Michael Jordan too hard on Malik Monk for premature celebration?
Michael Jordan told the AP: “This was a tap of endearment”
Monologue: AD is a generational talent, but he can’t do it alone
AD needs that all-star level of help that fans regularly see in other places around the league:
A bidding war with the Celtics would be handicapped to win because they’ve got the most to offer
Why would he do that? Because the Celtics can’t trade for him now due to, per the CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement)…
Designated Rookie Exception
Due to Kyrie Irving’s current contract, Boston wouldn’t be able to trade for AD until Irving’s current deal expires
But the best scenario would be for AD to get enough help in New Orleans that wouldn’t make him want to leave. That has to happen
What should Pelicans do to try to keep AD?
“This team got to get more committed defensively and part of that starts with Anthony Davis quite honestly. I don’t know that he’s doing enough defensively to help them win either. Sometimes, these stars have to take it upon themselves” – Van Gundy
“When you’re a market like New Orleans, free agents are flocking” – Elhassan
“They’re not going to attract high level free agents. It’s going to be hard with them in the draft. But I’m not giving up AD right now” – Van Gundy
“He’s not going to turn down the supermax” – Van Gundy
“You’ve got to take that chance because you’re not going to get fair value back” – Van Gundy
“New Orleans could very well being heading into the abyss, which they never recover” – Van Gundy
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Raptors blowing out Warriors without Kawhi mean anything?
Durant after the game on the Raptors:
“They’re not an up and coming team, they are here”
“They’ve been great. But the bigger issue though, heading into the playoffs, can they get that kind of production out of Kyle Lowry when Kawhi is playing, not in his place?” – Van Gundy
“I’m gonna go with what Kevin Durant said: This team is here. It’s complete. Everyone knows their role. This was an important victory not because they beat the Warriors but because they are continuing to build on this reputation that we are the best team in the league right now” – Elhassan
December 13, 2003 – Stromile Swift (Grizzlies) finishing the monster alley-oop vs the New Jersey Nets!
Bad Passes; Why is this happening so much Lately?
Order; Should Kyrie play all 48 minutes with his jersey untucked?
Anger; Favorite dunk last night?
Anger; Did Trae and DJ really deserve techs?
Last Resorts; Like the effort from Kyle O’Quinn?
Replay; More embarrassing for Luka?
Being left hanging by Wes Matthews:
Seattle, Las Vegas realistic options for Suns? (Via Laurie Roberts of The Arizona Republic)
The Suns do have an opt-out in their arena deal to leave that place in 2022 (Not the state of Arizona)
“This is the team that made Phoenix from a dusty outpost in the old west to a major American city having an NBA team. He’s [Robert Sarver] not very well liked in the city of Phoenix” – Elhassan
“In Phoenix, this is personal. This is a city saying: ‘Will give money. But not to you'” – Elhassan
“The question is: When is Robert Sarver going to bring an NBA team to Phoenix?” – Van Gundy
Hall of Famer, Dikembe Mutombo joined the show!
Mutombo is with an 8 year old boy from the Congo who needs special medical care. He has a growth of a tumor on the side of his face. He can only get care for that in the United States
Shaq-Kobe Lakers or Current Warriors: Which dynasty wins?
Shaq says that his peak Lakers team would defeat this current Warriors dynasty “easily”
Also cited their 15-1 playoff run as evidence
Steph Curry answered back: “Dead wrong!”
“I love this Golden State team. They are very different. It would be very difficult to match up with them. Shaq is just talking” – Mutombo
“They got no way to guard Shaq down on the low post. He was a great passer. You put shooting around him and you’re trying to double team, you’re going to have a hard time there too. It would be a contrast in styles” – Van Gundy
“The big thing is: Derek Fisher can’t put any pressure on Steph Curry. There’s no way for the Lakers to take advantage of Steph Curry as a ‘weak end.’ I don’t think it would be close at all” – Elhassan
“It took Michael 7 years to get one dunk. I’m in the Hall of Fame for blocking shots. Give me some credit” – Mutombo
Current player most worthy of using the finger wag?
“Serge Ibaka and Bismack Biyombo. I let them use it. They’re just making me famous” – Mutombo
Is Luka Doncic the next James Harden by Mike Schmitz (E+)
NBA Draft Insider, Mike Schmitz joined the show!
Doncic’s game comparable to Harden’s?
“It’s not the perfect comparison. James is more dynamic to the rim. Luka a little bit more versatile” – Schmitz
“He’s not slow, he’s quick. He uses his body. And that got me thinking about James Harden” –
“The one similarity these guys have is kind of their secret sauce (hidden athleticism): It’s their ability to stop on a dime. These are two of the best decelerators in the entire NBA” – Schmitz
“That’s a great comparison. If you’re comparing somebody to James Harden, pretty darn good smart. The other guy I thought of was Joe Ingles, body type, athleticism. Doncic is a lot better off the dribble than Joe Ingles, who is a better defender” – Van Gundy
“I’m going to go out on a limb here: Larry Bird. I see a guy who can be like Larry Bird” – Elhassan
Should Luka Doncic have been No. 1 pick?
“He’s the best prepared to be the best rookie based on his international play” – Van Gundy
“If he doesn’t get a bit better, he’s going to be a damn good pro for 15 years in this league” – Van Gundy
Sources: Dirk Nowitzki returning tonight at Suns (Via Tim MacMahon)
Will set the record for most seasons played with one team (21 seasons)
“Let’s be honest: He’s not going to be on the court a whole lot. This is more of his version of #OneLastDance, in terms of playing in the games. I don’t know if he’s going to factor in as far as their on court success that much” – Elhassan
“I don’t like to see those guys in a severely diminished role and play. I hope he can play well in the minutes he has. If not, I’m not going to be as happy about it because I remember the greatness of Dirk and don’t want to see it diminished” – Van Gundy
“He’s the perfect guy to usher in the Luka Doncic era” –
December 13, 2005 – Baron Davis with the game winning three pointer in Seattle!
Jeff Van Gundy addresses Stan Van Gundy on Raptors-Warriors broadcast
“I missed that last night because my flight got delayed. Will have to have a talk” – Van Gundy
Can you blame fans for chanting “MVP” at Kyrie on the road?
“New York would. That’s what happens. He’s a free agent” – Van Gundy
“It’s them trying to get at their own guys” – Van Gundy
“Everyone in DC is not from DC. That arena is filled with people from Boston and those other places” – Elhassan
Bulls vs Magic in Mexico City
Chicago playing in Mexico City for the first time in franchise history. Orlando last played in Mexico City for a preseason game in 2012
John Paxson: “It’s been a good week for Bulls long term”
“Not much John Paxson says or does lately do I agree with, but that might be the worse” – Van Gundy
“The chest beating kind of makes it kind of upsetting” – Elhassan