It’s been an eventful 24 hours in the NBA. Donovan Mitchell’s blockbuster trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers was the highlight. The New York Knicks were the frontrunners, but RJ Barrett’s extension proved costly for them.
Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo also dominated the spotlight. Former player Gilbert Arenas questioned the two-time MVP’s understanding of the game, which sparked a lot of controversy. Several people from the NBA fraternity strongly disagreed with Arenas’ claims.
Here’s the latest buzz circling the NBA as of September 2, 2022.
Gilbert Arenas sparked a massive debate following his comments on Giannis Antetokounmpo’s lack of understanding of the game. Giannis, 27, is a two-time MVP, a DPOY, a champion and a finals MVP. He has been a perennial MVP candidate for the past five years.
Several fans and analysts were baffled by Arenas’ comments and showed support for Giannis. Former NBA player-turned-analyst Richard Jefferson called Giannis one of the best two-way players in the world. Here’s what Jefferson said:

/>Donovan Mitchell will be playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers next season. The three-time All-Star was rumored to be joining the New York Knicks, who were the frontrunners to land him. Mitchell reportedly wanted to play for New York as well. However, he doesn’t seem to mind playing for the Cavaliers as they present a better opportunity for him to win.
NBA analyst Chris Broussard weighed in on the blockbuster trade and had similar opinions regarding Mitchell’s move to the Cavs. Here’s what Broussard said:
He added:
One of New York Knicks’ most passionate fans, NBA analyst Stephen A. Smith, didn’t hold back on his criticism of the team. The Knicks’ failure to land Donovan Mitchell was the latest topic on the agenda. Here’s what the “First Take” host said regarding this in a video he posted on social media:
LeBron James
seemed as excited as any other neutral fan regarding Donovan Mitchell’s trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Mitchell will form one of the best young backcourts alongside All-Star Darius Garland.
The presence of other rising stars in Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen makes the Cavaliers one of the most formidable teams in the Eastern Conference. Reacting to another tweet that talked about these points, James wrote:
James’ comments garnered plenty of speculation about a potential return to the Cavaliers. Mitchell’s addition has given them an instant boost in their hopes of contending. So, James joining the group, most likely in the 2024 offseason, would be a lethal prospect.
Jayson Tatum had one of the most difficult moments of his career in this year’s finals. He played at an MVP-caliber level in the second half of the season and won the Eastern Conference finals MVP. However, Tatum wasn’t much of a factor in the Boston Celtics’ 4-2 loss against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.
He averaged 21.5 points on a measly 36.7% shooting. He faced a lot of criticism for the performance. However, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst is high on Tatum’s ceiling and recently called him a Finals MVP-caliber player. He said:


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