Kevin Durant has endured criticism from several NBA greats. TNT analysts Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal haven’t minced words when reacting to reports of Durant asking for a trade out of Brooklyn. Barkley recently called him ‘Mr. Miserable,’ while ranting about Durant not being a great leader.
Boston Celtics newly acquired forward Danilo Gallinari has dodged a potential ACL injury. Gallinari injured his left knee while playing a World Cup qualifier game for Italy. The team has announced that the player has torn his meniscus, avoiding any ligament tear.
Here’s the latest news from around the NBA as of August 28, 2022.
NBA analyst Skip Bayless believes Ben Simmons is a better fit than Donovan Mitchell for the Brooklyn Nets. Simmons is one of the best defensive players in the league, while Mitchell is a lethal offensive player. However, Bayless said Simmons could drop 40 points in a game if needed.
Simmons is a below-par shooter and isn’t much of a threat from the perimeter. However, he is one of the best rim slashers in the league. If deployed as a center, he has the potential to be an unstoppable force on offense.
The Nets also have shooters and scorers around Simmons, so it’s his defense that the team would want to maximize. Meanwhile, Mitchell’s lack of size and inability to defend at a high level hampers the Nets’ balance on both ends of the floor.
NBA veteran Andre Iguodala compared Dwyane Wade to Anthony Edwards. Iguodala said Edwards could split the pick and roll and change directions akin to the former Miami Heat superstar. Here’s what Iguodala said on “The Point Forward Podcast”:
Edwards and Wade have plenty of similarities. Their size, athleticism, pace and physicality make them alike.
Former NBA superstars Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal never hold back from making bold comments about current players. The TNT analysts have spoken plenty about Kevin Durant in the offseason. KD’s request to be traded out of Brooklyn saw him endure severe criticism.
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/>Barkley and Shaq took jabs at Durant’s leadership skills and questioned his motives when leaving teams.
Fox Sports producer Rob Guerra ripped into the two legends for their criticisms of Durant on ‘The Odd Couple’ podcast, saying:
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade had a successful stint as teammates in Miami. From the moment news broke that they were teaming up, along with Chris Bosh in the fall of 2010, the Heat were title favorites. They made the NBA Finals in each of their four seasons together.
However, year one wasn’t as special, according to Wade. During a recent appearance on ‘The Point Forward’ podcast, Wade revealed the reason behind that, saying:
Boston Celtics forward Danilo Gallinari sustained a non-contact knee injury during Italy’s World Cup qualifier against Georgia on Saturday. The injury initially looked serious. Italy’s coach Gianmarco Pozzecco said the belief was that Gallinari tore his left cruciate ligament. However, those concerns are no more.
Italy announced that the forward sustained a meniscus tear in his left knee. This announcement is better than enduring an ACL injury, which could’ve sidelined him for next season.


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