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All Hail the King


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.


Mike Brown Fired as Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach

I know, Mike, I have the same reaction

well, today, after the lakers started out 1-4, only beating the detroit pistons this season, fired their head coach mike brown.  they’ve only won one game out of 14, if you count the preseason also.  i thought it was kinda quick, and i have a feeling many others feel the same way.  they only had steve nash healthy for one game, and they were still learning how to work together.  they were inserting a new offense, the princeton offense, which required many adjustments, in terms of how their team played.  here’s my take on it.

i think that the lakers pulled the plug too early on mike brown.  he is a really good coach, one of the best in the league.  he only took lebron and the cavs to the finals when their next best player was larry hughes.  that’s saying alot.  he i don’t think he had a chance to really make adjustments so that the lakers could succeed.  he came in last year, and personnel was all messed up with pau gasol sad that the lakers didn’t want him, lamar odom all the of sudden getting traded for nothing, and everything out of whack.  so last season was the first season he coached the lakers, and he led them to the semifinals, where they got swept by the thunder.  he wanted to  implement the princeton offense, which involves alot of ball movement.  some people say it’s for players who aren’t really that great, so the ball movement makes up for the skills that the players have.  this was before they got steve nash and dwight, but mike brown wanted to try this even after they got those players.  nash in particular isn’t used to that style of play, and he was trying to adjust.  i think that mike brown

Man, to be Ronny Turiaf right now…

Kobe Bryant vs. Smush Parker

They’re actually talking to each other

you guys have probably heard that kobe bryant called smush parker “the worst” when it came to basketball and being a teammate, and smush parker has told people his side of the story.  according to SLAM, kobe wouldn’t even allow smush to talk to him about anything except basketball, on and off the court.  in fact, when smush tried to talk to him about other things, like football, kobe said that smush didn’t have enough accolades for them to speak.  that’s kinda ridiculous.  and i believe it because that’s kobe.  great player, horrible person.

John Wall’s Summer


it looks like john wall has been playing alot of ball this summer, playing just about anyone who wants to go at him. honestly, he looks really good, really quick and it seems like he’s motivated. on the other hand, i’ll wait to see what he does when he plays against professionals, as opposed to the everyday joe (or jane). so we’ll see.  click on the link above

NBA 2K13 Official Trailer

all i can say is i’m excited.  this trailer doesn’t really show off any of the special features but it looks like the game will have sweet gameplay, as usual.  i can’t wait.

NBA Standings Predictions 2012-2013 Central Division

1. Indiana Pacers

things are looking up…

the indiana pacers had a good run last year, with them making the playoffs and forcing the heat to 6 games.  they are a very balanced team that is very deep.  i felt like they were trying to prove that they weren’t just a team who makes the playoffs and can’t really go far, and won’t back down from anything.  at first, it was pretty cool, until it got too much and they started challenging everything the heat were doing.  their leader was danny granger, who had a reputation as a soft player, but kept getting in lebron’s face about every little thing, small or big.  it was pretty annoying, and in my opinion, they should just play.  it’s not like the heat were doing anything dirty. but this offseason, they accomplished their main priority, which was retaining roy hibbert.  he was key last season, and when he does well, the whole team does well.  he has the size advantage over many, and he also can shoot and defend.  david west and danny granger also bring leadership, and together with hibbert, they have one of the better front courts in the league.  paul george also blossomed last year, although he kind of disappeared in the playoffs.  but he is a young version of andre iguodala, he just needs to work on a few things to improve.  he’s not at andre’s level yet, and it might take a while to get there.  darren collison, who brought a spark off the bench, is gone, but replace by DJ augustin.  he’s a nice addition, and hopefully he could fit in with the rest of the team.  with their bench, they’re primed to take on miami, although i still think that they won’t.  they will be in the middle of the east when the playoffs come, and i see them finishing in the second round (again). starting 5: hibbert, west, granger, george, hill 2. Chicago Bulls

this dude needs to come back

chicago’s season came to an abrupt end with derrick rose went down and they lost in the first round to the 76ers.  derrick rose is expected to miss the majority of the season, and everyone is hoping that he will return back at full strength.  he’s a very physical player who depends on his athletic ability to play.  if he doesn’t have that, then it might be hard for him to have an impact this season.  he missed a big chunk of time last year, and the bulls did well during his absence.   but still, they need rose in order to go far in the playoffs.  they’re aren’t the same team without him. the rest of the roster is still pretty good, with the overpaid boozer and joakim noah in the front court and richard hamilton with newly added kirk hinrich in the back.  luol deng just played in the olympics and played almost every single minute for his team.  so he’s pretty tired, not really getting a chance to rest at all.  i know they will still do well in the season, but come playoff time, i don’t expect them to really get anywhere.  it all depends on rose.  their bench is still decent with nate robinson coming aboard and taj gibson still here.  but they need a go-to scorer who will be able to just take over games with rose recovering.  until then, they won’t be contenders. starting 5: noah, boozer, deng, hamilton, hinrich 3. Milwaukee Bucks when you have two small guards that are both undersized and they’re your starting backcourt, that’s not good.  you thought i was talking about the warriors?  i was actually talking about the bucks, who acquired monta ellis last season.  brandon jennings is still the starting point guard, ellis is starting at the 2, but they both need the ball to be effective.  i don’t know how well that worked last season, but i know they didn’t make the playoffs.  i don’t expect them to make the playoffs this year either, although they have some decent pieces.  andrew bogut was a good big man, but an injuried big man.  he missed tons of games and because of that, the bucks’ defense suffered.  so they went and got samuel dalembert when houston was having a fire sale.  they still have drew gooden, and mike dunleavy, who hasn’t really been the same since getting injured while in indiana.  but they’re stacked in the frontcourt, i just hope none of their guards get injured.  they only have 1 backup each for ellis and jennings, so i’m assuming they’re going to carry the load.  coach scott skiles is a strict coach, but it seems like he can’t get his players to do anything really.  but they should do decently well. starting 5: dalembert, gooden, dunleavy, ellis, jennings 4. Cleveland Cavaliers last season was horrible, but there was one bright spot on the team: kyrie irving.  he won the rookie of the year with a year that was just as good as lebron’s rookie year.  and that’s impressive.  he won the rookie game MVP, and he was just phenomenal.  “uncle drew” irving led the team in scoring and assists last season.  he is recovering from a broken hand but he seems poised to follow his rookie year with an equally impressive 2nd year.  this team has some hope, and they some good pieces around irving like tristan thompson and anderson varejao.  they need a couple of more players, and they lost antawn jamison to the lakers, so this year will still be a rough year, but i think this is all part of the learning process.  but it all starts with irving.  they have a very good coach in byron scott, who last took the nets to the finals, and under his guidance, the cavs will make steps in the right direction.

starting 5:  varejao, thompson, casspi, gibson, irving

5. Detroit Pistons

the pistons have been in a rut for the past few years, with joe dumars making some head turning signings like that guy up there.  but it is what it is, and they have to try and make the best of it.  the only one who is from the 2004 title is tayshaun prince.  everyone else is new, and they have a few decent players like greg monroe and brandon knight.  rodney stuckey is an experiment that didn’t pan out like it was supposed to.  and so they’re stuck with stuckey, charlie villenueva, and veterans like corey maggette.  i think it’s pretty hard to have hope, especially with a locker room that is supposedly as bad as detroit’s.  the coach cannot control his team, and it’s been like this for awhile.  hopefully brandon knight brings some excitement and some basketball back to detroit.

starting 5: monroe, jerebko, prince, stuckey, knight