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Los Angeles dealt Kuzma, Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and the No. 22 pick to get Russell Westbrook from the Wizards.

Kuzma, via Dalton Johnson of NBC Sports California:

“I was kind of shocked, because I thought I was going to Sac,” Kuzma said on “No Chill With Gilbert Arenas.” “Like the Sacramento deal with Buddy Hield, that s–t was done. So I’m thinking in my head, like, ‘OK, Sac, 45-minute flight. That’s not bad. I can go to Napa.’

“But then out of nowhere, you’re going to Washington.”

“I was super hyped because it’s a better situation,” Kuzma said.

“Going to Sac would have been fun, I would have went crazy for sure. That’s how I think. But to have an opportunity to play with Brad Beal— it’s someone that is really trying to be a winner in this league.”

Kuzma certainly has some strong ideas about his ability to handle a larger role and market preferences.

At least, as he says, he joins a team closer to the playoffs in Washington.

The trade falling through was probably a bigger bummer for Hield, who has sometimes seemed unhappy in Sacramento. He could have joined a championship contender in Los Angeles.

A shooter, Hield would have been an easier fit with LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Acquiring Hield would have also allowed the Lakers to keep Caldwell-Pope and the No. 22 pick – or use them in different trades.

Of course, Westbrook carries more star power. It’s completely understandable Los Angeles chose him.

But it’s a decision that looms large and is ripe for second-guessing.

Lakers appeared to be on the verge of trading two prominent player to for Buddy Hield.

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Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo recently was ranked as the NBA’s top player entering the 2022-23 season in ESPN’s annual list of the top 100 players.

But in his mind, he’s not the league’s best player. That title belongs to the reigning NBA Finals MVP.

“I believe the best player in the world is Steph Curry,” Antetokounmpo said Sunday at Bucks Media Day.

It’s not that Antetokounmpo was rooting for Curry and the Warriors to defeat the Boston Celtics in the 2022 NBA Finals — although he might have been considering the Bucks were sent home by Boston in the second round of the postseason.

Antetokounmpo, a two-time MVP and NBA champion himself, has a specific reason for why he tabs Curry as the world’s top baller.

“Do I believe I’m one of the best players in the league, and the way I help my team be great and win games, it’s efficient and effective? Yeah, I do believe that,” Antetokounmpo said. “I’m mature enough, I’m old enough to understand that.

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“Do I believe I’m the best player in the world? No. I think the best player in the world is the person that is the last one standing. The person that takes his team to the Finals, to the finish line, and helps them win games and become champion.”

At Warriors Media Day later on Sunday afternoon, Curry learned of Antetokounmpo’s high praise and agreed with his thought process in the best player debate.

“I was thinking the same thing about him last year coming off their [championship],” Curry said.

The Bucks won their second championship in franchise history in 2021. Antetokounmpo was named the 2021 NBA Finals MVP and closed out the series by dropping 50 points on the Phoenix Suns in Game 6.

“Two years when we did that, yeah,” Antetokounmpo said. “When I was sleeping in my bed, I was like, ‘Oh yeah, maybe I’m the best player in the world.’ But now, no.”

Antetokounmpo further explained his take with a classic analogy from the basement.

“The way I view it, the winner is the best,” Antetokounmpo said. “The guy that wins is the best. When I play a game of ping pong — when I go to my house and play against my brothers, when I win, and I play against Thanasis, Kostas and Alex and then my mom and [wife] Mariah and I win, I’m the best.

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“If Kostas played really good, a great series but didn’t win, how can he be the best when I won?”

The Bucks and Warriors are two of the top favorites to come away with the title. Could the league be in store for a Giannis-Steph Finals next season?

That would crown a new champion and decide Antetokounmpo’s greatest player debate.

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Ja Morant Broke Internet As He Promises To Gift His Grizzlies Teammates a…

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Here’s a new example of why Ja Morant is a pass-first player on and off the floor.

The fourth-year Memphis Grizzlies point guard signed a record breaking contract extension this off-season.

One of his goals with that newfound wealth is to buy his teammates Rolex watches.

Morant’s contract is a five-year deal worth $193 million. The deal could become worth $231 million if Morant makes an All-NBA team this season.

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“It’s just a matter of time,” Morant said of getting his teammates Rolex watches. “My bread got to kick in first. I’m still broke. Next year, when I get my money.”

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Morant’s selflessness transitions to the court, too. He couldn’t name a player that’s surprised him through two practices because of how much he’s studying the game. Coaches and teammates have often raved about Morant’s gym-rat mentality.

Morant will sometimes be watching Desmond Bane’s highlights and text him with a compliment. This was also showcased in Morant’s YouTube series when he was watching film while on the sidelines at a Nike AAU game.

“I watch these guys probably more than they watch themselves,” Morant said. “Just to learn my teammates.”

Yes, even the rookies that don’t have NBA film yet.

“I study they college film and seeing where their spots at on the floor,” Morant added. “Now I know when I’m running the offense, where to put them exact guys at.”
Unselfishness, high I.Q. and work ethic are all attributes of a superstar player, and each has been exemplified by Morant.

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Now that he’s an All-Star, second-team All-NBA player and one of the league’s top point guards, the next goal is a championship, he said.

“That’s all I got left to prove,” Morant said.

Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins has the challenge of unlocking every inch of Morant’s potential. The two came in together when Jenkins was hired and Morant was drafted in 2019.

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Scottie Pippen’s ex-wife Larsa Pippen Lashed Out After LeBron James’ Son Bronny Received Backlash for Liking Her Pictures

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In the aftermath of this, it gained a lot of attention. The reaction that came out on social media when this happened back when he was in high school was shocking for fans.

In addition, there have been some controversies about this, which even became a big topic on the internet. Thus, James’ eldest child was trolled on the internet as a result. Then, in response to the viral social media posts, Bronny posted a statement to let everyone know that the entire situation was blown out of proportion.

“I liked one of my best friend’s mom’s pictures. Y’all just childish,” Bronny said. Larsa Pippen then addressed the issue on Twitter with her own views. “Some of these stories are so disgusting the fact that my sons’ friends can’t like my pics without some ppl writing some weirdo shit is crazy,” Scottie Pippen‘s ex-wife tweeted.

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Afterward, James’ family came out to discuss this situation. In an Instagram post, Savannah James described the situation. “At the end of the day, y’all are talking about a minor.” It was difficult for her too to watch her son get involved in these controversies.

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However, James himself shared his opinion on this as well, mentioning the mistake people made. In his social media posts, he shared his thoughts. “Y’all f****d with the wrong one now! Good luck. It won’t be cute!”

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