A Hoops Junkie Haven

I'm back, so stop stealing my bloggers, David! Unless, of course, in my time gone, they were stolen from you as well.
G.O.A.T. 08/06/09
Fell free to Blog on the NBA NATION until GOAT comes back, let me know and I can give you rights.
7#bag _ Com 12/18/08
Hey, I guess this group tanked with the rest of the site...it's a shame because this was up-and-coming...
Cheezhead 10/09/08
I hope not, lakers. Supposedly the group message boards are coming back soon, and we'll get the group clicking again.
Hyped78 09/22/08
Is this group dead?
Yeah, they do. I basically ran this group through the message board and now I...can't do that.
G.O.A.T. 09/13/08
I posted that before the mods screwed up the site.
They have to make changes FAST.
Hyped78 09/11/08
Because the mods screwed this site over.
G.O.A.T. 09/10/08
Why does no one talk on the Locker talk anymore?
80 % is good GOAT. I hate practices where we have to as a group make 80 out of 100 free throws. If we don't get it we run and then do it again. We continue that until we get it.
I shoot around 80% so making 80 out of 100 will be a challenge. haha

And, Hyped, no good basketball player I know is THAT bad.
G.O.A.T. 08/30/08
I see you guys are not O'Neal, Shaquille!
Hyped78 08/30/08
GOAT what % do you shoot free throws? I usually shoot around 85 %
I'm not going to shoot 500, but I'll shoot 100 for you and if I don't make at least 80% of them then I'll shoot another 50, okay?
G.O.A.T. 08/29/08
G.O.A.T., for that mistake a simple "sorry" won't do it. You'll have to shoot 500 FTs this weekend to make up for it :)
Hyped78 08/29/08
Oh, sorry, Lakers. I misspoke. It was in the Links of 8/27, not 29. haha
G.O.A.T. 08/29/08
So AdamLee's article will be up there tommorow then GOAT?
Good to have you back, Hyped. AdamLee's article is in the Links of 8/29.
G.O.A.T. 08/27/08
Back from my vacations in Amsterdam/Holland!
Just wanted to congratulate you guys on Team USA getting back to the top of the basketball world.
What's the link for that AdamLee's article on SLAM?
Hyped78 08/27/08
I have no problem with AdamLee getting an auto invite
I couldn't help it. My bad. haha

By the way, AdamLee is getting an auto invite into this group. One of his articles just appeared on SLAMonline.com. Anyone can do that deserves to be in this group no matter what.
G.O.A.T. 08/27/08
Fell asleep G.O.A.T? How could you?
(Cincy) 08/27/08
Hey all
(Cincy) 08/27/08
Check out my blog
I don't think Griffin will really have much of a chance at being the best player in the entire country but I think Harden is a possibility.
G.O.A.T. 08/24/08
If Psycho T doesn't win it all, I'd be really surprised.

Two other names to look out for are Arizona State's James Harden and Oklahoma's Blake Griffin.
USA WINS GOLD!! Redeem Team comes through
Okay, Mac, I hear ya.

But man, I'm pissed. I tried to stay up and watch the game last night but I fell asleep with less than a hour to go until the game started. I woke back up during the medal ceremony. >_>
G.O.A.T. 08/24/08
If anyone is here now or in the next day:

I plan on blogging in here either immediately after the Gold Medal game tonight or tomorrow morning.
Can I throw in a Football link that all Browns fans should Read??

7#bag _ Com 08/20/08
My first blog for the Haven is up.
I believe he pleaded guilty to underage drinkinga and driving and as part of the plea deal has to do community service.
Cheezhead 08/20/08
What about him?
G.O.A.T. 08/19/08
Anyone else hear about Ty Lawson?
Cheezhead 08/19/08
Sorry I messed up the Roman numerals. haha.
G.O.A.T. 08/18/08
Wait, the new poll is Poll V dude.

I've been missing tons of games because of cross, but I caught the back-end of the game.
Cheezhead 08/18/08
Yeah, I'll put a new poll up.

But I MISSED the Spain-US game!!!! I had cross country practice. Sounds like they played very well though.
G.O.A.T. 08/17/08
Can we get a new poll?
Cheezhead 08/17/08
Great Game by Team USA today
I was close, a bit more than 25 points.
Cheezhead 08/16/08
I am eating my words. Flawless game against Spain.
Hyped78 08/16/08
Who else just saw Phelps get 7 golds? Unbelievable.
Cheezhead 08/15/08
10-25 points for me.
Cheezhead 08/15/08
I say we'll win by 20 or less.
Take it to the bank: USA is hammering Spain tomorrow.
Cheezhead 08/15/08
Mac, even I could have coached the Celtics in the postseason. They have THREE possible HOFers with a great bench.

But you're right on one thing. It would never happen.
G.O.A.T. 08/14/08
He seemed to do just fine this past post season, GOAT.

Offensively, sure, it would DEFINITELY be a downgrade, but it isnt like they'd be going out there putting up 70-points per-game. They'd still be able to push across some solid point outputs, especially with the outside threats they had -- Allen, House, Posey, Pierce, etc -- and that's how the international game likes it, inside out play.

But hell, it's just an idea. Not like it would ever happen. EVER.
Hemo, you're right on saying Bosh and Howard are their most important player. There's no way they win without him.
Denis24 08/14/08
Mac, Hyped mentioned that before. I think it would be a downgrade on offense, but possibly an upgrade on D. However, I'm not too fond of having Doc Rivers coach Team USA.
G.O.A.T. 08/14/08
Dwight Howard and Chris Bosh, since their two of the three bigs we've got.
thehemogoblin 08/13/08
Of course, because the entire team is filled with All-Stars.
But look at the bench. Not as strong as the guys coming off the bench on Team USA.
Cheezhead 08/13/08
Our chances of winning Olympic gold would be a 100% lock if we had just sent the Celtics; they play like a team, total team defense, shoot well from the perimeter, etc.
Haha, definitely. But does anyone else feel Kobe's role on the team is being overrated slightly? I'm a big Kobe fan but he might actually be hurting them on offense. He's been jacking up threes and not much has been going in. I realize he's a key defender but he's got to calm down on O.
G.O.A.T. 08/12/08
Any way you slice it GO USA!
Captain Squints 08/12/08
Good point, Squints, but the international game isn't taylored towards big men being able to post up down low very well, especially with zone defenses being played against good big guys. Besides, as of late, Bosh has been playing better than Howard, who couldn't make a free throw if his life depended on it.
G.O.A.T. 08/12/08
You missed out on the poll. The most important player on the team is Howard. He is the only player that cannot easily be replaced by other players on the roster.
Captain Squints 08/12/08
That's what I thought too, Hyped.
G.O.A.T. 08/11/08
David's here? In person? OUUUUCH! :)
Hyped78 08/11/08
I thought that was amusing GOAT.
Cheezhead 08/11/08
Not funny, David. >_>
G.O.A.T. 08/11/08
was the court that Rafer Alston grew up on.
G.O.A.T. 08

Alston was homeless???
7#bag _ Com 08/11/08
That's all it is: a rumor. The Grizz would be dumb to make that trade.
G.O.A.T. 08/10/08

This is the rumor GOAT.

As for Lewis' contract, it is about $16.5 million each season over the next 5 years.
Denis24 08/10/08
ANSWER TO QUIZ: Our first ever group picture was a picture of The Goat Park in Manhattan. It was named after Earl Manigault and was the court that Rafer Alston grew up on.
G.O.A.T. 08/10/08
No, I haven't seen the contract, why? And no, I haven't heard the rumors. haha. I feel so unplugged in to what's going on.
G.O.A.T. 08/10/08
Have you guys seen Rashard Lewis' contract?

Anyway, did you hear the Z-Bo-to-the-Grizzlies rumors? I think that is ridiculous!!!
Denis24 08/10/08
Oh, I guess I read it wrong. My bad. And I agree that Gordon helps the Bulls. It's a sure thing.
G.O.A.T. 08/10/08
I want them to do well...did I word that wrong?

"This isn't good. The Bulls aren't going to do better without him"
Cheezhead 08/10/08
Why don't you want the Bulls to do well?
G.O.A.T. 08/10/08
Ben Gordon is probably leaving Chicago. This isn't good. The Bulls aren't going to do better w/o him.
Cheezhead 08/10/08
I agree with Hyped. The pieces are in place for Orlando. Why fix what isn't broken?
G.O.A.T. 08/09/08
Not a bad one, but I don't think the Magic will want to part ways with Rashard Lewis. They're building a contending team there.
Hyped78 08/09/08
What do you guys think of a Rashard Lewis to Golden State for Al Harrington, Kosta Perovic, C.J. Watson, and Brandan Wright trade? I think it' good for both teams. You?
Denis24 08/09/08
Dude, that's the EXACT reason I think he'll go. Do you realize how much money Nike and Sprite and all them would make if LeBron went over to Europe and was a star?

Those companies will sell in the US no matter what, but it takes someone like LeBron to make them sell overseas.
G.O.A.T. 08/08/08
I agree with what you say GOAT, but I think LeBron will stay in the NBA because he already has his endorsements, etc.
For the poll, I think LeBron will but Kobe won't. I don't know why; I guess you could call it a feeling, but I think European teams are more eager to land King James and that LBJ is a little more concerned with how much money he has than Kobe is.
G.O.A.T. 08/08/08
Yeah, sorry, I didn't have the links up in time. You did a solid job filling in though.
G.O.A.T. 08/07/08
GOAT, you're usually on right now. I want some (sausage) links of the day!
Cheezhead 08/07/08
I've been gone for almost a week, but I heard USA got a little scared by Aussie. If they're anything like the '92 team, it's the only wake-up call they'll need.
Cheezhead 08/05/08
By the way, I promised a blog about the NBA players leaving for Europe, but I'm going to wait to see which players leave. I want to be able to comment on all of them.
G.O.A.T. 08/04/08
So do I, Hyped. I'm not going to get caught up in the arrogance of US basketball. As Michael Wilbon said, this team we have could very easily lose, but the American people seem to think they're invincible. The US is just plain old arrogant about their basketball.

The best TEAM in the tournament has to be Greece by far. The best talent is US then Spain. The best mix of talent and teamwork is probably Spain, which is why they are the favorites in my opinion.
G.O.A.T. 08/04/08
For the record, I am an european that's going to root for the US in terms of olympic basketball this summer.
But has this team really addressed its biggest issues?
Is this a real TEAM, with role players and guys that can play with each other? I have my doubts.
Hyped78 08/04/08
I think that USA is still the favorites to win Gold. They didn't play well against Russia, but I still think they're going to win Gold.
Yeah, if I were to rank those four teams right now, I'd go with Spain, then USA, then Greece, then Argentina.

Hyped, I doubt that the Argentineans make it to the finals even. It could happen but I don't see it happening.
G.O.A.T. 08/04/08
Spain and USA is the prediction I'm making for the final game.

First, you've got Pau Gasol, Rudy Fernandez, Raul Lopez, Juan Carlos Navarro, Jose Calderon, Ricky Rubio, Marc Gasol, and Jorge Garbajosa. They players are all notable names that play for Spain. They completely dominated Russia, beating them by 30-plus.

I have a felling they just might upset the US. Actually, I don't think it would be called an upset.
Denis24 08/04/08
I voted for Zaire.
7#bag _ Com 08/04/08
I voted for Argentina in the poll. Gut feeling.
Hyped78 08/04/08
If this was a year from now, and Ricky and Gasol had another year of experience under their respective belts, I'd definitely say Spain, but I still think the US has a firm grip on this.
I voted Spain in the poll. They recently embarassed Russia by over 30 points and the US nabs them by 21 (but the game was a lot closer than the score indicated). That's reason enough to make the Spainards the favorite.
G.O.A.T. 08/04/08
That's pretty bold, Denis. But I think Ricky Rubio could be that guy if he lives up to the hype.

New poll is up, by the way.
G.O.A.T. 08/04/08
For the poll, I think it could be Marc Gasol in the next couple of years. Yes, he's that good.
Denis24 08/03/08
Yeah, I'm watching the replay of it right now, Mac. Kobe's dominated the third...
G.O.A.T. 08/03/08
Game against Russia wasnt exactly as dominant as it should've been... only 89-points. (irked)
See, I told you that Denis read them, too. Other than us three though, I doubt it. haha
G.O.A.T. 08/03/08
I do Danbash..........
Denis24 08/02/08
Does anybody read the links, other then me and GOAT?
No, because he's from the U.S. Virgin Islands and has played on Team USA before.
G.O.A.T. 07/30/08
Does Tim Duncan count as an international player?
And no, Cheez, we can't.
G.O.A.T. 07/29/08
Good suggestion, Hyped. I'll start doing that.
G.O.A.T. 07/29/08
Can we have two Cheezhead's?
Cheezhead 07/29/08
G.O.A.T., on those applications you should put a link to the applicant's profile, so we can check them out.
Hyped78 07/29/08
Oh, I already responded to your FM.

And yes, Cheez, but the problem has been fixed.
G.O.A.T. 07/29/08
Wait...there were two DanBash's? NICE!
Cheezhead 07/29/08
Gotcha. Ignore the FM.
Dan, I bet I know how it happened.

You copy and pasted the address of this group with the password (how it is in an invite) into your browser and hit enter.

When it didn't send right away, you probably hit enter again. This is probably how you could have joined twice.

To fix it, would you mind leaving the group and coming right back?
G.O.A.T. 07/29/08
I have no idea how it happened. And lakers, I'm a guard, and I don't have a Baron Davis-esque body type.
Dan is so fat he takes up two spots
Dan, you really effed us over.

No, I'm just kiddin'. haha. How did you do that?
G.O.A.T. 07/29/08
Somehow, I'm two members. I guess they needed to do that to accomodate my basketball knowledge.
Good ideas, Cheez. I'll make a thread.

But for the future, you can make a thread if you want to do so. There's no restrictions.
G.O.A.T. 07/29/08
Hey, maybe you want to make a group ideas thread.

Anyway, I just thought of an idea other than a td tourney. How about a NBA players fantasy draft and then we vote on the best roster?
Cheezhead 07/29/08
I hope you're right.
G.O.A.T. 07/29/08
This group is going to be great
That's a hard poll...they're all great in different parts of the game.
Cheezhead 07/29/08
I have a feeling this group will become big......
Denis24 07/29/08
3rd member!
Hyped78 07/29/08
Hey guys. Welcome to the group.

The objective is simple: create a basketball-only group that will be an active place to just talk hoops of any kind.

Once we get enough members, look for a throwdown tournament to start up. Also, anyone that joins will be given blogging priveleges to write about basketball.

You may have noticed a post on the message board. I'll try and have one of those each and every day if possible.

You guys are also allowed to suggest members who you'd like to be a part of this group.
G.O.A.T. 07/29/08

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