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Simmons Game of Thrones/NBA FA Article

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  • Simmons Game of Thrones/NBA FA Article

    Bill Simmons took some quotes from Game of Thrones and took a storyline from this year's NBA Free Agency. This is what was said about the Pacers...

    "If I die, weep for me."
    "You'll be dead. How will you know?"
    "I'll know."

    Remember the 48 hours after Game 3 of the Miami-Indiana series, when it seemed like the frisky Pacers were on the verge of (a) killing the LeBron/Wade era, and (b) sneaking into the Finals? That was fun. Now they're building around three overpaid starters Danny Granger (two years, $27.1 million), Hibbert (four years, $58 million), George Hill (five years, $40 million) a bunch of overpaid role players ($21 million next year for David West, Ian Mahinmi, D.J. Augustin and Gerald Green???) and one possible blue-chipper (Paul George, who absolutely stunk in the 2012 playoffs). Does Hallmark make "Congrats on locking down the no. 6 seed for the next few years" cards?
    I tend to agree with Simmons on this considering how much better the East is becoming, but yet it is the same team with a slightly better bench than last season and they carried us to the three seed. Again, I think it all boils down to PG tapping into his potential that will set us above everyone not named Miami or Chicago.

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    Re: Simmons Game of Thrones/NBA FA Article

    Pacers should be at least a number 3 seed every year for the next few years. Don't know where the number six comes from.

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    • #3
      Re: Simmons Game of Thrones/NBA FA Article

      #3 comes from the fact that other teams are improving. People are already assuming the nets will be a top 4 seed. Also people believe that the condensed schedule benefited the Pacers and a normal schedule will not see that same record replicated.

      Not saying I believe all that but the is the perception right now I believe.

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      • #4
        Re: Simmons Game of Thrones/NBA FA Article

        Simmons is always wrong when it comes to his predictions. This is actually good news that he is ripping the Pacers
        Being unable to close out a game in which you have a comfortable lead in the 4th Q = Pulling a Frank Vogel

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        • #5
          Re: Simmons Game of Thrones/NBA FA Article

          Originally posted by Wilk39 View Post
          Bill Simmons took some quotes from Game of Thrones and took a storyline from this year's NBA Free Agency. This is what was said about the Pacers...



          I tend to agree with Simmons on this considering how much better the East is becoming, but yet it is the same team with a slightly better bench than last season and they carried us to the three seed. Again, I think it all boils down to PG tapping into his potential that will set us above everyone not named Miami or Chicago.
          I too agree with him. The Pacers only real hope of improving is for PG to turn into a star this year. If he stays at the same level, they lose spots to teams who did improve their starters. Our bench is a notch better but that won't help when it comes down to crunch time in the playoffs. The superstars just pummel our nonstars.... I disagee with him about Hibbert, I don't think he is over paid at all. Look at what Brook Lopez got. I agree that Granger is WAY overpaid for someone who is sliding a bit every year and still is still a one dimensional player. Hill may be overpaid but not by much and another team would have made him cost that much. I like that he tied up for five years and we can see what he can really do........

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            Re: Simmons Game of Thrones/NBA FA Article

            I agree that the Pacers "big 3" are overpaid, mainly Hill. Granger and Hibbert are probably a little overpriced but not severe plus it's Indiana, to have players like that you got to overspend.

            West really distortes his other point since he makes about half of that 21 million, which yeah is probably too much, but again proves the point Indy has to spend extra to attract free agents, plus he only has 1 more year anyway.

            I think the Pacers will be anywhere from 3-6 seed but overall it won't be enough to ever make the Finals cause Miami will always be in the way.
            "It's just unfortunate that we've been penalized so much this year and nothing has happened to the Pistons, the Palace or the city of Detroit," he said. "It's almost like it's always our fault. The league knows it. They should be ashamed of themselves to let the security be as lax as it is around here."

            ----------------- Reggie Miller

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              Re: Simmons Game of Thrones/NBA FA Article

              Hill is possibly overpayed.

              But please tell me how exactly Hibbert is overpayed when there were 2 other teams lining up to give him the same money.

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                All I'm saying here is that every single year reporters talk about how all of these other teams have improved significantly, yet they never make the leap. I think the Nets will the a replicate of the Wizards back when their 'big three' was finally healthy again. Yeah, they had bigger problems than on the court, but they weren't good on the court either. Then you see that the Hawks and Sixers have lost talent while Boston lost one of their centerfolds, and all the while the Knicks aren't going to do anything more than last year and on top of that they've lost Lin.

                Same story, different year.

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                  Re: Simmons Game of Thrones/NBA FA Article

                  Originally posted by joew8302 View Post
                  Hill is possibly overpayed.

                  But please tell me how exactly Hibbert is overpayed when there were 2 other teams lining up to give him the same money.
                  Because they were willing to overpay him also?
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                  • #10
                    Re: Simmons Game of Thrones/NBA FA Article

                    Originally posted by OlBlu View Post
                    I too agree with him. The Pacers only real hope of improving is for PG to turn into a star this year. If he stays at the same level, they lose spots to teams who did improve their starters. Our bench is a notch better but that won't help when it comes down to crunch time in the playoffs. The superstars just pummel our nonstars.... I disagee with him about Hibbert, I don't think he is over paid at all. Look at what Brook Lopez got. I agree that Granger is WAY overpaid for someone who is sliding a bit every year and still is still a one dimensional player. Hill may be overpaid but not by much and another team would have made him cost that much. I like that he tied up for five years and we can see what he can really do........
                    Granger is not one dimensional. On offense he has many different ways of scoring, whether it's getting to the line, posting up smaller forwards or using his range. And on defense he does a decent job of guarding 3's, can defend some 4's and 2's. I agree his shooting was way off last year, but his defense wasn't bad, and yeah, he can't stop Lebron, but name a player in the league that can...
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                      Re: Simmons Game of Thrones/NBA FA Article

                      Originally posted by BringJackBack View Post
                      All I'm saying here is that every single year reporters talk about how all of these other teams have improved significantly, yet they never make the leap. I think the Nets will the a replicate of the Wizards back when their 'big three' was finally healthy again. Yeah, they had bigger problems than on the court, but they weren't good on the court either. Then you see that the Hawks and Sixers have lost talent while Boston lost one of their centerfolds, and all the while the Knicks aren't going to do anything more than last year and on top of that they've lost Lin.

                      Same story, different year.
                      I'll agree with some of what you said, but disagree with other things.

                      I think the Hawks will be very interesting. Will they be more versatile in what they do? That is what I want to know.

                      The Sixers - I'm just not sure of anything about them.

                      I think the Nets will be good if they remain healthy, and I don't think Boston lost much at all. Ray Allen was by far the easiest of their "names" to replace. He had already been moved to the bench. I think that is where he belonged last year, though.

                      The best thing the Knicks did was to retain Mike Woodson. If he can get his big guns to buy into playing defense for an entire season, they can be pretty darn good. If not, then not so good.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Simmons Game of Thrones/NBA FA Article

                        Yeah, I think Boston will be better than the other teams mentioned, on our par. But AT SOME POINT (lol) Pierce and KG have to start slowing down. And I think this is the year.

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                          Originally posted by Pace Maker View Post
                          Because they were willing to overpay him also?
                          Sorry bud, thats not economics 101.

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                            Re: Simmons Game of Thrones/NBA FA Article

                            Hibbert is not overpayed. Before I am burnt at the stake, hear me out. He was a HUGE reason why we won so many games. Centers are at an all time premium. We HAD to keep him. PLAIN AND SIMPLE. Max deal or not.
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                              Re: Simmons Game of Thrones/NBA FA Article

                              Originally posted by BringJackBack View Post
                              Yeah, I think Boston will be better than the other teams mentioned, on our par. But AT SOME POINT (lol) Pierce and KG have to start slowing down. And I think this is the year.
                              PP is already noticeably slowing down. Its just a matter of how fast. Somehow KG played some of his best basketball ever last year. Seemed like he couldnt miss. I think he is better longer than Pierce will be. I still think Boston is getting worse by the day though. Its just a matter of time
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