Weekly Dimes (Nov. 27 – Dec. 3)

December has hit and with it came another interesting week in the NBA. We’ve got our second coach fired, refs power tripping and more injuries to star players. Take a look at my top ten newsworthy moments from the past week.

 

1) Memphis coach David Fizdale fired

Well this was inevitable wasn’t it. Benching franchise star Marc Gasol, paired with a long losing streak, almost guaranteed Fizdale’s short tenure would come to an end. While the Grizzlies misfortunes of late weren’t entirely his fault, the coach is generally the first to go. If the losing continues, look for Gasol to be on the trading block.

2) Shaun Livingston-ref-headbutt incident

If you asked me to name a player who would be ejected for going head-to-head with a ref, Livingston wouldn’t be in my first 100 guesses. Livingston is a solid vet who seems to never lose his temper, so seeing this was incredibly odd. The ref appeared to be a good part of the incident as well, but Livingston should know to control his anger better.

3) LeBron ejected for the first time in his career

Speaking of referees, LeBron was just one of many stars to be ejected this past week. LeBron’s was the most significant though as it was the first ejection of his NBA career. The refs need to come off their high horses, they’ve been injecting themselves into the game far too often this season.

4) Blake Griffin sprains MCL

The Clippers sad season continues with news that Griffin will miss up to 8 weeks with a sprained MCL. Not good for a guy with multiple knee issues over his career. The losses are going to continue to pile up in L.A., and their narrative now is solely focused on who stays the longest; Doc Rivers or DeAndre Jordan.

5) Brandon Ingram is actually good

Yeah, I’ll admit it, I completely wrote off Ingram. But lately he’s had Most Improved Player type production. The Lakers are still terrible, but at least Ingram showing All Star potential gives hope that other All Stars will want to don the purple and gold in the coming years.

6) Cavaliers win streak hits 11 games

So LeBron is all of a sudden a good shooter? His teammate Kyle Korver sure seems to think so. The Cavs have proved they can turn it on whenever they like, now their focus will be to keep winning and wait for the return of Isaiah Thomas.

7) Annual Anthony Davis injury

Now it’s not a big injury, simply a shoulder injury that’s listed Davis as day-to-day. But it’s not what the Pelicans like to see. The big man pairing of Davis and Cousins appears to be Playoff bound, but if Davis can’t stay healthy then they’ll probably be on the outside looking in.

8) Donovan Mitchell drops 41

Mitchell has to be seen as the Not-Ben-Simmons-Rookie-of-the-Year. He’s second on the Jazz in points per game and is starting regularly at shooting guard. Mitchell is seriously impressive, just check the bounce on his alley-oop against the Clippers.

9) Jamal Murray dribbles around Lonzo

I’m sure the Canadian meant nothing by his move of dribbling around Lonzo while running out the clock, but it received a fair response from Ball’s teammate Julius Randle. Randle took exception to the move by fouling Murray with just mere seconds left and was clearly pissed. Maybe next time Murray, just stand still and dribble the ball.

10) Drake doesn’t know how a microphone works

For a guy that’s been a part of what must be a thousand interviews in his career, it appears that Drake doesn’t know how microphones work. When interviewing Kyle Lowry after a game, Drake held the microphone in front of himself while Lowry answered his question, the audience could barely make out what Lowry was saying. Instead of clearly hearing the answer, we got a muffled, intelligible response while Drake stood there looking stupid.

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Weekly Dimes (Nov. 20 – 26)

We’re right around the quarter mark of the season, most teams have played 20 games. This week saw some big injuries in the West, a big win streak come to an end and two star big men mentioned in trade rumours. Take a look at the 10 things I found most newsworthy from the week.

 

1) Paul Millsap injury

Tough break for the Nuggets. Millsap underwent successful wrist surgery, but will miss roughly three months. Currently 6th in the West, they could take a step back in the next couple of months without their star power forward. The defence will certainly slip, it’ll be an interesting situation to monitor.

2) Patrick Beverley injury

The Clippers were already in the toilet and this news didn’t help. Already without passing stud Milos Teodosic, the Clippers don’t have another healthy true point guard on the roster. This means Austin Rivers is running the show. Give me a second, I just puked in my mouth a little.

3) Derrick Rose re-evaluating basketball career

This could be the end of Rose’s career, which would be crazy looking back at his trajectory. First overall pick, rookie of the year, MVP, knee injuries and now it could all be over. It’s really sad. It’s understandable that all the injuries are really bothering him mentally, but giving up the remaining $80 million on the adidas deal? My bet is he comes back.

4) Celtics win streak ends in Miami

The 16-game win streak came to an end in Miami and of course it was Dion Waiters that helped to end it. Waiters Island is still densely populated. Kyrie can’t go off every game and a poor shooting night lead to only a 6-point loss, the Celtics are fine.

5) Nobody in the league is currently averaging 10 assists per game

I came upon this randomly and was absolutely stunned. Harden is averaging 9.8 assists per game, while Westbrook is at 9.7. I feel like it’s been ages since not one, if not more, player(s) has averaged less than 10 per game. Guys that come to mind are Chris Paul, Ricky Rubio and a-couple-years-ago Rajon Rondo.

6) Marc Gasol unhappy in Memphis

Uh-oh. Memphis have lost eight games in a row and Gasol was benched for the ENTIRE 4TH QUARTER in their last game. Things must be happening behind the scenes in Memphis, Gasol trade rumours are abundant. My favourite potential move? To the Raptors for Valanciunas and Siakam.

7) Will the Clips trade DeAndre Jordan?

Following along with trade rumours we’re staying in the West with the Clippers and DeAndre Jordan. The Clips are a dumpster fire and should look to get any value out of Jordan they can. Here’s a tip Clips, Tristan Thompson doesn’t provide much value. Call up the Bucks and ask for a package involving one of Thon Maker or Malcolm Brogdon.

8) Tony Parker is returning

Parker will finally make his season debut for the Spurs who have appeared shaky at the point guard position early in the season. This is good news for Pop and the Spurs, even though they’d probably still finish the season as a top-three seed without him.

9) Warriors app spied on fan says lawsuit

This seems insane but it’s very similar to the accusations that Facebook has faced in the past. The Warriors app is being accused of listening to users through their phone microphones while they access the app. Who knows why they would need to do this, but if it is true it’ll be interesting to see who takes the fall in the Warriors front office.

10) College game ended playing 5-on-3

Once again I finish the blog post off with college basketball news. This game was amazing for two reasons; Alabama played with 3 players on the floor after a bench clearing fight, an injury and a foul out, and they almost came back to win! Collin Sexton is for real though, watch out for him.

Weekly Dimes (Nov. 13 – 19)

This week saw some insane scoring numbers, team totals and the release of the least interesting Ball brother. Kyrie and the Celtics are rolling, the Magic have come down to earth and the Clippers are spiralling out of control. It’s crazy to think we’re already almost a quarter of the way through the season right?

1) LeBron, King in New York

LeBron took the subway and he almost got in a fight with Enes Kanter. He’s basically a New Yorker now. Throw in the fact that the Cavs came back from a 23-point deficit and LeBron might just actually be the King of The Big Apple.

2) Celtics come out on top in potential 2018 Finals matchup

The league’s top defence in Boston and the top offence in Golden State faced off in what could possibly be the 2018 Finals matchup; and the top defence made the difference. Boston held the Warriors to 88 points which is absolutely insane. The Warriors missed a lot of makable shots, but the Celtics didn’t make it easy on them. Jaylen Brown was tenacious and Jaylen Brown came in clutch at the free throw line. Just imagine if Hayward hadn’t gone down in the first game of the year.

3) Harden currently leads the league in points AND assists per game

MVP. Kyrie and the Celtics have been impressive, but Harden’s numbers have been wonderful. ‘Nuff said.

4) Embiid has a great time in L.A.

46 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists and 7 blocks against the Lakers. Dominating DeAndre Jordan and Willie Reed, whom Embiid didn’t even know. Embiid and the 76ers are must-watch television right now. Knock on wood he stays healthy for the whole season.

5) Nuggets score 146 against Pelicans

The Nuggets shot nearly 63% from the field, the lack of oxygen in Denver clearly didn’t affect the home team. Jamal Murray was lights out, Nikola Jokic was throwing the rock around with ease and Paul Millsap played his best game of the year. The Nuggets are incredibly fun and are looking like a Playoff lock early on.

6) Lonzo gets triple double with 16 rebounds

Second of his young career, at the exact same age that LeBron got his second. What a bust Lonzo is. He’s never going to be a big scorer, but his rebounding numbers are spectacular. Plus he’s averaging the 8th most assists in the league, more than Steph Curry, Kemba Walker and Ricky Rubio. Suck on that haters.

7) OG Anunoby is really good

I am so ridiculously high on Norman Powell, but OG might already be better than him. The Raptors young core of Delon Wright, Powell, Anunoby, Siakam and Poeltl is quietly really nice and nobody is talking about them. We The North will have a good team to cheer on for years to come.

8) Reggie Jackson interrupts Jimmy Butler on potential game-tying free throw

Butler was clearly not impressed at this move. Down 1, Butler was at the line waiting for the ball when Jackson walked into the lane to say something to teammate Stanley Johnson. Butler gave Jackson a disappointed side-eye and proceeded to miss the shot, leading to the Pistons winning the game. Pretty dirty move, but hey, whatever it takes to win.

9) Shaq has a tree made of broken rims

Usually this would end the list, something funny and not directly related to the court, but instead two of the biggest idiots round out my list. Shaq is feeling the holiday spirit early, he created a rim-tree made up of 19 rims that he apparently broke during his career. It’s both hilarious and a really cool piece of art. Well done Shaq, now I want to see a video of you making a free throw on each one.

10) Trump and LaVar Ball officially feuding

Here’s the two idiots I referenced above. So LiAngelo is officially back in the U.S.A. and even though he thanked Trump for everything he did in assisting the UCLA players, that just wasn’t enough for the big baby in the White House. LaVar, when asked about Trump helping his son, said, “Who?” which clearly pissed off the orange child that runs the country. He sent out a tweet saying that he should have left the kids in jail. At this point there’s just no winning, the only possible winner is us, the public, if the media just stops covering this outrageous story. Hopefully this will be the last time I write about it. But honestly, I doubt it will be.

Weekly Dimes (Nov. 6 – 12)

Couple weeks in and there’s a ton of parity in the middle of the league. The worst teams are shaking out to the bottom, the Celtics, Rockets and Warriors are the current cream of the crop and the worst Ball brother is rotting in a Chinese prison; what a week!

 

1) Bledsoe traded to Bucks

How did the Suns not get Thon Maker or Malcolm Brogdon in this trade? Losing Monroe means they’ll finally give Henson another chance which I like, meanwhile the Suns get more picks. Bledsoe-Brogdon-Middleton-Parker-Giannis is a really fun small lineup once Parker comes back, but with Maker in that spot the defensive potential is incredibly high. Good gamble for the Bucks, they’re going for a top-4 seed.

2) Celtics have won 12 in a row

Really wishing I had put money on Kyrie Irving for MVP. Boston has the best defensive rating by far, Jaylen Brown has stepped up big time, Jayson Tatum is better than anybody could have thought and I really see them making the Finals if they can keep this up; LeBron may be able to turn it on, but the rest of the Cavs? Nope.

3) Lonzo youngest ever with a triple-double

Great demeanor from Lonzo when he said the triple-double doesn’t matter in a loss, but that performance did show the skeptics his high upside. He can’t score, the jumper is broken, but that’s not what he’s about. He’s rebounding the ball well at the guard spot and the passing skills are evident. The Lakers shouldn’t be as hyped as they are, but in a few years they will be interesting.

4) Rudy Gobert out 4-6 weeks

First off, sorry Rudy but Dion Waiters was not making a dirty play when you were injured. He dove at the ball and nobody is fast-thinking enough to say to themselves, hey, that guy is really good and he’s in a vulnerable position, I should dive straight for his knees. It was a tough outcome for Gobert and the Jazz, who were already struggling to score. I was high on the Jazz and their defensive potential, but I will be legitimately surprised if they win more than four games in the next four-six weeks.

5) Bottom 4 teams (pretty much) locked

Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks and the Sacramento Kings. The Phoenix Suns is just barely above these teams for now, but will probably fall back at some point. Those four teams currently combine for nine wins out of a possible 53 games. The thing is, I like the future for three of these teams. Lauri Markkanen in Chicago looks really good, Dennis Smith Jr. wakes up every day wanting to dunk on someone and DeAaron Fox is so likeable. John Collins in Atlanta is pretty good, but they don’t have much else going forward. Continue being bad and utilize the last year of easy tanking.

6) Porzingis and Frank making the Knicks fun

The Knicks are officially in my top five to seven teams that I enjoy watching. Frankie Nicotine is a defensive stud who stands his ground, Enes Kanter is already a fan favourite, when Hardaway Jr. gets hot his contract makes sense, Porzingis is a legitimate god and they have Ron Baker! Will they make the Playoffs, probably not, but players will want to come play with Frank and Kristaps in the years to come.

7) Drummond is a rebounding god

15.8 rebounds a game, more 20-rebound games already than Shaq and the Pistons are second in the East. Oh, and Drummond is shooting over 60% from the line! That’s not good compared to the rest of the league, but for a guy who shot 38% last year it’s a huge improvement. I also forgot that he’s only 24 years old, it seems like he’s been around for a while.

8) Aaron Gordon is still leading the league in 3PT%

55%?! He shot 29% last year! Aaron Gordon is probably the top candidate for Most Improved as of right now, with the Magic being the most improved team. Gordon is playing both ends of the floor and I’d bet on the Magic finishing in the 8th seed right now.

9) Russell Westbrook free throw woes (65%)

Missing three straight free throws in the clutch is never a good sign, especially for the reigning MVP. 65% from the line just isn’t good, he has only shot under 80% once in his career so this is really surprising. It’s a long season, he should turn it around, but this doesn’t help the Thunder’s early season struggles.

10) LiAngelo Ball arrested

He’s not in the NBA, I don’t think he would have made it before this, but his college career is definitely in jeopardy now. I just don’t get it, you have to know that you’re in a completely different country, with a completely different jurisdiction. Plus, you’re dad has made you a celebrity, therefore the potential backlash should convince you not to be an idiot! But nonetheless, he and two other UCLA players are still stuck over in China while Donald Trump has to ask the Chinese president to release them. Good start to the college basketball season.

Weekly Dimes – (Oct. 30-Nov.5)

Three weeks in now and things are already insane in the NBA. New referees are causing players AND coaches to lose their minds, Nike jerseys are made out of paper towel and a certain baby-faced superstar was named in a government tax proposal.

 

The NBA is weird.

 

1) The Cavs are bad. Seriously.

4-6, worst defensive rating in the league and now LeBron is posting “mood”y Instagram pictures. Jae Crowder has been a disaster defensively, the team seems uninterested and Tyronn Lue must be feeling the pressure. It’s always a bad idea to pick against LeBron to make the Finals, but the Celtics as of now have to be the favourites. Unless the Cavs can get the old guys to pick it up defensively (doubt it), I don’t like their chances. Watch for them to offer the 2018 Nets pick for Cousins within a month.

2) Jahlil Okafor’s Philly tenure will finally come to an end

It’s official, Okafor will not be a 76er by next season (and for his sake, hopefully sooner than that). Philadelphia has chosen to not pick up his option, making him an unrestricted free agent in the offseason. Okafor has asked to be traded or bought out, but with his trade value potentially being the lowest in the league, that’s a long shot. If I’m a team like Chicago or Phoenix, I’d try offering a second round pick just to give him a shot.

3) Shaq partakes in the hot chip challenge

This was pretty funny. Shaq always tries to be a tough guy, but he was no match for the hot chip challenge. After betting Charles Barkley that he wouldn’t make a face, he quickly began to tear up and had to run for milk. Such a big guy taken down by a single chip. Tough one.

4) NBA Halloween costumes better than ever

Isaiah Thomas as Eazy-E, Steph Curry as Jigsaw and Russell Westbrook/Nick Collison as the guys from White Men Can’t Jump were the standouts here. I don’t include LeBron’s Pennywise costume from IT because a 6’8” clown is my absolute nightmare.

5) Eric Bledsoe earning 82k a day to sit at home

As Jalen Rose would say, “keep getting dem checks”. Apparently Bledsoe has returned to the Suns facility to work out, but he’s still inactive when it comes to game time. With the Cavs playing so horribly is there a Bledsoe-to-Cavs deal on the horizon? Or will the smart move be made to Denver? Who knows, either way Bledsoe has the easiest gig in the world right now.

6) More jersey rips

Ben Simmons jersey almost fully came off, Kevin Love ripped it down the middle very easily, plus Dwyane Wade isn’t a fan of the lack of absorbency in the jerseys. Nike is clearly failing just a few weeks into the season and something has to be changed. It’s become embarrassing.

7) Devin Booker 4th youngest to 3,000 points

He still can’t play a lick of defence, but man can D-Book score. At 21 years old he become the 4th youngest to hit the 3,000 point mark behind LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony. Pretty elite company for the young Sun. Now we’ll just have to wait and see if he can translate that into wins in the coming seasons.

8) LeBron youngest player to reach 29,000 points

This is an incredible feat and it came in one of the best performances of the season so far. LeBron put up a staggering 57 points against the Wizards to snap their four-game losing streak. The Cavs might need LeBron to pull these kind of nights out more often if they want to turn around their horrible start.

9) New referees causing problems

It’s usually not a good sign when Coach Poppovic and Kerr swear at you in the same game. Throw in the terrible Carmelo Anthony ejection against Portland and the insanely quick double-technical for Kyle Lowry, it’s been a bad week for new NBA refs.

10) Steph Curry named in GOP Proposal

In the weird news of the week, the GOP put forward their tax proposal, a bill that generally doesn’t include any individual persons name. However, whoever penned the bill decided to make a bit of analogy between different incomes by referencing Steph Curry and one Steve’s Bike Shop; “it’s designed to help by distinguishing between the individual wage income of NBA All-Star Stephen Curry and the pass-through business income of Steve’s Bike Shop.” Curry quickly responded by tweeting, “I wonder if Steve’s Bike shop is hiring…”. Better do those taxes correctly Steph, I see an audit coming your way.

 

 

Weekly Dimes (Oct. 23-29)

Two weeks in and the Warriors/Cavs aren’t at the top of their respective Conferences? Surprises galore in this week’s edition of Weekly Dimes!

 

1) Pistons/Grizzlies atop the Conferences (as of Oct. 29)

Everyone saw this coming right? Obviously it’s early, small sample size, blah blah, but both teams have been impressive. Drummond can hit free throws now, Tobias Harris is balling and I was stupid for writing off Conley and Gasol. Dillon Brooks is fun off the bench in Memphis and Chandler Parsons isn’t playing the bum I thought he was. We’ll see if both of these teams can keep it up.

2) The Magic…are good?

This is absolutely shocking. Vucevic is a beast and I guess we should have seen a breakout year for Aaron Gordon, but not like this. Jonathan Simmons has been great, Evan Fournier is shooting the lights out and Jonathan Isaac is really fun. Are the Magic a lock for the Playoffs? Not yet in my mind, but even just a couple more weeks like this and I’ll be fully bought in.

3) Jordan Bell self-oop in a blowout

I wasn’t a big fan of this. It was an amazing dunk, don’t get me wrong, but in a huge blowout with time ticking down, just throw down a big dunk. Throwing it off the glass on the fastbreak comes across a bit cocky to me. But hey, still a nice dunk.

4) Dwyane Wade moves to the bench

The Cavaliers have been horrible, but this won’t solve the issues. J.R. Smith is a much better fit on the starting lineup, that should have been clear from day one. At least now Wade can run the second unit as the backup point guard.

5) Cavs lose 4 of their last 5

Continuing on with Cleveland, their defense has been embarrassingly bad. Jae Crowder isn’t as good as the PER numbers showed and the team overall just doesn’t seem to care. Losing to the Knicks, Pelicans and Bulls within four days should be cause to fire Coach Lue.

6) Draymond Green/Bradley Beal fight

This was a weird one, it was tough to see what fully happened. I don’t ever back Green, but in this case he has a point. He was fined $25,000 and it seemed like he didn’t throw a punch. Meanwhile, Kelly Oubre entered the scene and threw a punch, earning himself a $15,000 fine. Doesn’t seem right, but Green has earned himself a reputation around the league.

7) Russell Westbrook officially has a triple-double against all other 29 times

Westbrook finally earned his first triple-double against the Bulls to gain this distinction. Pretty crazy. Carmelo Anthony spoke up and said this stat was incorrect; Westbrook has put a triple-double up against the Thunder in practice. Make that all 30 teams.

8) Ben Simmons notches first career triple-double

Ben Simmons is scary good. His first triple-double came in just his fourth professional game. For reference, LeBron didn’t get his first triple-double until January…of his second season. Simmons has the type of game where he could eventually average a triple-double, get ready.

9) Ex-commissioner David Stern thinks weed should be taken off banned substance list

Wow, what a crazy idea, allow players to consume something that only relieves their pain and in now way enhances their performance. If anything, it would cause the players to hit Chick-Fil-A and McDonalds more often. Adam Silver is a very progressive commissioner, I’ll be shocked if this doesn’t change sooner rather than later.

10) Thunder plane hits a bird?

In crazy news, the picture flying around NBA twitter was the dented nose of the Thunder plane. Apparently the plane hit a bird, but my god that dent is massive, did a penguin somehow learn to fly?

Weekly Dimes (Oct. 17-22)

First week of the NBA, albeit only 5 days of action, is already over. And with that, we see the return of my segment; Weekly Dimes. Though this week was shortened, there was still plenty of news to look into, so let’s get into it.

 

1) Gordon Hayward/Jeremy Lin injuries

Unfortunately, we start on a sad note. The Hayward injury came just six minutes into the first game of the season, and was easily one of the worst injuries I’ve seen live; Kevin Ware and Anderson Silva top the list. I was shaking when it happened, the reaction by the players on the court told how bad it really was. Just like that, Boston’s season has a lot more questions. The same can be said for Brooklyn after the Lin injury. His wasn’t clear as to what actually happened, but from his reaction you immediately felt for the guy. The Nets are finally playing good basketball, and the loss of Lin is only good news for the Cavs, who hold their pick. Injuries are a part of sports, but it’s tough when it happens so early in the year.

2) Bobby Portis/Nikola Mirotic fight

Now for the ridiculous news of the week. Portis and Mirotic got into it at practice, leading to Portis punching Mirotic in the face. Mirotic was diagnosed with fractures and a concussion, and is out indefinitely. The whole story will probably never come out, but I’m so curious as to what happened before this. Did Mirotic say something about Portis’s mother or what? We’ll never know, but what we do know is that this is a bad start to what will probably be a horrible season for Bulls fans.

3) Kyrie Irving fan interaction

I’m not a pro athlete, but I do know that you shouldn’t say “suck my dick” to a fan, no matter what they say. Kyrie should know better and the fine coming his way should teach him a lesson.

4) Curry throws mouthpiece at ref

Another moment where a star player really should know better. The best part about the Curry incident is that it’s not the first time he’s thrown his mouthpiece in a game. C’mon man, that’s just gross, plus it’s not like that one non-call that you’re freaking out about would have swung the game. A fine is surely coming his way as well.

5) Markelle Fultz free throw nightmares

Fultz was never a great free throw shooter in college, but it wasn’t this bad. Apparently his shoulder is still bothering him, but maybe he should just sit out a few games and get back to 100%. His form is absolutely disgusting and the 76ers front office might start questioning their decision to select him first overall if it continues.

6) Pat Beverley gets into Lonzo Ball

This is the last point guard (maybe other than De’Aaron Fox) that Ball wanted to see opening night. After all the comments LaVar has said, every point guard in the league must want to shut him down, but none more than Patrick Beverley. Beverley, the bulldog that he is defensively, got into Ball’s shorts, even yelling, “bring his ass out on the court with me and I will tear his ass up.” LaVar really has written cheques his son can’t cash.

7) Suns make history…in a bad way/ Earl Watson fired

The Suns have started 0-3, with the worst point differential in league history. This poor start has led to the firing of head coach Earl Watson, the first coach since 2016 to be fired. Phoenix isn’t looking too good, but at least it looks like Canadian Jay Triano will be named the interim head coach.

8) Eric Bledsoe tweet

“I don’t wanna be here”. This is what Eric Bledsoe tweeted after the Suns third-straight loss to start the year. He’s now been sent home from all Suns activities and will be traded as soon as possible. Look for Denver, New York and the L.A. Clippers to step up as frontrunners for his services.

9) Giannis Antetokounmpo the early MVP-frontrunner

MVP Giannis might already be upon us, and he’s still only 22 years old. That should terrify the rest of the league. The Bucks last game against the Trailblazers, Giannis put up a career-high 44 points, along with the game-winning steal and dunk. His two-way play is phenomenal and he’s somehow still five years short of the average athletic prime. Wow.

10) Nike jerseys ripping

This is not something Nike wants to see, especially when the best player in the world’s jersey rips on opening night. Not sure if it’s a quality issue, or just a couple of completely random incidents, but it’s clear that Nike will have to look into fixing this quickly for their sake.