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2018-2019 NBA Regular Season Thread

Old 03-04-19, 03:13 PM
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If they miss the playoffs and keep the pick, what happens next year? Is it unprotected then? Or is it like it was with the Lakers and Orlando where it then converts to a couple of second round picks instead?
Almost:
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2019 first round draft pick from L.A. Clippers
L.A. Clippers' 1st round pick to Boston (via Memphis) protected for selections 1-14 in 2019 and 1-14 in 2020; if the L.A. Clippers have not conveyed a 1st round pick to Boston by 2020, then the L.A. Clippers will instead convey their 2022 2nd round pick to Boston [L.A. Clippers-Memphis, 2/18/2016; Boston-Memphis, 6/23/2016]
But I'm pretty sure they're banking on being significantly better next year. Double bonus in that it screws the Celtics from using it as an asset in the AD wars, so the Lakers have like a double reason to try to win.
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Re: 2018-2019 NBA Regular Season Thread

Originally Posted by fujishig View Post
Almost:
https://basketball.realgm.com/nba/dr...rafts/detailed
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But I'm pretty sure they're banking on being significantly better next year. Double bonus in that it screws the Celtics from using it as an asset in the AD wars, so the Lakers have like a double reason to try to win.
well, it's still an asset, because as you state it would be expected to convey next year. But still, it won't be a concrete asset.

So I am certainly hoping the Clips make the playoffs, and that Sacramento starts sucking.

I am fine if the Memphis pick doesn't convey (Memphis keeps it if it's top 8).
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Old 03-04-19, 04:20 PM
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Re: 2018-2019 NBA Regular Season Thread

Marc Stein reports that the Lakers are likely to fire Walton after this season: https://sports.yahoo.com/report-lake...200004509.html
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Old 03-04-19, 04:33 PM
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there's a shocker
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Old 03-04-19, 04:50 PM
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You gotta love this thread as the talk is dominated regarding a team who isn't going to make the playoffs.

I kid, I kid as I know there just happens to be mostly Laker fans who populate this place.
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Old 03-04-19, 05:04 PM
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You gotta love this thread as the talk is dominated regarding a team who isn't going to make the playoffs.

I kid, I kid as I know there just happens to be mostly Laker fans who populate this place.
Hey, if we confined ourselves to just talking about teams with a chance to win the championship... well all the GS talk would get stale.

When does the offseason thread start because the Lakers talk can soon move there...
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It's always been this way. But having a separate Lakers thread would just lead to us Lakers haters getting accused of thread crapping. When the talk is in the general NBA thread, we can gloat about the Lakers' demise without violating forum rules.
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In non-Laker related news - Marc Stein is reporting that the sun is likely to rise tomorrow morning.
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Hey, if we confined ourselves to just talking about teams with a chance to win the championship... well all the GS talk would get stale.
Hot take

They are a Curry or Durant injury from getting destroyed in the Finals or WCF. Draymond is not an all star calibre player anymore,Boogie doesn't fit yet and their bench is the most ass it's ever been. If you took away Curry or Durant this would basically be similiar to the Lakers teams in 04 that lost Detroit in the finals Ie 2 former all star shells(Payton/Malone Green/Boogie) 2 current all stars and a weak bench.
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Old 03-04-19, 09:44 PM
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Hot take

They are a Curry or Durant injury from getting destroyed in the Finals or WCF. Draymond is not an all star calibre player anymore,Boogie doesn't fit yet and their bench is the most ass it's ever been. If you took away Curry or Durant this would basically be similiar to the Lakers teams in 04 that lost Detroit in the finals Ie 2 former all star shells(Payton/Malone Green/Boogie) 2 current all stars and a weak bench.
What's telling is that the team has to lose a top five player to even have a shot at losing. I mean, if the Bulls didn't have either Pippen or Jordan, if the Rockets didn't have Olajuwon, if the Lakers lost Shaq or Kobe, if any Lebron team lost Lebron, it wouldn't be surprising if those teams didn't even sniff the conference finals, but we look at GS, take away a top player and they're still right there. And I don't think they get destroyed, either.

In the vaunted West, despite their record I don't think anyone really considers the Nuggets or Trail Blazers real threats. The Thunder have been playing lights out and the Rockets have been carried by Harden but both have vulnerabilities. I wouldn't want to play the Jazz in the first round either. But I doubt any of those are favorites against a Durant or Curry-less Warriors.
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Again, is anyone surprised the Lakers lost again? It’s time to start tanking for the draft.
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Even Snoop thinks this season has turned into a fucking disaster

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Lakers next game will be against the division leader Nuggets. Ok, I expect an easy 20 point blowout win for the Lakers.
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Lakers next game will be against the division leader Nuggets. Ok, I expect an easy 20 point blowout win for the Lakers.
Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if they win the game. They seem to do better against the tougher teams.
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Old 03-05-19, 02:43 AM
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What good is tanking going to do at this point? It's not like they have any shot in hell of getting the #1 pick and getting Zion and they aren't going to purposely raise the white flag and go on an 18-game losing streak. That would not sit well with the fans paying good money for their games and seeing LeBron. Zion is probably going to the Knicks, Cavs or Suns in the summer.

First they're going to fire Walton and probably the entire coaching staff.

Next they will have to re-evaluate this strategy of these 1-year rentals. As of right now, 7 players are probably not coming back in 2019-20.
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Old 03-05-19, 06:58 AM
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Maybe the GM is the bigger problem?
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Old 03-05-19, 07:13 AM
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As much as I like Walton, he's gone after the season is over. The good thing for him is he won't be out of a job for long. It just makes you wonder if the front office already has someone in mind? Is it just me or does LeBron seemed bored or not as Sharpe as he usually is this season? Being in the Finals for eight straight years has to have taken a toll on his body. Hopefully, he will take advantage of the long offseason he's going to have and get some rest and come back strong and refreshed for the 2019-20 season.
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Old 03-05-19, 07:20 AM
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As much as I like Walton, he's gone after the season is over. The good thing for him is he won't be out of a job for long. It just makes you wonder if the front office already has someone in mind? Is it just me or does LeBron seemed bored or not as Sharpe as he usually is this season? Being in the Finals for eight straight years has to have taken a toll on his body. Hopefully, he will take advantage of the long offseason he's going to have and get some rest and come back strong and refreshed for the 2019-20 season.
When the Lakers played the Sixers a few weeks back in Philly (National ABC Game), Lebron looked totally disinterested that game. Granted, he was just coming back from injury and it's not fair for me to judge him on one game as I don't see him play every night.
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So true. Such an amazing player with such a toxic personality for any team he's on. Wants to be the leader then acts like he's no leader once he gets the chance.

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Maybe the GM is the bigger problem?
Don't know why but this got me thinking of Magic's son all of a sudden.
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Old 03-05-19, 11:37 AM
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Pelinka/Magic haven't really built a roster to win, and those one year signings are still head scratchers, but they did successfully bring Lebron in and went all out to try to get Davis, plus they freed up money next year so I don't see how you can replace them. In hindsight, not going all in to get Paul George, especially the way he's playing right now, seems like a huge mistake, but everyone and their mother assumed he'd come here anyway (I don't really believe the Spurs would have traded Kawhi to the Lakers for any package).

Luke, on the other hand, wasn't picked by them, has probably lost at least part of the team and hasn't really proven to be even a good Xs and Os guy. I mean, if he hasn't lost the team I like him enough that I'd still prefer him over someone like Lue, but I don't see a compelling reason to keep him either.
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Old 03-05-19, 02:06 PM
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https://www.latimes.com/sports/laker...304-story.html

A very well written and rational write up on the Lakers disappointing season.

This is written by Arash Markazi who used to work for ESPN and has covered LA sports for a long time.


But, this team should be at least IMO a 7th or 8th seed playoff team. Not lottery bound.
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Old 03-05-19, 02:35 PM
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What good is tanking going to do at this point? It's not like they have any shot in hell of getting the #1 pick and getting Zion and they aren't going to purposely raise the white flag and go on an 18-game losing streak. That would not sit well with the fans paying good money for their games and seeing LeBron. Zion is probably going to the Knicks, Cavs or Suns in the summer.

First they're going to fire Walton and probably the entire coaching staff.

Next they will have to re-evaluate this strategy of these 1-year rentals. As of right now, 7 players are probably not coming back in 2019-20.
Lakers are currently the 14th worst team in the league. They are only 3.5 games up on the Washington Wizards, who sit at 7th worst. If they somehow tanked down to that spot, their odds of a top 4 pick jump from like 4% to like 32%. (their chance for the number 1 goes from 1% to 7.5%). That's significant, especially if you add in the fact that the fix would be in. Now I doubt they want anyone at 2-4 but it's still a trade chip.

It'll be difficult because I don't think Lebron wants to sit, but the rest of their roster is basically ravaged by injury and their schedule is pretty tough.

BTW, they are currently 5.5 games out of the 8th spot in the playoffs not including tie breakers.
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What does the current play of the Lakers mean for the AD trade? Is the value of all the players they offered up dropping? Or would NOLA give some credit to the fact that their motivation has had an effect on their output these last couple of months?
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