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Giannis Antetokounmpo shows off his dance moves in Taiwan (VIDEO)



My favorite thing about this video is Giannis Antetokounmpo posted this himself on YouTube, it’s not some fan’s video.

The Bucks’ Greek Freak was in Taiwan at the behest of the NBA, for an event called Cathay Youth Madness, which promotes the NBA in that corner of the globe. Antetokounmpo decided to take in a few sights while there.

And get into a dance battle.

(Hat tip Eye on Basketball)

Carmelo Anthony downplays any issue over Porzingis pick

New York Knicks v Miami Heat

When he took to Twitter, you got the impression Carmelo Anthony didn’t love the Knicks trading Tim Hardaway Jr. away.

Then there were reports he did not like the drafting of Kristaps Porzingis — a player with a lot of potential but maybe three years away from actually helping the Knicks.

However, Anthony has since responded on Instagram to a fan and tried to downplay the drama (hat tip Eye on Basketball).



Of course, Anthony is going to back the company line publicly. He needed to, they are paying him to be the face of the franchise.

But he’s not afraid to throw a few elbows at fans either.


Fans bitter at how much money Anthony makes — or LeBron James, or Kobe Bryant, or… — need to have a discussion with society about how much we overvalue entertainers, then have a conversation with capitalism. Because the issue is a lot bigger than Anthony, if that’s your concern. Anthony makes what the market will pay for his skills. If you had his skills, you’d take the money and run.

Anthony is trying to downplay the drama; it’s the smart play.

But how patient are Knicks fans going to be next season? More importantly, how patient is James Dolan going to be?

Report: Tobias Harris expects near max deal, that likely pulls him out of Orlando

Brooklyn Nets v Orlando Magic

A couple months ago, it seemed highly likely Tobias Harris would return to the Orlando Magic next season, that the team would match any offer to keep the restricted free agent.

Then the Magic hired Scott Skiles as coach. Skiles had coached Harris in Milwaukee and buried him on the bench. It wasn’t until Harris was a throw in on a three-team trade headlined by Stephen Jackson and Corey Maggette that got Harris away from Skiles and to Orlando, where he blossomed.

Now Harris is going to test the market and is looking for a near max deal. The buzz around the league is that if the small forward gets that, the Magic will let him walk. From Shams Charania of Real GM:

As Orlando restricted free agent Tobias Harris will pursue a maximum-level offer sheet on July 1 that the Magic possibly won’t match, the Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics have emerged as leading candidates for the talented forward, league sources told RealGM….

Around the NBA, several teams are believed to be open to preparing a near-max contract for Harris — which could approach $15 million-plus per season, an area the Magic likely elect not to match given the course of extension talks last October and their current team salary structure.

Last summer Orlando wouldn’t go into eight figures per year for Harris, there’s little chance they would do that now with Skiles as coach.

Detroit makes a lot of sense. The Pistons want help at the three spot — that’s why they drafted Stanley Johnson at No. 8 Thursday — and they want floor-spacing shooting, and Harris shot 36.4 percent from three last season.

Harris also would be a great fit with the Celtics, who are looking to upgrade the talent on their roster but with players who can continue to grow with their young core guys.

Teams like the Knicks and Lakers also have been mentioned as potential suitors.

However it shakes out, it’s hard to see him picture in Orlando next season.

PBT Extra: Unpredictability of draft leads to some good fits down the board

2015 NBA Draft

It all started with the Lakers at No. 2 — just a few days before the Lakers sent out smoke signals that they were leaning hard toward Jahlil Okafor with the second pick in the draft. Instead, they zagged and went with D’Angelo Russell.

That led to Okafor crowding the front court in Philadelphia, then Kristaps Porzingis frustrating Knicks fans (even though that is not a terrible pick). From there the fun cascaded down the draft board, and some teams got some great picks for them — Justise Winslow to the Heat, Bobby Portis to the Bulls and so on.

I talk about how the unexpected is the most fun part of the draft in this PBT Extra.

PBT Podcast: Was the Knicks taking Porzingis that bad? We talk NBA draft.


Like everyone, we love that the Minnesota Timberwolves didn’t screw up the No. 1 pick and took Karl-Anthony Towns. We love how Justise Winslow fits perfectly with the Miami Heat.

And, we don’t hate the Knicks taking Kristaps Porzingis at No. 4. Oh, we have questions about whether they can be patient enough to make this work, but we don’t hate the pick.

It’s all things draft as we break down the first 10 picks plus other draft highlights in this latest PBT Podcast. PBT’s Kurt Helin and Dan Feldman, plus NBCSports’ Dominic Ridgard also talk about the Mason Plumlee trade to Portland, and discuss both the Rockets picks and the head scratcher the Celtics made at No. 16.

Listen to the podcast below or you can listen and subscribe via iTunes.