Now that the Cavaliers have brought a championship to the city of Cleveland, will the Cavaliers’ star(s) want to stay?
Throughout the regular season, many reporters speculated that if the Cavs were to win the title, LeBron James would have fulfilled his promise, and therefore be free to explore potential options in free agency. But, based on his reaction after winning it all, it seems far-fetched now that King James would depart from his kingdom.
But, it is not far-fetched to think that his partner in crime, Kyrie Irving, will want to leave the land.
Prior to the 2014-15 NBA season, the Cavaliers signed Kyrie Irving to a five year, $94, 343, 126 contract, thinking he would be the player Cleveland would build around, but James came back and changed everything.
The Cavs had also signed a rookie NBA coach in David Blatt who was running the Maccabi Tel Aviv, the team that won both its domestic league and the Euroleague.
Coach Blatt was using sets such as “Two Down”, “Fist Down”, “Double Exit”, and “Horn” among others. Check out the BBall Breakdown video to get a detailed breakdown of each set.
Those sets are used to create space for ball handlers to either get to the basket, or long distance shot both of which are in Irving’s deadly repertoire. It was a perfect marriage, but James came back and we never got to see this offense in fruition.
I do not hate on LeBron James, I am simply saying that his flagrant disrespect of coach Blatt made it impossible for the rookie coach to import his offense to the NBA.
Throughout the past two regular seasons, fans got to see Kyrie Irving and LeBron James play together, but on (too) many occasions they did not gel. The two superstars had a hard time figuring each other’s tendencies on the court, where they shoot from, cuts to the basket, and who closes the deal in tight contests among other things.
But, all of that was overshadowed by their overwhelming talents, the brilliant moves made by GM David Griffin, and Owner Dan Gilbert’s will to pay whomever the Cavs needed to sign to win it all.
However, now that these stars have finally broke the curse, and brought a long awaited championship back to northeast Ohio, will Irving want to leave to create his own legacy as opposed to being the Robin to James’ Batman?
During the Finals, Irving showed that he rises to the challenges thrown his way whether it is a player, making a shot, or a big game. Irving wants to be at the center of attention when the world is watching.
The biggest negative against Irving is that he is not a true quintessential point guard, but rather a shooting guard or scorer playing the point mainly because of his off the chart ball handling skills.
Just about any team in the NBA would want Irving on their roster, so it is hard to even narrow it down to just a few teams, but one destination that could use his talent and where he could create his own legacy, is Chicago.
The Bulls have just traded away their former all-star and MVP point guard, Derrick Rose, and are looking to trade all-star shooting guard Jimmy Butler as they prepare to rebuild.
With the 14th selection in the 2016 NBA draft, they picked Denzel Valentine out of Michigan State. Valentine is a talented versatile playmaker who shot 41.3 per cent from three-point range, he has a high basketball IQ, good vision, solid passing abilities, but lacks the athleticism to defend point guards, or size to defend wing players.
In that case, if Irving were to go to Chicago, he would defend point guards, and Doug McDermott would defend wings, leaving off guards to Valentine. This would form a young, talented trio that would have Chicago back in the playoffs sooner rather than later.
The Bulls would still need to either draft or sign other players to expect a championship out of this roster, but the playoffs are feasible with this hypothetical roster.
Boogie’s Productions Down Again
Cousins injured again…we can’t relate to that.
When former Sacramento star and New Orleans Pelican DeMarcus Cousins joined the Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green Golden State Warriors to begin last season critics dubbed this superteam unfair.
What was unfair however was the ACL injury that kept Boogie sidelined for most of the season and then the quad injury on top of that in the playoffs that made sure the Warriors wouldn’t be dancing in their final chapter in Golden State.
But as D.C. made a Cali move too like the Dubs across the Golden Gate to San Francisco, heading to LeBron’s Lakerland with former frontcourt friend Anthony Davis, what was really unfair is what’s just come out of a practice run this week.
Cousins has tore his ACL again in a horrible twist of fate.
This games God’s people.
When DeMarcus reunited with the same former New Orleans big man that rocked his jersey in beautiful All Star tribute a couple of seasons back when they briefly flew together as Pelicans this Summer, the Lakers furthered their favourite status like tapping that heart on Twitter. Even if the Clippers ended up being the ones that got Kawhi Leonard…and Paul George too for the new battle of Los Angeles, raging against the Lakers Hollywood machine, the Lake Show have the ‘Space Jam 2’ of the King and the ‘brow. Not to mention the difference maker like rising star Kyle Kuzma in the veteran one of Cousins.
Either one of them will blow, or both, as the other will show he’s still got it. Giving the West’s best the biggest force of an interchangeable frontcourt. As the Lakers could either go with the more muscle version of a Tim Duncan and David Robinson twin towers in the Pelican reunited Kentucky Wildcats of Davis and Cousins and ‘Bron. Or the most dynamic duo since Shaq and Kobe of James and A.D. and the one young core star who didn’t get switched for this franchise player in Kuz, who could form a big three if the injured Cousins isn’t already still a part of one. Despite the writing off medical report.
And we haven’t even got to his Kentucky alumni Rajon Rondo led backcourt, or last year’s all dunking and blocking big headband and hair spark JaVale McGee. A gym rat who re-upped after almost going for both the Defensive Player Of The Year and Most Improved Player award in the first month of last seasons 82 campaign.
The Lakers are going to need him and that first wind of last year now more than ever.
Or the California club have some decisions to make for who to put in purple and gold for their almost meant to be final roster spot (DON’T AMNESTY!). Do they still wait for another former Warrior in Sixth Man, defensive legend Andre Igudola? Or do they leave him and the long rumoured other Anthony in Carmelo and pick up another big? Guys like Nené, Amir Johnson, Joakim Noah, Kenneth Faried, Zaza Pachulia and Marcin Gortat are still on the market like fresh fruit stalls. And even Dwight Howard of all people have expressed (more like blatantly begged for publicity) for a return to Lakerland after his Hollywood divorce.
Because we have no idea when Boogie will be back. Or if he will even be the same player when he returns. Or if he even was before this injury happened. But despite history rewriting so many careers crippled by injury we still believe. We still believe he has superstar status and could be the X-factor difference maker when he returns late in the game to this Hollywood scripted rivalry like he almost was last season in the Finals against Toronto as he flips it. You saw him almost become a Splash Brother with that three, so just you wait until you see him downtown in STAPLES this season when it’s all said and buzzer beater done.
The bridge is far from over.
New Nike Philadelphia Seventies Sixers Jerseys Are A Classic Edition
Philadelphia soul on ice.
Ever since Nike partnered up with the NBA like ‘Hobbs and Shaw’ there has been a fast and furious release of rock solid jerseys for the hardwood over the last couple of seasons. From the Association, to the Icon’s and Statement’s made. Last year the ‘Just Do It’ swoosh even helped Basketball’s best put on a vest for the City. Adding even more to the closet collection when it came to some alternates for the teams that made the postseason push to the playoffs.
But now if you thought fo, fo, four jerseys that have at least one changing by the year was enough for your locker room or throwback budget, then just you wait. Because all these fits and drips may be iconic, but Nike are about to release an addition that really is Classic for the five man team. Over the next calendar the Classic Edition jerseys will belong to only 12 franchises in this 30 strong league. Less than half for the next year that we hope includes some storied Lakers and Celtics duds.
But what better team to introduce this new tradition than the one with more classic throwbacks than Mitchell and Ness in the Philadelphia 76ers? The City of Brotherly Love may have lost Jimmy Butler and J.J. Reddick this offseason, but they’ve gained even more threads for new team player Al Horford and mainstays Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris to rock with the rock as they push it down court next season.
Open your arms to that.
The classic PHILA Philadelphia jerseys have already been brought back with a next generation twist. Whilst the 76ers seem to be the only team who could still put up those Christmas script jerseys long after other teams have gone in the New Year sales. But with the only court apparel competition being what looks in the mirror as they try these on, the Sixers have out done and stitched themselves yet again. Bringing back like 1971, Hal Greer and ‘The Kangaroo Kid’, Billy Cunningham, the iconic and creative “Seventies Sixers” jerseys. A jumping, forgotten retro relic and slept on classic until now.
Waking up the league, back to the future in a Ford Mustang the Motown era of a classic Bad Boy, Detroit Pistons would be proud…or jealous of (inch or mile, you should have got there sooner Motor City men), Embiid and Simmons in a slick photoshoot sharing an ‘S’ on the chest popped the hood and revealed all the intricate workings underneath, bringing this classic back on the road like Hall & Oates.
Hold on we’re going home.
Before the process. Before the answer. Even before “fo, fo, fo”, Cunningham and the Sixers represented Philly like steak and cheese. The 1970’s where a defining era for the city. Philadelphia soul made its mark from stereos to nightspots and some young fighter named ‘Rocky’ went the distance with some kid called Creed as some man going by the name Sly Stallone wrote a classic movie. Oh and Questlove of the legendary Roots crew was born. Along with another Philly legend you might also be familiar with.
With this thrift shop like find that celebrates the spirit and legacy of a city that reinvents itself more times than it does it’s wardrobe, this is the perfect “new” look for a team that could take inspiration from their past when it comes to their latest reinvention on court. Playing on without the services of their Butler, or top downtown gunner J.J.
And after all they’ve loved and lost over the years, even if you don’t trust it you can always try on the process now.
And its a look that could fit over seventy games this season.
Now that has the makings of a classic.
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