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Some thoughts on LeBron James and the NBA Finals

The moment a large chunk of NBA fans were dreading has arrived. Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh are playing in the NBA Finals in their very first season together.

LeBron James became public enemy #1 in the eyes of many in the aftermath of “The Decision” but as I said it then I find that stance from people quiet funny. I said back in July that I had no problems with LeBron leaving for Miami and remains true to this date. Unlike most I always wasn’t rooting against them in the playoffs. What do you think of his decision to leave Cleveland now? Is it the same as it was back in July?

By the way how much crazier does Dan Gilbert’s rant sound now? Unless you count University of Virginia’s lacrosse title the Cavaliers will not win a championship before the Heat.

I actually wouldn’t have had a problem with any of the conference finalists from this year winning the NBA Championship. I don’t know if I am cheering for the Mavericks or the Heat because I honestly wouldn’t have a problem with either of the two winning. A Miami win would be fun because of uproar it will cause from hypocritical NBA fans. I call them hypocrites because very few of them would have had a problem with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh signing with their teams. Now I’m supposed to buy into their arguments for hating these guys? I have encountered plenty of Knicks fans here in the NJ/NY area who have knocked LeBron for his decision to sign with Miami but I can guarantee not one of them would be saying a thing. It becomes even more laughable when many of those same Knicks fans are fans of the New York Yankees who’s entire business model revolves around signing the big free agents from around the league! I’m not trying to make this into a New York thing at all. Most of the people knocking LeBron happen to be Kobe Bryant fans. Yet again though they don’t see the hypocrisy in their views. For whatever reason they have chosen to forget that Kobe basically forced his way to the Lakers after being drafted by the Charlotte Hornets. LeBron James honored his contract and took the franchise to heights it had never before seen.

Dirk Nowitzki has been one of my favorite players in the league for quiet some time. I definitely would like to see him win a championship and that is why part of me leans towards the Mavericks this year. The three guys in Miami will have plenty of chances to win a title, this could very well be the last time Nowitzki has a shot. Plus, how cool would it be to see David Stern hand the trophy to Mark Cuban? I couldn’t care less about Jason Kidd though. I get that he’s a future Hall of Famer and generally well liked player but that doesn’t change that he is an idiot.

Have you heard about the “Cavs for Mavs” fan group?

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Miami Heat players are crying?

Erik Spoelstra, the head coach of the Miami Heat told the media that a couple of players were crying in the locker room after the loss to the Chicago Bulls. What was he thinking? Is he trying to get fired? Why would you feed the media something like that? I’ve watched a lot of press conferences over the years but this one surprised me.

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Bryan Colangelo’s letter to Raptors Fans


What a spectacle! What we have all just witnessed is something unprecedented in professional basketball and possibly even in professional sports. In a year where multiple NBA teams positioned themselves for the ability to sign a “maximum” contract player (or players) in free agency, three of the NBA’s bright young stars are teaming together in an attempt to win an NBA Championship. Kudos to the Miami Heat for pulling off such a feat.

I’m sure that there is frustration and disappointment, possibly even resentment, upon hearing the news that Chris Bosh is leaving Toronto to join forces with Dwyane Wade and LeBron James in South Beach. Well that certainly is the feeling from this vantage point as we lose a player that has been the centrepiece of our franchise for the last several years. I can assure you every move/investment made in the last four years to improve our basketball team was designed with the belief that putting the right pieces around Chris would get us closer to our goal of winning an NBA Championship. In fact, Chris actively participated in that process as transactions and changes were contemplated because I have always believed that a franchise player experiences a sense of ownership in team building. Unfortunately, we fell short of that goal and must now move on to a post-Bosh era in Toronto.

In completing a Sign-and-Trade transaction with Miami, we were able to extract a very valuable Trade Exception and future draft picks that will serve as building blocks in the process of re-tooling our basketball team. The Trade Exception can be used to acquire players under contract with other teams via trade, or it can be used to leverage the acquisition of additional future assets. Speaking of the future, I can’t tell you how energized we all feel to see the positive growth and development of so much young athletic talent on our roster including re-signing Amir Johnson and the recent first-round draft selection of Ed Davis. While more changes to the roster are possible, even likely, we can promise you now that this team will compete every night they take to the floor.

We believe we have the best fans in the NBA and we believe in the city and country that we play in. Your passion, pride and support has been tremendous no matter what the circumstances, and we cannot thank you enough for that. We all share a commitment to winning both on and off the floor and MLSE/Toronto Raptors ownership and management will do whatever it takes to WIN while also making the community a better place. Our franchise will evolve and emerge stronger than before, and I assure you that our combined efforts will produce the WINNER you are hoping for.  

Sincerely,

Bryan Colangelo

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2010-11 Miami Heat

I just had to update my post from earlier tonight. Those who know me have known for years that I don’t like the Heat (goes back to the Mourning days), don’t like Pat Riley, don’t even really care for the NBA during the regular season all that much but I absolutely love this move. July 2010. It has been marked on NBA calendars for years. The outcome is now finally clear. 
This will be one great 1-2-3 combination with Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh (as much as this pains me as a Raptors fan). I don’t understand the people criticizing LeBron’s decision here. He just proved that he did care about winning more then a max contract or the spotlight. How can anyone question his motives here? James and Wade on the perimeter along with Bosh will make whoever is with them much better. I love how the Cavalier fans are being hypocrites about this. They keep talking about loyalty but they would have been just fine with Bosh or Wade joining their team. Would they have cried about loyalty in that scenario? Sports are a business. Free Agency is part of the business. Deal with it.
I don’t understand people saying that this team won’t win. We criticize athletes all the time for being about the money but here are 3 of the top guys in league taking less money to play together.  When was the last time 3 guys this good and this young got together in any sport? Veterans will sign for the league minimum to play in Miami and ride their coattails to a championship. Would anyone be shocked to see someone like McGrady play for the minimum there? 
I’ve been telling for a few years that he does not have to come play in New York to “build his brand.” This is 2010, not 1970. Sports games are televised around the world. Jerseys and shoes  of athletes like LeBron are sold around the world. Does anyone seriously think that Nike will have trouble selling “Witness” Tees in Miami? Heck, does anyone think they would have trouble selling those if he had signed with Memphis? It’s a global age. Games are everywhere, highlights are everywhere and the merchandise is everywhere. Lets stop with the archaic view of the sports landscape.
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He won’t be “the guy” on Miami. Aside from Alex Rodriguez, how many guys come to mind who have willingly moved to another team to share the spotlight when they could have been the face of their own franchise? Basketball fans for years have said that he only cares about himself but here he is reportedly on the verge of going to Miami to share the spotlight with not one but two superstars. How does that make any sense? He’s putting himself into a position where he can win championships for the next couple of years. Would anyone really be surprised to see veterans like Tracy McGrady sign up to play for the NBA minimum in order to win a championship with this group? This is the perfect situation for LeBron. He can sign a short term deal (or a deal with an out clause) and possibly go to the Nets in 3 years when they move to Brooklyn?

By the way, the jerseys are already available to be bought.


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Some thoughts on LeBron James

We are about 3 hours away from “The Decision” and this LeBron stuff keeps getting more and more absurd by the hour. I’ve been reading and hearing things in the past few days about LeBron’s decision and some of them just make no sense. Like I mentioned the other day, I just didn’t think LeBron’s ego would allow him to sign with Miami but it is looking like me and most others were wrong on this.

Why would anyone criticize his decision to go to Miami? For years people have been calling him selfish. For years people have been saying LeBron doesn’t about winning. For years people have been saying that LeBron only cares about his brand. So I have to ask again, how can anyone criticize him if he actually does sign with Miami? If he does sign with Miami he will get a smaller (as ridiculous as that sounds given the amount of money we are talking about here) contract then the one he would if he signed with Cleveland.

I’ve been telling people for a few years that he does not have to come play in New York to “build his brand.” This is 2010, not 1970. Sports games are televised around the world. Jerseys and shoes  of athletes like LeBron are sold around the world. Does anyone seriously think that Nike will have trouble selling “Witness” Tees if he signs with Miami? Heck, does anyone think they would have trouble selling those if he had signed with Memphis? It’s a global age. Games are everywhere, highlights are everywhere and the merchandise is everywhere. Lets stop with the archaic view of the sports landscape.

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He won’t be “the guy” on Miami. Aside from Alex Rodriguez, how many guys come to mind who have willingly moved to another team to share the spotlight when they could have been the face of their own franchise? Basketball fans for years have said that he only cares about himself but here he is reportedly on the verge of going to Miami to share the spotlight with not one but two superstars. How does that make any sense? He’s putting himself into a position where he can win championships for the next couple of years. Would anyone really be surprised to see veterans like Tracy McGrady sign up to play for the NBA minimum in order to win a championship with this group? This is the perfect situation for LeBron. He can sign a short term deal (or a deal with an out clause) and possibly go to the Nets in 3 years when they move to Brooklyn?
I’ve seen people complain about the prime time special on ESPN. Why is anyone shocked by this? ESPN and CBS give National TV time to High Schoolers as they announce where they will be playing their college sports so why can’t one of the biggest faces of sports in the world get the same treatment? It’s not like LeBron is pocketing the money from tonight. The money is going to a great charity. 

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LeBron James will announce decision Thursday 9 PM Eastern

LeBron James will announce who he is signing with on a live prime time special to be aired on ESPN this Thursday at 9 PM Eastern.

Is anyone really surprised by this decision? LeBron James has been trying to build his brand. What better way for him to take even more of the spotlight than to announce his much awaited decision live on ESPN? Now, of course this is the year 2010 and I would expect the decision to be leaked by someone at some point before ESPN goes on the air that night but a made for TV special is right up his alley. I’m honestly surprised that it took up until today for Team LeBron to get him set up on twitter. He joins fellow free agents Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade who have been using social media for a while now. Reports are that advertising revenue (or at least a portion of it) will go to “Boys and Girls Club of America”)

Who will he end up signing with? I’ve thought all along that most likely he would return to Cleveland and take the extra $30 Million. I did mention the other day that if he did leave the Cavaliers he would be joining the Chicago Bulls. At this point I think he’s going back to Cleveland and we’ll see Dwyane Wade return to Miami. Anyone want to take any guesses?

Darren Rovell brings forward an interesting point.

1 hour special creates awkward setting for ESPN reporters. If they have the info, does this mean they can’t break it before?

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NBA Free Agency

July 1st 2010 is finally here. 


This date has been talked about in the NBA circles for years. The biggest free agent class in NBA history is free to negotiate contracts at the stroke of midnight eastern time. Where will LeBron land? What about Chris Bosh? Will Dwayne Wade really leave Miami? Will Dirk really leave Dallas? 


So many questions to answer and so many teams with room to sign free agents. Bulls are obviously an attractive landing spot. They can afford to sign two players at maximum contracts and bring them in to play in with Derrick Rose. Wouldn’t they be instant contenders if they landed LeBron and Bosh? Their fans are on board and have been clamoring for season tickets. One thing is for sure, this will bring back all the bandwagon Bulls fans from the 90s. Can Miami really pull off a major coup and get LeBron and CB4 to come to Miami and play with Wade? It is a scenario that would get me paying attention to the NBA regular season a lot more next season but I highly doubt LeBron’s ego will allow him to share the spotlight with Wade. 


How far have the Knicks really fallen?  For years their fans have been looking forward to this date. They have endured years of losing, expiring contracts and more losing in the hopes of landing big free agents on this date yet according to all the reports they will fail to land any of the “big 3”. Their first planned meeting for tonight is with Mike Miller? Ouch! As someone who lives in NJ and loves to laugh at Knicks fans, I’m loving this! 


Will the Nuggets seriously trade Carmelo Anthony? Just a note, if the Knicks can get them to take Curry’s expiring contract in a trade they would still have room to sign two max guys on top of getting Carmelo. 


What was Richard Jefferson thinking opting out of his deal? Is someone seriously going to pay him big money? 


Real quick, this how I think everything plays out when all is said and done. 


10. Rudy Gay: Los Angeles Clippers9. David Lee: New York Knicks8. Carlos Boozer: Chicago Bulls7. Amare Stoudemire: Los Angeles Clippers6. Paul Pierce: Boston Celtics5. Dirk Nowitzki: Dallas Mavericks4. Joe Johnson: Atlanta Hawks3. Chris Bosh: Miami Heat (as much as it pains me as a Raptors fan)2. Dwayne Wade: Miami Heat1. LeBron James: Chicago Bulls
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NBA Championship 2009-2010

Looking back at the 07/08 Raptors

Coming into the year I had really high hopes for this team. Key injuries throughout the year pushed that optimism to the side somewhat but when the Raptors drew Orlando in the first round I along with many others let out a sigh of relief. I thought it was a favorable match up for the Raptors. Hats off to Dwight Howard. Man did he play like Superman.

Going into next year the Raptors need to trade away T.J Ford. I like what he brings to the team. I was even in the minority that somewhat liked the trade when he was brought to Toronto. His time with the team has passed by though. The team plays with a much better flow with Calderon on the court. I look at Calderon as being from the Steve Nash /Jason Kidd/John Stockton mold. Guys who don’t need to take shots but make guys around them better. Calderon needs to be the starter on this team. Ford obviously has a problem with that…..why let him return next year and cause a distraction?

CB4 is CB4. I don’t have many worries about him but he needs to be tougher inside. That goes for the team as a whole. The Raptors as a team need to be much better at the glass.

I like Bargnani. Definitely want to see him have a bigger role with this team next year. I think his jump shot is such a major asset to have. Hopefully he can draw the opposing teams big men out to the perimeter helping out the team on the glass.

Trade Nesterovic as fast as possible. His value will never be higher. With him and Ford the Raptors actually have a couple of nice trading chips.

Parker needs to take more plays. I don’t get why he doesn’t shoot more or create more plays? He’s definitely a lot more talented then his stats from this year reflect.

Moon was a big surprise this year. Looking forward to see what he brings to the table in year two. I love the energy he brings to the court.

Being at Games 4 and 6 in New Jersey last year was amazing. Watching the team in person I thought for sure that it was the start of something great for the city of Toronto. Hopefully the 08/09 group can restore that promise.

Why I’m not worried about the Raptors

With the recent slide the Raptors have been on I’ve been asked on more then one occasion whether I’d like to retract my pre-season prediction about the Raptors. My response?No. The Bosh injury was obviously a big factor in the the slump. This group plays like a team more then any group in the history of the franchise. In the short history of the Raptors the team has had a lot of “me” players…..you can not say that about this team. When Calderon replaced T.J Ford in the starting lineup the team didn’t miss a beat. Both of these guys have played their position well over the past year and a half. You want your Point Guard to be a leader….a general on the floor if you will The Raptors have two guys who do that. To prove my point more…..Calderon volunteered to give up his starting spot today to Ford. The result? A 89-82 win over the Pistons.