Damian Lillard has yet again missed the All-Star Game. The 2017 NBA All-Star reserves were announced on Thursday with Lillard losing out to the backcourt duo of Russell Westbrook and Klay Thompson, and wildcards DeAndre Jordan and Gordon Hayward.
That’s a big deal considering the Portland Trail Blazers star is the first player since Purvis Short in 1986 to miss the All-Star Game while averaging better than 25 points per-game, a fact pointed out by SB Nation.
Lillard and teammate CJ McCollum both missed out on coaches voting, perhaps signaling to the duo that winning — or defense — weighed a heavy factor for teamrunners.
Portland has been disappointing this season, collecting a record of just 20-27 after an uplifting year in 2015-16. Lillard, however, has continued to put up numbers, averaging 26.2 points, 5.8 assists, and 4.8 rebounds per-game.
Blazers fans and teammates were perplexed by the decision to leave Lillard and McCollum off the roster:
The best argument here would be that Lillard should have made it over Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, who isn’t even in the Top 3 most important players on his team.
Still, Lillard has stepped back statistically this season just a smidge, even if his craftiness has improved greatly this year. His assist totals are down, but Lillard’s frequency in getting to the line and reducing his turnovers has been a big reason why he’s actually more offensively efficient than he was last season.
All-Star rosters are certainly something we can all argue about until the cows come home — I’m sure many more will have issues with Jordan making the cut as well — but for now I’m just excited to see what kind of diss rap Lillard comes out with after being held out of normal All-Star voting for the third season in a row.
Tim Duncan has retired from the NBA.
But if you think that means he’s not still wearing Punisher T-shirts and is not still working out and staying in shape, you should watch the video above.
San Antonio-based kickboxing trainer Jason Echols posted a Facebook video of him and Duncan sparing, and the 41-year-old five-time NBA champ is still kicking a**. Sure, this sparring is at half speed, but if Duncan were going all out he could do some real damage.
He’s probably even got a move called the bank shot in his repertoire.
(Hat tip Eye on Basketball)
I feel LeBron on this one. I have two daughters who play on club soccer teams and I get more frustrated, angrier at referees, and generally am far more emotionally invested their youth games than any NBA game. Over the years I have learned a lot, both from and saw it echoed in Coach David Thorpe’s book, about how to be supportive to them and their experiences, not make it about my feelings and wishes.
But sometimes you need to step in.
LeBron James is in Las Vegas and so far all the stories have been about how he is working out with Derrick Rose, Eric Bledsoe, Chris Paul, and what does that all mean (nothing, NBA guys often work out together all summer, especially teammates and guys who share an agent). But he’s also there for the AAU Adidas Uprising tournament where his son is playing.
And when LeBron saw the score was wrong, he went over to the scorer’s table at a time out to tell them.
I love the way the scorer’s wave him off, like they would any parent who walks up and complains.
Then they corrected the score, because LeBron was right. You knew he would be, the man has an eidetic memory about basketball.
NBA offenses in 2017 may be highly advanced, but there is always room for a good old crossover.
That’s why we are bringing you 10 of the best crossovers from this past season. Some of the usual suspects — like Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook — bless the list.
Take a look at all of the highlight plays above and let us know what you think.
Meanwhile, I expect we will see more players doing be Shammgod next season.
The 2016 NBA season will be known for the MVP battle between Russell Westbrook and James Harden. Or will it?
It could also be remembered for the Golden State Warriors seeking and achieving their redemption over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2017 NBA Finals.
No matter what, there are always great dunks to be seen in the NBA on a nightly basis.
Take a look in the video above. Do you agree with No. 1?