Texting and Driving #1: Sex, Lyles, and Videotape

“You let a total stranger record your sexual life on videotape?”

  • Andie MacDowell as Ann Bishop Mullaney – Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)

DividerHey readers!  I’m trying out a new series: Texting and Driving!

This article is an adapted conversation between me and Oliver – mostly accurate, just with fixed spelling, better media – stuff like that.  In the future, it might be Twitter DMs, Facebook messages, or telegrams.  It also might be me and Lux/me and Spencer/etc.

Anyways, I thought this conversation was cool, so now you get to read it: enjoy!
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The Prophet:

Maybe you were right about DeAngelo…

Oliver Maroney:

Haha. You think?

The Prophet:

I’m trying to figure out what this means in the long run, though.

Oliver Maroney:

It’s going to mean nothing 2-3 years down the road; but for the next year, it’ll be remembered. I almost think the Lakers are better off trading him

The Prophet:

What do u think about trey lyles? I think he’s going to be a super star and the Jazz should trade Derrick Favors a couple years from now.

Or play him off the bench in a perfect world.

Oliver Maroney:

Eh…. I don’t know.  I still don’t think he’s a Superstar: maybe an All-Star. His game is not fully polished.

He’s underrated defensively, but he still needs work.

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The Prophet:

My opinion has a lot to do with burgeoning skill set and improvement – for example, the other day he hit a trailing 3 from the top of the 3 point line, and then next play, pump faked that same three, dribbled left, spun, and got a lay-up in traffic.

  Now, if that had been LeBron, it would have been a dunk, but you can count the players who can do stuff like that on one hand.

If Lyles can develop that… he’d be in elite company.

Oliver Maroney:

Yep. Very true. I think he has tools; he’s just noticeably inconsistent.

The Prophet:

The statistics don’t necessarily back up my opinion, but statistics are heavily influenced by coaching decisions, line-ups, etc.

Oliver Maroney:

You’re saying he’s undervalued?

The Prophet:

Yeah – or underutilized.

Oliver Maroney:

Harkless falls in there for me. Also, Terrence Ross, Terrence Jones, and Archie Goodwin.

The Prophet:

Yeah i agree.  Harkless’ skill set is so close to being amazing: if he can develop a couple of things and then get utilized correctly he’d be a real threat.

He’s a natural athlete.

Oliver Maroney:

Harkless is scarily athletic – with a great wingspan. He’s been killing it this season starting for the Blazers.

The Prophet:

I like him next to Aminu going forward – especially if Meyers Leonard can right the ship.  With Meyers stretching the floor, and the two of them rolling hard to the basket, that could be overwhelming offensively.

Having two 6’9” athletic dudes at the 3 and the 4 compensates for a lot of the defensive limitations inherent in having C.J. and Lillard start next to each other. 

The blazers need a roll man, and typically that’s gonna be a center; but Aminu and Harkless have so much lift, and even though Aminu doesn’t have the best hands, I think Harkless would surprise a lot of people.

What do you think?

Oliver Maroney:

Yep.

I think it would be great to see those two starting for the Blazers, bringing Crabbe off the bench.  Henderson has played well too, but I think if the Blazers were to land Dwight Howard, Hassan Whiteside, Festus Ezeli, or a different explosive center via trade it would help immensely with line-up flexibility.

The Prophet:

I feel like Crabbe might get a God-father offer from another team and Portland will probably lose him instead of matching.

An “offer he can’t refuse,” I mean

Oliver Maroney:

I think Portland will match. We will see though, if it’s a max then maybe not.

The Prophet:

What do u think about Marvin Williams?  He’s a free agent and he’s from Washington state originally.  He could be a good fit for the Blazers.

Oliver Maroney:

I’ve never understood him.

He’s confusing.

First, I thought he was good, then I changed my mind.  I’m still trying to figure him out.

The Prophet:

What do you mean specifically by ‘confusing,’ because I agree in some of ways.

So where are u now on him?  Not good?

Oliver Maroney:

8th-9th man on a good team…

lol.

The Prophet:

Wow that’s pretty low.  I’m not sure if I agree with that. 

He’s been a big part of Charlotte’s turn around.  I’m not sure they could’ve done what they’ve done this season without him stepping up

Also not sure if he would’ve ‘stepped up’ without the possibility of an 8 figure salary being thrown his way though…

Oliver Maroney:

Yeah…I think Batum deserves the most credit for the Hornets’ turnaround.

Also Kemba has been great.

The Prophet:

Same: Batum is too good.  And Kemba has always been great, their broken offenses have just screwed up his percentages in the past

But Marvin still was a part of their improvement… Right?

I don’t know, haha, maybe you’re right.  If I was an NBA GM I guess I’d give him 12 million a year over 3 years – but only under the right circumstances.  

Someone will probably give him more though.

Oliver Maroney:

I’d give him 5-6 million per year.  Maybe 6-7.  Based on the cap that is going to be 8-12 type roster spots

Marvin has certainly played better, I just don’t know if he really moves the needle that much.

The Prophet:

Wow.  That’s pretty severe.

Oliver Maroney:

Well… I guess it’d be more like $10 million.

The Prophet:

He’s holding his own as a starter in Charlotte, right?  I think he’s at least a 7th/8th roster spot man.

Oliver Maroney:

He’s holding his own, yes.

The Prophet:

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He’s hitting 40 % of his 3s on 55% EFG, 12 PPG, 7 RPG – then a block, a steal, and an assist.

I think he’s been really good this year: my concern would be whether he would be able (or willing?) to maintain his level of production

It’s been 5 or 6 years since he’s put up comparable numbers, except he’s never shot this well from 3.  Plus, it’s a contract year and he’s 31 or so.

I guess 29 actually, which isn’t so bad.

I think you’re underselling him.

Oliver Maroney:

I could be. It’s hard to be a fan of a players as inconsistent as he has been over his career.  He’s had the level of production this season, I just don’t know if I’d be interested in having a player like him over, say, a James Johnson, or a Thaddeus Young.

The Prophet:

Well, the same thing criticisms can be made about James Johnson’s consistency. 

Plus, Thaddeus is different enough, and better enough in most ways, that it’s hard to compare him with the other two players.  Signing either Johnson or Williams I think will be based on if ‘the price is right.’

Oliver Maroney:

Yeah, exactly.

James might be inconsistent, but I like his game more.

The Prophet:

Yeah, I think at the very least that James has enough of a track record that it implies that you can expect similar levels of defensive production.  He’s also a few years younger.

Oliver Maroney:

They’re the same age actually, lol.

At first I was a believer in Marvin, he just never hit that potential: maybe I’m holding that against him unfairly.

The Prophet:

Really?  I thought James was 26 or so. 

And yeah, I do a similar thing with Dwight.  A lot of that has to do with him being such a high pick and having such high expectations.

Plus, Dwight was part of such a talented draft class.

Oliver Maroney:

Yeah, exactly.

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