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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by valacirca, Oct 5, 2010.

  1. The Flash

    The Flash Dennis Wilcock did 9/11

    Does it matter what non-fans think? From my experience, hardcore fans actually get pissed when their team wins when they're supposed to tank, because it hurts their future prospects.

    There's always a lot of good, competitive teams in the league. I don't think tanking hurts the league. You always have the option not to watch the games. Besides, it's the team management that's tanking, the coaches and players are always going hard at it.
     
  2. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Self-propelled artillery Staff Member

    I would say it does if you want someone to become a fan of a franchise - I would also say it hurts the income, because you do want to put butts in seat.
     
  3. The Flash

    The Flash Dennis Wilcock did 9/11

    This is a misconception, at least in basketball's case.

    Tanking teams usually play their younger players extended minutes. Fans are interested in their development, so they keep attending games even when the team is losing. For example, the Kings, who were in the Playoff hunt, recently traded their All-Star centerpiece DeMarcus Cousins for trade picks and a rookie in order to hit the reset button. They're now giving extended minutes to their rookies that received next to none playing time, and the arena is still packed and I actually see more enthusiasm from the fanbase.

    In line with this, the young prospects bad teams acquire in the draft draws a lot of interest in them. Especially in a era where being "bandwagon fans" or "glory hunters" is frowned upon, a lot of new basketball fans jump at teams that suck now, but could be very good in the future. Suns, for example. They're actively tanking, their 20 year old shooting guard dropped 70 against the Celtics in a losing effort. And having freedom to just jack up shot after shot plays a big part in that. You can bet Suns are going to receive a huge fan boost.

    Also financially, being a treadmill team doesn't really get you a bigger cash flow than being a terrible team. Being a contender does, which goes to the "greater good" point.
     
  4. soundwave

    soundwave Educated Fool

    I remember having a love/hate relationship with the Suns in the 90s for this reason. They were a perennial 'B+' team that, aside from a couple of years where they had a legitimate chance, were always good enough to have a great record and make the playoffs, but they never seemed to have all of the pieces to really compete...so we had 13 consecutive playoff runs, but never had a championship. I think I'd rather see Flash's strategy employed back then.

    In fairness though, the Kings have always had enthusiastic crowds stretching back to the late 80s when they were as bad as they are now. Sacramento crowds have always been loyal to their losing teams - probably because this is the only 'big 4 sport' we have.
     
  5. Forostar

    Forostar Ancient Mariner

  6. The Flash

    The Flash Dennis Wilcock did 9/11

    Barring injuries or a sudden drop off, LeBron will finish at least 3rd on that list. Would take some effort to pass Malone and Kareem though, they had incredible longevity.
     
  7. Forostar

    Forostar Ancient Mariner

    Malone was awesome to watch back in the day. That concentration and those impeccable free throws.

    In order to celebrate LeBron's achievement, beating Shaquille, this tribute needs to be played (@CriedWhenBrucieLeft)
     
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  8. The Flash

    The Flash Dennis Wilcock did 9/11

    I think you must have terms confused here Foro, because Malone's inaccuracy at the free throw line in critical situations in the Playoffs is probably considered the biggest taint on his legacy.

    You might mean his mid-range jump shots, which were very solid indeed.
     
  9. Forostar

    Forostar Ancient Mariner

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  10. Night Prowler

    Night Prowler ɹǝlʍoɹԀ ʇɥƃᴉN Staff Member

    Let's say he plays 8 more seasons and 70 games on average in those seasons: he would need to average 18 points to beat Malone and Kareem. Like you said, unless he has a major drop off or lots of injuries, it's doable.
     
  11. The Flash

    The Flash Dennis Wilcock did 9/11

    That has to do with his ability to draw fouls. If you go to the line often and can shoot at least decently from there, you're bound to get a lot of free throws made. Because of his longevity, he was able to pile up a lot of free throw attempts, he's actually the all-time leader in free throw attempts as well. He was no more than decent as a free throw shooter and notably fell off in the Playoffs there.

    He got the nickname Mailman for his consistency from game to game, being able to deliver consistently.

    I highly doubt we'll see LeBron play 8 more seasons. He's already 32. That'd give him Malone-Kareem type longevity as I said. Would be really difficult to pull off with the amount of mileage he has on his body.
     
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  12. Forostar

    Forostar Ancient Mariner

    Today I had a good time watching lots of eighties and nineties NBA fragments. Should do that more often.
     
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  13. Forostar

    Forostar Ancient Mariner

  14. Lampwick 43

    Lampwick 43 Waiting in line at the ending of time

    Russell Westbrook will now finish the season averaging a triple-double. The only other time that happened was Oscar Robertson in 1961-62.

    I think it's safe to say he's a lock for the MVP.
     
  15. soundwave

    soundwave Educated Fool

    It's unreal. I remember when Jason Kidd's 13 triple-doubles in 2008 were considered a big deal...Westbrook is simply amazing.

    Though OKC suffers from 'no supporting cast' syndrome. RW is brilliant, but he can't win a title by himself.
     
  16. Lampwick 43

    Lampwick 43 Waiting in line at the ending of time

    Agreed. As great as Westbrook is, there's no way the Thunder are coming out of the West.
     
  17. The Flash

    The Flash Dennis Wilcock did 9/11

    Not a lock, but he should be the MVP. James Harden also has had an amazing season. Posting 29-11-8 and his team is 3rd in the West.

    Westbrook has been my favorite player in the game for years, basically has been ever since Dwyane Wade's prime ended. His relentless energy is not just fun to watch but inspiring.
     
  18. The Flash

    The Flash Dennis Wilcock did 9/11

    For the few people here who are interested in the NBA, I have a blog where I write some stuff about the league, thinkpieces, previews etc. Do check it out, I'd say it's pretty decent.

    I have a main basketball blog that I work on way more extensively, but it's in Turkish, so I created this English one in February.
     
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  19. matic22

    matic22 H is shorter for God.

    Well Kyle Lowry chokes again in the playoffs.
     
  20. Lampwick 43

    Lampwick 43 Waiting in line at the ending of time

    Nice work! I'll try to make sure to check in from time to time.
     
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