LeBron James has ruled the East for seven straight spri…

LeBron James has ruled the East for seven straight springs – and will still be favored to make it eight, regardless of how the Irving saga ends. Kyle Lowry expressed the helplessness of the conference’s other 14 teams while the Cavaliers were in the midst of their second-round sweep of Toronto when he stated, “nobody is closing the gap on him.” DeMar DeRozan said after the series that the Raptors would’ve won – if they had James. Ujiri is approaching the challenge from another perspective. “Our job is to beat him,” Ujiri recently told The Vertical. “You have to figure it out. If not, then go play in some other league or something. Go play in Greece. Our jobs, and the jobs of the players, [are] to figure out how to beat those guys. If not, you might as well give them the championship before it starts. I understand how good he is and I understand how good those teams are, but those things end. At some point, somewhere, somehow, we as leaders of our group, we have to figure out a way and motivate our players and give them the confidence to go out there and compete.”
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When asked by Rhein Neckar newspaper what his future holds, Paul Zipser didn’t hold back. “I’m pretty sure for my career that I do not want to relive a year like the past. I just do not see any sense. The fun factor is not there, as I love him otherwise in this sport.” The Bulls have an option until mid-July, until then they have to say if they want to keep me or not. I would not be surprised if they no longer want me. Actually, I’m pretty sure I will not play in Chicago soon.”
When talking to Rhein Neckar newspaper, Paul Zipser didn’t sound happy about the way the second season went. “I think we had a philosophy in the club that I simply did not like anymore. There were many rotations that would not normally happen in a team. All this change was difficult for everyone – and especially for me personally. In the beginning it was not properly communicated to the players. Only later came the announcement that you would like to change something in the rotation, but as a player we could do nothing about it. That finally destroyed the team spirit.”
Considering his team’s needs, Horst believes the glut of guards and wings in the middle of the first round could actually work in the Bucks’ favor. “I think it does actually feel like a good fit,” Horst said. “We’re really happy with the group at 17. Our group, we feel strongly that we’re going to get a good player there. There’s a lot of interest in the 17th pick, so we’ll explore ideas of moving up, explore ideas of moving down, potentially even moving out of the draft. But at the end of the day if we sit at the 17th pick, we feel really good about the group of guys we’ll be able to draft from.”
“I think like a home run pick for us would be a player that can impact our team this year as a rookie and that’s a hard thing to find at 17,” Jon Horst said Tuesday at the team’s practice facility. “But if we can find someone that can do that, that also has the ability to get better throughout their rookie (year) and play on their rookie contract and then hopefully have a long career with the Bucks, that would be a home run.”
NBA spokesman Mike Bass issued the following statement to Awful Announcing: “We spoke with our media partners about our preference that ESPN’s exclusive broadcast rights be honored, but each organization will make its own editorial decisions.” Additionally, a source told Awful Announcing that other NBA partners, including Turner Sports and Yahoo (which is newly owned by Verizon), will also not tip picks during the draft.]
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