NBA superstars gathered on Saturday in Rhode Island to celebrate Dallas Mavericks’ Harrison Barnes tying the knot. But that was not the only highlight that evening.Before we delve into what happened at the event, recall days after the NBA Finals, LeBron James posted an Instagram video of himself doing some interesting moves during a workout. Whatever his intention was, people found it amusing and Saturday was no exception. Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry cheap jerseys China decided to poke fun at James’ dance moves with his own variation of the dance. A video posted by retired NBA player Brendan Haywood on Instagram shows Curry mimicking the dance with James’ teammate Kyrie Irving joining in on the fun with a message saying, “shots fired,” and the hashtag “kingwontlikethis.” Not sure if this clears things up from all the rumors circulating about the current state of James’ and Irving’s relationship, but this could be an indicator of it. Irving has asked to be traded but the Cleveland Cavaliers have not said if they would grant his request.
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Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has taken issue with the voting for this year’s NBA MVP award, given to Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook over Rockets guard James Harden, citing inconsistencies in the criteria that sportswriters use to decide the vote.“We thought James was the MVP, but there were a bunch of very good, deserving candidates,” he said in an interview with Ben Golliver of SI.com. “I didn’t like how a different MVP criteria was used this year, compared to the last 55 years, to fit more of a marketing slogan. People thought a different criteria for selecting the MVP this year was the way to go.” Morey added: “I don’t know if this is a good process. The ones that are decided by players or executives or media, they all have their strengths and weaknesses. I honestly don’t think there’s a good process. You could argue for eliminating the awards altogether. I don’t really see a good way to do it that doesn’t have major issues. I like clean answers. If there’s not going to be a set criteria and there’s going to be issues with how it’s structured, for me it might be better to not have it.” To be fair to Morey, his argument seems to be centered on the idea that winning cheap jerseys was important criteria for voters in the past but was dismissed this year. Harden, for instance, led the Rockets to 55 wins, while fellow finalist Kawhi Leonard helped the Spurs accumulate 61 victories. Westbrook’s Thunder, on the other hand, put up 47 wins. Morey suggested that players like Harden or his new teammate, Chris Paul, may have a tough time gaining consideration in the future as well. “Given that the criteria seems to be shifting away from winning, I would guess that [adding Paul] probably doesn’t help anyone’s chances on our team. That said, I don’t think anybody really cares [going forward],” Morey said. “James definitely cared and I think we all cared [about the 2017 MVP]. But we’ve moved on since the award isn’t focused on winning anymore. Let’s just win and not worry about it.” Westbrook presented a compelling case to MVP voters, of course, becoming the first player to average a triple-double for a season since Oscar Robertson in the 1961-62 campaign. But Morey has hinted that he feels some of those stats may have held little value. It’s an interesting debate, especially since everybody seems to have a different concept of what value represents. The general compromise seems to be voting for the player who had the greatest impact on a good team, a subjective concept itself, while others believe that the league’s best player—aka LeBron James—is always the league’s most valuable player. That makes the MVP debate vibrant each year, though it also means there will likely never be a definitive set of criteria for determining the winner, to the chagrin of Morey.
It’s been a whirlwind of a summer, but there’s a late submission for the craziest move of the offseason: Kyrie Irving’s trade demand.The Cavaliers star has reportedly asked team brass to move him, stunning everyone from his teammates to outside observers. The relationship between Irving and the Cavs has grown so toxic that the team reportedly can’t even get him on the phone. With one of the NBA’s biggest stars on the trading block, there’s been no shortage of suitors. What team can’t use a superstar point guard in his prime? With that in mind, The Crossover asked its writers: Which team should trade for Kyrie? While most teams have already made their “big move” this summer, there’s plenty of teams with assets and point-guard needs to make a deal. Let’s take a look at five of the most plausible scenarios. The Earth, no matter cheap jerseys what shape it might be, will collapse in on itself if this completely insane but also completely perfect trade happens. The Celtics do this because Irving is younger than Thomas, because he’s more famous than Thomas, because he’s bigger than Thomas, because his offensive ceiling as The Man in a Brad Stevens system is higher than Thomas, and because he’s under contract for a year longer than Thomas. Danny Ainge would have an answer to skeptics suggesting he is too conservative in trade talks, he would sell high on Thomas and pass any potential injury issues to Cleveland, he would buy himself another year before needing to shell out true max money to his point guard, and he would theoretically ease the transition to his next generation core by preparing to build around Irving, Gordon Hayward, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and company. The Cavaliers do this because they need to maximize their short-term return to chase the 2018 title and appease LeBron James, Thomas is the only All-NBA level point guard who is marginally available, Crowder is a playoff-tested wing defender who could give quality minutes in a Finals match-up against Golden State, and the first-round pick is a chip to soften the blow if James and/or Thomas leave next summer. First-time GM Koby Altman could salvage Cleveland’s rocky summer by selling this deal as his organization’s best shot to keep up with Golden State, by giving James the creative and dependable secondary playmaker who he desperately needs if Irving exits, and by adding a hard-nosed veteran stopper to an aging bench that provided little during the 2017 Finals. The real winners, however, would be the thousands of Twitter uses who spent last season debating whether Irving or Thomas was better as this trade would immediately pay off with a series of must-see head-to-head match-ups and a possible Eastern Conference finals showdown. Thomas is entering a contract year with a shot at his first big payday. Irving is clearly thirsting for his own stage. Let’s make this happen and marvel at the insanity that will inevitably unfold. Or, Ainge can sit tight and play killjoy yet again. — Ben Golliver
CLEVELAND, Ohio — What was the Cleveland Cavaliers’ record when LeBron James and Kevin Love played together — and Kyrie Irving sat?I didn’t know the answer when that question first occurred to me. It’s 25-10. Even more significant, it’s 24-7 in the last two seasons. Irving was out for the first 10 weeks of the 2015-16 season, recovering from a fractured kneecap. The Cavs were 20-7 in those games. Mo Williams filled in at point guard. The record when James sat while Irving and Love played? It’s 3-13. This is not meant to simply trash Irving. He is an incredible scorer. He apparently doesn’t see it this way, but Irving is an incredible player when on the court with James. And Love is very, very good. Lost in all the debate and angst about Irving’s trade request is Love’s value. The 6-foot-10 power forward struggles against Golden State. The quick pace is a challenge for him. Here are Love’s stats for the five-game 2017 NBA Finals: 16 points per game, 11.2 rebounds, .388 from the field, .387 on 3-pointers. So let’s not pretend he was the second coming of Melvin Turpin or Ben Poquette in those games. In the regular season and against Eastern Conference playoff opponents, Love cheap jerseys nba is an All-Star. When Irving is out and he’s the second scoring option after James, Love tends to thrive. The 6-foot-10 Love averaged 19 points and 11.1 rebounds in the regular season. He made the All-Star team. Furthermore, he has shown a willingness to sacrifice and fit in with the Cavs. For all the talk about how Irving can’t fully bloom with the Cavs, he averaged 25 points a game. He led the team in shots. Coach Tyronn Lue labeled Irving “an attack guard” and basically allowed him to shoot anytime from anywhere. Love has had to adapt. He has done just that, to the best of his ability. That’s one reason fans should not despair when Irving is traded … and I expect that to happen. A Cavs team starting with James and Love remains the best in the Eastern Conference. THE JAMES RUMORS When in doubt, blame LeBron James. That seems to be what the Kyrie Irving camp is doing. Before ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith came out with the comments about Irving’s people blaming James for word of his trade request becoming public, I also heard that in NBA circles. A. I don’t think it’s true. B. No matter who leaked it, the fact is Irving and his agent met with Dan Gilbert. They made their trade demand, and gave the Cavs owner a list of four teams as preferred destinations. C. In other words, Irving wants out despite taking three trips to the Finals and leading the team in shots attempted per game. D. I heard James was upset by Irving’s request. I don’t blame him. It seems about 90 percent of the NBA wants to play with James because it’s a ticket the NBA Finals. That 90 percent knows how hard it is to reach the championship round. E. The other 10 percent are members of the Golden State Warriors and a few guys who don’t want the challenge and the pressure that comes with playing with James for an NBA title. F. For more than a week, Irving and his people have had chances to issue statements, denials … something. Instead, there has been nothing other than Irving mocking James in a video featuring the song “Coming Home.” That’s probably part of the strategy to be traded.
Stephen Curry had quite the weekend. He was caught cheap jerseys authentic on film apparently mocking LeBron James’ summer workout videos during Harrison Barnes’ wedding, then he popped up in an unexpected place late Saturday night.Apparently, Curry and Kent Bazemore crashed a random house party in Newport, Rhode Island after the wedding. TMZ reports that the Golden State Warriors star and five friends (including Bazemore) randomly rolled up to a house that was playing loud music. They knocked on the door and asked if they could join the party, which was populated by a bunch of 20-somethings. Curry was apparently chugging Bud Light and stuck around for around 45 minutes. It doesn’t look like he’s very good at it though, check out the spillage on his t-shirt: Curry is clearly enjoying his summer after winning a second NBA title in three years.