LeBron James was not about to shut up Saturday.
The Cavaliers forward used media day at the NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles to address social issues, and sarcastically thanked radio host and Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham for her comments about James and Kevin Durant after the All-Star duo criticized President Donald Trump in an Uninterrupted video.
I appreciate her for giving me even more awareness, at the greatest weekend of the NBA, James, who is one of the team captains for Sunday’s game, said Saturday at Staples Center. This is the best weekend of the NBA, when the countries in the whole entire world come watch the greatest players in the world.
The Celtics (40-19) got 33 points from Kyrie Irving, but the Clippers (30-26) led from the start as they jumped out to an 8-2 lead. Jordan, who had the first of three assists 55 seconds into the game, didn’t even score until he dunked with 7:42 remaining in the first quarter.
While Jordan, who also had four steals, led the Clippers to an upset in Boston, Bradley Beal and Ben Simmons lead their respective teams to improbable victories.
The rumors surrounding a Clippers rebuilding campaign had been floated around all season, but Griffin was never included. It seemed as though he was completely unavailable after signing a five-year, $171 million deal in the offseason.
But things can change overnight in the NBA. The Clippers received an offer from the Pistons that they felt could not be turned down, as questions lingered about paying an exorbitant amount of money for an injury-plagued big man. No matter how much the Clippers loved and appreciated what Griffin had done for the franchise, they decided it was time to move on.
Upon being taken No. 1 overall in the 2009 NBA Draft, Griffin gave the Clippers a face of the franchise, something the team had been missing over the course of its 34 years in Los Angeles. He almost single-handedly made the Clippers relevant in a city that had all but ignored them since they came to town. He brought an energy and excitement to Staples Center, which was rare in games that didn’t feature the Lakers.
Thon Maker has grabbed only 14.8 percent of opponent misses, putting him on pace for one of the worst defensive rebounding seasons ever for a 7-footer.