Real GM’s NBA Headlines (Stuff is Happening!): February 10–25

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NBA News. Annotated. With Coffee. Begin.

*Jimmy Butler Diagnosed With Torn Meniscus (Wolves Fans Diagnosed With Torn Furniture, Seasonal Affective Disorder, and Decades of General Malaise)

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A Wolves Fan Gets Through the Tragedy With a SAD Light Box.

*Stan Van Gundy: One-And-Done Rule Has Racist Element (Exploitation of Non-White Athletes So Clear When One Compares Minor Leagues of Hockey and Baseball With Lack of Organized Minor League Hoops — -G League Still Needs Way More Resources, Cohesion)

*NBA Execs Believe Tanking Has Never Been More Widespread (Hiding Effectively Behind the Fact that Nine Teams have 18 Wins, Adam Silver Can’t Blame 1/3 of the NBA For Winning 25 Games)

*Brad Stevens Doesn’t Expect Gordon Hayward To Return This Season (But Would Be Happy to Play X-Box With Him Sometime After Practice)

*Kawhi Leonard, Spurs Have ‘Tremendous Disconnect Right Now’ (Though Spurs Arena WiFi Still Working Fine)

*DeAndre Jordan Lists Malibu Home For Sale At $6.5M (Friends Refused to AirBnB Manage It If He Signs Elsewhere)

*Clippers May Soon Need To Decide Between Tyrone Wallace, C.J. Williams (Biggest Executive Decision of the NBA Season)

*Avery Bradley Out With Sports Hernia (My Favorite Type of Hernia)

*Klay Thompson Wants to Retire with Warriors (Shocking. Also…consider how close the Warriors were to Trading Thompson for Kevin Love Years Ago)

*Magic Johnson has ‘Special Relationship’ with LaVar Ball (Weekly half-hour conference call during which LaVar gets to speak for the first 25 minutes while Magic watches a silent movie behind the computer monitor)

*Rajon Rondo, Isaiah Thomas Ejected As Video Tribute Controversy Lingers (Floyd Mayweather Getting His Promoters for IT-Rondo Summer Boxing Exhibition)

*John Wall, Marcin Gortat Met Privately To Clear Air (Nothing a Little Barbecue and Bratwurst Couldn’t Solve. Side note: Tomas Satoransky Has Breathed New Life Into the Wizards While Wall Recovers From Knee Injury. Amazingly, Ball Movement is Contagious!)

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Tomas Satoransky. Taking His Opportunity Very Seriously in DC. (Getty images)

*Kobe Bryant: It Takes a Special Person to Play for Lakers (You Have To Make Sure Your Send-off Season is All About You and You Have to Shoot 50 field Goal Attempts in Your Final Game as a Laker)

*Cavs-Celtics Draws ABC’s Highest Sunday Rating In Five Years (If Only the Celtics Showed Up)

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