Tagged Kawhi Leonard

Olympics 2020: Building a Gold Medal Roster for Team USA Men’s Basketball

The last time Team USA played in an international tournament was an embarrassment. The inaugural FIBA World Cup took place in China this past summer and, after taking home the gold in the previous five events, the Americans finished seventh. They lost back-to-back games against France and Serbia to close out the tournament. It was…

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PODCAST: Willie Cauley-Stein Trade, Zion First Impressions & Clippers Chemistry

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss the Willie Cauley-Stein trade, Zion Williamson’s regular-season debut and behind-the-scenes drama with the Los Angeles Clippers. How much will Cauley-Stein help the Mavericks in the wake of Dwight Powell’s injury? How concerned should Clippers fans be about reported behind-the-scenes tension?…

10 NBA Questions: How Obnoxious is the ‘Giannis Leaving Milwaukee’ Chatter?

How much more obnoxious can this made-up storyline get? The answer is none. None more obnoxious. (But it somehow will.) And thus the reason why so many people hate the “big boys” of sports media and its talking heads who typically have no idea what they’re talking about. Instead of analyzing the games using anything…

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Early Returns From Kawhi, PG13 Era Should Have NBA Fearing L.A. Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers finally got to see their offseason dreams fully realized. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George suited up alongside one another for the first time in a 107-104 overtime victory against the Boston Celtics on Nov. 20. They followed that up with a close win against the Houston Rockets and a blowout of…

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NBA Team Rivalries to Enjoy in 2019-20

There was a lot of talk heading into the 2019-20 NBA season that, thanks to parity, there would be a newfound interest in the sport. After half a decade of the Golden State Warriors storming / sleepwalking their way to the NBA Finals, this year is supposed to be different. Multiple all-star players changed teams…

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Welcome to the NBA’s Overreaction Olympics

The NBA season tips off Tuesday, and that means we’re already in prime ‘Overreaction Olympics’ time—that early-season period where fans across the land see great or poor performances, isolated incidents and scoring runs only to blow them completely out of proportion, extrapolating an entire season out of them. That’s gonna happen in spades during the…

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50 Important Predictions for the 2019-20 NBA Season: Part 3

The final part of our 50 Important Predictions series has a heavy focus on the Western Conference. Why? West Coast, Best Coast. There is so much drama and intrigue here; Almost six teams could legitimately win the conference, and therefore the title. It’s going to be a bloodbath. If you missed the first 33 predictions,…

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3 Sets to Maximize L.A. Clippers Personnel

Doc Rivers enters the 2018-19 NBA campaign at the helm of one of the most highly anticipated teams in Los Angeles Clippers’ franchise history. The arrival of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George turned what was a middle-tier playoff team into a title contender, and their versatility gives Rivers loads of flexibility when it comes to…

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PODCAST: 2019-20 NBA Pacific Division Season Preview

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) and special guest Gerald Bourguet (@geraldbourguet) of The Step Back preview the Pacific Division ahead of the 2019-20 NBA season. How will D’Angelo Russell fit next to Stephen Curry? Who starts alongside Kawhi Leonard and Paul George on the Los Angeles Clippers? Can Dwight Howard…

Can Pascal Siakam Make the ‘Alpha Dog Leap’?

While most of the Toronto Raptors’ core will return this season to defend the 2019 NBA crown, their clear-cut No. 1 option from 2018-19 is gone. Kawhi Leonard’s departure puts a huge damper on the club’s chances to win the East or the ring again. Given the remaining contributors on the roster, the Raptors’ most…

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