“For so long, so many people have been counting on his downfall,” Smith said of James. “Even if you think about the accolades, he could win MVP every single year. But when they go up there to talk about the conversations, he’s always the third guy. It’s either Giannis or James. Or Russ or James. Or this or that person. And ‘oh you could always throw LeBron in there, look at his numbers.’ People get so bored with seeing greatness. It’s disrespectful to an extent. How can you say he’s the best player in the world [every year] and not give this man MVP? I’ve never understood that. He can go to any team and make a championship run.”
May 6, 2021 | 8:00 pm EDT Update
Eric Walden: Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley remain OUT Friday vs. the Nuggets. Juwan Morgan is also OUT (right heel soreness). But Udoka Azubuike is PROBABLE after missing most of the season with a right ankle sprain.
May 6, 2021 | 7:13 pm EDT Update
Scott Agness: Nate Bjorkgren on hanging in there considering internal discourse: “I feel OK. There’s been a lot of ups and downs the last few days. There’s nothing easy about it. Lots of challenges coming at you.” Players have spoken up about sticking together + working to find a rhythm.
Alex Schiffer: Nets starting lineup in Dallas: Irving, Shamet, Durant, Harris and Griffin. That’s Brooklyn’s 35th different starting five of the year, a franchise record. Nets only trail Houston in terms of different lineups.
Brad Townsend: George Bush on the portrait he painted of @Dirk Nowitzki: I knew the portrait would be around for a while, so I purposely made him skinny.” On a more serious note: “I think if people look at the portrait, they’ll see a determined guy.”