image via: twitter Tristan Thompson is not here for the drama that Lebron James has brought around the Cavs in the past week. After complaining about the team being “top heavy” in which he only cited himself, Kyrie and Kevin Love, Lebron continued to complain about needing more help this season, saying “we need a mother f*cking playmaker”, in regards to needing another player to come in and help run things when he and Kyrie are off the floor. It’s ironic for Lebron to ask for more help when he is essentially the person who built this team how it’s currently constructed and they are coming off a year that saw them win the NBA championship. While most people on the team would keep quiet and not talk back at the king, Tristan Thompson is not one of those people.
image via: twitter Russell Westbrook was in a good mood after dropping 45 points en route to a win over the Dallas Mavericks last night. As TNT’s David Aldridge was interviewing him after the game, he mentioned that the guys in the studio (Shaq, Kenny, Ernie and Chuck) were taking a look back at some old pictures of Barkley and he asked Russell’s opinion on the outfit. Barkley has constantly joked about how Russ dressed so he took the chance to fire a joking shot back at him.
image via: twitter A wild scene unfolded in Birmingham, Alabama last night in a college basketball game between UAB and Louisiana Tech. With only about six minutes left in the game, a brawl was sparked when UAB’s Hakeem Baxter tried to punch Jacobi Boykins of La. Tech, after Baxter was annoyed with UAB players celebrating a basket. Chaos ensued and while there was mostly just pushing and shoving, it led to an incredible amount of ejections.
image via: twitter The drama in Chicago is still going strong but Dwyane Wade is doing his best to downplay things now. After a tense 48 hours which saw Wade & Jimmy Butler rip the entire team for not caring after Wednesday’s loss to the Hawks, which then led to a very blunt Instagram post from Rajon Rondo, where he clapped back at both players for the way they handled things, you might expect things to be ready to boil over in the windy city. Today, however, it feels like a different vibe coming from the team and Wade spoke with the media about just moving forward.
image via: youtube Lebron James may have just had the best one liner of the day after being asked about all-star voting. During the Cavs shoot around this morning, Bron was talking to the media about the topic of players voting for other players in the all star game. He explained how he went about doing things and when one member of the media mentioned some of the votes were “goofy”, Lebron took the opportunity to crack on Donald Trump and those same goofy votes.
image via: youtube Drake really loves Kentucky basketball, so much so that he claims he would’ve traded everything in his career at one point just for the chance to play for coach Calipari. He called into Coach Cal’s podcast yesterday and revealed how he really felt about coach and the program. He claims when he visited the campus back in 2009, it just hit him that being there was what he wanted and he wished he could’ve forgotten the music and just been a basketball player.
image via: youtube The NBA All-Star reserves were announced yesterday and surprising to most, Joel Embiid was left off the roster for the eastern conference. Despite averaging just under 20 points per game to go along with 8 rebounds per game, while only playing about 25 minutes each game, he was left off the roster for the likes of Paul Millsap. If Embiid played even 7-8 minutes more per game, his averages would destroy Millsap’s numbers. Rather than being salty about not being selected, Embiid chose to handle it with some humor.
image via: youtube A quick moment of frustration is going to cost Enes Kanter and the Oklahoma City Thunder big time. During the second quarter, Kanter was angry and took it out on a chair on the Thunder bench. He punched the chair but just before his hand connected with the chair, it moved just slightly, which led him to punch a harder part then he had anticipated.
image via: twitter There has been plenty of noise coming from Cleveland this week after Lebron essentially called out his front office for not getting him more help. “We need a mother f*cking playmaker” was what Bron said after a Cavs loss earlier in the week. He was referring to needing a solid backup point guard to help take some of the pressure off himself & Kyrie when it comes to making things happen for other guys. He chose to vent his frustration to the media, rather than keep it quiet and deal with things internally.
image via: youtube The roster for the 2017 NBA All-Star game is now complete, as the reserves for each team were announced last night. As expected, there were some head scratching selections made and there are definitely a few upset players out there this morning.