NBA Free Agency 2010 – July 5

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.

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NBA Free Agency 2010 – Advice for LeBron James

Let the fun begin….. 

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.

  1. 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
  2. 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.”
  3.  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.
  4. 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.

Winter Olympics 2010 – Tape Delay?????

NBC Sucks!!!!!!

I noticed the Olympics were going to start at 7:30 PM PST, so I told my kids let’s watch.  I live on the West Coast and I knew we were going to get a slight delay, no big deal.  This was the first opening ceremonies we were going to watch as a family.  I thought it would be cool for the kids since they enjoy playing Mario and Sonic Winter Olympics on the Nintendo Wii. 

Well 7:30pm rolls around and as my family and I watched the coverage, we notice no opening ceremonies.   I thought, that’s alright, we are going to get some coverage on the luge racer, Nodar Kumaritashvili, who tragically died during a training run.  Thirty minutes into NBC’s coverage and there were still no opening ceremonies.  That was enough for us so we just turned off the television.

Whose stupid idea was it to tape delay the Opening Ceremonies for the Olympics on the West Coast from 6pm to 9pm?  I can understand a slight delay but 3 hours you have to be kidding me.  But what should we expect from the network that ask Jay Leno to retire from Late Night then give the Tonight Show to Conan O’Brien but when Jay Leno thinks about coming to Late Night, NBC offers Jay a talk show at 10pm.  When Jay’s show fails at 10pm, NBC get the bright idea to move Jay to a 30 minute show from 11:35pm to 12:05 am and move the Tonight Show to 12:05am.  But would the Tonight Show, no longer be the Tonight Show after midnight?

NBC and their bright ideas and they wonder why their ratings are in the toilet.

Christian Persecution

I ran across this article at Persecution.org .  The Christian Church is under attack world wide.  Please keep our brothers and sisters in Christ in prayer world wide. 

Middle East (MNN) ― An E3 Partner worker in the Middle East is recovering after being attacked by a radical Muslim.

Doyle says, “Jamal was sharing with a Muslim who really seemed to be seeking. He seemed to know a little bit about Christianity. He was talking about dreams and visions, and there was some trust there. Jamal was completely surprised that the man attacked him.”

The attack was violent, says Doyle. “The man said, ‘Do you have any literature?’ and Jamal says, ‘Yes.’ When he turned to get something, the man jumped out of his chair and had a long screwdriver and tried to get Jamal in the back of his head. And then, Jamal turned around in shock, and the man then tried to shove [the screwdriver] through his chest.”

As Jamal tried to fight the man off, he was then hit in the face by a club. Miraculously, Jamal survived the attack, and the national police were called by a family member

Doyle says while the Muslim was being taken away to jail, Jamal showed love to his attacker. He said, “I forgive you. There’s nothing between you and me. I want to come visit you in prison. There’s nothing between my family and yours, and I hope to see you when you’re out of prison. I know God is going to use this in your life, and I’m going to pray for you.”

It was heard by authorities. Doyle says this is a unique message in the Middle East. “There’s no forgiveness there. You do something to my family, I do it back to your family, and it just never ends.”

Doyle adds, “Jamal’s display of forgiveness is the most powerful message because it’s not the message of the other religion. That puts Christianity in a different category, which it really is. This message of forgiveness — that’s what’s needed there.”

Kayaking in Lithuania – Day Two

After a cold night, we awoke to another beautiful day.  We enjoyed or coffee and tea along with some pasta my brother-in law cooked over the fire. We even filled some of our empty bottles with water from a natural spring close to the lake.  Wow, was that water cold.  After a morning swim, we finally torn down our campsite, put our gear in our kayaks, and off we went for day two of our adventure.

Today was a bit different.  We spent less time on the lakes and more time kayaking in the rivers.  Of course, it was easier to kayak on a river than a lake.  It seems on the lake, when I was oaring, I was using too much power with my right arm and when I was oaring with the left, I was not putting enough strength into it.  Instead of kayaking straight across the lake, we ended up zigzagging across it. 

The river was a whole different story.  Less oaring was required when going down the river.  We just need to compensate more for the bends in the rivers.  The scenery was spectacular going down these rivers.  Looking into the water you see a whole different world than what was above the water.

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We made it to our first stop.  It was a point where we had to take our kayaks across a road. There river did continue under the road to the other side. The other side was a little recreational area where many of the locals enjoyed the water gushing out.  There was a little market and place to grab a bit to eat.  We enjoyed some beer, saltibarsciai (fresh beet soup), and some ice cream.  We picked up a couple of snacks and continue with our journey down the river.

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After a nice time floating down the river, we finally made it to another lake.  We kayaked a little further across the lake to our final stop of the day.  It would be here where we would set up camp for the night.

New Events in 2016 Olympics

Yeah, the 2016 Olympics will have both golf and rugby as events.  I think this is a good idea to add two new events to the Olympic program.  Golf is a huge sport worldwide and I think it is about time that the Olympic Committee brough back this sport as an event.  As for rugby, I have only watched bits and pieces of this game on television but   it would be entertaining as an event in the Olympics. I think the Olympics need to bring back more events to th the Olympic  games. I would like them to bring back the Tug of War event. I sure can’t wait for the 2016 Olympic games

Olympics in Rio in 2016

To be honest , I am so happy to see that Rio De Janeiro will host the 2016 Summer Olympics.  This will be the first time that a city in South America will host an Olympics.  This will be an interesting setting for the Olympic games. 

To everyone who wanted to see the Olympics held in Chicago, better luck next time. I really thought Chicago had a very good shot at hosting the Olympics. I think if Rio wasn’t in the mix of cities competing to host the Olympics then Chicago would have won.  I think this was an opportunity to choose a city that would make history.  Choosing Rio to host the Olympics was an easy choice.  The other two cities, Madrid and Tokyo, were interesting  choices but I was not too excited to see either of them to host the Olympics.

I think if the US wants to land the Olympics then they should have the state of Hawaii host the Olympics.  Honestly, I don’t think Hawaii has the infrastructure to handle the Olympics but it would be a great place to attempt to have it.  The only other place I would like to see the Olympics held, it would be in Lithuania.  There is no way Lithuania could hold an Olympics.