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Samuel Laffy

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30-ish year-old mediocre club cricketer, handy Wing Attack in mixed netball, occasional drainer of banked 3's in pick-up basketball, dedicated craft beer snob and enthusiastic traveler.

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The Stockton-Malone pick-n-roll offense was something to behold – and was basically the game plan for Sloan’s system – and as a result the team worked in an almost singular way. I love Stockton so much because of this quote from a Bleacher Report article though: “John Stockton was the master and commander of the sneaky, scratching, clawing, hip-checking, dirty point guards. Everyone since has just been a cheap imitation”. Genuine snake of a player. So good.

Why John Stockton is the greatest NBA point guard of all-time

Karl Malone is the 2nd highest points scorer of all time in the NBA, averaged 25 points a game over 19 years, and was one half of one of the aforementioned greatest pick-n-roll offenses ever seen in the NBA. The duo were borderline unstoppable at times (I’m a Jazz fan and the sad fact of the matter is that the lack of depth killed their chances of winning a title. You don’t win titles with Greg Ostertag, Adam Keefe, and Howard Eisley). Malone’s also a 2 x MVP, 14 x All Star, 11x All-NBA First Team representative, and is in the NBA Hall of Fame. You sure he’s not a great? Because he’s well and truly a great.

Why John Stockton is the greatest NBA point guard of all-time

Agree with your choice there – LaMelo would only cause a bit of disarray for the T’Wolves, and they certainly don’t need a big man like Wiseman. They need a jump in their bench depth (and ability of their bench players) in order to really push the stronger teams though – hard to see Edwards having an immediate impact in the way that a high pick like Doncic has done for the Mavs – will be fascinating to see though.

Minnesota’s fate hangs on first pick selection

From what I’ve seen posted online in the past few days, he’s had six instances of 20+ touches and 2+ goals (in the same game) in Preliminary Finals and Grand Finals. The next best (from the stat I saw) are Barry Cable and Tim Watson with 4. If that doesn’t tell you something about how he lifts for the occasion nothing will!

Agreed on Michael Jordan being perhaps the most inevitable – as a Utah fan the image of the game-winner in Game 6 in 1997-98 is forever burnt into my brain. I remember watching as a 10 year old being devastated knowing that Jordan was going to get the ball, that Jordan was going to score, and there was nothing anyone could do about it.

The inevitable truth: No-one had a chance against Dustin Martin

I’ve had many a (slightly older) friend regale me with tales of heading to the footy purely to watch Gary Ablett Sr play – as dominant as some have been I doubt there could be more than a handful of players who attracted a crowd in such a way! Unfortunately he couldn’t equate that into personal success – although his 1989 Finals Series (27 goals in 4 games) has to be surely considered the ‘best’ finals series every played.

The inevitable truth: No-one had a chance against Dustin Martin

Certainly the regular season doesn’t attract much attention – the SuperBowl is – in my mind – a global event though – and that’s where Tom Brady shone the most!

The inevitable truth: No-one had a chance against Dustin Martin

It’s 100% true that in order to be the ‘legend’ in Grand Finals, NBA Championships, and Superbowls, you need to get there first – and just like the Bulls and Patriots, the Tigers have had a heck of a supporting cast to help Martin make the big game in order for him to shine.

The inevitable truth: No-one had a chance against Dustin Martin

Thanks Marty! It was the result of having far too much free time, and attempting to meld the far-too-many obscure pop culture references I’ve got in my head with the AFL!

The inevitable truth: No-one had a chance against Dustin Martin

Agree with you about Martin bringing team-mates into the game – a consequence of AFL having much larger team sizes than the NBA there definitely – it’s much easier for a singe person to take over and dominate all the time in 5-a-side than it is in 18-a-side.

The inevitable truth: No-one had a chance against Dustin Martin

Well, sadly, my best joke/basketball reference was edited out Max.

Dwight Howard is the real Finals MVP

Cheers Simon! As a semi-casual NBA fan until a couple of years ago, I’d forgotten just how much Dwight was moved around the league after his Orlando & Houston deals – was fascinating to reflect on his change to hyped-up bench player!

Dwight Howard is the real Finals MVP

As you outline, there’s too many variables that are different (and more that can’t actually be compared due to changes in defensive rules between MJ and LBJ) for a comparison to be worthy. Additionally, the quality of opponents in NBA Finals play-offs can also vastly swing someone’s opinions (The Ringer had a GREAT article exploring this concept: https://www.theringer.com/nba/2020/5/11/21254188/title-expectations-michael-jordan-lebron-james) I think we should just appreciate how good LBJ is, remember how good MJ was (and while I’m at it how good Kareem was, and how good Wilt was, and how good Olajuwon/Robinson/Ewing/Barkley/Malone/Stockton were, and how good Doncic/Giannis etc. are and enjoy good players whenever we get the chance to see them!)

What does LeBron's Lakers title mean for the GOAT debate?

I would argue that the Spurs are already solidly rebuilding – Dejounte Murray and Lonnie Walker IV have shown glimpses of potential, and Derrick White showed in the bubble that he can be a dangerous scorer. Jakob Poeltl and Drew Eubanks are both talented and under 25 and have LaMarcus Aldridge to teach the the fundamentals of being a big man, and with the exceptions of LMA and Rudy Gay (both 34 yrs old) and Patty Mills (32) the majority of their starters (or likely starters for next season) are 25! As far as Orlando go, they need some rough’n’tough bigs to help ‘protect’ their youngsters, much like Dwight, Markieff, and McGee have done for the Lakers. Having a slew of bigs who you can rotate (and also beat up and stymie freewheeling opposition) would very much help their squad chocked full of talented young 3 & D wings.

NBA offseason: Two franchises that need to start rebuilding

Djokovic is a ridiculously driven individual – you just have to look at his game on court to know that – if anything I dare say he’ll use any possible ‘hatred’ from fans of his ‘old-fashioned ways’ to motivate himself more – fair chance he’ll end up with the most Grand Slam titles – he’s certainly got age and relative health on his side compared to Roger and Rafa.

Djokovic is a relic of the past, caught in a changing time

It’s been noted frequently that whilst Budenholzer does indeed have some flaws – I think you only need to look at the splits for ‘Time on Court’ from today’s Game 6 slug-a-thon to see that when you get to a crunch game, you play your stars for as long as humanly possible – he’s been hampered by the front office decision to move Malcolm Brogdon to the Pacers. That combined with some no good drafting – Donte Divincenzo is the only player apart from Brogdon to be any good for the Bucks since 2015 – has left them with some roster issues. Nonetheless, I think the Bucks will bounce back (and will have a much bigger focus on making some shrewd off-season signings) to help Giannis climb the mountain. He’s only 25 after all, and Jordan and LeBron didn’t get their first rings until they were 27!

Milwaukee needs a culture change and the buck stops with Budenholzer

The Al Horford deal has the potential to go down as one of the all-time worst – Tobias Harris actually delivers something (and steps up in Simmons absence) but Horford has been reduced to a bad bench player – which is no small thing.

Who is to blame for the 76ers’ failure?

Horn’s got a hard head on him, and has done remarkably well for himself. And he’s got a $2.1 million reward for getting thoroughly out-classed by what should the exciting future of Australian boxing. Not the worst severance package going around!

The king of Australian boxing is dead. All hail the king

Oh for sure – just the pick would never cut it – it’d have to be a combination of say Carter/Gafford/Porter Jr (or insert which ever role the club they’re dealing with wants or needs) and a future pick to get a ‘star’ to the Bulls. Hornets have less ability to do this seeing as they locked Scary Terry Rozier into a big deal (I cannot see him leading a team to playoff success, no offence to Terry….) but I reckon they need a better big man to have any chance of competing – I don’t think Cody Zeller, Bismack Biyombo, and Willy Hernangomez send much fear through the competition.

Who won the NBA Draft Lottery?

Simmons and Embiid can work together – they just need the right supporting cast around them – and losing Redick and Butler (who gave them perimeter presence) and replacing them with Harris and Horford has been a monumental mistake I reckon. Too many big bodies, and then relying on sketchy shooters like Alec Burks and Josh Richardson. After all, they went within a Kawhi Leonard miracle of making the Eastern Conference Finals last year!

What should the 76ers do in the draft?

D-Mitch slipped (thankfully for my Jazz boys) to Pick 13 – Philly weren’t alone in missing out on him!

What should the 76ers do in the draft?

The winners of the top four spots in the draft are easily the winners – especially because all the teams could either keep or trade their picks depending on what direction they want to go in. Especially the Bulls or Hornets who might view their squad as having enough talented young players and they could leverage a ‘star’ using their pick as trade bait. Warriors might look at Curry/Klay/Green and trade to try to build another ‘super squad’ or draft to get someone like Wiseman who could grow into the dominant big man they might want.

Definite losers are Pistons and Knicks who were more likely than not to get Top 5 picks, but dropped to 7 and 8. They can still get some good players at those picks (we all know drafting is an inexact science) but a marquee pick would’ve given them some much-needed positive publicity!

Who won the NBA Draft Lottery?

Agreed – 76ers need outside shooters to have any chance – last year they almost knocked off the Raptors, at the moment there’s not much to celebrate.

Al Horford’s gone backwards – I dare say they regret that pick-up – and their best young player (Matisse Thybulle) is pretty much a defense-only player at the moment.

What should the 76ers do in the draft?

As a fellow Bombers supporter I’m expecting us both to be entirely unreasonable when we get flogged by the Tigers tomorrow night!

The AFL is running a long con Danny Ocean would be proud of

Nailed it!

The AFL is running a long con Danny Ocean would be proud of

The fact that he was reported twice for striking (and twice found guilty) against the Suns – https://www.afl.com.au/news/487705/match-review-angry-tiger-charged-twice-for-striking-sun-fined – means that there’s probably proof he hit somebody….

The AFL is running a long con Danny Ocean would be proud of