"I had about 100 people send me the tweet ... I think it's hilarious."— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) December 12, 2023
Steve Kerr reacts to the Suns' DJ remixing his club music arena rant pic.twitter.com/c8t5sVmgux
‘They’re being patient,” one Western Conference coach told Heavy Sports. “But with Andrew Wiggins, what are you going to do with him? I don’t know how patient they can be. It’s getting urgent. They have what it takes to be better than they are with the roster they have.”
The first of three West starters seemingly immune to aging, Curry is posting yet another All-NBA season. His 29.4 PPG is identical to last season, as is 43% 3-point shooting. The biggest change in Curry’s performance, a decline from 6.3 APG to 4.4, is mostly attributable to the addition of another future Hall of Fame point guard, Chris Paul.
On a roster without an abundance of athleticism, Kuminga stands out. Andrew Wiggins, Gary Payton II and JK are notable for having the athletic gifts to attack the rim with a vengeance.
“There’s no secret we don’t have a high-flying team,” Chris Paul said. “His athleticism is something that gives us a different look. When he’s cutting and slashing, JK is one of those guys that can do a little bit of everything. Wiggs, too. When he’s attacking the rim, it gives us a whole different dimension.”
What I’m hearing about potential trades for Pascal Siakam, Zach LaVine and more: Shams’ Inside Pass | The Athletic
Teams such as the Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers are expected suitors for Siakam or Anunoby but believe Siakam appears to be the likelier player to be dealt, league sources tell The Athletic. Siakam, 29, is earning $37.9 million in the last year of his Raptors contract this season while Anunoby, 26, has a $19.9 million player option for next season that he will almost assuredly decline to enter free agency.
The Hawks held intense conversations with the Raptors surrounding a Siakam deal over the offseason, as The Athletic reported, and the Pacers and Kings have both checked in and engaged at different points with Toronto over the last year. For the Kings, a better start to this season than a year ago (12-8 this season compared to 11-9 last season en route to a 48-win campaign) provides confidence that they can grow internally rather than compete for the expected cost of talents such as Siakam and Anunoby.
Create more in-season tournament incentives that count toward the overall standings. There has been much discussion about a team-specific reward on top of the $500,000 cash prize. Some have mentioned a guaranteed spot in the playoffs, while others have suggested a guaranteed lottery pick. In my opinion, the reward should count exclusively toward the standings. All wins in the tournament could count toward the season standings, perhaps with a multiplier involved as teams advance (winning the tournament could count as three wins, for example). That way teams would be incentivized in a number of ways to win the tournament. Increasing your odds of getting home-court advantage would be a good motivator, as would allowing the top seeds to choose their first-round opponent.
The All-Tournament Team for the inaugural NBA In-Season Tournament:— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) December 11, 2023
▪️ Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
▪️ Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers
▪️ Kevin Durant, Phoenix Suns
▪️ Tyrese Haliburton, Indiana Pacers
▪️ LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers pic.twitter.com/OVu3n1kLwz
In case you missed it at Golden State of Mind:
It should come as no surprise that Kerr has gotten a lot of flack. And while I don’t necessarily want to defend Kerr right now — the team has a losing record, a jarring lack of composure, and has been the definition of average on both ends of the court, and the coaching staff absolutely deserves blame for that. But as it pertains to the minutes issue, Kerr is, perhaps, being unfairly maligned.
But Phoenix fans have had to wait to see their three-headed scoring monster play together. A back injury has limited Beal to just three games with his new team, over a stretch in mid-November.
Not only that, but Booker was injured for the three games that Beal did play, so the Suns still haven’t suited up their new triumvirate in the same game. That’s likely to change on Tuesday, though it’s worth noting that Durant is listed as day-to-day with an ankle injury, an missed Phoenix’s last contest.