Show Recap: January 7, 2019 (30-minute show; Jorge Sedano hosts)

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Opening Tip
Expect no-call on this double “Steph-back?”

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James Harden earlier this season:

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Today’s Panel:

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Starting from the left: Jorge Sedano, The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears and WNBA All-Star, Chiney Ogwumike

The series finale of…

Dances with TWolves
Did Thibs deserve to be fired midseason?
Click here to read more about this topic (Via Woj)

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Tom Thibodeau was fired on Sunday night, despite the Wolves blowing out the Lakers on the same night

Derrick Rose on Thibs firing:

“I am not against this largely because they have been really searching for leadership, especially in the locker room. If they make a change that can become a catalysis in which they can start winning,  Why wait? Do it now. I think it was more so about him getting a huge load. He had a huge opportunity with a big 3 of Butler, KAT and Wiggins and nothing really transpired” – Ogwumike

“I think it was deeper than what the record is. It just seemed like there was a lot of mess, a lot of bad blood, not all of it is Thibs’ fault, just the way the season started it was a big cloud. The decision and the change is odd” – Spears

“Get KG (Kevin Garnett) back in there. Tell him to help this team out” – Spears

What’s next for Timberwolves?
Assistant Coach Ryan Saunders, the son of the late Flip Saunders, will take over as interim head coach

Woj: Fred Hoiberg and current ESPN NBA Analyst, Chauncey Billups are potential long-term replacements as either GM or head coach

“My passion is in coaching” – Fred Hoiberg to Zach Lowe

“I’m worried for them. I didn’t understand why Ed Pinckney (Asst. Coach for the Wolves) didn’t get a stronger look? He’s been in the league for 16 years, a former player. This team has too much at stake to put in the hands of somebody so inexperienced” – Spears

“Must be tight with the owner” – Spears on Fred Hoiberg possibly coming to the team

“Monty Williams would be great” – Spears on a potential replacement for the new Wolves head coach

“That’s why they did the firing now so that they can make a push, they can have a different voice, this team needs a different voice to talking to those young players so that it motivates them each and every game” – Ogwumike

“They better take off winning now” – Spears who thinks the Wolves won’t make the playoffs this year

Lakers struggles more than just injuries?

Luke Walton on his team needing to have more passion:

“I like what the coach said. Hold your players accountable. He cares” – Spears

“You got to trust the young guys and push them for greatness” – Spears

“I’m more surprised that no one has stepped up in the interim. This has been a huge opportunity for the Lakers young guys to audition to be #2 [guy]. You have to comfortable being uncomfortable” – Ogwumike

“Somewhere in New Orleans, Julius Randle is eating some Gumbo, laughing” – Spears


Replay
January 7, 2006 – LeBron James with the nasty volleyball block on Mo Williams of the Bucks!!!

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Make or Miss League Klay

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Tanking; Does it matter that we don’t know if Zion can shoot?
360 dunk vs Clemson!

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Animal Control; Does Manu need to come out of retirement?

A pigeon is in the arena in San Antonio!

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Manu swatting a bat:

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Unity; Is this the year of the double block?

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Vision; Will you miss Wade’s lobs when he retires?

Last night:

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Moving on…

Woj: Chandler Parsons, Grizzlies agree to part ways | Chances a team trades for Chandler Parsons?

“I feel bad for him. His body has failed him. I thought he had a chance to be an All-Star before he got hurt” – Spears

“A lot of people (the fans) have a love/hate relationship with him because he got paid but hasn’t really played. He hasn’t been able to prove his value, especially his paycheck. Don’t blame him for his health. There’s no shame in going to the G-League proving your value there” – Ogwumike


Recommends“The Last Pass” by Gary M. Pomerantz

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Patrick McCaw’s restricted FA gamble paying off?

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“He wanted to be a free agent, he wanted to make his own decision and gambled and won. Cleveland did him a favor [letting him go]. It all worked out, but it’s still bizarre” – Spears

“I like it. He already has 2 rings. He wants to control his destiny and play. This is not a bad look for a young guy” – Ogwumike

“I just always remember in the locker room after they won [the championship], I couldn’t tell if he was happy or distraught. His emotions were very strong after the game, he had to be consoled. It was a very strong thing that shows me he kind of did what he did. He was just very unhappy” – Spears

League PassNuggets at Rockets

Hotter Capela take: Calling himself an All-Star or calling Harden MVP?

“He has a good case to be an All-Star. I’m not mad at him for saying this” – Ogwumike

“The Joker [Nikola Jokic] is a step ahead of him” – Spears

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Woj: Rockets trade Michael Carter-Williams to Bulls

Kyrie says he’ll be ready tonight vs Nets (Eyes)


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“Embiid” – Ogwumike

“Embiid. He’s playing on an MVP level” – Spears

On who would they rather have for the rest of the season

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