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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

Kyrie Irving X Foot Locker “Week of Greatness” Trailer

this commercial is pretty funny.  i think kyrie is a pretty good actor if you’d ask me, with this and the “uncle drew” commercials as well.  check it out!

Kyrie “Uncle Drew” Irving Challenges Kobe for $50,000

i like your enthusiasm and competitive kyrie, but my money’s on kobe.  and kobe’s right, you just did graduate high school lol

Dwight Howard Situation

I know right, can we just get this saga over with?

right now, this is what the update is.  the magic wanted to send dwight to the lakers, but bynum isn’t guaranteeing that he will sign long term with orlando, so that’s a no go for the magic.  so the magic went back to brooklyn.  brooklyn was trying to find a third team to help out with the dwight deal, and it seemed like orlando wasn’t willing to cooperate last week with it.  the details of it is not all revealed yet, but i think marshon brooks would go to cleveland, as orlando seems to think they have no need for him, brook lopez and kris humphries to orlando, and dwight (of course) going to brooklyn.  there is also concern that there will not be a balance in competitiveness in the league.  with that being said, lakers just got nash last week.  honestly, if a team can complete this kind of trade, and if they are willing to do so, then why not?  i think most people would rather see a bunch of really good players play together, rather than a bunch of teams with just one star trying to carry their whole team, ala the bulls.  and, if the lakers get dwight, isn’t that the same thing?  but that’s just me.

in other free agent news…

KIRK HINRICH is going back to the bulls.  that’s a nice pickup for them, since derrick rose is injured with a torn acl and mcl.  hinrich is a solid point guard, knows what he needs to do, and is a decent defender as well.

RYAN ANDERSON is being traded to the hornets for some dude.  i think in order to make this work, the hornets have to renounce the rights to some players, like chris kaman and carl laundry, both who are good players to have.  this move wil give anthony davis room to operate all day in the post.  looks like things are shaping up only a year after trading chris paul.

MARCUS CAMBY is discussing being traded to the knicks.  he would like a starting job, which miami can give him, but miami is not in a position financially to offer as much as the knicks could offer him.  i think camby should go to miami, not because i’m a heat fan, but because it’s a better fit, with chandler already on the knicks.

COURTNEY LEE is being courted by celtics.  after losing ray allen to the heat, the celtics are desperate for another shooting guard to either start, or backup jason terry/avery bradley.  that would be a good pickup, as lee is a 40% shooter from downtown.

NICK YOUNG is going to the sixers.  don’t really get this move, unless iguodala is moving.  they had to amnesty elton brand to make this move.