Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers reportedly aren’t on speaking terms right now, according to the Athletic.
That sentiment was echoed by ESPN Thursday morning.
Warriors forward Draymond Green is never without a comeback, and he came right back at Lillard after comments he saw as maybe a bit misguided.
If the Rockets, who finished third in the West last year and added Chris Paul, aren’t yet considered contenders for the Western Conference title (and still wouldn’t be even if they added Anthony), why would the Blazers, who were an eighth seed in the West, be considered a contender with the addition of Anthony?
And while Lillard may have complained in the aftermath that he was misquoted in the tease by Bleacher Report, he probably should pump the brakes a touch because it’s going to take far more than Carmelo Anthony to make the Blazers contenders.
The championship run has its roots in forgiveness, and it started with the prodigal-son player forgiving the hair-trigger owner, for getting into his feelings, letting his petty fly and raising the bar for all time on sour grapes. For a knee-jerk reaction that made a city of jersey-burners seem measured and reasonable.
It only took three years for everything to return to normal in Believeland, though, that being a buffoonish owner doing buffoonish-owner things. And as carefully as he worded his reaction to Gilbert running off general manager David Griffin, at this time and place and after this run … LeBron James knows it.
He trusted the wrong guy. He told himself Dan Gilbert being Dan Gilbert wasn’t going be that bad, and now he knows that that’s always going to be bad, even when things are good.
James was the frog, and Gilbert was—and is—the scorpion.
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