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NBA 2018/19 Offseason Discussion Thread

Dead2009

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We didnt have a thread for last season and I dont know how many NBA fans we actually have on the forums but here we go anyway lol. What are you looking forward to? Can Lebron finally overthrow the Warriors?
 

Paper straw fan

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Wow the cobwebs in this thread!

Ok, I am typically pro players vs owners/the league in most instances, but the complaining and temper tantrums towards the referees has to stop. Harden and Paul, the NBA’s equivalent to “let me speak to your manager” guy, make their living seeking out fouls, and have a FIT when ones finally don’t go their way. Coaches and other players, like Durant and Blake Griffin have long since gone too far, and coaches, in an effort to not ‘lose the team’ get in on it too.

Players aren’t given that kind of leeway in any other major sport, and frankly it’s getting where the teams that do the most complaining get the most calls, which feeds it even more. The NBA needs to seriously push back starting next season, maybe not a no-tolerance policy, push towards calling games straight up, with very limited “superstar calls” and even less tolerance of the constant complaining. It’s turning basketball into European soccer (football)
 

Paper straw fan

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Yeah.. at least they got a win in the series.

I was hoping they’d just tank this season. The team they had is mostly older guys who won’t be around when/if they ever get a solid younger core. Oh well
 

Dead2009

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I stopped caring about the NBA years ago and it's funny how the team I supported in the Raptors when Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady were there, finally made the Finals.
 

Dead2009

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The Raptors beat down the Warriors so bad, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson decided they wanted to skip a season to recover 😂
 

scorp16

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Now they have to keep Kawhi. IMO it'd be a mistake for him to leave. The Canadian (and US) endorsement deals alone would be staggering. At 27, he should take the max and stay. He builds up his brand and makes a gazillion dollars. Then after 4 years if he wants to get another huge payday and go to the Clippers at age 31, okay. In 4 years LeBron will be gone and he'll go from being King of the North to King of LA.

BTW - I think the "King" stuff bothers the crap out of LeBron....and I love it.
 

Dad 2 M & M

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So.......Durant couldn't win the big one unless he "joined" Golden State....had to ride Curry's coattails, right? So the Warriors are 1-2 in the Finals WITHOUT Durant, and 2-0 with him.

Curry, after losing to Lebron would have NEVER won another title without Durant..........and Curry even lost to Cleveland.

Never understood why the media seemed to hold Durant in a low regard...and Curry in high regard...Golden State rode Durant's coattails,,,
 

Dead2009

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Saying Curry would of never won another title without Durant is a major stretch. They didn't have him going into the finals....
 

Dad 2 M & M

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Saying Curry would of never won another title without Durant is a major stretch. They didn't have him going into the finals....
You're making my point for me. They didn't have Durant going into the finals, and didn't win.....and Curry wouldn't have won his 2nd and 3rd Title without riding Durant (not the other way around as the media has lead most believe)

There was a second point to that statement, and it pertained to the media's vilifying Durant, almost calling him yellow, comparing him to Karl Malone, and eluding he could never win a title without joining a champion.......so much so his mother had to come to his defense.

My major stretch, might be a bit of a stretch, but I'll stick with my contention was Curry, after losing his 2nd Final appearance to Lebron, probably wouldn't have won the next 2 without Durant. Durant carried Curry......

Let's see what happens now to the Superteam as a 3 year run is usually the most return you get before some serious diminishing returns.

Some of the other Superteams of the past:

- 07 Boston (1 Title) - Pierce, Garnet, and Allen 1st assembled Superteam to win the big one against the other assembled team, the LA Lakers (Malone, Payton, and Kobe).....Doc Rivers is still revered as a great coach because of that team....made it to 2 NBA Finals, Won 1

Miami - Lebron, Bosh, Wade - Went to 5 straight NBA Finals, Won two titles and you could argue had as much success as Golden State's current run....I still wonder if that 1st appearance and loss to Dallas was rigged? The "Dirk is playing defense now" hype started really that Spring

Golden State (current) - 5 Straight NBA Finals appearances, Won 3 (It was really 3 straight Finals, winning 2 after Durant arrived)
 
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