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A highlight from An NBA Power Poll, Plus Malcolm Gladwell Plays Sports Czar
"Coming up, an NBA Power Poll, Malcolm Gladwell. This podcast is an A plus. Next. This episode of the Bill Simmons Podcast is presented by Airbnb. Maybe you're traveling to see friends and family for the holidays. When you're away, your home could be an Airbnb. Whether you could use a little extra money to cover some bills or for something a little more fun, your home or spare room might be worth more than you think. Find out how much at Airbnb .com slash host. We are supported by McDonald's. This month, McDonald's is upping its game by introducing two beloved sauces to its lineup. Mambo sauce and sweet and spicy jam. Hmm, why do I love these? Well, they both pack a spicy punch. They let you switch up the flavors in your usual order. I like having more choices. You know what, if you're gonna give me eight choices, why not give me 10? The sweet and spicy jam sounds delicious. These two sauces are only available for a limited time and participate in McDonald's. So make sure to try them while you can. Tap the banner to learn more. We're also brought to you by the Ringer Podcast Network. If you missed it, we started, wait, that movie made how much money? Month last night on the rewatchables. We did Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves, me, Chris Ryan, Van Lathan, it was a wonderful experience for all of us. Van looked at Chris at one point and he said, everything I do, I do it all for you. Oh no, that was Bryan Adams, but we had a great time. Coming up on this podcast, I'm gonna do an NBA Power Poll at the top because there's no games as I'm taping this on Tuesday. So let's, where are we after two weeks? I tried to fly through this. I limited myself to 22 minutes. I think I went two minutes over, but I flew through it, tried to get off as many comments as I possibly could. And then our old friend Malcolm Gladwell is gonna come on and do some sports hour stuff. There's some things that he's noticed about direction sports are going in that he doesn't like, and we're gonna try to fix it. So that's the podcast, first, our friends from Pearl Jam. Here we go. All right, I'm gonna throw an NBA Power Poll at you. I'm not sure I'm gonna do this every Tuesday, but I definitely wanna do this some Tuesdays. I'm gonna go through all 30 teams as fast as possible. And I'm gonna throw things out that I feel like are important when necessary. Pot shots, important comments, things I've noticed, some fake trades, you've known me for a while. It's gonna be all the typical stuff. Going backwards from 30 to one, I'll give you the groups as we go. The first group is called the Dregs. That's Washington number 30. They are 30th in defense. And the only reason they're 30th in defense is because we only have 30 teams. I actually think there's some way they could have been 36th in defense. They're the only team in the entire league that I do not wanna watch on league pass for any reason at all. They're one and five, 15 .6 point differential against them. Shoot this team into the sun. I cannot believe House thought this team was gonna go over 24 wins. They might not go over 14 wins. They're awful. I never want them on my TV. Next group, probably the lottery. I say probably, but I'm gonna zip through these teams and then go back to somebody. 29 Utah, 28 Portland, 27 Detroit, 26 San Antonio, 25 Charlotte, who is way more fun than I expected they would be to watch, and 24 Chicago. It just feels like the lottery's in the future for all these teams. I wanna talk about San Antonio really quick. Three and four, kind of a sneaky, tough schedule. They played Phoenix twice, the Clippers, Dallas, that goofy Indiana team, Houston, and Toronto. They're minus 8 .6 point differential because they've gotten blown out a couple of times, and they're 29th on defense, which I was surprised by per 100 possessions. The thing that I wanted to point out here, because this one Benyama thing is super important. This is the best teenager that's come into the league, at least since LeBron. We can debate. LeBron, I think in year two, for two months at least, was a teenager when he was putting up 27, seven, and seven. When he started his 27, seven, seven cycle. Wembe might be the best teenager I've ever seen. They're starting Jeremy Sohan at point guard, and Pop's been transparent about this. No, no, we know we're gonna take some lumps. We're trying to figure this out. I went to the game when they played the Clippers, I talked about it in a previous pod, and it was just an absolute debacle, watching poor Sohan try to run the offense, bring the ball up. Now we're seeing teams starting to pressure them because he's not a point guard. He's a small forward. There's crazy stats now. Trey Jones, just by being on this team and not being Jeremy Sohan, is now one of the best advanced metrics point guards of all time. Right now, his per 100 on -off is plus 28 .3 because Sohan is minus 22 .7. That's how disparate the two things are. Which brings me to my point, this is too important. You have the best teenager maybe ever. You have one of the best league pass players already in the entire league in Wimby. I have no idea how long he's gonna stay healthy, knock on wood, hear me knock really loud. I just got my dog going. No, that was me, dumb ass. They need one more point guard. TJ McConnell is on Indiana, and they have Halliburton, who's averaging a 24 -12. He's awesome. They have Nembhard, who's great as a backup. McConnell's like, he's 13 minutes a game. He's clearly a trade piece for them. Just go get him. I'm not saying San Antonio has to make the playoffs, but they need to be entertaining, and Wimby needs to play with point guards. He clearly needs just to play off people, high screens, all that stuff. They need one more point guard. TJ McConnell is my choice. They have all their own firsts. They're not gonna trade those obviously, but they have some goofy picks. They have Charlotte's top 14 protected first. They have a pretty good Chicago first that I wouldn't give up. They have a first swap with Boston. There's ways to do this. I would just put that Charlotte pick next year on the table and just grab them because you guys hit the lottery. Literally, with Wimby -Dyama, literally hit the lottery. You hit the lottery and you hit the lottery. Get to do two point guards. We're not asking for much here. I wanna watch this guy. I wanna enjoy him play basketball. All right, next section is panic time. Number 23, Memphis. They're one and six. They finally got out to Schneider. And number 22, Sacramento, who lost twice to Houston in three days by 18 and 25. No Darren Fox for either game. Panic time in this respect. I know we're six games in the season, seven games in the season, but the West is one of those things where you're gonna look up and the car is left. The car has left the driveway and your family is gone. You're gonna be basically Kevin and home alone if you don't get your shit together. And I don't even wanna be two games under 500 in the West. That's how deep and good the West is. So when you're one and six, like all of a sudden two and 12, two and 13, Sacramento could all of a sudden be three and nine. I would just be nervous constantly. This is not like last year when the Lakers started out two and 10 and ended up making the playoffs. Nobody is doing that this year. The cutoff line is gonna be 46 wins. Memphis looks, they just can't score. And I think it's gonna be really, we talked about this verno last week. It's gonna be really hard for them to crawl back and be at least like 11 and 14, something like that by the time Ja comes back. The Sacramento thing, we predicted this when we did the over -under preview, like the conference is way better and they stayed basically the same. And now Fox is hurt. So it can take Fox going out for 10 games and all of a sudden you're not even in the playing game. I would just be nervous, so it's both of those teams. Again, it's early. Next group, friskier than we hoped. We have number 21, Brooklyn. Ben Simmons averaging almost 11 rebounds and seven assists a game. And yet you can't play him at crunch time, bizarre. Number 20, Orlando. Number 19, Houston. Number 18, Indiana. And number 17, Toronto. Just quickly on Houston, a delightful league pass team. I had no idea. It's like being at a buffet dinner and somebody brings like some, have you ever had a fried oyster? It's like, great, I'll try that. And then it's delicious. They play hard. I like watching them. And I did not expect a Shungun to be a potential all -star, but that's where we are. They're three and three. Again, they beat Sacramento twice, we'll see. But Orlando at number 20. Every time I do this, I'm gonna have a BS all -star of the week. I used to do this when I wrote my column back in the day. I used to call them the Bill Simmons all -stars, just people that I just liked for whatever reason. I love Jalen Suggs. I don't really know fully what he is. He tries harder than everybody on every other team. He really gives a shit. He feels additive in all these different ways. And yet at the same time, he'll absolutely like airball a three in one of the biggest moments of the game. But that guy cares. I watched a game where he got this hustle rebound. Can't remember who they, they lost at the buzzer. Get this hustle rebound and dribble back out and took a three and missed it and put his jersey over his head for like the next minute and a half. I actually think he might've been crying. He was so upset they lost. He is the most competitive random guy in the league. I love Jalen Suggs. Oh, as Saruti said, it's the Laker game. I love Jalen Suggs. I don't know what he is. He might just end up being like a seventh man on a championship team at some point. He's gonna have a moment on a good team. I don't know if Orlando's gonna be the team, but it's gonna happen for that dude. I also really like Anthony Black more than I thought, but we'll see. It's early for this team. Palo hasn't gotten going. Somehow they're four and three. We'll see when the schedule gets harder. Toronto at number 17, just the Lakers miss Schroeder. And I like what Schroeder's doing in Toronto. They're three and four, but they easily could be five and two. I've been watching them because I have their over under, I bet on. And I like where Toronto's at. I think they're better than they were last year. I think they're at least a playing team. Number 18, Indiana though. So their second in offensive rating and 25th in defense. In the 25th, I was actually surprised it wasn't worse. They can't guard anybody. They're shooting 43s a game. Their top six guys are all over 40 % three point shooting. They're kind of like the 80s Nuggets, but with threes. And they just play with a certain pace. And some days it's going to be bad. Like the Celtics put 155 points on them and it probably could have been 160 if they'd made some shots. Hal Burton's special. He's a 24 -12 this year. But the crazy thing about their offense is that Matherin's been terrible. And Matherin was a guy that they were like, this is going to be our guy. He's making a leap. We're going to trade Buddy Heald. We got to give the card keys to Matherin in that spot. And he's been bad. And their offense has still been pretty good. This is a team that anytime you see them, I don't know if you bet basketball, but if they're like plus 11, plus 12, it's like they could beat anybody any night. I'm just telling you. I'm not saying they're going to win a round in the playoffs, but just night to night, that's a team that they could just go 22 for 45 from three, make some shots. And Hal Burton, they actually should be five and two. Hal Burton blew the last possession against Charlotte the other night. But I've enjoyed watching them. I've watched an insane amount of basketball, by the way. All right, next group, the wildcards. I don't have a lot to say about these teams, but we'll go in order. Number 16, New Orleans, just seem jinxed. I'll come back to them in a second. Number 15, Cleveland. I want to see them with Garland and just, I want to watch them for a couple of weeks. I like the Struce edition, but we'll see. The Knicks, they're three and four. Nice win against the Clippers. The Randall thing continues to be nuts. Now he's taking out guys in the other team. Clippers 13, just traded for Harden. We talked about the Knicks and Clippers last week. Look, the Clippers, they played one game and they got killed by the Knicks. They're worse. I told you that last week. Still feel that way. Guess what they can't do now? Any transition stuff. The Knicks, 26 to six in fast break points last night. Rebounding. They got out, rebounded by 17 by the Knicks. Harden just brings so many things that you don't want in a starting five, but then he brings the great passing and the scoring and he can have the ball all the time. They don't need anyone to have the ball all the time because they have all these other guys who need the ball. I just don't like the trade. I continue to not like it and I don't understand it. I actually liked the team they had before they made the trade. So congrats again, Clippers. Number 12, Miami. 28th offensively. Kind of feels worse when you watch them. They haven't had their full team for a couple weeks. I'm not gonna judge them at all until December. I'm not gonna judge Dallas either. Dallas I have at number 11. They're six and one, fourth in offense. They've had a really easy schedule. So that's why, let's see what happens. Their one loss is to Denver. Let's see what happens when they play some tough teams all in a row and have one of those four games in six nights or three on the road. One of those situations. But they are in better shape than they were last year. And you look at the Grant Williams piece, which I'm not spiteful when I watch my old players. I'm rooting for Grant Williams. It's like seeing somebody you dated that you still have a good relationship with. It was nice to see him do well for them. Derek Lively seems like they have something. We talked about him last week, but he's at least like a rim runner in that kind of Nick Claxton world, but maybe a little more violent alley -oop or a little young Clint Cappelli. The Kyrie thing is the piece that I'm really interested in this. He finally had a good game last night, but for this season, 24 % shooting, 3 .8 free throws a game, which are always the two numbers to look at with Kyrie. What's he shooting threes? Is he getting in the line? And so far it's been neither, but he seems happy. When you watch them, they've been a surprisingly pleasant watch, and he seems like in a good spot. So I don't want to jinx it because as annoying as he's been over the years, and you know my stance on Kyrie, I just don't trust him. And I just feel like a seven -year track record of imploding kind of has to start to mean something after a while, but it is fun to watch him play basketball. And it does feel like he's got a specific spot on this team. They don't have to rely on him too much. It's very similar to where he was in 15 and 16 and 17 with the Cavs where he could kind of float in and out like a cat with LeBron. It's like, I'm feeling it. Oh, all right, let's give Kyrie the ball. The shooting going down though, it's a small sample size, but they also haven't been playing tough teams yet. And I'm just monitoring that because with guards, it can kind of sometimes go sideways pretty fast, and you don't realize it happened until after it happened. Just quickly going backwards to number 16, New Orleans, because they lost Ingram, they lost McCollum already. And they have this Hawkins who they drafted that everybody liked coming out of the draft, but the fact that he can play right away has actually kind of saved them a little bit. I just, I still feel like we need to do some sort of ceremony or something with them. Like we need the people from the Conjuring to just do something with New Orleans basketball. It just shouldn't be this bad every year. Your team shouldn't have two, three major injuries every year. You should have good luck at some point. And this goes back to the seventies. Remember, when they moved, when they became the New Orleans Jazz, their first major, major giant trade was for Gail Goodrich with the Lakers. They had to give up two first rounders, and he immediately blew out his Achilles. He played, I'm gonna say, less than a season. And one of the picks turned out to be Magic Johnson. So that's where we started with New Orleans, and it's been awful ever since. Nothing good has happened in this team other than they've won a couple of lotteries, but even the lotteries they won, the Davis, Anthony when they were in Charlotte before they got to New Orleans, they bring him to New Orleans and he wants to leave. And then they win the Zion thing, which seemed like the luckiest thing that ever happened to them. And meanwhile, we're still waiting for him to play two straight months. So Conjuring people, something. We need something to happen with that team. All right, the top 10. We're at a good pace right now. Where are we at? Yeah, feeling good. This is working. Young and hungry is the next thing. We got Oklahoma City at number 10 and Atlanta at number nine. If you remember, Atlanta was one of the, these are the two teams I was going nuts for before the season for their over -unders. I love the Atlanta over -under. I love the New Orleans over. And I like what I've seen from both. OK sees four and three, Atlanta's four and three. Atlanta's sixth in offense. And that's notable because Trae Young has sucked again shooting west. He's 28 % from three. Last year's 33 % from three. This might not be happening the next Steph Curry thing. Like what age does he have to hit where we have to go? All right, he's not the next Steph Curry. Because I think I hit that age last year at age, when I was age 53. I think I hit that for Trae. They killed Minnesota, which is notable. We'll talk about Minnesota in a second. But they really, I watched that game and they really, really, really handled them. I like this Atlanta team. And I think there's a path for them to be a three or a four seed if Trae can get going. And then OKC, trade for a big already. You're a guy short, like stop. You guys have a chance to be like a 50 win team. What are you doing? I want to see what's going on with Josh Getty in about two weeks. Whether it looks different than it has for the first couple of weeks here. I don't like, he's not going in the free throw line at all. 1 .3 a game. 26 % three point shooting, which we knew. He can't shoot threes. But there's also like the Chet piece of it. Seems like it's throwing them off. And I've watched games where they've taken them out at crunch time.
A highlight from Clippers Land Harden & Grizzlies Injury Woes
"He's not having to go and You know d up CJ McCollum for example or somebody of that ilk so I think he's gonna be able to To do this pretty regularly And I it had to but I was watching between that first and second quarter like just seeing how calm Golden State was not having to like rush back in like Steph Curry or rush back in Draymond Green or one of their starters you can play Chris Paul and Four reserves and do what they did I think in that stretch They were like plus six between the minute Steph Curry went out and the minute Steph Curry went back on the floor came back on the floor so Rowan I just think this is a You know this has the potential to to me I didn't know if the wars were gonna be better with Chris Paul because Jordan Poole You know did have his moments, and he's an improving scorer and all that stuff But you know this version of Chris Paul if the Warriors stay healthy with their their starting lineup It's a better fit than Jordan Poole is for it's not just a moving one long -term contract for a shorter one It's a better fit than Jordan Poole was I Agree, and I just think it makes everyone's life easier Including Chris Paul. He's still averaging over eight assists a game, which is kind of crazy Right now right now. He's at around roughly 30 minutes a night Which would be a career low, and I'm willing to bet that gets even lower. Yeah, it's just It makes too much sense again. I'm interested to see if he's closing alongside Chris Paul In these closing lineups, I mean it could be moody moody has been fantastic long time in guys I mean yeah, yes as long as I curry could be moody could be comingo So I'm so interested to see who closes because I don't think they're gonna go the Draymond Looney look All the time, but It's a it's a good problem for them to have right now because the time by the way I love that you know even with clay out Steve Kerr put moody in the starting lineup like yeah This is now Chris Paul's role like he's yeah, I'm not gonna jerk him around in and on the lineup You know maybe there's a long -term injury you put him right, but just for short -term stuff You're gonna start somebody else and keep Chris Paul in that spot I think it's only the more time he spends in that role the more comfortable. He's going to be the better. He's gonna be Plus 1 ,300 then plus 1 ,300 that's crazy That's crazy. Who was the who the frontrunners for six man like a manual quickly like I mean It's like the problem is it just always goes to guys who score a lot But it you know, I think it'll be incumbent on they'll be like a hearing kind of touch. Yes They'll be like a nostalgia vote first Yeah They're like top three and Chris Paul's like up there giving you 13 I know seven and five and I think that the like the same way that it took a while for Cy Young winners where you were getting guys that you know, was it Felix? Hernandez one year that had Like he went like 13 and 12 and won the Cy Young and it was kind of threw everybody off That he did or it didn't throw everybody off There were a lot of the new wave kind of new age guys that you know baseball I've always thought was ahead of basketball as far as the way analytics are used and I feel like we're just starting to see that turn with Basketball guys where that have an element of defense to their game I don't know It'll probably still take a while but like the Lou Williams prototype May not win the award for the next 10 years the way it's been for the last 10 or 15 or like Jamal Crawford and god bless him Like I think we all have been fans of him over the course of his career and and stuff but I think that it's starting to shift and I think Brock didn't quickly were kind of of that ill to have like guys that play some defense They put up numbers, too That's where I'm saying and I think quite frankly Rohan pointed it out If Chris Paul at times is not out there as part of their ending five That's the sort of thing I'd see is potentially cutting into his argument of it's a team that is really loaded Also on the wing sometime, you know Just where if he's not part of that that closing five does that hurt his case if he's hurt Because he's Chris Paul and he's older and misses a couple weeks does that hurt his case if someone like quickly is playing 80 games and Scoring more than him and plays really good defense.
A highlight from SBF Trial, Day 9: Nishad Singh Describes Former FTX CEO as a Bully and Big Spender
"Apple Card is the credit card created by Apple. You earn 3 % daily cash back up front when you use it to buy a new iPhone 15, AirPods, or any products at Apple. And you can automatically grow your daily cash at 4 .15 % annual percentage yield when you open a high -yield savings account. Apply for Apple Card in the Wallet app on iPhone. Apple Card is subject to credit approval. Savings is available to Apple Card owners subject to eligibility. Savings accounts by Goldman Sachs Bank USA. Member FDIC. Terms apply. Hi, everyone. Thanks for tuning in to the Unchained Recap for Day 9 of the criminal trial for Sam Bigman -Fried. In devastating testimony for the defense, former FTX head of engineering Nishad Singh detailed instances of bullying behavior from ex -CEO Sam Bigman -Fried and numerous times when SPF used customer funds to fuel his spending spree. Singh described an organization that allegedly defrauded FTX customers by freely spending customer assets on ill -advised investments, sponsorships, and political action, all at Bankman -Fried's direction, and a leadership style that browbeat and belittled anyone who disagreed with him or expressed concerns. Singh's testimony echoed comments by the prosecution's other two star witnesses during the first two weeks, former Alameda CEO Caroline Ellison and former FTX chief technology officer Gary Wong. I was blindsided and horrified. I felt really betrayed. That five years of blood, sweat, and tears from me and so many employees driving towards something that I thought was a beautiful force for good had turned out to be so evil, Singh said. I knew that customers were betrayed. So many customers had to put their trust in us. Singh, who came across as earnest and is having a strong conscience, told jurors that SPF continued to spend excessively even after learning of an $8 billion hole in Alameda's balance sheet that mushroomed as the crypto market slumped following the collapse of the I deficit. learned of the hole and even after that, implicitly and explicitly, I greenlit transactions that I knew must have been digging the hole deeper and therefore coming from customer funds, Singh said. Singh, who was Bankman -Fried's younger brother's friend and had known SPF since high school, was initially intimidated by the defendant after joining Alameda in 2017. But he lost faith in SPF amid his dismissiveness and seeming dishonesty to where company's financial management. I had a lot of admiration and respect for him, Singh said. Over time, I think a lot of that eroded, and I grew distrustful. Singh described his increasing concern about Bankman -Fried's spending even as the company sank deeper into debt. I'd frequently go to Sam and express that I thought that the spend was too large or that it didn't make sense, in essence, a bad business decision. And I also would express that I felt kind of embarrassed and ashamed of how much it all reeked of excess and flashiness. It didn't align with what I thought we were building a company for. Some examples of the excess were that Alameda had invested $1 .5 billion into Bitcoin miner Genesis digital assets in early 2022, as well as $500 million into AI startup Anthropic and $200 million into incubation firm K5, founded by Michael Kives. The K5 deal accelerated after SPF attended a Super Bowl -related party in Los Angeles with several top A -list celebrities. Hillary Clinton, Doug Emhoff, Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom, Kate Hudson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeff Bezos, Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos, Kendall Jenner, Kris Jenner, and Corey Gamble. Singh said SPF described the event as, quote, the most impressive collection of people he had ever seen in one location, adding that the FTX co -founder told him that if asked, K5 could probably arrange an FTX dinner with Elon Musk, former President Barack Obama, Rihanna, and Mark Zuckerberg in a month. When Singh saw the term sheet with K5, which proposed hundreds of millions of dollars in bonuses to Kives and his partner Brian Baum, as well as $1 billion for their VC firm, he was shocked. Quote, I was worried that partnering with K5 and giving them this much money would be really toxic to FTX and Alameda culture, that every day I was actively trying to espouse, I felt we all were, that politicking and social climbing was not going to be rewarded. And here we were rewarding people in exorbitant amounts, Singh said. He added that he asked SPF to use his own personal money for the deal so that it wouldn't affect the culture of FTX. Singh also detailed his shock at the $1 .1 billion FTX spent on sponsorships, such as the naming rights for the Miami Heat basketball arena and endorsements from top celebrities, including Steph Curry, Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen, and Larry David. He was also uncomfortable with the spending on real estate. For instance, before they moved into their luxury penthouse apartment, Bigman Fried and his future roommates argued over where to live. The group had initially chosen a more modest apartment, but SPF wanted to check out the penthouse. Quote, Sam really liked this one, Singh said. Sam's a fan of views, and there was substantial disagreement about if we should go with it, in part because it was really expensive, in part because it's super ostentatious. When discussing it with SPF, Singh said, quote, Sam said that he would pay $100 million for the drama to just be done with and go away, which I took as a pretty clear sign that I should shut up. In September 2022, Singh had a discussion with the defendant about the lack of collateral Alameda had to support its futures trading. Singh determined that Alameda was short $10 billion of what was needed to support its trading positions and relied on its $65 billion line of credit to make up for this multi -billion dollar deficit. Bigman Fried instructed Singh to transfer SPF's Ellison's and Wong's personal SRM tokens, which were locked, and therefore illiquid, into Alameda's main trading account. Singh said the transfer was meant to fool the CFTC, or US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, by making it seem as if Alameda had posted more collateral than it had. Singh did not execute the transfer, saying that it felt wrong. He said, quote, I was fine giving up my personal assets. I'd taken on debts and given up my assets for the company countless times. But I understood the purpose of this exercise was to be, you know, to fool a US regulator and to fool employees of the company. And I wasn't comfortable doing that. Singh, who was freaking out about the possibility that FTX would be unable to meet customer withdrawals, had an evening talk with the defendant in the fall of 2022 on the palatial balcony of their luxurious apartment, which featured a swimming pool and several lounge chairs. In this talk, Singh said he was worried about Alameda's NAV, which was his euphemism for the hole, and Bigman Fried responded, quote, I'm not sure what there is to worry about. NAV is fantastic by almost any measure. When Singh asked how much Alameda was short by, SPF said, quote, that is the wrong question to be asking, and then proceeded to talk about how much he could deliver within various timeframes. Around $5 billion in 24 hours, substantially more in several weeks. And after that, quote, again, substantially more. At some point, Singh said, Jesus fucking Christ. And Bigman Fried said that his shortcoming of several billion dollars had been taxing him about 5 to 10 percent of his productivity. While Singh responded, he thought it would hit him a lot harder. The prosecutor asked Singh why he didn't leave FTX. He said he considered leaving the company every day, but added, quote, how could I live with myself if my departure precipitated a fall that might have been unavoidable? Singh details how he tried to cut costs of the company and said that at first he was, quote, pleasantly surprised and felt he was able to cut a couple hundred million dollars in spend. But further conversations with SPF made him realize that what Singh felt was, quote, an obligation was, quote, not being taken seriously since SPF was unwilling to cut endorsement and sponsorship deals that meant another $1 billion was, quote, headed out the door. After SPF returned from his Middle East fundraising trip, Singh, who so rarely met with a former FTX CEO one -on -one, said that it was an annual occurrence, met with him privately again, this time in one of Sam's apartments. After beginning by stating he was not doing well and thinking of quitting, Singh asked SPF how it was going with NAV. SPF, who was standing in the kitchen with his back against the fridge, said he could raise anywhere from $0 to $5 billion. He told Singh the main plan was to make FTX a success and said to Singh, quote, that depends a huge part on you. You're one of the few people, Nishad, that can take that kind of work off my plate so I can focus on the rest of this. Singh admitted he had been afraid to ask SPF for the meeting and said that he felt the defendant was, quote, very mad and that the meeting was tense with, quote, long periods of silence. Then he listed some of what he called Sam's tells for when he's upset and how SPF showed them in this conversation. Quote, puffed out his chest, hands back. He was grinding his finger, closing his eyes, grinding his teeth or tongue in his mouth. And when he opened them to respond, he would sort of glare at me with some intensity. I ended up apologizing to him at the end for asking for the meeting because I could tell it was so unwelcome. Singh pleaded guilty to charges related to violating campaign finance laws, which involved letting donations be made at his name even though they were funded from Alameda or as a borrower from FTX. Some of these loans were used for Bank One Three's political donation campaign and to fund his brother's political action committee, guarding against pandemics. Additionally, he said he participated in falsifying and backdating FTX's 2021 revenue numbers for auditors. SPF wanted FTX's revenue, which stood at 950 million dollars for the year, to be one billion dollars because FTX's revenue would show up on a spreadsheet that would be presented to investors. SPF proposed creating fake revenue backdated throughout the year from charging for offering staking services of serum. When withdrawals began to accelerate on November 5th, Singh became, quote, concerned that this might spell doom and the end of our fraud. Since he knew customers who expected full access to their assets did not know that they were not backed. Although Singh seemed to have a strong sense of right and wrong, even he ended up doing things he wasn't proud of. Around this time, he sent SPF a signal message asking if he could, quote, make some fictitious transactions that it looks like I had paid off this amount that I owed. Singh explained that he meant backdated transactions, which was, quote, something I knew could be done because Sam had proposed it once to me in other contexts. Singh acknowledged this, quote, felt wrong and said he wasn't trying to excuse himself, but said, quote, I was in different levels of having a right mind throughout these days. On November 6th, he said a war room meeting gathered in one of Bankman -Fried's apartments. It was attended by Singh, SPF, Ellison, Wong, Romnick Aurora, and by phone, head of FTX Digital Markets, Ryan Salem, who all were workshopping a draft tweet thread by Bankman -Fried. Quote, there was a point when they were discussing whether or not to characterize FTX as solvent or well -capitalized. I felt very uncomfortable with both definitions, Singh said. I felt neither was true. Singh leaned over the couch to say something like, quote, I'm not comfortable with this. I'm recusing myself. He testified. They acknowledged in a kind of annoyed way and proceeded. Singh had wanted to halt withdrawals rather than make a statement about FTX's strength. He said, quote, I'd overheard in the conversation opinions that these tweets should be really strong, which I understood to be a euphemism for particularly misleading in such a way that will quell fears definitively. On November 8th, via signal chat, Singh and Bankman -Fried discussed the fact that lawyer Dan Friedberg was angry and that Salem might resign. Singh then wrote, quote, they may need to know that it wasn't a ton of people orchestrating it. In testimony, Singh explained, quote, I really wanted Sam to clarify what everyone's role in this fraud was. I wanted him to clarify that I wasn't orchestrating it and that I learned about it really late. I wanted Sam to clarify that he was orchestrating it. I was certainly guilty for participating in it since September, but don't feel I made the whole. And secondly, I wanted the state of my relationship with these people I loved and tried to do right by, to remain intact and for them to not hate me. It was during this part of his testimony that Singh revealed he had been, quote, suicidal for days shortly after his direct testimony ended, meaning that Tuesday morning he will face his cross -examination. Unchained will be back for more recaps tomorrow. And if you like, you can also get real -time updates on my Twitter feed at Laura Shin at around lunchtime and after 4 .30 PM when court lets out. Thanks and see you tomorrow.
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.
LeBron James, Lakers eliminate champion Warriors with 122-101 victory in Game 6
"The Lakers have landed in the Western Conference Finals by trouncing the defending champion warriors one 22 one 21 in game 6. It was a vintage performance by LeBron James who delivered 30 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists for the 7th seeded Lakers. I just want to try to come in and make some plays and be efficient and defend out of high level help 80 rebound. Help our team make winning plays and I was able to make a few of them. Anthony Davis had 17 points and 20 rebounds for LA, Austin Reeves chipped in 23 points, including a 54 footer at the halftime buzzer. Steph Curry led all scores with 32 points, but missed ten of his 14 three point attempts for Golden State. I'm Dave ferry.
"steph curry" Discussed on The Dan Patrick Show
"Yeah, pulling. Both. I would say that Steph Curry can't be number one ever. There's no scenario. I mean, you're right. I'm the biggest fan. Yeah. But mahomes has two super bowls and he's 27. Now he's got a long, long way to go to catch Tom Brady, but it's not unreasonable to say it's possible. Yeah, it's still a possibility over the next decade. Yes. Steph Curry is most of his work is in the bank and he's just solidifying his top 15 top ten career. But while he might be viewed as, let's just say he continues this trajectory in Kansas City. It feels like at worst, he'll be recognized as a top 5 quarterback of all time. Now that doesn't mean your top 5 player, but it does put you in pretty rarefied air. Yes, Todd. How much do you weigh the way the game has changed because of that person? Certainly mahomes has certain interesting ways of releasing the ball and we all know what curry's done to change the way the NBA's played. So how much would you guys weigh that as to who's career you'd rather have? Taking away trophies and championships and all that. Oh, it's impacting the game. Yeah, Steph Curry changed the game. I mean, there's a lot of guys who are Aaron Rodgers was Patrick Mahomes before mahomes. Side angle, off balance, all of those things. Mahomes has taken it to a different level here, but nobody has been like Steph Curry. Yes, he. For throwing an all things career wise, Patrick Mahomes is probably a much better actor than Steph Curry. We're going commercial to commercial. They both got big brands, but Patrick mahomes is usually pretty good whereas Steph is usually pretty terrible. Mahomes nailed that bath salts State Farm. That's pretty funny. Crushed that one. Yeah. Where do I even start? Oh, with the subway? Him and Derek Jeter are awful. They are and I wasn't there. I wouldn't believe it. I think that was on purpose. Wasn't that a purpose? That's like a hammy bit, like they're saying no, no pun intended. Like they're trying to say, I think that was on purpose they did that. Well, then Tony Romo didn't get the message because he's great. In it. He delivers his lines like Ben Affleck. He's phenomenal in that. No, he's not. He's sitting next to Barclay? Nah, no, no, no. And he says where he was just like Philly had beef with everybody. By beef, I mean tend to juicy steak. He's hilarious in that commercial. And it's just that one line. We made the re look at that. Yeah. Where do I even start? Well, I expect Jeter to be bad with that. Derek sound excited. I am. Okay. If I wasn't there, I wouldn't believe it. Myself. Let's watch it during the commercial break. Just to be fair, as an actor. Well, yeah, you could crash. And a journalist. Yeah. I'm a journalistic actor. Second look, yes. Inside the actor's studio here. I'd love to bring that back who was at James tipton, James lifton, James Lipton. Yeah. Your favorite curse word. Good show. Yeah, the type of tree would you be? That'd be fun to do that again. All right. That's it. One hour is already gone. Oh my goodness. How quick was that? Recap, the NFL Draft coming up. Reggie Miller. And he'll get us ready for Lakers, Golden State Warriors. Awesome. One hour in the books, two more to go, Tyler standing by for your phone calls, 8 7 7 three DP show. Back after this. Looking for advice on your sports bets this season? Well, from totals to teasers the unleashed podcast has you covered. Join me, actor producer and sports fan, Jerry Ferrara, and my co host sports journalist and sideline reporter Olivia Harlan dekker as we look at the lines and break down all the big games. Plus, each week we'll be joined by great guests from the world of sports and entertainment. And I'll get Jerry to tell some entourage stories. They'll listen to unleashed, presented by bet MGM on the iHeartRadio app, Apple podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. Ladies and gentlemen, the greatest tag team in history is back and we're ready to make our grand entrance in season three of wrestling with Freddie. That's right, Freddie. We're bringing the heat with exclusive interviews, highlights, and all the in ring drama from the world of pro wrestling. Not only are we talking wrestling, but we'll be unleashing those fan favorite side quests. So strap up your boots, put on those headsets and get ready for more episodes from your podcast wrestling tag team champs on wrestling with Freddy. Listen to wrestling with Freddy on the iHeartRadio app, Apple podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Get ready for the 2023 NFL season. The schedule is released, schedule released 23 presented by Verizon on NFL network. Every key matchup, every rivalry, every prime time showdown, every game revealed with expert analysis and breakdowns for all 32 teams. Plus, regular season tickets are on sale, NFL schedule release, coming soon, live on NFL network, exclusive content only on NFL plus. Visit NFL dot com slash schedule release to learn more.
"steph curry" Discussed on The Dan Patrick Show
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Update the poll results if you can, seat and we'll get to more phone calls, best and worst of the weekend, 8 7 7 3D show. And we just got it up there, so these are early, early, early results. Right now. Okay. We've got Bryce young is in the lead. Okay. Although, let's see, how did we do this? Hand in hooker's getting a lot of love. Believe it or not. Yeah, stetson Bennett not as much, but 40% of the vote right now going with Bryce young. Well, I don't know how good Caroline is going to be, but they got the guy they wanted. CJ Stroud, going into Houston, I don't know how good they're going to be. Of the top four quarterbacks with young Stroud Richardson and levis. He most CJ Stroud has the least amount of votes of that top four. He's only got 14 percent. All right, we'll get to more phone calls coming up. By the way, Steph Curry going for 50 and also only one turnover in that game. He spoke about the game 7 atmosphere. We love this atmosphere. And we've been doing it for a very long time. So what's the ball drops? It's just playing basketball at the end of the day. And I think I said that after getting 6. You focus on the details and how you're trying to execute, you trust each other, everybody that's out there on the floor. We had great energy off our bench. And everything was connected. So when that happens and then you're on the court and you have clarity where what you're trying to do, you know, good things usually happen and it was a great time to kind of put it all together on the road game 7. You like the atmosphere, you don't want to be in that atmosphere too often because that means you're on the road in game 7. And I know that we've talked about there's Patrick Mahomes like qualities to Steph Curry, it should be viewed the other way around. Steph Curry was first. Patrick Mahomes has Steph Curry like qualities there. And changing the game. And you can say that Steph Curry has changed the game more than any other player in the history of the game. Because now anybody can feel like they can be Steph Curry. You can't be Shaq, you can't be Jordan. You can't go down the list. But you feel like if you're 6 two 6 three, you can be like Steph Curry. Hey, just have a good handle and practice your shooting. Now, of course, you're not going to be him. The greatest shooter of all time. But when you watch him, he does let you dream, where you go. I think I could do that. You can't, but you're not watching Jordan leave from the foul line and go, you know, I think I can do that. You can't. Few people can, but nobody can be and do what Steph Curry does. And to do it in a game 7 on the road in that atmosphere, would you rather have Steph Curry's career when it's all said and done? Or Patrick Mahomes career when it's all said and done. Steph's a top 15 player of all time, does he become a top ten player of all time? Yes, Marv. You mispronounced ten. You said 15. I think he's already in the top ten. Okay. All right. Just want to throw that out there.
"steph curry" Discussed on The Lead
AP Sports SummaryBrief at 2:14 a.m. EDT
"AP sports and Mike Reeves three game 7s were on the pro sports docket Sunday, including in the NBA where the defending champion Golden State Warriors got 50 points from Steph Curry to defeat Sacramento one 20 to 100. It was the first time in NBA history a player scored 50 points in a game 7 in game one of their Eastern Conference semifinal series, the heat won in New York against the Knicks one O 8 one O one led by Jimmy Butler who scored 25 points but suffered a right ankle injury late in the game. The other game 7s were in the NHL where the Florida Panthers defeated the bruins four to three in overtime Boston set league records for regular season wins and points this season Carter verhage scored the game winner Seattle beat Colorado two to one eliminating the defending Stanley Cup champions Oliver bureau strand scored both kraken goals. Tony finau won the PGA's Mexico open and Taylor gooch won the Liv golf invitational in Singapore in a playoff against Sergio Garcia, rain postponed the NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover motor speedway. I'm Mike Reeves, AP sports.
Warriors set NBA record with 55-point 1st quarter in rout
"Golden State needed a win Sunday to avoid the play in tournament and the warriors came through in a big way with a one 57 one O one thrashing of Portland. The victory secured the 6th seed in the matchup with number three Sacramento, which Steph Curry says will be no picnic. Let's go take everything to beat them four times, especially start on the road, but we love the opportunity in front of us. The defending champs removed any possibility of suspense when they rang up 55 first quarter points. That's the most any team has scored in any first quarter in NBA history. I'm Bruce Morton
Warriors top Mavs
"The Mavericks welcome back to Luka Dončić, but fell under 500 with a one 27 one 25 loss to the warriors. Dončić had 30 points and 17 assists after missing 5 straight games with a left thigh strain. Steph Curry delivered 20 points and assisted on draymond green's tiebreaking three point play late in the game. Jonathan comeing scored 22 points on 9 of 11 shooting off the bench for Golden State. For a great team to win, needs him out for he needs to move the ball. Everybody gotta have to fill the ball. And that's pretty much what we came out there and do. And that's what got us this win. Dallas played with that Kyrie Irving and fellow guard Tim Hardaway junior. I'm Dave ferry
Jones, Jackson help Grizzlies beat Warriors, 131-110
"Tyus Jones, jaren Jackson junior and Desmond bane led the grizzlies to a lopsided win over the warriors. One 31 one ten. Jones provided 22 points and 11 assists as Memphis continues to play without John morant, who will miss at least three more games. Jackson finished with 21 points and 9 rebounds, while bane also had 21 points. The trio helped the grizzly score a season high 77 points in the first half. Good for an 18 point lead. Steph Curry had 29 points and 7 rebounds for Golden State, and Jordan Peele added 22 points. I'm Dave ferry.
Brandon Comments on the Charges Brought Against Memphis Officers
"Made a video about the Memphis police charges, height yesterday, and I put it on my YouTube channel. And some people are just completely stupid. I'm shocked at the stupidity of the average person, I think. Y'all are special. Just know you special. If you don't think you special or anything else, if you got common sense, you are a special breed of a person. I made a video about the charges just giving my honest opinion about the challenges that I see in some of these charges when it goes to trial. Some people are so ignorant that somehow they think that because you get charged with something you're going to be convicted of it. You understand that there's going to be a defense to these officers unless they all plead guilty and it doesn't appear that they've played guilty. So there could be a defense and O. J. Simpson did not get convicted of murder. I'd like to use O. J. Simpson as an example. Just because you get charged with, just because the public believes you should be charged with a particular crime, doesn't mean that when you go to court is going to end up being that way. And I told people like this from the very beginning, told people, and I tell people all these cases, I go and I evaluate what I perceive and then I evaluate what the law says and how it could be applicable or not in the court of law.
Biden-Supporter Stephen Curry Moves to Block 'Low-Income Housing'
"Biden supporter NBA star Stephan curry moves to block low income housing, near his $30 million mansion. He endorsed Biden in 2022. In 2020, I mean, and he is coming out very clear that he is opposed to the low income housing development. We hesitate to add to the not in our backyard rhetoric, but we want to send a note before today's meeting, safety, and privacy for us and our kids continue to be our top priority and one of the biggest reasons we chose. I think that's Atherton as home, stepping his wife, miss curry wrote in a letter to officials in Atherton. Now, you should. You should. Not want them to add low income housing in an area where there's $30 million mansions. But the hypocrisy though, the hypocrisy, it was an attempt by Stephan Kerry, who was a 5th, the 5th highest paid athlete in the world last year, according to Forbes to prevent undesirables from crowding the area around his home in California.
Black People Add a Lot of Value to This Country
"Know the interesting thing is that I am one of the only people there to say the stuff that I'm saying. And I don't say it because I hate like some people come to me and say, because you hate black people. It's like, no, I care because I think black people add a lot of value to this country. And I think that black people have a lot of things that they've accomplished already in this country and they had, you know, black culture, not the degenerate culture, but black culture is, you know, one of the best additions to America and there's a lot of good when I was growing up. There was a lot of good even in the hood. But just the BS overshadowed it. And a lot of people that had great talent, great, you know, they had a lot of things that could have gone for them, but they never made it. And the reason they never made it because, you know, I would argue that they didn't have anybody that will keep it real with them. And tell them, hey man, let me tell you how to make it in life. You can't walk around with Japan sagging. First of all, I look stupid. Second of all, that's not the best version of yourself. That's not gonna make any sense for you to do that, because people begin to judge you. And are they inappropriate and judging you? No, I don't think so, 'cause half of the people say any pants are gang members and thugs. So you don't want that reputation. Let me show you how to win in life.
How Are We Still Blaming White People in Memphis?
"All right, let me get back to the subject at hand. Your boy DLS, schmidly. And these black leaders, I mean, like, I'm just a methodically go through my life, and I'm not going to tell every story, but I'm just going to give you a summary. If I look back over my life, and I look at the things that were detrimental to my success and my future, it was because of black people. It wasn't because of white people. It was because of black people. In the crazy thing is, is that nowadays, instead of taking responsibility for the actions of your people, people love to divert to white the white man. And it's Memphis situation. You know, you can go across the country, but it is Memphis situation. The chief is black. The officers involved are black. The victim is black. And they still blame white people. You know, enough is enough.
Officer Tatum Smells a Rate in the Memphis P.D.
"I just want to address this real quick. You know, I can smell a rat a mile away. I can smell a rat a mile away. I can smell a devious person, a mile away. And I knew that there was some suspicious and shady about the Memphis police chief. I knew it. When you see a person going out and going on the news and speaking ill will against the police officers that are taking really no accountability. I mean, the first thing you say, even if you believe it or not, as a leader, you have to say it is my father that those officers did that, I'll take full responsibility. We need to work on our training. I did not have them equipped, and I did not make sure we didn't have people like this on the streets. I would cry if I heard a police chief in 2023 say something like that. I would literally cry. Because people don't have spines anymore. In the police profession and in woke America, they just don't have it. It's okay to say, look, it's my fault. I remember before I left the police department, I really wanted to be a chief one day. It was my goal, my passion, my dream to become the police chief one day. And I was really on that track. I had went back to school to get my master's degree because you need a master's degree to be able to promote past captain. I was a public information officer with like two and a half years on a police department. And normally, all of the chiefs end up being IOs at some point in their career. So, you know, for people that know about policing, there's a fast track, right? They fast track certain people that they think could be leaders, and they get you involved in these different specialty units, like public information officer, the internal affairs unit, units that some people would gawk at, they are pushing you in that area because that leads you to a leadership position. So they were really pushing me in that direction. And I believe I would have been a great leader. One of the things that I often said is that I'm going to always take accountability for my actions.
Dak Prescott played the game of his life when the Cowboys needed it most | Opinion
"AP sports. I'm shek Freeman. The Dallas Cowboys dominated in the final game of super wild card weekend, won their first road playoff game since 1995 in a 31 14 trouncing of Tampa. Cowboys quarterback dak Prescott through four touchdown passes, coach Mike McCarthy says Prescott executed the game plan. You know, the play call and we just really stay true to what we wanted to do in here and I guess I thought he played extremely well. In the NBA Jason Tatum with 51 points in Boston's one 31 18 win over Charlotte. 51 is big, but you know, we played as a team. And I think that's what's been really big for us to use 6 or 7 games that we've been winning drew holiday had a season high 35 in Milwaukee knocked off Indiana one 32 one 19. It was Cleveland besting New Orleans one 13 one O three. Steph Curry had 41 in Golden State's one 27 one 18 win over Washington. Memphis won their tenth in a row one 36 one O 6, grizzlies guard John Moran says defense has been the reason. Once we lock in, you know, defensively,
Alan Dershowitz: On Jan. 6, Dems Have Cheated Even Without Opposition
"With respect to this January 6th committee I look at this committee And I say what the hell is this Apart from everything what the hell is this Does this have any basis in the constitution in any rational system when you have one side that's putting a video and putting up oh look at this This is the speaker from Arizona Mentioning names and the people whose names are mentioned have no say there's nobody representing them and it's a national forum and they go on and on about how crimes were committed and how they're going to make criminal referrals Shouldn't we be concerned about this This is the old mccarthyism in a new democratic ARP This is what I remember as a kid with the house in American activities committee and senator McCarthy holding people except they were fair of the McCarthy committee was fair because the Democrats would at least have a chance to ask some questions And the people who were named at least could have lawyers representing them This is like watching a basketball game but it's much more serious In which one team is allowed on the court and Steph Curry is shooting three pointer after three pointer but the other team is not even allowed on the court They're kept on the bench It's outrageous In America you don't trust witnesses unless they're subject across examination of confrontation the constitution talks about the right to confront Witnesses And here you have totally one sided presentation Any Republican who wanted to ask a single hard question was excluded by Nancy Pelosi and they put on two Republicans one of whom is quitting Congress and the other who was going to be defeated in a Republican primary and their following the narrative completely And what's worse about it is that even without opposition the Democrats have
"steph curry" Discussed on Winning Plays
"It is what it is. It's the NBA and we're getting all upset about nothing that really matters. It's a make mislead. Oh, Michael, but that's sports. Too far, I think, though. Getting upset about nothing that really matters is sports. No, it is make miss and it's make to me the context of that is you can make mistakes and they can be erased by makes. And you can execute well and it can be erased by a miss. But overall, the Celtics execution in the fourth quarter was not good. And that's the problem. And there is make miss, but there's also the law of average averages there, as well in terms of what your execution is. So again, I guess what I would say is the Celtics execution certainly was better in the other three quarters, but I'm not sure it was as markedly better as we think it was because they were making these threes. And so you get to the fourth quarter and you start missing the threes and you get a little tight and suddenly it looks like the execution is horrendous. And that sort of what happens there when maybe the fall off wasn't as precipitous as we thought. There was definitely a fall off. Don't get me wrong, but maybe it wasn't as precipitous. Maybe they weren't as great as we thought in the first three quarters. It's just that you're knocking down threes. Well, it's now clear. Steph Curry had his moment. The moment so far in this series. And I'm a simple man. A simple man with a simple question. Where's Jason Tatum's moment? Your first team all NBA, you've arrived, all your peers now say, he is one of us. One of us, one of us superstar in the NBA. Where's your superstar moment in the series? Two or three more games to do it? Yeah, I don't feel great about that as I'm dropping stuff all over the place. Yeah, you're not gonna water bottle over. You're fired up today. That pissed me off last night. It pissed me off and concerned me because I felt I picked the Celtics at 7. Yes, it's still trending that way. They can win in 7, but that, that game last night and how they let it go, just shakes my confidence. And again, the lack of the lack of raising his game in this series by Jason Tatum. That's got me concerned. So can I ask you a question before we take our little break here? Do you think the sellers can win this series if Jayson Tatum doesn't have like a Steph Curry like moment? I'm starting to doubt that. Really? Yeah. Because I still think they can. Steph Curry, that was a transcendent performance. If Tatum has what is for him, a run of the mill, 30, 31 point game here. I think they can win the series. I think that's the difference between the two teams. One team needs their all time great transcendent player to play like that to have a chance. The other team, their strength is, if they're all NBA player, just has, you know, average performances for him, they can still win the series..
"steph curry" Discussed on Winning Plays
"All right, Michelle I'm going to let you go on that is spacing been part of the problem here defensively. I mean, she's dead on about that. Steph Curry hit a three there where it was like, that's exactly what happened to Horford. It was pick and roll defense and Steph Curry gave him a hard jab step and stepped back and the space was there. I think the Celtics have to sort of decide on some of that stuff. What do they want to take away? If it were me, I would say, let's take away the three. Be over aggressive on the three. If Steph Curry drives by you, our length, our size, our help defense is enough to sort of try and swallow him up or we'll live with him making a floater like he did in the fourth quarter as opposed to the threes. I do feel like the Celtics are getting a little greedy defensively. They're a great defensive team. They're trying to take away everything and in the process of trying to take away everything. I don't think they're taking away the main thing they should take away, which is the three pointers from Steph Curry. Yeah, you can't let him give him the rhythm guys. All these games he's come out pretty strong. And so I think you have to ask this to both of you to Jim, you're like, would you start doubling him just to mix it up? Yeah. Which I feel like they really haven't tried that all this series. I think he's played it well enough in these first four games. You have to consider that, right? I would double, but he's a tough guy to double because he moves well without the ball. Right? So it's like, they've doubled them a little. They'll double him to get off, get him off the ball, but then I'll pass it to draymond or somebody else, and then it becomes like basically a screen handoff back to him, and he beats his defender back to draymond back to the ball and gets a shot off. He's not as easy a guy to double as like a Tatum, who's just gonna sort of take the ball 25 feet from the hoop and pound it into the ground. There's a lot more movement off the ball with Steph Curry, and that makes him difficult to double. It makes it difficult to sustain a double arm. You can double him initially and get the ball out of his hands, but then he'll still get it back. Those screen form and it'll still get the shot. Maybe selectively then just a surprise. Just to do something to keep him out of it. I mean, they did force 5 turnovers from Steph Curry. I mean, they forced him to throw the ball away. I thought he was going to find himself and foul trouble too, because he got one early. It's like, oh, yes, we're going to get this again. He didn't. And as far as Jason Tatum's right shoulder, doctor Murray's diagnosis is not that big a deal. And here's why, too. Well, I have proof to back this up and then talk to the girl up front and pay her the check 250 bucks. The past he made to Payton Pritchard in the prior game in game three, where there was this no look pass where he finds Pritchard open he ends up hitting the three..
"steph curry" Discussed on NBA Front Office w/ Keith Smith & Trevor Lane
"I'm going to say raptors in 6. All right. I'm going to go in 76ers and 7. I think we get a 7 game series out of this one and I do think the sixers I just think hardening and beat are too good. In the end and I think the raptors maybe a year early. I think they're really good, but I think this might be one year earlier than they expected to be at this level. So yeah, so we were both thinking a good lesson. I think you're probably correct. And that is most likely what's going to happen. I'm just thinking with what would be the most fun would be the raptors going after this 76 years and being able to exploit them in certain ways and things like that. But again, Toronto, go ahead. Always lose this game once. That's true. Does that only count when they're at home? Is that only a home thing? I don't know how that works. Raptors fans weigh in, let us know. Is that only one Toronto is at home that they lose game ones or is that always the thing? Because otherwise Bette Philly heavy in game one is Toronto's history is not been great. In game ones, but yeah. All right. All right, let's go, let's flip it. Let's go all the way to the other side of the country. Golden State. All right. So going into this, the warriors are a 5 point favorite in terms of what I'm talking game one. In terms of running that game, I should have mentioned that on the raptors that won the 76ers were a four and a half point favorite for game one, the warriors are a 5 point favorite here for game one. I mean, to me this all this all hinges on Steph Curry and is he if he's not healthy, then I think the nuggets are gonna win this. If Steph Curry is healthy, I think Golden State walks away. I mean, I know we can get we're gonna get further in depth into our analysis and everything, but is it really just that simple is whether or not stuff curry plays determines the winner? I think there's a real chance. I think it is if we had.
"steph curry" Discussed on Lakers Nation Podcast
"Do we really want to give up our entire future for one remaining year of LeBron, and then he's a free agent in 2023 and off he goes, I think there's got to be communication between the two sides and if LeBron does say, hey, I'm not staying. I'm going to leave. Do you then start to explore trade possibilities and as Eric pinkest mentioned in his piece for bleacher report, this is the nuclear option for the Lakers if LeBron says I'm not staying and I'd prefer to leave. Anthony Davis could then wind up on the trade block as well if the Lakers looked to just reset the entire thing. So what LeBron decides, Steph Curry aside, what LeBron decides this summer, what he wants to do could go a long way towards setting the Lakers off season strategy. Absolutely. And I think if LeBron does not want to re up for a leaf one more season, Eric pink is mentioned to potential two year $97.1 million extension, which he could be eligible for. I think you mentioned August 4th. I think I'm a believer that, you know, some assets better than none, just letting them walk is worse than getting something for them. And I think LeBron is still LeBron, even though I know that people are going to say all these 37. Yeah, he's 37 he's still performing at this level. So you're still going to get good value for him and it also has Eric as mentioned in your article that it probably wouldn't just be LeBron and might even be a package. You would get LeBron NAD. So imagine a hall, you could get it for that as well. So maybe you could see a potential clutch boards and Lakers organizations but I think of LeBron doesn't want to come back. I think he might even demand a trick, because I think it's going to come to a point where the Lakers could be like, no, we're not trading our future assets for one more year of you, especially because you don't want to resign. So no, we're not trading this stuff to try to do some miraculous trade in hopes of one more year in a next season of Western Conference. It's not should not be as weak on paper, looking at some of the teams that are going to be fully healthy, and it's going to be loaded on paper next up next year in the west..
"steph curry" Discussed on Open Floor: SI's NBA Show
"Number three for this particular exercise, we already touched on them. It's the blazers. They're a team that I feel like if they were to get a top three. I'm just rooting for chaos. Chaos factor here. What happens to dame? Do they keep dame? And then just kind of throw either jabari or a chat just on the floor and see what happens there and kind of, I don't even know kind of build along these two different timelines, how long does that last that would just be really fascinating to me? And I want good things for the blazers in this post Lillard world because there's like a there's a strong possibility Shelby earmuffs that when dame leaves, they're just going to be a total wasteland. That's just damn damn. So I'm rooting for them. Because I like watching every single team in the league and when there's a really bad team and there are several. It's just not fun for us. Our league pass heads. So go blazers, can I get my number two? And then you give your number two is the San Antonio spurs for similar reasons. Really? Oh, wonderful. That's the city of my head too. Yeah, just I love it's just fun when the spurs have that central building block. Give them that identity. They already have an intriguing young core that we've talked about AD nauseum, but you have the point guard with the condition get a franchise big. Can you get a franchise? Whatever jabari is going to be, a wing forward who can score and shoot from all over the place. I think that would be really fascinating and give them some more direction and Greg Popovich could stay on for however much longer. He wants to and this could be the beginning of another era of excellence in their organization's history. So that would just be really fun and so I'm rooting for the spurs to get a good pick because I don't want them to be that proverbial wasteland either. Does that mean we have to it does obviously have to root against him as far as because at this point then I think I tweeted I was probably just nostalgic for great LeBron performances, but I think the first 50 point game he had against the warriors a couple of weekends ago. I was like, man, it'd be really cool to see the Lakers make one last run and LeBron just got to put them on his back. No, I mean, we've watched him do this..
"steph curry" Discussed on Open Floor: SI's NBA Show
"Into how this impacts golden states. I guess their title chances. I mean, curry is only supposed to be out a couple weeks a few weeks. Back for the playoffs, but Golden State's schedule is, well, first of all, we should say that Steph Curry is like, even when draymond was out, Steph Curry was everything. And the Golden State Warriors, their offense, was still very good without him. With him, I should say. And fell off a cliff without him. I was looking at some of the lineup data right before we started recording. And I want to ask you out of the top 15 5 man units that the Golden State Warriors have played this year in terms of minutes, minutes played. How many of those 15 lineups do you think Steph Curry has been a part of? I'm going to ask you to repeat it. I'll try to sit back and I would just make sure everyone of the top 15 lineups they have, how many of them have step a part of? How many is no, in terms of minutes played? Top 15 5 man units. How many is Steph in for the Golden State Warriors this season? 15, 5 minutes. I feel like you always got to go with the extreme here. So zero. I'm going to say that he's part of 13 of them. 14, very close, 14. Out of 15, which is just incredible. He is the Golden State warrior still. So you look at their schedule coming up. And it's not a cakewalk. There's a lot of teams that they have this upcoming road trip against teams that aren't, you know, there's like the wizards, the hawks, teams that aren't crazy, good or anything, but teams that have some investment, I think, still in the last few weeks of the season and trying to win and the hawks obviously. Don't have John Collins who last night we learned that he'll be out indefinitely with his own foot injury. So that's a bummer, but they play the heat. They have some tough opponents coming up. So it's just going to be really interesting because you look at the standings and who they're ahead of. And who they've just fallen behind, you know, right now they're in third place. Right behind the Memphis Grizzlies. They're just in front of the jazz, the Mavericks, and I think they're safely ahead of the nuggets in that 6 seed, but you look at see how far ahead is just when you talk about the jazz. And then three and a half games with essentially what three weeks left. How much more time do we have now? Something like that, three weeks or so. Yes. Three up in Alaska. Three up in the last column. It'll be interesting. We'll see. I don't know what their schedule looks like. It's interesting. Either way, they could without curry in all these games. They could go on a losing streak. That's not out of the question..
"steph curry" Discussed on Open Floor: SI's NBA Show
"That's open floor mail at Gmail dot com. Okay, Chris, let's start with some very important news on the injury front in a loss against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. Steph Curry sprained his foot when Marcus smart collided with him while diving for a loose ball. There was no structural damage, but curry is out indefinitely and will undergo further evaluation with specialists in the coming days. Right off the jump. I mean, we should say that he's expected to preliminarily is expected to be back for the playoffs. So it's not the worst news in the world. But just what was your reaction to that play and kind of the fallout the news that came from it? It sucked. I tend not to overreact to stuff like that where someone's just playing hard and frankly, it actually was an even cleaner play when I saw the replay of it than it was in real time. By no means was Marcus smart trying to hurt him. I think sometimes people, I'm not going to reduce it to people being in their feelings in terms of the people that kind of were Steve Kerr, for instance, and the fans the warriors fans or anything like that. I think people get way more uptight when it's a superstar. That gets hurt. LeBron with the play was it last year. It was two years ago. No. Solomon hill, Sullivan, hell. Yeah. When he dove and the same thing when it was Kawhi a few years ago, this stuff happens a lot. I just think it gets way, way, way more notice when it's a legitimate, superstar. And I think we're more sensitive to it as well. Just like Steph is physically more sensitive to it because of what we know about his injury history. So it sucks, but it wasn't. I mean, it was like, it wasn't even a hard nosed play. It was like, it's just Marcus smart diving for a ball. So I have no problem with that. I mean, it sucks that step gets hurt. I think a lot to myself. I don't say it out loud because it would feel like a jinx or something, but I think so much about how often step was injured at the beginning of his career. And really how he's really in a really nice sort of way kind of gotten past a lot of that, especially those sorts of injuries to where we kind of forget how injury prone he was at the beginning of his career to the point where at one point he only had the $12 million salary for how great a player he was, you know, he'd shown the potential to be. So I get it. It just sucks. And for warriors fans, it sucks for Steve Kerr sucks because you've been waiting to have your team whole and you've had it now for what two games?.
"steph curry" Discussed on The Garden Report | Boston Celtics Post Game Show from TD Garden
"Yeah. Missed a lot about that. This is a game where Steph Curry was not on his game. Yes, he had a few big shots and he had some typical dribbling in ball handling than he does. But he missed some wide open threes. He missed some shots at the rim. This was a winnable game. And that's where the disappointing factor comes in. It's not so much that you're disappointed in the effort, although that being said, what can we talk about again? Another horrible start by the Celtics. I mean, this is their Achilles heel. You can't go down. You're lucky that you even made this into a game, because if you go down 20 points to the boulders, there's a good chance you're not sniffing a comeback or you offenses can't keep up. The only reason they were able to is because curry wasn't on his game tonight. And warriors in general weren't like that automatic on the offensive end. In the Celtics caught a little lightning and rebuttal I made a nice comeback, but you can't go down 20 like they have been in these games. And that's what E major has been talking about. These starts these games they come out with no energy or whatever it is in no effort and confusion. And I think that's an email at the players. Andrew Wiggins with Andrew Wiggins was a problem. Particularly in the first half Andrew Wiggins. And you're right. But he's not. He's not what? They made me do a problem. No problem tonight. I think they contributed to that, right? With the lack of markets, we do have markets at the podium here. I'm in a hub and be read back. Hey, Jimmy, what? What was that? Was that a banana? We can't smell you, man, you're good. Just a little tree farm festival. Making the place smells like Christmas trees up in here. As you can see, I'm getting into the Christmas spirit a little bit. Pick this up today. No free ads, but you cover that up. We don't do that. Trees. It's a spray. No candles. I don't have any candles that right now. Because I don't want to I just don't want to get the realm as good. I have candles are downstairs. You got the wooden, you know, maybe stay with me. I got some beams here that I don't really want to these things will go up quickly. You probably got some locker on it, you know, some really flammable stuff. This is an old building. I imagine this place would go up very quickly. So I don't want to have anything to do with that. Yeah, I feel like it was almost almost a flashback of what Boston did last week.
"steph curry" Discussed on The Garden Report | Boston Celtics Post Game Show from TD Garden
"Do research now. I have to go full. Yeah. Well, the main the main red closet. I'm on the main red carpet. No. Do not the Red Cross Jimmy did the Celtics. The message. What is just so passionate about it? It's just so passionate. They should have kept it their red flags. They named it the red clause as paid tribute to a red rbac. That was one of the things they wanted to name the red claws. And they were like, you know what screw rag? What's going to call this out things? Is that part of it? The red arbor? Yeah. Yeah, that was part of it. That was original. Oh, I didn't know that. I thought it was just whatever. It's like when people have to think about your name, it doesn't work, like you ever see the movie that thing you do and they call themselves the wonders, but they spell it ONE. And everyone's like the owners and they're like, forget it. It looks like that was like The Beatles, right? I had no idea that it was Beatles like the beat of a music. I was like, why the hell? Wait, well it's a double on. What's the word double? Yeah. Double entendre. Double. Yeah. Say like a question, man. Just go with it, you know? How was that? Just the Celtics. Whatever. You go, good good for SEO, I guess, right? Jimmy was afraid he's gonna say double entangles. I'll move on. I was gonna say like double on Andre. I think I was gonna say. He's gonna get real creative at accents at the end. Yes, there is the main aspect of it too like lobsters of me. So there was like there's like a triple on tundra. Triple. Triples are good. Triples are good. Triple in the nose. And that's the price you have to send Bobby up there. He's literally like, I think you think he's itching to go. No, he's he's just waiting for me to say, okay, Bobby, I'll pay for it, you know? Like, he wants you to pay for that train ticket. You know, on the weekends, it's only $10. You should just, I made that up actually, I think. It's $10 to give me that opportunity. If you stay in Massachusetts, no, wait, you know what? I don't think I made that up. You can actually just pay $10 and you can go anywhere. On the train. In the world for $10. I know you can go to problems. No, that's Jimmy. That's the red lobster buffet. That's not me. No, I'm telling you, there's like a weekend promotion that the MBTA is doing. That's actually red lobster. Where am I training people at? Where were the people I'm taking the train at? Back me up here. My home school and Jimmy, they're homeschooled. Is making trips to me. They go, they go. Yeah they go. They go over state lines, Joe sway. The United States. Let's bring in this fool. What's up, Bobby? What's up? What's going on? Anything out of the anything out of the post one more talking about? Bobby, anything out of the postgame? No, just disappointment with the rebound, the loose ball is always something I didn't mention in my minute they're talking at the beginning of the show. That was weird. It was a good minute though. The amount of offensive rebounding that the warriors pulled off early in this game on Boston. I mean, they couldn't hold down a single rebound..
"steph curry" Discussed on Bob Ryan & Jeff Goodman NBA Podcast
"I'm Larry's biggest fan, but I'm going to be honest. He's threatening Larry. Speaking of Larry, I can't remember bob if you it was on Twitter. I thought you said something or a Twitter about. If Larry was playing today, would he be the three point king? Because he, like, would you average like 5 threes a game? Yeah, the most. No, the world was different. Let's take a 22nd. The answer is, if you told him today, you I want you to take ten or 12, you know, or 8 or 9 or ten. You know, now he wasn't as capable as Steph Curry as a quick getting that shot at will, you know, and getting as many uncontested ones as you'd like to have, you know, okay, fine. But he thrived in this game in that regard. Let us know question. None. There's no way. He was. Let me just say how far we've come, guys. This is just so people put this in perspective. First of all, let's establish this. The war was introduced into the NBA in 1979. So if you are 50 years old, as you listen to this, if you were 50. That's me. That's me. You were 8 years old. When that rule came into existence, it's all you know. You do not have a firm recollection of the pre three basketball game and how it flowed, you know, and how it was conducted. That's all. Okay, so this is what you know. I understand it. Now, so hey, start with that. In 1979 80, they introduced the three point shot, which had been a staple of the ABA from its assistance in 66. And so into the league came a lot of ABA guys from the merger. And the first three point king on the first three point king actually wasn't NBA guy for percentage. It was downtown Freddie Brown, which was quite predictable. We always knew downtown Freddy, as he came in with, that's how he got his nickname, right? So he was a born three point shooter. He led the league at four four three. It's going into very, very good. You take anybody would take four four 3%, right? Then leading volume guy, most takes and most makes was an ABA expatriate Brian Taylor. 239 attempts and he made 90. That led the league 90. Steph Curry has taken in 27 games this year, a 102 134 more shots in 27 games than Brian Taylor took in 80 in 1979. Just like 80. I'm just trying to put things.
FTX Teams up With Steph Curry & Tom Brady
"Tom brady and his wife giselle whose last name i can't pronounce ages caught a bag. I got twenty million dollars or doing like a minute and a half commercial for. Which is you know. Major crypto exchange. But besides that steph curry was involved. And i think this was wednesday is when it was announced that he was going be partnering up with fda as well so to the biggest names in american sports right now. Hoppy on the crypto. Y'all crypto hype train and doing it with fda access has been making waves all year. Long as steve. If you remember. But the my hand miami heat's at arena. I guess arena stadium. Basketball arena will now be the fda arena A major east boards organization at tsn. They actually sold away their naming rights so their official name is actually. Tsm teac now. Now this is all within the last six months. This is the happening so wild times are fda and big moves as well.
Nike CEO John Donahoe's Lessons on Servant Leadership
"What star. John rains that i am most associate with you. Which is servant leadership. And i'd love if you could describe your philosophy on servant leadership especially try to conceptualize it for much smaller organizations. What does it mean to serve leader as a ceo of a bunch of ceo's around the table how should they think about how that philosophy conform away they run their business so when i talk about servant leadership. It's frankly the the way. I learned to lead because i actually learned the lead in partnership a ban where you aren't really empowered to do anything to you have to earn the respect and the followership of others. You guys don't have that as founders. But i do think you'll find that. Many of the best leaders exhibited the principles servant leadership. And i just say how do i serve serve. The purpose of the organization serve the customers served. The employees serve the communities in which we operate in a jim collins called at level five leadership other people call from things. But it's when someone it's not about the leader it's about what it is. We are trying to accomplish right and some of the antithesis of what's hot silicon valley at different times the narrative. Always around the all-powerful founder. They're all powerful leader. And i think there's actually very few examples where that actually great sustainable companies come out of that my leadership role model for large parts of my career with phil jackson of the chicago bulls. Now it'd be steve kerr for your younger and would always struck me. He was able to do is get people who actually were better than he was klay. Together he got michael jordan. Scottie pippen dennis. Rodman caster characters to win six championships. It got shack kobe to play together. You look at you. Look at steve kerr the warriors right. Now he's getting. Somehow he's getting steph curry klay thompson and kevin durant andrew mongering all vying to something greater and they win i view with how do you build high performance teams of top talent to win and servant leadership is part of it.
"steph curry" Discussed on BBALL BREAKDOWN Podcast
"So that's helpful. But then again, when used the other way, you know, when you're a good team and you can then make them, you can just extend those leads craziness. And without fans, we've seen this, I've talked to some NBA guys, something about the fans and the pressure that puts on a lot of different players in the NBA affects them as well. Believe it or not. And so without fans, a lot of those players, probably shot a lot better than they would have with fans in the stands so that probably has something to do with the fact that like something scores got out of hand and some of these, you know, the the the leads got out of hand as well. It'll be interesting to see when we get fans back in the stage. I'm assuming that will be next year you know get your vaccine please and if we can do that will see if there's any kind of blip on the, on the, the macro analysis of three point shooting club. But I kind of feel like I maybe I'll check it real quick. I feel like and three-point frequency has kind of leveled off or maybe gone down a little bit this year, which would be little bit crazy. Consider how long 3-point frequency? Let's just give you an anecdotal version. The Jazz are number one if three-point frequency at 49.1%, and there, by the way, they're shooting 39% overall, it's probably first or second. Now, the Rockets are behind them off at 45% and then the Blazers 45. So, top three are 4946 and 45. Let's go back. One season just for fun. This is not a scientific way to do this but we can do it that way. Last year, the Rockets were fifty fifty point one and then it went down to 45 and then forty-three..
"steph curry" Discussed on BBALL BREAKDOWN Podcast
"So you know what I mean? They could actually Advance anyway. So I'm really been impressed this season has been something really special for him. Is he still wearing the butt pad now, should we talk about? What do I want to talk about? Oh yeah, so the thing I want to say about Steph though to talk about what more about how you stop him is so, okay, when writing is go to their right. They, you know, they it's harder to get your shooting elbow and shooting hip a line to the basket. That's just a fact. That's why most writings will go to their left, pull up better and shoot better that way. And, you know, we used to say as coaches you got to work on your left hand because yep. The go both ways but it really was well if you're dribbling the left-hand go on your left and pulling up your going to able to make shots easier. So, you know, anecdotally I would say, yes, you would want a four-step to go to, as right as much as possible for them. Do that side-stepping jumper stuff. You miss a one or two of those and one I think it was contested though but either way that seems to be one way where you like, okay, that's the most difficult shot. You can take off. So then you have, you know, the numbers are behind you. This is that the percentages are behind you on that one you know aside from not letting me get past half-court without a guy on top of him I'm talking about like you have to be you know I am now you might be getting up drives that's when other players have to come and help and you have to allow you know the Bays Morris to shoot threes. Let them shoot open threes, take your chances let you know I love Kelly oubre a month club but let him let him create. Let's Doraemon you know Draymond will set the players up and lets the other guys then try and finish. So those are those are the only things I can say about. I think the double teaming is something dead. Are going to have to do. And here's the thing, you know, teams aren't practicing and that we could get into this discussion now because, you know, we're seeing a lot of dumb stuff out there across the board every night, like just like boneheads. But we saw with, you know, my video yesterday about Anthony, Davis, being pissed about the mistakes..
"steph curry" Discussed on BBALL BREAKDOWN Podcast
"Now actually pretty close to where he was going up and it seems like he's doing 3132 on me. Damn near fifty percent shooting from the field and three, I mean, yeah, but yeah, like it's damn near close enough if not, if not better, sometimes. So yeah, absolutely. I'm looking at it now and, you know, it's, it's, it's astonishing to me is actually averaging more points and he's shooting. Well, here's the thing that was different game. Field goal percentage in one of the thirty in the 15-16 season overall was was over 50% which is again for him. Amazing cuz he shoots so many distant shots. 45% from 3 versus 40 through right now. So it was a two point percentage. Actually he's shooting a better to point percentage now so it was really the threes. The three is that year were three points higher and that gave him a higher overall field goal percentage but life he's shooting. Oh actually he's only shooting a 1 and 1/2 more than it did in fifteen sixteen. I had forgotten that he got to 11.2 in 1560. It's amazing but he's shooting almost thirteen a game right now and everybody knows he's gonna shoot it. It's a much worse team so that I would argue, that's probably even more impressive because everybody is carrying on him and yet they can't stop him. Exactly. And then remember inside, beginning of season, there was a lot of talk of old stuff. Does it have the Starpower really get exposed? And now lay he started off slow, like two games and everything, like, yeah, we just now he's just dominating his Christmas, they stopped. Yeah, I don't know off. We got it together real quick, like that rid of no replays like this. That's a horrible for some reason. Really, that's interesting, you know, some guys might be distracted. So especially with a guy like step who I believe it's death is trained himself to get into the Zone on command. So like when I was growing up, we woke about being in the zone and no one would ever have..
"steph curry" Discussed on BBALL BREAKDOWN Podcast
"And then I did a video saying, well if you call him albums to call out your own player who did it for years and years and he did it on purpose. Yeah so I have no no no love lost for Bruce Bowen I mean listen look good for him for like you know carving out a career and making something happen for Thursday. Without limited ability, but the idea that he would do that there was so much evidence to Kobe as well of him doing a sliding underneath her feet and and trying to get him the, you know, roll their ankles horrible. But but duly note it, I mean, certainly if they're not on the floor, that's one way you can stop them. I would also say whatever happened to a double-team. How does if you took well? We know that stuff will pass the ball. He'll be there. He'll do the right play, know pass the ball and that's the goal. The goal should be getting out of his hands, right? Like it shouldn't he shouldn't have it as much as he did Even though again the Thunder are not incentivised to win. They're not a good defensive team anyway but we see like the good teams as well do this. And they don't necessarily double enough who is going to hurt them and the Warriors you know, dribbling and space. It's acting in the rim on a what? Like I guess a four on three. Nobody maybe it. Maybe you can get Draymond Green going and setting somebody up for Thursday. I don't stay home and tear him to shoot any kind of Runner or floater or sort of any shot at The Rim. I don't, I would take my chances with that over anything Curry shot. Well, the one team that was able to, like, hold in to like a real, like a 13 points was the Clippers and like, they barely won that game, which kind of surprising. It was like, in the beginning of the year, like, maybe, I don't know if you remember, but it was like, maybe it was it January or December is mm. Yeah. I, you know, I don't remember that but I'm trying I'll have to go through and figure out what they did if anything because again, when you watch the Mysteries, I was studying to my side it's like okay, what did the defense do offer to make him miss that three? And I gotta tell you on some of them, it's like nothing like you just pulled up, he was open again, lewd or fell asleep, a number of times so we can go into that a little bit in a second while the man human. Yeah. I mean that that's, that's what it is. I mean, it's like but then again if we can reverse-engineer what we see from the defense you can try and do it more often obviously and then that would maybe help about it. But again. I think they have a discussion because especially when you see them, go to the basket and finish over Biggs with loaders. This is the most skilled. I've ever seen any player be especially pound-for-pound that it's six three, right?.