…ould understand (and forgive) his frustration with the teams being “built” around him in Cleveland. I think the way he left Cleveland (“The Decision”) and arrived in Miami (“Not one, not two, not three…) had a lot more to do with the prolonged hate he received. I also think a lot of people, myself included, forgave when he returned to Cleveland, and rooted fo…
Agreed. I was talking about all the team building he did in his second Cleveland stint and how things went down last season with the Lakers.
And yes, I am surprised that Toronto did not take the Westbrook-George deal by sending back Siakam, the expiring contract of Lowry, and a bunch of draft picks.
Sam Presti did pull out an amazing haul on the surface, but the chances are most of the first round picks will turn into crumpled up lottery tickets, just like the Celtics discovered.
The amazing thing is that incompetence of Boston and Philadelphia’s front offices. Understand risk vs reward is one of the biggest requirements of a GM, and it boils down to two simple questions if you want to win an NBA championship:
- Do you have the best player on the floor? (Boston, definitely not with Kyrie Irving; Philadelphia, maybe in a couple of years if Embiid gets in shape)
- Do you have a player who can slow down LeBron, Giannis, and Durant? (absolutely not for either team)
There was only one player in the NBA who had beaten Durant and LeBron in the post season, and he did it in consecutive playoff series. His name was Kawhi Leonard.
If your only chance to win a title is to get a top 5 player, you accept the risks.