The Stretch Four: Welcome to the soap opera

Golden State Warriors forward Jonas Jerebko's legs are shown as he flips over the Atlanta Hawks bench during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
The Stretch Four: Welcome to the soap opera

The NBA has long been my favorite soap opera, and, if you’re reading this, chances are it’s yours too. While the rise of social media has enabled unparalleled access to NBA players, coaches, and teams, it has also led to an oversaturation of content for us process.

At it’s breakneck pace, it’s easy to miss things that are worth seeing in this league. My aim for this (weekly!) column is to make sure you don’t miss anything. No story is too big or too small for the stretch four.

In fact, let’s start with one of the biggest soap opera stories we’ve seen in a while.

Ultimate Warriors?

The Golden State Warriors have enjoyed a relatively easy path to the top. Partly by fortune and partly by virtue, the Dubs haven’t come close to a locker room blowup — until now.

With the mercurial Draymond Green being suspended for his actions against impending free agent Kevin Durant, the NBA world has turned toward the bay. It’s an open secret that Durant will likely leave the Warriors for another team this coming offseason, but for emotions to bubble over this early in the season may be a hint that everything hasn’t been rose gold for Golden State.

Of course, this could just be the Warriors being bored by their own excellence. Does anybody doubt they’ll win it all? And even without Kevin Durant, they’re still capable of winning 72.

Still, getting suspended without pay means that Green must have said something really bad. Otherwise, the Warriors risk losing their locker room. Strange times.

Chris Paul makes Nikola Jokic look like wacky inflatable man

Can you spot the difference?



Trust the proc…edure?

The Process has its way of sticking with you. Robert Covington, recently acquired by the Timberwolves in a trade that sent Jimmy Butler to Philadelphia, just can’t seem to let it go. Here’s Covington in his introductory presser:


Good news for LeVert

Injuries are terrible. There’s no other way to put it. So for Caris LeVert, arguably this season’s biggest rising star, it felt extra terrible after a gruesome leg injury (WATCH AT YOUR OWN PERIL).

Before his injury, LeVert was pouring it in, scoring 18.4 points per game, shooting 47%.

Although it seemed like a broken leg for LeVert, he lucked out — as strange as it is to say. Instead of a broken leg as feared, LeVert suffered a dislocated ankle. No ligament damage done, no surgery needed. What a relief for LeVert and the Nets and anybody who loves watching basketball.


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