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Artest advised Lebron to sign with the Clippers

http://realgm.com/src_wiretap_archives/71176/20110116/artest_advised_leb...

Sounds crazy at first but now that I thought about it, a team with Blake Griffin, Eric Gordon, Baron Davis, and Lebron sounds way better than what the Cavs had when Lebron was there.


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My question to you now is would the Clippers be favored to win out West over the Lakers, because I don't think so?

Bron-Bosh-Wade looks better on paper as far as contending for a championship. I think everyone else may agree to this statement if not I would like to hear your reasons for LeBron going to LAC being a better fit for contending for a championship

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Too risky for LeBron... The

Too risky for LeBron... The Clippers have an awful history and have the worst owner in sports history.

Plus Griffin had been injured the entire season and Gordon didn't have the season he's having now. Had those things been different, maybe LeBron takes a closer look.

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LeBron led the Cavs to the

LeBron led the Cavs to the best record in the NBA two seasons in the row. I have no doubt in my mind that he could lead the Clippers to the best record in the NBA playing alongside Griffin, Gordon, Kaman and Davis.

LeBron, Griffin and Gordon wouldn't be a better three than LeBron, Wade and Bosh, but the Clippers would be a much deeper team in my opinion.

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Interesting

Like IndianaBasketball said, that would be a big risk. I think Griffin's injury was a freak thing and I think Gordon has been improving at a nice pace. The guy I would always worry about would be Davis. He's always hurt, hardly ever in shape and he doesn't always seem motivated. I think Miami was the safer option. You pair up with another top 5 player and a third guy that is an all star. The biggest negatives is that the team isn't likely to be a team that can get much better. The Clippers, especially their young guys have a ton of room to improve. I think we have seen flashes from all the guys, though I'm not sure Vinny is the right coach for Lebron. Miami is going to compete for the title every year that those guys have signed up for barring injury. You can't say that about the Clippers. I'm already thinking that Griffin will try to do whatever he can to get out as soon as possible.

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Well the Clippers are a

Well the Clippers are a gamble because of bad ownership and I'm not a huge fan of Del Negro as a coach. Plus with bad history in the franchise. I'm not saying the Clippers would be a bigger contender as a Clipper then with the Heat but they sure do sound way better than Mo Williams, Jamison, Hickson, etc. The Lakers would still be the better team in the West but the Clippers would be the future while still be contenders. The team is very young kinda like the Thunder while the Lakers are getting older.

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Is Spoelstra that much of a

Is Spoelstra that much of a better coach than Vinny?

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Yea Spo is a WAY better coach

Yea Spo is a WAY better coach then Vinny. He comes from the coaching school of Pat Riley.

Ask ANY Bulls fan...Del Negro didn't even run plays. He's a terrible coach for stars. I think a developmental team? He can be alright, a playoff/title team? He's AWFUL

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That's funny since those

That's funny since those exact same things were being said about Spoelstra when the Heat were struggling.

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Can't trust Wikipedia most of

Can't trust Wikipedia most of the time but apparently Vinny was never an assistant coach and actually was a radio commentator and was promoted for to front office for the Suns. While Spoelstra has been with the Heat since 1995 and became assistant coach/scout in 1999. So he's been with Pat Riley and Stan Van Gundy.

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Spo runs plays...he was

Spo runs plays...he was having issues because you have 3 stars, none know there correct role AND the fact LBJ and Wade played better when the other was off the court made it tough. Also, he also coached D well too. Spo is a away better coach then Del Negro. Whoever said he wasn't running plays....really didn't know what they were talking about honestly.

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There were a lot of

There were a lot of complaints that all he ran were pick and rolls, and was unimaginative (similar to Mike Brown). He was getting big time criticism at the beginning of the season.

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Yea....those people don't

Yea....those people don't know what they were talking about. That wasn't true at all.

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I don't understand why people

I don't understand why people always said Vinny is a bad coach. When the Bulls front office was gonna let him go Rose and Noah fully supported him....... I still think they should've let him stay at least for the 3rd year. Though I like Coach Thibs a lot.

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Spoelstra's a great defensive

Spoelstra's a great defensive coach even he admitted they didn't work on offense during their mini camp because he expected the offense to come around when you have 2 of the best players in the world. He's a good coach overall once you look at his defense and the way they've made adjustments this season though he struggles on knowing when to rotate players.

All I know about Del Negro is that his teams tend to start slow, but get better as the season goes on

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Honestly watching the Heat

Honestly watching the Heat this year has mad me really hate Chris Bosh. He can't guard any low post scorer, talented or not, and he refuses to rebound. The idea of having a PF that can actually do what is needed next to lebron would be a welcome site. Deandre Jordan in the middle is better than any center the Heat have and he (possibly) will get better. As far as a system goes, Eric Gordon at the 2 is a better fit than Wade when playing with lebron. I'm not saying Gordon is better but he can shoot much better. Baron Davis' attitude affects his play, Lebron signing with my team would make me happy so I think Baron would step it up.

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Forget about LBJ, at the end

Forget about LBJ, at the end of next season (2011-2012) Kaman and Foye's combined 16.5 million will be coming off the books. Gordon, Aminu and Griffin will all still be under contract and would just be starting to enter their prime years and the Clippers could be as much as $20 million under the cap. CP3 and Deron Williams could both be free agents, and I shudder to think about it but so would Dwight. Any of those three guys would be an ideal fit in LA and could propel the team to a championship caliber.

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Man, can you imagine CP3 in

Man, can you imagine CP3 in Clipperland? Wow. Then get Howard to the Thunder and damn would the West be ridiculous.

As far as LBJ to the Clippers, I feel like that would have been the best decision for the League, if not for James. Wade and Bosh could team up in Miami, Clippers become a legitimate threat in the West for the future and you don't have this trend begun where the current crop of superstars are in panic mode and wanting to leave their franchises.

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