Good podcast but worse quality than usual when Henry spoke. I think Anthony Davis would be #3 on my big board.
In the NO Podcast Episode 83: Henry Abbott, HoopIdea, and Monty Williams Extension
Michael and I are joined by none other than Henry Abbott of Truehoop to talk about HoopIdea, flopping (and CP3), boring free throws, competitive balance, big Markets, Small Markets, and Markets that go “Wee Wee Wee” all the way home.
Oh, then we talk the Monty Extension, the Demps extension(?) and Brian Roberts.
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It does get boring to watch games where it feels like every other posession ends in a free-throw, but when they talked about it on the podcast my knee-jerk reaction was along the lines of "if you don't like free-throws then go watch the Harlem Globetrotters instead ya bums!" ;)
He said competitive balance is a problem in every sport but I think football has mastered it. You don't see them demanding trades to such and such and you don't see the best free agents migrating to say New York. A huge reason basketball stars get away with this is obviously because they all know how much they're worth to a team so they can act like babies with little repercussion. Maybe the league should find a way to fine players who demand trades and also all the back channels that create the noise whether it be agents or whatever need to be eliminated. Also I don't see what the problem is with Hack-a-Shaq. That didn't stop Shaq from winning 4 titles. I'm sorry if you think free throws are too "boring" but it's a part of the game. Deal with it! I don't necessarily mind Michael's idea about not fouling out though.
Interesting concepts about the 1-man advantage, keeping superstars from being taken out due to foul trouble, and several other topics. Very good podcast. I am subscribed.
Seriously! I listen to basketball podcasts the majority of the time I'm at work and most other podcasts are full of homers or wild, foundless conjecture. I am always amazed that this podcast doesn't have more fans from other teams just because Ryan and Michael always have well thought-out things to say every week.
Intentional fouls are supposed to be shots and the ball back. I understand that there could be a gray area as to whether or not a foul was intentional or not but why not start enforcing it? It would end the end of game foul-fest and Hack-A-Shaqs. Flopping is so difficult. I hate it too but trying to determine who flopped and how egregious it was is so subjective. Towards the end of the season this last year it seemed as though the refs would act punitively towards floppers who were getting calls by not giving them calls later. That's not the answer but I was glad to see that they were trying to even the playing field a little.
Stern has said he'd like to see the end of flopping and looking into the International goaltending rules. I'd like to see the fruits of meetings about these subjects.
Oh and I think that if anything fouls should be decreased. I'm so sick of seeing players hack other players dangerously. Remember that dreaded Nuggets-Hornets series? The Nuggets were fouling us so much that Stern had to step in and tell George Karl that his team couldn't keep playing like that. They were fouling so often that most of our team was injured. Why should there be more of that just because its a big star that did it?
I HATE HATE HATE flopping, and I totally agree that is is a referee thing. If the flopping player stops being rewarded for it, they will stop flopping. Take it from me, it hurts to hit that floor.
In my case Michael and Ryan sounded fine all the time but it seems like 90% of Henry's stuff was choppy and difficult to understand, so I doubt it's got anything to do with the download...
Yeah, listened to it today- there were 4 or 5 parts that it went out on Henry's end. In total about 70 seconds of bad audio. If you received any more than that, it is a bad download. All parts w/ Ryan and I should be fine and 90% of Henry's stuff was okay