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HPA’s Shot Clock: Ball Balls Out

HPA’s Shot Clock: Ball Balls Out
Keeping up with the turbulent world that is the NBA can be as tough as understanding whether or not fish feel water. Stories have a very short shelf-life with games every night, players fighting on twitter and whatever drama is happening in Cleveland. We all love last second shots, so let’s use the shot clock to look back at 10 stories from the NBA over the past week.

:10 Melo Top 20 Scorer of All-Time

It was not long ago that I spoke about Carmelo Anthony reaching 25,000 career points. Well, the Syracuse alumnus reached yet another milestone against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. With a three pointer in the 1st quarter, Anthony scored his 25,193rd point and surpassed “The Logo” Jerry West for 20th all-time in scoring. Melo may be past his prime but the guy still has the ability to score and move higher up on the record book.

:09 The Hero We Need

My goodness, Anthony Davis is an incredible basketball player. The Pelicans have won 10 games in a row, shooting themselves up to 4th in the West. It’s all because of “The Brow” too. New Orleans was supposed to falter when DeMarcus Cousins went down but they have gone 11-5 since Cousins tore his Achilles on January 26th. Every person associated with the Pelicans nearly fainted Tuesday when Anthony Davis was forced to leave the game against the Clippers. Davis suffered an apparent rib injury and struggled to stand up and walk. Davis returned to the game and finished with 41 points, including the game winning shot with 30 seconds left.

:08 Love and DeRozan Speak About Mental Health

Mental heath in sports, to many, is a taboo topic that is not discussed to it’s full extent. Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan spoke with the Toronto Star last week about his bouts with depression, saying they can often become overwhelming. This inspired Cavs Forward Kevin Love to open up about is own bouts with mental health in a piece with The Players Tribune. DeRozan told the Toronto Star “It’s one of them things that no matter how indestructible we look like we are, we’re all human at the end of the day,” DeRozan told The Star. “Sometimes … it gets the best of you, where times everything in the whole world’s on top of you.” Salutes to DeRozan and Love.

:07 LeBron Free Agent Destinations Revealed

The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor reported that LeBron James’ currently has four free agent destinations for this summer. Those reported teams are: Cleveland, Philadelphia, Houston and Los Angeles. There have been rumors circling all season in regard to those cities. Billboards recruiting James have popped up in LA and Philly and people close to Houston have said the Rockets are big contender for James. “The King” will turn 34 years old next season but let’s not forget that he does stuff like this…

:06 Kobe Wins Academy Award

Five time NBA champion, two time NBA Finals MVP, 2008 regular season MVP, 18x All-Star, 15x All-NBA. Kobe Bryant did it all during his basketball career over the 20 years he played for the Los Angeles Lakers. Now his basketball life has led him down a new path to a new award – an Academy Award. Bryant won the 2018 Best Animated Short award for his film Dear Basketball. In 2016 Kobe launched a venture-capital that is focused on media, data, gaming and technology. I guess you could say, it’s off to a great start.

:05 Jaylen Brown Takes Nasty Fall, Out Indefinitely

The Boston Celtics have had quite the season, starting with Gordon Hayward breaking his leg in the first game. Then going on a great run early in the season thanks to Kyrie Irving playing dominant basketball. Now they are going down the stretch of the NBA season, 2 games behind the Toronto Raptors for 1st place in the East. Now they may be without the guy that slid into the starting lineup when Hayward went down – Jaylen Brown. Brown took a nasty fall after a dunk on Thursday night against Minnesota and left the game immediately. Brown is currently under the NBA’s concussion protocol.

:04 Kawhi Demanding More From Jordan Brand

The Kawhi Leonard saga in 2018 is developing into quite the soap opera. Take away all of the drama that has unfolded in the Spurs building with Kawhi in regards to his health status and his desire to play for the Spurs, now Kawhi is wanting more from Jordan. Leonard’s deal with Jordan is obviously very poor for a player that has the accolades that Kawhi does. He earns less than $500,000 from Jordan per year, on his current deal. Kawhi and his camp are looking for upwards of a 4 year $20 million deal with Jordan. No Jordan player is currently making more than $10 million per year from the Nike. Inc subsidiary.

:03 Lonzo Balls On The Spurs

Speaking of the Spurs… perhaps the only two bigger freak shows in the league this season are the Cavaliers and Lonzo Ball. It’s really not even that Lonzo is a distraction, he’s quite the opposite. He has kept quiet and said the right things for the most part, but we all know the distraction his father can be. Behind all of LaVar Ball’s antics, Lonzo has shown flashes of being a really good basketball player. For example, last weekend he showed that potential against the Spurs when he hit six 3s including two in the closing minutes of the game. Ball would finish with 18 points, 11 assist and 7 rebounds. Oh, the Lakers also won the game over the Spurs 116-112.

:02 The 6 Ends The 17 Game Streak

It was a clash of the NBA elite on Friday night as the top seed in the East took on the top seed in the West. Add on top of that the Houston Rockets were riding a 17 game winning streak – the longest in the league this season. Toronto looked dominant for most of the game, Houston fought back thanks to their ability to knock down threes and the game came down to the last second. Toronto would win the game 108-105 and snap the Rockets’ 17 game winning streak. Oh, and it was “Drake Night” and he announced a new album for the city of Toronto.

:01 Klay Loves To Travel

Here’s to the weekend and safe travels!

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