Isiah Thomas would like to tell you his thoughts on LeBron. Tell us, Isiah!

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Whichever team loses out on this summer’s free agency will be devastated. Their franchise will be in ruins, and it may take years to recover, to attain the same level of success they held before Thursday morning at 12AM.

And you know what? It will still pale in comparison to the abject destruction left in Isiah Thomas’ wake during his tenure with the New York Knicks.

So of course, the natural thing to do is allow Thomas one more chance to hurt the franchise, simply be… endorsing the franchise! Take it away, AP!

“Go to New York,” Thomas advised. “It’s the biggest stage.”

Thomas,
who led the Detroit Pistons to two NBA titles and is in the Hall of
Fame, said James’ presence in New York would be good for the game: “I
think that the interest in him in New York and in the league and
everything else would just take the NBA to a higher level.”

So just so we can be clear on this: The man that wound up acquiring Stephon Marbury, Zach Randolph (the bad kind), Eddy Curry, traded away draft picks for terrible players, handed out what can be considered the worst contracts in modern history, that guy would like to give advice on the most important free agency decision in modern history.

Thanks, Isiah.

What’s most stunning about Thomas providing perspective on this is that the Knicks only last week finally got out from the crushing weight of Thomas’ screw ups. The Knicks’ top ten pick being owned by the Jazz (by way of the Suns) was the final direct consequence of the Thomas reign. Sure, they’ve got to swap picks with Houston for the next decade and that Eddy Curry contract sits there taunting Donnie Walsh like the overweight cousin that keeps the family from getting to go to Six Flags, but for the most part, the recovery process has begun.

But Isiah’s always there to drive the dagger just a bit deeper. And why shouldn’t he? If the Knicks are going to suffer an indignity, Isiah really should be involved. He owns that legacy, after all.

Warriors pose for photos with Jahlil Okafor’s dad’s ‘FREE JAH’ shirt

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Jahlil Okafor‘s father has not been shy about speaking out on his son’s behalf. NBA players are advocating for the 76ers to grant Okafor, who’s out of the rotation and on an expiring contract, his desired trade or buyout.

When both join forces…

Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Stephen Curry appear to really enjoy Chukwudi Okafor’s shirt. That doesn’t mean they’re necessarily calling on Philadelphia to do anything. But they hadn’t to know how it’d be perceived.

It’s easy to predict free agents will avoid the 76ers as a result of the Okafor situation, but few anticipate getting stuck similarly. Players overwhelmingly value money, winning, role and location. If Golden State’s stars are applying any external pressure, it shouldn’t really move Philadelphia more than anything that has already been said and done.

A couple of Lonzo Ball’s triple-double assists look dubious (video)

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Lonzo Ball draws outsized attention because his father, LaVar Ball, lures onlookers and because the rookie plays for the high-profile Los Angeles Lakers.

So, when Lonzo gets a triple-double – like his 11-points, 16-rebound, 11-assists game against the Nuggets yesterday – it draws scrutiny.

Mo Dakhil of The Jump Ball:

The NBA defines an assist as a “pass that directly leads to a basket. … An assist can be awarded for a basket scored after the ball has been dribbled if the player’s pass led to the field goal being made.”

I wouldn’t describe either of those passing as leading directly to a basket. Ball’s teammates each hold the ball for a moment after receiving the pass then take two dribbles against set defenses.

But assists are subjective, and the Lakers aren’t alone in offering a home-court scorekeeping advantage.

Kyle Neubeck of Philly Voice

So, criticize/laugh at the Lakers. But your favorite team probably manipulates assists in its favor, too.

Robin Lopez and T.J. Warren exchange contact, heated words (video)

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Robin Lopez whacked T.J. Warren in the head while chasing an offensive rebound. Warren didn’t like that, so he ran to the opposite end of the court and shoved Lopez to the floor. A heated confrontation ensued, though it didn’t escalate beyond yelling.

Warren received a flagrant foul, and Lopez was hit with a technical in the Suns’ 113-105 win over the Bulls.

Lakers blow 5-on-1 fastbreak (video)

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Corey Brewer is better at finishing fastbreaks than leading them.

Nice defense by Emmanuel Mudiay, too.

But at least the Lakers won.