"Swap LeBron and Westbrook, Thunder Don't Make Playoffs"
He clearly is a different player at age 32 than he was at age 23, and doesn't have that same motor he did before when he carried awful teams all the way to the NBA Finals. He could certainly do it in his prime, but how about now?
LeBron James is a player who divides opinion like none other, but if you really think he would look at Andre Roberson and Enes Kanter and decide he wanted to prove he could still put guys like them on his back en route to a dramatic Finals run, you are sadly mistaken.
At age 32, LeBron is not ready to endure the type of wear and tear that comes from a heavy workload and dependence. He could not do what Russell Westbrook did this season, this regular season, because he doesn't want to. That's a part of the game.
Jason Smith explains in the audio below from Friday night why if you swapped LeBron and Westbrook, the Thunder don't make the playoffs. Listen here.
Warriors "System" Gets Praise, but the Spurs Do It Better
"The Spurs system makes the Warriors system look like a bunch of kids playing dungeons and dragons."
When you think about the injury to Tony Parker, and the reaction it got in the media, you would think the Spurs lost their perennial NBA MVP or something. Fans were quick to say "this series is DONE" and other demonstrative and exaggerated statements, failing to realize who and what they were talking about.
By sliding Patty Mills into the point guard role, seamlessly including Simmons in the rotation, and changing the way they play the game, the Spurs are leading the series 3-2 with a chance to close it out tonight.
So, what do they do differently?
Jason Smith explains how the system the Spurs have in place is far superior to the system the Warriors get accolades and credit for 24/7... listen right here: