Charles Barkley, Mike Bloomberg, NBA discussed on First Take

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We don't know of. We could trust you to bring the heavy hammer down because your personal relate. Even though they're guilty of it every day they might use it as an excuse to Hindi you from Sir positions because they take those relationships cultivated. My interfere with your business acumen. Is that possible. I don't know about other people. Personally I've been in position and a Lotta guys on his football team. I talked to all the time and when I talked to him I saw real. Tom And I talked about the opportunity that they have. And don't squander it and if the opportunity they wouldn't get if they do I think that's the most important thing I think most guys if you put him in that position especially Bernarda guys looking at these young black guys. I don't tell them what's best for him and not look at it from the standpoint of You know this what you ought to do what they don't tell them what they should do. In order to stay with their franchise. Yeah that's what I do. Three or four guys on his team that I talked to all the time you know. There's been some situations that they can go wrong again. And trying gotta keep giving it a positive fee to hate me. Don't do that. Let's keep this thing going. Thank you get more guys like myself in this league that would happen all right we will leave it on that note. Thank you so much for being here. And both of you obviously being pioneers and and the major voice in this discussion still giants fan go fish and also in honour black history month. We're giving away five copies of the book. Please look at the fierce. I forty four. It's a biography that presents forty four of America's greatest movers and shakers. From Frederick Douglass. And Harriet Tubman Serena Williams Barack Obama written by ESPN's the and the undefeated teams. Doing well done by the way very well done a coffee. How do you judge someone not by what they say by what they do? We're a nation of doers. What's my Bloomberg about doing things? 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Title Having Zion as their number one you know like when he came out the whole question was a guy that height of that is he like Charles Barkley as you like Blake Griffin. Can you win an NBA title with a non Rim defending at least in terms of his height non back to the basket. Ask Power forward type as your best player really hasn't been done before the power forward to wonder. Tim Duncan who could play the four five Dirk Nowitzki who had one freaky year surrounded by shoes. And he's a freakish seven foot shooter but otherwise guys like Barkley and obviously I'm not putting Blake in the same category as Barkley but they can't be the best player on a championship team doesn't seem there's just the wrong body type can't be a two way wing really can't be appoint whatever could Zion do it. I think so far from what I've seen. The answer is yes. I would not say. He's disqualified from being the best player on a championship team. He's a willing passer. He has a high basketball. IQ He can can shoot it. He's calm he's not a pure shooter but he's shown the ability to knock down shots. He's calm and he takes it to the rack or he's going to be on on the free throw line all the time by the way he can defend the rim. Just not in a traditional way. I believe what I've seen. So far is one of the better Kinda on the spectrum of what he could have been as bro. It's on the side where you're like boy. That's about as good as we could have hoped for out the gate interesting that you say that I'm not going to disagree with you. Max what I'm going to say is I'm not sure I'm just going to confess openly. Tell you that I'm not sure. Here's the reason. Why for some reason for some reason? He's reminding me Of Barclay in terms of the Era Barkley was in in other words round mound rebound power play around the basket can do some things open court etcetera. But there's always somebody else awaiting that superior and when I saw him last night it gets Janas I was thinking those trees trees and Milwaukee. They'll stand your drum out those trees in La withstanding your way that 'cause everybody go be Houston going. Small taught up late small book. You get your points you get your rebound shooting fifty percent from the free throw line. Cihan shoe you in forty four percent fifty point range. That's the set of you know why. Because he's only attempted nine three pointers on the season. He hit four all of them was in in his first game. The last six games he has not made it three point shot. I'm looking at him and I'm saying he's going to be a star. He's got star written all all over him he's got no choking ain't scared he's a man plan amongst boys in terms of this physicality he's got the skill set Powell moves to the basket could put the ball on the floor. I need him to be a little bit more ambidextrous. I need in the show. A little bit of a perimeter game. I need him to shoot better for the free throw line and oh by the way I on the Griffin and Gentry to make sure and I'm not saying they're not doing it. I'm just speaking you know. Just just just ingest. You got to put the right pieces around them and you got a coach in a fashion. If you're jittery that plays to his strength as sort of veers away from his week this great. I'm so what do you believe that if those things you're done he could win a champion his problem the best player on the death. What I'm saying that's what I don't know? See that's where I'm going. I'm saying you I know he's GonNa be Great. Please don't get me wrong. Barkley was great eight. The question I'm asking. Can they win with you. Being number one option. I'm thinking you got to be a one. Hey one I'm just thinking I don't know but that's where I'm leaning similar. You know what I mean. I think we're seventy seven games into a nineteen eighteen year. Old Guy Injury coming off an injury. I think we all agree. If he'd been playing the full season. Probably be an all star. I just WANNA see him. Continues to grow What I will say though is if you take a look at where? Yana started when he came in. And whereas I on strike zone is light years ahead of where you honest says this is an MVP only four four years into his career. So I would say that. He's definitely on the right pace. The kid loves to work. He plays hard for everything you guys mentioned but I also agree with Steven aid. The key is putting the right pieces around him. Can he be a Jordan. Pippen type that kind of counterpart Batman Robin type to win a title. I think I don't know I know what you mean. The thing I unlovable Zion is he can get twenty points without Inter Inter Inter just out in transition. Whatever cleaning up around the boards? He doesn't need to be shocked. You'll throw the ball wall into or or design your offense around drunk. He could still be the best player on the team overall. Even if you have a guy who design if more please let me come both. y'All with this another name that I can bring up. Just because of the situation he presently is Iran is an Anthony Davis. Hear me out. Obviously Anthony Davis six ten. Six eleven dislike John. This is tall in all. Forget all of that for a second you can throw the ball and Anthony Davis now. He could be your number one option now but we all know to win. The Championship. Championship has got Lebron got to Lebron. I'm saying for eighty two game regular season science. Go ahead and do your thing but come playoff the off time. Even though he's a man in that low post even though he's a man in open court because of his game itself I need somebody preferably on on the perimeter. That's just as a significant action to beat. Act Number one option when you talk. It's too early one thousand nine hundred but I'm just talking stoller play because of the way he plays. I don't know if you WanNa Championship with that obsolete. So here's number one. Here's my question for you. Do you. Pair him ideally with a big or a win a win win. I think we're moving away from biggs. In general I think it's probably one of the last if you don't want to call them a dinosaur with big bill the ball to on the block. AB obviously but the freak is I mean like a guy who's close to seven feet who defend the Rim Kinda Guy. I don't know like I said he covers a lot of space out there. You know what I mean so like. I said it's going to take some time and being a player in this league and understanding that seven games and obviously but it takes a good the three or four years to understand how to play the NBA game of basketball. He's out there all raw talent energy and effort getting twenty seven thousand nine hundred seven and nine so so you give them another two three years to get stronger more agile find his body weight and has to remember you. You really answering your question. And because think just because he wasn't when you think about how many times and I've disagreed with Max on this. But his point is valid. He has been a fixed fixated fixated on embiid and Simmons. Don't work together with right and I don't necessarily agree with that. I think you've gotta work together the better off with his own. But what. I'm saying that you you think and I got to look at the coaching before I look at whether they worked together. All I'm saying to you is this but you feel this way about Simmons because because of what embiid takes away from them so my point to you is when you just ask them at that question when you're talking about a perimeter player when you're that in today's game you go that route as opposed to a rim protector in a library. Also you can get a guy like the Lopez you can get a competent big and you don't have to make that like where you put all your reasons. You surround them with quality quality parameter placate. What I think is interesting about the Pelicans is because they had to move they gotTa Hall of Young Players All around Zion's agent? We all know this is the truth matter what anyone wants to say. The the Pelicans are on the clock they got five outside chance six seasons to win a championship. No major free agents go sign down there because in the history of the NBA. Nothing like that has ever had us. That's right that's okay that is do they have enough in terms of talent. Even if it's not these exact guys guys who could become trade pieces for do they have enough to grow grow with Zion and win a chip in the next six seasons. I think they have a lot of pieces. They're going to need to add a lot of the utilize pieces. I Love David Griffin. Though what he's come in and don't already have a good good a young solid core so I think everyone's so much we got to get it done now. We gotta get sports..

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