By: El Mijo
Place is PACKED! I don't have the strength to do this today, I need the bye week just as much as the 49ers do. Here's a bunch of tweets that will wet your 49er hatred whistle. Historically and Embarrassingly bad this 49er football team is.
The 49er Dark Side keeps growing more and more every game. Warriors game tomorrow!
By: El Mijo
Welcome to a brand-new Friday feature here on Honer Sports. Here are some random photos/gifs/memes with some thoughts for your thoughts underneath. Happy Friday!
That Alfredo really is a hoot.
If my cousins D's and Sterling were a combined little kid..
Fuck me, right?
Seriously, how pointless are half of the things you learned in high school that caused you and your parents misery come report-card day?
Bulls-Eye or should I say, Balls-Eye?
Couple of Star Wars memes in honor of my cousin D's..
Have no idea why I found this so hilarious.
Fuck those little bags..
By: El Mijo
All of the eyes in the West will be on one team and one team only, the Golden State Warriors. Still seems almost impossible to fathom that Kevin Durant is now a Warrior. I was one of the people staunchly saying that it would never happen but low and behold, it did. Other teams in the West now have to deal with the Warriors possibly being even better than the record setting 73-9 team last year. Can they do it? Will the Warriors take a step back as they try to adjust to this new roster full of super stars? Let's break down the wild wild West! Fear not of my predictions, for I am the Master of the NBA Mechanical Stuff! (Don't care what anybody says, I LOVE Wild Wild West. It's so stupid that it's good/funny)
1. Golden State Warriors- If you think the Warriors will have issues this season, ya fuckin right. When you take the weakest link of the Warriors starting 5 last season and replace him with an MVP caliber talent, things are pretty good..pretty..pretty...pretty good. I can't see the Warriors losing more than 15 games this year. Everything just falls perfectly into line with them. Dumping Bogut and replacing him with a much more serviceable/healthy/cheaper Center in Zaza Pachulia was fantastic. Adding veteran David West was great too. They may even find a way to revive the one-time highly talented C Javale McGee. Rookie guard Patrick McCaw is already drawing "draft-steal" compliments. The good news just keeps rolling out of Oracle and the season hasn't even started yet. Things are going to be crazy fun this season, we are spoiled getting every locally televised game. Even if the Warriors sustain one or two injuries (knock on wood), they are still the best roster by far in the West. The Dubs coasting to the number one seed isn't a prediction, it's a fact.
Random thought for your thoughts- When do you have to buy a KD or Curry jersey? The answer is in 2018 when Nike officially takes over NBA apparel from that soccer/Nazi company Adidas. (Can't Wait)(#NikeT's&ShortsToo)
2. Los Angeles Clippers- With a healthy Blake Griffin and a new-found fresh hatred of the Dubs up North, I fully expect the Clippers to play with a massive chip on their shoulder all season. Coach/Team Prez Doc Rivers is one of the few who believe that the Warriors aren't as stacked/talented as most feel they are. Rivers goes out of his way every off season to down play the Warriors achievements and play the "we were injured" card for an excuse to the Clippers under achievements. Well this is the year to put up some real results. Their roster is virtually the same aside from a few rookies and adding former Warrior Mo Speeets. If the unit of DeAndre Jordan/Griffin/CP3 can't make it to the NBA Finals this year or at least the Western Conference Finals, it's time to blow it up, which is exactly what Rivers would do. I expect the Clippers to have a strong record during the season and maybe even beat the Warriors once or twice but their success/health remains to be determined till playoff time. One thing is for sure though, the WarriorsVClippers is definitely as heated as GiantsVDodgers these days, we WILL see some chippy games between the two.
Random thought for your thoughts- The Clippers are finally trying to move out of the Staples Center into their own arena. Playing in an arena where all the title banners of the Lakers over-shadow none of yours is brutal.
3. San Antonio Spurs- Tim Duncan finally hung up his shoes, bringing an end to possibly the most successful and at the same time most boring players of our generation. Duncan's leadership and consistency will sorely be missed. Replacing him with Pau Gasol and David Lee was a decent move but neither play a lick of defense so that could be troublesome. Tony Parker is on a medium-paced decline and can't keep up with the newer generation of point guards in the NBA. There's already rumors of Lamarcus Alderidge not panning out and could be placed on the trading block. Weird/random/probably untrue rumors aside, the Spurs still have Greg Popovich and they still have Kawhi Leonard. They may not be as dominant as they have been the past 2-3 seasons but they will still be difficult to beat at home and give opposing teams a hard fight every single game. Plus Popovich has an uncanny ability to get the most out of different, random players every season that most other teams wouldn't even dream of.
Random thought for your thoughts- How boring will Spurs basketball be now that their most boring player retired? The answer is..still pretty boring.
4. Portland Trail Blazers- Never doubt a man from Oakland. Damien Lillard is a force and has bitter cold ice in his veins. He's going to earn a few MVP votes this season simply because he doesn't quit and fears no team or player. The Blazers already were a surprise playoff team last season and gave the Warriors a good run for their money. While I'm not a huge fan of Evan Turner (in fact, not a fan at all) he will take some pressure off Lillard and other sharp shooter CJ McCollum. They over-paid to steal Festivus Ezelli away from the warriors so it remains to be seen if Festivus will make the jump the Blazers hope he will. Al Farouq-Aminu made a huge impact during the playoffs last season and a random assortment of other NBA vets/talents (Crabbe, Harkless, Davis, Napier, Plumblee, Vonleh) could all contribute nicely. For now though, the Blazers remind me of a younger, Atlanta Hawks team. Lots of pieces/talent but putting it all together come playoffs will be tough. I still foresee the Blazers being one of the better teams out West and securing first round home court advantage.
Random thought for your thoughts- Lillard will drop 50+ points one, possibly two games on the Warriors this year, that's a Sam-D Guarantee.
5. Oklahoma City Thunder- A lot of people see Russell Westbrook taking home the MVP trophy this year. It's not at all crazy to believe. Westbrook is in his prime and will now be the sole team-leader for the Thunder this season. Of course not having Kevin Durant for the first time in Westbrook's career/Thunder team history will definitely hurt, the Thunder still have a talented roster and a good coach in Billy Donovan to boot. A lot of people forget that the Thunder were one win away from axing the Warriors in the playoffs last year. Serge Ibaka was becoming irrelevant in the Thunder's schemes so he was shipped to Orlando and brought in Victor Oladipo. Oladipo is crazy explosive around the basket, similar to Westbrook so the dunks and fast break scores will be in high supply when those two are on the floor together. Centers Enes Canter and Steven Addams will continue to progress with the former scoring in high amounts, the latter playing solid defense/rebounding. The Thunder may have gotten a huge blow to their franchise after losing KD, but their recovery won't be nearly as bad as most people think.
Random thought for your thoughts- While Westbrook is incredible, if he gets hurt and misses more than a month, I say the Thunder would likely miss the playoffs. He's THAT important/good.
6. Memphis Grizzlies- Ugh, the Grizzlies. They are similarly as frustrating as the Hornets but in a different way. How so? Well, Mike Conley resigned this offseason and is now the second highest player in ALL of the NBA, only making less than Lebron James. The Griz also signed Chandler Parsons to a deal that makes him the 11th highest paid player in the NBA. What do Conley and Parsons have in common? They both have never made an All-Star team. On top of that, firing Dave Joerger after putting him through roster injury-hell last season while still making the playoffs is a bad look. Getting a healthy Marc Gasol back will be much needed and I expect the Griz to get back into the playoffs but have their usual early exit. This is a high-paid roster so expecting playoffs is not crazy. Keep an eye out to see if aging/expensive veterans Zach Randolph and Tony Allen hit the trade block rumor mill.
Random thought for your thoughts- Same as above. Mike Conley only trails Lebron James as the highest paid player in the NBA (26.5mil/yr). Mind-Blowing.
7. Utah Jazz- This is the year I think the Jazz will make that playoff leap. All the Jazz roster was missing last season were seasoned veterans off the bench and consistent point guard play. Well they traded for the solid PG in George Hill and signed vets Joe Johnson and Boris Diaw. While the three of those players won't have statistically great seasons for the Jazz, they will provide the leadership and guidance the youth on the roster sorely needs. The Stifle Tower in Rudy Gobert will continue to clog the paint, Gordon Hayward could be a fringe all-star and the young/promising Australian PG Dante Exum is healthy again from a torn ACL. Don't forget about F Derrick Favors too, he's one of the best big-man you've never hear about in the West. The Jazz play great defense, have youth, length and now determination. A playoff spot is now theirs to lose in my opinion.
Random thought for your thoughts- The Jazz played the 73-9 Warriors better than any other team in the NBA last year. Keep that in mind..
8. Houston Rockets- I originally had the Rockets missing the playoffs when I started this but changed my mind. It still blows my mind that Mike D'Antoni keeps getting head-coach work in the NBA based off of two successful seasons all those years ago in Phoenix when he had an MVP in Steve Nash running his offense. I guess the thinking was that D'Antoni can emulate that success with a similar player in James Harden. The Rockets will score in droves but lose 137-123 type games. The veteran pick-ups in Nene, Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon are decent but all three have extensive injury histories. Not sure how long other veterans like Corey Brewer and Trevor Ariza will last in D'Antoni's system, they might be trade-targets for teams early in the year. Even if the Rockets finish higher in playoff seeding, their playoff performances are lack-luster and they will most certainly be picked apart and/or killed by the Warriors or Spurs if they run into either of them.
Random thought for your thoughts- Mike D'Antoni hasn't won more than one playoff game since 2007. He's gone 243-281 since.
No Playoffs for you!!!
9. Dallas Mavericks- Oh man, Dallas fans are gonna be PISSED when they realize halfway through the season that the Warriors dumped two of their worst players on them. When the aging Dirk Nowitzki needs someone to help shoulder the load, they are going to find that Harrison Barnes 12ppg average isn't enough and also find Andrew Bogut on the DL with a rib/bone bruise contusion swelling of the bone. Then before they know it, they are 5 games under .500 with 20 games left and not looking like a playoff team. Coach Rick Carlise will keep the team afloat/relevant but I can't put any stock in them making the playoffs in an already difficult West. I do like the Seth Curry signing but it's time to start looking for the new era of Mavericks basketball. Trade vets for picks and youth to start over in 2018. It's going to be awhile before Mark Cuban gets to boast about another NBA title with his last one coming from what seems like ages ago.
Random thought for your thoughts- Nowitzki will be the first and only European-born NBA Hall of Fame Player when he finally decides to retire. No wonder the USA still dominates Olympic hoop.
10. Minnesota Timberwolves- Young and explosive but not quite just there yet for playoffs. Karl Anthony-Towns was unspeakably good in his rookie year so watching him become a top-3 Center in the NBA is not only going to happen, it might already be done. The Wolves ownership essentially gave all decisions and coaching over to Tom Thibodeau. Thibs preaches defense and hard-work which is something a young roster like the Wolves can really thrive with. Once they get their shit together this season and iron out all the kinks, I see the Wolves getting a great playoff seed in 2018. Lavine/Wiggins will continue to grow and progress their games, Gorgi Dieng and Shabazz Muhammed are both great options off the bench. I still don't understand why the NBA loves the severely over-rated Ricky Rubio still but every team has a guy like that. Wolves at the very least will be must-watch basketball these next coming seasons.
Random thought for your thoughts- Kevin Garnett is rumored to saying that he wants to own the T-Wolves one day, he's made an NBA record 343.7 million in career earnings, so that's a decent head-start.
11. New Orleans Pelicans- Drafting sharp-shooter Buddy Hield was a good start but Anthony Davis having no legit Robin to his Batman will continue to hurt the Pelicans. Whenever I look at their roster, I can only shake my head. Jrue Holiday? Tyreke Evans? Omer Asik? Lance Stephenson? Gross. Until the Pelicans pair another legit All-Star will Davis, this team is going nowhere. Davis may have an incredible season and maybe even squeak the Pelicans into the playoffs all by himself but that would be about it. About ten teams in the NBA drive me bonkers with their decisions, the Pelicans are top-3 there for me.
Random thought for your thoughts- New Orleans will get the 2017 All-Star Game/Week this year after it was taken away from Charlotte. #ElMijoB-DayPresent/Trip??
12. Denver Nuggets- Another team filled with random misfits and border-line talent. The Nuggets need time to see what exactly they have and would be best to move forward with. Deciding if they want or don't want Kenneth Faried will be their biggest thorn in their side all season. While Emmanuel Muiday and their two Euro Centers grow and develop the Nuggets won't be able to put up much of a fight late in games and will ultimately fall short. Flipping Faried for a lottery pick seems like the best option moving forward, this team isn't going any where too fast. Other veterans in Will Barton, Darrell Arthur and Wilson Chandler could all be put on the trading block as well.
Random thought for your thoughts- I have none for this team. Sorry.
13. Sacramento Kings- The brand new downtown Sacramento arena and fresh jerseys will be the only good thing going for the Kings this year. Drafting two Centers when you already have three of them on your roster (One of them being an All-Star in Cousins) is stupid on top of stupid. Cousins already isn't the biggest fan of Kings upper management so bringing in guys that play his position is most certainly evidence that the Kings might finally trade him if any one of their Centers proves to be serviceable/consistent. It's a gamble though and won't bring any wins to Sacramento effectively. Vlade Divac continues to flop as Kings GM just as much as he flopped as a player. Keeping good trade chips like Rudy Gay and Ben Maclemore is beyond dumb when they are both worth picks. Added veterans like Matt Barnes, Arron Afflalo, Jordan Farmer and Ty Lawson will all either be hurt or non-impact players. Oh and their other PG in Darren Collison just got in trouble for beating his GF this off-season. Great roster you got there, Vlade! Trent Baalke would be proud of you.
Random thought for your thoughts- Driving up to Sacramento might be the most affordable/best way to see the Warriors play this season. Not to mention a brand new arena that you can actually move comfortably through without rubbing shoulders/limbs with 80 weirdos standing in a 20-minute concession food line.
14. Los Angeles Lakers- The Kardashians of the NBA, I give you the LA Lakers. I didn't hate the Lakers when they were good but man do I hate them now that they are bad. Why? Because it's unwatchable basketball. The Staples Center is the worst home venue for basketball. Clowns like Swaggy-P and Metta World Peace actually play for this team. DeAngelo Russell represents everything old people hate about Millennials. They gave Luol Deng 18 million dollars and Timofey Mosgov 16 million dollars this offseason to come play in LA LA Land. Jordan Clarkson is the only player I like on the Lakers roster, the rest of them I wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole. Watch Brandon Ingram turn into another run-in the-mill Duke NBA player with no NBA titles to show for it. Until the Lakers become a playoff team again, they are unwatchable but don't worry because they will get 30 games on ESPN/TNT this year. Pathetic.
Random thought for your thoughts- Timofy Mozgov makes more than 2x MVP Steph Curry, Finals MVP Andre Iguodala & All-Star Draymond Green
15. Phoenix Suns- I was appalled at the performance of the Suns at the one game of theirs I attended last season. Granted, most of their players were injured and they just fired HC Jeff Hornaseck but seeing what the Suns were putting out on the floor was down right atrocious. GM Ryan McDonough is the WORST GM in all of the NBA. I could and will one day do a better job of running that franchise's roster. If only Suns owner Robert Sarver would return my emails. I'd make everyone expect Barbosa (veteran presence) and Devin Booker (Future) available for trade. Everyone else can go piss up a rope and bring me back draft picks. I'd then beg Sir Charles to become my Jerry West/Special Adviser and build from the ground-up. Any who, this team will be bad, plain and simple.
Random thought for your thoughts- Aside from the team being shit, they have some of the coolest jersey's in the NBA. SF Giants colors just look good for every team.
By: El Mijo
The growing energy of the basketball season is becoming more and more pungent. Sick of the shitty 49ers, the Giants disappointing end and people overrating College Football. It's time for some basketball. It's time for dunks, deep 3's and good old fashioned explosive athletes. Make no mistake, THE BEST athletes in America play basketball, the best. As always, I'm fired up for this season and should be your source for any NBA questions or opinions. Let's break-down the Eastern Conference first, then have the West broken down later this week. My predictions are not iron-clad, but they are far more accurate than any person who does not do this as a profession. The East is still incredibly harder to determine than things out West but I'll do my best to make some solid predictions. I like the theme "East Shake-Up". Fresh new rosters looking to make the playoffs and challenge the Cavs. It won't be boring in the East this season, things should be interesting. To basketball we go!
2017 Playoff Seeds
1. Cleveland Cavaliers- At this point you just have to wonder how long Lebron James can continue his streak of pure domination of the Eastern Conference. Will his reign come to an end this season? Likely not, no. He's just too strong, too smart and too talented to regress significantly this season. There's talk that Kyrie could emerge as the Kobe to Lebron's Shaq, which could create tension but having those two on the same team should only be considered a blessing, not a burden. Their roster is virtually the same minus the addition of Mike Dunleavy and subtraction of SMC alum Dellavedova. Look for rookie Kay Fielder to possibly make a splash in Dellavedova's place. He's only 5'9 but he averaged 24ppg and 9apg his senior year in college, could be the new Nate Robinson. Anyway, Cavs are too talented and led by the King so tough to see them not getting the top seed to defend their 2016 title.
Random thought for your thoughts- Kevin Love getting traded before the deadline is unlikely but not so crazy that it couldn't happen. I'm thinking the Thunder/Mavericks could come calling..
2. Boston Celtics- The addition of Al Horford this off season was a massive catch for head coach Brad Steven's Celtics. Having a talented and smart center to anchor the middle of their offense/defense was a problem the Celtics most certainly addressed by signing Horford. The leprechauns should have no issues in winning 50+ games this season and securing one of the top spots in the East. I was never a fan of Evan Turner so allowing him to walk and promoting bulldog Marcus Smart to garner more minutes is a fantastic move. The Celtics will most certainly take a leap this year, the question is, will the leap be big enough to challenge Lebron's Cavs come playoffs?
Random thought for your thoughts- Will Isiah Thomas get snubbed AGAIN for an All-Star nod? (Yes)
3. Toronto Raptors- While their roster doesn't really wow you, the two-headed monster of Kyle Lowry and Demar Derozan will be enough for the Raptors to ride to a top playoff seed. Both are bursting with confidence after helping earn a gold medal at the Olympics this past summer so both of them should be thirsty to keep the Raptors a legitimate playoff team. I like the addition of Jared Sullinger if he can manage to stay healthy/lean and draft pick/Euro/Utah Center Jakob Poeltl could turn some heads if he develops quicker than expected. Head Coach Dwayne Casey is one of the best motivators in the NBA, Raptors are still a talented and hard-working team that's difficult to beat at home.
Random thought for your thoughts- How long before Drake becomes a minority owner of this team?
4. Atlanta Hawks- Losing Al Horford to the Celtics definitely stings, but signing C Dwight Howard will definitely make you feel better. A lesser basketball mind will tell you that Dwight sucks, but he doesn't. Howard is a center any team wouldn't mind having if another center isn't already established. The Hawks also shook things up this off season by dealing PG Jeff Teague to the Pacers and getting the #12 pick back in return which was used to draft Taurean Prince out of Baylor. The jury is still out seeing if this trade/draft pick will be worth anything but it shows that the keys to the Hawks car have been handed over to the young PG in Dennis Schroder. Schroder showed flashes of elite potential last season and an aging Jeff Teague was only taking more and more of his minutes away. The Hawks still have a bounty of skilled NBA vets (Korver, Scott, Splitter, Sefolosha, Bazemore, Humpfries, Jack, Milsap) so they will still be relevant but don't hold your breath come playoffs.
Random thought for your thoughts- With all of those veterans listed above, how do the Hawks not trade at least 3 of them if the season isn't going the way they like it?
5. Detroit Pistons- I may be completely off on this one, but I really like what's going on up in Detroit. Stan Van Gundy is the polar opposite of his idiot brother Jeff, and is putting together young, scrappy rosters that are thirsty for wins. Center Andre Drummond will be a growing force again down low and you got to love how rookie SF Stanley Johnson stepped up in the playoffs to challenge Lebron (even though he failed). Not having PG Reggie Jackson for the first month or two of the season will hurt but the Piston's coaching and grind will see them through. Once Jackson is back, Detroit will be the team that nobody wants to play on the road and will bring physicality and toughness to you at home. Look for them to be active come the trade deadline too. Some disgruntled All-Star could be dealt and the Pistons are a great landing spot.
Random thought for your thoughts- Over/Under that Jeff Van Gundy is rumored to take over as coach of a struggling team because his brother is still successful?
6. Chicago Bulls- Why not? Speaking of shake-ups, the Bulls also had a massive one this off-season by stealing Miami's golden child and future hall of famer in Dwayne Wade and signing historically rogue free agent PG Rajon Rondo. They got sick of waiting for Derrick Rose to return to glory so they sent him packing to NY. Recently they flipped sparingly used SG Tony Snell for a back-up PG and former ROY Michael Carter-Williams. On paper, this is a nasty roster. All-Star Jimmy Butler is still one of the best two-way players in the game and adding all of this talent to take pressure off of him is a step in the right direction. I even loved the Denzel Valentine draft pick who could be a poor man's Draymond Green. However a problem for the Bulls could be outside shooting and overall identity. Wade and Rondo are notoriously known for their bad outside shooting percentage/defense and there's a lot of alpha-males for only one basketball. It's up to coach Fred Hoidberg to put together a complicated puzzle, if he can, a high playoff seed awaits. If he can't the Bulls will put forth yet another disappointing season that started with high promise.
Random thought for your thoughts- Will former coach Tom Thibs have a better record with the T-Wolves in his first year than the Bulls will?
7. Indiana Pacers- I HATED the firing of Frank Vogel. One of the most under appreciated coaches in the NBA. Not a year went by that he didn't deal with a devastating player injury or a wonky/aged roster put together by team prez, Larry Bird. Bird fired Vogel and replaced him with Nate McMillan, a coach that is highly regarded among NBA coaching minds, but never really being able to take a team to the next level which is why you've probably never heard of him. They dumped PG George Hill to the Jazz because he was little/mis-used and now have Jeff Teague running things at the point. I originally felt that the Pacers would take a step back and miss the playoffs but I like Paul George too much to doubt them making the playoffs. Center Miles Turner is the one to watch this season to see if he make improvement on an impressive rookie year. All in all, I think the Pacers will squeeze into the playoffs but they will likely find themselves in the same situation as last season with a disappointing playoff performance/early exit. Firing a talented coach then getting the same results? Come on, Larry!
Random thought for your thoughts- Is Indiana really a superior basketball-state if they have never won an NBA championship? (No) And is Hosiers the most over-rated basketball movie ever? (Yes)
8. Charlotte Hornets- Ugh, the Hornets. So boring and so hard to predict. While most people think that Michael Jordan is the man running the show, it's actually his GM Richard Cho that does the bulk of the work. The Hornets to me are in basketball purgatory. The have a roster of some talented players but most of them are over-paid or nothing to flashy to ride home about. The roster screams for a blow-up/tank so they can start over with a sexy top-pick but it's not like the greatest player/competitor ever in Michael Jordan would sign-off on doing something like that. Veterans Roy Hibbert and Marco Belinelli being added are two big yawns. Kemba Walker is still fast and quick as hell but when teams key in on him to shut down his attack, nobody on the team will step up to shoulder the load. I hate that I have them stealing the last playoff spot in my predictions but it is what it is.
Random thought for your thoughts- North Carolina's LGBT law led to the NBA to take away the Hornets hosting the 2017 All-Star game/week. Proof that even Michael Jordan can't influence Adam Silver's hasty decisions.
9. Washington Wizards- Firing their coach and bringing in former Thunder coach Scott Brooks was an easy/clear move but the Wizards did nothing in really improving their roster. It almost looks exactly like the same roster that disappointed last season. They over-paid for C Ian Mahinmi and also won't have his services for the first month of the season after he sustained a knee injury or something. Trading away draft picks last season only to miss the playoffs is a really bad look. Scott Brooks could eventually make this team a playoff caliber roster in a few seasons but having no picks and showing John Wall that you cannot make a playoff splash will definitely cost you. #9 might even be too high for this team and I wouldn't be shocked if Bradley Beal and Wall start bitching very early about the direction the Wizards are heading in.
Random thought for your thoughts- No team needs a mascot/name change more than the Wizards. Washington Sentinels, Senators, Generals, Presidents? I like my dark-horse pick, The Washington Lincolns. BAD-ASS. Fans could all being wearing awesome top-hats and beards.
10. Milwaukee Bucks- Head Coach Jason Kidd still has a lot to figure out with this roster but there is a growing light at the end of the tunnel. Extending the Greek Freak with a new deal was a great move, he has the potential to be MVP caliber if he ever reaches his potential ceiling. Jabari Parker could finally be healthy and contribute meaningfully. The Bucks also gambled big-time and drafted another lanky/tall project in Thon Maker that could wind up being the biggest steal of the steal. Before their youngsters make the leap however, their aging/random veterans and spread minutes won't be getting them into the playoffs this season. I see 2017-2018 being the year that the Bucks start turning the playoff heads but for now, the Buck will just be fun to watch as they are up and comers.
Random thought for your thoughts- The Greek Freak playing a 6'11 Point Guard then switching to Center is the stuff of NBA coach nightmares.
11. New York Knicks- Ah the Knicks, the most relevant, yet irrelevant team in professional sports. Big things happened for them this off season. They brought in former Suns coach Jeff Hornaseck to try again at running Phil's triangle offense. I like the hire but J-Horn won't be running his own system, he will be forced to run Phil Jackson's. Melo is satisfied with his gold medals so relying on him to be a leader is just folly. Porzingus remains the X-factor and future of this team so hopefully he makes a nice leap after his successful rookie season. Bringing in Derrick Rose despite his off-court drama was a head scratcher but it is a contract-year so they can be rid of him if he doesn't pan out. Joakim Noah was a decent signing but he's constantly hurt and a shell of his former self when healthy. The Knicks will get their nationally televised games and put asses in MSG's seats but a playoff team? Not so much. Too much drama and too many distractions will doom the Knicks like always.
Random thought for your thoughts- Derrick Rose was accused of gang-rape along with his two friends. It's a messy story but proof that Rose continues to look more and more like a legit asshole every year simply because he is a weirdo that finds his own basketball talent to be some kind of burden as well as a blessing.
12. Orlando Magic- If the Magic sniff or sneak into the playoffs this season, I won't be surprised, just pissed at myself for ranking them so low right now. They have an intriguing roster of youth mixed with savvy defensive veterans. Aaron Gordon must be given more minutes to speed his development, along with PG Elfrid Payton (Rajon Rondo-like) and SG Mario Hezonja. They sent Victor Oladipo to the Thunder for Serge Ibaka and also signed playoff hero C Bismack Biyombo to a sizeable deal. New head coach Frank Vogel will preach defense and development, exactly what a team like this needs and has a roster built for. In 2 or 3 seasons, the Magic could be an elite team, just not right now I'm thinking but who knows?
Random thought for your thoughts- If Aaron Gordon doesn't for some reason participate in the 2017 Dunk-Contest, do you have to watch? Even with Zach Lavine, the answer is still no.
13. Miami Heat- For the first time in a long time, the Heat will not have Dwayne Wade on their roster. Losing your franchise golden boy is extremely tough to over come, even if Wade was on the slow decline. Even worse, the situation with Chris Bosh is messy. The Heat say that he is unfit to play basketball and clearly want to cut ties with him and also make sure he can't play for another team this year. Bosh is crying bullshit, admitting he's not ready to come back just yet but can still attempt to hoop a few months down the road. Very messy, we will see how it shakes out but the Heat will certainly have a down year. Resigning Hassan Whiteside was a good move but he doesn't scream team-leader. Neither does Goran Dragic. Justice Winslow, Tyler Johnson and Josh Richardson are solid building blocks but nothing to rave about. A rough/media-heavy year in Miami as they attempt to turn the page.
Random thought for your thoughts- No Shaq, no Lebron, no Wade. No have-to-watch.
14. Philadelphia 76ers- Mercifully, the 76ers cut ties with tank-happy GM Sam Hinkie and turned the keys over to Jerry and Bryan Colangelo to pull this team out of the NBA gutter it historically and purposefully, threw itself into. Top pick Ben Simmons is LEGIT, don't let anyone tell you otherwise. However a broken foot injury most certainly will cost him a few months and if his agent (also Lebron's agent) has it his way, Simmons could maybe sit out the entire season. That wouldn't be the worst news imaginable, not like the 76ers were a playoff team anyway but the Colangelos need a few seasons to build this roster and develope the young talent they want to move forward with. Joel Embiid is finally healthy and showing flashes of potential. Whether or not the Sixers want to keep Nerlens Noel/Jahlil Okafor/Dario Saric is the question. Not enough minutes to spread around guys who sorely need all of them. Wins will be tough to come by this year.
Random thought for your thoughts- Did you know that Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith are minority owners of the 76ers? Wonder who keeps that when the divorce inevitably rolls around, hopefully it's Will.
15. Brooklyn Nets- The Nets will easily be one of the worst teams in basketball. Extremely unwatchable. Their best player in C Brook Lopez is constantly hurt, their young players are so-so and the veterans they signed are all career journey-men with not much left to bring to the table. Remember 3 seasons ago when the owner/GM gave away almost all of their picks to get Garnett, Pierce and Derrick Williams on the same Nets team? Yeah, it's STILL costing them and will the next year and the year after that unless they pull of a trade or free agency signing miracle. As the 76ers attempt to leave the NBA gutter, the Nets will lease their newly vacated space for the foreseeable future.
Random thought for your thoughts- Might be the cheapest/best NBA ticket you can buy in 2017. Brand-new arena with a shit team = sweet seats!
By: El Mijo
So what did we think would happen? Kaepernick would inspire/rally the depleted and ridiculously young/inexperienced 49er roster into winning one of the toughest road games the 49ers will play all year? Hilarious stuff. Kaepernick did his thing in the first half, making a few nice passes and scrambles but the second half was a much different story. The Bills essentially ran their offense at will and Kaep couldn't connect on a pass over 8 yards to save his life (football career). The holes in this defense are glaring, our offense is easy to decipher once the second half rolls around, and Chip Kelly's coaching staff can't look to show anything positive with the roster Trent Baalke has provided them. If the 49ers lose to the Bucs at home next week, there will be the loudest roar ever in calling for Baalke's head. Bottomline, this team needs draft picks and a lot of them. They also need these picks not to be chosen by Trent Baalke. Jed York's best football-friend is no longer employable and every week that he demonstrates his lack of roster building knowledge to successfully move forward. Let's look at the remaining games for the 49ers..
VS Bucs (likely loss, Winston will pass for 300+ yards against this defense)
Bye Week (preferable time to fire Baalke if York comes out from under his billion-dollar rock)
VS Saints (Loss, Brees will pass for 400+ yards)
@Cardinals (20+ point Loss, Kaep picked twice and fumbles twice)
VS Patriots (Loss, Bill B can sit Brady, Gronk, Blount and half their defense and still win by 2 touchdowns)
@Dolphins (Loss, They just beat the Steelers at home so beating the 49ers is certainly do-able)
@Bears (Win? Maybe York will tweet "Great win!" after a field goal w/ 3 seconds left gives us a 9-7 win)
VS Jets (Loss, no specific reason why, they will just lose this game)
@Falcons (Loss, Oh my will Matt Ryan and Julio Jones thrash this defense, it'll be over after the 1st Q)
@Rams (Loss, Gurley will rush for 200+ yards, 2 TDs when my fantasy team needs it most)
VS Seahawks (Another drubbing that will bring our most painful season in recent memory to a merciful end. Fitting that it'll be done by the hands of the god-damn Seahawks, the polar-opposite of a franchise that we were once able to call our "rivals". Now, we would be lucky to be called their bitch.)
2 wins and 14 loses. Hopefully that gets us a Top-3 pick.
Now we look forward to the 2017 draft with our new GM! Don't get too excited though because it will likely just be an in-house promotion because Jed York is Jed York. So what do we do? I'll tell you what we do, we prepare for the NBA season!!!!
The 2017 Honer Sports NBA Previews coming out later this week. Time to let the Dark Side return to the shadows and usher in the new light that is KD/Steph and the Warriors. Gotta love hoops! For all of you depressed 49er fans out there, fear not! The Dark Side remains and the North Remembers..
By: El Mijo