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.
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.
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.
“Finals MVP Paul Pierce who recently spent three days at a ball camp in Madrid, is making, ahem, news about what he said to a Spanish reporter. The money translation, via RedsArmy: “Q: Is Kobe really the best player in the world? Pierce: I don’t think Kobe is the best player. I’m the best player. There’s a line that separates having confidence and being conceited. I don’t cross that line but I have a lot of confidence in myself.”
I think one of the reasons Paul Pierce has a right to make this statement is due to the fact that his team under his leadership earned an NBA Championship against Kobe Bryant’s Lakers.
The Boston Celtics not only earned an NBA Championship against the Los Angeles Lakers but they clobbered them in the NBA Finals. Paul Pierce showed his leadership during this series and with his championship, I think he is the best player in the NBA.
I do not think that any of the players that are in the league currently are at the caliber of Dr. J, Magic, Bird, or MJ. I think the closest player to their caliber in regards to the impact on the game is Shaq.
Kobe Bryant is a great one on one player but basketball is a team sport. Kobe does not know how to make his teammates better and thus, he will never lead a team to an NBA Championship under his leadership. The only reason Kobe has three championships is because of Shaq. Kobe reminds me of Scottie Pippen. Scottie never won a championship without MJ. HMMMMMMMMMMM.
Tonight is when NBA teams welcome the newest thugs into the league.I always wonder which one will have the hugest impact off the court.I do apologize somewhat because some of these guys are very nice and professional but there is always one guy that the media hounds are waiting for to screw up and put their picture all over their tabloids newspapers.
It went down like everyone predicted. Rose would be chosen first by the Chicago Bulls, Beasley would then be selected by the Miami heat, and Mayo would be selected third by the Timberwolves.
Rose will make a huge impact on the Bulls. I believe the Bulls will bounce back and be a contender in the playoffs next year. I still think the Bulls made a mistake in their selection of Vinny Del Negro as coach because I really wanted Avery Johnson or Doug Collins to become their next head coach.
Beasley will help Miami but the real question is what offseason plans are the Miami Heat looking at. I like Shawn Marion but his salary is an issue. We will see what Miami looks like when the regular season begins.
Wow, what a game. The only thing that was wrong, was the Lakers won instead of the Celtics. The Lakers played just well enough to win this game. Kobe ended up with 25 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 steals. Pau Gasol ended up with 19 points and Lamar had 20 points and 11 rebounds. Derek Fisher had 15 points and Jordan Farmar had 11 points. I was not too impressed with this win. I like the fact that five different players were in double figures but it just felt that the Lakers got lucky to get this win. The Lakers need to step it up on defense and get excited, show some enthusiasm. This victory may give them some momentum for the next game but they need to play better defense.
Boston played well but just could not pull of the win. Paul Pierce had a phenomenal night with 38 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Kevin Garnett had 13 points and 14 rebounds and Ray Allen had 16 points. Outside of the big three the only player to come close to double figures was Sam Cassel with 9 points. The Celtics were just a bit off and I know when they get back home each player will find their sweet spots on the floor. The tables will turn for Boston in game six.
To be honest, the Lakers don’t look like champions. They built a 17 point lead in the first quarter and allowed Boston to come back to within 3 points by half time. Both teams looked tired in the second half and with two minutes to go in the fourth, the Lakers were able to pull away. I am getting sick of seeing the Lakers players complain every time the referee calls a foul against them. I think Kobe and Gasol are the worst complainers.
My fear for the Celtics is injuries. Perkins did not play tonight but hopefully he will be back for game six on Tuesday. Pierce and Rondo have had their share of injuries this series but they seem alright. The Celtics need to finish the Lakers off on Tuesday. If they don’t, then game seven is anyones game. Forget history, it will come down to plays harder.
If the Celtics play the say way on Tuesday as they did tonight, then I think they will win the series on Tuesday night. Being on their home court, they will get a few more calls to go their way and they will like having the fans cheering them on. What better place to win the championship but at home. If the Celtics win, Paul Pierce should be the MVP of the series.