BK diaspora — Rogue Twitter account — Spurs fit check

Fri, June 30th, 2023

  The Opening Tip

  • Why can’t the 2017 Warriors drink beer? 
  • A random Twitter account is out-scooping the scoopsters
  • The Spurs legends took a personality pic

1. These people are just miserable

A year-and-a-half after requesting a trade from the Nets and ~two seasons after requesting a trade from the Rockets, James Harden has requested a trade from the 76ers.

ICYWW, here’s the updated trade request leaderboard over the last five years:

  1. Harden, 3
  2. Kevin Durant, 2
  3. Kyrie Irving, 2 
  4. All others, 1

With all the restlessness and unhappiness, you’d assume these three haven’t had any agency, freewill or autonomy to construct a basketball team exactly the way they want it, right? And these three superstar friends definitely never got the chance to all play on the same team, right??

But seriously: What is it with these three in particular, who’ve played for a combined nine teams (soon-to-be 10) since the 2019 season?

Every franchise they force their way out of is weirdly relieved once they’re gone, and nowhere they go ever wins: Neither Harden, KD or Kyrie has played in a conference finals game over the last four playoffs.

We’re just going to say it. Maybe it’s not worth having them around?

[READ: Where will James Harden go next?]

2. Daily GIF: Draymond can’t chug beer

Draymond Green has been outed as the second member of the 2017 Warriors to not be able to chug a Bud Light, joining Kevin Durant. 

3. Trivia time

Who is the only player to play high school and college basketball in the same state, while also being drafted No. 1 overall to an NBA team in the same state?

Answer at the bottom.

Hint:
Recent.

4. An anon Twitter account is scooping Woj and Shams

An anonymous Twitter account named @droppingdimes20, which was deleted yesterday but has since respawned as @droppingdimes50, has been tweeting out NBA scoops for the past few days, often beating Woj and Shams.

Most notably, they tweeted out the Harden news -- along with speculation that the Clippers would be the favorites to trade for him -- an hour before either of the regular news-breakers. Then the black SUVs showed up and nuked the account.

He/she/person who hacked Woj’s phone is back tweeting news, though.

Take a scroll for yourself.

5. The worst fits in this photo, ranked

The legacy of Spurs Past comes down to two things: Winning constantly and giving zero fucks about anything other than winning. Those two attitudes led to five rings in 15 years and some of the worst fits of all-time, like in the pic above.

Fits in the pic, ranked from least bad to worst: 
 

5. Victor Wembanyama: He had a nice suit on draft night and a perfectly acceptable Nike polo here.

4. Tim Duncan: This outfit is actually so flippant that it’s kind of cool.

3. Sean Elliott: Perfectly acceptable fit for a regular person, kind of lame fit for a rich person.

2. Manu: I recognize that shirt. I bought it at Marshall’s once. The buttons give it some extra depth.

1. David Robinson: If he reminds you of a nerdy-but-nice high school music teacher, that’s because he’s a nerdy music lover who was forced into becoming one of the best NBA players ever.

6.  Quick Hits

  • ESPN just fired Jeff Van Gundy, Jalen Rose and a bunch of other NBA personalities.   
  • The recently-drafted Thompson Twins are two NBA-loving kings. 
  • The entire NBA wants Bruce Brown on their team. 
  • Kyrie Irving is leaking that he’s going to meet with the Suns, because he’s trying to drum up leverage with the Mavericks. 
  • The Rockets are going to sign everyone tonight. 
  • Ernie Johnson is going to the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame. 
  • This will shock you: Ben Simmons has turned down another opportunity to play organized basketball.

7.  Reads

  • "What's going on in Utah?": An oral History of Brian Windhorst's viral monologue [GQ]
  • The 30-team guide to NBA free-agency [ESPN]
  • Gregg Popovich is lucky the Spurs landed Victor Wembanyama. So are we. [Washington Post]

Trivia answer: DeAndre Ayton


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