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The Blazers and The Ducks.  My teams are totally _____ this year though.  The "Bloozers" are hurt as usual.  And Kenny Wooten signing with the Knicks took away all the Ducks interior defense and rebounding.  Then the NCAA totally screwed us on the registration of our best center.  Been fun to watch Payton Pritchard ball out though.  That kid is from my hometown and hes a demon on the court.  (Seton Hall fans probably remember that.)  Could end up being national player of the year.  But I hate watching him carry such an sh*tty team and having to jack up shots.  Some NBA team is going to get a steal in the second round.

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Just now, Daddy Wang Doodle said:

I don't expect this to get a good response on a football board, but soccer is great - especially if you're just looking for something as an excuse to drink.

Most likely answer though? Complain it's the offseason

Been a huge Man City fan for years now.  It's a great sport.

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24 minutes ago, Daddy Wang Doodle said:

I've always had trouble picking an allegiance to a team. Something about just picking a good team and then (hopefully) reaping the benefits of their success felt so phony to me.

On the other hand, I couldn't imagine supporting a team like Fulham - I watched them closely for 5+ seasons as they seemed to be one of the first teams to embrace American internationals - and constantly see them fluctuate from league to league and never winning anything of merit

Watch Borussa Dortmund.  They have the best young American player in Gio Reyna and because of developmental trends and lax visa restrictions the Bundesliga means they take more American players any way.  I watch the premier league but it's a lot more pressure and almost every appearance of an American player is conditional on an manager's whims.  Americans get a better shake in Holland and Germany.  Just less roster turnover.  And they give more chances to young homegrown players since they just have less resources.

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16 minutes ago, Patriot Killa said:

My blazers are a hot mess right now despite Lillard’s historical surge... hard to enjoy this season when most of your players are hurt and you're trailing the West’s top 8 seeds. We were the 3rd seed two years in a row..not use to this and definitely not pleasant. I hope they make a big run in the 2nd half of the season.

We are never going to win sh*t.  Olshey is the ultimate prospect hugger.  If they don't trade Whiteside we wont have a chance to add anybody in the next four years since we maxed Dame and overpaid CJ.  I feel for Dame.  He deserves better and the rest of the league throws shade on him.  And all because we have a GM who always thinks he can outsmart everybody else by getting retreads and trying to sell them as quality players.  He just continously trades future second round picks like they were undervalued baseball cards.  Olshey is an elitist clown.

(And he just trade Skal and cash considerations for cap relief.  What a ____ing clown.)

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9 minutes ago, Patriot Killa said:

Olshay won’t last for too much longer if he can’t do what it takes to get a real starting wing player here. Our defense is pitiful. The back court doesn’t have a lick of perimeter defense and it shows every night. Also, just got this alert.

Looks like they’re trying to get under the luxury tax for next season. I liked Skal. This likely means we won’t trade whiteside which is what the plan was suppose to be the minute we got him.

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He's got no balls.  He's a prat.  (Olshey despises Stumptowners. it's a joke around town that he complains about the locale constantly.)  Eventually the Vulcan Company and Allen family are going to fire that snake oil salesman and good riddens.

  

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1 minute ago, TNJet said:

Pornhub

Not a TnaFlix guy hunh?

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2 hours ago, Patriot Killa said:

Good team win last night @pdxgreen 

We might just have a nice two way developing with Trent Jr. He can knock the 3 down well and Hassan had a huge night. Melo came in with 20 and 8 as needed.  CJ...the offense just looks so slow with him on the court. He doesn’t facilitate enough and dribbles for hours until he finally throws up a bad shot. He has his good nights and I won’t forget him putting the fork in Game 7 vs the Nuggets last year but man.....it’s just not enough consistency.

The Blazers will never win the championship because they aren't long enough in the front court.  They are so restricted by market sixe and have so few options to get talent... that Olshey knows there are not enough playmaking wings to go around.  So Olshey said, "I'll get two shoot first combo guards to take 50-60% per cent of the shots and then fill the lane with centers and rom protectors."

But that still only gets you so far because great players can beat you on both sides of the ball. In football it's like building a great offense and then running a bend but break don't defense.  You're never going to dominate on one side of the ball long enough to win.  We got really lucky in playing OKC because George's shoulder was separated and Westbrick's game was never effective enough.  Then Denver had to stick Jokic on the court to long and we still barely won.  But GS still had overwhelming talent on both sides of the ball.  And that will always be Portland's Sisyphus Rock.  Never able to get that one long play maker who's as good as Dame but you have to trade CJ to do it.  Because Olshey and Dame won't have it.

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5 hours ago, Patriot Killa said:

Exactly on the mark 10000%. I really wanted us to get PG13 when he was leaving the Pacers and I was on board to get CJ the hell out of here to do it but clearly Olshay and Dame weren’t. I’m with you 100% the back court will never bring in a ring and lot of I t has to do with Dame and CJ being defensive liabilities. Jokic eats us alive every time we play Denver. Hassan cannot keep up with him because Hassan is only a good defender under the rim. Nurkic can’t even handle him enough. PG13, if healthy, would of been a ton of trouble for us and OKC showed that in the regular season series. PG13 was lighting us up.

The sad reality is that there is really no way for most market teams to win the NBA championship any more.... not with this many teams and this small a labor pool you can't control.  Milwaukee seems that might have a shot but I am sure that everybody is already trying to pull Giannis away. And there is this dissonance with big market NBA fans.  "Oh San Antonio!!!  Oh San Antonio!!! That just proves you're wrong!!"  Yeah... in one of the biggest states in the nation and the greatest coach/GM of his generation.  Also tanking for the greatest PF who ever lived might make them an outlier as well.  The fact that the basketball world or the the talent that prepares the talent... executives, coaches, trainers, assistants, physical therapists is small.  If there is somebody who stands out in a market like Portland... he/she usually gone within a year or so.  Nobody ever waits to win a damn thing.  A friend of mine who works for the Blazers told me that Lamarcus had already moved out of Portland before the Memphis series was over.  The whole bit of him "wanting to be a Blazer forever" was just this sad ploy until he had finally made up his mind.... which was obviously before the season was over.

 So you've got this inability to keep players (like Clyde Drexler still bitter as ever) an inability to sign any free agents and no leeway from GM's like Rob Pelinka and Danny Ainge (who were call on your best players and offer sh*t.  Because they can.  No different from the history of the NBA really.  But I respect old GM's like West and Auerbach.... they used smarts --- not using player agents or the press to help kill a player's value come trade time.  "Let's low ball them til February and force a buy out!"  or "Let's wait till summer and then do a sign and trade."  The NBA is such a rigged horse race.  But Lakers and Celtics fans can go on believing that they win solely because their franchises are actually luckier and better than everybody else.  Good.  Whatever makes you happy.  If you want to believe that pro wrestling is real too.. fine.  Go right ahead!  It's now fantasy day!  Sometimes I just wish we had a hockey team instead.

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15 minutes ago, fusionCA said:

i will watch my Sixers crush and burn....

 

also for some reason my wife is planning to have a baby next month so i might get in on that 

Never liked Ben Simmons.  Just strikes me as being a douchebag sometimes.  Not the guy I would want to build a team around.

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8 minutes ago, fusionCA said:

I don't know, I never meet him personally. 

He does play hard all the time on both sides of the floor and has the stamina of a horse .

On top of that the team is not built around him , he is the 2and best player on the team .

 

Well I don;t know him personally either.  But that team is WAY too talented to be sixth east and all year the press keeps dropping hints about locker room friction.  Embiid and Simmons are the two most visible players on the team and it's not like he hasn't bust ups before at LSU.  So I am just going by the tea leaves everyone else is reading.  I honestly love Philly as a sports town and I thought Hinkle got shafted by Silver.  I honestly hope they iron it out.  But that team always seems to be making moves that never help them achieve with the overall some of their parts.

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What is perfect in life....

Peter Green's Les Paul tone on "Man Of The World."

Hart Crane's poetry in 'To Brooklyn Bridge.'

And Mark Rothko's series of murals for the Seagram Building.

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My love of NBA officiating grows daily...

 

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Just now, Jet Life said:

Fellow City guy here ! Let’s beat Madrid!

Just don't see it.   Unless Sane and Laporte are healthy and can both put in a decent shift.

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