Leandro Barbosa and Andre Iguodala were teammates on the Warriors during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. How much fun is the “Brazilian Blur” having watching the 2015 NBA Finals MVP compete in the Orlando bubble? “Iggy lied to me,” Barbosa jokingly said this week on the “Runnin’ Plays” podcast. “He said that he was going to retire after his deal with the Warriors (expired). And he got an extra two years with the Miami Heat. “I sent him a text, I said, ‘Man. Stop stealing money from other teams, man. Come on. You gotta retire.’ “
March 7, 2021 | 2:33 pm EST Update
Michael Scotto: James Harden on Blake Griffin: “We haven’t acquired anybody yet, so I can answer that later if it happens, but we all know how exciting Blake Griffin is and the player he is.”
Mark Medina: LeBron James said he has been extremely disciplined with the NBA”s health and safety protocols. But he attributed being able to avoid a positive test & contact tracing so far to “luck.” LeBron: “I’m not a COVID ghostbuster or anything like that.”
March 7, 2021 | 1:40 pm EST Update
Mark Medina: Kawhi Leonard on his plans for 2021 Olympics: “Right now, my plan is to go. It doesn’t really matter about the success that we have [in the playoffs].”
Sarah Todd: Donovan Mitchell on LeBron James’ Utah comments during All-Star draft – “I don’t want to be rude but I really don’t care….people have been talking s*** about me for a while…we’re not doing this to seek the approval of him.”
Though he has more 50-point, perfect score dunks (eight) than any player in NBA history – more than Michael Jordan, more than Zach LaVine – Gordon stands alone as the league’s best dunker without a crown. “Growing up as a little kid, that’s something I dreamed of – winning the NBA dunk contest trophy,” Gordon says in the opening to the documentary short “Mr. 50” that follows him through the 2020 event during All-Star Weekend in Chicago.