I noted a bit of blowback surrounding my inclusion of Giannis Antetokounmpo in last week’s All-Disappointment Team. Fantasyland is obviously very protective of its Greek Freak.
“It’s how he was shooting before he got hurt,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said of Ball’s shooting confidence prior to spraining his left MCL on Jan. 13. “I would’ve expected it would take him a little bit of time to find his rhythm again [upon his return on Friday].
“As soon as we got in [to Atlanta on Sunday], him and Miles and Tyler Ennis came into the gym and got shots up again. He’s putting in his work to make sure that he stays where he’s at and continues to get better. But he’s shooting with a lot of confidence.”
“He gets better with time,” said Cavs coach Tyronn Lue. “He’s had a great month. He’s really done a good job of just carrying the team. We was going through a tough stretch and he stepped up. He really put this team on his back and his shoulders, and especially with these new guys, he’s showing them the way.
“I think he’s being very [on point], showing those guys a lot of confidence and giving those guys a lot of confidence by talking to them, and it’s good for our young team going forward.”
Not only was it a first for the 33-year-old player’s already-decorated career, but James also became the oldest player in NBA history to average a triple-double in a calendar month containing at least 10 games played, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The previous oldest to do it was Wilt Chamberlain in March 1968 at 31 years old.
Other fake items include several Manning jerseys, a pair of 2012 Super Bowl helmets, and a game-worn Michael Strahan jersey from the Super Bowl that he once showed on Showbiz Tonight.
By Golden State Warriors standards, the team is struggling, having lost four of its past eight games. The midseason break usually is a time to regroup and refresh, physically and mentally, but some of the Warriors’ four All-Stars will have to settle for just a physical refresher.
I think that’s kind of a double-edged sword of being an All-Star, Curry said. It’s an amazing accomplishment, an amazing honor, but if you’re thinking about it in the perspective of getting rest and really taking advantage of the full slate of the All-Star break, it doesn’t really start for us until right now. So a little bit of it is just having the mindfulness of what you need to do to get your body right, get off your feet, not run yourself to exhaustion throughout the course of All-Star Weekend and take advantage of these next two days that we have to get off the radar, get our minds right.