The Good, the Bad, and the Petty: Week One

The NBA is like other sports in a lot of ways, but very different in one: the NBA is the pettiest league that has been or ever will be. By petty I mean excessive sub-tweeting, passive aggressive Instagram post-liking, and just doing Joel Embiid things. This column for the rest of the NBA season will keep you updated with the Good, the Bad, and the Petty of the NBA season.

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The Brand New Beasts in the East

Year after year, each N.B.A. season possesses its own unique storylines. They add character to the season, distinguishability. While the 2017-18 season is only a quarter of the way in, it has already produced some fascinating stories that will only further develop as the season nears completion. Most notable of these is the payoff of the process, the new Pistons, and the shocking Celtics.

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NBA Players Do Fight, Lonzo.

I have so many issues with Lonzo Ball's lack of willingness to back up his teammates in a fight. I understand his awareness of the situation and wanting to not get a technical foul, but in the course of a season, teammate chemistry is more important than dropping one game early on. Instead of delving into this issue, however, I will instead look at how incredibly wrong he is in saying, “It’s the N.B.A. People ain’t really gonna fight.” Clearly Lonzo is not very educated in the N.B.A. fights department, so I will unpack a few fights so none of you make his same mistake.

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DVDs to MVPs?

Before he was perhaps the hottest N.B.A. star, Giannis Antetokounmpo could be found somewhere in Athens, Greece, trying to sell hats or DVDs so that he and his family could eat dinner that night. His parents, along with Giannis and his three equally enormous brothers, were forced to work for whatever money they could. Even with this burden, however, the Antetokounmpo boys still found time for sports, and, at this, they truly excelled.

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