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 Thunder To Sign Corey Brewer
The Oklahoma City have signed swingman Corey Brewer after Brewer and the Los Angeles Lakers agreed on a buy-out, making Brewer a free agent. Brewer is an 11 year NBA veteran that offers good energy and basketball IQ, unfortunately that’s about all he has to offer at this point in his career. It is something the Thunder are in desperate need of at times, with the lack of intensity on defense becoming a glaring flaw.
:09 James Harden Has No Concern For Others
James Harden is the likely MVP for the 2017-18 season, he even has a legit chance at being a unanimous MVP thanks to the incredible season he’s having and the Rockets surprising success as a team. It also helps when you have highlight play after highlight play. The latest victim of James Harden was Los Angeles Clipper Wes Johnson, and oh boy was he a victim. Early in the game Harden crossed up Johnson and nailed a 3 while staring at Johnson. Houston would win the game 105-92 for their 13th straight victory.
ICYMI: James Harden sent Wesley Johnson straight into retirement. pic.twitter.com/wyI6XFleAp
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 1, 2018
:08 LeBron Reaches New Heights
During a 129-123 win over the Brooklyn Nets, LeBron joined an exclusive club that only has one member – LeBron James. That club is the 30k, 8k, 8k club. Over his 15 year career, LeBron has averaged 27.1 points, 7.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists. There will always be a debate over who the best of all time is, some will side with Michael Jordan, others with Magic Johnson. No matter who you make the argument for, LeBron James has already accomplished great things and has a very real chance at breaking the all-time scoring record among many other records.
:07 Zaza Falls On Westbrook
Is Warriors’ Center Zaza Pachulia a dirty player or just a big klutz? Probably both. He has a history of making egregious plays, the Kawhi Leonard play is the one that immediately comes to mind. During the match-up with Oklahoma City this past Saturday, Pachulia awkwardly fell onto the leg of Russell Westbrook following a small scrum for a rebound during the 3rd quarter. Luckily for Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder, no harm came as a result of the fall but it could have easily resulted in something awful. The NBA did review the play and decided not to punish Pachulia for the play.
Kyrie Irving comments on Zaza Pachulia (intentionally?) falling on Russell Westbrook’s legs + Zaza standing over Westbrook after a foul in 2017. pic.twitter.com/dyAIB4zRX6
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) February 25, 2018
:06 Kawhi Saga In San Antonio Is Getting Juicy
San Antonio Spurs’ star player Kawhi Leonard has only played in 9 games this season, thanks to a hamstring injury. After those 9 games Leonard was pulled off the floor for indefinite amount of time because “the hamstring didn’t respond the way the team wanted.” Since that decision was made on January 17th, the Spurs have gone back and forth on Leonard’s status, one week he is probably out for the season the next he should return soon. This situation is slowly turning into a distraction the the Spurs organization has avoided for the past 20 years. Kawhi spent 10 days in New York City getting a second opinion from a quad specialist and has said he was medically cleared but is choosing not to play this season. SIKE! Well maybe… reports have surfaced that Leonard is back with the team and is eyeing a return in March.
:05 Philly Recruiting LeBron
LeBron James potential free agency this season could shift the landscape of the NBA. He has a player option which would opt him out of the final year on his contract and officially make him a free agent. Well, the city of Philadelphia is getting an early start on the potential recruiting process. This past Monday, three billboards popped up around the city telling LeBron that the “City of Brotherly Love” is the place to be.
A Philadelphia-based company put up three billboards on highway to downtown Cleveland this morning saying that city wanted LeBron. Here they are in order. pic.twitter.com/vntsa8h3mE
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 26, 2018
:04 Jazz and T’Wolves Get Physical
The NBA season is turning the final corner and is just weeks away from the playoffs. Teams are beginning to feel the pressure, especially in the Western Conference, where 1 game can give you home court in the first round or a match up with the Warriors. Friday night the Timberwolves, who are fighting to maintain home-court took on the Utah Jazz, who are fighting to get in to the playoffs. It was a game that saw 3 ejections and 5 technical fouls. Perhaps the most egregious play was the Jeff Teague hip check on Ricky Rubio. The Jazz would win 116-108.
Jeff Teague gets ejected after hip-checking Ricky Rubio. pic.twitter.com/z0ClZn1eya
— ESPN (@espn) March 3, 2018
:03 JR Smith Shares Soup With Coach
The 15 year veteran was suspended one game for… you ready for this? JR Smith was suspended for throwing soup at assistant coach Damon Jones. There was no confirmation on what type of soup was thrown or why it was thrown. Smith was asked about the reaction on social media regarding the incident – “Some of them were actually pretty funny,” Smith said. “I understand that everything I do is going to have a meme or whatever behind it. That’s just part of the day and age we live in. If this was 15 years ago, nobody would have even knew. It’s just part of the game.”
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 2, 2018
:02 KD Will Be In Bay Next Year
The former MVP has a player option following this season but while speaking with The Athletic, he declared that he “will 100% be back with the Warriors next season.” Well, he then sarcastically said that he sign with whatever team wins the title this season. So… the Warriors (most likely). Durant has thrived in Golden State, taking his game to another level. He has become a more efficient player on offense and established himself as a premier defender in the league. Durant will make $26.250 million if he were to accept his player option for 2018-2019.
:01 Westbrook Can Do It All
During the Thunder’s 124-116 victory over the Phoenix Suns, reigning MVP Russell Westbrook proved that he is a man of many skills. Not only did he dominate the game by scoring 43 points on 16-25 shooting, he did some house keeping. During the 3rd quarter Westbrook borrowed a mop so that he could literally and perhaps metaphorically cleaned things up for Oklahoma City.
— ESPN (@espn) March 3, 2018