The NBA released it’s 2018-2019 All-NBA teams today, with many potential contract implications riding on it. Some younger, potential 1st time guys had Supermax contract deals riding on their ability to make an All-NBA team, including Damian Lillard, Klay Thompson, Kemba Walker and more. Giannis name we don’t attempt to spell also had major funds riding on the decision, as a second consecutive selection makes him eligible for a 5-Year, $247.3 Million contract, which the Bucks likely wouldn’t hesitate to exercise if the Greek Freak were willing. Walker can now sign a 5-Year, $221 Million deal with the Hornets and Lillard eligible for 4-Years, $191 Million. This puts further pressure on the Blazers and Hornets to determine whether Lillard, who is victim to a playoff sweep two consecutive years, and Walker, who did not make the playoffs, are the future cornerstones of their franchise.
The All-NBA teams are as follows:
Guard – Stephen Curry
Guard – James Harden
Forward – Giannis Antetokounmpo
Forward – Paul George
Center – Nikola Jokic
Guard – Damian Lillard
Guard – Kyrie Irving
Forward – Kevin Durant
Forward – Kawhi Leonard
Center – Joel Embiid
Guard – Russell Westbrook
Guard – Kemba Walker
Forward – Lebron James
Forward – Blake Griffin
Center – Rudy Gobert
The Upscale team got together beforehand and determined their teams. A few points of contention from the finals were Jokic vs. Embiid, Bradley Beal/Klay Thompson vs Kemba Walker and Kyrie Irving and Blake Griffin vs Karl Anthony-Towns. Many of the decisions could’ve gone either way, with Blake leading his team to the playoffs but Towns having an outstanding year (especially Post Jimmy Butler). Another razor thin decision was Jokic leading his Nuggets to a better year in a tougher conference (Lebron didn’t make the playoffs) and playing more games, while Embiid being decisively better defensively, scoring and rebounding more but playing fewer games.
Did the writers and coaches get it right?
Seattle’s been the best-kept secret for high school basketball for quite some time now, putting out some of the best talents in the world. From recent standouts like Dejounte Murray and Zach LaVine to the greatest of the greats, Jamal Crawford and Jason Terry. But damn it, check up! We sat down to get to our five greatest in each era, from 1950 to 1999 and 2000 and beyond. So peep the episode and hear ours, featuring Gus and Ryland. Hit us with your lists at @upscaleig.
After discussing from a woman’s perspective, the @upscaleig team enlisted help to have a roundtable of black men in mentorship and coaching roles. Talking through the importance of young men needing positive examples and influence, guests Ryland and Gus talk standing in the gap. From single-parent households, encouraging respect and opening opportunities, creating a healthy community is definitely at the forefront. And it wouldn’t be chillin if we didn’t talk hella hoop! March Madness, Lonzo vs. BBB, Ja vs. Zion, Trae vs. Doncic and Warriors vs. everyone. Add in a hilarious “Ignorant Shit” and you have a classic!
In this week’s Questions For The Culture, The @UpscaleIG wants to know “what’s on your playlist?” With the incredible amount of new music released everyday on platforms like Spotify and Apple Music, it’s tough to sift through and find gold. Be sure to hit us up on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with your thoughts and suggestions and if we like it, we’ll add it to the “Upscale Ignorance Playlist for the People” on Spotify. Be sure to tag #QuestionsForTheCulture or #QFTC
In this week’s Questions For The Culture, The @UpscaleIG asked for protocol…is it cool for your friends to be friends with your ex? How about you, are you cool with your exes? Can your friends stay cool? Or is it FDB? Be sure to hit us up on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter with your thoughts and stories, this week’s Question for the Culture! Be sure to tag #QuestionsForTheCulture or #QFTC
Remember when there was a “weed” store on every corner, and now there’s a weed store on every corner? @UpscaleIG caught up with Raft and Joy Hollingsworth, owners of the Hollingsworth Cannabis Co. to talk about being black business owners in the cannabis industry. From legislation to the burden and opportunity of giving opportunity back to a community once displaced by a business now glamourized and celebrated. @thccompanywa also talk the future of the industry and opportunities for entrepreneurs, and the benefits of THC for pain, sexual pleasure, relaxation and more. And it wouldn’t be Upscale Ignorance unless we touch on the craziness of the week, from Jussie Smollett in court, Zion Williamson on court, Robert Kraft in a “dome” and R. Kelly out the field. We also ask this week’s #QuestionsForTheCulture, can your friends be friends with your ex?