[08] Flying High In The ATL-NBA Finals - Complete!

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[08] Flying High In The ATL-NBA Finals - Complete!

Postby Lamrock on Thu Apr 03, 2008 7:25 am

Flying High In the ATL (Making the Hawks Suck Less)

2008 Dynasty Of The Year Bronze Medal Winner!

Team: Atlanta Hawks
Game: NBA Live 08 (Xbox 360)
Schedule: NBA - 82 games, 7-7-7-7 playoffs
Sim Quarter Length: 12 Minutes
Played Quarter Length: 8 Minutes
Difficulty: Superstar
Sliders: My own.
Rosters: playmakers, updated as of 4/1/2008 with some player rating adjustments.

Welcome to my dynasty. It features the occasional brief behind-the-scenes storyline starring coach/GM Liam Washburn, The X-style monthly recaps, unfunny jokes, and once in a blue moon, pictures. (Y) (Y)
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Postby Lamrock on Thu Apr 03, 2008 7:25 am

Recap Archives

Game Recaps

Regular Season

1. Hawks Blow Out Bulls In Season Opener
2. Cavaliers Hand Hawks First Loss
3. November Game of the Month: Vs. Charlotte
4. December Game of the Month: Vs. Detroit
5. January Game of the Month: @ Phoenix
6. MVP Horford Leads Sophomores Past Rookies In Blowout
7. Both All-Star Saturday Events Won By Hawks
8. Howard Takes MVP As East Blows Out West
9. March Game of the Month: Vs. Mavericks
10. April Game of the Month: @ Cavaliers

NBA Playoffs:

(R1, G1) Hawks Dominate On Both Ends of the Floor, Blow Out Bucks
(R1, G2) Bucks Use Hot Shooting And Third Quarter Run To Knot Series
(R1, G3) Despite Johnson's Killer Game, Hawks Fall Apart In Second Half
(R1, G4) Hawks Blow Out Bucks, Regain Homecourt Advantage
(R1, G5) Hawks Hold Off Bucks, Take 3-2 Lead
(R1, G6) Hawks Advance With Anti-Climactic Blowout

Conference Semifinals Recap
Conference Finals Recap
NBA Finals Recap

Month Recaps:

1. November 2008 Recap - Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3
2. December 2008 Recap - Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3
3. January 2009 Recap - Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3
4. February 2009 Recap - Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3
5. March 2009 Recap - Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3
6. April 2009 Recap - Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3

Articles

1. 2007-08 Summary
2. Hawks Finalize Roster with Magloire and (Craig) Smith
3. Meet the 2008-09 Atlanta Hawks
4. 2008-09 Team Preview
5. Could Bibby Be Traded?
6. Joe Smith, Szczerbiak, McLeod Acquired in Three-Team Trade
7. Ford, Bargnani, Williams, Others Change Teams
8. All Star Friday, Saturday Participants Announced
9. Blockbuster Trades Galore As Countdown to Trade Deadline Continues
10. 2009 NBA All-Stars Announced!
11. Joe Smith to Pistons for Barnes, Amir Johnson
12. Hawks Get Gay for Bibby
13. Alleged Bibby Sex Tape Revealed To Be Verne Troyer
14. Hawks Coach Washburn Gets In Car Accident, Expected to Miss 3-4 Weeks
15. Bucks Vs. Hawks Preview
16. Tyson Chandler Wins Defensive Player of the Year Award
17. Bulls' Nocioni Takes Home Sixth Man Award
18. Steve Blake Wins Most Improved Player Award
19. Heat Vs. Hawks Preview
20. Andres Carlos wins Rookie of the Year

Hawks Front Office

Chapter 1: The Sacking of Billy Knight
Chapter 2: Offseason 2008
Chapter 3: Midseason
Chapter 4: Masterminds
Chapter 5: Cameos Galore!
Chapter 6: Just A Bad Day
Chapter 7: The Plot Thickens
Chapter 8: The Abrupt End of a Brief Era
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Team Stats

Team Record

2007-08: 33-49 - Home: 20-21; Road: 13-28
2008-09: 62-20 - Home: 32-9; Road: 30-11

All-Star Appearances

2008: Joe Johnson

2009: Mike Bibby
2009: Joe Johnson

Player Awards

East Rookie November 2007: Al Horford
East Rookie December 2007: Al Horford
All-Rookie First Team: Al Horford

2009 Rookie Challenge MVP: Al Horford
2009 Three Point Shootout Winner: Andrea Bargnani
2009 Slam Dunk Contest Winner: Josh Smith


Player Stats

2007-08 Team Leaders:

Leading Scorer: Joe Johnson (23.8)
Leading in Assists: Mike Bibby (7.6)
Leading in Rebounds: Al Horford (7.7)
Leading in Steals: Joe Johnson (1.3)
Leading in Blocks: Josh Smith (2.2)

2008-09 Team Leaders:

Leading Scorer: Joe Johnson (24.7)
Leading in Assists: T.J. Ford (9.2)
Leading in Rebounds: Al Horford (9.5)
Leading in Steals: T.J. Ford (1.9)
Leading in Blocks: Josh Smith (2.7) - Also leads league

Team Achievements:

Qualified for 2008-09 Playoffs (#1 seed, East)
2008-09 Southeast Division Champions
Best Record In League (2008-09)
Defeated Milwaukee Bucks 4-2 in Eastern Conference Quarterfinals


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Prediction Game Leaderboard:

1. ratrac: 48 Points (8)
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4. Martti.: 33 Points (10)
5. dansensei: 27 Points (9)
6. Crimson Penguin: 23 Points (0)
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T8. airBerlin: 18 Points (0)
T8. Skillmatic: 18 Points (0)
10. balozunite: 17 points (10)
11. homicide1550: 16 Points (9)
12. Dustball: 9 Points (0)
13. Valor: 8 Points (8)
T14. Vif: 7 Points (0)
T14: KobeBryant24: 7 Points (0)
16. Ipsofire: 6 Points (0)


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Current Playoff Matchups (Conference Semifinals)

Western Conference:

(1) Dallas (61-21) Vs. (4) Utah (50-32)
Season Series: Tied 2-2
Key Matchup: Dirk Nowitzki Vs. Carlos Boozer

(2) L.A. Lakers (56-26) Vs. (3) Phoenix (54-28)
Season Series: Tied 2-2
Key Matchup: Elton Brand Vs. Pau Gasol

Eastern Conference:

(1) Atlanta (62-20) Vs. (5) Miami (46-36)
Season Series: Tied 1-1
Key Matchup: Shawn Marion Vs. Josh Smith

(2) Boston (56-26) Vs. (3) Cleveland (55-27)
Season Series: Celtics Won 3-1
Key Matchup: LeBron James Vs. Paul Pierce
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Postby Lamrock on Thu Apr 03, 2008 7:40 am

Your 2008-09 Atlanta Hawks

Starters:

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Point Guard: TJ Ford | 6'0", 165 lbs | 5 Years Pro
Shooting Guard: Joe Johnson | 6'7", 235 lbs | 7 Years Pro
Small Forward: Josh Childress | 6'8", 210 lbs | 4 Years Pro
Power Forward: Josh Smith | 6'9", 235 lbs | 4 Years Pro
Center: Al Horford | 6'10", 245 lbs | 1 Year Pro


Reserves

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Forward/Guard: Rudy Gay | 6'8", 220 lbs | 2 Years Pro
Forward/Center: Andrea Bargnani | 6'11", 250 lbs | 2 Years Pro
Guard/Forward: Wally Szczerbiak | 6'7", 245 lbs | 9 Years Pro
Guard: Anthony Johnson | 6'3", 195 lbs | 11 Years Pro
Center/Forward: Darko Milicic | 7'0", 275 lbs | 5 Years Pro
Forward: Matt Barnes | 6'7", 235 lbs | 6 Years Pro
Forward: Amir Johnson | 6'9", 210 lbs | 3 Years Pro
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Postby Lamrock on Thu Apr 03, 2008 8:06 am

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2007-08 Summary

November 2007:

East Player of the Month: LeBron James; East Rookie: Al Horford
West Player of the Month: Dirk Nowitzki; West Rookie: Kevin Durant

Record: 7-8
Home: 5-3
Road: 2-5

Southeast:

Washington: 11-5
Orlando 9-9
Atlanta 7-8
Charlotte 6-8
Miami 6-9

The Hawks finished the month of November with an average record of 7-8. After starting the season 1-4, and suffering a 39 point loss at the hands of the Celtics, Atlanta turned it around with a 3 game winning streak. Highlights of the month were defeating the defending champion Spurs, and narrowly edging the Bulls in Chicago. Finishing the month with a win against the Hornets, the Hawks sat at ninth place, a half game behind the 9-9 Magic for the final playoff spot and 16th on the NBA.com power rankings. Additionally, Al Horford won Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month with averages of 11.1 Points and 7.4 Rebounds on 52% shooting.


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December 2007:

East Player of the Month: LeBron James; East Rookie: Al Horford
West Player of the Month: Kobe Bryant: West Rookie: Kevin Durant

Record: 6-8 (13-16 overall)
Home: 4-5 (9-8)
Road: 2-3 (4-8)

Southeast:

Washington: 17-11
Orlando: 17-16
Miami: 15-16
Atlanta: 13-16
Charlotte 11-18

After starting the month with a loss, the Hawks went on a three game winning streak to get over the.500 mark for the first time with a record of 10-9. During that brief streak, Joe Johnson reached a career high in points with 59 in a win against the Timberwolves. A blowout in Orlando; followed by a heartbreaker against the Raptors kept the Hawks under .500 for the rest of the month; the ugliest moment being a 33 point home loss versus Utah. The Hawks finished 13-16, being 12th in the East and 1.5 games behind the Sixers for the 8th seed. They sat at 17th in the Power Rankings. Al Horford won East Rookie of the Month again.

Transactions:

GSW trades Patrick O’Bryant and Troy Hudson to MIL for Dan Gadzuric.
MIA trades Udonis Haslem to CHA for Gerald Wallace.


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January 2008:

East Player of the Month: Ray Allen; East Rookie: Thaddeus Young
West Player of the Month: Kobe Bryant; West Rookie: Kevin Durant

Record: 6-8 (19-24 overall)
Home: 2-3 (11-11)
Road: 4-5 (8-13)

Southeast:

Washington: 30-14
Orlando: 27-22
Miami: 25-20
Atlanta: 19-24
Charlotte: 17-28

The Hawks started the month with a pair of blowout wins on the road, before suffering 3 consecutive losses. They won 4 of their last 9 to hold a 19-24 record. They sat in 11th place, two games behind the 8th place Pacers, and 18th on the Power Rankings. The rookie race heated up in the month, after Al Horford’s Hawks defeated ROY frontrunner Kevin Durant’s Sonics. However, Horford did not win East Rookie of the Month for the first time this season, losing to Thaddeus Young. The playoffs are not out of question for the Hawks; who hold the longest playoff drought in the NBA. (9 seasons)

Transactions:

NYK trades Jerome James (lol) to PHX for Sean Marks and Brian Skinner.


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February 2008:

East Player of the Month: LeBron James; East Rookie: Thaddeus Young
West Player of the Month: Kobe Bryant; West Rookie: Kevin Durant

Record: 5-9 (24-33 overall)
Home: 4-3 (15-14)
Road: 1-6 (9-19)

Southeast:

Washington: 34-24
Miami: 33-24
Orlando: 34-28
Atlanta: 24-33
Charlotte 23-34

The Hawks started the month off 3-1, before suffering a 5 game skid; their longest of the season, which was ended with a narrow win in Golden State. The Hawks continued to slide a bit, and finished the month with a 24-33 record, good for 10th in the East. They stood 3 games behind the 8th place Pacers, and were ranked 17th in the Power Rankings. Playoffs still a possibility, but are continually out of reach.

Transactions

IND trades Marquis Daniels to MIA for Daequan Cook and Mark Blount
PHX trades Jerome James for Travis Diener and Jeff Foster
DET trades Rodney Stuckey to NJN for Bostjan Nachbar
TOR trades Chris Bosh and Rasho Nesterovic to NJN for Richard Jefferson (wtf)


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All-Star Weekend:

Al Horford in Rookie Challenge:

Al Horford: 29 Minutes, 11 Points, 13 Rebounds, 5 Assists, 5-8 FG
Rookies win 121-110
MVP: Kevin Durant (32 Points, 7 Rebounds)

Josh Smith in Dunk Contest:

Round 1: Josh Smith vs. LeBron James vs. Trevor Ariza vs. Thaddeus Young
(28, 50: 78); (41, 39: 80); (50, 40: 90); (50, 35: 85)
Round 2: Ariza vs. Young
(32, 42: 74) (31, 37: 68)
Champion: Thaddeus Young

Joe Johnson in 3pt Shootout:

Round 1: 1. Arenas (22); 2. Bryant (20); 3. Turkoglu (18); 4. Johnson (15); 5. Kapono (14); 6. Jamison (13)
Round 2: 1. Arenas (21); 2. Bryant (19)
Champion: Gilbert Arenas

Joe Johnson All-Star Reserve:

Joe Johnson: 20 Minutes; 11 Points, 5 Assists, 4 Rebounds, 4-9 FG, 3-4 FT
East Wins 154-148
MVP: Gilbert Arenas (36 Points, 9 Assists, 4 Steals, 4 Rebounds)


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March 2008:

East Player of the Month: Dwyane Wade; East Rookie: Thaddeus Young
West Player of the Month: Amare Stoudemire; West Rookie: Kevin Durant

Record: 5-12 (29-45 overall)
Home: 3-5 (18-19)
Road: 2-7 (11-26)

Southeast:

X-Miami: 45-29
X-Orlando: 42-34
X-Washington: 41-33
Charlotte: 32-42
Atlanta: 29-45

The Hawks season fell apart in the month of March. Posting a pathetic record of 5-12, the only high point of the month was a thrilling 106-104 OT win against the Clippers. Sitting 6 games behind the 8th place Pacers, Playoffs are all but out of question for the 29-45 Hawks. Atlanta stands at 22nd in the Power Rankings. With the Suns owning the Hawks draft pick, they will likely continue to finish the season playing hard


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April 2008:

East Player of the Month: Ray Allen; East Rookie: Thaddeus Young
West Player of the Month: Chris Paul; West Rookie: Kevin Durant

Record 4-4 (33-49 overall)
Home: 2-2 (20-21)
Road: 2-2 (13-28)

Southeast:

XD-Miami: 50-32
X-Washington: 46-36
X-Orlando: 45-37
O-Charlotte: 35-47
O-Atlanta: 33-49

The Hawks finished the season on a relatively high note. Despite missing the playoffs with a record of 33-49, they won the final two games of their season, upsetting the Cavaliers and Heat. Atlanta finished 12th in the East and 20th in the NBA.com Power Rankings. Will there be some changes in Atlanta soon?


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Regular Season Awards:

Most Valuable Player: Kobe Bryant (LAL)
Most Improved Player: Andrea Bargnani (TOR)
Defensive Player: Marcus Camby (DEN)
Rookie of the Year: Kevin Durant (SEA)
Sixth Man: Andrei Kirilenko (UTA)
Coach of the Year: Avery Johnson (DAL)

All NBA Team 1: Yao, Nowitzki, James, Bryant, Nash
All NBA Team 2: Duncan, Garnett, Anthony, Allen, Iverson
All Defensive Team 1: Camby, Marion, G. Wallace, Wade, A. Miller
All Defensive Team 2: B. Wallace, D. Howard, Iguodala, Bryant, T. Parker
All Rookie Team 1: Durant, Conley, Thornton, Horford, Young
All Rookie Team 2: Scola, Oden, Green, Noah, Navarro


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NBA Playoffs:

Conference Quarterfinals:

#1 Dallas (63-19) [4-1] #8 Denver (39-43)
#4 San Antonio (54-28) [4-3] #5 Houston (53-29)
#3 Phoenix (57-25) [2-4] #6 LA Lakers (50-32)
#2 Utah (61-21) [4-1] #7 New Orleans (42-40)

#1 Cleveland (54-28) [4-3] #8 Indiana (40-42)
#4 Detroit (51-31) [3-4] #5 Miami (50-32)
#3 Chicago (53-29) [4-2] #6 Washington (46-36)
#2 Boston (53-29) [4-1] #7 Orlando (45-37)

Conference Semis:

#1 Dallas [2-4] #4 San Antonio
#2 Utah [4-2] #6 LA Lakers

#1 Cleveland [4-2] #5 Miami
#2 Boston [4-3] #3 Chicago

Conference Finals:

#2 Utah [4-3] #4 San Antonio

#1 Cleveland [1-4] #2 Boston

NBA Finals:

Utah Jazz [4-2] Boston


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2008 Finals MVP: Image (23.3 PPG, 9.8 RPG)

After losing Game 1, Finals Carlos Boozer and the Utah Jazz won 3 straight. The Celtics narrowly edged out Utah in Game 5, but behind Boozer's 34 Points, and Deron Williams's 18 point, 15 assist performance, the Jazz took Game 6 and the series. Boozer and the Jazz managed to pull off something that could never be done in the Stockton/Malone era: win a championship.
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Postby Chaser7 on Thu Apr 03, 2008 9:52 am

Ouch too bad you missed the playoffs... Did you sim all of the season?/ Why did you? Anyways it was a nice read, good luck over the offseason! (any major changes?)
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Postby Lamrock on Thu Apr 03, 2008 9:55 am

Thanks for the praise; I simmed the whole season (I intervened a couple of very close games, but thats about it) since in real life the season is almost over, and though I found it screws up the rosters a bit, it makes things more interesting.

As far as the offseason goes... you'll see.
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Postby Skills on Thu Apr 03, 2008 11:21 am

Loved the read.
I'm simming my new dynasty for the same reasons.
That Bosh-RJ trade though.. WTF
Anyway good luck wuth this!
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Postby Lamrock on Thu Apr 03, 2008 12:20 pm

Hawks Front Office

Chapter 1: The Sacking of Billy Knight

"Y-Yes...? You wanted to see me, Mr. Johnston...?

"Yes. Sit down Mr. Knight. We have been very patient with you, but it has been four years. What do we have to show for it? A 33 win team? This was going to be the year. You told me it was. You said we would make the playoffs. There was no excuse. Phoenix had our pick, we had the team. What gives, Billy?", scolded Hawks owner Larry Johnston.

"Well, these things take time. Jumping the gun by signing a bunch of big contracts just to get swept in the first round is a better alternative? I'm just trying to rebuild without creating a Knicks-type atmosphere", replied Hawks GM Billy Knight

"Then what do you call Speedy Claxton? This just isn't working Bill. We go through this every year. I've had enough. You just aren't getting it done. I'm sorry Billy, but-"

"Wait! Just give me another year! I can get us to the playoffs," pleaded Knight.

"-your fired"

"NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"

"Get a hold of yourself man! Don't make me call security," Johnston threatened.

"Well who will you get to replace me, huh?"

"Naturally, our assistant GM, Liam Washburn. Now please, get out of my site Bill."

"Washburn eh... He'll pay for this!," thought Knight as he stalked out of the building.

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At the Washburn manor...

"Washburn- oh hey Larry," Liam said as he picked up the phone.

"I was wondering if you were interested in... you know... being promoted to the GM position."

"Are you serious? I'm not getting served? Yeah! Of course!"

"Great. Come to my office later today and we'll discuss contracts and such."

"Definitely," Washburn said, hanging up.

"General Manager of an NBA franchise. Wow... I can't believe it. What will I do first?," wondered Washburn, as he started jogging on an adrenaline high.
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Postby Chino on Thu Apr 03, 2008 1:29 pm

Interesting dynasty. (Y)

Better watch out. Billy Knight is really pissed off. :lol:
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Postby Maree on Thu Apr 03, 2008 6:57 pm

nice read, i'll try to follow.
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Postby deihatein on Thu Apr 03, 2008 8:27 pm

Nice behind the scenes story there Lamrock altough i find it somewhat same as one dynasty here. Anyways hoping you get nice players on the off-season
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End of any racist discussion.


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Postby Lamrock on Fri Apr 04, 2008 8:14 am

Hawks Front Office

Chapter 2: Offseason 2008

It would be difficult for Washburn to improve the team significantly this offseason. Most of the free agents would be too expensive for the Hawks to afford (thanks in part to Speedy Claxton's bloated contract) and the Suns owned their lottery pick.

On draft night, he looked through scouting reports, and was surprised to find Ellery Cochrane a mid-to-late first round projected Center at the 41st pick. Excited, he immediately selected the 20 year old Center.

"Maybe now Al won't have to play the 5..." he thought as he watched the rest of the draft, laughing at the occasional hilarious name. The draft finished with the selection of Darko Stevanovic by Houston, and then he focused his thoughts on the four players whose contracts will be expiring: Josh Smith, Josh Childress, Solomon Jones and Salim Stoudemire.

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"Hello sir. I have put together a few offers for your client to consider."

"Alright. We would like to stay in Atlanta for the long haul. However, we would like to see some more playing time. And a starting position.

"Well, I can guarantee 25 minutes a game, but not a starting position. But here is my best long term offer," Washburn said coolly as he slid a clipboard across a table to the player's agent.

"Hmm... Yeah... Well, due to the market size and the amount of PT you promise, I think we will have to make some adjustments. Okay, how about we drop the length to four years, and add a half million per year.


"I will consider it. Let me talk to our other clients."

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"No Josh. You're great, but we aren't giving you a max contract. The offer stands: 5 years, 40 million."

"Fuck that. 55 million or I'm leaving."

"You can't afford to do that. The absolute highest would be 5 years, 45 million."

"52.5 Million, and a guaranteed starting position,"

"You can have the starting position, but there is no way you are getting 52.5 million."

Two Hours Later...

"I am glad we have come to an agreement Mr. Smith. See you this fall."

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"You want a 30 million dollar contract? The most I had intended to offer was 5 million over three years. Is this a joke?"

"No. This team needs 3pt shooting."

"So for 3 point shooting you want us to invest 5 million a year for the next six years? No. 10 Million over 5 years is my best offer."

"Well then I'll just take my services elsewhere. Lots of teams can use an undersized 2 guard that can shoot the three."

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"Hey! I've been trying to contact you for weeks! Where have you been? We need to discuss a new contract!"

"What? I already joined a team in Europe because I thought I was off the roster."

"Jesus Christ. We had a contract for you."

"You did? Damn it! And its too late now... Well shit. I'm an idiot."

"That you are," mumbled Washburn as he hung up.

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"Thank you so much for this opportunity Mr. Washburn. Believe me, you won't regret it."

"No problem. It would be a shame to waste the rest of your prime."

"Man, a starting job. Thank you so much sir!"

"Of course. See you at training camp."

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"So, Liam. How is the coach search going? Do you have a replacement for Woody?," asked Larry Johnston, the Hawks owner.

"Yeah... but you might not like it. Trust me though, it will work out in the end."

"Well who is it? Skiles? Larry Brown?"

"No... its... me."
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Postby Iceman_44 on Fri Apr 04, 2008 10:23 am

lol, these are great, especially the behind the scenes.
Contract negotation is always such a hassle.
I remember one year, I offered Josh Childress the midlevel exception (a generous offer IMO) ,
but he decided to walk away for more money instead :(

EDIT: why is my post dated Friday? I thought today was Thursday ?
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Postby Lamrock on Fri Apr 04, 2008 11:04 am

Skillmatic, Thanks for reading. The Bosh/RJ trade was retarded. One of the biggest flaws in Live is how dumb the CPU GM's are, as you will see later.

Chino, Thanks for replying. One thing missing from all these uninspired dynasty stories is a villain.

Maree, Thanks for the reply I guess... Fucking Spammers are Ruining This Section...

+deidei+, Post ineligible. The more replies the better though.

Iceman_44, Glad you like. Contract negotiation sucks in this game. Free agency is a mess. The date is Friday because the default timezone is Australian here. Change it to your timezone in your control panel. ;)

Next update should be up today or tomorrow. Keep the comments coming! (Y)
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Postby Maree on Fri Apr 04, 2008 6:11 pm

wow Lamrock93 i really didn't expect this from you...

i mean i didn't know that i'm a f****** spammer that is ruining this section...

It was my first reply to your dynasty and because i didn't write something like wow dude good story Knight is really pissed off, i wonder what he will do next, you go and insult me like that.Cmon' dude, have some fucking sense for people for god's sake.

really don't know who you are actually, some typical "american" boy or just a prick.
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Postby Lamrock on Sat Apr 05, 2008 5:34 am

Lets keep this to PM's. I don't want this topic to become a flame war.

I am going on a trip this weekend, so the update is delayed until Sunday or Monday.
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Postby Chaser7 on Sat Apr 05, 2008 5:45 am

Interesting storyline here, I wonder who all those players you either resigned or let go.. I'm guessing you gave Josh Childress a starting job, either Soloman Jones went off to "Europe" and Salim Stoudamire went to take his services else where... Can't Wait for next update!
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Postby Lamrock on Sat Apr 05, 2008 6:23 am

Note: I was just going to wait on the update, but seeing as I have a little time, I'll post a half-recap.

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Hawks Finalize Roster With Magloire and (Craig) Smith

Atlanta, GA - As soon as his regime began, Coach/GM Liam Washburn tinkered with his roster. First, he resigned highflying Swingman Josh Smith to a 5 Year Contract worth just under 48 Million Dollars, then secured sixth man Josh Childress for another 4 years with a 22 million dollar contract. Combo Guard Salim Stoudamire, and now Euroleague player Solomon Jones were not resigned.

The biggest news however, were the new signings. The Hawks first signed former all-star Center Jamaal Magloire to a 2 year contract via the Mid-Level exception. Magloire, who has had little success since his career 2004 season, hopes to revitalize his career in ATL. Additionally, the Hawks got a steal in former Timberwolves guard Craig Smith, signing him to a league minimum contract, and giving the roster 12 players.

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Josh Smith will continue to start for the Hawks. Controversially, Magloire will also start, pushing combo forward Marvin Williams to a sixth man role (or seventh, depending on how much time Childress will get). It will most certainly be an interesting year for the Hawks in Atlanta.

Hawks Depth Chart:

C: Magloire/Pachulia/Cochrane (R)
PF: Horford/Williams/C. Smith
SF: J. Smith/Williams/Childress
SG: Johnson/Childress
PG: Bibby/Law/Claxton
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Postby Chaser7 on Sat Apr 05, 2008 6:49 am

Oh. I was wrong about Childress. Magloire? Interesting- we'll see how he turns out. I'd suggest playing Craig Smith as the backup to Magloire though, I'd like to see him get some decent playing time.
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Postby blackhole on Sat Apr 05, 2008 7:34 am

I really love your dynasty

LMAO, u call ur self the resident NLSC Dynasty/Franchise Stories critic but u don't even know what position Craig Smith plays, and oh, ur dynasty story suck. Fucking waste of internet space
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Postby rl564411 on Sat Apr 05, 2008 11:37 am

This is really interesting. Nice job resigning J-Smoove. He is a beast.
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Postby Menopauss on Sat Apr 05, 2008 4:53 pm

Go Childress....go,go go..... (Y)
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Postby Lamrock on Mon Apr 07, 2008 8:37 am

Chaser7, Smith will likely have a hard time getting too deep in the rotation. His height may make it difficult to back up Magloire. Granted, Horford is often Magloire's backup.

blackhole, I could say that Smith is a PF, that your post was a waste of internet space itself, that your grammar is poor, and that you don't have a dynasty story but that would be feeding the trolls. Oh wait... shit! I just did.

rl564411, Thanks for following. I hope J-Smoove doesn't become the next Darius Miles.

mandich, I guess resigning Childress was a good move for my fan base. :)
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Postby Skills on Mon Apr 07, 2008 10:43 am

Baha, Solomon Jones..
What a retard :P. Nice pickups.
Craig Smith could help out in the long run, and Magloire takes a WIDE load off of Horford.
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2008-09 NBA Team Previews

This year's offseason was a mess. Perhaps it was Anderson Varejao's hold out last year that set this off, but two all-stars, and several other very good players remain unsigned. Not to mention the stupid signings, and the mysterious waiving of Chauncey Billups. What happened?

Atlanta:
C - Magloire/Pachulia/Horford/Cochrane(R)
PF - Horford/Williams/Smith
SF - Smith/Williams/Childress
SG - Johnson/Childress/Law
PG - Bibby/Claxton/Law


With a new GM and coach, the future with either be very bright or very bleak. As far as roster moves go, the Hawks got much deeper in the frontcourt, acquiring Centers Magloire and Cochrane, and signing PF Craig Smith. Magloire should help Horford's development, but is this enough to finally vault the Hawks into the playoffs?

Boston:
C - Perkins/Ratliff/Scalabrine
PF - Garnett/Scalabrine/Jones
SF - Pierce/Griffin(R)/Ellison(R)
SG - R. Allen/T. Allen/Ellison(R)
PG - M. Williams/Rondo/Carter


The Celtics went from stacked to extremely stacked. The addition of Maurice Williams gives them a quality point guard and yet another scoring threat. Carter replaces Sam Cassell. Draftees Griffin and Ellison give them energy off the bench, and succeeders to Pierce and Allen. Ratliff and Jones give them more depth up front. It should be another great year for the Celtics.

Charlotte:
C - Okafor/Mohammed/Maximilian(R)
PF - Haslem/May/Turiaf/Pollard
SF - Morrison/Turiaf/Khryapa
SG - Richardson/Pinnock/Morozov(R)/Morrison
PG - Felton/Morozov(R)/Richardson


The Bobcats are a mess. Someone forgot to tell them they already had Emeka Okafor, Nazr Mohammed and Sean May before they went and signed 4 guys who all could play Center. This also leaves them with no real backup at the Point Guard, meaning 6'1", 230 lb rookie combo guard Artur Morozov will likely man that position. I don't get it.

Chicago:
C - Noah/Tyrus Thomas/Gooden
PF - Nocioni/Gooden/Thomas/Noah
SF - Deng/J. Roberts(R)/Nocioni
SG - Hughes/Brown/Chernov(R)/Bell/House/Roberts(R)
PG - Hinrich/House/Bell


Same team from last year pretty much minus Gordon and Duhon. Replacing them are 6 Shooting Guards. Yikes.

Cleveland:
C - Ilgauskas/Varejao/Wallace/Booth
PF - Wallace/Joe Smith/Varejao
SF - James/Linton Johnson
SG - Szczerbiak/Damon Jones
PG - Vick(R)/Snow/Watters(R)/Jones


The Cavs have yet to resign Boobie Gibson. However, with 4 Point Guards, they probably won't sign him. Then again, manning the position are two rookies, and two scrubs... Otherwise the team looks solid.

Dallas:
C - Krstic/Dampier/Voskuhl/Nowitzki
PF - Nowitzki/Krstic/Voskuhl/Howard
SF - Howard/Delfino/Stackhouse/Nowitzki
SG - Stackhouse/Wright(R)/Aidan Davis(R)/Terry
PG - Terry/Lue/Barea


Poor Mavs... first they stupidly trade their future for an aging Jason Kidd... only to fall in the second round of the playoffs, then Kidd retires, and all they have to show for it is a shattered future and trouble at the PG position. At the moment, undersized SG Jason Terry will play the point. Meanwhile, the Mavs acquire a solid Center in Krstic, and a decent backup swingman in Carlos Delfino. Really doesn't make up for losing Kidd, or all those guys they traded for him for that matter.

Denver:

C - Camby/Nene/Hunter
PF - Kenyon Martin/Nene/Najera/Ongonozi(R)
SF - Anthony/Andres(R)/Kleiza/Ongonozi(R)
SG - Posey/Andres(R)/Iverson
PG - Iverson/Atkins


Denver got some great rookies. Too bad they were both forwards. Like the Bobcats, they are frontcourt heavy and suffer with depth in the backcourt. Can an Iverson/Posey backcourt win a title?

Detroit:

C - Rasheed Wallace/Carlos(R)/Ruffin
PF - Maxiell/Carlos(R)/Johnson
SF - Prince/Brown(R)/Artest
SG - Artest/Brown(R)/Hamilton/Afflalo
PG - Hamilton/Smush Parker/Quinn


Rumor has it that Isiah Thomas has taken over GM duties for over half the league. Thats the only way waiving franchise player Chauncey Billups, then signing Ron Artest would make sense. Good luck playing PG Rip.

Golden State:

C - Biedrins/Gadzuric/P. Davis
PF - A. Harrington/B. Wright/P. Davis
SF - S. Jackson/Carlos(R)/A. Harrington
SG - Belinelli/Azubuike/S. Jackson
PG - B. Davis/R. Mason/McKie


A deeper version of last year's team. Adding Paul Davis and Gadzuric will subtly help their backcourt. Because they haven't made any retarded moves, the Warriors should have a solid year.

Houston:

C - Yao/Scola
PF - Scola/Battier
SF - Battier/Pietrus/McGrady
SG - McGrady/Francis/Head
PG - Alston/Tuttle(R)/B. Jackson/Francis


With the NBA trend being getting a bunch of frontcourt guys, the Rockets have decided to try small ball, and thus decided to only draft guards and leave Yao and Luis Scola without true backups. Golden State 2!

Indiana:

C - J. O'Neal/Blount/Q. Ford(R)
PF - Murphy/Diogu/Tarik(R)/O'Neal
SF - Granger/Dunleavy
SG - Cook/Granger/Dunleavy/Williams
PG - Tinsley/Williams


The Pacers are pretty congested in the front court, but thats just one of the team's many problems. When will they ditch O'Neal and rebuild?

LA Clippers:

C - Kaman/M. Taylor/Cato
PF - Brand/Stevenson(R)/M. Taylor
SF - Maggette/Thomas
SG - Thornton/Mobley/Cole(R)
PG - Knight/Livingston


Now at full health, the Clippers haven't made any spectacular changes to the roster, but with Brand healthy, they should be above average.

LA Lakers:

C - Bynum/Gasol/Mbenga
PF - Gasol/Radmanovic/Odom
SF - Odom/Walton/Radmanovic/Hayes
SG - Bryant/Hayes/Monia
PG - Farmar/Fisher/Serrano(R)


The only major addition to the Lakers was swingman Jarvis Hayes. Hayes is a servicable backup for Kobe, and could be the thing that pushes the good Lakers team to great. Who knows?

Memphis:

C - Lehmann(R)/Brown/Tanner(R)/Milicic
PF - Green/Milicic/Warrick
SF - Gay/Warrick/Green
SG - Navarro/M. Miller/Crittenton
PG - Conley/Lowry/Crittenton


Despite making one of the most lopsided trades in NBA history, the Grizzlies still suck, and will suck for some time to come.

Miami:

C - Buck(R)/R. Swift/L. Wright
PF - Marion/Smirnov(R)/Wright/Croshere
SF - Wallace/D. Wright/Marion
SG - Wade/M. Daniels/C. Miles
PG - Banks/Miles/Wade


They are still weak at the 1 and 5 positions, but adding Gerald Wallace should keep them in the East's upper echelon.

Milwaukee:

C - Bogut/O'Bryant/Hollins(R)
PF - Villanueva/Yi/Bogut
SF - Mason/Simmons/Sefolosha
SG - Redd/Pavlovic/Sefolosha
PG - Hudson/R. Price


Losing Williams really hurt the Bucks. With the little improvements made in the offseason, the Bucks are solid at every position but the 1. Even with the trend being stupid offseason moves, there probably won't be playoff basketball in Milwaukee for at least another year.

Minnesota:

C - He(R)/Madsen/Jefferson
PF -A. Jefferson/Gomes/Madsen
SF - C. Brewer/Snyder/Tanner(R)
SG - Foye/Mccants/Buckner
PG - Nelson/Richard(R)/Foye


They are a bit thin in the frontcourt save for Al Jefferson, but the Timberwolves don't look that bad this year. Is the addition of Jameer Nelson and Guo He enough to finally catapult them into the playoffs?

New Jersey:

C - Diop/Nesterovic/Jason Collins
PF - Bosh/Mitchell Miller(R)/Boone
SF - Ager/Hassell/Carter
SG - Carter/Stuckey/Hassell
PG - Marcus Williams


They pulled off two hugely beneficial trades last year yet they narrowly missed the playoffs. Now with Devin Harris still unsigned, the Nets are left with a relatively thin backcourt. This team is a mess now... I'm glad I'm not Rod Thorn right now.

New Orleans:

C - Chandler/Dwyane Jones/H. Armstrong
PF - David West/Giles (R)/Armstrong
SF - Stojakovic/R. Butler/Gelabale
SG - Peterson/Fitzgerald(R)/R. Butler/Stojakovic
PG - Paul/James/Fitzgerald(R)


Last season was a bit of a disappointment, but the Hornets still managed to make the playoffs. With some minor adjustments to the bench, the Hornets look to build on last year's playoff appearance.

New York:

C - Curry/L. Simmons(R)/Lee
PF - Lee/Randolph/Balkman
SF - Q. Richardson/J. Jeffries/Balkman
SG - Crawford/F. Jones/Richardson
PG - M. Collins/Marbury/Robinson


Isiah is finally starting David Lee! Additionally, he has benched team cancer Stephon Marbury, who may be on the trading block now. The core Knicks team is the same as last year's though; so they are still dismal.

Orlando:

C - Howard/Foyle/Sow/Battie
PF - Turkoglu/Cook/Battie/Howard/Lewis
SF - Lewis/Walter(R)/Turkoglu/Bogans
SG - Redick/Bogans
PG - Kelly(R)/Ivey


The Magic have a pretty stacked frontcourt, but they have the worst backcourt in the NBA. Can Howard, Turkoglu and Lewis push their Guard-challenged team to the top?

Philadelphia:

C - Dalembert/Jason Smith/Brezec
PF - T. Young/B. Blake(R)/R. Bowen
SF - Iguodala/Carney/Young
SG - W. Green/Adams/Morris(R)
PG - A. Miller/Morris(R)


Overall, pretty much the same team as last year, with important bench players Evan, Williams and Ollie being replaced by rookies. Could squeak into the playoffs as a low seed.

Phoenix:

C - A. Stoudamire/Skinner/Foster/Diaw
PF - Carlos(R)/Palmer(R)/Diaw/Stoudamire/Foster
SF - Diaw/Hill/Tucker
SG - Barbosa/Tucker/Hill/Diaw
PG - Nash/Owens(R)/Barbosa


Losing Shaq to retirement sucked, as they had nothing to show for losing Marion (aside of the 15 million in cap space). The Suns are still solid, but are they still title contenders?

Portland:

C - Oden/Frye/Aldridge
PF - Aldridge/Frye/Miles
SF - Webster/Outlaw/J. Jones
SG - Roy/J. Jones/ J. Jack/Webster
PG - Blake/Jack/Hartley(R)/Xing(R)


The Blazers are about the same as last year, but unless they have a Chicago Bulls type regression, the future looks bright for the Blazers. Too bad they wasted their draft picks on crap PG's.

Sacramento:

C - S. Williams/Hawes/Moore
PF - Abdur-Rahim/Bass/Moore
SF - Salmons/Brett(R)/Power(R)
SG - Kevin Martin/Douby/Salmons
PG - Garcia/Wilks/Douby


Artest and Miller are gone, and it now looks like the Kings are the worst team in the league. With Kevin Martin being the Kings only player capable of being a good starter, look for Sacramento to come in last in the Pacific.

San Antonio:

C - Oberto/Barron/Duncan
PF - Duncan/Bonner/Oberto
SF - Udoka/Ross/Becker(R)
SG - Ginobili/A. James(R)/Ross
PG - Parker/Stoudamire/Vaughn


The Spurs lost the majority of their bench plus Bruce Bowen to retirement or Free Agency. Is the Spurs sort-of-dynasty over?

Seattle:

C - Wilcox/S. Swift/Sene
PF - Collison/Marshall/Wilcox/Swift
SF - Durant/Vinicius/Marshall/A. Griffin
SG - Griffin/Rodolfo Lopez(R)/Durant
PG - Ridnour/Watson/Lucas(R)


What were they thinking when they traded Jeff Green for Stromile Swift?? With that major setback, expect the Sonics to be just as terrible or worse than last year.

Toronto:

C - Muller/M. Jackson/Bargnani
PF - Bargnani/Garbajosa
SF - Jefferson/A. Parker/Kapono/Garbajosa/Graham
SG - Kapono/Graham/A. Parker/Jaric/Ford
PG - Ford/Anthony Johnson/B. Bird


Without Calderon and Bosh, the Raptors go from playoff regulars to a subpar basketball team. The dynamic duo of Ford and Jefferson probably won't be enough to keep the Raptors from sucking.

Utah:

C - Okur/Millsap/Boozer
PF - Boozer/Millsap/Harpring/Okur
SF - R. Brewer/Kirilenko/Munoz(R)
SG - Korver/Lehmann(R)/Almond/Brewer
PG - D. Williams/Hart/Almond


By keeping the championship core together, the Jazz look like the favorite to win it all this year too. Third year swingman Ronnie Brewer, who largely outplayed Andrei Kirilenko last season gets the starting nod this year.

Washington:

C - Haywood/Blatche/Harrison
PF - E. Thomas/Costa(R)/Fortson
SF - C. Butler/A. Carlos(R)/Augustine
SG - Stevenson/Carlos(R)/Arenas/Butler
PG - Arenas/A. Daniels


Gilbert Arenas has decided not to opt out, but after this season when his contract really runs out, the perennial all-star will likely leave due to Jamison's refusal to resign.

Major Free Agents:

Chauncey Billups
Ben Gordon
Antawn Jamison
Monta Ellis
Devin Harris
Ricky Davis
Michael Finley
Bruce Bowen
Jose Calderon
Eddie Jones
JR Smith
Juan Dixon
Alonzo Mourning
Bonzi Wells
Earl Boykins
Gerald Green
Chris Webber
Delonte West
Robert Horry
Jason Williams
Trevor Ariza
Daniel Gibson
Antonio McDyess
Chris Duhon
Gordan Giricek
Ruben Patterson
Yakhouba Diawara
Devean George
Jumaine Jones
Maurice Evans
Sergio Rodriguez
Dahntay Jones
Jalen Rose
Juwan Howard
Ronald Murray
Keyon Dooling
Dermarr Johnson
James White
Francisco Elson
Walter Herrmann
David Wesley
Michael Olowokandi
Chuck Hayes
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Postby Fut on Mon Apr 07, 2008 11:43 am

Lol@ detroit. :d
i really like your contract negotation behind the scenes :P That europe guy make me laugh :P
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Postby Chaser7 on Mon Apr 07, 2008 2:04 pm

Yeah Live really needs to work the CPU's decision making, oh well nice previews, good luck! (Y)

Is Zach Randolph also on the inactive list for you? Same thing happened for me... Also surprised Boozer and Okur maintained their starting spots.. God I actually think the gameplay is pretty decent now, EA just needs to work out some of the finer details!
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Postby Maree on Mon Apr 07, 2008 7:57 pm

wow what a big list of free-agents...since we will both start in 09 I will "borrow" this list for peaking :)


not many "star swapping" in 07-08, which is good since cpu are making stupid trades.

hardwood classics: don't remember with which team I was playing, but Lebron James was dealt for Chauncey Billups, i was like WTF?!?
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Postby homicide1550 on Tue Apr 08, 2008 12:44 am

Nice Preview mate! And the free agent list is pretty loaded.. Lots of good players there, Billups, Gordon, Ellis, etc..

And I also think that with your roster right now, you can make a push for the playoffs, since the East is kinda the weaker conference.

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Postby Lamrock on Tue Apr 08, 2008 12:48 am

Fut, Thanks for reading; I'm glad you liked that chapter. (Y)

Chaser7, Randolph isn't on the IR (since the Knicks only have 12 players), but yeah, the offseason is messed up. Okur and Boozer managed to keep their starting spots, as did most real starters. For me, lineups were less of a problem than free agency.

Maree, Your list may be different than mine. I have no idea why Billups is unsigned, and Artest went to the Pistons. Trades in Live are generally uncommon, but when they do happen they are done. My favorite of all-time was Kobe for Kenyon Martin. :roll:
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Postby L10 on Tue Apr 08, 2008 12:55 am

superb recap lamrock :!:
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Postby Chaser7 on Tue Apr 08, 2008 4:55 am

Oops I didn't see Randolph in the lineps for some reason... My bad, I just assumed he was inactive... :oops: :lol:
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Postby deihatein on Tue Apr 08, 2008 11:35 am

Like your roster Lamrock, and also the recap you made, i dont like some of the other teams move maybe because all of them are stupid moves and some of team are stacked.
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Meet the 2008-09 Atlanta Hawks

Starting Center - Jamaal Magloire - Acquired as a free agent during the offseason to a the Mid-Level exception, Magloire finally gives the Hawks a true Center, allowing Al Horford to play his true position: Power Forward. After having an all-star season in 2004, Magloire's Hornets suffered an 18-64 season the following season. Following a trade to the Bucks that offseason, he became a journeyman, having little success during tenures with Milwaukee, Portland, New Jersey and Dallas. Now 30 years old, Magloire signs with the Hawks in hopes of not wasting the rest of his prime. "The last few years have been tough... I know I can still be an all-star caliber player given the chance. I'm ecstatic that Coach (Washburn) is letting me start. Mark my words, you won't be let down", remarked Magloire on the season. With a lack of quality Centers in the East, can the 6'11" Canadian be an all-star again?

Starting Power Forward - Al Horford - Horford had a strong rookie season, starting at the Center position and averaging 12.2 PPG and 7.7 RPG. He also finished third in Rookie of the Year voting (behind Seattle's Kevin Durant and Philadelphia's Thaddeus Young). Horford looks to build on the success on last season playing at his true position. "I'm glad Jamaal is here and I can play the 4. I feel kind of bad for Marvin having to come off the bench, but I think that our team can finally make the playoffs with this rotation," Horford said in a press conference. One thing is for sure: Al Horford is a player to watch this season.

Starting Small Forward - Josh Smith - Recently signing to a huge extension, there will be a lot of pressure on Josh Smith in this upcoming season. He isn't worried. "You know, a lot of people get these big contracts and just slack off until the last season. Thats not me. I'm just going to continue doing what I do. I want to be an all-star this season", says Smith on his 5 year, 48 million dollar extension. The Atlanta Hawks hope that with his new contract, Smith becomes more like LeBron and less like Darius Miles.

Starting Shooting Guard - Joe Johnson - Coming off his second straight all-star appearance, and third straight trip to the lottery, Joe Johnson is ready to take it to the next level. "We are making the playoffs. There are no excuses this year. We have the team, its time." Johnson, who emerged on the scene during the Phoenix Suns' 62-20 season in 2005 knows success, but that was when he was on a team with Steve Nash, Shawn Marion and Amare Stoudemire. Is J.J. finally ready to lead a team to success?

Starting Point Guard - Mike Bibby - Acquired last season for a draft bust and a bunch of small expiring contracts, Mike Bibby finally gives the Hawks something they have lacked for years: a decent point guard. Possibly the best Point Guard never to make the all-star game, Bibby had a solid first season in Atlanta, averaging just under 14 points and 8 assists. "Things just weren't working out in Sacramento. Even though we finished 33-49 [last season], I think we have a great future ahead of us, and I look forward to this season."

PF/SF - Marvin Williams - The Hawks selecting Marvin Williams over superstar Point Guards Chris Paul and Deron Williams was seen as one of the most controversial selections in NBA history. Williams, who further clogged his team at the Forward positions has never been more than an average starting Forward. Williams put up averages of 14.2 points and 6.6 Rebounds last season, par for his first two seasons. Seen as a bust, Coach Washburn decided to play Marvin off the bench to see if that could invigorate his career. It will be interesting to see if this boosts his development.

SG/SF - Josh Childress - Josh Childress will continue to back up Joe Johnson and Josh Smith yet again. Childress seems fine with his role as a Hawk though, as he signed a four year extension this offseason. Will Childress ever bust out of his 6th man role?

C - Zaza Pachulia - Pachulia has always been a serviceable big man, and that won't change this year. He will be Jamaal Magloire's primary backup.

PG - Speedy Claxton - Seen by most as a waste of money, Claxton is the Hawks backup Point Guard, and his large contract played a large role in the sacking of Billy Knight. Claxton is currently on the trading block.

PG - Acie Law - Law was used very sparingly last season, and unless Speedy Claxton is traded, he will continue to split minutes with him as the backup PG.

PF - Craig Smith - Acquired for the league minimum by the Hawks, Smith could end up being a steal for the Hawks. However, barring an injury, Smith will likely not see much playing time.

C - Ellery Cochrane - Cochrane was touted to be drafted in the mid to late first round but slid all the way to the 41st pick. The Hawks may be solid at the 5, but come playoffs, the more decent Centers, the better. Cochrane, along with Smith could be huge acquisitions.

Coach/GM - Liam Washburn - Not too much is known about the 28 year old wonder kind coach/general manager Liam Washburn. Washburn briefly played for the Washington Huskies at the starting point guard, before suffering an injury that ended his playing days. After that though, he stayed involved on the sidelines, and before long, was slotted as the Atlanta Hawks assistant general manager. After succeeding Billy Knight, Washburn made a bold move by electing himself head coach of the team. Will this experiment work? We can't wait to find out.
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Postby Chaser7 on Tue Apr 08, 2008 12:07 pm

Nice team preview, although I really disagree that Williams is a bust at all. Even in the game where his stats are worse than real life, those aren't that bad. He's at least shown he can play and while me may never be a superstar, he's still solid. Plus I think he was overrated come draft time, he was only a 6th man at UNC anyways..
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Postby Menopauss on Tue Apr 08, 2008 5:57 pm

I read it all (Y) I like your dynasty the most here(no offence chaser i follow yours too) and i hope you continue it
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Hawks Blow Out Bulls In Opener

Atlanta, GA - Lets all hope this is a sign of things to come. In the Hawks season opener, the Washburn era began with a blowout win over the hapless Bulls. The frontcourt trio of Jamaal Magloire, Al Horford and 6th man Marvin Williams dominated. It was only one game, but Williams' line of 24, 8 and 5 makes him the premature front runner for the 6th man and most improved awards.

On the other hand, the Bulls were just awful. Their poor defense, carelessness and inability to pass the ball allowed the Hawks to walk all over them. "We were terrible. Everything we shouldn't do, we did. Marvin lit us up," said Bulls coach Jim Boylan on the loss. The sole plus for the Bulls was Kirk Hinrich, who had 23 points.

The first half was relatively close, with the Hawks holding a small edge throughout, but with the size of the lead seesawing between 3 and 10 points. At the half, it was Hawks by 8. A pair of Hinrich three's got his Bulls within two at the beginning of the second half, but that seemed to just wake the Hawks up, as they proceeded to go on a 19-4 run, and from there Chicago never came within 15 points as the Hawks cruised to a blowout win.

New addition Jamaal Magloire had a huge game, with 18 points and 11 rebounds, reminding us of his 2004 all-star season. Joe Johnson, the Hawks franchise player had a solid, albeit unspectacular game with 18 points and 7 rebounds. "I didn't need to go out there and score 30 points for us to win. Our team just clicked. I hope this continues," remarked Johnson on the victory.

This is certainly an encouraging victory, but over the past two seasons, there have been plenty of those moments, which proved to be flukes. Atlanta will truly be tested in their next game: Vs. LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Will the Hawks continue this play, or will they fall down the same path of being the joke of the NBA? And will this sportswriter ever stop ending articles with questions? Time will tell.

JORDAN Player of the Game: Marvin Williams (24 Points, 8 Rebounds, 5 Assists)
MCDWYANE Shitass of the Game: Ben Gordon (7 Points, 2 Assists, 2 Rebounds, 3-14 FG)

Notable Performers:

Williams (ATL): 24 Points, 8 Rebounds, 5 Assists
Magloire (ATL): 18 Points, 11 Rebounds
Horford (ATL): 14 Points, 8 Rebounds, 4 Assists, 2 Blocks
Johnson (ATL): 18 Points, 7 Rebounds
Bibby (ATL): 11 Points, 9 Assists

Hinrich (CHI): 23 Points, 4 Assists
Brown (CHI): 12 Points, 5 Assists
Gooden (CHI): 10 Points, 6 Rebounds

CHI 24 18 21 21 84
ATL 29 21 32 26 108
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Postby Skills on Fri Apr 11, 2008 10:09 am

LOL, McDwyane shitass of the game.. Loved the read!
Nice win over the Bulls! If only Marvin could keep up that play in real life.
Then Atlanta wouldn't be regretting not drafting Chris Paul as much.
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Postby Lamrock on Fri Apr 11, 2008 10:18 am

I played against Chicago though. You only read the bold text, didn't you?
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Postby Skills on Fri Apr 11, 2008 10:24 am

Lol oh shit, my bad. :oops: I can't seem to get LeBron out of my head.
And the fact that I was looking over at Homicide's dynasty at the same time.
Got me a little mixed on both.
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Postby Lamrock on Fri Apr 11, 2008 12:21 pm

No worries. Its good to at least have followers. (On that note, where has Chaser been the past couple days?)

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Postby Maree on Fri Apr 11, 2008 1:33 pm

i like the presentation, it's simple and it gives you the all information you need.

only couple links to boxscores would be welcome...


nice win with sharing the ball (Y)
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Postby Lamrock on Fri Apr 11, 2008 2:49 pm

I can't get boxscores because I play on a console, and I don't have the TV/skills that Chaser has to get his pictures up sadly. Also, the recaps won't just be game-by-game as they take too long, and the season doesn't progress quickly. I am actually using a format similar to The X's Bobcats dynasty but with important games in this format.
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Postby SpaceFlare on Fri Apr 11, 2008 5:53 pm

lol McDwyane Shitass of the Game. Bulls seem to still have that logjam at shooting guard, eh.

Marvin Williams put up solid numbers off the bench. I've always liked Marvin Williams. I'm hoping he has a breakout season in your dynasty.

Excellent, well-written writeups so far. Keep this up!
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Postby Lamrock on Sat Apr 12, 2008 9:46 am

Thanks for the praise. Like I said though, I am not going to do a long winded recap for every game. It isn't worth it. I hope you guys like it anyway though. My recaps will be a lot like the X's, but with one of two long-winded recap per month.

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Postby Chaser7 on Sat Apr 12, 2008 11:43 am

Nice recap Lamrock, sorry I haven't been on lately, its spring break and I've been hanging out with friends for the last few days. First time I've been home in a while. Anyways, see told you Marvin Williams isn't a bust. Maybe he won't be KG, but he'll be solid. Funny how you switched it from McDwyane MVP to McDwyane Shitass..
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Postby homicide1550 on Sat Apr 12, 2008 1:21 pm

That last paragraph was funny... :lol:

Anyways nice start and good luck with your game against The King and his Cavaliers..
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Postby deihatein on Sat Apr 12, 2008 1:23 pm

Nice win Lamrock over the Bulls. Love the recaps especially the last part of it :mrgreen:. Hope you get Hawks to the playoffs and do not get a 8th seed
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Postby Lamrock on Sat Apr 12, 2008 5:24 pm

Okay, I have some bad news. My 360 just got the lower red light of death. Basically, my game's graphics are totally screwed up. I am going to try some more things, and if worse comes to worst I'll wrap my 360 in towels to create the red rings problem that is covered and send it in.

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