Summary of “Who Is Entering the NBA Trade Zone?”

Kawhi Leonard Spurs coach Gregg Popovich wants Leonard kept away from the team, according to Peter Vecsey’s sources.
The latest rumor is that the reports of Leonard’s mangled rehabilitation and the team forcing an early comeback were a ploy by Kawhi’s camp so Leonard would have an out to join another franchise.
The franchise is a non-topic without Leonard.
C.J. McCollum After a strong end to the regular season, these playoffs were supposed to be different for the Blazers.
“The opportunity to potentially have [Russell] Westbrook, Paul George, and Steven Adams,” he said Wednesday, “All three of those guys in their prime years, is extremely exciting for us.”
Multiple reports have already surfaced that George is “Gone” and wants to be Playoff P somewhere else.
If George goes, Billy Donovan will have a similar issue on his hands as he did during Westbrook’s MVP season: Russ will be the only star on the team.
So the past season of disappointment with Wiggins might not be enough for the team to alter its course.

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Summary of “Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz is bringing his recut, chronological version of season 4 to Netflix on May 4th”

Back in 2014, Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz announced that he had decided to recut the show’s fourth season Netflix revival, abandoning its original structure – with each episode focused on a single character – and replacing it with a version that intercuts all the characters’ stories chronologically.
It wasn’t clear at the time whether that edit would ever be made available to the public, but today, Hurwitz finally announced the new version’s Netflix release date: May 4th. As in, this Friday.
In a statement released on the official Arrested Development Netflix account, Hurwitz announced that the new season would be called Arrested Development Season 4 Remix: Fateful Consequences.
The original season, which premiered on Netflix in 2013, was 15 episodes long; the new cut will be 22 shorter episodes.
Hurwitz describes the original segmented style as “Akin to eating some toast, then some bacon – maybe a sliced tomato followed by some turkey, and realizing, ‘Hey, I think I just had a BLT.'” The episodes in the remixed season will only be 20 minutes long, and they will create a more “Interwoven” narrative.
Hurwitz also writes that the long-awaited fifth season of the series will have a release date “Soon. Like real soon. Like, if you knew when, you would not be wrong to be thinking ‘why are we all just hearing this now?'”.
Because Arrested Development was a cult favorite when Fox canceled the show in 2006, fans were understandably divided on the fourth season’s unexpected narrative style.
The remixed version could placate viewers hankering for a version of the season that feels more like the show they originally embraced.

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Summary of “Lessons From the First Round of the NBA Playoffs”

LeBron-led teams had never played in a Game 7 in the first round; they’d swept five consecutive first-round opponents, and before this month had a 48-7 all-time record in opening series.
James gives Cleveland a chance, but he is also a 33-year-old coming off seven straight Finals appearances who just played a full 82-game regular season for the first time in his career.
Various NBA teams aggressively trapped pick-and-rolls to take the ball out of the hands of superstars in the first round of the postseason, which has been a fascinating trend to watch.
Even if Prunty were to have shortened the rotation to only eight players, it’d still have included either underdeveloped young players without a playoff-ready skill set or overpaid veterans who don’t quite fit around Antetokounmpo.
It’s Time for Wall and Russ to Switch Things Up “I put the pressure on myself because I am that franchise guy. I am the guy that has to be the leader of the team, that has to get everybody better, make everybody better on my team,” John Wall told reporters a day after the Wizards were eliminated in the first round by the Raptors.
The Wizards are at their best when both the ball and players are moving; there was something to the “Everybody eats” Wizards playing without Wall, but it was obviously unsustainable since the Wall-less team lacked the star power necessary for long-term success.
“So it’s something I really have to think about, if I really want to be this type of player, finish out my career as this type of player, knowing that I have so much left in the tank and I bring so much to the game of basketball.”
Since contracts guarantee by July 1 for most players, Indiana will need to backchannel with agents to gauge interest in players.

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Summary of “The Three Most Pressing Questions From the ‘Westworld’ Premiere”

The episode begins with Dolores talking to Arnold-or is it Bernard? Based on Dolores’s interviews throughout Season 1, it’s heavily implied that this conversation is happening with Arnold three decades ago.
The Delos security team “Mistakes” Bernard for a host before Westworld security chief and lesser Hemsworth brother Ashley Stubbs “Corrects” them.
Bernard can’t remember, but he begins having flashbacks to the immediate aftermath of Dolores’s massacre.
While there, the creepy faceless robots deem Bernard “Harmless.” Then Bernard, crashing like a virus-ridden computer, saves himself by covertly taking a syringe straight from the host lying on the table before Charlotte can figure out that he’s a host.
So that’s three timelines: Dolores’s and Bernard’s conversation, Bernard with Delos two weeks after the massacre, and Bernard’s flashbacks to the immediate aftermath of the end of Season 1.
Based on all that, it seems that much of the season will be trying to piece together how we went from the end of Season 1 to dozens of hosts-including Teddy-floating in a lake in the middle of the park two weeks later.
Who Is the Villain? In Season 1, the Man in Black seemed to relish being the devil, but now that he’s flirting with death in every scene, he no longer feels so villain-y, even after popping the host version of kid Ford.
Bernard asks whether collecting the DNA of every guest without their knowledge is a privacy concern, and Hale tells him to chill.

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Summary of “The revival of Jaylen Brown, the Boston Celtics’ surging star”

Jaylen Brown, blinking from the sudden daylight, sighed heavily.
The offensive development of Jaylen Brown has become a trendy talking point now that his back-to-back career-high playoff performances have staked the Celtics a 2-0 first-round series lead over the Bucks.
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“Brown bided his time during his rookie season, aching for more minutes he felt certain he deserved. When Avery Bradley strained his Achilles tendon and missed 16 games in February 2017, Brown was plugged into the starting lineup. Instead of harassing second-unit players, Brown was suddenly chasing around CJ McCollum and JJ Redick.”We threw him to the wolves,” Stevens says.
During the regular season, Jae Crowder was the most frequent defender on Bulls star Jimmy Butler, but he was ineffective, so Stevens switched Bradley onto Butler, making him indispensable on the floor and cutting into Brown’s time.
Stevens, sensing Brown’s despair, initiated an impromptu meeting with him before Game 6 at the team hotel in Chicago.
The Celtics played Washington in the second round, and Stevens gave his rookie another shot, incrementally increasing his time until Brown logged 19 critical minutes in Game 7.
There is no higher standard than what Jaylen Brown envisions for himself.

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Summary of “The Most Pressing Questions ‘Westworld’ Brings Into Season 2”

So just to refresh: The first season of Westworld took place entirely in an amusement park where the 1 percent of the 1 percent pay huge sums of money to visit an old-timey Western town populated with humanoid robots, which the show calls “Hosts.” The hosts, who are frequently beaten, murdered, and raped, don’t have a say in this arrangement, and following the rise of a software “Glitch” which slowly allows the hosts to retain their memories, the hosts bug out and-in the finale-embark on an uprising.
What Happens to the Park Now? When we left off, the perpetually endangered damsel in distress, Dolores, killed park creator Robert Ford as a battalion of naked hosts proceeded to open fire on the Man in Black and the Delos board of directors.
Most of the worker-bee employees who maintain and reboot the hosts are dead or have fled.
So how will the hosts reboot without the maintenance employees? Will hosts learn to repair and reboot themselves? Or will hosts who get killed stay dead? Also, while we’re talking about the intricacies of these hosts, do they need to be charged? If so, is the host version of “Dying” running out of battery? Could the fear of being without a charger be the empathetic bridge that allows humans and hosts to forge peace? The process of rebooting hosts has been left murky by the showrunners, and Nolan told EW in November 2016 that the show would reveal the answers soon.
The Maze wasn’t real-it was a metaphor for Dolores and the rest of the hosts’ inward journey to reach consciousness-but in Season 2, William is going to get what he wanted, anyway.
How Does Bernard Fit Into All of This? Bernard was revealed in Episode 7 to be a host created by Ford to replicate his late friend and creative partner, Arnold.
With Ford dead, Bernard has a better understanding of the hosts of anyone in the entire show, and he’s now armed with his memories as well.
Considering his final line of Season 1 was “These violent delights have violent ends”-the line Arnold used to trigger the hosts on the path toward consciousness-perhaps he’s going to attempt to find the middle ground and try to channel Arnold.

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Summary of “Brandon Jennings’s Roads Not Taken”

Within the past six months, Jennings has played in China, in the G League, and finally, in the NBA. Nearly a decade removed from announcing his arrival in the league with a 55-point game two weeks into his career, Jennings finds himself in a far different role.
Brandon Jennings scores 6 PTS and starts shimmying .
While classmates DeRozan, Kemba Walker, and Tyreke Evans prepared for college, Jennings signed a three-year, $1.65 million contract that included a buyout clause allowing him to leave after one season for the NBA. Between that and a deal he signed with Under Armour, Jennings says he made $1.2 million in his first year out of high school.
“In European basketball, it is very rare,” says Ibrahim Jaaber, an American who spent five seasons playing overseas, including that season alongside Jennings in Rome, “For someone that age to be treated as anything other than a kid.”
Jennings often rode the bench in Italian League games but found opportunities to play against competition from the rest of the continent, particularly in games against teams from weaker leagues.
While the Bucks played five-on-four, Jennings writhed on the other end of the court, smacking the hardwood, grasping his ankle, eyes closed, in agony.
Jennings didn’t feel ready to commit to playing the rest of his career abroad. A return to the NBA - and more than that, a return to the level of play he’d once shown - became his goal.
In games, Jennings spent his G League stint doing the same things he did in China, toying with defenders, showing himself to be a talent unlike most any other player in the league.

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Summary of “The Magic of Shohei Ohtani’s Two-Way, One-WAR Week”

Throughout the years of anticipation of Ohtani’s potential two-way future it always seemed as if something would get in the way of the uncut Ohtani experience.
The week Ohtani just had proved that the player I labeled a “Sports superweapon” in 2016 is fully armed and operational: He homered in three straight games as a DH on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, then dominated the A’s over seven scoreless, one-hit innings on Sunday in his second start against them, recording 19 outs before allowing a base runner and ultimately striking out 12 Oakland batters.
According to FanGraphs, Ohtani was worth exactly 1.0 WAR in the past week: almost poetically, 0.5 as a hitter and 0.5 as a pitcher.
On the one hand, a single week is a minuscule sample that doesn’t necessarily represent the season that Ohtani will have.
We can quantify what Ohtani’s outs recorded and hits produced are worth relative to what a theoretical replacement would do, but from a spectator perspective, Ohtani is irreplaceable.
So much of the story of Ohtani’s season has yet to be told: Whether opposing hitters can learn to lay off of Ohtani’s splitter and blunt his best weapon.
If the race remains tight and Ohtani sustains his star-level play, manager Mike Scioscia may be tempted to use him more often-even, perhaps, hitting him on the days he pitches, when it might be worthwhile to sacrifice the DH slot if Ohtani regularly goes deep enough into his starts that Scioscia could usually get away with only one Ohtani-less plate appearance from the pitcher spot.
No player has impressed and delighted me as much in one week as Ohtani, who may or may not be as successful as any other player in this paragraph but has already made himself equally compelling.

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Summary of “Why James Harden Is the MVP”

The Most Valuable Player race unfolded like a melodrama, with pundits fanning the flames for candidates like Kevin Durant, LeBron James, and DeMar DeRozan, among others, throughout the season.
Harden scores 1.24 points per isolation possession, which is the highest recorded by a player with a minimum of 100 logged possessions since Synergy Sports began tracking data in the 2004-05 season.
Of the 35 individual seasons a player logged at least 500 isolation possessions-which includes multiple seasons by LeBron James and Kobe Bryant-the average player besides Harden this year scored 0.95 points per possession.
The problem is it’s near-impossible to find a player as special as Harden.
What we haven’t seen is a player step back to 3-point land like Harden has this season.
Not to mention, of the 45 players to shoot at least 250 times on drives, Harden ranks fourth in field goal percentage.
Harden is their best player, and he’s having one of the greatest scoring seasons in history.
Most Valuable Player Ballot Here’s the rest of my MVP ballot, which, outside of the top spot, is subject to change by Friday’s deadline.

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Summary of “Can Any East Team Take LeBron’s Crown?”

The basketball gods are practically begging for another team to represent the East in the NBA Finals after seven straight appearances by James-led teams, but the favorite, as of now, should still be James’s Cavs. Still, it’s a wide-open race, which gives the final stretch of the regular season a heavy dose of intrigue.
Philadelphia 76ers 46-30, fourth in the East The Sixers were playing some of their best basketball until Markelle Fultz’s shoulder busted Joel Embiid’s face, but maybe Embiid’s orbital fracture will be a blessing in disguise.
The Sixers will need another player to elevate his play.
Indiana Pacers 46-31, fifth in the East It’ll be a crime if Victor Oladipo isn’t voted the NBA’s Most Improved Player of the year.
Darren Collison is nice, and Lance Stephenson can do Lance Stephenson things, but the player they’ll turn to when they need a bucket is Oladipo.
In February, ESPN’s Zach Lowe published a wonderful statistic, courtesy of Second Spectrum, that shows Wall stands still or walks 76.6 percent of the time he’s on the floor, which leads the NBA. As Lowe pointed out, it’s not uncommon for ball-dominant players to conserve energy.
Whiteside earned his contract, but the harsh truth is there aren’t a lot of teams that need a center who gets paid $25 million but tanks the offense with his poor passing, forces contested shots, can’t space the floor, and plays lazy, inconsistent defense.
Whiteside isn’t a perfect player, and that’s OK. He just needs to be the best at what he’s good at it.

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