It’s the time of year where we are weeks away from NBA camps open and we are all craving a little NBA fix. That’s where NBA 2K comes in.
The hip-hop style. The ink. The playground in people’s games.
None of it would be as popular in the NBA today without Allen Iverson. He altered the game off the court.
But if you haven’t watched him on the court, you are missing out.
Best. Crossover. Ever.
He was a 6-foot ball of energy that drove fearlessly into the forest of trees in the NBA paint and found a way to score, draw fouls, be thrilling to watch, and win. The man more than deserves to be inducted into the Hall of Fame this weekend.
Can Lance Stephenson be a part of that? He’s going to get a shot, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.
Other reporters have confirmed there is a deal.
This is likely not a guaranteed contract — the Pelicans have 15 players guaranteed contracts, the regular season limit. Meaning if the Pelicans decide to keep Stephenson they have to cut someone and pay that guy his full season’s salary. New Orleans also already has partially guaranteed deals out there for Chris Copeland, Robert Sacre, and Shawn Dawson.
Maybe Stephenson can get in the door if he can prove he will improve the Pelicans shot creation on the perimeter, a primary goal of the team’s offseason (and something Stephenson can do). They already drafted Buddy Hield, and signed E’Twaun Moore, Langston Galloway, and Solomon Hill. Tyreke Evans also is in that mix, if he can get healthy.
This is a smart roll of the dice by the Pelicans. Stephenson is just 25. And he’s shown flashes of offensive talent — in the playoffs last season where he averaged 13 points a game (with a 56.3 true shooting percentage), as he did with the Pacers two years ago.
However, he was a mess on the court and wasn’t a favorite teammate in Charlotte or with the Los Angeles Clippers in the past couple of years (and notice Memphis didn’t bring him back).
If Stephenson proves he can help on the court and not distract off it, the Pelicans get a steal. If not, they only lose a little. That’s a good bet by the team.
Josh Richardson looked like part of the future in Miami. He had a solid rookie season in Miami, averaging 6.6 points a game on an efficient 56.9 true shooting percentage, he shot 46.1 percent from three, plus his length makes him a solid defender. Richardson looked like a guy ready to take a step forward this season. He was going to get a lot of run, splitting minutes at the two with Dion Waiters, trying to fill Dwyane Wade‘s shoes.
Except that plan has had a setback, as reported by Shams Charania of The Vertical of Yahoo Sports.
There are a lot of unanswered questions here about the severity of the tear, how long Richardson could be out, and if surgery is required. Safe to say he’s not going to be ready to go at the start of training camp in three weeks regardless, but it may not be that severe.
Still, this is a setback for a Heat team that could be pretty good if it stays healthy. And if Chris Bosh gets cleared to play by team doctors.
Russell Westbrook often wears clothing combinations that you or I just could not pull off.
Nor could Charles Barkley. That has never stopped the Round Mound of Rebound from criticizing Westbrook’s fashion choices.
Westbrook was on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Thursday night and was asked about that, and came back with the perfect answer.
Sure, Westbrook’s fashion choices scream “look at me,” but Barkley has made an entire post-playing career by making statements that scream the same thing. Live and let live, er, wear and let wear.
By the way, if Westbrook is not the first guy taken in your fantasy draft you’re doing it wrong.