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We were talking about all the precautionary measures being taken side.
The bubble players being did obedient to such magic Senators be discussed.
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It was announced with last night early this morning that he out 6 to 8 weeks with a fractured some or their broken from either way and not ideal.
Um, for the Lakers, As the resident Lakers fan, I want you to give your whole ****ysis of the situation what it means for the bunch rotation.
What players gonna need to step up? Yeah, So, I mean, I think it's kind of fun.
And just because Laker fans were complaining all year that I was Caruso should be taking more of Robin Rana minutes or just in general, that Rondo Shin Bi is get getting as many minutes as he got.
And definitely a lot of data supports that I send us down earlier today that he has, I think, like the worst plus minus out of all players that played 400 plus minutes this season.
So certainly there are a lot of problems that we have with Rondo where we weren't necessarily doing our best.
But that being said, uh, you know, the Lakers while they do a lot of strikes, one of the things that they're lacking is, you know, having another primary playmaker besides LeBron James.
Yeah, even if Rondo wasn't the best, he certainly did.
Was able And, you know, the Dakota sedated enough? Teoh be able to kind of run the bench unit for a little bit of time.
So not having him along with Avery Bradley is not gonna be there is pretty harmful.
And I think what we expect to see is we'll have kcp kind of the inserted into the starting lineup and then really, just have LeBron play for all.
But, you know, be nice.
With KCP being our smallest player and being like 65 there's definitely to be a lot of sauce that lineup.
And then, um, I think the interesting thing is how he's going to kind of take those back up playmaking minutes and obviously outscore.
So could be a Bible optional, though you don't really trust him as much in the half court to be able Teoh kind of create offense.
So I think it's gonna be kind of you no longer Rondo's, you know, playmaking is gonna have to be done by, uh, just like the whole committee.
So I think Crusoe may be ableto taken elevated role.
But I think this will also be really good chance about your player like Dion.
Waiters see what he could bring.
And I know Coach Vogel also said that, you know, he kind of expects that in Rondo's absence, they're gonna have players like Who's mud? Davis Really? Step up and see kind of how they can, uh, you know, create offense and there are different ways.
So, yeah, that's what I think right now.
Yeah, I just You mentioned playmaking.
And like my initial thought when I Celeron was out for an extended period, time was, Oh, grateful Lakers Like, you know, every Lakers find no, all year has been like screaming.
We need to play Cruz 20 to 25 minutes a game.
He's better all around Rondo.
Rondo's operating is terrible, And, um, you know, I'm not a huge advocate for advanced as by any means I look at them.
Um, I wouldn't help rest my soul on them by any means.
But you know something that is bad bad.
As you said, he's the worst on off rating of any players, but more than four Dement's.
That's got to tell you something alongside the eye test that Rana messages has not been good and has yet, you know, high playoff success in the past.
Absolutely, you know, obviously with Boston, but also with the pelicans.
Two years ago, he played a vital role on that team.
They made it to the second round.
It kind of it was a first round upset of visit the Blazers.
Ah, yeah, I was the places they for us.
So, Rondo, you know, historically has been awesome the playoffs, especially defensively, and and is a playmaker.
But, um, no, he's definitely lost the have stuff.
He's been heavily turnover prone, and so I even is Caruso's, you know, not the amount on the same level as a playmaker as Rondo.
He certainly isn't as turnover prone in the half court, which could prove to be beneficial.
I think you're right.
That kind of a playmaking by committee just on passing around the perimeter.
And the way the Lakers have all year could be admin, just even in the playoffs.
But then again, you know, with the addition of J.
Smith and Dion waiters who you never see that saw shopping, eating like, you know, you could have some issues with with the bench unit, especially early on, we're gonna go deeper on their bench about his worried later on the playoffs.
Just because I don't see this team that with this Lakers team going past 70 yeah, so I also forgot to mention, like another possible option is playing Quinn cook a little bit more.
But I think at this point, uh, he could be an undersized liability for us because he sounds like they got 61 And, you know, in addition with that, I think he is better suited, kind of being a point guard, but more like kind of a catch and shoot player rather than a primary playmaker.
So, um, yeah, once again, I think that just more evidence, unless you throw in like a Dion waiters and you know he ends up being very successful it's really gonna have to be by committee that we kind of take over a lot of those Rondo minutes.
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Um anyway, so moving on from Rondo, I want to talk about some other shake ups in potential shakeups rosters.
It's not official announcement, but there is an indication that Shake Milton will start at point guard for the Sixers.
One play resumes.
I saw some be reporters.
I don't think anything national yet that he's been starting the point.
All their practices and bead made a common that he looked really good and they're going to move instruments to the fore.
Um, which really has hasn't happened with a fully healthy TM this year.
Um, Shakman obviously started his fair share games with injuries, especially post All Star break and look awesome.
He had a couple weeks struck.
He was, you know, dropping 20 to 38 game hitting a ton of these contested shots, creating off the bounce.
Um and I'm I'm a Benson missed an unabashed I will say it.
I think Ben Simmons is one of the best defensive players in the MBA.
I think he's one of the best passers, obviously, his jump shots broken.
I'm not gonna claim that.
You know, he's not a liability offensively sometimes, depending on the schematics thrown at him.
But, um, the question is, is can and Simmons play off ball for 30 35 minutes a night on the playoffs and have them be also playing post slash your corner offense and have enough floor spacing.
And what do your thoughts I get? Yeah, so I think this is a little bit of a cop out answer.
But I think it really depends on how Ben Simmons figures out to play off the ball with Indian.
Just because I think Ben Simmons is can be fantastic as the roll man in the pick and roll.
And so you know, if you kind of have that spacing and you have another plan Baker Blake, Jake Milton, who I think along with Josh Richardson could be able to run, taking full offensive and yeah, I could definitely people.
But what we run into is, you know, kind of the core problem that a lot of people see with 70 sixers, which is, um, you know, sentences.
Terrific, barreling down delayed.
But if Embiid is standing there as well, then you're busy.
You know, you just have a really clog lane, and that can be to a lot of difficult situations.
And on the other hand, if you weren't have indeed kind of space out, more like, yeah, you might be able to get Senate in the lane.
Don't have, You know, the offensive regard monster, that is role and be a swell is just kind of his presence in the post.
So I think it really is gonna It really depends on how we play together.
But overall, I do kind of like the idea of a Philly deciding.
So I kind of try something Dio and I think it was just really come down Teoh How, like Simmons responds to the playoff because that honestly could unlock his full skills that yeah, we were talking were discussing before our stream cut out that the addition of ology, both for the Pacers could really throw a wrench in teams planning.
And they're schematics.
And you know, this seems to be the strategy the Sixers would be aiming at here.
That starting Shakman woman having been statements play the four is definitely gonna throw a wrench in the way that a lot of teams are preparing for the Sixes.
You know, teams have really only seen Shake Mill like zero, maybe one time, starting at point guard.
Um, but I don't know you Sink receives in his game, but she honestly other couple, he's a piece of pretty unique player and seeing on sevens at the four, both the offensive and defensive matchups there.
I mean, I can't think of before in the n b A.
Besides, you know, Johannes, that can really guard Ben Simmons off the dribble from the perimeter.
I mean, that's a really difficult task, considering how quick how long the strides are, isn't and you know just how good of a playmaker is.
So I think it's really gonna be interesting to see you.
What defensive schemes coaches they're gonna throw at done Simmons at the four specifically.
And then how the Sixers, they're gonna be able to call the bits of spacing.
I guess I'm gonna Yeah, you know that Yeah, I think also, Just like another thing is by having Al Horford, uh, not start. It will be.
You know, the six years will have get really good minutes out of Harper is you know, he's gonna do the best DACA center against any team that they face, so that could be interesting.
Kind of solve the problem they have last year.
Which was when Embiid wasn't playing that the sixties were getting killed and what he wants, he was playing terrific.
Um, And then also, I think like Shakman.
I just looked up in, you know, kind of pretty your small sample size.
Um, over the last two seasons have been shooting 41% which is really good, and people to surround war shooting around some things.
And maybe that's what they might need.
Teoh kind of lock their potential.
And Horford, who has been admittedly bad this year for the most part as another historically great playoff player, and I can see him drawing some just tremendous mismatches early in the playoffs against some backup Biggs.
Um, I'm trying to think potentially who they're playing.
Um, let me how Bonnie has been here.
Quick and look at, you know, some matches you could potentially take it.
The andro, um you know, let's play.
Let's say they play the Celtics.
He'd be going, going up against you.
Don't tie some minutes along.
I I really like a Grant Williams like it really is a great defender, granted, but he's a rookie, and I just don't see him.
Um, like Grand Williams or other other backup young centers being ableto handle a very, um, playoff experience out Horford, especially when he gets the perimeter, get the primer shot going.
So another another, ah, runs to throw in the mix of things for the Sixers.
Um, let's see life inside the bubble.
Um, we've seen this Twitter accounts.
I think it's called Bubble Life hit over 60,000 followers in Western 48 hours, which might be a new rocker.
That's absolutely incredible.
We've seen Hassan Whiteside very Snapchat filters.
We've seen JJ Red**** and Meyers Leonard shotgunning beers.
We've seen, you know, endless incessant shots of food players ordering food for Sean Holmes getting caught ordering food.
Um, you know, alot kinds of action off fishing.
You know, a lot of players there decision we send Tobias Harris Boban Drama.
What has been your favorite on video moments so far in the bubble? I mean, for me, it's definitely gotta be JJ Red**** shock on a beer.
Uh, hardly living in Florida you because Ah, yeah, but yeah, that was I thought that was great.
And I look kind of a concept that would get again.
I think with all these players usedto having an extraordinary lives traveling all over the world, it's very interesting to see them, you know, kind of have toe come together pretty much be like I like summer camp.
Just, uh, kind of messing around stuff like that's, you know so far is awesome to see.
And I think like another cool thing is just, uh, I think, you know, in a couple of years from now we'll get some movement across the n b A.
And maybe some players will say, Well, I got closest someone So in the bubbles, the way that players you know, we'll get close when they're playing on TV.
Oh, stay together or something like that.
So let's maybe thing to be a tampering are here.
Oh, it's It's a great opportunity for LeBron to just sink his claws into a few players.
And we could start bubble with older Depot going to Miami and on the bubble with all the people going to Los Angeles.
So you know, anything can happen when guys air together, and I don't know how much intermingling is actually taking place again.
We don't have that much information in regards to whether there's team specific quarantining.
I heard rumors that each team kind of has their own wing and that there's still kind of isolating from other players.
But I would guess that's going to be lifted once, Um, all players air tested and you know, there is those two tests that were positive inside the bubble of those players or quarantine.
Once we have, you know, a totally corona free, um, environment.
I think we're gonna see a lot more intermingling, especially once play begins.
And more great cons that on video.
Um, So what else we got? We got We talk about Ron and talk about shake Milton.
I looked at my watch.
What? Always manage to get on it.
You know, there's a lot to say and I'm pretty a political myself.
But, um, there's been an increasing amount of controversy directed in the n B A as an organization's direction, Um, due to their sitting lack of support for the free Hong Kong movement and just people trying to guys catalyze a democracy and what is a really totalitarian factor state in China? Um, you know, as for I don't know what the exact, um financial figures look like for the MBA and its relationship with China.
But I can I can imagine that they're getting paid, uh, great one sum of money that at war almost warrants them.
Um, and you know, you can You can have, you know, varying opinions on, like, the value of democracy.
But Adam Silver at the end of the day is running a business.
And, um, the MBA is the business.
And I think, um, in terms of your PR, they stay pretty.
You trauma situation.
And I think they would rather have that than, um, have a potential multi $1,000,000,000 deal fall through with China.
It is a really tough topic.
Teoh dive into in totality.
But I guess what your first reactions to um, not just the wash comments but the entire China situation as a whole.
I mean, I don't want to get too political, especially on this n b a subject.
But like, I think you said, um, it, I mean really isn't being best interest.
Teoh at the very least, kind of remain, um, not necessarily silent, But, you know, I there's a lot of business interests and protect in China.
And I think one thing that you saw, like, one thing I feel like coach, you know, really experienced first hand was kind of the whole Daryl Morey situation at the beginning of here.
And there are a lot of reap repercussions about and, you know, I don't I know it was generally it's like a very ah is a pretty liberal person.
So I'm sure if he's on the support of idea of democracy, but I think his response waas kind of driven by the fact.
But you know, this senator that necessarily have, like, kind of the n b.
A perspective like what They went there earlier this year.
And I, you know, I like to interpret.
At least that was cut.
Said f you to the kind of idea of this guy who's just kind of trying to stir up some controversy in the idea when a I have been down the road before.
Yeah, I'm singing and up good for the league, *******.
And, you know, I've in terms of, you know, Loach's suspension by ESPN was on a little surprise.
When I heard about it initially, I thought, yes, get, like not, you know, not stick behind what was obviously in, um, in the comment.
But I I thought that they were gonna stay.
You drawn the situations, make no comment at all, and all by starting him, I guess the are making a statement that they're, you know, they're almost a zero tolerance policy for this kind of behavior.
Just, you know, I think it just being pretty funny and no harm, you know, no hard on at the end of the day.
Um, but we've already seen the media landscape in the last 48 hours.
It just seems like we're missing the king, and there's no there's a lack of a Cherokee shapes.
You know, Sham is, I guess, on top of the MBA Twitter hierarchy right now, at least in terms of news distribution.
But the Rashawn Homes report today came out from four different check marks.
A college, normally, what would you just have? Want everyone? Who else would Retweet.
So, yeah, people are People are trying to work their way in for powers inside the bubble.
And reporters, I'm sure looking at this opportunity is a way to gain ground.
But I wanna have board back.
It's I love all of it.
I think it's really fun to happen around.
I think it would be all have him in the elbow for his bombs.
That we're gonna have him in 1 to 2 weeks is what I'm hearing.
So, yeah, rewards, man.
Yeah, it's Ah, you see, even like obviously MBA, Twitter loves Loach, but, um, you can see with the players I know like Lou Williams, LeBron James, Hyper poplars like that.
All kind three there a report with the hash tag free woes.
So, uh, I it is interesting that ESPN decided to do this.
You know, I can certainly understand why, but really a lot of their about four reporting is driven behind the work of clothes, you know, you definitely, you know, stealing him from Yahoo is a very big acquisition for ESPN.
Um, we won't be too long.
I actually want to talk about media coverage and started bubble because I've seen a few journalists tweeting pictures of the room, their meals.
The process is gonna have access to players.
And just how many media members are actually going a lot inside the bubble is a whole, like, Are we gonna have multiple TV crews? Like what? When are Shaq and Charles and you know, the inside the crew going to arrive.
You have any information on that? Um, do you remember seeing couple weeks get upset that there be, like, You know what? Honestly, I don't want to comment, all right, But, you know, there will be a significant amount of media members, but I know a lot of immediate members that are gonna be there like someone like Brian, with horses ready something.
She's not gonna be there.
I know has noted that he will be in and out of the bubble, and he'll be one of the few exceptions.
But I think with the multiple layers that the bubble has, you know, you know, even being within the bubble.
You don't necessarily have to be like very closer players.
So you know, Adam Silver could be kind of walking around the building, but not necessarily like changing player's hands or anything like that.
So we'll kind of see how it how it goes.
But I'm sure, then be a you know, it's definitely in their interest to be able to get a lot of different angles and present kind of products.
And I know Adam Silver's also talked about different camera angles and stuff like that.
And I'm sure one day the way that we enjoyed, you know, watching the last act together Did love Toe kind of have a lot of footage to be ableto really some short do***entary or just have extensive coverage at the time? I think one advantage of you know, having no fans courtside is that the camera angles.
They're just gonna be absolutely stunning.
I know, Silver said that there's gonna be camera angles we've never seen before, and they're gonna have, like, a complete you know, perimeter coverage around the court in which they can get every angle possible.
So I'm excited just to see from the viewer experience what we're going to get a national TV as a, you know, a television product.
Um, And what was going to say the, um, broadcast on teams? I believe we're going to be limited in terms of, like, who they could actually bring down.
So I think they're gonna have to make the most of that.
The angles are going to make the most of who they have their.
And, um, I guess we're gonna get more information on the media coverage once we get closed.
A lot of this, I guess we're still in the dark.
Um, but I believe every game after the initial aid is gonna nationally televised.
Is that is that what you're hearing? Um, honestly, im not heard about that.
Um, one thing I did read it that I, however though, is that the magic you plan do televised there scrimmage games and I know about includes, like, a game against the Clippers to get came against the Lakers amongst, you know, all the other teams and all 22 figure to be a pretty good team.
So, uh, you know, the scrimmage games won't be, uh, you know, But like, it will probably be on uh, uh, on a baby pass and just It's so exciting.
Toe finally see a lot of footage coming out.
You don't just need practice clips and stuff like that.
Just gets so excited for, uh, if if if the scrimmage is being televised, we are then nineties away from having actual basketball on our television screens, which is incredibly exciting.
Um, it's been too long, man.
I You know, I can not over there how it sounded.
I am to be watching NBA basketball once again.
You got anything else that we want to cover before we Well, I got for you.
Um, no, I don't think so.
I mean, really again, it's just so exciting toe kind of See everything.
And, you know, we hope that players like Westbrook feel very quickly, but I know them via just report.
The players association reported that as of July 7, so a little lesson will be could go only to the 322 players tested positive, which is just like it pretty.
It's signed, but, you know, they're starting to form the bubble.
And by the time all 322 players, you know, all are clear.
Hopefully, they, uh, keep it that way.
I mean, you'd hate to see some kind of, um, you know, infestation occur inside the bubble or even one team having to go into Corentin.
You know, midst, freeze.
Um, if these positive tests happened, continue to happen, which is relatively unlikely, given all the measures they're taking.
I think once they have everyone, um, Corona free, it's like that it's going to stay that way as long as the bubble is kept sealed.
I know you text something about use, um, you know, coming and going.
And I guess that's you've made concern at this point would be through the catering services, you know, in fact, ing players or a player inviting instagram model into the and hit her bring it home.
But I I'm optimistic that everything's gonna go smooth and we're gonna have Corona free basketball for the next two months.
That's that's my You know, you could I guess it's could be blind optimism, but I I think that Adam Silver is done just absolutely excellent job in orchestrating all of this.
And these players are getting tested every single day.
So if one of them gets it, they're gonna they're gonna know about other almost instantaneously and all.
They're gonna take all the production of measures.
Yeah, and I think like them brings that they have are gonna be good because they have a lot of indicators that, you know, not even something like more than just indicators like temperature.
And I think there's a lot of things that they're really doing tryingto detect anything as like before the woodcuts.
Positive. So that's gonna love you.
And I'm, uh, think I'm gonna be caroni free here a couple days.
I want to go get tested again.
So everyone wear a mask.
I know I keep saying it, but, uh, you know, there's people out there, they're not. We're passing.
You were an all time high across the country, so, uh, stay safe.
Watch your hands.
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