My source in L.A. is pushing Lakers to offer Julius Randle, Jordan Hill & 1st Rd Pick from Lin deal in sign & trade for Bledsoe. #Hmmmm— Jon Bloom (@JonBloom) July 18, 2014
Update on previous Suns/Lakers storyline: PHX maintaining desire to keep Bledsoe while LAL have not confirmed interest in a S&T. #StayTuned— Jon Bloom (@JonBloom) July 20, 2014
"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."
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Anyone giving a max deal to Eric Bledsoe or thinking it's a good idea should be mentally evaluated immediately. You don't pay max money to a guy who in his only season as a starter had injury problems. That's straight up crazy to pay a guy that when he's only started a maximum of 40 games in a single season.
Who is Jon Bloom?
So, do you remember Jusuf Nurkić? He is the guy that Chicago drafted at #16 and then traded to Denver along with Gary Harris and a future second for Doug McDermott (and Anthony Randolph).
He was representing the Bosnian NT in the U20 EuroBasket Division B that took place in Sarajevo (Bosnia's capital) and just concluded today. It seems like he had a great tournament.
The Final game of the tournament ended a few minutes ago and Bosnia beat Belgium 76-70. Nurkić scored 34 points (9/14 shooting, 16/18 FTs), grabbed 13 rebounds, had 4 assists and blocked 2 shots. The only negative is that he also committed 6 turnovers.
In a game against Cyprus in the group phrase of the tournament he had 14 points (5/10 shooting, 1/2 from 3 and 3/4 FTs), 8 rebounds, 9 blocks and 3 assists in just 18 minutes of play (he had foul trouble). He also had a 30/17 game against Portugal and a 24/16 game against Romania.
In general, he averaged 21.3 PPG, 12 RPG, 3.2 APG, 2.6 BPG and 1.7 SPG throughout the tournament. He shot 55.1% from the field and 76.1% from the FT line but on the downside he did commit 4.5 turnovers per game as well.
It's also important to note that this was the EuroBasket's 2nd Division (yes, the youth EuroBasket is divided in divisions like a league) and therefore his competition wasn't the strongest possible but those numbers are still quite impressive.
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I'm not talking about some Euro league. I'm talking about the EuroBasket. The EuroBasket is a national team competition so the level is higher than some random European league.
That said there are some quite good European leagues. The Adriatic League (also known as the ABA League) contains the best teams from every ex-Yugoslav country plus Hungary's champion so the overall level is quite good. Both Dario Šarić and Jusuf Nurkić that went into the mid 10s of this year's draft played in this league (Šarić for Cibona, Nurkić for Cedevita).
That said, it's certainly possible for an NBA player to go there and play very well. They are just not going to average 20 PPG unless their team is not very good and expects everything from them.
Ah, I didn't know you were Hungarian. Hungary is one of my favorite countries. I absolutely love the Hungarian language and Budapest was beautiful when I visited it. Also, Péter Kovács has always been one of my favorite footballers and I appreciated Hungary's inclination to produce some giants (like Gergely Somogyi). I want to find a way to watch the game of the U18 EuroBasket so bad and if I manage to do that I'll definitely try to catch a glimpse of Balázs Peringer.
By the way, did you watch the U20 EuroBasket Finals last night? Talat Altunbey exhibited some great toughness and had a couple of plays on both ends of the court that gave a lot of momentum to Turkey.
On Somogyi I was shocked he has been in the SL the past two years. He was awful at San Barbara but you can't teach 7'3. He actually looked decent out here in Vegas he was really improved.
I haven't watched any European basketball this year outside of a few fiba tournaments sadly
I plan on learning Hungarian at some point. I'm learning Russian at the moment and I will soon pick up Finnish (and maybe Estonian as well). Logically, Hungarian will be my next choice after I learn those 3 languages.
Experience always plays a big part.
Anybody think we could have a decent back-up center to take over after Mahinmi is done in Shayne Whittington? Or is he more of a 4/Just not good enough?
It is too bad you didn't see much MACtion 8-15 years ago. The conference actually had some decent hoops tradition and small conference basketball.
Lately the sledding has been rough though, I will grant you that.
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Wizards free agent Chris Singleton, who avg 3 ppg & 2.2 pg last season, has received interest from likes of Miami & Indiana, a source said.
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Why? And how many roster spots do we have? Granted we can cut Shayne Whittington and some others if we have to during camp, or a trade could be coming I suppose.
But still, why Chris Singleton? Ugh. Let Miami have him.
Stop quoting people I have on ignore!
Not right away. Teams can go over the roster limit during the offseason.
I think we could use wing depth. And anyway it would only be for the minimum. Tbird at least would be happy, he's always talked up Singleton.