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Anonymous
Last month

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Bryce Cotton signing confirmed

Bryce Cotton Signed

The Perth Wildcats have signed fringe NBA player Bryce Cotton for the remainder of the 2016/17 NBL season.

Cotton is an exciting point guard with quality ball-handling skills and exceptional shooting ability.

He also has the capacity to play off the ball, meaning he'll be able to carry the ball when required, or bolster the team’s scoring options as a shooting guard.

The 24-year-old American played for the Utah Jazz during the 2014/15 NBA season, and last season he represented both the Phoenix Suns and the Memphis Grizzlies.

His best NBA game was in a 2015 Jazz win over Dallas, where he scored 21 points on eight of 15 shooting while dishing out four assists.

Cotton has also played in the NBA Development League as well as in Turkey and China.

He’s excited for the next chapter in his professional career.

"I consider myself a team-first player, and this is a great opportunity for me to help this very successful organisation really take on the second half of the season.

“I’m looking forward to getting on the court with my new teammates and working my hardest to do whatever I’m required to do."

Bryce Cotton was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, before heading to Rhode Island to play Division 1 college basketball for the Providence Friars.

In his senior year, he was one of the best college point guards in the United States, averaging 21.8 points and 5.8 assists per game on his way to being named Big East Tournament MVP in 2014.

Despite going unselected in the 2014 NBA Draft, he was picked up by the San Antonio Spurs before being assigned to their affiliated Development League team, the Austin Spurs.

In his time playing in the D-League, he has averaged 22.0 points per game, shooting at outstanding 47.6 per cent, including 44.9 per cent from outside the arc.

He’s also a strong defender, collecting 1.3 steals per game and getting on the end of 4.5 rebounds.

Wildcats coach Trevor Gleeson is confident that Cotton is the missing piece of the puzzle.

“We thought we needed more help with our ball handling and perimeter shooting,” he said.

”Bryce is an explosive scorer off the dribble or coming off screens to catch and shoot, with deep three-point range, and that’s really going to help us.

“He brings a lot of energy with his quickness, which our team will feed off. I think he’s going to become a crowd favourite very shortly.”

Bryce Cotton stands at 185cm and weighs 75kg.

He has arrived in Perth and will train with his new teammates for the first time today.

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Bill on the ball
Last month
12:02 3 Jan 17

Reply #616360

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

Finally. No two ways, he will cause much collateral damage to many teams.

Looking forward to game time.


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Anonymous
Last month
12:44 3 Jan 17

Reply #616361

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

Anyone keen to spill the beans on jj yet?


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Anonymous
Last month
12:54 3 Jan 17

Reply #616362

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

um JJ was the opposite type of player to what the Cats need. Thats all it is. Forget everyones conspiracy theories. He may of played reasonably well but it became pretty obvious that without Martin and some avg PG play that a dynamic PG was what they needed to make a final run at the playoffs. JJ just didnt have the skill set required.


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AKA
Last month
13:01 3 Jan 17

Reply #616364

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

The NBL have done extremely well to keep the real JJ story untold...... This looks like a great signing for Perth. Very similar player to Randle and Ware who are having huge success's in the league for their respective clubs.


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Anonymous
Last month
13:09 3 Jan 17

Reply #616365

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

Sorry anon you are wrong


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Ricey
Last month
13:26 3 Jan 17

Reply #616368

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

Underbelly: The JJ Story coming to channel 9 in 2017


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Anonymous
Last month
13:34 3 Jan 17

Reply #616371

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

Instead of the same two idiots continually saying "I know something you don't know" why don't they actually say what happened. Otherwise they look like attention seeking fools.


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Anonymous
Last month
13:42 3 Jan 17

Reply #616372

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

I honestly doubt something happened and it was just JJ wasn't the right fit.


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Anonymous
Last month
13:47 3 Jan 17

Reply #616373

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

I also know something you don't know :)


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AC
Last month
13:51 3 Jan 17

Reply #616374

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

I haven't heard the smug "I know something you don't know" line since grade 4.


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Anonymous
Last month
13:53 3 Jan 17

Reply #616375

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

I'm rubber, you're glue.


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AC
Last month
13:54 3 Jan 17

Reply #616376

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

A few people in the PEN15 club here

Looking forward to seeing Cotton suit up aginst Melbourne!


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Anonymous
Last month
13:56 3 Jan 17

Reply #616377

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

I'm also in the PEN15 club


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Anonymous
Last month
14:00 3 Jan 17

Reply #616378

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

Cotton has a very small frame.

Probably why he gets over looked in the NBA.

This could be a low key massive signing for Perth.

Will be interesting to see how he gels with the team.

If he's a court general then other players will naturally improve.


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Mike
Last month
14:52 3 Jan 17

Reply #616381

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

'I'm rubber, you're glue.'

How appropriate, you fight like a cow!


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Anonymous
Last month
15:41 3 Jan 17

Reply #616387

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

D martin will return this weekend


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56
Last month
15:54 3 Jan 17

Reply #616388

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

Let's not forget Gleeson also said Bragg would become a crowd favorite then proceeded to leave him on the bench....


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Anonymous
Last month
16:00 3 Jan 17

Reply #616389

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

He is a crowd favourite, what does him being benched have anything to do with that?


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Anonymous
Last month
16:08 3 Jan 17

Reply #616392

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

Cotton is not like ware or Randle. He's a better three point shooter


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56
Last month
16:09 3 Jan 17

Reply #616393

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

Do i really need to explain what I'm implying?
When Gleeson announces someone as quickly become a crowd favorite they get left on the bench...


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Dazz
Last month
16:11 3 Jan 17

Reply #616394

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

I love how the Cats always send out the email titled "Members First" then announce something everyone has known for a week.

I HOPE Cotton is the right fit. Interesting that they have gone for another PG. (Perhaps indicates Damo's recover is slower than expected?)
Have to wait and see how he goes in the NBL, but I think comparisons to Ware and Randle are premature, he doesn't strike me as a prolific scorer like those two.


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Anonymous
Last month
16:24 3 Jan 17

Reply #616395

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

Dazz how is it INTERESTING they've gone for another PG/SG.

It's exactly what they've been missing and exactly why they cut JJ


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Dazz
Last month
16:40 3 Jan 17

Reply #616396

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

In a perfect world I assumed the would have gone for a SG, maybe a combo. Cotton seems to be very much a PG. According to the scouting report Boti unearthed, he's not expected to be a prolific 3-point shooter.
As I said, we'll have to wait and see how he goes in the NBL. Maybe playing the 2 spot he'll let rip and average 20ppg. :-)


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Anonymous
Last month
17:50 3 Jan 17

Reply #616400

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

How does he not strike you as a prolific scorer Dazz, you really come up with some rubbish mate


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Dazz
Last month
17:53 3 Jan 17

Reply #616401

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

Cotton has a very small frame.
Probably why he gets over looked in the NBA.

Bryce Cotton was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona
There's ya problem, everyone knows that Cotton shrinks.


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Anonymous
Last month
17:57 3 Jan 17

Reply #616403

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

Maybe you need to find a new sport to analyze dazz


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Anonymous
Last month
17:59 3 Jan 17

Reply #616404

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

funny that's what all the afl fans said to him right before he got on the nbl bandwagon


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TD15
Last month
18:02 3 Jan 17

Reply #616406

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

After a couple of games his attitude will change, typical dazz


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JasonC
Last month
18:04 3 Jan 17

Reply #616407

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

Impressive hops!
https://youtu.be/EzIgozb1Fjg

JasonC


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Perth Wilburs
Last month
18:12 3 Jan 17

Reply #616408

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

Nice jumping ability but really that was 6 years ago and he is much older now, plus you can't jump like that in the NBL 95% of the time.


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Anonymous
Last month
18:14 3 Jan 17

Reply #616410

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

So where are you currently coaching Dazz?


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Anonymous
Last month
18:21 3 Jan 17

Reply #616412

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

Cotton is very explosive off two feet. Not so much off one.

Someone with his frame and size won't be using his vertical in traffic.

But all the NBL and Wildcats are showing are dunk highlights.

I'm more interested in seeing his shot creation off the dribble and dribble penetration.

I think Prather will benefit the most out of this and really enjoy playing with a dynamic PG/SG


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TD15
Last month
18:23 3 Jan 17

Reply #616413

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

Perth wilburs i think you need to check out the video on the wildcats instagram page


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koberulz
Last month
18:24 3 Jan 17

Reply #616414

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

Nice jumping ability but really that was 6 years ago and he is much older now



plus you can't jump like that in the NBL 95% of the time.
What about the NBL makes jumping any different to any other league?


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Anonymous
Last month
18:30 3 Jan 17

Reply #616416

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

Anyone Worried about him losing his hops needs to only look at this from 2015.




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Anonymous
Last month
18:50 3 Jan 17

Reply #616420

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

Perth Wilburs that wasn't 6 years ago, he's only 24.


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koberulz
Last month
19:05 3 Jan 17

Reply #616423

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

Correct, it was actually 8 years ago.


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Manu Fieldel
Last month
19:27 3 Jan 17

Reply #616424

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

Not another one who says 'correct'...


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Anonymous
Last month
19:36 3 Jan 17

Reply #616425

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

Daz you don't have to worry about his three point shooting he is very good at that. He is quite small though so the question will be his ability to get inside and either finish or draw defenders in


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Anonymous
Last month
19:37 3 Jan 17

Reply #616426

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

Daz his skill set is one of a combo guard. He can shoot the heck out of it. Defence can he guard SG not sure but if you have Damien Martin he can play on them


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Perth Wilburs
Last month
19:45 3 Jan 17

Reply #616428

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

You can't jump and skip around in a game like that in a dunk contest or a training session.

I would wait until the games start this week to form an opinion.


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Dazz
Last month
19:46 3 Jan 17

Reply #616430

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

If I posted the same shit a dozen times, but called myself "anonymous" does that make it stink less?


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Dazz
Last month
19:55 3 Jan 17

Reply #616431

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

It will be a great day for hoops when they discover a cure for the short-term memory loss so many are afflicted by.
(Although the cure for Cretinism has been known for a while, and that doesn't seem to have helped.)

WHERE have I been anything but positive about his signing?
All I have said is that we need to wait and see him play in the NBL BEFORE proclaiming that he's going to be as prolific as Ware and Randle.

As for "analysing" / "coaching" / whatever, as I clearly said, I am reading the scouting report from his actual coaches, published by a reputable journalist.
As opposed to those on here claiming he's a SG, based purely off sniffing their own farts.


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Luuuc
Last month
20:10 3 Jan 17

Reply #616434

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

Cotton & Gleeson press conference audio

https://audioboom.com/posts/5454259-bryce-cotton-s-first-press-conference-3-january-2017


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1.9M_Jawai
Last month
21:04 3 Jan 17

Reply #616442

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

Not that is matters too much but 6'1" looks to be pretty generous.

I think he's a coupe of inches shorter than that.

Regardless, I'm looking forward to seeing him ply his trade with the mighty Wildcats.


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Anonymous
Last month
21:36 3 Jan 17

Reply #616447

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

It was 2015 koberulz


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Anonymous
Last month
21:37 3 Jan 17

Reply #616448

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

Dazz, maybe have a crack at footy


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koberulz
Last month
21:41 3 Jan 17

Reply #616449

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

The Jazz video was, but not the video that was actually being discussed.


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Anonymous
Last month
21:49 3 Jan 17

Reply #616451

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

Ahh sorry mate, i must have missed that one


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Anonymous
Last month
21:56 3 Jan 17

Reply #616454

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

Notes from Presser

Bryce

Adjusting to timezone. Enjoying the weather.

Arrived on Sunday.

Learning the terminology and lingo.

Aware of the Wildcats history.

Up to speed with how the team is traveling.

Coach has told him to use his speed to his advantage. Use his instincts.

Cool to have Joe Ingles tweet him.

Right decision to come to Australia.

Weather's perfect, likes the coach and team.



Gleeson

Has had him in mind for two years.
Always on the radar. Fortunate to have him.

Win against the Hawks was big. Team played great. If they can play at that level the second half of the season will be fun.

League's the closest Gleeson has seen.

8 teams can make the playoffs.

Damo had his first practice. Not confirmed marto will be back yet. But hopeful. First time on court in 9 weeks.

Fingers crossed the Cats have a full strength team to pick from this weekend.

Wagstaff was fantastic last game. Glad he's hitting form at the right time



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Green 53
Last month
22:10 3 Jan 17

Reply #616457

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

I'm sure I heard in there somewhere that they are going to ask for Dazz's approval in the future before signing another import.


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Perth Wilburs
Last month
22:43 3 Jan 17

Reply #616461

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

Martin will be back next week. Perth v Adelaide.


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TD15
Last month
22:44 3 Jan 17

Reply #616462

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

The only option would be Dazz's GOAT Jermaine Dollar Beal


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Anonymous
Last month
22:45 3 Jan 17

Reply #616464

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

"As opposed to those on here claiming he's a SG, based purely off sniffing their own farts."

Sniffing my own farts? The cats press release states:

"Cotton is an exciting point guard with quality ball-handling skills and exceptional shooting ability.

He also has the capacity to play off the ball, meaning he'll be able to carry the ball when required, or bolster the team’s scoring options as a shooting guard."

So yes PG is his primary position but he can play off the ball and use his shooting ability too as a SG.

Watch the film and check his stats they would appear to concur that this guy can shoot very well.

I questioned his ability to play SG on defence given his small stature and frame but that's why I commented it may be less of an issue if he's paired in the backcourt with Martin, who may be capable of checking SGs.

I'm a big fan of yours generally Daz but you've incorrectly insulted me there


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TD15
Last month
22:59 3 Jan 17

Reply #616465

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

Be nice to your fan dazz, he is your only one


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LV
Last month
09:28 4 Jan 17

Reply #616487

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

This could potentially change the NBL landscape just like Casper Ware's signing did for United.

If so, then it Sucks for Cairns and they have indeed been screwed- they have 3 more games vs Perth.

Perth is also lucky in that they have 11 games left, less than everyone else (Sydney has 7...). And their schedule has been sparse while Martin is out.


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paul
Last month
15:03 4 Jan 17

Reply #616507

re: Bryce cotton signing announced

I like this signing. Can play both guard positions and has been playing off the ball a bit in Europe so is ready to swing between both spots as required.

Defence is the biggest concern, but if Martin is back soon Cotton will be in the backcourt with a mix of Damo, Kenny and Prather who can all defend like crazy.

Given Perth are well and truly in touch, this signing gives them a real title chance if Cotton is fit and firing.


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Dazz
Last month
22:24 17 Jan 17

Reply #619258

re: Bryce Cotton signing confirmed

Not sure why people get so upset?
Primarily, all I said was that we should wait till we actually see him play in the NBL before proclaiming him to be better than Ware & Randle. I personally think that's sage advice regarding any new player to the NBL.
And he's a PG, not an SG. Simple fact. Like most PG's in his category, he can also score, that's generally what NBL teams look for in an import PG, and its certainly what Perth needed.

I pointed out that Boti had mentioned a scouting report from previous coaches indicating he wasn't necessarily a 3-point gun. And for some reason that has enraged people?
Then they have defended their outrage, based on nothing.

Ironically, his 3-point shooting so far has been on average shit. But I'm hoping that will settle down. Again, all I'm saying is that we should wait and see, before proclaiming him the saviour of the Cats' despicable 3-point ability.


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Anonymous
Last month
22:27 17 Jan 17

Reply #619259

re: Bryce Cotton signing confirmed

thanks for bumping an old thread to repeat things you had already said. you really added a lot to the conversation with that. totally worth it. we are all looking forward to another reminder in a couple of weeks.


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Dazz
Last month
22:29 17 Jan 17

Reply #619261

re: Bryce Cotton signing confirmed

But what's the overall impression so far?

He definitely looks to be a very capable PG, and the Cats often rely on him to bring the ball up. D seems decent, and will hopefully improve as he settles into the league.
So far he looks like he could have a real future in this league, if he wants it, and the money is right.

He has been very wasteful, especially from beyond the arc. Any opinions?
Is he possibly a bit fatigued, having a few weeks off, then coming in and playing big minutes??
Or is he just feeling pressure to take too many shots?

Overall, got to be happy with the points he's producing, and if he can improve his accuracy and/or shot selection, it could be awesome.


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Anonymous
Last month
22:30 17 Jan 17

Reply #619262

re: Bryce Cotton signing confirmed

he is just a shorter beal so far. one good shooting game and the rest meh.


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Anonymous
Last month
22:46 17 Jan 17

Reply #619263

re: Bryce Cotton signing confirmed

I like him so far. Expecting him to improve as the team does and as he gets more comfortable. I think he's definitely the missing piece we were after, we just need to get all our pieces together and playing well.

Even when he's not scoring the team looks 100 times better when he's on the court imo. Having someone like him to be able to carry the ball and make some plays happen, we look so much better.


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paul
Last month
00:07 18 Jan 17

Reply #619278

re: Bryce Cotton signing confirmed

He certainly looks like the sort of SG the Wildcats need, but he seems to struggle at times without Martin running the point, which is understandable given how new he is.

His shooting percentages have been poor, but he's also been left holding the can late in the shot clock many times. I think it's too early to tell.


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