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2020.09.26 01:26 ReginaBrown3000Subvendors? QuickBooks Desktop Premier
I love that you can add "jobs" to customers. Is there any way to do effectively the same for vendors? My partner's business (Partner) subcontracts out to my business (Regina) for certain services. I would like to be able to keep track of which "job" is paid for in the vendor center under the "Regina" vendor. For example, customer 1 (Wendell) has a job (Wendell's Widget) that he wants Partner to bid on. Partner asks Regina to bid on a portion of that job. Regina does so and sends an estimate to Partner for Partner:Wendell's Widget, who incorporates the charges into the estimate he sends to Wendell. Wendell says, "Ok, I'll agree to that," pays a downpayment, and Partner and Regina get started on the work. Work is finished from Regina's perspective, so she sends Partner an invoice for job Partner:Wendell's Widget. Partner sends Wendell an invoice for Wendell's Widget. Wendell, being the good customer he is, pays Partner. Partner then pays Regina for her portion of the work. Partner would LIKE to have an entry under Regina, the vendor, for Wendell's Widget. Should Partner set up a completely new vendor called Regina - Wendell's Widget in order to keep these things separate? Thanks! ETA: 1099 info would be the same for any Regina vendor entry, so I'm thinking it's not a good idea to have multiple vendors with the same tax ID. Am I wrong?
2020.09.22 10:30 mediuqrepmes[OC] Comprehensive list of possible Chris Paul trades with every other team in the league
Here’s my overview of the universe of possible CP3 trades. I’ve gone through each team’s cap sheet and identified how a Chris Paul trade could be constructed. Wherever possible I’ve proposed one or more specific trades. To trade for Chris Paul’s $41M salary for 2020-21, most teams will need to send at least $33M in outgoing salary to make the trade legal under the CBA’s salary matching rules. The exceptions are the handful of teams that have significant cap space. I focused on what works cap-wise. For the most part I omitted specific draft picks. The list is comprehensive, so there are teams here for the sake of completeness that make no sense as CP3 trade partners. For every trade, Chris Paul is the only player OKC is sending out; including additional OKC players in the trade configurations would have made this writeup too long. Some players are so obviously unavailable (e.g., Doncic, Steph Curry, LeBron) that I omitted them from potential trade constructions. Atlanta:
Could accept CP3 into cap space, so any trade construction works
If the Hawks get cold feet about paying John Collins, trading Collins ($4.1M) for Chris Paul could make sense for both sides. Hunter ($7.4M), Reddish ($4.4M), and Huerter ($2.7M) are all presumably off-limits.
Dewayne Dedmon ($13.3M) is bad money Atlanta could dump in OKC in the trade.
A Boston trade would almost surely need to be Kemba Walker ($34.4M) or Gordon Hayward ($34.2M player option) plus assets for Chris Paul, which would require no additional salaries. Neither player makes sense for OKC, so this would probably need to be a 3-team trade. Any other trade configuration would involve, at minimum, Jaylen Brown ($22.9M) and $10.1M in additional salary (e.g., Kanter & Theis) or Marcus Smart ($12.9M), Jayson Tatum ($9.9M), and $10.2M in additional salary, so it has to be Kemba or Hayward.
The Celtics are flush with tradeable picks (like #14 this year) and have appealing young players in Romeo Langford ($3.6M) and Grant Williams ($2.5M)
Taurean Prince ($13.9M), Caris LeVert ($16.2M), and Jarrett Allen ($3.3M final year of rookie contract)
Other contracts/assets: Spencer Dinwiddie ($11.4M), Garrett Temple ($5M team option), Nic Claxton ($1.5M, rumored Presti guy),
DeAndre Jordan ($10.4M) doesn’t make sense for either side
Otto Porter ($28.5M player option), Cristiano Felicio ($7.5M expiring), and picks/assets
Others: Zach LaVine ($19.5M), Thaddeus Young ($13.5M), Tomas Satoransky ($10M), Kris Dunn (sign and trade)
Likely off-limits young guys: Coby White ($5.5M), Lauri Markkanen ($6.7M), Wendell Carter ($5.4M)
There are many Chicago trade constructions that make sense. The one I propose makes the most sense assuming none of the trio of young players is on the table, as Chicago would need to give multiple picks to turn their expiring bad money into Chris Paul.
Nicolas Batum ($27.1M) and picks/assets
Charlotte only has ~$81M on the books for next season so many trade constructions work, including Batum or Rozier for CP3 straight up, and possibly even Zeller for CP3 straight up depending on the final cap. Given Charlotte’s cost-conscious history, I think they’ll try to dump Batum’s contract rather than simply use up all of their cap space on Chris Paul.
Malik Monk makes $5.3M in the final year of his rookie contract next season and makes sense as part of the deal
Option 1: Kevin Love ($31.3M), Dylan Windler ($2.1M)
Option 2: Andre Drummond ($28.7M player option) plus ~$5M in salary
Others: Larry Nance ($11.7M), Dante Exum ($9.6M expiring), Cedi Osman ($8.7M)
Likely off-limits young guys: Darius Garland ($6.7M), Collin Sexton ($5M), Kevin Porter ($2M)
Tim Hardaway ($19M player option), Delon Wright ($9M), Justin Jackson ($5M final year of rookie deal), picks
Dallas has plenty of contracts that add up to >$33M, but no particularly appealing players. A 3-for-1 (or worse) trade where none of the players matter to OKC’s future or have trade value is a tough sell without multiple firsts included.
Gary Harris ($19.1M), Will Barton ($13.9M)
Others: Jerami Grant (sign and trade), Monte Morris ($1.6M)
Likely off-limits young guys: Michael Porter ($3.5M), Bol Bol ($0)
Harris and Barton would be flippable for more assets. The trade makes more sense for OKC if Bol Bol is thrown in as a sweetener, since Harris and Barton do little for OKC’s future.
Detroit only has ~$72M on the books for next season and thus has enough cap space to take CP3’s entire deal while sending out minimal salary. Just about any player or combination of players would work.
Contracts: Blake Griffin ($36.6M), Tony Snell ($12.2M), Derrick Rose ($7.7M)
Assets: Luke Kennard ($5.2M final year of rookie deal), Sviatoslav Mykjailiuk ($1.6M team option), Bruce Brown ($1.6M non-guaranteed), Christian Wood (sign and trade)
Likely off-limits young guys: Sekou Doumbouya ($3.4M)
Swapping Blake Griffin plus some assets for Chris Paul would make Detroit better and save them some money on the final year of Griffin’s deal (although they shouldn’t be prioritizing cap space right now).
The new Detroit front office has strong ties to OKC, so the Pistons make sense as a trade partner for many of OKC’s players.
Andrew Wiggins ($29.5M), Kevon Looney ($4.8M), picks (ideally the #2 pick and/or the 2021 Minnesota pick)
Assets: Eric Paschall ($1.5M)
Note: The Warriors’ $17.1M trade exception also makes them a realistic destination for Schroder.
Eric Gordon ($16.8M), Robert Covington ($12.1M), and either PJ Tucker ($8M expiring) or House ($3.7M) and McLemore ($2.3M non-guaranteed)
Alternatively, if a third team is willing to give up assets for Russ, OKC sends CP3 to Houston, Houston sends Russ to a third team, and the third team sends assets to OKC.
(Houston is not trading for Chris Paul)
Myles Turner ($18M) plus at least $15M in additional salary
Options: TJ Warren ($11.7M), Jeremy Lamb ($10.5M), Doug McDermott ($7.3M expiring), TJ McConnell ($3.5M non-guaranteed), TJ Leaf ($4.3M final year of rookie contract)
Young assets: Aaron Holiday ($2.3M)
Brogdon ($20.7M), Oladipo ($21M expiring), and Sabonis ($17.2M) don’t make sense for Indiana to trade
Los Angeles Clippers:
Patrick Beverley (13.3M), Lou Williams ($8M expiring), Montrezl Harrell ($25M sign-and-trade)
Other contracts: Ivica Zubac ($7M), Rodney McGruder ($5M)
Young assets: Landry Shamet ($2.1M), Mfiondu Kabengele ($2.1M), Terance Mann ($1.5M)
Nuclear option: Paul George ($35.4M) could be sent out as part of a 3-team trade that brings CP3 back to the Clippers and sends assets from the third team to OKC.
Los Angeles Lakers:
Danny Green ($15.4M), KCP ($8.5M), Avery Bradley ($5M), JaVale McGee ($4.2M)
Other assets: Kyle Kuzma ($3.6M final year of rookie contract), Talen Horton-Tucker ($1.5M expiring)
A 4-for-1 where all four players are aging veterans and the Lakers have already traded most of their picks. Not going to happen. If the Lakers wanted to include Kuzma, it would have to be a 5-for-1, which is even less feasible.
Gorgui Dieng ($17.3M expiring), Justise Winslow ($13M), Tyus Jones ($8M) (could use Marko Guduric ($2.8M) instead of Jones)
Other contracts: Jonas Valanciunas ($15M), Kyle Anderson ($9.5M)
Other assets: Grayson Allen ($2.5M), Dillon Brooks ($11.4M), De’Anthony Melton (sign and trade)
Miami only has ~$82M in salary commitments, but that only accounts for 9 players, and they’ll probably try to re-sign Dragic, Crowder, and Jones. Hence, while they could do something like Olynyk ($12.2M) and Nunn ($1.6M) for CP3, it’s unlikely that they would renounce the cap holds necessary to execute that trade.
Andre Iguodala ($15M) plus Kelly Olynyk ($12.2M player option) leaves us almost $6M short, and the only other contracts are Jimmy Butler, Herro, Bam, and four guys making $1.5-1.6M. Unless Miami sends Iguodala, Olynyk, Nunn, Robinson, Okpala, and Silva—which they won’t, and couldn’t by rule—Miami probably can’t get Chris Paul.
Say Miami renounces Dragic, Hill, Leonard, Crowder, and every other free agent except Derrick Jones Jr. ($1.6M cap hold). They could then trade Iguodala and Olynyk for Chris Paul.
Trading for Chris Paul would knock Miami out of the Giannis free agency sweepstakes unless they move Jimmy Butler and is likely a non-starter for that reason.
Option 1: Khris Middleton ($33M) can be traded for Chris Paul straight up
Option 2: Eric Bledsoe ($16.9M), Ersan Ilyasova ($7M), plus either (a) George Hill (9.6M) or (b) Robin Lopez ($5M player option) and DJ Wilson ($4.5M final year of rookie contract)
Other contracts: Brook Lopez ($12.7M)
Assets: Donte DiVincenzo ($3M)
Tricky trade because of the number of players it would take to get it done. The 3-for-1 is the most plausible version if Milwaukee includes multiple firsts. Everything else involves too many roster spots (or Middleton or Giannis, which isn’t happening).
Highly implausible. The only way it can work is by combining James Johnson’s $16M player option with Jarrett Culver and a sign-and-trade of Malik Beasley (or Juancho Hernangomez) for no less than $22M in the first year. Any other trade configuration either involves Russell or Towns or at least seven outgoing players.
If the Pelicans renounce every free agent except for Brandon Ingram and waive Darius Miller’s $7M non-guaranteed contract, they would have roughly $89M in total cap hits (including 4 incomplete roster charges), about $20M below the projected cap. In that scenario, New Orleans could trade Lonzo Ball ($11M final year of rookie contract) and JJ Redick ($13M expiring) for Chris Paul straight up.
Other assets: Nickeil Alexander-Walker ($3.1M), Josh Hart ($3.5M final year of rookie contract)
Obviously, trading for SGA’s cousin would be desirable. Lonzo, JJ, and NAW would be a great return for OKC.
New York Knicks:
If the Knicks decline the team options on Bobby Portis ($17.7M), Taj Gibson ($10.3M), and Wayne Ellington ($8.2M), they could accept Chris Paul into cap space or come close enough to take him in exchange for any of their cheap contracts. Consequently, just about any trade construction works.
Julius Randle (18.9M, non-guaranteed in 2021-22) plus any of Frank Ntilikina ($6.2M final year of rookie contract), Dennis Smith Jr. ($5.7M final year of rookie contract), or Kevin Knox ($4.6M)
Option 1: Aaron Gordon ($18.1M), Evan Fournier ($17M player option)
Option 2: Fournier, Terrence Ross ($13.5M) OR Markelle Fultz ($12.3M), Mo Bamba ($6M)
Other contracts: Al-Farouq Aminu ($9.7M)
Al Horford ($27.5M), Zhaire Smith ($3.2M), Matisse Thybulle ($2.7M)
Other contracts: Tobias Harris ($33.5M, toxic asset), Josh Richardson ($10.8M expiring unless he picks up his under-market player option), Mike Scott ($5M expiring)
Other assets: Shake Milton ($1.7M), Furkan Korkmaz ($1.7M non-guaranteed)
If the Sixers lose their minds, Simmons ($29.2M) or Embiid ($29.5M) plus Mike Scott works
Phoenix only has ~$93M in salary commitments but Baynes and Saric both have $10M cap holds, so unless Phoenix renounces them they’ll still need to get to $33M in outgoing salary for a Chris Paul trade.
Ricky Rubio ($17M), Kelly Oubre ($14.4M expiring), and Eli Okobo ($1.6M non-guaranteed) or Cameron Payne ($2M non-guaranteed) (Jalen Lecque is more of a Presti prospect but his salary is about $150k too low to make the trade work)
Other assets: Dario Saric (sign and trade), Cameron Johnson ($4.2M), Mikal Bridges ($4M, probably off limits)
Logically, it has to be CJ McCollum ($29.3M) plus another $3.7M+ in contracts, because the alternative trade is a four-for-one that gives up both of Portland’s centers. OKC almost surely sends Portland picks in this scenario. CP3 and a first or two for McCollum and Collins makes some sense for the Thunder.
Trevor Ariza ($12.8M non-guaranteed), Jusuf Nurkic ($12M), Rodney Hood ($6M player option), plus any of Zach Collins ($5.4M final year of rookie contract), Anfernee Simons ($2.2M), or Nassir Little ($2.2M)
Assets: Lonnie Walker ($2.9M), Luka Samanic ($2.8M), Dejounte Murray ($14.3M), Keldon Johnson ($2M), Derrick White ($3.5M final year of rookie contract)
There are many, many ways to make a Spurs trade work, and it’s one of the more feasible destinations since Pop still wants to win.
Assuming Toronto doesn’t renounce Gasol and Ibaka, it’s tough to find a deal that makes sense. Kyle Lowry ($30M) plus at least $3M in salary (McCaw, Johnson, and Anunoby all work) is sufficient, but why would Toronto swap Lowry for CP3?
A sign and trade involving Fred VanVleet might work, but the base year compensation rule makes it difficult to make the salaries match. Say FVV gets a deal that starts at $25M in year 1. Toronto could then send FVV ($12.5M due to BYC rule), Norman Powell ($10.9M), Patrick McCaw ($4M expiring), Stanley Johnson ($3.8M player option), and OG Anunoby ($3.9M final year of rookie contract), which works from OKC’s perspective by using both the Jerami Grant and Paul George trade exceptions to receive McCaw, Johnson, and Anunoby.
Thus, the options are either (1) an implausible Lowry-CP3 swap, or (2) a 5-for-1 that costs Toronto Anunoby and increases OKC’s payroll.
Mike Conley ($34.5M) plus a pick for Chris Paul works and is the only trade that makes sense, as the alternative would involve paying $75M to a pair of aging undersized point guards with serious injury histories.
Bojan Bogdanovic ($17.8M), Joe Ingles ($10.8M), and Ed Davis ($5M expiring) works, but why would Utah give up all of their size on the wing?
Assuming Beal is off the table, it has to be John Wall plus assets for Chris Paul because every other salary on Washington’s roster combined is below $33M. That trade would add an extra year ($46.9M) onto OKC’s books after CP3’s deal would have expired and would likely require a substantial asset return.
Assets: Rui Hachimura ($4.7M), Troy Brown ($3.4M), Mo Wagner ($2.1M)
This NBA season has been dominated by Dynamic Duos. You have LeBron and AD, Kawhi and PG, Luka and KP, Jimmy and Bam, Harden and Westbrook, Dame and CJ, Murray and Jokic, Embiid and Simmons, Giannis and Middleton, etc. This prompted a dumb thought experiment for me. What if the playoff teams were all built around a duo? What I did was take the (roughly, 13-20 is debatable imo) 16 best players in the NBA and pair them with an eligible bachelor. I also avoided most guys like Ja and Zion, because the other 14 teams need some rebuilding blocks. This is the pairs I came up with sorted by how much I like them.
Curry and Klay- Klay is someone that can be partnered with any player and fit, but you cannot just partner him with anyone and have the best shooting backcourt of all time that could help lead you to multiple titles.
Booker and Ben Simmons- Booker needs to play with a facilitator and should play with people that can hide him on defense. Maybe, add-in a person that can run a devastating pick-and-roll with him and play in the cutter role when Booker has the ball in his hand. Simmons fills all of those roles. They’re also a similar age and like Kendall Jenner.
Giannis and Kyrie- Kyrie gets to partner with one of the most stable and consistent presence in the NBA who isn’t going to hog the limelight (on purpose at least). Giannis gets partnered with a very good PG and the only guy outside of the top 16 that I fully trust to get me buckets in the last 2 minutes of an elimination game.
AD and Bradley Beal- Arguably, this pairing shouldn’t be available, but I had Beal just out of my top-16 (and didn’t feel good about it). A big and a guard from the same draft class that fit very nicely together. This is almost certainly the best pairing. My only concern would be that neither guy has that fuck you edge necessarily, but it’s hard to argue the tangibles of the partnership.
Luka and Bam- 2 awesome stars that are shockingly young. If the Mavs had Bam instead of KP in the Clippers series, do they win? Regardless, these 2 would be a winning core for many, many years to come. Luka is great at putting bigs in a position to win on offense and Bam is great at cleaning things up on defense and around the rim.
Jokic and Siakam- The immediate thought with any big is to pair him with a guard that can get him the ball. The thing is that Jokic can be the main facilitator on offense. I’d rather pair him with a frontcourt partner that can help make up for his defensive shortcomings and be a nice complementary piece on offense. I don’t know, I just think you could do really cool shit with this twin towers combo as your core. (Note: Not saying that this or Embiid/Murray is a better combo than Jokic/Murray. I just think Embiid needs a guy like Murray more than Jokic does, if that makes sense.)
Embiid and Murray- Murray and Jokic are a good pair, but they are both very offense focused dudes. Honestly, this is the exact same idea as 4 of the pairs above them. Big guy that’s good on defense with a small guy that good at offense is just a good combo. This one is lower because there is a mental side of things with Embiid and this doesn’t do anything to solve it (or exacerbate it). Also, I’m just lower on these guys than the ones above.
KAT and Lowry- Obviously, the age gap is a problem. But the mental issues with KAT are the number 1 issue and I think Lowry has the best chance of unlocking him. Lowry is a tough dude with that 2nd coach vibe, but he’s also beloved and not as much of a dick as Jimmy or CP3. I like the basketball fit too even if it only lasts a couple of years.
Dame and Gobert- Dame has been very good with traditional centers the last few years and Gobert is a high-end traditional center. Small guy that gets buckets + big guy DPOY. Also, I think some of the Mitchell/Gobert tension comes from Mitchell being a younger guy coming in to “Gobert’s team”. Dame is established and respected enough that I don’t think those same issues will be there as much at least.
Tatum and Brown- These guys are young as hell and have already been the core of multiple ECF teams. Lots of versatility and defense with these guys.
Harden and PG- On paper, I think this is a great combo (also very possible PG outside the top 16 is a crazy overreaction but also nothing in the world could convince that PG can ever be a 1A on a championship team so relegating him to the Robin side seems fair). PG is easier to handle than CP3/Russ and less flaky and difficult than Dwight. He can take over on the possessions Harden decides not to play basketball and he can pick up some defensive slack, all while providing sometimes reliable spacing. The downside to this is that these guys don’t have a great playoff track record and combining them seems a little dangerous.
KD and CP3- I think KD should be paired with a mature stable person. CP3 brings that and is a widely recognized all-timer that demands respect. He also brings defense, playmaking, and spacing. KD is very good at basketball and brings most of the basketball skills to the table. The defensive team you could build around these guys would be dope.
Kawhi and Kemba- You can put anyone with Kawhi really, but he has a proven track record with undersized star point guards. They’re also the same age which is nice. Also, they provide a nice zag as 2 of the best clutch time midrange guys in the league.
Jimmy and Jrue- The defensive potential is elite. I think Jrue has the mentality to hang with Jimmy. You have a decent amount of versatility with these 2. But, they would be on the low end of these pairs in terms of pure talent. Arguably, Jrue is number 32 of these 32 guys.
LeBron and CJ- This is just a discount version of Bron and Kyrie. That combo beat an all-time great team so maybe this combo could beat a normal level championship team.
Don Mitchell and Khris Middleton- If this seems like I realized late that I need to put Khris Middleton on and the guy I had Mitchell with was the most replaceable, it’s because that is what happened. Khris Middleton isn’t ever going to be a bad fit with a guy, but the ages don’t match-up at all. I also don’t think that a team with these 2 as their best players would ever win anything significant.
I, also, put together pairs of building block guys, but this is way more arbitrary and dumb. I will not be explaining much or ranking these at all. I am very open to someone else taking a crack at this. I tried but I watch very little lottery basketball. It’s an even more nebulous concept because of how future-focused it is, plus a lot of the exciting young guys are in the good 32.
Trae and Lonzo- Lonzo provides defense and would work well in a motion offense. I remain a Lonzo believer.
Zion and Brandon Clarke- Just a really fun futuristic take on a classic twin towers concept.
Ja and John Collins- Dunks
Fox and Wendell- PG and Center combo
Brandon Ingram and Marvin Bagely- Duke guys that went top 3 and disappointed early. I feel like they could be a fun combo on offense. Could they be the guys that finally draw Coach K to the NBA? No, almost definitely not.
Ayton and Coby White- PG and Center combo
Kristaps and RJ Barret- Gives RJ spacing. Needs 6 or 7 PFs to really work tho
Jonathon Issac and Dejounte Murray- Defense
SGA and Myles Turner- 2 of the only guys with playoff experience. This combo could pair nicely with a superstar.
Sabonis and Devonte’ Graham- Big guy and little guy. I have not seen a single Devonte’ Graham minute in the NBA.
Sexton and Mitchell Robinson- I feel like this combo has upside. Another PG/C mashup
JJJ and OG- This is one of the only combos that is theoretically doable and cool. The defensive potential would be crazy. This isn’t even the game, but tell me Ja OG JJJ Clarke isn’t a super exciting core for years to come.
D’Angelo Russel and Aaron Gordon- You could build a 35 maybe even 37 win team around these 2. Honestly, both guys are positive assets with tradeable contracts, so it’s not that bad. Trade them for bad contracts and picks, process time.
Tyler Herro and MPJ- In theory, this could be a dope offensive pair in the future. You get two irrational confidence guys which could go either way. They are also very young but have serious playoff experience.
2020.09.08 02:21 iwriteyouwithlove“Wake up”, or what “No Country for Old Men” is about
In 2005, Cormac McCarthy wrote a novel “No Country for Old Men”. Two years later, the Coen brothers made the movie. The distinction between the novel and the movie, at least in terms of presented ideas, seems to be small enough to allow us to consider them as one thing. The title itself already hints at a story of an old generation struggling to keep its place in the new world. Too big and too old of a question. What context was given here? How sheriff Ed Tom Bell’s (Tommy Lee Jones) tragedy is different from those of the previous generations of people? The sheriff is pretty certain those differences exist. In his first monologue Bell tells the story of a boy sentenced to a gas chamber for murder. The boy admits that he had been planning to kill somebody for as long as he could remember and ready to go to hell. In the book, Bell wonders whether men like this one ever existed before. In the movie, he then turns to Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) and the crime he was about to commit. Chigurh features not only extreme audacity, elusiveness and seeming immortality — no one even knows how he looks. In a later scene Bell would call him a ghost, although totally admiting his reality. Having zero knowledge about who Chigurh is, where does he come from, he feels an unprecedented evil, threatening not only physical existence of humans but rather their souls. He says, “…More than that, I don’t want to know. A man would have to put his soul at hazard. He would have to say, okay, I’ll be part of this world.” Because of the fright for his soul Bell is not ready to accept the new world, he is not ready to fight it. The sheriff shows no sign of physical trauma, or even exhaustion, but still quits the job. Bell and his uncle Ellis share the same blood and the same profession, but their views and situations seem to be opposite. Ellis is confined to a chair, half blind, isolated from the world and almost forgotten by it. Nevertheless, his spirit is obviously strong. He says that Bell’s position is nothing new, that the evil Ed Tom sees has always been here, and people only failed to react. “This country was hard on people. But they never seemed to hold it to account.” To support his words, Ellis tells the story of uncle Mac killed by some rogues in 1909. However, by the end of the dialogue Bell still believes in the uniqueness of his troubles. Looking at this, Ellis concludes, “That’s vanity.” Bell’s disgust towards the contemporary world goes along with an idealizing of the old one. He says, “I always liked to hear about the oldtimers. Never missed a chance to do so.” Another example of utter reverance and admiration — his second dream about the father. Finally, in the book we see one of the causes of his mental sufferings — during World War II, Bell once left his wounded comrades to die on the battlefield, got a medal in spite of it and could never forgive himself ever since. Although it wasn’t a sheer cowardice, rather a “run or die” scenario, he is assured that his father, being a better man, would have never “run”. To this, Ellis shows readiness to expose Bell’s father in a much darker light. Thus we arrive to some questions.
Why do these two close men, Bell and Ellis, disagree in their views on current generational turnover? How their own generations are different?
As it appears to me, a very good start for searching the answer is to notice that two things in this artwork, namely newspapers and TV, occupy disproportionally large space. You find them here too often to ignore. It is completely natural to see a TV set in a motel room or in Moss’ (Josh Brolin) trailer, or to watch Bell reading a paper during breakfast. But this is not quite all. Bell twice re-tells stories from newspapers during the movie. The nature of them and the accents given are important. In what way the newspaper presented to the public a murder of a 14-year-old girl by a 19-year-old boy told at the very beginning? As a “crime of passion”. In effect, the newspaper had almost justified a maniac and a relationship between a guy of his age and a teenage girl. In another example we hear about a couple, who rented a house to old people. They were burying victims right in the backyard. They tortured them. They were stealing their money. Bell reacts to torturing, “Maybe their television set was broke.” Then he quotes the newspaper, “Neighbors were alerted when a man ran from the premises wearing only a dog collar,” and comments, “But that’s what it took, you’ll notice. Get someone’s attention. Diggin graves in the back yard didn’t bring any.” The last sentence made Wendell, his young partner, giggle. “That’s all right. I laugh myself sometimes. There ain’t a whole lot else you can do,” Bell replied. How could we translate this? The television and the newspapers provide the public with tons of content built around cruelty and violence. And they tend to bring an entertaining side to it. By placing the story under specific angle and light they search for scandal, provocation and intrigue. If it lacks neccessary elements they sometimes invent them. Only two such stories made way into the movie, but the book contains a lot more. In a 150-page book we meet with the word “newspaper” and its derivatives more than 40 times. What about TV? The most important scene, I presume, is the one in Moss’ trailer where a merciless killer Chigurh sits on a sofa with a carton of milk in his hand watching his own reflection on the TV screen. This scene is too strange to not to bear a specific meaning. It must have a non-trivial explanation. Especially since it almost repeats again, a couple minutes later, with sheriff Bell in place of Chigurh. Take notice how bewildered Chigurh is when he takes a seat and looks at himself. Like he was asking, “Who am I? What am I doing?” Look at his eyes staring at the screen. These are of a person who dived deeply into his consciousness, in his memories. In an attempt to find an interpretation, let’s imagine that a many years ago a small boy Anton Chigurh in the same manner sat on a sofa drinking milk and watched TV for hours, watched exciting movies and TV series, cartoons and news reports. Then imagine, since it is rather easy, that no one was explaining to him properly all the cruelty and violence he saw. Everything shown by a glowing screen reflects, one way or other, in the viewer, forms his personality. The moment this very screen turns off we see the opposite — the viewer’s reflection on it. In case of Chigurh, reflection looks dark and gloomy, light shines only somewhere outside, in the window. And we know how dark his soul is. Now, look at the “copy” of that scene, the one which depicts Bell. His reflection on the screen is considerably lighter. You can see the shape, the posture, and the signature hat shining like an aureole. Moreover, at the right side of the image we see Bell’s shadow looming over the screen. The shadow proves that unlike Chigurh, whose personality drowned completely inside the world of television, Bell stays outside. To some extent, he sees the influence and controls it. At the end of the scene Wendell asks Bell, “You think this boy Moss has got any notion of the sorts of sons of bitches that are huntin’ him?” Sheriff replies, “He ought to. He seen the same things I seen and it made an impression on me.” Suppose, he refers to the scenery of gunfight in the desert. It is possible for Moss to get impressed by it, even with his experience of the Vietnam war taken in consideration, but I surely find it hard to believe that Bell himself, long-serving sheriff, saw there something new. Have you seen any sign of any impression on his face during the course of the movie? I think I have not. Therefore, I suggest to pay attention to this: while saying those words Bell looks directly at the TV screen. We hear the words “he seen the same things I seen” right at the moment when the close-up with Bell’s reflection on the screen appears. Even if he was formally responding to Wendell’s question, his real thoughts could have been different — concerned with the things he has seen on that screen in all these years. Moss saw the same things. Millions of others too. And surely everyone was impressed.
These two scenes give a visual representation of how television influences people. One reflects in another.
Recall the scene in motel with Chigurh fixing his wounds. The book tells us about a five days he needed to recover, and almost all this time he spent in front of a TV. Nothing suspicious, you could say. Only McCarthy notes that the wounded villain never switched channels. “He watched whatever came on. He watched soap operas and the news and talk shows.” It is a behaviour of a mesmerized. In the movie this scene looks different, we do not hear about “five days of laying in bed”, but nearly the whole process of Chigurh’s medical manipulations proceeds with a TV turned on. Anton shuts it off, in a rather unconcious, mechanical way, just before he finally sits on his bed and relieves himself with the final drug injection. Chigurh represents evil, and we see how a television accompany its healing. Meaning, television gives strength to evil. Such interpretation can be considered fanciful, but not if we see a direct connection with other scenes and a strong compliance with some general idea existing throughout the movie.
For what reason in the artwork dealing with themes of violence and gore so much attention given to newspapers and TV?
Frequent experiencing of the same feeling makes it grow dull. If you see violence and cruelty everyday, especially in a romanticized form, and from a safe distance, then it would not be so difficult to lose any sense of them, to become devoid of compassion. When covered with blood, exhausted Moss met three young men on his way to the Mexican border, their only question was “were you in a car accident?” We see not a bit of compassion, not a slightest desire to help. In the book, they went by without paying much attention to Moss. He was forced to call out to them. In the car crash scene, that left Chigurh with a broken arm, boys act very differently. They are shocked by the sight and willing to contribute help. They just know too little about acting under such circumstances. However, the very moment the villain makes them accept the money a conflict arises between them. The thing is that the boy who gave his shirt to Chigurh has an appearence suspiciously similar to the one who sold a jacket to Moss. Look at their faces, these two could be the same man, just a few years apart. It must be intentional. The question about car crash given to Moss and an actual car crash Chigurh was in together make another clear link between this two scenes. Their goal probably was to show the genesis of corruption and the behavioural changes it leads to. At first glance, these two scenes have nothing to do with TV and papers — money is the issue. In the movie, soon after Moss being murdered, local sheriff, the one with a grey moustache, tells Bell, “It’s all the goddamned money. The money and the drugs.” Only he forgets that money has been there for hundreds of years, and thus it cannot explain “kids with green hair and bones in their noses” emerging on the streets. Speaking of drugs, McCarthy indicates the importance of the existence not only of sellers but of buyers too. Someone must place an idea of buying in person's head first.
Both, money and drugs, are easily explained with the influence of popular culture, which built a cult around them.
A random worker from the nineteenth century had no idea of what “a lot of money” is. He never saw anything beyond his own, very limited life. Now, with a push of the button he saw, at his own level of perception, what a million dollars could serve for, what a man could do in order to get it, how could it change human life. Television brought a concept of million dollars to ordinary man’s feet. But only the concept. Only an illusion of its existence in his life. In case of Moss and his family, only death became real. Note that his downfall was partially caused by the receiver hidden inside the satchel. What could notions of signal “receiver” and “transponder” refer to? Moreover, television can be easily compared to a bunch of money found laying in a desert. It is relatively cheap, almost to a point to look like a gift, like a blessing. Huge amount of pleasure inside. But what is the price? What else is here? For some “mysterious” reason, McCarthy mentioned in his book that Ellis threw his TV away, and Loretta, Bell’s wife, stopped reading papers. “Accidentally”, they seem to be the only characters with no given evidence of mental trauma or disorder of any kind. People were getting hurt psychologically before the invention of television too. Maybe even more. But such troubles always took origin in their real life experience, in a more explicit way. Here, in this virtual world they were far from seeing all the influence they were embracing. When Bell hears from Ellis the story of uncle Mac’s murder, which is a part of his family history, he admits that he hears it for the first time. Reasonable men always protected people they care about from stories of this kind. Modern newspapers and TV often decide not to confine themselves in such fashion. Events of the book, and the movie, occur in 1980. The TV industry started developing in 1940s, thus, by 1980 the world got its first generations of grown up people whose whole life went in the age of television. At the same time, the last generation of those who grew up without seeing a single TV broadcast was still alive. It was the point of ultimate contrast. Of the brightest, or the grimmest, contrast. Newspapers existed long before that time, but their contents changed along with the rise of popular culture. As a result of this rise, not only people became more cold, heartless and less empathic, but their ability to determine what is good and what is bad, what is important and what is not, drastically weakened.
People simply look the wrong way. Their eye catches “a naked wearing only a dog collar”, but fails to see the suffering neighbor.
When Bell and Wendell came to the crime scene in the desert, Wendell instantly noticed, from a distance, that someone took the inspection plate off the door. Such power of observation may look impressive, but what exactly it contributes to here? It has no use for the investigation whatsoever. Yet, a couple scenes later, Wendell knocks on the door of Moss’ trailer and does not see a huge hole in it left by Chigurh. He does not see an utterly important and evident thing standing right in front of him. You cannot discuss the old without discussing the young. You cannot explain one thing without the other. Cormac McCarthy concentrated himself on the old. To balance it, the Coen brothers amplified the young characters to the point of being extremes too. Look at Wendell, he is shown not just stupid — he is childishly stupid. His interaction with Bell looks like an interaction between a grown-up and a child. And this particular grown-up has already lost faith in the child and sees his every action, hears his every word with pain. Who would be asking why didn’t coyotes eat the bodies? Who would go exclaiming “Whoa! Sheriff! Sheriff, we just missed him!”? Who would joke at a crime scene, in front of an enflamed car, about frying wieners? Looking at this car, Bell tells his version of supposed Chigurh’s chain of actions. Wendell calls it “too linear”. Isn’t the word “linear” often being used to describe plots in movies and books? Anyway, he is more of a comical figure. If a man has to grow up on second-rate movies and TV series he could easily become like Wendell. Actor’s job here was to play not a policeman, but rather a man who “plays” a policeman in his real life. Llewelyn Moss may look like a good guy, but does he really discern good and bad? His return to the dying of thirst Mexican does not appear to be an act of mercy. More like a blind imitation. His pretentious admittance of stupidity of this decision may fit good to a soap opera hero, only what we see here is a much more serious work, filled with dramatic events and important ideas. Its characters should look natural and real. What person when going towards death, and admitting it, would be joking about his dead mother? Like Wendell, Moss is natural only as someone who imitates movie heroes, throws a movie line in the moment of truth. He showed no sign of compassion when saw that Mexican in agony and pain right in front of eyes. Moss refused him in a plead to finish the sufferings (to save from lobos). Also, he completely ignored his dying of cancer mother-in-law. He fleed from his wife when the mess began, though justified it with her own security. Finally, he rejected Chigurh’s deal that could have saved her. Television made Chigurh cruel and heartless, but to Moss it gave a too shallow and false notion of virtue. He truly knows only those simple practical things he learned in Vietnam. What about Carson Wells(Woody Harrelson)? Isn’t he a movie hero? Again, what I mean is what his role is about. Do not confuse it with him literally being a character in a movie. His looks and manners are too fancy. His self-assurance is repulsive, his resounding jokes are stupid. He was very successful, but only to a certain point at which his spirit and character vanished. Chigurh, who rarely shows emotions, openly smiles at Wells for his transformation. He did not expect to see that nervous, sweating, blushful face and a pitiful attempt to buy the life with a 14k from an ATM (remember earlier that day Wells told Moss about Chigurh’s contempt towards money). Key question Chigurh asks is “if the rule you followed brought you to this, of what use was the rule?” It translates to “what was the point in all that coolness and fancy if at the toughest moment you descend to such a misery?” Colorful image had no strong spirit behind it. Wendell, Moss and Wells in comparison with Bell and Ellis look like teenagers who can only imitate grown people. Surprisingly though, the biggest child is Chigurh. First thing to notice is that mentioned scene with milk. Second, look at his ridiculous haircut — such disasters usually occur to small kids, victims of their parents’ incompetence in the tricky question of style. Look at how he talks, at how he walks, at how he holds hands straight during walk. He reminds of an elementary school pupil. How does he look when he kills the driver on the road with his air gun? Maybe like a curious child who experiments with an unknown thing? This air gun is a personal toy he takes everywhere. A very strange and unique one. He found a special use to it, to shoot locks off doors, and does so anywhere he can. Why did Chigurh kill those two men in the desert? Maybe he was upset with their suggestion to “ride bitch”? Middle seat of a car is a typical place for a small kid. But everyone wants to “ride shotgun”. Already traumatized child could have received another psychological problem concerned with a middle seat. When the kid grew up into a maniac, the price for an accidental reminding of it was human life. It may be far-fetched, but if the answer is different then what is it? What were those rather pointless words for? Why did he killed? Chigurh’s actions are defined by principles, not chaos. A principle to kill everyone you see is not among them. The woman from the trailer park spoke to Anton like a wicked teacher to a small kid. Pay attention to her glance, the tone of her voice, the fact that she is sitting at the desk and holding her nail file like a pen. Then look at Chigurh’s face and voice. What does he say to her? He repeats the same line three times in a row, “Where does he work?” This is how a bewildered, frightened kid would react in face of something unknown and hostile. He gets no answer to his question and can only feverishly repeat it again. The maniac living inside knows the solution, but a toilet flush sound unexpectedly makes him go. A school bathroom can become a scary place for a kid. The most violent things in his life could happen here. Anyway, while watching this scene just imagine her to be a teacher and Chigurh to be a child, and you’ll see — every thing fits here. However, the strongest proof of a small boy’s presence somewhere inside this psychopath is the scene of Carla Jean’s murder. Here we see tears in Chigurh’s eyes. What caused them? What could have come to his mind here in a neat bedroom in a small house while sitting in a comfy armchair in front of a young woman? Could have he remembered his mother, remembered himself at the age of, say, eight years old? Could have he recalled all the sufferings of that time, and of the time to follow. Could have he recalled a moment of happiness, maybe the last one of his life? He could have. If he did, then no wonder this small boy inside him began crying and tried to save her. Only the maniac side was too strong and Carla Jean didn’t want to be saved by luck. In the movie, her bitter end can be easily concluded from the look Chigurh gives to his shoes when leaving the house — after killing Wells he carefully put his feet away from the blood spreading on the floor. Although in the book, her fate is revealed openly. Therefore, since we see no “grown” men in this movie, except for Bell and Ellis, then instead of “No Country for Old Men” you may call it “No Country for Grown-up Men”. Popular culture, chiefly childish in its form and content, created generations of grown-up people, whose mentality for bigger part stayed childish if compared to the standards existed a hundred years ago. Moral principles degraded, entertainment is the primary goal. Of all the characters of the younger generation, Chigurh, the crazy maniac, is the only one who has principles. Wells says about him, “He’s a peculiar man. You could even say that he has principles. Principles that transcend money or drugs or anything like that. He’s not like you. He’s not even like me.” In the modern world, having principles that transcend money and drugs is considered a peculiarity, if not a craziness. To see the degree of moral degradation is pretty hard since the previous generations are almost forgotten. This is symbolized by Ellis and his oblivion. His house stands alone in the middle of the desert, his only company — stray cats. The Eagle hotel is another example. Its interior refers to a period no later than the beginning of the 20th century. The walls are covered with paintings showing the Wild West. There is no one here besides the desk clerk. Moss asked him to give a call if someone checks-in. He got none. Finally, just as in Ellis’ house we see a cat. The symbol must bear the same meaning across these two scenes, and senility and loneliness is the most obvious one. The hotel is empty and the world it belonged to is forgotten. There is more to say about Chigurh. More than any other character, he can be seen as an embodiment of some entity. He is a walking death. But we need to narrow it down. What about his air gun? Don’t we, combining “death” and “air gun”, arrive to the word “deathblow”? And it describes perfectly what popular culture did to society. The strike was made, it’s deadly, and Chigurh is the walking manifestation. Talking to Carla Jean, Bell tells about a modern way of killing beeves: by a shot from an air gun to the brain. This is a very literal representation of a deathblow. “Animal never knows what hit him”, says Bell. The driver killed with an air gun stood patiently till the last moment. Chigurh’s appearance alone is a good enough reason to panic. Here, he steps out of a police car, not wearing a proper uniform, and puts a tube to the man’s forehead. What else do you need to make one shudder? That man just fell asleep. In the movie, there is not so much information to make sense out of the scene at the roadside store, where Chigurh puts an old man’s life against a coin. Since Anton despises money, it is reasonable for him to hate a man for an arranged marriage. A coin is money too. But only not for Chigurh. He uses coins to give way to chance and to unscrew bolts from ventilation grilles. In the book, the answer is written almost directly. People do not notice how common things influence their lives, up to deciding fate. People do not comprehend the real meaning behind these things and how they came into their lives. Moreover, they seem to never think about it. A coin is just a small piece of metal being used for exchanging goods. Chigurh and McCarthy ask that old man, “What could that be an instrument of?” TV is just a box displaying images, you could say. The biggest difference between the book and the movie is in much more plain and open exposition of ideas in the first. The excessive openness of the book could be the reason why some of the original lines, even the whole characters and storylines, were cut from the Coens’ work. In the movie, Moss hitchhiked to the Mexican border and his route was shortened to a half-minute screen time with a remark of how dangerous this activity is. In the book we see a whole chapter dedicated to it. Moss is the driver and the hitchhiker is a 15-year-old girl, running to California chasing her dream. There is no need to specify what kind of dream it is and to what industry it belongs. Moss tries to explain how erroneous this decision is, and how important it is to approach your every move with care. Unfortunately, these words apply to him too. Maybe that is why Moss tells them. For a definitive convincement in importance of movies and TV in this artwork, take a notice of the drug store, where Chigurh stole his medications. Its name is “Mike Zoss Pharmacy”. The Coen brothers have their own film production company called “Mike Zoss Productions”. The legend says that they named the company after a real drug store, “Mike Zoss Drugs”, where brothers actually worked in their youth. This could have been a sufficient explanation in this case. But only if to undestand nothing in art, or to think the Coen brothers to understand nothing. Reasonable author would never want to make a pointless reference having no ideological connection with his work. The paramount task for art is to perfect the inner world of the viewer, to cure his moral ugliness. Drug stores are meant to cure people too. Maybe Joel and Ethan gave their company such a name out of a desire to be healers for the masses (not a thing one should openly admit). If you combine this assumption with the suggested earlier idea of this movie, then such a choice of the name for the drug store in the movie would make sense. Inarguably, “No Country for Old Men” can reveal important things to the readeviewer, it can heal and teach him right. But only if he understands it right. If he sees here just an entertaining story of a cowboy with a bag of money and a maniac chasing him, then the evil would find there help instead. What opened way to the drug store for Chigurh? He blown up a car, everyone flung to it, thus leaving him the space and time to steal the medicine. He created a false target for everyone’s attention and entertainment and that saved him. This is what happens when you look the wrong way — evil wins. Now, let us get back to the main hero, Ed Tom Bell, and his personal tragedy. When he came again to the motel where Moss got killed, his every move was full of hesitation. Chigurh was right there, behind the door, yet Bell didn’t search the room properly. He gave up. He was too afraid for his soul. He knows he did wrong. He implied this when spoke about the God justly refusing to come into his life. The story about Charlie Walser and his accident during slaughtering beeves was meant to convince Carla Jean not to be so sure in Moss and his victory over pursuers. “Even in the contest between man and cow the issue is not certain”. Ironically, these are the exact words Bell should have said to himself, when, “feeling overmatched”, retired from his job. The story beautifully ends with Bell talking about his two dreams about father. In the movie they happened in a single day, at the very end of the story. In the book, these two are the only dreams he had about the father since his death, meaning, they could have happened long before the events shown to us and therefore should not be explained with them. At least, Cormac McCarthy’s vision must be found through analyzing Bell and his nature. Bell says that he barely remembers the first one, the one about losing money given by the father, and mentions it very reluctantly. If the obscurity of his memory is sincere, then the unwillingness to turn to the dream could be explained by unimportance of content. But how could it be unimportant, being one of only two such dreams about his beloved father in a decades? Maybe the real story behind this dream was painful enough to hinder the remembering of it. Yes, only Bell himself couldn’t have deep regrets about losing money. He is a protagonist of a movie where a strong contempt towards pursuing money is expressed, and to lose money shouldn’t mean anything to him. The father must have punished the boy for his recklessness, the boy learned his lesson and sees no point in further discussion, since he sees no point in worrying over money. Moss, running for his illusory million dollars, symbolizes all the futility of a commoner’s dream about getting big money. He would only waste his life.
“Human life should not be about money” is one of the prime messages this artwork conveys and the first Bell’s dream should be understood in that way.
The second dream Bell describes in a much more vivid and detailed way. The tale is about his father riding a horse through snowy mountains in a dark night keeping a burning torch in his hand. It demonstrates the admiration Bell had towards him. In his eyes his father was a man always fighting till the end. He was willing and ready to bear that small light he had to those who needed it, to where darkness and cold reigned. To ride there, no matter what. Unlike his father, Bell gave up. The darkness and the cold scared him. At last, I should try and guess the meaning behind the very last words of the book and the movie: “And then I woke up”. They don’t seem strange. Or do they? Bell was telling his dream and, obviously, was meant to wake up in the end of it. And that is exactly where the strangeness lies. Why would you tell something automatically implied by the very nature of your story? It is like to finish a telling about two people making a converstion with the words “and then the conversation finished”. You must have a specific reason to make such a remark. In this case, you may notice that those words bring to an end not only the dream, but the whole book/movie as well. “No Country for Old Men” is about moral degradation of society under the influence of popular culture. Not only about the fact itself and its causes, but also about the inability of people to see both. McCarthy, maybe because of his age, told his story in a rather open manner (the Coen brothers fixed it). He must have grew tired of people failing to see such apparent things. He must have grew tired of people failing to wake up, just like that driver who stood before Chigurh and his air tank.
MaybeCormac McCarthyhopes that the last words of his novel a man will read with a feeling that he finally woke up.
2020.09.01 22:57 zedd_gaskin1Three Offseason Moves for Each Team
Undertaking a fairly large project here. The aim is to give each team a plausible trade, signing, and draft pick over the 2020 NBA offseason in order to boost each team's prospects in the upcoming 2020-2021 season. While I can't promise they all will be, I'll try and keep the trades as player-specific, rather than something like "Knicks trading up to draft Ball" or something like that. I will also try (no promises) to do the trade in conjunction with one another. So it would ideally be proposed as 3-moves to make together, not 3 separate moves to make. Again, no promises, and I'll clarify if I'm suggest one as an alternative, but that will be the aim if I can find a pattern I like. Also, some players listed in free agency signings do have player options, so we'll treat them all as possibilities to a certain degree. And also, just because your team's player is listed as a trade move for one team doesn't mean they are moving them, just that there either have been rumors they'd be available, or simply that the listed team would be interested in acquiring them.
Draft Pick: G/F Isaac Okoro, Auburn With plenty of promising scorers, the Hawks should target Okoro to add to their defensive capacity on the wing. Okoro is a very selfless player, and would fit well into a lineup with Trae Young, John Collins and Clint Capela, amongst other promising young players. While ultimately, the Hawks may actually be best suited packaging this pick in a trade, if they stick at #6 overall, Okoro sure would be a good addition for Atlanta. Signing: F JaMychal Green, Los Angeles Clippers The Hawks have a few players who can fill minutes behind John Collins at the 4, such as De'Andre Hunter. But adding a clear backup for Collins would round the depth a bit cleaner. Insert JaMychal Green, a quality shooter (39% last season), who still be able to keep the post clear for Clint Capela, will giving Atlanta an excellent depth addition should he decline his player option in LAC and seek out a new opportunity. Trade: G Victor Oladipo, Indiana Pacers Oladipo would be interesting backcourt partner with Trae Young. In addition to being a high-caliber defender, Oladipo also has the ability to handle the ball when Young isn't on the court. While Indiana risks losing Oladipo down the road for nothing, shipping him off to the rising Hawks, who will be angling for a playoff run next season. Oladipo could be a big piece of that run, and perhaps even help them contend for more if returns to his All-Star form.
Draft Pick: F Patrick Williams, Florida State The Celtics have one of the deepest rosters in the NBA, and selecting back at #13 overall means they'll really just be able to target the best player available. If Patrick Williams is available at 13 however, he should definitely be considered, as his versatility would help continue loading up the Celtics bench. And with Williams being a bit raw offensively, the Celtics can afford to take a chance on his upside and develop him under Brad Stevens further. Signing: F Joe Harris, Brooklyn Nets A 6'6 sharpshooter, Harris would be a fun add to the Celtics rotation. It may take some small moves to create the space for him, but adding the career 3-point marksman would fit in well with the versatile athletes around him like Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, and help the second unit stretch the floor when he comes off the bench. Trade: C Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers Turner seems like he has been connected to the Celtics for a little while now, and it makes plenty of sense. The Pacers will likely be looking for players who fit better around Domantas Sabonis, and that could give an opportunity for the Celtics to move for Turner. Turner would fit well in the Celtics lineup at the center position, where right now the Celtics have some quality role players, but no star. By adding Turner, the Celtics would have one of the best all-around starting 5's in the entire league (Kemba-Smart-Brown-Tatum-Turner).
Draft Pick: G Josh Green, Arizona Finding players who can work alongside Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant will be key, and Green's defense and off-ball ability make him well suited to this role. Picking #19 overall will make it difficult to add an instant impact rotation, but Green would have a good chance to find minutes with his skill set. Signing: C Aron Baynes, Phoenix Suns Should the Nets see themselves dishing out C Jarrett Allen in a blockbuster trade for a third star (see below), then a backup center becomes a big priority for the Nets. The solution here is Baynes, a hard-working center who had a career season shooting the ball. He'd fit nicely behind DeAndre Jordan. Trade: G Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards If Beal is available, the Nets should be keen to add him to the mix. Able to offer the most enticing players to any blockbuster package (Spencer Dinwiddie, Caris LeVert, Jarrett Allen), the Nets could find their third star to pair with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant when the two return next season. Adding Beal to the mix would immediately vault the Nets all the way to Finals contenders, if the return of Durant and Irving themselves don't already accomplish that.
Draft Pick: PG LaMelo Ball, Australia If he's on the board at the #4 overall pick, the Bulls should be keen on bringing LaMelo in to the Windy City. Perhaps the Draft's best playmaker, he could fit well with scoring guards like Coby White and Zach LaVine, while operating a dangerous pick and pop with big guys like Markkanen. With the size and athleticism to match up well defensively, LaMelo's playmaking ability would help turn the Bulls into a legitimate playoff threat in 2020-2021. If LaMelo is off the board, the Bulls could go in several direction, perhaps even trading the pick if they find a suitable offer. Signing: C Meyers Leonard, Portland Trail Blazers The Bulls could use some depth in the frontcourt, and Leonard's range and 3-point ability make him a great player to add into a rotation that ranked in the bottom third of the league in their percentage from deep, and could potentially lose F Otto Porter if he opts out, one of their better marksmen. The question will likely be centered on how much money Leonard is aiming for, but if the numbers work, Leonard should be a serious target for Chicago. Trade: C Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers Embiid may or may not be available, there have been reports going both ways. But if the former Jayhawk is on the block after the 76ers quick exit from the playoffs, then Chicago should be very interested in acquiring him, even if means shipping out Wendell Carter and some other assets. With Markkanen capable of spacing the floor (34.5% shooter from deep), an Embiid addition would give Chicago two versatile bigs, given Embiid's proficiency from deep as well (34.8%). But most importantly, he'd be a scoring machine that would be the focal point of a fun, versatile Bulls roster that could push into playoff contention quickly with him leading the way.
Draft Pick: F Obi Toppin, Dayton With it almost assured that neither LaMelo Ball nor Anthony Edwards reaches Cleveland at #5, their hope should be in Toppin making his way past the Hornets and Bulls. A dynamic forward who excels in multiple facets of the game, he'd represent the best player available at this point in the draft, and an ideal addition for a talent-needy Cavaliers team. Whether replacing Kevin Love, or playing alongside him in looks, Toppin should stay in Ohio if at all possible. Signing: F Derrick Jones Jr., Miami Heat The Heat need cap space for upcoming extensions, so it's likely that Jones Jr, a versatile role player, will hit free agency. Cleveland is already reportedly interested, and it makes sense why. Providing quality defense on the wing, he's 23 years old, which fits Cleveland's rebuilding timeline, and should have time to round out and improve his offensive game (8.5 ppg, 28% from 3). The name of the game for the Cavs is to acquire talent, and Jones Jr. provides them with an intriguing piece with room to grow. Trade: Moving Kevin Love for Assets After landing a dynamic replacement for him, the Cavaliers are a team that doesn't necessarily have a specific player to target, but rather figure out what they could get for someone like Love, who shot 37% from deep last year. His salary could be problematic here, but even adding second round selections has proven useful for Cleveland (Kevin Porter Jr.).
Draft Pick: G Tyrese Maxey, Kentucky Maxey may not be a lethal shooter by any means, but his defense should make him a desired player for a Mavericks team that could use a defensive stopper to pair with Luka Doncic down the role. Maxey brings athleticism, ability to finish at the rim, and a decent mid-range game to the table, which should be enough, along with his defense, to make a desirable player for Mark Cuban's Mavericks. Signing: SF Bogdan Bogdanovic, Sacramento Kings Limited to what they can make happen with the Mid Level Exception or in a sign-and-trade, the Mavericks should get creative and add Bogdan Bogdanovic to the roster. The 27-year old wing would fit right at home with Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, a high caliber shooter, especially on catch and shoot situations. If Sacramento doesn't believe they can fit Bogdanovic in with upcoming deals for Fox and Bagley, along with Hield potentially, landing some assets in a sign-and-trade would make sense. If no sign-and-trade, perhaps a 3&D wing like James Ennis (Orlando) could be an easier fit financially. Trade: PF Aaron Gordon, Orlando Magic Whether Kristaps Porzingis fills more time at the four or the five, finding a way to pair him and Gordon together in a frontcourt would be fun to watch. Gordon's resurgence for the Magic this past season was a large reason they managed to make it into the playoffs. His defensive versatility and 3-point ability would make him an ideal third star to pair with Luka and Kristaps.
Draft Pick: F Jaden McDaniels, Washington The Nuggets were patient in bringing along Michael Porter Jr., who has stepped up big time during the Bubble. And with several Nuggets wings likely to depart in free agency (Millsap, Torrey Craig), adding a high potential piece like McDaniels to develop and even rotate in behind Grant and Porter Jr. would give Denver the opportunity to take a chance on someone like McDaniels. Signing: C Thon Maker, Detroit Pistons If Plumlee is in fact priced out of a return to Denver, finding a suitable replacement at center will be important. While Bol Bol could claim that spot, it's not a certainty, and thus, adding a three-level scorer at the 5 would be a wise insurance policy for the Nuggets. Trade: G Jrue Holiday, New Orleans Pelicans A high caliber veteran on a rebuilding roster, Holiday could be a great partner to pair with Jamal Murray in the backcourt. Less costly than someone like Bradley Beal, Holiday would be a much more realistic third star to bring in. A lineup with Holiday-Murray-Porter Jr.-Nokic and whoever else you want in that fifth spot seems deadly. With Gary Harris and plenty of other assets available, the Nuggets could offer an intriguing package for Holiday.
Draft Pick: G/F Devin Vassell, Florida State This may break from the mock drafts a bit, which usually have the Pistons adding a point guard. However, Vassell could be an interesting piece for Detroit to select, especially considering that the top point guard in the draft (LaMelo Ball) will not likely be available for Detroit at #7 overall. Instead, Detroit adds a long 3&D piece that could fit nicely in between Luke Kennard and Sekou Doumbouya long-term. And as for a point guard. . . Signing: PG Fred VanVleet, Toronto Raptors Reuniting Dwane Casey and VanVleet seems like an ideal pairing, especially the major need Detroit has at point guard. With Blake Griffin still a high caliber player when healthy, adding a win-now veteran like VanVleet could perhaps boost Detroit all the way to the playoffs next season if Griffin is playing. And at 26-years old, he's both an instant impact veteran as well as a possible long-term solution at the position. Trade:C Mo Bamba, Orlando Magic The Pistons may have found themself something with C Christian Wood, who emerged as a quality option for them in the wake of the Drummond trade. However, Wood's emergence was a very small sample size, raising some questions over how much stock Detroit would put into it. Acquiring Bamba would give them another starting caliber option, who has proven himself as a decent player off the bench behind Vucevic if Wood does manage to build on his promising play.
Golden State Warriors:
Draft Pick: C James Wiseman, Memphis (kinda) Should the Warriors not move this pick, Wiseman makes more sense than LaMelo Ball in terms of fit and need. Though both have questions of maturity and consistency, Wiseman's size and length would offer the Warriors a weapon they haven't really had alongside Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. If Wiseman can fit in the frontcourt with forward Draymond Green, and Golden State makes the pick, it should be Wiseman. Signing: PG D.J. Augustin, Orland Magic At 32-years old, Augustin likely won't command more than any of the exceptions that Golden State would be able to muster up. However, he still can make an impact, running the Warriors second unit when Curry and Thompson (both returning from injury) need a breather. A quality shooter as well (35%), Augustin to the Warriors makes plenty of sense as they attempt to return to their place at the top of the Western Conference. Trade: PF John Collins, Atlanta Hawks While the Warriors seem to be another team interested in acquiring All-Star G Bradley Beal, perhaps a move for John Collins would be more feasible. The beauty for Golden State is that they would likely be able to orchestrate this trade more along the lines of a pick swap than an outright deal using their #2 selection. If the Hawks are interested in pairing Trae Young and perhaps LaMelo Ball or Anthony Edwards, this could the way to get there. Collins' 3-point shooting and athleticism would make him a quality fit in Golden State.
Draft Pick: - - - No Selection in Upcoming Draft - - - The Rockets could always try buying a second round pick to add someone like C Nick Richards (Kentucky) or F Paul Eboua (Italy), but for now, they do not possess a pick. Signing: C DeMarcus Cousins, Los Angeles Lakers The Rockets have found success operating without a center, but should look to find a big man or two who fits alongside Russell Westbrook and James Harden. Cousins' season was derailed by injuries, but his ability to stretch the floor as well as battle big men like Davis or Jokic in the West make him an appealing option for the Rockets. Trade: F/C Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers Likely dependent on whether or not they made the signing above, the Rockets could also choose to trade for a big man to help stretch the floor. A decorated veteran, Love has plenty of experience playing with ball-handling stars, and so long as he continues to shoot a good clip from deep and rebound the ball, he'd be an invaluable piece for Houston as they attempt to win a title.
Draft Pick: F Killian Tillie, Gonzaga The Pacers do not posses a first round pick this year, so finding a useful rotational piece at #44 overall will be the challenge here. For the Pacers, finding a clean backup for Sabonis would be a welcome add. Tillie is a floor-stretcher at the four, hitting over 40% from deep every season at Gonzaga. Mixing him into the second unit with Doug McDermott on the wing and Gaga Bitadze at center should give the Pacers the depth they need to make a run. Signing: G/F Kent Bazemore, Sacramento Kings Should the Pacers decide to move Victor Oladipo before he departs in 2021 free agency, then adding a wing like Bazemore should help fill in the depth after Jeremy Lamb steps into Oladipo's spot. Bazemore saw his 3-point percentage climb after moving to Sacramento (38%), and if he's able to continue hitting at a quality rate like that, he'd be a valuable two-way wing that would be helpful for a hopeful contender like the Pacers. Trade: G Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards The Pacers have several very intriguing pieces that they could potentially move, notably G Victor Oladipo and C Myles Turner. Should they move Oladipo, perhaps using him as the centerpiece to a Bradley Beal piece would give Indiana a shot at the player who would most likely elevate their team beyond first-round playoff exits. Swapping Oladipo for Beal should be discussed if the Wizards find themselves willing to move Beal.
Los Angeles Clippers
Draft Pick: F/C Kaleb Wesson, Ohio State If JaMychal Green departs, finding another power forward would make sense for the Clippers to look for. Picking so late in the draft, #57 overall, limits their options in terms of finding an immediate contributor. Rather, targeting someone more developed like Wesson would be their best bet of finding a contributor, though they could easily opt for someone with more raw potential. Either way, Wesson's 3-point ability makes him an interesting option to develop into a rotational piece. Signing: F/C Marvin Williams, Milwaukee Bucks While the most likely signings for the Clippers will revolve around internal free agents, notably Marcus Morris and Montrezl Harrell, they still will have a bit of room for a smaller addition like Williams. If Harrell does depart, the Clippers could use another big to add to the rotation, and Marvin Williams would be a quality small ball center option for any teams looking to contend for a title, like the Clippers. Trade:G J.J. Redick, New Orleans Pelicans The Clippers have a very deep roster already, but Redick is exactly what you'd want to bring in to bolster your chances of winning it all. An elite, established marksmen, his shooting off the bench would be a big plus, and the defensive-minded Clippers already can compensate for him on that end of the floor. If they can make the money work, reuniting Redick and LAC would make sense as they chase a title.
Los Angeles Lakers
Draft Pick: G/F Desmond Bane, TCU Picking at #28 overall, the Lakers would be wise to target Bane here, as his crazy 3-point rate (43%) would make him an energizing option off of the bench. The Lakers have a handful of wings as well on expiring deals, and should they lose someone like Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, bringing in Bane to boost their mediocre 3-point numbers could help LeBron win another title. Signing: C Bismack Biyombo, Charlotte Hornets The Lakers have had DeMarcus Cousins, JaVale McGee, and Dwight Howard all on the roster in 2019-2020. McGee has an option for 2021, so the Lakers could see some turnover at the center position if any of the aforementioned don't want to run it back with LeBron and AD. If they need a new center, Biyombo's defensive chops would make him a good fit as a backup or rotational center to help the Lakers win a title. Trade:PG Derrick Rose, Detroit Pistons Ensuring that the Lakers can generate offense with their stars getting a breather is crucial for any contender. Derrick Rose may no longer be the star he was, but he's still a valuable piece off the bench, and would fit quite well leading the Lakers second unit, should Rajon Rondo decline his player option.
Draft Pick: C Jalen Smith, Maryland The Heat have found tons of success with Bam Adebayo at the five, but for a team as deep as Miami, bringing in a high potential big man like Jalen Smith could give them a fun piece to develop. A quality three point shooter already, ironing out his defensive inconsistencies would give the Heat a quality contributor with the #20 overall pick. Signing: F Dario Saric, Phoenix Suns With Adebayo more of a playmaking Energizer Bunny, bringing in another big who can play alongside Adebayo, or relieve him, would be wise. The Heat will likely focus on bringing back players from their current roster, which would likely take them out of the running for Danilo Gallinari, for example. Instead, Saric could provide the same style of play at a more affordable cost. And that's important because.... Trade: Nothing Big...for now Miami has a claim to one of the deepest rosters in the league. Their system works and they have the financial flexibility and assets to go big game hunting. With a poor free agency market this year though, the Heat should hold tight for another season and take a shot at a superstar like Giannis Antetokounmpo, and then pair him (or whoever) with one of the stacked free agents on the docket (Kawhi, LeBron, Beal, Gobert, Paul, etc). Adding DeMar DeRozan right now may be tempting, but don't do it, hold tight...for now.
Draft Pick: PG Devon Dotson, Kansas With multiple guards on expiring contracts, the Bucks should aim for a guard capable of providing them minutes in the Draft. An absolute blur, Dotson is one of the most physically impressive prospects in the Draft, though he'll need to work on deep range shooting before pairing up with Giannis. For now, he'd be a fun piece to add off the bench, able to push the ball in transition opportunities. Signing: F Joe Harris, Brooklyn Nets With a physical freak like Giannis leading the charge, surrounding him with shooters is the best course of action, and Harris shoots incredibly well. The Bucks may need to get create to afford Harris, but if they can make the money work, they likely won't find anyone as impactful as Harris in their pursuit of an NBA title. Trade: F Nemanja Bjelica, Sacramento Kings Bjelica had a quality season for the Kings, and while they'd likely want to hang onto him, the Bucks should consider making a call and working something. A 6'10 big with fantastic floor stretching ability (42% from 3), he'd represent a significant upgrade from the older Ersan Ilyasova. All about adding shooters, and even relative upgrades should be considered if the Bucks can afford it.
Draft Pick: SG Anthony Edwards, Georgia This is a fairly easy one, as the Timberwolves hold the top pick and will have their choice of player here. The most likely, and most logical, is Edwards, who would pair with D'Angelo Russell in a high upside backcourt in Minnesota. While not an elite shooter, Edwards finds plenty of ways to score, and should continue to do so in the NBA, as Russell and Karl Anthony Towns take up the most attention from opponents. Signing: F/C Montrezl Harrell, Los Angeles Clippers The Timberwolves could give themselves a defensive boost by bringing in Harrell, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year. Whether playing the four or five, Harrell would give the Timberwolves a high intensity option that can play alongside Karl-Anthony Towns or relieving him when he's off the floor. Trade: G/F Josh Richardson, Philadelphia 76ers If the 76ers do enter a fire-sale, the Timberwolves should put in a call for two-way wing Josh Richardson. Still only 26-years old, Richardson has plenty of upside for a relatively young team like the Timberwolves. Adding him to the mix would give them another capable weapon around their stars.
New Orleans Pelicans
Draft Pick: F Aaron Nesmith, Vanderbilt A 3-point marksman to fill in on the wings would be the exactly the type of player to put around a playmaker like Zion Williamson. Nesmith's large wingspan (6'10) would be an asset as he develops into a top two-way wing, and doing so in New Orleans would be an excellent move for the Pelicans to pursue with the #13 overall selection. Signing: PG Austin Rivers, Houston Rockets If the Pelicans look to accumulate assets by moving Lonzo Ball or Jrue Holiday, than bringing a quality shooting point guard makes a lot of sense. Rivers shot 36% on 4 attempts per game in Houston, and showed the ability to play with more ball-dominant players in Russell Westbrook and James Harden, which would suit him well in a lineup featuring Zion Williamson. And at 28 years old, Rivers still has plenty of good years left in him as the Pelicans work towards contending status. Trade: Whatever Assets They Can Get From Redick or Holiday The Pelicans don't bring a specific target to mind, but rather as a team who should aim to accumulate assets. Gathering picks or promising young players would position them well to make a move for a bigger superstar down the road, one who, paired with Zion Williamson, would propel them into championship contention. And with both Redick and Jrue Holiday in town, the Pelicans have some intriguing pieces to dangle for teams looking to win now.
New York Knicks
Draft Pick: PG Tyrese Haliburton, Iowa State Unless the Knicks trade up to acquire PG LaMelo Ball (which they are reportedly looking at), the Knicks should feel comfortable picking the best guard on the board at #8 overall, as there are several quality options. Haliburton, however, is the ideal target here, as he's a high IQ player with a good 3-point shot and excellent defense, he would fit Thibodeau's style pretty well, and presents less of a risk than Cole Anthony or Killian Hayes for example. Signing: F Danilo Gallinari, Oklahoma City Thunder With Mitchell Robinson not a shooting threat in the slightest, the Knicks should target someone who can stretch the floor from the four position. The best name available there is OKC's Danilo Gallinari, who nearly went to the Heat, but now is a free agent. Whoever the Knicks end up with at point guard will be well-aided by the floor stretching capacity of Gallinari, a 40% shooter the past two seasons. Trade: PG Chris Paul, Oklahoma City Thunder Another name out of OKC, the Knicks should feel no issues drafting a point guard and trading for Chris Paul. First and foremost, the Knicks need to rebuild a winning culture, and bringing in Paul and Tom Thibodeau are good first steps towards that end. Likewise, even if the Knicks do select a point guard in the draft, Paul has shown himself quite adept at sharing the floor with other ball-handlers, like he did in Houston with James Harden, and as he did this past year in OKC with Shai-Gilgeous Alexander and Dennis Schroeder. A great leader, player and mentor, Paul would help the Knicks build the right environment to end their playoff drought.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Draft Pick: C Isaiah Stewart, Washington If the Thunder move Chris Paul and Danilo Gallinari walks, they could be in for a rebuild. Stewart may be raw and underdeveloped offensively, but at 19-years old, he has time to develop his offensive game. Meanwhile, his wingspan, strength and motor give him major upside as a defensive stopper in the post. With Nerlens Noel potentially departing OKC, there could even be minutes for Stewart to step into as a rookie and get his feet wet. Signing: F Otto Porter, Chicago Bulls The Thunder could possibly be losing their best shooter (Gallinari) and their best defender (Roberson). Finding someone who can provide a little bit of both could work for them, with Porter shooting 38% last year in Chicago. An easy fit in between OKC's high powered guard duo and center Steven Adams, Porter could serve as either a reinforcement for another playoff run, or a piece with some long-term upside. Trade: F Nemanja Bjelica, Sacramento Kings If the Thunder aren't able to retain Danilo Gallinari, perhaps bringing in Bjelica could give them a similar styled replacement. As mentioned already, Bjelica is a floor stretching forward (42% clip) that would put another dangerous shooter around Chris Paul and Shai Gilgeous Alexander.
Draft Pick: G Theo Maledon, France The Magic need someone to boost their struggling offense, and Maledon's craftiness as a ball-handler and off-ball shooting ability (37% from deep) should peak the Magic's interest. While Markelle Fultz has rebuilt himself into a potential long-term point guard, Maledon should seamlessly fit in next to him, and even provide minutes backing him up when Fultz heads to the bench. Signing: G Wesley Matthews, Milwaukee Bucks If Evan Fournier opts in, the Magic won't have the money to add bigger names, but Matthews would fit in well after finding a role as a rotational two-way guard. And even if the Magic do see Fournier depart elsewhere, Matthews' veteran experience could help their young core figure things out. Trade: G/F Caris LeVert, Brooklyn Nets If the Nets have interest in bringing in Aaron Gordon to add to the Irving-Durant duo, the Magic should be intent on getting Caris LeVert shipped to them as part of the deal. Only 26 years old, Levert averaged 19 points per game while fueling a KD-less Nets team to the playoffs. A young core of Fultz, Levert, Isaac, and Bamba is a group that you can build around.
Draft Pick: G Cassius Stanley, Duke The 76ers could use guards and shooting, and with limited financial flexibility, may need to find it in the NBA Draft. Thus, Stanley to Philly, where his elite athleticism and quality range (36%), would be a welcome addition to the 76ers. If he's still on the board at #21 overall, Stanley would make plenty of sense for the 76ers. Signing: PG Goran Dragic, Miami Heat The 76ers management has said they intend to keep Simmons and Embiid together, but if they don't keep that intention, bringing in Dragic to run the offense could be the move to make. Still productive for the Heat at 33-years old, Dragic would likely pair with Embiid better than Simmons did, as indicated by his shooting ability (37%). Trade: PG Chris Paul, Oklahoma City Thunder Breaking the mold here, should the 76ers decide to move Simmons, but not bring in Dragic, perhaps a bigger move would solve the question better. While the Knicks are the one most often linked to a move for Paul, the 76ers may want to consider adding the veteran PG to the mix, especially if they decide to breakup the Simmons-Embiid duo, and ship Ben Simmons out. Paul's veteran experience and versatile game should make him a much better sidekick for Embiid than Simmons managed to be.
Draft Pick: PG Kira Lewis Jr., Alabama The Suns needs someone in the backcourt, preferably someone who can work with Devin Booker, and run the offense when he's off the floor. That someone could be Lewis Jr., who averaged 19 points per game at Alabama and was able to knock down over 36% of his threes over two seasons. Finding a quality playmaker to carry the load could give them the breakthrough they need. Sigining: F Moe Harkless, Los Angeles Clippers Current starting wing Mikal Bridges was a solid compliment to Booker and Ayton this past season, but adding some more depth, especially a defensive geared piece, would give the Suns some switchy wings who can help them slow opponents down in the playoffs next year. Harkless will be a fairly cheap way of doing so. Trade: F Lauri Markkanen, Chicago Bulls Putting Markkanen in an offense led by Devin Booker and DeAndre Ayton could give him the space he needs to regain some of the production he had earlier in Chicago. Able to shoot off the pick-and-pop, Markkanen won't need to crowd in on Ayton to be an effective piece to the Suns offense.
Portland Trail Blazers
Draft Pick: F Saddiq Bey, Villanova With two picks in the first round (16 and 29), the Blazers will have the flexibility to fill multiple needs with the most talented players on the board. For that first selection, Bey would be a quality addition, giving the Blazers wing defense and reliable shooting. A second team unit featuring Trent, Little and Bey would be very versatile. Then, with that second first rounder, targeting a big man like Jalen Smith would be a quality Draft for the Blazers. Signing: C Mason Plumlee, Denver Nuggets With Hassan Whiteside hitting free agency, it's likely the Blazers could find themselves in need of a backup center if Whiteside is unwilling to accept a role as a backup. Thus, Mason Plumlee could be an option, as a veteran big with a quality motor who has been a serviceable option for Denver. Plumlee may not fill up the stat sheet, but in Game 6 of the Playoffs, made a direct impact for Denver with a handful of offensive rebounds and high energy. That kind of team player who work well for the Blazers rotation. Trade: PG Patty Mills, San Antonio Spurs. The Blazers have a quality starting lineup with Lillard-McCollum-Ariza-Collins/Melo-Nurkic. What they still could use is a backup point guard to help generate some points when Lillard takes a breather. Perhaps swinging a deal to bring in Patty Mills to an actual contender would be a good match. Mills currently backups Dejounte Murray in San Antonio, but his quality production and veteran leadership could be a boost for the Blazers.
Draft Pick: G/F Devin Vassell, Florida State With De'Aaron Fox running the point, the Kings need to surround him with shooters like Vassell. A 6'10 wingspan and 42% clip from deep, Vassell would be an ideal fit on the wing, and could help the Kings make the push into the playoffs by bolstering their offense and defense. Signing: F Jerami Grant, Denver Nuggets If Grant opts out of his deal in Denver, he'd give the Kings a two-way option at the 3 or 4, an excellent depth addition to add in rotation with Jabari Parker, Bjelica, and Harrison Barnes. And of course, important to note when playing with De'Aaron Fox, Grant has a quality shot from deep, hitting 39% for the Nuggets this season. Trade: F Kyle Kuzma, Los Angeles Lakers If the Kings are moving G Buddy Hield, then perhaps he could interest the Lakers, who would likely want to acquire a more high profile guard to compliment LeBron and Davis. Thus, a move for Kuzma could be in play, as he'd give the Kings a versatile wing to pair with Harrison Barnes. Kuzma would also compromise a promising young trio along with De'Aaron Fox and Marvin Bagley III.
San Antonio Spurs
Draft Pick: F Deni Avdija, Israel If there's any team that should be angling to move up should Avdija slide, the Spurs would likely be one of them. An excellent distributing big wing, capable of giving the Spurs minutes at the 4, Avdija seems like a tailor made fit for a Gregg Popovich offensive system. Between his schematic fit and his upside, he'd be the ideal player for the Spurs to come away with on Draft day. Signing: F/C Bobby Portis, New York Knicks Portis has plenty of upside if he can get straightened out, and if anyone is going to get the most out of Portis and teach him to play in a system, it's Gregg Popovich. If he succeeds, the Spurs find themselves with an offensive forward who can score in multiple ways, or even another trade piece if they want to sell high. Either way, taking a gamble on Portis could pay off for a program needing a new direction. Trade: As Many Picks as They Can Get The Spurs run is over for now. They did well to bring in some fun pieces in the Kawhi trade, but the Spurs need to enter a rebuild or risk an extended play in no man's land. Selling on DeMar DeRozan, LaMarcus Aldridge, Rudy Gay, Patrick Mills, and Marco Belinelli should be the aim. Get picks, get promising young players, and set yourself up to rebuild quickly. If one of these guys can even help you move up and select Avdija, do it.
Draft Pick: F Robert Woodard II, Mississippi State An athletic forward with a good build, Woodard could be a steal if Toronto is able to land him at #29 overall. After taking a major leap in between his freshman year and sophomore year, Woodard developed an outside shot (43%). For a team that may not be able to retain Serge Ibaka, finding another big to provide some range on the outside would give them a quality replacement. Signing: PG Austin Rivers, Houston Rockets Should Toronto be unable to retain Fred VanVleet, finding a guard capable of picking up minutes at point guard and shooting guard would serve them well. Rivers may not the same caliber of VanVleet, but can provide the versatility needed, along with a quality enough shot from deep (36% in 2019-2020). Trade: SG Luke Kennard, Detroit Pistons Thinking outside the box here, if the Raptors aren't comfortable paying VanVleet the rate it'd take to retain him, perhaps a sign-and-trade for a team like Detroit could send them back something useful, rather than letting VanVleet walk entirely. A sharp shooting guard (40% over his career, Kennard could fit well in Toronto, either as a long-term solution, or a piece to flip as part of a package at the deadline for a bigger star post-Kawhi.
Draft Pick: C Aleksej Pokusevski, Serbia A unicorn big-man, Pokusevski is a mobile center with fantastic height (7'0) and the ability to knock down shots beyond the arc (32% shooter). While he'll need to get bigger (only 205 lbs and lanky), he's still very young and should be able to develop into a starting caliber player down the road. And selecting at #23 overall, that's really what you're looking for. Signing: G Langston Galloway, Detroit Pistons While the main signing priorities for Utah will be re-signing Jordan Clarkson and extending Donovan Mitchell, the Jazz could also look to add another guard into the rotation, and Galloway's versatility and shooting make him an easy player to fit into any rotation. Trade: PG Dennis Smith Jr., New York Knicks The Jazz would have some quality offers if they did move C Rudy Gobert. But assuming they keep Gobert, the Jazz target someone to give their second unit a boost, especially as an aging Mike Conley drops off from the All-Star player he was. Smith looked much better earlier in his career, averaging around 15 points per game through his first three seasons. If he can recapture that, he could even play his way into the direct replacement for Conley.
Draft Pick: F Isaac Okoro, Auburn This one makes more sense than a lot of these other picks, in my opinion. The Wizards are horrendous on the defensive end, and Okoro is the best wing defender in this year's Draft. Being able to lock up opposing team's top scorer will allow Beal and Wall to go to work on the offensive end, lightening their load a good deal. Signing: F Moe Harkless, Los Angeles Clippers Bringing in one defensive minded rookie won't solve the defensive woes of the Wizards. With not a ton of cap flexibility, the Wizards should aim for someone relatively cheap, who can fill a clear role, and help develop young players like Rui Hachimura. That someone would likely be Moe Harkless. Trade: The Biggest Haul They Can Get for Beal I know the Wizards have said they want to see what Beal and Wall can do next season, rather than moving Beal now. But I personally think that's a mistake, and that cashing in on Beal, and getting a jump start on the rebuild is the way to go. The Wall-Beal duo didn't accomplish anything before Wall tore his Achilles, and the longer they wait, the more likely they get screwed over. If they can land two of Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie, or Jarrett Allen from the Nets, I think that would be the best package, but the aim is less so a specific target than just hoard what they can get. Anyways, this took a little while to put together, so I hope you don't totally hate it. Let me know if you agree, disagree, think someone would fit better!
2020.08.23 02:30 langguthjWhat would be your perfect Survivor tribe?
If you were cast on the show, what nine former players would you most want to have on your tribe to start? Here were my ideas: Me (because I want to be included) Wendell (so I can have dope shelter) James (helpful in challenges, not strategic, shield) Christian (entertainment value, I would not be the weakest male, post-merge shield) Erik (Someone to get an immunity necklace from, similar to me in athleticism) Debbie from Tocantins (Always liked her and she seems like a good alliance partner) Alison from DvG (Likable doctor, helpful in challenges) Elaine (entertaining and provider) Courtney (someone to start a band with at Ponderosa) Tina Scheer (she caught a fish with her bare hands, what else do you need?) Others considered: Joe, Janet, Sandy, JT, Dean, Denise, Nick, Gabby, Davie, Stephen, Tasha, Kara, Francesca, Tyson
- "Thank you, my lord of Rowan," said the bard who was standing in the center of the main hall. "I know you will not regret your decision." He bowed bombastically. After that Arys made a gesture for the bard withdraw, which the bard immediately did. "Send in the next suplicant," he said. It was the day of the audience, and as was proper, Arys had been in the great hall since the morning, as his duty demanded. Arys Rowan was the lord of Goldengrove, a town dominated by a castle in the north part of the Reach. He was a young man in his best years whose short blonde hair was well groomed. His clean face had blue eyes and an anchor beard with a moustache that he had cut that same morning. For that day he had put on an elegant blue doublet with a magnificent embroided golden tree, the emblem of his family. Matching the doublet, he wore a gold cape with silver trim that was held in place with a silver tree-shaped brooch. With that look he had started the day, a day which was becaming longer and longer since the start of the audience, very early in the morning. The session had been very calm, with the only relevant disputes those between two apprentices of a old baker that had died recently with not close relatives, who both claimed to be his heir. After he heard the case, he decided that the property would be put on sale, and if they wanted to own it, they would need to buy it with their own money. Apart from that, the morning had been calm, until now. "The next up was a young man by name Kyle who was accused of robbery and agression against a merchant of the town," said the herald, who was a grown man of red beard and a little hair of the same color named Peter. He had been herald since he had taken over the position from his own father. The boy brought into the hall was a very young man of no more of 20 years who had a mop of very tangled and dirty brown hair, a dusky face that had a fresh cut in the cheek. He wore dirty, tattered clothes and also wore chains on hands and feet. Behind him were two of his guards who guided him into the center of the hall, and then stepped aside. " Very well, lets begin," Arys said, "What happened?" "Apparently," said the maester Monford, "this boy, with help of another, ambushed the merchant in an alley when he was going to the tavern, beating him unconscious to take his money and escape. Monford was a thin pale man with short black hair and a well shaved face with black eyes. He had a small mole on the left side of the nose and had served family the family well for many years. "I see," Arys said, "Did somebody witness the crime?" "An old widow," said his brother Wendell, "One of my men spoke with her and she says that she saw him and his partner kick the merchant many times and later rob him." "She saw him clearly?" Arys asked. "It seems so," said Wendell "She was looking through her window which lead directly to the alley when it happended." "Mmmm i see," said Arys. Arys little doubt of the guilt of this man. His brother Wendell was one of the most trusted men that he had. He was a young man of 27 years with pale skin, blonde hair and a shaved face. He had brown eyes with a small scar that went from under the right eye through his nose to the middle of his left cheek, a gift from the battle of the red lake. He wore a simple golden cape, his chainmail and his belt from which his sword and dagger hung, all according to his position as captain of his guard. “Where is the other man that you are speaking of, Wendell?” Arys asked, looking at his brother, who was standing on one side at the foot of the throne. “He is dead,” said Wendell, “He was killed when my men arrived at the tavern in which this man and his friend were spending the stolen money.” “He wasn’t my friend!” exclaimed the accused. “Silence!” barked Arys. “Do not speak without my leave. The boy stayed silent. “What happened then?” asked Arys. “Then when the two saw my men they freaked out,” said Wendell “His friend pulled out a dagger and tried to kill Lomm, but he was too slow.” “Then this one surrendered.” “An idiot,” thought Arys. The simple idea of a town boy trying to kill one of his men he seemed comical. Although despite that, he did not like the idea that people had the guts to attack his men. He didn’t like that at all. “Very well,” said Arys standing up, “you want to say something?” He said looking at the accused. The boy stayed silent once again. Then when Arys was going to dictate the sentence he spoke, “I helped rob that guy but I didn’t kick him, that wasn’t me,” the boy started to said, “He said that if he recognized us we were lost, so we punched him. But only once at the start, I swear,” he said looking at Arys. I took the money and was ready to run but M start to kick the guy again, even when he started to bleed on the floor M kept kicking him, so I stopped him. Then we ran. We were so hungry my lord. In the city we lost our jobs because they couldn’t pay us more. The food is very expensive and we only want to eat. The man seem very rich so if we took a little, he wasn’t supposed to die. Please mercy my lord,” he said getting on his knees. Arys looked at the maester Monford who whispered advices for the lord to hear. After that he pondered for a moment, after which he began to say, “I have a verdict,” he said with high voice trying to be heard throughout the room. “I, Arys of the house Rowan, lord of Goldengrove and Marshall of the Northmarch, acting on name of lady Ashara Lannister, lady of the Hightower and lady paramount of the reach, declare you guilty of robbery and assult, and I sentence you to receive 8 lashes and lose one hand,” he solemnly sentenced. After he heard his sentence, the boy screamed. “My lord I want to wear the black!” “The sentence has been handed down lad,” said the master, “now it must be..” “Wait, master,” said Arys. “Damn I forgot that,” he thought. For a long time no one had chosen the black, so one day he had simply had stopped asking. “My lord you have just…” “I know what I said,” Arys interrupted him, “But he is in the right. Nobody can say that I ever denied the black to someone. Now boy” said Arys looking at the accused. “It is your right wear the black. Until a man of the nights watch comes to the castle, you will still in the dungeon.” Now guards - he said looking at the two who brought the boy - take it from here. - At the order sir - they said at the same time before taking the boy from the room. - Good - said Arys after the boy departed - who is the next? After of a few more claimants that wanted him to solve their boring problems, the audience was over. Arys stood up and start to walk to the exit. The maester Monford, his brother and the other members of the court did the same. His belly started to rumble, asking for food. After hours and hours siting in his throne of golden wood, he was very hungry, so he quickly stepped towards the dining room, passing by the courtyard where he saw Rory, the old smith with a bald head and white moustache, hitting a helmet with his hammer. When he saw Arys, Rory did a quick salute before immediately continuing to shape the helmet. After that he saw the maidens tower, a round tall tower of white stone. The maidens tower was the favorite place of his wife, lady Shyra, to take meals, although she had never told him why. His wife Shyra was a beautiful woman with blonde hair that fell like a waterfall of gold. She had a grateful face with fine features, green eyes and full lips. They had married several years ago, when the war was over and he had recently become lord. Shyra, besides being beautiful, was very kind and she had been an excellent life partner. Arys often thought of her. She had given him two sons, Thaddeus and Gwayne, two children with a lot of energy who had brought joy to the castle. When Arys arrived to the top of the tower, which was where the dining room was located, Shyra was already there, just as he suspected. His wife was superb, he thought as soon as he entered. She was wearing a beautiful green dress that brought out the color of her eyes. She also wore a simple pearl necklace and sunflower-shaped diamond earrings. She sat at the table with his sons next to her, all chatting and eating. Nobody else was there, beside a couple of servants, who had just brought a plate of orange soup and what they seemed to be meat pies. - Arys - said Shyra looking at him with her beautiful eyes- come join us. We have just started. Arys sat in the first chair that he saw. He was very hungry and this looked delicious. - The audience was long today. - said Shyra. - So it was – he replied - There were a lot of people today - he said while was giving a smile to his children. - Something that you want to tell me? - said Shyra looking at Arys again. - Not really. - said Arys - Almost all of it was boring. - Almost? - asked Shyra raising an eyebrow. - There was something. - said Arys while taking one of the pies and a plate of that orange soup - A boy from the town. - Tell me - said Shyra. Agh. His wife. Always so curious about these things. He had had a long day of long, boring conversations and the last thing he wanted was to have to say it to her again. If only he could refuse to do it. But he couldn't do it to her. Not when today she had taken pains to make herself pretty for him. - It was a criminal, he finally answered, - A thief. He stole money from a merchant. - he said as he looked back at her. - Ok, and what’s special about that thieve? - said Shyra while she took a drink from his glass. - Nothing special. Except for one thing. - said Arys - In the trial the boy said that had robbed because he was starving. Apparently he lost his job and with the price of food rising he could not buy anything. - And what surprised you about that? - said Shyra while taking a spoonful of the orange soup. Next to her meanwhile, her son Thaddeus finished his soup with a large gulp and got up from the table, asking permission to leave. She gave it to him with a smile and the boy ran out of the room. His younger brother, Gwayne, at the time he saw that his brother was leaving, ate the pie that he had in his hand in 3 quick bites and, imitating his brother, got up and asked permission to leave too, only to then run away from the room in pursuit of his Thaddeus, without waiting for a response, which made Arys smile, while his wife unleashed a laugh. - What were we saying? - she said after recovering - Oh yes. These things always happen, Arys. Arys was taking another slice of pie from the table looked at Shyra. - Yes. - he said - But I have heard news from all of the Reach about that. The people are hungry, Shyra, and when the people are hungry things get bad. In Horn Hill and the Grassy Vale, the people have taken up arms. - I heard it too. - said his wife - But what danger are in here? We still have food and the town is happy. - For now. - said Arys - When the food starts to end the people will start to get angry. With the blight and the winter, hard times are coming. - Like always - said Shyra calmly - But we will still be here. Arys was reflecting on those words throughout dinner while he was thinking in his sons eating, gwayne's prank, his wife laughing, only for sudden thoughts of the winter, the blight and the war, three things that these lands had suffered recently to jump into his mind. Three things that nobody wanted but came nevertheless still bringing suffering to all. Still bringing dead. He looked at his wife once, only to think again of her words. But we will still be here.
2020.08.07 22:13 ObscureArcanaA Short Story "Wendel's Nightmare" by TrueGodOfExp [Spoilers for Chapters 1337]
After trying to sleep for a straight 3 hours, Wendel finally managed to fall asleep despite the stress he was put through today. As he experiencing his dream which was just him laying in a field, Wendel began to hear a muffled voice all around him. This voice was barely audible but it slowly became clear and louder as time went on. It was the voice of a young man shouting his name. "Mr. Wendel!" Wendel shot up, his eyes darting around to take in his surroundings. He was in what looked to be a waiting room and standing in front of him was a young man in a police uniform. When Wendel looked up to see the face of the police officer, his heart sank and fear filled his mind. It was the police officer from Utopia, Biles! "W-where am I?" Wendel said, his eyes focusing on Biles to keep him in his line of sight, thinking that taking his eyes off of him for a mere second might spell his doom. Letting out a sigh, Biles looked to his right where a large door was and the sounds of several voices came through. "We're in the courthouse for the Tracey case, don't you remember? I gave you a subpoena, telling you to come to Utopia and testify. When the deadline for you to show up was only a few hours I had no choice but to bring you here. I mean, the life of a lady is at stake and you're the only witness!" Biles said, looking quite heroic as if what he did was commendable which wasn't. Wendel's mind was blank. He was kidnapped? And MI5 wasn't alerted? Did they even know he was here? Back in Buckland within the residence of Wendel, his partner Locke was reading a letter signed by Biles. "Hello, if you're reading this and are wondering where Mr. Wendel is, don't worry! He is currently testifying in court for the homicide case of Ms. Tracey as a witness. He will be back tomorrow safe and sound...maybe...Anyways, inclosed in this letter is a monocle for your troubles. It should fetch quite a hefty price or a good gift for those who find monocles a good accessory!" "What the hell?" Locke said, looking at the gold monocle in his hand. He looked over at a full-body mirror and pressed the monocle to his left eye, letting out a surprised 'oh'. "Huh, it does look good. I guess I'll keep it then!" Back in Utopia, Wendel was being led by Biles into the courtroom where several residents of Utopia were sitting in the designated area for residents to watch. The judge who was wearing the usual attire had an angry expression on his face when he saw Wendel! "Mr. Wendel! Do you know what time it is!? Do you even keep track of the time!? Thank the Goddess, Mr. Biles brought you here otherwise we'd have to arrest you for going against the subpoena!" The judge shouted, spit particles shooting out of his mouth. Wendel could only look down and weakly say, "I believe in the Lord of Storms though..." which the Judge fiercely rebuked. "I don't care if you believe in the Lord of Snails! In this city, we believe in the Goddess and nothing else so you better thank her and Mr. Biles's generosity!" Wendel could only go along with what the Judge wanted and said, "Thank you, Goddess and Mr. Biles." before making a clockwise square on his chest. As a sequence 7, he was knowledgable of the signs of every religion. Wendel was weak in both mind and body. He just wanted to get out of here. Noticing this, Biles leaned towards Wendel and whispered into his ear. "I see you really don't want to testify and usually there isn't a way to stop that, but I know away..." Wendel quickly looked at Biles with an expression that showed hope. "Really, tell me, please!" Chuckling, Biles said. "All you need to do is pray to the Lord of Mysteries or Mr. Fool" All color drained from Wendel's face when he heard this and flopped onto his knees, tears falling onto the floor. 'I'm never getting out of this!' He screamed in his mind! [I hope you enjoyed this short story I created. This isn't my first one, but I wanted to use this as an introduction to them. You can find the others at shorturl.at/htIVX which are all free to read on Webnovel! If you like the others, please let me know! Also, I'm only sharing here because someone suggested I do that.]
Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words, continuing in the footsteps of daprice82. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives. • PREVIOUS • 1987 FUTURE YEARS ARCHIVE: The Complete Observer Rewind Archive by daprice82
Rewinder note:Sorry about missing last week. Should be looking good going forward, just last week left no time for this.
Crockett has taken a page out of WWF’s playbook and announced a card to counterprogram Wrestlemania. Not all the details are known yet, but on March 27 Crockett’s NWA will run a 2.5 hour show from 4 pm to 6:30 pm, the same time slot WW has reserved for Wrestlemania (remember when Wrestlemania was less than 3 hours?). It’s probable that this show will be held at the Greensboro Coliseum, and it’s being billed as some kind of “Clash of the Champions” and is expected to be packed with seven main event level matches. Flair defending against Sting will headline, along with Dusty and the Road Warriors vs. the Powers of Pain and Ivan Koloff in a barbed wire match, Tully and Arn vs. Windham and Luger for the NWA tag titles, Midnight Express vs. the Fantastics for the U.S. tag titles, Mike Rotunda vs. Jimmy Garvin for the TV title in an amateur rules match, Zbyszko vs. Shane Douglas, and tentatively Kerry and Kevin Von Erich are scheduled for this and the Crockett Cup. That last is huge, as it means there’s an open line of communication between Crockett and Ken Mantell.
As for Wrestlemania, the card is set for that now. The tournament is the main point of the card, but there will also be a few other matches. Honkeytonk Man vs. Brutus Beefcake match for the IC Title is one, and Dave expects a title change here or sooner than Wrestlemania. Dave hears that Honkeytonk isn’t going to be punished for refusing to drop the belt, but it’s hard to imagine they won’t make an example of him so nobody else gets any bright ideas about refusing to go along with storylines. The British Bulldogs and Koko B. Ware vs. The Islanders and Bobby Heenan is also on the docket, while Demolition and Strike Force will fight for the tag titles. Lastly, Hercules Hernandez takes on Warrior, and a battle royal will feature all those unfortunate no-talent bums who just can’t earn a spotlight match on the card like Sam Houston, Bret Hart, and Harley Race. Celebrity appearances are to include Vanna White as guest timekeeper, Robin Leach of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous presenting the title to the winner of the tournament (looks like a sign DiBiase will win), and Bob Uecker returning as ring announcer and color commentator.
So will Clash of the Champions hurt Wrestlemania? Yes and no. Wrestlemania is theoretically an 18 match card, though double eliminations will probably help bring it down to around 16, and that many matches on a card for a 2.5 hour show (not to mention the ridiculous length of WWF ring entrances, intermissions, and other assorted nonsense they tend to pack a show full of) means most matches won’t even top 5 minutes (more on the length of the show next week: spoilers, Wrestlemania is closer to 4 hours). The card for Wrestlemania is honestly just not good. Dave thought the tournament was a stroke of genius at first, but the layout and talent in it make it much weaker than it should be. Hogan, who is the big marquee guy, is now just one of the boys here, and that means there’s no real main event to hype up because the tournament means they can’t build the show around Hogan vs. DiBiase or Hogan vs. Andre. And that probably hurts impulse purchases on ppv. It makes some sense to make Hogan one of the boys if he’s taking the summer off, though, and all indications point that way, because the goal is to make the belt the main draw of the company independent of Hogan. But that’s unlikely to work. No belt today can draw on its own. Hogan is a draw. Flair is a draw. Hennig and Perez aren’t draws, with or without belts. There’s no difference between a show where Flair defends the belt and one where he’s in a tag match, and the same goes for Hogan: they’re the draws, and fans don’t care about the belt. And you’ll notice not one word of that has a thing to do with whether Crockett will hurt WWF on Wrestlemania with their show. And that’s because for the most part, any damage done to Wrestlemania is WWF’s own fault for booking the show they’ve booked. Wrestlemania 4 will be a success. No question there, and there’s zero chance Crockett can ruin the show with their counteroffer. What they can do is cost WWF a bit of money, just like WWF did to them in January. There is a chunk of WWF’s potential market for Wrestlemania who will watch Crockett’s show instead because it is free and Wrestlemania costs $20. Wrestlemania will be a success because it’s Wrestlemania and last year’s show earned a lot of good will in the fans’ eyes as a can’t-miss show like the Super Bowl. So Crockett will have a small effect, and probably cost WWF serious money, but in the grand scheme of things it won’t be a big blow. Crockett stands to do well, as most of the country can’t get ppv so they ought to get a pretty solid rating, while WWF will most probably have a similar buyrate to last year and pull in around $18 million (which will net the company $9 million after cable gets their cut). And that’s not touching closed-circuit, which WWF will do well with, but that’s where Crockett can cost them money. Being a free alternative will probably knock off about 10% of WWF’s closed-circuit viewership, possibly more if they build well since WWF has booked Wrestlemania the way they have. And still, there’s taking into consideration the reality of what happened in January. Can Crockett get past the negative reception of its last few big shows against WWF’s run of well-received big shows?
Finally, something different, it's Road Warrior Animal injury update time. Dave knows he’s made errors and wants to get everything straight in one go here. So. Animal was legit injured on January 29 in Pittsburgh. Warlord, not Barbarian, Samoan dropped Animal. It was done wrong or Animal bumped wrong or just freak accident, but thebone above Animal’s eye got smashed badly, and it wasn’t known how bad right away. He went to Greensboro for the weightlifting competition the next day, and they were worried about pressure on the eye, so while they used legit weights they just called out fake numbers (as opposed to WWF, which went with fully gimmicked weights for theirs). After the competition, Animal went to the hospital and they discovered he had a detached retina, broken bone, and his eye was knocked half an inch into his forehead. He had eye surgery, and they’re advertising his return for this coming week. No word on if that’s going to happen or not, though - they were pushing that he’d return in Philly last week when they knew he wasn’t going to be. More on this next week, because Dave keeps finding this story to change on him.
[Alabama/Knoxville] The Continental split-up finally went down. The Knoxville territory will be called USA Pro Wrestling and will be running east Tennessee, with Ron Fuller running the show. Their roster includes Mongolian Stomper, Buddy Landel, the Rock & Roll RPMs (Mike Davis and Tommy Lane) as USA Tag champions, Hector Guerrero, Doug Furnas (injured with a concussion), “Bullet” Bob Armstrong, Austin Idol, and a few other names. Continental Championship Wrestling will remain in Alabama and start running Northwest Florida again as well, with David Woods running the promotion. Dutch Mantell, Wendell Cooley (currently out with a broken kneecap), Lord Humongous (Sid Eudy) and Detroit Demolition (Randy Culley, aka Moondog Rex, who actually was part of the original Demolition while Barry Darsow grew his hair out, and still wearing Demolition gear) managed by Downtown Bruno (later on it turns out Culley is not being managed by Bruno and is instead the fourth member of a stable including Robert Fuller, Dutch Mantell, and Jimmy Golden as a weak imitation of the Four Horsemen called the Studs), Dirty White Boy Tony Anthony (and Mystic as Dirty White Girl), Tom Prichard, Scott Hall, Robert Fuller and Jimmy Golden as tag champs, and some others.
Memphis is going to start on Financial News Network on April 2 and run weekly on Saturday nights at 9 pm eastern. Don’t rest on this info, as it’s outdated by next week. The network has discussed possibly running New Japan on Sunday nights, but Dave thinks it’s so unlikely to actually happen he shouldn’t have bothered typing it.
There’s been a fund set up to help pay Al Blake’s (Vlaidimir Petrov) legal expenses. Blake was convicted a few months ago for cocaine trafficking. Dave gives the info for people to write in and get more information about the fund.
Billy Jack Haynes has been granted a promoter’s license in Oregon and started a promotion called Oregon Wrestling Federation. He apparently plans to hold six shows a week in Oregon, with himself as top babyface. Haynes will now be in direct competition with both Don Owen and Vince McMahon. Plans are to have a roster of about 14-16 wrestlers, but no names are official yet, and there’s rumor that he’ll get tv in Portland on the local ABC affiliate. Haynes plans to concentrate on big guys rather than small guys like most of the regional territories now focus on. The only name that anyone knows he has contacted is Tom Zenk. Owen also runs Washington, but no plans currently exist for Haynes to run up there. Owen’s promotion has been around since the 1920s, and there’s really not room for two regional promotions, so this should be interesting to see how it shakes out. Also interesting to see what happens with Haynes wrestling - reports from WWF indicate that he left because of poor health due to a heart condition. It’s really hard to find any real information with a quick google search, but I strongly suspect that this venture goes under before the year is out.
The Simmons Research Bureau released its annual sports demographics statistics for this year, and pro wrestling is one of the sports they cover. Some good news and some bad news for wrestling, of course, and the accuracy of these numbers is debatable, but they are important in that they are perceived as facts by advertising firms and thus these are very important for figuring out advertising rates. In good news: wrestling supposedly saw a 5% increase in viewers over the past year with 30.3 million adult viewers, ranking 7th behind pro football, MLB, college football, the NBA, college basketball, and boxing. Sports viewing on the whole was down 5.6% though, and wrestling and the NBA were the only top 10 sports to see an increase (boxing was down 16.4% from last year). Dave doesn’t really take the report seriously because of its findings on roller derby. Derby supposedly saw a 29.8% increase over last year, but Dave thinks that’s just preposterous, as just two years ago roller derby had national coverage on ESPN and drew good ratings, and last year they weren’t even on the list while this year it was 20th out of 21 listed). This year? No new tapes for syndication, one Derby group isn’t even running, and the other hasn’t made new tv in over a year. So the idea that they have been getting more viewers (to the tune of a 29% increase) without putting out new material for tv is just absurd. Setting that aside, the bad news is wrestling’s demographics are considered less desirable by advertisers. The raw numbers look good and might make it a good buy for advertisers, but they’ll pay less for ad time because wrestling viewership isn’t dominated by the demographics advertisers want to market to. Wrestling, according to Simmons, is strongest among Black folks, 18-24 year old men, men more than women (61% of the audience is men, 39% women) in general, low income families, people who have less than a high school education, and single adults. In short, advertisers will look at this and conclude wrestling fans are stupid, poor, and too young (18-24 men don’t have the same level of disposable income as another age bracket up) and Black to be worth the effort of spending large amounts of money to try and reach for little perceived return.
A correction on Crockett Cup - it’s set for April 22/23 in Greensvile, S.C. for the first day and Greensboro for the second day. Seedings will likely be announded on March 27, and Dave recommends readers (a lot of readers typically have attended the Cup) stay in Charlotte since it’s halfway between both sites.
Wrestlemania tickets should be sold out by the time this issue reaches readers. After figuring out exactly how many freebies they’re giving, somewhere between 7,000 and 9,000 tickets were being held out of 18,165 total seats. As of February 19, around 1,500 tickets were left to be sold, and paid attendance will be in the 15,000 range. That means roughly 3,000 freebies.
The Penthouse story on the Von Erichs has been delayed again. The earliest it’ll appear is August, and given the history of the family, they’ll likely suffer one real tragedy, two fake tragedies, and find a new fake relative all before the issue hits newsstands.
Paul E. Dangerously had a hilarious promo moment in Southern Championship Wrestling while interviewing Randy Rose. Paul was saying he doesn’t care how much money it costs, he’s going to do away with Tommy Rich, and Rose pulls out his wallet and throws a bunch of dollar bills in the air. Paul just looks at him and says something along the lines of “I see you cashed Verne’s check.”
The Bunkhouse Stampede finals did a 3.5% buyrate out of 6 million available homes, which means roughly 200,000 buys. Gross revenue should be in the $3 million range, with JCP getting about half. Dave’s sources said anything higher than 3% would be profitable, so the show wasn’t a bomb financially, but it definitely could have been better.
[Memphis] Over here the AWA tag titles are held up between the Rock & Roll Express and the Midnight Rockers. The finish on February 15 in Memphis saw a ref bump, and then a second referee came out, and both referees counted simultaneous pins for each side. The next day in Lousiville (which drew 3,000, when normally they draw 1,000) they repeated the finish, and probably did the same the next night in Evansville as well. So there will be rematches in each city as well to decide the champion. Ah the days of non-televised shows being the important thing, so you could do this sort of thing and really make the title histories convoluted and confusing.
[Memphis] Missy Hyatt showed up on February 20’s tv in Memphis with Doug Gilbert. She avoided the subject of Eddie Gilbert, who hasn’t made an appearance, but that’s obviously going to happen. The story as Dave understands is that Gilbert was fired by Crockett for missing two tv tapings nobody had told him he was supposed to be at. It’s a miracle he lasted as long as he did anyway, considering he somehow got into the position of UWF booker for the UWF vs. NWA feud and wound up outlasting all the ex-UWF guys except Black Bart, Sting, and Rick Steiner.
New to Memphis is an opening act heel guy named Scotty the Body. Dave’s heard of him from some independent promotion somewhere, but the guy isn’t getting a push, and from what Dave’s heard of his ability, he doesn’t deserve one. Eh, never say nevermore, because this is the Observer debut of Raven.
[Oregon] The Frank Bonema Memorial show on February 16 was a major disappointment, only drawing 600. The matches were all good, at least. The Grappler beat Hennig for the AWA title after using a loaded boot, but the promoter later on said he was ordered by AWA president Stanley Blackburn to hold up the title (which means the title is held up in both Minneapolis and Oregon). Given the time difference, fans in Oregon must be expected to believe Blackburn is the hardest working president in wrestling, since it was well past midnight in Minneapolis when he supposedly made the call to hold the title up.
Stampede is being forced into a smaller building due to the Olympics being in Calgary. The building they have to work with seats 950, and with all the competition around town they’ll not be able to draw very well in all likelihood. And even after the Olympics, with how much money the event takes out of the economy, they’re likely to still have problems for a while.
In what will remain of Continental (Alabama), Scott Hall is being set up to feud with Lord Humongous (Sid Eudy). Hall is improving, but is nowhere near ready to have a good match with Humongous, who is just awful. Probably too much softball stunting his ability.
Is the world ready for a Von Erich comic book? No, not really, but we're getting one anyway. Creative Ink of Tyler, Texas is scheduling the March release of “The Saga of the Von Erich Warriors” in which Kerry, Kevin, and Fritz are taken from Earth to the planet Namoria to rescue the Namorians from attackers from the planet Nefarian. The comic winds up not coming out until 1989, and it’s a one off single issue.
If Ken Mantell and Jim Crockett can strike a deal, expect Flair vs. Kerry Von Erich in Texas Stadium in May. Don't hold your breath. WCCW has started doing okay business again (okay, however, does not translate to taking Crockett’s place as the number 2 promotion like some people who have way too many drugs in their system think), so that’s probably helpful to negotiations.
WCCW has cut ticket prices to $5 for their February 22 Fort Worth show, headlined by the Thunderdome cage match. The Von Erichs and Steve and Schaun Simpson and Bill Irwin will face Buddy Roberts and King Parsons and Rip Morgan and Angel of Death and Eric Embry in a cage match where all ten men are in the ring tornado style, and each time a guy gets pinned he gets handcuffed to the corner and when all members of a team are handcuffed their opponents get to uncuff their partners and beat the losers for five minutes without a referee.
WCCW came up with something Dave thinks is even dumber than buying a belt. On February 14 (Dave has the 15th), the Texas tag titles were contested in a best two of three falls, where the final fall went to a double countout. So they brought out a deck of cards and each team drew a card, with the high card winning the titles. So John Tatum and Jack Victory won by drawing the high card against the Fantastics.
No word yet from AWA’s Feb 20 Las Vegas tapings before they go on hiatus other than the Rock & Roll Express debuted (or were scheduled to, update on this below) as babyfaces. Obviously that’s a silly move, since they have a natural feud with the Midnight Rockers if they were heels and they have always been booed in the Twin Cities. Also Tom Zenk quit the AWA on the day of the taping just as they were setting up for a feud between him and Curt Hennig (also an update on Zenk below). Zenk knows his worth, though, and he knows he’s not going to be paid decently to actually wrestle in AWA, so it’s not worth doing. Also, he seems to have no idea what the thinking behind having him debut in a draw with Billy Robinson before going on to feud with Hennig.
Speaking of AWA pay, Hennig isn’t the only one who will be paid while AWA is on hiatus. Kevin Kelly and Madusa are also on guarantees, although theirs are substantially less than Hennig’s Hennig is getting around $1500 per week, while they’re on under $300 per week. Better than nothing, though.
Here’s the current situation with the tag titles and world title in AWA. So the tag titles are currently held up in three different cities, but everywhere else the Midnight Rockers are definitively the tag champions. As for the world title, that’s held up in two cities and they have different challengers with claims to the title in those cities. Totally not a headache to keep track of.
Verne Gagne and Wally Karbo’s lawsuit has been settled out of court. Karbo was Gagne’s partner and co-founder of the AWA when they broke away from the NWA back in 1960, and he sold his interest in the company to Gagne in 1985, from which I suspect this lawsuit emerged. From piecing info together (none of the newsletters to this point that I have contain anything about the lawsuit, and this isn’t easy to pull from the internet either), it looks like Gagne was unable or unwilling to pay what he owed to Karbo in full, so Karbo sued, and here we are with the settlement. Dave’s gotten two stories out of this settlement: one has Verne agreeing to pay in full by March 1, while one report says Karbo is settling for getting 10 cents on the dollar of what he’s owed. Maybe we’ll learn more in the future, because it’s an interesting piece of info about the death spiral of the AWA.
Former UWF TV Champion Savannah Jack has developed serious heart problems. Serious enough he may need a heart transplant. He’s still working as a manager right now for Pro Wrestling America. Don’t worry - Savannah Jack will pull through this one.
POWW is scheduling 20 dates in March. A few of their women can work, but most are trying to get exposure to launch into modeling or film acting, which, hey, do what you gotta do to make it. The pay for them is pretty good, Dave hears, but the issue is that their training hasn’t really given them enough to really make it in wrestling for any of them who choose to try - the ex-GLOW girls in particular apparently don’t even know what spots are, let alone how to do them. It makes the matches between the women who can work and those who can’t really bad.
Global Wrestling in Florida has lost all their big name talent except Colonel Kirchner. Dave says they’ve become the “only amateur pro wrestling organization in the country” if you get what he’s saying.
A Muscular Dystrophy auction at a new york night club saw a bunch of sports memorabilia auctioned off, including a pair of Bruiser Brody’s boots. The boots sold for $500.
There’s a new book by Jim Friedman called Drawing Heat coming out. Dave’s going to read it this week and give impressions, but his initial impression is that it’s a smart analysis of how wrestling has changed over the years.
Apparently on their last Japan tour, Abdullah the Butcher and TNT had some issues. TNT refused to work with Abby for a few days, feeling like he was being held back to make Abby look better, but they resolved it. Likewise, Tatsumi Fujinami boycotted a card where he was supposed to team with Inoki because Inoki’s ego is planet-sized. But that has also been worked out.
Very little of the New Japan jr. heavyweight tournament was broadcast in Japan. TV Asahi believes that jr. heavyweight matches between Japanese guys don’t create much in the way of viewer interest, and were really only interested in the matches pitting a Japanese guy against a foreigner.
All Japan is putting Killer Khan, Tiger Chung Lee, and Shunji Takano in Tenryu’s Revolution group. Khan and Lee are on the older side and it just makes Dave wish Baba would invest more in younger talent. Takano has excellent potential with this group, at least. I'll be keeping an eye on this - 1988 is where Revolution starts picking up steam.
John Tenta is a candidate for most improved in Japanese Wrestling Journal for 1988. He throws the best dropkick in the entire business and makes the Road Warriors look like kids. His dropkick is so good it's actually his photo on Wikipedia
According to Japanese Wrestling Journal, the December 27 New Japan show where the fans rioted in Sumo Hall drew massive ratings when Takeshi Kitano appeared. Dave just quotes a translation of what the journal says and I’ll do it here too:
It started off with a 6 rating while Kobayashi wrestled Hase for the jr. title however it drew nearly a 17 rating at its peak when Takeshi Kitano, one of the top comedians in Japan, appeared at the Sumo Hall for the first time. This means that Takeshi has strong ratings power for TV. This is the reason Inoki and TV Asahi joined hands with the famous comedian. However, Takeshi’s angle is fading out because of the riot held in the Sumo Hall. To make matters worse, New Japan is banned from using the Sumo Hall “for good.” There is nothing wrong with Takeshi being involved in the business since the TV was in a critical situation and New Japan had to take desperate steps to keep the show in prime time, but the plan backfired due to Inoki’s ego.
AWA update - the Rock and Roll Express didn’t show up to the Vegas taping. So Paul Diamond and Pat Tanaka got a non-title match with the Midnight Rockers and won that.
[WWF] Cuban Assassin and Badnews Brown almost had an incident at the WWF tv tapings on February 16 and 17 in Wichita and Topeka, Kansas. Brown was chasing Assassin around with a chair. Apparently there’s some bad blood between them (and their wives got into it as well) stemming from their Calgary days that led to Assassin leaving Calgary. I guess nothing actually happened beyond the chase with the chair, though, because Dave doesn’t say anything else.
Recent AWA shows have been drawing between 42 and 300 fans. The Baron Von Raschke vs. Sheik Adnan grudge match they taped at the Vegas taping will definitely boost those numbers. Yesiree.
Tom Zenk apparently left AWA because they kept blowing him off when he asked for guaranteed money. Verne, you can’t expect people to stick around if you won’t pay them.
The AWA Title situation remains screwed up, but that’s pretty normal. On the February 21 airing of their Minneapolis tv show, Verne said all the midwestern promoters want to recognize Greg Gagne as champion and said if Stanley Blackburn doesn’t like it, then maybe AWA should get a new president. And thus Stanley Blackburn has been put in the position of being the top heel in the promotion, a full decade before Vince McMahon would actually successfully position himself the same way. Verne also compared this to the situation that led to the formation of the AWA in the first place - the Lou Thesz vs. Edouard Carpentier match in 1957 where Carpentier beat Thesz in two falls (one by DQ) and the NWA wouldn’t recognize the Carpentier as champion but all the midwestern promoters decided to recognize Carpentier as the legitimate champion (and the NWA would eventually pretend Carpentier’s reign never happened at all), which led to them uniting under Verne and Karbo a few years later when Verne beat Carpentier (by countout in the third fall) and forming the AWA. Dave’s not sure what to make of all this, but there seems to be a lot of pressure on Hennig and AWA seems to be holding Greg as an option to cover their asses if Hennig does something. But Hennig really hurt himself bad taking a bad neck and shoulder bump and is supposed to be resting, but instead he worked Vegas and Portland and the AWA office is mad that he’s missed shows (maybe they’re looking for an excuse to cut his guarantee given their financial situation). Dave just hopes Crockett’s people wake up, because Hennig would make a perfect fourth Horseman.
WTBS has extended its contract with Crockett through 1994. There are a bunch of changes to the tv on TBS as well. The Saturday morning studio show is now becoming NWA Pro on a one-hour delay. The Saturday evening show will almost always be in-studio, and Sunday will be in the arena every week beginning in April with high caliber matches (they’re looking at only 3-4 matches per week for that, which should give the show decent length for undercard matches and 20 minutes for the main event). The Sunday show is aimed at getting ratings up (workrate = ratings, you know), and Saturday is mainly to build house show interest. And the TBS shows will now all be part of the syndicated package, and that should boost their syndicated rating to around the 8.5 level, which is just 1.5 points behind WWF and should get them decent ad sales income through TV.
Talks between Crockett and Mantell have gotten “real cold” as of the latest info. Dave’s thinking nothing’s going to come of it at this point.
FlaiSting at Clash of the Champions will have J.J. Dillon in a cage above the ring. They’ll also have three judges to decide the match in the event of a time-limit draw. TBS has also agreed to four Clash-like specials per year and Turner signed a five year deal with Crockett to co-promote ppv cards together. So look to Crockett to try to do another ppv this year.
A reader suggests that since the Von Erichs keep winning Most Disgusting Promotional Tactic that Dave should rename the award. The Fritz Von Erich Promotional Tactic of the Year would allow Dave to stop spilling so much ink on how scummy the Von Erichs are and instead allow a quick reminder without having to go into detail. It's funny, because this is the last year the Von Erichs will ever win the award. Fritz's fake heart attack will win for 1988 - next year WWC will win for pushing Invader #1 (fuck Invader #1) a year after he murdered Bruiser Brody, the 90s are pretty evenly between WCW and WWF, and from 2001 on WWF/E only loses this award twice: TNA in 2007 (signing Pacman Jones) and Bellator in 2016 (Kimbo vs. Dada 5000). Really, it's the Vince McMahon Promotional Tactic of the year award at this point in all but name.
Did you know that Boris Malenko was apparently blacklisted out of the mainstream promotions back in 1972? I didn’t. But apparently it followed a babyface turn in Florida where he teamed with Eddie Graham’s son Mike. Dave’s not sure why he got blacklisted, only that it was pretty common at that time. He did briefly go to Texas in 1972, maybe that had something to do with it?
Magnum T.A.’s latest on-air protege is Shane Douglas. In other Magnum news, his doctors have told him he ought to be able to start jogging again by summer.
Crockett is working with the people behind the Candian tv show Learning the Ropes that is being offered up for syndication soon. It’s a comedy about a school teacher whose night job is as a masked wrestler and features clips of NWA wrestlers in character, and if it’s a hit this could help Crockett get some of their guys to become real celebrities. Needless to say, you probably don't remember this show because it wasn't a hit, and if it does ring a bell it's probably thanks to Brian Zane or Wrestlecrap.
Reports of Crockett’s demise are greatly exaggerated. They drew $350,000 last weekend alone, so they’re still going reasonably strong.
Big praise for the Varsity Club in the NWA. Dave’s amazed at how well the gimmick has helped Mike Rotundo turn things around when his career appeared to be stagnating.
Although nearly everyone agrees Sting has surpassed Luger, Luger’s still the guy Crockett’s going to be putting time into as the young babyface. Luger’s still going to get all the chances, and Dave likens it to a first-round draft pick who turns out not so hot and a 7th-round pick who does better: you still keep giving the first guy chances because you don’t want to admit you made a mistake and because you’ve invested too much time and money into him already. Speaking of monetary investment, Luger’s contract is seven times more lucrative than Sting’s. So yeah, they’re gonna run with Luger to make that money worth it because the sunk cost fallacy is a difficult one to get over. Sting’s contract runs out in May, so those negotiations could become quite interesting.
THURSDAY:Who will win the Wrestlemania tournament?, Michael Hayes gets the book in World Class, and more
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2020.07.09 00:19 StevenasaurusTales from Terra 9: Glasgow
Greetings, Dokutahs. Back at it again with this week's Tales from Terra. Hope you enjoy! Tales from Terra 9: Glasgow Verna clutched her hammer tightly. While the slums of Londinium provided a temporary safe haven from those that wanted to follow her, she knew she wasn't exactly welcome here either. She could sense many sets of eyes watching her as she walked down the street that was paved during a time her family was considered great. It was a trade that made her uneasy, no longer being followed by agents and instead being watched by vagabonds and beggars. From what whispers she could hear, the street urchins mostly spoke about the spots where two rival gangs fought for control of territory. The frequency of these reports was concerning, lending a feeling of anarchy among the slums. To top it off, there was one name she kept constantly hearing throughout many of the conversations along with the mentions of victory: Glasgow. Frankly, with the troubles in Londinium proper, the constabulary were probably not concerned with what was going on which likely provoked an escalation in the conflicts. The constant movement among the people of the slums was likely a sign the gangs were fighting nearby. Verna hoped to be able to avoid the fighting and just kept walking; she just wanted a place to rest for the night. Her eyes looked up at a sign hanging above a door belonging to a small corner shop selling everyday goods. She reached into her pocket and pulled out all the money she had on her, revealing several coins and a ten pound bill. It was definitely enough to buy another cheap bag of potatoes to last her, but she had yet to wash the taste out of her mouth and felt like getting something different. She approached the door and opened it, making the bells hanging above jingle. The shop was an intimate spot with only a few aisles that were lacking in variety while a constant smell of plastic loomed in the air. Verna looked around for a moment before picking up one of the shopping baskets from a stack by the door and putting her hammer in it. The Liberi shopkeeper at the counter hiding behind a cage of steel bars looked nervous upon her entry, but seemed to calm himself when Verna walked by with her shopping basket. “Welcome...” Verna nodded her head and smiled at the shopkeeper while looking around. She headed over to a stand where the fruits and vegetables were and took a moment to see if she could find a ripe apple. The apples all didn't look appealing, but considering she was in a slum, she couldn't exactly expect the same apples she used to be able to ask for on a whim. She placed two apples in her basket and moved onto the cereal aisle. The cereals were divided between sugary ones marketed for children and ones that were mostly for adult that were more filling and nutritious. Cereal wasn't really part of Verna's diet prior to the troubles, but they looked to be the most filling items in the store. Instead of going for a box of cereal, Verna's eyes landed on a large bag of trail mix that was mixed with nuts, granola, and berries. What was even more special about the trail mix was the sale sticker on the shelf, making it half price. Having to buy things for herself was an adjustment that didn't take long for Verna. While it was nice to have things brought to her upon a simple request, there was something relaxing about walking around a store and picking out what she wanted and looking out for the best prices. In a way, it was blissful. In fact, it was strange how calm things were, even in the slums where laws were more like suggestions. After seeing the scurrying of panicked servants and guard regiments who had no idea who to point their swords at, it was jarring to see other shoppers browsing alongside her while the faint music continued to play overhead. Verna's whole world had come to a complete stop yet the world outside continued turning. After putting the bag of trail mix into her basket, Verna checked the cooler near the counter for something to drink. Just like the rest of the store, there wasn't much to pick from and her only choices were a few select cans of carbonated beverages or bottles of water of varying sizes. Not caring for brand or price, she took the biggest bottle of water in the cooler and put it in her basket. Satisfied with her pickings, she waited in line behind another shopper and eyed the rack of newspapers right by the counter. They all had similar headlines but Verna's eyes focused on the front page of the Victorian Herald which had a picture of royal guard regiments preventing journalists from taking pictures of the palace. Royal Family Moved to Waltham Autumn Palace, Denies Rumours of Insurrection. Verna sighed. If some of the family were moved to the Waltham Autumn Palace, that meant not everyone made it out and were now pawns in whatever game was taking place in the palace and upper echelons of Victorian society. A sense of guilt took over her, would those who helped her escape have better served those who couldn't fight? “Are you ready to cash out?” the shopkeeper asked. The train of thought had taken Verna's entire focus that she hadn't noticed the customer in front of her had already left. Verna stepped forward and put her items on the counter while still eyeing the newspaper. She decided a few pence was worth seeing what the public in general thought about the incident and placed a copy of the Victorian Herald on the counter. As the shopkeeper rang up her purchase, Verna tapped the counter and looked around again. The racks of candy by the counter looked enticing and Verna picked out a lollipop randomly from the small jar they were in. “Oh no...” the shopkeeper muttered to himself after looking at the date on the newspaper and checking his watch. “What's wrong?” Verna asked. The shopkeeper picked up the pace of his work and quickly put Verna's items in a plastic bag. “That'll be eight pounds, sixty-five pence.” “Is something the matter?” Verna asked again while bringing out her ten pound bill. “You should leave quick,” the shopkeeper answered while handing Verna her change. Verna unwrapped the lollipop and put it in her mouth while disposing of the wrapper in her bag. To her surprise, the flavour of the lollipop was quite sour, however, the flavour quickly grew on her as the lingering taste of potatoes had fully given way to the lollipop. She took her hammer out of her basket and was about to leave the store when the bells above the door jingled. Two rough looking felines—one man and one woman—stepped into the store and eyed Verna for a moment. Verna paid them no mind and walked past them, feeling their gaze on her. “Mr. Webley, you know it's that time of the month again,” the male feline said. “We just came back from dealin' with a bunch of boys from the Somerset crew so I'm not in the mood to haggle. If anything, that should tell you Glasgow ain't nobody you wanna mess with,” the female feline said. Verna paused at the door when she heard the word Glasgow. Her hesitation didn't seem to go unnoticed as she felt the felines staring at her now. Hearing the female's words triggered a train of thought she didn't pursue earlier. With the gangs wanting to stay as far away from any government and law enforcement as much as possible, perhaps they were the key to finding sanctuary amidst the chaos in her life. Still, she needed some time to think about that thought and left the shop with her bag and hammer in both hands. The bells above the door jingled behind her which meant someone was leaving the shop. Verna kept walking forward but kept the shop's door in the corner of her vision. “We'll be right back,” the male feline said back into the shop as he was leaving with the female. “Hey you, stop for a sec,” the female called. Verna ignored the request and kept walking. She could hear them still following her and whispering something between themselves. The male feline stepped in front of Verna and held his hand up. “Hold up. Haven't seen you around before. Who the hell are you?” Verna took her lollipop out of her mouth. “Please leave me alone.” “'Please,' now that's a word you don't hear much around here,” the female feline said while joining her partner in blocking Verna's path. “I'm not looking for trouble,” Verna said. “With a hammer like that you must be rollin' with someone. Who you with? Somerset? Devon?” the male asked. “No one,” Verna answered. The male shook his head. “Bullshit. Look at you, you've definitely seen some shit. And since we've never heard of you, you must be rollin' with one of the other crews. So who is it?” “I'm telling you the honest truth. I'm not with anyone,” Verna said with conviction in her voice. Seeing that the two felines weren't going to accept her answers, Verna suddenly stepped forward and pushed through both of them, throwing both of them off balance. “You bitch! You know we're Glasgow right?” the female yelled. Verna continued walking forward. “Hold up...” the male feline said, Verna noticing him taking out a cellphone in the corner of her vision. “Call Morgan,” the female said. “Hey, Morgan?” the male greeted into his phone. “There's a girl we've never seen before ignorin' us. She- Well, she's not just some girl she's got this big hammer and wouldn't stop when we told her to- Well, we even got in her face and everything we just didn't tell her to stop. What? Yeah, yeah, she looks tough. Might need a couple more people here. We're on Highpoint right now.” “You got trouble headed your way, might as well stop and answer our questions or there's gonna be a scrap,” the female warned. Verna sighed and leaned against a lamp post. She stared at the two felines while putting her lollipop back in her mouth and swishing it around. “You seriously want to fight?” the male asked, a slight crack in his voice. Verna didn't say a word but briefly took out her lollipop so she could take a sip from her water bottle. Once she was done quenching her thirst, she put the lollipop back in and continued staring at the felines while swishing around her lollipop. After some time, a car with faded red paint and several dents parked next to the curb and several other felines got out. Out of the entire group, two of the felines caught Verna's attention. The first one was the driver of the car who was a short young woman with tanned skin and golden hair wearing a green jacket. The second was a taller feline with pale skin and white hair wearing a blue jacket, tight black pants, and red boots. Along with a general vibe of dread, the second feline's face featured an expression of excitement. “Boss?!” the male feline called. The white-haired feline crossed her arms. “This her?” “Looks like it, her hammer's right there,” the tanned feline said while walking around the car to the white-haired feline's side. “Boss you didn't have to come,” the female feline that trailed Verna said. “When someone makes Ruby and Wendell nervous, they're someone I wanna see,” the white-haired feline said. Verna crunched on her lollipop and disposed of the stick into her bag. “So you're the boss of Glasgow?” “Name's Indra. Tanned shorty right here is Morgan,” the white-haired feline greeted. “I'm sorry if Ruby and Wendell were rough with you. Let's start all over shall we? May we know who you are?” Morgan asked while squinting at Verna like she was looking for something. Verna was taken aback by how polite the gang member was. Her facade of bravado faltered for a second which prompted a smile from Morgan. “I'm not with any gang if that's what you're wondering. Honest,” Verna said. Indra nodded. “Alright, I think you're tellin' the truth. But thanks to Ruby and Wendell here, everybody on the street's seen you disrespect Glasgow so I can't exactly just let this fly. How can I protect my people when people think we're a bunch of second-rate street trash?” “You protect your people?” Verna asked, remembering what she was thinking about earlier. “It's a rough world out there. The strong prey on the weak. But it's an alright deal for me; I'm always lookin' out for a great scrap so anyone wanting to hurt Glasgow's gotta go through me,” Indra explained with pride. “I misjudged you gang types,” Verna said with a snicker. Indra snapped her fingers which prompted a feline who rode with her in the car to open the trunk. “Anyways, enough talkin'. It's nothin' personal, but I gotta teach you a lesson.” The feline brought out two weapons and handed them to Indra. They were serrated daggers with guards around the handles covered in spikes similar to Verna's hammer. “Let's take this into this alleyway,” Indra said while gesturing Verna to follow her. Verna sighed and joined Indra in walking down the alley into a small parking lot behind some buildings. She put down her shopping bag on the trunk of a parked car and stood in the middle of the lot as Morgan and the other felines formed a circle around them. “You know, you could always join us,” Morgan said with a smile on her face. “I've been running around from place to place, maybe settling down could be nice,” Verna said while smiling back at Morgan. Indra laughed. “That's great! Once we're done here, you can call yourself part of Glasgow!” “We still have to fight?” Verna groaned. “Like I said, it's a pride thing. You can skip the hazin' if you fight me here right now,” Indra said with a smile while entering a readied stance with her daggers. Verna also readied her own stance. While she didn't doubt her own strength, she didn't like the odds of her hammer going against Indra's daggers. Even if she could block one, the other would be open to knife her. She needed a way to even the odds, with such a great display of pride from Indra, perhaps that was the strategy moving forward. Verna approached Morgan which prompted Indra to immediately step in between them. “The hell you doing?” Indra asked angrily. “This is between you and me!” Verna ignored Indra and smiled at Morgan while offering her hammer. “Would you mind holding this for me?” “Umm... sure?” Morgan said while reluctantly taking the hammer. Verna went back to where she stood and readied her fists. “Oh ho ho! A girl after my own heart! Alright, I'll play your little game,” Indra said, her feline ears perked up as she removed her daggers and heading over to the nearest Glasgow member. “Indra, I wouldn't do that if I were you,” Morgan warned, a smug grin on her face. Indra nonchalantly passed her daggers off to one of her lackeys. “Shut it, Morgan. If it ain't a fair fight, it ain't a good fight.” “Don't say I didn't warn you,” Morgan said with a shrug. Verna smiled as Indra got back to her starting position and readied her own fists. The two stared at each other for a moment before walking circles within Glasgow's cordon. “Come on... Come on!” Indra goaded, her fists eagerly swaying forward and back. The other Glasgow members cheered and taunted as well, but Verna didn't take the bait and continued moving while keeping her fists up. She tried to remember the times she inspected the Royal Guards or Armed Forces during their combat drills and the few lessons she received before her parents ended them. Controlled encounters were probably not the best experience to use against a street brawler but it was all she had. Indra inhaled loudly before rushing forward and launched a series of blows. Verna raised up her fists to her forehead while bending forward so her arms also covered her chest and abdomen from the relentless assault. Indra's fists had a choreography to them, one striking just as the other's momentum was stopped to prevent any moments of recovery. Verna adopted a staggered stance with her legs so her right leg which she had back could support her despite how hard Indra's assault pushed. She felt Indra's fists stop and looked up to notice her clasping her hands together and bringing the massive combined fist down, aiming straight for her head. Verna came out of her defensive shell and grabbed both of Indra's arms while shooting her right leg forward from her staggered stance to knee her in the stomach. The incoming attack was aborted and Indra stumbled backward as the knee came close to hitting her. “Not bad,” Indra said while eyeing Verna for a moment. Verna shook her arms, feeling the sting in them from constant attacks. “You've got quite a punch.” “Well you're gonna have to get used to it!” Indra yelled before charging at Verna again. Verna prepared her defensive shell again. The first punch from Indra was absorbed by her arms but she was immediately met with a punch to her waist which dislodged her from her defensive posture. Verna stumbled and immediately jumped back to get back in control. Indra smiled and charged again, launching an assault that was much slower but aimed at specific weak points in Verna's defences. Verna threw up a hand or an arm, whatever she could to block the incoming strikes. The defence stood firm and Indra backed off and growled in frustration before returning to walking circles in the cordon. Both Verna and Indra spent the next minute walking and catching their breath. Verna's chest pounded as hard as her fists while her breathing was as fast as Indra's punches. She wasn't expecting Indra to be an easy opponent, but she also wasn't expecting her to be this difficult; she could see how Glasgow managed to get such a fearsome reputation with someone like Indra at the helm. Verna slowly regained her breath and noticed Indra was still panting heavily. The last few exchanges had seem to drain her which left her vulnerable. Not wanting to waste the opportunity, Verna clenched her fists tightly and rushed forward at Indra. Indra hesitated with her eyes widening, giving Verna more than enough time to close the gap and throw her punch. She put as much force as she could and aimed straight for Indra's face. However, Indra regained her composure and covered her face with her left arm. Verna couldn't pull back and her fist smashed straight into Indra's elbow. Indra stumbled over from the impact but stayed standing. Both Verna and Indra clutched their fist and elbow respectively, groaning from the horrific impact. Verna moved forward but was immediately met with a leg sweep from Indra that sent her to the ground. Verna mostly broke her fall but was still scratched up from the pavement. She regained her bearings and got on her knees as Indra stepped toward her, towering over her like a lord over a servant. It was no use, her choreographed duels and fights from the palace were no match for a real battle. The drills certainly helped with her defence, but it would break eventually and there was still the matter of attack. If she wanted to win, she needed to fight like a street brawler, not a guardsman performing for tourists and locals. Before Indra could act, Verna lunged forward between Indra's legs and pulled on her tail which made her yelp. “You dirty motherfu-” Indra yelled as she took Verna's hand and threw it off before leaning forward and holding Verna's hair while winding up a punch. With the rush of battle taking over, Verna didn't even think about her next move and shot herself up, shooting her head into Indra's chin. Indra groaned and stepped back while Verna rushed forward and took her by the shoulders as she arched her head back and sent it forward right into Indra's. The impact lasted barely a second before both of them fell to the floor, groaning while holding their foreheads. Verna blinked quickly and shook her head while she tried to stand, her legs moving as if they were made of jelly. The feeling was quite unpleasant but she could see Indra was having the same problems. If she could just stand before Indra could, she could end the fight. Verna clutched her chest as her heart felt like it was going to burst while her breaths had become desperate. Despite this, she was able to regain her bearings before Indra could even sit herself up. She took a few steps forward before falling to her knees and tackling Indra to the ground. To ensure Indra couldn't escape, Verna climbed over Indra and pinned her down. Indra covered her face while Verna let off her own relentless assault of punches. Every once in a while, Indra tried to strike back between Verna's punches but was easily deflected. Verna watched carefully how Indra tried to fight back, taking note of the opening that left a portion of her face exposed. She waited after a few more of Indra's attempts before finally exploiting the opening and going for the finishing blow. Upon impact, Indra's arms went limp and immediately flopped off her face and onto the pavement while her eyes opened as wide as they could. The fight was over and the Glasgow gang went silent. In her bloodlust, Verna winded up another punch. Before she could follow through, she felt a hand grab her wrist. She reflexively turned around and was about to throw a punch but stopped in time to see it was Morgan who had flinched from Verna's response. “The f-fight's over,” Morgan said, trying to look stoic as she regained her composure. Verna took a few deep breaths before sighing and falling off of Indra and onto the pavement. She almost wanted to laugh. Despite how much she was hurting and bleeding, she couldn't deny that she felt amazing, especially after winning. Her head was still spinning from the headbutt and the bruises on her arms had become more visible. After a bit of time, she finally sat herself up and saw Indra was doing the same. “Boss, you okay?” a feline asked as she knelt down to help Indra stand. Indra threw off the feline's help and stood up herself. Verna also stood up and stared at Indra as she walked up to her. Her forehead had a giant bruise on it and was bleeding from her mouth, she looked to the side and spit blood onto the pavement before staring at Verna with clenched fists. Verna clenched her fists as well and braced herself for a second round. However, that second round never came as Indra fell to one knee and bowed her head. “Boss?!” a feline yelled. Indra raised her head and looked at the gang member who talked. “Who the hell you calling boss?” “What?” Verna was just as confused as the Glasgow gang. The only person who wasn't surprised was Morgan who was staring with crossed arms and a proud smile. “People are gonna find out I was beaten soon. They'll all be after us soon. Only way to keep the dogs back is for the one that beat me to take over,” Indra explained, rising from her kneel. Verna gasped at the prospect of leading the gang. She only wanted to hide among them, she never envisioned taking control. In fact, being the face of Glasgow was probably not the best move when there were other forces in play looking to capture her. Still, she had gone through this whole song and dance before. From the days of leading the games with the other noble children to forming factions within the palace to now, there was something about her that drew others to her, to want to follow her. After some thought, she started to come around. The people that were after her had more than enough resources to find her, it wasn't whether or not they'd find her, it'd be how she'd respond once they did. With strong fighters and people who know their way around the streets people like Verna never walked, perhaps she would be safe after all. Still, she needed to be constantly on the move if she didn't want to end up surrounded and put the people who looked up to her in danger. “Anybody got a problem with that?” Indra asked. There was silence from the Glasgow gang. Indra eventually walked back to the gang member she gave her daggers to and brandished them, prompting nods and exclamations of agreement from the gang. “Looks like nobody's got a problem with that, boss,” Indra said to Verna. Verna kept a hand over the bruise on her forehead. “I wasn't expecting this, but I'll take command. Strength does follow strength after all.” “Well, boss, we're waiting for your word,” Indra said. “There's gonna be a few changes,” Verna said, “we're no longer gonna be a gang of thugs and brawlers. We can be more than that and I'll make sure that happens.” “The hell is that supposed to mean?” a gang member asked. Indra took off one of her daggers and punched the gang member who spoke up, immediately sending them to the ground. “Show the boss some respect, asshole!” Indra yelled. Verna pointed at another gang member. “You, stand up straight.” The gang member paused but immediately straightened himself when Indra approached him. “You guys are tough, but lack discipline. Once I've gotten a chance to heal up, we're gonna work on that. Now, take me to your hideout; I need some sleep,” Verna commanded. The gang members bowed their heads and began piling out of the alleyway back to the sidewalk where Verna first encountered Indra and Morgan. As Indra and the other gang members departed, Morgan stayed in the parking lot and approached Verna, struggling to carry both Verna's hammer and shopping bag as she offered them to her. “Congratulations. I had a feeling you were gonna win,” Morgan said with a smile. “Really? Rooting against your own boss?” Verna joked. “In a way, you were already my boss,” Morgan explained. Verna froze and squinted at Morgan for a moment, trying to see if she recognized her from somewhere. “What do you mean?” “I know who you are, My Lady,” Morgan whispered. “What?” “Come on, a girl that talks nice and can handle herself in a scrap shows up not long after there's rumours of stuff going on in the palace. The rest of the gang didn't figure it out, but I did,” Morgan explained. Verna laughed, immediately groaning after her laugh triggered some pain. “I take it you're the smart one in Glasgow, huh?” “My humility says no, but my objectivity says yes,” Morgan shrugged. “Maybe one day the others will learn, but for now can this stay between us?” Verna asked. “Of course, My Lady,” Morgan said while bowing her head. “How long have you all been operating in the slums?” Verna asked. “Almost a full year,” Morgan answered. “I'd hate to have to rip you away from your homes,” Verna started, “but as you know, there's people looking for me so we can't exactly stay in one place.” “Well, you are the boss, can't exactly go against your word if you wanna move,” Morgan said. “Yes, I am the boss...” Verna muttered to herself. “So where we going?” Morgan asked. Verna sighed. “I don't know, we'll figure it out as we go.” “Boss! Morgan! The car's ready!” Indra called from the street. Morgan gestured with her head to leave the alleyway and lead Verna out. The gang was gathered around the car and waiting for them. Indra got into the back along with two felines while the driver and passenger seat were left open for Morgan and Verna. As for the felines who couldn't fit in the car, they were waiting on the sidewalk like an untrained security detail. “So, boss, do you wanna be called boss or something else?” a feline asked Verna. Verna stopped to think about it for a moment as she watched Morgan get into the driver's seat. “Call me... Siege.” “Siege? With a hammer like that you should be called Sledge,” another feline joked. “If you knew anything about me, you'd know it's a pretty fitting name,” Verna said while getting into the car and closing the door. Upon the closing of the door and Verna putting on her seat belt, Morgan drove the car off and made a U-turn in the street. The car ride was soothing for Verna, the peace and quiet, the relative softness of the seats. After days on the run, days sleeping on grass or whatever she could scrounge together, and days freaking out over any little sound, she'd take a seat in a beaten down car any day. The constant soft whir of the car was enough to make her doze off. Meanwhile she grew comfortable in the old leathery embrace of her car seat and seat belt, for a second, she almost felt like she was home. With such a blissful thought lingering, it was enough for her to close her eyes and finally get some good sleep. END Thanks for reading Dokutahs! Couldn't help but slip in some They Live references into the fight scene lol. Unfortunately I haven't been able to keep up with reading operator files lately so I actually have no idea what next week's installment is going to be. So I appeal to you, to help me figure out what I'm gonna do next week. If there's an operator you know that has an interesting backstory from the files, just post their name and I'll have a look at the files (Don't worry, I'm not looking for you guys to write my next chapter for me I'm only looking for a lead). Anyways, see you all next week!
2020.07.08 06:07 ScdscoChess pieces as Survivor archetypes
Pawn - weak early on, but blossoms late in the game. Capable of influencing the outcome of the game, even if they don’t seem very powerful. Lets others take the lead. Examples: Michele, Natalie White, Bob King - uses their allies as human shields. Their priority is defense, not offense. Good at moving the target off of themselves. Examples: Sandra, Adam, Jeremy Queen - plays aggressively and makes big moves. Is visibly the biggest threat in the game. A well balanced powerhouse. Examples: Sarah, Rob, Kim Knight - a wild card who plays differently from everybody else. Utilizes unexpected attack patterns and keeps others on their toes. A risky but deadly player. Examples: Tony, Ben, Tyson Rook - a power player who asserts control from a distance. A mastermind who traps prey before striking. Not the biggest threat in the game, but probably the second or third. Examples: Sophie, Parvati, Yul Bishop - cooperates with one or two other players to make moves. An unassuming, “middle of the road” player, but smart and reliable. Often outlasts their more dominant partner(s). Examples: Wendell, Denise, Ethan
2020.06.26 05:14 qwertlsThe Most Underrated "Natalie"
So, obviously Natalies are an elite group on Survivor - Anderson and White both won a season, Bolton and Cole are both on a lot of people's most wanted returnees list, and obviously Winners at War just happened so the discourse about the Natalie's has seen no end. And yet, one Natalie seems to miss out on all of it. Natalie Tenerelli is absolutely never talked about, for what some see as foregone reasons - she was universally chided as the most useless player in Survivor history, has been the subject of almost vitriolic hate since her time on the show, and generally has not gotten any praise at all in any corner of the internet. Let's look more closely at the criticism of her, then - that she was a follower of Rob, a narrative tied to her naivete and inaction throughout the game. Natalie gets it, in my opinion, harder than anyone else on the cast - the stink of RI follows everyone on that season, but seems to land mostly on Natalie. And yet, Natalie was not another sheep led to the slaughter by Rob; she was probably the closest ally he had, and her loyalty to him landed her a spot in the final three. There's a lot of nuance to the hate Natalie gets in this regard but I think it's kind of important and probably damning for me to mention that the hate DOES stem from misogyny to some degree. Natalie Anderson plays alpha, carves a path distinctly for herself, and plays as her focused, sometimes reclusive self, but her aggressive nature gets her lambasted if it comes into contact with someone more pacifistic like Yul. And yet Natalie Tenerelli's passiveness is just as fired upon - independence makes someone a "loner" playing a "terrible social game," yet dependency makes someone a "goat" and "terrible player." This is not a double standard that men of Survivor have to contend with at all, and I think I'm even dumbing it down a little by putting Anderson and Tenerelli on the same level as women without accounting for the microaggressions Anderson has to bare. I am not arguing that Nat10 played the most resoundingly solid game since Pia Miranda, but I absolutely do NOT think that if a nineteen year old man developed a fatheson bond with Rob and followed his lead to the end he would have the relationship called "creepy" and have jurors say his parents should be "ashamed" of him. I actually think he might have stood a good chance at winning, but that's subjective and I don't think the argument is predicated on the outcome. That ties to another aspect of this situation that I think is critical to acknowledge, which is that Natalie played as a nineteen year old, the youngest player in history at the time and the youngest player to ever make final tribal council. Are we really able to suspend our disbelief and say that Natalie had any shot to take control of the game as a nineteen year-old with way less life experience than anyone else? If she had tried to insert herself into a leadership position, she would have promptly been voted out or just made a fool of - like it or not, goatifying herself by following Rob's lead was probably her only possible way to make a run in the game. And it paid off; only one vote against her the entire season, and a shot at the final tribal council. The argument for not making a move against Rob works against Andrea. It works against Grant. It works against Ashley. But for Natalie, who had her ticket punched to the final three from the minute Matt went home, what benefit would it have provided? With how much blood Rob got on his hands burning people along the way, how could Natalie NOT see a possibility for a win sitting next to him? That said, Natalie did seem to think that her and Rob were more strategic partners than a leader and a follower, judging by her final tribal council answers, and I know that that's a concept which has her laughed out of every corner of gameplay discussion ever to be had. But it's hardly the first time that someone has been arguably unfairly assigned credit for the moves of a duo - look at Sarah and Tony, Stephen and JT, Wendell and Domenick, and on and on and on. Rob has come to Natalie's defense multiple times and said that she played a great game and was an amazing ally, but it's hard to tell how specifically he means that; I am certain, though, that he would not say she's the most useless player ever or the worst woman to ever play Survivor. The reason to this post is not some low-budget trolling or ingenuine sentiment. Natalie said, in the lead-up to Cambodia and on a Survivor aftershow, that she was embarrassed with how she played the game. She wanted the second chance because she felt ashamed. How can we as a Survivor community make people who go all the way to Day 39 feel ashamed of themselves? I'm glad people are realizing how rough a deal Michele and Amber got after they talked candidly about their first/second Survivor experiences, but Natalie Tenerelli is just as much of a victim of that toxicity. I really hope she does get that second chance one day, but I hope that she realizes she is not some garbage person for not playing how people on the Internet wanted her to play and does it free of inhibition.
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2020.06.23 15:10 walterdog12[OC] The Story of John Y. Brown Jr, one of the worst owners of all-time and his insane lasting impact on the NBA
Originally, I set out to make this 100% about the Kentucky Colonels and how an owner (John Y. Brown Jr.) with more money than he could ever spend decided to be cheap and refused to pay 3 million dollars for the Kentucky Colonels to enter the NBA. Instead, I got lost on the internet and found out that John Y. Brown Jr. honestly might be the most unknown major influence on the NBA, and one of the absolute worst owners of all time for two NBA franchises, and an ABA franchise.
So who is John Y. Brown Jr.?
He was raised in Kentucky, and born to be a businessman.
One year in high school over summer break, he decided to sell vacuums. His father disapproved, so he set out to prove him wrong and made over $1,000 a month off selling vacuums, or roughly $9,500 per month when adjusted for inflation to 2020.
In college at the University of Kentucky where he was studying to become a lawyer, he upgraded from vacuums to Encyclopædia Britannica box sets. Using his classmates as a "sales crew" (I'm like 90% sure this was a pyramid scheme), he made over $25,000 a year in college selling these Encyclopædia Britannica box sets.
$25,000 adjusted for inflation to 2020 is roughly... $228,000, and he was doing this all 4 years of college until he graduated as a lawyer in 1960.
For the next 3 years he worked with his father's law practice, and was legal counsel for NFL Hall of Fame RB Paul Hornung in 1963 when he was suspended from the NFL for gambling on games.
In 1963 he met a man named Colonel Harland Sanders, and by 1964 had convinced Jack C. Massey to purchase KFC from Colonel Sanders for $2,000,000 (roughly $16,500,000 today). Everything you know about KFC today, from the red and white stripes to them being a fast-food company and not a sit down diner, is all because of John Y. Brown Jr convincing Jack C. Massey to buy KFC.
In 1970, he was part of a group led by Wendell Cherry (co-founder of health insurance provider Humana) that bought ownership of the ABA Kentucky Colonels.
A year later in 1971, John Y. Brown Jr. sold all his stock in KFC for $284,000,000, or a massive $1,792,910,435 when adjusted for today.
John Y. Brown Jr's First Official Impact on the ABA/NBA
Finally, we get to the 1972-73 ABA offseason, where we finally get into his connection to the ABA/NBA and the impacts he had.
Following the 1972-73 season, Wendell Cherry, the majority owner, sold his shares to a group in Cincinnati that had the intention to move the team.
Upon hearing this news, John Y. Brown Jr immediately bought Cherry's sold shares from the group in Cincinnati, making sure that the Kentucky Colonels stayed in Kentucky. He was now the majority owner, and could make decisions on his own.
He appointed his wife and 10 other women as the board of directors of the team. Kentucky Colonels GM Mike Storen believed this was a sign that John Y. Brown Jr intended to run the team "his own way", so he resigned. Ironically enough, 2 months later Mike Storen became the ABA league commissioner, and a few years later in 1977 became the GM and president of the Atlanta Hawks.
Kentucky Colonels head coach Joe Mullaney had similar feelings and resigned as well, saying "Brown was going to be too meddlesome in personnel decisions."
The coach that replaced him, Babe McCarthy, only lasted a season under John Y. Brown Jr before resigning and dying only a few months later.
This is Where the Shit gets Weird
At the beginning of the 1974-75 season, John Y. Brown Jr hired future Hall of Famer Hubie Brown, giving him his first ever professional head coaching job.
Hubie Brown helped lead the Kentucky Colonels to winning the ABA Championship in his 1st season, with a league best defense.
The Kentucky Colonels, led by the dynamic trio of Dan Issel, Artis Gilmore, and Louie Dampier, went 58-26, and 13-3 in the playoffs on their way to a 4-1 championship win over the Indiana Pacers.
Even though the Colonels had won the ABA Championship and apparently had the 6th highest attendance that season in the ABA and NBA, John Y. Brown Jr claimed he lost hundreds of thousands of dollars that season.
Over the offseason leading into the 1975-76 season he sold hometown legend Dan Issel for $500,000, where he would spend the final 10 years of his career with the Denver Nuggets, averaging 20/8 for his NBA career.
Also over the offseason, John Y. Brown Jr convinces the ABA commissioner to challenge the NBA to a $1,000,000 winner-take-all championship series between the ABA Champ Kentucky Colonels, and the NBA Champ Rick Berry led Warriors. The NBA declines the challenge.
The 1975-76 Colonels go 46-38, beating the Indiana Pacers in the 1st round before eventually losing to the David Thompson and Dan Issel led Denver Nuggets.
Hubie Brown resigns following the season and becomes the Atlanta Hawks head coach in 1976.
John Y. Brown Jr and the Kentucky Colonels are given an offer to join the NBA for $3,000,000. Instead of accepting the offer though, he decides to fold the team for $3,000,000. With the Kentucky Colonels now considered folded, this then leads to the Indiana Pacers being accepted into the NBA.
Following the Kentucky Colonels folding, their players are placed in a supplemental draft. The most notable player selected is Artis Gilmore, who's bought by the Chicago Bulls for $1,100,000.
This would seem like a seemingly obvious ending right? A man defeated by his own greed, folding a team that could've joined the NBA. Fuck no, not for John Y. Brown Jr. Not even months later in 1976, John Y. Brown Jr purchases half-ownership in the Buffalo Braves, AKA the Clippers.
Buffalo Braves/San Diego/LA Clippers
Honestly, this is where shit really gets weird. John Y. Brown Jr truly shows how horrible he is at basketball while the owner of the Braves and how he was just in it for the money.
John Y. Brown Jr trades rookie of the year Adrian Dantley to the Indiana Pacers for Billy Knight.
Four hours later, he trades George Johnson and a 1979 1st round pick to the New York Nets for Nate "Tiny" Archibald.
Later during the 1976-77 season, he purchases the remaining 50% ownership of the Braves, and then resold that 50% to a man by the name of Harry T. Mangurian Jr.
Before the team had been sold to John Y. Brown Jr, the previous owner of the Buffalo Braves had a handshake deal in place to sell the team for $6,100,000 to hotel owner Irving Cowan, who would then move the team to Miami. The city of Buffalo filed a $10,000,000 damage lawsuit against the team to block the move, which led to the sale eventually falling through. Because of this, the Braves would then sign a 15-year lease for the arena they played in, with a provision that the lease would be voided if the team did not sell more than 5,000 season tickets in any given season.
John Y. Brown Jr knew of this provision, and knew he could sell the team for a profit if the lease was voided. He intended to tank the Buffalo Braves to the point they were beyond awful, so that less than 5,000 season tickets would be sold and they'd be out of their lease on the arena.
NBA legend and Hall of Famer Jack Ramsay, the head coach of the Buffalo Braves, caught wind of what John Y. Brown Jr intended to do and resigned, becoming the head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers, where they would go on to win the 1976-77 NBA Championship the following season.
He trades Bob McAdoo to the New York Knicks for cash and John Gianelli, who was nothing more than a bench center that averaged 7/6 for his career.
He then traded a 1st round pick in the 1978 NBA draft and $232,000 in cash to the Blazers for Moses Malone (who had just selected him 5 months prior in the ABA supplemental draft, bad luck again for the Blazers).
6 days later, John Y. Brown Jr trades Moses Malone to the Houston Rockets for 1977 and 1978 1st round picks.
In 1978 along with co-owner Harry T. Mangurian Jr, they trade franchises with Celtics owner Irv Levin. Irv Levin would then eventually move the Buffalo Braves to San Diego, where they would be rebranded as the San Diego Clippers.
This gave John Y. Brown Jr and Harry T. Mangurian Jr total ownership of the Boston Celtics.
John Y. Brown Jr's Ridiculously Short Celtics Career
Two weeks before the franchise swap was made official, John Y. Brown Jr made one final trade as the owner and GM of the Buffalo Braves.
He traded Nate "Tiny" Archibald, Billy Knight, and Marvin Barnes to the Celtics for Freeman Williams, Kevin Kunnert, and Kermit Washington without consulting or even talking to team president and legendary coach Red Auerbach.
Not wanting to strain the relationship any further with Celtics legend Red Auerbach, John Y. Brown Jr then trades three future 1st round picks (all in 1979) for Bob McAdoo, once again without consulting or even talking to Red Auerbach. Bob McAdoo would play only 20 games with the Celtics.
The relationship between John Y. Brown Jr and Red Auerbach was so bad that Red Auerbach nearly took a job with the Knicks.
Shortly afterwards, Harry T. Mangurian Jr bought out John Y. Brown Jr's ownership shares, and in 1979, Harry T. Mangurian Jr officially became the sole owner of the Boston Celtics. Under his ownership, the Celtics would win the 1980-811 NBA Championship, before eventually being forced to sell the team in 1983.
And with that, John Y. Brown Jr. was done with his involvement in the NBA. A few months later in 1979 he ran and became Governor of Kentucky, promising to run the state like a business.
Sold the hometown star (Dan Issel) for $500,000 to the Denver Nuggets, causing fans to refund and refuse to buy season tickets
Complained that he was losing hundreds of thousands of dollars (I wonder why...)
Sold the team instead of paying $3,000,000 to join the NBA
Bought the Buffalo Braves months after folding the Colonels and complaining about losing money.
Actively tried to force fans to not buy season tickets so that he could sell the team easier.
Traded Adrian Dantley and Bob McAdoo, traded for Moses Malone and then traded him 6 days later, and ran off legendary coach Jack Ramsay.
Traded franchises with the Celtics owner, which eventually led to the Braves moving to San Diego and then LA as the Clippers, and not moving to Miami.
Two weeks before officially owning the Celtics, as his last act as the OwneGM of the Braves, he traded Nate "Tiny" Archibald, Billy Knight, and Marvin Barnes to the Celtics for Freeman Williams, Kevin Kunnert, and Kermit Washington.
Refused to talk or even consult with legendary Celtics coach and current team president Red Auerbach on two major team-altering trades, nearly sending Red Auerbach to take a job with the Knicks out of frustration.
Traded three 1st round picks in 1979 for Bob McAdoo, who would only play 20 games for the Celtics.
Had such an awful relationship with Red Auerbach that he nearly took a job with the Knicks.
Was such a disaster that not even a year into owning the Celtics, his partner bought out his ownership shares.
Portland Trail Blazers
Drove NBA legend head coach Jack Ramsey out of Buffalo and to Portland, where he would win the NBA championship the following year.
Led to the Pacers joining the NBA after the Colonels folded.
2020.06.22 21:00 portlaneM. George (June 15, 1932 - June 15, 2020)
M. DeLoris George June 15, 1932 - June 15, 2020 DeLoris was born in Vanzant, Mo., to Daniel and Denisha Hicks, the seventh child in a family of eight. She lived and attended school there in Southern Missouri until her marriage to Don Proctor and subsequent relocation to Walla Walla, Wash., where she and her former husband owned several businesses. In 1975, she moved to Lake Oswego, became a licensed broker and was active in residential real estate. Thereafter, Deloris managed The Old Cannery Mall, a shopping center in Corvallis, Ore., and later, managed the Reed Opera House in Salem. Returning to Portland in 1986, she worked in property management for Equity Residential until her retirement in 2003. DeLoris married Wendell George in Palm Springs, Calif., in 1999. They resided in Beaverton. She was an avid reader, especially of things religious and political, a bent, which had been cultivated at a very early age from her conservative dad. Cooking was another joy, trying new recipes and sharing them with friends. Deloris had a great sense of humor. Laughter was her best medicine, amusing and entertaining friends with a good story. She is survived by a son, Dale Proctor, of Yakima, Wash.; granddaughter, Ashley Van Sant, Atlanta, Ga.; and grandson, Zachary Proctor, Bothell, Wash. DeLoris was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Proctor. Helpful throughout her life was DeLoris' strong Christian faith. She attended Evergreen Presbyterian Church, PCA in Beaverton, and both she and Wendell toured Israel in the Spring of 2008, which was the culmination of Bible teaching and history, instilling the inner peace that sustained her throughout life. In 2019, owing to her declining health, stage four breast cancer, she and Wendell decided to sell their Murrayhill residence in Beaverton and move into Brookdale Newberg, where that community, her husband and Care Partners hospice served as caregivers. As it happened, DeLoris passed from this life on her birthday and gave up her soul, her spirit to the Lord. At her request, there are no funeral arrangements. Rose City Funeral Home, Portland, Ore., will assist and provide transportation for burial at Blue Mountain Memorial Gardens, Walla Walla, Wash. Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits source: http://obits.oregonlive.com/obituaries/oregon/obituary.aspx?n=m-deloris-george&pid=196375505
2020.06.09 21:47 KDots2_0So these are the potential Survivor players that may or may not debut on season 36
These names were floating around some spoiler pages/sites as rumored names to potentially appear: Michaela Bradshaw, 29(Millenials vs Gen X, Game Changers) -Was a popular name floating around the most on spoiler pages and twitter because of her competitive and standout personality Chris Noble, 30(Ghost Island) -Was rumored on IG spoiler sites Alec Merlino, 26(David vs Goliath) -Expressed that he would make a career on reality TV and CBS wants nothing to do with him(which is perfect for MTV to capitalize on) Cydney Gillon, 27(Kaoh Rong) -Was a rumored named do to her stature, standout personality, physicality, and great read on people Natalie Anderson, 34(San Juan del Saur, Winners at War) -Has confirmed and even expressed interest in show and started posting more videos of her in the gym Michael Yerger, 21(Ghost Island) -Was a name that fans wanted to see on the show Libby Vincek, 27(Ghost Island) -Was a rumored name on spoiler IG pages/stories Figgy Figueroa, 27(Millenials vs Gen X) -Was rumored to be partnered with either Michaela or Taylor Stocker(her ex) Dean Kowalski, 30(Island of the Idols) -Was rumored to make a debut sometime on a future season Lauren O'Connell, 23(Edge of Extinction) -Did a IG live story and said she would love to do the show Michele Fitzgerald, 30(Kaoh Rong, Winners at War) -Was rumored to be partnered with Jay Starret as his ex or Wendell Holland(which is unlikely considering he is now 36 which is passing the required age limit for The Challenge) Cole Medders, 27(Heroes vs Healers vs Hustlers) -Is friends with Jay and is friends with most of the MTV/Challenge stars which lead to his name floating around MTV
2020.06.04 17:08 ChildfreeFamilyHelp fact-checking a list of well known Childfree people
I'm compiling a list of childfree people for a blog. I have found a few lists online (which have been helpful). But in some cases they were not up-to-date. A person may have had children since being added to their list (example: I had to remove George Clooney who appeared on a number of lists). Or there might be some people missing who should be on the list. If you have a moment to scan the list and let me know of any other errors or omissions it would be appreciated. It has been fun working on this list. A few people on it surprised me. Thanks again for any help. \Edit for clarification: the term "childfree", in the sense of this list, will be in regards to people who never had a child from a live birth, fostered a child, adopted a child, or was a step-parent.* Herbert Samuel Adams – Sculptor Charles Addams – Cartoonist (The New Yorker) Jane Addams - Social Worker, Political Activist, Co-Founder of the ACLU, & Nobel Peace Prize Winner Nancy Addison – Actress Louisa May Alcott – Author Cynthia May Westover Alden – Author, Philanthropist Grover Cleveland Alexander – Baseball Player Suzy Allegra – Author Marty Allen – Comedian John Murray Anderson – Musical Theatre Producer Laurie Anderson – Performance Artist Marian Anderson – Concert Singer Louis Andriessen – Composer Jennifer Aniston – Actress Susan B. Anthony – Womans’ Suffragist Samuel Appleton – Politician, Philanthropist Geoffrey Arend - Actor Louis Armstrong – Musician (Contested: The Louis Armstrong Museum states he had no children, but in 2012 Sharon Preston-Folta has claimed to be his daughter from Lucille “Sweets” Preston, a dancer at the New York Cotton Club) Boris Artzybasheff – Artist Dorothy Arzner – Film Director Dr. Robert C. Atkins – Diet Doctor, Author, Creator of the Atkins Diet V.C. Andrews – Author Jane Austen – Author Max Baer Jr. – Actor Francis Bacon – Politician, Philosopher, Scientist Florence Bailey – Author, Naturalist, Ornithologist Tallulah Bankhead – Actress Abdullah al-Baradouni – Yemeni Poet Bob Barker – Game Show Host Joe Barr – Canadian Politician Lynda Barry – Cartoonist Clara Barton - Nurse, Humanitarian, Founder and First President of the American Red Cross Kathy Bates – Actress Jaya Battacharya – Actress King Baudouin – King of Belgium Samuel Beckett – Author, Playwright, Poet Ludwig Van Beethoven – Composer Joe Besser – Actor Isabella Bird – Author Jacqueline Bisset – Actress Lewis Black – Comedian Eubie Blake – Musician, Composer William Blake – Artist Brenda Blethyn – Actress Marc Blitzstein – Composer, Dramatist Baroness Karen Blixen – Author Rosa Bonheur – French Painter and Sculptor Pierre Bonnard – Artist William Edgar Borah – Politician Lara Flynn Boyle – Actress Georges Brassens – Singer Alison Brie – Actress Joe Bob Briggs aka John Bloom – Author, Movie Critic Raymond Briggs – Children’s Book Author Poppy Z. Brite – Author Anne Bronte – Author Louise Brooks – Actress Helen Gurley Brown – Feminist, Editor Reno Browne – Actress, Equestrian Delta Burke – Actress Kathy Burke - Actress, Comedian James Buchanan – 15th U.S. President Pat Buchanan – Politician, Presidential Candidate James Burke – Creator of the PBS Series “Connections”, Scientific American columnist Raymond Burr – Actor Caryl Lee Burroughs – Hollywood Animal Trainer Leo Buscaglia – Author Brett Butler – Actress, Comedian Julia Cameron – Director Phyllis Carlyle – Film Producer Dora Carrington – Bloomsbury Artist Laura Carroll – Author Mary Casatt – Artist Roger Casement – Irish Patriot Nina Cassian – Poet Barbara Castle – British Politician Kim Cattrall – Actress Mary Chapin Carpenter – Singer, Songwriter Rosamond Halsey Carr – Founder of Rwanda’s Imbabazi Orphanage, Author, Fashion Designer Richard Chamberlain – Actor Coco Chanel – Fashion Designer (Contested: Following her elder sister’s suicide, she looked after her son) Stockard Channing – Actress RuPaul Andre Charles - Drag Performer, TV Personality Judy Chicago – Artist Margaret Cho – Comedian Julia Child – Professional Chef, Cookbook Author Helen Clark – New Zealand Prime Minister Patricia Clarkson – Actress Dorothy Clewes – Children’s Book Author Imogene Coca – Actress Claudette Colbert – Actress Billy Collins – U.S. Poet Laureate C. Collodi – Author William Conrad – Actor Frances Conroy – Actress Storm Constantine – Fantasy Writer Jill Ker Conway – Author, first woman President of Smith College Anne Cool – Canadian Senator Pat Coombs – Actress Copernicus – Scientist John Corbett – Actor Joseph Cornell – Artist and Creator of the Cornell Box Ann Coulter – Political Commentator Alec Sadler Craig – Australian Politician, Philanthropist Quentin Crisp – Author, Actor Tim Curry – Actor Charlotte Curtis – First woman on the masthead of The New York Times Patrika Darbo – Actress Simone de Beauvoir – Author Mahmoud Darwish – Palestinian Poet Leonardo Da Vinci – Artist Gray Davis – Governor of California Ellen Degeneres – Comedian Jeffery Deaver – Author Eugene Victor Debs – Activist Bessie and Sadie Delaney – Authors Dana Delany – Actress Don DeLillo – Author Del Rubio Triplets – Musical Group Bo Derek – Actress Rene Descartes – Philosopher Portia De Rossi – Actress Emily Dickinson – Poet Benjamin Disraeli – Politician, Author Steve Ditko – Cartoonist, co-creator of the Spider-Man Comics Dorothea Dix – Educator, writer, philanthropist Hannah Dobryn – Author Tamara Dobson – Actress Richard Donner – Film Director Lauren Shuler Donner – Film Producer Lizzie Douglas aka Memphis Minnie- Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter Marjory Stoneman Douglas – Environmentalist, Founder of Friends of the Everglades Maureen Dowd – Columnist, Pulitzer Prize winner Sir George Downing – Founder of Downing College, Cambridge, England Gabriel Dumont – Native American Tribal Leader Lena Dunham - Actress, Director, Producer Francis Drake – Explorer Fran Drescher – Actress Esther Dyson – Author, Internet Expert Amelia Earhart – Aviator Deborah Eisenberg – Author Liubov Egorova – Dancer Anita Ekberg – Actress T.S. Eliot – Poet Havelock Ellis – Psychologist, Author Tracee Ellis Ross – Actress Harlan Ellison – Author Elizabeth I – Queen of England Joan Elm – Canadian Politician, Community Activist Bonnie Erbé – PBS Commentator and Columnist Dame Edith Evans – British Film and Stage Actress Linda Evans – Actress Rupert Everett – Actor Anne Ewers – CEO of the Utah Symphony & Opera Jane Fallon – Author Chow Yun-Fat – Actor Barbara Feldon – Actress Pamelyn Ferdin – Actress Ralph Fiennes – Actor Lynn Fontanne – Actress Margot Fonteyn – British Ballerina Juliana Rieser Force – Whitney Museum Director Richard Ford – Author, Editor of Granta Margaretta Forten – Abolitionist Dian Fossey – Anthropologist Janet Frame – Poet Felix Frankfurter – Supreme Court Justice Tanya Franks – Actress William Frawley – Actor Frank Frazetta – Artist Alice Freeman – First woman to be President of a liberal arts college, (Wellesley), helped establish the University of Chicago. Elsie Freund – Artist, Jewelry Designer Louis Freund – Artist Robert Fripp – Composer, Musician Stephen Fry - Actor, Comedian Eva Gabor – Actress Magda Gabor – Actress Maxwell Gage – Noted New Zealand Geologist Diamanda Galas – Singer Tess Gallagher – Author Paul William Gallico – Author Janeane Garofalo – Actress, Comedian Greta Garbo – Actress Ava Gardner – Actress Henry Garfiled aka Henry Rollins - Musician (Black Flag, Rollins Band) Greer Garson – Actress Gloria Gaynor – Singer Anthony Geary – Soap Opera Actor Ricky Gervais – Comedian William Schwenck Gilbert – Composer for Gilbert & Sullivan Althea Gibson – Athlete Dorothy Gish – Actress Lillian Gish – Actress Katharine Bruce Glasier – Author Susan Glaspell – Playwright Sharon Gless – Actress Crispin Glover – Actor Christoph Willibald Gluck – Composer Paulette Goddard – Actress Robert Hutchings Goddard – Physicist Kurt Godel – Author Alexander Godunov – Actor, Dancer Stephen Goldin – Author Emma Goldman – Activist, Feminist Valeria Golino – Actress Jan Goodwin – Author, Travel Writer Edward Gorey – Artist Lotte Goslar – Dancer Lauren Graham - Actress (Contested - Her long-term partner has a child.) Martha Graham – Choreographer Cecil Green – Former CEO of Texas Instruments, Philanthropist Johnny Green – Musician Gael Greene – Food Critic, Author Baroness Susan Greenfield – Director of the Royal Institution, Professor of Synaptic Pharmacology at Oxford University, Neurologist John Robert Gregg – Inventor of the Gregg Shorthand Method, Publisher Joyce Grenfell – British Actress Nanci Griffith – Singer, Songwriter Martha Griffiths – First Female Michigan Lieutenant Governor Terry Gross – NPR Host James Grout – Actor Mabel Dole Haden – Former President of NABWA Catherine Hakim – British Sociologist Daryl Hall – Singer, Musician (Hall & Oates) Jon Hamm - Actor Celia Hammond – Former Model and Animal Activist Lionel Hampton – Musician Georg Friedrich Handel – Composer Chelsea Handler - Comedian Howard Harold Hanson – Pulitzer-Prize Winning Composer Setsuko Hara – Japanese Actress Warren Gamaliel Harding – 29th U.S. President E Chambré Hardman – Photographer Jean Harlow - Actress Debbie Harry – Singer (Blondie) Alex Heard – Author Sir Edward Heath - Politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Susan Helms – Astronaut Christina Hendricks - Actress, Model Adrian Henri – Poet, Painter Marguerite Henry – Children’s Book Author Katherine Hepburn – Actress Milton S. Hershey – Founder of the Hershey Chocolate Company Lorena Hickok – AP Political Reporter Taiko Hirabayashi – Author Nicole Hollander – Cartoonist Thelma Holt – Actress, Theatre Producer Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. – Associate Justice of the Supreme Court (USA) Grace Murray Hopper – Computer Scientist Rima Horton - Politician Soad Hosni – Egyptian Actress Lila Kedrova Howard – Actress Mick Hucknall – Singer Howard Hughes - American Business Magnate, Investor, Pilot, Engineer, Film Director, Philanthropist Bonnie Hunt – Actress Kristin Hunter – Children’s Book Author Lauren Hutton – Actress, Model Patricia Ireland – President of the National Organization for Women, NOW George J. Irbe – Creator of the Great Lakes water temperature climatology John A. “Jack” Jackson – Philanthropist, Oilman Tove Jansson – Children’s Book Author Randall Jarrell – Poet Anna Jarvis – the “Founder of Mother’s Day” Joan of Arc – Christian Saint Jack Johnson – First African-American to win the heavyweight boxing championship of the world. Margaret Johnston – Actress Martin and Osa Johnson – Authors, Photographers, explorers, and naturalists. Richard Mentor Johnson – U.S. Vice-President Samuel Johnson – Author, Editor William Hugh Johnston – Labor Leader Carolyn Jones – Actress Renee Jones – Actress Spike Jonze – Film Director Ashley Judd – Actress, Activist Madeline Kahn – Actress Immanuel Kant – Philosopher Julie Kavner – Actress Nikos Kazantzakis – Author Odette Keene – Musician Helen Keller – Author Joyce Kennard – Judge Joe Kernan – Politician Maynard Keynes – Economist, Founder of the Vic-Wells Ballet, Financed the Arts Theatre in Cambridge, England King Louis XVI – King of France William Lyon MacKenzie King – Former Canadian Prime Minister William Rufus King – U.S. Vice-President Robert Kiyosaki – Author Caroline Knapp – Author Aleksandra Kollontai – Author Dean Koontz – Author Tadeusz Kościuszko – Polish Patriot Jerzy Kosinski – Author Jonathan Kozol – Author, Activist Lee Krasner – Artist Albert Kroc – Co-Developer of McDonald’s Fast Food Chain Henry Richardson Labouisse – Diplomat, Former Head of UNICEF Karl Lagerfeld - Fashion Designer Princess Lakshmi – Indian Princess Elsa Lanchester – Actress Philip Larkin – Author, Poet Charles Laughton – Actor, Director Dan Lauria – Actor Frank John Lausche – Politician Tom Lehrer – Singer, Musician Jay Leno – TV Host Richard Lewis – Comedian Lyn Lifshin – Poet Queen Liliuokalani – Queen of Hawaii Siân Lloyd – Weather Broadcaster Carole Lombard – Actress Jack Lord – Actor Pauline Lord – Actress Patty Loveless – Singer Alfred Lunt – Actor John Lyon – Philanthropist, Regarded as the Founder of The Great Public School Of Harrow Rose McClendon – Actress Robert McCormick – Former Owner of the Chicago Tribune Mary Jackson McCrorey – Politician, Activist Hattie McDaniel – Actress Roddy McDowall – Actor, Photographer Odd McIntyre – Newspaper Columnist Ian McKellen – Actor Kristy McNichol – Actress Janet McTeer – Actress Christine McVie – Singer, Songwriter (Fleetwood Mac) Dora Maar – Photographer René Magritte – Artist Bill Maher – TV Personality Katherine Mansfield – Author Shirley Manson – Singer Vito Anthony Marcantonio – Politician Francesca Marciano – Actress Miriam Margoyles – Actress Mary Ellen Mark – Award-Winning Photographer William III & Mary II of England – King & Queen of England, Ireland, and Scotland Bobbie Ann Mason – Children’s Book Author Mari Matsunaga – Creator of i-mode, Named One of the Top 25 Tech Women of the Web Theresa May - Politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Giuseppe Mazzini – Italian Patriot Fradique de Menezes – President of Sao Tome and Principe Melina Mercouri – Greek Actress Freddie Mercury – Musician Angela Merkel – German Chancellor George Michael – Musician Oscar Micheaux – Film Director, Producer, Author Edna St. Vincent Millay – Poet Alley Mills – Actress Brenda Milner – Renowned Professor of Neuro-Psychology: Mcgill’s Faculty Of Medicine And At The Montreal Neurological Institute Kylie Minogue - Singer Helen Mirren – Actress Margaret Mitchell – Author Eugenio Montale – Nobel Prize Winner, Poet, Author, Editor, Translator Vicki Moore – Spanish Animal Rights Philanthropist John Morgan – Founder of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, and Medical Director of the Continental Army Lady Morgan (Sydney Owenson) – Author Morrissey – Musician Rob Morse – Columnist (San Francisco Chronicle) Marjorie “Mo” Mowlam – Britain’s Secretary of State for Northern Ireland John Mulaney – Comedian Annamarie Tendler Mulaney – Artist Diana Muldaur – Actress Megan Mullally - Actress Ona Munson – Actress Haruki Murakami – Author Iris Murdoch – Author Mikayil Mushfig – Poet Modest Mussorgsky – Composer Kanagarajah Muthiah – Tamil Activist Ralph Nader – Activist Taslima Nasrin – Author Alla Nazimova – Actress Noel Neill – Actress Bebe Neuwirth – Actress Sir Isaac Newton – Scientist Stevie Nicks – Singer (Fleetwood Mac) Friedrich Nietzsche – Philosopher Florence Nightingale – Nurse Ursula Nordstrom – Children’s Book Editor Jessye Norman – Opera Singer Kim Novak – Actress Rudolph Nureyev – Dancer Anita O’Day – Jazz Singer Georgia O’Keeffe – Artist Frederick D. O’Neal – Actor, Playwright Joyce Carol Oates – Author Nick Offerman - Actor Sandra Oh - Actress Claire Parker – Director, Animator Dorothy Parker – Author Suzanne-Lori Parks – Playwright Rosa Parks – Activist Dolly Parton – Singer, Actress Julia Pascal – Playwright Ann Patchett – Author Alicia Patterson – Editor Wolfgang Pauli – Physicist Linus Pauling – Winner of Nobel Prizes in Chemistry and Peace Sarah Paulson – Actress Michelle Paver – Author Anna Pavlova – Dancer Molly Peacock – Poet, President Emerita of the Poetry Society of America Minnie Pearl – Singer Samuel Pepys – Author Matthew Perry - Actor Bernadette Peters – Actress Jean Peters - Actress Arthur Phillip – First British Administrator Sent to Australia Wendell Phillips – Orator and Reformer William Phillips – Co-founder and Editor of Partisan Review , Writer, Critic Marge Piercy – Author, Poet Plato – Philosopher Martha Plimpton - Actress Edgar Allan Poe – Author Jackson Pollock – Artist Katherine Ann Porter – Author Parker Posey – Actress Beatrix Potter – Children’s Book Author Charles Edward Potter – Politician, Philanthropist, Administrator of the Cheboygan County Bureau of Social Aid Joyce Purnick – Former New York Times Metro Editor, Journalist Edna Purviance – Silent Movie Actress Colin Quinn – Comedian Robin Quivers – Radio Host Raffi – Children’s Musician Bonnie Raitt – Singer, Songwriter Joey Ramone – Musician Ayn Rand – Writer, Philosopher, Author A. Philip Randolph – Politician Jeanette Rankin – 1st Female US Representative Man Ray – Artist Rachel Ray – Celebrity Chef Lou Reed – Singer, Musician George Reeves – Actor Frances Reid – Actress Leni Riefenstahl – Filmmaker Janet Reno – Former U.S. Attorney-General Judith Resnick – Astronaut Jennifer Rhodes – Actress Condoleezza Rice – National Security Advisor Cliff Richards – Musician Miranda Richardson – Actress Alan Rickman – Actor, Director Elizabeth Riddell – Journalist Sally Ride – First American Female Astronaut Bridget Riley – Artist John Ringling – Founder of Ringling Brothers Circus Mary Roach - Author Morgan Andrew Robertson – Author Debbie Rochon – Actress Norman Perceval Rockwell – Illustrator Eric Rohmann – Author, Winner of the 2003 Caldecott Medal for Best Illustrated Children’s Book Ginger Rogers – Actress Richard Roeper – Film Reviewer, Chicago Sun-Times Wilhelm Rontgen – Awarded the first Nobel Prize for Physics in 1901, discoverer of X-Rays William Bruce Rose Jr. aka Axl Rose - Musician (Guns N' Roses) Mickey Rourke – Actor, Boxer Patricia Routledge – Actress Joan Ruddock – Activist John Ruskin – Author Winona Ryder – Actress Yves Saint-Laurent - Fashion Designer Dr. Lee Salk – Child Psychologist Renu Saluja – Indian Film Editor Diana Sands – Actress Aligi Sassu – Artist John Sayles – Director Jean-Paul Sartre – Existential Philosopher Diane Sawyer – TV News Anchor Rosika Schwimmer – Author, Activist Ed and Thelma Schoenberger – Co-founders of the Indiana Flower & Patio Show Ellen Browning Scripps – Newspaper Columnist, Philanthropist Joel Schumacher – Film Director Maurice Sendak – Children’s Book Author George Bernard Shaw – Playwright Lionel Shriver – Author Sarah Silverman – Comedian, Actress Michael Sinelnikoff – Actor Siouxsie – Singer, Musician (Siouxsie and the Banshees) Robert Smith – Singer, Musician (The Cure) David Shogren – Bassist (Doobie Brothers) Betty Smith – Author Dodie Smith – Playwright, Author of The Hundred and One Dalmatians Gladys Louise Smith aka Mary Pickford - Actress, Producer, Screenwriter, Businesswoman Howard Worth Smith – Politician Kate Smith – Singer Lemony Snicket (Real Name: Daniel Handler) – Children’s Book Author David Souter – Supreme Court Justice Jill St. John – Actress Mabel Stark – Female Tiger Trainer Gertrude Stein – Author, Patron of the Arts Victor Strauss – WWII Journalist Gloria Steinem – Activist, Writer Maria W. 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2020.06.02 00:51 chitown_nationShould we resign Bobby Portis this offseason?
Portis got a fairly big payday from New York last off-season, something the Bulls were not wanting to give him. This was the right decision by the Bulls, Portis clearly wasn't worth the $15m he got paid. It is expected the Knicks are not going to pick up his team option this offseason so he will enter the FA. Portis was a passionate player when he was at the Bulls and was a great piece off the bench. His intensity and fire make him a great 6th man in my opinion. He was a real energy guy. This past year was a bad year for Portis, but he was playing in a Knicks frontcourt that simply had too many players to play. Bobby Portis, Mitchell Robinson, Marcus Morris, Julius Randle and Taj Gibson all played over 1000 minutes this season. Rebounding Portis is a good rebounder. Throughout his years at the Bulls and half year at the Wizards, he was averaging double digit rebound per 36. His career rebounding percentage is higher than everyone on our team not named Wendell Carter Jr. We are a team that was 28th in rebounds per game, only 0.3 RPG from last. As exciting as Gafford has been this season he is still raw has parts of his game to develop. He was a poor rebounder this season, but not saying the potential isn't there with Dan. Portis is someone who can bring rebounding to this team, especially off the bench as we didn't have anyone that could grab a board off the bench. Portis also knows the team and has good relationships with the players. He was a leader like figure before leaving, and we could definitely use some of that again. In Portis's 3 years previous to joining the Knicks he was averaging 2.2 offensive rebounds, a number only matched by Wendell and Felicio. Scoring Portis is someone than can score decently well in short minutes, which is brilliant for a bench guy. In his two seasons before joining the Knicks, he was scoring 13.6 PPG on only 24 MPG. In his last 3 seasons he is also shooting 37% from 3 on 3.2 attempts per game, more impressive stats. He can help spread the floor for us. I'm not saying he is a great shooter, but his 3 game will be respected. We are lacking scoring off the bench, and I shall repeat Portis can really help this. We currently have Thad Young on the bench, but although it may be hard, I believe we will look for a trade partner for him. He seemed to have interest in him around the trade deadline so am hoping some other teams would be interested in him. Although our roster may have only seemed injury prone because of Boylen's training sessions and may be sorted now we have sacked our trainer, I believe having another good frontcourt piece will be good back up just incase someone else does get injured throughout the season, and then we don't have to give Felicio any minutes. Portis isn't a great defensive player, but with Gafford off the bench next to him, or playing him next to Wendell can help this. I think having a more efficient defensive system in terms of contributing to wins, not just stats, would also help him. He can hold his own in the paint at least. As for salary I am hoping, as Portis is coming off of a poor year, and with the likely drop in salary cap we can use the majority or all of our MLE to sign him. I'm not sure how much our MLE will be though. View Poll
2020.05.22 01:23 cheemsandbeansFull First Round Mock Draft
Thanks for clicking! This mock will be done assuming the draft order remains stagnant relative to the current standings. In this draft, more than ever, I anticipate there will be unprecedented amounts of picks down under the basis of need. This is due to the fact that there is a lot of uncertainty near the top of the big board. Team fit might triumph consensus BPA quite a few times. After each pick announcement, I entailed a little lineup projection for each team, basically, what the roster would look like after the rookie addition. While this is a projection for the 2020-2021 season, I used the 2019-2020 roster for simplicity. This will be denoted as Projected Squad (PS). I also have denoted the core members of each team, the foundation players, as members of the CORE list. Don't be mistaken, the CORE list doesn't mean the best players, it is just the players I feel have purpose/demand for a team and that they have to prioritize/address. Also, don’t get offended with the Probably Best Case (PBC), though they might seem inaccurate or ill-fitting. At the end of the day, it’s a mock, and though I’m proud of it. It is subject to errors and inaccuracies. Let me provide you with my stance on this year’s class, in my opinion, this is not a “weak draft class” I feel it runs very deep, much deeper than last year’s, but the only issue is it’s hard to point out any definitive ‘best players’, though people surely do try… So, players that you have last first on your big board could go lottery, players in the lottery on your mock could go late first, this draft was conducted, considering need, instead of talent since that will be very hard to evaluate given COVID-19. Without further ado, as I hope I haven’t bored out potential readers, let’s begin... (1) Golden State Warriors Selection: James Wiseman (center) If the Warriors don't trade their pick, this is who I think they'll select. An immediate impact big guy with terrific size. Yes, I know there are rumors that suggest they aren’t interested, BUT I almost am certain that they will look to trade this pick. I get the rumors, but those could be Red Herrings for all we know. I remain with my stance. If they don’t trade the pick, I still see them getting Wiseman, he’d fit them nicely. PBC: Better Drummond CORE: Curry, Klay, Dray, Wiggins, Wiseman, Paschall, Looney, and Poole PS: Warriors: Curry/Randle Klay/Poole Wiggins/Paschall Green/Chriss Wiseman/Looney ---- (2) Cleveland Cavaliers Selection: Anthony Edwards (wing) I originally had Deni here, but after criticism and some research, I decided to reevaluate my stance. I had Deni originally, anticipating it would garner some confusion, but really I think it could be a brilliant move. Advidja might be the most well-rounded player in the draft and plays with good passing skills and IQ. Cleveland was 24th in assists and last in turnovers… Deni would fit nicely, he’s what the Cavs need right now. They don’t need another streaky scorer or guard, a forward would do just nicely. On that note, I don’t see the Cavs taking the risk, overseas players are very difficult to project and sometimes “the next Luka Doncic” could be the next Jan Vesley. The Cavs take the easy way out, drafting who many see as the consensus number 1 pick. The Cavs PS next season will be one very interesting as it has no established distributors, so finding one in FA should become a priority. However, if improvement is made in either Garland or Sexton, the Cavs could be building an explosive future backcourt. Keep your eye on the Cavs after this one, because you never know what to expect. PBC: Bigger Victor Oladipo CORE: Garland, Sexton, Porter, Edwards, Nance, and Drummond PS: Cavs: Garland/Delly Sexton/Porter Edwards/Osman Love/Nance Drummond/Thompson ---- (3) Minnesota Timberwolves Selection: Onyeka Okongwu (forward/big) I originally mocked Lamelo here, then thought… nah, doesn’t make sense, then I mocked Deni... And still, it felt a bit wrong. Minnesota has gotten their stars and they have the offense to back them up, however, they greatly lack in the defensive department. This is where team fit triumphs consensus BPA most notably. Lamelo would make the team one of the worst defensively in the league, and Deni wouldn’t help too much either. Minnesota rates 28th in points allowed per game. Onyeka makes complete sense to me, Minnesota get a high potential player that they can partner with KAT in the frontcourt, and help fortify their terrible defense. Yes, with the existing question marks around Culver, they might consider adding another wing, but this pick should be used on Onyeka. WIth Naz Reid as a capable young backup, the Wolves could finally be dawning into a new era of two-way play. PBC: Bam Adebayo CORE: KAT, Dlo, Onyeka, Okogie, Beasley, and Culver PS: Wolves: DLo/Okogie Beasley/Evans CulveLayman Onyeka/Juan KAT/Reid ---- (4) Atlanta Hawks Selection: Deni Avidja (wing) Trae Young is a future superstar, he is the prototypical guard, a great player to build around (unless you value defense). However, when Trae is off the floooff the ball, the Hawks offense stagnates. Collins is the only other established scorer they have as Reddish and Huerter are a year or two away from reaching that status. The Hawks need another playmakeshot creator, and while they’d prefer Edwards, they go with Deni. A solid pick-up for the Hawks as they continue adding to their young core. I can see them making the playoffs in a year or two. PBC: I have one I haven’t seen before… Draymond Green. Think about it, though surely not as quick or athletic, Deni brings guard-like skills to the forward spot, provides steady shooting, plays with a high bbiq, and has good instincts on both sides of the ball, all staples of Dray’s game. He could be the Dray to Trae’s Curry. CORE: Trae, Collins, Reddish, Deni, Capela, and Huerter PS: ATL: Trae/Teague Reddish/Huerter Deni/Hunter Collins/Skal Capela/Dewayne ---- (5) Detroit Pistons Selection: Lamelo Ball (guard) The Pistons have young talent in Sekou, Kennard, and Wood, and are led by two injury-prone players with Rose and Griffin. They get lucky at 5, nabbing a guy, though despised by many, some see as the highest ceiling player. A 6’7’’ athletic point guard with sweet handles and amazing passing. I see them going after their franchise point guard at 5, and pairing him with Kennard in the backcourt. Lamelo would give them a new element as he has outstanding potential. Lamelo’s passing, Kennard’s shooting, Sekou’s athleticism/potential, and their promising franchise center, Christian Wood, could equate to relevancy a few years down the line. However, be wary. While he impressed overseas, his numbers were dangerously inefficient. So Lamelo, much like a majority of the other picks, is still far from a sure thing. PBC: 6’7’’ Jason Williams CORE: Wood, Lamelo, Kennard, Sekou, Griffin, Rose, Gallo, and Svi PS: Detroit: Lamelo/Rose Galloway/Svi Kennard/Snell Griffin/Sekou Wood/Henson ---- (6) New York Knicks Selection: Killian Hayes (guard) The Knicks are in a really weird place. On one hand, they need talent and potential (Cole Anthony has that) but on the other, they also need consistency and unselfishness (not as much). A Cole and RJ backcourt would be very hot and cold at times and ball movement would be nonexistent. That’s why the Cole to NYK rumors need to stop. It makes no sense, a core of Cole, RJ, Randle, Knox, and Robinson would be wildly inconsistent. That's why I see them taking Hayes as the next guard off the board. He is a good passer, young, has a high ceiling and is much more established. Also, him and RJ are both are lefthanded so they could be lefty-friends! On a more serious note, some, including myself, view Killian as the darkhorse of the draft. PBC: DLo CORE: RJ, Robinson, Frank, and Randle PS: Knicks: Killian/Frank RJ/Bullock Harkless/Ellington Randle/Portis Robinson/Taj ---- (7) Chicago Bulls Selection: Tyrese Haliburton (guard) The Bulls are a bit bummed that Hayes is off the board, and take the next best true point guard in the draft. I see them eventually trading away Lavine and allowing White to be the 2, but even if they both remain, Haliburton’s consistency, relative size, and floor spacing/management is hard to turn down. The Bulls invest in a Tyrese X White backcourt with this pick, before trading Lavine away from more young talent. The rebuild could take some time, especially since it seems like Lauri and Carter both took steps back. PBC: Prime (projected prime) SGA CORE: Lavine, White, Lauri, Carter, and Tyrese PS: Bulls: Coby/Haliburton Lavine/Valentine Otto/Sato Lauri/Thad Wendell/Gafford ---- (8) Charlotte Hornets Selection: Tyrese Maxey (guard) I see Maxey going 8, but he’s one of my favorite candidates for ROTY, especially as three-guard lineups are showing more and more success (The Thunder). Rozier is not the longterm point guard, Graham is. Maxey gives the Hornets a good shot creator and a great defender to pair him with. If they reach full potential, Maxey and Graham could be one of the most electric and fun to watch backcourts in the league, combine that with ROTY honorable mention, PJ Washington, a good backup backourt (Rozier + Monk), and solid play from Bridges, and you have hope in Charlotte... Something no one expected this soon in the Post-Kemba era. PBC: Two-Way Zach Lavine CORE: Graham, Washington, Maxey, Bridges, Rozier, and Monk PS: Hornets: Graham/Rozier Maxey/Monk Bridges/Martin Washington/Mcdaniels ZelleWilly ---- (9) Washington Wizards Selection: Saddiq Bey (wing) Saddiq might be a bit unheard of by many, but he, in my opinion, is the best realistic option for the Wiz. He shot a ridiculous 45% from deep on the vaunted college three-point line, has terrific length, defensive versatility, has the discipline endowed to all those under Jay Wright, and good athleticism. He’d fill in and contribute from day 1. I actually think the Wizards are in a good position for the coming years. Yes, they struggled this season, mainly on the defensive end, but I think a solid offseason and solid development from the youth can help offset these issues. To be clear, I’m not talking about making drastic moves such as trading for Gobert (a move I adamantly oppose), but merely smart decisions in the draft and in free agency. Prioritize defense this offseason, and with plenty of money coming off the books this season, they could be propelled back into the playoff mix as soon as next season. PBC: Robert Convington CORE: Beal, Rui, Bertans, Wall, Brown, Bey, Robinson, and Ish PS: Wiz: Wall/Ish Beal/Robinson Bey/Brown Rui/Bertans Bryant/Wagner ---- (10) Phoenix Suns Selection: Obi Toppin (forward/big) The Suns have no reason not to try to swing for the fences with POTY, Obi Toppin. He has unreal athleticism, size, and is a scorer on all three levels of the court. Yeah, he’s on the older side, and pretty bad at defense, but I don’t see the Suns, even as a below-average defensive team, turning him down. They’ll have to address defense in free agency, and Toppin would have to play the 4 spot in order to fit with Ayton. That team would be a blast to watch. Imagine, Rubio and Booker in the backcourt, Oubae as the versatile “do-it-all” wing, and then Toppin and Ayton as the explosive frontcourt!! PBC: Prime Blake Griffin - defense CORE: Booker, Ayton, Oubre, Toppin, Rubio, and Bridges PS: Suns: Rubio/Jevon BookeCam Oubre/Bridges Toppin/Saric Ayton/Baynes ---- (11) San Antonio Spurs Selection: Devin Vassell (wing) A great 3&D player that will make an immediate impact and pair nicely with their young core as they overtake Demar and Aldridge. This is a very ‘Spurs’ pick, they get good two-way play from a mature, consistent player. Murray and Lonnie are the primary building blocks for the Spurs long overdue rebuild. Vassell would make their job easier and possesses promising potential as well. PBC: More Consistent Josh Richardson CORE: Murray, Walker, White, Demar, Vassell, Johnson, Gay, and Lamar PS: Spurs: Murray/White WalkeForbes DemaDevin Lyles/Gay Aldridge/Jakob ---- (12) Sacramento Kings Selection: Isaac Okoro This was the hardest pick to project by far. The Kings roster on paper looks solid, they seem to have great guard depth, an upper-tier SF, a good, young rotation of PF/C. Yeah, yeah, I know Bagley has had his fair share of injuries and trading Dewayne surely didn't help, but I think it must be coaching, because they greatly disappointed this year. I have them picking another forward. One of the best defenders in the draft, you can never have too many scrappy, defensive wings. This is a pretty generic pick, to be honest, but it seemed like the most logical. PBC: Smaller Jonathan Isaac CORE: Fox, Hield, Bagley, Bogdan, Okoro, Bjelica, Barnes, and Holmes PS: Kings: Fox/Cory Bogdan/Hield Barnes/Okoro Bjelica/Giles Bagley/Holmes ---- (13) New Orleans Pelicans Selection: Aaron Neismith (guard) This is another tough one, they are built well. But I see them drafting a SG/SF, Neismith would be perfect for them, giving them another marksman to rotate off the bench, and possibly the eventual starter over Jrue. This team could be contending in a few seasons. PBC: Buddy Hield CORE: Zion, Ingram, Lonzo, Jrue, Hayes, Favors, Aaron, Hart, NAW, etc! PS: Pels: Lonzo/NAW Jrue/Neismith Ingram/Hart Zion/Kenrich Favors/Hayes ---- (14) Portland Trailblazers Selection: Patrick Williams (forward) A young, long, wing that can shoot, the Blazers continue to garner fire power to surround Dame and co. with. Especially considering the lack of depth and injury woes they experienced, this pick is a safe bet to make. I think that the Blazers are underrated as finals contenders for next season. Really, the Celtics and maybe the Bucks are the only real contenders that will be even more powerful next season. The Lakers (age), Clippers (losing Harrell/depth), and the Rockets (age) are both likely to take steps back, meanwhile the Blazers, who’ll get better upon the return from injury of basically the entire team could be poised to strike in the weakened WC. PBC: Prime Trevor Ariza CORE: Dame, CJ, Nurkic, Collins, Simons, Williams, Hood, Melo, and Little PS: Blazers: Dame/Simons CJ/Trent Hood/Williams Collins/Melo Nurk/Hassan ----(no more PBC here on) (15) Orlando Magic Selection: Cole Anthony (guard) Cole Anthony and Markelle Fultz have good potential as a backcourt, Magic take BPA. Isaac is arguably the most versatile defender in the east outside of Bam, and Bamba has potential as well. The Magic built around Cole, Fultz, Isaac, and Bamba could become a defensive powerhouse in the coming years. CORE: Isaac, Fultz, Gordon, Anthony, Vuc, Fournier, and Bamba PS: Magic: Markelle/DJ FournieCole Ennis/Ross Isaac/Gordon Vuc/Bamba ---- (16) Minnesota Timberwolves Selection: Tyler Bey (SF/PF) The second Bey is off the board, probably a little high for most taste, but perfectly fitting into the Wolves’ hole at SF, given the lackluster season from Culver. Remember, I’m prioritizing defense with the Wolves and after selecting Onyeka and adding a great defender at 4, they opt to take another forward, this time Pac-12 DPOY, Tyler Bey, who can pretty much switch onto anyone on the court, adding another element to the rising Wolves squad as a potential 3&D. Tyler, though just a meh 3pt shooter in college, has a promising FT%, a good indicator of improvement in that department. The Wolves, after stocking their cupboard with offense this season, make a concentrated effort to stock up on defense, and nd now have Onyeka and Bey, two long and quick forwards to show for it. CORE: KAT, Dlo, Onyeka, Okogie, Beasley, Bey, and Culver PS: PS: Wolves: DLo/Okogie Beasley/Culver Layman/Bey Onyeka/Juan KAT/Reid ---- (17) Boston Celtics Selection: Jalen Smith (forward/big) Myles Turner lite. A good shot blocker and good floor-spacer, Smith is an ideal fit in the versatile Celtics lineup. Look for the Celtics to stock up on defensive bigs this offseason. Smith is the best fit still on the board. CORE: Tatum, Brown, Kemba, Hayward, Smart, Theis, Smith, and obligatory Tacko Fall PS: Celtics: Kemba/Brad Brown/Smart Tatum/Grant Hayward/Smith Theis/Kanter ---- (18) Dallas Mavericks Selection: RJ Hampton (guard/wing) A swing for the fences by the Mavs here... A chance to find Luka a worthy backcourt companion. RJ slid far after his underwhelming overseas campaign but the potential remains. No reason for the Mavs not to go for it. CORE: Luka, Kristaps, Brunson, Hampton, Kleber, Powell, and Winslow PS: Mavs: Luka/Wright Hampton/Seth Brunson/Winslow Kristaps/Finney-Smith Powell/Stein ---- (19) Milwualkee Bucks Selection: Kira Lewis (guard) A gem falls to the Bucks as they get Bledsoe’s successor and an upgrade over an aging Hill. Kira, the youngest Sophmore in Division 1, is younger than Cole, arguably better (is, imo), likely will contribute day 1, and has the potential to become an upper tier PG. The rich get richer with this pick.Kira’s combo of shiftiness, speed, and poise is unmatched. CORE: Giannis, Middleton, Bledsoe, Lopez, Matthews, Donte, Lewis, and Pat PS: Bucks: Bledsoe/Kira Matthews/Donte Middleton/Pat Giannis/Marvin Lopez/Lopez ---- (From this point, picks will be brief) (20) Brooklyn Nets Selection: Prescious Achiuwa Defensive forward for a below average defensive team. ---- (21) Denver Nuggets Selection: Josh Green Promising prospect proves to be provided a pick, despite poor play. ---- (22) Philadelphia 76ers Selection: Jahmi’us Ramsey Underatted defensive prospect ---- (23) Miami Heat Selection: Aleksej Pokuševski Potential baby. Also Greek, so Giannis bait. ---- (24) Utah Jazz Selection: Tyrell Terry A steal for a potential future starter. ---- (25) OKC Thunder Selection: Jaden McDaniels Basically just what I said about Josh Green. (26) Boston Celtics Selection: Vernon Carey Though traditional to a fault, Vernon is an ideal target for the Celts. (27) New York Knicks Selection: Immanuel Quickley Building a young backcourt tandem with Killian and Frank, RJ is moved to SF, where he should be. (28) Toronto Raptors Selection: Paul Reed Arguably Achiuwa minus clout (29) LA Lakers Selection: Devon Dotson A better version of Tre Jones, who I originally had here. (30) Boston Celtics Selection: Jordan Nwora After two bigs, Celtics get wing depth. ---- Thanks for reading, feedback is welcome.
Thanks for clicking! This mock will be done assuming the draft order remains stagnant relative to the current standings. In this draft, more than ever, I anticipate there will be unprecedented amounts of picks down under the basis of need. This is due to the fact that there is a lot of uncertainty near the top of the big board. Team fit might triumph consensus BPA quite a few times. After each pick announcement, I entailed a little lineup projection for each team, basically, what the roster would look like after the rookie addition. While this is a projection for the 2020-2021 season, I used the 2019-2020 roster for simplicity. This will be denoted as Projected Squad (PS). I also have denoted the core members of each team, the foundation players, as members of the CORE list. Don't be mistaken, the CORE list doesn't mean the best players, it is just the players I feel have purpose/demand for a team and that they have to prioritize/address. (1) Golden State Warriors Selection: James Wiseman (center) If the Warriors don't trade their pick, this is who I think they'll select. An immediate impact big guy with terrific size. Yes, I know there are rumors that suggest they aren’t interested, BUT I almost am certain that they will look to trade this pick. If they don’t, I still see them getting Wiseman. CORE: Curry, Klay, Dray, Wiggins, Wiseman, Paschall, Looney, and Poole PS: Warriors: Curry/Randle Klay/Poole Wiggins/Paschall Green/Chriss Wiseman/Looney ---- (2) Cleveland Cavaliers Selection: Deni Avidja (forward) This one, I anticipate will garner some confusion, but really I think it could be a brilliant move. Advidja might be the most well-rounded player in the draft and plays with good passing skills and IQ. Cleveland was 24th in assists and last in turnovers… Deni would fit nicely, he’s what the Cavs need right now. They don’t need another streaky scorer or guard, a forward would do just nicely. CORE: Garland, Sexton, Porter, Deni, Nance, and Drummond PS: Cavs: Garland/Delly Sexton/Porter Deni/Osman Love/Nance Drummond/Thompson ---- (3) Minnesota Timberwolves Selection: Onyeka Okongwu (forward/big) I originally mocked Lamelo here, then thought… nah, doesn’t make sense, then I mocked Anthony Edwards... And still, it felt a bit wrong. This is where team fit triumphs consensus BPA most notably. Lamelo would make the team one of the worst defensively in the league, and Edwards wouldn’t help either. Minnesota rates 28th in points allowed per game. Onyeka makes complete sense to me, Minnesota get a high potential player that they can partner with KAT in the frontcourt, and help fortify their terrible defense. CORE: KAT, Dlo, Onyeka, Okogie, Beasley, and Culver PS: Wolves: DLo/Okogie Beasley/Evans CulveLayman Onyeka/Juan KAT/Reid ---- (4) Atlanta Hawks Selection: Anthony Edwards (wing) The consensus no.1pick by many, Edwards slides all the way to 4 and gives the Hawks a much-needed shot creator, however, he comes with issues in the department of consistency. When Trae is off the floooff the ball, the Hawks offense stagnates. Collins is the only other established scorer they have as Reddish and Huerter are a year or two away from reaching that status. Edwards infuses their offense with athleticism and shot creation. A perfect pick-up for the Hawks. CORE: Trae, Collins, Reddish, Edwards, Capela, and Huerter PS: ATL: Trae/Teague Edwards/Huerter Reddish/Hunter Collins/Skal Capela/Dewayne ---- (5) Detroit Pistons Selection: Lamelo Ball (guard) The Pistons have young talent in Sekou, Kennard, and Wood, and are led by two injury-prone players with Rose and Griffin. I see them going after their franchise point guard at 5, and pairing him with Kennard in the backcourt. Lamelo would give them a new element as he has amazing potential. Lamelo’s passing, Kennard’s shooting, Sekou’s athleticism/potential, and their promising franchise center, Christian Wood, could equate to relevancy a few years down the line. CORE: Wood, Lamelo, Kennard, Sekou, Griffin, Rose, Gallo, and Svi PS: Detroit: Lamelo/Rose Galloway/Svi Kennard/Snell Griffin/Sekou Wood/Henson ---- (6) New York Knicks Selection: Killian Hayes (guard) The Knicks are in a really weird place. On one hand, they need talent and potential (Cole Anthony has that) but on the other, they also need consistency and unselfishness (not as much). A Cole and RJ backcourt would be very hot and cold at times and ball movement would be nonexistent. That's why I see them taking Hayes as the next guard off the board. He is a good passer, young, has a high ceiling and would pair much better with RJ. Also, they both are lefthanded so they could be lefty-friends. On a more serious note, some, including myself, view Killian as the darkhorse of the draft. CORE: RJ, Robinson, Frank, and Randle PS: Knicks: Killian/Frank RJ/Bullock Harkless/Ellington Randle/Portis Robinson/Taj ---- (7) Chicago Bulls Selection: Tyrese Haliburton (guard) The Bulls are a bit bummed that Hayes is off the board, and take the next best true point guard in the draft. I see them eventually trading away Lavine and allowing White to be the 2, but even if they both remain, Haliburton’s consistency, relative size, and floor spacing/management is hard to turn down. CORE: Lavine, White, Lauri, Carter, and Tyrese PS: Bulls: Coby/Haliburton Lavine/Valentine Otto/Sato Lauri/Thad Wendell/Gafford ---- (8) Charlotte Hornets Selection: Tyrese Maxey (guard) I see Maxey going 8, but he’s one of my favorite candidates for ROTY, especially as three-guard lineups are showing more and more success (The Thunder). Rozier is not the longterm point guard, Graham is. Maxey gives the Hornets a good shot creator and a great defender to pair him with. Watch out, the Hornets are on the rise. CORE: Graham, Washington, Maxey, Bridges, Rozier, and Monk PS: Hornets: Graham/Rozier Maxey/Monk Bridges/Martin Washington/Mcdaniels ZelleWilly ---- (9) Washington Wizards Selection: Devin Vassell (forward) With Wall coming back next season, I feel Vassell would add some much-needed 3&D to this supercharged offensive team, and while they'd have to deal with the issue at the 5 in FA or with another pick, I feel this is the right move. Saddiq Bey was also an option. CORE: Beal, Rui, Bertans, Wall, Brown, Vassell, Robinson, and Ish PS: Wiz: Wall/Ish Beal/Robinson Vassell/Brown Rui/Bertans Bryant/Wagner ---- (10) Phoenix Suns Selection: Obi Toppin (forward/big) The Suns have no reason not to try to swing for the fences with POTY, Obi Toppin. He has unreal athleticism, size, and is a scorer on all three levels of the court. Yeah, he’s on the older side, and pretty bad at defense, but I don’t see the Suns, even as a below-average defensive team, turning him down. They’ll have to address defense in free agency, and Toppin would have to play the 4 spot in order to fit with Ayton. CORE: Booker, Ayton, Oubre, Toppin, Rubio, and Bridges PS: Suns: Rubio/Jevon BookeCam Oubre/Bridges Toppin/Saric Ayton/Baynes ---- (11) San Antonio Spurs Selection: Saddiq Bey (forward) A great 3&D player that will make an immediate impact and pair nicely with their young core as they overtake Demar and Aldridge. This is a very ‘Spurs’ pick, they get good two-way play from a mature, consistent player. CORE: Murray, Walker, White, Demar, Bey, Johnson, Gay, and Lamar PS: Spurs: Murray/White WalkeForbes DemaSaddiq Lyles/Gay Aldridge/Jakob ---- (12) Sacramento Kings Selection: Isaac Okoro This was the hardest pick to project by far. The Kings roster on paper looks solid, they seem to have great guard depth, an upper-tier SF, a good, young rotation of PF/C. Yeah, yeah, I know Bagley has had his fair share of injuries and trading Dewayne surely didn't help, but I think it must be coaching, because they greatly disappointed this year. I have them picking another forward. One of the best defenders in the draft, you can never have too many scrappy, defensive wings. This is a pretty generic pick, to be honest, but it seemed like the most logical. CORE: Fox, Hield, Bagley, Bogdan, Okoro, Bjelica, Barnes, and Holmes PS: Kings: Fox/Cory Bogdan/Hield Barnes/Okoro Bjelica/Giles Bagley/Holmes ---- (13) New Orleans Pelicans Selection: Aaron Neismith (guard) This is another tough one, they are built well. But I see them drafting a SG/SF, Neismith would be perfect for them, giving them another marksman to rotate off the bench, and possibly the eventual starter over Jrue. This team could be contending in a few seasons. CORE: Zion, Ingram, Lonzo, Jrue, Hayes, Favors, Aaron, Hart, NAW, etc! PS: Pels: Lonzo/NAW Jrue/Neismith Ingram/Hart Zion/Kenrich Favors/Hayes ---- (14) Portland Trailblazers Selection: Patrick Williams (forward) A young, long, wing that can shoot, the Blazers continue to garner fire power to surround Dame and co. with. Especially considering the lack of depth and injury woes they experienced, this pick is a safe bet to make. CORE: Dame, CJ, Nurkic, Collins, Simons, Williams, Hood, Melo, and Little PS: Blazers: Dame/Simons CJ/Trent Hood/Williams Collins/Melo Nurk/Hassan ---- That’s right, I don’t have Cole Anthony getting taken in the lottery. I see him going 15 to Orlando. So, might as well... (15) Orlando Magic Selection: Cole Anthony (guard) Cole Anthony and Markelle Fultz have good potential as a backcourt, Magic take BPA. CORE: Isaac, Fultz, Gordon, Anthony, Vuc, Fournier, and Bamba PS: Magic: Markelle/DJ FournieCole Ennis/Ross Isaac/Gordon Vuc/Bamba ---- Thanks for reading, feedback is welcome.
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