Jul
24
Skip Bayless reveals The Athletic has new inside info on why Kawhi chose the Clippers – UNDISPUTED



what is your reaction to these details this is what I don't get I mean there's a lot of there's a lot of double talking here skill on the one they said magic messed it up but in this same article this article skip it says elite players like kauai earn their stripes and he was not going to be a guy that joined a so-called super team one source close to the situation told charms now if the super team forms around him there's nothing he can control so the other words guild bailiffs i don't want to join or super team but if you build one around me a super team I'm good with that it's the old antiquated way of thinking as long as teams put teams together well I have no control over that well us it takes the pressure off you yeah make it seems like you're not controlling the situation we know Kauai yeah held the Clippers feet to the fire saying because they didn't try to sign Paul George in the offseason they didn't this came about because Kauai says he wanted to play with another superstar it's being reported he reached out to KD he reached it out reached out to Kyrie Jimmy Butler now we're finding out called Darryl Morris James Harden available Bradley B is Bradley Beal of available look this notion that Kawhi didn't want to join a super team with all hogwash he understands that in order to win in this league he got lucky looked for no other way around it Kevin Durant's healthy klay Thompson healthy we're having a different discussion Kawhi is still sought after but we're not they make it seem like now all of a sudden he's a Mount Rushmore player mmm no sound like me look now look I think he's still the best two-way player in the game he had an unbelievable run last year but slow down this notion about Kawhi and Lee s Magic Johnson should have never told and I don't know if they told they told magic not to tell I don't know what was what was given but he didn't do them any favors but my question is as simple as this Kip if you didn't want to superteam why are you even talking to the Lakers because LeBron and ad was already there they were not gonna have to add pieces they were there so why are you talking to the Lakers if you're uninterested in joining a super team unless you needed to throw that smoke screen out there damn yeah I'll put that fire to the Clippers so you could get to your ultimate destiny of that and also you want to hold up the Lakers from going after anybody else who would have been available earlier in free agency you want to keep them hanging on till the bitter end and then you want to drop them on their heads with a lake of that already given up they didn't have anything else to give skip we didn't have anything else to sail they had Bezier and we now right no I'm just said to labor the Lakers had given up everything to get ad so they had no more pieces yeah but earlier in free agency if they'd just known flat out there's no way that guys come in here you could have pursued any be level four you go play you'll play 15 million for Terrence Ross not Terrence Ross you can go higher you could go after Jimmy Butler you could have you could have we good oh you good now it's easy for you to say in hindsight no don't skip I know I made it abundantly clear mmm the Mack slot is available you get Kawhi or you spend it wisely that was simply was no it wasn't no Jimmy it wasn't Kawai was it Carrie it wasn't Tobias Erin it wasn't any of those other guys you got a Mac slot yes I would have loved to have a Kawhi but he once he made his decision I don't have a problem with that but this notion about Kawhi didn't want to join the super team why are you talking skip I don't want to live in Malibu but I'm always looking his property in Malibu was that me well again he did not want the spotlight heat of saying I'm now on a team that is the prohibitive that may be the biggest prohibitive favorite in the history of the NBA to win the championship he wants no part of that and I also believe which is not involved in this story but I think he wanted no part of having to play in LeBron shadow or to be the potential scapegoat for the quote-unquote goat that you call LeBron and he just the drama king that LeBron is he wanted no part of that he was zeroed in quietly on Clippers from day one so but let me say question who does Kawhi the face who do you thinks gonna think house Paul George on the Clippers that's not a Lawrence Frank deal that's you that's what that's that's at your feet Kauai okay you are not gonna for that off yeah so in other words no he made it clear to the Clippers according this artist got to have a co-star not willing to sign and wait until next trade deadline feeder try to land somebody right here right now or the threat was I'm going back to Toronto right so this notion about oh not one enjoying the super team and so who knows here may be the advent of maybe it's just the dynamic duo now maybe that big three that we let you know what Kevin Durant Klay and Steph maybe you won't bit maybe you won't get one of those in the near future but maybe it's gonna be the dynamic duo and then you can put some artillery pieces around that enough of those don't see what happens from there okay so the first line of this piece that caught my eye was this one about Steve Ballmer the owner of the Clippers the wealthiest man in the NB a Steve Ballmer's competitiveness and willingness to spend any amount necessary to win originally caught number twos I I think more important it caught uncle Dennis's eye because uncle Dennis wanted to get taken care of also and he knew that the big deepest pockets to be taken care of belonged to Steve Ballmer and again there are lots of little ways to circumvent the salary cap I can do this for you I can do this for you I can take care of you you you you you all kinds of things all kinds of perks all kinds of side deals can be made until finally number twos whole group says wow what why wouldn't we all want to be here they're all right okay then it's probably also real estate man I don't know that has been speculated people I know around the NBA because it's it's the equivalent of like a finder's fee you know like you bring you deliver you be a baseball okay there you go so then we get to poor Magic Johnson who had a tough run over the last what's it been about three months or you know because he did wit in a shock an overnight shock and he proceeded to just lay into his beloved Lakers and he was so critical of the French and I think that was the start of the downfall Revere Lakers in this quest to land I just don't know what magic thought it was he would how was he helping skill knowing how private kawaii is what did he think he was gonna help and say yeah they called me and these were the questions that they asked okay I think magic who obviously has an ego like anybody else does and was the number one most beloved Laker once he took such a social media beating you know with all the criticism of why did you quit and why did you go after palinka and genie in a way that that he saw an opening I'll help of get Kauai then I can I can make it up yes yeah I can fix it and I'm gonna fix it by I'm going to leak it to everybody he called he wanted to talk to me on the phone he and uncle Dennis both wanted to talk to me and once you leaked that according to all these quotes because there's one front office executive who tells the athletic if you screw this up you are done you were out that was the point made to all everybody involved in the initial process they didn't say that but that was the message it was basically look we would appreciate discretion which means keep your effing mouth shut and who was the first to blurt the number one most beloved Laker he would hear bed to be a magical he liked to tweet he liked to talk you know you would see and that was the problem he didn't see himself in an executive position anymore no longer affiliated with a team he thought he was just a normal guy that guys would could remember skip he wanted you know Ben Simmons boarded the train wait a minute and behave like no no no you can't do it in your current capacity now if you were to leave that capacity and Ben Simmons wants to work out with you so magic is not looking at it like I'm an exact I mean they called me I should be able to talk about anything right actually you are an extension of the Lakers you might be the Extension yeah oh good Lakers I just don't understand what he thought he was gonna help by leaking that information but this notion but all help himself but also this notion that Kauai oh he didn't want to draw in a super team but his first meeting was we'll skip the Lakers who already had a D and LeBron in place but again he said I don't want to join a super team but if y'all put one around me you know ever since give out you know hey I didn't build this fence but if you put the fence around my house okay I guess I could Oh mmm what is your reaction to these details this is what I don't get I mean there's a lot of there's a lot of double talking here skill on the one they said magic messed it up but in the same part of this article skip it says elite players like Kawhi earned their stripes and he was not going to be a guy that joined a so-called super team one source close to the situation told Shawn's now if the super team forms around him there's nothing he can control so the other words killed Bayliss I don't want to join a super team but if you build one around me a super team I'm good with that it's the old antiquated way of thinking as long as teams put teams together well I have no control over that well I said takes the pressure off you yeah make it seem like you're not controlling the situation we know Kauai yeah held the Clippers feet to the fire saying because they didn't try to sign Paul George in the offseason they didn't this came about because Kauai says he wanted to play with another superstar is being reported he reached out to KD he reached it out reached out to Kyrie Jimmy Butler now we're finding out called Darryl Morris James Harden available bradleyb is Bradley Beal of available look