Show Recap: July 12, 2018 (Back in LA)

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Opening Tip
Bill Russell can do whatever he wants, right? (Poor Vince!)

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Today’s Panel:

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First Half

Opening Monologue: “What is competitive balance, and do we even want it?” – Nichols

Lack of competition hurting the NBA?

“We don’t have any problem right now. This is historically not an anomaly at all” – Shelburne

“I do think its a problem. Fans are looking at the Warriors and are like ‘They’re going to win it again'” – Friedell

“When you have superteams, it forces teams to take risks they would never take. The Warriors are forcing everyone to do that” – Shelburne

Solutions to improve competitive balance?

“We need to switch the order (of the draft). It needs to come after free agency” – Shelburne

“You can’t legislate parity” – Shelburne

“The league is listening to its fanbase, the players and owners” – Friedell


Replay
July 12, 2007 – Rudy Gay with the moves and throwing it down with two hands!

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Mike D'Antoni
“A make-and-miss league, and they made them; we didn’t make them.” – D’Antoni

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New Beginnings; James Ennis move the needle for Rockets? (2 year deal)

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Jumpers; Michael Beasley coming for the NBA fashion crown?

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Flexibility; Impressed by Myles Turner‘s yoga skills?

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Linsanity; Jeremy Lin to Thunder for Melo sound intriguing? (Via Mitch Lawrence of The Sporting News)

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Trolling; Reaction to KD’s exchange with fan?

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Thoughts? Agree or disagree? 💭🏀 #bucketgetters

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First, KD commented on the post:

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Then went at it with the fan via Direct Message:

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“Can we get KD some hobbies?” – Friedell

“This is not going to change” – Shelburne

Jerry West have a point about LeBron’s free agency?
Click here to read more about this topic (Via Sports Illustrated)

“I love everything about this. He is telling the truth. LeBron wanted to come” – Shelburne


Second Half

“We feel like we’re going to have an open training camp in terms of competing to figure out what is that best five to win and to go deep in the playoffs and to give ourselves a chance to win a championship” – Rob Pelinka (Lakers GM) at a Lakers Press Conference

Lakers “Open competition” for starters healthy?

“I like it. There’s a part of me that’s scared. But you have to be careful with young players” – Shelburne

“I worry about the Ingrams and Kuzmas of the world” – Shelburne

“These young guys have to know that the time to win is now” – Friedell

Who got a better deal: Bulls or Zach LaVine?

“I don’t believe they should have matched” – Friedell

“The Bulls were hoping he would have an impact right away” – Friedell

“If you just let him walk for nothing, you really got nothing out of that Jimmy Butler trade” – Shelburne

Capela turned down $85 Million?

“My understanding is: There’s a little more to it than just ‘Oh. He turned it down.’” – Shelburne

“They don’t have the room to lose Clint Capela. I’m surprised it got to this point” – Shelburne

“He is a perfect piece for what you’re trying to accomplish now and win a title” – Friedell

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Why hasn’t Isaiah Thomas been signed yet?

Credit: NBC Sports Boston

“Nobody has money. It’s just the wrong market for him” – Shelburne

“What happened to the Brinks truck?” – Friedell

Buy the East is undersold?

“There’s not enough talent in the East” – Friedell

“It’ll be interesting to see what Toronto does” – Shelburne

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Would Kawhi to Raptors make sense?

All of DeRozan’s posts on IG are empty! Could he be on the move?

“I don’t think anything is imminent” – Shelburne

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