Jordan fans rushing to bash LeBron after Game 3 is the ultimate compliment
LeBron James put up an awful 11-point performance in last night’s Game 3, Eastern conference Finals loss to the shorthanded Celtics, and his haters were quick to run to social media to scream from the Twitter mountaintops that Michael Jordan would never have had a similar game in the playoffs. Jordan actually did have bad playoff games, contrary to the laundered history being sold 20 years later.
Colin thinks that the fan reflex of instantly comparing James to Jordan, even negatively, isn’t a slam, it’s the ultimate sign of respect. Even those that hate him can only compare him to the greatest basketball player of all-time. That never happened to Kobe or Duncan.
What was LeBron’s issue last night? Who knows. In 20 years, no one will remember it, especially if the Cavs can mange to beat the Warriors to win their second straight title.
The ultimate compliment is that you now, as fans, are acknowledging there is only one challenger to the greatest basketball player of all-time.”
The Celtics shouldn’t pay Isaiah Thomas max money
Boston point guard Isaiah Thomas is done for the playoffs after suffering a hip injury, and last night, in Game 3 without him, the Celtics played their best game of the Eastern Conference Finals.
Colin doesn’t think the Celtics are a better team, right now, without him, but it’s been proven time and time again that small, ball-centric, point guards don’t win big in the playoffs. In Thomas’ case, he’s a score first point guard, who dribbles a ton, and is consistently exposed as defensive liability in the playoffs. Thomas’ story is worthy of a Hollywood movie script, but he’s not worth a max contract.
According to Celtics insider Jackie MacMullen, Danny Ainge was willing to deal Thomas last year for a lottery pick. If Thomas could win titles, Ainge wouldn’t even consider the move. That speaks volumes.
If Boston wants to keep hometown favorite Thomas, they will have to pay him max money a year from now. In today’s NBA, it’s not worth it. Option B is let him go, and end a five-year rebuild and start from scratch.
“Last night, the Celtics were better without Isaiah Thomas.”
Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Insider is in-studio to discuss LeBron’s Game 3 no-show; if the Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas could be dealt; and why last night will ultimately be good for the Cavs.
Cedric Ceballos – NBA Slam Dunk Champion and 11-year NBA veteran is in-studio to discuss LeBron’s Game 3 letdown; why he thinks LeBron will bounce back in Game 4; and why the Celtics should trade Isaiah Thomas and draft Lonzo Ball.
Rob Parker – FS1 Analyst is in-studio to discuss LeBron’s let down; why LeBron shrinking was embarrassing; why it’s a bad look for Kevin Durant to dismiss blowouts are bad for the NBA; and why NBA retraction would be good for the league.