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Old 04-27-2011, 12:05 AM   #676
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I wonder if you felt that way about the EC in the 90's when the Bulls won almost every year.


Touche.

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Finally Lakers looking like champs again, firing on all cylinders. I'd say the bench beyond Odom and Brown could be better, but they haven't really been needed or taken many shots.

Everyone but Artest in double-digits, and he has 9. A good sign.
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Peace out, Pacers. You played some tough ball.

I don't give a fuck if it's Orlando or Atlanta.
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Two-point game in Miami, three minutes to go.
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Was a good game. Sixers came to play. Hopefully Miami comes to play versus Boston.

Hey, your favorite Joel Anthony with two big blocks and free throws at the end of the game . I kid.
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Turner sucked, but he's also a rookie. Puzzling why he was in so long, he killed them down the stretch. Three easy misses and a botched rebound.

But Iguodala's last shot? Putrid. Three pointer or go to the hole. Eighteen footer? For real? Go away, please.
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For the last shot I didn't understand why they didn't take the three. I wouldn't want to have to score, give the ball back to Miami, and have to force free throws with 15 seconds left and then plan on going back down the court again and make another basket.
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Old 04-28-2011, 01:39 AM   #685
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Friggin' Spurs.
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What are everybody's thoughts on the likelihood of the possible looming lockout? I know at the beginning of the season some of you thought there was no way the leauge would allow a lockout to happen, but it seems very possible right now. The two sides don't seem any closer - Players' Union VP Maurice Evans spoke today:

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National Basketball Players’ Association vice president Maurice Evans said players might be willing to relent on BRI, but do not intend to budge on a hard cap.

“In my opinion, the current deal we have now is actually working,” Evans said. “So if we can just work from there and try and figure out something that works for everybody… Again, we want to bargain with them. We don’t want to throw darts and say who is right and who is wrong. We just want to get a deal. There has to be some model that says this is how we do business and it’s consistent from here out. Tweak this, and work from there. Honestly, I don’t think there is anything more we can give and a hard cap is definitely not going to happen.”

The owners are also expected to push for reducing the length of guaranteed contracts, and limiting the guarantees on some deals, which Evans felt is unnecessary. “I don’t think there is nowhere to go from here,” he said. “Everything has gone down. We can’t continue to diminish the years of contracts. GMs and owners don’t have to sign players for those allotted number of years. We don’t need to self-govern them. Doesn’t make any sense.”
Read more: Union VP Evans: Hard Cap Out Of The Question - RealGM Wiretap

The owners want to move towards the NFL, and the players absolutely hate it.

In addition to this, there are reports - I'm not certain if they're 100% true - that the NBA has already cancelled its summer leagues and also preseason games that were to take place internationally.

Also, national basketball teams are increasingly concerned that nba players playing on national teams during a lockout would be uninsured because their nba contracts would be suspended during a lockout:

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The threat of an NBA lockout reaches beyond 30 teams.

National teams competing in important Olympic qualifying tournaments this summer could be affected, too.

The collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association expires July 1, and if a deal is not reached before then or shortly after, national teams are concerned they won't be able to obtain affordable insurance on players' NBA contracts.

NBA player contracts are insured in case of injury, guaranteeing a player will be paid if he is injured. In general, it's a 41-game deductible, giving teams some relief.

The insurance for NBA players in international events under normal circumstances — use last summer's world championships in Turkey with several NBA players as an example — works like this: The NBA's insurance company covers the player's contract, and the player knows he will be paid his NBA salary if he is injured. The national team pays an additional insurance premium to cover career-ending injuries in international play, but since career-ending injuries are rare, the cost is nominal.

The situation changes drastically in an NBA lockout. Players' contracts are suspended in a lockout thus there is technically no contract to insure during that period.
Read more: NBA Lockout Could Affect Olympic Qualifying Tournaments - RealGM Wiretap

Finally, on national TV last week, during a game, Stern flat out said he was hopeful but not confident that a CBA resolution would be reached.

A lockout just seems increasingly likely.
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Anyone feeling super confident about facing the Lakers now?
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Anyone feeling super confident about facing the Lakers now?
Must you be so smug? To answer your question...I wouldn't say I'm "super confident", but I certainly believe Boston, Oklahoma City, Dallas, Chicago, and maybe Miami are all capable of beating LA. I don't think the Lakers are anything approaching invincible or unbeatable. They won't be easy by any means, but they're very beatable.

Also, hooray for the Hawks eliminating the Magic.
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Must you be so smug?
It's a part of who he is.

He must.
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