JSM wrote:What do yall think Miami does if Bron flees? I don't see Bosh or Wade leaving that money on the table. They're not going to get anything close to $20m again, especially with their deteriorating play. They would almost enough for a max player, but only six players on the roster. Do you throw that money at a FA and continue to fill the rest of your roster with minimum contracts? They would have to get some offensive fire power -- Stuckey, Bledsoe, or Lowry from the guard spots/Monroe, Amare, or Pau up front. Even with any of those guys, they would instantly drop to the bottom of the Eastern playoff bracket. Or do you try to build a team and stop buying players? Or tank for Jahlil Okafor in next summer's draft?
"LeBron, who do you think should take the biggest pay cut this summer?"
V.V.V.V.V. wrote:^That sounds like OUR plan.
Helljumper wrote:Honestly, if this wasn't against the Heat, I'd probably be a little salty about the Spurs/Duncan catching up with the Lakers/Kobe's legacy.
But the fact that it was against the Heat forced me to put this into perspective and really appreciate this for what it was. If you're a fan of fundamental team basketball, you're happy for the Spurs. Eventually, we will look back on all this and be happy to say that we were fortunate to watch an amazing basketball dynasty. Pop/Duncan/Parker/Gino will go down in the history books, and we got to see them defy the odds and absolutely dominate a more physically gifted team by playing smart team-oriented basketball. I hope we can find some way to miraculously build another championship contender around Kobe so he can finish ahead of TD with 6, but if it doesn't work out that way, it's all good.
denimPortugal wrote:I don't like them, but I have to respect them! Spurs
Lakerjones wrote:Even though it was a horrid year for the Lakers I did find pleasure in my three most disliked current teams going down the drain: the Rockets, the CHEAT and the Paper Clips.
therealdeal wrote:Lakerjones wrote:Even though it was a horrid year for the Lakers I did find pleasure in my three most disliked current teams going down the drain: the Rockets, the CHEAT and the Paper Clips.
Watching their demise was fantastic. I felt like a villain in a movie the way I took joy from those guys' failures. It was almost as nice as watching the Lakers actually playing well.
scissors wrote:Now that we got the Lebron not three-peat-ing out of the way, time to focus on more important matters. Kobe getting another ring so he still has more than Duncan.
Doc Brown wrote::man10:
I wish that was a Lakers shirt. Damnit.
v1n5anity wrote:I posted this in the LeBron thread, but I'll post it here too:
So here's something I noticed about LeBron:
LeBron quits against Boston multiple games, most notably in a PIVOTAL game 5 (series tied 2-2) when they got blown out by 32 at home. Ends with 15 points on 3-14 shooting (-22). Nice statline the next game but he checked out (knowing that was his last game as a Cavalier). Then he "decides" to go to Miami.
This is where we truly saw on the grand stage that LeBron has issues in pressure moments. He choked in multiple games, most notably games 4-6. Had 8 points in game 4, choked in 4th quarters all series long (see below) where he averaged about 3 points per 4th quarter in the 6 game series. He scored 17 and 21 points in games 5 and 6, respectively, and averaged just 15.3ppg in the last 3 games of the series (lost all 3).
Won championship. This was his year. 100% credit for this one.
Won but got real lucky they didn't lose game 6 down 3-2 and down 5 with just 28.3 seconds left in the game after 2 terrible LeBron turnovers. Was tentative for most of first 6 games. They dared him to shoot and he wasn't confident. Diaw held him to 3-21 shooting in the series when he guarded him. Games 1-3 he was straight scared and clearly took a step back mentally, averaging just 16.7 ppg in the first 3 games. Game 4 Wade carried them but LeBron ended up scoring like 9 points in the last couple minutes of garbage time to pad his stats and end up with more points than Wade. Game 5 he goes 8-22 and lost. Game 6 was pretty bad for most of game (until first half of 4th) and would've ended the series with 2 terrible turnovers and elimination. It was going to be the same story all over again for LeBron. But of course, he got real lucky that Ray Allen saved his a**. He went off in game 7 and all of a sudden we're hearing he's GOAT, and something about Mount Rushmore lol.
Played well first 2 games, showed up for 3 quarters total during games 3-5. Game 3 he shows up for first quarter for 14 points, ends with 22 points with 7 turnovers (-21). All while getting completely owned on defense. Game 4 doesn't show up first half with only 9 points and down 19 (-15) then he scores a meaningless 19 in the 3rd to pad his stats and ends with 28 and 8. Game 5 comes out strong in first quarter had 17-6-1 only 14-4-4 rest of game and couldn't stop the bleeding in the 2nd quarter when Heat as a team scored 11 points and he had just 3.
End result: if Spurs close out game 6 last year as they should've, we're looking at LeBron quitting/choking in multiple games in a series (and these are PIVOTAL games) in 4 of the last 5 years! Including 3 of the last 4 Finals. If the East wasn't so weak, they wouldn't have made the Finals 4 straight years. Have they faced even 1 true contender in the East during the last 4 seasons? I don't believe so.
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