NBA Benefits Fraud

Discussion in 'Portland Trail Blazers' started by THE HCP, Oct 7, 2021.

  1. THE HCP

    THE HCP NorthEastPortland'sFinest

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    This just cracks me up. Really? I’m SO responsible for people NOT enjoying this site just fucking cracks me up.
     
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  2. THE HCP

    THE HCP NorthEastPortland'sFinest

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    You know how many people on here drive me nuts. But I’d never ignore anybody on here. Who does that? I’m THAT detrimental to the the site? Me?
     
  3. riverman

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    bro some people don't come here to enjoy the site.....learn the game, then post!
     
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  4. riverman

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    Why can't I read this post?
     
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  5. THE HCP

    THE HCP NorthEastPortland'sFinest

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    But I mean, c’mon. Of all the hate filled, racist, downright uneducated posts that get tossed around here daily, I’M the one on ignore. You can’t make that shit up.
     
  6. riverman

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    wear it like a badge of honor!
     
  7. THE HCP

    THE HCP NorthEastPortland'sFinest

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    I think I do. I just can’t think of anything anybody would post on here that would offend me so much as to not want to see anything they post. Even the hate speech and ill thought out opinions of our current state of the pandemic.
     
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    Sad. Those guys made how much?
     
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  9. riverman

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    you see everything posted if you don't log in anyway....the only difference is you don't get engaged in the muck of it
     
  10. crandc

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    I feel some sympathy for Telfair. High school to NBA and when he doesn't make it, cut loose with no education or skills. But he was still young and had money. There were options.
    No one is saying these guys are axe murderers. But apparently they all were in it together? Not sure I like prison but absolutely favor asset forfeiture for financial crimes. Starting with twice impeached loser.
     
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    I’m old enough to remember Darius Miles and the Grizzlies defrauding PA out of money sharing clause due to DM ruining his medical buyout by playing games when he was done-zo. Just enough games to ruin the medical buyout as well.
     
  12. Mediocre Man

    Mediocre Man Mr. SportsTwo

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    Samsies. Some people on here are all but intolerable, but I don’t have anyone on ignore
     
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    illmatic99 formerly yuyuza1

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    i mean.... BRoy essentially did the same but the amnesty clause saved us. I think the Memphis thing was in retaliation for winning the 07 lottery. Jerry West was giving BRoy the evil eye when his team dropped from #1 to #4.

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    Danny Ainge actually claimed Miles first before Memphis even.
     
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    that's not really how it happened. Portland didn't have clean hands in that fiasco and pretty much deserved to get worked. Some team was going to spite Portland for their threats to all 29 teams. It just happened to be memphis

    https://www.basketballnetwork.net/t...mails-around-the-nba-because-of-darius-miles/

    https://bleacherreport.com/articles...ow-one-bad-act-can-mar-an-entire-organization
     
  15. illmatic99

    illmatic99 formerly yuyuza1

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    Jesus, read this hit piece. I forget how much Woj hated KP. https://sports.yahoo.com/aw-milespritchard011709.html

    And the better he has looked, the worse it has reflected on Portland GM Kevin Pritchard. As much as anyone, this mess has exposed him. He wanted to be the star in the good times in Portland, wanted all the bouquets and bows for his work on the job. He started to believe his own clippings, his own mythology, and he thought he could get away with anything.

    From the start, Pritchard stumbled into the one rabid NBA market where a general manager can aspire to celebrity. Portland declared Pritchard the Golden Boy, the Gambler, and played songs about him on the radio. Never once did he seem embarrassed. Never did he do much but furiously feed the rush to declare him a genius.

    He bragged of draining three cell-phone batteries a day. He bought high-risk stocks, and he never laid up on a par-5. He loves those little details about himself getting into the papers. True? Who knows? It sure made for a fast-rising legend, though. He wanted everyone to believe that he worked harder and longer and smarter. Maybe he thought it all portrayed a confidence, but it mostly masked an insecurity.

    He had taken the San Antonio Spurs' computer scouting programs and made them bigger and better. "Kevin's baby," the local paper said the Blazers called it in their offices. Rip City wanted a hero to make the Jail Blazers go away, and Pritchard indulged himself in it all.

    Portland owner Paul Allen gave Pritchard the biggest stack of chips to bring to the table, and Pritchard flaunted them to everyone. He stockpiled draft choices like Reagan did nuclear warheads, buying up millions of dollars worth of picks from cash-strapped teams over the past several seasons. He never has been afraid to rub that advantage into the faces of his peers. The Blazers still haven't been to the playoffs under him, but any opposing GM on the wrong side of a deal with Portland is considered to have been Pritch-slapped.

    It's strange, but every transaction in Portland has been treated like a validation of Pritchard's genius. Now, his apologists are blaming Paul Allen and president Larry Miller for the Miles mess, only it doesn't work like that. Pritchard is the face of the franchise because he made it that way.

    Pritchard has mismanaged the Miles situation from the beginning. Once the league doctor agreed that Miles' knee injury was a career-ender, Pritchard's dubious intentions came tumbling out of him.

    "Two doctors said Darius had the worst microfracture injury they had ever seen," he publicly said. "They would never have him play basketball, and the odds of having knee replacement surgery [are] high. I hear that, and as a general manager, I didn't want it on my conscience – that I had a kid have to go through a knee replacement surgery.

    "That's a pretty major surgery. They saw [two bones] and replace [the knee]. It's a bad deal."

    His conscience, huh? Those were words directed at the rest of the league, trying to tell every other team that Miles was too far gone for them to consider bringing back. He must have believed people were stupid. All around the NBA, it made everyone think: Pritchard sounds scared that Miles isn't done at all. Why else would he be trying so hard to convince everyone otherwise?

    Bad enough that Pritchard spoke out of turn on a player's medical condition and possibly violated privacy laws, but it was clear that a campaign to frighten away potential teams was under way. From there, it went underground. If the Blazers couldn't scare people on Miles' knee, it wasn't long, league executives say, until Portland turned to his character.

    Pritchard has a great eye for talent, but that's just the start of constructing a contender, a champion. The greats of his profession understand the humbling nature of the job – genius today, bum tomorrow – and mostly stay in the shadows, deflecting praise on coaches and players. Once you try to make yourself the star in the good times, you're asking for trouble when they go bad. So now, his hubris has been Pritch-slapped into silence, and maybe in the long run, it's the best thing that could've happened to the Blazers. Maybe they needed this sobering reminder of reality.

    Portland loses cap space now, and it loses some respect. All that arrogance, all those threats and a 27-year-old that Kevin Pritchard and his posse had dismissed as character-free, as the last holdout of the Jail Blazers, taught them a lesson.

    Yes, the Jail Blazers made a comeback this season.

    Only this time, they wore suits.
     
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    Such bull. The DRs were right, Miles could no longer play, and his "comeback" was 100% bogus. The rest is just a smokescreen.
     
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  18. illmatic99

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    he played 298 minutes total in 34 games and retired. They even waived him in january of that season.

    I saw no apology after that hit piece by Woj.
     
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    Hoping someone gets jail time says more about you than it does them.
     
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    It says he doesn’t condone fraud, and thinks people should pay for their crimes. Am I missing something?
     

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