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THE KID IS ALRIGHT: Nice Woj column on the humility and happiness of Giannis Antetokounmpo, who signed a four-year, $100 million early extension with the Bucks on Monday. Giannis becomes the second 2013 draft pick to sign an early extension this summer, following C.J. McCollum. The fact that there will likely be a new labor deal in place before the next free agency period begins complicates everything for this early extension crew considerably, though Rudy Gobert is the only other one obviously in line for max money. We’ll see whether the Stifle Tower or any others get their deals. I wrote about the topic at length earlier this offseason.


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HUM A HAPPY TUNE: The NBA is richer than ever. That doesn’t necessarily make a lockout in 2017 less likely.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: An unarmed 40-year-old black man was shot and killed by police in Tulsa last week. Video of the incident, which shows Crutcher holding his hands up before being shot by one officer and tazed by another, was released this week. Russell Westbrook, who has got to be the most beloved man in Oklahoma after this summer, reposted a passionate plea for justice on Instagram. This gesture may seem small, but it won’t be as NBA players (and perhaps the wider NBA community including coaches and league officials — we’ll see) organize around these issues. (We’ll also see whether certain notable North Carolina basketball stars say anything about a police shooting in Charlotte.)

AND 1: How will the NBA deal with anthem protests this season? Hopefully better than the league dealt with Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf’s protest in the ‘90s.

WHEN IN DOUBT ... read Marcus Thompson. In this case, on the "why" behind Colin Kaepernick’s protest.

NO PRESSURE: A Vegas sportsbook released its regular season over-unders, which means that you can officially start putting out your NBA decorations. The Warriors are at 66.5. Only 12 teams in NBA history have hit 67 wins, including last year’s Warriors, who gave up a 3-1 lead to lose the NBA Finals.

SPEAKING OF WHICH: Stephen Curry says he still hasn’t gotten over Game 7. Neither has the internet, Steph. See above.

LEGENDS: Here are some classic teams that should have been in NBA 2K17.

HERE WE GO AGAIN: J.R. Smith will not be participating in a LeBron-led Cavaliers minicamp because J.R. Smith is still not under contract. Cleveland is, like, the only team that has these types of problems with this type of regularity. PAY THE MAN SO HE CAN BUY A SHIRT ALREADY.

GOT ‘EM: Kristaps Porzingis exacts sweet revenge on the Knicks fan kid who cried salty tears when 3-6-Latvia’s name was announce on draft night.

WELL, BYE: Rudy Gay has reportedly told the Kings he will opt out of his deal next summer and will not be re-signing in Sacramento. I, for one, am shocked that a player who has been on the trade block all summer is uninterested in re-upping.

BALANCING ACT: Daman Rangoola wants to know whether the Lakers will bring Brandon Ingram off the bench to help him develop ... or because the team is delusional enough to think the playoffs are in reach.

SUMMER FRIENDS: Maya Moore with an entertaining recap of the Team USA women’s basketball team’s experience in Rio.

EVENTUALLY HE’LL BE COACHING IN A 6-YEAR-OLDS’ REC LEAGUE: Larry Brown is discussing coaching a high school team in the Hamptons, where he lives.

OF COURSE: Former UCLA roomies Kevin Love and Russell Westbrook used to argue over the thermostat.

HELP ST. ANTHONY: St. Anthony High School in Jersey City needs help to build a new court. This is the home of legendary coach Bob Hurley.

AND FINALLY: Fan fiction about the generational divide in the NBA from Bryan Harvey, titled Everything That Dunks Must Converge. Supremely weird.

See you next time. Be excellent to each other.


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