Posted on: July 8, 2010 7:24 pm
His arrogance is beyond anyone who has ever played this game, the hand shakes, the dancing, the non handshakes and the the seldom ones, the pre game routines and the dunks... In a time where a rivalry continued between the Lakers and Celtics, the USA heads into World Cup with a chance, an oil spill that schocked the world... One man, proclaimed by the four letter network as The King, The Chosen One, The greatest thing to bless the airways is so driven to be the news in everyones head.
We knew this was coming, we knew Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh and oh yes, LeBron James would become free agents this year. We new the Nets, Knicks, Bulls and Heat had major play into where they would go and all was supposed to be intriging. It has been to some extent, as long as you know where to find a good read. If you rely on ESPN for your news, well then you would know the FA coverags has been abismal to say the least. Well, that is for the true NBA fan, any casual fan finds that crap to be a God send.
Tomorrow night, Mr. Witness, aka Winless, will hold an hour long, prime time slot to announce where he is signing. Now let's review this... In 04, When Kobe Bryant, the then 3 time champ became a FA, did he do this? When Shaquille O'meal left the Magic to the Lakers, did he do this? How about the pasts of old times, Mj, Magic, etc... Maybe someone like that with rings and validation would be somewhat acceptable, but even then, it's a joke. A guy who has no rings and 7 years of nothing but flash is portrayed as the greatest thing to play this game. You can find at least 50% of people to say he's not even the best in the league now, nevermind the all time talks. Can he play? Hell yes he can, but this is an absolute joke. It's a huge mockery of you and I, us fans are told this is what we want and the sad part is, as much as I hate it and the feel that it's like the WWE in the NBA, i'll watch. Why? Because I want to know as well... It's a sad circle, really is. Regardless of what he does now, he is no better off than he was before...
You got to Miami, not only is it not your team, if you win you needed 2 superstars to help you.
You go to the Knicks, you turn your back on your city and basically put the seal that you are only about yourself and money and legacy and rings is the least of your worries.
You stay in Cleveland, sure your hometown loves you, but you got the stars of the league in big markets and you remain no bigger , no lesser than what you are today... With the same team that's let you down before.
The joke that has become this free agency is almost over, Thank God. I look forward to the end of this guys decision as the role players start top fill out in teams, thats where the fun is.
Posted on: June 15, 2010 12:57 pm
Let's pay some homage to the season that was 2009-1010.
To the Boston Celtics, who were to old, to injured and to out of it to compete. On their way to a 2nd finals appearance in 3 years the Celtics surprised critics world wide when taking down the Cavaliers, Heat and Magic. They have been on a mission since the post season started and nobody but Celtics players anf fans knew it was possible.
Posted on: June 1, 2009 12:06 am
Edited on: June 2, 2009 10:06 am
LeBron James acted like a baby out there last night, very disrespectful to the fans and to the Magic team. When the Lakers defeated the Nuggets the other night, Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups stayed on court to say congrats and to give hugs and handshakes. Kobe Bryant and the Lakers did the same when they lost last year. Carmelo then proceeded to the podium, distressed from the loss, but kept his part by giving the people and Nuggets fans something to settle on as the year for them ended. LeBron James walked straight to the locker room without saying anything to anyone. That's horrible sportsmanship... I have lost any respect I had for the guy. Then he doesn't feel like giving closure in a press conference after the game to NBA fans and more importantly Cavaliers fans. LBJ, you may have a great game, but if your only gonna be the cocky person you are when you win... then stop calling yourself the King.
"It's hard for me to congratulate somebody after you just lose to them," he said. "I'm a winner. It's not being a poor sport or anything like that. If somebody beats you up, you're not going to congratulate them. That doesn't make sense to me. I'm a competitor. That's what I do. It doesn't make sense for me to go over and shake somebody's hand."
Quoted from article on ESPN
Um, yes LeBron James , in professional sports thats what you do. In boxing when someone tko's you or takes you by decision, in UFC when someone nearly busts your head open or gets to you to submit after nearly ripping your arm off they hug, shake hands or simply go say congratulations. In a street fight no you don't do this, but is the NBA the street? Do you really think you are the only "competitor" in this league that wants to win? "It doesn't make sense for me to go over and shake somebody's hand"... It's called sportsmanship and repsect. Simply immature.
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Posted on: April 17, 2009 7:45 pm
Edited on: May 13, 2009 11:30 am
It is what it is folks... Were counting down the wins hopefully all the way.
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Los Angeles Lakers
First Round: Vs.
Look for a tough first round matchup in a series that leads to not be forgotten. The Lakers lead the season series at 2-1, but only a fool would base the regular season series in the beginning of the second season. Anything can happen, but we all know Kobe Bryant is hungry and with Derek Fisher to help lead the way this could be the year. Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer may have other thoughts on letting the Lakers roll through regardless of whats being spoken...
Game 1: at Lakers April 19 3:00pm est.
The Lakers pretty much dominated this game, although they let the 22 point lead slip a bit the Lakers never really gave the Jazz a close shot at pulling the game from them. Deron Williams struggled from the field shooting, however he did have a nice amount of assists. Kobe Bryant looked to get his team invloved early and did while Trevor Ariza and Shannon Brown stole the show. Lakers 113- Jazz 100.
Game 2: at Lakers April 21 10:30pm est.
The Lakers take the series lead to 2-0 after a not so impressive victory. Kobe Bryant started the night out as a facilitator dishing out 7 assists in the first half while Trevor Ariza continued to impress. The Lakers got the lead up to 20, but that wouldn't last long as the Jazz made a fierce run in the second half. Although Kobe turned his scoring mind on ( finished with 26 points and 8 assists), Deron Williams of the Jazz started heating up. Williams finished with a game high 35 points and 9 assists. My concern is if the Lakers cannot find a way to slow him down a bit; The Jazz could easily lock this series up at 2-2 before returning to L.A. Andrew Bynum played a little better than game 1 and made himself a little more assertive on the defensive side picking up a few nice blocks. He will be needed more as the playoffs go on. On a side note, Andrew Bynum has said he feels a bit of pain on the outside of the injured knee, but shouldn't be to large concern. Lakers 119- Jaz 109
Game 3: at Jazz April 23 10:30pm est.No one really likes to talk about losses so we'll make this one short... No pun intended being that the Lakers came up just short. It could be something to worry about Carlos Boozer waking up, the Jazz out rebounding the Lakers, the Jazz bench played outstanding or the fact that the Lakers gave away a 13 point lead to lose. I however am not going to worry about it as Kobe Bryant went 5 of 100 it seems like and Trevo Ariza was non existsant, Pau Gasol couldn't buy a free throw and Andrew Bynum may as well have stayed in L.A. and the Lakers still only lost by 2. It's one that should not have happened... Move on Lakers and take game 4.
Game 4: at Jazz April 25 9:00pm est
It's official, were ready for Round 2.
Lets keep it simple, The lakers switched roles with the Rockets from Sunday and blew Houston out the door. This may be the most impressive win I have seen as the Lakers finally kept a lead and actually built on it. Lakers 118 Rockets 78
Posted on: March 17, 2009 7:15 pm
The AFC East is making a stamp of approval once again in the NFL as possibly the toughest division of football. For the longest time it most certainly was one of the most competitve. All of the free agency moves by these teams have cause some stir amongst the NFL. The biggest of course for the Bills when they aquired Terrel Owens. The Bills have also signed a solid center and released some dead weight. They are supposedly trying to get TE Tony Schefler from the Broncos. They definitely have a shot at making some noise. The Patriots are hoping to have Tom Brady back at 100% and they definitely will need him after trading away "first year sensation" Matt Cassel. They have managed to shore up their RB situation in bringing in Fred Taylor. Many people write that off, but remember when they took in old man Corey Dillon? Championship ring folks. They already had a solid wide out core with Randy Moss and Wes Welker, but they have added that third piece of the puzzle by signing Joey Galloway; who had a pretty solid year in 2008. They are currently in talks with Julius Peppers who could shore up that d line and make them harder than they are already. The Jets got younger by Bret Favre retiring, but lost a bit in letting Laverneous Coles vanish. They still have a solid defense is coached right and their offense could put up decent numbers if the qb is protected. Last the Dolphins, who perhaps suprised everyone last year includin Miami fans. The wildcat probably won't work the same this year, but Ted Gin Jr. started to show some life in 08 and the running back tandum of Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams can still be lethal. A year grown the Dolphins can compete. So is the AFC East gonna be the toughest division in football, or is it a bunch of over hyped signings and releases which will inevitably lead to the Patriots taking another division title?
Posted on: March 8, 2009 1:17 am
Welcome to Buffalo Terrel Owens and thank you for joining our Bills team that needs much help. First of all. Cowboys , Eagles and 49ers fans get over it! When your teams were winnin with 81 in your offense, no one was saying how bad he was. As soon as your teams start going down hill, well then the scape goat of its T.O.s fault. The Bills haven't made the post season in a decade and they really have nothing to lose, so why the heck not? I am a long time Bills fan and I was ready for something to happen... Little did I know the magnitude I was in for. Look at some points I have to make and say I am wrong. Terrel Owens has yet another chance to make up for the dumb things he has done, but one thing I know for sure is it cannot get any worse than it has been the last 10 years!
Welcome to Buffalo Terrel Owens and thank you for joining our Bills team that needs much help. First of all. Cowboys , Eagles and 49ers fans get over it! When your teams were winnin with 81 in your offense, no one was saying how bad he was. As soon as your teams start going down hill, well then the scape goat of its T.O.s fault. The Bills haven't made the post season in a decade and they really have nothing to lose, so why the heck not? I am a long time Bills fan and I was ready for something to happen... Little did I know the magnitude I was in for. Look at some points I have to make and say I am wrong.
Terrel Owens has yet another chance to make up for the dumb things he has done, but one thing I know for sure is it cannot get any worse than it has been the last 10 years!
Posted on: February 22, 2009 9:26 am
Edited on: February 26, 2009 11:50 am
Attention" Thank you all who participated, here we go... The CBS NBA Mt. Rushmore: There you go folks, there is your Mt. Rushmore of the NBA, suprising to see how people voted. Runners up: It's amazing to see how Kobe finished 6th with all the people who cannot stand him on this site. Lakers players dominated the votes, but it was not predominant Lakers fans voting. Mindfull Votes: One Hit(vote) Wonders: Thank you all for participating, but its all over now. Go ahead and discuss what you think about any of the results.
Attention" Thank you all who participated, here we go...
The CBS NBA Mt. Rushmore:
There you go folks, there is your Mt. Rushmore of the NBA, suprising to see how people voted.
It's amazing to see how Kobe finished 6th with all the people who cannot stand him on this site. Lakers players dominated the votes, but it was not predominant Lakers fans voting.
One Hit(vote) Wonders:
Thank you all for participating, but its all over now. Go ahead and discuss what you think about any of the results.
Posted on: February 18, 2009 7:40 pm
Edited on: February 18, 2009 7:41 pm
In a June 1998 Fortune story titled, "The Jordan Effect," a team of financial writers estimated that NBA superstar Michael Jordan was responsible for having an economic impact of at least $10 billion.
"During his time in the NBA, Jordan has parlayed his breathtaking skills and overwhelming cross-cultural appeal into an industry, and he's done it more effectively than any sportsman before him," wrote Fortune editor Roy S. Johnson. "The man has his own line of underwear, for heaven's sake."
It would seem that anyone on his way to generating $10 billion for various fast food chains, shoe companies, soda bottlers and movie studios could afford to make a friendly wager on the golf course now and then. But for Michael Jordan, whose moneymaking ability depended almost as much on a vice-free image as it did on athletic prowess (Gatorade had built a campaign around "Be Like Mike," after all) there was more at risk than mere dollars and cents.
The risks began to catch up with him in late 1992, not long after his Chicago Bulls won their second NBA Championship in a row. In October, he was called to testify in the criminal trial of James "Slim" Bouler and asked to explain why Bouler – a convicted cocaine dealer – was in possession of a Jordan-signed personal check for $57,000. The NBA superstar first claimed it was a business loan, but while being questioned under oath he changed his tune, admitting that it was actually payment on gambling and poker losses over a single weekend.
After the Jordan-led Chicago Bulls secured their third NBA Championship in a row, the NBA launched an investigation into Jordan's gambling habits to see whether he had violated league rules. Four months later, His Airness shocked the sports world by announcing his retirement from professional basketball.
"Five years down the road," he said at a press conference, "if the urge comes back, if the Bulls will have me, if David Stern lets me back in the league, I may come back."
"Was there a trade-off?" asked sports columnist Dave Kindred in The Sporting News. "Hey, MJ, you ‘retire,' we drop the ‘investigation.' Was Jordan advised/ordered by NBA commissioner David Stern to go away – go play baseball or something – and let the gambling stories die?"
If the conspiracy theories are right – and there is plenty of evidence that Jordan retired for his own reasons, like his father's murder in July 1993 and his complaints of basketball burnout after leading the 1992 Olympic "Dream Team" – then the trade-off worked beautifully: After spending a year in minor league baseball, Jordan announced his return to the NBA on March 18, 1995 with a press release consisting of just two words: "I'm back." The Jordan-led Bulls would enjoy another "three-peat," winning the NBA Championship in 1996, 1997 and 1998.
It looked as if the gambling stories were dead – at least until 2005, when Ed Bradley grilled Jordan during a "60 Minutes" profile.
"Yeah, I've gotten myself into situations where I would not walk away and I've pushed the envelope," Jordan told Bradley. "Is that compulsive? Yeah, it depends on how you look at it. If you're willing to jeopardize your livelihood and your family, then yeah."
Sited source: rezoom.com