Happy NBA refs don’t consider this traveling?
Jimmy Butler practices with trade in flux (Per Adrian Wojnarowski)
“All this is about stalling and buying enough time so that they don’t have to make a deal all of a sudden. But I don’t think it’s going to work” – Elhassan
“There’s a whole lot of things that can go wrong with him being at practice” – Scott
“If Jimmy’s made up his mind, he’s made up his mind” – Elhassan
How dangerous would Rockets be with Jimmy Butler?
“You get Jimmy Butler, you go a notch and half above of where you were last year. You become a much better basketball team and are a serious challenger to the Warriors” – Scott
Rockets not willing to trade PJ Tucker to get Jimmy Butler?
“I wouldn’t hesitate to do that trade if I was Houston” – Elhassan
“They got to get this trade done” – Scott
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“It’s a long year. There’s a lot that can happen. Never really know until you actually play the year out” – Elhassan
“Were in preseason. Let’s play a few games first, then will see how comfortable on how everything is going then” – Scott
“In Toronto, he is the man. I think he will be a little bit more vocal” – Scott
Creativity; Shoutout to Allen Iverson?
Mike Scott (Clippers) getting fancy on the break by throwing an alley-oop to himself:
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Playing for the Shanghai Sharks, he played all 48 minutes against the Houston Rockets and scored 41 points
Fun; the best bench dancer in the NBA?
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Humor; Brownie points for KD here?
Jimmy Butler challenges teammates, coaches and execs in practice (Per Adrian Wojnarowski)
“With him, they are a number 4 seed. Without him, they miss the playoffs” – Elhassan
“He wasn’t a blue-chip recruit. He built himself up” – Elhassan on what people don’t understand about Butler
“He wants to be pushed. He wants to be challenged” – Scott
“It’s going to be a distraction” – Scott
Cool with Rockets owner candidly discussing Butler trade?
Via SB Nation:
“This is quintessential tampering” – Elhassan
“He’s about to be fined pretty heavily” – Scott
Expect Warriors-Lakers to become a rivalry? (Per Anthony Slater of The Athletic)
“He’s (LeBron) had a rivalry with them last 4 years. They are looking at this as a rivalry” – Scott
“It ain’t a rivalry. There is no challenge. Lakers are trying to make the playoffs, man!” – Elhassan
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“He had a solid season last year. When he was on the floor, they were a better team and played better” – Elhassan
“He had a really good season for a rookie with some of the things he had to go through. He plays at a different level when those guys are out there with him. If he averaged 13/8/8, that’s a successful season” – Scott
Can LeBron attract a superstar free agent to LA?
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“Absolutely. He makes your job so much easier. Why wouldn’t you want to play with him?” – Scott
“Playing with LeBron can escalate your game” – Elhassan
“All those names (next year’s free agent class) are great, but you still got to wait and let this play out” – Scott
Here is that list of free agents next summer:
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Still hoping to return to NBA this season?
“I know I can help a team. I’m hoping for an opportunity” – Brewer
Jimmy Butler challenges teammates, coaches and execs in practice (Cont’d)
“You have to. It should have already been done” – Brewer
“He must of had a good practice” – Brewer
“If I’m the coach, I’d say: ‘Yeah. Your right. We can’t win without you'” – Scott
“Defense…please move” – Brewer
The Lakers bench reacted too:
“I was mad I didn’t dunk it” – Brewer
“The refs didn’t call the travel, so it’s not a travel!” – Brewer
Gordon Hayward says back soreness getting “progressively worse”
“His body is going to have to adjust. He’s not used to going through this” – Scott
“Organizationally, they have enough depth there to help them out and that way Gordon can take his time coming back from this” – Sedano
“They would love to have him healthy for the playoffs” – Scott
Wizards/Pistons | Are we sleeping on the Wizards?
Austin Rivers, who was traded to the Wizards this summer, had this to say, via CBS Sports:
“I think we’re heavily slept-on. Everybody’s so f—ing gassed up on the Celtics and the Sixers”
“They are like a Serta mattress. They’re nice and comfy. They keep giving us comfy pillows and soothing music” – Elhassan
“I’m sick and tired of the Wizards telling us that we’re sleeping on them and they can’t even get homecourt advantage in the Eastern Conference. They are who we thought they were” – Elhassan
“I’m not sleeping on them. I had them in that top 4 as well. But enough talk. Go out there and play” – Scott