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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #180 on: July 07, 2010, 09:56:22 PM »
Actually, they can still have enough space for LeBron if they get rid of Beasley and thanks to the addition $2 million in cap space. But it would have to be a roster of league minimums for the rest of the spots, and that roster would be so top heavy that if any of the three get injuries, they're totally fucked.

Quality problem, and one that affects every other contender too. Think LA wins without Kobe or Pau?

Some pretty good players take the league minimum every year. That's a trend that will only increase next year. One year to re-tool for the Heat, max, then utter domination.
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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #181 on: July 07, 2010, 10:05:18 PM »
Bosh, LeBron and Wade on one team? Then even more players the next season? Dear lord.
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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #182 on: July 07, 2010, 10:07:00 PM »
This is Riley's bid to out-do Jerry West. If he signs all 3 of those guys in their primes, he goes down as the greatest GM of the salary cap era, most likely.
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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #183 on: July 08, 2010, 12:40:15 AM »
Ray Allen re-ups with the Celtics. 2 years. 20 million dollars.

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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #184 on: July 08, 2010, 01:50:10 AM »
@chadfordinsider Miami Thrice RT @Chris_Broussard Sources w/knowledge of situation saying LeBron will join Wade & Bosh in Miami, barring late change of heart 4 minutes ago

on like donkey kong?
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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #185 on: July 08, 2010, 01:52:24 AM »
That would be his best option as things are now, I'd say.  It's a bummer for me as a Cavs fan, but I'll still avidly watch that Heat team as much as possible next year if true.  They'll be fucking fun to watch.
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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #186 on: July 08, 2010, 01:53:36 AM »
Absolutely. They'd be fun to watch with me at PG and you at center :lol
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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #187 on: July 08, 2010, 02:12:08 AM »
That team would destroy everyone, holy fuck
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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #188 on: July 08, 2010, 02:20:02 AM »
Just blow up the NBA if that happens.
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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #189 on: July 08, 2010, 02:32:12 AM »
Remember when LeBron's wingman was Ricky Davis? Darius Miles? He would be in hog heaven with those two guys to pass to.

The biggest problem would getting a serviceable center, because Bosh does not like to get his hands too dirty. Still, those 3 could play most teams 3 on 5 and still come out OK.
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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #190 on: July 08, 2010, 02:39:13 AM »
That team sort of makes it hard for the rest of the league to win for awhile. I think they could get enough ring chasers to take tiny contracts to fill out the team. I think it would be an interesting experiment to surround the three with NBDL guys and see how far they could push the superstar rules and advantages.

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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #191 on: July 08, 2010, 02:40:21 AM »
What's the status of Shaq?  Maybe the Heat can get him back as a center  :lol
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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #192 on: July 08, 2010, 02:55:39 AM »
Just blow up the NBA if that happens.
yeah, this
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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #193 on: July 08, 2010, 03:16:22 AM »
What's the status of Shaq?  Maybe the Heat can get him back as a center  :lol

He's a free agent but he's not going to sign for the league minimum, unless i'm very much mistaken. He has his own rings already. I actually have no idea where he's going to sign, but Miami will need someone to guard Dwight Howard at some point.
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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #194 on: July 08, 2010, 03:22:39 AM »
I actually didn't care about Free Agency too much, because I thought the chances of a superteam really happening with everyone wanting to get money before the CBA of doom came were pretty low. My only interest was a NBA landscape open enough for the Kings to come in and be players for rings.

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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #195 on: July 08, 2010, 03:25:57 AM »
The Kings cleaned up in the draft for the 2nd straight year, and didn't do anything distinguished mentally-challenged with their money, isn't that good enough for you?
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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #196 on: July 08, 2010, 03:39:01 AM »
Yay for being in the same division as Miami and Orlando.  As if I could hate my expansion brethren even more, they pull this shit.

Fuck you Miami Heat! 
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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #197 on: July 08, 2010, 03:39:30 AM »
And they can pursue Al Horford after this season to give them a pretty sick lineup, but I want a championship!

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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #198 on: July 08, 2010, 03:49:03 AM »
And they can pursue Al Horford after this season to give them a pretty sick lineup, but I want a championship!

Ask Dick Bavetta for it back
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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #199 on: July 08, 2010, 08:43:20 AM »
There is a part of me that would both hate and be intrigued by Lebron going to Miami.

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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #200 on: July 08, 2010, 09:00:44 AM »
I will say that if he goes to Miami the part that tickles me most is Amare Stoudemire. It's like high school where a kid tries to get into the cool clique and they just blow him off.

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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #201 on: July 08, 2010, 09:02:27 AM »
If James ends up in Miami, they still need to find an adequate supporting cast. The trio combined for an around 80 points last year. It would be hard to assume that they can share the ball enough to go for 30, 26, and 24 while on the same team. Even if they could, they need to find 25-30 more points per night from somewhere, but realistically, they'll need to find 40 points.

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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #202 on: July 08, 2010, 09:09:24 AM »
Wade and Lebron together would be nuclear.

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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #203 on: July 08, 2010, 10:08:39 AM »
If James ends up in Miami, they still need to find an adequate supporting cast. The trio combined for an around 80 points last year. It would be hard to assume that they can share the ball enough to go for 30, 26, and 24 while on the same team. Even if they could, they need to find 25-30 more points per night from somewhere, but realistically, they'll need to find 40 points.

This team will also be a defensive powerhouse, btw - LeBron and Wade are the best defenders at their positions, pretty much. You could argue for a few specialists who only play 10 mins a game, but I think they're the best. Hence, like the Celtics, they could win games in the 80s if they had to. But it seriously won't be hard for the scrubbiest of scrubs to get their points off the kind of looks they'll get with those 3 spacing the floor.

I actually think the team will be a lot more fun to watch if the scrubs are really weak - it'll give other teams a chance. Like kryptonite.
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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #204 on: July 08, 2010, 10:27:09 AM »
Wade and Lebron together would be nuclear.
I don't like it, but if that's what has to be done to silence Laker fans, then so be it.

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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #205 on: July 08, 2010, 11:22:50 AM »
I still can't believe he's getting a damn special to announce his decision.  What an ego maniac attention whore.

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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #206 on: July 08, 2010, 01:37:26 PM »
Apparently ESPN is having a three-hour-long Sportscenter before the hour special tonight?
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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #207 on: July 08, 2010, 01:43:10 PM »
I still can't believe he's getting a damn special to announce his decision.  What an ego maniac attention whore.

Blame the media.  They are the ones who made Lebron's free agency the sports event of the year while criticizing him for being an attention grabbing egomaniac. 

The meltdown in LA is hilarious though.  Lakers fans are pissed that Kobe only got so much attention when he didn't understand that no really means no. 

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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #208 on: July 08, 2010, 01:55:34 PM »
So how many hours till that dumb ass special?
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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #209 on: July 08, 2010, 02:00:09 PM »
So how many hours till that dumb ass special?
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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #210 on: July 08, 2010, 02:01:48 PM »
My dream would be for LeBron to go to the Heat and not click and just limp into the playoffs.  A man can dream. :'(

If LeBron went to the "Dream Team" and then they choked in the playoff, that would be the schadenfreude of the century.
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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #211 on: July 08, 2010, 02:08:56 PM »
So how many hours till that dumb ass special?
7 hours left

so like 4 am over here, basically 20 minutes past my bed time. I guess I'l watch.
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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #212 on: July 08, 2010, 03:38:31 PM »
My dream would be for LeBron to go to the Heat and not click and just limp into the playoffs.  A man can dream. :'(
I can't believe it but I would actually root for the Lakers if an eventual Lebron lead Heat team faces them in Finals.

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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #213 on: July 08, 2010, 04:41:16 PM »
There's room on the Miami Heat bandwagon. :D
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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #214 on: July 08, 2010, 05:41:38 PM »
sorry guys, lebron chose houston

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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #216 on: July 08, 2010, 08:03:08 PM »
nice cravat, lebron-chan

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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #217 on: July 08, 2010, 08:37:17 PM »
Jermaine O’neal signs with celts. Boston is really going for a certain kind of post peak player on the decline.


http://www.heraldnews.com/sports/professional_sports/x1609357365/Starved-for-frontcourt-help-Celtics-sign-Jermaine-ONeal

Haywood resigns with Mavs for $55M

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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #218 on: July 08, 2010, 08:50:51 PM »
Haywood better step up his game next season.
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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #219 on: July 08, 2010, 08:58:17 PM »
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« Reply #220 on: July 08, 2010, 09:01:11 PM »
It begins. This is probably how baby-boomers felt when they sat around their televisions watching man walk on the moon.
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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #221 on: July 08, 2010, 09:01:24 PM »
lol @ this voice-over, wtf
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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #222 on: July 08, 2010, 09:03:30 PM »
It begins. This is probably how baby-boomers felt when they sat around their televisions watching man walk on the moon.

Where were you when JFK was shot?
Where were you when man walked on the moon?
Where were you when LeBron made up his mind?

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« Reply #223 on: July 08, 2010, 09:04:24 PM »
Where were you when Himuro went to the park?
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« Reply #224 on: July 08, 2010, 09:04:38 PM »
That opening was ridiculous. ESPN is so self-absorbed.

Fuck Stewart Scott.
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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #225 on: July 08, 2010, 09:04:54 PM »
lol @ this voice-over, wtf

Deep black man voice means serious business.

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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #226 on: July 08, 2010, 09:06:26 PM »
Wow. 

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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #227 on: July 08, 2010, 09:07:44 PM »
It'll be funny if he's like "I'm staying with the Cavs!" and then tomorrow he's like "Eh, I changed my mind, I'm signing with Miami."
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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #228 on: July 08, 2010, 09:07:51 PM »
I admit it. I want him to join the heat. Watching him and Wade and Bosh play would be fascinating.

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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #229 on: July 08, 2010, 09:10:25 PM »
I am a bit interested in seeing how well a team with three great players does when the remaining nine players are all complete schlubs.
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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #230 on: July 08, 2010, 09:10:46 PM »
I'm still surprised Miami can handle all these contracts.

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« Reply #231 on: July 08, 2010, 09:11:45 PM »
OMG . . . photoshops.
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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #232 on: July 08, 2010, 09:12:08 PM »
I am a bit interested in seeing how well a team with three great players does when the remaining nine players are all complete schlubs.

The Lakers seemed to do pretty well with it.


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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #233 on: July 08, 2010, 09:13:08 PM »
He's going to Hattiesburg to work out with Brett Favre. He's going to be tight end next year for the Vikings.

Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #234 on: July 08, 2010, 09:13:27 PM »
Teams no longer need depth. This isn't the 60s, 70s, or 80s.
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« Reply #235 on: July 08, 2010, 09:14:32 PM »


To be fair, ESPN is only devoting an hour to Lebron; they devote each summer to Favre.
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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #236 on: July 08, 2010, 09:16:12 PM »
Maybe Favre will sign with Miami.

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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #237 on: July 08, 2010, 09:17:28 PM »
btw I also don't give a fuck about how sad Cleveland fans are. I hate when they pull this shit like I should care.

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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #238 on: July 08, 2010, 09:17:55 PM »
He should go to Europe and just to blow everybody's mind.
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Re: NBA Off-season Thread of Thursday Lebron ESPN Specials
« Reply #239 on: July 08, 2010, 09:19:12 PM »
Officially, for the record, I think it is completely lame and ridiculous that I am watching this.

And yet I am.