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Phil gets us started talking about the Seattle Supersonics, the playoffs, coaching changes, who is the greatest NBA player of all time and more

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This was another fantastic week of NBA basketball. There’s nothing better than playoff basketball and we’re going to talk about it.

But first things first. Seattle is going to get another team. That’s a fact. The thing is we don’t know when or even how. We just know we are getting a team.

I’m under the belief the best and fastest way for the Sonics to return would be getting an expansion team. At least that’s what I believe will happen.

I know we can’t just draft anyone but I don’t care; this is my post and I get to set the rules.

If you could draft any NBA player you want to build your brand new franchise around, who would you choose and why would you choose them?

Please use the comments section and let’s let the NBA and everyone else know how fired up we are to get the Sonics back!!!

David Fizdale to the Knicks

After the mess he made of things in Memphis I was surprised Fizdale received another opportunity so quickly. But it is the Knicks after all so anything and everything is possible. I should know; I’ve been a Knicks fan going on 49 years. Seen my share of dumb stuff. Like this article from the Ringer. Fizdale might have been responsible developing Chris Bosh but just because Fizdale gave Gasol the green light to shoot triples doesn’t mean he developed him. Marc Gasol was shooting triples in Europe long before Fizdale ever came to Memphis. To suggest otherwise is asinine. Porzingis already shoots triples. Like five or sometimes more per game. He also made nearly 40 percent of them before injury stopped his 2017 season short. Knicks owner James Dolan’s has turned a historic franchise into a dumpster fire and this hiring is just pouring gasoline on it.

Igor Kokoskov to the Suns

I’m not even going to pretend to know who Igor Kokoskov is nor will I pretend to know what the Phoenix Suns are doing. What I do know is Kokoskov is from Serbia, has been an assistant coach in the NBA for a very long time and is currently an assistant with the Utah Jazz. Kokoskov was also coach of the Slovenian National team in 2017. I also know Kokoskov becomes the first born and raised outside of America Head Coach in NBA history. And that’s all I have on this hiring but you can see the reaction as well as learn what they know about Kokoskov from our friends over at Bright Side of the Moon.

Luka Doncic says no to Pre-Draft Workouts

Depending on who you ask, Luka Doncic is a top three pick. If you ask me he should be the number one pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Doncic has decided to honor his obligations with his pro team Real Madrid and won’t be scheduling any Pre-Draft Workouts. Their season won’t end until the end of May. I don’t understand why some people on social media are angry about this; the Dude is a professional basketball player in one of if not the top professional basketball leagues in Europe. Scouts and teams don’t need to see what he can do; they can watch him twice per week competing against other professional basketball players from the comfort of their office. Me thinks there might be something else behind the outrage and I will leave that up for you to decide.

Dick Vitale Chimes in on the Greatest of All Time Debate

Dick Vitale is one of my favorite people ever. Way back when I was in middle school I had the chance to interview him during his first year as Head Coach of the Detroit Pistons. He was so gracious and kind to a very nervous little kid and I never forgot this. Vitale chimed in on Twitter regarding the Greatest of all Time Debate.

So, what do you guys think? Is it LeBron James, Michael Jordan or someone else?

Poll

Who is the Greatest NBA Player of All Time?

This poll is closed

  • 56%
    Michael Jordan
    (211 votes)
  • 28%
    LeBron James
    (108 votes)
  • 1%
    Kobe Bryant
    (5 votes)
  • 8%
    Kareem Abdul Jabbar
    (33 votes)
  • 5%
    Other (comments section please?)
    (19 votes)
376 votes total Vote Now

Warriors take a 2-1 Lead over the Pelicans

I had hoped this would be a close series and thankfully the Pelicans showed up in Game Three of their best of seven series with the Warriors. No disrespect to anyone but Anthony Davis is the best player on the floor. Loving playoff Rajon Rondo and Ian Clark has given the Pels some quality minutes. Still unsure if it was the Warriors who were awful or if the Pelicans are better than advertised. Either way there will be a Game Four on Sunday. There has been some physical play between Rondo and Draymond Green so keep your eye on that odd combination. If the Pels find a way to win Game Four this series could get mighty interesting.

Houston Takes a 2-1 Lead over Utah

Are we still Jazz fans? I am and I still like their chances despite dropping Game Three at home. Game Three was a Rockets blowout with James Harden demonstrating why he should be the League MVP. The Rockets have turned their defense up a notch with a 99.6 defensive efficiency rating. Houston is also averaging just 10.7 turnovers this series. Utah has committed 17 turnovers per game in this series. That’s three more than their season average. Jazz point guard Ricky Rubio has missed the entire series but might play Game Four. That should take some of the pressure off of Donovan Mitchell who has been good at times and not so good at times this series. Should be an interesting Game Four on Sunday.

Cleveland is Rolling the Raptors

I should say LeBron James has been rolling. Toronto has no answer for him and he has killed them this series. He’s averaging nearly a triple double this series. Kevin Love is averaging a double double and looks to be coming out of his playoff slump. Toronto hasn’t shown up and have twice as many turnovers per game as the Cavaliers. Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan has been awful this series and was benched during their Game Three loss. Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas have been the only consistent Raptors and if they are the only ones doing damage the Raptors are toast.

The Boston Celtics are for Real

The Celtics are surprisingly up three games to none in their best of seven series with the 76ers. I can only imagine how good this Celtics team would be if Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward were able to suit up. Philadelphia looks outmatched in this series essentially playing against the Celtics “B” team. Al Horford may not be setting the world on fire but he showed up when they needed him to in the fourth quarter on Game Three. Rookie Jayson Tatum has been fantastic and Terry Rozier has been extremely good for the Celtics. The 76ers defense has all but disappeared and while they have committed less turnovers than their season average the 2.3 fourth quarter turnovers have been their undoing. The Celtics defense has made Ben Simmons look like he never stepped on a NBA court before this series instead of the overwhelming favorite for NBA Rookie of the Year.

Enjoy the NBA this week Sonics Fans!!