Chip Kelly is notorious for his quick whit and sharp stabs at the media. He is known for his shameless sponsor plugs, like his casual references to Phil Knight and Nike along with Dr. Pepper and UPS at the PAC 12 Championship Game. These quirky comments are known as "Chipisms". In fact, there's even a twitter handle devoted entirely to Chipisms. And Monday's media day was filled plentifully with them. So, without further adieu, ladies and gentleman, this is every Chipism cut out of his 30 minute press conference.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, and that is where the #QuarantineHaircuts challenge truly spawns from.
With a nationwide quarantine in place and barbershops and salons being closed down indefinitely, some people are taking matters into their own hands. Thus, the inception of the #QuarantineHaircuts challenge that is taking over social media right now.
Here are some examples if you were curious:
Our sweet toddler became one of the victims of #QuarantineHaircuts. My hubs @the30ish ego led him to think he could do a David Beckham cut on our 18 month old. (2 pics b4, 2 pics after). I’ve forever banned my hubs as a baby barber...& from the house altogether. 🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬 https://t.co/mnQjFwu2Hy pic.twitter.com/26VQ6WBH5M— Prim Siripipat (@prim_siripipat) April 8, 2020
Some of these are pretty bad, but some people can’t stand to keep their hair longer than it needs to be. So, the job gets done either way.
The Seattle Seahawks saw this and decided to hop in on their own version of the #QuartineHaircuts challenge.. and it looks something like this.
You can already guess people wanted to chime in on how they thought the Seahawks did on this challenge.
Russ lookin like..... 😂 😂 pic.twitter.com/j9tarK4UgO— PNW Paradise (@11plus1TrueHawk) April 8, 2020
It is safe to say the Seattle Seahawks take the crown with this new #QuarantineHaircuts challenge, at the moment. Look for more NFL teams to try their hand at this here soon.
For now, let's hope players decide to buzz it all off or let it grow.
First and foremost, CJ McCollum is just like you: He wants the NBA to resume more than anything.
“Obviously, you want to play," McCollum said during a Trail Blazers video conference Wednesday afternoon. "I want to get back out there and play in front of fans preferably, but I think we are in a position where we can't execute that right now, honestly. So, we have to wait and see how things go.”
The seven-year veteran has been vocal on social media about how guys around the league need to be smart with their money and look to other avenues outside of basketball to help their money grow.
In a recent interview on ‘The Boardroom,’ McCollum threw out an estimate of 150 of the total 450 NBA players live paycheck to paycheck.
“I think a lot of guys are going to be hurting especially people on minimums or people that didn’t just budget correctly and didn’t expect this to happen. Maybe they loaned money or paid money to family. Maybe they’re taking care of multiple people and now there’s a work stoppage and for a lot of people in America,” McCollum said on 'The Boardroom.'
Wednesday, McCollum clarified:
A lot of people took that out of context. But, what I was basically saying is that I think there’s a lot of players based on what I’ve seen, what I’ve experienced, the research I’ve done -- that either mismanaged money or aren’t in the position to make the right decisions financially because they’re the first generation of wealth. It’s hard to manage money when you’ve never had it before and everyone around you has never had it before. And, it’s not an excuse, it’s not like me saying -- ‘feel sorry for us, we make millions of dollars.’ It’s not saying, I’m struggling. It’s saying that a lot of players especially years two through four are still trying to figure themselves out. They’ve either hired a financial advisor or are in the process of hiring someone. -- Trail Blazers veteran CJ McCollum
As for the 150 players living paycheck to paycheck, McCollum still stands by that number.
“I would say it was just an estimate, but I think it was an accurate estimate, honestly. I think players and not just players in the basketball realm, but athletes and people all across the world have to really take advantage of resources outside of what they’re doing with their day-to-day life… Really budget correctly.”
Yes, there are people out there who believe NBA players throw their money around at frivolous, unnecessary and materialistic crap.
But, as McCollum explained, there are players who have become accustomed to a certain lifestyle AND there are some who are trying to do what they think is best and that's help out family and friends.
I think a work stoppage, it affects everybody whether you have money or not. It affects people around you or it affects you directly, and I think as a professional athlete a lot of times during these times you’re helping people literally. And, I’m not saying it’s the wrong thing or right thing to do, but I’m saying that a lot of players [are helping out financially], especially now, they said 6 million people filed for unemployment last week. -- CJ McCollum
The 28-year old continued, “I have family members that are struggling and are in a position where they need assistance and you have to do what you can when you can, but I think the biggest thing that I’ve heard from players is they’re worried about free agency. They’re worried about, obviously, when checks are gonna completely be stopped because they have to budget accordingly."
McCollum looked as though he was speaking from the heart when talking about how the entire world is being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Everyone is going through it right now -- The pay may stop, but the bills don’t. The bills are continuing to come in and depending on what type of lifestyle you have, as I said on Twitter/Instagram the other day, some people have child support, some people have a certain lifestyle that they are accustomed to living, and it’s definitely gonna have to change.”
Since the end of March, there have been reports that the NBA is looking at different scenarios of cutting players’ wages.
This week, the league reportedly proposed that the players take a 50 percent paycheck reduction, while the Players Association countered that with a 25 percent reduction of paychecks starting the middle of next month.
Sources: The NBA is proposing to the NBPA that players take a 50 percent paycheck reduction beginning April 15. The NBPA has counter-proposed a 25 percent reduction of paychecks starting in mid-May.
Sources: The NBA is proposing to the NBPA that players take a 50 percent paycheck reduction beginning April 15. The NBPA has counter-proposed a 25 percent reduction of paychecks starting in mid-May.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 3, 2020
A typical NBA contract has payments on the first and 15th of every month during the season, but different pay schedules can be worked out within individual contracts.
When McCollum was asked what would be fair for a player to be paid, he pointed out that a good majority of the season had already been played.
“I think fair is being paid for your services. So, that’s eighty percent or 90 percent whatever the case may be. I think that’s fair. We can figure out the rest of the numbers, but I think everyone can agree… If you worked and done something, you want to be paid for that work,” McCollum said.
As for not saving enough money for a rainy day (as my grandma would say), McCollum mentioned how some players may have made poor investments or some players just flat out don’t know how “to make their money grow.”
Here was his advice:
“I just cautiously advise people to really save. To really plan accordingly, because at some point if we don’t continue to play, pay is definitely going to change or come to a halt,” McCollum said.
Everyone is finding creative ways to stay in contact and check-in with one another during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Turner Sports broadcaster, Ernie Johnson, checked in on with Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard for a Periscope interview Wednesday afternoon.
The two chopped it up regarding a number of topics, including his daily routine and what it's like spending more time with Dame, Jr.
And according to Lillard, he's fully on board with completing the season.
“If we are gonna come back, let’s come back and do it. If we come back, we are already gonna be further along into the year than we would have been. I think it is only right to play it out.”
But, one thing that stuck out during this interview is how Lillard said confidently that he can pull up “comfortably” from taking half-court and flirts with expanding his range when the season gets back going.
The only reason I haven't done it is because I don't want to push it that far consistently because that's just crazy. But, I can literally do it. I'm going to do it in one of these games. Watch.
We have seen Lillard taking shots that most NBA players would never take. But from half-court? If Coach Stotts is comfortable and says go for it, then why not?
You can check out the full interview over at the NBA twitter page here.
Trail Blazers big man Zach Collins joined Trail Blazers courtside reporter Brooke Olzendam on the latest episode of OlzenGRAM Live Wednesday to discuss quarantine life.
During the live IG video on the Trail Blazers Instagram account, the two discussed several different topics including Collins’ signature haircut and whether or not a hotdog should be considered a sandwich, which Collins had a tough time answering. He went back and forth, but ultimately, Zach decided a hotdog is NOT a sandwich.
Now that we got the important stuff out of the way, let's talk about how Collins does not back down from anyone.
Brooke threw out a fan question, who wanted to know if he has a favorite “trash talking moment.” Collins smiled saying, “I know what people want me to say.”
And, guess what?
He said it.
Yep, Collins’ favorite chippy moment came back in Feb. of 2019 when he was not about to back down from Warriors guard Klay Thompson.
“In that moment I probably said some things I shouldn’t have, but you know, I was in the moment, I was hyped. It was against the Warriors and everybody’s trying to beat them… We had been going on a run and I was just like, I didn’t care who it was -- you were getting it that night if you came up to me,” Collins said with a smile.
Collins didn’t reveal exactly what Klay said to him, but he admitted that after Thompson was jawing with him, he “went crazy for a second.”
“[Klay] said something to me and I turned around and I saw red. I just went crazy for a second… I got a lot of clout from that. I got a lot of followers,” Collins joked.
It wasn’t just Rip City hitting Zach up on social media.
Enter, Golden State Warriors fans.
“I got a lot of hate mail from Warriors fans… I still get it to this this day. It went on probably the rest of the year.”
Not only is the Klay Thompson incident is favorite trash talking moment so far in his career, but he also learned something about Warriors fans:
It sounds like Zach isn't looking for any more hate mail.
It's been exactly 20 days since the NBA shutdown teams' training facilities and it's been nearly a month since the league was suspended.
The only Trail Blazers currently allowed to enter the practice facility are those still receiving treatment during their rehab-- Jusuf Nurkic, Zach Collins, Rodney Hood.
As players do their at home workouts and continue to try their best to stay in shape, it’s not the same as being able to go to team’s training facilities and get in their typical workouts.
During a Trail Blazers video conference Wednesday, shooting guard CJ McCollum described what he thinks the process would look like if in fact they are cleared to resume play this summer.
I think the first thing we would have to do is get in shape. Game shape -- obviously, we are all trying to workout. We’re trying to do what we can at home. Some people are going on runs, maybe riding bikes. I have a stationary bike… But, it’s not the same as physically getting up and down and playing on the basketball court so I think you have to take some time to kind of go through that process, that period of one-on-one, two-on-two, three-on-three, five-on-five -- getting up and down full court, that’ll be very helpful. -- CJ McCollum
From playing one-on-one to three-on-three, McCollum believes that teams would then be able to transition that to getting back and competing in full court scrimmages.
But that’s the thing -- it will be a process.
It’s not as if NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is going to clear players to return to their practice facilities and then bam!! -- We’ve got NBA games that week or even that following week or two.
There are players out there who have discussed how fortunate they are to have a nice home gym, like Trail Blazers All-Star Damian Lillard, and how they are still able to get in somewhat normal workouts. But, that’s not the case for many of the players, especially the younger ones.
“I think it would take us some time to say the least, especially depending on when we would end up starting,” McCollum said. “This is like day 28, so that’s 28 days for most guys that haven’t shot a basketball, most guys haven’t been on a court in general unless you have one or are going outside, but it’s still not the same as playing an actual game or an actual practice.”
The 28-year-old also mentioned that it is his rhythm that he is more concerned about at this point.
McCollum and his teammates are in constant communication with Trail Blazers Sports Performance Specialist Todd Forcier.
“I told Todd the other day, I’ll stay close. I’m like a week away” of being in game shape.
Forcier has been assembling stationary bikes for a few of the players including Nassir Little and Zach Collins, who have limited workout access in their current living situations.
The Trail Blazers are doing their best to stay connected and stay in shape with Zoom video conferencing.
A few of the players have been doing Zoom yoga classes that McCollum said he was missing Wednesday's class because of the Zoom press conference, but he’ll catch up on the workout later.
The Trail Blazers starting shooting guard reiterated that he knows he needs to stay within striking distance of being able to play an NBA game. That is why he is staying “at least one week away” from being able to get up and down the court effectively.
If we were to come back we wouldn’t be able to play a game for at least a few weeks, is my guess -- Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum
McCollum does not have a basketball court at his home, but this quarantine has made him rethink that.
“It’s hard to train in a way that’s effective when you don’t have all the resources, and I’m not complaining about it, like this is the situation that I’m in, I’m cool with it, but to actually be able to shoot would be great. I thought about buying a court.”
Former Blazers big man Meyers Leonard is helping out his former teammate, though. The Leonards still own their house in West Linn and have already reached out to McCollum about him using their court.
“I’m actually thinking about going to Meyers’ house. Meyers has a court that they said I could use their little basketball court. So I’d be able to go get some shots up… Even if you go buy a court or whatever the case may be, it’s not the same as like the normal workouts you’ll go through, the normal stuff that I’ll be doing to kind of prepare for the season and for games,” McCollum said.
“I haven’t shot a basketball in at least two weeks,” McCollum added.
Being able to get shots up for McCollum and the rest of the Blazers who don't have a basketball court at home would probably be more of a positive thing mentally than physically at this point in the hiatus.
DK Metcalf is giving back to the communities that gave to him.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Seattle Seahawks wide receiver has donated $50,000 to COVID-19 relief efforts. $25,000 will go to Swedish Hospital in downtown Seattle and another $25,000 will help to feed those in the Oxford, Mississippi area.
Seahawks’ WR DK Metcalf is donating $50,000 for COVID‑19 relief efforts - $25K to Swedish Hospital in Seattle and $25K to purchase meals to feed those in need in Oxford, MS.
Seahawks’ WR DK Metcalf is donating $50,000 for COVID‑19 relief efforts - $25K to Swedish Hospital in Seattle and $25K to purchase meals to feed those in need in Oxford, MS.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 8, 2020
Metcalf grew up in Oxford, and eventually went on to play collegiate football at Ole Miss, which is located in his hometown.
He recorded 67 receptions for 1,228 yards and 14 touchdowns with the Rebels before declaring for the NFL Draft in 2018. He was selected by the Seahawks in the second-round last year. During his rookie campaign, Metcalf exploded for 58 catches for 900 yards and seven touchdowns.
Metcalf joins Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson as Seattle players to publicly give back during the coronavirus pandemic.
Wilson and his wife Ciara have stepped up with a number of charitable contributions of their own, including a donation of 1 million meals to those impacted by the coronavirus in the Seattle community.
The coronavirus pandemic won’t stop Sabrina Ionescu from getting some hoops in with Steph Curry.
The two GOATS are both quarantining in the Bay Area and luckily, they have one another to stay in tip-top shape.
Don’t worry, they were 6-feet apart. See Sabrina’s recent Instagram post for evidence.
Ionescu, who grew up in Walnut Creek, is expected to be the top pick in the WNBA’s virtual draft on Friday, April 17.
She’s coming off a historic collegiate career at Oregon and completed a clean sweep of the major individual awards in college basketball, including the illustrious John R. Wooden Award, which recognizes the nation’s most outstanding player.
Over the past few years, Ionescu’s developed a close relationship with mentor Curry. The Warriors star cheered on Ionescu and the Ducks as the triple-double queen became the only player in NCAA history to record 2,000 career points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists.
"It's pretty amazing to see her set new levels of expectation for what greatness is, not just for women's basketball but for basketball in general," Curry told ESPN.
"She's blazing a trail nobody has set foot on."
It takes one legend to recognize another.
Major League Baseball is working on a plan to bring all its teams to the Phoenix area to begin a season in late May or June and the NBA is rumored to be thinking about doing something similar, perhaps in Las Vegas.
But would that work? Would it be safe?
CJ McCollum was asked about it Wednesday during an online news conference coordinated by the Trail Blazers. And he seemed to have some doubts about just how such a plan could be executed.
“I’m sure if there is a way to do it, they’ll figure it out,” he said. “I’m not sure if there is a way. But what I’m hearing is MLB is looking at certain cities, certain locations. Probably target cities that don’t have a stay-at-home ordinance. There’s probably seven to ten places left in the United States that don’t have a stay-at-home ordinance.”
But it would probably be a very large-scale operation for the city playing host to such an event.
“I think if you did it in Las Vegas you’d have to shut down the strip,” McCollum said. “I don’t know where you could find an area that’s completely isolated from outsiders. And that’s the problem that I think MLB and most sports are facing.”
And putting all those players in one spot for an extended period of time and expecting them to be alone?
“If you quarantine the players individually, you have to make sure they have interactions with no one, right?” he said. “In a sense, family -- you don’t know where they would be traveling from.
“You’re basically isolating them because they could be asymptomatic carriers. Which could kind of disturb things and kind of throw off the balance of what you’re trying to accomplish.”
At this point, such a plan seems to require so much planning, followed by impeccable execution, it’s hard to imagine that it's workable.
“I don’t know how you do it, personally,” McCollum said. “I think we have people smart enough to figure things out if there is a way.
“I think one of these major sports organizations is going to figure it out.”
But what a puzzle it’s going to be.
Sabrina Ionescu will leave Eugene a legend that'll be remembered forever, but her tale is not confined to the University of Oregon.
The GOAT has become a national sensation while in a Ducks uniform becoming the first player in NCAA history, men's or women's basketball, to record 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists in a college career. She's also the all-time leader in triple-doubles regardless of gender, by a large margin.
It's no wonder that her status has spawned fans not only nationwide but across the globe, including in her parents' homeland: Romania.
A new short film displays the global outreach of Ionescu's legend.
Okay, you got us. Sabrina Ionescu may not star in the film but Sabrina the goat does. And that's close enough.
Plus, she put on the best performance from a goat since Black Phillip scared stan twitter in A24's The VVitch. That's easily worth the watch alone.
Also, plenty of people were on the correct side of history praising the film.
Your mind >— Kendra Little (@kendra_litt) April 6, 2020
LOVE!!— Barbara Titus (@BarbaraTitus) April 6, 2020
The film was written by Michael Bishop. Directed and shot by Matt Wilcox & Blue Ox.
Bishop was one of the original members of Supwitchugirl, which became popular with their "I love my Ducks" song and slogan.