The NBA increases prize money for All-Star game winners. Cleveland, Warriors, And OKC Drop While James Harden Sets A scoring Record. Here’s the top NBA news roundup:
LeBron James has reacted to Blake Griffin’s surprise move Detroit Pistons after being traded by the Los Angeles Clippers. Griffin was stunned when he was sold to the Pistons on Monday, having been drafted as the number one pick by the Clippers in 2009.
James shared his thoughts on the harsh criticism players receive when they decide to leave their franchise, compared to when the teams opt to trade them away. “He spent his last nine years there,” James said Tuesday. “He signed a multi-year deal there this summer, so that’s unfortunate. But that’s the business side of it. It’s both sides. It works both sides, though. It’s the business.
LeBron thinks there is a double standard for NBA players when they leave a team versus when they are traded. pic.twitter.com/yNXb2X2DvV
— ESPN (@espn) January 30, 2018
“When a player gets traded, it’s they were doing what’s best for the franchise. But when a player decides to leave, it’s, ‘He’s not loyal. He’s a snake. He’s not committed.’ It’s just, that’s the narrative of how it goes. So I’m definitely [aware]. I know that firsthand.”
3. The NBA increases prize money for All-Star game winners
In order to improve the competitiveness of the All-Star game, the league has increased the amount of money every player in the winners’ team will receive. The NBA will pocket each player on the winning team with a $100K bonus. This year’s All-Star game is expected to be amazing, with so many changes compared to the past years. According to some NBA star, this will help them take this game more seriously.
National Basketball Association came up with a new format where will be no more EAST-WEST game. Now the top voted player from each conference will be selected captain. The two captains will then select their own squad from the pool of players. Now according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes, each player from the winning team will receive $100,000, and the losing team players will pocket $25,000.
Kyrie Irving liked that idea, saying: “That’ll certainly make it more interesting. That’s a huge difference.” Stephen Curry also thought that the idea will change the game. He said: “That’s significant. For some players, they just want to see [the game] being worth their time.” Boston Celtics’ forward Al Horford also told ESPN. that he thinks guys will definitely take the game more seriously. “In the last couple of years, the games haven’t been good, and we’re all aware of that,” he added.