It's going to happen. Sam Presti laid it all out long before we did. He got Russ to sign, he got Ibaka to sign, he's going to get Harden to sign, and then for dessert he'll get backup PG Eric Maynor to sign as well. Heh, Lakers. Good for them.
Sam Presti got Serge Ibaka's deal done on Presti's wedding day. You think he doesn't have this Harden thing under control? Just ask his new wife.
I think Prada nails it here. Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka both set the precedent for James Harden. They were willing to forego a little bit of money off of their own contracts, knowing that those dollars foregone could potentially go to keeping the best sixth man in the game.
This Los Angeles writer thinks that the Lakers have solved enough of the Thunder's match-up advantages to take them in seven games, and a big reason why is that LA can now counter OKC's speed. My question here - how exactly are they going to do that? Did Kobe and Metta World Peace suddenly reverse-age? My other question - many writers are making their arguments based on the Thunder from a year ago. Is it not reasonable to presume that the 2012-13 version of OKC will be better than the previous version? Seems like common sense to me.
Mahoney tackles the Lakers' new offensive scheme to go along with their new supercharged parts. I personally don't think that a Princeton offense can function the way it was designed at the collegiate level, but by the same token the Chris Webber-led Kings ran it in a pretty phenomenal way, in part by the fact that they had its author Pete Carrill on the Kings' staff as a consultant.
LeBron James definitely cracked into his ultimate potential during the playoffs, but I don't think he quite hit the "Jordan in '93" or "Jordan in '96" level, so astronomically high, they were. That said, LeBron's ascension is certainly something to behold and I'm excited to see what he does next.
Behold, the most Kevin Durantish quote ever:
"They asked me about it once or twice. I just told them I was in one and they said, 'OK.' Hopefully, they'll take their kids to see it and hopefully they enjoy it."
Wait, what? What's going on over there?
Do these guys know how to party, or what?!?