Manu Ginobili did this throughout their title-filled run of excellence in San Antonio

After Griffin departed, the Cavaliers offered the spot to Chauncey Billups … who took like two weeks to decide before ultimately turning them down. For the duration of free agency, the team was ran by their assistant general manager, lacking a true top guy. (As it turns out, the assistant Altman may end up taking over full-time, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.)

Now we’ve arrived back at the start. To recap: the Cavaliers were thwacked in the Finals by the Warriors, failed to improve their roster despite options that were out there, let their general manager go and couldn’t find a replacement, and are possibly witnessing their top two stars both leaving the team within the year. That’s not how the offseason was supposed to go.

Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili did this throughout their title-filled run of excellence in San Antonio. Dirk Nowitzki did this before winning a championship in Dallas. LeBron James took less than the max in Miami, where he won two crowns. This is almost as normal as superstars in their primes signing for as much money as possible.

No other superstar should feel any pressure to do what Durant has done: not by fans, not by their teams’ owners, not by teammates. It’s a personal choice. It’s a priority check. And it’s perfectly legitimate to prioritize ensuring you’re making every dollar possible during your brief NBA career.

In this realm, the right choice is the choice that makes you happiest. Durant has no responsibility to anyone but himself. If he chooses to take less to maintain the status quo for the Warriors without pushing Lacob into perhaps untenable financial penalties, so be it. If he chooses to take every dollar possible even at the potential cost of tough decisions by management on the rest of the roster, so be it. It’s his choice.

As with all things in sports, you can love it or hate it. But Cheap Patriots Jerseys you Cheap Oakland Raiders Jerseys can’t take it away. Praise be to the Big O for that.

Watch Shaq learn on live TV that Ernie Johnson didn’t vote for him for MVP

One of the best moments on Monday night was Shaq finding out live on the air that Ernie Johnson didn’t vote for him for MVP in 2005 and 2006.

Steve Nash won back-to-back MVP awards in 2005 and 2006 Cheap Oakland Raiders Jerseys while with the Phoenix Suns. The more important part is who he edged out. In 2005 Shaq lost by just 34 points and finished second. Now, Ernie Johnson’s vote alone wouldn’t have swayed the voting — O’Neal would have needed a lot more people to change their votes — but the reaction was incredible when he found out.

It’s a solid second of pure awkwardness. Like someone arriving to a party you didn’t invite them to. Shaq might be mad at his coworker, but when it comes time to 2006 he doesn’t have a leg to stand on. Shaq didn’t even finish in the top 10.

Now, it turns into a regular pick and roll. Lee backs up towards the elbow, essentially “zoning up,” and this time, Leonard tries going under the screen, and Harden makes him pay from three. As soon as Harden notices Kawhi is not fighting over the top he knows he’ll have room to shoot the ball.

When you have the right personnel, switching the pick and roll Cheap Official Jerseys is the most effective way to guard it. It ensures there is a body on a body at all times. If there’s a Harden/Ariza pick and roll and Leonard and Danny Green are involved, you could simply switch the pick and roll and maintain a high caliber defender on Harden at all times. But the Rockets are not dumb.