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Quick Thoughts on Steve Nash’s Upcoming Free Agency

June 29, 2012 Leave a comment

I try to look at the free angency decision that Steve Nash has to make this summer from his point of view:

– He grew up in Victoria/Vancouver area
– He has lived in Texas/Arizona for most of his professional life
– He lives in Manhattan during the summers

Ok, so being near the end of his career I would assume he would make his next decision by choosing between (a) winning and (b) lifestyle/money. My completely uninformed top choices for him would include:

– Toronto: they might be able to pay him, but he would be going to a new city which, although it is Canada, he is not getting anywhere closer to “home” .It would be as if I lived in the states for 20 years then I moved to Halifax to be closer to Edmonton…. Also there is no chance Toronto is winning anything any time soon. The only reason someone could make an argument for it is that he is now affiliated with Basketball Canada which is in Toronto, but hell, if he is going to be doing that post-career why bother moving there now??
– New York: They probably won’t be able to pay him much, they don’t have a realistic chance of winning a title (but more so than Toronto or Phoenix), but it is his preferred place to live.
– Phoenix: they can pay him the most money, he has a comfortable lifestyle, but no chance in hell of winning.
– Miami: Best chance of winning, Miami wants him, very limited money.

When I look at these I would say he probably chooses Miami or Phoenix. He is either going to want to win, or get paid. He can spend all the time he wants in Toronto and NY when his career is over (or during the extended off-seasons he will have if he stays in Phoenix).

I don’t see much of an argument for Toronto despite Colagelo putting on the very public full-court press which is going to make him look like a fool when Nash doesn’t come to the Raptors.

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Suddenly Feeling All-In With the 2012 New York Knicks

February 19, 2012 1 comment

As recently as early January of this year I was extremely critical of the 2012 New York Knicks for blowing apart the promising young nucleus that made the playoffs last year. The reason I was so disappointed was because as recently as January the Knicks didn’t look like a professional basketball team. They looked like two professionals, Amare and Carmelo, awkwardly trying to coexist with a shoddy supporting cast.

Since then things have changed. The most important of those changes was the extremely unexpected emergence of a real point guard in Jeremy Lin, but I am not really interested in talking about him specifically since his story has been heavily covered in the media and is still unfolding. The more recent story that I personally think might push these Knicks into the threshold of being a great team is the acquisition of JR Smith. During the lockout Smith signed an ill-advised contract to play in the Chinese Basketball Association that did not allow him to come back to the NBA immediately after the lockout ended. Read more…

The Disappointing 2012 New York Knicks: From a Non-Knicks Fan

January 8, 2012 1 comment

A Big-3 yes, but can they overcome a roster of bums? No.

As of January 8th of this lockout-shortened season, the New York Knicks are 4-4 after eight games. Seeing the Knicks come out to a mediocre start isn’t anything new to New York fans in the last few years. Including last year, which was highlighted by the acquisitions of Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks have only made the playoffs twice in the last ten years. Read more…

Welcome Back NBA! : Top Ten Reasons to be Happy the Lockout is Over

November 29, 2011 3 comments

Just one of the few things I expect to happen now that the NBA is back.

With the seemingly imminent return of the NBA, starting Christmas Day 2011, I would like to quickly rejoice in celebration. In doing so I want to list out the top ten things that I am glad that we, as NBA fans, are NOT going miss out on this year due to the inflated egos of Mr. David Stern and Mr. Billy Hunter. These are things that couldn’t just happening in any NBA season, past or present, and to an extent represent the mass media popularity that has taken the league by storm in the past few years. With massive superstars and TV personalities the NBA has become so much more than just the game that is played on the court and the off-court stuff is what everyone would really lose out on if there was a season ending lockout. Read more…