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How would you grade Bayern Munich in the transfer market?

ESPN recently ranked Bayern Munich’s best and worst transfers over the last decade. Unsurprisingly, Robert Lewandowski was ranked at the top, since Bayern Munich landed one of the world’s best striker for free, and from their biggest rival, Borussia Dortmund. Breakout star Serge Gnabry was also ranked as one of Bayern’s top transfers. Eight million euros for 22 goals already is pretty great business in the transfer market.

Some players left off Bayern’s best transfers list were Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, and Niklas Süle. These players were great buys for their price. They also are prime examples of Bayern’s strategy of finding value in the transfer market by buying some of the Bundesliga’s best players with release clauses, free transfers, and other savvy business moves.

Others making the list for best transfers include Manuel Neuer, who moved from Schalke, and Arjen Robben signed from Real Madrid. Bayern has certainly tried to recreate the magic of the signing of Arjen Robben. Robben was a struggling winger — mostly because of injuries — who showed great promise with Real Madrid and Chelsea. It seems like Bayern has tried to mimic that same transfer strategy with their loans of James Rodriguez and Philippe Coutinho.

Both Rodriguez and Coutinho were in similar situations as Arjen Robben before joining Bayern. They were on the outs at Madrid and Barca so Bayern took a chance to see if they could play to the great potential they had shown in the past. Unfortunately for Bayern and James, things did not work out as well as they did for Robben. With Coutinho it is still too early too tell, but he is already costing the club tons of money with relatively little to show for it.

Although Rodriguez did not make Bayern’s worst transfer list, perhaps because it was only a loan spell, it should be no surprise that Portugal’s Renato Sanches topped the list as Bayern’s worst transfer since 2009. Bayern spent big on one of Europe’s brightest young talents at the time, but Sanches could not play to the potential he showed at the Euro Cup in 2016 that put him on the map. Sanches’ spell at Bayern included poor form, even worse form when on loan, and a bad attitude. Bayern ultimately lost €10 million when the club sold him to Lille.

Others making Bayern’s worst transfer list include Mario Götze, whom the club bought for €37 million and eventually sold for €22 million — to the same club, Borussia Dortmund — and Sandro Wagner, on whom the club lost €8 million euros after deciding it was simply impossible to keep any regular backup striker behind Lewandowski happy.

One player on ESPN’s list of Bayern’s worst transfers who should not have been there is Luiz Gustavo. Gustavo’s time at Bayern was cut short, since he was not in Pep Guardiola’s plans, and Bayern had to sell him at a small loss, but since Luiz Gustavo was with the club for the Treble and played in the Champions League final, his spell at the club should definitely be considered good business. The Brazilian defensive midfielder helped the team win their first Treble. He was a success.

Who are some of Bayern Munich’s other best and worst signings?

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Lionel Messi became the first men’s footballer to win the Ballon d’Or award for a sixth time, taking the award for the world’s top men’s player Monday at a Paris gala.

The Argentina forward scored 46 times for club and country in 2019 — including the only goal in Barcelona’s 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid on Sunday. He also helped the Camp Nou side win La Liga.

The 31-year-old beat out Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk, who was instrumental in helping Liverpool win the Champions League, for the award voted on by a panel of international journalists.

“I am very lucky, I am blessed. I hope I will continue for a long time,” Messi told reporters. “I realize that I’m lucky even if one day it will be time to retire.

“It will be tough, but I still have some years ahead of me. Time flies, so I will enjoy football and my family.”

Messi also came out on top in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015 and he is now one clear of Cristiano Ronaldo, who has five.

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane finished fourth behind Ronaldo in the final voting.

Lionel Messi collected another Ballon d'Or on Monday

“It was amazing,” Van Dijk said. “There are a couple of players like him [Messi] who are fantastic. I’m proud of what I’ve achieved with Liverpool and Holland. It’s going to be tough [to win the award] when these guys are around.”

Messi’s and Ronaldo’s 10-year grip on the award organised by France Football magazine was ended last year by Luka Modric.

But Messi was back on top of his game over the past 12 months. He scored 36 times last season en route to a 10th Spanish Liga title, and was the Champions League top scorer. His goals in the Liga also made him the top scorer in Europe’s biggest leagues, earning him the Golden Shoe award.

“A few years ago, I received my first Ballon d’Or here in Paris,” Messi said. “I was 22 years old. It was something unthinkable at the time. Today is my sixth Ballon d’Or. As my wife used to say, you should never stop dreaming but always work to improve and continue to enjoy yourself.”

United States star Megan Rapinoe won the Women’s Ballon d’Or award after being voted the tournament’s best player and joint top scorer as the USWNT won the 2019 World Cup in France.

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson was the first-ever recipient of the Yachine Trophy, given to the best goalkeeper. The Brazil international beat out Marc-Andre ter Stegen of Barcelona and countryman Ederson of Manchester City.

Dutchman Matthijs de Ligt, a key player in Ajax Amsterdam’s thrilling run to the Champions League semifinals and now at Juventus, won the Kopa Trophy for the best under-21 male player in the world.

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  • Chelsea have reportedly identified Wilfried Zaha and Jadon Sancho as targets
  • The Blues could move to replace Willian if the winger leaves the club for free
  • Willian’s future remains unclear after claims he hasn’t been offered fresh terms
  • But Chelsea are instead believed to be adamant that the 31-year-old has been

Chelsea have reportedly identified Wilfried Zaha and Jadon Sancho as potential replacements for Willian – with the Brazilian winger currently embroiled in a bizarre contract stand-off.

The Blues could move to bolster their options in wide positions with the future of Willian still firmly unclear, and the club have been alerted to Sancho’s breakdown in relationships at Borussia Dortmund.

Crystal Palace star Zaha is also on Chelsea’s shortlist as Willian’s deal enters its final six months, and the 31-year-old claims he is yet to be offered fresh terms.

Chelsea have reportedly identified Wilfried Zaha as a potential replacement for Willian

The Blues are also keeping a keen eye on Jadon Sancho's unhappiness at Borussia Dortmund

But The Telegraph believe that the London side are instead adamant that a new contract has been tabled for the former Barcelona target.

Willian’s preference for a two-year deal could prove a problem, however, and Chelsea are typically reluctant to offer players aged 30 or over more than 12-month extensions.

Foreign clubs are currently able to approach the Brazilian, with both Ernesto Valverde’s side and Juventus linked with a swoop.

Frank Lampard has recently admitted his desire for the Shakhtar Donetsk man to remain at Stamford Bridge, but the club are understood to have lined up a contingency plan in the event Willian chooses to leave.

Willian revealed he is yet to be offered a new contract and Chelsea are adamant he has been

Olivier Giroud and Pedro are also entering the latter stages of their contracts, and may be allowed to leave in January. And losing the two wideman could tempt Chelsea to provide further competition for Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi.

But Chelsea are still awaiting the result of their appeal against their transfer ban, which had been imposed by FIFA at the start of the season.

Despite his uncertain future in the capital, Willian had revealed he has no plans to speak to interested parties.

He said: ‘I don’t want to talk to (other clubs) because I have a contract until the end of the season.

‘I am a Chelsea player but I just want to say the club know what I want to do.’

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In the last few days, Lucas Biglia has received some criticism from the AC Milan fans, as a photo of him using his phone before the Rossoneri’s clash against Napoli emerged. Now, his agent has clarified the incident.

On the photos, which were captured by Sky Italia inside the locker room, Biglia, Kessie and Rebic were caught using their phones. Of course, given that all three of them performed poorly, this didn’t go down too well with the fans.

Therefore, speaking to Calciomercato.com, Biglia’s agent Enzo Montepaone has clarified the images. In his words, the Argentine veteran was using the official AC Milan app to check the formation of Napoli.

“Lucas is very sorry for how the images have been interpreted. Biglia wasn’t doing his own thing, just thinking about it is an insult to the exemplary professional that he has always shown to be.

“I would like to clarify: he was simply looking at the Milan app to see the change of formation for Napoli. Biglia is an example for his teammates, nobody has ever questioned his dedication to work and his respect,” he stated.

The Rossoneri will face Parma in a tough away game on Sunday, and Biglia is expected to sit on the bench. Bennacer will return from his one-game suspension with hopes of continuing his good form, thus cementing his spot as the first choice.

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Arsenal news | The full-back has sent a message to Gunners’ fans ahead of the return of the Premier League after the international break

Hector Bellerin and Reiss Nelson before a training session at London Colney

Arsenal full back Hector Bellerin has called on the Gunners’ fans and players to stick together in order to turn around their Premier League form.

Tensions around the Emirates Stadium are at a high level as the team failed to win their fourth league game in a row before the international break. The atmosphere reached boiling point when former captain Granit Xhaka was substituted in the second half against Crystal Palace, it lead to an incident which saw the Switzerland international lose the armband.

The day after the incident, Bellerin posted a message on Twitter.

“We are all humans, we all have emotions, and sometimes it’s not easy dealing with them,” he wrote. “It’s time to lift each other up, not to push each other away. We only win when we are together.”

Ahead of the Premier League’s return, the full-back was asked in an interview with the club about the meaning behind that tweet, and the 24-year-old delivered a passionate response.

“Those words, what you’ve just read, are just how I felt after the few events we’ve had in the past few weeks, and it’s been hard as a player in the dressing room to deal with these situations,” he said.

“I think it’s important as a club, as players, as fans, as everything [to know that] being divided is never the way forward. Everyone demands different things, everyone demands different changes, but I don’t think that’s the way. I think the way is accepting who we are, what we have, getting everyone together, supporting each other, and that is the way that we can reach our goals.

“One doing one thing, one doing the other, that’s never going to work, so that was my call for unity in terms for us as a club, as a family, everything that Arsenal is. To get together, when things don’t go well, that’s the time for us to tap each other on the back and be like ‘come on, we need to do this better but we’re going to come back on top’.

“That is what we need, not to start pointing fingers and blaming someone for doing this, for doing that, we’re a club, we’re a team, we’re a family. What we need is to be there for each other.”

Bellerin made his first Premier League start of the season in the 2-0 defeat to Leicester before the international break, after recovering from a Cruciate ligament rupture.

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No De’Aaron Fox, no Marvin Bagley, but the Kings have been impressive.

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In Sacramento’s world, stars are not easy to come by. When they do, we cherish them for however long they don the purple and white because the stars are the only glimpses of hope to cling onto as this thirteen year playoff drought continues to plague the city.

With last year’s season being a strong outlier in a massively forgettable period of time, the hopes and expectations were higher than they ever have been.

Then the Kings started 0-5 while losing the 2018 #2 overall pick Marvin Bagley for 4-6 weeks. Right when they snapped out of their horrid start and seemed to be capable of playing competent basketball for multiple games in a row, an unknown member of the team committed vulpicide as Will pointed out and De’Aaron Fox, the 2017 #5 overall pick, is likely out until around the All-Star break.

Two youngsters that the Kings are banking on to be stars (and they’ve played great in their own right) go down and the hopes and expectations lose gravity. But they’re not floating away.

Sacramento was supposed to fall back into the hole they’ve been attempting to climb out of for years. Instead, they’ve gone 5-2 in the last seven games with their losses coming to the defending champion Toronto Raptors and legit contending Los Angeles Lakers. Two losses by a combined six points with both coming on the road.

The Laker game could’ve ended differently with the NBA’s last two minute report saying that LeBron James committed an offensive foul on Harrison Barnes. The foul, which was called on Barnes, awarded two free throws to James and he made both. We will never know how it would’ve ended had the call been properly made, but Sacramento put up a great fight (yeah, moral victories are getting old).

In these five wins, the Kings put 100 points on the board against Utah, which prior to that point no other team had accomplished. They blew out the Knicks as expected (take care of the inferior opponents), and they did that again with the Hawks on the road. Portland came into the game with multiple injuries and struggling in their own nature, but they still had Damian Lillard. Sacramento’s defense forced turnover after turnover and came away with a victory against a team they could be fighting for a playoff spot against.

Then after a tough loss to the Lakers, the Kings welcomed the Boston Celtics into Golden 1 Center. Boston came in winning 10 straight while holding the league’s best record.

That didn’t faze the Kings who put together a solid all around team performance to secure a win. Buddy Hield is scoring at least 20 points a game in the last six games. His three point shooting has been ridiculously good despite the bad outing against Portland, but it ultimately didn’t matter. Buddy has had moments where he is turning the ball over in ways he shouldn’t at this point of his career, but he’s been answering the call following that hefty extension earlier this season.

Bogdan Bogdanovic’s rise has been arguably the best part of the team’s play without their two stars. With the ball in his hands more often, Bogi is finding additional ways to be more creative with his teammates and putting the ball in the basket himself. He’s racked up 30 assists in the last four games, an average of 7.5. His deep ball has been finding the net, shooting above 54.5% in three of the last five games on good volume.

Nemanja Bjelica is making the case of him going back to the bench when Bagley comes back a difficult decision, but that’s for another article. He’s been doing a bit of everything on both ends. On top of his Serbian range, he’s had two double-doubles in the last three games, makes smart passes and limits turnovers.

His frontcourt partner Richaun Holmes has been balling out, too. Supplying the necessary energy, Holmes is good for a few impact plays per game and doesn’t need to stuff the stat sheet to do so. Setting good screens, converting as a roll big, blocking shots and more. The big man rotation when Bagley returns is going to be worth keeping an eye on.

Harrison Barnes’ now has the pro’s pro badge that Kosta Koufos once held. You know what you’ll get from him when he’s on the floor, except if that means he’ll stumble on a crucial play. But Barnes continues to perform to his role, just like Cory Joseph. Joseph was signed to be a defensive stopper and that’s what he’s been doing, just like the final play on Kemba Walker against Boston.

With the schedule not as heavy the rest of November, the Kings have a chance to begin a relatively light December off to a good start if they close out this month properly.

The squad has stepped up their game with the next man up mentality, putting up good performances against some of the league’s best. They’ll need to keep up the stellar defense and continue capitalizing on offense, however, if they plan on being competitive later on in the year, especially when Fox returns.

This upcoming stretch will give us more answers if they’re up to the task.

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That time I almost mistook what ended up being a great article because of the headline…

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Writers depend on their editors. One important thing we rely on: We need the headline writer to get the theme of the post. For instance, it would not be productive for a post about how Patty Mills has been so great for the Spurs to headline the article with “Why Are All Aussies So Short?”

The reason I started this post with this introduction arose from the headline (and subhead) from Kevin O’Connor’s recent post for The Ringer:

“Gregg Popovich has overseen one of the most progressive organizations in basketball in the past two decades. So why do the Spurs play like they are trapped in another age? And what does their future look like?”

Before I even finished reading the headline, I had written much of this post in my head. If all you read was the headline, you would assume that the article would be yet another criticism of the present Spurs’ team reliance on mid-range (read “inefficient”) mid-range shots and post-ups. I assumed that the article would go on to talk about the Spurs had unwisely chosen to play a 1990’s offense in the 21st century. The implicit criticism would have been that time had passed Gregg Popovich by — clinging to what worked in the Tim Duncan/David Robinson era, not willing to step into the New Frontier of threes, dunks and free throws.

I had the perfect rejoinder to that criticism: Both Pop and I had cut our teeth (where did that expression come from??) coaching small college Division III ball — Pop at Pomona Pitzer, me at Claremont McKenna College, schools essentially across the street from each other in Southern California. When one recruits players in Division III, coaches get the best players they can, and fit the program to fit those players. Indeed, sometimes we would change our offensive scheme from one season to the next, depending on what players we were able to bring in the door that year — players who would be with the program for four years.

Pop did that at Pomona Pitzer, and has continued to do that in San Antonio. When he had dominant post players, the Spurs slowed it down and pounded the ball into the Admiral and the Great Duncan. After the Admiral retired, and Duncan aged, the Spurs sped up their game. Get the ball to Tony Parker and run — with shooters like Gary Neal, Danny Green and Matt Bonner spotting up for threes. That morphed into the Beautiful Game Spurs, with constant movement from Manu Ginobili, Mills, Parker and others, and great passers like Boris Diaw dropping dimes and great screeners like Tiago Splitter opening up shooters with bone-crushing screens. (Tiago also mastered the pick and roll kick out to the corner three.)

The article written in my head would have then led to a discussion of the present Spurs. It would have pointed out that Pop was not stuck in the last century, but instead doing exactly what his background had taught him: The system must fit the players, not the other way around. You must play the hand that you have been dealt, not some imaginary hand you wish you had. Do you want DeMar DeRozan firing up threes that he does not think will go in? Do you want LaMarcus Aldridge not to shoot the mid-range jumper that he has spent his career mastering? And I would have pointed out that Pop has freed Bryn Forbes to let it fly from three essentially whenever he wants to, converted Rudy Gay into a “Stretch Four” with three point range, and empowered Dejounte Murray to run one-man fast breaks whenever the mood strikes.

I didn’t actually read The Ringer article for over a day after I saw the headline and wrote the article in my head. (My excuse: I had a trial in-between seeing the headline and having time to put the article I wrote in my head into print. Reminder to new readers — I am a trial lawyer when not writing for PtR.)

Once I read the article, I discovered that the headline cheated the article. Kevin O’Conner got it exactly right, though he didn’t mention the Division III connection. (I am sure he didn’t coach against Pop when I did, as I knew all the coaches in our league.) Contrary to what the headline implies, Kevin’s analysis of the present Spurs is spot on. As just one example:

“Adaptability is the hallmark of San Antonio under Popovich. He tailors their system to fit the strengths of the personnel, and these days, the Spurs have a paradoxical style that inspires nostalgia for the past, appreciation for the present, and curiosity about whatever might be coming in the NBA.”

. . .

“It’s not like the Spurs suck on offense. Based on the way we talk about the NBA on Twitter, podcasts, and with our friends, it often seems like the midrange jumper should be banned. But it’s worked out for the Spurs: They ranked seventh in offense last season and are seventh this season. And even though DeRozan and Aldridge live in the dreaded midrange, their passes frequently result in analytics-happy 3s or layups. And the rest of the team shoots a lot of 3s.”

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Isaiah Thomas has started to rebuild his image as a game-changer in the league with an opportunity to play for the Washington Wizards. Once a force to be reckoned with as a member of the Boston Celtics, the 5-foot-9 dynamo has experienced plenty of shortcomings since injuring his hip and returning to play.

Following failed stints with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets, the 30-year-old point guard revealed how things have turned back around:

“I’m at a good place mentally,” Thomas told Leo Sepkowitz of Bleacher Report. “I got my joy back.”

Thomas can only smile after all he has dealt with:

“I’ve seen all of it,” he said. “That’s why now I just smile.”

The Washington product underwent two major right hip surgeries after first hurting his hip in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2017, which forced him to sit out for a while with the injury — a wait that eventually resulted in his trade to the Cavs. Parting ways with the Celtics wasn’t easy, as the Tacoma native had already embraced the city during his two years there.

For a while, Thomas was angry at the organization after he expected to get the “Brinks truck” to come his way after a career-best season. Instead, the point guard dynamo had to settle for a minimum contract last season and another this season.

However, the hard feelings are now gone:

“Boston will always have my heart, because I went through a real-life situation there, and that city rolled with me,” he said.

“I don’t wish them bad luck. It’s just, you can’t duplicate what’s real. What we had was real. There was a time I was upset. I felt like it was handled the wrong way for a franchise player. But I don’t hold no grudges.”

The Celtics have since moved on from Kyrie Irving, who they gave up Thomas for, in favor of another floor general in Kemba Walker. Thomas is two years removed from that hellish summer and is now back to being a difference-maker for the Wizards, averaging 13.2 points and 6.2 assists through six games this young season.

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There was something about that opening night game against the Thunder that felt like the opening games for the Jazz would be tougher than expected. A tough, rock-fight of a game ended with a close win for the Jazz. It happened again in game 4 against the Suns. What was supposed to be an easy win against the lowly Suns ended up being a nail-biter and a 1?

Turns out Shae Gilgous Alexander is taking a huge leap and as of today have a positive net rating. The Suns are this year’s surprise team making those wins look much better in hindsight.

With eight games played, the Jazz have apparently had one of the tougher schedules with good results (let’s just forget about that Kings loss…).

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Tucked neatly behind the Clippers terrible logo you’ll see the hint of a Jazz note.

That 5-3 record could also be deceiving because even in the Jazz losses they’ve been close games. (Again, let’s just forget about that Kings loss.) Against the Western Conference leading Lakers, the Jazz were without Bojan Bogdanovic and against the Clippers they couldn’t get a defensive rebound.

Now the Jazz are left with what seems like an underwhelming 5-3 record. But that record is about to get better.

Tonight the Jazz have another tough game against the Milwaukee Bucks but here’s how their next ten games look: Warriors, Nets, Grizzlies, Timberwolves, Timberwolves, Warriors, Pelicans, Bucks, Pacers, Grizzlies. Those are all very winnable games.

On top of that the Jazz haven’t even reached their full potential offensively.

As of Friday morning (11/8/2019), according to NBA.com, the Jazz have the #2 defense in the league with the #26 offense. With the offseason additions of Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic, that’s pretty surprising. With Rudy Gobert, having a top #5 defense should just be expected. He’s the best defensive player in the game and deserves another DPOY award. The debate is over already. But why hasn’t the offense been better?

The first reason is pretty obvious. So far this season Mike Conley hasn’t hit his stride. The percentages just aren’t there yet.

But there are other things that show the Jazz team as a whole will be better.

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For example, the Jazz are currently 27th in the league in 3 point attempts per game, but they’re 8th in the league in 3 point percentage. You can bet Quin is going to get those three point attempts up.

The Jazz are also 25th in the league in turnover rate. Mike Conley is normally very good at protecting the ball and he will get better as he gets more comfortable with Snyder’s schemes. But the team as a whole has not been good enough protecting the ball. As they find more chemistry together, and understand the offense better, the Jazz will improve dramatically on offense. There’s also a chance the defense improves as well by stopping some potential transition points for the opponent off of those turnovers.

So what will happen when Utah hits their stride offensively and Mike Conley gets closer to his career averages? A win streak is what happens, that’s what!

All signs are pointing to the season Jazz fans were hoping for, now we just have to sit back and enjoy it.

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Tiffany Haddish chowed down on Serge Ibaka's worm salad with great enthusiasm.

Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka has welcomed numerous guests to his kitchen on his popular YouTube show “How Hungry Are You?”

None have been able to finish the unique dishes Mafuzzy Chef prepares — until now. Actor and comedian Tiffany Haddish was Ibaka’s latest guinea pig, and she showed off her eating chops in a big way by polishing off a heaping plate of worm salad.

Haddish even pranked her host by bringing her own homemade meal as a thank you gift. Ibaka chowed down on some rice, sautéed okra and chicken. Or was the lovely poultry actually pigeon? We’ll never know the truth.

Of course, eating the food is only half the fun of “How Hungry Are You?” Ibaka is a master of drawing classic lines and reactions out of his friends, and Haddish came through in that regard as well.

The Emmy winner dropped jaws with an anecdote about how she defecated in one of her ex-boyfriend’s shoes after she found out he was cheating on her.

“I was very upset. I was emotional, and I felt like he had pulled on my soul.” Haddish said as she recalled the incident. “So then I decided to poop in the sole of his shoes. Then I asked him if he wanted to go play basketball.”

One of Ibaka’s signature questions is to ask “Who is your celebrity crush?” Previous guests have tried to dance around the topic, but Haddish had no fear.

“I like number 27 on the New York Yankees, his name is Giancarlo Stanton,” Haddish said immediately. “Also, I like Leonardo DiCaprio, I like Michael B. Jordan, I also like Trevor Noah.”

Haddish then fired a hard-hitting question back at the Raptors big man, asking him why he and longtime Keri Hilson broke up. Ibaka promptly took a shot of cricket tea as punishment for dodging the question.

After watching the two trade barbs on camera, we can only hope Ibaka and Haddish will reunite in a future movie or comedy special.