Matt Barnes: The NBA Pumps You with Opioids But Doesn’t Allow Marijuana

Matt Barnes opened up to VladTV about being part of a cannabis company called Seven Leaves, and launching a company called “Swish” that focuses on CBD and THC products. Matt explained that he has been a long proponent of cannabis and he is working to change regulations in sports regarding pain management. He talked about athletes being given opioids to get back to playing, versus being given cannabis. To hear more, including walking away from a Huey P. Newton project, hit the above clip.

Jalen Rose talking money, education and why he opened his own school in Detroit with Mav Carter

PART I • Jalen Rose and Mav Carter sit down for a special live edition of Kneading Dough at the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy in Detroit, Michigan to talk finances, motivation, and using basketball as a platform to give back to the community.

After growing up with a single mother and just trying to get by, Jalen shares how he learned how to save up his money, when he learned that playing hoops could get him out of the hood, and how having the money to get some fresh clothes and shoes can make all the difference. You’re not hearing this type of conversation anywhere but with UNINTERRUPTED and Chase, so check it out.

Part II • Jalen Rose & Maverick Carter at the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy in Detroit, Michigan. Jalen takes Mav through his new school, talks about the importance of a good education, and how basketball has let him impact his community in ways that will leave a lasting impact.

‘Coaches Don’t Give a F–K’: LeBron James Slams AAU Basketball Coaches For Overworking Kid Players

Daryl Nelson | ATLANTA BLACK STAR

The term “load management” has been floating around a lot in the NBA the past couple of seasons. And it seemed to start when the Toronto Raptors modified Kawhi Leonard‘s minutes during last year’s regular season, although he wasn’t injured.

The move is typically done to reserve the team’s top player, so he’ll be fully replenished for the more important games, and it’s caused quite the debate in the league.

Because some believe it’s smart to sit a top player so they’re rested for big games, and others consider it unfair to the fans who want to see their favorite players on the court.

LeBron James weighed in on all of this, but not regarding NBA players, he talked about the ones in the youth sports organization the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU).

James played AAU ball when he was younger, and his two sons Bronny and Bryce currently play, and he said load management should be used at their level.

“These kids are going into the league already banged up, and I think parents and coaches need to know [that] … well, AAU coaches don’t give a f- – -,” James told Yahoo Sports. “AAU coaches couldn’t give a damn about a kid and what his body is going through.”

“It was a few tournaments where my kids — Bronny and Bryce — had five games in one day and that’s just f- – -ing out of control,” he added.

James then went on to say that he read a study about how AAU players have broken down bodies despite being so young, and the number of games they play are attached to a financial goal the league sets. But he didn’t mention the name of the study or its authors.

Plus, the Los Angeles Laker said he listens to his boys about how they feel about playing in a game.

“I’m very conscious for my own son because that’s all I can control, and if my son says he’s sore or he’s tired, he’s not playing,” James explained.

Earl Watson, a former NBA player and coach for the Phoenix Suns, agreed with James and attributed professional players’ injuries to how much they played during youth.

“Load management isn’t the toll of the NBA schedule, it’s the toll of youth travel basketball playing 12-15 games a weekend to keep the monthly fees validated!” he tweeted on November 6. “That hurts the players later in life & rookies are entering the NBA hurting! Youth hoops needs less games & more teaching!”

The conversation about kids playing too many organized basketball games is nothing new. Because in 2016 the NBA and USA Basketball released a set of guidelines to help parents, coaches and kids get the most out of the game in a positive, healthy way.

In the suggested guidelines, it says kids between 7-8 shouldn’t play more than one game a week, and children 9-12 no more than two to three games a week.

Bill Russell Ends 44-Year Basketball HoF Boycott—but the Backstory Proves He’s the G.O.A.T.

Michael Harriot | THE ROOT

Ask anyone who is the greatest basketball player of all time, and you’ll surely get a diversity of opinions—including Michael Jordan, Lebron James, Magic Johnson and that dude who played for your cousin’s high school in 1987 whose jump shot was wet but he got shot in his layup leg running from the police his senior year in high school after he stole a black-and-white television from Radio Shack, so he never made it to the NBA. But if you ask who was the greatest man who played in the NBA, you’ll only get one name:

William Felton Russell.

The eleven-time NBA champion (no, that’s not a typo) is known as much for his willingness to stand up for what is right as he is for his five NBA MVP awards (no, that’s not a typo). Bill Russell counseled Muhammad Ali and Jim Brown; fought for civil rights his entire career, and financially supported the movement as one of the NBA’s biggest stars. He held Boston Celtic fans accountable for their racism and once convinced his entire organization to forfeit a game because a restaurant wouldn’t serve black customers. Only one other human being (Buddy Jeanette) has won an NBA title as a player while he was the team’s head coach.

Bill Russell did it twice.

But, despite being inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1975, Russell never acknowledged the honor or accepted his Hall of Fame ring. When asked why he essentially boycotted the ceremony, Russell would only reply that he had his “own personal reasons.” Throughout his post-NBA career, he refrained from referring to himself as a “Hall-of-Famer” and never explained why.

On Thursday, Bill Russell finally accepted his Hall of Fame ring in a private ceremony at his home, but only after he confirmed that Chuck Cooper had been inducted into the Hall of Fame:

So who the hell is Chuck Cooper?

No one would ever argue that Chuck Cooper was one of the greatest basketball players of all time. He only averaged 6.7 points per game throughout his career. So, why would Bill Russell boycott the most prestigious honor in his sport because of this unknown guy?

Because Charles “Chuck” Cooper was the first black man drafted into the NBA.

Cooper died in 1984, but for 44 years, Russell has refused to accept the induction until the men who paved the way were respected by his sport. And now, Russell can call himself a Hall-of-Fame basketball player.

He was already a Hall of Fame man.

Trail Blazers signing Carmelo Anthony to non-guaranteed contract

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Carmelo Anthony is signing a non-guaranteed deal with the Portland Trail Blazers, a source tells ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Blazers have tried at different times in the past to add Anthony and made an attempt to acquire him when he was with the Knicks.

Portland is lagging at the bottom of the West standings with a 4-8 record, having lost its last two games.

There was a time following his release by the Houston Rockets where Anthony questioned whether he wanted to play again, but he told ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith in August that he was ready to return.

“I’m in the gym every single day,” Anthony said. He also noted that “silence is not my surrender” and that he has been quiet until now because he felt like he needed to step away from the game to “reevaluate myself, reevaluate my career, reevaluate my life.”

Anthony, a 10-time All-Star and six-time All-NBA player, last suited up for the Rockets for a 10-game stint that ended early in the 2018 season.

In addition to the Rockets, Anthony has played for the Oklahoma City ThunderNew York Knicks and Denver Nuggets with his greatest success coming with the Knicks and Nuggets.

Anthony won the league’s scoring title in the 2012-13 season, averaging 28.3 points per game. That season was the last time the Knicks made the playoffs and began a five-season absence from the postseason for Anthony, who had made the playoffs for 10 straight seasons over his time in Denver and New York.

Is NBA ‘load management’ cheating fans and disrespectful to former NBA players?

Kendrick Perkins thinks so…

Rachel Nichols, Jackie MacMullan and Kendrick Perkins discuss Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban’s comments on load management saying that it is the best thing to happen to the league. They also discuss the NBA’s load management strategies and debate whether LA Clippers Kawhi Leonard’s recent decision to sit out of multiple games is acceptable in this league.

Trae Young nutmegged a defender, hit a jumper, and stared down the Nuggets’ bench

Andy Nesbitt | USA TODAY SPORTS

It hasn’t taken long for Trae Young to become one of the more exciting players to watch in the NBA.

And right now he’s on an absolute tear.

The second-year Atlanta Hawks guard has scored over 30 points in each of his last three games, including 42 in Tuesday night’s victory over the Nuggets in Denver in which he hit eight 3-pointers.

But it was a nice two-pointer that stood out the most against the Nuggets as he nutmegged a defender, collected the ball, hit a jumper, and then stared down Denver’s bench for about five seconds.

You’re gonna want to check this out:

Here’s a better angle of the nutmeg:

Insane.

Here are his highlights from the win:

NBA fans loved the nutmeg: