The NBA Dribbled Out

Kevin Durant and Lil’ B got into it over Twitter (for Lil B, this is the second time he’s gone after Durantula within the safe confines of Twitter), and one basketball fan felt it was time for a new Thunderstruck poster. 
For the record, Lil’ B is still an idiot, and Durant has better things to do with his time: Like, say, wowing a Hong Kong crowd, or chillin’ on the beach with a jet ski.

Kevin Durant and Lil’ B got into it over Twitter (for Lil B, this is the second time he’s gone after Durantula within the safe confines of Twitter), and one basketball fan felt it was time for a new Thunderstruck poster. 

For the record, Lil’ B is still an idiot, and Durant has better things to do with his time: Like, say, wowing a Hong Kong crowd, or chillin’ on the beach with a jet ski.

Maybe you’ve already heard, but Mark Cuban is pissed at former Mavs PG, Jason Kidd. If you don’t recall, Kidd spurned the Mavs offer of 3 years for $9 million to sign for the exact same amount with the New York Knicks. Cuban went on the 103.3 FM’s Ben and Skin show and let it be known there was “no chance” of his jersey hanging from the rafters of Dallas’ American Airlines Arena.
Cubes doesn’t want to put Kidd’s jersey in the rafters even after he won a championship with Dallas in 2011 and was the third part of the fearsome overly hyped threesome of Jamal Mashburn and Jimmy Jackson when he was drafted in 1994. Toni Braxton love triangle aside, he did mean a lot to the franchise, and Dallas’ title-clinching 2011 has already been marred by a down-slide in 2012 and the loss of center Tyson Chandler to the same Knicks team that scooped up Kidd.
Kidd, ever the professional (when he’s not engaged in a war of words and fists with his ex-wife), said he ”totally understands his side [but] does Mark understand my side?" Not exactly providing us with his side and since it’s not a money thing, maybe he’s just more excited at the prospect of a 4 a.m. closing time than the usual 2 a.m. I’ll assume Dallas follows. NYC, where booze gets past-their-prime superstars!
That’s not all Cubes said during the radio interview:
He also announced that he’d almost pulled the trigger on a Kobe Bryant trade in 2007 when he was on Dancing with the Stars.
The loss of Deron Williams to Brooklyn stung, and he was panned for missing Williams’ visit to Dallas for his television program, Shark Tank, but Cuban believes "we’re in a better position now than we would’ve been in if we would’ve gotten him.” 
He’ll never trade Dirk Nowitzki and Dirk will never ask to be traded.
He feels the NBA’s new CBA deal was a superficial solution to a larger problem. To wit:
 “We certainly didn’t achieve all we needed to achieve. I’ve said it multiple times that in the old CBA, financially, teams were drowning in 10 feet of water, now we’re drowning in two feet of water. It’ll be interesting. Obviously the Nets just went out and spent a boatload of money. It’ll be interesting to see if that works for them or against them.”
Mark Cuban is just as Mark Cuban as ever <3 <3 <3 <3

Maybe you’ve already heard, but Mark Cuban is pissed at former Mavs PG, Jason Kidd. If you don’t recall, Kidd spurned the Mavs offer of 3 years for $9 million to sign for the exact same amount with the New York Knicks. Cuban went on the 103.3 FM’s Ben and Skin show and let it be known there was “no chance” of his jersey hanging from the rafters of Dallas’ American Airlines Arena.

Cubes doesn’t want to put Kidd’s jersey in the rafters even after he won a championship with Dallas in 2011 and was the third part of the fearsome overly hyped threesome of Jamal Mashburn and Jimmy Jackson when he was drafted in 1994. Toni Braxton love triangle aside, he did mean a lot to the franchise, and Dallas’ title-clinching 2011 has already been marred by a down-slide in 2012 and the loss of center Tyson Chandler to the same Knicks team that scooped up Kidd.

Kidd, ever the professional (when he’s not engaged in a war of words and fists with his ex-wife), said he ”totally understands his side [but] does Mark understand my side?" Not exactly providing us with his side and since it’s not a money thing, maybe he’s just more excited at the prospect of a 4 a.m. closing time than the usual 2 a.m. I’ll assume Dallas follows. NYC, where booze gets past-their-prime superstars!

That’s not all Cubes said during the radio interview:

  • He also announced that he’d almost pulled the trigger on a Kobe Bryant trade in 2007 when he was on Dancing with the Stars.
  • The loss of Deron Williams to Brooklyn stung, and he was panned for missing Williams’ visit to Dallas for his television program, Shark Tank, but Cuban believes "we’re in a better position now than we would’ve been in if we would’ve gotten him.” 
  • He’ll never trade Dirk Nowitzki and Dirk will never ask to be traded.
  • He feels the NBA’s new CBA deal was a superficial solution to a larger problem. To wit:
 “We certainly didn’t achieve all we needed to achieve. I’ve said it multiple times that in the old CBA, financially, teams were drowning in 10 feet of water, now we’re drowning in two feet of water. It’ll be interesting. Obviously the Nets just went out and spent a boatload of money. It’ll be interesting to see if that works for them or against them.”

Mark Cuban is just as Mark Cuban as ever <3 <3 <3 <3

Here&#8217;s a comprehensive tallying of luxury tax expenditures over the last decade.
The Knicks lead the field (substantially) having spent nearly $200 million during that time. After adding Donnie Walsh as GM, they have stayed under the threshold the last two years. 
The only other team over $100 million in luxury tax payments for this time period is Dallas. The team that let Tyson Chandler walk after he helped them win a title. 
Not even the Lakers, who are as big market as they come, spent over $100 million in luxury taxes during the last decade. It just goes to show you how awful the Knicks management was (ISIAH!).
Another example, using a compare and contrast analogy between teams, is the most money the Isiah-led Knicks spent on luxury taxes in a single year. The highest was during the 2006-07 season when they Dolaned out $45,142,002 in luxury taxes. Here was their line-up (by pay) during that season when they finished 33-49 and 4th in the Atlantic Division:

If you look at the chart, the money spent by the Knicks in luxury taxes for the 2006-07 season is more than what 25 of the 30 NBA teams spent as an aggregate during the same 10-year window!!! That&#8217;s insane, and further proof James Dolan and Isiah Thomas deserve each other. Whether Knicks fans deserve this is up for debate, but even my crass, fellow New Yorkers deserve a team that&#8217;s not run by idiots.

Here’s a comprehensive tallying of luxury tax expenditures over the last decade.

The Knicks lead the field (substantially) having spent nearly $200 million during that time. After adding Donnie Walsh as GM, they have stayed under the threshold the last two years. 

The only other team over $100 million in luxury tax payments for this time period is Dallas. The team that let Tyson Chandler walk after he helped them win a title. 

Not even the Lakers, who are as big market as they come, spent over $100 million in luxury taxes during the last decade. It just goes to show you how awful the Knicks management was (ISIAH!).

Another example, using a compare and contrast analogy between teams, is the most money the Isiah-led Knicks spent on luxury taxes in a single year. The highest was during the 2006-07 season when they Dolaned out $45,142,002 in luxury taxes. Here was their line-up (by pay) during that season when they finished 33-49 and 4th in the Atlantic Division:

If you look at the chart, the money spent by the Knicks in luxury taxes for the 2006-07 season is more than what 25 of the 30 NBA teams spent as an aggregate during the same 10-year window!!! That’s insane, and further proof James Dolan and Isiah Thomas deserve each other. Whether Knicks fans deserve this is up for debate, but even my crass, fellow New Yorkers deserve a team that’s not run by idiots.

Every time I read a Kevin Durant quote or interview, I can&#8217;t shake the feeling he&#8217;s a legitimately nice guy. That&#8217;s rare, especially after reading the answers a purported Sports PR honcho gave to Deadspin readers. 
I refuse to blog any of his responses, which are almost universally damning for NBA players, but if you&#8217;re interested in the slow wearing away of your soul, check it out. I need to take a shower. 

Every time I read a Kevin Durant quote or interview, I can’t shake the feeling he’s a legitimately nice guy. That’s rare, especially after reading the answers a purported Sports PR honcho gave to Deadspin readers

I refuse to blog any of his responses, which are almost universally damning for NBA players, but if you’re interested in the slow wearing away of your soul, check it out. I need to take a shower. 

I can&#8217;t decide who Chris Kaman reminds me of more: my Uncle Bill or the birthday party emcee at Johnny Utah&#8217;s in Manhattan. 

I can’t decide who Chris Kaman reminds me of more: my Uncle Bill or the birthday party emcee at Johnny Utah’s in Manhattan.