Not bad, it was just Summer League, but you can see the promise
Since I keep on seeing mentions about PBJ "avoiding surgery" or whatnot, I feel like I should restate the fact that we've already been told there is no structural damage or complications and that he's very close to being cleared for contact. Surgery was never in the cards.
Anyways, on Kuminga's shooting, his regular season numbers are obviously more indicative than a few summer league games ever will be, and I have faith he'll continue to improve as a shooter this coming season.
That said, I would kill for him to add more wrist flexion to his shot. I can nitpick the release point or being so squared up to the basket, but if he could just add relaxed wrist bend to his form I'd be super happy.
My 7 yr old son and I went to day 2 of Cali Classic (dubs lakers). I had not really noticed McClung that day. Tonight, I told him Warriors got a new Summer League player, named Mac McClung. He goes, you mean #55 for the Lakers?!?! I had to look it it up to check. He goes, “that guy is awesome, so fast. Probably better than Quinones”. I’m laughing, clearly he pays attention better than me. Although I still think Quinones is gonna turn out good, his shot is so smooth.
Question -- what are the chances any of Moody, Kuminga, or Wiseman will still be playing by Friday?
Followup -- is 110 degree weather in Vegas bearable with the amount of time you are in A/C??
Considering going with my son... He randomly gained in interest in seeing Vegas, I was thinking of trying to parlay this into an opportunity to increase his bball interest if he sees it in person.
RJ has his first call overturned
OKC is going to be fun to watch this season. Well, at least when they keep Tre Mann off the floor. I didn't really notice him last year, but in SL he looks so bad, I cannot see why they play him or even why he is in the NBA. Giddey cannot shoot, but man can he pass. Oh, and Holmgren is fun, but no way is he the second coming of KD; he's gonna get bullied, a lot; and picked.
I think Wiseman could benefit from picking up volleyball as his side sport.
One of the things I wanted to see from Moody at the beginning of his rookie season was a sped up shot release, and I think he is definitely getting there:
Needs to also improve the transfer from dribble to shot in order for his pull up shooting game to really take off.
Jason Timpf from The Volume (same channel as Dray) did a 30-minute summary of Wiseman, Kuminga and Moody…(with a few seconds about Mac). It’s just him talking into the camera with no clips, but it’s a good listen: https://youtu.be/DTmsZOKTVaU
Wiseman and Kuminga have star potential and already do some things really well, but have some holes that need fixing before they should join the playoff rotation. They just need reps, which they’ll get in SL, camp, all season. He also talked about Kuminga’s attitude, which could easily be attributable to his youth. Kerr might be under a lot of pressure to play them because this season because of the investment in their development.
Moody’s ceiling isn’t as high, but the game has slowed down for him and he’s ready “right now” to slide into the Otto Porter role, with DDV sliding into the GP2 role.
He covered the Lakers last year, so is very familiar with McClung and says he’s very good at what he is, a G-Leaguer, but said he’s not good enough to be an NBA player.
I love the way Giddey is enthusiastically playing in SL as most of the other top second year players are ducking the smoke.
Bivol vs Zurdo Ramirez in the works. I don’t see any universe in which Zurdo wins this fight. Your thoughts?
Not watching, but apparently Liddell injured his knee and was [edit: helped, not carried] off the floor :(
[Edit: He slightly injured the same leg and/or knee earlier in the game, but was allowed back in because it was minor?]
Uh-oh: Primo in protocols. This could really mess up the Warriors.
[Edit: or maybe the Warriors gave it to him and they don't know it yet?]
Apparently Magic shut down Banchero for the rest of Summer League, so no Paolo-Chet tonight. However, Spurs-Rockets might be interesting - a chance to indirectly compare Wiseman and Jabari vs the same team.
I want want KD to go to Indiana, have Gene Hackman take over as coach, then bench him during the game because he took a shot before the team passed the ball 4 times.
As the Nets brass counts out the votes to oust Steve Nash as coach, Ben Simmons walks up to the lectern and says "I think it's about time I start playing." (Nets Execs cheering) And Simmons continues, "On one condition. Coach stays, I play. Coach goes, I feel a twinge in my back."
Simmons, KD & Irving play this year, they make it to the playoffs and at their first road game, the team gathers in the big empty arena at the Garden. Irving is taken aback by the aura of da Garden. Steve Nash sets up a ladder under the basket. Climbs to the top with a large cutting board in his hands. He speaks to a wide-eyed Irving: "Just like at home, the basket hoop is round," then he sets the cutting board on top of the rim and finishes, "and as you can clearly see, it is also FLAT."
OT: What were some of your favorite non-Warriors teams (basketball-wise, not how much you liked the players)?