Washington Capitals star, Alex Ovechkin on the passing of Kobe Bryant:
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NBA announces major changes to All-Star Game, Kobe tribute
“I guess it’s a good tribute to Kobe. It’ll make it more competitive” – Pierce
“It makes the game more competitive. You hope that these guys will go out there and go hard” – Barnes
“I think people are going to like it. It’s a lot of words to describe who wins a game” – Lowe
What makes Kobe so beloved by fans?
“Basketball and sports in general, especially in LA, it just brings all walks of life together. LA is made up of mostly Latino fans” – Pierce
“It’s nothing about love. They will do anything for Kob” – Barnes
“I still haven’t gotten past shock to grief. Every time I look out at LA Live & Staples Center, it doesn’t feel like it’s a real thing, but it does show you that LA is a city of many cultures, but a lot of transplants. Kobe was one of them. People felt like they grew up with him” – Lowe
Nets honor Kobe & Gigi Wednesday night
Kobe’s impact on current players?
“When I interview players, the thing that players are usually most excited to talk about first if they don’t know me is some nuance or craft of the game. Some piece of footwork. That was Kobe. Kobe was an expert at every trick of the game/footwork. Young players see that and admire that. Kobe was absolutely fearless and that’s what fans loved about him and that’s what players loved about him. They envied it” – Lowe
“He’s everything for this generation. He always talked about his work ethic. Kids now have a great of understanding of: If you want to make it, this is how you have to work and Kobe lead the charge on that. He not only defined the generation of youth, he defined being a pro’s pro because we emulated him” – Pierce
“He is this generation’s Jordan. He really wants everyone to get better (in other sports besides basketball). It just speaks to how much he motivated not only basketball, but the world in general” – Barnes
OTD in 2011 – A duel between Paul Pierce and Kobe Bryant!
Bryant – 41 points (16-29 FG) | Pierce – 32 points (11-18 FG and a Celtics win)
Dame Lillard: 45% FG from 33+ feet this season (According to Second Spectrum)
“That’s insane. It’s confidence” – Barnes
“They’re going to have to move the three-point line back pretty soon” – Pierce
Kyle Lowry breaks Raptors all-time assists record (Passed Jose Calderon)
“Kyle Lowry is No. 1 [on greatest Raptor of all-time]. He’s the longest tenure guy on their championship team. They’re going to build a statue of him.” – Lowe
“I got Kawhi Leonard” – Pierce
Who did it better?
Pierce: Drummond | Barnes: Drummond | Lowe: Allen
JA Morant was +42 Wednesday night in MSG
Had 18 points and 10 assists
“This kid is a star” – Lowe
Bad look for Crowder to take garbage-time 3?
“It’s a little bit petty. I probably would have pushed him too. That’s like adding insult to injury” – Pierce
“That was a little bit rude” – Lowe
New low for the New York Knicks?
Marcus Morris’ conversational take on Jae Crowder (Via MSG Networks):
“I like to see Marcus Morris say that to Diana Taurasi, Tamika Catchings and Elena Delle Donne” – Lowe
“That’s just a figure of speech [from Morris]. He was trying to make a point that he was soft more than anything. I don’t think he meant disrespect to women by any means, he just meant soft” – Barnes
“I’ve been talking about this for like the last 5-10 years. This is not a new low for the Knicks because you can’t get any lower than they already have been. Everybody is waiting for this franchise to get to some relevancy. Something has to change. Once they get new ownership. you’ll see change. Just look at the Clippers” – Pierce
“I haven’t heard anything [about them changing ownership]” – Lowe
Khris Middleton drops 51 Tuesday vs Wizards
Starting to fear the deer?
“I predicted that Milwaukee would win the championship this year before the season started. I really believe that Giannis and this group has something to prove. They’re ready to take that next step. This team knows each other” – Pierce
“It’s going to be interesting if their other two [Middleton and Bledsoe] can stay consistent. And also realize how big Brogdon was for them down the stretch. Who’s going to fill that role for them? Will they [Middleton and Bledsoe] play their roles?” – Barnes
“The Bucks will always be judged on the playoffs” – Sedano
“The thing that people miss about Middleton: He’s not just a good shooter, he is a knockdown shooter. People want to be skeptical about them because of the playoffs last year, but the guy [Kawhi Leonard] that shut Giannis down has gone to the other conference. Milwaukee is better than some of the other East teams. Philly is built to face Milwaukee and give them problems, but they just haven’t kind of gotten together this year so who’s the team?” – Lowe
Decrease in salary-cap projections cause for concern?
Sources: Salary-cap projections lowered over loss of China-driven revenue, per Bobby Marks and Adrian Wojnarowski
“If I were a free agent this summer, it would give me a cause for concern. If I were a team that was on the verge of the luxury tax, but had plans to get just under it, that would also make me concerned because the tax will be lower. Free agency this summer is going to be pretty tight and that helps the teams that are actually over the cap because what they can offer becomes more powerful than it was before. But it’s not that dramatic” – Lowe
“I don’t think the players are worried about it” – Pierce
Perk remembering Kobe and whether his death motivates him to end beef with Kevin Durant
OTD in 2012 – Blake Griffin posterizing Kendrick Perkins!
“I was so mad at Serge because he messed up the pick-and-roll coverage” – Perkins
Kobe’s wife posting on social media for the first time since the tragedy:
Lakers owner Jeanie Buss on Kobe’s passing:
“It’s huge. He’s everything to that team. It’s a huge blow for Dallas” – Perkins
“This really makes it interesting because if he misses significant time and they drop in the standings and up being a 6th, 7th or 8th seed and Doncic comes back healthy, this could make the playoffs very interesting in that first round, especially the way the West is” – Pierce
“They definitely need him and he needs to get healthy” – Barnes
Expectations for Lakers Friday night?
“They can rally around and be in kill mode” – Perkins
“The fans are going to uplift them. They’ll be ready to play” – Pierce
“They’ll kill Portland or struggle a bit, but I don’t see them losing” – Barnes