- The Cleveland Cavaliers were able to pry another pick out of the Boston Celtics to complete the Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas trade, meaning Boston won the trade because Boston got the superstar. And Danny Ainge said, all right, we'll give you something else. So a lot of analytic nerds in sports are, like, oh, sure, sure, sure, sure, sure, sure.
Ooh, Cavaliers got all these ancillary things. They got a couple of draft picks, and they got Jae Crowder. And they got a 7' prospect. And now you get Isaiah Thomas. They won the trade.
No, Boston got Kyrie Irving. They won the trade. Three minutes left in a big game next year, Crowder will be on the bench. Those draft picks will be in high school or maybe college, the 7' glued to the pine, eighth guy down.
Kyrie Irving will be taking and probably making the winning shot. Value, my friends, is overrated. Give me talent in pro sports.
You go ahead. You be a coupon counter. Hey, look over here, I've got a second round draft pick. No, I'll, uh, I'll take the luxury item over there, Kyrie Irving.
Think about pro wrestling. Pro wrestling fans are a lot like NBA analytics nerds. They are. Let's be honest. Most didn't play the games.
They talk about a lot of things. But even in pro wrestling, in the history of pro wrestling, there's been thousands of pro wrestlers. Seven have mattered, seven have moved the needle: Macho Man, Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Stone Cold, and John Cena.
Sorry, Doink the Clown didn't move the needle. The Bumblebee Brothers, Koko B Ware, Bam Bam Bigelow, Ravishing Rick Rude, the Honky Tonk Man, those are second round draft picks and guys coming off the bench, who aren't in the game with four minutes left. I'll take Stone Cold Steve Austin. LeBron wants to play with luxury items, not a 16-year-old in Lithuania, who won't be around when games are decided.
I said from the beginning, get the superstar, win the trade. Good luck with Koko B Ware. I get the Macho Man, Kyrie Irving.