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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Basketball

Paul George admits he played through ‘insecurities’ early in season

Paul George

Paul George’s numbers have been down a bit this year with the Los Angeles Clippers. Part of that is likely down to him sharing the floor with the likes of Kawhi Leonard, but there may have been another reason as well.

George said he played through “insecurities” early in the season stemming from offseason shoulder surgery. George added that he is now back to his best, but didn’t feel completely right physically throughout a portion of the season.

George didn’t debut with the Clippers until Nov. 14. While he had a handful of big games in 2019, he also had a lot of games where he didn’t hit the 20-point mark. In fact, since the start of February, he’s averaging a modest 17.5 points per game, though he’s played only 26.9 minutes per night during that span.

George admitted he was shying away from contact early in the season. If he’s feeling as good as he says now, that will be a big boost to the Clippers’ title chances.

Montrezl Harrell brought a portable sauna to the NBA bubble

Montrezl Harrell

Los Angeles Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell came prepared for the Orlando quarantine.

According to teammate Reggie Jackson, Harrell showed up in Orlando with something called a “portable sauna.”

What is a portable sauna, you ask? Well, according to Amazon, it looks something like this.

Does that mean that’s what Harrell has? And is he going to set that thing up in his hotel room? We can only hope so, honestly. That thing doesn’t look like it’s going to promote physical distancing, though, so hopefully it gets cleaned thoroughly between uses.

Harrell is a key reserve for the Clippers, averaging 18.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Maybe the portable sauna will help with those numbers. At the very least, he came prepared to be comfortable in his surroundings, unlike Rajon Rondo.

Boban Marjanovic and Tobias Harris are hilariously reunited in Orlando

Boban Marjanovic

The Bobi and Tobi Show is back — sort of.

Boban Marjanovic and Tobias Harris were seemingly joined at the hip, having been traded again from the Pistons to the Clippers and then to the 76ers. The pair finally separated this last offseason, with Harris re-signing with Philadelphia and Marjanovic joining the Dallas Mavericks as a free agent.

Now the pair are together again — sort of. The 76ers and Mavericks are both staying at the Grand Floridian Hotel in Orlando as part of the NBA bubble, meaning Marjanovic and Harris can have some socially distant interaction again.

Harris had his own response, seemingly hurt that his former teammate “got new friends.”

We were promised that “the Bobi and Tobi Show” would go on. This is probably not how either of them envisioned it happening, but we’ll absolutely take what we can get.

Adrian Wojnarowski apologizes for vulgar email to Missouri senator

Adrian Wojnarowski

Adrian Wojnarowski sent a vulgar email to Missouri Senator Josh Hawley on Friday, and the ESPN reporter has now issued an apology.

Hawley, a Republican, wrote a letter to NBA commissioner Adam Silver suggesting the league allow players to display messages like “Support Our Troops” and “Free Hong Kong!” on the backs of their jerseys when play resumes in Orlando. Hawley’s office sent a copy of the letter to Wojnarowski, and Woj replied with “f— you.”

Not long after Hawley tweeted a screenshot of Wojnarowski’s email, the NBA insider issued a statement apologizing for his “unacceptable” actions.

Hawley’s letter criticized the NBA for its handling of the Hong Kong situation, but it’s unclear which part of the letter Wojnarowski found so offensive. Hong Kong has been trying to free itself from communist China, and Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey received serious backlash from the NBA community last year when he sent a tweet supporting protestors in Hong Kong. The NBA has been accused of caring more about preserving its business relationship with China than standing up for those fighting against communism, which is what Hawley was referencing.

The NBA has decided to allow players to display social justice messages on the backs of their jerseys when the season resumes.

Adrian Wojnarowski told Missouri Senator Josh Hawley ‘f— you’ in email

Adrian Wojnarowski

Missouri Senator Josh Hawley sent a letter to the NBA on Friday saying the league should consider allowing players to wear messages on the backs of their jerseys supporting the U.S military, police officers, and the people of Hong Kong. It seems like ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski feels that is a very bad idea.

Hawley shared a copy of his letter to NBA commissioner Adam Silver on Twitter. In response to the NBA allowing players to wear social justice messages on their jerseys during the resumed season in Orlando, Hawley said players should be able to display messages like “Support Our Troops” and “Free Hong Kong!” if they choose. Hawley also ripped the NBA for supporting Beijing.

Hawley’s office sent a copy of the letter to Wojnarowski, and apparently that angered Woj. He responded to the email with a simple message: “F— you.” Hawley shared a screenshot of the email.

Hong Kong has been trying to free itself from communist China, and Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey received serious backlash from the NBA community last year when he sent a tweet supporting protestors in Hong Kong. The NBA has been accused of caring more about preserving its business relationship with China than standing up for those fighting against communism, which is what Hawley was referencing.

Wojnarowski and ESPN have not yet commented on the email.

UPDATE: Wojnarowski has issued an apology.

Ja Morant shows off new JA12 logo

Ja Morant

Ja Morant spent part of his quarantine time working on a new personal logo, and he debuted it on Thursday.

The Memphis Grizzlies rookie arrived in Orlando for the NBA bubble and had his logo on his mask and hoodie.

Morant’s logo is similar to Tom Brady’s “TB12”. The two share the same jersey number, and much like Brady’s logo, the letters have the number built in.

Morant, 20, was the No. 2 pick by the Grizzlies and is averaging 17.6 points and 6.9 assists per game this season. He is signed with Nike.

Victor Oladipo looking to sign with Heat in 2021?

Victor Oladipo

Victor Oladipo began his NBA career in Florida, and he may be returning there at his next opportunity.

J. Michael of the Indianapolis Star reported this week that “the strongest preliminary indication” is that Oladipo’s next team could be the Miami Heat. Michael also added on Twitter that it’s “not a big secret” that the two sides may have mutual interest.

Oladipo, the Indiana Pacers guard, opted out of the resumed NBA season to continue rehabbing his quad injury, which he came back from in January to underwhelming results. He will be an unrestricted free agent in 2021.

While some skepticism does exist about committing major money to Oladipo, playing the role of complementary star to the likes of Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo in Miami might be an ideal situation for the former All-Star.