Monthly Archives: May 2017

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

Image Sources: Philly.com and clutchpoints.com

Blount Signing Is A Great Dumb Move

When you have a franchise QB on his rookie contract, you do all you can to make sure he gets everything he needs. Just like my Enterprise internship. They have a bright young man like myself on cheap intern pay, and they are making sure I’m getting the tools to be my own boss 🙂

But this blog isn’t about me, it’s about the guys who take on one of the most dangerous jobs in sports: The running back. To be a back in this league, you need to be insanely athletic, durable, and a lot of times, it even helps to be really stupid (just watch any Marshawn Lynch interview). Frank Gore’s IQ is historically low and that’s why he’s still risking his life at the age of 34. Le’veon Bell was dumb enough to get caught with weed, but he’s probably the best RB in this league. Unless you’re a QB, it benefits teams to be dumb. Patrick Willis, who is now working in the Silicon Valley, was smart enough to retire at age 29 and leave San Fran’s defense in shambles. No good.

Which brings me to this signing. The Eagles picked up an athletic back. Over 1,100 yards last year weighing 250lbs. He’s proven to be very durable. Part of this is because he’s always been splitting carries, but he’s never been seriously hurt. And what I like most about him, is he’s nice and dumb. Howie Rosemann is putting together a nice set of idiot running backs and I love it.

Besides scoring 18 TD last year and proving to be on the most consistent short yardage backs, Blount has also been dumb at times, and will come in here as a great dumb mentor to our young running back core. He got caught with weed and was suspended for a game in 2015, but it’s the story in 2010 that I find a liking in.

“Hout, pumped up by the Broncos’ 19-8 defeat of Oregon in last year’s season opener, slapped Blount on the shoulder. The (Oregon) running back had told Sports Illustrated that the Ducks owed the Broncos an “(expletive)-whuppin’.” “How ’bout that (expletive)-whuppin’?” Hout said he told Blount. Blount responded with a right hand to the jaw that dropped Hout to the blue turf. Blount was suspended for most of the season; Hout, who was disciplined internally, was criticized on national TV and teased relentlessly in the locker room.” From Tim Gardener, USA Today.

That’s the attitude we need on this football team. Ryan Matthews was solid, but not “I’ll punch a dude in the mouth without even thinking about the consequences” solid.

Go Birds.

Written by Mike Cloran

Image Source: LeGarrette Blount

 

Nolan Patrick Draft Profile

I think most Philly fans know by now that we got the 2nd pick, but I don’t think they understand just how flip shitting awesome this is. As a society, we have not talked enough about the Flyers moving up from #13 to the #2 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. I hope I help everyone give more shits about this situation with this extremely good hockey article on two potential really good hockey players. One of which will be orange and blacked. Nico Hischier (left) vs. Nolan Patrick (right). I will be doing Nolan Patrick first, and hopefully have Nico done by this week as well.

(Side note) Instantly love the swagger both of these guys will bring. Almost perfect flow for both with names that seem to fit each player perfectly. The name Nico means Nico chants, and just sounds like someone who puts up a sexy 70 points a year in his sleep. Nolan Patrick is two first names and that kind of sucks, but it’s still a gritty ass name for a seemingly gritty player.

Nolan Patrick – Center, 6’3, 200lbs, Canadian kid from the WHL

Nolan Patrick wears the great number #19 (Joe Thornton, Scott Hartnell, Jonathan Toews) and has played for the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League. That’s the same junior hockey team that Ron Hextall, Brayden Schenn, and perfect human being Ivan Provorov played for in Juniors.

The Fake News Media’s NHL comparison: Anze Kopitar

My comparison: Jeff Carter, but much better all around and gives more of a shit about hockey.

Big, strong center with a great shot. The comparisons have been flying all over with this guy. A lot of people see some Eric Staal and Anze Kopitar in him because of his two way style of play, and I’ve even heard a few people compare him to Jonathan Toews. I would be completely satisfied if he came close to any of these guys, considering we should have been picking some scrub at #13.

Everything is great with this guy until you look at his injury history.

2011-2012:  Broke his collarbone

2012-2013:  Broke his collarbone again, missed 3 months

2014-2015:  Missed a month with a groin injury

2016: Offseason surgery was required for a sports hernia

2016-2017:  Missed 3 months with a groin injury, and later on missed the playoffs with a leg injury

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Barnabys Havertown Fire Reaction

Sometime around 5am this past Sunday, Barnaby’s in Havertown caught fire.

Police received calls at 5:21am from people driving by on West Chester Pike about the fire.

It was categorized as a two alarm fire, and crew’s got there shortly after the place burst into flames. Here’s video of the fire crews on sight during the fire.

No one was in the building during the fire.

The likely cause of the fire was a cigarette.

In all of our time here at DelcoDelphia, we have numerous tweets that garnered a lot of buzz, but nothing like this one.

Sure it might have just been a Barnaby’s; a bar that consists mostly of depressing 50 year old dudes, cheesesteak egg rolls from heaven, and a grade A porch to chain smoke cigarettes off of, but it’s a lot more than that for the people of Delco. “It’s always hard to accept that your home is destroyed.” Mark Marrone told us. We even got a hold of Shane “Local Drunk” Finegan and got his thoughts on the situation. “It was bittersweet news to me because I have no idea where to go for thanksgiving eve now.” A night where 50% of the conversations are with people you hoped you would never see after graduating high school. It’s not all bad news for Shane though. “It’s also one less bar to get banned from.”

The good news, however is that Barnaby’s will be back, and probably far sooner than anyone expected. “I’ve already started the ball rolling. You have to turn around and be optimistic. We’re going to be back and we’re going to be back soon,” said owner Bill Daley.

Word on the street is that they could be back as soon as July 4th.

Written by Mike Cloran

Image Source: FOX29