Did Jokic throw best pass of super bowl weekend?
Almost “26 yards”
Monologue: Celtics aren’t in control of everything, but they do have some
The truth, of course, is that control is as much of an illusion in the NBA as it is anywhere else.
Yesterday, that was put into sharp focus:
If they do somehow get Davis, winning is what would convince him to stay, despite what he’s saying right now. The Celtics do not control everything about their future. The truth is, they never did. The events of the past couple of days just reminded them of that
Should Celtics brass continue to preach patience?
“This team is built for the long run and possibly be in the Finals. They’re starting to live up to some of those expectations, but we won’t know until the playoffs start to see how this team has grown from a year ago” – Pierce
“They got continuity. Why would they shake things up? Stay the course” – Elhassan
Woj: AD willing to sign long-term with “handful” of teams
Bucks a realistic destination for AD?
“There’s a lot of uncertainty there. If you’re going to trade Anthony Davis, I don’t think you can make a deal like that and get back literally nothing but picks” – Elhassan
Should AD be more open to joining Celtics?
“I really don’t get it because he says he wants to go somewhere where he can win. Of course, if you go to Boston, you’re going to win. What is he really looking for? It’s mind boggling to me” – Pierce
“I know there’s a reason why Boston would not be on his list: A few weeks ago, Danny Ainge had that comment where he compared LeBron James to Donald Trump. You’re playing with fire there. It was a topic completely Celtics-free. You know there’s a very strange relationship between the President and LeBron James. You know you are insulting LeBron James when you say that” – Elhassan
Lakers locker room tension fixable?
“I’ve never been there before. Maybe I feel kind of anxious, maybe I feel like I want to prove them wrong and prove that I belong. It’s a tough situation playing along LeBron. There’s a sense of urgency to get a deal done” – Pierce
“The tension also is that Luke Walton’s footing is not secured in Los Angeles. When the players know that the coach is not 100 percent, they smell it and then they don’t react the same way to being told something like that” – Elhassan
February 4, 2000 – Steve Smith with the alley-oop pass to Rasheed Wallace from way outside hammering it through vs the Hawks!
Footwork; Best move this weekend?
Animal Control; Is the coyote the hero San Antonio needs?
Bulldozers; Reminder: Never attempt to take a charge from Boogie
Settling; First impressions of DSJ in New York?
8 points, 6 assists in 26 minutes
Zion: “It would be dope to play with Kyrie & KD” (Via SNY TV)
He went on to say:
“But whatever team drafts me I’m going to be ready to play hard and work”
How excited should Knicks fans be about this summer?
“They should feel confident at least at the guy in the middle (KD; picture above) right there and that’s the only one you really need” – Elhassan
“It’s not going to happen” – Pierce
Porzingis to Knicks fans: “Stay woke”
“I just want to focus on what’s ahead” – Porzingis on Knicks
Does Porzingis owe Knicks fans more of an explanation?
Mark Cuban on Porzingis-Doncic duo: “Our goal is to keep them together for 20 years” (Via ESPN’s Tim MacMahon)
Porzingis better off in Dallas long-term?
“People want to share a team. You don’t want to be the only guy there because you’re probably not going to be successful on a team level” – Elhassan
“It could be a great pairing and this is a team that’s ahead of where the Knicks were in the evolution cycle of trying to be a winner” – Elhassan
“This is a better run organization. Period. This is definitely a great spot for him. They’re starting to look like a San Antonio Spurs franchise built around it’s international players” – Pierce
“Part of why the Knicks traded him: There was a belief that, physically, his body would not hold up in the next contract” – Elhassan
What can Lakers offer to land AD?
“If they say ‘Full Brooklyn,’ all-in” – Elhassan
“You get this generational player over here and pair him with LeBron and figure out the rest later” – Pierce
“They’re not on a ‘picks timeline.’ They are on a ‘LeBron James is aging timeline'” – Nichols
Woj: AD willing to sign long term with “handful” of teams
“It’s just not that attractive. You can’t pair him with another superstar” – Pierce on the Clippers chances of getting AD
“July 1, everything is going to change in the NBA. The NBA we’ve seen in the last 4-5 years is going to be gone and there’s a new NBA that’s going to come on and we’re going to look back at this week when everything changed. Starting with Anthony Davis’ trade request, Porzingis, Kyrie Irving” – Elhassan
Warriors owner on free agency: “Nobody is going to outspend us” (Via Tim Kawakami/The Athletic)
“I think we’ll continue to have a good team if not a great team and try to hopefully be a title-contending team for as long as we can. We’ll be aggressive. Nobody’s going to outspend us. Nobody’s going to outwork us” – Joe Lacob (Warriors Owner)
Buy Warriors owner saying money won’t be an issue in free agency?
“This is the only logical way that the Warriors can take and survive if things fall apart (people leave). Them saving money will not allow them to sign new guys. All it does is save money in their pockets” – Elhassan
“At the end of the day, you spend the money because this is as guaranteed as you get to a ring” – Elhassan
“You can find somebody that can come closer to Draymond. But, you ain’t going to find another KD, Steph or Klay” – Pierce
LeBron on Kyrie: “We’re in a good place right now” (Via Joe Vardon/The Athletic)
Surprised Kyrie & LeBron have made amends?
“They did something special in Cleveland that’ll never get forgotten. Overtime, things have smoothed over and that’s what you’re seeing with these two” – Pierce
“There’s a maturity that’s happened from Kyrie’s end that has made them allow to do this. I’m not surprised by this” – Elhassan
“I’m a little surprised that it happened this quick” – Nichols
February 4, 2008 – Deron Williams (Jazz) showing off the handles and getting pass CP3 to slam it home with the one hand!
D’Angelo Russell: Career-high 19.7ppg, 6.4apg this season
Did we underestimate D’Angelo Russell?
“Yes. You definitely did. But who knows if he had became an all-star if he stayed in LA. It’s about the right time and place for players like him” – Pierce
“He matured mentally. Sometimes, you need a shocking event in your life” – Elhassan
Woj: Lakers offering Kuzma, Lonzo & Ingram to Pelicans
“I need more” – Pierce
“I need a lot to make sure one of them is going to hit. Got to get more” – Elhassan