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    Can this NBA season be saved?

    You may be thinking of Big Hero 60
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    NBA Expansion

    The last two times (1995 and 2004) teams could protect up to 8 players under contract or who were RFAs.
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    The Last Dance....Also, Who's The Greatest?

    I've been saying this since I started following Zion. If he takes care of his body and acquires new skills that don't depend on athleticism sky's the limit. Otherwise he'll be headed for a rerun of Blake's career.
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    The Last Dance....Also, Who's The Greatest?

    Anyone that doesn't put Kareem in Tier 1 or 2 is an idiot or thinks basketball started in the 90s.
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    Would you rather?

    Would you rather watch at least two playoff games against the LA Brons in the Forum or have a 0.5% chance of getting the #1 pick?
  6. The sad thing is that "anything but Thabeet" would have been a better scenario.
  7. That's a big what if. A #2 pick salary means he could have been able to pay his buyout right away, and he would have started doing NBA weight and shooting training two years earlier, instead of languishing in FC Barcelona. Plus it's very hard to tell what he would have reached if he hadn't torn his knee in his rookie season.
  8. I'm surprised there's people still repeating that Rubio said he wouldn't play in a small market (as clearly proven by his refusing to play for Minny, Utah and Phoenix), which was a clear example of a mistranslation. I actually had someone tell me that a US based journalist misquoting another US based journalist mistranslating an interview was more credible than myself pointing at the actual interview in my native language. As for Thabeet
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    What to do with SloMo?

    Dillon cannot be traded until January 15.
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    Just to put some things into perspective: - Deaths in Madrid in the second half of March 2020 were six times the deaths in the same period in 2019. Taking into account that total vehicular deaths in all of Spain (46M people, 7M in Madrid) went down to 14 in March 2020. Yes, not 14 per million people. Fourteen total. And by the end of April it's expected that more people will have died in two months than in all of 2019. - People who die of COVID 19 don't die in minutes like people who have a heart attack or a stroke, nor can they say goodbye and set their stuff in order like people who die of cancer (the three main natural causes of death in the developed world). They die drowning in their own blood for days or weeks without contact with their families and loved ones. If you think that's the same I don't know what to tell you. When an old person or a terminal patient gets shot or dies in a fire we don't say "eh, no worries, was about to die anyway".
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    This is a key thing. There is a chance that antibodies from the blood of people who have already acquired immunity can be used to treat sick people. If so this would be a major breakthrough. It's not the solution because there's just not enough blood to go around and mass producing antibodies may not be possible or may take a long time, but it could help enormously to lower death rates if they can be used to help patients fight the virus while they build their own immunity. Another possible silver lining is that there's more and more evidence that most of the cases are asymptomatic, and there's quite a lot of people in the most affected areas that have been infected and recovered with minor or no symptoms at all. The UK has produced some models that estimate that for instance up to 15% of the Spanish population has been already infected. If true (I think it's a bit optimistic) it would go a long way toward acquiring herd immunity.
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    Basically the government is floating ideas as proposed by different experts. They're not completely fleshed out and may not be applied if new information or better proposals arrive. The way I understood it is they will start relaxing the rules by age groups, e.g. people 18-45 years old first (the group with the least serious cases / deaths), then 45-65, and then older people. People with certain conditions (e.g. cancer, diabetes...) or retired people may have to wait longer regardless of age. The logic would be that the least at risk sections of the population would go out when the number of estimated active cases is low enough that new infections can be managed without major outbreaks. Herd immunity would start to build up allowing more at risk groups to go out safely (relatively speaking) later on. At the same time it would restart the economy which is also an important goal. Right now older people are allowed to go out for groceries and medicine (no haircuts though) like everyone else but discouraged to do so if at all possible. Many towns have established systems for getting groceries and stuff delivered so they don't need to go out. Also the very oldest people tend to live with their families or in nursing homes so they are covered. The expectation is that with greater availability of masks and quick tests the rules will be relaxed more and more. Regarding the US and Canada, it's hard to say. The rule of thumb looking at the most affected countries so far is the sooner you act the easier it is to manage the outbreak with light restrictions. E.g. Sweden issued recommendations to stay at home when they had only a dozen casualties and they seem to be ok, while Italy only imposed severe restrictions after several hundreds were dead and it's taken them more than two months to get out of the woods. I think Canada is in a good position also because of the lower population density. The US... I don't know. The problem is the lack of coordination between states which means some states will be ramping up in infections while others go down, increasing the risk of flare ups in places supposed to be under control and making the whole process to take much longer. I'm particularly worried about Florida with their very lax approach and relatively old population. Unless the assisted living facilities there have already taken measures on their own I'm afraid things are about to get bad down there. And going back to the NBA, unless they go for a single site option, as long as there are a couple of states in the middle of an outbreak it's not realistic to expect the season to be resumed. Who knows, California seems to be getting in better shape that the rest of the country. Maybe they could host the rest of the season there.
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    Things are definitely getting better. Our government is already discussing how the movement restrictions are going to be lifted gradually. Workers in non essential jobs who cannot work from home will be allowed to go back to work after the 12th. Everyone else still will have to stay at home at least until the 26th (the emergency powers that allow the current restrictions must be renewed by parliament every two weeks) and after that there are several proposals: - People who have already had the disease will be allowed to move more or less freely (this will depend on the ability to carry out mass tests) - Younger people will be allowed to move about sooner while older people will have to remain isolated. - Travel between regions may still be restricted in order to prevent new breakouts in areas that have had less exposure. - Medicalized hotels will be provided for people who test positive and want to isolate themselves from their families. This is because lots of people live in apartments and can't properly quarantine themselves. - Face masks will be mandatory in public areas. That's assuming there is enough supply, but Spain has a big textile industry and many factories have already been diverted to pump out masks like crazy. Amazon delivery times for them are now in days, instead of months. - Large congregations and mass events (including sports events) will probably not be allowed for quite a long time. So sports competitions might resume but without people in the stands. If the trend continues it would mean the worst of the restrictions would have lasted a month and a half, which is frankly less than I expected. I honestly don't know if any of this will translate to the US.
  14. Dichosos los ojos, hace tanto que no veía actividad por aquí que ya entro casi siempre directamente al foro de al lado. Sospecho que no se va a poder reanudar la competición, aunque que se hayan aplazado los JJ.OO. lo facilita algo más. Pero teniendo en cuenta que un cuarto de los contratos de la NBA expiran el 30 de junio veo complicada cualquier solución que vaya más allá de esa fecha. Y la verdad es que yo estoy disfrutando un montón con este equipo. Ja Morant es una puñetera máquina y en cuanto le salga pelo en la cara y coja algo de cuerpo todavía más. JJJ y Brandon Clarke tienen también un futuro más que prometedor. Y Dillon Brooks es un poco desesperante a veces, pero todo equipo necesita a alguien con más huevos que neuronas que de vez en cuando se eche el equipo encima. A poco que la FO gestione bien la pasta y le salga bien algún trade/fichaje/draft podemos estar dando guerra de verdad en los playoffs en un par de años. Este año me parece que los LA Lebrons nos iban a pasar por encima...
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    What are you watching in place of sports?

    This headline is a bit sensational for what this actually means. The data being shared is essentially anonymized statistics that can be used to monitor mass movements of people and produce maps like these: Hint: The New York Times is not the government and already had that information because they paid for it (through a DI company who bought the raw data from Google).