Oh, and he took a not-so-veiled shot at LeBron James, suggesting that his Cleveland counterpart has had a less hard task in distinguishing himself. "My responsibility is to my skills".
Let's start here: I am not accusing James, the Cavs, the National Basketball Association or anyone connected to the situation of doing anything nefarious.
They won't have anything to lose since King James will not return to Cleveland next season unless they make more roster changes, which translate into getting rid of Smith. I bet they would look for a first-round pick in that trade.
Pau Gasol, Rudy Gay and Davis Bertans would undoubtedly relish the opportunity to play alongside the greatest player of his generation, while in Dejounte Murray the Spurs have one of the most exciting point guards in the league. "All that other stuff, that's on y'all".
In the final three games, James averaged 28.3 points (on 49.2 percent shooting), 10.7 assists and 8.7 rebounds. Then the fun starts - well, officially and legally under National Basketball Association rules - and teams can begin courting King James to join them.
There have been nine sweeps in the NBA Finals in the past 60 years, including the 2018 Cavaliers. Kevin Durant was my answer. LeBron James did not play the entire game on Friday and got a standing ovation as he exited the floor with four minutes left in the fourth quarter.
From Daryl Morey engaging in a 'weapons race' and trading for Chris Paul, Gordon Hayward announcing, renouncing, and then announcing his decision again, and Nerlens Noel somehow rejecting a four-year, $70-million offer to sign a one-year, $4.2-million deal later, there was plenty to keep fans entertained after the Golden State Warriors were crowned champions.
There were numbers to behold with Curry finishing with 37 points in Game 4 and Kevin Durant triple-doubled his way to his second consecutive Finals MVP in this, Golden States 103rd game and 74th win. A five-time All-Star at age 29, Love still has two years remaining on his contract. He added, "It's as if David Robinson chose to join Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen in Chicago and coast his way to some mid-'90s titles".
The Golden State core that won the past two championships will be back. "I think I've shown this year why I will still continue to be in championship mode".
"I still want to be in championship mode", LeBron said after his team was eliminated from the NBA Finals, echoing the conventional wisdom that he wants to chase another ring.
Now make no mistake, I'm an unabashed LeBron apologist. "I'm exhausted, I was at the watch party last night at Oracle but I had to come a get some t-shirts to remember the Dub Dynasty", said Warriors fan Akilah Byrd from Union City. "They're very different, but however you want to rank them, they're right there together". I understand talent. I know talent. So despite how good their team is, I thought our guys did a good job of competing.