Baby got back screens
Back to the old music. Great E1P but don’t give in to the conservative ‘there can only be one’ music crowd. Experiment! Grow!
looked to me like GPII was revving a motorcycle, for Kuminga's VROOM VROOM play
Loved the Steph acting breakdown... if basketball doesnt work out for him, he can always go into professional tag
Also, the JK putback made #1 in the top 10 plays of the night
I think Steph already applied for a restraining order against pretty much everyone in the NBA, but the refs keep denying it.
Bonus content for young 'uns who don't get some of the old school references in the E1P:
The Pacers are trading Domas Sabonis, Jeremy Lamb and Justin Holday to Sacramento for Tyrese Hailburton, Buddy Hield and Tristan Thompson, sources tell ESPN.
Oh Sacramento, you are always so so dumb. Trading away Hailburton. My god.
A++ for Indiana for giving away Levert and Sabonis and functionally getting 2 firsts and Haliburton.
Edit: Extra Haliburton comment 2 weeks before the trade: "I refuse to let the culture of what the Kings have been in the past take over who I am as a person... I'm a member of the Sacramento Kings so I'm gonna help fix this. It ain't gonna be in a day but ima be here and we're gonna make it work I promise that."
Can you believe this guy fell to us at 7th?
I mean, yeah, no one expected him to develop this fast. It's hard to even remember how much of a project he looked like pre-draft.
🤞 Not to jinx it or anything but it's also excellent that he's been healthy.
This seems like the polar opposite of last year. Last year it felt like the Warriors could only trust half their roster, and Wiseman wasn’t adapting to Kerrball at all to the extent they had to change everything they were doing just to get him on the court.
This year it seems like the rookies are progressing at an incredible rate within the system and the vets came out like they’ve been playing defense together & Kerrball their whole careers.
Is this a function of the staffing additions showing the value of coaching?
Getting vets and rookies with high basketball IQ?
Having Iguodala and Klay back on the bench in everyone’s ears giving the Warriors 5 experts plus JTA and Lee to get 7 solid Kerrball players on the roster coming into the season + Poole&Wiggs makes 9 bought in players?
What ever the balance is that has been working, I hope they can bottle this formula for team building going forward, because it’s FANtastic!!!
Moody seems to have natural instincts for weakside rim protection, makes me very confident that he'll be able to play the 4 once he gets stronger which would greatly increase the value of his shooting ability.
They've made a complete mess of actually getting good returns for their players, but I quite like the direction the Blazers have taken. They now have roughly 60 million in cap space for the summer as well as a great backcourt duo in Dame + Simons. At a minimum, they'll probably give a max to Ayton now (which the Suns will likely match, but you never know with Sarver). Additionally, they are contenders for Lavine or Beal or even Harden should any of the 3 become available and aren't able to engineer a satisfactory sign and trade.
Also, Philly might need some team to absorb Harris and/or Simmons in the summer lol.
Lastly, if any star does become disgruntled, they've got an exceptional offer with Simons + their own first this year + New Orleans first + young projects like NAW and Keon Johnson.
Kuminga definitely looking more comfortable out there, especially screening
"..and he's only getting better every game." Burying the lede in the last half sentence. Nice.
My favorite play from Kuminga last night was when he waited to find Moody on a Steph/Moody split cut. It was a weird execution where Steph popped out toward the corner in front of Kuminga, but instead of cutting, Moody also popped to the top of the key and was wide open. Kuminga could have handed it out to Curry in tight quarters, but instead held the ball and found moody wide open instead. Good wrinkle and good work from the rookie to find his fellow rookie in position to succeed.
Some possible buyout market candidates:
> League personnel believe (Taurean) Prince would prefer a buyout if he is traded from Minnesota, just as (Thaddeus) Young is expected to reach a buyout agreement if he's not moved.
> Meanwhile, Gary Harris has been painted as a potential buyout candidate if he is not moved.
> Elsewhere in the buyout market, Paul Millsap, Tristan Thompson, D.J. Augustin and Tomas Satoransky have been categorized as likely candidates to become free agents.
What has impressed me most about JFK's development over this season (beyond the amazing dunks!!!!) is how far he's come in his decision making. At the beginning of the season, when he got playing time he looked RAW. He made poor decisions on both offense and defense, but showed flashes of greatness that made us hungry for more.
I'm not seeing the mistakes now that we did back then, and that's with him getting more playing time. Sure, he's not perfect (definitely still a rookie), but he has clearly learned from his mistakes and is picking up Kerr's system faster than could reasonably be hoped.
While he might not have been picked for the rising stars challenge in the ASG, if he keeps getting the playing time that he has recently he may very well land on one of the All Rookie Teams at the end of the season. It would be the first time one of our first round picks has made the team since Harrison Barnes.
The New Orleans Pelicans are finalizing a deal to acquire Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum for a package around Josh Hart and draft compensation, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
Portland is finalizing acquiring Josh Hart, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Tomas Satoransky and draft compensation in the CJ McCollum trade, sources said.
Portland and New Orleans have agreed upon a trade --- CJ McCollum, Larry Nance and Tony Snell are on the way to the Pelicans, sources tell ESPN.