Monday 19 March 2018 / 04:14 AM

All You Need To Know From The Last Week

A surprise NBA team is named No. 1 sports franchise, a former NBA star may play one year in China and JaVale McGee continues to make us laugh in this week’s NBA recap.

  • Celtics’ Kris Humphries doesn’t want ‘tanking situation’. He, of course, is referring to his Celtics losing on purpose to receive the top pick in the NBA Draft
  • JaVale McGee: NBA people ‘think that I’m dumb or stupid’. Well, I wouldn’t say you’re dumb, but I would say you don’t have the highest basketball IQ. You can’t watch this video without laughing


  • Wolves Owner: Coach Rick Adelman returning. Adelman has been a coach in the NBA since 1983 when he was with the Portland Trail Blazers. With a young Minnesota team, Adelman’s experience will be highly beneficial to their development
  • LeBron James marries high school sweetheart Savannah Brinson. Good for him. As a man who married his high school sweetheart, I can understand just how he feels. Not many can do what James did, but considering he’s an all-world athlete, it’s even more impressive
  • Rajon Rondo set to leave Nike for Chinese company Anta, according to reports
  • Magic’s Victor Oladipo will play point guard in 2013-14, Orlando confirms
  • Raptors invite Angolan star Masai Ujiri to camp. Some might say that this just proves where the Toronto Raptors are from a personnel perspective. I see it slightly differently. This is a no-risk situation because it doesn’t matter if Ujiri fails. This invitation is simply a let’s see what you have to offer tryout. Nothing more, nothing less
  • Lakers sign Marcus Landry
  • Jared Sullinger seeing counselor after domestic charge
  • Jared Jeffries accepts front-office job with Nuggets
  • Kobe Bryant ‘progressing well’ but likely will miss exhibition games. Missing exhibition games might be the best thing that happens to Kobe this year. He doesn’t need to rush his injury, and he surely could use any type of rest before the treacherous 82-game season
  • Sean Marks to join Spurs’ coaching staff
  • Wizards’ Chris Singleton to have surgery to repair Jones Fracture
  • Cavaliers’ Andrew Bynum still not quite ready for game action. Bynum never played last season in Philadelphia and who knows when he’ll play for the Cavaliers
  • Grizzlies ranked No. 1 sports franchise by ESPN The Magazine. This is beyond surprising. What about the Lakers? Knicks? Cowboys? Patriots? Red Wings? In case you’re wondering, here is the criteria to top the list
  • Pelicans’ Jason Smith expects to be cleared for contact before camp
  • Cavaliers’ Anthony Bennett resumes playing after surgery
  • Derrick Rose: ‘I Gained 10 Pounds of Muscle’. I am almost to the point of not wanting to hear anything Derrick Rose has to say until he plays in a game. It’s been too long
  • Pacers’ Paul George says he will sign a long-term deal before the season
  • Deron Williams expects quick recovery from sprained ankle
  • Tracy McGrady may play one season in China. When you are a future NBA Hall of Famer, it’s difficult to go out like McGrady did. He joined the San Antonio Spurs in hopes of winning a ring, but he rarely touched the court. He wants to play solid minutes at a professional level, and he doesn’t care where


Biggest News of the Week


1. Tanking from a players perspective.

Why would any player want to tank? Tanking or losing games on purpose doesn’t make sense from a player’s perspective. And if it does, I would suggest that player leaving the game for good because you obviously don’t care. Tanking games is something organizations think of yet rarely do. With the NBA having a lottery-style draft selection, it makes little sense to tank even from an organization standpoint. This isn’t a video game – you would like to believe that players have some sense of respect for the game. I would be shocked if any player in the NBA would tank this year or any year after.

2. Victor Oladipo will play point guard in 2013-14.

The former Indiana Hoosier guard has a lot to learn about the position. He’s not a true point guard, but he does have one certain asset that may make him excel at the position. His ability to penetrate the lane is one of the best coming into the NBA, and that is a major part of his game that translates well at the next level. As long as he can get to the rim, good things will happen.

3. Deron Williams’ health this season.

Brooklyn is in a great position to not only win the Eastern Conference but win the NBA championship. They have pieced together a formidable team to go head to head with the likes of Miami and Indiana in the East and San Antonio, Oklahoma City and Houston in the West.

Two future hall of famers, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett have come over from Boston. Ultimate role player and former NBA champion Jason Terry also joined the team from Boston.

Former NBA All-Stars Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez have provided proven track records of their success. Role players Andrei Kirilenko, Andray Blatche and Jerry Stackhouse each provide quality production in their own separate ways.

Kirilenko can do it all on the floor – rebound, score, pass, block shots, steals, etc. In his career, he has averaged 12 points, six rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal per game. He has played 11 NBA seasons.

Blatche brings unusual athleticism from the center position.

Stackhouse brings 18 years of NBA experience.

But you can forget about everything else if Williams isn’t healthy. He’s a top three point guard and a top 10 player in the NBA right now. As the point guard, everything will flow through him. As he goes, Brooklyn will go.

And that’s why there is no sense in rushing a sprained ankle or any other minute injury. Brooklyn is a title contender with Williams in the lineup. Without him, despite their talent, they are just another average team in the East.

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