When playing for Team USA, Anthony has been an ideal small-ball player, big enough to set screens and play in the post, but athletic enough to scoot to the perimeter for open shots or to take a bigger defender off the dribble. There’s long been a lament that he is so reluctant to play that way in the NBA.
But maybe all he needs is a roster change. Maybe and this is the great hope of D’Antoni and the Rockets putting Anthony with elite teammates and the right scheme will, as Boeheim said, get Anthony to thrive, Olympic-style.
In context, Green was keeping it funky with the now-retired Pierce, letting him know his legacy or lack thereof wasn’t worthy of an elaborate farewell tour such as the one the entire league participated in during the former Lakers great’s final season in 2015-16. He wasn’t lying.
Apparently, Irving thinks he can follow in the footsteps of the Black Mamba, who won a pair of titles after playing Robin to Shaquille O’Neal’s Batman during the Lakers’ three-peat in the early 2000s. Late Friday, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported Irving, who earned a ring in 2016 as four-time MVP LeBron James’ trusted sidekick, told Cavaliers’ brass he wants to be traded. ESPN’s Chris Haynes followed up with four preferred destinations.
On Kyrie Irving front, Cavs were given four preferred landing spots: New York, Miami, San Antonio, Minnesota.