"Swap LeBron and Westbrook, Thunder Don't Make Playoffs"
He clearly is a different player at age 32 than he was at age 23, and doesn't have that same motor he did before when he carried awful teams all the way to the NBA Finals. He could certainly do it in his prime, but how about now?
LeBron James is a player who divides opinion like none other, but if you really think he would look at Andre Roberson and Enes Kanter and decide he wanted to prove he could still put guys like them on his back en route to a dramatic Finals run, you are sadly mistaken.
At age 32, LeBron is not ready to endure the type of wear and tear that comes from a heavy workload and dependence. He could not do what Russell Westbrook did this season, this regular season, because he doesn't want to. That's a part of the game.
Jason Smith explains in the audio below from Friday night why if you swapped LeBron and Westbrook, the Thunder don't make the playoffs. Listen here.
Warriors "System" Gets Praise, but the Spurs Do It Better
"The Spurs system makes the Warriors system look like a bunch of kids playing dungeons and dragons."
When you think about the injury to Tony Parker, and the reaction it got in the media, you would think the Spurs lost their perennial NBA MVP or something. Fans were quick to say "this series is DONE" and other demonstrative and exaggerated statements, failing to realize who and what they were talking about.
By sliding Patty Mills into the point guard role, seamlessly including Simmons in the rotation, and changing the way they play the game, the Spurs are leading the series 3-2 with a chance to close it out tonight.
So, what do they do differently?
Jason Smith explains how the system the Spurs have in place is far superior to the system the Warriors get accolades and credit for 24/7... listen right here:
Emmy-award winning producer and NFL Network host Jason Smith brings his extensive experience in Sports Talk entertainment to late nights on FOX Sports Radio, providing analysis on the day in sports and updates on the games in play, while engaging in entertaining conversations with listeners to close out the day and prepare for tomorrow.
About The Host
Emmy-award winning producer and NFL Network host Jason Smith has returned home to FOX Sports Radio, where he began his broadcasting career in 2000. Hosting FOX Sports Tonight, weekdays from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. ET/7 p.m. – 11 p.m. PT, he brings his extensive experience in Sports Talk entertainment to late nights on FOX Sports Radio as he provides analysis on the day in sports and updates on the games in play, while engaging in entertaining conversations with listeners.
Smith is also the host of NFL Fantasy Live on the NFL Network during football season. He previously hosted a variety of programs for ESPN Television and Radio, including the weekly nationally-syndicated All-Night, heard in over more than 500 markets in the United States. Smith won an Emmy-award in production working on SportsCenter before making the transition behind the microphone.
A native of Staten Island, New York, Smith is a graduate of Syracuse University where he earned a B.A. in English. He loves his wife, daughter and the New York Jets (not necessarily in that order).