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  • There's always a little bit of a weird flat feeling the day after the Super Bowl.

  • But never fear.

  • The MBA is here for you.

  • Do you like the story of Tom Brady pushing the limits of age and time to win another ring?

  • All good.

  • The MBA also has an old dude trying to bolster his credentials with more hardware.

  • Are you following along with Shawn Watson as he tries to get traded?

  • Hey, in the MBA, we already know how the big trade involving the frustrated Houston superstar turns out, Do you agree with the NFL's decision to cancel its All Star Pro Bowl for covert reasons?

  • Well, in the MBA Oh, wait, yeah, never mind on that one, anyway.

  • The point is, even in a pandemic, it is already turning into another break next season in the association.

  • And for those of you who have had your attention split by football over the past few months, here is a brief timeline of what you have missed so far.

  • December 1 kicked off the weirdest preseason ever after the shortest offseason in MBA history, the Lakers and Heat were openly exhausted.

  • Yannis was debating his Supermax with the books and the entire league was engaged in the game of Where's Waldo?

  • As James Harden kept showing up everywhere except Rockets training camp, the Clippers gave Paul George a pile of money, which he vowed to earn E home a trophy.

  • Oh, my trophy.

  • That's what I told this organization, Um, is, Ah, window that we're trying to capture and my commitment and my job is to try to bring a title here.

  • Meanwhile, out East Kyrie Irving was doing his best Phil Jackson impression.

  • Burning sage in Boston Garden.

  • Why not?

  • While Kevin Durant let everyone know he was indeed still Kevin Durant and coronavirus showed it is still coronavirus.

  • I don't think we're in a bubble anymore, Toto.

  • We saw the Trailblazers have to shut down their practice facility in Milwaukee.

  • Yanis finally put pen to paper, breaking the hearts of front office execs from Miami to Dallas.

  • And then, right before Christmas opening night, the Lakers got their rings.

  • We had the people of Seattle rejoicing with revived talk of expansions.

  • Police Master P and Baron Davis offered to buy Adidas.

  • Becky Hammon made history.

  • The Rockets John Wall showed he is still John Wall after two years on the shelf.

  • Yeah, games were postponed due to co vid than more games were postponed than still MAWR, prompting the MBA to stop allowing players to have, um, outside.

  • Visitors went on the road.

  • The Wizard stop being able to even practice.

  • Kyrie stopped coming to games.

  • The Sixers offered Ben Simmons for James Harden, but the Rockets instead dealt him to Brooklyn, creating one of the most potent offensive teams of all time.

  • Victor Oladipo was dealt to the Rockets.

  • Kyrie came back.

  • The Nets defense.

  • Not quite so much.

  • Steph Curry bald out.

  • So did Bradley Beal, Nikolai Yokich, CJ McCollum and Joel.

  • And be LeBron turned a Cavaliers employees taunting him into a 46 point night of revenge.

  • Damian Lillard hit Came winning Crazy buzzer beater again.

  • Five seconds left.

  • Covington trying to get it.

  • Today he puts on the floor.

  • Step back, three from Dame.

  • Oh, and Derrick Rose is back in New York again.

  • No, really?

  • So there you are, all caught up.

  • Just wait until you see what happens next.

  • We've got Paul Pierce joining us now.

  • Welcome into you, Paul.

  • And let's start with you.

  • Who do you think is the most intriguing storyline in the N B A.

  • This season, Mr Pearce.

  • Well, I have to go with the All Star game right now because you know, you have the top players talking about They're not excited about it here.

  • Guys like wrong.

  • Taku Po.

  • Uh, you know, these guys are major players in our game, and then I'm finding out that they have an option if they wanna go or not, without being fine.

  • So, you know, that's a big concern for you know what?

  • One of our biggest games of the year.

  • Well, you know, my my number.

  • One thing that I think you know for this season is really the honeymoon stories, right?

  • We see, you know, we know what John is doing the regular season.

  • We know a Doc Rivers led team 70 Sixers.

  • They're playing great oil and Beat is having one of his best seasons ever.

  • Literally one of the top two or three guys when it talks about M v p.

  • But we know that Doc Rivers and a Doc Rivers led team is going to be judged by the postseason.

  • We look at Paul George and this guy is after Ah, struggle postseason last year.

  • He's having one of the most epic seasons.

  • He's averaging 20 points a game on 50 40 90.

  • That's only been done by like five guys in NBA history and was done by Larry Bird twice.

  • But everyone in Clipper Nation knows the only thing that matters is how you play in the postseason.

  • So between Yanis, between the Doc Rivers led team on between Paul George, it's like, Hey, these regular seasons, they're great.

  • Everyone is waiting for the postseason to see how these guys perform.

  • That's the most intriguing story for me this season.

  • Do you guys feel that now that we're up and running, this really is a season?

  • There was some questions before we started of empty fan empty arenas, right with no fans and schedules were gonna be weird.

  • And guys, we're gonna be coming in and out of the lineup.

  • I still feel like there has been some really exceptional basketball on.

  • The MBA is continuing.

  • Richard, do you get that vibe you're calling so many games right now?

  • No, I do get that, Bob.

  • You look at having Steph Curry back and having the warriors be relevant again.

  • That's just it's just great basketball seeing him play and do what we've always know, You know, obviously, LeBron and the a D r right there at the top of the West where they should be.

  • But again, it's those little sub stories again.

  • Kawhi Leonard, Paul, George Can they take that next little jump in their second year in Clipper Land?

  • There's been so many great stories, even the young players Lemelle, lowball, Halliburton and Sacramental, which I really think has an opportunity to win rookie of the year after sliding in the draft.

  • So there's been great stories all year long, and I think they're on Lee going toe kind of build as the season progresses.

  • Yeah, absolutely.

  • I mean, you get it right around those, Richard.

  • I mean, just seeing step back out there and go from 57 the other day watching Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie team up.

  • These are definitely intriguing stories that you know that Hey, what are we gonna what's gonna happen with the Clippers?

  • Can bounce back from last year's debacle, and so the games have definitely been excited.

  • I'm excited to see who's gonna make that first time jumped to the All Star Game also, but it's definitely been, despite the circumstances.

  • Been an exciting season, All right, So if you again, if you've had your attention split by football, we welcome you back to being all MBA all the time.

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