The year is 2021 and the world is still in a precarious place. The NBA and its players do their part to highlight issues and while still providing an escape for a few hours each night. As always The Baseline NBA podcast stands with the league and understands the issues that are truly important. On this week’s show the fellas discuss:
News & Notes
- NBA players respond to Kenosha news and Capitol Hill riot
- Kyrie Irving sitting out for personal reasons
- Kevin Durant & Michael Porter Jr, Seth Curry out due to COVID-19 protocols
- Markelle Fultz torn ACL out for the season
- 60 point snipers Stephen Curry and Bradley Beal
- Karl-Anthony Towns close to return
Big Apple surprise–the New York Knicks are playing competitive basketball behind Tom Thibodeau and Julius Randle.
- Is Randle’s play sustainable and could he be a candidate for the most improved player?
- RJ Barrett is struggling from the field but looks more confident
- Elfrid Payton leads a point guard core that seemed questionable coming into the year but is proving to better than expected
- Kevin Knox is still on shaky ground with only flashes of brilliance, should the Knicks consider an alternate path for their third-year forward?
- Can the Knicks defense hold up all year and should the team ride this early success to wheels fall off or should they kick the tires on trades before it all goes up in smoke?
NBA expansion? Adam Silver says the league would consider expansion with a $2.5 billion buy-in for two additional teams. Warren and Cal breakdown the case for a few familiar locations and some that have never been considered before like:
- Las Vegas
- Mexico City
- Puerto Rico
- The Bahamas