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
Rachel Nichols’ one-on-one conversation with LeBron James:
Part 1 of my chat with LeBron: on the move from Cleveland to LA, his Lakers plans, his political comments, and how this amazing school he's opened in Akron was shaped by his own childhood. Part 2 still to come & I'll also be on Good Morning America on Tuesday w/some fun stuff too pic.twitter.com/ZRF2SS1CUR
“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
July 31, 2011 – WNBA star, Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx) hits the game-winning jumper!
Rivalries; Expect drama between Joel Embiid and Hassan Whiteside at NBA Africa?
Aug. 4 at 11am on ESPN2
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”
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
Hawks are all-in on fan experience.. 1st NBA team to offer fan friendly concession prices $1 Chips $2 Candy, pretzel's, bottled water $3 Fries, hot dogs, nachos $4 pizza, bottomless popcorn, bottomless soda $5 beer
“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
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
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
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
Retirement; Happy we get another year of Vince? (Signed a 1-year deal with the Atlanta Hawks)
Unis; Which uniform is better: Lakers or Hornets?
🔥 HERE IT IS 🔥 Introducing the new white Classic Edition uniform to be worn during the 2018-19 season when the franchise celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the inaugural 1988-89 Hornets season!
“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
Any chance USA Basketball doesn’t qualify for World Cup?
The stars are here. #USABMNT is back together for minicamp in Las Vegas.
Opening Monologue: “NBA just a business? It’s not that simple” – Nichols
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)
Toronto forward Kawhi Leonard will not attend USA Basketball minicamp in Las Vegas this week, league sources tell ESPN. He will use time to prepare for transition to new team.
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!
Layups; Man claims to have set record by making 100 half-court shots in 2.5 hours (Shot 16 percent overall)
Predictions; Markelle Fultz poised for a big year?
Cool with KD laughing at CJ’s reaction to Boogie signing?
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
Kobe Bryant’s Musecage Basketball Network piece on Maya Moore (Will air on tomorrow’s show)
From Game 4 of the First Round vs the Blazers this past postseason, AD puts in the putback dunk:
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
Pelicans All-Star, Anthony Davis joined The Jump!
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
2012 – Davis with the nasty tip jam in his rookie season!
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
Knicks Center, Enes Kanter joined The Jump!
Have you enjoyed the offseason?
“I actually have to pay 10 bucks for this” – Kanter on touching snakes
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
“I tried to block it” – Kanter
“He is maybe the best player/teammate I have ever played with” – Kanter
“I respect the guy. No more beef for you brother! Let’s try to get you to New York” – Kanter
“He was messing with Frank. There’s no way you’re messing with my brother” – Kanter
“It was an honor because I’m not from here (USA)” – Kanter
Reports: Zhejiang Golden Bulls of CBA offer Dwyane Wade 3-year/$25M deal
Should Wade take offer from Chinese Basketball Club?
@DwyaneWade can do whatever he wants. He’s DWADE. The Place where their talking about is near Siberia. I don’t think Gab and him are rocking like that. Maybe for 20 mill possible. BUT I doubt it. 50 plus games commercial FLIGHTS is A different BEAST! Just gonna keep it 100 https://t.co/nyqluJEdpp
“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
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
“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
New Balance interested in Hayward?
All-Star Gordon Hayward is an upcoming shoe free agent that will receive major interest from several brands.
New Balance is expected to be a wild card. The Celtics’ new 70,000 sq foot Auerbach Center practice facility is actually located at the New Balance HQ in Boston. pic.twitter.com/2cFWEDrAWD
Opening Monologue: “Melo, Wade get to decide their own perfect endings” – Nichols
76 players have changed teams in the month of July
Carmelo Anthony intends to sign with the Houston Rockets upon becoming a free agent, league sources say, though it could be several more days before Melo is formally traded and clears waivers. Full @NYTSports coverage: https://t.co/8T4kLf6IrT
“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?
“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
Free Throws; James Harden teaching his campers how to draw fouls like him?
Smiles; Think this actually works?
You're not supposed to smile in your driver's license photo … so one Cleveland DMV attached this to the camera. pic.twitter.com/lHdMNgZqrC
Hall of Famer and 2-time NBA champion, David Robinson joins The Jump!
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?
“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!
1997 – Robinson finishing with the nasty one-handed alley-oop dunk!
Fan of Lakers moves after signing LeBron?
LeBron James played a season with Michael Beasley in Miami. They had no major issues & LeBron said he respected Beasley's talent. I mean Erik Spoelstra decided Beas was unplayable in the postseason due to defensive lapses. But in fairness I don't recall him forgetting the score.
“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?
“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
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