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  1. That has been brought up and my guess - without knowing anything about how the plaintiffs are structured - is that the bonds with be paid off by the time the money arrives but the settlement/payout will factor in the debt payments from 2016-onward. Regardless, the state felt like they got burned on the Dome long before the Rams moved. The Cardinals were denied direct stadium funds by the state in 2000/2001 (remember they briefly bluffed that they might move to the east side) and while they ultimately got $30M in tax credits (pocket change) and some state money went towards demolishing/rebuilding highway ramps, the Dome was the deal that effectively ruined STL's credit when it comes to any kind of state funding for stadiums.
  2. The bonds don't mature until 2022. From my recollection, it's $12M/yr and when the team was here the state was coming out narrowly ahead ($12.6M in additional tax revenue) but even with the Battlehawks about to begin play, it's still a bleeding wound on the state's books and has been since 2016.
  3. I don't know what Parsons' end game was or why he pulled his support for the tax breaks after previously indicating he was on board with them... But in addition to the general political rift between STL and the rest of the state (which goes back centuries), there's the far more recent history of the Dome financing which was a terrible con job where the state financed a $280M stadium on spec - no one has every really dug into how that happened but if you look at who stood to benefit from the project we can assume HOK and the unions were influential - which ground had already been broken by the time STL missed out on the NFL expansion - at which point the region had zero leverage in negotiations with any team looking to relocate (i.e. the Rams) which led to the awful lease that didn't even cover maintenance costs in the short term and allowed the team to leave before the debt was paid off in the long term. So yeah, while this MLS deal appears to be win-win for all involved with the ownership group covering the vast majority of the costs and only asking for "pocket change" tax breaks...the fact that the state got burned on the Dome, and also how the MLS and the STL ownership group are pot committed at this point, I understand why there's hesitation to give them the $30M in tax breaks.
  4. eFG% 2019 Bess: .469 2020 Goodwin: 508% However, that's not necessarily an indicator of jump shot percentage. Obviously the majority of Goodwin's FG attempts are not jumpshots. Bess for the record is shooting 33% from 3 in the G-league (34 of 102) which is better than what he shot a year ago (.325) with the closer line and he's certainly improved from his Jr year when he shot .270 from 3.
  5. I think Goodwin's NBA potential is greater than Kyle Cassity's, but he's a longshot compared to Bess. While there are some similarities between Jordan Goodwin and what Marcus Smart brought in college, Smart -was just at another level when it comes to his defense and athleticism. More importantly Smart is an NBA caliber ballhandler. For Goodwin to make the NBA, he'd need to improve his ballhandling in order to play PG against the best in the world, and also improve every other aspect of his game. The reality is he's a great fit for SLU because of his limitations - i.e. he'll be here 4 years.
  6. Willie was being represented by a con man agent who'd been fired from his agency at the time he turned down that deal... https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/report-willie-reed-lost-out-on-15m-contract-with-heat-due-to-uncertified-agent/ and then he got arrested for a domestic violence beef...which as far as fringe players go, teams would just assume not employ a bench player with a history of domestic violence arrests... and that's on top of the whole evolution of the league and extinction of the traditional center (who doesn't have an outside shot) He defied the odds to get to the NBA and then he managed lose it more quickly than really should have been possible.
  7. Forgot to post yesterday for the 29 year anniversary...I guess technically the 2nd half was played on the 12th (RIP Orlando Stewart)
  8. Goodwin has really cleaned it up in the half court set. Granted probably facing easier defenders than he'll face most nights, but he's playing under control getting to his spots and knocking down shots. (and no turnovers...knock on wood)
  9. He was there. On crutches w cast.
  10. In the 3pt era, has a D1 team ever had 21 more turnovers than made 3s and won the game? Get Elias on the horn.
  11. Goodwin playing within himself is our best player. Goodwin trying to do too much is our worst player. He's not Michael Jordan or Jordair Jett...he can't score consistently via half court iso. He's great at the give and go and backdoor stuff. How they had him try to do that as the last play shows how little anyone has learned.
  12. Goodwin should be better than that.
  13. Weaver falls asleep on D and on his last 2 open looks had a miss and a hesitate/pass. Weaver is only useful when yes feeling it.
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