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NimChimpskyI was thinking about the "dragon has three heads" thing, and as far as the show goes, I think what EA and I were talking about still makes sense, that there doesn't have to be other riders. But that's kind of weird, right? Imagine all three dragons in action with Dany riding Drogon. How does she control the other two? When Aegon conquered Westeros, his sisters rode the other two dragons. I could see the show kind of just not addressing this, but when the books finally get around to Dany draggin' them into battle, I kind of still imagine other riders.

Per some GoT obsessed writers, the actual Dance with Dragons (roughly 150 years before current events) the Targaryens held a more or less open audition for dragon riders. One would logically assume that dragons need riders to be controlled.

Then again, one could just as logically assume that the show writers either don't know or don't care.
Aug 16, 2017 10:22 PM
booze
HoboJoe
boozeIf someone finds me that bet, I'll even give a 10% finder's fee.

Remember when you signed a guy who can't shoot 3s at all to a $139m contract? Good luck with that.

Hey, remember when your team committed $128 million for one fewer year to a nerdy white guy whose best sport is tennis?

Pretty happy with the guy who can, you know, shoot and defend
Aug 5, 2017 4:06 PM
boozeIf someone finds me that bet, I'll even give a 10% finder's fee.

Remember when you signed a guy who can't shoot 3s at all to a $139m contract? Good luck with that.
Aug 5, 2017 6:39 AM
Paris the GoatSome luminaries to out-stat Joel Embiid in points, rebounds, and assists for each of their first three seasons include Craig Smith, Charlie Villanueva, Andrea Bargnani, and Kwame Brown, among many, many others.

Arguing with Xeno is like arguing with a brick wall, only dumber
Aug 1, 2017 9:01 PM
Infinitus Corsair
HoboJoeI wouldn't trade him straight up for Isaiah Thomas right now

No.

Irving was the 12th best point guard in RPM last season. Thomas was 13th.

The Cavs have been utter garbage with Irving on the court without LeBron, both over the past three seasons and before LeBron came back. Boston was +5.2 with Thomas on the court this season and -2.1 when he sits.

Irving's Cavs have been atrocious his entire career when he's not on the court with LeBron. Thomas has been the best player on three straight overachieving playoff teams.

Kyrie, despite leading his team in shots and time with the ball this season, wants to leave to be a featured player. Isaiah, when asked if he wanted an extension this summer, said he'd rather wait until 2018 so Boston could use the money to get better.
Jul 25, 2017 8:33 PM
HoboJoeKyrie is one of the most overrated stars in the league. His teams were awful before LeBron came to town and the Cavs are just as awful when Kyrie plays with LeBron on the bench. I wouldn't trade him straight up for Isaiah Thomas right now*



*Cue HurricaneKid aneurysm

Speaking of HK aneurysms, Giannis just spent some time defending Durant's decision to leave OKC:

"A lot of people say they're going to stay on a team and decide to move to a different team," said Antetokounmpo. "But you guys got to remember: A guy might want to stay on a team, but if the team doesn't do the right things and the right moves for the player to become great. Because, KD, the reason he wanted to stay in OKC was to win, right? So, they didn't win the championship. That's why he decided to leave. So do not hate only the player. Because sometimes it's not up to the player."
Jul 24, 2017 7:12 PM
Kyrie is one of the most overrated stars in the league. His teams were awful before LeBron came to town and the Cavs are just as awful when Kyrie plays with LeBron on the bench. I wouldn't trade him straight up for Isaiah Thomas right now*



*Cue HurricaneKid aneurysm
Jul 24, 2017 5:36 PM
Reports circulating that Kyrie asked to be traded away from Cleveland so he can be a focal point. LeBron is so out of there next summer.

Cleveland is a fucking joke. They lucked into one of the three greatest players ever and have totally fucked it up not once but twice.
Jul 21, 2017 9:13 PM
HoboJoe
boozeIt's so cute to see you kids posting about Boston and Milwaukee. Toronto's the second best team in the East, and while that won't get them anything more than dispatched by Cleveland in 6, they'll still play deeper than your crews.

Congrats on signing a guard who can't shoot or defend or show up in the playoffs to the second richest contract in league history.

Edit: Third biggest contract after the Conley signing.



booze

They might not start out particularly strong, but once they start playing together I think they'll surprise people. It doesn't hurt that they have a top-level distributor in Lonzo Ball. Plus, they have a ridiculous amount of cap space so they'll be able to acquire a stud at the trade deadline if they have any chance at a playoff spot, and another team is failing and decides to go into rebuild mode (hello?DeMar DeRozan, DeMarcus Cousins, etc.).

Already trying to get rid of him are we?
Jul 17, 2017 10:45 PM
booze
HurricaneKid
booze
HoboJoe
booze11. LA Lakers (will be more competitive than people expect)

Don't get this at all. The Lakers had the worst net rating in the league last year. Ball is a rookie PG. Ingram was one of the 10 worst players in the league last year by RPM. LA's best two players are Brook Lopez, an oft-injured, antiquated big man most recently seen anchoring the worst team in the league, and KCP, coming off a 14/3/3 negative DRPM season, whom Brooklyn decided was less valuable than DeMarre Carroll's corpse and a late 1st round pick. They don't have a single player that would start on a playoff team, Eastern bottom feeders excluded.

Ball will be ROY. Ingram will be a lot better this year. I expect big things from Julius Randle. They also have Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., and Luol Deng for veteran leadership. A good coach in Luke Walton who's going to play up-tempo, have Lopez spacing the floor, and let Ball work his magic with the passing. KCP shooting 3s, Randle and Lopez dunking.off Ball lobs. I honestly wouldn't be overly surprised if they contended for the #8 seed. They're going to be a very different team this year.


I'm with Hobo. None of the first 6 guys you mentioned are avg NBA players at this point in your young careers much high end starters. I put a team with Conley and Marc Gasol at the 10/11. I just don't see how it comes together so fast for LAL.

I would be SHOCKED if they competed for a playoff spot. The conference is just way too deep for that to happen. Especially given that their defense is going to be awful.

They might not start out particularly strong, but once they start playing together I think they'll surprise people. It doesn't hurt that they have a top-level distributor in Lonzo Ball. Plus, they have a ridiculous amount of cap space so they'll be able to acquire a stud at the trade deadline if they have any chance at a playoff spot, and another team is failing and decides to go into rebuild mode (hello DeMar DeRozan, DeMarcus Cousins, etc.).

You know what does hurt? Not having any good players.
Jul 17, 2017 10:37 PM
booze11. LA Lakers (will be more competitive than people expect)

Don't get this at all. The Lakers had the worst net rating in the league last year. Ball is a rookie PG. Ingram was one of the 10 worst players in the league last year by RPM. LA's best two players are Brook Lopez, an oft-injured, antiquated big man most recently seen anchoring the worst team in the league, and KCP, coming off a 14/3/3 negative DRPM season, whom Brooklyn decided was less valuable than DeMarre Carroll's corpse and a late 1st round pick. They don't have a single player that would start on a playoff team, Eastern bottom feeders excluded.
Jul 17, 2017 9:24 PM
HoboJoe
HurricaneKid

Have you seen Zizic in Summer League? I meant to razz you about him. Holy hell he has looked awful. He may very well be a player in a few years but he doesn't appear CLOSE to contributing to an NBA team, much less an elite one.

I'll take the full season of Zizic in Euroball over two or three summer league games.
Also, the Celtics just signed Aaron Baynes with the room exception. Told you the roster wasn't finished yet.

Zizic's last three summer league games:

27 min: 9 pts, 11 rbs, 1 ast, 4 blk, 1 stl, 3/4 fg, 3/6 ft

17 min: 12 pts, 13 rbs, 2 ast, 1 blk, 0 stl, 5/7 fg, 2/3 ft

17 min: 14 pts, 10 rbs, 2 ast, 3 blk, 1 stl, 3/5 fg, 8/10 ft
Jul 14, 2017 4:23 PM
Ivan the Terrible
Paquito
Ivan the TerribleI know GRRM gets a lot of shit for both his writing pace and the declining quality of the last two books, but I'm still more invested in the book story than I am in the show, which often simplifies things to the point that the behavior of the characters makes no sense.

And it irritates me that major plot points for the book are going to continue to be spoiled by the show, but the only one to blame for that is Martin himself.

I wonder if Martin is waiting until the show wraps up, so he could see he could try end the books in a substantially different way.

He wrote a blog post some time back which suggested he wasn't even aware of any precedent for a TV show overtaking the books it's adapted from. The blog post also gave the impression he was feeling a lot of embarrassment over the situation.

I don't think his motivations run much deeper than him being a genuinely slow writer who, for most of his life, has never been under severe pressure to write any faster than his preferred pace. And now that he's world famous and pressure is being applied, alongside ridicule, he finds he can't change.

EDIT: Of course, I could be wrong. All of this makes me wonder if he was ever chewed out for his writing pace when he was working on Twilight Zone or Beauty and the Beast in the '80s. I'm pretty sure a TV show can't wait a year for you to finish a screenplay, and pretty sure Martin was low-profile enough that repeatedly failing to deliver work on time would have resulted in him simply being kicked to the curb.

Now he's old, famous and rich. If he never sells another book, he will still be all of those things. All the real incentive is gone. I have to imagine that has an effect on his speed.

The slow writing pace excuse is bullshit. The first three books were published in four years and change. Feast and Dance are the same book cut in half, and it took him 11 years to publish both of them. Dance was now six years ago, and there's zero evidence Winds is even close to being finished.

He's not a genuinely slow writer. He just stopped writing at a reasonable pace once Storm came out.
Jul 13, 2017 8:25 PM
neumdaddy
chunkyloverI know its a long-shot but I think my Nuggs are gonna win the East this year.

We can dream, chunky!

Who wins more games next season, Denver or Minnesota?
Jul 12, 2017 6:47 PM
Lakers sign KCP to a one year, $18m deal. Since Boston has their pick if it's 2-5 next season, I went ahead and estimated the worst teams in the league next year:

Total ass division: Brooklyn

Mostly ass division: LAL, Phoenix, Atlanta, Orlando

Somewhat ass division: Chicago, Indiana, New York, Detroit, Sacramento

Sound about right to you guys?
Jul 12, 2017 6:36 PM
Paris the GoatI'm sure Aron Baynes will help you a lot in the playoffs.

EDIT: That's unfair, he doesn't suck, but he'll get exposed against Cleveland. He probably should not have opted out of his contract, unless he really hated playing for Detroit.

He certainly have helped against Robin Lopez and Gortat last year. Given that he's signing for the room exception it's a bit much to expect the guy to be the difference against the Cavs.
Jul 10, 2017 6:48 PM
HurricaneKid
HoboJoe
HurricaneKidI'm all for positional flexibility. I think its invaluable. But you are talking about putting Thomas and Hayward/Crowder/etc on Wall/Beal without any semblance of rim protection.

You are what you can defend in the NBA. And there is 1 guy that can defend any quality G on that roster. That's a lot to ask of your "wings". If Brown can step into that role I will take it all back. But he was more effective at the 4 in the playoffs. Playing the best 2s in the world seems like a real stretch.

Morris is a terrible rebounder. You are losing Amir/Olynyk/Jerebko and ABs 7 boards from the 2 and replacing them with a 3 you want to play at the 4 who can't rebound? The two bigs on the roster are a 20 year old rookie and a guy who is on record as saying he doesn't like to play C (Horford). You were an AWFUL rebounding team last year and are losing three of your four best rebounders (Bradley's DRBD% was ~30% higher than Morris').

I have a LOT of faith in Stevens but these issues are going to be picked on in the playoffs. These gaping holes don't exist with other "contenders"...

I mean, we just strongly disagree on Brown's ability to defend guards. I would point to the long stretch where he started instead of Bradley and point out how well he and the team did. He's in the Klay Thompson mold as a defender. Thompson is 6'6 with a 6'8 wingspan. Brown is 6'7 with a 7' wingspan and is more athletic. It's not a reach for him to defend guards.

Bradley isn't a great or even good rebounder. Before last year he had averaged 3 or more rebounds per 36 just once. Stevens schemed to have his big guys box out and Bradley or another guard to crash the glass, which is totally replacable. Brown averaged 5.9 rebounds per 36 last year, way above Avery's 3.9 career average (which is inflated by last season).

Lol at 'losing' the rebounding prowess of Olynyk, Jerebko, and Johnson. Olynyk was one of the worst rebounding centers in the league. Jerebko and Amir combined averaged 20 minutes and 5.5 rpg ?in the playoffs. Point being they're no worse off for losing those guys in the rebounding department, and probably better by adding Zizic.


He very well may be able to. I just haven't seen it to this point. If he can it will certainly go a long ways to making it work. And Smart works better playing bigger too. I just think giving away AB creates some gaping defensive holes they are going to struggle to fill.

Have you seen Zizic in Summer League? I meant to razz you about him. Holy hell he has looked awful. He may very well be a player in a few years but he doesn't appear CLOSE to contributing to an NBA team, much less an elite one.

I'll take the full season of Zizic in Euroball over two or three summer league games.
Also, the Celtics just signed Aaron Baynes with the room exception. Told you the roster wasn't finished yet.
Jul 10, 2017 2:03 PM
As great as Bradley is, he's also small. He has trouble with bigger 2s, let alone 3s or 4s. Smart and Brown can handle multiple positions with ease.
Jul 7, 2017 6:04 PM
Esoteric AllusionI don't watch the Celtics every day, but the idea of Brown being able to keep up with Wall or Irving seems like quite a stretch at this stage. And if you have Thomas as the primary assignment, it's shooting practice for those guys.

Maybe not but Smart can, and Brown can handle Beal without too much trouble. Isaiah is always going to be an issue, but between Smart, Brown, and Rozier, the dropoff is as huge as you are making it out to be.
Jul 7, 2017 5:54 PM
HurricaneKidI'm all for positional flexibility. I think its invaluable. But you are talking about putting Thomas and Hayward/Crowder/etc on Wall/Beal without any semblance of rim protection.

You are what you can defend in the NBA. And there is 1 guy that can defend any quality G on that roster. That's a lot to ask of your "wings". If Brown can step into that role I will take it all back. But he was more effective at the 4 in the playoffs. Playing the best 2s in the world seems like a real stretch.

Morris is a terrible rebounder. You are losing Amir/Olynyk/Jerebko and ABs 7 boards from the 2 and replacing them with a 3 you want to play at the 4 who can't rebound? The two bigs on the roster are a 20 year old rookie and a guy who is on record as saying he doesn't like to play C (Horford). You were an AWFUL rebounding team last year and are losing three of your four best rebounders (Bradley's DRBD% was ~30% higher than Morris').

I have a LOT of faith in Stevens but these issues are going to be picked on in the playoffs. These gaping holes don't exist with other "contenders"...

I mean, we just strongly disagree on Brown's ability to defend guards. I would point to the long stretch where he started instead of Bradley and point out how well he and the team did. He's in the Klay Thompson mold as a defender. Thompson is 6'6 with a 6'8 wingspan. Brown is 6'7 with a 7' wingspan and is more athletic. It's not a reach for him to defend guards.

Bradley isn't a great or even good rebounder. Before last year he had averaged 3 or more rebounds per 36 just once. Stevens schemed to have his big guys box out and Bradley or another guard to crash the glass, which is totally replacable. Brown averaged 5.9 rebounds per 36 last year, way above Avery's 3.9 career average (which is inflated by last season).

Lol at 'losing' the rebounding prowess of Olynyk, Jerebko, and Johnson. Olynyk was one of the worst rebounding centers in the league. Jerebko and Amir combined averaged 20 minutes and 5.5 rpg ?in the playoffs. Point being they're no worse off for losing those guys in the rebounding department, and probably better by adding Zizic.
Jul 7, 2017 5:45 PM