Watch Ball in the Family Season 1 Episode 4
Watch Ball in the Family Season 1 Episode 4
Last week, Kyrie Irving demanded a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Reports came out that he wanted to be the man. He wanted to be a franchise cornerstone and gave management a list of teams he would like to get traded to. However, since he does not have a no-trade clause on his contract, he does not hold the marbles on this thing.
If reports are true and he simply doesnt want to play with Lebron James, cant the Cavaliers can just ask for Lebron to get traded instead? The Boston Celtics are already willing to part with their Brooklyn pick. With Horford starting at 5, Lebron at 4 and Hayward at 3, this could work!
They would be a running team with young guns Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum sharing the 2 guard spot while Marcus Smart runs the point. There might be other pieces involved such as absorbing it might spell rebuild for the Cavaliers.
Last week, it has been reported that the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics have pulled a blockbuster trade that involved disgruntled point guard Kyrie Irving and All NBA 2nd Team, Isaiah Thomas. Both teams have their own concerns for Isaiah Thomas which is why Boston is trading him and the Cavs feel he's not enough:
Last offseason, they signed to a max deal after turning 30. No one really does that anymore unless the player you're signing is a cornerstone and is a generational player. Horford is a stretch 5 and plays well with others. However, if he was to be part of a big three, it would have been better to have signed him 5 years ago. This offseason, they signed All-star Gordon Hayward. He is a very good player. However, he's no Paul George and definitely not Lebron James or Gordon Hayward. With these two max players, adding an undersized Isaiah Thomas as a 3rd max contract does not really spell out championship now or in the near future especially when he hits 30 in 2 years.
The more pressing concern for Boston is that he will not be a contributor this year due to his injury. It might bring his value down but the pressure on management will still be there to reward the little guy for his past efforts.
Cleveland needs to show Lebron James that it is worth staying. He went back to Cleveland because Wade was aging and injury prone while Kyrie was only entering his prime. If Isaiah Thomas proves to be an amazing running mate, it could spell out a challenge against GSW. However, if they do not receive a healthy Thomas, it could just a routine year for the Cavaliers to say their goodbye to their golden boy while still having a bright future with the future pick. Since Thomas will not be a running until who knows when, it only makes sense for Cleveland to ask for Brown or Tatum.
If you're LBJ, would you still stay or go to the Lakeshow and rub shoulders with Lavar Ball?
Seems like every team Chris Paul joins goes for sale. In his professional career, he has only been with three teams with two of them changing ownerships while he was there and the 3rd one announcing its sale after his trade to them. It's pure coincidence but definitely interesting:
1. New Orleans Hornets - $338 million
Chris Paul was drafted by the New Orlean Hornets in 2005. Then owner, George Shinn, went through a life changing surgery and decided that it was no long his best interest. That's one side of the story. The other side was that in 2010, the team was about to default to due losses amounting to $83 million. The NBA bought the team and sold the team to Saints owner Tom Benson in 2012.
2. Los Angeles Clippers - $2 billion
Short story: Donald Sterling told his ex-girlfriend not to bring colored friends to the games over the phone. That conversation was leaked to social media. He was banned from games and was forced to sell the team. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer won the bid.
3. Houston Rockets - TBD
The Los Angeles Clippers signed and traded him to the Houston Rockets. Days later, new of the sale came out.
Would you think owners are not excited to have Chris Paul on their team and are willing to sell or is it just pure coincidence?
April 30, 2017 - Game 1: Markieff Morris falls on Al Horford's foot and is carried out of the court after being in so much pain
May 2 , 2017 - Game 2: He starts and gathers 16 points 6 rebounds 3 assists 2 steals and 1 block in 26 minutes
Now, can someone heal that well that quickly or was he not in so much pain in game 1? Who knows. However, another theory has been going around: His twin brother, Marcus Morris, has been playing in his place.
We can prove anything unless someone takes time to watch the difference in their game(which might not be much) but it would definitely be an embarrassment for the league and the Washington Wizards if it was proven. Either way, it's still interesting
Didn't realize they had the same damn tats it really could be Marcus playing pic.twitter.com/bGUjH8L6h2— @boneystarks (@BoneyStarks) May 3, 2017
we really don't talk enough about how Marcus and Markieff Morris have 100% identical tattoos pic.twitter.com/djm48PGkJJ— Rodger Sherman (@rodger_sherman) May 3, 2017
Not saying, just saying ... the Morris twins have similar/possibly identical tattoos. pic.twitter.com/V3j9763HO4— Adi Joseph (@AdiJoseph) May 2, 2017
Man, Markieff's ankle sure healed quick -- didn't it?— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) May 3, 2017
My favorite NBA conspiracy is finally relevant— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) May 3, 2017
Markieff Morris badly rolls ankle 2 days ago
All of a sudden he's fine & ballin
ITS MARCUS!! https://t.co/x80UT13SyY
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.
There has been a lot of chatter about whether or not Sol Mercado travelled in their last minute between the Ginebra Gin Kings vs the Meralco Bolts Finals Game 5.
On the Brgy Ginebra San Miguel Facebook Page, they have correctly cited a rule on their video.
It states on the video, under FIBA Rules(Art 24.1.2)
“There is no limit to the number of steps a player may take when the ball is not in contact with his hand”
However, we did some digging of our own on the FIBA website and found this:
“Before passing or shooting the ball, a player may take two steps (without dribbling).”
Therefore, we believe that Mercado should have gone up for the shot or passed the ball after taking his 2 steps. However, he took a couple of pivots with his right foot and therefore violating the two-steps before passing or shooting the ball.
Steve Kerr once said that players from both sides will always feel that they’re on the short end if they focus on the calls of the referee. Referees miss calls every time and if one call is scrutinized, then all calls should be the same. Sol Mercado's travel did not win them the game and did not guarantee a Meralco Bolts bucket, let alone a win. Ginebra did play better in this game and Meralco is more than able to take control of the series again.
The recently concluded Rio Olympics was nothing but a success. At times, there was a glimpse of how vulnerable the USA Men's team was by only being up by 3 points against Serbia and Australia during the preliminary rounds but somehow showed their might in the in their last 3 games while their women's counterpart barely had any trouble getting the gold.
In these games, the biggest fans come out to fully support the players and their countries. Here's a gallery from the the FIBA website
The Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender Community also known as "LGBT," has been on the rise and more vocal about their rights as human beings and to be treated fairly just like anyone else looking for a job, hang-out, file a law-suit or play sports. However, we feel that they have started taking things a bit further than it should be. Filipino Boxer once said that in his biblical belief, gay marriage is worse than a dog/animal.
The LGBT outrage went viral across the globe. Not only did they condemn the boxer, they even demanded his sponsors to pull out their deals with him. Instead of simply condemning him, there were calls for his sponsors to drop him as their endorser no matter how generally, he is a very nice guy. The community wanted him to lose his livelihood and source of income that he uses to not only reward his family and relatives but help many poor filipinos.
Here in Splash Tape, we do not agree with any comments that degrades anyone. However, we respect the the opinion of others. And if anyone says something negative about you, take it just like anyone else does. Ignore, walk away, rebuke but there is no need to bring anyone to the ground.
As for Charlotte, the HB2 law simply states that the restroom user must use the restroom according to the gender on their birth certificate. We entitled this as non-pro instead of anti because we feel it is not a put down on the LGBT community but rather creating order as legislation sees fit.
Pat McCrory, North Carolina Governor said that "in any decision I make, I pick commonsense values to protect our children in our schools over money." The law does not discriminate up to the point that we're back to the 60s where a certain group has to sit at the back of the bus.
The NBA, clearly, does not discriminate. Jason Collins happily played as the first gay man to play in the Brooklyn Nets. Good for him. Should they let him use the female restroom since he identifies himself more with the gender? Maybe-Maybe not. The NBA should be about basketball non-discriminative basketball which means that they should allow any gender to play, officiate, coach, manage or own a team.
If the NBA is about rights, then they should stop games in China because of multiple human rights violation. And with their current stance, all games in France will be completely stopped because of the Burkini Law. If Donald Trump becomes president, then the NBA will no longer will be held in the United States.
There is a line where we can protect the rights of our brothers and sisters around the globe. However, by the end of the day, let the All Star Game be about basketball. Help promote the rights of the LGBT by being in the city, not by withdrawing from it. Help educate others on how this can all work out. By withdrawing, the biggest losers are the businesses and people of Charlotte, not the people who passed the law.