Kevin Durant told to leave Golden State
Kevin Durant should leave the Golden State Warriors so that he can lead his own team, ex-NBA star Scottie Pippen says.
“KD needs the opportunity to lead a team,” Pippen said of Durant, who has been linked with the Los Angeles Lakers and the New York Knicks. “I think if you asked that to a lot of players they would say no.
“But you’re talking about a guy who already has two NBA championships, he already has two NBA Finals MVP.
“So what else is left for him is to go lead his own team and go do it. To be pushed, to be the player that he probably has dreamt that he would always be.
“He could probably be a player that can score 40 points a game. I would tell him to go off and do it on his own because I think he is capable of leading a team on his own.
“I think he is capable of winning a championship by himself with another player.
“KD is the best player in the league right now. I think he’s been there for a few years. But I think he’s been a bit sheltered because he came into a situation where he didn’t want to step on anyone’s toes.
“He’s in a situation right now where he can either push forward or he can continue to hold back and we’re saying the KD that pushes forward.”
Anthony Davis to Celtics off
Anthony Davis is unlikely to join the Boston Celtics – because LeBron James won’t let his agent Rich Paul complete the deal, Sports Illustrated’s Andrew Sharp claims.
“Rich Paul has been part of LeBron’s family for the last 15 years,” Sharp said on on the Open Floor NBA Show podcast.
“So you have to think every time those guys fly into Boston for a playoff series they’re talking amongst themselves about how much they hate it there and how much they hate everybody.
“The idea that Rich Paul is suddenly going to start backroom dealing with Danny Ainge and feel great about it, that does seem pretty implausible.”
LeBron James and Luke Walton feud update
Lakers president Magic Johnson has rubbished rumours LeBron James and Luke Walton are at war.
ESPN claimed this week that James was ignoring Walton’s calls from the bench during games, however, Johnson says the reports were wide of the mark.
“Brian [Windhorst] got it wrong,” Johnson told SiriusXM NBA Radio.
“This is all about making sure that they can say something on ESPN and everybody can just talk.
“We have a system that the ball moves around, a lot of pick-and-roll plays.
“If you watch us play, the ball is not in LeBron James’ hands all of the time.
“It can’t be, because you want to pass it around, you want to get into your pick-and-roll plays.
“But hey, we’re the Lakers. People are going to be talking about us. But that’s not how it’s going right now.”