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The Weekly Mock Draft 2.0: Vikings replace Diggs, Bengals protect Burrow

2020.09.23 14:41 GaryNunchucks The Weekly Mock Draft 2.0: Vikings replace Diggs, Bengals protect Burrow

What is The Weekly Mock Draft?
Every Wednesday/Thursday of the season (starting today and ending after Week 17), I will post a mock draft. The order is determined by Tankathon (record and SOS) and will be updated weekly as well. This will be used as a tool to determine how the stocks of the top prospects changed throughout the year and for the fans to have something to look forward to once football games are over for the week. The teams will pick players as if they are drafting today. Enjoy!
1. Carolina: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
Teddy Bridgewater is not the long-term answer at QB and everyone knows it. If Carolina does in fact end up with the top pick, they will not hesitate to select the athletic Clemson standout, Trevor Lawrence. His bend of size, athleticism, and arm talent combines with physical gifts to create the dream QB many teams long for. The Panthers can have him sit behind Bridgewater for a season or choose to play him from Week 1. Either way, the team will have an exciting QB to build around for years to come.
2. Atlanta: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
If games were won solely by offense, Atlanta would be 2-0. However, their defense has came short in the past two games and Thomas Dimitroff needs to make big moves this upcoming offseason if he wants to keep his job. Micah Parsons, without a doubt, is the best defensive player in this class and fits a need at LB. Although he isn't the most consistent tackler, his potential outweighs any concerns, making him a perfect fit for a Falcons defense that needs a spark.
3. Minnesota: Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU
Adam Thielen has been great as the WR1 in Minnesota and Justin Jefferson has time to develop as this is only his rookie season. Bisi Johnson has been fairly lackluster in two seasons as a Viking and isn't expected to be a core member of Minnesota offense. The Vikings need a proper replacement for Stefon Diggs and if Justin Jefferson doesn't live up to his expectations as a Round 1 pick, they need to consider Ja'Marr Chase. He is a natural receiver, with a smooth style of play and plucky hands, and could help form a deadly receiving group in Minnesota.
4. Detroit: Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama
The Lions LB trio has been uninspiring in their play so far and players like Jarrad Davis and Christian Jones can certainly be replaced any day of the week. Moses is an athletic LB with extraordinary instincts and range. If Jamie Collins Sr. can keep up the play he displayed in New England, pairing him with Moses would provide a great boost to the young Lions defense.
5. Cincinnati: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
The best non-QB prospect falls to Cincinnati at 5 and will be the easiest pick of the draft. Cincinnati is desperate for help on the offensive line, especially the OT position. Rookie Jonah Williams is expected to be a mainstay on the offensive line but is capable of moving around and if Sewell is drafted, he could shift to LG. Another situation would involve both Williams and Sewell playing OT. Wherever the coaches decide to place them, the Bengals will have two talented linemen that can help keep promising rookie QB Joe Burrow healthy.
6. Philadelphia: Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
The Eagles have had a terrible start to the season, losing their first two games to teams they were supposed to be better than, but all the blame can't be placed on Carson Wentz and the offense. Starting CBs Darius Slay and Avonte Maddox have not performed up to par and although Slay is expected to a star on the Eagles defense, Maddox can be replaced and Farley is the perfect option. The elite Virginia Tech CB may be new to defending WRs but he plays like he has experience. A CB duo of Slay and Farley would certainly come in handy against an NFC East featuring up and coming receivers like CeeDee Lamb and Terry McLaurin.
7. NY Giants: Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami
Dexter Lawrence, Leonard Williams, and Lorenzo Carter have already recorded sacks and showed flashes of pass rushing prowess. Markus Golden has also been solid but the Giants still need a boost at the EDGE position. Rousseau is a raw but terrific edge defender with exceptional length that can help take the Giants defense to the next level.
8. Miami: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
Miami has a great WR1 in top 15 receiver DeVante Parker but his offensive partners, Preston Williams and Isaiah Ford, could be better. Ford enters free agency after this season and Miami could make a dramatic upgrade by drafting Too Tagovailoa's college teammate, DeVonta Smith. The Alabama game changer would be a reliable option in any offense and his chemistry with Tagovailoa will already be there, making him a worthy reach at 8.
9. Denver: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
A.J. Bouye is out for a few weeks with an injury but nobody was expecting him to play like the All-Pro shutdown corner he was in Jacksonville. Bryce Callahan isn't doing too great but still has the potential to turn around his season. Nevertheless, Denver needs to add another CB this upcoming offseason and if they miss out on Farley, they should consider Patrick Surtain II. He has the ideal combination of height, weight, and length for a CB and has displayed the patience and aggressiveness necessary to thrive as a corner in the NFL.
10. Houston → MIA: Quincy Roche, EDGE, Miami
Miami reaches once again, but this time for the explosive in-state EDGE Quincy Roche. The Dolphins pass rushing unit consists of Raekwon Davis, Emmanuel Ogbah, Shaq Lawson, and Kyle Van Noy, none of whom have made a positive impact yet as Dolphins. A lethal defender like Roche needs to be brought in to bolster the pass rush and fill in one of Miami's biggest needs.
11. NY Jets: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
Sam Darnold has not lived up to the expectations of being the best QB from the 2018 NFL Draft and although the blame can be put on Adam Gase and the front office not providing more weapons, Darnold has still failed to try and make the best of his situation. The Jets are likely to have a much higher pick but if the draft were to occur today, they would pick at 11. And since this scenario puts them in the war room today, the Jets will bounce on Justin Fields if he is available. Lance is a natural arm that can make effortless throws with accuracy. If Adam Gase is fired as expected, the new coach will likely want to start fresh with a tough QB like Fields.
12. Tampa Bay: Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue
Tampa Bay has one of the best WR duos in the league in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. Both receivers made the Pro Bowl last season as deserved and with Tom Brady at the helm, the duo could have as good of a season once they are on the field together. Scotty Miller, on the other hand, is not the type of third option that can change the outcome of a game. Chris Godwin will also be a free agent and there is a possibility that the Buccaneers decide to pass on paying him if they want to spend on other positions of need and if they can find a replacement in the draft. This could also end up being a situation similar to what the Cowboys were in this April, taking CeeDee Lamb at 17. Rondale Moore, like Lamb, is a RAC machine that resembles a running back with the ball in his hands. His presence will make Tom Brady's life easier and perhaps propel Tampa Bay to the next tier.
13. Washington: Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama
The departure of Trent Williams left Washington starting Geron Christian Sr. at LT. Christian Sr. is obviously not the long-term starter and could be replaced as soon as next March. Washington could also opt to wait for the draft and pick from a skinny selection of OTs. Leatherwood will likely be available at 13 and Washington should definitely pick him to fully move on from Trent Williams and keep young offensive pieces Dwyane Haskins Jr. and Antonio Gibson healthy.
14. LA Chargers: Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia
Starting CBs Chris Harris Jr. and Casey Hayward Jr. have not turned any heads with their play so far this season and Desmond King II is frustrated with his role, plus he will be a free agent next spring. Both Harris Jr. and Hayward Jr. will also become free agents together in 2022 and could potentially leave if the Chargers don't perform well. However these next two free agency periods go, the Chargers need to prepare for the future by adding to their secondary. Derwin James and Nasir Adderley are young and promising safeties but CB is the position that really needs to be addressed. Tyson Campbell is a very good outside corner with great athleticism and agility. Drafting him will bump the Chargers up one step in the rebuilding process.
15. Cleveland: Creed Humphrey, IOL, Oklahoma
Cleveland has many needs and two of the most important ones, a leader and an IOL, are addressed with this pick. Creed Humphrey displayed responsibility and leadership as Oklahoma's best blocker and possesses a stronger lower body, helpful in preventing defensive linemen from getting past him. The Browns often rely on Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt to run the ball and Humphrey will be instrumental in bolstering the team's ground game.
16. Jacksonville: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
Gardner Minshew II has played well and was only 3 points away from leading the Jaguars to a 2-0 record. It has been obvious for the past couple months that Jacksonville's ownership is not interested in winning as they cut star RB Leonard Fournette and got rid of stars on the defensive side of the ball. Minshew II has done what he can to save his job by winning in Week 1 and trying to prove that he deserves to be the Jaguars franchise QB but for now, a replacement seems to be on Jacksonville's radar. The NFL is slowly shifting to an era in which dual-threat QBs reign supreme and Lance fits that mold. He is a competitive athlete with good body and arm strength and could either sit as a backup for his rookie year or start from the beginning and Jacksonville could find a trade for Minshew II.
17. Indianapolis: Marvin Wilson, IDL, Florida State
The Colts get the steal of the draft by landing top 10 prospect Marvin Wilson from Florida State. DeForest Buckner is a defensive star and will be a part of the Colts defense for many years but his teammate on the defensive line, Grover Stewart, is replaceable and the Colts need to improve there. Wilson is a muscular defender with superb physical tools and good mobility for his size. Indianapolis has a young defense that can already get the job done and adding Wilson to the mix makes for an offense's worst nightmare.
18. San Francisco: Wyatt Davis, IOL, Ohio State
San Francisco's IOL needs an upgrade and Wyatt Davis is the ideal choice at 18. Laken Tomlinson has impressed so far at LG and has showed noticeable improvement from past seasons but Ben Garland and Daniel Brunskill are not doing as good of a job protecting their QB. Wyatt Davis, on the other hand, could drastically improve the 49ers offensive line. The 310 lb Ohio State blocker is a physically imposing bully with a natural feel from the game. He comes from an NFL family, providing lots of experience within the game and he would be a cornerstone on the offensive line.
19. New Orleans: Pat Freirmuth, TE, Penn State
Jared Cook is nearing retirement and this is the last season of his contract. With backups Josh Hill and Adam Trautman under contract for the next couple seasons, New Orleans will not have to keep Cook past his prime and they can instead opt for a cheap replacement through the draft. Although Trautman was a Round 3 pick this year, his role is yet to be determined and until he can show that he is worth being a TE1, the position is on the Saints radar. Freiermuth is a polished pass catcher and has garnered comparisons to Rob Gronkowski. If he can live up to the expectations, the Saints offense will become even more exciting than it already is and keep New Orleans atop the NFC South.
20. Dallas: Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State
Chidobe Awuzie is only under contract for this season and could depart Dallas if a better offer comes his way. At the age of 25, he still has room to improve and even if the Cowboys decide to keep him, another CB would not hurt. Trevon Diggs has not gotten off to a great start in his rookie year but is expected to do better considering the fact that he has had to defend teams with solid WRs these first two weeks. Now that Shaun Wade is the focal point of Ohio State's secondary, he will have his chance to shine and improve his draft stock. His aggressiveness and physical power make for a tone setting corner that will bolster Dallas's promising secondary.
21. New England: Christian Barmore, IDL, Alabama
Lawrence Guy, Byron Cowart, and Adam Butler form an underwhelming defensive line in New England and Bill Belichick needs to address the IDL position once the season ends. A rock solid interior defender, Barmore has displayed immense power and versatility as a member of Alabama's defense. He still has a long way to go until he unlocks his full potential but players like that would be perfect for the Patriots. New England is a great team for developing players into stars and if all goes as planned, Barmore will be a core member of the Patriots organization.
22. Green Bay: Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford
Green Bay can also consider LB or WR here but Adebo is the BPA and fits a need at CB. Jaire Alexander has lived up to the expectations of being a Round 1 pick and will be the team's long-term starting CB but with RCB Kevin King becoming a free agent after this season, CB could potentially become a pressing need for the Packers. Adebo is an adequate piece in both the run game and the passing game. He has the physical tools, such as long arms and good length, to thrive as a corner in the NFC North, which serves a home to many star WRs such as Kenny Golladay and Adam Thielen.
23. Las Vegas: Jay Tufele, IDL, USC
Jonathan Hankins has shown flashes of improvement in his third season with the Raiders but his DT counterpart, Maliek Collins, has been uninspiring. Both players will be free agents in 2021 and it would be wise to keep Hankins and let Collins go. His replacement would be easy to find, as Jay Tufele is the explosive athlete Las Vegas needs on the defensive side of the ball. The Raiders defense is full of youth and adding an agile 315 lb pass rusher would make a big impact on the team's performance.
24. Kansas City: Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
Tyreek Hill is now arguably the best WR in the AFC after the Deandre Hopkins trade but the other WRs Kansas City has provided Patrick Mahomes with could easily be upgraded through this WR-heavy draft. Sammy Watkins is only under contract for this season and with many teams desperate for a WR, he could be headed to another city. Rashod Bateman's exciting style of play is perfect for the high-octane Chiefs offense and similarly to Rondale Moore, his best quality may be his run after catch skills.
25. Chicago: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
The Bears need to focus on their offense in the offseason and if Mitchell Trubisky can save his job, the first step Chicago should take is finding weapons for their franchise QB. Allen Robinson II is a top 15 receiver and deserves an extension but even if he gets one, the team's two other starters at WR, Darnell Mooney and Anthony Miller, are more suitable in backup roles and the Bears could certainly find better options. Jaylen Waddle is being projected by scouts to go much higher than 25 but if the speedy Alabama WR is available, it is very possible they choose him.
26. Pittsburgh: Dillon Radunz, OT, North Dakota State
Alejandro Villanueva is perfectly fine at LT and the Steelers will most likely want to sign him to a new contract in March. On the right side, Zach Banner was the starter but he suffered an ACL injury and will be out for the rest of the season. He will also be a free agent come the offseason and it would be a cheaper option to only re-sign the better OT and draft a replacement for the other one. Dillon Radunz has primarily lined up as a LT at North Dakota State and Alejandro Villanueva has some experience at RT, making Radunz an excellent choice.
27. Tennessee: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
Jonnu Smith has been a pleasant breakout player for the Titans, amassing 8 receptions, 120 receiving yards, and 3 receiving touchdowns in two games. However, the chance to add a potentially better player at the position in Kyle Pitts, especially since he is a top 25 prospect and an AFC South rival like the Jaguars could steal him at 32. Pitts is a creative route runner and has exceptional awareness on top of an outstanding catch radius. He can be treated as an extra receiver and make Ryan Tannehill's job much easier.
28. Arizona: Josh Myers, IOL, Ohio State
Arizona's IOL may have held opposing defenses to only 0 sacks in the first two games of the season but a large portion of the credit must be given to Kyler Murray and his ability to escape from the pocket with ease. The Cardinals need to address the interior and find players that can let Murray relax in the pocket and find his receivers. Josh Myers has impressed many at Ohio State with his mobility and speed and while there are some concerns about how he will translate to the NFL level, the Cardinals should not hesitate to upgrade their offensive line.
29. Seattle → NYJ: Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan
The Jets drafted pass rusher Quinnen Williams in Round 1 of the 2019 NFL Draft and although he was underwhelming in his first season s a pro, he is poised for a breakout year if things go as planned. He could very well turn out to be the bright spot of this dreadful Jets team. Jordan Jenkins has also shown improvement but other than those two, the Jets don't have reliable options to rush the QB. The Michigan power rusher has the prototypical size for an edge defender and could have his best season yet with the Wolverines this fall. Putting him in the mix with Quinnen Williams will give the Jets a much needed boost to the defense.
30. Baltimore: Hamsah Nasirildeen, S, Florida State
DeShon Elliott has become Baltimore's starting FS in wake of the Earl Thomas fiasco but isn't expected to fill the shoes the Pro Bowler left behind. Elliott will suffice for this season but the Ravens need to find Earl Thomas's replacement in the offseason. Hamsah Nasirildeen is one of the more underrated prospects in this class and doesn't get the attention he deserves for his impressive play and if Baltimore can steal him, it truly is over for the rest of the league.
31. Buffalo: Daniel Faalele, OT, Minnesota
Buffalo will consider adding another CB to help Tre'Davious White lead the secondary or add a LB but instead, they reach for Minnesota anchor Daniel Faalele. LT Dion Dawkins is locked up on a long contract until 2025 but RT Daryl Williams will be a free agent this offseason and if he continues improving, his asking price may go up. In that case, the Bills can look to the draft for a new starter on the offensive line and Faalele would be put in a great situation.
32. LA Rams → JAX: Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
After drafting their franchise QB in Trey Lance, the Jaguars address the hole Leonard Fournette's release left at RB. James Robinson has impressed doubters with an electric Week 2 performance against the Titans but adding a game-changing back like Etienne would still make sense. If Jacksonville can make an RB timeshare work, they will have an exciting young offense to develop these next few years.
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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.
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2020.09.01 22:57 zedd_gaskin1 Three 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.

Atlanta Hawks

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.

Boston Celtics

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).

Brooklyn Nets

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.

Chicago Bulls

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.

Cleveland Cavaliers

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.).

Dallas Mavericks

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.

Denver Nuggets

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.

Detroit Pistons

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.

Houston Rockets

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.

Indiana Pacers

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.

Miami Heat

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.

Milwaukee Bucks

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.

Minnesota Timberwolves

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.

Orlando Magic

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.

Philadelphia 76ers

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.

Phoenix Suns

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.

Sacramento Kings

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.

Toronto Raptors

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.

Utah Jazz

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.

Washington Wizards

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!
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2020.09.01 06:17 Revolutionary_Voice5 How I Would Have Booked: Wrestlemania 36

First off, Hello, this will be my first post in general. I am a huge fan of professional wrestling, my most common is WWE which i grew up watching. With that out of the way, I will be taking a look back at WM36 which took place in the performance center due to the initial worldwide outbreak of covid-19 in March. Despite some critics crapping on the show prior to the date, they delivered a great show and made the most of the situation.
However, despite it's goodness, some storylines fell flat and I know it should have been booked way better in the prior months leading up to it. Therefore, I believe I can make it a way better story driven card and better booked. Please hold back harsh criticism as this is my first booking. Ill explain each match and build up all the story lines going all the way back to the night after Mania last year.
Note: Covid-19 doesn't occur in this booking. With that let's get to it! Also, in this universe, the wild card rule doesn't exist either because it was dumb and took away from the draft logic.brand locations after the shakeup account for here too and the draft remains the same except with a few starts not switching brands such as Andrade and Lars Sullivan.
2nd Note: The IC tittle does not get a new design because i personally hated the new one compared to the original white belt.
3rd Note: Teams such as SaNiTy (Moves to Raw), The Riott Squad (Stays on Raw), and Chad Gable and Bobby Roode (Moves to Smackdown), and The Bar (Stays on Smackdown) don't get split apart. Other teams such as The Usos and Lucha House Party stay on Raw. The War Raiders are not called up either and remain on NXT for the long run with the tag belts.

Raw's Storylines

WWE Championship Match: Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Drew McIntyre
I refuse to change the booking as this was the perfect match to set up for the show and the buildup was done excellent. Lesnar still wins the WWE tittle from Kingston but in a actual match that lasts around seven minutes until Kingston can't fight off Lesnar to avoid making him look week. McIntyre still turns face in January and wins the rumble just like he had. Lesnar still enters and dominates the other 13 guys except for Keith Lee who manages to give a fighting effort, and a few stars that didn't deserve to get buried like John Morrison and Cesaro do not enter early on. McIntyre still eliminates Lesnar without help from Ricochet and sets up the start of their feud. In the following months, Paul Heyman attempts to sway McIntyre away from facing Lesnar as he has no idea what Lesnar can do to anyone who steps up to him but McIntyre ignores and continues to build himself as a threat defeating superstars such as Lashley, Baron Corbin, Erick Rowan, MVP, and Seth Rollins.
McIntyre's past failures and shortcomings are mentioned by Heyman as he seemingly starts to get into his head. McIntyre, however, reverses this and says that he has come along way since his original run mentioning his run in NXT and his change of character and physique and that he never had to resort to Lesnar's weaknesses. All of this over the course of February and March shows Lesnar becoming more and more alarmed and feeling more and more threatened with each week passing and McIntyre building momentum with his in ring work and with the fans. On the final Raw prior to Mania, McIntyre corners Heyman but Lesnar appears and beats McIntyre down using a steel chair repeating this over and over again. To mock McIntyre for his past in 3MB, he F5's him on the barricade just like he had done 7 years prior when he attacked him, Mahal, and Slater on a episode of Raw in 2013. Lesnar does the 3MB pose over his body as McIntyre sits there in severe pain from the beating.
United States Championship Match: Ricochet (c) vs. Aleister Black (Falls Count Anywhere)
Samoe Joe should have had a more legitimate reign, Joe never drops the belt to Mysterio at MITB 2019 and doesn't enter a feud with Ricochet until later in the summer. Black and Ricochet get split up in the shakeup and Ricochet builds himself up in the months following as Black is relegated to nothing as management seemingly forgets about him Ricochet picks up serious momentum defeating AJ Styles, Rey Mysterio, and EC3 en route to challenge Joe for the title at Summerslam. At the event, Ricochet defeats Joe in a underdog like style with two 630 sentons and wins the tittle. Meanwhile, Black fails to find his spot on the card after his feud with Andrade is cut before it can even get started. As Ricochet grows with popularity and mic work with the fans and Black falls to nothing, when the draft rolls around, Black is drafted back to Raw but in the last round of the second night. Black is seen to be cast a afterthought.
In November, Ricochet finds Black sitting alone backstage where Black acts more distant as he stares at the wall until Ricochet snaps him out of it. Seeing that Black has lost himself, he tells Black to ask for a qualifier to fight for team Raw at Survivor Series and show his worth. Black enters the match after defeating Baron Corbin after Corbin attempts to cheat several times and Ricochet arrives and stops him from doing so allowing Black to hit the Black Mass. At Survivor Series, Black is on team Raw and is one of the final two members alongside Rollins. During the match, Black eliminates several superstars such as Damien Priest (NXT) and Mustafa Ali (Smackdown. In the closing moments, Black eliminates Ciampa and Strowman but is eliminated by Reigns. Smackdown still wins the match. Despite failing to win, Black impresses and is congratulated from Ricochet and the duo tags together from there and wins several matches and eventually earns a shot at the Raw tag tittles held by Gallows and Anderson the night after the Royal Rumble.
After Ricochet hits a superkick and prepares 630 to Anderson as Black hits the black mass to Gallows, it appears Black and Ricochet will finally win the gold together when suddenly Blacks hits the black mass on Ricochet as he is on the top rope. Ricochet falls to the ground and Black lays Anderson over top of him as the ref counts the three. After the match, Anderson and Gallows flee as they escape with the belts as Ricochet appears shocked at his friend's betrayal. Black appears emotionless as he proceeds to brutalize Ricochet in the ring.
In the following weeks, Black is seen to have hit a meltdown or sorts as he appears darker. Ricochet is bent on finding out what caused Black's turn but is interrupted by Lashley who has unfinished business with Ricochet following his elimination from the rumble by Black and Ricochet. Ricochet successfully defeats Lashley with a surprise roll up at the Elimination Chamber. After the match, Lashley attempts to attack Ricochet but Black appears and black masses Lashley knocking him out of the ring as he grabs a microphone and finally breaks his silence. Black goes off on Ricochet citing how in NXT, he was the champion that Ricochet wishes he could have been and how Ricochet dragged him down, he tells Ricochet that it should have been him that went over with the fans. Frustrated at his lack of success, Black snapped as he hits three black masses to Ricochet as he holds the United States Championship and points at the WrestleMania sign before leaving.
Black continuously taunts Ricochet and puts him down siting his inability to do anything but do flips and appeal to the fans that will cheer for anything stupid and not what deserves it like himself. On the last raw before Mania, Black brutally attacks superstars such as Sin Cara, Rey Myserio, Humberto Carillo, and others to capture Ricochet's attention. He attacks the superstars in different areas in the arena and challenges Ricochet to take their match all over the arena where everything can be used to destroy each other. Ricochet accepts Black's challenge.
Raw Tag Team Championship: The Club (AJ Styles, Luke Gallows, and Karl Anderson) (c) vs. SaNiTy (Eric Young, Killian Dain, and Alexander Wolfe) in a 6 man elimination match.
Following Mania 35, The Usos defeat Ryder and Hawkins at Stomping Grounds to win the belts. Afterwards The Usos are attacked The Club fully reunited as Styles had caved in much earlier and joins his boys to attack the champs. Gallows and Anderson won the tag tittles at Clash of Champions and have carried them in the freebird rule alongside Styles. They proceed to defeat the teams of Ryder & Hawkins, LHP, The Ascension, and The Street Profits. After winning against the Profits at the rumble and attacking them afterwards, the lights go out and when they come back on, Gallows and Anderson are out at ringside. Styles finds himself alone in the ring when he turns around to reveal a hooded figure standing on the apron as suddenly two others approach on the opposite sides of Styles as the first figure removes his mask revealing ERIC YOUNG! Dain and Wolfe reveal themselves and storm the ring as the three attack Styles as the crowd pops for their return and this officially turns them face. Eric Young is jumped backstage on the show before EC 2020 and is injured.
At the elimination chamber, SaNity fights the other 5 teams for a shot to face The Club at Mania for the belts and entering the chamber at number one, Wolfe and Dain fight through all the teams and last eliminate The Usos to win. After the match, The Club attacks Dain & Wolfe. During the next few weeks, they taunt Dain & Wolfe during their matches and use their number game to their advantage. Eventually Styles defeats Dain in a highly acclaimed match on Raw to allow all members of the club will battle Dain and Wolfe in a 2 on 3 handicap match unless Young returns in time for the event.
On the final Raw, The Club attacks Wolfe and Dain alone backstage as they proceed to taunt them prior to their final showdown. Styles prepares to fight The Uso's with Gallows and Anderson. It cuts away to reveal Gallows and Anderson attacked backstage as Styles watches. The crazed figure is revealed to be Eric Young with a steel pipe as he attacks. Styles attempts to flee the arena but The Uso's prevent him for escaping as he turns around in the ring to reveal Eric Young with a crazed look in his eyes. Young pummels Styles several times with the pipe as Styles flees throughout the crowd. Alexander Wolfe and Killian Dain rise from different areas in the crowd to reveal themselves as Styles flees and sets up the 6 man tittle match officially for the show.
Raw Women's Championship: Becky Lynch (c) vs. Shayna Baszler (Submission Match)
Shayna enters at 30 and clears house but the only difference is she actually wins the match and eliminates Charlotte to win the match. In the build up, Baszler doesn't bite Lynch's ear and instead taunts the champion the same way she did in the real feud, she also calls Lynch weak after working her ass off to get where she was last year around this time and tells her she lost her edge after she ran out of credible opponents ranting on the weakness of the women's division and says that the main cause of this is because someone like Lynch is champion instead of a real fighter.
Lynch puts away her less serious side and prepares as she retains her Raw Women's tittle in the Elimination Chamber after barely eliminating Asuka. Baszler appears after the match and circles the ring as Lynch watches her. In the coming weeks, Baszler mentions Rhonda Rousey and how she was the perfect example of a fighter and how Becky has used the easy way out and that she would knock her ass out at Mania. Lynch challenges her to a submission match and Baszler accepts as she beats several female raw stars in the weeks to come.
Non Title Raw Feuds

Smackdown Storylines

Universal Championship: The Fiend "Bray Wyatt" (c) vs. Roman Reigns
To fix the awful SSD ending with Goldberg, Goldberg gets murdered by the Fiend and he is defeated in less than a minute. Therefore this sets up the Fiend to face Reigns like it was planned from the start, Wyatt is still booked strong and in this version, he won the title at Hell in a Cell like he should have to start off with. Wyatt holds the title and defeats the same people except his feud with Bryan is scrapped and he defeats Sami Zayn after he mocks the Fiend at Royal Rumble. At Elimination Chamber, Reigns defeats John Morrison in the finals of a tournament to challenge the Fiend at Mania once and for all and try to end his reign of terror.
Intercontinental Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Sami Zayn
In the buildup, Nakamura still wins the IC tittle from Balor at Extreme Rules and gets into a partnership with Zayn, but in this case, Zayn still is a active competitor most of the time and eventually is able to get a one on one shot for the Universal title against The Fiend after he insulted him and mocked his character. Wyatt destroys Zayn but something happens afterwards that had affected The Miz and Rollins the same way. Zayn slowly reverts to his face character as he prevents himself from cheating and often Nakamura. Zayn slowly begins to praise more towards the fans and all of this combined with Nakamura's slow tension building with Zayn, he attacks Zayn and Zayn officially turns face for the first time since 2017. He embraces the fans and does his entrance he use to as he apologizes for his actions and challenges Nakamura to put his tittle on the line at Mania and have a official rematch four years since their encounter at NXT Takeover Dallas. Nakamura is booked strong and doesn't lose to Strowman as him and Zayn are set to clash the same way they did, with Zayn back to his face lovable character and Nakamura to his old style.
Smackdown Tag Team Championship: The Authors of Pain (c) vs. The Revival
AOP returns and defeats Bryan and Rowan to win the Smackdown Tag Titles. The other teams of Bobby Roode and Chad Gable, Daniel Bryan and EC3, The New Day, and John Morrison and The Miz crumble to them. Eventually, The Revival turn face and step up to take out the Authors of Pain who have redeemed themselves without any manger as The Revival prepare to show the Authors of Pain who the Revival are. The Revival return in November andrevert to pure wrestling and show respect after their matches signaling the turn as AOP runs through the others. Finally in February, The Revival defeat the other teams in a gauntlet and win the chance to fight for the tittles
Smackdown Woman's Championship: Bayley (c) vs. Sasha Banks
Sasha will attack Bayley at Elimination Chamber possibly after they lose to the Kabuki Warriors in a match for the Tag Team Championships and Bayley blames the loss on Banks turning face. This sets up Bayley berating Banks and everyone else in the division with Banks calling Bayley out for what she became referencing her downfalls and that Banks would lead another one. Bayley mocks Banks and calls her out on all her failed reigns. In this version, Charlotte never beat Bayley so she has held the title for nearly 9 plus months. Banks attempts to bring Bayley back by showing her the old clips with her and her fans who adored her and fear her now for what she became. Bayley disregards her fans and reminds Banks that she was a bitch. This leads to Banks and Bayley brawling and Bayley escaping setting up the final match.
Not Tittle Feuds

Other Title Matches and Matches

Due to no outbreak, the event isn't cut into two nights but this is perfectly fine. With all of this, let's get into the official card and book this event the way it deserved. Winners will be marked in bold.

WrestleMania 36

Kickoff Show
The Kickoff show is met with four matches for the hour and a half pre-show.
  1. Women's Tag Championships: Kabuki Warriors (Asuka and Kari Sane) (c) vs. Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross vs. The Divas of Doom (Beth Phoenix and Natalya) (12:32) - to kickoff for the live crowd entering the arena, the female tag teams brawl it out in a close contest with several near falls. The match concludes after Asuka reverses a glam slam into the asuka lock and submits Phoenix as Kari Sane takes out Natalya who attempts to break up the submission. Asuka and Sane continue their reign like they should have and continue to rebuild credibility for the tag belts.
  2. Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal: Chad Gable wins by last eliminating Bobby Roode (11:54) - One of the many arcs for the match during its buildup is the tension growing between Roode and Gable due to Gable growing more and more popular with the fans due to his strength, moveset, and look. This is further backed up when Gable nearly wins the king of the ring tournament but falls short to Baron Corbin but still earns the crowds support. Roode knows Gable is growing more popular and that he will be outshines so he consistently reminds Gable he wouldn't be able to flourish on his own due to his past career spent only in tag teams. Gable goes with Roode and the two survive together throughout the entire match eventually coming down to them and Andrade, Baron Corbin, and Jeff Hardy. Andrade eliminates Hardy and Gable eliminates Andrade and Corbin with a double suplex that sends them both over the top rope and receives a huge reaction from the crowd. Roode and Gable stand together as Roode tells Gable to eliminate himself and let the glorious one bask in his victory. As it looks like Gable will surrender to his partner, he super kicks Roode and finally breaks away as he screams it took him 4 years to get his own WrestleMania moment and his night would be tonight. He delivers two more super kicks before he close lines Roode over the top rope to win the match as the crowd embraces Gable as he celebrates his Mania moment as Roode is still shocked. Gable wins this match and wins a short feud against Roode and begins his run as a strong mid-carder on Smackdown.
  3. The Bar (Cesaro and Sheamus) vs. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan (16:02) - This match is highly action packed. The Bar fail to gain chemistry against the sheer power from Rowan and Harper but they come more and more together as the match goes along and save each other from getting double team several times. Eventually after a miscommunication causes Harper to superkick Rowan, Sheamus bro kicks Harper out of the ring allowing them to have the advantage. The Bar hits the Irish curse elbow drop to finish off Rowan and the duo win their last match together as they embrace after the match and part ways.
  4. Women's Battle Royal: Bianca Belair wins by last eliminating Nia Jax - Not much goes into this match but Nia Jax returns before Mania and announces herself as the winner of the match already and Belair appears a surpise entrant. In the match, Jax eliminates a good amount of the competition as does Belair, Ruby Riott, and Tamina. It appears Jax and Tamina will team up but Jax turns on Tamina and eliminates her as Belair eliminates Riott who is shown to be very desperate to win. It appears as if Jax will overpower Belair but she she uses her K.O.D hair whip to incapacitate Jax to the ground, with a last ditch of fight, Jax charges at Belair and knocks her over the rope but Belair remains on the apron. Jax realizes this and goes to yank Belair off the rope but Belair dodges her grapple and uses one last K.O.D to stun Jax. Belair holds the rope low and lifts Jax over and eliminates her as she wins the match to a decent pop.
Main Show
The actual show starts off with the performance of the national anthem and the fireworks set off within Raymond James Stadium to officially start the event. Christian serves as the host of WrestleMania as he welcomes the crowd to a pop considering he resides in Florida and of his past fame. He takes the position mainly to monitor Edge and embrace the crowd once again.
  1. Raw Women's Championship: Becky Lynch (c) vs. Shayna Baszler (Submission Match) (12:03) - The match picks off intense with Lynch firing back against Baszler and showing she had prepared for her intense style, initially Baszler looks to be in trouble but after a while, Lynch slowly over exasperates herself as Baszler picks up her intensity and attempts to drop Lynch with a armbar of her own but Lynch hits the bexploder suplex and regains control. In the closing few moments, Baszler delivers a jumping knee and four Yokosuka Cutters as Lynch crawls to the rope, Baszler steps on her hand to prevent her from escaping. Lynch spins on the ground and knocks Baszler to the ground and pounces on her and puts her in the dis-arm-her as Baszler attempts to fight out of it. However, Lynch fails to put Baszler away and she rolls out of it after playing dead and locks her in the ace of spades. Lynch makes it back to her feet but with all her energy gone, she collapses and succumbs to the submission as she passes out and Baszler keeps the hold applied even after the bell. The ref separates Baszler and checks on her as Baszler is crowned the new champion as she smiles sadistically and laughs at Lynch who is out. Baszler holds the belt over Lynch. Baszler goes over strong and Lynch announces her pregnancy soon after and leaves leaving Baszler as the new bad ass of the division and to start her own great run.
  2. The Miz vs. John Morrison (9:43) - Miz attacks Morrison before the bell and takes Morrison down to one knee as he tells the ref to start the match. During the early part, Miz blocks off Morrison's attempts to use the ropes to his advantage and targets his legs and midsection. Miz throws Morrison into the turnbuckle and grabs a mic to mock Morrison and state how far he has fallen. Morrison rallies behind this built up anger from Miz ruining his initial run and when Miz fails to notice him returning to his feet, Morrison springboards onto Miz and knocks him down and hits several signature moves onto the Miz who attempts to battle the new fire in Morrison. Eventually, Miz attempts the skull crushing finale but Morrison superkicks Miz after doing a handstand flip to move away. Morrison uses the rope to gain momentum and hits the running dive knee as he then hits starship pain to put away Miz.
  3. Raw Tag Team Championship: The Club (AJ Styles, Karl Anderson, and Luke Gallows) (c) vs. SaNiTy (Eric Young, Killian Dain, and Alexander Wolfe) (10:04) (6 man elimination match) - After The Club targets Dain first and keeps Young or Wolfe from stopping their assault, it appears it will be a quick match for the Club, however, Dain fights back and Young and Wolfe get their game on. Eventually, the three members of SaNiTy take Styles out and throw him through the announce table. Alone without the numbers game, Gallows and Anderson are mauled by SaNity and are eliminated first with a dive from Dain to Anderson and then Gallows with a devastation double team from Wolfe and Dain. Styles notices he is alone as the trio swarm him. Styles attempts to throw in the towel and award the match to them but the three ignore and attack Styles. In the ring, the group takes their turns hitting Styles with their finishers before they finally finish him with a stairway to chaos and Young pins Styles as Dain and Wolfe stand and embrace the crowd on the nearby middle ropes and are awarded the championships as Styles in taken from the ring by Gallows and Anderson.
  4. Otis vs. Dolph Ziggler (4:01) - Once again, nothing is changed. The only difference is the match is shorter and Otis kicks Ziggler's ass and him and Mandy embrace to a pop and kiss in the ring with Tucker after Ziggler and Deville are taken out.
  5. Seth Rollins and Buddy Murphy vs. Kevin Owens and Cedric Alexander (14:37) - This match is all action as Murphy and Alexander start things off fast paced, the match picks up for the advantage to Rollins and Murphy after Owens is taken out. Cedric hits a few big moves to Rollins for some near falls and receives the pop from the crowd. Eventually, the numbers catch up to Alexander as Seth hits a blackout and it about to win when Owen storms a comeback from the outside and does a splash from the top rope to avoid the count. Owens hits offense against Murphy and Rollins both and eventually a double team move from the pair is stopped when Owens and Alexander double superkick Murphy off the top turnbuckle leaving Rollins. Rollins attempts to hit a high knee to Owens but Alexander superkicks him as Owens catches him with a stunner as he drops him. Owens signals to Alexander to climb to the top rope as the crowd cheers. Alexander hits a moonsault to Rollins and then a middle rope dive onto Murphy outside as Owens covers Rollins for the win. The duo celebrate with the fans after the match as Rollins looks on with anger.
  6. Intercontinental Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Sami Zayn (20:03) - These two clash in a absolute classic with Zayn going back to his face like offense using his middle apron ddt and his springboard over the top rope. Shinsuke goes back to his original strong style that was taken away on the main roster and the two give a rematch that blows the house down. Near fall after near fall brings the crowd to their feet. The match comes to a end when Mura taunts a downed Zayn preparing for the Kinshasa. All of a sudden, Zayn springs to life and delivers a helluva kick that surprises Nakamura. He proceeds to throw Nakamura into the three other corners and hits three more helluva kicks and pins Nakamura to the crowds delight and embraces the crowd with a crowd dive as he holds his first main roster title as Nakamura is left in shambles.
  7. NXT Women's Championship: Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair (16:15) - The match they originally had was excellent so the match stays the same, only difference is the ending. Charlotte attempts a top rope moonsault but Ripley catches her mid jump and delivers a sudden and quick riptide and pins her to a pop from the crowd. Ripley deserved to hold the title longer and Charlotte never needed this to begin with but it was a great match and this time, the right person won.
  8. Lars Sullivan vs. John Cena (3:21) - Cena enters the ring and right away lunges at Sullivan firing hard to knock the giant to his feet. Cena hits a AA and applies the stfu but Sullivan quickly shows his strength and throws Cena off once he gets back to his feet. Cena does everything possible to take out Sullivan but in order to show Sullivan's dominance and future status, he hits several bodyslams before hitting Cena with a freak accident as he lays his foot on top of Cena and wins the match quickly and clean.
  9. Smackdown Tag Team Championship: The Authors of Pain (c) vs. The Revival (22:12) - Once again, these guys dominate the art of tag wrestling and the duos battle it out in a very NXT style match. The match looks to be a close one for AOP but the Revival rally together and reverse the last chapter causing Akam and Rezar to stumble into each other, Wilder and Dawson take Rezar out as Akam rallies to fight both of them but after a double knee shot, the pair hits a shatter machine from the rope as both cover Akam and win the titles ending AOP's dominant reign.
  10. Daniel Bryan vs. EC3 (15:27) - A evenly matched fight between the former pro and rookie is excellent and EC3 and Bryan hit move after move attempting to out perform the other. EC3 pans to the crowd a lot as Bryan makes him pay for it. Bryan attempts to hit a running knee and then applies the lebell lock but EC3 fights out. Bryan attempts to hit a running knee again to floor EC3 but he dodges and performs a high knee to stun Bryan. EC3 drops Bryan with the one percenter and pins his former teacher. Following the match, it appears EC3 will attack Bryan but instead he offers a hand to him and when Bryan accepts, the two embrace together as Bryan admits defeat. EC3 holds up Bryan's hand as Bryan leaves the ring to let the winner enjoy his first Mania moment.
  11. United States Championship: Ricohet (c) vs. Aleister Black (Falls Count Anywhere) (18:05) - This match is nothing short of brutal and intense. Black and Ricochet fight through the crowd and through the back in a fast paced encounter. Ricochet fires his aggressive side to evenly match the new dark side of Black and delivers a 630 to Black from the top of the production truck. Black shows no will to quit and breaks out at 2. The battle travels through the backstage area. The two battle it back out through the crowd as they approach the upper level of the arena with a railing between them and the ground, Ricochet prepares to superkick Black over the top but Black rises and hits a strong knee to stun Ricochet who was close to victory. Black hits a black mass which knocks Ricochet over the rail and to the ground below. Black climbs over and hops down as he covers his former friend to win the US title and prove he was superior as he smiles as the ref awards him the victory as the crowd cheers him despite being a heel since he would be over.
  12. Edge vs. Randy Orton (Last Man Standing) (25:40) - The match is about the same with the same spots mostly but is cut short by quite a bit. Eventually the fight ends up on the stage where Orton prepares to punt kick Edge and re-injure his neck. However, Randy Orton attacks Christian as he prepares give a rko to him off the stage through a table he had set up earlier. Orton is about to finish Christian off when he smiles when Orton realizes he was tricked into losing focus. Edge appears behind the pair as Orton tries to react quickly but Edge screams and spears Orton off the stage through the table and the production crates as Christian watches from the stage. At 8, a hand emerges and it's revealed to be Edge as he rises to his feet, however, Orton is seen attempting to crawl to his feet as well but Orton collapses and Edge returns just in time to make the count as him and Christian embrace on the stage together once again.
  13. Universal Championship: The Fiend "Bray Wyatt" (c) vs. Roman Reigns (7:07) - Reigns enters to a course of boos expecting him to dethrone Wyatt and take the title and Wyatt enters to a ring of cheers. Reigns brings quick offense to the Fiend and surprises the crowd with three spears but Wyatt rises to his feet. Roman quickly wears himself out within the six minutes as Wyatt looks to be at his strongest point. Reigns is obliterated by The Fiend who mauls him as he makes Reigns pass out to the mandible claw. Instead of being booed, the Fiend is applaud as the crowd cheers him on as he crawls over Reigns and stares over him.
  14. Undertaker vs. Elias (0:54) - Before the match, Elias appears in the crowd singing a song mocking Undertaker about his age and recent failures his match against Goldberg in Saudi, the lights in the arena fade to black as Elias yells for being cut off, suddenly Elias is shown with a spotlight on himself. He appears horrified as a druid appears to be coming towards him as he rushes to escape through the stage but finds another druid blocking his escape as he rushes with his guitar towards the stairs out of the area when he sees another pair of druids coming down towards him. Elias who is now scared rushes towards the ring and in the middle as the ring is surrounded with druids, 24 to be exact. Elias prepares to swing his guitar at one who enters the ring. He stops after the figure removes their mask revealing it to be himself but with no emotion across his face. Elias freezes in his place when suddenly the lights go out completely and come back on revealing Elias to be alone with no sign of the druids as he appears shocked and blurry eyed. Unaware that Undertaker is behind him, the referee rings the bell and Undertaker attacks Elias with two choke slams and then finally a tombstone piledriver to win. Elias is left in the ring scared to death as Undertaker rises victorious. The lights go out once more as Elias screams out but can't be seen. When the lights come back on, both he and Taker are gone and all that remains in the ring is Elias's guitar which has now been destroyed.
  15. Smackdown Woman's Championship: Bayley (c) vs. Sasha Banks (18:00) - In the final moments, Banks delivers a double knee drop and Bayley hits a bayley to belly. The match appears to be on Sasha's side when Bayley indirectly knocks out the referee. Bayley attacks Banks with several dive attacks and goes to grab her title which she prepares to use to finish her off. Bayley attempts to smash Banks with the belt but Banks dodges the attack and applies the banks statement. Bayley attempts everything to escape the hold but Banks uses all of her might to submit Bayley as she eventually taps out. After the match, Bayley is furious and berates the crowd and Banks but is hit in the face with the belt and knocks her off the apron by who embraces the universe as Bayley in a rage is left on the ramp furious.
  16. WWE Championship Match: Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Drew McIntyre (4:37) - Despite the injuries sustained, McIntyre ready's himself for the fight. As soon as the bell rings, Lesnar hops right away to attack McIntyre's middle with gut attacks in the corner and several suplexes. He hits three F5's and is believed to have ended McIntyre's run to the top but he kicks out. Lesnar attempts another F5 but McIntyre rallies back feeding off the crowds energy as he throws Lesnar off him, Lesnar is shocked at the change of pace and is hit with four consecutive claymores and a future shock DDT as McIntyre crawls to the cover and is crowned the new WWE champion to a humongous pop. McIntyre appears very emotional as he handed the championship with tears in his eyes showing his transformation and strong work. He receives a standing ovation from the crowd as confetti rains down as McIntyre poses on the top rope holding the title in one hand and raising it high as Lesnar and Heyman walk away in shame.
With that, that is how I would have booked WrestleMania 36 with a crowd and with a ton of buildup. Please comment what you thought and any future ideas you might have for me to book.
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2020.08.18 00:42 ZnVja2IyOTg4 B2988 MT1 [2020-07-07]

Disclaimer: Contrary to what he claims, Boogie is NOT being accused of being a pedophile or a wife beater.
It’s easy to think that Boogie gets hated on because he’s too nice to fight back.
After all, everyone “knows” he’s the “Mister Rogers” of the internet. Boogie2988 seems to be a lovable person that wants to spread positivity and kindness.
At first glance, it’s not hard to root for Boogie. According to Boogie, his abusive upbringing drives him to inspire others suffering the same fate. This is how he gains your sympathy. His “underdog” story might even inspire you. The truth is that Boogie isn’t what he seems. He’s a selfish, abusive, manipulative liar. His “nice guy” persona is fake. He manipulates his impressionable fanbase for his own benefit. Boogie is a character played by Steven Jason Williams. Of course, the natural reaction is denial. “It can’t be true, can it? He is such an inspiration! You're just a hater!”
Let the facts speak for themselves
TL;DR; https://tinyurl.com/y4pphyxh
Boogie’s Sugar babies
Boogie claiMS that he attracts women with his niceness
https://twitter.com/Boogie2988/status/1010457561282199554
The truth, however, is that after his divorce he has paid for the services of women to be with him. Even going so far as to claim that he did it just to troll samandTolki. Lucy Foxx and The Grave Ghoul are his two known sugar babies. https://tinyurl.com/yye2uwvb (Boogie accidentally reveals he uses sugar daddy website)https://imgur.com/Bv2hlLK (boogie explicitly admitting it on his subreddit)
The Lucy foxx incident
Lucy Foxx was one of the sugar babies Boogie hired to be with him while he was still divorcing Dez.
https://imgur.com/a/deyTewd (boogie’s profile on sugar daddy website)
http://archive.li/fSn70 (boogie admits hiring Lucy fox)
In this video Lucy Foxx reveals the psychological abuse she receive from Boogie in their relationship
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTozcTYO6z4
She was a victim of abuse as evidenced by Boogie calling her “a piece of shit”. He didn’t allow her to use a phone or even work while they were together. He makes her feel guilty for not focusing on himself. In fact, he didn’t care about Lucy at all. As usual, Boogie only cared about talking about his “problems” as a beloved youtube millionaire.

https://tinyurl.com/y3q9p9yg (recap)
The story was covered in Drama Alert. Boogie tried to paint Lucy Foxx as his girlfriend as well as a gold digger, but deliberately omits the fact that he had hired her. Keemstar is his friend and has called Boogie a “saint” in the past. because boogie covered for him when keen accused an old man of being a pedo. Keemstar has promised to cover for him. https://twitter.com/KEEMSTAstatus/1022290032965677056
Notice how he throws softballs at Boogie and avoids asking uncomfortable questions. He lets Boogie control the narrative.
https://tinyurl.com/y6ntft3g
Boogie claims he likes her https://tinyurl.com/y54gxcd7
.But then proceeds to like these tweets calling her horrible and sociopathic: https://i.imgur.com/wUklfZc.png andhttps://i.imgur.com/EjaviBV.png
With the low public opinion of “e-thots” and “boob streamers”, Boogie was easily able to convince his followers that Lucy Foxx was an evil gold digger and not another victim of his abuse.
https://imgur.com/a/hEiElYC (boogie admits in private that he did meet Lucy foxx in a sugar daddy site, seeking.com and claims she was actually the one that abused him. He also admits not paying her.)
Boogie's takes on suicide
Boogie complains about a welfare check his fans did on him after threatening suicide.
https://tinyurl.com/y6pkvf9f
https://tinyurl.com/yxstmgj7
He told someone considering suicide that "life is utterly pointless in the end".
http://archive.li/QTxsQ
Boogie threatens suicide to guilt trip his fans if they stop supporting him.
https://streamable.com/ndni4
Boogie again guilt trips his fans with suicide and lies about the content of this thread,
http://archive.li/2CHSa
https://streamable.com/q60iw
Then he denied it http://archive.li/El4TF
After being confronted for his manipulation he guilt trips youtuber EyesOfSol with suicide threats and claims of self harm.
https://tinyurl.com/y3lnwvxb
He also harassed Sirencove through DMS
https://tinyurl.com/w5hbp3p

Claims self harm is "an useful tool" to his underage audience.
https://tinyurl.com/y2kav2l3
Threatens suicide to KatBlaque and several people at vidcon.
https://tinyurl.com/y6nctb26
https://tinyurl.com/y4ncbyoe
Boogie says Kat is "playing victim" for refusing to be manipulated,
https://tinyurl.com/y5y4g3ee
Boogie supporting horrible people
a)Supporting child abusers
Boogie defending KidBehindACamera, a known child abuser
https://tinyurl.com/yy9m33mt
b) Boogie defending his father who, according to him,molested his sister
https://i.imgur.com/kMcd3Fo.png
Then Boogie threatened to hit a woman that called him out on this. "I will knock you the fuck out," he told her.
https://livestreamfails.com/post/25114
Examples of Boogie’s harmful opinions
a) Boogie becomes an MGTOW (Men going their own way)
https://streamable.com/4fluh
https://tinyurl.com/y6dq2od5
Notice how Boogie says Dez, HIS ex-wife, is amazing on Twitter, but then joins a philosophy that considers women as being evil leeches. Or just leeches for the moderate ones.
b) Liking a youtube comment calling gay people perverts
https://i.imgur.com/BPG0cIm.png
c)Arguing that gays should just wait instead of actively campaigning for gay marriage, for fear of upsetting bigots
http://archive.li/uVcpp
https://tinyurl.com/y22ujnqj
d)Ignorant comments on Anne Frank.
https://tinyurl.com/y335hlfp
e)Blaming Anita Sarkeesian for the Charlottesville attack
https://tinyurl.com/y3d4euoy
f)Claiming that good things came from the Holocaust.
https://streamable.com/x1nje
https://tinyurl.com/y2sr8ref
The context of this is that he was invited to the KillStream, an alt right podcast, and he wanted to appeal to their right-wing demographic by using “4chan” humor. chrBoogie has admitted to being a 4chan troll.
This is a false as the holocaust didn't contribute to medicine at all.
g)Saying a victim of domestic abuse should be hanged
https://archive.li/Fjjhw
h) Boogie says it's ok to sexually harass women as long as it's in your personal life
https://streamable.com/ltdkx
Examples of Boogie’s Manipulative and/or abusive behavior.
Boogie manipulates his fans to harass a community manager to get a free videogame
Long story short Boogie passive-aggressively says he won’t promote a game because he, a millionaire, didn’t get a free code. He implies it was because a community manager disagreed with him on Twitter and blocked him. Boogie frames this situation by implying that the CM is a villain for ignoring poor old Boogie, but he tries to hide his ill intent by sugar coating it with things like "he must be an awesome person"
Naturally, fans wanted to avenge poor Boogie. This is what he wanted.
https://archive.li/5f45h
Boogie then deleted the tweet and backed down after being called on it
https://tinyurl.com/y48ynxwl
Fans say in his defense something to the extent of him not being able to control his fans. But he can certainly mark a target for them
Despite being called out that one time he has repeated this stunt time and time again, doubling down
http://archive.li/CHrmF
He excuses himself as saying his fans "want to hear his opinions". But he barely plays the games he receives for free for more than an hour and just parrots the popular consensus he reads on reddit.
b)Boogie show his true colors in a stream.
Long story short, Actual Jake and his partner were critiquing Boogie on twitch. Boogie joined to defend himself and he made it quite clear how he manipulates people.
1.-Boogie threatened to send his dog to the pound over an argument (he often uses Sammy for sympathy points). Dogs in pounds are often in risk of being killed.
https://streamable.com/bxrwu
2.-Passive aggressive insults
Claiming he would never throw insults toward “even his worst enemies”
https://streamable.com/pm70d
But then backhandedly calling his opponent a "neckbeard cuck". Because direct insults go against his youtube persona.
https://streamable.com/kd4zu
3)”Dissociation”
Boogie is known to blame a mental condition known as “disassociation” whenever he is being an asshole
https://tinyurl.com/y3w53pvm
There is no evidence, beyond his own words, that a doctor has ever given him such a diagnosis and instead serves as a convenient excuse. He calls it “explanation not excuse”. But in practice, there is no difference.
4) Boogie’s manipulative pattern on Twitter has predictable steps.
https://imgur.com/a/ueDTksn (Long story short boogie often says something dumb and then threatens suicide or use his dog as a distraction to avoid criticism.)

5) On the PKA podcast Boogie claims there is a "non disparage clause" in their divorce agreement.
https://streamable.com/ox3ln
https://tinyurl.com/y2nro4ds
However, Dez contradicted this claim in a twitter comment where she stated there was no "NDA" (it is not known whether "NDA" was referring to a "non disclosure agreement" or a Boogie's claimed "non disparage clause")
A non-disparagement clause simply states that one agrees they will not say anything negative about someone or something in any form of communication.
6) 3 hours of boogie being abusive through twitter DMs
https://imgur.com/a/8s9x2
7) Boogie implying his wife is a racist
https://tinyurl.com/y2m38z7t
h)Part of the H3 interview, near the start he admits his wife was walking on eggshells around him out of fear.
https://tinyurl.com/y4u6ucgn
7) Boogie threatening to kill himself after losing debates
He threatened to kill himself after a game journalist called him out on women's treatment in games.
i) http://archive.li/nrmVS
ii) Complains that his friend, TheQuartering, called in a welfare check for him after WotC banned him for saying lgbt people shouldn't have fought for their rights. http://archive.li/EsArf
This is boogie talking about the welfare check in question: https://streamable.com/wum4m
8) Boogie sends his fans to harass another fan who questioned his weight loss lies.
Haberdasher, the admin of SnT was a big fan of Boogie. Even recommending watching him.
However, he also criticized Boogie's lack of progress on weight loss. Keep in mind, this was in 2017. Boogie has been failing at losing any weight, not counting the surgery, for his entire life.
https://tinyurl.com/yyr3msdr
Boogie took this personally and maliciously edited the post above, and omitting key parts that questioned him so it would seem like Haber was saying rich people "couldn't be depressed"
http://archive.li/1KqCM
In full context, Haber didn't think Boogie, specifically, could be depressed if Boogie himself was claiming that he was doing so well and was even happier than ever before. It seemed like another excuse for him to overeat.
https://tinyurl.com/y38uojw5
Fans then harassed Haber, because Boogie knows that his fans will attack anyone that dares to critique him.
9) "Boogie claims he helped a terminal cancer victim get to play Smash early, even though he did absolutely nothing".
One redditor, along with several professional streamers, managed to convince Nintendo to allow his terminally ill friend to play Super Smash Bros Ultimate prior to it’s official release. Then the day prior to his friend passing away, Boogie steals their credit just to make himself look like a good person. The only thing he did was two half assed retweets from the people doing the hard work: the terminally ill gamer's brother, and professional streamer Hungrybox . The fact Boogie used this for publicity points immensely hurt the redditor who was mourning the passing of his best friend.
https://tinyurl.com/y526znt6
In reality, it was Hugbox who did all the hard work and campaigned for this to happen. Hugbox never bragged about it nor took any credit, unlike Boogie who comparatively did nothing of note.
https://tinyurl.com/w4beh7p
10.-Boogie bullies a kid and makes fun of him for having divorced parents
https://streamable.com/h415h
While Boogie has threatened people, primarily women, with physical violence before for speaking ill of his “pedophile father”, he has no issue with making fun of a gamer in his own squad during a match of Apex Legends. Boogie attempted, and failed, to make fun of his random teammate for having divorced parents. He then tries to push his buttons by saying he “must come from a broken home” and that he must have anger issues.
There's no real excuse for this as Boogie, being someone who himself claims to come from a physically and sexually abusive household, clearly knows how traumatizing coming from a broken home can be.
11.-Boogie gets exposed by a psychologist as a liar. He blocks him
Boogie called himself a "sperglord" a derogatory term for people with aspergers. He claims he was diagnosed before the term was added to the dsm.
https://tinyurl.com/tr8bgsn (A pshycologist calls him out. Boogie calls him a liar. He reveals his degree.)
https://tinyurl.com/y43ohz3k (He points out boogie is using it to manipulate fans)
https://i.redd.it/um8sx1zmgll21.png (Boogie blocks him)
https://tinyurl.com/y3x5d9z9
(He was a big fan that was inpired by boogie and even cried in sympathy of him)
10.-Boogie calls you stupid if you think he would ever insult anyone. Then does exactly that to his critics
https://streamable.com/2psbv
11.- Boogie lies on Memorial Day about a childhood friend who who served in Desert Storm and "died at 18".
He actually died at 40. Boogie just used him to get attention and sympathy points on twitter.
https://i.imgur.com/8byocvo.jpg
12.- While Stremer Etika was missing, Boogie makes a tasteless joke about him and blames his subreddit for a possible suicide while braging he is stronger than him.
https://streamable.com/jkssh
https://streamable.com/efojm
12.2 While was at it, he also staged a fake emotional moment of "finding photos of his mother".
https://tinyurl.com/y5p2fgh9
13.-Boogie promises to donate all his money to charity then gives a BS excuse not to and just asks people to donate. TBF he does donate after being pressured, but he unlisted the stream to avoid having to match more donations.
https://streamable.com/o9ln6
https://i.imgur.com/RCOlchD.png
https://tinyurl.com/y3789rap
14.-If you critize boogie you are worse than nazis and rapists acording to him
https://tinyurl.com/uuk5pnh
Boogie’s Id unleashed, and other questionable behavior
Boogie’s nice guy facade takes a toll on him. As such you can often see him express his real opinions, outside of his deliberate youtube persona, on Twitch and in his Francis persona. The "it's just a character” charade falls apart once you notice that Francis happens to complain about things in Boogie's life.
Boogie confesses of harrasing christians on the internet with shock images
https://streamable.com/vbsbb

Boogie talking about his ex-wife (he's parodying how 4chan talks about him being cucked, but still unnecessarily crude and insensitive towards Dez):
https://streamable.com/ydk2j
Boogie humps his bed repeatedly on stream: https://streamable.com/4t7oa (one for him and one for his hooker he says).
Boogie cries about being called "Boogie1488", then later titles his stream "DADDY NEEDS SHEKELS", a reference to the anti-semitic "happy merchant" meme: https://streamable.com/4x9dk
Boogie imitates oral sex on a woman while choking her:https://tinyurl.com/y6pfqfnb
Boogie displays complete ignorance of female anatomy while grotesquely performing oral sex ASMR to an audience of young fans t: https://streamable.com/2l9hd
Boogie describes cutting a woman's clitoris with a scalpel : https://streamable.com/35mga
Boogie making a distasteful joke about being all hard, as in having a boner in tik tok. You know that social network used mostly by teenagers, young girls and kids:
https://streamable.com/1tzct
And he did it again, while making fun of transgendered people as well. :
https://streamable.com/v5xnu
Awkwardly propositioning a female YouTuber under the guise of “Francis using his account”.
http://archive.li/S3w0j
Sketch about destroying effigy of ex-wife - https://streamable.com/93387 (part 1) and https://streamable.com/eutqd(part 2)
Boogie doesn't want to have kids for fear of molesting them: https://streamable.com/te564
Boogie making fun of his first girlfriend and laughing at how she died of "double cancer"https://streamable.com/ld4ry
Boogie bragged on his personal facebook page about having sex with a sex worker. He also proudly boasted about how she said making love with him was like making love to a waterbed. The obvious disdain by her in this statement is lost on him.
https://i.imgur.com/fc13vmd.png
After the death of video game commentator Total Biscuit, he was seen being incredibly flirtatious with his widow
https://imgur.com/a/pUDtFTg
http://archive.li/BchKm
Also he made a slew of passive aggressive jabs at Total Biscuit after his death. Even complaining that he "threw him under the bus".
http://archive.li/vcNxZ
Of course, his passive aggressive comments were sugar coated with asinine compliments.
Boogie making a racist joke about the differences between mexicans, black people and black women:
https://streamable.com/onk8o
And another, this time making fun of black people's income
https://streamable.com/9zld1
He also makes fun of native americans and portrays them as idiots for not "concept of ownership" while telling them "to go back to their shitty reservations":
https://streamable.com/gijpb
Boogie starts talkis about a trip to Pasadena and goes off on a tangent about buying hookers with all the other internet celebrities : https://www.twitch.tv/videos/384662212?t=34m30s
Boogie attacks "SJWS" at Wizards of the coast, because they blacklisted him for saying gay people should've waited 20 more years for equal rights.Please keep in mind, this thread isn't about left vs right or politics at all. It's politically neutral as assholery has no political party. The critcism here relies on him being trying to pander the leftist groups by feigning understanding of his causes while speaking dirty of them behind their backs. Boogie then throwing a childish fit when faced with consequences for his actions.
Boogie, a man in his mid 40s says that is ideal woman is someone in her late 20s and other fetishes of his, of course that's what his kids fans want to hear from the mr rodgers of the internet:
https://i.imgur.com/f62UGm3.jpg

Some of his fans, and even Boogie himself, say in his defense that these are all just "edgy jokes". At the very least then, this unproves that his youtube persona is nothing more than a facade he maintains for the sake of his brand. You can't claim you "wouldn't insult your worst enemy" while also being an edgelord that laughs about people dying of cancer.
He is either an edgy 4chan type of troll or he is the ultimate nice guy.
There are currently two big opinions.
"Believe all survivors" or "believe evidence". If you are in the former believing Boogie, by necessity is also believing Lucy Foxx as a survivor. If you're in the later, questioning Lucy also implies questioning Boogie's claims as they aren't backed up by evidence.
We can't tell if Boogie is telling the truth about his past. But given Boogie's lack of honesty, and him calling Lucy foxx a liar, makes fair game pointing out contradictions in his claims. Him being, allegedly, molested and abused is despicable. However embellishing the truth to manipulate his fans is also morally wrong.
1.-Boogie claims his sister raped. She denies it.
http://archive.is/cYI6e (boogie claiming he was molested by his sister.
https://i.imgur.com/cCs2Pzl.jpg (his sister's denial)
https://i.imgur.com/8t59cAI.png (Boogie doubles down and claims she wouldn't admit doing it on social media.)
2.-Contradictions about his dad
Boogie says his dad died alone in his final years
https://i.imgur.com/UERw75w.png
But then claims he visited him every year and stayed with him for months
https://tinyurl.com/y3yvrp9p
3.-Boogie praises his mother (the same woman he says molested and domestically abused him and his siblings)
http://archive.li/vfm7T
4.- Boogie says only his mother abused him. Then he contradicts himself and says his dad did it too.
https://imgur.com/a/1HazFDT
https://tinyurl.com/y6xjscaq
RAPE BACKSTORY contradictions
Who raped him , and how many times it supposedly occurred varies (once?, twice?, multiple?). One time even claiming his mom never raped him, and then that she did:
https://tinyurl.com/w5hbp3p
http://archive.li/IsdDX
Says his mother never raped him
http://archive.is/rz6Sh
Boogie’s Porn blogs
Boogie portrays himself as someone that thinks highly of women. In reality, he thinks of them as little more than sexual objects for his own gratification. Furthermore he is a massive sexual pervert, which can be seen from his two porn blogs which served as his main source of income prior to adopting his nice guy persona:
https://tinyurl.com/y63z8k6s
Boogie himself admitting that they are his porn blogs on his official youtube channel:
https://archive.li/AS8M4
https://streamable.com/zbwzc
Although you’re encouraged to see Boogie’s sexual deviancy and perverted thoughts for yourself, some users have gone to the effort of compiling highlighted quotes in image form for your convenience
https://i.redd.it/bzmxmwc4ewc11.png (boogie selfishly blaming 9/11 victims for slow sales)
https://tinyurl.com/yys7ph65
https://imgur.com/a/bqZOQV7
https://i.redd.it/nwuseqg157d11.png
https://i.imgur.com/JYdwrEI.png
https://imgur.com/a/0S3CMw1Some text quotes you can find on his porn blog:
"http://Evilsquared.com is a website dedicated to being complete cockwits with the internet. We have the right to free speech and by god, we plan to tie it down and rape it until they take it away."I’m eating brussel sprouts and playing with a dildo I bought for a friend. good times."
Boogie bragging about being a pimp basically:" After a fun night at work with Wilbur, I give Boogie a ring.“I’m going to get laid tonight, find me, someone, to fuck.” I said. He replied, “OK then. I’ll make some phone calls.”Him bragging about having orgies: "does she know how many orgies I’ve been to? or arranged? does she know how many girls I’ve watched fuck, or fucked myself? does she know that I’m a monster?"https://imgur.com/a/bqZOQV7
Boogie offering bestiality content:https://tinyurl.com/yxfrvmvr
Boogie bothering his Ex-wife Dez after their divorce
**Talking about an ex, implying she has feelings - https://i.imgur.com/WtdERdx.png
Texting her at 2:30am - https://i.imgur.com/t7O3n1j.png
Boogie Sketch about destroying effigy of his ex-wife - https://hooktube.com/watch?v=SAgQCIezELI
His sugar daddy site profile - https://imgur.com/a/deyTewd
His IG posts with a girl he met there - https://i.redd.it/vc5ll2u4woz11.jpg
He then posted a photo of his sugar baby, the grave ghoul, just after that with the clear intention to make Dez jealous
https://i.imgur.com/pSwNddA.jpg
Remember, Dez signed an NDA and she can’t legally say anything negative about Boogie.
Boogie’s General Lies
1.-Boogie says he needs money, but then reveals he is actually rich and greedy
Boogie claims he desperately needs money. He says that he is barely surviving on his current income and would need to work in retail “again” to survive. As if the money he gets from donations, sponsors and ad revenue wasn’t enough for him to live.
http://archive.li/B8xm7 (on twitter)
https://streamable.com/yq8fr
https://streamable.com/9g3p0
In this video, Boogie is e-begging for his patreon because he "needs peace of mind for his family"
https://streamable.com/ap340
But then he also brags about having 6 figures and even purchases himself an expensive vacation to Disneyland, and to top it off, makes fun of anyone that might think he is in need of money.
http://archive.li/EOXZm
https://twitter.com/Boogie2988/status/1070016853307666432
He also bragged about making 6 figures on a stream:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PexixgNMD1g
Tesla incident
Pretends to be poor then brags about buying a $90k Tesla. He then e-begs for it, and gaslights his fans pretending he never said he bought it.
https://i.redd.it/h2fpayhca4931.png
https://i.imgur.com/693P0IY.png
https://imgur.com/DpaCR38
https://tinyurl.com/y3z53g39
b) Patreon lies
Boogie claims he opened a patreon, in part, to finance a podcast project (not his big stack one) and to have enough money to survive.
https://youtu.be/PRgjRsQEvMk?t=244
But then offers literally nothing to his patrons, even admitting he will use the money to buy toys. It's just a lazy excuse to receive money.
https://www.patreon.com/boogie2988
"This is the highest tier and is the same as previous tiers only you have decided you hate money and want to burn quite a lot of it on my collectible card game addiction. :) JOIN $100 TIER"
C) Is boogie a centrists?
If you ask Boogie you would have a hard time knowing as he constantly goes back and forth claiming he is a centrist, and in a span of a few days claiming yet again that he isn't. For example:
January 8, 2019:I'm a centrist and even I think this is a bad take.
https://archive.fo/sszDf
February 25, 2019:Nope. I dont think being centrist makes you vetter or stronger. >Nor am I centrist.
https://archive.fo/LxcT5
More contradictions (17 in total):
https://tinyurl.com/y3q3xd84
heter he describes himself or not as a centrists doesn't depend in a moral stance, but on what benefits him for that situation..
Criticism of Boogie in video form:
A 2 part series about Boogie's dark side
https://tinyurl.com/yykcuk5y
https://tinyurl.com/y2twptt7
Memology’s Videos on boogiequ
https://tinyurl.com/y6pdw9pb
Weight Loss Lies
Being morbidly obese is an ill-advised lifestyle choice, but it is ultimately one an adult like Boogie is free to make.
The issue here is that he constantly emotionally baits his viewers who genuinely worry about his health and wellbeing. Giving them all false hope that he will be better. This is just a cheap manipulative tactic to get views and money because he is never changing. He also consistently lies to his audience about making an effort to change. They then take this as inspirational because they’ve fallen for his lies. Manipulative behavior such as this is what is being criticized and not necessarily his poor life choices.
https://i.imgur.com/j631rfg.png
https://i.imgur.com/0BWJjU5.png
https://imgur.com/a/4JENgP6
https://imgur.com/a/yDsnUyt
https://i.imgur.com/Hsym0GP.png
https://tinyurl.com/y27gvdqq
https://tinyurl.com/y6e39so5
https://tinyurl.com/y6o274we
https://streamable.com/084m1
https://i.imgur.com/1QTPqda.png
https://tinyurl.com/y3ewdd86
Boogie makes up excuses for being genetically unable to lose weight, claiming that doctors haven't been able to figure it out
https://tinyurl.com/yyugjnt3
Boogie shows cans of soda on stream after making a "my last soda video": https://i.imgur.com/4SNCnco.png, the next day claims they were for his "friends":https://tinyurl.com/yy9cdo7n
Boogie eats a bite of cake then throws the rest away https://www.reddit.com/SamandTolki/comments/8v6uk2/why_you_always_lying_intensifies/, less than 3 days after claiming he was going on a ketogenic diet https://twitter.com/Boogie2988/status/1012442820504965120. Why was he even taking a bite of cake in the first place? He claims on the H3H3 podcast that he's done this several times, saying that after the surgery the stuff doesn't even taste good and he throws it out. So why does he keep doing it?
Weight loss lies (2019 edition)
The biggest weight loss Boogie has had is when he had the weight loss surgery and the immediate months afterward. He has had little to no progress since then, being “hardstuck” at 350. He clearly has not curtailed his overeating nor follows the diet recommendations provided by his “team of doctors”.
https://streamable.com/7ics6 (boogie admits he failed his 30 days "clean eating" challenge
In February he keeps "inspiring" people saying he would lose weight, but he conffesed on twitch how eating so much food is so important to him that the fact the surgery made him eat less made him sucidal:
https://www.twitch.tv/videos/384662212?t=1h22m5s
He is then seen keeping overeating in SoCal cookies and plenty of un unhealthy food
https://i.imgur.com/MGcZMmw.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/V7fFXuH.png
And he is also caught drinking a lot of soda:
https://i.imgur.com/UqiQDqT.jpg
Despite claimingbefore his surgey he had "his last mt dew ever" and in the desciption of the video he says he wouldn't drink "soda or carbonated drinks, that statment being clearly a lie.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7HdB2af8bc
He keeps ordering pizza despite claiming he would eat healthy
https://imgur.com/Pzy0Kyw
Boogie made a video admitting he doesn't want to lose weight. (But still portays himself as inspirational on youtube)
https://streamable.com/8eiu6
A fitness youtuber tried to help him:
https://tinyurl.com/y4ptqnqk
Boogie then played the victim and his helper as evil.
The trainer replied to the reddit post above exposing boogie's lies (including boogie being 2 faced and subtly sending his fans to attack him)
https://tinyurl.com/y33ncmk6
Boogie says FUCK YOU it's none of your business, if you question him.
https://streamable.com/lkomp
B) Other Failed weight loss projects
1.- Diamond Dallas Page, a WWF wrestler and trainer, flew out to Boogie's house and offered to personally train Boogie. Boogie did not take him up on this offer.
https://streamable.com/lht95
2.- Boogie had a secondary channel that was supposed to record his weight loss progress. Never heard of it before? Exactly.
https://www.youtube.com/useboogiedown550
Notice how it hasn't been updated in 6 years
Boogie also had a Tumblr blog that was supposed to document his weight loss progress https://tinyurl.com/yxncet47
It was supposedly "hacked", and never replaced.
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2020.07.21 18:36 nilaisweird I need some support

Hello everyone. I didn't think I would ever share my story or anything but things have gotten to the point where I feel like reddit is the only place I can say this stuff and I need to get it off my chest, maybe this will help just a little.
I was raised religiously, my mom was converted to Christianity when I was 5, so naturally she became very strict, controlling, and tried to shelter us from everything. My parents always gave me enough attention though, so I was happy.
Then it happened, I started producing testosterone at about age 12 and all of a sudden googling Dallas Cowgirl Cheerleaders sounded like the thing to do. I didn't even know what masturbating was at the time. My Mom walked in and caught me, and well she was very distraught and as a child you can pick up on those things. She was crying and made me sit down with my father and she pretty much shamed basically for a few hours. At the end, I was told I couldn't use the computer for a month and after my mom left the room my dad cussed at me for the first time. "You better not ever look at any fucking porn in this household, you understand me?" Come to find out years later my Dad had just been caught himself a few years back.
Naturally, after something like that, I didn't dare look at anything on the computer anymore, until one day my brother won a PSP, hand held, maybe some of you remember it, but anyways it had internet access and apparently my folks didn't realize. It was the perfect storm, I could look at porn in the bathroom and never ever risk being caught again, and my parents had no idea. Unfortunately this continued. At that age all I knew was "hey this feels great!" And made it a daily habit without question. I knew it was wrong, but it felt so good, and I could get away with it. I probably looked at porn and masturbated twice a day from age 13 to 16, and then it happened:
...sophomore year a girl was talking to me and she was interested. She was cute and from Spain, and at the time I was learning Spanish so we had a lot to talk about. She was the best thing that ever happened to me. Everyday when I woke up I quite literally "jumped" out of bed out of excitement that I could text her "good morning" and that she would most certainly respond with something lovely. I no longer masturbated, I didn't look at porn, I think the two or three times I did I literally jerked off to pictures of her. I won races in high school track that I didn't used to win, I got straight A's, we went to concerts together, texted til the late hours every night, and acted like a couple on their honeymoon when we saw each other for three months straight. She would tell me that she loved me so much, but then she said something weird, that when she had to go back to Spain she would be sad and jealous and that I was most likely gonna get with other girls when she left. I strongly told her NO! There was no way I was gonna get with other girls, that I was in love with her and her only. It kinda surprised me that she said it, because I thought we had made it clear we were in love with each other... well you can probably guess what happened, she went back to Spain and communicated with me a total of two time in the next year. The two weeks up until she left she slowly distanced herself in ways that to this day make my heart hurt, and it's been 7 years.
I never did end up getting with other girls like she said. My self-confidence plummeted. For three weeks straight I was like a zombie, no desire to eat food, no erections, no desire to look at porn, I would go to bed at 9 pm and wake up at 6 am just staring at my ceiling thinking about her. My parents let me waste that whole summer, for three months straight I literally did nothing but cry and play songs on the guitar that reminded me of her. A year later I saw the first photos of her and her new boyfriend. I just about broke my computer.
Anyways guys, about a month after this I started using porn again. Didn't really satisfy me but it helped. I was a pretty sad person at the time. Like really broken. I went through the rest of high school without even getting close to having a girlfriend, let alone losing my virginity. At the time I didn't care because my parents and church had always told me that saving sex for marriage was the noble, right thing to do so I just told myself that I was better than everyone for not having sex but instead watching porn. God how wrong I was.
I went college for the next few years living with some buddies. We had a great time, and had all kinds of hopes of having girls over etc. etc. Low and behold, four semesters in I had been with absolutely 0 girls, while one of my roommate's super cute girlfriend would come stay the weekend like every month. That made me really jealous, and it all came crashing down when a cute girl asked me how old I was when I lost my virginity, to which I honestly replied "I am still a virgin" she didn't shame me or anything, but I could see that she thought it was funny, and I was pretty mortified. All of a sudden the only thing on my mind was to lose my virginity. I had to. After years of telling myself I was being a good Christian by saving sex for marriage, all of a sudden my inner voice transformed into "you embarrassment, you're about to turn 21 and you've never even been close to boning, you are shameful." So I somehow I made it happen, drunk sex, 10 beers in, with a girl that had always had a crush on me since high school but that had always been so dumb that I never did anything about it. Don't remember much, and didn't have a full erection once the entire time, but it was enough to tell my buddies and make them proud. Since I had a false sense of confidence about my sexual endeavor, I proceeded to rely on porn and masturbation for the next two years. Missing out on several girls who showed real interest in me, even going with concerts with me and telling me they liked me, but sadly enough, I had no desire to pursue these relationships because of what I now assume was no sex drive because of porn and masturbation.
At this time I was 5 semesters into college and I kinda freaked out. I had NO idea what I was trying to get out of school, only knew that it seemed to be what my parents thought would be best and they seemed happy about my straight A's I was getting despite all the weed I was now smoking. Oh yeah, forgot to mention, I became a full on stoner for friends in high school. Literally. I hated smoking weed, made me paranoid, but it made me feel part of a group, so I continued being peer pressured into smoking with the kids on the soccer team. Now I smoke everyday and if I don't I lose my temper WAY too quick to where I feel like a liability on the road and with the people in my life. I don't even get high anymore, just to feel normal I guess when I smoke (of course I still feel good when I smoke, just nothing like it used to be).
I've been trying to do nofap for a few years now, 34 days is my streak record, but of course, I always end up relapsing and feeling so much shame and regret afterwards. I keep telling myself that if only one person on the planet could hear my story and feel compassion toward me and love me anyways and be understanding and not shame me that I can get out of this deep hell that I've created for myself. But unfortunately I've alienated so many people in my life that I don't feel safe or comfortable revealing the truth to anyone. It feels like I'm bears this shame and guilt and embarrassment all myself.
Then this morning I freaked. I logged into reddit to look at nofap for some motivation, and I read a story that a girlfriend of some guy posted about how he was trying to do nofap, and that she was so proud of him and wanted to know how she could support him. My heart was crushed. "That's what I need." I thought.
I guess I have a question, does anyone have an idea after reading my story why maybe I feel that I don't deserve happiness? Why do I only feel like I am willing to change my life and do difficult things to improve myself ONLY if I have a partner that I love and respect, otherwise I feel like I am garbage and I don't even deserve to improve myself. Because even if I reach my 90 day nofap goal, I will still be going to bed alone, again. Even if I quit smoking weed, I will still just be going to bed alone, at my parents house, in the bedroom I grew up in, as a 23 year old. Maybe I'm too hard on myself, (I think so because my Dad has a MAJOR superiority complex and I can feel myself having the same thing). I go through a pendulum swing of feeling like the most sophisticated, kind, brilliant person on the planet to the next hour wanting to hang from a tree and end it all. Why do I feel like I don't deserve to attain what I want? Is it the weed? The emotional trauma? the Porn? the Masturbating? all of it together?
Well, that's all I have for now. If you read this whole thing, wow thanks, it means a lot.
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2020.07.17 04:02 ThomasFunk1 WWF vs WCW Invasion Rebooked!

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The show opens with a video package which shows the opening of the show as pyro appears from the top of the stage. The camera then pans over to Jim Ross and Paul Haymen at the commentary desk...
Jim Ross: "LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, BOYS AND GIRLS WELCOME BACK TO MONDAY NIGHT RAW!!"
Paul Heyman: "All right JR. We get it. Yes we all know its the number one TV show on a Monday!"
Jim Ross: "Say what you want about Monday Night Raw Live From Los Angeles, California !! But before we start the show let's have a recap of Backlash last night!"
A video package then appears and shows the highlights of WWF Backlash, featuring Chris Benoit, Kurt Angle, The Brothers Of Destruction, Stone Cold, Triple H and much more.
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After the video about Backlash. Vince McMahon walks down to the ring as the crowd cheers and boos him st the same time. He holds a microphone as he makes his way down to the ring.
Vince McMahon: "All right quite down! Now as you all know we the WWF bought WCW a few weeks ago. And you know what I'm glad we did. And you want to know why im glad we did?" the fans shouts yes at Vince McMahon continues... "Yeah I didn't ask for your opinions! Yeah boo all you want but WCW is no more! So Shane O, you may have control over them but you are not capable of taking down the greatest wrestling company in the world! Because you see Shane. You and WCW are dead to me! I conquered WCW. And I'll conquer you! So to all you WCW fans I suggest you get out of my...."
Before Vince McMahon can continue. Shane McMahon makes his way down to the ring and makes his way down to the ring holding a microphone.
Shane McMahon: "See dad. You can run your mouth all you want but at the end of the day your all mouth and no trousers! So you say that I am dead to you? Well your just jealous that I kicked your ass at Mania! So if I was you dad. I would be prepared for anything that comes your way! Because you never know just never know what will happen..." Vince McMahon stares at Shane McMahon as Shane McMahon tells his father to look behind him. Vince McMahon turns around and DDP hits him with a Diamond Cutter!!!
Paul Heyman is heard at the commentary desk completely stunned at what just happened...
Paul Heyman: "OMG!!!!!! HE'S HERE!!! DIAMOND DALLAS PAGE IS IN THE WWF!!!"
Shane McMahon: "See I told you dad. You always have to be prepared for WCW!" Shane McMahon drops the microphone on Vince McMahon and leaves the ring and heads to the back with DDP.
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The match was aimed as a high spots match to impress the crowd and to try to improve the LightHeavyweight Division. X-Pac ends up winning the match with a.. X-Factor for the win.
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After the match X-Pac celebrates in the ring with Justin Credible and Albert as he grabs a microphone and begins to talk...
X-Pac: "As you all know that last week... Jerry Lynn won the LightHeavyweight Championship! I mean talk about hurting the prestige of the belt. Who the hell would make some old, pathetic joke a Champion? What you all need is a Champion like me! A Champion who treats the belt with respect! So, Lynn I challenge you to a WWF LightHeavyweight Championship match on Smackdown!!"
The crowd boos non stop at X-Pac but start to cheer when Jerry Lynn walks down to the ring holding his WWF LightHeavyweight Championship.
Jerry Lynn: "You seem to think that you are the greatest wrestler ever! Well face facts boy! You aren't! You can think your better than me all you want but you don't know how to beat me do you?"
X-Pac: "Uhm!" laughs at Jerry Lynn "You do realise anyone can beat your dirty old ass!"
Jerry Lynn: "Really? Well prove it because... I accept your challenge for Smackdown! So bring it on!"
The two men go face to face as a Commercial break appears afterwards.
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Backstage Lita is seen at a food stand buying food during the show. Behind her is The Right To Censor who stop her and begin to talk to her...
Stevie Richards: "OMG! Lita! How dare you wear them clothes. When young people are watching live in the arena or at home."
Lita looks at Stevie Richards in a pissed of way as The Goodfather Val Venis surround Lita. Ivory is also seen next to Stevie Richards with a smug look on her face.
Ivory: "I mean seriously Lita. You are a tramp and you Do not deserve to be in the ring competing or even in this company."
Lita: "You want me to prove that I should be in this company? Well I'll prove it right now!"
Lita attempts to charge at Ivory but Val Venis and The Goodfather hold her back.
Steven Richards: "I guess we are gonna have to Censor you! Slapper!"
Then all of a sudden The Hardy Boys come to Litas aid and starts brawling with Val Venis and The Goodfather as Ivory and Lita start Brawling as Steven Richards watches on not impressed. Then Mick Foley storms into the scene with security and splits both groups up...
Mick Foley: "STOP IT!! I havs seen enough. Now you want to settle this issue out? I don't want an answer because you will be later on in the show! It will be The Right To Censor vs The Hardy Boys and Lita in a 3V3 Intergender Tag Team Match!"
Both groups stare each other down as the camera pans over to the ring.
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Edge and Christian def. The APA - 13mins by distraction from Chuck Palumbo and Sean O'Haire.
The match was aimed as a brawl between two excellent, outstanding teams. The match ends when Bradshaw attempts to hit a powerbomb to Christian but Chuck Palumbo and Sean O'Haire run down to the ring and stands on the apron where they distract Bradshaw. Causing him to let go of Christian in the powerbomb postiton and would turn his attention to Chuck Palumbo and Sean O'Haire. Christian then tags in Edge and Edge spears Bradshaw when Chuck Palumbo and Sean O'Haire stop distracting him.
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After the match Edge and Christian make their way up to the top of the stage where they celebrate their victory tonight. Whilst in the ring Chuck Palumbo and Sean O'Haire attack The APA non stop. Then all of a sudden... Stacy Kiebler makes her way down to the ring as Edge and Christian watches on. Stacy Kiebler then enters the ring and low blows Bradshaw and Faarooq. Stacy Kiebler then tells Chuck Palumbo and Sean O'Haire to hit them with their Tag Team Finisher. Chuck Palumbo and Sean O'Haire then hit The APA with a double powerbomb as Stacy Kiebler watches on as the crowd boos non stop.
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Backstage Shane McMahon is in his locker room with Lance Storm, DDP, Chavo Guerrero and Buff Bagwell. Shane McMahon begins to talk until Chuck Palumbo and Sean O'Haire w/ Stacy Kiebler enter the room and they all celebrate. Shane McMahon then begins to speak towards the camera...
Shane McMahon: "So. Here we are. Live on Monday Night Raw! And we are here for only for one thing. And that is to crush The WWF! See what we did earlier to Vince McMahon wasn't a cheap attack. Oh No! It was a statement! It was to show him that WCW will not be put down easily! And as I said earlier... Be prepared for ANYTHING!"
Shane McMahon then grabs a can of spray paint and sprays the logo of WCW onto the camera as The WCW stars celebrate.
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Mick Foley is seen in his office backstage looking through paper work but is interrupted by The Undertaker and Kane who tower over him...
Mick Foley: "Taker, Kane how may i help you today?"
The Undertaker: "Well that's simple... We want Triple H, Stone Cold Steve Austin and that dirt little slapper Stephanie McMahon!"
Mick Foley: "Look. I know you two desperately want them in a match but, you lost last night! But I understand why you want to beat the crap out of them. We all want to!"
The Undertaker: "See me and my brother don't take no for an answer! I mean after all Foley you should know that by now! So if you still want to be walking I suggest you give us what we want!"
Mick Foley hears enough and stands up and goes face to face with The Undertaker as the two men stare each other down...
Mick Foley: "Oh yep. I remember. But I also remember beating you aswell! But that's the past and this is the future! So how about this... On Smackdown it will be... Triple H and Stephanie McMahon vs The Undertaker and a female wrestler of your choosing. If you win on Smackdown you face Stone Cold at Judgment Day for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship! But if you lose.. You want receive a Title Match!!"
The Undertaker: Looks at Kane and then back to Mick Foley "That's fine by me! Oh by the way. I'd like to introduce my Tag Team Partner for Smackdown.... My wife... SARA!!!"
Sara then appears behind The Undertaker and Kane as they walk away from Mick Foley. Leaving Mick Foley shouting...
Mick Foley: "Have a nice day!"
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Lita and The Hardy Boys def. Ivory, The Goodfather and Val Venis w/Stevie Richards - 13mins
This match was aimed as brawl based match between two good teams. The ending of the match was when Lita hits Ivory and The Goodfather with a moonsalt of the top rope to the outside. Whilst Jeff Hardy hits Val Venis with a Swanton Bomb for the 1!2!3!
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The Hardy Boys and Lita celebrate in the ring as Right To Censor make their way to the backstage area.
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Rhino © def. Crash Holly - Street Fight for the WWF Hardcore Championship - 8mins
This match was aimed as a brawl between two hardcore wrestlers. The finish of the match was when Crash Holly hits Rhino with a Trash can to the head and then sets up a table in the corner. When the table is set up Crash Holly turns around and Rhino spears him through the table for the win.
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The Rock is seen in the ring after a Commercial Break as he holds a microphone and looks around the whole arena.
The Rock: "To the thousands in attendance, to the millions watching at home... Finally The Rock has come back to Los Angeles! So as you all know Shane O Loser and his goons are supposedly invading the WWF! I mean i give credit to you. Very few people attack the owner of the WWF. So I'll give you that but who the hell are you lot? Because what I can tell is that you all like to kiss Shane's Candy Ass!!! Because you all think your the best. When you SUCK!!"
The Rock attempts to continue until Buff Bagwell interupts him and walks down to the ring.
Buff Bagwell: "Oh look who it is the joke of the WWF! I mean come on seriously your not a wrestler, your just a little baby."
The Rock: "Did you litteraly just call the people's champion a little baby? Well, if you think your man enough why don't I come over to you and kick your candy ass around Los Angeles!!!"
The crowd pops when Buff Bagwell backs away a little.
Buff Bagwell: "What do you really think im scared of some wanna be Buff Bagwell?"
The Rock: "Did you literally just call the Great one a wannabe Buff Bagwell!! Because I think you must be high on something. Or your just blind!! And why the hell would i want to be a wannabe Buff Bagwell? Because if I'm right in saying you got ass kicked by your own mother on live TV! Whilst the Rock was laying the Smackdown on actual competition!"
Buff Bagwell hears enough and charges at The Rock but The Rock hits him a Rock Bottom and then a Peoples Elbow. The Rock the looks at Buff Bagwell and says...
The Rock: "Meet me in the main event tonight so I can kick your Candy Ass! Jabroni!"
The Rock then drops the microphone as his music hits and he makes his way to the backstage area.
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Eddie Guerrero def. Chris Benoit - 14mins - By distraction from Chavo Guerrero
This match was aimed as a technical masterclass between two outstanding wrestlers. The end of the match was when Chris Benoit is on the top rope looking to attempt a diving headbutt. But Chavo Guerrero runs from the back and hits Chris Benoit with a super kick as the referee is down. Chavo Guerrero then puts Eddie Guerrero over Chris Benoit for the win.
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Eddie Guerrero gets back to his feet and sees Chavo Guerrero in the ring opposite him. Eddie Guerrero realises what Chavo Guerrero has done as Chavo Guerrero attempts to celebrate with him. Eddie Guerrero doesn't however and leaves ring confused about what happened.
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Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, Stone Cold and Debra are seen storming into Mick Foleys office as the camera sees him eating.
Mick Foley: "Oh now what is it!" As he's clearly angry about being interrupted again.
Stone Cold: "Oh don't give me that. You know why we are hear!"
Triple H: "So I suggest you think twice about that match because we will not be forced to face The Undertaker and his dog of a wife Sara!"
Mick Foley then goes face to face with both men as he replies back in a angry way.
Mick Foley: "Oh you know what Hunter. You may hold nearly all the belts but you need to remember that i decide what happens around here, not you! So you can plead all you want but the match will happen on Smackdown! So you better be ready!"
Mick Foley then sits down as The Two Man Power Trip storm off clearly not happy with Mick Foley.
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William Regal def. Billy Gunn - 10mins.
This was a good back and forth match telling a story well. The end of the match was when Gunn attempts a Famouser but is reversed by Regal into a powerbomb for the win.
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William Regal after the match has a microphone in his hand as he begins to speak...
William Regal: "How dare you all boo me! My name is William Regal and I am the face of British Wrestling! I am here for one thing and one thing only. And that is to protect the legacy of Queen Elizabeth II! So I demand a Championship against... Matt Hardy because that European Championship needs a Champion who cares for their great continent Of Europe. Yeah you can boo me all you want but I will Reign supreme over Matt Hardy and will show the world that the United Kingdom is the greatest country ever."
William Regal then leaves the ring as the crowd boos him non stop.
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The Rock def. Buff Bagwell - 15mins
This match was aimed as a brawl between two wrestlers valiantly battling for their companies. The match ends when The Rock hits Buff with a Rock Bottom and then a people's elbow for the win.
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After the match The Rock celebrates with the fans in the ring but from behind... Booker T enters the ring and hits with him the WCW Title on the back of the head. Booker T then celebrates in the ring as the crowd boos non stop as the show ends.
What do you think?
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2020.07.01 10:56 KagsTheOneAndOnly [OC] 5 breakout seasons you might have missed this year

This season, most of you have probably heard or read at one point or another about Luka Dončić soaring into the MVP conversation as a sophomore, the many all-star jumps (Ingram/Trae/Sabonis/Mitchell/Siakam/Booker), Bam Adebayo making a name for himself as an all-round stud in Miami, the Hornets' Devonte' Graham's heartwarming vault into NBA relevance, Ben Simmons's All-Defensive leap, and Jayson Tatum's long-awaited superstar transformation mid-season.
This post, then, will be talking about some breakouts around the league that you might have missed this season, coming from players on less talked-about teams, or simply improved aspects of certain players' games that may have flown under the radar for whatever reason.

1: Jonathan Isaac, defensive savant

[Note: Please read this fantastic and highly detailed two-part post by Jonathan Chen, from which I pilfered the vast majority of the clips that I've linked below: Jonathan Isaac: A Unicorn on the Defensive End]
Jonathan Isaac broke out as an early Defensive Player of the Year-candidate for the Orlando Magic this season - only an unfortunate season-ending left knee injury 32 games in stopped him from achieving a well-deserved All-Defensive spot this year.
While Isaac's gaudy per-game averages (7 rebounds, 1.6 steals, 2.4 blocks) are useful shorthand, they actually underplays his overall impact because of how truly unicorn-ish and all-encompassing his defensive profile is.
  • Paint defense
It all starts with Judah's elite rim protection - opponents shoot a sizeable 10.2 FG% worse within 6 feet of the rim (50.9 DFG%) when Isaac is the closest defender, where his savant-like shot-blocking instincts kick in as the Magic's defensive anchor. Whether he's the primary defender or the weak-side help, he's got fantastic footwork and is very quick off his feet, possessing a mean second-jump. Combined with his 6-11 frame, 7-1 wingspan, and an excellent sense of timing, Isaac is an athletic, long, and relentless roadblock at the rim to thwart otherwise high-percentage opponent shot-attempts in the paint. He's able to tussle with larger behemoths as well - here he is denying Embiid at the rim with one hand. In addition, Isaac remains quite disciplined, managing to consistently remain vertical on his contests and averaging only 2.5 fouls/game, impressive for a 3rd-year defender just 22 years of age.
  • Man defense
Isaac's man defense is already highly impressive, able to guard bigs and guards alike without giving an inch (he has a 62.2% versatility index) and able to guard either the primary or secondary offensive options effectively while also protecting the rim. He's got quick hands that he uses to force turnovers, constantly stripping players when they gather or pick up their dribble. In the post, his length and lanky frame makes him a pest. When defending perimeter threats, his footwork is impeccable, he maneuvers screens really well, and he's agile and long enough to shut down the Greek Freak in semi-transition. When he is beat, he often chases perpetrators down from behind.
  • Team defense
Isaac's off-ball activity and team defense, meanwhile, is reminiscent of peak Draymond, KG, or Andrei Kirilenko, constantly making timely rotations to eat up passing lanes, anticipating and disrupting opponent plays, crowding ball-handlers and halting dribble-penetration, closing out to shooters, and swatting shot attempts at the rim, basically making himself an all-around menace on the court.
  • Some of his few defensive weaknesses:
He can gamble at times for steals (which does work out more often than not thanks to his length and instincts) and occasionally foul on shot contests, he can get caught out-of-position in the post sometimes, and he can be a bit overly twitchy in the paint, falling for pump-fakes from time to time.
  • Orlando's best and most important defender:
He leads the team and ranks near the top of the league in steals/game (1.6), blocks/game (2.4), defensive loose-balls recovered (0.8), and deflections/game (3.3); is 2nd on the team in charges drawn (0.13), defensive box-outs (2.0); and is 3rd in defensive rebounds/game (5.2).
With Isaac on the court, the Orlando Magic's defensive rating jumps by a whopping 4.5 points to an excellent 106.5 DRTG (-3.9 rDRTG), which would rank as the 4th-best defense in the league over a full season, significantly higher than the 9th place (109.0 DRTG) the Magic ended up at at the time of the NBA's suspension.
  • Advanced metrics:
Box- and non-box advanced metrics all think very highly of Isaac's overall defensive impact - he has a +4.8 D-RAPTOR (3rd in NBA), +3.2 D-PIPM (4th), and a +2.9 D-BPM (3rd).
  • So what's next for Isaac?
Isaac is slowly starting to get the benefit of the doubt from referees:
"I thought they were going to call it, I thought they were going to call it goaltending,’’ said a relieved Isaac after his Magic notched their fourth straight victory – this one a gritty 93-87 defeat of Cleveland. "I just tried to get (Thompson’s hook shot) at its highest point, and they gave it to me. I think the refs are starting to let me slide a little bit and I like it.’’
It probably won't be very long before Isaac will be able to run rampant as a full-blown terror on the defensive end, and combined with his decent ancillary offensive numbers as a tertiary scorer / potential floor-spacer (12.0 PPG, 2.8 3PA, 33 3P%), Jonathan is already a truly indispensable part of the Magic rotation for the foreseeable future.
(Bonus clip that perhaps summarises the entirety of Isaac's versatile skillset: His near-5x5 performance in a 1-point loss vs the Dallas Mavericks' historic league-leading offense on November 6, putting up 13/10/5/6/4 while tormenting Porzingis all night long (10 pts, 2 TOVs, 29 FG%) and holding Luka and KP to a combined 37 points on 35 shots (47.5 TS%) and 8 turnovers.)

2: Christian Wood, the NBA's newest unicorn

After 49 games of being an overqualified backup to Andre Drummond (averaging 10/5/1/1/1 on excellent efficiency), Detroit finally moved Christian Wood into the starting lineup after Drummond got traded to Cleveland for their final 13 games before the NBA suspended its season.
  • "Sooo.. who is Wood, and why should we care?"
In his final 13 games, Christian Wood has played like a bonafide star, averaging 22.8 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 2.0 assists, 0.8 blocks, 0.8 steals, and 1.7 threes on 66% True Shooting (56 FG%, 40 3P% on 4.2 3PA, 76 FT%).
He's been remarkably consistent as well, scoring fewer than 17 points only once during this stretch, and showing up against a variety of good teams - 3 of his final 4 games were against stout opposition, and he rose to the challenge admirably, with outputs of 29/9/3 on 91 TS% vs OKC, 30/11/2 on 56 TS% vs the Jazz and reigning DPOY Gobert, and a career-high 32/7/2/3/2 on 81 TS% v.s. Philly.
  • "He's on a bad team though, and Detroit lost all but one of those 13 games. Aren't these just empty numbers?"
There's exists some evidence that these aren't empty calorie numbers.
For one thing, Wood is an advanced stats darling - he ranks in the top-20 to 30 range in most box- and non-box metrics: +4.5 RAPTOR (18th), +3.1 BPM (BBRef) (27th), 0.184 WS/48 (24th), +2.98 PIPM (26th), +2.82 RPM (ESPN) (22nd), +2.09 RAPM (20th).
For another, the Pistons are a whopping +10.9 points better with Wood on the court, with their defensive rating improving by +3 and their offensive rating getting a ridiculous +8 boost.
  • "So, what makes him so effective?"
Offensively, Wood is particularly special, able to shine as either a PF or a C.
When he plays the 5, he is an elite roll-man in the PnR (97th percentile); his potent roll-gravity often distracts defending bigs to get teammates easier looks at the rim. His athleticism and feathery touch allow him to finish at an elite rate at the rim (77 FG% in restricted area), either skying for lobs or shedding defenders with power and speed.
Wood is very aggressive in the short roll too, bullying defenders with unflashy but effective bumps, pivots, fakes, and his leaping ability, not shying away from contact either, affording him a healthy free-throw rate overall (6 FTA/game as starter, 76 FT%).
Wood is also a highly capable offensive rebounder (3.2 ORB/game in final 13 games, top 20 in ORB%), adept at following up on both teammate misses and his own.
Of course, Wood is also a remarkable shooter for his position (40 3P% on 4.2 3pa/game in final 13 games), with a quick and high release off-the-catch that's unbothered by all but the longest of perimeter defenders, opening up driving lanes for teammates with his gravity. "Wood is the rare stretch-4 who doubles as a rim-running 5", allowing coaches a high level of versatility when designing offensive sets. Wood possesses a smooth dribble, too, which lets him attack closeouts and slash to the basket.
  • "What about on defense, though?"
Defensively speaking, Wood has tremendous physical tools: 7-3 wingspan, excellent feet, highly athletic, making him a highly versatile defender capable of guarding speedy guards on switches (68.9 versatility index). He's a decent rim-protector - opponents shoot 6% worse within 6 feet of the hoop when Wood is the closest defender, and Detroit as a whole are +4.4 points better defensively when Wood is on the court. His pick-and-roll defense is actually quite decent, knowing when to drop and timing his contests well. Overall, he's likely a slight positive on defense.
  • "Does he suck at anything?"
Wood can't power through larger defenders, and his post game is highly limited. To quote Jonathan Tjarks, "his ability to score one-on-one is still mostly theoretical—he’s in the 22nd percentile of post scorers this season and the 10th percentile in isolations."
Wood is also a subpar playmaker - he had a 2.0/2.3 assist-to-turnover ratio in his final 13 games. He can make basic reads out of double-teams, but has yet to truly weaponise his own scoring threat to get teammates easier looks on a more consistent basis.
Defensively, his awareness as a team defender has room for improvement, and his motor can be sloppy (seen in some mediocre box-outs or close-outs). He also has trouble against heftier post players, and some speedy guards can blow by him.
Finally, Small Sample Size alert! Some regression is very likely expected for Wood's gaudy shooting numbers once more teams learn more about his abilities and begin to throw more defenders (and better defenders) on him.
  • "So what's the future like for Christian?"
Wood is trusting his teammates more on both sides of the ball. He’s not forcing things on offense... Wood is scoring by giving the ball up and trusting it will come back to him when he’s open instead of constantly hunting for his own shot.
Wood doesn't demand touches and is highly efficient in his role, something that will let him scale well on good offenses, something that bodes well for his future as a Piston but also makes him an attractive addition for a playoff side - he's an unrestricted free-agent this summer. If he carries or builds upon this level of production into next season, he'll easily be a Most Improved Player contender with All-Star potential.
  • "Hmm, I'm actually kinda interested in knowing more about him!"
In that case, here are two marvellous breakdowns of Wood's game which I consumed and referenced voraciously while writing this section:
-Coach Daniel on YouTube: Why Christian Wood Is Genuinely A Terrific Player
-Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer: Get Used to Hearing Christian Wood’s Name

3: Jaren Jackson Jr, one of the best volume-shooters in the league

Jaren Jackson Jr (17/5/1.5 on +2.6 rTS%), is a proper unicorn, and easily the 2nd most important offensive piece on the Grizzlies, mainly due to his elite floor-spacing opening things up considerably for their offense - he's frighteningly adept at his role, hitting 40% of his 6 to 7 three-point attempts per game.
  • "Surely the section title is clickbait or hyperbole, though, right? He's just a big, after all, he can't be that good"
Actually, there are only 11 other players in the entire league (≥30 GP) who have shot at least as accurately as Jaren (39.7 3P%) on at least as many attempts (6.3 3PA).
Here are all 135 3-pointers he's made this season, just to get an idea of how he shoots these, and here's him draining 9 threes on the league-leading Bucks' defense en route to a career-high 43 points.
  • "So does he just stand in the corner and wait for Ja to feed him?"
Not exactly... JJJ has a somewhat atypical form but a quick and high release, and he shoots a truly incredible variety of threes, making them as part of pick-and-pop action, some simply off-the-dribble, some stepbacks, some in transition, some on the move, some off screens, or and he even sprinkles in the odd logo yeet from 30 feet out.
To quote some more from this excellent SB Nation breakdown of Jaren Jackson Jr's versatile game by Mike Prada:
The fact that Jackson can take and make so many different kinds of threes enables the Grizzlies to deploy him in so many different spots on the court. He has no obvious sweet spot, which means there’s rarely a worry he’ll catch the ball somewhere he doesn’t belong. He can toggle between playmaker, primary scorer, screener, and floor spacer, depending on what the Grizzlies need at that particular moment.
Better yet, he can do all four within the same play, which ensures Memphis’ sets always have secondary options. A pick-and-pop that the defense covers effectively can quickly swing into a dribble handoff, post-up, or second-side screening action, and it’s difficult for the defense to peg exactly where Jackson fits in to those sequences. In an instant, he’s flipped from the big man screener that gets a guard open into the primary option on a flare screen to get him a three.
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And if that shot isn’t there, he can quickly flow back into being a screener for a guard curling up from the corner.
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Or — and this is spicy — he can invert the traditional big/guard setup and act as the ball-handler immediately.
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Well, overplaying JJJ's shooting is unwise - he possesses a decent handle for a big (relatively few turnovers considering he drives quite often) and is excellent at attacking closeouts and finishing at in the paint (65 FG% in restricted area). Some of his long strides and wrong-footed finishes bring to mind Pascal Siakam. His post scoring is well below-average (26th percentile), his ISO scoring is decent (65th percentile), and his shooting in the non-restricted area of the paint (floaters and such) isn't anything to write home about (39.5 FG%). Interestingly, he rarely takes midrange shots, attempting a James Harden-esque 16 midrange attempts over the entire season.
Defensively-speaking, Jaren is very versatile and has incredible length, athleticism, footwork, and timing, able to switch onto bigs and guards alike with equal ease and possessing preternatural defensive instincts as a help defender. However, he is still some way from fulfilling his All-Defensive, even DPOY potential, as he's haunted by persistent fouling issues - he's averaged 5.2 fouls/36 in each of his first 2 seasons. His rebounding rate is anemic for a player his size, too (3.7 D-Rebs/game) - part of this might be due to him playing out on the perimeter a lot, part of it might just be due to his rebounding being naturally poor. (In case you were wondering, JJJ's lack of rebounding isn't a Steven Adams issue because he's just boxing people out all the time, either - he's 109th in the league in defensive-box-outs/game.) His current overall defensive impact, therefore, is quite neutral at the moment - most advanced numbers don't think highly of it. Memphis have the 16th ranked defense in the league, and their defensive rating actually improves with JJJ off the court (some of this might just be noise, or perhaps a case of Grizzlies' backups shining against weaker bench units). In any case, these current defensive shortcomings are something Grizzlies fans will likely gladly live with, considering JJJ's offensive value and the promise of future improvements in his defensive impact once he learns to foul less.

4: Kris Dunn, the modern-era Tony Allen?

This season, the Bulls' dogged guard slash forward Kris Dunn has graded out consistently as one of the very best and most impactful defenders in the NBA, regardless of position. For the first time in his career, Dunn's team is A) excellent at defense with him on the court, and B) much better on defense with him on the court than without.
First, though, let's get the numbers out of the way:
  • Height: 6-3, Weight: 205 lb, Wingspan: 6-10, 51 GP, 24.9 MPG
  • 2nd in Steals/game (2.0), 1st in Steal % by a wide margin, 4th in Deflections/game (only player in the top 11 averaging fewer than 25 minutes a night), 8th in Defensive loose-balls recovered/game
  • 2nd in Defensive Box Plus Minus (BBRef)
  • 5th in Defensive PIPM
  • 7th Defensive RAPTOR, which incorporates player tracking data
  • 7th in Defensive RAPM / Luck-adjusted RAPM
  • 13th in Defensive Real Plus-Minus (ESPN)
  • Bulls have a 106.4 Defensive Rating (-4.0 rDRTG) with Kris Dunn on the floor, which would rank 4th in the NBA over a full season. The Bulls defense also improves by a massive +6.2 points when Dunn enters the game.
  • 67.8 Versatility Index, guarding positions 1-3 at least 19% of the time each, and spending 15% of his possessions guarding PFs and Cs
  • Held pick-and-roll ball-handlers to 0.71 points per possession, one of the best marks in the league
  • Can guard either the primary or secondary offensive options highly effectively as required
  • Opponents shoot 1.5% worse on 3s when Dunn is the closest defender
  • "Among those who logged at least 20 minutes per game, Dunn led all players in the percentage of his points that came off a turnover, at a whopping 29.3 percent. It’s reminiscent of prime Tony Allen — who used to live near the top of the league in this category — and more than doubled his production from the previous year."
Adding on some more quotes from Michael Pina's fantastic SB Nation breakdown of Dunn's defense, "Kris Dunn is a dying breed in today’s NBA. That’s why he’s so fascinating":
On the night Kris Dunn suffered a knee injury that will likely end his season, I sat by his locker to chat about defense. Considering no guard in the NBA has been better at it this season, the topic made sense.
We talked about... The dark arts that go into learning his opponent’s specific tendencies:
“A lot of guys who are righties like to go left to be able to get to their jump shot, and a lot of people who are righties like to go downhill to their right side. But if you’re a righty, most likely you like to go left. I just feel like you just have, you know, more in your bag of tricks going left. If you’re a lefty, most of the time they like going right. It’s just how they do it.
I like to break down to see what’s their go-to move. Some people when they come down the court, if they have the ball in their left hand, they’re getting ready to shoot. If they have the ball in their right hand, they’re ready to drive.”
... And player comparisons:
“I feel like Tony Allen, he just fits what I do. He’ll pounce on you. He was strong, physical. I think he could guard 1 through 3, even fours. I feel like I can guard some fours sometimes. I feel like that’s a good comparison because he’s got that dog, he’s got that bloodhound in him.”
Dunn’s season-long defensive impact was, to be frank, spectacular. He thrived in Jim Boylen’s tight-rope-walk of a defensive scheme, torpedoing passing lanes, living in his man’s jersey, and never giving up on a possession.
For most defenders, including Dunn, a majority of his defensive possessions are spent off the ball, and it’s here where his knowledge, instincts, and timing swirl up into a typhoon that the offense then has to navigate.
“He’s an all-defensive defender if I’ve ever seen one, and I’ve seen a few of them,” Boylen said right before the injury. “Paul George, Kawhi Leonard. He’s an All-Defensive guy.”
  • Indeed, Kris Dunn should receive some serious consideration for an All-Defensive spot. He may not get it because the Bulls are bad and his offensive role is limited, hence he likely won't be well-known to most voters, but he's clearly been one of the best guard defenders in the league this year, and one of the most impactful defenders in the league, period.

5: Kawhi Leonard, playmaker

This entry might surprise some readers, but yes, in the 2019-20 season, reigning Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard has finally broken out as a PASSER - 5.0 APG, decent 1.9:1 AST/TO ratio, 27.0 AST%, impressive 6.7 Passer Rating (Backpicks).
See, prior to this season, Kawhi was not actually a very good passer or playmaker.
  • A fun and relevant stat- Kawhi only has 10 TOTAL career games (regular season and playoffs combined) with 8 or more assists, and a whopping 7 of them came in the 2019-20 regular season. (source)
In previous years, Kawhi has had a few high-assist games in the playoffs, mostly as a result of making basic passes out of double-teams when teams commit multiple defenders to slow down his monster playoff-scoring, but he's never been a proficient playmaking wing like LeBron/Kobe/MJ, often lacking accuracy and velocity on many of his passes, and very rarely making more advanced reads (throwing skip passes out of a Pick-and-Roll/PnR, for example). After developing into the amazing ISO scorer we now know him as in 2017, Kawhi was generally in score-first mode for the vast majority of his possessions, generally only trying to find teammates when his own attack had fizzled out. This slightly limited his team's and his own ceiling as an offensive force, unable to punish help consistently and effectively.
This season, though, Kawhi burst out of the gate as a shockingly comfortable and effective passer and playmaker, averaging 8 APG in his first 4 games. Far from his probing, soft, and hesitant passes late in the shot clock to teammates in previous years, this version of the Klaw tries to keep his head up and his offensive options open, always tracking where his teammates are. He consistently hits the Clippers' bigs Zubac and Harrell in the PnR with crisp high-speed bounce-passes, throws no-looks and skip passes to shooters, and even manipulates defenders by freezing them with his eyes before rapidly lasering the ball to open teammates under the rim.
To quote Zach Lowe:
He already has developed chemistry with two very different dance partners in Ivica Zubac and Montrezl Harrell. Zubac is more laborious, and so Leonard navigates with zigzaggy, start-and-stop patience until Zubac rumbles free: clip
Harrell can zip to the rim or mirror Leonard's pitter-pat. Harrell also is a master at re-screening at different angles, and Leonard is learning to bob and weave behind him -- and use the threat of a handoff to slice backdoor: clip
His passing leap shows up on film, too, where he rarely looks lost anymore, knowing where his teammates are at all times, but it also shows up in the numbers: easily a career-high 5.0 assists/game (previous high was 3.3 in 2017), 27.0 AST% (previous high 18.9% in 2017).
The rest of the league should be worried - one of the finest scorers in the game has finally upgraded his passing game to match.
That's it for today, thanks for reading!
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2020.07.01 10:16 KagsTheOneAndOnly [OC] 5 breakout seasons you might have missed this year:

This season, most of you have probably heard or read at one point or another about Luka Dončić soaring into the MVP conversation as a sophomore, the many all-star jumps (Ingram/Trae/Sabonis/Mitchell/Siakam/Booker), Bam Adebayo making a name for himself as an all-round stud in Miami, the Hornets' Devonte' Graham's heartwarming vault into NBA relevance, Ben Simmons's All-Defensive leap, and Jayson Tatum's long-awaited superstar transformation mid-season.
This post, then, will be talking about some breakouts around the league that you might have missed this season, coming from players on less talked-about teams, or simply improved aspects of certain players' games that may have flown under the radar for whatever reason.

1: Jonathan Isaac, defensive savant

[Note: Please read this fantastic and highly detailed two-part post by Jonathan Chen, from which I pilfered the vast majority of the clips that I've linked below: Jonathan Isaac: A Unicorn on the Defensive End]
Jonathan Isaac broke out as an early Defensive Player of the Year-candidate for the Orlando Magic this season - only an unfortunate season-ending left knee injury 32 games in stopped him from achieving a well-deserved All-Defensive spot this year.
While Isaac's gaudy per-game averages (7 rebounds, 1.6 steals, 2.4 blocks) are useful shorthand, they actually underplay his overall impact because of how truly unicorn-ish and all-encompassing his defensive profile is.
  • Paint defense
It all starts with Judah's elite rim protection - opponents shoot a sizeable 10.2 FG% worse within 6 feet of the rim (50.9 DFG%) when Isaac is the closest defender, where his savant-like shot-blocking instincts kick in as the Magic's defensive anchor. Whether he's the primary defender or the weak-side help, he's got fantastic footwork and is very quick off his feet, possessing a mean second-jump. Combined with his 6-11 frame, 7-1 wingspan, and an excellent sense of timing, Isaac is an athletic, long, and relentless roadblock at the rim to thwart otherwise high-percentage opponent shot-attempts in the paint. He's able to tussle with larger behemoths as well - here he is denying Embiid at the rim with one hand. In addition, Isaac remains quite disciplined, managing to consistently remain vertical on his contests and averaging only 2.5 fouls/game, impressive for a 3rd-year defender just 22 years of age.
  • Man defense
Isaac's man defense is already highly impressive, able to guard bigs and guards alike without giving an inch (he has a 62.2% versatility index) and able to guard either the primary or secondary offensive options effectively while also protecting the rim. He's got quick hands that he uses to force turnovers, constantly stripping players when they gather or pick up their dribble. In the post, his length and lanky frame makes him a pest. When defending perimeter threats, his footwork is impeccable, he maneuvers screens really well, and he's agile and long enough to shut down the Greek Freak in semi-transition. When he is beat, he often chases perpetrators down from behind.
  • Team defense
Isaac's off-ball activity and team defense, meanwhile, is reminiscent of peak Draymond, KG, or Andrei Kirilenko, constantly making timely rotations to eat up passing lanes, anticipating and disrupting opponent plays, crowding ball-handlers and halting dribble-penetration, closing out to shooters, and swatting shot attempts at the rim, basically making himself an all-around menace on the court.
  • Some of his few defensive weaknesses:
He can gamble at times for steals (which does work out more often than not thanks to his length and instincts) and occasionally foul on shot contests, he can get caught out-of-position in the post sometimes, and he can be a bit overly twitchy in the paint, falling for pump-fakes from time to time.
  • Orlando's best and most important defender:
He leads the team and ranks near the top of the league in steals/game (1.6), blocks/game (2.4), defensive loose-balls recovered (0.8), and deflections/game (3.3); is 2nd on the team in charges drawn (0.13), defensive box-outs (2.0); and is 3rd in defensive rebounds/game (5.2).
With Isaac on the court, the Orlando Magic's defensive rating jumps by a whopping 4.5 points to an excellent 106.5 DRTG (-3.9 rDRTG), which would rank as the 4th-best defense in the league over a full season, significantly higher than the 9th place (109.0 DRTG) the Magic ended up at at the time of the NBA's suspension.
  • Advanced metrics:
Box- and non-box advanced metrics all think very highly of Isaac's overall defensive impact - he has a +4.8 D-RAPTOR (3rd in NBA), +3.2 D-PIPM (4th), and a +2.9 D-BPM (3rd).
  • So what's next for Isaac?
Isaac is slowly starting to get the benefit of the doubt from referees:
"I thought they were going to call it, I thought they were going to call it goaltending,’’ said a relieved Isaac after his Magic notched their fourth straight victory – this one a gritty 93-87 defeat of Cleveland. "I just tried to get (Thompson’s hook shot) at its highest point, and they gave it to me. I think the refs are starting to let me slide a little bit and I like it.’’
It probably won't be very long before Isaac will be able to run rampant as a full-blown terror on the defensive end, and combined with his decent ancillary offensive numbers as a tertiary scorer / potential floor-spacer (12.0 PPG, 2.8 3PA, 33 3P%), Jonathan is already a truly indispensable part of the Magic rotation for the foreseeable future.
(Bonus clip that perhaps summarises the entirety of Isaac's versatile skillset: His near-5x5 performance in a 1-point loss vs the Dallas Mavericks' historic league-leading offense on November 6, putting up 13/10/5/6/4 while tormenting Porzingis all night long (10 pts, 2 TOVs, 29 FG%) and holding Luka and KP to a combined 37 points on 35 shots (47.5 TS%) and 8 turnovers.)

2: Christian Wood, the NBA's newest unicorn

After 49 games of being an overqualified backup to Andre Drummond (averaging 10/5/1/1/1 on excellent efficiency), Detroit finally moved Christian Wood into the starting lineup after Drummond got traded to Cleveland for their final 13 games before the NBA suspended its season.
  • "Sooo.. who is Wood, and why should we care?"
In his final 13 games, Christian Wood has played like a bonafide star, averaging 22.8 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 2.0 assists, 0.8 blocks, 0.8 steals, and 1.7 threes on 66% True Shooting (56 FG%, 40 3P% on 4.2 3PA, 76 FT%).
He's been remarkably consistent as well, scoring fewer than 17 points only once during this stretch, and showing up against a variety of good teams - 3 of his final 4 games were against stout opposition, and he rose to the challenge admirably, with outputs of 29/9/3 on 91 TS% vs OKC, 30/11/2 on 56 TS% vs the Jazz and reigning DPOY Gobert, and a career-high 32/7/2/3/2 on 81 TS% v.s. Philly.
  • "He's on a bad team though, and Detroit lost all but one of those 13 games. Aren't these just empty numbers?"
There's exists some evidence that these aren't empty calorie numbers.
For one thing, Wood is an advanced stats darling - he ranks in the top-20 to 30 range in most box- and non-box metrics: +4.5 RAPTOR (18th), +3.1 BPM (BBRef) (27th), 0.184 WS/48 (24th), +2.98 PIPM (26th), +2.82 RPM (ESPN) (22nd), +2.09 RAPM (20th).
For another, the Pistons are a whopping +10.9 points better with Wood on the court, with their defensive rating improving by +3 and their offensive rating getting a ridiculous +8 boost.
  • "So, what makes him so effective?"
Offensively, Wood is particularly special, able to shine as either a PF or a C.
When he plays the 5, he is an elite roll-man in the PnR (97th percentile); his potent roll-gravity often distracts defending bigs to get teammates easier looks at the rim. His athleticism and feathery touch allow him to finish at an elite rate at the rim (77 FG% in restricted area), either skying for lobs or shedding defenders with power and speed.
Wood is very aggressive in the short roll too, bullying defenders with unflashy but effective bumps, pivots, fakes, and his leaping ability, not shying away from contact either, affording him a healthy free-throw rate overall (6 FTA/game as starter, 76 FT%).
Wood is also a highly capable offensive rebounder (3.2 ORB/game in final 13 games, top 20 in ORB%), adept at following up on both teammate misses and his own.
Of course, Wood is also a remarkable shooter for his position (40 3P% on 4.2 3pa/game in final 13 games), with a quick and high release off-the-catch that's unbothered by all but the longest of perimeter defenders, opening up driving lanes for teammates with his gravity. "Wood is the rare stretch-4 who doubles as a rim-running 5", allowing coaches a high level of versatility when designing offensive sets. Wood possesses a smooth dribble, too, which lets him attack closeouts and slash to the basket.
  • "What about on defense, though?"
Defensively speaking, Wood has tremendous physical tools: 7-3 wingspan, excellent feet, highly athletic, making him a highly versatile defender capable of guarding speedy guards on switches (68.9 versatility index). He's a decent rim-protector - opponents shoot 6% worse within 6 feet of the hoop when Wood is the closest defender, and Detroit as a whole are +4.4 points better defensively when Wood is on the court. His pick-and-roll defense is actually quite decent, knowing when to drop and timing his contests well. Overall, he's likely a slight positive on defense.
  • "Does he suck at anything?"
Wood can't power through larger defenders, and his post game is highly limited. To quote Jonathan Tjarks, "his ability to score one-on-one is still mostly theoretical—he’s in the 22nd percentile of post scorers this season and the 10th percentile in isolations."
Wood is also a subpar playmaker - he had a 2.0/2.3 assist-to-turnover ratio in his final 13 games. He can make basic reads out of double-teams, but has yet to truly weaponise his own scoring threat to get teammates easier looks on a more consistent basis.
Defensively, his awareness as a team defender has room for improvement, and his motor can be sloppy (seen in some mediocre box-outs or close-outs). He also has trouble against heftier post players, and some speedy guards can blow by him.
Finally, Small Sample Size alert! Some regression is very likely expected for Wood's gaudy shooting numbers once more teams learn more about his abilities and begin to throw more defenders (and better defenders) on him.
  • "So what's the future like for Christian?"
Wood is trusting his teammates more on both sides of the ball. He’s not forcing things on offense... Wood is scoring by giving the ball up and trusting it will come back to him when he’s open instead of constantly hunting for his own shot.
Wood doesn't demand touches and is highly efficient in his role, something that will let him scale well on good offenses, something that bodes well for his future as a Piston but also makes him an attractive addition for a playoff side - he's an unrestricted free-agent this summer. If he carries or builds upon this level of production into next season, he'll easily be a Most Improved Player contender with All-Star potential.
  • "Hmm, I'm actually kinda interested in knowing more about him!"
In that case, here are two marvellous breakdowns of Wood's game which I consumed and referenced voraciously while writing this section:
-Coach Daniel on YouTube: Why Christian Wood Is Genuinely A Terrific Player
-Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer: Get Used to Hearing Christian Wood’s Name

3: Jaren Jackson Jr, one of the best volume-shooters in the league

Jaren Jackson Jr (17/5/1.5 on +2.6 rTS%), is a proper unicorn, and easily the 2nd most important offensive piece on the Grizzlies, mainly due to his elite floor-spacing opening things up considerably for their offense - he's frighteningly adept at his role, hitting 40% of his 6 to 7 three-point attempts per game.
  • "Surely the section title is clickbait or hyperbole, though, right? He's just a big, after all, he can't be that good"
Actually, there are only 11 other players in the entire league (≥30 GP) who have shot at least as accurately as Jaren (39.7 3P%) on at least as many attempts (6.3 3PA).
Here are all 135 3-pointers he's made this season, just to get an idea of how he shoots these, and here's him draining 9 threes on the league-leading Bucks' defense en route to a career-high 43 points.
  • "So does he just stand in the corner and wait for Ja to feed him?"
Not exactly... JJJ has a somewhat atypical form but a quick and high release, and he shoots a truly incredible variety of threes, making them as part of pick-and-pop action, some simply off-the-dribble, some stepbacks, some in transition, some on the move, some off screens, or and he even sprinkles in the odd logo yeet from 30 feet out.
To quote some more from this excellent SB Nation breakdown of Jaren Jackson Jr's versatile game by Mike Prada:
The fact that Jackson can take and make so many different kinds of threes enables the Grizzlies to deploy him in so many different spots on the court. He has no obvious sweet spot, which means there’s rarely a worry he’ll catch the ball somewhere he doesn’t belong. He can toggle between playmaker, primary scorer, screener, and floor spacer, depending on what the Grizzlies need at that particular moment.
Better yet, he can do all four within the same play, which ensures Memphis’ sets always have secondary options. A pick-and-pop that the defense covers effectively can quickly swing into a dribble handoff, post-up, or second-side screening action, and it’s difficult for the defense to peg exactly where Jackson fits in to those sequences. In an instant, he’s flipped from the big man screener that gets a guard open into the primary option on a flare screen to get him a three.
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And if that shot isn’t there, he can quickly flow back into being a screener for a guard curling up from the corner.
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Or — and this is spicy — he can invert the traditional big/guard setup and act as the ball-handler immediately.
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Well, overplaying JJJ's shooting is unwise - he possesses a decent handle for a big (relatively few turnovers considering he drives quite often) and is excellent at attacking closeouts and finishing at in the paint (65 FG% in restricted area). Some of his long strides and wrong-footed finishes bring to mind Pascal Siakam. His post scoring is well below-average (26th percentile), his ISO scoring is decent (65th percentile), and his shooting in the non-restricted area of the paint (floaters and such) isn't anything to write home about (39.5 FG%). Interestingly, he rarely takes midrange shots, with a James Harden-esque 16 midrange attempts over the entire season.
Defensively-speaking, Jaren is very versatile and has incredible length, athleticism, footwork, and timing, able to switch onto bigs and guards alike with equal ease and possessing preternatural defensive instincts as a help defender. However, he is still some way from fulfilling his All-Defensive, even DPOY potential, as he's haunted by persistent fouling issues - he's averaged 5.2 fouls/36 in each of his first 2 seasons. His rebounding rate is anemic for a player his size, too (3.7 D-Rebs/game) - part of this might be due to him playing out on the perimeter a lot, part of it might just be due to his rebounding being naturally poor. (In case you were wondering, JJJ's lack of rebounding isn't a Steven Adams issue because he's just boxing people out all the time, either - he's 109th in the league in defensive-box-outs/game.) His current overall defensive impact, therefore, is quite neutral at the moment - most advanced numbers don't think highly of it. Memphis have the 16th ranked defense in the league, and their defensive rating actually improves with JJJ off the court (some of this might just be noise, or perhaps a case of Grizzlies' backups shining against weaker bench units). In any case, these current defensive shortcomings are something Grizzlies fans will likely gladly live with, considering JJJ's offensive value and the promise of future improvements in his defensive impact once he learns to foul less.

4: Kris Dunn, the modern-era Tony Allen?

This season, the Bulls' dogged guard slash forward Kris Dunn has graded out consistently as one of the very best and most impactful defenders in the NBA, regardless of position. For the first time in his career, Dunn's team is A) excellent at defense with him on the court, and B) much better on defense with him on the court than without.
First, though, let's get the numbers out of the way:
  • Height: 6-3, Weight: 205 lb, Wingspan: 6-10, 51 GP, 24.9 MPG
  • 2nd in Steals/game (2.0), 1st in Steal % by a wide margin, 4th in Deflections/game (only player in the top 11 averaging fewer than 25 minutes a night), 8th in Defensive loose-balls recovered/game
  • 2nd in Defensive Box Plus Minus (BBRef)
  • 5th in Defensive PIPM
  • 7th Defensive RAPTOR, which incorporates player tracking data
  • 7th in Defensive RAPM / Luck-adjusted RAPM
  • 13th in Defensive Real Plus-Minus (ESPN)
  • Bulls have a 106.4 Defensive Rating (-4.0 rDRTG) with Kris Dunn on the floor, which would rank 4th in the NBA over a full season. The Bulls defense also improves by a massive +6.2 points when Dunn enters the game.
  • 67.8 Versatility Index, guarding positions 1-3 at least 19% of the time each, and spending 15% of his possessions guarding PFs and Cs
  • Held pick-and-roll ball-handlers to 0.71 points per possession, one of the best marks in the league
  • Can guard either the primary or secondary offensive options highly effectively as required
  • Opponents shoot 1.5% worse on 3s when Dunn is the closest defender
  • "Among those who logged at least 20 minutes per game, Dunn led all players in the percentage of his points that came off a turnover, at a whopping 29.3 percent. It’s reminiscent of prime Tony Allen — who used to live near the top of the league in this category — and more than doubled his production from the previous year."
Adding on some more quotes from Michael Pina's fantastic SB Nation breakdown of Dunn's defense, "Kris Dunn is a dying breed in today’s NBA. That’s why he’s so fascinating":
On the night Kris Dunn suffered a knee injury that will likely end his season, I sat by his locker to chat about defense. Considering no guard in the NBA has been better at it this season, the topic made sense.
We talked about... The dark arts that go into learning his opponent’s specific tendencies:
“A lot of guys who are righties like to go left to be able to get to their jump shot, and a lot of people who are righties like to go downhill to their right side. But if you’re a righty, most likely you like to go left. I just feel like you just have, you know, more in your bag of tricks going left. If you’re a lefty, most of the time they like going right. It’s just how they do it.
I like to break down to see what’s their go-to move. Some people when they come down the court, if they have the ball in their left hand, they’re getting ready to shoot. If they have the ball in their right hand, they’re ready to drive.”
... And player comparisons:
“I feel like Tony Allen, he just fits what I do. He’ll pounce on you. He was strong, physical. I think he could guard 1 through 3, even fours. I feel like I can guard some fours sometimes. I feel like that’s a good comparison because he’s got that dog, he’s got that bloodhound in him.”
Dunn’s season-long defensive impact was, to be frank, spectacular. He thrived in Jim Boylen’s tight-rope-walk of a defensive scheme, torpedoing passing lanes, living in his man’s jersey, and never giving up on a possession.
For most defenders, including Dunn, a majority of his defensive possessions are spent off the ball, and it’s here where his knowledge, instincts, and timing swirl up into a typhoon that the offense then has to navigate.
“He’s an all-defensive defender if I’ve ever seen one, and I’ve seen a few of them,” Boylen said right before the injury. “Paul George, Kawhi Leonard. He’s an All-Defensive guy.”
  • Indeed, Kris Dunn should receive some serious consideration for an All-Defensive spot. He may not get it because the Bulls are bad and his offensive role is limited, hence he likely won't be well-known to most voters, but he's clearly been one of the best guard defenders in the league this year, and one of the most impactful defenders in the league, period.

5: Kawhi Leonard, playmaker

This entry might surprise some readers, but yes, in the 2019-20 season, reigning Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard has finally broken out as a PASSER - 5.0 APG, decent 1.9:1 AST/TO ratio, 27.0 AST%, impressive 6.7 Passer Rating (Backpicks).
See, prior to this season, Kawhi was not actually a very good passer or playmaker.
  • A fun and relevant stat- Kawhi only has 10 TOTAL career games (regular season and playoffs combined) with 8 or more assists, and a whopping 7 of them came in the 2019-20 regular season. (source)
In previous years, Kawhi has had a few high-assist games in the playoffs, mostly as a result of making basic passes out of double-teams when teams commit multiple defenders to slow down his monster playoff-scoring, but he's never been a proficient playmaking wing like LeBron/Kobe/MJ, often lacking accuracy and velocity on many of his passes, and very rarely making more advanced reads (throwing skip passes out of a Pick-and-Roll/PnR, for example). After developing into the amazing ISO scorer we now know him as in 2017, Kawhi was generally in score-first mode for the vast majority of his possessions, generally only trying to find teammates when his own attack had fizzled out. This slightly limited his team's and his own ceiling as an offensive force, unable to punish help consistently and effectively.
This season, though, Kawhi burst out of the gate as a shockingly comfortable and effective passer and playmaker, averaging 8 APG in his first 4 games. Far from his probing, soft, and hesitant passes late in the shot clock to teammates in previous years, this version of the Klaw tries to keep his head up and his offensive options open, always tracking where his teammates are. He consistently hits the Clippers' bigs Zubac and Harrell in the PnR with crisp high-speed bounce-passes, throws no-looks and skip passes to shooters, and even manipulates defenders by freezing them with his eyes before rapidly lasering the ball to open teammates under the rim.
To quote Zach Lowe:
He already has developed chemistry with two very different dance partners in Ivica Zubac and Montrezl Harrell. Zubac is more laborious, and so Leonard navigates with zigzaggy, start-and-stop patience until Zubac rumbles free: clip
Harrell can zip to the rim or mirror Leonard's pitter-pat. Harrell also is a master at re-screening at different angles, and Leonard is learning to bob and weave behind him -- and use the threat of a handoff to slice backdoor: clip
His passing leap shows up on film, too, where he rarely looks lost anymore, knowing where his teammates are at all times, but it also shows up in the numbers: easily a career-high 5.0 assists/game (previous high was 3.3 in 2017), 27.0 AST% (previous high 18.9% in 2017).
The rest of the league should be worried - one of the finest scorers in the game has finally upgraded his passing game to match.
That's it for today, thanks for reading!
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2020.06.11 15:18 CharmCityDC2020 First day thoughts for each team

I'll even try my best and humor everyone with a grade for each team even though that's just about impossible at this point. At least with the NFL and NBA Drafts, you get to see a fair number of the players drafted actually play right away. Not so much with the MLB Draft. And I'll do each team by the order they picked in, meaning for the Orioles, I'll give my thoughts on each of their picks at the same time once I'm done talking about the Tigers. Knowing what a complete crapshoot the draft is, I try and not grade below a C- unless it's a pick I'd 100 percent hate. And about the only way a team could do that is drafting a reliever only, a likely defensive catcher only in Round 1 or something crazy like that. 1) Detroit Tigers: They pulled no surprises, taking Arizona State's Spencer Torkelson #1 overall. They announced him as a 3rd baseman, and I kind of like the idea of seeing if he could do that or play left field instead of being a first baseman only. If he can't, they can always move him back to first base full-time. Regardless, it's the bat and the power in the bat that will carry him as my guess is he'll probably be an average/adequate defender at best wherever he plays. Grade: A (Excellent pick. The only reasons I won't add a '+' to it is because I don't want to award bonus points for not screwing up, and you could argue for the more rounded Austin Martin here instead) 2) Baltimore Orioles: Well, I can't say I'm too surprised. Heston Kjerstad, I don't hate him as a prospect, but you can't convince me the Arkansas outfielder is the 2nd best prospect in this draft class. I don't doubt that he'll hit for a good amount of power, and he'll be solid defensively in right field, but IDK if he's got any other standout tool outside of his power. Mississippi State's Jordan Westburg basically fit the range for me. I had him going early Round 2 in both mocks, but a competitive balance round pick isn't far off. Basically, if you take Kjerstad and give him a bit more speed and less power, you get Westburg. We'll see if he sticks at shortstop or eventually moves to 2nd or 3rd base. Grade: B- (This is maybe a tad generous, but I do think there's a solid chance the Orioles got two big leaguers out of the deal. If the O's were going to take an under slot guy at 2, I'd have preferred Zac Veen. I think he offers more upside than Hjerstad and feel this team is still a number of years away from truly competing anyway. I thought about C+ because seeing Austin Martin go to Toronto three picks later was a mighty tough pill to swallow) 3) Miami Marlins: This was a bit of a surprise for me. Maybe Asa Lacy was asking for too much money? IDK, but the Fish instead decided to go for Minnesota righty Max Meyer. The only real knock on Meyer is he doesn't have the biggest, strongest frame. Some feel that does mean there's a bit of a reliever risk with him. Eh. Maybe. I've seen plenty of smaller starters hold up just fine in the past. Grade: A- (I'd have preferred Lacy myself, but I get that the Marlins may feel a bit safer with taking Meyer since he hasn't had command/control issues that Lacy's had in the past. He and Sixto Sanchez could soon be bringing gas to a Marlins starting rotation) 4) Kansas City Royals: I'm a big fan of Asa Lacy, so obviously I love that the Royals were able to get him at number four. Yeah, you could certainly make a case for Austin Martin, especially because the Royals have so much pitching atop their farm system. But they say you can never have enough quality pitching, and Lacy likely has the highest ceiling of the bunch. Kansas City then played it safe at pick 32 taking Baylor's Nick Loftin. That was fine as he fit the draft range for me. The biggest standout thing for him may be what he doesn't do, which is he doesn't strike out often. Aside from what will probably be average/adequate power at best, he's solid everywhere else. At worst, you would think the Royals will get a strong utility player out of the deal with Loftin. Grade: A (Kansas City did quite well for themselves in grabbing Lacy at 4 and then getting a high floor guy in Loftin in the competitive balance round. It's not showing in the standings at the big league level yet, but Dayton Moore is quietly building a strong farm, which could mean the Royals aren't as far off from being relevant again as they may appear) 5) Toronto Blue Jays: Austin Martin somehow made it to them at the #5 selection, and the Blue Jays more than understandably jumped at the opportunity to draft him. He's the best pure hitter in the draft. While he won't offer the power Spencer Torkelson does, I do think he can hit about 20 or so homers per season while adding a stolen base threat and high level defender regardless of where he ultimately ends up. Grade: A+ (The Jays were already rich with young and talented position players, and they got even richer tonight. It doesn't really matter whether Martin ultimately ends up playing defensively. It could be shortstop, it could be 3rd base, it could be centerfield. Who cares?) 6) Seattle Mariners: I figured they'd take Nick Gonzales, but I totally understand selecting Emerson Hancock as well. There was a time when Hancock was thought to be a possibility for the #1 draft pick, but injuries and analytics seemed to push him down some. Regardless, he's definitely worthy of being a top 10 draft selection and could make it to the #1 or 2 spot of a big league rotation quickly. Grade: A+ ( Some have worries about Hancock, but I think he'll be fine. To me, it sounds like prospect fatigue more than anything and making too big a fuss over a couple not so great outings in 2020. Because of his long track record, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt. A threesome of him, Logan Gilbert and George Kirby fronting Seattle's starting rotation in the near future is enticing) 7) Pittsburgh Pirates: The best case scenario in their minds played out, as Nick Gonzales fell to them at 7. Playing in a smaller conference in a hitter friendly park did him no favors in college, but his strong Cape Cod League showing should have put a lot of doubts about his hitting ability to rest. He may not stick at shortstop defensively, but he should at least be average defensively at 2nd base. The Bucs used their competitive balance selection on Carmen Mlodzinski, whose last name I'm still not sure how to pronounce. But anyway, he fit that draft range and showed a ton in the Cape Cod League last summer. He's a bit riskier than some of the college pitchers that were taken tonight since he doesn't have the proven college track record, but he's certainly got solid potential. Grade: A (Very strong first night for the Pirates and new GM Ben Cherington. Gonzales and Mlodzinski weren't tremendous values where they were picked, and like I mentioned above, I don't like to give out bonus points for a team not screwing up. That keeps the '+' off the grade) 8) San Diego Padres: Obviously the Friars knew who they liked (Robert Hassell), and still took him at 8 even with Zac Veen available. We'll see about that one, but there's no doubting Hassell can really hit, and I do give him a chance to stick in centerfield. Texas high school righty Justin Lange was their selection at 34, and I imagine they won't have a problem buying him away from a Dallas Baptist scholarship. He did have an up arrow next to his name, so I'm not surprised he went in this range. Grade: A- (I do feel like maybe San Diego could have done a bit better by taking Veen and Jared Kelley, but I can respect them sticking to their guns with Hassell. Plus this approach of Hassell/Lange gives them a bit more flexibility for tomorrow than Veen/Kelley would have, which bumps the grade up from a B+ into the low A range) 9) Colorado Rockies: Zac Veen at 9? That was a total steal considering basically everyone had him going in the top 5. He's got a well-rounded skillset and could be a true five tool player someday, and the power will only play up more in Coors Field. At 35, they went with Drew Romo, who may be a tough sign away from an LSU commitment. I assume they'll be able to sign him, but Romo and Veen could limit their options a bit from Rounds 2 through 5. Plus the track record of high school catchers isn't the best, although Romo should at least be a great defender even if he doesn't hit that much. Dillon Dingler may have been a bettesafer pick there, but I get the appeal with Romo. Grade: A (Only reason I'm not giving an A+ is because, like I said, high school catchers don't have the greatest track record in the world. But I loved the Veen pick and also like the idea of seeing the Rockies make a big investment into the catcher spot) 10) Los Angeles Angels: The order played out differently than I expected, but all the players who I expected to be grabbed in the first nine picks did go off the board in the first nine picks. That made Louisville lefty Reid Detmers a fairly obvious choice for the Angels at 10. IDK if Detmers is necessarily an ace, but he's a very smart, poised pitcher who should be a strong/durable mid-rotation piece. And he could make to the big leagues relatively quickly. Grade: A (Kudos to the Angels for playing it well at 10. But like with the Tigers at 1, I won't give them bonus points for not screwing it up) 11) Chicago White Sox: Garrett Crochet seemed to be trending with them in recent days, and that's exactly who they took. As far as pure upside goes, the Tennessee lefty has as much of that as any pitcher in this draft class. One thing he doesn't have is the proven track record of the college pitchers who were taken above him and even some taken after him. Grade: B+ (Crochet could make a B+ grade look silly, but there is some bust potential here with him. But if he ends up being a hit, he could be their next great lefty ace after Chris Sale. If for some reason he can't cut it as a starter, his stuff would play up potentially in a closer's role) 12) Cincinnati Reds: Rolling the dice a bit, the Reds went with Pittsburgh area outfielder Austin Hendrick. In terms of raw power, there's no question he's your top guy in that regard amongst the high school bats. The upside is through the roof, but similar to Heston Kjerstad, there is some swing and miss to his game. He runs a bit better than Kjerstad and may even be able to stick in center defensively, which Kjerstad can't say. But obviously Kjerstad is the more polished product and the more likely player to his his ceiling. Grade: A- (Loving the upside, realizing the potential risk and feeling like this draft range fits Hendrick perfectly, an A- grade feels about right. If he can hit enough to tap into that power, 40+ HR seasons could be in his future playing 80 games per year at Great American Ballpark) 13) San Francisco Giants: Patrick Bailey fits this draft range just fine, but with Joey Bart already in the system, this pick felt a bit confusing to me. Are they planning on moving Bailey around to first base, third base or left field? Of course one of them could play some DH as well since I'm sure a universal DH is coming to Major League Baseball sometime in the near future. Grade: B- (I don't dislike Bailey, and yeah, I get Farhan Zaidi going for who he thought was the best player available as well as his train of thought on how tough it is to find quality catching. But with Joey Bart already around, I think Mick Abel may have been a better use of this selection) 14) Texas Rangers: Chatter of the Rangers going for a likely under slot selection at 14 did prove true, but the player they coveted was Justin Foscue rather than Aaron Sabato. Foscue isn't a particularly exciting draft prospect, but rather does everything at a solid level. He should hit a bit, have some power in his bat and be about an average defensive player in the field. He's also less prone to striking out than double play partner Jordan Westburg. Grade: C+ (Texas definitely didn't shoot for upside here, but seemed content on hitting a double. It's the type of pick that will excite few, but could end up being very effective. And this could give them some flexibility on the second and final day of the draft) 15) Philadelphia Phillies: Not having a second round pick, the Phillies likely went for broke with their first round pick with high upside high school righty Mick Abel. The Oregon product could take a while to reach that ceiling, which may not necessarily be wonderful for a Philadelphia team in a 'win now' type of mode, but I can definitely get behind drafting a high school pitcher whose stuff is presently very good and will only get better as he gains more experience. Grade: A (Strong selection for Bryce Harper's new team. Of course Abel may not make it to Philly until Harper is in his thirties, but the MLB Draft is such a complete crapshoot that I'll rarely fault a team for going who they feel is the best player available, especially if I feel the same way or feel that player is very close to the best player available, which I felt Abel was) 16) Chicago Cubs select: The Chicago kid gets to stay home, as Ed Howard, the White Sox fan growing up will probably be turning in his ChiSox gear now that he's a member of the Cubs organization. Arguably the best pure shortstop in the draft class (either college or high school), Howard will have no trouble at all staying at shortstop and being very good defensively. There's also some projection in his bat. If he hits his peak, I could see him being something between Tim Anderson and Francisco Lindor, meaning not as good as Lindor, but as good and maybe even better than the White Sox shortstop. Grade: A+ (I'm a big fan of this pick. The hometown angle helps, but I think there's a pretty solid floor here with Howard and some remaining projection as well. Good for the Cubs shooting for upside) 17) Boston Red Sox: The BoSox pulled the stunner of the night selecting Nick Yorke, a high school 2nd baseman nobody had anywhere near the first round and maybe not even in the 2nd round, either. This doesn't mean he's a bad player, though. Few people doubt he can really hit the ball, and the hit tool could be plus as he further develops. There's also some pop in his bat, though that lags behind the hit tool. Basically, I think he profiles a bit like Justin Foscue with more upside as a hitter. He was thought to be a tough sign away from an Arizona commitment, but if he's going this high, I can't imagine it'll be a problem to get him to start his pro career. Grade: C+ (Chaim Bloom obviously sees something in Yorke that seemingly nobody else does. The value appears to be way off, but I can see the logic of buying into the hit tool and having flexibility for Rounds 3 through 5. If the Sox had gone for say, a Nick Bitsko or Pete Crow-Armstrong, that would have given them fewer options other than going cheap with their final three picks. Maybe they can land a guy who falls in the draft since I imagine Yorke will sign for below slot) 18) Arizona Diamondbacks: The first pick wasn't a surprise to anyone, as they went with Bryce Jarvis out of Duke. He's really worked hard to enhance his arsenal, which should play very well at the professional level. The second pick was a bit more surprising to me as another ACC pitcher in Slade Cecconi was the selection. He's got enough pitches in his arsenal to start and has the premium stuff to do it as well, but will need to develop at least an average third pitch. If he can't do that, his fastball/slider combination would play very well in relief. Grade: A- (The D-Backs did a solid job of taking two projectable pitchers, one who I feel has a pretty safe starting profile in Jarvis, and one who I think at least will make a strong bullpen piece in Ceccini. I felt a high school arm at 33 was more likely, but I'm not docking points off the grade for that) 19) New York Mets: A college arm felt most likely to me, but with a couple of falling high school bats, the Mets decided to pounce on Pete Crow-Armstrong. The player whose mom was Billy Heywood's mother in 'Little Big League', I think Crow-Armstrong bears some resemblance to Billy's friend Joey. As far as the player goes, Crow-Armstrong may be the best defensive centerfielder in the entire draft class. He'll provide a lot of value just on that alone, but he can also hit a little bit. He could be a .290s or so hitter with about average power (think 15 or so HRs per season) while providing excellent centerfield defense. That's a very valuable player. Grade: A+ (You could argue for Garrett Mitchell, but if the Mets weren't comfortable taking a player with Type 1 Diabetes, I can certainly understand it and won't penalize them for it. Crow-Armstrong was getting talk for going much higher than this, and I see a nice floor for him with a potentially very high ceiling if he can put up the numbers I mentioned above as a hitter) 20) Milwaukee Brewers: Toolsy Garrett Mitchell saw his slide end here at 20 with the Brewers. He's hit for very high average at UCLA and projects to be a strong defensive centerfielder. There's also above average/plus speed in his profile. Some feel he's also got power he could tap into, but that hasn't shown up yet in games. Maybe it gets there someday, but even without it, he'd profile as a strong everyday player if the other four tools (hit/speed/defense/throwing arm) translate to the pros. Grade: A+ (The Type 1 Diabetes obviously concerned teams, and maybe the lack of power in games did as well, but every other tool is there and he was probably, at worst, one of the top two players still on the board. Certainly can't fault the Brewers there, and I think the reward well outweighs the risk with Mitchell at this point. Even if the power doesn't come around, maybe his ceiling would be the Miami Marlins version of Christian Yelich. While that's obviously not as good as the Brewers version, that version of Yelich was also plenty good) 21) St. Louis Cardinals: Another team shooting for upside, the Cardinals went with the powerful, academic oriented Jordan Walker. The Duke commit has plus raw power that he'll need to prove he can tap into enough as there are some questions about the overall hit tool. There are some obvious comparisons to Nolan Gorman, who the Cardinals drafted a couple years ago. Grade: B (I wasn't convinced Walker would walk away from a Duke scholarship given how much importance his family places on academics until just today, but once I saw he would, the late first/competitive balance range made sense to me. Like Gorman, and a bit like Austin Hendrick above, there's no doubting the plus raw power, but there is risk he won't hit consistently enough to regularly tap into his great raw power) 22) Washington Nationals: The Nats made a Nats-style pick in selecting Oklahoma pitcher Cade Cavalli, a guy with premium stuff who comes with a bit of an injury history. Some felt he'd go top 15, so you could argue this is a solid value pick.
Grade: A (I liked Cavalli quite a bit more here than as a top 15 pick, which I felt would have been a bit of an overdraft. This fits the Nationals perfectly, and they could get the most out of him)
23) Cleveland Indians: Playing it relatively safe was the theme for the Indians, as they went for high school shortstop Carson Tucker and Auburn righty Tanner Burns. Tucker has been a big riser over the past number of months while Burns is sort of a Max Meyers-lite to me. The stuff isn't as good, but the size is, and so is the proven track record in college.
Grade: B+ (I did like the value of Burns at 36, and feel like the Tribe should have some flexibility on the final day of the draft. That puts the '+' on the grade instead of a garden variety 'B')
24) Tampa Bay Rays: Nick Bitsko went to a strong organization to develop his talent, as the former 2021 prospect will likely command an over slot deal at 24 to forgo a commitment to Virginia. He's already very well built with a strong two pitch mix, and his changeup should develop as he uses it more. Akila Williams out of ASU was an understandable selection at 37 considering Bitsko won't come with a cheap price tag. It's a nice buy low opportunity after Williams struggled some to start 2020. I'm not entirely sure what happened there since he had a strong 2019 and then had a strong showing for the Team USA college team over the summer, maybe an injury? IDK if he's a big upside guy, but the floor is relatively high and he should be able to stay at shortstop.
Grade: A (Tampa Bay essentially had a similar sort of draft as the Royals, shooting for a high upside pitcher and high floor college position player. Understandably, the Rays pick comes with more risk as a high school arm, but what do you expect 20 picks later? Thus, I'll give them the same grade I gave to the Royals)
25) Atlanta Braves: While it wasn't the pitcher I expected, the Braves went a fairly predictable route with their pick selecting a signable college pitcher in Jared Shuster out of Wake Forest. The Demon Deacon lefty didn't show much his first two college seasons, but looked like a completely different pitcher in the Cape Cod League and then he followed it up with a strong, albeit shortened 2020.
Grade: B+ (I can't completely ignore the bad first two seasons, which is keeping this pick in the 'B' range, but I do think this pick is sort of similar to the Garrett Crochet pick by the ChiSox. I'd have liked to see if Shuster would have kept it up for Wake in 2020. If he did, he could have moved further up draft boards. It's unfortunate for him that the coronavirus had other ideas)
26) Oakland A's: I really like that the normally draft conservative A's didn't overthink things and just took high schooler Tyler Soderstrom when he fell to them at the 26th spot. Very few expect him to stay at catcher, but there's enough arm strength and athleticism for 3rd base or a corner outfield spot. Regardless of his defensive home, it's the bat that'll play.
Grade: A+ (Although I had him going 13th to the GIants, Soderstrom was getting talk as high as 9 to the Rockies. They understandably took Veen when he fell to them, but that should tell you what I think of the value of this pick)
27) Minnesota Twins: I personally liked Austin Wells a bit better, but Aaron Sabato fits the Twins like a glove. Yeah, he'll play some first base defensively and could become adequate there, but it's the bat and power in the bat you're buying with him.
Grade: A- (Like I said, I liked Wells a bit more, but Sabato is a similar player and the Twins are doing quite well with players like him)
28) New York Yankees: Sometimes it's just meant to be. Austin Wells was drafted in the 35th round by the Yankees out of high school. He did much better the second time around, being their first round pick this time. Like Sabato, you're fully buying into the bat. While I can't imagine he'll be a full-time catcher as a professional, he can do a bit of it. And I'm sure he'll see time at first, left field and DH.
Grade: A (Because Wells should at least be able to catch a little bit and also showed well with wood bats in the Cape Cod League, two things you can't say with Sabato, I think a slightly higher grade is appropriate)
29) Los Angeles Dodgers: Bobby Miller wasn't my favorite pick of the night, but he's got some premium velocity and could settle in some with a more refined role. Louisville used him in relief and as a starter his first two years before the shortened 2020 season.
Grade: B+ (Knowing the Dodgers have as good a draft record as anyone, that's bumping this grade up to a 'B+' for me when I'd normally give the selection a 'B')
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2020.06.02 07:40 LALakers4Lyf (Rebooking Every WWE PPV Since 2010) Episode 15: The Trials of Seth Rollins

(Timeline: Post-WM 31 till Summerslam 2015, the time when I realized that WWE sorely needed to revive the Brand Extension due to the rising amount of talent being wasted simply because of the lack of available screen time vs the size of the roster. Also the point where I really might as well have made a completely separate post titled "How WWE Should've Booked The Wyatt Family")
I'd like to note that the reason I don't script the finishes to the matches and matches themselves too much unless it's really needed is because I have the utmost trust in all the performers involved that they would be able to make the best possible match that suits the story being told. Instead, my aim is to give each match I book the appropriate match time so the wrestlers can properly tell their stories.
Winners and champions-heading-into-the-match are marked in bold. Matches with no write-ups to them are generally kept the same, both in buildup and in the actual match. Some storylines from real life have been preserved, with likely just a few tweaks here and there. Links to the real-life PPV will be provided so you can check how things went down irl.
Link to Ep 14: https://www.reddit.com/fantasybooking/comments/gu3cjp/rebooking_every_wwe_ppv_since_2010_episode_14/
Link to Ep 1:
https://www.reddit.com/fantasybooking/comments/gf7ad0/rebook_every_wwe_ppv_from_fatal_4way_2010_onwards/

BACKLASH ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extreme_Rules_(2015)) )
(Pre-Show) Naomi (w/ Tamina Snuka) vs Natalya 13:35
Naomi is looking to establish herself alongside her relative Tamina, and they first target Natalya for the same reasons she was targeted by the Bella Empire.
Antonio Cesaro vs Bad News Barrett (c) vs Adrian Neville vs Tyson Kidd vs Dolph Ziggler vs Ryback (IC Title) (Six-Pack Challenge) 11:40
The storyline that led to the ladder match for the IC Title at WM irl is done here, with everyone vying for the IC Title but the match is made to be just a Six-Pack Challenge, with Cesaro winning. Subplots include the Sheamus-Ziggler rivalry from real life as Sheamus costs Ziggler the match here, the debut of Neville and altercations with Tyson Kidd, and Ryback looking to rebuild his singles career.
Big E & Kofi Kingston (w/ Xavier Woods) (c) vs Goldust & Stardust (Tag Team Titles) 11:18
We're simply replacing Cesaro & Tyson Kidd with Goldust & Stardust so the buildup will be influenced as well, combining the theatrics of the brothers with the power of positivity with a heelish ignorant feel of The New Day.
Damien Sandow vs The Miz 11:46
Everything about the build in this feud is unchanged, with the only difference being that in this universe, the two men actually have a blow-off match with Sandow going over, something we never had irl.
Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, Erick Rowan vs Bo Dallas, Braun Strowman, Leo Kruger 12:16
The story this time has further intensified with both teams playing mind games with each other every week, particularly Kruger who got into Wyatt's head for the death of Sister Abigail that factored into the Outcasts' Wrestlemania win. This time, the Wyatts pick up the win here, evening up the score at 1-1.
Alexander Rusev (w/ Lana) (c) vs Jack Swagger (w/ Zeb Colter) (Russian Federation Title) 13:36
The build to their Battleground 2014 match irl takes place here, and Swagger's babyface run is solidified by this feud. The match ends in a double-countout, suggesting a future rematch.
Nikki Bella (w/ Brie Bella, Summer Rae, Alicia Fox) (c) vs Paige 10:37
The buildup from this point becomes similar to this vid (Hint: It's another Adam Blampied how WWE Should've Booked): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lou0TOkiVp4&t=420s Basically, Paige becomes like a female Stone Cold and runs amok throughout the Bella Empire's campaign, building to a match at Backlash. Paige nearly gets the win, but the Number's Game overwhelm her. After the match, Naomi & Tamina come out, and just when it looks like they'll face off with the Bella Empire, they attack Paige and pledge allegiance to the Bellas.
Seth Rollins (w/ Alex Riley & Zack Ryder) (c) vs Randy Orton (WWE WHC Match) (Steel Cage Match w/ Big Show as Gatekeeper) 21:02
Originally built to be a Daniel Bryan vs Seth Rollins match, plans change when Bryan suffers a injury like irl. Rollins can take credit for ending Bryan's career in order to build more heel heat. The build to this match is similar irl, except this time it's Big Show in Kane's place and him & A-to-Z Security trying to prevent Ambrose & Reigns from ruining the match and Rollins' parade. Orton is named the No. 1 Contender because of his status as Royal Rumble winner, and everything else plays the same. Except Rollins' finisher is not the pedigree, and the Curb Stomp is not banned. If they can bring back the Stomp irl, surely they can find legal ways to keep the Stomp and just change the name of the finisher. Because of Ambrose & Reigns stalking Rollins outside the ring after laying out the Authority, he does not leave the cage after winning by pinfall. Tons of security approach to try to hold off Rollins' former Shield brothers.

PAYBACK ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Payback_(2015)) )
(Pre-Show) Antonio Cesaro (c) vs Bad News Barrett (IC Title) 14:41
Sheamus vs Dolph Ziggler 12:22
Big E Langston & Kofi Kingston (w/ Xavier Woods) (c) vs Titus O'Neil & Darren Young (Tag Team Titles) 7:23
Replace Cesaro & Kidd with Titus O'Neil & Darren Young. Goldust at this point needed surgery irl so Stardust is now a singles competitor. New Day retains.
Adrian Neville vs Tyson Kidd (Winner Faces John Cena at MITB) 17:53
John Cena returns the night after Backlash as he talks about his plans, acknowledging that a new era is being ushered in but that era has to go through him first. It is here that both Tyson Kidd and Adrian Neville appear as they both want to make a name for themselves by facing Cena. Cena, being the competitor that he is, tells them that he would face both of them separately. However, Kidd first costs Neville his match vs Cena, then later Neville costs Kidd his match against Cena, both times leading to Cena wins. The two then recall their history in NXT, and decide to have a match at Payback, with John Cena watching from commentary. Neville wins and he & Cena have a staredown afterwards.
Jack Swagger (w/ Zeb Colter) vs Alexander Rusev (w/ Lana) (c) (Russian Federation Title) (No DQ Match) 15:41
The build to their Summerslam 2014 Match takes place here, only this time without the Flag Match but instead the Russian Federation title is on the line and is a No DQ match. Swagger picks up the huge win here after Rusev taps to the ankle lock. Swagger & Colter reveal that they have brought back the US Title, much to the delight of the crowd. As Swagger stands at the entrance ramp with the US Title and with Colter by his side, IC Champion Cesaro appears. The former Real Americans look at each other, shake hands, and hold their respective titles high up in the air.
Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, Erick Rowan vs Leo Kruger, Braun Strowman, Bo Dallas (No Holds Barred Elimination Match) 23:01
Another layer is added here: Bray questions his brother Bo and the black sheep Strowman for their actions in the past had one goal for Bray: And that is to bring down the machine. He asks why can't they put their differences aside and fight for that common cause. Ofc, the Outcasts don't accept this just yet, as they still have the deciding match, which is No Holds Barred Elimination. The Wyatts vow to show The Outcasts just why they are the perfect family to bring down the machine. Rowan & Harper eliminate Bo, Strowman eliminates both Rowan & Harper, Wyatt eliminates Strowman, then Bray Wyatt & Leo Kruger finally have their long-awaited 1v1 encounter, which ends with Bray Wyatt winning. Harper & Rowan then emerge and the three bring Kruger to the back as commentary wonders what happened to Bo & Strowman.
Nikki Bella (w/ Brie Bella, Naomi, Alicia Fox, Tamina Snuka, Summer Rae) vs Natalya (w/ Paige) (Divas Title) 6:13
Natalya becomes No. 1 Contender to the Divas Title, and Paige is in her corner. However, they both are still unable to overcome the Bella Empire's Numbers Game, and Nikki retains again.
Seth Rollins (w/ Alex Riley & Zack Ryder) (c) vs Randy Orton vs Dean Ambrose vs Roman Reigns (WWE WHC Match) 20:51

MONEY IN THE BANK ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Money_in_the_Bank_(2015)) )
(Pre-Show) Fandango (w/ Rosa Mendes) vs The Miz 8:41
Kalisto & Sin Cara vs Big E & Kofi Kingston (w/ Xavier Woods) (Tag Team Titles) 16:20
We're just replacing Titus O'Neil & Darren Young with Kalisto & Sin Cara.
John Cena vs Adrian Neville 19:13
Neville has clearly taken Kevin Owens' spot here, and the two have a show-stealing match, and the story is simple: Neville wants to make a name for himself while Cena claims that the new era has to go through him. Cena wins after a hard-fought match and since it's face-vs-face feud, the two men shake hands after.
Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, Erick Rowan, Bad News Barrett, Ryback, Darren Young, Heath Slater, Justin Gabriel, David Otunga promo
Ever since their previous feud was over, The Wyatt Family has targeted certain people: They start by attacking Heath Slater & Justin Gabriel. After a falling-out between Titus O'Neil & Darren Young that led to a match between the two and Titus winning, the Wyatts emerge and attack Darren Young. They then attack David Otunga, who was at a panel. They then cost Bad News Barrett and Ryback the chance to compete in the MITB Ladder Match. Bray's reasoning is simple: It is time to bring down the machine.
Nikki Bella (w/ Brie Bella, Tamina Snuka, Alicia Fox, Naomi, Summer Rae) vs Paige (Divas Title) 11:18
Paige becomes the No. 1 Contender again, and this time, she calls unto the rest of the Non-Bella twins members of the Bella Empire as to why they are supporting the Bellas, who are only using them to stay on top. She asks Brie why she continues to support Nikki, trying to cause a rift between the twins. The Bella Empire remains steadfast, and Nikki tells Paige that her time ended as quickly as it began. The Numbers Game once again overwhelms Paige, and then she's beat down afterwards.
Sheamus vs Dolph Ziggler vs Dean Ambrose vs Roman Reigns vs Damien Sandow vs Jack Swagger (w/ Zeb Colter) (c) vs Antonio Cesaro (c) vs Stardust (MITB Ladder Match for WWE WHC Contract) 20:33
The IC Champ and US Champ immediately qualify. Everyone else wins qualifying matches to compete. Not much change in the match itself except for the participants, and the beginning of a rift between Dean Ambrose & Roman Reigns.
Seth Rollins (c) vs Randy Orton (WWE WHC Match) 24:40
We're simply replacing Ambrose with Orton, who has more cause to demand a clean 1v1 match against Rollins. it's also around this time that Rollins has a rift with Big Show & A-to-Z Security, who all abandon him eventually and leave him to this match alone, reminiscent of Orton's feud with Christian 4 years earlier, when the Usos eventually abandoned him. Except this time, Rollins emerges victorious at the end.

BUILD TO BATTLEGROUND:
Seth Rollins continues to get tested by Triple H. This time, the No. 1 Contender is revealed to be The Undertaker, who is back for revenge against all three members of the Shield for the beating they gave him two years ago, and he's after Rollins first. Triple H also says that whoever wins at Battleground will defend the title at Summerslam inside the Elimination Chamber, and that the second participant is revealed to be someone invoking his rematch clause for the Chamber: Brock Lesnar. Out comes Brock and the segment of him and Rollins remains the same, and Lesnar declares that whether it's Rollins or Undertaker, it is he who will walk out as champion at Summerslam. Undertaker's mind games with Rollins continue throughout the build as he terrorizes Rollins.
20-Man Battle Royal to determine No. 1 Contender to US Title or IC Title, as both champs automatically qualify for the Chamber. The winner gets to choose the champion they'd like to face, then the runner-up faces the other champion. Damien Sandow wins and elects to face Swagger. The runner-up, Stardust, faces Antonio Cesaro. Both matches are deemed to be solid, and a potential classic between Stardust and Cesaro.
Two qualifying match tournaments for the two remaining spots of the Elimination Chamber are held. Participants for Group A: Randy Orton, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, The Miz, Sheamus, Titus O'Neil, Diego, Fernando. For Group B: John Cena, Adrian Neville, Roman Reigns, Curtis Axel, R-Truth, Zack Ryder, Big Show, Fandango.

BATTLEGROUND ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battleground_(2015)) )
(Pre-Show) Adrian Neville vs Sheamus 15:24
Dolph Ziggler vs Randy Orton (EC Qualifying Match) 16:53
A lot of focus has been spotlighted on Ziggler lately, on how he has come up short every time ever since he lost the World Heavyweight Title prematurely. There has always been a ready-made underdog story for Ziggler, WWE just never capitalized on it irl to the point where that underdog story has turned Ziggler heel.
Jack Swagger (w/ Zeb Colter) (c) vs Damien Sandow (US Title) 11:53
Big E & Kofi Kingston (w/ Xavier Woods) vs Kalisto & Sin Cara (c) (Tag Team Titles) 10:50
In a rematch, the New Day wins and sets up a potential rubber match.
Nikki Bella (c) vs Paige (Divas Title) 11:28
By order of Stephanie McMahon, Paige goes through a series of matches with each member of the Bella Empire in order to get the chance to face Nikki without anyone in the latter's corner. Paige beats Summer Rae, then Alicia Fox, then Tamina, then Naomi, then Brie. By the time Battleground rolls around, the matches have left Paige exhausted but she continues to be resilient against Nikki Bella. However, the Bella Empire emerge from the top of the crowd, distracting Paige enough to be rolled up by Nikki. After the match, the entire Bella Empire beat down Paige.
Antonio Cesaro (c) vs Stardust (IC Title) 20:08
Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, Erick Rowan, Braun Strowman, Bo Dallas, Leo Kruger, Wade Barrett, Ryback, Justin Gabriel, David Otunga, Darren Young, Heath Slater segment
Slater, Gabriel, Young, Otunga, and Ryback all enter the ring. Barrett, who has now changed his name to Wade Barrett again, enters and the six men have a summit. Throughout the weeks, they could not focus on any other aspects of their careers as they have been brutalized by the Wyatts on every turn. Barrett then asks forgiveness from the other men for how tyrannical he became during their time in Nexus. The other men simply look at him and acknowledge that apart from Ryback, their best moments came during Nexus. Before anything else could be said, the Wyatt Family emerge. Bray admired the Nexus once upon a time but sees that they have been taken down by the machine at the end, and he will show them what it's like to bring down the machine. As he says this, the Wyatts inch closer to the ring, then the Outcasts emerge from the crowd and to everyone's surprise, joins the Wyatts as they circle the former Nexus members. A brawl is made, with the Wyatts and Outcasts standing tall due to the other six men not united.
John Cena vs Roman Reigns (w/ Dean Ambrose) (EC Qualifying Match) 22:12
Dean Ambrose accidentally costs Reigns the match, allowing Cena to win and causing a bigger rift between the Shield brothers.
The Undertaker vs Seth Rollins (c) (WWE WHC Match) 0:16
When the match starts, Rollins kicks the Undertaker in the groin, causing a DQ win for Undertaker but Rollins retains. Because of that, Undertaker is enraged and demolishes Rollins, completing 1/3 of his revenge tour against the former members of the Shield. Rollins is still the champ, but Undertaker stands tall to close the show.

SUMMERSLAM ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SummerSlam_(2015)) )
(Pre-Show) Curtis Axel & R-Truth vs Titus O'Neil & Fandango (w/ Rosa Mendes) 4:34
(Pre-Show) Naomi & Tamina vs Summer Rae & Alicia Fox 6:21
With the debut of Charlotte, Naomi & Tamina sense blood and destroy the Bella Empire from within, revealing that it has been their plan all along to destroy the Bella Empire, but they were smart about it unlike Paige. It then leads to a tag match between them and the other members of the Empire, Summer Rae and Alicia Fox.
Big E & Kofi Kingston (w/ Xavier Woods) vs Kalisto & Sin Cara vs Dean Ambrose & Roman Reigns vs Diego & Fernando (w/ El Torito) (Tag Team Titles) (Tag Team Elimination Match) 20:06
Ambrose & Reigns, distraught over the past couple of months, decide to strengthen their bond by competing for the tag team titles. This is the change that is made from the real life match, apart from it being an elimination match. Ambrose & Reigns eliminate Los Matadores, but then Reigns turns on Ambrose and spears him, allowing Kalisto to pin Ambrose. Eventually the New Day and the Luchadors settle their score, with the New Day winning at the end.
Randy Orton vs Sheamus 12:14
Adrian Neville & Stephen Amell vs Stardust & The Miz 11:35
Only changes made are Miz being the partner instead of Barrett and the match runs longer to spotlight the tension between Amell and Stardust more.
Alexander Rusev (w/ Lana) vs Zack Ryder 3:50
Ryder wants a match to associate himself away from the Authority. Rusev makes his return and becomes Ryder's opponent in a squash match to highlight the return of the Bulgarian Brute.
Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper, Braun Strowman, Bo Wyatt, Leo Kruger vs Ryback, Justin Gabriel, Heath Slater, Darren Young, David Otunga 13:25
After months of being terrorized by The Wyatt Family, the six men finally reunite and the crowd pops to the return of the Nexus as they fend off the Wyatts during one RAW. However, a real life injury to Erick Rowan dampens the plans, and to adjust the storyline, the Wyatts take out Wade Barrett, the leader of Nexus. Forced at Summerslam to face the Wyatts minus Rowan without their leader, the remaining Nexus members fight valiantly, but they end up losing, Before the Wyatts can do anything, Wade Barrett returns and helps fend them off, before tending to his fallen Nexus brethren.
Big Show vs Damien Sandow 8:55
Big Show questions if Sandow can ever amount to anything, and Sandow earns Big Show's respect at the end after a hard-fought physical match.
Paige & Charlotte vs Nikki Bella & Brie Bella 10:17
Continuing Adam Blampied's story, Paige brings in Charlotte to even the odds with the Bella Empire. This does even the odds because of Naomi & Tamina betraying the Bellas. At Summerslam, Paige finally picks up a win over the Bellas as she and Charlotte stand tall.
Dolph Ziggler vs Seth Rollins (c) vs John Cena vs Antonio Cesaro (c) vs Jack Swagger (w/ Zeb Colter) (c) vs Brock Lesnar (w/ Paul Heyman) (c) (WWE WHC Match) (Elimination Chamber) 40:26
Swagger is looking to return to prominence, Cesaro seeks his first world title reign, and the two former Real Americans have their shared history with each other. Lesnar wants revenge and a continuation of his part-time reign of terror. Cena is determined to prove the WWE still runs through him. Ziggler has the ultimate underdog story and is also the remaining ultimate anti-authority. And this is the biggest test of Rollins' reign. Lesnar is eliminated first because after dominating much of the match, once all six participants are in they all work together to beat Brock and they all hit their finishers on him. The rest, the performers can build the story from there, what's important is Rollins survives till the end when Ziggler, the bigger underdog, eliminates him and wins, finally having his big PPV moment.
Sheamus vs Dolph Ziggler (c) (WWE WHC Match) 0:15
Much like how he interrupted Regins' parade irl at Survivor Series 2015, Sheamus does the same to Ziggler here, and wins the title. A beat-down Ziggler is laid out, and Sheamus stands tall with the title to close the show.

Link to Ep 16: https://www.reddit.com/fantasybooking/comments/gw90wo/rebooking_every_wwe_ppv_since_2010_episode_16/
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2020.05.27 20:12 Chazzyphant Fragments: A powerful craft store mogul, a controversial scrap antiquity, a MacArthur Genius Grant, and the fight over the "real" New Testament. Is a new discovery a fraud, overzealous academics wishful thinking, or real? An antiquity mystery

As any of you who recognize my user name, I really like mysteries around antiquities and art rather than missing people or murders. Especially with world events being what they are, we can all use a bit of a "palate cleanser" sometimes!
This one has a personal connection in a way. I was raised in a fundamentalist cult as a child and I had very little contact with the secular world. One of the few pleasures I had was receiving a new issue of "Biblical Archaeology Magazine" in the mail. I wanted to be an archaeologist when I grew up and thrilled to the idea of proving or deepening the details of my favorite Biblical stories and becoming a scholar and an explorer. The other shoe dropped early in the game when I realized science was a major part of being an archaeologist, something I have little natural aptitude for, but I still remain fascinated by all things ancient.
This mystery is around the finding of a papyrus that purports to be the "real" or oldest copy of the Gospel of Mark.
"On the evening of February 1, 2012, more than 1,000 people crowded into an auditorium at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The event was a showdown between two scholars over an explosive question in biblical studies: Is the original text of the New Testament lost, or do today’s Bibles contain the actual words—the “autographs”—of Jesus’s earliest chroniclers?
"On one side was Bart Ehrman, a UNC professor and atheist whose best-selling books argue that the oldest copies of Christian scripture are so inconsistent and incomplete—and so few in number—that the original words are beyond recovery. On the other was Daniel Wallace, a conservative scholar at Dallas Theological Seminary who believes that careful textual analysis can surface the New Testament’s divinely inspired first draft.
They had debated twice before, but this time Wallace had a secret weapon: At the end of his opening statement, he announced that verses of the Gospel of Mark had just been discovered on a piece of papyrus from the first century.
As news went in the field of biblical studies, this was a bombshell. The papyrus would be the only known Christian manuscript from the century in which Jesus is said to have lived. Its verses, moreover, closely matched those in modern Bibles—evidence of the New Testament’s reliability and a rebuke to liberal scholars who saw the good book not as God-given but as the messy work of generations of human hands, prone to invention and revision, mischief and mistake.
Wallace declined to name the expert who’d dated the papyrus to the first century—“I’ve been sworn to secrecy”—but assured the audience that his “reputation is unimpeachable. Many consider him to be the best papyrologist on the planet.” The fragment, Wallace added, would appear in an academic book the next year."
Side note: Go down the Gospel of Mark Translation Rabbit Hole with this great article Grok this quote:
"The New Testament, after all, is not a store of ancient wonders like the Hebrew Bible. It’s a grab bag of reportage, rumor, folk memory, and on-the-hoof mysticism produced by regular people, everyday babblers and clunkers, under the pressure of a supremely irregular event—namely, the life and death and resurrection of Jesus Christ."
(Gives you some insight as to what the fight is over).
Glitter and Glue Money
But as so often happens with the revelation of a newly discovered antiquity that conveniently aligns with the beliefs of powerful entities or ruling political parties, there was big money moving levers behind the scenes:
"Though he didn’t mention it onstage, Wallace had recently joined something called the Green Scholars Initiative. The program was funded by the Green family, the evangelical billionaires who own the Hobby Lobby craft-store chain. It gave handpicked scholars access to the thousands of artifacts the family had collected for their Museum of the Bible, a soaring $500 million showplace that would open a few years later near the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
Wallace’s ties to the Greens made it easy for observers to connect the dots: The Mark papyrus had to be one of the manuscripts the Greens had bought for their museum. And the papyrologist who worked out its first-century date had to be the world-renowned classicist Dirk Obbink. The Greens were known to have hired him as a consultant during their antiquities buying spree."--- Atlantic magazine
Hobby Lobby has had its share of dubious, and even downright illegal, dealings in their frenzied quest to build the Museum of the Bible.
"Beginning in 2009, representatives of Hobby Lobby were warned that artifacts they were purchasing were likely looted from Iraq. The purchases had been made for the Museum of the Bible, which they were sponsoring. In 2018, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York directed Hobby Lobby to return the artifacts and pay a fine of US$3,000,000. Hobby Lobby returned over 5500 items in May 2018. Among these, were nearly 4000 tablets supposed to be from the lost city of Irisagrig which had been delivered to Hobby Lobby marked as "tile samples."
In April 2020, the centerpiece of the Museum of the Bible's collection, the fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls, were declared to be fakes.
After its authenticity was questioned, the museum removed the display of a miniature bible which a NASA astronaut had purportedly carried to the moon.
In a further blow to the Museum of the Bible's credibility board chairman, Steve Green, who is also president of the Hobby Lobby stores announced the museum will be returning over eleven thousand artifacts to Egypt and Iraq. The collection includes thousands of papyrus scraps and ancient clay pieces. Manchester University papyrologist Roberta Mazza stated that the Green family "poured millions on the legal and illegal antiquities market without having a clue about the history, the material features, cultural value, fragilities, and problems of the objects."
The "Gilgamesh Dream Tablet," containing part of the Epic of Gilgamesh, was discovered in Iraq in 1853, sold by the Jordanian Antiquities Association to an antiquities dealer in 2003, and sold again by Christie's auction house to Hobby Lobby in 2014 for $1.6 million. The auction house lied about how the artifact had entered the market, claiming it had been on the market in the United States for decades. In September 2019, federal authorities seized the tablet, and in May 2020, a civil complaint was filed to forfeit it." --Wikipedia
Rummaging for Treasures
"A tall Nebraskan with a mop of sandy hair, Obbink was in his mid-40s in 2001 when the MacArthur Foundation awarded him a half-million-dollar genius grant. His technique for reassembling papyrus scrolls carbonized by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in a.d. 79 was a feat of three-dimensional puzzle solving.
Sought by universities and cultural institutions the world over, Obbink taught at Columbia before leaving, in 1995, for Oxford, home to the world’s largest collection of manuscripts from the ancient world: half a million papyri that a pair of young Oxford scholars had excavated in Egypt a century earlier. Obbink’s post as a general editor of the collection—the media sometimes called him its “director,” though officially no such title exists—made him one of his field’s most powerful figures. Wallace had not overstated his qualifications.
But years passed with no news of this “first-century Mark,” as the phantom manuscript came to be called. There was no book in 2013, no exhibit when the museum opened in 2017. Wallace’s blog filled with hundreds of comments. “It has been 5 years,” readers complained. “Hurry up!” One man simply quoted from the Book of Proverbs: “Expectation postponed makes the heart sick.”
Yet in 2018, when Obbink finally published the fragment, it made certain hearts even sicker. The Greens would see their dreams of a first-century gospel dashed. The University of Oxford would be thrust into the news in a labyrinthine case of alleged antiquities theft, cover-up, and fraud. And one of the most illustrious figures in classics, though protesting his innocence, would find himself at the center of a trans-Atlantic investigation.
Dirk obbink had rummaged for diamonds in the rough since his boyhood in Lincoln, Nebraska. In 2002, the year after he was awarded the MacArthur prize, his mother, Dorithy, told Smithsonian magazine that as a child her son had haunted thrift shops and the town dump, coming home with “a bunch of junk.” His fascination with other people’s trash carried into his years in New York, where he took his daughter dumpster diving.
That papyrology called to him was perhaps little wonder. Papyrus was the ancient world’s paper, a disposable medium made of reeds harvested along the Nile. Its 1,000-year heyday as a writing surface coincided with the Greco-Roman era, the fall of the pharaohs, the birth of Christianity, and the advent of Islam. Obbink taught students how to mine the brownish, jigsaw-puzzle-like fragments for lost works of Greek literature and philosophy.
Deciphering the texts is so laborious—and oversight so strict—that just 1 percent of the fragments have been published since their discovery. As a decoder of crumbling, half-vanished manuscripts, Obbink was “an absolute master,” his friend David Sider, an NYU classicist, told me. (The Atlantic reporter and writer)
One night in November 2011, two American evangelicals walked up a flight of stairs in a Gothic bell tower on Christ Church’s central quad. Scott Carroll and Jerry Pattengale had been friends since their days together in a different Oxford—the city in southwest Ohio, where they each earned a doctorate in ancient history, at Miami University. Both had taught at Christian colleges and advised well-to-do collectors before Steve Green, the president of Hobby Lobby, hired them to lay the intellectual foundations for a national Bible museum.
Carroll was put in charge of acquisitions, a post that played to his self-image as an impresario called by God to summon texts from the farthest reaches of the globe. His cellphone’s ringtone was the theme from Indiana Jones. A promotional photo, captioned great scott!, depicts him in shorts and a fedora, swinging through the jungle on a rope.
The more sober-tempered Pattengale was named executive director of education; his job was to establish the Green Scholars Initiative, recruiting world-class academics to mentor the students the Greens would invite to research their fast-growing collection.
At the top of the stairs that evening, Dirk Obbink opened a black door and let the two men into his office, a suite of rooms with a kitchen, a bathroom, and a pair of mummy masks that gazed at visitors from across a pool table. By then he’d been on the Hobby Lobby payroll for about a year. For Carroll, he vetted manuscripts that dealers across the world were clamoring to sell to the Greens. For Pattengale, he would teach papyrology to Green Scholars at summer seminars.
They spent an hour discussing Obbink’s latest work. Then, as Carroll and Pattengale stood to leave, Obbink called to them, as if stopped by a stray thought. “Well, wait a minute,” he said. “I have something here you might be interested in.” He padded behind the pool table and opened a manila folder.
Inside, in plastic sleeves, were ancient pieces from each of the four New Testament Gospels. Obbink tweezed out a fragment of Mark—a small, hatchet-shaped papyrus with verses from the gospel’s first chapter—for his visitors to see. The shape and strokes of certain letters, he explained, were hallmarks of first-century handwriting. Obbink described the fragment as part of a “family collection” and, according to Carroll, “offered it for consideration” for Hobby Lobby to buy.
Pattengale felt momentarily paralyzed, while Carroll paced the room, delirious. Everything they’d worked on up to that point seemed to suddenly pale.
Go even further down the rabbit hole with this article written by Pattengale about this whole thing
"Like the Harry Potter “moving staircase” at Hogwarts, filmed across in the Bodley Tower viewable from Obbink’s window, what was to unfold over the next several years would seem illusory for outside scholars and became sensationalized in the press. The sudden appearance of these manuscripts was dizzying even for the experts and owners, temporary and otherwise."
When Pattengale flew home to Indiana the next day, “I told my wife, Cindy, ‘If this proves to be first-century, I may be involved in researching one of the most important pieces of the Bible ever discovered."
Undue Influence? A Patron's generosity seems to hold sway over a formerly neutral historian
"something happened in the presence of his [Obbink's] new patrons. He fawned over the Greens’ aspirations, writing to Scott Carroll in January 2010 that he looked forward “to the flourishing of your commendable undertaking.” He closed emails, as his new benefactors did, with the sign-off “Blessings.” And according to a devout former museum official, he bowed his head and prayed before meals in so “theatrical” a way that, even among evangelicals, he was “the most visibly pious person at the table.
Though it wasn’t publicly known, Obbink served as more than just an academic consultant to the Greens: Josephine Dru, a former papyrus curator for the Museum of the Bible, told me he was one of their biggest suppliers of papyri. From January 2010 to February 2013, Obbink sold the family more than 150 papyrus fragments—for a total of between $4 million and $8 million, according to a source who has seen the figures and described them to me as a range. (Jeffrey Kloha, the Museum of the Bible’s chief curator, didn’t dispute those numbers, but estimated a total closer to the low end of that range.)
Scott Carroll may have claimed that Obbink had “no agenda whatsoever,” but in fact Obbink had several. He was acting as a scholar, an adviser, and a seller: The first owed allegiance to the truth, the second to his clients, the third to his own bottom line.
Show me the Money: Is this just another case of plunder for profit?
"n early 2014, headlines appeared across the world: Obbink had discovered a pair of breathtaking new Sappho poems—on a piece of papyrus salvaged from a mummy mask. “For a couple of months, it was just me and a girl named Sappho—nothing between me and the text,” Obbink said on BBC Radio. “It was like being shipwrecked on a desert island with Marilyn Monroe.”
But Obbink declined to name the papyrus’s owner or to release its provenance paperwork. In a New York Times op-ed, Douglas Boin, a historian at Saint Louis University, called Obbink’s secrecy “disturbingly tone deaf” at a time of “catastrophic” looting in the Middle East. The next year, Christie’s produced a 26-page brochure offering the two Sappho poems for sale “by private treaty,” a transaction in which an auction house quietly approaches prospective buyers rather than hosting a public sale.
Obbink eventually told a convoluted tale about an anonymous London businessman who had bought cartonnage at a Christie’s auction in 2011, dissolved it, and brought extracted papyri to Obbink, who discovered the two Sappho poems. The businessman then put some 20 small scraps that had also been pulled from the cartonnage—“being not easily identified … and deemed insignificant”—on the market. By chance, an intermediary dealer sold them to the Green Collection, where Obbink picked them out as yet more Sappho.
Brent Nongbri, a Christian-manuscripts scholar, has identified no fewer than six different accounts of provenance put forward by Obbink, Carroll, or Bettany Hughes—a British broadcaster who has featured Obbink on several of her TV and radio shows. None of those accounts included the one detail witnessed by a large group of people: Simon Burris’s identification of the smaller Sappho pieces in Baylor’s crowded classics-department lounge in 2012."
"In november 2015, a video appeared on YouTube, filmed on a smartphone from the pews of a church in Charlotte, North Carolina. From the pulpit, where he was addressing a conference of conservative Christians, Scott Carroll spoke of seeing a Gospel of Mark from the first century “at Oxford University at Christ Church College … in the possession of an outstanding, well-known, eminent classicist … Dirk Obbink,” who thought the papyrus might date to as early as a.d. 70—the same year most scholars think the gospel was first composed.
This was no longer Daniel Wallace telling a vague, secondhand story on a debate stage. This was an eyewitness with names, dates, and places. The video so unnerved the Egypt Exploration Society that it began a review of all its unpublished New Testament papyri. It learned that one of Obbink’s researchers had found a small fragment of Mark in its collection in 2011, a piece photographed by a curator as early as the 1980s but never before identified.
Was this the discovery that Wallace had announced at the University of North Carolina—and that Carroll had confirmed in the church video nearly four years later?
Confronted by the EES, Obbink admitted to having a fragment of Mark from Oxyrhynchus in his office and showing it to Carroll. But he insisted that he’d never said it was for sale. The EES instructed him “to prepare it for publication as soon as practicable in order to avoid further speculation about its date and content.”
Obbink could no doubt foresee the consequences of publication: The moment images of the fragment became public, Pattengale, Carroll, and Wallace would recognize the papyrus as the one he’d allegedly offered to the Greens half a decade earlier. They would notice he’d published it in the official book series for EES papyri—exposing it as never his to sell. Perhaps most distressing, they’d see Obbink’s new dating: In a book of serious scholarship, he’d assign their supposed “first-century Mark” to the late second or early third century, making it far less remarkable."
"In june 2019, Michael Holmes, who replaced Pattengale as the director of the scholars initiative, flew to London to meet with leaders of the Egypt Exploration Society, who remained skeptical that Obbink, whatever his other shortcomings, might have sold Oxyrhynchus papyri.
Over lunch at a private club, Holmes pulled out a purchase agreement between Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. and Dirk Obbink. Co-signed by the Oxford professor on February 4, 2013, it showed that Obbink had sold the company not just the Mark papyrus, but also fragments of the Gospels of Matthew, Luke, and John. In the contract, Obbink describes the manuscripts as his personal property, vows to “ship/hand carry” them from “Oxford Ancient,” and dates all four to a historically unprecedented “circa 100 AD,” making each a one-of-a-kind worth millions."
Stolen....and maybe fraudulent fragments
"When EES officials saw the contract, Holmes told me, “any uncertainties they had evaporated very quickly.” They banned Obbink from the collection.
The Museum of the Bible began sending to the EES images of every papyrus the Greens had purchased—from any seller. Comparing them against the society’s own photographic inventory, EES officials spotted 13 of its biblical fragments. From written descriptions provided by Hobby Lobby, it identified four more: the gospels that Obbink’s sales contract dated to the first century, though none, the EES said, were in fact that old.
Fifteen of the EES’s fragments had been sold to the Greens by Obbink, for more than $1.5 million, a source who has seen the figures told me. Among them was the Romans scrap Carroll pretended to pull from a mummy mask at Baylor in 2012.
The Greens bought the two other EES fragments from the family business of Alan Baidun, a Jerusalem dealer who appeared to have acted as a middleman for Obbink. (Baidun did not answer multiple emails and phone calls, but has previously denied wrongdoing through a spokesperson.)
The EES soon discovered another half-dozen of its papyri in the collection of a wealthy California collector named Andrew Stimer, who had previously sold the Greens four Dead Sea Scrolls that the Museum of the Bible later deemed forgeries. (Stimer disputes the museum’s forgery findings.)
The practice of dissolving mummy masks in search of manuscripts had been all but abandoned before Scott Carroll and Dirk Obbink announced astonishing finds.
Stimer, who leads an evangelical ministry called Hope Partners International, said he purchased two of the fragments in 2015 from a “Mr. M. Elder of Dearborn, Michigan,” a seeming match for Obbink’s business partner. When scholars saw images of those fragments—from Romans and First Corinthians—they realized the Museum of the Bible owned adjoining pieces from the same leaves. Someone appeared to have cut up scriptures that, according to EES photos, had been intact at Oxford. “Mr. M. Elder” had sold one pair of cuts to Stimer, and Obbink had sold the other to the Greens. (Mahmoud Elder declined to comment, invoking what he called a “client non-disclosure agreement.”)
For most of the stolen papyri, the EES’s corresponding inventory cards and photographs were also missing. The thief, it seemed, had sought to cover his tracks by erasing evidence of the papyri’s existence. In a collection of some half a million pieces, perhaps they’d never be missed.
But the thief miscalculated: Copies of the inventory existed in various locations, including University College London.
Drawing on such backups, the EES said it has so far identified 120 papyri that “appear to be missing, almost all from a limited number of folders.” In what might well be British understatement, it warned “that a few more cases may emerge.”
On November 12, the EES reported its findings to the Thames Valley Police. On March 2, the police detained Obbink for questioning on suspicion of theft and fraud. As of press time, no charges had been filed.
"In march 26, Steve Green announced that he was giving 5,000 of his papyri to Egypt. It was an admission that virtually every papyrus in his collection lacked sufficient evidence of not having been stolen, looted, or acquired by other improper means. For the same reasons, he said, he was repatriating 6,500 clay relics to Iraq—on top of the 3,500 Iraqi antiquities Hobby Lobby had surrendered to settle a 2017 federal smuggling case.
Green and his museum have sought to portray themselves as chastened by their early stumbles and determined to make amends—both by coming clean about their failures and by making institutional changes. “I trusted the wrong people to guide me,” Green said, “and unwittingly dealt with unscrupulous dealers in those early years.”
Scholars have praised the latest reforms. But Green’s efforts to deflect blame have rung hollow in some circles.
In 2010, early in his collecting blitz, Green had attended a presentation that Hobby Lobby commissioned from Patty Gerstenblith, a DePaul University professor who is one of the world’s foremost experts on cultural property law. “I warned him,” Gerstenblith told me, “and he proceeded anyway.” With hundreds of millions of dollars of spending power, Green had all the leverage to ask hard questions about provenance—and to order investigations—before handing his money over to dealers. But he never did.
In the Obbink case, Green and his representatives have cast themselves as the unsuspecting dupes of a mastermind. Green told me he’d failed to see the conflict in Obbink’s dual roles as adviser and seller because of his “stellar reputation and standing in the scholarly community.” He added, “I would never intentionally buy anything forged or stolen.”
Green has returned the stolen Oxyrhynchus fragments to Oxford, and in 2018, he told me, Hobby Lobby asked Obbink to refund the money it had paid him for the four “first-century” gospel fragments."
"Until Oxford, the EES, or the police reveal more, many questions will remain unanswered. But in the eyes of some devout critics, the last chapter of this saga will be written by a higher authority"---Atlantic article
This is mostly taken from a longreads article that has a LOT more information about how Obbink got caught up in a shady process called "dismounting" that allows for fraud---essentially soaking the wrappings off mummies and pretending that they are fragments of historical important artifacts such as poems by Sappho, and the network of thieves and shady dealers through which artifact smuggling and forgery thrives. A great rabbit hole to go down especially if you are interested in archaeology and artifacts. Hope you enjoy!
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2020.05.22 01:23 cheemsandbeans Full First Round Mock Draft

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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
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(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
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(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
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(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
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(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
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(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
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(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
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(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
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(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
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(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
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(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
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(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
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(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
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(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
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(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
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(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
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(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
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(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
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(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
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(20) Brooklyn Nets
Selection: Prescious Achiuwa
Defensive forward for a below average defensive team.
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(21) Denver Nuggets
Selection: Josh Green
Promising prospect proves to be provided a pick, despite poor play.
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(22) Philadelphia 76ers
Selection: Jahmi’us Ramsey
Underatted defensive prospect
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(23) Miami Heat
Selection: Aleksej Pokuševski
Potential baby. Also Greek, so Giannis bait.
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(24) Utah Jazz
Selection: Tyrell Terry
A steal for a potential future starter.
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(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.
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2020.04.29 11:12 Joester09 House Party 4/27/20 Part 3

Javier: The following contest is scheduled for one fall -
Crowd: ONE FALL!
Javier: And it has a 30 minute time limit. Your referee for this contest is Harry Undersach!
Crowd: HE’S SO HARRY! clapclapclapclapclap
Javier: Introducing first, from Woodstock, Ontario, Canada - He weighed in tonight at 229 pounds - [JOEY MCCARTY!](http://www.wrestlingmedia.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Wanna-Fight-%E2%80%93-Christian.jpg
Crowd: BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Tommy’s Planet starts to play as Joey walks out from behind the curtain.
Paisner: Joey basically bullied his way into a #1 contendership match, and it seems like he’s prepared for this match - well as best as he can be on 30 minutes’ notice!
Woodbridge: Santiago has a hurt knee, and Joey’s more than capable of taking advantage of that.
Joey hits himself in the head twice, psyching himself up, before walking down the ramp, ignoring the fans roasting him. He slides into the ring, and gets up, before placing his head into the turnbuckle and muttering something. After a moment of silence, he hops to the second rope, and raises his arms high, as the crowd booes him down, before hopping off and bouncing from foot to foot.
Javier: And his opponent, fighting out of Coral Gables, Florida, by way of Medellín, Colombia - he weighed in tonight at 184 pounds, your Independent Champion, SANTIAGO MARTINEZ!
Crowd: YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!
Martinez’s theme plays as Sparky hops out from backstage, raising both arms into the air. He seems mostly unbothered by his injured leg, as he makes his way down the ramp.
Paisner: Santiago coming off an impressive victory over a surprisingly resilient DIck Dover, and he looks ready to take on the world today.
Woodbridge: You can say that, but one of the first rules of wrestling is not to let your opponent see where you’re hurting. Joey knows that leg is injured, but Sparky isn’t going to let him see it.
Santiago walks up the steps with maybe a little bit more gingerness than usual, before wiping his boots off and stepping between the ropes. The two face off, and Harry Undersach pats both of them down for foreign objects, before calling for the bell.
DING DING DING
Joey starts off hot, taking a series of brawling fists to Santiago and sending Santiago reeling. Joey keeps up the onslaught before taking Sparky’s leg out with a chop block! Santiago, who seemed fine to this point, clutches his knee, obviously not fully recovered from the damage Dover dealt to it!
Paisner: Ooh, sick move from Joey there, immediately going to that bad leg!
Woodbridge: We’ve met Joey before - if he sees a shortcut he can take he’s going to take it.
Joey, having found his target, starts to work Santiago over with stomps and knee drops. Sparky rolls away and pulls himself to his feet, keeping distance from Joey, and hitting him with a few quick kicks to the gut. These daze Joey, and Sparky is able to fight back into the match with a quick clothesline!
Sparky knows his strength right now is the ground game, something Joey’s never proven adept at, and he does his best to ground the larger man with a headlock! Joey fights back to vertical from the grounded headlock, only for Sparky to transition into a smooth tiger spin and bring Joey face-down to the mat! Sparky goes to the hammerlock, trying to wear Joey down, and succeeds for a while, but Joey’s free arm scythes Sparky’s bad leg and puts him right back to square one!
Joey tries to go right back to the leg work, but Sparky’s ring awareness is enough that he instantly rolls out of the way! Sparky gets up to his feet with obviously a little bit of effort, and Joey stalks him, looking for a quick attack on the knee, but Sparky goes for a flash Slingblade! Joey saw the match last week, or was just quick on the uptake, though - he heaves Sparky up into the air and drops him into a kneebreaker on his bad leg!
Paisner: SLINGBLA - NO! - Joey with a sickening kneebreaker, and I’m sure Santiago is regretting going for the aerial move!
Woodbridge: Joey knows how to focus on an injury with the best of them, and even though he’s no technician, he knows how to hurt you.
Sparky hits the mat in agony, and Joey’s quickly on top of him, looking for the sharpshooter that would definitely put the champ out of this match!
...
NO! Sparky slides up and pulls Joey into a small package!
1!
2!
3!
Joey kicks out, but it’s a moment too late!
DING DING DING
Sparky rolls over, clutching his knee, and Joey immediately pops up, arguing with Undersach about the count. Undersach stands firm, however, and Joey takes a step away, running his hands through his hair in frustration.
Javier: And your winner, at a time of 9:35, SANTIAGO MARTINEZ!
Paisner: Joey seemed to have the advantage for a lot of that match, Mark!
Woodbridge: And look at him, Allen - He’s not happy!
Joey powders out, and goes up the ramp, sulking, while Santiago holds his leg in agony!
Joey passes the curtain, and a large figure slides into the ring!
Crowd: WOOOOOOO!
Santiago rolls over, grabbing the ropes, and pulls himself into a sitting position to see the intimidating form of Dragon standing across from him! Sparky pulls himself up, but it’s already too late, as Dragon turns him inside out with a discus big boot!
Paisner: ZEPELLI’S REVENGE! Andrew Garcia making a statement!
Woodbridge: He feels like Santiago and him have unfinished business, Allen - and he’s giving him a reciept!
Dragon looks down at Santiago coldly, before stepping out of the ring and walking backstage.
Paisner: Well - It’s probably time for a commercial break after that, while we make sure Santiago is okay.
Commercial
We cut back to the ring, where we see Javier with microphone in hand, ready to announce the action.
Javier: Ladies and gentlemen, the following is a tag team match, set for one fa-
However, before Javier can finish announcing, the creepy, ominous sounds of Yonkers by Tyler The Creator come through the speakers. Where we then see Austin Balandran step through the curtains, dressed in a perfectly fitted white and gold suit. With his butler Bernardo behind him, carrying a small table with white tablecloth draped over it, and a gold plate with a fancy steak dinner on it. Served with a side of asparagus.
Crowd BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Paisner: Balandran coming down to the ring? The hell does he have planned?
Woodbridge: Likely to gloat more in Romero’s face Allen! Romero’s already coming in with questions about both his physical and mental health, so if Balandran is making a presence at ringside, the odds for Romero and Saunders are already out of their favor as Romero could easily be distracted the whole match.
Balandran with Bernardo makes his way down the entrance, responding to the jeers with a simple cocky smile, as he gets to ringside, and walks around over to the announcer’s table, Bernardo setting the fancy table with the dinner down by the comparatively shabby announcer’s table. Balandran sitting down, and Bernardo excusing himself to the back, as Paisner begins to say-
Paisner: So, I guess you’ll be joining us for this match Balandra-
But before he can finish his sentence, Balandran without even really acknowledging Paisner’s existence as a person, grabs Paisner’s headset to take it for himself.
Paisner: Hey hey what the-!
Balandran casually gets the headset off of Paisner, and puts it on himself.
Balandran: Hello viewers! For no particular reason, this match seemed interesting to me, so I thought I would drop by to give my thoughts!
Paisner: (faintly coming in over Woodbridge’s mic) Could you have at least bought your own headset, you certainly have the money!
Woodbridge nudges Paisner, motioning to him that they can share the mic on his headset, and so Woodbridge and Paisner scoot in very close to each other to make this set up work. We also see Woodbridge try to sneak his hand across the table to steal one of Balandran’s asparagus, but Balandran slips Woodbridge’s hand away, foiling the attempt. As Javier returns to announcing after the interruption.
Javier: The following is a tag match set for one fall, with a 60 minute time limit, and it is tonight’s MAIN EVENT!
Crowd: WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Jaunty piano chords begin to play, as The Way We Get By by Spoon plays Hank Harrison out onto the entranceway. He adjusts his white glove, as he makes a slow, menacing walk down to the ring.
Javier Introducing first, from Houston, Texas. Weighing in at 300 pounds, “Heavy” Hank Harrison!
Crowd: BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Paisner: Down comes Hank Harrison, and tonight could be a wonderful opportunity for him, so far his only victory is against Chip Rutgers, in matches against higher level competition he has yet to pick up a win. So tonight could be a huge statement for him with a victory, and on paper, he’s got about the best tag team partner you could ask for!
Harrison continues to head down to the ring, jawing off with some fans as he does so, before eventually making it to the ring apron, stepping over the ropes into the ring, and awaiting his tag team partner.
A voice incredibly insistent on you knowing they have money comes through the speakers, repeating the word many times before Maverick comes out onto the entranceway to the sounds of Whales (Remix) by Hail Mary Mallon. Stepping through the curtain with a certain swagger, a smirk on his face as he raises his fists in the air soaks in the reaction of the crowd.
Crowd: BBBOOOOOOOOO!!!!
Paisner: Well, I guess there's his new music!
Woodbridge: And if it wasn't clear before, Mav's got money on his mind!
Mav lowers his fists, and walks down the aisle with fury, shooting the crowd a look of contempt as he walks quickly down to the ring, trying to blaze by the jeers from the fans.
Javier: And introducing next, his tag team partner, From Dallas, Texas. Weighing in at 225 pounds, MAVERICK!
Crowd: BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Balandran: Now here’s one of few men I can say I ADMIRE! He wasn’t born into the wealth of a rich man like me, but when you know as much as I do, you can tell when someone’s born with the mind of a rich man, and that’s exactly what we saw from Maverick! Taking the chance to make himself some damn money, and not letting it slip out of his fingers no matter the backlash! I mean by god, listen to that music! It’s not very classy, but 1st generation wealth can act like that as they pick up those habits before gaining wealth, but still, the attitude that music oozes! Exactly what you wanna see from someone! Someone who understands that it’s always about the money! Everything else be damned!
Maverick quickly gets down to the ring, giving the fans nothing but a look of hatred burning in his eyes, as he gets to the ring, and rolls in. He walks over to ring announcer Javier Babaganoush, shaking his head "no" as he yanks the mic from Javier's hand.
Maverick: No no no! That was the ring introduction of the OLD Maverick! For god sakes, Javi!
Mav hands the mic back to Javier, and whispers some new instructions in his ear, before motioning for him to try again.
Javier:...cough cough....introducing his tag team partner, from Dallas, Texas. Weighing in at 225 pounds, BIG…...MONEY…...MAVERICK!!!!
Mav stands on the turnbuckle, posing with his hands up as the crowd lets him have it.
Crowd: BOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!
Balandran: Ha ha! Big Money Mav! I love it!
Mav hops off the turnbuckles, and gets over to his tag corner, and says something to Harrison, Harrison then stepping onto the apron as Mav stays in the ring, not even entertaining the possibility of letting anyone else but him start off this match, as then, they await their opponents.
Psychobilly Freakout by Reverend Horton Heat sounds throughout the venue, as Mason Saunders comes out from behind the curtain, smile on his face, a noticeably energy and excitement in his step, and a beer in his hand. He notices fans in the front row also with beer in their hands, points at them, as he and the fans synchronize chugging their beers!
Javier: Introducing next, from Port Gibson, Mississippi, weighing in at 242 pounds, Mason Saunders!
Crowd: YEEAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
Balandran: Awfly crass use of alcohol! You should savor it not just down it instantly! What a waste! How are you supposed to ever appreciate your drink when you down it like that?
Woodbridge: That ain’t your thousand dollar wine Balandran, I love beer but there’s not really all the subtleties to appreciate in it like with the stuff you drink!
The camera pans around briefly, where we see Balandran with a look of disgust on his face watching a low class, dad bod, beer swigging country boy walking around. As we then cut back to Saunders, who makes his way down to the ring, slapping hands with fans, taking pictures with those close to the guardrail who ask for one.
Paisner: I wonder how many who were formerly fans of Maverick may gravitate now to Saunders? Maverick was never as farm boy type of southern as Saunders, but they fit into a similar sort of charm!
Woodbridge: And they could especially gravitate towards Saunders if he picks up a win here tonight, as that’ll give him one when having to go against someone as good as Maverick! And things may be looking rather positive, as while he and Romero have wildly different game plans, just being in each other’s presence and taking a liking to each other builds some solid foundational chemistry, which he and Romero did when Romero visited him! And that tiny bit of chemistry can be a BIG, BIG difference in a match with all singles wrestlers teaming up, as just that tad bit of chemistry can still easily be infinitely more than what your opponents have with each other.
Saunders gets to the ring apron, stepping up onto it, and through the ropes. As he then runs the ropes, awaiting his tag team partner.
We then hear Animal by Fever 333 pump through the sound system, as Stephen Romero comes out onto the entranceway. We notice a bandage near the top of his head, presumably from taking that last hockey stick strike to the head a week prior. But if he’s hindered much by the pain he’s still in, he’s doing a solid job of not showing it, as he comes out with a determined look on his face. He looks out to the crowd, closing his eyes for a second and taking the atmosphere in, before beginning to make his way down to the ring.
Javier: And introducing next, his tag team partner. From Sacramento, California. Weighing in at 320 pounds, Stephen Romero!
Crowd: WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Paisner: Romero now down to the ring, and we see that bandage at the top of his head. And while Saunders seems to have helped him get out of his mental rut, we have to wonder what kind of physical condition he’s in-
Balandran: Awful condition! I fucked him up! He lost!
Paisner: Hey, you didn’t exit that match on your own two feet either, certainly you can’t be feeling much better.
Balandran: Okay, that may have been a bit harsh, but which scenario seems more like what winners do? Sit down with a gorgeous steak dinner, cooked to a perfect medium rare, basted in butter because you EARNED your indulging by claiming victories and showing why you deserve it, a side of fresh greens cooked by only the top chefs in the country that’ll make you consider going vegan, all while partaking in a favorite past time of theirs. Or nearly getting diabetes and gnawing on pig bones in a small farmhouse with a backwaters hick? Which one sounds like the thing that WINNERS do huh?
Romero steps down to the ring, slapping hands with fans as he makes his way down, before nearing the ring apron, and turning his eyes to Maverick, a look of intensity flaring in Romero’s eyes…..before he turns his head a bit and notice’s Balandran’s presence at ringside. Said look of intensity turning into a “aw for fuck sakes this guy?” kind of look in an instant. Balandran gives a cheeky wave a smile to Romero, Romero simply responding with a death glare shot at Balandran, before he steps onto the ring apron, and over the ropes into the ring. He takes a moment to re-focus on the men in the ring, as he and Saunders then discuss for a moment, before the two men fist bump, and Saunders heads over to the apron. Leaving Maverick and Romero alone together in the ring, as Wong calls for the bell to be sounded!
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2020.04.20 16:14 Pol-itical-crap Fingerprints of God pt 2

I recently wrote a post giving a cursory glance at the book of Esther with hope in providing believers a few clues to help them see God working behind the scenes in their own lives and in the world. I asked the question if the book of Esther were not in the Bible would Christians be able to tell the book was inspired by God. In the back of my mind I was also thinking about how many Christians, because the book of Enoch is quoted by Jude, believe this non canonical text is also inspired by God. Knowing the fingerprints of God grants greater discernment in separating the wheat from the chaff. This is my intention with this additional post.
Psa_12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
Psa_119:140 Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.
What does this mean? I believe it tells us several things about the words of the Lord. First, every word that God speaks comes from eternity and is significant. The Lord does not speak until he is ready. God does what he tells us to do in the Bible.
Jas 1:19 So, then, my beloved brothers, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger;
Pro 29:11 A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.
The Lord thinks thoroughly before he speaks, knowing fully first what is the perfect thing to say.
Pro_25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver
When he speaks his words stand out, whether in your mind, heart or from reading the Bible. Because of the purity of his words and his thoughtful choice of words, his speech is characterized by brevity. When I read the book of Enoch (for the same reason everyone else does) I could tell that there was no inspiration of God in the text because of the lack of brevity in the text. Even the text quoted by Jude lacks the brevity and thoughtfulness of God.
Jud 1:14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
Jud 1:15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
“that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, … ungodly sinners have spoken” Does this sound like God speaking? To me this is the speech of a man with a limited vocabulary, not the brief, pure, thoughtful speech of the Lord.
Another characteristic of purity in words is the richness in meaning a few words from God can contain.
Here are two personal experiences of mine where God spoke to me and the few words were pregnant with meaning that I understood with those few words spoken.
First Experience
As a brand new believer I immediately threw away all my porn, dope, and coffee. But about 6 months later I was feeling tired a lot so I resumed drinking coffee. As my tendency is, I started drinking too much coffee and work up with a severe headache. With no intention of praying, I said, “Oh God, I have a headache,” saying “Oh God” merely as an expression. However, the Lord did not take it that way and spoke to my mind and heart saying, “You chose to.” That was it. Three little words, yet I understood much more in what he said.
  1. He let me know that how I live my life is my choice. I have freedom of choice all the time.
  2. He let me know that he did not condemn me for my choices.
  3. He let me know that if I make stupid choices, I am not to complain to him about it.
The words of the Lord are pure and rich in meaning.
Second Experience
Seven years later I was graduating from Christ for the Nations in Dallas. Before the end of the semester, CFNI invited an elderly couple to for a marriage seminar. I was single approaching 40 and desperately wanted to get married. During the talk, the Lord dropped into my spirit, “Adam was not naming the animals” with these realizations all at once:
  1. Adam was being tested to see if he could discern what was an appropriate mate for him.
  2. When he saw each animal he saw their spirits and the word God spoke to create each animal.
  3. He passed the test, so Eve was created which is why he said, “bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh”.
  4. God was telling me I was too superficial and I looked at women on the outside. Either for beauty, sexuality, or as a potential business partner.
On 4h of July that same year, I met the woman God intended for me. The Lord prepared me for that meeting, so when I met her, I immediately sensed that she was “bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh”. We have been married for 28 years, now.
The purity, brevity, apropos, and richness in meaning are fingerprints of the God’s communication. Note these things when you think you hear from the Lord.
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2020.04.02 12:36 Fwoggie2 Covid-19 update Thursday 2nd April

Virus news in depth


3M continues to ramp up production and speed supply of N95 respirators - Supply chain quarterly says that 3M is continuing all out efforts to speed up manufacturing and distribution of respirators, aiming to produce 50m per month in the US alone by June. In a statement Tuesday, 3M CEO Mike Roman outlined steps the company is taking to increase production of the vital respirators as well as address wider supply chain issues, including delivery and pricing. Roman said 3M plans to double its capacity over the next 12 months to produce 2 billion respirators globally per year, adding that some of the additional capacity will come online in the next 60 to 90 days. The increase follows a doubling of the company's global output in January to a level of 1.1 billion per year, or 100 million per month. Despite such efforts, Roman says demand for respirators is higher than the industry's ability to deliver, and that 3M and others are working to address new ways to protect healthcare workers, including working with sterilization companies to find ways for hospitals to safely clean, reuse, and extend the life of N95 respirators. The company is also working to boost production of its powered air purifying respirators (PAPRs), which are highly specialized and designed for "the most demanding healthcare environments," Roman said. Challenges extend beyond supply and delivery to pricing, with industry-wide reports of counterfeiting and price gouging. A recent market forecast for PPE products estimates that prices for some items have increased as much as 10 times due to shortages and demand surges. Roman said in his statement that 3M has not raised its prices for respirators and is taking steps to fight both counterfeiting and price gouging.

China forced to lockdown recently reopened counties after new infections - Bloomberg says that a county in central China has been put under lockdown again after a flare-up in coronavirus cases, pointing to the difficulty of sustaining outbreak containment in the face of carriers who show no signs of sickness. Jia county, whose population numbers around 640,000, issued a directive on Wednesday asking all residential compounds to be sealed off and those visiting and leaving homes to produce identity cards, wear masks and submit to temperature checks. Car traffic will also be limited. (Personal note: Reuters is reporting the same thing).

Weather forecast accuracy is deteriorating due to grounded planes - Airlive.net has a piece explaining that planes automatically report weather conditions around them as they fly. With so many now grounded, this valuable data set has been temporarily lost. Without this precious data, predicting the weather during the week is much more difficult. A similar problem happened in 2010 when the Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted in Iceland causing a block of air traffic across much of Northern Europe and North America.

A scandal seems to be erupting in the UK over insufficient testing - Senior political journalists from both left and right wing sources seem (to me) to be aligning against the UK government over Covid-19 testing. Robert Peston (political editor for ITV, a major TV station) reports that whilst Michael Gove (senior UK cabinet minister) says tests can’t be produced due to a lack of reagants, the Chemical Industries Association (which represents the UK's very substantial chemicals industry) say they can easily ramp up production if asked - but they haven’t been asked to. Labour MP’s in opposition are querying this (example tweet) whilst the UK Huffington Post political editor reports that just 1.6% of NHS workers have been tested for the virus. Meanwhile, the Telegraph (which is a strong broadsheet supporter of Tory governments) has put the minister from yesterday’s daily Q&A on the front page with the headline “Questions without answers”. (Personal note: For context, CNN in its daily blog reports that The organisation’s medical director Paul Cosford told Sky News that the UK is testing nearly 15,000 people a day and aims to reach 175,000 a week by the middle of April but in contrast, Germany leading virologist Christian Drosten says his country is already testing 500,000 a week).

There is also confusion in the UK over how many ventilators we have - Robert Jenrick (a cabinet minister) told Sky News there were 12,000. Less than an hour later he told BBC news there were 8,000. Separately the Guardian is reporting on today’s live blog that an unnamed major NHS hospital almost ran out of oxygen for its Covid-19 patients on ventilators because it was treating so many people with the disease who needed help to breathe.

Virus news in brief


People infected with the novel coronavirus can transmit the infection one-to-three days before symptoms start to appear, according to a study published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (Jakarta Post link). The study looked at 243 cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, reported in Singapore between January 23 to March 16 and identified seven "clusters" where pre-symptomatic transmission was likely.

Turkmenistan has banned its media (considered the least free in the world) from using the word “coronavirus”. NPR has more, including the fact that plainclothes police officers are also arresting people who wear face masks or discuss the pandemic in public.

Slovakia, Slovenia and the Czech Republic have all made masks obligatory in public spaces and the Czech zeal for the new practice is such that when a group of nudists gathered at a lake during last weekend's unusually warm weather, police ordered them to cover up -- their mouths (link).

An Australian private hospital company has made 800 staff redundant (putting 8,000 beds at 34 private hospitals across Australia at risk) after the federal government cancelled elective surgeries in response to the COVID-19 spread - 9News reports that Chinese billionaire Liu Dian Bo bought Healthe Care for $900 million AUD in 2015. Now, the company, which 9News understands was already facing financial pressure, is putting the heat on federal and state government for help. "We have received no firm proposals," the company's letter to staff said. "Regrettably, this has driven us to these immediate actions." Other private hospitals are threatening to follow suit.

UK: A man has been jailed for stealing PPE from ambulance and assaulting a NHS security guard near a London hospital (link)

The Wimbledon tennis tournament has become the latest major sport event to be cancelled (link).

English premier league footballer clubs have been accused of living in a "moral vacuum", with players urged to take their share of the financial hit from the coronavirus pandemic as non-playing staff begin to feel the pinch (link). Players at Barcelona have taken a 70 percent pay cut during Spain's state of emergency and will make additional contributions to ensure other employees receive full wages. The squad of Italian champions Juventus, including Cristiano Ronaldo, have agreed to have their wages stopped for four months while players at German giants Bayern Munich accepted a 20 percent pay cut.

Personal data protection is a (very) thorny subject in privacy-loving Germany, but the country is nevertheless considering using a smartphone app to help manage the spread of the new coronavirus. Even Chancellor Angela Merkel -- who often refers to her youth in surveillance-ridden communist East Germany -- said Wednesday that if it turns out to be a helpful way of tracking the spread of the virus "I would... of course be willing to use it for myself". (Personal note: they are so hot on their privacy that you can force Google to blur pictures of your home on streetview, so this is a really big deal socially for Germany). Link

It turns out you can’t run from a global pandemic says Bloomberg - here’s an article from a Hong Konger who fled the outbreak and flew to Dallas only to find it soon caught up to her.

A Canadian couple who tried to flee to the remote Yukon village of Old Crow also found out you can’t run from a pandemic - when Old Crow residents asked the man and woman what had brought them to town, they were shocked by the response: The pair had driven across the country to Whitehorse and then flown to Old Crow to seek refuge from the coronavirus pandemic — a journey inspired by a dream. Town leaders isolated the couple for two days before putting them back on a plane to Whitehorse, where they remain in self-isolation. “They perceived our community as a life raft from COVID-19,” Dana Tizya-Tramm, chief of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, told the Star. In the Arctic community of roughly 280 people, Old Crow has only one nursing station and a doctor who flies in once every couple of months; they can’t risk the chance of a coronavirus outbreak.

The Pentagon is sourcing 100,000 body bags (link). American deaths are estimated (at this time) to eventually be around 200,000.

The US Navy aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt has been mostly evacuated due to the virus (link) - it’s currently moored in Guam. A skeleton crew will left onboard to run critical systems. If crew members are required to quarantine for 14 days, on a rotational basis, the Roosevelt could be out of duty for weeks.

The New York State unemployment office typically gets 50,000 calls a week. Last week, it got almost 8 million says Business Insider.

US students who defied coronavirus warnings to keep partying on Florida beaches during their spring break have been crowned the year's "most foolish" Americans in a new survey -- tied with President Donald Trump (link).

Facing calls to declare a coronavirus state of emergency, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was flamed on social media on Thursday for instead offering people free cloth masks, pointing to growing frustration for some over his handling of the crisis. "If your family has more than two people, what are you supposed to do - fight over them?" posted user Yosuke. (Link)

Hong Kong authorities are warning more business closures could soon result - with beauty parlours likely to be next says the SCMP (link).

A lack of tourists in Thailand may cause elephants involved in tourism to go hungry (link).

Chinese police officers from two different forces clashed with each other and members of the public on Friday in a dispute over the reopening of a provincial border, following weeks of lockdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19. According to local government reports, the incident happened on the 1st Yangtze River Bridge that separates Huangmei county in Hubei – the province at the epicentre of the initial coronavirus outbreak – with the city of Jiujiang in Jiangxi. Several police vehicles were overturned (link). Poor communication from local governments is being blamed.

The Chinese city of Shenzhen has banned the eating of dogs and cats as part of a wider clampdown on the wildlife trade since the emergence of the new coronavirus (Bangkok Post)

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned the country's inhabitants in a TV message that anyone caught violating coronavirus lockdown measures would be shot. "My orders to the police and military ... if there is trouble and there's an occasion that they fight back and your lives are in danger, shoot them dead," he said. "Is that understood? Dead. Instead of causing trouble, I will bury you." (Deutsche World link)

Supply chain news in depth


Manila terminal chief pleads with owners to collect cargo as reefers pile up - Loadstar is reporting that The Philippines gateway of Manila has emerged as a new hot spot of reefer container congestion, as carriers stop unloading at the port. In a message to customers, MSC said that there were now no available reefer plugs at the port as haulage collections of import containers had been hampered by a city-wide lockdown set to run until mid-April at the earliest. The port’s two container terminal operators are ICTSI and Asian Terminals, and in a letter last week to carriers, forwarders and shippers, ICTSI executive vice president Christian Gonzalez outlined the extent of the problem: “Unfortunately, we have now come to a point where it is becoming impossible to operate in an efficient manner”...”“Those who are able must please clear and remove your containers immediately,” he wrote. In response, CMA CGM (major container ship operating company) yesterday slapped a $1,400 per reefer port congestion surcharge on shipments to Manila and Subic Bay ports (Personal note: that’s a very high fee, CMA CGM is not messing around), and urged shippers whose cargo had arrived at Manila to arrange to pick it up “as soon as possible to avoid accumulating demurrage fees”. Rival MSC said it had now reached a point where it was applying a ‘suspension of carriage’ clause and would have to unload reefer containers at other ports – it will advise shippers and their forwarders “where your container(s) may be collected”.

MSC offers storage in terminal yards to help prevent import congestion at ports - In a related article, Loadstar also reports that as consumer demand in Europe and North America drops off a cliff, fears have grown among logistics operators of an impending container congestion crisis at import destinations as shipments arranged before widespread social lockdowns have continued towards their destinations. In response, MSC has introduced a suspension of transit (SOT) programme to help shippers and their freight service providers prevent container exports out of Asia building up at ports, by offering terminal yard storage capacity. The line has secured capacity at some of its terminals at six ports – Bremerhaven in Germany, Busan in South Korea, King Abdullah Port in Saudi Arabia, Lome in Togo, Rodman PSA Panama International in Panama and Tekirdag Asyaport in Turkey. Its customers can store laden containers there until port operations at import terminals are able to resume processing them. NB: Splash247 has the same story (link).

Australian dockers' union in quarantine dispute over Chinese box ship - Loadstar reports that citing coronavirus concerns, dockworkers in Melbourne have refused to unload a containership carrying “critical medical supplies” from China, despite the vessel being cleared for entry by the Australian Border Force. Cosco’s 5,668 teu Xin Da Lian left Shanghai on 17 March and called Kaohsiung, Taiwan on 19 March, before arriving at DP World’s Melbourne terminal yesterday. Under current rules in Australia, this was permitted as the call was after the 14-day quarantine period for ships’ crew leaving mainland China – none of them had left the ship in Taiwan, meaning they qualified for having been “at sea” for 14 days. However, the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) claimed the call was in breach of quarantine and its members refused to unload the vessel “on safety grounds”. DP World said the ship was carrying critical imports, such as medical supplies, and the MUA’s safety concerns were unfounded. “The directions are very clear and we don’t make the rules, these are defined by Australian Border Force,” said Andrew Adam, chief operating officer.

Airlines feel pressure to maintain minimum level of domestic service - Freightwaves has an interesting piece on why airlines still need to fly despite a collapse in demand for passengers. Reasons include moving medical staff and cargo around, maintaining pilots certification to fly (they need to have a minimum amount of hours over a given time) and in the case of the US airlines, part of the $2 trillion bailout included support for them and they need to abide by its stipulations to get the financial aid. There’s more in the article for anyone interested including requirements for air traffic control tower manning but an article in theaircurrent.com is scathing about the need to fly empty airlines in the US to meet the government bailout requirements.

Supply chain news in brief


- Aircargo volumes are continuing to plummet worldwide says the Loadstar. YoY (Year on year, i.e. comparison vs this time last year) volumes are down 48%. Tradelane drops vary; Asia - Europe is least affected, Europe to North America is the worst affected but there are a few outliers; Hong Kong to Europe is above pre-CNY levels (CNY = Chinese New Year).

The UK’s East Midlands Airport (EMA) has revealed that in the week following the UK government’s imposement of social distancing measures (March 16), the number of cargo aircraft movements at EMA increased by 10%. Then, during the two weeks leading to March 29, cargo aircraft movements at EMA increased by an average of 7.4% per day.

AirCargoNews has made its April edition free to read for all. You can read it if interested here.

The government of Dubai has announced a cash injection into Emirates airline to help it survive the grounding period (airlive.net)

Ocean services continuing to deteriorate; Freightwaves says that not only are “blank” (canceled) container-ship sailings surging spiking from 45 to 120 in the past three days — but schedule reliability for non-canceled sailings is poised to deteriorate. According to Sea-Intelligence CEO Alan Murphy, February reliability fell to 65.1%, “the lowest recorded global score since Sea-Intelligence introduced the score in 2011.”

Canada: Auto parts and paint company Uni Select furloughs half of its 6,000 employees - Supply pro reports that auto parts and paint company Uni Select has furloughed half of its 6,000 employees in Canada, the US and the UK. Most of the rest are on reduced operating hours.

How supply chains are adapting - Supply chain movement has an article co authored by Ralf W. Seifert (Professor of Operations Management at IMD) about the impacts of the virus on supply chains, what they’re doing to mitigate the bullwhip disruption and even opportunities that are available for some going forward. If you’re a student or new to supply chain, this will likely be of interest (link).

Good news / Humour section


A Russian Air Force Antonov An-124 carrying medical equipment has landed in New York JFK - Defense one reports that an AN-124 (the largest military plane in the world) has landed at New York JFK. Russian state media said the plane was carrying “60 tons of medical equipment, ventilators, masks & other protection gear.” The shipment to New York — the state with the most coronavirus cases — followed a Monday call between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. “We sincerely thank you for all of the assistance you’re bringing in,” a New York air traffic controller said shortly before the plane, an Antonov An-124 landed. “You’re welcome and thanks,” the pilot responded. Critics of Trump have accused him of walking into a propaganda bonanza.

The SanLucar group and its closest partners are taking action to support European truck drivers in the development of their daily work - Loadstar says that SanLucar and its closest partners (which between them are major producers of fruit and vegetables across four continents) nd have started to distribute an individual parcel of food, drink and fresh fruit, available to these professionals in the loading and unloading platforms that the company has in Spain, Germany and Austria. “At SanLucar, we know that truckers are facing new challenges these days, enduring long queues at border crossings or the absence of open bars and restaurants along the way. And even so, they continue to strive, aware of how crucial the work they do is. They are our anonymous heroes”, explains Stephan Rötzer, founder and owner of the SanLucar group.

Astrophysicist gets magnets stuck up nose while inventing coronavirus device - The Guardian is reporting (Link) that an Australian astrophysicist has been admitted to hospital after getting four magnets stuck up his nose in an attempt to invent a device that stops people touching their faces during the coronavirus outbreak. Dr Daniel Reardon, a research fellow at a Melbourne university, was building a necklace that sounds an alarm on facial contact, when the mishap occurred on Thursday night. The 27 year-old astrophysicist, who studies pulsars and gravitational waves, said he was trying to liven up the boredom of self-isolation with the four powerful neodymium magnets.

Donations


Several asked if they can send me $/£/€ via Patreon (in some cases because I've saved them time or money, others for no reason at all). I don't need the cash (that's lovely though) but food bank charities are getting really hit hard with all this panic buying. Please consider giving whatever you'd have given me to a foodbank charity instead:
UK: https://www.trusselltrust.org/
France: https://www.banquealimentaire.org/
Germany: https://www.tafel.de/
Netherlands: https://www.voedselbankennederland.nl/steun-ons/steun-voedselbank-donatie/
Italy: https://www.bancoalimentare.it/it/node/1
Spain: https://www.fesbal.org/
Australia: https://www.foodbank.org.au/
Canada: https://www.foodbankscanada.ca/
USA: https://www.feedingamerica.org/
Thanks in advance for any donations you give. If there's foodbank charities in your country and it's not listed above, please suggest it and I will include it going forward.

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2020.03.30 20:29 Luzzi15 March Sadness - WORST Philadelphia Union Moments Bracket - Round of 64

You asked for it, now here it is! I give you, the Philadelphia Union worst moments bracket! Apologies for the slight delay in getting this out, finding all these videos was emotionally taxing and couldn't be done all at once. I'll leave the poll open for longer this time to compensate; votes must be in by Thursday at 11am, when I'll post the Round of 32. Enjoy!

FULL BRACKET HERE

A Quick Tour of the Bracket

  • I've themed each quadrant after a horrible time in union history, commemorating things I like thinking about the least.
  • "Worst" is a very subjective term, does it mean most painful? most "that's so Union"? Saddest/funniest? I dunno, so however you interpret this is up to you.
  • I was a bit more lenient on what constituted a moment for this bracket so I could add terrible things like the McInerney goal drought, but I at least kept things confined within 1 season.
  • Videos or articles for every moment can be found below, you're welcome, it was painful.
  • Let me know what you think! I'm sure my seeding isn't perfect, what was the most oveunderrated? Who do you see winning?

Round of 64 Matchups (VOTE HERE)

The 2015 USOC Final PK Bracket

The 2014 USOC Final Bracket

The 2018 USOC Final Bracket

The 'Sebastien Le Toux: New York Red Bull' Bracket

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2020.03.14 20:54 scphoenix13 NBA 2000/2001 season

NBA 2000/2001 season
NBA was cancelled last 12 march, and we don’t know exactly when it could return or it would finish this season. It was disgusting for more of us, but we couldn’t imagine how deep this sadness could penetrate inside us, it was late in the night and I tried to see the boxscore, and I could only see one word “POSTPONED”, and my heart broke in one million pieces, I won’t be able to watch a single game this month, no more night, friends and beers, only silence.
We don’t know how much news, a clip where Hezonja block the game winner of LeBron (wtf) or a discussion for the ROY, COY, MVP and anyone can say the same name we will lose, so my friend Charlie and I decided to win this battle to the fucking COVID-19, we decide to recreate the season NBA 2000/2001 (This year was selected randomly but the luck wish that we could see a tribute to Kobe Bryant too)
Now you are ready to go inside this personal time machine and you are going to live again this incredible year, rewatching old news, old discussion and old feelings.
Thank you for being with us in this travel, we could be in quarantine but basketball will link us.
(the song directly from NBA live 01) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pK76GKkEc9o

Day 1: The Show must go on

Like a song of queen this show must start and for that, we need a little of context. The Los Angeles Lakers entered the 2000/2001 season as the defending NBA champions, an unstoppable Shaquille O'Neal with 38 points per game, 17 rebounds per game and almost 3 blocks per game reach his first ring with the Lakers (First ring in 12 years for the franchise, when Magic Johnson still play with the purple and yellow jersey).
Kobe, Magic and Shaquille in the 2000 championship
The 2000 NBA Draft was held on June 28, 2000 at the Target Center at Minneapolis. A lot of dreams for the franchise and the main characters of the game, the players. In the first pick the New Jersey Nets selects Kenyon Martin, a 22 years-old player, a new opportunity to create a legacy in a franchise which is in the shadow of the big New York Knicks. But a lot of journals agree in one point, this is probably the less potential class draft in the history, there are no remarkable players or players that could fix problem in the teams on the bottom of the table.
On the other hand, we could see the NBA players salaries for the incoming season, where centers govern the actual league:
Player Team Salary
1. Kevin Garnett Minnesota Timberwolves $19,600,000
2. Shaquille O'Neal Los Angeles Lakers $19,285,000
3. Alonzo Mourning Miami Heat $16,879,000
4. Juwan Howard Washington Wizards $16,875,000
5. Hakeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets $16,685,000
6. Karl Malone Utah Jazz $15,750,000
7. Dikembe Mutombo Philadelphia 76ers $14,422,000
8. Patrick Ewing Seattle SuperSonics $14,000,000
9. David Robinson San Antonio Spurs $13,196,000
10. Scottie Pippen Portland Trail Blazers $13,151,000
This summer, we could see plenty of trades and how many players change their jerseys:
  • The Miami Heat traded P.J. Brown, Rodney Buford, Tim James, Jamal Mashburn and Otis Thorpe to the Charlotte Hornets for Ricky Davis, Dale Ellis, Eddie Jones and Anthony Mason.
  • The San Antonio Spurs signed Raja Bell as a free agent.
  • The Utah Jazz signed John Starks as a free agent.
  • The Toronto Raptors traded Tracy McGrady to the Orlando Magic for a 2005 1st round draft pick.
  • The Minnesota Timberwolves signed Chauncey Billups as a free agent.
  • The Toronto Raptors signed Mark Jackson as a free agent.
  • In a 4-team trade, the Boston Celtics traded Dana Barros to the Dallas Mavericks; the Boston Celtics traded Danny Fortson to the Golden State Warriors; the Dallas Mavericks traded Robert Pack, Hot Rod Williams and cash to the Boston Celtics; the Dallas Mavericks traded Bruno Šundov to the Utah Jazz; the Golden State Warriors traded Bill Curley to the Dallas Mavericks; the Golden State Warriors traded Donyell Marshall to the Utah Jazz; the Utah Jazz traded a 2001 1st round draft pick to the Boston Celtics; the Utah Jazz traded Howard Eisley to the Dallas Mavericks; and the Utah Jazz traded Adam Keefe to the Golden State Warriors.
  • The Dallas Mavericks traded Cedric Ceballos, Eric Murdock and John Wallace to the Detroit Pistons for Christian Laettner and Terry Mills.
  • In a 3-team trade, the Cleveland Cavaliers traded Shawn Kemp to the Portland Trail Blazers; the Miami Heat traded Chris Gatling, Clarence Weatherspoon and a 2001 1st round draft pick (Brendan Haywood was later selected) to the Cleveland Cavaliers; the Portland Trail Blazers traded Gary Grant to the Cleveland Cavaliers; and the Portland Trail Blazers traded Brian Grant to the Miami Heat.
  • The Indiana Pacers traded Dale Davis to the Portland Trail Blazers for Joe Kleine and Jermaine O'Neal.
  • The Portland Trail Blazers signed Will Perdue as a free agent.
  • The Indiana Pacers waived Chris Mullin, then he returns to Golden State Warriors.
  • In probably the most important trade, the Los Angeles Lakers traded Travis Knight, Glen Rice and a 2001 1st round draft pick to the New York Knicks; the New York Knicks traded Chris Dudley and a 2001 1st round draft pick to the Phoenix Suns; the New York Knicks traded Patrick Ewing to the Seattle SuperSonics; the Phoenix Suns traded Luc Longley to the New York Knicks; the Seattle SuperSonics traded Emanual Davis, Greg Foster, Horace Grant and Chuck Person to the Los Angeles Lakers; and the Seattle SuperSonics traded Lazaro Borrell, Vernon Maxwell, Vladimir Stepania, a 2001 2nd round draft pick, a 2001 2nd round draft pick ( and a 2002 1st round draft pick to the New York Knicks.
  • The New Jersey Nets signed Stephen Jackson as a free agent.
  • The Minnesota Timberwolves signed LaPhonso Ellis as a free agent.
  • Rik Smits retired from the Indiana Pacers.
Finally this season will be special for some curiosities:
  • We could see a new log in the Orland Magics and Phoenix Suns which try to create a new era in this new millennium.
  • The Grizzlies play their final season in Vancouver, British Columbia before relocating to Memphis, Tennessee for the following season leaving the Toronto Raptors being the only Canadian team left in the NBA.
  • Prior to the season, Miami Heat center Alonzo Mourning announced that he suffered a kidney disorder and could miss the entire season. Mourning could require a kidney transplant.
And today, 31 October 2000 will start a new unforgettable season of the NBA in the Staples Center, where the Los Angeles Lakers receive Portland Trail Blazers, remembering the last Western Conference Finals. Enjoy this game:https://mega.nz/#F!31wD2aRS!y9sTsg-aXaP7Rrf3LdEC-g
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Boxscore: https://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/200010310POR.html

Day 2: Vince Carter vs Ray Allen Special

Today it's eighteen of November, the league is started and it's as wild as ever. Here we can see the standing and how Sixers it's the only unbeatable:
Conference Standings on 11/17
Tonight we will travel to the cold Canada to watch a Bucks (3-5) with a lot of problems which isn't able to be regular and obtain the win, being the second worst defense in the Eastern Conference, against a Toronto Raptors (4-4) with a Vince Carter in his best moment.
Vince Carter and Ray Allen in Sidney with the gold medal in the Olympic Games (2000/10/30 - Manny Millan for Sports Illustrated)
Two friends in the same way in two of the most important teams in the East, both winning gold medal in the Olympic Games 2000 and both being named as All Star last year for the first time in their careers. Here, we will analyze these two young promises, knowing without any doubt they will dominate this early decade:
Player (Season) Games Minutes Played per Game Points per Game Total Rebounds per Game Assists per Game
Ray Allen (1999/2000) 82 37.4 22.1 4.4 3.8
Ray Allen (2000/2001) 8 36.7 21.8 4.9 2.5
Vince Carter (1999/2000) 82 38.1 25.7 5.8 3.9
Vince Carter (2000/2001) 8 40.2 29.5 4.5 3.4
And now let's start this incredible game: https://mega.nz/#F!6lRjWKSD
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Boxscore: https://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/200011180TOR.html

Day 3: A new star has born

Tracy McGrady, the raw potential personified. He is one of the most skillful offense in the league, the type of player that can put up big numbers even when his man is playing outstanding defense, possesses a great first step, a nasty crossover, and tremendous lift on his jump shot.
Tracy McGrady against Charlotte on 8 November
This summer everything has changed for him when he crossed more 2 thousand of kilometers, a homecoming for the Florida native and a chance to escape the long shadow of Toronto teammate (and distant cousin) Vince Carter. Orlando Magic, in theory the perfect fit, without a superstar since the all-too-brief glory days of Shaq and Penny, Orlando was coming off a season in which 31-year-old Darrell Armstrong led the team in scoring. It wasn’t an awful team at all, they were a .500 team the last season, but with T-Mac this intrascendente days are over. His debut with Orlando jersey could not be better, 32 points, 12 rebounds and the win, this 21-years-old is demonstrated who isn’t just a good prospect, he is a reality in this league.
Conference Standings on 11/23
T-Mac has burst into the action with 22.5 points per game in 11 games but Magic haven’t discovered the way to win (4-8). So, tonight they have an incredible opportunity to knock on the door of the playoff with a winning in the Fleet Center in Massachusetts, again a poor Boston Celtics (5-6) with only two visible generators (Antoine Walker, 24-years-old and Paul Pierce, 23-years-old) and a Rick Pitino knocked for 2 consecutive years without playoff and his continuity in suspense.
Here this incredible battle for the regularity: https://mega.nz/#F!2gQTDIgY
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Boxscore: https://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/200011240BOS.html

Day 4: Ode to update

“Old is always better” a mantra you have listened to in everywhere by everyone, but what does it means? Humans are in continuos evolution, new jobs, new friends, new partners but we are looking exactly the opposite, the so called “comfort zone”, a limit where we don’t have fears, worries or anxiety, only a feeling of peace. So it’s simple, if you are on your comfort zone, why should you change to the unknown? The answer is complex, but you need to update you every time because the other road is into the mediocrity.
Patrick Ewing arrived in New York City in 1985, a controversial first pick who changed the dynamics of an entire franchise. But in these fifteen years they haven’t win a title, a decadent historic. On the other hand, they have a great opportunity now to raise the Big Apple into the Olympus where they should never go out. The reality is that the project is over and they have to reset, they have to run away from the comfort zone instead of falling in the same old shadows of comfort.
Pat Ewing after a game in the Madison Square Garden
“The king is dead, long live the king!” Ewing has gone this summer, no regret, the old doesn’t have to be better, and the Knicks has the weapons to bomb this league, they only have to believe in their potential as the paradigm of city. They have to believe in this roster and step by step recover their glory.
Conference Standings on 12/03
In the Madison Square Garden, Knicks (11-7) will look for another win to find his own road into the glory, although the Los Angeles Clippers (5-13) need desperately a win. Here the full game: (https://mega.nz/#F!PlwhyCQY)
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Boxscore: https://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/200012040NYK.html

Day 5: Sideshow Bryant

Sideshow - a minor attraction at a larger event such as a circus, fair, music festival or similar. Since I was a kid I always observe Sideshow Bob with a special curiosity. Why is he always trying to kill Bart or clown Krusty? Now, I understand this feeling, undervalued, you try to do your best every night, but the show never will be yours, you are only a good potential in the shadows of a bigger main character.
Kobe Bryant in his apartment in 1997
Bryant is one of the most skillful player in this league, has everything to be the main dish, every spotlight following him across the stage, but there are not enough light in Hollywood, Los Angeles to illuminate Bryant’s ego. Like in a drama serie every night it appears the greatest, the unstoppable Shaquille O’Neal, snatching his shots, snatching his possession, snatching his light. But we are not talking just about a small sheep which will accept this role, Bryant has one of the most competitive minds, and since he arrived in Los Angeles with only 18-years-old, he knew his real position is with all NBA behind him, and Kobe, or the Lakers' leader in points, matured a lot since this not too far away day.
Player (This season) Games Minutes per game Points per game Rebounds per game Assists per game
Kobe Bryant 25 40.6 28.8 5.2 4.8
Shaquille O'Neal 23 39.9 25.5 13.2 4.0
Every effort has his recognition, and now Kobe is knocking on leading actor’s dressing room: “This is not yours anymore”.
Conference Standings on 12/16
In Air Canada Centre, Toronto we will see two contenders Los Angeles Lakers (16-9) vs Toronto Raptors (12-11). Which will fight more for the win? Here the match:(https://mega.nz/#F!HkpUCSTL)
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Boxscore: (https://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/200012170TOR.html)

Day 6: Goodbye Little Moses

Born on 21st January 1963, in Lagos, Nigeria, Hakeem, formerly Akeem Olajuwon was a Professional NBA player for Houston Rockets. He is well known as one of the best centers to play in NBA so far. He has been the undisputed leader for Houston Rockets. He’s the first African in led one team to the title, Houston Rockets (first for franchise), He was considered a physical marvel starting in his days at the University of Houston, his aesthetic and productive play — highlighted by his Houston Rockets’ back-to-back NBA titles — earned him a place among the game’s best.
Olajuwon vs O'Neal in 1995 NBA Finals
But everything has an irremediable ending, and Olajuwon is at the end of his career. His footwork isn’t dominating the league anymore, he is slow and only the leader in the locker room, with Steve Francis (23 years old) like the promising point guard that could guide this team in this decade.
Conference Standings 20/12
We only could celebrate this successful career with an important game against the Los Angeles Lakers (18-9) at Houston Rockets (13-11): (https://mega.nz/#F!3hwiUYxB)
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Boxscore: https://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/200012210HOU.html

Day 7: Skinny G

Drafted No. 5 overall by the T-Wolves in 1995 out of Farragut Career Academy in Chicago, Illi., KG went on to become one of the game’s most accomplished big men. One could see 200 lbs and 7 feets and think immediately is a skinny player and should not jump directly from high school, but we are not talking about a coward. He is an agile and extremely aggressive 7-footer with excellent athleticism Incredibly fluid and coordinated for a player his size, able to run the floor and play like a guard at times, but still defend and rebound like a 7-footer.
Skinny G, 23-years-old, 3 times in all star game, All-NBA and All-Defensive (1st) last year, we are talking about the future of the NBA, and a reality now. So what could stop this highest-IQ player? His team, Minnesota Timberwolves, one of the worst franchise in all NBA.
1996, Marbury and Garnett playing pool
March 11, 1999, the beginning of the ending. Minnesota Timberwolves decide to trade Garnett’s friend, Stephon Marbury (21-years-old) for one pick draft and Terrell Brandon, one good player but not Marbury. We are talking about two player in the early twenty, friends, could dominate the decade 2000’s, but the worst franchise is planning totally different for Minneapolis city.
Conference Standings 12/25
Now we can see two teams in similar conditions, Toronto Raptors (14-13) vs Minnesota Timberwolves (15-13). Garnett vs Carter in Minnesota. (https://mega.nz/#F!DkgRUbwD)
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Boxscore: (https://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/200012260MIN.html)

Day 8: Miller for the three-pointer

One of the most underrated player, only 5 All Star, only 3 All-NBA, and Miller is 35 years old, time is counting against him and the Indiana Pacers. It seems like they achieved their peak last year with NBA Finals and they won’t be able again to catch this exploit.
Reggie Miller shouting a three-pointer after a match.
One generational player, I should talk about the greatest in one section, the line of three point. Since he caught be a starter, he has a 0.405 on 3-Point Field Goal Percentage in 5 attempts per game, nobody achieves these numbers. And I want to remember one special night for Miller when in a game 5 in 1994 against the Knicks he showed his best performance to the world. Game 5 confirmed Miller's status as the league's premier practitioner of the ancient art of jump shooting. Except for the free throws and one 15-foot field goal, none of Miller's shots came from closer to the basket than 19 feet. He made jumpers from both sides of the court, off the dribble and from behind screens, in heavy congestion and far from the madding crowd. One of his three-pointers was a what-the-hell heave from about 27 feet, but it was still a classic Miller jumper, arms extended above the head, elbow on the shooting arm (the right) slightly askew, eyes following the ball. (For the record, he did miss two of the 10 field goals he attempted in the period)
Conference Standings 01/04
Two teams in totally different points. On one hand, Sacramento Kings (21-8), a fresh leader in the west playing their best in a long time and for sure a contender in this decade. On the other hand, Indiana Pacers (14-19) , a decadent last-year-finalist of the NBA showing a poor level and for sure they should call to the update. Here this game: (https://mega.nz/#F!Kxo0Xa6D)
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Boxscore: (https://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/200101050SAC.html)

Day 9: All Star Special

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Each decade has provided fans with numerous memorable and entertaining All-Star moments celebrated over the weekend that unofficially kicks off a season’s final push toward the postseason. Now we are in the capital of USA to watch some skillful players:
3-Points Contest. The main outstanding tasks for many players. One difficult shot maybe we don't understand a lot yet, but some players were so skillful, like we talked yesterday, Reggie Miller, 3-times-winners: Larry Bird, Craig Hodges or the last 2 times winners Jeff Hornacek.
Reggie Miller in 1990's 3-Point Contest
Here we can see the players were selected for this magic moment:
Steve Nash Dallas Mavericks
Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks
Ray Allen Milwaukee Bucks
Allan Houston New York Knicks
Pat Garrity Orlando Magic
Peja Stojakovic Sacramento Kings
Rashard Lewis Seattle Supersonics
Byron Russell Utah Jazz
Dunk Contest. Last year we could see Vince Carter dominate this contest as the greatest in all time. It's more than a simple contest, it's the moment all kids stare the television and watch a moment will stay in their retina.
Vince Carter winner 2000 dunk contest.
Here the players selected:
Baron Davis Charlotte Hornets
DeShawn Stevenson Utah Jazz
Desmond Mason Seattle Supersonics
Corey Maggette Los Angeles Clippers
Stromile Swift Vancouver Grizzlies
Jonathan Bender Indiana Pacers
Which players will make us forget the incredible Carter's dunks or the foolproof Hornacek? Here the answer to this question: (https://mega.nz/#F!P9REkQhA)
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Day 10: All Star Special 2

All Star Game have changed a lot in time, so we will talk about some remarkable moments:
The first All-Star Game in 1951. History was made in March 1951 when the NBA held its first All-Star Game, at the Boston Garden. As Richard Goldstein of The New York Times wrote in 2000, college basketball was left reeling from a point-shaving scandal in the early 1950s, so then-NBA publicity director Haskell Cohen suggested the league create an All-Star Game similar to the Major League Baseball exhibition as a way to attract interest for the Association’s stars. Over 10,000 people journeyed to the Garden to watch the East defeat the West, 111-94. Boston’s Ed Macauley was named MVP of that contest.
Red Auerbach’s ejections. Nobody has to wonder if Hall of Fame coach Red Auerbach cared about winning NBA All-Star Games. Following his retirement as coach of the Boston Celtics, Auerbach made history as the only coach ever ejected from an All-Star contest for arguing with officials in 1967.
Magic Johnson comes back in 1992. Between November 1991 and Feb. 9, 1992, Magic Johnson twice stunned the world. That fall the five-time NBA champion announced he was HIV-positive, and, as a result, was retiring from the Association. Fans nevertheless voted Magic into that season’s All-Star Game , the last of his career, and he returned for the contest played in Orlando. Johnson stole the show, as he tallied 25 points and nine assists, both game highs. A buzzer-beating three-pointer he drained with under 15 seconds remaining brought the crowd to its feet and cemented his legacy as the game’s MVP.
The west roster is formed by:
Jason Kidd Phoenix Suns
Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers
Chris Webber Sacramento Kings
Tim Duncan San Antonio Spurs
Shaquille O'Neal Los Angeles Lakers
Michael Finley Dallas Mavericks
Gary Payton Seattle Supersonics
Kevin Garnett Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl Malone Utah Jazz
Antonio McDyess Denver Nuggets
Rasheed Wallace Portland Trail Blazers
David Robinson San Antonio Spurs
Vlade Divac Sacramento Kings

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The east roster is formed by:
Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers
Tracy McGrady Orlando Magic
Vince Carter Toronto Raptors
Grant Hill Orlando Magic
Alonzo Morning Miami Heats
Ray Allen Milwaukee Bucks
Allan Houston New York Knicks
Stephon Marbury New Jersey Nets
Jerry Stackhouse Detroit Pistons
Anthony Mason Miami Heats
Glenn Robinson Milwaukee Bucks
Latrell Spewell New York Knicks
Antonio Davis Toronto Raptors
Dikembe Mutombo Atlanta Hawks
Theo Ratliff Philadelphia 76ers

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Here the full game: (https://mega.nz/#F!K5BgkACT)
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Boxscore:(https://www.basketball-reference.com/allstaNBA_2001.html)
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