Peyton Manning’s ESPYS opening monologue was surprisingly funny, but no moment topped his joke about Kevin Durant trying to join the U.S. gymnastics team. It was a solid joke, and when he got Russell Westbrook involved, the joke went to another level. Great job, Peyton. But still, Kevin Durant was not amused. Like, he really wasn’t feeling the joke.
September 26, 2017 | 6:33 am EDT Update
Speculation says LeBron James leaves Cleveland after this season. Former Post columnist Peter Vecsey wrote James “unequivocally” will bolt for the Lakers. “I think he leaves and he goes somewhere and he can always point back to, ‘Guys, I came back and gave you everything I have. We won a title but now I have to move on. You traded one of our top players …’” said one rival executive. “And if they have success, it’s a whole other story.”
It wasn’t hypothetical swaps for Carmelo Anthony — trades that the Cavs never seriously considered, according to sources. This time, Love’s name was floated out there in blockbuster deals for Paul George, who eventually went to Oklahoma City. “I don’t know if numb is the word,” Love said. “Some of the things are laughable. I know this is our job and this is our business and this is what we do for a living. But at the end of the day it’s a business. We’ve seen guys on several teams and throughout the course of history of the game, maybe a coach or a GM or a certain player has sworn that either they’re going to keep him or they’re going to sign this player, free agency and they get a better deal. It’s the better offer theory.
“I just take it with a grain of salt at this point and know that wherever I am, I want to be here, it’s well-documented, I want to compete for a championship. But at the end of the day I know that it’s a business and anything can happen at any given moment. I’ve just got to keep my head down and keep working and keep my damn mouth shut and go out there and try and perform.”
The Cavs will fill out their training camp roster with JaCorey Williams with their 20th and final spot, a team source tells ESPN. Williams, a rangy 6-8 forward, was named Conference USA’s Player of the Year last season while putting up 17.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game for Middle Tennessee State University.
Whatever goodwill Anthony built with teammates didn’t always transfer to management. Some in the Knicks’ front office started to sour on Anthony when Porzingis emerged as a potential franchise player after his rookie season. Several top members of Knicks management told associates that they felt they couldn’t win with Anthony and that his habits would negatively affect Porzingis and the other young Knicks, according to sources.