Chris Webber: What was I thinking? I didn’t know what…

Chris Webber: What was I thinking? I didn’t know what to think because I was just getting information and I was listening to the segment before with Chuck and Shaquille and those guys talking. So I was really just getting information piece by piece. I knew that the guys were gonna be criticized and I understand the game of narration in the sporting era, I’ve been part of it so long. I knew they weren’t gonna have any allies at the time. My parents have been involved in helping their communities, so we’ve had these conversations in my family for a long time. I understood that nobody ever plans an outburst. An outburst always comes out of pain. I just wanted to encourage them. They should use their passion to organize and hopefully there’s change. I just felt that this was an important moment in history and after all things that were going on, this was a perfect storm, and I just wanted to encourage them.
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Korkmaz wasn’t really surprised with Butler stepping up for the Heat, as he said. “It didn’t surprise me too much that Jimmy showed such a performance, but I gotta say that Jimmy has always been someone that spoke out when he sees something wrong or missing. And this kind of player that intervenes too much is not so welcome in the teams, especially by the coaches”, he explained. However, the Turkish guard/forward noted that the difference in Butler’s game is obvious with the Heat for reasons of chemistry: “I think that Jimmy never felt that he belonged with our team, he never felt part of our chemistry. So he couldn’t be so happy. Jimmy in Miami has a completely different image, body language, and game. In the end, it is the same Jimmy but he just didn’t feel part of our chemistry.”
Nobody knows for sure what the Nets star will look like. But between Durant’s positive headspace, specialists who spoke with The Post and WNBA star Breanna Stewart’s dominant return from her own similar injury, the signs bode well. All point to Brooklyn getting the same superstar version of Durant it signed up for. “He’s not an old guy, 36, 37 towards the end of his career,” said Dr. Laith Jazrawi, chief of the division of sports medicine at NYU Langone Sports Health. “I don’t think it’s like that in him. He’ll do just fine. I don’t see any issue to say he won’t be as good of a player as he was a year-and-a-half ago,”
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Isaiah Stewart: people smart enough know not to bet against Isaiah Stewart.People didn’t want me to be a ranked guy. But they knew they had no choice because every matchup that I’ve played against, I dominated. My game isn’t sexy. It’s not attractive. But at the end of the day, it gets the job done.People like flashy andpeople like potential but potential means you haven’t done anything. At the end of the day, I know I’m a winner. This past season was a losing season butpeople who know Isaiah Stewart know I’m going to be successful at the NBA level. They know the guys that are ahead of me, I’m better than them.
Isaiah Stewart: When the ball gets tipped off, I can’t wait for that day to come back so I’m able to prove these doubters wrong. They must have forgot who busted their favorite player ass every time, whypeople duck me and whypeople don’t like to play against Isaiah Stewart. If we were able to have group workouts with teams, a lot of these big men would not play against me. I look forward to getting back to basketball so I can just prove somepeople wrong and showpeople I’m the biggest sleeper in this draft. After a few years, people are going to look back at this draft and see that.
Isaiah Stewart: Team workouts would have exposed a lot of people. It would have shown NBA general managers thatpeople at my position do not like to go up against me. They are afraid their stock will go down. Because at the end of the day, point blank, they know I’m the better player. Agents would have been pulling their players against me, not letting them compete against me. That is something that did not get to happen this pre-draft process because of the unfortunate circumstances of COVID-19.
How would you compare your competitiveness to other players who you have faced? Isaiah Stewart: I just want it more. I want it more than any of these other guys I have ever played against. It shows. I always showed up. Every time I was on the court, I knew these guys did not want to play against me and I sensed that every time. They knew I was going to outwork them. They knew I was not going to get tired and they knew they had to keep up with me the whole game. They know that I am going to be a pain in the ass the whole game. They don’t like that. I just want it more. I’m a dog.