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All Hail the King

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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.

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Blake Griffin Signs Extension

looks like he’ll be donning this uniform for at least a couple of more years.  today, he just agreed to a 5 year deal.  it could be worth up to $95 million, depending on what he does next year.  if he’s voted an all-star starter, or if he earns an all-nba second team selection, then it maxes out at $95 million.  if he doesn’t, then i’m assuming that he only gets around $70 million or so.  this could be the difference in the clippers getting another player to help them later in a couple of years.  but, congrats to blake griffin.

NBA Free Agent Update

Here’s a blog that will be updated frequently to report anything about the NBA.

the past week or so has been busy, with the free agent period starting and many people have signing with new teams, or being traded to new ones.  here are some of the major ones that have occurred so far.

DERON WILLIAMS RESIGNS WITH THE NETS FOR $100 MILLION- i think this a good move for deron, seeing that one of the two teams he was interested in, the mavs, are falling apart right now.  there weren’t a lot of weapons with the mavericks and even though they have a really good owner in mark cuban, brooklyn has a russian owner with no restraint in spending money.  that’s good news for him.  if he went to the mavericks, he would have had dirk nowitzki, a washed up vince carter, and a washed up shawn marion.  with the nets, he has gerald wallace, brook lopez, a couple of young players through the draft, AND…..

JOE JOHNSON TRADED TO THE NETS FOR JORDAN FARMAR, JOHAN PETRO, ANTHONY MORROW, JORDAN WILLIAMS, AND DESHAWN STEVENSON- yeah, the only name that matters is joe johnson. he’s a great addition to the team, although he comes with a hefty price tag.  but then, again, nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov doesn’t care.  the nets want to win now, and while they don’t have enough pieces to do that, it’s a good start.  deron williams and joe johnson will be one of the best backcourts in the nba.  the other duo that might compete with them is….

STEVE NASH TRADED TO THE LAKERS FOR NOTHING- well, not nothing but a couple of first and second round draft picks that will be no higher than 22.  basically, steve nash wanted to go to new york at first, but then decided to stay near his kids, and so he went to LA, the team he hasn’t liked in ages.  this is a big step for kobe, assuming that he’s going to allow nash to handle the rock for at least 60% of the time.  maybe kobe’s shooting percentage will be above 45% this year.  i would that’s a given, now that nash is on there.  nash comes at a $27 million price tag, and the lakers have a payroll about the size of the empire state building.  so i would think they would try hard to trade gasol.  but this is a good move for LA, and they’re now i would say one of the top 2 teams in the west.  OKC still is the top team in the west for me.  as a bonus, here’s a poster with nash in a LA uniform.  i’m sure bynum’s happy.

KEVIN GARNETT STICKS WITH THE CELTICS- for 3 more years!! as much as i love KG, and i’ve been a fan of his since the beginning, 3 more years is pushing it a tad too far.  maybe 2 years at most i would say, assuming they still want to be in the championship/playoff hunt in the next three years.

JASON TERRY SIGNS WITH THE CELTICS- i may have to not like the celtics after this one.  they’re just getting older, but also, i hate jason terry.  he’s just a really dirty player overall, and a cocky one as well.  and the celtics are saying that they want ray allen to come back also, but i don’t know how that’s going to work.  maybe ray allen can come to the heat (hmmm)….

JASON KIDD SIGNS WITH THE KNICKS- he just spurned the mavs into thinking he was going to sign with them, then in the last minute turn and sign with the knicks.  i was literally laughing when i saw this.  and now the mavs have no one besides dirk.  i’m sure he isn’t happy with cuban right now, or cuban has a really good explanation for all this.  dirk won’t ask for a trade, but he’ll be kinda unhappy.  half man, no amazing ain’t gonna cut it in this league.  the knicks are a good fit for kidd, as he could mentor jeremy lin, who just signed an offer sheet with the rockets (that the knicks will match), and also play a bit.  i’m sure it’ll be good to reunite him with amare, maybe get him extra motivated for this season.

NICOLAS BATUM AND BRANDON ROY TO THE TIMBERWOLVES- roy is coming out of retirement less than a year he retired, although i don’t know how good he’ll be.  batum actually wants to go to minny, as i guess portland isn’t that great right now.  good replacement for beasley, who just signed with the suns.

LAMAR ODOM BACK ON THE CLIPPERS-  the clips traded mo williams, who was unhappy there, to utah, and the jazz gave the mavericks some people.  hopefully odom will be able to regain the form he had when he won 6th man of the year.  that might take a while though…

DEVIN HARRIS FOR MARVIN WILLIAMS- don’t know why the hawks just did that, but that’s the hawks.  the already have jeff teague, and the jazz has some forwards.  i don’t know.  but this deal also allows them to make a run at dwight howard AND chris paul next year.  that’s a scary thought, if they also keep josh smith, who is dwight’s best friend.

and speaking of dwight, how can people not dislike him more than lebron?  he’s going back and forth constantly, saying the magic blackmailed him to stay with them, doesn’t want to be hated (how ironic), and wants to go to the nets.  if he does go to the nets, i don’t know if i’ll root for them.  right now, he’s just an unlikable character.  the magic should just get rid of him already, and i’m not saying that orlando management is the greatest either, because they’re not, but they need to get rid of him.  dwight’s a cancer in the locker room, and in the organization.  something needs to be done, asap.  if i were him, i would try for the nets, as he has been doing.  if he goes to LA, he’ll be stuck with no one after 3 years.  so nets it will be.  either that, or atlanta or the clippers.  wouldn’t that be something.

for the complete list of transactions go to this site