ESPN.com’s Scoop Jackson joined us this week to talk all things NBA. Here are a few highlights.
On the Hawk’s 19-game stretch:
"I don’t think we’re going to see another 19-game run like that. I think we’ll see another stretch of 10, maybe 12 games. I’m sure we won’t see an epic fall off. I don’t think they’re going to have a 19-game losing streak either. But for the regular season, I think we’ve seen them play their best basketball. I think they will continue to beat teams in the East during the regular season and let us basically know that they are for real, to a certain degree. As well as they’re playing now, I still have not jumped on the bandwagon. To think that they’re going to get past the second round in the playoffs in the East, I don’t know why, maybe it’s the eye test, right now in a 7 game series, I just don’t see them beating Washington, Bulls or the Cavaliers."
If they should expand the All-Star roster from 12 players to 15:
"I don’t agree [that it should be expanded]. Even on at 12-man roster, you get cats in there who barely get to do anything. It’s a wasted weekend. It looks nice on your resume that you made the All-Star team, you got selected for it, but the playing time! It’s hard to get coaches, even in play games to think about balancing men. You’re not going to have people turning into a John Calipari, and start splitting everybody five minutes down the line. It’s not going to happen. So you have players there on the 12-man roster that don’t get the run that they’re supposed to. To add and make it 15, I think it doesn’t make any sense."
Listen to the full interview above to hear more on the NBA and upcoming All-Star Weekend.
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