Welcome to the NBA Week in Review, a look back at the week’s best offerings on and off the court. Today, we have bad buzzer beaters, celebrity All-Star games and the greatest basketball movie ever. Read last week’s review here.
Game(s) of the Week
The best thing in basketball this week was the Bulls and Pistons losing on hilariously bad buzzer beaters. First, the Bulls lost to the Suns courtesy of a Mirza Teletovic fadeaway shot from inside the paint. Who fades away in the paint?! Go up strong! Adding insult to injury, Teletovic’s shot came off an offensive rebound of a Jon Leuer three. Yes, the Suns ran a crunch-time play for Jon Leuer, then beat the Bulls anyway, thanks to a passive shot from about eight feet out. Jeff Hornacek has no respect for Chicago.
Perhaps even more ridiculously, the Pistons lost to the Grizzlies thanks to a Matt Barnes half-court heave that came with too much time on the clock. Memphis had timeouts remaining, open shooters running down the floor, and Barnes shot the ball way too early. Despite making the wrong decision at nearly every moment, Barnes sank his terrible shot and gave the Grizzlies the win. This is what we talk about when we say, "Judge the process and not the result."
Tweet(s) of the Week
We will return to the Kings later in this program.
Uh, that's not how you shoot.
Vine(s) of the Week
When your boy cops those digits.
Trade him to Philly.
Rob Mahoney says the Lakers are holding back their young talent ... Which players deserve to make their first All-Star Game ... The best social media accounts from each NBA team ... Danny Ainge really needs a new nickname ... Charles Barkley trashes CNN ... Zach Lowe takes a look at the NBA at the first-quarter buzzer.
The Ben Golliver YouTube Corner
We had a long discussion about the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game in the office this week. For my money, the MLB Celebrity Softball game is still better. Here's a Justin Bieber highlight video, before this game became a showcase for Kevin Hart:
The Fashion Outlet
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Are Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union wearing white after Labor Day? How gauche.
The One-Question Interview
Off the court only. This week, former Warriors coach and current ESPN commentator Mark Jackson. Yeah, this is way longer than one question.
Rohan Nadkarni: What was the experience like filming the movie Eddie? I want to know everything about it.
Mark Jackson: That's hilarious. It was a lot of fun for me. I actually was friends with the producer, a guy by the name of Mark Burg. I was the only one in the movie that did not read for a part. I did not have lines per se, on the script, when it started. I got there the day before. As we went they added lines. We were in Charlotte for about a month and a half. I actually had elbow surgery about a month before. I couldn't even pick my hands up to shoot the basketball the entire movie. It was a blast, it was a lot of fun. Whoopi Goldberg was hilarious. Unfortunately when you look at the movie, some of the wonderful people have passed away, like Malik Sealy and Dwayne Schintzius. That's the tough part about it. But that was a lot of fun filming that movie. And it wasn't a stretch for me to play that role, either.
RN: Why didn’t they let Gary Payton play himself in the movie?
MJ: I have no clue. That's an awesome question. I think probably because it fit his personality and who he was. But that makes sense, I never thought about that. I thought he did an awesome job of portraying the character, though.
RN: Do you think Whoopi Goldberg could do a better job than Byron Scott right now?
MJ: [Laughs] Ohhh man, I’m not gonna answer that.