July 13, 2016, 8:21 am
It’s the end of an era in the NBA, kids. Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant combined for 10 championships since 1999 and now they will leave their legacies behind. That’s all she wrote. It’s very fitting that Duncan chose one of the quietest days of the summer to retire. No hooplah. What a great career for The Big Fundamental. Enjoy retirement Timmy D. While it won’t be the same without these two, the NBA moves along.
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The NBA attempted to get rid of the ‘Hack-a-Shaq’ rules, but it only modified the rules slightly. Instead of banning off-ball intentional fouls in the last two minutes of each half, the NBA extended the previous last-two minute protocol to all four quarters. Now, teams will only have 40 minutes per game to foul the crap out of DeAndre Jordan and Andre Drummond. Guys, work on your free throws in the offseason. Seriously.
You can’t, however, jump on their backs anymore. The NBA implemented a rule where flagrant fouls are assessed for opponents who jump on the back of a player to foul him. That’s a monkey off their backs and music LeBron James‘ ears.
Udonis Haslem, the lone wolf from the 2006 Miami Heat
fixedchampionship, is preparing as if Chris Bosh (blood clots) will be ready for the 2016-17 season. “I don’t really know,” Haslem said. “Nobody knows what the situation is going to be with Chris (Bosh). I’m preparing that he’s going to be healthy.” Bosh has had the last two seasons cut short by blood clots, making him a high-risk high-reward pick in fantasy drafts. I’m staying away from Boshasaurus, unless it’s in Pokemon Go.
The Chicago Bulls have reportedly taken Jimmy Butler off the trade market. We can’t be really sure that Butler was ever really on the trade market, but with the way the Bulls are structured lately, you can bet that this won’t put an end to the trade rumors on Butler come the NBA trade deadline. No one really understands what the Bulls’ plan is currently. If I had to place a finger on it, I’d say it’s “sound relevant but stay average.” Enjoy Rajon Rondo, Bulls fans.
The other 430 roster spots not on the Golden State Warriors has seen a lot of movement recently. Sasha Vujacic re-signed with the New York Knicks on a one-year deal for the veteran minimum. Luis Scola went to the Brooklyn Nets on a one-year deal, in case you scratch your head late one night when the Nets are on. That’s right folks. Summer news gets a little slow after the rush of free agency.
Meanwhile, a few useful Tony’s were dropped. Toney Douglas was waived by the New Orleans Pelicans. He is best known for a nice stretch of play during the fantasy playoffs late in the season after the Pelicans were decimated by injuries. We love our random fantasy playoff heroes here at Hoop Ball. Douglas is good enough to get another NBA contract. Tony Wroten was waived by the Memphis Grizzlies after spending just 11 days on the roster. Why the Grizzlies claimed him and dropped him makes no sense, but I’m sure it does to someone. Seems like the moves you see in fantasy leagues.
In summer league news, a lot of teams are realizing that their younger veteran studs deserve a hall pass and don’t need to play summer league any more. The Phoenix Suns finally realized that Devin Booker is too good for summer league. I’m not sure what took so long.
The Philadelphia 76ers put an end to the summer league stints of Nik Stauskas and Jerami Grant. Both are entering their third NBA seasons, so there is no need for them to spend time playing this summer. Grant can be a useful fantasy asset in defensive cats if given the chance, as he averaged 1.6 blocks per game in 26 minutes per game. He will be buried on the 76ers roster to start the season, but he is a name to keep in mind if he has an opportunity.
That will do it for a summer edition of Wednesday’s Daily Dish. Follow @HoopBallTweets for summer league news and all things NBA. I’m @RiazD on Twitter. Enjoy the heat, unless you are a Heat fan. Until next time, suckers!