I'm better than Mulli!
- Sep 16, 2002
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Did someone tell him this is a game and not shootaround?
Unfortunately they did. That's why he's not practicing his half court shots.
I'm 100% serious also, he'd always jack up as many, if not more, half court heaves than regular shots in pregame shoot arounds. The guy does not take basketball seriously.
Well I'm shocked quite honestly. NOT
Well I'm shocked quite honestly. NOT
We had this ***** for 5 years, he showed us what he was about all 5 years.
He's not going to turn into something else. He's not going to prosper under another coach or in front of another fanbase.
He's going to stand there and watch the good players play around him
Like he has always done.
From the Blazers subreddit game thread:
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It all sounds very familiar. Poor Portland fans are just going to have to go through what we suffered.I was going through some of their stuff yesterday and it's hilarious how they believe he'll turn it on once Scoot and Simons return. Everyone who pointed how he had Chris Paul spoon feeding him the last 3 years was ignored. Apparently they've bought into the idea that Anton isn't productive because they're lacking quality PG's right now.
I feel like the rest of the world is just coming out of a 5 year hibernation cave and seeing the world I’ve been living in . . .
I think he’s the player I was most excited to draft in our history and my biggest disappointment.It's so nice that we've moved on and no longer need to trick ourselves into believing "This is it, the lightbulb is on!" anymore. I know you rarely did that, especially after his first 2-3 years or so but we're all guilty of hoping he had or would turn the corner if X, Y, or Z happened.
I think he’s the player I was most excited to draft in our history and my biggest disappointment.
The best player in the Trade was Allen - outside of Dame/HolidayThis direct comparison of players misses the mark a little bit.
It's also about team building and structure.
Neither player is crazy impactful or a cornerstone.
However, Nurkic will cost $14m-$15m less per season.
This allows the team to invest elsewhere - hopefully in players that will make the impact that neither of these bigs can
It also gives more flexibility as the Nurkic contact will be easier to package and move - not that it's a great contact either, it definitely isn't
It's just less crippling on a veteran team of high paid players
Ayton had shown what he is and it's not a guy that you want taking up over 20% of the league cap, thinking he's a superstar while consistently checking out and playing soft
Not to mention the potential for locker room and team dynamics in this move
So we can squabble about assists and free throws, athleticism vs game smarts, etc.
The bottom line is that both are incomplete, neither are reliable, neither are centerpieces - one of them understands that, the other doesn't and carries a much higher salary
Ayton is the 7th highest paid big in the league - he's within $4m of being top 5. There is a $7m gap to 8th.
He's just not that guy
I had Ayton ahead of Luka, but I mistakenly prioritized positional need over talent. I was a big fan of Luka going into that draft..My final pick was DA but I didn’t feel great about it. I hated the half confused/half unfocused look he always had on his face at Arizona. A smart team probably passes on him after doing a psychological exam on his attitude and motivation levels but that’s why the Suns and Kings were bottom feeders for so long. I remember Luka playing in the Euro championships right before the draft and he wasn’t overly impressive. Definitely one of the most Suns things ever to finally get the #1 pick and take the guy who doesn’t want to be great.