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  1. HomeRunBaker

    2024 NBA Summer League - The Baylor and Bronny version

    I’ll co-sign everything you wrote here. The one thing I’ll add about Springer is that he has played 3 full NBA seasons so his SL performance to me is more or less expected to where if he doesn’t stand out that is a major red flag. He eventually needs to figure out how to be productive at the...
  2. HomeRunBaker

    2024 NBA Summer League - The Baylor and Bronny version

    Exactly. Those minutes occurred when rotation players were injured or the occasion rest day. He’s never getting minutes ahead of the top 9-10.
  3. HomeRunBaker

    2024 NBA General Offseason Thread

    Fwiw, I expect them to take a step back off a big run which is common for the losing team of Finals in major sports. I'm referring to what occurred last season when Kidd had that team totally engaged following the deadline. There has been turnover already in losing Derrick Jones Jr and Josh...
  4. HomeRunBaker

    2024 NBA General Offseason Thread

    No no no no no. The team from the start of the season was not the team post-deadline. Now, if you feel that Gafford and PJ Washington can turn the Luka/Kyrie turnstiles into the league best (in my rating) or one of the best defensively then we need to begin talking about them for DPOY in...
  5. HomeRunBaker

    2024 NBA General Offseason Thread

    We all know how awful a Jaylen/Jayson off the dribble matchup if for Luka. This isn’t surprising anyone. What about against every other team? How were the Mavs one of the best defensive teams in the league with him and Kyrie at the point of the defense? How is that possible is both players are...
  6. HomeRunBaker

    2024 NBA Summer League - The Baylor and Bronny version

    Sure was and I'm a Reed guy having a Kevin Bacon-like 5 degrees of separation from him. His father Jeff played for Tubby Smith at Kentucky, who played for Coach Jerry Steele at High Point, who had left Guilford, where I played, to coach the Panthers. :)
  7. HomeRunBaker

    2024 NBA Summer League - The Baylor and Bronny version

    Finished watching as much of the Rockets/Lakers game from last night....or as much as I could stomach. It's pretty clear that there is only one NBA player on the Lakers in Dalton Knecht. Bronny came out quicker than he did in his last game but then struggled with everything else from what I saw...
  8. HomeRunBaker

    Wyc ownership group planning to make Celtics available for sale

    They sold their souls to be in the ratings business a long long time ago. The awful part is their misinformation spreads and so many casuals believe what they hear from them. That’s the game.
  9. HomeRunBaker

    2024 NBA General Offseason Thread

    As a whole I agree as that Cavs team without LeBron is probably a 15-win team.....but Kyrie was god awful in 3 of the Mavs finals losses. It wasn't like Luka was getting anymore help from him than LeBron got from say Larry Hughes. Young LeBron was worlds better than Doncic, noboby is saying...
  10. HomeRunBaker

    2024 NBA General Offseason Thread

    That's two 1st rounders down and we aren't even on Day 2 of Summer League. Yikes.
  11. HomeRunBaker

    2024 NBA General Offseason Thread

    Both teams were similarly sized underdogs with similarly skilled supporting casts who ran into the best team in the league in a bad matchup.
  12. HomeRunBaker

    2024 NBA General Offseason Thread

    Of course I’m not using LeBron as a comp in the skillset sense…..only in how each being “exposed” in The Finals when they had no business being there in the first place and losing as big underdogs in terrible matchups should have no bearing on their resume. But it will for some. I thought it was...
  13. HomeRunBaker

    2024 NBA General Offseason Thread

    Re the bolded I know I don’t feel this way as most recognized that the Celtics has the potential to be a nightmare matchup for Luka and the Mavs….so to me no, it doesn’t ding anything at all. It’s the ole “LeBron can’t win the big one look at his Finals record!”….as he’s taking the Finals floor...
  14. HomeRunBaker

    Baylor Scheierman - 30th pick, RD1

    As you know I’m a huge proponent of contenders drafting older players who can contribute on their rookie deal and just as much against drafting high ceiling guys when rebuilding (have I ever mentioned my opinion of Olynyk? :) ) It’s why I was anti-Walsh last year and pro-Trayce JD.So much of...
  15. HomeRunBaker

    Baylor Scheierman - 30th pick, RD1

    Thanks for posting. As I’m reading I’m thinking of a physical comp and Joe Ingles came to mind…..then Baylor mentioned him in the piece. While his game is different than Hauser’s that is the role he will be filling on the team and imo the player he’ll be replacing in ‘25-‘26 if he shows well as...
  16. HomeRunBaker

    2024 NBA General Offseason Thread

    Because there is a great difference between #2 and #5-10. Why can’t both be true? Some of us had been saying since midseason that this Celtics team had the potential to go down as one of the greatest ever. That doesn’t take anything away from what this Dallas team accomplished over the second...
  17. HomeRunBaker

    NY Knicks 2024-25: OG And The Wildcats

    His agent is the son of the Knicks head guy. I think their “may” be a wink-wink. ;)
  18. HomeRunBaker

    2024 NBA General Offseason Thread

    I’m surprised it didn’t go to Jokic in which case I’d have Doncic 2nd but maybe they included the postseason, or voting after the postseason where you’d have recency bias, which would make the case much stronger for Luka.
  19. HomeRunBaker

    2024 NBA Summer League - The Baylor and Bronny version

    Quick reminder that LVSL begins today with our opening tomorrow (Sat) at 6:30pm LAS VEGAS SUMMER LEAGUE Friday, July 12 Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Orlando Magic, 4 p.m. -- NBA TV New Orleans Pelicans vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, 5 p.m. -- ESPN 2 Sacramento Kings vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 6 p.m. --...