Basketball mother fucker. Read about it.

Russell Westbrook

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With his 14th triple double of the season, Westbrook scored 45 points, 11 assists, and 11 rebounds in a win over the Celtics.

J.R. Smith

The Cavs are going to be without J.R. for 12-14 weeks after he had surgery to repair his thumb that he broke in an overtime win against the Bucks. I don’t think this will be that big of a blow to the Cavs as J.R. should be fresh for the playoffs and other bench players can get some experience while he is out.

Shaq

Miami became the second team to retire Shaq’s jersey last week (Lakers are the other team). It is a little strange to retire the jersey of a player who only played 3 and a half seasons for the franchise and left on what were to be reported on bad terms. During the ceremony Pat Riley said some touching things and awkwardly dumped some cards on his head. Shaq appeared to be thankful, took a shot at Stan Van Gundy, and flashed what appeared to be a Lakers championship ring on his finger (it was his hall of fame ring which I didn’t know was a thing). After the ceremony, the Heat went on to defeat the Lakers.

Isaiah Thomas

Isaiah Thomas had the best game of his career in an overtime win against the Grizzlies. He scored 44 points on just 16 field goal attempts. He went 17-17 at the free throw line putting up an old school stat line that came with charging the rim and attracting fouls in the paint.

Boogie

Boogie Cousins has given us all plenty of evidence to prove that he is the biggest douche bag in the NBA. He is a talented center who can’t lead a team to the playoffs and always gets his coach fired. I don’t watch a lot of Sacramento games but I don’t think I have ever seen Boogie without a scrunched up angry face.

This week he got into a confrontation with a reporter who wrote about his brother and was ejected and then un-ejected in a win over the Blazers. He was fired up after getting an and one and “accidentally” spit out his mouth piece at the Blazers bench. The refs saw this and thought it was intentional and kicked him out of the game. The refs discussed the event and ran into the Kings locker room to bring Boogie back into the game and they believed the mouth piece fell out accidentally after review. Boogie put up 55 points in the win and freaked out to the side line reporter in a post game interview. It is debatable on if the mouth piece was spit out or fell out without any taunting intent, but what isn’t debatable is that Boogie is an asshole.

Dick Jefferson

Is it 2004? Richard Jefferson was an animal for the Cavs on Christmas day dunking on Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson. I had the Celtics/Knicks game on in the back ground while my family opened gifts and didn’t pay much attention to it. I returned home in time to watch the last 5 minutes of the Cavs/Warriors game which were insane. The Cavs played hard and with the help of a non-call on Durant on the last play of the game, the Cavs won. As you can see in the featured image of this post, a Ohio newspaper took advantage of the win to take a humorous shot at the Warriors.

CBA

The new CBA was finalized this week. There are other sites that break down the collectively bargained agreement in layman’s terms so I am basically going to reword their explanations here.

The money split hasn’t changed, the players and the owners split the revenue 50/50. Now teams have the ability to extend two veteran players for 6 years giving them an advantage in keeping them instead of losing them in free agency to lesser 5 year deals. This rule change isn’t surprising as Chris Paul and LeBron James are the president and vice president of the players union and will be a recipient of one of these massive 6 year contracts.

The preseason has been cut down to 6 games and the regular season will start a week earlier ensuring every team will not have more than one stretch of 4 games in 5 nights.

The current rule of not being able to offer a 5 year max contract to a player who would turn 36 years old during the contract has been changed to 38. Also not surprising as Chris Paul and LeBron will benefit from this rule change.

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