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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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LeBron James’ First Title and the End of an Era for the NBA

June 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Last Thursday we saw the long awaited crowning of King James on top of the NBA Throne. Despite LeBron James accumulating two MVP trophies and two appearances in the Finals, some NBA purists and general LeBron-haters loved to rant about how LeBron will never win a championship with the top-heavy Miami team that he created along with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in South Beach during the summer of 2010.

The claims of LeBron’s fate of being championship-less for his entire career, although popular during a time of extreme scrutiny on James, were fairly unfounded. It was pretty unlikely that the arguably “best” player in the NBA would go his entire career without winning a championship. It just wasn’t going to happen, especially in a league defined by star players.
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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…

Dwight Howard and Chris Paul on the New York Knicks?

December 2, 2011 Leave a comment

Ok, quick thought in the midst of all the NBA trade rumors that are flying around. Here are the facts:

– Chris Paul wants to go to New York but they already have Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire, both of whom have large contracts.
– Dwight Howard will most likely be leaving Orlando for a variety of big market options

So, how things are the Knicks will be hard pressed to get either Paul or Howard due to their cap being nearly completely full with Carmelo and Amare. Somewhere someone was suggesting that the Heat trade LeBron James for Howard, one-for-one. That will probably never happen after all the hoopla that was involved around the Heat in the last year and a half, but if it did it would probably be a smart (and ruthless) move by Heat GM Pat Riley. Everyone saw the awkwardness between LeBron and Wade in the Finals last year when one of the two had to take the big shots. Adding Howard to Wade and Bosh on the Heat would make them a well balanced team.

That got me thinking though. Amare and Carmelo both play a very similar position and are both ball stoppers on offense. Howard is a true Center (best in the league) and Paul is the truest of Point Guards (best in the league). Even though the Knicks went through ton of crap in the last two years to get Carmelo and Amare, if they were smart (and extremely ruthless) they should swap their two stars for Paul and Howard.

I would much rather have a great Center and a great Point Guard instead of two good/great Power Forwards.

It would never happen though.

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2010-2011 NBA Playoff Preview: First Off The Bench Writers’ Predictions

April 15, 2011 1 comment

In this episode of the First Off The Bench podcast, writers David, Sean, Marcus and Matt joined by new comer Greg, discuss the upcoming NBA playoffs. They make predictions on all the first round match ups, speculate on the conference champions and then take wild stabs at possible options for the overall NBA champs. They also go on to compare the roster of the Miami Heat to the cast of the Star Wars movies.

2011 NBA Playoff Preview

To listen to the podcast, just click on the link above. It is also available for download on iTunes. Just search “First Off The Bench” in the iTunes Store.

For a recap of podcast predictions check out the First Off The Bench writers’ picks below. Read more…

The Psychology Behind LeBron and Wade in Crunch Time

March 7, 2011 7 comments

Last night, the Miami Heat lost another close game to an elite opponent, dropping an 87-86 decision to the surging Chicago Bulls.  The score itself shouldn’t be an enormous cause for concern for Miami.  They have only lost three games all year by a double-digit margin, indicating that they are one or two improved possessions on each side of the floor away from being frighteningly good most nights.  What should be closely monitored by general management in Miami is the psyche of its players, and whether they have the right toughness in place to make an extended playoff run.

Reports are floating around today that there was actual, no-joke, man-we-wish-our-coach-wouldn’t-advertise-this crying going on in the Miami locker room following the game (aka “Crygate”).  Cam Stewart of the Score had a great list today on his highly underrated show “24 in 30” that outlined the top six or seven reasons an athlete should be allowed to cry, and he was dead right in saying that it shouldn’t be allowed 63 games into the NBA regular season after a four game losing streak. Read more…

Does The Miami Heat’s Record Against the NBA’s Top Teams Really Matter?

March 6, 2011 3 comments

After the Heat's loss to the Bulls, everyone is asking questions

As the Miami Heat have now lost 4 games in a row to winning teams, after putting together a 43-16 record, many NBA analysts are pointing to the Heat’s dismal record against the top teams in the NBA.

Currently, the top six teams in the league, excluding the Heat, are the San Antonio Spurs, Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and the Orlando Magic. Against these six teams so far in the 2010-2011 season, the Heat have a record of 3 wins and 11 loses, a win percentage of 0.214. Read more…