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#5. Just a better dunk.

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Oct 18, 2022·edited Oct 18, 2022

How Jordan Poole Saved the Warriors’ Season Before It Even Started | Sports Illustrated: https://www.si.com/.amp/nba/2022/10/17/jordan-poole-warriors-contract-extension-draymond-green

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Okay, now we have an estimate (thanks Being) on how much the contract renewals and keeping the core intact will cost (infinite thanks Joe Lacob, love you). Is out there any marketing mastermind that can estimate what would be the gains for GSW from existing and new sponsors, direct or indirect thru NBA, considering likely victory of a container of LOB trophies, further BIG YEN from Rakuten and Japanese companies endeared by JP and his meerkat, and so on?

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The dunk options in this one are a virtual dead heat. Impossible for me to pick a clear winner.

I'll go with #FIVE out of love for Barnes and the fact that Wiggs is going to end up in the final/semi for that dunk on Doncic. Really, he may have two of the four in the semi, as the dunk on Brandon Clarke in the hurt-GPII game was nasty.

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#FIVE Not only is Barnes' dunk athletically impressive, it's over an excellent rim protector. Plus I think Wiggs' dunk over Luka is more iconic than this one.

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@TwoRingTest, I consider the way the two-way contract situation played out to be an L for me with Weatherspoon getting cut, so enjoy the likes

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:) Hey, we both lost.

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I forgot Kenny almost signed up for the Hornets job (Miles Bridges, now Bouknight).

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dodged a bullet

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#FIVE

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Not an easy call. I'm going with #FIVE because it is so perfectly executed. But Wiggins gave us two dunks for the price of one.

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KPJ gets 4/82? Can’t help but feel like that’s a steal next to JP, Herro and the other guard contracts this summer.

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Oct 18, 2022·edited Oct 18, 2022

Coming off his third(?) back surgery, so there’s some health risk. If he can be productive to the level he was before and stay healthy it’s gonna be a great deal for the team.

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I think this is the other Porter Jr

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Derp

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Otto?

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The other other one.

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Right

This is Kevin Porter jr - Houston Rockets

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Flying to Des Moines tomorrow. Going to catch the game from the hotel as I prep for an interview the next day. Nothing can go wrong with this plan, right?

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oh snap, my hometown

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Don't you be messing up my satellite connection!! Or I will have to come up there.

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Good luck. Make sure to bring some majesty!

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Woah I'm heading to Des Moines myself, although not as soon. Leave the place clean.

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Your interviewing for the 15th spot? Seems like a perfect plan trog!

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I’m actually really surprised people have that Wiggins dunk over Barnes. as I said In The last thread there are four dunks I remember: klay over Singler, Baron over Ak47, Wiggins but against Luka and Barnes against Pekovic.

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Patrick Baldwin Jr. is questionable for the Warriors in the season opener with a right thumb sprain. Andre Iguodala starts season inactive. Left hip injury management. Otherwise clean report for Warriors. LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook all probable for Lakers.

https://theathletic.com/realtime/6He0dPVooPd6/?source=app_brief_share

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Wow, andre already injured 😂

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I don’t think he’s injured. Just not in game shape yet. We won’t see him on the court for at least a month.

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Huh. I wonder if PBJ’s thumb was bothering him in the last preseason game, as he went from lights out from 3 in his first few games to missing badly all over the place v. Denver.

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Yea there were some really bad misses.

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Regression to the mean?

Iirc, I think he ended preseason at 38% 3P%, which is right about where I would expect him to be.

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Anthony has two-timeline plan thoughts:

https://theathletic.com/3661519/2022/10/17/golden-state-warriors-title-defense/?source=user_shared_article

“I told Bob that I’ve turned into Bear Bryant,” Kerr said. “I just go on the tower and stare down at practice every day. Except I don’t have a tower. But it really does feel like, given the continuity we have from a year ago and the work Jama and Kenny did in the summer with our coaching staff, it feels like a machine right now. Those guys have done an amazing job. Everything is clicking really smoothly.”

The Warriors have what they call the Golden Hour. It refers to the first 60 minutes of practice. The young players are called to the court to go over offensive and defensive concepts and do some tedious 5-on-0 drill work, while the veterans — who have no use for teaching they already know — spend that time in the weight room or training room working on their bodies.

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This Slater article was EXCELLENT

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It was like he made a shift to long form.

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he's still doing game reports, but mixing longer pieces in with them too

Dub Nation is lucky to have a beat reporter as good as Tony Slates imho

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Is there not usually a pre-game review?

Or has it been sooooooo long, that I dont remember that the pre game review comes game day?

Feeling spoiled by our, yes OUR writers. Cant ever get enough!

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Current typical rhythm is

- game day preview by Duby

- game thread (sometimes same as above)

- postgame that night by Apricot (if I am available)

- next day game review by Daniel

- next day Explain One Play (sometimes)

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Oct 18, 2022·edited Oct 18, 2022Liked by Eric Apricot

Eric, simple solution. Increase DNHQ subscription fees by 20x or 30x and quit your day job. What could go wrong?

But seriously, you guys are awesome! The drumbeat of content is balm to my Warriors obsessed soul.

On videos for every win … I love them but not necessary. It’s all about pace bro. This isn’t about 96 games, it’s about the next 10 of 20 seasons. I can’t wait to see Wiseman E1Ps for his awesome moves off the bench backing up 4th generation champions in 2036.

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Oct 18, 2022Liked by Eric Apricot

96 E1Ps coming up. Gotta get your rest in tonight. (Yes, 80-2. I’m not CRAZY enough to think they will go 82-0)

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Way to make it more realistic.

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So, um, eric, what happens in 10 years when the warriors suck for 5 years straight, do we only get

Eop with wins, or maybe like the 80’s you could lower the bar to: theykept it close.

Ive got to plan for the future and if eop’s are not there for me in ten years, ive gotta make different plans!

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Oct 18, 2022·edited Oct 18, 2022Author

Honestly, the whole “do a video for every win, that night” pace wiped me out. The first time I tried that, it ended up being… wait for it… the 73 win season, so I did 73+15 E1Ps. Ouch. I decided to try it again and whooof

I have to think of a way to ratchet it back to shorter videos. I think that will make it so I can keep up the pace. The alternative would be maybe a weekly video, which would be saner, but I like the idea of having instant videos…

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Perhaps skips 1st games of B2B as we’re kind of already thinking about the next game the following day?

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So basically, you're load-managing Apricot? He'll only play one end of the b2b to keep him healthy and ready for the playoffs.

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Oct 18, 2022Liked by Eric Apricot

RE: shorter videos. Just a thought, but you could go back to breaking down one play... Just sayin.

But whatever you do, we'll be watching. :-)

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Oct 18, 2022·edited Oct 18, 2022Liked by Eric Apricot

Speaking for myself, I would be fine with a much-reduced pace (maybe even less than one a week). While I very much enjoy them, and learn from them, there's a lot of other stuff going on here to enjoy.

No need to make this your day job x 2.

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Oct 18, 2022Liked by Eric Apricot

No no no no !

More more more!

I do like the idea of shorter. More frequent.

But like others. I’ll watch whatever you make!

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Oct 18, 2022·edited Oct 18, 2022

Corresponding commenter rhythm:

1. game day preview: Early in the day, ridiculously high expectations. Later on, sobering on-the-other-hand thoughts, usually accompanied by bad puns. Sleepy tells us all to calm down at least once.

2. Game thread: swearing and narcolepsy

3. Postgame: If win, multiple references to GOATs. If loss, Bradley Beal trades are proposed.

4. Next day game review: At least one 800-word, six-paragraph opus on how Wiseman's hip orientation on his screens cost us the game.

5. E1P: Since only done after a win, mood is generally good. This extends throughout the first hour. After that, a few hours of silence as we all digest the content. Hours later, someone ventures a contrarian opinion, and is immediately called a Lakers fan.

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Brilliant.

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😂 yes, yes, this is it

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Honestly - we’re spoiled. Amazing amount and quality of content here.

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The Athletic's power ranking starts the Dubs at #1. https://theathletic.com/3608925/2022/10/17/nba-power-rankings-season-opening/

> The Warriors are just really good at what they do, and they know who they are.

But what really struck my fancy was this line from the section about the T-Wolves (#11 overall, in "Tier 3: Playoffs").

> The Minnesota Timberwolves are going for it. It’s fair to question if this is the correct way to go for it, but they’re going for it.

🤣 My thoughts exactly.

I personally haven't put together a list of predictions, but I'm reasonably confident I can outperform FiveThirtyEight's predictions (Dubs: 11th best record overall, 6% chance of winning the title compared with 21% for Boston) so I should probably get on that before the season officially starts.

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Wow. Celtics at 8 and Nets at 14 are both surprising.

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That was fun to read. Thanks!

And the lakers are ranked 18.

I usually am so logical and warm hearted, but I just love to hate the lakers. That means I’m healthy, right? Right?!

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How the Lakers get ranked so high?

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