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    NBA Free agency 2018: Where's the King landing?

    Lowry's been living in Canada for the past ten years. He'd probably apologize to Kirk Cousins.
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    VIKTOR'S LOSERS' LOUNGE

    This place sickens us. We won't stay long.
  3. Maithanet der Mannschaft

    NBA Free agency 2018: Where's the King landing?

    If the criteria is: 1. Point guard (closest analogy to QB) 2. Underappreciated by team that drafted him 3. Taken in middle of draft 4. Blossomed into above average starter (probably) capable of starting for a championship team, provided that team is talented enough. Kyle Lowry? I don't know if he's really underappreciated in Toronto, although people do love pointing out his impressive stats have not led to real playoff success. But he fits everything else. Kemba Walker? He does seem to be underappreciated in Charlotte for not leading a bad team to greater success. He was taken #9 overall, which isn't exactly a 4th rounder, but still late enough that lots of teams aren't expecting a star.
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    NBA Free agency 2018: Where's the King landing?

    Everything I've read is that getting Lebron, Paul and Harden under the cap would be really difficult, because Lebron+Paul are both looking for max money. In order to to that, Capela is probably gone, Ariza definitely is, and there's a good chance they'll need to offload picks and good players like Mbah a Moute in order to get rid of bad money contracts like Eric Gordon and (especially) $20 million dollar wonder Ryan Anderson. Thus, while it seems like adding Lebron would always be a great thing, for Houston a team of Paul, Harden, Lebron and very little else (in particular, losing most of their athletic wing defenders) seems like a team with little hope of competing with GSW.
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    NBA Finals 2018: Do Or Die For The Cleveland LeBrons

    Are you saying that Kevin Durant's year at University of Texas did not prepare him to compete with Warren Buffett?
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    U.S. Politics: If Trump Is In Attendance, The Next Protest Should Be A Roman Salute

    But that's just it. We traded actual (but small, admittedly) concessions for potential. IF that potential is realized and actual meaningful concessions are made by NK, then we should celebrate. Until that happens, I'm not going to call this a victory or even a step in the right direction. At best it's "wait and see" and at worst we just gave Kim a PR coup and pissed off our ROK allies for nothing.
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    NBA Finals 2018: Do Or Die For The Cleveland LeBrons

    The NBA definitely needs to do something about these superteams. Basketball always struggles with the haves and the have-nots, but the existing financial incentives are completely screwed up. It seems like something where the Max contract is 30% of the team salary cap, and then the next max contract a team could offer is 25%, and then 20%, etc, would help tamp down on collecting too much talent on one team, because NBA All-Stars are never going to be happy to have to take less money and admit they are second/third banana.
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    NBA Finals 2018: Do Or Die For The Cleveland LeBrons

    It's frustrating that so many of Lebron's reasonable free agency options are to my least favorite teams.
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    U.S. Politics: If Trump Is In Attendance, The Next Protest Should Be A Roman Salute

    It'll take a helluva lot more than 30k troops to accomplish anything in Iran (unless you mean just on the border with Iran as a threat). Iran's military is a great deal stronger than Iraq's was, with a larger population, and a larger and less hospitable area to occupy. Everything about a US invasion of Iran makes my stomach turn.
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    U.S. Politics: If Trump Is In Attendance, The Next Protest Should Be A Roman Salute

    I want peace on the Korean peninsula. What I see is the US making small, but meaningful concessions to NK, and getting only promises in return. If Trump can get a tangible, verifiable and meaningful concession from NK, I'll happily admit he made a good move. It hasn't happened yet, and seeing how he is strutting around like he's singlehandedly achieved world peace, I doubt very much it is going to happen. But I hope I'm wrong. I would love for Trump (or any president) to do this, but what makes you think he's about to slash military budgets? Everything he's said is explicitly the opposite, that our military is in shambles, that we need to increase military spending dramatically, etc. He is constantly lobbying for more military funding. Obviously Trump changes his mind whenever he wants, but there is no evidence he's about to suddenly embrace a smaller military.
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    U.S. Politics: If Trump Is In Attendance, The Next Protest Should Be A Roman Salute

    It seems incredible to me that the same Donald Trump who needed to scuttle the Iran deal because certain clauses were only enforced for the first ten years, is so proud of making real (if modest) concessions to the North Koreans in exchange for the exact same promises that they already made and broke in 1994 and 2005. But it looks like the media is swallowing his bullshit whole like this is a great breakthrough.
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    NBA Finals 2018: Do Or Die For The Cleveland LeBrons

    It is almost impossible to come up with a really good comparison of what KD did. This is a former league MVP, entering his physical prime, leaving the third most talented team in the league to join a 72 win team that won the championship the previous year, and (arguably) only lost this year because of bad luck/injuries. The closest possible analogy I can come up with would be if in 2004 league MVP Kevin Garnett left the Twolves after losing in the WCF to join the Spurs (who won in 2003 and 2005). A spurs team with Duncan, Garnett, Parker and Ginobili (plus Bowen to play Iggy's role) is pretty close to how ridiculous the Warriors are. But even that wouldn't be as bad, because the 2004 Spurs were merely very good, not historically great, and the TWolves supporting cast was nowhere near as good as the team Durant left. Obviously KD is free to do what he wants. But fans are welcome to criticise when players take the easy road to a championship. Lebron winning one championship in Cleveland is more impressive to me than him winning two in Miami. KD winning two championships on GS just isn't impressive because that team is so good a championship is virtually assured. He walked into a situation where he'll get his titles, but he'll never really get the respect he thinks he deserves. Any GSW title has a little asterisk that "this title won on easy mode".
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    2018 World Cup - Get a Team to Support Here!!!!

    @HelenaExMachina, @a free shadow Welcome to The Team. Der Mannschaft only grows stronger, just like our offense. Look on our works, ye mighty, and despair.
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    2018 World Cup - Get a Team to Support Here!!!!

    I'm in. But only if I get Morocco. EDIT: But seriously I'm really glad Italy didn't qualify, because I got them for 2014 and 2016, and I don't even like Italy.
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    NHL: Offseason (Trades, UFA, Awards & the Draft)

    We're 2/2 on historically hard luck franchises winning the title this year, although that streak will end whenever the Warriors wrap things up. If Basketball were to follow suit it would probably be...the Trailblazers? The Jazz? The Raptors? I feel like the NBA is so cruelly unfair in its championship distribution that half the league would qualify. And then in MLB...the Indians?
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