Basketball fans are finally getting to watch their favorite teams back on the court after months of nothing. The NBA bubble appears to have gotten off to a good start, and here’s everything we’ve learned since the entire league moved to Florida.
The Pacers Figured Out How To Shoot
While the rest of the league had adapted and began shooting for threes at almost every given opportunity, the Indiana Pacers took a different approach. The Pacers had the league’s lowest 3-pointers per game before the season was stopped with just 27.5.
However, in their scrimmage games inside the NBA bubble, the Pacers started shooting. Indiana increased its 3-point totals to over 30 during the bubble games, and if that continues during the regular season games, they could be a playoff threat.
Dion Waiters Is Looking Good
It seemed like the Lakers were going to have a problem from the bench in the bubble. That was until Dion Waiters showed up and proved the Lakers will be just fine without a recognized backup for LeBron. Waiters proved he can create his own offense, which gives LeBron some valuable recovery minutes on the bench.
Jusuf Nurkic Found His Groove
Although it seemed like a risk to play Jusuf Nurkic during the scrimmage games, it appears to have paid off for the Trail Blazers. Nurkic looked like his old self once again, albeit for a poor shooting average. The center looked strong and in control around the court, which could see Portland sneak into the playoffs. Their reward for reaching the postseason will be trying to stop getting swept by the Lakers.
Basketball is back, and it’s just as exciting as ever. Although the games lack crowds in the NBA bubble, there is still plenty to play for this season. Thanks to the unusual circumstances, we may see quite a few surprises as players adjust to life inside Disney World.
French Marathoner Morhad Amdouni Addresses Water Bottle Controversy
The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, had lots of surprises and heroes. But one athlete, in particular, didn’t get to fully experience the Olympic spirit. French marathoner Morhad Amdouni was labeled the games’ villain after knocking a whole row of water bottles during the men’s marathon.
The 33-year-old athlete finished 17th in the race but got more media attention than the event’s winner, Kenyan marathoner Eliud Kipchoge. This was due to a short video showing Amdouni approaching a water station along the course, reaching out to pick up a bottle and knocking a whole row of them before grabbing the last water on the table.
Many Called Morhad Amdouni a Cheater
Since Australian former Olympic distance runner Ben St. Lawrence tweeted the video, it has been seen more than five million times and while not everyone is convinced that the Frenchman knocked the water bottles on purpose, he did attract plenty of hate and finger-pointing.
Many accused Morhad Amdouni of cheating while public figures like English broadcaster Piers Morgan and Dutch politician Peter Valstar decided to share their negative opinion about the French athlete publicly.
The Frenchman Was Too Tired
Amdouni decided to tell his side of the story on his Instagram account in order to put an end to the controversy. He explained that he didn’t knock the waters deliberately. He added that the bottles were slippery because they were kept on ice and that his exhaustion made it difficult for him to grab a bottle. He ended the video by apologizing to the other athletes in the race.
Morhad Amdouni’s explanation is more than logical as he had been running for over 90 minutes in brutally hot and muggy conditions. During the marathon, the temperatures in Tokyo were in the low to mid-80s while the humidity was approximately 80%.
The only shocking thing about Amdouni’s incident is that too many people developed a negative opinion about him based on a short and out-of-context video.