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TitusTroy 10-08-2019 11:37 AM

2019-2020 NBA Season thread
 
it's that time of year!...the new NBA season is just 2 weeks away...I haven't been this excited for a new season- ever...with all the player movement over the summer there are so many legit title contenders- Clippers, Lakers, Warriors, Rockets, Sixers, Bucks, Celtics, Utah, Denver etc...and even on the non-contenders there are so many intriguing storylines- Zion and the Pelicans, Ja Morant in Memphis, Doncic/Porzingis pairing in Dallas, Durant/Kyrie in Brooklyn (will Durant play this season?) etc

I think the Sixers are going to make it out of the East...if Embiid stays healthy and Ben Simmons develops any sort of jump shot they will dominate the East...I'm still not a believer in these Milwaukee Bucks...I think the Celtics are going to be sneaky good...as far as the West: I love the Clippers...Kawhi/PG13 added to an already pretty good Clippers squad...their defense is going to be lights out...I hate the Lakers but AD is going to shine in LA playing alongside Lebron...the Warriors are moving into their gorgeous new arena...don't sleep on them, once Klay returns mid-season they have the same core squad that won the title before KD arrived...my sleeper team in the West is Utah...they improved a lot by getting Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic

but I'm going with a Sixers vs Clippers NBA Finals

hopefully the NBA will show more games in 4K this year

TitusTroy 10-08-2019 11:45 AM

regular season starts up on October 22nd with 2 games on TNT: Pelicans at Toronto and Lakers at Clippers (Paul George will not play)

the rest of the national TV schedule for the first few days: October 23rd ESPN: Celtics at Sixers, Denver at Portland

October 24th TNT: Bucks at Rockets, Clippers at Warriors (Warriors open their new stadium, Chase Center)

October 25th ESPN: Dallas at New Orleans, Jazz at Lakers

archiguy 10-08-2019 11:56 AM

Bring it on!

TitusTroy 10-08-2019 12:24 PM

Zion Williamson as electric as ever in NBA preseason debut

There are questions to how good Zion Williamson will be in the NBA...there should be no doubt to how exciting he’ll remain...the Pelicans’ No. 1 overall pick made his NBA preseason debut look like so many evenings at Cameron Indoor Stadium, with the former Duke superstar throwing down a pair of powerfully thrilling dunks in New Orleans’ 133-109 win in Atlanta Monday night...

https://nypost.com/2019/10/08/zion-w...eseason-debut/

cardoski 10-08-2019 12:31 PM

Lakers vs Bucks with Lakers winning.

TitusTroy 10-08-2019 12:51 PM

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Originally Posted by cardoski (Post 58659868)
Lakers vs Bucks with Lakers winning.

noooo!...not the Lakers...anyone but the Lakers...

cardoski 10-08-2019 01:48 PM

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Originally Posted by TitusTroy (Post 58659984)
noooo!...not the Lakers...anyone but the Lakers...

lol, I'm a Celtics fan so this pick doesn't excite me.lol

TitusTroy 10-08-2019 01:50 PM

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Originally Posted by cardoski (Post 58660250)
lol, I'm a Celtics fan so this pick doesn't excite me.lol

I thought you were a Raptors fan based on last years NBA thread?

cardoski 10-08-2019 02:10 PM

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Originally Posted by TitusTroy (Post 58660256)
I thought you were a Raptors fan based on last years NBA thread?

Lived in TO in the late 90s so was easy to cheer for them, grew up a Celtics fan.

gooch02000 10-08-2019 02:16 PM

Well hello, boys

bmcn 10-09-2019 06:07 PM

Executive of the Year - Daryl Morey

TitusTroy 10-12-2019 11:25 AM

Zion Williamson is showing me something in the pre-season...I thought he really needed to develop a jump shot to make it in the pros but so far his athleticism is so off the charts that he's like a baby-Shaq near the basket...like one of the announcers said- he can go over you, through you or around you...the guy is so strong and can contort his body in various ways to get the ball in the basket...

https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/...on-home-opener

JMCecil 10-12-2019 01:10 PM

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Originally Posted by TitusTroy (Post 58677198)
Zion Williamson is showing me something in the pre-season...I thought he really needed to develop a jump shot to make it in the pros but so far his athleticism is so off the charts that he's like a baby-Shaq near the basket...like one of the announcers said- he can go over you, through you or around you...the guy is so strong and can contort his body in various ways to get the ball in the basket...

https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/...on-home-opener

reminds me of a modern Barkley more than Shaq.

TitusTroy 10-12-2019 01:12 PM

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Originally Posted by JMCecil (Post 58677606)
reminds me of a modern Barkley more than Shaq.

I just meant he's physically dominating down low...he's no Shaq...my Zion comparison has always been a Shawn Kemp/Blake Griffin combo

TitusTroy 10-15-2019 04:31 PM

exactly 1 week away from Opening Night!!

every year NBA TV always has previews for all 32 teams...they literally show it in random order for every team pretty much 24 hours a day...each episode is 30 minutes long...they always do a good job with it...it's been airing for the past few weeks and worth checking out if you have NBA TV

archiguy 10-15-2019 05:04 PM

I've watched a bit of the Warriors pre-season. Clearly, the goal is going to be keeping Steph from wearing plumb out. Because until Klay comes back (and let's face it, he may have to miss the whole season), there is not one other dude on that roster who can hit the broad side of a barn. I suppose D-Russ can penetrate and shoot a bit, but he's never had the reputation as a marksman. Good grief - that was their big problem last year and it doesn't look like they did anything to address it. I don't know who any of these new guys are, but I know based on what I've seen so far ain't none of 'em can shoot worth a lick.

Couple that with losing defensive athleticism - that whole shebang is going to fall on Draymond's shoulders now - and it looks like 1) They can't score enough and 2) They won't be able to stop the other guys from scoring, especially in the west with all those newly stacked superstar-laden super-squads.

I still think Steph, Draymond & Kerr will somehow will them into the playoffs, but this is definitely going to be a "rebuilding year" for the Dubs. :(

TitusTroy 10-15-2019 05:14 PM

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Originally Posted by archiguy (Post 58689966)
I still think Steph, Draymond & Kerr will somehow will them into the playoffs, but this is definitely going to be a "rebuilding year" for the Dubs. :(

I see them as a 5-7 seed out West...I see Klay coming back around February...I think the signing of Willie Cauley-Stein as a free agent was a really good move...don't sleep on the Warriors...Steph is going back to his pre-Durant days and that's scary for the rest of the league

archiguy 10-15-2019 05:30 PM

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Originally Posted by TitusTroy (Post 58690004)
I see them as a 5-7 seed out West...I see Klay coming back around February...I think the signing of Willie Cauley-Stein as a free agent was a really good move...don't sleep on the Warriors...Steph is going back to his pre-Durant days and that's scary for the rest of the league

Damn Troy -- you're more optimistic about the Dubs season than I am! :p Hope you're right. Ron Adams may be able to work his usual magic and turn them into a solid defensive unit, and Dray is a defensive savant. But in this league, if you can't score, you can't win. And I'm telling you, outside of Steph, this is a gang that can't shoot straight.

TitusTroy 10-15-2019 05:39 PM

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Originally Posted by archiguy (Post 58690068)
Damn Troy -- you're more optimistic about the Dubs season than I am! :p Hope you're right. Ron Adams may be able to work his usual magic and turn them into a solid defensive unit, and Dray is a defensive savant. But in this league, if you can't score, you can't win. And I'm telling you, outside of Steph, this is a gang that can't shoot straight.

if they can make it to the post-season at full health they're going to be a tough out and the team that nobody wants to play...plus if Klay comes back healthy they can always flip D'Angelo Russell and get back a good player

archiguy 10-16-2019 07:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TitusTroy (Post 58690100)
if they can make it to the post-season at full health they're going to be a tough out and the team that nobody wants to play...plus if Klay comes back healthy they can always flip D'Angelo Russell and get back a good player

Yeah, everybody knows D-Russ™ is trade bait for later, maybe to get a stretch-4 who can shoot. Good lord please, let them get somebody who can shoot. So it's necessary for him to have a great season. He shouldn't have any trouble getting all the shots he wants since he & Steph are each going to have to score about 50 ppg for them to win.

TitusTroy 10-17-2019 12:26 PM

GMs pick Clippers as champions, Giannis Antetokounmpo as MVP

In NBA.com's annual survey of the league's 30 general managers, Giannis Antetokounmpo was picked to repeat as the MVP, the Los Angeles Clippers were tabbed to win their first championship, and Zion Williamson was crowned the league's most athletic player...Zion also received 68 percent of the vote for which player from this year's draft class will be the best five years from now, with Ja Morant (18 percent), Atlanta Hawks forward Cam Reddish (seven percent), Darius Garland and Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jarrett Culver also receiving votes...Williamson's teammate, Nickiel Alexander-Walker, was also tapped as the biggest steal of the draft by 32 percent of respondents...

https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/...etokounmpo-mvp

TitusTroy 10-18-2019 01:21 PM

Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson (knee) expected to miss weeks

New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson has avoided a severe injury to his right knee but is expected to miss a period of weeks to start the regular season, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Friday...

https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/...ted-miss-weeks

I was looking forward to watching him on Opening Night...oh well...a guy his size with all that strength and power at the rim needs to be careful otherwise he's not going to last long in the league with all his high flying ferocious dunks

archiguy 10-18-2019 02:29 PM

^^^ Well, that's a bummer. First I heard he had been injured.

TitusTroy 10-18-2019 03:43 PM

I am all in on these Clippers...there going to be so much fun to watch both on offense and defense...they actually gave the Warriors (at full strength) the most trouble in last year's playoffs...yes Toronto beat Golden State but that was after Klay and Durant went down...the Clippers took them to 6 games when they were at full strength and that was without Kawhi Leonard and Paul George

How the Clippers will unleash their new superstar duo
https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/...-superstar-duo

cardoski 10-18-2019 09:21 PM

Mavs have some nice young talent, the Unicorn looks good.

TitusTroy 10-21-2019 02:52 PM

Zion Williamson undergoes knee surgery, out 6-8 weeks

https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/...gery-6-8-weeks

archiguy 10-21-2019 03:14 PM

Whoa! All the info we had was that Zion's boo-boo was just a mild strain and the Pelicans were just being "abundantly cautious" by holding him out for the first couple of weeks. Now... surgery! :eek:

However, as someone who has had surgery for a torn meniscus (it's a flap of cartilage that cushions where the lower and upper leg bones meet) thanks to a car accident and my knee banging hard against the dashboard, I can tell you it's done arthroscopically and really isn't that big a deal. You can do just fine with a partial meniscus as long as there's still enough of it left to still serve it's primary function. They took some hi-def pics in there with a camera-scope before and after the repair. You'd be amazed at how beat up your meniscus gets after a lifetime of just walking & running around. The edges are all frayed and fringed. The doc did some trimming and general cleaning up while he was in there. Back to smooth as a baby's butt when he finished. :)

Of course, that's all easy for me to say. I don't play professional basketball, either. Zion has a lot of weight pounding on those knees, especially returning to earth from the stratosphere after a jump, as he does.

TitusTroy 10-21-2019 10:40 PM

Opening Night is finally here!! :smile:

TNT kicks things off with Inside the NBA Kickoff Show from 5:30- 8:00 PM EST...then a doubleheader starting with the reigning champ Raptors against the Zion-less Pelicans...followed by the Paul George-less Clippers vs Lakers...each game missing a superstar player puts a damper on things but it's still Opening Night!!

archiguy 10-22-2019 07:13 AM

Just winced through a tie-in ad for the new Terminator movie with Ah-nold, Linda Hamilton, Kawhi & Paul George. Synergy, baby! I can safely say one thing: Kawhi & Paul have no shot at a second careers as actors once they hang up their sneakers. :p

TitusTroy 10-22-2019 12:48 PM

Michael Jordan says he doesn't believe Stephen Curry is a Hall of Famer, 'yet'

"He's still a great player," Jordan told NBC's "Today" on Monday after saying that the Golden State Warriors star wouldn't be included on his dream five-man pick-up team. "Not a Hall of Famer yet, though. He's not."...Jordan said he'd stick with Hakeem Olajuwon, Scottie Pippen, Magic Johnson and James Worthy as his teammates on his fantasy starting five...

https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/...hall-famer-yet

I'm glad to see Jordan go with Olajuwon...Dream is my 2nd favorite player ever behind Larry Bird


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