Show Recap: October 16, 2019

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The Opening Tip (Revised) - 2019
Anthony Davis cleared to play vs Warriors (Preseason)

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Starting from the left: Rachel Nichols, Amin Elhassan and Kendrick Perkins

First Half

Monologue: How many teams have a realistic shot to win it all?


Sleeper pick to win NBA title?

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“Realistically, you look at the Clippers, Lakers, Rockets are clear cut, then you go in the East and you look at Milwaukee and Philly. But I look at Utah. That’s my darkhorse team. They are deep, they have all the pieces that they need as far as defensive presence, shooting and the point guard position” – Perkins

“My real pick to win the title: Denver Nuggets. Sleeper pick: Portland Trail Blazers. A lot of people are overlooking them and they do it every year: they prove us wrong – Elhassan

“I think it’s an unprecedented number of teams this year to think they can make it. They have given up a lot of draft picks and have mortgaged part of their future on the fact that they think they can make it which is why I also think that we’re going to have one of the super most active trade deadlines we’ve had in a long time because not everyone is going to come out of the gate the first 3 or 4 months” – Nichols


Replay
October 16, 2004 – Tyson Chandler, then with the Bulls, finishing the one handed putback dunk vs the Cavs!

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Make or Miss League (Damian Lillard)

Make (Quickness)
Better move by a rookie?

Tremont Waters:
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Kevin Porter:
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Elhassan: Waters | Perkins: Waters

Miss (Accuracy)
Was Kyle O’Quinn just playing catch?

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Make (Denials)
Is everyone on the 76ers an elite defender?
Norvel Pelle (Sixers) recorded 5 blocks in just 12 minutes vs the Pistons

Miss (Putting)
Think Boban has a future in golf?

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Make (Catching Fire)
What got into Carsen Edwards last night?
Hit 8 3s in a quarter vs the Cavs; Only 4 players in NBA history have ever hit eight 3s in a quarter!

Moving on…

Cavs preseason struggles a sign of things to come?

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“I’m not worried, I’m confused about what’s really going on over there. I’m trying to understand what direction they’re going in. I did speak to someone, I’m real close to with the organization and they’re not tanking. They’re trying to find their identity” – Perkins

“This roster is horrible. There’s a learning curve there. They’re not going to win 20 games playing like this” – Elhassan


Second Half

LeBron on answering China-related questions:

“Don’t feel like you should speak upon things you shouldn’t have to” – James

Fair for LeBron to avoid China-related questions moving forward?

Discussion:

Expect Westbrook to embrace Rockets analytical approach?

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Credit: Rob Mahoney/Sports Illustrated

“Absolutely not. He’s not changing for anybody. The Rockets are going to have to adjust to him. You have to build around him” – Perkins

“This is why I’m not high on the Rockets: These pieces and the system don’t fit” – Elhassan

“This is probably is the most dynamic backcourt (Harden/Russ) that we’ve ever seen in league history. I don’t see how it won’t work” – Perkins

“For this thing to work, one or both of these guys are going to have to change their games significantly” – Elhassan


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“The Woj Pod” with Hall of Famer, Doris Burke


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Perkins: Spurs
“I’m riding with CJ and Dame over LaMarcus and DeMar. They [Spurs duo] haven’t proved to me that they’re going to step up in clutch moments”

Elhassan: Neither of them

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Elhassan: Pelicans
“They are a complete team. They got the best player [in Zion]”

Perkins: Kings
“They are a little more experienced than the Pelicans are”

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Perkins: Bucks
“They play both ends of the court and they’re well-coached”

Elhassan: 76ers
“The way they went out last year really stuck with Embiid. He changed his diet and changed his approach. I think he will be MVP this year”


crunchtime

Green Grounded
Sources: Gerald Green likely to need season-ending surgery (Foot), per Tim MacMahon
Lisfranc fracture in his left foot

“I raised G-Green. Rockets are going to miss him” – Perkins

Loons over my hammy
Warriors “hope” Kevon Looney (Hamstring) is ready for season opener
Signed a 3 year/$50M deal in the offseason

“He’s a solid role player, but he’s not going to average 20 & 10” – Elhassan

Secure the bag
Should Bogdan Bogdanovic sign 4-yr/$51M extension?

Via Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee:

“I don’t want to rush anything” – Bogdanovic

“Take the bag” – Perkins

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