The Baseline dives into the second week of NBA action as the storylines continue to mount. On this week’s show we discuss:
The Breakdown (7:45)
The Warriors woes are numerous forcing the franchise into an unanticipated tailspin.
What should the team do with Stephen Curry out 3 months? Is a return this year even worth it as the season looks completely lost?
Draymond Green is battling ligament damage and also has to miss time. The prickly veteran will have to remain calm once he returns to help coach up a young and inexperienced roster. Is he capable?
D’Angelo Russell stands alone as the team’s primary weapon and asset in a potential trade. Russell is poised for monstrous numbers in a system where he will go unchecked due to all of Golden State’s injuries. Will this hurt his mentality as he looks to become a contributor on a winning team? Is a trade on the horizon?
Should Bob Meyers and Steve Kerr been more prepared?
Can Kerr transition from championship aspirations to a player development-minded coach?
Which players should the team focus development strategies on?
Could the glass still be half full heading into the summer with a likely lottery pack?
The Drop (41:30)
Coaching call outs: Mike Malone and Steve Clifford both called out their teams in different ways.
The NBA is known as a player’s league but can coaches call out their teams and still command the respect of the locker room?
Is it different depending on the coach, the ownership and history of the team?
In what situations has this strategy worked before?
Coast to Coast (57:26)
Joel Embiid & Karl-Anthony Towns beef. The two superstar centers had a brouhaha that resulted in two-game suspensions.
Kyle Kuzma returns on a minutes limit for the Lakers. The rich got richer but how will a bench role suite him as the Lakers have rolled without him?
Derrick Rose received MVP chants in return to Chicago. The city’s native son returned to a hero’s welcome after reinventing himself and finding peace on and off the floor.