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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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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.

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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Nearly Canceled: Entourage drops January 2019 exclusively on the Barber's Chair Patreon! Become a patron of The Barber's Chair on Patreon! $5 a month will get you a thank you on Ball Don't Lie and guarantees you access to Nearly Canceled: Entourage, along with more exclusive premium content from The Barber's Chair!

Ball Don't Lie - "Shanghai Melo"

It's the final Ball Don't Lie before the Thanksgiving holiday! Pierce is back with Joe and Scott to talk the latest news in the Association and the NFL.

Bears-Vikings preview
Golden State Warriors drama
Jimmy Butler to the Sixers
Is Melo's NBA career done?
The new look Duke Blue Devils
Aaron Donald's not for the ray tay
Panthers not a top tier NFC team
Steelers byke
The "Is the Pats dynasty over" narrative is back
What's wrong with the Eagles?
A Gruden is not to be trusted
Sound byte of the week
Cooper Kupp tears ACL
Dez tears Achilles
Loudpack Leveon missing the 2018 season
Week 11 predictions
Goofy Mog of the Week

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Ball Don't Lie - "Jimmy Butler = Buddy Ass"

The three-man crew is back together for a preview of the new NBA season, a recap of week 6 and to chat about the continued back-and-forth between Drake and Pusha T.


NBA opening night
Things we’re looking forward to this season
Jimmy Butler/T’Wolves drama
Week 6 NFL review
Brady/Rodgers performance
Heated Saquon Barkley v. QB debate
Do you believe in Mahomes & the Chiefs?
Are the Jags D overrated?
Week 7 predictions
Drake/Pusha T interviews
Goofy Mog of the Week

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Ball Don't Lie - "WTF is going on?"

Joe misses his first of an expected six episodes this season, but don't fret. Scott & Pierce hold it down for you on this TWO-HOUR edition of Ball Don't Lie.

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Jimmy Butler/KAT/Wiggins/Timberwolves Drama
NBA Media Day
Why ‘Kyrie to the Knicks’ makes no sense
Ending the ‘Everyone wants to be a Laker’ narrative
Expectations for the NBA season
NFL Week 3 recap
Jimmy G torn ACL
Rams injuries
Carson Wentz return in Philly
Patrick Mahomes & the Chiefs are 3-0
Can the Jags win the Super Bowl with Blake Bortles playing like mid?
NFL Week 4 predictions
First impressions of 'The Joker'
Can the DCEU, X-Men right the ship?
Mini-35th and Addison
The Cubs folding down the stretch
Grading the 2018 Chicago White Sox
The return of 'Red Shirt Tiger' sundays
Goofy Mog of the Week

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Hoops N Brews Ep.73: Zaza Is A Mercenary

On episode 73 of @HoopsNBrews Pavy & TPJ are joined by Noah, @Justin_Mozer & @blinkpanther to talk Warriors vs OKC, Warriors future, if the Cavs trade was good, Jimmy Butler injury, T'wolves playoff potential, Hornets, Bucks, Wizards and more.

The Third Pick Ep.3: Thanks, Thibs

After a week hiatus Scott & Mariano are back as they talk about Jimmy & Taj's return to Chicago, Zach LaVine out dueling Jimmy Butler, the Niko trade and other NBA news

The Third Pick Ep.1

In the first episode of The Third Pick Scott & Mariano go over how the Jimmy Butler trade benefits both teams through the first half of the season, they also go over the last week for the Bulls, Niko's trade value, Zach LaVine's debut & just how high is the ceiling for the baby big 3?

Jimmy Butler is good at basketball
Ben Margot, Associated Press

Ben Margot, Associated Press

As the title says, Jimmy Butler is good at basketball. It’s crazy in 2018 I still have to say this but apparently some people still underrate Jimmy. He’s won the Most Improved Player award - that’s not enough. He’s made 3rd Team All-NBA as a forward - in a league where guys like Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard and Anthony Davis exist - and that’s still not enough. He’s statistically improved every season and, again, that’s still not enough.

So I guess I now must write an article explaining why, well, Jimmy Butler is good at basketball.

When Jimmy left the Bulls via trade and landed in Minnesota, many fans were convinced Jimmy was going to be the third option. And I’ll be honest, I was one of them.

Not because I doubted Jimmy’s abilities but because I expected Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins to come into their own as young NBA stars this season.

Towns averaged 25.1 points per game and 12.3 rebounds per game last season while Wiggins added 23 ppg on 45 percent shooting.

As the season began the Wolves played as if Jimmy was the third option.

Wiggins and Towns averaged 16 shots per game each in October while in November, Wiggins averaged 15.4 shots and Towns averaged 13.9 shots.

Jimmy averaged 13.2 shots in October and 14.5 shots in November.

This formula made the Timberwolves a middle-of-the-road team, finishing November at 14-10.

Then the Timberwolves realized what we all should have realized - Jimmy Butler (who now averages 21.7 PPG, 5.0 APG, 5.4 RPG) is the best player on that team. No, I’m not saying he has a better post game than Towns and no I’m not saying he has a greater first step or crossover than Wiggins.

But Jimmy is likely the only player on that team on whom you can count to give a consistent all-star effort each night.

In December it seems the T’Wolves, and Jimmy, realized just that.

Jimmy averaged 17.9 shots per game and averaged 26 points on 50 percent shooting. Also, anyone who’s watched Jimmy knows he’s at his best when he’s going to the foul line. In the last month of 2017 he averaged 7.7 free throw attempts per game and made 7.2 - for those of who bringing out your calculator that’s 92 percent.

With Jimmy leading the charge, the T’Wolves went 10-5 in December and brought their record to 24-15.

In January, Jimmy’s shots are back down to 14.3 per game but that doesn’t mean he’s stopped being aggressive. His free throw attempts are up to 8.6 per game and he’s shooting 87 percent.

Oh, by the way, the T'Wolves are 6-4 in January. Maybe it’s time for Jimmy to start shooting more.

We can stop talking about his offense though because we all know Jimmy makes his bones on defense. He’s one of the best on-ball and off-ball defenders in the league. So obviously, the Timberwolves - who rank 21st in defensive rating this year - are far better at stopping teams when he’s on the court.

According to Basketball Reference, when he’s on the court the Wolves have a 106.8 defensive rating and when he’s on the bench the Wolves have a 117 defensive rating.

Lastly, here’s the thing that sets Jimmy apart - he’s one of three players in the NBA outside of LeBron and Kawhi who, on the last possession of the game, you trust to get you a good shot on the offensive end and guard the best player on the defensive end.

Last season we watched countless games where down the stretch Jimmy had to carry the Bulls offense and guard guys like John Wall, Russell Westbrook and LeBron James.

Jimmy averaged 4.3 points per game in clutch time - when the score is within five points and there’s under five minutes to go in the game – which was good for third in the NBA among people who played at least 25 games in clutch time. He was behind only Russell Westbrook, who won MVP, and Isaiah Thomas, who led the Celtics to the No. 1 seed in the East.

Look, I get why you don’t like Jimmy. He’s cocky and he’s pretty corny.

Also, he’s not very flashy. Jimmy doesn’t have a great crossover like James Harden, a great jumpshot like Bradley Beal and isn’t as quick as C.J. McCollum.

Doesn’t matter. Jimmy is still able to get to the basket, draw fouls when he needs to, and create space to get off a solid mid-range jump shot (which he’s shooting at 44 percent, btw.) Oh, and he can lock up your favorite player.

Despite whatever reason you may not be Jimmy Butler fan, Jimmy Butler is still good at basketball.

Why the Bulls won the Jimmy Butler trade
Credit: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Credit: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Let’s take a trip back to NBA Draft night, June 22nd, 2017.

The night we saw Lonzo Ball become a Laker just as the prophet LaVar Ball predicted. We saw the Celtics and Sixers swap first round picks just days prior to ensure both teams “get their guy”. We also saw the end of an era in Chicago with Jimmy Butler being dealt to the Timberwolves and reunited with his beloved coach Tom Thibodeau.

Let’s talk about why the Bulls WON this trade.


Credit: Alyssa Pointer/Chicago Tribune

Credit: Alyssa Pointer/Chicago Tribune

There comes a point where certain teams have a guy headed towards superstar level while the team is headed nowhere in a hurry - nowhere being a perennial playoff team that doesn’t necessarily belong there. Good enough to make it because their best player could carry the load, sure, but bad enough to be first round exits because they aren’t equipped for the marathon.

Those same wins that land bad teams in the playoffs as a 7th or 8th seed ultimately doom them on draft night. They aren’t picking high enough to draft the ‘cream of the crop’, so they’re forced to roll the dice on a prospect. Obviously there are no sure things in sports no matter where you’re drafted, but you need the best available player when you’re thin on talent. Now if you’re a young team like the Sixers or even the Bucks, making the playoffs with no real chance at the title at least gives you hope for what the future holds. When you’re an established team like the Bulls whose playoff seeding is more of a fall from grace than a stepping stone, it’s time to make changes.

In a vacuum, the package of Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine and the 7th overall pick, which would become Lauri Bir-..I mean Markkanen, seems a bit low, right? 

Not if you think about this in totality. 

Usually once a superstar-level player reaches the last two years of his deal, the vultures start to circle. Other teams know this is the shit or get off the pot moment for your franchise and you’ll either accept whatever they offer or they’ll wait you out. In essence, whatever they offer will be too much on their end.

You’ll NEVER receive equal value for an established superstar. Think about it, a sure thing will always be safer than a ‘maybe’. It’s a results based, hindsight is 20/20, blah blah scenario every time. Ask the Hornets about Vlade and Kobe. However, if the pieces you receive are what’s best for YOUR future, then you’ve won. Think Oladipo/Sabonis for Paul George.

You hold on to that superstar player to avoid “looking” like you got fleeced, then lose him in free agency and remove all doubt that the fleecing occurred.

This deal was on the table a year prior, but the Bulls were still determined to wait and see if the Jimmy Butler experience was worth it all. To see if he would regress, or grow to be the player you could build around or trade while his stock was high to get more pieces. The latter occurred and in a surprising turn of events.....GarPax actually made a good decision. I still can’t believe I typed that...and it’s true.

Credit: Chicago Bulls

Credit: Chicago Bulls

Kris Dunn, a former top 5 pick in the draft, was never given a fair shake in Minnesota. We all know Thibs doesn’t play rookies, which isn’t a foreign concept by established coaches. When you’re hired to produce right away, it doesn’t behoove you to bet on potential. So, on the surface it looks like “Dunn couldn’t beat out Rubio for the starting job” when in reality it was never his job to actually ‘win’ because he was still learning.

In reality he’s a much better passer, scorer, and all around player than he was given credit for. He’s averaging 13.4 points per game and 6 assists in just 31 games with the Chicago Bulls, up over his 3.8 points and 2.4 assists in 78 games with Minnesota.

Zach LaVine, a former NBA dunk contest champion, is an incredible athlete. Before suffering a torn ACL in February of 2017, he showed tremendous upside and that he wasn’t just a dunker. He’s a career 37.9% shooter from 3 point range and averages 13.7 points per game. Obviously time will tell what kind of player he’ll be once he returns, but by all accounts he’s rehabbing great and should be back to normal soon.

Lauri Markkanen, who I’ve named Lauri Bird, is the most interesting player of the bunch. There was similar reaction to the Bulls drafting Lauri with the 7th pick as there was when the Knicks chose Kristaps Porzingis in 2015: a sea of boos and “who the fuck is this ass hole?” like Samuel L. Jackson in McDowell’s. Whenever you don’t take the flashy, prom king, golden boy of the moment on everyone’s radar you’re going to be met with criticism. Understandably so, because for every Dirk there’s a Darko.

Lauri is special though. He shot the lights out at Arizona and was called the best shooting 7-footer college basketball had ever seen, averaging 15.6PPG and 7.2RPG all while rocking the number 10 like Mike Bibby. In his rookie season so far he’s opened a lot of eyes and gained respect from those who once doubted. Did I mention he’s ONLY 20? (Jay-Z voice at Hot97 with Young Chris). He’s averaging 14.6PPG and 7.4RPG on the pro level, and is showing tremendous potential to be a franchise player.

I had to talk a few fellow Bulls fans off the ledge when this trade went down, and now they’re all on the edge of their seats for this team. The future is bright and we have something that not even GarPax could ru...let me stop there before they ask me to hold their beer and show me.

Bottom line is, I knew we won this trade the night it happened and now the world sees it. Now if they could only stop disrupting this tank so we can draft even higher and secure the Bagley, I’d be even happier...but that’s another story.