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Liam Clark

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21 year old graduated media student. Aspiring to be a sports journalist or a film critic. Follows the AFL and NBA. St Kilda and Oklahoma City Thunder fan. Big fan of Russell Westbrook. Instagram Account: Liam_Clark_Reviews

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I agree with this. There have been so many injuries to athletes that resting is just a better option than playing a full 82 games. It provides them with a longer career without destroying their bodies. And the Clippers definitely need to move house, because they are never going to own Staples Centre. I’d honestly like to see them relocate out of Los Angeles, but I guess the appeal of LA would help them gain free agents (as shown with George and Leonard)

The Leonard load management conundrum and the cost of resting in the west

Thanks for your comments Steele, I’ve enjoyed debating this with you and cannot wait to see what happens at the end of the season. I can agree that it could be debatable as to who the most valuable player on the Lakers could be at times, but I do believe what LeBron is doing at his age is beyond incredible.

I can see we both can agree on Doncic though, he has been incredible and carrying his team. This shall be an interesting season to be sure

Why the NBA MVP award is a two-horse race

I still think the Lakers starting out of the gates so strongly was surprising, considering it was a new team, there needed to be time for chemistry to build and they are still playing very well. The Bucks went into this season, although they lost Brogdon which was a major loss, with high expectations and while they are exceeding them, they were expected to begin the season at a very high level. Giannis might just be the best player in the NBA, I agree, but the MVP isn’t awarded to the best player, it is awarded to the most valuable. If it was for the best player, LeBron would have won nearly every MVP award in the last decade. And while I agree Harden is incredible, he still lacks energy on the defensive side of the play at times. All four players are certainly candidates for the award, but I feel like Doncic and LeBron have been the biggest surprises this season and both very valuable to their team and with their vast improvements in record and consistent play will both be front runners for the award

Why the NBA MVP award is a two-horse race

The main reasons about Lebron stem down to the narrative and that the Lakers have been absolutely exceptional. The Bucks and Giannis are playing at a very high level, but I would argue that Doncic is carrying a worse team than Giannis is carrying. Still though, all three men are brilliant and I would be happy to see any of them take away the award.

Why the NBA MVP award is a two-horse race

That is an interesting thought. Doncic has played in professional leagues since the age of 16 and it has certainly benefitted him, as it did Ricky Rubio. However, Rubio has definitely reached his peak but for Doncic I am not sure how far he can go. If he goes much higher than this level of play, he would be as you said on track to become the best of all time, and while that is not impossible, it is unlikely. It will be interesting to see how his career develops and whether he can keep leading teams as he has led the Mavs this season.

And you are correct, NBL is definitely not in the top 3 leagues in the world, there are plenty of better leagues across the world, although I do enjoy watching some of the Australian talent.

Why the NBA MVP award is a two-horse race

We are giving it a go which I appreciate, however we just cannot seem to get it right. Hopefully we can retain our players while picking up some veteran talent to make a push for finals. I wouldn’t care if we slipped into 8th last season as long as I get to see some Finals footy

Saints slogging towards mediocrity

I would be interested to see what the Cats do. Although Kelly wants to go to West Coast, it would be interesting to see if Freo could throw up a better offer and potentially take Kelly from under the Eagles noses.

Steven would help the Cats in the midfield department, and as stated there are always young names who will potentially step up if given the opportunity

Who will fill Tim Kelly's boots at Geelong?

I feel like the Bulldogs will have a great season next year, they really picked it up after the bye and as much as I would hate to see it, Josh Bruce would be a nice pick up for them

Why the Dogs will snarl in 2020

The 2010 Draw was definitely heart breaking for me, with the week after being even worse. However, I think the grand final I have most enjoyed in recent memory was 2018 West Coast v Collingwood, came down right to the wire

Ranking the best Grand Finals of the decade

Agreed, 2020 will be a new year and the AFL is getting tighter as the years go by. Hardwick made a terrific choice bringing in Pickett, although it was rather risky. However, he played quite well and I see him picking up many more games in the black and yellow at an AFL level

Resilience and vulnerability deliver Richmond another premiership

Tigers were absolutely dominant. Destroyed the Giants. However, for people saying GWS should not have been there, they had an exceptional finals series and earned every win. They just could not put it together when it mattered most against an exceptional Richmond side who played some very enjoyable and dominant footy, and have clearly been the best team in the comp for the last three years.

Resilience and vulnerability deliver Richmond another premiership

Really hope GWS get up, they have been the underdogs the entire finals series and it would be a good story.

Also one minor error, Hawthorn beat Geelong in 2008, not 2007. 2007 was when Geelong thumped Port Adelaide

The sleeping Giants wake up

Hi Boo, while the AFL do need to adjust the trade rules a bit to try and stop the experienced players leaving teams like the Suns for teams in Melbourne or something like that. However, I do not believe that the Suns should disregard the Hodge experiment as a template completely as players with his experience and skill can help players adjust to the AFL and learn from someone who has been there and done it

The AFL should continue to follow the Hodge and Brisbane experiment

Gold Coast have had a lot of bad luck with their veterans, however I do not think they should stop trying to acquire mentors. They need to focus on trying to get the right mentors for the group of players they currently have in their squad.

The AFL should continue to follow the Hodge and Brisbane experiment

Hi Joe, picking the right mentors can be quite tricky. Daisy still has a lot to offer a team in terms of play in my opinion, as we saw during this season he still has another season in him. He is not necessarily a star either and could benefit a young team. I do agree though that a player who knows what it has been like to be a young kid, having to move away from your home state to play the game you love would be beneficial as they can help the young guys adjust to life as an AFL player

The AFL should continue to follow the Hodge and Brisbane experiment

Hi Joe, I forgot all about Campbell Brown. That was not the best move from the Suns. However, I feel like players such as Daisy and Burgoyne could really help the development of some of the younger players at the Suns

The AFL should continue to follow the Hodge and Brisbane experiment

Some development up forward would definitely help push Port into a contender

Port Adelaide: A divided and confused fan base

Hi Grant, Gold Coast definitely need the help and I agree Hodge and Mitchell are exceptional players. A lot of clubs have great mentoring and leadership programs, but players like Hodge and Mitchell can be an exceptional help to a young team as they can provide the on field leadership and experience to help mentor the younger players into future stars

The AFL should continue to follow the Hodge and Brisbane experiment

Hi Me Too, I might have been biased with the Armo comment because I’m a St Kilda supporter, but he was always solid for us and a solid mentor and overall person. And I do agree, he did not have a lot of leadership experience but I think he has another year in him to at least try and mentor some younger players.

And you are right about Roughy, he would be a good off field pick up. I think we could still play well for a season up forward, but I do not think that he wants to come back.

Daisy definitely has another year in him and I really hope another club picks him up. He is capable to play another season.

And while there are not many players around of that level of player, I feel like veterans who have been in the league a while and can still produce at some sort of level would be good for young teams, especially at a mentoring on field level

The AFL should continue to follow the Hodge and Brisbane experiment

The Crows definitely need to make some changes, but I’m not sure where they start. I feel Betts is on the way out with all these rumours and the fact he has been dropped for multiple games. They’ve also got to be looking at Tex, especially as a captain as he certainly has not been the best of influences at times

The Crows must axe some of their favourite sons

Port have a team that should have definitely made finals. I may overrate them at times, but they are definitely a list of players that can make finals based on pure talent. However, something needs to change and for this club I believe it starts with the coach. How do you extend a coach that has brought you very little success?

Port Adelaide: A divided and confused fan base

I agree, Grundy is an unbelievable player, and I enjoy watching him play around the field. Him and Gawn are both terrific players because they effect the game in the ruck but also around other areas of play

Utilising a ruckman effectively is a double-edged sword

Hi Doctor, this is a great what if. The Suns have had so much talent, which has blossomed in new environments. It would have been interesting to see where the team would be if all the players had stuck it out as a unit

What if Lance Franklin had signed with GWS?

Hi Kandeepan, this is another good one. Would have been interesting to see this occur

What if Lance Franklin had signed with GWS?

Buddy wasn’t just a big name in AFL but in Australian sports. I feel most people around the time of the beginning of the Hawthorn dynasty would know who he was. He may have not been as big a name for GWS as he was for the Swans, but he would have definitely helped them. However, I do agree that he has helped increase crowds and membership.

What if Lance Franklin had signed with GWS?