Is Jerry West the best NBA executive ever? I would like to hear opinions on this, but the man resume as an NBA executive is impressive. From the trade that brought in Kobe Bryant, the free agents signing of Shaquille O’Neal, the trade for Pau Gasol, the construction of the Memphis Grizzlies, and the signing of Kevin Durant. Jerry West fingerprints are all over these transactions. Now his latest move, that may be the most impressive, is the trade of Blake Griffin.

Blake Griffin is an exciting player to watch, the highlight dunks and alley-oops but the Clippers signed Blake to contract worth 173 million dollars over five years. That is almost $35 million a year. There are only four players who make more money this season there are Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Gordon Hayward, and Paul Millsap. LeBron and Stephen are superstars, so their price tag is acceptable. Millsap and Hayward were going to different teams, therefore the new teams had to increase the amount to make the deal attractive. Now on to Blake, Blake has not played an entire NBA season since the 2010-2011 season, he is often injured, and Blake is not a superstar. Blake does not have the ability to carry a team, he does not make the players around him better, he is not a great defensive player and his games depends on his athleticism. Blake is 29 years old, so towards the end of his contract will he be worth the money?

Now here is why Jerry West may be a genius, he got the Detroit Pistons to agree to a trade for Blake. I do not see many teams taking Blake Griffin based on his history of injuries alone for $35 million. In return, Jerry gets Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, and a first-round pick. Tobias and Avery are good players, Tobias can easily average 20 points a game and Avery is still one of the premiers defends in the NBA. These players will make great pieces as the Clippers rebuild their team.

I do not know where Jerry West should rank among NBA executives but he has to be close to the top on everyone’s list.





What is wrong with the Cleveland Cavaliers? This seems to be the question that everyone is asking lately. The Cavaliers have gotten off to a bad start and it seems like all the commentators and basketball experts are panicking. The Cavs as of today have five wins and seven losses, which places them in the 11th spot in the Eastern Conference.

In my opinion, everyone needs to calm down I believe the Cavs will come back to be the powerhouse of the Eastern Conference. The only team that is playing well in the East is the Boston Celtics, who are in first place. The second-place team is the Detroit Pistons and the third-place team is the Orlando Magic. Now, who really thinks the Pistons or Magic are better teams? No one, these teams are overachieving and will revert to old habits soon. This year the NBA implemented a shortened training camp and pre-season schedule, I believe this has affected teams that had huge personnel turnover. Someone will argue how come the Celtics and Houston are not having problems, the Celtics system was centered around a scoring point guard they just switch scoring point guards, therefore, the system needed a little adjustment. In Houston Chris Paul has not been playing, so the effects of that trade have not been seen yet. The Cavs are missing their point guard Isaiah Thomas, have injuries to key players, Dwayne Wade is trying to figure out where he can have the most positive impact, and Jae Crowder must figure out his role. My opinion on Jae Crowder is that he has been focusing on scoring too much, defense is where he hangs his hat, and this should be his primary focus. The concern that I have with the Cavs is that they should be a much better defensive team compared to last year. Defensive is about effort and I do not see that effort, maybe coach Lue needs to concentrate on defensive more. The Cavs have enough scoring power, so the offense is not the problem, LeBron can dominate a game offensively anytime he chooses.

Let me preference this by saying that I am not a LeBron James fan, but I respect the man’s game. LeBron is the best player in the NBA today, people will argue Stephen Curry or Kevin Durant but LeBron, in my opinion, is the best, we can debate this later (just post a comment). LeBron will bring the Cavs back to its dominance soon, the Cavs will be back in the championship game. You would think by now people would not doubt this man’s ability and desire to win, he has proven repeatedly his greatness. This is just another instance where he will prove his nay-sayers wrong