Hello and thank you for being a DL contributor. We are changing the login scheme for contributors for simpler login and to better support using multiple devices. Please click here to update your account with a username and password.

Hello. Some features on this site require registration. Please click here to register for free.

Hello and thank you for registering. Please complete the process by verifying your email address. If you can't find the email you can resend it here.

Hello. Some features on this site require a subscription. Please click here to get full access and no ads for $1.99 or less per month.

NBA Playoffs

It's a little early, but I enjoyed other sports threads on DL - especially the playoff/tournament threads.

Although it was a bad season for the Warriors, I think if they beat the Kings in this next game they are still a contender. I think Celtics are still a good bet, even after tonight. Philadelphia. Anyone but Suns.

And this being DL, I have to point out that the Nuggets rookie, Christian Braun, is cute as a button.

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 119May 30, 2023 2:45 AM

Some cute guys playing tonight

by Anonymousreply 1April 26, 2023 3:30 AM

Kendal Jenner's ex who plays for Sun's is a cutie

by Anonymousreply 2April 26, 2023 3:32 AM

I wish they had some naked NBA playoffs

by Anonymousreply 3April 26, 2023 3:45 AM

Op, gays don't follow football too closely so you probably won't get many responses.

by Anonymousreply 4April 26, 2023 5:20 PM

R4 is this some kind of irony, or are you unwittingly proving your point? The "B" in NBA isn't football.

by Anonymousreply 5April 26, 2023 5:31 PM

Jesus Christ, OP, it just went right over your head.

by Anonymousreply 6April 26, 2023 5:53 PM

Correction, I am not Jesus Christ.

by Anonymousreply 7April 26, 2023 5:55 PM

But you think you are.

by Anonymousreply 8April 26, 2023 6:23 PM

Lots of cock on the floor

by Anonymousreply 9April 26, 2023 6:29 PM

R9 And that big hot floppy kind

by Anonymousreply 10April 26, 2023 6:29 PM

50 points in a seventh game of the playoffs. Steph Curry, who single-handedly changed all of basketball.

He'll beat Lebron and get back to the finals.... small, slender, and the best basketball player still playing.

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 11May 2, 2023 2:46 AM

Steph is incredible, there's no doubt about that. He -- and Kevon Looney -- saved the Warriors' season last night. Nobody else showed up.

But the Warriors are about get a BEATDOWN from Lebron & Anthony Davis. Have you seen what AD has been doing, defensively?

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 12May 2, 2023 3:15 AM

Do those players over 6’5” have enormous cocks?

by Anonymousreply 13May 2, 2023 4:01 AM

Kobe was hot . Lebron looks like King Kong 🦍

by Anonymousreply 14May 2, 2023 4:51 AM

Also: What makes you think the Warriors will get past the Denver Nuggets, R11? (who are clearly going to win their series vs. the Suns). I'm not a Nuggets-fan, per se, but they have been completely overlooked & disrespected as the #1 seed. They beat the Warriors all four times they played them, this season.

by Anonymousreply 15May 2, 2023 4:53 AM

R12 if AD shows up? We win. Lebron will be Lebron. It all rests on AD.

by Anonymousreply 16May 2, 2023 5:55 AM

Agreed, R16! It's all about AD. He was dominant vs Memphis, blocking 26 shots, and affecting/changing many more. We need THAT Anthony Davis vs. the Warriors. It will be a great series!

by Anonymousreply 17May 2, 2023 6:15 AM

Also, R16: How satisfying was it to see Dillon Brooks eat shit, moping on the bench at the end of Game 6?? He said he wanted to "poke the (old) bear".....oh well, that's what happens, CLOWN. 🤡

by Anonymousreply 18May 2, 2023 6:42 AM

R18, it was a smart PR move on his part. (Patterson did the same thing with Kobe two decades ago. He called himself "the Kobe stopper".)

How do you make a name for yourself when you're a middling nobody? Insult the best player in the all the land. It never works, but it might get him an endorsement deal.

by Anonymousreply 19May 2, 2023 6:50 AM

That's a perfect comparison. We've never heard from Ruben Patterson again. He was outta the league a couple years after he said "I'm the Kobe Stopper". So will Dillon Brooks.

by Anonymousreply 20May 2, 2023 7:02 AM

Where the dick pics at?

by Anonymousreply 21May 2, 2023 11:30 AM

R15 Indeed Denver looks strong - but watch the Suns in the next two games - my $ is on Phoenix. Warriors beat the Nuggets 4-1 last year in the playoffs; I think playoff experience is more important than regular season success - Warriors just get better with each round.

Then I want Celtics. I want to beat the Celtics again.

by Anonymousreply 22May 2, 2023 2:45 PM

R21 Here, now sit down and be quiet.

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 23May 2, 2023 2:50 PM

Didn't even know that there were any NBA fans here 😆

by Anonymousreply 24May 2, 2023 3:36 PM

I'll check in for the hot guys.

Who are the hot NBA men? I lost track after the 2000s.

by Anonymousreply 25May 2, 2023 3:43 PM

R25, I like older men, so it's the coaches for me.

Darvin Ham is so ugly-hot that it drives me wild. He just looks like he'll tear you in half and then hold you tenderly after. My favorite.

by Anonymousreply 26May 2, 2023 6:27 PM

The Grizzlies just notified Dillon Brooks that he won't be brought back "under any circumstances." Tool.

The Lakers/Warriors series will be insane. Go LA!

by Anonymousreply 27May 2, 2023 7:28 PM

Celtics suck. Can't beat 76ers without their best player in their home arena.

by Anonymousreply 28May 2, 2023 7:56 PM

R26 I know someone who looks almost exactly like them, and they're mannerisms are similar too. Only difference is the person I know is gay lol

by Anonymousreply 29May 2, 2023 11:14 PM

Correcting myself at R29 "their mannerisms"

by Anonymousreply 30May 2, 2023 11:14 PM

R25 What's your type, or who were you mainly into back then? That would give me an idea on who to reference lol

by Anonymousreply 31May 2, 2023 11:17 PM

Do any of you guys place any bets on the games too or just watch them?

by Anonymousreply 32May 2, 2023 11:32 PM

Nope, I just watch. Thankfully, gambling is the one vice which never has appealed me (plenty of others have).

Also: Lakers games are already enough of an emotional rollercoaster for me. Having a financial stake in the outcome (or the little side bets based on stats) would make me positively mental.

by Anonymousreply 33May 3, 2023 5:00 PM

Lakers played very well last night - Anthony Davis is the real deal. Warriors should have played better defense.. and still came within one brain fart (Jordan Poole) of pushing the game into overtime.

I am putting real money on the Warriors winning the next game.

by Anonymousreply 34May 3, 2023 5:14 PM

As I said, if AD plays as well as his talent dictates? Lakers win.

R29, can you give the Darvin clone my number? Please?

by Anonymousreply 35May 3, 2023 10:41 PM

R35 And if AD chokes every other game (as his history indicates) the Lakers won't win.

Last night was a supreme example of the Warrior mystique - Steve Kerr the ultimate chess wizard adjusting to game one. Looney with more than 20 rebounds every game is replaced by JaMichael Green? WTF? And then Steph becomes playmaking point guard and Klay resurfaces as Super Klay.

Davis, as great as he is, just doesn't have the heart.

Warriors in 7.

by Anonymousreply 36May 5, 2023 5:59 PM

As a Lakers fan, I had pretty low expectations going into Game 2. I'd seen that crazy stat: the last 15 times (now 16) that the road team won Game 1 in a best-of-seven series, the home team bounced back to win Game 2. And then when you figure in that it's the *Warriors* (and Steve Kerr), who are especially difficult to beat back-to-back, at home...forget it.

I was just hoping the Lakers would make a respectable showing, and no one would get hurt. To that end, I almost had a heart-attack when when Moses Moody fell on Jarred Vanderbilt's leg awkwardly. (in real time, I was certain his knee had buckled).

by Anonymousreply 37May 5, 2023 7:08 PM

It was a mistake for Doc to indulge Embiid’s ego to let him play in game 2. That big ass brace should have been a big ass red flag that he needed to sit HIS ass down for one more night. 8 blocked shots is something I guess but he couldn’t hit the hoop for shit. The fake foul call against Williams was down right embarrassing. All the fire and fight from the night before was gone from the Sixers play. The team looked dejected and deflated. Especially Harden. They’ll be lucky if they’re not booed by the fans in Philly during warm-ups.

by Anonymousreply 38May 5, 2023 8:47 PM

Hoping Jokic and the Nuggets win it all this year - I always root for guys who don’t care for fame and he really pisses off the media.

by Anonymousreply 39May 5, 2023 8:58 PM

Christian was my Hoops Honey. I’m so proud of his progress.

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 40May 5, 2023 11:11 PM

Jokic always looks like he's about to have a heart attack. That'd make for gripping video.

Who's the bigger choke artist? AD or Harden?

by Anonymousreply 41May 6, 2023 2:19 AM

R40 I am watching the game and your boy, surprisingly, is getting some minutes. And, as you may have noticed, his butt is rounded, big, and perky.

by Anonymousreply 42May 6, 2023 2:56 AM

Harden looked haunted in game 3. Like he was seeing something that no one else could see and it freaked him the fuck out. He wasn’t even playing at a pick up game level. He was missing field goals that a kid could make. I don’t know what Doc said to him at half-time but it sure didn’t help. I really think he suffers from some form of mental illness. And I like the guy. Hope this isn’t some kind of fucked up ruse to get traded. Philly loves him but it doesn’t seem like he loves them enough to want to stay and play for the Sixer’s.

by Anonymousreply 43May 7, 2023 2:51 PM

Good AD = Lakers' win.

Next game. Bad AD = Warriors' win.

These blow out games aren't very interesting.

I still predict Warriors in 7.

by Anonymousreply 44May 7, 2023 3:39 PM

Wow! The Suns just made that series VERY interesting, when things were looking pretty bleak. I still think the Nuggets will prevail, no matter how GREAT KD & Booker are. Even before CP3's injury, the Nuggets were just so much deeper than the Suns. They should eventually wear down Phoenix in a seven-game series. But who knows, right? Shit happens! That's why they play the games.

by Anonymousreply 45May 8, 2023 3:50 AM

R45 I think the Suns are better without CP3. I don't like the Suns, but Booker is playing at an amazing level - who'd a thunk there'd be a team in the playoffs with KD that had a BETTER shooter.

I also think Denver will win, but it's now become a great series to watch. Lakers-Warriors have been "evenly matched", but trading games with total blowouts isn't the most gripping basketball to watch.

by Anonymousreply 46May 8, 2023 3:54 PM

R12 here, back for my victory dance. I told ya'll!

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 47May 13, 2023 4:52 AM

Awww Maddog @R47! I loved that Laker team!

by Anonymousreply 48May 13, 2023 4:58 AM

It went well tonight, didn't it R48!

Fun fact: My good friend lived in the same building as Madsen during the Lakers 2001 year. Maybe 2002 too? Can't remember. At any rate, they became friends and we all hung out a few times. Super nice guy.

by Anonymousreply 49May 13, 2023 6:57 AM

^^^Oops, that was for R47^^^

by Anonymousreply 50May 13, 2023 6:58 AM

Congrats to the Lakers.

Well, who'd a thunk that Steph and Klay would shoot 14/47, and that the warriors as a team would shoot 27% from three. Even so the Warriors lost by 21 points.... and the Lakers had 21 more points from free throws. The refs were definitely calling it for the Lakers' style of play.

My money is that Denver wins in 5 games.

by Anonymousreply 51May 13, 2023 3:39 PM

I do not follow basketball at all. Thought it boring. A friend of mine asked if I wanted to go to one, and I said yes. What he did not tell me is that he got the tickets from a friend of the owner. When we got there I was surprised that they were floor tickets!

The experience changed my mind about basketball because when you see them rumbling up and down the court in front of you, doing amazing moves, running into each other, and hearing them yelling, it is an eye-opener. These guys are fucking enormous! The things they do at their size are otherworldly.

by Anonymousreply 52May 13, 2023 4:06 PM

R52 Exactly - and basketball more than any other sport let's you see the amazing athleticism - speed, quickness, jumping, feints, passing, shooting, defense - all right there in front of you. You don't need an informed view of strategy etc... you can see the freakish, balletic, skills of the players.

Only thing I hate about in person (and it's true of modern day football too) is the super-loud PA - both announcing and music during breaks. It's like professional wrestling/carnival shit.

Speaking of freakish athleticism - check out Nikola Jokic in the Nuggets series. He's like a mobile, athletic, target shooter who looks like a refrigerator.

by Anonymousreply 53May 13, 2023 4:26 PM

Entitled asshole New York " fans" get ripped for their after-game actions.

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 54May 13, 2023 7:10 PM

Whelp, the Warriors are out. I'm out too.

by Anonymousreply 55May 13, 2023 11:25 PM

Denver in FIVE, OP/R51???

They're great, but that's seems awfully cocky, considering that we haven't seen the Lakers & Nuggets play each other since January 9th -- when the Lakers were truly abysmal, still mired in the soul-crushing Russell Westbrook-Pat Bev "Experience". Not to mention the dead weight of Kendrick Nunn, Juan Toscano Anderson , Damian Jones & Thomas Bryant (whose butt is now firmly planted on the Nuggets bench).

And yet...the Lakers still managed to beat Denver TWICE with that SHITTY-ASS roster! And in one of those victories, AD played only 17 minutes (first half) due to injury. (note: Porter Jr. didn't play in that game either, but otherwise, the Nuggets had their full compliment of players for both losses).

by Anonymousreply 56May 14, 2023 7:46 PM

I'm betting on AD disappearing, either with injury, or just the way he does. I think Joker the Frig will dominate him and hurt his feelings and he'll wilt.

by Anonymousreply 57May 14, 2023 8:11 PM

Wow! That was quite a beatdown by the Celtics. As a Lakers fan, I have no love for either team, but as just as basketball fan, I was pulling for the Sixers advance to the finals for an Embiid/Joker -- or an Embiid/Davis -- match-up. Oh well....sayonara, Doc! I'm sure someone will hire him as a broadcaster.

by Anonymousreply 58May 14, 2023 10:21 PM

Hope you didn't bet the farm (or even a lot) on five games, OP/R51. The Nuggets may well prevail (the home-court advantage in Denver's altitude is REAL), but the Lakers will win more than ONE game. Please. That's just insulting. And you clearly haven't been paying attention. Davis plays Joker straight-up, no double-teams....the Lakers don't allow Joker to shred their defense with double-digit assists. The only game in which he went for double-digit assists against the Lakers was a game in which AD didn't play (nor did Bron, Reaves or Walker), and they were forced to double-team him. Because...he was playing against Thomas Bryant & Juan Toscano Anderson.

by Anonymousreply 59May 14, 2023 10:46 PM

R59 Yeah, yeah, Lakers remodeled their family room in midseason and now are much better. I may be wrong, but something tells me AD is going to choke.

The first Nuggets-Lakers game this year: Jokic had 31 points, 13 rebounds, nine assists and four steals. I just think it's his time.

And for the record, although I am now a Warriors fan after 30 years in NorCal, I grew up in LA and was a huge Lakers fan. Back to the days of Baylor and Goodrich. And of course Wilt, Kareem, showtime 80s. I kind finally lost the thread when Kobe retired.

by Anonymousreply 60May 15, 2023 1:14 AM

[quote]The first Nuggets-Lakers game this year: Jokic had 31 points, 13 rebounds, nine assists and four steals. I just think it's his time.

Seriously, R60? The FIFTH game of the season? That's what you're basing it on? The Lakers beat the Nuggets just four days later (to go 1- 5). Joker logged 23 pts, 14 rbs, 6 ast, 2 blk....while AD went 23, 15 rbs, 2 ast, 1 stl, 1 blk. Hmm. Oh well, it's your money, fool. 🤷🏻‍♂️

by Anonymousreply 61May 15, 2023 6:37 AM

R60 not sure what will happen, but AD dominated the 2020 WCF agains Denver/Joker.

I love Joker and would not be surprised if Denver wins. But AD is a beast when he wants to be.

by Anonymousreply 62May 15, 2023 7:02 AM

[quote]But AD disappears when he loses interest.

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 63May 15, 2023 1:57 PM

I'm just going to leave this here:

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 64May 15, 2023 8:21 PM

That is so cool, R16/R49!! How can anyone not love Mad Dog??!! Of all the Lakers player-relationships, his relationship with Shaq is my favorite "bromance". So endearing! I know you know the story, but for the rest of the peanut gallery...

When Mark moved to LA as a rookie, he was driving an old, beat-up Toyota minivan that had been passed down through the Madsen siblings. It had almost 200,000 miles on it and looked it. On the first day of training camp, Shaq walked into the locker room & asked who owned the RAGGEDY-ASS minivan in the parking lot. Mark raised his hand.

At the time, Mark had yet to receive his first Lakers paycheck, which wasn't coming until November 15th. He had some cash from a $10,000 endorsement deal, so he wasn't broke-broke....but a new car was not on his radar. The old Previa got him where he wanted to go, he was fine with it.

Shaq said: "NO, you're a Laker, now. You can't roll up to Staples in that piece of shit!" (the rest of the team drove Mercedes, Ferraris, etc). After practice, Shaq took him car shopping & put a down-payment on a new Tahoe (that's what Mark wanted)...and then dropped $7000 at a Big/Tall store for new threads.

He was also extremely protective of Mark's "virtue" & Mormon beliefs (even though he didn't relate/understand them), telling teammates to respect that. Don't try to "corrupt" this rookie. Don't invite him to clubs, don't bring certain people (hoes) around him, etc. He told the Lakers equipment manager -- or whomever assigned hotel rooms on the road -- to move Mark AWAY from certain guys, put him on a different floor. He didn't want Mark exposed to any of that shit....and he didn't want Mark to think any less of his teammates because of the things that he might see.

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 65May 15, 2023 10:10 PM

R35 😆 well where are you located, and can give you a brief description of yourself? He lives in LA, btw.

by Anonymousreply 66May 17, 2023 12:16 AM

Harden apparently got Doc Rivers fired, according to the talking heads at ESPN, especially so he can possibly make room for the coach he wants, Mike D' Antoni

by Anonymousreply 67May 17, 2023 12:18 AM

So this year's Eastern and Western Conference Finals are both an exact re-do of the 2020 E/W CF in the bubble. Lakers might get past Nuggets again, however the Joker and Jamal Murray have seemed to elevated their game, so idk if it's going to be as easy for the Lakers as some might think. However, I think the Lakers chances are better than Heat against Celtics, unless Jimmy Butler can go off as much as Jayson Tatum is anticipated to.

by Anonymousreply 68May 17, 2023 12:25 AM

Also, apparently the fight between Draymond and Jordan Poole was allegedly exacerbated after JP "disrespected" Coach Steve Kerr. I didn't see any of you guys mention it so just thought to just in case anyone here didn't hear about it

by Anonymousreply 69May 17, 2023 12:26 AM

San Antonio Spurs are in line to get Victor Wembanyama, apparently on track to be not only "the best basketball player ever" but also "the best overall athlete ever."

by Anonymousreply 70May 17, 2023 12:28 AM

R69 I'm betting Poole is gone. He not only choked in the playoffs.... he choked with an attitude. He's not all that.

by Anonymousreply 71May 17, 2023 2:37 AM

Luka Doncic is a cutie pie

by Anonymousreply 72May 17, 2023 3:28 AM

R71 Pretty much those are the whispers around the league, except he has that big contract, so they'd have to be able to find a team that's willing to take him on. I think they'll be able to trade for him and it'll possibly humble him- supposedly his attitude changed shortly after he signed that huge contract. There's barely anyone on his team that likes him anymore, a stark contrast to this time last year, when they were ready to gloss him the "The Third Splash Brother."

by Anonymousreply 73May 17, 2023 3:35 AM

Jokic is no joke!

Lakers should get a 10 point advantage because they’re playing a mile above sea level. That’s Gotta give the Nuggets a definite advantage.

by Anonymousreply 74May 17, 2023 3:41 AM

Well....you're right, R74, Jokic is NO JOKE! I think he deserved to win MVP again this season. He was the BEST player on the BEST team (by record), all season long (or at least since mid-December). Embiid was just "fashionable"....because there's this sense that you can't award the MVP to the same player, three years in a row. I had a feeling Embiid would shrink in the playoffs; he always does.

Having said all that, I'm a little surprised that Game 1 of Nuggets/Lakers was as close as it was. The Lakers would have won that game, if just a few more shots landed. Feeling encouraged.

by Anonymousreply 75May 17, 2023 4:44 AM

R75 Well, AD played at his highest level, and they still lost. Denver did NOT play at their highest level in the second half/fourth quarter especially, and they still won. I still say Denver wins in 5 (five, FIVE) games.

James Harden - the weirdest player in the league - he got Rivers fired? He makes $50 million a year, and he absolutely shit the bed in most of the Boston games. Embiid is a great player... sometimes, but he isn't the leader he needs to be. In that seventh game he needed to take the game over, and instead he just whimpered "no one give me the ball!!" while Harden threw up bricks or turned it over.

by Anonymousreply 76May 17, 2023 2:02 PM

R76 Not weirdest player in the league 😆 that Cookie Monster ensemble is still in my head lol but yeah, that's what's being said, he apparently informed the front office that he didn't want to have anything to do with Doc Rivers going forward, after being coached by him for 79 games. It was a pretty much me or him type situation, for it was mentioned that Harden was considering returning to Houston if Rivers would've stayed. Rivers still has two years left on his contract and had a pretty good relationship with the execs and Embiid overall, practically everyone sans Harden, who most likely saw Rivers as a 🗑️ coach.

by Anonymousreply 77May 17, 2023 8:16 PM

I don't hate James Harden....I just laugh at any team that gets into the "James Harden Business" . It will not end well.

by Anonymousreply 78May 18, 2023 4:54 AM

Jayson Tatum is fine

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 79May 18, 2023 9:13 AM

R79 Yeah, he is

by Anonymousreply 80May 18, 2023 10:00 AM

R79 Traveling twice in 90 seconds in the fourth quarter of a playoff game you're losing on your own home floor? No one ever gets called for travelling anymore in the NBA, but his hopping around, refs had to call it.

No shots at all in the fourth quarter?

Tatum is in real trouble if the Celtics don't come back to win this series.

by Anonymousreply 81May 18, 2023 4:44 PM

R65, I love that story! Hadn't heard it.

Shaq's exploits in LA were legendary. During most of his Lakers run, I was a very young waiter at a fancy restaurant in Santa Monica. Shaq would come in from to time and his tipping prowess was legendary. A hundred bucks for a coffee. That type of thing. I was always so awed by him, but he instantly put me at ease with his charm and wit. He really is a genuinely great human.

And I say all this as the world's biggest Kobe fan.

by Anonymousreply 82May 18, 2023 9:03 PM

R78 Did you see his latest stunt? He declined his player option so he's going to opt out and shop around his services as a free agent this summer, for a long-term deal. It'll be downright ruthless if he got Rivers fired only to quit on the team himself, since he just might somehow get a better offer.

by Anonymousreply 83May 19, 2023 12:53 AM

R79 R80 Most definitely with a nice ass too 😆

by Anonymousreply 84May 19, 2023 12:55 AM

This guy has a nice ass... not sure why he's a pro (haven't seen him do shit for the Nuggets this season) but his ass is fine.

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 85May 19, 2023 1:30 AM

AD goes missing again. Reaves (huh?) leading scorer for Lakers. Jamal Murray shows up. Denver in 5.

by Anonymousreply 86May 19, 2023 3:13 AM

Celtics pathetic. Lakers pathetic. Heat v Nuggets - and something tells me this "oh, the Heat culture of hard work, teamwork..!!" and Butler being just too driven... Heat in 6 games.

by Anonymousreply 87May 22, 2023 4:39 PM

No way. Nuggets in 6. Maybe 7

by Anonymousreply 88May 22, 2023 4:46 PM

does anybody here want to fuck nikola jokic? does being the greatest basketball player in the world make up for looking like an alcoholic plumber?

by Anonymousreply 89May 22, 2023 4:58 PM

R89 a big, built, paunchy drunk plumber is 100% my type. (Especially if we make Jokic closer to 50 instead of late 20s).

So yeah. Many men find Jokic and his type hot af.

by Anonymousreply 90May 22, 2023 5:31 PM

R90 You should move to Balkans many men like him here. Not as big, obviously

by Anonymousreply 91May 22, 2023 7:06 PM

Jokic’s big brothers are scary dudes

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 92May 22, 2023 7:11 PM

I love it when the media darlings ( the teams that always get the publicity) fail so blatantly. Now, if the Cowboys have a crap season and the Yankees once again fail to make the World Series, it will be a great year.

by Anonymousreply 93May 22, 2023 8:58 PM

Celtics suck so bad. At least no one expected the Lakers to come this far

by Anonymousreply 94May 22, 2023 9:15 PM

I thought it was really nice that the first people Jokic thanked when winning the Western Conference MVP was the equipment manager and the crew/staff of the Nuggets. A lot of athletes straight up treat those people like shit if they even acknowledge them at all. He was gracious to Embiid as well - his mindset is so humble and kindly no wonder the American media can't stand him at all.

by Anonymousreply 95May 24, 2023 2:12 AM

Lebron might retire.

by Anonymousreply 96May 24, 2023 2:23 AM

R96 You really think so? I think he contemplated it, although not too seriously. I think he was moreso talking out of frustration after being swept, so he's trying to send a message to the Lakers that some changes need to be made during the off-season, or he's out. I also think he said it knowing that it would take some of the attention away from the Nuggets victory, which it did. There were more mentions of him flirting with retirement that night and the following day than there were about the Nuggets. He has also stated that he would love to play side by side with his son, which can't happen until the Fall of 2024, and he's now saying that if his son isn't interested in playing together, then he'll have to give up on his dream. Now its being confirmed he's returning to the Lakers next season.

by Anonymousreply 97May 28, 2023 5:38 AM

Game 7 Memorial Day 😆 Boston has one more chance to pull it off and can make history as the first team to ever come back and win after a 3-0 deficit. This has happened 150 times already and it never played it out in favor of the down team so we'll just have to see 😆 either 1-150 or 0-151

by Anonymousreply 98May 28, 2023 5:42 AM

R97: Nobody seriously thought Lebron was going to retire this summer. Please! The NBA's all-time scoring leader? The guy who brought us "The Decision"? THAT GUY was going to just walk away mid-summer, without a big-ass Farewell/Retirement Tour??? (see: Kareem, Bird, Kobe) C'mon!!!

by Anonymousreply 99May 28, 2023 5:46 AM

R99 😆 😆 I know that no one's really buying that lol also, he wouldn't leave on a down note like that one, he'd at least want a farewell tour- he's already having a film crew follow him around like the Last Dance so he knows that he's not ready to throw in the towel just yet. He intends to play one more season with the Lakers then opt out next summer so he can go play with Bronny on whichever team drafts him, then he'll be ready to walk off. He's expected to be out for about two months at the start of next season because of his ankle surgery, and he has already made it clear that he isn't interested in being the primary playmaker next year so that's possibly where Kyrie comes in, especially since D'Angelo is almost out the door, once again.

by Anonymousreply 100May 28, 2023 6:47 AM

R99 I also think he'd demand a trade before retiring after that fiasco. He wants to play for Golden State; Draymond is all in, however Steph isn't as enthusiastic about it as Draymond is 😆

by Anonymousreply 101May 28, 2023 6:50 AM

As a Lakers fan, I just want to be on-record giving a HARD *FUCKING* NO to Kyrie, or Trae Young (where the hell did that come from??). Kyrie is undeniably talented...but I want no fucking part of that guy! Like the Lakers don't have enough drama? No, no, no....NO!😮

by Anonymousreply 102May 28, 2023 7:42 AM

Also: The 2025 All-Star game is scheduled in L.A. Albeit, in the Paper Clips new arena....but still, its L.A. That will be his All-Star swan-song.

by Anonymousreply 103May 28, 2023 8:03 AM

R102 Why no to Trae Young? He's great

by Anonymousreply 104May 28, 2023 1:38 PM

R104 he's a historically bad defender and has a terrible reputation (arrogant, lazy, antagonistic, toxic).

by Anonymousreply 105May 28, 2023 1:47 PM

Kyrie = Russel Westbrook. He'll bring lots of drama and endless analysis of "why isn't it working"...

LeBron will never play for the Warriors. It's Steph's team, and he just isn't on board.

What an amazing choke job by the Heat last night. One game at home to go to the finals, the Celtics not playing well, and they couldn't get it done (yeah, yeah Celtics with an unlikely shot with .02 seconds left). Everything says that the Celtics win game 7 at home... but something tells me the Celtics' central character this postseason is to shit the bed when it counts.

by Anonymousreply 106May 28, 2023 2:38 PM

R105 Everyone's a bad defender in today's NBA

by Anonymousreply 107May 28, 2023 4:01 PM

R106 Kyrie is a million times a better player than Russel Westbrook

by Anonymousreply 108May 28, 2023 4:02 PM

Which Westbrook? Now? sure. The years when he was league MVP? not so much.

by Anonymousreply 109May 28, 2023 4:19 PM

R109 Any Westbrook. He padded his stats to get all those triple doubles and make the history. Look at his field goal percentage throughout his entire NBA history. It's terrible.

by Anonymousreply 110May 28, 2023 5:43 PM

LeBron knew that the media was not going to turn its attention to him, so he made up that cryptic comment about retiring, so all of the talking heads would be talking about him, instead of the Nuggets. The man is like Trump - everything has to be about him. Anyone who would leave a $10.00 tip for an $800.00 restaurant and bar bill is scum.

[quote]Celebrities are often given special treatment at restaurants, which often either open early or stay open late to accommodate their celebrity clientele. LeBron took advantage of this, keeping the Prime Steaks staff on call until nearly four in the morning. James and his crew racked up a bill of $800 dollars. Though all the staff likely wanted to clock off and head home, at least they had a great tip to look forward to from the superstar worth millions, right? Wrong – apparently LeBron tossed a $10 bill in as a tip and called it a day.

by Anonymousreply 111May 28, 2023 9:37 PM

R107 That's a really stupid thing to claim - defense is rated relatively. You must not know anything about basketball at all. You'd value Trae Young over a player like Jrue Holiday? That's laughable

by Anonymousreply 112May 29, 2023 3:07 AM

R109 Westbrook has sucked for his entire career. He lowers team FG% by a lot, pushes his own bigs out of position to pad rebounds, has no sense of using the shot clock whatsoever, always been a very poor defender and no intuition for the help side of it either, constantly turns the ball over.

by Anonymousreply 113May 29, 2023 3:11 AM

Go Celtics!!

by Anonymousreply 114May 29, 2023 3:24 AM

I’m a die hard NBA fan and had no idea this thread existed. Hilarious to read both the Lakers fans and the Nuggets in 5 guy being so wrong. Sweep!! Tomorrow’s Game 7 is going to be epic. The first weekend of the playoffs is my favorite time of the year. I’ve seen games in all 28 NBA cities. I had been to every arena at one point but I haven’t been to the new Chase Center in SF yet. My team is the Portland Trail Blazers. Their logo is tattooed to my leg. I had a dream to be a season ticket holder so I moved from NYC to Portland for the entire 2018-19 season. I picked the right year. We went to the WCF for first time in 19 years. Finally, my NBA podcast is in its 5th season!

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 115May 29, 2023 4:03 AM

Actually, with so much regard for "oh, KD and Booker and Paul, oh no!!" - picking Nuggets in 5 was pretty on spot. You guessed a sweep?

I think although everything is set for a miraculous, historic comeback for the Celtics tonight.... I think the Heat and playoff-Jimmy resurface and win.

by Anonymousreply 116May 29, 2023 4:44 PM

I think Heat win too

by Anonymousreply 117May 29, 2023 10:17 PM

I just want these two fine mens to make to the finals

Offsite Link
by Anonymousreply 118May 30, 2023 2:09 AM

Nuggets beat Heat in 6 games.

by Anonymousreply 119May 30, 2023 2:45 AM
Need more help? Click Here.

Yes indeed, we too use "cookies." Take a look at our privacy/terms or if you just want to see the damn site without all this bureaucratic nonsense, click ACCEPT. Otherwise, you'll just have to find some other site for your pointless bitchery needs.


Become a contributor - post when you want with no ads!