Top Dawg/ DBag of the Week

Top Dog – Me

Today, for the first time in probably 2 months i wrote a blog for the blogging website that i’m supposed to regularly blog for. The grit portrayed by me to not only endure 25 hours a week at a delco Giant, drink 5 days a week, and also take 20 whole minutes to write a simple blog is truly impressive.

Okay on a serious note, the real reason I haven’t been writing is I was diagnosed with a rare disease called “being a lazy piece of garbage.” So now that I’ve got my illness in remission, let’s get back to it, and Make Delcodelphia Great Again.

Douchebag of the Week – Kyrie Irving

Imagine playing next to Lebron James, averaging more shots per game in the playoffs and regular season, a comparable usage rate, and a real chance at the title every year, max contract, and saying “Ya know I think Minnesota would be nice.”

Flat earth joke. Kehlani joke.

I would say that if I were from Cleveland I’d be pissed, but if I were from Cleveland I would’ve killed myself years ago. So really what it boils down to is, that we owe Kyrie a thank you. The likelihood of Lebron leaving the Cavs next year seems to grow every day, and we have created the delusion that Lebron is coming to Philly. Look he’ll probably finish his career there. He’ll most likely never betray his hometown again. But maybe….

Not so small ball lineup

Ben
Fultz
Cov
Lebron
Embiid

Journalism by Brendan Feeney

Bring Back Kelly Green

“I want to see us use Kelly green as our alternate and Thursday night type of uniform,” he said at the league’s annual meeting Tuesday. “And the only thing blocking us is we can’t use the Kelly green helmet yet. So that’s what we’re waiting for. We’re going to keep pushing at it.”

This is from Lurie back in March from this year. It’s realistic to think we could see Kelly green in 2018-2019 as long as this stupid rule (which I’ll get into soon) gets changed.

So Lurie likes the kelly green, but he’s not convinced going back to kelly green full time is the right move. He wants to keep the midnight green, a color i think all Eagles fans still like, and wants to have the Kelly green thrown on once or twice a year to sell some jerseys and accomplish nostalgic satisfaction. Seems completely doable, until you read into this rule:

“In 2013, the league, based on the advice of its Head, Neck and Spine Committee and Player Safety Advisory Panel, passed a rule that prohibited teams from using more than one helmet in a given season. Those committees found that a broken-in helmet was far safer than one fresh out of the box.”- ESPN

I mean, that just sounds weird. I’m sure there are some stats out there that show “broken in” helmets save more heads than new helmets, but it can’t be that distinctive. If you get a concussion in the NFL, it’s going to be because you got jacked tf up, and not because your helmet isn’t broken in.

I don’t think Wes Welker’s career would have been any worse if he didn’t wear “broken in” helmets. No one ever watched Sidney Crosby get a concussion and said “hmmm, I wonder if that helmet was broken in.”

I offer two solutions:

  1. Switch over to kelly green permanently.

Midnight green has served us well for many years, and I’ve always felt that they were one of the NFL’s best, but I can’t ignore the fact that kelly green would look so cool. 

The Wentz on the back with the liberty bell just looks so right to me. When Donovan Mcnabb came into Philadelphia, we had the new midnight green jerseys going for him then. The teams with Andy Reid and Mcnabb were certainly memorable, and I’ll forever think of Mcnabb with the midnight green on.

For Carson Wentz, we can really start a new era of football. Sure, he’s only played a year, but I think we all feel like were going to start and see football worthy of watching. If he takes us to the playoffs this year, he deserves the right to have some fresh jerseys to go along with his time being here. I think every fan can get behind the entire organization getting a new look. It’s not that we think midnight green is a bad color, but implementing kelly green would be so refreshing. Lurie probably thinks it, and the fans definitely think it:

Well, at least the 117 people from our twitter.

Option 2:

For every Eagle player, find a Philadelphia citizen with the same size head to break in the helmet for him all year. When the time comes to wear kelly green jerseys, he can just slide on the helmet!

Bring back the irish green!

 

Written by Mike Cloran

There’s a Ben Simmons Snoozefest

I think it’s time to hammer Ben Simmons at the 7/2 odds to win rookie of the year. Dennis Smith, yes Dennis Smith just jumped Ben Simmons to be second behind Lonzo Ball.  

I mean I just don’t get it. Ben Simmons is going to have a higher usage rate than any of these guys, he’s got a year of getting acquainted with the league under his belt, and he’s got a better skill set than these guys all while being 6’11.

If people don’t physically see a player on a court, they use less of their brain and assume the pick was terrible, the player should be traded for for a C+ level player, and is a BUST.

So basically, if you don’t play Summer League, you don’t exist. Dennis Smith and Lonzo Ball are playing as they should be, so they exist more and that just automatically means they are going to be better..I guess I get it. smeh smeh smeh.

It only took a year for everyone to forget all the insane shit Ben Simmons pulled off.

If Joel Embiid played 20 more games last year, he would have won rookie of the year. Dario Saric didn’t win because..the Bucks won more games?

If being on a winning team helps your rookie of the year case, Ben Simmons should have a huge leg up. The Sixers are going to win more basketball games than the Lakers and the Mavericks. Sorry Laker fans, Brook Lopez and Lonzo Ball aren’t going to win you 20 more games next year.

I just don’t understand how Vegas has the Sixers odds at being the 8th best team in the entire league, yet they aren’t giving Simmons, the biggest reason the Sixers are projected better than last year, the respect of being the favorite to win rookie of the year. And Markelle Fultz with the 5th highest odds? This doesn’t make any sense to me, and that’s completely okay. While Lonzo Ball is out picking what shoes he will wear like a princess, Ben Simmons will be developing a jump shot.

Hammer Ben Simmons at +375. This Sixers team will be seen by national eyes, and Ben Simmons will be at the center of all of it. He’s not going to score 20 points a game, but he’s going have average a good amount of rebounds and assists to make his stat line appealing enough to win ROY.

Written by Mike Cloran

Talking Myself into Conor Mcgregor

Yes, this is pretty much a Mcgregor biased post, but I am going to be as reasonable (at least I think I am) as possible about this whole thing.

Couple of things to start with:

  1. Floyd Mayweather is the worst. I’ve already talked about that here: http://www.delcodelphia.com/?p=1840
  2. Wow, this is actually happening.
  3. Floyd Mayweather is DEFINITELY just doing this to avoid bankruptcy.

I mean to me, this all seems to check out. Conor knows how to fight “for the fans”. He took on Nate Diaz, his toughest opponent twice in two years, and he took the first fight on a week notice and had to gain 15 pounds. Floyd Mayweather took years upon years to finally fight Manny Pac past his prime, with a bad shoulder at the age of 36. Floyd Mayweather is tremendously stupid with his money, and doesn’t exactly believe in banks.

I watched the press conference after work and came away with some dangerous, and very likely irrational thoughts about Conor’s chances to actually win this fight.

  • Conor is just as confident about this fight than he has been with prior fights.
  • Conor’s confidence is extremely genuine. Besides saying he will beat Nick Diaz after gaining 15 lbs in a week to fight him, he’s been pretty much dead on with his predictions for every fight. For this fight, he predicts he will knock Floyd out in 4 rounds or under. Just listening to him talk can give you assurance that he knows exactly what’s going to happen.

For most fighters and athletes, talk is just talk and the play on the field (or ring) does most of the talking. For Conor Mcgregor, it really hasn’t been that way. When he says he is going to do something, it is extremely hard to discount that. I’m not saying he is going to win this fight, but for me to believe he will lose this fight in an embarrassing manner would have to mean he is flat out wrong in his words. When your word matches the action almost 99% of the time, doesn’t it justify people to put faith in this man?

So, words are words, and fists are fists. Sure his words mean something, but probably just in his own sport, right? It’s extremely hard to gauge whether or not MMA fighters can translate to boxing, and whether or not Boxers can translate to MMA.

I don’t expect you to watch the entire 14 minute clip, so I’ll break down what I found.

Surprisingly, MMA fighters went 3-2 against boxers in a boxing ring in this clip. I’ve been researching the MMA vs. Boxing dispute a lot, and I’m starting to truly believe Conor has a much better shot than people think.

As much as that 3-2 record can be exciting for MMA fans, there is a few things to consider.

  1. The level of fighting is very low.
    1. These dudes have little to no skill, and these are basically glorified street fights.
  2. Anderson Silva is considered one of the greatest MMA fighters of all time. While he did beat that guy convincingly, the boxer he faced was an amateur. He’s been trying to fight Roy Jones Jr. for years, but the talks have never turned into anything.
  3. None of these boxers are Floyd Mayweather. Although Floyd is 40, he has never been seriously hurt in his fights. He’s without a doubt, the greatest defensive boxer of all time.

The largest problem remains to be the mystery. I can’t decide whether or not Conor has a chance just because there is basically no history behind this. However, Conor is probably right when he says Floyd would be a dead man in an octagon.

  • James Toney, a well decorated boxer couldn’t last a minute in the octagon against Randy Couture.
  • Ray Mercer, an olympic gold medalist and former WBO heavyweight champion, couldn’t last a minute in the ring with Kimbo Slice.
    • He did however land a knockout punch on former UFC Champion, Tim Siliva in an octagon.
  • The most successful boxer in the MMA world is probably this guy: 

Yes, this guy. Eric “Butterbean” Esch has 17 victories in the MMA world, all thanks to his tremendous right hook.

In the end, all of these weird comparisons probably don’t matter. None of these guys are nearly the athletes that Conor Mcgregor and Floyd Mayweather are. However, If there is one thing that I can take away from MMA vs. Boxing, it’s this:

Power seems to translate. If you can knock a guy out in one punch in MMA, you can knock a guy out in boxing. Boxers aren’t any more athletic or stronger than fighters in MMA.

So what does Conor have going in this fight?

He is more powerful than Floyd Mayweather. He is 12 years younger than Mayweather. Floyd hasn’t knocked anybody out in a decade, and relies on his defense 100% to win fights. He also hasn’t fought in two years, and is starting to really feel his age.

“Today we had a meeting and I can’t push my body [anymore]. It’s grueling. Training camp is grueling. I can’t do it anymore. It’s rough. Training camp is rough. I’m just going to the gym, working hard everyday and it’s rough. This has to be my last one.” – Floyd talking yesterday when asked if he would entertain a rematch with Conor.

If Floyd really thinks this, and isn’t just playing with people, this is a dangerous thought to have before fighting Conor Mcgregor. If you’re not 100% into this fight, you’re giving Conor, a man with all the confidence in the world with nothing to lose, an edge mentally. We have heard a million times how Conor plays “mental warfare” with people. So if Floyd is truly letting these thoughts into his head, that’s a big win for Conor.

So let’s talk about Conor’s power. As Joe Rogan likes to say, “Conor has the touch of death”. It’s his power, but a lot of it is his precision and speed. Every fighter always underestimates how much a Conor punch is going to hurt them, and Floyd is doing the same thing here. Eddie Alvarez said Conor “was the easiest dude in his division”. Nate Diaz told people that Conor wouldn’t be able to touch him in the second fight. Floyd Mayweather is Floyd Mayweather, but he has the same mindset of past fighters that have lost to Conor already.

If Conor is going to have any chance with Floyd, he has to hurt him early and often. Back in 2010, Shane Mosley almost knocked Floyd down twice in the second round of the fight. Floyd eventually recovered and got back into rhythm to beat Mosley by unanimous decision. Shane Mosley was 38 at the time of this fight and critics thought he would’t have enough power to beat Floyd.

So is it crazy to think that Conor Mcgregor, 28 years old in the prime of his “powerful, mysteriously precise” striking could do a little better than the 38 year old Mosley? I don’t think so, especially considering how much older Floyd is now.

Then there’s the Pacquiao fight. You’ll hear a lot of “If Manny couldn’t beat Floyd, how the f%$k is Conor supposed to?” Well, let’s look at that.

Manny Pacquiao, as impressive as he still looks, hasn’t knocked out an opponent since 2009. He also fought Floyd Mayweather with an injury.

Manny Pacquiao said a right shoulder injury prevented him from fighting at his best in his loss to Floyd Mayweather.

Nevada officials also denied Pacquiao’s request to take an anti-inflammatory shot in his dressing room before the fight Saturday night. The chairman of the Nevada Athletic Commission said the ruling was Pacquiao’s fault for not mentioning his injury sooner. – ESPN.

Turns out that Manny had a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. He knew that if he revealed his injury, the chance to fight Floyd Mayweather might vanish.

So again, as great as Manny Pacquiao is, he definitely lacked the knockout power to take down Floyd. And if anyone is going to beat the 49-0 Mayweather, it has to be by knockout.

Conor has the knockout power that a lot of these guys simply didn’t have. He knocked out Jose Aldo, the best pound for pound fighter in the UFC in 13 seconds back in 2015. He tossed Eddie Alvarez, the supposed stronger fighter around the ring for 7 minutes before he sent Alvarez to the ground seeing stars.

I could of written a piece on how everyone is dumb to buy into this, but what fun would that be? Take the leap of faith with me. Invest your heart in this Irish warrior, not the scumbag wife beater who is only doing this to pay off taxes after flashing money in our faces for years.

Unicorns are real, and Conor Mcgregor can win this fight.

 

The Time is NOW 🙂

“It’s better to feel pain than nothing at all.” – a lot of people have probably said this, but I was listening to that Lumineers song “stubborn love” and for some reason, it resonates with Philly Sports.

We’ve felt pain, and we’ve endured that pain (Phillies don’t count since nobody watches baseball when they suck, unless you love pain and watch them every night and yell at your TV and call Hector Neris an asshole, AKA my dad).

I grew up in what I like to believe were the glory days of Philly Sports. I was like 9 years old when the Eagles went to the Super Bowl, but even then I understood the magnitude of the situation. I remember the Phillies World Series run not as a successful baseball team, but more as a crusade of men. The Sixers? I mean other than the Iverson games, the Chris Webber trade, and I guess some of the Iguodala days, there was nothing there. The Flyers have always been my team, and I still feel as if the Stanley Cup in this town will always be some myth. The Boston comeback was pants off amazing, and the cup run was memorable.

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I always felt that the time range of 2004-2010 was the best it was going to be. Success, championship success has always seemed like something hardworking Philadelphia people don’t get to have. Almost like it’s an option on our life insurance policies, and people from

Philadelphia simply aren’t given that option. We’ve still carried on with our lives, even though we knew that deep down, there was no way a championship was actually going to come here.

The World Series was just some freak occurrence, just like the housing collapse of 2008. Seriously, isn’t that ironic they happened in the same year? It took the entire U.S economy to collapse for us to win something.

Even losing in the 2009 World Series felt extremely normal. Like “ohhh yeah, this is what we are, we’re pieces of shit.” The Miracle at the Meadowlands, Halladay’s no hitters, the Flyers beating Pittsburgh in a first round series. Every one of those felt just right.

As fans, we took in those moments and made them seem bigger than they actually were, because we knew that they were the times that would make us most happy, and proud to waste countless hours of thinking, and talking about Philly sports.

Personally, I think I suffer from the losing that has gone on. You ever wonder how much better your life could have been if Donovan Mcnabb didn’t throw that INT? Or if Patrick Kane was never born? Who knows, maybe that girl you had a crush on would have asked you out, instead of you doing nothing like a dope. I probably would still be at church every Sunday if Jeff Garcia won us a Super Bowl. Shit, I’d maybe even consider priesthood.

 

But it’s 2017 now baby. 

We have truly evolved as fans. We like draft picks, developing those draft picks, and putting conditions on those draft picks. We don’t just want to hurt you, but we want to save money in the meantime and hurt you REALLY bad in a couple years.

Before I make Microsoft word love to Sam Hinkie, let me just say this. I kind of hate how nerdy, and analytical our fan base has gotten, but if that’s what it takes to win, sign me up.

I hope Sam Hinkies wife loves him unconditionally forever, because he deserves it. It’s almost like the entire city of Philadelphia went through rehab for Hinkies tenure. We were drunk to believe players like Iggy, Lou Williams, Thaddeus Young were franchise cornerstones to build around.

Sam Hinkie was our AA leader, and helped us sober up to the reality: You NEED Superstar(s) to win an NBA championship. Did it take us a little longer to sober up than we hoped? Yeah it did, but we did it right, and we didn’t take any shortcuts.

THE TIME IS NOW

I used to always say to people “I wish I could go back to like 2004 man.” Seriously, you guys remember how awesome those NFC championship games were?

You had that go to group that was invited over. Everyone’s got their $50 NFL Equipment jersey (at least one person has a David Akers jersey and it’s awesome), chips in bowls, pigs in a blanket, and high fives all around.

Staying up late to watch the NLCS. Cole Hamels wheelin and dealin, and Matt Stairs with his own little Roy Hobbs moment. Then ultimately, pulling the all nighter of my life after Brad Lidge went 48/48 in save opportunities.

The Flyers, and I guess the Sixers were a given to make the playoffs. You could always count on them to give some life in April and May. 

Philadelphia sports gives us a reason to get out of bed in the morning. We have our own separate problems that go on in our lives, but everyone has shared that pain and suffering of losing. We can relate a lot of good times in our lives directly to the successes of our franchises.

Although we only came away with one championship from that 2004-2010 era, we at least felt like we were always in the fight. We had every reason to call over the buddies and get the chips in the bowls.

But recently, we haven’t had that. We’ve been poodles going against pitbulls. Phillies, and the late season Eagle games turned into a cheap night out to save some money. The only talk in this town was draft talk. Who to draft, who this guy could end up like, yada yada. That time is about to end.

I think we’re starting to find out that we’re not only going to be in the fight, but expected to win the fight. It’s about to get really fun in this town, but also very serious. From the Utleys and Howard’s being shed, all the way up to the birth of promise with just about every team, it’s time to win. We have just as much young promising athletes in this town than we have had disappointments.

That 2004-2010 train we were riding on? That train has broken down. That train is finished. We have let go from that train completely. A new train is gaining steam, and it’s time to hop on. The time is coming where we complain about ticket prices. We complain about spending $100 to watch the Sixers play Lebron, but in the end it’s worth every dollar. Trade deadlines will soon be about who’s coming, and not who’s leaving. Part of thriving as a Philadelphia sports fan is having irrational hope, and that’s as back as ever.

 

And finally, I will be able to update this:

 

I love you Philadelphia Sports! Please come back to me.

 

Photos courtesy of Philadelphia magazine, nydailynews.com, kumarfam.com, Rob Perez, Brian Bahr

 

Conor vs. The Wife Beater

Everyone who reads this site probably knows my love for Conor Mcgregor. I am Irish, so this guy is the closest thing to living Jesus that I have. He’s braveheart in real life. He’s one of the best things to happen to entertainment in my generation, and certainly the best thing to happen to fighting in the last decade. As cocky as this man is, he truly came from nothing.

Guy was a plumber just trying to make ends meet and spontaneously decided to become an MMA legend. Never backed down from a fight, and takes showmanship to whole other level. Then there’s the very generous, kind hearted opponent he’s fighting.

If you root for Floyd Mayweather, you disgust me. This guy has been accused of beating women 7 times that we know of, and they are all awful. This dude is far worse than Ray Rice, Joe Mixon, Mike Vick, and any other scumbag you’ve seen on ESPN.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Melissa Brim, the mother of Mayweather’s oldest daughter, was the victim. She later claimed in a lawsuit that Mayweather “swung open a car door, hitting her jaw, pushed her into the car and punched her several times in the face and body,” the Review-Journal reports.”

After this tough guy was only given community service, he’s on quote for saying “Everybody that knows Floyd Mayweather, knows I’m a good guy. I have never been to jail.”

Yeah, what a guy.

Then there’s that time Money Mayweather beat the shit out of two girls at a club in 2003. Don’t worry though. He did 100 hours of community service. He learned his lesson…

In December 2011, Mayweather pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor battery domestic violence and no contest to two counts of harassment for hitting the mother of three of his children. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail and released after 60 days.

A family guy!

Yeah, this guy sucks. He’s even had the nerve to claim he’s a victim of racism. I don’t doubt that he gets his share of abuse, but he has no right to complain about that when he’s a shit role model and still makes the most money out of any athlete in the world.

I understand that race is going to play a pretty big factor in this fight. Doesn’t it seem like Floyd Mayweather stands for every negative stereotype? The only reason I understand why people would root for this guy would be the “greatness” aspect of all of it, but that will never justify it for me. To me, he’s the all time rich douchebag. The kind of guy that should never be accepted by Delco.

Floyd Mayweather is the kind of guy Delco would be proud to jump. Cheap shot hitting, wife beating, runs away from Pacquiao for years kind of guy.

Let’s go Conor. (+700)

Written by Mike Cloran

Bellemare Is Gone

So the expansion draft came and went yesterday, and the Las Vegas Golden Knights selected a French hockey player (French!!!) who is 32, and the worst 5v5 offensive player in the NHL. They passed on (Canadian) Jordan Weal, who is 25 years old, and also passed on Michael Raffl, a guy with a solid all around game.

This move doesn’t make any sense for a team that makes no sense. I will never understand why the NHL thinks it’s a good idea for hockey to be in Las Vegas, especially when they can barely keep Arizona in the NHL.

Anyway, this is more great news for the guys in orange. Next year, we will finally be able to have a team with 4 good hockey lines. We are rid of Vandevelde and Bellemare; two guys who couldn’t score a hockey puck to save their lives, and were only good for blocking shots. I will say, Bellemare had some moments. Especially, the ones where he handed out knuckle sandwiches.

If you can beat up Dan Carcillo, you’re a good guy.

I’m starting to think Hextall built up Bellemare by giving him the A on his jersey in hopes of Vegas plucking him away from us. It worked, and now we wait on our new golden boy, Nolan Patrick to arrive.

Let’s Go Flyers.

Written by Mike Cloran

Photo courtesy of Philly.com

Why The Flyers Fired Lavy

Peter Laviolette is everything you would want in a hockey coach. There’s getting jacked up, and then there’s Lavy getting you jacked up.

Thisis his 3rd cup appearance with the 3rd different team, so his approach isn’t meant to last long, but then again that’s the same with just about every other NHL coach.

We had to fire him in 2012 for the wrong reason. He couldn’t fit his system to the team that Paul Holmgren built. As I look back on the team after the Richards and Carter trades, I can’t help but see how awful Holmgren was as a GM. You can make a long list of failed defenseman under Holmgren the same way you can make long list of failed Browns quarterbacks.

I would still do the Richards and Carter trades any day of the week. It was essentially Richards and Carter for Schenn, Simmonds, Couturier, Voracek, and cap space to start over. Holmgren went out and got Jagr to come back, which helped Claude Giroux explode his potential. He signed 24 year older Matt Read out of college to add secondary scoring depth. We had a core set for years, but then he decided to ruin all that.

Paul Holmgren mismanaged the most important part of a hockey team. The defense. As a general manager, it’s your job to have a plan, and a backup plan if your 36 year old anchor on defense sustains an injury. He didn’t even have a plan to begin with. After Pronger went down, Holmgren made the dumbest panic moves I may ever see.

He traded a 2nd and a 4th round pick for Pavel Kubina. He was 35 at the time and played just 17 games for us.

At the same trade deadline, we traded a 2nd and a 3rd round pick for Nicklas Grossmann. He wasn’t a bad defender, but wasting draft picks for a short term, stay at home defenseman is terrible value.

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A Serious Look At Lonzo

After hearing disgrace of human existence Lavar Ball talk about his son’s destiny with LA, everyone is just assuming that he will end up there. It makes LA media sense, but it doesn’t make that complete basketball sense. If the Lakers are to draft Lonzo, they must think he is a franchise player worthy of the confusion. Drafting Lonzo could mean trading D’angelo Russell, considering Ball and Russell are very similar players, and they also have Jordan Clarkson. I still think LA is taking Ball, but then again this is out there…

The fact that the Ball family is saying the hell with Boston, but not the 76ers tells me that they might be preparing for a fall to #3. First off, that is just hilarious. The look on Lavar’s face after that would be television greatness, and second of all, Lonzo Ball is a perfect fit for our team.

Talking Basketball (Not About Lavar)

Anybody who tells me he isn’t the right fit is simply telling me that without any sort of logical reasoning. Saying he doesn’t fit with Ben Simmons is like saying a baseball won’t fit into a brand new glove. We haven’t even broken the glove in yet, and Ben Simmons hasn’t played an NBA game yet. Even speaking hypothetically, Ben Simmons and Lonzo are a wonderful fit. Lonzo is not a “Ball dominant” point guard like I keep hearing.

Despite the low usage rate, he still managed to average the most assists a game in college. So no, he doesn’t need the ball in his hands to make an impact.

He can play the point or the two guard position, can dish as well as his dad can talk, and should be able to hit the NBA three without any problems (shot 41%). A lot of that 41% will translate considering he took a lot of threes from the NBA parking lots. And yes, his shot will work in the NBA. It looks silly, but come on. If Shawn Marion can make 731 threes in his career shooting like this, Lonzo can do it too.

His shot is pretty bad off the dribble, but dynamite right off the pass. When you already have floor space created from Simmons and Embiid, quality spot up shooting is going to be so important. He’s been bad with his pick and roll game at college, and a lot of that was because UCLA put a lot of pressure on him to be the primary play creator. Here, Lonzo will be given time to develop a better handle while Ben Simmons is given every opportunity to be the primary ball handler next year. He wouldn’t be doing a lot of things he isn’t comfortable with, and should be able to show off his long range shot and his great passing ability on an unselfish team. He’s not big enough to play serious defense yet, but what 19 year old is? He’s extremely athletic and long which makes him a defensive threat to begin with, and doesn’t show any signs of Melo or Harden laziness.

We can never have enough good passers and the idea of Simmons, Saric, and Ball on the same floor is scary.

Lavar

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We’re Halfway There

Folks out there say “Hinkie died for our sins”, and they’re right. It’s almost like Sam Hinkie took out a really good insurance policy for his Sixer family, and then killed himself (stepped down). We are Sam Hinkies children, and Bryan Colangelo is the widow with all the assets. As long as Bryan takes care of the assets that his beloved worked so hard for, the children will grow up to live happy lives.

Colangelo has been given the comfiest GM seat. A seat with a lot of pressure, but one where you can swivel around and lean back in. As long as Bryan Colangelo doesn’t try to swivel this chair down a flight of stairs, everything will be fine.

The thing is, its long from over, and that’s not a bad thing. We will be jacked up for the 2018, and maybe even the 2019 NBA Lottery’s. The Lakers are not a playoff team next year, and that Sacramento pick in 2019 should be top 5. The Lakers were the 3rd worst team in the league, and even Paul George wouldn’t help that team considering how competitive the West is right now. They have confusion at PG with Lonzo, Russell and Clarkson, and no else on the team that scares anyone. The Kings..well, they just suck, and are going to suck a lot. It’s our turn to be the Celtics. We can sit back and laugh while other teams struggle to win more than 27 games. We won’t be tanking, but other teams will be for us.

 When people say “the time is now. We need to win now.”…they are right. There is no reason to go down from here. This team is good enough to squeeze into the playoffs with the right free agent or two (J.J Reddick, Patty Mills). The thing is, it will be “now time” for a very long time, and that doesn’t mean we should move away from drafting top end talent. By the time it is 2019, our players will be still be approaching the heights of their primes:

Embiid: 25

Dario: 25

Simmons: 22

Josh Jackson: 21

TLC: 24

Just because you have high end guys now, doesn’t mean you should throw away the chance to find more high end, young studs for someone who is only ready to win now, and not down the road.

Steph Curry was drafted in 2009. Klay Thompson was drafted two years later, and Draymond Green was drafted three years after Steph. I still don’t think we realize just how long it takes to build a serious contender. As far as we’ve come, I still only think we are about halfway there. We still don’t know how our guard play is going to look, and haven’t seen any of these prospects develop completely yet. The trade rumors are going to be plenty, and it’s important to keep the future in mind when talking about Paul George, Jimmy Butler, and even Kyle Lowry. Having those guys could make life more fun now, but could take away from long term fun.

I just want things to be simple and conservative. Give free agents a year or two to play here, and nothing more. Kyle Lowry would make us a pretty fun 4 seed next year, but we didn’t build this just to be an exciting 4 seed. Lowry’s contract could kill us when he’s 35 years old. His 35 million could be enough of a dent in our cap to prevent re-signing someone really important (Josh Jackson). To build an NBA giant, you can’t take any shortcuts. Build through the draft, and complement homegrown talent with free agents that help growth, and don’t hinder it.

Go Sixas.

Written by Mike Cloran

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