Posts tagged Anthony Davis
Ball Don't Lie EP 60 - Kawhi the Don

Count the Dings' Mariano joins Scott and Joe to recap the biggest news in NBA free agency thus far. Kawhi and PG to the Clippers, AD and Boogie join Bron with the Lakers, Kyrie and KD team up in Brooklyn, Jimmy Buckets to Miami and the swirling rumors surrounding Russell Westbrook. All that and more on episode 60 of Ball Don't Lie!

As Justin Bieber readies to drop much anticipated new music, enjoy this Barber's Chair playlist of the best hits in Bieberveli's arsenal! 
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Throw your diamonds up for more than a decade of heat with the new TIDAL-exclusive Roc La Familia playlist from The Barber's Chair! The greatest hits from the most prolific label in hip hop history.
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Ball Don't Lie EP 58 - The City Is Under New Management

Pierce and Scott give their instant reaction to Kawhi Leonard and Paul George joining the Los Angeles Clippers!

As Justin Bieber readies to drop much anticipated new music, enjoy this Barber's Chair playlist of the best hits in Bieberveli's arsenal! 
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Throw your diamonds up for more than a decade of heat with the new TIDAL-exclusive Roc La Familia playlist from The Barber's Chair! The greatest hits from the most prolific label in hip hop history.
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Ball Don't Lie EP 57 - AD Is On The Way

The NBA Finals are over, but the NBA is a year-long league. Scott Flows and Pierce weigh in on the Lakers trading for Anthony Davis before diving into the Raptors' championship win, the Warriors' dynasty and a spirited debate on whether Kawhi Leonard is a top five player of his era.

As Justin Bieber readies to drop much anticipated new music, enjoy this Barber's Chair playlist of the best hits in Bieberveli's arsenal! 
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Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2HbTcME
Tidal: http://bit.ly/bieberveli

Throw your diamonds up for more than a decade of heat with the new TIDAL-exclusive Roc La Familia playlist from The Barber's Chair! The greatest hits from the most prolific label in hip hop history.
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Ball Don't Lie - Lavar SZN has returned

Hoops N Brews' Pavy fills in for Joe for two DEEP hours of NBA basketball and trade deadline talks. Everything from the Sixers stacking up to the Lakers' failed pursuit of Anthony Davis to Kevin Durant's zesty press conference Wednesday. Oh, and I guess we'll talk about that shitty Super Bowl last Sunday.

Topics:
Patriots win Super Bowl
Bulls president John Paxson rattled during radio interview
NBA trade deadline news
Lavar Ball returns
KD lashes out at media
NBA All Star Game draft
Goofy Mog of the Week

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Ball Don't Lie - Bron Gotti

It's the Super Bowl preview edition of Ball Don't Lie, but before we get to Rams-Patriots, the NBA is heating up with news of Anthony Davis' plans not to return to New Orleans, James Harden's MVP campaign and the Warriors' run for a fourth title in five years.

Topics:
Anthony Davis requests trade
LeBron's power in the league
Why isn't James Harden's season impressive?
Who's the biggest threat to the Warriors?
Carmelo's legacy
Super Bowl LIII preview
Goofy Mog of the Week

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Warriors-Pelicans Western conference semifinal preview

At first glance the seeding of this years playoffs, it seemed as though the Warriors had an easy road to the Finals. They had swept the Pelicans, Blazers, and Spurs in the playoffs before, but with the utter dominance New Orleans displayed against the Blazers, there’s still some concern in Golden State.

Looking back at the first time these teams matched up, the first round in 2015, the Pels put up a pretty good fight. Anthony Davis had his national coming out party. He averaged 30 for the series, and made it look easy over a prime defensive Draymond Green, and a still capable Andrew Bogut.

But the Pelicans came as close to winning game 3 as they possibly could have, if it weren’t for a miraculous three by Steph Curry to send it to overtime where Golden State took control of the game and the series. Since then these teams have changed dramatically.

Some news of Golden State came out of practice Thursday though. Marcus Thompson of The Athletic reported that Kerr put Curry down as “questionable” for Game 1 of the series. We could see this as the payoff of letting Curry rest through the first round, but I’m not falling for that. I think there’s some internal concern about what this Pelicans squad poses to the Warriors without #30.

Anthony Davis has become a truly brilliant NBA player. There’s no doubt that he’s a superstar, the best big man, and arguably the highest ceiling in the years to come (he’s only 25!). Put aside all of his in game accolades though and you’re left with an admirable young man. He’s had to put up with an inordinate amount of organizational incompetency, more than any young Star should have to. It’s a mark of a selfless player to endure that much strife without much more than an interview with Woj.

That aspect of AD is one the reasons his team has seen so much success, being the kind of guy you can rally behind. But his style of play is just as vital to his his teammates success. He commands defenses at all spots on the court, too quick for big men and too strong for guards and wings. That willingness to move the ball is why players like Holiday, Niko Mirotic, and E’Twaun Moore have been getting buckets from three. With an easier scheme they can rely on for offense, it’s allowed the Pelicans the stamina to compete harder on defense.

Against the Warriors though, the defensive game plan they showed against the Blazers might not be as effective. The Dubs just don’t work off the pick and roll as much as Portland, so the aggressive trap the Pels used against the Blazers won’t be as much of a factor. In fact if NOLA does resort to the trap against Steph, GSW is more than prepaid to create out of the 4-on-3 situation it presents. I think that it will still come down to outside shooting for the Dubs though. Davis is so good at protecting the rim that most of the Warriors’ offense should come off inside-out offense, whether that be drive and kicks or triangle actions initiated from the post.

(Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

(Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

My concern for GSW isn’t necessarily on offense, it’s how they handle NOLA on the defensive end. If they run a traditional 5 the whole game, Davis can eat the whole game. Nobody other than Draymond really stands a chance, and Kerr’s shown how tentative he is to run Green at the 5. Just look at their 4th quarter minutes game 5, Kevon Looney played almost the whole quarter, and they paid the price by blowing a huge lead. But if they’re willing to give Draymond the most minutes at center, it will certainly save them on defense, but then will also make for a more potent offense.

Though the talent gap is clearly in Golden State’s favor, the Pelicans are going to come out with as much energy as they can muster. Other than Rajon Rondo, they have a bunch of young, energized players who’ll be willing to sell out on defense, even if it means a screwed up rotation. But the Dubs have also had trouble with tight defenses plenty, as it tends to muck up the ball-movement that GSW’s offense predicates on. It’ll also be interesting to see how well Jrue Holiday can play Curry. He’s given him trouble in the past, being 6’4” and all, but Holiday is so calm and physical on defense.

The series may just be the Dubs toughest, if only for the fact that they’ve not seen this Pelicans team. Only in their last matchup in April (with Curry out and an eye on the playoffs, they lost) did they actually see the Pels without Boogie in their lineup. Their first game while most likely be a feeler, but if the Pels can capitalize on the opportunity, they could steal an early one on the road. But regardless this round will most certainly be more interesting than the last.

Prediction: Warriors in six

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Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

I’m disappointed in the lack of coverage there’s been on Anthony Davis this season. Really and truly, I know that he was supposed to be 1 of the 2 new ‘Twin Towers’ accompanied by DeMarcus Cousins, and quite frankly they were in a good place to make a case for being one of those teams to fear when the playoffs came about.

But here’s the thing, and it’s something I hate about the Western Conference but still appreciate – there are so many stars. You could say “what about KAT? What about Lillard? No love for the Nuggets? OKC Big 3?” Listen, all of those whom I’ve mentioned have had significantly more airtime than Anthony Davis that I have noticed. The NBA’s a long season, and yes you have to spread out the storylines that come about, but come on, people, let’s be real here, the Brow has been balling.

He’s having a career year, the Pelicans are in a position they haven’t been in since their names were the Hornets, which is to be a top 4 seed in the West heading into the playoffs (07-08 was the last time it happened), and quite frankly, while Davis is a phenomenal player in his own right, he has endured many bumps and bruises to get the Pelicans, and his game to this point.

It should be appreciated more, kind of like Demar DeRozan in Toronto (I couldn’t resist). I can’t recall off the top of my head which game it was, but I vividly remember the Pelicans winning a game at home and seeing Anthony Davis yell “We’re not losing anymore!”

Bless him for the optimism, but it did indeed look like they were on the rise, despite being swept in the 1st round to the then-NBA Champion Golden State Warriors. Blame injuries for the reason why he couldn’t ascend to his current level of play sooner, or blame the fact that New Orleans as an organization didn’t do a good job in putting talent around him. The point is that, it’s not an irregular story in the NBA, because in sports, as in life, shit happens, and Anthony Davis’ story is no exception.

So what happened to the Chicago kid to spark such a drastic change in his dominance this season? There were so many questions as to how the ball was going to be shared between himself and Boogie Cousins, whom both are capable of going for 40 and 20 on any given night, lets be real. There was a healthy glimpse of what was to come after the Kings traded Boogie to New Orleans, and then talks of ‘Twin Towers’ came to light. The 1st full season of the two together brought excitement and playoff chatter, which would have been the end of what was misery for a good portion of Davis’ duration in New Orleans.

They didn’t disappoint. They were on a significant role, and when you factor in the contributions from Rajon Rondo, I mean, never mind talks of the playoffs, there was a title contention conversation starting up, but the West is loaded, so that was absolutely not happening, and until Houston proves they can beat Golden State four times out of seven in the playoffs, the Warriors still run the West until further notice.

And then came January 26th; DeMarcus Cousins went down with a torn Achilles right before All Star Break, and then everything turned back to Anthony Davis – not that he wasn’t already carrying his own weight for the team, but now they needed him more than ever, and going backwards was not an option.

What this man proceeded to do in the month of February was not only historical, but…actually, I can’t even think of a proper word (or words) to describe what he did. Being the first player in 40 years to average at least 35 points and 10 rebounds in a calendar month doesn’t even make sense. Davis’ numbers were 35 & 13, and the Pelicans won 7 straight games, which started February 10th.

It’s been that kind of run that defines seasons, and Davis has also thrown his name into the MVP race, and rightfully so. Many people have James Harden as the shoe-in, but there are no guarantees in life. I mean, I think he’s still going to win because the Rockets are more than likely to capture the 1-seed in the West and probably overall.

Either way, Davis is doing a great deal leading his team to the next level – a level in which he’d like to stay for a long time. Adversity is one thing that Davis has had to deal with for his career, and that won’t change, but it’s the matter of gaining significant traction in order to get his team to a place where they can compete at a high level consistently, which is the ultimate goal. It would appear that he’s on that mission, come hell or high water, and we should revel in the production of greatness that’s coming with it.

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Five players that need to join new teams now

You ever watch an athlete and think, “Wow he’s a beast but he’s wasting his years for [insert going-absolutely-nowhere organization here]?”

There are several guys like that in the NBA. Dudes who can drop 40 a night but their efforts are futile since their team, and organization, are generally subpar. We at The Barber’s Chair decided to take a look at five of those players - players we’d like to see join other teams. Now.

 

Devin Booker

I liked Devin Booker coming out of Kentucky. He was largely known as the light-skinned kid who could shoot, never getting as much notoriety as future No. 1 overall pick Karl-Anthony Towns. However, it became clear as his rookie season began he was more than a shooter. He was a pure scorer who was going to get you 20-25 a night and be a focal point of an NBA offense.

Booker averaged 13 points per game in his rookie season but that number jumped to 22.1 ppg the following year.

The problem for Booker is as his game was growing, his team, the Phoenix Suns, seemed to have no idea what they were doing.

The Suns haven’t made the playoffs since the days of Steve Nash in 2010. Since then they’ve had one good season under current Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek, going 48-34 in 2013-2014 but missing the playoffs

Then there was the three point guard experiment with Goran Dragic, Isaiah Thomas and Eric Bledsoe. Remember that? Why did anyone in the Suns front office think that was a good idea.?

To make matters worse all three guards are in the Eastern Conference playing major roles for playoff teams.

Speaking of Eric Bledsoe, we all remember his not-so-cryptic tweet following Earl Watson’s firing.

Then there were the comments from Suns general manager Ryan McDonough.

It’s very easy to have no faith in this team. Despite being in the lottery for a large part of the last eight seasons, they’ve drafted one star - Booker.

His contract is up after next season. We know the Suns can offer him way more money than anyone else. Nevertheless, let’s hope for his sake he feels like getting out of Arizona.

 

Kemba Walker

Trade rumors for Kemba Walker began swirling around a few weeks ago and it’s becoming more likely he’ll no longer be a Charlotte Hornet after the Feb. 8 trade deadline.

FINALLY!!!

Unlike Booker, Kemba’s just not good enough. No, I don’t mean he’s not a good NBA player - Kemba is a borderline all-star level talent.

He’s averaged more than 20 ppg his last three seasons and made the Eastern Conference all-star team last year.

The problem is, Kemba isn’t good enough to be your best player. The Hornets drafted him as a building block in 2011 and have made the playoffs twice in those six years - exiting in the first round both times.

Kemba is a small guard who gets buckets. But in a league where you need a guard who’s freakishly athletic, or shoots like Steph Curry or plays defense and passes as well as Chris Paul, Kemba is none of those things.

The former UConn Huskie will be 28 in May. It’s time for him to go to another team and be a No. 2 or 3 option. Possibly even a sixth man. He’ll be able to spend the final years of his prime - maybe as a San Antonio Spur? - helping another star win a championship.

 

C.J. McCollum

 It’s not working. Whatever the Trailblazers have been trying to do for the last season and a half is not working.

They have arguably the best backcourt in the league (after the Warriors and Rockets of course) with C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard but they’re destined for another first round annihilation in the playoffs.

The problem is after that backcourt, they have NO ONE ELSE. And if you’re reading this yelling, “How dare you disrespect Jusuf Nurkic!!” you’d be talking about the Jusuf Nurkic who’s averaging 14.3 ppg which, quite frankly, is not good enough for a third option on a team trying to compete in a loaded Western Conference.

The C.J. vs Dame argument picked up steam last season as NBA media continue to discuss who’s the better player and who may be the better trade piece.

Obviously you can get more for Dame. He’s the bigger name and carries more star potential.

However, it’s clear Dame knows how important he is to the Trailblazers and doesn’t plan on changing that anytime soon.

In an interview with Chris Haynes and Marcus Spears on ESPN’s The Hoop Collective podcast, he told them he wanted to be like Tim Duncan with the Spurs and Dirk Nowitzki with the Mavs - he wants to be the best Trailblazer ever.

Also, Dame knows how much cache he has in the organization, meeting with team owner Paul Allen earlier this week in attempt to get the team in the right direction.

One way to do that? Trade C.J. The Blazer’s need an athletic wing who can defend and shoot or an athletic big man who can score.

One possibility may be shipping C.J. to the Cavs for that Brooklyn Nets pick. It would give the Cavs another skilled, and quite frankly taller, playmaker to pair with LeBron. The two teams would obviously have to add additional pieces to make the money work (and possibly add a third team as Isaiah Thomas would likely have to be in that deal to make it work and he makes no sense next to Dame) but it could be beneficial for both teams.

The Blazers could draft a guy in the first round like Villanova’s Mikal Bridges - a 6’7 wing with a 7’0 wingspan who can shoot and defend.

Even if it isn’t the Cavs, seeing C.J.- who currently averages 21.5 ppg - on a championship team would be much more entertaining than watching him get bounced in the first round. Again.

 

Anthony Davis

David Grunfeld

David Grunfeld

 Now, I know what you’re thinking. The Pelicans are 26-21, sixth in the West and only 1.5 games behind the fifth seed.

This argument isn’t about this season though - it’s about Davis’ future. The Pels have two of the 10 best players in the NBA and they’re only now getting to five games over .500.

A team with two top ten players shouldn’t be struggling at the bottom of any conference. The problem is the Pelicans have done a terrible job constructing the roster outside of the two big men.

Jrue Holiday is a nice third option but he’s currently on a 5-year, $126 million contract and holding a lot of cap room for the Pelicans.

Also, despite the fact Demarcus Cousins and A.D. look like they enjoy playing on the same team, there’s no guarantee Boogie stays after his contract is up this season.

If he leaves, then the Pelicans are back to square one - A.D. attempting to drag a sorry Pelicans team to a low seed in the West.

The Pelicans could get a haul for A.D., who turns 25 in March, and I like the idea of a trade with the Celtics. They could try to get young pieces like Tatum, Brown or Rozier and the Lakers 1st round pick in this draft and attempt to build from the ground up - this time creating a much more complete team.

This would also be better for the league. There are people who forget how good Anthony Davis is. When he’s healthy he’s one of the five best players in the league - a 25 ppg scorer, a shot blocker, and a big with guard skills and range out to the three-point line.

If he’s in a market like Boston, it would provide the NBA a much larger platform to showcase one of its major stars.

 

LeBron James 

Lol. Hear me out.

AP

AP

I know LeBron isn’t going anywhere before the end of the season. Also, as a rule, you don’t trade the best player in the league.

But I, as a fan, need LeBron on another team. I’m tired. Tired of knowing the NBA Finals matchup before the season starts and tired of knowing the Warriors are gonna smack the Cavs in June.

I would like to see LeBron on a squad this offseason that could challenge the Warriors. Maybe the Sixers - a team with some shooting and young athletic players. Maybe the Spurs - a team with precision and discipline that matches the Warriors but is one star away.

Whichever team it is I need LeBron to go there. He probably has two years left playing at an elite level and if he wants to at least be .500 in the Finals, he needs to be on a team that can has a chance against Golden State.