Welcome to The Blog About Nothing. It’s the 3rd of June, and this year is soon to be half over. 2016 is moving too damn fast. I swear. So, as I sit here staring out a dreary looking New York day, a day so dreary that my usual clear view of the Manhattan skyline is obscured with clouds, I can’t help but tap my foot. Why am I tapping my foot? I’m sitting here listening to some good calypso, and soca, from the land of Trinidad and Tobago. I’m proud of my culture, but I’m sure you’ve heard me say that before. Well, I’ll always say it. Always. So as this DJ mix of past road march winners bounce through my headphones, let me craft some words together for you. Let’s do this!
The NBA Finals have kicked off this week and the Golden State Warriors have taken a 1-0 lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Warriors got an off night from their star Stephen Curry, but the Warriors bench led them to a 15 point win over the Cavs. I’ve stated before that I am not that sold on the Warriors and winning another title wouldn’t change that really, but I’ll tip my cap to them if they can beat LeBron and the Cavs again.
Speaking of LeBron, I recognize that he is one of the best players to play the game, and will probably go down as the best player of his era, but can he really refer to lose a 5th NBA Finals? Prior to Game One, Jalen Rose on ABC stated that LeBron is playing with house money as far as his legacy goes because he’s already won two championships but I can’t help but disagree with that. As a former Fab Five member with the University of Michigan, I have much love for Jalen but he can’t be more wrong here.
This is LeBron’s seventh NBA Finals, six in a row, which is impressive but if he loses this series he will go down as winning two of them and losing five of them. As far as legacies go, that number will be damning. It’ll be the only black mark on his record, but best believe it will be the first thing his detractors will point out. Although basketball is a team game, the fact that the most dominant player of his era could not win more NBA Finals than he lost is a pretty incriminating thing. It’s not something that can be overlooked.
That’s why I feel LeBron has to win this one. At 31 years old, and still in his prime he can reach more Finals but damn he needs to start winning these things! I have no rooting interest in these Finals, as the Los Angeles Lakers are my NBA franchise of choice and they are far removed from making an NBA Finals, but I selfishly want to see LeBron and the Cavs win this thing. I would like to see Cleveland win a team championship for the first time since 1964. Their City is starved for a winner and no City deserves one more than them. Also, back to that legacy thing it would be better for LeBron to end this Finals 3-4 and not 2-5. Just saying…
Staying in basketball, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Atlanta Hawks are talking trade according to Yahoo. The 76ers are proposing Center/Forward Nerlens Noel to the Hawks for point guard Jeff Teague. The Sixers would likely have to add another asset or two to make the deal work, but I like this trade for both teams. For one both players would fill a need for their new franchise if this deal were to go through.
The 76ers not only need a point guard but they need a veteran. Teague would fill both roles. Jeff Teague is not in the upper tier of point guards, but he’s serviceable and he does know how to initiate an offense. Also by trading Noel, the Sixers would open playing time for a supposedly healthy Joel Embiid, for Dario Saric who is rumored to finally be coming state side and for prospective number one overall pick Ben Simmons.
In Noel the Hawks would be getting an elite one on one defender and rim protector in Noel. Nerlens does not bring that much on offense but he moves well, rebounds well, and is a good shot blocking big man. He also would provide a safety net in case Al Horford decides to leave Atlanta this off season in the chase for a ring. If the Hawks can land Noel and a couple of draft picks from the Sixers, then I think they have to pull the trigger on the deal.
Teague for Noel does not bring either team into contention status, but it keeps Atlanta relevant in the hunt, and it brings the Sixers closer to respectability. Both franchises could use a little jump start, and this deal would do that. In any case with the NBA Draft a few weeks away, I’m sure we will get plenty rumors and talks like this one.
Staying with the NBA, I’ll take a stab at the free agency of Kevin Durant. Durant and the Thunder had a great NBA playoffs that unfortunately fell short in Game 7 against the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. Durant will be a free agent this offseason and there will be no shortage of suitors. Within minutes of the Thunder’s ousting, there were pleas from fans of the 76ers, Lakers, his hometown Washington Wizards, Brooklyn Nets, Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers, Houston Rockets, etc … begging Kevin to join their franchise.
I, for one, expect Kevin to stay because he reportedly loves Oklahoma City and I don’t think any other team offers him a player as good as Russell Westbrook except one. If there’s one team I think Kevin Durant should consider it would be the San Antonio Spurs. I expect Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili to retire soon but in Tony Parker, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Kawhi Leonard, Durant would slide into a lineup that could challenge for a title every year.
Leonard plays Durant’s preferred position of small forward, so unless Durant is willing to slide down to shooting guard (or if Leonard decides to), this probably doesn’t go anywhere. However, if Durant considers it the Spurs would have a loaded lineup. It would definitely be a lineup that would make Gregg Popovich consider coaching for a few more years. As I said I don’t expect Kevin to leave but if he were, I think he has to consider the potential of him joining the Spurs.
Well, I think I’ll end it here. Thanks for reading and supporting all we do at 7Poundbag.
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