Chess anyone?

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  1. vincy4fish98

    vincy4fish98 Bench Warmer

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    After observing Joe's move today to acquire Josh Smith, I have come to a few conclusions. Joe is definitely a GM, as in Grand Master of Chess. He is a loner, a contrarian, and tactician. He is always thinking of the next move ahead. While the action was playing out when free agency opened, he let everyone jump into the fray bidding for services and expending valuable capital. In chess this is called the opening game. Once the opening game comes to a conclusion the next phase is the middle game, these are where you move and develop pieces to either attack or fortify against an attack. What did Joe do here? Not much made some inquiries and meetings with IGGY, inquired and made a bid for Gay, but not expending any capital. But he is still surveying the board to see where everyone else has positioned themselves. Dhoward just took his services to Houston, Iggy signed with GS, Jefferson goes to ATL, Millsap to ATL, Calderon to Dallas, etc etc.

    Everyone has expended their capital and made their offensive and defensive moves. Now we come to the endgame, and what does Joe do? He strikes by signing Smith for 4 years at 56 mill, using some significant capital but still having some in reserve for the next move. Now that he has developed Smith (his queen) into position, he is positioning his pieces for the final attack in the endgame. Even insignificant pieces (CV and Stucky-pawns) have a place in the endgame when it comes to trapping or exchanging valuable pieces (knights, bishops, Rooks, Queens, and ultimately the King). What's his next move on the board? Knight (no pun intended) to B3? Stay tuned...
     
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    This is a fantastic post Vincy. I am digging your spin and enthusiasm.
     
  3. vincy4fish98

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    Scoe coming from you I am honored. I guess I am just enthusiastic and although Joe has made his share of mistakes, sometimes out thinking himself in the process, he has always struck me as a very cerebral GM, player, and thinks deeply beyond the surface despite what the talking heads and pundits say. He does what is needed in the endgame, even when everyone else goes for the obvious move.
     
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    mikhail1973 All-Star Administrator 1x Fantasy Champion

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    It was a great post indeed. Now, where do his other moves in other years fit? I can sort of understand Chauncey trade. However, the following signings still drive many around here insane.
     
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    Depends. If someone else had signed Smith while Joe was taking his full time allotment to make his move he wouldn't look so Fischeresque.
     
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    I think in retrospect scoe was spot on with his realization that Dumars couldn't sign Smith (or even make him an offer, hence the early visit with no offer extended) until he had cleared Calderon's cap hold. With that in mind, the quote from Jose's agent (also mentioned elsewhere) that the Pistons practically signed the contract for him makes complete sense. Some faith was restored today. If you're listening Joe, I never made any popcorn jokes!

    Good post vincy.
     
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    Checkers.
     
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    mikhail1973 All-Star Administrator 1x Fantasy Champion

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    I guess.
     
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    Ernie the Slow Adult All-Star Forum Donor

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    He's either playing chess Vincy or he just made his first move in 5 years. (I guess they go a long time between moves in chess?)


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    Ernie the Slow Adult All-Star Forum Donor

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    We are drifting back into a lot of people's comfort spot where Joe gets credit if the coin lands on either side.

    Why couldn't the Pistons just renounce Calderon and lose the cap hold if they were never going to sign him? They didn't need to sit by and wait for him to sign somewhere else.


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    Good post but I disagree. Joe has always been a straight shooter. Early reports had joe lining up a substantial offer for smith but as the days went on and one by one guys were signed, people doubted if we had anything out there. I bet the offer was already placed and they kept it close to the vest. This was joe's number one guy. I think the ball was in smiths court until now. I speculate that the plan was smith and Calderon.
    We are on to plan b for a pg.
    If you are talking chess moves, holding on to stickey and bot represent that type of forward thinking. It sucks that we haven't moved on but joe had it planned that Jose would get 7 mil and smith 14 mil. There were no big time FA's at the pg spot (Paul was not a realistic option). I don't want to overvalue expirings but there is the flexibility to make a move during the season.
     
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    Slippy All-Star Administrator Forum Donor

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    i think they did.
     
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    Problem is that he's playing chess against 29 opponents at once.
     
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    V4F welcome to the luni bin.
    I think he's down a piece but has his a knight fork looming.
    No he sacrificed his entire team to steal a rook.
     
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    And he keeps dropping all the pieces with his butter hands.
     
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    Are we better with Smith? Yes. We can only go on so long with potential. When did a 4 year contract scare so many people. Screw the negative Nancie. When did J-smoove become the poster boy of bad NBA players. Is he THAT much wose than David West, the new poser boy
     
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    I dunno why people are negative, but they are wrong. And I am going to ride this wave of enthusiasm all the way to opening night.
     
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    Woot woot!!
     
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