Hello again NBA Fans and Welcome to another edition of NBA RoundTable. Lets get right to it. This week we will discuss Kobe returning to play basketball in the Big3 League, the buyout involving Wade and the Bulls, that and so much more on this edition of NBA RoundTable.
The founder of the Big3 league Ice Cube said he would like to see Kobe Bryant play in his league some day. Do you think Kobe Bryant would ever play in the Big3 league?
Todd: I don’t think he will for the simple fact that Kobe Bryant is a competitor. I watched him for all 20 years of his career and one of the reasons he left the game is because he could not compete at the highest level any more. Even know that this is only a 3 on 3 I think if he can’t compete at the highest level we will not see him step back on any court.
Steve: Sure if he was itching to get back into the game, and thinks he has something to prove. I know he doesnt need the money, but I could see Kobe wanting to get his name back out there in the public, and this could be the way to do it.
Dan: Yes, I believe Kobe will play in the BIG3 one day soon. I know he has a tremendous passion for the game of basketball and the Big3 is like a fun 3-on-3 league for older players to still perform their talents in front of fans both old and young. Plus, it’s entertaining as hell! You know how big it would become if Kobe played?
Chad: I don’t see Kobe playing in the league because it seems right now the main participants are really former role guys..AI doesn’t really play a lot on his team. I think they need to get the major former player in before someone like Kobe decides to play in the league.
The Chicago Bulls and Dwyane Wade are working on a buyout in the next few months. Is Wade heading back to Miami or somewhere else?
Todd: It would be nice to see him go back to Miami where he spent 13 years of his career. I am not sure they really need him with all the guards they have already. He might go to Cleveland and Join James for a year.
Steve: If I were a betting man he is going to go back to Miami, where he is very well respected, or will join LeBron in Cleveland, especially if Kyrie Irving does in fact leave Cleveland. Wade would be a good support role for the Cavs. Sad though, that the Bulls experience did not go over well being that it was his home town. I could also see him maybe making a play with the up and coming Bucks, as he has ties to Milwaukee with Marquette.
Dan: I’ve heard rumors that he might want to return to the Milwaukee area and play for the Bucks. I think he’ll likely end up joining LeBron or signing a 1-year contract on a random team until LeBron is a free agent and they will all join up. I won’t rule out Miami because he spent his entire career down there and what a fitting way to finish out a great career by retiring with that team.
Chad: Wade is going to Cleveland to team with Lebron and give one more run at a Championship.
It is rumored that LeBron James is 100% leaving the Cavaliers next season on account of a fractured relationship with the front office. If this is true, what does this mean for the future of the Cavaliers?
Todd: It means the Browns are still gonna suck and the Cavaliers are gonna suck again.
Steve: There is nothing that is 100% for LeBron James, the man flip flops more than a Democrat. However, I think he does leave Cleveland as it seems like after they got their championship, they just kind of fell apart. LeBron wants to be on a winner, and Cleveland may be on their way back to the decline.
Dan: I think, along with Kyrie most likely leaving before the season starts, it’ll pretty much destroy Cleveland. They’ll have to enter rebuild mode and try to develop another point guard and another superstar player. They can kiss the playoffs good bye for several seasons as well . Where LeBron would go, which it’s leaning towards Los Angeles, will change the entire landscape of the NBA as we know it. He’ll create another powerhouse to compete with Golden State and overpower them.
Chad: They really need to start looking at moving some pieces to acquire assets to rebuild into contention which will be shorter transistion in the East then it would be in the Western Conference. Again assuming the rumors are ture.
What are your thoughts of Kevin Durant’s Comments? “He’s definitely driving [the racial tension in America]. I feel ever since he’s got into office, or since he ran for the presidency, our country has been so divided and it’s not a coincidence. When [Barack] Obama was in office, things were looking up. We had so much hope in our communities where I come from because we had a black president, and that was a first.
“So to see that and to be where we are now, it just felt like we took a turn for the worse, man. It all comes from who is in the administration. It comes from the top. Leadership trickles down to the rest of us. So, you know, if we have someone in office that doesn’t care about all people, then we won’t go anywhere as a country. In my opinion, until we get him out of here, we won’t see any progress.”
Todd: Man I don’t know what to say about this because this bullshit is all about race and how horrible our current President is. Well damn, I think Durant has been living under a rock. This country has been divided way before Trump. the only word he used was the word”so”. The thing is, it is not just about black and white. Everyone is against everyone it doesn’t matter if you are black, white, green, blue, brown, yellow, or orange. No one person will be able to stop that. The hope in the communities when we had a black President. Are you kidding me? Do you know how many school shooting there were in the 8 years Obama was President. I googled it and I quit counting because there were so many. Is that better? As far as going to the white house that is his right. I wouldn’t go either but I think his reasonings are fucked up and make no sense.
Steve: Because I would probably take a lot of heat for my actual thoughts and opinions, I am going to keep this as civil as possible. The main problem with this comment is not Donald Trump, it is the select African-Americans (not all) that want to make Trump’s whole adminstration about race. This has nothing to do with race, the United States hired not once but twice an African-American President of the United States, so don’t you DARE turn this into a race thing. It is not the President who is dividing the country, it is the American people who are making this into something that it is not. That being said, Trump is not doing a very good job as President, but it has nothing to do with race. So in politically correct terms, just shut the fuck up.
Dan: I won’t display my thoughts, but I have no problem with Kevin Durant speaking his mind on politics. That’s his right to express his opinion. Everybody has their opinion and everybody has to respect it. I won’t say whether I agree or disagree, because it’s not the place.
Chad: In these times it’s hard to comment on these In my opinion Durant is an adult in this country using his right of Free Speech to express an opinion and to me if Golden State doesn’t want to go to the White House they should not have to; whether you agree with the politics, you can’t fault for standing up and saying something about it.
Another sure fire Hall of famer is gonna get his number retired next year by the Boston Celtics in the name of Paul Pierce. Name your favorite memory of Pierce his 19 year career.
Todd: I would have to say it would be Game 1 of the 2008 NBA Finals against the Lakers where he went out of the game in the 3rd quarter with a knee injury and then came back in the the game later and closed out the game for the game for the Celtics.
Steve: After he left for the NBA from Kansas, I really did not pay too much attention. However, I do remember when he led the Celtics to the NBA Championship in 2008, not only bringing him a championship, but bring Boston back to relevance.
Dan: For me, personally, it’s when he was playing with Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo. That was fun basketball to watch. Ray Allen as well. They all had fun and it was a great team to watch. It was the beginning of what we know now as the NBA.
Chad: Game 7 of the 2008 ECF against Lebron and the Cavaliers, he and Lebron were in a classic duel with Lebron getting 45 but Pierce getting 41 and the victory to go on to the NBA Finals.
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