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|1 week 2 days ago||I'd like these if they had||
I'd like these if they had more sweat bands.
|1 week 5 days ago||That would be a very Big||
That would be a very Big Brother thing to do.
|1 week 5 days ago||Wasn't there a leaked photo a||
Wasn't there a leaked photo a few years back of Greg Oden with his 7-foot ZhengDong?
|1 week 5 days ago||Unfortunately no. It was||
Unfortunately no. It was really busy at that point so I didn't get a chance to hear much.
I will say that I never once heard any players complain about how hard practice was last year. That's not to say that they didn't feel that way, but these guys look visibly "smoked". Harbaugh's practices seem to be no joke.
Something I overheard last week was that Harbaugh abruptly told the team that they were going to be playing softball that day. At some point during the softballing several of the coaches were laughing and joking around. Harbaugh apparently laid into them for not taking the softball game seriously enough. It was suggested that playing softball was a way for Harbaugh to observe who the players (and coaches) are that are unflinchingly competitive.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Playing "Peruball".||
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I appreciate the OP bringing||
I appreciate the OP bringing this to my attention, as I hadn't heard about this incident yet. However, I also feel like these types of situations aren't appropriate for the board. The discussion never ends well.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Chad Hennessy At Halftime.||
Chad Hennessy At Halftime.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||The NBA lifted the ban on||
The NBA lifted the ban on zone defenses roughly 15 years ago.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I heard their coach has a||
I heard their coach has a history of his players accepting impermissible benefits.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Just don't trademark John L||
Just don't trademark John L Smith, as that name tends to lose a lot of money.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||"[Met] Pauli Shore...Not one||
"[Met] Pauli Shore...Not one bad memory from that week..."
Does not compute.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||I'm willing to give you that||
I'm willing to give you that they likely overpaid for Meeks (assuming he doesn't have a big year this year). The Baynes deal is in line with market value.
Jackson was playing at all-star level towards the end of last year and his contract is comparable to what other FA point guards were getting this year (slightly more than Brandon Knight, slightly less than Goran Dragic). I'm willing to admit that the deal is rife with boom or bust, but Detroit isn't going to attract a lot of top FAs so unfortunately they need to "overpay" to get talent.
All the contracts you listed where the Pistons overpaid for sub-all-star players were under Joe Dumars. You could argue that the Jackson signing is a continuation of that, but this deal has way more upside on a player with a lot more potential than any of those Dumars moves. Hamilton, Gordon and Smith were all known, over the hill commodities at the time of their respective signings.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||How are they locked into a||
How are they locked into a below average roster?
They have five players with contracts that will expire after this year (1-2 they will have to cut to meet roster restrictions). The only player they have signed to a max deal is Reggie Jackson (a bit of a gamble but he played at an incredibly high level at years end). Josh Smith's contract will continue to bite them, but with the salary cap set to increase that won't sting nearly as bad. Aside from Jackson they have exactly 4 players signed past the 2016-2017 season and not one of those contracts exceeds 5 mill/year.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Lanknows misquoted the||
Lanknows misquoted the article. It wasn't that he got locked down by elite defenders, it was that he got locked down by "elite" college point guards (Quinn Cook, Yogi Ferrell, *sigh* Aaron Craft).
|7 weeks 5 days ago||I would say that the Pistons||
I would say that the Pistons roster moves under SVG are indicative of a team that is being patient (thinking big picture) rather than being panicked (making a hard playoff push).
|8 weeks 3 days ago||https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki||
This should give you a good idea of why Michigan has such a hard time recruiting. There are two schools listed on there that have less tournament appearances than Michigan and consistently pull better recruiting classes: Memphis and Florida. Both of those teams have been more successful and nationally relevant than Michigan in the past 15 years.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||I was taking issue with the||
I was taking issue with the fact that the OP said Beilein hasn't built any sustained on-court success, which is incredibly inaccurate when looking at it in a historical context. It's also difficult to quantify "sustained on-court success" when the guy spent 2-3 of his 8 years rebuilding what was in place. Since then he's taken Michigan to heights it hasn't seen since the early to mid 90s.
The biggest complaint around here about Beilein, bar none, is his recruting, which to me is overblown. I won't deny that Michigan has whiffed on several big names. Whether we want to accept it or not, Michigan is not a traditional powerhouse in basketball and, for most kids, hasn't been relevant on a national level like a Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, MSU, etc. during their lifetimes. The program is still feeling the effects of being irrelevant for almost 15 years. Just because Michigan has experienced recent success doesn't automatically make them a household name amongst basketball's elite recruits...ask Butler or Wisconsin.
And all the success that Beilein and Michigan have experienced has come on the backs of some rather unheralded recruits. The same type of recruits that people come into these threads and piss and moan about. One down year (largely due in part to multiple key injuries and NBA departures) and people act like the ship is sinking. That is the type of criticism that I don't think he deserves.
Foul issue is also overblown and is mainly cited by people who are upset about losing and want to armchair quarterback to make themselves feel better about a loss. There was maybe one game this year where that was a credible argument (vs. MSU). There's been one game in Beilein's entire tenure where I've been upset with his foul policy and that was the championship game (taking Burke out in the first half). However Burke's removal coincided with Spike Albrecht channeling his inner Reggie Miller.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||He missed the tourney in his||
He missed the tourney in his first year with a group of a abysmal talent. No one was going to coach that team into the tournament. The second year that he missed was a let down given the lofty preseason rankings, but he was basically working with a group of guys that weren't his own (whom he had gotten into the tournament the prior year).
He's made the tournament four out of the last five years, including a trip to the National Championship and a trip to the Elite Eight. Last year was an utter disappointment and Beilein's lack of recruiting should shoulder some of that, but to say it hasn't translated into sustained on-court success is ignorant at best, especially when looking at it historically. Michigan has had more success under Beilein than any other coach, save Steve Fisher.
I don't know that he deserves blind faith quite yet, not many coaches do, but I don't think he deserves anywhere near the amount of criticism that he currently receives.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Well if he's not great at||
Well if he's not great at creating his own shot Cincinnati is the perfect landing spot. Their offenses have been brutal under Cronin (probably wasn't much better under Huggins).
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Let's be honest...it was for||
Let's be honest...it was for dad too.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||It was no secret that Pipkins||
It was no secret that Pipkins was facing a medical hardship. Pipkins himself was telling people that he was going to have retire due to too many concussions.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Mad hoes, ask Beavis, I get||
"Mad hoes, ask Beavis, I get nothing Butt-head." - Big L
|9 weeks 5 days ago||I personally don't, but SVG||
I personally don't, but SVG does. I thought the team was at its best when Jennings was at his best. The wheels really fell off once he went out and they traded for Jackson. Jackson seems like a real high risk, high reward kind of guy. SVG seems to think that he can get Jackson to reach his potential and that that provides more upside.
Though TH Jr. isn't markedly better than KCP, this move would at least provide depth while also allowing the Pistons to move up in the draft.
|10 weeks 8 hours ago||I wasn't trying to equate the||
I wasn't trying to equate the crimes that I listed with downloading music. I was taking issue with the OP's point that someone was justifying criminal behavior when we all do it everyday.
|10 weeks 9 hours ago||What If? by L-Fudge (circa||
What If? by L-Fudge (circa 1998, Rawkus Records).
12" single that is only available through discogs or e-bay ranging anywhere from $10.00-$30.00. A single that was released on a now-defunct record label by an artist who hasn't made music in over 10 years.
If I purchase that thing online neither the artist nor the label are seeing a dime of my money. Sure, it's available legally, but it's absurd to pay upwards of $30.00 for one song when the only person whose pockets I'm taking money out of is some e-bay lister.
I can come up with more examples if you'd like...
|10 weeks 11 hours ago||A better analogy would be: A||
A better analogy would be: A tesla costs $90,000. I'm going to steal 1/90,000 of a Tesla everyday. Or 1/9000 of a Tesla every week.
|10 weeks 12 hours ago||You don't speed? Never gotten||
You don't speed? Never gotten a parking ticket? Never jaywalked? People rationalize criminal behavior everyday.
|10 weeks 12 hours ago||I used to "pirate" a lot of||
I used to "pirate" a lot of music when I was younger, but I rarely do nowadays. As Gucci Mane has pointed out pirating music rips off the labels way more than it affects the artists (generally speaking), but I do feel morally wrong about doing it which is why I have largely stopped.
As others have mentioned, spotify premium is a pretty good deal. You get access to tons of music, can save it to your phone or computer and with a student discount I'm only paying $5.00/month which is damn near a steal. That being said, spotify is limited in its selection of stuff, especially considering that I listen to a lot of underground/old-school/out of print stuff.
As Bando mentioned, if it is out of print I will either torrent it or get it off youtube. It's ridiculous to pay an arm and a leg when I just want the B-side of some 12" (phrasing?). There used to be a ton of blogspots with rare singles available for download, but since they also offered current albums for free download they got shut down. :(
I collect vinyl, but it can be a bitch to rip to your computer, so any time I buy vinyl that doesn't offer an acompanying MP3 download I will usually torrent an MP3 version. I figure I've already given the artist money and often times the vinyl is more expensive than the CD/MP3 version. I will also torrent any CD that I have previously purchased that is no longer playable due to overuse (this hasn't happened in years).
If there is an artist that I really like (find their album playable from front to back), I will purchase their album as a show of support, especially if they are on an independent label. The most recent albums I felt were worthy of purchase were Logic's Under Pressure and J Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||I sincerely hope you are||
I sincerely hope you are under 20 years old with that BS backpack rap shtick.
"That real shit" is an annoying term that people in rap use to justify why their taste in music is better than someone else's. I cut my teeth on Native Tongues, Rawkus Records, Subterraneous Records, Rhymesayers, Def Jux, all that shit. I also love me some Kanye and Lil Wayne.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Tough break for Hyman...||
Tough break for Hyman...