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NSS Jazz Trade Reaction & Grade!! Welcome Clarkson, Bye Exum & Green!!

NSS Jazz Trade Reaction & Grade!! Welcome Clarkson, Bye Exum & Green!!

                On December 23, 2019 the Utah Jazz traded away Dante Exum and two 1st round picks for Jordan Clarkson.  Why did this move take so long? Not complaining, I am the happiest Jazz fan/follower and pumped about this moves.  Jordan Clarkson gives the Jazz a scoring option whether starting or coming off the bench.  The Jazz got better and that’s what counts, Welcome to the Jazz Jordan Clarkson.

Jordan Clarkson average 14.6 Pts, 2.4 Reb, 2.4 Ast in 29 games with the Cleveland Cavaliers, 0 starts.  With the Jazz, Clarkson should get a chance in the starting line-up when Conley is unavailable.  Is exciting seeing the Jazz pick up a player that can provide a high return for a low price.  Clarkson also has some playoff experience that should come in handy when the regular season ends.

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – DECEMBER 13: Jeff Green #22 of the Utah Jazz shoots over Kevon Looney #5 of the Golden State Warriors during a game at Vivint Smart Home Arena on December 13, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

                Clarkson seem to kick off a series of moves for the Jazz, they also waived Jeff Green and sign Rayjon Tucker from the G-League.  The move on Green made sense, he didn’t to fit right and may have been asked to do too much for the Jazz. Green’s 7.8 Pts were the lowest in his career, overall all of Green’s stats went down in his time with the Jazz.

                Lastly the Jazz signed G-League guard Rayjon Tucker.  Tucker is a 6’3 guard that played for the Wisconsin Herd, an affiliate of the Milwaukee Bucks.  Tucker average 23.9 Pts, with a 38.6 3 point percentage and 2.8 assist in 16 games. 

NSS Grade: B-

                As much as I like the potential and the energy that Clarkson brings in to the Jazz, he has to stay consistent.  Clarkson has experience playing with stars and playing in guard heavy teams, which will come in handy with small line ups.  It wouldn’t be surprising to find Clarkson, Conley and Mitchell all in at the same time.

                Green getting waived is a 50-50 spot for the Jazz they may lose some veteran leadership and a little bit of defense.  But Green already on decline the Jazz got younger and hoping that they can develop some more players, like Tucker.  Every year they are many G-League success stories and the Jazz hoping they get one. 

Lastly, regarding filling up the minutes by Green, I don’t think the Jazz are done making moves.  The B- grade is mostly due to the fact that the Jazz got better they still not over the hump.  The Jazz should stay aggressive in the market and aside from Mitchell and Gobert everybody else is expendable.

Golden State Warriors Champs: The Morning After, So Where is LeBron Going?

Golden State Warriors Champs: The Morning After, So Where is LeBron Going?

                Klay Thompson celebrated winning a championship by googling himself.  “Swaggy P” became a national treasure.  Kevin Durant won finals MVP, Steph Curry won his 3rd NBA Championship.  Is a great day to be a Warriors fans.  So much champagne in Cleveland.  The brooms came out, everybody took pictures, everybody laughed, there was rejoice and is over.  Where is LeBron going?

I couldn’t have been the only person to receive more alerts/notifications regarding LeBron James and the Cleveland situation than the Warriors celebration.  The Warriors won the championship followed by LeBron James played with a broken hand after pushing (not JR nor Hill) a blackboard after game 1.  KD wins 2nd straight finals MVP – Tyron Lue intends to play for the Cavaliers next year (because honestly he didn’t do very much coaching).

It was a f*cking sweep, it was sloppy and dirty but still a sweep.  It had nothing to do with super teams it was just sloppy basketball, at least for the first 3 games.  I was one of many who did not watch game 4 and I don’t regret it (I binge watched “The Flash” #SorryNotSorry).  The (rigged) NBA did so much to build story lines that the big finale of the “Warriors Sweeping Away the Championship” just kind of fell short.  Blame it on all who had a descent amount of basketball knowledge and common sense to see that the Warriors were the clear champs.  Really, throughout the season, we just all hoped to see something different.

Warriors win championship gets crickets and maybe a high five.  So now let’s look at the odds of winning it next year Houston at number 2, to me, probably because they also factor in as the favorite for LeBron’s summer destination.  Boston at the four is the best line, which will hopefully no disappoint, of all them.  And for Atlanta Hawks fans you still got a chance, but the tanking role is more likely.

So where is LeBron going, after his broken hands heals? Because it seems like unless we are residents of the Bay Area and are attending the parade, that question is our number 1 concern.  Personally, I like New York, San Antonio and the Cleveland.  I don’t think that when it comes to LeBron “cap space” or money is a factor for a team, because most teams are willing to get rid of their kitchen sinks for him.

Note: I don’t think anybody would have blamed LeBron if he punched JR. Could even go down as self-defense.  He was defending his title chances as JR was trying to steal it from him.  Also, NBA 2K learned from their last years mistake and only put LeBron’ face on the cover, super smooth.

Lastly, is it weird thinking of Swaggy P as NBA championship and realized that Chris Paul may never get one?? Nonsense Right??


NBA Finals: Winning doesn’t make the Warriors fun to watch, they suck! Why is LeBron James so relax?

NBA Finals: Winning doesn’t make the Warriors fun to watch, they suck! Why is LeBron James so relax?

The Warriors have not played to their full capability and yea they are winning, but it suck to watch them.  Wins are wins but they haven’t really being fun to watch.  For the Cavalier game 1 it was tough loss due to miss free throw and a “shaqtin-a-fool” play; Game 2, Steph Curry was on fire and just couldn’t be stopped; Game 3, the Cavaliers didn’t take advantage of a struggling Curry and let Kevin Durant do whatever he want it. The Cavaliers are 0-3 in the NBA finals and LEBRON JAMES IS WAY TOO RELAX.

Cavaliers Vs Warriors really displays how too much of a good thing is bad for all of us.  If the NBA is rigged, am please begging them to make it look more exciting, cause it seem like they ran out of story lines.  The Warriors are really hard to watch, this is not the team that use to move the ball so well that even the opposing team lost count of the number of passes per possession.

durant-warriorsThe Warriors have 2 plays that they run 1) Kevin Durant ISO 2) Curry drives – Passes to the forward on the corner – runs towards that same corner, forward screens for Curry for a corner 3. Bonus: Draymond Green Alley hoops to Insert Centers Name/Role players here. LEBRON JAMES IS WAY TOO RELAX.

Every shot that JR Smiths takes should subtract one minute from him and be giving to a bench player.  Cavaliers (or James) destroy Rodney Hood’s year especially when you notice how better Jae Crowder look after leaving Cleveland.  Honestly, nobody cares about Kevin Love that’s it #SorryNotSorry. LEBRON JAMES IS WAY TOO RELAX.

Is becoming obvious, that the Warriors are not fun to watch play basketball.  While the Cavaliers are doing everything they can to make sure they don’t win.  If you watch game 3, can you tell me how many opportunities did you see the Cavaliers blow while been down by 3 or tied? Did you notice how sloppy the Warriors play? And even as KD couldn’t be stopped the only thing that came to mind how he can’t finish a game.

KD so called dagger from 35 feet seem to be more hyped up by the announcers, interviewers or even his after shot reaction.  Seriously, is not like KD was going against a top defender, the whole game he had been doing whatever he want it.  KD was feeling it all of game 3, 35 feet why not, makes it “great shot” if he had missed just another “heat check”.  Curry 1-10 shooting night with his only shot coming in 4th that was the real dagger.


The NBA playoffs haven’t been that much fun to watch, maybe that’s why the (rigged) NBA is giving the fans a sweep but really is just to end it all. LEBRON JAMES IS WAY TOO RELAX.  Where was this Cavaliers team against the Boston Celtics?

Lebron James is way too relax for a guy who is down 3 games in the NBA finals.  Is like he is on auto pilot and doesn’t care.  He knows his legacy won’t be affected, because individually he is putting up career numbers.  10 years away from now, analyst will look at those numbers and say “wow James was a monster” without thinking how Rodney Hood went from averaging 17 points to not playing.  The point is James does not care at all in this series nor for this team.  At the end of the day, he might or might not be the goat but is still on excuse to make it to the NBA finals and just be completely relax and fine with whatever is happening.



JR Smith: The Morning After

JR Smith could have been the hero of game 1, but instead he’ll be known for blown it.  JR Smith did another JR Smith thing, and after is all set and done we should not be surprise, is JR SMITH.  JR SMITH WILL DO JR SMITH THINGS.  Today is the morning after, the memes, the GIFs, the critics, the newspapers and all sports related talk will be about him.  Also is not like his post-game interview helps his case.

Did JR Smith blew it, get over it, I am. Okay, take 5 minutes let it out one last time.  Feel better? But seriously, the game of basketball is one of runs and making the right play at the right time.  So George Hill missed a crucial free throw that would have giving the Cavaliers the lead.  Should we talk about Jordan Clarkson, he made two shots out 9, one shot being about 3 feet away from the basket that look suspect.  Rodney Hood hasn’t even logged a minute since his little emotional tantrum.


I like JR Smith, you like JR Smith, he is the last of volume shooters in the NBA, one minute he heats up and the next minute we are wondering where Hood is. Is JR a bonehead? Maybe, but he is also the best option the Cavaliers.  Yea, he gamble for the ball and let Curry have a wide open 3 to tie the game at the half but come on it wasn’t game 7 of the NBA finals, it was just 1 game.

Overall the “L” is not just on JR Smith is on the Cavaliers team because at the end of the day is a team lose. JR Smith and the Cavaliers will bounce back, the end of the game was disappointing, more because of the way that you could see their soul crushed than the actual loss.  JR Smith has done this type of plays with every team that he has been and he has also came hyped up the crowd when needed as well.

Now some nonsense, is JR Smith at fault or is he just a product of the NBA rigging games to create excitement that turns into more viewers. JR Smith had multiple bonehead plays that can only be predicted by guys with code names that work in an unknown Vegas location; who come up with game predictions, stories, betting lines and overall guaranteed fandom control.  Did anybody think it would have been that close of a game for four quarters, the betting line was Warriors 12, the won by 10.

Cleveland came to play and play they did, it wasn’t just the “LeBron Factor”, the Cavaliers were doing the little things. King James performance will shadow everything else like Larry Nance almost double-double, the rebounding difference 53-38.  The Cavaliers almost tasted victory only draws in viewers because it wasn’t a blowout like how most of the playoffs has been.  We should be cherishing this moments because they will not be a Cavaliers-Warrior V.

In conclusion, let the JR Smith concept go. For the basketball players, have you never made a boneheaded play. For the critics (and does know it all), it was JR Smith.  I’m guilty of immediately blaming JR Smith for the game but also a human being that makes mistake, he had a bad night, am confident he will come back and bless us with JR SMITH THINGS! in the meantime just think about the good things JR Smith has done.



Game 1: Warriors win in overtime! Welcome To The NBA Finals!!

Game 1: Warriors win in overtime! Welcome To The NBA Finals!!

The realization that LeBron James doesn’t just have the worse coach in the NBA history but also has to deal with some of the worse plays from his teammates.  JR Smith’ reasoning for running out the clock was because there were up by 1 point, which later he contradicted himself.  Cavaliers GMs must have felt that the 13,760,000-salary paid (according to ESPN) was money well spend it on a guy with minimal situation awareness on the biggest stage.  Unfortunately, for LeBron James it seems that he must take on the Warriors while also dealing with the inability to trust his teammates when it counts.

The Warriors score 17 points in overtime to destroy Lebron and the Cleveland Cavaliers in game 1 of the NBA finals.  Steph Curry showed how calmed and deadly he can be in the biggest stage showing how he really is the leader of the team.  Steph Curry dominance of the game completely made me forgot that Kevin Durant even played for the Warriors.  Even though KD score 26 points, Curry was the go to guy when the pressure kicked in.a16e2d5ff425774fcc346514123bcb92

For JR Smith and the Cavaliers, the only memory will be him running the clock out.  Instead of remembering JR Smith making a great effort to get the offensive rebound, Hill missing a free throw or how Jordan Clarkson went 2-9.  Overall the Cavaliers played a great game and at the end of the day it was just one game in a very long series.  Without a doubt JR Smith and the rest of the team will come out harder next game because honestly nobody wants to be nor pull a JR Smith.

Lastly, that was the most interesting game of the NBA playoffs this season.  Both teams went toe to toe proving that they were the best teams, and both deserve to be in the finals.  It was impressive how both team showed their unselfishness with every player that played score, either by design or chance.  Cavaliers vs Warriors volume 4 seems to be just getting started, it was destined to happen, and it will only get better from now on.

Next game will be on Sunday June 3rd, we will be watching.