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My Dinner With Andre

LeBron James 2018-19 Season Thread

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8 hours ago, Auction>Snake said:

Wherever he goes they beat the Warriors. 

 

 

No one's beating the Warriors, barring injuries. Keep dreaming though, it's precious.

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Do you know how many times X team could’ve/would’ve/should’ve beaten Y team in the history of sports? 

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It's obvious the implication is the Warriors were pushed to 7 games, they're not head and shoulders above all teams in the league.  They're bench continues to get shallower and guys they have leaned on like Iggy and Livingston continue to decline with age.  Houston and Boston are two teams with potentially enough fire power in the league to challenge the Warriors.  Maybe Philly but a bunch of things would have to go right for them.  With Kawhi most likely being pushed out East, the East could be the stronger conference at the top..... for the first time in a number of years.  Not sure who will fill the vacuum of 3rd best team in the West now, maybe Utah?  A lot will depend on where Lebron ends up in the power construct....

 

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14 minutes ago, Patrick Bateman said:

It's obvious the implication is the Warriors were pushed to 7 games, they're not head and shoulders above all teams in the league.  They're bench continues to get shallower and guys they have leaned on like Iggy and Livingston continue to decline with age.  Houston and Boston are two teams with potentially enough fire power in the league to challenge the Warriors.  Maybe Philly but a bunch of things would have to go right for them.  With Kawhi most likely being pushed out East, the East could be the stronger conference at the top..... for the first time in a number of years.  Not sure who will fill the vacuum of 3rd best team in the West now, maybe Utah?  A lot will depend on where Lebron ends up in the power construct....

Utah was the 3rd best team, just too bad they had to play the Rockets without Rubio last year. Give Brow another year of development though...I would assume NOP will be the better team next year, regardless of Cousins's health. And I think it more likely than not that the Lakers get Kawhi and Lebron next year. Their starting 5 alone (and yes, it will be alone by the time all hypothetical trades get finished) is going to be better than Utah, at the very least.

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8 minutes ago, miasma16 said:

Utah was the 3rd best team, just too bad they had to play the Rockets without Rubio last year. Give Brow another year of development though...I would assume NOP will be the better team next year, regardless of Cousins's health. And I think it more likely than not that the Lakers get Kawhi and Lebron next year. Their starting 5 alone (and yes, it will be alone by the time all hypothetical trades get finished) is going to be better than Utah, at the very least.

 

Going to be exceedingly difficult for the Lakers to get Kawhi this year.  It basically has to happen in the next month and they don't have the most to offer so they'd have to get a 3rd team involved.  Maybe Magic and company can get it done, but have to figure Lebron will want George or another star to come with him and they may cost assets in S&T deals.  After this offseason, the Lakers probably won't have the cap space to sign Kawhi in a UFA deal outright.  It's going to be really hard for the timing to work out especially with the Spurs in no hurry....

 

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Usually I don't speculate but this one I think either Phi or Cle.

 

If he doesn't intent to pursue more rings, then stay in Cle and hope for some miraculous trades.

 

Otherwise, Houston is the closest to the Champ. But financially they may not be able to keep the core pieces after signing/trading LBJ. And it's kind of ugly to join the MVP.

 

Go to LAL doesn't make much sense. Since Phi obviously gives him a better chance to enter the Final again than LA. Phi have the cap space and the young core that he can gradually move to the back seat. Although I don't think he is a good fit in Phi but it must be fun to play with the Process and fun to watch to us fans.

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Would be really interesting if KD left golden st and teamed up with LeBron on the Lakers. Not gonna happen, but i think it'd be the best move for the league as a whole. Puts the Lakers back on the map as a marquee franchise, weakens the reigning champs, creates more parity in the league, etc.

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On 6/18/2018 at 9:08 PM, ssolitare said:

The Rockets could have beat the Warriors.

 

Heck, I was thinking the Jazz, Thunder, or Trail Blazers could have put a real scare into the Curry-less, rusty Warriors if they drew them in round one of the playoffs.

 

Alas, the Warriors got the Spurs <_<

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5 minutes ago, My Dinner With Andre said:

Side note: I guess LeBron will never win another MVP award. If he wasn't worthy of it in 2017-18, then when?

When? When he plays better than everyone else. Harden deserved the award and he got it.

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1 hour ago, My Dinner With Andre said:

 

Heck, I was thinking the Jazz, Thunder, or Trail Blazers could have put a real scare into the Curry-less, rusty Warriors if they drew them in round one of the playoffs.

 

Alas, the Warriors got the Spurs <_<

 

The Thunder?  LOL!  No..... Portland?  No.  Only one team had a chance at beating the Warriors last year, even with Curry missing or hobbled, and it was the Rockets.

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On 6/9/2018 at 6:20 PM, Gohawks said:

I wonder how much Laker fans would like Lebron. 

 

Also, I don't see how it is the likely destination. Lebron is most likely out for blood on the Warriors. PG and Lebron on LA ain't beating the Warriors and he knows that. Staying in the east and going to 76ers or joining the Rockets to make another super team is more likely. 

 

I'm also puzzled why the Lakers are seen as such a likely destination. If the Lakers got George, Leonard, and James, I'd admit they'd be tough competition. So that was at least theoretically possible yesterday. But it's no longer the case with George off the table (and I don't know how likely Leonard ever was). In theory, the Lakers could still get Cousins and Leonard and James. That's the best case scenario it seems. So why would LeBron join that?

 

You can concoct reasons for anyone to go anywhere. And maybe they are true. I'm just having a hard time connecting the dots between LeBron and the Lakers. He's not from there. LA doesn't give him the best chance of winning. He doesn't need the "fame" of LA. So what exactly would be the reasons?

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The Eastern Conference is not at hostage anymore lol.

 

Hallelujah.

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I am SO pumped LeBron is in LA! Can't believe it's happening... Almost like Giancarlo joining the Yankees. I'm gonna be at Staples a lot this season. I wonder who else might join LA now.  

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1 minute ago, lbjames6 said:

I am SO pumped LeBron is in LA! Can't believe it's happening... Almost like Giancarlo joining the Yankees. I'm gonna be at Staples a lot this season. I wonder who else might join LA now.  

 

Nerlens Noel

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Still don't get it. Not sure why LeBron wanted to go there, but it at least makes the Lakers relevant. You know, for the long suffering Lakers fans, like eight years old who haven't lived though a Lakers championship.

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LeBron orchestrated this back in Feb when he sent the s---y Laker contracts to Cavs to open up space for him.

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