Albert Dadson – TalkBasket.net https://www.talkbasket.net NBA, EuroLeague, FIBA basketball news Fri, 25 Sep 2020 23:55:24 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.6 Tristan Thompson and Cleveland Cavaliers have mutual interest https://www.talkbasket.net/105058-tristan-thompson-and-cleveland-cavaliers-have-mutual-interest https://www.talkbasket.net/105058-tristan-thompson-and-cleveland-cavaliers-have-mutual-interest#respond Fri, 25 Sep 2020 20:36:08 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=105058 Tristan Thompson and the Cleveland Cavaliers have mutual interest according to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com. Thompson has been a Cavs player for a long time. He was able to get signed to a five-year, $82 million deal when LeBron James was on the team. It is understandable that the Cavaliers would want Tristan Thompson back. […]

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Tristan Thompson and Cleveland Cavaliers have mutual interest

Tristan Thompson and the Cleveland Cavaliers have mutual interest according to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com. Thompson has been a Cavs player for a long time. He was able to get signed to a five-year, $82 million deal when LeBron James was on the team.

It is understandable that the Cavaliers would want Tristan Thompson back. The team is transformed now though since LeBron left. They have drafted two point guards and both of them have not panned out. Thompson represents a time when things were great for the Cavaliers. He has won a lot of games for them.

Here what Cavs GM Koby Altman said about Tristan Thompson:

“I think it’s fair to say there’s mutual interest for sure,” general manager Koby Altman said about the possibility of re-signing Thompson. “He’s been with this franchise his entire career since we drafted him. He’s won a championship here. Obviously, he means a lot to the players on the team right now, but it has to make sense. There are some events coming up — the draft, free agency — where we have to see if it makes sense for him. He’s earned the right to be an unrestricted free agent and explore opportunities at this point in his career. So, we’ll see.”

The Cavaliers and Tristan Thompson have been through a lot. They have won championships together and they have lost championships together. A player with that much experience needs to be treated with the upmost importance. Thompson may be a Cavalier for as long as he plays and that will be fine with the Cavalier nation.

Tristan Thompson is a fan favorite and gets massive respect from the team. The Cavaliers honoring Thompson with another contract would mean the end of his career. Thompson’s career is one that was elongated by hard work and determination. He will be remembered as a Cavalier forever.

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LaMelo Ball plays like Jason Kidd according to Andrew Bogut https://www.talkbasket.net/105053-lamelo-ball-plays-like-jason-kidd-according-to-andrew-bogut https://www.talkbasket.net/105053-lamelo-ball-plays-like-jason-kidd-according-to-andrew-bogut#respond Fri, 25 Sep 2020 18:39:41 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=105053 LaMelo Ball plays like Jason Kidd, according to Andrew Bogut. Bogut, who is from Australia, was a former first overall pick. Ball is projected to be a top pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. LaMelo Ball has done a lot for Australia. He owns a basketball team there and he played a great season for […]

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LaMelo Ball plays like Jason Kidd according to Andrew Bogut

LaMelo Ball plays like Jason Kidd, according to Andrew Bogut. Bogut, who is from Australia, was a former first overall pick. Ball is projected to be a top pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. LaMelo Ball has done a lot for Australia. He owns a basketball team there and he played a great season for the Australia league.

LaMelo Ball needs to be great in the NBA next season. Lonzo Ball has struggled and LiAngelo Ball was not able to make it to the NBA. LaMelo will try to save the Ball family from falling into obscurity. Usually the oldest is the one that becomes great and the others follow but it looks like LaMelo has the best talent and will save the family.

Here’s what Bogut said about LaMelo Ball:

“Mainly his playmaking ability. I think when we played him, he seemed to make the right decisions every time down the floor. I think his passing is probably the number one aspect of his game. So I think he’s going to be a pure point guard in the mold of what Jason Kidd used to be, that kind of mold. I don’t see him as a big top scorer, I think he’s more going to be a Jason Kidd, Rajon Rondo type player.”

LaMelo Ball once scored 92 points in a high school game. He has the ability to take over the game and a team that has a top lottery position will want to draft him. It’s all about the fit. Ball is a ball dominant point guard. He will want to score.

A team that has a great defense will be perfect for him. It will be like when Derrick Rose was with the Chicago Bulls. Ball is a piece that can change the make up of your franchise. He has a lot to play for. The Ball family is a proud one and you can tell he wants to be the one to change how people perceive the family.

LaMelo Ball will have to get some more toughness in order to be able to handle the pressure of the NBA. Relying on his whole family will be key.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo is a sports hero, according to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar https://www.talkbasket.net/104791-giannis-antetokounmpo-is-a-sports-hero-according-to-kareem-abdul-jabbar https://www.talkbasket.net/104791-giannis-antetokounmpo-is-a-sports-hero-according-to-kareem-abdul-jabbar#respond Thu, 24 Sep 2020 01:03:58 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=104791 Giannis Antetokounmpo is a sports hero, according to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, per TIME Magazine. Everybody knows Antetokounmpo’s story. He moved from Africa to Greece. While in Greece, he developed into an NBA prospect. He had a bad first couple of seasons in the NBA, but he is now a two time NBA MVP. Antetokounmpo has defied […]

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Giannis Antetokounmpo is a sports hero, according to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Giannis Antetokounmpo is a sports hero, according to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, per TIME Magazine. Everybody knows Antetokounmpo’s story. He moved from Africa to Greece. While in Greece, he developed into an NBA prospect. He had a bad first couple of seasons in the NBA, but he is now a two time NBA MVP.

Antetokounmpo has defied the laws of reality. He is a seven footer that can dribble, shoot and take over games on all areas of the court. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was a seven footer that had an unstoppable hook shot but most of his points came from the post. Antetokounmpo has changed the game with his guard skills at his height.

Here’s what Abdul-Jabbar said about Antetokounmpo’s second MVP:

“Giannis Antetokounmpo, who just won a second straight NBA MVP award, has all that and more. To watch him play is to see not just what is, but also what is possible. There is some mystical quality that quickens a fan’s heart when they see that person walk onto the court. The true sports hero makes our bones vibrate and flesh ripple in anticipation of witnessing greatness,” the Bucks icon wrote.

Giannis Antetokounmpo is already an all-time great. He has to win a championship though. Multiple championships to be considered to be on the level of greats, like LeBron James and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The Milwaukee Bucks have to build a roster that will win a championship this offseason.

Antetokounmpo needs a player that can score at will. That, along with Khris Middleton, will create a big three that will be able to contend for a championship. The Milwaukee Bucks are the best team in the East. They have been for two years and there have been no results.

Giannis Antetokounmpo is truly a sports hero. The Milwaukee Bucks have work to do though. They have a great start in Antetokounmpo.

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Billy Donovan impressed with Chicago Bulls front office https://www.talkbasket.net/104737-billy-donovan-impressed-with-chicago-bulls-front-office https://www.talkbasket.net/104737-billy-donovan-impressed-with-chicago-bulls-front-office#respond Wed, 23 Sep 2020 16:19:33 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=104737 New Chicago Bulls head coach Billy Donovan is impressed with the front office, according to Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic. The Chicago Bulls are a first-class franchise. Chicago is the third-largest city in the country. To get the team where they need to be, they have acquired Donovan, who is coming off a bad tenure […]

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Billy Donovan impressed with Chicago Bulls front office

New Chicago Bulls head coach Billy Donovan is impressed with the front office, according to Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic. The Chicago Bulls are a first-class franchise. Chicago is the third-largest city in the country. To get the team where they need to be, they have acquired Donovan, who is coming off a bad tenure with the Thunder.

The Chicago Bulls are giving Donovan a second chance at being a head coach and he is taking the opportunity in stride. Donovan is learning the ins and outs of the organization. Hopefully, this signing is the start of the revitalization of the Chicago Bulls franchise.

Here’s the report on Billy Donovan from The Athletic:

According to one person with knowledge of the negotiations, Donovan came away impressed as much with [Arturas] Karnišovas and new general manager Marc Eversley as he was with the job they were selling him.

The Chicago Bulls have had problems with Zach LaVine and the coaching staff. Billy Donovan has impressed with his ability to relate to players. He has coached Joakim Noah and Russell Westbrook. Those are two players that are tough to handle and Donovan was able to lead one to a National Championship and another to an MVP award.

Will either one happen for LaVine? Former Thunder player Kevin Durant thinks so. Donovan was Durant’s coach for one year at OKC. LaVine is another slim and tough to guard player. The head coaching prowess of Billy Donovan should be an exciting draw for LaVine next year.

Zach LaVine seems at times to not love to play but a fun coach like Billy Donovan should reinvigorate LaVine’s thirst for competition. LaVine’s trust in the front office may be shattered, but Billy Donovan should repair everything.

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Luka Doncic is best player to build around per NBA Scouts https://www.talkbasket.net/104520-luka-doncic-is-best-player-to-build-around-per-nba-scouts https://www.talkbasket.net/104520-luka-doncic-is-best-player-to-build-around-per-nba-scouts#respond Mon, 21 Sep 2020 19:54:43 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=104520 Luka Doncic is the best player to build around, NBA scouts said, according to HoopsHype. Doncic had a great run in his second year. His third year should be special. The greats, like Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan, had some of the best third years in NBA history. LeBron James’ third year was also special. […]

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Luka Doncic is best player to build around per NBA Scouts

Luka Doncic is the best player to build around, NBA scouts said, according to HoopsHype. Doncic had a great run in his second year. His third year should be special. The greats, like Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan, had some of the best third years in NBA history. LeBron James’ third year was also special. He averaged 31.4 points per game.

Doncic has the ability to make plays and see the floor. His high basketball IQ helps him take the Dallas Mavericks to the next level. A player that you can build around is one that has the ability to make others better around them. Doncic has proved to be able to do that. As a bigger point guard, he has been able to use his size and abundance of basketball experience to win games.

Here’s what a scout said about Luka Doncic:

“To me, Luka is the clear No. 1,” one scout told HoopsHype. “He’s a guy who can be a lead ballhandler. Doncic is good enough to score and create at a high level, has the right mental makeup and is incredibly smart. He’s been a winner everywhere and will probably be a winner in the league.”

The next step of Doncic’s development is getting lighter and being able to blow right by players. If he wants to be able to lead the Mavericks far, he has to be able to handle the ball for a long period of time. The game has to be decided with the ball in his hands.

He will be the one to make the game winning shots and distribute the ball around to everybody. The greats, like Michael Jordan and LeBron James, have done it. They have won championships by being the dominant player on the court.

How does he do that? He will have to be able to figure out how to have an unstoppable way to score. Jordan had his mid-range shot and LeBron had his driving ability. Doncic, while not quite the athlete, has his smarts. He has to be able to rise to the challenge of every possession.

“He’s a do-it-all type of player who makes everyone better,” another scout told HoopsHype. “His production at his age is unreal. He scores like James Harden in a more team-oriented fashion. He’s one of the most fun players to watch. Dallas overachieved at a high level under his watch.”

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Paul George is receiving backlash from his teammates https://www.talkbasket.net/104501-paul-george-is-receiving-backlash-from-his-teammates https://www.talkbasket.net/104501-paul-george-is-receiving-backlash-from-his-teammates#respond Mon, 21 Sep 2020 14:52:52 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=104501 Paul George is receiving backlash from his teammates after a bad Game 7 loss, according to Shams Charania of the Athletic. The LA Clippers were up 3-1 and looked to head to the Western Conference Finals. The Denver Nuggets were then able to come back from another 3-1 deficit. Things looked okay during the postseason […]

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Paul George is receiving backlash from his teammates

Paul George is receiving backlash from his teammates after a bad Game 7 loss, according to Shams Charania of the Athletic. The LA Clippers were up 3-1 and looked to head to the Western Conference Finals. The Denver Nuggets were then able to come back from another 3-1 deficit.

Things looked okay during the postseason as the team was winning game sand building chemistry. Some players even provided support after a tough first round. George was the golden nugget of the Clippers offseason. He was the piece that would take them over the top.

Here’s the report on Paul George:

In the postgame locker room Tuesday night, George was preaching to teammates to remain committed, for all the players to return to the team this offseason and stay ready to make another run. It was met by some eye rolls and bewilderment, sources said, because George did not back up his words with action in the series and the team has multiple free agents with decisions to make. George scored 10 points on 4 of 16 shooting and 2 of 11 from 3-point range in Game 7 defeat.

George started out the season injured and that hurt the team in terms of chemistry. The hiatus did not help either because they could not go on the run that they needed. The team was never able to build the necessary bond to win a championship.

While George has never won a championship, he has built a great NBA career. He has not had the great career numbers either. Now, his chemistry with his teammates is in question. Next year has to be a big year for him.

The Clippers will have to reshuffle the roster and add new wrinkles to the team. What they did this year did not work and that means people will leave and people will come. George’s teammates want him to leave but Kawhi Leonard would not want that change. If the team wants a solution to the problem, they should start better fitting players like Montrezl Harrell and Landry Shamet.

Paul George is not liked by his teammates after a depressing Game 7 loss. The Denver Nuggets were an obstacle in their way that they could not overcome. It looks like the Clippers will have to try next year to win the battle of LA.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo talked about his future at MVP speech https://www.talkbasket.net/104076-giannis-antetokounmpo-talked-about-his-future-at-mvp-speech https://www.talkbasket.net/104076-giannis-antetokounmpo-talked-about-his-future-at-mvp-speech#respond Fri, 18 Sep 2020 19:47:22 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=104076 Giannis Antetokounmpo talked about his future after winning the MVP award during his MVP speech. This is Antetokounmpo’s second in a row. Now, with a potential free agency in the midst, Antetokounmpo told people what his decision will probably be. Antetokounmpo averaged 29.5 points, 13.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game this season. The Milwaukee […]

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Giannis Antetokounmpo talked about his future at MVP speech

Giannis Antetokounmpo talked about his future after winning the MVP award during his MVP speech. This is Antetokounmpo’s second in a row. Now, with a potential free agency in the midst, Antetokounmpo told people what his decision will probably be.

Antetokounmpo averaged 29.5 points, 13.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game this season. The Milwaukee Bucks didn’t win the championship though. That raises a big question. Will Giannis Antetokounmpo stay with the Milwaukee Bucks?

The MVP added insight on that:

“As long as everybody’s on the same page and as long as everybody’s fighting for the same thing, fighting for the same thing every single day, which is to be a champion, I don’t see why not to be in Milwaukee for the next 15 years,” he said.

Antetokounmpo says he wants to be in Milwaukee. If he is going to do that, then he will have to play point guard. That will negate his lack of shooting ability. The Bucks have to find a second scorer. Khris Middleton has not been able to create his own shot from mid-range.

A player like Devin Booker and Bradley Beal have the complete offensive arsenal that the Bucks need. Middleton as a third piece will be great because they will not need him to create his own shot. Antetokounmpo needs a scorer alongside him for the team to go far.

Antetokounmpo is now a two-time MVP, but the team has not had the success it needs yet. This year’s offseason will probably be more important than the year after. If the Bucks can get the player they want, then signing Antetokounmpo will be easier.

The Bucks were the best team in the East and then they flopped in the playoffs. Now, they will have to try again next season.

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BJ Armstrong says Nikola Jokic is the next player to change the game https://www.talkbasket.net/104024-bj-armstrong-says-nikola-jokic-is-the-next-player-to-change-the-game https://www.talkbasket.net/104024-bj-armstrong-says-nikola-jokic-is-the-next-player-to-change-the-game#respond Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:19:36 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=104024 BJ Armstrong says Nikola Jokic is the next player to change the game according to Sky Sports. Steph Curry made the three-pointer a necessity in the NBA. Big men in the past were the dominant species in the NBA. Point guards then were able to dominate with their ability shoot on the outside. The stretch […]

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BJ Armstrong says Nikola Jokic is the next player to change the game

BJ Armstrong says Nikola Jokic is the next player to change the game according to Sky Sports. Steph Curry made the three-pointer a necessity in the NBA. Big men in the past were the dominant species in the NBA. Point guards then were able to dominate with their ability shoot on the outside.

The stretch four was then a mainstay in the NBA. Fate cannot be contained. The big man is back. Nikola Jokic is leading the pack. Jokic has the ability to shoot the three, pass, rebound, dribble and post up. At 7’0. The big man has been able to watch the point guard and develop.

Here’s what BJ Armstrong said about Jokic’s development:

“Every now and then, the NBA takes a shift,” Armstrong said. “Stephen Curry created the last shift because he extended shooting range which created spacing, what we call ‘pace and space’. Curry is unique because he shoots the three with such accuracy. Now, in Jokic, you have a player who could potentially redefine his position, because he can stretch the game from the five (center) position. He is the first five-man you can actually run your offense through. He is a ‘point-five’.

Steph Curry was the 2010’s generational talent. Nikola Jokic is the talent of the 2020’s. The Denver Nuggets came back from two 3-1 deficits. Jokic was up against machines in Rudy Gobert and Kawhi Leonard and was still able to come out on top.

Now he faces LeBron James. The perfect basketball player. He has all the abilities Jokic has, but he is faster. Jokic is taller and he will have to use that advantage to win the series. The Denver Nuggets have the greatest big man ever on their hands and this playoff run in the bubble could change the landscape of the NBA.

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Shaun Livingston says the Warriors can win championships again https://www.talkbasket.net/103640-shaun-livingston-says-the-warriors-can-win-championships-again https://www.talkbasket.net/103640-shaun-livingston-says-the-warriors-can-win-championships-again#respond Tue, 15 Sep 2020 21:28:55 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=103640 Shaun Livingston says the Golden State Warriors can win championships again according to Wes Goldberg of Bay Area News Group. Livingston was a vital piece to the Warriors during their championship runs. The team is in a new state. Kevin Durant is no longer there and the team looks completely different. Steph Curry and Klay […]

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Shaun Livingston says the Warriors can win championships again

Shaun Livingston says the Golden State Warriors can win championships again according to Wes Goldberg of Bay Area News Group. Livingston was a vital piece to the Warriors during their championship runs. The team is in a new state. Kevin Durant is no longer there and the team looks completely different.

Steph Curry and Klay Thompson are coming back. They have a new piece at the three in Andrew Wiggins that will allow Curry to be the true number one player on the team. The Warriors are one of the teams to watch next season. They will have a stacked roster that includes a bench that is one of the best in the league.

Livingston said this about the Warriors title chances according to Wes Goldberg of Bay Area News Group:

“It’s hard to say. Depends on a lot of factors. Health. … I can definitely see (being a championship contender) within a 3 to 5-year window, it’s still open.”

The Warriors have a lot of great players. Curry was a top three player in the league when he was playing. Thompson is one of the best shooters in NBA history. Andrew Wiggins will have pressure taken off of him because of the talents around him. The Warriors can take a page out of the San Antonio Spurs book and draft a player that will help them next year.

What they do with the pick next year has yet to be seen. The team, though, has a lot of promising pieces on their roster. While winning three championships again is probably a little far fetched they have a chance to create a log jam in the West.

There are an abundance of great teams in the West. Teams that are waiting for their chance will be upset that the Warriors are now in contention again. Next year will be highly competitive in the West. It will be lopsided across the NBA landscape. The already better Western Conference will be light years better than the East.

Livingston is a home teamer and knows what the Warriors have done for him. They revitalized his career and took a once forgotten player into a champion. The Warriors are different now but they have a chance next year to create the same magic from the past.

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Brad Stevens talked about the versatility of Miami going into matchup https://www.talkbasket.net/103508-brad-stevens-talked-about-the-versatility-of-miami-going-into-matchup https://www.talkbasket.net/103508-brad-stevens-talked-about-the-versatility-of-miami-going-into-matchup#respond Mon, 14 Sep 2020 03:33:17 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=103508 Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens talked about the versatility of the Miami Heat going into the matchup on Tuesday. Two players he was impressed with the most were Jae Crowder and Andre Iguodala. Both players are great spot-up shooters. They help players like Goran Dragic and Jimmy Butler have kick out options when things […]

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Brad Stevens talked about the versatility of Miami going into matchup

Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens talked about the versatility of the Miami Heat going into the matchup on Tuesday. Two players he was impressed with the most were Jae Crowder and Andre Iguodala.

Both players are great spot-up shooters. They help players like Goran Dragic and Jimmy Butler have kick out options when things go awry. Teams like the LA Clippers are struggling this postseason because of the lack of three-point shooting on their roster. What is also great about them is their ability to play defense.

Brad Stevens talked about the two X-Factors going into Tuesday. According to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel he said:

“Like, I think the opportunity for them to play small ball, with even more versatility, and to surround those great shooters with more skill, but also guys that could guard the best players on the other teams for multiple possessions for end of games, or those types of things, has added a great deal to their team,” Stevens said.

Having smart 3 and D players on your team helps with being versatile. The Miami Heat have been able to get away with not having multiple stars on their team because they have wing players that can shoot and play defense on the team’s best players.

Jimmy Butler and Dragic have more room to create. The Celtics guard the perimeter with the best of them in the league but they have their work cut out for them in this matchup. Wing players like Jayson Tatum are required on their team to carry a heavy load on the offensive end.

The Eastern Conference Finals will be won on the wing. The team that is able to control both sides of the ball in terms of the athletes will move on to the Finals. Both teams got here because they have depth at the wing position.

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Houston thinks Jeff Van Gundy is the best option for coaching position https://www.talkbasket.net/103411-houston-thinks-jeff-van-gundy-is-the-best-option-for-coaching-position https://www.talkbasket.net/103411-houston-thinks-jeff-van-gundy-is-the-best-option-for-coaching-position#respond Sun, 13 Sep 2020 13:09:27 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=103411 The Houston Rockets think Jeff Van Gundy is the best option for the head coaching position, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times. Van Gundy has been out of coaching for a while. He has enjoyed a position with ESPN covering NBA games and even the Finals. The Houston Rockets were booted out […]

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Houston thinks Jeff Van Gundy is the best option for coaching position

The Houston Rockets think Jeff Van Gundy is the best option for the head coaching position, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times. Van Gundy has been out of coaching for a while. He has enjoyed a position with ESPN covering NBA games and even the Finals.

The Houston Rockets were booted out of the playoffs yet again and it’s time for a coaching change. Mike D’ Antoni has been the coach for years and he has not been able to ascend the Rockets to the Finals at all. The team lost three in a row after winning Game 2.

Here’s what their current coach D’ Antoni said about his tenure:

“We’ll see what happens. I had four years. Hopefully, it keeps going, but you just never know.” He definitely wants to continue coaching, whether it’s in Houston or elsewhere.

In 2016, Mike D’ Antoni became the Rockets’ coach. He was to usher in a faster pace and lead a potent scoring attack. James Harden has been a product of the system. He has won an MVP award and the team has won many games.

There have been seasons where the Rockets looked like the best team in the league but they were not able to pan out. They were all scoring. At some point, they had to play defense and they could not. The Rockets added Russell Westbrook as a counterpart instead of Chris Paul who had run point for so many years.

Westbrook is also an MVP. He and Harden were supposed to be unstoppable because of their ability to takeover games. Things didn’t work out this season. With D’ Antoni out, the Rockets are going with a more methodical approach with Van Gundy.

If it will work is why we all can’t wait for next season.

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Boston Celtics wish they drafted Jimmy Butler https://www.talkbasket.net/103330-boston-celtics-wish-that-they-drafted-jimmy-butler https://www.talkbasket.net/103330-boston-celtics-wish-that-they-drafted-jimmy-butler#respond Sun, 13 Sep 2020 00:52:27 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=103330 The Boston Celtics wish they drafted Jimmy Butler according to A. Sharrod Blakley of NBC Sports Boston. That is especially since the playoff run that he has had after leaving the Philadelphia 76ers this offseason. Butler has averaged 21.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists this postseason. He has led the Miami Heat to their […]

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Boston Celtics wish they drafted Jimmy Butler

The Boston Celtics wish they drafted Jimmy Butler according to A. Sharrod Blakley of NBC Sports Boston. That is especially since the playoff run that he has had after leaving the Philadelphia 76ers this offseason.

Butler has averaged 21.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists this postseason. He has led the Miami Heat to their first conference finals since LeBron James ruled south beach. If the team is able to go to the Finals, that will invigorate the franchise and add more excitement to the next season.

Boston Celtics assistant GM Mike Zarren talked about why he wishes he drafted Butler:

“The one that we talk about the most internally is Jimmy Butler and JaJuan Johnson,” Zarren said.

“Every team has tons of these stories. We had it narrowed down to those two guys and picked the wrong one. We should have picked Jimmy and we didn’t.”

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The Boston Celtics had the opportunity to draft him but didn’t. Butler back then was more of a defensive type of player. Over the years, though, he has become one of the best two-way players in the league. At the time, it didn’t seem like Butler would be great as he was drafted late in the first round. He has fought through pain in his life to become great.

Now in 2020, the Celtics and the Miami Heat face each other in the Eastern Conference Finals. We thought it was going to be the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers but shooting and perimeter defense proved superior in the Eastern Conference.

As teams retool next season, both of these teams will look to get better. Making good decisions in the offseason has contributed both of these teams’ success. While the Celtics missed out on Jimmy Butler, they have built a great team that has contended year in and year out.

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Paul George ended his press conference with two thumbs up https://www.talkbasket.net/103279-paul-george-ended-his-press-conference-with-two-thumbs-up https://www.talkbasket.net/103279-paul-george-ended-his-press-conference-with-two-thumbs-up#respond Sat, 12 Sep 2020 09:57:55 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=103279 Paul George surprisingly ended his press conference with two thumbs up. In what turned out to be a surprising defeat, the LA Clippers look like they are still optimistic. Kawhi Leonard had 36 points and Paul George had 26 points, but it still wasn’t enough. The problem was that the team overall wasn’t efficient. Overall, […]

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Paul George ended his press conference with two thumbs up

Paul George surprisingly ended his press conference with two thumbs up. In what turned out to be a surprising defeat, the LA Clippers look like they are still optimistic.

Kawhi Leonard had 36 points and Paul George had 26 points, but it still wasn’t enough. The problem was that the team overall wasn’t efficient. Overall, they shot 42.0 percent from the field and 38.1 percent from three. Paul George was the one that provided the team motivation while they are looking for answers for the loss.

Paul George said this about the loss:

“We gave them a little bit of life, and they played desperation ball. They didn’t have a choice. They played desperation ball. Credit them for not wanting to go home. They played great down the stretch. We just had to match it. But like I said, it all comes down to our approach Game 6.”

LA has proved to be able to beat when you can force them to miss their shots. They do not have any reliable three-point shooters and if George and Leonard aren’t efficient then that throws off the whole team.

Putting more of an emphasis on playmaking from the two stars will help ease their problems. The Clippers, while bitter sweet, will have another opportunity to close out.

“We’re in the driver’s seat,” George said. “We had them where we wanted them. Again we should have put them away. They came back, they won a game, and it just comes down to Game 6.”

The LA Clippers and Paul George have a big time matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Lakers won’t be forgiving when the Clippers miss opportunities. They will win this series but it is still a disappointment that they were not able to come out on top.

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Steph Curry gets shots up with Drake at OVO court https://www.talkbasket.net/103166-steph-curry-gets-shots-up-with-drake-at-ovo-court https://www.talkbasket.net/103166-steph-curry-gets-shots-up-with-drake-at-ovo-court#respond Fri, 11 Sep 2020 18:22:17 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=103166 Steph Curry has been out of the news due to the Golden State Warriors bad season but he has still made appearances here and there. This next new appearance was when Curry was seen getting shots up with Drake at the OVO court. The prospect of next season has the three-time champion excited for what’s […]

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Steph Curry gets shots up with Drake at OVO court

Steph Curry has been out of the news due to the Golden State Warriors bad season but he has still made appearances here and there. This next new appearance was when Curry was seen getting shots up with Drake at the OVO court.

The prospect of next season has the three-time champion excited for what’s to come. The Warriors have a high first-round pick that could be used to get the third star. Curry and Klay Thompson will be back. They have a new stadium that is innovative and represents the times.

The Warriors and Curry will be back next season. With three championships already won the team is now enjoying their offseason and getting back to work when the new season starts. Drake and Curry may have a beef that dates back to the 2019 NBA Finals but it looks like everything is under the bridge in 2020.

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Kevin Durant says Zach LaVine has superstar potential https://www.talkbasket.net/103038-kevin-durant-says-zach-lavine-has-superstar-potential https://www.talkbasket.net/103038-kevin-durant-says-zach-lavine-has-superstar-potential#respond Fri, 11 Sep 2020 00:21:45 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=103038 Kevin Durant says Zach LaVine has superstar potential. Durant was on The Old Man and the Three podcast today when he gave the proverbial torch up to LaVine. Zach LaVine has had great years statistically but has not had the overall team success that he needs to take it to the next level. In his […]

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Kevin Durant says Zach LaVine has superstar potential

Kevin Durant says Zach LaVine has superstar potential. Durant was on The Old Man and the Three podcast today when he gave the proverbial torch up to LaVine.

Zach LaVine has had great years statistically but has not had the overall team success that he needs to take it to the next level. In his career, LaVine has averaged 17.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists.

For LaVine to take it to the next level, he will have to get more efficient. He will have to use his athleticism to get to the hole to raise his field goal percentage and take better and less 3-point shots. Kevin Durant believes in him and that may be enough for his psyche.

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NBA season won’t begin earlier than Christmas Day https://www.talkbasket.net/103012-nba-season-wont-begin-earlier-than-christmas-day https://www.talkbasket.net/103012-nba-season-wont-begin-earlier-than-christmas-day#respond Thu, 10 Sep 2020 18:10:00 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=103012 The NBA season won’t begin earlier than Christmas Day according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. The NBA Finals are set to begin in October. The NBA draft will be in November. The hiatus has caused the NBA season and dates to be in flux. It has not yet been seen if fans will be […]

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NBA season won’t begin earlier than Christmas Day

The NBA season won’t begin earlier than Christmas Day according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. The NBA Finals are set to begin in October. The NBA draft will be in November. The hiatus has caused the NBA season and dates to be in flux. It has not yet been seen if fans will be allowed at games next season or games will be played at a bubble site next year.

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Kawhi Leonard talked about the team’s chemistry after Game 4 https://www.talkbasket.net/102959-kawhi-leonard-talked-about-the-teams-chemistry-after-game-4 https://www.talkbasket.net/102959-kawhi-leonard-talked-about-the-teams-chemistry-after-game-4#respond Thu, 10 Sep 2020 05:08:08 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=102959 Kawhi Leonard talked about the team’s chemistry after the game according to Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints. The LA Clippers have been one of the title favorites because of their depth. They have been trying to find their team chemistry. Kawhi Leonard had 30 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists, four steals and two blocks in Game […]

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Kawhi Leonard talked about the team’s chemistry after Game 4

Kawhi Leonard talked about the team’s chemistry after the game according to Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints. The LA Clippers have been one of the title favorites because of their depth. They have been trying to find their team chemistry.

Kawhi Leonard had 30 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists, four steals and two blocks in Game 4. Game 5 will call more of the same dominance. The whole team needs to get involved also to ensure a good game before the next round.

Kawhi Leonard talked about the team’s chemistry after Game 4:

“We’re all still learning each other. It’s a different team, especially with me and PG… We’re still trying to come together. I don’t know where we’re at. I know that we’re going to keep getting better and that’s the purpose each and every day.”

Kawhi Leonard will have to assume more of a playmaker role in the upcoming rounds. Relying on his teammates will be key. A top 10 player in Paul George is his counterpart.

Points will be hard to come by but getting more continuity with his teammates will help the Clippers advance.

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Doc Rivers says potential Conference Finals bid is not Clippers’ goal https://www.talkbasket.net/102954-doc-rivers-says-potential-conference-finals-bid-is-not-clippers-goal https://www.talkbasket.net/102954-doc-rivers-says-potential-conference-finals-bid-is-not-clippers-goal#respond Thu, 10 Sep 2020 04:48:33 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=102954 Head coach Doc Rivers says the team’s potential Conference Finals bid is not the LA Clippers goal according to Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints. The Clippers beat the Denver Nuggets easily in Game 4 and now Game 5 appears to be the final game of the series. The Clippers have seemed to find their stride now […]

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Doc Rivers says potential Conference Finals bid is not Clippers’ goal

Head coach Doc Rivers says the team’s potential Conference Finals bid is not the LA Clippers goal according to Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints. The Clippers beat the Denver Nuggets easily in Game 4 and now Game 5 appears to be the final game of the series.

The Clippers have seemed to find their stride now after winning two straight. The next win would further the Clippers goal to finally go to an NBA Finals.

Doc Rivers says this team has bigger goals in mind:

“Nothing. That’s not our goal, so I don’t think anyone cares. It was a zero reaction. We haven’t done anything yet.”

A title during these playoffs would be the first one for the franchise. This series has been impressive on the Clippers part and now the Conference Finals are one game away.

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Nick Nurse says Pascal Siakam is getting there https://www.talkbasket.net/102931-nick-nurse-says-that-pascal-siakam-is-getting-there https://www.talkbasket.net/102931-nick-nurse-says-that-pascal-siakam-is-getting-there#respond Thu, 10 Sep 2020 03:00:51 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=102931 Nick Nurse says Pascal Siakam is getting there, according to Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun. Siakam had another dismal game. Game 7 is the best time to become unleashed. Siakam had 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists in the game. While he was not able to score, he was able to impact the […]

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Nick Nurse says Pascal Siakam is getting there

Nick Nurse says Pascal Siakam is getting there, according to Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun. Siakam had another dismal game. Game 7 is the best time to become unleashed.

Siakam had 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists in the game. While he was not able to score, he was able to impact the game in other ways.

Head coach Nick Nurse says Game 7 is Siakam’s time to shine:

“I’m not saying it’s there, but it’s closer. There’s a possibility it could be there when the ball goes up on Friday.”

Siakam is needed in this Raptors offense. He is their best player and has looked flat. Game 7 is a big moment and he will have to get everybody involved early to then be able to take over at the end. The Raptors will win if Siakam has a good game.

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Kyle Lowry was exhausted after finding out he played 53 minutes https://www.talkbasket.net/102917-kyle-lowry-was-exhausted-after-finding-out-he-played-53-minutes https://www.talkbasket.net/102917-kyle-lowry-was-exhausted-after-finding-out-he-played-53-minutes#respond Thu, 10 Sep 2020 02:22:08 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=102917 Kyle Lowry was exhausted after finding out he played 53 minutes in the 2OT thriller against the Boston Celtics. Lowry scored 33 points in the game and now the Raptors will play in a Game 7. The matchup between the Celtics and Raptors has been an interesting one and the two teams seem evenly matched. […]

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Kyle Lowry was exhausted after finding out he played 53 minutes

Kyle Lowry was exhausted after finding out he played 53 minutes in the 2OT thriller against the Boston Celtics. Lowry scored 33 points in the game and now the Raptors will play in a Game 7. The matchup between the Celtics and Raptors has been an interesting one and the two teams seem evenly matched.

Game 7 is on Friday at 9.

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JaVale McGee will play tonight against the Rockets https://www.talkbasket.net/102691-javale-mcgee-will-play-tonight-against-the-rockets https://www.talkbasket.net/102691-javale-mcgee-will-play-tonight-against-the-rockets#respond Tue, 08 Sep 2020 22:38:41 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=102691 JaVale McGee will play tonight against the Houston Rockets according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. McGee is nursing an ankle injury but is well enough to play. The Lakers are coming off a big Game 2 victory and will need McGee’s end to end speed against the Houston Rocket’s relentless attack.

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JaVale McGee will play tonight against the Rockets

JaVale McGee will play tonight against the Houston Rockets according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. McGee is nursing an ankle injury but is well enough to play. The Lakers are coming off a big Game 2 victory and will need McGee’s end to end speed against the Houston Rocket’s relentless attack.

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LA Clippers have no injuries to report ahead of Game 4 https://www.talkbasket.net/102688-la-clippers-have-no-injuries-to-report-ahead-of-game-4 https://www.talkbasket.net/102688-la-clippers-have-no-injuries-to-report-ahead-of-game-4#respond Tue, 08 Sep 2020 22:18:51 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=102688 The LA Clippers have no injuries to report ahead of Game 4 of their Western Conference Semi-Finals matchup with the Denver Nuggets. Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints reported this on Tuesday night. The Clippers have the deepest team in the league and being healthy is something scary to think about for the other team. The two […]

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LA Clippers have no injuries to report ahead of Game 4

The LA Clippers have no injuries to report ahead of Game 4 of their Western Conference Semi-Finals matchup with the Denver Nuggets. Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints reported this on Tuesday night.

The Clippers have the deepest team in the league and being healthy is something scary to think about for the other team. The two teams’ matchup is on Wednesday night.

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Frank Vogel talks about the greatness of Russell Westbrook https://www.talkbasket.net/102539-frank-vogel-talks-about-the-greatness-of-russell-westbrook https://www.talkbasket.net/102539-frank-vogel-talks-about-the-greatness-of-russell-westbrook#respond Mon, 07 Sep 2020 11:05:39 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=102539 Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel talked about the greatness of Russell Westbrook after the game, according to Anthony Duckett of Space City Scoop. While Westbrook had a bad game, just having him on the court makes a difference. Westbrook went for 10 points, 13 rebounds and four assists. The Los Angeles Lakers were […]

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Frank Vogel talks about the greatness of Russell Westbrook

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel talked about the greatness of Russell Westbrook after the game, according to Anthony Duckett of Space City Scoop. While Westbrook had a bad game, just having him on the court makes a difference.

Westbrook went for 10 points, 13 rebounds and four assists. The Los Angeles Lakers were able to break their legs in and run with the Houston Rockets. Westbrook was never able to get into a groove.

Here’s what Vogel said about how hard Westbrook is to prepare for:

“Russell Westbrook is as much of a threat as any of their shooters. In fact, he’s probably a bigger threat than any of their shooters. Russell attacking on the back side is every bit as lethal, if not more lethal than their spot up players.”

Westbrook is a former MVP and a future Hall of Famer. The Lakers were able to contain him in Game 2, which is almost impossible but one thing is certain. They respect his game.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo out for the remainder of Game 4 https://www.talkbasket.net/102432-giannis-antetokounmpo-out-for-the-remainder-of-game-4 https://www.talkbasket.net/102432-giannis-antetokounmpo-out-for-the-remainder-of-game-4#respond Sun, 06 Sep 2020 21:10:54 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=102432 Giannis Antetokounmpo is out for the remainder of Game 4 because of an injured ankle. Antetokounmpo had 19 points and four rebounds in the game.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo out for the remainder of Game 4

Giannis Antetokounmpo is out for the remainder of Game 4 because of an injured ankle. Antetokounmpo had 19 points and four rebounds in the game.

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PJ Tucker displays great defense in Game 1 against the Lakers https://www.talkbasket.net/102416-pj-tucker-displays-great-defense https://www.talkbasket.net/102416-pj-tucker-displays-great-defense#respond Sun, 06 Sep 2020 13:07:05 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=102416 PJ Tucker was a big reason that the Houston Rockets were able to handle the size of the Los Angeles Lakers. A video displays his great defense on LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

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PJ Tucker displays great defense in Game 1 against the Lakers

PJ Tucker was a big reason that the Houston Rockets were able to handle the size of the Los Angeles Lakers. A video displays his great defense on LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

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Trae Young and Lonzo Ball trained in LA recently https://www.talkbasket.net/102413-trae-young-and-lonzo-ball-trained-in-la-recently https://www.talkbasket.net/102413-trae-young-and-lonzo-ball-trained-in-la-recently#respond Sun, 06 Sep 2020 12:56:10 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=102413 Trae Young and Lonzo Ball trained in LA recently as a recent post on YouTube displayed. Young and Ball both have big years coming up. Ball has one year left on his contract before he becomes a restricted free agent. He has underperformed as a second overall pick. Young has missed the playoffs in his […]

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Trae Young and Lonzo Ball trained in LA recently

Trae Young and Lonzo Ball trained in LA recently as a recent post on YouTube displayed. Young and Ball both have big years coming up.

Ball has one year left on his contract before he becomes a restricted free agent. He has underperformed as a second overall pick.

Young has missed the playoffs in his first two seasons. After having a big year again last year, next year will be a move towards playing in postseason.

Training together will pay dividends for the two young stars. Young needs some defensive guidance. Ball needs shot creating guidance. Next year will be defining years for both players.

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Fred VanVleet hit clutch shot before halftime against the Celtics https://www.talkbasket.net/102344-fred-vanvleet-hit-clutch-shot-before-halftime-against-the-celtics https://www.talkbasket.net/102344-fred-vanvleet-hit-clutch-shot-before-halftime-against-the-celtics#respond Sun, 06 Sep 2020 00:28:37 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=102344 Fred VanVleet hit a clutch shot before halftime. The buzzer-beater before halftime in Game 4 against the Boston Celtics tied the game at 49.

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Fred VanVleet hit clutch shot before halftime against the Celtics

Fred VanVleet hit a clutch shot before halftime. The buzzer-beater before halftime in Game 4 against the Boston Celtics tied the game at 49.

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Doc Rivers: Kawhi Leonard is a calming presence for the team https://www.talkbasket.net/102337-doc-rivers-kawhi-leonard-is-a-calming-presence-for-the-team https://www.talkbasket.net/102337-doc-rivers-kawhi-leonard-is-a-calming-presence-for-the-team#respond Sun, 06 Sep 2020 00:09:44 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=102337 Doc Rivers says Kawhi Leonard is a calming presence for this team according to Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints. Leonard has been on a tear lately. In the past seven games, Leonard is averaging 32.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. While the bubble is mentally challenging, Leonard has proved solid. Doc Rivers talked about how […]

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Doc Rivers: Kawhi Leonard is a calming presence for the team

Doc Rivers says Kawhi Leonard is a calming presence for this team according to Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints. Leonard has been on a tear lately.

In the past seven games, Leonard is averaging 32.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. While the bubble is mentally challenging, Leonard has proved solid.

Doc Rivers talked about how Leonard’s presence ranks on top in terms of who has coached:

“Probably up at the top. He doesn’t get too high or low. I mean he does, but he just keeps it in. I would say him and Ray Allen probably come to mind the most.”

Doc Rivers and Kawhi Leonard are who the Clippers rely on for consistency. Rivers has an extensive reputation as a coach. Leonard has played in and won many big games. They have shown their dominance in the bubble this postseason.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed as questionable with an ankle injury https://www.talkbasket.net/102328-giannis-antetokounmpo-is-listed-as-questionable-with-an-ankle-injury https://www.talkbasket.net/102328-giannis-antetokounmpo-is-listed-as-questionable-with-an-ankle-injury#respond Sat, 05 Sep 2020 22:50:34 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=102328 Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed as questionable on the early injury report before Game 4. The Milwaukee Bucks are currently down 0-3 in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals series.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed as questionable with an ankle injury

Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed as questionable on the early injury report before Game 4. The Milwaukee Bucks are currently down 0-3 in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals series.

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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope on the conflict of rest versus rhythm https://www.talkbasket.net/102326-kentavious-caldwell-pope-on-the-conflict-of-rest-versus-rhythm https://www.talkbasket.net/102326-kentavious-caldwell-pope-on-the-conflict-of-rest-versus-rhythm#respond Sat, 05 Sep 2020 22:39:21 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=102326 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope talked about the conflict of rest versus rhythm after Game 1. The Los Angeles Lakers had almost a week’s rest before they faced the Houston Rockets. The rest had a negative impact on the team. They looked like they were not able to handle the speed that the Rockets brought forth. Caldwell-Pope wishes […]

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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope on the conflict of rest versus rhythm

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope talked about the conflict of rest versus rhythm after Game 1. The Los Angeles Lakers had almost a week’s rest before they faced the Houston Rockets.

The rest had a negative impact on the team. They looked like they were not able to handle the speed that the Rockets brought forth. Caldwell-Pope wishes things were different.

According to Mike Trudell of Spectrum SN, he said:

“Just sitting down for how many games we did, not having game rhythm. If you’re not playing, it’s hard to get into rhythm. We did our best, and it wasn’t as bad as we thought it was (on film), but having days off, it’s hard to get into game rhythm.”

Caldwell-Pope and the Lakers conflict of rest versus rhythm should be water under the bridge now. They had the opportunity to break their legs in after the rest. The layoff is now over.

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James Harden stared down Anthony Davis after And-One Finish https://www.talkbasket.net/102312-james-harden-stared-down-anthony-davis-after-and-one-finish https://www.talkbasket.net/102312-james-harden-stared-down-anthony-davis-after-and-one-finish#respond Sat, 05 Sep 2020 14:51:45 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=102312 James Harden stared down Anthony Davis after this and-one finish. Although these two players are different in stature, they will decide the matchup. The Los Angeles Lakers lost Game 1 against the Houston Rockets.

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James Harden stared down Anthony Davis after And-One Finish

James Harden stared down Anthony Davis after this and-one finish. Although these two players are different in stature, they will decide the matchup. The Los Angeles Lakers lost Game 1 against the Houston Rockets.

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Lakers are standing behind Rondo after shaky Game 1 https://www.talkbasket.net/102310-lakers-are-standing-behind-rondo-even-after-shaky-game-1 https://www.talkbasket.net/102310-lakers-are-standing-behind-rondo-even-after-shaky-game-1#respond Sat, 05 Sep 2020 14:32:10 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=102310 The Los Angeles Lakers are standing behind Rajon Rondo after a shaky Game 1 according to ESPN. The Los Angeles Lakers lost the game 112-97. Rondo had eight points, four assists and four turnovers in the game. He was a -10. Lakers head coach Frank Vogel talked about standing behind Rondo even after a bad […]

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Lakers are standing behind Rondo after shaky Game 1

The Los Angeles Lakers are standing behind Rajon Rondo after a shaky Game 1 according to ESPN. The Los Angeles Lakers lost the game 112-97.

Rondo had eight points, four assists and four turnovers in the game. He was a -10.

Lakers head coach Frank Vogel talked about standing behind Rondo even after a bad game.

“Rajon is one of the smartest players in the league, and obviously our guys’ IQ raises when he’s on the court, so he’s definitely going to help us this series,” Vogel said.

Rondo was out for the whole first round and the entire eight seeding game schedule. To play on such a big stage after being out since March is very difficult and it is understandable for him to have struggles.

“It is a challenge working in a new player at this stage in the playoffs,” Vogel said. “It’s always a little bit different when you work somebody in at this stage.”

The Lakers will play again on Sunday at 8:30 PM EST.

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Kawhi Leonard confident about mid range jumper https://www.talkbasket.net/102146-kawhi-leonard-confident-about-mid-range-jumper https://www.talkbasket.net/102146-kawhi-leonard-confident-about-mid-range-jumper#respond Fri, 04 Sep 2020 05:30:59 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=102146 Kawhi Leonard is confident about his mid range jumper and it is showing in the stats. The Finals MVP from last year almost had 30 points again as he finished Game 1 with 29 points while shooting 75.0 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from three. Leonard talked after the game about how he […]

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Kawhi Leonard confident about mid range jumper

Kawhi Leonard is confident about his mid range jumper and it is showing in the stats. The Finals MVP from last year almost had 30 points again as he finished Game 1 with 29 points while shooting 75.0 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from three.

Leonard talked after the game about how he maintains his efficiency from the mid range:

“Just working out, working on my game, being confident in my shot, and that’s pretty much it. I pretty much focus on all the areas of my game, but I’m able to get to my spots right now and make shots.”

Kawhi Leonard is confident enough to say he will not shoot threes. He wants to dominate from mid range. As his airness did before him he is building a legendary career off of it.

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Patrick Beverley reenergizes the LA Clippers https://www.talkbasket.net/102143-patrick-beverley-reenergizes-the-la-clippers https://www.talkbasket.net/102143-patrick-beverley-reenergizes-the-la-clippers#respond Fri, 04 Sep 2020 05:09:07 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=102143 Landry Shamet was playing Patrick Beverley’s role gracefully in his absence. Beverley came back to play in Game 1 against the Denver Nuggets and displayed why he was missed so dearly. Jamal Murray (12 points) and Gary Harris (5 points) were shut down in the game. Beverley was able to provide another three-point threat. He […]

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Patrick Beverley reenergizes the LA Clippers

Landry Shamet was playing Patrick Beverley’s role gracefully in his absence. Beverley came back to play in Game 1 against the Denver Nuggets and displayed why he was missed so dearly.

Jamal Murray (12 points) and Gary Harris (5 points) were shut down in the game. Beverley was able to provide another three-point threat. He went 66.7 percent from beyond the arc. It was just what the doctor ordered for the Clippers.

Doc Rivers talked about Beverley’s impact for the Clippers:

“We’re not a particularly loud team defensively, but Pat is the defensive captain with his voice. It just leaks over to the rest of the team.”

The vocal leader for the Clippers was just that in this game. The point guard position on this team is not a playmaker like on most teams. The point guard still has to lead though. Making sure your voice is heard at the point guard position on the Clippers needs to be done.

Beverley is the perfect player at the point guard position for this team.

Beverley talked about how he is the glue for this team:

“When you out with an injury,  you come back after just watching it — I’m just humbled. Just fortunate to be out there. Can’t take nothing for granted, but it was good going out there with my brothers, competing. It was fun tonight.”

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Kemba Walker with buzzer beater in first quarter https://www.talkbasket.net/102078-kemba-walker-with-buzzer-beater-in-first-quarter https://www.talkbasket.net/102078-kemba-walker-with-buzzer-beater-in-first-quarter#respond Thu, 03 Sep 2020 23:39:45 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=102078 Kemba hit this incredible buzzer beater to beat the clock against the Toronto Raptors in their Game 3 matchup.

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Kemba Walker with buzzer beater in first quarter

Kemba hit this incredible buzzer beater to beat the clock against the Toronto Raptors in their Game 3 matchup.

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Patrick Beverley to play in Game 1 against the Nuggets https://www.talkbasket.net/102074-patrick-beverley-to-play-in-game-1-against-the-nuggets https://www.talkbasket.net/102074-patrick-beverley-to-play-in-game-1-against-the-nuggets#respond Thu, 03 Sep 2020 23:33:33 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=102074 Patrick Beverley will play in Game 1 against the Denver Nuggets according to Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints. Beverley missed all of the series against the Dallas Mavericks, except a portion of Game 1, with a calf injury. The Clippers will face the Denver Nuggets at 9PM EST on TNT.

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Patrick Beverley to play in Game 1 against the Nuggets

Patrick Beverley will play in Game 1 against the Denver Nuggets according to Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints. Beverley missed all of the series against the Dallas Mavericks, except a portion of Game 1, with a calf injury. The Clippers will face the Denver Nuggets at 9PM EST on TNT.

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Ja Morant wins Rookie of the Year https://www.talkbasket.net/102070-ja-morant-wins-rookie-of-the-year https://www.talkbasket.net/102070-ja-morant-wins-rookie-of-the-year#respond Thu, 03 Sep 2020 23:00:45 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=102070 Ja Morant is the 2020 Rookie of the Year, according to Shams Charania of the Athletic. The blazing hot rookie averaged 17.8 points and 7.3 assists per game in his award winning season. Morant stood out from all rookies early and led the Memphis Grizzlies to their most relevant season since 2016-17. The team was […]

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Ja Morant wins Rookie of the Year

Ja Morant is the 2020 Rookie of the Year, according to Shams Charania of the Athletic. The blazing hot rookie averaged 17.8 points and 7.3 assists per game in his award winning season. Morant stood out from all rookies early and led the Memphis Grizzlies to their most relevant season since 2016-17.

The team was one game short of the postseason. Morant has showed that he’s learned a lot in his first season and the Rookie of the Year award tops off a great year.

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Lou Williams on the life of an NBA Player: “It’s a lot” https://www.talkbasket.net/101759-lou-williams-on-the-life-of-an-nba-player-its-a-lot https://www.talkbasket.net/101759-lou-williams-on-the-life-of-an-nba-player-its-a-lot#respond Tue, 01 Sep 2020 20:40:28 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=101759 Lou Williams opened up on the life of an NBA Player these days. Players in the NBA have been on a roller coaster ride this year with all they had to deal with. There has been a hiatus. The NBA season is still going on and it is September. Real world issues, like COVID-19 and […]

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Lou Williams on the life of an NBA Player: “It’s a lot”

Lou Williams opened up on the life of an NBA Player these days. Players in the NBA have been on a roller coaster ride this year with all they had to deal with.

There has been a hiatus. The NBA season is still going on and it is September. Real world issues, like COVID-19 and social injustice, have affected the NBA and its players.

Lou Williams talked about how the life of an NBA player is today, according to Tomer Azarly:

“It’s a lot. Everything we deal with is overwhelming. We’re inside a controlled environment, we’re expected to entertain you guys, save the world, speak up on issues that are very personal that hits home for us. It’s not easy.”

Lou Williams has been in the NBA since 2005. He has seen a lot. What’s going on now is even new for him. Through the help of NBA executive leadership and past players, players now are getting through it.

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Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz players talk about big Game 7 https://www.talkbasket.net/101564-denver-nuggets-and-utah-jazz-players-talk-about-big-game-7 https://www.talkbasket.net/101564-denver-nuggets-and-utah-jazz-players-talk-about-big-game-7#respond Mon, 31 Aug 2020 05:04:45 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=101564 The Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz top players talked about a big Game 7 on Tuesday. Both teams played an epic Game 6 which went down to the wire. Jamal Murray, in an inspired effort, went for 50 points and Donovan Mitchell went for 44 points. The rivalry between these two teams has been heightened […]

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Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz players talk about big Game 7

The Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz top players talked about a big Game 7 on Tuesday. Both teams played an epic Game 6 which went down to the wire. Jamal Murray, in an inspired effort, went for 50 points and Donovan Mitchell went for 44 points.

The rivalry between these two teams has been heightened after this series. Game 7 will do no more than make the bad blood between the two teams even worse. Top players Nikola Jokic and Donovan Mitchell talked about Game 7.

‘As a fan perspective I see it and I respect it, but I can’t tell you as a player that I want to play Game 7 if we’re up 3-1,” Donovan Mitchell said. ”I don’t think anybody wants to do that but we’re here, so play the hand that you’re dealt and we’re going to go out there and execute and do what we’ve got to do.”

”To be honest, it’s Game 7 for the last two games for us. It’s win or go home for us,” Nikola Jokic said. ”That’s why we’re playing a little bit relaxed. We have nothing to worry about. If we lose we’re going to home. That’s why the energy is really high. We just need to give the effort. Don’t give up on the plays. Rebound. Just help each other. That’s why we’re playing really good right now.”

Game 7 will be all the talk in the upcoming days. After an epic Game 6, everybody will be waiting to see what will happen to conclude this series. The Jamal Murray and Donovan Mitchell matchup should make Game 7 live up to the hype.

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Boston Celtics completely dominating the Toronto Raptors https://www.talkbasket.net/101470-boston-celtics-completely-dominating-the-toronto-raptors https://www.talkbasket.net/101470-boston-celtics-completely-dominating-the-toronto-raptors#respond Sun, 30 Aug 2020 19:17:12 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=101470 The Boston Celtics are in a comfortable lead against the Toronto Raptors in what is a very interesting matchup between two aspiring teams. The Celtics, who swept the Philadelphia 76ers in the matchup before this one, appear to be trying to put their foothold on this series. Jayson Tatum had 19 points to lead the […]

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Boston Celtics completely dominating the Toronto Raptors

The Boston Celtics are in a comfortable lead against the Toronto Raptors in what is a very interesting matchup between two aspiring teams. The Celtics, who swept the Philadelphia 76ers in the matchup before this one, appear to be trying to put their foothold on this series.

Jayson Tatum had 19 points to lead the Celtics in scoring. Marcus Smart added 16 to provide scoring depth in the starting lineup. Tatum had a ridiculous buzzer beater to finish off the third quarter and Smart had an amazing windmill to help the Celtics in their dominance.

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Dennis Schroder commits flagrant foul on PJ Tucker https://www.talkbasket.net/101398-dennis-schroder-commits-flagrant-foul-on-pj-tucker https://www.talkbasket.net/101398-dennis-schroder-commits-flagrant-foul-on-pj-tucker#respond Sun, 30 Aug 2020 01:58:00 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=101398 Dennis Schroder committed a flagrant foul on PJ Tucker during a screen. The flagrant foul led to a vicious reaction from PJ Tucker. Both players were ejected. The Houston Rockets were able to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in tonight’s game (80-114). The Rockets are up 3-2 now in the series. The OKC Thunder will […]

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Dennis Schroder commits flagrant foul on PJ Tucker

Dennis Schroder committed a flagrant foul on PJ Tucker during a screen. The flagrant foul led to a vicious reaction from PJ Tucker. Both players were ejected. The Houston Rockets were able to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in tonight’s game (80-114). The Rockets are up 3-2 now in the series. The OKC Thunder will have to keep up their scrappy play if they want to tie the series. The next game is on Monday.

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Blazers: Cliff Robinson to be honored by team during tonight’s game https://www.talkbasket.net/101388-blazers-cliff-robinson-to-be-honored-by-team-during-tonights-game https://www.talkbasket.net/101388-blazers-cliff-robinson-to-be-honored-by-team-during-tonights-game#respond Sun, 30 Aug 2020 01:19:50 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=101388 The Portland Trail Blazers will wear headbands in support of Cliff Robinson during tonight’s game. Robinson, a 18-year veteran, died earlier today at age 53. During his career in the NBA, he played with the Trail Blazers, Phoenix Suns, Detroit Pistons, New Jersey Nets and Golden State Warriors. Robinson was drafted by the Blazers in […]

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Blazers: Cliff Robinson to be honored by team during tonight’s game

The Portland Trail Blazers will wear headbands in support of Cliff Robinson during tonight’s game. Robinson, a 18-year veteran, died earlier today at age 53. During his career in the NBA, he played with the Trail Blazers, Phoenix Suns, Detroit Pistons, New Jersey Nets and Golden State Warriors. Robinson was drafted by the Blazers in the second round of the 1989 NBA draft.

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Lakers’ Danny Green on Paul George: “I know what he is going through” https://www.talkbasket.net/101260-lakers-danny-green-on-paul-george-i-know-what-he-is-going-through https://www.talkbasket.net/101260-lakers-danny-green-on-paul-george-i-know-what-he-is-going-through#respond Fri, 28 Aug 2020 22:33:58 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=101260 Lakers player Danny Green says he knows what Paul George is going through,according to Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints. Paul George went through a shooting slump that spanned through the course of three games. Game 5 was an awakening for George in which he scored 35 points to lead the Clippers. Many of the players have […]

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Lakers’ Danny Green on Paul George: “I know what he is going through”

Lakers player Danny Green says he knows what Paul George is going through,according to Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints. Paul George went through a shooting slump that spanned through the course of three games. Game 5 was an awakening for George in which he scored 35 points to lead the Clippers.

Many of the players have come to the support of George. Now even the Los Angeles Lakers and Danny Green, who are the Clippers hated rival, have come and showed their support for the 6’9 swingman. George is a highly respected individual in the NBA and Danny Green reaching out is no surprise.

Here’s what Green said:

“The bubble is as good as your play. If you’re not playing well, walls are gonna close in on you. Trust me, I know exactly what PG is going through. You have nothing but to look at your phone & social media all day & all they’re doing is bullying you.”

George had to block out the noise around and just go out and play ball. With the help of his teammates and other people involved in the NBA, he was able to do so. The fraternity of the NBA has proved again to be greater than any rivalry.

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Kristaps Porzingis out for rest of series with a meniscus tear in right knee https://www.talkbasket.net/101253-kristaps-porzingis-out-for-rest-of-series-with-a-meniscus-tear-in-right-knee https://www.talkbasket.net/101253-kristaps-porzingis-out-for-rest-of-series-with-a-meniscus-tear-in-right-knee#respond Fri, 28 Aug 2020 22:09:43 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=101253 Kristaps Porzingis is out for the remainder of the first round of the playoffs with a meniscus tear in his right knee according to Shams Charania of the Athletic. Porzingis was a key factor in applying the necessary physicality in the series. The Dallas Mavericks are now out their second-leading scorer as they try to […]

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Kristaps Porzingis out for rest of series with a meniscus tear in right knee

Kristaps Porzingis is out for the remainder of the first round of the playoffs with a meniscus tear in his right knee according to Shams Charania of the Athletic. Porzingis was a key factor in applying the necessary physicality in the series.

The Dallas Mavericks are now out their second-leading scorer as they try to extend the first round one more game. Now it will be up to other players to provide spot-up three-point shooting and rebounding necessary to win. The Los Angeles Clippers could advance after winning Game 6 on Sunday 3:30 ET on ESPN.

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Clippers teammates call Patrick Beverley confrontation fake news https://www.talkbasket.net/101229-clippers-teammates-call-patrick-beverley-confrontation-fake-news https://www.talkbasket.net/101229-clippers-teammates-call-patrick-beverley-confrontation-fake-news#respond Fri, 28 Aug 2020 16:55:06 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=101229 Two Clippers players took to Twitter to let the world know that the Patrick Beverley situation never happened. Beverley was reportedly interrupted by NBPA director Michele Roberts and said “No, I pay your salary”. Ivica Zubac took to Twitter to tell his piece on the situation: Amir Coffey has also responded to this situation: Patrick […]

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Clippers teammates call Patrick Beverley confrontation fake news

Two Clippers players took to Twitter to let the world know that the Patrick Beverley situation never happened. Beverley was reportedly interrupted by NBPA director Michele Roberts and said “No, I pay your salary”.

Ivica Zubac took to Twitter to tell his piece on the situation:

Amir Coffey has also responded to this situation:

Patrick Beverley has been on the mend ever since Game 1 with a calf injury. The Clippers are one game away from advancing to the Western Conference Semi-Finals. Saturday is the return of the NBA.

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Dwyane Wade part of conversations in Orlando https://www.talkbasket.net/101148-dwyane-wade-part-of-conversations-in-orlando https://www.talkbasket.net/101148-dwyane-wade-part-of-conversations-in-orlando#respond Thu, 27 Aug 2020 22:24:11 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=101148 Dwyane Wade is part of the conversations in Orlando, according to Taylor Rooks of Bleacher Report. NBA legends were actively supporting the players on social media yesterday and now are being included in restarting the games again. Michael Jordan was also one of the legends that are helping make playing basketball again possible. He served […]

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Dwyane Wade part of conversations in Orlando

Dwyane Wade is part of the conversations in Orlando, according to Taylor Rooks of Bleacher Report. NBA legends were actively supporting the players on social media yesterday and now are being included in restarting the games again. Michael Jordan was also one of the legends that are helping make playing basketball again possible. He served as a bridge between players and owners during this situation.

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PJ Tucker to be added to the University of Texas Hall of Honor https://www.talkbasket.net/101145-pj-tucker-to-be-added-to-the-university-of-texas-hall-of-honor https://www.talkbasket.net/101145-pj-tucker-to-be-added-to-the-university-of-texas-hall-of-honor#respond Thu, 27 Aug 2020 22:00:53 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=101145 PJ Tucker will be added to the University of Texas ring of honor according to his Instagram. Tucker played at Texas from 2003-2006 and averaged 13.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. He was the 2005-06 Big 12 player of the Year and developed into a complete offensive and defensive talent by the […]

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PJ Tucker to be added to the University of Texas Hall of Honor

PJ Tucker will be added to the University of Texas ring of honor according to his Instagram. Tucker played at Texas from 2003-2006 and averaged 13.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. He was the 2005-06 Big 12 player of the Year and developed into a complete offensive and defensive talent by the end of his career.

Tucker’s NBA career has flourished in Texas also. He is currently a member of the Houston Rockets. During his time with the team, he is averaging 6.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game.

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Magic: Aaron Gordon to leave NBA Bubble due to injury; recent events https://www.talkbasket.net/101142-magic-aaron-gordon-to-leave-nba-bubble-due-to-injury-recent-events https://www.talkbasket.net/101142-magic-aaron-gordon-to-leave-nba-bubble-due-to-injury-recent-events#respond Thu, 27 Aug 2020 21:35:17 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=101142 Orlando Magic star Aaron Gordon will leave the NBA bubble due to a hamstring injury and the current events going on right now, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. The NBA has postponed games until the weekend due to boycotts yesterday. The Magic are currently down 3-1 in their series against the Milwaukee Bucks.

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Magic: Aaron Gordon to leave NBA Bubble due to injury; recent events

Orlando Magic star Aaron Gordon will leave the NBA bubble due to a hamstring injury and the current events going on right now, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. The NBA has postponed games until the weekend due to boycotts yesterday. The Magic are currently down 3-1 in their series against the Milwaukee Bucks.

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NBA legends show their support of the boycott on Social Media https://www.talkbasket.net/101039-nba-legends-show-their-support-of-the-boycott-on-social-media https://www.talkbasket.net/101039-nba-legends-show-their-support-of-the-boycott-on-social-media#respond Thu, 27 Aug 2020 03:57:29 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=101039 NBA legends showed their support of the boycott on social media on Wednesday night. The NBA has become a beacon of hope for the fight against racial injustice. Other times that the NBA playoffs were postponed were in 1992 during the Rodney King Riots in Los Angeles and 1968 after the assassination of Dr. Martin […]

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NBA legends show their support of the boycott on Social Media

NBA legends showed their support of the boycott on social media on Wednesday night. The NBA has become a beacon of hope for the fight against racial injustice. Other times that the NBA playoffs were postponed were in 1992 during the Rodney King Riots in Los Angeles and 1968 after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King.

The legends have been through things like this before and their support means everything.

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Together we stand, divided we fall ✊🏼✊🏾

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LA Lakers release a statement in light of recent events https://www.talkbasket.net/101010-la-lakers-release-a-statement-in-light-of-recent-events https://www.talkbasket.net/101010-la-lakers-release-a-statement-in-light-of-recent-events#respond Thu, 27 Aug 2020 01:20:10 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=101010 The LA Lakers have released a statement in light of the recent events that have taken place in the past few hours. Due to the murder of Jacob Blake games in the bubble have been canceled. The NBA Finals hopeful Lakers have postponed their game tomorrow against the Portland Trail Blazers.

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LA Lakers release a statement in light of recent events

The LA Lakers have released a statement in light of the recent events that have taken place in the past few hours. Due to the murder of Jacob Blake games in the bubble have been canceled. The NBA Finals hopeful Lakers have postponed their game tomorrow against the Portland Trail Blazers.

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New York Knicks interested in Isaac Okoro https://www.talkbasket.net/101004-new-york-knicks-interested-in-isaac-okoro https://www.talkbasket.net/101004-new-york-knicks-interested-in-isaac-okoro#respond Thu, 27 Aug 2020 01:08:35 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=101004 The New York Knicks are interested in Isaac Okoro, according to the New York Post. The Knicks are looking for a hard-working player to help with their rebuilding process. The Knicks have had an abundance of failed draft picks over the years like Kevin Knox, Frank Ntilikina and they traded away Kristaps Porzingis. RJ Barrett […]

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New York Knicks interested in Isaac Okoro

The New York Knicks are interested in Isaac Okoro, according to the New York Post. The Knicks are looking for a hard-working player to help with their rebuilding process. The Knicks have had an abundance of failed draft picks over the years like Kevin Knox, Frank Ntilikina and they traded away Kristaps Porzingis.

RJ Barrett is still a work in progress. Okoro is being compared to Jaylen Brown and OG Onunoby. While he has a great defensive game, the Knicks hope he will be able to develop an offensive game. The Knicks pick eighth in the NBA Draft and Okoro is projected to be drafted in that range. This could be a match made in heaven.

Here’s what ESPN college basketball analyst Seth Greenberg said about Okoro:

“He’s a winner,’’ Greenberg told The Post. “He probably could defend 1-to-4 without an issue. He’s physically strong. He’s got a good floor game. You can post him up. He’s got some similarities to Jaylen. Physically strong, really defend and a toughness about him. High energy. Relentless work ethic. The thing I like the most is just his relentlessness.”

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Goran Dragic prophesized the greatness of Luka Doncic https://www.talkbasket.net/100776-goran-dragic-prophesized-the-greatness-of-luka-doncic https://www.talkbasket.net/100776-goran-dragic-prophesized-the-greatness-of-luka-doncic#respond Tue, 25 Aug 2020 22:29:03 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=100776 Goran Dragic prophesized the greatness of Luka Doncic a couple of years ago. In an interview in 2017, Dragic said his piece about the upcoming European star. In just his second year, Doncic has become a top-five player. The prophecy is now complete. By 2020, Doncic is now leading the greatest offense in NBA history. […]

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Goran Dragic prophesized the greatness of Luka Doncic

Goran Dragic prophesized the greatness of Luka Doncic a couple of years ago. In an interview in 2017, Dragic said his piece about the upcoming European star.

In just his second year, Doncic has become a top-five player. The prophecy is now complete. By 2020, Doncic is now leading the greatest offense in NBA history. Goran Dragic prophesized Doncic’s greatness and now we all see what he is talking about.

The European star plays again at 9:00 PM Eastern Time against the Los Angeles Clippers in the biggest game of his short career.

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Matt Barnes finally accepts 2017 championship ring from Warriors https://www.talkbasket.net/100770-matt-barnes-finally-accepts-2017-championship-ring-from-warriors https://www.talkbasket.net/100770-matt-barnes-finally-accepts-2017-championship-ring-from-warriors#respond Tue, 25 Aug 2020 22:05:00 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=100770 Matt Barnes finally accepted his 2017 championship ring from the Golden State Warriors. That season was Barnes’ last year in the NBA. That year, Barnes was on the Sacramento Kings to start the season. He ended up on the Golden State Warriors as a replacement to Kevin Durant when he went out with an injury. […]

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Matt Barnes finally accepts 2017 championship ring from Warriors

Matt Barnes finally accepted his 2017 championship ring from the Golden State Warriors. That season was Barnes’ last year in the NBA. That year, Barnes was on the Sacramento Kings to start the season. He ended up on the Golden State Warriors as a replacement to Kevin Durant when he went out with an injury.

Barnes was a great replacement for Durant in the regular season. He played in 20 games and started in five. In the playoffs, however, he missed the first four playoff games and only averaged 0.8 points. Barnes helped the Warriors to their third straight 67+ win season.

Steve Kerr said about Barnes finally accepting the ring:

“About Time You Took This Ring, We’ve Been Trying To Give It To You For About 3 Years.”

Barnes is now a member of the media. He was able to receive the ring on ESPN’s The Jump’s set. In Barnes’ 16 year career, he only won one ring and that was the 2017 championship ring. Matt Barnes finally won a ring in his last year in the NBA and it was in the area he is from. While he did not have a major impact, it should still mean a lot to him.

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Warriors: Klay Thompson reacts to LeBron James’ new achievement https://www.talkbasket.net/100726-warriors-klay-thompson-reacts-to-lebron-james-new-achievement https://www.talkbasket.net/100726-warriors-klay-thompson-reacts-to-lebron-james-new-achievement#respond Tue, 25 Aug 2020 13:42:52 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=100726 Warriors star Klay Thompson reacted to LeBron James passing him on the all-time playoffs three-pointers made list. Thompson has been on the mend all season with a torn ACL that he suffered in the Finals last year. While he has been unable to play he, unfortunately, lost his spot on the list. Thompson has 374 […]

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Warriors: Klay Thompson reacts to LeBron James’ new achievement

Warriors star Klay Thompson reacted to LeBron James passing him on the all-time playoffs three-pointers made list. Thompson has been on the mend all season with a torn ACL that he suffered in the Finals last year. While he has been unable to play he, unfortunately, lost his spot on the list.

Thompson has 374 three-pointers made and is fourth and LeBron James has 379 three-pointers made which is good for third. The Warriors are looking to get Klay Thompson back next year so he can continue his dominance in the playoffs.

Here’s what Thompson said about LeBron’s achievement:

“Dang don’t do me like that!” Thompson exclaimed.

LeBron then said in reply:

“I have a strong hunch you’ll pass me right back in the 2021 playoffs.”

Mutual respect from two all-time greats. James has displayed his dominance in all facets of the game. A pass first player, he has imposed his will in the realm of scoring also. Thompson may feel a little salty that as one of the greatest three-point shooters ever he was passed by a 34.4 percent career three-point shooter.

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Mavs star Luka Doncic recalls the last time he saw Kobe Bryant https://www.talkbasket.net/100714-mavs-star-luka-doncic-recalls-the-last-time-he-saw-kobe-bryant https://www.talkbasket.net/100714-mavs-star-luka-doncic-recalls-the-last-time-he-saw-kobe-bryant#respond Tue, 25 Aug 2020 12:20:36 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=100714 Mavs star Luka Doncic recalled the last time he saw Kobe Bryant. This year, it looks like he has learned so much from that night. Doncic has been blazing up the NBA playoffs this season. So much that the Dallas Mavericks are looking to advance to the next round. This is all in his first […]

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Mavs star Luka Doncic recalls the last time he saw Kobe Bryant

Mavs star Luka Doncic recalled the last time he saw Kobe Bryant. This year, it looks like he has learned so much from that night. Doncic has been blazing up the NBA playoffs this season. So much that the Dallas Mavericks are looking to advance to the next round. This is all in his first year. Last season was the last time Doncic saw Kobe in person. Now the Mavs unquestioned star, Luka Doncic is trying to become MVP next year.

Here’s what he said happened:

“He was saying some bad words in my Language (Slovenian) and – I was like Who’s talking to me in my Language ? Just looked behind and He’s Kobe! He was amazing I’ll never forget this day, I took a picture with him, He was one of the guys I looked up to”

Doncic had a great year this year. He was a top five scorer. Earlier in the season though he was an MVP candidate. What’s next in his development? Making that caliber of play last. The “Mamba Mentality” will get him there.

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TNT misses airing clutch three in Thunder-Rockets game https://www.talkbasket.net/100642-tnt-misses-airing-clutch-three-in-thunder-rockets-game https://www.talkbasket.net/100642-tnt-misses-airing-clutch-three-in-thunder-rockets-game#respond Tue, 25 Aug 2020 00:12:54 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=100642 TNT missed airing a clutch three-pointer from the Thunder-Rockets game live. The Thunder-Rockets series has turned into must-watch TV with nail biters in the last two games. Due to the hiatus caused by COVID-19, the NBA has lost major money because of the lack of games being played. The televised games are recouping some of […]

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TNT misses airing clutch three in Thunder-Rockets game

TNT missed airing a clutch three-pointer from the Thunder-Rockets game live. The Thunder-Rockets series has turned into must-watch TV with nail biters in the last two games. Due to the hiatus caused by COVID-19, the NBA has lost major money because of the lack of games being played. The televised games are recouping some of that lost money. A mistake like that is a big deal.

The Thunder have won both close games and are trying to achieve the upset.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo has monster dunk against Orlando Magic https://www.talkbasket.net/100636-giannis-antetokounmpo-has-monster-dunk-against-orlando-magic https://www.talkbasket.net/100636-giannis-antetokounmpo-has-monster-dunk-against-orlando-magic#respond Mon, 24 Aug 2020 23:35:50 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=100636 Giannis Antetokounmpo had another one of his monster dunks against the Orlando Magic. Nikola Vucevic was on the receiving end of the posterization this time. The Milwaukee Bucks have been able to chain together some wins and are looking to get their playoff run underway. Antetokounmpo had 31 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists. Another […]

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Giannis Antetokounmpo has monster dunk against Orlando Magic

Giannis Antetokounmpo had another one of his monster dunks against the Orlando Magic. Nikola Vucevic was on the receiving end of the posterization this time. The Milwaukee Bucks have been able to chain together some wins and are looking to get their playoff run underway. Antetokounmpo had 31 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists. Another good outing for the MVP.

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Joel Embiid says he is not Shaq; the game has changed https://www.talkbasket.net/100383-joel-embiid-says-he-is-not-shaq-the-game-has-changed https://www.talkbasket.net/100383-joel-embiid-says-he-is-not-shaq-the-game-has-changed#respond Sun, 23 Aug 2020 21:44:01 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=100383 After Game 4, Joel Embiid told his piece about the sweep at the hands of the rival Boston Celtics. The expectations were high for this Philadelphia 76ers team and yet again they failed miserably. Now, the Sixers go into an offseason full of misery. During the series, Joel Embiid averaged 30.0 points and 12.3 rebounds […]

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Joel Embiid says he is not Shaq; the game has changed

After Game 4, Joel Embiid told his piece about the sweep at the hands of the rival Boston Celtics. The expectations were high for this Philadelphia 76ers team and yet again they failed miserably. Now, the Sixers go into an offseason full of misery.

During the series, Joel Embiid averaged 30.0 points and 12.3 rebounds per game. He played well. It just wasn’t enough. The lack of playmaking from Ben Simmons and the continued lack of shot creation hurt the Sixers in the series. During the 2020 NBA Playoffs, everything was put on Embiid and he didn’t feel like it was fair.

According to Rich Hoffman of The Athletic Embiid said:

“I gotta get better… They want me to be Shaq but this league is different. You can’t elbow people, they call offensive fouls, you can’t push people around, it’s hard to post up. You have to move the ball around.”

Shaquille O’ Neal was dominant in his era but things are different nowadays. Embiid will need to control the ball on all areas of the court. Even bring the ball up more. He is the best player and should touch the ball more.

Things in Philadelphia will have to change in the offseason. Getting more shot creation is a start. Playmaking off the bench is needed too. Simmons and Embiid don’t necessary have to split up.

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Joel Embiid and Al Horford tried to post up Kemba Walker and failed miserably https://www.talkbasket.net/100374-joel-embiid-and-al-horford-tried-to-post-up-kemba-walker-and-failed-miserably https://www.talkbasket.net/100374-joel-embiid-and-al-horford-tried-to-post-up-kemba-walker-and-failed-miserably#respond Sun, 23 Aug 2020 20:02:05 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=100374 Joel Embiid and Al Horford tried to post up Kemba Walker and failed in their attempt. The two highlights are just a small example of the failed Philadelphia 76ers season. Embiid was a -8 and Horford was a -10 in the game today. The Sixers have been eliminated in what was supposed to be a […]

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Joel Embiid and Al Horford tried to post up Kemba Walker and failed miserably

Joel Embiid and Al Horford tried to post up Kemba Walker and failed in their attempt. The two highlights are just a small example of the failed Philadelphia 76ers season. Embiid was a -8 and Horford was a -10 in the game today. The Sixers have been eliminated in what was supposed to be a promising playoffs.

The two bigs’ experiment did not work. The future is up in the air for Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid in Philadelphia. The offseason will be key for where this franchise goes next.

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Nike releases Kobe Bryant tribute to celebrate legend’s 42nd birthday https://www.talkbasket.net/100370-nike-releases-kobe-bryant-tribute-to-celebrate-legends-42nd-birthday https://www.talkbasket.net/100370-nike-releases-kobe-bryant-tribute-to-celebrate-legends-42nd-birthday#respond Sun, 23 Aug 2020 19:47:35 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=100370 Nike released a Kobe Bryant tribute to celebrate his 42nd birthday. Many people have taken to social media to celebrate the legend’s birthday today and Nike made sure they honored one of their star athletes. The ad shows famous moments from the star’s career and is narrated by Kendrick Lamar.

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Nike releases Kobe Bryant tribute to celebrate legend’s 42nd birthday

Nike released a Kobe Bryant tribute to celebrate his 42nd birthday. Many people have taken to social media to celebrate the legend’s birthday today and Nike made sure they honored one of their star athletes. The ad shows famous moments from the star’s career and is narrated by Kendrick Lamar.

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Tobias Harris suffers left eye laceration; concussion after nasty fall https://www.talkbasket.net/100366-tobias-harris-suffers-left-eye-laceration-concussion-after-nasty-fall https://www.talkbasket.net/100366-tobias-harris-suffers-left-eye-laceration-concussion-after-nasty-fall#respond Sun, 23 Aug 2020 19:31:58 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=100366 It was a very scary scene in Orlando as Tobias Harris suffered a left eye laceration and a concussion after a nasty fall. Harris was able to return to the Sixers bench and is even playing now in the fourth and that is a good sign. Harris has 16 points and is playing well.

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Tobias Harris suffers left eye laceration; concussion after nasty fall

It was a very scary scene in Orlando as Tobias Harris suffered a left eye laceration and a concussion after a nasty fall. Harris was able to return to the Sixers bench and is even playing now in the fourth and that is a good sign. Harris has 16 points and is playing well.

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Lonzo Ball “can’t shoot” says an Eastern Conference Scout https://www.talkbasket.net/100069-lonzo-ball-cant-shoot-says-an-eastern-conference-scout https://www.talkbasket.net/100069-lonzo-ball-cant-shoot-says-an-eastern-conference-scout#respond Fri, 21 Aug 2020 14:38:34 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=100069 According to an Eastern Conference scout, Lonzo Ball “can’t make shots and can’t finish”. Ball was drafted second overall in the 2017 NBA Draft. When he was drafted he was compared to Jason Kidd. The comparisons haven’t proved to be true so far. Ball is a crucial factor in what the New Orleans Pelicans are […]

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Lonzo Ball “can’t shoot” says an Eastern Conference Scout

According to an Eastern Conference scout, Lonzo Ball “can’t make shots and can’t finish”. Ball was drafted second overall in the 2017 NBA Draft. When he was drafted he was compared to Jason Kidd. The comparisons haven’t proved to be true so far.

Ball is a crucial factor in what the New Orleans Pelicans are trying to do in the future though. His playmaking ability helps out players on the team like Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram and Jrue Holiday. If he was able to create some offense, that would essentially complete the Pelicans offense because now there is too much firepower to compensate for.

Here’s what the Eastern Conference scout said about Lonzo Ball:

“He can’t make shots. Not only can he not make shots, but he can’t finish, and it’s gotten to him… [I’d pay him] $12 to $14 million [per year] for three years, maybe?”

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Lonzo Ball is a former second overall pick. Second overall picks have historically been big names in college like Ball was at UCLA. Also, the majority of second overall picks have been great defensively also. Most of those picks were players that were more suited for the college game.

First overall picks have been players that were more NBA ready players. Most of them have never even played in college or weren’t much of a factor in college.

Ball is a player that is going to have to focus on the fundamentals and defense like college teaches you. Creating his own offense will come when he has mastered the fundamentals.

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Westbrook coaching Rockets teammates appreciated by Harden https://www.talkbasket.net/100048-westbrook-coaching-rockets-teammates-appreciated-by-harden https://www.talkbasket.net/100048-westbrook-coaching-rockets-teammates-appreciated-by-harden#respond Fri, 21 Aug 2020 10:04:55 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=100048 James Harden appreciates Russell Westbrook coaching Houston Rockets teammates while he is out with a quad injury. Westbrook gained some attention during the broadcast yesterday by being active on the bench for the Rockets. Energy and a second voice on the sidelines was provided by the star point guard and it led the team to […]

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Westbrook coaching Rockets teammates appreciated by Harden

James Harden appreciates Russell Westbrook coaching Houston Rockets teammates while he is out with a quad injury. Westbrook gained some attention during the broadcast yesterday by being active on the bench for the Rockets. Energy and a second voice on the sidelines was provided by the star point guard and it led the team to win their second game in the series.

Now up 2-0 in the series, Westbrook’s presence may not be necessary for the rest of this matchup. With the success they’ve had in previous years leading to no rings, this is a big playoff trip for Houston. For the team to make waves, everybody will have to be locked in.

Here’s what Harden said after the game about Westbrook:

“He better be cheering, he got nothing else to do,” Harden said jokingly. “Russ is a leader. His communication and his voice matters to us.”

Next round, all hands will have to be on deck as the Rockets will have to face the Los Angeles Lakers. Westbrook and Harden combine to make the best backcourt probably ever. Former MVP’s in their own right, the two stars will have to lead the team vocally and by example to get the Rockets to where they want to be.

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Pistons Luke Kennard: ‘You’re either with us or against us’ https://www.talkbasket.net/100046-pistons-luke-kennard-youre-either-with-us-or-against-us https://www.talkbasket.net/100046-pistons-luke-kennard-youre-either-with-us-or-against-us#respond Fri, 21 Aug 2020 09:18:41 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=100046 According to Luke Kennard of the Detroit Pistons, it’s Pistons or bust. The wing player decided to take to Twitter to show his love for his team no matter what. With the NBA Draft Lottery being aired last night, it is clear to see where the cryptic message came from. The Detroit Pistons were able […]

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Pistons Luke Kennard: ‘You’re either with us or against us’

According to Luke Kennard of the Detroit Pistons, it’s Pistons or bust. The wing player decided to take to Twitter to show his love for his team no matter what. With the NBA Draft Lottery being aired last night, it is clear to see where the cryptic message came from.

The Detroit Pistons were able to obtain the seventh overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. The team gets to add top ten talent to pair along with Blake Griffin. Andre Drummond was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier in the season. When you look at the roster, it is unclear where the Pistons will go in the future. The first-round pick will be a great start in building for the future.

Here’s what Luke Kennard said about his loyalty to the Pistons:

“I’m not complaining, but… You’re either with us or against us. No excuses. Not letting any negativity fill my mind. Don’t bring it anywhere near me! We know what it takes! #DETROITBASKETBALL

While losing the chance to get the number one pick always is a blow the Pistons still have to be able to find talent in this draft. Either a wing with star potential or a franchise point guard will help this team get back on track.

Griffin will not be around for long. Finding a building piece in the draft is crucial.

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Lakers unable to convert in transition in Game 1 of NBA Playoffs https://www.talkbasket.net/99702-lakers-unable-to-convert-in-transition-in-game-1-of-nba-playoffs https://www.talkbasket.net/99702-lakers-unable-to-convert-in-transition-in-game-1-of-nba-playoffs#respond Wed, 19 Aug 2020 07:50:16 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=99702 The Los Angeles Lakers went 7/26 in transition opportunities during the Game 1 loss of the NBA playoffs in Orlando. Transition opportunities are fastbreak opportunities or easy baskets that are created off a rebound or turnover as quickly as possible. For a team like the Lakers that struggles to create offense in the half-court, this […]

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Lakers unable to convert in transition in Game 1 of NBA Playoffs

The Los Angeles Lakers went 7/26 in transition opportunities during the Game 1 loss of the NBA playoffs in Orlando. Transition opportunities are fastbreak opportunities or easy baskets that are created off a rebound or turnover as quickly as possible. For a team like the Lakers that struggles to create offense in the half-court, this is not good.

The Lakers will not get back Rajon Rondo soon. What that means is they cannot get the ball out of the aging LeBron James’ hands and put him on the wing. James does not have a threat to be able to score on the wings when he is leading the fastbreak. If the Lakers don’t get those easy baskets in this series then that will create nightmares for the team.

Anthony Davis remembers when Rajon Rondo helped the New Orleans Pelicans upset the Portland Trail Blazers in 2018.

“Rondo was huge for us,” Davis said Sunday when asked to reflect on that series. “Able to break down their offense and their defensive schemes and kind of even the odds on the floor during that series. So he was a big part of it.”

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Rajon Rondo is not coming back anytime soon for the Lakers in the NBA playoffs. They will have to rely on their bigs in JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard running down the lane to get the maximum efficiency in transition. Adding Kyle Kuzma to the starting lineup along with Anthony Davis will mean shooting in transition also.

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Title hopefuls Bucks and Lakers drop first playoff game against eight seeds https://www.talkbasket.net/99701-title-hopefuls-bucks-and-lakers-drop-first-playoff-game-against-eight-seeds https://www.talkbasket.net/99701-title-hopefuls-bucks-and-lakers-drop-first-playoff-game-against-eight-seeds#respond Wed, 19 Aug 2020 07:04:27 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=99701 The Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers surprised the NBA by dropping their first playoff game in the bubble. Both teams are favorites to go to the NBA Finals, but were not able to come out strong against their first-round opponents. MVP candidates Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James came out strong during their first games. […]

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Title hopefuls Bucks and Lakers drop first playoff game against eight seeds

The Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers surprised the NBA by dropping their first playoff game in the bubble. Both teams are favorites to go to the NBA Finals, but were not able to come out strong against their first-round opponents.

MVP candidates Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James came out strong during their first games. Antetokounmpo had 31 points, 17 rebounds and seven assists. James had 23 points, 17 rebounds and 16 assists. Both players came out and dominated every aspect of the game which they always do but both teams had shot creating problems.

According to NBA.com, LeBron James said:

”We had a couple of breakdowns, which you can’t have down the stretch, especially against a team like Portland,” James said.

According to NBA.com, Giannis Antetokounmpo said:

”There’s no magic wand to point and things are going to change,” Antetokounmpo said. ”You’ve got to come out, play hard, play even harder, play together and have fun.”

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The Bucks and Lakers need minor adjustments in their next playoff game. Getting the ball out of their MVP candidates hands and getting them into creating more shots is key.

For the Lakers, the team needs Rajon Rondo, but there is no timetable for when he is able to come back. The team has to rely on Kyle Kuzma to create scoring on the wing. He did not start in Game 1. The Bucks will need a better game from Kris Middleton. Middleton had just 14 points on 33.3 percent shooting from three and the field. He will need to focus more on creating mid-range jumpers. Eric Bledsoe will need to be the main ball handler.

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Luka Doncic not worried about Mavericks matchup with Clippers defenders https://www.talkbasket.net/99354-luka-doncic-not-worried-about-mavericks-matchup-with-clippers-defenders https://www.talkbasket.net/99354-luka-doncic-not-worried-about-mavericks-matchup-with-clippers-defenders#respond Mon, 17 Aug 2020 16:36:20 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=99354 Luka Doncic is not worried about the Dallas Mavericks matchup with the three All-Defensive team players that the LA Clippers have in Patrick Beverley, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard. The Mavericks face a tall task in trying to compete with the Clippers with limited playoff experience, but this will be valuable experience for this team. […]

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Luka Doncic not worried about Mavericks matchup with Clippers defenders

Luka Doncic is not worried about the Dallas Mavericks matchup with the three All-Defensive team players that the LA Clippers have in Patrick Beverley, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard. The Mavericks face a tall task in trying to compete with the Clippers with limited playoff experience, but this will be valuable experience for this team.

The Mavericks need this experience for Doncic because it will be physical and it will grow him up fast. Next year could be an MVP caliber year for the European star. Doncic is ready to take this challenging task head on.

Doncic said about the potential brutal matchup:

“I’m not worried,” said Doncic. “I’ve been dealing with that since a couple years back so I’m not worried about that. They’re physical and we know it’s going to be tough.”

Doncic’s ceiling is high and next year will be crucial for him. Getting the Mavericks to win some games in the series is pivitol in his development. Look for him to bulk up next year and adding physicality to his game after learning from this series.

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Nikola Jokic has been the NBA’s model of consistency https://www.talkbasket.net/99348-nikola-jokic-has-been-the-nbas-model-of-consistency https://www.talkbasket.net/99348-nikola-jokic-has-been-the-nbas-model-of-consistency#respond Mon, 17 Aug 2020 16:07:35 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=99348 Nikola Jokic became the first player in NBA history since LeBron James and Wilt Chamberlain to lead his team in points, rebounds and assists in three consecutive seasons. He also became the first center to average 6 plus assists per game for three straight years. Jokic has introduced the NBA to the new era of […]

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Nikola Jokic has been the NBA’s model of consistency

Nikola Jokic became the first player in NBA history since LeBron James and Wilt Chamberlain to lead his team in points, rebounds and assists in three consecutive seasons. He also became the first center to average 6 plus assists per game for three straight years. Jokic has introduced the NBA to the new era of the center.

Before, the center position was the focus of the NBA because of the need for easy baskets. With how the NBA is today, the center has to become a playmaker. Jokic has fully embraced this and is now one of the greatest players of all-time at just 25. The Nuggets want to upset teams and go to the Finals for the first time since 1975-76 and Jokic will be a big part of that.

In order to upset those teams, the Nuggets will be in big and highly competitive games. Here’s what Jokic said about playing in the clutch:

“Probably because there is no pressure,” Jokic said when asked about his late-game brilliance. “It’s 3,2,1, and you need to shoot it. I cannot think about it.”

The Nuggets will face the Utah Jazz in the first postseason matchup. It will be a big-time matchup between Jokic and Rudy Gobert. Jokic may not be able to score so that’s where his playmaking will come into play to open things up for him in terms of offense.

Nikola Jokic has slimmed down to help in his quest to be the best playmaking big man in NBA history. The Nuggets model of consistency has to lead the team by continuing his dominance during the postseason.

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76ers: Brett Brown says Thybulle to have significant role defensively https://www.talkbasket.net/99317-76ers-brett-brown-says-thybulle-to-have-significant-role-defensively https://www.talkbasket.net/99317-76ers-brett-brown-says-thybulle-to-have-significant-role-defensively#respond Mon, 17 Aug 2020 04:36:14 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=99317 Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown says Matisse Thybulle will have a significant role defensively. The Sixers lost their matchup advantage in the series when Ben Simmons went out with a knee injury before the playoffs. Increasing Thybulle’s role will help quell the loss. Ben Simmons led the league in steals this season. The Sixers […]

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76ers: Brett Brown says Thybulle to have significant role defensively

Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown says Matisse Thybulle will have a significant role defensively. The Sixers lost their matchup advantage in the series when Ben Simmons went out with a knee injury before the playoffs. Increasing Thybulle’s role will help quell the loss.

Ben Simmons led the league in steals this season. The Sixers need a way to create turnovers in this series and dominate. A first-round loss will put the franchise in a flux. What will happen to Simmons, Joel Embiid and Brown? These playoffs will mean a lot to the makeup of the team’s future.

Matisse Thybulle said about the opportunity:

“For me it’s exciting, because I think that means that I’ve earned a certain level of trust from my teammates and from the coaching staff,” Thybulle said. “As everyone hypes up the playoffs, if they trust me enough in the playoffs to do my job and my role — what I’ve been trying to prove for this whole season — I think it’s exciting, because I think my work has paid off. And now it’s really time to showcase everything that we’ve been preparing for.”

Thybulle will be an integral part of these playoffs because of the need for wing defenders. Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Gordon Hayward are going to cause problems for the Sixers all series. With the loss of Ben Simmons, the Sixers will need the rising star Matisse Thybulle to step up.

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LA Clippers release playoff hype video “Together as One” https://www.talkbasket.net/99315-la-clippers-release-playoff-hype-video-together-as-one https://www.talkbasket.net/99315-la-clippers-release-playoff-hype-video-together-as-one#respond Mon, 17 Aug 2020 03:51:31 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=99315 The LA Clippers released a hype video before the playoffs kick off tomorrow which displayed the title hopeful’s grind this season. This season has been something that the NBA has never seen before in which they had to relocate all the games to one neutral site. The Clippers, who are a title favorite, have been […]

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LA Clippers release playoff hype video “Together as One”

The LA Clippers released a hype video before the playoffs kick off tomorrow which displayed the title hopeful’s grind this season. This season has been something that the NBA has never seen before in which they had to relocate all the games to one neutral site. The Clippers, who are a title favorite, have been working on building chemistry and that was disturbed by the hiatus.

The Clippers were able to have a good restart, though, and that has brought back the hype before the restart. Those eight games were used to find different methods to win in the playoffs. The team decided to let their talent shine. They found that Paul George and Kawhi Leonard will have to carry the load for them to win the whole thing.

According to ESPN, George said on Saturday:

“I mean, we want to win the championship,” George said. “That’s the reason we committed to be here. It’s as simple as that. We should have one goal and we have one goal, and that’s to win it.”

Per ESPN, Leonard said on Saturday:

“We’re still in the journey. We just got to keep enjoying each day and the process.”

The Clippers are on a mission these playoffs and they know just how to attack the beast that is the Orlando bubble. The Lakers are the team that has ruled LA for so long. Now, it looks like with the newfound talent and direction the team is going that the city of LA is behind the upstart Clippers.

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Thanasis Antetokounmpo dunks on defender in Bucks blowout https://www.talkbasket.net/98682-thanasis-antetokounmpo-dunks-on-defender-in-bucks-blowout https://www.talkbasket.net/98682-thanasis-antetokounmpo-dunks-on-defender-in-bucks-blowout#respond Wed, 12 Aug 2020 13:49:09 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=98682 Giannis Antetokounmpo’s brother Thanasis Antetokounmpo joined the party during the Milwaukee Bucks blowout against the Washington Wizards. Late in the third quarter, the Antetokounmpo brother dunked on a defender and made the Bucks bench stand up in applause. The recipient of the baptizing was Anžejs Pasečņiks. Antetokounmpo’s Mistake Giannis made the news in a relatively […]

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Thanasis Antetokounmpo dunks on defender in Bucks blowout

Giannis Antetokounmpo’s brother Thanasis Antetokounmpo joined the party during the Milwaukee Bucks blowout against the Washington Wizards. Late in the third quarter, the Antetokounmpo brother dunked on a defender and made the Bucks bench stand up in applause. The recipient of the baptizing was Anžejs Pasečņiks.

Antetokounmpo’s Mistake

Giannis made the news in a relatively easy win because he headbutted a Wizards player. The Bucks are locked in the first seed and they will most likely play the Orlando Magic in the first round. The Bucks have not played well in Orlando yet and seem like they are waiting until the playoffs to catch fire. The Thanasis dunk gave life to a dead team.

According to ESPN Giannis said this about the headbutt:

“Terrible action,” Antetokounmpo said. “If I could go back, turn back time and go back to that play, I wouldn’t do it. But at the end of the day, we’re all human, we all make mistakes. I think I’ve done a great job all year, in my career at keeping my composure and focus on the game, but at the end of the day, we’re human and make mistakes. But at the end of the day, you learn from it, keep playing good basketball and keep moving forward.”

Brotherly Love

The playoffs will be big for the Milwaukee Bucks. The team is coming off a disappointing season last year. The loss to the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals was a big blow. Giannis has been through a lot this season. The Bucks knew after an MVP win last year he would need help.

The Bucks added Giannis’ brother Thanasis this year to the team. He has helped Giannis with the tough times of the season like this game against Washington. The dunk like the one against the Wizards is why Thanasis is on the team.

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Jrue Holiday Optimistic about Pelicans future https://www.talkbasket.net/98680-jrue-holiday-optimistic-about-pelicans-future https://www.talkbasket.net/98680-jrue-holiday-optimistic-about-pelicans-future#respond Wed, 12 Aug 2020 12:39:08 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=98680 Jrue Holiday says he is optimistic about the Pelicans’ future. The New Orleans Pelicans were eliminated from the playoffs earlier this week after a lackluster effort in the bubble. While things didn’t go their way in Orlando, they still have reasons to look forward to the next upcoming years. Zion Williamson is the main reason. […]

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Jrue Holiday Optimistic about Pelicans future

Jrue Holiday says he is optimistic about the Pelicans’ future. The New Orleans Pelicans were eliminated from the playoffs earlier this week after a lackluster effort in the bubble. While things didn’t go their way in Orlando, they still have reasons to look forward to the next upcoming years.

Zion Williamson is the main reason. Due to injuries, the season didn’t go how he wanted it to. Next year will be the phenom’s chance to start his ascension into the greats of the NBA. Then, there’s Brandon Ingram. The former top draft pick revitalized his career with the Pelicans. Ingram will be a priority in free agency.

Holiday said this about the outlook of the future for the Pelicans:

“I think for us, being consistent is about having time together,” Holiday said. “This is the first year. This is the first year, where we have some young guys, some old guys. But it was really the first year we’ve all played together. Honestly, it looks positive from here on out.”

The New Orleans Pelicans are young, so winning will be hard. Veteran leaders like Jrue Holiday are crucial for the Pelicans’ development. He is one of the last players from when the Pelicans last made the playoffs. As players like Zion Williamson and Ingram learn how to win, the team will eventually see the playoffs again.

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Why You Should Consider NBA Betting As A Career https://www.talkbasket.net/98260-why-you-should-consider-nba-betting-as-a-career https://www.talkbasket.net/98260-why-you-should-consider-nba-betting-as-a-career#respond Sun, 09 Aug 2020 13:50:59 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=98260 The online sports betting industry has really taken off in the last few years. This has been aided in no small measure by the appearance of the coronavirus; since everyone is stuck indoors anyway, people are turning to sports betting as a low-cost, effective way to entertain themselves in lockdown. The NBA is a particularly […]

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Why You Should Consider NBA Betting As A Career

The online sports betting industry has really taken off in the last few years. This has been aided in no small measure by the appearance of the coronavirus; since everyone is stuck indoors anyway, people are turning to sports betting as a low-cost, effective way to entertain themselves in lockdown. The NBA is a particularly popular organization for betting; since basketball is such a hugely popular sport in the USA, it’s one of the easiest and most accessible sports to learn when it comes to sports betting.

So, the million-dollar question becomes this: can you make a career out of NBA betting? We think the answer to that question is an emphatic yes. That’s not to say there isn’t a lot of hard work involved, of course. Just like any other career change, you’ll need to build up contacts, knowledge, and expertise before you can consider yourself a true professional. However, if you apply yourself, NBA betting can be a lucrative income source. Here’s why you should consider NBA betting as a career.

The choice is phenomenal

Since online sports betting took off, the range of websites and platforms offering the chance to bet on your favorite NBA teams has exploded. Just like new online casinos, new sports betting platforms are taking off all the time, offering amazing incentives for beginners and returning bettors alike to place a wager or two. No matter what your particular preference is when it comes to NBA betting, you’re almost guaranteed to find a site that caters to your needs.

Many careers feed into it

Sports betting is essentially a game of mathematics, strategy, and a little luck. As such, if you’ve ever worked in a career path that requires any of these skills, then you’ve already got what it takes to become a sports bettor on a professional basis. Most things you can do in a professional capacity require at least a modicum of knowledge about mathematics, and you’ll also have had to exercise strategic judgment at least once in your working life, so you’re set for sports betting no matter where you’re coming from.

You can turn passion into a profession

Do you love watching NBA games? Do you have charts on your wall tracking the progress of each player across every season? Are you already keenly looking out for news about fatigue, injuries, winning streaks, and other stats? If so, then professional sports betting is effectively already your career, you’re just not being paid for it yet. Why not take the plunge and transform something that’s already a passion for you into a professional undertaking? You’ll be glad you did.

You can work from home

The pleasures of working from home have been well-documented. You answer to nobody but yourself, you can dictate your own schedule, and you can simply stop for a break whenever you feel it’s appropriate. NBA betting carries the exact same benefits. There’s no boss looking over your shoulder and scrutinizing the work you’re doing. It’s just you, NBA fixtures, and your tried-and-tested strategy bringing in the cash for you. Working from home is truly idyllic, and sports betting is just one of the many ways you can make that a reality.

You’re developing useful skills

Some of the most essential skills involved in professional sports betting – money management, strategic thinking, and commitment, to name but a few – are boons in every subsequent job you could think of getting. Even if you don’t want to make sports betting a permanent career, it can give you experience that will be invaluable in the future. Even by paying close attention to NBA fixtures and moment-to-moment play, you’re developing your observational and analytical skills.

There’s no salary, so there’s no limit

 Unlike traditional jobs, in which you’d regularly have to ask for raises if you wanted to earn more money, sports betting doesn’t limit you. If you develop and implement a successful strategy, there’s theoretically no limit to the amount of money you can bring in with sports betting. Of course, you’ll need to set yourself apart from amateurs if you want to make serious cash, but if you demonstrate a talent for sports betting, you could make more money than anyone with a traditional 9 to 5 job ever would.

Your job is interesting

You’ll always have stories to tell when you’re a professional NBA bettor. The nature of the work is exciting and tense, so there will be plenty of water-cooler occasions that have the added advantage of making other people jealous of what you do. Even if you’re not frequenting social occasions, the moment-to-moment nature of your work means you’ll never be bored. Say goodbye to those long moments staring wistfully out of the window at your desk and wishing you could be doing something else.

You can work on the go

 If you’re not feeling like working from home, NBA betting as a career allows you to work on the go. Most sports betting sites have mobile-friendly versions or utilize responsive design, so betting on the NBA feels the same on your phone as it does on the desktop. Keeping up with stats, teams, and play trends is just as satisfying on a tablet or your smartphone as it is at home, so why not try making a few plays while you’re on the move? It stops feeling like work after a while, too. 

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Russell Westbrook and Damian Lillard get into an exchange again https://www.talkbasket.net/97757-russell-westbrook-and-damian-lillard-get-into-an-exchange-again https://www.talkbasket.net/97757-russell-westbrook-and-damian-lillard-get-into-an-exchange-again#respond Wed, 05 Aug 2020 08:43:02 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=97757 Russell Westbrook and Damian Lilliard got into an exchange again. This time it was over a Jusef Nurkic foul. Westbrook went up for a layup and went to the floor early after Nurkic contested the shot. Westbrook immediately found Lillard to voice his frustrations. The Westbrook and Lillard feud is one heavily documented one. Both […]

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Russell Westbrook and Damian Lillard get into an exchange again

Russell Westbrook and Damian Lilliard got into an exchange again. This time it was over a Jusef Nurkic foul. Westbrook went up for a layup and went to the floor early after Nurkic contested the shot. Westbrook immediately found Lillard to voice his frustrations.

The Westbrook and Lillard feud is one heavily documented one. Both are two of the best point guards in the league and just like any point guard matchup when they meet it is intense. After a January 31st game Lillard revealed that the two players have respect for each other.

Lillard said on Instagram:

“They confuse competing with hate, when it’s ruthless versus ruthless”

The superstar point guards are now at a point where when they see something that they don’t like on each other’s team they can say something about it. That is just where their relationship is at this point. While these two players are rivals the respect is mutual.

Lillard talked about the respect between the two players in an interview a year ago:

“I respect him a lot. He respects me a lot. I was disappointed that people tried to make it a dislike-type of rivalry because me and Russ is actually cool. I don’t have a problem with him. He don’t have a problem with me.”

“That dude is super competitive, and so am I. He ain’t friendly. He’s open with his meanness [and] louder about it. I’m not friendly, either. It’s all competitive, that’s all it is.”

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Shake Milton Game-Winner Give Philadelphia 76ers First Win https://www.talkbasket.net/97645-shake-milton-game-winner-give-philadelphia-76ers-first-win https://www.talkbasket.net/97645-shake-milton-game-winner-give-philadelphia-76ers-first-win#respond Tue, 04 Aug 2020 13:32:44 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=97645 Shake Milton hit the game-winner against the San Antonio Spurs that gave the Philadelphia 76ers their first win in Orlando. This comes after a game against the Indiana Pacers in which Milton did not score at all. The Sixers hope to move up in the standings before the playoffs. Shake Milton Game-Winner: Chemistry Builder The […]

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Shake Milton Game-Winner Give Philadelphia 76ers First Win

Shake Milton hit the game-winner against the San Antonio Spurs that gave the Philadelphia 76ers their first win in Orlando. This comes after a game against the Indiana Pacers in which Milton did not score at all. The Sixers hope to move up in the standings before the playoffs.

Shake Milton Game-Winner: Chemistry Builder

The game against Indiana was big and the loss hurt the team chemistry. The Sixers looked rusty in their first real game back and they looked frustrated as tempers flared on the bench between Milton and Joel Embiid. The game-winner by Milton has seemed to repair the turmoil for now.

Embiid talked about how happy he was for the team and Milton. According to USA Today, Embiid said:

“I was really happy,” said the big man. “It’s good to be in that situation and hit the game-winner. I’m extremely happy for him. He’s been working really hard this season. It’s showing off and that was a big shot he hit and it gave us the win. I’m extremely happy for him, but we can’t settle. We got to keep going and just keep getting better.”

Room to Improve

The Sixers will need Milton to make more plays for the team. With Simmons not playing point guard the offense has become stagnant. The Sixers will need more passing and three-point shooting from Milton. While Milton still has room to improve, head coach Brett Brown likes his confidence and the fact that he doesn’t give up.

“I thought that the action where the Spurs were collapsing on Joel, just because of that crowd, and the fact that you had somebody who could pass the ball in and make a shot proved to win us the game as a result of Shake’s confidence,” said Brown. “Normally, a lot of people aren’t going to fall in love with that shot, he did and he didn’t hesitate and given his performance in the first game, it’s a great way for him to help us get that win.”

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Jalen Rose: “LeBron, Those are Paul Pierce Numbers” https://www.talkbasket.net/97635-jalen-rose-lebron-those-are-paul-pierce-numbers https://www.talkbasket.net/97635-jalen-rose-lebron-those-are-paul-pierce-numbers#respond Tue, 04 Aug 2020 10:04:16 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=97635 Jalen Rose had some fun with LeBron James about his numbers so far in Orlando by comparing them to Paul Pierce’s numbers. In the last two games, LeBron is averaging 18.0 points, 6.0 assists and is shooting 38 percent from the field. James is getting up there in age, but his high basketball IQ has […]

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Jalen Rose: “LeBron, Those are Paul Pierce Numbers”

Jalen Rose had some fun with LeBron James about his numbers so far in Orlando by comparing them to Paul Pierce’s numbers. In the last two games, LeBron is averaging 18.0 points, 6.0 assists and is shooting 38 percent from the field.

James is getting up there in age, but his high basketball IQ has been a hassle for teams to deal with. This does not mean that LeBron could be slowing down as he most likely has the games in cruise control and will take the playoffs more seriously. That’s where the Lakers will need him.

“Got to get going LeBron. Those Paul Pierce numbers,” Rose said during the broadcast.

While Jalen Rose is right that LeBron isn’t playing up to the standards he always has, the Lakers will have the number one seed in the Western Conference. This will make for an easier road for the Finals.

“I can just say it feels damn good to be the number one seed in the West. For me, personally,” LeBron said to the LA Times.

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Mike D’ Antoni says play in Orlando can be attributed to lack of distractions https://www.talkbasket.net/97519-mike-d-antoni-says-play-in-orlando-can-be-attributed-to-lack-of-distractions https://www.talkbasket.net/97519-mike-d-antoni-says-play-in-orlando-can-be-attributed-to-lack-of-distractions#respond Mon, 03 Aug 2020 10:50:43 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=97519 Mike D’ Antoni and the Rockets have won their first two games in Orlando, so it made sense to ask him about how much better the experience has been than a regular NBA game. In just a small sample size, the LA Clippers have shattered their franchise record in 3-pointers and TJ Warren has already […]

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Mike D’ Antoni says play in Orlando can be attributed to lack of distractions

Mike D’ Antoni and the Rockets have won their first two games in Orlando, so it made sense to ask him about how much better the experience has been than a regular NBA game. In just a small sample size, the LA Clippers have shattered their franchise record in 3-pointers and TJ Warren has already dropped 53 points. In the game against the Sixers, Warren dropped nine threes.

Warren is not a top-five player in the NBA and the Clippers are not the best team in terms of three-point shooting, but these games have allowed those things to be possible. The Houston Rockets joined in on the three-point barrage by attempting 61 threes. Rockets head coach Mike D’ Antoni talked about how much easier it is to shoot on these courts.

“Seriously, it’s a great stage to play. There’s not a lot of distractions. It’s the same court every night. You get your shooting, depth perception and all that.”

The corner three has been a treasure trove for teams because of the lack of distractions. In a regular NBA game there are players on the bench on one side and fans on the other side. With no fans and the players not being as close as they once were to the action, it has made Orlando basketball heaven.

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Jared Dudley says watch out for rookie Rui Hachimura https://www.talkbasket.net/97497-jared-dudley-says-watch-out-for-rookie-rui-hachimura https://www.talkbasket.net/97497-jared-dudley-says-watch-out-for-rookie-rui-hachimura#respond Mon, 03 Aug 2020 08:28:05 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=97497 Jared Dudley has had a long NBA career and he is now a person to go to for mentorship. Dudley has seen a lot in his 12-year career so when he says watch out for a player it’s best to listen. Rui Hachimura is the new player that has Dudley’s eye. Hachimura is averaging 13.5 […]

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Jared Dudley says watch out for rookie Rui Hachimura

Jared Dudley has had a long NBA career and he is now a person to go to for mentorship. Dudley has seen a lot in his 12-year career so when he says watch out for a player it’s best to listen. Rui Hachimura is the new player that has Dudley’s eye.

Hachimura is averaging 13.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per game this season. Also, he shoots 48.0 percent from the field. He has a lot of potential. He has shown that he is able to score early in his career, he may be a double-double player and he is efficient. The future is bright for Hachimura.

Dudley said on Twitter:

“Out of all the NBA rookies the most slept on is Rui Hachimura… He’s really a 3 playing at the 4 position.. Has a lot of Kawhi in his game! Super skilled, tough, and aggressive! Wizards found themselves a young Star in the future.”

Dudley saw the prime of a similar player to Hachimura. Amar’e Stoudemire and Dudley were teammates from 2008-2010 and that was the best years of Stoudemire’s career. Stoudemire also averaged 13.5 points per game in his rookie year. As the Wizards start to center things around Hachimura his game will blossom.

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Robert Covington’s clutch tip-in sends game to overtime https://www.talkbasket.net/97260-robert-covingtons-clutch-tip-in-sends-game-to-overtime https://www.talkbasket.net/97260-robert-covingtons-clutch-tip-in-sends-game-to-overtime#respond Sat, 01 Aug 2020 04:54:57 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=97260 The Houston Rockets need to win their games in seeding play. Robert Covington came up with a big play in a game that was crucial for positioning in the standings. Covington was able to find space during a James Harden free throw trip and tip the ball in to tie the game with a couple […]

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Robert Covington’s clutch tip-in sends game to overtime

The Houston Rockets need to win their games in seeding play. Robert Covington came up with a big play in a game that was crucial for positioning in the standings. Covington was able to find space during a James Harden free throw trip and tip the ball in to tie the game with a couple of seconds left in the fourth.

The Rockets are fifth in the standings and the Mavericks are seventh. With this win, the Rockets moved 2.5 games in front of the Mavericks, which is big for the rest of seeding play. Because of Covington, the Rockets are now in great position to keep their ascension into the Western Conference ranks.

With a game against the Milwaukee Bucks, this game was necessary to win. The Rockets don’t have a tough schedule, but every game will be a fight just like this one. Being able to scratch and claw for this win will go a long way.

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Michael Porter Jr. drops 19 points in Nuggets’ scrimmage game https://www.talkbasket.net/96752-michael-porter-jr-drops-19-points-in-nuggets-scrimmage-game https://www.talkbasket.net/96752-michael-porter-jr-drops-19-points-in-nuggets-scrimmage-game#respond Tue, 28 Jul 2020 12:00:34 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=96752 The Denver Nuggets faced the Orlando Magic and lost 114-110. A healthy surprise was the fact that the 2018 first-round pick Michael Porter Jr. dropped 19 points in the game. Porter Jr. could be the third scorer that they need. The Nuggets need a third option on the wing that can create their own shot […]

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Michael Porter Jr. drops 19 points in Nuggets’ scrimmage game

The Denver Nuggets faced the Orlando Magic and lost 114-110. A healthy surprise was the fact that the 2018 first-round pick Michael Porter Jr. dropped 19 points in the game. Porter Jr. could be the third scorer that they need.

The Nuggets need a third option on the wing that can create their own shot and hit spot-up jumpers. In the game against the Magic, Porter Jr. displayed that ability. The Nuggets know what they are getting in Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray, but they will need another top draft pick to pan out.

According to Harrison Wind of Denver Sports, Porter Jr. said about the game:

“It’s the first time I’ve played 5-on-5 against NBA players (since March 11). The time off was good. I had that ankle injury. I healed that up and I feel great.”

Porter Jr. missed his first season in the league with a back injury. He has been able to show flashes this season and the Orlando gameplay could put his career where he needs to be. He is one of the rising stars to watch in the restart.

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Chris Paul acknowledges fact Thunder play Jazz in restart opener https://www.talkbasket.net/96743-chris-paul-acknowledges-fact-thunder-play-jazz-in-restart-opener https://www.talkbasket.net/96743-chris-paul-acknowledges-fact-thunder-play-jazz-in-restart-opener#respond Tue, 28 Jul 2020 11:31:01 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=96743 The NBA season ended when Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus in a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. When the seeding games get underway, OKC Thunder’s first game will be against the Utah Jazz. The NBA’s postponement was something that everybody involved in the NBA didn’t like to see. While it was one […]

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Chris Paul acknowledges fact Thunder play Jazz in restart opener

The NBA season ended when Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus in a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. When the seeding games get underway, OKC Thunder’s first game will be against the Utah Jazz.

The NBA’s postponement was something that everybody involved in the NBA didn’t like to see. While it was one of the darkest moments in NBA history, now the NBA is back and everything is water under the bridge now. Chirs Paul talked about the fact that the Thunder just so happen to face the Jazz in the restart.

According to Brandon Rahbar of the Daily Thunder, Paul said:

“It’s a hell of a coincidence that’s who our first game is against. Will we get out there and hug it out? No. [laughs].”

The Thunder are one of those teams in the middle of the pack in the West that want to win their games to get good positioning in the standings. OKC plays today against the Portland Trail Blazers. The first game that will count will be that Jazz game on August 1st.

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James Harden is preparing for seeding play https://www.talkbasket.net/96646-james-harden-is-preparing-for-seeding-play https://www.talkbasket.net/96646-james-harden-is-preparing-for-seeding-play#respond Mon, 27 Jul 2020 12:24:52 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=96646 In the Orlando scrimmages, it was expected that most stars would not play long, but James Harden preferred to play 35 minutes last night. Harden saw it as an opportunity to get some live action reps before the eight seeding games. The Rockets have a great chance to move up in the stands to become […]

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James Harden is preparing for seeding play

In the Orlando scrimmages, it was expected that most stars would not play long, but James Harden preferred to play 35 minutes last night. Harden saw it as an opportunity to get some live action reps before the eight seeding games.

The Rockets have a great chance to move up in the stands to become a three seed at the most. The seeding games will mean a lot to them. The Rockets have made the playoffs seven years straight. It will take them to work extremely hard to finally make it to the Finals.

Here’s what Harden said, according to Alykhan Bijani of The Athletic:

“I just don’t want to play 20 minutes, in reality when the 8 games come, I’ll be playing 35-36 minutes, it’s gonna be a huge shock. I wanna prepare myself so when next week comes, I’m ready and it’s not a big shock on my legs or body.”

Harden had a big stat line in the game. He had 31 points with nine assists and eight rebounds. it appears he is serious about leading this team in the playoffs. In the offseason, the Rockets added Russell Westbrook to have an MVP backcourt. With their ability to speed up the game, they look to be a cinderella team in the restart.

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Bol Bol’s trainer says he is the new unicorn https://www.talkbasket.net/96644-bol-bols-trainer-says-he-is-the-new-unicorn https://www.talkbasket.net/96644-bol-bols-trainer-says-he-is-the-new-unicorn#respond Mon, 27 Jul 2020 11:45:10 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=96644 According to Bol Bol’s trainer, Julius V, he is the new unicorn. Fans tuned in to the first basketball in months over the weekend and it did not disappoint. One of the surprises was the Denver Nuggets starting lineup against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday. The Nuggets had the tallest starting lineup in NBA history […]

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Bol Bol’s trainer says he is the new unicorn

According to Bol Bol’s trainer, Julius V, he is the new unicorn. Fans tuned in to the first basketball in months over the weekend and it did not disappoint. One of the surprises was the Denver Nuggets starting lineup against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday.

The Nuggets had the tallest starting lineup in NBA history with Bol Bol at small forward. The 7-2 star had 16 points against the Wizards and followed that up with 15 points at power forward on Saturday against the New Orleans Pelicans. Bol Bol’s trainer talked about how hard he has worked.

According to the Denver Post, he said:

“He was in the gym all day,” V told the Denver Post. “What I told him…just as special and as freaky as he is on offense, he can be just as special and freaky on defense,” V said. “It’s not always about actually blocking the shot. You can alter the guy’s shot. You can make guys second-guess if they should shoot.”

Bol Bol was not drafted high but he has loads of potential and that potential has been on display in Orlando. The games will give many players the chance to break out and Bol Bol is one of them. This league has proven to be able to produce 7-0 positionless players.

“It’s crazy because you hear so many guys shout out unicorn and that’s exactly what he is,” V said. “Like [Dallas Mavericks’ Kristaps Porzingis]. Porzingis is the definition of a unicorn. Bol is that.”

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Buddy Hield wants the media to stop reporting on Marvin Bagley’s injury https://www.talkbasket.net/96335-buddy-hield-wants-the-media-to-stop-reporting-on-marvin-bagleys-injury https://www.talkbasket.net/96335-buddy-hield-wants-the-media-to-stop-reporting-on-marvin-bagleys-injury#respond Fri, 24 Jul 2020 12:38:32 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=96335 The Sacramento Kings suffered a big loss when budding young star Marvin Bagley III went out with a foot sprain. The injury is a damaging injury to a basketball player especially because it really never goes away. Bagley’s teammate Buddy Hield came to his aide during his difficult time. Marvin Bagley averaged 14.2 points and […]

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Buddy Hield wants the media to stop reporting on Marvin Bagley’s injury

The Sacramento Kings suffered a big loss when budding young star Marvin Bagley III went out with a foot sprain. The injury is a damaging injury to a basketball player especially because it really never goes away. Bagley’s teammate Buddy Hield came to his aide during his difficult time.

Marvin Bagley averaged 14.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game this season. These are great averages for a young big man and he would have benefitted greatly from the Orlando experience. Knowing how bad the injury is for Bagley, Hield stepped in and decided to add words of comfort.

According to The Sacramento Bee Hield said:

“Marvin’s a great kid, too. I talked to him a long time after I figured out what happened. You know everything happens for a reason, God doesn’t make any mistakes. You know what would be really good, too? Y’all could stop reporting on everything because he’s a kid and he’s going through stuff right now and he’s trying to get his mind right.”

“The more the media talks about it, just messes his head up because he’s trying to go out there and prove himself to everybody. The more everybody relaxes off the topic, let him get his body right, get his mind right, he comes back and dominates, you’re going to say Marvin is doing good. As a young kid, he’s going through a lot right now and mentally trying to get over this hump. He’ll get over this hump for sure.”

An injury like this is the media’s job to report. It is understandable that Bagley is reeling from this injury and it is good to see his teammates speaking up for him. The Sacramento Kings will try and go out there and play without him though.

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Brett Brown calls Ben Simmons shooting threes “an internal decision” https://www.talkbasket.net/96333-brett-brown-calls-ben-simmons-shooting-threes-an-internal-decision https://www.talkbasket.net/96333-brett-brown-calls-ben-simmons-shooting-threes-an-internal-decision#respond Fri, 24 Jul 2020 12:14:14 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=96333 Everybody is raving about Ben Simmons shooting threes again. Simmons has been shown in videos shooting threes more and more in practice. It has yet to be seen if this will translate to NBA games. Simmons has shot six threes this season and made two. He has shown that he can make the shot in […]

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Brett Brown calls Ben Simmons shooting threes “an internal decision”

Everybody is raving about Ben Simmons shooting threes again. Simmons has been shown in videos shooting threes more and more in practice. It has yet to be seen if this will translate to NBA games.

Simmons has shot six threes this season and made two. He has shown that he can make the shot in some form in a live game. The Sixers will greatly benefit from Simmons stepping outside and shooting the three ball. The move to point forward will help put himself in catch and shoot situations.

According to Jon Johnson of Sports Radio WIP Brett Brown said Ben Simmons deciding to shoot the three is an “internal decision that he has made”

The Sixers are getting maximum effort from Joel Embiid and now they are getting it from Ben Simmons. There have been trade rumors swirling around the Sixers for some time and if the core wants to stay together then there have to be results. Simmons and Embiid have showed progress.

According to ESPN Simmons said:

“With 3s, it’s never been like that. I’ve got to make it a point of emphasis. I could be one of those guys shooting 30% right now. But I’d rather be one of those guys shooting 40%”

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Brett Brown Throwing Different Looks at Joel Embiid in Practice https://www.talkbasket.net/96331-brett-brown-throwing-different-looks-at-joel-embiid-in-practice https://www.talkbasket.net/96331-brett-brown-throwing-different-looks-at-joel-embiid-in-practice#respond Fri, 24 Jul 2020 11:54:12 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=96331 The Philadelphia 76ers play in their first scrimmage today against the Memphis Grizzlies today. The Sixers look to finally make it to the Eastern Conference Finals after two years of missed attempts. In preparation 76ers head coach Brett Brown has decided to throw different looks at Joel Embiid in practice. Embiid had another All-Star season […]

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Brett Brown Throwing Different Looks at Joel Embiid in Practice

The Philadelphia 76ers play in their first scrimmage today against the Memphis Grizzlies today. The Sixers look to finally make it to the Eastern Conference Finals after two years of missed attempts. In preparation 76ers head coach Brett Brown has decided to throw different looks at Joel Embiid in practice.

Embiid had another All-Star season where he averaged 23.4 points and 11.8 rebounds per game. While he has been everything for the Sixers the team has not been able to get over the hump. With the time off Embiid has been able to get into great shape and that has led to Brown challenging Embiid in practice.

According to Tom West of Liberty Ballers Brett Brown has been sending a lot of doubles at Embiid and trying to catch him off guard with a lot of different defensive coverages. Brown said Embiid is “passing the heck out of it” in those situations.

The Sixers will only go as far as Embiid goes. Last year there were moments where he was not there for the team and it didn’t seem like he was all the way locked in. This time around it looks like he is more committed.

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Al Horford talks about Sixers’ depth after being moved to bench https://www.talkbasket.net/96094-al-horford-talks-about-sixers-depth-after-being-moved-to-bench https://www.talkbasket.net/96094-al-horford-talks-about-sixers-depth-after-being-moved-to-bench#respond Wed, 22 Jul 2020 15:49:53 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=96094 The Philadelphia 76ers have made adjustments to their starting lineup. They have once again moved Al Horford to the bench and moved Ben Simmons to the four spot. Simmons will now be a point forward instead of the starting point guard. While many would think Horford would be down about this, he sees the bright […]

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Al Horford talks about Sixers’ depth after being moved to bench

The Philadelphia 76ers have made adjustments to their starting lineup. They have once again moved Al Horford to the bench and moved Ben Simmons to the four spot. Simmons will now be a point forward instead of the starting point guard.

While many would think Horford would be down about this, he sees the bright side of coming off the bench. The Sixers have fixed their bench issues by acquiring Glenn Robinson III and Alec Burks and now Horford will join them on the bench.

According to Jon Johnson of Sports Radio WIP, Horford said:

“This is the way that coach wants to go about it. Teams are going to have to deal with the depth that we have.”

The Sixers are trying to avoid not being in the Eastern Conference Finals for a third straight year after being booted out the second round. They are hoping a lineup change will make the difference and add juice to a dismal bench. These playoffs will be big for the franchise’s future.

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Pacers’ Myles Turner says he’ll wear ‘Respect Us’ on the back of his jersey https://www.talkbasket.net/96085-pacers-myles-turner-says-hell-wear-respect-us-on-the-back-of-his-jersey https://www.talkbasket.net/96085-pacers-myles-turner-says-hell-wear-respect-us-on-the-back-of-his-jersey#respond Wed, 22 Jul 2020 14:35:56 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=96085 The Indiana Pacers official twitter account posted that Myles Turner will be wearing ‘Respect Us’ on the back of his jersey for the Orlando games. Many players have rallied for the support of racial injustice, due to the death of George Floyd, and have tried to bring awareness to this situation any chance they can. […]

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Pacers’ Myles Turner says he’ll wear ‘Respect Us’ on the back of his jersey

The Indiana Pacers official twitter account posted that Myles Turner will be wearing ‘Respect Us’ on the back of his jersey for the Orlando games. Many players have rallied for the support of racial injustice, due to the death of George Floyd, and have tried to bring awareness to this situation any chance they can.

Other players have decided to wear NBA approved racial injustice slogans on the back of their jerseys and Turner is just the next player to decide to do so. Turner talked about how athletes are more than just athletes and they have to use their platform to inspire change.

Turner said:

“We’re not just entertainment pieces, we’re more than athletes. We’re out here, we’re doing what we love, but it’s not who we are as people.”

The Pacers are fifth in the Eastern Conference and will have to work hard to be able to make waves in the playoffs. They have gotten Victor Oladipo back which is a big deal for this team. This team will be an intriguing team to watch during the games.

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Nerlens Noel says Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s game has developed https://www.talkbasket.net/96083-nerlens-noel-says-shai-gilgeous-alexanders-game-has-developed https://www.talkbasket.net/96083-nerlens-noel-says-shai-gilgeous-alexanders-game-has-developed#respond Wed, 22 Jul 2020 14:12:40 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=96083 The Oklahoma City Thunder are looking to make waves in these playoffs. Building chemistry will be crucial. The team got an important player back in Andre Roberson. Also, it seems like young players that will be necessary for a rebuild are developing. Nerlens Noel says post-COVID, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s game has developed. Gilgeous-Alexander came over in […]

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Nerlens Noel says Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s game has developed

The Oklahoma City Thunder are looking to make waves in these playoffs. Building chemistry will be crucial. The team got an important player back in Andre Roberson. Also, it seems like young players that will be necessary for a rebuild are developing. Nerlens Noel says post-COVID, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s game has developed.

Gilgeous-Alexander came over in the Paul George trade with the Los Angeles Clippers. With that being said, his development is very important to earn compensation for the trade. The Thunder are the fifth seed as of right now, so Gilgeous-Alexander will get much-needed playoff experience.

According to Brandon Rahbar of the Daily Thunder, Noel said about Gilgeous-Alexander:

“I don’t think y’all have even seen it yet. What I’ve noticed from Shai post Covid. The game has really slowed down for him. I think this next stretch of the playoffs will show his maturity and how he’s grown.”

Gilgeous-Alexander is one of the rising stars in this league. This is a chance for his game to excel. The chance to play in these games will grow a lot of players because of the mental toughness necessary to maintain consistent play. The Orlando games could display future superstars and Gilgeous-Alexander is one of them.

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander compliments Andre Roberson’s defensive abilities https://www.talkbasket.net/96081-shai-gilgeous-alexander-compliments-andre-robersons-defensive-abilities https://www.talkbasket.net/96081-shai-gilgeous-alexander-compliments-andre-robersons-defensive-abilities#respond Wed, 22 Jul 2020 13:51:49 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=96081 Teams are trying to build continuity before they start the games that count in the Orlando bubble. These practices are the last chance to make sure players are able to play with each other before the games start. The practices gave Shai Gilgeous-Alexander an opportunity to see Andre Roberson’s superior defensive abilities first hand. Andre […]

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander compliments Andre Roberson’s defensive abilities

Teams are trying to build continuity before they start the games that count in the Orlando bubble. These practices are the last chance to make sure players are able to play with each other before the games start. The practices gave Shai Gilgeous-Alexander an opportunity to see Andre Roberson’s superior defensive abilities first hand.

Andre Roberson has been out ever since early 2018. That was when Carmelo Anthony, Paul George and Russell Westbrook were still all playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Shai Gilgeous Alexander, a young upcoming player is new to this Thunder team and complimented Roberson’s defensive abilities.

According to Brandon Rahbar of the Daily Thunder, Gilgeous Alexander said:

“First thing I’ve noticed about Dre: smartest defensive player I’ve ever been around. He’s always doing the right thing defensively.”

The OKC Thunder are currently fifth in the Western Conference and have exceeded expectations. The return of Andre Roberson will help a team looking to surprise many after being able to make the playoffs. Especially since they lost their two best players. Players like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander on the Thunder can learn a lot from Roberson’s defensive abilities.

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Harrison Barnes could depart for Orlando today after passed COVID test https://www.talkbasket.net/95987-harrison-barnes-could-depart-for-orlando-today-after-passed-covid-test https://www.talkbasket.net/95987-harrison-barnes-could-depart-for-orlando-today-after-passed-covid-test#respond Tue, 21 Jul 2020 18:07:18 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=95987 The Sacramento Kings could be getting help before the Orlando games get underway. According to Marc J Spears of The Undefeated, Harrison Barnes could depart for Orlando today after testing positive for the coronavirus a week ago. The Kings are fighting for a playoff spot in the eight seeding games. Barnes is just one of […]

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Harrison Barnes could depart for Orlando today after passed COVID test

The Sacramento Kings could be getting help before the Orlando games get underway. According to Marc J Spears of The Undefeated, Harrison Barnes could depart for Orlando today after testing positive for the coronavirus a week ago. The Kings are fighting for a playoff spot in the eight seeding games.

Barnes is just one of the handful of players that have tested positive for the coronavirus. The NBA shut down in March and has been under hiatus ever since. For the Sacramento Kings, they will need all the help they can get as they are 11th in the standings and 3.5 games back for the eighth seed.

The Kings got good news a couple of weeks ago when Marvin Bagley III said he was ready to go and now Harrison Barnes could depart for Orlando today. Sacramento is an up and coming team and they will benefit from these playoff-caliber games.

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Lakers’ Frank Vogel: Kyle Kuzma can get “A lot better” https://www.talkbasket.net/95772-lakers-frank-vogel-kyle-kuzma-can-get-a-lot-better https://www.talkbasket.net/95772-lakers-frank-vogel-kyle-kuzma-can-get-a-lot-better#respond Sun, 19 Jul 2020 10:48:54 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=95772 The development of players is something to watch in the Orlando Bubble. A lot of young players will have the opportunity to play in the playoffs for the first time. They will gain valuable experience. Kyle Kuzma is one of those players. According to his coach Frank Vogel, Kyle Kuzma can get a lot better. […]

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Lakers’ Frank Vogel: Kyle Kuzma can get “A lot better”

The development of players is something to watch in the Orlando Bubble. A lot of young players will have the opportunity to play in the playoffs for the first time. They will gain valuable experience. Kyle Kuzma is one of those players. According to his coach Frank Vogel, Kyle Kuzma can get a lot better.

Kuzma was a late first-round pick that showed a lot of potential. In his third year, he has become the third piece to a team that is first in the Western Conference. This season he is averaging 12.5 points per game after averaging a career-high 18.7 points per game last year. The playoffs will be a great opportunity to show more growth after a disappointing year.

According to SB Nation, Frank Vogel said:

“Obviously he can get a lot better — he’s a young player, but he brings a lot to the table right now,” Vogel said. “And he’s in a difficult predicament, because a lot of his counterparts at his age that are on teams without established superstars are getting bigger roles, and he certainly is capable of that, but his role is going to be different on this team. And he’s had great acceptance of trying to find ways to contribute to winning basketball and has had a great attitude about it.”

“It’s actually helped him to round out his game so to speak, rather than just focusing on scoring. The defense, the rebounding, the hustle plays that maybe you’re not focused on as much if you’re the young focal point of an offense. So I think in the long run this is really going to help his career.”

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While the addition of Anthony Davis has hurt his career, Kuzma is still a valuable option to this team. The third leg in a LeBron James led team has always had to take the fall.

Players like Kevin Love and Chris Bosh were once in Kuzma’s position. They fell into obscurity, because that was just what the offense demanded. Kuzma is a young player that has more time to develop.

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Dallas Mavericks: J.J. Barea loves Luka Doncic as leader https://www.talkbasket.net/95771-dallas-mavericks-j-j-barea-loves-luka-doncic-as-leader https://www.talkbasket.net/95771-dallas-mavericks-j-j-barea-loves-luka-doncic-as-leader#respond Sun, 19 Jul 2020 10:14:44 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=95771 The Dallas Mavericks are one of the fortunate teams to get invited to the bubble. This will be a great opportunity for players like Kristaps Porzingis and Luka Doncic, who will be going into their first playoffs. Doncic is young, but he is this team’s leader. According to the Dallas News, J.J. Barea loves Luka […]

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Dallas Mavericks: J.J. Barea loves Luka Doncic as leader

The Dallas Mavericks are one of the fortunate teams to get invited to the bubble. This will be a great opportunity for players like Kristaps Porzingis and Luka Doncic, who will be going into their first playoffs. Doncic is young, but he is this team’s leader. According to the Dallas News, J.J. Barea loves Luka Doncic as the team’s leader.

J.J. Barea has played with the Mavericks for 11 seasons. He was part of the 2011 championship team that was able to beat the LeBron James led Miami Heat. Veteran leadership will be key in the Orlando games. Support from the veterans helps the chemistry for a team with a young superstar core.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Barea said:

“The NBA championship was really fun, but this group is fun, man. When you get your leader in Luka, and Luka’s a guy that he loves his teammates and he’s always texting ‘hey let’s do this, let’s play cards, let’s go to the pool, let’s go fishing. It’s all about the team and about having fun.

In practice as we compete, and we compete, and we argue, and we get mad but hey, we love being around each other, we love competing together, and it’s fun. It makes it super fun for me and it gives me energy, and it keeps me positive to play longer so I’m excited to be here with this team.”

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The Mavericks are currently the seventh seed in the West. They may not play long in the playoffs, but the experience will be invaluable. They should become a team to contend with in the future.

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Lakers head coach Frank Vogel thinks LeBron is MVP https://www.talkbasket.net/95725-lakers-head-coach-frank-vogel-thinks-lebron-is-mvp https://www.talkbasket.net/95725-lakers-head-coach-frank-vogel-thinks-lebron-is-mvp#respond Sat, 18 Jul 2020 21:54:06 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=95725 Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel thinks LeBron James is the MVP. There has been a heavy debate for the winner of the award. In the midst of the debate, James is headed into an ending of a season that could define his career. LeBron’s finals record has been under heavy debate and the […]

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Lakers head coach Frank Vogel thinks LeBron is MVP

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel thinks LeBron James is the MVP. There has been a heavy debate for the winner of the award. In the midst of the debate, James is headed into an ending of a season that could define his career.

LeBron’s finals record has been under heavy debate and the playoffs could change everything. James is headed into retirement and has had another amazing season in which he averaged 25.7 points, 10.6 assists and 7.9 rebounds. Another MVP trophy could be in his sights.

According to Kyle Goon of the OC Register, Vogel said on LeBron being the MVP:

“No one affects winning more than him. I believe he should be the MVP this year, and I believe that Anthony Davis should be the Defensive Player of the year.”

LeBron has won 60 games three times in his career, 50 games even more times and has only missed the playoffs three times in his whole 16-year career. James has won plenty of games in his career and has been rewarded heavily for it. Besides Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, he is the only player to win back to back MVP awards twice. A win this season would be his fifth award.

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Joel Embiid to Brett Brown: “All we have is each other in here” https://www.talkbasket.net/95722-joel-embiid-to-brett-brown-all-we-have-is-each-other-in-here https://www.talkbasket.net/95722-joel-embiid-to-brett-brown-all-we-have-is-each-other-in-here#respond Sat, 18 Jul 2020 21:19:58 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=95722 The Philadelphia 76ers had practice yesterday in preparation for the final eight games of the season along with the highly anticipated playoffs. For a team that has been booted out of the playoffs early for two years straight, this time around has to be different for them. This is why Joel Embiid showed his growth […]

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Joel Embiid to Brett Brown: “All we have is each other in here”

The Philadelphia 76ers had practice yesterday in preparation for the final eight games of the season along with the highly anticipated playoffs. For a team that has been booted out of the playoffs early for two years straight, this time around has to be different for them. This is why Joel Embiid showed his growth to Brett Brown yesterday.

The two superstars on the Sixers in Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid will have to be more vocal and be better leaders in the enclosed bubble that the NBA has put them in. Embiid has already started the steps necessary in order to bring better chemistry to this team.

According to J Blevins of 97.3 ESPN, Joel Embiid said to head coach Brett Brown:

“All we have is each other in here.”

Teams have experienced extended road trips but staying together for a possible three months is a new animal. The Sixers have lacked the chemistry necessary in the past. They could get swallowed up in an environment where that is crucial. Embiid walking up to Brown and saying this is important for the Sixers.

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Celtics Kemba Walker says LeBron James is enjoying bubble life https://www.talkbasket.net/95578-celtics-kemba-walker-says-that-lebron-james-is-enjoying-bubble-life https://www.talkbasket.net/95578-celtics-kemba-walker-says-that-lebron-james-is-enjoying-bubble-life#respond Thu, 16 Jul 2020 21:15:22 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=95578 Boston Celtics star Kemba Walker says LeBron James is enjoying life in Orlando. Teams are away from it all and they are taking advantage of it by enjoying all the luxuries that Disney has to offer. LeBron James is one of the biggest stars in the world. He will draw a crowd if he ever […]

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Celtics Kemba Walker says LeBron James is enjoying bubble life

Boston Celtics star Kemba Walker says LeBron James is enjoying life in Orlando. Teams are away from it all and they are taking advantage of it by enjoying all the luxuries that Disney has to offer.

LeBron James is one of the biggest stars in the world. He will draw a crowd if he ever just walks down a street. With the NBA relocating all the games to one site and finishing the season there, it looks like James has found much needed solitude.

According to NBC Sports Boston, Walker said:

“It’s very rare to see ‘Bron walking by himself and being comfortable. I was telling somebody that he probably hasn’t done that since he was nine years old: being able to be so comfortable just walking around and not worrying about people coming up to him and being bothered asking for something.”

“Now he’s just regular, you know? Not regular, but he’s able to be comfortable and walk around comfortably, so I think that’s pretty cool.”

Now, things are great as we are a week in and everybody is enjoying the peace and quiet. How will things be two months from now is the question. LeBron James enjoying life in Florida is great for the Lakers, who are first in the conference. Anything less than a title will be a disappointment for LA.

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Rockets star P.J. Tucker says having James Harden in practice “changes everything” https://www.talkbasket.net/95564-rockets-star-p-j-tucker-says-having-james-harden-in-practice-changes-everything https://www.talkbasket.net/95564-rockets-star-p-j-tucker-says-having-james-harden-in-practice-changes-everything#respond Thu, 16 Jul 2020 18:59:38 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=95564 Teams are in the midst of going through practices right now preparing for the Orlando games. The Houston Rockets are a middle of the pack team with a lot of promise. While Russell Westbrook is out with the coronavirus, the Rockets still have James Harden. Harden has been the centerpiece for this team for a […]

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Rockets star P.J. Tucker says having James Harden in practice “changes everything”

Teams are in the midst of going through practices right now preparing for the Orlando games. The Houston Rockets are a middle of the pack team with a lot of promise.

While Russell Westbrook is out with the coronavirus, the Rockets still have James Harden. Harden has been the centerpiece for this team for a long time. He has won an MVP award and scoring titles. If this team is to go anywhere, it will be on the back of this superstar. P.J. Tucker exemplified this notion.

According to Jonathan Feigan of the Houston Chronicle, Tucker said:

“It changes everything. He’s our captain. He runs the ship and everybody kind of fills space in around him. He’s our guy. He’s the guy. The intensity goes up. The level of play goes up.”

Togetherness is key for a team to reach the title. The team that is able to keep it together for the longest extended period of time will win. The Rockets look like they have each other’s back and in the climate that the teams are, in where any player can go down due to the coronavirus, chemistry is key.

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Miami Heat’s Duncan Robinson will wear “Say Their Names” on the back of his jersey https://www.talkbasket.net/95147-miami-heats-duncan-robinson-will-wear-say-their-names-on-the-back-of-his-jersey https://www.talkbasket.net/95147-miami-heats-duncan-robinson-will-wear-say-their-names-on-the-back-of-his-jersey#respond Sun, 12 Jul 2020 19:19:45 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=95147 Miami Heat’s Duncan Robinson will wear “Say Their Names” on the back of his jersey for the season restart, according to Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald. Players are allowed to wear racial injustice messages on the back of their jerseys in Orlando. Other players have followed suit in wearing racial injustice slogans on the […]

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Miami Heat’s Duncan Robinson will wear “Say Their Names” on the back of his jersey

Miami Heat’s Duncan Robinson will wear “Say Their Names” on the back of his jersey for the season restart, according to Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald. Players are allowed to wear racial injustice messages on the back of their jerseys in Orlando.

Other players have followed suit in wearing racial injustice slogans on the back of their jerseys. Some players have declined to wear slogans on the back of their jerseys. LeBron James and Anthony Davis have declined to wear names on the back of their jerseys.

According to ESPN, James said:

“I actually didn’t go with a name on the back of my jersey,” James said on a video conference call with reporters. “It was no disrespect to the list that was handed out to all the players. I commend anyone that decides to put something on the back of their jersey. It’s just something that didn’t really seriously resonate with my mission, with my goal.”

Robinson has chosen to follow Kyle Korver’s path. Korver will wear “Black Lives Matter” on the back of his jersey for Orlando. More players will follow suit in the coming weeks and it will be interesting to see what their decision will be.

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NBA Doctors Say Coronavirus Could Cause Potential Long-Lasting Effects https://www.talkbasket.net/95108-nba-doctors-say-coronavirus-could-cause-potential-long-lasting-effects https://www.talkbasket.net/95108-nba-doctors-say-coronavirus-could-cause-potential-long-lasting-effects#respond Sun, 12 Jul 2020 14:30:35 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=95108 NBA doctors say there are potential long term damaging effects of the coronavirus according to ESPN. The coronavirus could have potential long-lasting respiratory and cardiac effects, which would make continuing an NBA career difficult. The coronavirus has killed 137,000 people in the United States so far. Younger people are able to recover in two weeks […]

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NBA Doctors Say Coronavirus Could Cause Potential Long-Lasting Effects

NBA doctors say there are potential long term damaging effects of the coronavirus according to ESPN. The coronavirus could have potential long-lasting respiratory and cardiac effects, which would make continuing an NBA career difficult.

The coronavirus has killed 137,000 people in the United States so far. Younger people are able to recover in two weeks and be fine. While that is true, it can still cause long term effects. For an athlete that is something, you don’t want to hear.

An NBA GM told ESPN:

“There are unknown effects it has on lung capacity, unknown effects it has on cardiac health. What if a 24-year-old catches it in Orlando and, in 14 days, he quarantines and is fine, but then he has these everlasting heart problems? [Or he] gets winded so easily, or he becomes a little bit too susceptible to fatigue? … These are all the unknowns.”

NBA players need to run and jump. All that is possible with the heart. Many players have opted out of the Orlando bubble because of their safety. If they didn’t play now it will be interesting to see their status in the future. A player’s best investment is their health. NBA players have to make sure they take care of their bodies first. There is life after basketball. The novel coronavirus poses a serious threat to an NBA player’s life after retirement.

“The amount of cardiac damage can increase if you continue to exercise in the face of an active infection,” said Matthew Martinez, a consulting cardiologist for NBA. “So you’re somebody with a low-grade fever, and you have a little bit of symptoms. And, a week later, you’re fine. Do you have cardiac involvement? Now, if you’re a regular person, like me, and you’re going to go do your [two- to three-mile runs] every day … that’s a different discussion than if you’re a professional athlete. So that’s the reason why we worry about it that high level of exercise intensity can increase your risk of having an adverse event when there’s cardiac damage related to a virus.”

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Thunder traded Russell Westbrook for Chris Paul one year ago today https://www.talkbasket.net/95034-thunder-traded-russell-westbrook-for-chris-paul-one-year-ago-today https://www.talkbasket.net/95034-thunder-traded-russell-westbrook-for-chris-paul-one-year-ago-today#respond Sat, 11 Jul 2020 16:01:27 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=95034 On this day one year ago, the Oklahoma City Thunder traded Russell Westbrook for Chris Paul. Both teams have not lost a beat and going to be in the playoffs this year after the trade. Westbrook was the longest-tenured player for OKC after Nick Collison retired. Westbrook was with the team that drafted him for […]

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Thunder traded Russell Westbrook for Chris Paul one year ago today

On this day one year ago, the Oklahoma City Thunder traded Russell Westbrook for Chris Paul. Both teams have not lost a beat and going to be in the playoffs this year after the trade.

Westbrook was the longest-tenured player for OKC after Nick Collison retired. Westbrook was with the team that drafted him for 11 seasons. During his time at OKC, he averaged 23.0 points, 8.4 assists and 7.0 rebounds. He averaged a triple-double for three straight seasons and won an MVP award before leaving for the Houston Rockets.

Sam Presti said this about Westbrook after the trade:

“Russell Westbrook is the most important player in the brief history of the Oklahoma City Thunder. He has left an incredible mark on this team, city and state. None of us could have anticipated the player he has become, and we are all deeply proud of what he has contributed to the success of the franchise and to our community. Russell and his wife Nine, their three children, his brother and his parents will always remain part of the Thunder family. We wish them nothing but happiness and success in the future.”

Westbrook did a lot for the OKC Thunder and was their hope after Kevin Durant left. The team has moved on and found success with Chris Paul. The Thunder have a lot of draft picks after moving their two superstars in Paul George and Westbrook. They are hoping that they will get lucky and find another superstar in the draft that will be an MVP caliber player.

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Pacers star Victor Oladipo and Miami Heat have Mutual Interest in each other https://www.talkbasket.net/94948-pacers-star-victor-oladipo-and-miami-heat-have-mutual-interest-in-each-other https://www.talkbasket.net/94948-pacers-star-victor-oladipo-and-miami-heat-have-mutual-interest-in-each-other#respond Fri, 10 Jul 2020 16:42:51 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=94948 Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo and the Miami Heat have mutual interest in each other, according to Caitlin Cooper of SB Nation and J. Michael of the IndyStar. Oladipo will not play in Orlando due to the quad injury that had him sidelined most of the season. Oladipo not playing in Florida added fuel to […]

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Pacers star Victor Oladipo and Miami Heat have Mutual Interest in each other

Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo and the Miami Heat have mutual interest in each other, according to Caitlin Cooper of SB Nation and J. Michael of the IndyStar. Oladipo will not play in Orlando due to the quad injury that had him sidelined most of the season.

Oladipo not playing in Florida added fuel to the fire of an eventual deal between him and the Heat. A potential free agent in 2021, Oladipo is looking at a big-time payday as he was an All-Star two years in a row before this season. He could potentially take a top tier playoff team like the Heat to a title contender.

“….there’s more to it beyond those things,” Michael said on Twitter in response to Cooper. “It is not a big secret inside basketball circles.”

If this is true we may see Oladipo paired up with Jimmy Butler in the future. The Indiana Pacers have already lost Paul George and they got a rising superstar in Victor Oladipo in return. The reason Oladipo is not playing in the Orlando games is that the Pacers want to protect their investment.

When it is time for free agency the Pacers can get something in return for their budding star or a potential trade may be in the works during the offseason.

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Top NBA Draft Prospect LaMelo Ball prefers the New York Knicks https://www.talkbasket.net/94897-top-nba-draft-prospect-lamelo-ball-suggests-the-new-york-knicks https://www.talkbasket.net/94897-top-nba-draft-prospect-lamelo-ball-suggests-the-new-york-knicks#respond Fri, 10 Jul 2020 02:27:03 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=94897 According to Ian Begley of SNY.tv, top draft prospect LaMelo Ball is said to suggest the New York Knicks. The NBA Draft has been moved to a later date of October 16th due to the hiatus caused by the coronavirus. LaMelo Ball is projected to be a top-three pick in the draft after having an […]

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Top NBA Draft Prospect LaMelo Ball prefers the New York Knicks

According to Ian Begley of SNY.tv, top draft prospect LaMelo Ball is said to suggest the New York Knicks. The NBA Draft has been moved to a later date of October 16th due to the hiatus caused by the coronavirus.

LaMelo Ball is projected to be a top-three pick in the draft after having an impressive season with the Illawarra Hawks. The NBA lottery is on August 25th and the Knicks will be waiting to see if they get their first lottery win since they picked Patrick Ewing number one in the NBA draft in 1985.

Ian Begley said:

“As teams do their homework on players in the draft, there’s been a consistent theme about LaMelo Ball: multiple teams believe Ball and those in his circle prefer that he lands in New York. (Those teams have picks projected later in the first round than the Knicks, for what it’s worth).”

LaMelo Ball would be a great pick up for the Knicks in the quest to revitalize the New York Knicks franchise. Ball has the star appeal and he will have the ball in his hands a lot. The process of rebuilding the Knicks could start with drafting LaMelo Ball.

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Lou Williams will join the Los Angeles Clippers in Orlando https://www.talkbasket.net/94849-lou-williams-will-join-the-los-angeles-clippers-in-orlando https://www.talkbasket.net/94849-lou-williams-will-join-the-los-angeles-clippers-in-orlando#respond Thu, 09 Jul 2020 22:54:17 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=94849 LA Clippers sixth man extraordinaire Lou Williams has decided to join the team. On Wednesday night, when the team arrived, Williams was seen hopping off the plane with his teammates. Lou Williams will be a crucial part for what the Clippers are trying to do in Orlando. He is the third-best scorer on the team […]

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Lou Williams will join the Los Angeles Clippers in Orlando

LA Clippers sixth man extraordinaire Lou Williams has decided to join the team. On Wednesday night, when the team arrived, Williams was seen hopping off the plane with his teammates.

Lou Williams will be a crucial part for what the Clippers are trying to do in Orlando. He is the third-best scorer on the team and leads the best bench in the league. Depth in these games will be important. The coronavirus is one reason why but the mental aspect of playing in these games is another thing also.

According to ESPN, Clippers head coach Doc Rivers said this about if Williams play:

“As far as Lou, all indications [are] that yes, he is [playing],” Rivers said on a Zoom call with reporters Wednesday. “Obviously, up until we get on the plane, anything can happen. But I do expect Lou to be with us. I would be very surprised if he’s not.”

When everything finally got down to it, Williams was indeed on the plane. Now the Clippers have their microwave scorer to complement their superstars in the starting lineup. Losing Landry Shamet was a big loss to their depth, but it was a godsend for Williams to decide to play.

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76ers star Joel Embiid “I believe I can carry the team” https://www.talkbasket.net/94728-76ers-star-joel-embiid-i-believe-i-can-carry-the-team https://www.talkbasket.net/94728-76ers-star-joel-embiid-i-believe-i-can-carry-the-team#respond Wed, 08 Jul 2020 19:12:16 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=94728 Joel Embiid addressed the media on Tuesday and had a lot on his mind. Embiid believes he is ready to take the Sixers to the next step and finally go to the Finals. The Philadelphia 76ers addressed their depth issues by acquiring Glenn Robinson III and Alec Burks from the Golden State Warriors. While they […]

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76ers star Joel Embiid “I believe I can carry the team”

Joel Embiid addressed the media on Tuesday and had a lot on his mind. Embiid believes he is ready to take the Sixers to the next step and finally go to the Finals.

The Philadelphia 76ers addressed their depth issues by acquiring Glenn Robinson III and Alec Burks from the Golden State Warriors. While they have addressed the bench, Embiid is still the best player on the team. This team will run through him.

“I don’t think my weight is an issue,” he said. “The only thing to always watch is my body fat, and I feel good. Like I said, I’ve been chilling. Just doing what I have to do.”

Embiid has been working out six days a week. This time off was a chance to get ready for a playoff run. With the loss of the rest of the season there was more time to get focused. Finally, Embiid will be more fresh than he ever was in previous playoff runs.

“During this year, there were a lot of times when I was not into the offense and I was just basically going through the same motions and all that,” he said. “But with the playoffs coming, I’ve just gotta be more assertive and just be that guy — just demand the ball and do what I do.”  

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76ers great Allen Iverson says he realizes that he’s older now https://www.talkbasket.net/94423-76ers-great-allen-iverson-says-that-he-realizes-that-hes-older-now https://www.talkbasket.net/94423-76ers-great-allen-iverson-says-that-he-realizes-that-hes-older-now#respond Mon, 06 Jul 2020 14:21:26 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=94423 Philadelphia 76ers great Allen Iverson sat down with legendary Sixers announcer Marc Zumoff for an exclusive interview. Iverson reflected on his life and realizes that now his role is to inspire the youth. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016. Also, he made the All-Star team 11 times and was a four-time […]

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76ers great Allen Iverson says he realizes that he’s older now

Philadelphia 76ers great Allen Iverson sat down with legendary Sixers announcer Marc Zumoff for an exclusive interview. Iverson reflected on his life and realizes that now his role is to inspire the youth.

He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016. Also, he made the All-Star team 11 times and was a four-time scoring champion. Iverson was able to singlehandedly will the 76ers to the Finals in 2001 in an epic playoff run and he won the MVP award that same year. Iverson said he is grateful to be in the position that he is now.

“I’m still like when I was younger, in my 20s,” he said. “Like, I got a birthday coming up, and I get excited about it. … I know so many people that didn’t make it to this age or nowhere near it, so it’s a big deal to me. I love it.”

The younger 76ers players look up to Iverson just like Iverson looked up to Julius Erving. Iverson famously wore Erving’s number 6 in the 2002 All-Star game that was in Philadelphia. Embiid honored Iverson’s famous Soul on Ice SLAM cover with a remake. Inspiring the new generation is a part of retirement that Iverson enjoys.

“Now I know how those people in the crowd felt when I had my hand on my ear and all that,” he said. “I’m those people in the stands now, and I love it. I get a big kick out of it. When Joel (Embiid) is doing all that and I’m at the game, I feel just like those other fans that are sitting in the seats.”

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Zion Williamson celebrates 20th birthday https://www.talkbasket.net/94421-zion-williamson-celebrates-20th-birthday https://www.talkbasket.net/94421-zion-williamson-celebrates-20th-birthday#respond Mon, 06 Jul 2020 12:35:49 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=94421 Zion Williamson will be celebrating his 20th birthday today. The New Orleans Pelicans star is being considered for the Rookie of the Year award this year and has a bright future ahead of him. Williamson is averaging 23.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game and is shooting 58.9 percent from the field. Williamson took the […]

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Zion Williamson celebrates 20th birthday

Zion Williamson will be celebrating his 20th birthday today. The New Orleans Pelicans star is being considered for the Rookie of the Year award this year and has a bright future ahead of him.

Williamson is averaging 23.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game and is shooting 58.9 percent from the field. Williamson took the world by storm with his ability to dunk and his year at Duke combined with what we have seen so far in the NBA has shown his potential. Recently he became one of the three cover athletes for NBA 2K21.

At just 20 Williamson has accomplished so much. There are other goals for him that he will strive to obtain. He of course wants to win the Rookie of the Year award this year but he has the talent to average a double-double and win an MVP award. The New Orleans Pelicans are a rising team that has the young talent developing to become title contenders.

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Kenny Smith on ’95 Chicago Bulls loss to the Orlando Magic: “They were just too small” https://www.talkbasket.net/94376-kenny-smith-on-95-chicago-bulls-loss-to-orlando-magic-they-were-just-too-small https://www.talkbasket.net/94376-kenny-smith-on-95-chicago-bulls-loss-to-orlando-magic-they-were-just-too-small#respond Sun, 05 Jul 2020 17:49:17 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=94376 Kenny Smith took to First Take to air out his thoughts on the Chicago Bulls losing to the Orlando Magic in the 1995 Eastern Conference SemiFinals. The Houston Rockets were eventually able to sweep the Magic in the Finals. That season, Michael Jordan came out of retirement. He was able to lead the Bulls past […]

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Kenny Smith on ’95 Chicago Bulls loss to the Orlando Magic: “They were just too small”

Kenny Smith took to First Take to air out his thoughts on the Chicago Bulls losing to the Orlando Magic in the 1995 Eastern Conference SemiFinals. The Houston Rockets were eventually able to sweep the Magic in the Finals.

That season, Michael Jordan came out of retirement. He was able to lead the Bulls past the Charlotte Hornets in four games in the first round, but the Shaquille O’ Neal-led Magic were too much to handle in the second round. Kenny Smith says size was the issue.

“They were just too small,” Smith said about the Bulls. “That’s why they lost to the Orlando Magic. That team that they lost to 4-2, we swept. It wasn’t Jordan wasn’t the best player. That wasn’t the best team.”

O’ Neal was young then, but still dominant. His size created matchup problems in the series just like the rest of his four championship career. The Bulls went on to win three straight championships for a total of six in the nineties. The young Shaquille O’Neal was able to get the better of them that series though.

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Nick Young refers to D’Angelo Russell as Tekashi 69 https://www.talkbasket.net/94363-nick-young-refers-to-dangelo-russell-as-tekashi-69 https://www.talkbasket.net/94363-nick-young-refers-to-dangelo-russell-as-tekashi-69#respond Sun, 05 Jul 2020 15:03:24 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=94363 Nick Young referred to D’Angelo Russell as Tekashi 69 in his latest interview. The 69 snitch trial was one of the biggest news stories in music this year. For most that don’t know, Russell snitched to Young’s girlfriend when they were both teammates during their time with the Los Angeles Lakers. That story was one […]

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Nick Young refers to D’Angelo Russell as Tekashi 69

Nick Young referred to D’Angelo Russell as Tekashi 69 in his latest interview. The 69 snitch trial was one of the biggest news stories in music this year. For most that don’t know, Russell snitched to Young’s girlfriend when they were both teammates during their time with the Los Angeles Lakers.

That story was one of the most interesting stories during the 2015-16 season. It caused a rift in the already troubled Lakers locker room. Things got worse after that when Kobe Bryant retired that season. During those times, the Lakers organization was in turmoil. They haven’t been to the playoffs since 2012-13.

“Hey 69 man. Look at 69,” Nick Young said when asked to bury the hatchet with D’Angelo Russell. Young acknowledged that Russell improved his game, but it seems like he will never forget what Russell did to him.

Things for the Lakers are looking up nowadays. They are the number one seed in the Western Conference and look like the favorite to win the NBA championship with the greatest player in the world LeBron James leading them.

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Marvin Bagley said he’s ready to go for the Orlando restart https://www.talkbasket.net/94169-marvin-bagley-said-hes-ready-to-go-for-the-orlando-restart https://www.talkbasket.net/94169-marvin-bagley-said-hes-ready-to-go-for-the-orlando-restart#respond Fri, 03 Jul 2020 04:00:15 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=94169 Marvin Bagley III has had an all right career ever since he came out of Duke. His first year in the NBA he averaged 14.9 points per game and in his second year he averaged 14.2 points per game. A foot injury that occurred in February kept him sidelined, but now it looks like he […]

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Marvin Bagley said he’s ready to go for the Orlando restart

Marvin Bagley III has had an all right career ever since he came out of Duke. His first year in the NBA he averaged 14.9 points per game and in his second year he averaged 14.2 points per game. A foot injury that occurred in February kept him sidelined, but now it looks like he is ready to go for the Orlando restart.

The Sacramento Kings are one of the teams in the Western Conference that will be fighting for their playoff lives in Florida. The Kings are an up and coming team in the West and they will need the playoff experience. That is most likely why Bagley would be playing.

Bagley is a crucial piece for the future and the fact that he is risking playing says a lot about how the Kings think about the opportunity to play again this season. The Kings will have to grind out wins in the schedule and they are still 3.5 games back from the eighth spot.

The Kings are locked and loaded for the restart. It will be interesting to see if they are able to gain experience.

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Zach Lowe says Blake Griffin was “patient zero” in terms of Clippers success https://www.talkbasket.net/93902-zach-lowe-says-blake-griffin-was-patient-zero-in-terms-of-clippers-success https://www.talkbasket.net/93902-zach-lowe-says-blake-griffin-was-patient-zero-in-terms-of-clippers-success#respond Wed, 01 Jul 2020 13:02:27 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=93902 The LA Clippers have a real shot to win the title this year, but it was years in the making. The Lob City days were a catalyst for the team of today and, according to Zach Lowe, Blake Griffin was the main reason for that. Lowe said on his podcast: “Blake was the patient zero […]

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Zach Lowe says Blake Griffin was “patient zero” in terms of Clippers success

The LA Clippers have a real shot to win the title this year, but it was years in the making. The Lob City days were a catalyst for the team of today and, according to Zach Lowe, Blake Griffin was the main reason for that.

Lowe said on his podcast:

“Blake was the patient zero with the Clippers, none of this happen without him. That team was super fun before CP3 got there, with Eric Gordon. Blake put league pass on the map. You needed to watch him every night. The reason they got CP3 ’cause of they already had Blake. Franchise image changed, none of this happened without Blake. If Clippers win it all in this iteration, I hope they pay tribute to Blake for starting this thing off.”

Griffin was the first overall pick in the 2009 Draft. After Griffin was drafted, the Clippers were able to do other things that would not be possible without him. They were able to build a team around him.

The Clippers are now in a position to win an NBA championship and the drafting of Blake Griffin in 2009 made it all possible.

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Legendary Sports Announcer Marv Albert to sit out Orlando games https://www.talkbasket.net/93900-legendary-sports-announcer-marv-albert-to-sit-out-orlando-games https://www.talkbasket.net/93900-legendary-sports-announcer-marv-albert-to-sit-out-orlando-games#respond Wed, 01 Jul 2020 12:46:02 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=93900 We are a couple weeks away from the Orlando restart and the anticipation is mounting. We will not see a lot of familiar faces though, as some players have decided to think about their health first. Also, there is the fact that it may not be worth it. One familiar face that we will not […]

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Legendary Sports Announcer Marv Albert to sit out Orlando games

We are a couple weeks away from the Orlando restart and the anticipation is mounting. We will not see a lot of familiar faces though, as some players have decided to think about their health first. Also, there is the fact that it may not be worth it.

One familiar face that we will not see is legendary announcer Marv Albert. Albert has been apart of some of the most iconic NBA games and calls in the history of the NBA. Not having his voice broadcast games will be something that will take a lot of getting used to but his age is a factor.

Albert talked about a call he received from the chairman of WarnerMedia News, Jeff Zucker, about him possibly calling games in Orlando:

“He said to me, ‘Maybe this is something you should skip in my age bracket,’ ” Albert said before displaying some of his signature humor. “I’d like to point out to you that 79 is the new 78.”

The games are set to start on July 30th with the Utah Jazz facing the New Orleans Pelicans at 6:30.

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The NBA may have to move the site of the season’s return due to the coronavirus https://www.talkbasket.net/92816-the-nba-may-have-to-move-the-site-of-the-seasons-return-due-to-the-coronavirus https://www.talkbasket.net/92816-the-nba-may-have-to-move-the-site-of-the-seasons-return-due-to-the-coronavirus#respond Thu, 18 Jun 2020 22:26:45 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92816 The season returning is highly anticipated, but we may not see basketball being played in Orlando. Due to the recent spike in coronavirus cases, the site of the season’s return may be moved. Keeping everybody safe has to be the number one option. With everything going on in right now in terms of the positive […]

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The NBA may have to move the site of the season’s return due to the coronavirus

The season returning is highly anticipated, but we may not see basketball being played in Orlando. Due to the recent spike in coronavirus cases, the site of the season’s return may be moved. Keeping everybody safe has to be the number one option.

With everything going on in right now in terms of the positive COVID-19 cases with the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans and Texas football team, it would be the worst thing possible if a mass group of players suffered from the coronavirus.

The season restart could be in jeopardy.

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Hawks head coach Llyod Pierce compares Kyrie Irving to Colin Kaepernick https://www.talkbasket.net/92813-hawks-head-coach-llyod-pierce-compares-kyrie-irving-to-colin-kaepernick https://www.talkbasket.net/92813-hawks-head-coach-llyod-pierce-compares-kyrie-irving-to-colin-kaepernick#respond Thu, 18 Jun 2020 22:07:30 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92813 Colin Kaepernick is one of the symbols for racial injustice. His stand to kneel for the national anthem has been a beacon for people in the fight for equality. Kyrie Irving has been adamant in his stance to not go to Orlando to play because of what is currently going on. He feels that the […]

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Hawks head coach Llyod Pierce compares Kyrie Irving to Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick is one of the symbols for racial injustice. His stand to kneel for the national anthem has been a beacon for people in the fight for equality. Kyrie Irving has been adamant in his stance to not go to Orlando to play because of what is currently going on.

He feels that the NBA coming back will take away from what is going on in the world right now. Some feel that we need the NBA to come back as a help to return to normalcy. Atlanta Hawks head coach Llyod Pierce compared the Kyrie Irving situation with the Colin Kaepernick situation.

“It’s the (Colin) Kaepernick situation,” Pierce said, via David Aldridge of The Athletic. “Players that want to draw attention and keep attention on the real issues at hand. I said, I’m not too concerned on the act. If they want to kneel; if they want to throw a fist up in the air; if they want to link arms; if they want to wear a t-shirt, I’m not going to sit here and keep focusing on the act. And that becomes, that’s the title, that’s the headline, that’s everything everyone wants. And now we’ve ignored the real point, which is the issue at hand that Kaepernick talked about – discrimination, and race issues, and police brutality. Let’s keep talking about that, and I will support anyone that’s willing to talk about it.

So, with Kyrie’s situation, you have to. And we understand. When you have a mic put in front of you, and someone takes your message the wrong way, well, now, that’s the topic. That’s the conversation. You want to be educated in terms of what you can do, how you say it, knowing you’re going to be critiqued. But that shouldn’t hold you back from saying what you need to say and being who you need to be.”

The two situations are different yes, but they have some similarities. While the NBA will still continue the season, it is important to understand Irving’s stance and the seriousness of what is going on.

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Ben McLemore has attempted zero mid-range shots out of 470 field-goal attempts https://www.talkbasket.net/92785-ben-mclemore-has-attempted-zero-mid-range-shots-out-of-470-field-goal-attempts https://www.talkbasket.net/92785-ben-mclemore-has-attempted-zero-mid-range-shots-out-of-470-field-goal-attempts#respond Thu, 18 Jun 2020 15:43:10 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92785 Three-pointers are the bread and butter of the NBA nowadays. Players like Stephen Curry and James Harden have broken records with their ability to shoot the three. Ben McLemore this season hasn’t attempted a mid-range shot. It is not unlikely that he will be the only player in the next coming years that don’t attempt […]

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Ben McLemore has attempted zero mid-range shots out of 470 field-goal attempts

Three-pointers are the bread and butter of the NBA nowadays. Players like Stephen Curry and James Harden have broken records with their ability to shoot the three. Ben McLemore this season hasn’t attempted a mid-range shot.

It is not unlikely that he will be the only player in the next coming years that don’t attempt a three-point shot. Role players like McLemore are called on to shoot spot up threes rather than create their own offense.

The mid-range shot is more used for star players that want to create their own offense and make clutch shots. The NBA will develop more in the upcoming years. We will see where the three-pointer will go in the future.

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Bam Adebayo thinking about future ahead of Orlando bubble play https://www.talkbasket.net/92779-bam-adebayo-thinking-about-future-ahead-of-orlando-bubble-play https://www.talkbasket.net/92779-bam-adebayo-thinking-about-future-ahead-of-orlando-bubble-play#respond Thu, 18 Jun 2020 15:18:28 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92779 Getting hurt in sports is like death and taxes. It is guaranteed to happen but you can avoid it by being smart with your body. This layoff is the longest hiatus that most NBA players have had from basketball their whole lives. Bam Adebayo is looking for a $100 million extension during the offseason and […]

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Bam Adebayo thinking about future ahead of Orlando bubble play

Getting hurt in sports is like death and taxes. It is guaranteed to happen but you can avoid it by being smart with your body. This layoff is the longest hiatus that most NBA players have had from basketball their whole lives. Bam Adebayo is looking for a $100 million extension during the offseason and going to Orlando is a big risk of injury.

According to NBA.com, Adebayo said:

“We want to play and give our teams the best chance of winning a championship. But at the end of the day we’re also thinking about our families and our lives and how they could change if we get hurt.”

A big pay day is a great reason to sit the rest of the season. You have to take care of yourself first because professional sports is a business. The Miami Heat have a real chance to make it to the Finals if they are able to excel so it will be interesting to see if Adebayo plays.

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Woj- More players are with Kyrie Irving than originally thought https://www.talkbasket.net/92532-woj-more-players-are-with-kyrie-irving-than-originally-thought https://www.talkbasket.net/92532-woj-more-players-are-with-kyrie-irving-than-originally-thought#respond Tue, 16 Jun 2020 15:54:30 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92532 The idea of going into the Orlando bubble isn’t as sexy as having the Western Conference Finals in Los Angeles but the NBA is trying to salvage what they can of the 2019-20 NBA season. This is unorthodox to say the least and more NBA players than before seem to be on Kyrie Irving’s side. […]

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Woj- More players are with Kyrie Irving than originally thought

The idea of going into the Orlando bubble isn’t as sexy as having the Western Conference Finals in Los Angeles but the NBA is trying to salvage what they can of the 2019-20 NBA season. This is unorthodox to say the least and more NBA players than before seem to be on Kyrie Irving’s side.

ESPN Insider Adrian Wojnarowski said:

“I think he is speaking for more people than we thought, maybe even a few days ago, Scott,” said Wojnarowski. “And some of those people have spoken up. But there is another undercurrent of player in the league, and they’re not just lower-level young players or journeyman players.

I think there’s another tier of player that is very in tune with what Kyrie Irving, Avery Bradley — what they’re talking about. Scott, there’s not great enthusiasm among players in this league about going into the bubble, about all the things that are going to come with it, especially on the teams who are not competing for a championship.”

Going into the bubble means sacrificing a lot. Time with family, health risks, social isolation are all things to consider while going to Orlando. Only the truly tough will be able to last. Especially knowing the low odds of winning a championship.

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“LeBron is going to make sure those games in Orlando are played,” said an Eastern Conference executive https://www.talkbasket.net/92525-lebron-is-going-to-make-sure-those-games-in-orlando-are-played-said-an-eastern-conference-executive https://www.talkbasket.net/92525-lebron-is-going-to-make-sure-those-games-in-orlando-are-played-said-an-eastern-conference-executive#respond Tue, 16 Jun 2020 15:07:32 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92525 LeBron James once said he was chasing the ghost of Micheal Jordan. James wants to win as many titles he can before his career is over. According to an Eastern Conference executive, that is why he wants to make sure the games in the Orlando bubble happen. Via ESPN, the executive said: “LeBron is going […]

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LeBron James once said he was chasing the ghost of Micheal Jordan. James wants to win as many titles he can before his career is over. According to an Eastern Conference executive, that is why he wants to make sure the games in the Orlando bubble happen.

Via ESPN, the executive said:

“LeBron is going to make sure those games [in Orlando] are played because he knows they could have a huge impact on his legacy. He knows picking up one or two more titles is the potential tipping point, and he’s determined to go for it.

LeBron’s finals record has been questioned time and time again. He has been to the Finals nine times and has won three times. If he has a chance to become the NBA champion this season then it is understandable that he will want to play no matter what.”

Some players have come out and said they don’t want to play in the Orlando bubble and that is understandable due to the sacrifice. The restart date is July 30th.

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Michael Wilbon to Kyrie Irving and Dwight Howard: “Playing in the NBA IS your platform” https://www.talkbasket.net/92523-michael-wilbon-to-kyrie-irving-and-dwight-howard-playing-in-the-nba-is-your-platform https://www.talkbasket.net/92523-michael-wilbon-to-kyrie-irving-and-dwight-howard-playing-in-the-nba-is-your-platform#respond Tue, 16 Jun 2020 14:48:08 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92523 The big news out of the NBA recently is the 200-player zoom call that was led by Kyrie Irving. Irving voiced his concern that playing in the Orlando bubble would take away from the fight against racial injustice. This didn’t sit well with ESPN analyst Michael Wilbon. He said: “Guess what … playing in the […]

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Michael Wilbon to Kyrie Irving and Dwight Howard: “Playing in the NBA IS your platform”

The big news out of the NBA recently is the 200-player zoom call that was led by Kyrie Irving. Irving voiced his concern that playing in the Orlando bubble would take away from the fight against racial injustice. This didn’t sit well with ESPN analyst Michael Wilbon.

He said:

“Guess what … playing in the NBA IS your platform. You are a pro athlete you have a camera in front of you everyday, you have access to the public, use it to call attention to what you need! It’s a damn shame that you don’t.”

LeBron James has said he wants to use his platform to be able to inspire others. He has been all for playing in the Orlando bubble. James has the best chance to win the NBA title though and Irving will not even play. The Nets do not realistically have a shot at the title.

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Zion Williamson rookie card goes for $100K at auction https://www.talkbasket.net/92392-zion-williamson-rookie-card-goes-for-100k-at-auction https://www.talkbasket.net/92392-zion-williamson-rookie-card-goes-for-100k-at-auction#respond Mon, 15 Jun 2020 13:30:48 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92392 New Orleans Pelican star forward Zion Williamson took the NBA by storm after he returned from injury in the middle of the season. He is popular on social media and is one of the biggest draws the NBA has. A Zion Williamson rookie card went for $100,000 at an auction. This just is another display […]

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Zion Williamson rookie card goes for $100K at auction

New Orleans Pelican star forward Zion Williamson took the NBA by storm after he returned from injury in the middle of the season. He is popular on social media and is one of the biggest draws the NBA has. A Zion Williamson rookie card went for $100,000 at an auction.

This just is another display of Williamson’s popularity. He is known for his highlight dunks and his ability to soar above the rim. Williamson is the new phenom and his career will be watched closely. He is the future of the NBA.

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Stephen Jackson talks about the infamous Malice at the Palace https://www.talkbasket.net/92388-stephen-jackson-talks-about-the-infamous-malice-at-the-palace https://www.talkbasket.net/92388-stephen-jackson-talks-about-the-infamous-malice-at-the-palace#respond Mon, 15 Jun 2020 13:13:03 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92388 Stephen Jackson has been in the news a lot recently because of his activism. Jackson lost his friend and affectionately dubbed “twin” George Floyd to the hands of police a couple of weeks ago. Jackson is not a person that has the cleanest record though. Probably the greatest fight in NBA history is the Malice […]

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Stephen Jackson talks about the infamous Malice at the Palace

Stephen Jackson has been in the news a lot recently because of his activism. Jackson lost his friend and affectionately dubbed “twin” George Floyd to the hands of police a couple of weeks ago.

Jackson is not a person that has the cleanest record though. Probably the greatest fight in NBA history is the Malice in the Palace in which Jackson took part. Jackson went on the Rich Eisen Show and talked about what happened during that chaotic time.

“We get in the locker room, and we sitting there. My legs all scratched up from hopping over the bleachers, Ron sitting there calming down. His first question to me: ‘Do you think we gonna get in trouble?’.”

NBA players can tell stories for days about their experiences in the league and everybody listens when players involved in the Malice at the Palace talk about it. While it is a dark spot on the NBA it is still one of the most talked about events in league history.

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Phil Jackson talks to the Philadelphia Eagles via Zoom https://www.talkbasket.net/92321-phil-jackson-talks-to-the-philadelphia-eagles-via-zoom https://www.talkbasket.net/92321-phil-jackson-talks-to-the-philadelphia-eagles-via-zoom#respond Sun, 14 Jun 2020 15:49:40 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92321 Sometimes all you need are words of advice to inspire you to be great. Phil Jackson had some inspiring words for the Philadelphia Eagles. He talked about Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant and how they were different. He said Jordan was more of vocal leader that got in his teammates face while Bryant was more […]

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Phil Jackson talks to the Philadelphia Eagles via Zoom

Sometimes all you need are words of advice to inspire you to be great. Phil Jackson had some inspiring words for the Philadelphia Eagles. He talked about Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant and how they were different.

He said Jordan was more of vocal leader that got in his teammates face while Bryant was more of a leader by example that worked so hard that his teammates followed.

He also said the key for team success is for everybody to buy in to their role.

Phil Jackson is the person to talk to about being successful in the realm of sports. He has 11 championships as a coach. He won six in the 90s with the Chicago Bulls and five with the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2000s.

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Ja Morant asks to have a confederate statue removed from Murray https://www.talkbasket.net/92318-ja-morant-asks-to-have-a-confederate-statue-removed-from-murray https://www.talkbasket.net/92318-ja-morant-asks-to-have-a-confederate-statue-removed-from-murray#respond Sun, 14 Jun 2020 15:16:11 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92318 What Ja Morant has done for Murray State can’t be described. He put the mid major team on his back and took them through an NCAA tournament run of their lives. Now he wants them to help him and take down the statue of Robert E. Lee in downtown Murray. Morant said: “As a young […]

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Ja Morant asks to have a confederate statue removed from Murray

What Ja Morant has done for Murray State can’t be described. He put the mid major team on his back and took them through an NCAA tournament run of their lives. Now he wants them to help him and take down the statue of Robert E. Lee in downtown Murray.

Morant said:

“As a young Black man, I cannot stress enough how disturbing and oppressive it is to know the city still honors a Confederate war general defending white supremacy and hatred.”

General Lee was a confederate war general during the Civil War. Lee wanted America to keep black people as slaves in America. It is understandable to see why Morant feels that way towards the statue.

The protests of the past couple of weeks showed everybody’s frustration and anger towards the repetitive violence on black people by the police. This act by Morant is just one of the many displays of the continued fight against racial injustice.

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Magic Johnson will have his own “Last Dance” style documentary https://www.talkbasket.net/92123-magic-johnson-will-have-his-own-last-dance-style-documentary https://www.talkbasket.net/92123-magic-johnson-will-have-his-own-last-dance-style-documentary#respond Fri, 12 Jun 2020 14:25:22 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92123 Usually, when things are successful people will follow suit. “The Last Dance” is one of the most successful documentaries in the past couple of years. Fans were in awe of the access that they were able to obtain to see the competitive nature of Michael Jordan. One of the most dazzling players to ever play […]

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Magic Johnson will have his own “Last Dance” style documentary

Usually, when things are successful people will follow suit. “The Last Dance” is one of the most successful documentaries in the past couple of years. Fans were in awe of the access that they were able to obtain to see the competitive nature of Michael Jordan.

One of the most dazzling players to ever play the game in Magic Johnson is getting his own documentary. As in the “The Last Dance”, there will be exclusive interviews and footage of the past.

Fans are thirsting for another documentary like the last dance and it looks like they will get it.

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Trae Young donates $4 million to build sports facility in his hometown https://www.talkbasket.net/92121-trae-young-donates-4-million-to-build-sports-facility-in-his-hometown https://www.talkbasket.net/92121-trae-young-donates-4-million-to-build-sports-facility-in-his-hometown#respond Fri, 12 Jun 2020 14:09:39 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92121 Times like these is when athletes show what their made of. Several athletes have joined protests and have given their money to respectable causes. Trae Young is no different as he donated $4 million to build a sports facility in his hometown of Norman, Oklahoma. For many, a place to play let alone indoor facilities […]

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Trae Young donates $4 million to build sports facility in his hometown

Times like these is when athletes show what their made of. Several athletes have joined protests and have given their money to respectable causes. Trae Young is no different as he donated $4 million to build a sports facility in his hometown of Norman, Oklahoma.

For many, a place to play let alone indoor facilities are hard to come by. Young has helped make the lives of many athletes easier with this kind gesture.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s classic fight scene in the Bruce Lee movie Game of Death https://www.talkbasket.net/92011-kareem-abdul-jabbars-classic-fight-scene-in-the-bruce-lee-movie-game-of-death https://www.talkbasket.net/92011-kareem-abdul-jabbars-classic-fight-scene-in-the-bruce-lee-movie-game-of-death#respond Thu, 11 Jun 2020 10:15:06 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92011 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is one of the greatest basketball players ever. He tried his hand at acting though when he played a bad guy in the Bruce Lee movie Game of Death. The movie is famous because Bruce Lee was not able to finish this movie and it was the last movie he made. There have […]

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s classic fight scene in the Bruce Lee movie Game of Death

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is one of the greatest basketball players ever. He tried his hand at acting though when he played a bad guy in the Bruce Lee movie Game of Death. The movie is famous because Bruce Lee was not able to finish this movie and it was the last movie he made.

There have been many athletes turned actors like Michael Jordan and Shaquille O’ Neal. Sports tends to be able to lead into other things and Abdul-Jabbar took the opportunity presented to him to create a classic scene.

Watch Bruce Lee take on the 7’2 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

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Kobe Bryant mural painted in Europe said to be biggest on the continent https://www.talkbasket.net/92007-kobe-bryant-mural-painted-in-europe-said-to-be-biggest-on-the-continent https://www.talkbasket.net/92007-kobe-bryant-mural-painted-in-europe-said-to-be-biggest-on-the-continent#respond Thu, 11 Jun 2020 10:05:32 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92007 Kobe Bryant was a global icon. He was one of the greatest players that the NBA had that was able to transcend the sport and become a global icon. In Europe, that notion was exemplified when a mural was painted in his honor. It is said to be the biggest on the continent. As the […]

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Kobe Bryant mural painted in Europe said to be biggest on the continent

Kobe Bryant was a global icon. He was one of the greatest players that the NBA had that was able to transcend the sport and become a global icon. In Europe, that notion was exemplified when a mural was painted in his honor.

It is said to be the biggest on the continent.

As the years go by, the legacy of Kobe Bryant will always be remembered all around the world. Expect more murals to go up in his honor in the coming years.

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Players could be allowed to sit out season restart https://www.talkbasket.net/92003-players-could-be-allowed-to-sit-out-season-restart https://www.talkbasket.net/92003-players-could-be-allowed-to-sit-out-season-restart#respond Thu, 11 Jun 2020 09:53:30 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92003 These times have taken a burden on all of us. While we are still trying to return to some form of normalcy in the sports world, some athletes are hesitant to play under the circumstances that have been brought forth. Some NBA players may be allowed to not play in the Orlando bubble. Several players […]

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Players could be allowed to sit out season restart

These times have taken a burden on all of us. While we are still trying to return to some form of normalcy in the sports world, some athletes are hesitant to play under the circumstances that have been brought forth.

Some NBA players may be allowed to not play in the Orlando bubble. Several players have voiced their concern about finishing off the rest of the season. With the pandemic, social unrest and concerns with their family the NBA and NBPA could allow some players to take the time off.

These are trying times for many and it is understandable that players wouldn’t want to risk anything.

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Paul Pierce on Kobe Bryant: “I played mad against everybody but him” https://www.talkbasket.net/91933-paul-pierce-on-kobe-bryant-i-played-mad-against-everybody-but-him https://www.talkbasket.net/91933-paul-pierce-on-kobe-bryant-i-played-mad-against-everybody-but-him#respond Wed, 10 Jun 2020 14:11:44 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91933 The Boston Celtics/Los Angeles Lakers rivalry is one of the greatest rivalries in all of sports. It is a rivalry that has span over decades. Sometimes it has decided championships. Two of the latest Celtics and Lakers greats are Paul Pierce and Kobe Bryant. Paul Pierce said about Kobe Bryant: “Just to have the opportunity […]

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Paul Pierce on Kobe Bryant: “I played mad against everybody but him”

The Boston Celtics/Los Angeles Lakers rivalry is one of the greatest rivalries in all of sports. It is a rivalry that has span over decades. Sometimes it has decided championships.

Two of the latest Celtics and Lakers greats are Paul Pierce and Kobe Bryant. Paul Pierce said about Kobe Bryant:

“Just to have the opportunity to matchup with him and know him on and off the court was special. kobe Bryant made me who I am.”

“I played mad against everybody, but him.”

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While there is a great rivalry between the Lakers and Celtics, the great players that make the rivalry great still have respect for each other.

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Damian Lillard drops new song “Blacklist” which disses racism https://www.talkbasket.net/91921-damian-lillard-drops-new-song-blacklist-which-disses-racism https://www.talkbasket.net/91921-damian-lillard-drops-new-song-blacklist-which-disses-racism#respond Wed, 10 Jun 2020 11:48:48 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91921 The going ons of the past week have captivated many NBA players. It inspired Portland Trailblazers superstar Damian Lillard so much that he dropped a new song called “Blacklist”. In the song, he has heart felt words for all people that support racist ways. Lillard was also involved in the protests during the past couple […]

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Damian Lillard drops new song “Blacklist” which disses racism

The going ons of the past week have captivated many NBA players. It inspired Portland Trailblazers superstar Damian Lillard so much that he dropped a new song called “Blacklist”.

In the song, he has heart felt words for all people that support racist ways. Lillard was also involved in the protests during the past couple of weeks.

These are life changing times that we are going through right now with the pandemic and racial inequality, but many people have banded together to help fight what we are going through. Damian Lillard is one of them.

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The 2020-21 NBA Season will have more back to backs and four games in five nights https://www.talkbasket.net/91851-the-2020-21-nba-season-will-have-more-back-to-backs-and-four-games-in-five-nights https://www.talkbasket.net/91851-the-2020-21-nba-season-will-have-more-back-to-backs-and-four-games-in-five-nights#respond Tue, 09 Jun 2020 16:03:46 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91851 The NBA is back but what about next season? It has been reported that in order to fit the schedule there will be more back to backs and four games in five nights. The NBA has reportedly wanted to start the season on Christmas. In order to get everything back to normal, it may seem […]

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The 2020-21 NBA Season will have more back to backs and four games in five nights

The NBA is back but what about next season? It has been reported that in order to fit the schedule there will be more back to backs and four games in five nights.

The NBA has reportedly wanted to start the season on Christmas. In order to get everything back to normal, it may seem necessary to do what has been speculated.

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Nick Young hits incredible 360 reverse layup https://www.talkbasket.net/91755-nick-young-hits-incredible-360-reverse-layup https://www.talkbasket.net/91755-nick-young-hits-incredible-360-reverse-layup#respond Mon, 08 Jun 2020 14:49:27 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91755 Nick Young has been rumored to want to return to the NBA. He wasn’t a bad player during his playing days. Young is a player that has produced a lot of great highlights good or bad. One of his greatest highlights was during his time with the Washington Wizards. Young went baseline and hit a […]

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Nick Young hits incredible 360 reverse layup

Nick Young has been rumored to want to return to the NBA. He wasn’t a bad player during his playing days. Young is a player that has produced a lot of great highlights good or bad. One of his greatest highlights was during his time with the Washington Wizards.

Young went baseline and hit a 360 reverse layup. The layup is probably one of the greatest layups of all time.

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NBA teams may be interested in Melo Trimble https://www.talkbasket.net/91751-nba-teams-may-be-interested-in-melo-trimble https://www.talkbasket.net/91751-nba-teams-may-be-interested-in-melo-trimble#respond Mon, 08 Jun 2020 14:36:14 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91751 Melo Trimble was a star player at Maryland University. Things did not work out well for him in the NBA. He has found success in the NBL though. His success in the widely respected Australian league has brought NBA eyes back on him though. According to Jeff Ermann of 247 Sports, Trimble may have a […]

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NBA teams may be interested in Melo Trimble

Melo Trimble was a star player at Maryland University. Things did not work out well for him in the NBA. He has found success in the NBL though. His success in the widely respected Australian league has brought NBA eyes back on him though.

According to Jeff Ermann of 247 Sports, Trimble may have a shot at the NBA again.

Other players, like Michael Beasley, have been able to have careers successful enough that NBA teams wanted them again. We’ll see if Trimble’s name is called again.

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Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain speak on their rivalry together https://www.talkbasket.net/91745-bill-russell-and-wilt-chamberlain-speak-on-their-rivalry-together https://www.talkbasket.net/91745-bill-russell-and-wilt-chamberlain-speak-on-their-rivalry-together#respond Mon, 08 Jun 2020 14:22:26 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91745 During the early years of the NBA, the big man was the dominant player in the NBA. He was the superstar on the team with there being no three-point line. Two legends in Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell were the most dominant forces in the league with their superior athletic abilities. Bill Russell is well […]

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Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain speak on their rivalry together

During the early years of the NBA, the big man was the dominant player in the NBA. He was the superstar on the team with there being no three-point line. Two legends in Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell were the most dominant forces in the league with their superior athletic abilities.

Bill Russell is well known for the Celtics dominance back in the day. He won 11 titles. Wilt Chamberlain was a scoring machine. He famously scored 100 points in one game and has a multitude of unbroken records that may never be broken.

The two players talked about their rivalry and their respect for each other. These two players are some of the greatest players the NBA has ever seen.

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Rod Strickland on his godson Kyrie Irving “Watching him is like 2.0” https://www.talkbasket.net/91737-rod-strickland-on-his-godson-kyrie-irving-watching-him-is-like-2-0 https://www.talkbasket.net/91737-rod-strickland-on-his-godson-kyrie-irving-watching-him-is-like-2-0#respond Mon, 08 Jun 2020 14:08:42 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91737 Rod Strickland was a great point guard from back in the day. He was an All-Rookie, All-NBA and a steals champ. His godson Kyrie Irving has established himself in the NBA also and has had a great career so far. In this video, you can see the similarities in their games. The handles and the […]

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Rod Strickland on his godson Kyrie Irving “Watching him is like 2.0”

Rod Strickland was a great point guard from back in the day. He was an All-Rookie, All-NBA and a steals champ. His godson Kyrie Irving has established himself in the NBA also and has had a great career so far.

In this video, you can see the similarities in their games. The handles and the layup package are similar. While Strickland had a good career Irving will be a future Hall of Famer.

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Pistol Pete Once Dropped 68 Points With No Three-Point Line https://www.talkbasket.net/91491-pistol-pete-once-dropped-68-points-with-no-three-point-line https://www.talkbasket.net/91491-pistol-pete-once-dropped-68-points-with-no-three-point-line#respond Fri, 05 Jun 2020 13:11:29 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91491 Steph Curry was once asked about how his play would translate to the game in the past. He would be a unicorn amongst the other players. Some legends have games that would translate to today, though, like Pistol Pete. Pete Maravich was a legend that had some of the best handles the NBA has ever […]

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Pistol Pete Once Dropped 68 Points With No Three-Point Line

Steph Curry was once asked about how his play would translate to the game in the past. He would be a unicorn amongst the other players. Some legends have games that would translate to today, though, like Pistol Pete.

Pete Maravich was a legend that had some of the best handles the NBA has ever seen. His ability to pass was innovative also. Maravich’s skills were legendary. One story about the legend is when he dropped 68 points with no three-point line.

That is something unheard of today as the three-point line is the bread and butter of a lot of teams.

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Some Coaches May Not Be Able to Be on Bench Due to High Risk https://www.talkbasket.net/91489-some-coaches-may-not-be-able-to-be-on-bench-due-to-high-risk https://www.talkbasket.net/91489-some-coaches-may-not-be-able-to-be-on-bench-due-to-high-risk#respond Fri, 05 Jun 2020 13:00:57 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91489 Now that the NBA is back, we are still trying to see how things will look. Due to Covid-19 there have to be many chances to safely play games. One of those things is older coaches may not be able to sit on the bench. Coaches like Greg Popovich, Mike D’ Antoni and Alvin Gentry […]

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Some Coaches May Not Be Able to Be on Bench  Due to High Risk

Now that the NBA is back, we are still trying to see how things will look. Due to Covid-19 there have to be many chances to safely play games. One of those things is older coaches may not be able to sit on the bench.

Coaches like Greg Popovich, Mike D’ Antoni and Alvin Gentry are 65 and older. They are at higher risk to contract the coronavirus.

In the next two months we will surely be able to see how everything will shape out. The return to play is a big step in the return to normalcy in America though.

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Steph Curry says he would be a “monster” in the pre-jump shot era https://www.talkbasket.net/91185-steph-curry-says-he-would-be-a-monster-in-the-pre-jump-shot-era https://www.talkbasket.net/91185-steph-curry-says-he-would-be-a-monster-in-the-pre-jump-shot-era#respond Tue, 02 Jun 2020 12:57:33 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91185 The NBA wasn’t always like it was today. There was a time that big men dominated the league. The jump shot was nonexistent. A player like Steph Curry in those times would have been a unicorn. Curry talked about what his presence would be like in that era. “I think I’d be a monster,” he […]

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Steph Curry says he would be a “monster” in the pre-jump shot era

The NBA wasn’t always like it was today. There was a time that big men dominated the league. The jump shot was nonexistent. A player like Steph Curry in those times would have been a unicorn. Curry talked about what his presence would be like in that era.

“I think I’d be a monster,” he said. “I feel like a little step-back or between the legs crossover would throw somebody in the first row.”


The NBA has developed over time and most players from the past wouldn’t be able to play now. Players that were great in the past may just be average players. Who knows how we will see the NBA develop in the distant future.

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Magic Johnson on Police Brutality: “We’re so fed up with this. It’s got to stop” https://www.talkbasket.net/91178-magic-johnson-on-police-brutality-were-so-fed-up-with-this-its-got-to-stop https://www.talkbasket.net/91178-magic-johnson-on-police-brutality-were-so-fed-up-with-this-its-got-to-stop#respond Tue, 02 Jun 2020 12:30:49 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91178 Almost all the NBA made sure they did something to bring awareness to the wrongful George Floyd death. Magic Johnson told his peace on CNN on Monday night. “If you’re pulled over, make sure you got your hands out of the window,” Johnson said. “Make sure that you comply. Let’s look at George Floyd. He […]

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Magic Johnson on Police Brutality: “We’re so fed up with this. It’s got to stop”

Almost all the NBA made sure they did something to bring awareness to the wrongful George Floyd death. Magic Johnson told his peace on CNN on Monday night.

“If you’re pulled over, make sure you got your hands out of the window,” Johnson said. “Make sure that you comply. Let’s look at George Floyd. He did everything he was supposed to do. And this police officer put all his body weight, all his body weight on his neck, right, for eight minutes. So if that can happen to George Floyd, it can happen to E.J. and Andre and more black men. And so we’re fed up with this. It’s got to stop.”

The Trayvon Martin wrongful death brought light to this situation in 2012. Ever since then we have seen horrifying videos time and time again of police officers killing innocent black men. From the events in the past couple days it looks like we are all tired of it.

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Nate Robinson says he wants to box YouTuber Jake Paul https://www.talkbasket.net/91070-nate-robinson-says-he-wants-to-box-youtuber-jake-paul https://www.talkbasket.net/91070-nate-robinson-says-he-wants-to-box-youtuber-jake-paul#respond Mon, 01 Jun 2020 16:23:35 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91070 Nate Robinson has always talked about getting back to the NBA but it looks like he is taking a break from his NBA comeback to going into the boxing world. Nate Robinson says that he wants to fight Jake Paul. Robinson said according to TMZ that Paul fights weaker opponents and that he wants to […]

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Nate Robinson says he wants to box YouTuber Jake Paul

Nate Robinson has always talked about getting back to the NBA but it looks like he is taking a break from his NBA comeback to going into the boxing world. Nate Robinson says that he wants to fight Jake Paul.

Robinson said according to TMZ that Paul fights weaker opponents and that he wants to give the YouTuber a real match.

“I want all the smoke,” Nate tells us. “I’m a top tier athlete!”

“I’m putting my everything on the line for (Jake). Let’s get it done. It’s that simple.”

Nate Robinson has been training in the realm of boxing hard. Paul won’t be a light opponent though. He is already 2-0.

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Mark Cuban Participated in the #DallasProtest Over the Weekend https://www.talkbasket.net/91066-mark-cuban-participated-in-the-dallasprotest-over-the-weekend https://www.talkbasket.net/91066-mark-cuban-participated-in-the-dallasprotest-over-the-weekend#respond Mon, 01 Jun 2020 16:07:47 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91066 The video of the death of George Floyd has shocked us all and he had ties to the NBA. Many people involved with the NBA got involved with the protests over the weekend. Even Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban participated in the protests along with some Mavericks players. Dwight Powell, Justin Jackson, Maxi Kleber and […]

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Mark Cuban Participated in the #DallasProtest Over the Weekend

The video of the death of George Floyd has shocked us all and he had ties to the NBA. Many people involved with the NBA got involved with the protests over the weekend.

Even Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban participated in the protests along with some Mavericks players. Dwight Powell, Justin Jackson, Maxi Kleber and Jalen Brunson were the Mavericks players that were also seen participating in the protests.

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DeMarcus Cousins Exposes Sacramento Kings Announcer https://www.talkbasket.net/91060-demarcus-cousins-exposes-sacramento-kings-announcer https://www.talkbasket.net/91060-demarcus-cousins-exposes-sacramento-kings-announcer#respond Mon, 01 Jun 2020 15:54:06 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91060 America got together in major cities to protest the wrongful death of George Floyd this weekend. A number of NBA players participated in the protests that were going on. Players like Tobias Harris, Lonzo Ball and more all were seen doing their due diligence to different communities. DeMarcus Cousins took to Twitter to see how […]

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DeMarcus Cousins Exposes Sacramento Kings Announcer

America got together in major cities to protest the wrongful death of George Floyd this weekend. A number of NBA players participated in the protests that were going on. Players like Tobias Harris, Lonzo Ball and more all were seen doing their due diligence to different communities.

DeMarcus Cousins took to Twitter to see how people felt about Black Live Matter which is the movement against the fight for justice against police violence. Cousins was a vital piece for the Sacramento Kings for a long time and a Kings announcer answered his question.

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Dominique Foxworth Gets Into It With ESPN Producers About Putting Trae Young in His Top 15 https://www.talkbasket.net/90846-dominique-foxworth-gets-into-it-with-espn-producers-about-putting-trae-young-in-his-top-15 https://www.talkbasket.net/90846-dominique-foxworth-gets-into-it-with-espn-producers-about-putting-trae-young-in-his-top-15#respond Sat, 30 May 2020 12:12:23 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90846 During this NBA hiatus, everybody has been rolling out their top players list and who should be one of the top players in the league has been a topic of heated conversation. Even the ESPN producers got into the debate on First Take. The producers on ESPN told Dominique Foxworth to put Trae Young in […]

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Dominique Foxworth Gets Into It With ESPN Producers About Putting Trae Young in His Top 15

During this NBA hiatus, everybody has been rolling out their top players list and who should be one of the top players in the league has been a topic of heated conversation. Even the ESPN producers got into the debate on First Take.

The producers on ESPN told Dominique Foxworth to put Trae Young in his Top 15, but he went with Pascal Siakam. When pressed by Max Kellerman and Jay Williams he told them that the producers had told him to say Trae Young, but he stood his ground.

The producers decided to roll Trae Young footage anyway. Incident starts at 3:50.

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Carmelo Anthony Helping Blake Griffin With His Pull up Game During a USA Basketball Practice https://www.talkbasket.net/90843-carmelo-anthony-helping-blake-griffin-with-his-pull-up-game-during-a-usa-basketball-practice https://www.talkbasket.net/90843-carmelo-anthony-helping-blake-griffin-with-his-pull-up-game-during-a-usa-basketball-practice#respond Sat, 30 May 2020 11:54:56 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90843 Blake Griffin was one of the best dunkers in his prime. Players had to pay special attention to him, because they could end up on a poster at any second. When he was getting older, he had to expand his game for his survival. Instead of banging bodies and trying to go through people, he […]

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Carmelo Anthony Helping Blake Griffin With His Pull up Game During a USA Basketball Practice

Blake Griffin was one of the best dunkers in his prime. Players had to pay special attention to him, because they could end up on a poster at any second. When he was getting older, he had to expand his game for his survival.

Instead of banging bodies and trying to go through people, he had to get a jump shot. During his time with the Los Angeles Clippers, he attempted 0.9 threes per game. In his three years with the Detroit Pistons, he has attempted 6.5 threes per game.

Footage of Blake Griffin practicing his pull up game during a Team USA practice with Carmelo Anthony showed up on the internet. Anthony is one of the greatest scorers to ever play in the NBA. Griffin has been able to extend his career because of his ability to shoot.

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Austin Rivers Says He Can’t Enjoy LeBron’s Greatness https://www.talkbasket.net/90839-austin-rivers-says-he-cant-enjoy-lebrons-greatness https://www.talkbasket.net/90839-austin-rivers-says-he-cant-enjoy-lebrons-greatness#respond Sat, 30 May 2020 11:04:54 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90839 When Michael Jordan was the man, there were haters. Some NBA fans said they like Penny Hardaway better. The same is for LeBron James. While legendary players are on the floor in front of our eyes, it’s hard to appreciate what they have done. Austin Rivers had a new approach to respecting legends from the […]

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Austin Rivers Says He Can’t Enjoy LeBron’s Greatness

When Michael Jordan was the man, there were haters. Some NBA fans said they like Penny Hardaway better. The same is for LeBron James. While legendary players are on the floor in front of our eyes, it’s hard to appreciate what they have done.

Austin Rivers had a new approach to respecting legends from the eyes of the legend’s competition via Instagram Live with Richard Jefferson.

“l’m not enjoying LeBron’s greatness right now,” Rivers said. “I have no fun playing against him… The fact that I didn’t play against Michael, I get to enjoy his greatness.”

It’s hard to be in awe of a player that is dominating your team and it’s understandable the stance that Rivers takes. Maybe when it’s all over for LeBron, then he will be able to give it up to him.

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James Harden Appears to Look Very Skinny in First Appearance in Months https://www.talkbasket.net/90708-james-harden-appears-to-look-very-skinny-in-first-appearance-in-months https://www.talkbasket.net/90708-james-harden-appears-to-look-very-skinny-in-first-appearance-in-months#respond Fri, 29 May 2020 13:14:41 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90708 The NBA hiatus has caused many players to stop working out. Without the availability of their practice facilities, some NBA players have not been able to shoot a ball in months. If the NBA is going to come back, there needs to be a training camp period to get themselves back into game shape. This […]

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James Harden Appears to Look Very Skinny in First Appearance in Months

The NBA hiatus has caused many players to stop working out. Without the availability of their practice facilities, some NBA players have not been able to shoot a ball in months. If the NBA is going to come back, there needs to be a training camp period to get themselves back into game shape. This appears to be the truth for James Harden.

Harden was spotted looking skinnier than usual. Without the readily available practice facility or any gyms, Harden has not been able to stick to his regimen. The hiatus has resulted in him losing weight drastically.

The Houston Rockets are one of the teams expected to be in the mix for the second half of the season. The NBA is still trying to decide what the best course of action is going into the second half of the season.

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Chris Broussard: The Houston Rockets are going home in the second round https://www.talkbasket.net/90639-chris-broussard-the-houston-rockets-are-going-home-in-the-second-round https://www.talkbasket.net/90639-chris-broussard-the-houston-rockets-are-going-home-in-the-second-round#respond Thu, 28 May 2020 22:01:27 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90639 The Houston Rockets are one of the best teams in the league but they are not elite. This year, they were just a sixth seed in the Western Conference. James Harden is one of the best players in the league and Russell Westbrook is a historically great player but this team just doesn’t have enough […]

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Chris Broussard: The Houston Rockets are going home in the second round

The Houston Rockets are one of the best teams in the league but they are not elite. This year, they were just a sixth seed in the Western Conference. James Harden is one of the best players in the league and Russell Westbrook is a historically great player but this team just doesn’t have enough to get to the Finals.

The above statement was echoed by FOX’s Chris Broussard, who said the Rockets were not going to make it to the second round no matter what the playoff format was.

The Rockets have been a great team in the recent years, but they have been hampered by playoff blunders. This team has not been able to advance to a Finals even with all the threes they make and how dominant they are.

It looks like this year won’t be any different no matter what the circumstance.

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Free Agent Nick Young Wants to Play One More Season https://www.talkbasket.net/90450-free-agent-nick-young-wants-to-play-one-more-season https://www.talkbasket.net/90450-free-agent-nick-young-wants-to-play-one-more-season#respond Wed, 27 May 2020 14:27:41 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90450 It seems like NBA players want to play longer nowadays and they are really going through with their word of playing a long time. LeBron James says he is open to the possibility of playing with his son. At 35, he has shown no signs of slowing down. Next season will be his 18th year […]

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Free Agent Nick Young Wants to Play One More Season

It seems like NBA players want to play longer nowadays and they are really going through with their word of playing a long time. LeBron James says he is open to the possibility of playing with his son. At 35, he has shown no signs of slowing down. Next season will be his 18th year in the league.

Vince Carter is in his 21st year in the league. He will be ending his career at 43 years old. Nick Young is the next player that wants to extend his career. Young took to Twitter to tweet out that he wants one more year in the league.

Young could help a playoff contender with his ability to shoot. He is still young also at 34. Maybe a new opportunity could revitalize his career and he can play a long time in the league also.

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JJ Redick Talks About What He’s Heard In Terms of the NBA’s Return https://www.talkbasket.net/90205-jj-redick-talks-about-what-hes-heard-in-terms-of-the-nbas-return https://www.talkbasket.net/90205-jj-redick-talks-about-what-hes-heard-in-terms-of-the-nbas-return#respond Mon, 25 May 2020 15:51:53 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90205 There has been much speculation about the NBA’s return. The most likely site for NBA games will be at Disney World in Orlando, as it has the courts and hotels needed to accommodate the players and the return to basketball. ESPN is also owned by Disney, which is one of the channels that nationally televises […]

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JJ Redick Talks About What He’s Heard In Terms of the NBA’s Return

There has been much speculation about the NBA’s return. The most likely site for NBA games will be at Disney World in Orlando, as it has the courts and hotels needed to accommodate the players and the return to basketball.

ESPN is also owned by Disney, which is one of the channels that nationally televises the games. The NBA Finals are also televised on ABC, which is owned by Disney.

There have been also talks of the NBA going into a 1-16 format for the Playoffs. That would be possible since the travel factor wouldn’t be in the way as it always is.

JJ Redick chimed in on what he’s heard about the NBA’s return on The JJ Redick podcast with Tommy Alter.

“The scenario I’ve heard…the top 6 teams are basically locked,” Redick said. “And they either scrimmage or play games that don’t mean anything. And then 7-11 seeds or 7-12 in both conferences play for 7-8 seeds.”

Teams that are out of the playoffs would just like their season to be over and the 7-11 or 7-12 seeded teams playing for two spots in the playoffs would be interesting to watch.

The 1-16 format would be interesting though because if a couple teams were playing for the 15th and 16th seeds the fans would get better competition and more teams that are not going to make it to the playoffs get to get ready for the draft, free agency and the next season.

The NBA knows what’s best for them and their brand, though, so we will have to wait and see what they decide.

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Caron Butler explains how the Franchise Changing Lob City Clippers teams were created https://www.talkbasket.net/90204-caron-butler-explains-how-the-franchise-changing-lob-city-clippers-teams-were-created https://www.talkbasket.net/90204-caron-butler-explains-how-the-franchise-changing-lob-city-clippers-teams-were-created#respond Mon, 25 May 2020 14:41:16 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90204 The Los Angeles Clippers were always a laughing stock in the LA basketball world. The Los Angeles Lakers were the team that everybody flocked to and respected. That all changed when Chris Paul went to the Clippers and changed the franchise forever. The era was called the Lob City era. The Clippers were able to […]

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Caron Butler explains how the Franchise Changing Lob City Clippers teams were created

The Los Angeles Clippers were always a laughing stock in the LA basketball world. The Los Angeles Lakers were the team that everybody flocked to and respected. That all changed when Chris Paul went to the Clippers and changed the franchise forever. The era was called the Lob City era.

The Clippers were able to win 50 games five times in that era. It completely changed how people though about the Clippers. For a while the Clippers were the team instead of the Lakers that made it to the NBA Playoffs year in and year out.

While an NBA Finals appearance near materialized from that era that time period will always be remembered in Clippers fans memories because they were finally relevant.

Caron Butler, who only played two years for the Clippers, talked about his part in creating what is now known as the Lob City era on ClutchPoints’ Battle for LA Podcast.

“This is when Lob City was created,” Caron Butler recalled. “When I heard that the Lakers trade for Chris Paul was vetoed, his other destination was that he wouldn’t mind going to the Clippers, I was talking closely. You know, we’ve uhh … We’ve got a lot of mutual friends and folks in that circle. [In the video], I heard that he was coming to the Clippers and I was just waiting on the news to break. That’s why in that epic video you saw me on the phone while everybody else was jumping around. I was actually talking to my brother, Chris, saying get the camera away from me because I already knew that the deal was in motion and he was coming. I was excited about the whole thing. That’s when Lob City was created. That’s when the culture had changed for the Los Angeles Clippers.”

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Hall of Famer Charles Barkley Played Drunk During 1992 Season https://www.talkbasket.net/89944-hall-of-famer-charles-barkley-played-drunk-during-1992-season https://www.talkbasket.net/89944-hall-of-famer-charles-barkley-played-drunk-during-1992-season#respond Sat, 23 May 2020 12:35:31 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=89944 Charles Barkley is known by most young fans for his antics on TNT’s “NBA on TNT”, but before he had a successful analyst career he had a Hall of Fame basketball career. Barkley talked about how he played in a game drunk once on ESPN Reporter’s Zach Lowe’s podcast because he thought he was getting […]

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Hall of Famer Charles Barkley Played Drunk During 1992 Season

Charles Barkley is known by most young fans for his antics on TNT’s “NBA on TNT”, but before he had a successful analyst career he had a Hall of Fame basketball career. Barkley talked about how he played in a game drunk once on ESPN Reporter’s Zach Lowe’s podcast because he thought he was getting traded to the Los Angeles Lakers during the 1992 season.

Barkley said:

“My agent calls me one morning and he says ‘hey, you’re going to get traded to the Lakers today. And me and my friends, we go out and celebrate and get drunk around noon…. He calls me later and says ‘hey you’ve been traded to the Lakers, they’re going to finalize the deal and I’ll get back to you.’

I’m on cloud nine, he calls me back three hours later, it’s like 3:30 now, he says ‘the Sixers backed out of the deal.’ And I’m drunk as [bleeped expletive] and we got a game that night, and I’m like ‘what? What are you talking about?’ And he’s like ‘the Sixers were scared to pull the trigger.’ So I’m like ‘you’re kidding me, dude we got a game tonight and I’ve been drinking since noon.’ The one thing that’s funny, I don’t even know how I played that night. I think I might have played so bad because I was so angry the Sixers didn’t pull the trigger, and then it’s just suffering the next two or three years.”

Barkley has been known to tell some great stories about his time in the NBA and this one adds to the plethora of stories he has in his arsenal. It is unknown what exact game it was but it is still a funny story to take in.

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How the Regular Season would look like if Play were to Resume https://www.talkbasket.net/89854-how-the-regular-season-would-look-like-if-play-were-to-resume https://www.talkbasket.net/89854-how-the-regular-season-would-look-like-if-play-were-to-resume#respond Fri, 22 May 2020 16:13:05 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=89854 It has been a wonder to everyone how the games would look like if the NBA were to resume in the regular season. The league says Disney World in Orlando would be the best site for them because it is the most accommodating. According to Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports, if play were to resume […]

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How the Regular Season would look like if Play were to Resume

It has been a wonder to everyone how the games would look like if the NBA were to resume in the regular season. The league says Disney World in Orlando would be the best site for them because it is the most accommodating.

According to Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports, if play were to resume the games would look like Summer League and the games would start at 12:00 PM and last all day. The playoffs would be a regular format.

If we are all still quarantining, this could be big for the NBA because all eyes would be on them all day. Most people are left with not much to do and if the games are on all day that could mean major ratings for the league.

We are hungry for basketball to resume and if we can watch the games all day we will.

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NBA Players Make Big Bank off of Instagram https://www.talkbasket.net/89845-nba-players-make-big-bank-off-of-instagram https://www.talkbasket.net/89845-nba-players-make-big-bank-off-of-instagram#respond Fri, 22 May 2020 15:29:40 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=89845 This digital age has been put to the test by the pandemic. Interviews are all done digitally, people have been forced to work remotely over their computers and people have been forced to find ways to make money without having a 9-5 to rely on. If you are a star athlete this pandemic is no […]

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NBA Players Make Big Bank off of Instagram

This digital age has been put to the test by the pandemic. Interviews are all done digitally, people have been forced to work remotely over their computers and people have been forced to find ways to make money without having a 9-5 to rely on.

If you are a star athlete this pandemic is no problem as long as you have an Instagram account and a large following. According to MyProtein, top players like LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry are all making five to six figures on Instagram alone.

LeBron James makes 355,500 a post on Instagram. For a year, he makes about $11 million off Instagram. Curry makes about $170,500 per post. Finally, Kevin Durant makes about $66,900 per post.

Some other athletes, like Shaquille O’ Neal ($93,200 per post), Dwyane Wade ($94,000 per post) and Russell Westbrook ($86,000 per post), are also raking in a handsome amount for their posts on Instagram.

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Mark Cuban Compares Kristaps Porzingis Trade to the James Harden Trade https://www.talkbasket.net/89708-mark-cuban-compares-kristaps-porzingis-trade-to-the-james-harden-trade https://www.talkbasket.net/89708-mark-cuban-compares-kristaps-porzingis-trade-to-the-james-harden-trade#respond Thu, 21 May 2020 17:36:57 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=89708 The James Harden trade in which he left the Oklahoma City Thunder to go to the Houston Rockets was a trade that changed the NBA landscape. Harden essentially got to be the star on his own team. He has taken that and become an MVP. Harden went from being the sixth man on one team […]

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Mark Cuban Compares Kristaps Porzingis Trade to the James Harden Trade

The James Harden trade in which he left the Oklahoma City Thunder to go to the Houston Rockets was a trade that changed the NBA landscape. Harden essentially got to be the star on his own team. He has taken that and become an MVP.

Harden went from being the sixth man on one team to one of the best players in the league on another. That trade ended up being a bad one for OKC. Mark Cuban compared the Kristaps Porzingis trade to the Harden trade. It’s safe to say he was very surprised.

According to WFAN Sports Radio Cuban said:

“It happens in the NBA,” Cuban said. “It’s like the James Harden trade. Harden gets traded from OKC to the Rockets and I’m like, damn, why didn’t we even get that offered to us? We weren’t in the mix. Nobody was. It was one phone call and the Rockets said yes. [The Porzingis trade] was our one phone call.”

The New York Knicks, after they got rid of Carmelo Anthony, looked like they were going to ride the Porzingis train but they instead got rid of him surprisingly. Dallas was able to get in on the deal just like the Houston Rockets got in on the OKC deal before anybody.

Porzingis hasn’t been able to elevate his game as Harden has because of him recovering from injury but the Dallas Mavericks got a complementary piece to Luka Doncic for years to come.

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Disney World to be “Clear Front Runner” to host resumed NBA season https://www.talkbasket.net/89669-disney-world-to-be-clear-front-runner-to-host-resumed-nba-season https://www.talkbasket.net/89669-disney-world-to-be-clear-front-runner-to-host-resumed-nba-season#respond Thu, 21 May 2020 08:21:15 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=89669 If the NBA is going to come back, the league needs one site where all the games can be played. The site will be a place where the players are isolated from everybody else. The ideal place for that is Disney World in Orlando according Shams Charania and Sam Amick of the Athletic. Training camps […]

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If the NBA is going to come back, the league needs one site where all the games can be played. The site will be a place where the players are isolated from everybody else. The ideal place for that is Disney World in Orlando according Shams Charania and Sam Amick of the Athletic.

Training camps would start in mid-June while the season could restart in mid-July. Disney World is the clear front runner because of the big campus with adequate amount of hotels to room all the players and the abundance of courts for multiple games being played at once. The courts are also broadcast ready.

Disney owns ESPN and ABC and as you know that is where some of the games are broadcasts. ABC broadcasts all of the NBA Finals games. It looks like the NBA season may be going underway after all. The decision is likely to come somewhere around June 1st.

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Michael Jordan reveals his emotional side in “The Last Dance” https://www.talkbasket.net/89522-jordan-reveals-his-emotional-side-in-the-last-dance https://www.talkbasket.net/89522-jordan-reveals-his-emotional-side-in-the-last-dance#respond Wed, 20 May 2020 14:28:07 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=89522 This is around the time that we would be talking about what team would have the best chance to go to the NBA Finals. The pandemic that we are currently going through has halted any basketball dreams anybody was having. To help keep us satisfied ESPN released the Jordan documentary “The Last Dance” early. After […]

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Michael Jordan reveals his emotional side in “The Last Dance”

This is around the time that we would be talking about what team would have the best chance to go to the NBA Finals. The pandemic that we are currently going through has halted any basketball dreams anybody was having. To help keep us satisfied ESPN released the Jordan documentary “The Last Dance” early.

After fans have taken in the full 10 episode documentary the director Jason Hehir has revealed that Michael Jordan had an emotional side during the filming of the interview. He said the first 45 minutes into the first interview Jordan showed emotion about how he treated his teammates.

According to LA Times reporter Arash Markazi, Hehir said:

“You’re seeing Michael’s personality come out,” Hehir said. “We’re sitting down with him in a relaxed setting. It’s a credit to Estee Portnoy and Curtis Polk, his two closest advisors, for putting me in front of him a few times first, before the cameras rolled, so we could develop a bit of a rapport.”

You already knew Jordan was a tough person but if you watched the Jordan documentary you saw a closer look at how tough Jordan was on his teammates. For a person like Jordan to show his emotional side towards anything is a big deal.

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Today Marks the 15th Anniversary of the Malice at the Palace https://www.talkbasket.net/89463-today-marks-the-15th-anniversary-of-the-malice-at-the-palace https://www.talkbasket.net/89463-today-marks-the-15th-anniversary-of-the-malice-at-the-palace#respond Tue, 19 May 2020 23:52:04 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=89463 The Malice at the Palace was a dark time in NBA history. The Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers met up for a regular-season game in Detroit in 2004. Ron Artest fouled Ben Wallace hard after he went up for an easy layup. Wallace didn’t take that lightly and pushed Artest. That started a scuffle and […]

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Today Marks the 15th Anniversary of the Malice at the Palace

The Malice at the Palace was a dark time in NBA history. The Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers met up for a regular-season game in Detroit in 2004. Ron Artest fouled Ben Wallace hard after he went up for an easy layup. Wallace didn’t take that lightly and pushed Artest. That started a scuffle and Artest took refuge where the media was on the sidelines.

While Artest was laying down next to the media a fan threw a beer at him. That’s when he snapped and went into the stands. After Artest did that an all-out brawl ensued between the Pacers players and the Detroit fans. Today marks the 15th anniversary of the Malice at the Palace.

The results of that historic brawl were some of the toughest suspensions that the NBA ever laid down. The NBA suspended Artest for the rest of the season. The league wasn’t done with the Pacers though. To add to the brutal suspensions the NBA suspended Stephen Jackson 30 games and Jermaine O’ Neal 25 games. As a result, nine players were suspended for a total of 140 games.

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