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  1. Bebop Meat Mop

    2019 Offseason Thread

    Hassani Gravett, that name brings back memories. My girlfriend (a Gamecock) nicknamed him "Strawberry Milk" during their epic tournament run a few years ago. He was a decent player on that team, but I don't imagine he'll amount to much in the pros. G-League guy at best.
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    2019 Offseason Thread

    The Ringer - Young Core Rankings Has the Magic at 11, pretty interesting article.
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    2019 Offseason Thread

    If I can play devil's advocate for a moment, maybe the org believes that the ability to acquire a superstar (and thus become a legit title contender) is slim to none for the foreseeable future and maybe ever again. This isn't unreasonable, considering that these select few players now have the power to go wherever they want to, whenever they want to. Why would they want to come to (or stay in) Orlando? The city isn't great, and the ownership group can't provide business connections outside of basketball that are appealing. With that in mind the best path forward would be to assemble a middling playoff team that is extremely likable, with players that have history in the community and that fans can wrap their arms around. If so, then mission accomplished. You could see that as a loser's plan, or making the best of a bad situation.
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    2019 Offseason Thread

    What if free agency started immediately after the finals? Would leave a lot less time for collusion and tampering (though it certainly wouldn't eliminate it), and the draft would happen afterwards instead of before which makes more sense. The NBA off-season schedule as a whole seems totally arbitrary and non-sensical.
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    2019 NBA Playoff Thread

    Ouch, it'll be tough for him to breath much less play basketball. But why is this coming out now? Did it just happen, or they're about to get swept and want an excuse?
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    2019 NBA Playoff Thread

    Lowry mainly, he's a dirty player and thoroughly unlikeable. Don't have an issue with the rest of the team though, and Siakam is a nice story.
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    2019 NBA Draft Thread

    Maybe a better way to phrase the question would be, should they draft someone with a high floor or a high ceiling? At 16 there should be a number of players with about the same overall value.
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    2019 Offseason Thread

    Is Mozgov's knee so bad that he'll never play again? I know he had arthroscopic in January, but theoretically he'd be able to play next season.
  9. Bebop Meat Mop

    2019 NBA Draft Thread

    Saw one game with Bol Bol early in the year, he was just getting manhandled left and right. Felt bad for him.
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    2019 NBA Draft Thread

    I can't see his defense holding up in the pros, at all. He's just not strong or quick enough. Maybe he finds a way to remake his body. Otherwise, he's 3 and D without the D.
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    2019 NBA Draft Thread

    Coming from a VT alum who's seen him play quite a bit, I've just never really been that impressed. Nice player for sure, has skill and some feel, but the athleticism just isn't there and doesn't seem to have the frame to add much strength. He puts up numbers and likes to facilitate for teammates, but can be too passive and often feels like the third or even fourth most important player on the team. I don't see how he projects as anything more than a shooter off the bench, but maybe that's all you can hope for in the middle of the first. The Stepien has a nice (if a bit old) rundown on him here: https://www.thestepien.com/2019/01/06/draft-notes-attempting-understand-nickeil-alexander-walker/ He makes an Aaron Afflalo comp, which I can see.
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    2018-19 Official Season Discussion Thread

    https://www.libertyballers.com/2017/3/2/14787424/sixers-medical-team-joel-embiid-jahlil-okafor-letting-the-franchise-down-bryan-colangelo-sam-hinkie This is an article from 2017 documenting the numerous missteps and screwups that the Sixers medical staff have been involved in over the years. It appears that their staff today is mostly unchanged from that time. Nothing conclusive, but there's enough smoke to seriously question what's going on up there. Professional sports teams and their high-priced medical staffs screw up diagnoses and treatments all the time, some more than others. And if you blow a diagnosis, it's kinda hard to send the patient to the proper specialist don't you think? Outright dismissing medical malpractice as even a possibility here is wrong. That is a pretty gross mischaracterization of TOS. It's certainly more well established than chronic fatigue syndrome for example. And yes, it's entirely possible that Fultz shopped around. It's also entirely possible that he was misdiagnosed by a medical staff with questionable history. We'll probably never know the steps he's taken to address the issue, but I suppose we'll find out when he starts taking shots for the Magic.
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    2018-19 Official Season Discussion Thread

    There's some evidence over the last few years that the Philly medical staff isn't particularly good at their jobs. "It's all in your head" is exactly the sort of thing that incompetent and/or lazy doctors will say, I've seen it too many times. If Lowe's source is indeed associated with the Philly medical staff, then all of that would follow. Ultimately who knows though; if it is all mental then hopefully being in a more relaxed environment will help him get right.
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    Welcome Markelle Fultz glad to have ya

    There have also been some spurious and possibly malicious rumors that Markelle's overbearing mother has been a contributing factor to his struggles with the Sixers. It was portrayed as almost a mini Lavar Ball situation. Hopefully that's not the case: if it is, maybe a more low-key environment can minimize that. *edit: funny you should post that, eyes.
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    Welcome Markelle Fultz glad to have ya

    Thoracic outlet syndrome, like others have said, is an "injury" more common to baseball pitchers than basketball players. I wonder if a lack of experience in that area lead to the Sixers medical staff not being able to identify his issue sooner. Hopefully Fultz has got the best people now helping him, but it might behoove the Magic to talk to the Rays medical staff about it. Alex Cobb, a former Rays pitcher, was diagnosed with this early, and after having a vestigial rib bone removed was able to come back ok from it. I hear a lot of people saying he has a bad shoulder as if it's a rotator cuff or a labrum; this is not a structural injury in the traditional sense. Nerves are a strange thing to deal with, and it seems Weltman has some understanding of the uncertainty present, and patience needed.
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