Kevin Durant might have joined the Golden State Warriors with a degree of “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” behind his decision, but LeBron James doesn’t have any problem with it — even it costs him a shot at a fourth ring this year. In fact, he said if he were an NBA owner — which he aspires to be someday — he would try to acquire all the talent he could, no matter if the league’s competitive balance would be thrown off.
“Is it fair? I don’t care,” James said Thursday, the day after the Cleveland Cavaliers fell behind 3-0 in the Finals to Durant and the Warriors. “I mean, I think it’s great. It’s great for our league. Right now, look at our TV ratings, look at the money our league is pouring in. I mean, guys are loving the game, our fans love the game.
James ushered in a new era of super teams in the NBA in the summer of 2010 when he left Cleveland to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh with the Miami Heat. It was viewed as an unprecedented collaboration among superstars to line up their free agency years in advance to eventually join forces. The Heat went to four straight Finals and won two championships, including one over Durant and his former team in the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN
Report: Warriors List Andre Iguodala Doubtful for Game 4
The Golden State Warriors have listed Andre Iguodala as doubtful for Tuesday’s Game 4 against the Houston Rockets.
Iguodala sustained a left leg contusion when he banged knees with James Harden in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Sunday night.
A Warriors source said the bruise got worse overnight, so Iguodala was held out of practice on Monday. The bruise is slightly below the knee.
Iguodala had an X-ray on Monday and it came back clean, but the team still listed him as doubtful Monday evening.
Source: Ramona Shelburne of ESPN
LeBron James Passes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for All-Time Playoff FG Record
LeBron James’ two game-winning buzzer-beaters these playoffs might be more memorable, but his jump shot midway through the second quarter of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals on Monday was the most historic.
The 22-foot jumper off a JR Smith feed was the 2,357th made field goal of James’ postseason career, passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the all-time lead in that category.
“To know where I come from, small city 35 miles south of here, and to hear I’m in the same category or talked about and jumping these greats in the playoffs — it’s pretty cool,” James said. “You hear the scoring, the field goals made, and for a kid that really doesn’t care much about scoring.”
Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN
Sources: Knicks Interested in Drafting Trae Young
Earlier this week, Trae Young’s father, Ray, told the New York Daily News that New York is a desirable destination for his son because of the spotlight its big market creates. “That’s what Trae lives for,” Ray said of his son, who interviewed with New York on Friday. Multiple league sources told me that the Knicks have the hots for the Oklahoma point guard, so the interest is mutual.
Source: Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer