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


Young Make or Miss

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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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Moving on…

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

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