More likely to win title: Browns or Blazers?
— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) September 17, 2019
Pippen: Blazers | Friedell: Browns | Sedano: Blazers
Steve Young: NFL becoming like NBA with player trade demands
Any issue with pro players requesting trades?
The NBA culture is dope!
— Jalen Ramsey (@jalenramsey) February 18, 2019
“I got no issue with it. I think times have changed and players are now dominating where they’re going to play. Ownership has always had control and now it’s good to see that the players can ask for a trade and not get backlash” – Pippen
“It’s very clear that NFL players are taking their queues from NBA guys. They’ve been watching what’s going on and they like the way they can get out when they want to. This is the way it’s going to be moving forward” – Friedell
“This all started with LeBron” – Sedano
“I don’t think that kind of team [three superstar players] will be created in the NBA ever again” – Pippen
Are Rockets real contenders this season?
Rockets owner, Tilman Fertitta (Via First Take):
“No. I just don’t believe the pairing of Harden and Westbrook are going to work. We have seen, historically, that those guys are best when they have the ball in their hands and they can do whatever they want with it. How are they going to co-exist now together? I just don’t believe that those two guys at this point in their career are going to be able to bridge the gap in that system to get them all the way, not just through the West, but then into the Finals and winning it” – Friedell
“Russell Westbrook is the piece that Mike D’Antoni needs. You look at some of the point guards that he’s had in the past (CP3, Nash). Westbrook’s got a motor and he has an engine and he will play that point guard position a lot differently than those two guys. It’s a match made in heaven. I expect to see a huge change in Westbrook’s game and get back up to MVP level. With him and Harden, they’re unstoppable” – Pippen
Is Mike D’Antoni’s system right fit for Harden & Westbrook?
“I don’t think it’s going to affect them a lot. Mike wants to win and prove that he deserves whatever is coming to him. It’s just a challenge for him to show that he can win” – Pippen
“He’s [in trouble] is if he doesn’t go all the way this year. D’Antoni all along has always been the guy who is great in the regular season and then that system just kind of falls apart down the stretch in the playoffs” – Friedell
Quavo’s jumper remind you of Michael Redd?
“A little bit” – Friedell
“I’m not going to give him that much credit, but he’s got a nice jumper” – Pippen
Bam Adebayo to compete against Kobayashi in cheeseburger competition
Did anyone have a better summer than Marc Gasol?
Think Red Panda’s reign is over?
“No. Red Panda is the gold standard and has been forever and ever” – Friedell
Like the energy RJ Barrett has for Porzingis?
“I love it. New York needs something to cheer about and this guy clearly is bringing a little chip on his shoulder” – Friedell
“I don’t really like him trying to go at Porzingis. He doesn’t really have a resume as being a shot blocker” – Pippen
Who do you think RJ Barrett really wants to dunk on?
“I think he’s talking about Zion Williamson” – Friedell
“I like to see him go at somebody like [Rudy] Gobert or Giannis [Antetokounmpo]. Go at the MVP or defensive player of the year, now you’ve made a name for yourself” – Pippen
Scottie on when did he realized he was going to dunk on Knicks legend, Patrick Ewing:
20 years ago today: NBA banned hand-checking
Was hand-checking really that effective?
Pre hand-checking rule:
John Salley: Hate between MJ-era players overblown
NBA players actually more friendly today than ever before?
“I don’t agree with nothing Salley says. But it was different. When I look at today, these players have relationships that they build and bond over years. When you look at the players in the 80s and 90s, our relationship on the court between the lines, were not like players of today. And if it was, we didn’t show it. These relationships in today’s game are much deeper” – Pippen
Big Baller Brand holding Lonzo Ball back?
Via “Ball In The Family” on Facebook Watch:
“Lavar’s being Lavar. What’s holding Lonzo back is he can’t stay on the floor. His body won’t allow him with all the injuries he’s already suffered as a younger player to stay out there on the floor. It’s not the shoes or his family” – Friedell
“He definitely hasn’t proved his worth yet. The only thing that’s going to bring Big Baller Brand to the top is Lonzo Ball. He has to prove that he can be a superstar at this level. He’s going to have an opportunity (in New Orleans), if he’s healthy, to be on the basketball court to learn, grow and develop” – Pippen
“The ceiling as an All-Star, I just don’t know if his body will allow it” – Friedell
Warriors know something about D’Angelo Russell that we don’t?
“I think they’re waiting to see how this plays out like everybody else. The reality is: Maybe Russell can help them and maybe he can bridge the gap until Klay Thompson comes back, but nobody knows for sure. The reason they made this deal is because they didn’t want to lose Kevin Durant for nothing” – Friedell
“He’s going to relieve Steph a lot by giving him opportunities to play off the basketball and he’ll be a great fit” – Pippen
“The challenges for Steve Kerr are going to be that the Warriors run a motion offense. Russell is maximized when he’s running pick and roll and they’re going to have to find a little bit of a balance to that” – Sedano
Jerry Colangelo on Team USA: “This will bother me until the 2020 Olympics” (Per SI’s Chris Mannix)
Road to Recovery
Think Pacers can stay afloat until Oladipo returns?
Nick Young to attend Rockets minicamp (Per Kelly Iko of The Athletic)
Expect to see KAT handle the ball more next season?
Towns spent a lot of time on his handle. Ryan Saunders has said he could see time in the pick-and-roll next season pic.twitter.com/XmQlKgtqcH
— Jon Krawczynski (@JonKrawczynski) September 17, 2019
Harden: “You can’t rush winning a title”
Harden have right mindset for winning 1st title?
“In his mind. I don’t know why he would be thinking that way. Every season, you should try to think that you”re going to win the title and do what you can as an individual to make sure that your team’s ready and have an opportunity. If he thinks Father Time is going to just give him one, then it’s not going to happen. Maybe he just wants to win one” – Pippen
“I understand where he’s coming from, but it takes a lot more than just the timing is right. The fit has to be right. I just don’t know as the focal point, in the framework of that group, if it’s going to work” – Friedell