Feeling Mo Bamba’s new hairdo?
Monologue: Michele Roberts vs the world
But most of all, it was notable because of what Roberts said in front of a room of a hundred or so players back when she was campaigning for the job:
Regardless of your feelings and whether the union misplayed cap smoothing back in 2016:
Balance of power between players & owners fair?
Fun nugget from Dave: NBA franchises have raised in value at 1100% since 1996!
“I do [think it’s fair]. Michele Roberts is doing a great job of allowing players to have similar control as ownership which they should. That does make it very, very difficult for teams to build franchises and to have that continuity within your community but that comes with it” – Jefferson
“They are not true partners here. I don’t think there will be ever a fair balance. There’s still an equity. I’m always going to side with the players over the owners” – McMenamin
Doc dishes on how Clippers landed Kawhi & PG-13 (Per Arash Markazi/LA Times)
Clippers knew OKC was ready to break team up?
“That’s a huge revelation, if it’s true. All of the reporting that we’ve had is that Sam Presti and company was committed to running it back one last time” – McMenamin
Any chance Ballmer regrets giving up 6 picks to land Kawhi & PG-13?
“No. Zero chance, especially with what happened with the Warriors (Klay’s injury, KD going East). This is what the Clippers wanted” – Jefferson
“You do it because this is the time you strike. The only regret would be not doing it” – McMenamin
Who has better handles?
Jefferson: Trae Young | McMenamin: Trae Young
Surprised by Dwight’s Kobe collection?
Cassius Stanley breaks Zion’s vertical leap record at Duke
Does Cream Biggums inspire you?
Giannis: “I can win a title not shooting the three, but I want to shoot the three”
Can Giannis win a ring without shooting threes?
17.5 paint PPG last season (1st in NBA); 28% career 3-pt FG
“Yes. I do. For him, it’s about your development of your game. But he won’t shoot contested threes. If he can shoot 35% uncontested threes, then that’s going to open it up for his entire team. The one thing that’s more important is to have him post up more” – Jefferson
“He can definitely win without shooting threes. He’s going to get better at shooting threes” – McMenamin
Question for RJ:
Kobe: “It was important that I win championships without Shaq”
Via The Players Tribune (Knuckleheads Podcast):
Morey: Adding Westbrook increased title odds by 30%
“It went from 1% to 31%. I believe that they have a chance. But they had zero chance with the way their team was constructed” – Jefferson
“How do you prove this? I have a problem with the number” – McMenamin
Suns GM James Jones: We can play Deandre Ayton at PF
NBA Bonus watch 2019-20 by Bobby Marks (E+)
Nash: “Luka & Porzingis are incredible difference-makers”
Doncic & Porzingis duo the second coming of Nash & Dirk
“They definitely look the part. They both are so, so talented and they do so many things. Steve Nash is definitely a Dallas legend. They have the building blocks for the next 10 years, if these guys stay healthy, then it’s all about the pieces that are put around them” – Jefferson
“I’m not ready to go there like Steve is. I’ve spoken to someone who’s trained KP and he said, ‘He is truly special. I believe he’ll be in the Hall of Fame'” – McMenamin
Think Beal will qualify for supermax next summer?
“Absolutely he will be in the mix. But do you want to vote for a guy who played on a terrible team? I don’t see the Wizards being anywhere near the playoff conversation this season” – McMenamin
“I think he’s going to get votes, but it’s just so tough. If you look at his entire career, it’s been fluff and disappointment. It’s not for a lack of talent” – Jefferson
“I don’t know if he’s going to get All-NBA votes if he changes teams in the middle of the year because I think the interest in him at the trade deadline is going to be insane” – Nichols
Elena Delle Donne wins 2nd WNBA MVP
Skepticism on NBA’s proposed tampering rules?
“The owners don’t want that scrutiny on them” – McMenamin
“This is a little excessive and it’s a little too soon” – Jefferson
First look at KD in Nets uniform
“There is a chance (he could come back this season), but everything needs to go perfect” – Jefferson