The stated reasons for the Atlanta Hawks and Brooklyn Nets playing a real regular season game in London is something to do with expanding global reach, growing an international fan base and blah blah blah all that kind of stuff. But personally, after seeing these videos that the Hawks did, I kind of think the real reason is so that these guys can learn some new trash talk, then bring it back stateside to utilize in their games from here on out. I mean, if Al Horford starts calling all of his nemeses “Skimbleshanks” or a “Barmy Berk,” it might not make sense but at least it’s nicer than anything coming out of Kevin Garnett’s mouth. One game that’s a half-day around the globe is a small price to pay for NBA games sounding both cleaner and way more like “Mary Poppins.”
Couple more terms after the jump.
(via Irish Mirror/Colm Heaney)
On Wednesday’s live episode of The Starters, the guys discuss Damian Lillard’s game-winner, Kyrie Irving’s comeback, Andre Iguodala’s overall impact, Kevin Durant’s quiet 30-point night, Kobe and Pau looking comfortable, and much, much more.
All that, plus a special Christmas edition of Crossfire.
Shoutout: If you are bored at any point today, just watch last night’s Blazers-Cavaliers fourth quarters. That’s the best way to see Kyrie Irving (25 points, 10 assists, general beastiness in the fourth quarter) and Damian Lillard (36 points, 10 assists, even more fourth quarter beast mode) go at it in one of the most aesthetically pleasing basketbattles you’ll see this year.
Not so much: Remember Tayshaun Prince? He’s still starting for the Grizzlies. But that’s about it, as he went 0-1, had one rebound, one turnover and one foul in nine minutes, then didn’t play another second in Memphis’ loss to the Lakers due to a sore left knee.
Silliness: Let’s say you have a big day ahead of you and won’t have a chance to dip in to that Blazoids-Cavvers fourth — if that’s the case, just watch this set of clips.
Basketball is awesome.