July 1st is upon us and it’s time to get back into the what-what of the NBA, speculations, dollar$ and sense….or no sense.
Let’s start with the Heat! That LeBron thing is settled in that as I said before that D-Wade opting in would settle that. The man is not opting out of 42 million without guarantees that he is going to get to ride LeBron’s coattail a few years longer. He will get a longer term deal that stretches out that money and saves him face. Brian Windhorst reported that Bosh is on vacation after the Big Three (along with Udonis Haslem who also opted out on 10 million) broke bread over the weekend. What does that tell you? It tells me that since LeBron has never been the highest paid player of his team since he entered the league, that will change now with Bosh getting the second highest salary and Wade the third.
At issue is really what Riley will do with the roster… besides moving up two spots to get LeBron’s college crush Shabazz Napier. I also suspect that LeBron’s contract may not be as long term as permissible. Being an astute business man that he is, he’s going to want to keep Riley and owner Micky Arison’s feet to the fire long term.
Sick of Derrick Rose! I was off the Rose wagon after he got his first major injury two season ago, and while that team was struggling to play the Heat in the playoffs. Luol Deng was having spinal tap issues while Joakim Noah and Nate Robinson were killing themselves balls to the wall for the Bulls, Rose is shooting jumpers and dunking in front of the cameras during pre-game. ‘Oh he may be back or not.’ All along the word in the streets were he wasn’t going to play period. As soon as the Bulls were eliminated he started talking shit about how explosive he was. Fast forward he tears a meniscus, (a month long injury) and he again sits out the rest of the season. Now that it’s time to get some free agency help with the roster, this primadonna out here talking about if Carmelo wants to come he will come but it ain’t his job to recruit. Yea OK I see. Hell I guess he doesn’t care seeing that in January of 2015 his broke body ass probably won’t be playing anyway. If I’m Melo…. ‘F’ Derrick Rose! I don’t want to play with Mr. Glass anyway!’
Does Houston have a problem? There seems to be this talk about how the Rockets have such an attractive team. But when I look at that roster I see problems. D12 can’t be relied upon though he had a pretty nice 2014 playoffs. And your most dominate personality and ball hogging handler on the team just refuses to play defense! Just flat out refuses! I see that as a hot mess more than an opportunity. If they were in a bigger media market, they wouldn’t get the benefit of the doubt the way they do. Some really good star free agent may take the chance (Melo) but being in the West, I don’t know how that’s going to ultimately work out in the end. The Rockets are a great regular season team, I don’t see them being made for championships!
Lakers draft well! Being a Laker man as I am, I am ecstatic with Julius Randle. I just have to see more. I suspect not having a head coach is all about remaining attractive to potentially Melo and James. Funny as they don’t give a rats ass about what Kobe thinks. Letting Gasol walk would be a mistake. And since Boston took Marcus Smart, Rondo has to be on the block and we need to see about getting him! I’m far from trusting Jim Buss… so we’ll see!
**Andrew Wiggins is country as hell. His daddy may be Mitchell, but his uncle must be CJ Memphis from A Soldier’s Story!
Feeling sorry for Jabari! I bet JP has GOT to be thinking, “What kind of BS am I walking into now? First the Bucks drafted me… they play in MILWAUKEE! Cats from Chicago know how piss poor sorry Milwaukee is, especially for black folks. They wear them ugly ass uniforms, they play on an ugly ass floor, and NOBODY wants to live there. Losing in Philly is not as bad as at least the city is popping! I’m just saying, I may elect to live in Cleveland before Milwaukee. All of that is bad enough… now you got this Jason Kidd situation. What the hell is THAT about?
Jason Kidd to me is a rat fink! Let’s look at the facts. He gets a job in Brooklyn, NY of all places straight out of his playing days with no coaching experience. He didn’t even sit at an ESPN or TNT booth and talk about the game like Doc Rivers, Mark Jackson and Steve Kerr did to give the perception he knew how to run a team while not dribbling the ball up the court. Nets ownership put all this money into the team attracting free agents for him, KG, The Truth and Joe Johnson all got on board with him and even stuck with him during the Lawrence Frank debacle. And now because Derek Fisher got more $$ than he did, he wants to flirt with his buddy in Milwaukee about getting the job there with more money and power. Oh and wait a minute… here’s the really fun part: Larry Drew was coaching the team and was still under contract. That didn’t stop Kidd… a narcissistic ‘BAN’ who went all the way O’Jays and won the BET award for back stabbing. (I’ll deal with BET and other black award shows in another blog soon.) Now he’s going from Brooklyn USA… to fuk’n MILWAUKEE…. with that team’s history, with that roster, with that dysfunction! Good luck with that cause in most NBA circles he’s done! To that coaching fraternity, especially among the black coaches, he’s dead to them! I’m sure Mikhail Prokhorov told him, “Don’t let the door hit you on your way out. You ungrateful bastard! And no you can’t come get your shit! I’ll ship it to you if and when I damn well get ready!”
Anyhoo… all the major moves should be decided by the weekend!