NBA 2019-2020

Discussion in 'Sports and Fitness' started by jerichojanolo, Jun 14, 2019.

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    Lakers' bench on that comeback! (y)
     
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    I love sneaker talk...

    People forget that these signature shoes are made specifically for the style of play of the endorsers. Shoes of big men are designed differently from the smaller or faster players.... shoes worn by big men are high on cushioning and support, and those worn by smaller players are high on traction and flexibility. That's why it is important to wear shoes that are designed and engineered for your game and style of play.

    Take the case of Zion Williamson...
    Remember when Zion got injured when his Nike PG-2.5 exploded? You can't blame Nike for it... the shoe was not designed for heavyweights like Zion. Zion is a hybrid of a big man with the athleticism of a wingman, and maybe that's why he preferred wearing shoes like PG's and Kyrie's over the stiff shoes worn by other big men. Lebron's would have been a better fit for him, but Lebron shoes are still too bulky for Zion's game. Williamson has signed up with the Jordan brand... let's see what shoes will be engineered specifically for a beast like Zion.



    Have you ever wondered why Nike has remained as the top basketball shoe brand and why most big men end up being
    Adidas endorsers instead of Nike?

    It's all about the numbers. Just look at the starting 5 of a basketball team... 1 big man and 4 wingmen. The power forward position has now evolved into a stretch-4. Exponentially, wingmen sell more shoes than big men and Nike has capitalized on that.
     
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    Two teams that are showing great promise despite pre-season criticism: the Lakers and the Celtics. How about them renewing their rivalry until the Finals? (y) Of course it’s still a long way to go but wouldn’t it be cool to think about?
     
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    Nice to finally see the Lakers winning again. And the team is looking like they are having fun playing together. But hopefully they get serious in the post season because that other LA team looks fierce!

     
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    Lakers in the West, Celtics in the East.

    What a way to start the season!
     
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    Fyi.
     
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    Melo to Portland. Now the fun begins :whistle:
     
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    Thank you CNN Philippines!
     
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    Clippers are load managing their way to mediocrity.. ha ha. their vaunted defense has been so-so so far. maybe theyre not as deep as everyone thought they were. of course, kawhi & PG have not played a game together yet. but clearly, with one of them out, theyre not as invincible as they seemed before the start of the season.

    unlike the raptors & kawhi's load management, the raptors were 17-5 when Kawhi was out the whole season last year.... so far with the Clippers, they are 0-3..that's not a good sign.. . just goes to show that the raptors were not a bunch of scrubs that Kawhi brought to the finals last June..
     
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    ^They look even more formidable now with Pascal Siakam playing at All-Star level. These Raptors, written off much like the Celtics, are better now than the Kawhi era (well, one season actually). Look at the 76ers. Best team on paper, most feared defense, potent offense. Yeah right. In days Embiid is resting and Simmons just couldn’t hit the mid-range, they are out of sync. Only Horford is playing like he always does with the Celtics then.

    Then there’s the Celtics and Lakers, surprisingly two teams which were considered mid-tier preseason, one, because Kyrie “Gimme the ball” Irving is gone, and two, Lebron is a washed-up superstar. Well, look where they are right now. Celtics are on a 10-game winning streak, have the best offensive rating, and a top six defensive rating. Lakers are best in the West, riding on a perpetually untiring LBJ and a rejuvenated Anthony Davis, plus an able backup and bench.

    It’s still a long way to 82 games but who doesn’t want another Boston-LAL rivalry in the Finals? Raise your hands!
     
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    The Melo experiment seems to be a failure. You cant expect a tiger to change his stripes or Melo to stick to his man and play defense. Watch the game and count how many times he left his man open.

    He can still prove himself but this game is like his last in Houston.

    It's odd. I'm not a Melo fan but I feel sad for the guy.
     
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    ^It was awful really. He’s not the same dominant player during his early years. He can’t knock down his shots, he can’t rebound, he can’t guard, and he surely can’t outrun his shadow. Ergo, he won’t last the entire season.
     
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    I'm just in awe at what Luka has been doing lately. For a 20yo sophomore who does not have explosive athleticism, what he's been doing is nothing short of marvelous. If this continues, he's going to build MVP hype.
     
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    He's on his way to becoming the best player in the NBA. People forget he's been a pro basketball player for around 8 years now, though he clearly started as a phenom.

    About athleticism, it's deceiving how quick and strong he is. Watch him on a fast break, or better yet, watch the opponents running with him. Some of them look like they're much more athletic, yet they can hardly keep up. The strength in his arms, needed to throw bullet-like cross-court passes, is underrated. His balance and quick-twitch muscles are also important athletic abilities - think Roger Federer.

    Test your basketball IQ against his in this cool video...

     
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    I agree... Actually reminds me of J. Lin's Draft Combine

    Or maybe Luka just have enough of the required skills to excel.

    What amazes me is that Luka has big numbers and Dallas is winning...

    I have an FB friend who keeps posting D. Rose stats, and while they look good. It's not enough to carry the Piston's to a W.
     
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    Luka Doncic should've been an All Star last season after getting the third highest fan votes. Now that the league and the fans know how good he is in the NBA, I won't be surprised if he tops the voting this time.

    He does not rely on raw athleticism... and that sets him apart from the current crop of superstars. What amazes me with Luka is his poise. For his age, he already knows how to control the pace of the game and does whatever it takes to win the game.

    As a basketball fan, I am awed by his mastery of the game. His skills and knowledge of the game is top rank. Because of his mastery of the basketball fundamentals, he is able to read plays before they happen. He has the knack for the ball, like most basketball greats with high BBIQ.

    Watching him play as the court general for the Mavs, I can help but compare him to Jason Kidd. He is simply a taller version of Jason Kidd.
     
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    Is it just me or is the NBA suddenly injury-prone for its players? This season has seen major and minor injuries to players that the league is asking themselves just how tough it has been for players playing against each other, and in some cases, among themselves. Concussion protocols have been up for a number of players, while various ailments and injuries have piled up compared to previous years. Rarely in the 90’s and early 00’s do we see players in sick bay or rehab or out of commission. Maybe they’ve become hardened as steel now or maybe, is playmaking now more rough, or more injurious?
     
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    One reason I can think of is the faster pace of the game. Another is lack of physical conditionining on some players but LeBron is probably the best when it comes to conditioning. He is on his 17th season with higher than average minutes per game but rarely gets injured.
     
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    He simply has to accept that it’s time for him to call it a career. It’s amazing how Lebron and Melo came from the same draft class - one is still a stud and the other is washed. Quite simply put, Melo does not have the discipline to be in tip top shape like LBJ so he’s already 2 steps slower than the competition. He said he belongs in this league but his impact to his teams say otherwise.

    I’d be surprised if the Blazers don’t cut him soon and if he is still in the league next season. There’s a reason Portland signed him for a non-guaranteed contract.
     
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    25 points, 8 rebounds.

    I think Melo's been lurking here and decided to prove to us that he's still got some gas left in his tank.

    The speed and agility will eventually vanish, but the shooting touch will always remain for ballers. Melo is a scorer and a good streak shooter. He can be a serviceable 6th man or a 3rd scoring option for a team who wants to go deep in the playoffs. There won't be a drop in defense... it has never been a part of his game anyway.



    Meanwhile...
    the NBA is mulling over a few league changes... a shortened season and a new format for the playoffs. Lebron, the lucky bastard, will be benefitting in these changes.... if it happens.


     

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