Happy Thanksgiving dear Hump Takes readers. Among other things, I am very thankful for all of you who continue to read this column. Let’s get into it.
The drama in the NBA is seemingly the gift that keeps on giving, but 3 players felt the wrath of the Association more than most this week.
Poor ‘Melo. The NBA game passed him by. And he’s trying to adapt his game from being a ball dominate isolation player, to a spot up shooter, but it’s too little, too late it seems. After an offseason that saw him traded from the Thunder to the Hawks, only to accept a buyout and be released by Atlanta 5 days later, Carmelo never seemed to fit into the Houston Rockets scheme. And it wasn’t for a lack of trying. ‘Melo did everything asked of him. He came off the bench. He wasn’t the focal point of the offense, even on the second unit.
The problem is/was, he’s not the guy the Rockets wanted. The guy the Rockets wanted they already had and let him go. (I’m talking about Trevor Ariza). This offseason was a colossal disaster for the Rockets, losing their defense coach, Ariza, and Luc Mbah a Moute, all because they didn’t want to pay a high luxury tax. But they became severely compromised on the defensive side of the ball, and Carmelo Anthony was never going to be able to pick up that slack. So he’s been shelved by the Rockets. They can’t release him unless the know a team will claim him for that same luxury tax reason, and they can’t trade him until Dec. 15. So he’s just not with the team, not playing basketball. It’s an unfortunate situation for one of the all time great scores this league has seen.
J.R. Smith has been released from the Cavs. This is partially because J.R. can’t keep his mouth shut, and partially because J.R. is still being scapegoated for last years NBA Finals. I’m okay with all of this. The Cavs are a dumpster fire, but’s that not shocking to anyone. Poor Kevin Love.
The biggest scapegoat this week is also the most surprising. Draymond and KD got into it last Tuesday (after Hump Takes was written) and the sports world hasn’t been able to talk about much since. Partially because the unthinkable happened. The Warriors suspended Draymond Green 1 game for calling KD a bitch. There was more to it than that, but Golden State really would like KD to be on the team next year when they move into their new stadium in San Fran and have decided keeping their fickle, thin-skinned star happy is more important than keeping the heart and soul of their team feeling appreciated and wanted.
What’s clear is that KD and Draymond will almost certainly not be playing on the same team next year. Most likely because KD will leave for a different team, but if he stays, I don’t know how these two play together. Yes, the Warriors dynasty may actually end because KD acted like a bitch and Draymond called him out on it. That said, they are still the heavy favorite to win another title this year. Poor NBA.
NFL Game of the Year
Remember last week when I talked about the NFL purposely moving their Marquee Monday Night Matchup from Mexico back to LA? Well, that matchup did not disappoint. And even better than the game was the fact that the Rams gave thousands of tickets to first responders to the devastating fires in California.
Those first responders, and everyone else who tuned in, were treated to a game that featured 105 combined points, but also a game decided by a field goal. Defense Wins Championships has always been the saying, between these two teams, and the Saints, that rule may no longer apply. And it’s exactly what the NFL needs right now. I’m less likely to worry about player safety when no one is able to stop anyone. And I’m also going to be far more entertained.
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