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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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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.

NBA Standings Predictions 2012-2013 Atlantic Division

this division just became one of the most competitive divisions out there.  let’s see who will stand on top.

1. Boston Celtics (52 wins)

the big 3

this summer was a heartbreak summer for the celtics, with them losing ray allen, who was part of the big 3.  they did make a nice recovery though, signing courtney lee and jason terry to replace allen.  no one expected allen to leave, but there was tension in the locker room between him and rajon rondo.  and with doc rivers giving the ball to rondo all the time, allen just couldn’t take it.  it must have been pretty bad if he left for miami, which gave him half of what boston was offering.  i don’t think he’ll get the ball more in miami, but i think he’s a loyal guy, one who reacts to how others treat him.  he was the center of many trade rumors over the past few years, and he didn’t like that either.  but now the celtics only have rondo, garnett, and paul pierce as their big 3.

they also brought back brandon bass, which is a great thing.  he was a key component in their run last year, and they have a loaded backcourt, with terry, lee, and avery bradley, who should come back in the middle of the season.  they’re a little thin in the front court, and garnett is getting older.  he just signed for 3 more years, but i don’t know how long he will last.  this year, i see them leading the atlantic division, but they probably won’t win a title.  and even though they might win the division, they are still vulnerable to lost to the knicks or the nets.  but they can also amaze us again and surpass all expectations as well.

starting 5: garnett, bass, pierce, lee, rondo

2. Brooklyn Nets (50 wins)

the second best backcourt in the league

the nets are on the cusp of something exciting and hopefully good.  hopefully their spending spree paid off.  they resigned deron williams, one of the best point guards in the league, and they traded for joe johnson and his massive contract.  although it’s a lot of money to pay one guy, i think it’s worth it.  they didn’t get dwight, but they still have a decent front court.  with brook lopez, kris kardashian humphries, and gerald wallace, they have the ability to make some noise in the east.  they also have marshon brooks, a shooter who was good enough to be one of the main pieces for a dwight howard trade.  they did overpay for wallace, though.  i think they could have spent a little less on him.  but because of their willingness to spend, i’m sure they will reap the benefits of it.  deron williams and joe johnson can be a deadly and lethal 1-2 punch.  and brook lopez is a good offensive center.  i think they have better pieces than new york.  and i think their jerseys are going to look better than new york also.

starting 5: lopez, humphries, wallace, johnson, williams

3. New York Knicks (48 wins)

last year was the year of linsanity.  this year will be totally different, as they shipped lin to houston.  now, their success depends all on amare stoudemire and carmelo anthony.  and that’s probably why i have them in 3rd place in this division.  carmelo anthony excelled during the olympics.  many people were talking about new york getting better this year because of his play and his improvement.  but here’s the difference between the olympics was that he was playing with great players, and he was on a team where all he had to do was shoot the ball and worry about nothing else.  he didn’t have to worry about leading his team, because lebron and kobe did that.  he didn’t have to worry about passing because cp3 and deron williams did that.  so that’s why he played so well.

in new york, it’s a different story.  he has to be the leader, he has to play unselfishly, he has to switch up his game, and he has to jell with everyone on the team, even if they’re not playing well.  that’s a tall order for someone who has never really been a leader.  as much as he would like to be, he’s not.  that’s why he couldn’t make it work with jeremy lin.  and that’s why i don’t really have high hopes for the knicks.

amare worked with hakeen olajuwon this past summer, and i hope that it adds a lot to his game.  for the past few seasons, he’s been a step slow.  so hopefully this rejuvenates him a bit, even after he injured his own hand.  this offseason was supposed to be a good one, but instead, it turned out to be an ok one.  they snatched jason kidd from dallas and signed marcus camby back.  so they got a bunch older, but didn’t do what everyone expected and resign jeremy lin.  i know it was a lot of money to get him back, but i think they should have done it.  they instead got raymond felton, who has been out of shape for the past two seasons, to make up for it.  and they got kurt thomas,another veteran who’s 40.  so i don’t know where they’re going with this, but i don’t think this will get them past miami, or even brooklyn.  maybe they’ll prove me wrong.

starting 5: chandler, stoudemire, anthony, smith, felton

4. Philedelphia 76ers (43 wins)

the 76ers made a surprising trade of the summer and ended up with the second best center in the league.  how they did that, i have no idea.  but give credit to the GM, he made the right move and helped this franchise get better.  they have the most dominant big man in the east, and they gave up just iguodala for it.  that’s pretty good, i would say.  and the trade doesn’t really hurt them because they have people like thaddeus young and even turner, as well as nick young.  spencer hawes now moves to the power forward spot, giving them two dominant and tall big guys who can control the paint.  they are going to be tough to score on, and their defense will improve in the paint.  it might take a hit on the perimeter, but that’s ok.  one move i didn’t get was getting backup kwame brown.  he’s the most useless player on the planet, but somehow, he still gets money and he still “plays.”  that’s amazing.

this club is solidly built, with jrue holiday at the point, evan turner at small forward, nick young backing up shooting guard, and jason richardson, who brings leadership.  but the one thing that concerns me the most is bynum.  i don’t feel that he’s ready to lead a team.  if you watched the press conference they had, he talked more about himself and how he’s excited to be the first option on offense, rather than talking about the team.  he’s a me-first guy, always have been that way, and needs to mature some more.  also, physically, he needs to stay healthy.  this past season was the first time he was able to stay on the floor for more than half the season, and that won’t cut it if that happens again.  there’s a lot of risk involved with bynum, so hopefully he continues to take care of himself the way he should.

starting 5: bynum, hawes, turner, richardson, holiday

5. Toronto Raptors (20 wins)

their main goal was to acquire steve nash this summer.  that didn’t pan out, but they got kyle lowry.  i guess that’s a decent replacement.  they also acquired landry fields, who looked lost in new york last season.  i honestly don’t see any positive to this team the way it’s constructed right now, and if your leader is andrea bargnani, then that’s not a good look.  linus kleiza is a solid player, as well as demar derozan.  but other than that, this team needs alot of work.  they need even more work, with the way this division is constructed.  there will be a huge gap between them and the rest of the division.

starting 5: valuncianus, bargnani, derozan, ross, lowry

Jeremy Lin is Taking Off…

yep, he got paid

to houston!  the knicks didn’t match the houston offer and now he’s in the city that yao built.  it’s a good destination for him, but i’m sure knick fans are reeling right now.  they even signed a petition for the knicks to keep but to no avail.  but you already knew knicks weren’t going to match it, since even carmelo said it was a “ridiculous contract.”  and anything melo says, go.   i guess dolan thinks that felton and kidd are a better combo than lin and kidd.  and kidd is pretty much pointless since he isn’t going to mentor anyone this year.  should have waited, kidd.

Jeremy Lin a Rocket?

this could come true in 2 days

when it came to jeremy lin, it was always assumed that he would be resigned with the knicks after his contract up.  after all, all he did was change the knicks from a garbage team to a playoff team, as well as solved cable disputes.  he’s a good player, not a great one, but to me, it seemed like he was overhyped back in february or march or whatever month it was he blew up.  but he signed a $25 million contract with the rockets, and although the knicks said they would match up to “1 billion dollars” to retain him, that doesn’t seem to be the case.  reportedly, the knicks just reacquired raymond felton in a trade for jared jeffries.  it seems like that is a sign that they won’t match lin’s offer to the rockets.

in my opinion, it’s a toss up.  for basketball purposes, i probably wouldn’t resign him for that much.  that’s a lot of money being thrown for a guy who can’t go left.  he’s good, but is he going to get you past, let’s say, the heat?  absolutely not.  past the celtics? maybe.  past the bulls? no.  the knicks could get past any other team without lin, so why sign another player for that much if he can’t help you move forward?  from a financial standpoint, i would do it.  i guess you can say that he inspires the knicks to do better.  you could sense it in new york and everywhere else, that there was hope for the knicks because lin was playing.  just from that alone, he might be worth $25 million.  i don’t really know how much revenue the knicks get from advertising and merchandising, but if they got a huge chunk back, then they would be making out, and not losing money for it.  everyone is pretty much saying that the knicks should resign lin, but you never know with dolan.  usually whatever makes sense for the franchise, he won’t do.

but if i were the knicks, i would resign him.  if he doesn’t pan out within a year, then trade him.  if joe johnson could get traded, then there are no untradeable contracts in the NBA.

Jeremy Lin Upset with Knicks

apparently, jeremy lin is upset with the knicks because the knicks didn’t offer him a contract and waited until the rockets offered him one to match it.  really?? i mean, i wasn’t too fond of jeremy lin before, but it looks like this linsanity thing is getting to his head.  every single restricted free agent in the history of the nba (as far as i know) has never been offered a contract by their team.  another team always offers a signing sheet and then the home team matches.  unless you’re kobe, lebron, or another player of that caliber, then you don’t get offered a contract from your home team first.  is jeremy lin a franchise player like lebron or kobe?  absolutely not.  what is he thinking?  just because he sold a bunch of merchandise (which was insane), and just because he made a buzzer beater, beat the lakers once, that he deserves to be treated like the best player on the planet?  the knicks have said all along that they will match anything another team gives him, so what’s the big deal? i don’t really get it.  and if he’s supposed to be christian, then maybe he should just not say anything and continue to rehab that knee.  just remember jeremy, last year you had a non-guaranteed contract.  all of the sudden, you’re expecting to be king.  you ain’t lebron.  this dude is crazy.

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.