Tag:Miami Heat
Posted on: July 23, 2010 1:47 pm
 

Wade talks to Jimmy Kimmel on how it went down

Posted by Royce Young

Dwyane Wade appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night and talked a lot about the whole situation in Miami. Well, actually Jimmy Kimmel just pretty much prodded Wade a bit, and made fun of the Knicks. It's good stuff. One interesting note: Sounds like Wade's eight-year-old son is actually the architect of all this.





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Posted on: July 21, 2010 11:42 am
Edited on: July 21, 2010 11:43 am
 

And Chili's responds via a comic sans letter

Posted by Royce Young

Last week at the ESPYs, Steve Carell made a decision .

After much deliberation, he decided to take his appetitie to the Outback Steakhouse. Of his decision to eat at Outback over long-time favorite Chili's, Carell said "Well I had a good run with Chili's and in a perfect world I'd be eating at Chili's constantly, but tonight there's no rules. Just right. Outback Steakhouse." The parody was one of the highlights of this year's ESPYs and frankly, all these parodies have almost made LeBron's one-hour annoucement special kind of worth it. I said almost.

But Chili's, not one to miss out on capitalizing on an opportunity, responded in the only way it should: in comic sans.

Chili's letter

Brilliant. Complete with random use of quotations and capitalization. Well played Chili's.

One ironic thing to note about Carell's decision: As Michael Scott on The Office, Carell's most famous role, he's an outspoken lover of Chili's . And yet he chose Outback. Just like LeBron, Carell made a business decision and strayed from his roots.

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Posted on: July 19, 2010 5:13 pm
Edited on: July 19, 2010 5:33 pm
 

Video of Dwyane Wade's World Trade Center quote

Posted by Royce Young

Regardless of the fact Dwyane Wade was originally misquoted, this isn't the smartest statement in the world. And wisely, he issued an apology on it .

We've had many folks misuse the horrific tragedy analogy/simile over the past few years. North Carolina coach Roy Williams' quote last year about comparing a disappointing season at UNC to the earthquake in Haiti comes to mind pretty quickly. Hard to really nail that comparing-thousands-of innocent-lives-lost-to-actually-mea
ningless-basketball-games zing. I think right now, the hit-to-miss percentage on it is something like zero to negative 50 percent.

Wade's was much, much less harmless as he was trying to make the point that losing a few basketball games isn't anything like a catastrophe. Which is the exact opposite of Williams' Haiti quote and is also entirely accurate. Even still, it's always just best to avoid these types of things in general, otherwise you'll find yourself issuing a PR apology over it.

Anyway, here's the video of Wade's WTC quote:




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Posted on: July 15, 2010 10:21 am
Edited on: July 15, 2010 10:29 am
 

Clippers thinking McGrady

Posted by Matt Moore

The Clippers are considered one of the most woe-begotten teams in the NBA. So naturally, they're pulled towards one of the most woe-begotten players in the NBA.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Clippers are taking a good long look at Tracy McGrady, the former Rocket All-Star wing who finished play with the Knicks last season. McGrady, 31, is said to have piqued the interest of LA officials who are in need of a scoring swingman with Travis Outlaw departing for New Jersey.

McGrady showed flashes with the Knicks that he had a heartbeat, but also flat-lined after any sort of extended minutes adventure. Physically, there' just not much left there after more surgeries than Robocop. But the Clippers are willing to take a chance on him, because he provides an affordable (read: cheap) alternative that brings name value. It's not a solution to their problems, but really, what is?

McGrady is also interested in signing with the Heat, and the Bulls have considered adding McGrady as well.

Posted on: July 9, 2010 2:09 am
Edited on: July 9, 2010 2:53 am
 

LeBrocalypse: The losers are not taking it well

Posted by Matt Moore

We told you for days that someone was going to lose the NBA free agency arms race. That several teams were going to lose. And tonight, the final blows were struck. With LeBron James announcing his intention to sign with the Miami Heat, every team but the Heat will fall into the losers category. From here on out it's just a matter of degrees. Here are the losers, in order of degree by which this day sucked:

Level 1- LeBrocalypse Devastation: First four Black Sabbath albums


1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Go ahead. Let it out. You too, Dan. Get it out of your system . In Comic Sans, no less. It's bad. It's really bad. It's not just the emotional stuff. The deep connection people had to the kid from Akron, Ohio's native son, the local boy done good. It's the practical stuff. The city of Cleveland just lost out on what some estimates have put at $250 million in revenue to a South Beach heist. That's jobs. That's vacations. That's benefits. They weren't James' responsibility to watch out for, his obligation is to his family and his company. But it still deepens the wound. And that's not all. What about the practical holes in the roster? Who plays the small forward? They sacrificed so much, committed to bad contracts of veteran players in an attempt to build around James. And now?

It's a team poorly constructed. With little hope to remain in contention. Their best players are now Antawn Jamison and Mo Williams. There's no bright side to this. They can't bring in another player to put their hopes in. There's nothing but the sting of watching the media coverage for the Heat ramp up to levels the Cavs never saw. There's just nothing left. In a television interview, Brian Windhorst described the scene in Cleveland as if an atomic bomb went off. Kaboom.

Level 2- "Boom Goes the Dynamite"


2. Chicago Bulls:
Here's a bad sign for when your organization has probably thought too much of itself. New York looked humble and realistic next to the Bulls in this whole thing. When the most self-important set of zip codes in the modern world is showing you how to keep things in perspective, you may have overestimated your position. The Bulls played their cards strong to the point of bullying, challenging and charging at LeBron at every turn. In the end, it was the quiet, subtle Pat Riley who made the most effective pitch and converted the deal, while the Bulls come off as brash and overly confident.

The Bulls honestly expected that the attitude "You should want to sign here" would work. And by all accounts, they were close. But as usual, the Bulls organization fumbled an opportunity and now face a reality where their big "get" was Carlos Boozer. Hey, at least you're not paying him $20 million plus when he's 35. Wait.

Level 3 - "A Series of Unfortunate Events "


3. New Jersey Nets:
The Nets knew they were sunk before ESPN's camera's showed up at the Greenwich depot for coffee (they may not have a depot in Greenwich). They signed Travis Outlaw to a deal which slammed the door shut. The Nets are committed to a long-term approach using youth and growth. That's the new plan. Landing one of the top guys would have helped. But they fell out of favor almost as soon as they made their pitch. It's more that the Nets are looking at a longer rebuilding process than the other teams that lands them here. They have no Derrick Rose to comfort them, nor an Amar'e Stoudemire signing to take the sting off. But really, their fate was sealed when the lottery balls didn't go their way.  That's the way the cookie crumbles. Anybody know the Russian word for "Plan B?"

4. New York Knicks: Well, they did get Amar'e. And now have Anthony Randolph and some solid roleplayers. The Knicks wanted to become a legitimate force in the NBA championship picture. Well, that didn't happen. And so they wind up on this failures list, but in the end, the pain isn't as great as it could be. They did get a top flight free agent. And from there, D'Antoni has started to assemble a roster that may not be a championship contender, but is similar to some sort of mid-70's ABA underground club, playing in the back-arenas of New York. A running, striding, power team with point-forward capabilities and shooters that can get out and run with the best of them.

It's not the worst of fates for the Knicks, and unlike the Bulls they don't look desperate or misguided and unlike the Cavaliers, the franchise still stands with hope for the future. It wasn't a win, but it wasn't the end of the world.

5. Los Angeles Clippers: “Self-pity  is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world.” - Helen Keller

Funny story, Helen actually had a better overall vision for a basketball organization than the Clippers do.
Posted on: July 8, 2010 10:57 pm
Edited on: July 9, 2010 1:02 pm
 

Chris Bosh is pretty excited about LeBron James

Posted by Matt Moore

Chris Bosh was quick to get on Twitter and express his happiness about LeBron James choosing the Heat.

 

Bosh was rumored to be wanting to be featured as a centerpiece, but in the end, he becomes the third option. He'll certainly have a chance to get more exposure now, but he will not be the first one mentioned. The names will be James and Wade... and Chris Bosh. But in the end, Bosh chose the place that gave him the best chance to win a championship. And now he's going to be a part of something really special. He has the best teammates he could ask for. He has a piece of the spotlight. And when he tweets, the whole world will listen, now.



Posted on: July 8, 2010 8:57 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 9:10 pm
 

LeBrocalypse: James in the building

Posted by Matt Moore
LeBron arrived at the Greenwich Boys and Girls Club in a red and white plaid shirt, jeans and a belt.

Yes, I know you think this ridiculous. Welcome to the madness.

Additionally, Chris Broussard, who has been sticking with the Miami Heat story from late last night, is hedging his bets and saying "reports lean to" and "he is expected to sign with the Heat." It's a matter of Broussard hedging his bets. Or, he's throwing people off to make sure his parent network's ratings are as high as they possibly can be.

It's almost over folks.

 
 
 
 
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