Tag:LeBrocalypse
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.

Posted on: July 8, 2010 8:30 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 8:35 pm
 

LeBrocalypse: Cleveland gaining momentum

Posted by Matt Moore

ESPN's Chris Broussard is sticking to his story, that LeBron is headed to Miami. However, in the past three hours, a swarm of Cleveland reports have been surfacing, primarily from people around the league. The Miami rumors have been sourced primarily from "close to LeBron" but those around the league and throughout the media continue to believe he'll stay with Cleveland. The sheer money and amount of emotional damage are enough to bring James back, as the argument goes.

The emotional damage to Cleveland was characterized by Brian Windhorst live on ESPN as potentially "like an atomic bomb." Windhorst also said that if James were to leave, he and his family would be unable to live in Akron for many years.

So, you know, Cleveland's taking this whole thing well.

If Cleveland is really the spot? Time's running out for James to decide, finally.


Posted on: July 8, 2010 8:28 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 8:32 pm
 

Did the Heat cancel LeBron welcome ads?

LeBron James Graphic Posted by Royce Young

We're around 40 minutes away from actually knowing, but that's not stopping the entire universe from hunting for any clues that may hint one way or the other.

Miami Herald columnist and blogger Greg Cote tweeted this :

LeBron-to-Miami may not be happening. Heat has canceled a full-page welcome ad in The Miami Herald. This time I'm serious.
On top of that, Ethan Skolnick, writer for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel , tweeted a similar thing about his paper.

I don't know if that means anything or if it's actually true (though I'm sure an employee of those papers wouldn't make that up), but that seems like something.
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 7:25 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 7:50 pm
 

LeBrocalypse: Media goes LeBron

Posted by LeBro...Matt Moore
 You may think that you've seen the heights of media coverage for this thing, but you'd be wrong. SBNation.com today showed you what real LeBron James coverage is.

Yup, that pretty much does it .

It's hard to go anywhere without being bombarded today with coverage about LeBron. That would be why we consider this the LeBrocalypse .

Have we all gone too far? Have we abandoned all reason and good judgment in the pursuit of pursuing this story bent out of control? Probably. But if we've gone mad, it's James that's driven us there. In some sort of gold-plated car. With a spoiler. With coporate logos all over it.
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 2:00 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2010 7:56 pm
 

LeBrocalypse: Where do the Heat go from here?

Posted by Royce Young

Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade are teaming in Miami . That piece of the puzzle has been placed.  That means the Miami Heat currently have four players on the roster, not counting the Joel Anthony. I'm no James Naismith here, but from my knowledge of basketball, I think it takes at least five to field a team.

 Currently, the Heat have only about $11 million on the books including Anthony's million dollar qualifying offer. Assuming Wade signs a max deal, that number goes to something like $28 million. Bring in Bosh in a sign-and-trade (or just a regular free agent deal) and you're looking at something a little under $45 million. And with the cap rising to over $58 million, which was entirely unexpected, things look a little better for the Heat. However, still with the current contracts on the books, the Heat don't have enough cap room to offer LeBron , Wade and Bosh all max deals. They'll have to take a paycut , of about $1 million. So instead of making $16.5 million, they'll make $15.5. How terrible for them.

Now of course a way around that would be by unloading Michael Beasley to someone for little or nothing. That would be enough to free up for three max deals, however, that's one more roster spot that needs filling, plus the Heat probably won't get a player of Beasley's caliber to fill it.

So what do they do after that? They've maxed out their cap room, yet have to fill seven more roster spots, if you assume the Heat match Anthony's qualifying offer. The NBA requires 13 players on an active roster, and if the Heat sign the big three, that'll give them six players (Mario Chalmers, Michael Beasley, Wade, Bosh, LeBron and Anthony). Since the Heat will be at the cap threshold, they've have to fill out the depth chart by signing minimum salary players - seven of them - to field a legal team.

The first and most obvious option is for Miami to sign its second-round picks . The Heat took Dexter Pittman, Jarvis Vanardo and Da'Sean Butler in the second round. So there's a center, a power forward and a small forward right there. See, this is all working out! But those second rounders wouldn’t require a bunch of money and would serve as some nice depth on the back end of that roster. Those three guys aren’t bad players by any means. So now they're lacking just four more players.

They could re-sign James Jones (who they bought out just a month ago) to veteran minimum deal. And then go grab three more veteran players that might be looking to latch on to a team just to sit on the bench and make a championship run. Dan Marino and Karl Malone are listening intently right now.

Honestly, the Heat could make this work. I don't know how realistic a chance of winning this kind of make-shift roster would have, but it definitely could work.

But what if that doesn’t happen and LeBron goes elsewhere? Adrian Wojnarowski reported yesterday that if the Heat can't lure LeBron , they'll immediately look at other options, one being a deal for Andre Miller and/or Rudy Fernandez. The Heat talked with Portland since before the draft about a deal sending Chalmers and a first-round pick to Portland for Fernandez, but as Wojnarowski reports, those talks possibly have expanded to include Beasley and Miller.

That is an immediate upgrade for the Heat and gives Wade and Bosh a pedigreed creator and distributor for them. But what other alternatives are there, other than just saying forget it and playing with four?

The Heat could l ook at the remaining pool of free agents . They'll have about $15 million to play with and they surely don't want eight minimum players to play with Bosh and Wade. And lucky for them, there are still good options out there. Brendan Haywood is available, but he's going to want somewhere in the ballpark of at least three years, $10 million. Zydrunas Illgauskas, Shaq or Luis Scola are still out there too.

Raymond Felton would be a fit at point guard and likely won't sign for more than the MLE. Also, there's Nate Robinson who's unrestricted. The Heat could re-sign Udonis Haslem , who is an excellent role player and would probably fit well next to Bosh. Small forwards like Matt Barnes or Josh Howard would fit. All those would surely sign under the MLE, so that'd be something like $4-5 million. Mike Miller doesn't have a team yet and he wouldn't require a ton of money. There's still a number of players out there to be grabbed. Heck, maybe bring Tim Hardaway and Alonzo Mourning out of retirement, I don't know. The thing is, Miami doesn’t want to spend big here, but surely want a contributor. The Heat aren’t building for the future – these moves are to win now .

The Heat won't be dead in the water without LeBron . Bosh plus Wade, plus a cast of quality role players can surely be a winning combination. Lots of reports say LeBron is leaning towards joining forces with Wade and Bosh in Miami, but we’ll have wait until “The Decision” to find that out.

The third option would be... um, third... well, I guess utilize the D-League, sign some 10-day contracts and just play out 82 games that way. The roster has to be filled out somehow. The NBA requires at least 13 active players. Right now, Miami has two/three including Anthony. After Bosh and Wade officially sign, four. And after The Decision, maybe five. Regardless, I'd say they have some work to do yet.



 
 
 
 
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