LeBron James is not going to be a New York Knick next season. There, I said it. Everybody knows it — if his legacy is about winning titles you don’t move to a roster that takes you a step back from that goal.
But when did reality ever get in the way of some good speculation? That brings us to the New York Post and the worldwide leader…
ESPN NBA analyst Ric Bucher quoted a league source yesterday when he said that LeBron James might be more interested in coming to the Knicks if they have Hawks’ shooting guard Joe Johnson.
“If it’s LeBron James they want,” Bucher said, “a league source says the Hawks’ shooting guard is a very good place to start.”
Johnson is going to be one of the big gambles of the summer — he is a top player but if he gets a five-year deal teams could regret the last couple years of it (he turns 29 next season). Still, the Knicks are reported to be interested, as Johnson thrived before in Mike D’Antoni’s system.
But that is a long, long way from luring LeBron to come to New York. LeBron would have to take less money to come to the Big Apple ($30 million is still a lot of money to me), so they would have to offer a lot more than Joe Johnson to entice him. Sorry, I didn’t mean to keep interjecting reality into this daydream. I’ll stop now.
With so much focus in recent weeks being on NBA players speaking out on social issues, it’s worth remembering that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been one of the most vocal athletes in America on these things for decades. The Hall of Fame and all-time leading scorer in NBA history addressed the Democratic National Convention on Thursday evening, urging voters to vote for Hillary Clinton in November, and opened his remarks by introducing himself as Michael Jordan, because “Donald Trump couldn’t tell the difference.”
You can watch the video of his speech below:
In the weeks since Kevin Durant announced he was signing with the Golden State Warriors, we have yet to hear Russell Westbrook speak on his former teammate’s decision. This week, ESPN.com’s Royce Young indicated in a podcast interview that Durant was telling Westbrook and others in the days leading up to his decision that he was coming back to Oklahoma City. He later walked back his report, saying he misspoke. On Thursday, Durant himself told The Vertical‘s Shams Charania that he never said any such thing, or misled Westbrook or anyone else about his intentions.
“It’s false,” Durant told The Vertical on Thursday. “I didn’t say that – words about me telling Russell or Nick that I would stay or leave never came out of my mouth. We met as teammates, but no promises came out of it. In this day and age, I can’t control anything people claim out there. Someone can go out and say something random right now, and people will believe it.
“I never told Russell or Nick [Collison], ‘All right, guys, I’m coming back to the Thunder’ – and then a week later, I decide not to. Never happened. I don’t operate like that. I heard people say that story, but it’s not the truth.”
So that settles that.
CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls have signed guard Spencer Dinwiddie.
The Bulls acquired Dinwiddie in a trade with Detroit last month and waived him three weeks ago. He spent two years with the Pistons and appeared in 12 games last season, averaging 4.8 points and 13.3 minutes.
The Bulls announced the move Thursday.