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.
Well 2007 is almost over and it has been one exciting year. I spent over a month in Lithuania and even spent 3 1/2 days in Paris, France. My mom celebrated her 70th birthday. Watching my kids grow up this year has been awesome. I am blessed with the life God has given. Both my wife and kids are awesome and so is the rest of my family. I also enjoy watching the new England patriots go undefeated during the regular season.
If I can encourage anyone with just one thing, it would be to get a bible and start going to a bible teaching church. I guess that is two. Spend next year in the Word reading, praying, and repenting. Need a starting point start with the gospel of John and continue with Acts. Oh, by the way take your time and meditate on God’s words. It is so easy to breeze right through it. Just ponder on it. Also learn to repent more often.
Prediction for football and basketball will come in a later post. I must make one thing clear. The Lakers looking like a good playoff team but not a contender for the NBA Finals. I do not think that they can make it past the San Antonio Spurs. I do think that they are playing a lot better than I thought. My apologize for raggin on Kobe Bryant. i will try better in 2008 to be kinder to him in my blogs? :>
What are my plans for 2008? Watch my post tomorrow.
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.