What’s next for 8 teams left outside of bubble?
“For the Warriors, they needed a break. They have stars. They have guys that have tons of experience. For Chicago, you have a ton of young players that need experience. To take 6-8 months off and to miss games, that definitely hurts your development of your younger players. They should have a summer league type tournament where you can combine teams, even in the G-League, to have them play games” – Jefferson
“Balance is optimal here. There’s the blessing and the curse. For players, it’s a good opportunity to reshape their game. For the team, you worry about the chemistry” – Ogwumike
“I see three issues here: Time, logistics and expenses. When are you going to fit in some sort of bubble like atmosphere for those eight teams?” – Nichols
Jamal Murray on Nuggets: “We know we can go win the title”
Via Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN:
“We know we can go win the title. Me and Joker have been in Denver this whole time, working out. We don’t think that there is a team that can beat us in a seven-game series when we are playing at our best” – Jamal Murray
Denver Nuggets president of basketball operations, Tim Connelly on Jokic’s transformed body (Via Eurohoops):
“He sent me a picture. No shirt on. He’s got abs. I’ve never seen him have abs before”
Are Nuggets legit title contenders?
“No. But I do believe that they believe that. They are a very, very key example of home-court advantage They are probably 1 or 2 more years away from being the title favorites. Do I believe that they could upset somebody? Yes. But not playing in Denver is a huge disadvantage for them” – Jefferson
“I’m still slowing my role a little bit on the Nuggets, but I do think the body transformation [for Jokic] is impressive” – Ogwumike
1992 – Michael Jordan breaking Terry Porter’s (Trail Blazers) ankles, then pulling up for the jump shot! Clyde was not impressed!
2004 – Tayshaun Prince hitting the three pointer to end the first quarter vs the Lakers!
2001 – Allen Iverson breaking Derek Fisher’s ankles really bad, then pulling up for the jump shot!
Jump Analyst, Stephen Jackson’s fight for social justice (The Undefeated):
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“His time was over in Golden State. I think that was part of the reason why he wanted to come back. He wanted to finish what he started. But he was going to end up someplace else whether he was injured or not, whether he won a championship or not” – Jefferson
“I would say nothing changes. He did what he wanted to do. He would have still ended up in Brooklyn [injury or no injury]” – Ogwumike
Does JA still rule ROY race?
“It is likely that he’ll win ROY. We didn’t count Memphis at all. My question mark is Zion Williamson. When will the voting take place? If Zion comes back, makes an impact, we get to the playoffs and haven’t voted yet and the Pelicans are on a roll and does it, the narrative can be a little dicey. But the odds are still in JA’s favor” – Ogwumike
“JA will win ROY and rightfully so. If we were to have a regular season that would have finished the way it was supposed to, I think the argument would have been greater If Zion would have been able to get his team into the postseason” – Jefferson
“I don’t like it when my personal medical information gets an additional set of hands. One that will judge the course of my career or future. I would feel horrible if I was an older coach. But safety is so important. These are the sacrifices that are necessary to be made for return to basketball. If I were that person, I just would not feel that great if I am that one that’s excluded that is vital to my team’s success” – Ogwumike
“Everyone is going to lose some sort of competitive advantage. There are a lot of things that are going to change. You might be upset. But what is more important? It’s okay to have another step and another group of individuals to just look at this medical history and to make sure that they are fit to serve in this bubble” – Jefferson
“We start making decisions for other people about what they can and cannot do. That is very dangerous. There are a lot of laws against that and I’m curious which ones will apply to this situation. I definitely understand how terrifying it must be for the NBA, an organization in a league that has shown it genuinely cares about the people who work there to know that they might be exposing someone to something that could kill them. That’s terrifying, but it doesn’t make them more of a spreader. It’s really about that person’s health” – Nichols