2020 NBA Catch-All: The Great Bubble Experiment

I was exhausted last night and went to bed at halftime. Kind of regretting it.

This is fun though: https://twitter.com/gourmetspud/stat...

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Yeah, no way Kawhi was winning a title his first year with a team.
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Paul George: "Internally, we've always felt this isn't a championship of bust year for us. We didn't have enough time together."

It's easy to dunk on Kawhi now but I've never understood that guy's thinking. Worked his way out of SA with a universally liked Popp? Worked his way out of TOR with a universally liked team/coach/culture/community?

Is he just disagreeable/Contrarian Guy who sees the grass as always greener?

He doesn't appear to want an off-court presence (am I wrong here?), so why is LA so attractive besides the hometown stuff? Maybe his thinking is that he wants to cement an on-court legacy as the guy, the ONLY guy, to put the Clips on the map. That's certainly a go big or go home goal. He was one bad fourth quarter (in three tries!) of getting them to their first WCF where they'd be favored to win it all and he gets 3 rings with 3 teams.

We getting a new Baby Stephen A. Smith video out of this?

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Top_Shelf wrote:

It's easy to dunk on Kawhi now but I've never understood that guy's thinking. Worked his way out of SA with a universally liked Popp? Worked his way out of TOR with a universally liked team/coach/culture/community?

I don't think many people know what Kawhi likes or if he even likes basketball. There's a long-running joke that he would rather have been a doctor, but he got forced into basketball. Who even knows.

I think most of the dunking should be reserved for the Clippers for spending so much to get this outcome, personally. I assume the Clippers will be fine when they have some time to gel.

I am thoroughly enjoying the Steve Ballmer approach to leadership not working out.

Contrast his "leadership" at MSFT with how well Nadella has been running things. Boomers gonna Boom it.

Miami continues to look really impressive. They came out of the time off much better than when the season stopped. I wonder what they did with the time off that other teams didn’t do.

I heard an interesting comment about Miami on the Windhorst podcast, which was that Pat Riley loves the military, and runs his organization like a military outfit. And the Orlando Bubble is basically like boot camp, which is that organization's dream. So it is not surprising that Miami is thriving in this environment.

Not sure what they did during the time off though, but I suspect it was very disciplined?

Denver-Miami finals... lets go!

LeapingGnome wrote:

Miami continues to look really impressive. They came out of the time off much better than when the season stopped. I wonder what they did with the time off that other teams didn’t do.

If the Canadian government had actually had "measures in place to prevent onward-spread from travel-related cases" back in February and March instead of saying they did the Raptors would have had a big advantage. Instead Siakam didn't touch a basketball for 2 months