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JJ Redick agrees with Bob Myers' assessment about unhappiness in NBA

JJ Redick agrees with Bob Myers' assessment about unhappiness in NBA

A couple of weeks ago at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver talked a good amount about unhappiness in the NBA.

What he told The Ringer's Bill Simmons about many of the league's star players became a much-discussed topic in the media.

"When I meet with them, what strikes me is that they are truly unhappy," Silver said. "This is not some show they are putting on for the media."

Last week, Rockets guard Chris Paul was a guest on The JJ Redick Podcast and the former teammates discussed the Commissioner's comments (you should seriously listen to the whole episode).

Very early on, Redick revealed the following:

Bob Myers -- Golden State GM -- he was my agent when I first came out (of college). I remember my second year when I wasn't playing a lot, we had a bunch of late night conversations -- me venting to him. And I remember something that stuck with me ever since.

"He said to me, he's like, 'We represent 50-something clients -- I would say five are happy.' He's like, 'Even the guys who are making a ton of money and taking 20 shots a game...' He had a client at the time who takes 20 shots a game and he just signed a huge deal -- like four (years) for $50 (million) extension and he's unhappy.

"He's like, 'I have maybe three or four clients that are legit happy.' I kind of agree with that assessment. Think about how many guys in the league on a day-to-day basis are really, really enjoying it."

Redick's second year in the NBA was the 2007-08 season, which was way before social media became the unbelievable force it is today. So by this logic, many NBA players (not just the superstars) were unhappy prior to having the ability to check their Twitter and/or Instagram mentions.

And now, the unhappiness is amplified.

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"I believe there is something right about what he said," Paul said to Redick. "Obviously, everything we do now there's really no privacy ... some guys genuinely want to hoop, go home, chill with their families. But this is a business, this is entertainment. This is what we do, so some of this is what you signed up for.

"We gotta just try to find a happy medium, which I don't know what that is. I don't know the answers to it. But happiness isn't money. That's one thing that we do know. Happiness is not fame."

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Revisiting Warriors' 2020 season predictions during All-Star break

Revisiting Warriors' 2020 season predictions during All-Star break

Editor's note: Grant Liffmann (@grantliffmann) is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders, which airs on NBC Sports Bay Area 60 minutes after every game. Each week, Grant will drop his Outsider Observation on the state of the Dubs.

Surely the Warriors must be excited to have reached the All-Star break, signaling the coming final stretch of this nightmare regular season. Of course, there are ways to find the silver linings and glass-half-full hopes for a season filled with losses, but in the end, the record is what it is. Could this lost season end up benefitting the Warriors down the road and rejuvenate the franchise for a second dynasty? You never know. But for now, the focus is on the current team, and how they are faring. 

Back on January 2nd, I wrote an article making five predictions for the 2020 portion of the season. Let's check in on how they are looking thus far:

Warriors finish with the fifth-worst record in the NBA

The Warriors currently have the worst record in the league at 12-43, just below the Cavaliers, Hawks and Timberwolves in the standings. A few more Eastern Conference teams have about six or seven more wins than Golden State entering post-All-Star break. Even with the return of Steph Curry sometime in early March, it may be difficult for the Warriors to win enough games to jump four other teams in the standings. 

With 27 games remaining, the Warriors may have to win at least 10 more games to leap teams from the league cellar. But in the end, many Warriors fans, and likely secretly some Warriors staffers, are hoping the team does not leave their place in line for the top overall draft pick.

Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III are traded

This one ended up being correct, however, the sheer amount of roster turnover at the trade deadline was unexpected. Both Burks and GR3 were sent to Philadelphia for three future second-round picks. With both being unrestricted free agents in the offseason, it seemed inevitable that the two would end up on the trade block. But the Warriors also traded away D'Angelo Russell, Willie Cauley-Stein, Omari Spellman and Jacob Evans III in order to get below the repeater tax line as well as reshuffle their deck of players. 

You can expect a fair amount of reshuffling in the offseason as well. 

Draymond finishes with best 3-point percentage since 2015-16

Since he shot an impressive 38.8 percent from distance a few years ago, Draymond has not shot above 30.8 percent from deep in a season. Heading into the new year, Green was shooting 29.7 percent from 3-point range in 25 games in the 2019 part of the season. Since then, he has not only failed to improve his percentage, it has sunk even more. In 2020, Green is shooting just 27.5 percent from deep in 16 games.

The encouraging news, however, is that he is shooting 43.8 percent from long range in his last six games, making seven of his 16 attempts. With the eventual return of Curry and the newfound ball movement and rhythm the team is experiencing, there is still a slight chance that Draymond can hit a hot streak to end the season.

Jordan Poole returns to NBA, shoots over 33 percent from deep

In 2019, Poole was shooting a poor 24.2 percent from 3 point range, which was part of the reason he was sent down to the G League to rediscover his stroke. Poole reemerged from Santa Cruz in the new year, and has played considerably better, though his shot remains pretty inconsistent. Over 19 games played in 2020, Poole is shooting just about 30 percent from deep, a great improvement from his first go-around in the league, but still below average. 

He has been showing off encouraging playmaking and overall feel for the game, landing him a starting role as the point guard against Phoenix before the break. Poole has the talent and ability to be a solid shooter in the NBA, so if he can find a groove in his newly expanded role, especially with the return of Curry, then he has a shot of making this prediction correct.

Eric Paschall lands on the All-Rookie First-team

Paschall earned a spot on the Rising Stars All-Star team, and if it were not for some impressive second-year players, most likely would have started the game. In the end, Paschall scored 23 points, leading USA team in scoring and helping them earn a 20-point victory of the World team. 

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All-Star games hardly matter when it comes to picking an All-Rookie team, however, it is important that Paschall shows off on a national stage to get some attention, and he did exactly that. If he can maintain his current numbers over about 13 points per game on 48 percent shooting, he could be in line for the predicted honor. Though if he could hit a hot streak and raise his totals any closer to what he did to start the season, a spot on the First-team is as good as done.

Warriors have third-hardest schedule in NBA after All-Star break

Warriors have third-hardest schedule in NBA after All-Star break

Wins haven't been easy to come by for the Warriors this season. It looks like it won't be any easier for Golden State after the All-Star break either. 

Odds Shark's Joe Osborne look at the remaining strength of schedule for all 30 NBA teams, and it doesn't look good for the Dubs. The Detroit Pistons and Memphis Grizzlies are the only two teams with harder schedules the rest of the way. 

The Warriors, at 12-43, have the worst record in the NBA. They lost just 49 regular-season games combined the last two seasons, but this is a much different team. Kevin Durant is gone. Steph Curry has only played four games. And Klay Thompson likely won't play at all this season as he rehabs a torn ACL. 

That doesn't even include the departure of veterans Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston. 

There's a silver lining to this season full of losses, though. The Warriors have lost four straight games and are 2 1/2 games ahead of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks for the worst record in the NBA. This only increases their chances of landing a top pick in the draft. 

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Though this year's draft is considered far worse than 2021, a top-5 draft pick always is a great asset. Golden State could use it in a trade or select a top prospect like center James Wiseman, guard Anthony Edwards, guard LaMelo Ball or big man Deni Avdija. 

The Warriors still are in the business of wins and refuse to acknowledge the "T word." But they clearly look like they're on the path to a top draft pick, and that only can help them reload for another championship run next season.