T-Mac finally sees the light! #DraftVince2020
“I am completely in for next year on Vince” – Friedell
“We should allow honorary dunk contest participants” – Ogwumike
Monologue: No one does All-Star like the NBA
After that came the national anthem:
But as the night went on and play picked up, there were a number of legit highlight moments:
Is KD the best player right now?
“He is the very best player in the game right now. He’s above everybody else. I would argue that Kevin is the very best player in the league, but he’s not the most important player to his team in the league” – Friedell
“I will give Kevin Durant credit, but the only thing that really holds me back from really giving him love is because he tends to tag team with superstars” – Ogwumike
“The reason he has not taken that mantle of best current player in the game as early from LeBron as he would like to is that his job is made easier by those other players” – Nichols
“If you take Kevin out of that lineup, the Warriors can still win. If you take Steph out of that lineup, it is much much more difficult” – Friedell
Dream dunk contest lineup for next season?
“We should have some continuity from years past” – Ogwumike
“What might do it: The sneaker brands. Put in a nice little bonus for those players” – Ogwumike
“Players are really going to try to put on a big show [next year]” – Friedell
February 18, 2003 – Kobe Bryant with the one-handed monster jam on Yao Ming vs the Rockets!
Layups; Did Steph redeem himself?
Interruptions; Give J. Cole credit for trying [to dunk it on Saturday night]?
Fundamentals; Hamidou Diallo threw down same dunk in high school dunk contest
Bounce; Which was better: The pass or the dunk?
Best ASG alley-oops of all-time!
3) 1994: Pippen to Shaq
2) 2002: T-Mac to himself
1) 2005: Kobe to Amar’e
Joe Harris wins 3-point shootout
2nd in the league shooting at 47 percent!
Time to put respect on Joe Harris’ name?
“Yes. Put some respect on his name. He’s a guy who’s had to fight for everything he’s had in the league” – Ogwumike
“To do this in Charlotte and beat Steph Curry is something he’ll remember the rest of his life” –
How to make Team LeBron a reality by Tim Bontemps
Jayson Tatum: “Celtics are going to win the Finals this year”
Tatum’s championship goal realistic for Celtics?
“I think it’s realistic, but don’t get ahead of yourself because the East is truly an arms race. If this team reaches their potential, I can see them going back to the Eastern Conference Finals and potentially the Finals” – Ogwumike
“They’re not winning the Finals. Can they get to the Finals? Yes. But they may not get out of the 2nd round” – Friedell
After last Friday’s show, the gang played a game of…
“I got you. Everything I was saying was true” – Wallace
Was the leading scorer in the only game he played for them!
“I was excited. We know we can’t make the playoffs, but we can mess it up for everybody” – Wallace
“I tried to be nice there at the end. It came from my battles with the media out there in Portland” – Wallace
“Negative” – Wallace on whether the ball ever lies!
Dirk + Wade All-Star invite set a good precedent?
“A great precedent because that moment, not only for the league and the PR guys, the players really seemed to enjoy themselves. Klay Thompson told me that those two guys had such an impact on everybody here because they all tried to be those guys growing up. What was cool was the response by their peers” – Friedell
“If you look at the reaction every time Dirk or D-Wade did something likely, the entire bench got up on both sides” – Ogwumike
Bonus: Who would you put in next year? How would this work if you did it on a regular basis?
“If you didn’t have a player or players like in this case who are retiring, why don’t you pick a player who was representative of that city who has had an impact on the game. Example: Next season. Chicago. Why not Derrick Rose? You know he still got the support from the NBA fanbase” – Friedell
“It’s a case by case basis. You don’t have to have an honorary all-star every year” – Ogwumike
How optimistic should Lakers fans be about playoff chances?
“I’m not optimistic. This team has had it’s chances” – Friedell
“It’s not necessarily realistic, but there is still hope” –
“This is a team that thought they were making a big push with all these young guys, but all of a sudden, what we’ve learned in the last couple months is that all those young guys aren’t good enough to be the core of a title team” – Friedell
February 18, 2011 – Blake Griffin finishing a reverse dunk on a bounce pass and James Harden finishing a windmill dunk on the other end in the Rookie-Sophomore game!
10-day for Ray?
Is Daryl Morey only half-joking about Ray Allen?
“He’s still got it” – Ogwumike
What are KD & Kyrie talking about?
Adam Silver: “I don’t like trade demands…wish they were handled behind closed doors”
“Players only say things publicly when they have exhausted all of their options. They’ll try to handle things internally and then if things aren’t moving, then they’ll make it public. When the players are doing this is largely it’s in their prime. These guys want to win championships and they don’t want waste their prime” – Ogwumike
There are no secrets in the league that don’t eventually get out. They always get out. This helps feed the cycle” – Friedell
AD: “All 29 other teams are on my list” (Via NBA TV)
AD warming up to idea of Celtics?
“This whole thing is a disaster in how it played out. The Pelicans, AD and his agent Rich Paul are to blame. If you’re Anthony Davis and you know the Celtics have a legit chance of to win for sure, that’s something you got to think about” – Friedell
“That was the voice of a very desperate man” – Ogwumike