Tar Takes: 2018 NBA Draft, Doncic-Young trade, Sexton to Cavs, Suns’ future with Ayton


Phoenix Suns Center Deandre Ayton (Photo via the Arizona Republic-USA TODAY NETWORK)

2018 NBA Draft Analysis: Tar Takes’ David Matlock dissects the biggest moves in the NBA draft and the long-term impact on the NBA.

Who wins the Doncic-Young trade, Hawks or Mavericks? Is Colin Sexton the answer to keeping LeBron James on the Cleveland Cavaliers? Is Brett Brown’s decision to move Mikal Bridges the right one? What is the Phoenix Suns’ Future?

Tar Takes is presented by The JR Report and the brand new app Relevnt!

NBA Draft 2018: Doncic-Young trade, Sexton to Cavs impact on LeBron, Suns’ future with Ayton

For more Tar Takes click the links below!

Kawhi Leonard: Will he help form a Los Angeles Lakers super team?

Should Raider Nation be worried about home-field advantage in Las Vegas?

2018 NBA Finals Takeaways: LeBron’s hand injury and effort, pending free agency

Why the LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan debate is too premature

Is Chris Paul underappreciated/most unlucky player of all time?


Ryan Lipton is the founder of The JR Report. For more news and The JR Report updates follow him on twitter @rytime98.

Tar Takes: 2018 NBA Finals Takeaways, LeBron’s hand injury/effort, pending free agency


Cleveland Cavaliers F LeBron James (Photo via Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers were swept in the 2018 NBA Finals by the Golden State Warriors. Ryan Lipton discusses his takeaway from the Finals including LeBron’s hand injury and effort, KD vs. James and a quick preview of the 2018 NBA Free Agency.

Tar Takes is presented by The JR Report and the brand new app Relevnt!

2018 NBA Finals Takeaways, LeBron’s hand injury/effort, pending free agency

For more Tar Takes click the links below!

Why the LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan debate is too premature

Have the Golden State Warriors been lucky on their past 4 trips to the NBA Finals?

Is Chris Paul underappreciated/most unlucky player of all time?

Who is your NBA rookie of the year?

Who is your NBA coach of the year?

Is Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan deserving of his new contract?


Ryan Lipton is the founder of The JR Report. For more news and The JR Report updates follow him on twitter @rytime98.

Tar Takes 5.30.18: Warriors luckier than Cavaliers, Chris Paul unluckiest player ever?


Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 NBA Finals – Photo via Getty Images

Watch the Tar Takes broadcast with Ryan Lipton and David Matlock below! Tar Takes is presented by The JR Report and the brand new app Relevnt!

We discuss the latest in the sports world with debate segments of the hottest NBA/NFL topics of the week as well as the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Tar Takes 5.30.18 

  • Have the Golden State Warriors been lucky on their past 4 trips to the NBA Finals?
  • Is Chris Paul underappreciated/most unlucky player of all time?

Have the Golden State Warriors been lucky on their past 4 trips to the NBA Finals?

Is Chris Paul underappreciated/most unlucky player of all time?

For more Tar Takes click the links below!

Why the LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan debate is too premature

Should Tiger Woods fans be excited or worried after Players Championship?

Who is your NBA rookie of the year?

Who is your NBA coach of the year?

Is Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan deserving of his new contract?

Duke lands another 5-star recruit, should Tar Heel fans be worried?


Ryan Lipton is the founder of The JR Report. For more news and The JR Report updates follow him on twitter @rytime98.

Why the LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan debate is too premature

LeBron James + Michael Jordan (Photo via Getty Images and Sporting News)

With LeBron James heading to his 8th straight NBA Finals, some (AKA Nick Wright) have proclaimed LeBron James to be the greatest player of all time. However, we shall see why many of the arguments that are being made on national television are false.

Watch the Tar Takes broadcast with Ryan Lipton and David Matlock below! Tar Takes is presented by The JR Report and the brand new app Relevnt!

We discuss the latest in the sports world with debate segments of the hottest NBA/NFL topics of the week as well as the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Also: Tar Takes Update, What are the summer plans moving forward.

For more Tar Takes click the links below!

Should Tiger Woods fans be excited or worried after Players Championship?

Who is your NBA rookie of the year?

Who is your NBA coach of the year?

Is Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan deserving of his new contract?

Duke lands another 5-star recruit, should Tar Heel fans be worried?


Ryan Lipton is the founder of The JR Report. For more news and The JR Report updates follow him on twitter @rytime98.

Tar Takes 5.14.18: Celtics/Cavs, Warriors/Rockets, Tiger Woods, Sports Gambling

LeBron James vs. Boston Celtics – David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Watch the Tar Takes broadcast with Ryan Lipton and David Matlock below! Tar Takes is presented by The JR Report and the brand new app Relevnt!

We discuss the latest in the sports world with debate segments of the hottest NBA/NFL topics of the week as well as the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Today, we take a debate the following topics! (Click on links for segments)

Are the Boston Celtics a legitimate threat to the Cleveland Cavaliers?

Should the Boston Celtics move Kyrie Irving?

Who will win NBA Western Conference Finals: Rockets or Warriors?

Reactions from Tiger Woods’ T-11 finish at Players Championship

Should sports gambling be allowed in professional sports venues?

For more Tar Takes click the links below!

Should Tiger Woods fans be excited or worried after Players Championship?

Who is your NBA rookie of the year?

Who is your NBA coach of the year?

Is Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan deserving of his new contract?

Duke lands another 5-star recruit, should Tar Heel fans be worried?

Tar Takes Photo Credit:

Chris Paul vs. Golden State Warriors – Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images

LeBron James vs. Celtics – David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Tiger Woods at Players – Photo via Lynne Sladky, Associated Press 

Kyrie Irving and Terry Rozier – Photo via Getty Images

Sports Gambling – Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images


Ryan Lipton is the founder of The JR Report. For more news and The JR Report updates follow him on twitter @rytime98.

Tar Takes 4.29.18: NBA Playoffs, LeBron, Raiders, Falcons 2018 NFL draft recap

LeBron James, Lance Stephenson – Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Watch the third Tar Takes broadcast with Ryan Lipton and David Matlock below! Tar Takes is presented by The JR Report and the brand new app Relevnt!

We discuss the latest in the sports world with debate segments of the hottest NBA/NFL topics of the week as well as the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Today, we take a debate the following topics! (Click on links for segments)

Ryan Lipton is the founder of The JR Report. For more news and The JR Report updates follow him on twitter @rytime98.

Tar Takes 4.23.18: LeBron James, Ben Simmons, Lamar Jackson, Luke Maye

Philadelphia 76ers Guard Ben Simmons (Photo via Getty Images)

Watch the second Tar Takes broadcast with Ryan Lipton and David Matlock below! Tar Takes is presented by The JR Report and the brand new app Relevnt!

We discuss the latest in the sports world with debate segments of the hottest NBA/NFL topics of the week as well as the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Today, we take a look at LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ struggles against the Indiana Pacers, who we think the favorites are in the Eastern Conference, what we think of Luke Maye, Joel Berry, Theo Pinson and the NBA Draft, and the top storylines for the 2018 NFL draft.

For individual segments click the links below!

What do you make of the Cavaliers’ struggles?

What will be the Eastern Conference Finals matchup in the 2018 NBA playoffs?

Can UNC’s Luke Maye make it to the NBA?

Will Joel Berry or Theo Pinson be drafted to the NBA?

What are the top storylines for the 2018 NFL draft?

Is Patrick Reed commenting on our post?

Ryan Lipton is the founder of The JR Report. For more news and The JR Report updates follow him on twitter @rytime98.

Tar Takes Full Broadcast 4.17.18: LeBron James, Chris Paul, Patrick Reed

Victor Oladipo vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers (Photo via David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)

Watch the first Tar Takes broadcast with Ryan Lipton and David Matlock below. Tar Takes is presented by The JR Report and the brand new app Relevnt!

We discuss the latest in the sports world. We have one take segment along with four debate segments. Three of those segments are on anything in the sports world and one of them, to keep in touch with our Tar Heel background involves North Carolina news.

Here is what we discussed today!

Does LeBron James have enough help or not? Can’t we just decide.

LeBron against the Indiana Pacers in Round 1 of the 2018 NBA Playoffs. Can the Pacers beat the Cavs?

CP3 and the Houston Rockets’ playoff struggles

Whether UNC should pursue Sacha Killeya-Jones?

Should we like Patrick Reed?

Ryan Lipton is the founder of The JR Report. For more news and The JR Report updates follow him on twitter @rytime98.

Celtics G Kyrie Irving has nowhere to go but up

Former Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving has officially been traded to the Boston Celtics after the Cavaliers held out for a second round pick in the 2020 NBA draft.

The main sentiment around the NBA is that Boston is the main winner in the trade since they were able to acquire the superstar in the deal.

However, Irving might be the biggest winner. The change in scenery could pay huge dividends for Irving on and off the basketball court.

[irp posts=”12925″ name=”Why Thunder G Russell Westbrook should bolt to LA”]

Photo via Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Stevens improves all guards

Interestingly enough, the best example to suggest that Irving will be an improved player in 2017 is Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas who got sent to take Irving’s old spot in Cleveland.

Until Thomas got traded to Boston, he had only averaged over 20 points per game once in his NBA career (2013/14 with the Sacramento Kings).

Disregarding Thomas’s partial first season with the Celtics (21 games), Thomas has averaged 22.2 and 28.9 points per game with Boston, a major improvement from his time in Sacramento and Phoenix.

Thomas’s rise can’t be from getting an opportunity as he would have had plenty of time to prove himself before since the Kings and Suns were nowhere close to the playoffs.

As such, there must be another reason for Thomas’s sudden explosion. Remember, drastic improvements in a players’ sixth NBA season do not just happen.

If one breaks it down, Boston coach Brad Stevens is the answer.

[irp posts=”9255″ name=”Shooting Myths, One-Motion Shooting And The WNBA”]

Avery Bradley and Shelvin Mack

Former Celtics guard Avery Bradley saw his numbers jump immediately upon Stevens’ arrival. Bradley’s points per game increased from 9.2 to 14.9 in only 2.2 more minutes per game. It was also a genius switch by Stevens to move him to point guard.

Without a doubt, Stevens presence improved Bradley’s performance and will do that for many guards, just like he did with Jordan Crawford who averaged 5.3 points per game less next season after Crawford’s departure from Boston.

Moreover, Stevens turned Shelvin Mack into a premier guard in the country during his Butler days. He also turned Butler into a premier basketball program by making back-to-back appearances in the National Championship game in 2010 and 2011.

History tells us guards improve under Stevens. Therefore, it would be idiotic for people to believe the trend would suddenly just stop with Irving.

The former Butler coach will make sure Irving gets a few easy shots a game off inbound plays, extra passes and screens, something that he never got in Cleveland as their offense often involved Irving trying to win in one-on-one situations.

[irp posts=”12263″ name=”Why Lakers should trade for Bulls’ Dwyane Wade”]

Photo via Youtube’s Lot Channel

Irving’s business should boom

At the moment, Irving and LeBron James have the two highest selling shoes among active NBA players. Obviously, playing with James helped grow Irving’s shoe sales as national television and media coverage will follow James to endless depths.

Even Nike Brand President Trevor Edwards said that Irving’s Kyrie 3 shoes were the best-selling shoe in the market, via Forbes.

In addition, Irving “is the new face” of the market, according to Matt Powell, an analyst at market research firm NPD Group.

Nonetheless, Irving still had to play basketball in the market of Cleveland. Now, he will move to Boston which occupies close to 300,000 more people, a more advantageous market (No. 7 vs. No. 17) and a large and loyal fan base who will buy his new shoes at any chance.

If LeBron is truly on his way out, Boston will run the East when LeBron departs from or declines with the Cavaliers. Nothing will further Irving’s brand more than winning multiple Eastern Conference Finals much like LeBron has done for the majority of the last decade.

In Boston, Irving has the set up to make a historic run rather soon.


Ryan Lipton is the founder of The JR Report. For more news and The JR Report updates follow him on twitter @rytime98.

[irp posts=”10491″ name=”It’s A Different Game: How zone defense changed everything in the NBA”]

NBA trade machine: How to send Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving to Spurs

The turmoil in Cleveland involving Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving and forward LeBron James has not stopped since the moment the Golden State Warriors won the 2017 NBA Finals in five games.

James, according to Chris Sheridan, will be leaving Cleveland after this upcoming season.

For fans still holding out hope that James will come back to Ohio in 2018, it just is not realistic. Unless the team wins a championship this season, there is no hope James will re-sign. Even Fox Sports’ Colin Cowherd is writing off a return.

With James assuredly on his way out, Cleveland can’t let James and Irving walk without getting something in return. As such, the Cavaliers should look to move Irving immediately, before it becomes a Paul George situation where they have to ship him off for worthless pieces.

Luckily, it is a little easier for the organization to move Irving as he would commit to signing an extension with the San Antonio Spurs, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Below is a plausible trade scenario that would send Irving to San Antonio.

[irp posts=”12672″ name=”NBA trade machine: How to send Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving to Celtics”]

Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving and San Antonio Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge chase after a loose ball during first half action Monday March 27, 2017 at the AT&T Center. (Photo via Edward A. Ornelas /San Antonio Express-News)

Cleveland receives: LaMarcus Aldridge, Dejounte Murray, 2018 first round pick

San Antonio receives: Kyrie Irving

First and foremost, this trade would be accepted by the NBA’s rules thanks to ESPN’s NBA trade machine.

Moreover, the trade isn’t a win-win scenario since Cleveland is already in a losing situation. The team is bound to lose both of their superstars after the 2017-18 season. However, this deal would give the opportunity for Dan Gilbert to get something in return for Irving to help build for the future.

Currently, the Spurs are not the best option for Cleveland. They don’t have as many available assets as the Phoenix Suns or Boston Celtics, but it is the only place Irving would sign an extension.

[irp posts=”12263″ name=”Why Lakers should trade for Bulls’ Dwyane Wade”]

Photo via Jason Miller/Getty Images

Why the Kyrie Irving deal makes sense

Cleveland Cavaliers

This could be the only trade, except with the Celtics, that would send a sure-fire all-star, LaMarcus Aldridge, to Cleveland in return for Irving.

As a result, the Cavaliers would have a star to pair with James for 2017 and would remain atop the Eastern Conference. For their future, they will have the young and talented Dejounte Murray, a 20-year-old 6-foot-5 guard from Washington, and a first round selection in the 2018 NBA draft.

In all honesty, it isn’t a great move for the Cavaliers. They will be in a tough situation in the future, pending LeBron’s departure. Regardless, this is a deal that makes sense and makes them better off for a post-James era.

[irp posts=”12108″ name=”LeBron James, Dan Gilbert at fault for pending Cleveland Cavaliers disaster”]

Photo via Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

San Antonio Spurs

The Spurs are missing a superstar to combine with forward Kawhi Leonard. Without one, they will never have any realistic shot of beating the Warriors and will probably lose noticeable ground on the up and coming Minnesota Timberwolves and Houston Rockets, who have two superstars each.

If the aforementioned trade went through, the Spurs would have their second superstar in Kyrie Irving. Most importantly, they would have acquired him without giving up any valuable assets.

For example, Aldridge is a great player, but is not a great fit in San Antonio. The tension between him and the organization would likely make the Spurs jump at any reasonable opportunity to trade him away.

In this scenario, San Antonio could get rid of Aldridge while bringing in a better superstar in Irving. They would have to part ways with a first round pick, but losing a first round pick from where the Spurs are selecting will not hinder any future success.

As expected, San Antonio would come away as the major winner in this deal. The team getting the superstar usually is, just look at the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets.

Unfortunately for Cleveland, they will be on the losing end in almost any deal. It is time for them to get the best losing deal.


Ryan Lipton is the founder of The JR Report. For more news and JR Report updates follow him on twitter @rytime98.

[irp posts=”10491″ name=”It’s A Different Game: How zone defense changed everything in the NBA”]