Warriors Could Aggresively Reshuffle Roster If Team Falls Short in Playoffs

According to The Athletic's Anthony Slater, the Warriors could reshffule their roster should the team have an unexpectedly hard time in the postseason. I'd like to point out that this would be an insane overreaction after amassing so much talent. But, to be fair, I'm not sure how realistic it is, and also teams constantly think of hypothetical moves before ultimately deciding that the best course of action is in fact doing jack.

Still, just in case a re-structure is a real possibility, Draymond Green warned against it by pointing out the very obvious fact that the team may never be in position to have a run like this again. Green pointed to the Spurs as the gold-standard franchise to emulate when it comes to not irrationally freaking out:

Coincidentally (well, not really, but still) the Warriors face the Spurs in the first round, with their Game One tipping off on Saturday afternoon. In the mean time feel free to go read Slater's entire piece at The Athletic, assuming you subscribe to them.

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Metro Boomin Says He’s ‘Retired From Rap’

Metro Boomin, one of the biggest hip-hop producers in the world, has possibly just announced his retirement from rap. Having been remarkably quiet on social media the last couple of months, Metro deleted all of his Instagram posts and updated his story, writing, “Retired from rap,” from what appears to be a private jet.

It's not clear what prompted this move, but his Twitter page's most recent tweet is from late last year and his production has been sorely missed so far in 2018. He's also updated his Instagram bio to read “Retired record producer/DJ,” seemingly further confirming his claim. It should be noted that Metro is still scheduled to perform at Birkenhead, UK festival May Weekender next month, as well as The Greatest Day Ever! Music Festival & Carnival in the Bronx this July.

It's not uncommon to see rappers and producers “retire” from rap only to come back later, but right now it's looking like Metro is very much serious about it. If he's not being serious, however, it's a bit late for an April Fool's Joke. 

We've reached out to Metro Boomin's reps for comment and will update if we receive a response.

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LeBron James Calls Out ‘Corrupt’ NCAA

LeBron James did not play college basketball, and clearly he did not need to. He was an impact player in the NBA straight out of high school. The No. 1 pick in the 2003 draft, LeBron went on to win the 2004 Rookie of the Year award.

LeBron was one of the lucky top prospects who was able to declare for the NBA Draft straight from high school. Since 2006, draftees have been required to be at least 19 years of age and be one year removed from high school in order to be declared eligible.

The “prep-to-pro era,” which began with Kevin Garnett, ran from 1995-2005. A number of standout NBA players made the leap straight from high school—LBJ, Big Ticket, Kobe Bryant, Tracy McGrady, and Dwight Howard, among others.

As long as top prospects are forced to play college ball, shady practices will be associated with the recruiting process. A number of programs, including Louisville and Arizona, have recently come under fire for going to crazy and illegal lengths to lure top recruits. In light of those stories, the broken NCAA system is a talking point around the hoops world.

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Tuesday, LeBron expressed his point of view—that the NCAA, which capitalizes off the players, is corrupt.

Many believe the “one and done” system has harmed both college hoops and the pros, and it looks like the progressively minded NBA commissioner Adam Silver might change that rule in the near future.

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On today’s episode Tony travels to Los Angeles for NBA All Star Weekend. Tony hits up Nike Makers Headquarters and customizes his very own sneaker with Aaron Kai and Sean Wotherspoon. Later on Jalen Rose interviews the legendary Kobe Bryant and Al and Tony show off some of the Nike blessings in their hotel room!

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Jalen Rose Calls Paul Pierce ‘Petty’ Over Celtics Remarks, Pierce Fires Back With ’81’ Joke

The NBA is taking #PettyWarz to a whole new level in 2018.

First, a little in-game wrassling between the Rockets and Clippers spilled into a locker room confrontation that had Twitter aflame with things like secret tunnels, diversions, Austin Rivers being arrogant, and LAPD takeovers. The following night, Orlando guard Arron Afflalo threw a reckless haymaker at Minnesota's Nemanja Bjelica. Then, after Michael Carter-Williams and Tim Frazier became the NBA's eighth and ninth ejections over the past three days, Wizards coach Scott Brooks dialed it up yet another notch by inviting Dwight Howard back onto the court to shoot the technical free throws, only to see Howard make both, do the Sam Cassell big balls dance, and blow a kiss to the Washington coach.

Incredible.

But perhaps the juiciest story of all revolves around Paul Pierce and Isaiah Thomas. Most of you know the details by now: Celtics announce celebration for Thomas during Feb. 11 Cleveland-Boston matchup; Pierce gets angry, wants own night for his jersey retirement; former Celtics sit down beside campfire, gush about how amazing they were; media/Twitter (ahem, Shannon Sharpe) remind Pierce he's no Kobe; Thomas posts veiled “hating hours” Instagram message. It could be the plot for season 2 of Big Little Lies.

Yesterday on ESPN's NBA Countdown, Jalen Rose summed up the whole thing when he called Pierce “petty” to his face, and the resulting back and forth had Pierce looking like he was ready to risk his job. (Thomas, for his part, liked the clip on social media.)

I mean, is Jalen Rose not correct? The Celtics honoring Isaiah during the game does not take away from Pierce's moment afterward. The Celtics honoring Isaiah for not just his play on the court but for what he inspired in their fans and the Boston community does not take away from Pierce's moment afterward.

Of course, being that petty is the theme of the month, Pierce wouldn't let it go, coming back at Rose with yet another “81” joke. The former Toronto Raptors guard will probably never live these down, but at least he can take it and keep it moving.

And the critics say the NBA isn't entertaining anymore because the Cavs and Warriors always win. 

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