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Garnett to LeBron: Loyalty can hurt

Posted on: May 14, 2010 2:44 am
 
BOSTON – At the end of a playoff series he’d been very much a part of winning, Kevin Garnett was asked the obligatory question about what LeBron James’ next few weeks will be like. 

Garnett did better than answer it. He offered LeBron a piece of advice. 

“Loyalty is something that hurts you at times, because you can’t get youth back,” Garnett said Thursday night after the Celtics eliminated the Cavs 94-85 with the help of his 22-point, 12-rebound performance straight out of 1998. “I can honestly say that if I could go back and do my situation over, knowing what I know now with this organization, I’d have done it a little sooner.” 

Garnett, one of the original high-school-to-the-NBA stars, will turn 34 the day after Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Magic. Fifteen years in, he is chasing his second championship. The only thing loyalty got him was 12 years in Minnesota with one trip past the first round of the playoffs. 

“I don’t know what’s going through his mind,” Garnett said of LeBron. “He’s a different individual. I haven’t spoken to him or anything, but the world is his. Whatever he wants it to be, whatever decisions he makes are probably going to be best for him – not only him, but for him and his family. 

“He’s the face of basketball,” Garnett said. “I think his desire is definitely there. It’s going to be the talk of the summer because, you know, everyone’s going to be tuned in. It’s not just him, but D-Wade and Chris Bosh and all the other solid free agents available this summer. It’s going to be an interesting summer.” 

A summer that started early for LeBron, in large part because Garnett found his health and his youth and some puzzling defensive schemes perpetrated by the Cavs. After Garnett had caused major problems for Antawn Jamison in the first five games of the conference semifinals, Cavs coach Mike Brown’s counter move was starting the game with Shaquille O’Neal defending him – a matchup straight out of 1995, and one that should’ve stayed there. Garnett picked-and-popped Shaq right out of that defensive look, and nobody else had much luck with him, either. 

“It’s my 15th year, and I have seen almost everything that you can possibly do in a basketball game,” Garnett said. “My mentality throughout these whole playoffs has been attack, attack, to be the presence. So when they put Shaq on me, my thought process didn’t change. It didn’t change at all.” 

Something clicked for Garnett, and for the Celtics, once the playoffs started. He averaged 18.8 points and 8.0 rebounds in the series, and helped close it out Thursday night with a ferocious dunk that made it 88-74 with 5:53 left and a clutch hook shot off an inbounds play that wound up being the game’s last basket. 

“He’s healthier and happier, which makes all of us happier,” coach Doc Rivers said. “With health, I’m assuming that brings confidence.” 

And results, too.
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Since: Jan 3, 2009
Posted on: May 14, 2010 8:35 am
 

Garnett to LeBron: Loyalty can hurt

Cleveland without BRON is no different than the present NY.Bottom feeder...................NY will be an instant contender in the East with him and the cavs won't even be a playoff squad.The Cavs don't have another player who could start for any of the remaining playoff squads other than the KING.I jet out of Ohio in a heartbeat.KNICKERBOCKERS need to sign Bron and D.Wade..that would put them in the NBA Finals.




Since: Apr 6, 2010
Posted on: May 14, 2010 8:17 am
 

Garnett to LeBron: Loyalty can hurt

We are now going to try to focus on the Conference Finals but the 800 lb elephant in the room is still going to be, WHERE IS LEBRON GOING TO PLAY??  Lebron James is not going to wait around for a team that stinks to get better, PERIOD.  So all you Knicks and Nets fans who were rooting for the Celts can " forget about it" to use a phrase you are familiar with.  He does not have 7 more years to wait for another team to get Championship Ready so to speak, so unless Clyde or the Doctor in their prime are going to reincarnate, he is not going there unless the big fish in a big pond is what he really wants.  I don't think thats the case   &nbs
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sp; Garnett gave him some sound advice last night after the game and it came from personel experience.  He wasted his youth waiting for his team to provide him with what he got in Boston.  A team and Coach that knows how to win.  I feel that he will heed that advice and leave the Cav's and it seems there are only two places where he can win right away.  The Bulls seem to be the logical first choice for many reasons.  First, Rose  and Noah are already in place to give him all-star caliber players right now. Second, there was another guy who wore to same number who did pretty good as a "GLOBAL ICON" from there. Third, he can probably help select who he wants to Coach his Kingness.  I hate to bring up the C word, Calipari, but I will. Four, with Rose he doesn't have to play the one and will have someone who can get him the ball and take some of the scoring load off his shoulders.    &
nbsp;   Miami is the other place he can land but only if Wade stays. They have played in the Olympics together and they can be Mike and Scottie south.  With those two the only problem would be who's Mike and who's Scottie.  Ol slick hair would have a real reason to come back to the bench if this transpired now wouldn't he and no one would blame him one bit.     &
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    I hope Mike Brown has his resume printed up because it's "Guess who's coming to Dinner" and he is Sidney Portier.  We are keeping him because Lebron likes him days are finished.  He forget that just like in real estate it's ROTATION, ROTATION, ROTATION.   Was it just me or did you see not one pattern develop to bring the right guys in at the right time. He just got outcoached plain and simple.  The second biggest debate will be what # will he wear in Chicago.    &nb
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Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: May 14, 2010 7:55 am
 

Garnett to LeBron: Loyalty can hurt


I'm assuming "Da Sponge" is referring to your brain.  If Lebron ends up in Miami, he will be in a different city than D-Wade.



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: May 14, 2010 7:12 am
 

Lebron to Miami

Lebron will be in Miami....
Reasons.
1.  D-Wade and Lebron are home boys.   They like each other.
2.  Florida has not state income tax.  Whatever he is paid it equals 15 percent more than NY or NJ.
3.  South Beach is the Vaj capital of the world.    Lebron will have more women than rabbits and since Basketball is a winter sport, Winter in SoBe is much nicer than NY.
4.   Vaj quality is higher in Fl than in NY.   Get real.   Hard body bikinis vs. stinky NYers.....
Welcome Lebron.....



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: May 14, 2010 7:12 am
 

Lebron to Miami

Lebron will be in Miami....
Reasons.
1.  D-Wade and Lebron are home boys.   They like each other.
2.  Florida has not state income tax.  Whatever he is paid it equals 15 percent more than NY or NJ.
3.  South Beach is the Vaj capital of the world.    Lebron will have more women than rabbits and since Basketball is a winter sport, Winter in SoBe is much nicer than NY.
4.   Vaj quality is higher in Fl than in NY.   Get real.   Hard body bikinis vs. stinky NYers.....
Welcome Lebron.....  



Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: May 14, 2010 4:53 am
 

Garnett to LeBron: Loyalty can hurt

Congratulations to the Celtics. They played a marvelous series, outside of the Game Three blowout in Boston. I do not believe they have the horses to take down a much better-coached team in Orlando and I think they will have no answer for Orlando's inside game, IF their shooters (Nelson, Pietrus, Lewis and Barnes) are hitting with any regularity from the outside, I don't think Boston can beat them in a seven game series. 
Now, let us address the James free-agency situation. And what Garnett didn't say is that James' situation is no the same as the one in Minnesota. The Cavs have an owner who is prepared to spend (legally, unlike Glen Taylor and his Joe Smith foolishness) and a supporting cast that is far superior to anything that Garnett ever had in Minnesota during his tenure there. It certainly sounds to me as though Mr. Berger is trying to do his part to push James into leaving fro different pastures. I suppose that makes great copy, but let's look at this realistically for a moment.
And we shall start by putting aside the utter impossibility of the idea of any of the Western Conference teams having the money or the bright lights James obviously craves. The Lakers are the only Western team in a market with bright enough lights and there is no way the Lakers are interested in James while Kobe wears purple and gold. They already HAVE a championship contender. I don't think any other team has the kind of money James would be looking for. So, he will stay in the East and there are really only a few possible destinations.
1. Miami: They have money and a superstar of their own in Dywane Wade. However, I don't really see Miami as a serious contender. First, James and Wade's styles don't appear to match very well, despite their national team experience together. Second, Miami's pieces are far thinner than Cleveland's and even if a couple other free agents agree to come for the exception, Miami will still have a ways to go - that team needs some help.
2. Chicago: They also will have money and they are the only Eastern contender other than the two New York teams (we'll get to them in a moment) that can offer the major media center James seems to want. BUt...Rose also does not appear to be a player whose style really complements that of James. Now Rose is a point, albeit a scoring point, but I jsut don't see the Bulls as having the wherewithal to pull off a James signing. So that leaves...
3. New Jersey/Brooklyn: They have money, a true point in Devin Harris, a developing young center in Brook Lopez a few extra pieces they can use for a free agent signing, and they might have a superstar coach, which James definitely needs at this stage of his career. And they can offer the birght lights of New York - not a small temptation for a guy who seems as ego-driven as James.
4. New York: This of course is the destination guys like Berger really want. They want to make the KNicks relevant. My own take is 'Who cares?" New York seems to think that everyone in the whole country lives, breathes and waits on New York. Sorry, no. If the KNicks had a good team, we might care. As it is, when TNT or ESPN shows the Knicks, I for one turn off the TV. They are a Bad Team. At least the Warriors are entertaining. The Knicks, despite D'Antoni, can't really say that But this is the most logical place IF he jumps. Although if I were LeBron, I would look long and hard before I leaped at all. And I would ask the following questions:
- Can I make more money?- Is the supporting cast better than what I have right now in Cleveland?- Is the coaching better than what I have in Cleveland? (Yes, I know that Mike Brown is probably history, but still...)- Does the front office know what they are doing?- Can they do a good job of drafting and trading for talent?- Does the owner totally support the front office and coaching staff?- Can the owner afford (and will he pay) to bring in the guys I want?- Do I have a legitimate chance to win a championship with this team? Soon!
If a majority of these questions are answered in the negative, my advice to James would be to stay put. The grass is not always greener and he has hardly burned any bridges in Cleveland. If the majority of the answers are 'Yes', however, maybe it is time to move on. I know the media, as personified by Mr. Berger, wants to see James in New York. But the media doesn't get to make these decisions - for which we should all be grateful. They have proven by their coverage of the recent financial meltdowns that trusting the media to report honestly and accurately is a very bad mistake. And for more evidence, see their coverage of the current economic situation - it is pathetic. So James will make his decision, but I wish the media weren't so eager to do their utmost to push him in their preferred direction. And you, Mr. Berger, ought to know better. By all means discuss the possibilities. But this thinly-veiled advertisement for joining the Knicks is one of the many reasons why the media typically comes in just above or below attorneys on the trustworthiness scale. And deservedly so. 
Where James goes, he goes. But if I were he, I would weight my options carefully, as I said at the top. Thinking carefully before jumping in is a course that more people would be wise to try. Especially when the decision will have the effect that James' will. Choose wisely, James. 


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