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Finals over, now time for main event

Posted on: June 18, 2010 6:33 pm
Edited on: June 18, 2010 8:00 pm
LOS ANGELES – At the risk of looking ahead before the party at Ron Artest’s house is over, it’s time to consider how different the NBA landscape will look the next time someone hoists the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

Everyone but Gregg Doyel seemed to enjoy the epic, seven-game series given to us by the Lakers and Celtics. In fact, the series was ABC's most-viewed Finals and Game 7 was the most-watched NBA game since Michael Jordan's last championship shot in 1998 against the Jazz. At a time when owners and executives are understandably nervous about what the future will hold under a new collective bargaining agreement, it didn’t hurt for the sport to put its best foot forward for two weeks in June.

The momentum will carry right into the draft next week, when the NBA welcomes its next potential superstar, John Wall. Then, the main event: free agency, beginning July 1. The decisions and alliances that will be made during the first week of July could shift the balance of power and change the sport for the next decade.

Will LeBron James stay in Cleveland, to be joined by Chris Bosh or another high-profile free agent in a sign-and-trade? Will he form an alliance with Dwyane Wade in Miami, Derrick Rose in Chicago, or a superstar-to-be-named-later in New York? Will Kobe Bryant, fresh off his fifth title, push for a sign-and-trade scenario that would add Bosh to the Lakers’ embarrassment of riches?

The possibilities are endless, though Bryant was in no mood to contemplate all of this after celebrating his second straight title Thursday night. Asked by an enterprising reporter about the daunting possibility of facing a team with, say, LeBron and Wade in next year’s Finals, Bryant shot back, “What is it with you? You want to just emotionally drain me? I don’t want to think about that. Those guys, I’ve seen those guys up close and personal. I don’t want to think about playing against both of them at the same time. I want to enjoy this for a little bit.”

Not for long.

Once the free agency dust settles, the focus will shift from the Summer of LeBron to an army of lawyers, actuaries and accountants who are wrestling with the 800-pound gorilla in the room: the collective bargaining agreement. As thrilling as the Lakers-Celtics series was, it only underscored how concentrated the power – and titles – are among the big-market, high-revenue teams. Despite the fact that the players will include a plan for changing the league’s revenue-sharing model when they submit a proposal to the league in the next two weeks, sources indicate that NBA negotiators remain adamant that revenue sharing will not be part of the bargaining process. Months after getting an early start on negotiations, the owners and players still disagree on the validity of $400 million in losses stated by commissioner David Stern. Any way you slice it, it’s going to be a long, ugly fight with the goal of preventing a work stoppage when the current agreement expires on June 30, 2011.

Which brings us back to how things will look the next time the confetti is falling as Stern hands over the championship trophy 12 months from now. Stern’s NBA could be embarking on the most impactful era of basketball since Jordan retired, with big stars in big markets and world-wide interest in the sport perhaps even surpassing the Jordan era. And this could also be true next June: The NBA could be days away from a lockout that would kill all the momentum.

These are important times with a lot at stake, and with no time to do what Bryant pleaded with reporters to let him do: Enjoy it for a little bit.


Since: May 20, 2010
Posted on: June 19, 2010 5:45 pm

Finals over, now time for main event

The Main Event was Game 7 of the NBA Finals and the Lakers winning their franchises 16th nba title vs their arch nemesis the Boston Celtics.  A bunch of free agents looking  for max contracts with new teams is paparazzi material of who is going where and who they are teaming up with and the power celebrity teams trying to woo them.  Cities trying to keep their current players with appreciation days is for Star and Enquirer.  Two teams battling and leaving their guts and blood on the court, that's a Main Event.

Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: June 19, 2010 5:43 pm

Finals over, now time for main event ?!?!?!?!?

The headline and this whole article is so absurd!!!!!!

That was my reaction on just reading the headline. The Main Event? Are you kidding me? The purpose of playing is to determine a champion every year, THAT IS THE MAIN EVENT, regardless who is in it, NOT to determine where any player will sign AFTER the finals are over.

Besides if you really look at it, the free agency is FOR NEXT YEAR!!! Not this year.

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: June 19, 2010 3:52 pm

Finals over, now time for main event

So which is it, Dirk is a joke of a player or is he solid and great.  Dirk isnt is
the same breath as Wade or James but he is one of the best in the game.

Since: Jun 21, 2008
Posted on: June 19, 2010 3:06 pm

Finals over, now time for main event

Dallas does not have the money, nor the desire that LeBron is looking for. You really think Dirk is the key? No, I think Dirk is a joke of a player. Sure he is solid, and great, but he can NEVER get the job done. Even when he had Nash, Terry, Harris, Kidd and numerous other stars with him.

Dallas blew their shot. LeBron wont want to go to that crap.

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: June 19, 2010 3:03 pm

Finals over, now time for main event

Congratulations to the Los Angelas Lakers. They are the world champs yet again.  I am still enjoying and reveling in a Game 7 vcitory for the Lakers.  We all should.
Ok factors to consider. There are many ways to make sure a superstar is paid and to get them to come to your team. One way is endorsements.  The Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov who just bought the Nets could offer LeBron James a top end contract but set him up with endorsements for LeBron Vodka, that pays him 50 million rubles a year. Due to the insanity of the NBA to allow for foreign owners, this stuff could easily be done without too much control.  It also helps that the Nets had a roster that was only paid like 45 million last year. The nets have a a solid young core of players in Brook Lopez, Yi Jianlian and Devin Harris. 

You could have 7 foot Brook Lopez 18.8 ppg and 8.6 rpg at Center Shoots from the field 49.9%
You could have 7 foot Yi Jianlian 12.0 ppg and 7.20 rpg at Power forward. Shoots from the field at 40.3%. (He will have to rebound more) although with people guarding Le Bron his percentage should go up.
You could have 6 foot 3 Devin Harris and his 16.9 ppg and 6.6 assists per game at point guard. Also Shoots from the field at 40.3%
You could have 6 foot 8 forward Le Bron James and his 29.1 ppg his 9.9 rpg and his 7.6 apg at forward.
The question is who do you get at guard? Can they get Dwayne Wade?
If so you could have 6 foot 4 Dwayne Wade and his career average of 48.8 percent shooting with 33.3 ppg his 5.6 rpg and his 6.6 apg

I guess off the bench you could have 6-5 guard Courtney Lee  12.5 ppg and 6-6 Terrence williams 8.4 ppg.

You could do your best to dump Bobby Simmons 11.5 salary off the books in a trade to get somebody Le Bron likes. The same could be said for Tony Battie and his 8 plus million. Just package their number 5 pick with it.

Mant other teams could easily improve with the addition of the King and Wade

Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: June 19, 2010 1:50 pm

Finals over, now time for main event

Not to mention that Cuban has already said publicly that he is going to throw every offfer possible at the cavs.  Lebron is stupid if he doesnt come here, we offer the best chance to win long term and an owner that will spend to get there. 

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: June 19, 2010 12:55 pm

One scenario I haven't seen floated

There's one scenario that I haven't read about or even heard suggested before so I'll lay it out there and let you all take your shots.  Has LeBron considered not taking a max contract?

Hear me out on this one.  What if LeBron was willing to accept his monster money from Nike and other sponsors to show he's more about winning than he is the money.  He could pull together his own little Dream Team.  Privately arrange a mini summit and let word circulate amongst the players that James wants to pull together two or three others to play with him for a three or four year run and then move on to another city.  The money coming from an NBA team is going to be overshadowed by the money from sponsors if he can pull off the creation of this monster in a city of his choosing.

If players are willing to talk to each other and arrange a landing spot for all, James or Wade might be the only ones who could overlook the NBA deal knowing what's coming from the sponsors on the back end.  They could conceivably pull together a near starting lineup out of nothing and not break the bank of a franchise.  Two max players, another mid level player, and James deferring his money or accepting to hit up his sponsors for beefier contracts.

I know it's not based in previous practice or serious reality but it does pose an interesting challenge-- the best player on the market accepting less money to pull together a winning team.

Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: June 19, 2010 12:47 pm

EPIC finals?

Epic finals?  Are you kidding me?  The games were nearly unwatchable and didn't finish before 11:00 EST on weeknights.  I didn't even watch the 4th quarter of 2 games.  If that was the Spurs vs Magic playing like that, writers would have been dogging these teams from the opening tip.  The guys who weren't in constant foul trouble were clanking shots not stop.  The amount of holding, moving screens and flopping was nearly too much to take.  Looked more like a Knicks-Pacers series from back in the day.

Since: Sep 12, 2008
Posted on: June 19, 2010 12:36 pm

Finals over, now time for main event

Money only matters if he signs for the max of 6 years and he is not foing that right now for anybody, so it is a mute point

Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: June 19, 2010 12:32 pm

Finals over, now time for main event

Fans always look to the future because any NBA fan who doesnt root for the Lakers or Celtics? This is what they care about.

shut up, this is how it works. news on 2 teams? or reasons to be optimistic for the other 28 teams?

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