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Watch: Reporter hilariously mistakes Raptors’ Stanley Johnson for Pat McCaw

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The changing faces in Toronto are apparently throwing off even the media.

New Raptors wing Stanley Johnson was speaking with reporters Friday when he got a question about what it was like to win three straight championships. It turns out that the reporter had hilariously mistaken him for teammate Patrick McCaw, who was on Toronto’s title-winning team last year as well as the back-to-back champion Golden State Warriors the two years before that.

Johnson played it off well though and said that winning three straight titles was a good thing to be mistaken for. Check out the funny video.

The 23-year-old Johnson was previously on the New Orleans Pelicans and Detroit Pistons, so it’s safe to say that he was pretty far from winning three consecutive championships. All things considered, this is probably the most amusing case of mistaken NBA identity since back in 2014.

Bucks acquire Nikola Mirotic from Pelicans in 3-way trade

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The Milwaukee Bucks have acquired New Orleans Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic as part of a three-team trade involving the Detroit Pistons, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe.

In exchange for Mirotic, the Bucks will send Jason Smith and Stanley Johnson to Pelicans, while four second-round picks will also go to the Pelicans in total.

To complete the trade, the Bucks will send power forward/center Thon Maker to the Pistons.

While the wide-held expectation was that Mirotic would be traded by the deadline, Milwaukee was a bit of a surprise destination. However, the Bucks may be a strong fit for Mirotic, who can settle into the role of sixth-man and feast on strong matchups given that Milwaukee takes 41.6% of their shot attempts from beyond the three-point line, which is second in the NBA.

The 27-year-old Mirotic, who has appeared in 32 games this season, averaging 16.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists, will likely remained sidelined until after the break as he continues to nurse a calf injury.

10 NBA players off to a disappointing start

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It’s far too early for any NBA fans to be panicking — we’re only three weeks into the season! But that doesn’t mean we should discount the start of the season entirely.

Some teams that were expected to contend for a top seed have fallen short of expectations (looking at you, Sixers, Jazz, Lakers, and Celtics). On an individual level, some players have also gotten off to a sluggish start. Here are 10 players who have struggled early in the season.

10. Marc Gasol, Grizzlies

Gasol will soon turn 34, so we had to know his decline was coming soon. Unfortunately, it looks like the 7-foot-1 Spaniard only has a couple years left in the league. He’s still getting plenty of burn (32.4 minutes per game) and his rebounding numbers (8.9 per game) are respectable, but his offensive productivity and efficiency have dropped. His scoring average has been on a gradual decline since 2016, and it’s now down to 14.4 per game. He’s shooting only 42 percent from the field, the lowest number of his career. The Grizzlies are off to a somewhat surprising 6-4 start, and they could hang around the West’s eight-seed line – but they’ll need more output on offense from the skilled big man.

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Pistons reportedly receiving trade calls on Stanley Johnson, Luke Kennard

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The Detroit Pistons have been active in trade talks, and Stanley Johnson and Luke Kennard are two players who regularly come up, according to a report.

ESPN’s Ian Begley reported on Thursday that Johnson’s name comes up frequently in trade talks, leading many to believe he is available. Kennard, who was the team’s first-round pick in 2017, has also been a hot name, but Detroit isn’t looking to move him.

Kennard is averaging 6.4 points in just 17.3 minutes per game this season. Johnson, who was the No. 8 overall pick in 2015, is averaging 7.3 points and 3.7 rebounds in 27.5 minutes per game.

The Pistons (22-18) entered play on Thursday tied with the Milwaukee Bucks for the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference standings. The trade deadline is Feb. 8.

Stanley Johnson suspended for violation of team rules

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Stanley Johnson did not play in a game for the second time this season on Friday. The first one was a DNP-coach’s decision. This time, it was due to a different reason.

When the Pistons faced the Clippers on Friday, they did so without Johnson, who was suspended one game by the team for violating team rules.

Van Gundy did not elaborate on the reason behind the suspension, but it adds to what has been a disappointing second season for Johnson. In 15 games so far this season, Johnson is averaging 4.4 points and 2.5 rebounds in 16 minutes per game. Last season, he posted averages of 8.1 points and 4.2 rebounds in 23 minutes as a rookie.

Stan Van Gundy spoke to Stanley Johnson about LeBron James remarks

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Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy may or may not have had a little chat about maturity this week with rookie forward Stanley Johnson.

After the Cleveland Cavaliers blew out Detroit in Game 2, Johnson said he is not afraid of LeBron James and that he even thinks he is in the four-time NBA MVP’s head. Knowing that LeBron doesn’t need any added motivation in the series, Van Gundy said he spoke to Johnson.

“I had a talk with Stan today, and so I’ll leave it at that,” the coach said Thursday, per Nick Friedell of ESPN.com. “I told him what I thought about his comments and everything. That’s a discussion that we had today.”

According to ESPN Stats & Information, LeBron was 6-for-6 from the field with Johnson as his primary defender in Game 2. Despite that, Johnson had no problem ripping LeBron and the Cavs after the game. You can read all of his remarks here.

Van Gundy admitted that he cringed when he first heard what Johnson had said, but he also said he understands the former Arizona star still has some growing up to do.

“Well, look, you do [cringe] a little bit,” he said. “But you also, you have to realize he’s a 19-year-old kid going through this for the first time. You get him right after a game like that, and he’s frustrated and all of that. We met. We talked. He knows how I feel, what my concerns are, but it wasn’t a — at least I hope he didn’t take — it wasn’t an anger session. It wasn’t a ‘You’re an a–hole’ type of thing. It wasn’t. It’s just another learning experience for a 19-year-old kid.”

LeBron scored 22 points in Game 1 and 27 in Game 2. He could be even more motivated heading into Game 3 Friday night after Johnson ran his mouth, but Van Gundy said the prospect of winning a championship should be enough to fuel LeBron.

It should be noted that Van Gundy himself may have given LeBron some extra juice when he had this to say about the officiating in Game 1. If the Pistons think they can get him off his game by talking, they’re soon going to realize how wrong they are.

Stanley Johnson calls out LeBron James, trash talks Cavs

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LeBron James may have tried an intimidation tactic on Stanley Johnson Wednesday, but the Detroit Pistons rookie is not letting it affect him.

After Johnson made a 3-pointer in the first quarter of Game 2 between the Cavs and Pistons, James gave Johnson a bump.

James’ Cavs won 107-90, with James going for 27 points and Johnson contributing nine points in 22 minutes. You would think LeBron would be above trying to mess with a bench player, but that wasn’t the case. In fact, Johnson thinks he’s in the former NBA MVP’s head:

Johnson also called out James for his trash talk and then dished on some of the Cavaliers’ players:

“He jabbers,” Johnson said after Game 2. “He moves his mouth sometimes. Their whole team does, kind of like their little cheerleaders on the bench. Every time you walk in the right corner. They’re always saying something like they’re playing basketball, like they’re actually in the game. There’s only seven or eight players who play, I don’t see why the other players are talking. They might as well just be in the stands, in my opinion.”

Johnson also called James’ bump on him a cheap shot and “fake.”

We should probably introduce the Arizona product to Joakim Noah, a frequent James competitor who has said the same thing about LeBron’s teams in the past.

With his team up 2-0 in the series, James probably is not letting Johnson’s comments bother him too much, but this series just got a lot more interesting.