• What a journey it has been– the record from the greatest team ever assembled has been broken by the Golden State Warriors. The team that personifies the word team in every which way. Without one of their top-seven players, this team would not be the same. This is something that the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls cannot say. Without Toni Kukoc, I believe the team would have found a way to win 72 games. So history has been re-written by the sum of the Warriors’ parts– let’s see how they did it:

    First Sight of Historical Greatness

    You learn a lot about a team when they get punched in the gut. For the Warriors, that moment was early in the season on November 19th in L.A. A familiar foe was in town ready to take down the 12-0 defending NBA Champions. The Los Angeles Clippers were ready for a fight and they threw out the first haymaker.

    Chris Paul came out of the blocks ready to regain his crown as the best point guard in the NBA, scoring 18 points in the first quarter. Lob City was intact and in control of the game. “Here comes another DeAndre slam,” is a thought that crossed my mind as it seemed that Warriors were having an off-night. The Clippers raced out to a 23-point lead at one point in the first half.

    A little after most of the country was probably tucking in their loved ones and brushing their teeth, a small glimmer of hope appeared. For me, it was the turning point of the game. For most, it was just another shot. Stephen Curry looked alive again and hit a step-back trey from 28-feet out six seconds before halftime. Chef Curry was back in the kitchen.

    The cook was back and he brought his staff with him. Curry came out firing in the third but mainly from inside. On the backs of he and Draymond Green, the Dubs were able to cut the lead down to six by the end of the quarter. Still, the Warriors had not led since early their first basket of the game.

    Klay Thompson was quiet for most of the second half (he only had two shot attempts), but when Golden State needed him the most, he came through. It wasn’t until there was 2:43 left in the game that the Warriors were able to take back the lead on a Thompson 3-pointer. From there, they were able to close out the fourth on a 25-8 run to earn their 13th win of the young season.

    Steph showed up and dropped 40, CP3 showed up and hung 35– America was happy.

    After the Warriors took out the Bulls the following night, I looked at the schedule and couldn’t see another loss on their schedule until a month later vs. the Cavs. The problem is– what goes up, must come down (every now and then).

Fantasy News

  • Cory Joseph
    PG, Sacramento Kings

    Nick Nurse said that reports of Cory Joseph missing the FIBA World Cup are “incorrect”.

    Nurse added that he spoke to Joseph on Wednesday and that the guard has his flights booked to China. Joseph was in Canada’s camp at home earlier this month, but did not make the trip to Australia and has missed the past four exhibition games. The situation has become a little bit murky but Canada Basketball keeps holding out hope that Joseph will rejoin the team before they depart for China, which doesn’t happen until Monday.

    Source: John Casey on Twitter

  • Tyronn Lue
    PG, Los Angeles Clippers

    Shams Charania of The Athletic is reporting former Cavs championship-winning coach Tyronn Lue has agreed to join the Clippers as their top assistant coach to Doc Rivers.

    The Lakers and Clippers rivalry continues to heat up. Lue was very close to a deal with the Lakers in May to become their head coach, but the sides couldn’t reach an agreement. Lue now joins Kawhi Leonard as another person to spurn the Lakers this offseason.

    Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

  • PJ Tucker
    SF, Houston Rockets

    P.J. Tucker says he is optimistic about signing a contract extension soon.

    The 34-year-old 3-and-D wing hopes to extend his deal with the Rockets, but a potential extension wouldn't begin until his age-36 season. Houston has him under contract for two more seasons at this point, so they may not be motivated enough to get something done this offseason. However, a maximum Tucker extension would only have him in the $10 million per year range. Even as a 37-year-old, that could be a great deal if he can keep up his current production. Tucker remains a sneaky source of threes and steals late in fantasy drafts or off the wire.

    Source: Kurt Helin on Twitter

  • Jaylen Adams
    PG, Milwaukee Bucks

    The Bucks officially announced the signings of guards Jaylen Adams and Rayjon Tucker on Tuesday.

    Adams and Tucker have their work cut out for them in their bid to claim a roster with the big club, as the Bucks have a reasonably deep guard rotation. Adams and Tucker are more than likely competing to get playing time in the G-League this season and can be ignored in fantasy.

    Source: NBA

  • Jeff Ledbetter
    G, San Antonio Spurs

    The Spurs have offered summer league guard Jeff Ledbetter an Exhibit 10 deal, but he is still mulling over his options which include playing in Europe.

    Ledbetter had a productive summer league and now finds himself with a chance to play for the Austin Spurs of the G-League. Ledbetter is sure to be staring at a bigger payday in Europe, so his choice will be an interesting one. We should have a decision soon.

    Source: Nicola Lupo on Twitter

  • Eric Mika
    C, Sacramento Kings

    The Kings announced on Tuesday that they signed summer league standout C Eric Mika to an exhibit 10 contract.

    The former BYU big man is now set up to play for the Stockton Kings of the G-League. The Kings have a deep big man rotation, and it's unlikely that we'll see much, if any, of Mika on the roster this season.

    Source: Sean Cunningham on Twitter

  • JA Morant
    PG, Memphis Grizzlies

    Ja Morant (right knee) said that he is completely healed from the minor knee surgery earlier this summer, saying he is "100 percent right now."

    Morant will look to get back into the swing of things in the coming weeks as he prepares for his rookie season. Morant has the talent and the role on rebuilding team and is undoubtedly going to cost a pretty penny in fantasy drafts.

    Source: Peter Edmiston on Twitter

  • Derrick Alston
    Team, New York Knicks

    The Westchester Knicks have named Derrick Alston as the new head coach, replacing Mike Miller who was promoted to join David Fizdale’s staff.

    Alston, a former NBA player, has been an assistant for Westchester for four years. Before that, Alston was a player development coach with the Rockets. This will be Alston’s first head coaching gig as he continues to move up the ladder.

    Source: Ian Begley on Twitter

  • Cory Joseph
    PG, Sacramento Kings

    Cory Joseph is not expected to play for Team Canada in the FIBA World Cup.

    Team Canada has been taking a beating the last few weeks with NBA guys continuing to pull out. This news won't have any effects on Joseph's role heading into the season, but it does create another dent in Team Canada's chances of making noise in the World Cup.

    Source: Doug Smith: Raptors on Twitter

  • Marcus Georges-Hunt
    SG, Free Agent

    Jay King of The Athletic is hearing that Marcus Georges-Hunt is in Boston working out with the Celtics for the next few days.

    Georges-Hunt last played in the NBA for the Wolves in the 2017-18 season. Last season Georges-Hunt was waived from the Celtics in mid-October and played nine games for the Red Claws. Georges-Hunt is a longshot to make the team and carries no fantasy relevance regardless of the outcome.

    Source: Jay King on Twitter