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32 minutes ago, BlueLyon said:

Haha I dont have a fav team in NBA, but bacl in the day I was cheering for SA when they had Duncan, Parker and Ginobili. Since then I just enjoy watching games, but the quality has gone down IMO. The defending has become a joke and now everyone wants to shoot 50points per game. 

We do have rising star Doncic in the NBA though, Ill be a fan of whoever he plays for :D

who will win Rookie of the year in your opinion? Luka Doncic or Trae Young?

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He's filling out one of these right now

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23 minutes ago, Johnnyeye said:

who will win Rookie of the year in your opinion? Luka Doncic or Trae Young?

IMO Luka. Trae had strong 2019, but Luka was strong all season minus that poor short run. I might be biased abit, but I think thats how it will actualy pan out. Nba loves Luka too, so there wont be any voting bias about Trae being american either.

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Drake is celebrating the Raptors’ win with two new tracks. 

https://www.highsnobiety.com/p/drake-omerta-money-grave-listen/

As promised, Drake released two new songs celebrating the Toronto Raptors’ win in the 2019 NBA Finals. The songs, collectively referred to as The Best in the World Pack, are called “Omertà” and “Money in the Grave.”

“Omertà” sends a message to the rapper’s haters with lines such as “That’s how we continue down the path of Jordan and Jackson / That’s some insight for y’all even if no one’s asking.”

“Money in the Grave,” featuring Rick Ross, speaks to how people try to cash in on their fame. Drake raps, “In the next life, I’m tryna stay paid / When I die, put my money in the grave.” Listen to both tracks below.

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2 hours ago, Johnnyeye said:

@Sideshow Luiz congrats for the NBA Championship mate :) i know you are a raptors fan. Cheers

Cheers, man.  It's been a great ride.  I lost my shit when that 4 bouncer went in agains the 6ers.  Had some doubts down 2 to Milwaukee.  The finals had shades of 2012, it just felt like the stars were aligning for us.

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Davis traded to Lakers for Ingram, Ball and Hart plus 3 first round picks. Pelicans win this trade, LA future looks murky. But it also makes sense for LA who has aging Lebron and they have to build a team quickly. Who will be next?

 

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53 minutes ago, BlueLyon said:

Davis traded to Lakers for Ingram, Ball and Hart plus 3 first round picks. Pelicans win this trade, LA future looks murky. But it also makes sense for LA who has aging Lebron and they have to build a team quickly. Who will be next?

 

Kemba walker. They are going all out for the ring. 

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10 hours ago, 1905didierblue said:

Kemba walker. They are going all out for the ring. 

with Klay and KD needing to recover from their long term injuries, its safe to say the Warriors won't be able to challenge next season, so maybe the Lakers will feel its their best chance to go all in for the ring in the short term, mainly because of Lebron.

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11 hours ago, BlueLyon said:

Davis traded to Lakers for Ingram, Ball and Hart plus 3 first round picks. Pelicans win this trade, LA future looks murky. But it also makes sense for LA who has aging Lebron and they have to build a team quickly. Who will be next?

 

The Pelicans win this trade hands down, they get 3 young and talented players with experience and they already have Zion, with three future 1st round picks, its clearly a bright future for the Pelicans. Lakers front office is clearly desperate to get a championship in the short term in detriment of developing a team for the future, because of Lebron's presence.

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19 hours ago, Johnnyeye said:

with Klay and KD needing to recover from their long term injuries, its safe to say the Warriors won't be able to challenge next season, so maybe the Lakers will feel its their best chance to go all in for the ring in the short term, mainly because of Lebron.

Gotta feel for gsw. Not just that they wont challenge next season, IF they actually keep both KD and Klay, with the wage cap eating them alive, I dont think they will get into play offs. 

Hard to see Rockets, Nuggets, OKC, PTB, Lakers, Clippers not make it into play offs with the quality and the depth that they will have in their rosters. Spurs and Jazz are almost always there. It would literally be down to curry and green to stay fit and win GSW around 50 games, then klay and kd can join in some time in the play off season and make a push. But man, I seriously feel they might not even get to play offs.

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2 hours ago, 1905didierblue said:

Gotta feel for gsw. Not just that they wont challenge next season, IF they actually keep both KD and Klay, with the wage cap eating them alive, I dont think they will get into play offs. 

Hard to see Rockets, Nuggets, OKC, PTB, Lakers, Clippers not make it into play offs with the quality and the depth that they will have in their rosters. Spurs and Jazz are almost always there. It would literally be down to curry and green to stay fit and win GSW around 50 games, then klay and kd can join in some time in the play off season and make a push. But man, I seriously feel they might not even get to play offs.

they were hit really hard with injuries this postseason, it just made it a lot easier for the Raptors to clinch it, very unlucky indeed for the Warriors, but 5 straight final appearences can take its toll on the players.

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8 hours ago, NikkiCFC said:

World Cup in basketball started yesterday. @Iggy Doonican must be thrilled :D

Anyway everyone is expecting us and USA in the final. They came without all the best players so I think we have some chance. 

I am mate :). I'm going to be wearing a big stetson, eating corn dogs and grits (whatever the fuck they are) and drinking poison or as it's better known as Dr Pepper. I must admit I didn't know Serbia played basketball.

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On 01/09/2019 at 6:35 PM, Iggy Doonican said:

I am mate :). I'm going to be wearing a big stetson, eating corn dogs and grits (whatever the fuck they are) and drinking poison or as it's better known as Dr Pepper. I must admit I didn't know Serbia played basketball.

lol @ corn dogs and grits

yeeee hawwwww

 

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8 Sneakers That Prove Scottie Pippen Has HOF-Level Footwear Game

https://www.highsnobiety.com/p/scottie-pippen-sneaker-roundup/

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Scottie Pippen was the unexpected star of the first two episodes of ESPN’s The Last Dance. The Michael Jordan documentary, featuring never-before-seen footage, chronicles the 1997/98 season of the Chicago Bulls and what ended up being MJ’s sixth and final NBA Championship.

Pippen was given some of the limelight when The Last Dance aired on April 19. The docu-series outlined his importance to the ’90s Chicago Bulls and their championship runs, and gave insight into his family and life off of the court. Among basketball fans, it’s generally accepted that Scottie Pippen was the Robin to Michael Jordan’s Batman, and that he played an enormously important role in helping MJ achieve GOAT status. In The Last Dance, Pippen is described as being “the best second star of all time.”

What many people forget, though, is that Pippen was a mega star in his own right and — just like MJ had his line of Air Jordans — Pippen wore an incredible rotation of some of Nike’s most popular basketball shoes of that era, some of which are still produced and sold today. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up the best sneakers Pippen wore on court.

8. Nike Air Flight ’89

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The Nike Air Flight ’89 had a design that was slightly based on the Air Jordan 4 and is one of Pippen’s sneakers that has endured the test of time, still available on occasion over 30 years later. Pippen was one of the faces of the model when it was first released in 1989.

Air Flight 89

7. Nike Air Pippen

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Pippen got his first signature sneaker in 1996 for the 96/97 season. The sneaker featured a full-length Air Max sole, though Pippen wore his with a modified Zoom Air sole, the cushioning system he preferred.

Air Pippen Black Varsity Red (2015)

6. Nike Air Max Uptempo

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The Nike Air Max Uptempo was the precursor to the Air More Uptempo and the first basketball sneaker to feature a full-length visible Air Max unit. Pippen wore the model during the 1996 NBA All-Star Game in San Antonio.

Air Max Uptempo 95

those are my favourite (the black swoosh colourway in the top pic)

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Emoni Bates is the face of a coming basketball revolution

https://theathletic.com/1747621/2020/04/14/emoni-bates-coming-basketball-revolution/

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Whatever you make of Emoni Bates, he is certifiably unprecedented.

He has been regarded as the best player in high school basketball since he was a freshman a year ago. He receives some heady comparisons, and some have called him a Kevin Durant clone. On Tuesday, Bates became the first sophomore ever to win the Gatorade National Player of the Year award.

“It feels good,” he told The Athletic. “Man, it feels good.”

There’s immense hype around him, and so far he has validated it. So what is waiting for him in the NBA and how can he reshape the way the game is played?

Bates is already 6-foot-9, having just turned 16 in February, and so much about his playstyle and on-court mannerisms already mirror Durant. The sophomore averaged 31.6 points, 9 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game for Lincoln High School in Ypsilanti, Mich. His team was the overwhelming favorite to repeat as state champions with Bates at the helm before the national shutdown. He plans to be the first high schooler to make the leap to the NBA in nearly two decades if the one-and-done rule is rescinded in time for the 2022 draft, as expected.

But he is insistent that he doesn’t want to fall into any one paradigm, whether it’s comparisons to Durant, Tracy McGrady or Penny Hardaway. He appears to be a blend of all three, which is going to be a problem for the NBA.

The past decade has seen the role of on-court choreographer diffused throughout the NBA offense. No longer does the point guard run every single action to set up everyone else. The Celtics’ Jayson Tatum, the 2016 winner of the National Player of the Year award — who called Bates Tuesday with the news he won — has seen his star rise this season as he’s transformed into a pick-and-roll playmaker.

Now, to be a star wing, you have to be able to run it throughout the game. To be a great point guard, you need to be able to pull up and shoot from anywhere. To be a center, you need to get out and defend on the perimeter as much as at the rim. Watching the way Bates embodies all these traits, he thinks he could become a point center of a sort the league has never quite seen before.

“Yeah, definitely,” he said. “Playing point guard is a title I feed off of.”

The idea of the point center is not completely new. For decades, the moniker was applied to players like the Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic, who could create for others as a center posting up and running pick-and-roll. But LeBron James ushered in a new generation of big wings who could run point on one end and take on big-man duties on defense. The Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo has brought a new variation, although he is limited as a perimeter scorer. The 76ers’ Ben Simmons is following in a similar vein, with an emphasis on limiting the perimeter scoring. The Pelicans’ Zion Williamson is looking to perfect what Antetokounmpo has started. Durant, now sitting out the year in Brooklyn due to an injury, gradually grew into that role during his Golden State tenure.

Bates could be the one to bind all those styles together.

He has a complete perimeter scoring game, is building up his midrange arsenal and is a force getting into the paint. This past season showed that he has begun to make passing reads at a higher level and has the mindset to become a drive-and-kick force down the road in the vein of those aforementioned stars.

“My mentality is really good, especially at my age,” Bates said. “I think it’s going to just keep growing with me being who I am. I’m my own worst critic basically, I always criticize my own game. Just having that mindset and just being able to critique my own game, myself, is something that is going to be good for me in the long run.”

What sets him apart from similar recent prospects is his fluidity in attacking and his affinity for drawing contact. For most perimeter scorers entering the NBA, the biggest adjustment is in learning how to get comfortable with the physicality they experience both at the point of attack and when they try to launch themselves to the rim. But with Bates now, it’s the strong point of his game at a time where most players are still learning how to slip by or shoot over defenders.

“I’m not going to get frustrated about it,” Bates said. “I’ll be used to it by the time I get to the pros. It should be easy for me.”

Lately, he has been studying the Grizzlies’ Ja Morant, who emerged seemingly from nowhere to become the second pick in the draft last year, and then the leading candidate for Rookie of the Year. Morant shocked the league with his incredible aggressiveness and explosiveness and has shown Bates a template for how he wants to conduct himself on the floor. Bates said he wants to learn from Morant’s leadership, how he gets people involved and fears nobody.

“It’s going to help me a lot because I like contact,” Bates said. “I like fouls and stuff like that. Getting to the basket and getting free throws, I like contact and I feel like going along my career, getting contact is something that is going to be easy for me.”

What makes scouts excited for his growth trajectory is that he is not satisfied with leaning on his height advantage to be a dominant scorer. He is continuing to diversify his skill set so he can be a more complete scorer when he gets to the NBA. Right now, Bates’ pull-up game from beyond the arc is well-rounded, with a variety of dribble moves and good footwork that allow him to shoot comfortably from 3 in almost any situation.

He has been working to perfect the behind-the-back dribble to create space. “I can capitalize on it so much, it’s just my go-to move,” Bates said. It’s made him even harder to contain, as defenders often have to load onto his shooting hand to have a prayer of stopping him. This has opened up his dribble-drive game, where he is showing he can shoot from floater range and get to the rim at will. But he’s not stopping there, as his next goal is to build up his post game.

“The post-up, I got it, I just don’t use it,” he said. “I gotta start using it, though. It’ll make the game a lot easier.”

He said he has been working to bring back the skyhook, a shot that has gone mostly extinct from the game as the post-up has transitioned from bigs to wings. Ever since the shutdown, Bates has been working out in the backyard practicing these moves, hoping to bring an even more diversified game when play eventually resumes.

It’s this mindset that has everyone from scouts to draft analysts to fans hyping Bates as a generational talent. He was gifted with enough physical tools to be a top prospect, but he is making a concerted effort to be the best player in every facet of the game.

While there are likely several revolutions ahead in his career, he is already in the midst of the first great epoch. He’d likely be a top pick even if he entered the draft today, but he still has two more years of high school before he can make the leap.

So the question is, now that he is the youngest National Player of the Year, what is the next goal for him? Bates doesn’t hesitate.

“Win another one.”

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