Maybe this is better written as what the heck is Lavar Ball saying? Recently, he's been quoted as saying 2 things:
1. His eldest son, Lonzo, is better than the current Steph Curry. With Curry's recent slump, he could make a case but it will be very difficult for him to prove.
2. He could have beaten Michael Jordan.
Now, some may say he's delusional, insane or just plainly smart. When he talks about raising his kids and his love for them, that's when it gets real.
However, when Markelle Fultz is now being projected as #1 pick this June and other guys in the mix are Josh Jackson, D'Aaron Fox, Tj Leaf, Dennis Smith Jr., Lonzo Balls chances seem to slim down. There's a good chance that Lonzo will go to #2. Then there's also the play of Gelo Ball. His poor play and shooting has been blamed for the losses of Chino Hills. Many would agree that much of his offense was due to the high IQ, defense and athleticism of Lonzo and his game did not evolve to fill up the gap his brother has left.
Yes, he may have scored 29 points against Mater Dei but it didnt seem like a dominant performance and perhaps mostly invisible during the game. He did improve in their loss to Bishop Montgomery but in a rematch of last year's regionals, more is expected from him if he looks to be one and done in UCLA. With his play, no one sees him doing well in college, let alone, starting for the Bruins.
Either way, with all the limelight Lavar Ball is getting, maybe it's also helping his kids push their games as more people target them or maybe he's just reminding coaches how good the Ball brothers are so their standings get up a bit more.
We surely hope he's just helping his kids and his statements are just for a push.
Maybe this is better written as what the heck is Lavar Ball saying? Recently, he's been quoted as saying 2 things:
Back then, rivals will be rivals and you will not hear much from teams speaking about players on other teams. In this social media age and culture, players like Lebron do take the time to congratulate his fellow NBA player for reaching such a milestone.
Tis' the season of giving but the slots are limited and Shaq does not deserve one in the Miami Heat rafters. Let's be real. Most of the damage Shaq has done was when he was with the LA Lakers. There are other bigger contributors than him such as Udonis Haslem or Dan Majerle. Yes, the Heat won a championship with him and I cannot say they would have done so without his presence in the middle. However, the only jerseys up there are Tim Hardaway's and Alonzo Mourning's. Is Shaq's career as illustrious as their's while in a Heat jersey? Dwayne Wade's #3 will surely be retired and if he wins another championship with Chicago(though unlikely), should they retire his number there too?
The Orlando Magic deserve to retire his number more than the Heat does though there's probably more bad blood between the two because of the manner he left the organization. Either way, this was not a good Heat decision. If this is something they did, then they should also consider Jason Williams, Udonis Haslem, Mike Miller, Ray Allen, Chris Bosh, Bird Man and maybe Hasaan Whiteside.
Ofcourse, this is not true but it might as well be. It's like taking a personality test and what you're writing is who you want to be rather than who you are in the describe yourself section. At least do not validate these traveling calls by including some of them in the daily or weekly top 10.
Basketball is a contact sport. Fouls have their limits so that players are protected and players play the right way. Through the years, the NBA has been cleaning up its games to make it as "Family Friendly" as possible. However, at times, it has come to a point when the penalty or ejection is an overkill of the game.
Let's admit it. Fans want a little animosity in some games. It brings edge in players and infuses fire. Toughness gets put to the test and it becomes the survival of the fittest. Michael Jordan thrived in the environment, which is why he is still deemed as the best ever to play. Some might say that today's tough players might not last in an 80s game. We'll never know but at least in this game, an ejection was too much for a pushing match.
There were no punches thrown or anything that warranted an ejection. Maybe the NBA needs to create more tiers in their fines. For example, if a pushing match escalates, you are only allowed to touch a teammate. If you try to hold back a player from another team, then it's an automatic $10,000 for every player you make contact with and excludes that fine if it becomes a boxing or wrestling match.
We definitely would have wanted Beasley go out there against Davis Bertans. Maybe the beast will come out and show us why he's a #2 pick. We'll never know. We're left to watch guys who play with cooler heads.
It should have been just a tech 1 anyway.
Last July 2016, Mike Conley and the Memphis Grizzlies agreed to the max contract of $153 million for 5 years. Besides the point that we'd like to give an award to his agent, we do not mean to pick on him while he's down. He's in the NBA. The best league in the planet with the highest salary.
It still baffles us as he's not in the top 3 or 5 best players in the world. When the season started, he's not even in the top 5 in his position in the western conference! Who knows if he'll even make it in the east. Given those facts, it is safe to assume that he will not be an All Star this year, nor has he ever been.
Looks like Andrew Harrison will see more time or Grizzlies might try Vince at the point small forward if they want to keep things slower. No matter how you spin it, Memphis is on the losing end here. They have an almost unknown point guard whom they cannot trade until his 4th year where his contract can be used to shed salary cap.
With this injury and his contract, there will be less players they can resign or attract free agents. Why bother playing with a point guard who cant even crack the All Star team while he gets paid more than everyone else?
Does not make sense. Memphis lose unless the new CBA would allow them to amnesty Conley which would still require them to pay his full contract.
The 1992 Dream Team will always be the standard in team sports or at least in basketball. 11 of the 12 players are in the Greatest 50 and enshrined in the Hall of Fame. However, one of the best point guards of all time has been excluded. The supposed, "Freeze Out," of Michael Jordan as a rookie in the all star game was orchestrated by Isaiah Thomas could be a possible reason. Thomas also was the leader of the Detroit Pistons bad boys. Scottie Pippen once said that he did not want to play with Isaiah and despised the way he played. Other players described him as instructing teammates to "take out" certain players.
Here in Splash Tape, we believe in the purity of the game. If Isaiah did look into getting players hurt, the NBA should have been stricter with their rules back the 80s. Technicals should have been imposed more often and fines high enough to prevent such incidents. Also, players normally do not get to play with the players they want to play with.
This team could have been the very best with the inclusion of Isaiah Thomas. It was already marred with the choice of college player of the year, Christian Laettner over #1 pick, Shaquille O'Neal. Instead, Jordan gave an ultimatum to management that he would not play if Isaiah was in the team. This was not a basketball choice but a personal grudge. He had the right to say it but in no way to decide for the team. If every player did that, then maybe more would have been left off.
In this case, Michael Jordan was the Prima Dona of the 1992 Olympic Dream Team
Here are the outstanding issues of the game:
1. The Raptors should have had more than 2.4 seconds.
27.2 - 24 = WHAT? #shotclock— Patrick Patterson (@pdpatt) November 21, 2016
2. If Terrence Ross looked at the clock and it showed less than 2.4 seconds, he could have not taken 2 dribbles.
3. It was the Sacramento crew that made a mistake.
Here in Splashtape, we always feel that the game will be unfair from a certain standpoint. However, Ross had 2.4 seconds. He played within the bounds given to him and he made the shot. We do not believe that there should be an overtime or a repeat of the 2.4 seconds. This is a clear Raptors win.
In July 2016, Dwayne Wade decided to leave "Wade County" to play for his home town the Chicago Bulls. During his prime in 2010, he opted not to take the max contract so the team can take in Lebron James and Chris Bosh, who were paid more than him. In the summer of 2014, Dwayne left $30million on the table so the Heat can convince Lebron James to stay. We all know how that went.
Plan B was executed and Chris Bosh was given a $100million contract while Wade was given a 1 year $20million contract, which he has never had. He wanted more years as a reward for what he sacrificed to be a champion.
The Heat learned much from the Kobe Bryant saga, who took much space from the salary cap and other stars did not want to sign and play with an aging star that's past his prime and has had multiple. At this point in Wade's career, he could be a good 6th man or someone who could take the crucial shots. Maybe he has more gas left than we think but that's harder to imagine for multiple years.
The Heat is not a championship contender. Their best move is to allow their youth to grow and other budding stars. Goran Dragic might be on the trading block when they decide to give let Tyler Johnson lead the show. If anyone like Whiteside, Winslow or Johnson come up to be an All-Star within the next 2 years, the Heat will have the money to attract free agents to play with them.
If Dwayne Wade's "Honorary Contract" will take much space in it, then they will be at a stand still. Just ask D'angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson or maybe even Larry Nance. If the Heat ever amount to being a championship contender within the next year or two, maybe Wade can consider being the Ray Allen to their team --- a fourth option.
Besides, his stats against his former team sounds a bit like 13 pts in 32 minutes. Does not sound like a $20million type of player anymore.
Otherwise, if he wanted more money, he was better off elsewhere.
Ranks 6th on Offense
Ranks 19th on Defense
15th in Rebounds Per Game
24th in Assists Per Game
8th in Steals Per Game
6th in FG%
3rd in FT%
22nd in 3pt FG%
25th in Blocks Per Game
Now, these are much better stats considering Kobe shot a dismal 35.8% last season and everyone conceded that the ball will go through him, which included the coaching career of Byron Scott. We first thought that this is a much better improvement added to the fact that their new coach is using a hybrid Warriors offense that may somewhat resemble a triangle at times until we saw the standings:
8. Trail Blazers
Now, the top 5 teams in the west may re-shuffle but the names should stay the same. The Jazz looks like they're having a fantastic start but consistency and health has been their problem through out the year. It looks like CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard has this team on their back but for how long? The Grizzlies is starting to look like a team that's been grinding but at a much faster rate compared to the slow paced offense they use to run with Randolph and Gasol together. The experiment still looks like it needs more work but it's getting there.
As for everyone else:
Cousins definitely needs help and it looks like his teammates have peaked.
Kenneth Faried is no longer an All Star and we've yet to find out what Mudiay is made of.
Booker needs another year or two and needs to stop learning defense from James Harden.
Something's wrong with their offense/defense and maybe it's just not a good fit for the Thibs.
D-Will is past his prime. This year could be a Dirk Nowitzki parade
Anthony Davis might need to pull a Lebron James or recently known as a Kevin Durant soon.