Welcome to another edition of NBA RoundTable. This week we will discuss the David Fizdale firing, the Clippers trade and tank that, and so much more on this edition of NBA RoundTable.
Lets get started:
The Memphis Grizzlies decided to fire David Fizdale after benching Marc Gasol in the 4th quarter in the loss to the Brooklyn Nets. Several players think he was just the fall guy. Was the firing warranted after just a 7-12 start?
Todd: Well we saw this about 5 years ago or so when Kevin McHale was let go by the Houston rockets early in the season. I don’t think he deserved to get fired and I beleive it was solely based on his and Gasol’s relationship.
Steve: I don’t think he deserved to be fired. I mean he did hold victories over the Warriors and the Rocket. The two teams who currently lead the Western Conference. This had to be something more to it than benching Gasol. I have a feeling there was more controversy going on in the front office and there was some disagreement of sorts between them. No way they are firing someone this early in the season, when he has had proven success.
Chad: I don’t agree with it I think it was front office move with the treatment of Marc Gasol and Gaso’s reaction that led to the firing very undeserved in my opinion.
Agree or Disagree. Last week Blake Griffin went down with a injury at the end of the game against the Lakers. He is expected to miss up to two months. Bill Plaschke recently wrote a column headlined trade and tank.
Todd: They are a couple years too late on this. Remember when Jordan was a free agent and the Mavericks almost had him locked up but he changed his mind at the last minute. The Clippers should have let him go then. Plaschke is absolutely right. Griffin has been nothing but injury prone his whole career. It was just a matter of time even though this injury was caused by someone landing on his leg.
Steve: Am I agreeing with Plaschke? Absolutely, the Clippers are going nowhere and fast. They have been talking of rebuilding for years, but could not pull the trigger. There is no reason why they should not try to get Griffin back and healthy, and then start talking trading him to a contender for some hot prospects or draft picks. The clock has expired for the Clippers, and its time to do a full rebuild.
Chad: Agree. that team wasn’t winning the West or a playoff round as constructed let them tank and get a high pick to go with what’s there.
The Houston Rockets currently have the second best record in the NBA behind Boston. Are they for real?
Todd: Im gonna say no. There system will work in the regular season. When it comes to the playoffs they will fall short. I think they shoot way too many threes and against a good defensive team like Golden State or San Antonio they will lose. I dont think they will shoot a high percentage for four games against either of them teams. That is why D’Antoni’s system will never win a championship.
Steve: Is this question for real? Hells yeah they are for real. I think they are amongst the best of the best in the NBA. They are a legit contender for the NBA Championship. With the way the Warriors are playing right now, I would be half tempted to say they are the team to beat in the Western Conference right now. I thought they were at least a conference finalist at the beginning of the season, so this is no surprise to me.
Chad: I think they can hang with the best in the West but I do not see them beating a Golden State 4 out of 7 times.
Kyle Kuzma was awarded the rookie of the month of November. He was only the 6th non lottery pick to be rookie of the month for the first month of the season since they started it in 1981. He is second in points at 16.7/game, second in rebounds at 6.1/game and third at three point percentage at 37.9% among all rookies. Is Kuzma the biggest threat to Simmons for the rookie of the year?
Todd: Well this draft class was supposed to be one of the most exciting draft classes we have had in years. With Markelle Fult going number 1, he has barely seen the floor because of an injury. I guess it is a normal redshirt year for the 76ers. Lonzon Ball who came out with so much hype not only from his dad but Magic Johnson saying showtime was back. That has been a complete joke thus far. Along with Jayson Tatum, Dennis Smith Jr. Laurie Markkeden has showed some promise at number 7, Donovan mitchell at number 13. The biggest suprise of the draft has been number 27 Kyle Kuzma. Like I said before Kuzma will be on the heels of Simmons all year long for rookie of the year and if Simmons slips up watch out.
Steve: As much as I hate to say it because his name was not mentioned in this edition of the RT, I think his biggest competition is going to be Lonzo Ball of the Lakers. I just have this feeling that Ball is going to come out of his shooting funk, and start distributing the ball like he did at UCLA. I think Simmons will still get it, but I think Lonzo will be his toughest competition.
Chad: At this point I agree as Lonzo Ball is not who anyone thought he was and the other rookies are not standing out as much.
Agree or Disagree. LeBron James says Ben Simmons can one day be better than himself.
Todd: are you kidding me? Simmons is probably already better than James. LeBron James is nothing else than a chump.
Steve: Disagree with this. While I applaud LeBron for giving someone other than himself some kudos. Let’s face it, he is saying that Simmons is going to be one of the best NBA players of all time, as LeBron can hold that claim right now. I don’t see Simmons being in the same conversation as the likes of Michael Jordan, Kobe Bean Bryant, or LeBron himself. But hey, that is a true testimony for Simmons to have that kind of accolade from a future Hall of Famer like LeBron.
Chad: Disagree. Simmons can be good but it will take a lot to convince me he can be at Lebron’s level.
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