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.