Which looks tougher?
Monologue: NBA considering $10M fine to enforce tampering violations
Here’s another biggie: a proposed new rule that specifically prohibits ‘players from inducing players under contract to request trades’
Threat of $10M fine enough to deter teams & players from tampering?
Bucks GM (Jon Horst) says Giannis will be offered supermax next summer
Estimated: 5-year/$247M supermax extension!
Via Fox Sports Wisconsin:
What do Bucks need to do to convince Giannis to sign supermax?
“They have to win a title, but I just don’t believe they can do it. I don’t believe in that roster. Kevin Durant told me this a couple of years ago regarding this topic: ‘If Giannis isn’t enjoying playing basketball in Milwaukee, he’s not going to stay'” – Friedell
“The Bucks have done just what they need to do is to surround him with a bunch of complementary players that allow them to play a style. But when you look at the choice ahead for him, the one team lurking out there is the Warriors, who have always been the big threat to go after him. He friends with Steph Curry, he has the same agency. It also comes down to: What kind of guy is Giannis? What does he want his legacy to be?” – Shelburne
Is this good calf raise exercise?
— Tom Westerholm (@Tom_NBA) September 13, 2019
Think this was an intentional tribute to Harden?
Is this the funkiest jumper you’ve ever seen?
His jumper too clean 😂 (IG/SheScreamsDarius) pic.twitter.com/CD4DIoQPAo
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) September 14, 2019
Was this the ultimate “No No No…Yes!: shot?
From 40 feet out!
Honorable mention: Jerry West in 1970
2019: Jeremy Lamb
2009: Devin Harris
1999: Teresa Weatherspoon
Who benefits most from proposed lineup announcement time?
The league has proposed requiring teams to announce their lineups at least 30 minutes before tipoff, per Zach Lowe’s sources; Used to be 10 minutes
“The media covering the game. A lot of the times, you kind of have a sense of who’s going to play and who’s not and then you have to wait for the final announcement. Sometimes, the coach will just go ahead and announce it at his pregame press conference, sometimes there’s some gamesmanship. But at this level in the NBA, I really think that most teams are prepared for both cases” – Shelburne
“Gamblers and daily fantasy players. This is another interesting wrinkle for the NBA kind of leaning into the gambling foray and all the money that’s invested on a nightly basis all over the place for people who play these games” – Friedell
Agree with Lou Will saying players should vote for MVP?
Don’t know how JH wasn’t back to back MVPs and how the media get bored with RW averaging a triple doubles 3 yrs in a row this is crazy
— Nick Young (@NickSwagyPYoung) September 14, 2019
Players should vote https://t.co/JsFy2IezMk
— Lou Williams (@TeamLou23) September 14, 2019
“You would probably see mostly the same winners, but you would see a lot of very strange ‘vote for my friends,’ ‘vote for me’ kind of votes at the end that actually could tilt things and not necessarily be all that different” – Shelburne
“I’m all for it. The great players always know who the other great players are and if they’re willing to put in the effort to make those votes public, which would be very fascinating, that would be awesome” – Friedell
“I would push back against the narrative that Harden didn’t win this year just because of voter fatigue. I think he didn’t win because Giannis Antetokounmpo put together a regular season that, in a lot of people’s minds, was just better than the regular season that James Harden put in, especially on the defensive side of the ball” – Nichols
Pop on team USA critics: “It’s immature, it’s arrogant…”
“I agree with the sentiment from Pop in that, ‘Don’t be crushing these guys. They gave up their summer.’ The reality is: We just don’t care that much about the world cup. It’s all about the Olympics. This team is still the best when they get the best talent. Popovich is just trying to defend his guys in this moment because they had the right to stay all summer and not do anything and they chose to play and they just didn’t play well enough to win” – Friedell
“He’s just defending the guys. This is him getting his guys back. He’s saying, ‘Don’t blame these guys.’ I honestly think, when you look at this summer, the rest of the world takes the world championships a lot more seriously than we do” – Shelburne
Rudy Gobert on bronze medal: “It means everything”
France beat Australia to claim the bronze medal
Is that quote…
“They beat the US. That was the gold. They get to walk around all next year with bragging rights on these guys” – Shelburne
“Absolutely I believe him. It is a gigantic deal. It’s a credit to how much the game has grown” – Friedell
The absolute best shooters of this decade by Kirk Goldsberry
Magic exercise team options on Mo Bamba, Markelle Fultz and Jonathan Issac
From Jeff Weltman (President of Basketball Operations):
Fultz's option is $12.3 million — a huge number considering he has played in 33 career games and all the related questions. This is a meaningful decision. D.J. Augustin, their starting PG, is in the last year of his current deal. https://t.co/hMPxbQsnlp
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) September 16, 2019
“You kind of have to go all the way if you’re going to make this move in the first place. I was a little surprised. It’s a big number for them. If you’re going to take a chance on a former No. 1 overall pick and they have a sense of how he might develop, you have to go all the way with it” – Shelburne
“The Magic desperately need a star. If they think that Markelle Fultz can still be a star in this league, then you make this move, you trust Steve Clifford and the coaching staff to work with him and get him to a better level. But just from the stuff I’ve been hearing in the last couple months, I heard, ‘Man. Really?'” – Friedell
Justise Winslow: “I’m looking forward to playing point guard” (Per the South Florida Sun Sentinel’s Ira Winderman)
“What has Winslow really done in his career to this point? Goran Dragic has played at a high level and has proven to be one of the better point guards in play when he’s healthy on the floor. Winslow was supposed to be a steal of the draft a few years ago and be the guy that was going to help Miami push into the next decade or so. He’s an OK player” – Friedell
“I checked in with the Heat on this. They were a little surprised by the quote because in their eyes, he kind of has been a point guard for the last year or two. He has the ball in his hands a lot of the times when he’s on the court” – Shelburne
Nets giving out 10,000 Kyrie jerseys before Oct. 25 game vs Knicks
Yeah, we didn't want to wait too long before dropping these ⬇️
We're giving away Kyrie Irving Replica Jerseys to the first 10,000 fans at our *second* game of the season, Friday, Oct. 25 vs. the Knicks, courtesy of @TGIOA
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) September 14, 2019
We’re in business
JUST IN: Michael Jordan, Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck, Lakers owner @JeanieBuss and Bucks owner Wes Edens launch new @cincorotequila. Prices: $70 for Blanco, $90 for Reposado, $130 for Anejo & $1600 for Extra Anejo. pic.twitter.com/MGKdhuUERU
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) September 16, 2019
Rubio the PG Suns have been searching for?
Was named MVP of the World Cup
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) September 16, 2019
“No. What is his next level in the league? I just don’t believe at this point is going to be some huge difference maker” – Friedell
“He’s not the answer, but that is a nice pickup for them. If he can stay healthy, he organizes that offense” – Shelburne