Tonight’s game between the New Orleans Pelicans and Portland Trailblazers probably doesn’t excite the average fan that much but it will be a huge night for Jrue Holiday. He returned to practice this week and will play tonight after being by his wife’s side for the past three months after a tumor was discovered in her brain.
Karl Anthony Towns brought the Joel Embiid hype machine back down to earth a little bit last night. In what was touted as a matchup of two of the leagues future big men superstars, the game between the Wolves and Sixers, as well as the personal matchup between Towns & Embiid turned out to be no contest.
Michael Jordan is not a guy who easily gives out praise to other NBA players whether past or present, so when he goes out of his way to show nothing but love and respect for Russell Westbrook, you know it’s sincere. MJ praised Russ for his loyalty as he helped induct him into the Oklahoma Hall Of Fame last night in Oklahoma City. He even managed to take a very slight jab at Kevin Durant as well as joke that Russ could’ve left the Thunder for the Charlotte Hornets.
Baylor quarterback Seth Russell’s season is over after he suffered a brutal leg injury during their loss to Oklahoma today. While trying to scramble to pick up some extra yards, he fell in an awkward way while being tackled and the result was gruesome.
Running back Isaiah Pead, who was with the Miami Dolphins earlier this season, was in a car accident early Saturday morning that has left him in critical condition. Pead, who is from Ohio and was a star player at the University of Cincinnati before being drafted by the Rams in the second round of the 2012 draft, was driving in Columbus, Ohio when he lost control of his car.
The Knicks were in Boston last night to play the Celtics but Carmelo Anthony didn’t spend as much time there as he would’ve hoped. That’s because he was ejected from the game in the second quarter by referee Tony Brothers after receiving back to back technical foul calls within about a 20 second period. The move by Brothers had LaLa fuming on social media over what she says is a personal issue between Brothers and Melo.
Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich absolutely ripped into Donald Trump and anyone who voted for him in an emotional, thoughtful rant during an appearance on the Spurs nation podcast. He is now the third NBA coach this week to speak out with no filter about how they feel about Trump and the fact he was elected. Steve Kerr and Stan Van Gundy went off in their own way as well. Popovich’s seemed not ready to speak on the topic yet as he was still digesting it all but he then just let it all flow.
Allen Iverson is not here for your #MannequinChallenge. It’s either that or he just has no clue how to participate, despite the challenge dominating social media for close to two weeks now. A.I. was in Philly at the Sixers game last night against the Pacers, a game that saw the Sixers win their first game of the season coincidentally and of course, the challenge was happening in the arena. When the cameras focused on Iverson however, it was hard to tell if he was trying but just didn’t know what to do, or if he just didn’t care. Regardless the outcome was pretty funny. Maybe he should practice but we all know how he feels about that.
Since the majority of NBA fans feel some type of way towards the Warriors, especially with the addition of Kevin Durant, the team is doing it’s best to embrace the role of villain. They have already been doing what they can to show the media and fans alike that they have no problem being the bad guy.
When Joel Embiid came to the United States at the age of sixteen, he felt that Americans had no clue about what was going on in the rest of the world. He especially thought they had no clue about Africa other than stereotypes, so the Cameroon native decided to play some mind games with the other kids.