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Tristan Thompson Gets Hyped While Explaining Why LeBron James Is the Best Player in the NBA - Cavaliers Nation
LeBron James put on a show in his first game inside the NBA's bubble on Thursday night. Former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Tristan Thompson used that performance to defend his belief that James is still the best player in the world.
LeBron James put on a show in his first game inside the NBA’s bubble on Thursday night. While he struggled to find his shot for much of the game between his Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers, he sealed up the victory in the with clutch plays on both ends of the court late in the game. Former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Tristan Thompson used that performance to defend his belief that James is still the best player in the league. “LeBron Raymone James Sr. is definitely the best player in the NBA, hands down,” he said as he thumped his chest. “Loud and proud. Yes, [Marcellus] Wiley, I’m saying it. I’m saying it and everyone knows it. Everyone that watches basketball knows it.” Thompson then broke down how Thursday’s matchup between the Lakers and Clippers perfectly encapsulated James’ greatness. “We all know LeBron didn’t shoot it great last night,” he said. “He shot 31 percent from the field, but he dominated many aspects. One thing a man told me growing up, ‘Fast horses don’t ride long.’ So with LeBron, first three quarters he wasn’t making shots that he usually makes, defensively he might have missed a couple of his rotations, but fourth quarter when the ball and the game is on the line, that man took that ball and made a play. You see the eyes, eyes of a champion.” For Cavs fans, it’s pretty fantastic to see Thompson defend James with such fervor. The two played together for four seasons in Cleveland. During that time, they helped lead the Cavs to four NBA Finals appearances and one NBA title. James ended his second tenure with the Cavs when he signed with the Lakers as a free agent in 2018. It will be interesting to see if Thompson chooses to follow a similar path. Thompson will become a free agent this offseason and could decide to sign with a different squad. If he does, it will mark the end of a wonderful era. Thompson has played his entire career in Cleveland since being drafted No. 4 overall in the 2011 NBA Draft.
Former Cavs Guard Hints That His NBA Comeback Is on Horizon - Cavaliers Nation
Former Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert recently hinted at an NBA comeback on social media. Shumpert, 30, played for the Brooklyn Nets earlier this season.
Former Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert recently hinted at an NBA comeback on social media. Its coming, we wont be in a bubble forever. https://t.co/93i2ux5IJI — Iman. (@imanshumpert) July 9, 2020 Shumpert, 30, played for the Brooklyn Nets earlier this season. However, the Nets waived the veteran in December. He put up just 4.2 points and 2.6 rebounds per game this season. Although the Nets are included in the NBA’s 22-team restart, they will be without several key players. Nets stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are out due to injuries, while Spencer Dinwiddie, DeAndre Jordan and Taurean Prince are out because of concerns related to the novel coronavirus. As a result of the absences, the Nets picked up free agents Jamal Crawford and Michael Beasley on Wednesday. It’s unclear if Shumpert will have a chance to land on a team in the bubble, though it is becoming increasingly unlikely with each passing day. Still, the 2016 champion has significant playoff experience, as he went to three NBA Finals with the Cavs. The journeyman has career averages of 7.2 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.
Kevin Love Reveals That LeBron James Was ‘Very, Very Demanding’ of Cavs - Cavaliers Nation
Over the last several weeks, the ESPN documentary “The Last Dance” has given NBA fans a glimpse into the harsh and demanding style of leadership that Michael Jordan exuded over the Chicago Bulls.
Over the last several weeks, the ESPN documentary The Last Dance has given NBA fans a glimpse into the harsh and demanding style of leadership that Michael Jordan exuded over the Chicago Bulls. The Cleveland CavaliersKevin Love told Ernie Johnson of NBA on TNT that LeBron James was much the same way during his time with the Wine and Gold. Watch @TurnerSportsEJ and 2015-16 NBA Champion @kevinlove NOW on #NBATogether with Ernie Johnson. https://t.co/NsODS935PS — NBA (@NBA) May 20, 2020 “He’s demanding in all the right ways and for right reasons,” Love said of James. “He has that strive for [greatness] saying that he always lives by, and he really won’t accept anything else. I think Jordan was…they’re different in their own right. I think Kobe [Bryant] was the same in trying to get the best out of their guys. I think Bron was absolutely very, very demanding but always was looking out for his guys. Always wanted to build you up. Always wanted to set you up for success. “Just being who he is and our team being who we were, trying to advance to the Finals and having high expectations, with that there was a lot of things that go into that. … I think Bron was super demanding, was somebody that, if you weren’t playing hard or you weren’t giving the game what you should have, then he was going to get on you. In most cases, it was rightfully so. Just trying to get the best out of everybody. And I think you see that. But I’ve never been around somebody that is so much about camaraderie.” This type of demanding nature seems to be a constant of all the greats. Even in other industries, its been documented that people like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs also had a fire-and-brimstone style of leadership. Even the critics of this style of management have to admit that, at least for James and the Cavs, it worked. They reached the NBA Finals in each season of the superstars second stint there and won it all in 2016. Perhaps the best way to exude this type of leadership is to balance it out with love and treating teammates very well, as Love alluded to. Its something James has become known for, especially this season, as he has publicly praised his Los Angeles Lakers teammates, especially Anthony Davis.
Former Cavs Big Man Says LeBron James, Not Michael Jordan, Should Be No. 1 in ESPN Player Rankings - Cavaliers Nation
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James was named the second greatest player in NBA history in ESPN’s all-time NBA rankings, finishing behind Michael Jordan. While most people agree that Jordan is the greatest player in NBA history, former Cleveland Cavalier …
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James was named the second greatest player in NBA history in ESPNs all-time NBA rankings, finishing behind Michael Jordan.While most people agree that Jordan is the greatest player in NBA history, former Cleveland Cavalier Kendrick Perkins said James should have been named the greatest player instead of Jordan.If you look at the body of work that LeBron James put over, not only through his NBA career but since in high school, I havent seen a guy that played at that level in my lifetime, Perkins said. And when you talk about LeBron James, a guy who career average is 27 points, seven-and-a-half rebounds, seven-and-a-half assists and he’s shooting 50 percent from the field for a career. And, when you look at LeBron James and you talk about what hes done in his NBA career, yes hes won three NBA championships, four-time MVP, three-time Finals MVP, but guess what P (Paul Pierce), over 50 percent of his career he spent in the NBA Finals, that speaks volumes and to me, LeBron is the best all-around player Ive ever seen. Perkins played with James in Cleveland in 2015, averaging 2.6 points and 2.4 rebounds per game off the bench. The team made it to the NBA Finals but lost to the Golden State Warriors in six games. He returned to the team for a second stint during the 2017-18 season but was waived during the preseason.