Show Recap: June 29, 2018

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Opening Tip
LeBron ready to plunge into free agency?

Today’s Panel:

Starting from the left: Rachel Nichols, Insider Kevin Arnovitz and 3 time NBA Champ, Byron Scott


First Half

Opening Monologue: Race for LeBron officially begins

Will LeBron be a Laker next week?

Expect LeBron to sign with Lakers?

Believe that LeBron would come alone to LA?


Replay
June 29, 2004 – TMac traded to the Rockets as part of a 7 player trade


Kawhi Make or Miss
Note: Get used to seeing this until Kawhi gets traded!

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Chemistry; Even the Euros are in on the synchronization trend?

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Fundamentals; Trust Zion (Williamson) to one day resurrect the dunk contest?

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Reunions; Do you want to see (Jamal) Crawford back in a Warriors jersey? (Via Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic)

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Clarity; What’s up with all the laker cryptic tweets?

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Hoop Dreams; Yogi Ferrell paid for over 100 foster kids to see Uncle Drew

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Would Kawhi for Kyrie make sense? (Per Sports Illustrated)

Danny Ainge on potential trades (Via Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston)


Second Half

Excerpt of PG-13’s SC Special on his free agency where he asked Dwyane Wade for advice:

Best move for Paul George?

Could Thunder trade Russ if PG leaves?

NBA Agent: “I think a lot of agents will be fired this summer” (Via Hoopshype)


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Zach Lowe on free agency madness (ESPN)


Hall of Famer photographer Andrew Bernstein returns to The Jump!

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LeBron James moments through the years

From 2003: Midsummer Night’s Magic Game (Magic Johnson)

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From 2012: LeBron James winning his first title

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From this year: 2018 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors

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Magic Johnson moments through the years

From 1985: Magic wearing a fur coat from NBA All-Star Weekend in 1985

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From 1988: Magic and Isiah Thomas kissing on the check before a game in the NBA Finals

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Rachel Nichols high-fiving Magic after a Lakers game:

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Ready for your Hall of Fame speech yet?


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June 29,  1994 – “With the 3rd pick in the 1994 NBA Draft…the Detroit Pistons select…Grant Hill from Duke University” – David Stern


Could 76ers strike out in free agency?

Let’s..

Run it Back

What do Cavs do before July 1 to entice LeBron?

Show Recap: June 28, 2018

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#ChinaKlay the best offseason story so far? (Participated in a student pageant)

Today’s Panel:


First Half

Opening Monologue: The NBA’s Second SZN is on full tilt

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Plenty of Woj Bombs will occur at the start of free agency!

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Best fit for Paul George in free agency?

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Lakers making Spurs an offer they can’t refuse?

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New Nickname for Magic Johnson. Yay or Nay?

Replay
June 28, 2007 – “With the second pick in the 2007 NBA Draft…the Seattle Supersonics select…Kevin Durant from the University of Texas” – David Stern


Kawhi Make or Miss
Note: Get used to seeing this until Kawhi gets traded!

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Percussion; Steph wants to become a drummer one day
In his “5 Minutes From Home” interview, Steph Curry says he used to take drum lessons as a kid and his goal is to one day be a drummer in his own band!

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Complacency; Think Lance is upset Pacers declined his option?

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Lineage; Grizzlies pursuing Avery Bradley? (Per Marc Stein of the New York Times)

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Layups; Any open spots on Bucks’ Summer League roster?
Aaron Rodgers was at a golf tournament and someone brought a basketball hoop (He is a part owner of the Milwaukee Bucks) and Rodgers sank the jumper!
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Classics; Best ‘White Men Can’t Jump’ tribute since Russ and Collison?
Created by @TylerUpchurch24/Twitter | upchurchtyler24/IG

Which is better?

This one:

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Or this one?

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Mavs close to acquiring DeAndre?


Second Half

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PG a better fit with LeBron or Kawhi?

Significance of Adam Silver’s contract extension?

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Expect more from Rodney Hood next season?

Reaction to R.J. saying he’s not LeBron’s friend anymore? (Via Dave McMenamin)


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Has your perception of Phil Jackson changed?

Sources: Enes Kanter leaning toward opting in to $18.6M player option | Enes Kanter have any choice but to opt in?

Any surprises in top 10 jersey sales?

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June 28, 2005 – “With the 4th pick in the 2005 NBA Draft…the New Orleans Hornets select…Chris Paul from Wake Forest University” – David Stern


Let’s…

How concerning is Kawhi’s health?

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Woj: Pacers may target Aaron Gordon in free agency

Show Recap: June 27, 2018

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Opening Tip

Today’s Panel:

Starting from the left: Rachel Nichols, Insider Kevin Arnovitz and Insider Zach Lowe


First Half

Opening Monologue: Free agency frenzy is heating up big time

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Buckle up! It’s going to be a wild summer!

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Cavs preparing to move past LeBron?


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June 27, 2013 – Nets and Celtics agree on deal involving Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce

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Make or Miss (Milos)

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Hot Hands; Diana Taurasi made 7 straight threes last night (WNBA record)

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Mechanics; Does Klay need to quicken his release? (Via nmwitherill/IG)
“China Klay” got smoked in a game of pop-a-shot

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Tributes; Think they’ll name the baby LeBron? (Via theofficialfitfam/IG)
This couple in Utah celebrated a gender reveal by channeling LeBron

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Boredom; Think Melo will join the fishing trip?
Paul George is hosting a fishing tournament in August and Russ is participating

Russ is in:

But will Melo join too?

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Haywatch; Hayward says he will play 5-on-5 next month (Via The Players’ Tribune)

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Next Topic:

Magic: “Lozno will be different player next year”


Second Half

Does trading Austin change Doc’s relationship with Clippers?

Trade Recap:

Wizards get: Austin Rivers

Clippers get: Marcin Gortat

Rivers trade a precursor to DeAndre Jordan trade?

Mavs clearing cap space?

Smart for Wizards to part ways with Gortat?

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Marcus Smart a good fit for Pacers?


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Bobby Marks’ free agency primer


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PG-13: “I hope I make the majority of people happy” with free agency decision (Via SportsCenter)

If you missed Part I, watch it here:

How closely are PG-13 & LeBron’s futures linked?

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Run it Back

How much pressure on Spurs to listen to offers for Kawhi?


Replay
June 27, 2001 – “With the first pick in the 2001 NBA Draft…The Washington Wizards select…Kwame Brown from Glynn Academy (Brunswick, Georgia)” – David Stern

Brown was the first high school player drafted 1st overall


Can you see Joel Embiid winning an MVP soon? (Via TMZ)

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Spurs promote Becky Hammon to front of bench

Show Recap: June 26, 2018

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Did Bill Russell even need to apologize for flipping bird? (NBA Awards)

He tweeted this later in the show:

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Today’s Panel:


First Half

Opening Monologue: Rachel’s NBA Awards Recap

Buy Rockets don’t need another piece for next season?

“He’s (Harden) both right and a little bit wrong. He’s right that they’re almost in the Finals.” – Lowe

“Of course they need another piece. Maybe it’s a smart move because I don’t know they can afford LeBron to come in and play” – Hollins

“They have hold over guys that were really important to them that are also free agents this summer” – Lowe

How does Toronto look for firing Casey now?

“I think they looked horrible. I talked to coach afterward and he’s frazzled. He was very frustrated” – Hollins

“When I look at the Toronto situation, it wasn’t a coaching problem. It was a personnel problem” – Hollins

“The Raptors fired him because of their continued postseason shortcomings. There has to be some change from that. It’s easier to fire the coach than it is the players” – Lowe

Coach Casey talking about his firing from Toronto and his new boss, Tom Gores (Pistons Owner)

“Now you got a lot of motivated coach and player in the situation” – Hollins

“What an incredible moment for Dwane Casey” – Lowe


Replay
June 26, 2003 – “With the first pick, in the 2003 NBA Draft…The Cleveland Cavaliers select…LeBron James” – David Stern (Former commissioner of the NBA)


“Rockets propose flipping order of draft and free agency” – Lowe
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“It’s an idea that I think there are going to be people who are resistant to it just because any big change is going to meet with ‘we got to change stuff'” – Lowe

“I love that. You can put your team in order instead of just taking the best available. You know what you have going into the season and into the draft. You get by need rather than just by the best talent” – Hollins

“The team that this would benefit the most is the teams that don’t end up getting a LeBron, but have kept their cap space open like a hoarder for 3 weeks and passed up all these opportunities that might have had at the draft when everybody wants to trade” – Lowe

“They are 100 million dollar mistakes. They’re not little mistakes” – Lowe

“Think about this: How would it affect summer league? Do you push everything a little sooner?” – Hollins

“I don’t think this is going to happen. It’s an interesting idea” – Lowe

Woj: NBA raises owners’ debt limit by $75M to $325M
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“It’s just a sign of the league’s health” – Lowe

“If you are a team that’s going to use it, your team that wants to spend, this is great for you. But some teams still want to hold that money. It’s not just player salaries, it’s behind the scenes” – Hollins


Second Half

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40 billboards enough to convince PG-13 & LBJ to come to L.A.?

“I’m gonna give you some honest insight: As a player, this is gonna shape where your family lives, your happiness. It’s a really cool gesture, but it’s not going to sway his (Paul Geroge) decision” – Hollins

“These are billboards for the guy, not Paul George” – Lowe

Magic: “If I can’t deliver I’m going to step down.”

“He sounds like a very confident guy” – Lowe

“He sounds very confident. I believe in Magic” – Hollins

“If they don’t sign anyone, this is going to be like year 5 or 6 of the Lakers not being good. So they better go out and sign someone this time around because the league will just laugh at them now” – Lowe

Reaction to PG-13’s reaction to Pacers waving Lance Stephenson?

“He got vilified a little bit for pushing his way out the door. On the other hand, that trade turned out so fantastically for Indiana that I don’t think Pacers fans care anymore” – Lowe

“He (Paul) finally saw a moment where he can let his feelings out. He’s just speaking the truth” – Hollins

“The organization put Paul in a situation where he had to be the bad guy. He had the voice from his camp. He tried his way” – Hollins


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Rob Perez, aka @World_Wide_Wob and the host of ‘Buckets’ on Cycle, joins The Jump!

Kawhi Make or Miss
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China Klay; “China Klay” back in mid-summer form?
Hosted a freestyle band contest in China and showing off some moves

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Presents; Damian Lillard gives away free shoes in Portland
He brought a U-Haul full of sneakers to an urban park in Portland and handed them out to kids

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Earning Potential; Age rule cost Michael Porter Jr. Millions? (Via Forbes)
Michael Porter Jr. falling to 14th in the draft last week. You might not know that Porter, not being able to enter the draft out of high school last season roughly cost him $8.5 million!

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Comments; Steph Curry trolling Sam Presti? (Via bleacherreport/IG)

He commented on this post:

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Steph’s response:

Think KD-Russ-Harden would’ve wanted to stay together?

“They had a hit. They had ‘Say my name.’ You have to win a title before you can say ‘let’s break up.’ Would they have won one? Yes.” – Perez who made a Destiny Child’s reference

“I’m going to say they would not. Long-term, one of them would have left. It is the most fascinating what if in the NBA of the last 10-15 years ” – Lowe

“What’s Harden’s ceiling if he stays on that team with the 3? Is he still just sixth man of the year every single year? There’s only one ball” – Perez

“I think he took a gamble. I think it paid off. He got exactly what he needed” – Perez on Sam Presti


Replay
June 26, 1996 – “With the first pick in the 1996 NBA Draft…the Philadelphia 76ers select…Allen Iverson from Georgetown University” – David Stern (Former Commissioner of the NBA)


Finally…

Best #NBATwitter moments of the season?

Perez: “Secret tunnel saga from Staples Center. We can talk about this forever”

Lowe: “Anything Embiid does”

Show Recap: June 25, 2018

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Is this hoop regulation size or what? (Via obj/IG) | Odell Beckham Jr.

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Today’s Panel:


First Half

Opening Monologue: NBA Awards to honor Oscar Robertson tonight
“NBA players can thank Oscar Robertson for free agency” – Nichols | Robertson V. National Basketball Ass’n

Two Awards

Oscar Robertson is the main reason free agency exists in today’s NBA

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LeBron doesn’t want elaborate recruiting pitches? (Per Ramona Shelburne)

Report: Lakers pitch to Paul George leaked (Via Sports Illustrated)

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June 25, 1999 – Avery Johnson with the game-winning jumper at MSG to help the Spurs to their first title in franchise history!

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Expectations; Vlade Divac: “My team is a super team. Just young”

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Boosties; Bronny Jr. is almost dunking at 13? (Via ballslife/Twitter)

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Uncertainty; Right move to give Jokic the max? (Via Shams Charania)
Expected to agree on a 5-year max deal worth over $146 million with the Nuggets

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Workouts; Glad to see Fultz in the gym so much?

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Subtlety; How much do you miss Nate Robinson in the NBA? (Via Fox Sports 1)
BIG 3 opening weekend. Nate Robinson hitting the game-winner for Tri-State, then gets into it with former NBA player, Rashad McCants

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Money; Worry at all about Melo’s relationship with OKC fans?


How should Thunder move forward with Melo?

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Second Half

Reports: Spurs will not trade Kawhi to West team

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What will the claw pick up as Kawhi’s new destination?

Should Kyrie be more upset about Cavs giving Collin Sexton No. 2?

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Report: Pacers won’t pick up Lance Stephenson’s option (Via Shams Charania)


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Mark Kriegel joins The Jump!

Trae Young on the Steph comparisons, who he tries to pattern his game after and his favorite player growing up:

What impressed you most about Trae Young?

Expectations for Young in Atlanta?

How does Trae Young handle Steph Curry comparisons?

Cool with Mavs considering holding Doncic out of summer league?

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June 25, 2009 – “With the 7th pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, the Golden State Warriors select…Stephen Curry” – David Stern (former commissioner of the NBA)

Knicks fans weren’t too happy…

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Finally…

Should Nuggets redshirt Michael Porter Jr. next season? (Nuggets president Josh Kroenke to The Undefeated)

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#NBATwitter is…

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Rachel Nichols’ first tweet ever:

Show Recap: June 22, 2018 (NBA Draft Special Recap)

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Starting from the left: College Basketball Analyst Fran Fraschilla, Hall of Fame Writer Jackie MacMullan, Host Rachel Nichols, Insider Brian Windhorst and Front Office Insider Amin Elhassan


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Windhorst: Something

“He’s a local guy, playing at Arizona. Certainly a great night to be a Sun”

Elhassan: Everything

“They have, at least offensively, the makings of inside-outside attack. Now they actually have to work”

Fraschilla: Everything

“They have hope. They have potentially a franchise center”

MacMullan: Everything

“The pressure is kind of on now”

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Elhassan: Everything

“When you pair him with Dennis Smith, you talk about positionless basketball a lot. This is tremendous for Dallas”

Fraschilla: Something

“As Dirk retires and cap space opens up, this becomes a good destination in the future because this kid is a facilitator. He makes everybody around him better”

MacMullan: Something

“They need somebody to complement Dennis Smith on the floor. Doncic is a scorer. It takes a lot of pressure off a young player trying to do too much”

Windhorst: Everything

“This is a bit of a risk because Doncic is a guy who some people think is going to be a special player, some people think he’s going to be a decent contributor”

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Luka getting a warm welcome from his new Mavs teammates on Twitter

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Windhorst: Everything

“He’s taking jersey No. 2, Kyrie Irving’s jersey”


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Elhassan: Shai

Windhorst: “5 years from now, people are not going to remember the Trae Young shorts, they’re going to remember that Shai wore that outfit”

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Note: Don’t pay attention to Trae Young’s hat. It’s misleading

Fraschilla: Porter Jr. at No. 14

“He’s a top 3 talent and once you get pass the top 5 or 6 or 7 in this draft, you might as well roll the dice. If this gambles works out for Denver, they got themselves a great young player in a spot that they didn’t expect to get them”

MacMullan: Porter Jr. at No. 14

“Franchise talent could be franchise player. The surprising part was now were hearing all this back talk a little bit about attitude and some other problems. I didn’t hear a lot of that pre-draft”

Elhassan: Young at No. 5

“I don’t think any of us saw him going that high”

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Mavericks trading for Luka Doncic | Clippers trading two second round picks

Fraschilla: Clippers

“They insured that they got a guy they loved in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and drafted one of the most underrated players in this draft: Jerome Robinson. That backcourt needs help”


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You believe that Patrick Beverley?Beverley

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Potential; Did Magic get steal of draft in Mo Bamba? (6th pick in the draft)

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Risks; Grayson Allen a good fit with Jazz? (21st pick in the draft)

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Statements; Better jacket game: Jackson Jr. or Wendell Carter Jr.?

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Proofreading; Does Ayton need to be a bit more thorough?
Tweeted out this ad without editing the text:

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Corrected the tweet:

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Mercy; Excited for the first time Ayton-Embiid face off?

Draymond responds…

Show Recap: June 20, 2018 (30 minute show; Rachel Nichols returns)

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Opening Tip
Doncic boosting his draft stock?

He made this incredible clutch three-pointer yesterday…on one foot!
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Today’s Panel:


Monologue: “Kawhi situation reaching critical mass” – Nichols

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Relationship between Kawhi and Spurs salvageable?

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Will Spurs regret how they handled Kawhi injury?

Chances Kawhi is in L.A. next season?

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June 20, 1993 – John Paxson, wide open, hits a three-pointer to give the Bulls the lead for good as they win their 3rd consecutive championship!

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The Renaissance; Impressed by Jimmy Butler’s off-court interests? (Via jimmybutler/IG)
He was sword fighting with wood swords.

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Germaphobes; People actually want to buy Steph’s mouthguard?

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Style; PJ Tucker spent $200k on shoes last season (Via Complex Magazine)

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Humility; Michael Porter Jr.: “I’m a mix of Giannis and KD. And also Tracy McGrady” (Via CBS Sports Radio)

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Gainz; Lonzo and Kuzma on that Mike Bibby workout plan?


Topics (Cont’d):

Reaction to Nets trading for Dwight Howard?

Draymond Green helping Warriors with draft


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Looking ahead…

Should Doncic be a top-3 lock?

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