Hey, quiet out there, we're trying to play the
All this breathless chatter about whether Miami's three stars will opt out of their contracts next month and where Oklahoma City's
Of course, you might not know any of that if you only tuned into sports talk radio, logged onto fan message boards or turned on what's become an endless array of
The guesswork surrounding
Would the league's most coveted player consider returning to the franchise he famously spurned during his regrettable "The Decision"?
There has been a growing sentiment that James, who turns 30 in December, is unwilling to put himself through another wringer of a season like the one he just completed, putting the onus on the Heat — three-peat or no three-peat — to make significant roster changes with $61 million already committed to James,
Wade and Bosh also have the right to opt out of their contracts this summer, which would present Miami with an entirely different dilemma.
Too bad the Samsung LeBron App, which provides his breakfast choices, clothing picks and family photos, doesn't also spit out daily updates on what he's really thinking about his future.
Seemingly no one is ready to concede these are unanswerable questions better left for another day, with the Heat having at least three and as many as 12 games left to play this season.
Oklahoma City can sadly relate when it comes to premature speculation.
So many questions, so few responses that aren't purely conjecture.
It is true the combustible Durant-Westbrook pairing was broiling again Wednesday during Game 2 after a defensive breakdown by Durant late in the first half led to a three-pointer by the Spurs' Danny Green.
Westbrook repeatedly pointed to his temples as the teammates walked off the floor during a timeout before some back-and-forth yelling ensued, an ugly prelude to an uglier 35-point defeat.
The question isn't whether Durant and Westbrook can coexist but whether their shot-hoarding approach is capable of winning a title. In the first two games of the conference finals, the Thunder duo has taken 80 shots. That's more than four times the total taken by their fellow starters, who have combined for only 19 shots.
"I told him in order for him to take his game from being good to being great," Perkins said, "is when he can get his 20 points and get guys around him points."
Message received? Thunder starters not named Durant or Westbrook have combined for nine points in the first two games of the conference finals, a ridiculously low sum even with
Then again, maybe it's too early for snarky condemnation.
Oklahoma City may trail San Antonio, two games to none, but no one has scheduled exit interviews.