Welcome to another edition of NBA RoundTable. Wow! The holiday season is right around the corner. This year has just flown by. This week we will discuss the drama in phoenix, Okc big 3, that, and so much more on this edition of NBA RoundTable.
So we didn’t even make it thru the first week of the season and we already have drama in Phoenix from head coach Earl Watson getting fired to Eric Bledsoe supposedly not wanting to be there any more. Bledsoe sent out a tweet last Sunday saying “I don’t want to be here” later he tried to say he was referring to a hair salon. Phoenix did not believe him and sent him home. So now the Suns are trying to trade him. What are your thoughts on this whole situation?
Todd: I have never seen a team lose 2 out of 3 games by that kind of margin in a long time, if ever. Plus in between they lost to the rebuilding Lakers. I am a die hard Laker fan but even without Bledsoe the Suns have more talent than the Lakers. They gave up 132 points to them. What the hell did they do during the preseason sit around with their thumb up their ass. obviously they did not work on defense. This Bledsoe situation dates all the way back to last year when they sat him so they could play the young players and then he requested a trade in the off-season. It just makes no sense to send him home. It makes his trade value go down. Phoenix is a mess.
Steve: It goes to show you that there is some bad bad shit going on in the city of Phoenix. What was once a prime spot to land for NBA players, is now a place where everyone is trying to avoid. Players want out, Coaches don’t want to be there. They were beat by the fucking Lakers for god sake. So yeah, it is a bad time for the Phoenix Suns.
Chad: A lot of Drama coming from Phoenix; didn’t help a couple of their losses were very wide margins. If Bledsoe wasn’t talking about the salon it’s okay to say you don’t want to be there but it should have been behind closed doors to affect the coach.
What are your thoughts on Oklahoma City and their big three thus far?
Todd: They are playing alright together. I believe Westbrook recorded his second Triple double of the year. I think they are still working out the kinks because they have lost some games they shouldn’t have on this young season but when playoff season comes around I am sure OKC will be right up there in contention.
Steve: They are playing very well together, and I think with Golden State not seeming to be on the same page with each other, and the Rockets and Spurs not coming out red hot as expected. The Thunder could be right there in the end, competing for that Western Conference Championship.
Chad: High Octane Offense; some questions I think defense still remain plus the Timberwolves have beaten them twice so you wonder about the ability to compete with those teams in a Playoff series.
Agree or Disagree. Recently former NBA Commissioner David Stern appeared on Al Harrington’s Uninterrupted Podcast and had some interesting comments to say. He basically said with the laws changing in most states in regards to marijuana being legal and medical marijuana being used more, that the NBA should consider removing marijuana from its banned substance.
Todd: I mean I don’t care one way or the other. It is safer than alcohol so I don’t see why not.
Steve: David Stern can get fucked, thats all I have to say about that. Seriously, you had your chance to not suspend players for it, now that you are outside looking in, you have a voice? Yeah, get fucked David Stern.
Chad: I’m not opposed to it; the laws are what they are and really at this point it is the same as Alcohol if you want it you’re going to try and get it you will so maybe removing as a banned substance takes some thrill and those player s who want to take will exercise caution and have somebody there to help take care of him.
The Philadelphia 76ers have been very cautious with their injured players in the past. Most recent Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. The rumor is that number 1 pick Markelle Fultz injured his shoulder back in August, yet he was trying play thru it up to now. Why do you think the 76ers are handling this injury differently?
Todd: I think it is because of their past history with high draft picks Nerlens, Noel, Joel Embiid, and Ben Simmons all missed their first year in the league and Jahlil Okafor also missed some of his rookie year. They don’t want to look stupid by having another high draft pick miss time or a full season.
Steve: Because the fans of Philadelphia are about to lose their damn minds over these rookies always getting hurt. They are tired of the constant losing, and with a solid team on paper, have higher expectations to at least compete for a playoff berth, if not actually make the playoffs.
Chad: YOu almost wonder if was the increased pressure to increased expectations of people talking PLayoffs with this team they wanted to push him to play and now it looks like it backfired.
Giannis Antetokoumpo is averaging 35 points, 10.6 rebounds, 5.6 assists 1.2 blocks per game. Is it too early to consider the Greek Freak as a top contender for the MVP conversation?
Todd: Absolutely not. I think he will be in the conversation all year and once Jabari Parker returns from injury this team is skies the limit.
Steve: Not at all! He absolutely is an MVP candidate. He was last year as well, and this year he seems to have picked up where he left off. I would even call him the front runner as of right now. I don’t think he will keep up this kind of play, but I could see him in the high 20’s with double digits in rebounds. He will be in the MVP discussion at the end of the year.
Chad: No, it is not too early because I think this year he can put all together and be an MVP type player to help the Bucks in the playoffs.
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