Myers Leonard: Oh, the irony!

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  1. Binx

    Binx Well-Known Member

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    Put yourself in Meyers Leonard’s shoes. He toils away in obscurity and mediocrity in Portland for seven years, looking woefully inadequate to the demands of NBA play, then somehow explodes for 30 points and 12 rebounds against the world champion Warriors in the last game of the season.

    He’s finally done it, right? Proved that he belongs on the Blazers. Proved that they didn’t make a mistake drafting him.

    So what do they do? Trade him to a team on the other side of the country the first chance they get.

    Ironically, it may have been that 30-point game that convinced Miami to pull the trigger on the deal.
     
  2. B-Roy

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    He never scored 35, he scored 30.

    The fact that you remembered him scoring more than he actually did is a perfect representation of his time here. Year over year, we all thought he was going to be better. We keep thinking he was better than he was. He could never live up to that.
     
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    barfo triggered obsessive commie pinko Staff Member Global Moderator

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    the legend of Meyers has already grown since he really scored 30 points, not 35. 10 years from now it will have been a 50 point 20 rebound game

    reminds me of that 70 inch Steelhead I caught on the upper Deschutes 15 years ago
     
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    You are correct. His 30/12 game against the Warriors inflated his trade value to the highest point of his career. And the Blazers benefited from it massively by landing Whiteside. It also probably benefited Leonard, too, because he can ball on a bad team and get numbers that will get him another fat contract, something he probably couldn't have done on the West-contending Blazers.

    Additionally, I can look forward to bikini pics of his wife on IG.
     
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    barfo triggered obsessive commie pinko Staff Member Global Moderator

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    Good point.

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  8. Binx

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    If Leonard manages to get another fat contract from Miami, you can only tip your hat to him. Nobody in NBA history has ever been rewarded so much for contributing so little.
     
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    chris_in_pdx OLD SCHOOL

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    Man, that's a bold statement considering guys like Andrew Wiggins and Timofey Mosgov out there.
     
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    Wiggins has contributed a lot more than Meyers Leonard ever has.
     
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    Yeah but that would mean he would be contributing all this next year. I am anxious to see what a defensive minded coach can do with a player like Meyers.
     
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    We would have been crazy to trade a player of his caliber to a team in the West, you know like when the Spurs traded the other Leonard to a whole nother country.
     
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    Did anyone ever see a Whitside/Hood/Baze/Hezonja but mostly trading away Leonard/Harkless/Turner whom everyone agrees was the epitome of INCONSISTENT! What a ride.
     
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    other side of the country? fine with me

    we've had a fuckin blinder so far

    turned Turnover, Meyers, and Moe into Bazemore and Whiteside, let aminu walk, resigned Hood and got a steal in the draft.

    Nurk is back before we know it too.

    it's a great 24hrs to be a Blazer!
     
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    Meyers went out on a high note.
     
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    Who's gonna love South Beach the most? leonard.jpg
     
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    I'm still trying to decide what the biggest moment of this year was:

    Dame hitting the game winner

    Game 7

    Or having the worst player on the roster for the last 7 years OFF THIS FUCKING TEAM FINALLY.
     
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    Is that cuba gooding Jr photobombing?
     
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    Miles Plumlee is worse. 4 years $50 million.

    In both starts this season for Meyers Leonard, the Trail Blazers won.
    One of those was a 132-105 throttling of the Utah Jazz, who were supposed to be the best defense in the NBA at the time, and had the defensive player of the year playing center. Meyers shot 6-7, 4-5 on threes and obviously had an impact.
    That game against Utah and the last game of the season mattered as we know otherwise the trailblazers would not have made it to the Western Conference finals.
    Then there were some good performances in the playoffs this season and against Memphis a few years back.
     
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    Timofey Mozgov. 4 years $64 million.
     

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