“Denver was furnished with a short list of teams and told to get to work. Yes, this how William Wesley and Leon Rose of CAA work now, thick with threats and ultimatums and a swagger suggesting that the sport belongs to them. After Anthony told owner-in-waiting Josh Kroenke that he still wanted out of Denver during a Sunday meeting, the Nuggets appear done trying to sell their All-Star forward on a contract extension.”—
This is where we’re at with the NBA. It’s hard to feel sorry for NBA owners because they’re worth millions and in some cases billions of dollars, but the upper echelon of the league has hi-jacked the power.
It almost reminds me of the late 70’s when the ABA was folding into the NBA and the top players were really starting to make a ton of money and people were being overpaid, but now with the soft cap, and the limit on contracts, players are merely instigating where they want to play when their contracts expire. Melo is simply following the lead set by ‘Bron and others.
I don’t know how I feel, but I’m certainly biased because if he joined Amar[‘]e and CP3 on the Knicks I think I might be walking around Harlem and the Flatiron district with a boner all the day every day.
Real NBA ish from one of the few writers I know that spends some time thinking about things before hitting the publish button in their CMS (I’m quick to publish sometimes, but that’s because my day job is running at 70 hours a week right now).
The author of GQ’s upcoming LeBron profile discusses his experience tagging along with LeBron during The Decision:
Talk a little bit about LeBron’s inner circle—not just family and publicists, but the old teammates and coaches you met in Cleveland.
Well, he was surrounded by a layer of family, then a layer of old friends, and then a layer of Nike people—so Cleveland was where I really got the sense that he is possibly, really insulated from the outside world. All famous people have entourages and inner circles, but this struck me as something larger, even more protective, and harder to break through. I got the sense also that it might’ve been what kept him from gauging the mood in the real world as people waited for his decision. He really did seem to be at the center of an enormous group of handlers, helpers, and managers—and I’m sure that makes him feel good on a day-to-day basis, but there’s a downside to that, too.
What’s the biggest story going into the season?
I think it’s LeBron being booed wherever he goes. This is not just a Cleveland problem. This is a guy who had a Tiger Woods-esque fall from grace, even though he didn’t really commit any sins—cardinal or venal or otherwise. His sin was that he made a marketing gaffe. He presented himself in an unflattering light. That’s not much of a sin on the scale of public sins. And yet he’s become a villain. I don’t think we’ve had anything like this in sports history. We haven’t had a beloved sports icon become a villain for something so aesthetic. He’s despised, absolutely despised, because of a TV special. He didn’t cheat on his wife, he didn’t drive drunk, he didn’t take drugs, he didn’t test positive for PEDs, and almost overnight he went from being a loved guy to being hated. That day-in-day-out condemnation is the story.
Oct. 27th: LA Clippers vs. Portland - Blake Griffin plays his first real game. pleasedontgethurtpleasedontgethurtpleasedontgethurt.
Oct. 31st: Utah @ OKC - These two teams really love battling. I expect another high scoring game here as both teams should have improved significantly since last season.
In fact, let me just list the 4 times these teams will duke it out: Oct 31,Nov 15, Feb 5, and Mar 23.
Nov. 10th: New York vs. Golden State - I really want to see this new Knicks team play. I probably should single out their Oct. 29th game vs. Boston, but I like this match up for a couple of reasons:
1. Both teams love to play fast paced basketball so I expect a lot of scoring. 2. Last time Amar’e played the Warriors, we saw the greatest facial dunk of all time. 3. And finally, as someone mentioned on twitter a month ago, this New York team is basically what Golden State would have looked like if they traded Amar’e for Curry.
Nov. 13th: Milwaukee vs. Golden State - I want to see Brandon Jennings go for 60. Milwaukee imporoved their overall roster and Golden State only got worse. So yea… 60.
Nov. 26th: Dallas @ San Antonio - This game is always a classic. Although both teams are older and probably no longer title contenders, Dirk and Duncan are NBA MVPs and future Hall of Famers and they guard each other. What else can you ask for?
Dec 2nd: Miami @ Cleveland - The NBA was smart not to put this on TV as LeBron returns to Cleveland. Get ready for a melody of ‘boo’s louder than the vuvuzelas. (I think it’s worth buying NBA League Pass just for this moment.)
Dec 25th: Denver @ OKC - Melo vs. Durant. These two will be fighting all season for first place in their division, second place in the west, a scoring title, a spot on the All-NBA second team, and an All-Star bid. This, in my opinion, will be the best head-to-head match up this season.
Jan 15th: Miami @ Chicago - Joakim probably can’t wait for this game, I wonder what he’s going to say about LeBron and Co this time. Unfortunately, he probably has nothing bad to say about vacationing in South Beach.
Jan. 30th: LA Lakers vs. Boston - A finals rematch. Shaq vs. Kobe. LA vs. Boston. Even my grandma is marking this one down.
Feb. 10th: Boston vs. LA Lakers - Just 10 days after the first game. At least the wounds from the first game will still be fresh.
All Star Weekend Feb 18th through the 21st.
Mar. 3rd: Orlando @ Miami - I could have picked any of the four games these teams play in because all of them will be epic and all of them will have an impact on the top three seeds out of the East. But this on stands out because it is late in the season and can determine home court for one of these teams. To top it off, Orlando follows this game up with Chicago (3/4), Portland (3/7), @Phoenix (3/13), @Lakers (3/14),@ Milwaukee (3/16), and Denver (3/18). All of those teams were playoff teams last year and I don’t expect that to change this year.
Get that League Pass order in because these are games you dont want to miss.
That’s why the Off-season is expanding to keep all you A.D.H.D. sufferers from clicking your way over to 4-chan (NSFW). It’s summer time and while the NBA is in it’s off-season, two other national sports are alive and kickin’. So with no further ado, we present to you NFLOffseason.com and MLBOffseason.com.
Good god man. If the greatest ginger basketball player in the world can’t get an NBA gig, I will die of horror.
This man is beloved by the Boston crowd. He is slow and white, sure, but he can also stroke a nice shot like other strokey white players, and give you some hard-nosed rebounding. Plus, he’s pretty big, and doesn’t mind mixing it up and using his 6 fouls.
Also, every NBA locker room needs one player with a fire crotch comedy exiting the showers so as to combat the daily grind of an 8 month season.