1. "Don't pass it, Kyrie!"
Game 6 of the NBA Finals is tonight on ABC. Isiah Lord Thomas III had some advice for point guard Kyrie Irving because OF COURSE HIS INSANELY HOT SHOOTING FROM GAME 5 WILL CONTINUE TONIGHT AND WHY SHOULD POINT GUARDS BE TASKED WITH SETTING UP TEAMMATES OR MAKING OTHERS, LIKE KEVIN LOVE FOR EXAMPLE, BETTER?
2. Draymond on missing Game 5 of the NBA Finals
Draymond Green faced the media for the first time since his suspension and apologized to his teammates.
3. NBA Rooks: Meet Kris Dunn
Kris Dunn takes us back to his hometown of New London, Connecticut. All I have to say is this series is awesome. I'm not a big believer in Dunn, and certainly hope to be proved wrong, but I think the NBA does an awesome job of profiling these guys to give fans a better sense of how they are off the court, which is something that really captures my attention.
4. Ben Simmons declines pre-draft workout for 76ers
"Everything that we get with our intel as it relates to Ben is that he would very much like to be selected No. 1,'' Colangelo said (LINK).
How much do pre-draft workouts actually matter? That's what I'm currently wondering. Kris Dunn won't work out for anybody because he's either been promised to be selected anywhere from 5-8 or his representatives are scared for teams to get a closer look. How much does that or should that affect his draft stock? I'm sure the 76ers will draft Ben Simmons without getting him in their facilities to chat with him up close and personal. Agents are going to agent. The film and analytics should speak loudest in the end.
5. LeBron: "We definitely need Kevin to play better..."
Tip: Maybe run a little bit of the offense through Love by getting him the ball at either elbow early in the shot clock. How about giving him a few touches on the block? It's not Love's fault his team has no idea how to use him offensively. The Cavs would rather watch Kyrie and LeBron have the ball in their hands the entire game while Love runs the baseline, from one corner to the other, rarely touching the ball or getting open looks. It's an absurd waste of his talent.
6. "They kick you when you down, but wanna kick it when you up..."
I don't really know what Wiggins means with this caption but MINNEAPOLIS LOVES YOU WIGGS. YOUR FUTURE IS SO BRIGHT. I BURNED MY SKIN SO BADLY. I NEED TO LAY IN MY COLD BASEMENT ALL NIGHT TO RECOVER. I hope this doesn't have anything to do with the unrealistic articles on the Bulls wanting him back in any deal for James Buckets (let's grab clicks while the clicks are hot). Perhaps Wiggins is receiving some local criticism for his decision to sit out the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila. I don't know. Great cornrows though!
7. Towns + Russell + Booker + Simmons
Looks like a new Foot Locker commercial is on the way featuring four of the league's brightest young stars, including KAT. We will have to keep an eye out for this.
8. Jimmy Butler and Henry Ellenson play one-on-one
It was great advice when the guy says, "Don't fall for it Henry." For the record, Jimmy did say, "let's go to five." The real takeaway from this Marquette one-on-one is to always walk away when you're up (unless you just want to play more basketball with an NBA star, then definitely do not walk away).
9. BBQ Chicken Calzones (via Tasty)
I need to make these very soon. Buffalo sauce will
probably definitely be an addition to my batch.
10. Chance The Rapper's New Mixtape "Coloring Book"
This is probably my favorite song right now. I've listened to it an unhealthy amount of times since Chance dropped his insanely good new mixtape on May 12.