June 24, 2019 BIG3 Recap

Sunday’s BIG3 action featured three games. Triplets 50, Aliens 40 The opening contest saw the debut of 7-time NBA All-Star Joe Johnson as captain of the of the Triplets and what a debut he had, scoring 27 points and pulling in 16 rebounds in leading them to a 50-40 victory over Aliens. Killer 3’s 54, Tri State 52 OT Donte Green’s late bucket lifted the Killer 3’s over Tri State in overtime. Tri State, despite having a lead late in regulation, could not put the game away and left the…

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BIG 3 June 22, 2019 Recap

Yesterday the BIG3 tipped off their third season. The first game of Saturday’s action saw 3 Headed Monsters defeat Trilogy, 51-46, behind Reggie Evans’ 22 points and 23 rebounds. The next game between Power and 3’s company was a rematch of last year’s title game. Even without team captain Corey Maggette, Power easily took down 3’s company 50-38, led by 28 point from Cuttino Mobley. The last game on Saturday between Enemies and Bivouac ended early for a player for each time. Bivouac captain Josh Smith and Enemies’ Royce White…

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Victor Oladipo expected to be out until at least December

Indiana Pacers star guard Victor Oladipo is expected to be out at least December, according to what Pacers President Kevin Pritchard had to say to reporters on Friday. He might be out a little bit. I’m hopeful he’ll be back December or January. Oladipo suffered a season-ending torn quadriceps tendon in a January 23 loss against the Toronto Raptors. In his absence, the team and head coach Nate McMillan did a remarkable job, as the team ended with a 48-34 record before getting swept in the first round of the…

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San Antonio Spurs release their summer league schedule

The San Antonio Spurs recently announced their summer league schedule. It will be fans’ first chance to see draftees Luka Samanic, Keldon Johnson, and Quinndary Weatherspoon on an NBA court. Amongst the team will also be Kenny Williams, who was undrafted out of North Carolina. The Spurs will also take on the Cleveland Cavaliers, Memphis Grizzlies and Utah Jazz in the Utah Summer League from July 1-3. When the Spurs head to Vegas, they will tip-off on July 5 against the Orlando Magic. Las Vegas Summer League Schedule (all times…

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Rockets are the new face of NBA disfunction

Move over Los Angeles Lakers, there is a new sheriff of disfunctionality in town. I submit to you the present-day Houston Rockets. After a successful 2017-18 that saw them come within one game of a trip to the NBA Finals, expectations were so high heading into this season, as the thought around the team was that they could be the team to dethrone the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors.  It was thought their defense would take a step back, namely because of the loss of wings Trevor Ariza and…

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Morey says Chris Paul did not ask for trade

It has been reported of the alleged breakdown of the rapport between Houston Rockets star players Chris Paul and James Harden. Yahoo Sports’ Vincent Goodwill’s article outlined the state of their partnership as “unsalvageable” and highlighting points of contention between the two. Rockets’ GM Daryl Morey has refuted these stories saying , according to Rockets beat writer Jonathan Feigen, that CP3’s reps have “never asked to trade him.” Feigen outlines Morey’s comments in a few tweets: Stay tuned for the next round of drama on As the Jet Fuel Burns.

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Chris Paul and James Harden relationship termed “unsalvageable”

The Houston Rockets may have come to the end of the road with the Chris Paul/James Harden pairing. According to a resort by Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports, the rapport between the two has degraded to the point of being “unsalvageable”, as told by league sources. Apparently both players have expressed to management their displeasure with the current situation, with Paul demanding a trade while Harden gave the club a “him or me” ultimatum following their six game ouster from this year’s playoffs , once again, at the hands of…

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Ricky Rubio on Pacers’ radar

According to The Ringer, multiple league sources have indicated that unrestricted free agent point guard Ricky Rubio is a target of the Indiana Pacers. Point guards Darren Collision and Cory Joseph are both unrestricted free agents, so Rubio could immediately step in and fill that void. Finding a suitable replacement to start at the 1 in this draft seems unlikely, so this need will have to be addressed in free agency or the trade market. His defensive ability and playmaking prowess is not only an upgrade from both Collision and…

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LaMelo Ball to play in NBL20

From nbl.com.au : Global teenage sensation LaMelo Ball has become the latest highly rated NBA prospect to join the Hungry Jack’s NBL, signing for the Illawarra Hawks as part of the NBL Next Stars program. A five star recruit, LaMelo Ball is the younger brother of New Orleans Pelicans star Lonzo Ball and is currently ranked number 21 in the 2019 ESPN 1000 and considered a first round selection in the 2020 NBA Draft. The 17 year-old will join top five NBA Draft prospect RJ Hampton as part of the…

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Trouble in Space City, Paul and Harden not on same page

As cliche as the phrase “Houston, we have a problem is”, is it actually quite apropos in this instance. It seems there is a developing schism between two of the Houston Rockets’ most notable players- James Harden and Chris Paul. Sources told Tim MacMahon of ESPN that the issues stem from “differences in preferred playing styles and personality”, which comes as little surprise to me. Chris Paul wants to play more system oriented basketball, which is the complete antithesis of the way James Harden plays basketball. Harden’s playing style is…

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