Week 1 of the NFL season means basketball is right around the corner. Let’s dive into the latest!

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Week 1 of the NFL season means basketball is right around the corner. Let’s dive into the latest!

Preparing For Enshrinement

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The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame will welcome a star-studded 2021 class this Saturday in Springfield, Massachusetts. 

There should be plenty of highlights, from a historic first to some marquee names.

Bill Russell: The 11-time champion, already enshrined as a player, will become the first Black head coach ever inducted. He led the Celtics to two straight championships in 1968 and 1969.

Chris Bosh: The 11-time All-Star was drafted by the Toronto Raptors and immediately turned them into a respectable team with a 47-35 record in 2006-07 — the most wins in franchise history at the time. Then he joined Dwyane Wade and LeBron James in Miami for two championships. His offensive rebound and assist in the final seconds of Game 6 versus San Antonio is one of the biggest boards AND assists in Finals history.

Bosh’s career was cut short at 31 by blood clots, but his place in history is secure.

Paul Pierce: Hard to dispute this one — unless you’re ESPN (too soon?). “The Truth” is a 10-time All-Star and won a championship with the Boston Celtics in 2008. He earned the nickname for his cold-blooded crunch-time shots. In fact, when “clutch” stats became available in 1996 — for games within five points with five minutes left — Pierce ranked fourth from 1998-2017 behind only Dirk Nowitzki, LeBron James, and Kobe Bryant.

Pierce hasn’t lost his sense of humor, recently speaking out about his brief time at ESPN: “You have to talk about LeBron all the time.” Those two have a long history.

Kings Day: Five-time All-Star and Sacramento legend Chris Webber will be inducted alongside coach Rick Adelman, the ninth-winningest coach in NBA history. The two have a storied past together: In 1998, Webber wanted out of Sacramento, but he changed his mind after one conversation with Adelman. They made the playoffs eight straight seasons.

In addition, Webber said the Fab Five will reunite and be in attendance.

Ben Wallace: The Detroit Pistons’ four-time All-Star and one-time champion will become the first undrafted player to be inducted. He’s tied with Dikembe Mutombo for the most Defensive Player of the Year Awards in league history (4).

You can watch on Saturday, 6:00 p.m. ET on NBA TV.

DJ Going Hollywood?

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Just this past week, the Nets traded DeAndre Jordan and four second-round picks to Detroit in exchange for Jahlil Okafor and Sekou Doumbouya. After Detroit formally waives Jordan, he will reportedly sign with a different superteam — the Los Angeles Lakers.

When Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving signed with Brooklyn in 2019, they made sure the team included their longtime friend Jordan on a four-year, $40 million deal. At the time, they called it “The Clean Sweep.

Jordan’s tenure in Brooklyn might not be remembered so fondly. After a 39-point loss to the Grizzlies in March 2020, former coach Kenny Atkinson walked into the locker room, pulled up a chair, and asked for an open dialogue. Jordan sat silent with a disgruntled look. 

The biggest elephant in the room: Jordan allegedly told those around him that he didn’t come to Brooklyn to be Jarrett Allen’s backup. Atkinson would not bow down to Jordan, thus providing one of the first dominoes in his firing. As soon as Atkinson was ousted, DJ was back in the starting lineup.

Under coach Steve Nash last season, he appeared in 57 games up until May 8. He had a team-worst 114.8 defensive rating (min. 20 games), and was seen arguing with James Harden on several occasions. Make of it what you will. 

Jordan will join a contender in Los Angeles, but will he play? He’ll have to compete for minutes against Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard, and Marc Gasol.

Sheed Takes Shot At Bron

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Rinse, repeat, recycle: Another former NBA player spewed a hot take about a modern-day star. 

Former NBA All-Star Rasheed Wallace appeared on “The Million Dollaz Worth of Game” podcast and went right after LeBron James — the latest battle between former and active players, who supposedly wouldn’t survive in their respective eras.

“He probably would’ve held his own, but I don’t think he would be as successful as he is now,” Wallace said on the podcast. “It’s a whole different era back then.”

First things first: Different era? They played in the same era! 

In fact, LeBron posterized Wallace in the 2007 Eastern Conference Finals. In Game 5, James scored 25 straight points against “Sheed” in the fourth quarter. The Cavaliers took down the Pistons in Game 6 en route to James’ first Finals appearance.

It’s hard to even dispute this when the two played in the Association together for 10 years, but perhaps some of the “older” talking heads should check out this study

Have we had enough? Good. Great. LeBron doesn’t need any more motivation, apparently.

Around The Association: Ben, Latest Signings, OTE

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  • According to Marc Stein, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been persistent in the Ben Simmons sweepstakes. This is the latest update since we last wrote about Simmons’ trade request out of Philadelphia.
  • Teams are filling in the final roster spots just a couple weeks before training camp and preseason begins. Here are a few notables from the past week: Alize Johnson (Bulls), Kevin Pangos (Cavs), Harry Giles (Clippers), and Keita Bates-Diop (Spurs). Keep an eye out for these unheralded players.
  • According to ESPN, Bryson Warren — the No. 14 prospect in the Class of 2023 — has bypassed college to sign with Overtime Elite. Warren, 16, became the first sophomore to win the Arkansas Basketball Coaches Association High School Player of the Year.


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