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In the NO Podcast Episode 44: It’s the End of the World as we know it . . .
And I feel fine. So does Michael. Do you? Ryan and Michael talk the trade that wasn’t, the trade that was, the moves that could be, and the future chance at greatness for the team. They also talk about David West leaving, and some of the more inflammatory comments he made once he arrived in Indiana. Michael Cries. Or does he? You should listen to find out.
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LOVED the podcast. waiting for more. Just wanted to put this out there - to anybody thinking that we MIGHT get a chance at a playoff seed, then you're up for a pretty rude awakening. The West is so good, a team like ours won't even make 10th place ( i think) let alone compete for a playoff spot. here are sure fire playoff teams in the West: Lakers, OKC, Grizzlies, Nuggets, Dallas, Portland, Clippers. Right there and then thats 7 spots filled. and anybody thinking the other 8 teams out west can out run those 7 are deluded. Lakers - they still have Kobe, Gasol and Bynum. a playoff team, no matter how you spin it. contender is a different issue. OKC - Durant, Westbrook, Ibaka, Harden, Perkins creates a really MEAN starting 5. playoff bound for sure. Grizzlies - another one with a bad @$$ starting 5 with a half decent bench. playoff bound. Nuggets - 2nd best team in the LEAGUE after Melo trade (based on point differential, which is a historically great predictor for playoff success). their depth and their great combination of assets makes for a playoff team, EVEN without JR and Wilson. Dallas - defending champs. even if they are no longer sure contenders in my eyes, at least they are pretenders, which makes them a lock for a playoff spot. POR - as Zach Lowe and Alexander Buck stated, POR was on a 55 win pace after GWallace trade. convert that into a 66 game season and you've got a 44 - 22 team --> playoff bound Clippers - Griffin and our PREVIOUSLY very own, Paul, make them playoff bound(if healthy). even after discounting those 7, the other 8 teams are not bottom feeders like those out east. Spurs are still good for one more playoff run, Rockets almost squeaked into playoffs without a C; if they sign Dalembert, they'll be contending for that 7~8th spot. TWolves FINALLY have a good coach in Adelman, who knows how to maximize his players(although i hope they suck big time LOL) Jazz have one of the deepest frontcourt lineups in the league, surely not going to be a bottom feeder. Suns still have Nash, Hill, Gortat so they are still better than us bcoz of chemistry and Nash's brilliance. Kings have got lots of potential to just explode. only other team out west i can see us defeating on a consistent basis is GS.
Not sure about the Nuggets. Their three best players, if they do not get Afflalo back, are Ty Lawson, Danilo Gallinari, and Nene. After that, the drop off in talent is very steep. The Nuggets are not playoff bound, especially if they do not get Afflalo back. Not to mention, with their lack of depth, they will find themselves being tired with the tight schedule.
I agree with you guys. I don't know how West and Paul could still be holding on to bitterness after we got a new coach and GM. With no owner, I could understand them wanting to leave because of ongoing chaos, but to say that they had made up their minds to leave even though we were competitive last year. . . that's just hard to stomach.
Chris Kaman had a 15.72 PER last season. Compare that the Okafor's 16.00. Over their careers Okafor is averaging 5.2 out of 10.1 field goals while Kaman is posting 4.8 out of 9.9. Okafor is posting slightly better rebounds as well. We can all agree that big men's stats are increased by playing with a good point guard. They are owed almost the same amount this year. I think if we try to win or bomb we keep Okafor and release Kaman but I think Schwan gets a little too down on Kaman in this podcast. He has proven to be a serviceable center even as a starter in this league especially for a team like Houston who doesn't have one yet (though I don't know what they do to make the contract work)
MM, I am totally in agreement with you with Kendal Marshall! I've been watching him closely all year and have been saying for weeks that he could be perfect for this team. His bball IQ is off the charts, exactly what I want in a PG. Reminds me of a young Jason Kidd.
'with all due respect, I had no idea you'd gotten experitmental surgery to have your balls remove' I wasnt expecting such a gleeful pod-cast, but it is nice that the situation is over and the future looks bright. Let's have patience and see what develops.