Weekly NBA Wrap: 30 July 2020
The NBA season officially restarts tomorrow and based on the practice games completed, teams appear locked in and ready to go. Can you believe it has been about four and a half months since the NBA season was postponed? Fans are itching to see some games and ultimately a champion crowned in 2020.
There has been plenty happening both on the court and off the court this week - let’s get straight into it.
Here’s your Weekly NBA Wrap.
Hello, Magic City
Apparently, Lou Williams loves the chicken wings at Magic City. So much so that he had to make a stopover while he was outside the bubble due to personal reasons. Unfortunately, rapper Jack Harlow decided to post a photo of them together at the famous Gentlemen’s club. The NBA has since investigated the expedition and Williams must now quarantine for an additional 10 days.
It is hard to blame Williams though - the chicken wings look pretty damn good.
Your Room Is Better Than Mine
There is probably a reason why we have not seen the inside of Lebron’s hotel room. During his appearance on the Global Kid Power Hour with Vedant Gupta, JJ Redick confirmed what we were all thinking.
“I’ve seen videos of a couple of superstars rooms at other hotels, and let me tell you that the bubble experience is not the same for everyone,” JJ Redick told Vedant Gupta.
We now have some evidence to back up Redick's claim. Portland guard CJ Mccollum shared an image on twitter of him surprising teammate Damian Lillard outside of his hotel room on his birthday. Little did McCollum know that he was also surprising NBA fans with the news that Dame is staying in the Presidential Suite.
Bol Bol FTW
There has been one standout of the NBA scrimmages so far…and that is Denver Nuggets 7-foot-2 draftee Bol Bol.
In his first game, Bol recorded a stat line of 16 points, 10 rebounds, 6 blocks and an assist during the Nuggets victory over Washington. The talent he showcased makes him fascinating viewing not only for the rest of this season but over the next few years.
His performance stood out so much that he was even hit with a “random” drug test straight after the game.
JR Smith Underwear Fiasco
If you were going on a holiday (that could go for as long as three months), how many pairs of underwear would you pack?
The answer according to JR Smith is seven.
One pair a day. Seven days in the week. Seven pairs a week. Makes sense right?
He spoke with Spectrum Sportsnet about life in the bubble and this is what he had to say about his underwear fiasco:
“Honestly, I packed like seven because I thought I’d be good for once a day,” Smith explained. “But I ain’t calculate all the showers in between everything that I’d be doing, so I’ve been running through in like two, three days. We’ve got a great laundry system, though. We’ve got a great laundry system, so I’m good.”
Hopefully, for the Lakers, he performs better on-court than off-court.
Coach Thibs Lands Knicks Job
Tom Thibodeau last coached in the NBA in January 2019. Over 18 months since he received the sack from Minnesota, Thibs has landed a five-year contract as the head coach of the New York Knicks. The NBA Coach of the Year from 2011 will become the 13th person to coach the Knicks since the 2001-02 season.
Let’s be honest, the bar is very very low at the Knicks. If he can come in and take them from being the laughing stock of the NBA to a competitive unit, then he will be well on the way to going the distance with his 5 year contract.
Deandre Ayton Versus Twitter Troll
Deandre Ayton was the number one draft pick in 2018 and he is yet to hit a three pointer in his 1010 game career. One diehard suns fan thinks that trend will continue and decided to put a bet on twitter that Ayton would not hit a three pointer in Orlando. The catch? If Ayton does hit a three pointer, this fan would get a tattoo of DominAYTON on his face.
Bad news for this fan. Ayton hit a three in his first game in the bubble and the Phoenix Suns twitter account did not let this fan forget about it!
Looking forward to seeing the tatt.