Fourth of July weekend is over and let’s review what big fireworks went off in the NBA. We have two huge contracts offered to two NBA players. I was hoping it would be LeBron and Wade but my dreams were shattered. What’s taking LeBron so long? It time for him to man up and make a decision. Lebron just remember one thing: NBA Championship, forget what your homies are telling you.
First major contract to look at is Joe Johnson resigning with the Atlanta Hawks for $120 million for 6 years. I understand the Hawks resigning Joe Johnson but $120 million. Let get real, he’s not worth it. I think the Hawks could have offered less and still kept him. Do I blame Joe Johnson, no way. They offered him the max and he was very smart to take it.
The second big contract I want to talk about is Amare Stoudemire signing with the New York Knicks for $100 million over five years. You have to be kidding me. This is a huge risk by the Knicks. Amare is good but I don’t think he is worth $100 million. I know the Knicks are rebuilding and doing whatever it can to make a move into the playoffs but I think they overpaid for Amare. I have no doubt signing Amare is step one to relaunching the franchise but the Knicks need to land superstar Lebron James or it’s all for nothing. I can’t see Wade coming to the Knicks but if he does look out. Again do I blame Amare for signing with the Knicks for $100 million, no way.
Both Joe Johnson and Amare Stoudemire made a wise decision. Owners showed them the money and they took it. Before Lebron make his world shaking decision to change the landscape of the NBA, free agents such as Joe and Amare were wise to get their share of the pie before it was too late.
Two other players to exit free agency and return to their teams were Paul Pierce with Boston and Dirk Nowitzki with Dallas. These two players just entered free agency to secure their futures. I have to say smart move. Both players signed on for another 4 years with their teams.
One last comment is the LA Lakers signing Steve Blake. Steve Blake played point guard for both the Blazers and Clippers. I think this is a great move for the Lakers. I always believe their weakest position was point guard. I like Derek Fisher but he is getting old. Eventually this position has to be addressed and no better time than now to address it.
First off I want to begin by giving LeBron James some advice. You have almost every option at your finger tips. Any owner in the NBA would love to have you on their team. Any team would instantly sellout every home game for the next five years. The reality is there are only a few teams that will allow you to win an NBA Title.
Cleveland Cavaliers – You have what you want. Cavs ownership has cleaned house with both Mike Brown and Danny Ferry kicked to the curb. It looks like Byron Scott is the new head coach and Byron Scott can coach this Cavs’ team to the NBA Finals. You have chemistry with your teammates in Cleveland. I believe staying in Cleveland is your best immediate shot at a return to the NBA Finals
The best team in Florida. Everyone thinks that if you join Dwayne Wade in Miami and if Pat Riley can lure one more free agent then Miami will return to the promise land. Wrong! Wrong! Wrong!. I think you need to team up with Dwight Howard in Orlando. It seems every year Cleveland plays Orlando in the playoffs, every time Orlando upset King James and the Cavs. I was told growing up,” If you beat them, then join them.”
Chicago Bulls – Chicago is very talented team but it lacks an NBA All Star. You cold be that missing piece that could return Chicago to the NBA Finals. There is one problem with going to Chicago. You will always be in Micheal Jordan’s shadow. You will always be compared to MJ. How many rings did MJ win and how many rings did King James win? If you never surpass MJ’s legacy, you will probably be called Queen James instead of King James.
Los Angeles. No,No,No. The saying, “If you can’t beat them, then join them”, does not apply here. I am not suggesting LeBron James join the Lakers. That would be fun for a season or two but Kobe would never allow it. I think your best bet is to join the Los Angeles Clippers. Why would I even suggest the LA Clippers? The LA Clippers play at the Staples Center just like the LA Lakers. The Staples Center is place where NBA Championships are part of NBA lore. It is a place where NBA Legends are created. But there is one who could bring balance to Staples Center. It is time for the LA Clippers to no longer be the laughing-stock of the NBA but to be the team where championships are created. The LA Clippers are also in search of a new coach. You could be part of that search.
Most notably missing from my list are both the New York Knicks and the New Jersey Nets. Going to either theses two teams would be a step backwards. Your chances to win an NBA Title would be just a dream. You would make it to the NBA Playoffs, half the NBA does, but only the best win it all.
Just wanted to share some highlights from Lithuania playing in the Euroleague Championship in 2007. Lithuanian took bronze. Lithuania lost only once during the tournament. Lithuanian has qualified for the 2008 Olympics in China. Watch out! I won’t be surprised if Lithuania takes home a medal in the 2008 Olympics.
Ever since the Lakers traded away Shaq a dark cloud has been hanging over this organization. His name is Kobe (ballhog) Bryant. Kobe is a great scorer. I would be to if I took that many shots. Kobe lacks one quality to take him to the next level, leadership.
Why was Kobe banned from practice? Read this articl from th NY Post.
The way I hear it, Phil Jackson banned Kobe Bryant from being around the Lakers Tuesday when his petulant VIP – offended that owner Jerry Buss alerted the Los Angeles media he was available in an equitable trade – informed him he wouldn’t be practicing, for the third straight day, because he wanted to rest his legs, knee, bruised ego, whatever. “I don’t want you riding the exercise bike in front of the team,” Jackson hipped Bryant, according to a source. “There’s nothing wrong with your legs. I need you to be part of the team. I need to come to practice and work hard. And I need you to come to games and play defense.” Last season, Inaction Jackson felt Bryant had gotten a little lazy on the sidelines and at practice. In his considered opinion, he and his coaching staff were too easy, too soft on the players, especially Mr. Big Stuff.
It’s time to trade Kobe. Dr. Buss please trade Kobe now before his rotten attitude affects the entire team. Rebuild and in a year or two the Lakers will return to the Finals without Kobe. :>
I understand that Kobe fills the stands but there is one problem. He has not been able to lead the Lakers back to the Finals. Kobe will never be able to lead the Lakers to the Finals. I will hold off on saying if he could lead any other team to the Finals. I honestly believe that Kobe and Dirk would be a killer combo and could lead Dallas back to the Finals.
I honestly believe that for any team to win the NBA Finals, they need two superstars. The only exception are team like San Antonio and Detriot. These teams win by playing like a team.
“We have to get better. Me, as an individual, I have to be much better on and off the court. And that will carry our team to higher levels. I think it starts with me first and then it will trickle down to everybody else.”
– LeBron James, on what was the biggest thing he’d take away from his first Finals experience.
Well congrats to the Spurs to another NBA Championship. Four titles in nine years that’s amazing. I guess the big question for them is if they can win it back to back? I am happy to see Tony Parker as the MVP. He deserves it. Robert Horry now has seven championships. I always like the guy and it seems he is on the right team at the right time. Oh by the way, the Cleveland Cavs may have been swept by the Spurs but they are one player away from being able to compete next year. Hopefully they will get one or two additional role players to help out Lebron James. Cleveland must find someone to hit those clutch 3 pointers. I guess the reason I am happy the Spurs won was because they won as a team. In order for any team to beat the Spurs they need to shut down Duncan, Parker, and Giniolbi. Usually if one of those players is having a bad night then a role player will come in and does what they need to win.
Notice the leadership in Duncan. He is constantly building up his teammates. This characteristic is also seen in Lebron James. As a Lakers fan, I believe the biggest downfall to the Lakers is Kobe Bryant. He lacks this leadership quality. He never builds up his teammates and when then lose; he does not take responsibility for the loss. Kobe Bryant is a great scorer and a great individual player but he does not have the leadership quality to take his team to the NBA Finals. The only reason he has three championships is because of Shaq.
For any team to win the NBA Championship learn to play like a team. Learn from the Spurs, a team in which each player has put their egos aside, contribute to work together to fulfill the role each has been given, and thus in nine years have become a NBA dynasty.