Basketball is back! You know, that sport where extremely tall people bounce a ball around and attempt to stuff it in a small hole.
The college season has been going on for a few weeks now, and we've already had a few upsets (UNLV over UNC, Long Beach State over Pitt, everyone over UCLA). The usual suspects are near the top of the rankings, including this guy, who I guess holds a record for most wins or something now. Who cares, he's still a jerk.
Most of the preseason tournaments are over, so enjoy the last few weeks of nonconference games before the conference season begins and everyone begins to talk about how strong the Big East is (see, because in basketball, the Big East is actually good).
Meanwhile, that little bump in the road known as the NBA lockout is finally over, as everyone decided they wanted to make some money. The season's going to be shortened a bit, and will be opening on Christmas Day, supposedly with the Celtics hosting the Knicks, NBA Champion Mavericks hosting the Heatles, and the greatest franchise ever Lakers hosting the Bulls. All of this is tentative, though.
Plus it means the return of NBA style champion Kevin Durant.
Feel free to talk about your favorite team, your hatred of all things Duke, and in what hilarious way the Knicks will manage to lose this year.
D'ANTONI OUT IN NEW YORK! KNICKS ON ISIAH WATCH!
If anyone got an email invite, ignore it. Apparently Yahoo switched up their registration process and the only way to invite new people to a renewed league is by email and I'm not doing that.
So, we're starting over with...The SE++ Tribute to David Stern
Let's aim high this year and get 8 people instead of 6.
Draft is tentatively set for 5pm PST on 10/19
Any suggestions, please let me know, and if that link doesn't work or you have problems joining don't blame me. Yahoo changed all their shit again this year and I'm tired of looking at their terrible new background.
PS. Go Lakers and Bruins! :P
XBox LIVE: Bogestrom | Destiny
XBox LIVE: Bogestrom | Destiny
i'm sorry i doubted you frank haith
If anyone wants to do the fantasy thing I'll put the league stuff here.
League ID#: 35702
League Name: SE ++ League of Bouncy Balls
Have 5 so far, need another 5 or 7.
It’ll be a sad sad opening day without saint J.R. Smith
Today is a good day.
As for the rest of the NBA, so long as the Heat fall on their faces again (and a team from the West wins the trophy) this shortened season will be a success.
Because the Celtics are dumb.
And I'm not just saying that because I am a slightly bitter Magic fan.
I am saying that because I am a slightly bitter Magic fan who really wants to believe the Celtics are dumb.
i don't think it'll happen though, unless doc and pierce can convince paul to sign here
the clippers can put together a better package for him i think, though i'm not sure he'd sign there either
they have a bunch of videos up with shaq, charles, kenny, cwebb, etc. and they're great
Cross-posting from Debate n Discourse's NBA thread:
To be fair, last season Rondo regressed pretty badly. Percentages down across the board, managed to get fouled even less than he normally does, etc etc. Kind of obvious they need a big man paired with him who isn't either clinically dead/a rotting corpse or a pussy. I guess Ainge thinks it's easier just getting either the perfect point guard (Paul) or the poor man's D-Rose (Westbrook).
In my opinion they'd probably be better off just shooting for Chandler or Nene but I have no clue if that's possible with the new CBA.
And I mean, without his headband Rondo is no longer the man Boston thought they knew and loved. Ship of Theseus and all that.
and the gengars who are guiding me" -- W.S. Merwin
they are kind of screwed by the new cba
with the new mid level exception rules, they can't even sign a guy to the mle because then they wouldn't be able to resign either baby or jeff green
rondo regressed statistically last year, but a lot of that regression came during his enormous funk after the perkins trade
now obviously it's not a good sign that a guy is potentially not mentally strong enough to deal his best friend getting traded, but (for celtics fans at least) it's preferable to the hypothesis that the regression is due to something on the court, and that he may continue to play at that level
I'm hoping Paul will at least consider the Pacers, as he's pretty good friends with Darren Collison (they have good on-court chemistry too), and the Pacers have a shit ton of cap space to play with.
Rondo would be an awesome possibility as well, but I'm not holding my breath.
In all likelihood, there'll probably be a three-way trade between the Hornets, the Celtics and the Clippers involving Paul, Rondo, and Gordon.
Oh my God, I totally forgot about Jimmer. The NBA's answer to Tim Tebow.
i'm guessing any trade the pacers would make for a pg, whether it's with new orleans or boston, would have to at the very least be centered around collison and paul george
hibbert is a decent piece as well but he's a free agent after this season and so is less valuable
Who're the potential suitors for Rondo?
maybe the clippers if they don't think they can get paul?
but i don't see how ainge can deal him without getting back either paul or westbrook
i like that team a lot and would like them even more if they were able to sign nene or gasol
The only time I could even bring myself to watch Warriors games over the last couple seasons were when the roster was ½ full of D-League players by the end of the year.
partly i think because there are few players who come out of nowhere to have big seasons, so it's harder to find "steals", and partly because more than any other sport you have to keep on top of your roster pretty much every day