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This new wrestling angle that's getting all kinds of heat Jaanus versus the rock because after the two exchange some bodybuilding challenges being really picked up steam over the weekend. Smell what the rock is on. Netflix. Iraq is good. Yeah. The finishing move. Things like that, you know, the rock had to respond tweeting. The honest doesn't want this smoke and that'll smack Janas lips off into next week. Which of course, means working out and getting some tequila brings us to today's question. It's not too far fetched, but the two of them could end up in a ring together. So if they do what is youngest finishing move. The asked me it's got gotta be the deer spear. We saw police off against Mike Dunleavy and the ball's not too long ago. All the Dunleavy. It'd be fun to hear the fans going fear. Fear. Knocks down the rock and drops the free calls elbow right on almost Ranjit sell. But we want to hear from me. I say hit us up on Twitter, and let us know what is honest is finishing. So does your best starters? We're all right. Get those tweets and fund show tonight. We're gonna talk about Chandler, Parsons and the grizzlies agreed to part ways, we got new batch of weekend. We'll see we've got a very solid play. But I will start with a little true or false because we had our third head coach fire this season TK takeaway, it's two and a half seasons into a five year deal. The wolves said Chuck Todd Thomsen bow their head coach and president of basketball operations. They did it right after Minnesota won a twenty two point blowout against the Lakers. He'd been on the hot seat since Jimmy Butler drama, but true or false wolves pick the wrong time to find a fence. It doesn't make sense why they fired him right now. They've been good since they traded Jimmy Butler fifteen and twelve that that is very good extrapolate that over whole year. That's what they did last year with Jimmy Butler. So they're over to white. Why fire him? Now are they going to get better? Now, all of a sudden with Otani if they're going to fire him they should have fired him right after all that Jimmy Butler. Exactly. And that's now is saying right here this desk when that was all going down. I'm I'm with you. I'm saying true here. But it has nothing to do with the twenty two point win or the back to back wins that they picked up over the magic and the Lakers. It should have happened. When that was all winning went down because it was always he was he's like a lame duck coach at that point. I don't care how many seasons or years he had left under contract. So yeah. Very very odd. I mean classic wolves here that they fired tips. But they do it after these wins. But this I think they had to do this. There's there's no choice because he's sort of have lost trust with it seemed to be players at times with the front office owner and Glenn Taylor. The fans were booing him before starts of games. Like, no one was really on board with him. So they had to move on here. But now they've got a thirty two year old who's never coach in the NBA sort of feeling in. And the Glenn Taylor still expects to make the playoffs. So do you think they're going to be better off with an inexperienced who's unproven or go who was actually getting results whether you like him or not? We know that the bottom line in this business as wins. And even though fifty and twelve is not great. But it's still that will probably getting inching closer to last. And now, it's like they've got this guy. Who's reportedly got very good relationships as plans, but it's such a huge step to then go to the head coaching position and take a team out of the playoffs into the playoffs. So what are their expectations realistically for the rest of this? They hope now I think I think I think it's about perception rather than production. I mean by hope I mean fans fan base because we going forward with Tom Tippett. Oh, you're kinda just middling that same sort of company line and their twenty nine and attendance. If you're renewing season seats as lots of reports are people have to renew very soon or renewing a sponsorship with the team as those are coming up on a deadline, and you got Tom tiptoe the same coach coming in. Are you going to renew? Do you really care again? They're twenty nine thousand in attendance. So the bottom line is the bottom line isn't very good. Right. So you kind of have to change things. And again, if I'm a fan, we're just going forward with the exact same scenario. So this is actually a little bit of hope. Yeah, you're right. I don't think they're gonna get any better right now. But at least you have a young mind, you know, people are already you get a young coach, and here they're already comparing him to Brad Stevens, which is a little unfair to Ryan Saunders. Who is son of the late flip Saunders? Get them in there. Let him do his thing. Sure. Maybe he's got a good relationship with the guys. But they're not going to be better. This is almost just as much a business decision as it is on court basketball. The I it's for image perception not production to me. All right. Try next question y'all mentioned it, but the Timberwolves are fifteen and twelve since the Jimmy Butler trade and Karl Anthony towns has been balling at an all star level since Jimmy G traded and the G stands for got that being said team is now playing for a first time head coach figgy over in the middle of the fees. It's gonna be tough. Won't be better about this. You don't think? So. Well, the thing look it always comes into play at the end of the day. It comes down to the talent applies and they've got some talent. There's no doubt about it. So now had a weakens towns. The two centerpieces franchise, how do they respond because it doesn't really matter who the coaches, and we just talked about the Iran someone's going if those guys aren't going to pick up the slack inside. This is this franchise we're going to do our best and carry them. Then it doesn't really matter who the coaches on the side. I think in the short term they're going to be worse off I think beyond this season. Yes, things right better because they'll be tension eased within the French franchise in the front office. But for this season, I think it's very very tough to see how they actually now get over that hump in the top West End conference with a very very thin margin for era and get into the playoffs and have success more than the head losses. I just don't think is going to happen. I think from an entire sort of package perspective. Ryan Sanders might be a better fit and terms of dealing with the media and terms of be fans looking. This franchise and thinking, well, maybe this team is my team all of a sudden because right now, it's just not the team for a lot of Minnesota natives again, they're twenty-ninth in attendance. Frankly, that stinks when you have two very good players on your team. That's got to be better. I just hope Ryan Saunders gets a legitimate shot. Because right now, he's being named the interim coach, but let's say another coach gets in there next year for Karl Anthony towns that would be four coaches in five seasons. That's a heck of a lot of coaches. Then you start to wonder, well, if they're not winning his Karl Anthony towns gonna ask for trade as is apt to happen here in modern day NBA. So I I really legitimately. Do hope. Ryan senators gets a legitimate things. Don't go where let's say they go on a losing streak. I mean, what are the wolves do then do they bring in someone for the reminded this twenty games go in the season? They probably not they probably wait until the off season. But then if there is another coach viable, they want you've figured I'd probably going to jump on him as quick as they can. If that coaches after we keep talking about how they're like fifteen and twelve since they traded Jimmy Butler, and that's not. Bad and that's fair. But they started nine and three they were riding hot and they had an easy schedule after the Jimmy Butler trae since then they've only won six games. So they're not like going gangbusters here and said, we're showing you the Western Conference. I mean, they're not out of it by any means. I mean, you put together one two good weeks and you're flying up the Western Conference standings. So I don't actually I don't I'm not going to answer this. I don't know if it's true or false. But I don't think it's just because a new young coaches in here that suddenly the wolves are going to fall apart and like sort of lean into a tank or anything like that. I think they're just going to be right in the mix. Call it. The town's right now is one of the best hairs we've seen his little runs here for the last six or seven games. He's putting up some monster numbers thirty and sixteen plane a little bit better defense at least putting in more effort on the floor. So I don't know. I'm not writing off the wolves by any means just because unproven coach comes in here. I guess it's just going to be a lot hotter. Sure would think because he he's never been in this position before. Now, we have to manage expectations from the fans and the ownership, but also what I'm Richard into sees how he manages min. Minutes of these plays. Because that's Tom typifies thing is he just rods his thought into the ground and we've seen that in the past that does catch up with plays. Now how Ryan his manages that to say we still need at best plays that to try to win. But we can't have these guys playing forty minutes or not because that's just proven to not be a successful recipe. Trae our final one. All right. His reputation may have taken a hit these past couple of seasons. But then does have a coach of the year award under a belt from his time with the bowl and he did leave Minnesota back to the playoffs after a fourteen year drought probably not going to be getting the GM role again. But true or false. This was last head coaching job. Yeah. True. Yeah. True. I think it's true. Because if you look at how he's ten you ended here it was similar to how it ended in Chicago clashing with the front office driving Stott as into the ground being too stubborn for his own good, not really showing a flexibility to change things. Well to Walter to play the way the game is played now. And I think that ultimately is going to be what what cost him in the long run. He goes from new situation in the GM says, how are you going to change? And he doesn't come up with any new ideas because he brought in Derrick rose Taj Gibson Jimmy Butler guys that he had success with in Chicago. And they tried to recreate that in Minnesota, and it didn't really work at it didn't show the had any new ideas. I didn't think so I think there's a legitimate shot eighth. He goes to a veteran team. I think veteran team will understand this guy wants us to be good at basketball when he makes us practice. Are there's a lot of good coach or coaches out there that make their guys practice. Ours. Just gets that bad reputation as hot as. Yeah. There are coach for television sat on this desk going to be a TV yesterday and said that there are a bunch, and I'm not sure I'm not in those practices, but there's a lot. Yeah. So you think he will it needs to be a veteran team Nick yet? And not a young team that complaint. Let's hear what you guys think jump on Twitter hash say the starters when we come back. We'll discuss Chandler, Parsons and the grizzlies agreeing of partways where they go from here. 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That's bollandbranch dot com, promo code NBA. This starters is presented by Jack Daniels old number seven and Tennessee. Honey. Welcome back to the starters gonna play a little is this news trays rounded up some recent MBA headlines. He's going to pitch them to us. Like, he's Randy Johnson and will determine whether or not they're actually newsworthy trae big unit coming right at you. And it's from ESPN Chandler Parsons in the Memphis grizzlies agreed to part ways is this news lookout seagulls. Yes. What do you think? This is news might play again because he wasn't playing with the Memphis grizzlies. So if he does partways after this relationship has not worked out, maybe he gets the suit up for somebody. That's all he wants is to play basketball. He says he's ready. He's been cleared for very long time because I didn't clear for over a couple of weeks. Now, according to Jeff Calkins in Memphis. He the grizzly said they wanted to go down to the Memphis Haslem play a couple of games and channels said, no he wanted to stay by some reports about that. He's gonna go for a few games and get I'm back. But he wanted a clear timeline. Hey, what am I going to get in a game with that? Right. To say I want to climb on. He's played three games that he hasn't even played Eddie one guy since he's been he has to go there and play some minutes and show that he's actually capable of playing again because I mean, lighten it up in practice. No, he doesn't mean practices. One thing. I mean any game simulation that can't be replicated in practice. So he's just going to go down there and show that he can do it. And I think that's the grizzlies right to say just just go and get a couple of games on belt. I because hell else are they going to incorporate into the lineup if he hasn't even played any real gains anyway. Yeah, he's only played three games for them. This season. Barely hasn't been played a full season over the three years. This was the guy that got a four year ninety four million dollar max contract. That was also a guy coming off some knee surgeries before he signed that big deal. So this is sort of the grizzlies we're taking a risk with him. They were trying to find their wing sort of player their star player that they could partner pair excuse me with cleanline- Gosol. They thought it might be Parsons. Unfortunately, a lot of part of because of the injuries. It wasn't him. But this was a guy that was like fifteen sixteen points per game score. And is just when he's gotten when he's been healthy really given the grizzlies nothing when he's out there, even but. Yeah. Now can they trade him and they don't want to put first round pick with Chandler Parsons, get rid of? But who is going to trade still good almost forty million? Left on this deal. No screams buyout. Yes. You got to work out some sort of numbers for him to go that that's the only sort of. So do you think he can still contribute to some team in this league? And is it got to be in LA because he loves LA. It's gotta be the clippers the Lakers doesn't. Well. We haven't seen. We just haven't seen him. And that's the problem is because he just hasn't seen him a bit. But not for a long time playing good consistent. He can still shoot. I'm sure, but whether or not he can defend rebound enough get lit up at the other end is the big question because the Dallas Mavericks could have resigned him. And this is where the first red flag. I said no injuries. We don't want to resign. If and when you are the Memphis grizzlies, you do have to sign goes to these incentivizes huge contracts because it's not a great free agent destination. So at the time they they did and it didn't work in. So now, it's time to of moving on from it. But. Yeah. Well, you could cost the cost. Close in the custom. But you you figure he's probably going to give some of that money back. A little can still afford to pop bottles all over the place with the money. He's me. I thought another little interesting part of the story was we heard Jimmy Butler and his scenario when he came back to training camp. And he was yelling at everybody. You can't win without me. This was a far less sexy story, Jaylen person hitting threes, and he Elda GM Chris Wallace. Let me play. Yeah. I wanna play put me in coach. Jim Craig's great story will obviously keep Brian it next one here. Trae our next headline is flung Bleacher report, and it reads Kobe Bryant tells fan critical of Luke Walton on Twitter to relax. This. This is this is not news to your deer tape because this is really about Luke Walton head coach of the Lakers, and you and I got into member at the beginning of the season when they got off to a rough start the Lakers did and you thought, hey, Luke Walton could be on the hot seat. I was taking the exact opposite sort of take him saying, no, no, no. They have his trust air genie bus, and that organization, they're at least going to give them here. But it's not news. Because I I've Kobe was tweeting about the eagles win. Sorry. Trade against your bears. The double dunkers. Gotcha. He was twenty that. And then someone says well, yeah. Because he said you'll think you next eagles moving on someone says, oh, we should be Luke Walton. And he's saying rely telling relaxed then to this one hundred acre stand again, also the Lakers are with LeBron James. Wow. What a shock that wanted to buy without a and there was no coups. Mutt? And no Ron who has who has helped them. So this is not a shot. I mean, this is this is nothing. And also the Lakers are exactly where a lot of people thought they would be you know, around five hundred in the playoffs right now. But you know, not running away with the Western Conference. If you thought that you were crazy, but what's important here is that they don't want to show that they're gonna fall apart when LeBron sits because that's I think what the point when Luke Walton silicon about Lonzo ball and Brandon Ingram need to play more Pasha five because then not picking up the slack. When lebrons this. So people looking at this thing out. Well, if LeBron they've got absolutely no chance, and that's not what Luke Walton and the lake is what I want to say. Hey, listen, these young guys they're getting it. They getting coming together. But so far what we're seeing particularly that loss on fraud. I not at home. The knicks. That's a terrorism lot terrible lose the wolves. That's fine. Not a bad thing. Do you think he's on the hot seat? No, no, no, not this season. I think he's got this season with LeBron there and co coming at, you know, supporting him endorsing him. That's fantastic, Luke Walton. But I don't think he's gonna get candidates. You know, who's on the hotseat whoever runs the Lakers account because Kobe's coming for his job. That's that's the news in this. That's Kobe's new job or give it to one of his daughters or there's more mo- mambas coming in. Lakers are copies having another daughter. We didn't go back new weekend. Looks his mom number five. Yeah. Starters time for new batch of weekend. Whoop. Sees the hoops and the bloop. Let's do it. I love this first one because guys are jockeying over position during a jump ball. Always funny to watch these guys jockey? Bites it another jump ball wa. All over. Four Lonzo ball falls twice here. Like the span of like, ten seconds Daniel, everyone's okay. We wouldn't show you if you just got one, right? But we're going the other way and he's going to go down again here. No. Loans. I fall I was gonna say big follower. Blair. Durden Davinci potentially playing his last game in Boston these oh for seven. He's oh. For eight time is ticking down get one. Everyone wants him to hit a shot arena overnight one and a half. Oh for tender. We had a weird celebration here from Titus Jones on the bench gets the three. And then. Jones like you sort of doing the three to the head like Noel style, but he's getting himself. Yeah. While jazz boy here Donovan Mitchell missing. You don't see Donald miss too often. But don't worry they made up for Carver bangs zone. Is better than to. This is a great woopsie from Marvin Williams goal load in the fast break just pick it up late in. Ervin's room fair. Oh, man that stuff. In Milwaukee on Saturday fans heard co is infamous laugh after every raptors turnover. Listen. While Don no on guys, we had a real pigeon. Not like a ball stall pigeon a real pigeon at the Spurs of the weekend. There it is. It's you know, we've had a bat on the loose before. They had a snake one locker room close your doors. Steph curry watching drop, Justin. That's Red Lobster. It's stuff sticking with curry in that game. He tried. The all James harden. Double step back. What are you calling for what? Calls the travel yet. We're showing you the two of them very similar. No and go away with it career did not. So he showed the referees. He's trying to show thirteen they're on the jersey. I mean, he's got sort of. It's thirty one us, but showing the heart of thirteen hey, he can do it. Kevin Durant had a cut tended to in that game. In case be announced gave a real weird explanation. What was that? So Kevin Durant heard that. Excuse me, the cop meant fine. What did you say? Let's say let's have a talk. That's news to me. Great instinct moment between the peso's rafters Savona is and Monroe both helped up at the exact same time haven't seen too many of those right? Little mustard ketchup, look. Wendel Carter junior, boxers this Dunkin. Fortunately. Well way over the risk. You missed it by a lot for being close. And finally, the sons they couldn't catch Kim. Walker at the end of the game just trying to follow him. So he's three throws it up. So. Yeah. So it's a weird whoop. Senior one little moment. That's the way like nonchalantly Chuck's. You didn't get sick. And then count it those three points. We've got will come in. All right after the jump Lea Lea hits us with the very solid play. We got a players only header Tuesday night on MBA TV. It's the wolves and their new coach in Ryan Saunders versus the thunder followed by the Knicks and warriors that's tomorrow night. We asked you tonight show, you know, we're hoping we get like a Jaanus rocket like summer, slam twenty twenty or something. So we want to know what would you name it? What would you call it? What would it be honest finishing move this up on Twitter with the best dancer, some great answers anything? Jeff eight e because this move is just the beginning of the end of the match, pretty smart. Justin says my big fat Greek wedding. Where all of the honest and his family line the other person over and over that smart to my favorite is he to you said, the Greek freak super kick far away on us all. Aw. Ring. Great tweets, guys. All right. Tonight's pick them play. It's the excuse me. Pick him play for trae. The payoff comes this Wednesday, January ninth six PM eastern. It's a topical payoff. Let me tell you that very top. As like, yeah. Dressing, freddie. Mercury is your does your hands. Tonight's game is what I was gonna say they'll gets rockets trailing one taking Houston at all one pass everybody else taking the mug. It's on the road. Go through these teams playing great basketball trivia game. Leave very salt play who makes the on going back to Milwaukee on Saturday night for just a beautiful five. Man. I hear from the bucks the bowl just fizzes around. Everyone gets involved finishes with sterling Brown on the corner. I wish bomb that's what I call a very solid play very solid tomorrow Tuesday. We gotta drop podcast for you. Get your questions in right now hash day, the starters or Email us to starters at NBA dot com. Lee on a whole bunch of fans. Yeah. This is Ronin Sam who went to the Phoenix in Brooklyn game from Toronto wearing yet. Brand new started from. Great job. This is Indian Noah at Madison Square Garden on Christmas day, extra-special shed at Indian Noah's mom immer an old friend from sunny L somebody. Do they have monopoly? The sun. This. This is Alex. This is Alex dot Dallas and New Orleans with don't. That's right. And this is Jamie. Also at the Mavericks game. They great job everyone keeping coming teeth defense coming. We'll see him tomorrow night down before tip coming up. Don't change. The dial brace the night people.
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Good morning swift. It's Friday, February eighth two thousand nineteen thanks for tuning into the drop the Leo to the Matic's happy birthday boys that our daily television show the starters, which we hope you're watching nightly on MBA TV, and or YouTube g skeets and alongside me a man who is down at the fortress last night taking in some wraps hawks TASS Melles raptors win raptors went. It was great to see PASCAL Ceac them in person. I can see why messiah usury will never trade him another career high for spicy p there with you as the man he was the best score on the floor. Both teams guys got a pretty entertaining game ox up. Huge wraps came back. Got the win to right here. It's the bearded wintry. Curvy. Right there. That's the that's the. Next to him dropping them drop starters producer Mattio just shut up. If you don't wanna watch go watch, the raptors and the Knicks. Love to do that. And finally making all this magic happen JD. Hello there is an here. We are. If you wanna get in touch with the show, you can number of ways. Everybody knows that Email us the starters at NBA dot com. Hit us up on Twitter. And or Instagram at the starters, we had a great Instagram last night from I assume lily posting the photo of the three of you guys. Who'd you get to take the photo just some random behind this. We were signing autographs at the end of the game. Him was the same crew. They had no idea who we were. We were signing autographs because they're going to figure out who you were. Last. Or you can check us out on Facebook at Facebook dot com slash the starters. I guess it's official. We're now on Facebook. Okay. This could be a long drop. We got a lot to talk about. We're gonna discuss a number of yesterday's trade deadline moves or over the last week. At least we've got some heavy duty worse to the week nominees will fire the pun gun. We've got tweet of the week though. I don't think we'll have time for today. Heavy duty is it. Okay. And garbage. Of course, we'll step on the beach to read your tweets in your emails your questions that you guys have been fantastic at sending in. But yeah, we start with a trade deadline sort of recap here. I got a bunch of questions about the deadline guys. I hopefully allows us to talk about a lot of the moves and a lot of teams and a lot of players and all of that. The first thing is we got this Eastern Conference arms races. Everybody's calling it three of the top four teams. Sorry pacers. But three of the top four teams in the east made pretty significant moves at the deadline. The raptors added Marcus all the bucks added miratec and the Sixers the day prior had added Tobias Harris Bogue on Mike Scott. And then, you know, bulked up a little bit more by trading Marquel. Full Scott Jonathan Simmons and then James Ennis in the mix there. So a lot of guys coming in for the Sixers from all of that movement there with those three teams who was the biggest winner. Do you think from the wraps the bucks and the Sixers when you take? Into account what they did over the last forty eight hours or so on paper, it's the Sixers. They got to buy Harris whose virtually an all star. He would have been an all star in the Eastern Conference this season twenty plus per game on a winning team on the clippers this year. Doesn't mean that they're championship contender? But it's what what they are on paper is amazing really JJ radicals their fifth best player beside their big four and their bench. Got thinned out a little bit. Sure. Their bench now consists of TJ McConnell Jonathan Simmons James Ennis, Mike, Scott and bo-bottle Ianovich. They probably need a different center that's three point shooter because they got rid of Moscow who they who they liked but Tobias Harris and Jimmy Butler and Ben Simmons. They should be able to make every shot of every game. You brought up a good point skeets. The other day will Jimmy Butler be okay with this Tobias Harris deal with this day. They both turned down big money this past offseason. Tobias Harris turn now four for eighty Jimmy valley turned on four for one hundred ten this may be a three month experiment. This team and one of those guys may leave. So maybe it was insurance for the Sixers if Jimmy Butler, lease sure, it might not work out. But on paper, those guys they literally have four all stars sorry to buy the literally is not the right word, but you know. They're good. They're very very very good. You don't think they gave up too much either to a quiet acquire Tobias Harris because some people, you know, like when you look at all the deals that happen. They did send back a young guy in Landry Shamet who's playing well as rookie and then picks, right? Twenty twenty protected first round pick. And then that twenty twenty one unprotected first round pick, by way of the heat that everyone loves and thinks it's guaranteed to be. I just love that. We just think that's going to happen. And then a couple of segments. I'm getting at is. It looked like it was a decent amount of guys and assets. I guess going to the clippers for a guy that you know, they've probably going to lose. Anyway, in three months where does that pick though for for the Sixers, it doesn't mean anything that that one pick is what really what we're talking about. Yeah. The Sixers are on their way with multiple cornerstone pieces. I don't think it means a heck of a lot to them is that picking to be a better player than Tobias hair's, very unlikely. It's highly unlikely even if it's in the top ten it's just it's just really unlikely. This is the time to go for it. Because they have those cornerstone pieces, right? It's more useful Simmons. More. Yeah. As Ben Simmons is still on his rookie deal. It's kinda like football. When your quarterback is really good. He's still a rookie. You can spend all your money other places. So I think it's kind of smart for the Sixers hop in and say, we've got a chance here while one of our best players is still on rookie deal to get a guy who can you know, maybe an all star in the Eastern Conference. Now, I don't know if the fits going to be perfect, but Tobias Harris does seem a little easier to fit in alongside guys than Jimmy Butler would because he is more of a catch and shoot player than Jimmy Butler ever was Jimmy likes to has said getting the pick and roll getting the isos, and he can do it catch and shoot but Tobias has been playing off guys for basically his entire career. So I imagine the meshing will be a little bit easier and the bench is thin. But now that you've got four stars all of whom will demand the ball. You can play two of them at a time which kind of mitigating thin bench a little bit since you're going to starters out there anyways. Yeah. I like it that one pick though is just Ray in unprotected. I. Giving up. And so what happened when the nets gave up three and the Celtics really cash on that. That's that's what the talk is about that. Because that if it becomes the number one pick. I mean, that's that's a great school. It is. No, no, we go a little overboard with this. No, especially when you consider the franchise. Let's be honest the heat. They don't they don't play the tanking coach. They win games when they have crappy guy. It's just I get it. I get it. It's because that word protect for sure. And maybe, you know, maybe they strike rich with maybe the clippers don't even hold onto it. It's been moved. How many times already one hundred that's got to be three or four right? So. Yeah. But do you like do you like the play here? The Sixers go for it. That's the thing you they think they can win it this year by doing it knowing that even next year, they could look completely different chance. And of course, if you win then it's more likely these guys. Yes. And they even if you don't win it if you get the conference finals, then it's like this look closely guys. Let's do it. You know, run running back for another year or two that's the crazy part here. Right. As we gear up for the play offs the pressure. It feels like now on these again, the fourteen in the east to go deep and like not flame out in a second round series against the other. Good teams that will be playing because it could change their entire team moving forward and turn teams in terms of losing guys and free agency your guys not wanting to come and play with them. It's crazy like the pressure to just even get to put up a good flight and then get to the conference finals or the finals for all four. These teams be the raptors and the bucks all there's no doubt expect to be in the finals here. And you know, math wise, only one can do it. I think. Hold on carry the fi. Yep. Yep. Okay. So it adds up. But yeah. And that's why it was exciting yesterday. That all these teams Boston aside. We're making moves in Boston. I feel like you don't they've had so much trouble. Figuring things out already this year trying to mesh Gordon Hayward coming back Kyrie coming back. Jason tatum. Trying to take a next step not necessarily doing throwing another guy into that mix with probably be tough. They'll probably pick up somebody in the buyout market. But it won't be adding a significant piece like miratec, Saul or Tobias Harris. They're just going to get a little guy who's going to be able to play a few minutes here. And there they've got their team they've been working to figure it out all year. So maybe that gives them a little bit of a head starts them gotta plug anybody in. But I don't know to me the winner yesterday was the bucks because they emerged from the day with their identity intact. It's just Nikola marriage is a better version of a player you already had just put him in. And now your team is going to be good. He competes on defense. He's going to be just a better Ersan Ilyasova better DJ Wilson, and they don't have to really figure anything out. It's going to be. Be a nice. Yeah. And it didn't cost them anything Thon maker. And then a bunch of second round picks. A couple of second round picks on the wizards down the line, which could be you know, just outside of the first round if the wizards are that in the future, but you're going to do that if you're the bucket. Yeah. No brainer. I care about second round. As like when the bucks right now. Having a great season considering what I would last year. Jason he gets fired in the season did flame out full them. It's like, hey, we really will be disappointed if we don't make the conference. That's so crazy, right? Because they are looking to do the giant leap of we've never won a playoff series with honest to. Now, we expect that we have just a good chances. Anybody to go to the finals? That's it's tough to do. It's very tough to take your lumps and have your losses. Oganization is also sending a message to Yana sing what happened with Anthony Davis? Like, we not gonna white. Yes. We not waiting for anything. We're trying to get you as close as we can straight away. We'll spend the money whatever it takes. We're going to try to get there because you look at Davis situation and for the pelicans they made mistakes along the way things work at announced just complete dumps defy done one that happen because Yannis also alluded to sort of that before in the past where he said if things on working out he doesn't wanna stick around. So this is a very smart move by the organization, they could've turned into the pelicans, no doubt, Mike Boone, holes or saved the day. He turned that franchise around entering the outlook around, and when you said Gupo, or you have Joel Embiid, and Ben Simmons, what's the point of not going for it. What's the point of sitting on? Traffic's there is no point. You have some of the best players in the world the point is to win championship. If you have if you're not going for the championship when you have some of the best players in the world. Then you're a loser. But we're all winters winters because yes, these teams are have all the tools to go to the finals. It's going to be a fun second round at least in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. The first round should be a slaying of those. Will be there would have been nice scrappy. I mean, all the depot not there. But they'll be still a scrappy tear. It would have been there. So the bucks are going to win their first series. Komo is going to win his first playoff series. And it's crazy to see that the odds for some bookkeepers are identical for all four of those teams to Willie eastern calls. Yeah. It's not it's nine to four. But I think that's sort of fair to especially not seeing anybody play it. Yeah. They're new teams. Yeah. That's right. The other thing with the Celtics making moves at the deadline. I know a lot of that is because of their their hamster on a little bit because of their contracts that they have maybe the potential Anthony Davis move down the line and all that. But they've been playing really really well as of late I wonder if it would, you know, if it was the reverse, and they had been struggling then you may be feel like shake things up trying move this guy for this guy. Like, give us a little, you know, little lightening bolt hair to get us going, but they've been playing really really, well, I know they lost to the Lakers in a crazy. Been there have bad teams right now that teams in the past couple of months haven't been great. But you gotta beat the bad teams to eventually become a good team. And if you're gonna get your reps, and you're going to figure out how your offense worse together and keep your defense plan. Well, do it against the bad teams? Don't take games off. You know, that's like the wizards problems for years and years and years, they play great against the good teams and do nothing against the teams that they didn't think we're up to their level. The Celtics have not had that problem. They've had a lot of turmoil in the past month anyways, with Kyrie Irving the way, he's been involved, but not really involved in trade rumors and getting angry and call in the Bronx and calling out the young guys. I think it was kinda smart for them to keep their war. Chest ready for Anthony Davis and also not throw somebody else into the locker room that you had to figure things they've done a lot of figuring so far. So hopefully, they are a little bit closer to where we assume they would be going into the season. I think they are and back to the bucks really quickly last night show when we did our trade deadline special crappy Ron task, but you were high on the mirror to pick. Was it you that even said like you could see him winning them a game in. Off series because how how unbelievable he can catch fire from three and where he shoots the three ball to shoot deep threes when he's feeling it. Yeah. It's going to be different coming off the bench for him because he was a huge factor starting last year for the for the pelicans and the postseason a thirty point game. He averaged fifteen on forty three percent shooting from three point land. So it'll be a little different. But he's done it in the past. It shouldn't be an issue with the combo in the middle. He's just going to get open shots this team takes most open threes in the league. According to those stats and Yanni's didn't have a big kick it out to you last year in the playoffs. Now, he's got a ton of them and they should hit a ton of threes around him. It's going to be it's going to be easy pickings for he's unstoppable going into the middle. And if those dudes can hit shots there really really hard to guard spacing though, there will be a little bit of concern if you're playing miratec and brook Lopez at the same time. Yeah. Is there to who guards? Anybody that's fast. A pressure on Janas to be a perimeter defender if they want to do that and drag him away from the middle which might not be this modest move. Otherwise, it's going to be miratec doing his best to keep up and hopefully force them in the mirror teaches the backup five. Really? I don't think him in Lopez should play together ever, really. Ideally, he's sort of like Ersan Ilyasova with the Sixers coming off the bench last year. He's just a smaller. I mean, he's bigger than on the five. There will be some push though to get their five guys on the court. And I think that includes both miratec and brook Lopez especially late Brooks played this year. And how key he's been. So Bledsoe Middleton Jaanus Mira Tich and browser the best five to me. What about Braga brags? What about them? He can handle the need hand. You'll blitz. I really doesn't really we're not calling them. Big braga. Last night show to Meerut. He loves March, April is splits are hilarious like over five years, even he called himself, Mark. He's amazing at the start of a season. And that's a smaller sample size like talk in October play a ton of games in October over five years because we you know, we've just recently sort of bumped up the start of the season but in March and April he's played a good chunk of games. And it's a lot better statistically in terms of shooting the ball, then you has is in the middle months. It's it's wildly the pressure. Great these guns just to get him in there and see what he can do. He said I'm very excited. My focus now is to get healthy and finished strong this season. You know, I'm March man as well. March is coming. You got to make a buck shirt this as much as coming. That's that's good. Let's talk a soul on the raptors. This was a huge deal a little bit out of nowhere for. I think a lot of raptors fans. I know there've been a lot of talk around the rumors of allow refer Conley type switch between the wraps in the Grizz. But in the end fella Tunis Dhillon. Right CJ miles a second round pick way in the future. That's all it took to get to get Marcus all as a wraps fan. You seem pretty excited on last night show time to think about it. Now. Rafters insiders. I'm sure down at the fortune. What do you think I was excited about the Vince Carter trade in two thousand four with the return of Eric Williams, Aaron Williams and Alonzo Mourning that didn't play I'll get excited for any rafters straight? I Marcus oil is we gotta remember he's thirty four. He's the he's graying. He doesn't move out there all that quick. So he can't he's not a he's not. Yeah. No. But will he be used in that role? I think is a fair question. He's going to be using a platoon role a surge of Baka or is he going to be the five with Serge moving to the four or surge. Moving to the bench found shoes came off the bench twenty of his thirty games. He started when they played Joel Embiid, which Marcus oil would be fantastic for. So I wonder if surge goes to the forecast surge as amazing at the five this year. He was a very different player when he played last year at the force. So he's a big part of the offense right now. If you go in change it up big time. I don't I don't see that suiting Serge Ibaka. So I think you've got to kind of keep that the same Mark and him played on the Spanish team together. They should be buds marking Kyle Lowry plays together. They should be buzzed. Nick nurse has some things to work out here. But he's a reliable guy. I think that takes pressure off Lowry in the postseason because he can score he gives room for quite Leonard operate more than a Baca because he's more of three point shooter more than balance Eunice, obviously. So this is fun. And it doesn't change the time line for the wraps. Yeah. If things go poopie, quite gone. You can still blow it up because Mark's not signed for any longer than Valance Eunice was it's I'm excited. Sure. He's going to run at that center position. You gotta figure out where you play 'em as you're saying. But without having to give up too much you gave up Dhillon. Right. He's a good fine solid backup guard right now, maybe one day even gets a chance to to be a starting point guard. Who knows he's good? He's twenty six and four. Exactly. And the reps have enough depth where it's like, all right? Well in a playoff series. We're not playing eleven guys not going to do that. What a change of what a change of tune for the raptors to go into last playoffs. And we got the best bench in the league. And now, they're like, we don't worry about it. It's quite the difference. Maybe they should have done it last year. Well. In game one series. Yeah. Jayme that Tim. He probably would try to dunk it hit just about three point. Anyway. Right. That's what I like about. It is that you on a straw to add the three pointed to his game was k-. But Mark is just more comfortable Eakin facilitate the offense. He can make annoys posse that three he's just going to need some of those threes from Arkansas selfish playoff series of your if Brooke Lopez's bomb in three or four bucks. Again. Need a match it a little bit. Yes. Not brook Lopez's by any means. But he hopefully give you one or two. Yeah. It's interesting though, the onus because he was having decencies a very good season. Then he gets injured. And that was it. They didn't the oversee didn't want to say, you know, what we saw him playing better this year in this role. Let's bring him back. He thought cashing on him now and take a flyer on on mock. And like peak value for UNICEF to me where they gonna resign him again. And it was just not Jonas's league anymore. He's fine. He's fine. But. You don't really build a team around him. He's he was good. He's good. And he's underrated. I guess really good team to everyone the sign that Abed and be sad about it. Yeah. Good team gay. Mark Mark will be good for locker room. I think not that in the locker room I off. Yes. He is older, and he's not the defensive player of the year and all star Marcus all of years ago. But he's gonna be reinvigorated. No doubt is now on a playoff team. Again. He was, you know, been squabbling with coaches in Memphis in any identity where we go, and we tank in or are we not like that's going to have some affect on you but over the last little stretch. And I don't know because he's like I'm getting traded start bowling out here. He got back to being really damn good for the grizzlies over the last two weeks or so back to be like twenty and eleven guy better fishing and just Lauren caged coincidence. Oh, no. I don't think so at all week left in Memphis fans, a good show. Yeah. Exactly. And you know, hopefully that sort of carries over to again playing in front of the raptors now playing with them. It's what I like to go to you. You said a task messiahs going all in on this year to got Colli. You don't know what's gonna go on their Feazel, even well, we're. Shing an even more with another sort of, you know, not an all star. But a better player than Valentinus defensively offense because he can hit the three let's do it as long as we don't gotta give up a Siaka even know g or first round pick. And he didn't he's gonna feel feel pretty good about that. You're like, okay. It's for this year, and maybe this year, only Barak hemorrhaging our future. Yeah. Good. I didn't think Yoenis was gonna stick around there. Right. And. From the grizzlies. It's fine. I guess Jonas balance Eunice there. But I'm not I'm not to say, well, we we can get to. But I do the choir is going to have a little bit more room to operate. Under beyond the three point line with Markelle standing there instead of surgery Baca clogging up the mid range or Yoenis clogging up the lanes. Marcus oil can get the heck out of the way when it comes to crunch time and get it the heck out of the way in a good way because he will have some gravity because he can shoot the three bowl Colli. We all wear. We've talked about quite Mr. baubles at times bobbling the ball with thirty seconds left and not be in the closer. I think just having a little bit of space can make him just maybe five to eight to nine percent better makes place to he's an excellent passer. That's like one of the things that gets lost. I think for him for Al Horford is there'll be a play happening on one side. It's not going anywhere. So you kick it to Marcus all or you know, Al Horford. They're smart enough. They make good decisions. They know how to get an shot on the other side of the court. I think that will help even things out between Lowry and quiet as well. Yeah. I think that's true. The raptors playoff success still solely for me. Hinges on Kyle Lowry. One hundred. Like sort of all NBA, Kyle Lowry and a playoff series and search to search has to bring it in the playoffs. He's been great in the regular season. But he's got a hit. These these open jumpers, you know, from the free throw line and in a playoff series because he didn't do it. Last year was garbage last year. I think it helps Lowry because you got another great veteran guy. Yeah. No. I definitely helps them, but he still needs to be. He needs to hit threes. That's the big thing to me. They need some threes in any of these series against any of these teams that bomb away in the Eastern Conference. You gotta match it a little bit. Second is going to be fantastic. We had a question from Zachary. We're not on the beach yet. But the question is how do you rank the top four teams in the east after the deadline? But like who do you have one who's your favorite after all these moves? We haven't seen them play yet. So you saying conference like he's gonna win the east. Right now, if you'd like put them in a ranking for me bucks, Celtics, raptor, seventy Sixers bucks Celtics after seventy Sixers. Well. Well, the reps in the Celtics around the other white, but I probably can't put the Celtics actually. Yeah. The bucks for them to three rounds. A lot to ask the raptors went three rounds. That's a heck of a lot. The raptors for the Sixers. That's a lot of chemistry that to just that's what I throw the Sixers last because I think that will be shoes with me, and they have one win against the other three teams. So yeah. So that's why the Celtics neekam for me. They just sneak right in. There will be some magic on that park eighth floor. I don't know how. But they're the fact that the odds are the same makes sense. Yeah. Which tells you out tight it is all right? Besides the wraps blocks. Sixers so take them out of the equation here. Who else was a big trade deadline winner for you player team everyone. I like the kings Harrison Barnes was my pick for an empty stats guy. Maybe a week ago, but still he's going to help the kings. I they're not ever really gonna sign a free agent until somehow Marvin Bagga beans Bagley and deer and FOX to ten best players in the league. Then maybe somebody like, oh, I would go to the kings, actually. So if they got the cap space Harrison Barnes fits. Their team he'll be happy to play fast again like he played with the warriors. He's not going to have to do anything. But catch open shots and head them. Hopefully, he doesn't take over the ball too much. But even if he does it's helpful for them to have another guy who can get his own shot. He can't do it. Sometimes it looks very premeditated anytime he's trying to make a move to the hoop, but occasionally it's effective. He's a good shooter. And he's big strong is big. And apparently the Mavericks loved him. Everybody was super Santa see go Dirk was like that guy was one of my best friends on the team. So I think he'll be nice in the locker room and the kings are trying the kings chance to make the playoffs for the first time since nineteen fifty seven, and they might be able to do it. They're saying, hey, we made a trade to improve. We got rid of some expiring assets. And now we gotta guy when is the last time the kings made a move around the deadline to bring in a guy right help their playoff chances run our test when he was run our test. Maybe. It might be a high of Meccan the right on top of my head. But it's got to be that far back and the. Yeah, it's for that. It's we're down really now in the west feels like to only one open playoff spot. Right. If we're if we're locking in the Spurs, and we're locking in the Jess, I think a lot of people sort of wood. So then it's clippers. It's lakers. It's the kings. Trying to hold on. Yeah. That's what makes it real tough because the lake is you feel it just gonna liberal you sort of last night. I mean, I would down dead against the cell. Yeah. I don't wanna put too much importance into one win. But I felt maybe like a season saver to some extent. Well, moso just because the team didn't seem to have those same issues. They had when I got murdered by the pain. It seemed to be actually like watching them like they actually sort of accepted now move on moved on we have some clarity. I know what's going on. So that that sort of symbolism, I guess from that victories more important. I think than actually getting the the buzzer beating win as for Harrison Barnes. I know he's not the biggest of names, but I'm a little confused. Why the mess traded him? He fits the time line of a young king. Steam, I think he could fit the time line of a young map steam with with Luca and Kristaps being the third guy twenty six years old. I guess they got plans that are bigger than than what I know. Too much. I feel like they just looked at the guys who shot all the time on the Mavericks and the Dennis Smith you're out of here here Wesley. Wesley Matthews you're out of here. Luke, Luke, running everything. And then and then of course, we have porzingas coming back, hopefully, healthy. Yeah. Put Harrison Ken be the third wheel. I think maybe it would have been tough for him to go from the number one wheel, which was, you know, strange him in that role to the number three and making all that money. Maybe they think they can just feel his role with somebody cheaper. I I guess that's possible. But if they think that they're going to go get a superstar with their their newfound cap space every single team thinks that tune. So somebody's going to be left out the clippers that the nets think that the Knicks, obviously, there's a lot of teams looking good be Lyles summer. It's gonna be fun. Do you have another deadline winner Marquel? Foltz real quick. Let's let's see what he can do. Let's see if he can find his way. Let's mentally. This is a nice change for him or mentally still gonna struggle. Because that's definitely what a huge part of it. Can you play basketball again as a fair question to ask for a guy who's not even two full years into his into the league? But he's playing for the Orlando Magic that is as close to obscurity in the NBA as you can get and let her rip not this season. I guess I guess he they're going to just figure it out which is probably smart off the court with him for a couple months and then twenty nineteen twenty is the season Marquel. Foles maybe maybe and they got to pick back for that as well. We just talked about them giving up a pick. Yes. It was unprotected for Tobias Harris. Yeah. But they got protected first round pick back. So you know, that sort of evens out and Casey. Yeah. Yeah. It was it was via. Okay. See once in a second round pick from the Cavs, which which was originally those in the first place on fess round pick. I saw sort of basically bounced around and went back to you know. There are too many second round picks. I saw somebody tweeted book. Traded for twenty twenty three and they call it a climate change pick because that's really gotta start worrying about trade away to second rounders. Here is when they gave up the twenty twenty four four. Who's planning five years in advance for the second round pick picking forty six? You know? For dinner twenty even in the negotiations. Like are you going to give a second round in two thousand twenty four steals dot some? Number forty six could be Brian James true. Some were shocked at that. The Sixers got his much as they actually did from our Celts, which get really isn't a whole lot in Jonathan's seven. And a I yeah, I guess I is like gold nowadays. Right is something they're happy to get rid of Jonathan Simmons. He's been bad this year, but he could be decent on the Sixers put him back in the role that he excelled in for the Spurs before he got that monster deal with the magic. And that was just being a pest against Steph curry and others in that warriors in two thousand seventeen let's say they go to the finals he'll be comfortable in that role being passed. But he he was poopie on the offense of Branston gonna talk to pop about it. Sure, tell me tell me what works with Brett Brown's got the biggest the biggest task in the world. The next few months keeping that locker room of many many personalities have a question. A little mini trivia for you guys. Nice. About Foltz the full era in Philadelphia, south Bengal, tweet this out. Okay. How many how many months roughly did he last with Philly? I what did we can in June? When he dropped any up picked twenty twenty nineteen or twenty exactly how many minutes did he play for the Sixers seven hundred. Woo very close. Very close. Six hundred eighty. Wow, how many games did he play? Forty six to high thirty one thirty three thirty three fifteen star starts. What did he average points per game with? Well, you're close at seven seven point seven points per game, three point four boards, three point four, six triple doubles. Did he get one? That's that's right. What was his cover your high? What was his career high scored in a game for the Sixers eighteen to twenty two? Wishes sixteen. I was reading game long for you. Yeah. How many three pointers did the guy the kid? Make in Philly in thirty three games. This year. I'll say eleven that's hi to four four is really looking. Just six hundred eighty minutes you can crush that game. So. Yeah. Hopefully, full it means going to the perfect spot. There will be no attention paid to the Orlando. Magic. You should change plays. Ooh. Cal just go. Cal. What about Mark? Sounds like a center from the eighties for sure. More full smock with a c. Anything different. Did you have a another deadline winning well and the rest of the league because they the failed. Anthony Davis K cinema to LeBron rich bowl like you can't pull the strings on everyone as much as you want. Because when it was first announced, I think we well. It's going to happen. Yeah. He's going to get him because LeBron gets these things and now instead the Lakers, they embarrassed really for this weekend and rich LeBron Lael like, okay. Well that didn't go. Well. Well. Yeah. And now, I mean the chances of them landing Anthony Davis. You would think would be lessened because there's going to be obviously, the Celtics as we talked about a lot. And now every other team is I we can get in on this. We've built our asset. So will Anthony Davis end up as Laker at some point maybe, but it's less likely was two weeks ago. When that when when I came out, I want hear here and Rich Paul he tried everything. Getting every imaginable any played the one. I don't know if we're gonna Slater. But the one that I thought was going to do it was, hey, I'm healthy. I'm going to play. So you better trade me because you've already taken me out of the team introductions. And you've written me off. I'm playing in this going to be a problem. He played that card that was the one that I thought was going to get it done. And of course, what do we find out last night? Pelicans are gonna play them and that was pressure from the NBA is exactly we talked about. It's going to be weird. I guess he's not gonna play back the backs. There's going to be fewer minutes. If gets hurt every third game. Okay. He's gonna get hurt. Yeah. It's going to be strange. But this is why I thought maybe it would alternately done because they were like, well, we don't we don't play them. So maybe we will take this deal, but they didn't. And you know, good for them. Fortunately, you're going to play them now and hope for the best, but they did not cave to. Will they put him back in the intro video imagine? Yes. Use a different one. When he said back go back to two. Old projects you gotta say projects make a new one. Refresh the palate make a new one just. Going to the streets in New Orleans. Got Stanley Johnson in there now. Yeah. Wow. Marris's? Well, yeah, he was really. That. Yeah. There's lots of wings. If you these teams want wings. When Ellington Markeith Morris Carmel, who of course, go get him. Juicy. Yeah. I'm not talking about the wings that at Philips arena. Although those are good to state farm arena. Those are good too. Had a few last night all the face. Yeah. Oh, you had all you can eat links. As crazy task came back from underneath with a plate of thirty wings to for everybody know. Thirty. At his chair wings are so. And I was stuff right? I'm not a wing then. But those. It's a good food when you're in an MBA arena. And you want to watch the game because you want it's easy to take up on your plate bit sticky. Were they didn't really. Q or dry. You wanna drive? It was closer to drive up. It was a moist rope. But not a wet road tests. I played it smart eating underneath. Oh, yeah. Because you're right chicken wings are portable. But then you're just like I was doing it devouring just chicken offal huddled over trying. Not to drip on yourself. I amended. I looked like a savage. It's fine. Yeah. It was interesting being under there as who've down some some wings, the national anthems playing because I could see out of the time and everyone was standing, but you couldn't hear underneath at all the acoustics. Everybody was just challen not whatsoever. No, nobody stopped. We're so unpatriotic under there. We didn't care about the flag. There's like a club level under under the seat sort of off of the floor at the state farm arena where we're in the doldrums down there. But you know, obviously. Well, well, lit manufacturer doldrums. 'cause it used to be Philips arena. The biggest loser of the trade deadline. Okay. The Lakers including there. I think the blazers are loser. It's interesting one because they got Rodney hood exactly that is their key to the playoffs. Now. Everybody thought other benches improved. They trade Nick staus Cus. They got rid of him. They hope Rodney hood. Is there? Peace running hood was not the piece for the Cavs last year when they were extremely desperate for a third wheel beside LeBron Kevin love and whoever was around is. He the ticket. I think they they look and they see Tobias Harris get got for the number four role. I guess you could call it on their team. And they need a number three guy. Really besides you know, the the big too. So in that in that way. I don't think they should be pumped. I'm just I'm just interested see their postseason. It's all on Lillard and CJ McCollum who hasn't had a great year. It would've been nice for them to to get. It's hard to see the blazes going any further than they did last year. That's that's the problem. And that's what they gonna fight again going into next could win a game in the first round. They just got into such a bad match up with the pelicans last year, especially the pelicans were on a roll having sort of changed their identity midseason when boogie went out and miratec came in and the size of the the pelicans which just too much for the blazers the handle they end up in a better match up. I think they can still win a series. But I'm also not high on Rodney hood, I feel like they may be traded for them because they have mount hood, that's right outside of Portland. So he's going to be a local hero instantly. Like, if you get a Rodney hood, blazers jersey you can wear it forever. Even when he's gone. It's a good point. Who else has a loser got Lee? Not really. I've moved onto the under the radar move. Okay. We'll ask you Kemba Walker because the Hornets did absolutely nothing for them. They're trying to make the playoffs. The guy's got to be a free agent in the summer. He's gonna be starting the all star game in Charlotte next week. You would've thought something was going to happen? Mark assault was the rumor for a long time. But they couldn't get anything done. A first round pick. But kind of a bummer if you're trying to keep Kemba Walker there were, you know, Bradley Beal whispers earlier in trade seasons. Kevin love at one point. Anything would have been nice all. By now ski that's all you did anything cool would have been good for Kemba Walker. But I feel like the guy just has zero help. And clearly there's no market for any of the guys that are on the Hornets. They just gotta wait until they expire that seemed like it was going to happen. Sure. That they're going to get Marcus will. But I guess a package of you still on right and CJ miles was too much for the Hornets to beat which is telling of their previous five seasons of all the guys they've drafted. I it's totally true. And you mentioned, Bradley Beal. I think the wizards are a loser to yes, they get under the cap because they did some stuff they trademark Moore's for Wesley Johnson that helped them out. And now they can go and sign Thomas Bryant who's been a little bright spot. Thomas at around skews been a bright spot because they treat it too. And it traded auto porter. So they got under the cap, they exactly their futures. Now, again, another year of Bradley Beal and those guys and because John Wallace hurt. That's another year another dead year. There's rumors that they are still interested in keeping a reason. Green the exact same. John wall out. Fun. Fan. I said this to last night show Europe or like the Harrison Barnes pickup or play by the kings. I agree with that. That's you know, they got a three I was disappointed in the, you know, swapping really Shumpert out for Alec Burks. I hated that. I really did not understand that. I just love that show. He was loved in that locker these young guys loved them. I think they just thought he was cool. Cool. Actually, he's married to Tina Taylor Taylor. He's one of the better wrappers, I feel like and he's probably guy on that team. And they looked up to my believe and how to had some championship experience with LeBron and the Cavs and they're trying to make the playoffs in just bonded them. Together. I'd watched a bunch of weird videos of FOX and Shumpert playing like horse, and they was a big friend of his and he and FOX was a big fan of Trump. And and looked at them probably some sort of mentor. I just hate like rocking the boat on that chemistry when it's really like for Alec Burks kidding me. Like, I'm sorry Burks always injured. He's not really even better than chump some pretty decent year asked to play the three lot game. Twenty five minutes game came ten points game. You know, he does not light it up. He is. He's not a great officiant shooter. I get that. But but it's not a black hole though. I just loved his energy. I think that you know, I like you got something go in there and you trying to get into the playoffs as didn't like that. That's all a little minor loser. There of that swat. But the Barnes make sense. And maybe they thought you know, limited now a limited role for shop. And he's on the rockets, and he's gonna hit chance I like him in Houston. Yeah. Sure. Sure. So didn't like that. I didn't like that at all. Okay. Let's get to it. But what Trump to the rockets? So that was your that was your favorite under the radar minor deadline because he's a good defender, which the rockets could use and again, he's go I think in the right situation, he can just plunk himself in the corner and knock down those threes and an experienced guy being the this is what the rockets Nate just another vet who can fill in luck Reza was for them last year. So I think he's going to be pretty helpful for them because they seem to make a lot of moves as well just to save money Houston. Oh, yeah. Fleeing plays all over the place and peaks and things like that. So that because I think if you giants hot, and she I mean, you wanna see the team going all leeann peps didn't do that. That's for sure. Okay. Any other? Trump as well. Yeah. Yeah. They're probably going to get somebody to on the buyer's market as well. For the the rockets they got spots available. Right. So is it wrapped up to Sweden talk about they got five spots. Five roster spots. They have ten ten guys on their us or plus their to two ways and the Celtics opened up a spot. Yeah. Traded bird Lakers as well. One of the ones taken and one of the guys for sure in most demand was Lee Matthews, apparently he's lucky to the paces. Yes. Very interesting. Yeah. Right. 'cause we took you know of the Eastern Conference as we talked about with since all the date going down. I think anyone thinks the pace is a really going to make it into the conference semifinals. So for Wesleyan if that's true go there that would be a quite a blow to a few teams. I would think with the clippers sort of. I know that Tobias was a big trade. But what they did when you consider picking up Shamet and then sue Botts from the Lakers young big that can shoot they've got a plan, obviously in that is free agency. And they got more expiring contracts when they traded every Avery Bradley to the grizzlies for Jamaica green and Garrett temple. They they've got you know, Jerry West and that crew they they are probably thinking they're getting Katie Colli. A pair of those guy who knows they can make more move and getting off Ari. So. They've got a plan. They're sticking with it. And they got some young guys in in the mix there as well. So there's totally and you know, smart. I mean, they are literally saying what we could go for the. But who cares? We'll just get hammered by the warriors. So let's just keep our pick. Instead of that going to the Celtics. Let's get little bad here at the end of the year. And let's go into free agency with trying to get these guys to come to LA. Boozers of this summer, the twenty ten collars. Puzder. Anyone? The bulls that will get in white and the Brown of Bosh, whatever boozers. All right. I always think of when I hear the clippers are clearing Cass base. And the nets are clearing cap space of the picture Johan petro. The nets have cap space, but Johan petro, Jordan, far mar Travis outlaw holding up their nets jersey summer at twenty ten because they went all into get LeBron as well. And they ended up getting three guys come off the bench. Right. So worry about that. With the clips I will believe the clippers sign a really good free agent. When they do it. They have torn down their best era in franchise history. They traded their only homegrown superstar ever. And now they have cap space. If it works out, that's cool. Otherwise, you just threw away the best era you've ever had. You just throw it away. And you said you won the Tobias Harris trade last year. And now he's already gone. You got like eighty games of them winning half of them. And I don't know if that's a huge win from trading. Blake griffin. That's out of the heat signing Bausch and the Braun. I mean when is it team really to entice to free to MAG big pieces to attainment, just it's very very rare. You might get one. But to get to is very very ambitious and lucky to file bomber the clips there. One hundred percent events are getting quite Leonard. That to me is that's the no brain apart. They think they're getting him. And he's going to sign there in LA. And then it's like well who else can we pair with him and many people in the NBA circles, NBA luminosity, definitely think that's happening. Yeah. Yeah. But it's quite Leonard enough. Leonard. Yeah. If you traded Blake Griffin for quite Leonard. Sure. Yeah. But I mean, you're probably if it's just why you're probably in the same place. You're probably went in forty five games. Maybe fifty games making the playoffs. Now challenging for a title. There's got to be a second guy. That's why they're trying. That's why they're trying to get all these as many assets as possible. All these expiring deals not to just even make make room for possible guy. But to yet to go get one maybe through a trade to pair with if they get quiet. Yeah. That's what they think. I think for sure. Yeah. And the advantage. They have is they have a respected Jerry West and their front office while some other teams don't have Jerry West. But. It's an arms race for. One's gonna strike out. Right. Someone here in this. To that massive. And then the booze. That's like great. We go be the nets. And you're like, okay. There's Durant Leonard kyri clay Kemba Jimmy, I guess Tobias. He's not going there. But DeMarcus cousins, that's your your top top of the notch. That's not saying and then. And that's the top of the list, and then the level player you drive off. Right. And so I can't wait. That's the summer though. We were talking deadline anything else from the deadline any takeaways any other deals. He liked anything. You wanna talk about standridge or and you're gonna get a release because people him up. No, I don't think so to keep him around around. They want to rant. He's all being friends. Rollo's. Gotta get released. Somebody's gotta snap. Him Robin Lopez. Yeah. My market should be fun to be pumped to get Robin. Lopez less teams. Yes, they they're talking about him. Maybe going to the warriors there in the market for a big the rockets will probably look for maybe a big maybe a shooter Philly wants shooter Toronto needs a shooter probably a big as well. There's going to be a lot of teams flying for a lot of. Guys who gets Wayne Ellington who gets a gore taught who gets who wants a cantor who. And and Lopez abo- said warriors. Kansas probably got the most Kisaburo logo. And Kanter will be there. All right. Let's get to these to the all-star draft results Thursday night. Yeah. What a week the NBA second annual all star game draft featuring LeBron and Yoenis as the team captains it was televised for the first time ever on Thursday night on TNT. What was pretty good? It wasn't that bad. I tried to warn you to take your expectations, maybe and turn them down a little bit. I said this awhile ago because wasn't going to be like live like the guys right there. But you know, taped it in the morning and didn't seem like they added a whole lot. This guy's going back and forth on pick. So sort of would have been similar to them being live. But it's tough to get these two guys two stars in the same spot at the same time. But here's what we got guys team. Lebron when a lot of people are calling aka team tamper, his starters, along with him are Durant Irving Leonard and hearted three of those guys potential free agents his reserves at the Davis Klay Thompson couple more guys there that either wanna move or again, entering free agency, Damian Lillard, Ben Simmons who will Brown traded Westbrook for lamarcus Aldridge didn't go last Karl Anthony towns and Bradley Beal who did sorta last in the reserves his final pick was Dwayne Wade is buddy. Okay. Team. Jaanus his starters curry Embiid. Paul George Kemba. Walker has reserves Chris Middleton, I pick that what a reach Nikola Yokich Westbrook. Got in the trade with Simmons there. Blake Griffin Dangelo Russell, vuckovich Lowery and the living legend that is Dirk. I wonder if Bradley Beal they made Bradley Beal the last. Pick technically you you said the legends went afterwards. But he really was the last pick. Because Bradley Beal said in an interview four, why do you guys want to watch draft? You just wanna make fun of the guy who gets picked last. I hope I get picked. And maybe they just so nobody else got big less. Yeah. He's so who's got the better team. Lebron? For p. Experienced all-star GM. Yup. Hilarious calling team Tampa, especially Candace Parker on the show that week is like while you pick your teammates. And then you pick the people who you want to sign them free agency. Lebron nail. That was hilarious. Yeah. I mean, he selected Durant Irving collide with his first three picks selected Anthony Davis with his first reserve spot. And so he just went after anything Klay in the mix there too. He went a little higher than we had Klay in our mock draft and a lot of mock draft a little bit lower. But LeBron carries. Yeah, I'm leaning into this. And he's got a better team much Janas picking Chris as he's I. Yeah. I mean that was men now need to. I think he, you know, he's he's like I've gotta take a break for him at being televised. Of course, I pick Christmas, but he gets Westbrook. N Joel together. Do you want it to get those guys bonding? So that's great. There was some funny moments too like between LeBron Ernie and Jaanus really sorta starting with the whole tampering jokes. I mean, it is a maze. Ing like you mentioned the NFL doing this like, and these guys are joking about every there's not a chance in hell pretty funny that this week people were saying, this might be the biggest NBA story ever. This is the biggest trade request in forty years, and you know, four hours after the trade deadline. It's just jokes funny. Yeah. And and Barclay making the one where he's like the when they were talking about trading like he makes the joke about trading Anthony Davis. Very very funny. Unlike to actually into it, the guys did seem LeBron honest like, you know, they had their little sheets, and like when when Ben Simmons got picked by honest, LeBron reacted like anyone doing mock draft. Does like oh man this guy Knicks circled draft a single well-timed? Away with one swearword perfectly timed. So that was funny any other moments that stood out to you. Or just the the whole thing in general. Would you think about it? Well, when we were in the the pre roll, and what would you call it? The the little intro tease introduction. That was the best part. I think the yeah. The production was great the huge monstrous video boards that they were using for when it went slightly silent. Wind guys were thinking like I I was definitely thinking when we did our draft lots of silent. 'cause I get into thinking rather than speaking. Yeah. Speaking it out, but they had nice not that we didn't have great great visuals in our studio. But they had some beauty visuals that they've popped to real quick. And it looked it looked great. And the guys were definitely into it. Yeah. That's and you on this fan superstar. He's like he's got the split screen there with LeBron one of the most like media savvy athletes of all time, and he was it was hanging with him. He was killed. In fact, I thought he was almost more natural in Rochester better. He's funny. Found out about smoothies like six years. And now he's trading barbs with the king that was impressive. Yeah. Trading parts. So I mean, look, we all know the best interest of this will be at all star weekend. And the guys just do it either right before the game or on Saturday night the night before the lineup all the all star. Right. Right there that would be the best. Maybe we get there. But look this is better than east versus west slow and steady. We're making our move there. Every year there's been something cool last year it came down to LeBron and Katie garden Steph curry in the last play of the game. That's exactly what everybody wanted to see with these being split up between whichever player can play wherever you don't have to be on a conference this year. The draft was fun already. Maybe something will happen at the all star game at the very least we've had two minor successes. And every time it just keeps building and building. Eventually they're going to be drafting in person. Does anyone have an MVP favorite right now? Now that we know the teams and the structure of them Westbrook is I'm just going to pick him playing. Yeah. Always have you ever seen Westbrook? Take a playoff in any sort of form of game. Maybe being on the same team within beads gonna rattle he way, man. He just plan as hot as he can he's already two time MVP. He's pick forever. Okay. Gonna love. Kemba Walker is the the obvious hometown hero. Yeah. But then Steph curry is the dark horse hometown. I think it's time for him to get an all-star VP lean towards I'm saving my pick for five thirty eastern Friday, February fifteenth our live show from bojangle's in Charlotte. I always try to figure out, you know, you look at the best of the best players in the NBA and go like who doesn't have one of these yet because it's like one of the like it doesn't matter to any sort of like hall of fame credential. But it's like the best of the generally get one. They get one at some point so career doesn't have one. So that's James harden does not have what really play that. Well. Steph, really even plays all that. Well. Can't remember guys flow gas, those two guys, you know, Irving. Scotland has one Durant. Yes. So it's like, yeah. Curry harden? You know, if you ever really wanted to go get it he, but we'll see let's hear from you guys. Let us know hash day the starters who you like as an early even early next week when do you fly to Charlotte to shoot three pointer going on Wednesday night? Good. Jiji private can't, wait. Yeah. Private plane men and chartered plane. Nice. So you're heading you're heading a day earlier than we are to Charlotte to get up shots to shoot threes. Filming it again yesterday who's gonna wrangle the ball. This is gonna be me. And you I guess me hold on the boards. A love. Yeah. We'll just have to get a ring out someone then. Yeah. Yeah. Somebody. Yeah. Where where are you shooting? What's the the arena bojangles? You are you go. You're good. Your goal is obviously to get twenty. Yeah. In a three point contest with Iraq's win the money balls, Dino where you're putting your you. Always you've been trying to start with it. Right. Yeah. Yeah. I'm going to keep the money bowl in the same spot, which is the left corner. Yep. Because that's my strongest spot, but you're going to not start with it. Or you are maybe once. Way up. I think you should lead up to it. Yeah. Yeah. I'm not sure I've I'm working on a strategy for it. Because I feel that my weakest spot is the top and the right wing. But if I get to that right wing as my second rack, I'm not being a physically a better show us starting with the moneyball is that it gets in your head right away. If you missed like to on that now. Now, you just even more points on the board. And now you're just playing from behind the whole thing. If I if I you coming in like wool could do this. When it gets this final hit twenty. If I I need to be to be fourteen. If I'm coming into that last rack can nail three. Yeah. That's it time. That's the only worry about putting it. Yeah. That's true. That's true. But he's not. He's pretty. God, I think I'm okay with the time. Now, the first the first year, we did it was like. Okay. Well, good luck. Thanks, man. Can't wait. In the meantime, let's get to worst of the week the right sheets can take your sleep and your style to the next level with Boll and branch. The upgrade has never been more Ford -able every set is crafted from one hundred percent organic cotton. They get softer and softer over time. That's why they have thousands of five star reviews and even three US presidents have Boll and branch sheets. Try them for thirty nights. And if you don't love them, send them back for a full refund. Go to bollandbranch dot com today for fifty dollars off your first set of sheets, plus free shipping with promo code NBA. Spelled B O L L, andbranch dot com. That's Boll and branch dot com. Promo code NBA. From the hang time podcast. Join me, and my main man John Shuman every week as we break down, the latest, NBA, news and storylines with. Yes. From around the league, be sure to subscribe to NBA hang time on apple podcasts. Spotify an NBA dot com slash podcast for new episodes every Monday and Thursday this season. Please gentlemen. Vo worst of the week. Three nominees the first one. Well, it's the NBA trade deadline, and it's affected on people their relationships and their plans for the evening, the ethnic shop sharia tweeted that Wesley Johnson was headed to the wizards in exchange for Markeith Morris, and d'arno may also from the ethic re tweeted it with I was just standing next to Wesley Johnson as he rubbed lotion over his torso. And joked about smelling good for his wife when he got home. This business is insane. He and his family's lives change that fast. And so did their night. What could have been what could have been that night? Just because of a great. Tweeted that is tweet of the week. Now, he could just got that out. Let's go to two week later. Second Omni unless you guys want to talk about torsos or no. Yeah. I would have been great night for Wesley Johnson. Second nominee. Lebron James LeBron sure it seemed like things were going to go his way, but they did not. He seemed like you wanted all his teammates traded when he didn't sit anywhere near them on the bench in a game. Which was the worst loss of his career by forty two points, and he had to know he'd get public backlash for that on social media, which he told his young teammates to stay off of this week, which he then use to congratulate himself for moving into fifth all-time on the scoring list, which he then used again to stick up for Harrison Barnes who was traded mid game. Using correct though because he didn't know them Harrison Barnes was told pre-game trade could becoming not a great week for LeBron just didn't get his way told guys say do as I say, not as I do because he just went all over social media and listened. He's good enough to pull the team into the playoffs. But man, it's it didn't the optics. Didn't look. And you're also knowing the facts is one thing for him to say I'd like to get Anthony Davis here. It's a whole other thing when his best friend is the same agent, and he owns a stake in that agency as much more direct that the players feel is this guy, literally working to get rid of me. Oh, yeah. Strange. You don't see LeBron take that many losses in the media ever ever? Let alone in the course of ten days really of the Lakers getting punked and Anthony Davis not come into the team the loss everything just piling up in a week. And then LeBron is on TV Thursday night. Just joking. That's crazy. It was very surprising to say. Yeah. His image can't tarnish. So he's fun. Third nominee, the New York. Knicks the first game after the Knicks were traded included on the team broadcast was a graphic the resume of the of Kristaps Porzingis read like this drafted fourth overall in twenty fifteen two thousand fifteen sixteen fourteen point three points in his rookie season next bullet point skipped exit meeting with front office after sixteen seventeen season last season twenty two point seven points. I also selection bracket tore ACL February six twenty eighteen verse Milwaukee next point played in one hundred eighty six of possible. Two hundred eighty six gear games with New York MSG network, and the Knicks did him dirty just just get out of here. Just just clarifying that the Knicks didn't know about that themselves. It was only the in studio MSG networks. Did it not the team? They had nothing to do with it. MSG network has also owned by the team that but I'm just saying clarity. Because I spoke to the Knicks waken they said they said that they didn't they didn't. Authorize it they didn't do it. I didn't have anything to do with it. So just just to clarify that. But they own the broadcast. I'm just saying man, I'm just saying the Knicks themselves one of the to be nine that it wasn't them. It was the MSG networks did it. Yeah. Okay. To me. It's it's just reading PR talking points now. No, I'm just saying this is this the new and your repeat. So I guess that means, you know, for sure it's true. But it's one in the same to me the company that produces the broadcasts is owned by the by the team. So you can't separate them. Like, you just you simply can't have a legit question. I don't know the answer to it did the Knicks Twitter account Knicks Instagram account. Whatever did they do the classic. Thanks KP. I don't know on chill. I don't know. Because you see we've been seeing it for the last twenty four hours with all these guys being traded, Malachi Richardson, gotta thank you. Yeah. Wraps. Thank everybody through social media. I do. So I I would assume the Knicks did the thanks porzingas of checking their media. Can't remember? Okay. Well, they did. Oh, it's just part of the rule book. You just gotta do the best Dennis. I also think there's an argument to made. It's not that crazy. The the time line the poisoning full-page in dispute the graphic the graph speaking specifically of the points that were a little bit dirty a little bit stab in the back were skipped exit meeting with front office after sixteen seventeen season and played in a possible hundred eighty six two hundred eighty six career games. Why do you think I guess because I'm saying it depends on the context of the context is. Porzingas was here. He was great. But let's be honest. It wasn't always golden for porzingas in New York as he's on his way out. Here's some things that didn't go great. He skipped this exit meeting, which you know, whatever their reasons, he skipped it. He was injured a lot. He missed Lada games. So you know, it was great probably should've been better. But it wasn't that good. But that's a board that we would put on TV because we, you know, we're not a franchise trying to appease guys to come play for us and take the high road and not a little petty here. That's that makes sense for us to put that board up. Oh, I missed all these games. He was injured. He didn't miss this meeting. It's weird for the the franchise or the network to to point that out. It's a little weird. Yeah. That's all it is it's straight. And it definitely where it's coming from the franchises coming from colors. Our view on the graphic. And the words on that graphic for shirt because it is the Nixon they have flubbed a Mennea thing. You guys are scrolling. Crazy. I don't see anything on the Instagram weird. I'm into January now. Oh, okay. I got one more nominee for the week. At least wanna talk about it a little bit. Kevin durant? On Wednesday night, speaking publicly for the first time in a long time, actually, right after that porzingas trade is when he went media silent Katie by spoke to the media any blasted him. He questioned their motives why he even had to talk to them. The source of frustration were seems to be all these rumors that he's heading to the Knicks this summer as a free agent. He went back and forth with the media for what three or four minutes when he was talking to them. I'm not gonna we're gonna play the whole thing. But we have I don't know good minute. Or so here's the juicy part. Here's Katie talking to the media on Wednesday night. I don't think about that type of show job. You've obviously been around the noise for so long as it bothering more. This year's louder this year on necessary. You gotta do eat straw coming here. And. Just give his whole opinion stuff and make is coming from me. And he just walk around. You don't talk to nobody just walk in here and survey something like that and now. Yeah, pollen on me because I don't wanna talk to you about that. Nothing to do with the Knicks. I don't know who traded porzingas got nothing to do. With me. I'm trying to play basketball coming every day actually about free agency ice. My teammates. My coaches round up the fans about it. Let's play basketball. That's all I'm saying. And now when I wanna talk the odds of problem me Goma grow up. Grow up. Yeah. You grow up MoMA come in and go to work every day on 'cause no problems play right away. Try to play right way. I try to be the best player can be every possession was the problem. What am I doing? All right. Couple of questions. One is that worthy of a worst of the week nominee to do. You have any sympathy for Durant and his frustration. Obviously with what's being written about him and having to talk to the media. And you know, was it fair. I guess for Katie to criticize. Ethan Sherwood stroz and the media for asking him about free agency. What's everybody's take on which was sort of at a nowhere this? This this crazy press conference. I mean, the media's job is to ask questions. And if he doesn't want to answer them. He doesn't have to. He seemed to try to be saying like you guys don't even have the right to ask me these questions. When of course, I do. That's what the media's job is. And if he comes clearly and says, listen, you can ask me anything you want. I'm not gonna say single word about anything beyond this season from now on then that might help shut down. Right. But otherwise, it's sort of like, we're not sure we haven't really heard a definitive answer from him. So until you do people in naturally gonna start speculating, and he seems to be like, I don't know why he's not grasping. The reason that Ethan Sherwood Strauss wrote the article was because you suddenly for whatever reason just didn't wanna talk to anybody for a good eight or nine days. This wasn't two days. Three days. It was a long time. That's a little weird. You're a superstar player, and it's a part of being a superstar that you at least address the media, and you're sort of dodging them. And so now just more questions we're going to be asked right fair. That's the media would ask that. He's obviously got a lot of pent up frustration toward the media in general. Not just this is nothing new. This is a years long deal with with Kevin Durant. And he, you know, he tries to bring up sort of the larger question like, why are you guys even here? Why why should we have media with in terms of sports? I think it's we don't have to get into that. Because it's important to have media be that sort of connected to fans, it's important. I think he the problem is he wants to be marshawn Lynch and say next question next question next question, not listen, but he didn't show up and he gets angry about it. He doesn't he doesn't have the not the gravitas. But like the likability, I guess marshawn Lynch at this point. So the media just doubles down. And. Yeah, that's he's right. The he's done nothing wrong. He is a great player. He's got no issues off the court. He's a good, dude. But they want to know about free agency. Let me import for a guy in his shoes being asked about something. He may not even know the answer to time and time and time again, I get that. But you're just pouring gasoline on the fire with this sort of response. That's the weird part like diffuse this with any sort of even a simple joke. Like, hey guy. Sorry, I've been hiding would know like he's not being grilled here by any means. He's just frustrate just hates the media. He just all he wants to talk. About his basketball. And that's just not the case. So tough luck. When they asked him about suppose said you don't wanna know about that. And we'll. Which you know to his to his point. It's kinda true with with Kevin. It's when you sign a one year deal time and time again, when you know that you're going to be free agent every single summer, and you're one of the three best guys in the league. And the biggest media market in the world has a spot for you to come play. They're going to ask you about. I also do think that Strauss has grown up. If I'm not mistaken, he has a wife and child. Don possibly to look grown, man. That's definitely it doesn't make a grown, man. He. Grown man. But now that grow. And it's fair to have if you're an athlete to have a problem with an article written about you or something that someone like us has said about you on television show. I mean that goes back to what you were just saying about us getting into the whole Porzingis and the Knicks doing dirty, and did they did they know we heard from the Knicks thing they said, that's not the way it was. Okay. That's fair. But like Kevin Durant is like very confused. He he just like James the media and their job of asking questions and writing about the team in him, and he lumps it all into gather with the hate the haters and the bad tweets, and you know, that he's the villain. And you know, he puts it all together, in my opinion, separating them for some passive aggressiveness over the whole burner account situation. There's a lot. Also, you know before he joined the warriors he was very well loved, and he hasn't been outta shake that that sort of bad image now coming to the warriors joining seventy three one four is winning championships and people are like holding that against him because it's like you sort of ruined basketball. He he wants to be adored like LeBron has been and he said that in that podcast. I think Chris Haines easy, everyone the fan, boys. Lebron has in the media. I think he's envious of that. Sure. And he doesn't have that anyone get that as long as he stays in Golden State. I don't think that would be frustrating. I get. But if you're not gonna be able to change. No, exactly. Yeah. Like have a different approach. I mean, just honestly just lighten up like to meditate or something goes do a dirt did in like, go wander. The Australian outback just chill. Yeah. Just chill. Dono asleep pot. I sure they had those kind of things out in the bay area. That was kind of feel like you're rightly that. That was a big thing was in that Ethan was it said that Durant believed he would be hailed as the greatest player by hitting three right, and LeBron's fame basically to win the championship, obviously that didn't happen. But that was now almost two years ago. So you're right. Find a new slant get new collar while. So now, do you think met we should include that as it were of the week nominee on television? After hearing all that, what do you think one hundred percent? We don't have time. News, Wayne Ellington is going to the pistons drain away. Now that playoff push. All right. He's going to get lots of shuns. Yeah. Good baby wing. They traded Reggie Bullock instantly Johnson. Yeah. But he can't shoot. Anyway. So fair enough you going off this Woche tweet Tess. Yeah. Well, he's merely closing in on a commitment. Come on, man. Come on a great shot. You. Woes doubting. I'm not doubting. Reports you're sitting over there sitting on an Adrian, whoa, Jinro ski tweet waiting for was literally twenty seconds ago. It's twenty s next to the to twenty m that's minutes bra. Let's hit the b. Routes on the beach. Stroke back to back sprees shirtless Strauss. Grow up sure would Strauss. Grow up grow up. Sure. Let's Strauss girl up. Strauss. Sure. What strauss? Love your gene clarify for me. Actually, even didn't ask that question that led to that. No in the thing. And was he looking at even when he said grow up in the clip, you can see at some point. When Durant starts like specifically calling out. Ethan says my name you see a hand go up. Yes. It's Ethan way. I'm right here. He does either. I believe later in the clip response to to Durant about, you know, why he's why it's fair that we're asking sort of these free agency questions. I'm pretty sure it's even. But yeah, it's he was very upset that article. Hey, good to know. He's got an athletic subscription. Paywall? That's available maybe is dipping on the free. Art. It seems that you would probably read most of the artists. I think every every article on the dick there's a lot to be an investor. Yeah. Reading those trade grades yesterday problems. Harper gave the bull of plus four. Zack. Easily. That would be funny. He should lean into this Kerr Mudgee angry. It'd be funny. All right. We're on the beach. I one here. This is from c dot Lee. Hey, guys. I know there's a lot going on this week the busy NBA trade deadline. Lebron? You honest, drafting all star teams, bats, invading MBA arenas. Yeah. They are everywhere right now bats, but I feel like you've barely mentioned the all-star Saturday night festivities should I get excited about this year's contest is Devon Booker going back to back in the three point contest. And I love this should there. Be a burrito. Eating contests incorporated into the Taco Bell skills challenge. Yeah. That's not about idea. Anyway, case at the end your hand. Cool. What do you think? What do you think were you excited about the participants that we have in these three contests on Saturday night? Or is everybody's focus on our own show on Saturday. Because we're doing the life watch party in Charlotte. I said on the last drop Goto the starters AS w dot com to RSVP it's free organised some swag to give away. We're going to watch all of the festivities on Saturday night. And they were going to do a live podcast where we react and talk about it all after photo booth. Also be. That's what I've been focusing on what kind of pose them. I to bring into the photo new hotpots in two thousand seventeen pose with a fake version of yourself in the photo booth. Lock it in my friend. I pose with the fake version myself every time we got an all star cutout. So you know, I'm doing are. We gonna have like backdrops like the beach like you could step on the beach. And actually this was on my list of things that we need to lock in today. So do you want to do this brainstorm, right? Let's figure out our photo booth props and bags three or four backdrops Chidi. I think it's four. Okay. So the beach I think is a good step on the I thought one like just our studio kind of looks like a studio great. The only problem is the desk is going to be in the corner. That's where everybody. Get all four and then blackout someone's face. And then you great, ideally, we'll pull that off a week before. Okay. That's only two. Yeah. Well, he's Oscar who's in marketing here said that it's often popular these photos to have you guys in the picture kind of sort of at least saying away. Not no not the cut. But yeah. So maybe a studio shot with you guys at the desk. I don't like that idea. But that's what weird backdrop it is weird because then people have to stand in would be standing in front of you. Okay. I think I'll well that's only two, but what about a prop must have prop? But Anna thought lease thumb pocket. Hotdog? Yeah. Wedgie you going with underwear? Our you go with ball stuck in rim. I feel like there's gotta be some sort. Maybe just like a, you know, like a a cardboard sort of cut out of a ball wedged. Yes. Anything else? Those are giving we'll have more. But they'll. Belt. That's cool. Crossfire belt. Sure. What about a tray that you can put up in front of your beer? Okay. Your glasses. Korver. Can we borrow your glasses for Saturday? Put him. It's. Oh jokes are fun. And there will be a lot of them on Saturday night. Our I live podcast as the starter. That's right, unknown brewing company, Charlotte, Saturday night, the starters, AS w dot com. Then hype up this not drop podcast after the all star Saturday night hype it up a little bit are you excited or not? Sit there and silence. No, listen, ten shooters in the three point contest. Yeah. That's right. That's right. Maybe I'm not sure if Mr. an with the format of the format, but the amount of participants. But I'm just looking forward to seeing in it really wanna see how it goes the old, man. Happy wins. It probably won't. But I wonder if we will get a surprise Dell Curry. Nice because staff and Dell's obviously Charlotte guys. Well, and wouldn't it be great? If during the commercial break, just you know, the lights turned down, then all of a sudden Dell bus ad. He's good. He's uniform money rip it off. And he goes and does a rack. But imagine you've mentioned he beats defensive, and then he he's awesome. Okay. Yeah. What about the dunk contests? We got John Collins Dennis Smith junior. How do the miles per miles purchase? That's right. I don't care that. There's not an marquee name. Levine was xactly being. He wasn't a marquee name. Either. You know, who you got to perform though, gotta perform maybe Dennis Smith junior has learned from last year because he wasn't it. And he had a fifty one Dunkin of basically, a miss and the other dunk you a is the first round has to be good ninety enough stung these guys have potential. We don't need to be good. You'll any too. On that night. But that I think that first round. First round is important to build up to that second people. Yeah, that's true. Because if because people are struggling in that first round, this is gonna be. Yeah. Yeah. I saw the odds had John Collins as the favourite to me, it seems like Dennis Smith juniors. Contest a-list. He should be the favorite to me because he had probably the best dunk in the contest last year. But like, you're saying second dunk was the poops I liked it. There are two big guys muscles wise in John Collins and miles bridges 'cause then they can kind of play off each other. You don't have just like one big lumbering guy out there who looks like a huge guy who can't jump as high as everybody else, you got two of them. So they just had the jump higher than the other one. Right, right. We've got a good mixture of a guy that's been in it. That's sorta helps in Dennis Mitchell. A little experience always helps. And as a smaller guy to bridges is the power dunker John's, the bigger guy who can get up has crazy crazy hops for big guy. And then the ELO is he's like the more athletic stringy, explosive guys. Again, we only need two of them to really bring it and Dennis Smith junior Ken do the same that he did last year to get a fifty. That's allowed. Yes. Because sometimes the first round, I think that'd be smart. Yeah. Do it for your first one get us pumped. That's allowed. You know people. You don't have enough dunks quite often. I think for a guy to go into two separate dunk contests. And do if you go all four or both rounds. It's what four dogs each each each dunk contest. Just bring it. That's all that matters. All right. We are running very very long hair. We already did tweeted a leak. Yeah. We're gonna we're going to skip the complaints in area. Okay. Skipped we firing the punt gun even. Nope. While we do have a TV show to make JD once upon. Next next week. Okay. What we're gonna do it live alive gun. Hunga man. People. L them out. Yeah. That garbage. All right. Well, let's get rapid-fire then rafters baby. Tobias Harris and the clippers visited one of Toby's old teams in Detroit on Monday in a scrim. He admitted to pistons reporters that he didn't understand why he'd been traded so many times and it's young career. The next day. He was traded for the fifth time in eight seasons. This one sending him to Philadelphia. What's something which occurs in your life, pretty consistently? But you still can't believe it actually happens skeets. Just Atlanta traffic, I can't figure it out. You like you think you'll even our earlier an hour later, you'll miss it. But you never do. It's just always there. It's always consistently bad. For the most part just gets frustrating. Maybe because I wasn't a car drivers. Traffic. Complaining about land traffic is actually quite insulting. Why people of Atlanta you don't sit in any traffic in Atlanta. You come. You. Come to work off time, you leave work coming is fun leaving. My point is always traffic, always my friend. You sit in eight minutes of travel. Yes. About your days in Montreal traffic, go on. I'm just saying what are you talking building on the city commute for sometimes two hours each way because should be complaining about traffic. Not you live one point eight miles from this place, which are pretty consistently. But you still can't believe it actually happens. Atlanta traffic, it's moving broached move in. Try behind you. You're Voyles car, and you're going we're. Whenever you see at boils in the parking, lots of slow down before the speed bumps people take their time on speed, bumps spoils boils. It's traffic is hard to figure out. It's like that that Japanese sort of reenactment that I guess it's an animation that they have you have online where they one car slows down and everybody else slows down it's hard to figure out. But that's how it works. Trae. I some reason I get a new deck at my apartment every single year. Guaranteed. If it rains for more than three hours straight. I will come home the next day, and there'll just be a new deck there or just guys standing on the deck, cutting it up trying to clear out our drain. Little spoiler alert for you. It's not the drain one hundred year old building. Stop using would. Yeah. Metal deck Jaydee headaches, man constantly have headaches. Tried everything. Tried both talks. I've tried massage diet exercise. You know, beta blockers, everything you wake up with them. Sometimes. What is it both talks? How is that? Forty injections from my forehead to the back of my neck. Then do a goddamn thing. The back of my head looks very young and. Great is if freezes the muscles. So yes, they don't don't trash trials. But yeah, didn't do anything. Downer. Sorry down of thirty here. They're going back though before they say it works. Well, this next one comes from Eric in Brooklyn. I watched the fire festival documentary on that books last night with my wife and had to posit midway because every other person interviewed looked like Ricky Rubio, however, as I pulled up photos of Rubio four comparison, not only did my wife, not see any resemblance. She told me that I pulled up Rubio's picture and told her someone looks I came at least three other times. What's something that you keep doing even though nobody wants you to skeets co hosting alive television show is an infected left. And I don't care. Kissed the health. Oh, we got to skip completed area. We gotta hurry up making this longer along by say drug area. Rapid-fire skeets. That was a great answer that second answer was great, right? The first one yourself. We get a swear word. I can't wait to us. Every time we do the top ten plays. And there's a Karl Anthony towns dunk. I can't help saying that men and everybody hates it. But I keep saying one of our. One of our view clips on YouTube every single week. But I still do it. Why why don't do that? Happy to hear that I left Karl Anthony towns. Deal. Taking God, I comp leave. You say last cat kept me did. Changed shopping on cat to mandate. Did come in do men. Does you don't? Yeah. There's up on JD. This is the most dad thing I do with my kids, and my wife and anyone around if the if anything is mentioned like, oh, you know, that guy just just punched another guy in the back of the back of the head or anything. I'll say, oh, yeah. That old chestnut for every every Senate. No matter what. Whether it's a cliche isn't. And I usually get hush dead. One to say. Yeah, it's great. And it it fits with everything. Last one here boys as we near the trade deadline. The Boston Globe reported that the pelicans reach out to the Celtics to discuss the framework of an Anthony Davis deal. Even though Davis can be delta Boston until July first New Orleans sought promises from the seas front office in while Boston was reluctant to make any they made it clear they would be willing to offer quote explosive package when the time comes name a time you receive something you would deem an explosive package. Question. Flyer. But when I would have deemed or did demon explosive package way back when I was younger was and I'm not sure if I've shared the story before bit. There was a radio station CJ CS in strafford and they had a trivia question. And my dad, and I happened to have the radio on. And it was a baseball trivia question that I for whatever reason a ton of baseball, I was younger, but I knew the answer call in. This is the answer. I forget what the actual question was my dad cold in. And we won a box of books of baseball cards like upper deck. It was amazing. Every once in a while get lucky to get a Packer to the whole box very explosive box. Various most the package, I'm just going through packs left and rate loving it poppin packs never won anything. Either was so exciting box of packs. That's great. Good answer wanted to confirm to baseball baseball. That's great too. Ted Williams over here trae every year Christmas Eve celebrations with my wife's family. There's a crock pot full of meatballs every year. I see him Bergelin in their dip in with a skewer hottest Meatball every year. I'm like, this is gonna be so hot pop it in. Yeah, buddy. It's versatile. Yeah. But that's the good thing. You burn that mouth. Then you got to tell you all the rest of the meatballs that you want JD. Every time. I'm home alone and car rise with the rest of my family that car is the explosive package. Never know what I'm gonna get. Half the time they're fighting with each other. And they're like people who are on fire throwing gasoline one another because it's just a swear fest things being thrown around that'll chest. Exactly, or they're, you know, they're getting along. And it's great. I either way it's explicit. You just don't know Dono in that door. I love the description when that car rise the rest of my family. That's rapid fire. That's hopefully, another classic edition of the drop. A you. Let us know you tell us on Twitter hashtag the starters. If you subscribe to the show on apple podcasts leaves that five star rating leaves the review another reminder if you are in Charlotte on February sixteenth that is Saturday next Saturday. Come join us for the starters live watch party and podcasts as we watch all of Saturday night festivities than do the drop podcast after go. Do the starters ES w dot com to RSVP into get all the information on where it is. When it is. And yeah, we'll we'll have more details about this photo booth as the week goes on the most important part very very excited. You heard it here. I have a great time turn up guys. Awesome. Thanks for joining us. 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