We’re welcoming signs of progress in the NBA labor talks anywhere we can get them. Even if they come at Allen Iverson’s expense.
Iverson was planning a Las Vegas showcase game featuring a number of NBA stars, but that has been pushed back to Jan. 6-7 next year, reports the Detroit Free Press. It’s the why that is interesting.
Iverson says discussions to end the NBA lockout were the reason the tournament was postponed.
You may want to take that with a grain of salt. I can think of a lot of other reasons it may have been postponed as well.
That said, if a handshake agreement between the NBA owners and players is reached in the next 48 hours or so team facilities would be re-opened to the players soon after. Players will be flocking to work out with teammates and coaches trying to get ready for the season on a very condensed schedule. The players want to practice.
Ironically, Iverson’s event may be cancelled because of practice. We’re talking about practice.
An NBA labor deal will mean the end of the string of charity games that have been taking place through the summer and fall.
And while those have been entertaining, I’m good with that.
Kevin Durant was doing it all in the first half — he had 18 points to lead the Warriors (tied with Stephen Curry) and was making plays all over the court.
That includes racing back on this play and blocking Dejounte Murray‘s layup. Twice. On one shot.
The Warriors have led by 20 and been in control through the start of the third quarter. KD was at the heart of that.
That was a foul. Jonathan Simmons caught Draymond Green in the face as he reached in.
But the delayed then overly-dramatic reaction by Green is a classic flop.
We’ll see if the NBA fined Green for this, but Spurs’ coach Gregg Popovich was amused.
Take that Stephen Curry.
Gregg Popovich would pull him so fast he’d look like a fidget spinner if he tried this in a game, but during warmups before Game 4 Monday night LaMarcus Aldridge knocked down a deep three from one knee.
If Aldridge is taking a lot of threes that’s not a good sign for the Spurs, but we’ll see if he can have a big night and keep the Spurs alive in this series.
Stephen Curry‘s pregame warmups draw people into the arena early, it’s a show in and of itself.
Before Game 4 Monday night, Curry was taking a couple shots from the center-court logo. And draining them. Like layups. Because he can.
We’ll see if he can put on that kind of show when the game tips off.