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Rule #1

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"Anyone who __________ is a liar / a fool / an idiot / a blind homer / has their head buried in the sand / a blind hater / doesn't know basketball / doesn't watch the games"

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"Only stupid people think / believe / do ___________"

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"Remember when PosterX said OldCommentY that no longer looks good? "

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We also dissuade passive aggressive behavior. This can be various things, but common examples include statements that are basically meant to imply someone is either stupid or otherwise incapable of holding a rational conversation. This can include (but is not limited to) laughing at someone's conclusions rather than offering an honest rebuttal, asking people what game they were watching, or another common problem is Poster X will say "that player isn't that bad" and then Poster Y will say something akin to "LOL you think that player is good". We're not going to tolerate those kinds of comments out of respect for the community at large and for the sake of trying to just have an honest conversation.

Now, does the above cover absolutely every single kind of distraction that is unwanted? Probably not, but you should by now have a good idea of the general types of things we will be discouraging. The above examples are meant to give you a good feel for / idea of what we're looking for. If something new or different than the above happens to come along and results in the same problem (that being, any other attitude or behavior that ultimately distracts from actually just discussing the topic at hand, or that is otherwise disrespectful to other posters), we can and we will take action to curb this as well, so please don't take this to mean that if you managed to technically avoid saying something exactly like one of the above examples that you are then somehow off the hook.

That all having been said, our goal is to do so in a generally kind and respectful way, and that doesn't mean the moment we see something we don't like that somebody is going to be suspended or banned, either. It just means that at the very least we will probably say something about it, quite possibly snipping out the distracting parts of the post in question while leaving alone the parts that are actually just discussing the topics, and in the event of a repeating or excessive problem, then we will start issuing infractions to try to further discourage further repeat problems, and if it just never seems to improve, then finally suspensions or bans will come into play. We would prefer it never went that far, and most of the time for most of our posters, it won't ever have to.

A slip up every once and a while is pretty normal, but, again, when it becomes repetitive or excessive, something will be done. Something occasional is probably going to be let go (within reason), but when it starts to become habitual or otherwise a pattern, odds are very good that we will step in.

There's always a small minority that like to push people's buttons and/or test their own boundaries with regards to the administrators, and in the case of someone acting like that, please be aware that this is not a court of law, but a private website run by people who are simply trying to do the right thing as they see it. If we feel that you are a special case that needs to be dealt with in an exceptional way because your behavior isn't explicitly mirroring one of our above examples of what we generally discourage, we can and we will take atypical action to prevent this from continuing if you are not cooperative with us.

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  • Originally posted by Eleazar View Post

    Honestly, TJ probably wouldn't even need to have the same usage rate as Durant to score as much or more than Durant. That wouldn't mean TJ is better or even as good as Durant, though, as Durant effects that game in many more ways than TJ is capable of. This is most obvious when you look at their assist numbers, Durant is usually around 5 apg while TJ is like 1.5. TJ is just really good at one thing, and could potentially match Durant in that one thing, but to be on Durant's level you need to be good at more than a one trick pony.

    As for Domas vs Embiid, if you points produced (i.e. points scored + assists) Domas is actually more productive. Assuming each assist is worth 2.3 points, Domas on average contributed 35.71ppg to Embiids 34.94ppg. So it is arguable that Domas is already a more effective offensive player than Embiid if you are not looking purely at raw points scored. The real difference here is that Embiid draws many more fouls, partially because he shoots more, but also mostly because NBA refs are very gullible.
    Domas plays 6 more minutes a game which is why the points and assist measure is about the same. If you adjust it to per 36 minutes Embiid is 5 points higher than Domas.


    • hot new simmons shooting video dropped ... lmao


      • Originally posted by dal9 View Post
        hot new simmons shooting video dropped ... lmao

        This trainer's working with Simmons and Rondo? Boy he's sure got his work cut out for him.


        • Originally posted by SaintLouisan View Post


          This trainer's working with Simmons and Rondo? Boy he's sure got his work cut out for him.
          I remember Kareem worked with Hibbert when he was traded to the Lakers. Then once the season started Kareem was like- I don’t know who that Hibbert guy is.


          • New Details Emerge on Ben Simmons Trade Talks


            • Originally posted by Ozys Nepimpis View Post
              New Details Emerge on Ben Simmons Trade Talks
              Philly asking for too much at this point. Pacers not implicated at all, which is fine by me. Something like Brogdon and Turner (who they probably have 0 interest in) would be roughly as far as I'd go. Or something approximately similar. While Simmons is talented, he hasn't done enough and shown enough to command a "Harden-like" haul.
              I'd rather die standing up than live on my knees.

              -Emiliano Zapata


              • Originally posted by D-BONE View Post

                Philly asking for too much at this point. Pacers not implicated at all, which is fine by me. Something like Brogdon and Turner (who they probably have 0 interest in) would be roughly as far as I'd go. Or something approximately similar. While Simmons is talented, he hasn't done enough and shown enough to command a "Harden-like" haul.
                Not happy at all...we need to do something big ....or this is another season


                • Bumping because I was once against going after Simmons. Now that I see the makeup of this team, and have a better idea about it’s identity, I think Ben would be an amazing fit. What would it take now? Is Philly in a bit of a pickle with Ben saying he won’t report to training camp?


                  • Would love adding Ben and agree, but sounds like he would NOT want to be here, which makes it a hard pass, unfortunately.


                    • doesn't seem like philly is a big enough market for him, so indy's not exactly gonna fly


                      • Who cares about if he doesn't think Indy is a big market? That doesn't matter in a trade. His basketball stock has fallen from grace, he doesn't get to have a say in all this crap with this next team. If he wants to leave in 4 years, so be it. He makes this team better and if he gets his shooting to a respectable form, then we really got a shot at doing something special.
                        You can't get champagne from a garden hose.


                        • Originally posted by graphic-er View Post
                          Who cares about if he doesn't think Indy is a big market? That doesn't matter in a trade. His basketball stock has fallen from grace, he doesn't get to have a say in all this crap with this next team. If he wants to leave in 4 years, so be it. He makes this team better and if he gets his shooting to a respectable form, then we really got a shot at doing something special.
                          I think many believe his stock is still high enough to sulk his way out of town. It would likely reduce the amount the Pacers get back in a trade, but he doesn't care about that. He could just play at half speed until the Pacers ship him out again.


                          • He has a trade kicker he'd have to wave, so yes he does have a say on where he goes.


                            • Originally posted by graphic-er View Post
                              . . . if he gets his shooting to a respectable form. . . .
                              He hasn't felt this to be a need up to this point of his life/career - what makes anyone think he's going to turn himself into a shooter now ??



                                Ben Simmons’ trade demand: Everything about this situation is weird and unprecedented. Its outcome might be, too

                                Derek Bodner 5h ago 155
                                From the moment that Ben Simmons passed up a wide-open dunk in the Sixers’ Game 7 loss to the Atlanta Hawks on their home floor, the Sixers and Simmons have appeared headed towards an eventual, public divorce.

                                The question all summer long has seemingly been one of when, not if. When would the quality of offers that the Sixers were looking for start coming in? Or when would Daryl Morey lower his asking price to facilitate a trade? And if neither of those happens, when would Rich Paul, Simmons’ super agent, try to make things uncomfortable to help expedite the process?

                                It appears we have an answer to one of those questions, at least, as sources confirm that Simmons has informed the Sixers that his preference is to be traded and that he does not intend to report to training camp. Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer was the first to report the news.

                                There’s almost no way to argue that this is a positive development for the Sixers. The question becomes where on the scale, from annoyance to unmitigated disaster, it truly falls.

                                The segment of the fan base where this is truly disastrous would be for those who were hoping that the Sixers and Simmons could work out their differences and keep the union going long term. Some words, when spoken, can’t be taken back, and this has certainly steered the relationship into that territory. That’s not entirely surprising — The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported less than 24 hours earlier that a Simmons deal was widely perceived to be more of a when, not if, question — but this is certainly a tough development for those who had been holding on to the slimmest of hope that this could be salvaged.

                                It is also undoubtedly a negative development for the Sixers’ ability to maximize Simmons’ trade value. Once the draft and free agency came and went, the ideal world from the Sixers’ perspective was to get Simmons back on the court, not only to remind other teams of what he does well but also to maintain the appearance that this is a tenable situation and stave off any impression that the Sixers are stuck squarely between a rock and a hard place. Neither acts of rehabilitation — of Simmons’ trade value or of the Sixers’ leverage — are helped by Tuesday’s public developments.

                                If Simmons’ trade value can’t be significantly rehabilitated, the question now becomes how much negative impact this news has.

                                At this point, it’s worth mentioning how unusual of a situation this is. In recent years, the team for whom the star played continued to hold significant leverage in trade negotiations, almost irrespective of how the situations around them deteriorated. From Anthony Davis to James Harden, from “That’s All Folks!” T-shirts to cross-country club-hopping instead of reporting to training camp, teams were able to weather the absurdity and continue to get fair value for their superstars.

                                But Simmons isn’t a superstar, and he’s not going to have the appeal of Davis or Harden. His trade value even before his public wilting in the playoffs was narrower than that of a traditional All-Star caliber player, and that certainly has not changed with the developments of the last few months. Across the league, he’s more often referred to as a floor raiser than the final piece of a dynasty. That has value, to be sure, but it doesn’t put the Sixers in the same position of strength that the Pelicans or Rockets enjoyed.

                                The Sixers are also significantly different than your typical team that’s in the midst of selling off an All-Star caliber talent. Perennial 50-win teams that have an MVP candidate aren’t typically in the position where they’re auctioning off their second-best player to the highest bidder. Usually, a team trading a player of Simmons’ caliber would be doing so because they failed to put a winner around him.

                                When the Pelicans traded Davis for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and a bunch of picks, they weren’t just banking on Ingram or Ball growing into players who impact winning, but also had the knowledge that if they didn’t, there’s a chance they could get some lottery luck and land their star that way — which they did with Zion Williamson in 2019. The win-win is baked into the calculus. The Rockets can wait to see if one of their seemingly endless future picks has lottery-ball luck.

                                The Sixers, trying to build a winner around an in-his-prime Joel Embiid, aren’t afforded the grace period that teams trading a player of Simmons’ stature typically enjoy. That substantially complicates the Sixers’ situation, especially since most of the teams that would be interested in Simmons aren’t flush with ready-now players capable of contributing to winning right away. They’re teams such as the Timberwolves, who are in the cellar.

                                Simmons’ unique game makes the list of teams interested in offering fair value to acquire him more narrow than that of your typical All-Star available on the trade market, and the Sixers’ unique position as a contender auctioning off an All-Star caliber player makes the list of teams that have what they need more narrow than typical, as well. That’s offset a little bit by Simmons having four more years on his contract, which is far more team control than an acquiring team typically has. Everything about this situation is weird and unprecedented.

                                So, do the Sixers need to simply take the best offer that’s on the table right now? I’m not so sure that’s the case, at least not yet. The Sixers, as long as Embiid is reasonably healthy, should be a playoff-caliber team. The goal isn’t to take the steps to have the best supporting cast available to him by the season opener on Oct. 20, but to have the most talent possible by the time the playoff run starts. That’s done by maximizing the Simmons trade, however possible.

                                There’s nothing that’s likely to happen between now and the start of training camp that will provide a boost to Simmons’ trade value. And Simmons being a distraction in training camp if he’s still here, while annoying at the moment, may not be all that damaging to his value around the NBA. League executives are already well aware of Simmons’ strengths and weaknesses, and the holdout isn’t likely to decrease interest from the teams already intrigued by Simmons.

                                What could be impacted is the Sixers’ leverage, as teams are now left with every incentive to hold back from making their best offer to see if the discomfort of the situation forces the Sixers to accept an offer they wouldn’t have considered even two weeks ago. But leverage is more fickle than value. How much leverage could be recouped by the Sixers showing that they’re willing to live through the awkwardness to maximize their return on a Simmons trade? How much leverage do the Sixers gain if something outside of their control happens to force another team into the Simmons sweepstakes, which then forces the rest of the interested suitors to step forward with more earnest offers?

                                Which makes this situation sort of fascinating. Could Morey call Simmons’ bluff and see whether he would actually follow through on his threat to not report to camp? If Simmons does cave in and reports to camp, would Morey be willing to tolerate an exceptionally awkward situation with Simmons around the team if he thought it could buy him a few weeks — or perhaps even months — to maximize his trade value? If Morey does pull the trigger on a trade, how much leeway does he have to take back an offer full of draft picks and young players who may not help the Sixers in the short term but could be flipped for players who would help at the trade deadline in February?

                                Morey didn’t inherit a perfectly rosy situation when he took over the Sixers a little more than 10 months ago. No lead executive does, otherwise the job wouldn’t be available. But the Sixers had an MVP candidate in Embiid and another assumed star in Simmons, and a few moves around the margins got them to the point where they had the best regular-season record in the conference. The path forward has become substantially trickier in the blink of an eye, and Morey’s tenure in Philadelphia could be heavily defined by the next steps that he takes.
                                Tyrese Maxey’s future with the team

                                Could Tyrese Maxey be included in a Ben Simmons deal? (Bill Streicher / USA Today)

                                One of the reports to come out of Tuesday’s developments was that Paul, who represents not only Simmons but also second-year guard Tyrese Maxey, would like Maxey off of the team, as well.

                                Maxey being included in a potential Simmons trade was always a possibility, mostly because Maxey has significant positive trade value, and if the Sixers were to maximize the quality of the player they get back in a trade, including Maxey was a realistic way of doing so.

                                But Paul demanding Maxey be included in a trade is a development that I didn’t see coming, in large part because it’s not what’s best for Maxey himself.

                                Maxey’s value offensively comes from his ability to create in the half court off the dribble, something he showed glimpses of during his rookie season and then took to Vegas to dominate during his two games at NBA Summer League last month. Playing alongside Simmons for the next three years would not only force Maxey to share ballhandling responsibilities with a player in Simmons, who demands the ball in his hands, but would also cramp the spacing that Maxey’s dribble-drive game feeds off. If Simmons were to be traded and Maxey remained with the team, he’d instantly be placed in a better position to showcase his talents and succeed — and thus on the path toward earning a bigger following contract than if he were to continue to play alongside Simmons.

                                It’s Paul’s job to look out for the best interests of his client, not to take whatever petty squabbles he has with the team and use Maxey’s career as a pawn in those battles. And if Paul can’t do that, then the decision ultimately rests on Maxey to hire an agent who is focused on Maxey’s own interests.

                                This is one bluff that, if I were the Sixers, I would have no fear calling nonsense on. It comes off as saber-rattling from an agent overplaying his hand and overlooking the needs of his client.
                                Simmons’ contract extension was not a mistake

                                Simmons signed his five-year, maximum rookie extension back in 2019, days before his 23rd birthday, as he was fresh off his first All-Star season. The contract just kicked in this past year, leaving four years (and roughly $140 million) left.

                                Given that he still had a year left on his rookie contract when the extension was signed, and given what now looks like an imminent divorce just a year into the new deal, it has left some to question whether it was wise to lock the flawed Simmons into such a high-dollar, long-term deal.

                                But just because Simmons hasn’t developed as expected does not mean the Sixers would have been better off letting him walk.

                                Some people will try to argue that “Simmons would have more trade value if he were making $20 million instead of $30-plus.” Well, duh. Decreasing the salary of any productive player in the league would make them worth more in a trade. But there was never a world where that was actually a legitimate possibility. Simmons wasn’t accepting a less-than-max extension because there was a 100 percent chance he would get a maximum contract offer from some team (any team capable of doing so, really) if the Sixers allowed him to hit the open market.

                                The Sixers had three choices with Simmons: offer him the max, let him walk or preempt the market and look to trade him before his warts became even more glaring. That’s it. Those were the three options.

                                Letting Simmons walk in no way would have put the Sixers in a better position than they are currently in.

                                Even with Simmons’ entire $33 million salary off the books, they’d still be over the $112 million salary cap for this season. And even if they were under the cap, it’s tough for a non-destination market like Philadelphia to lure max-level free agents, something we saw play out firsthand when Bryan Colangelo and his regime made doing so a centerpiece of their strategy in the summers of 2017 and 2018.

                                With no way to replace him in free agency, the only way to make a cogent argument that signing Simmons was a mistake is to contend that he has negative trade value, that the Sixers will have to give up assets in a trade just to get off his contract. Despite how far the perception of Simmons has fallen over the last few months, that is very much not the case. The Sixers could trade Simmons to the Timberwolves for positive assets in return right now if they wanted to. But the Timberwolves don’t have enough positive trade assets to tempt the Sixers to do so. When you start getting into phrasing like that, you’re not talking about a negative value contract.

                                What is fair to say is that Simmons doesn’t have as much value now as he did two years ago, and it would be tough to dispute that. Given that the marriage between Simmons and the Sixers appears to be irreconcilable, it’s not out of line to say that the Sixers could have fetched more in a trade if they had been able to predict this ahead of time.

                                But that would have been an exceptionally tough decision for the Sixers (or any franchise, really) to arrive at. Simmons was a 22-year-old who the Sixers had just invested the No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft on, coming off an All-Star season with a decade of high-level play ahead of him. The Sixers didn’t need massive, outlier-level growth from Simmons to reach a very high level as a team; they just needed him to not completely stagnate (or, arguably, regress) as a half-court offensive player. It was a reasonable ask from the team.

                                Given how closely the Sixers were able to work with Simmons in the early days of his career, they were certainly in a better position to predict Simmons’ development than you, me or any other team was. Even so, that would have been a tough conclusion to arrive at so early on in Simmons’ career.

                                But after five years of offensive stagnation, three playoff runs featuring second-round ineptitude and two public stints on the trade block, it’s undeniable that moving on early would have left the Sixers in a better position going forward. Instead, the Sixers have to find a way to make the most of the current situation and move on from the Simmons era.