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Isaiah Thomas Traded for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance

did the Cavs get better with these deals?

Much better. They purged a bunch of aging all-stars who never fit and were in Cavs uniforms only because they were LeBron's buddies and they got rid of IT who LeBron didn't approve of.

I think the question is not how long it takes them to gel but rather whether Lue can prevent them from being tainted by the situation in Cleveland for at least the next 3 months. They would have an excellent chance in the East playoffs and they have a solid roster to build on once LeBron is gone.

posted by cixelsyd at 01:17 PM on February 12

Isaiah Thomas Traded for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance

I suppose from a business/financial standpoint it could be a good move for the Lakers even if they never make the playoffs during LeBron's term.

posted by cixelsyd at 06:31 PM on February 09

Isaiah Thomas Traded for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance

If the Lakers were anywhere near a playoff caliber team with a strong nucleus and another star player or 2, like both the Heat and the Cavs were, it makes sense. You can rest the old guy during the season and save him for a deep playoff run. But the Lakers aren't anywhere near that. Their best players, Ingram/Hart/Ball, are just entering the NBA and won't reach their potential for another 2 or 3 years.

posted by cixelsyd at 03:40 PM on February 09

Isaiah Thomas Traded for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance

Wonder why?

Good point.

Maybe LA has such a huge fixation on LeBron as a player that they ignore everything else just to sign him. They also ignore the fact that they would be tying the future of their franchise to a 34 year old aging star player and the previous similar experiments with Karl Malone, Steve Nash, and Gary Payton. Not to mention their experience with Kobe where they never made the playoffs in the 4 years after he turned 34 and never seriously challenged for a championship after he was 31.

I think they go hard after Paul George and go hard on a few RFAs. Hell, event Kevin Durant makes a whole lot more sense than James.

But wouldn't it be great as Celtics fan to have the Lakers end up holding the Queen of Spades.

posted by cixelsyd at 11:00 AM on February 09

Isaiah Thomas Traded for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance

So, the Lakers will have Thomas and Ball as their point guards?


LeBron is working on a deal to get all of the Ball brothers into Cavs uniforms for the 2019 season, at the same time working a major network deal for a team based prime time reality show.

Then he plans to run for US President in 2020.

posted by cixelsyd at 05:25 PM on February 08

Isaiah Thomas Traded for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance

LeBron runs Cleveland - he decides who the coach is, who they trade for, who they draft. He also decides what plays they run and when he wants to play defense. He is an immense talent but has become an uncontrollable monster due to the way he has been handled in Cleveland and nobody wants to play with him there.

Would LA be able to erase all of the fringe drama and get James to simply focus on playing the game hard in a team environment? I really doubt it.

Does Paul George sign with the Lakers if he knows LeBron is going there? I doubt that also.

posted by cixelsyd at 02:33 PM on February 08

Isaiah Thomas Traded for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance

Things worked out well for Thomas.
IT is free of the LeBron's "me" show in Cleveland and can be a big part of a young rebuilding team in LA.

The move also confirms that the Lakers have no interest whatsoever in James as a free agent which will allow James to take his unique set of "talents" elsewhere.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:42 PM on February 08

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle

Patriots now canvassing Cape Cod taverns searching for a new DC in the Patricia tradition

The Patriots had a DC?

posted by cixelsyd at 12:33 PM on February 08

Super Bowl 0x34

I listened to the first 3 quarters on Westwood One with Harlan, Boomer, and Mike Holmgren. Fabulous coverage and commentary.

I watched the 4th quarter and yes, Collinsworth doesn't ever seem to have a clue what is coming out of his mouth until it's actually been delivered ...

posted by cixelsyd at 11:13 PM on February 04

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Super Bowl 0x34

Eagles by 17 **LOCK** +10

FIRST FG: J. Elliot (PHI) +5

FIRST TD: Blount (PHI)




SACK: Barnett (PHI)


OOPS: Brady (NE)

MVP: Foles (PHI) +5


posted by cixelsyd at 12:05 PM on February 02

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle


posted by cixelsyd at 09:08 PM on January 28

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

The Pats offense gets too many soft calls. Yes. It seems every big comeback the Patriots are involved in begins with some bogus call like that one.

I did not see the game but was listening on the Pats radio network. Even the Pats radio announcers commented on that call and a missed PI call on Chung that ended a Jags drive in the 4th.

Really, they are good enough to earn it.

but he's a viable choice for the Jags in 2018 Bortles is a QB who can be a good game manager in the right offense: strong running game and short play action passes. For whatever reason the Jags abandoned that in the 2nd half and focused on trying to throw the ball downfield. Ended up being weakness vs weakness with the Pats secondary prevailing.

This is more of a knock on the play calling than Bortles as you can't expect he'll suddenly turn into Aaron Rodgers mid-game. Hell, even Green Bay would run the ball more if they had LF.

posted by cixelsyd at 12:24 PM on January 22

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Conference Championship Round

JAX by 9

Minn by 5






posted by cixelsyd at 01:11 PM on January 20

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle

Amazed at the Steelers' apparent lack of preparation from coaching and all the way throughout the roster. That game was over before it started. Bortles pass completion percentage is near single digits beyond 12 yards in the best of conditions but the Steelers let the Jags run the short play action pass all day. Why in hell were they lining up the corners 15 yards off the line of scrimmage? You have a huge quarterback but run draw plays on 3rd and 4th and less than a yard? On-side kick because you are facing a team and a quarterback with no playoff experience .. at home?

Good for the Jags. They earned it.

posted by cixelsyd at 01:58 PM on January 15

NFL Playoff Pick 'Em: Divisional Round

Philadelphia by 9 LOCK

New England by 4

Pittsburgh by 13 LOCK

Minnesota by 10 LOCK

The quarterback with the most passing yards: BIG BEN (PIT) +5

The player with the most rushing yards: Bell (PIT)

The player with the most receiving yards: A.Brown (PIT)

A player who will get a sack: D.Morgan (TEN)

The team that will score the most points: Pittsburgh

posted by cixelsyd at 04:05 PM on January 12