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LVSL QF's: Charlotte Hornets vs. New York Knicks

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I could be wrong on this, but coaches aren't as free to move as players. I think other teams can talk to coaches but they have to be granted permission from the organization as long as the coach is under contract. As long as we want Clifford here, he's ours.

If somebody wants Clifford, they can hire Ewing who's more than qualified for his first opportunity to be a head coach.

Clifford is only under contract for 2 more seasons.

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Clifford is only under contract for 2 more seasons.

 

Barring a complete meltdown either on the court or in the front office, I think it's safe to say an extension will be headed his way if the team makes a repeat playoff appearance.

 

And this is kind of a tangent, but I don't buy the line many are throwing around here that a "token playoff appearance is not good enough this time around." While bowing out in the first round or getting a lower seed would be lower than expectations, Clifford inherited a laughing stock of a franchise coming off a 20-win season and trying to build around a wild, undersized point guard, a wing player who needed a complete reconstruction of his shot, and a young undersized center who is a liability everywhere on the basketball court outside of blocking shots and occasionally getting some rebounds.

 

In the span of two consecutive offseasons, he has helped turn that squad (with some notable additions, obviously) into what looks to be a young threat to the Eastern Conference playoff picture. This was unthinkable just three seasons ago.

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Barring a complete meltdown either on the court or in the front office, I think it's safe to say an extension will be headed his way if the team makes a repeat playoff appearance.

And this is kind of a tangent, but I don't buy the line many are throwing around here that a "token playoff appearance is not good enough this time around." While bowing out in the first round or getting a lower seed would be lower than expectations, Clifford inherited a laughing stock of a franchise coming off a 20-win season and trying to build around a wild, undersized point guard, a wing player who needed a complete reconstruction of his shot, and a young undersized center who is a liability everywhere on the basketball court outside of blocking shots and occasionally getting some rebounds.

In the span of two consecutive offseasons, he has helped turn that squad (with some notable additions, obviously) into what looks to be a young threat to the Eastern Conference playoff picture. This was unthinkable just three seasons ago.

None of that will mean anything when LA, NY, etc want him.

Kemba is not undersized, he's 6'1. Chris Paul is 6' & Tony Parker is 6'2. Why do y'all act like he's 5'3?

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None of that will mean anything when LA, NY, etc want him.

Kemba is not undersized, he's 6'1. Chris Paul is 6' & Tony Parker is 6'2. Why do y'all act like he's 5'3?

 

We can still demand a king's ransom in compensation unless he really makes it known he'd rather go elsewhere. Considering the current states of those two franchises and their recent coaching histories, I would be surprised if he wanted to leave the stability he's built here.

 

I act like Kemba's 5'3 because he plays with a dribble-drive style where he's constantly among the trees in the paint. At 6'1 180 he lacks the size to go in there with authority like a Russell Westbrook who is 6'4 and can jump out of the gym. During his first season that I was referencing, all Kemba did was drive into the paint at 100 miles an hour like he was still at UConn. Now he's developed a little bit more of a perimeter and facilitator game, but he is naturally a scoring guard.

 

With each draft, more and more teams will be gravitating toward taller primary ball handlers (Exum, Payton, MCW, LaVine, Smart) that could cause problems for Kemba in the future.

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Boooooooooooo ↑^^^^^^^^^

Negative Nancy!!

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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we've never had a team that could create the space kemba needs to take his man off the dribble

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Guys, Vonleh has a good ways to go to put everything together. And that is no guarantee either.

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Boooooooooooo ↑^^^^^^^^^

Negative Nancy!!

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

 

I'll be the first to defend Kemba when he is beating Wall, Irving, and Lillard down the stretch. I loved the pick and love that he embraced his role even through the tough times the franchise was going through. My post is looking past this season, when Cho really has alot of decisions to make once rookie deals start coming up for renewal. Kemba is one of those potentially big deals.

 

I'm simply wondering if we could possibly do better at that position, the most important on the floor. Who does this team build around? Is it Al? He's the most productive player in team history, but the roster as constructed doesn't really space the floor. Is it Kemba? He makes his living driving to the basket, but Al needs to be under the basket in order to operate.

 

That's really simplifying it, but one of the more fascinating aspects of the team next season will be how they function as a unit with the additions. There's no question there's tons of young talent there right now, but with Al, Kemba, MKG, Biyombo and the like having team options coming up and potential contract expirations on the horizon, I think it's fair to consider the future (albeit a bit early) beyond just this season if we are going to consider, as lindsey did, that "the rebuild is complete."

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Hornets sighting on SC Top Ten

- Hairston's tomahawk jam came in at #6.

- Rion Brown's impressive alley-oop came in at #4.

Does espn post the nightly top ten online?

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Does espn post the nightly top ten online?

I've never been able to find them.

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I've never been able to find them.

You can find those two plays on nba.com's highlight recap of the game.

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