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A highlight from Part 1: USAs World Cup Collapse, Basebrawls, Jets Optimism, Life in The G-League and The OC 20 Years Later | with Gabe York and Zoe Simmons
"Coming up, an unexpected two -part podcast cameo from me. It's next. We're also brought to you by the Ringer Podcast Network, where we turned over Sean Fennesey and Amanda Dobbins' big picture feed to Brian Raftery. It's a narrative podcast called, Do We Get to Win This Time? How Hollywood Made the Vietnam War. You can find it on the big picture starting on Tuesday. And it is an idea I'm really excited about because it came from a class that I did as a senior in college in 1992. Me and my friend Horgs talked a movies professor into doing a special Vietnam War movies class where we watched basically every Vietnam War movie that had been made up to 1992 and then tried to write a big picture term paper about it. And the thing that was really fascinating about that class and something that stuck with me was just that whole concept of Hollywood reinventing the entire Vietnam experience under the premise of, Did We Get to Win This Time? So we got Brian involved and he turned the idea into an awesome, awesome podcast. I even went and dug up the term paper that I wrote 31 years ago. I thought it was gonna be horrendous. It wasn't bad. I was kind of proud of myself, retroactively 31 years later. Anyway, Do We Get to Win This Time? How Hollywood Made the Vietnam War. It is gonna be in the big picture podcast starting on Tuesday. So that's one piece of business. Second, new rewatchables on Monday night. It is the 300th movie that we've done. It's a special one. We're doing National Lampoon's Vacation. It was time. Meet Chris Ryan, Van Lathan. Yeah, and Van was pushing for it because we wanted to do Christmas Vacation during the holidays and you can't do Christmas Vacation. If we do National Lampoon's Vacation, super fun. Can't wait for you to listen to it. And we'll be running the video at some point on the YouTube channel, youtube .com slash Bill Simmons, where we put up a whole bunch of rewatchables podcasts in case you missed it. Boogie Nights is up there now. Goodfellas, Independence Day, just a slew of them. So if you're bored and you wanna throw on some rewatchables and watch us make fun of each other, there you go. Last but not least, I don't wanna say this is the most important, but it's certainly the thing I spent the most time on. Our documentary that we did about the G League with Religion of Sports and Ringer Films, we combined, and it is premiering on Tuesday, August 8th. It is called Destination NBA, A G League Odyssey. It's really good. We immersed ourselves into the G League season. We followed Scoot Henderson, Gabe York, Ryan Terrell, Mason Jones, and Denzel Valentine. And the big question was, what is this world like? What's it like to be in the G League? And I am really proud of where we landed with it. And we even have, much later in this podcast, Gabe York is gonna come on. He's one of the five that we followed, and he's gonna tell us what it's like as you're holding on to your dream in your late 20s. We try not to spoil the doc too much with Gabe, but I really liked him. He's probably the guy that jumps out of the doc in the most sympathetic way. So look forward for you to watch it. It is prime video, Tuesday, August 8th, Destination NBA. A G League Odyssey. You love basketball, just watch it, it's good. So there you go. This is gonna be part one of a two -part podcast. Gabe is coming up later. My daughter Zoe Simmons is coming up later because we did a whole bunch of OC stuff on the Prestige TV podcast. I was even on two of the episodes. But I ended up watching season one of the OC. And my daughter was watching with us and loved the show. And she was born a year and a half after it premiered. So me and her broke down season one from the perspective of what is it like when somebody 18 watches the OC, a show that is now two decades old. The anniversary was actually August 6th. And what she liked, what she didn't like, what people aren't doing anymore for her kind of audience. And we just dove into it. So that is much later. First, coming out of the gate, I'm gonna open a six -pack because we have a lot to discuss over the past three weeks, all the stuff I missed. So that's gonna be part one. And then part two, which is gonna go up later on Sunday night, me and Rossello doing this evergreen idea that we've always wanted to do. And this seemed like the perfect time because nothing's happening in basketball. So that's gonna be part two later tonight. Part one coming up. First, our friends from ProJax. What's up? All right, I'm taping this. It is Sunday afternoon Pacific time. And I'm gonna open a six -pack. There's a bunch of stories in sports and culture that happened over the last three weeks. I was just writing stuff down, things that would have been fun for podcast segments. I was just like, man, I wish I could have given my thoughts on that. Just gonna rip through them. So I have six and then maybe a couple bonus ones at the end. The first one, the biggest one, was the US women's soccer team, which lost today in penalty kicks to Sweden, scored zero goals in the last two games, scored one goal in the last three games, and that was off a corner kick. You could feel from the beginning that something was off with this team. It was all the ways. You knew in a checklist of what are the red flags? There were just red flags galore. And the only person who was really calling it out in time over and over again was Carli Lloyd, who was doing the Fox studio show. And she was the one person in the horror movie who knows the house is haunted. And everyone's like, shut up. You're not being patriotic. You just wish you were still on the team. She was right. She was right from the get -go. This team, you could see it before the Vietnam game when it was like, look at the new Nike suits. Look at these new suits. And they're all like styling as they head into the locker room. And they're running commercials. And every player has a commercial. There's players who've never done anything of that commercials. And the vibe was just off. They only beat Vietnam three -nothing in a bracket where goal differential was gonna be super -duper important. And that was a huge red flag. And we did the usual thing that we've been doing since 2019, 2015 of, oh, well, they almost scored a bunch of times. Oh, well, if that had gone in or some bad luck. There was just an arrogance to this team. Like they were carrying themselves like the defending champs, the same way like the Denver Nuggets would go into next NBA season. Like we're the champs. I was like, yeah, you are the champs because the season just happened. The World Cup happened four years ago. Everyone's four years older or wasn't on the team. And you could see they wanted to build the team instead of around the identity of, here are these new up and coming awesome stars that are gonna be in your life. They were really latching on to Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe. Alex Morgan's 34, Megan Rapinoe's 37. I think one of the differences between the discourse with women's sports and men's sports is that in men's sports, we grasp for angles. And if somebody is disappointing in some way, we really go nuts. Like think of how James Harden's been treated over the last 12 years. So he's one of the 35 best players ever and has taken just an incredible amount of shit. Oh my God, the playoffs, look at his game log. Oh, he choked again. Alex Morgan, who scored twice in her first two games in the World Cup in 2011, she scored once in 2015 in seven games. She scored six times in 2019, five against Thailand in a game that was 13 to nothing, one in the other six, and then scored nothing in the four games this time around. If you take away that Thailand game, she has scored two goals in the last 17 World Cup games. This is the striker. This is the one who's supposed to be the most dangerous player in the field, who's supposed to produce goals. And she hasn't produced goals since the mid 2010s on the national level. And yet it's Alex Morgan. She was supposed to be the next one. We got to keep propping her up and pretending she's a superstar. She's not a superstar. She's really honestly never been a superstar. She certainly hasn't been as impactful as somebody like Abby Wambach was. So you have the team built around her. She's got to play. They play her the entire game, game two, the entire game, game three. She plays like 95 minutes in this game today, and they don't score goals. And the announcers just won't talk about it. It's like being on an AYSO team that your kid's on, and the coach is playing somebody at striker, and everyone's like, why don't they play Sally at striker instead of the coach's daughter? It's like, oh, you know, the coach's daughter. She's got to play there. So you have that, and then you have Rapinoe, who's 37 years old, who's just, unfortunately, great career, legendary, true legend, huge big time player. And when you hit your late 30s in soccer, it's a wrap. She looked like Yudana Rapinoe, not big Rapinoe, and comes out for the last 25 minutes of this game and can't do anything, and then misses the penalty kick. That's the thing. If you're beholden to past performance, you can't expect to succeed in the moment. And I did feel like, what were this team's strengths? Speed. They had Sophia Smith, who really was bad the last three games on the left wing. Like, she just, she couldn't even connect passes. Trinity Rodman, who's a beast. Lynn Williams, who's super fast and athletic and had some really nice moments the last two games. And then Alyssa Thompson, who's the prodigy, who's the, you know, potential tiger or LeBron of this team. 18 years old, best high school player I've ever had. They won't even throw her out there. But this was not a team that could connect passes. They weren't, like, especially creative. The coaching was just bizarre, and we'll never see that guy again. But it was like, the one thing they did have was speed, especially the forwards, and they just threw that away. And Alex, you know, couldn't do anything. So now they're out. It's the most disappointing finish of the last 25 years for the women's team. And it reminds me in a lot of ways that 2004 Olympic basketball team that we had, the USA team. And I tweeted this, I think after the second game, because that was a team that was between eras, like this one was, where all the best players on that 2014, the ones in their primes, weren't that good, except for Duncan. And Duncan was completely banged up. He'd played so many NBA games the last couple of years. I think his knee was hurt. But, you know, it was Iverson and Marbury. The talent, it just was a between eras. And you had guys on the bench, like LeBron and Carmelo and Wade, who were four years away. Kobe wasn't on the team. And it just felt generationally, like we caught that team in the wrong time. The style was wrong. And we learned all these lessons and we moved on. 2008, we win. There's a documentary about it. But this team felt like it was between eras. The Alex Morgan, Rapinoe era, which was basically done. And then you have this era coming up with Rodman and Sophia Smith and Alyssa. And, you know, it's just four years from now, we'll probably be fine. But they need to re -imagine this. And I think if you're gonna learn any lesson from this, it doesn't matter what happened four years ago. It's the World Cup. It matters what's happening now. So that's one thing. Second thing. So Jaylen Brown gets this huge contract, $304 million. Some people seem surprised that it was that much money. Chris Ryan even took a shot at it when we did our library watchables. Hurt my feelings a tiny bit. Mainly because I didn't really have a comeback. Rosella did something on his podcast about how this actually makes sense. This amount of money, when you think of how the salary cap has climbed just since 2015, and it's gonna keep climbing. And there's this world you can go into where you think about just how much everything is gonna cost in the NBA four or five years from now, that Jaylen Brown at $70 million isn't actually gonna be that intimidating. The same way we feel about Tobias Harris for $40 million now, or Klay Thompson, $40 million now. Yeah, you don't really wanna pay $40 million for Klay Thompson, but you can survive it. And I think that's gonna be where the Celtics land with Jaylen. Here's why they had to do it. They're the favorites on FanDuel right now. They're plus 470. The thing that made them the most special and has made them the most special for the last five, six years is the Jaylen Brown -Jason Tatum combo. They've been incredibly successful. The team itself has made five conference finals in the last seven years. They came super close to making the finals last year. I have now gone into the what if zone with that Celtics team where what if Tatum doesn't hurt his ankle on the first play? Do we beat Miami? They were close is the point. And when you're that close, you can't fuck around. This is not Bradley Beal resigning with Washington for 50 million a year when everybody knows you can't get past the eight seed with Bradley Beal. This is different. You're trying to win a title. You're trying to keep all your optionality open. The thing that's a little scary about it, nobody seems to totally know if he wants to be in Boston. This is something we've discussed on this pod. It's been floating out there. The fact that he wasn't happy about landing in the Kevin Durant trade rumors a couple years ago. And just in general, where the league is now, where as Woj called it, the transfer portal, where people get their contract first and then they decide what they want to do. And I think for the Celtics, they know they bought themselves a year with Jalen and they are still one of the favorites to win the title. And a lot of it's going to depend on health and Porzingis. You could also, I don't want to make the case, but you might be able to make the case that Brown had a fucked up hand last year. Cause he did. Cause he sliced his hand open. It was bleeding even during the Philly series. And maybe that was why his ball handling went sideways. Listen, you got to do the contract. It just breaks your brain. I remember a million years ago, Sports Illustrated and Inside Sports say every year they would have like a salary issue. And they would talk about these guys are making $1 million a year. And it seemed like so much money. And now where we're heading with the money, plus the NBA is the meteorites deal. The moment any of these guys becomes unhappy, what do you do? Because you're paying Jalen, let's say you're paying him 55 million a year. Plus he is the trade kicker, which the team has to pay. Right? So if he decides after a year, you know what? I'm tired of being the scapegoat. Everybody loves Jason. I'm like the middle brother of this team. I want my own team. I want to go to Houston or Atlanta. You got to trade me. What are the Celtics going to do? On top of who would want out, you don't have a lot of options and you turn into what the situation Portland's in with Deem. And then on top of it, it's so much money. It's impossible to get any sort of a fair trade for the guy. So they had to do it. And optionality the that comes out of it is frightening. I remember in the early 2000s, when the first time the contracts kind of went nuts and you would see that people get signing like six -year, $100 million deals, seven -year, $110 million deals. And the Celtics really, really stupidly traded for Vin Baker. One of the worst trades of the last 30 years for Boston Sports. A trade so bad, you knew it instantaneously. And I wrote a piece that you can probably find somewhere in the ESPN archives about it, where I compared it to the end of Thelma Louise when Harvey Keitel is running toward the cliff trying to stop the car from going off the cliff. That's how I thought about the Vin Baker trade when it happened. Then it happens and you just had this salary albatross. It's a salary cap league. And you're like, wow, we just threw away 20 % of our salary cap on this trade. There's going to be a couple of those that are just franchise killers. And whether that leads to them bringing back the amnesty clause, who knows? I wish, I've made this, I've had this idea before. I wish that they had a rule in there that if you drafted a guy, every year that he stays in the team, you get rewarded in some way from a salary cap luxury tax type thing, right? So Jaylen was 2016 draft, this would be his eighth year. Maybe like after the seventh year, because that's usually like the third contract. The guy stays in the team, maybe each year after that, he doesn't count for 2 % of the luxury tax, up to like 30%, something like that. The point is the Warriors should be rewarded for keeping Draymond and Klay and Curry from a tax standpoint, that they were that smart to draft those guys, keep those guys together. They should be incentivized, the players, to want to stay with them because there's some luxury tax stuff that the team gets. And the team should want to be incentivized to take care of those guys because it's also beneficial to them. I just wish they figured out some version of that rule. Anyway, Jaylen was always signing for $304 million. Talk to me in a year, I'll keep my fingers crossed. Next thing, I missed the running back pity party. This was crazy. The running backs all got together and they were really upset about how much money they made. And I don't know what to tell you. There's too many running backs and not enough running back spots. And I don't know if you're trying to build a responsible salary cap team in a collectively bargained era, why would you spend $30 million over two years on a running back unless the running back was awesome? Nobody even wants to spend more than $11 million on running back. So I knew that this was crazy when Damien Harris, who was on the Patriots, who I thought was really good. He's maybe not an elite running back, but a good running back, right? Somebody that if he had been on the Chiefs, he easily could have started for the Chiefs. And he signed with the Bills for like one year, 2 million. And when that happened, combined with Pacheco on the Chiefs' seventh round pick, they won the Super Bowl with him. It's just, this position's devalued. I work on this player, I've been actually working on it the last couple of weeks where I try to rank the players for blue chippers, red chippers, pink chippers, honorable mention, and have this whole point system. And so quarterbacks, Mahomes, who's the alpha of that position, he's worth 10 points. And you could even see this in the point spread. If Mahomes gets hurt, the Chiefs are 10 points, nine points, whatever, less than what they would be as a favorite. They'd switch to an underdog. And you go on down the line. Jalen Hurts, I had him as an eight. I had Joe Burrow as a nine. And you go on, you keep going down, and it's like, Geno Smith's probably a two. But then you look at some of the other positions and you have to value them the same way the salary cap values them and teams value them. Guards, they aren't worth that much. Running backs, sorry, they're not worth that much. My top running back was three points because ultimately running backs don't really matter that much. In the last like five, six years, I would say Derrick Henry was the only running back that you could definitively say, this guy almost won the Super Bowl. Like he was that good. Other than that, you know, it's plug and play, quarterbacks, it's receivers. It's much harder to find the number one receiver. Every team needs one. It's much more tangible if you don't have the number one receiver. And it's much easier to just kind of scrap together the running back position. And yet people went nuts about this. We ironically had this in the NBA with centers. You know, Vucevic, who's a really good offensive player, he signed for 60 million for three years, 20 million a year. And Jaylen Brown's going to make $52 million a year. Is Jaylen Brown two and a half times better than Vucevic? No, it's just, he plays a way more important position. You can only play one center at a time. You can patch together the center position. You could have like Isaiah Hartenstein for $8 million. You could, you know, get Robert Williams for 16. You don't need to spend what Phoenix did on Eaton where they're paying $8 and $30 million a year at center. And you don't really need to do that. You kind of feel obligated if you don't want to lose the asset. But I think the NBA is going to go this way eventually where unless it is Jokic or Embiid, the center or Bam Adebayo, it's a bonus. You could argue that was already an overpay. They gave him a huge extension. The Lakers just gave Anthony Davis $60 million a year as an extension. I would argue that's a little frightening. I feel like you could patch together the center position. What really matters in basketball is having the creator. And this was the argument five years ago with Luka versus Eaton for the number one pick. And I made this argument. It was like, go look at who wins the NBA title every year. It's always the people who have the creator. There's somebody who's on the perimeter of the ball in their hands. Even Jokic, who wins the title this year, he was a creator. He's not a typical center, right? He's basically their point guard on offense who could post up. So this happened in the NBA. Nobody went nuts. And this is happening in football. And is this where football is. If you want to make the most amount of money playing in the NFL, I don't know why you would be a running back. I would be a cornerback. I would be a wide receiver. I'd be an edge rusher. But if you're a running back, you know your shelf life's probably like five, six years. You know the money is not totally gonna be there. Now they're in this, like you have people like JK Dobbins, like, I might hold out. It's like, really? You didn't barely even play in the field. Barkley said he was gonna hold out. And then, you know, probably looked at it. And the money for Barkley is like 10, 11 million. That's unfortunately the market. So you can't fix this. They collectively bargained it. And until we get to the next CBA, I don't know how you fix it. I thought it was really weird. It felt like people had nothing to talk about. And it was like, ah, let's feel bad for running backs. All right, let's take a break. And then I'm gonna finish the rest of the six pack. All right, picking up on the six pack. We're gonna talk a little more football. I talked about the running back pity party. This is a different kind of party. The Jets optimism, which has just been stunning to me over the course of July. I have Jets fans in my life. These are people that usually have no hope and are very reminiscent of the pre -2004 Red Sox fans, just assuming the worst at all times. Why does God hate us? All that stuff. And now they have this crazy optimism based on the fact that they brought in Aaron Rodgers, who I did not think was very good last year, just throwing that out there. I wouldn't say he was bad, but for Rodgers, he was bad. I mean, we thought Rodgers was, he was the reigning MVP and we thought he was still one of the five or six most impactful players in the league. And I don't wanna read stats to you for the next six minutes, but deep balls, he was bad. Turnovers, he was bad. Leadership, he was bad. And the case for Rodgers coming back would be, well, he's gonna be rejuvenated. The Jets, New York City. This is his team. He got away from Green Bay. He's got Hackett back. I get it, but he's also at an age where we've really only seen Tom Brady succeed at a high, high level at the age that Rodgers is at. I was trying to figure it out. I have my QB ratings and I had, you know, the top tier is Mahomes and Burrow and Allen and Herbert and Hertz. Those have to be the top five. Then it drops off and it's Lamar Jackson and Lawrence. And then Rodgers, probably a hair underneath him with a chance to play himself up with those guys. But from what we saw last year, I'm not ready to put him there. So he's the 10th best quarterback in the league, probably. 10th or ninth best quarterback in the league, probably. Well, they have no offensive line. And I don't understand why people keep glossing over this where it's like, hey, Rodgers and Garrett Wilson, he's one of the best receivers in the league and Breece Hall's going to come back and the defense is really good. And it's like, yeah, the offensive line is terrible. Beckton and Dwayne Brown, sure tackles again. And then you have Robert Salah as the coach, who I cannot say I thought that Jets were crisply coached last year. Whatever he was doing with Zach Wilson was insane. No idea if that guy's even a decent coach. So I'm already worried about your offensive line, the age of your quarterback, and the competency of your coach. And that's before we get into the hard knocks curse, because for some reason they're doing hard knocks, the incredible Super Bowl hype already. And then we have the schedule, which is the AFC East has just got screwed by the schedules this year. The Jets, just for quarterbacks in 17 games, they got to play Josh Allen twice, they got to play Mahomes, Herbert, Hertz, Dak Prescott, and Deshaun Watson. And then they also have to play Miami twice. We'll see what we get out of two this year. And then a really good Pats defense. And then Denver, who knows, they might be rejuvenated. So Danny Dimes, they have to play him. It is a brutal schedule, so you have that. And then on top of everything else, you're the Jets. I was there with the Red Sox before 2004, and this is probably just as bad, where you just think the worst possible things can happen is all the time. You're not allowed to have optimism when you're Jets fans. You can be cautiously optimistic. There was an entire Curb Your Enthusiasm episode once, season 10, episode seven, about being a Jets fan. And it was called, I think, the ugly section. Nick Kroll was the maitre d'. And part of the episode was about, he would put these people in different sections of the restaurant, depending on how attractive they were. But there was this other plot, Larry's buddy who loved the Jets, kills himself. And Larry becomes convinced it was because of the Jets, that the Jets killed his friend. This was only a couple of years ago. So now they get Aaron Rodgers, and everything's good. And they're gonna win the Super Bowl. I don't see it, guys. I don't wanna step on my football stuff too much, but I'd be shocked. And Lombardi points out the defense that everybody's ready to compare to the 85 Bears. Lombardi said they had two turnovers over the last eight games last season. So that means something too. I am dubious, to say the least. If you're gonna tell me a tortured franchise actually turns it around this year, I want a tortured franchise that doesn't have expectations. Because the Lions are another one. Everybody's ready to put them in the Super Bowl or close. And the only case for them is just pretty explosive offense. They couldn't stop anybody last year. And the NFC is terrible. But that's another one where is that a fan base that should be super excited and have a ton of hype? The one that's kind of lurking that fits in this group is the Browns. Because the Browns are actually super talented. They're in a winnable division. Burroughs already hurt. And I think they're four to one to win the AFC North on FanDuel, something like that. Their over -under is, I think it climbed up.
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"AP sports I'm David Shuster, one game in both the NBA and NHL playoffs Sunday and they were completely different from a competitive standpoint. We start in the NBA with geth and kuba filling us in on Miami and Boston. The Miami Heat cruise to a three O series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals after blowing out the Boston Celtics one 28 one O two at home in game three. Gabe Vincent pace the heat with a playoff career high 29 points on 11 of 14 shooting. Caleb Martin added 18 points, Jimmy Butler scored 16 and bam adebayo 13. Boston stars Jayson Tatum and jaylen Brown were held to 14 and 12 points respectively on a combined 12 of 35 shooting. Miami can clinch its second NBA Finals birth in four seasons with a win in game four Tuesday. And now over to hockey with Mark Myers reporting on Las Vegas and Dallas. Chandler Stephenson scored early in overtime to give the golden knights a three to two win over the stars and a two O series lead the knights were able to tie the score in the final minute of regulation on a goal by Jonathan Marshall, Aiden hill made 26 saves in the Vegas nets, Jake Avengers stopped 21 shots for the stars who were now zero in four and overtime games this postseason. Turning to baseball, Houston completed a three game sweep of Oakland Sunday's final two zero and how bad are the a's well they're on pace to lose 138 games which would be a record. Other highlights Sunday Oscar Mercado with 5 RBI St. Louis ten 5 over the Dodgers and Cedric mullin 5 hits Baltimore 8 three over Toronto. To golf and Brooks Koepka won his 5th major title, he won the PGA Championship by two shots. That was good. Yeah, this one's this one's definitely special. I think this one's probably the most meaningful of them all with everything that's gone on, all the other crazy stuff over the last few years, but it feels good to be back and get number 5. And in auto racing, Spain's Alex pillow captured the pole position for this year's Indy 500. I'm David Shuster, a P sports.
Jimmy Butler scores 27, Miami beats Boston 111-105 to take 2-0 lead in East finals
"Jimmy Butler scored 27 points and Miami beat Boston one 11 one O 5 to take a two O lead in the Eastern Conference Finals. Butler also provided 8 rebounds 6 assists and an emotional spark after Boston's grant Williams started jawing with him, resulting in a double headbutt. It makes me smile. It does. When people talk to me, I'm like, okay, I know I'm a decent player if you want to talk to me out of everybody that you can talk to. Bam adebayo had 22.16 rebounds in 9 assists. Jayson Tatum had 34 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists for Boston. Geth and kuba, Boston
Butler scores 35, Heat rally to beat Celtics 123-116 in East finals opener
"That he took in one of the Eastern Conference Finals by dominating the third quarter of the one 23 one 16 win over the Celtics in Boston. The self led by 9 and a half time, but Miami outscored them 46 25 in the third to take control. Jimmy Butler provided 23 of his game high 35 points in the second half and finished with 7 assists 6 steals and 5 rebounds. Bam adebayo had 20 points and 8 rebounds for the heat who were 16 of 31 from three point range. Jason Tatum scored 30 points and jaylen Brown added 22 for the Celtics who host came to on Friday. I'm Dave ferry.
Heat back to the NBA's final four, top Knicks 96-92 for 4-2 series win
"The Miami Heat are headed back to the Eastern Conference Finals after topping the New York Knicks 96 to 92 in game 6 on Friday night. Jimmy Butler scored a team high 24 points for Miami. We got 8 more to get. And like I always say, we always going to be in this thing together. I'm so, so proud of all of my guys. Bam adebayo added 23 max drew scored 14 and Kyle Lowry had 11 and 9 assists for the 8th seeded heat. Jalen Brunson was spectacular for New York in a losing effort, scoring 41 points on 14 for 22 shooting. I'm geffen cool ball.
Heat take 3-1 lead, hold off Knicks 109-101 for Game 4 win
"The Miami Heat moved to win away from their third trip to the Eastern Conference Finals in the last four years by topping the New York Knicks one O 9 one O one in game four. Jimmy Butler scored 27 points and added ten assists. We always got a shot to win whenever regarding we're just playing hard and playing together. Bam adebayo finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds, max truce scored 16 and Kyle Lowry added 15. Jalen Brunson finished with 32 points and 11 assists while RJ Barrett scored 24 and Julius Randle added 20 for the Knicks. I'm geffen cool bar.
Butler scores 28, Heat top Knicks 105-86 for 2-1 series lead
"Jimmy Butler returned from his spraying to ankle to score 28 points in the Miami Heat topped the New York Knicks one O 5 to 86 to take a two to one lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series. It's never on one individual. All year long, we've been a team that plays team basketball on both sides of the floor. Max truce had 19 points, bam adebayo added 17 and 12 rebounds for Miami. Jalen Brunson scored 20 for New York, Julius Randle, added ten points and 14 rebounds for the Knicks game four is Monday. I'm geffen cool bar.
NBA Play-ins, Avalanche Advance
"AP's sports and Mike Reeves, the NBA play in tournament concluded with a pair of games on Friday in the Eastern Conference the heat defeated the bulls one O two 91 to secure the 8 seed in a first round matchup against the bucks, Miami sitter, bam adebayo. This is the moment, you know, a lot of guys dream of a lot of guys. You know, I want to be in the playoffs who don't get that luxury. You know, that's earned. You know, you don't take that for granted. In the west, the Timberwolves roll past the thunder one 20 to 95 to qualify as the 8 seed and set up an opening round series against the nuggets, Minnesota head coach Chris Finch. We did a good job of just kind of like never letting them really get into a rhythm other than in that third. And then I thought offensively, we also did a good job, played pretty intelligent offense. There was also news off the court. Here's our correspondent, getting cool ball. The NBA find the Dallas Mavericks $750,000 Friday, saying the team engaged in quote conduct detrimental to the league and quote by sitting out most of its key players against the Chicago Bulls on April 7th despite still having a chance to reach the postseason. The league's investigation said Dallas violated the league's policy on resting players and had a desire to lose the game to the bulls quote in order to improve the chances of keeping its first round pick in the 2023 NBA draft. On the ice, Colorado's win puts the final pieces of the NHL playoff puzzle together, Bruce Morton has more. For the third straight season the avalanche central division champs, Nathan McKinnon delivered a hat trick a night that included the go ahead goal as Colorado won at Nashville four three, with the victory, the abs meet Seattle in the opening round, the initial postseason appearance for the kraken franchise. The Pittsburgh penguins fired GM Ron hextall, director of hockey operations Brian Burke Ed assistant GM Chris Pryor after the club failed to make the playoffs for the first time in 17 seasons. Major League Baseball, the raised 13 game season opening winning streak ended with a 6 three loss at Toronto. I'm Mike Reeves AP sports.
Heat get rare easy win, roll past Grizzlies 138-119
"Bam adebayo Tyler hero and Jimmy Butler each scored over 20 points is the heat enjoyed a rare blowout one 38 one 19 versus grizzlies at a bio was high man with 26 hero finished with 24 and butler added 23 as Miami set a season high for points. It was the first double digit win for the heat since January 18th and is one of just 6 games in which Miami has won by at least ten all season. At a bio appreciated the blowout. It felt great to be in that position. Being up the whole game, controlling the game, having, you know, being able to run our sets and still execute and score. Jaron Jackson, junior, scored 25 points for the grizzlies. I'm Dave fairy.
Heat use balanced scoring, rally to beat Magic 106-103 in OT
"The magic had three players score at least 20 points in a one O 7 one O three overtime win against the magic. Tyler hero had 23 points. Jimmy Butler furnished 22 and gave Vincent added 20. The heat trail by 9 with two 22 left in regulation, and we're down by 17 in the third quarter. Bam adebayo finished with 13.17 rebounds and 6 assists from Miami. Markelle fultz led Orlando with 17 points in palo banquero had 16 with 13 rebounds. Bon Caro missed a driving layup in the final seconds of the fourth. I'm Dave ferry.
Adebayo scores 38, Heat hold off sliding Pacers 116-111
"Bam adebayo and Jimmy Butler led a potent attack as the heat snapped the two game skid one 16 one 11 versus the pacers. At a bio port in 38 points and butler added 25 for Miami, which had 6 players score at least 12. Butler says that a bio has become an offensive force. He has the ball enough to be able to shoot the ball as many times as you want. It's all about taking the right shots at the right time. And making sure that everybody gets their touches as well. Buddy healed was high man for the pacers with 27 points, but Indiana lost for the 13th time in 15 games and had to settle for a split of the four game season series. I'm Dave ferry.
"bam adebayo" Discussed on Open Floor: SI's NBA Show
"All right, what I would say to arman is because if I have an audience here and I can probably just mention this next time I'm in there is what I would like to be able to do as a man who is flirting with keto diet right now. Watching my metabolism slow to zero is I would like to be able to order the chicken Lula kabobs and the chicken thigh shish in the breast just for that matter. As a la carte items without the rice and hummus. No, no, but you have to call. What I'd like to be able to do is to do it on the online delivery platforms. The populate your phone is I would like not to have to call to do all the hard ordering. Because what I ended up doing is just having to throw away rice and throwing away some sin because, you know, it's just a scent. You can't throw it away. Of course. Of course. Wow. Well, we could honestly, we could do 90 minutes, two hours on many kebab, but we have 56 minutes work. Exactly. But there's so much I want to get to. I really am thrilled, Kevin. I know that, you know, we see each other every now and then in LA, but this is like the first time I think we've ever had an actual basketball conversation will be on this podcast and I'm very excited because you've genuinely been one of my favorite writers for so long and I'm very excited to do this. We've never talked we talked basketball. But at the end, we talked about the wonders of bam adebayo and the Miami Heat selling out on the weak side to in one of the more aggressive defensive schemes. It's come up. I think we had like one legitimate conversation on the way back from the Pasadena farmers market, but not in we're really going to drill down today, I think. So I'm very thrilled. Let's start here because you are no longer actually covering the NBA for the first time in a long time, which is weird to me to think that I'm writing about the NBA or not. And we talked a bit about this on the phone this week is you are now getting to experience the NBA, not as a writer, but someone who is, you know, I think in between a casual fan and a hardcore fan. I mean, obviously you still know so much about the sport. You can't just, that doesn't just go away, but what's the experience been like for you kind of checking in and out of the NBA at your own convenience. Right, it's so interesting. And I was prepared for this, right? Because you live a life where and I don't know how you would even catalog the amount of hours people like you and I spend watching the league when you're covering it officially. There's the sort of, I'm on the West Coast, so starting at 4 o'clock, you know, you check in on the east coast games, maybe you're working on a feature about demar Derozan. So for three weeks, you watch every bulls game. There's the second spectrum.
"bam adebayo" Discussed on The Bill Simmons Podcast
"And with an extension, but then he hit 11 threes last night. We were worried he had seen him healthy and like 18 months, but he's shown enough, I think, the last 6 weeks that I feel okay, and I feel okay having a top 25. Also, one of the rare guys who means a shitload to his city. That's it. He's synonymous with Portland. It doesn't matter what the contract is. He had so many opportunities. It was reported that he was interested. He was like, those reports are all garbage. I'm never leaving. I love it here. I'm staying on the guy here. I love what's going on. I'm going to make it work. And that's what you did. I want to win a title here. It's great. Holiday 20 and then bam adebayo 19. What about Donovan Mitchell? Donovan Mitchell 21. Good comeback for Donovan Mitchell. I would not have had him in the top 25 before this season because we haven't seen him play defense since before the pandemic. And guess what? Guess what? He knows how to play defense that he has long arms. And when he's really engaged with this team, it's like, oh cool, Donovan Mitchell's the two way player gun. So why wasn't he engaged with this team? This is why I think it's not far fetched to put Rudy Gobert into the dishonorable man. I'm off for blaming Rudy Gobert for anything. So you like that order dame 22 Mitchell 21 holiday 20 at a bio 19? I mean, I don't know what the defining ban moment is. I'm not sure that I could point to like, oh, bam took you move him back. Yeah. What's my defining where is the success of that dude? Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. 'cause he's yeah, you're gonna have he culture is gonna come after you now. Culture. What are you talking about? He cultured people who every time he wins. He culture
"bam adebayo" Discussed on NBA Front Office w/ Keith Smith & Trevor Lane
"Anytime there's a star out there just throw their name in the box because they're going to be interested in making a deal. There's nothing that jumps out at me as an obvious trade for Katie used Miami Heat, but. That's the problem, right? Yeah, they have banned them in some champions routine because of the designated player rule acquiring more than one by trade initiative. So that's a whole thing there in itself. And I want to say openly more reports are he has made known. I guess my unemployed with butler bam adebayo and Kyle Lowry. Well, then you're not going to Miami. There's just not enough stories to stack up in a deal to make it happen. Major challenge in that situation. So then it's not a disrespect. There's two teams you instantly know are going to be connected. The heat and the Lakers. That's just how it is, right? It used to be the next, but I think we've finally gotten over just people throwing the Nixon just at random because it doesn't go that way anymore. But every single time there is going to be around the periphery, if nothing else. Let's chat a little bit about the mid season tournament. That's something that sounds like it's coming. 2023, 2024 season could be happening. Is this a good idea for the NBA to have this?
"bam adebayo" Discussed on Game Theory Podcast
"I mean, let's talk trade packages now because I find all of this very interesting. So the name that Adrian wojnarowski, ESPN, reported were Phoenix and Miami. Those were the two teams that were specifically referenced in regard to Kevin Durant. Phoenix, I would imagine it's some construction of Deandre ayton and Mikhail bridges. I think that you can make a case that that is to all star level talents if things go right for Kevin Durant. I've seen a subsequent report saying something like they won't trade him to Phoenix except for Devin Booker, that seems ridiculous to me. To be honest, maybe he doesn't go to Phoenix, but like you're not moving Devin Booker after he just signed this four year extension. I don't even think he's eligible to be moved to be honest. No. He's not. So that extension, yeah, he's off the table. Yeah, so that seems ridiculous to me. Having said that, the Phoenix thing gets complicated, which I'm sure you have now delved deeply into in regard to the collective bargaining agreement machinations. Without getting on a 5 minute explainer on base year compensation, can you explain why this is more difficult than meets the eye in order for a Deandre ayton Mikel bridges package to go to the Brooklyn Nets? Yeah, I'm pretty sure the money in terms of what Phoenix would be sending in what the nets would be saying in terms of salary gets tricky on that front. I think the luxury tax apron comes into play too. I want to say with some of this. Yeah, which I think is the quickest way. And while we're on the CBA, you know, bam adebayo has been talked about a lot with all this with Miami, but he's an eligible also because of the CBA clause where you can not trade for two guys on rookie extensions and then that's already having Ben Simmons. He counts as those rural rookie extensions, that is. Yes, yes. So yeah, no, I feel like Larry Kuhn today with the amount of CBA exceptions I've had to brush up on. It's complicated, man. This is gonna be a wild one. And so if you're Miami, you don't have all of your picks moving forward. I think you have quite a few of them, like not a crazy amount though, so it's like Tyler hero, and all of your drafts moving forward. I don't think that's going to be the best offer on the table. If your Phoenix, it's Deandre ayton and Mikhail bridges. Essentially, the way this works is that the roys O'Neill thing actually hamstrings Brooklyn a little bit here in regard to being close to the apron because their money is higher. If you bring in a player via sign and trade like Brooklyn would be doing with Deandre ayton, that player, you can not, as a team, go over the apron, which is like what 35 million above the south..
"bam adebayo" Discussed on Patriots Beat
"And then were they perfect at the rim no, but they got enough of it going that it made it the difference, right? Right. So jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, like, you don't have bam adebayo staring at you when you go down the lane. You don't have brook Lopez staring at you when you're going down a lane. You can finish on draymond green. You can finish when they switch on get Tatum on Steph and get that matchup. He can finish over Steph Curry. So I think this looks sort of the more athletic team. I think there are the longer team and they play like that last night. You mentioned the rebounding, you know, when they had that big, two big lineup out there with Robin Al Horford, they got a lot more size up front than Golden State has. So they should dominate the glass. Like they should control the rebound and should control that aspect of the game. So I hope that they've cracked the code to, like I said at the beginning of this, I'm used to the Celtic snap pushing these series to 6 or 7 games just because they can't take the easy way. I know they swept Brooklyn, but even that series, like every game was close, right? It was like kind of like a gentleman sweep. But I'll see what ends up happening tomorrow night. I have a good feeling about it tomorrow night, but I think the warriors come back in game 5 and don't let it end like that. I think that the solids are going to have to win a pressure game 6 to knock them out, right? I don't think the warriors are just going to roll over and give it to them in 5 games. But I also don't want to get too ahead of ourselves and crown them champs just yet either. So we'll see what ends up. What's game 5 going to be like back in San Francisco? What are the fans going to do? Are they going to boo Celtics players in the streets and how are they going to respond? And will the Celtics will mark a smart be able to take it? Oh no, I can't even imagine. Yeah, sorry ridiculous. I'm sorry. What's going to happen? We still take sports seriously in this city. I know the NBA is a league where it's people for players, not teams and all of that. We weren't going to shake hands and say, well, I hope we just get a competitive series. I hope we get an entertaining series. Hey, if you guys, if we win, you can come to our parade. If you win, we'll go to yours. I know a lot of the country view sports that way now, not here. Not here, never here. This is about us. This is about us. Look, I'm not going to flip the bird..
"bam adebayo" Discussed on The Garden Report | Boston Celtics Post Game Show from TD Garden
"Right. You know, with the exception of maybe Pritchard is the only one who comes on there. And he doesn't kill you, and he is playable in the series against a smaller guards, and he played well tonight, so you can actually, you can put Pritchard out there and feel okay about it and not that he's going to be, you know, whatever necessarily hunted. But almost everybody, the most selfish rotational players are their best offensive and defensive players. Golden State has to choose. What do they want to be right now? Who do they want to be? Who do they want to play? What's most important to them? Do we want to try to stop them? Or do we want to try to score? And so when you put out that pool in port or lineup, or you have, you know, with curry out there, that's your more offensive lineup. It pulls a -19 Porter's a -18, despite the fact that Porter made four or 5 threes. Those guys hurt you. You know, because they can't keep up on the other end of the floor. So they're specialists, you know? And it just creates problems in mismatches and allows teams to go on runs against them where they just can't. So that's a problem there. That problem, when they go big, if you have draymond and loony out there, obviously you've got a little bit more of a spacing problem. And again, if the Celtics were a little bit better off of those screens and those pin downs and just played them a little bit cleaner and weren't getting those big caught and drop coverage off of stuff there, you can defend that. You can defend that better than you did last time. So Golden State's got to kind of decide. I think Kerr is going to be playing with like bud did in the Milwaukee series. He couldn't decide, do I want to go big or small or what guys do I want to play with my stars? I think Kerr is going to be having that problem all series long, trying to figure out which lineups to use and which times against which players the Celtics have out there. And that's where I always give the edge to something. They have to worry less about who they put out there. Yeah. And one of the things that good point, really good point. Spacing, you brought up spacing. And I thought in this game one, dramatically different spacing for the Celtics compared to what they were getting against the heat. Like when bam adebayo said no screens, those shooters from Miami have plenty of airspace to operate. That's not happening in this series. The screens aren't nearly as debilitating as they were in that Miami Heat series. And so guys offensively are getting better looks. I think a lot of that's why they had so many guys that were able to score. Because they're getting freer. More often, more consistently..
"bam adebayo" Discussed on The Bill Simmons Podcast
"He's heard in them more than helping them. And instead it was Caleb Martin and Duncan Robinson in the second half. And that was one of the big adjustments for small shirt to make that. And it wasn't Lowry and bowler who were dead. It was Al Horford. I mean, he had his worst game at the worst possible time for Boston as well. Yeah. Well, that's the every other day thing. Well, that leads us to the rob Williams piece of this. Because they're just a different team when he's not out there, especially you don't get the alley oops anymore. You don't have Miami worried about the stuff around the rim anymore. And then defensively, he was challenging everything. He was all over the place. I think I know the moment when he might have tweaked the knee again. He had this sequence where it almost felt like he had either black, or tried, it was in the second quarter, like he had blocked or tried to block like three different shots in a row. And then it cut to him and it was a time out and he was just hunched over with his hands on his knee and I remember thinking like, oh no. Because he's almost like a car that you don't want to go over like a hundred miles an hour because you don't know what's going to happen in the engine. Any time he has one of those frenzied sequences, I always get nervous, but the fact that he wasn't even out there at the end. I thought that really handicapped. You don't go because grant has sucked really for most of this series, but especially in the last couple of games, he was bad again today. That was why they had to waste that challenge, I guess in retrospect because they knew rob wasn't coming back, right? KO, so you grand can't fall out because then what are you going to do? But grant was bad. So the rob thing lingering in the game 7 plus smart looking the way he did. I'm definitely not optimistic. And you said that your dad mentioned that he was in the locker room. He saw him go to the locker room. Yeah, he left before. He left in the fourth quarter, apparently. I mean, that's terrible. That's terrible. Mister Boston, especially with the deterrent that he is against bam adebayo as well, because for Miami, you have Jimmy Butler with a dominant night Kyle, he was really good. And bam, 6 points on 6 shots. But if you are removing Robert Williams out of that equation, that opens up more possibilities for him scoring at the rim, off drives to the rim, rolls the rim. Offensive rebounds with bam. I mean, Boston's done a good job neutralizing him besides that one big performance. Yeah, horror does such a good job. It reminds me of when he used to go up and beat years ago and the reason you like Horford in the matchup and why so I think we even joked that Philly signed him just to get him away from being able to defend him bead. Oh yeah. Because he just shuts you off. Like he shuts you off and he makes you stay parallel. Like you don't get deep on him when you go across and I think sometimes bam just flat out doesn't want to attack him like he doesn't like it. But the grant challenge, I know people are going to be pissed about it because the shot or it counts. So now you're basically just a point cost of the free throw. But I thought that he wanted to do it because it was going to be grant's 5th and he just wanted grant as the option even though he was bad. And it definitely, it was funny because I'm watching the legs going, what are they calling? And then when they'll pull and then you look at the top and you're like, he fouled him. He followed him at the top and we were all watching Jimmy's legs and where he landed thinking that that was going to get overturned. And there's probably the two plays after the fact that you look at going, well, they would have had the challenge. The offhand charge they called on Tatum on the drive to the right side on Tucker's an offer. That was awful. Jesus Christ. Every good part of the league does that on ten drugs. And then the other one on Jimmy with the drive in the baseline where he landed out of bounds, the ball was off of him. He threw the ball out of ads. But I want to make it very clear. The refs, the refs. They were bad for everybody. Right. But it was all over the place. It had nothing to do. I really don't think it had anything to do with the outcome. But the reason they won is because of butler. PJ Tucker said after the game, tell draymond, I said I appreciate it. So somehow, draymond, who's not even on the Celtics. Now maybe this is the evil genius of draymond because he wanted to play Miami at the Celtics. So he floats it out there. We're playing the Celtics because he knows.
"bam adebayo" Discussed on Bob Ryan & Jeff Goodman NBA Podcast
"Next thing. I don't think so. I mean, I think again, Miami just you look at him and Jimmy Butler's not healthy right now. And bam adebayo wasn't looking at Daniel tice that game. He was looking at Robert Williams, completely different deal. Kyle Lowry is still coming back from basically a month layoff with a hamstring injury. You know, I think it's a combination of a little bit of everything there with Miami, right? They're not great offensively to begin with. Then you don't have Tyler hero to bring off the bench to go get buckets. They don't have a lot of guys that can just manufacture on their own. A lot of guys who could put on the floor and make plays. They need guys to do like max Bruce. These guys to do it for him. So I just think again, to me, you know, I don't think Miami is the type that's going to give up on a game. I just think, you know, they dug themselves such a hole and they're banged up. And I know the Celtics are banged up too, but their key guys right now are pretty healthy. Although I know Tatum's and this is something that really hasn't been out there, guys. But Tatum's been dealing with a left wrist injury for months. For months. And I know that's bothering him a little bit at times. Rob Williams is hurt, marked a smart start. So it's kind of, we talked about this a month ago. It's a war of attrition right now. Kind of in the playoffs, right? Whoever's the healthiest? Well, Golden State's pretty healthy right now. Healthy. Their depth has been depleted. I was going on that path to the other day. I said, wait a minute. I don't put a junior's hurt. Gadama hasn't played in a long time. So they're the depth is depleted, but the front line, they're key key players are all absolutely. Because they never had water weissman. That's irrelevant. So they are, in essence, as healthy as they've been all year. So if the Celtics don't win this.
"bam adebayo" Discussed on NBA Front Office w/ Keith Smith & Trevor Lane
"But I thought the same thing you did. Yo, I guess my first thought was with the is the embiid jokic stuff, Jason Tatum gets caught up and that as well because of the way the votes were tabulated. But as I said, well, we did our all NBA picks. It was, if they're going to be by position, then you can't have him beat and jokic on the first team. Like neither one of them is a forward. I don't care what silly games you want to play. They're not. They don't play with another center, ever. They are both centers. So if this is how we're going to do the positions, then so be it, this is how we're going to do the positions. For what it's worth, my first team that I picked. You Tatum, Booker, Dončić, was the first team there. I had some different players on my second and third teams. But only just slightly so. I didn't, you know, I thought the players were all generally right. There, I did pick bam adebayo just because I thought the heat had to be represented on this team, so I picked him for the third team center. But it's not like cat, his undeserving, he had a great season too. So yeah, I just struggled to see, I mean, there's always going to be screaming and yelling. We know that. I mean, neither one of us is dumb. We know how this game is played. But I don't have any. There was none of them that I was like, oh man, that seems off to me that that guy even made it. Nope, I think all of them were perfectly fine picks. I even think the teams were okay. No issues from both sides. Agreed. I also didn't really have a problem with any of it. It's not again, it's not exactly what I picked. I decided to play the little game there and think that maybe the voters came out with some way to scheme things in so that embiid and jokic were both on the first teams. I think they're but deserving, but if you're going by positions, you're right. This is probably the way it was going to play out. I believe I did put bam in there as well. I don't have my picks right in front of me at the moment, but I mean, look at this list, it's hard to be upset with really any of these. I'm sure there's players you could make an argument for, but that's the way it's always going to be with all of these lists. Whether it's top 75, whether it's this, whether it's the 5 greatest diver, whether you want to do NBA Mount Rushmore, whatever you want to do, there's always going to be argument. I'll start with any of it. Looking at this though, I mean, every player is that's on here is deserving. And yeah, I mean, I wish we could be more hot take you here and be like, oh no, this player definitely deserved it because of this statin this and that and the other. I don't see much that's all that objectionable here. Go ahead, get it off your chest. Unleash about that LeBron James. Oh my gosh. Let us have how horrible he is. And now he shouldn't have been anywhere close to one of these things. That's what I was going to say. I know you but absolutely what I was going to say, I was going to say LeBron should definitely not be on the third team. No, he absolutely should. He was great this season..
"bam adebayo" Discussed on Winning Plays
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"bam adebayo" Discussed on NBA Front Office w/ Keith Smith & Trevor Lane
"If you came out and said, Marcus smart is not the defensive player of the year. It's player X that wouldn't be. Yeah, and people would not be. I'm not and I'm not saying here, I'm not saying you're wrong. I think if that was what you really thought, you would just say that. I do think Celtics fans have come to know that I tried not to with stuff like that get to wrapped up in it. I mean, I had Jason Tatum 5th for MVP. I'm not going to like, well, you know, there's a case to be maybe he's better than Giannis because they finish like I wouldn't go there, right? I do think and I think I said this on the awards, but if I didn't find excuse me of saying you're retroactively, but I promise it's not. If bam adebayo had played more, I would have picked bam as the defensive player of the year. I mean, he was unreal when he played him in what he does at that spot. I think is different than what Gobert does at the 5 because bam is switching out and playing on the perimeter a lot and all those kind of things. So yeah, I thought smart or bridges finishing one two. I think it was pretty cool to get that thing. And I do think perimeter defense has never mattered more because I think what gets missed is right. Everybody will throw, they don't protect the rim if they're guards out on the get to the river. You don't let them get to the rim or these guys are getting killed on screens. All game long. Teams do everything they can again. Guys like smart and bridges off of their main perimeter scores. And it was, I get it. People in fire back with, oh yeah, that makes sense. Kyrie just dropped 40 on them. In the playoffs. But a lot of that wasn't against Marcus smart. It's very easy to go look up the stats of who he scored. It's like ten of those points around Marcus smart. And I think it was only on two of 5 shooting. So, you know, but I mean, I don't need to re litigate it..
"bam adebayo" Discussed on Open Floor: SI's NBA Show
"Yeah, I think Trey can be better defensively. You don't have to be like a lot of their open threes were because they involved them in and then it was just like self they were shooting themselves in the foot a little bit with how some of those threes were created and you can be cleaner with how you're executing your strategy. You can hustle back and transition. There's a lot of different things that you can do. You can not go one for 12 shooting the ball and then let Miami kind of run the ball down your throats going the other way. I mean, I just don't think this is why I get paid the big bucks, but I don't think Trey and Bo dun McDonough are going to go one for 20 from the floor. So I think it'll be a little bit more competitive going forward that was John Collins first game and forever. A Kung fu was a deer in headlights. I was kind of surprised, honestly, by how poor he played, I know bam is incredible and it's very aggressive. But it's not like bam was like he was not offensive juggernaut bam in game one either. No, but it's more just like, I'm thinking of one. It's not an easy matchup. Yeah. Yeah, I'm thinking on one play in my head where it's like bam is coming in transition in a Kung fu squares up like he's trying to take a charge in bam adebayo just goes around him and gets fouled on a reversed and one layup. And it's like, why are you trying to what are you trying to take a charge for? Like..
"bam adebayo" Discussed on NBA Front Office w/ Keith Smith & Trevor Lane
"He was a guy who looked like he was going to be out of the league. His salary dumped by the calves to the magic to the magic just straight more like, yeah, we don't really want this guy to ever even really report it here. And then he was part of, I call it the diamond mining process, which marks went through when Shawn marks took over the Nats front office, I always loved his approach of. I'm not going to talk about the draft picks. We don't have because we don't have them. It's sunk costs. There's no point in spending time on that. We have to build this up and he really took that approach of cycle through player after player on ten days and short term deals and all this stuff. And that's how they found Spencer didn't know what he and Joe Harris both. So you guys have been cast off. So I'm hoping, you know, get his ankle right getting him back out there and see how it goes. Positive injury news. Victor Oladipo, we back on Monday. Miami Heat. So good to see him back in action. I don't know how much of a boost he provides here. We'll see what he can do health wise. I believe there was a two time all star. So we'll see what he can provide, but just good to see him getting back and healthy and back out on the floor. Yeah, just gives him another guy, right? Another depth guy and other guy who can kind of play the combo guard role for them, maybe off their bench along with Tyler hero, if needed, I mean, Miami just keeps. They just keep plugging along. I mean, last night, they played with goofy line of bam adebayo starting with omari yurt 7 and no Lowry, no butler, and they still won. You know, I mean, they're just really, really good team. They still wanted to spite Kevin Durant going nuts. And Tyler hero, went for 27. And he had a phenomenal night. So this is a team that just, they find ways to get it done, so there they are still sitting at the top of the east. Speaking of that, man, KD, man, that guy just rolls out of bed and drops 40. First game back from injury, no big deal. Yeah. Yeah. He's unreal. I'm unbelievable. We are, you know, it's funny. Sometimes we get into, we see so many fans who get into this player versus this player. And this player is so much better because this guy sucks. And just tearing players down. We even see this from former players who just want to take shots at the current crop. Sometimes you just got to step back and you got to say, there is so much talent in this league. It's so amazing. So good. Yeah. Yeah, really. This is as deep as we have ever been. It's incredible. Rumor coming out that the Mavs were looking at a deal with the raptors for cursed ops for zen, of course, we know they ultimately traded him to the Washington Wizards and got Spencer Dinwiddie in the trader. Didn't what he has done some things. For them, as well as Davis Bernstein's, but they were looking at a deal with the raptors that would have sent porzingis to Toronto in exchange for Gordon dragon. She obviously went to the spurs in a different trade and Gary Trent, junior. So what are your thoughts on that? Are you surprised that that didn't get done? No, I don't think the raptors would want to go that way. I think if it was we can get rid of..
"bam adebayo" Discussed on Game Theory Podcast
"That's, again, if I believed in firewall as an offensive player, if I believe in hunter's health, if I believed in, if I believe cam Johnson was three years younger, those would be kind of things I think about. But I don't believe those things either. So it's sort of it's the kind of the most certainty out of unpalatable bundle, I guess. Okay, so I'm going to go Tyler hero at 6. We've talked a little bit about him. Hero has just been a really good, tough shop maker this year, and I'm. My opinion of it is buoyed by the fact that the heat figured out how to defend with him in the playoffs. When he was a rookie, like he was not good defensively as a rookie and they figured it out. I think that in Miami, they will continue to figure it out. And they are very he is very well insulated surrounded by Kyle Lowry Jimmy Butler and bam adebayo to where they're going to be able to make it work. And I think having him any lower than 6 here is going to look bad. It makes the case filming why because they're some similarities, I think. Make the case for me why hero and not Jordan pool. I think that hero because I agree with my pools from Milwaukee, by the way. And by the way, like I did not like I was not super high on either of these guys coming in either way. Yeah, they've both like really become the tough shop makers. I have pool, like right in this range as well. I would go hero. I think he's a little bit more creative off the bounce than pool stuff is like a lot of straight line, a lot of just like attacking toward the basket and making shots. And I think that he also gets more open looks than what Tyler hero does right now just playing next to Stephen Curry playing next to draymond green. Obviously he runs like a lot of their bench units and is tasked with creating offense whenever those guys are off the court..
"bam adebayo" Discussed on Game Theory Podcast
"But you can also keep Defenders Honest by having five guys out there that can like be genuine offensive threats as Playmakers. And Jimmy Butler is certainly that despite the fact that he can't U. Bam adebayo is certainly that despite the fact that he can't shoot, Duncan is an incredible off mover in that leads into my next thing here. All four of these guys. Bam, Jimmy, Kyle, Lowry Jimmy Butler, they all move really, really well off the ball and I think it's going to create some really strong offensive movement and offensive flow in a way that Miami hasn't quite had in a while. Because the point guard just position hasn't been as strong as what we would have liked. Seen their right. All that all that movement and PJ Tucker's man is going to be four feet away from him with a foot, like, almost in the paint, unless Tyler Heroes on the court. Well, I see now that now we're talking about other stuff but I think the PJ Tucker like PJ Tucker's going to play, right? He's going to come off the bat like I think he's like look, he's getting pinched. Yeah, I think he's getting 7 and 1/2 million dollars a year and he's, you know, off a crazy brought him into to play. I mean, look is Tyler hero going to go back to being bubble. Tyler hero. I mean, hell is Duncan Robinson going to go back to being playing? Like he's in the bubble. I think don't get along pretty good guys. And I think he's good too, but I think the contestants shooting our minds have been blown by the contested shooting being completely out of whack the last season half. Yeah, you know or whatever and it's I think it's going to be a difficult recalibration for us and we saw it in the playoffs with a lot of guys and Duncan was one of them. And part of that is Kathy Ami just had nothing, they had no juice and so maybe I'm falling victim to, you know, something that is very common where I'm thinking about the last thing I saw from them. But man, what we saw was really bad. I I just, you know, I look at what they add and I love Kyle Lowry, I think Lowery's a great addition. I just, I just don't like the other stuff, although they got Markieff Markieff Morris Mark, you get more?.
"bam adebayo" Discussed on Cork's 96fm Opinion Line
"Bam adebayo see it down there at the bottom back garden festival or go online and get it at nine hundred six. Fm dot e. eighteen fifty seven one. Five nine nine six. What is happening with the moon. The moon would appear to be and this is not my word. but it's nassar's word it would appear. Wobbling the moon is wobbling. I was looking at this last night. And i thought i had bubbling. But apparently the moment is wobbling and it's something. We need to take seriously correspondent. Leo enright joins me deal. I looked out my window last night. And i said i can't see anything happening. What's going on. Yeah i teach. I must say. I liked her introduction because a little. I'm i'm a bit of septic here about about this The nasa press release don't seem to have slightly over egged the pudding and if wouldn't be the first time pj. I think you and i would agree. That a journalist sitting in their office didn't jump on somebody over egging put pudding and adding of the souffles themselves. So basically the bottom line is we've known for centuries The moon's orbit is not flat. You know around equates her. It's it's tilted. The orbit is too so sometimes. The moon is higher in the northern hemisphere sometime in goal in the southern hemisphere. We know this we see ourselves. It's day to day thing now. We all know also that the tides vary with the position of the moon. We know for instance. Everybody knows about the spring tight when when the moon is closer to the earth has a has a higher pool win. A high tide comes it. Just it is whole higher up shore by the moon if you're still whispery paycheck to sleep because i want this is being climate. Change activists look time it changes a real thing and let's let's they've jumped on this for a reason. Get to in a minute. But but what. What explain what nasa is actually saying rather than what we think. They're saying can kenya okay. What they're saying is if you bought climate change and very particularly this would obviously be of interest coastal communities in ireland very particularly sea levels. They say that if you if you if you're worried about sea levels actually you can add a little bit extra of a worry for the in the news in the twenties thirties because at that point in the in the way the moon orbits the earth it's going to have an even bigger pool that your average spring tide and will undoubtedly they calculate inundate new areas because the gravitational and people know that the gravitational pull is what causes the tides. So if the moon moves in its rbis even slightly it can affect gravity and therefore can florida's more. Yes i think wobble wobble is probably i. Some of a word. I would've used and this is a complex piece of orbital mechanics Where the moon It's it's it's the angle of the moon's orbit compared to the earth's equator. And what they're talking about is that over a period of eighteen years. This happens every eighteen years. I'm i'm what they're saying is the next. One is going to happen in twenty hurricanes. That's where i was going with this as you. And i have discussed many times pretty much everything that happens when we look at our window and stand up and look at the sky pretty much everything that happens up. There is determined mathematically to the l- asked decimal point so this isn't a surprise. Exactly yes no. I i do. I do think. Nasa awarded this better You are right. Everybody is alarmed about climate change and the boats They they rise in sea level Both nasa are just. They're they're adding a warning. The sea level problem would be even worse than we imagined in the twenty thirties. In other words. If you're planning if you're in a cork county council and you're planning for certain rises in sea level and twenty turkey should add a little bit more in your calculations because the moon's orbit is going to be in a slightly different position it is eighteen year cycle and it's going to be raising ties even further. It'd be a few sensitive. There's one presumes that can be the difference between a car park full of cars and a car park full of water now. There's nothing we can do about what the moon is going to do. But obviously we can address what we do down here. And that's where this discussions going to go. yes. I think it's important to say that. Europe leads the way in gathering sort of data that nasa were using to make these calculations of their data for this paper was actually derived from the european satellites that had been assiduously measuring the height of the sea level around the globe. They have down two millimeters For most of the plants and the scientists the reason scientists are now able to tell us things about the effect of the mood that we wouldn't have dreamed of even two years ago is because of this magnificent amount of data coming from the european environmental satellites. It's a huge success story for europe. And i have to say very important to say that. Ireland is deeply involved in this project t to understand rising levels. We've just done a deal with the european space agency to let them use our massive supercomputer at the irish national high end computing system to room the sorts of models. That would work out. Just how bad is it going to be once again. Irish scientists among the best in the world. This stuff when indeed. I mean john. Tyndall of course was the man who discovered global warming back in the eighteen hundreds One of the greatest scientists of the eighteen. Hundreds was an irishman And tindall's work on the effects of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere but the led to the realization well over a century later that we on this little spaceship earth are in trouble. The i leave it. There always a pleasure to speak with you. On the opinion spiritual respondent leo. Enright not going to move around in this guy. You won't see it wobbling. But they do need to take heed of it. It happens every. I think he's at eighteen years or so. Moon moves slightly affects tides and in the thirties could affect bad. The ac and fifty seven five nine nine hundred dollars. You can get insurance for anything you want if you're willing to pay the cost. I'm a painter. I've had to pay premium prices. I think that man can get insurance but can't afford it. There is insurance out there for everything is not really caller because the underwriters who take on the industry many of them just pulled out they just didn't wanna know they and it was impossible for some of them to get insurance so it's not always as simple as jost fronting of the money and you'll get the premium but thank you. That's it for today. The program by fergal barry produced and researched by katie. o keefe. see tomorrow just after nine..
Bucks Put Heat on Brink, Win 113-84 for 3-0 Series Lead
"Khris Middleton scored twenty two points and drew out a in the honest intent to Kubo each had double doubles as the box rolled to a one thirteen eighty four victory over the heat holiday finished with nineteen points and twelve assists and ten to Kubo added seventeen points and seventeen rebounds set the tone early in the game we know how to put in this game was you know Kmart you will give you guys a fraud will rebound the ball we just we just represented some basically brook Lopez chipped in thirteen points for the box who have won their last two games by a combined sixty three points Jimmy Butler scored nineteen points and bam Adebayo had seventeen for the heat Miami will try to avoid elimination when host game four on Saturday I'm the ferry
"bam adebayo" Discussed on Ball is Bae NBA Podcast
"Got dame started today young decent taste nikola which subordinates. And a i could make a mind between julia. Rheinland bam adebayo. But i've decided to go with judy san because bam adebayo was also last year and i think judy sandal deserves to be an all star this year. Whatever exactly that levin. I don't think he can get it over. Ben simmons or hard austria. I don't think he's better than any of those people. So that's why. I didn't get anything done things that may be better than which been more exactly in scored with different things. That's why i feel the double double machine pretty for i think what twenty four points ten eleven something like that. Yeah that's the thing that's going to be noticed.
Adebayo back in Miami Heat lineup for Game 4 against Los Angeles Lakers; Dragic still out
"Finals. He big man Bam Adebayo is a go for tonight's game while guard Goran Dragic's is out with a foot injury. TV ratings for the N B A Finals air down in rock bottom level scheduling games against other sports such as baseball on Sunday night Football are partially to blame. And the two best teams in the National League go at
Miami Heat's Goran Dragic, Bam Adebayo exit with injuries in loss to Los Angeles Lakers
"Is back in the house. Your quick thoughts on the NBA Finals last night game one laker domination. Liquor shoot the ball like that. They're the best team in MBA by far by far. There's nobody cloaks they made eleven threes in the first half, and at times you felt Miami's intensity defensively laps. Now they battled with injuries to Bam and Goren drugs I understand that. But when a Lakers may shots kentavious pope was shooting lights out Danny, green shot the ball. Well, AD was making threes and one side happens the game is over because then it opens up the paint for ad and Lebron James to attack and that's how both those guys end up having huge night's loss and that's the thing about it especially out in La when they put this team together one of the biggest. Things kept saying everybody and you notice Jay will cover the NBA on NBA down is that where are the shooter's Lebron James Ad but where the shooters there was no real of confidence in the Greens in the peas in those guys to take to be a consistent three point shooting team because when you look historically on Lebron James Teens, he's always had pure shooters around him and everybody was questioning what would that look like but they it to be on the playoffs I mean, what can you say they are right in front of you last night and I can say this if there's no Gordon dragoj on the floor if there is no Bam out of by on the floor. It's over. This thing is over, it's easily over. You could actually make a debate that it would be over even if they were on the floor well, there's no debating. Just. Say Gordon Rockets at. Times during Boston Celtics series he was their best player on the floor. Absolutely. We're Bam, right. So now you take those two guys out of the question only guy that can stop the Lakers to some degree from upfront right from getting offense rebound and things of that sort but he's not in the game you have Kelly Olympic Meyers Leonard hasn't played in a long time. There's really no chance and by the way you have Jimmy Butler who rolled his ankle and his knee twice last night. Yeah, and continue to try to play. In in typically when when when teams start losing players in sports, they just for whatever reason, it just goes
Bam! Adebayo’s Block Helps Miami Heat Win Game 1 Over Celtics
"Until you easy NewsRadio, Butler scored the go ahead bucket over time time as as his his heat heat edge. edge. The The Celtics Celtics won won 17 17 1 1 14 14 to to open open the the East East Finals Finals in in Orlando Orlando Butler Butler scored scored 20. 20. But But Bam Bam out out of of bio bio was was the the hero. hero. He He blocked blocked Jason Jason Tatum's Tatum's potential potential game game tying tying dunk dunk in in the the closing closing seconds. seconds. Then Then Butler's Butler's sings sings praises. praises. I I love love how how he he does does any any and and everything everything that that you you asked asked him him to to do do it. it. I I really really do do you you asking asking the the past by does that scored? He doesn't come up with a huge defensive stop block. He does that. He's used parts where women often saying it all year long band's been our savior on that in so many different times throughout the year, Tatum paste the seas with 30 points game to tomorrow. Doc Rivers,
Heat stun Bucks 105-89, holding Antetokounmpo to 13 points
"Jimmy Butler and J. Crowder each scored eighteen points to help lead the Miami Heat to a one oh five eighty nine win over the Milwaukee Bucks bam Adebayo scored fourteen points grabbed thirteen rebounds and played stellar defense Anjana center to comple who was held to thirteen points and stuff the heat they're a team that plays hard for forty minutes and traded tonight and not just offer me tougher everybody these are the only team to beat the Bucks twice this season brook Lopez led Milwaukee with twenty one points he pulled away late in the third quarter led by double digits most of the fourth on their way to their third straight win Christopher stock Miami
All-Star Bam Adebayo Heats Up Miami
"That was the sound of Miami Heat Center Bam Outta Bio doing what he does best destroying souls the court now in its third year. Outta BIOS had a breakout season. Earning his first all star berth and leading the heat to a surprising start today. Espn Zach Lowe brings us the story of one of the NBA's rising superstars and tells us why not everyone saw this coming. I mean at times. It's Friday February fourteenth this is espn daily presented by ADT. Isak Meena thanks for doing this. Oh my pleasure. I like small third time. That means I'm not blowing it. Debbie's whatever the numbers say. I'm not blowing Zach Lowe is an NBA insider for ESPN. His latest piece is a profile of Miami Heat. All-star Bam Auto Bio Zach. We're coming up on the All Star game and one of the first timers this year is Bam Outta bio the Miami Heat Center. Who's in his third season has really emerged as a star? Why did you decide to write about him? I like to write one or two of these a year and I really top out at two. Because they're they're so time consuming and they take so under a port as you know but I like writing about people it's it's one of the easiest and hardest things to do right. I've come to find the sweet spot to really hit in the NBA for players is like between the fifteenth and fortieth best player in the league. Like the top fifteen guys. You're never you just don't get access to them unless you've known them for years and years and years and anything after thirty five or forty you run into like why am I reading about this guys. He that interesting for casual fans it has to be a player that I like is a player. I don't want to write about someone who's game. I just think is empty calories or whatever like I want to write about someone who I think is really good and maybe under appreciated. That's the kind of sweet spot of guy for me. So why do you like Bama's player? Big Guys who can pass are like my siren song. I I love big guys who can pass and when you watch this guy play defense even more than the defense into speed honestly is the rebounding Joe Harish for through and timed his. Jump Perfectly Blue Ray through the clouds for each verse defensive rebound in the afternoon he gets these rebounds where there's like four people under the rim jostling for position and they all jump and then from somewhere else flies in this gigantic guy with these hands that must be made of. I don't know whatever's the strongest possible material that you can make and the ball goes into this crowd of four guys and then this other guy. Just snatches it away like it's nothing. He makes the kind of place where they're winning. Plays and if they come at the right moment and a game. They're like a Gut Punch to the other team. So Zack you head down to Miami to spend time with Bam is friends and his family to get a sense of who he is. Where does history? Begin? It begins with his father leaving their family when his mother wanted to move to rule North Carolina and out of Newark New Jersey and they lived in a single wide trailer in the middle of nowhere in North Carolina and his mom as a cashier at like a meat. Grocery store kind of thing. Earning about twelve thousand dollars a year after taxes. And then all of a sudden she had a son who was twelve years old and six six and could dunk. What was it like for him? You know growing up in that trailer with his mom and no one else. You know when you're a kid you just don't think it's anything right like you don't think it's it's different or whatever. He had a sense that it was hard for his mom and that her schedule was crazy and that they didn't see each other much because their schedules didn't overlap the right way but he was happy at a lot of friends. You know it was fine but he did say by age thirteen or fourteen. You Begin to realize that this is a hard life that this adult like who you just kind of looked at. Is your mom like every other mom has a job and leaves the House. And all that that it's it's hard for her and that they don't have a lot and that she works really really hard for for what they have and that's what drove him. That's where he says he got his ambition and his anger and his desire to succeed was when he realized. My Mom's life is hard. She's tired a lot and I see that and I want to change that winded it. I become apparent to him and his family that playing basketball might be a viable career for him. Once he started playing organized basketball is not till like twelve thirteen fourteen. He picked things up really fast. And you had good natural instincts and good natural footwork by fourteen fifteen. He's on the map of all the big colleges and by the time he's junior mark godfried is helicoptering in to recruit to NC state in like Landon helicopter the field of their school. What was he like a high school player? A monster. An absolute monster have regular forty twenty games just like he was just huge. These teams in rural North Carolina. Couldn't do anything with six eight dude who could dunk? But he was incredibly unselfish. He loved playing point guard. He loved passing two people and keeping them involved. He didn't want to be the guy. Averaging Forty fifty game and putting up numbers there was a story about a guy on the end of the bench who finally got into game. All Bam did was get offensive rebounds and try to pass it in the week at score so Bam grows up in a trailer with a single mom and discovers. He's freakishly good basketball when it comes time to select a college. He chooses that. I'll take more time to University of Kentucky. How does that go first? So when you win big guys get to Kentucky and this was most famously done with Karl Anthony. Towns cal says this cool you can shoot threes like it's cool you can pass and like run the offense but like we have the Aaron Fox we have Maliki Monk. You don't get to do any of that here. My thing for him get and then. Let's really get you to play the way you're capable. You're going to set screens. You'RE GONNA post up. You'RE GONNA GET REBOUNDS YOU'RE GONNA play defense can do big man stuff because if you go to the NBA. You'RE GONNA have to that stuff well before you get to do the other stuff and so- Bam that's cool like you brought the ball up. You played point guard. Like you're not GonNa get to do that here. He would just say yeah. You know I'm just GonNa do my work like I trust cal. Cal has a record of getting these big guys drafted really hi? I'm working in practice behind. Closed doors on all the fancy stuff. Whatever it takes to win whatever cow says is good for me. I'm going to do and like I'm not going to get frustrated by it. So while he was doing all the big man's stuff and games he was working on his guard skills at practice. Yup in drills with Kenny Pain. Who's an assistant? Kentucky's very close to them. At night he would come back to the and do that. He would shoot jump shots which I. I don't know if you even shot a single three at Kentucky. I haven't checked. Even if scouts didn't see all of it to coaches and scouts would come visitor pick their brains about Bam and whether they should draft him. They would all tell them. Just be aware what you're seeing in. Games is not the full extent of what this kid can