Notes from TNT’s NBA Coverage – Thursday, January 23, 2014: LaMarcus Aldridge puts in 44 and 13; LeBron does it all



LA is in the discussion as the best power forward in the game without question…


TNT’s NBA coverage continues Thursday, January 30, at 7 p.m. ET with the exclusive announcement of the 2014 NBA All-Star reserves followed by doubleheader action featuring the Cleveland Cavaliers @ New York Knicks at 8 p.m. and the Los Angeles Clippers @ Golden State Warriors at 10:30 p.m.

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Los Angeles Lakers (102) at Miami Heat (109)
Marv Albert (play-by-play), Charles Barkley, Steve Kerr (analysts) with David Aldridge (reporter)


Kerr on the Miami Heat: “This has arguably been Miami’s worst stretch in the last three years or so. They have been indifferent defensively, the motivation isn’t there.  It is entirely understandable. This long stretch of winning and competing…a lot of people are coming after them every night.”


Barkley on the Lakers mindset: “The toughest thing for the Lakers is what kind of mindset they have. [They are] worried about Pau Gasol, worried about Kobe [Bryant] and Steve Nash. You wonder how much they really want to compete.”


Barkley on the Heat: “Miami is not coasting. This team has some flaws. LeBron has to play at a super high level when they play against elite teams. They are not very big. They are going to struggle against big teams.  LeBron has so much pressure on him every night. He is the leading rebounder, leading assist guy. They don’t coast, they just have some flaws and some teams are able to exploit them.“


Kerr on Lakers guard Nick Young: “He is the bright spot, maybe the only one in this Lakers season. He has had such a spectacular year.”


Barkley on Heat center Greg Oden: “If I could give him some advice, I would tell him to stop doing a two-hand dunk with the basketball.  He puts tremendous pressure on his knees every time.  He could take tremendous [stress] off his legs and knees if he laid a ball up every now and then.”


Barkley on Kobe returning this season: “It’s not going to matter. They are going to stink with him or without him; it really doesn’t make a difference.  They are not a good team; they are not going to be a good team.  If he is thinking about the future and he wants to win another championship, they should try to get a great draft pick. He should get healthy for the rest of the season. I think he will make a big mistake coming back. They aren’t going to be good with or without him.”


Barkley on Heat forward LeBron James: “LeBron can play any position and he can guard anybody.  Who do you guard LeBron with? He can guard anybody but who do you put on him?  He’s too big for small forwards and he’s too quick for power forwards. This guy is just incredible.”


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Sprint Halftime Report
Johnson, Hill, O’Neal, Smith


Hill on LeBron James: “He can do it all. He can pass and he’s defending at a high level. He’s worked on his mid-range game. He is the best player in the game. He reads the situation and provides whatever the team needs. He’s amazing.”
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Kerr on Lakers forward Jordan Hill: “Hill is a good player. He’s going to attract attention around the league in free agency. He’s a good offensive rebounder…he gives the Lakers an interior toughness that they lack on their roster.”


Kerr on what Michael Beasley brings to the Heat: “The Heat like what he’s added to the team. He can attack off the dribble, draw fouls and score in different ways. He’s not the three-point shooter that played this role in recent years so he provides a different look for the Heat.”


Kerr on Lakers reserve Nick Young: “Young has made himself some money this summer with the way he’s played [this season]. He’s going to be a free agent if he opts out. His game is much better than it was. He’s taken some strides this year.”


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Denver Nuggets (105) at Portland Trail Blazers (110)
Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Reggie Miller (analyst) with Craig Sager (reporter)


Miller on the Trail Blazers: “What makes the Blazers so good is that they are the No. 1 rebounding team and second in offensive rebounds. When their offense is clicking and they get an offensive rebound, they have so many shooters on the floor that camp out behind the three-point line.”


Miller on Nuggets first-year head coach Brian Shaw: “It’s a two-way trust system. When you’re a head coach, you have to learn your players. When you bring in new faces [on the coaching staff], you really don’t know how certain guys play.”


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Sprint Halftime Report
Johnson, Hill, O’Neal, Smith


Hill on Nuggets reserve guard Nate Robinson: “He comes in with energy and he’s the kind of guy you want on your team. He can get hot coming off the bench and can carry his team for a segment of a game.”


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Miller on the Blazers: “Robin Lopez and LaMarcus Aldridge complement each other so well. Lopez does so much for [the Blazers] with his unselfish play.”


Miller on LaMarcus Aldridge’s relationship with the Blazers: “I’m not sure if he accepted a leadership role a few years ago. There was so much talk about him getting traded but having the best point guard [Damian Lillard] in the league on your team, that’s not going to happen.”


Miller on Aldridge: “Aldridge has shown why he is considered the best power forward in the game.”


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Johnson, Hill, O’Neal, Smith


O’Neal on LaMarcus Aldridge’s big night [44 points, 13 rebounds] against the Nuggets: “I think he should’ve been a [All-Star] starter and he played like it tonight.”


Smith on LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant in the MVP race: “LeBron is the best player [in the league] but Kevin Durant is having the best season. He’s taking his team to a height that we probably weren’t expecting especially with Russell Westbrook being hurt.”


Smith on Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan: “He’s an All-Star, that’s a no-brainer. If you’re a coach and you don’t think he’s an All-Star in the Eastern Conference, you will probably be looking for a job next year because you don’t know what you’re doing. I don’t think there is a team he couldn’t start on in the NBA.”

One Response to “Notes from TNT’s NBA Coverage – Thursday, January 23, 2014: LaMarcus Aldridge puts in 44 and 13; LeBron does it all”

  1. D.N. says:

    Just now seeing this in my email — eeeek @ what Sir Charles has to say. And yes re Nick Young. He has heart.