Svi will become Lebron's Steve Kerr.







  • Labron drives hard right lane, kicks to Svi in the corner…swish!!!



  • Yawn



  • They just signed Lance Stephenson, so Svi won’t be the only 3 point shooter…



  • @Fightsongwriter I read that with Bob Davis doing the announcing in my head.





  • @KUSTEVE

    One year stopgap contract until they do the bulk of rebuilding next summer. Stephenson and James don’t like each other which means Sir Lancelot will be gone.



  • Doug McDermott has/had a great 3 point shot too. Problem was he was such a defensive liability that no team can keep him on the floor. Opposing teams IMMEDIATELY put him in bad spots and attacked. I can’t shake the thought that this is Svi’s future and he wont last long. Hopefully I’m wrong.



  • BigBad said:

    Doug McDermott has/had a great 3 point shot too. Problem was he was such a defensive liability that no team can keep him on the floor. Opposing teams IMMEDIATELY put him in bad spots and attacked. I can’t shake the thought that this is Svi’s future and he wont last long. Hopefully I’m wrong.

    And if Hoiberg did it at the college level to great success…



  • @BigBad Well, they drafted Svi because Magic was impressed by his defense on Bagley, so the “no D” label McDermott had may not apply to Svi.



  • @KUSTEVE Stephenson doesn’t have a respectable trey gun. Just saw some talking head on ESPN mention he was around 30% from three. That’s laughable in the League. SVI should be near 40% unless they traded SVI.

    Anyone know if they traded SVI??



  • @Lulufulu You are absolutely right. I played him a few times on Draft Kings, and he hit some 3s ( that’s about all he did), so I assumed…lol.



  • @Kcmatt7 Thank you for getting it. That was the idea! Btw…my nane is Matt too. Great minds…great name!



  • Here are the latest related NBA news. Lakers renounced the rights to Randle and he was promptly picked up by the Pelicans. The Warriors pick up Boogie for just $5.3M on a 1 year contract. Boogie has always been a very talented player but a problematic one and many teams had a no Boogie policy plus he is coming off Achilles heel surgery, one of the worst for athletes and the history of players coming back from it, even to an 70-80% of their previous form is thin And even thinner for big players; he could be a steal or a waste of money but, at least on paper, he fills a void the Warriors had against teams like the Rockets. He could have gotten more elsewhere even with the mid level exception but maybe he sees the writing on the swallow and wants to win one title before boogin’ out.:smile:

    The Lakers signed mercurial PG Rajon Rondo to a 1 year deal. Several Laker players are now on 1 year deals and the team is getting ready for a big 2019 off season when it can shed all these 1year deals and sign the players it needs to complement LeBron…or the players he picks, depending on how you see it. Lots of big names becoming free agent in 2019 and there will be a lot of players changing teams and large changes in the League.



  • Lakers making sure they have the cap space in 2019 to sign two star players.

    Good move by Golden State to sign Cousins. He’s a rare player that could come back from Achilles surgery and return to close to form because he isn’t an explosive player. His game is predicated around speed and quickness, or explosive leaping ability like a Blake Griffin or Anthony Davis. Because of that, he could still be effective provided there are no other lingering effects like lack of flexibility, etc.

    Next years finals are shaping up to be Golden State and Boston. I don’t see anyone in the East that can challenge Boston unless the Bucks or Pacers have someone internally take a big leap. And Golden State with Cousins certainly did not take a step back. Lebron doesn’t have enough help in LA right now to challenge them. I’m guessing Lebron will take it easy this year, see which of the younger Laker players develops and then bring in help for 2019-20.



  • justanotherfan said:

    Lakers making sure they have the cap space in 2019 to sign two star players.

    Good move by Golden State to sign Cousins. He’s a rare player that could come back from Achilles surgery and return to close to form because he isn’t an explosive player. His game is predicated around speed and quickness, or explosive leaping ability like a Blake Griffin or Anthony Davis. Because of that, he could still be effective provided there are no other lingering effects like lack of flexibility, etc.

    Next years finals are shaping up to be Golden State and Boston. I don’t see anyone in the East that can challenge Boston unless the Bucks or Pacers have someone internally take a big leap. And Golden State with Cousins certainly did not take a step back. Lebron doesn’t have enough help in LA right now to challenge them. I’m guessing Lebron will take it easy this year, see which of the younger Laker players develops and then bring in help for 2019-20.

    The Sixers can’t challenge in the East? They are better than the Bucks and Pacers.



  • @justanotherfan

    Cousins was a great player but he will not be that good again after his surgery. I just read an article about athletes that underwent the same surgery and only a handfull came back to no more than 70-80% of their previous condition and the author could not find one big man that did. Apparently the Pelicans were not confident he would either and did not mKe an offer or would not even match the low ball offer from the Warriors. He is not expected to play until close to the end of the year and really does not add much to the Warriors other than his ability to overpower players which he might no longer have and passing from the post. A one year gamble at best.

    Cousins indicated he had no offers and instructed his agent to call teams until he found the Warriors. When he had his head in the game he was an All-Star but he also led the League in technical fouls and he was the proverbial cancer in the locker room. A lot of talent but not enough discipline.



  • @Woodrow

    Sure the Sixers can challenge but they are a couple of players away from being a real contender; signing Kawhi would narrow the gap. Keep in mind that Boston almost made the Finals and they will have Hayward and Kyrie back who did not play in the playoffs.



  • @Woodrow

    Not unless Simmons finds a jump shot or Fultz gets healthy/good at basketball again.

    They are just too easy to defend in the playoffs because most of their guys are one dimensional offensively.



  • Sixers could compete. They can grow enough internally to compete.

    The Raptors could too… They did only win 59 games last season and take the 1 seed. They just ran into LeBron before the Celtics did.



  • @Kcmatt7 Agree. The Sixers are so young. They are only going to get better. Plus they are adding Shamet and Zhaire Smith into the mix this season.



  • @Kcmatt7

    If the Celtic had Kyrie and Hayward they would have likely beaten the Cavaliers. If they add a player like Kawhi they would be the best in the East and a true contender, certainly ahead of the Sixers.



  • @JayHawkFanToo Meh. History doesn’t agree with you. LeBron makes Finals coming out of the East.

    But my point was simply that I wouldn’t pencil the Celtics in as the De Facto team to come out of the East.



  • So much brain power spent on the NBA … a mind is a terrible thing to waste. And “terrible” is in a Charles Barkley voice.



  • @Kcmatt7

    LeBron had the better teams in the past so it always advanced. Kyrie and Hayward were arguably the two top players for the Celtics and with them playing they beat the Cavs in 5 games.



  • @JayHawkFanToo Your argument is like when national pundits predict that KU won’t win the Big XII. Until it doesn’t happen, you have to assume that LeBron makes the Finals. Unless the Celtics were missing someone that could keep LeBron from going for 33 PPG in that series, the Celtics weren’t winning it.



  • HighEliteMajor said:

    So much brain power spent on the NBA … a mind is a terrible thing to waste. And “terrible” is in a Charles Barkley voice.

    I much prefer the NBA to college hoops. If it weren’t for KU I don’t think I would watch.



  • @Kcmatt7

    That logic is flawed. What you are saying is that as long as LeBron is in one team, that team will make the finals regardless of how good or bad the teams is? It makes no sense. Teams with LeBron have made it to the finals because they are better than the opponents, in great part but not uniquely because LeBron is in the team but better nonetheless. Same with KU, it has continued to win because the teams for the last 14 years have been better than the competition and not just because it is KU. Last season, had KU lost Graham and another top player, say Newman, Svi or Doke, do you think it wins the conference? Likely not. If your premise is correct then the Lakers should make it to the finals, even if they don’t add anyone else, solely because they have LeBron? There is no way they make it past the Warriors…or Houston…or even OKC so they will not make it to the finals. No way.

    The Cleveland-Boston series went 7 games and Boston had its two top players injured and did not play; with both playing Boston wins that series.



  • https://twitter.com/MGRADS/status/1014952764550492160

    https://twitter.com/MGRADS/status/1014953932844498944

    This is the kind of stuff Self is up against in NBA circles. @justanotherfan was referencing stuff like this awhile back.



  • @JayHawkFanToo 8. In. A. Row.

    What if LeBron wins a finals with the LAL? Your head may explode.

    But more realistically, you’ll probably just try to find a way to put an asterisk next to that too.



  • @HighEliteMajor He’s Turable, just Turable!



  • LeBron has never won a championship without a Jayhawk. Lakers better keep Svi and Malik on the roster, at least Svi.



  • BShark said:

    HighEliteMajor said:

    So much brain power spent on the NBA … a mind is a terrible thing to waste. And “terrible” is in a Charles Barkley voice.

    I much prefer the NBA to college hoops. If it weren’t for KU I don’t think I would watch.

    I don’t know if we can be friends any more. 😆



  • dylans said:

    BShark said:

    HighEliteMajor said:

    So much brain power spent on the NBA … a mind is a terrible thing to waste. And “terrible” is in a Charles Barkley voice.

    I much prefer the NBA to college hoops. If it weren’t for KU I don’t think I would watch.

    I don’t know if we can be friends any more. 😆

    I’m sure it’s not too popular of an opinion here. The college game is frequently a meat grinder. I love the flow of NBA games.



  • @BShark To be completely open, I only watch KU basketball until the tourney or nba finals. I don’t feel like I’m missing out on much.



  • @BShark @dylans I used to love the NBA … went to many Kings games until they left. Really enjoyed the NBA through the 90s. After that, no so much. And now, I find the games unwatchable. That’s been the case since for about 20 years. NBA players coast. It’s not full out effort over the course of a game. Lots of walking around. Slow movements. Many uncontested or half contested shots.

    The NBA is like coffee to me. I don’t like coffee, but every so often I try it again hoping something will change.

    I watch NBA late, a quarter here, a half here. But it’s hard.

    CBB, on the other hand, is magic to me. Great competition, full speed, no defensive limitations, strategy, incredible atmospheres – and that’s just the regular season. KU vs. Tennessee Tech? Well, not as attractive. A handful of games are not big deals.

    But lots of folks love the NBA. I just want both to coexist, and not try to make one like the other.



  • @HighEliteMajor There is definitely some coasting. The playoffs are much better in this regard.

    I don’t hate college basketball but I definitely don’t care to watch say, KSU vs ISU in conference season.



  • I’ll watch any big 12 conference game with some interest if it’s on. I enjoy getting to know all the kids in our conference. But, I’m with you, I won’t typically seek out the bottom feeders.



  • @BShark

    I’m the same way. I watch more NBA than college. My breaking point with the college game came a few years ago while watching a tournament game.

    I don’t remember who was playing, I think it was a Big 12 team, but it may have been someone else. It was deeper into the tournament, probably a Sweet 16 game or Elite Eight game.

    Either way, someone ran a high PnR, there was some defensive confusion and the other team’s center got switch onto the PG, and the PG got switched onto the C.

    Obviously, this is a matchup you want to attack immediately, either using the PG’s quickness advantage on the perimeter or throwing the ball inside to let the C use his size. Instead, the PG backed the ball out and called a play that the coach was screaming from the sidelines. That delay gave the defense a chance to switch their matchups so that there weren’t any mismatches.

    I couldn’t believe what I had just seen. The coach had willingly forfeited a MUA so that he could run a specific play. It bothered me so much I had to quit watching the game.

    Probably the next week I was watching an NBA game and a similar thing happened. High PnR, got the switch. Literally before I could even think mismatch the ball was in the hands of the big man (pretty sure it was Dirk Nowitzki) and he was scoring over the mismatch. The PnR created the mismatch, the offense pressed the advantage and scored, all in less than three seconds. It was beautiful to watch.

    I will watch KU and the tournament, but it is hard to watch other games.



  • What’s this NBA everyone is talking about?



  • @BShark I started watching the NBA again when I started entering teams in Draft Kings. I flat loved the old Lakers and Celtics Finals with Bird and Magic.



  • Back in the day, you were either a Bird guy, or Magic guy. You could not be both. I’ve come to appreciate Bird and the Celtics, over time. Kind of. But I was a 100% Magic guy. When you talk greatest players of all time, taking into account everything on the court, Magic is it for me.



  • @Kcmatt7

    Again, your logic does not add up. Ever since LeBron went to Miami he made sure he would have the handpicked best team in the Eastern Conference and he did the same thing when he moved back to Cleveland where he had an almost All-Star team and this is why he ended up in 8 finals and even then, if the Celtics did not have its two top players injured they beat Cleveland in 5 games considering that without its top two players the series went the full 7 games.

    With the “current” Laker team no way he makes it to the finals the upcoming season since it means the Lakers would have to beat the Rockets and the Warriors and that just will not happen with their current personnel…including LeBron. After next season, when a number of free agents are available and the Lakers have a large cap and get 2 or 3 top players to go along with James then it will have a better chance.



  • @JayHawkFanToo Just because it went a full 7 doesn’t mean they WOULD have beat them. That is flawed logic on your end.

    Taking Hayward into account on a team where he only played 5 minutes the entire season and may never be the same is also flawed logic.



  • @Kcmatt7

    Wow…you are kidding, right? Hayward was a finalist for the USA and Olympic teams and an All-Star that averaged 35 mpg and 22 ppg the previous season and was ranked in the top 20 players in the NBA going into the season and Kyrie is one of the top PGs in the League, an All-Star and USA team member and top 20-25 ranked player and you don’t think they would have made a difference? Either you are not familiar with NBA players or just too much of a LeBron fan and blinded to anything else.



  • @JayHawkFanToo I can tell that I know more about the NBA than you.



  • It changes the whole make-up of the team. You really can’t say Hayward makes them x amount better for sure. Stats get displaced, they would certainly be different. Perhaps better but how much better is impossible to say.



  • @BShark Exactly. The growth of Tatum and Brown could be dramatically different on a team with Hayward. Especially defensively, considering that Hayward is an awful defender.

    Same for Rozier.



  • @BShark

    I find it hard to believe that if you take not 1 but 2, not journeymen players but All-Stars and ranked in the top 20 players in the entire league and the 2 top players from a team, any team, and it would remain at the same level. Take Graham and Newman or Svi from last year’s KU team or Mason and Graham from the previous year’s team and do you think KU is still at the same level? Definitely not.


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