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Well, the somber day has come where I have decided to hang up the sneaks (I keep getting kankles!) from Razzball, and focus on one thing more important and one thing less important in my life – my family, and my career.  Haha, if anyone at my job stumbles onto this, I’m only kidding!  When you work full time along with giving Razzball Hoops the love and tender care it needs, it can stretch you a little thin.

Man, 4.5 years leading the Razzball Basketball charge.  I thought it was only 3.5.  Can’t believe I took this over at the tail end of the 2012-13 season, had my first articles get maybe 2-3 comments and sometimes none, and the community here grew to what it is today.  Still getting all you guys visiting after the season just ended!  It’s awesome.  I know when people leave they get sappy, and blahty-blah they say emo things, but it’s 100% true that the biggest thing I’m going to miss will be the comments and you commenters.  Just having people spend their time dropping by to chat hoops meant the world.  In that vein, hit me up any time on Twitter (@jbgilpin) to keep talking some hoops, and I’m sure Razzball Basketball is going to continue to be the best spot on the interwebs for fantasy hoops content.

Can’t believe this is going to be my final post…  It’s so weird!  Almost 6 years at Razzball, 8 writing for fantasy sports, and it’s just become my time to retire.  Blabby run-on intro, JB, what else is new?!  Hah, so for my final post, I decided to take it on Daily Notes style, since that was my favorite part of basketball writing.  I thought it’d be the most fun to review everything from my tenure notes style, for a look back and the laughs and the cries (F you Andrew Wiggins!) over the years.  Slim and I are going to do a sign-off Podcast this week, then I am setting sail around the world (aka, going to spend more time with the family and my new dog).  So for the last time, here’s what went down over the last 4.5 years of Razzball Fantasy Basketball:

ThrAGNOF – Has any term we made up been more pertinent to our Razzball lexicon?!  Threes Ain’t Got No Face, baby!  Of course it evolved from SAGNOF on the baseball side, so not like it was our own unique creation, but the term and the fantasy application might be our most wide-reaching contribution.

#OccupyDraymondGreen – Occupy baby!  Oh cool, the Google found the graphic I took where I was the only expert to rank him top 100 his breakout season!  Musta felt like a kick to the nards to be out on DrayDray that year!

IT2/3 – Has a nickname ever been so fitting, or organically created?!  Which is he – is he IT2 because he’s the second Isaiah Thomas?!  He’s IT3 because he makes 3s?!  Well, he’s both, and only 2/3 the size of a normal NBA player…  IT2/3 it is!

Dimebag – When you get 10 dimes, you need a bag for all of em!  Yeah, I say this term to myself when I see bottom lines on ESPN of guys racking up 10 dimes…

Bad Barbers – Holy crap, could they shave his name into my head any worse?!

Raymond Felton Being Fat – Hah, not like I wasn’t piling on to an easy target – an easy BIG target – but that was mad fun for a stretch.  I forgot about this YouTube vid, which cheers me up to no end.  Definitely give it a watch!

I need some laughs on a sad day like this!  “…and just McFucks it!”

Monsieur Elbow – This one didn’t take on as much as I hoped, but damn it this isn’t a fitting highlight!

Deadspin stealing my GIFs – Thanks to Jay for helping us get launched with gfycat this year and helping us have the tools to make awesome GIFs!  Deadspin coulda asked for my KAT GIF!

Goromotaro – 20/20 games aren’t too common, but they’re more common than mentioning Joakim Noah these days!  Meh well, wanted to show this graphic one more time:

 

The Virgin – Speaking of images, Evan Fournier was the perfect blend of awesome nickname/awesome graphic!

The Fournier-Year-Old Virgin

Slim Hating Old People – …And was usually right.  Stupid Pau Gasol!  Stupid Spurs!

Jamba Jus – Given a turbulent start, this one didn’t catch on too great, but now that he looks like he’s gonna be a boss in Portland (where I bet there have A TON of Jamba Juices), I think it could make a comeback!

Joel EMBIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIID – Hah don’t need to say more….

The Year of the Neck Tat – Recency bias!  But my final season will always be remembered as the year of the Neck Tat to me…

Chandler Parsons As long as it’ll be remembered more for neck tats than my Parsons rank!  Argh!  I though Wiggins would be my worst rank, but I woulda taken Wiggins’ soph. season outta Parsons this year, any day!

Interviewing Nick Van Exel – I still have his phone number!  Fun to show off when I’m out drinking and a conversation about the NBA breaks out 🙂  Getting to ask someone about their time playing with Kobe Bryant, and well being an NBA All-Star in their own right, is pretty effin cool.

Guess the Kobe Bryant Line – Speaking of Kobe, I don’t even remember how this started!  Our precursor to the below game with the commenters, Kobe was such a random number generator at the end, that is impossible to master!

The 30 Point Challenge Board – Such a fun game!  I get to go out on top!  Take that Slim!

The Razzies – Yeah, F end of year superlatives!  We want end of year…  underlatives?!  If you wanna go down memory lane, they’re all linked in the last Razzies we did.

Ranks – Ah, a good 30% of my Summer…  500 Days of Summer to get the rankings done and constantly updated!  Do me a favor, and don’t look back at the ranks from over the years too closely 🙂

The REL League – The pursuit of the gold jersey will still go on!

 

Man, I bet if I sat here all night, I could come up dozens and dozens of more memories…  Thanks for the mammaries!  That’s what I’d yell at Raymond Felton when he retires…

Seriously though, this has been an awesome experience, and a mere final post could never suffice what it’s like to walk away.  I’ll miss Razzball Nation dearly, but basketball will go on.  Razzball Basketball will go on.  It’s just a new day.  And for the last time (well, minus our Final Podcast), drop by in the comments and let me know how your squads are doing!  [haha, well, you know what I mean…]

  1. Shahed says:
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    Damn JB, I only discovered Razzball this year, I was planning on joining one of your RCL leagues next year.
    Gonna miss your articles and podcasts, they were great, I even got a couple of should outs. Your podcast and Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye’s podcast are the only podcasts I listen to.
    Anyway, just thought I’d send my appreciation, you’ve always got good advice. Thanks for the help and laughs from London.

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      @Shahed: *shout outs

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        JB Gilpin says:
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        @Shahed: I know man, this really sucks… I wasn’t just pandering in the write-up there, doing my last comments with the goodbyes is the roughest part…

        Damn, putting us in elite company with our Podcast! I’m gonna miss it too man, we got one more probably for tomorrow morning though!

        Really appreciate that and thanks for reading once you found us! Hit me up on twitter any time to continue the hoops convo

  2. Toni Vidal says:
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    WTFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF!!!! Are you kidding us???? I can´t believe it!!! OMG… I´m shock… Weeellll… mmm…
    I can only thank you all the time you have dedicated to making us enjoy the fantasy leagues. I really hope you do well in life. Of course I’ll follow you on twitter. Uf .. well man … it’s as if the protagonist of the movie dies at the end. This is how I feel… so sad!!!
    You’ve been with me for many hours. Reading your articles and listening to podcasts …. I think I read you first time three years ago. It was before that I knew my girlfriend!!! hahahaha…
    I hope to be able to keep in touch with you through my @PlanetaNba twitter account. A project that I started thanks to the motivation you have given me from this page. You are all incredible!
    Thank you so much for everything. Be happy JB!!!

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Toni Vidal: Hah sorry man… I know, it sucks, I’m not exactly “happy” to be leaving either, but looking forward to the new days ahead.

      Hahahaha well now your girlfriend can have you for more of her time! Hah. Glad to hear our relationship lasted so long 🙂 But it’s not a breakup! We’ll just do long distance on twitter 🙂 Just sent ya a message on the twitter 🙂

      I’ll be following your stuff there, gives me all the adoration in the world that I helped motivate you to run your own page…

      Thanks is all mine to you readers for dropping by. Thanks man!

  3. Threekola says:
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    Good luck with everything JB, Ima miss you my man.

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Threekola: Thanks so much man. I know this comes to a sudden end and you’ve been commenting forever. I’m gonna miss ya.

      -Ya boi, JB

      • Threekola says:
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        @JB Gilpin:

        awwwwww that got me, love ya man

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Threekola: Hah love ya too. I will remember and miss each and every commenter, especially the frequent ones 🙂

  4. Lasandro says:
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    Mate, I don’t think I could properly articulate how much I, and the rest of the RB community, are going to miss you.

    I’ve followed each and every article and pod you’ve put up, and spent endless nights chuckling at your random jokes and movie references. Even on my travels, I’d look forward to the time of the day where your daily notes would come out. I recall listening to a pod of yours almost three years ago while on vacay in Bali, cocktail in hand. I also remember reading one of your write ups as I sipped on coffee in Paris. This shit was a lifestyle. Still will be, but not nearly as good without you. I know @Slim would agree.

    On a personal front, we’ll obviously still be in touch, but it’s gonna be strange logging on to razzball and not seeing your name pop up. Not sure how long I’ll be visiting tbh..

    Wish you all the very best with fam and work! You’ll always be tops in my fantasy ranks.. right behind Jimmaaaay and Neck Tat James 😎

    • JB Gilpin

      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Lasandro: I couldn’t articulate it either, my post above was the best I could do haha.

      The world traveler Las, bringing Razzball to the 7 wonders of the world! Damn, that really makes me sad to go, but you can still sip on that coffee and drink in Bali shooting some dimes to me clowning the new NBA player doing something silly any time 🙂

      Hah if I’m 3rd behind those ballers, that’s good enough for me! Gonna miss ya on the site man…

  5. Wu Tanguay Clan says:
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    best of luck with everything JB, hard to believe its been almost 5 years….

    I honestly have memories sitting in stupid places like the closest burger king or on a buddy’s couch when I find a hot player on the waiver, and being too nervous to add em without asking your opinion first….. it’s gonna be a hard transition!

    I’m sure you’re making the right decision, but it’s pretty Timmy-D of you to sneak out after the season ends with a small post! I’m sure the Razz HOF will be calling you soon!

    Thanks again buddy, for all you did! Impacted a lot of people’s lives, and more importantly their fantasy seasons!

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Wu Tanguay Clan: Thanks man, really appreciate it… I know right?! Flew by…

      Damn well the site will still be here, we’ll have someone good to answer, and you can always tweet me those same burger king tough decisions any time! @jbgilpin

      Hah compared to Timmy D works for me 🙂 I’m a quiet killer haha. Man, yeah the commenter interaction is what I’m gonna miss most, and kind words like that make it rough to leave, but it’s on to new things for me and hopefully they go as well as my time here. Thanks again for saying bye!

  6. JakeTPE says:
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    JB — What it is!!

    I’ve been a longtime baseball reader/listener but was so glad to find you for the basketball this year in your swan song. Curry, Draymond, Monsieur Elbow, and YOU helped deliver a championship! So please add Taipei to Bali and Paris above among the many other locales where Razzball reigns supreme.

    Thanks for all your insight. Hope you’ll continue to host the baseball podcast this season. We all need our JB fix after all. But it’s good to prioritize and reset as well. We’ll miss ya and see you over on the Twitter!

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      @JakeTPE: Hah well glad we converted ya to some hoops! And glad I helped with a title!

      Damnnnn, I know we were globetrotting, but not this much, that’s so cool! Gonna really miss this…

      Nah I am out of everything, didn’t mean for it to be so abrupt, but I’m here to finish basketball, we’ll leave it at that 🙂

      Send me a message or follow on the tweets and we’ll be sure to keep in touch man! Thanks for saying bye!

  7. peacecoast says:
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    Sorry to see you go man, I will miss the podcast. And the Joe Ross music. Good luck in all things.

    P.S. What about the podcast?

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @peacecoast: Yeah man, it’s gonna be a tough transition, but it’s what best for me. Gonna miss the show! Doing a sign off Pod for the basketball show with Slim, but the Pod is going on with Grey and Halp I’m sure it’ll still be solid

  8. Count de Monetball says:
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    Noooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!! It’s been a treat! Thanks JB for everything!!!!! Best wishes to you and your family!

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      @Count de Monetball: Thank you good sir! As I mentioned in this goodbye, the comments are gonna be what I miss most… Appreciate the wishes, and same to you man! Hit me up with pitcher thoughts or anything you wanna catch up on any time on the tweets @jbgilpin

  9. Clyde Prompto says:
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    Well dang, reading the daily notes during the season has been a part of my morning routine for years. Thanks for all the chuckles and insight, and enjoy life with the fam.

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      @Clyde Prompto: Really really appreciate that man… You’ve been a huge part of comments for so long I can’t begin to thank ya for reading through the years, meant a lot. Labradoodles! It’s sad, but feels nice to turn the chapter to some other things too. Gonna miss the fam over here!

      • Clyde Prompto says:
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        @JB Gilpin: Are you still gonna be doing the SP Rankings and podcasts on the baseball side?

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          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Clyde Prompto: Nah I am out for good 🙁 Didn’t mean for it to be sudden, but pleading the 5th on the abruptness 🙂

          • Clyde Prompto says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Did Robin Lopez find you? I’ve seen what he’s done to mascots, I can only imagine what he’d do to the fantasy hoops expert who repeatedly called him the worst player in the league. I can’t blame you for getting the hell out of dodge. Seriously though, I wish you nothing best of luck in your next chapter.

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              @Clyde Prompto: Hahaha, he came at me with a butcher knife psycho style! Music played and everything… Wow, that’s super terrifying!

              Appreciate that man, I look forward to some new stuff. Gonna miss ya!

  10. Jake says:
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    JB-

    Sad to see you go, but I am very excited for your next adventure. I didn’t comment too much for the 2016-2017 season, but I was more active in the comments the prior season. Thanks to Razzball nation, I’ve won the last two championships in my league. I remember picking up Shane Larkin in the championship week for the 2015-2016 season because of Razzball and he led me to victory. Loved the podcast and daily notes. Your humor will be greatly missed! Come back and see us sometime.

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      @Jake: Thanks man, yeah I remember ya back from the day 🙂 Congrats on your titles man, hah Shane Larkin! That feels like forever ago… Appreciate you reading and listening through the years, I’m def gonna miss it.

  11. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    JB,

    Whats good, brother??? Its sad to see you go my dude. Razzball Basketball won’t be the same without you at the helm. Looking forward to the farewell podcast. All the best.

    Oh, congrats on the dog. What type of dog is it? Did you name it after a baller??

    Thanks for all the good times and good reads.

    OMP

    • JB Gilpin

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      @OldMilwaukeePounders: Hah what’s good man?! Appreciate the words man, yeah I gave it almost 5 years of blood sweat and tears, but I’m sure the new crew will run it well.

      Hah shes a german shepherd mix and an absolute cutie. Very well behaved and my pride n joy, named her Zoey. Wife didn’t quite wanna go for “Kawhi” hahahaha.

      Thanks again man, appreciate ya saying bye! Drop me a dime on twitter any time @jbgilpin

  12. Fenris-77

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    Dude, it’s a sad Razzday when you’re hanging up your high-tops. Thanks for all the content though, and enjoy the fam. I stopped writing about fantasy for the exact same reason, so I get where you’re at.

    You should come back for a commentator league at the least though. Call it cutting the cord but keeping some souvenirs. 🙂

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      @Fenris-77: Yeah I hear ya, it def can turn into a grind when you just wanna absorb. I def lost myself writing a lot though, it is something I loved to do and will miss.

      Haha we’ll see 🙂 If I do, I’ll try and shoot ya a dime before I post it 🙂

      • Fenris-77

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        @JB Gilpin: You don’t have to completely give it up. I moved from articles, editing, and a 15 -a-day+ post count to no articles or editing and a much more reasonable post count. Keeping at least some posting helped me keep my hand in and to scratch that writing itch. I also dropped from 10+ leagues a season to three, and that helped a lot too. I’m not dragging my soapbox out or anything, just saying I’ve been there and you don’t have to go all the way cold turkey. You too can play fantasy hoops and have a real life! Just don’t tell the proles, then they’ll all want girlfriends and clothes beyond ironic t-shirts, jeans, and Chucks.

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          @Fenris-77: 15 posts a day, where’d you write?!?! I was going to eventually go cold turkey, not go this abrupt, but uhhhhh… Let’s just say it wasn’t my call once I said I wanted to transition out 🙂

          Still gonna play in leagues for sure! I still wanna write too, just won’t be for fantasy sports most likely. I’m a cold turkey kinda guy tho, used to be an every day pothead in college! Gave it up completely once I moved in with my to-be wife 🙂

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            @JB Gilpin: I wrote for Fantasy Basketball Cafe when it was still a going concern (pre the migration to Basketball Monster). That’s not articles btw, but OCD forum work, mostly drop-add and trade advice, and my forum posts tend toward full paragraphs, not 140 word count snippets, so there was a lot of writing and research involved. It ended up being way to much and I had to cut the cord. Now I just post about the Raptors on a Raptors board and veru occasionally directly about fantasy hoops (like here). Anyway, however it works out, thanks and have a blast.

            I see we have another cold turkey issue in common too. Hah. 🙂

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              @Fenris-77: Ah cool, sounds like that woulda been a fun spot back in the day! Yeah ~10 articles a week plus comments def added up for me, I try and give a good healthy response to everyone.

              Appreciate that immensely man, I look forward to new adventures. And glad we had that in common man, college were the dayyyyyyyyyyyys haha

              • Fenris-77

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                @JB Gilpin: Yeah, the Cafe was the best fantasy site I’ve ever had the pleasure to post on. A great collection of really heady fantasy minds who were willing to discuss and share. Good times. A bunch of them write for more upscale sites now, Yahoo and BBM mostly.

                And yeah doode, dayyyyys for days. I miss strolling around campus with a J in my mouth thinking about how to reconcile Derrida and Medieval epic poetry. Kids are the best though, so it’s not like I want to trade back.

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                  @Fenris-77: Hah that encapsulation describes my thought on razzball basketball too. All positive people where we could argue stuff without it being annoying. Smart people.

                  I’m still sans-kids, but weed def made me a lot lazier haha. Razzball Basketball wouldnt have happened if I was still at it thats for sure lol

  13. Chris says:
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    Gonna miss your draft analysis JB. Out of all the bball analysts out there, I can relate to your opinions the best as I think you and me have similar drafting styles and strategies.

    Best of luck to you in the future!

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      @Chris: Wow, that means a ton man, really appreciate it. Yeah the mock draft then draft analysis was always a fun part of the summer… thanks for dropping by so much and will miss ya!

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        @JB Gilpin:

        Also, shout out to your daily game summaries as that definitely helped me get the inside track on must own pickups and drops. Love the light hearted nature of your posts too. Big reason why I won the work fantasy league this year!

        Job well done!

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          @Chris: Thanks man! Yeah those were my favorite articles to write. Glad I helped out even a little in gettin ya a title. Thanks again, will be missed!

  14. Jeremy says:
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    Noo JB who is going to argue with me on adams vs zaza anymore.

    Kidding aside, thanks for all your time and dedication. Good luck with the next chapter in your life. Hope you will come back and visit in the comment section 😀

    • JB Gilpin

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      @Jeremy: Hahaha we can get in a twitter feud over it! Still hit me up man and keep in touch, really appreciate the farewell. We’ll see on visiting, but it may just have to happen 🙂

  15. Heyward Ginobili says:
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    Nooo! What is this? May Fools Day?!

    Thanks for everything…all the razz b-ball stuff, playing in your RCLs, the podcasts with Slim and Grey, the top 100 pitcher ranks, The Poison-Goose raps! I have a keeper league team called Errbody Loves Draymond, because I was a beneficiary of the #Occupy movement. Good times over the years. I didn’t comment a ton but I was on this site daily. Wish you the best. Enjoy the fam!!

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      @Heyward Ginobili: For old times sake, one last question: should I keep Wiggins over any of these 5 guys next year (Westbrook, Leonard, Monseuir Elbow, #OccupyDG, Lillard)?

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        @Heyward Ginobili: Hahaha I noticed that after the post went up, that I was one month off from everyone thinking it’s a cruel joke. Hah! Nah it’s just retirement time… Poison Goose will make an appearance on the final pod, don’t you worry! Really appreciate the kind words and thankful you could drop by.

        Nahhhhhh, those keepers are all money in the bank and all still pretty young too. Damn fun set of keeps for sure! All top 15 for me

  16. Metlgod says:
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    Just a random reader from baseball side I enjoyed your work Thank you

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Metlgod: Appreciate that a ton man, it sucks to be leaving it behind… Didn’t even get to say bye on baseball, which is sad… Not my call. But life moves on, excited for new adventures, and really appreciate you reading and saying bye!

  17. Drez1 says:
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    You were the wind beneath my wings, Mr. JB.

    Now it’s your time to fly.

    Be free, my friend… be free.

    McCaaaaaaaaaaw!!

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      @Drez1: Hahahaha McCawwwwwwww! Gonna miss this place man, but means a lot to see everyone say bye. Keep it real man!

  18. J-FOH says:
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    You will always be the Capozzi named big biscuit!

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      @J-FOH: Hah he was a big dude too! Grey scaring away all the big podcast hosts hahahaha

  19. Mr. Green says:
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    So after reading all that my first thought was, you got a dog?!?! Congrats JB, living the good life! As the proud poppa to 2 dogs I’m thrilled for you.

    Also, its gonna be sad to see you go. Lots of good memories over the many, many years here. When talking about Wiggins I think you are just trying to make it easier to forget your past love for MCW, but then again lots of people were in love until they realized he couldn’t actually shoot. Which I hear is kind of important.

    Seriously though, sucks to hear you’re leaving, so hope everything works out for you. Basketball around here really turned a corner when you took over, I know I saw a huge difference. I’ll see you in the REL and if I’m not winning I’ll be rooting for you. Let’s be honest though, neither of us are winning the baseball REL this year. The good news is basketball is the most important REL and I fully expect to meet you in the finals next season JB!

    See ya man!

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      @Mr. Green: Haha thanks man! Yup our first dog, got a rescue, she’s about 2, and our pride and joy.

      Hahahahaha oh man, the MCW debacle. Meh, Rubio ended strong, he can’t shoot! Haha. Definitely some great memories and we’ll always be in touch.

      The battle for the gold jersey is on! I’m gettin it this year!

  20. High as Greg Kite says:
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    Say it ain’t so!

    Can’t say enough about what you’ve done for Razzball/basketball these last couple of years. It’s my go-to resource for fantasy basketball, and you’re a big reason why. You’re just good at what you do- so if you’re able to start writing somewhere else I hope you do- I know a lot of us would tune in.

    Great to see that haircut video again, lol, and look forward to competing again in the REL next year! Enjoy the time with the family and pup!

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      @High as Greg Kite: Ack yeah sadly it’s true, but we’ll still have the REL to battle in! You had a great season my man!

      Congrats on winning that RCL title and thanks for being a big part of the site. Really appreciate the kind words, I have a few things kicking, but going to take a hiatus for a while.

      Hahahahaha poor barber had no idea what he was doing… Will do man!

  21. shitbird says:
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    Ruff to see you go but I’m happy to have had your extremely valuable advice in baseball. I have Kluber as a super cheap keeper in two leagues thanks to one of your early pitcher profiles!
    This is my first visit to the basketball side of things and it seems you’ll be even more missed here.

    Last year I gave up a couple of time sucking obsessions to spend more time with my wife and daughter and it was one of the best decisions I’ve made. A new dog added to the family should just add to the fun and I know it will be rewarding. Take care brotherman.

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      @shitbird: Really appreciate that man, thanks for coming to say bye! Yeah Kluber is still running game for me in my long dyno too. Basketball def became my baby, it’s tough to see it released out into the wild, but I’m sure it’ll be taken over well.

      Wife and my other family asking for more of my time through things are all happy with the news. It sucks to take off, but it’s great at the same time. Wish I coulda done a proper goodbye over there, but ummmm, yeah could only do it here 🙂

  22. nick the smooth dick says:
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    I don’t read the basketball side, just here to say I love you JB. No hard feelings…

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @nick the smooth dick: None at all. It was one trivial thing in a long line of trivial things, you guys were having fun and hope you continue to have fun! Ralph seems more like the guy for the site’s audience anyway. Wasn’t supposed to be abrupt, I didn’t rage quit, but ummmm, I was rage quit on? Hahahaha that sounds gross.

  23. T-bone says:
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    Just another baseball reader making his way over to the basketball side to give props. Whenever I see Joe Ross suck, I will think of you. Farewell JB!!!

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      @T-bone: Haha I may have left because I knew he was about to get demoted… NOOOOOO!!!!! Hahahaha. Appreciate you bidding me adieu, but onto greener pastures for me. Thanks again!

  24. longbeachyo says:
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    Not cool JB! I have to search for you over here on the bball side to find out the bad news…! What the hell man!
    Well, you will be sorely missed on the baseball side as well. The pitcher rankings and posts will never be the same. ;( It really was nice having someone that could identify the pitches and give an in-depth review (plus the gamescore+!) of each pitcher. Again, you will be missed. Enjoy the family life, and seriously, good luck to you in all you do. If you do start writing again, please update it on linkedin too. Thanks.

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      @longbeachyo: Hah sorry man, was going to say bye over there, but uhhhhh, yeah had to here. Really appreciate that man, gonna miss the pitcher profiles! That all started as my own brainchild, a whim, and they turned into creating my own stat, GIFs, ranks, etc etc. Was really cool to see em grow and see it important enough that Grey felt they needed to go on in a similar way.

      Def will update LinkedIn if I find myself writing again, but it’s retirement for now. I could always Brett Favre it, ya never know! Keep in touch on there, or tweet me any time for more sports talk @jbgilpin

  25. Bye Felica says:
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    I didn’t think this was real at 1st so i fought through 2 pop ups wanting to tell me how i just won the sweepstakes and how to stop male pattern baldness.

    All joking aside you have known me on razz for 4-5 years and you (and slim) built this side of razz into a great escape for many of us. you guys provided advice, laughs, and helped countless noobs win championships (I was once one) You know I’m not into writing so I’ll sign off by saying thank you.

    Razz BB won’t be the same without you.

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      @Bye Felica: Haha well sadly it’s real and sadly you did not win the sweepstakes 🙂

      Really appreciate you dropping by and bidding farewell. Sucks it had to come to an end, but we’ll stay in touch on the tweets and in the REL. Onward and upward!

  26. Steven Boyle says:
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    Thanks for everything JB, I will sincerely miss reading your articles while I should be working!

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Steven Boyle: Hah thank man, really appreciate that. Thanks for saying bye, and have your boss thank me down the line when you’re more productive! Haha jk jk

  27. Wnwdotcom says:
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    Good luck JB! You brought me to this site with your knowledge and advice. Appreciate all the help over the years

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      @Wnwdotcom: Thanks man! I remember you commenting since forever ago, that’ll be what I miss most, shooting the shit about hoops. Best of luck to your league going forward, will miss ya!

  28. Connor says:
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    You’ll be missed JB, your notes and rankings have led me to back to back titles in my home league. Wishing you the best!

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      @Connor: Thanks man, gonna miss ya too! You were a stalwart on the 30 point challenge, thought you were gonna win it this year! All the best man, thanks for saying bye!

  29. Dante Green says:
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    So long buddy, twas a fun 3 years with you (and Slim). You’ll surely be missed!

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      JB Gilpin says:
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      @Dante Green: DANTEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! Gonna miss ya man, you’ve been such a long term commenter. Sucks to have to leave, but excited for new things. Hit me up any time if you have the twitter! @jbgilpin

      And best of luck to your leagues man, gonna miss ya!

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        @JB Gilpin:

        Gonna miss you man, and thanks for everything! Wishing you and your family all the best!

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          @Dante Green: Appreciate it Dante, pleasure was all mine! Will miss ya!

  30. Fungazi says:
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    Was never into hoops fantasy, but those starting pitcher ranks were A+ and looked forward to each week to listening to you and Grey duke it out on the pod. Thanks for the laughs and hits and misses on pitching ranks.

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      @Fungazi: Yo dude, really appreciate you saying bye. I remember you commenting for years and it sucks to leave so abruptly, but it wasn’t my decision to abandon like that. Will miss it a ton, but hit me up on twitter any time to keep the convo going! @jbgilpin Gonna miss it man!

  31. TOPSZN says:
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    Thank you JB for everything that you have done! We’ll definitely miss you! While, like Shaniqua, you won’t live here no more, Razzball will always be the house you helped build! May God bless you and your fam!

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      @TOPSZN: Shaniqua don’t live here no mo! Shaniqua don’t live here no mo! Shaniqua don’t live here no mo! Is Shaniqua there?! HELL NO! Hahahaha. Gonna miss you man, really appreciate you saying bye, I remember you dropping into comments for years. Gonna miss that immensely. Take care, and hit me up on twitter for basketball talk any time if you ever tweet!

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        @JB Gilpin: That’s so kind of you notice little old me haha! I have been following you guys religiously for years! My friends respect my basketball knowledge a lot more because I was a part of the #OccupyDraymond movement! I was able to win a title by picking Steph over Russ! You guys have provided me countless hours of entertainment. So many lunch breaks spent reading your ranks and nights spent listening to the pod! I’ll really miss you guys, but I know you’ll be moving onto bigger and better things 🙂 You’re a genuinely good dude and just awesome! I will definitely hit you up on twitter to talk about basketball (I also go by MachoSZN on there haha). Gotta rep the SZN movement for Drake (and maybe 2014 Johnny Manziel haha)! Anyways man, take care and thanks again for everything!

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          @TOPSZN: Hah I remember all the commenters if they came by frequently at all! Yeah you’ve been with me forever…

          Thanks so much for giving us your time, and glad we helped to get you some titles 🙂 Hah I try to be a good person, and yeah, still gonna be on the tweets to keep in touch and talk hoops. Gonna miss the community here a ton, and awesome commenters like yourself the most. Take it easy man, and don’t be a stranger!

  32. zaphrodesiac says:
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    Who’s going to get everybody to draft the Chandler Parsons next year???????

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      @zaphrodesiac: Haha I dunno man!!!!! We’ll see how high he gets ranked by the new brass!!!! haha stupid f-ing Chandler Parsons haha

  33. Jozeppi says:
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    Great run JB, def wont be the same and nuff respect for all the hard work and astute insight over the years. Time to put on that song and peep the pod one last time, haha. Really tho you and slim are the backbone of this whole operation, got some Embeiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiid
    Size shoes to fill. Enjoy the next chapter amigo.1

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      @Jozeppi: Hah appreciate that so much man, it was a fun ride! Glad to have an audience like we did and not whiff on too many calls 🙂 We tried to keep this a fun, funny, yet respectful ship, and it became quite a community. Gonna miss it! On to the next things, thanks for saying bye!

  34. Todd says:
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    Sorry to see you leaving JB but happy you’ll get some more family time. As you can see by the messages above you will truly be missed.

    I ‘ve got to tell you that I joined a keeper league a few years ago and frankly wasn’t a big NBA guy at the time but like fantasy sports. Searched for some great advice online and ran across Razzball and umped into reading your articles and preseason rankings. Totally saved me from a world I knew very little about! I’ve been fortunate to pick up guys like Draymond, IT2/3, and Myles Turner because of your advice. Keep in mind that I was an “expansion” team in this league and most of the top 100 guys were already accounted for when I started.

    With your guidance I won the “expansion league” championship this year and am building to a future that should compete for the overall league championship. We have very weird rules in our league!

    Anyway, long story, but your columns haves guided me and will truly be missed. One lst question for you though. Who to trust on this site now??

    Enjoy your “retirement”.

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      @Todd: Yeah the outpouring of support and farewells means a ton. Feels like I got back just as much as I put in, so leaving isn’t as painful as it could’ve been. Gonna miss these parts.

      Damn, yeah picking up on those has you a yearly contender now! At least even though I was a year early on Myles, if dyno drafters got him, they hit a home run!

      Hah can’t speak on the new brass, hopefully they keep you informed and entertained like we did. Can always hit me up on twitter for questions! But I’m sure they’ll pick it up from where we left off too.

      Will do man! Gonna miss it here!

  35. Quintero says:
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    I wish you would stay and make another thousands of Wiggins and Parsons predictions. God knows we hate to win leagues. It’s just for our addictions.
    I wish you would giggle and scream at Grey non-stop throughout all the baseball-less podcasts. Discussing Fifth Elements with Mr. Albright and convincing him it’s a must.
    I wish you would argue and twist all the Slim’s words and views that he got so mad, he quits golfing. Obviously not a golfer, should do more projecting and posting.

    None of that is going to happen, including the fantasy movie league, sadly.

    Pains to say this, but JB (no matter where are you now), I wanna say that we love small sample size at Razzball for as long as the memory goes but somehow you, this tall big giant boy man, came along over the screen and took a place in our hearts.

    Wish the best for you and your family. Keep in touch.

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      @Quintero: Haha I will make a Wiggins/Parsons parody site in the future 🙂

      Would’ve been nice to do a send off Pod with something silly like that, but ummmm, yeah wasn’t allowed to 🙂

      Agree on Slim. I don’t know why he’s pulling a Michael Jordan and doing a different sport he’s way inferior at…

      I totally am a giant boy man – in voice and stature – but also in personality. Just a big 6’7 kid! Thanks so much for this send-off man, it means a ton. Gonna miss these parts! Take care, and good luck avoiding the bad calls! Haha

  36. The Gintern says:
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    Nooooo was setting my fantasy movie league lineup which made me think to check in, only to stumble upon this sad news! Razzball led me to my first league title this year, and was my gateway for really getting into fantasy hoops. Gateway makes it sound like a bad thing, hah… Seriously — thanks for all of your help the past couple years, JB.

    Godspeed my rec-specced brother and best of luck with everything; hope the upcoming family time treats you well man!!!

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      @The Gintern: Ah damn, sorry you had to find out in such a painful way! Haha. Glad to get you through the gateway! But the fantasy basketball pusher is no longer pushing people through the gateway hah.

      Thanks so much for dropping by and saying bye, its a good change for me, but sucks to leave behind everyone. I’ll miss painfully trying to say your name on the Pod haha “Jin-tern?” “Ginn – tern”?! Hahaha. Take it easy man!

  37. draco21 says:
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    Hey JB and to an extent SLIM!

    Vanished for a while in the commenting boards but always been a fan of this website since 2014. Sad to see you go brother. Goodluck with the new career switch (AKA dog duties). Hope to see you on the comments next year tho! Cheers buddy!

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      @draco21: draco! Good to see ya man, I remember your commenter name for sure! Missed ya for a little while, but really appreciate ya saying by. Hah yeah got lots of new things going on, but excited to move on. Will miss running this place! Cheers!

  38. miles proudfoot says:
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    Hey JB,

    Wow, didn’t see this coming. I began playing fantasy bball when you came onto Razzball. You, Slim, and the Razzball crew is all I know. I was fortunate enough to find the site and your articles, amazing advice, and community you created. Can’t thank you enough for all of that. These things are always bittersweet and wish all the best for you and your family. Also, go out knowing that I can’t think of my beloved/self-hatred for my Knicks without the extremely apt Poppycockers knickname popping into my head or conversation. It’s not right, losing you but can’t seem to get rid of Phil and Melo.

    Take care and thank you for everything!

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