JR Smith covering up “Supreme” logo tattoo to avoid fines
Opening Monologue: Expect LeBron to bring “Showtime Lakers” back?
LeBron’s locker was the old locker of…
LeBron being introduced to the crowd for the first time at Staples Center:
LeBron’s 85 stretch of the 1st quarter:
Bouncing this pass to JaVale McGee through traffic while And-1:
Hitting this absurd runner off the backboard:
Hitting Josh Hart with the outlet pass:
Stripping Paul Millsap (Denver Nuggets) to spark the break:
Hitting the mid-range jumper:
Yet the crowd was waiting to see this…
New Jump TV show…
When executing a bounce pass, you want to do it with flare (wrist extension):
And then the dance after that…
Lance skipping up the floor at the end of the first quarter:
LeBron tries to give him a high-five but…
“At first I was like ‘No.’ But when I look at the team, you got LeBron, Rondo and Lance Stephenson, you can’t help but have a show out there” – Pierce
“It’s going to be showtime. They’re going to be fun to watch” – Pierce
“It is an event. And for the first time since Kobe retired, it’s showtime” – Arnovitz
“You’re going to see more celebrities” – Pierce on the impact of LeBron being a Laker and bring more stars to see the games
How dangerous can “LeBrondo” be for Lakers? (LeBron and Rondo)
“They can be very dangerous. Kind of similar to what you see in James Harden and Chris Paul, two guys who need the ball and can really pass. They’re going to share ball dribbling duties” – Pierce
“It’d better be dangerous in this respect: Most of the league is winning from the three-point line. They do not have one high volume high percentage three-point shooter. They’re going to need that sort of vision from Rondo and LeBron” – Arnovitz
Will Kawhi get the last laugh?
Kawhi on his laugh going viral:
“I don’t really know what people were thinking because I don’t have social media and I don’t read what anybody says. It’s not surprising when you’re at this high of a caliber player. People tend to look at everything you do.”
“Without a doubt” – Pierce
“He’ll get the last laugh if he is celebrating in a locker room either in Philly or Boston having won an Eastern Conference title” – Arnovitz
Steven Adams on being voted “toughest player” in NBA GM Survey:
Flash; Better move and dish:
Awareness; Getting the kinks out before the season?
Nostalgia; Love seeing Duncan giving buckets to young Spurs?
Tradition; Best jersey-court combo in the NBA?
Nutmegs; How is Chris Paul so good at this?
Like seeing Melo apologize for passing up three? (“My bad”)
“He is going to have a great time this season if he abides by the philosophy. It is going to benefit him. I think he’s going to buy in” – Arnovitz
“He’s going to buy into the culture and these are guys that he respects” – Pierce
Way-too-soon impressions of Houston Melo?
“There’s no pressure on him now. Let it fly. Melo is used to having the ball. But now he’s off the ball” – Pierce
Is honesty the best policy for KD’s free agency process?
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Via Nick Friedell:
“I think he’s saying that by not being honest that he didn’t come out and say: ‘I’m going to the Warriors because I didn’t want to play with Russ.’ That probably would have been the most honest answer” – Pierce
“I just wish he’d care a little less” – Arnovitz
“It could be all about his brand and making it bigger” – Pierce
Monty McCutchen explains “Free of movement” to refs
“They’ve been preaching this for 10 plus years” – Pierce
“It’s geared more towards the offense. It’s an offensive era were in right now” – Pierce
How difficult is it to defend in modern NBA?
“You don’t want it to turn into a penalty battle. You want the free flow game” – Pierce
WBC heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder joined the show!
Be sure to check out his fight with Tyson Fury on December 1st at Staples Center or watch the fight on Showtime!
How are you preparing for fight with Tyson Fury?
“It’s all about the mentality and mindset” – Wilder
“It’s just the sport of boxing. It’s the battle” – Pierce on why NBA players enjoy watching these fights
Basketball-Brawls with Deontay Wilder:
Monday: LaMelo Ball slaps opponent in the face
Summer 2018: Australia-Philippines brawl has flying kicks & chairs
Winter 2018: Arron Afflalo throws punch, Nemanja Bjelica puts him in a headlock
NBA GM survey votes Giannis as player to start franchise with
“This guy, when you take into account: age, durability, ceiling, athleticism, body and intensity. He has just a really vicious competitive streak. Who exceeds him in all six?” – Arnovitz
“I’m going with Joel Embiid, the nastiness. He can play defense, he’s not afraid to speak his mind on Twitter!” – Pierce
Is Thibodeau’s master plan to keep Jimmy Butler actually working?
“Thibs has to realize that Jimmy is stuck on his way. It seems like it’s too far gone for them to mend the fences and you have find a trade partner sooner than later” – Pierce
“To me, it’s working” – Arnovitz
Knicks at Nets | Spencer Dinwiddie (Brooklyn Nets guard): “I don’t believe that anybody can guard me”
“That’s a great mentality to have. He has improved each and every year he has been in the league. I love him as a guard” – Pierce