Kings center Marvin Bagley III, who just finished his rookie year, went on TV and called himself the NBA’s best rapper. He even said he’d battle Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard.
So, Bagley got it started:
That track is solid, but it doesn’t cut especially deep. I was thinking Lillard could have gone harder. Then, I realized: This was just a warning shot.
A few hours later, Lillard posted another track:
This one hits harder, I also think this is a case of quantity over quality actually working. Lillard released two (!) Bagley diss tracks. That’s persistence.
Bagley came back at him:
This is wayyyy better than Bagley’s first track. It even included my favorite line one the whole saga, though Bagley delivered it before he began flowing: “Somebody done gassed him up. Lemme go ahead and burp this little n—.”
I also love that Bagley dissed Lillard’s shoes. That gives me confidence we can enjoy this beef without worrying it might be part of an advertising campaign.
What will today’s NBA stars look like when they get old?
I don’t mean “playing in the Big3 for a couple seasons” old, I mean actually old. Rather than wait 50 years to find out, they have turned to the old age feature on Face App and taken part in the #AgeChallenge. And the results for LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Paul George, Dwyane Wade, and others are pretty funny. Here are a few highlights from Instagram and Twitter.
NEW YORK (AP) The WNBA has suspended Los Angeles Sparks guard Riquna Williams 10 games for a domestic violence incident.
The WNBA handed down the suspension Tuesday. Williams was arrested on April 29 and charged with two felony counts, one involving the assault of an individual with whom she was in a relationship and the other involving a threat to another person with a firearm. Her criminal case is ongoing.
The league conducted its own investigation and consulted with a panel of experts in the field of domestic violence. Among other factors, the WNBA said it took into account the nature and seriousness of the allegations, including the involvement of a gun.
The WNBA also will require Williams to participate in counseling.
Williams’ suspension will begin with Thursday’s game against the Dallas Wings.
Just three 7-footers have averaged 3.5 3-pointers per game and made 35% of them each of the last two seasons:
The Bulls will now have most of them.
Markkanen is Chicago’s top young player. Kornet will join him with the Bulls next season.
Shams Charania of The Athletic:
I’m a little surprised Kornet got more than his minimum ($3,383,360 over two years). But it’s worth taking a flier on him.
In addition to his outside shooting, Kornet has shown good timing as a shot-blocker in two seasons with the Knicks. The 24-year-old must get stronger and improve as a rebounder to play major minutes.
But the Bulls won’t have to press him into action. They also have Thaddeus Young, Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr., Daniel Gafford and Cristiano Felicio as bigs.
The Bucks waived Christian Wood late last season to ensure avoiding the luxury tax. The Pelicans claimed him. Wood had played well in limited minutes with the 76ers, Hornets and Bucks and in the NBA’s minor league since going undrafted in 2015.
New Orleans gave him his biggest opportunity yet. In 24 minutes per game over eight games, he averaged 17 points and eight rebounds.
But the Pelicans filled their roster for next season and waived Wood.
Detroit will take advantage.
The Detroit Pistons announced today that the team has claimed forward/center Christian Wood off waivers.
Wood’s $1,645,357 minimum salary is unguaranteed until the regular season. So, Detroit could still waive him before the season. But it seems he’ll at least go to training camp and get a shot at a regular-season roster spot.
The Pelicans also could’ve kept him through the preseason then waived him before the regular season. They seemingly did him a favor of allowing him to get somewhere he has a realistic chance of sticking.
Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond will start in the frontcourt for the Pistons. Markieff Morris and Thon Maker appear to be first in line is backups.
But don’t be surprised if Wood earns playing time. At minimum, the 23-year-old should provide nice depth at both power forward and center.
The Pistons have also now acquired four members of last year’s Bucks – Tony Snell, Thon Maker, Tim Frazier and now Wood.