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    Nba

    Anyone into this?

    I went to see the Knicks play in New York a few years ago (tourist alert!) and Iíd keep an eye in their results now and again.

    I noticed that the season has started back. Does anyone else watch it or have a team they support?


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    Quote Originally Posted by LustForLeith View Post
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    Anyone into this?

    I went to see the Knicks play in New York a few years ago (tourist alert!) and Iíd keep an eye in their results now and again.

    I noticed that the season has started back. Does anyone else watch it or have a team they support?

    I do - donít know if you have sky but they have just signed a deal to show the next 4 seasons of the NBA on sky sports

    i follow the bulls, have done since I was a kid and a fan of Michael Jordan. Iíve been to a game in Chicago, great experience, especially when you compare the differences to going to a football match here

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    Also a Knicks fan and have been lucky enough to see them at Madison Square Garden. Havenít watched much of the NBA since it switched away to BT from channel 5 but hopefully some games will feature on the free Sky Sports channel.

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    I'm a Celtics fan but although we look good... the Warriors are better.

    It's been boring the last few years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McD View Post
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    I do - donít know if you have sky but they have just signed a deal to show the next 4 seasons of the NBA on sky sports

    i follow the bulls, have done since I was a kid and a fan of Michael Jordan. Iíve been to a game in Chicago, great experience, especially when you compare the differences to going to a football match here
    Good to hear, was annoyed that BT Sports had lost it.

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    Also a Knicks fan and have been lucky enough to see them at Madison Square Garden. Havenít watched much of the NBA since it switched away to BT from channel 5 but hopefully some games will feature on the free Sky Sports channel.
    I really enjoyed it when I went to MSG. Iím not sure if I should pick a random team to support this season or watch from a distance before making my mind up next season!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Exile View Post
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    Also a Knicks fan and have been lucky enough to see them at Madison Square Garden. Havenít watched much of the NBA since it switched away to BT from channel 5 but hopefully some games will feature on the free Sky Sports channel.
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    Good to hear, was annoyed that BT Sports had lost it.

    Yeah I was pretty scunnered when BT lost it as well, until I saw this news.

    I believe, donít quote me , but I think the free sky sports channel will show one game a week. And there are supposed to be a lot of games shown at a decent time for UK viewers

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    GS Warriors fan (as I live/work around the Bay Area for large portions of the year - despite all of my other sporting affiliations being around the Boston area, I just cannot bring myself to support a team called the Celtics).

    I've only just recently gotten into the NBA, so it feels like a bit of a cheat, but I have been to see them 6 times in the past couple of years.

    The new stadium they're building in SF, just along from AT&T Park is quite incredible. It'll be a real boost to the area and they've paid for it themselves, which is a refreshing change in US Sports.

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    Glory hunter Scott

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    Glory hunter Scott
    Erm.......Michigan Wolverines

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    Erm.......Michigan Wolverines
    Not to mention Stanford Cardinals

    I'm comfortable in my off-setting glory/misery hunting endeavours

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    Not to mention Stanford Cardinals

    I'm comfortable in my off-setting glory/misery hunting endeavours
    And we're all Hibs fans so there's that off set.

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    GS Warriors fan (as I live/work around the Bay Area for large portions of the year - despite all of my other sporting affiliations being around the Boston area, I just cannot bring myself to support a team called the Celtics).

    I've only just recently gotten into the NBA, so it feels like a bit of a cheat, but I have been to see them 6 times in the past couple of years.

    The new stadium they're building in SF, just along from AT&T Park is quite incredible. It'll be a real boost to the area and they've paid for it themselves, which is a refreshing change in US Sports.
    My mum was raised in San Francisco sink might follow the Warriors this season. Feels like Iím a glory hunter! Them or Boston!

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    I've seen the Knicks live a few times. I love the NBA but the Knicks are a car crash franchise. Dolan along side Dan Snyder at the redskins is the worst owner in American sports.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Just Jimmy View Post
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    I've seen the Knicks live a few times. I love the NBA but the Knicks are a car crash franchise. Dolan along side Dan Snyder at the redskins is the worst owner in American sports.

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    Dolan is too hands on, and too close to the people heís hired to run the franchise. Isaiah Thomas should have been fired long before it happenedd, for example. Phil Jackson being another disaster (although he did draft porzingis, which everyone laughed at til he walked on the court).



    That said, the reinsdorfs owners of the bulls are making an arse of it as well, wonít fire poorly performing team principals, and are too hands off. They need to get rid of Forman and Paxson and get in a proper GM.

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    Looks like a slow start for LeBron in LA, think he missed a free throw and the last shot of the game in overtime to win it against the Spurs last night. I think they'll make the play offs but no chance of making the finals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Exile View Post
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    Looks like a slow start for LeBron in LA, think he missed a free throw and the last shot of the game in overtime to win it against the Spurs last night. I think they'll make the play offs but no chance of making the finals.
    32 Pts, 14 Assists and 8 Rebounds last night is a good performance and the shot at the end was not any easy chance.

    This was always going to be a transition season for the Lakers with probably a less than 50/50 chance of reaching the playoffs in a really strong Western Conference.

    Next summer will be interesting as Anthony Davis is now under LBJís management company with talk he might lining up to a move to the Lakers.

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    32 Pts, 14 Assists and 8 Rebounds last night is a good performance and the shot at the end was not any easy chance.

    This was always going to be a transition season for the Lakers with probably a less than 50/50 chance of reaching the playoffs in a really strong Western Conference.

    Next summer will be interesting as Anthony Davis is now under LBJís management company with talk he might lining up to a move to the Lakers.
    Is Davis the guy whose been offered $230 million to stay at his club?

    Am I right in thinking itís going to take a few years for Lakers to relalistically be contenders?

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    Is Davis the guy whose been offered $230 million to stay at his club?

    Am I right in thinking itís going to take a few years for Lakers to relalistically be contenders?

    Re. The lakers, not necessarily, depends how free agency goes next summer. If another top echelon player decides to join LeBron, and they get good fit role players around them, then theyíll be a danger to seriously contend. That said, there are still a few other strong teams right now. Warriors are historically good, celtics and 76ers are looking to break through and likely will, raptors will be strong this year (and beyond depending on what Kawhi does next year), Houston will be decent (and even more so if they can get the trade for Butler done).


    Davis is contracted to 2020 I think, so I donít think he has been offered his contract yet (thereís strict rules about when offers can be made), this year will be crucial for the pelicans, if they can make a strong showing of the playoffs this season, itíll entice Davis to stay.

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    Re. The lakers, not necessarily, depends how free agency goes next summer. If another top echelon player decides to join LeBron, and they get good fit role players around them, then theyíll be a danger to seriously contend. That said, there are still a few other strong teams right now. Warriors are historically good, celtics and 76ers are looking to break through and likely will, raptors will be strong this year (and beyond depending on what Kawhi does next year), Houston will be decent (and even more so if they can get the trade for Butler done).


    Davis is contracted to 2020 I think, so I donít think he has been offered his contract yet (thereís strict rules about when offers can be made), this year will be crucial for the pelicans, if they can make a strong showing of the playoffs this season, itíll entice Davis to stay.
    Cheers mate.

    Iíve still not decided on a team to follow!

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    Cheers mate.

    Iíve still not decided on a team to follow!

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    watch some games, see what happens. Sometimes you just click with a team or player. I follow the Bulls because of Michael Jordan, I loved his style on the court. The bulls have been pretty terrible in the 20 years since, and thereís been other players Iíve been a fan of, but the bulls are still my team

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    watch some games, see what happens. Sometimes you just click with a team or player. I follow the Bulls because of Michael Jordan, I loved his style on the court. The bulls have been pretty terrible in the 20 years since, and thereís been other players Iíve been a fan of, but the bulls are still my team
    Through thick and thin!

    Is it true that Vegas are getting a team? I love the place so might wait until theyíve got one!

    Lakers and Spurs on Sky now, good end to the weekend!

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    Through thick and thin!

    Is it true that Vegas are getting a team? I love the place so might wait until theyíve got one!

    Lakers and Spurs on Sky now, good end to the weekend!
    Vegas has a hockey team and soon a football team so wouldn't surprise me.

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    Through thick and thin!

    Is it true that Vegas are getting a team? I love the place so might wait until theyíve got one!

    Lakers and Spurs on Sky now, good end to the weekend!
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    Vegas has a hockey team and soon a football team so wouldn't surprise me.

    I think theres a lot of conflicting thought processes about a team in Vegas. Thereís an NBA summer league thatís hosted in Vegas every year, itís usually the highest profile one, I think the league donít want to disrupt that. Thereís also the potential for negative connotations between sports and gambling, although that appears to be changing. Thereís also a school of thought that says many Ďhomeí fans would be tourists and visitors to the city (I donít really agree with that myself). On the flip side, thereís a lot of money there (duh), and I get the impression that Vegas is trying to be seen for more than just gambling and the strip.

    Theres a few cities that want an NBA team, Seattle being a major one.

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    I think theres a lot of conflicting thought processes about a team in Vegas. Thereís an NBA summer league thatís hosted in Vegas every year, itís usually the highest profile one, I think the league donít want to disrupt that. Thereís also the potential for negative connotations between sports and gambling, although that appears to be changing. Thereís also a school of thought that says many Ďhomeí fans would be tourists and visitors to the city (I donít really agree with that myself). On the flip side, thereís a lot of money there (duh), and I get the impression that Vegas is trying to be seen for more than just gambling and the strip.

    Theres a few cities that want an NBA team, Seattle being a major one.
    Yes I get the impression that it's trying to be seen differently - with legalized sports gambling now in most states and more states/cities opening up casinos I imagine there's an visitor attraction issue.

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    That Steph Curryís some player!

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    That Steph Curryís some player!

    Despite all the media hyperbole that surrounds a lot of American sports, I genuinely think weíre witnessing some generational players and cultural shifts in the NBA.

    i donít like him, but LeBron will end up an all time great (I would say is, but heís not finished yet), who will be amongst the leaders in many career categories, a social commentator beyond most athletes, and someone who has singlehandedly changed the culture of free agency and player movement.

    steph curry has changed how the league approaches and values 3 point shooting, and heís demonstrated that a (relatively) small player can dominate a league of giants. His shooting skills are simply off the chart in regards to what was considered accurate and efficient shooting and scoring.

    Weíre watching 6í10íí plus players who tradionally were entrenched next to the basket now comfortably playing 30 fee from the basket. Kevin Durant wouldíve been played at center 15 years ago, now heís essentially positionless, capable of playing anywhere on the floor.

    Players are more outspoken for what they believe in, their wealth, public standing, social media and access to people have enabled them to speak up about racism, police brutality, Trump, injustice, poverty, natural disasters, and more. This just didnít happen in the past. It happens outwith the NBA, as athletes such as J.J. Watt and Colin kaepernick have shown, but the NBA players seem to be much more inclined towards this, possibly because they operate in a league that seems to be in lockstep with its talent, unlike the NFL.

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    GS Warriors fan (as I live/work around the Bay Area for large portions of the year - despite all of my other sporting affiliations being around the Boston area, I just cannot bring myself to support a team called the Celtics).

    I've only just recently gotten into the NBA, so it feels like a bit of a cheat, but I have been to see them 6 times in the past couple of years.

    The new stadium they're building in SF, just along from AT&T Park is quite incredible. It'll be a real boost to the area and they've paid for it themselves, which is a refreshing change in US Sports.
    Just back from SF. Never really followed b ball much but the GSvwarriors store had some jerseys for 50 bucks so bought a Kevin Durant Jersey.

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    Despite all the media hyperbole that surrounds a lot of American sports, I genuinely think weíre witnessing some generational players and cultural shifts in the NBA.

    i donít like him, but LeBron will end up an all time great (I would say is, but heís not finished yet), who will be amongst the leaders in many career categories, a social commentator beyond most athletes, and someone who has singlehandedly changed the culture of free agency and player movement.

    steph curry has changed how the league approaches and values 3 point shooting, and heís demonstrated that a (relatively) small player can dominate a league of giants. His shooting skills are simply off the chart in regards to what was considered accurate and efficient shooting and scoring.

    Weíre watching 6í10íí plus players who tradionally were entrenched next to the basket now comfortably playing 30 fee from the basket. Kevin Durant wouldíve been played at center 15 years ago, now heís essentially positionless, capable of playing anywhere on the floor.

    Players are more outspoken for what they believe in, their wealth, public standing, social media and access to people have enabled them to speak up about racism, police brutality, Trump, injustice, poverty, natural disasters, and more. This just didnít happen in the past. It happens outwith the NBA, as athletes such as J.J. Watt and Colin kaepernick have shown, but the NBA players seem to be much more inclined towards this, possibly because they operate in a league that seems to be in lockstep with its talent, unlike the NFL.
    Iím clearly no expert but is there a shift now with players who are positionless? Is Anthony Davis like that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nellio View Post
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    Just back from SF. Never really followed b ball much but the GSvwarriors store had some jerseys for 50 bucks so bought a Kevin Durant Jersey.
    Thatís the basketball equivalent of a tourist visiting Scotland and purchasing an Eduoard strip from a Celtic shop while in Glasgow

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