Dane Delgado

Dane Delgado is a writer for NBC Sports.

Disney rumored to be working on Giannis Antetokounmpo biography film

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Rumor has it that the Disney streaming service Disney+ doesn’t carry a lot of necessities as it opens to new subscribers this fall. But among the Star Wars and Disney Universes will apparently come another grab at a demographic that the massive entertainment corporation wants: sports fans.

According to a report from Deadline, Disney+ is in development with Giannis Antetokounmpo to create a movie about the Milwaukee Bucks star’s life.

The movie will be a live-action feature, which no doubt will put to the test Antetokounmpo’s interpersonal charisma should he appear on screen.

Via Deadline:

The upcoming streaming service has put Greek Freak (w/t), which will look at Antetokounmpo’s early life and current career, into development from Disney’s live-action film division.

Deadline understands that former Disney and Village Roadshow Pictures exec Bernie Goldman, who produced Zack Snyder’s 300, will produce from a script from Arash Amel, writer of Rosamund Pike and Jamie Dornan’s A Private War.

Look, this is okay with me. The more movies that Disney puts out that aren’t just live action remakes of animated classics, the better. Give us the Giannis movie and seven more JJ Abrams Star Wars titles and call it good.

Pau Gasol says the NBA ‘has lost the beauty of the game’

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Pau Gasol is still on the bench for the Portland Trail Blazers, the Spanish Hall of Famer nursing an injured foot. Portland could certainly use his talents early in the season, particularly with Zach Collins now needing surgery to repair his dislocated shoulder. The Blazers are without Jusuf Nurkic, Hassan Whiteside, Collins, and Gasol to start the year.

Meanwhile, Gasol knows he is heading into the twilight of his playing days in the NBA. The 39-year-old center spoke with Spanish newspaper Marca this week, and made mention of the fact that basketball had changed significantly during his time in the league.

In particular, Gasol seemed to lament what he sees as a lack of beauty in the modern NBA.

Via Marca:

It has changed a lot. For me, the big change is the game itself. There are very fast shots, very short possessions, few passes in each attack. There are many hasty shots. When I was younger, some of the shots that are attempted today would have seen the coach send you to the bench as a punishment. Now it is encouraged to shoot in the first eight seconds of possession. It has lost the beauty of the game, the purity it had, the fact of moving the ball from one side to the other, the ball inside-outside, which was to play with two in the post. Now there are times when there are teams that play with five small guys. [Mario] Hezonja played the other day as centre with us.”

“I don’t know, it’s different. I want to keep fighting, I think you can win by playing with two tall players. I wish I could contribute to this theory, really, in the time I have left as a player. The fact is that the NBA likes this dynamism, this speed. This is how society and the world in general are evolving. Everything is like that, everything is more dynamic, faster.”

NBA teams pass the ball quite a bit, but the value of guys like Gasol has certainly shifted. He is absolutely a Hall of Famer, and the reason why Kobe Bryant has as many rings as he does today. He was crucial to the final two championships for the Los Angeles Lakers at the end of the last decade.

But big men are also expected to be shooters these days, and Gasol didn’t start taking a significant number of threes until he was 34 years old. If he was plopped down into the NBA as it stands today as a 25-year-old, we might think a little differently about his game. That’s perhaps what Gasol feel some uneasiness about, particularly as time goes on and we view non-shooting players through the lens of the modern game.

Those of us who have gone through this transition — from MJ, to SSOL, to the point guard PNR revolution, to Moreyball — know how important Gasol was, and nothing will be able to take that away from him.

Jimmy Butler on being pulled into Embiid-Towns fight online: ‘I like it’ (VIDEO)

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Jimmy Butler is now a member of the Miami Heat, but it looks like some of his toughness rubbed off on the Philadelphia 76ers and Joel Embiid. Sixers big man got into a tussle with Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns on Wednesday, and for their efforts both will be suspended for two games.

In comments on social media afterward, Embiid credited Butler for giving him the gumption needed to take on a challenger like Towns. Of course, Butler understands his reputation and he even said that he expected to get pulled into this whole mess when he saw the tussle first go down.

Via Twitter:

Butler said he knew that Embiid would be the one to throw his name into the conversation around this fracas. Is that the kind of reputation that Butler wants to cultivate? That he is preparing young players to be able to fight others?

Who knows, but in any case Butler didn’t seem too worried about the results. He wasn’t the one fighting, and he still gets to play in games the rest of this week.

Kyle Kuzma returning to Lakers Friday vs. Mavericks

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The Los Angeles Lakers don’t have a very deep team. LeBron James and Anthony Davis need all the help they can get, particularly at the forward position from youngster Kyle Kuzma.

Kuzma has been out since summer with a foot injury, but it appears that he will make his debut this week.

According to a report from Shams Charania, Kuzma will see his first action in 2019-20 for the Lakers on Nov. 1 against the Dallas Mavericks.

Via Twitter:

Kuzma brings a lot to the table for the Lakers, both in his individual ability and in what kind of rotations Frank Vogel can enact with him in the lineup.

Los Angeles is a new team and as we know it takes some time for guys to gel together. Getting Kuzma back on the floor before winter takes over will be good for the Lakers’ cohesiveness come spring.

Heat walk through haunted house together (VIDEO)

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Thursday is Halloween, and perhaps the night in the NBA that signifies that the regular season is here to stay for a very long time. Players get into the spirit of things, often wearing costumes to the arena before games and debuting custom painted sneakers.

This year for Halloween, the Miami Heat decided to take a group trip to a haunted house in their own arena. The organization filmed the experience, and the results were predictably hilarious.

Via Twitter:

The work that goes into making a haunted house is very impressive. Good ones are scary, complex, and keep you on the edge of your seat without being overbearing. The best part of videos like this is watching NBA players do the same thing a lot of us do when we’re scared — talk out loud to try to act like the situation doesn’t have the better of us.

Glad nobody got spooked too bad. Except Udonis Haslem. Dude was sweating his fears out.