United Center in Chicago.

Building is packed.

ESPN televising the game.

Hubie Brown doing the color.  (It’s a coaches clinic if you listen closely).

Zion Williamson.

And you say, “it’s only preseason?”

Last night in Chicago the New Orleans Pelicans took on the Chicago Bulls and beat them 127-125.   Zion Williamson shot 12-13 from the field, dropping 29 points, adding 4 rebounds, 4 assists in 27 minutes of burn.  The Pelican are now 2-0 in the preseason.

“It’s a learning process.  I’m ready to learn,” Williamson told ESPN’s Mike Breen following the game.

Pelicans had 40 assists – Bulls 38.  Thus far in the Pelicans two preseason games Lonzo Ball has 16 assists and 3 turnovers combined.

“We wanna shoot 40 three’s a night,” Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said.  Last night New Orleans shot 14-33 from downtown.

I love this team.  They play the right way.

Did you see Kyle Kuzma’s Puma deal?  $3 million a year.  That’s $1 million more than his Lakers contract.  Gotta be the shoes…Wonder how much Walt Frazier was paid to wear Puma back in the day?  Trent Tucker used to rock the Puma Sky LX’s.

Kristaps Porzingis was back on the court last night for the Dallas Mavericks.  The big fella played 19 minutes and scored 18 points.  Despite the Mavs loss on the road to the Pistons, Porzingis was a +13 on the night.

How about the Greek Freak diving on the floor for a 50-50?  Yeah, it’s the preseason, right?

Condolences to Mitch Richmond.  His 20 year-old son passed away recently.

How about Maverick Carter sitting behind home plate at Dodger Stadium last night for game 5 against the Nationals? He’s got a lot of juice.

Happy birthday “Rocket” Rod Foster and the “Wizard” Gus Williams.

Stay in the present moment and give a good day…

Steve Finamore








Interesting comments from Walt Frazier.

“Durant, I mean, as great a player as he is, I would still hold back because, man, he joined a team that really didn’t need him. You know what I mean? He’s right there with LeBron, probably will surpass LeBron as the best player in the game soon. But for him doing that, I still don’t give him the full credit that he probably would have deserved if he stayed with [the Thunder] and won a title with that team.”