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|3 years 50 weeks ago||There's also this from the||
There's also this from the Pro Football Talk article on the Dolphins and Harbaugh:
"We’re told that Harbaugh wants $7 million per year, and there’s a belief in league circles that Harbaugh leaked word that Michigan offered him $5.2 million per year in order to drive up his price at the NFL level."
Hm. If that's true, it's very interesting, to say the least.
|4 years 23 weeks ago||Co-signed. Everytime I||
Co-signed. Everytime I talked to Prof. Krier outside of class he was really nice and approachable. Which was weird, because the semester I had him, he hated our class. Like, to the point of complaining about us to his section the semester after.
|4 years 25 weeks ago||Agree with you on Darko. You||
Agree with you on Darko. You forgot to mention Rodney White. Dumars definitely deserves the heat he's getting over the past two seasons. Don't agree with you on Monroe, but the jury's out on him until next season (re: Cousins- if the rumors are correct, the Wolves and Kings were asking too much for the right to move up two and three spots).
I also think you're wrong on Dumars ability to draft role-players. The second round is always a crap-shoot. It's easy to look back in hindsight and cherry-pick the guys who have panned out, and say we should have taken them, very few of those picks do. You can play that sort of game for every GM in the league, including the ones who are known for drafting well. With his misstakes, Dumars has still been able to find several solid contributors mid to late in the first round or in the second round. Off the top of my head- Prince, Stuckey, Maxiell and Jerebko still play solid minutes for us. Whatever else you want to say, those guys are solid role-players. Guys like Carlos Delfino, Amir Johnson, Arron Afflalo also definitely fit that bill as well. I wouldn't put Dumars up with RC Buford in this regard, but he's certainly not as bad as you're making him out to be.
One thing about Dumars that doesn't really get taken into account is that he's always operated within fairly strict financial constraints. Bill Davidson wasn't a Robert Sarver type, but he also wasn't a Paul Allen, Dan Gilbert or Mark Cuban type spender. That has to be taken into account when assessing Dumars. Maintaining the sustained success that we had last decade, without being allowed to break the bank is very impressive. Not many GM's have been able to pull off that trick.
|4 years 26 weeks ago||That posting reminded me of||
That posting reminded me of this Onion story:
|4 years 32 weeks ago||Minor point- I was talking||
Minor point- I was talking about the proposed Gasol trade, not Kobe. Ben Gordon- your owner pinned letting him walk on allocating minutes- not clearing capspace. I'll concede trading Salmons as an intentional cap-clearing move, but that's it.
Other than that, I'm not sure we're exactly disagreeing on anything other than semantics. We both agree that whatever did happen, Chicago is in a good situation.
As to these and the other factors that have them in the running for LeBron right now- the Cavs meltdown, having Derrick Rose, a coaching vacancy- all factors which fit nicely with the needs of the LeBron-Worldwide Wes-Calipari nexus- I just don't see some masterplan. Unless Gar Forman, John Paxson, and Jerry Reinsdorf are secret geniuses. Just don't see it. I'm still going with blind luck. So, with that said, agree to disagree?
|4 years 32 weeks ago||I have to respond to your||
I have to respond to your last sentence first: Were you somehow inferring from the Charlie V. comment that I am happy about the Pistons' late moves? I can assure you that isn't the case. Lots of us Pistons fans are pretty queasy about the recent moves Dumars has made.
As for the rest of the post: Really? Are you really going to tell me that Paxson is a good GM? I forgot to mention this in the last post, but isn't this the same genius who didn't want to give up Luol Deng to get Pau Gasol? That there wasn't major dysfunction in the front office this past year? I mean, I'm not getting this stuff from other Pistons fans- read your own local columnists and blogs. There's lots of other stories like those.
Let's be clear, you guys are in a enviable situation as a franchise- one much better than the Pistons are in right now (or the Knicks for that matter). Please don't act like this was some elaborate chess game by Bulls management. If Mike Brown weren't too dumb to adjust to the fact that KG was raping Antawn Jamison, that his offense runs much better with JJ Hickson on the floor than Shaq, or actually draw up a non-Iso-LeBron play, we wouldn't be having this conversation.
|4 years 32 weeks ago||Man, if LeBron goes to the||
Man, if LeBron goes to the Bulls, all the joy of seeing Ohio basting in misery would dissolve in an instant. As a Pistons fan, there is nothing worse than a non-trainwreck Bulls team and their front-running fans. Chicago fans deserve nothing but pain and disaster.
It's even more offensive when you consider that Reinsdorf and Paxson have done nothing right this year (letting Gordon walk, trading Salmons, the whole Del Negro fiasco, etc.)- jesus, even getting Derrick Rose was blind luck. Now, a chance to build a legit contender falls into their lap. With Calipari coaching. Gross.
And if this ends up happening, then the Bulls can clear capspace to sign Bosh as well. Disgusting. At least I have another season of Charlie Villanueva to look foward to!
*Edited to fix link