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.

Sunday NBA Game 7 Predictions

Let start in the East. 

This is what I wanted to warn Orlando about when they started the series.  Don’t go seven game or you’re done.  I believe that Orlando is the better team but game 7 is about playoff experience.  I never imagined that the Boston Celtics team would win three games against Orlando without KG  but they have.  I believe Boston is going to shock Orlando and go to the Eastern Conference Finals.  At least next year, Orlando will have a new coach.   

Now to Game 7 of the LA Lakers and Houston Rockets series.  I have no clue what is wrong with the LA Lakers.  Once Yao Ming went down I thought the series was over.  The Rockets won the next game, then Lakers blows out Houston, and then Houston beats LA again.  Well, at least game 7 is in LA and this means the Lakers are gonna slaughter the Rockets in game 7.  This game won’t even be close.  I have no doubt the Lakers will win this game and  advance to the Western Conference Finals.  Just remember it’s Kobe time.

NBA Playoffs – Round 2 (2009)

April is here and that means NBA Playoffs.

I am not too excited this year about basketball yet.  The first round was alright.  The only series that brought any excitement was the Celtics/Bulls series.  I wished the Bulls had won.  Let’s move to the second round action.

Yesterday we saw game one of the Denver/Dallas series.  I really enjoyed watching Denver beating Dallas.  Dallas is no longer the team they use to be.  The window has  closed for Dallas.  Denver is red hot and will advance to the Western Conference Finals.

The Lakers/ Houston series will be another fun series.  The Lakers will win this series but I think it will take 5 games.  Houston is  really no match for the Lakers but I hope Bynam will step it up this series.  They will need him in this series.  Lakers will make it easily to the next round.

The Cavs/Hawks series I am looking forward to.  I think the Cavs should breeze through this series but Atlanta is a team that will compete with the Cavs.  I will say that the Cavs will win the series in 6 games.  Watch out for Atlanta to make some waves but Lebron and the Cavs will overcome.

The Orlando/Celtics series is another series that I am hoping for total domination by one team, The Orlando Magic.  After the first round, I think that Orlando will struggle against the Celtics.  Orlando must play hard early to finish the series quick.  Don’t let Boston hang around.  I say this series will be close but Orlando will win it in 6 games.  If it goes to seventh game, then Boston will win it.  Orlando do whatever you have to not to take it to a seventh game.

Surprise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My wife wanted to take a vacation, so she decided to spend about three weeks at my Mom’s house in Washington state.  She was planning to drive up from California to Washington with the kids earlier in August.  I drove up with her that weekend and I flew back the following Monday to go back to work.    The plan was that I would fly back up the Wednesday night prior to Labor Day and we would drive home that weekend.

My brother planted the  idea about coming back earlier to spend some extra time in Washington.  My workload was extremely light at my job and so I secretly planned to come to Washington five days earlier than planned.  My brother was the only one who knew of my plan, since he was going to pick me up from the airport.  My brother will often times go into work over the weekend, so he could say he had to go to work to finish a project. I wanted desperately to keep this a surprise from my wife.  I knew I need an excuse to ignore all phone calls for two hours during my flight, so I told my wife I was going to see Clone Wars that Saturday.  On a side note,  I still haven’t seen Clone Wars yet.

After arriving in Washington, I was not sure how I was going to surprise my wife.  My brother called my wife and mom to see what the plan was for dinner that night.  My wife needed to go to Target to pick up some diapers for our daughter prior to dinner.  My brother and I arrived at Target before my wife.  I spent a few minutes wandering the back aisle of the store.  I wanted to find the right opportunity to surprise my wife.  I was concerned that my bright Lithuania Basketball shirt would give me away but I made every effort to keep out of my wife’s and kids’ line of sight in the store.  When they finally arrived I saw both my mom and sister at the front of the store. (My sister and niece were visiting from Eastern Washington that weekend as well.)

It took them awhile to reach the back of the store but I knew eventually my kids would want to check out the toy section.  If the kids went to the toy section then my wife would be there as well.  It is funny as I was standing in one of the aisle, I saw my sister and niece pass by and they did not even notice me.  My mom also walked by and she did not notice me.  This was quite fun but the ultimate question would someone notice me first or would I totally surprise my wife?

As I heard my wife and kids approach ( both my kids are loud), I took precautions to hide between the aisle to conceal my whereabouts.  I waited patiently for the right opportunity and it came.  My wife went to take a look at some toys in a different aisle without the kids.  The rest of my family were scoping out the toy cars.  (My kids can spend hours looking at toy cars. )  With my wife’s back to me, I quickly swooped in behind her.  I think at that moment my mom and sister noticed me but my brother kept them quiet, and they were a little shocked and surprised.  I was behind my wife and then I tapped her on her shoulder.  The shock and surprise on her face was worth it all.  It had only been about two weeks but I truly missed my wife and i was very happy to hold my wife in my arms again, even in a Target store.  My kids were like there is dadda and then the went back to checking out the toys.

My wife, mom and sister were very happy to see me.  I had not seen my sister and niece for over two years so it was a great weekend to get together.  This was a great vacation and i am so happy that i went up early to spend some extra time in Washington with my family.  I even got some time to play basketball on the X-Box 360 with my brother.

Lithuania wins first ever U18 European Championship for Women

FIBA Europe reports in an article that the Lithuanian girls beat Russia to capture their first U18 European Championship.  The final outcome of the game was 63 -57.

Any time Lithuania wins a tournament in basketball, it is time to celebrate.  It is even better that it was against Russia.  I enjoy the fact that Lithuania continues to dominate at basketball internationally. 

I enjoy the fact that the players who play for Lithuania are Lithuanians.  I noticed some countries have players who are not natural citizens.  They are made citizens so they can play for their national team.  For example, on the German Olympic team, Chris Kaman, was made a citizen so he could play for their team during the 2008 Olympics. 

Go Lithuania!!!!!!!!!!