I think it was great, Irving said, because I got to learn a lot of things on set from those guys and from Lisa, talking about how the game has transcended, it’s a little bit different now from the way they were traveling, the way the games were set up, just the physicality. A lot of things that tied in, that you would want to know and learn from as a modern basketball player. It was great to be on set with all those people.
Some of these wackadoo lineups are the semi-intended results of deadline moves aimed at rebuilding: Atlanta buying out Ersan Ilyasova, the Grizz swapping a functional wing (James Ennis) for a second-round pick, New York nabbing another point guard who can’t shoot, the Kings sending George Hill to Cleveland. Tyreke Evans and Mike Conley are injured. Chandler Parsons is sick. Most of Memphis’ perimeter players — the guys who should be playing on the wing instead of Martin — have been awful.
But at least they are, you know, perimeter players. You paid Ben McLemore almost $11 million knowing he would screw up endlessly on his uncertain journey to NBA competence. Let him screw up instead of shoehorning Martin into a position he can’t play! Call up Kobi Simmons! Do something!
For me, being Uncle Drew, I just try to be in that channel as much as I can and be in that mindset of just, give back, consistently give back. It’s always great to hear older people talk, they kind of talk as Yoda, they leave these things like, ‘Do as I say, not as I do,’ with some unbelievable quotes that are simple but hit home.
The Sixers took a 26-point lead into the fourth quarter, but as sports fans learn time and time again, rarely is a lead safe. A 30-7 run by the Heat narrowed the gap to 97-92 with little less than two minutes remaining, and the game got even closer than that, when a Wayne Ellington trey made the score 101-97 with 25 seconds left.
Then, a botched in-bounds play by the Sixers kept Miami’s hopes alive, but Ben Simmons intercepted Justise Winslow’s ensuing in-bounds pass to pretty much seal the deal.
For the non-gambling inclined, anyway.