Sportsline grades team's offseason (Pacific)

Sportsline grades team's offseason (Pacific)

Postby JSM on Tue Sep 16, 2003 4:37 pm

Here is what kind of grade and the reason for the grade given to each team. I broke it down into conference to shorten it up

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Golden State Warriors: It's never easy to figure out what the Warriors are up to, especially after their best season in a decade. They didn't do what was necessary to work out a contract with Gilbert Arenas, so they signed Speedy Claxton and traded for Van Exel. Coach Eric Musselman, who is nothing if not amazingly resourceful and energetic, will have to handle it like he's still in the CBA. Bringing in Cliff Robinson for Sura adds to the salary cap, and he'll have to replace Antawn Jamison if young Mike Dunleavy isn't ready. Rookie Mickeal Pietrus was referred to as the European Michael Jordan, which is another way of saying, they wish. It's a sad state of affairs considering how far they came last season, and the odds are not good for a repeat. Grade: D

Los Angeles Clippers: Years ago when Pat Riley was coach of the cross-town Lakers, he talked of winning and misery. Winning is the Lakers. Misery is the Clippers. New coach Mike Dunleavy, who coached the Lakers to the Finals after Riley, will find out the difference first hand. Gone through free agency are Lamar Odom, Andre Miller, Michael Olowokandi, Sean Rooks and Piatkowski. In return, well, existing players will get minutes. They did draft center Chris Kamen and Sofoklis Schortsanitis, one a classic 7-footer, the other a miniature Shaquille O'Neal. And you would think last year's rookies Melvin Ely and Chris Wilcox, who did essentially nothing a year ago, will see some minutes. Somebody has to when so many key players leave for nothing. Grade: D

Los Angeles Lakers: From the start of the summer, it looked like the Lakers became a new version of the Dream Team. They coaxed future Hall of Famers Karl Malone and Gary Payton to sign as free agents for unprecedented pay cuts. Rookies Brian Cook and Luke Walton were both steals considering where they were selected in the draft. Horace Grant is back. How much he has left is dubious, but he'll defend and rebound some. Gone are Robert Horry, Mark Madsen and Samaki Walker. There are questions regarding the physical condition of Shaquille O'Neal after two seasons of weight gain, along with foot and knee problems. But the biggest unknown is how Kobe Bryant will respond to his pending sexual assault case in Colorado. That's for coach Phil Jackson to deal with. Grade: A

Phoenix Suns: Bryan Colangelo has elected to sit tight this summer, and rightfully so. The Suns were one of the surprise teams in the NBA last season and are also very young. Besides, they had a terrific draft with Zarko Cabarkapa -- a fine shooting small forward -- and trading a future pick to San Antonio for the rights Brazilian point guard Leandrinho Barbosa, also a defensive wiz compared favorably to a young Gary Payton. But that's it. No big offseason trades, big free-agent signings or even little free-agent signings. It's an interesting perspective for this team that had made the playoffs 13 years in a row until 2002, and now they're back with youth. Obviously, they are a couple years away from serious conference title contention anyway. Grade: C+

Portland Trail Blazers: We'll see what happens now that the locals got their wish and Bob Whitsitt is no longer president. In his stead are president Steve Patterson and general manager John Nash, neither of whom has been plugged into the NBA for a while. They have lost Scottie Pippen, Antonio Daniels and Arvydas Sabonis, three really good guys and players, while pledging the off-court troubles will be over. Whitsitt's last move was drafting talented high schooler Travis Outlaw, certainly an appropriate name. To his credit, Nash is desperately trying to move Rasheed Wallace and Ruben Patterson, with Wallace likely to go to New Jersey before camp. Other than that, speculation continues that coach Mo Cheeks will go back to Philly should Ayers fail. This will be interesting. Grade: D

Sacramento Kings: Never underestimate Geoff Petrie. As the Kings struggled last season with injuries, capping it with Chris Webber's knee surgery during the playoffs, their window of opportunity appeared to be closing. And all of sudden, Petrie got himself in the mix for Indiana's free-agent center, Brad Miller. It cost him Hedo Turkoglu and Scot Pollard but was worth the gamble -- particularly since Webber is likely to miss the start of the season. And Petrie wasn't done, bringing in nomadic wide body Tony Massenburg and streak-shooting Anthony Peeler. They also dealt their second-round draft pick to Boston for Darius Songaila, who a big forward from Wake Forest who played in Europe last season. With the Spurs and Lakers thriving, it's easy to forget the Kings. Don't. Grade: B

Seattle SuperSonics: It's difficult to figure out the Sonics, considering coach Nate McMillan likes to play pressure defense and run but the team they've got is better suited to play slowly. They have too many big people who don't contribute, and one of their two top draft choices, point guard Luke Ridnour, hurt his hip before the draft and was misdiagnosed. He had surgery in July and should be OK, but that's not a good sign. Their first pick, Nick Collison, was an exceptional collegiate player, but his lack of quickness and strength leaves you wondering if he's tough enough to bang with the big boys. Free agent Antonio Daniels gives them a nice guard off the bench, and that leaves them trying to unload Calvin Booth, Vitaly Potapenko or Jerome James. Grade: C-
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Postby rydjorker121 on Tue Sep 16, 2003 4:40 pm

JSM you're the information guy on this site...LOL, to quote swol, do you get arthritis here man? I mean...this is the (censored)...
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Postby JSM on Tue Sep 16, 2003 5:57 pm

thanks man, that means a lot
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Postby FabFourLakers on Tue Sep 16, 2003 8:15 pm

Kings? B? r u F'N kiddin me?! They traded half of their bench for an OVERRATED and OVERPAID Brad Miller, and they lost keon clark, scot pollard, hedo turkoglu, and NOW possibly Jimmy Jackson. And the guy goes on to mention 3 guys who wont make a difference at all, Songalia, Massenburg and Peeler?! well ok PEELER will do somethin but Massenburg and Songalia? DO THEY EXPECT THESE GUYS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE?! I think the Kings deserve a C- for this summer for THINKIN they've done somethin good but instead they're stuck with an overrated, slow, and SOFT brad miller and NO BENCH

And the Lakers should get an A+
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Postby rydjorker121 on Tue Sep 16, 2003 8:16 pm

Well, you know how bias those guys are...they like to give great teams good grades...even if they dumped their bench sht this year

Portland got a D! Amazing....
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Postby FabFourLakers on Tue Sep 16, 2003 8:26 pm

rydjorker121 wrote:Well, you know how bias those guys are...they like to give great teams good grades...even if they dumped their bench sht this year

Portland got a D! Amazing....


yea i was wonderin why they got it, but they wont get a D once they obtain Martin and A Davis...i think Martin will become a superstar and GO TO guy on Portland cuz he'll be pissed at NJ for not givin him the "max" that he THOT he deserved...

I predict Martin to avg 21.8ppg, 9.6rpg, 1.8bpg, 1.5 spg and 3.5 apg if he goes to the blazers...wow the blazers would be big if they got Davis too, They'lll have Dale Davis, Antonio Davis, Kenyon Martin, Ruben Patterson and Zach Randolph....:

D Davis
A Davis
K Martin
B Wells
D Stoudamire

i like Kenyon at 3...
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