Show Recap: November 30, 2018 (Don’t Get Fired On a Friday!)

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Today’s Panel:

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Rachel Nichols tribute to Craig Sager

Fondest memory of Craig Sager?

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“It was an honor to be interviewed by Craig. He had the outfits that he wore, which were colorful. He was a special guy. He’s still missed in today’s game” – Pippen


First Half

Monologue: It was an old-fashioned pre-superteam duel in Toronto last night

Heading into last night’s matchup, many think this will be the NBA Finals matchup in June
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The East is far from settled. It’s only November
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Where you had only two stars on each side

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Kawhi put on a show on both ends of the court in a win last night over the Warriors
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KD’s 51 points wasn’t enough in their loss to the Warriors
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The Raptors had their statement win to build on
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The Warriors were joking and laughing in the post game locker room


This has meme written all over it!

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Last night, fans got an old time barn burner and it sure was fun!

What did you learn about Raptors last night?

“I saw a team that has come together and bonded real fast. They’ve shown that it don’t take a whole season for a team to come together with the acquisition of Kawhi. They’re fun to watch. The chemistry has come together so fast” – Pippen

“The two guys from San Antonio, who have rings, showed up (Green and Leonard). These Raptors are different. That is the type of edge that I had seen Raptors not have in the past” – Windhorst

“I do feel like they are different. They got one of the Finals MVP on their team (Kawhi Leonard). With Kawhi on this team, he’s definitely changed the whole onslaught from where they were a year ago. They’re more competitive” – Pippen

What’s gotten into KD the last 3 games?


First time in his career that he’s scored 40 or more points 3 games in a row

“With Steph out, with Draymond Green out, you’re seeing the real KD. The KD that I felt has been holding back for the last couple years. Scoring is just very easy for this guy” – Pippen

“Kevin loves to have games like this. We’ve never seen a 3-game run like this” – Windhorst

“KD needs the opportunity to lead a team” – Pippen
Windy followed that up with: “But does he want to do that at the end of the season?”

“He is capable of leading a team on his own. He is capable of winning a championship by himself, with another player. He is the best player in the league right now” – Pippen

“He’s always been sort of the second guy. Even when he played in Oklahoma City, he was behind Westbrook” – Pippen


Replay
November 30, 2007 – Deron Williams (Jazz) with the nasty crossover on Derek Fisher (Lakers) while finishing a layup!

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All-Access Blazers!

Make or Miss League Klay

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Easy Buckets; Time to start talking more about Lonzo’s defense?

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Arc; Coincidence that Lowry did this against Warriors?

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Complacency; Pascal Siakam a sneaky candidate for most improved?
Scored 26 points on 8-10 shooting

“He is going to be a big time player for a while in this league” – Windhorst

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Finesse; Has De’Aaron Fox perfected the floater?

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Everything; Does this prove you should always dunk?

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Let’s…

Run it Back

Biggest finger roll fails of all-time:

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Moving on…

The Jump’s longest running show within a show…

As The Kings TurnReport: Dave Joerger asks asst gm to leave shootaround (Per Sam Amick/The Athletic)

No chance Dave Joerger is on heat seat…right?

“That could have been said about the Kings every week for the last 12 years. That’s the way it’s been for 12 years. There is discord within the ownership group, within the front office and the coaching staff. Even though the team is playing better, there are too many bigs on this team and therefore there is a pressure about playing time. This is not unusual” – Windhorst

“They’re actually overachieving right now” – Pippen


Second Half

 

Draft Vince

Support Rachel Nichols’ #DraftVince for dunk contest campaign?

“I’m voting. I’m in! We need you in the dunk contest, baby. None of these cats can fly like you” – Pippen

“Maybe the best idea you’ve (Rachel) had in your career” – Windhorst

How exactly should Lakers utilize LeBron?

“It’s tough for LeBron being the competitor that he is. It’s very difficult for him to come into this situation and accept losing. There’s a lot of pressure when you come play with the Los Angeles Lakers. He’s chasing demons. He don’t want to lose. He needs to step back during the regular season and pace himself” – Pippen

“I don’t think he’s struggling with this at all. He’s made up his mind. Over the long-term, it may not be ideal. The reason Magic has come out against this is because this isn’t the team that he built. Magic built a team for LeBron to play off the ball with less” – Windhorst

“They don’t know LeBron yet. But they will learn him” – Windhorst

Shaq: “Giannis the new superman” (Via NBA TV)

“I’m going to buy it only because Shaq took it off and gave it to him. Giannis earned it” – Pippen

“I remember Giannis asking for the nickname” – Windhorst


Replay
November 30, 1994 – David Robinson (Spurs) following up his own miss with a putback dunk vs the Sonics!

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Kyrie to Hayward: “Look for your shot more” | Should Hayward be more aggressive?

“I told him, ‘Look for your shot more. Get aggressive and get yourself going because you are a great talent in this league and I don’t want you to ever forget that'”

“It’s great advice. When you look at this team as a whole, Gordon is the one who’s taken a backseat. Him sitting back, evaluating, looking and being the smart player that he is, he said pretty much: ‘I’m going to allow these young players to continue to grow and develop and I’ll fill in the gaps.’ I like what Kyrie said” – Pippen

“There’s a couple of reasons Kyrie is saying it: He’s trying to give him confidence and  teams in their scouting reports are noticing that Hayward is not attacking. There’s an X and O opponent that’s legitimate to this and it’s one of the reasons why the Celtics have struggled a little bit and is also one of the reasons why they’ve taken him out of the starting lineup because he’s not showing that confidence, some of the other guys are” – Windhorst


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Coach Pop: “I’ve hated the three for 20 years” (Via NBA.com)

Credit: Sam Smith

“I do agree. That’s been a huge advantage for the Warriors the last 3 seasons. They’ve been able to shoot the 3 ball better than any team in the league. It’s more of a free-flow game now” – Pippen

“The Spurs won a championship in large part because they hit threes” – Windhorst

Game of the NightWizards at 76ers

Best time to trade John Wall?
More of this topic can be read here by Bobby Marks (E+)

“If they trade him this season, the Wizards owe him $20M dollars in a trade kicker, not the team he’s going to. It makes it much more likely that they would trade him next season where they would owe him zero on that. But I don’t think it’s going to matter” – Windhorst

“It’s time for a change” – Pippen

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Andre Roberson suffers another setback in recovery from knee surgery

“He should have been working on his jump shot” – Pippen

Show Recap: November 29, 2018

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Opening Tip
Did Luka just “James Harden” James Harden?

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Today’s Panel:

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First Half

Monologue: Yes, Clippers are still atop West standings

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It seemed like a cute story in the first chunk of the season when the Clippers made their way to the top of the West standings
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Did you see Boban dunk with his feet still on the court?
The Clippers aren’t cute anymore. They are for real
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The current conventional wisdom is you need at least 2 to 3 superstars to win games. The Clippers don’t have anyone on their roster that’s been an all-star
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With the Rockets struggling and their depth not being very good, they’ve relied on players from the G-League. The Clippers are nothing but depth
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Nolan Richardson’s Arkansas teams laid this down in the 90s
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Clippers coach, Doc Rivers has put Boban Marjanovic to work. He has made a big impact in the Clippers early success

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Deandre Ayton on playing against Boban:

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As long as the Warriors are still around, now that they’ve stopped setting themselves on fire, don’t expect the Clippers to hang onto the top seed in the West all season long

Believe Clippers can continue winning ways?

“Reality is an operative word here. This team is really a blue collar team. They have tremendous screeners. They have good efficiency” – Ogwumike

“I love the Clippers. They’re kind of an old school team. They run through their offense. They have 12 guys that they can use” – Windhorst

“I’m a little bit worried that this isn’t going to last forever, that they’ll come back to reality, but I am enjoying watching them so much. They’re one of the bright spots of the season and I hope it lasts” – Windhorst

“If they make the playoffs, it’s a tremendously successful season for them” – Windhorst

Adversity only making Warriors stronger?

Credit: Nick Friedell/ESPN

“It’s was a reminder that Klay Thompson isn’t going anywhere this summer” – Windhorst on the quote

“Every time there’s adversity or every time there’s a crisis and opportunity, it’s true. This team has some challenges that they have to work through. You’d much rather have them work through them now as opposed to May” – Windhorst

“To me, this got real because the adversity didn’t necessarily bring them together, it just sort of took them out of that honeymoon phase where they’re always winning. It showed me that this is Steph Curry’s team. He’s the guy that makes them go” – Ogwumike

Andre Iguodala: “I’m going to be done soon”

Credit: Monte Poole/NBC Sports Bay Area

“This makes sense to me. He’s been a central part of their identity as of late, especially with their championship. He’s the type of guy that won’t let his body dictate his career. He wants to be in his prime both on and off the court” – Ogwumike

“He’s an extremely important player for them. But they know that long-term, they have to replace him. When he signed that contract two summers ago, he knew that it was going to be it” – Windhorst


Replay
November 29, 2008 – LeBron James with the nasty one-handed spiked block on Ramon Sessions vs the Bucks!

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Make or Miss League Pop
“Really?” – Popovich

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Phys Ed; My goodness, Ed Davis
Blocked Royce O’Neal (Jazz)

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Answers; Giannis most dominant in paint since Shaq?
Had 24 points in the paint last night vs the Bulls

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Clinics; Did Mavs think they were playing in All-Star Game?
Dropped 128 points in their 20-point win in Houston

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Settling; Lillard sinks ten 3s sets franchise record
Dropped 41 points in a win over the Magic last night

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Hang Time; Timberwolves get a steal with Okogie?

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Let’s…

Run it Back

Top posterizations in Timberwolves history:

3) 2016: LaVine on Alex LenAnimated GIF-downsized_large(98).gif

2) 2009: Corey Brewer on Derek FisherAnimated GIF-downsized_large(99).gif

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Expect Korver to make big impact on Jazz?

“They’ve had a lot of spacing issues. Their offense has just been off this year. He’s been hot. He played in Utah before, he knows people there. He’s very happy. I talked to some Jazz officials last night. They are over the moon that they can make this deal in November” – Windhorst

“They’re 28th in the league in 3 point percentage and Kyle Korver directly correlates to that. I hope he has an opportunity with the Jazz” – Ogwumike

No Curry 5’s for sale in the girls section of the Under Armour website?


Second Half

D’Antoni: “Rockets depth obviously a problem” | How can Rockets booster bench?

“Buyout market, but that’s not going to happen until later. Secondly, they’re going to need one of these guys that they signed (Ennis, Carter-Williams) to make a big difference for them” – Windhorst

“When I look at the depth issue, the Rockets need to understand that when one of their superstars is out, Eric Gordon hasto start, your boost off the bench. Health is going to be the best boost” – Ogwumike

Think Melo will find a team? (Still technically a Rocket)

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“This has showed us that whole experiment in Houston that his role has to change. His role in the locker room, his leadership. That’s where he has rely upon. It’s not necessarily winning a championship with a contender, it’s more so now fading out in a most positive way, especially for your legacy” – Ogwumike

“There are executives who I have talked to who loathe Carmelo’s defense who will say: He has played his last game in the NBA. I don’t believe that. He still has some skills to contribute. But, he is going to be hard-pressed to find a team” – Windhorst

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During a commercial break on Tuesday’s show (11/27): Byron Scott on recruiting Peja Stojakovic to NBA, Doncic’s secret sauce:

Early returns on Luka?

“What you guys don’t see is the rookie adjustment. Think about his ceiling when he’s fully adjusted” – Ogwumike on what her friend/Stanford Alum and current Mavs forward Dwight Powell had said about Doncic

“He has come in at a beautiful time where he doesn’t have to deal with much physicality as those before him” – Windhorst

“The moment on draft night where they made that trade, it could be one of the most important draft night decisions in a generation the way it could affect those two teams” – Windhorst

“I was shocked he didn’t go higher” – Nichols


Replay
November 29, 2002 – Kobe Bryant with the 360 dunk vs the Grizzlies!

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Is chemistry the reason for Timberwolves improved defense?

Jeff Teague after the game last night:

“I think the group is jelling on and off the court. I think that helps”

“Honestly, Robert Covington has become a candidate for DPOY these last 2-3 weeks. The difference that he has made to what the Wolves are doing defensively and what’s happened to the Sixers, he’s the best perimeter defender in the league” – Windhorst

“They finally have their locker room back” – Ogwumike


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Kawhi trade worth it even if he leaves?

“I like Kawhi in Toronto. If he does leave, it does stink. Toronto embodies the mindset of Kawhi Leonard. Toronto is kind of an outsider city. It’s in Canada. It fits the Kawhi narrative. I see him staying” – Ogwumike

“They were going to trade DeMar DeRozan anyway” – Windhorst

Tonight’s game more important to Warriors or Raptors?

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Ogwumike: Raptors
“They’re at full strength”

Windhorst: Raptors
“The Warriors are like: ‘Go ahead. Go ahead. Take it.’ If they’re serious about this, they got to stake their claim”

Game of the NightPacers at Lakers

Magic Johnson on LeBron usage: “We don’t want it to be Cleveland all over again” (Via Sirius XM NBA Radio) | Buy Magic’s vision for Lakers offense?

“When you have two point guards like Ball and Rondo, we don’t have to have LeBron having the ball in his hands all the time. We are trying to make sure that we watch his minutes but also that we don’t run everything through him because now it is Cleveland all over again and we don’t want that” – Magic Johnson

“I know why Magic is saying this because the team that he built was built for LeBron to play more off the ball. But the way they’re playing right now is LeBron holding the ball” – Windhorst

“This is new and it’ll take some time” – Ogwumike

Show Recap: November 28, 2018

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Opening Tip
Not even a smile from Tim Hardaway Sr.?
Knicks/Pistons game

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First Half

Monologue: Nuggets are a problem (And Mike Malone knows it)

There is no chill in the Denver Nuggets
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The Nuggets do nothing small
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After starting the season at 9-1, then going on a slump afterward, the Nuggets are back on a mega hot streak

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Jamal Murray has a history of trolling the Lakers
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Newsflash: Murray isn’t afraid of anybody
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After last night’s game, Coach Mike Malone was asked a lot about the team’s “home fans” wearing Lakers jerseys

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Nuggets are #1 in the league at defending the three. They’re also one of the league’s top 5 defensive teams overall

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The Nuggets worked on their communication during training camp
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Nikola Jokic has bought in to trying harder on the defensive end
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The Nuggets are now monsters at the defensive end of the floor

Mike Malone’s trash talk say a lot about Nuggets?

“They remind me of my own team: Connecticut Sun. It’s a team that plays with an edge and that starts with the top up: the coach. You’re speaking the language of the players and it’s translating to the court. This is a really great two-way team. They’re the team you don’t want to play against, going on the road especially. They’re a two-way threat: Offense and defense” – Ogwumike

“They still have the ability to even get better, They will improve offensively as the season goes along. They are legit and will make the playoffs this year and they came out with that focus from day one” – Windhorst

Lakers rough shooting night a blip or trend?

“LeBron is playing more PG since Rondo went out, his points are going up. Which is basically the way they played in Cleveland, which was him at the center of the offense, distributing the ball. It’s good long-term that he’s back to doing ball-handling stuff because this is how he won MVP awards and maybe they should have realized this in July when they were putting their team together” – Windhorst

“In the short-term, this really hurts because you have people that are not snipers. In the long-term, you want LeBron surrounded by playmakers, 4-5 years from now. Right now, the shooting is really struggling” – Ogwumike

“I would say about this whole Lakers season: It’s really all about next year” – Windhorst


Replay
November 28, 1997 – Reggie Miller crossing up…Michael Jordan!

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Make or Miss league Kawhi

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Ringleaders; Is Dwyane Wade master of the circus shot?

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Stats; Heat are 0-6 when wearing vice jerseys

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Comparisons; Are Zion’s windmills Dominique-esque?

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Sincerity; Would you hire this trainer?

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Mismatches; Was there anything Ayton could’ve done?

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Let’s…

Run it Back

Best all-time ankle breakers on big men:

3) 2016: Joe Johnson on Nurkic
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2) 2014: Kemba on Mirotic
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1) 2002: Starbury on Yao
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Moving on…

NBA to distribute real-time data for in-game betting odds

“What this is really about the NBA trying to get in on the flow of money. They want to force the casinos to buy the official data to give them money. It’s really a way for them to get a cash grab for the fans who are watching this who don’t care about the NBA’s revenue. This is the NBA trying to get their hands in people’s pockets” – Windhorst


Second Half

Brandon Ingram a good fit alongside LeBron?
Both have played more than 400 minutes together

“When LeBron and Ingram play together, they’re basically a .500 team. When LeBron is out of the game and Ingram is playing, Ingram and the Lakers flourish. This whole season was about A: Establishing Brandon Ingram on LeBron as a tremendous duo that you can go forward with for the future. B: Increasing Brandon Ingram’s trade value to the point where you could trade him” – Windhorst

“He is at his best and has been at his best when he’s got the ball. When you play with LeBron, you do a lot of standing and waiting” – Windhorst

“We are sort of picking Brandon Ingram at times as a scapegoat for the entire system. This is the first time LeBron has been surrounded by young playmakers. It’s hard to adjust to that. Ingram is not a spot-up shooter, not creator, but he truly, in essence, is just a mismatch” – Ogwumike

“It’s not play, it’s personality” – Ogwumike

Jimmy Butler on Fultz: “We want him to be great…all the outside noise is just noise”

“I’m a Jimmy Butler-Stan. He’s just a guy I’ve known growing up. He’s a Texas dude, rough around the edges, will fight for what he wants and he got it. It’s working ” –  Ogwumike

“We are at the point where were rooting for him. Nobody wants a teammate to succeed more than Jimmy Butler as long as it’s in a healthy environment where everyone is winning. Largely due to him” – Ogwumike

“It is very clear that Fultz is well-liked by his teammates and that fact gives him the best chance to succeed because they are going to pull for him” – Windhorst

Is Thibs saving his job post Butler trade?

“They’re not at their peak. This is what the Wolves were hoping to get” – Windhorst

“When you reclaim the locker room back, that’s what coach Thibodeau finally has” – Ogwumike

“He is comfortable again. Before, he was tentative, he was missing a lot of shots at the rim that he would normally make” – Ogwumike on KAT

“The big thing is that they had to do a deal where they had to have players that would help them instantly” – Windhorst


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November 28, 2007 – Tony Parker spinning around, loses control of the ball, but makes the tough circus one handed layup vs the Wizards!

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Senior Sneakerhead Insider, Nick DePaula joined the show!

Kicks to Beat Cancer benefiting The V Foundation. Bid now on Ebay.com/ESPN

“It really started out with ESPN talent. Once guys around the league got word of it, they all wanted to jump on board” – DePaula

DePaula checking out TMac’s kicks at his house (which has a gym)!

Kawhi signs sneaker deal with New Balance

“For Kawhi, it’s going to be a lot of pressure. You’re basically the headlining guy, have to reestablish yourself with New Balance. And for them, they could use a little help on social media and that’s something that he hasn’t really shown to have” – DePaula

“This deal is worth more” – DePaula

“He wants to win. I don’t think he has any reasons to leave and for New Balance, they’re willing to give him this deal regardless of where he lands long-term and they’re all behind him” – DePaula on what this shoe deal with New Balance means for Kawhi’s free agency next summer

Hottest holiday sneaker drops, according to Nick DePaula:

Dec. 26: Nike Kyrie 5 “Concepts”

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Dec. 1: Adidas N3xt L3v3l

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Dec. 8: Jordan 11 Concord

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RecommendsKemba Walker’s superstar surge by Zach Lowe


Kemba Walker on being a superstar: “I don’t see myself that way”

“He is definitely a superstar. He might be the most explosive threat under the rim, even bigger than Steph Curry in the sense that Steph is great from distance, like the way he gets his threes, he dribbles up and he will just shoot it where you don’t expect. Kemba is having to make each and every read. How have people not blocked his shot yet?” – Ogwumike

“The challenge with him though is: He has not been a difference maker” – Windhorst

“The most important question is: Do you pay him $200M if you’re the Charlotte Hornets and that is when things get difficult” – Windhorst


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Top-ranked Girls high school player Haley Jones commits to Stanford

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Also…

Paradise HS & Chico HS display unity in first game after wildfires
All but one girl on the Paradise roster lost their homes

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The Suns have released Isaiah Cannan (Via The Athletic)

Show Recap: November 27, 2018

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Opening Tip
Applaud Bryn Forbes for trying to play through

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First Half

Monologue: Still too soon to worry about Rockets?

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The question is: How did we get here so fast?
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Players have set scoring records, made debuts with new teams
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Tyronn Lue got fired, Rondo/CP3 fight and Magic Johnson cursing out and guaranteeing the employment of his head coach, Luke Walton
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Wizards holding their annual festivus of grievances months ahead of schedule
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In the East, the continued ascendance of Giannis
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Uneven weirdness from the Celtics

In the West, it has basically meant watching a bunch of water Buffalo fight blindfolded!

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The Rockets are in 13th place in the Western Conference and have lost 3 straight, despite James Harden scoring 54 points and Eric Gordon scoring 36 points in a loss to the Wizards

Harden/Gordon became the first starting backcourt to score 90 in a game, since 2006…aka: Kobe’s 81 point game (Smush Parker scored 13 points)

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When the slightest breeze comes by, like an injury or a suspension, the Rockets roster can’t handle it
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Danuel House, who had never practiced with the team, played more than 28 minutes and Rockets rookie, Gary Clark played 19 minutes in a loss to the Wizards
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Expect Daryl Morey (Rockets GM) to make some moves in the coming months to improve the roster
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A quarter of a way through the season, time is ticking for the Rockets

“As long as you have James Harden, Clint Capela playing at a high level, they have to get CP back healthy, you got to give them the benefit of the doubt. You don’t have to worry about the Rockets right now” – Pierce

“You better start worrying about these guys right now. Something ain’t right. When Trevor Ariza left, this team was going to have problems. And they are having big time problems on the defensive end, We know they can score. Last year, they had a defensive identity. This year, they don’t” – Scott

Have Wizards turned a corner?
Have won 6 of their 10 games; They beat the Rockets, Pelicans and Clippers

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“They haven’t turned the corner yet. This team, with that adversity, is starting to work their way out of it. They all want the same thing: To win. They have to keep this going” – Scott

“Their record doesn’t match the talent they have. This is a top 4 team in the Eastern Conference? They have two all-stars on their ball club and they’re not performing at the level we all expected. Hopefully this is something that can turn the corner. But they should be way better” – Pierce


Replay
November 27, 2001 – Paul Pierce drives to the basket and hits a game winning layup at the buzzer vs the Heat!

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Make or Miss League Harden

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Questions; Think we’ll ever know why Harden does the nosebleed celebration?

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Poker Face; Front-runner for GIF of the season?
Larry Nance Jr. whistled for an illegal screen, not a fan of the call

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Anarchy; Did they all think it was sudden death?

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Caution; Why is Lauri wearing retro 3s in the snow?

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Planet Pat; Pat Connaughton (Bucks) the best athlete nobody talks about?
Measured a 44″ vertical at the NBA combine

Let’s…

Run it Back

Best putback slams of all-time:

Honorable Mention: Kobe on Hakeem!
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3) 1999: A.I. on Marcus CambyAnimated GIF-downsized_large(110).gif

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Moving on…

Zach LaVine right to wave off screen late in game?

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“I don’t mind him waving off the screen because as a scorer, you have a judgement. But I just wish he would have been a little more aggressive. When it comes to down to the end of the game, you may not get shot, but you can make a play for somebody else. He just settled” – Pierce

“He has not been in that situation enough. I would have called timeout when he waved off the first time. He said he didn’t want to be double teamed. That’s telling me he’s a little selfish. He’s having a great year, but he hasn’t earned that right yet” – Scott


Second Half

KD and Klay combine for 78 of 116 points in Warriors win vs Magic | Warriors depth concerns overblown?

Kevon Looney after the game:

“It’s a great luxury that we have KD and Klay making big shots down the stretch. As a role guy, we know that if we do our job on the defensive end and do all the small things, those guys will take us home”

“To say that their depth is not there, I don’t think it’s as good as it could be. When you have those guys that you have missing, it’s almost overblown because of the fact they’re great players. There’s nobody on that bench that can come in and do the things that they do” – Scott

“This depth, all these excuses, the injuries and the inconsistency, when you’re able to put these two caliber players on the court, we can get a win” – Pierce

“Curry is MVP this season” – Pierce

“It increases his (Curry) value, but only if he comes back and lights it up like he did before. But it’s a big if” – Scott

Jazz struggles a product of their schedule?

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“My problem with them right now is Utah has always been a very good home team and they’re playing like crap at home right now. The schedule has really hurt them” – Scott

“They’re not sneaking up on nobody this year. They’re going to give everybody’s best and have to be ready for it. Expectations now. It gets harder when you get there” – Pierce


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Something Nothing or Everything?!

Beal on Wizards: “This is where I want to be” (Via NBA TV)
Beal saying he wants to stay in DC

Pierce: Nothing
“Let’s wait 20 more games”

Scott: Nothing
“I’m gonna take the young fella for his word. He does want to be there. Him and John have a special relationship”

Celtics starting Marcus Smart

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Scott: Something
“He does elevate them on the defensive end because he’s a lockdown defender. He brings that element to the game. It gives them that identity they had last year on the defensive end where they made their name. Last night was evident that it worked”

Pierce: “It gives them a player out there with a defined role. He plays winning basketball”

Klay saying Raptors game “Might be a preview of June”

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Scott: Something
“You look at the way they’ve been playing, you look at Kawhi (probably the best two-way player in the Eastern Conference), this could possibly be an NBA Finals. I think Golden State is a little bit better than Toronto”

Pierce: “It’s not far off. They’re going to be there, Toronto is going to be there in the end, Boston, Philly. It’s going to be a dog fight in the Eastern Conference. Milwaukee, you can’t count them out. It could possibly be a Finals preview with the way Toronto has been playing”


Replay
November 27, 2006 – Dwyane Wade (AKA Flash) with the double-clutching in mid-air while finishing at the basket!

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Kicks 2 beat cancer to support the V Foundation

Lakers at Nuggets
More confident in Lakers or Nuggets this season?

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“Lakers. We got LeBron James and they don’t. It’s very simple” – Scott

“Lakers. You got to go with LeBron. He’s been a sure shot his whole career. You got to trust with what you know” – Pierce

Game of the NightRaptors at Grizzlies

How successful can “Grit ‘N’ Grind 2.0” be in modern game?

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“If they’re playing at the slowest pace, then they have to have a great defense, they have to shoot a high percentage on offense and get to the line. There’s a reason they’re winning so many games” – Pierce

“They got two players that I think are all-stars: Mike Conley, who’s probably the most underrated PG in this league. He controls that tempo. You got Marc Gasol on that low post. They got 1-2 combination on the offensive end that slows everything down, They don’t turn it over, they rebound, they’re just a very good smart basketball team” – Scott

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Devin Booker wants superteam to come to him?

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“I don’t know, but that’s very intriguing. [Deandre] Ayton and this kid are going to be all-stars. It’s just a matter of when, not if” – Pierce

Show Recap: November 26, 2018

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Opening Tip
Seahawks recreate Iverson stepping over Lue after TD

Today’s Panel:

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First Half

Monologue: Jimmy Buckets proving to be missing piece of “The Process”

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Only time will tell if Jimmy Butler will play out his days in Philly riding off into the sunset with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons
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Butler is clearly what the Sixers needed right now
Since joining the Sixers, he has hit two game winning shots in the final seconds
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Butler coming through in the clutch is one of the many reasons why he is so valuable to the Sixers by being that guy

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Shoutout “General Soreness”
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Since Butler joined the Sixers, there hasn’t been “Whose team is it?” stuff

Embiid commented:

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It’s all fun!

As for the Sixers other huge storyline…

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Markelle Fultz went to New York to see another specialist about his shoulder. But unlike in the past, the Sixers brass isn’t going out of their way to protect him on it

From Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer:

“Fultz is no longer in the Sixers’ long-term plans”

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Due to his injuries, Fultz’ trade value is very low

Despite all of this…

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The Sixers are getting enough sunshine from Jimmy Butler right now

How should 76ers move forward with Fultz?

“He would be under a lot less scrutiny for a team who has no imperative to win right now. He can develop there” – Arnovitz on a scenario where he can be on the Atlanta Hawks and be reunited with Hawks Head Coach Lloyd Pierce, who was a Sixers assistant

“They have all that baggage of expectation on Markelle to perform and he knows that. He could shed some of that baggage and have a fresh start” – McMenamin

76ers big three enough to win East?
“Kyle Korver trade watch continues!” – Nichols

“If they can re-sign Jimmy Butler this summer, they have an appropriate core that can compete for a championship. This year, they have virtually no depth. Ben Simmons is not championship level yet, until he can shoot a jump shot” – McMenamin

“I think they could” – Arnovitz


Replay
November 26, 2008 – Jamal Crawford with the nasty crossover on Ray Allen, then kicks it out to Stephen Jackson for the corner three vs Boston!

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Finishes; Anything worse than losing one wedgie shot?

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Experiments; Safe to say DJ and Luka are on good terms?
Jordan taking a technical free throw, which he missed. The two laugh it off afterwards

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Staying down; Why are pump fakes so effective?

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Emphasis; What’s changed for Emmanuel Mudiay?
“They call him ‘Mud’ in New York” – McMenamin

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Court Vision; What happened here, Buddy?

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Moving on…

Any way Kyrie’s balance video is real? (Via ajones/IG)

Looks eerily similar to Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal”

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From Producer Steve: There were special shoes that Michael used where it had a slit on the bottom where he can slide into a nail projected up onto the floor to balance against!

“Kyrie Irving is probably a dancer than he is a basketball player which means he has insane body control” – McMenamin

Michael Vick throw:

Celtics biggest problem right now?

Credit: Chris Forsberg/NBC Sports Boston

“I don’t think it’s the defense. Jayson Tatum has been fine, but probably took Kobe Bryant’s advice literally instead of seriously” – Arnovitz

“There’s a lack of defined roles. If you have too much depth, then you don’t really have any because you need to have a clear delineation of who is your one through five and six through eight. And like [Markelle] Fultz, they have a burden of expectation now. Being a developing team is not okay” – McMenamin


Second Half

LeBron on late 4th quarter pass: KCP had a great shot (vs the Magic)

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“To criticize him for finding a wide open shooter is to not understand how he approaches the game of basketball. This is what he does. He is not going to force a shot” – McMenamin

Caldwell-Pope’s effective field goal percentage on his 59 uncontested catch-and-shoot threes in the past 2 seasons: 83.9% (Via Kevin Arnovitz)

James’ effective field goal percentage on contested in the paint shots: 50.2%, down to 43% when guarded by a center (Via Kevin Arnovitz)

“It’s LeBron demonstrating: I need you guys and I’m willing to trust you in the most crucial situations” – Arnovitz

LeBron instilling confidence in Lonzo?

“This reminded me so much of his 2nd year playing with Kyrie Irving. He wants him to recognize where his future is going to be in this game” – McMenamin

“Court vision has always been his (James) thing. He’s sort of simpatico with Lonzo. He’s a real court vision guy. There’s a certain appreciation for the way Lonzo plays” – Arnovitz

Pop’s criticism of Kawhi’s leadership fair?

“There’s an interesting moment at the very end of that clip where Pop almost seems to reflect on the fact that ‘I maybe shouldn’t have said it.’ I suspect he regrets saying it. It’s never a good idea for management and coaches to throw out insults or shade at players because the players around the league pick up on that” – Arnovitz

“It’s a bad look for the organization. It goes against the ‘Spurs Way.’ They kind of keep everything in house behind closed doors. Is it fair for Pop to say? Yes. You want honesty. I appreciate the candor. How can we say he’s wrong?” – McMenamin


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Buy Nuggets chances to finish top 4 in West?

Arnovitz: Layaway (Take the option to buy them later)
“I want to see just a little bit more, particularly the defense. Very impressed, but just want to see a teeny bit more”

“If [Paul] Millsap stays healthy, I’m pick up that layaway”

McMenamin: Buying
“They have, in the past, racked up regular season wins at an alarming rate. They have the homecourt advantage, a young core, continuity with their coaching staff and players”

Buy Blazers chances to finish top 4 in West?

McMenamin: Buying
“I love continuity, I love Terry Stotts and what he’s doing. They have a system that they run. Their top tier talent, I believe them”

Arnovitz: Buying
“They know how to find shots. I like what they’re doing with that second unit now. They’re a competent team that beats up on bad teams historically”

Buy Clippers chances to finish top 4 in West?

McMenamin: Not Buying
“I think they are a playoff team and they should be happy about the season and they’ll win a lot of games. I don’t have them in the top 4”

Arnovitz: Buying
“They play an excellent brand of defense. They have depth, which in the regular season is key”

Buy Grizzlies chances to finish top 4 in West?

McMenamin: Not Buying
“I just don’t see them as a top 4 team”

Arnovitz: Not Buying
“They’re going to win about 44-45 [games]. There’s always the shoe dropping with [Mike] Conley, [Marc] Gasol. Do both of those guys make it through the season?”

Buying Rockets chances to finish top 4 in West?

Arnovitz: Not Buying
“I need the Thunder in there. I’m sold on them”

McMenamin: Buying
“Because of James Harden. He’s the reigning MVP. He should be able to lead this team back to being a top 4 seed”


Replay
November 26, 1993 – Chris Webber (Warriors) with the spin around one handed dunk on Shawn Bradley (Sixers)!

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Has “Tank Wars” jumped the shark?

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Cavaliers won consecutive games over the Sixers and Rockets over the weekend
Knicks won three straight over the Celtics, Pelicans and Grizzlies

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“Teams can strategize their race to the bottom. You look at Phoenix, Atlanta and Cleveland, that seems to be the bottom tanking group right now” – McMenamin

“You don’t tank all the way down, you tank a little way down. The incentive structure is still screwy: Lose games, get talent” – Arnovitz

“No player in the NBA goes out trying to lose a game. These are personnel decisions, rotational decisions. The evidence of real, real tanking starts happening in February and March when the best player on the team is mysteriously healthy and not playing” – Arnovitz

Should Wolves be encouraged by KAT or discouraged by Wiggins?

“You go out there, you compete and you get the win and move on” – McMenamin

“The problem is the amount of money they’ve committed to Wiggins. He could very well have a new home [next summer]” – Arnovitz

Game of the NightMagic at Warriors

Warriors officially out of rough patch yet?

“Not quite yet. 82 games will absolutely help this team. By the time the playoffs roll around, they’re going to be just fine” – McMenamin

“This team, when it matters, will be a Juggernaut” – Arnovitz

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Rajon Rondo cleared for non-contact drills

“You don’t hold him out just to hold him out so when he’s clear, get him out there” – McMenamin

Show Recap: November 20, 2018 (Jorge Sedano hosting; Rachel Nichols in Cleveland)

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Opening Tip
Iverson hugs Jimmy Butler after Sixers win

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Today’s Panel:

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First Half

“In the National Basketball Association, the people of Washington are represented by two separate yet equally important groups. The guys who are finger pointing inside the locker room and the guys who are playing for their next contract. These are their stories…”

Wall and Order
Woj: Wizards fined Wall for telling [Scott] Brooks ‘F— you’; Wall apologized

Beal: “What happened in practice, happened in practice”

What’s next for the Wizards?

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“These guys have been together too long. It’s not working out in Washington. It’s time to break it up” – Pierce

“Wizards ain’t been the same since this man (Paul Pierce) ‘Called game'” – Elhassan

“They need to take a match and burn their whole locker room. Everybody gone” – Elhassan

“The players create the culture. You have to have strong leaders in the locker room to create a certain culture. It’s just not a great culture down there” – Pierce

“I’d deal them all [Wizards players]. You need brand new faces everywhere. Top to bottom” – Elhassan

Agent: Markelle Fultz to see shoulder specialist; Will not play or practice

“We never saw any of this [in college]. He had a nice shot, he was going to the rack, he’s showing athleticism. Then he gets to the league, I’m like ‘What is happening?’ Look at what got you to be the #1 pick” – Pierce

“This ain’t a shoulder issue. It’s a mental issue” – Elhassan

“If you try to deal him now, the value is at it’s absolute lowest” – Elhassan

Did KD go too far with Mavs fan?
Said this to the fan (via carson_lanes/IG):

“Watch the f***ing game and shut the f*** up”

“If someone speaks like that to you, I give all players full go ahead and say whatever you want to say back” – Elhassan

“He’s been wearing the black hat for the last two years, whether you like it or not. He has to embrace that hate from the fans” – Pierce


Replay
November 20, 2001 – Shaq on the break and throws it down with one hand vs the Clippers!

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Make or Miss League Klay

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Dimes; The Kings aren’t going away, are they?

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Fundamentals; Think Embiid will get crossed up before the month ends?

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Candidates; Where is Julius Randle in your 6th man of the year rankings?
Dropped a triple-double on the Spurs: 21 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists!

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Decisions; Is it really the best idea to troll Giannis?

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Balance; Is this really necessary?

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How far can Kemba Walker take Hornets?
Has scored 103 points in his last 3 games

“Hornets will be a playoff team. He has established himself as a top-5 point guard” – Pierce

Pierce’s other top PGs in the league along with Walker:

-Stephen Curry
-Russell Westbrook
-Damian Lillard
-Kyrie Irving
Was going to put Wall in there, but the team is struggling

“He’s entering his prime. Look at the numbers he’s putting up” – Pierce

“They’re going to win the Southeast division. They’re going to be a 6th seed at best” – Elhassan

Time to worry about Gordon Hayward?

“Yes from a physical standpoint. He looks heavy. He looks slow. He doesn’t look explosive” – Elhassan

“Just give him time. We know he can play. But there’s a lot he’s going through mentally with the injury as well as physical. It’s going to take about 40 games” – Pierce


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Second Half

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Pierce: Lakers
“They have LeBron. You got to trust LeBron”

Elhassan: Blazers
“They already know their roles, they know what they’re doing. The Lakers have so much soul searching that they got to fo”

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Elhassan: Clippers
“You’re not surprised that they lost all of their big 3 over a year and a half and they’re now the best team in the West?”

Pierce: Grizzlies
“I look at them as a rebuild right now”

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Pierce: Celtics
“They should be running through the East with the depth, being healthy”

Elhassan: Jazz
“For them to be below average defensively is shocking”


Replay
November 20, 2009 – JR Smith (Nuggets) with the 360 layup vs the Clippers!

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From Independence, OH at the Cavs practice facility

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Starting from the left: Richard Jefferson, Rachel Nichols and Cavs forwards Kevin Love and Channing Frye

How did “The Triangle” form (between the three of them)?

“I’ve known Richard a long time. Richard knew Kevin before I knew Kevin and we just became good friends because we all like to do the same things” – Frye

“Frye helped change the culture which then formed into the triangle which we had in this corner of our locker room” – Love on Frye being responsible for “The Triangle”

Lil Kev!
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The whole ‘Lil Kev’ thing started from a seatback magazine on an airplane

Surprised by Cavs struggles this season?
2-13 this season (Worst record in NBA)

“Where can I have an impact? I felt at the time we were going to compete for a playoff spot. Some things have changed and we got injuries” – Frye on why he chose to return to the Cavs

“A little bit of a culture shift. Some of veterans and young guys are out. We had the coaching changing. It was tough for us to adjust to that because we had high hopes for the season” – Love

“There is an adjustment when Kyrie and LeBron left. It’s going to be a struggle. The type of character that you have in the locker room helps you get through these times” – Jefferson

JR Smith & Cavs parting ways

From Jason Lloyd of The Athletic:

“I don’t think the goal is to win. The goal isn’t to go out there and try to get as many wins as you can. I think the goal is to develop and lose to get lottery picks. I think that was always the plan” – J.R. Smith

“Our record doesn’t reflect how hard these guys work. We still have a long way to go” – Frye

“It’s tough to lose a guy like that. We know what he’s meant to this team and this city. He was one of the fan favorites” – Love

Timetable for Kevin Love’s return from injury?

“I’ll be in and out the boot for 2 more weeks. After that, I’ll get an image in 4 weeks. I expect to be back sometime after the new year” – Love

Expect Cavs fans to embrace LeBron tomorrow night?

“Amazing reception as he should. Cavs fans are going to be awesome and loud” – Frye


Back to LA…

De’Aaron Fox vs Russell Westbrook: Your favorite new rivalry?

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“Nah. Come on, man!” – Elhassan

“Fox is Lonzo’s rival right now” – Pierce

Expect Westbrook to take advantage of Warriors injuries?

“This is a great time because the Warriors are vulnerable. They’re missing Draymond, they’re going through their internal issues. Got to take advantage of them now” – Pierce

“The Warriors become a very average team (without Dray & Steph)” – Elhassan

“Offensively, they turn into a very iso team when those two guys (Green and Curry) are out. That’s not Warriors basketball” – Elhassan

Game of the NightClippers at Wizards

Expect Wizards downward spiral to continue?

“I expect the snowball effect to keep rolling. This is a snowball that’s just going to get bigger” – Pierce

Show Recap: November 19, 2018 (30-minute show) – Jorge Sedano hosting

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Opening Tip
Who throws a shoe?!
Lakers/Heat game

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Today’s Panel:

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On the latest episode of…


Kerr on Warriors struggles: “This is the real NBA” | Warriors problems temporary or chronic?

“It’s injuries. It’s guys wanting a bigger role. It’s the disease of me, which is the Pat Riley-ism. These losses are temporary in the sense that Draymond and Steph aren’t playing. The lingering after effects of last week, will that go beyond the season. That’s still something that needs to be addressed” – Elhassan

“They’ll be fine. KD is fine behind the scenes. He’s talking to Draymond” – Spears

“If they didn’t have that problem with KD/Draymond, they still would have struggled this week” – Spears

LeBron’s scoring surge here to stay?

LeBron after the game on his three point shot to get him over 50 points:

“I do because he’s averaging a career low in minutes” – Spears

“If he’s leading the lead in scoring, that means there’s something wrong with the Lakers. He shouldn’t have to. Those guys should be carrying a bigger load of the scoring” – Elhassan

Bonus: Does LeBron have to be a little more Kobe on this Lakers team than LeBron?
Question posed by Producer Danny!

“He has to now because nobody else is doing anything” – Elhassan


Replay
November 19, 2007 – Rudy Gay with the windmill dunk vs the Seattle Sonics!

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Make or Miss League Kawhi

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Rejuvenation; What’s gotten into Rudy Gay this year?
Shooting a career-high 52% from the field!

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Selfishness; Impressed by Portland’s ball movement?

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Accidents; Think he called bank?
Shelvin Mack of the Grizzlies

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Chemistry; How soon until the Lakers master high fives?
Has happened twice!

Josh Hart and KCP:
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Last October:
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Moving on…

Bigger deal: Butler game-winner or Kemba dropping 60?

Elhassan: Kemba’s 60
“Even if you ask Jimmy, Kemba’s 60 was the main attraction”

Spears: Butler game-winner
“It basically said to Philly: Butler is here. He’s going to be a guy to who can make big shots in the clutch”

Should Hornets give Kemba Walker a max deal?

“It’s either that (max deal) or he’s gone. He’s going to have interest” – Elhassan

“They have to. He wants to be there. You got to sell tickets. You got to take care of him in Charlotte” – Spears

“It’s a tough decision because if you pay him that kind of money if you’re Charlotte, can you build out the rest of that roster?” – Elhassan


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Woj: Wizards open to offers on entire roster

“Yes. But it’s not going to be pretty and it’s not going to be quick. It’s going to be a long ugly rebuild. The culture is so rotten there” – Elhassan

Another installment of…

As The Kings Turn
Dave Joerger at odds with Kings front office? (Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports)

“It centers around [Marvin] Bagley. Playing 22 minutes a game. I know he’s frustrated, his family his frustrated. Management would like to see him start. He’s the guy that this is all this discoursed centered around” – Spears

“It’s about Bagley, but not about Bagley. What it’s really about: [Luka] Doncic. They passed on him and everyday when he plays, we’re seeing a new stat [the first since]” – Elhassan

Expectations for Embiid vs Ayton tonight?

Refresher:

“He’s about to get his *** kicked this year” – Joel Embiid back in September

“I love that Ayton is trying to find his way and Embiid already knows where that way is” – Elhassan

“This is the best rookie in the league right now. He’s going to show up” – Spears