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Klay Thompson calls for Warriors fans to bring more energy at home games

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Is it possible that too much winning can lead to jadedness? Golden State Warriors fans are putting that theory to test.

All-Star shooting guard Klay Thompson noticed something during the team’s 115-111 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday: the fans are simply not bringing the same amount of energy as in previous seasons.

“I expect our crowd to be a little more into it.” said Thompson following the loss.

“Like, I know it’s not the playoffs, but it is our last go-around at Oracle. Least you can stand up or something when we make a good play, especially in the beginning. We need that energy, especially this time of the year. It’s hard to conjure up energy every single night because you’re looking forward to the playoffs and that run,”

The Warriors have struggled as of late, losing four of their past six games and dropping three straight at the formally hostile Oracle Arena.

Thompson is averaging a career-best 22.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in 63 games this season.

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Nets GM felt he had “no choice” but to keep Kyrie Irving away from the team until he is fully vaccinated

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The Brooklyn Nets have championship aspirations this season and certainly didn’t want to start off the 2021/22 campaign this way. But Kyrie Irving’s vaccine stubbornness has forced their hand.

Nets GM Sean Marks recently spoke to the media about the controversial decision to keep Kyrie Irving away from the team until he gets fully vaccinated. He admitted it was a tough decision, but clearly has no regrets with how he handled it.

“He has a choice to make, and he made his choice.” said Marks.

“Again, my job here is to make what we deem as the best decision and best choices for the organization moving ahead as a whole. They’re not always ones that are going to be met with open arms and a thumbs-up. These are hard decisions. Just like I’m sure it wasn’t easy for Kyrie either to have to make that [decision] to not be around his teammates.”

The Nets will open their season presumably without Irving when they take on the Milwaukee Bucks next Tuesday.

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Pau Gasol retires from basketball after illustrious career

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One of the greatest big men in NBA history is calling it quits.

The Los Angeles Lakers legend and two-time NBA champion Pau Gasol officially announced his decision to retire from basketball on Tuesday.

“It was a difficult decision, as you might imagine, after many years…But it was a decision made with a lot of thought” said Gasol during a news conference in Spain.

“You have to change gears a little bit and know how to enjoy it. And one of the things I wanted was to end my career while enjoying it. Not because of an injury, not in crutches”

The 41-year old Spaniard averaged 17.0 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists over a span of 20 NBA seasons split between the Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs, and Milwaukee Bucks. He spent the 2020/21 campaign with his original professional club Barcelona FC in Spain.

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Scottie Barnes impresses in Raptors’ preseason debut

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When the Toronto Raptors surprised the basketball world by selecting forward Scottie Barnes with the fourth overall pick, many of those around the game still felt like it would be a worthwhile decision for Toronto in the long-term.

His ceiling as a player is very, very high, but in his present form, he is considered to be a work in progress that won’t enjoy immediate success in the league. But not so fast!

An offseason working alongside a franchise that is known for being amongst the best at player development appears to have paid dividends.

The Raptors rookie looked great in his preseason debut against the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday. He played an all-around great game, showed flashes of great defense, a solid shooting stroke and high basketball IQ. He finished the night with 13 points, nine rebounds, six assists and two blocks in limited action!

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