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  1. Jack Parkman

    2020 MLB Draft Thread

    I'm still on the Crochet train. If he hits, it's Chris Sale part deux. A plus slider and Changeup with a 100 mph fastball from a 6-6 low 3/4 delivery from the left side. This is one of those calculated risks you take in the spot where the Sox are picking. Could lightning strike twice?
  2. Jack Parkman

    FS: Draft Profile-Garrett Crochet LHP Tennessee

    This is my guy. Boom or bust, but if he hits you have Chris Sale part deux.
  3. Jack Parkman

    2019-2020 Official NBA Thread

    Right.
  4. Jack Parkman

    2019-2020 Official NBA Thread

    No, he'd still be one of the best, if not the best player but he wouldn't be putting up 80+ goals and 120+ assists, just like Chamberlain wouldn't average 40-50 points in a season like he did early in his career. Chamberlain's first 6 seasons are an outlier compared to the rest of his career, where things come back to a more normal level. https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/c/chambwi01.html
  5. Jack Parkman

    2019-2020 Official NBA Thread

    No argument there, but it's hard to place the numbers in proper context.
  6. Jack Parkman

    2019-2020 Official NBA Thread

    Wilt is kinda like Wayne Gretzky in that his stats are outrageous because of the era he played in. It really can't be compared to anything afterward.
  7. Jack Parkman

    2019-2020 Official NBA Thread

    This was my initial post. I said "questionable" and never definitely not. I was relying on those with more knowledge than myself over the last half decade or so. I don't know how 340 lb Shaq and Ewing would fit in today's league, and that was the question. It was never about that they couldn't hang, it was always about how they'd fit. If Shaq never bulked up or did targeted strength training and remained around 315-320 and it was all muscle, he'd still be the freak he was in Orlando and an absolute beast in the modern NBA. The question was more about how the league has gone toward speed and jump shooting.
  8. Jack Parkman

    2019-2020 Official NBA Thread

    I agree that he would have had to stay at the weight/mobility that he was in Orlando to stick, and that he couldn't let himself get fat. That's always been my point. 310 lb Shaq=beast in the modern NBA 340 lb Shaq=wouldn't happen. By 2001 even though he was still dominant, Shaq was already pushing 340. I've never said that Shaq wouldn't have a place in today's NBA...my argument is and always has been that he couldn't let himself get fat and still be great like he did.
  9. Jack Parkman

    2019-2020 Official NBA Thread

    Of course he was always a bully. But that Orlando dude was a cyborg. It was like you built the perfect NBA center in a lab. Orlando Shaq could move, and that's the huge difference. I was an NBA junkie as a kid, When Shaq was in his prime I was in High School, and he had always been my favorite player(That's not to say I didn't like Jordan too....I just wanted to be different) If we're being honest, the Miami/LeBron thing got me to back off a bit and the Durant thing took me from hardcore to casual. My memory isn't foggy about it. If you want to challenge my memory of Orlando Shaq, that's valid because I was pretty young there but I remember Laker Shaq damn well, and I used to watch every nationally televised Laker game back then. Sometimes facts are facts....and I tend to be more on the side of bmags here. There's no doubting the game has changed in the last decade.
  10. Jack Parkman

    2019-2020 Official NBA Thread

    Defensively, Orlando Shaq was better. https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/o/onealsh01.html Better rebounder and more blocks as a member of the Magic than as a Laker. During his early Laker years, maybe...But then he got fat and couldn't move as well. So he became a physical bully. Olajuwon was 250 lbs, Mutumbo was 245 and Shaq was pushing 340. No contest.
  11. Jack Parkman

    2019-2020 Official NBA Thread

    He's gonna argue Draymond Green.
  12. Jack Parkman

    2019-2020 Official NBA Thread

    Because Orlando Shaq>>>>> he got fat in LA. He wasn't the same guy defensively. The NBA is different now and he was pushing 350 even by the time they started winning championships. Orlando Shaq was an athletic freak. LA Shaq was just bigger than everyone else so he was kind of a physical bully.
  13. Jack Parkman

    2019-2020 Official NBA Thread

    This goes again toward my line of thinking. So it's more about being a defensive liability vs an offensive one. Those who watch the NBA regularly, would Lakers Shaq be in trouble here?
  14. Jack Parkman

    Which Team Was Better? 94 or 05 White Sox?

    Buehrle had his 2nd worst year with the Sox, and the 4th and 5th starters were a black hole. Garland was awful that year and whenever the 5th spot came up and they didn't score 8 runs it was an automatic loss. Colon and Loaiza's excellence shouldn't overshadow Garland and the 5th spot's awfulness.
  15. Jack Parkman

    2019-2020 Official NBA Thread

    I still want to know...where did all of the elite centers go?
  16. Jack Parkman

    Will There Be a 2020 Season?

    D'oh! Didn't mean to be captain obvious
  17. Jack Parkman

    Will There Be a 2020 Season?

    It's hard to see the player's union and the owners coming to any sort of agreement in any league until the scientists say it's safe to do so.
  18. Jack Parkman

    NFL Thread 2019-2020

    I was listening to Rosenbloom today and JJ Stankevitz was on saying that Pace is going to get another QB........I don't like that. The team is cap fucked anyway in the next couple years and they're going to lose a lot of guys soon. Pace bet everything on Mitch...and lost. Time to go. Then again, I'm the VP of the Fire Pace club.....so.......maybe I'm biased.
  19. Jack Parkman

    NFL Thread 2019-2020

    The national perspective is that the Bears are awful. Power rankings range from 23rd to 29th at worst, with the average being 25th. It's always interesting to get a national perspective on the teams I like.
  20. Jack Parkman

    2019-2020 Official NBA Thread

    That was my understanding on how the game has changed, The classic 7 ft center has all but disappeared from the NBA. (I know this much) I'm wondering if they're just not wanted or if there's just no talent there. I should have phrased it as a question rather than a statement. My understanding of it was that NBA teams don't want one dimensional slow inside scorers anymore, but it could be a talent issue as well. I don't know which is the truth...But if it's a talent issue, then where did all of the big men go? There were a lot of greats coming into the NBA from Jabbar in the late 60s through Duncan in 97. Then, somehow after Shaq and Duncan retired they're gone. My question is....why? In the 80s and 90s you had guys like: Jabbar in his prime, and guys like: Sampson Olajuwon Ewing David Robinson Shaq Duncan coming into the league, and I'm sure I'm forgetting a few more.
  21. Jack Parkman

    2019-2020 Official NBA Thread

    Ok, this makes more sense. It seems like teams are asking if someone can play rather than how tall they are now. Talent dropoff makes sense....which begs the question....Where did all of the pure centers from Jabbar to Duncan come from, and why don't they exist anymore? Next question: Is Tim Duncan the last great big man? How long before we get another transcendent center?
  22. Jack Parkman

    2019-2020 Official NBA Thread

    Is there anyone even on the level of Ewing? I guess I'm just that out of touch. Most of my info comes from listening to the radio rather than watching games. I watch maybe 10 Bulls games per year and the conference and NBA finals and that's it these days. Haven't been a hardcore NBA fan in about 7-8 years. \ If I'm being honest with you guys, I don't even know who the stars in the NBA are outside of LeBron, Giannis, Durant, Curry, Leonard and Anthony Davis. I know a few guys on good teams like Draymond Green and other old vets that were holdovers from the days where I was a hardcore NBA guy.
  23. Jack Parkman

    2019-2020 Official NBA Thread

    Maybe I gave him too much credit. If he's not as good of a shooter as I thought he was, then maybe it's just that there aren't that many gifted big men anymore. I was under the impression that outside shooting is a requirement to stick nowadays, with all of the talk of analytics and 3>2 etc.
  24. Jack Parkman

    2019-2020 Official NBA Thread

    I agree if you're talking Orlando Shaq... sure. Like I said, Shaq couldn't let himself get fat like he did in today's NBA. LA Shaq where he was 350+ and couldn't move as well has no place in today's NBA. LA Shaq overpowered people with strength. Orlando Shaq was a freak that could hang with today's players. Counter argument- Shaq couldn't stop Giannis from taking jump shots.....and making them. If Shaq(the LA version) played now he'd be in foul trouble constantly. I don't know if there's a place for a 7 ft guy that's great from 15 feet in anymore. I'd love to drop 30 year old Shaq from 2000 in this NBA and see if he could hang. It would be fascinating. I never said he could or couldn't....I just said I didn't know. I agree that there aren't many players that could guard Shaq in the NBA now. It's just a completely different game. There are probably guys who were busts in the late 90s and early 00s that would be able to stick now as well. Absolutely Shaq would eat Draymond Green alive. Is the difference that there are no great centers anymore, and the league has adjusted to that fact....or is it that raw athleticism and jump shooting has taken over?
  25. Jack Parkman

    2019-2020 Official NBA Thread

    I don't think you can play in the NBA if you can't shoot from 18-25 feet anymore. Being able to make 3 pointers is a requirement now. That's why I question whether or not LA Shaq or Ewing could stick in today's NBA. There's a premium on contested jump shot making rather than inside scoring now. Shaq and Ewing were great from 15 ft in. The great players in the NBA now have to both be athletic freaks inside AND be able to pull up from 3 and nail a shot. The thing that separates players now is how good you are from 18 feet out. LeBron, Durant, Giannis....All are great jump shooters as well as post players. If your game is entirely low post, you're obsolete. The game is completely different now than it was even 10 years ago. Jump shooting is the name of the game. Players would get benched 15 years ago for taking shots that the greats make with regularity now.
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