TalkBasket.net https://www.talkbasket.net NBA, EuroLeague, FIBA basketball news Sat, 23 Jan 2021 13:42:57 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.6 Kendrick Perkins: “That damn Jokic is beyond SPECIAL” https://www.talkbasket.net/120029-kendrick-perkins-that-damn-jokic-is-beyond-special https://www.talkbasket.net/120029-kendrick-perkins-that-damn-jokic-is-beyond-special#respond Sat, 23 Jan 2021 10:00:42 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=120029 Nikola Jokic put on a show in the game against the Phoenix Suns as he scored 31 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished 8 assists. It was the 15th straight double-double for the Serbian center. Former NBA champion Kendrick Perkins was impressed with Jokic’s performance. “That damn Jokic is beyond SPECIAL…I guess Greg Pop was […]

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Kendrick Perkins: “That damn Jokic is beyond SPECIAL”

Nikola Jokic put on a show in the game against the Phoenix Suns as he scored 31 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished 8 assists. It was the 15th straight double-double for the Serbian center.

Former NBA champion Kendrick Perkins was impressed with Jokic’s performance. “That damn Jokic is beyond SPECIAL…I guess Greg Pop was right with the comparison to Larry Bird,” he tweeted.

This season, Joker is averaging 25.5 points, 11.3 rebounds and 9.9 assists per game for the Denver Nuggets.

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Charlotte Hornets, Hayward unveils the 5 teams he considered in free agency https://www.talkbasket.net/120028-charlotte-hornets-hayward-unveils-the-5-teams-he-considered-in-free-agency https://www.talkbasket.net/120028-charlotte-hornets-hayward-unveils-the-5-teams-he-considered-in-free-agency#respond Sat, 23 Jan 2021 09:48:30 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=120028 In a conversation with Sam Amick of The Athletic, Gordon Hayward talked about the teams he considered in free agency. “Atlanta was a team I was interested in. They are a team with very talented players. I also considered New York. Indiana was a other team interested and this was mutual. I admit that I […]

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Charlotte Hornets, Hayward unveils the 5 teams he considered in free agency

In a conversation with Sam Amick of The Athletic, Gordon Hayward talked about the teams he considered in free agency.

“Atlanta was a team I was interested in. They are a team with very talented players. I also considered New York. Indiana was a other team interested and this was mutual. I admit that I also wanted to go back to Boston. There were many options for me, but the main ones were Atlanta, New York, Boston, Indiana and then Charlotte of course. “

Gordon Hayward eventually signed a four-year $ 120 million deal with the Hornets.

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LeBron James alludes that criticism from NBA legends is “soft hating” https://www.talkbasket.net/120025-lebron-james-alludes-that-criticism-from-nba-legends-is-soft-hating https://www.talkbasket.net/120025-lebron-james-alludes-that-criticism-from-nba-legends-is-soft-hating#respond Sat, 23 Jan 2021 09:47:08 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=120025 NBA legends, especially those who were in their prime in the 1990s, such as Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley tend to criticize modern NBA players for being soft. The criticism isn’t always well received by the players. The Cuffs Legend raised a question on Instagram of why the young players are so sensitive when the […]

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LeBron James alludes that criticism from NBA legends is “soft hating”

NBA legends, especially those who were in their prime in the 1990s, such as Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley tend to criticize modern NBA players for being soft. The criticism isn’t always well received by the players.

The Cuffs Legend raised a question on Instagram of why the young players are so sensitive when the NBA legends give them constructive criticism. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James responded to this question alluding that some of the criticism is “soft hate”.

“There’s a difference between constructive criticism and soft hating though. I’ve seen it both ways come my way, mostly the hate. You can hear it in their delivery,” he wrote on Instagram.

The Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant also weighed in by saying: “Them old heads need to go enjoy retirement. These boys have coaches they work with everyday lol.”

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Suns’ head coach Monty Williams offers update on Devin Booker’s injury https://www.talkbasket.net/120024-suns-head-coach-monty-williams-offers-update-on-devin-bookers-injury https://www.talkbasket.net/120024-suns-head-coach-monty-williams-offers-update-on-devin-bookers-injury#respond Sat, 23 Jan 2021 09:29:54 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=120024 The Phoenix Suns could not close the game against the Denver Nuggets on Friday as they suffered their sixth loss of the season. Phoenix finished the contest without superstar Devin Booker, who left the game with 1:54 left in overtime with what appeared to be a left leg injury. The Suns’ head coach offered an update […]

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Suns’ head coach Monty Williams offers update on Devin Booker’s injury

The Phoenix Suns could not close the game against the Denver Nuggets on Friday as they suffered their sixth loss of the season.

Phoenix finished the contest without superstar Devin Booker, who left the game with 1:54 left in overtime with what appeared to be a left leg injury.

The Suns’ head coach offered an update on Booker’s injury situation after Friday’s overtime loss claiming he will probably be unavailable for Saturday’s matchup against the Nuggets in the second of a back-to-back.

“I know it was a hamstring-type of injury,” the Suns coach said. Booker landed awkwardly in a contested rebound with Denver’s swingman Will Barton.

Booker had 31 points, five rebounds and five assists before exiting the game due to injury. He averages 22.9 points, 4.1 assists and 3.9 rebounds in 35.7 minutes per contest this season.

After their loss on Friday, the Suns are set to face the Nuggets again on Saturday. Booker is still on the active list for his team, however it seems that he will not be playing Saturday.

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Marcus Morris on Clippers’ six-game winning streak: “Nothing to be excited about” https://www.talkbasket.net/120021-marcus-morris-on-clippers-six-game-winning-streak-nothing-to-be-excited-about https://www.talkbasket.net/120021-marcus-morris-on-clippers-six-game-winning-streak-nothing-to-be-excited-about#respond Sat, 23 Jan 2021 08:48:14 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=120021 The Los Angeles Clippers are on the midst of a six-game winning streak, after defeating the Thunder on Friday night. The Clippers are rolling now, having an 18.6 points differential in those six games. However, Ty Lue’s players are not getting too excited, yet. “This is nothing to be excited about,” Marcus Morris said, per […]

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Marcus Morris on Clippers’ six-game winning streak: “Nothing to be excited about”

The Los Angeles Clippers are on the midst of a six-game winning streak, after defeating the Thunder on Friday night. The Clippers are rolling now, having an 18.6 points differential in those six games.

However, Ty Lue’s players are not getting too excited, yet. “This is nothing to be excited about,” Marcus Morris said, per Farbod Esnaashari of Sports Illustrated.

“We’re gonna lose some games,” Morris continued. “The biggest thing is to not get too high or too low.” Morris is a vital part of the Clippers’ rotation this season.

He is averaging 10.8 points off the bench providing a spark for the second-unit. He is shooting on a 47.9% from the three-point range while adding 3.6 rebounds and one assists in 24 minutes per game.

The Clippers are set to face the Oklahoma City Thunder again on Sunday having a chance to extend their winning streak and remain at the top of the Western Conference.

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Kyrie Irving calls back-to-back Nets’ losses to the Cleveland Cavaliers ‘humbling’ https://www.talkbasket.net/120018-kyrie-irving-calls-back-to-back-nets-losses-to-the-cleveland-cavaliers-humbling https://www.talkbasket.net/120018-kyrie-irving-calls-back-to-back-nets-losses-to-the-cleveland-cavaliers-humbling#respond Sat, 23 Jan 2021 08:25:47 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=120018 The Brooklyn Nets suffered another loss in the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday to end their mini-road trip with a 0-2 record. The Nets could not handle JB Bickerstaff’s team inside the paint as the Cavs had 21 more rebounds than their opponents, who racked up 64 points in the paint. After Nets’ […]

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Kyrie Irving calls back-to-back Nets’ losses to the Cleveland Cavaliers ‘humbling’

The Brooklyn Nets suffered another loss in the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday to end their mini-road trip with a 0-2 record.

The Nets could not handle JB Bickerstaff’s team inside the paint as the Cavs had 21 more rebounds than their opponents, who racked up 64 points in the paint.

After Nets’ second loss in a row, Kyrie Irving, who, in his second game back, registered 38 points shooting 14-of-24 from the field and 4-of-9 from the three-point range, called those defeats humbling.

(via ESPN’s Malika Andrews):

“This was two humbling losses,” Kyrie Irving said. The Nets have allowed 125 points in the paint in the last two losses showing a lack of urgency on the defensive end.

Brooklyn will return to Barclays Center for the next two games, where they set to face the Miami Heat in hope of putting an end to a two-game losing skid.

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“Shaquille O’Neal couldn’t stop me,” says Hall of Famer Dino Radja https://www.talkbasket.net/120014-shaquille-oneal-couldnt-stop-me-says-hall-of-famer-dino-radja https://www.talkbasket.net/120014-shaquille-oneal-couldnt-stop-me-says-hall-of-famer-dino-radja#respond Sat, 23 Jan 2021 05:55:58 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=120014 Dino Radja made an interesting statement regarding his battles with fellow Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal back in the 90s. Shaquille O’Neal has called Radja ‘one of the toughest white centers’ he went up against and Radja noted that O’Neal couldn’t stop him. “He couldn’t stop me. My third year, we had like five games […]

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“Shaquille O’Neal couldn’t stop me,” says Hall of Famer Dino Radja

Dino Radja made an interesting statement regarding his battles with fellow Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal back in the 90s.

Shaquille O’Neal has called Radja ‘one of the toughest white centers’ he went up against and Radja noted that O’Neal couldn’t stop him.

“He couldn’t stop me. My third year, we had like five games against Orlando, and I averaged like 27 against Orlando. He definitely remembers that,” Radja said about O’Neal in the newest episode of 1-ON-1 with Basketball Network.

Radja spent four years (1993-1997) in the NBA with the Boston Celtics, averaging 16.7 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.9 blocks, and faced O’Neal multiple times during the battles between the Celtics and the Orlando Magic.

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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope reacts to his impressive three-point percentage this season https://www.talkbasket.net/120011-kentavious-caldwell-pope-reacts-to-his-impressive-three-point-percentage-this-season https://www.talkbasket.net/120011-kentavious-caldwell-pope-reacts-to-his-impressive-three-point-percentage-this-season#respond Sat, 23 Jan 2021 05:41:20 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=120011 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope shared his thoughts on his impressive shooting percentage from beyond the arc this season. Caldwell-Pope is shooting at 56.9% from the three-point line, which is the best shooting percentage in the NBA this season. The guard of the Lakers said he has been playing with confidence this season, while he knows where he […]

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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope reacts to his impressive three-point percentage this season

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope shared his thoughts on his impressive shooting percentage from beyond the arc this season.

Caldwell-Pope is shooting at 56.9% from the three-point line, which is the best shooting percentage in the NBA this season.

The guard of the Lakers said he has been playing with confidence this season, while he knows where he needs to be to get the shots.

Caldwell-Pope had seven three-pointers (7/10, 23 points) in the 113-106 victory over the Bucks.

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Kendrick Perkins reacts to LeBron James and the Lakers defeating Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks https://www.talkbasket.net/120009-kendrick-perkins-reacts-to-lebron-james-and-the-lakers-defeating-giannis-antetokounmpo-and-the-bucks https://www.talkbasket.net/120009-kendrick-perkins-reacts-to-lebron-james-and-the-lakers-defeating-giannis-antetokounmpo-and-the-bucks#respond Sat, 23 Jan 2021 03:16:06 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=120009 Kendrick Perkins reacted to LeBron James and the Lakers earning the 113-106 victory over Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks. Perkins said James and the Lakers had no problem to defeat their opponents, whereas Antetokounmpo and the Bucks need to work harder to become top contenders. “Lakers handled that business and they were unbothered in […]

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Kendrick Perkins reacts to LeBron James and the Lakers defeating Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks

Kendrick Perkins reacted to LeBron James and the Lakers earning the 113-106 victory over Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks.

Perkins said James and the Lakers had no problem to defeat their opponents, whereas Antetokounmpo and the Bucks need to work harder to become top contenders.

“Lakers handled that business and they were unbothered in the process. The Bucks and the MVP/DPOY have a lot of work to do if they want to make it out the East and even think about contending for a title, they’re not there yet. Carry on,” Perkins tweeted.

Thanks to their win, the Lakers improved to 12-4 and remained undefeated on the road (8-0).

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Frank Vogel explains why a specific Lakers’ lineup is ‘imperfect’ https://www.talkbasket.net/120007-frank-vogel-explains-why-a-specific-lakers-lineup-is-imperfect https://www.talkbasket.net/120007-frank-vogel-explains-why-a-specific-lakers-lineup-is-imperfect#respond Sat, 23 Jan 2021 02:53:30 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=120007 Frank Vogel explained why a specific Lakers lineup has been struggling on both ends since the start of the season. Vogel, the head coach of the Lakers, shared his thoughts on why the lineup of LeBron James, Wesley Matthews, Markieff Morris, Kyle Kuzma and Montrezl Harrell is ‘imperfect’. “That’s not an ideal lineup but a […]

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Frank Vogel explains why a specific Lakers’ lineup is ‘imperfect’

Frank Vogel explained why a specific Lakers lineup has been struggling on both ends since the start of the season.

Vogel, the head coach of the Lakers, shared his thoughts on why the lineup of LeBron James, Wesley Matthews, Markieff Morris, Kyle Kuzma and Montrezl Harrell is ‘imperfect’.

“That’s not an ideal lineup but a lot of times the game plays out where I’m trying to get guys the minutes they deserve to impact our team.

Sometimes it results in imperfect lineups, but that sample size is extremely small. We’ll continue to evaluate that, but I’m aware of what that lineup looks like,” Vogel told reporters, via Lakers Nation.

The aforementioned lineup has played in nine games already, spending a total of 49 minutes on the floor.

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Kevin Durant calls Charles Barkley ‘idiot’ over NBA and Covid-19 vaccination comment https://www.talkbasket.net/120005-kevin-durant-calls-charles-barkley-idiot-over-nba-and-covid-19-vaccination-comment https://www.talkbasket.net/120005-kevin-durant-calls-charles-barkley-idiot-over-nba-and-covid-19-vaccination-comment#respond Sat, 23 Jan 2021 02:37:04 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=120005 Kevin Durant called out Charles Barkley after the latter made a comment about NBA players and Covid-19 vaccination. Barkley said NBA players should get preferential treatment regarding coronavirus vaccination, because they pay more in taxes. For his part, Durant reacted and called Barkley ‘idiot’ for the comment he made. “I don’t know why they still […]

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Kevin Durant calls Charles Barkley ‘idiot’ over NBA and Covid-19 vaccination comment

Kevin Durant called out Charles Barkley after the latter made a comment about NBA players and Covid-19 vaccination.

Barkley said NBA players should get preferential treatment regarding coronavirus vaccination, because they pay more in taxes.

For his part, Durant reacted and called Barkley ‘idiot’ for the comment he made.

“I don’t know why they still ask for this idiot’s opinion,” Durant said about Barkley, via Clutchpoints.

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Kendrick Perkins believes the Nets should use Kyrie Irving as a sixth man https://www.talkbasket.net/120003-kendrick-perkins-believes-the-nets-should-use-kyrie-irving-as-a-sixth-man https://www.talkbasket.net/120003-kendrick-perkins-believes-the-nets-should-use-kyrie-irving-as-a-sixth-man#respond Sat, 23 Jan 2021 02:17:52 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=120003 Kendrick Perkins made an interesting statement regarding Kyrie Irving and how he should be used by the Brooklyn Nets. With the addition of James Harden, Perkins believes that Irving should have more playing time with the second unit, as a sixth man. “When will they listen and learn! You have to structure Kyrie’s minutes where […]

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Kendrick Perkins believes the Nets should use Kyrie Irving as a sixth man

Kendrick Perkins made an interesting statement regarding Kyrie Irving and how he should be used by the Brooklyn Nets.

With the addition of James Harden, Perkins believes that Irving should have more playing time with the second unit, as a sixth man.

“When will they listen and learn! You have to structure Kyrie’s minutes where he will get most of his minutes with the 2nd unit, like a sixth man. KD and Harden standing around watching Kyrie ain’t gonna get it! Carry on,” Perkins tweeted.

In the first game with their Big-3, the Nets lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in double overtime (135-147).

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LeBron James, Anthony Davis included in Lakers’ injury report for game vs the Bulls https://www.talkbasket.net/120000-lebron-james-anthony-davis-included-in-lakers-injury-report-for-game-vs-the-bulls https://www.talkbasket.net/120000-lebron-james-anthony-davis-included-in-lakers-injury-report-for-game-vs-the-bulls#respond Sat, 23 Jan 2021 01:57:42 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=120000 LeBron James and Anthony Davis have entered the injury report of the Los Angeles Lakers for the game against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday. James is listed as questionable by the Lakers with a left ankle sprain, whereas Davis is dealing with a right ankle sprain and is probable. Meanwhile, Kostas Antetokounmpo (right knee patellar […]

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LeBron James, Anthony Davis included in Lakers’ injury report for game vs the Bulls

LeBron James and Anthony Davis have entered the injury report of the Los Angeles Lakers for the game against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday.

James is listed as questionable by the Lakers with a left ankle sprain, whereas Davis is dealing with a right ankle sprain and is probable.

Meanwhile, Kostas Antetokounmpo (right knee patellar teninditis) and Jared Dudley (right calf soreness) remain out for the defending champions.

The Lakers are 8-0 on the road this season and want to extend their road winning streak to nine games to remain on top of the NBA.

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FC Barcelona set itself on top by beating Crvena Zvezda https://www.talkbasket.net/119982-barcelona-set-itself-on-top-by-beating-crvena-zvezda https://www.talkbasket.net/119982-barcelona-set-itself-on-top-by-beating-crvena-zvezda#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 23:57:57 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119982 With an excellent defense, FC Barcelona managed to beat Crvena Zvezda 60-72 and climb back to the top of the standings with 15 wins and six defeats. CSKA has the same record (15-16) as Barcelona, but the team from Spain has the tiebreak advantage over the Russian squad (0-2). On the other side, Zvezda is […]

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FC Barcelona set itself on top by beating Crvena Zvezda

With an excellent defense, FC Barcelona managed to beat Crvena Zvezda 60-72 and climb back to the top of the standings with 15 wins and six defeats.

CSKA has the same record (15-16) as Barcelona, but the team from Spain has the tiebreak advantage over the Russian squad (0-2). On the other side, Zvezda is at 7-14 after Round 21 in the EuroLeague.

Barcelona led from the beginning of the match and, with good defense,pushed Crvena Zvezda to shoot from long range. The home team wasn’t really successful at the beginning and after 40 minutes they managed to score eight out of 30 attempts for three points (26.7%). The Spanish squad was much worse, they only scored 2 out of 18 (11.1%).

A low percentage for threes didn’t stop Barcelona to claim the victory in Belgrade, all thanks to the amazing defense. Allowing Zvezda to score only 60 points is a huge success for a team like Barca because the team is usually playing fast and offense-oriented basketball.

Cory Higgins with 14 points was the leading scorer for the visitors. Pierre Oriola added 12, Rolands Smith 11, and Nick Calathes 10. For Crvena Zvezda, Ognjen Dobrić with 11 points was the only one with a double-digit score.

Game recap

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Raptors’ Kyle Lowry out with right foot injury vs. the Miami Heat https://www.talkbasket.net/119991-raptors-kyle-lowry-out-with-right-foot-injury-vs-the-miami-heat https://www.talkbasket.net/119991-raptors-kyle-lowry-out-with-right-foot-injury-vs-the-miami-heat#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 23:25:02 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119991 Kyle Lowry is unable to help his team in tonight’s matchup against the Miami Heat. The veteran leader has a minor foot injury, Nick Nurse announced Friday. Lowry averages 18.2 points, 7.1 assists and 6.5 rebounds in 2020-21 being one of the most stable performers for the slumping Raptors this season. Lowry’s leadership was vital […]

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Raptors’ Kyle Lowry out with right foot injury vs. the Miami Heat

Kyle Lowry is unable to help his team in tonight’s matchup against the Miami Heat. The veteran leader has a minor foot injury, Nick Nurse announced Friday.

Lowry averages 18.2 points, 7.1 assists and 6.5 rebounds in 2020-21 being one of the most stable performers for the slumping Raptors this season.

Lowry’s leadership was vital through the last three successful campaigns of the franchise that included one NBA title on the 2018-19 season.

With the 34-year-old All-Star out, expect Fred VanVleet to serve as the primary facilitator for the Raptors, who started the season with just five wins in the first 13 games of the regular season.

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Former Celtic Ryan Gomes wore a G-Unit shirt to his rookie press conference: “I was listening to 50 every game at Providence” https://www.talkbasket.net/119986-former-celtic-ryan-gomes-wore-a-g-unit-shirt-to-his-rookie-press-conference-i-was-listening-to-50-every-game-at-providence https://www.talkbasket.net/119986-former-celtic-ryan-gomes-wore-a-g-unit-shirt-to-his-rookie-press-conference-i-was-listening-to-50-every-game-at-providence#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 23:08:23 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119986 In 2005, Ryan Gomes was a 2nd round pick by the Boston Celtics out of nearby Providence College. Gomes had a distinguished college career from 2001-2005, right around the same time 50 Cent was seeing major success in the music industry. The former Celtic says 50 Cent’s music inspired him so much that he wore […]

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Former Celtic Ryan Gomes wore a G-Unit shirt to his rookie press conference: “I was listening to 50 every game at Providence”

In 2005, Ryan Gomes was a 2nd round pick by the Boston Celtics out of nearby Providence College. Gomes had a distinguished college career from 2001-2005, right around the same time 50 Cent was seeing major success in the music industry. The former Celtic says 50 Cent’s music inspired him so much that he wore a G-Unit shirt to his first ever NBA press conference.

(Via The Grind Podcast with Anthony Ireland):

“50 was on the scene and I was listening to 50 every game at Providence. Every game I was listening to the mixtapes.”

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Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr. available on Friday’s matchup vs. Phoenix Suns https://www.talkbasket.net/119987-nuggets-michael-porter-jr-available-on-fridays-matchup-vs-phoenix-suns https://www.talkbasket.net/119987-nuggets-michael-porter-jr-available-on-fridays-matchup-vs-phoenix-suns#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 23:05:32 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119987 Michael Porter Jr. was made available to take part in the Denver Nuggets’ Friday game against the Phoenix Suns, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. After being a starter in the first four games of the season, the promising forward missed the next 10 games due to league’s health and safety protocols. It was later confirmed […]

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Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr. available on Friday’s matchup vs. Phoenix Suns

Michael Porter Jr. was made available to take part in the Denver Nuggets’ Friday game against the Phoenix Suns, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

After being a starter in the first four games of the season, the promising forward missed the next 10 games due to league’s health and safety protocols.

It was later confirmed that Porter had tested positive for coronavirus and was being held out until he could test negative several times in a row.

Porter is a valuable offensive piece for the Nuggets averaging 19.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per contest in four games this year.

Porter had played his last game on December 29. Since then, he did not participate in his team’s basketball activities remaining out almost three weeks.

The Nuggets’ head coach Michael Malone will limit the young forward minutes. However, do not make a mistake, Denver needs Porter to add an extra dimension in its game with his athleticism and shot-making ability.

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Anthony Davis: “Frank Vogel is the most handsome coach I’ve ever had” https://www.talkbasket.net/119983-anthony-davis-frank-vogel-is-the-most-handsome-coach-ive-ever-had https://www.talkbasket.net/119983-anthony-davis-frank-vogel-is-the-most-handsome-coach-ive-ever-had#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 22:40:32 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119983 Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis finishing his answer with: “Frank Vogel is the most handsome coach I’ve ever had… Oh, coach, didn’t see you there.” Frank Vogel: “I try to train all my players on what to say about their coach, glad to see it kicking in.”

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Anthony Davis: “Frank Vogel is the most handsome coach I’ve ever had”

Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis finishing his answer with: “Frank Vogel is the most handsome coach I’ve ever had… Oh, coach, didn’t see you there.”

Frank Vogel: “I try to train all my players on what to say about their coach, glad to see it kicking in.”

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Dino Rađa on Luka Doncic: “He reminds me a lot of Bodiroga” https://www.talkbasket.net/119977-dino-rada-on-luka-doncic-he-reminds-me-a-lot-of-bodiroga https://www.talkbasket.net/119977-dino-rada-on-luka-doncic-he-reminds-me-a-lot-of-bodiroga#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 21:24:07 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119977 Former NBA center Dino Rađa (Radja) is impressed with Luka Doncic. According to him, the Dallas Mavericks young superstar is similar to European legend Dejan Bodiroga. “He reminds me a lot of Bodiroga. A little bigger, but a guy with huge balls and huge basketball talent,” Rađa said on 1-ON-1 with Basketball Network. Bodiroga was […]

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Dino Rađa on Luka Doncic: “He reminds me a lot of Bodiroga”

Former NBA center Dino Rađa (Radja) is impressed with Luka Doncic. According to him, the Dallas Mavericks young superstar is similar to European legend Dejan Bodiroga.

“He reminds me a lot of Bodiroga. A little bigger, but a guy with huge balls and huge basketball talent,” Rađa said on 1-ON-1 with Basketball Network. Bodiroga was one of the most iconic players in Europe in 1990’s and early 2000’s. He won three EuroLeague titles among many other championships at a club. Bodiroga was also very successful with Serbian national team, becoming world champion twice and winning three EuroBasket gold medals, among other.

Rađa admitted he did not expect Doncic to be so good already in his first year in the NBA. He thought the Slovenian phenom was better off staying for one more year in Europe.

“He showed a lot of maturity at a very early age, but I didn’t expect him to be as good in his first year. I thought he needed one more year in Europe to mature, more as a person than a basketball player,” Rađa said.

After winning the Rookie of the Year award in his first season in the NBA, Doncic helped the Mavs return to playoffs the following season in which he also entered the MVP talks. This year, which is his third in the league, he is among favorite to win the MVP award.

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Dino Rađa on today’s NBA: “Harden is shooting 50 threes a game, and they call that basketball” https://www.talkbasket.net/119974-dino-rada-on-todays-nba-harden-is-shooting-50-threes-a-game-and-they-call-that-basketball https://www.talkbasket.net/119974-dino-rada-on-todays-nba-harden-is-shooting-50-threes-a-game-and-they-call-that-basketball#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 20:55:13 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119974 Hall of Famer Dino Rađa (Radja) does not appreciate the path the NBA basketball has taken since he left the league. For the taste of the former Boston Celtics center today’s NBA resembles more an All-Star game rather than a serious competition. “In my days in the paint — you got killed. Certain Barkleys, Oakleys, […]

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Dino Rađa on today’s NBA: “Harden is shooting 50 threes a game, and they call that basketball”

Hall of Famer Dino Rađa (Radja) does not appreciate the path the NBA basketball has taken since he left the league. For the taste of the former Boston Celtics center today’s NBA resembles more an All-Star game rather than a serious competition.

“In my days in the paint — you got killed. Certain Barkleys, Oakleys, Masons, Laimbeers, they cut your head off. If you fake them and go underneath, your head is going with the ball away from your body,” the Croatian legend remembered on 1-ON-1 with Basketball Network.

Opposite to his time in the league, now there is virtually no defense being played, according to Rađa. Also, the players tend to hold the ball too much and play one against five. As prime example of that he mentioned James Harden.

“You can do 25 dribblings, it’s all 1 against 5. Harden is shooting 50 threes a game, and they call that basketball. I don’t like it,” Rađa said.

“The NBA became an All-Star game, where defense isn’t played. Numbers are pumped unreasonably. People like it, people pay for it. I don’t care about it,” the two-time European champion shared his views on the NBA.

Rađa spent four seasons (1993-1997) in the league with the Boston Celtics before returning to Europe. During his NBA career he averaged 16.7 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.9 blocks per game.

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GSW: rescinded the second technical foul of Draymond Green against the Knicks https://www.talkbasket.net/119972-gsw-rescinded-the-second-technical-foul-of-draymond-green-against-the-knicks https://www.talkbasket.net/119972-gsw-rescinded-the-second-technical-foul-of-draymond-green-against-the-knicks#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 20:31:52 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119972 Step back from the NBA. The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported on Friday that the NBA will rescind the second technical foul that Draymond Green was issued on Thursday in the Golden State game against the Knicks, which saw him send off in the second quarter. In the offending action, Green yelled at rookie center James […]

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GSW: rescinded the second technical foul of Draymond Green against the Knicks

Step back from the NBA. The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported on Friday that the NBA will rescind the second technical foul that Draymond Green was issued on Thursday in the Golden State game against the Knicks, which saw him send off in the second quarter.

In the offending action, Green yelled at rookie center James Wiseman to return to defense. John Butler, the referee of the match, thought that Green was yelling at him and for this he called Green a technical foul. It was the second technical of Green’s game, which led to his expulsion.

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Gordon Hayward says he ‘really wanted’ to return to Boston before joining Hornets https://www.talkbasket.net/119966-gordon-hayward-says-really-wanted-to-return-to-boston-before-joining-hornets https://www.talkbasket.net/119966-gordon-hayward-says-really-wanted-to-return-to-boston-before-joining-hornets#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 19:58:35 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119966 Gordon Hayward revealed the teams that were interested in acquiring him during the offseason with the veteran forward admitting he wanted to return to Boston before signing a four-year, $120M contract with Charlotte. Hayward told The Athletic’s Sam Amick five teams were in play to secure his services back in October. Those five teams were the […]

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Gordon Hayward says he ‘really wanted’ to return to Boston before joining Hornets

Gordon Hayward revealed the teams that were interested in acquiring him during the offseason with the veteran forward admitting he wanted to return to Boston before signing a four-year, $120M contract with Charlotte.

Hayward told The Athletic’s Sam Amick five teams were in play to secure his services back in October. Those five teams were the Knicks, the Hornets, the Hawks and of course the Celtics.

(via yardbanker.com):

“New York was in the mix—the Knicks. Indiana was another team that was really interested, and we had mutual interest for a while. Boston was—like, let’s not forget about Boston. I really wanted to go back to Boston too. There were just a lot of options, and a lot of potential teams that I could go to, but I’d say those were the main ones. Atlanta, New York, Boston, Indiana, and then Charlotte obviously.”

The veteran swingman has a strong start with the Hornets being their leading scorer with 22.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.

The Hornets are on a 6-8 start fighting for a place in the Top-8 teams of the Eastern Conference. Hayward plays the role of the leader in a young squad headlined by LaMelo Ball.

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Zalgiris Kaunas upsets Olympiacos in the last seconds to get a tough win https://www.talkbasket.net/119951-zalgiris-kaunas-upsets-olympiacos-in-the-last-seconds-to-get-a-tough-win https://www.talkbasket.net/119951-zalgiris-kaunas-upsets-olympiacos-in-the-last-seconds-to-get-a-tough-win#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 19:55:32 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119951 With Thomas Walkup taking advantage of Sloukas’ turnover in the last seconds of the match and scoring the layup, Zalgiris protected their home court and got a thrilling, 81-79 win on Friday night (22/1). The guests had the chance to finish the game having the last possession and a single point lead, but Zalgiris was […]

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Zalgiris Kaunas upsets Olympiacos in the last seconds to get a tough win

With Thomas Walkup taking advantage of Sloukas’ turnover in the last seconds of the match and scoring the layup, Zalgiris protected their home court and got a thrilling, 81-79 win on Friday night (22/1). The guests had the chance to finish the game having the last possession and a single point lead, but Zalgiris was too hard to die and stole the win in the last seconds.

Joffrey Lauvergne was the top scorer of the match with 21 points while Arturas Milaknis added another 11. For Olympiacos, Kostas Sloukas and Giorgos Printezis were the leading scorers with 16 points while Sasha Vezenkov had 9.

Physical game from the very first minute

With both teams playing tough on defense from the very first minute of the first quarter, Zalgiris got a short 4-point lead (7-3), thanks to Grigonis and Olympiacos’ missed opportunities. Zalgiris couldn’t miss from the perimeter causing trouble to Olympiacos who was still trying to adjust. Exceptional defense from both teams great hustle from Olympiacos and Zalgiris’ ability to score easily brought the two teams at the end of the first quarter with Zalgiris leading by six points (26-20).

Offensive show in the second quarter

Olympiacos fought back from -7 in the second half, with the players of coach Bartzokas playing solid defense while Sloukas was creating opportunities for his teammates to score. Despite the fact that Zalgiris was still effective from the perimeter, they struggled against Olympiacos’ defense that seemed to have the momentum (36-35). The guests run the court, grabbed the offensive rebounds and turned the game upside down and with a 9-0 run got their first 2-point lead of the match (36-38). After 20 minutes of play, the two teams headed to the locker rooms with Zalgiris keeping a short, single point lead (45-44).

Photo: Euroleague Basketball

Zalgiris strengthened their defense

The hosts cam out of the locker rooms playing stronger defense retaining their lead and even extending it to 5 points (63-58). Olympiacos couldn’t find the offensive solutions they were expecting, was trapped in Zalgiris’ defense committing turnovers, but Printezis was there, scoring crucial points for his team. Olympiacos only managed to come back within three points to end the third quarter (63-60).

Walkup did it for Zalgiris

Olympiacos was certainly not going to give up on a game they desperately needed. They fought back, tied the game with Printezis and McKissic forcing the bench of Zalgiris to a time out (67-67). The guests strengthened their defense for once again but made some wrong choices on offense giving the chance to Zalgiris to extend their lead to 3 points (70-67) which was quickly tied again from Olympiacos (70-70). Spanoulis and Printezis put Olympiacos in the leader’s position for once more with two consecutive triples and four minutes until the end of the game remaining (72-76). Ζalgiris seemed to have an answer for this too. They tied up and in the last seconds of the match, they took advantage of Sloukas’ turnover and scored with Thomas Walkup winning the game, 81-79.

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Norvel Pelle signing with Nets https://www.talkbasket.net/119963-norvel-pelle-signing-with-nets https://www.talkbasket.net/119963-norvel-pelle-signing-with-nets#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 19:39:19 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119963 Free agent center Norvel Pelle is planning to sign with the Brooklyn Nets, pending clearance of Health and Safety protocols, his agent told Adrian Wojnarowski. Pelle, 27, played 24 games for the Philadelphia 76ers last season and averaged 2.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game in 9.7 minutes per game. He also has […]

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Norvel Pelle signing with Nets

Free agent center Norvel Pelle is planning to sign with the Brooklyn Nets, pending clearance of Health and Safety protocols, his agent told Adrian Wojnarowski.

Pelle, 27, played 24 games for the Philadelphia 76ers last season and averaged 2.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game in 9.7 minutes per game.

He also has G League experience in the last couple seasons, averaging 11.6 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game in 44 games.

Pelle will get the opportunity to serve as a backup to DeAndre Jordan and small-ball center Jeff Green.

The Nets will still have two open roster spots after signing Pelle, with at least one of those spots needing to be filled by next weekend.

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Ex rapper marvels at LeBron James consistently hitting 3-pointers https://www.talkbasket.net/119960-ex-rapper-marvels-at-lebron-james-consistently-hitting-3-pointers https://www.talkbasket.net/119960-ex-rapper-marvels-at-lebron-james-consistently-hitting-3-pointers#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 19:22:06 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119960 Reigning NBA Finals MVP LeBron James scored a season-high 34 points (13-25 FG), pulled in six rebounds, and handed out eight assists in the opener of a seven-game road trip, helping the NBA title-favorite Los Angeles Lakers win their eighth straight road game against the Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday-led Milwaukee Bucks (113-106) on Thursday. […]

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Ex rapper marvels at LeBron James consistently hitting 3-pointers

Reigning NBA Finals MVP LeBron James scored a season-high 34 points (13-25 FG), pulled in six rebounds, and handed out eight assists in the opener of a seven-game road trip, helping the NBA title-favorite Los Angeles Lakers win their eighth straight road game against the Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jrue Holiday-led Milwaukee Bucks (113-106) on Thursday.

One of the most outspoken commentators around Stephen A. Smith and retired hip hop performer-turned-ESPN analyst Max Kellerman debate what message the title-defending Los Angeles Lakers star forward LeBron James sent after defeating reigning NBA MVP and DPOY Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks:

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Seth Curry ready to return to Sixers’ lineup Friday vs. Celtics https://www.talkbasket.net/119959-seth-curry-ready-to-return-to-sixers-lineup-friday-vs-celtics https://www.talkbasket.net/119959-seth-curry-ready-to-return-to-sixers-lineup-friday-vs-celtics#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 19:14:21 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119959 The Philadelphia 76ers will welcome back Seth Curry in their lineup, after missing a series of games due to COVID-19. The sharpshooter revealed he is still feeling fatigued, but he will find his rhythm soon enough. Curry averages 17.0 points per shooting 59.5% from the three-point range this season. He is a huge part of […]

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Seth Curry ready to return to Sixers’ lineup Friday vs. Celtics

The Philadelphia 76ers will welcome back Seth Curry in their lineup, after missing a series of games due to COVID-19. The sharpshooter revealed he is still feeling fatigued, but he will find his rhythm soon enough.

Curry averages 17.0 points per shooting 59.5% from the three-point range this season. He is a huge part of Philadelphia’s success early in the season spacing the floor for Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.

“I’m feeling good,” said Curry, per Ky Carlin of Sixers Wire. “I’m just a little fatigued at times still, but I’m feeling good. I’m ready to get back out on the court and get my conditioning back, my rhythm back, and that’s pretty much it.”

Just trying to get some conditioning back, getting my body used to moving, and getting a lot of treatment with the trainers. Kind of like summer and offseason workouts trying to get back in shape.”

The Sixers relied heavily on younger guys during Curry’s absence with Tyrese Maxey’s and Isiah Joe’s minutes going up. Curry revealed he available to play against the Celtics on Friday’s rematch between the two teams.

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Nuggets could have interest in Victor Oladipo in case they decide to make a roster upgrade, per team’s reporter https://www.talkbasket.net/119957-nuggets-could-have-interest-in-victor-oladipo-in-case-they-decide-to-make-a-roster-upgrade-per-teams-reporter https://www.talkbasket.net/119957-nuggets-could-have-interest-in-victor-oladipo-in-case-they-decide-to-make-a-roster-upgrade-per-teams-reporter#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 18:49:05 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119957 The Denver Nuggets were interested in acquiring Victor Oladipo before joining the Houston Rockets via trade. Oladipo was part of the James Harden deal, after Houston decided to trade Caris LeVert to the Pacers for the veteran guard. According to Mike Singer of The Denver Post, the 28-year-old guard is not off the table in […]

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Nuggets could have interest in Victor Oladipo in case they decide to make a roster upgrade, per team’s reporter

The Denver Nuggets were interested in acquiring Victor Oladipo before joining the Houston Rockets via trade. Oladipo was part of the James Harden deal, after Houston decided to trade Caris LeVert to the Pacers for the veteran guard.

According to Mike Singer of The Denver Post, the 28-year-old guard is not off the table in case Denver decides to make a move and give up a young asset.

“Whether they can find something suitable depends on whether there are any takers for Gary Harris, who recently has started hitting from outside again. At that point, the Nuggets need to ask themselves if they believe Harris’ shooting is sustainable…

The name I’d watch is Victor Oladipo. I know the Nuggets considered him before the Pacers traded him to Houston. Oladipo is on an expiring deal. Would Houston be interested in Harris plus a prospect for Oladipo?”

Oladipo has an encouraging start in his Houston career averaging 27.0 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists in his first two games with his new team.

His shooting is not quite there yet, however in a scenario where Oladipo is getting traded to Nuggets he will have an elite passer alongside him to find easier shots in the offense.

Of course, the same can be said for a Rockets’ team, which is waiting for John Wall, also an excellent creator to get back to the court next week.

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Jay Williams: LeBron wants to make sure Giannis knows who’s the real MVP of the NBA https://www.talkbasket.net/119952-jay-williams-lebron-wants-to-make-sure-giannis-knows-whos-the-real-mvp-of-the-nba https://www.talkbasket.net/119952-jay-williams-lebron-wants-to-make-sure-giannis-knows-whos-the-real-mvp-of-the-nba#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 18:25:29 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119952 Former NBA player and current analyst Jay Williams thinks that LeBron James took the game against the Milwaukee Bucks personally. Giannis Antetokounmpo was named MVP last season which was disappointing for James who considered himself deserving of the award. LeBron played 38 minutes during which he scored 34 points while Giannis responded with 25. On […]

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Jay Williams: LeBron wants to make sure Giannis knows who’s the real MVP of the NBA

Former NBA player and current analyst Jay Williams thinks that LeBron James took the game against the Milwaukee Bucks personally.

Giannis Antetokounmpo was named MVP last season which was disappointing for James who considered himself deserving of the award.

LeBron played 38 minutes during which he scored 34 points while Giannis responded with 25. On top of that, the Lakers won the game and climbed back to the top of the Western Conference.

Even though the Los Angeles Lakers superstar downplayed defeating Antetokounmpo, Williams thinks that James wanted to make a statement with his performance for the ‘stolen’ MVP of the last year.

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Lakers’ LeBron James downplays defeating Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo https://www.talkbasket.net/119948-lakers-lebron-james-downplays-defeating-bucks-giannis-antetokounmpo https://www.talkbasket.net/119948-lakers-lebron-james-downplays-defeating-bucks-giannis-antetokounmpo#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 18:19:16 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119948 LeBron James had his best performance of the season against the Milwaukee Bucks and the back-to-back MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Lakers’ superstar seemed indifferent to the fact that he won the head-to-head battle versus the Milwaukee Bucks’ superstar. (via Mark Media of USA Today Sports): “I can care less about that,” James said. “I try […]

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Lakers’ LeBron James downplays defeating Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo

LeBron James had his best performance of the season against the Milwaukee Bucks and the back-to-back MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The Lakers’ superstar seemed indifferent to the fact that he won the head-to-head battle versus the Milwaukee Bucks’ superstar.

(via Mark Media of USA Today Sports):

“I can care less about that,” James said. “I try to play well and help our team win against any team.” I just wanted to see how we were going to play and then get the new guys acclimating to what we do as a culture on and off the floor.”

James finished the contest with 34 points shooting 13-of-25 from the field and 6-of-10 from the three-point area. He also had six rebounds and eight assists to go with one block and one steal.

The Lakers are maybe the deepest team in the league rotation-wise and they certainly dominate the Western Conference so far being the most consistent team.

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LeBron James lied to the American public, says Stephen A. Smith https://www.talkbasket.net/119947-lebron-james-lied-to-the-american-public-says-stephen-a-smith https://www.talkbasket.net/119947-lebron-james-lied-to-the-american-public-says-stephen-a-smith#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 18:14:35 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119947 Sports analyst Stephen A. Smith reacted to LeBron James saying he does not care about personal stats following the Lakers’ win over the Bucks. The four-time champion made the comment in response to Dave McMenamin’s question about LeBron’s success over Giannis Antetokounmpo. “Nah, I think all you guys know me. It’s never been about the […]

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LeBron James lied to the American public, says Stephen A. Smith

Sports analyst Stephen A. Smith reacted to LeBron James saying he does not care about personal stats following the Lakers’ win over the Bucks. The four-time champion made the comment in response to Dave McMenamin’s question about LeBron’s success over Giannis Antetokounmpo.

“Nah, I think all you guys know me. It’s never been about the individual. It’s all about the team’s success. That’s all that matters. I couldn’t care less about that. I just try play well versus any opponent. That’s what it’s all about,” James said.

According to Stephen A. Smith, these comments were not true at all. “Hell no, I’m not buying that. I’m not buying that and I think that LeBron stood in front of the cameras last night and lied to the American public and anybody else who was listening. But I’m not knocking him for it,” he said.

“LeBron wouldn’t be as great as he is if all he thought about was the outcome for the team. Especially in the sport of basketball there is some individual pride that seeps into the equation where you put dudes on notice ‘This is who the hell I am, don’t forget.’

“When LeBron sits up there and goes in for a layup and gets an and-one and flexes his muscles is that about the team? When he sits up there and dunks on somebody and screams at the crowd is that about the team?” Smith explained his remark.

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Shannon Sharpe on why Lakers won vs. Bucks: “LeBron James was spectacular, that’s why they won” https://www.talkbasket.net/119944-shannon-sharpe-on-why-lakers-won-vs-bucks-lebron-james-was-spectacular-thats-why-they-won https://www.talkbasket.net/119944-shannon-sharpe-on-why-lakers-won-vs-bucks-lebron-james-was-spectacular-thats-why-they-won#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 17:50:41 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119944 The Los Angeles Lakers earned an away win against one of the top teams in the NBA, the Milwaukee Bucks. Sports analyst Shannon Sharpe credited the Lakers’ superstar LeBron James for the victory. The four-time NBA champion led all scorers with 34 points in 38 minutes. He also had 6 rebounds and 8 assists. With […]

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Shannon Sharpe on why Lakers won vs. Bucks: “LeBron James was spectacular, that’s why they won”

The Los Angeles Lakers earned an away win against one of the top teams in the NBA, the Milwaukee Bucks. Sports analyst Shannon Sharpe credited the Lakers’ superstar LeBron James for the victory.

The four-time NBA champion led all scorers with 34 points in 38 minutes. He also had 6 rebounds and 8 assists. With this win, the Lakers returned to the top of the Western Conference.

“LeBron James was spectacular, that’s why they won. My guy showed you again last night what he’s made of, what he is, who he is and how he came to be,” Sharpe said on UNDISPUTED.

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“We held him under 100!” – Jalen Rose on allowing Kobe Bryant to score 81 points vs Raptors https://www.talkbasket.net/119941-we-held-him-under-100-jalen-rose-on-allowing-kobe-bryant-to-score-81-points-vs-raptors https://www.talkbasket.net/119941-we-held-him-under-100-jalen-rose-on-allowing-kobe-bryant-to-score-81-points-vs-raptors#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 17:39:33 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119941 ESPN’s Jorge Sedano sits down with former NBA player and current sports analyst Jalen Rose to discuss the Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant’s legacy, including: what it was like guarding Kobe, his work ethic, his rivalry with big man Shaquille O’Neal, facing him in the NBA Finals, and intentionally trying to injure him. Jalen […]

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“We held him under 100!” – Jalen Rose on allowing Kobe Bryant to score 81 points vs Raptors

ESPN’s Jorge Sedano sits down with former NBA player and current sports analyst Jalen Rose to discuss the Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant’s legacy, including: what it was like guarding Kobe, his work ethic, his rivalry with big man Shaquille O’Neal, facing him in the NBA Finals, and intentionally trying to injure him. Jalen also shares how he eventually became friends with Bryant and provides exclusive insight into center Dwight Howard’s relationship with Kobe:

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The most important things that each bookmaker should have if you want to wager on basketball https://www.talkbasket.net/119940-the-most-important-things-that-each-bookmaker-should-have-if-you-want-to-wager-on-basketball https://www.talkbasket.net/119940-the-most-important-things-that-each-bookmaker-should-have-if-you-want-to-wager-on-basketball#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 17:30:54 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119940 Choosing the best online bookmaker is not as easy as it once was. Once you start looking for betting websites, you will quickly discover you have loads of options at your disposal. If you haven’t wagered online before, you might think that all of the websites are the same, but everyone who has some betting […]

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The most important things that each bookmaker should have if you want to wager on basketball

Choosing the best online bookmaker is not as easy as it once was. Once you start looking for betting websites, you will quickly discover you have loads of options at your disposal. If you haven’t wagered online before, you might think that all of the websites are the same, but everyone who has some betting experience knows that this isn’t true. 

Let’s take a look at some of the things you should look for in each gambling operator, especially if you want to bet on basketball. This is a sport with millions of fans worldwide, and since you’re reading this, you are most likely one of them. 

The bookie should be trustworthy

The first thing you have to make sure of (regardless if you like basketball or any other sport) is that the bookie you’ve chosen is safe. Every reputable betting website that you come across should have a license from at least one popular gambling commission and multiple security features that will safeguard you while betting.

Look for different betting tips

One of the things that you need to look for in a bookie is whether it offers different betting tips. Unfortunately, even some of the biggest names in this industry don’t have this option. 

If you can’t find any information, feel free to visit the betting school by Silentbet, where you will find many things that will give you an advantage if you want to punt on basketball (or any other sport).

Make sure there are loads of promotions

Since most bookmakers offer more or less the same things, one of the areas where they try to differ is the promos. Every betting website that wants to attract as many customers as possible will try to create multiple bonuses.

Even though most of them will be available for football, we’ve seen many betting websites with unique promos for different basketball games.

If you can’t find any basketball-exclusive rewards, go through the T&C of the other promos and check whether they can be used for your favorite sport.

Check whether Live Streaming and Cash Out are available

Basketball is one of the best sports if you are interested in live betting. It is dynamic and offers exclusive markets that you won’t find in any other sport. However, the only way to take full advantage of the opportunities it provides is to use two of the most popular betting features – Cash Out and Live Streaming.

Every online bookmaker allows its clients to place live bets, but sadly, only a handful of them have dedicated live streams. If this feature is available, it will let you watch the live basketball games while you’re betting. Needless to say, this will give you a huge advantage because you will be able to place more precise bets.

Fortunately, Cash Out is more widespread, so you should probably have access to it, even if you don’t choose one of the popular online bookies.

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Five tips that will help you once you decide to bet on basketball https://www.talkbasket.net/119939-five-tips-that-will-help-you-once-you-decide-to-bet-on-basketball https://www.talkbasket.net/119939-five-tips-that-will-help-you-once-you-decide-to-bet-on-basketball#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 17:28:53 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119939 Nowadays, people can bet on all sorts of things. Although online casinos are becoming more popular by the day, most bettors (mainly those passionate about a particular sport) prefer punting on sports.  One of the preferred sports for online betting is basketball. Apart from the fact it is interesting to watch, this sport is also […]

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Five tips that will help you once you decide to bet on basketball

Nowadays, people can bet on all sorts of things. Although online casinos are becoming more popular by the day, most bettors (mainly those passionate about a particular sport) prefer punting on sports. 

One of the preferred sports for online betting is basketball. Apart from the fact it is interesting to watch, this sport is also fast-paced and allows punters to wager on all sorts of betting markets that are not available on any other sport.

Even though basketball has numerous advantages when it comes down to betting, most gamblers are just starting to realize its full potential. We assume that most of you reading this article are a part of this group, which is why we’d like to share five tips that will help you a lot once you start wagering on basketball games.

  1. Don’t always bet on the team that has a famous player

One of the first things that you always need to keep in mind is that basketball is a team-based game. This means that you shouldn’t bet on a certain team just because it has a famous player, such as LeBron James, for example. Of course, this player will most likely have a positive impact on his team, but you need to take many other things into account when choosing which team to bet on.

If you are interested in learning how to choose the best team, check this betting guide online, and you will find a lot of useful tips that will help you.

  1. Check each team’s previous results

This is something that you have to do for every team-based sport, and basketball is no exception. Regardless of which basketball league you’re interested in, you will find loads of information about each team’s previous matches. You might even find in-depth analysis in some cases, especially for some of the most popular basketball leagues, like the NBA.

  1. Don’t place bets on markets that you don’t understand

The next thing that you should avoid is placing a bet on a market that you don’t fully understand. This applies to every sport, but it is even more critical for basketball because you can find loads of unique options that are not available anywhere else.

You shouldn’t have a problem with the most common markets, but once you start going through the different handicap options, you will probably find things you’ve never seen before.

  1. Betting on the underdog is not always a good idea

We’ve already mentioned that you shouldn’t always choose the team with the best players, but this doesn’t mean that you should wager on the underdogs. Some people love choosing those teams because the odds are way higher. Even though you never know what will happen in a basketball game, you should be very careful when betting on the underdog.

  1. Watch live games

The last thing that you can do to improve your betting results is to watch live basketball games. This is the best way to learn everything about the sport, and it will definitely help you once you start betting on it.

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How can you become better at betting on basketball? https://www.talkbasket.net/119938-how-can-you-become-better-at-betting-on-basketball https://www.talkbasket.net/119938-how-can-you-become-better-at-betting-on-basketball#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 17:27:08 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119938 Basketball is a sport with millions of fans worldwide, especially in some countries like the U.S. and the Philippines. Although it is not as popular as football, many people like betting on basketball because most bookies have special bonuses and exclusive promotions. Regardless of whether you are following this sport up close or not, you […]

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How can you become better at betting on basketball?

Basketball is a sport with millions of fans worldwide, especially in some countries like the U.S. and the Philippines. Although it is not as popular as football, many people like betting on basketball because most bookies have special bonuses and exclusive promotions.

Regardless of whether you are following this sport up close or not, you can do certain things, which will help you become better at your hobby. We’ve decided to highlight some of the most popular things that people do, so take a look at them before you start betting.

Read different guides and betting strategies

The first thing you should do if you want to become more successful at betting on basketball is to read more information about gambling. For example, you can check these betting strategies by Nostrabet that will help you choose more profitable markets and different combinations that will provide you with better odds.

There are all sorts of betting strategies that you can come across on the internet, which is why you always need to make sure that they are created by someone who has experience. There are many “tipsters” who might seem as if they know what they’re doing, but their advice might not always be the best.

Always read the Terms and Conditions of each bonus

There are many reasons why online betting is so appealing, one of which is the various bonuses. Unfortunately, most land-based betting shops don’t provide any promotions, which is why most people prefer to punt online.

Even though almost every bonus you will come across will provide you with a perfect reward, you should always take your time and go through the full T&C, even if it takes a lot of time. Some bonuses might seem fair on paper, but their conditions might not always be user friendly.

When it comes down to basketball, one of the things that you need to check is whether there is a wagering requirement and, if so, how many times you need to play with your bonus funds before you can withdraw them.

Find the best odds for the most popular basketball matches

One of the things that you have to do before you start wagering on basketball is to do thorough research and find the best odds for the most popular basketball games. As you can imagine, most of these matches are a part of the NBA, so once you find something you like, go through several betting operators until you find the best odds for the specific match.

This will allow you to potentially win more if you predict your bet successfully.

Pay attention to the live betting markets

Last but not least, everyone who wants to become more successful at betting on basketball has to check the various live markets. Most of the things you will find inside the live betting section are not available if you decide to place a pre-match bet, so keep that in mind.

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What are the things that you should know about betting on basketball? https://www.talkbasket.net/119937-what-are-the-things-that-you-should-know-about-betting-on-basketball https://www.talkbasket.net/119937-what-are-the-things-that-you-should-know-about-betting-on-basketball#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 17:25:08 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119937 People have been betting on sports for many years, long before the first gambling websites were created. Even though you can still find loads of land-based betting shops, most punters prefer using their PC, smartphones, and tablets and access one of the many online betting operators. Besides football and tennis, one of the sports that […]

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What are the things that you should know about betting on basketball?

People have been betting on sports for many years, long before the first gambling websites were created. Even though you can still find loads of land-based betting shops, most punters prefer using their PC, smartphones, and tablets and access one of the many online betting operators.

Besides football and tennis, one of the sports that people bet on is basketball. This probably doesn’t surprise most of you because basketball is extremely popular in some countries worldwide, such as the U.S.

Although it might seem easy, there are many things that you should know about this sport before you start betting. That’s why we’ve decided to highlight some of the things that you should focus on.

Learn more information about the strongest basketball leagues

If we assume that you don’t know a lot of information about basketball (which is probably the case since you’re reading this), you should try to learn which are the best basketball competitions around the world. Once you do that, check the betting guide by Betenemy.com, and you will find useful tips and tricks that will help you once you decide to place a bet.

Although there are a few pretty interesting basketball competitions, the most popular one is NBA. As you can probably guess, you can find all sorts of information about the best performing teams, the top players, and different stats, all of which will help you when betting.

You will find loads of exclusive markets

As long as you choose a reputable online bookmaker, you should have all sorts of betting markets that you can punt on. Some of them will be available for other sports, but the will be many exclusive options, like Race to 20 points, Double Result, Quarter Correct Score, and so on.

Some of these markets are more complex, so you will probably have to ask the customer support representative of the given website if you need more information. 

Try to come up with a betting strategy

Having a betting strategy is always a plus, regardless of the sport you’re interested in. There are all sorts of things that you can do, such as bet only on a specific team or only choose between a few betting markets. Ultimately, it is up to you to come up with a strategy and “update” it over time.

Fortunately, you have access to loads of information in just a matter of seconds, so use it to your advantage and look for different tips to help you.

Some bookies will have exclusive basketball bonuses that you should take advantage of

Depending on which betting operator you choose, you may have access to unique basketball rewards. Most of them will be available for the NBA, but you could find some promos that can be used on different European competitions as well. 

Apart from the deposit bonuses, you can also find basketball accumulator offers, which will increase your potential winnings if you manage to predict multiple matches.

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Most popular NBA stars of the last decade https://www.talkbasket.net/119930-most-popular-nba-stars-of-the-last-decade https://www.talkbasket.net/119930-most-popular-nba-stars-of-the-last-decade#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 17:19:14 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119930 ESPN held a vote among journalists. Each of them had to name the three best NBA stars of the last decade (from 2010 to 2020). Meta.reviews highlight the five outstanding basketball players chosen by the experts. 5. Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio, Toronto, Clippers) Biggest achievements in a decade: NBA champion (2014, 2019), NBA Finals MVP […]

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Most popular NBA stars of the last decade

ESPN held a vote among journalists. Each of them had to name the three best NBA stars of the last decade (from 2010 to 2020). Meta.reviews highlight the five outstanding basketball players chosen by the experts.

5. Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio, Toronto, Clippers)

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Biggest achievements in a decade: NBA champion (2014, 2019), NBA Finals MVP (2014, 2019), NBA All-Star participant (2016, 2017, 2019, 2020), NBA All-Star MVP (2020), NBA First Team (2016, 2017), NBA Second Team (2019), NBA Defensive Player of the Year (2015, 2016).

Michael Jordan, who rarely praises anyone, said in the summer of 2017 that Kawhi was the league’s best two-way player. That was after a season when Leonard averaged 25.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.8 steals per game.

Defense efficiency awards also validate Kawhi’s skill set.

4. James Harden (Oklahoma City, Houston)

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Biggest achievements in a decade: NBA MVP (2018), NBA All-Star Game participant (2013-2019), NBA First Team (2014, 2015, 2017-2019), NBA Third Team (2013), NBA 6th best player (2012).

Harden’s talent and impact on the league are undeniable. He and Michael Jordan alone scored at least 2,700 points, 500 rebounds, and 500 assists in one season.

Harden is the fourth player in league history to score over 60 points twice in a single game. Previously, only Chamberlain, Bryant, and Jordan achieved this. 

Harden has no equal in the NBA in his ability to earn free throws. But free throws from the line are of great benefit to the team. Year after year, Harden produces some of the brightest attacking seasons that are impressive even in the context of the entire history of the NBA.

3. Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City, Golden State, Brooklyn)

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Biggest achievements in a decade: NBA champion (2017, 2018), NBA Finals MVP (2017, 2018), NBA All-Star Game participant (2010-2019), NBA MVP (2014), NBA First Team (2010-2014, 2018), NBA Second Team (2016, 2017, 2019), NBA scoring champion (2010-2012, 2014).

Kevin Durant has won all possible individual awards during his time at the Oklahoma City Thunder (you can bet on the team’s matches at one of the bookmakers, reviews of which can be found on Centreforum.org).

Kevin is by far the best scorer of the decade in the NBA. Durant has excellent technique, dribbling, and jumping ability, he knows how to create attacks from nothing, and makes killer throws.

2. Stephen Curry (Golden State)

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Biggest achievements in a decade: NBA champion (2015, 2017, 2018), NBA MVP (2015, 2016), NBA All-Star Game participant (2014-2019), NBA scoring champion (2016), NBA First Team (2015, 2016, 2019), NBA Second Team (2014, 2017), NBA Third Team (2018).

Stephen is the iconic basketball player of the decade. He changed the way he looked at basketball. Curry holds the record for the regular three-point shooting championship (2013, 2015-2016). In the 2015/16 season, he set a new NBA record for the number of three-pointers (402). Curry has already earned himself the status of the best sniper in history, although his career is far from over.

1. LeBron James (Miami, Cleveland, Lakers)

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Biggest achievements in a decade: NBA Champion (2012, 2013, 2016, 2020), NBA Finals MVP (2012, 2013, 2016, 2020), NBA MVP (2010, 2012, 2013), NBA All-Star Game participant (2010-2020), NBA First team (2010-2018, 2020), NBA Third Team (2019).

The last 10 years have been the best in the career of LeBron James, who is a regular participant in the All-Star Game. LeBron is already 36 years old, but he shows no signs of regression, which means he will continue to delight fans with his great game.

You can find other interesting articles on Telecomasia.net.

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Jalen Rose: “Lakers are on an entirely different level than everybody else” https://www.talkbasket.net/119928-jalen-rose-lakers-are-on-an-entirely-different-level-than-everybody-else https://www.talkbasket.net/119928-jalen-rose-lakers-are-on-an-entirely-different-level-than-everybody-else#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 17:19:05 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119928 LeBron James scored a season-high 34 points (13-25 FG), grabbed six rebounds, and handed out eight assists in the opener of a seven-game road trip, helping the NBA title-defending Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Giannis Antetokounmpo-led Milwaukee Bucks 113-106 on Thursday. Anthony Davis added 18 points, nine rebounds, and six assists. Sports analyst and longtime […]

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Jalen Rose: “Lakers are on an entirely different level than everybody else”

LeBron James scored a season-high 34 points (13-25 FG), grabbed six rebounds, and handed out eight assists in the opener of a seven-game road trip, helping the NBA title-defending Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Giannis Antetokounmpo-led Milwaukee Bucks 113-106 on Thursday. Anthony Davis added 18 points, nine rebounds, and six assists.

Sports analyst and longtime college basketball and NBA player Jalen Rose joins Mike Greenberg on Get Up to react to LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and the title-favorite Los Angeles Lakers beating Giannis Antetokounmpo and his Bucks squad:

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Nets’ Kevin Durant questionable to play Friday https://www.talkbasket.net/119925-nets-kevin-durant-questionable-to-play-friday https://www.talkbasket.net/119925-nets-kevin-durant-questionable-to-play-friday#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 16:54:03 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119925 The Brooklyn Nets say star Kevin Durant is questionable for tonight’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers due to Achilles injury recovery. This game is the front-end of a back-to-back. Durant has played 38.3 minutes per game over the last six games and played 50 minutes in the team’s double overtime loss to the Cavaliers on […]

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Nets’ Kevin Durant questionable to play Friday

The Brooklyn Nets say star Kevin Durant is questionable for tonight’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers due to Achilles injury recovery.

This game is the front-end of a back-to-back.

Durant has played 38.3 minutes per game over the last six games and played 50 minutes in the team’s double overtime loss to the Cavaliers on Jan. 20.

The Nets will more than likely rest Durant, so he can be ready to play against the Miami Heat on Jan. 23.

In 12 games this season, the 32-year-old is averaging 31.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.3 blocks per game.

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Wizards sign Alex Len https://www.talkbasket.net/119923-wizards-sign-alex-len https://www.talkbasket.net/119923-wizards-sign-alex-len#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 16:30:26 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119923 Free agent center Alex Len has agreed to a one-year deal with the Washington Wizards, according to Shams Charania. After clearing waivers, Len reportedly had multiple suitors and chose the opportunity with the Wizards, who need frontcourt depth after losing Thomas Bryant to a torn ACL. As of Jan. 20, the Wizards also had frontcourt […]

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Wizards sign Alex Len

Free agent center Alex Len has agreed to a one-year deal with the Washington Wizards, according to Shams Charania.

After clearing waivers, Len reportedly had multiple suitors and chose the opportunity with the Wizards, who need frontcourt depth after losing Thomas Bryant to a torn ACL.

As of Jan. 20, the Wizards also had frontcourt players Rui Hachimura and Moritz Wagner listed out due to health and safety protocols.

Len was waived by the Toronto Raptors on Jan. 19 after averaging 2.3 points per game in only 10.9 minutes per game so far this season.

The Wizards recently waived center Anzejs Pasecniks and had an open spot on their 15-man roster to sign Len.

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Steve Kerr: Officials admit Draymond Green’s ejection for yelling at James Wiseman was a mistake https://www.talkbasket.net/119921-steve-kerr-officials-admit-draymond-greens-ejection-for-yelling-at-james-wiseman-was-a-mistake https://www.talkbasket.net/119921-steve-kerr-officials-admit-draymond-greens-ejection-for-yelling-at-james-wiseman-was-a-mistake#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 14:56:14 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119921 Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr fields questions from the media following Draymond Green’s controversial ejection late in the first half when he appeared to be yelling at rookie teammate James Wiseman in a loss to the RJ Barrett-led New York Knicks 119-104 on Thursday night:

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Steve Kerr: Officials admit Draymond Green’s ejection for yelling at James Wiseman was a mistake

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr fields questions from the media following Draymond Green’s controversial ejection late in the first half when he appeared to be yelling at rookie teammate James Wiseman in a loss to the RJ Barrett-led New York Knicks 119-104 on Thursday night:

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Steph Curry reacts to Draymond Green’s ejection https://www.talkbasket.net/119919-steph-curry-reacts-to-draymond-greens-ejection https://www.talkbasket.net/119919-steph-curry-reacts-to-draymond-greens-ejection#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 14:47:41 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119919 Golden State Warriors star guard Steph Curry (30 points with five three-pointers, but shot just 9 of 19) fields questions from the media following teammate Draymond Green’s controversial ejection in a loss to the RJ Barrett-led New York Knicks 119-104 on Thursday night:

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Steph Curry reacts to Draymond Green’s ejection

Golden State Warriors star guard Steph Curry (30 points with five three-pointers, but shot just 9 of 19) fields questions from the media following teammate Draymond Green’s controversial ejection in a loss to the RJ Barrett-led New York Knicks 119-104 on Thursday night:

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Metta World Peace on Kobe Bryant: “If you was the worst player on the team he wanted to kill you also” https://www.talkbasket.net/119917-metta-world-peace-on-kobe-bryant-if-you-was-the-worst-player-on-the-team-he-wanted-to-kill-you-also https://www.talkbasket.net/119917-metta-world-peace-on-kobe-bryant-if-you-was-the-worst-player-on-the-team-he-wanted-to-kill-you-also#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 14:28:00 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119917 From Jalen Rose to Metta World Peace, the Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant’s toughest rivals detail how difficult it was to guard him:

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Metta World Peace on Kobe Bryant: “If you was the worst player on the team he wanted to kill you also”

From Jalen Rose to Metta World Peace, the Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant’s toughest rivals detail how difficult it was to guard him:

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Bernie Sanders makes a guest appearance in the latest Shaqtin https://www.talkbasket.net/119914-bernie-sanders-makes-a-guest-appearance-in-the-latest-shaqtin https://www.talkbasket.net/119914-bernie-sanders-makes-a-guest-appearance-in-the-latest-shaqtin#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 13:49:10 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119914 Watch highlights from Inside the NBA with Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson and more!

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Bernie Sanders makes a guest appearance in the latest Shaqtin

Watch highlights from Inside the NBA with Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson and more!

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15 years ago today, Kobe Bryant dropped 81 points vs Raptors https://www.talkbasket.net/119911-15-years-ago-today-kobe-bryant-dropped-81-points-vs-raptors https://www.talkbasket.net/119911-15-years-ago-today-kobe-bryant-dropped-81-points-vs-raptors#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 13:22:35 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119911 On this date in 2006, the Los Angeles Lakers star guard Kobe Bryant posted 81 points against the Toronto Raptors. It’s the second highest single-game point total in NBA history.

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15 years ago today, Kobe Bryant dropped 81 points vs Raptors

On this date in 2006, the Los Angeles Lakers star guard Kobe Bryant posted 81 points against the Toronto Raptors. It’s the second highest single-game point total in NBA history.

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LeBron James torched Bucks from 3-point land https://www.talkbasket.net/119909-lebron-james-torched-bucks-from-3-point-land https://www.talkbasket.net/119909-lebron-james-torched-bucks-from-3-point-land#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 12:03:58 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119909 The NBA title-defending Los Angeles Lakers star forward LeBron James was feeling it from 3-point land against the Milwaukee Bucks. In addition to his dagger three on big man Brook Lopez, he finished 6/10 from deep and finished with 34 points:

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LeBron James torched Bucks from 3-point land

The NBA title-defending Los Angeles Lakers star forward LeBron James was feeling it from 3-point land against the Milwaukee Bucks. In addition to his dagger three on big man Brook Lopez, he finished 6/10 from deep and finished with 34 points:

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Derek Fisher, James Worthy break down Lakers’ win over Bucks https://www.talkbasket.net/119905-derek-fisher-james-worthy-break-down-lakers-win-over-bucks https://www.talkbasket.net/119905-derek-fisher-james-worthy-break-down-lakers-win-over-bucks#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 10:41:55 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119905 The Los Angeles Lakers continued their perfect road record, which now extends to eight games, with a win over the Milwaukee Bucks. The win moved the defending NBA champions to the top of the Western Conference above the Jazz and the Clippers that have one game in hand. LeBron James was the top scorer for […]

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Derek Fisher, James Worthy break down Lakers’ win over Bucks

The Los Angeles Lakers continued their perfect road record, which now extends to eight games, with a win over the Milwaukee Bucks. The win moved the defending NBA champions to the top of the Western Conference above the Jazz and the Clippers that have one game in hand.

LeBron James was the top scorer for the winners with 34 points. On the other hand, reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo was limited to 25 points, two points below his season average.

Two Lakers legends, James Worthy and Derek Fisher, shared their thoughts on the what helped their former team take the win against one of the NBA favorites.

“Maybe they should play all their games on the road. They’re pretty good road team,” Worthy said on Spectrum SportsNet. “Both teams needing a victory, coming off losses. Milwaukee put forth a good effort in the first half challenging the Lakers. But the defence picked up. They’ve done a good job of slowing Giannis down. Were able to climb back into the lead with some good three-point shooting.

“In the third quarter they regrouped defense was exceptional. Caruso coming in, Pope knocking down threes. LeBron James, amazing leadership in the first half when they really needed to stay in the game he was there, big shots. Just an all around good road effort for the first one out.”

Fisher thought that James wanted to show the Lakers are locked in after disappointing loss to Golden State. “Good bounce back win after the Warriors loss. I think they really felt that they let that game get away from them. They weren’t professional, they didn’t finish it out,” he said. “Tonight I thought LeBron wanted to make sure that he reminded everybody that this team is locked in. Great road win.”

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LeBron James on facing Kobe Bryant for the first time: “I was just in awe” https://www.talkbasket.net/119903-lebron-james-on-facing-kobe-bryant-for-the-first-time-i-was-just-in-awe https://www.talkbasket.net/119903-lebron-james-on-facing-kobe-bryant-for-the-first-time-i-was-just-in-awe#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 10:11:01 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119903 It will be exactly one year since the tragic death of Kobe Bryant on January 26. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James was asked about the first time he faced Kobe in the NBA. The four-time NBA champion admitted that he was in awe when he got to play against one of his idols. […]

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LeBron James on facing Kobe Bryant for the first time: “I was just in awe”

It will be exactly one year since the tragic death of Kobe Bryant on January 26. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James was asked about the first time he faced Kobe in the NBA. The four-time NBA champion admitted that he was in awe when he got to play against one of his idols.

“I was just in awe,” LeBron, who now holds the Lakers’ reins, said. “It’s a guy who along with a lot of other guys was on my wall that I would tape on my wall when I lived in Spring Hill in apartment 602. He was on my wall. He had a nice collage on my wall.

“It’s a guy who decided to make the jump from a highschool to the NBA. So it was someone that I was thinking of doing at one point in my junior. And really stopped thinking about it ‘Okay, if Kobe’s done it so I can hopefully learn from him one day along with KG and T-Mac.’

“Just being on the floor with him. If you remember, he gave me a pair of shoes when I was a junior in highschool. To be able to share the floor with him was like for any kid that has aspirations or has inspiring moments from someone. It’s just the sense of awe of the grace that he played the game with, the passion that he played the game with, the determination to go out and just dominate you is something that I love, something that I was like I can pick from that.

“There’s not much dialogue at all as you guys know Kobe. He’s not on floor to talk to anybody. He’s out there to kill you. He’s out there to dethrone you. He’s out there to really strangle hold you. It was just awe moment. It was something that I will never ever forget.”

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Anthony Davis recalls his first game against Kobe Bryant https://www.talkbasket.net/119900-anthony-davis-recalls-his-first-game-against-kobe-bryant https://www.talkbasket.net/119900-anthony-davis-recalls-his-first-game-against-kobe-bryant#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 09:53:38 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119900 With the one-year anniversary of Kobe Bryant’s tragic death coming, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar recalled the first time he faced him in an NBA game. AD shared his first impression of the Lakers great. He remembered that it was the year when Kobe was playing through a shoulder injury. At one possession, Davis recalled, […]

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Anthony Davis recalls his first game against Kobe Bryant

With the one-year anniversary of Kobe Bryant’s tragic death coming, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar recalled the first time he faced him in an NBA game. AD shared his first impression of the Lakers great.

He remembered that it was the year when Kobe was playing through a shoulder injury. At one possession, Davis recalled, Bryant made a shot with his left hand despite being right handed.

“I just stared at him down the court and looked at the bench and was amazed that a guy who is right-handed comes in and say, ‘Okay, I’m just going to shoot left-handed,'” Davis said per Ryan Ward.

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The Secret Life of a Professional Basketball Player: Work Hard, Play Harder https://www.talkbasket.net/119898-the-secret-life-of-a-professional-basketball-player-work-hard-play-harder https://www.talkbasket.net/119898-the-secret-life-of-a-professional-basketball-player-work-hard-play-harder#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 09:40:34 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119898 You have the evening off, so as usual, you find a nice position on the couch, get some snacks ready, put your feet up and turn on the game. It has become a ritual for millions of people around the world and there is more than one reason why! For many, basketball is the perfect […]

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The Secret Life of a Professional Basketball Player: Work Hard, Play Harder

You have the evening off, so as usual, you find a nice position on the couch, get some snacks ready, put your feet up and turn on the game. It has become a ritual for millions of people around the world and there is more than one reason why! For many, basketball is the perfect combination of athleticism, tactics and theatre, for others, it is the perfect way to unwind after a long week or to socialise with friends. The point is, there are thousands of alternative ways to be interested in the sport, and every last one of them is fine with us!

On occasion, you can even forget the game is on and experience the sudden rush of excitement that fills your body as soon as you remember. And when its all done, you simply turn it off and get back to your life as if nothing had happened. It has become an incredible outlet for fans from every continent, guaranteed exhilaration without anymore commitment than four quarters of twelve minutes.

However, this is far from the case for the players on the court. Sure, the games we all sit down to watch might be the pinnacle of their weeks, but the rest of their time is spent in meticulous preparation, making sure that every fibre is fastened, and stone turned in order to be in optimal condition, both mentally and physically, come game time. So, if you have ever wondered how professional basketball players do this, and also how they unwind without interfering with their preparation, you have come to the right place…

The Unwind

Basketball involves using a full range of motion, so players need to work on both their cardiovascular strength and their muscular strength in order to condition themselves for a season. The fact that players need to be in peak condition on the court means that they need to manage what they do off the court. This means watching what they eat, how they sleep and even how they unwind. But before we get into the physical side, how exactly do players unwind without interfering with their fitness?

Well, perhaps unsurprisingly, like the rest of us, streaming services are all the rage. In fact, when players have the time, binge watching a series is one of the easiest forms of entertainment that involves no physical engagement. While players are paid handsomely for their work, it does mean that they are unable to have a night on the tiles as often as they may like. It is for this reason that many choose to bring all the thrills of a night out to them. There are now numerous options to choose from, including websites like comeon online casino, that allow you to virtually step on to a casino floor. It allows players to play their favourite casino games and have a night out, and all without the need to make the journey to a physical location.

The Grind

Firstly, let’s establish this, the NBA season is a nine to ten month tour de force, and that’s if you don’t make the play-offs. Sure, the basketball court is small in size compared to the majority of team sports, however, players still run, on average, over four kilometres per game. Furthermore, each team play a minimum of 82 games in a typical NBA season. Some fans have even complained about game fatigue due to the large number of games and they are only watching from the comfort of their homes!

On top of the aforementioned game time, these players train, and they train a lot, and hard! Basketball is slightly unique in that every player needs to be a specialist when it comes to endurance. No matter your position or speciality, you need to be able to run up and down the court at high speed, be light on your feet and remain composed enough to handle the ball all game, every game. 

The End Game

So, the next time you pick up the remote to tune in to a live game, remember that the athletes in front of you have done everything in their power to make sure that they are on the top of their game. There is a reason why professional basketball is so damn good after all!

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Steve Kerr on Warriors’ fouling: “We’re just totally undisciplined” https://www.talkbasket.net/119894-steve-kerr-on-warriors-fouling-were-just-totally-undisciplined https://www.talkbasket.net/119894-steve-kerr-on-warriors-fouling-were-just-totally-undisciplined#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 09:14:24 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119894 The Golden State Warriors were handed their seventh loss of the season by the New York Knicks. Following the loss, the Dubs’ head coach Steve Kerr was far from happy with his players fouling too much. “Mindless reaching. Mindless decision making. We’re just hacking guys. We’re just totally undisciplined,” Kerr said per Drew Shiller. “We […]

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Steve Kerr on Warriors’ fouling: “We’re just totally undisciplined”

The Golden State Warriors were handed their seventh loss of the season by the New York Knicks. Following the loss, the Dubs’ head coach Steve Kerr was far from happy with his players fouling too much.

“Mindless reaching. Mindless decision making. We’re just hacking guys. We’re just totally undisciplined,” Kerr said per Drew Shiller.

“We are raking people across the arms. We are grabbing people coming around screens. It has nothing to do with the referees. It’s us,” he refused to blame the referee’s for the fouls called on his players per Anthony Slater.

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Shaquille O’Neal says Donovan Mitchell doesn’t have what it takes to get to next level, Jazz star responds https://www.talkbasket.net/119892-shaquille-oneal-says-donovan-mitchell-doesnt-have-what-it-takes-to-get-to-next-level-jazz-star-responds https://www.talkbasket.net/119892-shaquille-oneal-says-donovan-mitchell-doesnt-have-what-it-takes-to-get-to-next-level-jazz-star-responds#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 09:00:29 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119892 NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal was blunt when talking to the Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell. The four-time champion told Mitchell he doesn’t have what it takes to get to the next level. “I said tonight that you are one of my favorite players but you don’t have what it takes to get to the next […]

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Shaquille O’Neal says Donovan Mitchell doesn’t have what it takes to get to next level, Jazz star responds

NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal was blunt when talking to the Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell. The four-time champion told Mitchell he doesn’t have what it takes to get to the next level.

“I said tonight that you are one of my favorite players but you don’t have what it takes to get to the next level. I said it on purpose. What do you have to say about that?” Shaq asked Mitchell.

“Aight… That’s it… I’ve been hearing that since my rookie year. I’m just going to get better at doing what I do at the end of the day,” the 24-year-old guard replied.

This season, Mitchell is averaging 24.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game for Utah.

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Draymond Green gets technical foul for yelling at James Wiseman https://www.talkbasket.net/119887-draymond-green-gets-technical-foul-for-yelling-at-james-wiseman https://www.talkbasket.net/119887-draymond-green-gets-technical-foul-for-yelling-at-james-wiseman#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 08:48:40 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119887 The game between the Golden State Warriors and the New York Knicks was marked with a weird occurrence of Draymond Green getting his second technical foul and subsequently ejected for yelling at James Wiseman. Green was out of the game late in the second quarter. The Dubs ended up losing 104-119. With eight wins and […]

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Draymond Green gets technical foul for yelling at James Wiseman

The game between the Golden State Warriors and the New York Knicks was marked with a weird occurrence of Draymond Green getting his second technical foul and subsequently ejected for yelling at James Wiseman.

Green was out of the game late in the second quarter. The Dubs ended up losing 104-119. With eight wins and seven losses, they are seventh in the Western Conference sharing the same record with the San Antonio Spurs.

After the game, Green admitted it was a strange situation getting called for technical foul for yelling at his own teammate. “I’m just a bit confused. Official can meet and make a decision on any call throughout the game, but when it’s comes to a technical that was clearly the wrong call due to an official assuming I was talking to him when in fact I wasn’t, that can’t be overturned?” he wondered per Marc J. Spears.

Wiseman was just as confused with the call. “I was trying to get a post up and he threw it early. He was like ‘catch the ball’ or something like that…I guess that’s basketball. I was confused myself…I don’t know why the ref did that. I don’t know,” the rookie said, per Anthony Slater.

Finally, the NBA issued a pool report in which the referee Ben Taylor said Green was given a technical for profanity that was deemed to be directed at the official and that the game referees did not consider rescinding the call.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo: “I love my teammates to death” https://www.talkbasket.net/119884-giannis-antetokounmpo-i-love-my-teammates-to-death https://www.talkbasket.net/119884-giannis-antetokounmpo-i-love-my-teammates-to-death#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 08:00:49 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119884 Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo speaks to the media following the Bucks’ 113-106 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday. The 26-year-old forward finished with 25 points (11-17 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-4 FT), 12 rebounds, three assists, and one block in 35 minutes of action. Despite the loss, reigning MVP and DPOY Antetokounmpo has […]

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Giannis Antetokounmpo: “I love my teammates to death”

Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo speaks to the media following the Bucks’ 113-106 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday.

The 26-year-old forward finished with 25 points (11-17 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-4 FT), 12 rebounds, three assists, and one block in 35 minutes of action.

Despite the loss, reigning MVP and DPOY Antetokounmpo has praised his teammates and revealed trust in them:

Game highlights:

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Frank Vogel calls Bucks’ Khris Middleton a ‘superstar’ scorer https://www.talkbasket.net/119881-frank-vogel-calls-bucks-khris-middleton-a-superstar-scorer https://www.talkbasket.net/119881-frank-vogel-calls-bucks-khris-middleton-a-superstar-scorer#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 05:25:26 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119881 Frank Vogel had high praise for the star forward of the Milwaukee Bucks Khris Middleton. Vogel said Middleton is a ‘superstar’ scorer and does not get the respect he deserves. “Lakers coach Frank Vogel says he doesn’t feel Khris Middleton gets enough respect. Calls him a “superstar” scorer and tough to game plan against,” Eric […]

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Frank Vogel calls Bucks’ Khris Middleton a ‘superstar’ scorer

Frank Vogel had high praise for the star forward of the Milwaukee Bucks Khris Middleton.

Vogel said Middleton is a ‘superstar’ scorer and does not get the respect he deserves.

“Lakers coach Frank Vogel says he doesn’t feel Khris Middleton gets enough respect. Calls him a “superstar” scorer and tough to game plan against,” Eric Woodyard of ESPN reports.

Middleton had 20 points (6/15 shooting), five rebounds and seven assists in the 113-106 loss to the Lakers. He is averaging 22.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.6 assists this season.

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Magic Johnson says LeBron James, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope ‘put on a show’ vs the Bucks https://www.talkbasket.net/119879-magic-johnson-says-lebron-james-kentavious-caldwell-pope-put-on-a-show-vs-the-bucks https://www.talkbasket.net/119879-magic-johnson-says-lebron-james-kentavious-caldwell-pope-put-on-a-show-vs-the-bucks#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 05:12:21 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119879 Magic Johnson took to Twitter and praised LeBron James and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope for their performance vs the Bucks. Johnson said James and Caldwell-Pope ‘put on a show’ against Milwaukee, leading the Lakers to the 113-106 victory. “LeBron James and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope put on a show in Milwaukee!! LeBron scored 34 points and KCP made seven […]

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Magic Johnson says LeBron James, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope ‘put on a show’ vs the Bucks

Magic Johnson took to Twitter and praised LeBron James and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope for their performance vs the Bucks.

Johnson said James and Caldwell-Pope ‘put on a show’ against Milwaukee, leading the Lakers to the 113-106 victory.

“LeBron James and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope put on a show in Milwaukee!! LeBron scored 34 points and KCP made seven 3s in the Lakers’ 113-106 victory over the Bucks,” Magic Johnson tweeted.

James (34 points, six rebounds, eight assists) and Caldwell-Pope (23 points, seven three-pointers) combined for 57 points against the Bucks.

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Anthony Davis reacts to the Lakers defeating the Bucks: “Our motivation was to not lose two in a row” https://www.talkbasket.net/119874-anthony-davis-reacts-to-the-lakers-defeating-the-bucks-our-motivation-was-to-not-lose-two-in-a-row https://www.talkbasket.net/119874-anthony-davis-reacts-to-the-lakers-defeating-the-bucks-our-motivation-was-to-not-lose-two-in-a-row#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 05:01:03 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119874 Anthony Davis opened up about the Los Angeles Lakers’ victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night (113-106). Davis said he and his teammates wanted to bounce back from their loss to the Golden State Warriors on Monday (115-113). “Our motivation was to not lose two in a row and we were able to do […]

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Anthony Davis reacts to the Lakers defeating the Bucks: “Our motivation was to not lose two in a row”

Anthony Davis opened up about the Los Angeles Lakers’ victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night (113-106).

Davis said he and his teammates wanted to bounce back from their loss to the Golden State Warriors on Monday (115-113).

“Our motivation was to not lose two in a row and we were able to do that,” Davis told reporters, via Spectrum Sportsnet.

Davis had 18 points, nine rebounds and six assists in the contest, however he was disappointed by his performance.

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Frank Vogel proud of how Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has settled in his role with the Lakers https://www.talkbasket.net/119871-frank-vogel-proud-of-how-kentavious-caldwell-pope-has-settled-in-his-role-with-the-lakers https://www.talkbasket.net/119871-frank-vogel-proud-of-how-kentavious-caldwell-pope-has-settled-in-his-role-with-the-lakers#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 04:50:09 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119871 Frank Vogel shared his thoughts on the performance of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope with the Los Angeles Lakers. Vogel, the head coach of the Lakers, said he is proud of how Caldwell-Pope has settled in his role with the defending champions. “When you see a guy that plays as hard as he does, who adds value whether […]

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Frank Vogel proud of how Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has settled in his role with the Lakers

Frank Vogel shared his thoughts on the performance of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Vogel, the head coach of the Lakers, said he is proud of how Caldwell-Pope has settled in his role with the defending champions.

“When you see a guy that plays as hard as he does, who adds value whether he’s making shots or missing shots, guys like that get minutes,” Vogel said, via Kyle Goon of the Southern California News Group.

For his part, Caldwell-Pope had 23 points and a season-high seven three-pointers (7/10), as the Lakers defeated the Bucks (113-106).

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LeBron James praises Giannis Antetokounmpo: “That guy is damn good himself” https://www.talkbasket.net/119869-lebron-james-praises-giannis-antetokounmpo-that-guy-is-damn-good-himself https://www.talkbasket.net/119869-lebron-james-praises-giannis-antetokounmpo-that-guy-is-damn-good-himself#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 04:32:34 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119869 LeBron James had nothing but good words to say about the superstar of the Milwaukee Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo. James said Antetokounmpo is an excellent player, who gets a lot of respect from everyone in the NBA. “Anytime you are respected by your peers it always means something. … That guy is damn good himself,” James […]

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LeBron James praises Giannis Antetokounmpo: “That guy is damn good himself”

LeBron James had nothing but good words to say about the superstar of the Milwaukee Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo.

James said Antetokounmpo is an excellent player, who gets a lot of respect from everyone in the NBA.

“Anytime you are respected by your peers it always means something. … That guy is damn good himself,” James said about Antetokounmpo, via Ryan Ward of Lakers Daily.

James had 34 points (13/25 shooting, 6/10 from beyond the arc), six rebounds and eight assists, as the Lakers edged the Bucks (113-106).

For his part, Antetokounmpo had 25 points (11/17 shooting) and 12 boards in the contest.

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Cavaliers trade Kevin Porter Jr. to Rockets https://www.talkbasket.net/119867-cavaliers-trade-kevin-porter-jr-to-rockets https://www.talkbasket.net/119867-cavaliers-trade-kevin-porter-jr-to-rockets#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 04:05:38 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119867 The Houston Rockets have agreed to a deal to acquire Kevin Porter Jr. from the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to Shams Charania. The Cavaliers are sending the Rockets a future protected second-round pick, notes Adrian Wojnarowski. It was recently reported that Porter, who hasn’t played this season due to personal reasons, had an outburst in the […]

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Cavaliers trade Kevin Porter Jr. to Rockets

The Houston Rockets have agreed to a deal to acquire Kevin Porter Jr. from the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to Shams Charania.

The Cavaliers are sending the Rockets a future protected second-round pick, notes Adrian Wojnarowski.

It was recently reported that Porter, who hasn’t played this season due to personal reasons, had an outburst in the Cavaliers’ locker room on Jan. 15 after the team gave his locker to newly-acquired Taurean Prince.

The outburst included Porter yelling, throwing some food and even being “combative” with general manager Koby Altman.

“We all want to see Kevin be successful and I still feel that way, so whatever it is that happens in the future for him, I hope nothing but the best for him,” said head coach J.B. Bickerstaff. “It’s part of our responsibility as coaches to give everyone our all and try to make the best of every situation and I can say that we did that.”

Porter, 20, only played 50 games for the Cavaliers last season and averaged 10.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.

A Cavaliers’ team source hopes that Porter can turn things around in his life off the court.

“I’m worried about him outside of basketball at this point.”

He will now have the opportunity to get things in order and start fresh with the Rockets.

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Anthony Davis says he puts a lot of pressure on himself and admits he ‘sucks right now’ https://www.talkbasket.net/119860-anthony-davis-says-he-puts-a-lot-of-pressure-on-himself-and-admits-he-sucks-right-now https://www.talkbasket.net/119860-anthony-davis-says-he-puts-a-lot-of-pressure-on-himself-and-admits-he-sucks-right-now#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 03:39:55 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119860 Anthony Davis was disappointed by his performance in the Lakers’ 113-106 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. Even though he was happy about his aggressiveness, Davis admitted he ‘sucks right now’. Davis had 18 points (8/18 shooting), nine rebounds and six assists in 38 minutes of action. The Lakers remained undefeated on the road (8-0) and […]

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Anthony Davis says he puts a lot of pressure on himself and admits he ‘sucks right now’

Anthony Davis was disappointed by his performance in the Lakers’ 113-106 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Even though he was happy about his aggressiveness, Davis admitted he ‘sucks right now’.

Davis had 18 points (8/18 shooting), nine rebounds and six assists in 38 minutes of action.

The Lakers remained undefeated on the road (8-0) and improved to 12-4.

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LeBron James knew his dagger 3 was good to close out Bucks https://www.talkbasket.net/119862-lebron-james-knew-his-dagger-3-was-good-to-close-out-bucks https://www.talkbasket.net/119862-lebron-james-knew-his-dagger-3-was-good-to-close-out-bucks#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 03:36:38 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119862 Los Angeles Lakers star forward LeBron James had it going with his jumper tonight. James capped off 34 points (6-10 3PT) with a dagger that he knew was in as soon as he released it over big man Brook Lopez:

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LeBron James knew his dagger 3 was good to close out Bucks

Los Angeles Lakers star forward LeBron James had it going with his jumper tonight. James capped off 34 points (6-10 3PT) with a dagger that he knew was in as soon as he released it over big man Brook Lopez:

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LeBron James couldn’t believe this no-call after Giannis met him at the rim https://www.talkbasket.net/119859-lebron-james-couldnt-believe-this-no-call-after-giannis-met-him-at-the-rim https://www.talkbasket.net/119859-lebron-james-couldnt-believe-this-no-call-after-giannis-met-him-at-the-rim#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 03:33:11 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119859 Los Angeles Lakers star forward LeBron James couldn’t believe that there wasn’t a foul call on Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks after this exchange:

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LeBron James couldn’t believe this no-call after Giannis met him at the rim

Los Angeles Lakers star forward LeBron James couldn’t believe that there wasn’t a foul call on Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks after this exchange:

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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hits season-high 7 three-pointers vs the Bucks https://www.talkbasket.net/119855-kentavious-caldwell-pope-hits-season-high-7-three-pointers-vs-the-bucks https://www.talkbasket.net/119855-kentavious-caldwell-pope-hits-season-high-7-three-pointers-vs-the-bucks#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 03:29:14 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119855 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was unstoppable from beyond the arc, as the Lakers edged the Milwaukee Bucks at Fiserv Forum (113-106). Caldwell-Pope hit a season-high seven three-pointers (7/10) to finish the contest with 23 points. Per Lakers PR, via Ryan Ward of Lakers Daily, this was the sixth time in his career that Caldwell-Pope has made seven […]

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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hits season-high 7 three-pointers vs the Bucks

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was unstoppable from beyond the arc, as the Lakers edged the Milwaukee Bucks at Fiserv Forum (113-106).

Caldwell-Pope hit a season-high seven three-pointers (7/10) to finish the contest with 23 points.

Per Lakers PR, via Ryan Ward of Lakers Daily, this was the sixth time in his career that Caldwell-Pope has made seven three-pointers in a game and the first one in 27 minutes or less.

Thanks to his performance from beyond the arc, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope surpassed Michael Cooper for eighth on the Lakers’ all-time three-pointers list, with 431.

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Kendrick Perkins says the Clippers play ‘inspiring basketball’ https://www.talkbasket.net/119852-kendrick-perkins-says-the-clippers-play-inspiring-basketball https://www.talkbasket.net/119852-kendrick-perkins-says-the-clippers-play-inspiring-basketball#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 02:10:30 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119852 Kendrick Perkins shared his excitement for what he has seen from the Los Angeles Clippers over the last few games. Perkins said Paul George is playing at an MVP level and the Clippers have started playing ‘inspiring basketball’. “Clippers on a 5 game winning streak is EVERYTHING…Paul George is playing at a MVP level and […]

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Kendrick Perkins says the Clippers play ‘inspiring basketball’

Kendrick Perkins shared his excitement for what he has seen from the Los Angeles Clippers over the last few games.

Perkins said Paul George is playing at an MVP level and the Clippers have started playing ‘inspiring basketball’.

“Clippers on a 5 game winning streak is EVERYTHING…Paul George is playing at a MVP level and the Clippers are finally playing inspiring basketball. Just saying tho!” Perkins tweeted.

The Clippers currently are on a five-game winning streak and on top of the Western Conference (11-4).

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Shannon Sharpe: “I’m not concerned about LeBron James & Lakers after loss to Warriors” https://www.talkbasket.net/119850-shannon-sharpe-im-not-concerned-about-lebron-james-lakers-after-loss-to-warriors https://www.talkbasket.net/119850-shannon-sharpe-im-not-concerned-about-lebron-james-lakers-after-loss-to-warriors#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 02:02:57 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119850 Anthony Davis said the Los Angeles Lakers feel pressure to win tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks after blowing a 14-point 4th quarter lead against the Golden State Warriors earlier this week. In the loss, LeBron James had 3 missed 3-pointers and 3 turnovers late in the game while also missing the potential game-winner. A three-time […]

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Shannon Sharpe: “I’m not concerned about LeBron James & Lakers after loss to Warriors”

Anthony Davis said the Los Angeles Lakers feel pressure to win tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks after blowing a 14-point 4th quarter lead against the Golden State Warriors earlier this week.

In the loss, LeBron James had 3 missed 3-pointers and 3 turnovers late in the game while also missing the potential game-winner.

A three-time Super Bowl Champion and Pro Football Hall of Famer Shannon says he is not concerned about LeBron James and the NBA title-defending Lakers after the loss to the Warriors:

“They don’t need to be concerned. LeBron is playing the fewest minutes per game and fewest 4th quarter minutes in his career. The Lakers will be fine, they’re working on reps & continuity… Watch it click.”

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Magic Johnson picks Anthony Davis as one of the top MVP candidates https://www.talkbasket.net/119848-magic-johnson-picks-anthony-davis-as-one-of-the-top-mvp-candidates https://www.talkbasket.net/119848-magic-johnson-picks-anthony-davis-as-one-of-the-top-mvp-candidates#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 01:34:06 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119848 Magic Johnson took to Twitter and picked Anthony Davis as one of the top MVP candidates for the 2020/21 NBA season. Johnson named several NBA superstars as his MVP choices, with Davis being included on that list. “The next group of MVP candidates are Steph Curry, Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis, Luka Dončić, Giannis Antetokounmpo and […]

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Magic Johnson picks Anthony Davis as one of the top MVP candidates

Magic Johnson took to Twitter and picked Anthony Davis as one of the top MVP candidates for the 2020/21 NBA season.

Johnson named several NBA superstars as his MVP choices, with Davis being included on that list.

“The next group of MVP candidates are Steph Curry, Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis, Luka Dončić, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bradley Beal.

LeBron James, Joel Embiid, Kevin Durant, Nikola Jokić and Jaylen Brown are the top five MVP candidates right now,” Magic Johnson tweeted.

Davis is averaging 21.3 points, nine rebounds and 3.4 assists for the Lakers this season.

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Miami Heat will have COVID-19 detection dogs sniff fans at home games https://www.talkbasket.net/119846-miami-heat-will-have-covid-19-detection-dogs-sniff-fans-at-home-games https://www.talkbasket.net/119846-miami-heat-will-have-covid-19-detection-dogs-sniff-fans-at-home-games#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 00:52:49 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119846 The Miami Heat have unveiled new safety protocols for fans looking to attend home games amid the COVID-19 crisis and perhaps nothing on there has stuck out as much as the revelation of a procedure involving dogs that are apparently able to detect the coronavirus in humans. We wouldn’t blame you for thinking we’re kidding, […]

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Miami Heat will have COVID-19 detection dogs sniff fans at home games

The Miami Heat have unveiled new safety protocols for fans looking to attend home games amid the COVID-19 crisis and perhaps nothing on there has stuck out as much as the revelation of a procedure involving dogs that are apparently able to detect the coronavirus in humans.

We wouldn’t blame you for thinking we’re kidding, yet this is 100 % true. You could find the team’s announcement regarding the new COVID-19 detection dogs here.

Such canines have already been put to use at Finland’s Helsinki-Vantaa airport and are said to have a detection accuracy of nearly 100%.

“It turned out that training the dogs is a relatively quick process and results were surprisingly good and promising. A dog is capable of detecting the presence of the coronavirus within 10 seconds and the entire process takes less than a minute to complete,” Wise Nose scent-detection foundation project manager Soile Turunen was quoted as saying earlier this month.

Basically, try not to keep food on your person if you’re attending a Heat game moving forward.

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James Worthy considers the Lakers’ seven-game road trip ‘their first big test’ this season https://www.talkbasket.net/119844-james-worthy-considers-the-lakers-seven-game-road-trip-their-first-big-test-this-season https://www.talkbasket.net/119844-james-worthy-considers-the-lakers-seven-game-road-trip-their-first-big-test-this-season#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 00:23:33 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119844 James Worthy shared his thoughts on the upcoming seven-game road trip of the defending champions Los Angeles Lakers. Worthy, a Lakers and NBA legend, considers this road trip the ‘first big test’ for the team this season, given the quality of the opponents they will face. Among other teams, the Lakers will take on the […]

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James Worthy considers the Lakers’ seven-game road trip ‘their first big test’ this season

James Worthy shared his thoughts on the upcoming seven-game road trip of the defending champions Los Angeles Lakers.

Worthy, a Lakers and NBA legend, considers this road trip the ‘first big test’ for the team this season, given the quality of the opponents they will face.

Among other teams, the Lakers will take on the Philadelphia 76ers, the Boston Celtics, the Atlanta Hawks and the Milwaukee Bucks, with all four of them being contenders in the East.

For his part, James Worthy made a prediction that the Lakers will win five of their next seven road games (5-2).

The Lakers are undefeated on the road so far (7-0) and their first opponent will be the Bucks on Thursday.

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NBA Jam gets updated with current rosters https://www.talkbasket.net/119839-nba-jam-gets-updated-with-current-rosters https://www.talkbasket.net/119839-nba-jam-gets-updated-with-current-rosters#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 23:54:50 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119839 Classic basketball-but-not-really-basketball video game NBA Jam has been updated to bring us mostly up to date where the NBA’s player body is concerned, with a mod having included most of today’s stars, as well as the 2020 rookie class. The mod has also brought the game – 1994’s NBA Jam Tournament – up to speed […]

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NBA Jam gets updated with current rosters

Classic basketball-but-not-really-basketball video game NBA Jam has been updated to bring us mostly up to date where the NBA’s player body is concerned, with a mod having included most of today’s stars, as well as the 2020 rookie class.

The mod has also brought the game – 1994’s NBA Jam Tournament – up to speed on the NBA’s full cast of 30 teams, which was not the case before as there weren’t 30 teams around when it was released well over two decades ago.

You’ll probably be pleased to know that you can assault the rim with the likes of LeBron James and Alex Caruso, but you won’t be rewarded for flopping as fouls are allowed. In fact, they’re encouraged.

Said mod can be downloaded right here.

The update also brings non-NBA names to the fore, with the likes of Barry Allen (The Flash) and Mortal Kombat’s Johnny Cage included as playable characters.

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Frank Vogel reveals top motivator for the Lakers vs the Bucks https://www.talkbasket.net/119838-frank-vogel-reveals-top-motivator-for-the-lakers-vs-the-bucks https://www.talkbasket.net/119838-frank-vogel-reveals-top-motivator-for-the-lakers-vs-the-bucks#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 23:40:32 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119838 Frank Vogel opened up about the Lakers’ motivation ahead of the clash with the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night. Vogel, the head coach of the Lakers, said the biggest motivator for his team is their performance in the loss to the Warriors (115-113). “Frank Vogel believes the top motivator for the Lakers against the Bucks […]

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Frank Vogel reveals top motivator for the Lakers vs the Bucks

Frank Vogel opened up about the Lakers’ motivation ahead of the clash with the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night.

Vogel, the head coach of the Lakers, said the biggest motivator for his team is their performance in the loss to the Warriors (115-113).

“Frank Vogel believes the top motivator for the Lakers against the Bucks is they’re coming off not playing well in a loss to the Warriors,” Matthew Moreno of Lakers Nation reports.

Vogel also noted the Lakers should be very careful in transition defense and avoid letting the Bucks run the floor.

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Magic Johnson includes LeBron James, Kevin Durant among Top-5 candidates for the MVP award this season https://www.talkbasket.net/119829-magic-johnson-includes-lebron-james-kevin-durant-among-top-5-candidates-for-the-mvp-award-this-season https://www.talkbasket.net/119829-magic-johnson-includes-lebron-james-kevin-durant-among-top-5-candidates-for-the-mvp-award-this-season#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 22:29:21 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119829 Magic Johnson has won the several accolades during his illustrious career with the Los Angeles Lakers. The NBA legend revealed which players he considers candidates for the MVP award this season. Johnson put LeBron James of the LA Lakers and Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets in his list, while he also referred to Jaylen […]

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Magic Johnson includes LeBron James, Kevin Durant among Top-5 candidates for the MVP award this season

Magic Johnson has won the several accolades during his illustrious career with the Los Angeles Lakers. The NBA legend revealed which players he considers candidates for the MVP award this season.

Johnson put LeBron James of the LA Lakers and Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets in his list, while he also referred to Jaylen Brown, Nikola Jokic, and Joel Embiid.

LeBron James and Kevin Durant are the all-around leaders of the top two favorites to win the title this season, while Nikola Jokic is averaging a triple-double with the Nuggets.

At the same time, Joel Embiid is the most dominant big in the East leading the Philadelphia 76ers to the top of the conference.

Finally, Jaylen Brown is the offensive stabilizer of the Boston Celtics, especially since co-star Jayson Tatum has been out due to league’s health and safety protocols.

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Ty Lue on Clippers assistant coach Larry Drew: “He’s meant a lot to me, just as a mentor” https://www.talkbasket.net/119830-ty-lue-on-clippers-assistant-coach-larry-drew-hes-meant-a-lot-to-me-just-as-a-mentor https://www.talkbasket.net/119830-ty-lue-on-clippers-assistant-coach-larry-drew-hes-meant-a-lot-to-me-just-as-a-mentor#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 22:21:03 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119830 Larry Drew is back coaching with Ty Lue, this time with the LA Clippers. Drew was Lue’s top assistant with the Cleveland Cavaliers when they won the Finals in 2016. Ty played for Coach Drew multiple times in the NBA and even went to his basketball camps as a kid. (Via HNB Media TV): “This […]

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Ty Lue on Clippers assistant coach Larry Drew: “He’s meant a lot to me, just as a mentor”

Larry Drew is back coaching with Ty Lue, this time with the LA Clippers. Drew was Lue’s top assistant with the Cleveland Cavaliers when they won the Finals in 2016. Ty played for Coach Drew multiple times in the NBA and even went to his basketball camps as a kid.

(Via HNB Media TV):

“This is our fifth stop together. He’s meant a lot to me, just as a mentor. Just as someone who can see the game and who’s been a head coach before in the past.” said Lue.

“I bounce a lot of stuff off of him. I need him in my corner at all times.” he added.

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Kyrie Irving explains why he smiled during Collin Sexton’s 42-point performance vs. Nets https://www.talkbasket.net/119827-kyrie-irving-explains-why-he-smiled-during-collin-sextons-42-point-performance-vs-nets https://www.talkbasket.net/119827-kyrie-irving-explains-why-he-smiled-during-collin-sextons-42-point-performance-vs-nets#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 21:43:03 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119827 Kyrie Irving had his first game back since Jan. 4 experiencing a double-overtime loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Nets’ superstar was pretty hyped to get back on the court playing a career-high 48 minutes. In the post-game media session, Irving showed his appreciation for the game revealing why he smiled despite losing the game […]

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Kyrie Irving explains why he smiled during Collin Sexton’s 42-point performance vs. Nets

Kyrie Irving had his first game back since Jan. 4 experiencing a double-overtime loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Nets’ superstar was pretty hyped to get back on the court playing a career-high 48 minutes.

In the post-game media session, Irving showed his appreciation for the game revealing why he smiled despite losing the game during Collin Sexton’s 42-point explosion.

“Two overtimes for my first game back?” Irving said, via Tom Withers of The Associated Press. “You gotta love NBA ball, though. I was smiling when Collin Sexton was making those shots.”

Sexton hit one shot after another during the double-overtime finishing the game with a career-high 42 points. The vast majority of them (22 points) came in the extra 10 minutes of the game.

Kyrie Irving also had quite the game dropping 37 on 15-for-28 shooting from the field. The Nets will have the chance to play again the Cavs on Friday in hope of getting a win this time.

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Sixers’ Joel Embiid responds to Marcus Smart saying he ‘flails a lot’ https://www.talkbasket.net/119825-sixers-joel-embiid-responds-to-marcus-smart-saying-he-flails-a-lot https://www.talkbasket.net/119825-sixers-joel-embiid-responds-to-marcus-smart-saying-he-flails-a-lot#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 21:21:59 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119825 The Philadelphia 76ers grabbed a huge victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday thanks to Joel Embiid’s heroics, who dropped 42 points with 17 of them coming from the free-throw line. The Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart told reporters after the game that Joel Embiid flailed a lot during Wednesday’s night game. (via NBC Sports): […]

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Sixers’ Joel Embiid responds to Marcus Smart saying he ‘flails a lot’

The Philadelphia 76ers grabbed a huge victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday thanks to Joel Embiid’s heroics, who dropped 42 points with 17 of them coming from the free-throw line.

The Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart told reporters after the game that Joel Embiid flailed a lot during Wednesday’s night game.

(via NBC Sports):

“It’s tough, especially when we’ve got our hands up a lot of the time and he flails and he gets the call,” Smart said. “And then down on the other end, we’ve got our guys attacking the rim, getting a lot of contact, and we’re just not getting the whistle. It’s tough to play like that. It’s tough.”

Embiid is one of the best bigs taking advantage of his inferior ability to draw contact around the basket. The 76ers’ All-Star center takes 9.8 attempts per from the free-throw line making 83.9% of them.

The vast majority of his points are coming from the line this season (31.2%), and Embiid is finding a way to preserve his energy through the game.

“Marcus Smart just told me that I flail a lot? Come on,” Embiid said. “I’m sure he knows himself and he knows his game, too. He does a lot of that.”

“And I don’t think I do (flail). If you watch basketball and if you’re a student of the game and if you actually pay attention during the game, we all see every single foul, I get fouled,” the center from Cameroon continued.

“The game is physical. Other teams tend to try to be extra physical against me and I guess I’m just smarter than everybody else — I just take advantage of it. I just take advantage of how they’re guarding me.”

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The Mitoglou-Nedovic duo led Panathinaikos past Khimki https://www.talkbasket.net/119803-the-mitoglou-nedovic-duo-led-panathinaikos-past-khimki https://www.talkbasket.net/119803-the-mitoglou-nedovic-duo-led-panathinaikos-past-khimki#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 20:52:42 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119803 With Dinos Mitoglou setting a new career-high and Nemanja Nedovic having another productive night, Panathinaikos gets past Khimki Moscow, 94-78, on Thursday night (21/1). Despite Panathinaikos missing their captain, Ioannis Papapetrou and their big man, Giorgos Papagiannis, the greens played solid, tough defense, had Mitoglou and Nedovic do the scoring and got confidence along with […]

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The Mitoglou-Nedovic duo led Panathinaikos past Khimki

With Dinos Mitoglou setting a new career-high and Nemanja Nedovic having another productive night, Panathinaikos gets past Khimki Moscow, 94-78, on Thursday night (21/1). Despite Panathinaikos missing their captain, Ioannis Papapetrou and their big man, Giorgos Papagiannis, the greens played solid, tough defense, had Mitoglou and Nedovic do the scoring and got confidence along with a much needed win.

Dinos Mitoglou was of course the top scorer for the hosts with 29 points, while Nemanja Nedovic did his usual job with 21 points. For the guests, Jordan Mickey scored 25 points while Eric McCollum added another 17.

Lack of confidence and a sloppy start

Both teams seemed unsure with their choices on offense in the first quarter. Easy buckets were missed and quite a few turnovers were committed. Panathinaikos started more aggressively on defense with Zach Auguste returning to the team’s starting five. Six consecutive, tough points from Khimki and Panathinaikos’ turnovers, made the score 10-12 for the guests. Great defense along with the right offensive choices gave the lead back to the hosts to end the first quarter leading by three points (23-20).

Khimki showed some reaction but Mitoglou led the way

With Khimki fighting back and keeping themselves close to the score, Mitoglou did the job for Panathinaikos in double digits. Khimki’s defense was not solid enough to stop Panathinaikos’ players while some wrong choices on offense gave Panathinaikos a 13-point lead right before the end of the half. Panathinaikos seemed to be doing everything right, despite some rushed decisions on offense and ended the first half leading by 13 points (46-33).

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Patience, tough defense but… Nedovic

Khimki started the third quarter playing strong, solid defense, stealing the ball and scoring some tough buckets. That’s when Nemanja Nedovic became Dinos Mitoglou for Panathinaikos scoring tough points for his team and creating opportunities for his teammates. Panathinaikos extended their lead to 20 points (62-42), making it as difficult as possible for Khimki to attempt a comeback. Khimki didn’t manage to do anything better and ended the third quarter trailing by 19 points (70-51).

They finished the job

Khimki started the fourth and final quarter with a quick 5-0 run forcing Oded Kattash to a time out with the difference to 14 points for Panathinaikos (75-61). Panathinaikos stayed calm and concentrated and didn’t let the hosts get confident and fight for something more, ending the match with a 94-78 final score.

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Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr. returns to team; questionable for next game https://www.talkbasket.net/119819-nuggets-michael-porter-jr-returns-to-team-questionable-for-next-game https://www.talkbasket.net/119819-nuggets-michael-porter-jr-returns-to-team-questionable-for-next-game#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 20:49:32 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119819 Michael Porter Jr. has returned to the Denver Nuggets and is questionable to play against the Phoenix Suns on Jan. 22, according to Mike Singer of The Denver Post. Porter must finish his health and safety protocol, pass a cardio exam and ramp up his conditioning. At minimum, head coach Michael Malone said he’s optimistic […]

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Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr. returns to team; questionable for next game

Michael Porter Jr. has returned to the Denver Nuggets and is questionable to play against the Phoenix Suns on Jan. 22, according to Mike Singer of The Denver Post.

Porter must finish his health and safety protocol, pass a cardio exam and ramp up his conditioning.

At minimum, head coach Michael Malone said he’s optimistic that Porter will play at some point on the team’s upcoming five-game road trip that begins in Phoenix and ends in San Antonio on Jan. 29.

The 22-year-old has been out since Dec. 29, when he last played against the Sacramento Kings.

Porter was originally out for seven days due to contact tracing, but then he faced additional quarantine time after testing positive for COVID-19.

When he ultimately returns, Porter will likely be on a minutes restriction after missing so much time.

Will Barton has been starting in place of Porter, so it remains to be seen if Porter will replace Barton, or if he will be eased back into that role.

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Steph Curry’s reaction to being called Wardell https://www.talkbasket.net/119817-steph-currys-reaction-to-being-called-wardell https://www.talkbasket.net/119817-steph-currys-reaction-to-being-called-wardell#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 19:52:03 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119817 Golden State Warriors star guard Steph Curry’s reaction to Marcus Thompson addressing him with a Wardell:

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Steph Curry’s reaction to being called Wardell

Golden State Warriors star guard Steph Curry’s reaction to Marcus Thompson addressing him with a Wardell:

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I’m not a ‘Yes Man’ – Shaquille O’Neal responds to James Harden https://www.talkbasket.net/119815-im-not-a-yes-man-shaquille-oneal-responds-to-james-harden https://www.talkbasket.net/119815-im-not-a-yes-man-shaquille-oneal-responds-to-james-harden#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 19:38:04 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119815 Los Angeles Lakers legend Shaquille O’Neal, who he’s the last big man to win the MVP, scoring title, Finals MVP, and All-Star Game MVP, joins First Take and addresses the new Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden possibly having an issue with him saying it is ‘championship or bust’ for Harden and the Nets this season:

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I’m not a ‘Yes Man’ – Shaquille O’Neal responds to James Harden

Los Angeles Lakers legend Shaquille O’Neal, who he’s the last big man to win the MVP, scoring title, Finals MVP, and All-Star Game MVP, joins First Take and addresses the new Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden possibly having an issue with him saying it is ‘championship or bust’ for Harden and the Nets this season:

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Shaquille O’Neal on Lakers’ chances of repeating as NBA champions https://www.talkbasket.net/119806-shaquille-oneal-on-lakers-chances-of-repeating-as-nba-champions https://www.talkbasket.net/119806-shaquille-oneal-on-lakers-chances-of-repeating-as-nba-champions#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 19:19:58 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119806 Los Angeles Lakers great and a reserve police officer Shaquille O’Neal joined First Take to break down the Lakers’ chances of repeating as NBA champions:

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Shaquille O’Neal on Lakers’ chances of repeating as NBA champions

Los Angeles Lakers great and a reserve police officer Shaquille O’Neal joined First Take to break down the Lakers’ chances of repeating as NBA champions:

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Lakers should be very concerned, says Skip Bayless https://www.talkbasket.net/119808-lakers-should-be-very-concerned-says-skip-bayless https://www.talkbasket.net/119808-lakers-should-be-very-concerned-says-skip-bayless#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 19:19:33 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119808 The Los Angeles Lakers were most recently defeated by the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center and the outcome of the game should be very concerning to the defending NBA champions, according to sports analyst Skip Bayless. The co-host of UNDISPUTED again pointed at fourth quarter struggles of LeBron James who is supposed to be […]

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Lakers should be very concerned, says Skip Bayless

The Los Angeles Lakers were most recently defeated by the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center and the outcome of the game should be very concerning to the defending NBA champions, according to sports analyst Skip Bayless.

The co-host of UNDISPUTED again pointed at fourth quarter struggles of LeBron James who is supposed to be the closer for the Lakers. More worrisome, according to Bayless, is the fact that the superstar is having disastrous fourth quarters regularly.

“I have bad news: The Lakers should be very concerned. What happened against Golden State was not a rare occurrence for LeBron James, it’s been a trend. LeBron has been a disaster in 4th quarters,” Bayless said on UNDISPUTED.

With eleven wins and four losses, the Lakers are currently second in the Western Conference just behind the Clippers that have the same record.

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Skip Bayless on Nets’ Big 3 debut: “I saw the new greatest show on earth” https://www.talkbasket.net/119804-skip-bayless-on-nets-big-3-debut-i-saw-the-new-greatest-show-on-earth https://www.talkbasket.net/119804-skip-bayless-on-nets-big-3-debut-i-saw-the-new-greatest-show-on-earth#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 19:12:40 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119804 Despite having all three superstars available for the first time this season, the Brooklyn Nets were unable to overcome the Cleveland Cavaliers. Kevin Durant 38 points, Kyrie Irving – 37 and James Harden – 21 as the Nets were defeated. Sports analyst Skip Bayless saw great things from Brooklyn even though they lost to the […]

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Skip Bayless on Nets’ Big 3 debut: “I saw the new greatest show on earth”

Despite having all three superstars available for the first time this season, the Brooklyn Nets were unable to overcome the Cleveland Cavaliers. Kevin Durant 38 points, Kyrie Irving – 37 and James Harden – 21 as the Nets were defeated.

Sports analyst Skip Bayless saw great things from Brooklyn even though they lost to the underdog. “I saw the new greatest show on earth. This is must-see TV, this is #NothingButNets. I saw an offensive tour de force,” Bayless said on UNDISPUTED.

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2021 NBA Draft prospect Kai Sotto opts out of G League bubble to represent the Philippines https://www.talkbasket.net/119785-2021-nba-draft-prospect-kai-sotto-opts-out-of-g-league-bubble-to-represent-the-philippines https://www.talkbasket.net/119785-2021-nba-draft-prospect-kai-sotto-opts-out-of-g-league-bubble-to-represent-the-philippines#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 18:46:29 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119785 Kai Sotto, a 7-foot-3 center for the G League Ignite, will opt out of the G League bubble and play for the Philippines in the final window of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers. Instead of entering the Orlando G League bubble on Jan. 26, Sotto will travel to the Philippines and play for the […]

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2021 NBA Draft prospect Kai Sotto opts out of G League bubble to represent the Philippines

Kai Sotto, a 7-foot-3 center for the G League Ignite, will opt out of the G League bubble and play for the Philippines in the final window of the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers.

Instead of entering the Orlando G League bubble on Jan. 26, Sotto will travel to the Philippines and play for the national team when they host South Korea on Feb. 18 and Feb. 22 and Indonesia on Feb. 20.

“The G League agreed for me to meet my previous commitments to play for the national team,” Sotto told Adam Zagoria of Forbes. “They have asked for me to immediately report back to the bubble after my last national team game.”

At the earliest, Sotto would be able to return to the Ignite at the end of February once he clears the health and safety protocols.

The G League hasn’t released a full schedule yet, but games are set to begin on Feb. 8 and playoffs run March 5-9.

By playing for the Philippines, Sotto is hoping to help them book their spot at the 2021 FIBA Asia Cup that begins in August.

The Philippines are currently 3-0 after the first two windows of qualifiers and Sotto will provide height to an undersized team looking to protect their home court.

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Shannon Sharpe not confident the Nets will come out of the East https://www.talkbasket.net/119797-shannon-sharpe-not-confident-the-nets-will-come-out-of-the-east https://www.talkbasket.net/119797-shannon-sharpe-not-confident-the-nets-will-come-out-of-the-east#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 18:25:02 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119797 Brooklyn’s Big 3 of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving played their first game together. Contrary to wide expectations, the Nets fell to the Cavaliers in double overtime. This game left sports analyst Shannon Sharpe doubting whether the Nets will make it to the NBA Finals this season. “I don’t feel as strongly as […]

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Shannon Sharpe not confident the Nets will come out of the East

Brooklyn’s Big 3 of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving played their first game together. Contrary to wide expectations, the Nets fell to the Cavaliers in double overtime.

This game left sports analyst Shannon Sharpe doubting whether the Nets will make it to the NBA Finals this season. “I don’t feel as strongly as I once did. For the simple fact their defense is worse than I thought it would be. They made the worst offensive basketball team look like the 2017 Warriors last night,” he said on UNDISPUTED.

Brooklyn is currently fifth in the Eastern Conference with 9 wins and 7 losses. They are just 1.5 games away from the Philadelphia 76ers (10-5) that sit atop.

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Hornets’ Cody Zeller set to return from fractured hand https://www.talkbasket.net/119789-hornets-cody-zeller-set-to-return-from-fractured-hand https://www.talkbasket.net/119789-hornets-cody-zeller-set-to-return-from-fractured-hand#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 18:02:28 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119789 The Charlotte Hornets have upgraded center Cody Zeller (fractured hand) to probable against the Chicago Bulls on Jan. 22, the team announced. Zeller plans to make his return then, notes Adrian Wojnarowski. The 28-year-old has been out since Dec. 23, when he suffered the broken left hand in the team’s season opener. In his absence, […]

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Hornets’ Cody Zeller set to return from fractured hand

The Charlotte Hornets have upgraded center Cody Zeller (fractured hand) to probable against the Chicago Bulls on Jan. 22, the team announced.

Zeller plans to make his return then, notes Adrian Wojnarowski.

The 28-year-old has been out since Dec. 23, when he suffered the broken left hand in the team’s season opener.

In his absence, the team started Bismack Biyombo at center and also used PJ Washington as a small-ball center.

The Hornets are currently 6-8 this season.

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Cavs’ Collin Sexton on dropping 42 points vs Nets, Kyrie Irving: “I am in Cleveland, I do wear No. 2, and I do wear Kyrie’s. That’s gonna be linked together” https://www.talkbasket.net/119788-cavs-collin-sexton-on-dropping-42-points-vs-nets-kyrie-irving-i-am-in-cleveland-i-do-wear-no-2-and-i-do-wear-kyries-thats-gonna-be-linked-together https://www.talkbasket.net/119788-cavs-collin-sexton-on-dropping-42-points-vs-nets-kyrie-irving-i-am-in-cleveland-i-do-wear-no-2-and-i-do-wear-kyries-thats-gonna-be-linked-together#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 17:48:54 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119788 Collin Sexton was the main reason the Cleveland Cavaliers achieved a huge win over the Brooklyn Nets in the first game Steve Nash’s team had Harden, Durant and Irving sharing the floor. The Young Bull was aggressive all-game long, however his performance during the extra time made the real difference in the showdown. Sexton scored […]

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Cavs’ Collin Sexton on dropping 42 points vs Nets, Kyrie Irving: “I am in Cleveland, I do wear No. 2, and I do wear Kyrie’s. That’s gonna be linked together”

Collin Sexton was the main reason the Cleveland Cavaliers achieved a huge win over the Brooklyn Nets in the first game Steve Nash’s team had Harden, Durant and Irving sharing the floor.

The Young Bull was aggressive all-game long, however his performance during the extra time made the real difference in the showdown.

Sexton scored 22 of his 42 points in the two extra-periods of basketball leading the Cavaliers to a huge win. Following his remarkable performance, the promising guard shared his thoughts on facing Kyrie Irving.

(via Chris Fedor of cleveland.com):

“I am in Cleveland, I do wear No. 2, and I do wear Kyrie’s. That’s gonna be linked together. I just got to take it. I can’t control what people say, but I can control what I do,” Sexton said.

“It was good to go against him tonight. I definitely accepted the challenge, and I knew it wasn’t gonna be easy. Just the simple fact that it’s Kyrie, he’s coming at you each and every night ready to go and tonight was a good one.”

Irving went all-out in the offensive end after getting back from a seven-game absence. He scored 37 shooting 53% from the field and 37% from the three-point line, however that was not enough for his team.

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Nikola Mirotic returns for FC Barcelona after one month https://www.talkbasket.net/119786-nikola-mirotic-returns-for-fc-barcelona-after-one-month https://www.talkbasket.net/119786-nikola-mirotic-returns-for-fc-barcelona-after-one-month#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 17:15:53 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119786 Nikola Mirotic will return to the lineup of FC Barcelona after an one-month absence. Mirotic traveled with FC Barcelona to Belgrade for the game against Crvena Zvezda on Friday. The superstar of the Catalans missed several games of FC Barcelona over the past month, due to personal reasons. Mirotic is averaging 16.8 points and 6.1 […]

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Nikola Mirotic returns for FC Barcelona after one month

Nikola Mirotic will return to the lineup of FC Barcelona after an one-month absence.

Mirotic traveled with FC Barcelona to Belgrade for the game against Crvena Zvezda on Friday.

The superstar of the Catalans missed several games of FC Barcelona over the past month, due to personal reasons.

Mirotic is averaging 16.8 points and 6.1 rebounds this season.

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Wesley Matthews on if Lakers vs. Bucks is an NBA Finals’ preview https://www.talkbasket.net/119782-wesley-matthews-on-if-lakers-vs-bucks-is-an-nba-finals-preview https://www.talkbasket.net/119782-wesley-matthews-on-if-lakers-vs-bucks-is-an-nba-finals-preview#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 17:13:06 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119782 The Los Angeles Lakers are about to face the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday’s NBA primetime with some considering both teams favorites to compete for the NBA title at the end of the season. Wesley Matthews, who joined the Lakers after spending last season with the Bucks, talked about the possibility of the two teams being […]

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Wesley Matthews on if Lakers vs. Bucks is an NBA Finals’ preview

The Los Angeles Lakers are about to face the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday’s NBA primetime with some considering both teams favorites to compete for the NBA title at the end of the season.

Wesley Matthews, who joined the Lakers after spending last season with the Bucks, talked about the possibility of the two teams being this season’s NBA finalists.

(via SB Nation):

“Every day, every game, we attack with the same mindset,” Matthews explained. “We know what the endgame is, we know where we want to get to and that we’ve got a ways to go. Is this a preview? I don’t know. Who knows? We haven’t even discussed that.”

The Lakers started the season strong by being the leading team in the Western Conference, after becoming the 2020 NBA Champions in Orlando the past summer.

On the other hand, the Bucks could not get back to form in the season restart and did not get past the second round of the 2020 NBA playoffs losing to the Miami Heat.

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NBA postpones Grizzlies’ next three games https://www.talkbasket.net/119779-nba-postpones-grizzlies-next-three-games https://www.talkbasket.net/119779-nba-postpones-grizzlies-next-three-games#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 16:47:21 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119779 The NBA has postponed the Memphis Grizzlies’ next three games on Jan. 22 against the Portland Trail Blazers and Jan. 24 and Jan. 25 against the Sacramento Kings. “The games are being postponed due to unavailable players for the Grizzlies and contact tracing for other players on their roster, and in order to ensure the […]

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NBA postpones Grizzlies’ next three games

The NBA has postponed the Memphis Grizzlies’ next three games on Jan. 22 against the Portland Trail Blazers and Jan. 24 and Jan. 25 against the Sacramento Kings.

“The games are being postponed due to unavailable players for the Grizzlies and contact tracing for other players on their roster, and in order to ensure the health and safety of players on both teams,” according to a statement released by the league.

In addition to these three games, the Grizzlies also had their last scheduled game against the Trail Blazers on Jan. 20 postponed as well.

As of earlier this week, center Jonas Valanciunas was the only known player out due to health and safety protocols, but it appears that there are a number of players now in contact tracing.

The NBA is erring on the side of caution with what still appears to be an isolated COVID-19 exposure within the Grizzlies, as these postponements aren’t a result of several individuals being placed into the league’s health and safety protocol, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

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Real Madrid reportedly considers Jordan Loyd as potential replacement for Jaycee Carroll https://www.talkbasket.net/119777-real-madrid-reportedly-considers-jordan-loyd-as-potential-replacement-for-jaycee-carroll https://www.talkbasket.net/119777-real-madrid-reportedly-considers-jordan-loyd-as-potential-replacement-for-jaycee-carroll#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 16:46:11 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119777 Real Madrid is planning ahead of the next season knowing Jaycee Carroll might retire in summer. Carroll, 38, has been one of the most important parts of Real’s culture. According to MARCA, a potential candidate to replace Carroll in the next season’s roster could be Crvena Zvezda‘s Jordan Loyd. Loyd is having a great year […]

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Real Madrid reportedly considers Jordan Loyd as potential replacement for Jaycee Carroll

Real Madrid is planning ahead of the next season knowing Jaycee Carroll might retire in summer. Carroll, 38, has been one of the most important parts of Real’s culture.

According to MARCA, a potential candidate to replace Carroll in the next season’s roster could be Crvena Zvezda‘s Jordan Loyd. Loyd is having a great year in Serbia, as he is the leading scorer of the Reds.

The scoring guard signed a one-year deal with the club from Serbia last summer, and he is averaging 18.7 points being the second best scorer in EuroLeague behind CSKA’s Mike James (20.4 ppg.)

Loyd, who spent a season with the Toronto Raptors, before joining Valencia for the 2019/2020, could be set to return to ACB, if he continues to have such impact with Crvena Zvezda.

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Steve Kerr: Lakers have a hell of a foundation with LeBron James & Anthony Davis https://www.talkbasket.net/119776-steve-kerr-lakers-have-a-hell-of-a-foundation-with-lebron-james-anthony-davis https://www.talkbasket.net/119776-steve-kerr-lakers-have-a-hell-of-a-foundation-with-lebron-james-anthony-davis#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 14:35:35 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119776 Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr sees LeBron James and Anthony Davis’s close relationship as the perfect building block for the Los Angeles Lakers, via Lakers Nation: “That’s been kind of a hallmark of a lot of championship teams, when you have championship-caliber stars who complement each other on and off the court. “They […]

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Steve Kerr: Lakers have a hell of a foundation with LeBron James & Anthony Davis

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr sees LeBron James and Anthony Davis’s close relationship as the perfect building block for the Los Angeles Lakers, via Lakers Nation:

“That’s been kind of a hallmark of a lot of championship teams, when you have championship-caliber stars who complement each other on and off the court.

“They have two of the very best players in the game who complement each other very well and are very comfortable in their respective roles. It’s obviously a hell of a foundation upon which to build,” Kerr said.

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Clay Travis: China is guilty of Genocide. So why isn’t NBA calling them out? https://www.talkbasket.net/119773-clay-travis-china-is-guilty-of-genocide-so-why-isnt-nba-calling-them-out https://www.talkbasket.net/119773-clay-travis-china-is-guilty-of-genocide-so-why-isnt-nba-calling-them-out#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 13:17:00 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119773 After Mike Pompeo declared Tuesday that China’s policies against Muslims in its Xinjiang region constitute crimes against humanity and genocide, sports journalist and OutKick host Clay Travis reacted to the news: “Everybody in the NBA over the last four years has decided to get extremely political. I want you to keep tabs on this. How […]

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Clay Travis: China is guilty of Genocide. So why isn’t NBA calling them out?

After Mike Pompeo declared Tuesday that China’s policies against Muslims in its Xinjiang region constitute crimes against humanity and genocide, sports journalist and OutKick host Clay Travis reacted to the news:

“Everybody in the NBA over the last four years has decided to get extremely political. I want you to keep tabs on this. How many NBA players will mention that the United States state department has now labeled China as a genocidal country?”

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Kyrie Irving on playing with James Harden https://www.talkbasket.net/119771-kyrie-irving-on-playing-with-james-harden https://www.talkbasket.net/119771-kyrie-irving-on-playing-with-james-harden#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 12:54:46 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119771 The star-studded Brooklyn Nets couldn’t keep up with the Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton, who posted 42 and led the Cavs to a 147-135 double-overtime victory on Wednesday night. At a postgame press conference, Brooklyn’s star Kyrie Irving talked about the Nets vs. Cavaliers, his first game back from his absence, and the first game […]

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Kyrie Irving on playing with James Harden

The star-studded Brooklyn Nets couldn’t keep up with the Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton, who posted 42 and led the Cavs to a 147-135 double-overtime victory on Wednesday night.

At a postgame press conference, Brooklyn’s star Kyrie Irving talked about the Nets vs. Cavaliers, his first game back from his absence, and the first game playing with new teammate James Harden:

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Steph Curry talks Oakland Forever & the Warriors’ win https://www.talkbasket.net/119768-steph-curry-talks-oakland-forever-the-warriors-win https://www.talkbasket.net/119768-steph-curry-talks-oakland-forever-the-warriors-win#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 11:41:19 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119768 Golden State Warriors star guard Stephen Curry met with the media after tallying 26 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists in the Warriors’ 121-99 victory over the San Antonio Spurs:

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Steph Curry talks Oakland Forever & the Warriors’ win

Golden State Warriors star guard Stephen Curry met with the media after tallying 26 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists in the Warriors’ 121-99 victory over the San Antonio Spurs:

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James Wiseman posts career-high 20 points in Warriors’ win https://www.talkbasket.net/119766-james-wiseman-posts-career-high-20-points-in-warriors-win https://www.talkbasket.net/119766-james-wiseman-posts-career-high-20-points-in-warriors-win#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 11:37:42 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119766 Golden State Warriors rookie sensation James Wiseman put on a dunking clinic on Warriors Ground, tallying 20 points, six rebounds, and four assists in the Warriors’ 121-99 victory over the San Antonio Spurs:

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James Wiseman posts career-high 20 points in Warriors’ win

Golden State Warriors rookie sensation James Wiseman put on a dunking clinic on Warriors Ground, tallying 20 points, six rebounds, and four assists in the Warriors’ 121-99 victory over the San Antonio Spurs:

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Greg Anthony reacts to his son Cole hitting a game-winner vs Timberwolves https://www.talkbasket.net/119763-greg-anthony-reacts-to-his-son-cole-hitting-a-game-winner-vs-timberwolves https://www.talkbasket.net/119763-greg-anthony-reacts-to-his-son-cole-hitting-a-game-winner-vs-timberwolves#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 11:01:56 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119763 It’s rare to see a dad get to break down his son’s game-winner in the NBA. Tonight, Greg Anthony got to share that moment with his son Cole, who beat the Minnesota Timberwolves on an unforgettable buzzer-beater:

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Greg Anthony reacts to his son Cole hitting a game-winner vs Timberwolves

It’s rare to see a dad get to break down his son’s game-winner in the NBA. Tonight, Greg Anthony got to share that moment with his son Cole, who beat the Minnesota Timberwolves on an unforgettable buzzer-beater:

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Kendrick Perkins: “Joel Embiid is on pace to winning this year’s MVP” https://www.talkbasket.net/119760-kendrick-perkins-joel-embiid-is-on-pace-to-winning-this-years-mvp https://www.talkbasket.net/119760-kendrick-perkins-joel-embiid-is-on-pace-to-winning-this-years-mvp#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 11:00:58 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119760 Former NBA champion and current analyst Kendrick Perkins is impressed with Joel Embiid’s performances this season. The 26-year-old center has most recently exploded with 42 points helping the Philadelphia 76ers defeat the Boston Celtics. It was his second 40+ points game this month. Embiid had 45 points in win over the Miami Heat on January […]

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Kendrick Perkins: “Joel Embiid is on pace to winning this year’s MVP”

Former NBA champion and current analyst Kendrick Perkins is impressed with Joel Embiid’s performances this season. The 26-year-old center has most recently exploded with 42 points helping the Philadelphia 76ers defeat the Boston Celtics.

It was his second 40+ points game this month. Embiid had 45 points in win over the Miami Heat on January 13. According to Perkins, the Cameroonian is on the way to becoming the MVP this season.

“Joel Embiid is on pace to winning this year’s MVP…he’s playing the best basketball of his career! Carry on…” Perk tweeted.

This season, Embiid is averaging 26.4 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game for the Sixers.

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Steph Curry cooks Patty Mills and Spurs defenders on two different plays https://www.talkbasket.net/119759-steph-curry-cooks-patty-mills-and-spurs-defenders-on-two-different-plays https://www.talkbasket.net/119759-steph-curry-cooks-patty-mills-and-spurs-defenders-on-two-different-plays#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 10:56:42 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119759 Golden State Warriors superstar guard Stephen Curry is in prime form early this season and he unleashed his nasty handles on the San Antonio Spurs defenders tonight:

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Steph Curry cooks Patty Mills and Spurs defenders on two different plays

Golden State Warriors superstar guard Stephen Curry is in prime form early this season and he unleashed his nasty handles on the San Antonio Spurs defenders tonight:

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Collin Sexton and Kyrie Irving both laugh after last-minute foul call leads to OT https://www.talkbasket.net/119757-collin-sexton-and-kyrie-irving-both-laugh-after-last-minute-foul-call-leads-to-ot https://www.talkbasket.net/119757-collin-sexton-and-kyrie-irving-both-laugh-after-last-minute-foul-call-leads-to-ot#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 10:53:26 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119757 Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets successfully overturned this wild foul call that ultimately forced the first of two overtimes:

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Collin Sexton and Kyrie Irving both laugh after last-minute foul call leads to OT

Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets successfully overturned this wild foul call that ultimately forced the first of two overtimes:

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Trae Young hits filthy dagger on Derrick Rose in OT https://www.talkbasket.net/119754-trae-young-hits-filthy-dagger-on-derrick-rose-in-ot https://www.talkbasket.net/119754-trae-young-hits-filthy-dagger-on-derrick-rose-in-ot#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 10:49:42 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119754 Atlanta Hawks star guard Trae Young closed out the Detroit Pistons with a nasty move and shot on Derrick Rose:

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Trae Young hits filthy dagger on Derrick Rose in OT

Atlanta Hawks star guard Trae Young closed out the Detroit Pistons with a nasty move and shot on Derrick Rose:

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Kyrie, KD, Harden fall short in Big 3 debut vs Cavs https://www.talkbasket.net/119752-kyrie-kd-harden-fall-short-in-big-3-debut-vs-cavs https://www.talkbasket.net/119752-kyrie-kd-harden-fall-short-in-big-3-debut-vs-cavs#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 10:45:05 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119752 The Brooklyn Nets’ big three officially made its debut tonight against the Cleveland Cavaliers. But Collin Sexton’s career-high 42 points was just too much as they fell in a wild 2OT game:

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Kyrie, KD, Harden fall short in Big 3 debut vs Cavs

The Brooklyn Nets’ big three officially made its debut tonight against the Cleveland Cavaliers. But Collin Sexton’s career-high 42 points was just too much as they fell in a wild 2OT game:

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Cole Anthony sinks wild game-winner to beat Timberwolves https://www.talkbasket.net/119749-cole-anthony-sinks-wild-game-winner-to-beat-timberwolves https://www.talkbasket.net/119749-cole-anthony-sinks-wild-game-winner-to-beat-timberwolves#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 10:41:06 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119749 Orlando Magic star guard Cole Anthony got his Kodak moment as he hit a ridiculous game-winner to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves:

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Cole Anthony sinks wild game-winner to beat Timberwolves

Orlando Magic star guard Cole Anthony got his Kodak moment as he hit a ridiculous game-winner to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves:

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Collin Sexton spoils Kyrie Irving’s return with unreal 2OT performance https://www.talkbasket.net/119747-collin-sexton-spoils-kyrie-irvings-return-with-unreal-2ot-performance https://www.talkbasket.net/119747-collin-sexton-spoils-kyrie-irvings-return-with-unreal-2ot-performance#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 10:35:30 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119747 Cleveland Cavaliers star guard Collin Sexton had a career night against the new-look Brooklyn Nets as dropped a career-high 42 points and spoiled point guard Kyrie Irving’s return:

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Collin Sexton spoils Kyrie Irving’s return with unreal 2OT performance

Cleveland Cavaliers star guard Collin Sexton had a career night against the new-look Brooklyn Nets as dropped a career-high 42 points and spoiled point guard Kyrie Irving’s return:

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Kyrie Irving points at ring finger after Cavs give him tribute video https://www.talkbasket.net/119745-kyrie-irving-points-at-ring-finger-after-cavs-give-him-tribute-video https://www.talkbasket.net/119745-kyrie-irving-points-at-ring-finger-after-cavs-give-him-tribute-video#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 10:31:29 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119745 Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving returned to play in Cleveland for the first time since 2017. Former Cleveland Cavaliers star pointed to his ring finger after they played him a tribute video:

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Kyrie Irving points at ring finger after Cavs give him tribute video

Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving returned to play in Cleveland for the first time since 2017. Former Cleveland Cavaliers star pointed to his ring finger after they played him a tribute video:

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Luke Walton on Clippers: “A championship-contending, grown-man All-Star, MVP” https://www.talkbasket.net/119742-luke-walton-on-clippers-a-championship-contending-grown-man-all-star-mvp https://www.talkbasket.net/119742-luke-walton-on-clippers-a-championship-contending-grown-man-all-star-mvp#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 10:22:34 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119742 The head coach of the Sacramento Kings Luke Walton praised the Los Angeles Clippers as potential championship contenders ahead of the game between the two teams. He also admitted that the defensive goal for the Kings is to keep the Clippers under 120 points. Even though Sacramento lost 96-115, they did keep their opponents to […]

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Luke Walton on Clippers: “A championship-contending, grown-man All-Star, MVP”

The head coach of the Sacramento Kings Luke Walton praised the Los Angeles Clippers as potential championship contenders ahead of the game between the two teams. He also admitted that the defensive goal for the Kings is to keep the Clippers under 120 points.

Even though Sacramento lost 96-115, they did keep their opponents to less than 120 points. “This Clipper team, this is a very elite team. A championship-contending, grown-man All-Star, MVP,” Walton said pre-game per Mirjam Swanson.

The win placed the Clippers at the top of the Western Conference, tying the Lakers’ record of 11-4. Meanwhile, the Kings are close to the bottom as they sit in 13th place with 5 wins and 10 losses.

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5 Hollywood Stars Who Used to Play Basketball https://www.talkbasket.net/119735-5-stars-who-used-to-play-basketball https://www.talkbasket.net/119735-5-stars-who-used-to-play-basketball#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 09:44:34 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119735 Many actors and actresses, singers, and other famous people played sports during their school years. Some of them preferred basketball. These are stars who chose sport instead of playing new casino games free. David Duchovny David Duchovny known as FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder played basketball at the point guard position. Yet, David had to […]

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5 Hollywood Stars Who Used to Play Basketball

Many actors and actresses, singers, and other famous people played sports during their school years. Some of them preferred basketball. These are stars who chose sport instead of playing new casino games free.

David Duchovny

David Duchovny known as FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder played basketball at the point guard position. Yet, David had to quit basketball because of an injury. But he always said he dreamed of being a basketball player.

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington had a passion for basketball in high school. He is now an avid LA Lakers fan and hangs out in the Staples Center bleachers with Curtis Jackson and Ice Cube. In 1998, Denzel starred in Spike Lee’s He Got Game. The movie, of course, had to do with basketball.

Jason Segel

Jason Segel also played basketball. Segel’s high school teammate became an NBA player. And he was Jason Collins, who managed to play for seven NBA clubs, including, New Jersey Nets, Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves and others. And Segel himself works in the film industry. Siegel and his team have won state championships and slam-dunk contests. 

Jason Sudeikis

Jason Sudeikis loves basketball and played it during his high school years. But he connected his life with the movie industry. Yet, he has not forgotten about basketball and plays in celebrity exhibition games. 

George Clooney

George Clooney is an American actor, film director, and producer. He is a winner of two Academy Awards and five Golden Globes. He also got a BAFTA and a Saturn Award. Moreover, Clooney played for the Augusta High School team.

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Kawhi Leonard ‘not satisfied’ despite the Clippers’ great start https://www.talkbasket.net/119733-kawhi-leonard-not-satisfied-despite-the-clippers-great-start https://www.talkbasket.net/119733-kawhi-leonard-not-satisfied-despite-the-clippers-great-start#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 06:48:45 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119733 Kawhi Leonard shared his thoughts on the performance of the Los Angeles Clippers in the season so far. Leonard said it’s important the team has won the majority of its games so far, yet there is still plenty of room for improvement. “Happy with the wins we’re getting but we’re not satisfied,” Leonard told reporters, […]

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Kawhi Leonard ‘not satisfied’ despite the Clippers’ great start

Kawhi Leonard shared his thoughts on the performance of the Los Angeles Clippers in the season so far.

Leonard said it’s important the team has won the majority of its games so far, yet there is still plenty of room for improvement.

“Happy with the wins we’re getting but we’re not satisfied,” Leonard told reporters, via Oh Youngmisuk of ESPN.

Leonard and the Clippers are on a five-game winning streak, while they sit on top of the Western Conference and tied with the Lakers, with the best record in the NBA.

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Frank Vogel says the Lakers will ‘play edgy’ vs the Bucks https://www.talkbasket.net/119731-frank-vogel-says-the-lakers-will-play-edgy-vs-the-bucks https://www.talkbasket.net/119731-frank-vogel-says-the-lakers-will-play-edgy-vs-the-bucks#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 05:34:54 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119731 Frank Vogel shared his thoughts on the upcoming clash between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday. Vogel, the head coach of the Lakers, believes the defending champions will ‘play edgy’ against a fellow title contender. “I don’t think it’s ever good to lose a game that you should win with a […]

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Frank Vogel says the Lakers will ‘play edgy’ vs the Bucks

Frank Vogel shared his thoughts on the upcoming clash between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday.

Vogel, the head coach of the Lakers, believes the defending champions will ‘play edgy’ against a fellow title contender.

“I don’t think it’s ever good to lose a game that you should win with a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter. That’s never good. That should give us nice and edgy.

If you’re looking at a silver lining, that it’ll make us edgy going into that Milwaukee game, maybe there’s something there, but I think when you’re playing against the best teams in the league, you’re going to play edgy anyway.

So I don’t know if that Golden State loss is going to impact that as much,” Vogel told reporters, via Silver Screen and Roll.

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Kobe Bryant’s Top 5 Dunks https://www.talkbasket.net/119720-kobe-bryants-top-5-dunks https://www.talkbasket.net/119720-kobe-bryants-top-5-dunks#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 04:30:19 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119720 Kobe Bryant was known for scoring in many ways, as he still currently sits 4th on the all-time scoring list with 33,643 points! Bean was famous for his killer midrange, but was also a major threat to take flight. In this article, we are going to take a look at Kobe’s top 5 slams! 5) […]

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Kobe Bryant’s Top 5 Dunks

Kobe Bryant was known for scoring in many ways, as he still currently sits 4th on the all-time scoring list with 33,643 points! Bean was famous for his killer midrange, but was also a major threat to take flight. In this article, we are going to take a look at Kobe’s top 5 slams!

5) “Buckle Up”

In 2003, Kobe Bryant threw down one of the nastiest posters of all-time in the Target Center. Bean attacked the baseline and stuffed it over the Minnesota big man. Kevin Harlan was on the call that night and made the famous quote: “Kobe Bryant just sucked the gravity out of the Target Center.”

4) “The Revenge Slam

After winning the MVP award over him in 2006, Kobe wanted to let Steve Nash know that he took it personally. After a great hustle play from Lamar Odom, Kobe took flight and served up a facial on Steve Nash!

3) Welcome to the NBA, Dwight

During the 2004-05 season, Kobe had a special present to welcome the league’s newest big man, Dwight Howard. Howard recalls the play vividly. He stated: “That’s when I realized I was still a rookie. I tried to just stand there because I thought he was gonna shoot a jump shot. He came down the lane and dunked it so hard. It was just like…. BOOM!”

2) “The Wrap-Around”

Perhaps one of Bean’s most remembered dunks. After a made free-throw, and an incredible outlet pass, Kobe decided that he would give the fans their money’s worth. It’s safe to say that this throw-down qualifies as “Showtime.”

1) Flight 24

During the preseason in 1997, Kobe Bryant slammed it over one of the league’s top defenders, Ben Wallace. In only his second year, Bean showed signs of becoming special talent, and this is a prime example. Check out the veterans on the bench!

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Lakers hopeful they will visit the White House later in the season, per report https://www.talkbasket.net/119718-lakers-hopeful-they-will-visit-the-white-house-later-in-the-season-per-report https://www.talkbasket.net/119718-lakers-hopeful-they-will-visit-the-white-house-later-in-the-season-per-report#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 03:44:16 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119718 The Los Angeles Lakers are hopeful they will be able to visit the White House at some point during the season, per Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. With President-elect Joe Biden taking over, the Lakers believe they will be able to visit the White House. “The Los Angeles Lakers are looking forward to reconvening a […]

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Lakers hopeful they will visit the White House later in the season, per report

The Los Angeles Lakers are hopeful they will be able to visit the White House at some point during the season, per Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

With President-elect Joe Biden taking over, the Lakers believe they will be able to visit the White House.

“The Los Angeles Lakers are looking forward to reconvening a post-championship tradition of visiting the White House at some point during the 2020-21 season after President-elect Joe Biden is sworn into office as the 46th President of the United States, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Waiting to see if Biden’s schedule will be freed up for the lone occasion the Lakers travel to take on the Washington Wizards, and gathering information on what the White House COVID-19 protocols will look like are all determining factors, sources said,” Haynes reports, via Lakers Nation.

The defending champions Lakers could visit the House in the second part of the season, when they will travel to Washington to face the Wizards.

The last NBA team that visited the White House was the Cleveland Cavaliers back in 2016.

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Russell Westbrook to follow the Wizards on their four-game road trip; still unknown if he will play https://www.talkbasket.net/119716-russell-westbrook-to-follow-the-wizards-on-their-four-game-road-trip-still-unknown-if-he-will-play https://www.talkbasket.net/119716-russell-westbrook-to-follow-the-wizards-on-their-four-game-road-trip-still-unknown-if-he-will-play#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 03:29:53 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119716 Russell Westbrook is expected to travel with the Washington Wizards for their four-game road trip that will start on Friday. Westbrook is out with a quad injury he sustained a few weeks ago and his status for the next four games remains unknonw. Washington head coach Scott Brooks noted he doesn’t know yet whether Westbrook […]

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Russell Westbrook to follow the Wizards on their four-game road trip; still unknown if he will play

Russell Westbrook is expected to travel with the Washington Wizards for their four-game road trip that will start on Friday.

Westbrook is out with a quad injury he sustained a few weeks ago and his status for the next four games remains unknonw.

Washington head coach Scott Brooks noted he doesn’t know yet whether Westbrook will play in the road games.

For their part, the Wizards have missed several games, due to positive coronavirus cases and contract tracing.

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Luol Deng the sixth highest paid player on the Lakers this season, per report https://www.talkbasket.net/119712-luol-deng-the-sixth-highest-paid-player-on-the-lakers-this-season-per-report https://www.talkbasket.net/119712-luol-deng-the-sixth-highest-paid-player-on-the-lakers-this-season-per-report#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 02:22:40 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119712 Luol Deng has retired from the NBA since October of 2019, however he is still getting paid by the Los Angeles Lakers. As Lakers Daily reports, Deng is the sixth highest paid player on the Lakers roster this season. Deng had agreed to a four-year, $72M contract with the Lakers back in the summer of […]

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Luol Deng the sixth highest paid player on the Lakers this season, per report

Luol Deng has retired from the NBA since October of 2019, however he is still getting paid by the Los Angeles Lakers.

As Lakers Daily reports, Deng is the sixth highest paid player on the Lakers roster this season.

Deng had agreed to a four-year, $72M contract with the Lakers back in the summer of 2016.

Even though the Lakers asked the NBA to waive and stretch Deng’s contract, that didn’t happen and the defending champions still owe money to the retired forward.

Deng has to receive $18M by the Lakers through the 2022 season.

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Lou Williams returns for the Clippers after a two-game absence https://www.talkbasket.net/119709-lou-williams-returns-for-the-clippers-after-a-two-game-absence https://www.talkbasket.net/119709-lou-williams-returns-for-the-clippers-after-a-two-game-absence#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 02:05:27 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119709 Lou Williams will be in the lineup of the Los Angeles Clippers for the game against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday. Williams missed the last two games of the Clippers with a hip injury (soreness). Even without Lou Williams, the Clippers managed to extend their winning streak to four games and now are at 10-4 […]

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Lou Williams returns for the Clippers after a two-game absence

Lou Williams will be in the lineup of the Los Angeles Clippers for the game against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday.

Williams missed the last two games of the Clippers with a hip injury (soreness).

Even without Lou Williams, the Clippers managed to extend their winning streak to four games and now are at 10-4 in the standings.

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Top 5 Basketball Themed New Video Games https://www.talkbasket.net/119737-top-5-basketball-themed-new-video-games https://www.talkbasket.net/119737-top-5-basketball-themed-new-video-games#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 01:54:00 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119737 All fans love to watch their athletes playing and appreciate their ability and victory. However, video games provide an exciting opportunity to one’s hopes and dreams and often concede the users to play the role of general manager. Basketball video games were not advanced in the ’90s, but now they are growing and shifting toward […]

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Top 5 Basketball Themed New Video Games

All fans love to watch their athletes playing and appreciate their ability and victory. However, video games provide an exciting opportunity to one’s hopes and dreams and often concede the users to play the role of general manager. Basketball video games were not advanced in the ’90s, but now they are growing and shifting toward playing online on screen. 50 Lines slot machine is the best online casino game that you can play for free. You can earn real money by playing this game. This game offers African safari, wilds, scatters, and free spins articles. 

Here is the list of the top 5 basketball themed new video games.

NCAA March Madness 2004

NCAA Basketball is the first 3D Basketball video game known in Europe as World League Basketball. However, this game has a healthy fascination with Blue devils. You can pick any squad of your choice, and they can take fight song, mascot, and beautiful color coordination. In this game, the player chooses his team and plays against the computer or human player. 

You have to score most baskets in the given time through passing. You have an opportunity to save this game on your android phone also have the option of settings that you can use anytime. The North American version of this game has five influential societies (ACC, SWC, Big East, Big 8 SEC) with fictional players. However, the Japanese have released their own fictional NBA representations, and Europe has fictional stories throughout the world. 

NBA Inside Drive 2002

This video game was published by the Microsoft studios, based on the National Basketball Association. It was the first Xbox game and did not get any fame because people who played this game were more invisible. After two and a half years, the NBA brought back to the NBA inside drive 2002 and released in 2002 as an Xbox game. 

In the ’90s Malabro and Marques Jhonson played this game play-by-play for Sonics. There were several comedowns with this game, and you can play only one session with the available Franchise. Besides these problems, this game has a lot of fun and activity. It is the best game due to the Xbox feature, and it does not shine much today, but it still provides the best product head to head. 

NBA Street Volume 2

This game was released on April 24, 2003, and has two versions. The original one was nice, and later one became a beast. This Basketball video game was published under EA sports Big label and known as EA Canada. However, the best point of this game is to add three players at a time, and you can get an opportunity to roll with them. To lineup with Kevin Garnett, Michael Jordan, and Dominique Wilkins adds a good experience. By adding background music from Bobitto Gracia, give a pulsatile rhythm to the game.

Moreover, this game also offers new tricks and moves by introducing game-breaker level. Players can also earn reward points at the end, used to purchase many rewards like; players, Jerseys, and courts. Anyhow, if the player wins several games then, most of the levels automatically unlocked. It is easy to play this game in a short time. This game provides an opportunity to check if you have not had a chance in the past. 

NBA 2K9

This game was released on October 7, 2008, and has the best graphics as a ball game. Moreover, the pictures look astonishing if you play them on PlayStation 3 or Xbox. This game has Kevin Garnett and Boston Celtics as their athletes. However, this game was developed by visual sports and published by 2K sports. This game was released for Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and Microsoft windows.

If you have a defensive team like the Celtics, then it can play good defense compared to Gribbles that play poor defense. The game is overall good except for the fault in lanes. The player can choose any team and can alter the style and overall presentation. Moreover, this game has several single, multiple player modes, including work, online, and quick play. You can also create new teams and players. 

NBA Jam

This game was developed by Canada and published by EA sports. This game was available as a full retail for PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. All versions of this game were available by purchasing a coupon for Elite 11, but later on, on September 28, 2010, EA announced NBA Elite would not perform this action. If you do not like games, you will definitely like NBA jam.

This game has 3D models with high-resolution graphics and several outrageous aspects of fire catching return from the original game. The Jam creator Mark Turmell is serving as the consultant of this game. In this game, the turbo coloring of player shoes shows that all the players came from fantasyland. Several people put quarters in these machines to blame them. It was a fun game to play against humans and such a fun game to play against the computer.

Conclusion

This task provides all information about the top 5 basketball-themed video games. Each genre of writing describes all aspects of sports in-depth. In this project, basketball video games present an opportunity to combat with free time. You can choose the player of your choice with multiple or single modes of games. With the given tools of games, you can change the settings of the game anytime. These games have a specialty of multiple players at a time. Although, video games have several benefits to recover boredom but have side effects on health due to overuse. It is beneficial only in limits.

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Kyle Kuzma says the Lakers are ‘ready to fight’ vs the Bucks https://www.talkbasket.net/119707-kyle-kuzma-says-the-lakers-are-ready-to-fight-vs-the-bucks https://www.talkbasket.net/119707-kyle-kuzma-says-the-lakers-are-ready-to-fight-vs-the-bucks#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 01:52:50 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119707 Kyle Kuzma said the Lakers are locked in ahead of the clash with the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night. Kuzma called the Bucks a ‘tough contender’ and made it clear the Lakers are ‘ready to fight’ against Milwaukee. “I’m just trying to win the game. … We have a tough matchup with a contender and […]

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Kyle Kuzma says the Lakers are ‘ready to fight’ vs the Bucks

Kyle Kuzma said the Lakers are locked in ahead of the clash with the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night.

Kuzma called the Bucks a ‘tough contender’ and made it clear the Lakers are ‘ready to fight’ against Milwaukee.

“I’m just trying to win the game. … We have a tough matchup with a contender and we’re ready to fight,” Kuzma said, via Ryan Ward of Lakers Daily.

Kuzma and the Lakers want to bounce back from their home loss to the Golden State Warriors on Monday (115-113).

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Three Lakers players probable vs the Bucks; LeBron James remains questionable https://www.talkbasket.net/119702-lakers-injury-report-three-players-probable-lebron-james-questionable-vs-the-bucks https://www.talkbasket.net/119702-lakers-injury-report-three-players-probable-lebron-james-questionable-vs-the-bucks#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 01:04:33 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119702 Several Lakers players are included in the injury report for the game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday. Anthony Davis (right ankle sprain), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (left ankle sprain) and Wesley Matthews (sore right Achilles) are probable for the contest. At the same time, the Lakers list LeBron James as questionable with a left ankle sprain, […]

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Three Lakers players probable vs the Bucks; LeBron James remains questionable

Several Lakers players are included in the injury report for the game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday.

Anthony Davis (right ankle sprain), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (left ankle sprain) and Wesley Matthews (sore right Achilles) are probable for the contest.

At the same time, the Lakers list LeBron James as questionable with a left ankle sprain, however he is expected to play against the Bucks.

On the other hand, Kostas Antetokounmpo (right knee patellar tendinitis) and Jared Dudley (sore right calf) will miss another game for the Lakers.

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Celtics’ Jayson Tatum ready for his return after missing time due to COVID-19 https://www.talkbasket.net/119701-celtics-jayson-tatum-ready-for-his-return-after-missing-time-due-to-covid-19 https://www.talkbasket.net/119701-celtics-jayson-tatum-ready-for-his-return-after-missing-time-due-to-covid-19#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 00:59:29 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119701 The Boston Celtics are patiently waiting for Jayson Tatum to return and the franchise superstar is close to get back to court after clearing NBA’s health and safety protocols. “He worked out yesterday, real briefly,” Stevens said, per Boston.com. “I think he did some work back in Boston today. He feels great. He’s out of […]

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Celtics’ Jayson Tatum ready for his return after missing time due to COVID-19

The Boston Celtics are patiently waiting for Jayson Tatum to return and the franchise superstar is close to get back to court after clearing NBA’s health and safety protocols.

“He worked out yesterday, real briefly,” Stevens said, per Boston.com. “I think he did some work back in Boston today. He feels great. He’s out of the protocol but now he has to ramp back up the activity.”

Tatum tested positive to coronavirus after trip to Miami that resulted in postponing Boston’s next three games due to contact tracing protocols.

The Celtics’ superstar could be available in game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday. Tatum has had a strong start to the 2020-21 season averaging 26.9 points per game.

The Celtics have an 1-1 record including a blowout loss to the New York Knicks in the games Tatum missed so far.

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Pistons’ Killian Hayes avoids surgery, expected to be re-evaluated in 8 weeks https://www.talkbasket.net/119697-pistons-killian-hayes-avoids-surgery-expected-to-be-re-evaluated-in-8-weeks https://www.talkbasket.net/119697-pistons-killian-hayes-avoids-surgery-expected-to-be-re-evaluated-in-8-weeks#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 00:36:49 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119697 The Detroit Pistons’ rookie Killian Hayes will be out for at least eight weeks with a hip injury, according to Tim Bontemps of ESPN. The team announced he will be treated with rest and rehabilitation until his injury’s re-evaluation. He picked up the injury in a Jan. 4 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks and has not returned […]

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Pistons’ Killian Hayes avoids surgery, expected to be re-evaluated in 8 weeks

The Detroit Pistons’ rookie Killian Hayes will be out for at least eight weeks with a hip injury, according to Tim Bontemps of ESPN. The team announced he will be treated with rest and rehabilitation until his injury’s re-evaluation.

He picked up the injury in a Jan. 4 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks and has not returned to the court since. The No. 7 overall pick of the 2020 Draft, Hayes was instantly inserted in Detroit’s starting lineup.

He averaged 4.6 points and 3.6 assists in seven appearances shooting a concerning 27.7% from the field. With the rookie unable to play, Derrick Rose and Delon Wright are expected to share the starting point-guard duties.

With the current timetable, Hayes is not expected to return to action before the mid-season All-Star break in March. Hayes has already missed six games since his hip issue occurred on January 4.

The Pistons have only won three times in the first 13 games of the season as the franchise is on a ‘rebuild state’ since the past offseason under new general manager Troy Weaver.

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Wesley Matthews says Lakers have their ‘work cut out’ ahead of matchup vs. Bucks https://www.talkbasket.net/119696-wesley-matthews-says-lakers-have-their-work-cut-out-ahead-of-matchup-vs-bucks https://www.talkbasket.net/119696-wesley-matthews-says-lakers-have-their-work-cut-out-ahead-of-matchup-vs-bucks#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2021 00:14:04 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119696 Wesley Matthews will face his former team for the first time this season as the Los Angeles Lakers are set to play against the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday. Matthews is a Wisconsin native, who played for Marquette during his collegiate career. He returned last season signing with the Bucks and starting in every game. The […]

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Wesley Matthews says Lakers have their ‘work cut out’ ahead of matchup vs. Bucks

Wesley Matthews will face his former team for the first time this season as the Los Angeles Lakers are set to play against the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday.

Matthews is a Wisconsin native, who played for Marquette during his collegiate career. He returned last season signing with the Bucks and starting in every game.

The savvy veteran knows exactly what his former team can bring to the table as the Lakers are about to start a tough 7-game road trip.

(via Lakersnation):

“We’ve got to bounce back from that Golden State loss,” Matthews said. “We’ve got a tough road trip ahead of us, starting with Milwaukee. They’ve got great players all across the board, great team.

“We’re going to have our work cut out for us.”

Frank Vogel’s team will try to bounce back from Monday’s loss to the Golden State Warriors facing the back-to-back reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo for the first time this season.

The two teams split their regular season series last year with both claiming victory in their home court.

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Cleveland Cavaliers plan to play tribute video for Kyrie Irving in game vs. Nets, per report https://www.talkbasket.net/119693-cleveland-cavaliers-plan-to-play-tribute-video-for-kyrie-irving-in-game-vs-nets https://www.talkbasket.net/119693-cleveland-cavaliers-plan-to-play-tribute-video-for-kyrie-irving-in-game-vs-nets#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2021 23:56:35 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119693 The Cleveland Cavaliers are planning to pay tribute to former franchise centerpiece Kyrie Irving with a video during the first quarter of Wednesday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets, per Chris Fedor of cleveland.com. Irving spent the first six years of his career with the Cavs and helped the franchise win an NBA championship for the […]

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Cleveland Cavaliers plan to play tribute video for Kyrie Irving in game vs. Nets, per report

The Cleveland Cavaliers are planning to pay tribute to former franchise centerpiece Kyrie Irving with a video during the first quarter of Wednesday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets, per Chris Fedor of cleveland.com.

Irving spent the first six years of his career with the Cavs and helped the franchise win an NBA championship for the first time in team’s history.

The Cavs wanted to air the video in his return game on Oct. 17, 2017, but Gordon Hayward’s gruesome injury made them scrap the celebration.

Irving did not get back in Cleveland since then, and the franchise vaulted the video since now. Since Irving’s trade to Boston, only Kevin Love and Matthew Dellavedova remained in Cleveland.

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Are the Brooklyn Nets now favourites for the 2021 NBA Championship? https://www.talkbasket.net/119679-are-the-brooklyn-nets-now-favourites-for-the-2021-nba-championship https://www.talkbasket.net/119679-are-the-brooklyn-nets-now-favourites-for-the-2021-nba-championship#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2021 23:40:55 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119679 With the Nets recently acquiring James Harden, they now have possibly the best offensive trio in the history of the NBA. But they had to give up a lot of their role players for this trade to the point where their defense is now incredibly weak and they have little to no depth on their […]

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Are the Brooklyn Nets now favourites for the 2021 NBA Championship?

With the Nets recently acquiring James Harden, they now have possibly the best offensive trio in the history of the NBA. But they had to give up a lot of their role players for this trade to the point where their defense is now incredibly weak and they have little to no depth on their team. But the big question, though, is can they win the 2021 NBA Championship?

Even before they signed James Harden, they were one of the front-runners for the title. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are a deadly duo themselves and then, at the time, they had Jarrett Allen, Caris LeVert, Taurean Prince and Radions Kurucs. Jarrett Allen is one of the best young rim protectors in the league and the other 3 players really added depth to the team. LeVert is a streaky type player who can have certain nights where he explodes with a 30 point game, and at just 26, he has a lot of room improvement. All of these players are still young, in fact, and the Nets traded away the majority of their future to sign James Harden. And if the signing of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving didn’t already make it clear, the Nets are playing for the Championship this season and next season. At this point in time, the General Manager doesn’t care about the franchise in even 10 years’ time, just winning these upcoming Championships at all costs.

But has James Harden actually made the Nets a better team? I cannot give a definitive answer to that question as I really don’t know. But I don’t think James Harden will be the source of problems with this team, it’ll be Kyrie Irving.

After Kyrie Irving did his best Dennis Rodman impression and had an unauthorised absence from the Brooklyn Nets, he is now quarantining, due to Covid-19 restrictions, and will be back out on the court shortly. While I appreciate that Kyrie may have personal issues to deal with, he signed a 4 year/ $136,490,600 contract with the Nets to play games for them. But not only is he disrespecting the Brooklyn Nets, he’s also disrespecting the entire NBA organization.

Many fans will tune into Brooklyn Net’s games expecting to see Kyrie play. So if Kyrie doesn’t show up, fans are less likely to watch Nets games. But this is only breaking the ice on issues that are surrounding Kyrie and the Nets. I could make an entire video on this topic and, in fact, that’s exactly what I’ve done. But to save you watching until the end to hear my opinion, I do believe the Nets can win the Championship this season, but I still have the Lakers as my favourite.

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Nets’ GM Sean Marks shows support to Kyrie Irving: “From time to time … need to take a step back and recharge” https://www.talkbasket.net/119690-nets-gm-sean-marks-shows-support-to-kyrie-irving-from-time-to-time-need-to-take-a-step-back-and-recharge https://www.talkbasket.net/119690-nets-gm-sean-marks-shows-support-to-kyrie-irving-from-time-to-time-need-to-take-a-step-back-and-recharge#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2021 23:38:55 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119690 The Brooklyn Nets are preparing to face the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday having Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving sharing the floor for the first time. Irving will get back on court after missing seven games due to personal reasons and Nets’ general manager Sean Marks supported his superstar for taking his time to […]

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Nets’ GM Sean Marks shows support to Kyrie Irving: “From time to time … need to take a step back and recharge”

The Brooklyn Nets are preparing to face the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday having Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving sharing the floor for the first time.

Irving will get back on court after missing seven games due to personal reasons and Nets’ general manager Sean Marks supported his superstar for taking his time to refocus and recharge.

(via Brian Lewis of NY Post):

“He even owned that in the press conference that he’s dealing with some personal stuff here, and without a doubt all of us … from time to time … need to take a step back and recharge or refocus. All we can do is support Ky and make sure we’re doing everything we possibly can, and helping him.

Irving addressed his absence with his teammates, the franchise and the media the previous days explaining that he needed a timeout.

“All I can tell you is I had terrific conversation with Kyrie this morning he’s excited about getting back on the court. He’s addressed the team as a group and also individually with the guys as well,” Marks said.

The Brooklyn Nets are set to face the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.

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Kings’ Tyrese Haliburton on Lakers’ Talen Horton-Tucker: “What I see is not a surprise” https://www.talkbasket.net/119685-kings-tyrese-haliburton-on-lakers-talen-horton-tucker-what-i-see-is-not-a-surprise https://www.talkbasket.net/119685-kings-tyrese-haliburton-on-lakers-talen-horton-tucker-what-i-see-is-not-a-surprise#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2021 23:16:03 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119685 The Los Angeles Lakers might have found a diamond in the rough in Talen Horton-Tucker as the sophomore evidently showed some really promising signs with his performances this season. However, his former Iowa State teammate and Sacramento’s rookie Tyrese Haliburton is not surprised by what Tucker is bringing to the Lakers. (via SB Nation.com): “It’s […]

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Kings’ Tyrese Haliburton on Lakers’ Talen Horton-Tucker: “What I see is not a surprise”

The Los Angeles Lakers might have found a diamond in the rough in Talen Horton-Tucker as the sophomore evidently showed some really promising signs with his performances this season.

However, his former Iowa State teammate and Sacramento’s rookie Tyrese Haliburton is not surprised by what Tucker is bringing to the Lakers.

(via SB Nation.com):

“It’s not surprising by any means, what he does on a nightly basis because that’s just literally who he’s been for as long as I’ve known him,” Haliburton said during his appearance in “The Old Man and the Three” podcast with JJ Redick.

“So it’s like, what I see is not a surprise, but there are some people who are, like, going nuts about what he does and I see it and I’m just like ‘there’s even more that we have yet to see.’

“I think what people don’t realize is Talen is the same age as the rookies. Because we’re the class of 2018, but he’s a year younger, so really he should have been a freshman last year and this should have been his first year.

People don’t understand how young he really is and what he really can bring to L.A…Talen’s a guy that’s ready for his opportunity and what we see: trust me, there’s a lot more to it.”

Haliburton was the 12th pick of the 2020 NBA Draft and he is one of the elite rookie performers at the start of the season, despite Sacramento’s mediocre performances.

In 12 games with the Sacramento Kings, Haliburton has averaged 11.0 points per game on 51.6% shooting from the field and 51% shooting from the three-point range.

On the other hand, his former Iowa State teammate is coping well with the Lakers’ title-contending squad showing brief glimpses of greatness.

Tucker averages 6.8 points along with 2.0 assists and 2.3 rebounds on 15.8 minutes per game in 13 appearances this season.

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11 new COVID-19 cases in NBA’s latest round of testing https://www.talkbasket.net/119681-11-new-covid-19-cases-in-nbas-latest-round-of-testing https://www.talkbasket.net/119681-11-new-covid-19-cases-in-nbas-latest-round-of-testing#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2021 22:54:52 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119681 11 new NBA players have tested positive for COVID-19 out of 502 tested since Jan. 13, the NBA and NBPA announced. “Anyone who has returned a confirmed positive test, or has been identified in close contact to an infected person, is isolated or quarantined until they are cleared under the rules established by the NBA […]

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11 new COVID-19 cases in NBA’s latest round of testing

11 new NBA players have tested positive for COVID-19 out of 502 tested since Jan. 13, the NBA and NBPA announced.

“Anyone who has returned a confirmed positive test, or has been identified in close contact to an infected person, is isolated or quarantined until they are cleared under the rules established by the NBA and Players Association in accordance with CDC guidance,” according to the statement by the NBA and NBPA.

This number is down from last week when the league recorded 16 positive tests out of 497 players.

There have been 16 total postponements so far this season, with the game between the Portland Trail Blazers and Memphis Grizzlies being the latest one.

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Rockets’ coach Stephen Silas shares status update on John Wall https://www.talkbasket.net/119682-rockets-coach-stephen-silas-shares-status-update-on-john-wall https://www.talkbasket.net/119682-rockets-coach-stephen-silas-shares-status-update-on-john-wall#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2021 22:52:26 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119682 The Houston Rockets are expecting John Wall to return soon, after missing the last four games of the team due to knee soreness. As head coach Stephen Silas stated, Wall could be back in action as soon as next week the promising coach revealed to radio host Matt Thomas of SportsTalk 790 in Houston. (via USA Today […]

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Rockets’ coach Stephen Silas shares status update on John Wall

The Houston Rockets are expecting John Wall to return soon, after missing the last four games of the team due to knee soreness.

As head coach Stephen Silas stated, Wall could be back in action as soon as next week the promising coach revealed to radio host Matt Thomas of SportsTalk 790 in Houston.

(via USA Today Sports):

“We actually had a meeting today, trying to figure out what the best way to handle his injury is going to be,” Silas said. “It doesn’t look like he’s going to play tonight, and it doesn’t look like he’s going to play over the weekend. But after the weekend, it looks like he’ll be back.”

Wall is averaging 18.6 points, 5.1 assists, and 4.7 rebounds in 33.9 minutes per game this season, after missing almost two years due to injury.

The five-time All-Star will miss Houston’s next two games against Detroit and Dallas along with Wednesday’s night matchup versus the Suns.

The Rockets now lost 4 out of their last 5 games being on a 4-8 record so far this season.

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NBA enforcing no handshakes, hugs policy https://www.talkbasket.net/119675-nba-enforcing-no-handshakes-hugs-policy https://www.talkbasket.net/119675-nba-enforcing-no-handshakes-hugs-policy#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2021 21:40:46 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119675 Beginning tonight, NBA teams’ security will be stationed at half-court for compliance of rules regarding pre- and post-game interactions, according to Shams Charania. The NBA and NBPA recently implemented several new COVID-19 protocols, some of them put in place to lessen the possibility of on-court transmission. One of them included interactions on game days, where […]

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NBA enforcing no handshakes, hugs policy

Beginning tonight, NBA teams’ security will be stationed at half-court for compliance of rules regarding pre- and post-game interactions, according to Shams Charania.

The NBA and NBPA recently implemented several new COVID-19 protocols, some of them put in place to lessen the possibility of on-court transmission.

One of them included interactions on game days, where players must limit those interactions to elbow or fist bumps, avoid extended socializing and maintain six feet of distance as much as possible.

Per Adrian Wojnarowski:

After witnessing some opposing players disregarding new league rules against unnecessary contact on game nights, the NBA is moving team security into the midcourt area to dissuade violations that include hugging and handshakes, according to a league memo obtained by ESPN on Wednesday.

The NBA issued the memo to re-enforce the rules that require teams to stay on their respective half of the court in pregame and halftime warm-ups.

Along with no handshakes or hugs, extended postgame conversations aren’t allowed.

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Trail Blazers-Grizzlies game postponed https://www.talkbasket.net/119672-trail-blazers-grizzlies-game-postponed https://www.talkbasket.net/119672-trail-blazers-grizzlies-game-postponed#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2021 20:55:46 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119672 The NBA has postponed the game between the Portland Trail Blazers and Memphis Grizzlies because of contact tracing, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. The contact tracing is focused on the Grizzlies’ side, as they don’t have the league-required eight players to proceed with the game. The Grizzlies last played on Jan. 18 against the Phoenix Suns, […]

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Trail Blazers-Grizzlies game postponed

The NBA has postponed the game between the Portland Trail Blazers and Memphis Grizzlies because of contact tracing, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

The contact tracing is focused on the Grizzlies’ side, as they don’t have the league-required eight players to proceed with the game.

The Grizzlies last played on Jan. 18 against the Phoenix Suns, but only center Jonas Valanciunas was listed out due to health and safety protocols.

It’s unknown if the contact tracing is linked to Valanciunas or other players who had possible close contact with someone else who tested positive.

The Trail Blazers and Grizzlies are scheduled to play next on Jan. 22, but if contact tracing continues, that game could also be in doubt.

This is now the 16th postponed game of the NBA season, as 21 out of 30 teams have had at least one postponement, notes Marc Stein of The New York Times.

The nine teams that haven’t been affected include the Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference, and the San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Sacramento Kings in the Western Conference.

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NBA makes several changes to upcoming schedule of games https://www.talkbasket.net/119670-nba-makes-several-changes-to-upcoming-schedule-of-games https://www.talkbasket.net/119670-nba-makes-several-changes-to-upcoming-schedule-of-games#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2021 20:24:57 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119670 The NBA has changed the game times for six games between Jan. 23 and Jan. 31, according to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. The changes are as follows: Jan. 23: Golden State Warriors at Utah Jazz game time changed to 9:00 PM ET and will no longer be televised by NBA TV Jan. 24: […]

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NBA makes several changes to upcoming schedule of games

The NBA has changed the game times for six games between Jan. 23 and Jan. 31, according to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated.

The changes are as follows:

  • Jan. 23: Golden State Warriors at Utah Jazz game time changed to 9:00 PM ET and will no longer be televised by NBA TV
  • Jan. 24: Toronto Raptors at Indiana Pacers game time changed to 1:00 PM ET and remain televised by NBA TV; Cleveland Cavaliers at Boston Celtics game time changed to 7:00 PM ET
  • Jan. 30: Portland Trail Blazers at Chicago Bulls game time changed to 8:00 PM ET
  • Jan. 31: Los Angeles Clippers at New York Knicks game time changed to 1:00 PM ET; Philadelphia 76ers at Indiana Pacers game time changed to 7:00 PM ET

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Anadolu Efes is unstoppable https://www.talkbasket.net/119666-anadolu-efes-is-unstoppable https://www.talkbasket.net/119666-anadolu-efes-is-unstoppable#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2021 19:20:22 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119666 With seventeenth games having been played in BSL, Anadolu Efes has been unstoppable. In its last game, Efes took on Frutti Extra Bursaspor. Efes won the game by 33 points, 91 – 58, and remained undefeated (17-0). and with this game, they won 17 games in a row. Efes is number one in the BSL […]

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Anadolu Efes is unstoppable

With seventeenth games having been played in BSL, Anadolu Efes has been unstoppable. In its last game, Efes took on Frutti Extra Bursaspor.

Efes won the game by 33 points, 91 – 58, and remained undefeated (17-0). and with this game, they won 17 games in a row. Efes is number one in the BSL standings the closest rival is three wins behind.

Here it is Efes’s results in BSL:

Galatasaray: 56   Anadolu Efes: 80

Anadolu Efes: 83   Türk Telekom: 78

OGM Ormanspor: 76  Anadolu Efes: 115

Anadolu Efes :89  Bahçeşehir Koleji: 66

Beşiktaş: 74  Anadolu Efes: 81

Anadolu Efes: 98  Büyükçekmece Basketbol: 79

Lokman Hekim Fethiye B.S. : 84  Anadolu Efes:90

Anadolu Efes: 86  HDI Sigorta Afyon Felediye: 67

Anadolu Efes: 74 Pınar Karşıyaka: 61

Petkim Spor: 71 Anadolu Efes:75

Tofaş: 78 Anadolu Efes: 92

Anadolu Efes: 85 Fenerbahçe Beko: 72

Darüşşafaka Tekfen: 70 Anadolu Efes: 81

Gaziantep Basketbol: 60 Anadolu Efes: 68

Anadolu Efes: 90  Galatasaray: 80

Türk Telekom: 84  Anadolu Efes: 86

Anadolu Efes: 91 Bursaspor: 58

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Kendrick Perkins: Nets won’t win a championship without Kyrie Irving https://www.talkbasket.net/119667-kendrick-perkins-nets-wont-win-a-championship-without-kyrie-irving https://www.talkbasket.net/119667-kendrick-perkins-nets-wont-win-a-championship-without-kyrie-irving#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2021 19:17:26 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119667 Former NBA Champion and current ESPN analyst Kendrick Perkins weighs in on point guard Kyrie Irving being re-introduced into the Brooklyn Nets’ lineup alongside small forward Kevin Durant and new teammate James Harden:

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Kendrick Perkins: Nets won’t win a championship without Kyrie Irving

Former NBA Champion and current ESPN analyst Kendrick Perkins weighs in on point guard Kyrie Irving being re-introduced into the Brooklyn Nets’ lineup alongside small forward Kevin Durant and new teammate James Harden:

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Magic’s Evan Fournier set to return from injury https://www.talkbasket.net/119659-magics-evan-fournier-set-to-return-from-injury https://www.talkbasket.net/119659-magics-evan-fournier-set-to-return-from-injury#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2021 18:45:57 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119659 Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier will be active and available to play against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Jan. 20, the team announced. Fournier, who last played on Dec. 31, missed the last nine games due to back spasms. The Magic went 2-7 in the nine games he missed, ranked 29th in offensive efficiency during that […]

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Magic’s Evan Fournier set to return from injury

Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier will be active and available to play against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Jan. 20, the team announced.

Fournier, who last played on Dec. 31, missed the last nine games due to back spasms.

The Magic went 2-7 in the nine games he missed, ranked 29th in offensive efficiency during that time and have lost six games in a row.

Fournier will likely be on a minutes restriction in his first game back.

In five games before getting hurt, the 28-year-old was averaging 14.8 points, 1.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.4 steals per game.

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Zeljko Obradovic is like LeBron James, says Derrick Williams https://www.talkbasket.net/119657-zeljko-orbadovic-is-like-lebron-james-says-derrick-williams https://www.talkbasket.net/119657-zeljko-orbadovic-is-like-lebron-james-says-derrick-williams#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2021 18:35:35 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119657 Derrick Williams, the number two pick of the 2011 NBA Draft, continues his career in Europe with Valencia Basket. In his second year overseas, the 29-year-old forward had the opportunity to work with a legendary coach Zeljko Obradovic at Fenerbahce. Being coached by a nine-time EuroLeague champion was a different experience for Williams who sees […]

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Zeljko Obradovic is like LeBron James, says Derrick Williams

Derrick Williams, the number two pick of the 2011 NBA Draft, continues his career in Europe with Valencia Basket. In his second year overseas, the 29-year-old forward had the opportunity to work with a legendary coach Zeljko Obradovic at Fenerbahce.

Being coached by a nine-time EuroLeague champion was a different experience for Williams who sees similarities between him and the Los Angeles Lakers superstar.

According to Williams, Obradovic is like LeBron James in terms of knowing everything about the game. He even called the Serbian coach the smartest person he has ever met.

“He’s an excellent coach,” Williams said of Obradovic per Nacho Losilla of NBA Spain. “He knows everything about basketball, he’s probably the smartest person I’ve ever met.

There are only two people who for me are at that level of knowing everything about the game: LeBron James and Zeljko Obradovic. They know everything about the other team, they know everything about all the players on our team. Having a coach like that makes you want to work a lot harder, so I give him a lot of credit.”

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Clay Travis on NBA’s China hypocrisy: “They shut up and dribble for Chairman XI” https://www.talkbasket.net/119658-clay-travis-on-nbas-china-hypocrisy-they-shut-up-and-dribble-for-chairman-xi https://www.talkbasket.net/119658-clay-travis-on-nbas-china-hypocrisy-they-shut-up-and-dribble-for-chairman-xi#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2021 18:28:25 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119658 Tuesday, sports journalist and OutKick host Clay Travis joined Shannon Bream on Fox News @ Night to talk about the NBA’s China hypocrisy, Title IX, and the marketplace of ideas, via OutKick: “You’ve got Gregg Popovich, Steve Kerr, and LeBron James saying they ‘won’t shut up and dribble,’ that they are more than basketball,” Travis […]

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Clay Travis on NBA’s China hypocrisy: “They shut up and dribble for Chairman XI”

Tuesday, sports journalist and OutKick host Clay Travis joined Shannon Bream on Fox News @ Night to talk about the NBA’s China hypocrisy, Title IX, and the marketplace of ideas, via OutKick:

“You’ve got Gregg Popovich, Steve Kerr, and LeBron James saying they ‘won’t shut up and dribble,’ that they are more than basketball,” Travis notes “but when it comes to the genocide in China, they won’t say a word.”

“They shut up and dribble for Chairman XI,” Clay goes on.

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Karl Malone on the time he wanted to kick Chris Webber’s ass https://www.talkbasket.net/119655-karl-malone-on-the-time-he-wanted-to-kick-chris-webbers-ass https://www.talkbasket.net/119655-karl-malone-on-the-time-he-wanted-to-kick-chris-webbers-ass#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2021 17:54:56 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119655 Former Utah Jazz star and two-time MVP, Karl Malone, sat down for the latest episode of Knuckleheads Podcast with Darius Miles & Quentin Richardson to remember the time he wanted to kick Chris Webber’s ass: “I love Chris Webber but this was one time where I wanted to kick his ass. Right? So we had […]

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Karl Malone on the time he wanted to kick Chris Webber’s ass

Former Utah Jazz star and two-time MVP, Karl Malone, sat down for the latest episode of Knuckleheads Podcast with Darius Miles & Quentin Richardson to remember the time he wanted to kick Chris Webber’s ass:

“I love Chris Webber but this was one time where I wanted to kick his ass. Right? So we had been wearing them out – at home – and Chris Webber started at half court looking for John Stockton. On the flip side, I say ‘Good on you Chris for studying the playbook. And we ran that four up and he didn’t even care. He hit Stockton right in the sternum with his elbow. I damn near felt it and [it] hurt. … I felt so bad I went over to Coach [Jerry] Sloan and I said, ‘Coach, don’t run that again, please.’ Stock[ton] looked at me and said ‘No, I’m good’ and the next play – well, you know.”

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Steve Francis & Darius Miles remember the late Eddie Griffin: “Hakeem took him under his wing” https://www.talkbasket.net/119651-steve-francis-darius-miles-remember-the-late-eddie-griffin-hakeem-took-him-under-his-wing https://www.talkbasket.net/119651-steve-francis-darius-miles-remember-the-late-eddie-griffin-hakeem-took-him-under-his-wing#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2021 17:34:48 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119651 Steve Francis & Darius Miles recently talked for a short moment on the Knuckleheads Podcast about the late Eddie Griffin. Francis played with Griffin in Houston, as Miles went up against Eddie in the NBA & during the 2000 McDonald’s All-American Game. The two touched on how great of a person Griffin was and also […]

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Steve Francis & Darius Miles remember the late Eddie Griffin: “Hakeem took him under his wing”

Steve Francis & Darius Miles recently talked for a short moment on the Knuckleheads Podcast about the late Eddie Griffin. Francis played with Griffin in Houston, as Miles went up against Eddie in the NBA & during the 2000 McDonald’s All-American Game.

The two touched on how great of a person Griffin was and also discussed the connection he had with Rocket legend Hakeem Olajuwon. The positive energy Eddie brought to former players and teammates still lives on today.

(Via Knuckleheads with Quentin Richardson & Darius Miles):

Steve Francis: “Hakeem took him under his wing man. He saw the capability in him to block shots and step out. Dream would always say ‘I wish I could shoot like this kid. I wish I had the length & attentiveness of Eddie.’ Cause I use to run pick & rolls with Eddie man, he would bail me out of so many times over dribbling the shot clock or he would post up and find me cutting, things like that. I got a lot of his stuff in here man, in my office. It was hard for me.”

“I wish I could’ve spent more time with him. He was a good teammate and he wanted to play basketball.”

Darius Miles: “He was my guy, real cool dude, real quiet dude.”

“He could’ve went out of high school, but chose to go to Seton Hall. He was the #1 player in my class.”

“Real good dude, shoutout E Griff.”

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Real Madrid head coach reacts to rumors regarding a deal with Thomas Heurtel https://www.talkbasket.net/119648-real-madrid-head-coach-reacts-to-rumors-regarding-a-deal-with-thomas-heurtel https://www.talkbasket.net/119648-real-madrid-head-coach-reacts-to-rumors-regarding-a-deal-with-thomas-heurtel#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2021 16:34:28 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119648 Real Madrid head coach Pablo Laso reacted to the rumors regarding a deal with former FC Barcelona head coach Thomas Heurtel. Laso called Heurtel a ‘very good player’, but denied the reports that Real has agreed to sign the French guard. “He is a very good player. But I take with humor all the references […]

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Real Madrid head coach reacts to rumors regarding a deal with Thomas Heurtel

Real Madrid head coach Pablo Laso reacted to the rumors regarding a deal with former FC Barcelona head coach Thomas Heurtel.

Laso called Heurtel a ‘very good player’, but denied the reports that Real has agreed to sign the French guard.

“He is a very good player. But I take with humor all the references that are made with Heurtel and Real Madrid, we have enough things to think about the team, to occupy time on such things,” Laso told reporters, via Eurohoops.net.

Per Chema de Lucas, Real has agreed to a two-year (1+1) deal with Heurtel that will start in the summer of 2021.

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Muggsy Bogues predicts Lakers vs 76ers in NBA Finals https://www.talkbasket.net/119646-muggsy-bogues-predicts-lakers-vs-76ers-in-nba-finals https://www.talkbasket.net/119646-muggsy-bogues-predicts-lakers-vs-76ers-in-nba-finals#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2021 15:16:25 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119646 In this VladTV clip, a former NBA point guard Muggsy Bogues shared who he thinks will face off in the 2021 NBA Finals. After pointing out that Philly, L.A., Boston, and Milwaukee have some great looking teams this year, Muggsy settled on Los Angeles Lakers vs Philadelphia 76ers. Space Jam star also weighed in on […]

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Muggsy Bogues predicts Lakers vs 76ers in NBA Finals

In this VladTV clip, a former NBA point guard Muggsy Bogues shared who he thinks will face off in the 2021 NBA Finals.

After pointing out that Philly, L.A., Boston, and Milwaukee have some great looking teams this year, Muggsy settled on Los Angeles Lakers vs Philadelphia 76ers.

Space Jam star also weighed in on Giannis Antetokounmpo being named MVP, and ex-NBA player John Salley believing that it should’ve gone to LeBron James.

Muggsy explained that while LeBron is a great player, you can’t argue with Antetokounmpo’ stats, which you can hear more about below:

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Marcellus Wiley on Malik Beasley dating Larsa Pippen: “I can see why” https://www.talkbasket.net/119644-marcellus-wiley-on-malik-beasley-dating-larsa-pippen-i-can-see-why https://www.talkbasket.net/119644-marcellus-wiley-on-malik-beasley-dating-larsa-pippen-i-can-see-why#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2021 14:41:46 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119644 In the latest VladTV clip, former NFL defensive end and current Fox Sports analyst Marcellus Wiley commented on Malik Beasley’s romance with Larsa Pippen. Wiley recalled seeing Larsa at an ESPY award show and said he could see the attraction and disregarded the pair’s age difference. Marcellus also pointed out older men dating younger women […]

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Marcellus Wiley on Malik Beasley dating Larsa Pippen: “I can see why”

In the latest VladTV clip, former NFL defensive end and current Fox Sports analyst Marcellus Wiley commented on Malik Beasley’s romance with Larsa Pippen.

Wiley recalled seeing Larsa at an ESPY award show and said he could see the attraction and disregarded the pair’s age difference.

Marcellus also pointed out older men dating younger women in addition to Larsa and Malik likely associating in the same social circles, meaning their paths were bound to cross.

Later in the clip, Wiley commented on the Minnesota Timberwolves guard Beasley’s legal situation:

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Ice Cube: “I’m putting my money on the Lakers, we ain’t worried about nothing” https://www.talkbasket.net/119640-ice-cube-im-putting-my-money-on-the-lakers-we-aint-worried-about-nothing https://www.talkbasket.net/119640-ice-cube-im-putting-my-money-on-the-lakers-we-aint-worried-about-nothing#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2021 11:49:57 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119640 During his appearance on Stephen A’s World, rapper and one of the founders of BIG3 basketball league, Ice Cube, says the star-studded Brooklyn Nets don’t scare him: “I’m putting my money on the Lakers, we ain’t worried about nothing.”

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Ice Cube: “I’m putting my money on the Lakers, we ain’t worried about nothing”

During his appearance on Stephen A’s World, rapper and one of the founders of BIG3 basketball league, Ice Cube, says the star-studded Brooklyn Nets don’t scare him: “I’m putting my money on the Lakers, we ain’t worried about nothing.”

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Steve Smith reacts to Kyrie Irving’s comments on absence https://www.talkbasket.net/119638-steve-smith-reacts-to-kyrie-irvings-comments-on-absence https://www.talkbasket.net/119638-steve-smith-reacts-to-kyrie-irvings-comments-on-absence#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2021 11:35:09 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119638 After the Brooklyn Nets star guard Kyrie Irving addressed the media following his absence from the team, sports analysts Candace Parker, Steven Smith, and Ro Parrish reacted to Irving’s return and comments on his absence from the Nets:

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Steve Smith reacts to Kyrie Irving’s comments on absence

After the Brooklyn Nets star guard Kyrie Irving addressed the media following his absence from the team, sports analysts Candace Parker, Steven Smith, and Ro Parrish reacted to Irving’s return and comments on his absence from the Nets:

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Zion Williamson trucks through Derrick Favors on tough finish https://www.talkbasket.net/119636-zion-williamson-trucks-through-derrick-favors-on-tough-finish https://www.talkbasket.net/119636-zion-williamson-trucks-through-derrick-favors-on-tough-finish#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2021 11:29:06 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119636 Zion Williamson scored 32 points in the New Orleans Pelicans’ 118-102 loss to the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night. Few players can match up with Williamson in the paint:

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Zion Williamson trucks through Derrick Favors on tough finish

Zion Williamson scored 32 points in the New Orleans Pelicans’ 118-102 loss to the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night.

Few players can match up with Williamson in the paint:

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Fenerbahce bulks up with Kyle O’Quinn https://www.talkbasket.net/119632-fenerbahce-bulks-up-with-kyle-oquinn https://www.talkbasket.net/119632-fenerbahce-bulks-up-with-kyle-oquinn#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2021 10:58:56 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119632 Looking to build on a current five-game winning streak and its steady rise in the standings, Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul has added frontcourt bulk by signing experienced power forward Kyle O’Quinn for the remainder of the season. O’Quinn (2.06 meters, 30 years old) last played with Philadelphia of the NBA, where he appeared in 29 games […]

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Fenerbahce bulks up with Kyle O’Quinn

Looking to build on a current five-game winning streak and its steady rise in the standings, Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul has added frontcourt bulk by signing experienced power forward Kyle O’Quinn for the remainder of the season.

O’Quinn (2.06 meters, 30 years old) last played with Philadelphia of the NBA, where he appeared in 29 games last season, averaging 3.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 11 minutes on court.

O’Quinn made his NBA debut in 2012 and played three seasons in Orlando, three more in New York and another in Indiana before joining Philadelphia.

O’Quinn appeared in a total of 474 NBA games over eight seasons, averaging 5.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.0 blocks in 14 minutes per game. He played college ball in Norfolk State from 2008 to 2012.

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Astounding record of Zion Williamson https://www.talkbasket.net/119622-astounding-record-of-zion-williamson https://www.talkbasket.net/119622-astounding-record-of-zion-williamson#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2021 09:21:50 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119622 Zion Williamson is considered one of the most talented young players in the league. His name is entering the record books. On Tuesday, he scored 32 points on 73% shooting against the Utah Jazz. With this achievement he became the youngest player in NBA history with consecutive games of 30 points on at least 70% […]

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Astounding record of Zion Williamson

Zion Williamson is considered one of the most talented young players in the league. His name is entering the record books. On Tuesday, he scored 32 points on 73% shooting against the Utah Jazz.

With this achievement he became the youngest player in NBA history with consecutive games of 30 points on at least 70% field goal percentage. Williamson is averaging 23.4 points, 8 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game this season.

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Hassan Whiteside on Jabari Parker’s car: “Where did you get that from, cat in the hat?” https://www.talkbasket.net/119619-hassan-whiteside-on-jabari-parkers-car-where-did-you-get-that-from-cat-in-the-hat https://www.talkbasket.net/119619-hassan-whiteside-on-jabari-parkers-car-where-did-you-get-that-from-cat-in-the-hat#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2021 08:29:36 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119619 Sacramento Kings big guy Hassan Whiteside, well-known for his fun and hilarity, this time reacted joyfully to a teammate’s car. Kings forward Jabari Parker arrived in a vintage car (1950 Chevrolet Carryall) and got roasted by Whiteside.

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Hassan Whiteside on Jabari Parker’s car: “Where did you get that from, cat in the hat?”

Sacramento Kings big guy Hassan Whiteside, well-known for his fun and hilarity, this time reacted joyfully to a teammate’s car.

Kings forward Jabari Parker arrived in a vintage car (1950 Chevrolet Carryall) and got roasted by Whiteside.

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Zaire Wade reacts to dad Dwyane Wade posting a half-naked photo on IG https://www.talkbasket.net/119614-zaire-wade-reacts-to-dad-dwyane-wade-posting-a-half-naked-photo-on-ig-to-celebrate-his-birthday https://www.talkbasket.net/119614-zaire-wade-reacts-to-dad-dwyane-wade-posting-a-half-naked-photo-on-ig-to-celebrate-his-birthday#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2021 08:11:29 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119614 Three-time NBA champion Dwyane Wade, who starred for the Miami Heat for most of his 16 NBA seasons, celebrated his 39th birthday by posing nude for Instagram, and his kids weren’t happy about it: Kids reaction: Full story:

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Zaire Wade reacts to dad Dwyane Wade posting a half-naked photo on IG

Three-time NBA champion Dwyane Wade, who starred for the Miami Heat for most of his 16 NBA seasons, celebrated his 39th birthday by posing nude for Instagram, and his kids weren’t happy about it:

Kids reaction:

Photo via awesemo.com

Full story:

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Bol Bol throws down an incredible one-handed coast-to-coast dunk https://www.talkbasket.net/119612-bol-bol-throws-down-an-incredible-one-handed-coast-to-coast-dunk https://www.talkbasket.net/119612-bol-bol-throws-down-an-incredible-one-handed-coast-to-coast-dunk#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2021 07:51:32 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119612 The 21-year-old Denver Nuggets center Bol Bol scored two points to go with one rebound across seven minutes in a 119-101 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Bol Bol isn’t getting too many minutes on this experienced Denver Nuggets team, but he continues to flash his athletic talents whenever he gets an opportunity:

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Bol Bol throws down an incredible one-handed coast-to-coast dunk

The 21-year-old Denver Nuggets center Bol Bol scored two points to go with one rebound across seven minutes in a 119-101 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Bol Bol isn’t getting too many minutes on this experienced Denver Nuggets team, but he continues to flash his athletic talents whenever he gets an opportunity:

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Anthony Davis says the Lakers are under ‘pressure’ to beat the Bucks https://www.talkbasket.net/119610-anthony-davis-says-the-lakers-are-under-pressure-to-beat-the-bucks https://www.talkbasket.net/119610-anthony-davis-says-the-lakers-are-under-pressure-to-beat-the-bucks#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2021 05:11:13 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119610 Anthony Davis shared his thoughts on the upcoming clash between the Lakers and the Bucks on Thursday night. Following the loss to the Warriors on Monday (115-113), Davis said the Lakers are under ‘pressure’ to defeat Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks. “We know we’re a good team. We know that teams are going to come […]

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Anthony Davis says the Lakers are under ‘pressure’ to beat the Bucks

Anthony Davis shared his thoughts on the upcoming clash between the Lakers and the Bucks on Thursday night.

Following the loss to the Warriors on Monday (115-113), Davis said the Lakers are under ‘pressure’ to defeat Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks.

“We know we’re a good team. We know that teams are going to come out and play their best against us. But the way we lost, we don’t like.

Obviously we have to look back at the film and see where we can be better, but we’ve always bounced back. We don’t like losing two in a row, so our next game, we’re going to put a lot of pressure on ourselves to win that game.

Nobody in that locker room likes to lose. It’s a tough one. It’s one that we for sure should have won, so this one hurts a little more, but we’ll watch the film when we get back together and try to figure out how to get better and get ready for Milwaukee,” Davis said, via Lakers Daily.

Davis and the Lakers want to avoid suffering back-to-back losses for the first time this season and the first time since August 8, 2020.

For the time being, the Lakers are on top of the West with the best record in the NBA (11-4).

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Anthony Davis believes the Lakers could become the next dynasty in the NBA https://www.talkbasket.net/119608-anthony-davis-believes-the-lakers-could-become-the-next-dynasty-in-the-nba https://www.talkbasket.net/119608-anthony-davis-believes-the-lakers-could-become-the-next-dynasty-in-the-nba#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2021 03:22:22 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119608 Anthony Davis has a lot of confidence in the potential of the Los Angeles Lakers’ roster. Davis is optimistic the Lakers can defend their title and replace the Golden State Warriors as the next dynasty in the NBA. “I think when you’re defending champs you kind of hold that standard for the league. I don’t […]

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Anthony Davis believes the Lakers could become the next dynasty in the NBA

Anthony Davis has a lot of confidence in the potential of the Los Angeles Lakers’ roster.

Davis is optimistic the Lakers can defend their title and replace the Golden State Warriors as the next dynasty in the NBA.

“I think when you’re defending champs you kind of hold that standard for the league. I don’t want to say we took over, because the Warriors won three out of four.

We haven’t accomplished that yet, but I think whoever the defending champions are kind of hold that standard of what each team wants to become. We have that target on our back this year. Teams are trying to match up to beat the Lakers.

It comes with the territory when you’re holding the title. We’ve been doing a great job of continuing do what we do and getting better at it to hold that title and keep it here in L.A.

Every night we’re going to get the other team’s best shot. We’ve seen that a lot this year with our team,” Davis said about the Lakers, via Lakers Nation.

For their part, the Warriors played in five straight NBA Finals (2015-2019) and won the title three times (2015, 2017, 2018).

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“If Brandon Ingram becomes a two-way superstar, the Pelicans can contend for titles,” says NBA Insider https://www.talkbasket.net/119606-if-brandon-ingram-becomes-a-two-way-superstar-the-pelicans-can-contend-for-titles-says-nba-insider https://www.talkbasket.net/119606-if-brandon-ingram-becomes-a-two-way-superstar-the-pelicans-can-contend-for-titles-says-nba-insider#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2021 02:46:04 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119606 If Brandon Ingram becomes a two-way superstar, he can help the New Orleans Pelicans become title contenders, says NBA Insider Zach Lowe. As Lowe notes, Ingram should keep playing at an elite level and approach double digits in assists. “If Brandon Ingram becomes the player he thinks he can be — a two-way superstar who […]

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“If Brandon Ingram becomes a two-way superstar, the Pelicans can contend for titles,” says NBA Insider

If Brandon Ingram becomes a two-way superstar, he can help the New Orleans Pelicans become title contenders, says NBA Insider Zach Lowe.

As Lowe notes, Ingram should keep playing at an elite level and approach double digits in assists.

“If Brandon Ingram becomes the player he thinks he can be — a two-way superstar who approaches double digits in assists — the Pelicans have a chance to contend for titles,” Lowe says, via NBA Analysis Network.

Since joining the Pelicans via a trade from the Lakers, Brandon Ingram has become an elite player, while he is also the reigning Sixth Man of the Year.

He is averaging 23.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.1 assists for the Pelicans this season.

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Josh Hart opens up about the trade rumors while on the Lakers: “Thank God I don’t have to deal with that s**t anymore” https://www.talkbasket.net/119604-josh-hart-opens-up-about-the-trade-rumors-while-on-the-lakers-thank-god-i-dont-have-to-deal-with-that-st-anymore https://www.talkbasket.net/119604-josh-hart-opens-up-about-the-trade-rumors-while-on-the-lakers-thank-god-i-dont-have-to-deal-with-that-st-anymore#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2021 02:25:04 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119604 Josh Hart opened up about the trade rumors that surrounded his presence in the Los Angeles Lakers. Hart is relieved he no longer has to deal with these rumors, after getting traded to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Anthony Davis. “The [trade rumors] were tough on him (Ingram). Before LeBron got there, he […]

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Josh Hart opens up about the trade rumors while on the Lakers: “Thank God I don’t have to deal with that s**t anymore”

Josh Hart opened up about the trade rumors that surrounded his presence in the Los Angeles Lakers.

Hart is relieved he no longer has to deal with these rumors, after getting traded to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Anthony Davis.

“The [trade rumors] were tough on him (Ingram). Before LeBron got there, he had been given the keys. And then people in L.A. were killing him: He’s not as good anymore.

He’s not a great No 2. pick. The rumors became part of our lives, all year. Thank God I don’t have to deal with that s— anymore,” Hart said about the trade, via Zach Lowe of ESPN.

As part of the blockbuster trade, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball joined the Pelicans, while Davis signed with the Lakers and led the team to the 2020 NBA title.

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Kendrick Perkins calls Kevin Durant the ‘best scorer’ in NBA history https://www.talkbasket.net/119602-kendrick-perkins-calls-kevin-durant-the-best-scorer-in-nba-history https://www.talkbasket.net/119602-kendrick-perkins-calls-kevin-durant-the-best-scorer-in-nba-history#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2021 01:59:50 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119602 Kendrick Perkins once again praised Kevin Durant for his excellent scoring skills, after the latter dropped 30 points against the Bucks. Perkins has been impressed by how well Durant has been playing, despite his 18-month absence, due to an Achilles injury. Perkins, an NBA champion and current ESPN analyst, called Durant ‘the best scorer’ in […]

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Kendrick Perkins calls Kevin Durant the ‘best scorer’ in NBA history

Kendrick Perkins once again praised Kevin Durant for his excellent scoring skills, after the latter dropped 30 points against the Bucks.

Perkins has been impressed by how well Durant has been playing, despite his 18-month absence, due to an Achilles injury.

Perkins, an NBA champion and current ESPN analyst, called Durant ‘the best scorer’ in NBA history.

“Kevin Durant averaging 30 points a night on 54% shooting from the field coming off Achilles injury is INSANE…it also confirms what I’ve been saying for the last few year that he’s the BEST SCORER to ever touch the damn basketball!!! Btw Good morning my good people,” Perkins tweeted.

Durant is averaging 30.6 points (54.1% shooting, 48.4% from beyond the arc), 7.1 rebounds and 5.7 assists this season.

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Talen Horton-Tucker not worried about his role in the Lakers this season https://www.talkbasket.net/119600-talen-horton-tucker-not-worried-about-his-role-in-the-lakers-this-season https://www.talkbasket.net/119600-talen-horton-tucker-not-worried-about-his-role-in-the-lakers-this-season#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2021 01:39:02 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119600 Talen Horton-Tucker is not worried about his role in the Los Angeles Lakers this season and just wants to have as much playing time as possible. Horton-Tucker noted he feels comfortable with any role in the Lakers’ tactics and is ready to make the difference for his team. “I feel like you can put me […]

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Talen Horton-Tucker not worried about his role in the Lakers this season

Talen Horton-Tucker is not worried about his role in the Los Angeles Lakers this season and just wants to have as much playing time as possible.

Horton-Tucker noted he feels comfortable with any role in the Lakers’ tactics and is ready to make the difference for his team.

“I feel like you can put me anywhere on the court. You can put me with any group that we have and I feel like I can get some things done and just help us win a game. Just try to make winning plays on both ends.

There’s not really a specific place I feel comfortable yet, because I’m actually kind of getting thrown,” Horton-Tucker said, via Lakers Nation.

Horton-Tucker is averaging 6.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and two assists in 15.6 minutes of action this season.

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Clippers injury report: Lou Williams considered day-to-day; Serge Ibaka expected to return vs the Kings https://www.talkbasket.net/119595-clippers-injury-report-lou-williams-considered-day-to-day-serge-ibaka-expected-to-return-vs-the-kings https://www.talkbasket.net/119595-clippers-injury-report-lou-williams-considered-day-to-day-serge-ibaka-expected-to-return-vs-the-kings#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2021 01:00:53 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119595 Lou Williams and Serge Ibaka have entered the injury report of the Los Angeles Clippers for the match against the Sacramento Kings. As Clippers head coach, Tyronn Lue, noted, Williams is considered day-to-day, as he is still dealing with a hip injury (soreness). Meanwhile, Lue said Ibaka is expected to return to the lineup, after […]

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Clippers injury report: Lou Williams considered day-to-day; Serge Ibaka expected to return vs the Kings

Lou Williams and Serge Ibaka have entered the injury report of the Los Angeles Clippers for the match against the Sacramento Kings.

As Clippers head coach, Tyronn Lue, noted, Williams is considered day-to-day, as he is still dealing with a hip injury (soreness).

Meanwhile, Lue said Ibaka is expected to return to the lineup, after missing the last game of the Clippers with a non-Covid related illness.

Even without Williams and Ibaka, the Clippers dominated the Indiana Pacers at home (96-129) and have now won four straight games (10-4).

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Stephen A. Smith: “Kevin Durant is going to win league MVP” https://www.talkbasket.net/119596-stephen-a-smith-kevin-durant-is-going-to-win-league-mvp https://www.talkbasket.net/119596-stephen-a-smith-kevin-durant-is-going-to-win-league-mvp#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2021 00:54:36 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119596 One of the most outspoken commentators around, Stephen A. Smith, eagerly declares the Brooklyn Nets star forward Kevin Durant, who missed the entire 2019/2020 season due to an Achilles tendon injury, will be crowned MVP and Comeback Player of the Year after his strong start with the Nets: “Kevin Durant is going to win league […]

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Stephen A. Smith: “Kevin Durant is going to win league MVP”

One of the most outspoken commentators around, Stephen A. Smith, eagerly declares the Brooklyn Nets star forward Kevin Durant, who missed the entire 2019/2020 season due to an Achilles tendon injury, will be crowned MVP and Comeback Player of the Year after his strong start with the Nets: “Kevin Durant is going to win league MVP honors … and he’s going to be crowned the Comeback Player of the Year.”

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Karl Malone says Zion Williamson needs to get into shape https://www.talkbasket.net/119593-karl-malone-says-zion-williamson-needs-to-get-into-shape https://www.talkbasket.net/119593-karl-malone-says-zion-williamson-needs-to-get-into-shape#respond Wed, 20 Jan 2021 00:31:04 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119593 Former Utah Jazz star and two-time MVP, Karl Malone, sat down for the latest episode of Knuckleheads Podcast with Darius Miles & Quentin Richardson to discuss what rising the New Orleans Pelican star, Zion Williamson, needs to do in order to tap into his fullest potential: “Guys, I love Zion Williamson. We might not ever […]

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Karl Malone says Zion Williamson needs to get into shape

Former Utah Jazz star and two-time MVP, Karl Malone, sat down for the latest episode of Knuckleheads Podcast with Darius Miles & Quentin Richardson to discuss what rising the New Orleans Pelican star, Zion Williamson, needs to do in order to tap into his fullest potential:

“Guys, I love Zion Williamson. We might not ever know his full potential. There was a young man who played at LSU – [Glen] ‘Big Baby’ Davis – Big Baby made a comment about eight months ago. And he came on that show and he said ‘Hey now, guys, I’m about to get into trouble with what I’m about to say. I know everybody loves Zion and I love him too. But Zion has the same body type that I got.’ He was talking about himself. And [Davis] said, ‘If [Williamson] don’t get into shape, we’ll never know his full potential.’ And he did get heat for that. But guess what guys, he needs to be averaging 40 minutes a game. You are a 21-22-year-old kid, your ass shouldn’t be getting tired.”

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Jimmy Butler, Avery Bradley remain out for Heat https://www.talkbasket.net/119584-jimmy-butler-avery-bradley-remain-out-for-heat https://www.talkbasket.net/119584-jimmy-butler-avery-bradley-remain-out-for-heat#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 23:43:35 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119584 The Miami Heat will begin their four-game road trip on Jan. 20 without Jimmy Butler and Avery Bradley due to health and safety protocols. The two players did not travel with the team for their next two games in Tampa against the Toronto Raptors, according to Ira Winderman of The South Florida Sun Sentinel. It’s […]

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Jimmy Butler, Avery Bradley remain out for Heat

The Miami Heat will begin their four-game road trip on Jan. 20 without Jimmy Butler and Avery Bradley due to health and safety protocols.

The two players did not travel with the team for their next two games in Tampa against the Toronto Raptors, according to Ira Winderman of The South Florida Sun Sentinel.

It’s unclear if they will join the team and play the final two games of the road trip on Jan. 23 and Jan. 25.

Butler and Bradley last played in the Heat’s victory over the Washington Wizards on Jan. 9 and the team has gone 1-3 since then.

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Shannon Sharpe: “Harden & KD look better together than KD & Kyrie” https://www.talkbasket.net/119591-shannon-sharpe-harden-kd-look-better-together-than-kd-kyrie https://www.talkbasket.net/119591-shannon-sharpe-harden-kd-look-better-together-than-kd-kyrie#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 23:37:34 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119591 After the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 125-to-123 in a thriller yesterday, with newcomer James Harden posting 34 points for the Nets, a three-time Super Bowl Champion and Pro Football Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe shared his thoughts on whether point guard Kyrie Irving’s return will hurt Kevin Durant and James Harden’s flow: “I […]

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Shannon Sharpe: “Harden & KD look better together than KD & Kyrie”

After the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 125-to-123 in a thriller yesterday, with newcomer James Harden posting 34 points for the Nets, a three-time Super Bowl Champion and Pro Football Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe shared his thoughts on whether point guard Kyrie Irving’s return will hurt Kevin Durant and James Harden’s flow:

“I think it’s going to be extremely difficult. Someone is going to have to sacrifice major shots. I really don’t know how this is going to work. Harden & KD look better together than KD & Kyrie.”

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Sixers injury report: Seth Curry clears COVID-19 protocol, Joel Embiid set to return vs. Celtics https://www.talkbasket.net/119580-sixers-injury-report-seth-curry-clears-covid-19-protocol-joel-embiid-set-to-return-vs-celtics https://www.talkbasket.net/119580-sixers-injury-report-seth-curry-clears-covid-19-protocol-joel-embiid-set-to-return-vs-celtics#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 23:34:32 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119580 Doc Rivers could have Seth Curry at his disposal in the near future, as the sharpshooter cleared the COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Curry had missed the last five games of his team while he was quarantined after testing positive to COVID-19. Mike Scott and Vincent Poirier remain unavailable as the team announced. The Sixers […]

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Sixers injury report: Seth Curry clears COVID-19 protocol, Joel Embiid set to return vs. Celtics

Doc Rivers could have Seth Curry at his disposal in the near future, as the sharpshooter cleared the COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

Curry had missed the last five games of his team while he was quarantined after testing positive to COVID-19. Mike Scott and Vincent Poirier remain unavailable as the team announced.

The Sixers are facing their Eastern Conference rivals Boston Celtics Wednesday hoping to return to their winning ways after losing a close one to Memphis.

It’s still uncertain if Curry is ready to return to play on Wednesday, however his absence hurt Philadelphia’s scoring production.

Curry scored in double digits in seven games this season with the Sixers having a 7-0 record in these occasions. The veteran sharpshooter averages 17.0 points per shooting 59.5% from the three-point line and 60.3% from the field.

The Sixers’ superstar big Joel Embiid is also set to return on Wednesday vs. Boston after missing the Sunday’s contest against the Memphis Grizzlies. Embiid was out with a minor knee issue in the previous game.

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Skip Bayless on Kyrie Irving: “Kyrie’s return could cause a big problem” https://www.talkbasket.net/119579-skip-bayless-on-kyrie-irving-kyries-return-could-cause-a-big-problem https://www.talkbasket.net/119579-skip-bayless-on-kyrie-irving-kyries-return-could-cause-a-big-problem#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 23:15:25 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119579 The Brooklyn Nets beat the Milwaukee Bucks 125-to-123 in a thriller yesterday, with newcomer James Harden scoring 34 points for Brooklyn. Kevin Durant added 30 points of his own, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with less than a minute left in the game. All this came without Kyrie Irving, who missed his 7th straight game for […]

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Skip Bayless on Kyrie Irving: “Kyrie’s return could cause a big problem”

The Brooklyn Nets beat the Milwaukee Bucks 125-to-123 in a thriller yesterday, with newcomer James Harden scoring 34 points for Brooklyn.

Kevin Durant added 30 points of his own, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with less than a minute left in the game. All this came without Kyrie Irving, who missed his 7th straight game for Brooklyn.

Award-winning journalist, TV host and author Skip Bayless discusses how the Nets will work once Kyrie is added to the mix:

“Kyrie’s return could cause a big problem. But if I’m Steve Nash or Mike D’Antoni, that would be the kind of problem I would welcome. Too much talent, I can live with that.”

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Caris LeVert says Pacers trade might have saved his life after small mass found on kidney https://www.talkbasket.net/119568-caris-levert-says-pacers-trade-might-have-saved-his-life-after-small-mass-found-on-kidney https://www.talkbasket.net/119568-caris-levert-says-pacers-trade-might-have-saved-his-life-after-small-mass-found-on-kidney#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 23:04:31 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119568 Caris LeVert was part of the James Harden multi-team blockbuster trade that sent the Rockets’ superstar to the Brooklyn Nets. The Rockets acquired LeVert and sent him to Indiana in exchange for Victor Oladipo. After an MRI revealed a small mass on his left kidney, the Pacers guard admitted that the trade may have saved his […]

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Caris LeVert says Pacers trade might have saved his life after small mass found on kidney

Caris LeVert was part of the James Harden multi-team blockbuster trade that sent the Rockets’ superstar to the Brooklyn Nets. The Rockets acquired LeVert and sent him to Indiana in exchange for Victor Oladipo.

After an MRI revealed a small mass on his left kidney, the Pacers guard admitted that the trade may have saved his life as he is waiting for more detailed information on the situation.

(per  Eric Woodyard of ESPN):

“I didn’t have any symptoms,” LeVert pointed out. “I was playing in games. I hadn’t missed any games this season yet. I was feeling 100 percent healthy.

So, in a way, this trade definitely showed and revealed what was going on in my body, so I’m definitely looking at it from that side and definitely humbled to know that this trade could’ve possibly saved me in the long run.”

The timetable of his return is still unknown for the talented guard/forward, who had a great start at the beginning of the season with Brooklyn.

He is averaging 18.5 points, 6.0 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game this season. LeVert is still waiting for some results to determine the next move.

“We don’t know if it’s cancerous yet, but like I said, we’re still waiting for some of the results,” LeVert said.

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Boston Celtics release status update on Robert Williams, Jayson Tatum ahead of game vs. Sixers https://www.talkbasket.net/119564-boston-celtics-release-status-update-on-robert-williams-jayson-tatum-ahead-of-game-vs-sixers https://www.talkbasket.net/119564-boston-celtics-release-status-update-on-robert-williams-jayson-tatum-ahead-of-game-vs-sixers#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 22:42:22 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119564 The Boston Celtics revealed Jayson Tatum and Robert Williams’ status update ahead of the game against the Eastern Conference rivals Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday. Tatum remains out due to NBA health and safety protocols, while Carsen Edwards is also unavailable because of the COVID-19 protocols. On the other hand, Robert Williams returned to basketball activities […]

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Boston Celtics release status update on Robert Williams, Jayson Tatum ahead of game vs. Sixers

The Boston Celtics revealed Jayson Tatum and Robert Williams’ status update ahead of the game against the Eastern Conference rivals Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.

Tatum remains out due to NBA health and safety protocols, while Carsen Edwards is also unavailable because of the COVID-19 protocols.

On the other hand, Robert Williams returned to basketball activities Tuesday, and he could play against the Sixers on Wednesday.

Boston is coming off a blowout loss to the New York Knicks, in a game that Williams missed due to COVID-19 protocols. Williams remained out for 10 days before returning to practice.

It’s still uncertain when the Celtics’ superstar Jayson Tatum will return to action with head coach Brad Stevens saying there is a possibility to join the team on Friday in Philadelphia.

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Olympiacos takes the thriller in OT and the revenge in Lyon https://www.talkbasket.net/119543-olympiacos-takes-the-thriller-in-ot-and-the-revenge-in-lyon https://www.talkbasket.net/119543-olympiacos-takes-the-thriller-in-ot-and-the-revenge-in-lyon#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 22:00:09 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119543 With Kostas Sloukas and Shaquielle McKissic leading their team, Olympiacos takes the match against ASVEL in OT, 93-101, on Tuesday night (19/1). With the French club coming from a massive win in Piraeus four days earlier, Olympiacos had to put some energy on the court and fight for every ball and every possession. Kostas Sloukas […]

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Olympiacos takes the thriller in OT and the revenge in Lyon

With Kostas Sloukas and Shaquielle McKissic leading their team, Olympiacos takes the match against ASVEL in OT, 93-101, on Tuesday night (19/1). With the French club coming from a massive win in Piraeus four days earlier, Olympiacos had to put some energy on the court and fight for every ball and every possession.

Kostas Sloukas with 23 points and the triple on the buzzer to tie the match in the fourth period and Shaquielle McKissic with another 23 points were the top scorers for the Greeks leading Olympiacos to a comeback and a much needed win. For ASVEL, Norris Cole was the leading scorer with 21 points while David Lighty added another 18.

Right choices on offense – even better on defense

Despite ASVEL’s strong start, Olympiacos bounced back in the first quarter, made the right choices on offense and played tough on defense. ASVEL moved the ball, with Bako being their main offensive weapon, but got stuck in Olympiacos’ tough defense. Unlike their game in Piraeus last Friday, Kostas Sloukas was not just a passer but a scorer as well, creating opportunities for his teammates but also scoring some tough buckets. Olympiacos had the energy they were missing last week in this first quarter and ended it with an 8-point lead (15-23).

Their 8-0 run tied things up in the second

Starting with an 8-0 run, ASVEL fought back at the beginning of the second quarter to tie the game (28-28). With both teams going head-to-head in most of the time, Olympiacos strengthened their defense, found the right choices on offense and retained their 7-point lead to close the first half, 37-44, with Hassan Martin having the absolute 4/4 inside the paint.

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Full court defense does the job for ASVEL

Similar to the second quarter, ASVEL fought back, played tough full court defense and got back within one point (53-54). Unlike the second quarter, the French club didn’t loosen up their defense and eliminated Olympiacos creativity, to end the thirds quarter trailing by just 2 points (61-63).

They were more energetic but then there was Sloukas

Energy and defense were the key elements in the fourth quarter for ASVEL. With Olympiacos fighting back and even getting the lead, the French club played tough defense and showed some energy on the court. With Olympiacos almost ready to lose their second straight match against ASVEL, cold-blooded Kostas Sloukas shot the big triple for the Greeks, sending the game to OT.

They took revenge in OT

Olympiacos took the battle from the free throw line against ASVEL in overtime. The French club committed unnecessary turnovers, giving Olympiacos the chance to run the court, get the foul calls and built a short-point lead which they managed to keep until the end of the match.

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Steph Curry shares thoughts on James Wiseman learning through the struggles https://www.talkbasket.net/119557-steph-curry-shares-thoughts-on-james-wiseman-learning-through-the-struggles https://www.talkbasket.net/119557-steph-curry-shares-thoughts-on-james-wiseman-learning-through-the-struggles#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 21:58:55 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119557 James Wiseman had a tough night against the Los Angeles Lakers in Golden State’s comeback win on Monday. Steph Curry explained how the rookie has to handle his struggles night in and night out. Wiseman had early foul trouble in the game against the Lakers and watched most of the second half from the bench […]

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Steph Curry shares thoughts on James Wiseman learning through the struggles

James Wiseman had a tough night against the Los Angeles Lakers in Golden State’s comeback win on Monday. Steph Curry explained how the rookie has to handle his struggles night in and night out.

Wiseman had early foul trouble in the game against the Lakers and watched most of the second half from the bench as Kevon Looney and Eric Paschall shared minutes in the center position.

(via Yahoo Sports):

“I know he’s a perfectionist and he wants to be great and he wants to be as productive as he can in his minutes and finish games,” Curry said. “That’s great. We want him to have that sense of care, that expectation of greatness. But he can’t get too overwhelmed, in terms of, when it’s not working or he’s having a bad game.

“Just stick with it. Just keep his composure and keep his mind engaged to learn the lessons that he needs to learn. Because that’ll help in the long run, that’ll help in the stretch of the season.”

Wiseman has a promising start in his rookie season being the starting center of the Golden State Warriors. He averages 10.0 points and 6.0 rebounds shooting 48.0% from the field.

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The Lakers work on a trade for Bradley Beal https://www.talkbasket.net/119556-the-lakers-work-on-a-trade-for-bradley-beal https://www.talkbasket.net/119556-the-lakers-work-on-a-trade-for-bradley-beal#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 21:41:04 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119556 The Los Angeles Lakers are involved in several ideas trades. The idea is to add a star to LeBron James and Anthony Davis. According to the NBA Analysis Network, the Lakers have targeted Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal. The trade would include a package consisting of guards Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Dennis Schroder, forward Kyle […]

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The Lakers work on a trade for Bradley Beal

The Los Angeles Lakers are involved in several ideas trades. The idea is to add a star to LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

According to the NBA Analysis Network, the Lakers have targeted Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal.

The trade would include a package consisting of guards Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Dennis Schroder, forward Kyle Kuzma, and a first-round selection each from the 2022 and 2027 drafts.

Beal is under contract with the Wizards until the end of the 2022/23 season.

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Doc Rivers addresses Ben Simmons’ offensive decline https://www.talkbasket.net/119551-doc-rivers-addresses-ben-simmons-offensive-decline https://www.talkbasket.net/119551-doc-rivers-addresses-ben-simmons-offensive-decline#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 21:12:04 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119551 The Philadelphia 76ers have a strong start at the beginning of their 2020/21 season campaign being one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. Despite Joel Embiid, Shake Milton and other Sixers’ players flourishing under Doc Rivers’ system, Ben Simmons has declined in regard to his numbers in the offensive end. Simmons’ attempts per […]

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Doc Rivers addresses Ben Simmons’ offensive decline

The Philadelphia 76ers have a strong start at the beginning of their 2020/21 season campaign being one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference.

Despite Joel Embiid, Shake Milton and other Sixers’ players flourishing under Doc Rivers’ system, Ben Simmons has declined in regard to his numbers in the offensive end.

Simmons’ attempts per game dropped to a career-low 9.2 shots, while he only registers 12.3 points per contest this season.

(via USA Today Sports):

“We’re working on it,” said Rivers. “We had a day today which was important. We worked on a lot of stuff, probably too much, being honest, but we had to, in my opinion, we had no choice, but not that concerned right now.”

I’m not that concerned with it yet. Right now, we don’t have enough in to see where any of our guys are at if you’re going to be honest.”

The point forward from Australia remained an all-around presence for his team as he is filling his stat line every game helping Philadelphia in different ways.

Simmons averages 12.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 8.0 assists along with 1.5 steals and 1.0 blocks registering six doubles-doubles and two triple-doubles through 12 games this season.

The Sixers are set to face their Eastern Conference rivals Boston Celtics on Wednesday.

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Pacers’ Myles Turner has avulsion fracture in his right hand https://www.talkbasket.net/119548-pacers-myles-turner-has-fractured-avulsion-in-his-right-hand https://www.talkbasket.net/119548-pacers-myles-turner-has-fractured-avulsion-in-his-right-hand#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 20:41:34 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119548 Myles Turner is considered day-to-day after the Indiana Pacers announced he suffered a fractured avulsion in his right hand. The big man will not need a surgery to repair the issue for now. According to Shams Charania, Turner will be re-evaluated in the coming days. Turner suffered the injury last Thursday in a game in […]

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Pacers’ Myles Turner has avulsion fracture in his right hand

Myles Turner is considered day-to-day after the Indiana Pacers announced he suffered a fractured avulsion in his right hand.

The big man will not need a surgery to repair the issue for now. According to Shams Charania, Turner will be re-evaluated in the coming days.

Turner suffered the injury last Thursday in a game in Portland against the Trail Blazers. He missed the latest Pacers’ game against the Clippers on Sunday.

However, Indiana’s head coach Nate Bjorgren claimed that the Pacers’ big practiced with the rest of the team today, as reported by J. Michael of The Indianapolis Star.

Turner was off to a great start this season, averaging 12.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and a league-leading 4.2 blocks in 12 games.

The Pacers are already missing TJ Warren and Caris LeVert due to long-term injuries.

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Raptors waive Alex Len https://www.talkbasket.net/119542-raptors-waive-alex-len https://www.talkbasket.net/119542-raptors-waive-alex-len#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 20:04:22 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119542 The Toronto Raptors announced that they have waived center Alex Len. Len signed a one-year deal with the team back in November. In seven games, Len averaged 2.3 points and 1.6 rebounds per game in only 10.9 minutes per game. Chris Boucher has had a breakout season and has emerged as the team’s main center, […]

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Raptors waive Alex Len

The Toronto Raptors announced that they have waived center Alex Len.

Len signed a one-year deal with the team back in November.

In seven games, Len averaged 2.3 points and 1.6 rebounds per game in only 10.9 minutes per game.

Chris Boucher has had a breakout season and has emerged as the team’s main center, averaging 16.1 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 2.5 blocks per game in 13 games.

If Len clears waivers, he’ll be an unrestricted free agent on Jan. 21 and he will be eligible to sign with another team that possibly needs some frontcourt depth.

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Kyrie Irving expected to play Wednesday https://www.talkbasket.net/119530-kyrie-irving-expected-to-play-wednesday https://www.talkbasket.net/119530-kyrie-irving-expected-to-play-wednesday#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 18:46:16 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119530 Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash said he expects Kyrie Irving to play against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Jan. 20. Nash also confirmed that Irving practiced today for the first time in over two weeks. Irving, who has been out since Jan. 5 due to personal reasons, told the media “there’s been a lot of […]

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Kyrie Irving expected to play Wednesday

Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash said he expects Kyrie Irving to play against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Jan. 20.

Nash also confirmed that Irving practiced today for the first time in over two weeks.

Irving, who has been out since Jan. 5 due to personal reasons, told the media “there’s been a lot of family and personal stuff” going on the last two weeks.

“Very excited to be back with my teammates,” said Irving. “They had my back and supported me and my family. I take full accountability for my actions. Had a conversation with each and everyone of them.”

Irving also apologized to fans he disappointed by not playing.

“I am back, I am happy to be back, we got some great pieces and we move on and I let my actions and my game speak for itself like I planned on doing,” said Irving. “I just needed a pause. With everything going on in the world, it’s hard to ignore.”

The 28-year-old will join a new-look Nets team that features arguably the best trio in the NBA of Irving, Kevin Durant and James Harden.

This season, Irving is averaging 27.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.6 steals per game.

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Real Madrid expected to sign Thomas Heurtel this summer, per report https://www.talkbasket.net/119537-real-madrid-expected-to-sign-thomas-heurtel-this-summer-per-report https://www.talkbasket.net/119537-real-madrid-expected-to-sign-thomas-heurtel-this-summer-per-report#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 18:40:04 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119537 Real Madrid is expected to sign Thomas Heurtel this summer, according to the Spanish journalist Chema de Lucas. Heurtel parted ways with FC Barcelona on Tuesday and can’t sign with another EuroLeague team this season. However, it seems he has already agreed to a two-year (1+1) deal with Real Madrid, which will start in the […]

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Real Madrid expected to sign Thomas Heurtel this summer, per report

Real Madrid is expected to sign Thomas Heurtel this summer, according to the Spanish journalist Chema de Lucas.

Heurtel parted ways with FC Barcelona on Tuesday and can’t sign with another EuroLeague team this season.

However, it seems he has already agreed to a two-year (1+1) deal with Real Madrid, which will start in the summer of 2021.

For its part, Real has been in search for a point guard since Facundo Campazzo decided to move to the NBA back in November.

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Kyrie Irving speaks about his absence for the first time https://www.talkbasket.net/119535-kyrie-irving-speaks-about-his-absence-for-the-first-time https://www.talkbasket.net/119535-kyrie-irving-speaks-about-his-absence-for-the-first-time#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 18:38:23 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119535 After missing seven games due to unknown reasons, Kyrie Irving re-joined the Brooklyn Nets. Head coach Steven Nash expects the point guard to play tomorrow against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Irving spoke to the media ahead of his return game. As expected, he was asked about his absence. “A lot of family and personal stuff going […]

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Kyrie Irving speaks about his absence for the first time

After missing seven games due to unknown reasons, Kyrie Irving re-joined the Brooklyn Nets. Head coach Steven Nash expects the point guard to play tomorrow against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Irving spoke to the media ahead of his return game. As expected, he was asked about his absence. “A lot of family and personal stuff going on, I just want to leave it at that,” Kyrie provided a short response.

He also apologized the fans for abandoning the team. “I am back, I am happy to be back, we got some great pieces and we move on and I let my actions and my game speak for itself like I planned on doing. I just needed a pause,” Irving said per Malika Andrews.

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Steve Nash expects Kyrie Irving to play vs. Cavaliers on Wednesday https://www.talkbasket.net/119531-steve-nash-expects-kyrie-irving-to-play-vs-cavaliers-on-wednesday https://www.talkbasket.net/119531-steve-nash-expects-kyrie-irving-to-play-vs-cavaliers-on-wednesday#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 18:31:54 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119531 The Big 3 of the Brooklyn Nets — Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving — should play their first game together on Wednesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Nets’ head coach Steve Nash expects Irving to return to action tomorrow after missing seven games due to personal reasons. The 28-year-old point guard is averaging […]

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Steve Nash expects Kyrie Irving to play vs. Cavaliers on Wednesday

The Big 3 of the Brooklyn Nets — Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving — should play their first game together on Wednesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Nets’ head coach Steve Nash expects Irving to return to action tomorrow after missing seven games due to personal reasons.

The 28-year-old point guard is averaging 27.1 games, 5.3 points and 6.1 assists over 7 games so far this season. Brooklyn is currently on four-game winning streak. With 9 wins and 6 losses, the Nets are sitting on the fifth place in the Eastern Conference.

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LeBron James has never been this bad, says Skip Bayless https://www.talkbasket.net/119524-lebron-james-has-never-been-this-bad-says-skip-bayless https://www.talkbasket.net/119524-lebron-james-has-never-been-this-bad-says-skip-bayless#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 17:41:14 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119524 Sports analyst Skip Bayless had strong words to say about LeBron James following the Los Angeles Lakers’ loss to the Golden State Warriors. The 36-year-old superstar finished the game with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 38 minutes. He also missed the buzzer-beater that would have won the game for the defending NBA […]

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LeBron James has never been this bad, says Skip Bayless

Sports analyst Skip Bayless had strong words to say about LeBron James following the Los Angeles Lakers’ loss to the Golden State Warriors.

The 36-year-old superstar finished the game with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in 38 minutes. He also missed the buzzer-beater that would have won the game for the defending NBA champions.

According to Bayless, the game vs. the Warriors was another example of LeBron becoming a fourth quarter disaster. The co-host of UNDISPUTED pointed at LeBron’s shooting percentage in the fourth quarters this season. The King is making 36% of his shots in the fourth quarter over the 15 games so far this season whereas his career number is 50%. That puts him at the 203rd place in the NBA for the 2020-2021 season.

“LeBron James has become an early-season 4th quarter disaster. I don’t know why because he’s never been this bad,” Bayless said on UNDISPUTED. He also reiterated that the Lakers do not have a closer even though they have a lot of firepower.

In his 18th NBA season, James is averaging 23.7 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game as the Lakers hold the number one spot in the Western Conference.

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Andre Drummond’s crazy trade deadline experience: “Get off the plane, you got traded!” https://www.talkbasket.net/119522-andre-drummonds-crazy-trade-deadline-experience-get-off-the-plane-you-got-traded https://www.talkbasket.net/119522-andre-drummonds-crazy-trade-deadline-experience-get-off-the-plane-you-got-traded#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 17:25:20 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119522 Andre Drummond went through a wild experience last year when he was traded to the Cavs. The Cleveland center gave a play-by-play breakdown to Ryan Hollins & Brendan Haywood about the moment he got traded. The story of Drummond’s trade deadline experience with Detroit describes the harsh reality many NBA players face when dealt. Drummond […]

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Andre Drummond’s crazy trade deadline experience: “Get off the plane, you got traded!”

Andre Drummond went through a wild experience last year when he was traded to the Cavs. The Cleveland center gave a play-by-play breakdown to Ryan Hollins & Brendan Haywood about the moment he got traded. The story of Drummond’s trade deadline experience with Detroit describes the harsh reality many NBA players face when dealt.

Drummond says he was on his way to the airport for a flight to OKC for Detroit’s next away game with under an hour left on the clock. He was in contact with his agent the entire time and hadn’t heard any buzz. With ten minutes remaining, Drummond hopped on his flight thinking he was safe, but then received a call.

(Via The Opinionated 7 Footers):

“I’m getting ready to walk on the plane and he calls me back, so I stopped. I’m at the bottom of the stairs of the plane, so I’m like ‘yo whats up?’ He’s laughing, he’s like ‘yo we’re going to Cleveland.’ So I’m walking up the stairs, I’m like ‘this s**** over, what are you talking about?’ He’s like ‘no I’m serious get off the plane, you got traded!’ He’s like ‘yeah, you’re going to Cleveland.’ I’m like ‘alright what do I do now? I’ve never been traded before.’ He’s like ‘get off the plane and go home.’ So I get off and go back home.”

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Pacers’ Myles Turner has slight hand fracture https://www.talkbasket.net/119519-pacers-myles-turner-has-slight-hand-fracture https://www.talkbasket.net/119519-pacers-myles-turner-has-slight-hand-fracture#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 16:48:12 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119519 Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner has a slight fracture in his right hand and will be re-evaluated in the coming days, according to Shams Charania. Part of the re-evaluation will be whether his wrist will require surgery. Turner suffered the injury against the Portland Trail Blazers on Jan. 14. The 24-year-old was off to a […]

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Pacers’ Myles Turner has slight hand fracture

Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner has a slight fracture in his right hand and will be re-evaluated in the coming days, according to Shams Charania.

Part of the re-evaluation will be whether his wrist will require surgery.

Turner suffered the injury against the Portland Trail Blazers on Jan. 14.

The 24-year-old was off to a strong start this season, averaging 12.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.5 steals and an NBA-leading 4.2 blocks per game.

In Turner’s absence, Domantas Sabonis will play more minutes at center and backup center Goga Bitadze will get more minutes off the bench.

The Pacers will also likely play more small-ball with players like Doug McDermott and Justin Holiday playing larger roles.

Along with Turner, the Pacers are also without T.J. Warren (foot surgery) and newly-acquired Caris LeVert, who is out indefinitely after an MRI revealed a small mass on his left kidney during a physical.

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Shannon Sharpe on Lakers loss to Warriors: “AD & LeBron can’t let this happen on their watch” https://www.talkbasket.net/119517-shannon-sharpe-lakers-loss-to-warriors-ad-lebron-cant-let-this-happen-on-their-watch https://www.talkbasket.net/119517-shannon-sharpe-lakers-loss-to-warriors-ad-lebron-cant-let-this-happen-on-their-watch#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 15:52:00 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119517 Sports analyst Shannon Sharpe reacted to the Los Angeles Lakers losing narrowly to the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center. According to Sharpe, the Lakers’ two superstar LeBron James and Anthony Davis cannot let their team play the way they did in the second half with no defence and many turnovers. “I got 2 Top […]

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Shannon Sharpe on Lakers loss to Warriors: “AD & LeBron can’t let this happen on their watch”

Sports analyst Shannon Sharpe reacted to the Los Angeles Lakers losing narrowly to the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center.

According to Sharpe, the Lakers’ two superstar LeBron James and Anthony Davis cannot let their team play the way they did in the second half with no defence and many turnovers.

“I got 2 Top 5 players. AD & LeBron can’t let this happen on their watch. You turned the ball over 10 times in the 2nd half and gave up 67 points. In other words you stopped defending & started turning the ball over,” Sharpe said on UNDISPUTED.

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Delonte West has a job at the Rebound therapy center in Florida https://www.talkbasket.net/119515-delonte-west-has-a-job-at-the-rebound-therapy-center-in-florida https://www.talkbasket.net/119515-delonte-west-has-a-job-at-the-rebound-therapy-center-in-florida#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 15:07:42 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119515 According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, a former NBA guard Delonte West, who played for the Boston Celtics, Seattle SuperSonics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks and earned more than $16 million, now has a job at the therapy center in Florida he attended. The tech entrepreneur and owner of the Dallas Mavericks Mark Cuban helped […]

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Delonte West has a job at the Rebound therapy center in Florida

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, a former NBA guard Delonte West, who played for the Boston Celtics, Seattle SuperSonics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks and earned more than $16 million, now has a job at the therapy center in Florida he attended.

The tech entrepreneur and owner of the Dallas Mavericks Mark Cuban helped reunite West with his mother in September and has remained in close contact.

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Steph Curry reacts to Warriors’ comeback win over the Lakers https://www.talkbasket.net/119505-steph-curry-reacts-to-warriors-comeback-win-over-the-lakers https://www.talkbasket.net/119505-steph-curry-reacts-to-warriors-comeback-win-over-the-lakers#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 11:59:10 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119505 The Golden State Warriors showed their resiliency as a team after their 19-point comeback win against the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday. Steph Curry made a huge three-pointer with 1:07 in the clock to put the Warriors up by five (115-110), despite shooting just 8-of-22 from the field. He had 26 points, seven assists, and […]

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Steph Curry reacts to Warriors’ comeback win over the Lakers

The Golden State Warriors showed their resiliency as a team after their 19-point comeback win against the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday.

Steph Curry made a huge three-pointer with 1:07 in the clock to put the Warriors up by five (115-110), despite shooting just 8-of-22 from the field.

He had 26 points, seven assists, and one rebound in 35 minutes of play. The Warriors improved to 7-6, and they are set to face San Antonio in San Francisco on Wednesday.

Curry admitted the Warriors will need to put a string of consecutive good performances to show that they are part of the elite teams in the NBA this season.

(via Drew Shiller of NBC Sports)

The Warriors put an end to a two-game losing streak and will play their next four out of five games at Chase Center vs. Spurs, Knicks, and Timberwolves (two times).

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Steph Curry hits nasty three in the clutch vs Lakers https://www.talkbasket.net/119509-steph-curry-hits-nasty-three-in-the-clutch-vs-lakers https://www.talkbasket.net/119509-steph-curry-hits-nasty-three-in-the-clutch-vs-lakers#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 11:58:03 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119509 Golden State Warriors star guard Steph Curry posted 26 points (8-22 FG) along with seven assists as the Warriors rallied from a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the NBA title-defending Los Angeles Lakers 115-113 on Monday night. This Steph play was disgusting:

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Steph Curry hits nasty three in the clutch vs Lakers

Golden State Warriors star guard Steph Curry posted 26 points (8-22 FG) along with seven assists as the Warriors rallied from a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat the NBA title-defending Los Angeles Lakers 115-113 on Monday night.

This Steph play was disgusting:

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Kevin Durant sinks game-winning three to beat Bucks https://www.talkbasket.net/119506-kevin-durant-sinks-game-winning-three-to-beat-bucks https://www.talkbasket.net/119506-kevin-durant-sinks-game-winning-three-to-beat-bucks#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 11:49:45 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119506 Brooklyn Nets star forward Kevin Durant is unstoppable. Hits the game-winning three off the feed to James Harden to beat the Milwaukee Bucks (125-123) on Monday night. Durant posted 30 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists, while Harden put up 34 points, 6 rebounds, and 12 assists. Durant’s game-winning three-pointer:

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Kevin Durant sinks game-winning three to beat Bucks

Brooklyn Nets star forward Kevin Durant is unstoppable. Hits the game-winning three off the feed to James Harden to beat the Milwaukee Bucks (125-123) on Monday night. Durant posted 30 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists, while Harden put up 34 points, 6 rebounds, and 12 assists.

Durant’s game-winning three-pointer:

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Barcelona and Thomas Heurtel officially part ways https://www.talkbasket.net/119502-barcelona-and-thomas-heurtel-officially-part-ways https://www.talkbasket.net/119502-barcelona-and-thomas-heurtel-officially-part-ways#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 10:52:13 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119502 FC Barcelona officially announced that the club and Thomas Heurtel have mutually parted ways. After the incident in Istanbul where the player did not return to Spain with the rest of the squad and the club talking about Heurtel’s betrayal, it was expected that the two sides will not continue their cooperation. Barcelona had also […]

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Barcelona and Thomas Heurtel officially part ways

FC Barcelona officially announced that the club and Thomas Heurtel have mutually parted ways. After the incident in Istanbul where the player did not return to Spain with the rest of the squad and the club talking about Heurtel’s betrayal, it was expected that the two sides will not continue their cooperation.

Barcelona had also announced that the player would not be able to practice with the rest of the team and that he would follow an individual training schedule.

The player will not be able to play for another Euroleague team this season, since the time available for transfers from the one Euroleague club to another has expired.

Heurtel is now a free agent and looking for the next club in his career which is not going to be a Euroleague one but he can still find competitiveness in other championships too.

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Inside the NBA forgets to include sound on hilarious Mic’d Up segment https://www.talkbasket.net/119498-inside-the-nba-forgets-to-include-sound-on-hilarious-micd-up-segment https://www.talkbasket.net/119498-inside-the-nba-forgets-to-include-sound-on-hilarious-micd-up-segment#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 10:40:40 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119498 No live show is perfect. The difference between Inside the NBA and other late-night shows is they know how to turn hiccups into hilarious segments:

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Inside the NBA forgets to include sound on hilarious Mic’d Up segment

No live show is perfect. The difference between Inside the NBA and other late-night shows is they know how to turn hiccups into hilarious segments:

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Shaquille O’Neal & Charles Barkley on how Nets will look with Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving & James Harden: https://www.talkbasket.net/119496-shaquille-oneal-charles-barkley-on-how-nets-will-look-with-kevin-durant-kyrie-irving-james-harden https://www.talkbasket.net/119496-shaquille-oneal-charles-barkley-on-how-nets-will-look-with-kevin-durant-kyrie-irving-james-harden#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 10:34:39 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119496 Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Ernie Johnson Jr. discuss how the Brooklyn Nets’ combination of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden will mesh once Kyrie returns to the team:

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Shaquille O’Neal & Charles Barkley on how Nets will look with Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving & James Harden:

Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Ernie Johnson Jr. discuss how the Brooklyn Nets’ combination of Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden will mesh once Kyrie returns to the team:

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LeBron James on loss vs. Warriors: “Obviously you’re frustrated anytime you lose, especially when you know you could have played better” https://www.talkbasket.net/119491-lebron-james-on-loss-vs-warriors-obviously-youre-frustrated-anytime-you-lose-especially-when-you-know-you-could-have-played-better https://www.talkbasket.net/119491-lebron-james-on-loss-vs-warriors-obviously-youre-frustrated-anytime-you-lose-especially-when-you-know-you-could-have-played-better#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 09:45:57 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119491 The Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James played 38 minutes and had 19 points but it wasn’t enough to beat the Golden State Warriors at home. The King also had an opportunity to seal the game for the defending NBA champions but he missed a potential game-winner at the buzzer. It was the fourth loss […]

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The Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James played 38 minutes and had 19 points but it wasn’t enough to beat the Golden State Warriors at home.

The King also had an opportunity to seal the game for the defending NBA champions but he missed a potential game-winner at the buzzer.

It was the fourth loss of the season for the Lakers that remain atop the Western Conference. “Obviously you’re frustrated anytime you lose, especially when you know you could have played better,” James said after the game. “We know we can play much better. We can all learn from that and apply to next game.”

LeBron was also frustrated with some of the calls he and his teammates received from the officials, saying that the travel call on him has never been called before in his career.

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Anthony Davis talks about Lakers’ weak 4th quarter vs. Warriors https://www.talkbasket.net/119488-anthony-davis-talks-about-lakers-weak-4th-quarter-vs-warriors https://www.talkbasket.net/119488-anthony-davis-talks-about-lakers-weak-4th-quarter-vs-warriors#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 09:32:49 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119488 The Golden State Warriors have upset the defending NBA champions as they took down the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. The hosts were in control of the game for three quarters and only a collapse in the final period, which the Dubs won 34-21, resulted in a loss. Anthony Davis was asked after the […]

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Anthony Davis talks about Lakers’ weak 4th quarter vs. Warriors

The Golden State Warriors have upset the defending NBA champions as they took down the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. The hosts were in control of the game for three quarters and only a collapse in the final period, which the Dubs won 34-21, resulted in a loss.

Anthony Davis was asked after the game whether this fourth quarter was one-off or if it is a sign of the Lakers getting complacent when they have a commanding lead.

“They were making tough shots. We stopped playing defense. We had a lot of turnovers late that we could have avoided,” the 27-year-old forward said. “Their team did the same thing to the Clippers. Down 22, comeback win.

“Defense was really good to start the game even in the first half. We gave a 33-point third quarter. Coming out after the half time defense just wasn’t there. They made some tough shots late in the fourth. It was all controllable. It wasn’t nothing that they really did. Our rotation was bad.”

Following he loss, the Lakers remain at the top of the Western Conference with 11 wins and 4 losses. Meanwhile, the Dubs are seventh with 7 wins and 6 losses.

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Anthony Davis: “There’s no energy in the arena for the home team like there usually is” https://www.talkbasket.net/119486-anthony-davis-theres-no-energy-in-the-arena-for-the-home-team-like-there-usually-is https://www.talkbasket.net/119486-anthony-davis-theres-no-energy-in-the-arena-for-the-home-team-like-there-usually-is#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 09:17:12 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119486 The Los Angeles Lakers lost their fourth home game this season as they were narrowly beaten by the Golden State Warriors (113-115). The defending NBA champions have a much better record in away games having won all seven of them. After the game, superstar forward Anthony Davis, who had 17 points, 17 rebounds and 7 […]

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Anthony Davis: “There’s no energy in the arena for the home team like there usually is”

The Los Angeles Lakers lost their fourth home game this season as they were narrowly beaten by the Golden State Warriors (113-115). The defending NBA champions have a much better record in away games having won all seven of them.

After the game, superstar forward Anthony Davis, who had 17 points, 17 rebounds and 7 assists in the game, shared his thoughts on what leads to road teams, including the Lakers, winning more games than the home teams. AD pointed at the fact that there are no fans in attendance that give energy to the home teams.

“There’s no fans, so the home crowd isn’t there to get the home team amped up. … There’s no energy in the arena for the home team like there usually is,” he said per Ryan Ward.

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Top six highest-paid players in the history of NBA https://www.talkbasket.net/119484-top-six-highest-paid-players-in-the-history-of-nba https://www.talkbasket.net/119484-top-six-highest-paid-players-in-the-history-of-nba#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 09:04:59 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119484 In terms of the highest-paid athletes of all time, it can’t be denied that we usually see the NBA stars dominate the list. The league is really profitable for the great players with the chance it offers to make heavy loads of money. Now, with sport betting site W88, let’s take a look at the […]

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Top six highest-paid players in the history of NBA

In terms of the highest-paid athletes of all time, it can’t be denied that we usually see the NBA stars dominate the list. The league is really profitable for the great players with the chance it offers to make heavy loads of money. Now, with sport betting site W88, let’s take a look at the top six highest-paid players in the history of the NBA.

6. Kevin Durant ($286 million)

Teams: Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder, Brooklyn Nets

Highest-paid season: 2019-20 ($38.1 million)

In 2019, Kevin Durant signed a four-year contract that would pay him $164 million to play for with the Brooklyn Nets. In addition to being a Nike athlete, Durant also invested in various startups such as Postmates & the Acorns investing app, which boosted his earning potential. In 2019-20 season, Durant earned $38 million in salary along with $35 million in endorsements.

5. Shaquille O’Neal ($292 million)

Teams: Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Phoenix Suns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers

Highest-paid season: 2004-05 ($27.6 million)

Standing at 7-feet-1 and weighing 325 pounds, Shaq O’Neal dazed opponents with his impressive size and immense skills. He signed with the Orlando Magic the biggest rookie contract in the history of the NBA, worth $41 million over seven years. He then decided to play for the Los Angeles Lakers, which helped him to make unbelievable amounts of money. Having made $1.3 million with the Celtics in his last season, the basketball star ended up earning a total amount of $292,198,327 in almost twenty years with 6 different NBA teams. 

4. Chris Paul ($300 million)

Teams: New Orleans Hornets, Houston Rockets, LA Clippers, Phoenix Suns, Oklahoma City Thunder

Highest-paid season: 2019-20 ($41.3 million)

Chris Paul is now playing for the Phoenix Suns in the NBA. Thanks to his great performances on the court, Paul has become one of the highest value athlete brands in the sport of basketball. During his career, the star has signed numerous max contracts as well as commercial deals with many global brands, which have been some of his income sources. His latest contract, worth $160 million over four years, has helped much to inflate his earnings. 

3. Kobe Bryant ($328 million)

Teams: Los Angeles Lakers

Highest-paid season: 2013-14 ($30.4 million)

Kobe Bryant was a one-team guy. He spent 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers and earned more than $328 million in the process. He didn’t enter free agency as often as other basketball stars like Chris Paul or LeBron James, which was also the only reason his totals aren’t higher. Having won five NBA championships and broken a lot of records, Bryant is considered the most competitive player in the history of the NBA. Perhaps most impressively, Bryant made a large share of his earnings in the later period of his NBA career, signing a three-year contract worth $84 million in 2011 after a two-year contract worth $48 million in 2013.

2. Kevin Garnett ($343 million)

Teams: Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics

Highest-paid season: 2003-04 ($28 million)

Kevin Garnett spent more than two decades playing in the NBA. Most of his NBA career saw him perform at an All-Star level, so it is easy to understand why he stands second on this list. Impressively, Garnett topped $20 million in annual earnings seven times during his professional basketball career. When he was just 21 years old, Garnett got one of the richest deals in NBA history at the time: a $123 million six-year extension.

LeBron James
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1. LeBron James ($339 million)

Teams: Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Laker, Miami Heat

Highest-paid season: 2019-20 ($37.4 million)

LeBron James is one of the greatest basketball players of all time, not to say the best. So, there is no need to wonder why he would top this list. The current Lakers star is currently the highest-paid active NBA player. He will have made more than $424 million by the end of his four-year contract with the Lakers. What’s more, LeBron signed a two-year extension, worth $85 million, with the Los Angeles based giants, which will bring his NBA career’s total earnings to $435 million by 2023. However, the fun fact is that despite being the highest-paid player in the NBA history, James has never got the highest salary in the league.

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Michael Jordan refused to play golf with Anthony Anderson again after getting beat by him https://www.talkbasket.net/119482-michael-jordan-refused-to-play-golf-with-anthony-anderson-again-after-getting-beat-by-him https://www.talkbasket.net/119482-michael-jordan-refused-to-play-golf-with-anthony-anderson-again-after-getting-beat-by-him#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 08:56:44 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119482 Actor and game show host Anthony Anderson beat Michael Jordan at golf once, and dominos (on a Michael Jordan Jumpman Domino Set) while on vacation. Michael refused to play golf with Anthony again, and didn’t talk to him for a few days on vacation, Anderson revealed on Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend.

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Michael Jordan refused to play golf with Anthony Anderson again after getting beat by him

Actor and game show host Anthony Anderson beat Michael Jordan at golf once, and dominos (on a Michael Jordan Jumpman Domino Set) while on vacation.

Michael refused to play golf with Anthony again, and didn’t talk to him for a few days on vacation, Anderson revealed on Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend.

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Kelly Oubre Jr. gets technical foul for blowing a kiss to Lakers’ Montrezl Harrell https://www.talkbasket.net/119476-kelly-oubre-jr-gets-technical-foul-for-blowing-a-kiss-to-lakers-montrezl-harrell https://www.talkbasket.net/119476-kelly-oubre-jr-gets-technical-foul-for-blowing-a-kiss-to-lakers-montrezl-harrell#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 08:49:10 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119476 Kelly Oubre Jr. was punished for an unsportsmanlike conduct due to throwing a kiss to Montrezl Harrell of the Los Angeles Lakers after hitting a three-pointer over him in the second quarter. The 25-year-old forward had 23 points as the Golden State Warriors upset the defending NBA champions, winning the game 115-113.

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Kelly Oubre Jr. gets technical foul for blowing a kiss to Lakers’ Montrezl Harrell

Kelly Oubre Jr. was punished for an unsportsmanlike conduct due to throwing a kiss to Montrezl Harrell of the Los Angeles Lakers after hitting a three-pointer over him in the second quarter.

The 25-year-old forward had 23 points as the Golden State Warriors upset the defending NBA champions, winning the game 115-113.

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Robert Horry loves what he sees from James Wiseman so far

NBA commentators and analysts David Fizdale, Robert Horry and Marc J. Spears join Rachel Nichols on The Jump to discuss James Wiseman’s performance during his NBA rookie season with the Golden State Warriors.

The 19-year-old Wiseman is a clear front-runner in the Rookie of the Year race, his averages are 10.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 0.4 assists in 13 regular-season games.

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CJ McCollum to miss at least four weeks after update on his injured foot https://www.talkbasket.net/119471-cj-mccollum-to-miss-at-least-four-weeks-after-update-on-his-injured-foot https://www.talkbasket.net/119471-cj-mccollum-to-miss-at-least-four-weeks-after-update-on-his-injured-foot#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 08:30:39 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119471 The Portland Trail Blazers will miss CJ McCollum for the next four weeks, as further imaging revealed a small hairline fracture, the team announced Monday. McCollum walked off Saturday’s 106-112 win over the Atlanta Hawks with a left foot injury. At first, the Blazers announced that their shooting guard will miss the next three games […]

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CJ McCollum to miss at least four weeks after update on his injured foot

The Portland Trail Blazers will miss CJ McCollum for the next four weeks, as further imaging revealed a small hairline fracture, the team announced Monday.

McCollum walked off Saturday’s 106-112 win over the Atlanta Hawks with a left foot injury. At first, the Blazers announced that their shooting guard will miss the next three games of his team.

The injury-plagued Blazers are already missing Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins. McCollum had an All-NBA season through the first 13 games of the season.

He averages a career-best 26.7 points per shooting 47.3% from the field, 44.1% from the three-point range and 84.4% from the free-throw line,

He also adds 5.0 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 33.8 minutes per game. In the first game without McCollum, the Blazers lost by 21 against the San Antonio Spurs on Monday.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo: “I want to get better. I want to improve game by game” https://www.talkbasket.net/119472-giannis-antetokounmpo-i-want-to-get-better-i-want-to-improve-game-by-game https://www.talkbasket.net/119472-giannis-antetokounmpo-i-want-to-get-better-i-want-to-improve-game-by-game#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 08:29:21 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119472 Milwaukee Bucks superstar forward Giannis Antetokounmpo registered 34 points (13-26 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 6-8 FT), 12 rebounds, seven assists, and two steals across 40 minutes in Monday’s 125-123 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. The two-time MVP winner Antetokounmpo had a postgame interview where he spoke about the defeat to the James Harden-led Nets, his potential, […]

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Giannis Antetokounmpo: “I want to get better. I want to improve game by game”

Milwaukee Bucks superstar forward Giannis Antetokounmpo registered 34 points (13-26 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 6-8 FT), 12 rebounds, seven assists, and two steals across 40 minutes in Monday’s 125-123 loss to the Brooklyn Nets.

The two-time MVP winner Antetokounmpo had a postgame interview where he spoke about the defeat to the James Harden-led Nets, his potential, and ambitions as a basketball player:

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Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley on reports of Kevin Porter Jr.’s locker room outburst https://www.talkbasket.net/119469-shaquille-oneal-and-charles-barkley-on-reports-of-kevin-porter-jr-s-locker-room-outburst https://www.talkbasket.net/119469-shaquille-oneal-and-charles-barkley-on-reports-of-kevin-porter-jr-s-locker-room-outburst#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 08:16:46 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119469 The Cleveland Cavaliers are expected to trade or release Kevin Porter Jr. following an incident in the locker room. The 20-year-old guard had an “outburst” after finding out they gave his old locker to the incoming Taurean Prince. Porter Jr. has not played this season due to a personal issue, but he rejoined the team […]

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Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley on reports of Kevin Porter Jr.’s locker room outburst

The Cleveland Cavaliers are expected to trade or release Kevin Porter Jr. following an incident in the locker room. The 20-year-old guard had an “outburst” after finding out they gave his old locker to the incoming Taurean Prince.

Porter Jr. has not played this season due to a personal issue, but he rejoined the team late last week and was on the bench in street clothes for Friday’s game against the New York Knicks.

According to The Athletic, Porter Jr. “at one point threw food” and was combative with GM Coby Altman.

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LeBron James on the 1-year anniversary of Kobe Bryant’s death: “I don’t want to live in the past. I definitely don’t want to live out that day again”

LeBron James shared his thoughts on the 1-year anniversary of Kobe Bryant’s death, which is approaching (January 26).

James said he doesn’t want to think about this day and only wants to continue Bryant’s legacy.

“I don’t want to live in the past. I definitely don’t want to live out that day again. It’s about always continuing to move forward and continuing to live on his legacy,” James said, via Ryan Ward of Lakers Daily.

Bryant and his daughter Gianna died in a helicopter crash in January 26, 2020.

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Kendrick Perkins reacts to the Lakers’ loss to Stephen Curry and the Warriors

Kendrick Perkins reacted to the loss of the Los Angeles Lakers to the Golden State Warriors at home (115-113).

Perkins took to Twitter and praised Stephen Curry for his performance in the game (26 points, 8/22 shooting, seven assists).

“Steph came through with his Ski Mask on and emptied the clip on the Lakers,” Perkins tweeted.

The Warriors ended the Lakers’ (11-4) five-game winning streak and improved to 7-6.

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Anthony Davis expects the Lakers to ‘bounce back’ after loss to the Warriors https://www.talkbasket.net/119463-anthony-davis-expects-the-lakers-to-bounce-back-after-loss-to-the-warriors https://www.talkbasket.net/119463-anthony-davis-expects-the-lakers-to-bounce-back-after-loss-to-the-warriors#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 07:21:44 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119463 Anthony Davis is confident the Lakers will ‘bounce back’ after their loss to the Golden State Warriors at home (115-113). Davis and the Lakers will face the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday and Davis is expecting his teammates to react and return to the winning track. “We don’t like the way we lost, but we’ve always […]

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Anthony Davis expects the Lakers to ‘bounce back’ after loss to the Warriors

Anthony Davis is confident the Lakers will ‘bounce back’ after their loss to the Golden State Warriors at home (115-113).

Davis and the Lakers will face the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday and Davis is expecting his teammates to react and return to the winning track.

“We don’t like the way we lost, but we’ve always bounced back,” Davis told reporters, via Ryan Ward of Lakers Daily.

Davis and the Lakers saw their five-game winning streak come to an end, while they dropped to 11-4.

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Kyle Kuzma says the lack of urgency cost the Lakers the victory over the Warriors https://www.talkbasket.net/119459-kyle-kuzma-says-the-lack-of-urgency-cost-the-lakers-the-victory-over-the-warriors https://www.talkbasket.net/119459-kyle-kuzma-says-the-lack-of-urgency-cost-the-lakers-the-victory-over-the-warriors#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 07:12:00 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119459 Kyle Kuzma explained why the Lakers were defeated by the Golden State Warriors at home (115-113). Kuzma noted the lack of urgency was one of the reasons for the defeat, but added this can happen in a 72-game regular season. “It’s a long season and it’s kind of hard to keep that sense of urgency […]

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Kyle Kuzma says the lack of urgency cost the Lakers the victory over the Warriors

Kyle Kuzma explained why the Lakers were defeated by the Golden State Warriors at home (115-113).

Kuzma noted the lack of urgency was one of the reasons for the defeat, but added this can happen in a 72-game regular season.

“It’s a long season and it’s kind of hard to keep that sense of urgency as a team for 72 games and we just let one slip,” Kuzma said, via Spectrum Sportsnet.

Kuzma and the Lakers dropped to 11-4, while their five-game winning streak came to an end.

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LeBron James critical of officiating in loss to the Warriors https://www.talkbasket.net/119455-lebron-james-critical-of-officiating-in-loss-to-the-warriors https://www.talkbasket.net/119455-lebron-james-critical-of-officiating-in-loss-to-the-warriors#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 07:01:57 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119455 LeBron James did not like some of the calls the referees made in the loss to the Golden State Warriors at home (115-113). James, who had 19 points, five rebounds and five assists in the contest, addressed that issue in his postgame comments. “It’s so funny because the very next play Draymond gets into the […]

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LeBron James critical of officiating in loss to the Warriors

LeBron James did not like some of the calls the referees made in the loss to the Golden State Warriors at home (115-113).

James, who had 19 points, five rebounds and five assists in the contest, addressed that issue in his postgame comments.

“It’s so funny because the very next play Draymond gets into the lane & slides his foot & it’s not called & the same official called me for the travel is right there on the play & told me he didn’t travel,” James told reporters, via Ryan Ward of Lakers Daily.

James and the Lakers dropped to 11-4 and saw their five-game winning streak come to an end.

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James Worthy reacts to the Warriors ending the Lakers’ five-game winning streak https://www.talkbasket.net/119452-james-worthy-reacts-to-the-warriors-ending-the-lakers-five-game-winning-streak https://www.talkbasket.net/119452-james-worthy-reacts-to-the-warriors-ending-the-lakers-five-game-winning-streak#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 06:41:24 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119452 James Worthy reacted to the Golden State Warriors putting an end to the Los Angeles Lakers’ five-game winning streak. Worthy called the Lakers ‘flat’ and noted the team made a lackluster performance, especially defensively. Worthy, a Lakers legend and NBA Hall of Famer, added the defending champions couldn’t respond to the Warriors comeback and that […]

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James Worthy reacts to the Warriors ending the Lakers’ five-game winning streak

James Worthy reacted to the Golden State Warriors putting an end to the Los Angeles Lakers’ five-game winning streak.

Worthy called the Lakers ‘flat’ and noted the team made a lackluster performance, especially defensively.

Worthy, a Lakers legend and NBA Hall of Famer, added the defending champions couldn’t respond to the Warriors comeback and that cost them the win.

The Warriors (7-6) came back from a 19-point deficit and stunned the Lakers at Staples Center (115-113).

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Frank Vogel calls the Lakers ‘hesitant’ and ‘little casual’ in loss to the Warriors https://www.talkbasket.net/119448-frank-vogel-calls-the-lakers-hesitant-and-little-casual-in-loss-to-the-warriors https://www.talkbasket.net/119448-frank-vogel-calls-the-lakers-hesitant-and-little-casual-in-loss-to-the-warriors#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 06:27:41 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119448 Frank Vogel reacted to the loss of the Los Angeles Lakers to the Golden State Warriors at home (115-113). Vogel, the head coach of the Lakers, was not pleased with his players’ performance in the fourth quarter and called them ‘hesitant’ and ‘little casual’ especially offensively. “Frank Vogel thinks the Lakers got a “little casual” […]

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Frank Vogel calls the Lakers ‘hesitant’ and ‘little casual’ in loss to the Warriors

Frank Vogel reacted to the loss of the Los Angeles Lakers to the Golden State Warriors at home (115-113).

Vogel, the head coach of the Lakers, was not pleased with his players’ performance in the fourth quarter and called them ‘hesitant’ and ‘little casual’ especially offensively.

“Frank Vogel thinks the Lakers got a “little casual” at points during the game tonight. “Too hesitant” as well,” Ryan Ward of Lakers Daily reports.

Vogel and the Lakers dropped to 11-4 and saw their five-game winning streak come to an end.

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Skip Bayless calls Kevin Durant the ‘best player on the planet’ https://www.talkbasket.net/119446-skip-bayless-calls-kevin-durant-the-best-player-on-the-planet https://www.talkbasket.net/119446-skip-bayless-calls-kevin-durant-the-best-player-on-the-planet#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 05:42:01 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119446 Skip Bayless had high praise for the superstar of the Brooklyn Nets Kevin Durant after the game against the Milwaukee Bucks. Durant hit the game-winning three-pointer in the final seconds of the game (123-125), with Bayless calling him the ‘best player on the planet’. “Kevin Durant proves once again he’s The Best Player on the […]

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Skip Bayless calls Kevin Durant the ‘best player on the planet’

Skip Bayless had high praise for the superstar of the Brooklyn Nets Kevin Durant after the game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Durant hit the game-winning three-pointer in the final seconds of the game (123-125), with Bayless calling him the ‘best player on the planet’.

“Kevin Durant proves once again he’s The Best Player on the Planet hitting the late clutch three to beat the Bucks. His new point guard (12 more assists for Harden) is pretty great, too,” Bayless tweeted.

Durant had 30 points (10/21 shooting), nine rebounds and six assists in the contest.

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