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Some random pindowns with training camps just around the next bend…
While the Kyrie Irving trade will all but assuredly be the move that defines the career of Koby Altman, the feeling here is he could find a side gig should he have the desire.
As a waste-disposal employee. AKA, a garbage man.
For the general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers, if nothing else, deserves more than a bit of credit for taking the trash out of the locker room at the trade deadline last season.
As in, Dwyane Wade, Isaiah Thomas and Derrick Rose, specifically.
For all the talk of what having Wade around for the postseason would have done for the Cavaliers, his performance after he returned “home” to Miami was not going to happen in Cleveland.
He was too busy checking his phone — at halftime of Cavs games — on what was going on with the Heat, at least according to none other than good buddy LeBron James.
As for Thomas, he should be dubbed, “The Mouse that Roared.” For all his bluster, the 5-foot-9 Thomas proved to be full of… well, hot air.
Granted, the guy was never healthy during his time in Cleveland and it remains to be seen if he’ll ever come close to resembling the player he was when he led the Eastern Conference in scoring two seasons ago.
After being traded by the Cavs to the Lakers with good guy Channing Frye and Cleveland’s 2018 first-round draft pick, Thomas was not brought back after the season by LA and signed for the NBA minimum of $2.4 million with the Denver Nuggets… and promptly vowed to make the playoffs.
However, the aspect of Wade and Thomas that stinks the most was their reported attacks on Kevin Love, after he left a game against Oklahoma City and Quicken Loans Arena before the game concluded and missed practice the next day.
Upon Love’s return, Wade and Thomas reportedly went at him verbally, questioning his dedication to the team.
How big of fools do Wade and Thomas appear after it was revealed Love was suffering from anxiety and panic attacks?
Then, there’s Rose. The 2011 NBA Most Valuable Player and current China Doll has left his teams in each of the last two seasons.
Two years ago, it was in New York, when he literally went AWOL from the Knicks before a game against New Orleans to fly home to Chicago to tend to a family issue involving his mother. Rose did so without informing anyone in the organization, which could not even reach him during his absence. He returned to the Knicks the next day, only then explaining why he left.
Last season, it was in Cleveland, when he was rehabilitating the latest in his long line of injuries and departed to reportedly contemplate his future in the game and perhaps retirement, though he at least informed Cavs officials he was doing so. He returned two weeks later.
After he was traded to Utah along with Jae Crowder for Rodney Hood on Feb. 8, the Jazz promptly waived him. He landed with old pal Tom Thibodeau and promptly averaged 5.8 points in nine regular-season games.
To his credit, Rose answered the bell in a big way in the playoffs against the Houston Rockets, averaging 14.2 points in 24 minutes in five games, shooting a spectacular 70 percent from the field. Unlike Wade and Thomas, Rose wasn’t disruptive and it was great to see him bounce back and find a comfort zone with Thibodeau.
The Timberwolves brought Rose back for this season. It will be interesting to see if he can make it through the season without bailing on his team for the first time in three years.
As for the other guys dealt at the deadline, Frye has since returned to the Cavs on a one-way deal, Crowder has apparently rediscovered his game in Utah and to the surprise of absolutely no one, Iman Shumpert opted in on his $11 million player oprion with Sacramento.
So, a tip of my hard hat to Koby Altman, the Cavaliers’ resident waste-disposal guy in training.
On second thought…
Speaking of James, his many defenders rationalize his 3-6 record in NBA Finals as compared to Michael Jordan’s perfect 6-0 mark by saying Jordan had Hall-of-Fame tag-team partners surrounding him in the form of Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman, as well as a Hall of Fame coach in Phil Jackson while James has been surrounded by, well, in relation to column item No. 1, hot garbage.
Hmmm…. well, in Miami, James played with future Hall of Famers Wade and Chris Bosh.
In his first three reasons in his second stint in Cleveland, James played with potential Hall of Famers Irving and Kevin Love.
Nope. Hot… excuses.
Whatever happened to…
Bueller? Bueller… ?