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I'll say 49. You've got to remember they were a game or two above .500 when Ricky got hurt in March his rookie season. This team is so much deeper and better and there's going to be some really BAD teams this year tanking for a chance at one of the top pick in a loaded draft next summer
It's got to be Corey, and probably would have been even if Chase were hurt. I'm not sure where and how much DWill is going to play unless he just wows in camp. Corey's the best individual defender they've got -- the only guy close to what you'd call a shutdown defender -- so who else is going to guard the other team's top wing player? Adelman talks about Corey having done it before, which is a backward way of him saying Derrick hasn't
It could be, but it depends on if this team stays healthy, if it achieves and if his wife's condition is stable all season. He signed what's basically a four-year deal, so that's two more years although I think there's outs for both sides after Year 3
Where'd you hear that? He's looking lean and in shape but I haven't heard much that he's stood out in anything this summer or in precamp workouts. Haven't heard anything bad, either, though.
Don't know, and I think that's at least 5-6 years down the road, as long as he's in good health. Flip bought a small piece because they both believe the new TV contract is going to be BIG and franchises are going to appreciate. One thing that probably will happen: KG will join Flip and buy a piece when he's done player and will transition to part-owner here. Not a lock by any means, but i've heard enough whisperings about it and it makes sense
Send him out on the floor. Simple as that. He's a pretty unique, valuable player. He showed that in Dallas. He'll benefit from Luke's departure to Milwaukee. Now his role is more clearly defined: Be one of the first guys off the bench and go out there, score and change the pace of the game. I think he'll benefit as much as anybody from the roster moves they've made. If he stays healthy, bet he has a big year.
He's a control guy and he wants to control the message. Doesn't want different reporters speculating on what happened if somebody goes down hurt while we're watching. Wants one message coming from Adelman after practice. That's my best guess anyway. Either that, or he wants to break all the news on Twitter himself.
It's not clear yet. But by removing the lateral mensicus instead of trying to repair it again, it's probably more like weeks than months. Six weeks is my guess, rather than 2-4 months again.
Corey plays a ton, DWill gets more time there than he would have if Bud hadn't been hurt and Shved finds time until Bud returns backing up KMartin at SG. Will be tougher for Shved to get minutes when Budinger is healthy.
YEs, I think it's the lock of all locks, unless Taylor absolutely says you can't do both jobs. And even then who knows. I think Flip is a coach at heart and always will be, no matter his age or job title.
Probably 5th at the very best. Anywhere from 6 to 8 is more likely, unless, of course, the curse strikes again
Well, he is now that Budinger is hurt. I'm guessing that when he plays, Adelman will pair him with JJ again like he did a lot last year. In that configuration, you can argue who's the shooting guard and who's the point guard. Both like the ball in their hands. JJ's probably the world's smallest shooting guard and not a real point guard
Yes, in a very strange way, I do. I really do.
Unless there's more injuries, I just don't think he's going to find the kind of playing time to be a breakout star. If you define lack of PT as a bust, then probably more like that than the other but of the three, somewhere in between is far more likely
Definitely, when, if Budinger gets healthy, quickly you're that much better than last year because Love and Bud make a HUGE difference. Then you add Martin and it's a much bigger leap behind that. That 3-point shooting stuff got overblown last year because you take Love and Bud out and it makes a tremendous difference. Love's the best stretch 4 in the game, big difference
Don't think there's any question who the successor is here. My best guess is Rick wanted to promote his son and I'm sure money played a factor too.
Yes, his name is Andrew Wiggins
Probably somewhere in the 10-15 range
That depends how much defense enters into your calculations. Offensively, no doubt. Defensively, big questions still
No, they're not beating out Oklahoma CIty, even with Westbrook sidelined to start the season. They could finish 2nd I suppose, but I'm not sure they're going to finish ahead of Portland
He'd have to really bomb, I think. I know it's $6.7M and there's salary cap implications next year because of it but I just don't see them giving up on the No. 2 overall pick for nothing at this point
I think his option gets picked up and he probably gets traded somewhere down the road to a system that's less motion and more traditional NBA iso style