Columnist Chris Perkins has an opinion piece upon the site today saying it is unwise to criticize LeBron James too harshly for his pass to Blake Griffin (wrong team) at Saturday night’s All-Star game.
I respectfully disagree.
Big stage, big moment, everyone around the country and the globe finally getting the chance to see what LeBron would do with the game on the line.
James failed in every way possible.
But Perkins also makes the point that this was an exhibition game with no huge meaning, and he has a point there… to a point. A big game is a big game, IMO, and a horrible decision in a crucial moment must be scrutinized.
In the above video produced for CineSport, host Noah Coslov and SheridanHoops Editor-in-Chief Chris Sheridan also discuss the teams that will be most active at the trade deadline. Sheridan’s choice is the Los Angeles Lakers, who are shopping Pau Gasol and also have an $8.9 million trade exception from the Lamar Odom deal with Dallas. (For a list of which teams have trade exceptions, and which teams have cap room to facilitate three-team trades, read this trade chatter roundup from Chris Bernucca).
Also touched upon is what kind of retribution we might see from Kobe Bryant next Sunday when the Lakers play the Miami Heat after Dwyane Wade broke Bryant’s nose during the All-Star game.
Perhaps a well-timed leg-kick when Kobe rises for a jump shot? It wouldn’t be the first time.