Welcome to The Blog About Nothing. Honestly? I cannot remember the last blog I posted. I don’t remember what it was about or what day I posted it. It has been that long since I posted anything, anywhere. I haven’t posted on 7Poundbag in over a month (maybe longer) and I haven’t contributed to other my site, We Drink And We Know Things, in a while either.
I do feel bad about that, of course. I admit that. I have a tendency to run from things. Even things I enjoy doing. I don’t know why, and I’m not in the mood to psycho analyze myself right now. It’s a nice day outside, and things in my life has quieted down some so I will savor the moment. I will.
However, since I decided to post a blog this week, I have to have some content. So, here it goes…
I love basketball. I have stated that a million times before. I love it. Love it. Before I took my blogging hiatus I predicted the Golden State Warriors would win the NBA title in five games, and they did. I predicted that Kevin Durant would be the star of the team, and he was. I never bought into the narrative that he took the easy way out, because he did not coast to a title on the coat tails of his teammates.
He came into a ready-made team, but he made it his own. He took over and he made the Warriors fit to his will. Now the rest of the NBA has to play catchup and that includes the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Cavs might have won it all in 2016, but if they have any intentions of keeping up with this Golden State team they have to make changes. Kevin Love should go but if he doesn’t, then they have to consider doing something about Tristan Thompson. Paying Love and Thompson big bucks just seems redundant to me. I would also consider dealing Iman Shumpert if adding him to a deal brings back a decent return.
The Cavs do not need to re-invent the wheel but they do need to be refreshed. However, they have no General Manager since they botched the David Griffin thing so who knows where they go next.
The New York Knicks finally got rid of Phil Jackson. Hallelujah! The Knicks are a horrible franchise. 9 playoff wins since their last NBA Finals appearance in 1999 only confirms that. They are bad, but they play in the best market in the League. You would have to imagine that if they finally get it right and pick someone who not only knows personnel but also knows how to adjust to today’s NBA, they can return to prominence.
That’s asking a lot. A lot for a team that has lost over 50 games a season the last three years, and a team that does not have a lot of talent. Jeff Hornacek should be able to run his offense, but asking Carmelo Anthony to drop his no trade clause should still be the mission in New York. The Knicks need to get flexible and revamp, and they need a chance to have some real cap room and trading Melo should be the first step towards that.
I feel like I have been singing the virtues of Houston Rockets General Manager, Daryl Morey, forever but this summer will be huge for him. Adding Chris Paul to play alongside James Harden is huge. While Paul and Harden are both ball dominant guards, and they will have some growing pains together, I think it still works. Mike D’Antoni, fresh off winning another Coach of the Year award will make it work, anyway.
However, the Rockets need one more star to keep up with the Warriors. It might be Carmelo Anthony who would love to play with his best friend, Chris Paul. It could be Paul George, assuming Houston can give Indiana a package worth taking. I think Paul Millsap would be perfect as a stretch four who could also play defense, but he might not be the big name that Morey would want in Houston. In any case, he can’t screw this up. Daryl has to go for it, and now.
Speaking of Paul George, I’m not that convinced that he will be a Los Angeles Laker after next season. Paul and his agent has made it known that he only has eyes for Los Angeles, and that has backed the Indiana Pacers into a corner to trade him but I don’t know if it’s a lock that he ends up in Los Angeles.
The Boston Celtics, the Houston Rockets, the Cleveland Cavaliers and a few other teams has Paul in their sights. What if he gets traded to one of those teams and he likes it there? What if he wins a ring somewhere? Does he then walk away and go join a young Lakers team?
As a Lakers fan I am enthused by what Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka is building but the Lakers are young. Lonzo Ball has the tools to be a good NBA player but he hasn’t played his first NBA game yet. Brandon Ingram looks promising but he didn’t make much of a mark as a rookie. Julius Randle is a good power forward but he’s nothing special. Do those three, and Paul George make the Lakers a playoff team?
Honestly, I don’t think so. The Lakers would have some more work to do, and I’m sure that they can do it, but why would a in his prime Paul George, want to play for a Lakers team that wouldn’t be anywhere near the Warriors, Rockets, Spurs, T-Wolves, etc…
The way the NBA Western Conference is shaping up, a revamped Lakers squad might not even be a top five team in that Conference. Playing in Los Angeles is a draw, but in today’s world, does playing in a big market even matter? LeBron James is the biggest star in the game and he played in Cleveland and Miami. Point is your brand will grow, regardless of the City (for most players anyway) and I don’t know if Paul George needs L.A. as much as he and his agent think he does.
I could probably break down all the teams in the NBA but I can’t type that much. I’m done. Thanks for reading, and I would promise to post more often, but I don’t want to be a liar. So enjoy this post and I’ll see you when I see you.
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