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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Oct 29, 2019. 3 comments

Ja Morant Scores 30, Stuffs Kyrie Irving, Will Be A Lot Of Fun On The Grizzlies

Ja Morant Scores 30, Stuffs Kyrie Irving, Will Be A Lot Of Fun On The Grizzlies

Big fat dunks, pinpoint dimes, and the gumption to go at Kyrie Irving in a scoring duel and win? Ja Morant delivered on all those fronts Sunday as the Memphis Grizzlies took out the Brooklyn Nets, 134-133. Based on Morant’s 30-point, nine-assist explosion, the No. 2 pick out of Murray State intends to remain one of the most telegenic players at this next level of basketball.

Given the...

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Gabe Fernandez Gabe Fernandez Oct 28, 2019. 2 comments

Someone Should Put The Warriors In Rice

Someone Should Put The Warriors In Rice

After the Clippers beat the brakes off the Warriors on Friday, coach Steve Kerr offered the following foreboding quote to reporters about what his team should expect for the remainder of the season:

“This is not a one-off, this is the reality,” Kerr said. “There’s going to be nights like this this year. You’ve got to play through it, you’ve got to keep fighting and keep getting better. That’s...

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Gabe Fernandez Gabe Fernandez Oct 27, 2019. 1 comments

Bow Down Before The Mighty Devin Booker And His Unstoppable Phoenix Suns

Bow Down Before The Mighty Devin Booker And His Unstoppable Phoenix Suns

I don’t want to alarm you, but you should begin to prepare for a world where the Phoenix Suns are NBA champions. It’s the only logical conclusion one could come to after one of the league’s sorriest franchises beat the Clippers on Saturday, 130-122, without their starting center (Deandre Ayton) or point guard (Ricky Rubio), and on the second night of a back-to-back where the previous...

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Lauren Theisen Lauren Theisen Oct 27, 2019. 5 comments

Even Knicks Fans Already Love Tacko Fall

Even Knicks Fans Already Love Tacko Fall

The “We Want Tacos” chant is, oddly, not even all that uncommon at basketball games, given the wide variety of food promotions that exist for when home teams hit certain accomplishments. But at Madison Square Garden, a variation on this chant—the singular form—emerged from a Knicks blowout loss on Saturday night. With four minutes to go and the home team down 24, a crowd that definitely...

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Patrick Redford Patrick Redford Oct 26, 2019. 5 comments

Patrick Beverley Mercilessly Taunts Warriors Fans After Clippers Ruin New Arena's Opening Night

Patrick Beverley Mercilessly Taunts Warriors Fans After Clippers Ruin New Arena's Opening Night

Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers opened up the Warriors’ shiny new San Francisco arena by hanging 141 points on the hapless Dubs. That’s the most in almost a decade. Golden State looked terribly thin, with D’Angelo Russell and Draymond Green both posting plus-minus lines of -35 and Green admitting that “we fucking sucked.” The Clippers, meanwhile, needed just 21 minutes from Leonard to coast to...

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Gabe Fernandez Gabe Fernandez Oct 25, 2019. 2 comments

Adam Silver Says Issues Between U.S. And China Have "Absolutely Nothing To Do With The NBA"

Adam Silver Says Issues Between U.S. And China Have "Absolutely Nothing To Do With The NBA"

At the beginning of Inside the NBA on Thursday, Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley sat with commissioner Adam Silver just a couple days after the crew tackled the league’s China debacle for the first time this season. As a quick note for context about this segment’s somber tone and pacing, the crew spent the first couple minutes of the show discussing the death of Shaq’s sister,...

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Patrick Redford Patrick Redford Oct 25, 2019. 6 comments

Giannis Antetokounmpo Denies Giving Juicy Quote To Harvard Business School About Possibly Leaving Bucks

Giannis Antetokounmpo Denies Giving Juicy Quote To Harvard Business School About Possibly Leaving Bucks

Because he’s the reigning MVP, because he plays in Milwaukee, and because the 2019 summer was defined by NBA stars switching teams—one of whom previously and publicly talked about how he wanted to stay—Giannis Antetokounmpo will face intense scrutiny over his forthcoming free agency decision in 2021 until he signs what will surely be the largest contract in the history of the league. He’s...

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Albert Burneko Albert Burneko Oct 25, 2019. 7 comments

A Timely Preview Of The 2019–20 NBA Season, Which Will Begin Any Day Now

A Timely Preview Of The 2019–20 NBA Season, Which Will Begin Any Day Now

Oh. Hello, casual basketball fan. I did not see you there, looking the other way, rightly paying attention to the 2019 World Series instead of the ragged, sloppy opening games of the NBA’s very long and low-key regular season, which I am now hearing actually happened two days ago. Ah. Hm. That can’t be right.

Listen, whenever the hell it actually started, this seems like a great moment to look...

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Patrick Redford Patrick Redford Oct 25, 2019. 17 comments

Good Luck Getting Through The Sixers' Forest Of Arms

Good Luck Getting Through The Sixers' Forest Of Arms

Sixers rookie Matisse Thybulle had three points, one rebound, and one assist in 22 minutes during his NBA debut Wednesday night, and yet he received a glowing postgame interview on the arena floor after his team beat the Celtics on opening night. Why? Because he threw sand in the gears of his opponents’ offense whenever he was on the floor.

Thybulle bullied C’s guard Kemba Walker into...

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Oct 25, 2019. 4 comments

Tacko Fall Is In Concussion Protocol Because He Bonked His Head On The Ceiling

Tacko Fall Is In Concussion Protocol Because He Bonked His Head On The Ceiling

Tacko Fall, the 7-foot-5 Celtics rookie and current tallest NBA player, is a delight . Unfortunately, Fall was not healthy for Wednesday’s season opener due to a low ceiling he encountered on Oct. 18.

Here’s how the big man described his run-in to MassLive:

Before the Boston Celtics shoot around at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Fall explained to MassLive that he was trying to wash...

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Chris Thompson Chris Thompson Oct 24, 2019. 16 comments

Hoo Boy, Kyrie Irving Put On A Show In His Nets Debut

Hoo Boy, Kyrie Irving Put On A Show In His Nets Debut

It’s going to be a season of transition in Brooklyn, while the Nets wait for Kevin Durant’s shredded Achilles tendon to heal and for all their big free-agency wheeling and dealing to finally come together. For now, Nets fans will still enjoy the nightly thrill of watching one of the sport’s most entertaining pure scorers eat up just as much of their team’s offense as he wants. Wednesday...

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Patrick Redford Patrick Redford Oct 24, 2019. 5 comments

Inside The NBA Desk Argues About Daryl Morey And The League's Standoff With China

Inside The NBA Desk Argues About Daryl Morey And The League's Standoff With China

Before the NBA’s season opener Tuesday night, the Inside The NBA crew discussed the ongoing feud between the NBA and the Chinese government for a good nine minutes. In the Free Speech corner: Kenny Smith. In the Be Nice To China corner: Ernie Johnson and Charles Barkley. In a third corner: Shaq.

Shaq was a bit all over the place with his thoughts. He stuck up strongly for Morey and...

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Oct 24, 2019. 1 comments

Patrick Beverley Has Somehow Reached A Higher Plane Of Intensity On The New-Look Clippers

Patrick Beverley Has Somehow Reached A Higher Plane Of Intensity On The New-Look Clippers

Becoming a title favorite over the summer and opening the season against the hometown rival would all be hugely motivational for the Clippers. But Patrick Beverley has never required that extra fuel. By tipoff of any given game he has already showered in kerosene and used a lit match as a Q-tip. That’s his whole purpose.

“When he run up on me like a pitbull, grab me, hold me, I don’t mind ...

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Lauren Theisen Lauren Theisen Oct 23, 2019. 10 comments

Surprise, Surprise: Masai Ujiri Won't Be Charged For Allegedly "Concussing" Sheriff's Deputy After Winning NBA Finals

Surprise, Surprise: Masai Ujiri Won't Be Charged For Allegedly "Concussing" Sheriff's Deputy After Winning NBA Finals

In a statement almost perfectly timed with the beginning of the defending champion Toronto Raptors’ season, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office has announced that team president Masai Ujiri won’t be charged for his role in an altercation with a sheriff’s deputy that happened when he tried to get on the court immediately after the Raptors won the NBA championship this year.

For those...

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Oct 23, 2019. 7 comments

The Brain-Poisoned Knicks Fan's Case For Frank Ntilikina

The Brain-Poisoned Knicks Fan's Case For Frank Ntilikina

Knicks fandom is an identity unto itself—big dummy who likes pain—but it is not one big undifferentiated blob of big dummy. These fans hold a diversity of strong opinions, on players that no healthy person should have to think about any longer than a commercial break. Heading into the new season, there is perhaps no topic that polarizes fan opinion like the past, present, and future of Frank...

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Tom Ley Tom Ley Oct 18, 2019. 14 comments

Zion Williamson's Knee Is All Jacked Up Now? What The Fuck!

Zion Williamson's Knee Is All Jacked Up Now? What The Fuck!

Here is some horseshit news, delivered by Adrian Wojnarowski wearing the Grim Reaper’s robes, to screw up your whole damn Friday:

The optimistic framing of that tweet is not really doing much for me. This sucks! Someone please remove some stem cells from my body and inject them into Zion’s knee.

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Oct 17, 2019. 9 comments

Jimmy Butler Compares Himself To A Work Of Art, Specifically A Banksy

Jimmy Butler Compares Himself To A Work Of Art, Specifically A Banksy

No forecast of Jimmy Butler’s surging cheese levels , no matter how thorough, could have anticipated the day he compared himself to a Banksy artwork. It’s too on the nose, but that’s exactly what the Heat forward told Haute Living in last week’s profile. (Also revealed: Butler has taken on a bit of a British accent. “The honeys love it!”)

Here’s the Banksy reference with full context, in all...

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Oct 17, 2019. 2 comments

The Siege And Fall Of A Hoops Haven That Made All The Wrong Enemies

The Siege And Fall Of A Hoops Haven That Made All The Wrong Enemies

In Philadelphia, a ghost was born.

In the late ‘90s, whispers of a new prep school hoops program began to circulate around the AAU scene, one that didn’t look much like the traditional powerhouses of New England or the rural south. Instead of landing 5-star recruits, this program was taking on Philadelphia Public League kids with a particular emphasis on those from disadvantaged...

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Oct 16, 2019. 20 comments

LeBron Made His Choice, And He Chose LeBron

LeBron Made His Choice, And He Chose LeBron

For whatever his faults may be (not being on your favorite team, hubris, brazenly studying the room without trying to hide it, etc.), LeBron James has consistently been a voice of progressive reason, but he has also been relentlessly acquisitive. Thus, no one ought to be nearly so surprised, shocked, or offended that he wanted to protect any personal financial impact from the NBA’s China...

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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Oct 16, 2019. 17 comments

Enes Kanter Appears To Take Shot At LeBron James's China Comments, Says "Freedom Is Not Free"

Enes Kanter Appears To Take Shot At LeBron James's China Comments, Says "Freedom Is Not Free"

On the most generous possible read, the NBA-China news cycle has revealed just how little players and coaches have ever considered the ethical stakes of doing business with an authoritarian state. The more cynical read is that they understand these stakes well enough but have decided there’s way too much money on the table to describe them out loud. (On Monday, LeBron James, with his oblique...

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