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Re: SWIISH | BLAZERS WIN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP

Postby Phil89 on Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:11 pm

Congrats on the championship man. That was one hell of a season (Y)

Will you be able to keep this team together and compete again next season?
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Re: SWIISH | BLAZERS WIN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP

Postby Lamrock on Tue Jun 20, 2017 7:07 am

Thanks man! I think this is the first time I've actually won it all in a story where I didn't just sim all the games.

I actually played all of the following season.. With this section being pretty dead, I'll probably do a tl;dr recap of the off-season and 19-20 season. So stay tuned I guess!
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Re: SWIISH | BLAZERS WIN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP

Postby Valor on Wed Jun 21, 2017 11:11 am

Damn, I go on exam induced hiatus for a month and you won a title already! Congrats dude and damn, def revenge for 92 huh? :applaud:
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Re: SWIISH | BLAZERS WIN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP

Postby Phil89 on Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:46 pm

Lamrock wrote:Thanks man! I think this is the first time I've actually won it all in a story where I didn't just sim all the games.

I actually played all of the following season.. With this section being pretty dead, I'll probably do a tl;dr recap of the off-season and 19-20 season. So stay tuned I guess!

Sounds good. Hopefully you can defend your title.
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Re: SWIISH | BLAZERS WIN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP

Postby Lamrock on Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:16 am

From here on out, I'll do three recaps per season: one for off-season, one for regular season and one for post-season. Here is the 2018 off-season in review.

2018 OFFSEASON

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After winning the 2017-18 championship rather easily, with a 70-12 regular season and 16-3 playoff run, GM Lyman Witherspoon opted not to reinvent the wheel. While Jonathan Simmons, Noah Vonleh and JaVale McGee were let go, Portland added guard Malcolm Brogdon in free agency and center Ivica Zubac through a trade with the Lakers. Furthermore, promising swingman Troy Brown Jr. fell to the Blazers early in the second round.

This draft has been compared to the legendary 1984, 1996 and 2003 drafts. Indeed, the first four picks, DeAndre Ayton (WAS), Luka Doncic (SAC), Michael Porter Jr. (ATL) and Ryan Kent (SEA) are all expected to be perennial all-stars.. The Lakers, hoping to finally return to the post-season, acquired Thunder center Steven Adams on draft night.

There is a lot of optimism that the Clippers, with Durant, Griffin and a healthy Chris Paul, could be a threat to win it all this season. However, they'll have to do it without DeAndre Jordan who signed with the Kansas City Knights for a shit load of money. Carmelo, finally not saddled by La La, was able to follow his dreams and sign with the Sacramento Kings... LaMarcus Aldridge left the Spurs after three seasons to sign with the Orlando Magic, because why not.

Running back last year's team for the most part, the Blazers are favored to win it all again. However, the Clippers, Warriors, Lakers - maybe even the Spooky Wolves, have them in their sights. And then in the East there's always LeBron and the Cavs, as well as the Bulls (now with Pat Beverley), Sixers and Bucks.

2018-19 Portland Trail Blazers

PG - Damian Lillard
SG - C.J. McCollum
SF - Al-Farouq Aminu
PF - Harry Giles
C - Rudy Gobert

F/G - Evan Turner
F/C - Zach Randolph
G - Malcolm Brogdon
C - Thomas Bryant
C - Ivica Zubac
G/F Troy Brown Jr. (R)
G - Shabazz Napier
F/G - Pat Connaughton
G - Aaron Brooks
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Re: SWIISH | BLAZERS WIN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP

Postby Valor on Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:04 pm

So going for that quick fire blitz through the seasons huh? Good luck on the title defense! (Y)
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Re: SWIISH | BLAZERS WIN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP

Postby Phil89 on Sat Jun 24, 2017 9:15 pm

Seems like a decent off-season. Brogdon should provide more offensive firepower off the bench than Simmons did.

At least you only have to worry about 3 all-stars on the Clippers now :wink:
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Re: SWIISH | BLAZERS WIN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP

Postby Lamrock on Tue Jun 27, 2017 6:29 am

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Nice pun...

2018-19 REGULAR SEASON

The Trail Blazers entered the 2018-19 season as overwhelming favorites to repeat as champions. They backed that up with a dominant opening night win over the Chicago Bulls, in which they received their rings. Aside from a disappointing home loss to the Cavs, Portland was dominant in the month of November. However, injuries would put a damper on things. First, Rudy Gobert went down with a knee injury. Then, McCollum hurt his ankle. Both starters missed several games, but the team remained at the top of the standings.

Evan Turner and Thomas Bryant would miss significant time as well, but Portland wasn't far off its 70 win pace by the all-star break. Damian Lillard made the all-star team, but disappointingly, Harry Giles did not make it, despite averages of 19 and 10 as the second option on the best team in the league... Notably, rookies Ryan Kent (more on him later) of Seattle and Michael Porter Jr. of Atlanta made the all-star team. Other first-timers included Markelle Fultz, Kris Dunn (!) and Jahlil Okafor. Inexplicably, Derrick Rose made the team as well.

Gobert went down AGAIN in March, but should return for the first round of the playoffs. Ivica Zubac took over the starting role, as Thomas Bryant was useless, somehow shooting only 35% from the field as a Center. Portland would struggle down the stretch, losing five in a row. However, they ended up finishing the season on a six game winning streak to hold off Golden State for the #1 overall seed, and post an excellent 64-18 record.

:arrow: Damian Lillard wasn't as efficient as last season - not only missing out on MVP, but also on any of the all-NBA teams. Between this and all-star snubs for Giles and McCollum... is there an anti-Blazers bias in the media?

:arrow: Seattle narrowly missed the playoffs, but rookie Ryan Kent looked like the second coming of Jordan, averaging over 30 points per game! However, this may have something to do with their coach playing all their starters 48 minutes per game, barring injuries and fouling out. He may be fired this season...

:arrow: Steph Curry reclaimed his MVP crown, and led his Warriors to a 60 win season. Can he get them past Portland this year, with a roster that doesn't seem to be that much better than last year's?

:arrow: Kent took home rookie of the year, but a dozen rookies averaged double digit scoring. The top four (Ayton, Doncic, Porter, Kent) all appear headed for superstardom.

:arrow: Chicago missed the playoffs - R.I.P. Hoiball. Entering the post-season, Portland, Golden State, Cleveland and Washington appear to be the top title contenders.

UP NEXT:

1 Portland (64-18) vs. 8 Memphis (40-42)
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Re: SWIIISH | Lazy 2018-19 Regular Season Recap

Postby Valor on Wed Jun 28, 2017 3:15 pm

Ouch, 2K does have something against your players, two seasons in a row robbed of All Star Selections, and Lillard not even getting into third team, wow.

64 wins is still solid though, Memphis should be a breeze for you. Hopefully some momentum from there and you get the repeat (Y)

Hoiball... :facepalm2:
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Re: SWIIISH | Lazy 2018-19 Regular Season Recap

Postby Lamrock on Sun Jul 02, 2017 7:39 am

2019 NBA PLAYOFFS

Portland came in to the 2019 playoffs as the title favorites with a mostly healthy roster and the #1 overall seed. Did they pull it off? Let's take a look...

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Round 1: Vs. Memphis (40-42)
Grizzlies rotation: M Conley M Gbinije C Parsons D Davis M Gasol (T Evans, Ja Green)

The Memphis Grizzlies made their ninth straight playoff appearance, good for the second longest streak in the league. Credit new coach Jason Kidd, sixth man Tyreke Evans and their aging duo of Conley and Gasol for that. But they didn't really have any business being there, and it showed in the first three games, in which the Blazers shellacked them. However, a ferocious comeback led to an overtime game 4 win for the Grizz. And then Wade Baldwin had the game of his life, flirting with a triple double in game 5, which they only lost narrowly. Portland 4 - 1 Memphis

The Blazers move on to face the Clippers, who ousted the Lakers in 7 games to win the first ever "Hallway Series". Notably, the Warriors took 7 games to knock out Melo, Doncic and the Kings, Aldridge and the Magic became the sixth 8 seed to win a series, eliminating the Sixers, and the 2 seed Cavs were knocked out by the Celtics.

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Round 2: Vs. Los Angeles (47-35)
Rotation: C Paul D Waiters K Durant B Griffin E Davis (R Gay, E Ilyasova)

In another rematch from last year's playoffs, the Blazers take on CP3, Blake, KD and the Clippers. Last year's win was marred by Chris Paul's ankle injury, but this year the Clippers are at full strength (albeit without DeAndre Jordan, who plays for KC now). Blazers swept 'em though. Harry Giles, who Doc traded for Meyers Leonard on draft night, was absolutely dominant. Only games 1 and 3 were remotely close as LA was outclassed.

All 3 of Portland's Western Conference series will be rematches, as Golden State knocked out the Spurs in 6.. Meanwhile the young Bucks, led by Fultz and Antetokounmpo will square off against the Pistons for a spot in the finals.

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WCF: Vs. Golden State (60-22)
Rotation: B Mesicek K Thompson R Bullock D Green G Dumars (D McDermott, P McCaw, J McGee)

Once again, haters will give the Blazers' championship run an asterisk, as Steph Curry is out for the season. In his place? Rookie Blaz Mesicek. Yeah... This series was actually closer than expected. Games 1 and 5 were up in the air, but Portland ultimately finished 'em off in five games. Mesicek did pretty well, shooting poorly but managing a triple double in their game 3 win. The Blazers advance to the finals to face...

The Milwaukee Bucks!

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NBA FINALS: BLAZERS (64-18) vs. Bucks (48-34)
Rotation: M Fultz T Allen G Antetokounmpo J Parker G Monroe (J Isaac, N Batum, T Maker)

Milwaukee was the #6 seed for two reasons: the dumb "new" division winner policy, and Giannis missing the first half of the season. However, he's back and the Bucks rolled through the Eastern Conference. But this young team is good, and deep.

Despite 46 from Markelle Fultz, the Blazers eked out a win in a high scoring game 1. Portland won game 2 in a drubbing. In a must-win game 3, Fultz went off again, but Giannis struggled, as did Jabari Parker. The Blazers won, and would take game 4 to sweep the finals and repeat as champions.

Damian Lillard averaged like 30 and 10, and was Finals MVP.

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Re: SWIIISH | 2019 nba playoffs

Postby Valor on Sun Jul 02, 2017 2:28 pm

Not sure which one I am more surprised by, a Bucks-Pistons ECF or the Kings actually making the playoffs and pushing Golden State to 7 games. Didn't know Melo still had something in him!
Grats on the back-to-back! Now for a three-peat :cool:
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Re: SWIIISH | 2019 nba playoffs

Postby Lamrock on Mon Jul 10, 2017 6:40 am

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After winning back-to-back titles, GM Witherspoon played it fairly safe with the Blazers. However, on draft night, he did trade away sixth man Evan Turner to the Kansas City Knights for Norman Powell in a cost-cutting move. Portland extended Rudy Gobert and Al-Farouq Aminu as well, and their opening night roster ultimately looked like this:

2019-20 OPENING NIGHT ROSTER

PG: Damian Lillard | Age 29 | Overall 90 (+2)
SG: C.J. McCollum | Age 28 | Overall 82 (+2)
SF: Al-Farouq Aminu | Age 29 | Overall 79 (+2)
PF: Harry Giles | Age 22 | Overall 83 (+1)
C: Rudy Gobert | Age 27 | Overall 84 (+2)

G Malcolm Brogdon | Age 26 | Overall 80 (+3)
G/F Norman Powell | Age 26 | Overall 79 (+3)
F/C Zach Randolph | Age 38 | Overall 77 (+2)
F/G Troy Brown Jr. | Age 21 | Overall 78 (+3)
C Ivica Zubac | Age 22 | Overall 75 (+2)
G Shabazz Napier | Age 28 | Overall 71 (+3)
F Anthony Bennett | Age 26 | Overall 72 (+2)
C Kris Cunningham | Age 22 | Overall 70 (+2)

G Franklin Marshall | Age 21 | Overall 70 (+2)
F/G Samuel Madsen | Age 22 | Overall 67 (+2)


But with everything continuing to look rosy in Portland, Witherspoon gave the team notice that he would be leaving to manage the New York Knicks, effective at the end of the season. The Knicks apparently offered him a mammoth amount of money to run them, and its easy to see why, as they finished with just 31 wins.

Portland was favored to repeat as champions yet again. However, Rudy Gobert went down with a season ending injury in February. Portland would go 53-29 and get the 2 seed, beating Denver and Minnesota to get to the WCF. However, they missed Rudy's defensive presence too much, and lost in 7 games to the Warriors. Golden State would go on to beat the 76ers in six games to win the championship.

And so now Witherspoon takes over the New York Knicks, a team that has been rudderless for a long time, but has a boatload of cap space, as well as the #4 pick in the draft. Stay tuned.
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Re: SWIIIISH

Postby Phil89 on Wed Jul 12, 2017 3:57 pm

Good job defending your title.

That Bucks team with Giannis, Jabari an Fultz kind of reminds me of the Thunder team that made the finals in 2012. Lots of talent, but they were just too inexperienced.


Interesting move taking over the Knicks. But it's probably good timing with LeBron's dominance of the east all but over. Good luck.
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Re: SWIIIISH

Postby Lamrock on Thu Jul 13, 2017 8:05 am

Thanks man. They had me scared in game one. Absolutely could not stop Fultz. However, since I started this way back in September, Giannis is underrated and was a no-show most of the series. They should be a threat down the road though.

Three seasons was enough with the Blazers. As much as I wanted to repeat and get Giles that all-star berth, I was getting pretty bored. Sadly (spoilers), they imploded in my absence.
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Re: SWIIIISH

Postby Lamrock on Fri Jul 14, 2017 9:12 am

2020 OFFSEASON

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Opening Thoughts

Oh, the Knicks. How are they doing, here in the Summer of 2020? Well, Melo leaving the team to sign with the freaking Kings of all teams might give you a hint. The team went 31-51 in the 2019-20 season, with Derrick Rose being the leading scorer. Porzingis remains the franchise player, and has steadily improved in his five seasons in the league, despite still never having made an all-star team. David Blatt is the coach, but he might be on the chopping block. It might be time to clean house!

There are only four players signed on for next season: Porzingis, Kenneth Faried, Brandon McCoy and E.C. Matthews. I have no idea why they got Faried... McCoy is a center who was a lottery pick in 2018. While currently in that passable starter/great backup tier, he's got some legit potential. Matthews was taken in that same draft, and is a solid shooter. Coming off the books are the corpse of Joakim Noah, Moe Harkless, Kay Felder, Dion Waiters, Wesley Johnson, Festus Ezeli, Ian Mahinmi and, of course, D-Rose. I might bring a couple of those guys back on minimum contracts. Rose... has actually been pretty decent, but is plan D or E, as I want to use the $50M or so of cap space on a star or two...

After the Blazers' brief run of dominance, the Golden State Warriors are once again the team to beat, and to beat them, we'll need STARS.

The Draft

We had the fifth pick in the draft. Outside of Nikita Kasparov, who is supposed to be a generational talent and a lock to go #1 to the Clippers, the talent pool didn't look too deep. Shopping the pick, I aggressively pursued Andrew Wiggins, because he seems like a Rudy Gay-type of player who would be great in 2K. The Wolves wouldn't bite, despite me offering basically everything except for Porzingis for him. Probably for the best, as I didn't want to become the new Billy King, and because of what happened next.

Denver, apparently looking to rebuild yet again, offered up Nikola Jokic for the 5th pick. Though it felt like cheese to do so, I had to take this offer. However, I also wanted to clear some cap, so I made it a three-team deal, sending Faried to Dallas, and Dwight (on the Mavs for some reason) back to the Nuggets. I think we might have the Gobert trade beat, folks.

Free Agency

With about 50 mil in cap space, the first thing I did was offer Chris Paul a two year, $70M contract. A bit more than his market value at this point, given his age and injury history. But for two years, it's a fairly low-risk move, which gives us a legit big three. While he mulled that over, I went to work, adding Harrison Barnes (2 years, $16M) and Malcolm Brogdon (4 years, $25M) to unrealistic discount deals. CP3 accepted, and we had our starting five: Paul, Brogdon, Barnes, Porzingis and Jokic. Not bad!

Felder, Wes Johnson and Mahinmi re-signed for the vet minimum. To round out the roster, I added some pretty solid ring chasers in Allen Crabbe (wonder if I can trade him for Gobert again...), DeMarre Carroll, Patrick Patterson and Blazers legend Shabazz Napier.

Going into next season, analysts predict that the Warriors, 76ers, Trail Blazers, Lakers and Knicks will emerge as the top title contenders.

2020-21 NEW YORK KNICKS

PG - Chris Paul - Overall 89 (+4)
SG - Malcolm Brogdon - Overall 79 (+2)
SF - Harrison Barnes - Overall 79 (+2)
PF - Kristaps Porzingis - Overall 89 (+1)
C - Nikola Jokic - Overall 88 (+1)

C Brandon McCoy - Overall 78 (+1)
G E.C. Matthews - Overall 77 (+3)
F DeMarre Carroll - Overall 76 (+3)
G/F Allen Crabbe - Overall 76 (+3)
G Kay Felder - Overall 75 (+3)

F/C Patrick Patterson - Overall 75 (+2)
F Wesley Johnson - Overall 73 (+2)
C Ian Mahinmi - Overall 72 (+2)
G Shabazz Napier - Overall 70 (+3)
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Re: SWIIIISH | 2020 Offseason -> Big 3 in the Big Apple?

Postby Phil89 on Tue Jul 18, 2017 4:16 pm

That's a decent off-season build :cool:

Hopefully you can get some instant success with this team, and maybe even face off with the Blazers in the finals.
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Re: SWIIIISH | 2020 Offseason -> Big 3 in the Big Apple?

Postby Valor on Thu Jul 20, 2017 6:05 am

Oh damn, would've though you'd at least get a three-peat before thinking about leaving. Knicks are interesting, can you get them back into relevance with Dolan hanging over your shoulder? (Y)
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Re: SWIIIISH | 2020 Offseason -> Big 3 in the Big Apple?

Postby Lamrock on Thu Jul 27, 2017 6:51 am

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2020-21 REGULAR SEASON

It was a very rough start to the season for the new-look Knicks. After winning the season opener vs. the Bulls, they would drop 9 of their next 11 to drop to 3-9. Porzingis went down with an injury that kept him out for a month, and other players were in and out of the lineup. Thanks largely to the brilliance of Chris Paul and Nikola Jokic, the Knicks began to figure it out, and were around .500 when Porzingis returned in January.

Nikola Jokic made the all-star team. Unfortunately, Harrison Barnes broke his patella, ending his season. This meant that Allen Crabbe and Demarre Carroll would take turns as the starting 3. The Knicks would go on an epic 14 game winning streak before Jokic went down for the year with a spinal injury. They nonetheless managed 53 wins and got the 4 seed.

After an up-and-down season, New York posted the second best record in the East (getting the 4 seed due to the Wizards winning the division. However, the injury to Jokic puts immense pressure on Porzingis, as well as third year center McCoy. In the first round is the Toronto Raptors, a deep team still led by the aging guard duo of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan.

Brandon Ingram led the Lakers to a 60 win season, and is the league MVP, while Nikita Kasparov made the all-star team and was the unanimous RotY for the other LA team. The Lakers, Warriors, Wizards and 76ers headline the top contenders heading into the postseason.

2021 NBA PLAYOFFS

In the first round, the Knicks faced the Raptors. Though the first three games were close, the Knicks were able to win them all. Second year guard Roderick Moreland replaced DeRozan in the starting lineup, and Toronto eked out a game 4 win. However, that would prove a gentlemen's sweep, as New York closed them out in five.

The #1 seed Wizards were upset by Michael Porter Jr. and the Atlanta Hawks in the first round, and so the Knicks earned homecourt advantage in the East. This would be a very hard-fought series, going to seven games. Unfortunately, the Knicks blew a fourth quarter lead in game 7, and were ousted from the playoffs.

Atlanta would go on to face the Philadelphia 76ers, who secured their second straight Finals berth by beating them in 5 games. The Warriors beat the Spurs in the WCF en route to their fifth finals appearance in 7 years. The Warriors once again defeated Philadelphia. securing back-to-back championships. Stephen Curry was Finals MVP.

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With Jokic and Barnes absent for the playoffs, many expect the Knicks to try again next year with a healthy roster. However, multiple sauces report than GM Witherspoon could make another big off-season trade.
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Re: SWIIIISH | 2020-21 Season Recap

Postby Valor on Sat Jul 29, 2017 5:48 pm

You made the playoffs with the Knicks!! and even won a series :crazyeyes: :applaud:
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Re: SWIIIISH | 2020-21 Season Recap

Postby Lamrock on Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:04 am

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2021 OFF-SEASON

The New York Knicks lost their all-star center, as well as their starting small forward to injury, but still came within a game of the conference finals. It would make sense to run it back with that same team, right?

Right?

But Lyman Witherspoon had different plans. The GM famous for wheeling and dealing dealt both Nikola Jokic and Harrison Barnes, as well as backup shooting guard E.C. Matthews, to Minnesota for Andrew Wiggins and Gorgui Dieng.

The trade gives the Knicks a player who can create his own shot, something they desperately needed at times during the playoffs. In Dieng they get an expiring contract and serviceable backup big. For Minnesota, they finally end the Wiggins-Towns era after winning just one playoff series in six seasons. With Towns and Jokic, they have what could be an all-time great frontcourt. Or maybe they will prove that two star bigs simply can't coexist in the modern NBA. Minny wins the trade on talent, but issues of injuries and fit could come into play.

New York continued their off-season by adding Nicolas Batum, Tyreke Evans, Ben McLemore and the corpse of Serge Ibaka to their bench. They also drafted "black Boban" Georges Fulton, a 7'4", 300+ lb beast from France, as well as a couple filler players.

Witherspoon rolled the dice this off-season, and expectations will be sky-high for Andrew Wiggins and Brandon McCoy. Coach Tyronn Lue might be under the microscope as well. With uncertainty about whether this will be Chris Paul's last season, the Knicks have the potential to overshadow the Warriors' bid for a threepeat.

2021-22 New York Knicks

PG - Chris Paul
SG - Malcolm Brogdon
SF - Andrew Wiggins
PF - Kristaps Porzingis
C - Brandon McCoy

F/G Nicolas Batum
G - Tyreke Evans
F/C - Gorgui Dieng
G/F - Ben McLemore

F - Moe Harkless
C - Georges Fulton
C/F - Serge Ibaka
C - Jacob Patrick
G - Fidel Hernandez
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Re: SWIIIISH | 2020-21 Season Recap

Postby Valor on Tue Aug 01, 2017 2:46 pm

What!??! Jokic, Barnes, AND Matthews for Wiggins and Dieng? Geez, Thibs is surely getting executive of the decade if you add this to his IRL moves. :lol:

Though, with Chris Paul feeding him the ball perhaps Wiggins can finally reach his potential :?:
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Re: SWIIIISH | 2020-21 Season Recap

Postby Lamrock on Sat Aug 12, 2017 6:14 am

So, my computer broke, so no pics in this recap. New one should be arriving in a few days, but in the meantime, enjoy this brief overview of the 2021-22 regular season, featuring Andrew Wiggins!

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2021-22 NBA Regular Season

As many expected, the Knicks did not get the better end of the Wiggins deal. A somewhat inefficient volume scorer whose numbers have essentially been identical in all seven of his NBA seasons, Maple Jordan was not that third star player that the Knicks were hoping he'd be. Fortunately, that third star turned out to be young center Brandon McCoy.

Despite being snubbed for Most Improved Player honors, McCoy had a breakout year, averaging a double double and establishing himself as one of the league's top defensive centers. He and first-time all-star Kristaps Porzingis comprised the East's best frontcourt tandem, as the team overcame some minor injuries to finish 52-30, good for the #2 seed.

Chris Paul hinted at retirement all year, but GM Witherspoon was able to convince him to play one more season after this. Despite missing a handful of games, CP3 continues to be an elite point guard.

The bench was a question mark going into the season, but was a major strength. Nic Batum was one of the league's top sixth man, Tyreke an effective backup for Paul, Dieng a serviceable backup big and Ben McLemore a solid reclamation project. Heading into the playoffs with a healthy squad, the Knicks are a top favorite despite only having the league's fourth best record.

MVP D'Angelo Russell led the Lakers to a 60 win season and the #1 seed out West. Gregg Popovich's Chicago Bulls are the top seed in the East, with NY, Cleveland and Philly holding homecourt in the first round. Seattle's Ryan Kent, who apparently shares a name with a soccer player, continues to stake his claim as the league's best player.. The 2017 and 2018 drafts comprise nearly half of the all-star rosters!

The Knicks open up their playoff run against the Charlotte Hornets, who feature Kemba Walker, all-star Dennis Smith, Isaiah Thomas and the Process himself, Joel Embiid.
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Re: SWIIIIIISH | Quick 2021-22 Regular Season Recap

Postby Valor on Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:38 pm

Not a bad season, but yeah, you def got robbed in that deal
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Re: SWIIIIIISH | Quick 2021-22 Regular Season Recap

Postby Lamrock on Tue Aug 15, 2017 6:48 am

2022 NBA PLAYOFFS

Round 1: (2) New York vs. (7) Charlotte

The first round of the playoffs was strange! It felt like the NHL with lower seeds winning series left and right. Most notably, both 1 seeds lost in the first round, as the Lakers lost to Phoenix in 7, and the Bulls fell to the Pacers in 6. Fake 1 seeds all around apparently. Anyway, the Hornets sucked. Only game 3 wasn't a blowout, but either way, the Knicks were fairly dominant as they sweep the LOLcats.

New York wins series 4-0.

Round 2: (2) New York vs. (3) Cleveland

It looked like the Cavs would be a pushover, after the Knicks took the first two games. However, Cleveland won comfortably in game 3. Wiggins went off in a narrow game 4 win, but the Cavs overcame a double digit fourth quarter deficit to steal game 5. Kyrie dropped 44 in game 6, but the Knicks narrowly edged them out behind stellar performances from Brandon McCoy and Porzingis. Bring on the Sixers!

New York wins series 4-2.

Round 3: (2) New York vs. (4) Philadelphia

With their big three of Ben Simmons, De'Aaron Fox and Jahlil Okafor, the 76ers were no joke, as evidenced by their back-to-back Finals appearances. So it wasn't a huge shock when they stole game 1 in New York. The Knicks bounced back with a blowout win in game 2, and eked out a win in game 3, before being blown out themselves in the fourth match. Game 5 would be pivotal, but McCoy's 20-20 performance helped them win in OT. Game 6 was somewhat anti-climactic, as a disheartened Sixers team folded on their home floor.

New York wins series 4-2.

THE FINALS: New York (52-30) vs. Golden State (50-32)

Despite being the 4 seed in their conference and winning just fifty games, the Warriors were a top title contender, given their status as back-to-back champs! But New York blew them out in games 1 and 2, and came close in game 3, before coming up short. With momentum back on their side, Curry and Klay went god mode, winning game 4 in blowout fashion, and then stunning New York in game 5.

At the Oracle with a chance to close out their third straight title, the Warriors faithful were stoked for game 6. However, they laid an egg, losing by 40 (!) as CP3 went to town on them. And so, there would be a game 7. In a match-up between two of the highest profile franchises in the league, there was Super Bowl-type hype for this match-up. Would the Warriors three-peat, or would CP3 and the Knicks finally break through?

The former. Steph dropped 40, the Warriors owned the glass, and game 7 as MSG went to the Golden State Warriors, 131-115. Spike Lee was not happy.

And so the Knicks' title draught hits 49 seasons. With Chris Paul on board for one more season, they can take one last crack at it with this core. But CP3 is a free agent.. Will he even stay?

Congratulations to the 2021-22 NBA champion Golden State Warriors! :applaud: :bowdown: :bowdown: :cry: :cry:
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Re: SWIIIIIISH | 2022 NBA Playoffs (Will CP3 finally win a ring?)

Postby Phil89 on Wed Aug 23, 2017 4:21 pm

So, so close. Especially heartbreaking given that game 7 was in your arena.

Good luck returning to the finals next season and getting revenge on those arrogant groin-kickers (Y)
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Re: SWIIIIIISH | 2022 NBA Playoffs (Will CP3 finally win a ring?)

Postby Lamrock on Thu Aug 24, 2017 8:48 am

Yeah, I was pretty livid to be honest. Curry and Thompson were hitting EVERYTHING. It was ridiculous! Sets up an epic final season for CP3 though!

My laptop with all of my information died so I'm going based on memory. It was like a month ago so I pretty much remember how it went down. I'll have the off-season recap up in an hour or so.
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Re: SWIIIIIISH | 2022 NBA Playoffs (Will CP3 finally win a ring?)

Postby Lamrock on Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:46 am

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2022 NEW YORK KNICKS OFFSEASON

Lyman Witherspoon is arguably the most celebrated general manager in the league, fleecing teams left and right, winning a pair of championships with the Blazers, and coming within one game of another with the Knicks. That's why it was so baffling when he somehow failed to retain Chris Paul's bird rights, after convincing him to play one final season. The 37 year old Paul demanded a salary in excess of $20 million per year, and without the bird rights, this meant that some moves needed to be made.

The first to go was vanity acquisition Andrew Wiggins, the former #1 pick who never became the all-star caliber player people expected. Wiggins was sent, along with starting 2 guard Malcolm Brogdon, to the Bulls (fresh off a first round exit) for sharpshooter Buddy Hield, disappointing one year point guard Duane Nelson, and a top-five protected first round pick. The Knicks cleared about $10 million in salary, swapped defense for offense at the SG position, and got a couple assets. The Bulls reload with a pair of solid starters in an attempt to make one or two more runs with their core of Butler and Noel.

Witherspoon still had work to do. I want whatever he was having when he signed Gorgui Dieng to a $5 million extension with a trade kicker... In a second trade, sixth man Nicolas Batum and young centers Georges Fulton and Jacob Patrick were sent to Houston for backup SF Kelly Oubre Jr. and some scrub who got waived. This allowed the Knicks to bring back Paul on a one year, $25 million deal. LaMarcus Aldridge, also set to play his final season, was signed for the MLE. Bruno Caboclo, Alexis Ajinca, Terrence Ross and Eric Gordon were signed for the minimum, while Ben McLemore and Tyreke Evans were retained for cheap.

The reworked roster might not be as talented as last season, but Witherspoon made one last move to put them over the top. Head coach and empty suit Tyronn Lue was replaced by three-time NBA Finals opponent Steve Kerr.

Around the league, Bulls head coach Gregg Popovich retired. LeBron announced this season would be his last, as did Carmelo Anthony, who signed with the defending champion Warriors. Golden State, New York, Philadelphia and the Lakers were named the pre-season Vegas favorites to win the title.

2022-23 New York Knicks Roster

PG - Chris Paul
SG - Buddy Hield
SF - Kelly Oubre Jr.
PF - Kristaps Porzingis
C - Brandon McCoy

G - Tyreke Evans
F/C - LaMarcus Aldridge
G/F - Ben McLemore
G - Duane Nelson
C - Alexis Ajinca
F/G - Terrence Ross
F - Bruno Caboclo
C/F - Gorgui Dieng

G - Eric Gordon
F - Brandon Knight (no relation)
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Re: SWIIIIIISH | 2022 NBA Playoffs (Will CP3 finally win a ring?)

Postby Lamrock on Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:46 am

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2022 NEW YORK KNICKS OFFSEASON

Lyman Witherspoon is arguably the most celebrated general manager in the league, fleecing teams left and right, winning a pair of championships with the Blazers, and coming within one game of another with the Knicks. That's why it was so baffling when he somehow failed to retain Chris Paul's bird rights, after convincing him to play one final season. The 37 year old Paul demanded a salary in excess of $20 million per year, and without the bird rights, this meant that some moves needed to be made.

The first to go was vanity acquisition Andrew Wiggins, the former #1 pick who never became the all-star caliber player people expected. Wiggins was sent, along with starting 2 guard Malcolm Brogdon, to the Bulls (fresh off a first round exit) for sharpshooter Buddy Hield, disappointing one year point guard Duane Nelson, and a top-five protected first round pick. The Knicks cleared about $10 million in salary, swapped defense for offense at the SG position, and got a couple assets. The Bulls reload with a pair of solid starters in an attempt to make one or two more runs with their core of Butler and Noel.

Witherspoon still had work to do. I want whatever he was having when he signed Gorgui Dieng to a $5 million extension with a trade kicker... In a second trade, sixth man Nicolas Batum and young centers Georges Fulton and Jacob Patrick were sent to Houston for backup SF Kelly Oubre Jr. and some scrub who got waived. This allowed the Knicks to bring back Paul on a one year, $25 million deal. LaMarcus Aldridge, also set to play his final season, was signed for the MLE. Bruno Caboclo, Alexis Ajinca, Terrence Ross and Eric Gordon were signed for the minimum, while Ben McLemore and Tyreke Evans were retained for cheap.

The reworked roster might not be as talented as last season, but Witherspoon made one last move to put them over the top. Head coach and empty suit Tyronn Lue was replaced by three-time NBA Finals opponent Steve Kerr.

Around the league, Bulls head coach Gregg Popovich retired. LeBron announced this season would be his last, as did Carmelo Anthony, who signed with the defending champion Warriors. Golden State, New York, Philadelphia and the Lakers were named the pre-season Vegas favorites to win the title.

2022-23 New York Knicks Roster

PG - Chris Paul
SG - Buddy Hield
SF - Kelly Oubre Jr.
PF - Kristaps Porzingis
C - Brandon McCoy

G - Tyreke Evans
F/C - LaMarcus Aldridge
G/F - Ben McLemore
G - Duane Nelson
C - Alexis Ajinca
F/G - Terrence Ross
F - Bruno Caboclo
C/F - Gorgui Dieng

G - Eric Gordon
F - Brandon Knight (no relation)
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Re: SWIIIIIISH | 2022 Offseason (shoots like steph, big like klay)

Postby Phil89 on Thu Aug 24, 2017 10:13 pm

Interesting moves. Aldridge should be a very handy bench player, despite his age.
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Re: SWIIIIIISH | 2022 Offseason (shoots like steph, big like klay)

Postby Lamrock on Wed Aug 30, 2017 4:39 am

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2022-23 REGULAR SEASON IN REVIEW

Record: 58-24 | Standing: 1st in Conference | Power Ranking: 1st
Awards: All-Star: K. Porzingis | All-NBA First Team: K. Porzingis | All-NBA Third Team: C. Paul


In Chris Paul's final season, the New York Knicks were under immense pressure to win the championship, especially after blowing a 2-0 lead in last year's NBA Finals. The offseason saw several players go in and out, with Buddy Hield, LaMarcus Aldridge and Kelly Oubre Jr. being among the key additions. Not to mention Steve Kerr replacing Tyronn Lue..

And things are looking good. After posting a 58 win season, the Knicks are the 1 seed in the East and top seed overall. Kristaps Porzingis once again made the all-star team, and also made the all-NBA first team after being in MVP consideration most of the year. Chris Paul and Brandon McCoy were narrowly snubbed for all-star honors, but Paul was named to the All-NBA third team.

Buddy Hield appears to be a better fit than Andrew Wiggins was, while Oubre had the best season of his career thus far. Oubre appears to be carving out a niche for himself a la Trevor Ariza back in the day. The bench is solid - Tyreke continues to be a sensational sixth man, Aldridge has had big games off the bench at the 4 and 5, Duane Nelson is a solid role player reminiscent of Derek Fisher, and Ben McLemore continues to be solid as well.

Golden State will not win their fourth straight title. Steph Curry missed half the season, and despite the addition of Carmelo they did not make the playoffs. Neither did the Lakers, despite having recent MVP's D'Angelo Russell and Brandon Ingram. The Clippers took the 1 seed in the West, followed closely by MVP Ryan Kent and the Seattle Supersonics. In the East, LeBron announced it would be his last season, and he led his Cavs to the 2 seed. Orlando, Toronto and Philadelphia also emerged as contenders in the conference.

New York will open its post-season campaign against Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons.

2023 Playoff Picture

Eastern Conference
1 New York vs. 8 Detroit
4 Toronto vs. 5 Philadelphia
3 Orlando vs. 6 New Orleans
2 Cleveland vs. 7 Washington

Western Conference
1 LA Clippers vs. 8 Denver
4 Phoenix vs. 5 Utah
3 San Antonio vs. 6 Minnesota
2 Seattle vs. 7 Sacramento
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Re: SWIIIIIIISH | 2022-23 Regular Season - Hield wins MVP?!?!

Postby Phil89 on Tue Sep 05, 2017 4:08 pm

Great job on securing the one seed. Seems like you've got Porzingis living up to his potential.

It's just a shame that you won't be able to face the Warriors (N)

Nice to see the Timberwolves and Kings make the playoffs for a change though.
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Re: SWIIIIIIISH | 2022-23 Regular Season - Hield wins MVP?!?!

Postby Valor on Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:32 pm

Love that clickbait title :lol:

New York Knicks #1 seed....damn that feels really weird
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Re: SWIIIIIIISH | 2022-23 Regular Season - Hield wins MVP?!?!

Postby Lamrock on Sat Sep 09, 2017 6:45 am

2023 PLAYOFF RETROSPECTIVE

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I'm not really a Knicks fan, and Chris Paul isn't even one of my favorite players, but this 2022-23 Knicks team might be the funnest one I've ever used in 2K. Boasting just two players from when I took the reigns, it was satisfying to rebuild and tinker with the roster - even if I did totally fleece the Nuggets for Jokic... Struggling to overcome injuries in our first season, suffering that heartbreaking game 7 loss the following year, the scene was set for an epic 2023 playoff run. And well..

Round 1

First round we took on Detroit. They only won 40-ish games, and outside of their frontcourt duo of Andre Drummond and Mohamed Bamba (dominant on the boards, but a major spacing liability) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, their roster was a bunch of Rocky Akonners. We went up 3-0 on them pretty easily, but it cost us backup point guard Duane Nelson, who suffered a broken patella in game 2. Bad news for a guy who was already the slowest 23 year old point guard in NBA history. Detroit caught fire in game 4 to stay alive, and in game 5, Brandon McCoy went down with an injury. Uh-oh. To make matters worse, Caldwell-Pope hit a three at the buzzer to win it 103-102. With McCoy out with shoulder tendinitis, LaMarcus Aldridge started game 6 at the 5. He was okay, but Buddy Hield's 37 was what really got it done.

NEW YORK 4 - 2 DETROIT

Round 2

In round 2, we faced Toronto, fresh off their defeat of the hobbled 76ers. With Lowry & DeRozan past their primes and coming off the bench, it was up to young Roderick Moreland and Jakob Poeltl to lead the team. Brandon McCoy tried to play game 1, but was too much of a liability on offense. Bad news for Toronto, who had no answer for Aldridge. The Porzingis/Aldridge frontcourt was a puzzle the Raptors' defense could not solve, as they scored at will in the paint, en route to a quick sweep. Drake is a Knicks fan now.

NEW YORK 4 - 0 TORONTO

Conference Finals

The conference finals saw the Knicks take on LeBron, in his final season. However, it was Kyrie who was taking most of the shots, with James playing a passive role. Irving scored a lot of points, Tristan Thompson was a handful on the glass, and Alex Abrines made some threes. However, Kelly Oubre legitimately outplayed LeBron, while Paul and Porzingis were on top of their games. Games 3 & 4 were close, but it was another sweep for New York, who advanced to face Kawhi Leonard, Omer Yurtseven and the Spurs.

NEW YORK 4 - 0 CLEVELAND

NBA Finals

San Antonio was a bit of a Cinderella story, coming back from down 3-0 (!) against the Sonics in the second round, before upsetting the Clippers in 6. With a pair of all-stars in Leonard and Yurtseven, and a solid group of role players around them, they might pose a threat to New York. Right? Well, McCoy was back, though still coming off the bench. And San Antonio's starting point guard Dejounte Murray was out for the season (not a huge loss).

Game 1 was competitive, until KP took over in the fourth quarter. Game 2 was a similar story, with Tyreke having a huge performance off the bench. Game 3 saw the Knicks score the first 15 (!) points of the game, and take a 27-4 lead, before cruising to victory. Could the Spurs overcome a 3-0 lead twice in one post-season? No. Finals MVP Kristaps Porzingis dropped 40 points and 17 rebounds in a 112-98 series-clinching game 4 win.

NEW YORK 4 - 0 SAN ANTONIO

The Knicks are your 2022-23 NBA champions! Let's take a look at this roster...

Player Evaluations

There's Chris Paul, the veteran future hall-of-famer with one last chance to win a ring. Despite slowing down somewhat, he's was still an all-star caliber player, and developed into a knock-down three point shooter as well. He probably could have played a couple more seasons, but props to him for going out on top.

Buddy Hield, Wiggins' replacement, can't really defend, but can play both guard positions, hit the three and create his own shot. Way better than Wiggins, despite his lower rating. He was amazing in the first two rounds, but came back down to earth a bit.

Kelly Oubre Jr. is probably my favorite player on the roster, despite looking like xxxtentacion. Finally finding his way as a three-and-D player, he broke out this season a la Ariza on the 2009 Lakers. He can play both forward positions, is a pesky defender, can hit shots, and doesn't have the worst handles. He's the X-factor.

Kristaps Porzingis is basically a god. He's practically unstoppable on offense, as his inside game is second-to-none, and he can stretch the floor. Defensively, he gets boards and blocks shots left and right. I'd say he's the best player I've had so far. Better than Lillard, though they're completely different players.

Brandon McCoy was my favorite player last season. He continued his upward mobility with a career year, only missing out on an all-star appearance and most improved honors due to an injury keeping him out about a dozen games. He looked to play a big role in the playoffs, and an injury in the first round held him out until the ECF, and relegated him to a limited role off the bench the rest of the way.

LaMarcus Aldridge.. Thank god I signed him! Best signing ever - this guy, in his last NBA season, filled in at Center for McCoy after his injury in the first round. Our record with LA starting in the playoffs? 13-0. The Raptors in particular had no answer for Aldridge's post moves, and despite his age he was also solid defensively and on the boards. LaMarcus was the man. After being signed for the MLE to basically be an upgrade over Dieng, he ended up being our third best playoff performer!

Tyreke was a fan favorite last season (in my mind). A stellar combo guard off the bench, he wasn't always the most efficient, but did a great job keeping the ball moving when CP was out. Plus he was CLUTCH. Much love for Tyreke. He'll be back next season, though I wouldn't trust him in a starting role...

Ben McLemore returned after an okay season. The first wing player off the bench, McLemore wasn't amazing, but gave us solid minutes off the bench, some epic dunks, and a few clutch threes. I'd like to hold on to him, and work on his perimeter D.

Duane Nelson was a guy I really wanted from Chicago. A second year point guard taken 9th in an admittedly weak draft, Nelson's three point shooting made him a guy I hoped could maybe succeed Chris Paul some day. He has a good season, shooting the ball exceptionally well and running the offense competently. However, his severe lack of foot speed makes me think his ceiling is that of Derek Fisher. Doesn't help that he broke his kneecap in game 3 vs. the Pistons. Athleticism camp for this guy!

Terrence Ross was signed mid-season because Caboclo sucks. He was part of the rotation for most of the post-season, spacing the floor and playing okay defense. Not too impressive, but he was okay.

Bruno Caboclo, nine years in, still seems to be two years away from being two years away. He's got good length and quickness, and can shoot. But he's always in the wrong place as the wrong time, and just doesn't have the basketball IQ to play meaningful minutes.

Alexis Ajinca is incredibly inept offensively, but his ability to rebound and block shots made him an asset when McCoy was out. He had some solid moments, but fell out of the rotation by the Finals once McCoy's injury was mostly healed.

Gorgui Dieng fell off a cliff athletically and was fairly useless this season, only playing in garbage time. Why I wasted $5M of cap and gave a trade kicker to him I'll never know.

Brandon Knight (no relation) and Eric Gordon never really played, but congratulations to them on being champions!

Steve Kerr was a big upgrade over Tyronn Lue. It probably would have been pretty controversial to replace Lue after a Finals appearance, but you gotta do what you gotta do, and Kerr is the best coach in the game.

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So there's that. Thank you all for following along for the last year. It's been fun.
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Re: SWVIISH | 2023 NBA PLAYOFFS!

Postby Valor on Sun Sep 10, 2017 7:33 pm

Winning the title with the New York Knicks? Now that's an accomplishment :applaud: :applaud: :applaud: Wonder if Phil would still lose his job if he hired Kerr instead of Fisher IRL? Guess this is as close as it gets to finding that out :lol:

You going to defend the title or switch to another team to challenge?
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Re: SWVIISH | 2023 NBA PLAYOFFS!

Postby Lamrock on Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:10 am

With the Warriors, Kerr inherited a championship-caliber team that under-performed largely due to their inept coach. I think he's the kind of coach that can get the most out of a great team, but wouldn't be able to elevate a shitty one. So while I think he would have done a better job than Fisher, I doubt it would have made much of a difference. I think Phil was out of his element in that role, but he didn't really have anything left to prove and got PAID.

I think I might be done with this one. 2K18 comes out pretty soon, and while I'm on the fence about picking it up, I think this has run its course. Might sim some seasons, maybe see if I can return to Portland (they imploded after I left), but that's about it.

Thanks to everybody for keeping tabs on this over the last year, and for keeping this section alive with your stories!
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Re: SWISH | Retired.

Postby Phil89 on Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:44 pm

Sweep, sweep, sweep. Not a bad way to win a championship.

Now that you've got the Knicks a title, next stop Sacramento? :wink:
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Re: SWVIISH | 2023 NBA PLAYOFFS!

Postby Valor on Mon Sep 18, 2017 7:58 pm

Lamrock wrote:With the Warriors, Kerr inherited a championship-caliber team that under-performed largely due to their inept coach. I think he's the kind of coach that can get the most out of a great team, but wouldn't be able to elevate a shitty one. So while I think he would have done a better job than Fisher, I doubt it would have made much of a difference. I think Phil was out of his element in that role, but he didn't really have anything left to prove and got PAID.

Yeah that's a fair assessment, Phil really should've coached himself. To be fair though it was the players who refused to execute the offense that he had designed and is proven, they ran triangle on just 8-10% of the time and got good results with it every time they actually ran it properly (not often, Melo is really lazy on those cuts). Oh well, he got a boatload of cash like you said and is now free to go back to Montana or LA to enjoy his retirement.

Grats on another successful thread, looking forward to you doing one with 2K18 if that's in your plans! :applaud:
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