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  • Katie started the game five or five out of those five shots.

  • What were they left?

  • Hesitation.

  • He just loves them to sleep.

  • Arenas, who was also there, chimed in, just left.

  • Hesitation.

  • Pull up.

  • Boom, boom, boom, boom!

  • And then, once he was done with that, he goes back to his regular stuff.

  • Stephen A.

  • How much pressure is on Katie to reach the finals this season?

  • Well, I think this pressure on him to reach the finals because I think that, uh, K D.

  • Is one of the great great players in the game.

  • As far as I'm concerned with healthy, I think he's the best.

  • Uh, the bottom line is that this dude is a superstar extraordinaire.

  • He's Justin Assassin, your 6 11 with a 76 weeks man and could pull up from 30 at well, with a handle.

  • He's just in offensive juggernaut, the likes of which we may have never seen when you consider the Arsenal the perimeter arsenal that he has available to him at that size at that height, Uh, there's just nothing to sneeze at, and I looked at the Brooklyn Nets, and this is the big reason why I'm so high on them without K d.

  • Without Kyrie Irvin, you got to caress Libertes of the world dispenser Den Witty's of the world.

  • The Joe Harris is of the world story in princes of the world.

  • Others.

  • This is a decent team, a decent team that could make the playoffs.

  • They obviously got swept by the Toronto Raptors in the first round, but we know what kind of talent that they have around K D and Kyrie.

  • So if they are healthy, I see no excuse whatsoever why K d can't be in the finals next year representing the Brooklyn Nets.

  • Because I think that that lethal and Max before I handed off to you, Max, I was just looking at these numbers and I just want to throw up.

  • Y'all do me a favor, please put me on a split screen because I love to see Max's face when I do some of these number because Max just go.

  • Is this a nice imitation, Molly?

  • But this Oh Lord, what?

  • Watch.

  • Watch now, Max, These are the playoffs.

  • The playoffs.

  • Max the playoffs.

  • This is the playoffs in K.

  • D s career since his second years second playoff appearance max.

  • 28.6 28.5 30.8 29.6 28.4 28.5 29 and 32.3 I mean, damn on an average of 47 a half percent shooting better than 35% shooting from three point range.

  • I don't give a damn about no Achilles.

  • If this brothers at 80% because he's 6 11 with the 76 wingspan, he's not gonna have a problem getting that shot off, and as a result, I don't expect anything more than I don't expect much of a drop off.

  • He's averaged 27 for his career.

  • I expect that to continue.

  • And if this brother is remotely healthy, I can't see anybody in the East stopping Brooklyn from getting to the finals next year.

  • Lord that mercy, you short, you short.

  • You shortchange him with those stats because it doesn't tell the whole story.

  • The D D went from being one of the smoothest best scorers ever, right?

  • He just gets the scoring so easy.

  • In the course of the game, he could shoot.

  • He could do all the things you said to a guy who also became an excellent and versatile defender to a guy who's passing, got better and better.

  • Que de is an all around great player, but Stephen A, an Achilles injury and Briana Stewart notwithstanding, is very, very difficult to come back from 100% you said.

  • Even if 80% he'll score 26 27 points in asleep.

  • And that's true in a lot of the numbers you just mentioned.

  • He'll be able to get even if maybe the percentage isn't quite the same.

  • But what about the defense?

  • Like what about all the things he does athletically?

  • He's got to do all those things to be K D.

  • And even then, it's the first season with the team.

  • He's never played with Kyrie before.

  • Kyrie.

  • For all his talent and skill, I've said on this show a million times he is in the argument for most skilful player who ever lived.

  • When you consider that handles the shooting, the finishing in the paint, he is incredibly skillful.

  • And yet too often he's had a deleterious effect on the chemistry of a team.

  • You know, we're talking about Cleveland before LeBron got there right then he goes to Boston, they do better without him than with him.

  • That should Kyrie Irving.

  • That should never happen and then in Brooklyn also seems like when he's not playing the team functions as a team.

  • Better so K d.

  • At 80% of himself is gonna have to deal with that.

  • And then LaVerne Dignity are nice pieces, I agree, but a team has to function as a unit.

  • They're gonna get fewer touches like things were going to change.

  • So for all those all that said, let me say this.

  • If K D is 80% of himself, there live.

  • But I wouldn't say there's enormous pressure to make the finals in Year one.

  • They have more than one year.

  • Stephen A.

  • Justus, K D.

  • Was rightly criticized for joining a 73 win team and then winning championships like, What does that really prove?

  • KD We already know if you add a guy like you or even less than you to the Warriors, they're not gonna lose.

  • He should be commended for choosing Brooklyn because that's not automatic.

  • He and Kyrie, it's not an automatic championship if he does.

  • This, especially is a diminished version of himself.

  • He will have proved his greatness in a way that he couldn't unless he made a choice like this but don't have to do it near one.

  • He has to do it over the course of this contract.

  • The fact that LeBron, in my estimation, did this a year early is amazing.

  • KD coming off an Achilles does not have to match that well.

  • I disagree, and I disagree because I think the road becomes a bit more arduous as time goes on.

  • I think when we look at Milwaukee may have changes, but I think Miami has put us on notice that they're coming.

  • I think that the Philadelphia 76 is with the acquisition of Doc Rivers, and I think the potential there to make a move regarding Ben Simmons, if not Joel Embiid.

  • I think that they could potentially becoming the Boston Celtics.

  • We can't summarily dismissed the ascension of Jayson Tatum and Jalen Brown and what they bring to the table with some of those pieces, so I don't think you can assume anything.

  • That's number one number two.

  • I got to tell you something right now, I listen toe John Wall and I got to tell you, boy, I start imagining What if k d.

  • Had decided to go back home to D.

  • C.

  • What if he had decided to join John Wall and Bradley Bill?

  • That would have been nice.

  • That might have been nice.

  • That might've been really nice.

  • But nevertheless, with what Sean May has built in Brooklyn, along with Nash, Dear and Mike D'Antoni, now really overseeing the offense and help in terms of helping Steve Nash fine tune some things, I think that the possibilities for things are great this season.

  • I think you catch everybody before they get used to.

  • You get acclimated to what you're going to throw at them.

  • And I think it's easier the first year there than it is here to or rather in this case, three or four, you know, because this will be the second year, so the following two years, I don't view it that way, Max.

  • I think their best shot is this year.

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Katie started the game five or five out of those five shots.

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