Watson has many relationships in the NBA but he makes it clear that he “could care less” about them once it is game day against them. Case in point, he said he did not talk Friday to Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, who he has mentored since he was at UCLA. “We respect the other team but it’s not an admirational game,” Watson said. “We don’t admire them so much, like, ‘One day we want to be like them.’ I don’t even like our guys to follow other guys on Twitter. This Twitter friend, Instagram friend, let’s cut them off. Say hi to them in the summer.”
As promised, the NBA and Turner have launched their two original shows on Twitter… and they might scratch your itch if you can’t get enough basketball in your life. The first, The Starters, streams live every Tuesday at 11AM Eastern and delivers passionate commentary from the crew that hosts NBA TV and official podcasts. The Warmup, meanwhile, is a more interactive affair: the half-hour show from Ben Lyons and Ro Parrish integrates Twitter chats into each episode (Thursdays at 7:30PM Eastern), and it merges b-ball with “lifestyle, music and pop culture.” It’s more of an entertainment show that just happens to have basketball as a hook, then. You can visit either show on the web, and the NBA’s Twitter account will also host shows as they air. Twitter is also marking the occasion with hashtag-triggered flags for all 30 league teams: tweet hashtags like #DubNation (Warriors) or #WeTheNorth (Raptors) and you’ll show your pride.
Steve Novak is back. The Brown Deer native and Marquette University product re-signed with the Bucks on Monday after his 2015-16 season was cut short by a knee (MCL) injury. After the signing was official, Giannis, Bucks fans and his alma mater took to Twitter to welcome him back: