Kyrie’s into credit more than winning
With LeBron out of the East, the Celtics have the inside track to dominate the conference for the foreseeable future, but recent reports say Kyrie Irving may be mulling over the possibility of leaving Boston when he hits free agency to join the Knicks.
Colin has always supported player mobility and thinks Kyrie is an incredible talent, but he thought Irving forcing his way out of Cleveland, away from LeBron, was a mistake. LeBron helped transform Kyrie’s reputation from that of an oft-injured scorer on a losing team to a top-tier star on a champion. Now Kyrie has the best coach in the NBA and a team that is set up to dominate the East, but he would reportedly trade more potential championships for the commercial stardom of playing in New York.
Colin thinks Irving splitting from a second title contending team to move to the worst run organization in sports confirms he’s a flake that’s more concerned with credit than winning.
LaVar Ball knows LeBron makes Lonzo look small
After a lengthy hiatus from making outlandish statements, LaVar Ball has fired off a number of outlandish soundbites in recent days, including saying the Lakers will beat the loaded Warriors, and calling Rajon Rondo the “little backup.” It was also reported that the Ball camp leaked a rumor thaat Lonzo is injured in order to make him less desirable in potential trade talks.
Last year, LaVar’s antics were tolerated because Lonzo brought star power and made the Lakers interesting for the first time since Kobe retired. Now LeBron is in town, Lonzo is an afterthought, and LaVar’s comments seem beneath what is expected of a James team. If LaVar keeps up the amateurish sideshow, it’s only a matter of time before the Lakers intervene or just cut their ties with Lonzo altogether to rid themselves of the distraction. LaVar knows LeBron makes Lonzo look small, but he needs to get in line, or else.
– The West is more vulnerable than everyone thinks
– Jason Garrett’s seat isn’t as hot as reports indicate
Matt Barnes – 14-year NBA veteran and world champ is in-studio discussing the noise around Lonzo; and if Kyrie leaving Boston would be a good look.
Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Insider is in-studio explaining why the Lakers biggest competition for Kawhi could be the Clippers.
Doug Gottlieb – Host of The Doug Gottlieb Show is in-studio with his take on the all-time Laker list; and why he isn’t buying the Kyrie/Knicks rumors.
Norm Nixon, Jr. – The son of former Laker point guard Norm Nixon is in-studio because, well, he was accidentally booked because our talent booker thought he was his dad. Whoops.