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  • What are the expectations for Nash And these?

  • Well, first of all, I totally disagree with what Steve Nash said.

  • Um, unfortunately, Fortune is a big has a big influence on who wins the championship in the n b.

  • A.

  • In so far as health is concerned, and that does apply here.

  • But once they start playing the games, if people are more or less at full strength, Actually, the MBA is the one sport where the best team almost always wins.

  • I will say this the expectations, he says.

  • Championship.

  • I get it.

  • If the season starts and we find out that still k d, then he's right, then you should have.

  • Your expectations.

  • Should be that you get out of the Eastern Conference because you have K D and Kyrie and and several other excellent players Verden and Dinwiddie and and, you know, and the coach who obviously has a good relationship with his top stars.

  • We'll see how he coaches on Brooklyn is the backdrop.

  • A city that's so thirsty for a basketball championship?

  • Uh eh, NBA championship hasn't had one since before I was born.

  • I was born August 73.

  • They won in January of 73.

  • So I get it if he's healthy.

  • But at this moment, we don't know that K D is the k D that we know, right?

  • We don't know how he's gonna come back from the Achilles because, as I was reminded by some members of Seattle Storm, Briana Stewart notwithstanding, Yeah, Achilles almost always mean that the athletes not the same going forward.

  • If Katie is 80% of himself, think someone like Paul George, right?

  • Excellent player in All Star, but not K D.

  • Now all of a sudden, if I said what about if it was Paul George in Kyrie, would everyone assume they're going to make the finals?

  • I don't think so.

  • Now if he's KD if he's 100% K d or close to it, get out of the East, man, you got enough?

  • We do not know that to assume that is actually to put too much on K d.

  • He has to be a one in a million medical case, including a.

  • And what if he is a million player?

  • And what if he is?

  • I understand that you say they should get out of the East.

  • What about in terms of the West.

  • How do they stack up?

  • Well, we have to see how I don't think that they go all the way next year.

  • But I do think if K d is k d, it's reasonable toe.

  • Have the expectations get to the finals?

  • I don't think it's reasonable to have the expectation that k.

  • D s k d so I So I have to say, As far as Steve Nash talks about Fortune playing a role in terms of the health of the team, it's gotta help from where you on this K D is on the clock.

  • That's where I'm at with it.

  • Let's face reality here.

  • We've talked about this in the past.

  • KD electing to go to Golden State Obviously, LeBron is getting a lot of shine.

  • KD believes he's the best in the world.

  • Hell, I believe in the best in the world.

  • He's that sensational.

  • He's a scoring machine career 27 points per game scorer, just like LeBron James is, he goes to Golden State, wins back to back titles.

  • Should have one should have repeated if he hadn't torn his Achilles.

  • I mean, the bottom line is they would have beat Toronto.

  • I think we all know that.

  • Having said all of that, he decides to go to Brooklyn.

  • You got a guy like Kyrie that was in Cleveland.

  • Kyrie is talking about how?

  • Excuse me.

  • I mean, you're the first guy that I don't mind, you know, taking a shot in the clutch rather than me.

  • You know, stuff like that.

  • So LeBron goes toe l a LeBron handles his business.

  • He delivers a chip.

  • He's the king again.

  • The king has a crown again, as opposed to just calling himself the King for the last three plus years.

  • Now he truly is the king again.

  • He's the best of the world.

  • U K D.

  • You are not healthy.

  • You come back.

  • I still believe K d can average 27 in his sleep.

  • Whether or not he's going to be the same remains to be seen.

  • But remember, his success isn't predicated on his athleticism.

  • He's 6 11 with a 76 wingspan.

  • It has a handle and has range that can rival Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.

  • This brother is that elite.

  • And so when I look at it and I looked at the squad that Brooklyn has with Laverne and all of these boys and the kind of crew that they have together with a healthy Kyrie and a healthy Kevin Durant, there is no excuse not to make it to the NBA Finals.

  • And if you go up against LeBron, excuse me, LeBron is standing there as the king with the crown.

  • What are you going to do?

  • Two things.

  • That's what this is about.

  • Two things.

  • One looking back on it.

  • Thank God Kawai didn't sign with the Lakers like LeBron wanted to, because it would have cheapened the accomplishment.

  • That's something Cady's gotta understand when he joined a 73 win team with another M V P on it on Steph and a great team all.

  • Obviously, if you win 73 games and won a championship, it's discounted.

  • People like you didn't really prove anything because you could not win the title.

  • That's what would have happened if coup I would have gone to the Lakers.

  • The fact that he didn't LeBron is standing at a D with him, but other dudes had stars with them to LeBron looks better for it.

  • That's the first thing and so k d good.

  • It has to match that right?

  • He's on a good team.

  • He has Kyrie, but it's not like they have three super duper stars.

  • Here's the other thing.

  • You're right because he scores 27 points a game.

  • Doesn't mean he's k d, and that's what I'm saying, Stephen A.

  • Let's say Kyrie was with this version of Jayson Tatum.

  • I won't use Paul George because he did so poorly in the playoffs, But let's say he's with this version of Jayson Tatum right now, which is a guy who might average 27 next year and be great, but maybe not in M V P yet.

  • Would we be sitting here saying they have Tatum and Kyrie?

  • They got to get out of the East.

  • That's fair.

  • But let me But let me throw this by you.

  • We keep talking about how K d in the, in other words, in terms of him capturing a championship, you still have certain things to prove.

  • Okay, let's keep in mind that even though he went to Golden State and he joins Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, he was still the best player on that team.

  • K D is all world.

  • K D is great.

  • And so once we get that out the way and we established excuse me, the level of greatness is really there is no denying that.

  • Not really.

  • It's all about you going up against greatness and really validating yourself.

  • You chose to go to Brooklyn.

  • That's where you wanna go.

  • You want to join your boy Kyrie?

  • Because Brooklyn and one K kyrie without K d.

  • We know that K d was their target.

  • They settle for Kyrie to come with them because that was the package deal that they wanted.

  • But in the end, now it's about it.

  • Now it's about stepping up and making sure to remind the world you're on that level.

  • You're on that level.

  • He doesn't have to remind anybody That is great, because we all know.

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