All Hail the King

FOR6IVEN

So it looks like LeBron James will be donning a Cavs jersey after all.  At first, I lost all respect for him.  Then I read his letter and I can see where he’s coming from.  He wanted to go home, and give hope to those in Ohio who have none.  He’s also forgiven those who have hurt him in the past, which include Cavs’ owner Dan Gilbert, and the fans of Ohio.  If you recall, Gilbert wrote a scathing letter disrespecting James for a decision that James made.  A decision that was rightfully James’s.  And the Cavs just took that letter off their website a couple of days ago.  Then, the fans burned James’s jersey in the streets and took down all the billboards that had him on it.  Gilbert also vowed to win a championship before James.  We all know how that went.

Then came this year’s free agency.  James was expected to resign with the Heat right away, but instead, he dragged the process out for 11 days, stranding the Heat in what they could do.  Then he left.  I read his letter to Sports Illustrated, and I have to admit, I respect him.  At first, when I heard the news, I didn’t know how he could make this decision.  I would have rather had him go anywhere else except Cleveland.  But I’ve accepted it, turns out that James is a bigger man (literally and figuratively) than me.  I don’t think I would have been able to go back after what happened.  I give him tons of credit.

But this one decision creates a domino affect for the rest of free agency.  You’ve already seen it, where Jeremy Lin was shipped off to LA, and then Carmelo Anthony is now only interested in Chicago or New York (ironic).  Houston is making room for Chris Bosh (one of my favorite players), and Dallas now might not get Chandler Parsons.  Also, Andrew Wiggins might get traded for Kevin Love, and there will be a new big 3 that the NBA has to deal with.  It’s just a chain reaction that all starts with James.

The person I should feel bad for is Dwyane Wade.  I don’t really like him, but he gets the short end of the stick.  What happens to him now?  I guess he gets his max money, but will be stuck in the middle of the pack in the Eastern Conference, and that’s thinking positively.  I just hope Miami doesn’t do him dirty and still ask him to take a pay cut.

Again, I respect James’s decision.  Am I going to root for him?  Probably not.  I’ve been a James supporter since the beginning.  So many countless hours defending him against everyone that I know.  But I don’t think I will follow him to Cleveland.  This is where I stop.  And so I must choose a team to root for again.  The Knicks, since I’m from New York?  I can’t put my belief in Carmelo Anthony, no matter how hard I try.  Portland behind Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge, along with with GM Neil Oshley?  The Boston Celtics, behind Danny Ainge, coach Brad Stevens, and whoever is on the roster?  The Clippers, who will hopefully get free from Donald Sterling’s grip?  The Spurs, who play the purest form of basketball, but also just beat the Heat?  The Warriors, who as fun as they are to watch, I just can’t get into anyone else besides Stephen Curry?  The Suns?

I think I”ll start a new leaf but also with that “outcast” pick and start supporting the Toronto Raptors, who have a great fan base, a bright future with Kyle Lowry and Demar Derozan, a good GM in Masai Ujiri, and most importantly, the most recognizable ambassador in Drake.  That’s the LeBron effect on me.  I will start rooting for the Toronto Raptors.

WE THE NORTH

LeBron James and Free Agency

What will it be?

I’ve been anxiously waiting (like many other people) to see where LeBron will end up for next year.  I really hope it’s in Miami and not Cleveland.  The reports according to ESPN are that LeBron is considering the Cavs and the Heat right now, and I really think that if he chooses the Cavs, I would lose all respect for him.  Wasn’t it just four years ago when Dan Gilbert, the owner of the Cavs, wrote a seething letter about LeBron James, and how he was selfish, among other things, and that the Cavs would win a title befre LeBron did?  Well, two Heat titles later, Gilbert is begging for James to come back.  And if I was James, I would not go back.  disrespecting me like that would always stick with me.  I could not root for him if he did go back.  He wouldn’t win a title this year anyway, and he wants a 2 year deal?  Crazy talk.  And Chris Bosh would go to Houston.

I would be happy for Bosh, because he’ll get what max money that he deserves.  He’s a humble and unselfish guy, willing to sacrifice for the greater good.  And he never gets his due.  But he will finally when the Heat crumble after they all leave.

But I hope the big 3 stay together in Miami.

Things looking bleak for Miami

Houston Rockets Pitch to Melo using Jeremy Lin’s Number

Does that number look familiar?

Today the Houston Rockets met with Carmelo Anthony and tried to convince him that Houston is the place for him.  They put billboards up with Melo in a Rockets uniform, with his number, number 7.  That also happens to be the same number Jeremy Lin wears.  And guess what?  He’s still on the Rockets.  While it’s pretty much public knowledge that Jeremy Lin would get traded if Melo signs with the Rockets, it’s pretty disrespectful to use his number while he’s still on the team.  It seems like Carmelo follows Jeremy Lin everywhere he goes and kicks him out.  It happened when Lin was on the Knicks, and now it’s happening with the Rockets.  All I know is that I respect Lin for taking the high road, quoting Luke 6:29 on Twitter instead of lashing out.  It must be awkward.

Heat Looking at Lowry

Will they be together next year?

Everyone is spectating the biggest free agency in a while.  And the biggest questions this offseason is whether or not the big 3 for Miami will return.  All signs point to yes, that they will defy odds and work it out so that they will all come back, and get some help.  And the main target looks like Kyle Lowry, the point guard from Toronto.  After the disastrous finals appearance from Mario Chalmers, the Heat know they need a replacement.  And Lowry seems to be the perfect fit.

But how can they afford him?  Well, according to ESPN, the big 3 have figured out a way to get some help.  They talked this past weekend and it seems like they’ve decided to take less…well, Bosh and Wade.  As for LeBron James, he’s going to get close to the maximum amount he can get, as he should be getting.  And Pat Riley is now saying they have around $12 million to get free agents.

I am anticipating what Riley has in store.  The way that James, Wade, and Bosh are redoing their contracts are defying odds and going against the grain.  It doesn’t matter if they get slack for being a superteam, they want to win championships and this is the best way to get them.  They just need some players that are a little younger and more athletic.  And I can’t wait for next season.

Jason Kidd going to the Milwaukee Bucks

I know I haven’t been blogging in a pretty long time.  But this situation has inspired me to write about the NBA again.  I will try my best to consistently blog.

With that being said, I’ve been reading about the Jason Kidd situation, and I think that it’s absolutely absurd.  Nets GM Billy King took a chance on Kidd and gave him a coaching position when Kidd didn’t have any coaching experience.  Even after the Nets got off to a horrible start, King stuck by him.  There are reports that King was contemplating firing Kidd, which is understandable, but he didn’t.  And now Kidd shows his appreciation by asking King for his job.

I mean, that’s pathetic.  Kidd is so stuck up, power-hungry, and way out of his league.  Just last week, the Bucks’ new owners said they are committing to long term improvement, making smart decisions and slowly building a contender.  I think this decision will force the Bucks to take a couple of steps back.

But Jason Kidd seems to be burning bridges wherever he goes.  His actions are inexcusable, and uncalled for.  I hope the Bucks now stay at the bottom of the NBA for the whole time Kidd is there.

And one last thing, what does this mean for Larry Drew?  He hasn’t been in contact with the Bucks, and he’s been nothing but a faithful coach.  I hope he gets a really great position in the NBA.

Lakers Dilemma

i know i haven’t written in this blog for awhile, but it’s kinda hard to actually write stuff about the nba when you don’t get a chance to watch a lot of it.  it’s different watching the game as opposed to the highlights.  but the trading deadline is coming up, and it seems like (one of) the big questions have been answered.  the lakers have reportedly told dwight howard that they won’t trade him before the deadline.  which gives some potential problems for the lakers.

the first is the way the lakers are playing.  they haven’t been able to figure out how to use gasol and howard at the same time, and it has taken kobe to be steve nash in order for the lakers to win some games.  this isn’t what the lakers envisioned when they got howard and nash.  their homerun is starting to look like a bunch of strikeouts.  it isn’t all of the lakers fault, as injuries to nash, gasol, howard, hill, and blake have all plagued the lakers.  but at the same time, their record should be better than what it is right now, because of the talent that’s on this roster.  the coaching change that came in the beginning of the season brought mike d’antoni, a guy who doesn’t know how to use the roster.  this is ironic, because the roster is why they chose d’antoni.  and now he can’t use them.

but the issue now is whether howard is going to resign with the lakers after this season.  and it seems like this is going to be dwightmare 2.0.  they don’t have a commitment from howard, and they’re not going to trade him.  that seems a little ridiculous because the future of the lakers without howard is pretty bleak.  they don’t have any draft picks, they don’t have any players who have a bright enough future where they could carry the franchise.  it all hinges on howard.  and that’s alot of pressure for someone who doesn’t make decisions easily.  at least lebron made his decision when he wanted to.

but i would definitely trade howard if i didn’t get a definite yes from him by february 21st.  end of story.  otherwise, i think there’s a bad ending for LA fans.  which i will rejoice in haha.

Rajon Rondo and Kris Kardashian Fight

last night, the boston celtics and the brooklyn nets played and rondo took exception to a hard foul on kevin garnett by kris humpries.  the foul really wasn’t that hard, and rondo just overreacted a bit.  i think rondo shouldn’t have started anything, and i think it’s hilarious that his jersey was taken off like hockey.  kevin garnett and gerald wallace also got into it as well.  everyone involved except kevin garnett were ejected, and i expect a 3-5 game suspension on rajon rondo.  i think he deserves it, because his actions were clearly unwarranted and he has a history of not being able to control his temper.  he’s kinda hard headed, and it’s admirable that he stood up for his teammate, but please use discretion when choosing when to fight.  even doc rivers said his team is soft, so i’m sure he didn’t think it was a hard foul at all, even though he said so to the media.  also, kris humpries posted his battle wounds after the game.  i thought that was hilarious..