As we enter February, there are only a few short months left of the 2016/2017 NBA season. And with that, the stories and moments are only getting more intense, so much so that there was a lot from this past week that I had to omit from my top-10 list. But, without further ado, the 10 stories and moments that DID make the list!
1) All Star reserves are announced
West: Russell Westbrook, Klay Thompson, Gordon Hayward, Draymond Green, DeMarcus Cousins, DeAndre Jordan, Marc Gasol
East: Isaiah Thomas, John Wall, Kemba Walker, Kyle Lowry, Paul George, Kevin Love, Paul Millsap
I don’t have too many complaints here, I’m happy that Hayward and Walker made it, but Klay’s spot I don’t find to be deserved. Mike Conley and Damian Lillard have had better seasons, and I’m not a fan of the thought process, “well the Warriors are the best team in the league, they should have four All Stars”. Out East everything makes sense, Paul Millsap has played well, and is averaging career highs for an Atlanta team that is firmly in a Playoff spot. Joel Embiid just missed out, but if Kevin Love’s injury is serious enough where he has to miss the game…who else would be selected to replace him? #TrustTheProcess
2) Immigration Ban could impact NBA
Who would’ve thought that Trump’s presidency would impact the NBA and other major sports leagues, other than seeing how awkward the championship teams would act when visiting the White House. Trump’s immigration ban has been implemented, and 7 countries have been banned from entering the United States; one country being Sudan, a country that has given the NBA Luol Deng and Thon Maker. When the news first came out, it appeared as if these two players would have problems when going to play in Toronto, or across the sea, and then coming back to the U.S.A., but it appears so far as if they both will be exempt. This will be an interesting story to follow.
3) Stephen Jackson shares stories of smoking weed before NBA games
This was a great story to come out of the past week, Stephen Jackson has never been one to hold his tongue, and this continued when he discussed how he would smoke weed before playing in NBA games. The best part? He told a story to Michael Rappaport about one of his last drug tests of the season, where he and Baron Davis were stoked to be able to smoke weed for the rest of the season. As he and Davis were walking down the hall, his then head coach, Don Nelson, came running to them with high-fives, excited as well that his players could play while high.
4) Enes Kanter breaks forearm punching chair
Oh boy, this was the dumb-ass move of the week. Enes Kanter, one of the best 6th men in the league, and a key cog to the Thunder’s offence, broke his forearm when slamming his fist down on a chair during a time-out. Did I mention this happened in a game where the Thunder were winning? Yup, now Kanter will miss 6-8 weeks, and the Thunder need to think about where they will replace his offensive production. Well done Enes.
5) Dion Waiters is the Eastern Conference player of the week
Waiters Island is absolutely bumping right now, and if you kept your property the price has never been higher. Dion is averaging 23 points per game, and has lead the Heat to a 4-0 record this past week. Toss in a game winning three against ex-teammate Kevin Durant and the Warriors, this might be the best week of Dion Waiters young life.
6) Jimmy Butler and the Bulls drama
Jimmy Butler has played like a top-10 player this season, however the Bulls front office issues have made him a topic of trade rumours. Ever since it came out that a Bulls executive threatened to supplant him in the roation with Tony Snell, Butler has shown clear resentment of GM Gar Foreman and the Bulls office. The Celtics seem very keen on acquiring him, and have more than enough assets to do so. Maybe it would be for the best to just let him go.
7) Orlando Magic shopping Serge Ibaka before the deadline
Ha. Ha. Haha. Sorry, had to get that out. Clearly the Magic are regretting their decision to give up Oladipo, Sabonis, and Ilyasova for the expring Serge Ibaka. There’s no way they recoup those type of assets, but they should be able to get a solid player and a pick for him from a team that desperately needs floor spacing from their big men.
8) Larry Sanders works out for Boston
This a heartwarming story, Larry Sanders was one of the best up-and-coming centers in the league before leaving the NBA behind due to his anxiety and depression issues. If he still has what it takes, and Boston signs him up, he would be a perfect fit next to Al Horford, who would much rather man the 4-spot.
9) James Harden drops 51, 13, and 13, second 50+point triple double of season
Fear the Beard. I’ve said before, and I’ll say it again, James Harden is the MVP this season. Point Harden is an absolute monster, and getting his second 50 point triple double in the same season is incredible. If the Rockets can stay healthy, (knock on wood) look out.
10) Knicks/Hawks game goes to quadruple-overtime
68 minutes, that’s how long it took for this game to find its winner. Even though Carmelo Anthony fouled out, he lead the Knicks with 45 points, while All Star Paul Millsap lead the way for the Hawks with a near triple double; 37 points, 19 rebounds, and 7 assists. Courtney Lee hit a couple clutch buckets to keep the game going, but the Hawks came away with the 142-139 win. The best part about this is that the Warriors scored 144 points on the same night, in only 48 minutes.