Not really, but hey, we can dream right? Here's a few of the questions that got the most questionable responses league-wide.
Every NBA superfan thinks they have a little GM in them. Now, NBA2k16's MyGM mode kind of killed the buzz for me (I mean, how many times can a player complain about practice? Or how many times will my scout team ask what kind of players I want?), but I can still offer up my two cents in this no-risk, no-reward GM Poll.
If you care to compare, here are my takes:
1) MVP: James Harden—Although it may just be a change in nomenclature for the Beard, the preseason results are staggering. Just listen to the commentators glow about Harden's exquisite passing sense out of the pick-and-roll. With a whole slew of shooters added to the roster, Mike D'Antoni reviving Seven Seconds or Less in Houston, and Daryl Morey creaming his pants more times than Pete Carroll in Superbowl XLVIII, Harden has a real shot at leading the league in points and assists. The numbers should be astronomical, enough, even, to lay to rest all the questions about his defense. Caveat: if Russell Westbrook can lead this Thunder team to the playoffs, a better record than the Rockets, and hit Oscar level numbers, he can take home this particular hardware.
2) Best Point Guard: Chris Paul—Just peep my author biography. And look, maybe Chris Paul isn't the GOAT, I can accept that. But he's indubitably the best point guard in the NBA right now by any metric (see: eye test). An elite two way player with a sterling assist-to-turnover ratio and one of the nastiest midrange jumpers out of the pick and roll this side of Beno Udrih, Paul affects every facet of the game. Steph might be the greatest shooter of all time, but he's not even the best passer on his team (Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala), much less the best point guard in the league. Also, Chris Paul's the GOAT.
3) Best Center: DeMarcus Cousins—Jonathan Tjarks of The Ringer recently posted an article about how we haven't seen the best of DeMarcus Cousins and it's hard to disagree. Trapped in a dysfunctional front office that always seems to be planning for a future after Cousins and head coaches that don't value him nearly enough (read: George Karl), DeMarcus hasn't even sniffed his ceiling. This guy can do everything on the offensive side of the ball: he's a dominant force in the paint playing bully ball, consistently stretches the defense out to 20 feet—not to mention a burgeoning three point shot—and has elite passing chops. Maybe if he'd been surrounded by players to fit him, the Kings wouldn't be saying goodbye to their franchise big man. Maybe we wouldn't be talking about playing 4-on-5 basketball. And maybe DeMarcus wouldn't be so damn surly all the time.
4) Most Improved Team: Utah Jazz—With the league and the world solidly on board the Timberwolves hype train, it's my cue to hop off. Already an elite level defense, new roster acquisitions and individual improvements will see this team take the next step on the offensive side of the ball. Last year, the Jazz trotted out a revolving door of Raul Neto, Shelvin Mack, and Trey Burke (for a few years, holder of the dubious honor: Worst Starting Point Guard in the NBA) at the point. This year they've brought on long-time helmsman George Hill and returning from a knee injury that cost him the entire last season, Dante Exum actually gives this team depth at the point guard position. All this isn't even to mention the addition of veteran swingman Joe Johnson and the emergence of Trey Lyles. Rodney Hood broke out last season as a sweet-shooting lefty that can occupy either wing position. This team is deep and versatile. They're going to be damn fun to watch.
5) Rookie Steal: Skal Labissiere (28th)—Look, if the Kings insist on moving on from DeMarcus before they actually move on from DeMarcus, Skal's a huge steal at 28th overall. Besides, who needs to see the Spurs win this category again? Coming out of high school, Skal was touted as one of the best recruits of his class. After a disappointing college campaign (read: he f*cking sucked), Skal dropped on most, if not all draft boards. But I think Skal just wasn't fit for the college game. He broke out during Summer League showing a deft touch from the outside as well as great length and instincts on the defensive end. He needs to pack on some weight and adjust to the speed and physicality of the NBA game, but what team couldn't use a guy who can stretch the floor in pick-and-pop situations and protect the rim. Don't sleep on Skal.
6) Best Defensive Team: Utah Jazz—Despite a reputation for stingy defense as well as the two-time, back-to-back reigning Defensive Player of the Year, the loss of Tim Duncan anchoring the block is going to hurt this teams defensive potential. A starting front court of LaMarcus Aldridge and Pau Gasol certainly leaves much to be desired in terms of switching ability. On the other hand, the Jazz have unlimited versatility on the defensive end. Dante Exum and Trey Lyles both boast the ability to guard multiple positions (Exum 1-3, Lyles 3-5) and can thus switch over practically anything. Throw in a top-tier rim protector in Rudy Gobert a.k.a. The Stifle Tower, and you have the makings of a perfect defensive identity. They already posted elite defensive numbers last year after the All-Star break. They might be the only team in the NBA that can even faze the Warriors. I can't wait.
7) Head Coach with Best In-Game Adjustments: Brad Stevens—I almost want Donald Trump to win. It gives Popp four years to realize that the United States of America needs him more than the Spurs. And when he is forced to vacate as head coach, it won't be anyone from his family tree stepping into the title of Greatest Coach Alive. It'll be the exception to the Rick Pitino, NCAA-to-NBA rule (read: college coaches blow mind at the whole NBA thing): McLovin's older, more (less?) successful brother. Just peep his playbook to find out why. Not only does Stevens boast an incomparable basketball sense, but he leads an shape-shifting team that can go from offensive gunslingers to defensive pitbulls at the drop of a time-out.
8) Rule Change: None of the Above—If anyone other than myself read my article Five NBA Teams That Could Make You Some Money, then you know what needs to change: league-wide redraft every decade and a half. The way I see it, 15 years is enough to build a contender/franchise/dynasty. I know, I know Philly, #TrusttheProcess. But when the process takes too long, #F*cktheProcess, let's expedite it. So players might not like it, going to sleep in the Big Apple and waking up in SacTown—f*ck 'em, who needs 'em? Who's with me?! No one? Am I the only one thinking of the ratings? Fine, change the draft lottery system, whatever. See if I care.
There's an entire genre of YouTube videos that consists of nothing but news bloopers, and they're equal parts hilarious and panic-inducing.
"Right after the break, we're going to interview Erik Weihenmayer, who climbed the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest, but he's gay—I mean, he's gay, excuse me, he's blind."
Back in the early 2000's a young news anchor in New Mexico had a slip of the tongue on live TV that has enterred the annals of news blooper history.
Gay Mount Everest www.youtube.com
Cynthia Izaguirre had just gotten done reporting on a separate story discussing activism for gay rights, and was setting up a segment with the first blind man to climb Mount Everest, and her thoughts got twisted on the way to her mouth, resulting in a 14-second clip that would live on in infamy.
Here's what to listen to this weekend.
If you're anything like us, you're probably overwhelmed by the sheer number of albums being released on a weekly basis.
We're here to make your music discovery a little bit easier. Popdust's weekly Indie Roundup finds the five best albums coming out each week so that you don't have to. Every Friday, we'll tell you what's worth listening to that might not already be on your radar.