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  1. hootie249

    2020 Official Playoffs Thread

    Yeah he is incredible. I watched the game until the 4th last night and fell asleep. Lakers seemed done by then. Checked the box score, as usual team that won shot 3's better. At least the lakers only took 26 3's. I hate when teams are missing badly and toss up 40 attempts anyway. The bubble is just the perfect storm for shooters.
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    2020 Official Playoffs Thread

    Sometimes you have to separate the man from the media. Yeah once in awhile his attitude seems a little old, till you remember he has probably been covered by the media more then any other athlete in the modern age. He seems likable and tame to me, at least compared to some. Maybe it's just me, but after seventeen years i just think for the most part he keeps his head down and works hard. He has been much more vocal lately, but i think it's just a sign of the times. Again i think this is probably it for him, one of the reasons why he really wanted the MVP. If they win, i think it's one more year and then adios for Lebron. The current Lakers management sucks, even with AD they are going to be bad when he retires.
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    2020 Official Playoffs Thread

    Nah, at this point i would love to see them play the Heat. I had wanted the Celtics but they are annoying, ***** them. In all honesty, i want Lebron to win one more this year.He has been the second best player i have ever watched play in my lifetime, let him get one more and then retire. One more title, and then his farewell tour, and then the Lakers can suck again for 8 years.
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    2020 Official Off-Season Thread

    Nice posts about penetration and shooting guys, i like the chicken and the egg analogy. Anyway lets remember right now in the playoffs there is quite a few good players who feast on open mid range two's. Jimmy Butler is the most famous one,obviously. Also i saw a graphic that showed Kawhi lived off them as well as Jokic and Davis. Yes all 3 of them can hit the 3 but they make most points off mid range shots. Smart,Jaylen and Tatum have taken a ton as well. Anyway i know what everyone is going to say, those teams and players are only getting those shots from spacing because they hit 3's. It's somewhat true but if you have even two decent players with handles, they can create so many open shots.Every year we go on a 10-20 game run where we shoot the lights out. I bet we could make a more consistent effort if we had another ball handler who penetrates.
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    2020 Official Off-Season Thread

    We haven't had someone attack the pain well in years. First of all Nelson never did it for real it was just for show. everyone else was setting up 3's, we actually were at the forefront of that ****. Since then we had Oladipo, and Elfrid, two guards who could not finish or draw a foul. Outside of that everyone else has been mediocre. Evan looked like he could for a bit, ditto Gordon, Ross can only finish if he is wide open and hates contact. DJ is too small. It has literally been our defining trait, nobody can handle inside except Vucevic, everybody else has to have a wide open lane. Fultz was a breath of fresh air because when he was first was healthy he showed he could finish through contact, and then hardly ever does. I want to see that first step he only ever teases us with and drawing fouls...seriously it's all he has until some shot guru fixes that horrible jumper 3 years after he leaves the Magic.
  6. hootie249

    2020 Official Off-Season Thread

    You know what i would love? i wanna run it back, one more time. I would love to somehow get a guard who loves to drive to the basket. Any guard, draft, trade, whatever. I have no idea how to get that guy, but i'm not getting paid to do it. Magic management, show your worth.I just want to see how our current roster plays with a wing who has handles enough to break down a defense.He can have flaws,maybe undersized, maybe a questionable outside shot. I just want to see our guys play with someone who constantly attacks the paint.
  7. hootie249

    2020 Official Off-Season Thread

    This is a good point and makes me think about what i said earlier, so kudos for bringing it up. As far as Vucevic, yeah he is great trade value but can management survive trading him? It would have to signal at least a small rebuild. Which i could handle but our management could get fired and regular fans wouldn't understand. I wanted Vooch gone years ago, but now it just doesn't make sense. His contract shrinks every year and he is one of the longest tenured Magicians ever. The fact he became the unquestioned best player on our team kinda helps. So i say no go, it's pretty obvious we are gonna run it back anyway. I love playing with trade machines and i can't for the life of me find a good trade for Vucevic.
  8. hootie249

    2020 Official Off-Season Thread

    You know after all these years, i think i would feel kinda sad if he were traded.
  9. hootie249

    2020 Official Off-Season Thread

    Yes and no? Keeping Vucevic, after all these years was good,maybe. After all we won the Dwight trade. Drafting Bamba.....bad?. Again it's learning from mistakes and not doubling down on them. The best and worst thing is we will see very soon, how smart our management is. How we handle this off season will echo for years withing this team.If we extend Fultz and he sucks, we sink, if we acquire talent that turns us around, we rise.look how much guards matter in the bubble. We have needed a good play maker,ball handler, for twelve years!
  10. hootie249

    2020 Official Off-Season Thread

    Sorry this whole post is wrong, it sounds like hoping you get lucky then making it happen.There is a small chances right now that Chuma,Fultz and Isaac are stars, because of what's already taken place. Now what you said can happen but to hoping it happens is different that what the Heat have done.
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    2020 Official Off-Season Thread

    https://www.theringer.com/nba/2020/9/17/21440004/bam-adebayo-block-miami-heat-boston-celtics Read this article. Very good write up not just about Bam but what he does vs what other centers were doing these playoffs. This is why we should trade Bamba before he has no value left. Look what they said about Turner and Lopez. When people talk about Bamba they mention his size and length and his shot.He does have a sweet stroke for a guy his size. However this stretch 4 and stretch 5 stuff always dominates conversation these days. Yes shooting the 3 is important, but it's not the end all be all. Bamba is a center, he will never be a stretch 4 or anything like it. To stick he needs to guard the paint and occasionally close out on a shooter. Yes he is a bit a physical freak but he doesn't move fast enough to be a guy like Bam. He is a traditional sized center who has to dominate around the rim. Yes having the skill to shoot the 3 is great, it draws the other teams big men away from the rim. His bread and butter has to be as a premier rim protector and screen setter, otherwise he will just be used in gimmick sets to shoot 3's. In other words he needs to show he is a good center next year before being a great shooter. If he can't do some of the basic big man stuff, setting the screen, rolling to the rim,good passing to a cutter he won't even get a chance to be a stretch 5.He will be a gimmick player like Speights. Edit. i forgot to say that Lopez and Turner are pretty good players, even if they were marginalized in the article. Turner had a great second year, but has struggled a little lately. Lopez has been great for a few years but it took a long time for teams to use him correctly. Bamba might be as good as either one day i just think it will be a long term climb.
  12. hootie249

    2020 Official Off-Season Thread

    Excellent point. I can't wait to see what he signs. Very similar profile. I see 3 automatic rookie maxes from that class. Tatum,Mitchell and i guess Bam. I also think whatever Lonzo Ball gets paid will help us with Fultz. He just signed with Klutch Sports, i bet he signs the tender instead of an extension.
  13. hootie249

    2020 Official Off-Season Thread

    I think we still have valuable contracts and players, it's entirely possible to see something happening. I would still like to see us as part of a bigger trade, so we actually get assets for helping.
  14. hootie249

    2020 Official Off-Season Thread

    For this year free agents. https://www.reddit.com/r/OrlandoMagic/comments/itb2oa/top_sg_free_agent_in_2020_is/
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    2020 Official Off-Season Thread

    The best way for the Magic to start getting better is to acquire players already in the league. Players who other teams might not need or value enough. Players who have gotten to play in the league but have not broken out yet. I'm tired of draft picks, most of them take years to develop.Not saying i want us to trade away 4 or 5 picks but trading 1 to make a good deal is ok.
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