What’s the difference between the league owning 1 of 30 teams and the league owning the referees? There’s 3 teams playing in every NBA game. Corruption is bound to find its way to the game, but shouldn’t the NBA just be the stage and stay out of it?
Chris Paul for NBPA president.
Not when ratings and sponsors are so important.I hate to say the league helps sway games a certain way but sometimes im convinced the league does favor certain players(Kobe ,Lebron) or teams(Lakers,Heat).All it takes is one bad call to change the game.Think about it like this Sacramento and the Lakers 2002 game 7 a lot of people still think Sacramento got robbed in that game<do you think the league wanted to see The Kings against the New Jersy Nets in the final/or how about Lebrons first playoff series were everyone saw him step out of bounds(against the Wizards 2005 I think).I'm not saying the League is corrupt because you really can't prove it regardless but does the league Help promote their league more by giving certain teams or players that can continue to help promote the game even more an unfair advantage :Yeah I think so. Maybe I'm just still upset about game 2 but I really do think there's something to this(and not just in the NBA.
if Cleveland gets another #1 pick I’m calling bs.
If the Hornets or the now Brooklyn Nets get a #1-3 pick then I’m calling B.S.
i hope the league really is influencing games. that will only help us as long as we have blake – the most television friendly young star in the best market in basketball!
now if we can get some enforcer types to protect him when he gets pushed around by bully’s like the grizz
The Grizzlies remind me the the Nicks and the Pistons from the early 90s.
Maybe the Knicks of the 90’s, or the Cavs… you know, just not that good,kinda almost good, but at the end of the day, lets be honest, you aren’t going to win a ring with Conley at the point. That’s like having Price or Starks at the point, eventually, that’ll get you beat every time.
DeAndre Jordan at center makes many teams look like that.
Conley, haha, what a piece of work that guy is. All you guys who think Conley is good, I bet you thought Van exel was good too. Nick was good too, until he got matched up against, Gary Payton, or John Stockton, or Tim Hardaway, or Kevin Johnson, or Rod Strickland, or Mark Jackson, or BJ Armstrong, or Penny Hardaway, or Allen Iverson, Kenny Anderson, and then you realize, wait a second. All the point guards in the Association are better than Nick, same with Conley. I could drop a laundry list of names in the Association right now better than Conley. The Grizzlies will never win a championship with that guy on the point. You got that? Ok, now move along then.
Conley can hold his own, but yea, he hasnt blossomed like he was hyped to. Maybe hes just a late bloomer like Nash was. The last 2 seasons have been a quantum leap for him. Havent totally written him off, but its not like he makes my fantasy teams. He had a terrible time adjusting to the NBA after college.
The counterpoint to all this is there was a laundry list of better guards for Nash’s first 6-7 seasons too, even Cuban didnt even want to pay him when he was a FA. Then he became Steve Nash – MVP. I mean, crazier things have happened, but you’re right, Conley is no Jason Kidd. But again, Kidd should have 10 rings given his ability to run a team, and hes only got 1. Even the greatest points dont get rings, and then guys like Ty Lue and Derek Fisher win multiple rings. John Stockton: 0.
It helps if you have the best player in the league in Fish’s and Lue’s case, it’s Kobe. Stockton and Malone would have won a couple rings if it weren’t for MJ.
Something i want to point out. . .
I keep hearing people like Arash Markazi saying that the Clipper comeback bodes well for the Grizz, pointing to the Blazer/Mavs comeback last year, the Cs/Nets comeback in 2002 where the team that collapsed went on to win the series and get to the finals. . .
Yet none of them mention the fact that those previous comebacks were done by the HOME team with the crowd behind them, and in a desperate situation where they were down in the series. The fact that the Clippers did this on the road in a game 1 is unprecedented and should stand alone as the most impressive playoff comeback of all time. Clips in 6.
Good point, Cassellmania. Nick Flynt also pointed out in a previous ClipperBlog Live that the previous teams to mount a comeback were ranked lower on the SRS (Simple Rating System) scale.
The Clippers are ranked 7th this year and the Grizzlies 10th. It might mean less because this was a compressed season, but it’s still a difference.
Also, by my research, all the other teams mentioned had AT LEAST a +12 FT differential in attempts and makes to win the game. The Clippers were +5 in attempts and +6 in makes for Game 1.
Cassellmania, you are freakin brilliant!!!
Livestream seems to be broken today. I’ll put up the recording as soon as we’re done. Sorry guys.
Here’s an idea in order for us to lock down on Defense and get transition baskets(wrote this after game one)
I really hope Vinny finally realized he’s on to something great with the lineup he finished the game with
CP3,Bledsoe,Young,Griffin, Kenyon(or Evans/DJ <depending on who's holding down the paint and cleaning the glass the best on that night)
I'm not saying for them to start but to at least be on the floor together a lot more then they have been.These 5 together held Memphis to 3 points in the 4th quarter of game 1; THREE POINTS(Evans actually played most of the 4th but still). These five guys can each defend several positions on the floor and are all good rebounders as well(I swear all our other guards never crash the boards).these two things are a must in the playoffs(Defense&rebounding).
On offense this lineup may not have a consistent jump shooter other then CP3 but they all take drives to the basket which in turn takes advantage of Memphis's defense which gambles constantly on the perimeter. This way our offense can just drive and kick or by drawing fouls and getting to the line(particularly Young,Bledsoe,and CP3).
On defense as you saw in game one Bledsoe and CP3 I would argue can defend the passing lanes just as well as Conley,and Allen do for Memphis,Blake with either Kenyon or DJ can all guard the 3,4,and 5 positions so if we get caught in a mismatch(which has been a problem all year for us)they can't exploit it as much.Young is a good isolation defender Gay may be a bit big for him but Young does allright.
The biggest benefit though is the obvious with a lineup like this which can rebound and defend it can lead to many fast breaks(most of our points Sunday in the 4th were on the fastbreak).Oh and not to mention that CP3 and Bledsoe didn't even allow Memphis to get the ball to Gasol who at this point should be our main concern (Griffin did a good job as well denying him the ball) . And even though Bledsoe is still prone to bad turnovers playing with Chris Paul makes that a non issue because he doesn't have to worry about setting up the offense every time down the floor.
Defense should be our main priority because with Blake and Especially CP3 on the floor you know they'll score.If Vinny can figure out his defensive matchups we can go along way this postseason
example: Evans on Gasol/Randolph,
Bledsoe on Mayo/Conley
Simmons or Kenyon to rough up Gay (who then gets passive)
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