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Justin Jaudon

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  1. 2018 NBA Draft Thread

  2. 2018 NBA Draft Thread

    At this point, I think I'm settled on wanting Carter. I know he doesn't have the ceiling (supposedly) that some of these other guys do, but I don't trust any of these other guys. Carter reminds me of Al Horford in a lot of ways, which I love. I just think with Carter the center position is taken care of for sure. He's either going to be a solid starter or a borderline All-Star, or somewhere in between. There's virtually no chance he's a bust, offensively or defensively. That's a really good pick at 6. Sure, Young could be great. But he's most likely going to be a better passing DJ Augustine. Sure, Porter could be great. But between the injury and not looking particularly good in the tiny bit we got to see him in college, I'm uncomfortable with the pick. Bamba may turn out to be Gobert no. 2, or he could be Cauley-Stein (solid, but nothing spectacular in any way, borderline starter). JJJ I'm not convinced can play center, and I'm not convinced he'll put it all together; he really looked lost sometimes at MSU. I'll be okay with any of these picks, but right now I'm on the Carter train. Unless we can get Doncic somehow. I don't know why people have him falling, but dude is exactly what we need.
  3. 2018 Official Offseason Thread

    We didn't, though. It was the right time when we tried to accelerate it, we just mashed the break and the accelerator at the same time, turned the wheel, and shifted into reverse. We tried to accelerate the process by using some of our young players to get complementary veteran talent. We just used the wrong young players to do it. We also tried to remain patient with our horrid PG, and we continued to try to find a PF who could make up for Vuc's deficiencies (not possible in today's NBA). We tried to completely change the role and position of our best prospect to fit the previous moves. And we signed the wrong FA to big money. We were patient with the wrong guys, impatient with the wrong guys, and horrible with our money. The timing wasn't the problem. Imagine if instead of trading Dipo, we - instead of Utah - got involved in the deal that moved Teague and Hill. We get Hill, who was terrific last year, to put in a lineup with Dipo, Fournier, Gordon, and Vuc. Still bad D, right? But then Imagine instead of signing Biz and Jeff Green for $32 million of our cap space, we re-signed Dedmon and outbid the Mavs for Harrison Barnes. Then we have a lineup of Hill, Dipo, Barnes, Gordon, and Vuc, with Dedmon playing when teams start spamming P&Rs at Vuc, and Payton, Fournier, and Mario anchoring the bench. Looking a lot better, isn't it? We could have done those things. They wouldn't have been thought of as weird moves. Orlando, coming off a 35-win season and Payton's most maligned of his career, uses a late-loto draft pick to get veteran PG. Makes sense. Orlando, with a need at SF, takes a big roll of the dice on Barnes' potential. Again, makes sense. We were expected to be in that conversation by a lot of people. That's a playoff team with a lot of defensive switching potential outside of Vuc in the SL, and an interesting offensive group on the bench. Not sure if that team ever competes for a championship. Depends probably on if Dipo develops into what he is now in that scenario, and if we could develop long-term PG and C options. I'd take that young core of Dipo/Barnes/Gordon over what we have now, for sure.
  4. Favorite Magic Players of All Time

    Loved Penny as a kid. Loved T-Mac as a teen. Loved Jameer as an adult. Probably rooted hardest for T-Mac, as far as one player. Odd love for Andrew Declercq. Never thought he was any good, just loved watching him try so hard and fail to not suck. It was like watching Forest Gump try to court Jenny, except Jenny never got AIDS. Just, always out of reach.
  5. Favorite NON Magic player of all time

    Favorite? I really never rooted for guys outside of Orlando enough to have a favorite non-Magic player. I remember liking John Stockton's and Karl Malone's game a lot back in the day. Rooted for them against Jordan. Rooted for Oladipo the last couple of years, and probably always will. Does he count, though. Never would have cared much about him if he didn't initially play for Orlando. I'll say Malone, I guess. Least favorite? Where to begin? Kobe, Pippen, Rodman, Artest/Meta, LeBron, Durant, Ewing, Reggie Miller, Anthony Mason, Rip Hamilton (but only when he was playing against Orlando), Ray Allen. Sam Cassell. Jaque Vaughn (but only when he played for Orlando, so I guess that doesn't count). And I'll retro-actively go back in time and root against Rick Barry. No reason. Just ***** Rick Barry.
  6. 2018 Watch the Playoffs thread

    I assure you, you're not under my skin. Indeed, I'm enjoying all of this. It's amusing. I'm glad you're keeping busy, though, on your vacation. Vacations are fun, aren't they? You keep telling me you're not going to go back and forth, but then you keep posting, accusing me of things, so I keep responding, defending my statements. Again, I assure you, I don't want to define who you are. Not sure how I would even attempt from the humble vantage of a fellow basketball observer and poster on an internet forum. Your identity is certainly your own. If you continue to post childish things, expect that occasionally I'll get fed up and call you out on it. That's just part of the internet forum experience. I have no intention of putting you on "ignore." Do enjoy the playoffs tomorrow. And post what you like. I'll be around. I look to the sea!!! Reflections in the waves spark my memories!!! Some happy, some sad!!! I think of childhood friends, and the dreams we had!!! We live happily forever!!! So the story goes!!! But somehow we missed out on the pot of gold!!! But we'll try, best as we can, to cAAAAAAAAAAAry on!!!
  7. 2018 Official Offseason Thread

    Sure, but I take that with a grain of salt. Van Gundy has every reason to dislike Martins for the way he was fired (the only reason I don't like him much, personally). But with a situation so personal, I don't tend to take someone's word for something when it comes to speaking about someone's job competency. Now maybe Stan's right. Maybe Martins is bad at his job. But I'll need more than Stan's word on that, since Stan has reason to be biased against Martins. And things seemed to already be going to crap behind the scenes before Martins got promoted to CEO. I know Hennigan was bad at his job, because I can see the direct results. I know Skiles was at least okay as a coach, because I saw Orlando's win total go up by ten games. I know he quit his job, because I read quotes from him directly that I don't have any reason to disbelieve. I can speculate why Hennigan was bad (because he's a good scout, but an idiot GM). I can speculate why Skiles quit (because he's an impatient douche). But speculating about Martins requires too much, because I can't really draw any conclusions about the direct results of Martins' job. Now, if Hammond and Weltman turn out to be as bad as Hennigan, then I'll gladly blame Martins, because then I can see a pattern of bad hiring (the only direct result I can see of his job at all). I'm just not willing to judge Martins yet over Stan's clearly biased statement and one bad hire.
  8. 2018 Watch the Playoffs thread

    LOL, did you really spend the last two days trying to find an example of "buckle down" being used in that context? You literally found one example. It's in the post, "result 1 of 1." That's awesome. But finding an example of someone else using the idiom incorrectly doesn't make your use correct. And those synonyms don't mean what you seem to think they do. Look at the rest of the synonyms for clues. Or look at the definitions of the synonyms. Bend as in "direct or devote (one's attention or energies) to a task," not " "force or be forced to submit." And "to give oneself over to something" is "to devote oneself to someone or something" in this context, not "surrender to someone or something." Again, look at all the other synonyms on your list for clues. As for the comparison: again, I never compared our qualifications to have opinions on childish behavior. I actually never compared you and I at all. Taking only my comments, it does look like I made a comparison (though, again, not about our qualifications, which is what I said specifically). But adding yours back in, it becomes clear the only comparisons were made by you. I simply gave an opinion that your reaction to a post was perhaps childish. You asked who I was to make such accusations. No comparison so far from me, just a statement of opinion on a comment. I answered by giving my qualifications to make such accusations - still no comparison. You asked why that was relevant (amusingly, since it was only relevant in response to your question, but reading comprehension isn't everyone's strong suit, so I acquiesced). I explained the relevance and acknowledged your own (since you brought up your qualifications). Still no comparison. I only brought up being an adult in response to your request for qualifications, not as a comparison to you. That's fairly clear looking back at the posts. Now, maybe take some of that Excedrin, if you really do need some. I think the migraine is impairing your reading comprehension.
  9. 2018 Official Offseason Thread

    Good points, except the last one. We've discussed our differences there before. I guess I just look at most of those things as Rob being a good scout. He was, and I'm sure he still is. But scouts aren't necessarily good GM's. The guy found good talent, but he never understood what to do with it. In fact, deciding what to do with players long-term (as big a part of being a good GM as finding them in the first place), Hennigan seemed to ***** up every single time. He signed Harris long-term, but then traded him for nothing (I know, I know, this was actually all Skiles' fault, because Skiles cried to Martins for specifically that trade... or something); he chose Payton and Fournier over Dipo; he re-signed Fournier during a restricted FA before Fournier even had an offer; he forced a position change on our most promising talent during his third season. He built a team around Payton, Fournier, and Vuc, for Christ's sake. Almost all of the long-term roster moves this guy made were awful. The only things he did fairly well long-term were Vuc's contract and maybe Harris' contract before he *****ed that up. And I still don't know why Martins is so hated.
  10. 2018 Watch the Playoffs thread

    I don't think Dray would be this year. Just my opinion, but I think the whole reason Thompson didn't was because Dray did a couple years ago and people threw a fit. It's going to take near murder to get suspended in the finals now.
  11. 2018 Official Offseason Thread

    eggs - *****ing - zactly!!!
  12. 2018 Official Offseason Thread

    Except we didn't rush the process so much as sabotage it. If anything, our problem was that Hennigan had too much patience with certain players. Alex had a hand in what? The team improving every year? It certainly was interesting that once Alex said he would not be part of personnel decisions Hennigan immediately went crazy and *****ed up the roster that had been steadily improving, including trading our best player for scraps. The problem wasn't the people who wanted a better product (we were getting that, just slower than anyone liked), it was the idiot who *****ed that up. Seriously, what in the world did Rob Hennigan ever do to make so many people love him so much? And what did Alex do to make you all hate him so much?
  13. 2018 Official Offseason Thread

    No, Hennigan traded Oladipo because he didn't want to re-sign him.
  14. 2018 NBA Draft Thread

    I mean, since he's never actually played an NBA game, this is all opinion. The OPINIONS of the best scouts in the world are just that. But, yeah, the argument for Trae seems to be entirely that he will improve on his strengths enough to make them actual NBA strengths and diminish his limitations so that they don't limit him that much; all of this so his mentality as a fearless shooter and his ball-handling and passing skills will translate. Basically, with Trae, you're betting on intangibles as a scorer and demonstrable elite play-making skills settling in at the next level. It could certainly happen, but I'm not sure why such a risk is smart at 6. To be honest, I'm not sure who I really like, myself. I'm not as high on Bamba as most seem to be, as he may be a dying breed of center. I worry about JJJ's lack of production in college. Carter is a safe bet, I think, but what kind of ceiling does he have? Porter's injury makes him a risk, especially since we never really saw him performing at a super-high level. Hell, even if Bagley slides to us I'm not sure he works; from what I remember he's really bad switching on the perimeter (though, honestly, I may be wrong about that; I'll have to check that out), which is dangerous in the modern NBA. Bridges is like a 3 and D version of Oladipo (in that is strength coming out seems to be rapid improvement); that could work out, or he could be Thabo Sefalosha. I'm not comfortable with any of the popular picks, which is why I'm doubly confused by those who are so against Trae, and those who think we're just automatically getting a good player at 6. I can see everyone after Doncic and Ayton being complete busts. I think maybe we should try to trade back and get Sexton and something else from New York, then trade up back into the first to get a risky big like Mitchell Robinson or maybe get Dante DiVincenzo. Or go the other way and trade back and select Mikal Bridges, then trade back up for Aaron Holiday (is he just massively undervalued for his height, because his wingspan is good). All I know is, if Doncic slides as much as NBAdraft.net seems to think he will, we need to do whatever it takes to trade up to get him. I don't really think he'll slide, though, because I just don't think NBA GM's are really that stupid.
  15. 2018 Watch the Playoffs thread

    Yeah, Bron is also a douche.
  16. 2018 Watch the Playoffs thread

    Ah, we're talking about different moments. I was only referring to his girating mockery of LeBron during the foul shots earlier in the game. I have no problem with the celebration that provoked Tristan Thompson. Thompson was upset and let Green's celebration get to him. Totally uncalled-for response. And I agree, Dray is one of the best defensive players I've ever seen. And I generally don't have a problem with him. I'm just not the type who likes to watch when any player starts trying to "show up" other players. Maybe I'm a kill-joy, but I just like to watch the game, not grown children who for some reason need to stroke their egos in front of millions.
  17. 2018 Watch the Playoffs thread

    I've not once even hinted that I wanted you to stop posting. I'm not trying to rattle you. I'm conversing with you. I don't want you to shut up, just to get better at posting sensible things. And if you can still dribble at your age, kudos.
  18. 2018 Watch the Playoffs thread

    I did not once compare my qualifications to yours. I explained my own comment that I was an adult, after you asked who I was to comment on the childishness of people's behavior. I acknowledged your qualifications when you claimed them. This is not comparison. Did you teach English?
  19. 2018 Watch the Playoffs thread

    I'm an adult. I have seen many children and observed them from outside childhood. Therefore I'm qualified to have an opinion on whether someone is acting like a child. So are you, it seems. Hooray! We've solved that conundrum.
  20. 2018 Watch the Playoffs thread

    As I said before, other people being ****ty doesn't magically confer righteousness to Draymond Green's every action. As for that LeBron clip, there's very little comparison. It's still disrespectful in my eyes, because he's directing it out at the fans, but not on Dray's level at all. Draymond's was compounded by directing it at a specific player, the mocking rather than celebratory tone of the act, and the fact that the game was not over.
  21. 2018 Watch the Playoffs thread

    I'm an adult.
  22. 2018 Watch the Playoffs thread

    I hope they do stop with the kid gloves; it's annoying to watch. I don't want to chase anyone away; I just want solid conversation. I don't want to control anyone (not sure where you're getting all this; seriously, I'm just disagreeing with your arguments, not trying to control you). I never claimed to know you; I don't need to in order to understand the words you write. This is indeed an internet forum. That's not what "buckle down" means, but I understand and applaud you're sentiment (so long as it doesn't also mean that you're unwilling to listen to anyone). My wayward son!!! There'll be peace when you are done!!! Lay your weary head to rest!!! Don't you cry no more!!!
  23. 2018 Watch the Playoffs thread

    But that's also a terrible argument. Other people are terrible, so he gets to act like a child? Bully's are often bullied by someone else, either at home or wherever. It doesn't make their bullying okay.
  24. 2018 Watch the Playoffs thread

    It was what is called a conditional statement, not an order. I'm starting to understand the Draymond love, at least. I said "it's only funny to the child," but maybe it's funny to other children as well. I'm just asking you to look at the situation objectively. You're response is no? I know a lot of people treat you with kid gloves around here, and that's fine. You're generally civil with everyone, so I'm okay with it. But don't take the kid gloves as license to act like a child. It's annoying.
  25. 2018 Watch the Playoffs thread

    Oh, the ever-present argument: "Well, they did it too!!!" It's a terrible argument, generally made by petty people. If something is unprofessional, it's unprofessional when anyone does it. Draymond Green is a douche. This is known. Stop trying to excuse it. What Green was doing last night was on the court, during play, and petty. It's offensive because normal people don't tune in to sports to watch grown men act like arrogant children. It's offensive because the 4th best player on the best team in the world taunting the best player in the world in the midst of maybe the greatest losing-effort game in history is disrespectful, not only to that player, but by extension to the fans. It's like watching a bratty child taunt an adult while hiding behind his mother. It's only really funny to the child. It's offensive because it's petty, childish behavior. These are things adults are supposed to have already learned: having fun is great, but having fun at someone else' expense is not okay. I'm pretty sure you're old enough to know this stuff, too. Take off the GS love and the LeBron hate for a second and you'll see this type of behavior should be frowned on. (For the record, I hate both GS and the Cavs, pretty much equally; not a LeBron fan or a Draymond Green hater)