Official NBA Season Thread

#1 Edited by FireEmblem_Man (8654 posts) -

Keep all NBA related stuff here!

Go Bulls

#2 Edited by PSP107 (11878 posts) -

Keep all NBA related stuff here!

Go Bulls

Yeah Rose looking good so far. But I agree with Rick(Sun-Times) that he isn't quite in sync with his fellow players.

#3 Posted by Allicrombie (25134 posts) -

Lakers are looking like the B team this year compared to the Clippers.

#4 Posted by FireEmblem_Man (8654 posts) -

Lakers are looking like the B team this year compared to the Clippers.

Lakers are old and need to be rebuilt from the ground up. Kobe can still stay, but they need a new coaching staff that isn't D'antoni. Also, it isn't too late to search for a true successor for Kobe Bryant.

#5 Edited by FireEmblem_Man (8654 posts) -

@PSP107 said:

@FireEmblem_Man said:

Keep all NBA related stuff here!

Go Bulls

Yeah Rose looking good so far. But I agree with Rick(Sun-Times) that he isn't quite in sync with his fellow players.

True, but remember its only preseason. He'll have time to get in rhythm with the rest of the team when the season opens against the Heat

#6 Posted by The_Last_Ride (70921 posts) -

i really want to watch NBA, but i live in a completely different timezone, so it's hard for me. Even though i really enjoy the sport

#7 Posted by No_Hablo_Ingles (8366 posts) -

Can't wait. Rockets hopefully will be a top 3 seed this year.

#8 Posted by Master_Live (14242 posts) -

Well, Magic is out of ESPN. Now if we could only get Shaq out of TNT...

#9 Posted by PSP107 (11878 posts) -

@PSP107 said:

@FireEmblem_Man said:

Keep all NBA related stuff here!

Go Bulls

Yeah Rose looking good so far. But I agree with Rick(Sun-Times) that he isn't quite in sync with his fellow players.

True, but remember its only preseason. He'll have time to get in rhythm with the rest of the team when the season opens against the Heat

I watched the Brazil game and the Rookies(And Teague) needs to improve as the season goes on.

#10 Posted by Braun_Roid_Rage (719 posts) -

Crackhead trying to make a comeback.

#11 Posted by Boston_Boyy (3921 posts) -

@Master_Live: Magic was pretty shit, honestly at this point, and after listening to the Grantland previews, it might as well just be Simmons and Rose. Wilbon's okay but I enjoy him more when he's given more free reign on PTI, Doug Collins could be an interesting addition, not crazy abou Doris Burke but i'll give it a watch before passing too much judgement.

#12 Edited by Master_Live (14242 posts) -

I like Doris and I it is always great to have a coach in the set like Doug, plus we know Collins and Wilbon are friends. They can draw plays using one of those touch screens and actually analyze what it is happening on the court.

#13 Posted by PSP107 (11878 posts) -

Well, Magic is out of ESPN. Now if we could only get Shaq out of TNT...

what's your beef with Shaq?

#14 Posted by Master_Live (14242 posts) -

@PSP107 said:

@Master_Live said:

Well, Magic is out of ESPN. Now if we could only get Shaq out of TNT...

what's your beef with Shaq?

That he is a mediocre analyst.

#15 Posted by PSP107 (11878 posts) -

@PSP107 said:

@Master_Live said:

Well, Magic is out of ESPN. Now if we could only get Shaq out of TNT...

what's your beef with Shaq?

That he is a mediocre analyst.

He's only there because of his name and personality. I'm pretty sure he can get better as analyst.

#16 Posted by Pittfan666 (8532 posts) -

Might go to a cavs game this year since they are the closest NBA team. Routing for the spurs but they are too old to win the championship.

#17 Posted by -Renegade (8340 posts) -

Well, Magic is out of ESPN. Now if we could only get Shaq out of TNT...

nah shaq brings the funny magic was dull.

#18 Edited by Silverbond (16049 posts) -

Are we ever gonna lose another game?

Pelicans are stacked, NBA is fricked

#19 Posted by DaJuicyMan (3462 posts) -

Bill Simmons thinks if the best trades. Al Horford to CHI for Boozer and draft picks/prospects would make the Bulls better than the Pacers imo.

#20 Posted by mems_1224 (46697 posts) -

Awesome, I cant wait for the season to start so that I can miss all the Rockets games because I dont have comcast!!

What a kick in the balls to longtime fans. Streaming games online is so annoying.

#21 Posted by No_Hablo_Ingles (8366 posts) -

@mems_1224: I heard there was a little movement since CSN Houston filed for bankruptcy.

#22 Posted by PSP107 (11878 posts) -

Awesome, I cant wait for the season to start so that I can miss all the Rockets games because I dont have comcast!!

What a kick in the balls to longtime fans. Streaming games online is so annoying.

I did some digging on this story and only 40% have CSN Houston?

#23 Edited by Jagged3dge (3895 posts) -

Routing for the spurs but they are too old to win the championship.

They say this every year, but they'll still be sitting atop the west again next year

#24 Posted by No_Hablo_Ingles (8366 posts) -

@Pittfan666

The Heat have a higher average age than the Spurs. Adjusted for playing time the Heat have one of the oldest rosters period. If the Spurs don't win (they won't Go Rockets!) won't be because of age.

#25 Edited by Jagged3dge (3895 posts) -

@Pittfan666

The Heat have a higher average age than the Spurs. Adjusted for playing time the Heat have one of the oldest rosters period. If the Spurs don't win (they won't Go Rockets!) won't be because of age.

NBA 2k14 has the Heat beating the Rockets in 6 games. Pretty generous of them.

#26 Posted by Chutebox (36753 posts) -

Carmelo's last year in NY?

#27 Posted by mems_1224 (46697 posts) -

@PSP107 said:

@mems_1224 said:

Awesome, I cant wait for the season to start so that I can miss all the Rockets games because I dont have comcast!!

What a kick in the balls to longtime fans. Streaming games online is so annoying.

I did some digging on this story and only 40% have CSN Houston?

Yea, sounds about right. Some neighborhoods don't even have an option to get comcast

#28 Edited by Chutebox (36753 posts) -

@PSP107 said:

@mems_1224 said:

Awesome, I cant wait for the season to start so that I can miss all the Rockets games because I dont have comcast!!

What a kick in the balls to longtime fans. Streaming games online is so annoying.

I did some digging on this story and only 40% have CSN Houston?

Yea, sounds about right. Some neighborhoods don't even have an option to get comcast

Wait, you guys actually like comcast there?

#29 Posted by mems_1224 (46697 posts) -

@Chutebox said:

@mems_1224 said:

@PSP107 said:

@mems_1224 said:

Awesome, I cant wait for the season to start so that I can miss all the Rockets games because I dont have comcast!!

What a kick in the balls to longtime fans. Streaming games online is so annoying.

I did some digging on this story and only 40% have CSN Houston?

Yea, sounds about right. Some neighborhoods don't even have an option to get comcast

Wait, you guys actually like comcast there?

No, but you have to have it if you want to watch Astros or Rockets games now

#30 Edited by GotFiveRings (386 posts) -

Why is Dwight such a pusscake?

#31 Posted by No_Hablo_Ingles (8366 posts) -

@Jagged3dge: Pretty nice of them to give the cover athlete the benefit of the doubt since LeBron can't beat Dwight in the playoffs.

#32 Posted by No_Hablo_Ingles (8366 posts) -

ESPN ranked Wade 18th currently...

THAT'S STILL TOO HIGH.

#33 Edited by PSP107 (11878 posts) -

The Bulls are better than the Pacers.

#34 Posted by Jagged3dge (3895 posts) -

ESPN ranked Wade 18th currently...

THAT'S STILL TOO HIGH.

Too low you mean, Aldridge over Wade? haha wow.

Really can't wait for the season to start

#35 Posted by Master_Live (14242 posts) -

Simmons, Doris and Collins (someone less dull would be better but he will do). No Magic or Wilbon. Man, who said life was wasn't good.

#36 Posted by Master_Live (14242 posts) -

Shaq and Jalen, you are next.

#37 Posted by No_Hablo_Ingles (8366 posts) -

@Jagged3dge: No, I meant what I said and said what I meant.

#38 Edited by PSP107 (11878 posts) -
#39 Posted by Master_Live (14242 posts) -

@PSP107: Barkley, Kenny Smith, Jeff Van Gundy. Also, Rick Carlisle was good on a short stint he had on the playoffs a couple of years ago.

#40 Posted by No_Hablo_Ingles (8366 posts) -

Jeff is the best.

#41 Posted by dodgerblue13 (20836 posts) -

@Pittfan666: Spurs still have another year in them--especially given the Western Conference.

Thunder haven't improved; they need to swap Perkins and Ibaka for a capable big.

Rockets don't know who their point guard is going to be; Lin's global appeal gets in the way of realizing Beverley is the best PG for the Rockets. There's a chance Asik's discontent might cause problems, too.

Clippers need Blake to play like KG for Doc; he looks like he can. But DeAndre needs to keep up these absurd block tallies he's posting preseason. Paul is still a defensive liability.

Warriors don't have many holes until Bogut and Curry go down; that's historically just a matter of time.

#42 Edited by PSP107 (11878 posts) -

@Pittfan666: Spurs still have another year in them--especially given the Western Conference.

Thunder haven't improved; they need to swap Perkins and Ibaka for a capable big.

Rockets don't know who their point guard is going to be; Lin's global appeal gets in the way of realizing Beverley is the best PG for the Rockets. There's a chance Asik's discontent might cause problems, too.

Clippers need Blake to play like KG for Doc; he looks like he can. But DeAndre needs to keep up these absurd block tallies he's posting preseason. Paul is still a defensive liability.

Warriors don't have many holes until Bogut and Curry go down; that's historically just a matter of time.

I'm liking your throwback cavs logo. Anyway, since you broke down the West, break down the East?

#43 Posted by dodgerblue13 (20836 posts) -

@PSP107: The East is a little more clear cut I think.

  1. Heat are still the Heat. Lost Mike Miller, got Oden and Beasley. Still will struggle against Hibbert if they play Indiana in the playoffs (and if Indiana actually feeds Hibbert).
  2. Pacers were beaten by their bench last year. They added Scola, CJ Watson, and Chris Copeland. I think that's enough of a punch to help their second unit. Plus, if they delegate Granger to the first option on the second team and he returns even to 80% of Granger of old, that's a pretty scary match-up for anyone--including Miami--because Scola is very capable too.
  3. Nets are obviously radically different in a good way. But who takes the last shot? Joe Johnson is money. Remember the Wade-LeBrong last-shot debacles the first year? Deron Williams had a strong second half of the season. He could be key if he wins the Chalmers/Cole match-up in a series. And who stops Lopez for Miami?
  4. Bulls look really strong already. They really need to swap Deng for less of a distraction. Packaging Rose and Boozer to get a three and let Gibson play four would be ideal. Rose is on point already. Butler needs to make the jump. Don't think they have the depth for a run at the title though.
  5. Knicks can only make a run if they're a top-four seed. I don't see it. Lots of pressure on Bargnani. Interesting to see how JR Smith responds to disappearing in playoffs.
  6. Pistons are going to be really fun to watch. Drummond is the real deal. Jennings and Smith will have plenty of highlights this year. But they're not a serious contender.
  7. Hawks got Millsap for a few nickels. Horford could benefit from Millsap's floor-spacing ability (compared to Josh Smith's lane-clogging ability). Probably the same playoff matchup for them: Indiana. That was the only series I couldn't stomach. Shouldn't be any different.
  8. Take your pick. I guess the Wizards maybe. The Southeast is bad. Free wins from Orlando and Charlotte. Wall could explode this year, and they played well down the stretch last season. Beal is a good two, but I don't think the Porter pick contributes, so I don't think they're much different than last year.
#44 Posted by andyboiii (13629 posts) -

I was thinking about purchasing NBA League Pass for mobile, anyone have it? I already know the local teams will be blacked out along with most of the teams like Heat, GSW and Bulls, probably worth getting just for the teams that aren't on national tv that much

#45 Posted by No_Hablo_Ingles (8366 posts) -

Rockets have two more than capable point guards, I don't see why that's an issue. Bev starts, Lin 6th man, both play around 28-30 minutes, occasionally at the same time (Lin is 6'3, so fairly capable of guarding most shooting guards)

#46 Posted by PSP107 (11878 posts) -

@ @dodgerblue13

I know its preseason, but the Pacers lost twice to the Bulls. And the Bulls still not 100% healthy

Rockets have two more than capable point guards, I don't see why that's an issue. Bev starts, Lin 6th man, both play around 28-30 minutes, occasionally at the same time (Lin is 6'3, so fairly capable of guarding most shooting guards)

Will the Rockers always go with Howard and Asik starting together?

#47 Edited by No_Hablo_Ingles (8366 posts) -

If it works, yeah. Probably adjust minutes so one is always on the court ( not counting garbage time) whether it is successful or not. Also matchup dependent- against Memphis, yeah probably be a highly used lineup. Against small ball teams? Probably not unless Howard proves himself capable of guarding S-4s

#48 Posted by dodgerblue13 (20836 posts) -

@PSP107: I think Indiana is still a stronger team top-to-bottom. Chicago is going to miss Nate. They don't have anyone on the bench that can put up consistent points other than maybe Gibson. Pacers have Granger (who's out the rest of the preseason for what that's worth) and Scola. Even Copeland could help.

@andyboiii: NBA near deals to allow live local streaming leaguewide

That is likely going to be a non-issue. That'd be very refreshing.

@No_Hablo_Ingles: I'm not questioning either of Houston's PGs although I hate Lin on defense and have seen enough airballs not to buy in that he can help space the floor. I just think each guy deserves minutes, and not having a clear-cut PG typically hurts a team in the playoffs. I'd never pick Houston to win a title unless one of these two guys is given a clear number-one role.

#49 Posted by Cynical_Buzzard (224 posts) -

I have a feeling we can make the playoffs this season after all of the off season moves we have made.

I am a New Orleans Pelicans fan, Go Pelicans!!!

#50 Edited by DaJuicyMan (3462 posts) -

Rockets-Warriors WCC Series