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  1. #61
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    If Lowry's thumb proves to not be all the way healed, he could be an automatic elimination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buckalis View Post
    Given that is Pops who is the coach, he knows well the Eastern European game and the physicality that will be involved... Physicality means having players loaded with fouls... My opinion is that Pops doesn't go in there without a 3rd center...
    Thatís definitely a fair point but who gets dropped. I donít see it being Tucker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NBA all the way View Post
    If Lowry's thumb proves to not be all the way healed, he could be an automatic elimination.
    Thatís a good point. Any raptor fans want to chime in with an injury update?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrueFan420 View Post
    Thatís definitely a fair point but who gets dropped. I donít see it being Tucker.
    Well... he can only get 12 with him and he will definitely need 3 PGs and 3 CFs... I would guess the other 6 should be a combo guard, 2x2/3 wings, 2x3/4 forwards and a "pure" PF...

    This way, Pops will be able to play either "3 guards" or "3 towers" on the floor depending on matches and mismatches... I believe he will let Tucker behind not because he wants to, but because he will conclude that it leads to the optimum roster mixture he can rotate...

    EDIT: I mean if he takes Tucker, then he must reject either Tatum or Kuzma... In any case, I believe the "pure" PF should be J.Jackson jr. he just called...

    EDIT-2: I believe Pops wants to avoid having any of his players thinking that this is "like NBA" and Tucker is IMO, one of the most vulnerable to "fell into this trap"...
    Last edited by buckalis; 08-03-2019 at 07:09 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrueFan420 View Post
    Thatís a good point. Any raptor fans want to chime in with an injury update?
    He had surgery July 18th, idk how it's even feasible but gotta give him respect for trying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NBA all the way View Post
    He had surgery July 18th, idk how it's even feasible but gotta give him respect for trying.
    Mind you that Pops won't care if he has Lowery available for the 1st week of the tournament.. It's the 2nd week he cares about and that's 7.5 weeks distant from the injury, which should be more than enough...

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    **** these entitled Canadians. They acting like they the USA and did something before in international play where most of these guys withdrawing.

    Them euros and south Americans bleed on the floor for their countries and it would take a legit injury for them not to play for the most part.

    Hopefully they can qualify for the Olympics. Bich *** suckas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heediot View Post
    **** these entitled Canadians. They acting like they the USA and did something before in international play where most of these guys withdrawing.

    Them euros and south Americans bleed on the floor for their countries and it would take a legit injury for them not to play for the most part.

    Hopefully they can qualify for the Olympics. Bich *** suckas.
    Other than Tyler Dorsey who called last week and said that he was very sorry he couldn't join, because he is still in the USA and is negotiating with teams (still a free agent), no roster problem (after a very long time) for us...

    http://www.fiba.basketball/basketbal...-for-world-cup

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    1V1 Jayson Tatum, DeAaron Fox, Jaylen Brown & Bam

    For the ones that are worried because most of are star players have decided they are to big for the Fiba World Championship.

    I say to you, one word... Bam

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCngGrkAwTM







    Quote Originally Posted by IKnowHoops View Post
    As a rookie Micheal Beasley averaged 13.9pts per game on .472 shooting. Do you know how many times Kobe Bryant or Tracy Mcgrady shot at that percent or better? Never in there whole careers. If Beas can be what he was when he was a rookie (he won't hell be better) then the heat are coming away with another steal.

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    Giannis didn't practice today with the Greek squad, due to a gastrenderitis virus keeping him to bed... The joke between his team mates and brothers alike, was that the American secret service under Trump attempted to ...poison his food so that they can take him out, not only because he is a threat to the USA team, but also because he is a personal friend of ex-president Obama...

    P.S. Giannis is the only active basketball player that was invited in the white house and met president Obama personally after his official invitation... President Obama is known to be a basketball fanatic (plays the game himself) and Giannis admirer... (despite being a Bulls fan).

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    Quote Originally Posted by NBA all the way View Post
    If Lowry's thumb proves to not be all the way healed, he could be an automatic elimination.
    Props to Lowry, he could of easily dropped out with a legit excuse, add in his deep title run. Too many guys be dropping out for far less. OTOH Spurs and Raptors are more liberal in allowing guys to compete in these type of tourneys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heediot View Post
    Props to Lowry, he could of easily dropped out with a legit excuse, add in his deep title run. Too many guys be dropping out for far less. OTOH Spurs and Raptors are more liberal in allowing guys to compete in these type of tourneys.
    It adds world wide fame to the team... I mean the commentators all over the world don't just say his name "Lowry" on plays, but they'll be commenting when he is involved in an important play or when the roster is announced, "Kyle Lowry, the PG of the NBA champions Toronto Raptors"...

    Same with the Bucks... "Giannis Antetokounmpo, the NBA's MVP"...

    It adds more fans to the team all over the world and this means additional profits for the organization... Nike timed their new "freak" products just before the FIBA world cup...

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    https://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/...da-basketball/

    Good article explaining the elements and context for a lot of the national team drop outs.

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    Red face

    Quote Originally Posted by buckalis View Post
    Giannis didn't practice today with the Greek squad, due to a gastrenderitis virus keeping him to bed... The joke between his team mates and brothers alike, was that the American secret service under Trump attempted to ...poison his food so that they can take him out, not only because he is a threat to the USA team, but also because he is a personal friend of ex-president Obama...

    P.S. Giannis is the only active basketball player that was invited in the white house and met president Obama personally after his official invitation... President Obama is known to be a basketball fanatic (plays the game himself) and Giannis admirer... (despite being a Bulls fan).
    The gastrenteritis that Giannis got, keeps him in bed for a second day... Team Greece announced today that Giannis won't play against Hungary on friday (the 1st on schedule of the preparation games) while his participation against Iran on Sunday remains doubtful... Did the American secret service tried to poison Giannis food? The question remains...

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    Quote Originally Posted by WindYY View Post
    btw Serbia has more nba talent!
    Serbia is expected to be in the final four with USA and Greece, the thing is that Greece matches with USA in the 2nd round and they can't meet again before the finals... Therefore who will be against Serbia in the semifinals? Greece or USA? In any case, Serbia has to beat both to win the gold...

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