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And as everybody found their into the bubble, we've been wondering some of the risks, right? Some social media post suggesting that maybe the bubble is not as secure as one would hope.
Unfortunately, it also may not be that secure because the center for the Sacramento Kings homes just got a scamp it across that, I guess, apparently imaginary.
Why that they have set out there just to grab a little bit of take out home before we were going with the Kings here and what their prospects are rejoining the bubble called out first and foremost by his mother on social media.
Any any hot take on Holmes Just looking to get a bite to eat outside of the bubble food.
Um, is there like, Is this a wall situation or is this like not to get political or anything? Or it's just like a like a wall situation like, Is there a wall that surrounds this bubble Or, uh or not? Because I'm very curious about this because they made it seem like there would be like, you know, law officials surrounding it on all this stuff.
And, uh, I just don't I'm not sure if all that was just noise or that's actually a thing, because it sure doesn't seem like, you know, something weird.
Like I mean it is because I don't know what it's called, actually, but Disney has that.
That big golf ball looking structure down in Florida I don't know what that thing is.
There's some type of, like ride that goes through.
It's a big, big ball.
You remember seeing as a kid, ****ey would stand on top of the commercials, my mind.
That was what was happening around the facility where the players were going to play.
Now it more seats with my impression from this.
Unless homes, it's stealing some type of cool is that they're like, Hey, don't go over there, So don't go over there.
You see that gap of air where the other people are? Those people are not inside of this bubble.
I feel like I feel like I'm very much This is this is ah, this Austin Powers territory laser.
Yeah, using the bubble, we will keep all of the virus.
So just a little confused about that.
And also it only took a couple of days for apparently, there's one player to be like you had the food that they're giving us here.
I want some Arby's.
So I ordered to read I will.
They have that and then it was, um, in Cabo clo on the rocket, so I feel like just got absolutely thrown under the bus.
I mean, is it just gonna be like role players that they're gonna bust right? Like I don't I can't imagine there like a young sad news it.
I have to miss the Eastern Conference finals.
You actually being picked up a salad from whatever we told you? Yes.
No, to the crew.
Very strict lines.
And we put it down.
Blue tape was labeling everywhere about the right hours to follow.
I mean, I don't know, I it's been it looks really fun there.
Like I will say, like some of the social media stuff makes it look really fun.
But smooth lodging like I people were kind of all over these guys for complaining about the rooms and it's a pandemic.
And all this stuff I'm like, Yeah, I like I see that to a degree.
But you also have to remember these guys took going toe like the epicenter of Corona virus, like they're just like plopping them down.
So if they're a little on edge and they complain about the rooms or whatever and they complain about the food Yeah, that I would be pretty ****ed if they were like you guys because you be living life right here.
All right? It's gonna be no, no, no women allowed in here.
Of course that you got.
But it's getting help and they give you this crap food and like, I don't know, I would be pretty ****ed.
I'm just saying, Do you remember in middle school? Used to get those lunch trays and they would just kind of slopped And the auto? It's going to be a lot like that.
I listen, do I understand that a lot of your millionaires and living a very different lifestyle? Yes.
However, you were going to love it and he said, Those who is funny because I think Peter Rosenberg said it on ESPN radio one day, where he was like, Yes, it is the pandemic.
A lot of things are going on right now.
A lot of people having a lot of difficulties.
He's like, So, yes, you have to recognize that also, it's okay to kind of complain about some of the nonsense stuff because that's what life is right.
Like being like Man is a great to be stuck in this relatively small hotel room, getting straight deals under the door like No, it's not ideal.
I think it's human nature to be like I'm not loving this.
I'm gonna let you guys know I get it.
And Bruce suffering worse.
I'm happy to be here.
Also, not my favorite scenario.
I mean, they're also like it If they could just be I don't know, I like I was kind of surprised by the backlash.
I'm like, you know what men like.
It's like the whole, like, the spoiled thing I'm like these guys of, like, had to go for so much to get to the end.
A And there's just so many little trials and injuries that guys go through like I'm surprised this is where we're drawing the line right now.
Um and yeah, I mean, it just kind of like I don't I've been, like, kind of mixed on some of the social media aspect of it.
I will also say, like, it's kind of nice that they're all making efforts to, like, get into the bubble itself and have fun and do all that, like, I think that stuff is really cool.
I like that they're leaning into it and trying to have as much fun as possible with teammates.
Um, and I think that that side of it is actually really got me excited for this tournament.
It's just a lot like I admittedly was really nervous about that kind of thing.
The coronavirus, it and that whole thing could have had a little Donald Trump a mad Come on.
So, um so but seeing these guys like, you know, having fun and having, like, fake, like the Dallas Mavericks, one where they're having the fake D j boo.
Someday, I guess, like outside the balconies up his nights like it gives you a little bit of sentimentality and just kind of It shows you that these guys are really all happy to be together with teammates and stuff like that.
So, um, that side of it is nice.
I will see how everything else go.
Yeah, it's like I don't know.
I mean, you know, I mean my into my thirties, but there was always like, there's random days when it's fun to get together with bodies and have a glorified champ environment.
Were just like having a goof in whatever.
And the more that these guys can buy into that Bennett, those feel like, at least you're enjoying yourselves for whatever this is gonna look like.
When it finally happens, Holmes get scolded by his mother on social media.
Looks like he's gonna be OK, at least on the home front.
But entering this bubble now we take a look.
Specifically, we touched on the Rockets.
We've talked about the Miami Heat and have a 76 years as well between Keith McPherson, Cindy and Russell.
Yesterday you've been a part of those conversations to first and foremost.
We just look at the nuts and bolts of this.
They came in Sacramento, actually winning eight out of their last 11 before the shutdown of the season, so they definitely are surging in the right direction.
If you want to make that case, what it needs for them in the short term could be old relative.
But given how they stand a very slow start to their season, so I think that it's been impressive that able to turn the corner a little bit 28 36 you know the West is bringing in Ah, five team addition, which includes the Grizz, will be there in the eighth spot.
The Blazers and the Pelicans, then the Kings, the Spurs and even the sons are going to be in there as well.
At 22 games off the pace of the Lakers in the less their Conference I 21 a half, they're actually tied technically, as faras games that with the pelicans in the trailer.
So they're right in the mix.
There, initially on the surface before you even give you their schedule, were expectations from from a very young team with a lot of talent, but just a young roster they don't think had the highest goals at the start of this season.
Yeah, I mean, I think people were pretty excited for them at the start of the year just because of how they played last year.
I mean, they they really were.
They just kind of tailed off a little bit of the end.
They got Harrison Barnes and that trade, and I don't feel like it really pushed them over the edge that much.
Um, and it just part of It's just I think, being a young team, you're eventually going to slow down a little bit.
But it's funny that the pelicans have all this buzz and people are like, Oh, yeah, like Cy on in the playoffs like I don't really I almost kind of trust this Kings team a little bit more, actually, you know, I wasn't huge on the coaching side of it, But I will say like putting deer and Fox through this weird offense, where none of it really plays to his skills where you know, they're playing at this, like, super slow pace.
It really helps him in the half court player.
I mean, you see, like it's half court efficiency and jumped, I think from be, like 30th 40th percentile, which is like, Think about it on a number line to 100.
Uh, he was at 40th like around 40% last year, jumped up toe like 70th percentile, which is like a big jump.
That's a huge jump in offensive production in the half court.
So, you know, I think it was a weird year for them.
But once they really got it all together and part of that's just urine Fox eventually getting healthy.
Um, I kind of like the energy that they were they were putting out there.
Um, the bloody hell coming off the bench thing, I think was a victory, at least in the short term.
I I actually I don't really know why the pelicans have more buzz than them other than I think, the excitement aspect of it.
But I think they're really good.
And ah, I I will say this, um, 3.
5 games is gonna be a lot of ground to make up, no matter which team we're talking about.
So I don't know if I would favor them to make the playoffs, but yeah, well, you mentioned the Americans there.
It's almost interesting, because not that they can be good, too, in the long term.
But so many of your components are from the Lakers.
And they didn't scream success last year.
You, LeBron James, and and obviously a little bit of a state of flux around that franchise.
That's fine, but you're kind of hang your hat on saying, Well, sigh on dyas nickel mover.
And any very well may be but relatives to look the kings that come into and what they're carrying over from last year, they're in the same position.
It feels like they're the exact same boat as the pelicans should be considered the same way.
Now there's something about maybe just because I on in a relatively small sample size when you return before the shutdown, it was like, You know, Okay, this kid is ready to come in and make an impact immediately that that level of excitement and buzz is there and you're the first overall pick.
So the MBA wants to showcase their stars.
But this other to that, I think that maybe this team in the King's just getting blown by the wayside.
You didn't mention Fox here, and I'll just briefly touch on the idea of what he was able to do. Kind.
Over three seasons into his career, we saw him steadily rise in field goal percentage.
The three point shooting did take a dip this past season, but that's not necessarily.
You know the strength of his game, obviously only averaging about three attempts per game anyway for the assist numbers were solid.
Sitting there right around seven like consistency over those first couple of years.
Wakey country on.
This is so important for of a player's getting and when you speak to the idea of that half court set up and how that move the needle for his play in a positive way, as opposed to the guy I hate to keep referencing him like bashing, but as opposed to a Donovan Mitchell where it seems like, Well, where have you seen those growth areas over those first couple of come? We could look and you can take a look at the schedule if he wants, because I am curious to see if you think that there's any opportunity for this team to actually make a move here.
Once they get inside their, their schedule coming out of this is they get back into the game.
Restart is going to look like San Antonio.
Orlando, Dallas, New Orleans will catch our Brooklyn Nets.
Watch out for that threat there.
Then they're gonna grab Houston New Orleans again.
So on, I guess. A on paper.
The you can say Dallas has something to play for with whether seated right now, just in terms of solidifying themselves outside of New Orleans, New Orleans is going to those of the games.
And if you want to make the case about being able to get yourself, get yourself in there.
Ah, you can beat the pelicans to gangs and get yourself into a conversation about pushing the Grizzlies into that to a killed to ah to Game one game out series, which l a team is.
It is the Lakers.
Oh, and that's that's might be like I wonder if they will be resting? I don't know.
I would be interested to see Yeah, I think one of the things I'm really curious about it because they only have eight games, like every single like I think certain teams will rest.
Guys like the Clippers Clippers members might rescue Ally and Fijian for all eight.
Yeah, we got another a little tired. E.
I had three months really on the side of it, though I do wonder about Lake.
Well, they look at and say between some scrimmage gains and practice time, that's enough.
But we don't really need to be in game action before the playoffs and we can treat the first round as our warm up.
I think LeBron will probably play II, but LeBron plays all games like it.
This is a little different because like you do kind of need these eight games to get riel MBA action before you get into the playoffs like you can scrimmages and especially practice.
But scrimmages can like.
You can replicate some, but I don't know, just like the pace of of the way, even the pace, just the intensity of playoff games.
I think that there is you're gonna need to get a real ramp up with that.
So I'll be curious to see what happens if teams like, well, sort of have the way they historically approach final games of the year, which I guess is what we have to call this.
Um, it's so confusing at this.
Sort of like, Is it a restart? A resumption? I don't know anyone, but but I mean, I think like it will be interesting.
Like, will it seems be resting guys in the last couple of games or they really gonna be like, Hey, we really could use this, you know, for preparation Essentially.
But I think it'll be interesting.
I want to look at Sacramento head to head matchup versus the pelicans because I do think that okay, while you do pull that out there, well, I will say what was interesting about it, too.
is that we'll talk about one point with the Rockets and you think about a team like the Mavericks as well, because beyond the Grizzlies in the Western Conference is really nothing.
Teoh worry about heaven ones in risking it.
Yeah, I think it's a 7.
5 game gap between the Grizzlies and the Mavericks and seven seed.
And what you really have to look at, though, is those early gains for the Rockets. For the thunder.
For the Mavericks, where there could be some moving even the Jazz or including this grouping the chaos.
It is like, Don't do the Mavericks, the Mavericks.
Probably everything to play for breaking out of the seven seed.
They believe the Clippers, you know.
And then they could just get into playing the Nuggets or whatever it may look like they're so they'll want to play for but handing on how.
When we talk about that schedule, you're playing the Rockets.
Let's see they play Dallas the third game, so that's going to be an all out.
It doubts that have everything.
We're probably at that point by the time he gets a Houston, though, in the sixth matchup Houston may be pretty well set on whatever they're going to be there, not being so that man of being almost like in any game as well.
So it's really interesting.
Just think about the Kings and saying like you, you'll know ate by the light.
You have to be San Antonio.
You have to beat Orlando is to start.
If you don't do that, then you go ahead.
Just stop having the conversation.
But if you have those 1st 2 games, then you get the back to back really big matchups against Dallas and the Pelicans.
And then you get the soft landing spot of Brooklyn before you maybe have a big game against Houston and then the Pelicans again.
So they're going toe.
Have a very nice launch year over these eight games.
Doesn't have their for their heads ahead.
There's one game and there is no Zion, so we know absolutely in one natural relative to nothing that you're going to see.
Love, how back loaded the schedule was that it does not tell me a day and do they, But ah, they lost by two because of a JJ Red**** game winning layup.
So so you could, You can.
You could learn something here, though, if they didn't beat them in one game sample size.
Without Xai on, you could assume it could be a more difficult task with them, but yeah, right.
Do you think that Do you think that we're gonna probably touch on the Trailblazers at some point? Do you? Are they gonna be the team that messes up? The ending was planned.
Toe have talent making into the playoffs like it feels like the one thing after all those conversations was like Okay, fine.
People in school before we have, we have the Kings.
We have the pelicans, even the Grizzlies and a C.
We have three young team.
He's hungry, looking to diss voice and talent that Portland.
Or maybe we'll just get in there.
They will take all three of these teams out and we'll take over the A. C.
Not because, uh, I remember that it was Damon CJ were two of the people that were really outspoken against going David even know what I'm saying? They're like, yeah, we're getting a favor.
If they may get into the playoffs like this is not like there's a nothing fun about this because you guys are gonna get whites by the Lakers.
Like, I think, maybe worse than any team, they don't have any power forwards or small four like Trevor reasons not even playing anymore.
And Trevor reasons like they're one shining hope and do it.
It's the biggest guy have arisen on the team, right? Are you to go to Sacramento? I think he was on the way.
He wanted He opted out.
Yeah, as a young has a young child here.
So, like he Do you think they're one kind of shot at doing this? It's like I don't really want to see Mario Hezonja corporate earnings for four games like, I just I really hope that doesn't happen.
I will say this that this king steam they don't have, like, the top and talent, even relative toe like a I mean, it's funny like you brought up out of it.
Mitchell likes to think I like Donovan Mitchell even a little bit more than deer and Fox, Um, or like a John Marais.
And I think I like a little bit more than a year in They don't have like that top end talent, but I think they're really deep like the shot.
Holmes is a really solid, grim runner.
I like Harry Giles up the bench, a lot of town at the four B elites that can kind of stretch it.
I think that Harrison Barnes could be a guy that can actually capably defend.
Maybe not like locked down, but the CA wise the LeBron's of the world on.
And then they have all this depth at the two guard to, um, you know, you're looking at like a Bogdanovich a buddy.
Hell, I mean, they're just kind of stacked at every position.
So in a way, I think that'd be fun to watch in the playoffs.
I just, you know, and again, it's like Depth doesn't really really matter.
But it's kind of nice that they can go whatever 10 deep and actually have some, like, really interesting guys and then Marvin Bagley I haven't even mentioned.
I think we kind of forgot that I I don't know you everybody, you're right.
Well, let's just quickly because you touched on bag if you want, but when you think about it, I know it zone relative.
But now Rondo goes down for L.
And with a hand injury.
They say he'll be back, but he's not gonna be there for the first round.
Certainly, like there's a case to be made that any any of these teams.
But if you're the Kings and you have a bunch of what's called him C plus B minus players, right, you have a ton of them.
The second unit matchups might be enough to make some of those games interesting were at some point and a communiqu ***ulative a ***ulative impact for a guy like LeBron where you go if I have to expend myself even fractionally motor that I wanted to in the first round by the second place by the third round of the class when I know I'm gonna be playing Max minutes, for sure like that could take a toll on me about some of the Western Conference finals. Maybe has the impact.
I'm not calling for upsets here, but it will be exciting to this that we see like, Wow, I didn't think that the Kings were gonna be within six points with four minutes to go in the fourth quarter like.
All right, let's see what happens.
Right? Well, you think about like last year.
Syria's like the Warriors Clippers.
Siri's where the Clippers actually kind of made that.
And like part of it was just they have this heat check I and Lou Williams.
Who, by the way, I mean talk about there's there's your paycheck, I buddy.
That's a guy that can singlehandedly swing entire quarter, right? Sick Like he really? I think Buddy Hield is kind of weirdly profound you now, but yeah, I mean, I I think they'd be fun.
The depth, please.
That you just brought up is a really, really, really, really important.
I mean, the Lakers say what you want.
It's like all of a sudden there looking at, you know, deal waiters and J.
Smith being like, Hey, so, look, what do you think of 25 minutes a game? You know, I mean, a real quick quick and they have been playing j r.
But if I said run the point for the bulk of the game, what would that mean for you? I mean, like, I don't know, like, and I are they gonna feel confident up in the Caruso piece.
I think they should, like everything says that he's really capable of.
He's a great defender, so but I don't know.
I mean, I just that King Steve is kind of fun.
I don't really know Ellis the street, and they kind of interest me more even than, like, maybe not the Pelicans in terms of, like, highlight, worthy stuff.
But in a weird way, they are kind of a team that I find myself gravitating to just I like that depth.
I like the different for me like a Muchas highlight.
Players are awesome.
Um, there's something to having different counters in different lineups that you can throw.
That's a really interest me, and I don't like, pursue that.
I think it from like a team building aspect of it, and they kind of have that a lot of ways.
And I think that's why they were playing so well near the end of the year.
They just figured out their rotations.
Luke Walton kind of finally guard altogether.
They just have so many pieces and once you kind of lock everybody in, there's enough talent there.
That roster is actually really good.
It kind of showed up.
I don't think that that hot streak that they were on was any accident.
I mean, I got part of it's just figuring out Hey, buddy, healed, she maybe come up the bench.
Marshawn homes, their best centre and deer and fox finally feeling comfortable.
What kind of unlocks? Everything is good.
Yeah, well, and once once you can set the reasonable floor of expectations.
I just know this is our baseline, and okay, well, folks, with a little higher little older But you could sort this lot those guys in across the roster, whatever the rules are gonna be, it just made good on a game to game basis.
OK, I know. I know.
This guy gets the X.
If I if I put him in for this minute share, I don't push him too hard.
But I can I can get this value on either under the floor.
So no matter way previously were like the young teams, the young town, the young players like that always excites me.
And it's never gonna diminish that.
If Kawai takes the Clippers in the finals will be, like, all right, like legacy building here for this guy were LeBron or any of these three honest for his first time like that's already exciting.
But there's nothing born exciting that I'm like, Oh my God, like this young team just totally shocked people like there's nothing we're throwing in that and you don't get it a lot, hardly ever in the n b A.
So it was something to look forward to.
The problem of five seed in the East.
If they came to riveting for the Eastern Conference, they probably have six more wins and, you know, be pushing the be pushing at the door of the heels of all the piety. Seems there.
But we'll see what happens as we continue to get underway here.
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