A low-quality leaked preview of new NBA uniforms made the Thunder’s alternates look outlandish.
A clear view does them no favors:
Here’s how the team explains the uniforms:
The new uniform’s bold color pairs with “OKC” in navy block lettering on the front to showcase the team’s hometown pride and reflect the saturated, blended colors of the Oklahoma skies at sunset.
On the back of the jersey, player names sit below the numbers. The shorts display a sunset base with navy panels down the side showcasing the Thunder logo on each leg.
“This new uniform not only features another of our primary team colors, it also reinforces the strong connection our team has to our hometown and home state,” said Brian Byrnes, Thunder senior vice president of Sales and Marketing. “The ‘OKC’ on the front of the jersey echoes the chant that rings through Chesapeake Energy Arena during Thunder home games. This sunset-colored uniform adds a fresh perspective on the identity our team has built over the past seven seasons.
I didn’t like the uniforms before reading that. I like them even less after.
The Lakers reportedly put Julius Randle “in play” in DeMarcus Cousins trade talks last summer.
What does “in play” exactly mean?
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports on Randle:
the prospect that general manager Mitch Kupchak refused to include in those brief trade talks for Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins.
If this is true, the Lakers erred.
But the Lakers also have incentive to push this narrative for a couple reasons:
1. The Lakers want to enhance Randle’s trade value. If they wouldn’t trade him for Cousins, other potential trade partners targeting Randle would have to offer even more.
2. The Lakers want to keep Randle happy and confident. He might not appreciate his team shopping him only one game after drafting him No. 7.
On the downside, the Lakers look foolish because Cousins is vastly superior to Randle. Randle is a nice prospect. Cousins has established himself as one of the NBA’s top players, and he’s on a team-friendly contract that runs the next three years.
Did the Lakers offer Randle in Cousins trade talks? I don’t know, but they definitely should have.
Paul Pierce signed a three-year contract with the Clippers this summer.
But he might not play it out.
J.A. Adande of ESPN:
I’m not saying the Clippers will win the 2016 championship. But they have Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, J.J. Redick, Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith, Jamal Crawford and Pierce. They definitely could.
Doc Rivers will limit Pierce’s minutes, maybe even bringing him off the bench. That could help extend Pierce’s career.
A title would make it easier for any player in Pierce’s position to retire. But the fact that he’s already talking about it suggests he’ll face a difficult decision if the Clippers don’t go all the way, even if his contract is for three years.