Weezy wrote:Nuggets are still decent, but they lost Iggy (and Corey Brewer). They really only have Lawson, Gallinari, Miller, Faried, Chandler, McGee, Foye and they added Hickson and Darrell Arthur, still no real franchise player. If Kobe, Nash, and Pau are healthy I would call us better than them. They also fired Karl and hired Shaw, jury is still out on how that affects them.
Weezy wrote:Yeah, I feel like optimistically with this all offense, no defense team we have assembled we will be more fun to watch than last season, and I'm glad we have guys here that really want to be here, but I feel like we'll be fighting for the 7th/8th seed again. Thunder, Spurs, Clippers, Grizzlies, Warriors, Rockets all probably better than us IMO, only the Nuggets got worse, and the Pelicans got better too.
Weezy wrote:I'm not sold Houston is better than us either, it's why I put them last and said probably. I don't know that their bench is that great with the loss of Delfino and Brooks, with Asik wanting out, and IMO you can't say Beverly is suddenly a consistent quality backup PG based on one playoff series. We might be better than them when healthy, or at least not worse.
JSM wrote:Snakell Beast wrote:Honestly, that team is definitely playoffs...maybe even (depending on Wes and Young improving and working hard and Odom resurging) can get to the WCF...
I like the off-season additions, I like the optimism, but...
Pig Miller wrote:take it easy. best team in the last 6 years?
pau is nowhere what he used to be. we haven't seen farmar or sasha play in a couple years against nba competition. we have no legitimate SF on this team. even if we get lamar, he's not the same player he was 3 years ago. those title teams at least were able to get stops at stretches at a time. i don't know that we have a top 5 defensive player at any of our starting positions on this team.
at best right now, we're a 2nd round team.
Weezy wrote:Man talk about a 180, you went from "maybe over .500? This season is going to suck!" to "there isn't a team in the West right now that I don't feel confident against in a 7 game series". I like what we've done, but we haven't become a championship or even WCF team IMO by adding Kaman, Young, Farmar, Johnson, and Kelly and losing Dwight, Jamison, Clark, and some junk. Yeah, we're similar to the '09 team, but this isn't '09, this playoffs will be 2014, that's quite a few years difference. Pau isn't the same, Kaman is not Bynum, we don't even know what Kobe will look like after this injury, and the league is not the same. The West has changed, Thunder, Clippers, Grizzlies, and Warriors have either caught up or gotten better than us, and then there's that superteam in Miami. I like our team better than last season already, but I don't see greatness, one big reason being defense. Our interior defense is almost non-existent if not entirely, and our PG defense being as bad or worse doesn't help that situation, clear path from PG to the rim.
therealdeal wrote:I think if we have a very fortunate year we'll see the #6-#8 seed and hope for an upset in the first round.
Snakell Beast wrote:therealdeal wrote:I think if we have a very fortunate year we'll see the #6-#8 seed and hope for an upset in the first round.
Yeah, I agree with that, except that I think we are a 6-8 seed unless we have an unfortunate season. Kobe, Pau and Nash are old and banged up, but I like that combo better than most other combos in the league, save for the top 4 or 5 seeds in the west and the top 3 or 4 in the east...We probably won't win more than 1 or 2 playoff games, but that is a WHOLE lot better than we were looking just after the Dwight decision.
The Toronto Raptors plan to amnesty forward Linas Kleiza on Tuesday, a league source told Yahoo! Sports.
Kleiza had previously exercised a player option in his Raptors contract to make $4.6 million next season. The Raptors, however, decided Monday to use the amnesty clause on Kleiza, a source said. The move will save Toronto from a luxury-tax hit, although the franchise still has to pay Kleiza's salary.
If no team under the salary cap makes a waiver bid for Kleiza, he will become an unrestricted free agent.
Kleiza played for Olympiakos of the Greek League during the 2009-10 season, and a source said his preference is to return to play overseas again. Kleiza averaged 7.4 points and 2.6 rebounds in 20 games last season while being slowed by a knee injury.
bayarealakersfan wrote:Mike Miller was just released by the heat. Wonder how much he would take to come play for us? Or would he be able too?!
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