Bingo. Even iguodala who excelled as a sixth man has said this. As a kid starters vs bench is seen as starters vs scrubs and many players still see it this way.
Buddy Hield is a good example that it doesn't matter who starts (and why we shouldn't overanalyze or create a mini-controversy) but who finishes the game on the court. 4th Q last night: 10 minutes, 6/6 from the field (5/5 from 3)= 20 points
Fantastic video. Nice job Darren.
Family was everything to Kobe. His family and YOUR family. First question every time I saw him since I had kids. How are the kids? What are they doing? Are they here? It stood out to me going though everything. Also makes the tragedy even more unfathomable. https://t.co/x1IbPlfV1g
see what happens but to date, NBA only canceling LAL game for Kobe relationships shows astonishing lack of understanding of how NBA relationships are built. Guys are close to Kobe b/c players = brotherhood, not b/c they play for Kobe's former team. Only canceling LA game is bad
Even if #Nets let EVERY FA walk, + dump their first, they'd be about $18M over cap next yr. There's no way to get under. Thus, they'll operate as over the cap team. That's why they can't let guys walk if better than min salary - min sal slot is all they get if a guy walks
This was therapeutic for me. Thanks to @ryenarussillo for reaching out.
a reminder that the game is never over until 0:00 on the clock.
The Kings trailed the Timberwolves by 17 points with 2:49 left in the 4th quarter. Since 1996-97, the first year of play-by-play data, NBA teams entered the day 0-8,378 when trailing by 17 or more in the final 3 minutes of the 4th quarter or overtime. The Kings won, 133-129. https://t.co/w1ma1HD7cC
As to Joe Harris, #Nets trading him for asset/lesser piece to avoid paying him would be reprehensible. By all accounts, Nets do not plan to do this, either. Anyone thinking they will or should, is wise to let go of that take. You either package him for better guy, or keep him.
For #Nets, most likely outcome is do nothing or little. They don't have full cavalry of assets until Caris, Taurean extensions kick in. And the last thing you want to do is cash guys in now, before the summer when trades are often larger. Marks not that type of GM either.
with 510 players, and maybe 15 ish untouchables in NBA, a few trade restrictions, that's like 480 guys teams can trade. #Nets and others are readying their boards this week to prep for next week. Hundreds, thousands, of options. No stone unturned.
As deadline season approaches, #Nets and other smart teams will say they love all their guys. You always put the front on that you want to move forward with who you have. Helps max offers. If you make deal, not hard to explain: "we just couldn't pass up this opp that fell to us"
one thing I never buy is when a team, as to trading a player, says or leaks "we're not shopping him, we're just listening." A distinction without difference. If you'd talk trade, you'd deal him. If you deal him, it doesn't matter that you listened, didn't shop.
I promote my podcasts all the time. John has been on Sports with Friends... This podcast he did with Shaq, is must listen. It's heart-wrenching but honest and raw. And the timing... my goodness... This is a must-listen today.
another thing on fantastic Duncan Leroux Pelton Feldman pod (4 luminaries of NBA reporting): Fertitta has clearly become a punchline with how he skirts the tax. How it should be. Any move that hurts short or long term, even slightly, but is made to avoid tax, is reprehensible
48M mark on - love Nate making fun of the poor rationale we hear on trades sometimes: "you can't trade within your division." It's such a dumb theory. You need to get the best return, whether the team next door or the team in the other conference.
Since the news, it's felt like one long day that hasn't ended. My colleagues -- as well as many across the NBA -- have done a tremendous job with their stories and reflections given Kobe's complicated legacy. Another terrific, emotional story here: