"Open" League Trash Talk and other Exchanges

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  1. Slippy

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    Well, draft night was not without its surpises. Technical difficulties made the early rounds look like a keystone cops episode. The most stunning pick was DLEV "Dumars" 59's selection of the mercurial Shaun Livingston. I swear I heard "the Sleeper has awakened!" but that could have just been a serendipitous Dune sneaking through the thin walls of my apartment. Said Dumars on his pick: "When youre drafting as high as we were, you want to look for a player that has Destroyers DNA." Destroyers DNA is right. Talk about laying the blueprint for the destruction of your chances to field a contending team. Technical difficulties? A supremely optimistic cousin? The group rolled on.

    My first pick at #9 was a total homer of a pick named Chris Paul. He'll do pretty good if he doesn't break down mid season. Honestly, I had Nash first but Paul's games come on local TV. Basement....here we come! oh Dlev's got that room reserved. Maybe the garage then.

    Best value picks: Caron Butler falling to me at the position he did. His numbers were underwhelming while the wizards experimented with him as a 6th man but he more than made up for that when the staff came to their senses. His starter numbers come closer to Jamison. Stephon Marbury was a guy I couldn't pass despite needing a C like a man afflicted with scurvy. Its Isiahs buttcheek on the chopping block and it begins and ends with Marbury. I reading uptempo. Will Starbury return to 20/8 form?

    Worst value picks: David West. I was looking to shore up my bigs and get some decent rebounding into the mix. I had West on my sheet a round higher so he's a guy I wanted but it may turn out to be one of the worst moves I made. Marvin Williams. I don't know what this guy will do for my team. An interesting value opportunity but maybe I should have looked to a specialist to shore up 3ptrs or blks.

    Make or break pick: Josh Smith apparently. I'm not on the JSmoove bandwagon but where he was...mid 3rd round, it was worth the risk. Now payoff buster!

    Outlook: I drafted the prototypical Donut team despite designs to fill my C early. Roscoe did the Sheed Shuffle with his #1 pick and go allen and then went back and got Yao despite saying he wanted Bosh. Tricky guy that one. I think my 1st six are solid but my last six...its all upside and potential. I picked up 2 rookies. I think I'll struggle for a good part of the season.

    anyone else want to write about thier results? I'm interested in hearing your take on your teams.
     
  2. roscoe36

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    My team is bereft of players I like.

    NBA.com sucks.

    I will see you guys in the playoffs. You have been warned. I am already making roster moves.
     
  3. MotownPride

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    I would love to give a thorough account of my picks, but I don't want to expose my strategy until after the Advanced draft tommorrow. I will tell you this though...I absolutely LOVE my team.

    PG combo - Iverson, Ford and Felton - SWEET!
    3 point bombers - Dirk, Korver, Peja, Redd and Mighty Mouse - Double SWEET!
    Offense - Dirk, Iverson, Redd and Peja - Triple SWEEET!!!!
     
  4. Slippy

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    sucks to auto. I hope you laptop survived draft night. If I have guys you are interested in, you have guys I like.
     
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    LOl, good thing I didn't diss any of my guys then. Would have been a weak negotiating position.

    I'll take a look in a bit. Going to Dim Sum at 11:30 :)
     
  6. Griffin

    Griffin First Round Draft Pick

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    Linwood basically drafted every guy I wanted, so I'll be cheering him on this season.

    No, I didn't get a Dream Team, but my outlook isn't as severe as Micro's. I would say I have a good little team, complete with loads of "upside." Members of the Upside Elite include: Rudy Gay, Sheldon Williams, and DAAAAAAARRRRRKKKKKOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Drafting Shaquille in a post-championship year goes against every draft philosophy I like to abide by. But the way things were going, I thought it worth a shot.

    Taking Kobe in with the eighth pick was somewhat unexpected. I tend to want a bigger player as my first pick, preferably E. Brand. That guy was awesome for me last year. I just missed on Brand. So I'll take Kobe. I mean hey, what other player can get you 81 points in a single game?

    Drafting Vladimir Radmanovic was completely a technical accident. Maybe I should keep him for his three ball ability? Maybe. But if there's interest in him, I'll be listening.

    I was probably a little too excited to take Barbosa with my last pick. No, Griff, you were justified. I mean, Nash is likely to get some sort of prolonged injury this year, right?
     
  7. MotownPride

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    But I thought that's why they picked up Marcus Banks.
     
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    I want Crazy Ron Artest and TJ Ford.

    I am willing to send 2 for 1.

    TJ = Mike James and Luther Head
    Artest = Rasheed Wallace and Jamal Crawford

    LMK.
     
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    As the draft drew close, I found myself with a full plate. The day started with an extra day of work. Usually, I have Friday off, so I had planned to sit around all day and read the fantasy articles, compile my lists, and consult with the hallway coach. Instead, I had to work so I would only have an hour or so to prepare.

    I spent the first part of that time walking the dog. I spent the second part walking Hallway Coach through "computer 101." Then I realized that none of my passwords or addresses were saved on my new computer, so I frantically plugged in and started up the old machine... :gaah:

    Eventually, it all got sorted out and the draft began. Hallway Coach and I had decided weeks ago to take Brizzle, for obvious reasons. :cheers:

    Our next pick would come in the late second round. We knew Elton Brand would be gone, so we took a big gamble on Amare Stoudamire. If he goes down again, we are in trouble. If he is healthy and plays 70% as well as he did last time he was playing, we will do well. We took Ben Wallace with the next pick. We both feel that Ben is a proud man and will be EARNING that 15 mil. I expect Gramps Wallace to block shots and grab boards at a rate that will get him another DPOY. The FT% will suck of course, but we may get a steal or two out of him to make up for it.

    The Pistons: Rip Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince.
    I think Rip is undervalued. I had him on my fantasy team last year, and he kept my team in semi-contention. He gives you 20 points, has good %, and plays every game.
    I think Tayshaun breaks out this year. I expect 18 points and 8 rebounds from him. And he will play every game.

    I took E.T. at point, because I liked him last year, and I think he was best available. Bonzi Wells could be a numba 1 stunna over in Sactown.
    Chandler for boards and blocks.

    Three rookies: Roy, Morrison, and Bargnini. Because I am, and will always be, an optimist.

    Once again, I picked players that I would like to have on a team, instead of well rounded stat guys. Hope I can make it work.

    If this was a real team, they would dunk on your head and grab every board!

    Dissapointments of the draft: No Brand, Artest, or Noccioni for the Allstars.
     
  10. Darth Tater

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    Slippy and I did a mock draft. I predicted Dlev would grab Darko in the first round but he surprised me even more and took Shaun Livingston. I thought it was a computer glitch, at first.

    Linwood taking Ben Wallace was no surprise either. I figured Roscoe wouldn't get anywhere near Artest, but I see he is now looking to dismantle his team by attempting to trade for him for the second consecutive year. LOL.


    My bonehead move was not planning beyond the 5th round. I picked up Bogut in round 6 to fill a spot, but later remembered he was injured. I like him though. I got all players I like so I'm happy. The system ticked me off because it was slow and also didn't list most players' ability to play more than one spot, so I wasn't sure on some.

    I wanted a Piston this year. I planned on getting Prince a bit early, but Linwood beat me to it. Nazr was available when I needed a Center so I took him. Later, I saw Dice on the board so I grabbed him too. Now I have an extra Piston.

    Griffin beat me to the punch twice. Once when I was going to draft R.Bell, he grabbed him. So I took Szerbiak, who I like if he stays healthy.He also nailed Darko a pick before I could (I believe thats when I grabbed Nazr).

    My strategy was to go point guard heavy. Forget the defensive categories. I was thrilled I got Arenas at #6. That's where he was projected and I figured he should be there since everyone but me seems to hate him. Next I reached a bit for Bibby (since Billups was gone). Then I took one of my favorites Carmelo. Why oh why didn't the Stones draft him?

    Then I got Okur whose game I love. I was thrilled I was able to get Andre Miller in the 5th round and considered reaching for him in the 3rd.

    I should be strong in assists, threes, points, and steals.

    I wanted Nocionni and was glad to get him. I got Gomes too.

    Slippy convinced me to grab D. Williams. I think Deng was a value in the 13th round. (Hey, last year I got Kaman there). I wasn't going to get Deng but I needed a shooting guard.

    When are the free agents available? We can't do anything for a couple of days, right?

    Anyhow, I got the first four guys I wanted to build my squad around. All players I really like.

    I figure the Taters should be competitive this year (in the middle of the pack), although it seems any fantasy team I've ever had, despite my efforts was either at the very top or a bottom dweller. I have yet to see mediocrity.
     
  11. himat

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    You got Redd, Iverson, and Dirk? Nice.
     
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    It's pretty much concensus that the NBA fantasy site sucks right? Have you guys tried looking for players? I can't figure out how to propose a trade yet...

    There are so many guys who are dual position eligible that you can build an all-small or all-big team which may or may not be cool depending on how you look at it.

    That's frikkin embarassing for the NBA. Yahoo last year was much better. Yahoo this year will blow you away. It is much, much slicker...
     
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    Oh, what the hell..

    So draft time is approaching and I have a distinct plan in mind. My plan is to field a team that I will enjoy watching. So this year I was looking to bring the offense! Picking 5th I knew that I was pretty much guaranteed to pick a top tier player. Dirk was on my list at 5 and he was exactly who I landed. Feeling good at this point.

    The next series of picks were shockers in my opinion. On my draft list, I predicted selecting Michael Redd with my second pick. Watching Chris Bosh go late, Shaun Livingston go first round, Chris Paul go really early..and Camby get selected early second round...I was amazed to see Allen Iverson land in my lap. I grabbed him with open arms as it fell into my gameplan of offensively charged and entertaining. It got better though. I got my draft board second round pick as my third round pick. Michael Redd baby! It becomes obvious to me now with Redd and Dirk on my team that I need to make a run at some three point shooters. I grab Peja with my 4th pic. A steal in my opinion as I believe his career will be rejuvenated in New Orleans. Just two years ago he was a top 5 fantasy stud.

    I thought this might be the steal of the draft for me.

    Nope, with my 5th pick I select Raymod Felton. Some draft boards had him as a bottom 2nd round pick. He was awesome last year at the end of the season.

    At this point I'm wanting to grab Miller or TJ Ford off the charts as I'm thinking I could really put an exclamation point to my point guard combo. I decide I can't take the risk of not getting a big man so I take a deep breath as I see big men getting gobbled up and get my guy, Carlos Boozer. Gotta love his center/forward status and high field goal pct. I cross my fingers and with the 7th pick I get my guard, TJ Ford. I'm thinking to myself if Micro was not in Auto draft mode he would have surely beaten me too the punch. Whewwww!

    Noticing that I still need rebounds, I marvel to see Troy Murphy still on the board. I've had my eye on him all preseason as I know he will benefit strongly from Don Nelson's style of play he is introducing to Golden St.

    At this point I'm feeling pretty good about my rebounding situation so I decide to take the best player available, 3 point bomber Kyle Korver. He is one of the most underated players in fantasy b-ball. Don't look now but now I have Redd, Dirk, Peja and Korver on my team. Damn!!! That's lethal. No way I'm losing from the three point line this year.

    Next I select Gooden and Curry. I'm feeling good about these selections as both players have been having a stellar preseason. Curry in particular has been playing some of his best ball in a long time under Thomas. ...and I grab them in the late rounds. Excellent.

    I finish off with D. Stoudamire (another 3 point terror), Haywood (Starting center with solid FG%) and Kevin Martin out of Sactown (Anyone who followed him last year knows that he was an absolute beast last year with superior field goal pct and periodic scoring outburts).

    Overall, I absolutely love my team. If given an opportuntity to improve things, I don't think I would do anything differently. Now, I just need to cross my fingers and hope for a healthy season. :)
     
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    You click on your team. Then after that above it, there are links to add players, trade, etc.

    Yeah, this sucks.

    We should go to yahoo and have the commissioners just hand plug in all of our picks. Then we keep our teams, but get off the crappy nba site.
     
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    Well, immediately after the draft everyone is on waivers. By tommorrow you should see everyone pop up as a free agent.
     
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    Let me just say that NBA.com blows. I shake my fists at David "Weasel" Stern. As much money as the NBA makes they could provide a superior fantasy product. The crap that we had to go through is down right insane. Trying to figuire who was still on the board and who was just taken and then the darn screen keep freezing up.

    Well I did well the first 4 rounds or so but then the wheel's started falling of as the 2 players I had in the que ready to go went off the board and i scrambled to find a repalcement. That led to the 5th round blunder of taking an injured Pau Gasol. I totally forgot he went down with a knee injury this summer. Then after that blunder there was a run on Point Guards and I snatched Tony Parker. He was the only guy left. Then again in I believe in the 10 th round I made my third mistake I was salivating at the chance to land Raji Bell only to have him go off the board the pick before me. I mistakingly saw a Bell still on the list and grabed Charlie Bell instead. Bell is a fine player but I would not have taken him that high.

    Well after all that I still think my team is a force to be reckoned with. I went Big and I went often.

    Elton Brand 1st round
    Ray Allen 2nd round
    Tracey McGrady 3rd round
    Boris Diaw 4th round
    Paul Gasol 5th round
    Corey Maggette
    Tony Parker
    Nenad Kristic
    Jeff Foster
    Udonis Hasslem
    Raef LaFrentz
    Maurice Williams
     
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    That's a lot of work for motown and I.

    I'm just saying it's surprising that Stats.com sells this type of fantasy experience for $20 when its not as good as free at Yahoo.

    We're going to stick it out and struggle with it. That was the original plan.
     
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    I admit it sucks. NBA.com was plan B to plan A which was the CBSSportsline fantasy b-ball offering. I dedicated an entire season to working out the kinks with CBS just to have to ditch them because they decided to get rid of the FREE version. So I had to scramble to come up with a replacement. ..and that is the bumbling piece of crap we've come to know as the NBA.com fantasyball page. lol. It's their first year and it shows!

    On the plus side.....there are still alot of cool features that are available once the season starts and we get a little more comfortable. Let's laugh at the shortcomings, compile a lists of the problems to submit to NBA.com and try to have alot of fun along the way. :) Or at least as much fun as possible with the knowledge that I will wiping the floor with all of you this season. ;)
     
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    Yes it is alot of work. Went through that process last year after buying Fox Sports crap about a superior fantasy football experience. Half the time we could not log in to our teams. When we were able to trades and waiver wire moves had been undone or the teams were not the same as drafted. Also the live scoring was malfunctioning and locked us from adjusting our line ups 3 days before Sunday's Game day of week one. I emailed the support help desk and all they could do is say sorry bare with us we are having difficulties. I clicked on the blog and saw like 2500 postings from people having the same problems and they were not as nice as me about it. It was a pure headache. I ended going back to Yahoo and up loading everyones team in manually. It was like a 5 hour job. I would not wish that on anyone. I learned my lesson. Love the one your with. LOL!!! Yahoo for 4 LIFE.:)
     
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    Its a trial league. so no worries about it. Yahoo's system is a lot more refined since this has been a big thing for them for years.
     

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