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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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Best of FOTB – Volume 1

March 7, 2012 Leave a comment

In First Off The Bench’s first year, we managed to unleash about 50 articles into the wild. We’re proud of the effort our writers (mostly Matt) put in to keeping the site active, and we’ve enjoyed making a connection with some random sports fans across the globe. Here are our picks for the “essential” articles from Year 1 of FOTB, sorted by author.

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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…

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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Tired of Carmelo

February 18, 2011 1 comment

**I originally posted this on my other blog, January 18th. Sadly, it is still relevant.

I am tired of hearing about Carmelo Anthony and his trade rumor drama. I really hope he goes somewhere soon because I don’t think this much time should be wasted talking about a player who isn’t worth the hype. That being said, I really hope he doesn’t go to the New York Knicks (his preferred destination), for a few reasons. One, I don’t think Melo is that good, isn’t a defensive guy, and won’t work with Amar’e Stoudemire. Second, everyone talks about NY so much I would rather have them be decent then the joke of a team they have been in the last few years. It is nice to have all the big market teams (NY, LA, Chicago, Boston) in the mix Read more…