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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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Toronto Raptors: Is There Anything to Look Forward to in the 2011-2012 NBA Season?

December 20, 2011 2 comments

Is this the future for the Raptors? I think we could give him a chance.

When first looking at the Raptors roster for the 2011-2012 season I had a feeling the team would struggle to win 10 games in this lockout-shortened season. Now, after the free agent signings of Rasual Butler, Anthony Carter, Gary Forbes, Aaron Gray, and Jamaal Magloire (the first Canadian to every play on the Raptors) I still think it will be hard for them to get double-digits in the win column this year.

Most of the NBA media types who are currently putting out season preview columns are focusing on a few specific team aspects that they think will translate into success this season. These include established stars, a deep bench, and a coach/system that has been in place for a number of years; none of these are owned by the 2011-2012 Raptors. Read more…

Carmelo Anthony To The New York Knicks: Did He Handle His Departure In The Most Honourable Way?

February 22, 2011 3 comments

After seven months of trade rumours that started in the summer, Carmelo Anthony finally got his wish yesterday and was traded to the New York Knicks. This is not the first act of Superstars taking matters into their own hands, as we saw Lebron James and Chris Bosh hold auction style bidding wars for their services last summer. The results of this Carmelo move are the same, a Superstar picked a city (NY) he wanted to play for and picked another Superstar (Amar’e) that he wanted to play with, but he went about it differently. Lebron James and Chris Bosh both played out their contracts with Toronto and Cleveland, technically doing their old team no injustice by exercising their legal right to sign a contract with another team when their agreement expired. But what Carmelo did was different. He and his people made it clear from before the season started that he wanted to leave Denver and go to NY, and due to the word being out, the tension being high, and the media being rampant around the team, the Nuggets have struggled with issues this season despite having a deep and talented roster. So, which method was more honourable when leaving the team that drafted them seven years ago? I will try to answer that below. Read more…

Full Report Card on Vancouver’s Suitability as an NBA Relocation Option

February 21, 2011 1 comment

 

If NBA commissioner David Stern’s recent interview on Bill Simmons’ BS Report is any indication, the NBA has been doing a little exploration of the Pacific Northwest, and they’re seriously considering cheating on one of their uglier franchises to get a little rainy action with a pretty Canadian city. Read more…