Sunday July 11, 2010
Welcome sports fans to a new format and era in Today’s Sports Update. This is our 100th post on WordPress.com, and we start this new structure with a hot topic: the free agent period of the NBA.
It was the hottest free agent period in the NBA’s recent memory. Many top stars were listed on that market. Most were playoff tested, few won MVPs. Even fewer won NBA Championships. Some remained loyal to their teams (such as Dirk Nowitzki: Mavericks, Joe Johnson: Hawks, and Paul Pierce & Ray Allen: Celtics). Others signed elsewhere to venture to new cities. Let’s take a look back at familiar faces in new places:
- Chicago Bulls: the Bulls are having the busiest summer yet, and they’re not done. They signed former Utah Jazz teammates PF Carlos Boozer and SG Kyle Korver. Boozer signed a 5-yr. contract worth $76 million. Korver signed a 3-yr. contract worth $15 million. Both Boozer and Korver strengthen an already talented Bulls team led by PG Derek Rose. They also made an offer to Magic SG J.J. Redick.
- Boston Celtics: besides retaining their “Big 3”, they signed C Jermaine O’Neal to a 2-yr. deal worth $12 million. O’Neal adds an already deep depth pool at center with Kendrick Perkins and Glen Davis.
- Orlando Magic: they signed PG Chris Duhon to a 4-yr. deal worth $15 million. Duhon will serve as a backup to PG Jameer Nelson. The Magic are considering matching the Bulls’ offer for J.J. Redick.
- New York Knicks: despite landing one major free agent, the Knicks kept busy. Amare Stoudemire signed a 5-yr., $100 million deal. PG Raymond Felton also signed with the Knicks. The deal has yet to be finished, but Felton’s starting salary is allegedly $7 million. The Knicks also worked a sign-and-trade deal with the Warriors.
- Golden State Warriors: they obtained PF/C David Lee in a sign-and-trade deal. They traded PF Ronny Turiaf, G/F Anthony Randolph and PF/C Kelenna Azubuike to get Lee. Lee signed a 6 year, $80 million deal.
- Miami Heat: the Heat kept one of their own in Dwyane Wade. They also formed a new “Big 3” in the East; PF/C Chris Bosh and SF LeBron James signed 6 year deals worth $110.7 million. Wade signed a 6 yr., $107 million contract. The Heat is interested in signing G Mike Miller and PG Derek Fisher.
Time for the magic man to take over!
It’s time to answer the million dollar question. Did LeBron James do Cleveland wrong? He did worse than that; he committed career suicide in front of 10 million viewers in a little gym.
James was everyone’s apple in the NBA. As soon as free agency started, James was being recruited. The Knicks, Nets, Heat, Bulls, Clippers, and Cavaliers visited him and made their pitch. James made his decision on ESPN live and shocked us all. He signed with the Miami Heat and is being ridiculed for it. Why? Why is a man being ridiculed for trying to join a team that he feels will give him the best opportunity to win? It’s simple; LeBron James dethroned himself and the ego took over.
James not only “assassinated” his image on national television, he ended any chance Cleveland had in becoming a contender let alone winning a title. The ugly divorce got uglier when Cavs owner Dan Gilbert ridiculed James for his choice. The Cavs look equally bad as James did on ESPN. If anyone thought he sounded intelligent during “The Decision”, then they’re fooling themselves. Supposedly, Jim Gray was paid by James’s camp to let James off easy. The whole special was a farce and should go down as one of the most infamous moments in NBA history.
How could someone be a king when they will play second fiddle? Miami is “Wade Country” (no pun intended). Dwyane Wade runs the Heat; he’s won his NBA title and became the NBA Finals MVP. It leaves two points on the table. One, James cannot and does not want to carry a team to the “Promised Land”. Two, he went to Miami to be a glorified Scottie Pippen. There’s nothing wrong with being Pippen; he did win 6 titles after all. Yet when you have the potential to lead a team to victory and etch your name as THE MAN, you underachieve. If they win five NBA titles, Wade will have six. Don’t feel sorry for anyone. Feel sorry that you watched dreams die on primetime television.
Denver Nuggets SF Carmelo Anthony married his longtime girlfriend and MTV personality Lala Vazquez in Brooklyn yesterday. Anthony and Vazquez married after a six year engagement! Many celebrities arrived for the event including Serena Williams, Amare Stoudemire, LeBron James and Kim Kardashian.
That’s it for today. See you tomorrow you KNUCKLEHEADS!!!
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