Show Recap: May 28, 2019

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Opening Tip
Did you laugh at Steve Kerr’s dad joke about Drake?

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Guests (Second Half Only):


First Half

Monologue: Masai Ujiri’s gambles on the Raptors paid off

Gambling
Betting on yourself sounds good. Really like a no brainer. Of course you should bet on yourself because if you don’t, who will? But in truth, it’s never that simple because even once you do place that bet, so many things that aren’t going to be up to you will determine whether it pays off
LeBron Sweep
Take Raptors president Masai Ujiri who last year after getting swept out of the playoffs (again) by LeBron James (again) specifically told reporters “It’s on me. Put it on me.” And that sounds good: accountability and all that. But then what? Think about all the things Masai had to do after that nice little speech and all the things that could have gone wrong
Kawhi Leonard
The only thing Masai knew for sure is that Kawhi’s contract would be up in less than a year and that there was a better than even chance that Kawhi would move on after that
Ujiri and Lowry
Then there was the matter of Toronto’s other all-star, Kyle Lowry, who was so upset about the way the trade was handled that he went months without even speaking to Ujiri In fact, it took until February for the two of them to sit down and clear the air with each other
Ujiri gambling
That was right around the time Masai threw his chips into the middle of the table again deciding to sacrifice a bunch of the depth that he’d spent years building to acquire Marc Gasol. Now all of it looks very smart
Ujiri gambling
It was a much more giant gamble by Masai Ujiri than he’s even been given credit for

Nearly a year ago:


What needs to happen for Raptors to win it all?

“If they make similar in-game adjustments like they did against Milwaukee. You have to be able to make in-series adjustments at a high level. You have home-court advantage against the Golden State Warriors. That is something” – Jefferson

“You have to keep the Warriors from dictating the pace of this series. Take them out of their rhythm (the way they like to play)” – Shelburne

What’s next for Bucks?

“Giannis still has some room to grow as a player. Maybe you just need to run it back and bring everybody back, a year older and a year wiser. This was their first crack at it. But bringing everyone back gets very expensive and that restricts your ability to add extra pieces to this mix in the future” – Shelburne

“You don’t bring back every single person because you lose some flexibility” – Jefferson

With the Bucks eliminated, you know what that means!


Make or Miss league Kawhi

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Here for the Drake vs Smash Mouth beef?

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What advice can Pop give Kerr on containing Kawhi?

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JA Morant signs with Nike

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Is this actually a cast meeting for “Space Jam 2”?

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Moving on…

Buy Warriors as heavy title favorites?

“Warriors in 6” – Jefferson

“They should be favored. They’re ‘dynastic'” – Shelburne


Second Half

What it means to be an NBA Finals official:

Early impression of Kings?

“It was fun. We played extremely fast, the guys in locker room we’re great guys, the organization is unbelievable, fans, playing against them they’re loud, they go crazy and so to have that support behind you every single night was fun. Obviously this year, we didn’t reach our goal but we’re optimistic about next year” – Barnes

“I’m taking it day by day” – Barnes on whether he’ll pick up his $25M player option this summer

R.J. Hampton will forego college to play in NBL (No. 5 Recruit in 2019 ESPN 100)

Hampton on ESPN’s ‘Get Up’:

Thoughts on R.J. Hampton’s decision to play in Australia?
Barnes: No. 1 in 2010 ESPN 100

“You have to respect his transparency and his honesty. You want to get the best prerequisite for that which is going overseas and playing professional basketball. So if you have the maturity to do that, if you have the support and situation to go over there and play at a high level, knowing that you want to play in the NBA, I think it’s great” – Barnes

“The transition is a little bit easier. It’s a step up. It’s a great move for him. I’m over the NCAA. The whole thing is BS. There’s a lack of transparency that goes on. They don’t have money” – Jefferson

What role will KD’s absence play for Warriors?

Barnes:

“When people worry about the Warriors depth, don’t. There’s going to be somebody that you don’t really know that’s going to have a huge impact on this game at some point in time” – Jefferson

How badly do Warriors need Boogie for Finals?

“You can never have too many people that can create their own shot in the playoffs. The game is going to slow down, there will be some fast breaks but at some point you have to score in the half court and having an all-star like that, a big man who you can throw the ball to in the block, get you a shot, is willing passer only helps you” – Barnes

“The Raptors have got some big guys (Gasol and Ibaka) that you might need some situational help in the games” – Jefferson


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“Quiet Storm: The Ron Artest Story” on Showtime, May 31 (Friday)

Sneak Preview of the documentary:

What made you decide to release a documentary now?

“I was afraid to tell a story. I wanted to remove myself from my career because so many dark moments that I don’t like to remember. When I watch the doc, I cried a couple of times” – World Peace

“I try to stay behind the scenes as much as possible now” – World Peace

Believe Lakers can turn it around?

“I feel like when Dr. Buss passed away, how are you going to match that? It’s really hard to match what he’s done with the Lakers” – World Peace

“It takes good investing to turn around. This is an investment that [Jeanie] is making. Give that investment some time to turn around. Give this woman an opportunity. Don’t kill her, don’t force her to sell a team. Just give her an opportunity to be a great owner” – World Peace

“Everything takes time. It starts at the top, but you also have to be patient at the top. I don’t think she (Jeanie) should sell the team. The Buss family is a part of an American sports legacy” – Jefferson

“LeBron needs people like Richard Jefferson. When Richard was in Cleveland, he needed a ring. He was not going to depend on LeBron” – World Peace


Replay
May 28, 2008 – Paul Pierce with the pass to KG who dunks it hard on the Pistons in the ECF!

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How should Spurs fans feel about Kawhi’s success?
His uncle Dennis spoke to Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports about what went down with the Spurs leading up to the trade last season

“You support him because he brought you a ring. He should always have a home in San Antonio” – World Peace

“They should be happy [for him]. He’s proven that he’s not a system player. That’s one of the things that I think he wanted to kind of prove to people that he was one of the best players in the NBA regardless of system. This is a compliment to Pop and their organization that they developed this guy” – Jefferson

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“I was playing so bad. I was like 2-10 [from the field]. And people were telling me: ‘No! Don’t shoot!’ But I didn’t care. It was so lucky that shot” – World Peace

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“He was playing so well and I was trying to figure out a way to stop him and I just pulled his pants down. He comes off the screen and still hits the three. That’s Paul Pierce for you back then” – World Peace

When you were already an NBA player and went to Circuit City and put your name down on a job application because you wanted the discount?

“I was 19 years old and you have so much time on your hands. When you can get a 50% discount on everything, we making it work!” – World Peace