Show Recap: February 21, 2019

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Opening Tip
Anthony Davis & Antonio Brown to appear on HBO’s ‘The Shop’

Today’s Panel:

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First Half

Breaking News
Alvin Gentry on AD: He’s playing tomorrow

“There has been a renegotiation over the last few days and apparently they haven’t come to an understanding yet. Nobody is happy about this” – Windhorst

“I’m just tired of the AD drama. These guys aren’t going to the playoffs. Make up your mind with what you want to do with guy” – T-Mac

Rachel Nichols’ 1-on-1 convo with Bucks superstar, Giannis Antetokounmpo, aka The Greek Freak!

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There isn’t anyone in the NBA that’s having as much fun right now as Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Bucks have the best record in the entire league, Giannis has been an MVP candidate for pretty much from the first minute of the season, and while teams like Boston and even Golden State have had issues with in-fighting and chemistry, the honeymoon in Milwaukee seems like it might never end

Highlights from the interview:

“I’m definitely okay with it. They can get the headlines, the free agency [talk], what ever is going on. We know we have the best record in the NBA but, we can’t be satisfied. We have to take it day-by-day. We haven’t won a playoff series yet, so that’s our first step” – Antetokounmpo on the competition in the East (particularly the Sixers and Celtics, who are making headlines)

“They [my teammates] always tell me to have confidence in the myself and just shoot the ball. Just believe in myself” – Antetokounmpo on developing his 3-point shot

“That’s Joel. He probably did that. But I don’t think he learned how to shoot three pointers [from YouTube]. It’s a process” – Antetokounmpo’s reaction on Embiid learning to shoot three pointers via YouTube

“Looks really skinny, but he was a kid that worked hard and believed in himself and gave everything he had” – Antetokounmpo reflecting on rookie year

“If I was Anthony Davis, I’m not talking about free agency. Just focus on playing basketball” – Antetokounmpo

“Difficult path to NBA made me who I am” – Antetokounmpo

“I love the drama” – Antetokounmpo admits to his “guilty pleasures” including Reality TV shows

“That’s never going to happen” – Antetokounmpo on having a reality TV show

“I don’t care about MVP. I just care about winning” – Antetokounmpo


What’s a successful season for Bucks?

“Nothing short of making it to the Eastern Conference Finals. That is my bar for them. They have a team that can possibly do that” – T-Mac

“If I was Anthony Davis, I’m not talking about free agency” – Antetokounmpo
Giannis will be a free agent in 2021; T-Mac has Giannis to win MVP

“This entire Bucks team, other than Giannis, is a free agent which applies pressure to them to keep this team together” – Windhorst

“If I’m a free agent this offseason, I’m having strong considerations of looking at the Milwaukee Bucks and playing with Giannis because of the way he’s changed the culture around in Milwaukee, he’s made it a place to win” – T-Mac

“They have the cap space to sign Kevin Durant, or Kyrie Irving or Kawhi Leonard. But nobody talks about it because they are in Milwaukee” – Windhorst


Replay
February 21, 2009 – Russell Westbrook finishing with a monster dunk off the backboard vs the Warriors!

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Make or Miss League Rondo

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Attainable Houses; Shaq drops price on his mansion (in Orlando) to $21.9M. Was $28M

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Attainable Houses; Proof Rockets should give Danuel House an NBA contract?
Dropped 39 points in the G-League last night; Had 10 3s and hit the game winner

“This is what Adam Silver would call: ‘an unintended consequence of a two-way deal.’ He deserves to be in the NBA” – Windhorst

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Deliveries; Respect this ups man’s dedication?

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Rules; But what if it was a fan from the other team?

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Drip; Obama’s #44 bomber jacket make up for Zion’s shoe?

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Moving on…

Should Zion hang it up after knee sprain?

Last month on the Jump:

Cousins take on college basketball:

“Why risk playing your college career and risk an injury? This guy is going to be the No. 1 pick. There’s no way this kid should suit up” – T-Mac

“Virtually, any injury he would have, he’s the No. 1 pick. There’s such a demand for this guy” – Windhorst

“Right choice for him is to not play” – T-Mac

“He has the freedom to do whatever he wants” – Windhorst

“I will change college basketball. They don’t pay him to wear Nikes. I’m creating a shoe war because of what happened last night” – T-Mac

“This is really made Zion profit because of how dominant he has been at Duke. The endorsement game will be higher. Duke has really helped him and will probably help him earn tens of millions more when the shoe deal hits” – Windhorst


Second Half

Kyrie on KD rumors: “This doesn’t make the league fun”

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Kyrie Irving and KD

Via NBC Sports Boston:

Reaction to Kyrie’s reaction to KD rumors?

“This is the most talked about thing this season. This is what make the league fun. People want to know” – T-Mac

“Kyrie and Kevin both want to be brands. You are a brand and they’ve embraced it and this is the fallout” – Windhorst

“I did not know that Kyrie would consider Kevin Durant one of his best friends. That to me was more interesting piece of information than seeing them talk in a hallway” – Nichols

“It’s interesting that they went to Miami afterwards” – Windhorst

LeBron: “My playoff intensity has been activated”

Via Spectrum Sportsnet:

Too soon for LeBron to flip the switch?
Lakers are 3 games back from the 8th spot and have the 4th hardest schedule in the league for the rest of the way

“What they want, what he wants is the 7th spot and a better fighting chance” – Windhorst

“He is completely out of his normal routine. He’s not used to being in this position” – Windhorst

“I’m at the mindset like, ‘Let’s not push it.’ I don’t see them getting the 7th seed or even making the playoffs. I think it’s too late” – T-Mac

“He’s not in the shape that he’s normally in the middle of February” – Windhorst


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Let’s…

Run it Back

Fultz on the idea of playing for Magic head coach, Steve Clifford:

“It just excites me to know that I have a coach that’s going to push you to be better and not just going to tell you what you want to hear”

Brown’s response:

Did Fultz take a shot at 76ers coach during Magic introduction?

“Markelle really needs to just let it go. Concentrate on what’s in front of you. Steve Clifford will be good for him” – T-Mac

“He’s not really in position right now to talk any trash about anything. He’s got to do some playing before he can really say anything about what happened in Philadelphia” – Windhorst

“Let’s not focus on the past and see what you can do in Orlando” -Windhorst

Expectations for Fultz was Magic?

“They could use him. I don’t know if he’s going to play or not. For the Magic, this is business right now” – Windhorst


Replay
February 21, 2001 – Stephon Marbury finishing the layup, then stealing the inbounds pass and hitting a three at the buzzer vs the Raptors!

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crunchtime

Kanter’s debut
Right choice for Enes Kanter to choose Blazers over Lakers?

“Absolutely. One is making the playoffs and the other is not” – T-Mac

“The Lakers are not looking great for the playoffs right now” – Windhorst

Hayward hurt?
Any concern over Hayward’s sprained ankle?
Sprained it in a workout on Tuesday (Not the same ankle he had surgically repaired last season)

Big deal Boogie is entering “different phase” of recovery? (Per Warriors coach, Steve Kerr)

“It does. They’re making a push. He’s going to have to be in great game shape playoff mode” – T-Mac

“I still think he’s a matchup in the playoffs. He’s for matchups. Cousins is a matchup lineup” – Windhorst

League Pass
Kings at Warriors

Buddy Hield on making playoffs: “I’d bet my house on it”

Via KXTV:

“I’ve been riding with these guys. I’m rolling with Sacramento” – T-Mac

“I talked to a whole bunch of Kings [players] last week, they are very confident that they think they’re making it” – Windhorst

Tank Wars (2019)Suns at Cavaliers
Suns: 15-game losing streak

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