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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.

Posted on: November 5, 2011 6:36 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2011 6:58 pm

NBA players learn about 'bling' during lockout

Posted by Ben Golliver

When you hear about NBA players going back to school during the ongoing lockout, you think first about a guy like Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, who is working hard to complete his sociology degree at Davidson. You probably didn't picture two All-Stars and two up-and-comers falling asleep in a classroom wearing matching letterman jackets before a rap group wakes them up by explaining the history of "bling." But that's what we have right here, right now for your enjoyment.

Phiten, a company that specializes in necklaces and bracelets, has released a music video called "The History Of Bling" starring the rap group Pac Div and NBA players Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Eric Gordon and Derrick Williams.

The four NBA players are schooled in the evolution of jewelry -- from Ancient Egypt, to Caesar's Rome, to 17th century France, to Revolutionary War era America, to the big gold look made famous during old school hip hop's glory days -- in rhyming verses.  

"Bling is history," the ad finally declares.

What we really need now is for MacArthur genius economist Kevin Murphy to make a "The History Of BRI" remix for the National Basketball Players Association to distribute to its members.

RELATED: Golden State Warriors guard Jeremy Lin explains how to get accepted to Harvard

Hat tip: Black Sports Online  | Video uploaded by YouTube user Phiten
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: October 26, 2011 5:04 pm
Edited on: October 26, 2011 10:30 pm

LeBron James, other stars bail on world tour

Posted by Ben Golliverlebron-james-uk

It sounded too good to be true, didn't it?

A full galaxy of NBA stars travelling the globe to bring basketball to all corners of the Earth during the biggest hoops drought in a decade?

As recently as a few hours ago, plans were reportedly all set for Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire, Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook and a host of other NBA stars to make a six-game tour that would have included stops in Puerto Rico, England and Australia.

Unfortunately, multiple reports broke on Wednesday afternoon that many of the biggest names would not actually be participating.

Although his name was mentioned by tour organizers, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that James "not only won't be part of NBA world tour but had never committed to [the] project in [the] first place." 

Shortly thereafter, ESPN.com reported that James, Anthony and Paul had all chosen not to participate. HoopsWorld.com then reminded everyone that Rose and Westbrook were recent scratches too.

I guess if you're going to fail, fail big.

Update: The Sun Sentinel reports Wednesday night that the world tour has been repackaged as a one-game exhibition in Puerto Rico, starring Bryant, Durant, Stoudemire, Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Diwght Howard, Blake Griffin, Chris Kaman, Kevin Garnett, Kevin Love, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Carlos Boozer and Tyson Chandler.
Posted on: October 19, 2011 3:26 pm

Report: NBA stars planning overseas tour

Posted by Royce Young

I think we can all agree that the charity hoops circuit is a little played out. NBA fans are ready for real basketball. From Washington D.C. to Philadelphia to Miami to Los Angeles to Oklahoma City, fans have seen their stars play glorified pickup games. It's getting a little old now.

So the players have recognized that and are taking the next step: They're taking their talents overseas.

No, not to play professionally. They're taking their charity games on tour. Via ESPN.com:
While the final details are still being worked out, more than a dozen of the league's best players are working to join forces on what would be a two-week, six-game, three-continent blockbuster tour, sources said.

In a trip that could resemble Team USA's takeover of the world stage at the 2008 Beijing Games, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Amare Stoudemire, Chris Bosh, Rajon Rondo, Blake Griffin, Russell Westbrook, Carlos Boozer, Paul Pierce and Kevin Love are among the players expected to participate. Kevin Durant and Kevin Garnett, among a few others, are also contemplating joining the tour.

The tour is planned to take two weeks and has been in construction for some three months by Atlanta business mogul Calvin Darden. While some players have actually reportedly signed contracts to play in this, there's a chance it could fall apart. One major reason being if a labor deal is worked out.

The tour is scheduled to start Oct. 30 and go through Nov. 9 with stops in Puerto Rico, London, Macau and Australia. Each game will be held in arenas with at least 15,000 seats. There's a hope to air the games internationally as well as in the U.S. too.

Here's the kicker: The players will make some bank off this too. The report says players will receive somewhere between a six-figure payout and $1 million. "Some" of the money will go to charity.

Here's to hoping the whole thing falls apart because the players are in training camp by then.
Posted on: September 29, 2011 5:05 pm
Edited on: September 29, 2011 5:06 pm

How important is team chemistry in winning?

Posted by Royce Young

Chemistry isn't just something that Walter White is good at. It's a basketball buzzword, that hidden ingredient that can supposedly take a good team straight to greatness.

Build a team with talent, add a good coach and make sure they all like each other and you've got a recipe for good things. Isiah Thomas had chemistry as a major part of "The Secret," which is the secret formula to winning. The right mix of stars, role players and quality chemistry means success.

Everyone embraces that idea. Everyone agrees that it's better to like your teammates than not. Everyone knows that if you've got two guys on the floor that hate each other's guts, it's going to affect their ability to win.

But the question is, how much does it matter? And moreover, why does it matter?

Dwyane Wade admitted this week that he feels the real reason the Mavericks topped his super-loaded Heat team is because they were mixed better. He said, "One thing that Dallas beat us at – they had more chemistry than us. They had a game plan and we were still figuring ours out in our first year together."

Chemistry can kind of be a cop-out though. When you're losing and things are working right, it's easy to just say, "It's our chemistry, man." The Heat certainly lacked a feel for each other at times. Between LeBron and Wade, it was a teeter-totter on who got the ball with Chris Bosh awkwardly hanging in the balance. It was really a basketball science fair project. The Heat were putting the limits of basketball chemistry to the test and I suppose they failed since they lost, but there's always time to improve.

Wade's referencing on-court chemistry though. What about just general locker room mood? The off-court chemistry. Is it equally as important? Here's the thing: I think with one, comes the other. If you get along off the court, you're likely to get along on it. I'm not totally sure it works the other way -- see: Kobe and Shaq -- but it's always better to like the guy next to you rather than not.

What made me really start thinking about it was the supposed rift between Russell Westbrook and Kendrick Perkins. The Thunder -- a team known worldwide for their outstanding chemistry -- traded away Jeff Green, a player Kevin Durant, Westbrook and James Harden referred to as a "brother," for Perkins.

The Thunder really we the ideal model of "The Secret," except for one flaw: Jeff Green really isn't good, at least not where the Thunder were playing him. So general manager Sam Presti risked chemistry trading away brother Jeff to bring in a big, burly, scowly center.

With the Perkins/Westbrook supposed scuffle, the fact is, chemistry is important, but really mostly when you're losing. It's easy to stick together when you're winning. But when you lose, things get tested. That's really where it affected the Celtics most. Nothing was wrong with them except their heads were shaken after Perk was dealt. And when they started slipping, they had actual evidence for why they were sulking. See? We need Perk! Maybe with Perk in the locker room, the Celtics would've been able to stay together. Maybe because he was gone, the team went into a funk and stopped trusting each other. Who knows. Chemistry certainly matters, but mostly when times are bad. What happens to the Thunder if they start next season 5-11 or something? Will fingers get pointed? Will Perk and Westbrook clash more? Will Durant have to try and put his foot down? It's all rosy until it's not.

Here's how important Jeff Green was to the Thunder: Presti actually cried during the press conference announcing the deal. If you want to know about team chemistry, the Thunder with Jeff Green were the model. Every player loved each other the same. All that Westbrook vs. Durant stuff was yet to come and honestly, it might've never surfaced if Green had stayed on the roster. He was the most veteran of their young core, the steady, calming influence.

But Presti obviously was ready and willing to risk that chemistry for the sake of bringing in a player that actually strengthened the roster. Not that Perkins was some kind of bad guy that couldn't get along with teammates. In fact, his relationship with the Celtics was almost exactly the same thing as Green in OKC.

The Celtics were shaken when Perkins was traded. Ainge dared to mess with Boston's brotherhood and in the end, paid for it. Was it because the chemistry was shaken or just because the team was kind of a mess, considering Perkins was replaced by Nenad Krstic, a broken Shaquille O'Neal and Jermaine O'Neal. Ask a basketball chemist and it's because Ainge tinkered with the winning locker room formula. Maybe it's a case by case thing, but clearly the Thunder were able to move past it. In the end, it was more about matchups, ability and rosters, not some imaginary force where friendships when games.

It all matters to a degree when you're trying to win, but chemistry alone doesn't win, both on and off the court. Chemistry's just one of the ingredients in the larger recipe for winning.
Posted on: September 29, 2011 12:49 pm
Edited on: September 29, 2011 12:59 pm

Carmelo, Bosh cameo on Law & Order SVU video

Posted by Ben Golliver


Back in August
, we noted that New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh were set to make cameo appearances on the interminable network crime drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. That happened on Wednesday night's episode, titled "Personal Fouls," when the two All-Stars made brief appearances at the beginning and the end of the show.

The episode opens with Anthony and Bosh heaping praise upon Ray Mathers, their high school basketball coach, at a banquet.

"20 years as coach at St. Valerie high," Anthony begins. "Nine city titles. Four state championships. Runs the Barons, too, his summer league team. He's put hundred of players in college and a dozen in the pros. Look at these fat cats."

The camera cuts to the front and center table, filled with other stars, and the crowd breaks out in knowing chuckles. "He's made more millionaires than Harvard Business School," Anthony continues, to more laughter. 

"Prince Miller, his biggest star, couldn't be here tonight," Bosh says next. "But he sent coach this solid gold key that fits any gym in the country."

"But more important than molding players, coach has molded young lives," Anthony picks up again, turning to address Masters directly. "I'm not ashamed to say that I was a stray dog and you rescued me."

"It's our privilege to introduce the newest inductee into the Metro Basketball Hall of Fame," Bosh says finally. "It's Coach Ray, baby."

Coach Ray then begins his acceptance speech which is almost immediately interrupted by an angry former player that he molested. Yes, you read that correctly. The episode and investigation into those charges unfolds over the course of the show, eventually climaxing when Miller, the big basketball star mentioned by Bosh, calls a press conference to acknowledge that Masters sexually abused him for years when he was a teenager. During Miller's confession, Anthony and Bosh are shown wearing suits, looking on in quiet support. 

Here's a look at the video of the episode courtesy of NBC.com.

Top image via video at NBC.com.
Posted on: September 27, 2011 11:47 am
Edited on: September 27, 2011 6:36 pm

LeBron, Wade plan mega charity game

By Matt Moore

The Heat players have kept a low profile in the lockout. Chris Bosh argued with Skip Bayless. LeBron James has shown up for a few spontaneous appearances at the summer leagues (and got dunked on by a Taiwanese player). Dwyane Wade in particular has gone underground. But as usual, if there's a trend going on in the NBA, the Heat want to get in on it. The Triad will host a mega charity in south Florida next week, according to ESPN. James, Wade, and Bosh will all play, and the roster is unbelievably stacked, way more so than the other exhibitions that have been going on. From ESPN:
A number of NBA players are slated to join the Miami trio on the court, including fellow Heat teammate Mario Chalmers, the Oklahoma City Thunders Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, the New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire, the New Orleans Hornets Chris Paul, the Washington Wizards John Wall, the Atlanta Hawks Jamal Crawford, the Houston Rockets Jonny Flynn, the Los Angeles Clippers Eric Bledsoe, the Dallas Mavericks Caron Butler, the Memphis Grizzlies Rudy Gay, the Boston Celtics Rajon Rondo, the Philadelphia 76ers Lou Williams, the Golden State Warriors Dorell Wright, and the Portland Trail Blazers Wesley Matthews and free agent Eddy Curry.
via Miami Heats LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh to host The South Florida All-Star Classic - ESPN

That's nine All-Stars in the game. That's pretty unbelievable. And yet, that part is probably the least interesting. Here are the cliff notes on the eyebrow-raisers from the report: 

  • The coaches for this event are actor comedian Kevin Hart and Rick Ross. Read that sentence again and let your mind explode. 
  • The event features multiple members of both Brand Jordan and Nike, pitted against each other. Wall's appearance, though, singals the event was not put together by Nike, despite the obviousness of such a move. 
  • Oh, they're playing in south Florida, huh? Where did they find an arena? Oh, at FIU. Well, that makes sense, since it's so close and.... "Oh My Gosh, that's Isiah Thomas' music!" 
  • Eddy Curry continues to slouch closer and closer to joining the Heat. He's playing alongside the Triad in exhibitions. He's hanging out with them. It's only a matter of time. Did we mentione there's a report he's lost 100 lbs.? That's a person!
The interesting thing to watch will be who streams the event. SI streamed one of the city exhibitions the other day. The more these are held, the more media partners become interested. 
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