The reviews are in for Rodney Hood’s performance in Game Three of the NBA Finals and they’re pretty positive.
SBNation had this to say. Over at SI, Andrew Sharp called it the Rodney Hood game. His teammates are happy for him too because they know what kind of player he is.
Meanwhile, one teammate says he’s sure Cleveland would be up 3-0 if Kyrie Irving were still a Cavalier.
Part of his problem has been that LeBron James is just such a dominant force. That’s no knock on King James; he just is. It’s hard to live in his shadow as Irving found out.
Both James and Hood are free agents after this season and it’s hard to imagine both will stay in Cleveland.
James has been variously imagined as a Celtic (bad new for Kyrie?), a Warrior (Draymond Green says he won't be there if so) and Houston is the choice according to former Miami teammate Chris Bosh but that may not work.
Philly? That seems possible but there’s a wild card now with the bizarre resignation of GM Brian Colangelo.
Still, with Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and maybe JJ Redick, who is also a free agent, Philly has a strong core.
And at 33, James is not going to be able to maintain what he’s doing indefinitely. He as close to Superman as we’ll see any time soon but no one is.
Still, he - or Philly - faces a similar dilemma. He’s such a dominant player that he could overshadow Simmons. Embiid would have to share the lane.
It’s a strange situation because he's very much a team player but at the same time is incredibly dominant.
And whether Hood stays or goes likely depends on what LeBron does.
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