Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors is in his seventh season of his NBA career. Klay is averaging 20 points a game, are a three-time all-star and two-time NBA champion. The Warriors are the favorite to win another championship this season, barring injuries or some other unforeseen circumstance the Warriors could win several more championship. Klay is not only a great offensive player, he one of the better defensive shooting guards in the league. Klay Thompson will be a free agent at the end of the season in 2019. My question is will Klay resign with the Warriors or will he follow in Kyrie Irving footsteps?

Like Kyrie everyone will say why to leave a team that is contending for the championship each year, the answer is to prove that you are a great player. When the Warriors first started their ascent Klay and Stephen Curry were arguably on the same level, as it stands today some may consider Klay to be the fourth best or most valuable player on the team. People will argue there is no problem with being the second, third or fourth best player on a winning team, there are great players who were not the primary players on their team. That is true but most of those players played in an era where they were fewer teams in the NBA, style of play was different, and a player’s greatness was not determined by the number of championships. Players like Kevin McHale, James Worthy, and Joe Dumars are considered great players and they were the number two players on their teams but name the fourth best player on a team that you would consider great during their prime years. You can argue great players were the fourth option at the end of their careers but not during the prime years. The NBA will soon celebrate its 75th anniversary, there will be a list of the 75 greatest players to play in the NBA. Will Klay make this list? Your answer may be no and the reason he will not make the list is that everyone you put on that list is the leader of their team such as James Harden.

I am not saying Klay will leave the Warriors, I have no idea what he might do but I understand if he decides to leave. NBA players, the good one, must find ways to push themselves. Some players dreams do not stop at all-star games or championships their goal is to be considered one of the best. Imagine you are an NBA player and you see how Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Isiah Thomas are treated by fans and other NBA players. Would you want to be considered on their level? I think that is what Kyrie is shooting for and Klay may decide he wants the same admiration.





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

It is the Month of July and NBA free agency has started. With start of free agency some of your favorite players maybe going to a different team, players will be traded and players will be getting contracts worth astronomical amounts of money. Well, that is the perception associated with NBA contracts.

As of today, Stephen Curry has been offered an NBA contract worth over $200 million for five years. Most people will say this a lot of money to play the game of basketball. I would agree this is a lot of money but there is a general agreement Stephen is worth this money. One has to consider the excitement, ticket sales, wins and championships that he brings to the organizations. People will debate whether or not other players deserve the amount of money they are being paid. I say it does not matter someone is willing to pay them.

My point to all this is to say how much do the owners make each season? Players’ salaries are listed everywhere, it is very easy to see how much each player makes and the length of their contract. I have done some reach but I am unable to find any recent information on how much the owners make each season from the NBA. I am not saying the information is not out there but I know this information is not easily accessible. If an owner is willing to pay out $100 million in salary each year and some pay more than that plus luxury tax one has to wonder how much are they making in profit. Being an NBA owner has to be lucrative because the return on investment is good, it is an exclusive club and people are lining up to become an owner.

I say all of this to say instead of judging how much a player makes and how much a player deserves to make we should be looking at it as there are no losers in the NBA. The NBA has become in my opinion the most popular American professional sports league, unlike other sports professional basketball players are recognized around the world. The money associated with the sport is secondary to the entertainment. For the players get your money and as Cuba Gooding Jr. said in Jerry Maguire “Show Me the Money.”