The NBA season is now in full swing, with teams across the NBA quickly rocketing up the standings, or heading straight into tank-a-polooza!
Each week, I’ll be taking a look around the NBA and look at some things I like (Ball Don’t Lie), some things I don’t (Ball Lies), and some highlights, lowlights, and upcoming matchups. It’ll be a small spreadsheet for everything you may have missed in the NBA. Without further adieu, let’s get things going.
BALL DON’T LIE
Pierce and Draymond Go At It
It gets some bad press, but fights in the NBA are the best in sports. Trash talk makes the league so much more fun, and rivalries make us want to watch. And the Clippers and Warriors just flat out hate each other. That’s what makes Draymond Green so much fun: he just instigates everything. And those lines about Paul Pierce are everything right with rivalries in the NBA.
Draymond just straight-up trashed Paul Pierce. “You can’t get no farewell tour, they don’t love you like that…You thought you was Kobe?” pic.twitter.com/SC0A0vxLTo
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 24, 2017
Chris Bosh Gets Back on TV
Chris Bosh has been sorely missed in the NBA since his blood clot problems forced him off the court. And with the unwillingness of the Heat to let him back on it despite protests, it’s been a long time since we’ve seen him. But we’ll get Bosh back for at least this season in the booth for TNT. He’s one of the best personalities in the NBA, and getting him in front of a camera is a great thing.
Nets Get Picks
The Brooklyn Nets have been a laughing stock and running joke for a while now, particularly for not having control of any picks despite being the worst team in the NBA. But the trade deadline saw the Nets nab TWO first rounders, albeit in the later part of the draft. The rebuild is slow, but kudos to the Nets for getting something out of the draft.
Mavs Get the Next Chandler
The Mavericks haven’t been really good in a while, but they turned heads at the trade deadline by adding someone who no doubt will be a part of their future in Sixers center Nerlens Noel. Noel came with a cheap price tag, and they’ve got the next Tyson Chandler. Noel is a great pair for Dirk, and he can help fix his offensive game.
We’ve given a lot of talk to how bad that Kings trade was. But we really need to talk about the real loser of this trade: Buddy Hield. Kings owner Vivek is stupid high on Hield, and has said he thinks that he’s the next Steph Curry. That can surely only backfire on Hield, as he’s definitely not going to live up to that hype, even though he’s going to be good. Poor guy is set up to fail.
Ayyy, Buddy Hield putting on a show in his Kings debut. pic.twitter.com/LtWg8TKfhF
— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) February 24, 2017
Lakers Clean House
The Lakers have been bad for a while, and I’m sure that heads were bound to roll. But to think that firing your entire front office at the trade deadline, replacing them with the inexperienced Magic Johnson, and having your owner fire her own brother is a good look for your team, yeesh.
— Devon Lloyd (@DLloydNBA) February 21, 2017
Chicago Keeps On Keeping On
So to recap the week for Chicago: they lose four in a row, trade away their help for Jimmy Butler, somehow add even less shooting, dangle Jimmy Butler in trade rumors again, alienate their head coach, and didn’t add anything good at the deadline. We say this a lot around here, but what are the Bulls doing at all?
Paul George is Gone, Isn’t He?
So, the random rumor that got more steam as the trade deadline came and went was the seeming determined Paul George mindset that he’s bound for LA. Almost everyone has confirmed that George is going to the Lakers next year, and that may have scared the Celtics away. Either way, the slim chance the Pacers had of retaining him is probably gone after the way they publicly tried to move him.
Shaq Acts a Fool
Shaq is pretty petty about a lot of things, and his Shaqtin’ a Fool segment is nothing but hate. But it’s all good, except this week. JaVale McGee, a frequent recipient of Shaq’s criticism, finally chirped back. Shaq took it way too far, and his mom had to get him to stop. Trash talk is great, but the old timers should really stay out of this stuff.
— For The Win (@ForTheWin) February 28, 2017
Nate’s Still Got It
Check out this guy!
Nate Robinson literally went between his legs 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/0txJ1JR3Zj
— NBA RETWEET (@RTNBA) February 26, 2017
NBA Player Emojis
The story of the trade deadline was all of these emojis.
Not saying it means anything, but…
Another time Isaiah Thomas tweeted the eyes emoji: right before the Al Horford signing. pic.twitter.com/MNmZ2qFRbR
— Jay King (@ByJayKing) February 21, 2017
Hayward Throws it Down
What’s gotten in to White Jesus?!
This is not a typo: Gordon Hayward dunks on The Greek Freak and a stare down pic.twitter.com/Az3lhpp5JR
— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) February 25, 2017
LEBRON JAMES WITH THE UNREAL CHASEDOWN BLOCK!pic.twitter.com/kUjUNn1RjY
— Cavs Sports Talk (@CavsSportsTalk) February 24, 2017