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Raptors’ Greg Monroe Defends NBA Bigs

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Toronto Raptors big man Greg Monroe is denying the notion that the NBA game is steering away from the traditional big man and that the traditional center is becoming a thing of the past as the league moves more towards more “do everything” centers that can shoot, pass, and operate with the ball in their hands.

Monroe believes that there is still a place for the traditional center in today’s NBA.

“We all know what everybody is reacting to and it is what it is, if a team dethrones the Warriors with a big everyone is going to go out and get a big” Monroe said, according to the Toronto Sun. “I mean you saw what they (the Warriors) did this summer (signing DeMarcus Cousins). They added a centre. You need bigs. JaVale (McGee) was still playing in Golden State (Zaza Pachulia too). You still have great centers in this league – Joel Embiid, Andre Drummond, Marc Gasol. You still have guys who are productive that play so I’m not worried about it. The only thing I can control is what happens inside the lines and that is what I am focussing on.”

Monroe, who signed with the Raptors this summer, believes that the traditional center will make a return soon.

“It’s basketball. The one sport where being tall is cool and they are trying to wash it out,” Monroe said. “ It will come back around. Guys are adapting.”

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Celtics’ Brad Stevens Praises Kyrie Irving

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After a stellar performance that fueled a Boston Celtics comeback victory over the Indiana Pacers in Game 3, Kyrie Irving appears to be in playoff form.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens heaped some incredible praise on Irving for his impressive performance.

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Heat’s Udonis Haslem Uncertain About Future

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The Miami Heat celebrated the career of Dwyane Wade this past season, ahead of the future Hall of Famer’s retirement at the end of the season, but another franchise legend may be out the door soon as well.

Heat forward Udonis Haslem, who has spent his entire 16-year career with the Heat, reflected on the celebration of Wade.

“Although nothing on the scale of what Dwyane has done for his one last dance, a lot of people feel like I should take the time to be celebrated at some point,” Haslem said, according to Ira Winderman of The South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “Personally, as the person I am, I feel like the Haslem family as a whole deserves the opportunity to celebrate when my career does come to an end. So that has some effect on a decision that we make.”

Haslem also commented on an after party following Wade’s final game, which included all of Wade’s family.

“My stepmom wasn’t there, my father wasn’t there, my wife wasn’t there, my kids weren’t there,” Haslem said. “So that wasn’t my moment. That’s what makes it hard, either way.”

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Hornets’ Bismack Biyombo Picks Up Player Option for 2019-20 season

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Charlotte Hornets big man Bismack Biyombo has officially picked up his player option for the 2019-2020 season, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Biyombo, 26, is now set to make $17 million next season and is coming off a season where he averaged 4.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.

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