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Posted on: September 28, 2009 4:14 pm
 

2009-10 Atlantic Division Preview

The Atlantic Division

Ah the Atlantic. For more than 36 seasons now, the NBA’s Big East conference has played home to some of the most memorable teams in history. From the powerhouse Celtics teams of the 1980’s (and the awful Knicks teams) to this newest edition of the powerhouse Celtics (and the awful Knicks teams) here’s what the Atlantic is bringing this year:

Boston Celtics

How often do teams lose their star player, win 62 games, go down in a grueling 7 game series against the game’s best big man… and come out grumbling about what should have been. These are the Rajon Rondo Celtics: NBA champions, gritty, full of attitude and talent. Between Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Rasheed Wallace and the Little Triple Double himself, Rajon Rondo, the Celtics have all of the firepower to compete for their 379th NBA title. Of course, between Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Rasheed Wallace and the Little Trade Bait himself, Rajon Rondo, the Celtics have all the egos to compete with the Real Housewives of Boston. It’ll be a championship or bust season for a team which only two years ago became only the eighth team to win a championship with 65+ wins in the same season.

The Big Three:

While KG’s knee will be the focal point of so much scrutiny, Celtics faithful always seem to fall back on The Truth. This is a perimeter scorer’s league and for more than a decade, the Celtics have run through Paul Pierce. Of course, for more than a decade prior to the arrival of a certain other perimeter scorer, the Celtics had won as much time with the Larry O’Brien Trophy as they did with the Stanley Cup – old Jesus Shuttlesworth plays a massive part in the C’s destiny. If Ray Ray can get and stay in rhythm for prolonged stretches of the season, then the Green could be one of a few teams to get a sniff at 70 wins this year.

Raging Rajon and the Disintegrating Sheed:

One of the great problems with the NBA playoffs is that there are just too damned many of them. In a system where more than half of the league makes the playoffs and every bloody series is a best of 7, even the most hardcore fans tend to take the “Wake me when it COUNTS counts” stance. What a great tragedy it was that Chicago Bulls – Boston Celtics series of 2009-09 was missed by so many should-be and kind-of fans. Not only was it a terrific series, it gave birth to the certifiable star of Rajon Rondo. No, he was not and should not have been an all-star last season, but this year, the big fisted jitterbug and uniquely skill-setted PG looks to build on a postseason where he more or less, averaged a triple double (16.8, 9.7 and 9.8.) Sheed looks to come in and not suck, although at the physical age of 35 and the emotional age of 12 – the question becomes can Sheed pick and pop his way to filling the hole left by Leon Powe (not to mention the step KG may or may not have lost.) Although Sheed may be asked to play the Middle Relief Left Handed Hitter Specialist role and basically show up for 7-10 games this year: the 3 regular season and 4-7 playoff matches with Dwight Howard and the Eastern Conference Champion Orlando Magic.

Fantasy:

The Celtics have the great disadvantage of playing with other Celtics – there are only so many touches to go around. When you play on a team where anywhere between 3-4.5 guys could go score 25 ppg on other teams, you just can’t be too sure who is going to get the numbers. Rajon Rondo is probably the most interesting Celtic as he is both the least dusty (so fresh at only 23 years old) and least likely to give up minutes (Eddie House would be the only backup PG at this point.) The Celtics of 09-10 may end up looking a lot like that other Rasheed Wallace team… a championship team with a bunch of guys at 16-20 ppg, 5-8 rpg and a smattering of defensive stats. Rajon should be in the 14-16 ppg, 9-11 apg, 4-6 rpg, 2-3 spg and basically the only Celtic even kind of worth going out on a limb for fantasy wise.

Philadelphia 76ers

It’s the hope that kills you. It isn’t the fans of perennial terrible teams like the Clippers or the Clippers who get hurt every May/June – it’s the fans of perennial almost teams like the Sixers. After firmly moving from the reign of previous AI Allen Iverson to new AI (and should have been NBA slam dunk champions 3 seasons ago) Andre Iguodala, the Sixers added a bigtime middle piece in Elton Brand to go along with Andre Miller and looked to make some noise. After losing the oft-lost Brand, the Sixers looked doomed to another ignoble first round loss. Suddenly, after sophomore sensation Thaddeus Young’s game winning layup over sometimes DOPEY DPOY Dwight Howard, the Sixers held a 2-1 advantage on second round admission over the Magic… so that didn’t work out. Now, after losing the most underrated PG of the past decade in Andre Miller, the Sixers look to get Brand back and move into the next echelon of NBA teams.

Albatross Arms and AI2

Elton Brand was once that most rare and pursued NBA character, a 20-10 guy… of course, that was on the Clippers…of course, that was when the Clippers were good… of course that was for one year...a horse is a horse, of course…of course… After shirking Baron and those very same very bad Clippers (that would make 7 potshots at the Clippers for anyone keeping score) Brand got a dose of instant karma and wound up where he winds up most NBA seasons – in a suit on the sideline. But not only does Elton have to get and stay healthy, at the wrong side of 30 years old now, the former Blue Devil has to prove that he can return to Clippers form (how often do you say that in a positive sense – “Return to Clippers form”… that would be 9.) And all Andre Iguodala has done is to begin hit game-winning shots and take a team no one expected to compete after Brand’s loss to the brink of the second round.

Dalembert, Young and the Gang

After averaging a double-double in 07-08, Samuel Dalembert fell off in 08-09. Alternatively, Thaddeus Young picked up more minutes and turned into a reasonable 15 ppg 5 rpg type of dude. If the Sixers want to succeed in the Year of Referees that will be 09-10, they are going to have to do it with last year’s Thaddeus Young and the year before’s Dalembert. But the major loss here was Andre Miller. All the guy does is run a solid point, take his team to the playoff…and go to a new team. Philly faithful/delusional are salivating at the long armed UCLA prospect Jrue Holiday as a potential Russell Westbrook… but is a teenager really ready to be a contributing member of a playoff NBA team? Will the Sixers look to make a   midseason trade for a serviceable PG? Will Lebron v. Kobe dominate the NBA again? Is the NBA a corporate shell of its former self just like all sport/everything in the Western World? But yeah… Jrue Holiday…

Fantasy

Don’t touch Elton Brand within the first 5 rounds of your draft. That man is the definition of injury prone. While AI is going to get most of the attention here for his reasonable across the board numbers, keep your eye on Thaddeus Young as a major sleeper pick here. His minutes per game went up about 50% last season while his production went up about 90%. Young could be a 16-18 ppg 6-8 rpg 4-6 apg guy that doesn’t even get drafted in a lot of leagues.

New Jersey Nets

The Almost-Brooklyn Nets enter the 2009-10 season the envy of every team in the NBA – not only are they not going to be expected to win anything, they are probably going to end up playing for a traveling Playboy Mansion. Yes, the Yi Jianlin, Skip to My Lou, praying for Lebron, not quite Brooklyn Nets now playing for Vito Corleonovsky. Last year, Devin Harris gained a lot of attention as the halfcourt-shot hitting impresario of the 34 win Nets. A cap-clearing sweepout of Air Canada left the Nets with Rafer Alston and the interesting young tweener Courtney Lee. Really, the Nets are looking to pull together some nice young pieces and surround a major 2010 acquisition, whether it be Lebron or Wade or Amare is yet to be seen – but rest assured, with New York looming and ownership a buzzing, the Nets will be picking up someone big next season.

Devin Harris

Devin Harris holds a fascinating place in the NBA world. He is one of a handful of players to average 21+ and 7+ and would certainly cream his trade partner Jason Kidd in a one-on-one game. But at 25 years old and having played in only 69 games last season due to injury, Devin is a little older than most people think. Not to mention, he piloted a 34 win team in a pretty weak Eastern Conference. He is the most overrated underrated player in the league. As most of us are thinking, Devin recalls to mind the 75-76 New York Knickerbockers led by the similarly do-everything PG Tiny Archibald to a 30-something win season in the Atlantic Division. He’ll get numbers…he’ll miss games… so it goes.

Yi, Lee and Lopez

It’s possible that in 2009-2010, the most watched and cared for player in the NBA will be Yi Jianlian. After all with Yao out and Yi in, the biggest country in the world’s best player in the NBA will be Yi. Of course, no one has any idea what the Hell the Nets are trying to put out on the court in 2009-10 so God only knows what Yi will actually be asked to do. Courtney Lee will take his 10 ppg post-All-Star rookie average and look to transition into a more featured offensive role. Or he’s going to get minutes on a team with no real identity. Whatever. Finally we get to Brook Lopez. After a surprisingly awesome rookie campaign, Brook looks to establish himself as a legitimate all-star big man. The kid plays big and has some moves – if he can get touches then he could put up some bigtime numbers. This whole season has got to be an audition for a lot of these guys – can they play nice and wait for Lebron or whomever the big name coming in 2010 will be?

Fantasy

09-10 Devin Harris = 06-07 Baron Davis. He’s going to get numbers, but it’s going to come at the expense of a lot of TOs and a rough FG%. The guy to go after on the Nets is Lopez. He’s young, last year he was a 13, 8 and 2 bpg guy and the Nets have nothing. With every other position on the Nets roster looking like a turf war, Lopez is could be a real breakout player this year. Look to snag him with a later pick but don’t be afraid to go a bit out on a limb for this guy, 18 ppg, 10 rpg and 3 bpg would not be shocking.

New York Knicks

After battling through a stretch of bad records, bad management and huge payroll, the Knicks look like they may have finally trimmed some of the fat. Marbury is gone and Isaah Thomas is a memory, Lee has been re-signed as has Nate Robinson. With Jamal Crawford, Al Harrington and some young talent, offensive genius Mike D’Antoni has a lot of offensive players at his behest. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. David Stern please don’t mess your pants… but the Knicks may not be awful next season. New York may have a basketball team again!

Nate Robinson and David Lee

Though Nate may not be a starter, he is one of the real leaders of this Knicks squad. The Tick can both score (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EksBeXdGeps) and defend (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kt5pOPn_0Ik ) while the 26 year old Lee scrapped his way to a career high in points and rebounds last season (16 and almost 12.) Though these two are probably going to factor the most into games the next season for the Knicks, neither was able to score more than a one year deal with the Knicks looking to stay flexible for the coming off-season (ie Go Really Hard After Lebron.)

Dario, Duhon and Darko

Mike D’Antoni gets the old pace of the game moving along. You can either vibe with that or you can be Steve Kerr. Apparently, second year wingman Dario Gallinari was bred to play for D’Antoni with his sweet stroke, quick step and general aversion to manning up on D. But hey, that describes Jamal Crawford, Al Harrington and Eddy Curry as well. Chris Duhon, while a fine defensive back-up, is a fishy out of water in D’Antoni’s system. And while he begins the season as the starter, you’ve got figure that at a 43% FG and 7 or so apg and the second year of a 2 year deal, something has got to change with Duhon or he won’t be bringing the ball up much longer.

Fantasy

The Knicks are going to produce a lot more fantasy value than most would think. Look, D’Antoni is a fantasy bball player’s dream – speed the game up, gamble on defense and score. Jamal Crawford could end up a decent pick if he gets minutes. Nate Robinson will be around 20 ppg with 4 and 4. David Lee will be around where he was last year. Try sitting on a number of Knicks players during your draft and start wholesale shopping around round 8 – you’re bound to pick up a 15 ppg guy.

Toronto Raptors

In a telling metaphor for the basketball world, most Americans have no idea exactly how big of a city Toronto is. At a population around 6 million, the only metropolis area in the US bigger than Toronto’s is New York. Likewise, the Raptors are trying to get something done this year. While most teams are battening down the hatches for the economic Armageddon, the Raptors went out and spent a bunch of money on free agents to surround a legit superstar, a very solid PG and a maturing number 1 pick. A few veterans trickled north and a very talented upside-guy was drafted – things could be looking back up in Canada.

Chris Bosh and Hedo Turkoglu

It’s hard to fathom how good Hedo Turkoglu is by looking at him. He’s a gangly, unathletic sort of mopey looking guy… that was the best offensive player on an NBA Finals team last season. Hedo can hit shots, create shots and move the ball around while Bosh is one of the best face-up high post players in the NBA. Of course, neither has a reputation of being all that too formidable or physical. Add into the mix the hot-shooting but not so-much-a-down-low-presence Andrea Bargnani, the Raptors three biggest players in the presumed starting lineup would’ve been more at home on the 06-07 Suns then the 06-07 Spurs. Definitely a talented bunch, the question will be whether or not they can stop the other team from scoring down low.

Jose Calderon and Andrea Bargnani

2 hot-shooting, efficient imports hold a lot of the keys to the Raptors success. The former number 1 pick and 7 footer, Andrea Bargnani truly stepped into his starting role with a 45% FG and a 41% 3 PT FG. Then again, the guy is seven foot tall and getting 5 rpg – not exactly the numbers you look for out of a major big man. Still, Bargnani rarely turns the ball over, especially for a big man so prone to being away from the basket (1.7 TOs per game) and with Bosh in the middle, Andrea draws big men out and away from the hoop with his Nowitzki-esque accuracy. Meanwhile Calderon just set the single season FT% record at 98+% keeping up a golden assist-to-turnover rating of 4.5-1 or so. Neither are great at creating their own shot, an issue hopefully solved by the arrival of Hedo. Because if the Raptors can function as a team getting Andrea and/or Jose consistent open looks, look for a playoff team that no one wants to face in the early rounds of the 2010 championship run.

Fantasy

A lot of talent on the Raptors, between Hedo, Bosh, Andrea and rookie DeMar DeRozan, there are going to be a number of 110 point nights. While Bosh is likely to be right around 22 ppg and 10 rpg with 49-51% FG, he’s never played a full 82 games. And even though Hedo’s successes in the playoffs are fresh, the 08-09 campaign was way down compared to his 07-08 effort. Bosh will and should be a top 15 pick with Hedo in the top 30-40. Both are potentially valuable, neither is going to make your team and with injuries, either could break it. The player here to go after is Jose Calderon. He’s not going to get you more than 12, 13 ppg but with the influx of talent in Toronto, his apg are going up from 8.9 to undoubtedly somewhere in the 9.5-11 range. He’s extremely efficient at 50% FG 40% 3PT and 98% FT with very few TOs to boot. Calderon is going to be a great deep pick in a lot of leagues.

That’s what we’re looking at with the 2009-10 Atlantic Division. It’s a land of prime PGs (Rondo, Harris and Calderon) and at least 3 teams looking to improve on last season. Here’s a fun fact – did you know that the last time two teams were .500+ at the end of the season in the Atlantic Division was the 2004-05 season (the longest drought of any division in the NBA.) Don’t look for that to continue this season – particularly with the moves that Toronto has made, look for a few winning teams to come from the Atlantic in 2010.


Posted on: January 23, 2009 4:52 pm
 

February 3

The next Take Back Tuesday as it were will be going down on February 3 or the first Tuesday of the next month. I've already received a few PMS, but if you want in (or at least in on the Table of Content Thread) make sure you get me your idea and whatever title/caption you'd like included in the ToC thread.

Category: NBA
Posted on: December 29, 2008 3:38 pm
 

Way to go Preds pt 2?

If we know each other and have discussed actual basketball issues before, you should have a PM from me.

But I certainly missed a few people as well; so if you know you know basketball (and more importantly, can translate that knowledge into substantive posts,) know that I know you BUT did not receive a PM from me let me know, because I'd like to try something and I'd like you to try it with me.

Sorry for the distraction from constipation and the Lakers are still/not/never were Soft threads, but I think this could be fun.

So let me know!
Category: NBA
Posted on: October 16, 2008 11:42 am
 

2008-09 Pacific Division Preview

Pacific Division Preview


There are three teams heading into the 2008-09 NBA season which are expected to rely on twin towers type lineups featuring two 6’11”+ center-type players: the Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Phoenix Suns.

The once fleet footed Pacific division floors of the Smush Parker Lakers and the Pat Burke Suns have become the foreboding home of the tattooed bicep of Shaquille O’Neal and the albatross arms of Andrew Bynum, the long blonde locks of all-star snubbed Viking Chris Kaman, the sinewy snarl of former defensive player of the year Marcus Camby, the birdman and otherwise flutterer Pau Gasol and the game’s beastiest interior scorer Amare Stoudemire. Not to mention, a 22 year old 7 foot leftie on Golden State that just led the league in Field Goal percentage.

And Kobe Bryant.

The Pacific Division is the land of monsters in the NBA.

Here’s what we’re looking at:

Los Angeles Lakers
Last Season: 57 – 25, lost NBA Finals 4 -2 to Boston Celtics

Most Las Vegas odds makers are installing the Los Angeles Lakers as the pre-season favorite to win the NBA championship. As much as that is a result of Vegas’ relative proximity to the high stakes bettors of LA, the Lakers do look primed for a serious run at the title. They will continue to operate through Tex Winters’ triangle offense (remaining the only team in the league to employ the famed three post offense) looking to integrate7 footers Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol into the same lineup. If the progress Bynum displayed prior to last year’s massive knee injury proves lasting and the rest of Mr. Jeannie Buss’s squad picks up where they left off, then look for the Lakers to figure prominently into the postseason picture.

  • Kobe Bryant: Generally considered to be either the best or second best player in the league, Kobe Bean Bryant is still the most polarizing figure in basketball. The defending MVP will hope to grow on his fourth quarter heroics in the Gold Medal Game against Spain for a fourth NBA title. In the always burning ire of Kobe gossip, with Bryant able to opt out of his $137 million deal and the US economy’s nosedive likely to foretell big-time inflation in the dollar, the whispers are beginning to surface that the Italian raised MVP may be headed overseas in the very near future for a monumental foreign currency David Beckham deal.
    FANTASY ADVICE: With Bynum’s return and Kobe set to breach the big 3 – 0, look for Kobe’s numbers to continue to drop. He is not the second best fantasy basketball player and a smart fantasy owner will prey on the inevitable Kobe worshipper in every fantasy basketball league by trading #24 for a whole lot more than he’s worth.
  •  Pau Gasol: The “master of the weenie shot” stopped shaving and started banging for boards… in the Olympics… for Spain. The man most bearing resemblance to a giant hawk alive today looks to mesh even more with the Lakers and their unique offensive system with a whole training camp in LA. Gasol’s much ballyhooed basketball IQ will continue to provide him success in the intricacies of the triangle. Did you know Pau is only 28 years old?
    FANTASY ADVICE: Pau’s scoring average is likely to go down to around 16 ppg but his high FG % and assist numbers make him a valuable option at the C slot, particularly if you’ve already got a lot of rebounds in your guards and forwards.
  • Lamar “The Conundrum” Odom: Lamar is amongst the most gifted physical specimens in the league. At a lanky 6’10, he’s a big forward, occasionally possessed with the dribbling abilities of a PG, not to mention the guy is left-handed and able to get up and down the court faster than most SGs. But “The Conundrum” is as streaky as any player not named Josh Smith in the league, evaporating into long stretches of defenselessness, turnovers and missed layups as often as snatching a rebound and going coast to coast with it. With Trevor Ariza up and coming, and Lamar’s $14 million expiring contract glittering in the wind, look for Odom’s role to diminish this year and perhaps even a midseason trade.
    FANTASY ADVICE: Steer clear of Odom, his outlook is murky on the stacked Lakers squad. He’s been fine for 14 and 10 in the past but the “odd man out” writing is all over the walls.
  • Andrew Bynum: The Lakers have effectively had two lottery picks since selecting Eddie Jones with the 10th pick in 1994, Andrew Bynum and Kobe Bryant. Bynum’s length and athleticism have made him a favorite for Lakers teammates in alley-oops and lobs while his defensive ferocity and tenacity on the boards had him averaging 2.6 blocks and 12.7 rebounds per 36 minutes played last season. But it is this which above all else adds credibility to the oodles of hype surrounding the kid-not-traded-Kidd, his personal mentor and coach is none other than Lou Alcindor, Kareem Abdul Jabbar. Lakers fans have been preparing for the first Bynum skyhook like a faithful Mormon for his wedding night.
    FANTASY ADVICE: Ahh, Bynum’s numbers. Well, some have him as the Lakers second leading scorer, leading rebounder and blocker which would put him in the 18ppg 12rpg 3bpg neighborhood. But how wise is it to bank on a young C fitting in with a championship caliber team coming off of a knee surgery? Amare Stoudemire didn’t do half bad… Bynum’s a crapshoot this year. At most, he could be worth a pick in the second or third round of the right league.
  • The Rest of the Lakers: The Lakers are both very young (average age of 25) and very experienced (80% of the team has been tenured for 2 or more seasons) with ole reliable at PG in Derek Fisher and the offensive sparks/ defensive pests of Jordan Farmar and recently signed Sasha Vujacic coming off the bench. Finally healthy swingman Trevor Ariza is seeking to round out his excellent defensive and finishing abilities with a jumpshot and earn a spot in the starting rotation. Luke Walton plays Boris Diaw for the Lakers (both as part-time scapegoat, part-time do-everything post-player off of the bench) Chris Mihm hopes to return to pre-ankle apocalypse form and 13 foot tall PG Sun Yue (he’s actually 6’9) will live on the end of the bench and in the D-League where the Lakers will look to develop the Chinese product into a possible PG of the future. And if you ever see Coby Karl in the game, the Lakers have already won.

Over-looked but potentially huge:

Infinitely overlooked by the casual fan, the Lakers are one of the League leaders in inter-state over-night travel for this coming year; that means that 13 times they will finish one game in one state, hop on a plane and play another game the very next night in a different state. In a crowded western conference, a sub .500 record in those 13 games could be the difference between home court advantage and a 3 seed.

Phoenix Suns
Last season 55-27 lost 1st round series 4 – 1 to SA Spurs


The Suns will be the only team in the league to start 2 former MVPs next season in Shaquille O’Neal and Steve Nash. Basketball guru/ maligned bigwig Steve Kerr expunged the seven second or less system of Mike D’Antoni opting for first time head coach Terry Porter to usher the Suns to the Promised Land. Amare Stoudemire has been inspired to aspire to true greatness by the appearance of Kazaam Himself and was even spotted playing defense last season. Despite the loss of Shawn Marion, Porter’s squad looks to shore up defensively and start gritting out some tough victories again the big boys of the West.

  • Amare Stoudemire: Amare Stoudemire is the best interior scorer in the NBA, and more so than ever before, this is his team. His absurd ability to finish anything within 12 feet of the hoop has inflated Steve Nash’s gaudy statistics all by itself and both his 80.5% FT shooting (he started at 66% as a rookie) and successful rehab from an often career-ending knee injury speak to a strong commitment to working hard. If Amare can shore up his positional defense and focus on the boards, the 25 year old may just lead the Suns to a surprise assault on the West.
    FANTASY ADVICE: Amare is a stud. He’ll put up the best scoring numbers of all big men in the NBA, decent rebounds, blocks and won’t pick up a ton of TOs because Nash does all the handling of the ball. Amare is almost certainly a top 5 pick especially with his F/C eligibility.
  • Steve Nash: 9 players have won back to back MVPs in NBA history: Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Moses Malone, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan and Steve Nash. Under D’Antoni’s reign there were two Suns team; those with Steve Nash on the floor and those that had no chance to win. But at 34 years old, back problems have continued to saddle the former MVP and look to exact more and more punishment upon the mop-headed one. If he is able to keep his form over the course of the grueling 82 game season on into the playoffs, then the new-look Suns may just vindicate their much scrutinized architect, Kerr. This will be a very telling season for Nash who has stated that he wants to play 4 more years.
    FANTASY ADVICE: Nash is as efficient a scoring PG in history, the famed 50% 40% 90% line (50% FG %, 40% 3 pt % and 90% FT) is as impressive as it is unique. But with Suns set to slow down under Porter, time may have caught up with Nash. Probably best not to spend a top 30 pick on Nash.
  • Shaquille O’Neal: Platinum selling recording artist (seriously, 1993’s Shaq Diesel went platinum) the ton of fun known as Shaquille O’Neal is winding down his historic career. Even at this diminished stage in the Big Fella’s (d)evolution, after being traded for at the expense of all-star Shawn Marion and at a price tag of more than $20 million per season, Shaquille O’Neal still brings championship expectations with him. The question is, have his 36 years of seasonal fitness robbed the basketball community of the twilight of the 4-time champion’s career? While this has nothing to do with the Suns, did you know that Shaquille O’Neal still holds the record for most blocks in one NCAA division 1A game with 17? Fun fact #2192
    FANTASY ADVICE: Shaq’s going to be the butt of a lot of jokes from NBA fans who still see the 2001 Shaq but that does not mean that this Shaqtus is without fantasy value, particularly in the second half of the season. The single most underrated aspect of Shaq’s game is his ability to pass; towards the end of Wilt Chamberlain’s career, the scoring legend actually led the league in total assists. I think Shaq may be looking at 5 assists per game this year, in addition to 12 ppg and 8 rpg. Maybe not worth more than a backup C role, but still viable numbers for the right team. In fantasy basketball, assists out of your center are like steals out of your catcher – if you can manage your personnel right, Shaq’s not a dreadful option.
  • Grant Hill: What does Grant Hill have left? After a strong first half of last season, Hill faded post all-star break. The crucible of injuries has left its mark on the athleticism of the onetime heir apparent to MJ, but his ball skills are still as strong as they ever were. With the interior as clogged as its going to be for a team sporting Amare and Shaq, Hill will become an even more integral link in the Suns successes as the primary perimeter/wing scorer. His defense will also be at a premium as the Suns expect to run a lot of zone defense with their twin towers (partly accounting for Nash’s renowned matador defensive “style.”)
    FANTASY ADVICE: Grant Hill is an intangibles guy at this point in his career as much as anything. He’ll put up 12, 14 ppg and 5 or 6 rebounds, maybe worth a late pick in some deeper keeper leagues or even as a utility option if he’s got forward/guard eligibility, but certainly not as your team’s number one or two guard or forward.
  • The Rest of the Suns: For the past few years, the Suns have taken more shots than a heroin addict. This meant that each and every one of their players was primarily competent at putting the ball in the hoop – not so any longer. While defensive enforcer Raja Bell’s nifty 44% 3 pt% has dropped 4 points over the past few seasons, he’s still a good shooter and his real role with the Suns is company pit-bull as one of the premier perimeter defenders in the league. He’s backed up by Matt “The Hieroglyphic” Barnes, a solid journeyman who has one tattoo for every dollar he’s earned in the NBA. Boris Diaw costs a lot of money now (more than $9 million per) so fans are praying to see the more assertive second team captain type Diaw of 2 seasons ago. If the still young Diaw (26) is able to fill out his now bloated contract especially early in the season, then the older Suns war horses will be able to rest up for a potential playoff run. Brazilian blur Leandro Barbosa and whizz kid Goran Dragic round out the 9 Suns likely to see playing time early on the season. The key player here is Diaw, if he can be the player that the Suns thought he was going to be 2 seasons ago, then the Suns can hang in there with anybody.

Over-looked but potentially huge:

Grant Hill and Raja Bell’s roles on this team are vital. Not only is the majority of perimeter defense going to fall on their shoulders, if they can keep defenses honest with efficient perimeter scoring of their own then life will be much easier for Amare and Shaq. Shaq is going to be the media’s darling, Nash is going to be the analysts’ darling and Amare is going to be the fantasy darling, but if the Suns hope to pull it off, Hill and Bell are going to have to be Couch Porter’s darlings.

Los Angeles Clippers
Last season 23 and 59


Has there ever been a greater example of a little sister franchise than the Los Angeles Clippers? They are the anti-Lakers, their unparalleled record of continued futility is only further parodied by their sharing of the Staples Center. But this year, this very year, the Clippers seem to have righted the ship: after luring former UCLA star Baron Davis away from Golden State, the Clippers pilfered Marcus Camby from the Nuggets for a double cheeseburger. Factor in German Olympic star Chris Kaman and rising star Al Thornton and you’ve got yourselves quite a team… in NBA 2K9. OK OK, they lost Elton Brand to Philadelphia, but really, they’d lost Elton Brand two seasons ago. The bigger loss may have been to Golden State in the form of Corey Maggette. While longtime lord of the Clippers rubble kingdom, Elgin Baylor has ceased his duties as GM to be replaced at least in the interim by coach Mike Dunleavy, you can’t help but to feel just the slightest bit reticent in making the Clippers playoffs contenders. At some point, you can’t overcome wretched ownership. Just before beginning Olympic play in Beijing, star Clippers center Chris Kaman expressed outright indignation at the Clippers management over their reactions to his desire to play for Germany which according to Kaman included “outright lying.” There’s a reason beyond the players and the coaches as to why the Clippers have been so bad for so long. Donald Sterling sucks.

  • Baron Davis: Baron Davis is a dominant offensive force, he can both dominate the opposing team and dominate the ball on offense, strangling his own. The remaining baker’s dozen of Clippers fans in the world hope that the very emotional Davis will be calmed by his return to his home town and settle into the role of balanced superstar spearheading but not suffocating an offense. It could be interesting to see the effect of sharing a home court with Kobe Bryant on Baron, who may just try and mark some territory of his own. Then there’s that nagging question… can Baron stay healthy for an entire season again?
    FANTASY ADVICE: Baron Davis will get his. He’ll get 22+ ppg and 8+ apg with success in steals and rebounds to boot. But he will also be a TO trough and his FG% numbers stink and are likely to get stinkier. And he’s an injury risk… dangerous pick, Baron Davis. 
  • Chris Kaman: Chris Kaman is a big ole rough and tumble banger. Left-handed and possessed of an unheralded shooting touch around the hoop, Kaman is one of the last true lowpost centers left in professional basketball. His growth over the past two seasons coincided fortuitously for the Clippers with the injuries to Elton Brand, who were then in a position to absorb the loss of their onetime superstar. Kaman was displeased over the way he was treated by the Clippers concerning his Olympic endeavors, and my guess is that he’s going to revert a bit because of it. Not only is there a new kid in town who will be cutting down on Kaman’s touches, but Kaman is already deflated headed into camp. Not good.
    FANTASY ADVICE: In the past, Kaman has been the most over-looked player in the NBA putting up 16 13 and 3 blocks last year. My guess is that this is the season that everyone recognizes that he’s been underrated and draft him way too high for an upcoming year which in all likelihood will be closer to 14 ppg 10 rpg 2 bpg.
  • Al Thornton: Al Thornton was one of the breakout rookies from last season, averaging 16 ppg and 6 rpg after the all-star break predominantly as a starter. His game often draws comparisons to Dominique Wilkins and the support group that is Clippers nation sees limitless potential in the 14th pick of the 2007 draft. If he fits in with Baron and continues his growth, the Clippers stand a chance of working their way into a crowded playoff scene in the West.
    FANTASY ADVICE: I have a wait and see attitude with Thornton. Normally, I would sit on a guy like Al and heist him in the seventh or eighth round as he’s got nowhere to go but up after that rookie campaign. But I’m not sold on how Baron gets the ball flowing in this offense. I say hold off, watch a game or two and if Al seems to be getting the ball in good positions to score, go ahead and pull the trigger. Otherwise, don’t waste your time waiting for a bad gamble to pay off.
  • Marcus Camby: Former defensive player of the year, Marcus Camby’s mysterious trade to the Clippers is still difficult to understand. Was Marcus Camby actually traded for nothing? Regardless, the celebrated anchor of the vaunted Denver Nuggets Defense has come riding into LA as a major piece of the 08-09 Clippers. If Camby can co-exist with Kaman, the Clippers will jog out one of the more intimidating defensive frontlines in the NBA.
    FANTASY ADVICE: I still don’t get how the Defensive Player of the Year could ever come from a bad defensive team, but that doesn’t mean that I think Camby is a bad defender. I don’t, I just don’t think he’s a top 5 defender. He’s likely to split boards with Kaman and become a wallflower on offense. He may pick up a good amount of blocks. I wouldn’t touch Camby unless I was pretty desperate for defensive stats.
  • The rest of the Clippers: The Clippers are a very talented, very deep squad. Ricky Davis and Cuttino Mobley are two scorers capable of putting up 30 points on any given night (although how can you ever forget Ricky Davis’s throwing of the ball off of his own backboard against the Jazz in an unsuccessful effort to garner his first career triple double? Not only was it a classless act, it was stupid – you can’t get credited for a rebound off of your own backboard.) Paul Davis is a fundamentally sound big guy out of Izzo’s Michigan St and can play a great 3rd fiddle to Camby and Kaman. Tim Thomas and Brian Skinner add more size and experience to a rather impressive frontline for the Clips. Finally, Indiana sensation Eric Gordon who was at one point projected to be a lock top 3 pick trickled down to 7 and the Clippers feel that they may have a superstar for the future. Gordon could be a huge star, but he’ll fight for touches in a crowded Clippers staff.

Over-looked but potentially huge:

The Clippers lost their leading scorer of last year, an extremely efficient Maggette (who averages 1.55 points per shot attempt) for a not so efficient number 1 (Baron averages 1.16 points per shot attempt,) spat in the face of their star big man and dumped their general manager. Yes, they drafted Eric Gordon, yes, having Tim Thomas, Ricky Davis and Brian Skinner coming off of your bench is nice.  But with a gauntlet for an early schedule (first 10 games in order, the Lakers, Denver, Utah, Utah, Lakers, Houston, Dallas, Sacramento, Golden State and San Antonio) and the requisite quantity of player ill-will against Clippers ownership, don’t get your hopes too high.

Sacramento Kings
Last season: 38 and 44

When was the last time you can remember hearing that a team dumped its two top players, picked up little to nothing in return and are excited about the future? With a basically .500 post all-star record last season, this is the 2008-09 Sacramento Kings, now Bibby and Artest free. These Kings are for the most part, young and agile spearheaded by phenoms Beno Udrih and Kevin Martin. While just about no one is picking them to make any sort of a playoff push, these Kings do field an interesting lineup and in a couple of years, look to be winning some games.

  • Kevin Martin: Kevin Martin is an excellent basketball player. The 25 year old has spent the last few seasons scrounging for touches underneath the weight of Ron Artest and Mike Bibby, but still managed to average more than 20 ppg twice. This year, Martin looks to lead this team from pre-season to finish and while I seriously doubt you’ll see them in the playoffs, the Kings may end up being the team that no one in a playoff hunt wants to face in April.
    FANTASY ADVICE: Kevin Martin is as underrated as they come in fantasy basketball. He’s a work ethic guy, having fought for his spot on teams, he’s still young and the personnel mush of the 07-08 Kings has been solved so his scoring numbers are likely to go up. If the Kobe fanatic in your league has Martin and you’ve got Kobe, go after Martin + his second best player and laugh as Martin averages 2 or 3 points per game less than Kobe this year.
  • Brad Miller: Brad Miller is the definition of a wily old veteran. The scrappy center can hit a jump shot, find the open man and slap the ball out of a careless big man’s hands. His knees and back are getting stiff and he’s not quite the player he once was, but he’s able to get the most out of what he’s got. There are better centers in the league, but Brad Miller’s experience alone makes him a qualified candidate for the young Sacramento Kings.
    FANTASY ADVICE: Brad Miller is a smart 7 foot starter so he’s bound to pick up some value. Don’t get me wrong, this is no cornerstone of victory but he’s got his use. Yet another good passing center, Miller’s greatest asset is in his assist numbers. If you’re starting Brad Miller at Center, then you’re not necessarily screwed but you should have some red meat at the guard and forward positions.
  • Beno Udrih: Promptly after trading their one-time stud PG Mike Bibby to Atlanta, the Kings signed Slovenian 6’3” Beno Udrih to a longterm deal. The 26 year old has begun to build on the promise he has shown in 4 years as Bibby’s backup, averaging 15 ppg on 50% shooting post all-star break last season to go along with 5+ assists per. He’s still got a long ways to go to fill Bibby’s footprint and lead the Kings back into relevance, but with only his first season as the fulltime starter ahead, look for Udrih to make some progress this season
    FANTASY ADVICE: My guess is that unless you’re in a league with fantasy junkies, Beno Udrih isn’t even on any one’s radar. Which is good, Beno could very well be in the 18 ppg 6 apg 4 rpg on 50% FG and 85% FT range this season.
  • John Salmons: 27 year old John Salmons was another decently talented guard/forward adrift in the roster-o-rama of the 07 Kings. He figures to still be in somewhat of a fight for PT with Francisco Garcia, but Salmons will start the season as the Kings starting SF.
    FANTASY ADVICE: Salmons may or may not end up a fulltime starter, he will definitely never be anything more than a 3rd or 4th option behind Udrih, Martin and even Miller at times. You’d be lucky to get 14 ppg and 5 rpg.
  • The rest of the Kings: The Kings have got a lot of holes and are still in the process of patching a real lineup together. Pogo stick Mikki More figures to start at the 4 and after him you’re looking at Shelden Williams and Kenny Thomas – not a point of strength on the depth chart. Sacramento faithful are thrilled to have jitterbug Bobby Jackson back in the fold, although his game impact is not what it once was. 20 year old 7 footer Spencer Hawes is big and young and working under a smart veteran in Miller, so there could be a future there too. The Kings are looking to leave this season with 5 - 7 solid parts for the next 3 years and if they can snare a bigger FA along the way, they’ll take it.

Over-looked but potentially huge

With Brad Miller set to miss the first 5 games due to suspension, look for Kings project, Spencer Hawes to get a lot of playing time early in the season. If the Washington Center can start to live up to his lottery pick status, expect to see the Kings carve out a more sizeable role for Hawes than last year’s 13 minutes per game.

Golden State Warriors
Last season 48 and 34 but did not make playoffs


The Golden State Warriors are hurting. After parting ways with the longtime face of its franchise in Baron Davis, Don Nelson’s ragtag gang picked up dueling LA players, Ronny Turiaf and Corey Maggette and made a $66 million commitment to their superstar PG of the future, Monta Ellis. Then said superstar PG of the future hopped on a moped, hurt himself, lied to the organization. Said lied to organization found out, proceeded to publically tar and feather Ellis, applying a 30 game “I told you so” suspension and $2.7 million fine to the same said superstar they want to lead their team for the foreseeable future. Let’s see, part ways with superstar, check, take two LA players, check, estrange new superstar for idiot mistake, check, sign 153 year old Don Nelson to 3 year extension…?

  • Monta Ellis: 23 year old human cannonball Monta Ellis came in with little fanfare to the Golden State system as the 40th pick in the 2005 Draft. But the 6’3” 175 pound Ellis exploded over the past two seasons, climbing to 20 ppg on 53% shooting last season and earning himself a 6 year $66 million deal. The Henry James novel was unfolding and young under-sized scrappy Monta had finally found a home – and now we’re here. Golden State without a star PG named Baron or Monta for its first 30 games in a hyper competitive West, and Monta with a $63.3 million deal. This was not the way to start the post-Baron era.
    FANTASY ADVICE: Monta is injured for the first 30 games and is then going to have to get up to game speed which could take another 20 games. He performed excellently post all-star break last season, maybe it’s best to try and snipe Monta in late season trade when his value will be low.  
  • Corey Maggette: 29 year old Corey Maggette is playing as well as ever, averaging 22 ppg with nearly 6 rpg and 3 apg just last season… in 70 games played. Maggette has never played in more than 75 games in a season averaging 65 played per season for his whole career. Golden State sunk a lot of money into Maggette who has never played in an up and down offense like Nelly’s before.
    FANTASY ADVICE: Maggette is a savvy early season option for Fantasy owners. With Monta out, Maggette will probably carry much of the load in the first 40 games for the Warriors. Pick Maggette with confidence, ride him early then trade him when his value is high. 
  • Andris Biedrins: 22 year old Latvian southpaw, Biedrins flew under the radar last year as a part-time big man for a guard heavy offense. But in less than 28 minutes played per game, Biedrins averaged a double-double and managed to lead the league in FG% With Baron gone and Biedrins entering his fourth season in the league, this looks to be a breakout campaign for Biedrins
    FANTASY ADVICE: I like Biedrins. Naysayers will hold that the addition of Ronny Turiaf foretells a lessening in Biedrins. Ha! Anyone who thinks that Ronny “The Roar” Turiaf is a starting center on a contender is nuts – he’s an excellent backup PF and energy guy, but he’s no starting center in a Cedar forest conference. I think Biedrins gets more touches and goes for 14 ppg 12 rpg on 60 FG%
  • Stephen Jackson: Oh yeah, that guy. Stephen Jackson, always the bridesmaid never the bride. The combustible guard/forward has been known as Artest’s sidekick in the Brawl then Baron’s sidekick in Golden State and now he’s likely to be Monta’s sidekick. Though his 40% FG is atrocious, that’s Nelly ball – shoot shoot shoot. Jackson still averaged 20 ppg last season and will have a similar role this year.
    FANTASY ADVICE: Stephen Jackson is another under the radar fantasy guy. Again, his FG% will assassinate you in rotisserie leagues, but his 20 ppg 4 rpg 4 apg line spells out a pretty good option for most fantasy owners.
  • The Rest of Golden State: Golden State has some talent. Al Harrington is an eminently capable player but prone to infuriating periods of boneheaded shots and unfocused play. Turiaf looks to add a bit more toughness to a frontline hoping to contend in the Pacific. Kelenna Azubuike will hold down the fort behind Maggette at the 3 as the 25 year old London native looks to find more playing time (he’s average nearly 15 points per 36 minutes played in his 2 year career.) And at 19 years old, very long 6’11” F out of LSU, Anthony Randolph isn’t likely to see much time on the floor for Golden State this season, but with quite a set of physical gifts, Randolph may round into something special in the next few seasons.

Over-looked but potentially huge:

If Monta Ellis misses precisely 30 games then that would have him returning on December 26 for a home game against the world champion Boston Celtics (following the Celtics Christmas Day extravaganza against the Lakers.) The first 30 games that the Warriors are scheduled to play are by and large on the road (19 on the road) and on the competitive side as well (while only 15 games are against playoff teams from last season, they’ve also got games against the Clippers, the Heat and Portland who all figure to be much improved.) And with the first game of the season against New Orleans and the next 3 on the road, the very talented Warrior squad may not get their heads above .500 until late in the season.

That's what we're looking at in the Pacific for the start of the 2008-09 season

Posted on: August 13, 2008 1:41 pm
 

The Treachery of Numbers: or In Defense of Kobe

*Based on 05-06 stats.

 I was actually not a Kobe fan in the beginning. He was arrogant, a ball-hog and Shaq was right there just pass the ball to Shaq give the ball to the Giant you twerp! But I was born and bred to be a Lakers/Dodgers/UCLA fan so I had to keep giving him chances. Inevitably, as true greatness does, #8 won me over and after hating him at every stop I could, I became a Kobe Bryant fan (at least of his on-court activity.)
 And then came Lebron, and along with him, the most famous debate in sports today:

So I was at some bar, arguing with this girl I’d just met about the whole Kobe v. Lebron thing.  She was dark-haired, good-looking, not to mention wrapped up in a scarf of a skirt, but I was drinking and I do tend to get a little righteous with the spirit in me.  So when she started chirping up about how not just the Lakers but all of LA would be so much better off with Lebron than Kobe, I just wasn’t going to contain myself.
“Look,” I sucked up a swig of truth, “Kobe has 3 rings, plays defense, and is the best scorer since Jordan.  Yeah, he’s arrogant, yeah, he tried to pass off his sex stuff on Shaq, whom he subsequently ran out of town, and yeah, he bought a $4,000,000 my bad for his ‘Nessa.  But on the court, I’ll be damned if he isn’t a competitor in the greatest sense of the word - 81 points when his team was trailing in the second half?!  Come on, Lebron is great, but he’s just not at Kobe’s level yet.”  She was hot, but she was wrong, and I felt like letting her know why.
“Ha!”  She spat, “You want to talk on the court performance, let’s talk stats.”  I perked up, statistics and a mini-skirt? This could be some kind of dream girl.  “Kobe averaged 35.4 points to Lebron’s 31.4, a difference of 4 points.  But Lebron averaged 6.6 assists to Kobe’s 4.5, and that is a difference of 2.1 assists which would mean at least 4.2 more points for the team, and despite the way #8 plays, basketball is a team game.  Adding up Lebron’s assists and points, he’s 45 points per game, to Kobe’s 44.  Plus, Lebron grabs 7 rebounds a game to Kobe’s 5.3, plays more minutes and shoots 48% to Kobe’s 45% -- and his team won 5 more games.  Stats don’t lie and statistically, the comparison is made apparent, we have nothing to argue about.  And he’s bitchy and a rapist.”
 “How do you know all that?”
 “Sportscenter is always on in the gym I go to.”
“Oh, well...” I could’ve stopped there, smiled, bought her a drink and taken a shot.  We could’ve talked about something other than Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, anything, danced even.  But it bugs me to no end when people think that they know sports just because they remember statistics. “…while those numbers are correct, they are semi-bogus statistics.  First of all, an assist is not an assist is not an assist.  A three pointer is worth one assist, an 18-footer is worth one assist, and a foul followed by two successfully converted free throws is worth nothing.  Assists, as a statistic, are confounded by team performance.  And he was never convicted of anything.”
 “Yeah well, it all evens out in the end, that’s the law of averages.”
 “It all evens out if all things are equal, but they are necessarily unequal because their teams are made up of different people with different abilities.  I wish I had a stat for how many times Kwame Brown missed a layup after being set up by Kobe, same thing goes for Lamar Odom.  While Zydrunas Ilguaskus can hit a jump shot with regularity and Drew Gooden actually dunks it when he’s under the basket.  Assists are two statistics, really.”
 “So, now you’re saying assists don’t matter.”
 “No I’m not; I’m saying that it is a statistic created by more than one player, accredited to one in a manner irrespective of the points scored.  Basically, they don’t tell the whole story of the play, which is what a statistic does -- it tells the story of the play or player as fully as it can in numbers.  Bill James baby, Bill James.”
 “Who’s Bill James?”
 “It doesn’t matter.  Look, the next time you watch a game, keep your own player stats, but instead of points and assists, try these.  First, shots created for teammates, not made shots, just shots attempted in assist-type situations.  This number better illustrates exactly how often a player is looking to set up his teammates, not just how often they successfully convert.  Then, total shots created, this would be the number of shots created for teammates added to the number of shots individually created (like a post move, or a drive).  This number will better illustrate how dangerous the player is.  Then, points created for teammates, which is like assists except a two pointer counts as two points, a three as three, and free throws count, too.  Points scored is already a pretty full story, so keep that one.  Try adding that same points scored to points created for teammates and you’ll get total points for team which should give a more full idea of what a player means to his team.” 
 “But how do I know when a shot is created by a teammate or by the individual?”
 “How does a referee know when a foul has been committed?  He watches, as intently as he can, then he makes a judgment call.  This is the problem with numbers, not that stats lie, but that statisticians lie.  Any statistic is a numerical interpretation of an event, and any interpretation is ultimately as limited as its interpreter.  There is no way to objectively say that Lebron James is a better basketball player than Kobe Bryant.”
 “His team won more games.”
 “In the East, where the 4 bottom playoff seeds are basically .500% teams and the rest are out and out bad teams.  In the West, the Jazz finished out of the playoff race, but in the East, they would have been the sixth seed.  Plus, the Lakers were 45 and 35 with Kobe in the lineup and 45 and 37 overall, while the Cavs were 47 and 32 with Lebron in there and 50 and 32, overall.  That means that the Cavs went 3 and 0 without Lebron while the Lakers were 0 and 2 without Kobe.”
 “Lebron can dunk from the free throw line.”
 “Now that is true.  Lebron is the most athletic man in the world, his inherent combination of strength, coordination, and speed is unparalleled.  In his own way, he is just as much a human anomaly as Shaq, maybe even more so.  When you watch Lebron James out there, he is, physically, a man amongst boys.  And he’s 21 years old!  The guy has a tremendous upside and may end up the greatest ball player any one has ever seen.  And his dunks are certainly, all over Sportscenter.”
 “But so is Kobe.”
 “Yes and no.  Kobe’s gameplay is not on Sportscenter as much as people discussing his history and image are.  Kobe as a character is more reported on than Kobe as a player.  And Lebron’s ability to fly is all over Sportscenter because dunks are great highlight reel material; Kobe just doesn’t throw it down in the same way.”
 “Well, at this point in his career, Lebron James is the greatest basket player ever, statistically.”
 “Maybe, Wilt Chamberlain would have something to say about that, but even still Lebron isn’t the greatest basketball player in the league yet, any one who watches Kobe and him play on a regular basis will tell you that Kobe can do more on the court than Lebron can at this point.  Kobe just has more weapons; he’s an infinitely better long range shooter, a much better defender, and better in the clutch -- he doesn’t have that bazooka dunk that Lebron has, nor the corresponding physicality.  Lebron may become the greatest ever, but maybe not -- hey, Dwight Gooden certainly never got any better.  And the reason Kobe’s field goal percentage is not higher than 45% is the number of late-in-the-shot-clock bailout shots he has to take.”
 “And Lebron doesn’t take those shots?”
 “Not at the same rate.  Look, this whole argument comes down to watching the games.  Stats are just that, stats.  How about this, we’ll sit down and watch the next Cavs game and then the next Lakers game and we’ll compare the two as we go?  We’ll make a couple of dates of it, and see where it goes from there.”
 She scribbled something down on a card, then handed it to me.
 “All right, here’s my number, give me a call sometime.”
 I shoved the card into my pocket and told her she’d hear from me soon. A couple of days later, I pulled it out, dialed her up and reached a laundromat.  Of course, I suspected as much when I saw the words, I guess you were right, numbers can lie written next to her entirely erroneous phone number.  I guess I should’ve just said Lebron.

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