New York Liberty head coach Bill Laimbeer joined The Dan Patrick Show on Thursday morning, and he didn’t mince words when the conversation inevitably drifted to the NBA’s inescapable binary question: Jordan or LeBron? “There’s no question I would take LeBron James,” Laimbeer said. “He can do more. Michael Jordan could score and make big shots and look spectacular at times with wild-flying dunks, but LeBron can get you 18 rebounds. LeBron can get you 15 assists if he chooses to, or he can score 50 if he wanted to. “So the triple threat he poses is just phenomenal, and then the size that he’s got — he just physically dominates. It’s impressive.”
October 17, 2017 | 3:05 am EDT Update
There’s no way LeBron James’ sprained left ankle will keep him out of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ regular-season opener against Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics — at least according to JR Smith. “Oh, he’s going to go,” Smith said after practice Monday. “He’s going to go, trust me on that. I don’t care what he’s got to do, he’s going to play.” Smith’s declaration of James’ status was far more definitive than Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue’s assessment of his superstar’s chances of suiting up after James missed four of the Cavs’ five preseason games with the injury.
“That’s crazy,” Timberwolves 18-year veteran Jamal Crawford said. “It’s an interesting time. I thought the West was tough when I came over [to the L.A. Clippers] five, six years ago. It’s, like, unbelievable right now.”
Embiid was hoping for more playing time on Wednesday against the Wizards, his first regular-season game since Jan. 27 (left knee surgery). “I didn’t know about that, but that’s very disappointing,” Embiid said Monday of the minutes restriction. “I feel great and hopefully that changes based on today’s practice and tomorrow’s practice.”
James Harden and Chris Paul are getting ready for the new era of Houston Rockets basketball with a big matchup against the Golden State Warriors. Both teams are top-tier squads in the Western Conference and each have significant star power. One of the reasons for the Rockets’ optimism entering this season is the addition of Paul. While some had doubts about Paul’s fit – and the injury that kept Paul out for most of the preseason hurt – Harden has no worries about how they’ll co-exist. “It’s good,” Harden began. “We’ve been hanging out a lot off the court so that’s a good thing. On the court, that’s going to take time. It’s going to be a lot of adjusting. We’re two very smart and unselfish players, it’ll work itself out.”