Eric's a nice guy, and all connected/well-know/famous(?) people have to come from somewhere. So, there's no reason to diminish him just because he used to post on these forums a long time ago. Everyone is known by someone before they become somebody.
That said, he seems to have carved his niche by really learning about the salary cap and how pieces can and would fit together. This Lopez bit falls right in line with that. He writes stories with all the numbers presented about what could happen, and uses that to distinguish himself from a lot of other guys on second-tier sites who just speculate about the numbers. This doesn't necessarily mean that he has a particular degree of insight into what is likely to happen.
He did well to carve this niche (perhaps he leveraged his relationship with Larry Coon?), as this probably contributed to his ability to transition from a message board/blog type to writing for the improved Bleacher Report.
Not to pick on him, but I'll never forget when he "broke" the story about the Lakers trading for the Pacers #17 pick on draft day years ago. It got picked up by SI.com, if I remember correctly. Nothing about the deal made any sense, at all. So, no surprise really when it didn't happen. But it was kind of funny reading people debate him over the justification for the deal, while others were celebrating the relative "steal" of a draft pick, which of course, never came to fruition.
Did you forget all of the long conversations about Jonathan Bender? LOL...that was a "thing" a long time ago.
I did not mean to imply that emplay isn't good at what he does. I was trying to challenge DL's claim that Emplay's discussion of a topic made it "likely" by pointing out that Emplay is just a guy. He's just like all other reporters and he can be wrong. 10 months away from Free Agency, I'm not putting stock in ANY STORY making the claim that a top 5 C is going to take a 75% paycut to be in LA...not without Lopez or his agent or Magic or Pelinka giving it legs.
Eric is a good guy. I like him. That doesn't mean I blindly co-sign anything he says.
Edited by GCMD, September 21, 2017 - 11:25 PM.