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‘Stupid’ rule could cost Tyrese Haliburton money and Joel Embiid MVP; LeBron’s ‘ominous’ Lakers warning

While the upcoming trade deadline is the primary focus in the NBA right now, there are a few debates bubbling away in the background — from new rules impacting the MVP race to whether the league needs to do anything to address a sudden surge in scoring.

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Plus, just when it looked like things were starting to move in an upwards trajectory for LeBron James and the Lakers there has been more drama.

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PACERS STAR COULD BE COUNTING THE $62M COST OF ‘STUPID’ RULE

The NBA’s new collective bargaining agreement is having “unintended consequences” already and it has Golden State Warriors big man Draymond Green claiming “bulls***”.

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In case you missed it, when the NBA and player’s union agreed to the new agreement in April last year it also included a player participation policy which had a direct impact on eligibility for some of the league’s major end-of-year awards.

Most notably, it set a 65-game threshold for players to be eligible for MVP, Defensive Player of the Year and All-NBA honours. Players also needed to be on the court for a minimum of 20 minutes in all of those 65 games to be eligible.

The change was part of the league’s move to address concerns over load management, with NBA commissioner Adam Silver saying in June 2022 that the league wanted a “system where our best players are incentivised to be on the floor”.

In the case of reigning MVP and Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid, however, there is a debate as to whether the new system is incentivising players to be on the floor to their detriment.

‘Stupid’ rule could cost Tyrese Haliburton money and Joel Embiid MVP; LeBron’s ‘ominous’ Lakers warning

Embiid, having already been dealing with a lingering injury heading into Wednesday’s game against Golden State, went down in the final minutes of the game as Jonathan Kuminga fell directly onto his compromised knee.

Sixers writer Kyle Neubeck described it as “absolute stupidity all around”.

“You can’t say the Sixers could have predicted that specifically, but when a gigantic man is favouring one leg as a result of a knee injury, you are playing with fire,” he wrote.

“Hard to believe the guy who looked like a giraffe on ice skates ended up in a dangerous situation.”

Embiid is now undergoing an MRI and has already been ruled out of Philadelphia’s game against the Jazz on Friday, meaning he can only miss five more games before being made ineligible for postseason awards — including MVP.

That is despite Embiid having what former teammate JJ Redick described as “arguably the best season of his career” on his podcast in December last year.

The fact that Embiid played through his knee complaint on Wednesday says more about Philadelphia’s situation than his MVP case given the team was already without guard Tyrse Maxey and needed the superstar big man to be a chance against a desperate Golden State.

ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne said as much on ‘NBA Today’ but added that the 65-game MVP threshold had to also be a factor for Embiid, who now looks little chance of being eligible for the award.

 

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Joel Embiid may miss out on MVP. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

 

“He’s not playing because of the 65 games but it’s always front and centre in that discussion. You can’t separate it,” Shelburne said.

“He’s playing because the Sixers need him. They need him out there to win… but 65 games is in your head because this is a guy who didn’t get Rookie of the Year when he certainly was the best rookie that year but he didn’t play enough games.

“He’s already lost one MVP where he probably didn’t play enough games and I think that affected his votes.”

Golden State’s Green was far more direct in his opinion on the matter, believing the NBA’s rule change was in a lot of ways forcing players to push through injuries.

“Joel playing tonight felt very much so because of the 65-game limit,” Green said on his podcast.

“What I think is actually quite bulls***, guys have faced those rules before but those same All-NBA teams, those same MVP awards, lists, Defensive Player of the Year, those lists are the same. I once lost a Defensive Player of the Year Award to Kawhi Leonard and I think he played 51 games.

“In turn, you get Joel who comes out there tonight and he forces it. The freak play with him and JK diving for the ball, but maybe it’s not as bad if the knee isn’t already banged up. I don’t really bang with it. Now we got one of our premier faces in this league, the MVP of our league, possibly hurt for an extended period of time because he’s forcing it.”

It is not just Embiid though. Pacers guard Tyrese Haliburton, who is enjoying a breakout season that saw him named a All-Star starter, described the rule as “stupid” earlier in the week.

 

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Tyrese Haliburton has had a big season. Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFPSource: AFP

 

In the case of Haliburton, he suffered a hamstring strain and now can only miss five more games before he too becomes ineligible for post-season awards — including All-NBA honours.

That would end up costing Haliburton $41 million ($A62m). How does that work?

Well, the Indiana guard signed a five-year max contract extension with the Pacers this past offseason which starts at 25 per cent of the 2024-25 salary cap if he doesn’t make an All-NBA team.

If he does, that figure rises to 30 per cent, which is equivalent to a $USD41 million difference.

“I think it’s a stupid rule, like plenty of the guys in the league,” Haliburton said to James Boyd of The Athletic.

Taking last year as a case study, five different players including Giannis Antetokounmpo would not have been eligible for All-NBA had these rules been in place.

ESPN personality Michael Wilbon said the league is facing a “real tough balancing act” given the move was meant to appeal to fans and sponsors growing frustrated with star players sitting out games.

Front officer insider Bobby Marks suggested having a tiered approach, although NBA executive vice president Joe Dumars indicated the league won’t be making any changes for next season.

“Any time you put something in there are going to be some unintended consequences,” he told Malika Andrews of ESPN.

“We knew that going in. We put the threshold in that you can miss up to 20 per cent of the season and still be eligible. But we always knew that there could be a situation where one of the players went past 20 per cent of the season who is having a good year. But you can’t not put that rule in because of the one or two guys that it may effect.

“There have been no discussions about that [a change].”

 

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THE DIFFERENT SIDES OF NBA’S SCORING DEBATE

Earlier in the week it was Joel Embiid dropping 70 points and Karl-Anthony Towns scoring 62. Then it was 73 from Luka Doncic and 62 from Devin Booker.

Four historic individual performances that shone a spotlight on some of the most talented players in the NBA right now — and, potentially, one of the biggest issues in the league too?

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That is what some of the leading voices in the NBA are trying to work out right now.

Are the kind of 50 and 60-point explosions that used to be crowning moments in steps towards superstardom now the new normal?

“I think there are absolute changes (to be made),” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said before the Warriors’ game against the Lakers, according to The Mercury News.

“You’re not going to make changes to the scheme. Where you’re going to make changes is with the defensive positioning rules that are in place.

“I wish I could tell you the number of times a player wildly drove into us, ran into us, and I went to the ref and the ref used the expression, ‘illegal guarding position.’

“The way we’re interpreting the rules is favouring the offence. Just as we did 20 years ago as a league, when we wanted to open up the game, we changed the interpretation. So we could easily go back and give leeway to the defence.”

It is not the first time Kerr has called out the state of NBA officiating, having previously described the league as a “parade to the free-throw line” after a loss to the Nuggets.

Crucially, Kerr wasn’t so much criticising the referees themselves as he was the rules themselves and how they influence the way officials interpret the game.

As John Hollinger pointed out in a comprehensive column for The Athletic, this is a multi-faceted issue that isn’t necessarily going to be solved by making just one change.

Funnily enough, there was a similar conversation happening in NBA circles around this time last year, when the average NBA team was scoring at a rate of nearly 114 points per 100 possessions — ranking the highest such mark in league history.

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Mick Schumacher made his first appearance in a McLaren Formula 1 car as he conducted development work for Pirelli at Silverstone today

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Mick Schumacher made his first appearance in a McLaren Formula 1 car as he conducted development work for Pirelli at Silverstone today

The former Haas driver, now the reserve for McLaren’s engine supplier Mercedes, sampled the MCL38 two days after the British Grand Prix. As wet conditions persisted throughout the day he completed 53 laps and set a best time of 1’37.428.

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McLaren was one of three teams running at the track. Alexander Albon logged the most laps, covering 86 in his Williams and setting a best time of 1’41.116. Haas reserve driver Pietro Fittipaldi lapped in 1’42.124 and did 62 laps.

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Pirelli intended to use the test to finalise the construction of its 2025 tyres, the last which will be produced to the current widths. F1’s official tyre supplier is producing slightly softer versions of its hardest compounds for next year.

However the weather conditions meant slick tyre developments was impossible. They took the opportunity to assess new intermediate tyre constructions and look into how well they ran when used without heating blankets.

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The test is Pirelli’s sixth this season. It will continue tomorrow when Lando Norris will replace Schumacher in the McLaren, Albon will hand the Williams over to his team mate Logan Sargeant and Oliver Bearman will drive for Haas.

Pirelli’s testing schedule will continue at Monza where it plans to evaluate the new C6 tyre compound it will introduce next year which is designed to better suit street circuits.

“This year is very busy because we have to develop the 2025 tyres but also to start the 2026 development,” Pirelli motorsport director Mario Isola told media including RaceFans at Silverstone.

“I believe that we have a good product now that is very close to the targets that Formula 1 defined for us. That was thanks to the test days that, after some years, we have been able to get. This is telling you how important it is to test.”

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Max Verstappen spotted in class act with Lewis Hamilton’s father

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Max Verstappen spotted in class act with Lewis Hamilton’s father

Max Verstappen was spotted engaging in a handshake with Anthony Hamilton after the British Grand Prix on Sunday after his son, Lewis Hamilton, beat the Dutchman to the top step of the podium in front of a sold-out home crowd.

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Hamilton and Verstappen have enjoyed their fair share of battles over the years and clashed multiple times on track during their legendary 2021 title fight. However, despite this, there has always been an underlying respect between the pair, and this has been epitomised by the behaviour of the seven-time world champion’s father.

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After his son found himself on the wrong end of a controversial end to the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, both Hamiltons conducted themselves impeccably. Anthony was pictured shaking hands with Verstappen, and his father Jos, expressing his respect and congratulating the Dutchman on his first Drivers’ Championship crown.

Nearly three years later, Hamilton Snr shared another handshake with the Dutchman, who is now a three-time world champion en route to his fourth. The 26-year-old hunted his rival down relentlessly during the final stint but could not bridge the gap to the Mercedes driver, who duly ended his winless streak.

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Hamilton’s victory at Silverstone was a monumental one on many levels. By taking the chequered flag first, the 39-year-old became the first-ever driver to win nine times at a single event, and the first to pass 300 Grand Prix starts and stand on the top step of the podium afterwards.

It also ended a 945-day wait for a victory. Hamilton’s previous trip to the top step of the rostrum came at the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix with Mercedes’ miserable 2022 and 2023 campaigns making it nearly impossible for the seven-time world champion to fight at the head of the field.

Verstappen appreciated the significance of this result for his former title rival. The Dutchman was first on the scene to congratulate Hamilton after the chequered flag, pulling up alongside the Mercedes driver and expressing his respect, before Lando Norris followed suit.

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Fans Has Been Filling Petition to Demand Brutal Punishment for Chase Elliott

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Fans Has Been Filling Petition to Demand Brutal Punishment for Chase Elliott

Safe to say, many fans were angry with Chase Elliott’s shenanigans. Some even called for a drastic measure against the driver, writing, “Obviously they need to suspend Chase Elliott for this.” Another social media user was baffled that two instances of the same offence is garnering different reactions, and commented, “Wait, did Chase do the same thing as Bubba with no one saying a word about it?”

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Notably, NBC might have something to do with the different levels of criticism that the two drivers are facing. As per Heavy.com, since Alex Bowman was the race winner and the incident happened during his victory lap, the cameras were focused on him (as expected to be), putting Wallace’s actions in clear view. Hence, Elliott’s actions went largely unnoticed initially, with Daniel Hemric dashcam turning out to be one of the few video evidences!

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One critic took the harsher route and demanded strict action against the driver, saying, “Chase Elliott is a th*g and should be parked for the rest of the season.” Another NASCAR fan also jeered at the HMS driver for being able to dish out punishment and not take it, “LOL. Don’t give it if you can’t take it right back Chase. This is a nothing burger.”

In a post-race interview, Daniel Suarez did share that Elliott was the one who instigated the on-track altercation. “We got together right there in the last couple of corners. He pushed me a little bit, and then I pushed him with all my intention, and I ended up hitting him pretty good on the very last corner. My bad on that,” the #99 driver revealed.

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Finally, someone noted that, “Chase got what he deserved.” There weren’t too many willing to lend a sympathetic ear, with another user writing, “So you’re telling me chase started some cr*p, got dumped for it, and wants us to feel bad for him? What a pity party.”

In another similar occurrence, the 28-year-old was suspended for one race last year after he intentionally wrecked Denny Hamlin during the Coca-Cola 600. In 2022, Bubba Wallace also faced a one race suspension for intentionally wrecking Kyle Larson in a “dangerous act” of retaliation. But this time, though, it seems both #23 and #9 might be let off the hook by NASCAR, since both were post-race incidents. If we are to look at history, Martin Truex Jr serves as the biggest example for his actions at Richmond in April this year. After a dominant MTJ lost to Denny Hamlin, he vented his frustration by slamming Kyle Larson’s door, and bumping the #11’s rear three times. However, the driver escaped penalty!

Looking at this, do you think either Bubba Wallace or Chase Elliott will face the same fate? Let us know what you think!

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