Welcome to another edition of NBA RoundTable. Let me start off by saying resting these players is getting ridiculous. I know one team I noticed the Washington Wizards has rested John Wall. They are 2-6, what good is it to rest him if you are not even good enough to make the playoffs without him. Besides he is still a young buck. He can rest during the off season. This week, are the Hornets legit contenders, is Oden right about being the biggest bust in NBA history, that and so much more on NBA RoundTable.
Here are the questions for the week:
The Charlotte Hornets are off to a great start at 6-2 as of 11Nov16. Are they a real threat to the Cavaliers?
Todd: Probably not but they sure did give the Cavs all they could handle last week at the Q. We will just have to wait and see.
Chad: No, they are a nice little story in the East; come April and May we will see the gap between Cleveland and the East.
Steve: Well they only lost by 7 to the Cavs in Cleveland, and they were a playoff team last year, but I don’t think so, I don’t think there is really any team in the East that can really call themselves a threat to the Cavaliers. Maybe the Celtics can stake a claim, a small one, but a claim.
Dan: No, I don’t believe they are. In the East, I can’t see really any team competing with the Cavaliers this season for the East crown. Two teams that I think can give fits to Cleveland all season are both Atlanta, who is red hot to start the season and are showing they can be a dominant force in the East, and the Toronto Raptors, who were able to run it with Cleveland last season and a little bit in the playoffs. I think Toronto improved this season. Charlotte isn’t at that level yet, even though I think they can finish with the fourth or fifth seed in the East.
Agree or disagree. Greg Oden was the number 1 pick of the Portland Trailblazers in 2007. He recently stated that he would go down as the biggest bust in NBA history.
Todd: I agree to a certain extent. I am sure there are other guys who are not as known that have been just as big bust as Oden. His problem is that he could never stay on the court. He was very injury prone. Who knows what would have happened if he didn’t suffer from a boatload of injuries.
Chad: Disagree; former #1 pick Michael Olwakandi of the Clippers to me would be a bigger bust doing less than Oden being a #1 Pick
Steve: Agree. The mere fact that he as played as many NBA games than I have, that would easily say. If I could real quick respond to my good friend Chad. Olowokandi at least played many games in the NBA, and was named to the All Rookie Second team in 1999. Oden has spent more time in a surgery room than he has on an NBA court.
Dan: Agree. I think that Kwame Brown can definitely rival him, but with the continued success of Kevin Durant and how he continues to excel, it just makes it look even worse for Greg Oden. While a bust seems like poor choice of words, it does fit in a sense. While Oden did excel in the games he did play (13 points, 20 rebounds in last game for Portland), he just couldn’t stay healthy and contribute. Kevin Durant, picked behind Oden, has done nothing but excel and has been one of the best players in the league being an MVP candidate every season which makes it that much worse for Oden and the Trail Blazers.
Should the NBA grant the request of the Denver Nuggets to replay the last .7 seconds of the Memphis game because of a bad call at the end of the game that cost the Nuggets a potential win?
Todd: Wins and losses are huge especially in the Western Conference because there are so many good teams. I know its early but that win or loss could mean the difference from playing in the playoffs or sitting at home watching the playoffs. They should replay the last second but they probably won’t especially on the account that Denver does not go to Memphis again this season. I understand the refs are human and they make mistakes but they should not be the ones to decide the outcome of the game.
Chad: Should they Yes; Will they No I just don’t see them wrapping that up. Unfortunately, human error happens and you have to move on.
Steve: No, the referees made a mistake. This shit happens, and teams just need to adjust and get used to the fact that the NBA officials are horrible. We saw it last year in the playoffs and we will see it again all season I guess this year. Replay .7 seconds in a game? Not a chance.
Dan: No, I don’t think they should. The game has ended. Bad calls are a part of the game. If that was the case, they should replay the Seahawks-Bills game where the referee stood over the ball for four seconds and ended up letting the time run out. They should replay every game that featured a bad call to end the game. Seattle-Green Bay back in 2012-2013 season comes to mind as well. Leave it how it was. No need to replay the game. Plus, it seems kind of silly to go back to the same scenario. You can’t get the same feel for only seven seconds of a game. Crowd won’t be the same, atmosphere won’t be the same. Nothing. It’s an entirely different atmosphere and feel. Won’t be the same. Leave the game.
The Philadelphia 76ers got their first win this past Friday night against the Pacers. Will Brett Brown’s job be safe until at least Ben Simmons is able to make it back on the court?
Todd: I don’t think he will. I don’t think ben Simmons wil make that much of a difference any ways.
Chad: My official response to this and all future 76ers related questions: #TrustTheProcess
Steve: Let’s all get out those championship banners for Philadelphia!!! Nobody’s job is safe when it comes to the 76ers. It is the most cursed job and city as far as Basketball goes than I have ever seen. Brown is definitely not safe.
Dan: I think Brett Brown’s job should be safe for the entire season. The 76ers are still in rebuild mode. They have a couple more years, realistically, until they need to start competing. For this season, he should be safe. I still think they will finish close to the playoffs this season. They have a lot of young players but their young players have a boat load of talent and can really surprise teams. They looked good against Indiana. They looked good against Cleveland. I would let Brett Brown coach for the season and not even worry about switching coaches. It never goes well with mid-season changes anyway.
The Undertaker was at the Cavaliers ring ceremony, he took pictures with several players including Kevin Love. Lebron James was no where to be found. Supposedly The Undertaker waited outside the locker room for an hour for LeBron James to come out. Apparently LeBron didn’t want to have anything to do with The Undertaker because he didn’t want the WWE make any money off his name. What are your thoughts about James’s actions?
Todd: Well here is my take. Don’t LeBron know that the only people who like him is in Cleveland. So, that being said Unless the WWE is going to Cleveland anytime soon, which I don’t think is the case. How the hell is WWE gonna make any money off his name? He thinks his picture with the Undertaker is worth anything. The only star in that picture would be the Undertaker. James is just a scrub.
Chad: I just find in funny that Lebron has no problem donning an Undertaker T-Shirt during the Finals but when it comes to meeting he can’t be bothered. I’m Sick of Lebron being Lebron. It’s a silly situation that can be fixed by taking your picture. Ok Lebron the WWE doesn’t need your help to make money.
Steve: It is very simple really. LeBron is afraid of the Undertaker. What I heard is that LeBron was on his way to meet the Undertaker and saw him in the media room. He then shit his pants in fear. So when he went back to change, the Undertaker had already left. It’s okay, LeBron, many have feared the dead man, just most of them don’t soil themselves in the process.
Dan: I don’t like these types of subjects because you aren’t in someone else’s shoes to make a judgement call. But I think that LeBron made the right move in a way and the wrong move in another. He could’ve taken a picture with The Undertaker to be nice and to meet The Undertaker. That was the wrong move. The right move was him being cautious with going out there and possibly allowing the WWE to use his name for profits, which they most likely will end up doing. Why would anybody want to let someone else make a bunch of money off of you with no benefits to you?
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