Remember when I outlined my cost-effective plan to turn the lowly Bobcats into an exciting, up-and-coming playoff contender in one year? And remember how part of the beauty of that plan is that you can make a play for Chris Paul in 2013-14 because you've got promising young talent, and Paul is from North Carolina, and having Sterling for a boss probably leaves a bad taste in his mouth?
The NBA Season is ready to start on Christmas Day, the last couple of preseason games are being played as I write this up, and it's time for me to cater to every serious NBA fans love of season previews! The 2011 Geektastic Preview is going to be way too large for one article, so I'm dividing it up into divisions (and even so, it's going to be long, so get a cup of coffee!). In this article I'm going to preview the Los Angeles Clippers Lob City, Baby!
The NBA Season is ready to start on Christmas Day, the last couple of preseason games are being played as I write this up, and it's time for me to cater to every serious NBA fans love of season previews! The 2011 Geektastic Preview is going to be way too large for one article, so I'm dividing it up into divisions (and even so, it's going to be long, so get a cup of coffee!). In this article I'm going to preview the New Orleans Hornets, who are going to be bad, but I guess that is the way David Stern wants it to be.
So I've been working pretty hard lately trying to make updates to my stats, in particular so that my Comparison Engine becomes more useful. I need to incorporate the new Wins Produced model and also add data for past seasons. Once that's done, I'll be using it extensively to prepare my season previews (and make predictions). In the meantime, I probably won't be writing articles as long as my recent post on Eric Gordon, which apparently convinced the Clippers that yes, they should give in to the Hornets demand to include him in a trade.
Over on the Wages of Wins today, I wrote an article about the Los Angeles Clippers, who have reportedly balked at trading Eric Gordon, Eric Bledsoe, and the Minnesota pick in 2012, claiming that this is too much to give up. Well, I basically say that they are ****ing crazy. Here's an excerpt:
The guys over at FillingTheLanes had me on their podcast again. This time I talked about the inherit conflict of interest that the NBA has by owning the Hornets, evaluate some of the trades and free agency signings that have been going down, and generally embarass myself with ridiculous slang like "Hella" (that one is my girlfriend's fault, she says it all the time and it has slipped in to my consciousness) and "shizznits" (that one...well...I got nothing).
Yesterday I went on a bit of a rant on the Commissioner's obvious conflict of interest in cancelling the 3-way trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the Lakers, Pau Gasol to the Rockets, and 4 players to the Hornets (Kevin Martin, Lamar Odom, Goran Dragic and Luis Scola).
The commissioner's office of the NBA vetoed an agreed-upon 3-way trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers, Pau Gasol to the Houston Rockets, and Louis Scola, Kevin Martin, and Lamar Odom to the New Orleans Hornets. There was some speculation that Emeka Okafor might also have gone to the Lakers. Here's David Stern's statement:
There's been all kinds of trade rumors surrounding Chris Paul and Dwight Howard. And the recurring theme I keep hearing from reporters (who are presumably hearing it from front office "sources") goes something like this:
As with part 1 (which you can read here), I'm calling them guesses, not predictions, because this way if I'm completely wrong, I won't look as stupid. Will I do something as crazy as amnestying Kobe freaking Bryant again today?
I'm calling them guesses, not predictions, because this way if I'm completely wrong, I won't look as stupid.
During the lockouts, we hear a lot about "parity" and lots of rhetoric about how it's hard for small-market teams can compete with large-market teams. Why isn't anyone asking the obvious question about what this has to do with total player compensation?