The New England Patriots had a surprise visit after Wednesday’s practice session: Kobe Bryant.
The retired NBA star spent some time hanging around the Pats’ locker room as OTAs resumed following an extended holiday weekend.
Matt Lutovsky. Leonard’s injury is more worrisome given how long he’s been dealing with it. It’s apparently a bit of a medical mystery, which is about as bad of a two-word phrase as anyone can hear. Beckham’s ankle injury could certainly become a recurring problem, especially given that he plays a much more violent game, but for now, he’s expected to make a full recovery.
Vinnie Iyer: Beckham. Because he plays football and has gotten hurt a lot of late doing it. Before he got going as a rookie, he was hamstrung coming into the league. His position also puts him more in the line of fire in the more dangerous sport. Leonard, even with the mysterious nature of his injury, is less risky.
Jordan Greer: There’s not much evidence to support the theory that Leonard is the NBA’s version of Mariah Carey. It’s hard enough to get the guy to open up about basketball. The diva factor is probably in the 2.5-3 range only because of the lack of communication between Leonard’s camp and the Spurs. That has caused some friction, but it hasn’t destroyed the relationship. On the other side, Beckham is a star wide receiver. Being a diva kind of comes with that package, doesn’t it?
Matt Lutovsky: Beckham is a 10 on the Diva scale. That’s been scientifically proven, and it’s undoubtedly a big part of the problem. Leonard is probably a five, but it’s tough to say because he never speaks. Either way, his divaness really has nothing to do with whether he’ll be traded.
Nick Birdsong: I’m not a big fan of calling any grown man a diva, but, on the surface, Beckham is the easy answer here. However, he’s never willingly sat out while his team has a chance to contend after being cleared to play. Leonard doesn’t talk much nor does he showboat the way Beckham does, but the fact he’s not out there competing says a lot about his priorities.