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A highlight from Preseason Begins & The Annual GM Survey
"This is the crossover NBA podcast Chris Mannix joined as I always am by Chris Herring and Rohan Nadkarni. Quick housekeeping note fellas the NBA preview issue is out I guess the basketball preview issue because there is a lot of college stuff in there as well but the cover is NBA Jimmy Butler guest editor for this NBA preview issue Rohan you spent some time with Jimmy Butler in parts unknown I assume South Florida did a a story with him it's excellent check that out I've got a piece on the Phoenix Suns spent some time talking to Matt Ishbia James Jones Frank Vogel key pieces of that organization trying to recreate exactly what happened after the season ended how they got this point where they have one of the most expensive teams in NBA history a lot of good stuff there scouting reports different elements as well make sure you pick up the magazine on stands right now. So fellas we've got the NBA GM survey that's out and I want to dive into some of the elements of that but before we start recording this podcast I was just going through social media looking up some clips and all that stuff and I came across one from the Pat Bev pod the Patrick Beverly pod he does with Barstool Sports I just want to play this clip for you because Pat Bev was joined by Michael Rubin the former owner of the Philadelphia 76ers now this still the CEO with fanatics someone who has a strong relationship with a lot of players including James Harden who they discussed in this clip here as a past NBA owner obviously you're close to the Sixers the situation that's going on with James Harden how would you handle it it wouldn't have happened you know first of all James is family to me and like I'm not going to hide about that I love James this thing is breaking my heart this thing was just not handled well he was playing with us in practice and boy he was cooking he was oh I'm talking about the pot was out and he was stirring that bitch up there's nobody who wants to win a championship more than James Harden I know this guy like my brother people give James a hard time because you know he likes to have fun it's bullshit like the guy the guy's work ethic for basketball is insane and his attitude has been great he's been leading he's been giving advice so you might hear all the bad shit you know TV from reporters that's not there but actually being a teammate that's there he's he's been phenomenal I block out the noises really same because I think a lot of people just don't know like the real James Harden how badly he wants to win I think he's in great not good shape he's in great shape yeah he's in great shape right that's right body looks great yeah every time I'm in the weight room he's in the weight room he's gonna ball out this year so herring I know my blood shouldn't boil when I hear stuff like this and I know it you know the podcast is doing its job if it gets me kind of drawn in and talking about it but to hear Michael Rubin say that James Harden wants to win a championship more than anyone at the same time that James Harden is trying to force his way off a championship contender that is a Rubik's Cube of nonsense that I'm really having a hard time wrapping my head around your thoughts on the propaganda emerging from the Pat Bev pod about James Harden I'm just trying to think of a stranger mashup than the one you just explained I mean the the whole universe of Michael Rubin and all the there's so many things lately that just on social media that I've wanted to mute and I don't think I know enough about how to do it I haven't taken the time to do it but if I had a way of muting like Michael that Rubin parties James Harden and any other number of athletes are at or like all these white parties and everything else it's like I would do that but that makes this element of this story this this framing odd because it's like okay well he presumably is friendly with James Harden or James Harden is friendly with him but also the fundamental standpoint now at this point that maybe there are people in the organization that instead of kind of just gloves off which it seemed like it would be based on what James Harden said about Daryl Morey earlier this summer that there's also the very real possibility that maybe he's not traded and so they need him to feel wanted and they need him to feel like they want him to perform well which is what you would want if you're a team that at least there's a you said in one of the last pockets we did it's not out of the realm of possibility that they could be a winner a contender a champion if everything fell right you know the right way so I think that's all this is is just positive reinforcement but I mean it's also silly from the standpoint that you're saying that clearly people that are making trade demands whether it's behind the scenes whether it's publicly whether it's saying my general manager my president is a liar it's hard to hold those two thoughts in the same time in your head that you know on the one hand he can say those things but also nobody wants it more than he does come on like I did I know it's just you know the first thing probably that popped into Ruben's mind but it's just silly Rowan I know you're you're a regular at these white parties but do you have a issue let me just first of all echo my esteemed colleague Chris herrings fatigue with Michael Rubin just this guy's everywhere all the time fanatics sucks I'll say it fanatics is not good wow let's start there I mean like kudos to Michael Rubin you know what he did getting involved with meat mill etc but like we could have left it at that listen I if I were James Harden I might be living my life a similar way I let me put it that way but there is now a what is it a preponderance of evidence that winning a championship is not necessarily number one on this guy's priority list just not only in terms of how he's carried himself this offseason but how he likes to carry himself during the season when he's staying in Miami or Vegas for an extra night I'm away from steam mates are flying separately etc that all that stuff's been reported I'm just I'm sick of the the Sixers offseason I'm sick of the Embiid hard in partnership I respect you Mannix for still holding out hope having faith you've always been kind of an optimist a wanderer a dream I died that's why I don't describe you but I'm just so over this it just well like you said I mean respect to that podcast we're here talking about it I love Pat Bev he's a good personality but like what are we doing here Michael Rubin who are you who are you fooling okay we are familiar with James Harden's game okay you're not fooling us game off the court specifically right like you you can't say James Harden is misunderstood or gets a bad rap when right he he forced his way out of Houston by throwing a multi -week temper tantrum he effectively quit on the Nets which forced them to make a when deal they probably didn't want to and now here he is trying to get out of Philadelphia after holding you know one of the worst holdouts in holdout history to stay away from the team it just the the I mean just trying to get us to believe that is just wild so you know we had to talk about it you know James Harden still officially member of the 76ers we'll see what happens as these preseason games go on and what they do with them but right now James Harden kind of between a rock and a hard place might have to play for Philadelphia this season so I want to talk in this episode about the GM survey which always provides good preseason material whenever it comes out and there were some interesting elements in this year's GM survey guys and I want to start with the championship prediction from the NBA GMs which turned into a two -way tie between the Boston Celtics and the Denver Nuggets Milwaukee coming into third place 23 % Phoenix 7 % they came in fourth in the LA Clippers finishing at 3 % last year the Bucks were the leader at 43 % Denver doesn't surprise me Denver has the core of that team back we've talked about this before I think they can expect some organic growth from Christian Brown I think Peyton Watson might be able to play they've some other guys on that roster that can take steps up by the way while we're speaking of the Nuggets condolences to Mike Malone's family for the passing of Brendan Malone his father that was revealed by the organization this week but when it comes to Denver on the floor I can see why they'd be a championship contender the Celtics I might be one of the few pessimists I don't know if I'm pessimistic about the South I have more questions about the Celtics than many people do my good friend Scalabrini was on TV recently and he said every GM would want this roster and I tend to agree with that sort of because if you could bubble wrap this roster and guarantee that it plays 65 to 70 games together and will be healthy going into the playoffs I think you're absolutely right I think the backcourt is really strong especially defensively Drew Holliday elite defender Derek White big time defender we know what Jalen Brown Jason Tatum can do you know that that that speaks for itself the front court is good right Chris has Porzingis good player Al Horford good player but Porzingis chronically injured right like he played what 60 -65 games last year but that was a contract year and I have less confidence he's going to be able to repeat that he was already injured this off season with whatever happened with his foot over in the World Cup Al Horford's 37 by design he's probably only going to play like 50 games this year because they want to keep him healthy for the playoffs so we don't know what's what Al Horford is going to look like at the end of this season after that what is there they signed Wennion Gabriel Wennion Gabriel last year played 68 games for the Lakers in the playoffs he played 10 he averaged 3 .7 minutes per game in the playoffs with the Lakers last year that is the definition of playable in the regular season and unplayable in the playoffs like it just is what it is Luke Cornette is still there he was unplayable for Boston in the playoffs last year you know this is a team that was already thin when Grant Williams was there now Grant Williams is gone and I don't know what they do if one of these two guys goes down for any length of time so that's a long way of saying like yeah I can buy the argument that the Celtics are the team to beat Eastern Conference I can buy the argument that they are a championship contender but Rohan I just I have a lot of concerns about what happens if anything goes south in that front court I agree I mean that's why I thought the holiday trade was so fascinating and why I wasn't sure how seriously to take Boston as a contender for holiday even though his name was obviously their name was obviously coming up that entire weekend before he was traded a huge reason why they've been been special the last few years is kind of the alchemy of their front court mix -in matching Horford, Rob Williams, and Grant Williams that's gone entirely I see people saying now Porzingis and Horford might start together this talks about does Derek White come off the bench there's a right that's another thing I don't understand I mean you don't you don't have a backup really for either guy right now why aren't they backing up each other that already is starting to not make a ton of sense for me the way I look at it Mannix is I do think we're starting to see some trickle -down effect of the second apron because you look at the top teams right now whether it's Milwaukee, Boston, Phoenix, Denver to an extent it's not that the championship teams of yesteryear were flawless but we're looking at teams that are especially top heavy these days and Boston doesn't have a lot of avenues to improve the roster same for Milwaukee I mean I think Milwaukee has a great five and uh Holliday, Conaton, Middleton, Giannis, and Lopez but then they have Bobby Portis and they have a bunch of question marks after that they don't have a lot of playoff rotation guys uh Phoenix is in a similar boat Denver I think you and I are probably high on Denver's bench than most people we like what we think Peyton Watkins can do Peyton Watson can do Zeke Najee Swarther had a nice pre -season debut but those are a bunch of question marks for them right now so on one hand I echo your skepticism about Boston only in terms of Horford's coming off the worst postseason of his career um I think on both ends of the floor and he's only getting older Porzingis he's played 10 playoff games in his life but when you match them up against kind of the other contenders unless you think like a team like the Lakers or Warriors who have a little bit more depth maybe not quite as much top and talent uh can make a push I understand why you'd put Boston there only because I think a lot of the contenders are really top heavy right now well I mean but the the front court like to get out of the Eastern Conference you gotta get through Milwaukee and Milwaukee's front court is still really strong they still have all the pieces that were in place they still got Giannis still got Brook Lopez still got Bobby Portis they've still got all the guys that have the potential to give Boston a lot of problems and I go back a couple of years and the Celtics back when they had Rob Williams and they had Grant Williams they were in the mix for Yaka Purdle when San Antonio was trying to deal him they wanted to get Purdle they didn't want to get two first -round draft picks back then but they knew back then when they had you know three you know strong front court guys that they needed one more to get through Milwaukee that was when they made the deal for Mike Mascala and he turned out to be unplayable in the playoffs as well so I have concerns about Boston's front court anything about the predictions hearing concern you or you know stand out to you whether it's the Celtics or somebody else I mean I can admit to the same thing you guys are saying that I was surprised that Boston was tied for first for just you know the team that GM's thought was the most likely to win the whole thing it's really hard for me to look at this roster without wincing just a little bit we all can acknowledge that there's a lot of top and talent in this team there was before the moves they made this summer there is now the Porzingis fit is interesting I think everybody can look at that and say wow that if this works out they can win a title obviously no one's denying that it's just to have him and Horford as your two centers and then Wendy and Gabriel who I really like but I don't think of as necessarily my second or third string center or you know if he's even a center he's like six nine or whatever he is so that's all it's just you know and look I've been critical of the Celtics from the standpoint of you're trading away a lot to get Porzingis if only you're talking about Marcus Smart from the standpoint of you know a backbone a heart and soul obviously a very versatile important defender within that cog that they have defensively so they go get Drew Holliday and I think it does kind of answer a lot of those questions a lot of those criticisms but I just I still wonder a little bit of if now you're doing that and in doing that you give away Robert Williams if it makes you thinner at the spot that I was most concerned about now you know it's center even when they had those three it was kind of a weird hodgepodge of guys that you're not for any reason you're not gonna feel comfortable about whether they can hold up and be healthy the whole year also stylistically if you're missing one of guys it changes the way your offense looks because two of them are guys that can shoot from three one is a guy that's kind of more around the rim and setting screens and stuff like that so anyway I was just a little bit surprised that as we're all acknowledging the potential thinness of this group that they would be a co -favorite here I think the Nuggets still deserve to be the favorite and I personally would probably take the Bucks over the Celtics as a favorite but but all that said you know I don't think there's a runaway team here after the Nuggets I would probably leave them at number one because there was a lot of other stuff that happened between the depth of the Lakers the top end stuff of the Celtics the top end stuff of the Bucks to me when I see that much stuff happening I'm just going to defer to the team that won last year that granted they did lose some things but they have the potential to get better with more continuity of the top end guys that they have that haven't been healthy up until last year so I would you know I was a little bit surprised to see that Boston pulled into a tie with Denver among the GMs well we as we know the Boston media mafia is working over time in these kinds of situations I'm kidding I know it was the GM survey one thing I want to throw out there is in a in kind of a funny twist like the Celtics have had the best Joel Embiid defender over the years in Al Horford and Horford was giving Embiid problems in the semis last year to the point where Tucker had to get in his face and be like bro you need to take this matchup but what does Boston do now in that matchup because if you're playing Horford against Embiid does that mean you're playing Porzingis and Horford together and which of your guards are you keeping off the floor does that mean you keep Derek White off the floor it's kind of an interesting problem they've created for themselves unless they're willing to live with Porzingis on Embiid but that kind of takes away one of the biggest strengths they've had in that matchup over the years yeah is it going to be a challenge for them because Horford has been excellent I mean Embiid he gives him so many problems he clearly has the timing down on Embiid like he does he knows yeah it's fat it's fantastic to watch he pushes him off his spots he's he's just got a lot of you know and maybe some of it's mental too like Embiid's seen him so many times over the years that it's like all right well Al Horford again and you know he's asked about every single postseason he's had great games against Horford don't get me wrong he's played really well at times but it is I have a little surprise guys that the team nobody's really in on the Suns yet seven percent seem a little low for me you know man look I understand maybe Herring you got to give this team time to figure itself out and see if these guys can play together and see if this mix of players can work but you know if that team gets the playoffs fully healthy hard to stop very hard to stop in the postseason no no question I mean you know I watched clips I watched bits of the the game that they played against the Pistons and granted it's the Pistons you know one of the youngest teams in the league but to watch the Suns who you know have just started playing together that you know have 80 points between the first and the third quarter of a road game road opener for preseason there's obviously a lot of potential there offensively I would say that as we talk the things we like and dislike about teams the thinness the depth of these rosters I'm a little bit surprised that the Suns haven't done a little bit more to go out and get a a bonafide point guard I think it's a big granted you have a lot of ball handling on that roster it's not to say you don't and top level guys that can do it but it's a big change to go from having Chris Paul be your point guard and even to have campaign be your backup point guard to then going and just saying we're you know we're going to kind of take the Clippers route to have our forwards handle the ball to have Devin Booker handle the ball again all guys that can do it but these are also guys that you like to just kind of throw in iso situations you don't want to wear them down the whole season of having them handle the ball so I they've added depth and I think they need that they obviously needed it last offseason or I'm sorry last postseason and so they've done well to add to that but I think that they still it would do them well to have even if it's you know I look at something like what the Bulls did they went and got Javon Carter someone that played for the Suns at one point the sort of guy that could really be helpful to this team I also wonder just a little bit just a little and I think I saw some of this in their first preseason game as well Yusuf Nurkic is an interesting fit I think he can do good things for them he's good you know as a playmaker here and there defensively I worry just a little bit about him of how big it seemed like he took in Portland and you know for all the problems Ayton has at times I wonder if he's more nimble defensively and would work better defensively with that team but we'll see we'll see what happens I think that the Suns absolutely could win it they absolutely have the talent and skill to do it I think they have you know a coach that I really like one of my favorites in league and Vogel but I definitely have some questions about them which is why again would still take Denver head and shoulders above everybody else for now I actually am a little bit surprised the Lakers didn't get more picks here as well in this in the survey I maybe would have liked the Suns more before the Nurkic trade I'm just I'm replaying that Denver series in my head and while Landry Shammet was getting a ton of open threes and theoretically that could be Bradley now I mean I look at them as even worse or you know more poorly equipped to slow down the Nuggets than they were last year and while we're on the subject of health I mean Durant you know he missed some time obviously he came back right before the start of the playoffs and looked great at times and I think bookers only continue to improve but I mean there's a health there's a health question mark hanging over them you know as long as Durant is there and I I need to see it I mean there's definitely some exciting moments just watching kind of Beale Booker and Durant take their turns in that preseason game and it's like oh man like they have three guys who can go just iso and get a score seemingly anytime they want but and I'm I'm warming to the Nurkic move more than when it first happened but I really need to see that defense in action for a little while before I can take them seriously as a title contender yeah I think you guys just articulated why they only got seven percent of the vote there's a lot of question marks out there about them until we see them actually come together and play all right we had Nicole Jokic picked up first place in two different categories and I want to talk about both of them first was the player most likely to win the 2023 -24 MVP he got 43 percent of the vote in that category Yanis at number two at 20 percent and then if you were starting a franchise today and could sign any player who would it be he got 33 percent of the vote in in that category Victor Webayama coming in second with 23 percent on the subject of MVP guys let's start there 43 percent of the vote I'm actually shocked it wasn't higher like I thought it would be like 70 percent because not look first he's 28 years old he's in his prime he's durable he's just won a championship he was you know the best player on the best team in the NBA there's no reason to believe he's not going to come in next year and put up comparable or this year put up comparable numbers and I do think that the people that were divided on Nicole Jokic last year are not going to be divided this year the people that were skeptics about his ability to win and use that against him when it came to MVP voting and use that as a reason to vote for Joel Embiid those people aren't going to exist or that feeling isn't going to exist if Nicole Jokic puts up MVP numbers on the guy on the team that is at or near the top of the western conference there is no doubt in my mind he is going to win MVP he is going to get deservedly I think every benefit of the doubt this year when it comes to MVP votes so whether it's you know Embiid, Giannis, Jason Tatum, Luka Doncic I think Jokic is going to get the benefit of the doubt there Herring I think he's going to be by far and away he is by far and away the front runner to win the MVP.
A highlight from A Dame Trade Deep Dive With Ben Thompson, Plus Seth Meyers and Million-Dollar Picks
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We did the big chill. It was very, very exciting. I have Kyle Brandt coming on Monday's podcast. I'm just gonna tell you the movie now because it is gonna be the best moment of your weekend if you spent two hours watching this classic. We're doing Toy Soldiers. It really brings everything possible to the table. So if you wanna watch it ahead of time, there it is. That podcast is going up Monday night. If you wanna hear stuff about the debate, we have Tara Paul and Mary's podcast, Somebody's Gotta Win. That reacted to it as well as the press box with Brian Curtis and David Shoemaker. So there you go. Our debate coverage has been on point. Also, higher learning. Van and Rachel had Larry Elder on this weekend. It made a lot of noise, man. That podcast is great. I hope you check that out as well. Hope you're checking out theringer .com. And on this podcast, gonna talk about the dame trade at the top. We're gonna bring in Ben Thompson from the Techery newsletter, which he's been on this podcast I think four weeks ago. And he's a huge Bucks fan. He's gonna give the Bucks fan side of things. We're gonna do million dollar picks. And then old friend Seth Meyers talking about a whole bunch of stuff. So really good podcast. It's all next. First, our friends from Pro Jam. What's up? All right, I'm taping this on Thursday afternoon. Normally when there's a big MBA trade, I always do the emergency trade reaction right after the podcast. But we just put up a podcast on Tuesday. So I decided to play it a little differently this time. I wanted a little distance, I wanted to listen to stuff, read stuff, and try to form some big picture opinions coming out of this. So I have four smaller ones, then one big one. First one, I thought Portland did an incredible job with this trade. I really liked this trade, especially everyone was trying to bully them in June and July about, oh, you got to take Miami's offer. You just got to. It's where he wants to go. It's the only offer you're going to get. And guess what? They waited. They played it perfectly. They stared Miami down, and they got a much better deal. First of all, they get the Drew Holiday piece that they can flip into a bunch out of their stuff, which we'll talk about in one second. I love the DeAndre Ayton gamble. As you know, on this podcast, I am a big DeAndre Ayton guy. Not in the sense of I'm the biggest fan of his in the world, but I'm a fan of the asset. I just think I love the valued assets, no matter what it is. Whatever market we're talking about, DeAndre Ayton, 18 and 10 for his career, 60 % field goals percentage, 25 years old. He's played in 45 playoff games. He played four rounds in the 2021 finals. Last year, he got his ass kicked by Jokic. Oh, sorry. Like, that never happens. And Phoenix just sold on him, which I can't wait to talk about. But just from a Portland standpoint, they not only get Ayton in whatever they get for holiday, they get the 29 first, they get the two swaps, and they dump Nurkic. Nurkic hasn't had a healthy start to finish all the way through the playoffs here since 2018, which I'm positive was a long time ago. He's basically 12 and 8. He's, you know, a 50 % shooter. I made a list of the top 30 centers. I encourage you to do this at home, because what's more fun than making lists of NBA centers? I can't imagine anything. I made a list of who I thought were the best assets of the center position for talent, contract, everything. He was 29th on my list. The only person I had ahead of him who's technically a starter, unless you start talking about the Detroit or Charlotte guys, was Zubats on the Clippers. I thought he was the 29th best center asset in the league. And Phoenix, you know, just quickly to go to them, they're trying to win this year. They got worse. They turned Ayton's money into Nurkic and Grayson Allen and Nasir Little. Grayson Allen, we already know with him, he can't play in playoff series. We saw him 22. We saw it last year. I heard and read in some places like that, I got two rotation players. Did they? Is Nurkic a playoff rotation player? Is Grayson Allen a playoff rotation player? Because I'm positive he's not. So for the same money that they were spending on Ayton, they got three guys that I don't think are going to help them. In 25, the money comes down a little bit to 23 million just for Nurkic and Little, which is 7 million less than Ayton. And then in 26, that money goes up to 25 .5. But I don't understand what Phoenix was doing. Why not wait to see if Ayton clicks with Vogel? Vogel has such a good history with centers. He rejuvenated Dwight Howard on the 2020 Lakers. He basically created Roy Hibbert's career in 2013 with the defense verticality thing. I thought he was going to do a good job with Ayton. I'm stunned that they gave up on him. I'm almost waiting for one of those, now they tell us stories when, you know, that's where Brian Curtis calls them, where like a week after something happens, there's this kind of notebook dump where it's like, here's seven terrible DeAndre Ayton stories. So maybe that'll happen. But for Phoenix just to be like, cool, we locked this down, man. We got Nurkic. You're trying to win the title. You have KD and Booker and Beal. And like, what are you guys doing? Anyway, from Portland's standpoint, I love the Ayton thing. I love that they didn't get bullied. And I know they're going to turn Drew Holliday into something. So this to me was at least an A minus for them, for where they were two months ago, where Dave's like, I want to go to Miami. That's it. And if you don't trade me there, that's kind of fucked up. And they made this work as it got reported that, uh, I think in the athletic, that he expanded his list to Brooklyn and to Milwaukee in the last two weeks. And that's what Portland was waiting on. You know, they were banking on the fact that he's a competitive dude. He's one of the best 75 pairs ever. He wanted a situation settled. So, you know, you wait, you wait, you wait, they expand the list and then you go. Uh, there's a Drew Holliday piece to this. That's awesome. He becomes a contender prize. I wouldn't call this a Drew Holliday sweepstakes. I reserved sweepstakes for the superstars, but it's a mini sweepstakes. This is somebody that could have a huge impact on the playoff race. You know, not only the usual suspects, everybody's talking about Boston, ironically, Miami is a really good fit for him. And in some ways, um, I'm a little more scared of them with Miami than Dame in some ways, especially at a much cheaper contract with giving up less and keeping some of their assets. Philly, if they could pull it off, they have to be in there in Golden State, Minnesota. I think I have to mention Sacramento, I think is a team that if they could figure out how to get Drew without giving up their core, which is basically Keegan Murray and Sabonis and Fox, like that's, you know, could Davion Mitchell be in that trade with some, with a salary and some picks, who knows. The team that I love for Drew Holliday is OKC. I have OKC, you know, I started doing my MBA research for the over -under spot and I haven't landed on a number for them yet, but to me, they feel like a high forties team with Chet and with the growth of their young guys. And if you just like, let's say they traded Lou Dort and a bunch of their picks, maybe two firsts and two of their lesser picks or three firsts and a second, whatever it is. And they just say, fuck it. And they get Drew and you put him with Giddy and SGA and Jalen fucking awesome Williams and Chet Holmgren and all these other dudes they have, that might be a top three team in the West. I mean, that, that's starting to give me some early 2010s OKC vibes. So where he goes is going to be important. I just feel like there was so much Drew Holliday slander the last couple of days. You know, he's one of my favorite players. Even Haralabob, who was the chairman of the board of the Drew Holliday fan club for years and would have the benefit dinners there and, you know, just did a lot of yeoman's work on that front. And even he was like, yeah, yeah, Dame's better than Drew. That trade makes sense for Milwaukee. I was hurt, Haralabob. I was 100 % hurt by that. But you know, Drew got his ass kicked by Jimmy Butler in the playoffs last year. I get it. It happens. Jimmy was unbelievable. I feel like he would have kicked anybody's ass. By the way, why is Drew Holliday guarding Jimmy Butler? That speaks more to some of the issues with Milwaukee. He was never supposed to be a point guard and a creator. I think he was always better as an off -the -ball guy. We saw that with Rondo and New Orleans and just in general. I want to see him with a point guard. I want to see him just being unleashed, not having the ball a lot, just worrying about hitting threes, being an occasional, you know, make -shit -happen guy and being like the third or fourth best guy on a team without having the offensive responsibility to have. All their half court issues got blamed on him for the last couple of years. And I get it. They weren't like an awesome half -court team, even the other one in the finals, but I really value that dude. I had him, even I did the trade value list in August and I had him 37th and I had Dame 23rd. I think he's one of the best 30 players in the league still. He's 33 years old, which, you know, I'm going to talk in a second about when guards hit their mid -30s, but just in general, I think he's a real asset. If he goes to a team like the Celtics and they can keep Derek White and Tatum and Brown in the center, it's like, look out, man. So little mini sweepstakes, rarely do we get the trade, but then we still get another asset to talk about. Thank you for everyone involved in the trade. And then the fourth small point is just that, you know, not rocket science, Milwaukee bought some Giannis time here. They have one of the best 20 players of all time. They were staring down the barrel of a situation that was not good. I was talking about it on this podcast in late June and early July. I thought he was going to put them on the clock. I thought Mark Lasry selling his stake was a really bad sign for all of this because that dude is smart. As I laid out in June, that guy is really smart. And if he's feeling like, you know what, it's time for me to sell my buck stock, that makes me nervous. And then all the stuff that Giannis said and did, which I thought he did really fairly and really smartly. And I think that dude's about titles and that's it. And I know we say that about players, but I think in his case, I don't think he cares about, you know, what's my legacy, how do I compare against Dirk DeWhisky, any of that stuff. I just think he wants more rings. I mean, think about the guys who have won two rings out of the best 35 guys on my list of my pyramid. Those are all guys in my top 35 that won multiple wings. You go to the one -ring side, Jerry West, Oscar, Moses, Dirk, Jokic, Giannis, Pettit, Garnett, Kawhi, Rick Barry. That's the list he's on now. I certainly don't think he's looking at that list going, I got to get away from these guys, but it's a slightly different list. I think when you win multiple rings in multiple situations, it elevates you in a certain way. I think he fundamentally understands that at least a little bit. I want to be the best player since LeBron James. I think that's a thing that he wants. How am I going to do that? I need more rings. I need more finals trips. He knew from last year and maybe even the Boston series that they just weren't good enough. Whether this trade is going to be the thing that propels them, we'll find out, but he's been in the league 10 years, two MVPs, five first teams, two second teams, and now we have this little two -year window. Kawhi and the Raptors was a one -year window. This is a two -year window, I feel like. With Giannis, he's got two years left in his deals. So does Lopez. Middleton has two in a player option. Dame's got two, and then this crazy $120 million player option extension thingy that he has that just keeps going and going. It's probably two years. There's a world where this could go terribly this season, at least for what the expectations are, and then maybe it becomes Kawhi, Raptors. Maybe Giannis is like, you know what? That didn't work. Trade me. And the Bucks, who have no picks left and no future, they look at it next summer, and they go, all right. We tried it. Giannis, what can we get for you? Dame, what can we get? And they just do a reboot, rehaul. Remember, they won in 2021, which just takes so much pressure out of this. It's so much different than the Clippers situation, where they went all in on Kawhi and Paul George. They give up all those picks and SGA, and they've gotten nothing out of it. They haven't even made the finals. So it's got to happen. I think they at least probably have to make the finals. If they get bounced in round two, do I think Giannis is going to stay because they made this Dame -Mower trade? Probably not. So that leads to the big question, is how good of a trade was this? So there's a big picture angle on Dame, and it's going to sound negative, but I really don't want it to sound negative because I think Dame, I voted for him for NBA Top 75. I think he's been one of the best guards in the last 15 years. I think there's a ton of great things you can say, and there's a chance that he goes to Milwaukee, and this thing is fucking awesome. I know any Celtic fan I've talked to, including Isaiah, who's helping produce this podcast today, the Giannis -Dame pick and roll is just terrifying. Other than Jokic and Murray, it's going to be the single most unstoppable offensive play in the league. It is. We are conceding that point. The spot Dame is in right now, big picture -wise, it's weird. He's a superstar, but he's not, and we've seen guys like this before. I judge superstars by, do you have the resume statistically, and is your team succeeding consistently at a certain level? You can't totally say that about Dame. He's never been on a 55 -win team. He's missed the playoffs completely four times in 11 years. He said three first -round exits. He made the Final Four once in 2019, which was really lucky because Golden State and Houston were the two best teams, and then they got smoked. He's never been on a true contender ever. Instinctively, you go, well, that's not his fault. Who's he played with? Well, he played with LaMarcus Aldridge and CJ McCollum and a couple other guys, but not really anybody. The reason I'm putting this up is there's a success element that he has not had yet that for somebody with his resume is actually kind of unusual. I went and I looked up how many guards in the history of the league averaged 22 points a game for their career and played at least 700 games. I thought the list would be like 20. I didn't know. I didn't know what I was walking into. Only I think 75 guys have averaged 22 a game. So I went and I looked up the list, and it was 10 guys, 700 games, 22 a game for their career. There were some guys who came close like David Thompson, who I think is one of the best guards I've seen in the last 45 years, but had a short career and had some drug issues. He didn't make it. He didn't play enough games. Pete Maravich, 24 .2 points a game, but he didn't play enough games. Kyrie hasn't played enough games yet. Bradley Beale is five games away. I'm actually kind of glad the cutoff's at 700 so we don't have to talk about him. And then Mitchell and Trey Young aren't there yet. There's only 10 guys that made it, and the 10 guys are all fucking awesome. And again, I mentioned this in the context of Dame, who we think he is versus the success he's had. So the 10 guys, Michael Jordan, 30 .1, Jerry West, 27 .1, Allen Averson, 26 .7, George Gervin, 26 .2, Oscar Robertson, 25 .7, Kobe, 25 .0, Harden, 24 .7, Curry, 24 .6, Wade, 22, barely made it, and Russ, 22 .4, and then Dame is at 25 again. All right, what does he not have that those other guys have? Well, MJ, don't need to talk about him. Don't need to talk about Jerry West, who's the freaking logo. Allen Averson, pretty good comparison, right? Big stats, really memorable player, but not a ton of success. Here's the difference. Averson made the finals once. He won an MVP. Dame has done neither of those things. George Gervin was the best scoring guard of the 70s. He made two final fours. He had some bad luck. He really, in 79, really should have came close. And some of it's on him, right? He could have come through. Bobby Dandridge is the one that ended up coming through for the Bullets. They lose. But two final fours, he had four top five MVP finishes, five first teams, four second teams. He was just unassailably the best guard in the league until MJ. Oscar Robertson, don't need to go through him, but he won a ring and an MVP. Kobe, five rings and an MVP. Eleven first teams for Kobe, by the way. James Harden, three final fours, an MVP, six top five MVP finishes, six first team MBAs. And even though Harden has never made the finals as the best guy, he made it with OKC as the sixth man, you could build a contender around Harden. We saw it. We haven't really seen it with Dame. I think that's a fair thing to bring up. Curry, four rings, two MVPs, you know, the Curry thing. Dwayne Wade, three rings, two top five MVPs, two first teams, three second teams. He's more in the Dame waters a little bit, but he had the 2006 finals and he was the second best guy with LeBron on those heat teams. And then Westbrook, who you would say, well, Dame had a better career than Westbrook. Did he? Westbrook made the finals in 2012. He was second best guy on that team. Almost made the finals in 2016. He won an MVP. He had two first teams and five second teams. It's at least like a real argument. And I think when you look at Dame, he only had that one 2019 round three, got bounced. He's only had one top five MVP finish. He's only had one first team MBA and four second team MBAs. Really, really good top 75 career. But the piece that's missing is, have you been on a really good team? Have you made a real run at it? Which is why, you know, I think this Milwaukee trade is so much fun. This is his real chance. I get nervous about a couple things with this trade. One is that, you know, if you look at the 33 and older guards who average 22 points a game in a season. Jordan did it twice. Curry did it twice. Still going. Kobe did it three times. Jerry West twice. Sam Jones once. Hal Greer once. That's the entire list. Now the NBA is different. We have more three -pointers now. It's easier to score. Scoring is the easiest it's ever been. Guys can play at a longer age. So I'm not ruling out Dane being good for the next three years. But just pointing out, history is saying, be a little nervous. In general with guards, like Chris Paul, we saw from age 35 to 36 to 37, like it just dropped. But that's two years older than Dane. Maybe it's fine. I just worry about guards. We have not a lot of instances with guards in their mid -30s of them either peaking as players or being able to sustain whatever success they had during their prime. It always starts to go down with really no exceptions, except for Steph Curry. He's the only non -exception. So if your case is Dane's as good as Steph Curry, or Dane can be as potent as Steph Curry on a winning team, like, you know, Steph Curry is better than Dane, but I'm not going to argue that he couldn't do a lot of the stuff that Curry did in Golden State. The bigger issue for me, the age I'm definitely worried about. Dane has not been healthy the last couple of years, and we have not seen him play nine straight months at playoff basketball with a big bullseye on his back. Everybody coming after you, you're the best team. We haven't seen him do that ever, much less than the last couple of seasons. So can he stay up? Can he stay healthy? That's one thing. The defense with Dane just got kind of swept under the rug the last couple days, and I don't really understand it because there's five categories of defensive player I feel like. There's excellent, there's good, there's average, there's not so good, and then there's bad. And I think Dane's a bad defender. I think the stats back it up. Like, his defensive rating last year was 245 out of the guards. He's the 245th guard for defensive rating. You know, 117 .4 individual defensive rating is 483 overall. Portland's team's always defensively, it was the Achilles heel for them. Partly because of Dane, because he couldn't guard anybody. He's too small. And, you know, think about what we saw from the playoffs the last couple years. I think about the 2020 bubble Celtics playoffs, not infrequently, because I think that team had a chance to potentially win a title. What happened? Everyone hunted Kemba Walker. It was hunting season. It's like, where is he? Got to get a switch. Got to get Kemba Walker guarding somebody who's bigger, or got to beat him off the dribble, and it just became a hunt session with him. And basically, he got played out of the league. He's not in the league anymore. You know, we had this with Isaiah Thomas, too, in the mid -2010s. I think it's been an issue with Kyrie Irving. The Celtics certainly went at him in the playoff series with Brooklyn a couple years ago. Curry, you saw, who I think is a better defender than people give him credit for, but the And he's a much better defender than Dame is. Jordan Poole is somebody that got hunted in playoff series recently. Chris Paul, obviously, is a big one. Jalen Brunson, remember what the Heat did to him? Mitchell, when he was on Utah, this was a huge issue. And then Trae Young, obviously. My fear with Dame is he's a DH, and I think in Portland, part of the reasons he was able to put up the stats he did was because he wasn't playing defense, right? It was just, how many points can I score? My team isn't very good, and I'm just going to do my thing. He's an incredible offensive player. But how much of a trade -off is the defense, right? Well, you think, all right, well, Milwaukee, they're really good defensively. They'll be able to protect him. Here's the team. Giannis, Dame, Lopez, Portis, Middleton, Conaton, Beauchamp, Crowder. Who's guarding Trae Young on this team? Who's guarding Jason Tatum? Here's a partial list of guys that I don't think this team will be able to guard this season. Devin Booker, Tatum, Butler, Trae Young, Kyrie, Curry. Who's going to be chasing Curry around the screens? Dame lowered? Good luck. SGA, Luca, Mitchell, Murray, Edwards, Brunson, Ja, Garland, Fox, Halburn. Are they going to be able to cover Derek White? I don't know. The way this team is constructed, they are not going to have the ability to guard other guards at all, which means they're just going to have to be in a shooting match with them, right? It's going to be not much different than what's going to happen with Phoenix, where they're just literally going to have to outscore the other team. I've just watched too much playoff basketball over the last couple years, where it's like, if you have that weak link on defense, and you're playing a team that's smart enough, they're going to go after that weak link. Like, think about them against the Lakers, right? The Lakers figure their crunch time. Let's say they make the finals. It's Milwaukee and the Lakers, and Lakers crunch time. They're going to have LeBron and Davis and Austin Reeves and, I don't know, a shooter and a point guard, whatever. All they're going to be doing is trying to find where Dame is on the court and going after him. What about when they play Boston? Boston puts out White and Brogdon and Tatum and Brown and a center, and all they're going to be doing is trying to make sure Dame is covering somebody who has the ball who's now torturing him. I think it's a real problem for them. And what's funny is they gave up Drew's defense and, you know, they, what they gave up on defense, which is significant, and they gained an offense, it might end up just being a wash and they might just be a different version of the same team where they still have a huge flaw. It's just on the other end of the court. I'm just shocked that nobody brought up the defense. I agree he's an amazing offensive player and what's cool about this trade and what I'm excited about as a basketball fan is, can he go up a level? Right? A lot of these stats he put up, especially the last couple years. They didn't mean anything. They were, he was on bad teams. Like, who cares? Ultimately, Bradley Beal scored 30 points a game on the Wizards. Who cares? I think most really good offensive players, if they're on a bad team, can get between 25 and 30 a night. Can you do it nine months in a row? Can you do it when you're getting hunted on defense all over the place? How much can Milwaukee protect him? And what does he have in the tank at age 33 with 900 plus games on the O 'Dominor already? I'm still afraid of the Bucks, but people have, like, FanDuel had them as best odds in basketball and I think most people feel like they're the favorite now. I don't feel like there's a favorite. I think you can go through every team. Boston, I could, I'm scared of Porzingis. What's going to happen with Jalen Brown out there? He has contracts. Can Peyton Pritchard, all these different things. Philly, God only knows. Miami, they're unquestionably worse. Yeah, Milwaukee is going to be really good, but depending where Holiday lands and how this all plays out, I just think it's still wide open. And the other piece, so if you're just talking Boston, Miami, Tatum kills Milwaukee. I have no idea why. Boston is kind of built to at least stay with Dame and, you know, Derek White is about as good of a person you're going to have to try to keep Dame in check, at least. And Boston's done a really good job of guarding Giannis over the years. They don't have Grant Williams this year, but I just don't think, I think there's as many ways this goes wrong as it goes right, I guess would be my final thought on this because for what they gave up, especially with that 29 unprotected and the two swaps and, you know, they are all in on this team. And you know my theory, when you go all in on a team, you better think you can win. Not positive, but it's an awesome trade. It really is. It makes the league so much more fun. Dame and Giannis together. I'm going to enjoy watching Portland. I still have my eating stock. Watching Phoenix fans slowly realize that Derkiszna isn't the answer is going to be fun and then we'll see where Drew Holliday goes. So really fun trade. We're going to talk about it a little bit more with Die Hard Bucks fan, Ben Thompson in one second. Let's take a break.
Bucks wrap up top seed in NBA with 105-92 victory over Bulls
"The bucks one O 5 92 win over the bulls gives Milwaukee the top seat in the NBA playoffs. Bobby portis brook Lopez and drew holiday each had at least 20 points as the bucks won without Giannis and tenta kupo, who was ruled out with a knee injury. Port has finished with 27 points and 13 rebounds. Now I shoot the ball, so a couple guys out, I know it's a lot more shots out there so I get to be a little bit more aggressive. Lopez had 26 points and holiday added 20 points, 15 assists and 8 rebounds. The bulls led by ten in the third quarter before falling. I'm Dave ferry.
Antetokounmpo's triple-double lifts Bucks over Wizards
"The box made a late second quarter surge to pull away from the wizards one 40 to one 28. They moved closer to clinching the best record of the NBA. The box made 23 three pointers, Bobby portis said 19 points and 20 rebounds, Yanis had a cupo had a triple double, he led the bucks with 28 points.
Middleton leads short-handed Bucks past decimated Pistons
"The box earned a one 26 one 17 win over the pistons while Yanis had tend to Cooper rested his sore knee. Chris Middleton picked up the offensive slack by scoring 34 points against the team that drafted him. Milwaukee also received 24 points and 14 rebounds from brook Lopez. Bobby portis provided 21 points and 14 boards, and javon Carter scored 22. Detroit didn't go away after falling behind by 15 late in the second quarter. Jayden ivy had 32 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists, but the pistons still lost for the 17th time in 18 games. I'm Dave ferry
Bucks beat Spurs
"Provided a double double while playing just 24 minutes of the bucks one 30 94 trouncing of the spurs. And tanta kupo sat out the entire fourth quarter after scoring 31 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. We were able to get some amazing ones in transition, get some open threes, get downhill, just move the ball. He helped Milwaukee expand its lead in the east at two and a half games over Boston. Bobby portis and Chris Middleton added 19 points each for the bucks who never trailed. Middleton also had ten assists while portis had ten rebounds. I'm Dave ferry.
"portis" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"Be clear to be clear doctor, everybody seems to be at pains, including Jeremy hunt. In terms of the UK arm. But also regulators and politicians here to say, hey, this was not a bailout. You know, look elsewhere, move on. Nothing happening here. Why are they so worried that this was a bailout? Because of what we call moral hazard. Which leads to immoral behavior. That is to say that if you bail out all depositors, then everybody thinks that you're going to bail them out next time around. And that and therefore, you get people taking riskier decisions than they would otherwise in the belief that they'll get bailed out of things go bad. And that was after bear Stearns got rescued in February 2008. Nothing was done. And so you came to layman and then the fed decided, no, you know? We don't want to create that moral hazard. We don't want to bail out. And then look what happened. So that's one of the reasons why more serious regulation was introduced because the system. The politicians and the financial sector realized that we didn't want to go there anymore. Right. You know, so and that's this bailout of all depositors is I think a risky decision to have made. And what will be the fallout from that going forward? It may well be that depositors now say, well, oh, well, I don't have to worry about it. Right, right? All right, so we'll have to see our doctor Richard portis. Thank you so much for joining us, doctor Richard portis, professor at the London of business school right now. Let's head down to Washington, D.C.
Lopez comes up big, Bucks edge short-handed Nets 118-113
"Brook Lopez just missed a triple double in guiding the bucks to their 19th victory in 20 games. One 18 one 13 versus the nets. Lopez had a career high 9 blocks to go with 24 points and ten rebounds. The block total is an NBA season high. Bobby portis added a season best 28 points and 13 rebounds to help Milwaukee win without Giannis at ten to kupo. Patty mills scored 23 points and cam Thomas had 21 for the nets, who were without Nick claxton Spencer Dinwiddie cam Johnson, Royce O'Neill and Ben Simmons. I'm Dave ferry.
Bucks' Antetokounmpo leaves game vs. Heat with knee injury
"The box extended their winning streak to 13 games by clobbering the heat one 28 99. Bobby portis played for the first time since missing 11 straight games with a sprained right MCL delivering 18 points and 11 rebounds. I feel great. Just to be out on the basketball court, man. Forget shots going in. The Milwaukee played the last three quarters without Yanis attentive kupo, who suffered a right knee injury after playing just 6 minutes. Drew holiday carried the bucks offense, shooting 5 for 9 from three point range and scoring 24 points.
"portis" Discussed on The Garden Report | Boston Celtics Post Game Show from TD Garden
"And so again, when I got that done, I put back Donald, they built a two possession game, but in basketball, you need to sometimes all you need is a stop and two, three pointers, and you're right back in and it's the same. It didn't take a three. That we just said? Didn't take a single three point in the fourth quarter. It can't beat you. I'm glad they didn't, because they shot well from two. You know, the three was killing them. All gamers make the defenses make the defense guess a little bit there, John. You know what I mean? Especially when it wasn't this shot. It was just the house slow they played, man. I would rather them to get shots closer to the rim. What happened was Milwaukee actually, I thought this was a good thing, at least in the beginning of the quarter. Whether scored two points in three points, Milwaukee went small, boomer take. I'd rather shoot 50. I'd rather shoot 60% from two than 30. Okay, let's do the math. I'd rather do 60% from two than 30%. If Larry Bird didn't need it, then I thought that would sound like Nick. The math only the math doesn't work. Then go for the two blanket versions. Your math doesn't work, okay? They shot 60% from two. And again, what happened was the bucks went small and that frigging and, you know, on their screens and the drop coverage, there was nobody there to contest. They had those elbow jumpers all game if they wanted them like Jalen hit a couple of, you know, of long twos as the kids like to call them. Tatum hit a couple. Those are good shots for those guys when they can rise up and have a clean look at the basket. I'd rather than doing that than falling off balance towards the hoop out of control through the trees or just jacking threes all game long. Those are quality shots. They just went to frigging slow. They just walked the ball up the floor. And then they looked like they looked like the box, man. They looked like they were. They looked like they were the way they're doing a 25 point lead and running the clock. Exactly. Exactly. I'm like, listen, this is a single digit lead, is that, you know, it felt like every time it went to an 8 or 9 point game, it would go right back down to 6 or 7 on my best, that's dangerous. As dangerous against this team, you know? I know Bobby left to go to the Bobby portis press conference. He's doubling down on it. He just tweeted portis on feeling of final shot. Wow, he skipped out on Tatum. You guys pour this on the feeling of final shot. I just want to win. So that's the content that we're getting from Bobby portis. Let me find out. Let me find out Bobby's trying to do. Get a buckskin. Bobby's like, I got to get in there and get it right. You know how Bobby, exactly, you know, Bobby swings one way or the other. After this L, he's like, this thing is over. I need to. Yeah, he's going to be small. He said that. He said the series is over. Definitively, small sample sizes, Bobby Bobby frigging Manning. He's ready for the he's ready for the club. That's the new nickname. He's ready for the clubs in Milwaukee on Friday night show, so he's gonna, he's gonna have his Michael register. He's kind of like a throwback Jersey. With the old school buck logo with the guy..
"portis" Discussed on The Garden Report | Boston Celtics Post Game Show from TD Garden
"So he came out a little cherry, the little bit that I did catch of, they're going to bounce back. It's going to feel even better in game 6. We're going to persist through this, but I just don't know how you be honest twice in a row. Again, I just don't think it matters. I don't think home court matters. I don't think where you're, I don't think what game would be very this series for them to go. And I don't think and I don't think. I don't think the previous game matters. If the Celtics won tonight, I would think, honestly, it's still a coin flip, you know, winning the series. I know the bucks would have to win two straight. It's just every game is kind of a different game. And we got it going down the game 7 in the last minute, so maybe they're gonna play at the end of game 7. They're ugly and the games are ugly in both teams are making it very hard for the other. And they're killing each other. It's very even, you know? And both teams are having a difficult time separating. So it's hard to figure out where it's going to go. But I don't think just because you lost tonight, it rules you up. So you still picking the Celtics? I just no, I honestly have no clue. Give us a take, John. You think I'm short on takes? Well, stop the beef. I think the point is, Bobby, I think, I don't think anybody knows. I mean, you can go here, you can sit here and say, oh, there's no way this happened. There's no way that happens or the series is over. It's not. Oh, this is why we do a show. The only thing we do know is kind of what John just said is that every game is its own entity. I agree with that. They've all been different. And I mean, I said it already in the show. I would not be surprised at all this films go in and win in Milwaukee. We know that they can win there. They've been in just about every game except game one. I mean, even though they were in it, they played pretty poorly. And tonight, this was when they got away. So if they put it this way, if they don't come out with an attitude and they don't come out with the mentality that they want to make up for what they just gave away, then they don't deserve to move on to the next round. If they go down in 6, they don't deserve to go on the next show. Because this is a very, in my opinion, this is a series that they should win this series. So I still think that they have a chance to win. And I still think they should win. But if they don't, anyone going to be surprised at this point, the way this series has gone so far, from back and forth. Now, if it comes to a game 7 and all of a sudden, Chris Middleton is back, while shame on the Celtics or letting it get to a game 7 because they had their chances to put them away. And they didn't do so. I am going to grab Bobby portis, so Joe sway will be got to get Bobby portis. Make sure that make sure. Make sure that you don't run another box. I want as many Bobby portis quotes on the ceiling side as we can get to. We better quote than Bobby portis. That's what.
"portis" Discussed on The Garden Report | Boston Celtics Post Game Show from TD Garden
"How that engineered, but yeah, I mean, whether it's ball moving or what, I'm not sure, but I just thought they just didn't play a complete game today. You know, it was so ugly in that first half. I mean, I know that they competed, but rock fight, they hung in there. That third quarter killed them, right? I don't know, that was very, I was surprised to see that showing in that third quarter. Right? It was very, you know, it's not the way email gets these guys coming out of the half a lot. So I was definitely surprised to see that. And again, cut to the Celtics for that fourth quarter turn on. I didn't think they had it in them, just based on how that third quarter went really at first three quarters. I was like, there's no way these guys have enough offense in the tank to come back from this. But again, to your point, John, the bucks have trouble putting these guys away. Middleton being out is a huge reason for that. But with Giannis aside, holiday obviously as well, it's a two man team right now. It feels like with the box Giannis and holiday. Yeah, you might get a random point from portis or Conan in, but other than that, I mean, you should be able to compete with these guys. You should be able to beat these guys. And again, it goes back to Tatum just completely asking the B today. And I can't figure out how or why. I mean, after all the time off, you guys just had. There's no excuse to show up today and look like you're as half asleep out there in the court. I mean, you just gotta was this frigging guy zarba, by the way, holy crap. Like, you know, I'm like longing for the days of freaking of what's his name. Who's the other guy? I've just lost my mind. Other ref Jesus Christ, foster. I'm like longing for Scott foster after that game. Well, he might have been a more part of it than you think. No, the refs were. That guy, man. Email is complaining about it after the game too, is basically like, you know, he may said the officials told him if they don't fall down. We're not going to call it as far as the charge goes. So they're just not calling it. So it's again, I mean, I tweeted it earlier. It's got to be a flop fest. You've just got to flop. You got to be smart. The Celtics are tough as nails and they pride themselves on having big bodies who can stay in front of guys like Giannis and they've done an amazing job and a really admirable job doing it. But Giannis committed like 14 fouls today and he does every frigging game. So you got to buy a few and you got to start flopping and it sucks, but that's what they got to do. What they got to do, but again, you know, you know how they're going to call it now. So adjust, you know? Don't get frustrated. Again, they're falling in a bad habit where they get frustrated at the reps. And now they're looking at the rats complaining about calls, complaining about non calls, not getting back on defense. I think the box run up and down the court. I didn't look to see what those splits were today in terms of fast break and points off turnovers and things like that. But it just feels like whenever the Celtics fall into those habits, they lose the game. And that exactly, again, the same thing that happens tonight. Let's bring in sharad two, what's up, sharad? Stop, sure, odd? 21. Can't hear you right now..
"portis" Discussed on Winning Plays
"Because, you know, there's a time where the Celtic stars could go supernova. So and they haven't done it, obviously. In this game. And so if they just play a little bit better, it's a much closer game. And so I'm predicting at home, you know, a night start, they just more back in the routine, they have more film to watch and these guys, they know how at least in the playoffs they're going to play them. I predict they'll be ready. I'm with you since I had them in 6. So the series looking good. This year, I think the series is over if it was Tuesday. So that is what it is, but yeah, like everything in terms of the effort standpoint in the urgency standpoint is that, like you said, that should tell us all you need to know about where they are. So how would you feel how would you feel if they won Tuesday and one game three? Yeah, no one back. Right. Are you completely flipped? Well, I guess it depends on how. But say they won by one point each. You know what I mean? Totally. That's the only thing going into game four. Fine. I feel good about this other than 6 prediction initially. So that's just a reminder of like, this is just like, Giannis is still the best player in this series. Oh, not only that. I've totally forgot to bring this up. I made a joke on Twitter earlier. This is the first time they're playing a coach, too. Yeah. I mean, this is like, oh, yep, this is kind of had your mapped out. That counters, the continuity, and there was that crazy play. First of all, two plays, oh my God, I can't believe I didn't bring this up earlier. Sorry, I know we're supposed to do a quick hitter, but I have to bring this up. Please, please. The two plays, one where they did some stupid misdirection, really stupid baseline misdirection in portis was just standing there under the rim and they threw it to him and he got a layout. Like, oh yeah, I know that place. Yeah..
"portis" Discussed on Winning Plays
"Is that if you are getting killed on the glass, then but of course you could also play portis and not play our play propes fewer minutes or something like that. Sure. They have more options on the front line than they do on the arena at guard. So these different ways that you can structure it. And if portus is in there as they're big, even with the honest. I think that's the moment where it's like, nope, rob. This is where you go rob on offense, rob, helping and recovering off port. So again, can shoot. He's become a very good standstill three point shooter, but like you would expect that rob, that's the place that he can help off of, and then recover to, and then also not get not get beaten on the board. So we'll see how many minutes exist in those different formulations, but he's just such a dynamic player that if he's back to where he was, like you said, if he's 95% of where it was, even though we've watched him all year, I think it'll be almost like jarring to go back to that again after even just a few weeks of seeing it without it. You're like, oh, that's right. He can do things that no other humans can do. These are just not normal things that he's able to achieve. And watching he and Giannis physical freaks in the same game is going to be hopefully a fun experience for everybody. But yeah, he just right. He can do things that humans can not do. And seeing that happen again will be a new or a recovered dynamic that they didn't really have, even though obviously they didn't need it last round, but this round you expect that they will find times when they do need that extra athleticism. All right, let's move on to question three here, which we kind of already went over. So we'll hit on it quickly here. In terms of the bugs, like who, who's picking up their scoring load slash shoots to the subjects worry about with Middleton out, if they want to make it a tight series here, we hit on Alan continent, I think those are the obvious factors that they start Alan shot the lights out against the bowls, like 60% or something like that from three. That certainly won't continue against a defense like the subjects have, but those are random guys. And I guess, honestly, what you're like, drew and portis really have to be consistent as hell here because there's just not there's just not a lot of shock creation or pure scores beyond beyond those guys..
"portis" Discussed on Winning Plays
"How do the bucks start? In this series, if you're Biden or if you're a dog, you're trying to map this out and plan in terms of what anticipate what they're going to do. They went big against the bulls with the monster portis, Yanis, brook Lopez frontline, once notes went down, that worked quite nicely. My guess is here against this public that is, they certainly could try it. I think that's a far bigger gamble. Against this from a defensive standpoint against this group. But what's your read there? What direction would you go in? And what direction if you're a dog, do you think they're going? I sort of always default to the idea that coaches will stick with what's winning until they're forced to change. They rarely even good coach just sort of rarely make proactive changes to say that. And it's not like there's a great option there. You're basically talking about grace and Allen or Bobby portis, right? So I suspect that they'll start the series the same way. I don't know how long that will last. It may work. But it's not, there's not like some other wonderful option for that for that last spot. Really, it's a team that has three three players with drew and Giannis and Lopez that makes sense. And then without Middleton, they don't really have normal wings, they really don't have any normal wings. They've got comments and sort of, right? But he and grace and Ella are more shooting guards than Bobby portis is more powerful. And it's like, oh, you're playing a team that is built around two ostensibly small forwards. So it's difficult, but I suspect that they'll start with portis and then that would be something that they'll then change if the Celtics are winning games. But they don't have, if there was a defensive wing that they had sort of sitting there and they could be like, okay, well, maybe we'll try that. It might make some more sense, but there's no perfect answer there. I don't think for them. Yeah, basically, are you thinking they're going to go to Connaughton maybe or? Yeah, I think. Iconic, one of those guys, I think that's where the series is going to end up if I was, but I would go to that right. I just don't like let's map this out. Matchup wise. If you stay super big, then who you have to have one like you put Bobby portis on Marcus smart, or do you have to are you asking Giannis to guard Tatum? That's something that generally try not to do if history is indication they've put Yanis in a matchup like that. So I just, if you say, okay, drew holiday, you're guarding Tatum, west Matthews, you're guarding Jalen and then you roll the dice with portis length out on..
"portis" Discussed on The Bill Simmons Podcast
"He's great on offense, but he definitely can get picked on and we'll get picked on defense. George Hill is another option. He's in and out of the lineup. His plus minus is incredible this year, but he's also George Hill, and he's like 55 years old. What about my guy Carter? Who have liked for four years? He's been, he's been a revelation. I mean, it feels like the upgrade when Brooklyn dropped him to get drug itch. I think I'd rather have Carter. And we played against Utah a couple of weeks ago. And Utah was missing a few guys. So they had to go pretty small. So we played holiday and Carter together and just wiped their offense out in the fourth quarter. And the bucks came down, came down and won that game. So I like him a lot, particularly against Brooklyn could be a great option if they're going to play Kyrie and Seth Seth curry who are both pretty small. We can play holiday and Carter on them. And then we can come back and just run that middle to be honest pick and roll. It's going to be pretty tough for them to handle. So Carter, this is his fourth year in the league. He's a Memphis year one, goes to Phoenix, bubble season. Then Chris Paul obviously shows up. They don't need him anymore. Gets traded to Brooklyn. He's behind all those guys. He's never really had a chance. He's for his career as a 38% three point shooter for the bucks, 11 games, 55%. I like him though. I've always, I was always kind of, I was kind of hoping the Celtics would get him actually because it just seemed like he was out there, but I think if you're talking about if you're going to make a list of like, who are the most fucking random guys in the planet who are actually going to be involved in a playoff series this year? I think he's at the top of my list. I think he's going to pay for you. I think he's going to be out there and crunch time. As you said against the nets against teams that are a little smaller and people are going to be going, wait a second, is Carter playing crunch time for them, but I do think I do think it's a play. And you mentioned portis. Portis is averaging 15 and 9 this year. I know. I started mostly. It's funny because yes, because the bucks at the end of the year. Yeah, you're right. He started to mount like a 6 man of the year campaign for him, but because Lopez got hurt, he's ended up starting too much to qualify. But it's one of those things too where, you know, the problem with a guy being out is not necessarily the lineups that he plays in. It's like the knockdown effects down down the line. So portis comes in and that's pretty good, but when portis and Giannis are sitting, like we had like boogie cousins, we have our second round pick playing. Now we have Serge Ibaka, who's a little bit washed, I think is a fair way to put it. But now you have Lopez back in. It looks like he's probably going to start. In the next game or two, maybe tonight. And then Ford is coming in off the bench, like now that that just changes the dynamic of your bench units. You have much more scoring. He is the kind of guy who has a really nice back to the basket game. You can toss it into him..
"portis" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"Run I'm Brad Siegel Now this Bloomberg sports update Giannis antenna compos scored 31 points in his return from a one game absence Chris Middleton added 15 of his 20 in the third quarter and the Milwaukee Bucks rounded the Brooklyn Nets one 21 to one O 9 on Friday night at the Barclays center Bobby portis scored 20 of his 25 on the first half to help the bucks snap a two game losing streak The last loss came without an tete kumbo who did not play Wednesday night against Toronto due to an illness unrelated to COVID-19 Kevin durand had 29 points 9 rebounds and 7 assists for Brooklyn who have lost 5 straight home games James Harden finished with 16 points 9 rebounds and 7 assists Brooklyn one Wednesday night in Indiana with Kyrie Irving making his season debut he was not in the building on Friday ineligible to play home games because he has not been vaccinated against COVID-19 as mandated for New York City's professional athletes Tennis superstar and Novak Djokovic is thanking folks for their support as he finds deportation from Australia He's an immigration detention amid a dispute over his exemption from getting the coronavirus vaccine in his message on Instagram He said he felt the support given to him and it's quote greatly appreciated He is the defending Australian open champion and organizers announcing everybody who takes part must either be vaccinated or get a medical exemption Football the Buffalo Bills control their own destiny to a division title when they host the jets in the final game of the regular season on Sunday The jets coming off a disappointing loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and looked to finish the season on a high note jet's head coach Robert solace says a lot of players have done more than expected Which ones will fold under the pressure Which ones will rise above the pressure And this group is littered with guys that let it really exceeded expectation The giant says the Washington football team at the Meadowlands on Sunday afternoon with a Bloomberg sports update on Tom Rogers.
"portis" Discussed on Open Floor: SI's NBA Show
"I'm kind of curious to see whether the happened. There's never been a great great defender but plays with the team. That has good defense around him. And so you know. He's a guy that i think just as far as like literally. Someone being chanted bobby bobby in the hole mayor thing that might be like that might be like a once in a career sort of reception that he gets there. So we'll see. I'm curious to see where it goes. I'm ki whether it continues. But he's who. I think of as at least one of the most overrated guys as it relates to like just how loved that dude is and i think to the point that it probably made other fan base sailor man. We gave up on that dude. You know. I think it might have been okay to give up on him. I think he was just a really good fit for last year's roster. Yeah he's only played in three games. this season. The living legend. Bobby portis This man got to speak after after the title like they headed the mike to the andrews handed the mic to this man. It credible like i'm still kind of. That's how unreal last year was It was surreal. A i mean. Yeah i still can't believe any of it happened frankly Nor can i believe that. He signed the contract that he did which is like more in line with a typical like what he would have gotten if he had a typical bobby portis season not become a folk hero and shot like forty nine percent from behind the three point line and like will the bucks to a critical win in the eastern conference finals singlehandedly. Yes that's hard to believe. But he shot out to him for for doing that too. Because i thought he was super gone. And i remember. I think i said during one of our podcast. It's going be hard to walk away from milwaukee with the sort of love. They're showing him where you know probably can walk into any restaurant for years and be taken care of if he doesn't have his wallet It's hard to walk away from places like that. But i think when you're younger and i don't know exactly. How old is he. How old bobby portis bobby portis. So last year this year is twenty six year. old season. He's not like super super young but he's not so far in two seconds terms of why stick around no in my life. I would like to be twenty six again. That would be nice. Oh i hear that. Yeah i like to be as old as chris herring in other words. Spur a longtime. Oh are we still doing this. I thought we were friends for the rest of your life. So what else. dmz too. And i think. I tweeted about how i was like man. I was like watching one saturday morning at that age like i was watching the disney cartoons on channel seven. And they're like one. Saturday morning started the year. After american. gladiator went off the air. I was like man salty and it was like someone actually pulled up the research and they hit me with facts. So i did not watch american gladiator but i did not know so many other people did anyway. Bobby portis i think that he like. I said he's probably not the most overrated guy in the league but relative to what he is He and he's not even paid like you know like the most overrated guy in the league. I just think that with what last year was like. That's probably not who he is for the rest of his career outside of that one. he's not..
"portis" Discussed on Open Floor: SI's NBA Show
"Think they're more or less kind of trotting grace now and out there now. Which i think he's fine. I think stevenson zoa at full held is better than he is. So we'll we'll see you know. But i basically think you take their top three. Obviously drew and chris middleton you take on us i think you take you can even swap certain guys out. I don't love the idea. Portis out there but if you just want to rain threes on people and have that threat and if he's gonna play like finals bobby portis and mayor bobby portis than maybe even throw him in that. Mix I tend to think what do you think that jordan mora. I want to see a more but certainly there have been moments already. Where it's like. Okay this guy. This guy's a threat and there've been a couple of guys quite frankly you know duarte from the pacers man like on some other stuff already. There's some talent in this class. It's really i think for me. Some people like well duh. Could've told you that. How did you not know that. I don't really watch much college basketball outside of michigan. I don't have the time. We were tasked with watching so much pro basketball shots. Jeremy wu and different people to have to watch the college can it can it can. I can i interject. We're we're sending the shutout to jeremy for the beliefs that actually ranking that. He had where he had the boston. Celtics in his power ranking. I'm sorry woo will will will not be discussed or mentioned ever again on the podcast. I continue chris. I'm sorry will just generally man. No there's some real shooters in this class. There's some real players 'cause we've already talked about mitchell obviously We haven't even seen kid cunningham yet. Jalen green has been really impressive in moments. That gaming up the celtics. It's been really fun to watch it. Also franz wagner like had a really nice game yesterday again she ex. Yeah and i knew he was like i watched plenty. So i know he's good. But i there's a lotta guys just have so much upside seemingly and they're making impacts already in their first week in the in the game so anyway yeah. Nora could be a possibility there too. I mean i think my point is that i think you basically have four guys that i think even shindo is one of the four you would want and then that fits buyers this kind of open. Like they've got so many guys on that roster that could potentially fill it a little bit bigger with somebody like ports. You want that threat there. If you wanna go with nora if you wanna go with if you wanted to use grayson allen i guess you could theoretically but to be determined on who the fifth guys but i think even along with holiday middleton janas i i if your take your chances with that so be it but it's enough creation up shooting certainly enough defense and it would be a scary unit for anybody to have to play games. Yeah i mean the obviously honest let you do really fascinating things. Because he's gone and enough. Said the i thought you were going to say the warriors to be honest when you were like. I'm just going to keep this simple and obvious not yet. I i keep saying. This is my my. You know broken record. I i wanna see clay back. I once you play back. I think the potential for that throwing him out there thrown steph out there pool draymond potentially scary..
"portis" Discussed on Open Floor: SI's NBA Show
"They're able to match any contract offer that he gets and i think he anticipated coming back based on what he posted on instagram saying that he was shocked by the fact that he's going to play for the miami heat and not have an opportunity to run it back with the bucks. He's a two year fifteen million dollar deal with miami instead. And you know. I have some numbers here. Courtesy of the athletics. Eric name And his piece on this basically signing pj tucker to a two year fifteen million dollar deal would have put the bucks twenty two point two billion dollars over the tax and create a tax payment of fifty three point three million dollars. So that's the money we're talking about and the difference between pj tucker and you know. I guess they signed semioli. They signed rodney hood. It's not fifty million dollars in terms of talent between those players. But that's what this is about like. This is about the hardened all of the team and one of the biggest reasons why you just won the nba championship and your disrespecting him letting him go. You're disrespecting janas takubo letting him go. You're disrespecting bobby. Portis who signed a two year nine million dollar deal humongous pay-cut for bobby portis to stay home and he showed loyalty so like i'm just like offensive. Frankly i it's a bummer man. It's a huge. Let's not how about an insult to the fans who paid tax money for that new arena. Their owners demanded. That's what really bothers me anytime. We got a situation like this. Where yeah i understand. If you're looking at the you know the cold hard economics of it you know you're not necessarily paying pg tucker seven and apple in you're paying closer to twenty three million because attack. Is senator listen. These owners are super super rich. How much money do you think they make from a box title run. It pales in comparison to what it cost to keep a team together. And you to your fans to keep the team together. You owe it to your star who committed to long-term to keep the team together. It's it's incredibly disappointing..
"portis" Discussed on Strong Opinion Sports
"More from Drew holiday and khris Middleton and they both delivered. I mean, Chris Middleton had forty points in game for a Jewish holiday at 21 points in game. Three, three, 3-pointers, by the way through holidays played phenomenal defense throughout the whole series and the bucks made a big change where they're cutting to the bass. When the defense collapses on Giannis in the lane and what it does is forces the defense to make a decision. You know, Bobby Portis cuts to the basket as a defense makes that wall around Yiannis. He finds a pass Bobby. Portis finds easy. Gets created. A lot of easy layups, both for Giannis and for other people cutting to the basket. Now, what are the highlights of this series? Just like, one of my favorite matchups throughout the NBA Finals has been off. Devin Booker on offense, against Jrue Holiday on defense, it's been unbelievable. Jrue Holiday has been putting so much pressure on Devin Booker every possession. Contesting every shot. Making everything difficult which, hey, when Devin Booker Nails, a shot like, on the move at the, you know, at the elbow. You're like, wow, okay, that's an unbelievable. Especially when you watch that low angle, it looks unbelievable. But Jrue Holiday one in game, three early off at their Devin Booker out of rhythm. Devin Booker started cold, he could not recover a book, had an awful night just in game three years. It was, it was terribly. Ten points was three for 14 shooting and it's funny. Like I look back at that comment where somebody compared him to Kobe. I remember saying like well Devin Booker's awesome. He's not Kobe. It's not fair to compare anybody to Colby and Colby had bad nights, but like, in the NBA Finals, you can't have a night like that where you just go to completely cold. And I just, I don't know this matchup between Jrue Holiday and Devin Booker. This young star is great defender at so much fun for me. Now, I have been seeing commenters on YouTube especially saying that, you know, these finals are boring and awful in the NBA. It's just not what it used to be and this and that And to me to call this series, not interesting. It's just wrong. I'm like, I don't know..
"portis" Discussed on Wendell's World & Sports
"Going to be a monster and it's not going to be honest. Who do you think that governor walker is going to be. People aren't going to say. Bobby portis people aren't gonna say jrue holiday. People aren't going to save brook. Lopez's people aren't going to say bit people definitely ain't going to say be pj tucker unless we're speaking about defensively in all in rebounding only go to. Chris middleton in terms of. Who's gonna have that. Who's gonna have that that unbelievable impact for a short stretch before a good portion of the game for decent portion portion of the game and I think that's coming. I think the chris middleton storm is coming. I can't predict win. I can't predict how long is going to be but then monsoon middleton is going to be coming. I truly believe that wendell's role that sport the podcast. I'm your host wonder wallace so glad that you could be with us. Spoke about the milwaukee bucks. Twenty one hundred victory over the phoenix suns splitting the or sorry. Cutting the suns lead in half two games to one in terms of the best of seven series for the nba championship role players against stepping up for milwaukee. Coming back home. Bobby portis you know what what the mvp which. He is at least in game. Three bobby portis the heart. The soul of the team tonight energy effort intensity passion the desire to be physical museum mixing it up with Jae crowder couple of others saw his fiery exchange. I don't know if he was yelling at jae crowder l. novi coach. But i don't know if he was yelling at The referee demo who yelling at but he was taken out of the game. One time you saw him young the scream and someone to be like eight calm down a little bit ticket. Take it down a notch. But now man. That's that's it that's it. You need a little toughness. Pj can't do it by himself. You know am poorest provided that energy eighteen minutes scored eleven points maybe two timothy three pointers too. Many three point shot for my liking but scored eleven points second-best plus nineteen as far plus minus is concerned pet coniston scored eight points three of five shooting liberal anita especially when milwaukee. I think they're best ball is to go small. Have janas play the five if deondraye eight going to be in foul trouble the loss of dario storage the injury to taurean craig which limits his effectiveness from what it was before..
"portis" Discussed on BBALL BREAKDOWN Podcast
"Mix it up a little bit, what they did let tonight giving up a hundred eighteen points. I think it was a pretty slow paced game in fact wage. Me, see if I can call call us up right now. I want to know what the offensive rating was really quickly. Teams, traditional Advanced, bear with me for 1. Second Advanced, playoffs, all games last game, Phoenix Suns, they're offering this one 38.3. So they actually. Yeah. And but the pace I think was yeah, the pace is really slow. So they they give them everything they wanted. They did. The the box is completely ineffectual and that's what's going to kill them. So they gotta be able to do something else Zone. Even I don't know what try something. Well, I think they've definitely played Brook Lopez and basically, Bobby, Portis walk off the court, I think they have to, they have to play Yiannis, big minutes? Yeah. If they want to win the series, which is tough considering that he he breaks down his knee but it's tough. It's tough. Absolutely. It is it's going to have their work cut out for my coach bugs going to do that. Coaching thing that we you know, we talked about all the times but yeah, I thought the books wage Some pretty bad shots. I didn't like it was basically Middleton taking a bunch of contested long twos. Yiannis wasn't doing much too hot. I mean you were talking about earlier. Also, Brook Lopez and Jana speaking out. There may be limited your holiday and what you can do. Yeah, yeah. That might be part of the focus of the of the video for tomorrow is wide through holiday struggled so much. It might be interesting segment. I'll be the first one to watch it. Awesome. Well, thank you. I appreciate it. One more question. One more question is a little sign though, but I was hearing some rumors, about a DeMar DeRozan, trade to Lakers. They were talking about college, treze and first-round pick. I personally hate it for the Lakers of someone that wants to see LeBron, win his fifth ring. I don't like it. I think he's a horrible fit for the Lakers. What do you think? Well let's see here. Listen, I liked how kuzma was developing..
Middleton, Lopez, & Portis Lead Bucks to Pivotal Game 5 Win
"Would have four starters Middleton, Bobby Portis, Brook Lopez and True Holiday Each goal for more than 20. Bobby Portis would deliver one of the dagger Chris Middleton, middle of the Rings, guarded by Bogdanovich tend to shoot runs him through Lopez screen passes to the corner. Reporters open three Good Bobby parties with a triple 3 20 to go. 1 14 98, Milwaukee. Wide open quarters in the corner for his seventh assists. Bobby Portis with the three he had 22 Middleton finishes, 25 points, 13 assists and then for the icing on the cake. Milton fires a pass inside the Lopez, who turns and puts the hook in a 30 points game. Five delivery for Brook Lopez, and they all been in the paint. I don't remember anything outside it he has dominated in there. 1 16 12 bucks two minutes to go when it was all said and done. J B six 36 points in the paint for the Milwaukee Bucks tonight. Out of their 123 No, Yannis. No problem.
"portis" Discussed on ESPN Chicago 1000 - WMVP
"Five offensive rebounds 14 points in the paint. They only had 44 total in game number four. This looks like the team that jumped out to a two games to one series lead, Remember? No, Yannis? No Trae Young again tonight. It's all being done by everyone else back to Fiserv Forum with John Barry. Here's My Test the shirt. All right, Kev. And how about JB from this lineup? They're starting tonight. This Milwaukee five only played two minutes together. Turn the role this season and they were a minus 10. Not tonight. Well, it's all about aggression and determination and points in the paint. How about 14 8? Excuse me, 14 2. They had eight all of the first quarter in Game four. So they're already sits above that five offensive boards. As you mentioned, they had four all of Game one in the first quarter. They come out looking like this. This will be a much different night here in Milwaukee as they've been up three games to one. Instead, a decisive fifth game. We've got Chicago on the floor for Atlanta camera dish as well. Who passes to Bogdanovich in history has a big hit. After they opened one for six from deep. There was good set play out of the time out Running Bogdanovich off a double screen knocks down the contested three second triple Tonight for bogey is still 20 to 10 lead Answer. Three not answered by Bobby Portis and a loose ball foul against Atlanta. Bogdanovich rebound attempt They got a Congo, Lopez had position Little shove in the back and again the assault on the offensive glass by Milwaukee something that they've done all season long except for Game four. First on the Congo. Second team foul Atlanta inbound from the far side holidays, got it, dribbling right to left, chucked it at the rim a little too far and behind Lopez, but still went up, crafted and flushed it. Lopez, making his presence felt on the interior three for three. Now a quick eight 24 10. The lead pass inside of Congo puts it up over ports and falls off the front rim. No rebound. Milwaukee quickly down floor holiday shovels back to Middleton, picked up by reddish good young defender goes a holiday on the left dribbles to the top cuts down the lane puts it up and in three laps for holidays, 44 18 points in the paint already 26 to 10. It's been all Milwaukee here at the start of Game five under five minutes to go with the first Williams just lost the dribble. Porters took it away. Port is running into two defenders appeals to his left pushes outside the Middleton back to port us back to the basket, faces up bogey near the high post left with a couple dribbles hit the cutter. Holiday flips it up. And in what a start to Game five drew holiday Goodness, absolutely zero Rim protection from Atlanta after being masterful in Game four. Holidays got 11 of Milwaukee's 28 points. He's done it on five of six shooting mostly at the rim Cam reddish second year man dribbling on the left wing up top to Danilo Gallinari is first shot in Game five as a missed rebounded by Tucker, three of 14 from the field or the Atlanta Hawks. Milwaukee making him pay On the other end, there's Portis Wing deep against Gallinari missed it. Loose ball comes out. The camera dish of Atlanta, reddish up the near left side cuts to the top of the three point line blows by Lopez flicks it off the glass, No rebound Port us now to holiday works at front court. He'll pull the trigger on a three off the rim and backcourt emission. Okonkwo has it for the Hawks 3 43 to go here in the first clock moving Atlanta's been held to 10 points on three of seven shooting. Here's Gallinari puts it up, missed it. Rebound of Congo offensive and wrapped up so he couldn't get back up. I should say three for 16 shooting for Atlanta. The foul against Milwaukee with 3 32 left here in the first and just playing all one on one. They moved the ball beautifully in Game four. They are totally getting out of their game plan right now and the Milwaukee Bucks taking it to the rim as they should have had a huge advantage in the paint throughout the series, Except for Game four. They dominated the painted area and their dominant here Tonight is another free throw miss from Atlanta Mecca of Congo, Missing the first free throw some Institutions both ways. Chris Dunn will replace Lou Williams. Bogdanovich comes out as Kevin Herder reenters the lineup had Connaughton and bring Forbes will come in for Milwaukee, P. J. Tucker and Bobby Portis will take a seat. Here. Imagine this, Chris done. Cam reddish are on the floor in the Eastern Conference final game. These guys haven't played basically all year. That's right. Both February February 21st for reddish and some Barbas time in Game two, and then he played pretty well in game. Well, but you're relying on two guys open up out of the game. The whole year Depth has been an issue for both sides, especially Atlanta to Mrs by Congress. On the other end, Lopez fly in for the Monster Jam Absolute right handed jackhammer. It's a 20 point lead 30 10 Milwaukee here in the opening nine minutes of Game five. Haven't heard her from the right holiday. Some tight defense, pushing him back passes off to Gallinari with seven to shoot pass inside Chicago turns he's hammered by Drew Holiday puts his left hand up to stop the foul of Congo went down hard. He's still laying on his stomach. Looks like he's all right. But taking his time as holiday hit him pretty hard that time from behind 22 of the 30 Milwaukee points in the paint. And as Kevin winner mentioned 44 total points in the paint in Game four halfway home already with three minutes to go with the first quarter. You think with Janice being out regardless, because in or out that was the discussion from the coaching staff coming in tonight, and he's the best in the business. That's where he lives, right? He doesn't score outside of the paint, and yet you were completely dominating. Here in Game five as Okonkwo, who missed a couple of free throws earlier, just hit the first of 2 to 58 to go opening quarter, dominated by Milwaukee, 30 to 11 thus far, second on Chicago is good as well. 32 12. The score bunks will bring it up. With holiday. Chris Middleton, Brook Lopez walking Up the floor con intended. Forbes already in the front court hears holiday driving to the left against herder takes a deep flips it to Lopez for another two hands stuck a lot of this because Atlanta is just getting torched off the dribble and you come over to help Brook Lopez is making himself available. Beautiful look there from Holiday.
"portis" Discussed on ESPN Chicago 1000 - WMVP
"Completes the three point play. We've got 3 15 to go first quarter on MLK Day. Here's the hard drive by Luella Carver. Oh, blocked at the rim, Loose ball. Milwaukee comes up with it. Down floor pass for holiday couldn't control on the near left side lost to that about Bobby Portis has made a nice contribution over the last couple of weeks in this seven and one run from the Milwaukee Bucks. Disappointing run he had in New York. Making amends here in Milwaukee helps to play with great players to does. He got credit for that block shots of four points out a block for Portis. James Harden is on the floor of Brooklyn Tie game sheds the defender. Holiday sensitive the corner. Landry. Shammond knocks on the triple from the right side. Never leave an open guy in the corner. Make him make it from that side Angle a much tougher three. Sham it from hardened who took his number 13 Samit wearing number 20 minutes, Right number as he did is your number right way? Go out from the right side. Here is holiday passes, downloaded Portis of power dribble moves to the right side and lays it in what a super look from holiday. The double came from underneath and he turned into the middle. Found Porter's for the easy 1 28 27, Brooklyn with lead and the ball hardened gives it upto Perry, the rookie on Top three pointer No rebounded by Pat Con. It's in. It's in the game for the first time Up ahead, Middleton floats it to Portis Portis facing up Perry on the cleared out right side rises, fires and connects about Portis off the bench before he was a great cop, But it's done it on the defensive end of the block earlier in that time, a nice face up J. Right in the face of the rook. 29 28 Milwaukee is we go back and forth Sham it drives into traffic wraps it around the corner wide open..
The Curious Case of Frank Gore
"Tim kunin you recently. Wrote a profile of frank gore for espn dot com. So what inspired you to take him on as a topic at this particular moment. It's interesting follow. Because i've watched his career forever. I i'm in the bay area. So i followed him when he was with the forty niners and he's always struck me as someone who's sort of exists outside of our current time. Espn's tim. Qa has been writing about the nfl for three decades. Like he's this guy. That's the third leading rusher all time and yet he doesn't really seem to be appreciated or highlight that you can point to. He's just sort of this guy that has just existed forever in our consciousness and right and the fact that he's he's on the jets. He's he's i mean he's their lead back still. It just became this thing like how. How remarkable it is for someone. His age thirty seven years old From the two thousand five draft class as a running back is still not only in the league but productive and you spoke to him on the phone for a long time for this story and as you say despite him being this guy with a resume that might be worthy of consideration hall of fame consideration. He is fairly anonymous. So tell us what he's actually like. As a person he is amana few words and he is We did have a very long conversation. And you know he's he just is a football guy. I know that sounds like a cliche but everyone you talk to about. Frank says that he's this vont. He's one of those people that that can do these things but isn't particularly good at explaining them. And i think it's partly because what he does is just as is a product of of work and study and just feel and it's another reason why why he's one of a kind. I'm not talking. I'm really not a talker. I know i've been blessed with the bullied. Play football at a high level. I'm glad there every day you know. Give it up all on field in the game. And we'll give my teammates mall to i take advantage of it and why i take advantage of occurs got got taken away from you at college so i know that knows this game not promise nobody as we say in that press conference clipped him. His injuries in college an enormous part of his story early on had come to the university of miami out of nearby coral gables high school as a freshman. He was a backup on that iconic team. That won the two thousand and one national title scoring five touchdowns that year and really impressing people as this up and comer tell us what played out over the next few seasons. You talk about remarkable. I mean he had to l. tears at the university of miami and was on those uteem's with guys like mcgahey in clinton portis in one star after another in the backfield and he pushed himself to overcome these injuries and to compete with those guys obviously for running back. Acl tear is among the worst. And have it have twice in college. You know it would seem to be insurmountable. It cost him some speed as a freshman. He was kind of a revelation as a speed back down. You know what we think of him now isn't necessarily that. It's it's the tough yards and it's the inside yards. So i think he had to adapt a little bit to what he could do when he lost a step or to get the poor right gore riding out what again the man out of coral gables brings the big to the miami hurricane he just wilt himself to become a third round draft. Pick of the forty niners in two thousand five. Only a handful of guys from that drafter still playing in most of them are quarterbacks and kickers.
2020 Nevada caucus less than one week away
"Let us begin with the drive to the Nevada caucuses. I said that right Nevada which take place at noon Pacific Time on Saturday. This is the London. Nfl game of Democratic primary contest. Okay couple things that should be on our radar this week one. There is a debate Wednesday night and we know as of today that Mike Bloomberg is GonNa be in it and new. Npr News Hour. Merit poll has Bloomberg checking in at nineteen percent. Second only to Bernie Sanders. Who's at thirty one percents? That was the last qualifier Bloomberg needed so Wednesday night. Set this up for me Bernie over here on one side of the stage. Bloomberg over here. Is it going to be as simple as Bernie saying you know all that stuff? I've been telling you about billionaires trying to buy control of the American political system Oh wait there's one standing at my right. Yeah this is. This is the Avatar of everything. I've been telling you guys. He's right here. I mean I think that. That's a very likely outcome. And if so it will be the most perfect poetic ending to just this comedy of errors has been the Democratic nomination process that they are seemingly go out of their way at every. Turn to double down on every mistake. They've made before this was supposed to be the election of like nobody gets screwed right. Then we're going to like Bernie Bernie is GonNa Win Bernie's GonNa win and then at every turn it's just like how can we? How can we bend the rules to get more people up on stage next to him do just like pointing fingers at Bernie Sanders I mean we can talk about the the bending of the rules even Bloomberg on the stage but like the fact that they can't that this litany of foulups is going to basically end up with Bernie potentially getting a walk because they're just setting up his biggest foil right there on the stage next to him would be hilarious because I mean I guess taking for granted that like anybody making decisions would much rather have Mike Bloomberg as the face of the party. The murderer anders but You know maybe not maybe not. Maybe there's some Bernie hands in there in the DNC. To that are that are pulling in his favor. I don't know this whole thing is so bizarre. Well whatever the motivations I guess that's the one thing I would I would ask is. Are we sure this hurts? Bernie or do we think it helps him because I almost think the ladder for two reasons one to direct his rage not at a faceless billionaire but at that billionaire that guy right there in to that might Bloomberg has been running essentially an unopposed campaign minus a few OPCO drops over the last week or two. Yeah and now is a chance to see whether he holds up to criticism from everybody. I think I mean there's been a lot of speculation or there's been some speculation in the past several days especially today since he's officially made it in that he's maybe not the sort of person that will hold up to Direct real time pressure. I think that's sort of beside the point. I think he'll probably do fine. He'll under he'll he'll underwhelmed to the audience that only knows him from his. You know triumphant commercials and he'll probably be about what you would think he would be if you are familiar with Mike Bloomberg at all. And that's not that's not a knock on the guy on his performance abilities at all But yeah I mean. It's I mean Bernie has a real opportunity here and it's much easier to pointed when it might Bloomberg and say that's the problem than to say to me. Talk about wine KS. What talk about the way that other people are raising money or even a really wealthy doctrinaire liberal and say he's part of the problem because that's confusing muddies the waters but to be able to point a guy who was literally a Republican who literally endorsed George W Bush president you know who who's policies even as a Democrat or or is it as a Democrat? Bigger quotes do have yet big air quotes or undecided voter or whatever. A man decided where I mean. Yeah voter I guess but no matter how you his policies no matter how you describe him. Politically are retrograde. A conservative and all the wrong ways and problematic. I mean if nothing else right and to the extent that he's made amends for that stuff. He's just just literally contradicted things. He said six or eight months ago. You know I mean it's not. This isn't a matter of evolution. There's so many problems that it's so easy to point Mike Bloomberg I mean I I made the joke to you. I think last week that if I were in a debate situation against Mike Bloomberg my entire prep would be thirty minutes trying to do a bad Mike Bloomberg impression and every time. He directed a question at me. I would just do impression of him. Endorsing George W Bush. That would be the entire my entire substance but can do that for Thursday. I work on my impression for exactly thirty minutes. But it's weird like the more you dig into the Bloomberg candidacy the more you realize that like you. It's you could do so much worse than that. Just by like like debating him in good faith such Joe. Right just issue for issue what you said what you said. I totally agree. I just think they're all these Democrats out there and this is why Wednesday night is such an opportunity there all these Democrats that there may be related to some of them that are sitting there saying we just WANNA be trump. We need tell us who to vote for. Were waiting for signals from somebody whether it's the secret. Dnc people whether it's people on Cable News where by the way Bloomberg has been getting an excellent hearing whether it's TV commercials and all those fingers have been pointing toward Michael Bloomberg lately whether it's a conversation on cable whether it's relentless commercials that are burning has a chance to speak to people that might be skeptical of Bernie and say this is why this isn't the Guy This is why this isn't the guy. Despite all this earned and paid media that you have heard over the last couple of weeks here let me make the case And I think there's an audience that will listen to that. Yeah because they're right now. They're kind of in Bloomberg mode. And you see this new police and second place I think. Kind of by default Because they just don't trust anybody else they don't trust them ideologically or they don't trust them to win. Yeah to be trump and burn can kind of pick that scab a little bit? Yeah I mean. The entire. The entire Bloomberg candidacy has been a national campaign. I mean it's just been media buys has been self adulation glorification and that's I guess what all politics is an to some extent but that and that's fine. I don't know if I said this on air said this to you before too but like if you could imagine if Bernie Sanders or someone had his ideological ilk was running the Bloomberg campaign basically trying to skirt around the actual logistics of running for president. This would people be looking Bernie Sanders like he was the second coming of Mussalini. It'd be like it. Would they would talk about getting a fair hearing on Cable News? I mean I may not be related to people who more than one person who have told me they turned off. Msnbc because of the because the the attention Bloomberg's getting released a tenor of it which is significant right. I mean there's an and and just to dismiss him this towards Bernie Sanders just inviting on like really like no name talking heads to just like you know. Sort of lighting torches about the dangers of of socialism. But yeah I mean. We said before that it was easier to point a bloomberg than say Bloomberg as a problem. Then someone someone else another. Democrat on stage. But it's also easier to point person on stage who represents so much of what you hate about Donald Trump and and address then than it is to address Donald Trump. I mean one of the problems of the Democrats have been having over and over again is making this a trump election when they're going when they're sparring with each other right in the weeds sparring with each other. You can I mean I don't. I don't know of any conspiracy theories that the Russians are backing Mike Bloomberg but are you but like you know the far out I mean are you. Are you worried about DONALD TRUMP? Is You know a plutocratic. Who's GONNA use his wealth to enrich himself into an institutional into you know by the presidency? Oh look there's a guy who's doing that are you. Where are you by any of these conspiracy theories of Donald Trump's renewed here to the term of office limit and somehow like test the constitution? Oh look there's a guy who literally did that as mayor of New York City we have an actual example is just so perfect setting itself. Ellison we. I mean it's a mugs game to try to predict what's going to happen in a debate especially when I mean this is not a one on one slug fast. This is and and and you know if there's one thing we've learned from the previous debates Bernie Sanders is the furthest from in control of the mechanics of the debate. Right ain't no one candidates but certainly they're not like skewing in favour of him so who knows what's going to happen but it'll be really interesting to watch two more points one is. Don't we think that we could have a repeat of? What has happened at every debate? Over the last two months where everybody on that stage attacks Bloomberg and they forget to attack Bernie again And they forget that Bernie is still the front runner in this race and probably is going to win Nevada. Yeah Bloomberg or not on the ballot. Nevada like we could be in for a repeat everybody just forgets to attack the front or I you take out the front runner. Then worry about the billionaire. I think that there's a certain logic that just in so much as as we just discussed the Bloomberg as problematic candidate and should be you know I mean I. If you'RE GONNA YOU'RE GONNA hold your fire on one of them that might be the right move There might be time to take him down the road. But you're right especially in the sense that I mean Elizabeth. Warren is going to go after Bloomberg because she has shared so much the ideology of Bernie Sanders. Right now. She's she's he's evidence of most of her platform the problems that you know. She's trying to fix her platform as well. But also you have Joe Biden. Who's just in dire need of a bump of some sort and and my Bloomberg is literally like coming in on his corner right. I mean I mean he's he's he has to do better than he has to be. Bloomberg is riding on Biden shoulders. And there's no different corner to corner and Mayor Pete has is of the of the top candidates Probably the only one that shown kind of well I mean I don't want to dismiss Charbagh but but of the people above which are the guys the most fire in the debates of late you know be like not just going after people but having this sort of like the sort of like steely look in his eyes and fish punch counterpunching. He's he's got to be worried about Bloomberg and for any and he's and he's going to be willing to go after him absolutely when he fit in that poll today eight percent. Something like that your him. You're like uh-huh uh-huh uh-huh because the worry always was you in the first two contests in you're not GonNa get past that. Here's my second point. How
'True Grit' author Charles Portis dies at 86
"Two he wrote a book that was turned into this movie Iran a Kerio on one minute that or see you'll Addington boards may have the judge Parker convenience what should be I call it ball talk for one night may not lose Charles Portis's died he wrote the best seller true grit twice adapted into Oscar nominated films Portis was eighty six he was a former newspaper reporter who'd been suffering from Alzheimer's in recent years Charles Portis is among the most admired authors to nearly vanish from public consciousness in his own
Pence to focus on US Iran policy in speech
"The increasingly intriguing question of what did the vice president know. And when did he we know it. Yes the vice president. In the midst of this very high stakes increasingly scary escalation between N- The US government and the nation of Iran were millions of people filled the streets today for the funeral of Qassem Soleimani was essentially seen as the second ranking official in that country. Second most powerful position in that country at least Soleimani was killed in the US air strike last week today. The trump administration announced. What's that they will soon have a public explanation for? What exactly they're doing? And what exactly they're thinking when it comes to Iran but the whole idea. is in terms of explaining their actions and their strategy toward Iran in the wake of this targeted killing now. This explanation from the trump administration as to what their strategy is for Iran. This explanation from the administration is not gonNA come for another week or so and it will not be president trump who gives the country this explanation the critical matter of the utmost and deadliest urgency. They'RE GONNA put off this explanation about what's going on between the US and Iran until next week and it's going to be vice president Mike Pence who gives the speech that is supposed to lay out. US policy toward Iran. And what exactly is going on. And what the strategic not gic thinking was behind this killing of this incredibly revered figure inside Iran why they think the country should wait a a week to get that explanation why it should be vice president. Mike Pence who gives that explanation to US rather than the president himself that remains to be seen. But if the the idea is that there might be less impeachment baggage trailing around after Vice President Mike Pence than there is after president trump and therefore maybe vice president pence might have of a sort of cleaner shot at this issue in the public's mind well maybe that's not true. The question of Vice President Mike Pence is Owned implication in the impeachment scandal is both unresolved and that was sort of back on the front burner. It has been nineteen days since the House voted to impeach president trump for trying to get Ukraine to help him out against Joe Biden for the two thousand twenty election. He wanted announcement from Ukraine that they had Biden under investigation. Impeachment inquiry also found that president trump pressured Ukraine to do that to make that announcement about those investigations by making contingent tinge on the announcement of those investigations. A whole bunch of things that Ukraine wanted including a White House visit for their new president. The impeachment inquiry also found that president trump held up military aid to Ukraine for months while he pressured them to do this domestic political favor for him. I honestly can't believe it's only been one thousand nine days Since the house impeach trump doesn't feel like it's been nineteen months it's been nineteen days and in that brief period in the less than three weeks weeks it has been since he got impeached. We've continued to get new evidence and new information about the scheme for which the president was impeached including a reported communication from the Office of Management and Budget in the White House to a Pentagon official in which the White House official assured. Dod It was president trump personally who was insisting on holding up Ukraine's military aid and a communication reported by Cape Brennan Adjust Security. That ownby official tells tells the Defense Department quote Clear Direction from Portis inning president of the United States to hold the Ukraine aid since the the House vote to impeach president trump. We've also seen new evidence in new documentation of this intense conflict and intense concern within the administration shen that president trump ordering a hold on that military aid to Ukraine was in fact illegal. So here for example is that same defense official who just assured by the the White House that the money was being withheld on direct orders from the president. Here's that same defense official writing thereafter to the office of the Secretary of Defense to the Defense Secretary's chief of staff she says quote do you believe dod is adequately protected from what may happen as the result of the Ukraine obligation. Pause as in. We all know this is illegal. Are we prepared for what's going to happen to us at the Defense Department here if we do this illegal thing that has been directly ordered by the president. So here's what's fascinating in response to that email which was sent from somebody in the Pentagon controller's office to the Defense Secretary's chief of staff are we adequately protected from what may happen as as a result of this right in response to that email to the defense secretary's chief of staff the Defense Secretary's Chief of staff writes back and he says this quote Ukrainian. PM speaks with the vice. President of the United States. Veep Otis on Tuesday. We expect the issue to get resolved that. Why do you expect the issue to be resolved that in fact the Tuesday following that email September first vice president and Mike Pence did meet with the leader of Ukraine? They met in Europe. They met in Warsaw. That's where we got this incredible footage of that room and who was there were you can see all of these people in that room whose careers have blown up and whose lives have changed a lot as a result the result of this scandal. You can see them all in the same shot. I mean in that meeting on the American side of the room. There's Energy Secretary Rick. Perry who of course suddenly submitted his resignation right right as the scandal broke open right next to him is national security adviser John Bolton who also suddenly submitted his resignation right as the scandal broke open right right next to the same row. There's ambassador Gordon Sunland. Who became a star witness in the impeachment inquiry testifying under oath that? Oh yes there was a quid pro quo and it was ordered by President trump. Just behind him in the second row there's Jennifer Williams who was the top Ukraine adviser to Vice President Pence who also became a star impeachment inquiry witness also in that same row. Tim Morrison the top Russia expert on the National Security Council who then himself suddenly announced his resignation on the eve of him also becoming an impeachment inquiry witness and next to him back there in the corner national security official named Earl Matthews who also so work on Ukraine issues who also suddenly left his post as this scandal broke open. I mean who's left within a few weeks of this meeting. In some cases within a few days of this meeting like everybody in that room had their life changed and or their career ended and and now we know from these internal administration documents and communications. That have been revealed in the one thousand nine days since the impeachment vote. We now know that after weeks. Six of freak out inside the administration over president trump holding up this military aid after president trump asking questions about that military aid after him directing the holdup up of the aid after him being advised by everybody in the national security apparatus that he himself appointed that he had to let go with hold on the military aid but he still refused to do so after all of the explicit arguments. We know that happened within the administration that to hold up that aid much longer would constitute a criminal act. We now know. I know that after all those weeks and months of consternation and conflict and concern and CYA inside the administration. We know right before vice president pence went and took this meeting at the highest levels of the Defense Department. The chief of staff to the Secretary of Defense was reassuring other officials inside the Pentagon. Oh don't worry. This is going to be over soon when Mike Pence takes that meeting was the Linski on Tuesday. It's all GonNa get sorted. Why do they think it was all going to get sorted? President trump was just impeached for demanding that Ukraine give him investigations into Joe Biden. That would help two minutes twenty twenty reelection effort and conveying to Ukraine. That they wouldn't get there. No much needed military aid until they made that commitment to do those investigations. So you won't get the military aid unless you agree to do those investigations announce publicly. You're doing those investigations are. You're never gonna see that military aid. We now know that in the defense secretaries office. They thought that that would all click into place as soon as this meeting between Mike Prints and the Ukrainian president took place so it was Mike Pence who was supposed to personally get the assurance from the Ukrainian government at that meeting that they were going to announce the investigations. Because that was the deal right. That's what everybody was waiting. They can't get the military aid until they announced the investigations. Don't worry they'll be able to get the military aid as soon as Mike Pence has that meeting. And that's what they were waiting on right at least according to the chief of staff to the Secretary of defense man man. Whose name is Eric Tuning? He put it in writing. Don't worry this will. All End. Wants Mike Pence takes that meeting. So says Eric Tuning Defense Secretaries Chief of Staff Eric. Tuning the defense secretary staff has just suddenly resigned his job his resignation announced today on the same day that former national security adviser John Bolton again is right there in the room for that meeting and again resigned suddenly without much explanation right right in the middle of the scandal right. As the Ukraine aid was finally being released and the whistleblower complaint was finally being processed and heading toward Congress John Bolton today released a statement saying if he is subpoenaed in the impeachment trial of president trump. He will appear and testify all the Senate is now back in accession. We don't yet know how the Senate is going to proceed with the impeachment trial for President Trump but obviously John Bolton's declaration that he will testify if summoned. He will will testify at the president's impeachment trial in the Senate if they send him a subpoena obviously raises the stakes on the Republican efforts in the Senate to try to a whole the impeachment trial without hearing from any witnesses
Portis, Horn among 10 former NFL players facing U.S. fraud charges
"Nearly a dozen former professional football players have been charged today in the health care fraud scheme and former NFL players committed what federal prosecutors called a brazen multi million dollar fraud on a healthcare plan meant to help their former teammates Joe horn formerly of the saints and Clinton Portis formally the red skins were among the players accused of defrauding a reimbursement plan that covered out of pocket medical expenses incurred by retired players and their families that were not covered by insurance the scheme involved kickbacks bribes in doctored paperwork all told the health plan paid out nearly three and a half million dollars in false claims Erin could her ski ABC
10 ex-NFL players charged with defrauding healthcare program
"They are accused of submitting false claims for medical equipment alter sound machines used by doctors offices to conduct women's health exams and even electro magnetic therapy devices designed for use on horses are fifteen Attorney General Brian Binkowski says nearly four million dollars in phony claims were submitted he says the ringleaders Robert McCuen and Cornell Buchalter recruited other eligible former players by offering to submit or assist in submitting fake claims to the plan in exchange the ringleaders demanded kickbacks among those facing charges is former Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis and Donahue Washington
Italy Giuseppe Conte And Fourteen Months discussed on Morning Edition
"Morning in Italy Giuseppe conte has resigned as prime minister of a coalition government after only about fourteen months in power his resignation throws Italy into a state of political uncertainty and you're still be visually is online from Italy hi Sylvia hi there no oil so Clinton announced his resignation in the Italian Senate what did he say why he resigning well he gave a blistering speech he attacked his deputy prime minister interior minister and leader of the Likud party by tales of the need of triggering the crisis for his own political and personal gain come to describe some of the these actions as Sirius institutional recklessness that show disrespect for parliament and is liable to take the country into a spiral of political uncertainty in financial instability he also reprimanded salvini for his blatant exhibition of religious symbols like the rosary during political rallies saying that offends the faithful and undermines the secular nation of nature of the state alright if Clinton is out what happens to salvini now does he ascended to a different role or does he stay where he is no no what happens will the government will be disbanded and there will be no political consultations which are basically handled by the president of Italy who has a lot of has a certain amount of powers in in in holding consultations leading to governments certainly some Jeannie I thought he would get it he he trigger these elections he this that he's trigger the either the government collapsed in the hopes of having snap elections and but he changed his timing was wrong he was he seems to have miscalculated the notion of his becoming prime minister is terrifying to many in the opposition to the Democratic Party inside beanies erstwhile partners the five star movement who are dire rivals until yesterday there contemplating a coalition together it won't be easy they our office on opposite sides of many issues if a viable alternate majority cannot be formed the president will probably appointed kick a caretaker government and would that would stay in office until elections possibly the end of October why does it salvini ascending terrify some people what do he in his league party stand for well he is being very much as very authoritarian his model like that of many of the populace to movements in Europe is sovereign is in the sense that Italy does not have to listen or follow instructions from what he defines the E. U. masters in Brussels Italy like twenty seven other countries is a member of the European Union and they all have agreed to certain regulations and country like Italy that has a very high deficit has to follow certain rules in its in its budget minutes spending and he can't stand that today he said in parliament we do not answer to German chancellor Angela Merkel or French president in mind when my column something is very proud of his anti immigrant policy his ban on rescue ships from docking at Italian Portis call several showdowns with rescue ships and today he referred to migrants as the new slaves who serve the interest of certain groups which it could be a code in reference to the so called great replacement conspiracy theory my goodness NPR Sylvia pavilion in Italy so do you think so much for this
Missouri River towns face deluge as floods move downstream
"Plots with Nebraska city of about sixty five hundred with its redbrick courthouse in century old main street sits near the confluence of the platinum Missouri rivers so it seen floods before. Until now the worst was twenty eleven when the Missouri climbed ten feet above its banks city administrator, Irv Portis said the city reacted and tried to plan ahead. We made some repairs in two thousand eleven based on that floor floods historic Christian. Guess what? We're on Saturday the Missouri crested at a new record fourteen. Eighteen feet above flood stage plots myths now getting water from nearby rural district, but that's only about one third. It's normal use and like many communities, including the city of Omaha. Its sewage is flowing untreated into the river Thursday from a muddy Bank on what used to be east main street officials guided a boat out onto the swollen river passed a few trailer homes that somehow stayed put while a dozen others washed away most residents evacuated in time. But one woman had to be rescued reaching the water plant plant operator, Bryan, Wagner describes what the floodwaters have done. We've got
Anthony Davis, New Orleans And STAN Van Gundy discussed on The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz
"STAN Van Gundy is with us and we have been remiss. Okay. And I'm sorry standing Gundy is not said anything anywhere on any of ESPN's one million platforms about the Anthony Davis situation. I don't know what he thinks. So let's begin their stand. You saw that happen. And you thought what? Well, a few things I think first of all I think fans and everybody else can be assured that nothing like this will ever happen again with a player publicly requesting a trade that fifty thousand dollar fine on Anthony Davis will only makes twenty three and a half million year, the deterrent value there. So sick so strong. This'll be the last time this happened. So I think you can be assured of that. I it's sort of amazing me the the resentment that's out there by a lot of people both fans and media about this whole issue of the players are controlling where they wanna play in who they wanna play with. And he's forcing his way to LA in the whole thing. And I'm just wondering why it it's so upsetting to people that someone would try to take control of their own careers. I mean, most people do that. But for some reason with players, and I think we know in the NBA that a big part of it is race. But people get very upset about the players controlling this thing. And then I love the the last thing is I just love all the trade talk because people want the super teams, and so the trades they propose like Boston. You would get either Jason Tatum or. Jalen Brown in Marcus smart in a in a pick. That would be great. And then the guy right? Imagine what Boston would have. Yeah. But New Orleans isn't going for that, you know, and that the Lakers might have to throw in Brandon Ingram with with Lonzo ball, and Kyle Kuzma might this guy's one of the players in the league. And then my favorite line from one of the articles is he wrote about some tradenet forget, which one that New Orleans would be well within their rights to ask for player. A and b New Orleans can ask through over the hill. I want to ask for their within their rights. It's almost like people have this idea that New Orleans has an obligation to accommodate Anthony Davis. Look what Anthony Davis did in Rich, Paul? I have no problem with as a matter of fact think it helps the teen in a way because they let them know right away. New Orleans can trade him to anyone they want to trade him to he's got this year and next year. They don't have to limit themselves to anywhere that he wants to go and they're going to make the best deal for themselves. And I personally don't think they'll probably make it by the trade deadline. They increase relaxing yesterday. They should ask for LeBron. Well, you know, what that's where you would start him. I think people talk about Boston you'd start with kyri. And then and then if not basically for Anthony Davis, you if you're going to protect one guy, you basically have to offer up everything else, particularly now at the trade deadline.