Kyrie Irving’s ‘Uncle Drew’ experience: Trade rumors, life lessons and beard conspiracies
Irving is not quite sure how much acting he will have left in him. The schedule last summer was grinding and, at one point, his strength and conditioning coach politely said, Next movie you’re doing, you’re going to be retired.
But he took the job seriously. He studied his lines and was active in making changes in front of the camera.
I was trying to come in every single day, he said, remembering my lines so that I would not be like, ‘Line! Please?’ I did not want to be that person.
The most plausible way the Heat deal Whiteside, then, would be for another dominant defensive big man, and the most prominent on the market is Clippers center DeAndre Jordan. But Jordan can be a free agent this summer, and with the Clippers looking to keep cap space clear, they’d likely only want to be included in a Whiteside deal if there was a third team to take Whiteside’s contract.
The advanced numbers already paint Ball as an impact defender, which is unusual for a 20-year-old rookie. The Lakers’ defense improves by 5.4 points per 100 possessions when he’s on the court, and he’s currently ranked third among point guards in ESPN’s Defensive Real Plus-Minus (plus-1.93). There can be some noise with those stats, so it’ll be interesting to see how sustainable they are.
The feeling among executives around the league is that James will choose between bolting for the Lakers and sticking with the Cavaliers next summer. The Lakers would offer him what he is looking for down the stretch of his career �� a good place to move his family, a ready-made winning situation (if he could bring another top-tier star with him) and an opportunity to be connected with the entertainment industry. From a lifestyle standpoint, LA would be hard to beat.
But James remains connected to his home in Ohio, too, and has shown that he can get himself involved in all aspects of industry �� from talent management to acting and movie production �� even when playing in Cleveland. The Internet is wondrous that way. The challenge for the Cavs was to show that the team had a future beyond the cobbled-together group of misfits it trotted out this year.
The two captains selected from some of the league’s brightest stars, including Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Anthony Davis and James Harden.
Players that have never been in the same conference were put together, and of course, some guys who might not be so fond of one another ended up on the same team. Though the order of picks was not made public, selections did not disappoint.