Show Recap: October 18, 2019

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The Opening Tip (Revised) - 2019
Zion to miss “weeks” with knee injury (Per Woj)
Injury not considered to be severe

Confident in Pelicans with or without Zion?

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“The excitement that he showed in the preseason, I pegged the Pelicans to be one of the most, if not, exciting team in the league this year because of Zion” – Pierce

“This year has so many things to be excited about. So we got one less thing to be excited about. Everybody get a grip” – Elhassan

“This [injury] probably takes a little bit of that confidence away [to make the playoffs]” – Elhassan

“When this happens this early in your career, it tends to stay with you throughout your career. It’s a concern being that he’s so young having these problems this early” – Pierce

“Zion is going to have to lose a little bit more weight like I did to help with injuries” – Pierce

Panel:

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Starting from the left: Rachel Nichols, Amin Elhassan and Paul Pierce

First Half

Monologue: NBA GM survey is both predictable and weird


Most surprising result of NBA GM Survey?
You can read more about it here

“There was always someone who was voting for Tomas Satoransky. I thought that was pretty funny. I wonder who this guy is” – Elhassan

“Damian Lillard getting props as the best leader, In my eyes, he’s been underrated over the last 5 years and it’s good to see that GMs really recognize this about him” – Pierce

Who is the best team right now?

“I do not consider them [The Clippers] the best team right now. Milwaukee is the best team right now” – Pierce

“For me, it’s the Denver Nuggets. This is a team that has the least kind of turnover [roster wise]. These guys know what they’re doing” – Elhassan

“The center position is a lot closer than what people think. You can’t take away anything from Embiid. I’m not so sure Jokic is better than Embiid” – Pierce


Replay
October 18, 2010 – LeBron with the steal and one-handed jam on the other end vs the Charlotte Bobcats!

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Make or Miss League (Pat Beverley)

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Like the enthusiasm from Denver’s bench?
PJ Dozier (Nuggets) nearly threw down an amazing dunk face vs Blazers

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“He wasn’t close” – Pierce

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Did this really deserve a tech?
Wendell Carter Jr. throwing down a dunk over Bruno Fernando

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“He didn’t say anything. I don’t agree with that” – Pierce

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Is this the sport of the future?
Donkey Basketball!

Via hayden_1100/IG:

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Is Tyler Herro flying too close to the sun?
Got into a dust-up with Michael Carter-Williams that resulted in double techs and later got MCW ejected

“I love the fire. You got to let him know that you ain’t going to be punk’d” – Elhassan

Jimmy Butler after the game:

Moving on…

Giannis: “It’s scary how good we can be”

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“The NBA should be terrified and this all has to do with Giannis’ development. He’s not even in his prime yet. Watch out. They could be a great team even if he misses time [with injury]” – Pierce

“They’re scary because of Giannis. I don’t know how good the Bucks can be if Giannis missed anytime and that’s not a knock on Khris Middleton but it just seems like everything there is built around him” – Elhassan


Second Half

Something Nothing Or Everything

D’Angelo wants to team up with KAT and Booker

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Credit: SLAM Online/Max Resetar

Elhassan: Nothing
“It’s highly unlikely. Russell is not good at keeping secrets”

Pierce: Everything
“This could be something”

This Kristaps Porzingis 2-way highlight

Pierce: Everything
“He’s going to be an All-Star, it’s just a matter of when. I don’t think it’ll be this year. It’s good to have him out there. But the Mavericks are Luka’s team”

Elhassan: Something
“The health is still a concern. You want to be cautious and stay optimistic”

Bulls rookie Coby White’s 29 points off the bench
10-14 FG; Hit six threes

His teammate, Zach LaVine said this about White:

“He’s going to be special. He knows it, we know it”

Pierce: Nothing
“It’s preseason. But it’s good to see the development of the young players and getting that early confidence”

Elhassan: Something
“Not only is he playing well, he’s impactful. When he gets in the game, the Bulls play better”

76ers rookie Matisse Thybulle averaging NBA-best 3.0 steals in preseason
Drafted 20th overall in the 2019 NBA Draft

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Elhassan: Everything
“He reminds me a little bit of Tayshaun Prince. It’s more important that he’s able to come in and be impactful right away because Philly is a team that’s trying to win a championship right now”

Pierce: Everything


How would you defend a LeBron-AD pick-and-roll?

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“Prayer. You’re going to have to start bringing in help. You have to hope those other shooters don’t make shots” – Elhassan

“There’s only one combination that can guard this pick-and-roll and that’s Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. This is going to be scary. This is the help that LeBron needed at this stage of his career” – Pierce

Taurean Prince calls Kyrie a “great” leader

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Is that…

BS or Real Talk

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“The season hasn’t started. Right now, it’s easy. I can agree 100% that he’s been a great leader right now” – Pierce

“We know that Kyrie Irving’s mood tends to change from day to day” – Elhassan


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Golden Anniversary
50th anniversary of Kareem’s NBA debut

20 years
It was raining inside Staples Center press room

Coach Wall?
John Wall: Make-or-break season for coaching goals

Luka vs Kawhi
Like Luka going at Kawhi in Vancouver?
Had 15 points and 13 rebounds

Luka’s chances of earning an All-Star spot?

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“Luka will be an All-Star this year” – Pierce

“It’s tough in the West. If his team isn’t in the playoff hunt, then his chances go down” – Elhassan

At the buzzer
Producer Steve Martinez is getting married!!!
He has been with The Jump from day one!

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