Midway through last season, Derrick Rose was looking to get paid. He was going to enter the first unrestricted free agency of his career Cheap NBA Jerseys hoping for a $150 million max contract, according to ESPN’s Ian Begley, comparable to the deal Mike Conley signed with the Grizzlies two summers ago.
Several news sites aggregated that quote, because it’s salacious Cheap NFL Jerseys From China as hell and Smith is … well, his reports aren’t always wrong, although that’s not exactly the reliability you’d desire from someone in the media. James saw one of those aggregators and responded with this.
1. This is such a James tweet, with multiple hashtags and several emojis sprinkled throughout. At another time, we’re going to talk about how James’ social media presence is stuck in 2011.
2. To be clear, James can deny Smith’s report — or “report” — and it still be correct. There’s no way to prove this right or wrong. If a more reliable reporter said this, then maybe there would be some actual substance to it. But while Smith clearly talks to and has contacts with people in the league, his track record is poor. I’m sure someone told him that quote — he’s not just flat-out making it up. But that person may be prone to exaggeration, or might be too far out of James’ circle to really have any clue, or maybe isn’t in James’ circle at all and has an ax to grind.
3. This is why most reporters don’t report on things like this — salacious but unverifiable reporting that doesn’t add much of anything. Unless James has taped a photo of Irving’s face to a punching bag and is spending several hours every morning working on his kickboxing, then let’s just let this slide. James may be upset at Irving, and he has legitimate reasons to be upset, or disappointed, or even angry. But he’s probably not going to “kick his ass.”