It took about 48 hours for LeBron James to go from being allegedly "snubbed" in MVP balloting to the he's-not-as-good-as-Michael-Jordan insults after the Cavs lost a 21-point lead in a Game 3 loss to the Boston Celtics. The Cavs aren't losing the East finals series. If that does happen, then we can revisit the LeBron-Jordan debate but comparing greats who played in different eras is difficult and oftentimes pointless. Different rules. Different style of play. Different NBA. Everything else is speculation, guesswork and a reciting of numbers and stats as if they prove everything and anything is flawed, too. But the bigger issue is every time James isn't voted the league MVP that it's some type
The person most upset about Paul George not getting All-NBA honors is definitely Paul George. George missed out on being eligible for an extension worth $70 million more if the media voting had deemed him one of the top six forwards in the league this season. But almost as upset as George were the people who were going to pay him that extra $70 million. The Indiana Pacers seemed to have been dealt a massive blow in their efforts to retain George, which already seemed slim. Just to review: He started off the season by saying there was "no trust, no chemistry. " He followed up in December, saying the season wasn't any fun and that he missed his old team that competed for conference titles .
It’s difficult to pinpoint what exactly it is that Rakeem Christmas is or should be for the Indiana Pacers. He runs the floor hard and isn’t afraid to scrap on the offensive glass (grabbing the second-highest percentage of Indiana’s misses), but generally speaking he’s still a non-shooting, small-ball center in a 6-foot-9 power forward’s body. When Al Jefferson was sidelined with dental pain, the Pacers played 3.57 possessions faster when Rakeem Christmas was on the floor as opposed to off. In that regard, replacing Big Al’s aging with the 25-year-old’s spryness was a sight for sore eyes. “We’ve been thinking about him and tonight provided an opportunity for him to play with Al being out,” Nate