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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 7:52 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 7:55 pm
 

LeBrocalypse: Not all the money going to charity

Posted by Matt Moore

  When it was announced that LeBron James would host the event on ESPN to announce "The Decision," it was pushed immediately that the money from the sponsors for the event would be donated to charity. Of course, never was it said exactly how much of the proceeds would be donated. Only that proceeds would be. Which leaves open the question. How much is being donated to the Boys and Girls Club?
 
Brian Windhorst, in typical fashion, has some interesting information to pass along .

This article from the LA Times is interesting in and of itself for the information about how the special came about and how LeBron's agency CAA was pushed out of it, but at the bottom is the fact that a reported $3 million was raised by sponsors, with Nike matching that amount for a total of $6 million. Meanwhile, this CNBC component reports that the Boys and Girls club will get $2.5 million from the event.

So where's that extra $3.5 going?

This "Decision" was a little easier to make than we thought. Not where to go of course. Who cares about that when you can make easy money like this?


Posted on: July 8, 2010 5:48 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 7:50 pm
 

LeBrocalype: Everyone getting predictions in

Posted by Matt Moore
 Gary Parrish, Jamey Eisenberg, Pete Pistone, Mike Freeman and KB give the low-down on what they think  will happen .

A late roundup of predictions as we head into the Big Decision:

Ian Thomsen of SI can't understand why James would leave home and all that money .

Apparently the agents and GMs Brian Windhorst is talking to feel the same .

Royce Young says that his gut impulse is Cleveland, with Miami a red herring.


As for me?

James has already proven that his decision will likely not be based on where he has the best chance to win a championship, otherwise he would have dragged Chris Bosh to Chicago five days ago. It will not be based on where the best chance to market his future is, otherwise the Nets would at least be in contention. Right now the decision comes down to his home and family versus his friends. New York is hanging in the background, but they simply don't have enough to pull him through. So now we have the situation where James is weighing Cleveland and the people he's been around his whole life versus two of his good friends and a chance to do something phenomenal with the amount of star power they'll have. It's a difficult one. Maybe not so difficult as to require this much time and a major network special to decide, but a huge decision nonetheless.

At the end of it, I believe he'll return to Cleveland. Going to Dwyane Wade's turf? Not his style. Staying home and ruling the roost? That's what he does. That's how he rolls. He'll never have the power base in Miami with Pat Riley and Wade that he'll have in Cleveland. Never have the God-like state of adoration from the fans, who already have their favorite. He'll never be what he in Cleveland to Miami. If New York had managed to stay in the race a bit more, had had a few more things go their way, he would have landed in New York. But faced with this decision, he's going to do what feels right. With so many competing ideas, people most often turn to what they know to be true.

And LeBron knows he loves Ohio, and Ohio loves him.

The King returns to his throne.


Posted on: July 8, 2010 4:18 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 7:51 pm
 

LeBrocalypse: What's Miami up to?

Posted by Matt Moore
 The Miami Heat are doing some interesting things as we inch closer and closer to LeBrocalypse tonight at 9 p.m. ET. KB reports that the Heat are trying to move Michael Beasley as part of the Chris Bosh sign-and-trade.  Simultaneously, Jeff Goodman of Fox reports that the Heat have offered shooting wing Mike Miller a five-year deal worth between $27 and 30 million with a deadline of tonight. Presumably that means that if LeBron James doesn't go with the Heat, unless all three of the Triumverate are willing to take massive paycuts .

The two reports indicate that whatever happens tonight, the Heat plan to be busy. The Heat may be trying to add Miller as a final bit of leverage with James to show him that they can build a championship around the three of them even with little cap space. Miller is a terrific shooter, or at least he was, until he was sent to Minnesota and inexplicably stopped shooting. I'm not saying he stopped shooting well. I'm saying he stopped shooting. He started passing up open looks. Miller said earlier this year that he wanted to play for a contender. Well, if the Heat get LeBron James, I think you can definitley call them that, but then Miller can't join them. Without James, thoughthey're still probably a high favorite in the East, though probably not moreso than the Magic or Celtics, yet.





Posted on: July 8, 2010 3:20 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 4:41 pm
 

What the Bosh S&T proposal means for the Raps

Posted by Matt Moore

KB informed us that the Raptors are inching closer to a sign-and-trade agreement for Chris Bosh to Miami. The deal has now grown to include Houston and Charlotte, primarily from the Raps end so that they don't have to take on a player. The deal they're pursuing would get back their first round draft pick they traded to Miami, along with a massive trade exception for 2011, and a player from Houston, ideally.

This move signals that the Raptors are not pursuing a strategy of trying to make the current roster contend, but instead abandoning ship on the team as it was built. A full rebuild is underway. It's a perilous approach considering how much money the Raptors sank into contract last year in order to keep Bosh around, without any real indication he would be staying in Toronto. Bryan Colangelo will essentially be moving to undo all the decisions he's made, and that's the kind of process that's painful and often costs GMs their job.

Getting the pick back and taking the trade exception is a great start, though, and not having to absorb the risk of Michael Beasley is a huge upshot. The team may be back in the lottery again next year, and they'll want a shot at franchise savior Harrison Barnes. Not taking on any more contracts will make it easier for them to try and shave salary from trades, and this should be viewed as an open invitation that the Raps are open for business.

Andrea Bargnani and Hedo Turkoglu are the two biggest albatrosses, and while there are elements of each's games that could attract teams, the contracts Colangelo gave them in a failed attempt at a contender will likely make them near immovable. They may be forced to take on deals like the ones New York had to endure the last two seasons in order to unload them.

Someone had to lose out this summer, many teams did. Unfortunately it looks like Toronto may be in for the roughest turn.

Posted on: July 8, 2010 1:24 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 7:57 pm
 

LeBrocalypse: Dolan challenges/takes shot at LBJ

Posted by Matt Moore

 Alan Hahn was at the presser for the introduction of Amar'e Stoudemire today in New York, and caught this very interesting comment from James Dolan:

Dolan: "It takes courage to play where the lights shine brightest."

Maybe that's just a benign soundbite to fill the time. Or maybe it's a challenge to LeBron to accept his fate as the biggest star in the world and that he should embrace the responsibility of being that star. Or, it could be that Dolan expects him to go elsewhere and wants to get a potshot in at James for not opting for the Big Apple. Oh, what a tangled web you weave, Knickerbockers!



Posted on: July 8, 2010 1:11 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 7:58 pm
 

LeBrocalypse: The circus comes to Greenwich

Posted by Matt Moore

The Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich is having itself quite the day. Fox CT in Conneticut is there filing live reports and the sattelite trucks are already jamming the parking lot. Fans have arrived. I'm pretty sure I saw an elephant tap dance through one of the live shots. I thought I saw the bearded lady, but it turns out it was just Drew Gooden. (It was not Drew Gooden, I just made that up. See? That's how easy it is to start a LeBron rumor.)

ESPN has hired 10 off-duty cops for security . I'm sure that's going to be a fun job. If I'm the greater Greenwich area and I have access to either bottled water or cold beer, I'm heading down there to make a profit.

It's a ridiculous scene that we had to expect. I would anticipate we'll start seeing other news organizations filing reports from Greenwich soon. What would be great is if ESPN had a crew outside reporting from the scene outside of the scene that they themselves are hosting inside. It's meta, man. So meta.

Please make this day end soon. The hype is going to devour us all.



Posted on: July 8, 2010 1:09 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 1:13 pm
 

Report: Jermaine O'Neal shipping up to Boston

Posted by Royce Young

Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Jermaine O'Neal, most recently of the Miami Heat, will sign with Boston .

O'Neal is a 13-year veteran that averaged 13.6 points per game and 6.9 rebounds per game last season in Miami. He'll add a lot of frontcourt strength to the Celtics, who need help after Rasheed Wallace announced his retirement. Currently, O'Neal will team with Glen Davis, Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Garnett on the front lines for Boston.

O'Neal is a former All-Star that's most known for his interior defense and shot-blocking, though he's never been a bad offensive player by any means. Plus, he's a little on the rugged side, so he'll likely fit right in to Doc Rivers' physical defensive system as an enforcer.

Terms of the deal haven't been released yet.


 
 
 
 
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