Book’s shot worthy of A.I. comparison?
Monologue: “AD trade could change the entire course of the NBA” – Nichols
This has the potential to be a KD to Golden State, LeBron to Miami type of NBA shaking situation. The fact that it’s happening now, 10 days before the trade deadline as opposed to this summer when fans frankly expected it, that just makes it more def-con 5!
Why is this happening now you ask?
In the six and half years Davis has been with the Pelicans, they have one a total of one playoff series!
Nichols and AD from a conversation last year about the idea of spending his prime with a franchise that isn’t competiting:
Davis has watched this season, teams like Houston who saw things go off the rail early and made a bunch of tweaks and in fact that is not what New Orleans has done. They have stood pat and clearly that was enough for him
Will the Pelicans make a deal at all?
Indeed, it seems Anthony Davis wants to leave. And the whole future of the NBA looks like it’s about to change
Right decision for AD to request a trade?
“I do. It’s about time. This was something that was kind of looming for a number of weeks, probably even months. Why not request a trade right now where he’s at the peak of his career, not even the peak, he’s far from that. He’s that good right now. Why not go some where you can continue to flourish as a player and have opportunity to win a championship?” – Scott
“This young man is trying to direct his future” – Scott
“I was shocked. We should applaud him, first of all. He’s giving New Orleans a chance to get maximum return on him. That’s great that he did that” – Elhassan
Adrian Wojnarowski joined the show!
Biggest challengers to Lakers for AD?
“Boston certainly is the team with the most assets, the biggest trade arsenal. They’ve been preparing to make a run at Anthony Davis for years now. But they’re limited in what they can do at the trade deadline” – Woj
“There’s not a team in the league that’s not going to call the Pelicans and register their interest. The market is going to be wide open because of the level of talent that Anthony Davis has and the fact he’s under contract through next season” – Woj
January 28, 2008 – JR Smith (Nuggets) with the nasty one-handed dunk vs the New Orleans Hornets!
Reruns; Did Lance go full Lance last night?
Trepidation; Steven Adams’ eurostep: A redemption story
Discussions; PG’s best dunk since the birdman posterization?
Who’s ahead in the MVP rankings: Giannis or PG-13?
PG-13 had 36 points, 13 rebounds in a win last night vs the Bucks
“PG-13. He’s been the unsung hero of OKC this year. He’s playing MVP basketball right now. His game is phenomenal” – Scott
“Giannis. He’s been consistent with his numbers and he’s a bigger part of why his team wins than Paul George’s” – Elhassan
Melo on next move: “I just want to be happy” by Ian Begley
ESPN Lakers reporter, Dave McMenamin joined the show!
KD on Anthony Davis: “It’s definitely a topic of conversation”
Best offer Lakers can make for AD?
McMenamin on best offer the Lakers can make:
-Couple of first round picks
“This could be the next kind of stage in player empowerment when it comes to forcing a way into a new situation” – McMenamin
“The pot is going to have to be sweeten. They have some of the assets and picks to do that” – Scott
“There’s a reason to be extra aggressive right now because you know the most competitive offer isn’t on the table by virtue of the CBA. If you let this get past February 7th, you’re basically saying: ‘I’m waiting for Danny Ainge to mess this up somehow'” – Elhassan
“The picks are a big part of it. Two 1st round picks if I’m Dell Demps (Pelicans GM). That’s the minimum” – Elhassan
January 28, 1992 – David Robinson (Spurs) finishing the reverse alley-oop dunk vs the Chicago Bulls!
Trae Young and John Collins of the Atlanta Hawks joined the show!
Expectations for rest of season with Hawks?
“For me and John as leaders: To bring that energy and effort every night” – Young
“The biggest difference for me is my strength. Just being stronger” Collins on the biggest difference from his rookie season to sophomore season
Pressures of being compared to Luka Doncic?
“Obviously I hear everything that goes on. You can’t miss it. Luka’s having a really good year so far. I just try to focus on myself and on my team. I’m really dedicated to working extremely hard everyday for my teammates. At the end of the day, it worked out for both teams. That’s how I look at it. I mean, Luka’s doing really well. I feel like I’m doing really well as well” – Young
“In my eyes, it’s not a question. It’s going to be me. But that’s just the competitive nature in my blood, and I think that’s the no-brainer with me” – Young when asked who would be seen as the better player in five to 10 years.
Influence of Vince Carter on rest of Hawks? (#DraftVince)
Just turned 42 years old
Via ESPN+’s ‘Year One’:
“Just having him around gives me extra level of confidence just knowing that if I need any help with anything, I can go to VC” – Collins
“It’s tough to get him to do something like that at this stage in his career. That’s something we all would love to see for sure” – Collins on Carter possibly being in the dunk contest this year
“He knows this is a young man’s game when it comes to the dunk contest. He’s had his time in the sun when it comes to the dunk contest” – Scott
John, interested in dunk contest?
“Definitely be really interested in participating in the dunk contest trying to showoff” – Collins
Interested in Rising Stars Challenge?
“For us to definitely be in a game like that together on the same stage would be huge” – Collins
KD making trip to OKC for Nick Collison’s jersey retirement (Via Woj)
“That group was so special, that whole group from 2010 until I left there, it was special. It’s about time for us to let go of all that extra stuff” – Kevin Durant
Luka is the best rookie since ______________?
“Ben Simmons” – Scott
“Ben Simmons” – Elhassan
AD: 29.3ppg, 13.3rpg this season
Jrue Holiday on the AD trade news:
Jrue Holiday on AD: “He’s like a brother to us” | Should Pelicans keep AD anyway?
“Absolutely because you have enough time on it and because you have the best suitor is contractually prohibited from getting in on there. It makes sense to wait, at least until the Celtics can put forth their offer” – Elhassan
“Trade him. Trade AD to Los Angeles [Lakers]. Make that man happy” – Scott