Posts Tagged ‘The Decision’

NBA Offseason: It’s Fan-Tastic!!!

Posted: August 14, 2012 by dontbeskerritt in NBA
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If You Cry Long Enough, You Get What You Want

I wanted to hold this piece to see where Dwight Howard would end up.  After about a week of Orlando being in standby mode, I was going to just go ahead and send this out with Howard still in Florida.  Good thing I have some patience.  In the heat of the Olympics, as the weekend approached, twitter blew up with the 4-team bonanza that would give the Lakers 4 Olympians in their starting lineup.  The capped off a riveting offseason with All-Stars being traded, mediocre teams making power moves, mediocre teams making self-destructive moves, and the world champs getting better by grabbing one of the best shooters of all-time from their archrivals.  And most basketball fans were glued to the internet to follow it.  I never remembered an offseason like this where people paid so much attention to free agency.  It usually went NBA Finals, NBA Draft, then see you in October, unless you were hardcore and you watched Summer League.  So how did this new era come to be.  I’ll start this 3-point play with the answer

“I Knew What I Was Doing the Whole Time”

1) The Decision Strikes Again – LeBron James keeps winning doesn’t he?  It’s because of his announcement 2 years ago that we keep our eyes on the NBA all-year long.  As super teams are created (and destroyed), fans look to see how their teams keep up with the Joneses (or should I say Heatles).  As we say the Lakers do this week, it makes for amazing speculation, adoration, and pontification (ironically, a Stephen A. Smith word) as rumors for trades and signings spread.  So no matter what you think about LeBron, he keeps on making this league more and more fantastic.

2) Gotta Make It Happen – I’ve been getting into arguments with Renzuno about strategies the 99% of teams in the NBA that are doomed to perpetual mediocrity as the same 6-8 teams are in contention and 2-4 can actually win the whole thing.  You have to have a top 10 player to even be in the running.  So teams like Denver, Brooklyn, Houston and Philadelphia that are stuck in mediocrity had to make a move because 8th seed in the playoffs every year just sucks.  3 of those 4 teams got richer this offseason, 1 died trying.  Denver’s new GM is a genius to get a hyper-athletic defenseman in Andre Iguodala to go with that fun crew out in the mountains.  Iguodala is really a homeless man’s LeBron, being able to affect play on the entire length of the court.  That’s why he usually is on the top of the list in triple-doubles and is an all-world defender.  Philadelphia got the 2nd best center in the league and the best center in the East.  Too bad he is a knucklehead, and his personality won’t work in the city of Brotherly Love, but Philly just got really interesting.  Even Brooklyn went from having Kim Kardashian’s ex-husband open the new arena on Flatbush, to having a potential 4 or 5 seed team for the next couple of years. Now Houston, well you can’t fault them for trying.  Except for the fact they swapped Kyle Lowery for Jeremy Lin and cut Luis Scola only to sign Omer Asik, I admire their offseason.  Ok, admire is a strong word, but in this NBA you got to take some risks to get yourself in the pool for the title.  It’s the American.

3) The 1% – Well, the Lakers went from old and slow, to 4 Olympians. That’s right, 4.  Even Oklahoma City and Miami only has 3.  Speaking of Miami, they get Ray Allen, because teams with 2 of the greatest slashers and scorers in the league don’t need one of the all-time great shooters.  James Harden and Russell Westbrook got to refine their game with the US Basketball team, which Oklahoma City hopes will affect them the way it affected Carmelo and Chris Paul in 2008.  Boston was able to let Ray Allen go, but pick up Jason Terry and steal Fab Melo and Jared Sullinger in the draft.  The Knicks stay relevant with a decent pickups in Marcus Camby, Ray Felton and Ronnie Brewer.  Chicago gets Kirk Hinrich back.  Meanwhile my Wizards are throwing out Emeka Okafor, a guy I haven’t heard from since 2009 in Trevor and have less cap flexibility than when they had the corpses of Andray Blatche and Rashard Lewis.  Is there some conspiracy to keep the big market teams on top? Or do they know what they are doing more than the other guys?  Whatever is going on in the NBA, David Stern loves it, because his sport has turned into a 365-day show.

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Why Can’t I take my talents elsewhere?

Posted: July 31, 2011 by LBC in NBA, NFL
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“Like LeBron James taking my talents down….” Many have slandered LBJ for joining forces with Wade and Bosh. Things such as he ain’t the king, he admitting he not the best, Jordan would have never done that, etc… Everyone in Cleveland says LBJ turned his back on the city. First of all, what does he owe the city? LBJ is from Akron he not from Cleveland! LBJ did absolutely nothing wrong in my opinion he didn’t want to play in Cleveland anymore so he decided to take his talents elsewhere for a better shot at a ring. Its perfectly legal, he broke no rules. Owners can release or cut players at will, but no one seems to think that is wrong, but if a player decides to leave its now a problem. You have to love American’s and our backwards thinking. Let me put it like this; you get a job offer in another city different from your hometown that will pay you more money, and that job has more promotion potential. Your telling me you going to stay home and make less money, and lose the opportunity to advance your career. You are one lying fool! Carmello Anthony, Amare, Deron Williams, and many others took their talents elsewhere and no one cared. The NBA is all about high market teams in high profile cities, I hate to break it to you but teams like Sacramento, Cleveland, will not win championships they have no money and no one wants to go there. Ok so LBJ can’t be the best because he joined with Wade? I can respect that, but even MJ had help. Before folks try to murder me because they think I am about to attempt to discredit MJ. MJ is the best player ever in my opinion, but lets not act like Stever Kerr, Scottie, Rodman, Kukoc, Longley, Ron Harper were not good ballers. Yes, we would not even know their names if it wasn’t for Jordan but remember Jordan had a squad they still made it deep in the playoffs without him. What did Cleveland do when LBJ left? That’s right you would need a TI-83 calculator to figure out mathematically how many games they lost. Therefore lets back off LBJ for a minute he ain’t do nothing wrong, he just wants to win and feels Miami was his best option.

THE DECISION

Ok the “The Decision” showed he was arrogant, and that is reason why his annoucement upset people. Remember sports is an entertainment industry we watch because we want to be entertained at all times. If sports were not entertaining where would they be? The exact same place the WNBA is (please read “The Definition of Insanity on the WNBA”.  So stop digging for deeper meanings, and subliminal message throughout life, take some things for face value the decision was all about entertainment!!!!!!!! It did help raise money for kids, but the broadcast was for our entertainment. Thank you, LeBron I enjoyed watching “The Decision”.

In our current NFL Free agency Frenzy we are seeing some teams building the 2010 Miami Heat, but none of these players are getting slandered the way LBJ did. Teams are getting top players together to make a run at a SuperBowl. In my opinion going with the best players is a very logical thing to do. Hence T.O. taking his talents somewhere different every two weeks. Ocho has finally left the Bungals (Ohio Team) and paired up Tom Bray!! Be afraid of that combo everyone be very afraid. The Eagles have built a secondary that shall now be known as Alcatraz. Receivers will step out there and they will not be let off. A. Samuel, Nnamdi, and D. Rodgers-Cromartie on the same squad? unreal. Their nickel back can easily be the #1 Db on any squad in the NFL besides the Jets.Why aren’t we slandering these NFL franchises for building up these teams. Depending who we support we may be salty, but we respect the moves. If your not going to slander these NFL players for leaving their respective cities stop with the LBJ slander. Stop your backwards, contradictory thinking and stop thinking LBJ owed the city of Cleveland something. Newsflash no one owes you anthing.

Hey Ohio people? How come I haven’t seen anyone burning an Ochocinco jersey on the news!?