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The 16th NBA Random Thoughts Thread of Pacers Digest, 2019-20: A League Divided Against Itself

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  • Originally posted by Strummer View Post
    People keep stopping me on the street to ask if Domas has improved his "fouls per 100 possessions" standings from last season. Let's take a look.

    Last season Domas committed 6.4 fouls per 100 possessions. That placed him 16th in the league (high in the league = bad). By comparison Myles was 96th in the league at 4.5.

    This season so far?

    Domas is averaging 5.2 fouls per 100 possessions. He's improved! That ranks him 76th in the league.

    Goga is the Pacers leader (which is bad) averaging 7.7 fouls per 100 possessions.

    Myles? He's at 4.0 which is 246th (you have to unhide non-qualifiers to see him)

    If you click on this link, click on PF to sort them.

    https://www.basketball-reference.com..._per_poss.html
    Dude, you are so equipped now for all the people on the street!
    "Look, it's up to me to put a team around ... Lance right now." —Kevin Pritchard press conference

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    • Melo with his first player of the week since 2014, I'm happy for him.
      Living in Colorado I didn't care at all for Melo in the way in conducted himself to get out of Denver and still get a max contract but he ended up wasting his prime in New York the way they traded away their future to get him. I thought the same of Howard at one time but I'm glad he's found a home in the NBA. I don't want to see great players go out the way Iverson did.
      Larry Bird qouted March 25th. 2015:

      Bird: I wanted to keep our group together because in the summer, if David and Roy opt out, we're back to zero, really. We don't have that much, so you leave your options open. If we did make a trade, I didn't want to take on a lot of contracts -- because that's what usually happens. Plus, I liked my guys. They're playing well. If we keep the core together and Paul comes back healthy, we'll be right back to where we were.

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      • https://nba.nbcsports.com/2019/12/03...-during-games/

        Report: Vivek Ranadive had hoop installed outside locker room so Kings could practice FTs during games


        Kings owner Vivek Ranadive’s most infamous idea: Defending 4-on-5 to leave a cherry-picker on offense.

        But that wasn’t Ranadive’s only proposed innovation.

        Chris Ballard of Sports Illustrated:

        According to people familiar with the situation, his proposed solution for the Kings’ free-throw-shooting woes was to install a hoop outside the locker room. This way, during games, players could run back and practice foul shots. This plan got far enough that the team installed the goal, just to the right of the locker room, before people around Ranadivé dissuaded him, citing potential rules issues (players usually leave the bench only to go to the bathroom), messaging issues (players would likely be insulted, and it would scare away free agents) and general optics (not good).

        If a team could get past the cited problems, this isn’t the worst idea… in a specific situation. If a stoppage occurs just before a player will shoot a free throw, he could potentially benefit from using the break to build a rhythm from the line. This would be useful with coaches increasingly calling timeout between free throws to ice a shooter.

        However, even then, I’m not sure whether it’s worth running back and forth to and from the locker room area. That could be enough to break rhythm.

        Beyond that specific situation, I don’t get it. Who knows how long after practicing free throws by the locker room until a player would actually draw a foul in the game? It would often be long enough where the extra reps provide no real value.

        I have a scaled-down suggestion that would be much more widely applicable: Players should stop stepping off the line and high-fiving teammates between free throws. It’s better to remain in place and keep the muscle memory from the previous attempt.

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        • https://nba.nbcsports.com/2019/12/03...hort-bus-ride/

          The time Lou Williams’ teammates paid him $15K to drink six-pack on short bus ride


          When jumping straight from high school to the 2005 NBA draft, Lou Williams said, “The second round is not an option.”

          The 76ers drafted him in the middle of the second round.

          That left Williams with a relatively low $450,000 salary. But on a Philadelphia team with veterans Allen Iverson, Chris Webber and Matt Barnes, a teenage Williams found a way to supplement his income.

          Williams on All The Smoke:

          I know it was on the West Coast.

          Barnes:

          We made a bet that he had to drink a six-pack.

          Williams:

          I didn’t drink at the time.

          Barnes:

          He didn’t drink. He was fresh out of high school.

          Williams:

          I was a kid.

          Barnes:

          Stayed to himself, quiet.

          Barnes:

          How much money you get?

          Williams:

          Fifteen thousand.

          Barnes:

          Bet he couldn’t drink a six-pack on the bus ride, right? It was quick, though. It was a quick ride.

          Williams:

          They said I couldn’t drink a six-pack of beer before we got on the plane for 15 grand. I downed them b—es.

          Barnes:

          That motherf—er killed it. But he was so wet that we almost got a little worried. Like, “Damn, what the f—? How are we going to carry Lou?” He kind of had his arm slumped on AI’s shoulder, and then me and C-Webb was kind of in front.

          Williams:

          I never drank.

          Barnes:

          He was still there, but he was – He handled himself well, but he was f—ed up. You know what I mean? So we had to kind of camouflage his *** up onto the plane.

          Incredible.

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          • Jokic got fatter during the off season and it shows he looks bad.
            @WhatTheFFacts: Studies show that sarcasm enhances the ability of the human mind to solve complex problems!

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            • Crazy game between SA/Rockets longest game ever lol
              @WhatTheFFacts: Studies show that sarcasm enhances the ability of the human mind to solve complex problems!

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              • Assembly Hall was infested by Pacers tonight.

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                • All the refs in the Rockets/Spurs game need to be fired immediately. Really all of them should because they all suck at officiating. **** isn't rocket science and somehow they do the dumbest ****.

                  How the fuxk did they not count Hardens dunk? Even with instant replay they still didn't count. Dumb mofos I swear.

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                  • So weird to see Golden State at 4-19. Worst record in the entire league.
                    There are two types of quarterbacks in the league: Those whom over time, the league figures out ... and those who figure out the league.

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                    • https://nba.nbcsports.com/2019/12/04...al-broadcasts/

                      With ratings already down, NBA moving some Warriors games off national broadcasts


                      Warriors games right now are not exactly must-see TV. With nearly every player you can name (and all the big draws of casual fans) gone or out injured, it’s not a surprise, but the Warriors are one of the league’s worst teams and hard to watch right now.

                      Also, nationally NBA ratings are down to start the season. A lot.


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                      The NBA’s TV scorecard so far:
                      TNT down 23%
                      ESPN down 20%
                      RSNs down 13%
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                      Combine those two factors and you get a notice from the league that they have moved the next two nationally televised Warriors games — Dec. 13th at Utah and Dec. 18th at Portland — off ESPN. (They will be replaced by the Clippers at Timberwolves on the 13th, and the Celtics at Mavericks on the 18th.)

                      Expect more of this.

                      The Warriors were slotted for 30 nationally televised games this season — as many as the Lakers, because we all hoping for the Stephen Curry show, with him carrying the offense (which would have been very entertaining). With Curry out and the team struggling, the league is going to get more of its stars on national games.

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                      • Originally posted by Kid Minneapolis View Post
                        So weird to see Golden State at 4-19. Worst record in the entire league.
                        Enjoy it because next season they will probably be the best team in the league if they get the 1st pick in the draft

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                        • On another note Giannas went 4-8 on threes. If his 3 point shooting gets anywhere near 36 percent it’s over

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                          • Originally posted by Motion Offense View Post

                            Enjoy it because next season they will probably be the best team in the league if they get the 1st pick in the draft
                            Yea that would suck. I read Ball was rated #1 but I don’t know if that’s the consensus. He doesn’t seem like a great fit with the Warriors though. They need an Iggy replacement not another shooter.

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                            • Originally posted by CJ Jones View Post

                              Yea that would suck. I read Ball was rated #1 but I don’t know if that’s the consensus. He doesn’t seem like a great fit with the Warriors though. They need an Iggy replacement not another shooter.
                              They’ll draft James Wiseman 7ft C

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