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ll never forget the pass off the backboard to himself against Dallas. That and the Henny.

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Love your username!

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Thank you!

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Ahh, the heady days when we thought he could grow into the 2nd-unit's Draymond, just like P. McCaw could be the 2nd-unit's Andre.

I hope Bell can go overseas, work the $h!+ out of his skills and come back with consistent passing, a better feel for the game, and a vastly larger offensive repertoire that includes a nice, soft 17-ft J.

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Mar 3, 2020Liked by punk basketball

At first, from the "memorial" thing, I thought he had died. Glad to hear that's not the case. I still appreciate Mr. Cash Considerations, even if he never became the kind of player he seemed like he could be.

Let's see if I can dig up the ATM ad I saw in Taiwan with him on it.

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Mar 3, 2020Liked by Eric Apricot

Here it is, Cash Considerations https://www.dropbox.com/s/kprimtorhsmwm5a/2018-07-10%2010.00.04.jpg?dl=0

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I think he'll have a nice career in an International league. Maybe if he grows his game he can come back.

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Mar 3, 2020Liked by punk basketball

His pre-draft party was so hype too, especially when he got the phone call that he was traded to the Warriors.

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He was so fun. Remember his "cash considerations" game against the Bulls?

Seemed like a solid enough player, but no shot to speak of, and questionable bball IQ doomed him. I'd still be willing to bring him back on a minimum salary but I get the feeling the bridge got burned

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Mar 3, 2020Liked by punk basketball

Also not a great rebounder but somewhat better with the T-Wolves than he was with the Warriors. Granted that they came into the league with much higher expectations, but if the Warriors coaching staff can get good minutes out of guys like Chriss, Paschall, and GRIII and they couldn't do it with Bell, especially since he regressed so much from his rookie season, there is probably something going on beyond the team's control.

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He was cut I guess because he failed to develop a jumpshot.was in the best situation of his life. Won a championship as a rookie. Shared locker room with future HOFamers and yet learnt nothing about how to improve his game.

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People have implied issues with his work ethic.

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From what I read, it was also that he couldn't keep his mind in present. He couldn't keep his mind from racing at times (I can relate). He was thinking about NBA career growth curve. He mentioned that he started going for walks, be in nature which helped but I guess not enough.

I wonder how his (and McCaw's) growth would have looked like this season. Poole would have been in G-league for the whole year if he had joined last year.

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Have never understood that -- not just with Bell but with any of these guys. You're gifted enough to be able to play a game for millions of dollars per year, and someone has already recognized that. But you just don't care to work at it because... why again? If JB doesn't play basketball, what will he do for a living that can even come close economically?

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I think many of them can't distinguish between buying something and owning something. Like they buy a Ferrari for 100k without thinking that OWNING a 100k car costs more than 100k when you factor in insurance and maintenance. Same thing when they buy a 5 mill mansion without thinking about the YEARLY property tax that goes with it.

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I really, really wonder about that, too, but these are 19-year-old boys. From what I've read (and I dunno if it's true, but damn, as a teacher? Many 18-year-olds are not mentally adults yet in perplexing ways) their prefrontal cortexes are years from being fully developed...the part of the brain most linked to executive functions like planning, understanding consequences, restraining emotions, etc.

Suddenly having millions of dollars tests many adults. I think I could handle it at this point. I already work my ass off, but if I was getting paid millions? I'd pay people to keep me on the straight and narrow if I had to. But if I'd been 20? I dunno...I worked my ass off then, but a whole lot of that was necessity.

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He and I share a birthday, so naturally I wanted him to be Michael Jordan and a bag of chips.

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There were times he reminded me of Jordan. His first name for example.

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The guy was a second round draft pick.. Par for the course. It's when first rounders like Evans flame out that you kinda start to question any influencing factors.

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Probably just personal life stuff that people never hear about, a bunch of kid millionaires is always going to lead to a lot of head scratching stories. It doesn't take much to keep you from developing from an NBA rookie to an actual solid NBA player. But I like the idea that he was ruined by too much warriors enthusiasm. Sometimes it does seem like it would get hard to answer the question "so just how unselfish are these guys you play with?" for the ten-thousandth time.

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