Show Recap: July 18, 2018 (Kawhi Leonard is finally out of San Antonio)

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Opening Tip
Think Kawhi wants a do-over on The Klaw?

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Today’s Panel:


First Half

Opening Monologue: Kawhi trade sends shock waves throughout the league

Head Coach Gregg Popovich (Making his first public appearance since the passing of his wife) addressing the media about Kawhi being traded to the Raptors:

“Kawhi obviously worked very hard to become the player he is. Our staff worked very hard to help him get there and we wish him all the best as he moves on to Toronto. I think he’s gonna be great. With DeMar coming to San Antonio, I couldn’t be happier. I think this trade is going to be good for both teams. DeMar is a four-time All-Star, an All-NBA player and he has been great in the community there, a team player, somebody I have respected and watched play for a while now and we are thrilled to have him here.”

Just wait…the aliens could still be coming
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But will Kawhi play for the Raptors next season? Per ESPN’s Chris Haynes:

Did Spurs get enough for Kawhi?

“No. You never get enough for a superstar player. We’ve seen it time and time again in the league.” – Friedell

“Maybe it was a decision to stay competitive in the West rather than rebuild” – Elhassan

Raptors smart to roll dice on Kawhi?

“This is the best Toronto Raptors team yet” – Elhassan

“A deep veteran team that has winners on it” – Elhassan

“Take the chance, see how good you can be this year. If not, blow it up” – Friedell

“I expect him to play hard if he’s in a game. That is what he’s shown us over and over and over again. He’s a winner” – Nichols

July 18, 2003 – Summer League LeBron James with the fancy no-look pass to Carlos Boozer!

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Kawhi Make or Miss
Kawhi is “thrilled” to be a Raptor

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Philanthropy; Kevin Durant receives Muhammad Ali Sports humanitarian award

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Potential; Summer League MVP Josh Hart play his way into Lakers starting lineup?


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Appointments; Right moment for Lance Stephenson to greet Magic? (Occurred during the Summer League Championship game last night)

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Job Security; Remember when Steve Kerr almost coached the Knicks?
Signed an extension with the Warriors

#NBATwitter reacting to the Kawhi-DeMar trade:

Understand DeMar DeRozan’s frustration?

“I don’t blame him for one second. He was the face of that team, that region, that city when a lot of guys didn’t want to go there” – Friedell

“Players are aware of this now. They know it’s a business” – Nichols

Second Half

Kawhi more or less likely to play for Team USA now?

“Yeah. Why not? Just go and do it and get it over with” – Friedell

“It’s easy to come through. It’s not San Antonio. Go earn your spot” – Elhassan

“The only thing we ask for is: Can I trust you? What happened in San Antonio was there was a fracture of that trust” – Elhassan

Where does Kawhi trade leave Lakers?

“If your the Lakers, your gamble is working” – Elhassan

It’s a redshirt year” – Friedell referring to LeBron

Kawhi makes Raptors East favorite?

“They’re below Boston. Boston is the clear-cut favorite heading into next year” – Friedell

“By making this move, Toronto give themselves a chance” – Friedell


Variety cover story on Steph Curry

In honor of the ESPYs…


Best Dunkface?

December: Larry Nance Jr. on KD

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March: LeBron poster on Nurkic

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May: Jayson Tatum goes toe to toe with LeBron

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And the Jumpys for best dunkface goes to…Jayson Tatum!

Best Ankle Breaker?

December: Dwight Howard drops Vucevic

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January: CP3 shakes David West

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February: Harden loses Wes Johnson, stares him down (LICKED HIS LIPS!)

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And the Jumpys for best ankle breaker goes to…James Harden!

Best Offseason Move:

LeBron James signs with Lakers

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DeMarcus Cousins signs with Warriors


Kawhi Leonard traded to Raptors


And the Jumpys for best offseason move goes to…LeBron James!

July 2016 – On ESPYS night, Melo, CP3, D-Wade and LeBron speak out on social activism

“Let’s use this moment as a call to action for all professional athletes to educate ourselves. It’s for these issues. Speak up. Use our influence. And renounce all violence. And most importantly, go back to our communities, invest our time, our resources, help rebuild them, help strengthen them, help change them. We all have to do better. Thank you.” – LeBron James

Raptors legend T-Mac welcomes Kawhi to Toronto: “I actually like the trade. It’s going to be interesting to see if they keep him around”


Run it Back
Kawhi trademark end of Spurs dynasty?

“I think it is, as a viable title contender. They don’t have that superstar talent” – Friedell

“They’re going to be a good team, but not good enough” – Elhassan

Report: Hawks and Thunder discussing Melo for Dennis Schroder trade (Per Mitch Lawrence of Sporting News)

“It saves the Thunder a lot in luxury tax” – Elhassan assuming this deal goes through

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Bid on an ESPYS auction to hang with Rachel Nichols & company for a taping of the show. (Update: Bidding is over)


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