Sport If Charles Barkley has a problem with the Nets and NBA Super Teams, he doesn't know his NBA history
Devin Booker trying to get in touch with ‘Suns in 4’ fan
The fan in question got into a fight with two Denver Nuggets fans during Game 3 of Phoenix’s Western Conference semifinals series win over the Nuggets. One of the two Nuggets fans sucker-punched the Suns fan, who proceeded to beat the tar out of the two men (video available here). The fan punctuated the beat down by saying confidently “Suns in 4” to the two men.Now that the video has gone viral and the man’s prediction of a sweep came true, he’s become internet famous. Maybe Booker will invite the fan to attend the Western Conference Finals.
When Charles Barkley proclaimed in an interview with the New York Daily News that he was rooting against the Nets in their pursuit of the 2021 NBA championship, there might have been plenty of reasonable justifications for that preference.
James Harden’s push to get out of Houston was, to say the least, inelegant.
Kyrie Irving has lost more than a few admirers in his puzzling journey from the clever Uncle Drew character to the edge of the flat Earth.
Barkley, though, he is bothered by the Nets’ assembly of those two and Kevin Durant into the latest NBA Super Team.
“I’m rooting against all super teams,” Barkley said. “I’m old school.”
Charles Barkley speaks about his ‘Inside the NBA’ future, blasts cancel culture: ‘Can’t have fun nowadays’
Hall of Famer and TNT analyst Charles Barkley speaks about his ‘Inside the NBA’ future and rips cancel culture: ‘Can’t have fun nowadays’
Is he old-school enough to have cheered against the original Super Team?
Because this did not begin with LeBron James taking his talents to South Beach to help Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh carry the Miami Heat to four consecutive NBA Finals. The NBA “Super Team” era did not begin with guys who grew up doing the Mikan Drill.
It began with George Mikan himself and the Hall of Famers who surrounded him with the Minneapolis Lakers, Jim Pollard and Vern Mikkelsen, as they won five titles from 1949-56. It continued on through Bill Russell’s Celtics, the Clyde Frazier Knicks and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s teaming with Oscar Robertson in 1971. It reached its peak in the 80s, with the Lakers-Celtics rivalry that was loaded with Hall of Famers and surged through the next decade with the Chicago Bulls’ and Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and, ultimately, Dennis Rodman.
Team USA roster tracker: Damian Lillard, Draymond Green among stars committed to play in Tokyo Olympics
These players will represent the United States at the 2021 OlympicsThat failure will only put more pressure on Gregg Popovich to build a roster capable of taking home the gold at the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo. Fortunately, superstars are usually far more interested in playing in the Olympics than in other international competitions. Team USA should arrive in Tokyo as heavy favorites to win gold, and we've got you covered as they attempt to build the team that will do that. Below, we will track which players commit and which players sit out the 2021 Olympics for Team USA.
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There’s probably a book in the theory that the only NBA championship, ever, won by a not-super team came in 2004 with the Pistons’ unlikely triumph over the Shaq/Kobe Lakers Super Team.
If you don’t have a Super Team in place, your chances of winning the NBA championship are now, and have forever been, close to zero.
That’s one reason the NBA has such a whopping portion of teams that never have won its championship: 36.7 percent, compared to just 28.1 percent in the NFL and 20 percent in MLB in the seasons since NBA was founded in 1947.
The difference seems to be in how the Super Team is constructed. There is this notion it’s somehow nobler for a general manager such as Red Auerbach or Jerry Krause to fleece the opposition in trades, or for San Antonio to get lucky in the draft (being No. 1 when David Robinson and Tim Duncan were available) or really smart (selecting Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili when so many passed) – as opposed to players exercising their options as free agents to work where they want.
Charles Barkley Names Growing Problem For The NBA
Before the start of this year’s NBA playoffs, the battle for New York was in full swing between the Knicks and Nets. While the Knicks have since been eliminated from the postseason and the Nets have established themselves as an overwhelming title favorite, Charles Barkley still believes the team from Madison Square Garden has the […] The post Charles Barkley Names Growing Problem For The NBA appeared first on The Spun.
This is a silly conceit.
Building a championship team is extraordinarily difficult using any apparatus. Auerbach had to pull off the trade that brought in Robert Parish and No. 3 pick Kevin McHale in exchange for the No. 1 (Joe Barry Carroll) and No. 13 pick (Rickey Brown) in the 1980 draft to create the Celtics dynasty that won three titles from 1981-86. Sean Marks had to build a functional roster with three players consuming more than 60 percent of the current Nets’ payroll. There is no shortcut to winning.
If the players in the modern NBA seem “disloyal”, blame it on the owners whose fear and greed (but especially fear) led them to create the rookie salary cap in 1995. Instead of being able to secure gifted, NBA-ready rookies to their franchises for longer periods, the owners opted for low-balling younger, less-prepared players on short-team deals and then acting wounded when those same players are just as happy to take big money from a team in a city that may be closer to home or more suited to their ambitions.
Vikings' Mike Zimmer: Players not vaccinated against COVID-19 will have 'harder time' this season
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said those who don't receive shots will only make things more difficult for themselves throughout the summer and fall months. He explained:"The unvaccinated players are going to have a harder time in the season. They’re going to be wearing masks, they’ll have to social distance. They’ll have daily testings. They won’t be able to go home for bye week. They’ll have to come back here and test every day."When we go on the road, they won’t be able to go out to dinner with anybody. They’ll have to travel on buses differently, travel on planes differently.
Barkley told the Daily News of his concern that such cities as Houston (post-Harden), Oklahoma City (post-Durant) and Toronto (following the departure of Kawhi Leonard) had fallen off the NBA map after their stars headed elsewhere.
“I just don’t think that’s good for the game. Even though we didn’t win a championship, the Sixers were worth watching when I was there,” Barkley told the Daily News. “The Knicks were worth watching. The Pacers were worth watching when Reggie (Miller) was there. Same with Atlanta and Dominique (Wilkins). So I just don’t think it’s good for business, but these young kids, they all fold to peer pressure and feel like they got to win a championship or their life sucks."
Setting aside the obviously disingenuous statement from someone who demanded to be traded from the Sixers to the Suns and later joined an aspiring Super Team in Houston with Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler – each time without winning a title – there is the fact the Nets were never worth watching before Kevin Durant, Harden and Irving showed up. And now they are. The Lakers didn’t make the playoffs once from 2014-19, but LeBron James and Anthony Davis teamed up to deliver an NBA championship last season. There are very good, watchable NBA players in such locales as Portland (Damian Lillard), Denver (MVP Nikola Jokic), Salt Lake City (Donovan Mitchell) and Milwaukee (Giannis Antetokounmpo). The league has never had a period when there weren’t terrible teams that were best ignored.
Whether located in New Jersey or Brooklyn, the Nets were one of those teams for much of their NBA history. They won just one playoff series in their first 24 seasons in the league. They won just one playoff series – and 10 postseason games – in their first eight seasons in Brooklyn. They should eclipse both of those figures by the middle of next week.
And if it goes beyond that, all the way to the NBA Finals or the organization’s first championship, it will be just as admirable as any other great season by any other franchise. There is no right or wrong way to win, so long as it is within the rules of the game.
Adam Silver: NBA has ‘zero tolerance’ for incidents of fan misconduct .
The Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks and Utah Jazz swiftly reacted to the unacceptable fan behavior by indefinitely banning the perpetrators from their arenas. In an interview with Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington published Friday, Silver strongly condemned the kind of fan impropriety seen this week and pledged the league’s full commitment to maintaining player safety.“Zero tolerance,” Silver said. “No one is going to get away with an act like that. You’re going to be caught. You’re going to be banned from an arena.