Okafor primed for a big season?
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𝐎𝐤 𝐛𝐢𝐠 𝐟𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐚! 𝐈’𝐦 𝐞𝐱𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐥𝐲 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐤𝐢𝐝. 𝐀𝐥𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐞𝐬 𝐡𝐞’𝐬 𝐦𝐚𝐝𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐨𝐟𝐟-𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐨𝐧 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐦𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐛𝐨𝐭𝐡 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐭, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐠𝐲𝐦! 𝐍𝐞𝐰 𝐎𝐫𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝐏𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐧 @𝐣𝐚𝐡𝟖 𝐝𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝟏𝟔 𝐩𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐠𝐨𝐭 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐨𝐝𝐲 𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐧𝐞𝐝, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐢𝐭 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐡𝐚𝐬! 𝟐 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐝𝐚𝐲𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐦𝐞 𝐭𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐡𝐞 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐬 𝐨𝐮𝐭. 𝐘𝐞𝐬 𝐈'𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐡𝐢𝐦 𝐬𝐨 𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬𝐞. ************************************************ 𝐍𝐎𝐓𝐄: 𝐈 𝐝𝐨𝐧'𝐭 𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐩, 𝐡𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭, 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐡𝐢𝐦 𝐟𝐥𝐞𝐱 𝐨𝐫 𝐨𝐢𝐥 𝐮𝐩 𝐛𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐚 𝐩𝐢𝐜. 𝐎𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐥𝐞𝐟𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭. 𝐎𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭, 𝐭𝐨𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐚𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐤 𝐛𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐡𝐞 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐜𝐚𝐦𝐩!
Jahlil Okafor’s trainer, David Alexander is also the trainer to Victor Oladipo who also got ripped last summer:
Melo on coming off bench last year in OKC (September 2007):
Woj: Melo signs 1-year, $2.4M deal with Rockets | Think Melo’s cool with coming off bench in Houston?
“I would be stunned if he came off the bench this year” – Young
“I like him as the starting 3, 4. For Houston, it’s a good acquisition” – Arnovitz
“I think ‘Bench Melo’ could succeed because he could get some Melo time” – Sedano
Should Cleveland accept I.T.’s apology?
“He committed a gaff” – Arnovitz
“I think you should accept someone’s apology when they offer one” – Young
“They (the players who went to CLE) kind of referred to the situation as a [bleep] show” – Sedano
Bonus: Joakim Noah shares thoughts on Cleveland in 2010
Stan Van Gundy’s coaching future in jeopardy?
Here’s what he said on the ‘Real Talk Basketball with Rex Walters Podcast:’
“I don’t have any idea. I’m sort of as lost as I’ve been. Every other time, I’ve known or had a pretty good idea that I was still gonna try. If I could get a job [for next season], I had planned to coach. Now, I really don’t know. I’m really lost right now. I don’t have an idea.”
“It’s a really fickle industry” – Arnovitz
“Coaches get recycled. I do think he’ll get a chance to coach again because he maintains a great reputation” – Young
“I love to see Stan get another shot. He’s been a real innovator” – Young
2014 – Lindsay Whalen (Lynx) with the under-handed alley-oop pass to Maya Moore!
Memories; Happy to see Big Baby getting buckets again?
Punctuality; Smart move by Robert Williams?
Handles; When people say ‘Now how does this help you in a game?’
High schooler Dalen Terry, a four-star recruit out of Tempe, AZ showing off the handles:
Caution; Does Embiid need to chill a bit?
Fundamentals; Trae Young and Michael Porter Jr. show off their range
Michael Porter Jr. says he’s pain-free after back surgery
“Absolutely not. Take your time here and get healthy” – Young
“They’re (Nuggets) playing with house money. I don’t totally buy that he is pain-free” – Arnovitz
Porter Jr. hating on Doncic?
A fan commented on the above post and Porter Jr. liked it!
“No way! This is the NBA. We want the drama” – Sedano on people forgetting about this
ESPN NBA Writer Kevin Pelton joined the show!
Run it Back!
Does Melo make Rockets bigger threat to Warriors?
Click here to read more about how Melo will fit with the Rockets (By Kevin Pelton)
“Melo can be a helpful player for the Rockets” – Pelton
“Houston’s system is going to fit him more favorably” – Young
“Carmelo is kind of expendable” – Arnovitz
“Will there be a matchup issue that will cause him to move to the bench” – Young
Expect West to be more or less competitive? (Per ESPN’s Summer Forecast)
“Way more. You can map out 11-12 teams that are legitimately in the playoff discussion in the Western Conference” – Young
“It’s going to be a battle royale. It’s going to extend far beyond the 8-9 (seeds) this year” – Arnovitz
“More competitive because LeBron is in the conference now” – Sedano
“I think Anthony Davis is going to be the MVP this year” – Arnovitz
Video Essay: The Season of LeBron by ESPN’s Scoop Jackson
Lakers deserve more national TV games than Warriors?
“It’s really fascinating to figure out whether this new Lakers experiment is going to work” – Pelton
“The Lakers are win-win for the broadcasters” – Arnovitz
“They deserve more because they’re going to be a bigger draw” – Young
Games you’re most excited for?
: Nov. 15th – Warriors/Rockets
“I want to see where do the Rockets now measure up against the Warriors with the changes? How will that affect them?”
: Feb. 22nd – Spurs/Raptors
Honorable mention: Jan. 26 – Warriors/Celtics
“Watching DeMar DeRozan return to Toronto. The ovation he gets in that great arena from those fans who love him, whom he loved”
“I am somebody who does believe that if the Celtics are healthy, I think they got enough”
: Jan. 3rd – Raptors/Spurs
“Certainly the most anticipated and most dramatic return since KD to OKC”
: Feb. 7th – Lakers/Celtics
“When you add in Kyrie Irving vs LeBron James, there’s an extra layer there. And they’re really good teams”
Dwyane Wade rules out China, says Heat or retirement
“My best intelligence says yes” – Arnovitz
“He has a lot more to give. Got in great shape when he got to the Heat last year” – Young
“There are a lot of guys, particularly the guard position, that look up to Dwyane and I think he understands that” – Sedano
“I would love to see Dwyane get ‘one more time’ around” – Sedano
“He’s arguably a top-3 shooting guard of all-time” – Sedano
Bruce Bowen’s TV contract not renewed because of critical Kawhi comments