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NBA Trade Deadline: The reality show that's here to stay

NBA Trade Deadline: The reality show that's here to stay

The NBA is just a different animal.

For years, I’ve tried to fight the characterization that it’s “reality TV” because, well, reality TV is stupid.

Now, there’s no way to ignore it anymore though. The NBA is a reality show that is more addicting than “The Bachelor”, with far more entertaining live tweeting to pair with it.

We can thank #NBATwitter for that.

Think about this, one player, Otto Porter, was traded while he was in the layup line.

One of the players he was traded for, Bobby Portis, was seen leaving the arena where he was supposed to play with a backpack and his Bulls jersey, like a little kid leaving school before his family moved in the middle of the school year.

Then, the Mavericks said “hold my beer” and traded Harrison Barnes while he was on the bench.

To add to the story, LeBron James had a strong opinion of the timing of that Barnes trade.

Now, keep in mind, LeBron didn’t have the full information, because Barnes reportedly decided to play for Dallas Wednesday night even with the possibility of a trade looming.

Still following along? Good.

There’s just no other professional sports league that brings you these storylines/drama/wild #NBATwitter moments, and whatever you decide to call these moments, they has everyone addicted.

The NBA is undefeated off the court, and nothing else comes close.

Even the trade talks between the Lakers and Pelicans seem far more like a storyline from The Kardashians.

The Lakers essentially tamper with Anthony Davis, he then asks for a trade. The Lakers offer half their roster, everyone’s first born, and a Smush Parker jersey, but the Pelicans keep stringing them along mostly out of spite without any real intention of making a deal before the deadline.

It got personal, and we’re all here for it.

Now sure, there’s some negatives to this new trend.

With Kevin Durant deciding to go to the Warriors, it’s taken so much intrigue out of who will likely win the NBA title. So many people just assume it’s Golden State again that they find more of an emotional investment in the player movement.

That being said, the Warriors could look very different next year, and there’s quite a few teams looking to make a push for the top.

In the end, the chaos of NBA rumors has now spanned into a year-round show complete with public feuds, open recruitment while scoffing at authority and their silly rules, all keeping even the most casual fan enthralled with what could come next.

Yes, it’s reality TV, and yes, we’re all coming back each season.

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Rookie Rui Hachimura does full practice with Wizards, return not far away

Rookie Rui Hachimura does full practice with Wizards, return not far away

WASHINGTON -- The long-awaited return of Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura is getting closer, as he participated in a full practice on Saturday for the first time since suffering a groin injury back on Dec. 16.

Hachimura, 21, had no limitations, per head coach Scott Brooks. He went through all of their drills and full-contact scrimmages.

"He did well. He went through everything. That's another good day," Brooks said.

The final hurdle for Hachimura at this point involves getting into game shape. His conditioning is not close to midseason form after missing seven weeks of games.

Brooks said Hachimura definitely will not return before the end of the team's current road trip, which ends on Tuesday in Milwaukee. After that, however, it could be a matter of days.

 

The Wizards will return to Washington after playing the Bucks for a six-game homestand. It seems likely he is back by the time it's over.

The ninth overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, Hachimura has had a strong rookie season so far, averaging 13.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game while shooting 48.2 percent from the field. The Wizards have gone 7-12 since he's been out.

Hachimura suffered the injury when he was inadvertently kicked between the legs by teammate Isaac Bonga. He required a minor procedure and was away from the team for weeks before slowly working his way back to basketball activities and then participating in practices.

Saturday was a big step in his recovery and it now puts the finish line into focus.

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Watch: We mic'd up Thomas Bryant when he cheered on Indiana in matchup vs. Maryland

Watch: We mic'd up Thomas Bryant when he cheered on Indiana in matchup vs. Maryland

When the Maryland Terps faced Indiana for the first time in Big Ten play this season in early January, one famous former Hoosiers player sat in the stands cheering his team on. Wizards center Thomas Bryant allowed NBC Sports Washington to follow him throughout the game, where he showed his trademark enthusiasm for his former team. 

"It feels great," he said when asked by NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes how it feels to be watching his alma mater. "It seems like yesterday I was just playing against Maryland myself."

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Unfortunately for Bryant, the Hoosiers lost that game. But they'll get another shot at the Terps on Sunday. 

But Bryant, who will have his own game to suit up for when the Wizards take on the Hawks, won't be there to cheer. But when he did have the chance - he was vocal. After all, he told Hughes, that's just the type of fan and teammate he is.

"No matter if I'm out there or not, I'm going to be on my brother's side," he said.

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