t a gamble, but if he’s on a veteran’s minimum how could magic refuse? He’s fucking impactful as hell if he engages (he and kemba single handedly beat golden state by more than 20 in the regular season), and the Spurs can only hang onto Leonard for so long. Then, who knows? The Raptors might even deal Lowry or Derozan. McCollum might be up for grabs. Lance Stephenson just got released from his contract. If you build it, they will come.

    What’s been unique about the Lakers bid for Lebron is magic and Pelinka’s insistence that for Lebron anything goes. They are simply cap space and a white board. That’s what got him to Miami, and that’s what got him back to Cleveland. If he’s gonna move, the Lakers have saved the most pennies for the occasion.

  7. I think the allure of philly is premature. I think…

    The question is how much of that goes out the window with LeBron as a teammate? I still think they’d be pretty formidable. Don’t sleep on Boston either, who took Cleveland to 7 games without Hayward and Irving. I also keep hearing LeBron to Boston, not sure how that affects their current roster, but I say that’s an automatic bid into the Finals.

    What’s been unique about the Lakers bid for Lebron is magic and Pelinka’s insistence that for Lebron anything goes.

    I agree this works for LeBron, he seems to like playing the GM role too.

  8. Is there a team you like?

    I don’t have any particular favorite although I’m kind of hoping for a Red Sox/Dodgers series this Fall.

    I do have a soft spot for the Padres having grown up in San Diego despite their perennial bad luck.

  9. Lebron just signed with the Lakers, 4 year contract for $154 mil.

    Magic better get him some help.

  10. You beat me to it, I had to walk the dogs first.

    This is huge, huge, I mean………………….huge. No Lebron hiding under your bed, Boston is shitting bricks. Granted he needs to stay healthy and needs to feel loved in Toronto, a date with the Dubs in the finals would go a long way in doing this.

  11. needs to stay healthy

    That’s the big gamble, plus will he stay next year?

    needs to feel loved in Toronto

    That won’t be an issue. Raptors fans are pretty passionate, although DeRoazan will be sorely missed. He really loved playing in Toronto.

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