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    Anthony Davis also had concerns about how well run the organization is. Not that the Knicks and Lakers have shown strong signs in this area recently, but I think the difference is LeBron (and his team) is at the Lakers and most people not named James Dolan at the Knicks are thought of pretty well and capable of doing their jobs. Guess we'll see. I kind of think he's still gone.

    As for Zion. I'm very much we'll see with him. LeBron and Shaq are great. But who says he's not the next Greg Oden? Hope not for his sake.

    In somewhat related news, my mom continues to think the draft is rigged and doesn't want to hear "but the small market won" defense when that market is so publicly set to lose their superstar.

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    There have been so many #1 picks that ended nowhere. Oden, as you mention. Ralph Sampson.
    But you have no option because so many #2's have also gone nowhere.
    AD will have so many options that this only means N.O. becomes another one. I hope he choses well.
    Starry starry night

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    Ok. All the experts say that The Warriors are not better without Durant.
    But when your record without him is 27-1 (I think) it really starts to be difficult not to think that it is true. I am sure that many of those wins were on days when they rested him against lesser teams, but they are 3-0 without him in the playoffs.
    Ball don't lie. And numbers neither.
    Starry starry night

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    Rival Teams Wary Of Signing Kyrie Irving?

    May 18th 2019 at 12:59pm CST by Chris Crouse

    Multiple teams that were said to have interest in pursuing Kyrie Irving this summer are having second thoughts, Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald writes. Irving will undoubtedly land a max contract, though his list of suitors may not be as long as anticipated just months ago.

    The pause on Irving is a byproduct of how he ended his campaign with the Celtics. Two clubs are telling people around the league that they will only go after the point guard if another marquee free agent says he wants to play with Irving. Bulpett writes that the main target for each of these franchises is a different player and one of the teams had concerns that ownership would overrule the front office and dictate an Irving pursuit, though those concerns have been alleviated.

    The talk behind the scenes is all over the place. Bulpett heard months ago that a source within the Knicks‘ front office was convinced that Irving and Kevin Durant were coming to New York. However, the scribe hears from an NBA agent that Irving wants the Nets and Durant favors the Knicks, thus causing a dilemma in the duo teaming up. Someone within the Warriors‘ organization tells Bulpett that Irving and Durant definitely spoke about the possibility of joining forces and Bulpett hears from another source that the Brooklyn talk is just a smokescreen.

    The Celtics continue to hold out hope that Irving will re-sign with the team. It was reported earlier in the week that the front office believed that trading for Anthony Davis would make Irving warm up to the idea of returning. Irving has a Nike commercial in which he has his number retired in Boston and the organization hopes that becomes reality.

    Two summers ago when Irving demanded a trade from the Cavs, some front offices were told by his camp that he would not re-sign with them. Some executives got the feeling that Irving got exactly what he wanted with the trade to Boston.

    “We were told that the team he wanted to go to was getting ready to trade for him,” one general manager tells Bulpett. “And that team was Boston. So the Celtics were where he wanted to go. He got what he wanted. Now here we are two years later. Crazy.”
    "Even if you dance for your enemy on the rock, he will accuse you of splashing water on him." ~ African Proverb

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