Show Recap: September 28, 2018 (Don’t Get Fired On a Friday!)

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Opening Tip
Share Kobe’s passion for “Harry Potter?”

Today’s Panel:

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First Half

Opening Monologue: Expectations for Lonzo this season?

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Big headlines from Lakers training camp in the last 4 days:

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“I want to see him grow as a player. Be a young guy and learn” – Jackson

“The real circus is in town. He doesn’t really need to do anything. But he has to grow as a player” – Elhassan

“He’s got to get better at finishing. He was terrible at the rim” – Elhassan

“How to be a professional and having that passion for the game. I don’t know if he has that yet” – Jackson on what Lonzo should learn from Rondo


Replay
September 28, 2011 – Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream) with the big one-handed block!

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Smiles; Happy to see Kawhi so happy?

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Standing; Should this be the new 4-point shot?

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Confidence; Is Rozier the best backup PG in the league? (Via Boston Herald)

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Ambiguity; Spurs pick up 4th-year option on Dejounte Murray

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Ambition; Is JaVale’s goal realistic?
Says he wants to be remembered as more of a Rudy Gobert type as opposed to the guy who was on Shaqtin’ a fool (Via Sam Alipour/ESPN)

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Moving on…

Biggest threat to Warriors dynasty right now?

“It’s themselves. They control their own destiny” – Jackson

“Is there a team prepared to defeat this team right now as constructed? I don’t think so” – Elhassan

Charles Barkley on Celtics chances of winning East (Via SportsCenter and Stephen A. Smith):

“They got the most talent in the Eastern Conference. But, they don’t have enough basketballs to go around with every single person out there. It’s going to be an adjustment for every player, it’s going to be an adjustment for Brad Stevens. Then you got the Toronto team that’s really good and you got to figure out if Kawhi Leonard is all in or he’s just trying to get to LA next year. Then you got the Philadelphia 76ers, who got two of the best players in the world in Ben Simmons and (Joel) Embiid. But the key to the Sixers is going to be Markelle Fultz. I think those are the 3 teams, by far, in the Eastern Conference. But let me tell you something: That Celtic team is loaded. But, there’s only one basketball out there and it’s going to be interesting how they make that work”


Second Half

Tristan Thompson on the Cavs (Via House of Hoops):

“Cavs are still team to beat in East” | “We’re still 4-time Eastern Conference champs”

NBA Players react to Thompson’s comments:

“Every team is going to beat you this year. You’re not on the Kardashian show” – Jackson

“He was a DNP in the first 6 games in the first round against Indiana. Who are you to talk about ‘to go through us?'” – Elhassan

Who’s your top 4 in the East?

“It’s going to be pretty interesting in the East because it’s pretty open in that middle part” – Nichols

Best player in the East?

For Stak, it’s this “new player…”

Kyrie Leonard

“If he’s healthy: Kawhi Leonard” – Elhassan


RecommendsJulius Randle’s winding road by Marc J. Spears (The Undefeated)


Boogie opens up about his move to the Warriors (Via Players’ Tribune)

Did Pelicans make a mistake letting Boogie go?

“It made no sense for them financially” – Elhassan

“I wanted to see how they’d build together. It’s going to be hard” – Jackson

“Losing Cousins, I think is going to hurt them” – Jackson

How close is AD to being best player in the league?

“I got him in my top 5. He is not underrated, He should feel that way. He can be 10 times better than Tim Duncan” – Jackson

“He has every right to say that” – Elhassan


Let’s…

Run it Back

On Thursday’s show, Stak made fun of Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s shot. Here’s what he said about it:

“When you get stronger, the ball becomes lighter. So you have more control. I think him (Lonzo Ball) being stronger has helped his shot. I know he didn’t go in there and just changed his shot completely because it’s hard to just change his shot. They’ve (Hornets) been trying to change Gilchrist’s shot forever. And he still shoot like he kicking a field goal”

Amin Elhassan says:

“You kicking a field goal? Who talks like that, man? (laugh)”

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The series finale of…#Haywatch!
Show run: October 2017 to September 28, 2018

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“Everybody is rooting for Gordon Hayward. Everybody wants him to go out there and have a great game and have fun. Anybody that don’t, go run into a brick wall” – Jackson

“The biggest thing about rehab: Isolation a player feels because he’s not part of what’s happening” – Elhassan


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Jimmy Butler has not been traded yet. Will he be traded by Monday?

“No. Right now, Thibs is stalling” – Elhassan

“Minnesota know what they’re doing. They’re going to hold out” – Jackson

Finally…

Thoughts and prayers go out to Shaq’s son Shareef O’Neal who had open heart surgery