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Naji the underdog

Postby muskieman » Tue Jun 08, 2021 6:34 pm

I asked a ref if he could give me a technical foul for thinking bad things about him. He said, of course not. I said, well, I think you stink. And he gave me a technical. You can't trust em.
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Re: Naji the underdog

Postby oldhoopster » Tue Jun 08, 2021 9:03 pm

Nice to see Naji making it on the big stage. Sounds like he's working on his shot. He's always been a defender and a slasher, but that outside shot was weak at times. If he can keep working on that and playing in his role, he should have some good years in the NBA. He's a good kid. Thanks for posting that.
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Re: Naji the underdog

Postby madness31 » Thu Aug 12, 2021 12:33 am

Hopefully he has a long successful career. It is odd that he is a good defender yet his game seems better suited to the NBA. NBA generally plays no defense and the officials make it difficult to even try.

Decision making will likely determine his fate. He has the length and athletic ability. He has the desire.
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Re: Naji the underdog

Postby WestCoastMuskie » Fri Aug 27, 2021 6:50 pm

Elite NBA teams play incredible defense. Did you see Jrue Halliday and Draymond Green in the Olympics? Naji has the perfect skill set for the NBA, and I'm still pissed the Warriors passed on him and took Nico Mannion. It was obvious by his sophomore year that Naji would have a pro career, whereas Trevon Blueitt would not.
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Re: Naji the underdog

Postby madness31 » Fri Aug 27, 2021 11:07 pm

I have not seen great defense in the NBA in decades. The defense improves during the playoffs but the regular season is a joke.

I rarely watch the NBA because of the lack of defense so it is possible the game has changed recently. If there is a team I should check out, let me know otherwise I will assume the game is still designed to attract children.
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Re: Naji the underdog

Postby WestCoastMuskie » Sat Aug 28, 2021 2:23 am

I used to feel the same way. But living through 2017-18 GSWarriors changes may thinking. That was the greatest offensive team in basketball history. And defensively, except for Curry, the other 4 in the closing lineup - Iguodala (who should could shut down any perimeter player), Green, Thompson and Durant were defensive juggernauts. Watching that team with its beautiful; ball movement, then watching X on off nights after Mack left, made it difficult to buy in to what Steele was offering. I have a long history with the program - I got to rush the court after the first great win over GTwn in 1990 as a band member. X has always been fun to watch, until Steele. I've spent some time thinking about this - I know watching the greatest shooter in the history of the game 82 nights a year make impossible shots, then watch a tortured X offense is not good for my X fandom, but basketball is basketball, and I live in Steph Curry's neighborhood. As for defensive NBA teams, yeah, watching the NO Pelicans late in the season after they have missed the playoff? You're right, horrible defense, no switching and no effort to fight over picks. But elite teams - Milwaukee, Phoenix, Philadelphia - are impressive. If you watch alot of NBA, it makes watching college difficult because the level of shot making is SO much better. College players are so much worse but seem to try hard.
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Re: Naji the underdog

Postby WestCoastMuskie » Sat Aug 28, 2021 2:31 am

Basketball pornography - GSW 17. The defensive plays, too. 67 wins, 16-1 in the playoffs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSVpSRjJY1E
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Re: Naji the underdog

Postby Anti-Homer » Sat Aug 28, 2021 9:36 am

WestCoastMuskie wrote:
Sat Aug 28, 2021 2:23 am
I used to feel the same way. But living through 2017-18 GSWarriors changes may thinking. That was the greatest offensive team in basketball history. And defensively, except for Curry, the other 4 in the closing lineup - Iguodala (who should could shut down any perimeter player), Green, Thompson and Durant were defensive juggernauts. Watching that team with its beautiful; ball movement, then watching X on off nights after Mack left, made it difficult to buy in to what Steele was offering. I have a long history with the program - I got to rush the court after the first great win over GTwn in 1990 as a band member. X has always been fun to watch, until Steele. I've spent some time thinking about this - I know watching the greatest shooter in the history of the game 82 nights a year make impossible shots, then watch a tortured X offense is not good for my X fandom, but basketball is basketball, and I live in Steph Curry's neighborhood. As for defensive NBA teams, yeah, watching the NO Pelicans late in the season after they have missed the playoff? You're right, horrible defense, no switching and no effort to fight over picks. But elite teams - Milwaukee, Phoenix, Philadelphia - are impressive. If you watch alot of NBA, it makes watching college difficult because the level of shot making is SO much better. College players are so much worse but seem to try hard.
The problem with X's offense imo, is Steele has made X's players adapt their skillset to his offense, as opposed to designing his offense around theirs. How else do you explain him letting Marshall, Goodin, Carter, and other low percentage three point shooters hurl treys at will regardless of time, score, or situation?

Marshall had a nice stroke and would have been in the mid-upper thirties if he was more judicious in shot selection. Goodin would have never hit 30%. X has a great mix of shooters and slashers this year. Let's hope Steele adapts to their strengths and doesn't let them shoot threes like they're at a carnival.

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