What is with the ridiculous, unrealistic Philadelphia 76ers rumors of late? This summer the Sixers made runs at veteran guards such as Jamal Crawford and Manu Ginobili (and they forced the Spurs to pay up for the Argentinian to keep him). The Cleveland Cavaliers and J.R. Smith are in a staring contest, and Smith remains a free agent.
LeBron James insists he will stand for the national anthem this season and not follow the lead of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Many were hoping James would join in with the form of protest staged by NFL star Kaepernick, who said he will not stand "to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people". Cleveland Cavaliers talisman James has spoken out on similar social issues in the past, but will stop short of taking Kaepernick's approach.
It’s been a pretty good year for Kyrie Irving. Just last month, he helped Team USA bring home yet another gold medal at the Rio Olympics, and prior to that helped deliver the city of Cleveland its first championship in more than 50 years. Irving was spectacular in the Finals against the Warriors and punctuated his stellar play with the go-ahead three-pointer in crunch time to seal the title for the Cavs.