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  1. I am sure he gets fined and a one game suspension is not out of the question. But more should be done to curb this kind of behavior from fans. Boohing and heckling come with the territory and is to be expected, and I appreciate some good banter. Not everything has to be PC. But to just yell obscenities and insults carte blanche towards athletes just because you are protected by a rope, security, or video cameras is ridiculous. There is a line that can be crossed, and it's fairly easy to enforce if they cared. But the arenas care more about selling the expensive courtside "experience" that has gotten way too close to the athletes imo. You can expect athletes to act like professionals, and most do. But fans should be expected to act like civil human beings as well. It's not just for the athletes sake, I think most other fans would rather not have to listen to the idiots run their mouths the whole time. In this case the team said they issued warnings to fans - which seems totally useless, and even liable (basically saying we know this guy crosses the line, but we're letting him stay anyway)? There should be a rules for conduct - and when you cross the line, you get removed from the crowd.
  2. How does the NBA handle the disciplining of Russell Westbrook for his latest altercation with fans? I understand how fans can be atrocious towards players, as I have heard the stories about fans saying nasty things to players without them having to worry about any sort of retribution. But Westbrook in this case has been caught on camera acting in the wrong - and this is a case in which the league needs to step in b/c they are dealing with a player who has gotten out of control probably because the league has not properly disciplined him for his past actions.
  3. More awkward than the trade deadline, when they're telling the press that they're want to get rid of everyone? Or after the Pelicans loss, when LeBron says the problem with this team is that he's playing with a bunch of losers? Beyond LeBron, It doesn't really get enough attention that they got rid of Brook Lopez and Julius Randle who ended up signing for very reasonable deals. Randle makes less than Caldwell Pope for example. And also before that couldn't get rid of DeAngelo Russell fast enough. Granted they got Kuzma in that deal but that was a throw in. But Russell is an all-star Their is so much more to Randle and D'Angelo that you are not mentioning. Are you referencing Paul George not wanting to be a Laker?
  4. More awkward than the trade deadline, when they're telling the press that they're want to get rid of everyone? Or after the Pelicans loss, when LeBron says the problem with this team is that he's playing with a bunch of losers?
  5. The talk about LeBron owning a team after he retires is ironic - b/c he plans to be an owner, but he's done more than any other player to take power away from the owners.
  6. Holy S, just saw this trade. The Clippers should be arrested for what they just stole from the 76ers. If we're talking about overpay - the 76ers just paid more for Harris, who's going to be an extremely expensive fit for them, than the Lakers offered for AD.
  7. New Orleans has the same spite and is being petty. They are getting 4 starters all on rookie contracts and big upside and 2 first round picks. I just have a hard time seeing a better offer coming. "They are getting 4 starters" - this made me laugh. Are you trying to trick people into thinking crappy players are actually good? Why are you trying to convince us that the Lakers crappy offer is good, it's the Pelican's front office that you need to trick. To be honest, if Boston offers just Tatum, that's a better deal than what the Lakers offered. If Boston sweetens the deal with one of their picks, then that blows any Lakers package out of the water. And Boston still has half a dozen other assets to add to the deal. Oh yeah, and "They are willing to overpay now" - this one cracked me up too.
  8. What happens if Kyrie comes to LA and anyone other than NY gets the first pick? Both are very reasonable and at that point the Lakers have all the leverage. A lot of things can happen between now and the season end that can up the value of AD or at the same time up the value of the assets being offered for him, thus decreasing his value. What happens if Tatum gets hurt? What if Brandon Ingram continues his progression and has a good playoff run? I mean what they are getting offered now is very good and their is no guarantee they get a better offer later. There's never any guarantees, but any reasonable person can see that there's a 99% chance they get a better offer later. That's a risk worth taking.
  9. That's the farm from a Laker perspective. The thing is Boston has a much better farm - it's not even close.
  10. Pelicans aren't being bitter or petty - they're being smart. Will the Lakers offer less for AD in the off-season than they are offering now - obviously not. So there's no reason good reason to trade AD now.
  11. This really limits Dallas's flexibility for adding players around Luka and Porzingis. They've added a lot of payroll, and are about to add a ton more with Porzingis - and they'll have only 3 draft picks the next 7 years. This reminds me very much of how the Pelicans handled things with Davis.
  12. The Knicks have hope: if they add 2 max players like Kyrie and KD to Dennis Smith, Knox, and one of the Duke players, they look like a team that could win the East next year. So if the Knicks start doing everything right all of sudden, then they could be real good real soon.
  13. Funny analysis - b/c everything I have ever heard from all sources agree that Klay is the lowest maintenance star in the NBA. meh every week he is on some streak, either good or bad. is there any player streakier than him? http://www.espn.com/...5/klay-thompson look at his logs. he's all over the place. I wouldn't associate streaky shooting as being someone who's high maintenance - especially since his shooting doesn't affect his defensive effort ever. It is incredibly rare to find a player who can have a cold shooting streak, and yet you still can count on him to provide effort in every other aspect of the game. I think that's part of why everyone considers him low maintenance.
  14. Funny analysis - b/c everything I have ever heard from all sources agree that Klay is the lowest maintenance star in the NBA.
  15. I think Ball's trade value may have taken a serious hit. Having his second season come to an end due to injury just like his first I think may destroy his trade value right when it was starting to rise.
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