Show Recap: October 31, 2018 (Happy Halloween!)

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Today’s Panel:

Starting from the left: Rachel Nichols, Insider Brian Windhorst and Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady

Breaking News
Dances with TWolves
Jimmy Butler out “Because my body is hurting”





“I believe him. His body is hurting. This typically what happens” – TMac

“This is a decision that was influenced by like DeMarcus Cousins: If he does not have a contract in place and the Wolves will not trade him to a team that will assure him of a contract, he is not going to push with the way he did in the past” – Windhorst on his read of the situation

“I’m done risking my health” – Windhorst on what he thinks Butler is saying

“I kind of understand given his set of circumstances why he is trying to leverage it. He’s just trying to protect himself. I’m not in love with it, but I’m not mad at him” – Windhorst

First Half

Monologue: How can Rockets regain their swagger?

“This is what I was afraid of with this ball club. Losing Trevor [Ariza] was a big key because he defended and he knocked down open shots. He defended your best player. He is undervalue for what he gave this team last year and [Luc] Mbah a Moute. Their swagger is completely gone” – TMac

“They lost Ariza…bad, Mbah a Moute…bad, [Jeff] Bzdelik…bad. Added Carmelo Anthony which if you added him to that team that had those other three entities, maybe it wouldn’t have hurt them defensively as much. To be honest, he’s killing them defensively” – Windhorst

“The life is sucked out of this team. I don’t feel they’re a really good ball club right now” – TMac

October 31, 2001 – Jamaal Tinsley goes behind his back and dishes the nifty pass to Austin Croshere, who slams it home!

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Make or Miss League Kawhi

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Doppelgängers; Ever seen Aaron Judge & Aaron Gordon in the same room?




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Aggression; Only a matter of time before Embiid breaks a rim?
Sixers/Raptors game last night

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Heels; Do tall people next to short people make the best pictures?


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Haircuts; Where does Kyrie rank in best handles all-time?

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“He’s top 5 for sure” – TMac

“He’s the best I’ve ever seen in my eyes” -Windhorst

Moving on…

What changed for Kyrie last night?
Scored 31 points in a win over the Pistons

Tommy Heinsohn, the legendary Celtics broadcaster, motivated Irving to “get into better shape”

“He was more assertive. He had this game marked on his calendar” – TMac

Second Half

During a timeout, OG Anunoby is asked about things people are afraid of (Raptors):


Run it Back
History of beef between Beverley and Westbrook:

2013 Playoffs: Beverley lunging for the ball — this was after a timeout had been granted — Westbrook is upset and was in a lot of pain. Tore his meniscus

March 2014: Beverley swiped the ball away from Westbrook after a timeout. Both guys had to be separated. Beverley got a tech

2016 Playoffs: Westbrook fouled Beverley, appeared to swing at his arm below the belt

Tuesday night: Beverley assessed a flagrant 1 after he dove for the ball in the direction of Westbrook’s knees. Westbrook got a tech too

Dirty play by Beverley on Westbrook?

“No. I don’t think it’s a dirty play. This guy is a player that doesn’t have the athleticism to match Russell Westbrook. He has to make up with his hustle, his tenacity. That’s just how he plays. I don’t think he’s a dirty player. He’s the ultimate competitor” – TMac

“This was a very dangerous play. Everybody is lucky that Russell did not get hurt on that play. Because of the whistle on the play he was injured on, that makes that one so much worse” – Windhorst

A new Jump TV show for the Wizards finally has a name…

Credit: @AdamJ_NBAGL/Twitter

Do Wizards need a shake-up?

“Right now, they stink. There’s no other way to put it” – TMac

“You’re going to have to break it up” – TMac

“One of the things that was brought up to me: There are six free agents to be on this team and that is causing some of the issues with some guys, maybe, looking for their shot a little bit more” – Windhorst

“Brad Beal would look good in a Lakers uniform because he can shoot the ball. I’m just saying” – TMac

“They’re a playoff team, but they’re not a top 4 team” – Windhorst

October 31, 1997 – Mookie Blaylock with the tough no look layup, plus the foul!

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Jimmy Butler out “Because my body is hurting” (Cont’d)

“His plan is to play in Golden State. They play twice in LA next week. Talking to people around him, those are games he loves. The stage of playing the Lakers, he could end up there as a free agent in the summer if he gets out on the market” – Woj

Latest on Cavs coaching situation?

“His [Larry Drew] feeling is this: He’s not dying to take this role on. He wants some kind of contractual agreement” – Woj

“He feels like he’s going to be an assistant somewhere next year anyway. He knows what’s coming. A lot of losses” – Woj

“It’s a mess. I’m little confused on this whole situation. As a player, I’m little upset how this has all played out” – TMac

“I’ve talked to teams. There’s going to be interest in Kevin Love” -Woj
Note: Due to the contract that Love signed in the offseason, he cannot be traded until January 23, 2019

Trade market for Kyle Korver?

“He is a player for win now teams who are looking to bring in shooing. Kyle has partial guaranteed money next year” – Woj

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Day in the life of Pacers star, Victor Oladipo (Via NBA Entertainment):








Steve Nash: “Curry is the ultimate one-off” | Steph Curry a top-10 player of all-time?

“He is an all-time great right now” – TMac

“If you want to put the accolades on what he’s achieved, there’s not many players that has done what he’s accomplished. That’s tough to argue” – TMac

“This is a guy who changed the game as an outside player and literally changed the way every NBA team virtually plays every single night and that deserves recognition amongst one of the greats of all time” – Windhorst on the purpose for writing the article

“Steph changed the game more than Kobe did” – Windhorst

LeBron posts Instagram pic with Kobe: “Man imagine”


“Bron is the ultimate troll master and he’s pretty damn good at it” – TMac

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Happy Halloween from The Jump!

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“NBA TV” Tracy McGrady

McGrady on why he wore that suit:

“I was going to the set and I just grabbed a suit out of my closet because we get free suits all the time. I had never tried this suit on and when I put this on, I was like ‘Man. Please. Don’t make me stand up in studio'”

Show Recap: October 30, 2018

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Opening Tip
Spurs to retire Manu Ginobili’s No. 20 jersey March 28

“He was the one who invented the Eurostep” – Pierce

Today’s Panel:

Starting from the left: Rachel Nichols, NBA Champion Paul Pierce and Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady

Brian Windhorst (Second Half Only)


First Half

Monologue: Klay Thompson sets NBA record with 14 threes vs Bulls
Klay Thompson, international man of mystery…and 3-pointers

Klay Thompson may be the best shooter…EVER!
But Thompson is not the best player on his team thanks to these guys


It’s raining threes!
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After the game, Klay quoted Jackie Moon from the basketball movie, Semi-Pro

Klay’s 52 points in just 27 minutes is just more points per minute than Kobe’s 81!

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Made 14 threes and dribbled 9 times…TOTAL!

Last week against the Clippers, Harden took 9 dribbles just to make a 3 pointer!

Over the summer, Jabari Parker had said: “NBA players don’t get paid to play defense”

Halftime score: 92-50!

Fred Hoiberg on what he said to the guys after their blowout loss to the Warriors (Via Sam Smith):

Klay Thompson breaking Steph’s three point record as both players raised their arms:

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Want to see Klay as No. 1 option?

“The defense was horrendous” – TMac on the Bulls defense last night

“I like him in this role right here. They got a great system” – Pierce

“I would love to see it because of his shooting ability” – TMac

“I rather see a show every night” – Nichols

LeBron: “You probably don’t want to be around when my patience runs out”
When will LeBron’s patience with Lakers run out?

“They got to have a winning week this week” – TMac

“Luke [Walton] is a fabulous coach, but the finger is going to be pointed at Luke and if they don’t turn this around, I’m afraid Luke will be out” – TMac

“These guys are young and don’t know how to win yet. LeBron is going to be patience. He knows what he got himself into” – Pierce

October 30, 2001 – Tracy McGrady with the nasty throwdown on the Raptors!

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It’s a…

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Right, Patrick Beverley?

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Buckets; Sign of things to come from Luka?
Scored 31 points on 11-18 shooting in a loss vs the Spurs

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Control; How many techs will Lance [Stephenson] bait guys into this year?

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Bonding; Patrick Beverley credits early Clippers success to getting drunk together?

Via LA Times:

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Awareness; Trae Young: Come for the shooting, stay for the passing

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Fountain of Youth; Will Vince ever not be able to do a windmill?

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Vince Carter’s best windmills:

1999 vs Bucks
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2002 vs Clippers
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2000 vs 76ers
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What did you learn about Timberwolves last night?

“I didn’t learn anything about them. They’re playing the Lakers” – Pierce

“They didn’t learn anything” – TMac

KAT’s big game a big deal?

“This is what he’s supposed to do every night” – TMac

“This is what you expect of him” – Pierce

“He needs to be consistent for them to win and needs to put up double-doubles (20ppg/10rpg) every night” – Pierce

Second Half

Warriors week in review:

Wednesday: Curry scores 51 in 3 quarters

Friday: KD scores 25 in 4th quarter vs Knicks

Monday: Klay sets New record with 14 threes

Gap between Warriors and rest of league even wider now?

“It’s a ‘Michael Strahan’ size gap between the Warriors and the rest of the league” – TMac

“Their joy is back. This road trip, it was blast” – Windhorst

“We are now seeing the Warriors play great. Look out” – Windhorst

“To have this type of energy and focus is scary” – TMac

“Is it possible all three of them (KD, Steph and Klay) win MVP?” – TMac on whether that trio continue to play that well for the rest of the season

Is DeRozan changing how you view Spurs?

“DeMar is in a perfect situation. He’s being taught by one of the greatest coaches ever” – TMac

“He’s filling that role that Kawhi had last year” – Pierce

“I like that DeMar is smiling. He’s enjoying this and enjoys being a playmaker” -Windhorst

Cavs to host 2022 All-Star Game (Via Brian Windhorst)

“It’s good for the Cavs to have good news this week because they’ve had a bad week. This is a give back” – Windhorst

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Kyrie scoring 3 points last game

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Pierce: Nothing
“He’s learning that you have so many great teammates that you don’t have to put up big numbers every night to win”

Windhorst: Something
“He got a haircut and he was talking about the entire season so far”

Bucks 7-0 start

McGrady: Something
“I want to see them play against elite competition in the East, like Boston”

Pierce: Everything
“Giannis is the best player in the Eastern Conference. The have to advance [in the playoffs] this year”

Windhorst: Something
“It’s their best start since 1971 which was Vince Carter’s rookie year”

As The Kings Turn
Kings above .500 record

McGrady: Everything
“They’re competitive now. They’re not a laughing stock of the NBA. Hopefully they can continue to play this way”

Pierce: Something

Windhorst: Everything

DeAndre Jordan shooting 81% from the free throw line


Pierce: Everything
“I saw him practice every single day. He made them all the time and now it’s carrying over in the game”

McGrady: Everything
“You always want to go into the offseason and come back with something that you can bring to your team and your game. He’s always had a nice stroke”

Windhorst: Nothing
“You don’t improve by 40 percentage points in one year”

October 30, 2001 – Peja Stojakovic with the behind the back pass to Bobby Jackson!

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Pierce and McGrady: Sixers

“They got to show that they can beat one of those teams (Pistons, Celtics) if they want to be a contender this year” – Pierce

“They’re lacking shooting right now” – McGrady

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Pierce and McGrady: Rockets

“They look like a totally different team. It just feels weird with them” – McGrady

“This is the team that we said is going to challenge Golden State. They’re not looking like that” – Pierce

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“They should push it back a couple of weeks. Guys need that rest” – Pierce

“I don’t care because we don’t play no more” – TMac

Show Recap: October 29, 2018 (30-minute show)

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Opening Tip
Did proposal hype man steal the shine?
Jazz/Mavericks game last night

Today’s Panel:

Starting from the left: Rachel Nichols, NBA Insiders Brian Windhort and Kevin Arnovitz


Monologue: A running list of everything wrong with the Cavs

Be sure to grab more than one sheet of paper to try to figure out what’s wrong with the Cavs
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Larry Drew is the “Interim” head coach, but has publicly refuted that title
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Kevin Love has a foot injury, which will sideline him for a month
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Wrong team, wrong coach getting fired
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The Cavs let go Tyronn Lue yesterday. Cavs are 0-6 to begin the season. He will collect $15 million

Larry Drew, a former NBA coach himself, on whether he is the team’s interim head coach or not:

“I’m not the interim coach. I’m the voice right now. Talks went on all day yesterday. They went on this morning and no type of settlement or agreement has been made and I don’t know if one will be made to be perfectly honest”

Dan Gilbert is reluctant to give Drew the contract he wants considering the fact that he’s still paying these gentlemen:

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Mike Brown, a former Cavs coach and current top assistant coach for the 2 time defending champion Golden State Warriors, is still being paid by the Cavs!
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The coaching situation in Cleveland is still in flux

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Where do Cavs go from here?

“Organizationally, make a decision about what they’re going to do. They had this summer to make a decision” – Windhorst

“They have got to make sure that this coach, who ever it is, has the backing of the organization” – Windhorst

“This goes back to ownership and the biggest problem is ownership” – Arnovitz

“This Larry Drew thing is going to be fascinating. It’s a game of chicken” – Arnovitz

“They’re going to have to move some guys out. They’re not going to make the playoffs” – Arnovitz

Dirk on LeBron: “He can catch Kareem” | Chances LeBron becomes all-time leading scorer?

“It is totally reasonable to believe that he can do this, provided that he remains durable” – Arnovitz

“The big thing will be: Who the Lakers sign next year? Will know a lot more when the Lakers have the next three years of their team set” – Windhorst

October 29, 2008 – Yao Ming with the one handed circus shot over Marc Gasol, plus the foul!

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Make or Miss League Harden

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Ambition; Hoping we see more “Point Boban?”
Clippers/Rockets game

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Subtlety; Are we all this confident in Steph’s jumper right now?
Warriors/Nets game

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Trolling; Are the rims in Halloween mode?

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Playing; DeMarcus Cousins apologizes to Steve Kerr for election

Most memorable technical fouls:

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2000: Sheed ejected for staring at ref (WACK! Get Out!)Animated GIF-downsized_large(25).gif

2007 – Tim Duncan ejected for laughing on benchAnimated GIF-downsized_large(26).gif

Moving on…

New Jump TV Show: Untitled John Wall project

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Dialogue has been provided already (Via Fred Katz of The Athletic):

Bradley Beal:

“I think sometimes we have our own agendas on the floor”

John Wall:

“If you can’t do it on both ends of the floor, you don’t need to be playing”

Austin Rivers:

“I’m not a fit-in type of guy. I’m a guy who goes out there and attacks people’s throats”

How can Wizards turn it around?

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“They miss Marcin Gortat. I know that’s hard to believe. They (Wall and Gortat) used to run 40 pick-and-rolls a game and when that happened, guys got shots out of them, the ball got moved around/ They knew how to play with each other” – Windhorst

“They are not an elite defensive team and they are not constructed to beat an efficient offensive team” – Arnovitz

“This group has been here before” – Windhorst

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What does MJ commercial say about GOAT debate?

“He’s the most seen, least heard person in basketball. We never hear from him” – Arnovitz on Jordan

Show Recap: October 26, 2018 (Don’t Get Fired On a Friday!)

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Opening Tip
Were you as impressed by Tatum jam as OKC fans?

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Fan reactions

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Even Daniel Theis (Celtics) thought it was nice! As for the usher…

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Today’s Panel:

Starting from the left: Rachel Nichols, Insider Jorge Sedano and future hall of famer Paul Pierce

First Half

Monologue: It’s getting late early for the Thunder

Yogi Berra
Yankee Stadium
These days, Berra’s slogan for the NBA’s entire Western Conference
Thanks to a lost to Boston, Thunder drop to 0-4 on the season

Thunder led by as many 16 points at halftime and by 9 with just 4:22 left in the game. But the Celtics closed the game on a 16-1 run


“They have to find a way to get easier shots. This has been a problem for them the last couple years: finishing games” – Pierce


After missing most of training camp, Westbrook is still working his way back to the player he was last season

Westbrook took the blame after the loss to the Celtics:

“That’s on me. I take full responsibility on making sure we gotta do what we gotta do to win the game. We’ve got to do a better job making sure we close the game so…”

“I take full responsibility regardless of what happened in the fourth. Miss or made shots, it’s my responsibility to make sure we get a good one, and I take responsibility. It won’t happen again; we on to the next”

“It’s early. There’s no need to panic” – Westbrook
Thunder have 78 games left to play

This is the worst start that the Thunder have gotten off to since moving to OKC in 2008

The last team to make the playoffs after starting a season 0-4…The Sixers back in 2011

What needs to change for Thunder?


“They have to figure out their identity. I don’t know who the Thunder are” – Pierce

“There is even less creativity in this offense with Donovan. This isn’t new. It’s maybe gotten worse in this particular case” – Sedano

“Too much hero ball. Both guys are isolating out there. They have no shooters” – Pierce

Smart for Rockets to offer 4 first-rounders for Jimmy Butler?

“This is the Rockets: they have a barometer on where they are right now. Daryl Morey is obsessed with beating the Warriors. I’d say you go and do it. This is the move that can possibly help get you over the top. You go all in” – Pierce

“This is a no-brainer. You have the centerpiece of James Harden. But if I’m Minnesota, I don’t want this deal. I don’t know where these picks will be. That’s not enough. No chance” – Sedano

October 26, 1984 – Michael Jordan’s first NBA game

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Make or Miss League Klay

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Standing around; Did Cavs think there was a whistle?
Blake Griffin with the spin move, the drive, the dunk!

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Rhythm; How would you describe this sequence by Lance?

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Stephenson after the game commented this on IG:


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Uncle Drew; Best Halloween costume you’ve seen this year?

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Then Irving did this after the game…

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Balance; Better move?

Stanley Johnson:

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Jayson Tatum:

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Adjustments; Is angry Dame the best Dame?

Most memorable on court clapbacks:

2016: Russ vs angry fan in PhillyAnimated GIF-downsized_large(25).gif

2016: D-Wade vs purple shirt guy in CharlotteAnimated GIF-downsized_large(26).gif

1994: Reggie Miller vs Spike Lee at MSGAnimated GIF-downsized_large(27).gif

Moving on…

From Haywatch to…

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DeMarcus Cousins practices with Warriors for first time

“They’re just going to slowly bring him along. If I’m them, I would wait until like after all star break. This is an Achilles on a big guy. You got to be careful with those injuries” – Pierce

“I do think this is something. Having a guy like that back at practice is huge for all these guys. I think he may be back for Christmas” – Sedano

Reggie Miller trying to recruit Kobe’s daughter to UCLA:

Second Half

Kobe Bryant on SC last night:
Kobe: LeBron is “Part of Laker family”

NEIL EVERETT: How close are you to the newest member of the Laker family?

KOBE BRYANT: “Well, he’s part of the Laker family. When he first came on board, I said ‘Listen. If there’s anything you need, you are now family. You are a part of this tradition. So if there’s anything you need, just let me know'”

EVERETT: Has he needed anything?

BRYANT: “No. I think he’s fine”

Bad look for Lakers fans to chant “Kobe” in front of LeBron?

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“It’s a great look. You have one of your legends coming to the building for a game. He rarely comes to the games. The fans adore him” – Pierce

“This is a great look. There needs to be more of this. There’s no shock that a guy who won 5 titles for that team is going to get cheered. That’s exactly what they should do and good on Laker fans” – Sedano

La La Lance

Lance Stephenson: 12 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists last night vs Nuggets
What can Lakers fans expect from Lance Stephenson this season?

LeBron James giving props to Lance:

“I think Lance just picked up where he left off from last night in Phoenix. He kind of sparked us when we kind of fell in that hole early in the 4th quarter. His tenacity and competitive nature just kind of brought us back into that game”

“Listen, when Lance steps on the floor, he’s a spark for us. He doesn’t have to score to make an impact, but he’s done it the last two nights. He’s worked wonders for our team, that’s for sure”

“You got good Lance and bad Lance” – Pierce

“I look at the Lakers as a dinner plate. LeBron is the meat. And the young guys are the side dishes. Lance is that after dinner coffee (or drink). But not every night” – Sedano

“He’s exciting. He’s fun. He brings energy” – Pierce

KD on free agency: “I never got the massive deal…I know I deserve that” (Via The Athletic)

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“‘Bob Myers? He wants the bag.’ He deserves it. He’s taken haircuts (paycuts) a couple of times for the championships. He’s already done all the sacrificing he wants to do. That’s a direct message to him” – Sedano

“He always could have got the big payday. He was just always controlling his destiny” – Pierce

“When you’ve won, then it’s kind of like ‘Alright. I got to secure my own future at some point'” – Sedano

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Woj: Rockets offer 4 first-rounders for Jimmy Butler

Would you give up 4 first round picks for LeBron James?

Pierce & Sedano: No-brainer

Would you give up 4 first round picks for Kevin Durant?

Pierce & Sedano: Yes

Would you give up 4 first round picks for Stephen Curry?

Pierce & Sedano: Yes

Would you give up 4 first round picks for Anthony Davis?

Pierce & Sedano: Yes

Pierce added:
“I’ll give you 5 first round picks for AD”

Would you give up 4 first round picks for Giannis Antetokounmpo?

Pierce & Sedano: Yes

Would you give up 4 first round picks for Kawhi Leonard?

Pierce & Sedano: Yes

Would you give up 4 first round picks for James Harden?

“I probably wouldn’t. I’m going to see another James Harden before I see another one of those guys. He’s the oldest” – Pierce

“Harden has a shot that’s unguardable, he gets to the free throw line as well as anyone, maybe argubly in the history of the game. I would absolutely do it” – Sedano

Would you give up 4 first round picks for Russell Westbrook?

“I don’t know if I would do that also” – Pierce

“I’ll trade 3 (first round picks) Not 4 (first round picks). Guys that play his style, they don’t age well. Look at Dwyane Wade, AI, those types of guys” – Sedano

Would you give up 4 first round picks for ‘Prime Paul Pierce’?

“Absolutely. Easy decision” – Pierce

“I’m doing it” – Sedano

October 26, 2005 – “Prime Paul Pierce” with the stepback jumper over LeBron James!

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Steph Curry’s 51 point game against the Wizards | Will Curry’s mojo continue in MSG tonight?
Curry’s stat line in a win vs the Knicks: 29 points | 10-18 FG | 6-11 3P
Durant’s stat line in a win vs the Knicks: 41 points | 9 rebounds | 5 assists | 17-24 FG | 5-9 3P
25 points in the final quarter!

“He’s going to have a huge game. It’s either going to be him or KD” – Pierce

“Both can go for 30. Basically everybody’s going off at MSG except the Knicks” – Sedano

Chris Paul returns tonight from 2-game suspension
CP3 in the loss vs the Clippers: 12 points | 8 assists | 6 rebounds | 5 turnovers | 2 steals | 3-13 FG

“They are in desperate need of a win. I’m also interested in seeing ‘Iso Melo'” – Sedano

“It’s really not about their offense, it’s their defense. It’s been terrible. That’s the one thing they got to fix. They are not the same team” – Pierce

New Jump “TV Show!”

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How seriously should we take the Pistons?

“They are a playoff team” – Sedano

“If Blake can continue to play at an MVP level and Drummond can play at an all star level, they’re definitely a playoff team” – Pierce

Game of the Night
Bucks at Wolves

Expect KAT to turn it around tonight?
Towns’ stat line in a loss vs the Bucks: 16 points | 7 rebounds | 2 blocks | 7-16 FG


“I just want him to be motivated again” – Pierce

“He’s going to have to bounce back. This is wasted talented if you’re playing this way. He is going to be the centerpiece of this franchise, whether Jimmy is there or not” – Sedano

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Joel Embiid rolls left ankle in practice, questionable for Saturday vs Hornets

Show Recap: October 25, 2018

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Opening Tip
How did Kawhi do this?

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Today’s Panel:


First Half

Monologue: Steph Curry, Oh My Goodness

Steve Kerr is no fun…

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Curry was on fire last night by hitting 11 3 pointers, while scoring 51 points in just three quarters
Despite Curry being hot in the game, Kerr sat him in the final period!

Steph’s stat line last night: 51 points | 15-24 FG | 10-10 FT | 11-16 3PT

Had Curry played in the 4th quarter, he would have been on pace to score 68 points!

Many should have saw this coming. Especially when he did this…

He shot 73% in the first quarter, including a 2:24 stretch when he scored 16 points!

Pretty much sums up how all NBA fans reacted to Steph’s 51 point game!

Steve Kerr on shooting from low percentage spots:

“I wasn’t even mad that he [Curry] took them. A guy taking 40 footers and you’re on the sidelines going ‘Yeah. That’s a good shot. Good job.’ Explain that. We’ve never seen this before”


Curry tried to pull off an alley-oop to KD, which didn’t work and it ended up being a 4 point play while falling out of bounds…

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Then he gave a “Jordan Shrug”

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Curry has hit 11 3 pointers in 6 games in his career
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7 other guys have each done it…only ONCE!

So what brought all this on?

Did Steph want to get revenge against the Wizards for Markieff Morris trying to pull his brother, Seth, shorts down?
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Is it the increased pace?
Curry wasn’t even mentioned in the MVP conversation at the start of the season

KD on whether somebody from this super team can get enough voting support to win MVP:

“Obviously, narratives plays a big part. I think the MVP nowadays is the up-and-coming star in the NBA award. But it’s got to take somebody to do something like this tonight to kind of breakthrough and change that narrative. Players that have been in the league for a while, that won a couple MVPs, I’m sure the voters tend to overlook them — not meliciously, but just the fact that they’re looking for the next player. You’ve got to wake’em up with games like that. Steph definitely did that tonight”

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Are fans about to witness Curry’s ‘Forgot about Dre’ season?

KD’s presence hurt Curry’s chances for 3rd MVP?

“People have to kill that notion that KD or Steph can’t win the MVP because KD has come to this team” – TMac

“How can you not be included in the MVP?” – TMac

“When you have extraordinary performances like this, you can’t leave him out of the conversation” – Pierce

“They’re breaking the NBA, Steph and the Warriors. They’re ridiculous to watch” – Pierce

League-wide scoring surge playing into Warriors hands?

“The Warriors created this. The game changed when they came out here with these great three point shooters, then they went small ball and surrounded them with other great three point shooters and now the game has changed” – Pierce

“It’s a positionless league that these guys are playing in. Everybody is really trying to follow their blueprint of how these guys play” – TMac


Run it Back

From Tuesday’s show:

NICHOLS: What would you be like in today’s game?

MCGRADY: “I look at some of these guys like James [Harden] and these high scoring guys that are shooting a lot more threes than myself and Kobe shot back in the days, averaging probably 10 3s a game. I’ll average easily 35-40 points a game. Easily. I mean, I averaged 32 [ppg] without even shooting that many threes”

“I would have been at 41 [ppg]. I would have shot way more threes” – Pierce

October 25, 1996 – Charles Oakley and Charles Barkley going at it!

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Highlights; The Bulls are 1-3, but at least they’re fun?

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Eye Contact; Trae and Prince been watching Matt Ryan and Julio Jones?

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La La Lance; Most memorable thing Lance did last night?

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Struggles; Donovan Mitchell on 3-game slump: “I was in my head”

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Jelly; Steph or the field in a game of NBA horse?

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Most memorable “After the whistle” plays:

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Raptors ahead of schedule?

“This is what I expected. I wouldn’t be surprised if these guys take the No. 1 seed again in the East” – TMac

“You got to give some credit to Lowry, they got a new culture. These guys bought in” – Pierce

“Regular season is regular season. We’ve seen this for so many years with the Raptors”

Raptors OG uniforms underappreciated?

“I loved it. I loved the purple jerseys with the dinosaur in the front” – TMac

“These are the worst jerseys in NBA history” – Pierce

Second Half

Lakers on track after first win?

LeBron after their win over the Suns and being a better team:

“It feels great. It’s a win period. It feels good for us to know what we’ve been doing over at training camp and [in the] past few games, to continue to get better. I think we’ve gotten better tonight and we want to try to continue that going forward”

“We’re very talented offensively, but I think it’s always going to start with our defense, if we’re able to rebound as a collective group, we have the speed, we have a lot of ball-handlers, and we have a lot of unselfish guys that can move the ball and get guys open shot”

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“Right now, they’re just happy to get a win, but they need a signature win” – Pierce

“It’s really not a worthy opponent” – TMac on the Suns

“Are they on track after this first win? No they’re not on track. We don’t know that” – TMac

LeBron James receives offseason NBA Cares community assist award
Opened the ‘I Promise School’ in his hometown of Akron, OH

“He’s changing these kids lives” – TMac

Are Rockets problems fixable?

“Yeah. They just need to get James and CP on the court together. They’ll get rolling” – Pierce

“Their defense hasn’t been as stellar as it was last year. Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute did a wonderful job of defending with this team ” – TMac

RecommendsFormer NBA player Darius Miles (The Players’ Tribune)

Kobe Bryant’s new book “The Mamba Mentality: How I Play” (Now available)
Excerpts from the book

Kobe on Paul Pierce:

“That’s what I’m talking about Kob! Finally some respect around here” – Pierce

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“I was just stronger than him” – Pierce

Kobe on Tracy McGrady:
Fun Fact: TMac used to stay at Kobe’s house

“I just knew how gifted he was going to be. I’m gunning for him. He brought the best out of me” – TMac

“It’s good to hear that from Kobe. He would never, ever say that to anybody while he was playing” – TMac

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Toughest part of guarding Kobe?

“He had an all-round game. When I first started guarding him, his first step was tremendous. All game, I wanted him to shoot jumpers. He had every skill in the game” – Pierce

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“He had a competitive spirit that I had never seen. There was nothing that he couldn’t do” – TMac

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October 25, 1997 – Allen Iverson with the steal, while finishing with the difficult one handed alley-oop lay up!

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KAT losing confidence?

From last night’s Wolves/Raptors game (Via Fox Sports North)
KAT shoots a three pointer and airballs it. Asks to be taken out. Occurred during the 3rd quarter with 1:18 remaining in the quarter

DAVE BENZ (play-by-play announcer): “Towns for three…leaves it well short”

JIM PETERSEN (color analyst): “It’s time to get ‘G’ (Gorgui Dieng)” in the game”

DAVE BENZ: “And just when you say it, ‘G’ gets up off the bench”

JIM PETERSEN: “KAT just has that look in his face that he doesn’t want to play tonight”

“This is not the KAT who we saw last year” – Pierce

“This is a bad look for your teammates” – TMac

“The Jimmy Butler saga has affected this man tremendously” – TMac

Giannis: 32 points, 18 rebounds, 10 assists, 2 steals vs the Sixers | Are 76ers who we though they were?

“I never had any high praise on Philly coming into this season. They didn’t get any better” – TMac

“The lost of [Marco] Belinelli and [Ersan] Ilyasova hurt them. They were shooters, they were ball movers and they brought great chemistry and they are veterans” – Pierce

Brad Stevens: “I think Toronto is clearly better right now” | What’s wrong with Celtics offense?

“Toronto knows who their guy is (Kawhi). For Boston, is Kyrie the guy, is Tatum going to be the guy? How does Gordon fit int all this? Once they figure out everybody’s role, then they’ll get better” – Pierce

“They have alot of depth, alot of talent on this team. Alot of guys that can score the ball” – TMac

Game of the Night
Cavaliers at Pistons

Cavs struggles here to stay?

“They’re still trying to figure things out” – TMac

“One guy who controls the offense and was dominating, they lose him…this is not surprising to me actually” – Pierce who was referring to LeBron

“If I’m Kevin Love, I’m trying to get out of there” – TMac

Earlier in the show, the gang talked about how the Raptors got their name and old school jerseys. Nichols put out a poll on whether the jerseys were yay or nay and here are the results:


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NYC billboard going to hurt Knicks chances of landing KD?

“Bad art work, man” – TMac

“If you’re going to have Kevin Durant, at least have him bigger” – Pierce

Show Recap: October 24, 2018

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Opening Tip
Should Patrick Beverley think twice about taunting AD?

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Today’s Panel:


First Half

Monologue: Blake drops 50 in win over Sixers


Is Griffin the eye-popping talent a franchise can build itself around?
Or is Griffin the overpaid salary cap drain?
While the World Series was going on last night, many thought the NBA was going to be a quiet night with only 3 games on. But that wasn’t the case!

NBA’s new slogan should be…

Not a day has gone by with something insane happening on or off the court…


Rockets GM, Daryl Morey defended CP3 by tweeting this:

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Embiid vs Drummond. Round 4!

Embiid “acted” very well by flopping…

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But wait…there’s more. On IG, he commented:

“That man is fat, out of shape and talks all day”

Now back to Blake:

Blake Griffin has started this season off on fire
Last Pistons player to score 50 or more points in a game…Richard “Rip” Hamilton back in 2006

Does Blake Griffin’s 50-piece change your outlook on Pistons?

“For being elite in the Eastern Conference, absolutely not. They need one more piece” – TMac

“Blake is the centerpiece” – TMac

“This is going to be a playoff team, but in the lower half of the bracket” – Elhassan

“Andre Drummond is the key. He has the potential, but hasn’t reached that” – Elhassan

Should Embiid get fined for flop?

“When you have serial floppers, we know more often than not they flop” – Elhassan

“He laughs. Immediately, he lets you know he flopped” – Elhassan

“That was clearly a flop. He (Drummond) should not have been thrown out of the game” – TMac

“If you’re a serial flopper, stop getting calls. Let’s see how much you flop after that” – Elhassan

October 24, 2012 – Clippers’ Blake Griffin with the spinning layup on Pau Gasol, plus the foul!

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Creativity; “Ice Trae” the best nickname ever?
Migos went on Bill Simmons podcast and gave Trae Young a nickname

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Defense; How many more times can Dwane Casey run this play?

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Quickness; Don’t blink, you might miss Ish Smith

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Layups; Zion Williamson worth tanking for?

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Volleyball; Are spike blocks the best blocks?

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All-time most savage spike blocks:

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Moving on…

Best remaining undefeated team?

TMac: Raptors
“They are in the EC and I just really like their team”

Elhassan: Nuggets
“What I like about them is the depth”

Least Trustworthy undefeated team?

TMac: Bucks
“After Giannis, who can we really rely on to give him some help to help them elevate this team?”

Elhassan: Pistons
“They won 3 games by 1, 2 and 3 points. All nail biters”

Second Half

Rather have as a teammate: Rondo or CP3?

Recap of Rondo’s comments:

“I really don’t know. It all depends on who else is around me” – TMac

“I’m taking Chris Paul. He’s a better player and has been for his career” – Elhassan

“Chris Paul has a very well manicured image” – Elhassan

David Stern on CP3-To-Lakers veto in 2011: “I was protecting the then-Hornets”
Click here to read more about this topic by Chirs Ballard of Sports Illustrated

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Current Pelicans GM, Dell Demps

“This would have been a great trade for New Orleans” – TMac

“David Stern is right. This was not the right deal for the Pelicans” – Elhassan

“This is shocking” – Elhassan on Stern taking jabs at current Pelicans GM, Dell Demps

“Why is he blaming the GM for these guys leaving?” – TMac

NBA Execs already focused on 2019 free agency by Brian Windhorst

Rich Paul.JPGRich Paul of Klutch Sports and LeBron’s agent joined the show!
Making his 2nd appearance on The Jump

How did Darius Bazley end up with New Balance internship? (Starts in January and will be there for 3 months in Boston and workout and train)
More of this story can be read here by Marc Stein of the NY Times

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“Darius is a very, very different kid. He’ll have a head start” – Paul

Expect more prospects to follow Bazley’s lead?

“It’s not for everybody. This was the right path for Bazley and his family. For most kids, it is the right thing” – Paul

Response to Jim Boeheim’s comment?

“We’re talking about a system that has been broken for a long time” – Paul

“For these kids, they need options” – Paul

Any concern with Lakers 0-3 start?

“Only thing I hope is that the guys play well and stay healthy. I’m a fan of the game. I don’t have concerns” – Paul

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Before answering for real, he said this:
“I don’t think neither one of these guys is really under pressure because we don’t expect anything out of their teams”

TMac: Doncic
“Him being the successor to Dirk [Nowitzki], that’s some big shoes to fill”

Elhassan: Young
“Him as a small player has a big hill to climb”


TMac: 76ers
“Philly probably has two [MVP candidates]. Simmons is a walking triple double and we know how good Embiid is”

Elhassan: 76ers

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Guilty verdicts in college pay-for-play trial

“The changes are with the players and their families to say ‘We have another way'” – Elhassan

“James Gatto is my guy. This is personal to me and it’s devastating news” – TMac

Show Recap: October 23, 2018

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Opening Tip
Did Blazers already win Halloween?


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After the game, a fan tweeted this to Dame:

Today’s Panel:

Starting from the right: Rachel Nichols, Front Office Insider Amin Elhassan and Hall of Famer Tracy McGrady

Along with…

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First Half

Monologue: Biggest problem for Lakers right now?

If MJ had been called for pushing off on Bryon Russell…


Maybe these Hall of Famers, John Stockton, and Karl Malone aren’t two of the greatest players to never win a ring

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If Hakeem Olajuwon doesn’t block John Starks’ back in 1994…

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The Knicks would have won the title and the whole story of New York basketball changes

LeBron’s grand Lakers experiment stands at 0-3 to start the season

James is 0-4 all-time in the first game of the season with a new team

The only seasons where LeBron James teams missed the playoffs: His first two years in the league (03-04 | 04-05). Both of those teams also started the season 0-3

By the end of regulation, the Lakers were cooking
James called a “timeout” in the final seconds of the game despite the fact the Lakers didn’t have one at the time
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James hit a clutch three-pointer to send the game into OT
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James missed this step-back jumper at the buzzer

LeBron has hit clutch shots before in the past in big moments:

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“They (young guys) have to learn how to play with LeBron. They’re out of sync right now and are playing terrible defense” – TMac

“A lot of it has to do with size. Not having enough bigs” – Elhassan

“KCP (Kentavious Caldwell Pope) has to play better” – TMac

“I wonder: Is it a scheme thing? Can you change the defense?” – Nichols

“You got to have rim protection” – Elhassan

“KobeStan” rooting for LeBron to succeed or fail?

“This is never going away” – TMac

“They are Kobestanies” – Elhassan

“This is going to be all season long” – TMac

October 23, 2004 – Jalen Rose with the alley-oop pass to Vince Carter who finishes with the reverse jam!

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“Really?” – Popovich

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Dimes; Is Doncic already must-see TV?

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Daps; Why is it so hard to get a high five from Lance?

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Obstruction; Will Markieff Morris get away with pulling Seth Curry’s shorts?

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Balance; Best move last night?


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Dedication; Should Jordan be flattered or frightened by a fan’s tattoo of an MJ jersey?

Moving on…

Time for Knicks to tank?

“Tanking is not when you’re terrible. They don’t ‘have to try to tank'” – Elhassan

“Their roster is a tanking roster” – TMac

Kris Dunn out 4-6 weeks with MCL sprain

“No shade to Kris Dunn, but he’s not their best player for the Chicago Bulls” – TMac


Second Half

Something Nothing Or Everything

Luke Walton ripping refs

Here’s what he said postgame:

“I wasn’t going to say anything, because I was going to save my money. But I just can’t anymore. Watch the play — watch the play where I got a technical, watch what happens to LeBron James’ arm. It’s the same thing that James Harden and Chris Paul shot 30 free throws on us the night before. Let’s not reward people for flopping 30 feet from the hole on plays that have nothing to do with that possession.”

TMac: Something
“LeBron is not getting these calls”

Elhassan: Something
“It works in terms of: ‘I got your back’

Early season scoring boom

TMac: Everything
“The league wants more scoring, more offense”

TMac also added…

“I would score 35 ppg in today’s game”

Elhassan: “The one that won’t change is people shooting more threes”

Boogie making progress

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TMac: Everything
“This is big for Golden State and this is not good for the league”

“His game is not predicated on explosion”

Elhassan: “It’s Nothing until it becomes everything!”

Zach LaVine’s 30 point scoring streak

Elhassan: Everything
“This is great for him and Chicago”

TMac: Everything
“You talking about a guy that had an ACL tear and he came back last year playing 24 games. If he can continue this, they (Bulls) got a great deal with acquiring this kid. And he got $35 million from Adidas. I was like ‘What the hell?'”

October 23, 2013 – LeBron James with the bounce pass to Dwyane Wade, then Wade bounced passed it back to James to slam it home!

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Jackie MacMullan.JPGESPN Senior Writer, Jackie MacMullan joined the show!

“They anchored the greatest accomplishment in team sports” – Jackie Mac

Bob Cousy reflects on relationship with Bill Russell
You can read more of this piece here on

Highlights from the interview:

“I was focusing, unfortunately, being Bob Cousy” – Cousy

“We had somewhat of a relationship. But it was me. I was completely introverted.” – Cousy

“In retrospect, I should have felt your pain much more. I should have reached out” – Cousy

“There’s a certain bond there that’s created” – Cousy

“I’m glad the two of them at least spoke” – Jackie Mac

Rondo blames CP3 for fight

CP3 on his 2-game suspension:

“That’s tough. Somebody spit on you, you know. Play this long and that has never happened, but it is what it is. The fellas got to get ready for Utah tomorrow, and I get ready for the Clippers on Friday.”

“I don’t know what to believe” – TMac

“The ‘terrible teammate’ comments are interesting. That’s a little bit of a low blow” – Jackie Mac

“Rondo is the classic agitator” – Jackie Mac

“Honestly, it should have been more than 3 games” – TMac on the suspensions