I’ll be honest, I haven’t watched HBO’s vehicle for The Rock, “Ballers.” It’s about the transition of a former NFL player (Dwayne Johnson) to life as a mentor/manager trying to guide younger players after his NFL career ended. That pretty much sums up what I know.
Well, that and it has gotten a lot of cameos from NFL players.
And now an NBA one — Chris Andersen from the Heat. The Birdman and his ink tower over this scene, which is a pretty extended cameo (hat tip to Eye on Basketball).
Note: Due to language this is NSFW. If you are offended by that kind of thing, do not push play.
I love the insult they use to get under Birdman’s skin (and tats) is “LeBron made the right choice” heading back to Cleveland. And I love Andersen’s reaction.
Andersen is pretty good in this. If I had to guess, his next role will be in an episode of Chris Kaman’s reality show. From there, I expect he could land pretty much anywhere except Rachel Ray’s show.
These are a major-departure from the Bulls’ red-and-black color scheme. Even the logo is altered.
Such deviations are becoming normalized. The Magic will wear orange. Expect other teams to get more radical.
These jerseys will certainly sell. The short-term revenue boost of all these alternate uniforms is the entire idea.
But I wonder whether there’s a cost to teams diluting their identities. These don’t look like Chicago uniforms. It could become increasingly difficult to value the prestige of NBA jerseys if they’re so loosely associated with a team.
Uniform details are built from the history of Bucks uniforms as well – with striping and a script font reminiscent of the franchise’s earliest days, but with a thoroughly modern approach. pic.twitter.com/qDoOkJzQTD
The design incorporates the Cream City type-face that appeared as an anthem on the 2017-18 Cream City edition, now moved to the chest to proudly display the city’s nickname to the world. pic.twitter.com/WzQnwBAGL9
Barkley, who said the remarks were meant as a joke, was quoted as saying after a tough Nov. 3 win over the underdog New Jersey Nets that “this is a game that if you lose, you go home and beat your wife and kids. Did you see my wife jumping up and down at the end of the game? That’s because she knew I wasn’t going to beat her.”
There are almost no times I will beak an OTR “agreement” but this is not OK. And it was all because he came in talking about how he loves Deval Patrick and once someone from Pete‘s campaign came around he said he loved Pete and I reminded him he previously said he was a Deval fan
This was obviously inappropriate for Barkley to say. I’m not sure how else to characterize it. It doesn’t sound like a threat. It’s not related to domestic violence. It’s just not the way to speak to someone working professionally.
I’m glad he apologized, and I hope he learned from this. But history suggests he’ll continue to make off-color jokes. In fact, he’s rewarded for repeatedly pushing the line.
That might eventually get him into serious trouble. I don’t think these remarks should be the ones to spark mass outrage.
Derrick Rose: If load management existed back then, I’d probably still be with Bulls
After playing big minutes early in his career, Rose was frequently sidelined the next few seasons. That took a toll on everyone involved. He felt the loneliness and despair of major injuries. The Bulls struggled to meet expectations with their best and highest-paid player repeatedly injured.
Eventually, Chicago traded Rose to the Knicks.
NBC Sports Chicago:
"If load management would have been around, who knows? I probably would've still been a Chicago Bull by now." -Derrick Rose
It was just a different time in the sports world, period. Now we have the term “load management.” I don’t think that I would’ve taken it as far as Kawhi, as far as like they’re really being cautious about his injury or whatever he has. But if load management would’ve been around, who knows? I probably would’ve still been a Chicago Bull by now. But it wasn’t around.
Load management was around. That term hadn’t become popularized. But teams – most notably Gregg Popovich’s Spurs – had already begun resting players throughout the season.
Then-Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau just didn’t subscribe to that thinking. He wanted his best players on the court as often as possible. He had them practice long and hard to build good habits.
The science has evolved since then, but Thibodeau continued in his old-school with the Timberwolves. He just appeared stuck in his ways.
We’ll never know what would’ve happened if Chicago were more cautious with Rose. Maybe his on-court impact would’ve been lessened without all those reps. Maybe he would’ve gotten hurt, anyway.
But in this “what if?”, more focus should be on his coach than the era.