Everyone has a take on Kyrie Irving’s trade request, and now we can add former Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin to that list.
Ultimately, Griffin said, he thinks Irving will end up being traded. But he said on today’s episode of The Jump that Irving showed “courage” by requesting a trade in the manner he did. Here’s a bit more of what Griffin had to say:
The absolute worst thing this guy could’ve done is pretend to be all in and Cheap NFL Jerseys Nike sink the ship from within. Most guys don’t have the courage to do what he did. That’s not youth and ignorance. That’s a little bit more courage than people give him credit for.
As long as he’s winning, Leonard is OK with operating beneath the spotlight. In that way, he’s eerily similar to Tim Duncan. Duncan was also a player who picked his spots with endorsements, but ultimately just wanted to show up to the gym and play ball. Leonard hasn’t tweeted since 2015, lacks a known, verified Instagram profile, and only used Facebook for a 2012 skills camp. He clearly doesn’t want the spotlight.
Does that mean Leonard isn’t a superstar? It depends on how we define the term. He’s unquestionably a basketball superstar at just 26 years old. But Hardaway’s point about him not being a superstar off the court is true.
Aldridge has found himself amid one of the NBA’s great shifts, and the power forward position is its fault line. It’s not just that traditional fours are having to adapt; many are becoming obsolete as teams seek greater spacing and lineup flexibility. At 32 and still a borderline All-Star, it doesn’t make sense for Aldridge to completely reinvent his game, but it’s also hard to imagine most teams being able New Vikings Jerseys Cheap to plug and play a mid-to-high-volume starter who prefers to wade in the lowest-efficiency parts of the floor.