First Take: .@stephenasmith says Steph Curry changed basketball for the better while MJ changed it for the worse. “Michael Jordan, like everyone else, is responsible for changing the game for the worse!” Kevin Durant: My theory is that guys like Steve, Skip and Shannon changed the game for the worse. Players like Stephen and Michael can only advance the game.
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Ian Begley @Ian Begley
Kevin Durant’s Boardroom has partnered with Showtime to produce NYC Point Gods, a documentary highlighting the influence of NYC Wardens in the ’80s and ’90s. It will be broadcast on July 29th. “Everyone knows an NYC point guard when they see one,” says Durant. (*Hopefully the movie features Kareem Reid) pic.twitter.com/EAFH0IKCiT – 12:23 p.m
Michael Lee @Mr Michael Lee
Kevin Durant & Rich Kleiman have already produced a documentary about PG County, next they will be showing legendary NYC PGs. Personally, I look forward to anything that takes the spotlight @Kenny Anderson. Showtime doc also includes @Mark Jackson, @Stephon Marbury & @rod_strickland. Airing July 29th pic.twitter.com/Ti7hU1hQbJ – 11:20 a.m
Ramona Shelburne @ramonashelburne
There are two types of dynasties in the NBA. The ones that have a great run. And those beyond the initial rise and fall. Here’s how the Warriors are attempting to do so, and the crucial role a generous gesture from Kevin Durant played in that. espn.com/nba/insider/st… – 10:40 a.m
Steve Popper @Steve Popper
Showtime is releasing a July 29th documentary from Kevin Durant’s boardroom on NYC point guards – and the who’s who recalls what the city has produced… pic.twitter.com/VZALnfKrcL – 10:30 am
Jorg Sierra @hype
Among the All-Stars, Kevin Durant has the third-worst grade in speed drills in the draft combine.
Only two All-Star centers fared worse.
So maybe you don’t read too much into Draft Combine Measurements? pic.twitter.com/EMfRhprp5o – 10:23 a.m
Stephen Bondi @SBondyNYDN
Kevin Durant and Rich Kleiman produced a documentary about the NYC Point Guards. It’s called “Point Guards” and focuses on Kenny Anderson, Mark Jackson, Steph Marbury, Rafer Alston, Rod Strickland and Pearl Washington.
Airing on Showtime July 29th. – 9:14 a.m
Mount Poole @MontePooleNBCS
The LeBron-DWade Heat dropped out after 4 years, the KD-Russ-Harden Thunder finished in 3rd place. Shaq and Kobe won 3 titles in 8 years and ended ugly. The Steph-Draymond-Klay Warriors are the exception because of No. 30
nbcsports.com/bayarea/warrio… – 8:33 p.m
StatMuse @status muse
Fun fact: The last 4 Finals MVPs are the last 4 All-Star Game MVPs – all from Team LeBron.
LeBron (ASG MVP ’18, FMVP ’20)
Durant (ASG MVP ’19, FMVP ’18)
Kawhi (20th ASG MVP, 19th FMVP)
Giannis (21st ASG MVP, 21st FMVP)
Steph (’22 ASG MVP, ?) pic.twitter.com/575O3Qlt2Y – 4:15 p.m
Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
That @Boston Celtics Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown are only the third teammates in NBA history to each have at least 400p/100r/50a in Conference Finals.
They join Thunder’s Kevin Durant & Russell Westbrook (2014, 2016) and Lakers’ LeBron James & Anthony Davis (2020). pic.twitter.com/Mi3Y4yCHVY – 3:01 p.m
A 9-year-old Jayson Tatum was in the stands with his father when his godfather Larry Hughes’ Cleveland Cavaliers played the San Antonio Spurs in the 2007 NBA Finals. Fifteen years later, longtime best friends Hughes and Justin Tatum will stand together in the stands watching “Lil J” attempt to lead the Boston Celtics to a title over the Golden State Warriors. “When a child sees that a dream is real, it’s easier, but not easy, to chase after that dream,” Hughes told Andscape this week. “I was happy that he could see that it’s possible to do the NBA. I hope he deserves his award.” -via Andscape / June 2, 2022
The first move could come this off-season. Poole is eligible for a rookie contract extension this summer and while signing him for one is a no-brainer, the luxury tax bill that comes with it could break records. The Warriors have already exceeded the planned luxury tax for next season before re-signing key vets like Kevon Looney. The following season, when Poole’s extra time comes in, they’ll also have to call Andrew Wiggins. Paying for the present and the future at the same time becomes very expensive. “We’re not even thinking about that right now,” said Bob Myers, general manager of the Warriors. “It’s the playoffs, we don’t think about contracts and the offseason. We’ll take care of it when the time is right.” -via The Ringer / June 2, 2022
For Poole, it’s an arrival. Years ago, while he was working in the G League, Golden State executives wondered if the first-round pick would ever find his place in the league. But the same confidence that brought him to the NBA, born in the recreation centers of Milwaukee, has now enabled him to reach once unthinkable heights. “I knew it was going to happen,” he says. “Not everyone can come in and be a starter and get all the shots and be able to play through the errors and stuff. But the opportunity will present itself. You just don’t know when, so your job is to be ready whenever the time comes.” -via The Ringer / June 2, 2022