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Even the very best get confused.
Case in point: Here is Russell Westbrook, absolutely one of the NBA's top players, completely botching a drill (according to the tweeter, "two dribbles to score" -- as in, he's supposed to score here in two dribbles or less).
LeBron and Melo lose it when Russell Westbrook defeats the whole purpose of the drill (2 dribbles to score) pic.twitter.com/7tnWaHwaa0— Hoopmixtape.com (@Hoopmixtape) August 13, 2015
LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony's reactions were wonderful. But let's not ignore Westbrook, who often comes off as impossibly serious, being able to laugh at himself. And it's not the first such instance this summer.
H/T Bleacher Report
Milwaukee Bucks veteran swingman Jared Dudley was at ESPN on Wednesday and, in the spirit of his #nextcareer claim, he did not hold back on his opinions.
But perhaps Dudley's most eye-opening take was on Kobe Bryant, whose shoot-first (and second, and third) ways, Dudley said, are why "it'll [take] a while for the Lakers to get good, because no stars ... want to go there."
Naturally, there was some backlash -- a little about Melo, but mostly about Kobe. Dudley addressed it.
You gotta love the Lakers fan! You gotta understand its goin to take a very unique Star to come FA, KD and Russ. No hate just keep in it 100— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) May 27, 2015
When dealing with Superstars they have egos that have to be stroke! That's why you hear about Kevin love leaving. Role players don't care— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) May 27, 2015
RT @kingjazz24: U don't wanna play with Kobe cuz ur not a true winner! ( I would play with him! Most stars wouldn't taking less $ and shots)— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) May 27, 2015
Ok Kobe fans listen to the interview. I said Kobe one of the greats! I'm laughing about his shot attempts . Most people not taking less $— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) May 27, 2015
On Monday, Carmelo Anthony sat down with the good people of Facebook to answer all the hard-hitting questions. That is, all the questions he could answer in 60 seconds. Throughout this brief-yet-entertaining Q&A, Melo gave us some insight into what we all have been longing to know. Check it out:
Business as usual.Posted by Carmelo Anthony on Monday, May 18, 2015
If a biopic of Melo is ever created, who would play the lead? He chose Will Smith, and now we can't help but envision the "I Am Legend" star rocking one of Melo's signature floppy hats while Spike Lee calls the shots from the director's chair. Sort of overwhelming, yet sort of awesome. One can dream.
The NBA star also let us all in on another secret. No, he didn't betray the East Coast (he chose Biggie over Tupac) and he refused to be baited into voicing favoritism for one NYC icon over another (Nas or Jay Z). But he let us in on his fear of cats. House cats? Wild cats? Who knows, but the thought of Melo running the other direction in fear of a furry feline is highly amusing.
It is also amusing that he said he enjoys playing basketball in Los Angeles, because clearly that means he wants to be traded there, right? He really should be more discreet.
2014-15 NBA schedule released
The 2014-15 NBA schedule is here, with some pretty sweet matchups highlighting the season's big days. The opening-night slate comprises Dallas Mavericks-San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets-Los Angeles Lakers. On Christmas, the Cleveland Cavaliers make their first trip to Miami since LeBron James left the Heat, while Western Conference titans Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs square off in Texas. It's all part of a regular season that promises to be compelling.