Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Two weeks ago I hadn’t even considered Kyrie to the Lakers as a possibility.
A week ago I was intrigued but dismissive, focused on more seemingly plausible offseason scenarios.
Now I’m really starting to believe it’s their only hope of contending next season. – 10:37 PM
Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
On this day in NBA history two of the greatest to ever do it were drafted. Kobe Bryant (1996) and LeBron James (2003). They combined for 9 rings, 36 All-Star Games, 33 All-NBA selections, 18 All-Defense and 6 Finals MVPs. No. 2 and No. 4 on the all-time scoring list. pic.twitter.com/eB523GYm5W – 5:47 PM
Ian Begley @IanBegley
From earlier: “Basketball is obviously the most important thing but I try not to let that get in the way of somebody else’s personal decision… whatever happens, the friendship will still be there.”
Kevin Durant on Kyrie, via The ETCs podcast. More: sny.tv/articles/nets-… – 2:47 PM
Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
📅 On this day in 2003, the NBA Draft was held in New York, N.Y. The top five picks:
1. LeBron James, CLE
2. Darko Milicic, DET
3. Carmelo Anthony, DEN
4. Chris Bosh, TOR
5. Dwyane Wade, MIA
18. David West, NOH
51. Kyle Korver, NJN pic.twitter.com/yO0M13n5TK – 2:01 PM
Matt Williams @StatsWilliams
On the anniversary of the 2003 draft class…
That group had 9 All-Stars, headlined by LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh.
Since the NBA went 2 rounds in 1989, the only draft class with more All-Stars was 1996 (10). – 12:00 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Think Houston is hoping Kyrie causes the Nets to implode competely??
Rockets own the rights to or can swap picks with Brooklyn in each of the next 5 years:
2023 Nets 1st round swap
2024 Nets 1st rd pick
2025 Nets 1st round swap
2026 Nets 1st rd pick
2027 Nets 1st round swap – 10:10 AM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Knicks legend Willis Reed is celebrating his 80th birthday today.
Willis is one of only 9 players in NBA history to win multiple Finals MVPs as well a regular season MVP and All Star Game MVP.
The other 9 in this club are:
MJ, LeBron, Kobe, Magic, Bird, Shaq, Duncan, and Durant – 5:55 PM
Dalton Johnson @DaltonJ_Johnson
“Draymond values that kind of thinking player. He liked it. If he didn’t, he’d tell me.”
Known for his raw talent and potential, Patrick Baldwin Jr’s basketball smarts stood out to the Warriors and was another factor where the rewards outweighed the risks nbcsports.com/bayarea/warrio… – 1:17 PM
What’s the best lineup you can make with under 10 PPG players?
G — Rajon Rondo (9.8)
G — Kyle Korver (9.7)
F — Joe Ingles (8.6)
F — Draymond Green (8.7)
C — Dikembe Mutombo (9.8) pic.twitter.com/Lz56Zjmu5m – 1:02 PM
Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe
All I want is Kenny Lofton Jr. in Warriors’ camp. I want to hear the stories of him trying to post up Draymond and Looney — because you KNOW he will try to post up Draymond and Looney! – 12:18 AM
Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Max Christie on joining LA: “It’s amazing. It’s surreal. LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony — the list goes on. A bunch of great names, a bunch of great players on the Lakers team. I think I can learn a lot and get a lot better in that organization.” – 12:04 AM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Like one of his NBA role models, Draymond Green, Jeremy Sochan enjoys getting under the skin of opponents.
“I can sense when a player is getting a little bit annoyed or they’re not feeling comfortable, and that just fuels me,” he said at the combine. ”Defense is fun for me.” – 9:17 PM
“I thought they crossed the line,” Kerr added. “I’m all for booing guys, cheering for your own team. The appropriate cheer — if you want to go down that path — is ‘so-and-so sucks, so-and-so sucks.’ … when they were saying ‘F you Draymond,’ 20,000 people, I thought of Draymond’s kid too. -via NBC Sports / June 25, 2022