Cue up Cage the Elephant…
The Miami Heat looked tired Friday night, losing at home to a more physical and physically ready Memphis Heat team. Dwyane Wade even said after the game he had a feeling in shootaround his legs were tired and he wondered if the Heat were ready compete.
So, with Miami tired and pretty much locked into the No. 2 seed in the East, we can expect to see the key Heat players get some rest the next couple of weeks before the playoffs start, right?
Wrong. That’t not Erik Spoelstra’s plan. From our man Ira Winderman at the Sun Sentinel.
“This is absurd. Everybody is going through this right now. Does everyone feel 100 percent? No. Is there some physical fatigue? Yes. Is there some mental fatigue? Probably. Every team is going through that. We’re not going to shut it down with three weeks to go. That type of storyline is getting ridiculous.”
Sure Erik, that Gregg Popovich guy has been doing it wrong for years. And what’s he ever accomplished?
I get why Spoelstra is frustrated with his crew — you see the Bulls without their star player come out and kill it every night. They don’t always win but how often do you question their effort, their willingness to play through it?
But at some point that has to come from the players and the leaders in the locker room, not the coach. What Spoelstra has to do is have his team ready to go come the playoffs, and for that a few days of rest for key guys matters. Another win or two now doesn’t. The Heat will not be judged on regular season wins this year.
But go ahead, grind them down in a Pat Riley style. See how that works out for you.
When President Donald Trump doubled-down on his support of the white supremacists and neo-Nazis who conducted a racist rally in Charlottesville, making a false moral equivalency with protestors of racism, it had television news anchors stunned, drew condemnation from both sides of the political aisle, and left most Americans queasy.
Count NBA players among those disgusted by the president’s comments.
That includes Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.
(Note: As part of that press conference, Trump said he owns one of the largest wineries in the nation right near Charlottesville.)
On Monday and earlier Tuesday — before the president’s latest salvo of stupidity but after the “unite the right” rally to “protect” a statue of a man who fought to keep slavery in place, where violence the protesters courted broke out and left one woman, Heather Heyer, dead — the Bucks’ Jabari Parker took part in an anti-racism rally, and LeBron had said this about Charlotte and moving the country forward.
Chris Paul had this to say before the latest press conference.
Maybe the only good thing to come of all this, you can now own a T-shirt of vintage Team USA Vince Carter dunking over Trump.
Tayshaun Prince spent 14 years in the NBA as a long, defensive minded wing, one of the early “3&D” guys but one who, in his prime, could be more than that. He won a ring in Detroit in 2004 and was a four-time NBA All-Defense selection.
Now he’s stepping into the front office.
The Grizzlies, one of his former teams, is about to hire him, reports Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal.
Retired forward Tayshaun Prince will soon be named special assistant to Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace, according to several NBA sources…
Prince is widely considered a big influence in NBA locker rooms and operated as a calming voice with Grizzlies players.
The Grizzlies believe Prince will bring a unique voice to front office decisions.
Prince came to the Grizzlies in the Rudy Gay trade and made a real impression there — and elsewhere — as a locker room leader and rational voice. He was in the NBA until last season.
This could and should be a good hire for a Grizzlies team transitioning out of the “grit n’ grind” era (albeit slowly, they could still bring Tony Allen back). The best GMs don’t go it alone but get information and perspectives from a lot of sources, and a high IQ former player would be a good one.
While a lot of you goobers have just been sitting here pining for the release of the 2017-18 NBA schedule, this is what I’ve been waiting for.
In videos posted to social media this week, trainer Chris Brickley — the guy Phil Jackson made answer just three questions in an interview for the New York Knicks — showed us what players like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Carmelo Anthony look like in summer pickup games.
It’s not a full NBA game of course, but it is a game of basketball featuring NBA players. Give me that any day in mid-August.
I love summer but my Twitter feed is all NFL preseason as of late. There’s nothing that makes you miss the NBA regular season more than that.
Training camp can’t get here soon enough.
Events at a racist rally in Charlottesville, VA made national headlines this week after significant violence broke out and one woman, Heather Heyer, was killed after a car ran her over. The “Unite the Right” rally and subsequent coverage illustrated the continued rise of the alt-right and neo-Nazism in America, and the NBA has not turned a blind eye to the news. Stars like LeBron James have spoken out about the need to join together and find individual responsibility on a daily basis for bettering our world.
Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker is one of the NBA players that have also taken to public discourse on the subject. During an anti-racism rally in Salt Lake City on Monday, Parker spoke to the crowd about his own struggles and diverse background.
Parker said he would be doing a disservice to his own people if he didn’t come to the rally to support their cause.
In part, here’s what Parker had to say, via the Salt Lake Tribune:
“Good evening, everybody. I know a lot of you guys already know me, but I play in the NBA for the Milwaukee Bucks.
“I just want to give you guys a brief background on me. My mom, she’s from Tonga. My dad is [inaudible]. My best friend is Jewish. My uncle is gay. I could go on and on. I came from welfare, government cheese.
“I would be doing a disservice for my people if I didn’t come here today. So I’m here to speak for diversity. I’m diverse. It’s in my DNA. I love my culture. I love you.
It’s great to see more NBA players step out like this and support against the rise of mobilized political racism, white supremacy, and anti-American neo-Nazism. Big kudos to Parker, hopefully his example will help lead the way for his contemporaries.