Last week was the week of beefs in the NBA. From rivals to teammates to celebrities, shots were taken and shade was thrown. The roasting never stopped as the focus shifted to the postseason, and we kept track of it all.
Their season-long Instagram and Twitter battles have extended into the offseason, with Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart at the center of it all.
In fact, they were so active on social media this week that we could pick only their three best moments and had to relegate the rest to honorable mentions.
Preston Tucker (L), 47.4 percent, Atlanta Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies (RHP Vince Velasquez): Want to hedge against Velasquez at this difficult stadium? Tucker, a former prospect who’s getting some run while the Braves wait on Ronald Acuna, has knocked all his hits in 2018 off righty arms, including three homers. He’s slowed a bit since his hot start but should continue with top-side platoon work for the near future.
In San Jose, Martin learned the value of immersing himself in the community. Fellow Sharks say that Martin is a regular during hospital visits and community events. Martin personally bought four lower-bowl season tickets, and for every Sharks home game he offers the seats to youth, families and nonprofits — people, Martin says, who wouldn’t normally get to see an NHL game. Including the playoffs, it has been a $49,444 commitment from Martin so far; 584 people have benefitted from his gesture. Over the summer, Martin also started his own foundation, Shine A Ligh7, which supports mental health in children, specifically raising awareness about bullying and depression. His first event in Minnesota last summer raised about $100,000.
When he was at his best, Lawson looked like one of the NBA’s rising dual-threat point guards. The No. 18 overall pick in the 2009 draft, who won a national championship at North Carolina, averaged a career-high 17.6 points and 8.8 assists for the Denver Nuggets in 2013-14. The following season, he averaged 15.2 points and a career-high 9.6 assists, ranking third in the NBA in assists per game both years.