And by “this week” I mean last week and today. I was too busy with that cheeseboard to write…
Alright. So what is happening in the NBA?
Hassan Whiteside Made History
The Miami Heat beat the San Antonio Spurs for the first time since the 2014 Finals Wednesday night, all thanks to center Hassan Whiteside. Whiteside recorded 29 points, 20 rebounds, and nine blocks just in this game alone, a single game performance not seen since Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston Rockets) in 1989.
Check out a few highlights here:
Is Philadelphia about to make some noise in the East?
Jimmy Butler is on his way to Philly.
Butler, who desperately wanted out of Minnesota and made absolutely no secret about it, will join Joel Embiid and point guard Ben Simmons, Philly’s two star players who got them to the playoffs last season, forming what many are calling the next big three.
To that, I ask, really?
Sure. Why not? Butler is an all-star wing and fantastic defensive player. Butler, along with Simmons, will open up a lot of offensive opportunities for Joel Embiid. But (because there is always a ‘but’)! The big question is…what about Markelle Fultz? There are a lot of mixed feelings on how this trade will impact Fultz who has struggled this season to “figure out his shot.” Many believe he’ll be benched to support a starting line-up that includes Butler, Embiid, Simmons, and Wilson Chandler. In fact, that seems extremely likely. Sure, no one likes to be benched, but in this case, being a bench player over starter may help his game. How? He’ll be on the court when Simmons if off, prime time for him to shine and play his way…
Who’s got the best dressed…feet on the court?
It’s no secret that the NBA court is full of stylish shoes. I’m assuming you’ve heard of Air Jordans? Anyway, ESPN has a fantastic article on players rocking their own kicks for good & personal causes. From LeBron’s shoe that supports his Promise School to Taurean Prince’s shoes that were designed last year by “a then 11-year-old patient at the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland, Oregon.” Go read the full article and place your vote on this week’s best shoe.
Sadly, there was yet another mass shooting last week. 12 people were shot and killed in a country bar in Thousand Oaks California. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, this is just the latest in a long list of mass shootings in just a few years.
Enough is enough, right? Right, and many NBA players are saying the same:
Clippers and Bucks wearing shirts that say “Enough” pregame with the names of the Thousand Oaks shooting victims on the back. pic.twitter.com/ehK3sFCd4s
— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) November 10, 2018
The Lakers and Hawks followed suit on Sunday, wearing the same t-shirts. Even Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce even wore an Enough t-shirt during while talking with reporters before the game.
What makes this even better is that NBA commissioner Adam Silver fully supports his players speaking out on the need for gun control. Silver told ESPN, “As I’ve always said, our players aren’t just ballplayers, they’re citizens. They have strong feelings about what’s happening in society and they react to them.” Silver then went on to say that he supports his players, “desire to speak out on issues that are important to them and important to society.”
Image source: AP