Show Recap: July 31, 2018 (30 minute show)

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Opening: “For someone or a body or parties to try to divide us by using our platform of sport — sport has given me everything I could ever ask for — I couldn’t let that happen.” – LeBron James to Rachel Nichols in regards to the “shut up and dribble” remark and using his voice

Today’s Panel:

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Rachel Nichols’ one-on-one conversation with LeBron James:

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Significance of LeBron’s off-court achievements?

Fun fact about LeBron’s new I PROMISE School: If a kid misses school, they get a phone call from LeBron himself (A tape recording FYI). The message:

“Why weren’t you in class today?”

They also get a call if they do well on a test.

“This is a huge thing for him. When we look back at his career and legacy, that is going to be at the top of the list” – Shelburne

“Just how involved he is, particularly with children” Sedano

“He connects in a way where you can’t question his authenticity. It’s truly meaningful to him” – Shelburne

“That’s just who he is. He’s present in all these situations” – Sedano


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July 31, 2011 – WNBA star, Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx) hits the game-winning jumper!

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Kawhi Make or Miss

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Rivalries; Expect drama between Joel Embiid and Hassan Whiteside at NBA Africa?
Aug. 4 at 11am on ESPN2

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Discretion; Steven Adams love the smell of Pop’s hair?
“I just held that legendary man. I got a quick sniff of his hair. He smelled lovely”
Then went on to say: “Come on all of you! You would have done it too”

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Rumors; Want to see Kent Bazemore with Rockets? (Via USA Today’s Rockets Wire)

“In theory, it’s a good fit. I just don’t know how it is going to work. Can you make the salaries match?” – Sedano

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New School; Fan of Lakers new uniforms?

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Share LeBron’s confidence in Lakers?

“I’m not as confident as he is” – Shelburne

“We saw this last year with Cleveland. He basically had two different teams: Before the deadline and after” – Sedano

“The only thing I don’t love about these additions is that these guys getting opportunities ahead of these young guys and them being able to gel with LeBron and the shooting and lack thereof” – Sedano


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July 31, 2007 – Kevin Garnett traded to the Celtics!


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NBA signs MGM as official betting sponsor (3 years for $25M)

“This guy (Adam Silver) is good at making money for his owners” – Shelburne

“He’s (Adam Silver) the best commissioner in sports. He is taking a proactive approach and he’s going to reap the benefits” – Sedano

Show Recap: July 30, 2018 (Jorge Sedano hosting)

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Opening Tip
Kid to Enes Kanter: “You Trash!”

Today’s Panel:

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First Half

LeBron James opening a school in Akron today

How long before the Lakers are on top again?

“The West is the West, man. I just think the rosters at the top are much stronger than the Lakers ” – Spears

“It will be until you get a Kawhi Leonard or a Damian Lillard” – Schmitz

“I’m still going to watch Kawhi if he gets moved there (LA) by the deadline” – Spears

Did Raptors damage relationship with Lowry?

“It’s hard not to say, a little bit. But winning cures everything” – Schmitz

“This is not a feelings league. It’s about winning games” – Schmitz

“You can tell that he needs time to pass” – Spears

Kawhi’s first meeting with new coach a good sign?

“It’s a good sign because he’s giving it a chance. Doesn’t say that he’s signing there or going back” – Spears

“We want to see how he’s going to fit” – Schmitz


Replay
July 30, 2002 – Lisa Leslie throws down the first ever WNBA dunk in league history!

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Make or Miss (Milos)

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Threes; Allie Quigley (Chicago Sky) breaks WNBA 3-pt contest record with 29 pts (Made 20/25 threes)

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Age; 13-Year-Old Bronny James throws it down!

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Stats; Care that (Zach) LaVine put up 50 at the Crawsover?

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Rules; Westbrook nail his Harden impersonation?

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MVP’s; Like seeing Harden cook at the Drew?

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Who should be Rookie of the Year favorite?

“Luka Doncic. He’s the best player right now in this draft” – Schmitz

“Deandre Ayton. Booker is going to keep feeding him. Those two are going to be amazing together” – Spears

“Kevin Knox. The kid can do it all” – Sedano

Impact player drafted outside the lottery?

“Lonnie Walker. He’s going to be able to play some minutes early. His game is much more suited for the NBA game than the college game” – Schmitz

“Troy Brown. He does everything. He’s a coach’s dream” – Spears

“De’Anthony Melton. He reminds me of a Pat Beverley type” – Sedano


Second Half

Who got the better deal: Rockets or Capela?

“Clint Capela. For him to get that money in a bad market, I’m never going to sneeze at that kind of money” – Spears

“The Rockets got the better end of the deal just in terms of when you look at some of his positional peers. He’s a huge part of what they do” – Schmitz

“Clint Capela” – Sedano

Do Rockets need to make another move?

“What they really need is another defensive-minded wing. Another combo 4 type” – Schmitz

“They are better offensively with Melo” – Spears

Think D-Wade will play for Heat next season?

“I do. I talked to somebody in his circle and they didn’t seem too high on him going to China. He’s got to finish playing for the Heat” – Spears

PG’s performance at USAB camp something or nothing?

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“When they were going up and down (the court), he looked great. He looked like the old PG” – Spears

“It’s not shocking to me. Paul George, when healthy is one of the best wings, top 10-15 player in the NBA” – Schmitz

“He’s out to prove something” – Sedano


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How long will Durant stay with Warriors?

“At minimum: 2019-20 season because he wants to play in that new arena” – Spears
Referring to the new Chase Center in San Francisco

“I haven’t got the gist that he wants to go home to D.C.” – Spears

Ok with Hawks eating Melo’s contract? (Hawks: Agreed to $25.5M buyout with Melo)

“I’m okay with. They’re trying to lose” – Schmitz

“When I talked to him about it, he seemed excited” – Spears on Melo being bought out and heading to Houston

Current max contract system broken?
Click here to read more about this topic by Zach Lowe

“I don’t think so because of the revenue sharing” – Spears

“The best teams are still building through the draft. All the movement is really good for the league” – Schmitz


Lakers more or less appealing to Kawhi now?

“Does he want to play with him? Maybe he wants to be the face of the franchise” – Spears

“There’s a lot of pressure of playing with LeBron James” – Schmitz

“We got to find out what he wants” – Spears

“If you’re with the Clippers, you’re taking a backstage period” – Sedano on if Kawhi chooses the Clippers over the Lakers

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Jerry Colangelo will not return to 76ers when contract expires

“He’s crushed for his son” – Spears

Show Recap: July 27, 2018 (It’s Friday! Don’t Get Fired on a Friday)

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Opening Tip
Jaylen Brown learning to sweep the leg?
He is trying to learn Martial Arts in Indonesia

Via fchwpo/IG:

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Today’s Panel:

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First Half

Opening Monologue: Meet LeBron James, Basketball dad

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Giving his son (Bronny James) his name is not a first though:

Wardell Stephen Curry II/Dell Curry
Tim Hardaway Jr./Tim Hardaway Sr.
Glenn Robinson III/Glenn Robinson

LeBron: “I still regret giving my 14-year-old my name” (Via Uninterrupted)

“I love that LeBron has entered this stage where he is revealing vulnerability. I want to think out lot and share these impressions. I’m loving this part of his career” – Arnovitz

“The minute his kids picked up the basketball, that was going to be the comparison and those are the things that they have to deal with” – Sedano

Ceiling for a healthy Kyrie next season?

“Kyrie at one point was an MVP candidate. That’s his ceiling” – Sedano

“Kyrie can continue to become a capable defender” – Sedano

“There’s probably going to be an odd man out with minutes being reduced” – Sedano on the concern Coach Stevens should have on reducing minutes for players


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Lamar Odom announces he’ll play in China next season

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I have some good news to share with you on this beautiful day from The Netherlands. My heart literally warms up now I can finally share with you all that I'm returning to play Basketball. I will be playing in China ! God is good ! Thanks lord for giving me another chance in life and thank you fans for your the love and support during all those hard years. Never give up on yourself and keep believing that only god can create the miracles you're hoping for. Basketball and my children have always been the light in my life and this is where my focus is right now. Thank you @mr2rchiang and @iamzoul @georgeboss77 for believing in me and the opportunity to start over again! Thank you @starburymarbury for being my inspiration 🙏🏿🏆❤️ LETS GOO ! #china #basketball #yes

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Expenses; Hawks offering affordable concessions?

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Horse; Should horse be added to All-Star Weekend?

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Rivalries; How do Lakers fans feel about this?
Jayson Tatum has been working out with Lakers legend, Kobe Bryant

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Backups; P.G. on Schroder: “Hands down the best backup point in the league”

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Does Love extension help or hurt his trade value?
Click here to read more about this topic (Via Kevin Pelton/ESPN)

“More later than earlier. As the cap goes up, his salary goes down” – Arnovitz

“I don’t think many teams would be interested in trading for Kevin Love” – Sedano


Second Half

Understand Kevin Durant’s frustration?

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“I think that that is why he’ll eventually leave. He won’t stay there (Golden State) forever” – Sedano on people constantly criticizing his move to Golden State

“I realize his frustration. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with being sensitive. But if you are, you have to own it and people will call you being sensitive” – Arnovitz

Windy.JPGInsider Brian Windhorst joined the show from Vegas to give the inside at USA Basketball camp!

Player more people should be talking about?

“Paul George has looked really good here. There’s no concern about that knee” – Windhorst

What did Harden say about Melo?

“There’s been some frustration of what’s been going on there [in Houston]. They lost some key players” – Windhorst

“He was very positive about Melo’s addition and the Rockets” – Windhorst

Pop and DeRozan developing chemistry?

“It’s an important time to bond for them. He (Pop) was definitely making it a focus” – Windhorst

Any word on Kyle Lowry?

“He’s saying nothing. He actively dodged the media. He’s doing the Raptors a favor by staying silent” – Windhorst


RecommendsSports Illustrated on PG’s decision to stay in OKC by Ben Golliver


 

DePaula.JPGSenior Sneakerhead Insider, Nick DePaula returned to the show to talk sneakers!

Click here for a list of NBA sneaker free agents

What’s Kawhi Leonard’s next move?

“It’s a top 15 shoe deal offer (Air Jordan Brand) for $5.5 million. He wants a signature shoe deal” – DePaula

“Kawhi likes to wear black and gray” – DePaula

“It’s one of the most curious marketing things I’ve seen” – DePaula

New Balance jumping back into basketball business?

“They are looking at Boston as a priority market” – DePaula

New Balance is the new head sponsor for the new Auerbach Center:

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The Celtics facility is across the street on the headquarters of the New Balance HQ, a first time a team has done that

Puma brand a good fit for Terry Rozier?

Here’s what he told Bleacher Report:

“I feel like I’m very marketable, I’m the guy that they needed to sign.” – Terry Rozier

“I love the signing. This gives them a lot of balance” – DePaula

“They’re looking for expressive personalities” – DePaula


Porzingis earned right to be included in Knicks decision-making?

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“I love that he (Fiz) is there bonding with him. He’s their franchise cornerstone” – Sedano

“Fiz is the first member of the Knicks organization to go visit KP in Latvia for the past 2 years” – Nichols

What’s the long-term plan for KD?

“He stays until he feels like ‘This is not a challenge, he gets bored'” – Arnovitz

“At some point, he’ll get fed up with it. I think he goes to the Eastern Conference” – Sedano

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Pat Riley too honest about Whiteside (Via Miami Herald)

“Really? Good luck, Pat. That’s all I would say to you. That has not been the case with Hassan Whiteside when he was in college, not as a pro, not at any time it seems like since he’s been playing basketball” – Sedano

Show Recap: July 26, 2018

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Opening Tip
How much better can “The Brow” get?
Continuing to work on his handles (Without the shades FYI)

Today’s Panel:

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First Half

Opening Monologue: Let’s talk about Kevin Durant, shall we?

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McCollum: “You know how I felt, bruh, I was hot.”

Durant: “Why are you mad about this stuff?”

McCollum: “Bruh, I’m in the league. I’m in the Western Conference. I gotta play you m’fers all the time anyway as it is, over and over again”

Durant: “You know you guys aren’t gonna win a championship.”

McCollum: “Bro, we have the team…”

McCollum: “We have the team, we have the capabilities, anything is possible. We can win a championship”

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The tweet that started the beef:

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Of course, NBA Twitter went nuts!

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Nate Jones, an agent, and marketer who works closely with Damian Lillard (Very insightful Twitter follow) had this to say:

Did Kevin overreact to CJ’s tweet?

“No matter what he does, it’s not enough. No matter how well he plays, it’s not enough. And it gets to him” – MacMullan

“Of course he overreacted. Twitter, by its very nature, is the platform that is fueled by overreaction. It invites personal disaster”” – Arnovitz

Can Durant change the narrative on his legacy?

“Kevin Durant learned from ‘The Decision’ that we don’t talk about enough. He did the exact opposite: He went to the Hamptons, he met with teams, kept it quiet, made a decision” – MacMullan

“There is no doubt in my mind that he is going to do that at some point” – MacMullan on KD possibly leaving the Warriors in the future and go to the Big Apple


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Springfield; Agree with Dwight that his H.O.F. resume ‘Speaks for itself’? (Via TMZ Sports)

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Other Brands; Terry Rozier agrees to multi-year deal with Puma

Per Bleacher Report:

“I feel like I’m very marketable. I’m the guy they needed to sign” – Terry Rozier

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Opportunities; Will you eat at SHAQ’s restaurant: The Big Chicken (Opening in Vegas)?
There is also a show on FaceBook watch called “Big Chicken Shaq” of behind the scenes as he prepares for the opening

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Retirement; Happy we get another year of Vince? (Signed a 1-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks)

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Unis; Which uniform is better: Lakers or Hornets?

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Does trade, buyout change your opinion of Melo?

“I’m telling you what, I know you might think I’m crazy… but this is gonna work in Houston. The way they space the floor, when they do mismatches and he ends up on smaller guys in the post, there’s a way that it can work for Melo in Houston. He’s got to understand his limitations. I think this is the place it works. I think this is Olympic Melo.” – MacMullan

“They are going to get value. Whatever the number is (that the Rockets will pay him), they will get that amount of production” – Arnovitz

Does Melo sound ready for a new role?

“I think this is a better fit for him than Oklahoma City was. I’ve thought that all along.” – MacMullan


Second Half

Any chance USA Basketball doesn’t qualify for World Cup?

Credit: Marc Stein/New York Times

“It’s most likely they’ll qualify. They have to get into the top 3” – Arnovitz

“You have to be careful because every team gets up for the United States like it is the gold medal game” – MacMullan

Is KAT subtweeting the Wolves?

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“At the end of the day, the Wolves aren’t hitting their ceiling until KAT is a mega max superstar” – Arnovitz

“Maybe he’s trying to fire himself up along with everybody else” – MacMullan


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Kobe Bryant’s MBN (MuseCage Basketball Network) on WNBA All-Star, Maya Moore!

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Should NBA adopt WNBA All-Star Format?

“I definitely think the NBA should adopt this because its an honor code” – Ogwumike

“I wish the refs reffed us like they ref the NBA. They have to see us play with an edge” – Ogwumike

Chiney, can you explain recent ejection?

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A police officer got involved!
Chiney’s pastor got involved in this too!

“The first tech was rescinded. So I shouldn’t have been ejected in the first place” – Ogwumike

Gap between East and West overblown?

“A lot of the narratives were in the East” – Ogwumike

“This is really a big leap and bound for the East and have said ‘I’ve arrived. You can’t count us out'” – Ogwumike


Ryen.JPGRyen Russillo, host of the ‘Ryen Russillo Podcast’ joined the show!

Durant says Lakers “Perfect” move for LeBron (As told to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated) | Agree with Durant on LeBron to Lakers?

“KD is right in that LeBron is a pioneer. But I don’t think it’s perfect right now” – Russillo

“Why was it a perfect move? Because he (LeBron) has tenure in the league. He’s the guy making the call” – Arnovitz

Let’s…

Run it Back
Who won the Twitter Beef: KD or CJ McCollum?

“That’s kind of a ‘shut it down’ response” – Russillo

“There are no winners on Twitter. Only the lurkers win” – Arnovitz

“I thought it was funny. It was a great comeback by KD” – Russillo

Show Recap: July 25, 2018

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Opening Tip
Smart for Fizdale to meet Porzingis in Latvia?

Today’s Panel:

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First Half

Opening Monologue: “NBA just a business? It’s not that simple” – Nichols

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Media
Players took it to Twitter to express their displeasure with the DeRozan trade
This past season, $7.4 billion in revenue was generated

Here’s what DeMar DeRozan told ESPN’s Chris Haynes:

“I felt like I wasn’t treated with what I sacrificed for nine years, with the respect that I thought I deserved. At the end of the day, I gave everything I had to that team. Every single day and night, whatever was asked of me to make us better. And it showed, it showed in the progress we made as a team and me as an individual. So when you put that out there saying ‘gave them chances’ and ‘I have to do something’ it’s B.S. to me.”

Spurs beat writer, Michael C. Wright was on The Lowe Post podcast with Zach Lowe and revealed a bunch of interesting details from the Kawhi side of things, particularly the much-discussed Players Only meeting the Spurs held this past spring:

“Put yourself in Kawhi’s shoes and you have your team coming at you like that, you’re going to be a little taken aback by that, I believe. And in that meeting, Kawhi basically stood his ground. He was like, ‘I’ll be back when I’m ready to come back.’ I heard that Kawhi had said something about like ‘I’ll do anything for all you guys in this room, but not this organization.’ That’s what I heard he had said.”

From the Spurs side of things:

“They didn’t want to trade him. They did not want to move that guy. This is the thing that a lot of people don’t realize is that Pop cares for Kawhi deeply. R.C. (Buford) cares for Kawhi as a person deeply. It was almost like your asking us to trade our son away, almost.”

Did Raptors treat DeRozan fairly?

“You understand why he feels betrayed because he took less money to stay” – MacMullan

“I understand completely why the Raptors did this” – MacMullan

“Masai’s relationship with DeMar will be over” – Windhorst

“They were looking to trade DeMar DeRozan this summer, regardless” – Windhorst

Kawhi missing USA Camp: Something, Nothing or Everything?
Bonus: The meeting between Pop/Kawhi in San Diego lasted only 10 minutes (Mike C. Wright/ESPN)

“There’s a heavy rumor in the NBA that Kawhi is going to be fine” – Windhorst

“If you’re ready to go and your feeling good, why not show up to camp?” – MacMullan

“Kawhi has somewhat been able to skate a bit” – Windhorst


Make or Miss (Milos)

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Comments; Agree with Kevin Knox?

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Dunks; Remember kids, always fact check your tweets!
Backstory: The NBA account posted two pictures of Ed Davis “getting dunked on”
He saw the tweet and stood up for himself. Those guys missed both of those dunks!

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The Blazers, Davis’ former team, had his back:

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Dunks; How?

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Layups; Man claims to have set record by making 100 half-court shots in 2.5 hours (Shot 16 percent overall)

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Predictions; Markelle Fultz poised for a big year?

Moving on…

Cool with KD laughing at CJ’s reaction to Boogie signing?

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From the Pull Up Podcast with C.J. McCollum:

McCollum: “You know how I felt, bruh, I was hot.”

Durant: “Why are you mad about this stuff?”

McCollum: “Bruh, I’m in the league. I’m in the Western Conference. I gotta play you m’fers all the time anyway as it is, over and over again”

Durant: “You know you guys aren’t gonna win a championship.”

McCollum: “Bro, we have the team…”

McCollum: “We have the team, we have the capabilities, anything is possible. We can win a championship”

“I love this so much” – Windhorst

“This is why we love the NBA” – MacMullan

“Boogie has the most serious injury in sports” – MacMullan

“The Blazers have been trying to get another star for the last year. McCollum and Lillard want to improve” – MacMullan


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Second Half

From Game 4 of the First Round vs the Blazers this past postseason, AD puts in the putback dunk:

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Before speaking with AD, the panel weighed in on the Pelicans moves

“One of the best midseason trades in years. Triggered the door open for their second half run” – Windhorst on the Pelicans acquiring Nikola Mirotic

“Mirotic changed their team. What he did was when you put him on the Pelicans, you no longer needed Boogie cousins because you could spread the floor, play at a faster pace” – MacMullan

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Rather win MVP or DPOY?
AD: MVP

What are you working on this summer?

“I had something going on with my right eye where I was sensitive to light so I couldn’t really see. So I put sunglasses on because it helped” – Davis on his IG post of him working on his handles

Ready for stacked Western Conference?

“It just got a lot tougher. Every game will matter” – Davis

“It’s going to be a challenge for us and for me. But a fun challenge” – Davis

Thoughts on Pelicans offseason?

“I’m excited for our team and our season” – Davis

“The same thing. I’m excited to have him for a full year” – Davis on what he expects from Mirotic for the upcoming season

“Of course it was tough, but now I’m passed it” – Davis on Boogie leaving the Pelicans for the Dubs

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2012 – Davis with the nasty tip jam in his rookie season!

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Danny Green’s comments change your opinion of Kawhi’s season?

On his new podcast ‘Inside the Green Room with Danny Green’ he discussed how an end of season physical revealed a torn groin, which he had sustained in a December game. He compared his situation to Kawhi Leonard’s injury situation:

“I strained my groin. After some time, it healed. I tried to play again. Certain days, I’d have bad days. Some days would be good. I’d feel it. My agent [Joe Branch said], ‘Maybe we should get a second opinion.’ I didn’t want to because I have full faith and believe in the Spurs’ staff. They’ve always been great to me. They’ve always done right by me. They’ve always done a hell of a job. We never went back to check on it again because so many other injuries had happened. I should’ve, could’ve gotten a second opinion. So I see where Kawhi is coming from when he got his second opinion. Because a lot of times, you’ll get information from outside sources, and not saying the Spurs’ staff is not up to par. It’s just that not everybody is a specialist in every area. At the end of the season, come to find out — it could’ve happened that day or that playoff series against Golden State — but we don’t know. So end of the season, I had to get a MRI. A strain was still there, a little tear. Now they’re passing that information on to Toronto. But we don’t know how long I’ve been playing with this strain or how long the tear has happened. A second opinion could’ve helped. But they did a great job, they did everything they could. Just because Kawhi went and got a second opinion, you can’t knock him for that.”

“Groin injuries are difficult to diagnose sometimes. I am not going to point at the Spurs staff and say they screwed up” – Windhorst


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Have you enjoyed the offseason?

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“I actually have to pay 10 bucks for this” – Kanter on touching snakes

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What went into decision to opt-in to Knicks deal?

“The organization and the fans” – Kanter

Pitch to Kevin Durant to come to the Big Apple

“You can become King of New York” – Kanter

“If you get a championship in New York, it’s over” – Kanter

Jump Game:

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“I tried to block it” – Kanter

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“He is maybe the best player/teammate I have ever played with” – Kanter

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“I respect the guy. No more beef for you brother! Let’s try to get you to New York” – Kanter

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“He was messing with Frank. There’s no way you’re messing with my brother” – Kanter

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“It was an honor because I’m not from here (USA)” – Kanter

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Show Recap: July 24, 2018

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Opening Tip
Were you invited to Ben Simmons’ 22nd birthday party?
Partied in Vegas with Meek Mill and Patriots owner Robert Kraft!

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Today’s Panel:

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First Half

Opening Monologue: “Cavs made the right move extending Love” – Nichols

 

 

 

 

 

 

With Kyrie and LeBron gone from Cleveland, will this mark the return of “Minnesota Kevin?”
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Kevin Love will now have to lead this particular group of teammates without LeBron James by his side
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As soon as LeBron left, many expected Cleveland to tank games and rebuild

Cavs, Kevin Love agree to 4-year/$120M extension, according to Brian Windhorst and Adrian Wojnarowski

“He was expressing interest ever since the end of the season in wanting to stay with the Cavs, even when LeBron left. I’m okay with it” – Windhorst

“He’s with a franchise that he has enjoyed” – MacMullan

“You’ve locked up Kevin Love. The numbers will go up” – MacMullan

Surprised by Cavs long-term commitment to Love?

“He is a completely rebuilt player” – MacMullan

“He has had a lot of rough nights in Cleveland” – Windhorst

“What the Cavs are saying is ‘We believe in Kevin Love'” – Windhorst

“He’s going to be the guy and get tons more shots” – MacMullan

Channing Frye not answering Kevin Love’s FaceTime calls?

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“These two are very close and help each other quite a bit” – MacMullan

“Channing Frye is the reason that Kevin Love decided to go public with his mental health issues because he had a locker next to him” – MacMullan


Young Make or Miss

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Technology; We used Microsoft’s face API on iconic NBA moments
On yesterday’s show, this picture was shown from Raptors Reddit:


It was of Kawhi’s face being analyzed with Microsoft’s facial API technology that tells you what percentage he’s angry, disdain, happy or any of that

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Movement; Should Dwight start getting bigger shirts?
Was introduced as a member of the Wizards yesterday

Isaiah Thomas commented this:

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Pick-up; Jaylen Brown gets buckets in Bali (Via Irvine Kurniawan/YouTube)

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Comfort; Think Shaq is re-thinking Shark Week? (He’s hosting it)
He got into a shark cage. The shark ended up getting into the cage with them

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Tutorials; Think ‘Ball Don’t Lie!’ will catch on in China?

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Moving on…

Reports: Zhejiang Golden Bulls of CBA offer Dwyane Wade 3-year/$25M deal
Should Wade take offer from Chinese Basketball Club?

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“You don’t need to play over there. You are D-Wade. End your career with a lovely graceful flourish” – MacMullan

“I wouldn’t rule out him playing in China for some period of time” – Windhorst

“I don’t necessarily know if Dwyane is at this point of his career yet. He was effective in the NBA last year” – Windhorst


Second Half

Expectations for Kawhi at USA Basketball Camp?

“My eyes are going to be trained on Kawhi Leonard the whole time. The fact he wants to do this is that he feels better” – Windhorst

“These are two guys who I expect to be both professional” – MacMullan referring to Pop and Kawhi

“I’d be shocked if they don’t” – MacMullan on if Pop and Kawhi embrace each other at the camp

Still believe Kawhi is a top 5 player?

“We’ve been doing this for how many years? You can’t keep doing the same thing over and over again, and when you get a chance to get a top-five player, which isn’t very often, I think you have to jump on it.” – Masai Ujiri (Raptors GM) at a press conference

“If he’s healthy, he is a top 5 player” – MacMullan

“I’m expecting Kawhi to be the same player” – Windhorst

“I don’t blame Kawhi for wanting more” – MacMullan

Any chance that KAT passes up extension?

“This is everything. If he only gives them 3 years, it makes you wonder what his future is there” – Windhorst


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Dwight Howard an ideal complement to John Wall?

“Shout out to John for reaching out to me and asking me to join this team. I’ve never had a guy like John Wall as a point guard so why lose that opportunity? I plan to be here until I retire. It’s about this team and it’s about us winning and that’s my only concern” – Dwight Howard at his Wizards introductory press conference

“He could be. This guy is a first ballot hall of famer. It’s up to him” – MacMullan

“Wall will get him open shots” – Windhorst

Melo signing decreases Rockets title odds?
According to CBS Sportsline, if the Rockets sign Melo, their chances of winning the NBA championship will decrease

“I thought their title odds went down when they lost Ariza and Luc” – MacMullan

“I feel this way about Carmelo. It’s up to Carmelo” – MacMullan


Where do Cavs rank in East right now?

“They could be 6th to 8th” – Windhorst

“I could see Cleveland coming in as a 7th or 8th seed” – MacMullan

Are Lakers additions being overlooked?

“Everyone has the right to say: How does this work?” – MacMullan

“Rondo, to me, doesn’t belong in that mix” – MacMullan

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New Balance interested in Hayward?

Show Recap: July 23, 2018

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Opening Tip
Could the Rockets use this robot?

Today’s Panel:

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First Half

Opening Monologue: “Melo, Wade get to decide their own perfect endings” – Nichols
76 players have changed teams in the month of July

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Both LeBron and Kawhi switched conferences this summer
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Carmelo Anthony will reportedly be a member of the Rockets very soon

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Will Melo get that championship before he hangs them up?
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Will Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony both look for perfect endings to their careers?

Which version of Melo do you expect in Houston?

“I feel like Melo is maybe the Rockets want, but not necessarily the player that they need because he really at this point is one of the most challenged in the league at his position” – Windhorst

“Will see a motivated Melo and part of that will be this connection with Chris Paul” – McMenamin

“He said that, ‘I want to be a Rocket for the minimum.’ He probably would have gotten more money elsewhere. Melo making this choice, when he had a lot of other options, leads me to believe that we’re going to see a different mindset. But maybe we won’t.” – Windhorst

How will Melo fit with Harden and CP3?

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“He’s not a playmaker. Harden and Chris Paul are. He can’t provide that dynamic to that offense” – McMenamin

Should D-Wade consider playing in China?
His Heat teammate, Udonis Haslem would consider playing in China next year because he wants more playing time (The Miami Herald)

“We have to put it in context, ‘Monster Deal.’ Chinese contracts, while they may be large for over there, he would probably be ahead if he took the veteran’s minimum playing in Florida” – Windhorst

“I have talked to players who have played in China. They have said there is a lot of good about it, but there is a lot of challenges too. I don’t think it would be about the money he would get, it would be about the full life deal” – Windhorst


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Free Throws; James Harden teaching his campers how to draw fouls like him?

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Smiles; Think this actually works?

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Pull-Ups; We were blessed with “Jimmer Range” this weekend?

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Clarity; What exactly is going on here?

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Nostalgia; Anyone in the game today talk trash like The Glove?

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What can Raptors do to convince Kawhi to stay?

Kawhi Leonard posing with Raptors GM, Bobby Webster and Raptors President, Masai Ujiri:

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“If anybody can tell me what Kawhi Leonard is thinking or what it means on his face when he makes a facial expression, I would love to know. We have no idea” – Windhorst


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Second Half

Hall of Famer and 2-time NBA champion, David Robinson joins The Jump!

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Describe your connection with Stuart Scott? (Received the Stuart Scott Inspire Award)
Was honored at the Sports Humanitarian awards (Airs Tuesday, July 24 at 7pm on ESPN)

“Just the way he handled his last days, his family that he’s left behind, his beautiful daughter Syndey. She just shines such a beautiful light and represents what he represented. I look at it as a huge honor being able to receive an award in his honor and to just carry on a legacy of using my life to impact others” – Robinson

What inspired you to get involved in education?

“Basically, I’m a teacher at heart. We wanted to invest in San Antonio, particularly the east side of San Antonio” – Robinson

Reaction to Spurs trading Kawhi?
Click here to read more of his comments (Via Dave McMenamin)

“It’s one of the oddest situations I’ve seen since I’ve been in pro basketball” – Robinson

What was it like to be a member of The Dream Team?

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“It was amazing. Great experience. All of us coming into it knew it was going to be an almost surreal time” – Robinson

“Standing on that podium winning that gold medal, for me fulfilled a lot of childhood dreams” – Robinson

Robinson on talking with Popovich

“He’s hanging in there. He’s a tough guy. It’s to even imagine him being the one that needs support because you try to support him and he’s always the tough guy. But it’s been a tough summer for him” – Robinson

For today’s Distant Replay, nothing occurred on July 23rd so this is dedicated to David Robinson!

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1997 – Robinson finishing with the nasty one-handed alley-oop dunk!

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Fan of Lakers moves after signing LeBron?

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“Judging the Lakers moves right now is still a little bit half-bait because we really don’t know what they’re going to be in the spring” – Windhorst

“I don’t see this as a team that will be successful in the postseason because I don’t think they have guys who are necessarily built for the postseason” – Windhorst

“I spoke to someone in LeBron’s camp back in January when perhaps the Cavs were going to be looking at people in February at the trade deadline. And that was one of the names (Michael Beasley) brought up to me” – McMenamin

Reaction to another LeBron mural being vandalized?

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“This is a few haters, a few deplorable human beings that are ruining good art. I’m tired of it” – McMenamin

“There is some reality that LeBron is joining a fanbase that is different than any fanbase ever played for before and that’s just the truth” – Windhorst

Will joining Nuggets change anything For I.T.?
Click here to read more about this topic (Via Woj)

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“He’s such a complicated character because what makes him great is how rigid he is and how he fights against the grain. But that also impedes him at times” – Windhorst

“He’s coming into Denver with a fresh mindset and the past is the past” – McMenamin


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Realistic expectations for Hayward next season?

“He looks like he’s moving well and has recovered from that surgery and he’s promising to be ready for training camp” – Windhorst

“He’ll be an all-star next year. The Celtics will be the best team, by far in the East next year” – McMenamin who has Boston ahead of Kawhi and the Raptors
Keep this quote in mind when it may be brought up again: Who finished #1 in the East; Windy picked Toronto

Tobias Harris turned down $80 Million? (Via David Aldridge)

“He’ll continue to have the professionalism and will take care of himself. But he’s got to win with the Clippers next year and that’s not an easy proposition the way the West has gotten even better. It’s a risky move” – McMenamin

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Yogi Ferrell backs out on Mavs deal signs with Kings
2-year/$6.2M deal, per Yahoo! Sports

“As cheap becomes expensive, he cheapened his word by backing out of the deal and this could prove to be expensive as he goes on” – McMenamin