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Posted on: November 10, 2011 5:14 pm
 

LeBron's already missed out on $12M from the Heat

Posted by Royce Young

For the last three years, everyone has been advising players to save up money, divert some into different account or just hoard it all in a piggy bank to prepare for this impending lockout.

Why? Because everyone knew this was coming. Officially, most players don't miss a paycheck until Nov. 15 (or so), but the three Miami Heat titans don't care about that. Forget saving -- they wanted their contracts loaded up on the FRONT end. Via ESPN.com:
Heat owner Micky Arison is worth more than $4 billion and his sitting on a massive lump of money from thousands of season ticket holders who’ve paid in full. Not to mention he didn’t have to pay LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh their July balloon payments. James, sources said, was owed a $12 million check in July as part of his contract that allowed him to get 80 percent of his annual salary up front. That cash is still sitting in the Heat’s coffers. Yet the Heat’s employees are all swallowing 25 percent paycuts right now because of the lockout. We infer from this exactly what Arison has proven for years: he’s a businessman not just a billionaire.
That is just so Miami Heat. Don't think about the consequence, only think about the now.

Now, of course, LeBron, Wade and Bosh will get their balloon payments that they're owed once the lockout ends. But right now, Arison is sitting on a pile of money that he doesn't have to give to his three superstars. I'm sure he wants to because that means basketball is back, but he doesn't have to. Which isn't so bad.

And as the report notes, Arison cut back on Heat employee salaries during the lockout despite having this rainy day fund. Even though he's got more than $20 million extra, he didn't keep his employees at their normal salary. Probably because eventually he has to pay it back, but still, it's not like he didn't have the money.

Via PBT
Posted on: November 7, 2011 3:21 pm
Edited on: November 7, 2011 3:21 pm
 

'Whore of Akron' author goes to LeBron's house

Posted by Royce Young

A lot of people took LeBron leaving Cleveland for the Heat last summer hard. Dan Gilbert, most obviously. But fans burned jerseys in the streets, burned headbands and basically cursed the name of the man they cheered relentlessly for seven years.

But nobody took it harder than author Scott Raab, who wrote a book called The Whore of Akron. Which as you might have guessed, it all about LeBron. In the book, Raab even wishes a career-ending injury upon LeBron.

Raab hasn't gotten along well with LeBron or the Heat's PR people since he started his book last summer, even finding himself banned from Heat games. He even had "Quitness" shaved into his hair before LeBron's return to Cleveland. So in a clever promotional move, Raab took it all to the next level, attempting to hand deliver his book -- again, titled The Whore of Akron -- to LeBron's house.

Raab signed it: "To LeBron: With gratitude for making it possible." Aww, how sweet.


Posted on: November 5, 2011 10:54 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2011 11:19 pm
 

Indy charity game canceled due to possible deal?

Posted by Ben Gollivernba-lockout

If we weren't so desperate for good news in the ongoing NBA labor negotiations, and if it wasn't such an obvious excuse, the following would qualify as genuinely exciting. But we are desperate, and it is an obvious excuse, so you'll just have to judge for yourself.

Miami Heat guard Mario Chalmers, who is set to become a free agent, organized a charity game to be played in New Castle, Indiana. Where is that? Who knows. Chalmers, probably, but that's about it. But less than 24 hours before tipoff, organizers sent out a press release saying that the game was canceled because of the NBA lockout.

Due to the uncertainty of the outcome of today’s meeting in New York City, many of the professional players scheduled to participate in tomorrow’s (Sunday, Nov. 6) “King of the Castle” match-up in New Castle, IN were advised to prepare for the NBA and NBPA reaching an agreement; leading to today’s cancellation. 

Carlos Knox and Mario Chalmers, organizers of the charity game, issued the following statement: “We hate that we have had to cancel the game and disappoint so many Indiana basketball fans.  It is our hope that we will be able to find a way to show our appreciation to Mike Bergum, New Castle Chrysler High School, and the City of New Castle, IN for their support and hospitality.”

Carlos Knox, Founder of the Knox Indy Pro Am, added, “We were all excited about coming to New Castle and playing in The Fieldhouse.  I hope we will have another opportunity in the future.  Maybe during next summer’s Pro Am.”

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com sends in the following dispatch from New York City.

Despite the tantalizing news release, the spokeswoman for the event told CBSSports.com Saturday night that organizers had no direct information from players or agents that a settlement was imminent in the Saturday night meeting in New York.

"They were all going into it wanting to come to agreement," said Kathryn Jordan of KJ Jordan Consulting. "I wouldn't put a lot of weight on it because guys were being told just to be prepared."

In addition to Mario Chalmers, who helped organize the event, other NBA players who at one time or another were committed to it included John Wall, Brandon Rush, the Morrris twins, Lance Stephenson and Josh McRoberts.

If there's one thing that we've learned during the ongoing NBA lockout, it's that you can blame the ongoing NBA lockout for anything.

If you want to play overseas, blame the lockout. If you want to stop playing overseas, blame the lockout. If you want to slash payroll, blame the lockout. If you want to take a minimum wage job because you're broke, blame the lockout. If you want to go on a world tour, blame the lockout. If you need to cancel a world tour, blame the lockout. Pretty much regardless of the situation that you're in as a player or as an NBA team, you can blame the lockout if things don't go as planned.

The lockout is essentially the worst thing in the world. Everyone agrees about that. Much like politicians blaming the economy or the recession for any decision they make, the lockout is the perfect scapegoat for NBA owners and players, regardless of whether progress in the labor negotiations have been made or not. If serious progress is actually made, then no one in New Castle or anywhere else will care that this charity game is canceled. But if progress isn't actually made and this was a cover for a lack of ticket sales or a failure to deliver enough players to the game or whatever other fate might befall a charity game, then the big, bad lockout is just what the doctor ordered.

It's worth noting that charity games starring NBA players are scheduled to take place in Oregon on Sunday and Utah on Monday. Neither of those games has been canceled yet.
Posted on: November 3, 2011 4:43 pm
 

The Biggest Game of the Night We're Missing: 11.3

Posted by Ben Golliver

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No doubt, Wednesday's season opener at Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks would have been big. But the Miami Heat's home opener at American Airlines Arena on Thursday night against the Orlando Magic would have promised even more hype, even more storylines.

The bitterness and resentment between Florida's two Eastern Conference powers is well-documented. Magic coach Stan Van Gundy took a full clip worth of shots at the formation of the Big 3 last season. Magic center Dwight Howard spent half the lockout making fun of LeBron James' half-head of hair. The Heat never offered that much of a reply to the sniping, if only because they were too busy enjoying their new standing as "Big Brother" in the relationship. 

But last season's results casts a major shadow over this budding rivalry. Miami won 58 games and made it to the Finals; Orlando took a step back, winning 52 games and exiting in the first round of the playoffs. The Heat's star appears to be rising forever; Orlando's threatens to dim, resting entirely on whether Howard decides to re-up with the only professional team he has known or whether he decides to hijack his way out of town like Carmelo Anthony during the season or leave during summer 2012 free agency like LeBron James and Chris Bosh did in 2010.

Will Howard follow the lead of his hated rivals, in order to better position himself to dethrone them, or won't he? Will his patience with his revolving door supporting cast last, or won't it?

That off-court drama would be the backdrop for this game, which happens to feature the two most dominant players in the game today -- James and Howard -- plus a third All-NBAer in Dwyane Wade and Bosh, everyone's favorite lightning rod punching bag, who was last season crumpling to his knees crying after losing to the Dallas Mavericks. All four of those stars are at or near their respective primes.

The team's split 2-2 last season, playing three fairly competitive games after Miami held Orlando to 70 points in a late-October laugher. A repeat Heat rout on national television here wouldn't have come as a surprise.
Posted on: November 3, 2011 12:04 pm
 

Wade says the Heat lost because of hatred

Posted by Royce Young

I really wish Dwyane Wade would give this stuff a rest. Because for the thousanth time, he played the "Everybody hates the Heat!" card. Wade said the team "played off hatred" and he even took it so far this time that he blamed The Finals loss to the Mavericks on it.

Via the AP:

In an interview with Mike Krzyzewski on the Duke coach's show on SiriusXM Radio, Wade says "we wanted to win to spite people" last season, the first where he had LeBron James and Chris Bosh as teammates.

Wade continued, "I believe that's the reason we didn't win a championship."

Krzyzewski replied by saying, "That's why I love this guy."

OK, so far the reasons we've got from Wade why they didn't win was because of chemistry, because people hated them and because the media focused too much on them, because they just need a little more time together. So far not on Wade's list of reasons: Because the Mavericks were just better than them.

I don't think Dwyane Wade is an excuse-maker. He doesn't strike me as the kind of guy that's going to look for any and every reason why his team failed other than just looking in the mirror. But the whole organization needs to get over this stuff. They're trying to use it as motivation, I get that. But geez man, lay off it for a little while. Say boring stuff like "We just needed to execute better" and leave it at that.

Because really, all this does is make people dislike the Heat more. Nobody feels sorry for them when they brought it all upon themselves. They knew what was coming the second LeBron said those famous seven words. They knew what was coming when they had their dance party before the season started.

Win for whatever reason you want. To spite people, for yourself, for your family -- whatever. But just win. That's how you shut people up.
Category: NBA
Posted on: November 2, 2011 4:39 pm
 

Baron Davis looking at Knicks, Bobcats or Lakers?

Posted by Royce Young

All this talk about the new amnesty clause in the new collective bargaining agreement tend to ignore one important aspect: The player that gets waived is basically a free agent and can go anywhere he wants.

There are a lot of prime amnesty candidates out there -- Rashard Lewis, Gilbert Arenas, Marvin Williams, Al Harrington -- but those are also good basketball players that any team would be interested in signing. For example, Baron Davis.

The Cavs don't need him. They drafted Kyrie Irving No. 1 overall and are eager to turn the team over to him. So obviously they'd like to remove that $27 million they're owed to Davis through 2013 if they could.

But where would Baron go? According to ESPN.com, he has three places in mind: the Lakers, the Knicks and the Bobcats. There was talk about the Heat, but that interest only seems to be one way with Miami looking at Davis.

Davis clearly doesn't want to sit behind a rookie, playing limited minutes. He saw a bit of a resurgence last season alley-ooping Blake Griffin and probably see himself with a chance to finish his career strong. He's saying the right things though.

"[I'm] really looking forward to playing with, and mentoring, Kyrie," Davis told the Cleveland Plain Dealer last month. "He's so talented, creative, smart, has so much potential and could become a great cornerstone of the Cavaliers' franchise for many years to come. I've been talking to him a lot this summer about NBA life, and in Cleveland, he's going to learn so much from coach [Byron] Scott, who will be a great mentor as well."

The best fit for him really probably would be the Lakers though. Derek Fisher doesn't have much time left and Davis' hometown is Los Angeles. It's just a matter of where he's at physically and if he's completely willing to fit in alongside Kobe, which can be a task. But bring in the good Baron Davis to play with Kobe, Andrew Bynum, Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol and you've got some big time firepower.

The Knicks? It would work, but that would be a post-Chauncey Billups solution and I think the Knicks have higher hopes than Davis. Probably not possible given their cap situation, but they'd sure like more. The Bobcats are a fit because they need talent. They did however just draft Kemba Walker so Davis would find himself in pretty much the exact same situation he had in Cleveland.

Miami really would be a good landing spot for him, but he'd probably have to take a little less and while a lot of older veterans saw an opportunity with the Heat, Davis doesn't seem like the kind of guy that's willing to just hitch himself to a team in order to chase a ring. He's still got game left and wants to play.
Posted on: November 2, 2011 3:39 pm
 

The Biggest Game of the Night We're Missing: 11.2

Posted by Royce Young



Nothing could compare to the hype and spotlight on the Miami Heat in their first season together. Right? The constant scrutiny, the microscope on every little thing -- the Heat were THE story in the NBA last season. Their second year together would've seen some of that fade away as interest in LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh's experiment waned.

Wrong. Actually, it probably would've been worse this season. Which means like last year, the Miami Heat would've been the thing we all talk about all the time. Why? Because they choked away an NBA title last season. They haven't won. They haven't started to fulfill the promise of "not one, not two, not three..."

And they would've been kicking off Game 1 of 82 tonight. But not just anywhere. They would've been playing at Madison Square Garden. Oh man, this lockout hurts.

Both teams virtually would look the same. The Heat had some offseason decisions to make on their elderly players and the Knicks had a nice draft pick to unveil in Iman Shumpert, but it was going to be Melo, Amar'e and Chauncey versus LeBron, Wade and Bosh. Which was going to be a blast.

Think about it: The last game the Heat played was a heartbreaking Game 6 loss to the Mavericks in The Finals. The last game the Knicks played was an embarrassing beatdown in the sweep to the Celtics. You want to teams itching for opening night? Well, you got them here. And in The World's Most Famous Arena to boot.

Both teams are good, but it would be the individual matchups we'd salivate over. LeBron against Melo. Wade against defensive-minded Landry Fields. Amar'e against Bosh. I'm not sure if the Knicks are really ready to take that step into contendership, but this game would've at least made a statement one way or the other.

The Knicks topped the Heat in Miami late last season with Melo actually taking over the on both ends late. He blocked LeBron and scored a couple of late baskets to seal it. Would that happen again? Or would the Heat start off by asserting themselves as the dominant team in the East? Alas, questions we won't get answers to. At least for the foreseeable future.

Starpower, good basketball, good teams, great atmosphere -- it would've been a helluva way to follow up a great opening night.
Posted on: November 2, 2011 1:08 pm
 

Video: LeBron vs. Kobe 1-on-1. Who you got?

By Matt Moore

The L.A. Times decided to ask a popular and interesting question to a collection of NBA players, and the responses were at once not suprising, and kind of intriguing. 

 

Some notes:

  • Matt Barnes' "Don't nobody lose to Kobe one-on-one" should be entered into the great quotes of our time. 
  • Durant's modesty has no fatigue. Mentions LeBron, Kobe, and Wade, is asked about his place, and he says he's "nowhere near those guys." It's that comment you love to hear from a superstar, and you rarely get. 
  • Wall's comments about LeBron were particularly interesting. Wall's close with LeBron, has been since high school. So for him to essentially challenge LeBron to play in the post more is pretty interesting. It's also pretty accurate. I think Bryant would kill him from the high post and off the dribble with pull-ups, but if James bodied and bullied him low, he could keep it close for pretty much forever. 
  • Trevor Ariza nails it: "I don't know who'd win, but I'd pay to watch it." 
 
 
 
 
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