The U.S. men's basketball team just took a punch in the mouth at the hands of France.
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Does anyone believe the report that Curry, Klay & Dray met with brass en masse and expressed their desire to trade all future assets for a win now all nba player?
One, I can't believe Klay would ever forfeit a day on his boat for a meeting like that.
Two, that report makes it seem like the Warriors are desperate to appease their superstar which would make any future trade seriously bad in terms of exchange of value. Other teams smell blood in the water and feel like they can fleece the Warriors because their stars have them scrambling. A report like this will only decrease the value that the Warriors could get back, this decreasing what they could put on the floor with the mid career core. Curry, Klay & Dray are smart guys. Do we think they are going to do something that hampers the FO ability to make the team better?
Three, how long has the Lacob-Meyers-Kerr-Steph-Klay-Dray (Looney!) group been together? I would say it's pretty safe to assume that THESE GUYS are talking all the time. There isn't anyone in this group that needs to call a house meeting because someone ate their yogurt. You don't accomplish what this group has accomplished by not being connected.
Four, I am not saying that these guys didn't get together and chat. What I am saying is that whatever was said about what was said in the meeting was CRAFTED by the whole lot. It is not in any team's interest or any player's interest to broadcast to the world what the FO intentions are. The Davion MItchell win now story and all in for Curry prime years story are wonderful cover for their real intentions: DRAFT THE BEST PLAYERS OF NEED.
Five, if said meeting took place, my guess it went like this: Players: Yes, draft the best guys you can, but we need a couple more solid vets that we can rely on on this team. Your talking about Jae Crowder and Marc Gasol, any two guys who have been around the block a few times. We don't need to trade Wiseman, 7, 14, Paschall, Poole and 3 future firsts to get a couple solid vets to compliment this group.
Six, Oh Crap! I forgot you can't win and develop at the same time. My bad, erase all that.
Insider info. I have a friend who works for United Airlines. I have a tip that post Olympics, they have reservations for Ekpe Udoh, Josh Okogie, Okafor, Precious Achiuwa & Metu (Nigerian team) from Tokyo to the Hamptons. Looks like Nigeria has pole position on Durant getting a new passport for the 2024 Olympics.
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Daniel, Daniel. Nice piece of fluff to entertain the fan base. But, tell me, is it Popovich's fault that Team USA couldn't buy a bucket in the 4th quarter? Wide open shots wouldn't fall and their lead evaporated before their eyes. Can we really put the blame on Popovich for the team not executing? 76 points for star players?! Total bull....
Developing players usually goes on throughout a full season, not a stretch of tournament games like the Olympics. But, I get the drift. Is it possible to fire the coach during the Olympic tournament? That is an idea, one that I don't think is going to happen. Too much loss of face.
Excellent snark. Daniel should write "under the influence" more often; it's an effective style.
USA up 7 with 3 minutes to go and couldn't buy a shot for the rest of the game. Sad. Was it really on CBS? I had to buy Peacock Premium to get it, and streaming sucks in my rural area.
On another matter, I will never, ever understand the Beal attraction. The tradeoffs to get him make no sense. Look, it was reasonable to go after KD because of the unique circumstances (Curry's bargain contract, cap going through the roof, Barnes leaving for his own big payday), but the efforts to pull together "super teams" just seem pathetic to me. Did the Nets really need Harden? Was it worth what they gave up to get him? Not in my mind. Did the Clippers give up too much to get Paul George and Kawhi? I think so. Are they any more interesting now to watch than they were before?
So give me the draft picks, Wiseman and a few years.
Talk about "wasting" Curry's "last years" is similarly stupid. If you only measure his contributions by post-season success, you are missing the joy of the moment. You miss how he makes his teammates better, how he grows into more leadership, his individual brilliance on offense and his improvements on defense.
So brutal. I don’t know where to start. Batum and Gobert are as good as they’ve got. Just gross
Epic Rant! I'm gonna get drunk and read it again.
Jordan Poole highlights...did he get a bit taller or is it just the camera angle?
I didn't see the game but no mention of Nico's 10 PTS (4/10), 7 AST, 1 TO in a win over Germany?
If anyone is going on a booze run, pick up some Henney for Daniel. I believe he’s out.
I think it can be difficult for the players to switch between NBA and FIBA due to rule differences. For instance the removal of defensive 3secs violation allows bigs (i.e. Rudy) to park themselves in the key and block the driving lane. This appears to limit the impact of athletic nba players getting to the rim, and lends itself to a higher passing and cutting offense. That's possibly why France, Spain, Australia etc. with older, seasoned FIBA veterans can do quite well.
Also funny occurrence in Nigeria v Australia last night, another example of FIBA rules impacting play - Metu grabbed Dellavedova in the backcourt to stop the run of play (milked by Delly). It was not clear path, but in FIBA there is a rule against intentional fouling, so it was deemed an 'un-sportsman like foul' and resulted in a single FT and possession for Australia. Metu was not happy, said something to the refs (im guessing something he may say to an NBA ref), got given a Technical, which resulted in him being ejected (un-sportman like foul + T = ejection). Metu was like, 'what the hell just happened??!'. Australia ended up with 3 FTs and possession. Brutal. Game never got close after that.
Maybe someone put haterade in my hennessy bottle, but very few of those plays w/ Wiggins v. Beal looked like good defense to me (coincidentally it seemed like Beal scored on some of the better defensive possessions). Lots of unforced turnovers and missed open looks. Maybe I can coax another mini-explain-one-play out of Eric Apricot explaining why I'm wrong 😜
They should start Holiday instead of LaVine.
This had me dying:
“How long before KD demands a trade to Nigeria or Australia in order to force the USA basketball committee to upgrade the roster?”
Really underscores the absurdity of this off-season’s discourse …
Every time the USA sucks internationally I instantly think it’s the fault of NBA officiating making star players trashy foul hunters instead of good basketball players. Time to dial back the lame a$$ whistles on offensive player created contact in the NBA so the US can once again rise to the top of the international game.