2020 NBA Catch-All: The Great Bubble Experiment

Definitely a possibility for next year - if you are interested this year without keepers, go ahead and join - there is one spot left. There are a lot of fantasy experienced players in this league trying out to see how the B-Ball works - I'm sure transitioning to keeper will be a topic for those who decide they like the FFB in general when we kick of subsequent years...

https://fantasy.espn.com/basketball/...

Yoink!

Haven't played in years but anything with other Goojers is good in my book!

This is my first time playing fantasy sports of any kind, so... Wish me luck

Good luck! Which team name are you sporting?

cybardian wrote:

Definitely a possibility for next year - if you are interested this year without keepers, go ahead and join - there is one spot left. There are a lot of fantasy experienced players in this league trying out to see how the B-Ball works - I'm sure transitioning to keeper will be a topic for those who decide they like the FFB in general when we kick of subsequent years...

https://fantasy.espn.com/basketball/...

Sorry if that came off as discounting this league. I mostly meant that in general I would really enjoy a keeper league. I’m already in a long standing yearly draft league.

cybardian wrote:

Good luck! Which team name are you sporting?

Toronto 00RubberDuckies

it's a long story...

No discounting at all - on the keeper interest.

Duckies, glad you could join!

cybardian what team are you?

Less than 36 hours until the banner goes up to the rafters in Toronto

Is it weird that you guys won and that team is no more? Happy for the city just curious if there's any bittersweet aspect? We've certainly seen this in other sports, notably baseball but I can't think of an example in hoop.

Top_Shelf wrote:

Is it weird that you guys won and that team is no more? Happy for the city just curious if there's any bittersweet aspect? We've certainly seen this in other sports, notably baseball but I can't think of an example in hoop.

Toronto, and Canada in general, is so starved for a championship (last win were the Blue Jays and Canadiens in 1993) that no one really cares. It was always a long shot bet that Kawhi would stay and him going to his hometown while refusing the more money is something that makes sense emotionally.

For me, I'm really happy that Masai's long-held strategy of "be good, be relevant, be smart" worked out. He despises tanking and has long believed that a team can successful with smart drafting, contract, and trades. Then when the opportunity presents itself, trade for a star.

Prederick wrote:

Reaaaaalllllllyyyyy hoping Zion doesn't end up being Greg Oden 2.0.

Top_Shelf wrote:

Is it weird that you guys won and that team is no more? Happy for the city just curious if there's any bittersweet aspect? We've certainly seen this in other sports, notably baseball but I can't think of an example in hoop.

Certainly there is some bittersweet feelings, but damn, we won the Championship, and what a ride it was!

It certainly stings a little that Kawhi didn't stay, but he didn't leave us in the same manner as previous stars did, so in my mind it softens the blow somewhat.

Yeah, Zion... I was suspicious that something like this might be up with him. Hope it doesn't become a thing for his career. (Also glad that I wasn't able to pick him in my fantasy draft last night lol)

Prederick wrote:
Prederick wrote:

Reaaaaalllllllyyyyy hoping Zion doesn't end up being Greg Oden 2.0.

I dunno be doesn't look like he is 88 already.

Problem might be more the Pelicans. Simmons already mentioned on his podcast that they have a notorious medical staff.

The first jokes were Zion might need to trim down and NO food wouldn't help. Maybe the Pelicans conditioning staff won't either. Might be groundless but AD has never been exactly super healthy.

Well that was pretty effin cool

Don’t need Kawhi when you have VanVleet.

Gosh that mockup of the rings is gaudy looking. I'm going to change the hero image to the real rings.

How do you get images to show up in posts? I tried linking an IMGUR link in the "Image" insert tag but it doesn't show up.

To change the hero you have to delete the existing image and upload a new one.

For the body of a post it should just work as long as the imgur post is public.

Thanks DS, that last bit about the public part was what I was missing.

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gamerparent wrote:

Thanks DS, that last bit about the public part was what I was missing.

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Hot take: DeMar DeRozen should get one as the key piece in bringing Kawhi to Toronto.

I wouldn't be surprised if he did get one. Although he could just buy his own at raptorschampionshipring.com /hot take

I mean, they gave Nav Bhatia, the Raptors superfan, a ring, so unless there's some super hard feelings or something, I would think it would only be fitting that DeRozan also gets one.

Some thoughts from last night:
Raptors / Pelicans:
- JJ Reddick played smart late in the game by getting Siakam on a charge and fouling him out. During the game he seemed to hit 3s at will. Fortunately for us he fell apart in overtime.
- Siakam, well... wow. Fred VanVleet, also wow. Picking up right where they left off in the playoffs, and then some.
- Gasol looked frustrated and emotional. Also, he never got the ball off any of his rolls. Factor? Maybe. I dropped him from my fantasy team (only because I also picked Ibaka and it's not great points wise to have two guys on the same team at the same position)
- Nick Nurse showed his tight 8 man rotation last night, like it was playoff basketball, and still the New Orleans Pelicans minus Zion took us to overtime. I hope this was only because Nurse really wanted to win this one, and not because the rest of the bench is unplayable.

Lakers/Clippers
- Kawhi looks good. Miss that guy. He's as cold and cruel and methodical and brutal as ever. He definitely has a spring in his step that wasn't there late in the playoffs.
- Happy for Danny Green, he torched them last night, but if all the Lakers have is Bron, AD and Danny it's not going to go that well for them.
- Dwight Howard can be emotional and erratic sometimes. Is he a good shot blocker? He showed me something I'd not seen before, blocking a shot by jumping up and putting both hands on the backboard and having his arms be in the way

The Raptors rotation last night was a factor in getting all the new guys to buy in and be up to snuff defensively. Nurse has had some pretty harsh comments about Hollis-Jefferson, Johnson, and Thomas. Since they play an incredibly active defense with lots of non-verbal switching it can be difficult for certain players to acclimatize. The Raptors basically went into the playoffs with the idea of assembling the most smartest and most aggressive group of defensive players in the NBA. There probably was a big push to not lose in the first game also.

Gasol is quite old with a lot of mileage. If they plan on keeping him and making a run, would not be surprised if he is rested a lot and is on limited minutes for other games. His passing and defensive work is still great, it's the getting between that's going to be a big issue.

Dwight Howard has always been an excellent shot blocker. Too enthusiastic and in-love with swatting it as far as he can but still great at it. The issue has been he's so injury prone we've forgotten how good he can be and it's taken a huge toll on his overall athleticism.

I doubt I'll be watching every game or even most games but will definitely tune in and follow along. Would be very entertaining if Siakam and VanVleet can take those big steps forward. They are older than most young players at 25 years old, though.

I would just like to shout out Top_Shelf who is crushing me this week our matchup in Fantasy league.

Seeing Grayson Allen trip over himself instead of tripping others was the highlight of the night.

Did anyone do league pass this year? I am wondering how the streaming performance is. I remember a couple of years ago I saw some pretty bad reviews.

I bought the 3 game choice pass, but I haven't actually tried it yet. Will report when I do.