Kyrie Irving is in for a rude awakening without LeBron
Kyrie Irving got his wish and is now “the man” in Boston, and it will be considerably harder now that Gordon Hayward is likely done for the year. Colin understands Kyrie’s reasoning for wanting to leave, but he thinks Irving is going to be in for a rude awakening after leaving LeBron.
Colin has said in the past that leaving great management or talent behind for any reason is a mistake, and in this case, there’s no question that Irving will never have another teammate close to as good as James to shoulder the burden. Also, the only time Irving has won in his career is with LeBron. He lost before James returned to Cleveland and was incapable of leading the Cavs to wins when LBJ would sit.
Maybe Irving will be happier with life in Boston, but his life on the court will never be harder now that he can’t lean on the King.
Ben Simmons will be a better NBA player than Lonzo Ball
Supremely hyped rookie Lonzo Ball makes his highly anticipated debut with the Lakers, tonight. Sixers’ rookie Ben Simmons made his NBA debut for Philly, last night, and finished with an impressive 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists in a loss to the Wizards.
Colin thinks the two rookies will be compared to each other throughout their careers, because they’re entering the league together and both are considered pass first, franchise changing picks. Today in The Herd, he compared the two, and concluded that Simmons will have the better career when it’s all said and done.
He thinks Lonzo will be a transcendent passer because of his incredible court vision, in the mold of a Jason Kidd, but he’s not a great athlete, is easily fatigued, and won’t change games with his scoring. At 6’10, Simmons is more of a Magic Johnson prototype. He’s longer, stronger, more versatile, a far better athlete, finishes better around the rim, and has a higher ceiling because of his superior physical ability.
Colin believes Lonzo will get more attention in L.A., and help lead the Lakers back to relevance, but Simmons will be the better NBA player of the two, barring injury.
Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Insider is in-studio talking Ben Simmons vs. Lonzo; why the Lakers have no shot to make the playoffs; and why Chris Paul’s style doesn’t fit in with the Rockets.
Greg Cosell – NFL Films Senior Producer joins the show to look at the film on New England’s defensive struggles; why Dallas has struggled in the run game; and why the Steelers were able to beat the Chiefs.
Jim Ross – Legendary wrestling announcer is in-studio to dicuss his life in wrestling; how he discovered The Rock; and his Mount Rushmore of wrestling greats.
Tony Gonzalez – FS1 NFL Analyst is in-studio discussing the Chiefs/Raiders rivalry and who mentored him as a young player.