October 12, 2023
Which Team Is Primed for a Breakout Season in the NBA?
Preseason games are underway—anyone else glued to Payton Pritchard’s preseason performances in Boston?—so let’s rip open this week’s Mailbag. A reminder: submit questions anytime on X (formerly known as Twitter) or Instagram. Got more to say? Send me an email at mannixmailbag@gmail.com.There’s a lot of parity in the NBA this season. Who is the team you think could break out? —Mark, Washington, DCThere is incredible parity this year. Putting together our season preview—pick that up, by the way—I counted 12 teams that I expect to be in the playoff mix in the Western Conference this season. And Houston, under Ime Udoka, will be better than many anticipate, especially in the second half of the season. If Zion can stay healthy this season, New Orleans has a real chance at being a top-four team in the West. Matthew Hinton/USA TODAY Sports The team I’m most interested in though is New Orleans. The Pelicans were 23–13 before Zion Williamson’s injury last season. The team cratered after it. Zion is a dynamic isolation player. He ranked fourth in the NBA in points per possession (1.16) in iso situations last season and first in field goal percentage (60.5%). His 19.1 points in the paint was No. 1 in the NBA. Safe to say getting him back is a game changer. New Orleans has played Zion at center some in the preseason, with positive results. They have a terrific second star (Brandon Ingram) and a strong supporting cast around him. If Zion can stay healthy, that’s a top-four team in the West. Do you think this could be Klay Thompson’s last season in Golden State? —@steez415Let’s start with Klay’s comments this week to The Athletic, which quizzed him on the subject:“I wouldn’t want to go anywhere else,” Thompson said. “To play for one franchise, man? That’s so rare. In any sport. Football. baseball. basketball. Australian Rules Football. To play for one club is insane. It’s some real legendary stuff. Even what Udonis Haslem did. He’s revered in Miami. Locally. That’s what I cherish. Going around the country, going around the world and people from Northern California or Warriors fans in general are just so prideful about the Warriors. And I was here before banners were hung up. So in a way, it’s our baby. You want to ride it out. I’ve just been so lucky to be a part of this franchise. It’d be so hard to envision myself in another uniform.”So Thompson wants to stay. And the Warriors want him, too. For months now Golden State has been operating like a team that wants to squeeze as much as it can out of the Thompson–Stephen Curry–Draymond Green core that has brought so much success to the Bay Area. Curry has three years left on the four-year, $215 million deal he signed in 2021. Green inked a four-year, $100 million contract last summer. Thompson, in the final year of a five-year, $190 million deal, probably lands somewhere in the middle. A four-year deal in the $30–35 million per season range sounds reasonable, at least to the NBA executives I talk to. There is no sign of acrimony between Thompson and the Warriors. Bet on the two sides getting something done. Watch NBA games live with Fubo: Start a free trial today!Joel Embiid to Team USA? Is it a bad sign that Team USA has to pursue naturalized citizens like an NBA team pursues free agents? —Tomas, ChicagoSign of the times. Team USA’s pursuit of Embiid (who is from Cameroon and also has a French citizenship) predates the disappointing fourth-place finish at the World Cup. USA Basketball’s leadership, led by Grant Hill, identified size as being a weakness of the U.S. roster, which is loaded with the kind of long, switchy wings NBA teams love but is light on traditional bigs, who are impact players in the international game. Put simply: This team needed Embiid. Team USA will send its A-team to Paris next summer but a team led by LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Curry might not be enough to top a Serbian team led by Nikola Jokic or a French team that could suit up Victor Wembanyama and Rudy Gobert. Embiid is a one-man paint protector who offers Team USA the post scorer they have been lacking. Don’t start printing Embiid jerseys just yet, though. Embiid has injuries seemingly every season. If he limps to the finish in this one, don’t count on him sacrificing a summer of recovery just to wear the red, white and blue. Any surprises from the GM survey? —Harold, RenoI love the GM survey. And credit to NBA.com’s John Schuhmann for putting in the work to get it done. I wouldn’t say there were any shockers. I’m a little less bullish on the Celtics than the GM’s (Boston’s thin front line worries me) and I probably would be more likely to start an NBA team with Wembanyama or Luka Doncic than Jokic, who will turn 29 this season. I thought it was interesting that the GM’s voted the Grizzlies’ acquisition of Marcus Smart as the most underrated offseason acquisition. Smart-to-Memphis wasn’t the splashiest offseason trade but it was a necessary one. Smart can slide into the starting point guard spot with Ja Morant out and play alongside him when he’s back. His defensive versatility gives the Grizz what they lost in Dillon Brooks and his leadership will be valuable on a team looking to take the next step. Speaking of Brooks, he finished tied for third in the most underrated acquisition vote. I think that’s right. For all the drama Brooks created at the end of last season, he’s an elite defender who is just entering his prime. If he improves his shot selection, he will play a big role in Houston this season. On a recent trip to Houston, I asked Udoka how he viewed the way things ended for Brooks in Memphis.“I don’t know all the ins and outs of it,” says Udoka. “Obviously some of it was brought on himself with the media stuff and all that and he understands who he is as a player and that certain things may have gotten out of hand. For me, it’s be who you are and at your best, and I’ll do the talking for you. I know he’s excited to have a fresh start here.”
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Star Wars Director Says It's About Time A Woman Makes A Star Wars Movie
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Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeed Obaid-Chinoy is directing an upcoming Star Wars movie that brings back Daisy Ridley in the role of Rey. Obaid-Chinoy will become the first woman to direct a Star Wars film, dating back to the franchise's origins in the 1970s. Speaking about this, Obaid-Chinoy told CNN that she is "very thrilled" to make the movie and create something that is "very special.""We're in 2024 now, and I think it's about time we had a woman come forward to shape the story in a galaxy far, far away," she said.Obaid-Chinoy won Best Documentary, Short Subjects Academy Awards for Saving Face (2012) and A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2015).In 2020, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy told the BBC that a woman would eventually direct a Star Wars movie, saying that would "absolutely" happen, "without question." Victoria Mahoney was a second unit director on The Rise of Skywalker, but a woman has never claimed a top directing credit on a Star Wars movie.On the TV side of things, The Mandalorian has featured a number of female directors, including Deborah Chow and Bryce Dallas Howard. Chow went on to direct the Obi-Wan TV series, too.Another high-profile franchise that has never had a female director is James Bond. Producer Barbara Broccoli and Skyfall director Sam Mendes have both said they want to see a woman direct a future 007 film.As for Obaid-Chinoy's Star Wars movie, little is known about it apart from the fact that Ridley will come back to play Rey. It is expected that this film will be the first of the three new Star Wars films to come to theaters, possibly releasing in December 2025.According to a report, Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight is writing the Rey movie, taking over for Damon Lindelof and Justin Britt-Gibson.
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NBA Names Clare Akamanzi CEO Of NBA Africa
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The NBA named Clare Akamanzi – an accomplished business executive and international trade and investment lawyer – as CEO of NBA Africa. Akamanzi will start her position on Jan. 23, 2024, and report to NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum. In this role, Akamanzi will oversee the NBA’s business and basketball development efforts in Africa and will be responsible for continuing to grow the popularity of basketball, the NBA and the Basketball Africa League (BAL) across the continent, including through grassroots basketball development, media distribution, corporate partnerships, and social responsibility initiatives that improve the livelihoods of African youth and families. For the last six and a half years, Akamanzi was CEO of Rwanda Development Board (RDB), where she spearheaded Rwanda’s economic development by enabling private sector growth. Under Akamanzi’s leadership, RDB implemented several business policy reforms and initiatives that led to significant investment and development for the country, including through partnerships with the BAL, Arsenal FC, Paris Saint-Germain FC, FC Bayern Munich and TIME Magazine, among others. “Clare’s business acumen, international experience and familiarity with basketball and the NBA make her the ideal executive to lead our business in Africa,” says Tatum. “NBA Africa and the Basketball Africa League are well-positioned for continued growth, and under Clare’s leadership we believe these initiatives will transform economies, communities and lives across the continent.” “I’ve seen firsthand how sports can positively impact businesses, families and communities in Africa, and the NBA and the BAL are a perfect example of that,” says Akamanzi. “The NBA has done an incredible job growing basketball and the economy around it across the continent, and I’m excited about the enormous opportunities ahead to build on that momentum.” Previously, Akamanzi was Chief Operating Officer of RDB and Head of Strategy and Policy Unit, Office of the President of the Republic of Rwanda. She has extensive international trade, business and diplomatic experience, having previously worked for the Rwandan Government at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland and at the Rwandan Embassy in London, England. Akamanzi has worked or studied in seven different countries and holds an honorary LLD from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, in recognition of her work in Rwanda. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she was the recipient of three prestigious awards for academic excellence and distinguished contribution to the community: the Lucius N. Littauer Fellows Award, the Raymond & Josephine Vernon Award and the Robert Kennedy Public Service Award. In addition, Akamanzi holds a Master of Laws degree in international trade and investments from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Akamanzi has served on several company boards, including the World Health Organization (WHO) Foundation, ECOBANK and Aviation, Travel and Logistics (ATL) company. She was recognized by Forbes as one of Africa’s Top 50 Powerful Women in 2020.
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