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Hibbert’s value has dropped tremendously since he and the Pacers made that ferocious playoff run a few years ago. Once touted as a defensive beast who could patrol the paint and eat up rebounds on the glass, Hibbert has been reduced to being the butt of many jokes and has all but completely disappeared from being a productive center in the NBA. The Lakers were just terrible on offense last year and won’t look to improve much with Nick Young and an elder Kobe Bryant playing minutes with unproven rookies on the court. The addition of Hibbert will help both parties and maybe even revitalize the center’s career.
Ok. First off, a disclaimer to all the women reading: I mean no disrespect. But there’s almost no way there will ever be a woman playing in the NBA. The NBA is comprised of the very best of the best to ever play basketball. There are college legends who barely got any playing time in the NBA; it really is the one percent of basketball players who make it to the level of playing professionally in the NBA. There’s such a slim chance that a woman basketball player, typically lacking the strength and athleticism that men possess, would be able to beat out the competition by male athletes every year just for a shot in the NBA. I’m all for equality, but it’s just too unrealistic to imagine a woman basketball player being able to hold their own in the NBA. All this being said, this girl is really freaking good and this is quite the cool story.
Tjarks analyzes the futures of Jones and Lamb, and how their careers might be vitalized by moving to other teams. Both players never got around to finding their place in the rotation under Scott Brooks, and (for reasons unknown to the public) fell out of favor with the head coach. Jones is the more raw player, bridling with athleticism and talent. His situation will be tougher due to the crowded depth chart at his position in Boston, but I think Lamb will really come out and be productive in the league in Charlotte.
Take away DeAndre Jordan and the Clippers are in the bottom half of the Western Conference playoff picture. With the miraculous signing of Jordan, the organization becomes a much more appealing place to play. Now add in the free-agent acquisitions of Paul Pierce, Lance Stephenson and Josh Smith, and the Clippers have a scary team. I don’t know so much about ‘shake up,’ but the Clippers have made the right (and necessary) moves to keep up and be contenders with the newly revamped Spurs and the champion Warriors.
Berri takes a look into the claim and why it doesn’t make any sense that the NBA would say that some team’s profits are actually negative. Now I’ve personally not heard that the NBA is broke, but apparently it’s a claim that is going around for some teams. Just the fact that teams are now rolling out massive paydays for major players seems like a big red flag to question allegations such as these, and Berri goes in to debunk the myth.