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.
The 8th Wonder Of The Celtics
Shimmy shimmy ya, shimmy yam, shimmy yay. Give Kemba Walker, Antoine Walker’s number and he’ll take it away.
Why you shaking that shimmy like that? Sometime between the big three of Boston Celtics legend Larry Bird’s shot and the big-three of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen formed by Paul Pierce (sucks…just kidding), his former dynamic duo partner in the age of Shaq and Kobe, Antoine Walker had a decent one on him from downtown. Which he’d shake and bake before breaking out that signature dance. Stepping out after cutting a rug against his opponent like leaving broken nail patches in that old splintered parquet floor in the garden. As the one/two punch of ‘toine and P-Double really were the truth. I’ll always remember the time these two and the rest of the Celtics led by Horry like (I love Waltah) super microwave sub off the bench Walt McCarty took the Sixers to the statistics with a box score barrage of threes. Even Mark Bryant was getting them (old Mamba). Everyone was shaking the shimmy, like Walker this way. A certified classic Celtics legend.
“And just then, the highway opened up-right at the junction, right at that spot on the highway where you see the skyline of Boston, and you go, “What!?” Because it suddenly goes from trees, woods, and crickets to cars flashing by and skyscrapers and apartment buildings…Just at that moment, I went “Oh, s***, the city!” That’s what Boston boy, Aerosmith legendary lead singer Steven Tyler says about entering (ha, ha) his New England home. And from a guy whose got there from New York on more Peter Pan and Greyhound’s than Tinkerbell and Santa’s Little Helper, trust me the ‘Dude Looks Like A Lady’ singer is right about this moment of sweet emotion. Try and catch a shot on your smartphones all you like (believe me…I’ve tried and failed), but you won’t want to miss a thing. Now I’m sure Kemba Walker’s journey to the city will be a lot more glamorous than crying whilst binge watch episodes of the latest ‘Stranger Things’ series on a coach trip. But he’ll get plenty of chances to see this skyline envelope him in all its epic, awe and scribe inspiring feats when he rides the team bus.
Because now after Kyrie Irving left the opposite way for no sleep on the drive to Brooklyn with Kevin Durant, the city is Kemba’s after he said goodbye to Charlotte and the Hornets nest.
A little disrespectful of a heartfelt Nike commercial, but then again so is Kyrie ghosting the Celtics like Peter Parker’s Spider-Man did Nick Fury ‘Far From Home’.
In the words of Samuel L. Jackson, “that’s some bull####!”
Kanter’s banter is the off-season Iverson step over of the Summer. And him playing a bunch of Boston kids on the playground full court in his full uniform is the hallmark, heartfelt moment of the year. But keeping the uniform on and sticking with numbers, the new star of the show Kemba Walker hopes to be the new eighth wonder of Boston’s world.
Now although he got legend Antoine Walker’s blessing, I originally believed that Boston should have already raised this to the rafters with a shimmy for their original employee number 8. The biggest wonder of that digit since the Black Mamba in the same ’96 draft class of its own. Even if Kemba hilariously tells us that there wasn’t any other numbers left with the amount of legends that have retired with the NBA’s most storied franchise (Walker’s old 15 obviously being retired for Tom Heinsohn). Up in the banner ceiling with all that dust and Red cigar billowing smoke. But then this writer realized that it was probably just jet-lag after his Beantown trip last week, or the Laker fan in me trying to pick fault with a Boston I love more than most purple and gold (in this garden every Batman need his Joker who he really, truly loves madly, deeply (savage)) talking.
I’m actuality it’s really a beautiful homage. They both have the same last name Martha. Now if Kemba unlike Kyrie makes sure that no one else ever wears this number in a fitting moment they could retire both players together, like their Laker rivals may do with LeBron and AD once the 23 is passed next year, as the King looks to have more jerseys retired in Hollywood than Kobe.
Antoine and Kemba together forever.
Walker this way.
MVP Brandon Clarke dominates, leads Grizzlies to 2019 NBA Summer League Title
Canadian Brandon Clarke, the 21st pick of the 2019 Draft dominated the NBA’s annual summer showcase — becoming the first player to take home both tournament and championship game most valuable player honors with a dominant 15 points, 16 rebounds double-double. The No. 8 Memphis Grizzlies the Minnesota Timberwolves 95-92 to win the 2019 NBA Summer League championship.
The former Gonzaga standout added 4 assists, 3 blocks and a steal in 25 minutes.
In six games of summer league action, Clark averaged 14.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.8 blocks per game. The Vancouver native shot 55% from the field and becomes the first ever Canadian to win MVP at the NBA Summer League.
Clarke was also named to the first-team all-NBA Summer League team. Other standouts included fellow Canadians Nickeil Alexander-Walker who joined Clarke on the first-team. Toronto Raptors forward Chris Boucher was named to the second-team.
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