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Picture this:

Three coaches from 1981 (Bill Fitch, Gene Shue and Don Nelson) are suddenly locked into a Time Machine Gym for a decade with Giannis at age 18.

They train him for that entire time to be the ideal 1980s center.  He develops the high-percentage shooting touch of Artis Gilmore, the rebounding of Moses Malone, the offensive artistry of Kevin McHale, the work ethic and resilience of Bob Lanier, and the passing nous and defensive skills of Bill Walton.

The end result would be that Giannis would emerge at age 28 not as the Eurostep Wonder we recognize today, but as Hakeem Olajuwon redux.

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3 hours ago, Wilbur said:

Picture this:

Three coaches from 1981 (Bill Fitch, Gene Shue and Don Nelson) are suddenly locked into a Time Machine Gym for a decade with Giannis at age 18.

They train him for that entire time to be the ideal 1980s center.  He develops the high-percentage shooting touch of Artis Gilmore, the rebounding of Moses Malone, the offensive artistry of Kevin McHale, the work ethic and resilience of Bob Lanier, and the passing nous and defensive skills of Bill Walton.

The end result would be that Giannis would emerge at age 28 not as the Eurostep Wonder we recognize today, but as Hakeem Olajuwon redux.

Right. It totally matters what you practice, and how much of it you practice. People claiming that Ewing wouldnt be a better 3pt shooter if he came along 30 years later are...well...i dont want to use insulting language. Let's just say i havent replied to those posts here cuz i dont have time to waste on dumb opinions. 

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I don't think we can say for sure either way. Sure, everyone is better with more practice, but whether they will be good or not is a toss up and more importantly, the entire thing is an exercise in futility. Nobody can prove anything, the only thing that is for sure is that they met the challenges they faced and were successful in their time. 

Anyway, just looking at current players. Morant looked like he could shoot threes for awhile, but he regressed. Same for Giannis. Kawhi supposedly couldn't shoot before he joined the Spurs. Think Wilbur already provided a list of centers that did make the conversion to be able to shoot. Its a little hit and miss, and I'm not sure there is any predictive value.

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34 minutes ago, Relic said:

You guys aren't always dumb :P

I still don't get why saying a guy who couldn't shoot from three at all in his time probably couldn't today either. The leap necessary to make it a smart play is pretty massive. Would he be better? Sure. Would the improvement make it sensible to incorporate into your game plan? Doubtful.

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Joker is becoming the Big Joker. Denver looked dead going into halftime, but after three he's already got a 19/11/15 game. Suns better come out gunning or this can be 3-0 quickly.

ETA: And just like that, Big joker gets knocked in his big jokers. Suns are doing what they need to though to get a sizeable lead back.

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Well the Suns did exactly that and barely survived. I'm still not convinced they can win this series though even if CP3 comes back. They're just so thin. KD and Book have to do Herculean shit for them to have a chance. If Ayton doesn't wake up I'm not sure that alone can do it.

7 minutes ago, KingintheNorth4 said:

James Harden.....yeah. 

The Celtics are just better. If they don't come out of the East all of them need to punch a wall. 

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18 minutes ago, Tywin et al. said:

The Heat and Knicks still seem to hate each other, which is nice. Only this time Thibs would try to claw out someone's eyes instead of grabbing their leg.

Jeff played to his skillset.

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35 minutes ago, DMC said:

Jeff played to his skillset.

When you look like the Queen of Hearts, you do what you can (once you see it you can't unsee it). 

Edit: for context, circa 2015 
 

Midwest Region
#1) Kentucky: Jeff Van Gundy - Queen of Hearts
#2) Kansas: George Karl- Leader of a nudist colony
#3) Notre Dame: Nene - Looks like a gladiator that will help you slay a tiger then join you as you embark on a quest
#4) Maryland: J.J. Redick - Sketchy car valet who might take your car for a joy ride
#5) West Virginia: Mike Dunleavy Jr. - Looks like a generic police sketch
#6) Butler: Andy Reid - Looks like he waggles his fingers in front of a tray of doughnuts and says, "Don't mind if I do"
#7) Wichita State: Marcin Gortat - Guy who becomes a YouTube sensation by wrestling bears shirtless
#8) Cincinnati: Kris Humphries - Looks like a male cheerleader
#9) Purdue: Russell Wilson - Looks like a male cheerleader
#10) Indiana: Jerry Sloan - Looks like he washes his hair with a bar of soap
#11) Texas: David Shaw - Looks like the president in a cable television network drama
#12) Buffalo: Nick Saban - Guy who runs a lap, looks at his stopwatch and says, "Still go it," while snapping his fingers
#13) Valparaiso: Frank Vogel - Guy who keeps calling you to hang out and you keep creating excuses not to go
#14) Northeastern: Trey Wingo - Looks like a guy who owns a funeral home and does late-night infomercials promoting his seasonally discounted rates
#15) New Mexico State: DeAndre Jordan - Looks like a cartoon moose
#16) Hampton: Chip Kelly - Looks like the guy who leaves comically low tips to service people, then shoots the finger gun and says, "Don't spend it all in one place"
#16) Manhattan: Chip Kelly - Looks like the guy who washes his yacht shirtless

West Region
#1) Wisconsin: Ron Rivera - Guy who wears a lei for his entire vacation in Hawaii
#2) Arizona: Jack Del Rio - Stepdad who tries too hard to be called dad
#3) Baylor: Orel Hershiser - Looks like the father in the picture of the frame that you buy at Walmart
#4) North Carolina: Donnie Walsh - Looks like he's in town to kill a guy
#5) Arkansas: Shane Battier - Tennis coach who gets too close to your wife
#6) Xavier: Tom Thibodeau - Looks like a butcher
#7) VCU: Avery Johnson - Looks like a judge on a daytime television show
#8) Oregon: Romeo Crennel - Looks like the courtroom bailiff in a small southern town who nods off to sleep during the middle of proceedings only to be woken up when the judge hits his gavel
#9) Oklahoma State: Mike Woodson - Looks like he constantly tells his family, "I'm not sleeping, I'm just resting my eyes"
#10) Ohio State: Ed Orgeron - Looks like a BBQ pitmaster who is constantly wiping sweat from his face while explaining his secret BBQ recipe is, "cajun love, brother"
#11) BYU: Dwane Casey - Looks like a sad-faced clown who has trouble removing all of his makeup
#11) Mississippi: Mike Budenholzer - Looks like a sad-faced clown who has trouble removing all of his makeup
#12) Wofford: Stephen A. Smith - Looks like the family member at Thanksgiving that takes personal offense when someone else declares sweet potatoes as the best dish over stuffing
#13) Harvard: Tony Dungy - Guy who has fishing lures in his hat
#14) Georgia State: Bret Bielema - Looks like he nicknamed himself "Mr. Saturday Night" and gets mad when his friends don't call him that
#15) Texas Southern: Jack Del Rio - Retired cop who lives on a houseboat and solves crimes in his spare time
#16) Coastal Carolina: Terry Stotts - Looks like a member of Parliament

East Region
#1) Villanova: John Kerry - Looks like the Patriots' logo
#2) Virginia: Jeff Van Gundy - Eats a sandwich while conducting an autopsy
#3) Oklahoma: Pete Carroll - Looks like he runs a dojo
#4) Louisville: P.J. Carlesimo - the reader of the Geiger counter on a remote island who's the first to know some sort of catastrophe is coming to the mainland, but can't get anyone to listen to him because they think he's a kook
#5) Northern Iowa: Charlie Weis - Looks like he was cut in half and accidentally had the bottom half of his body sewn on backwards
#6) Providence: Pete Carroll - Looks like he hits on your wife right in front of you
#7) Michigan State: Mike Golic - Looks like a construction worker in a sewage drain yelling, "I need more light down here!"
#8) NC State: Tyler Hansbrough - Looks like he is being haunted by ghosts that no one else sees
#9) LSU: Tyler Hansbrough - Looks like the overzealous paintball player who rises from the leaves on the ground and asks, "Any last words?" as he shoots you seven times before you can utter a word
#10) Georgia: Stephen Ross - Looks like the old man who wears pajamas with a matching pointy hat and holds a candle to his face while checking on that noise downstairs
#11) Boise State: Marcin Gortat - Looks like a genie
#11) Dayton: Marcin Gortat - Looks like a wizard
#12) Wyoming: Mike Leach - Loudly enters a room and says, "Working hard or hardly working?"
#13) UC Irvine: Buster Olney - Looks like the guy at the gym who uses the treadmill right next to you even though the entire row of machines is empty
#14) Albany: Randy Johnson - Looks like he runs a bar in a small town and when you order a beer, he mutters to himself, "You're not from around here, are you?"
#15) Belmont: Jeff Van Gundy - Looks like the guy who can't sleep in a cold medicine commercial
#16) Lafayette: Joe Maddon - Looks like he would move to Barbados

South Region
#1) Duke: Lou Holtz - Train conductor
#2) Gonzaga: Kendrick Perkins - Looks like a pharaoh
#3) Iowa State: Tony Brothers - Looks like the boxing trainer who slaps his fighter in the middle of a losing bought
#4) Georgetown: Kevin McHale - Looks like the high school biology teacher with feral and unrelenting halitosis, whose wife just left him for the tennis coach (Nick Faldo looks like that tennis coach)
#5) Utah: Mike McCarthy - Looks like an Elvis impersonator
#6) SMU: Ben Roethlisberger - Looks like the way a four-year-old draws a person
#7) Iowa: Mike Krzyzewski - Looks like a lieutenant on the Death Star
#8) San Diego State: Bo Pelini - Looks like a toe
#9) St. John's: Charles Barkley - Looks like a thumb
#10) Davidson: Stugotz - Looks like the guy at Hooters who elbows you and says, "That's what I'm talking about"
#11) UCLA: David Pollack - Looks like an assassin
#12) Stephen F. Austin: Tony Siragusa - Guy who wears a bathrobe that is six inches too short while collecting his morning newspaper
#13) Eastern Washington: Brad Stevens - Guy you must defeat in a sailboat race so that his daddy can't acquire your family's land to build a country club
#14) UAB: Colin Cowherd - Looks like the guy who borrows money from the mafia, but can't pay it back in the movies
#15) North Dakota State: Jim Caldwell - Looks like a mechanic who comes out with a rag, wipes his brow and says, "It's gonna be a while"
#16) North Florida: Scott Van Pelt - Looks like one of the male reproductive organs
#16) Robert Morris: Scott Van Pelt - Looks like a rodeo clown

https://www.espn.com/espnradio/story/_/id/12545984/the-dan-le-batard-s-march-sadness

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28 minutes ago, Tywin et al. said:

When you look like the Queen of Hearts, you do what you can (once you see it you can't unsee it). 

Hey when your older brother is a dead ringer for Ron Jeremy you take what you can get.  When I was ten years old Jeff screamed at me to be more assertive.  Kinda thought he was a dick at the time, then three years later when he tried to take on Alonzo Mourning's leg I realized he could back it up.

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13 minutes ago, DMC said:

Hey when your older brother is a dead ringer for Ron Jeremy you take what you can get.  When I was ten years old Jeff screamed at me to be more assertive.  Kinda thought he was a dick at the time, then three years later when he tried to take on Alonzo Mourning's leg I realized he could back it up.

He's not the hero you want, but the one you need. 

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