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2015/04/20

[分析外電]季後賽落榜球隊的暑假作業--金塊篇

The Top Offseason Task for Every NBA Team Projected to Miss the 2015 Playoffs 原文作者:Bryan Toporek,...

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The Top Offseason Task for Every NBA Team Projected to Miss the 2015 Playoffs

原文作者:Bryan Toporek, Featured Columnist 

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翻譯者前言:此分析系列的第二篇翻譯對象,也在第一篇發表之後的隔天決定好了,那就是與第一篇雷霆同屬西北組的金塊。金塊隊固然符合我上篇預告中「兩年前強盛但現在衰弱」的條件,但我會選擇金塊其實也有更深層的原因(容待個人心得後述)。

當然,金塊這一段原文的用字也不會太難,蠻適合當做學英文的延伸補充資料

 

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Denver Nuggets: Determine a Direction

金塊:明確評估未來的方向

 

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The Denver Nuggets' activity at the trade deadline can only be described as head-scratching.

 

金塊隊在今年季中交易截止日前後的舉動,在專家與鄉民眼前,都是困惑到想讓人抓頭的。

 

The Nuggets shipped Arron Afflalo and Alonzo Gee to the Portland Trail Blazers for Thomas Robinson (who they quickly waived), guard Will Barton, forward Victor Claver and a lottery-protected 2016 first-round draft pick.

 

他們先是將中生代得分後衛Arron Afflalo與Alonzo Gee兩人,送到同屬西北組的拓荒者,換來馬上被釋出的大前鋒Thomas Robinson、幾天後也被裁掉的西班牙前鋒Victor Claver、得分後衛Will Barton,以及一枚受到特定條件保護的明年首輪選秀權。

 

 

aaron-afflalo
Aaron Afflalo是金塊謠言風暴中少數如願轉到強隊的人,即使他在球場上不隨意展露表情,但在不少場合也不難看出他來到新環境的喜悅

 

 

Shortly after that, they sent JaVale McGee to the Philadelphia 76ers with a protected first-rounder in what effectively amounted to a salary dump.

 

同一天的幾分鐘後,金塊為了節省本季的球員薪資總額,還順道把年薪千萬但近年因傷所困的長人JaVale McGee送往七六人。只是,他們得同時附送七六人一個受條件保護的首輪選秀籤。

 

javale Mcgee
JaVale McGee雖貴為長人,但諸多因素使得他不但被金塊放棄,甚至到現在還找不到新東家

 

Two weeks later, Denver fired head coach Brian Shaw and immediately proceeded to win six of its next eight games, looking like as entirely different team.

 

交易截止日兩週後,金塊開除了帶戰備受批評的Brian Shaw,球隊也以8戰6勝的成績開出慶祝行情,讓人認為球隊變得不一樣了。

 

金塊終於在三月承認聘用Brian Shaw是場錯誤,但為時已晚

 

That didn't last long, however, as the Nuggets then dropped eight of their next 10 games, including a 14-point loss at the hands of the bottom-feeding 76ers.

 

只可惜,這段蜜月期並不持久。金塊在接下來的10場比賽又輸了八場,這其中還包括以14分的差距輸給戰績更差的七六人。

 

Come the offseason, Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly must determine whether Melvin Hunt is the right long-term fit for the franchise, or if there's a better head coaching candidate out there.

 

今年暑假,金塊總管Tim Connelly有一個必做任務,那就是:評估目前掛名代理總教練的Melvin Hunt,是不是適合球隊長期發展的正確人選。否則,他們就要另外在市場上尋找其他評價更好的教練。

 

即使Melvin Hunt比Shaw會帶心,但種種跡象顯示他並不是金塊高層最理想的總教練人選

 

First, however, "Denver needs to figure out what kind of team it wants to be," as Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin wrote.

 

然而,在NBC體育網站旗下籃球部落格「Pro Basketball Talk」資深記者Kurt Helin的文章中,他認為金塊第一個要解決的事情,其實是「仔細思考想要在下一季成為什麼樣的球隊」。

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