The season has, at various times, pitted owners against players, owners against the White House, an NFL sponsor against the NFL, and owners against other owners. The one missing element has been players vs. players, although there has been an element of different groups of players having varying interests as the league and players have attempted to work through issues related to players’ protests during the national anthem and players’ community activism.
MacMahon: Fact. I think the Thunder present George’s best chance of playing for a legitimate contender, and he seems to have figured out how he best fits with Russell Westbrook. Now, I reserve the right to change my mind if LeBron decides he wants to pair with George and go to the Lakers.
McMenamin: Fiction. L.A. is an alluring temptress. Don’t believe for a second that wins in Oklahoma City are weighted the same as the potential for wins in Southern California. We all saw the spectacle when the Thunder went to play the Lakers.
“There’s great unrest that it all went public,” said one person with knowledge of the deliberations of the owners and the league office, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the threat of litigation. The team owners “know it’s frivolous. It’s one giant bluff versus another giant bluff .?.?. But it has upset people, and it has united them. You put this log on what’s been a bonfire of a season. When you do that, you give people the right to say, ‘We didn’t need this.’ ”
With LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Kevin Durant and others hitting the court, the stars will be out for ABC’s Saturday doubleheader.
Our expert panel goes 5-on-5 to debate some of the biggest questions surrounding the Cavaliers-Thunder (3:30 p.m. ET) and Warriors-Rockets (8:30 p.m. ET) showdowns.