Welcome to another edition of NBA RoundTable. This week we will discuss Paul George, Russell Westbrook triple doubles that, and so much more on this edition of NBA RoundTable.
Here we go:
Paul George has stated in te past that it would be nice to go back to play for his home town Lakers. Then he comes out this past week and says if he and OKC has a good thing going there it would be stupid for him to leave and go elsewhere. Where do you think he will end up next year?
Todd: There is no way he goes to the Lakers by himself. No one player can save the Lakers. I think he will end up staying with Russ in OKC. It just makes more sence and they will be more competitive in the near future.
Steve: If there is one thing I know about Paul George is that he flip flops more than a politician. I think he will want to go to the Lakers, but will realize that the Lakers are a sinking ship and really have no chance to do much for the next several years. I think he will stay in Oklahoma City, as that will be his best chance at a championship. A second season with RW and Melo could make the Thunder an even more dangerous than they could be even this year.
Chad: I think he stays in OKC because I don’t think he wants any of the Ball family drama that is associated with the Lakers.
Russell Westbrook averaged a triple double thru the month of December. He just posted his 13th triple double of the season on Thusday against the Clippers. Westbrook is averaging 24.7 Points, 9.5 rebounds, 10.1 assists per game. Is it possible or do you think he can make NBA history and average a triple double for a second consecutive year?
Todd: Of course he will. He is Russell Westbrooke a triple double machine. He doesn’t have to get 42 triple doubles to average a triple double.
Steve: Possible? I think its probable that he will have a second straight season with a triple double. I don’t really have much to say on this other than he is giving the name beast mode a real definition.
Chad: I don’t think he will get it as he has supporting teammates in George and ANthony that can take over when needed.
The Boston Celtics were supposed to play a tribute video for Isaiah Thomas on January 3rd for his first return to Boston since the trade. On Thomas’s request they didn’t play it. They rescheduled it for February 11th which is the same night that Boston is retiring Paul Pierce’s Jersey. Paul Pierce is a little salty about it and doesn’t want the video to play. Does Pierce have a point?
Todd: Well considering the great career that Paul Pierce had he deserves his own night. Thomas has been in the league for 2 seconds. I don’t think he deserves shit.
Steve: Okay I will admit as a massive Kansas fan, I am partial to Paul Pierce. However, he has a little bit of a gripe here as this is supposed to be his return to the Celtics and his moment. While sure it is a little selfish on his part, he just needs to be the bigger man (and he is because Thomas is a midget), and just let it go. I think if Thomas did not want his video shown, that is on him, but the Celtics should not have rescheduled it if Thomas didn’t want it played.
Chad: I feel like Pierce is entitled to have his own night; I mean when a jersey is retired it is supposed to be your night and wih all due respect to Thomas he has not had the impact in Boston, Pierce has.
Kristaps Porzingis made this comment after a game against the Washington Wizards “I’m tired, I’m tired, I’m so tired right now. I have one day to rest my legs and get back and play better and have more energy and try to bring the teams energy up.We’re in a tough stretch now. The mental part doesn’t help at all. When it’s mentally tough, you dont’ have it in you”. What are your thoughts on what Porzingis said?
Todd: Tired? Really? This dude don’t know the meaning of the word tired. Send him to Iraq for 365 days. He will get no sleep get paid next to nothing and then he can tel me he is tired. On top of that you have to worry about going to sleep and not waking up the next morning, so when you do get to sleep you really don’t sleep well. That is what me and thousand of other soldiers have done or are currently doing. So Porzingis put your big boy pants on and suck that shit up and drive on because you make too much money to copmplain about anything.
Steve: Oh my goodness, I swear to the good lord above that if I hear one more player who makes millions of dollars complain that they don’t feel good, or is too tired, or breaks a nail and cannot play. I am going to stop watching competitive sports all together. I have said this before. I work my ass off for pennies on the dollar compared to these athletes. I work 300 plus days a year, these guys work 81 days a year, and only for a couple of hours a night. I work five, maybe six straight days in a row and I’m not complaining on being tired. Jesus, just stop, seriously.
Chad: I don’t like the way he said it but at the same time I think he is understanding the grind of the NBA season and how it can wear on someone.
Isaiah Thomas made his long a waited debut for the Cavaliers against the portland Trailblazers where he scored 17 points in 19 minutes. What were your thoughts of his first action since last year?
Todd: He was alright.
Steve: I have to admit, I am impressed. I thought he would struggle a bit. I do think the Cavs made the right move having him come off the bench. Thomas is easily the best midget to ever lace up the high tops in the NBA.
Chad: Not bad for a 1st game; still probably some things to work out and still need to up the minutes to help with the team chemistry.
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