Dear Adam Silver and the scheduling committee. This whole season is gonna be a fluke because of the dumb schedule you guys made. You are trying to give guys more rest but yet you still play teams 3 games in 4 nights and on top of that the team that plays 3 games in 4 nights plays a team that has played 1 game in 4 nights. That is why we are seeing some upsets early in the season. This schedule is all fucked up. There was not a single team this year that made it past 5-0 this year. You guys are real winners!
Welcome to another edition of NBA RoundTable. Well, it seems this years number one draft pick Markelle Fultz has an injury that doctors don’t know exactly how to deal with or even know what is wrong. This week we will discuss the Clippers impressive start without Chris Paul, the Celtics trucking along without Haywardthat, and so much more on this edition on NBA RoundTable.
Cold Hard Fact: Since 1997 the San Antonio Spurs have only been under .500 for a total of 48 days, the next closest team is the Dallas Mavericks of a total of 771 days.
Lets get start:
The Clippers are currently sitting at the top of the Western Conference. Are they better without Chris Paul?
Todd: I know this question makes no sense now but at the time of the question the Clippers were 5-2 and were supposed to play Memphis at home. I thought they would win that game.
Steve: I am having trouble understanding how you think the Clippers are a top the Western Conference? As of Sunday, they were 5th in the conference, with losses to the Lakers and the Blazers. So no they are not better without Chris Paul. I don’t think they are even a playoff contender. They will come back to Earth and I think they will finish below .500.
Chad: If you call 5-4 in 7th the top then sure; I still don’t think they are better without Paul but with Jordan and Griffin down low they can give teams trouble and is why they have won some games.
Are you surprised by the way the Boston Celtics started out after Gordon Hayward’s injury?
Todd: No not at all, I hope they can distance themselves from the Cavs as far as they can before the Cavs start winning.
Steve: Not at all. Kylie Irving is the star of this team, and even without a guy like Heyward, the Celtics are a great team. They also have something to play for with his injury. So I’m not surprised at all with their success.
Chad: No, even without Heyward they still have the talent to be a 2-4 team in the East and make a push for the COnference if not NBA Finals.
Agree or disagree. Ben Simmons is at the top of the first Kia NBA Rookie of the year Ladder.
Todd: Well Ben Simmons is playing well but he is gonna have Kyle Kuzma not Lonzo Ball breathing down his back all year long. Kuzma is clearly the best rookie on the Lakers and one of the best rookies to come out of this last draft class. Right now Lonzo couldn’t win rookie of the year if he were the only rookie this year.
Steve: He has a great shot, but as much as I hate to say it, Lonzo Ball is the front runner. He is close to averaging a triple double for the season. If he keeps that up, he is a lock for rookie of the year.
Chad: Early on I would have to agree with that sentiment as play early on has been fantastic.
Agree or Disagree. Mark Cuban the Owner of the Dallas Mavericks says Draymond Green owes the NBA an apology for for this statement he made after Owner of the Texans Bob McNair made his comment about inmates running the Prison. “Wow! This sure does sound very Donald Sterling-esque. But I’m sure the fans pay to see him play and he’s putting himself at risk of CTE by going out there every Sunday and giving 110%! Inmates? For starters, let’s stop using the word owner and maybe use the word Chairman. To be owned by someone just sets a bad precedent to start. It sets the wrong tone. It gives one the wrong mindset. Webster states that an inmate is a person confined to an institution such as a prison or hospital. Not sure these tax paying men should be referred to as inmates- but what do I know?”
Todd: I hate Mark Cuban. He is a jackass. So I don’t really care what he has to say.
Steve: Look, I love Mark Cuban, I think he is great for the sport of basketball. But he is wrong. Green does not owe anyone an apology, McNair is the one that owes the league and apology. His comments were unwarranted and disrespectful. Green has every right to criticize those comments he made.
Chad: I agree I think Draymond does owe an apologize because even though Cuban is polarizing I feel that he is right when he says that if you bust your but and you are able to get into owning a Franchise than your are an owner not a Chairman.
Here is a list of 6 teams. We are gonna decide weather they are contenders or pretenders.
Todd: I am not going to answer this question because weather these teams beat certain teams is depending on the schedule. It is the luck of the draw. If one team gets 10 days off and the team they are playing has to play 4 games.
Steve: Minnesota is a contender. I said it at the beginning of the year that they are a playoff team and probably a couple years away from competing for a championship.
Orlando is a pretender. Despite their nice start, they are a ways a way from being back in the playoffs.
Memphis is a contender. They have wins over Golden State and Houston. Two teams that are championship favorites.
Philadelphia is close but still a year away. Pretender for now.
Utah is a Pretender. Losing Heyward is still gonna hurt.
Detroit is a contender. They were close last yeand this year they should be back in the playoffs.
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