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Shootaround 9.20: TV killed the basketball star

Posted on: September 20, 2010 9:28 am
Edited on: September 20, 2010 4:52 pm
Posted by Royce Young
  • The NY Daily News on Melo the reality star: "For the past week, Melo has been promoting the show and partying in NYC and elsewhere, telling the Daily News that he’s more focused on fashion week than basketball. One night he was hanging with R&B singer Chris Brown, another night he was checking out the Jay-Z/Eminem concert. You can’t knock the man for enjoying his offseason, but you can assume he won’t be in a Denver uniform for much longer, if at all.  Now that the promotional tour is over - and now that we’ve realized Anthony’s level of commitment to his wife’s work - there is one question the Nets should be asking themselves: How badly do you want this player?"
  • Dan Gilbert told the Detroit Free Press he doesn't have regrets about his letter: "I just expressed what the Cleveland people were feeling. Unless you're from Cleveland and experienced what they have experienced since 1964, it's hard for the rest of the country to grasp."
  • Ira Winderman says he can see Miami eating Patrick Beverley's contract: "From the start, I have viewed the Heat’s payment to Beverley as a thank you for agreeing to spend last season in Europe when the Heat was into the luxury tax (and therefore would have had to take a one-season hit for Beverley with the money it now will pay him over two seasons). With Butler, the Heat seems to be going to great lengths with a player who still has a long way to go in his rehab. Butler could be something special. Based on summer league, even in such a small sample, I’m not sure the same can be said for Beverley."
  • Alan Hahn of Newsday on the youth of the Knicks: "But the 2010-11 team will mark the youngest group the franchise has assembled to open a season in 30 years and fifth-youngest in franchise history. According to research compiled by the Elias Sports Bureau, you have to go back to Red Holzman's second stint as coach in the early 1980s, when the 1980-81 team, comprised of phenoms such as third-year star Michael Ray Richardson, supersophs Bill Cartwright and Sly Williams and three rookies, including Mike Woodson, averaged 24.5794 years of age."
  • Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio News-Express with a pretty terrific James Anderson profile: "On March 14, 2007, nearly all the 700 some-odd souls who call this flyspeck town straddling the Arkansas-Louisiana border home gathered in a small park near the high school football stadium. There, over plates of hot dogs and potato salad, they honored one of their most distinguished citizens. Junction City's inaugural James Anderson Day was equal parts church picnic and civic celebration. Unofficially, it would not be the last."

Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: September 21, 2010 8:55 am

Shootaround 9.20: TV killed the basketball star

This whole Melo thing is annoying. Melo maybe one of the best players in the league. But he is a one-dimensional player. He will score a lot of points n do very little of anything else. All these teams going after Melo will be dissapointed when their team spends the three or four years in the playoffs and doesnt go to a finals while watching Melo bail after three years of average playoff basketball. The Nets and Sixers are better off developing their young talent and hoping somebody will turn into a superstar that can carry their team. The Nets have 3 young super talents in Terrrence Williams, Brook Lopez, and Derrick Favors. They have arguably the best shooter in the NBA and a more than competent point guard combination with Farmar and Harris. The Sixers have Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young, and Jrue Holiday. I'm not a gambling man but i would put money on it that one of the three ends being a top 10 player at their position in the next 2 years. So why waste so much money and draft picks on Melo if doesnt give you a decent shot at a championship?

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: September 21, 2010 3:15 am

Shootaround 9.20: TV killed the basketball star

Umm..sir...Anthony WONT end up with Celtics..thats not an option..they would be way over in luxury tax..and I doubt they would trade Paul Pierce for Melo.

The Bulls are an option..If ATL didnt waste money on Joe Johnson..they would be a nice fit..a SF is what they always need it..and as we all know Marvin Williams just doesnt cut it.

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: September 21, 2010 3:12 am

Shootaround 9.20: TV killed the basketball star for Dwight Howard..IDK why he can post up other centers..he is very strong and should demand other centers to back up and jam over for posting up for shots..idk he has two great legends teaching him..if he doesnt learn from them soon then he will never learn.

What is the number one thing we learned this season?!..Quite a few NBA "Superstars" or really just Divas.  I mean first The Queen of Queens set it off with, "The Decision"..Then you had Princess Paul going crazy..and who's the latest....Melo..i mean his wife, isnt really a celebrity, she just is some chick that hosted some mtv show or something.  Now they become reality stars which can pretty much mean if he is focused on being a can rip up his ticket of being the Reg Season MVP.  People claimed the reason for LeBron not winning in Cleveland is because he didnt have the pieces..while it's true he didnt have a huge 2nd star(which can kinda be argued)..LeBron had quite the pieces, Big Z(who he has again), Antawn Jamison, Shaq(yes he is past his prime but Cleveland knew this and shouldve handled this better), and Mo Williams(arguebly the 2nd best scorer for the Cavs).  Then comes the role players..Varejao, Anthony Parker, Delonte West(think i left someone out)..but anyway point is he had the right pieces..they just became unmotivated.  Now he has the Heat..D Wade's team(btw, I dont think D Wade deserves any of the backlash that Heat gets since he is the classiest one on the team)..ok so they have even better pieces than he had with the Cavs..Wade of course, Bosh, Miller..yes they may be a better success..but can they REALLY win 6 be honest i doubt it..Im certain they will win one..but 6 i dont think so.  Depending on what role everyone plays and could either be a busted experience or be what Queen James has said it will be...Ill wait and see.

Now the reason I said that is same thing goes for Melo..he has nice pieces..Anderson, K Mart, Billups, JR Smith, Nene(Im not familiar with their bench)..I think the wise choice would be stay put with Denver..get a few other pieces while keeping the main pieces and they could possibly get to where they need to be.

One thing i do's all about motivation and cant have one without the other.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: September 20, 2010 5:27 pm

Anthony to the Celtics or Bulls

Actually, I'd much rather see Anthony wind up with the Celtics or the Bulls.  I hate both teams, but I would just love to see him stack the deck for another team on the power house door step.  I hate both of these clubs, but if Melo going to one of them makes LeLoser James or Chris BUSH squirm, even a little bit, then I am all for it.  I'd just love to see both of those losers spend five seasons in Miami and not go to the finals even once, let alone win a ring!

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: September 20, 2010 5:05 pm

Shootaround 9.20: TV killed the basketball star

Anthony is a great talent. The question is do you sell the farm to acquire him? Maybe the Kevin Durants- the quiet young stars with character are the guys future championship teams will be built around. I mean Anthony has had some solid supporting casts in Denver yet at the end of the day, he never did cut it against the proven superstars like Kobe and Duncan. And there were always lingering questions about effort, attitide- thing you never question with Duncan/ Kobe and others.

Some teams are foaming at the bit to upgrade after the disappointment of all the top free agents going elsewhere. The problem is often when a move is based on desperation or based on trying to pacify an unhappy superstar, the end result blows up in your face. Will Carmello be trashing his new team two years from now when they still have not won?

And how can a multimillion dollar superstar not be focussed on basketball two weeks before camp opens? That is a REALLY bad sign!

If I was Denver I would dump him. If I was looking to get him, no, I would NOT sell the farm! 

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