"An NBA Week Which Will Live in Infamy"
The last week of this NBA Season is a week that will live in infamy. Yes, there were the normalities such as Draymond Green yelling at a teammate during a timeout, Joel Embiid trolling on twitter, and LeBron’s some-what corny instagram video with extensive use of emojis… but, none of us were ready for what was going to happen this week. Lets begin.
Monday, January 28th, 2019, the Pelicans franchise was made aware that their Franchise Player would not be signing an extension in 2020. Yes, one and a half years away. Twitter exploded, Reddit exploded, I’m sure Bill Simmons was drooling out of his mouth. Anthony Davis dropped a nuclear bomb on his franchise. However, it wasn’t exactly Anthony Davis that .. spilled the beans. Reports show that Rich Paul was the man behind this plan. On Monday, the same day the news dropped, there were obviously going to be questions at practice. Who was there to answer them? Not Anthony Davis.. but Coach Gentry and Jrue Holiday. AD would not break his silence to the media until TODAY, Friday, February 1st. Sure, AD has the right to play where he’d like in 1.5 years when his contract is up. But, more reports show that AD is leaning heavily towards signing with the Lakers. So, no matter who trades for him they would only be receiving a rental for 1.5 years. Is he in the wrong? I can make an argument for yes he is in the wrong and no he isn’t. I don’t believe he handled this correctly, especially how the information was leaked and how he avoided the media for 4 days. Let the Anthony Davis slander commence!
Thursday, January 31st, 2019, Adrian Wojnarowski broke twitter. I wouldn’t call these rumors as it was so instantaneous. At 10:44AM ET, Woj tweeted that Knicks Center/Unicorn Kristaps Porzingis, “expressed his concern with the losing, franchise direction and an uncertainty that a culture is developing that will enable sustainable organizational success”. The tweets kept coming, the Knicks were fielding phone calls and several teams were interested. At 12:38PM, it happened. KP was traded to the Dallas Mavericks. News Flash : The Knicks and Mavericks played the night before. This was no coincidence, the writing was on the wall. Knicks ownership and management tried to use KP as a scape-goat that he didn’t want to play for them anymore. KP later posted on Instagram, “the truth will come out :)”. First off, anyone that doesn’t put a nose on a face is having a serious life crisis, so this can confirm that the Unicorn was deeply in his thoughts. Luka x Kristaps could be a movie for years to come.
Friday, February 1st, 2019. “I don’t owe anybody S—T” is much different than October 4th’'s “If you guys have me back, I plan on resigning here”. I guess the spotlight and leadership has taken a toll on Boston’s -cough- savior Kyrie Irving. I can’t be mad at Kyrie though because the Boston fans and media don’t seem to be any more pleasant than my own teams reporters and fans. Is this a sign that Kyrie isn’t going to resign with the celtics or does Kyrie just really like to speak his mind with whatever he is feeling. I believe it’s the latter, Kyrie isn’t very polished when he’s in front of a camera.. but maybe he just doesn’t care about pleasing the media and fans. He says what he wants and you have to respect him for that. What I don’t respect him for is now the KD x AD x Kyrie to Knicks Summer 2019 articles and blogs that are popping up. I know the NBA is mayhem, but come on… even with the Knicks two max contract slots, are the NYK really that appealing with how they’ve treated prior players?
Also Friday, February 1st, 2019, NBA Good-Guy, Kia-Hopper Blake Griffin drops an all time quote on us to really put it in perspective. Blake Griffin when asked if lack of attendance is taking a toll: “I’ve been through worse. People told me to force the Clippers not to draft me because they’d won 17 games the year prior and the stands were half empty. Right now, in Detroit, I’m helping to build something. I’m not discouraged.” Here’s a guy who was the face of the franchise in beautiful LA and then traded to lowly Detroit, which is much less.. beautiful than LA. As someone who hasn’t had much of an opinion good or bad about Blake, he’s now got a special place in my heart. The dude is grinding his butt off and going underappreciated by people, especially me. So shout out to Blake Griffin, keep doing you and sorry you have to play against Embiid four times a year.
Lastly, Thursday the 31st and Friday the 1st, there were tears of joy and tears of sadness shed. NBA’s Mr. Perfect Attendance, Karl Anthony Towns(297/297 games played) was seen in a movie theater sitting on what looks to be a Little Tikes bench, gripping his phone and dropping it as he’s announced live on TV that he would be selected to his first all star game. The tears started flowing, mom and pops were seen briskly walking to give their baby a hug. If you want to feel good about the moment, stay out of the Twitter mentions. People were roasting him, calling him soft and saying he shouldn’t be crying because of happiness. But.. it gets much more ruthless. Friday the 1st, Rudy Gobert is doing his normal press conference with reporters when he’s asked about his All Star Snub. Let me say, big-time Rudy Gobert fan here. This guy is awesome and seems like a genuinely good dude. In the video, you can see him growing more and more emotionless as he’s answering questions, until he kind of loses himself and just leans back onto the wall with his hand covering his face. It hurt me to watch. The comments under this twitter post were even worse. He’s essentially been turned into a meme and even Draymond Green was poking fun at him with his tweet, “I guess I should cry too… No Charlotte?”
A little shoutout to the NBA for having Fayetteville, North Carolina’s own savant J.Cole and Philly’s Prison-Reform leader Meek Mill performing at the All Star Game. It seems where the NFL misses, the NBA is able to rebound and totally show out.
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