The NBA Thread

eradicator

Crow
Agnostic
Gold Member
I haven’t watched an nba game in years but did have a laugh at Ja Morant in the news for flashing a gun on a live Instagram post.

Basically looking at another suspension for violating his contract terms(he flashed a gun in a bar altercation a few months ago and got a suspension )


All he had to do was play hoops and cash his checks and collect endorsement money and he’d be living the good life forever . But he basically wanted a few hundred Instagram views and wanted to look like a thug on Instagram
 

Thomas More

Crow
Protestant
I rarely watch basketball, but last night the Nuggets vs Lakers playoff game was on at the bar. Nikola Jokic is the Nuggets' star player, and he was just killing it, racking up a triple double and all kinds of impressive feats. He was up against Lebron James in the Lakers, who is usually considered a very good player, but James was outclassed last night.

Many are saying that Jokic is the GOAT, or at least well on his way to GOAT status. Jokic is Serbian, and I've read that he is active in attending the local Serbian Orthodox church in Denver. It's nice to see one of the good guys achieving maximum success.
 

Bizet

Woodpecker
Other Christian
I rarely watch basketball, but last night the Nuggets vs Lakers playoff game was on at the bar. Nikola Jokic is the Nuggets' star player, and he was just killing it, racking up a triple double and all kinds of impressive feats. He was up against Lebron James in the Lakers, who is usually considered a very good player, but James was outclassed last night.

Many are saying that Jokic is the GOAT, or at least well on his way to GOAT status. Jokic is Serbian, and I've read that he is active in attending the local Serbian Orthodox church in Denver. It's nice to see one of the good guys achieving maximum success.

I'm a Nuggets fan, so I'm a bit bias - but I think If Jokic retired today, he'd already be the best NBA player to never win a ring (he's already better than Iverson or Charles Barkley).

He's a classy guy too: he goes to Church, doesn't use social media, doesn't go out clubbing, spends his off-season on his farm with his family and his horses.

I also find it very motivational that the most dominant athlete on the planet used to look like this as a teenager...

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prisonplanet

Woodpecker
Other Christian
I'm a Nuggets fan, so I'm a bit bias - but I think If Jokic retired today, he'd already be the best NBA player to never win a ring (he's already better than Iverson or Charles Barkley).

He's a classy guy too: he goes to Church, doesn't use social media, doesn't go out clubbing, spends his off-season on his farm with his family and his horses.

I also find it very motivational that the most dominant athlete on the planet used to look like this as a teenager...

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That's wild. I sometimes wonder how much better certain athletes would be if they got in better shape - I'm thinking Jokic and Luka Doncic. Neither is in great shape but are stellar players. It's easy to say that of course they'd be much better if they were in elite shape but I think it depends on how their time is spent. If, say, they are spending 10-15 hours a week playing video games and instead committed that time to the gym, I think it's very likely their performance on the court would improve. If, however, it's 10-15 hours reading scripture, attending church or just hanging out with family, it's possible that choosing to redirect that time to the gym would NOT improve their performance on the court. Maybe they aren't as motivated or something, I don't know. It seems obvious that something so physical as sport would require a full-time devotion to the body, but it doesn't always work like that, and I think these great athletes who aren't in top shape are testimony to that and our need for a balanced life.
 

mountainaire

Kingfisher
Orthodox Inquirer
That's wild. I sometimes wonder how much better certain athletes would be if they got in better shape - I'm thinking Jokic and Luka Doncic. Neither is in great shape but are stellar players. It's easy to say that of course they'd be much better if they were in elite shape but I think it depends on how their time is spent. If, say, they are spending 10-15 hours a week playing video games and instead committed that time to the gym, I think it's very likely their performance on the court would improve. If, however, it's 10-15 hours reading scripture, attending church or just hanging out with family, it's possible that choosing to redirect that time to the gym would NOT improve their performance on the court. Maybe they aren't as motivated or something, I don't know. It seems obvious that something so physical as sport would require a full-time devotion to the body, but it doesn't always work like that, and I think these great athletes who aren't in top shape are testimony to that and our need for a balanced life.
Appearances can be deceiving. The best boxer in the world looks like this:

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Although he looks like he isn't in shape, he is. Boxing requires insane fitness and endurance and he excels at that despite his appearance.
 

Viktor Zeegelaar

Crow
Orthodox Inquirer
Appearances can be deceiving. The best boxer in the world looks like this:

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Although he looks like he isn't in shape, he is. Boxing requires insane fitness and endurance and he excels at that despite his appearance.
It just depends on the sports and what it requires. As a cricker player you need different strengths than a football player, and as a boxer you need different things than a baseballer. And not to forget cyclists and running athletes... There's no 1 standard for fitness that fits all sports.
 

Blade Runner

Crow
Orthodox
It just depends on the sports and what it requires. As a cricker player you need different strengths than a football player, and as a boxer you need different things than a baseballer. And not to forget cyclists and running athletes... There's no 1 standard for fitness that fits all sports.
The point is more expressly stated (regarding sports) as "Aesthetics don't matter as much as people think they do."

Size matters though. At least in a lot of sports, but not all.
 

Thomas More

Crow
Protestant
Blade Runner is correct. A lot of baseball players seem a bit plump to me. It seems obvious that being a fast runner would be good in baseball. However, a lot of top players are not that fast.

Clearly the best batters and fielders are not necessarily the ones that are fast and buff. Likewise in other sports, the best players are not always the ones that the most fit and trim looking.
 
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