The Celtics should draft Lonzo Ball
While all the discussion over the last two games of the Eastern Conference Finals has focused on the Cavs and LeBron James, Colin has come away with a different opinion about the Celtics in the two games since Isaiah Thomas exited the series with a hip injury.
He doesn’t think that Boston is better, right now, without Thomas, but it’s clear that having the ball dominant guard on the sidelines has allowed them to play a style focused on ball movement and floor spacing, rather than volume shooting by a score-first point guard.
It’s also clear that the Celtics match up better with the Cavs defensively because they don’t have to constantly camouflage Thomas’ deficiencies.
He thinks Boston would be better served by moving on from Thomas, and drafting the pass-first Lonzo Ball with the #1 overall pick to elevate the roster.
If they can acquire two more scorers, starting with Gordon Hayward in free agency, they can seriously compete for the Eastern Conference. With Ball distributing in the flow of an offense designed by Brad Stevens, the Celtics would have enough fire power to match the aging Cavs in the coming years.
Boston could also use the Thomas money to re-sign Avery Bradley who will be considerably better than Markelle Fultz for at least the next 2-3 years.
The other option is extend Thomas, draft Markelle Fultz with the #1 pick and wait for LeBron to deteriorate before making a title push. That’s a losing philosophy. The Celtics aren’t a losing franchise.
“If I’m Boston, Lonzo Ball is really attractive.”
The NFL’s incentive based contracts beg players to lie about concussions
Gisele Bundchen recently made news when she disclosed in an interview that Tom Brady had suffered concussions which were never reported. Her disclosure has focused a spotlight on a player culture where concussions aren’t always reported. In Brady’s case, if he did suffer concussions, may have not wanted to miss time on the field, but for most players, missing games means missing out on money.
Brady’s teammate, Rob Gronkowski just agreed to a restructured contract that could potentially make him the highest paid tight end in the league. Like most NFL contracts, Gronk’s deal has escalators if he plays in a certain number of team games. It’s likely Gronk will tape his leg onto his body before he misses a game this year, to reach the contract thresholds.
Colin thinks incentive based NFL contracts like Gronk’s encourage to players not to report injuries and concussions, and runs counter to the NFL’s public mission of making the game safer. The only way to avoid this problem is to guarantee contracts. Guarantee contracts will cost the NFL revenue, but if they really care about player safety, they’ll have to put their money where their mouth is.
“You’re begging players to lie about concussions.”
Charles Oakley – Former Knicks and Bulls Forward is in-studio discussing the new Big 3 League; the MSG incident; his take on the MJ/LeBron debate; why it’s important to have enforcers; his relationship with Barkley; how he would gameplan against the Warriors; and Michael Jordan’s celebrity golf tournament beef with Wayne Gretzky.
Cris Carter – FS1 Host and NFL Hall of Famer is in-studio to discuss the NFL relaxing on celebrations; why incentive based contracts incentivize players to lie about concussions; and
Allen Iverson – NBA Hall of Famer is in-studio to talk about playing in the Big 3 league; his thoughts on the NBA playoffs; what he’s up to nowadays; his reaction to getting his first NBA check; and which players he would pay to watch.
Jason McIntyre – Founder of The Big Lead and co-host of Speak for Yourself is in-studio to explain why he thinks the Warriors will sweep the Cavs; why the Warriors are hungrier than the Cavs; and how a Finals loss will permanently affect LeBron’s legacy.