NBA BUBBLE: That Awkward Moment (Playoffs Edition)by Joey Almendras September 4, 2020 0 comments
It’s a small NBA World after all because every first, second, and third-round matchup in this year’s playoffs will feature at least 1 person who’ll be facing a former team or teammate. Since it’s the playoffs, they’ll be facing each other at least four games in a row.
Here are some of the awkward moments:
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Portland Trail Blazers
JR Smith (Lakers) and his buddy Carmelo Anthony (Blazers) were members of the Denver Nuggets and the New York Knicks for several years during the early part of their careers. You should know that these two players are just happy to be back in the NBA since they were waived by their former teams.
Trevor Ariza (Blazers) was a fan favorite when he played for the Lakers.
Utah Jazz vs. Denver Nuggets
Paul Millsap (Nuggets) was drafted by the Utah Jazz and Emmanuel Mudiay (Jazz) was drafted by the Denver Nuggets. Millsap must be the happier one though because his team just dismantled his former Jazz squad.
Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder
Tyson Chandler’s career is also connected to the Oklahoma franchise. He suited up for the New Orleans / Oklahoma City squad that joined forces because of Hurricane Katrina.
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Dallas Mavericks
Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers
Solomon Hill (Miami Heat) was drafted by the Indiana Pacers and played there for 3 seasons.
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Orlando Magic
Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson must be relieved right now. His current team eliminated his former Nets squad in the first round.
Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers
Matisse Thybulle was drafted by the Celtics and is now part of the 76ers squad that got swept.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Houston Rockets
Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Bucks
Heat Assistant Coach Malik Allen used to play for Milwaukee.
Boston Celtics vs. Toronto Raptors
Raptors Assistant Coach Adrian Griffin used to play for Boston.
Denver Nuggets vs. Los Angeles Clippers
Paul Millsap (Nuggets) and Lou Williams (Clippers) used to play for the Atlanta Hawks.
Round 3: Possible Games
If Lakers vs Clippers:
Ex-Clipper: Jared Dudley
Markieff Morris would be facing his brother Marcus.
If Lakers vs Nuggets:
Ex-Laker would be Troy Daniels.
If Clippers vs Rockets:
Austin Rivers (Rockets) would be facing his former team and play against his dad Doc Rivers.
Ex-Clippers aside from Austin Rivers: Jeff Green, Eric Gordon, and Luc Mbah a Moute.
If Rockets vs Nuggets:
Mike D’Antoni used to coach the Nuggets.
DeMarre Carroll’s career included a short stop in Denver.
If Heat vs. Celtics:
Heat frontcourt player Kelly Olynyk played 4 seasons in Boston.
If Heat vs. Raptors:
If Bucks vs. Celtics:
Vin Baker (Bucks Assistant) used to play for the Boston Celtics.
If Bucks vs. Raptors:
Adrian Griffin (Raptors Assistant) used to be a part of the Milwaukee Bucks coaching staff.
All these connections between the teams and players make the games more fun to follow. One can only wonder how they’ll prepare for the games knowing that one of their opponents used to be a teammate. Are they studying every strength? Are they taking advantage of every weakness? Of course, they are. That’s why it must be awkward for a player to face his former team or teammate… because they know all the secrets!
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