Tag:Carmelo Anthony
Posted on: October 13, 2011 2:41 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2011 2:41 pm

What players are losing the most in a lockout?

Posted by Royce Young

The whole strategy for owners in cancelling games is to make players miss paychecks. Maybe them miss out on collecting their large lump sums of money and ideally, you force them into taking a less than attractive deal.

That's the plan, at least.

The question is, how much will players be losing exactly by missing paychecks? We already know it's something like $80 million collectively per week, but who's taking the hit in their wallet the most? The Post Game did some crunching and here are your top 10 losers in this lockout.

10. Joe Johnson: $1,387,582.54 per paycheck
9. Amar'e Stoudemire: $1,401,361.92 per paycheck
8. Carmelo Anthony: $1,423,076.92 per paycheck
7. Pau Gasol: $1,439,550 per paycheck
6. Dirk Nowitzki: $1,468,682.54 per paycheck
5. Gilbert Arenas: $1,482,254.46 per paycheck
4. Kevin Garnett: $1,630,769.23 per paycheck
3. Tim Duncan $1,638,461.54 per paycheck
2. Rashard Lewis: $1,704,000 per paycheck
1. Kobe Bryant: $1,941,846.15 per paycheck

How did they arrive at those numbers. Here's the explanation:
Methodology: During the 1998-99 lockout, players lost pay based upon games missed. So, if a player missed one game due to the lockout, it would have cost him 1/82nd of his salary. However, since all players have slightly different schedules, we calculated pay on a paycheck basis.

Players are only paid during the regular season and receive checks bi-weekly for work that occurs the previous two weeks. The 2011-12 NBA season was supposed to have started on Nov. 1 and end on April 18. During the course of the season, that can be divided into 13 bi-weekly paychecks. The numbers were calculated by equally dividing each player's 2011-12 salary 13 times to find what they earn every two weeks during the season.

It shouldn't surprise you that Kobe is losing the most per paycheck in a lockout as he's the highest paid player in the league And the crazy thing about Kobe losing nearly $2 million per paycheck missed during the lockout is that he can recover that by playing one little exhibition game in Italy.

But it's always strange to see Rashard Lewis' name atop any of these type of lists. Yeah, I know he signed a massively ridiculous six-year $118 million deal a few years ago, but the fact he's second on this list blows the mind.

I know it's not big news to know that NBA players are going to lose a lot of money by missing paychecks, but it kind of stunned me just how much when broken down like this. I mean, think about two months missed for someone like Dirk. That's a whole lot of cash. Everyone says the players that will end up folding are the mid-level guys that make substantially less. I'm sure they will. But if I'm Tim Duncan or Kevin Garnett, I'm not exactly excited about losing $1.5 million or so every couple weeks.
Posted on: October 13, 2011 10:25 am

Amar'e would rather have Melo because he's clutch

By Matt Moore

During the various rounds of media that Amar'e Stoudemire has done this week promoting his new shoe, Stoudemire was asked about who he'd want on his team, Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James. Stoudemire of course replied Melo, because that's his teammate and to say anything else would not only be rude and insulting, but incredibly stupid. But it's not what Stoudemire replied that will raise an eyebrow. It's his reasoning for why. From the New York Post
“Carmelo is a clutch player,’’ Stoudemire said. “Carmelo is definitely known for making those last-second shots. Comes down to the last few minutes of a game, you want to have Carmelo on your team. LeBron is a great facillitator and ultimate team player.’’

James, after his Finals flop, is certainly starting to lose his rep as a clutch late-game shooter. Stoudemire has no love lost for James, as he spurned the Knicks days after Stoudemire agreed to terms. Also, Stoudemire had interest in Miami but Dwyane Wade and James preferred teaming up with Chris Bosh over Stoudemire.
via Amar'e: I'd take Melo over King James.

Let's start with the clutch part. Anthony is by many accounts most clutch player in the NBA. For years, he's been at the top of the field goal percentage and points in the clutch categories. Last year was a minor step back for him, but that was mostly because of what his role became on the Knicks with so few alternatives. But Stoudemire's comments about James ring with a certain amount of truth. He is a great facillitator. But the subtext is that James is more of "the guy behind the guy" rather than "the guy." And the fact that he's tried to be "the guy" is the source of a lot of his problems. You can recognize that James does nearly everything exceptionally well, but that he's not the go-to scoring option, at least he hasn't been yet. Or at least he wasn't in the Finals, since he was in the Eastern Conference Finals. It's complicated. But Stoudemire's defense of Melo is simultaneously a criticism of LeBron, and does show an attitude split between the Knicks and the Heat. The Knicks, for as much of a run-and-gun squad as they are, have a certain edge to them Miami does not. Watching that rivalry will develop will be fascinating consdering the friendship between the main players. 

Back in July of 2010, you know, old school, back when there was an NBA, we wrote up the comparisons between Stoudemire and Chris Bosh and found that the Heat may not have made the best choice.  That certainly played out over the course of the season as Bosh struggled though his playoff performances redeemed him some what. The common thought is that Stoudemire could never have been the defensive player Bosh was for the Heat, but there's no real way to judge that. Stoudemire has never been a part of a defensive system that strong... or strong at all, really. How he does with Mike Woodson will tell us more about that than anything, as well as the same about Melo.
Posted on: October 10, 2011 2:59 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2011 5:48 pm

Carmelo profanely apologizes to fans for lockout

Posted by Ben Golliver

On Monday morning, the National Basketball Players Association launched a Twitter campaign to rally fan support and to express union solidarity during the ongoing labor negotiations with the NBA. The two-fold message was summarized by two quick-hitting slogans: "Let us play" and "stand united."

New York Knicks All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony has added his own message to the discourse. After participating in the NBPA's campaign, Anthony offered an apology to NBA fans, tacking on a profane three-word slogan that is hard to argue with: "This **** sucks."

Here's a look at the tweet.


Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star forward Kevin Durant and Miami Heat All-Star forward LeBron James also passed Anthony's message along to their followers.

Anthony later added: "It bothers me to hear people talk about things they know nothing about!!!"

His frustration doesn't arise from nowhere. There has been some fan backlash on Twitter to the NBPA's "let us play" campaign with some observers unclear that the labor dispute is the result of the NBA owners locking out the players instead of the players going out on strike. For this, Anthony really has no one to blame but his fellow union members. We're more than three months into the ongoing lockout. If the basics haven't been effectively communicated to the fans, the players can't really point the finger at anyone else about that. It's absolutely frustrating but educating the general public about the finer points of a labor negotiation is a long, costly and intricate process. 

Blaming the fans, even for their own lack of knowledge, will get the players nowhere.
Posted on: October 10, 2011 2:43 pm

Player Kobe most wants to play with? Melo

Posted by Royce Young

Kobe Bryant has had it pretty good during his career. He's had the good fortune to have great players like Shaquille O'Neal, Karl Malone, Gary Payton and Pau Gasol as teammates at different times in his career.

But what current NBA player would Kobe most like to play with? Dwight Howard, right?


Via HoopsWorld:
“I would actually like to play with Melo.” Bryant said. “Championships are won on the inside and I’m always thinking about winning the title. I would love to play with Melo because I would know that I have an inside presence. That’s really been the biggest strength with our Lakers team. We have a lot of guys who can play in the post, and that’s how you win championships. I can post, Lamar [Odom] can post, Ron [Artest] can post, Pau [Gasol] can post and Andrew [Bynum] can post. Teams are usually lucky if they have one guy that can control the block. But yeah, I would love to play with Melo.”
Kobe's reasoning for Melo is a bit odd. He says over and over how championships are won inside and goes on about how good all the Lakers are at posting. And then just throws in that playing with Melo would be cool. Is he saying because Melo is good in the post from his small forward position? I don't really get it.

The question is, how would Melo and Kobe work together? Melo likes to get his shots. Kobe likes to get his shots. There would have to be some serious sacrafice between the two because both truly prefer to live on the wing and isolate for themselves.

Oh, and I guess if you want to speculate that Kobe's going to finish his career in New York -- with Phil Jackson as the coach, of course, and Chris Paul at point guard, naturally -- Kobe's contract is up in 2014. Go crazy, everybody.
Posted on: October 9, 2011 2:23 am

Players meet Saturday to confirm position

By Matt Moore

In another event in a sequence throughout the lockout that sounds like one thing and is really another, the NBPA canceled a Sunday regional meeting in Los Angeles. Immediately the questions began. "Does this mean they're meeting with the league? Is it a last-minute hail mary? Is there hope?" 

No, not so much, it was just more convenient for them to get their rabble rousing out of the way early.

Yahoo! Sports reports that the meeting was rescheduled because it was more convenient for the players already in Miami to hold it Saturday night.  After the meeting, Carmelo Anthony slammed the door shut on any sort of hopefulness that might have been brewing. From the AP: 
The way Anthony put it Saturday night, it almost seems inevitable."Theyre going to cancel the first two weeks of the season," Anthony said. "Well see what happens then. If they want to lock us out, lock us out. Were going to stick together."

The New York Knicks forward played in the South Florida All-Star Classic hosted by Heat stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in Miami, the latest - and most competitive - of the many exhibitions players have participated in during this lockout that reached the 100-day mark Saturday. NBA Commissioner David Stern has said that the first two weeks of the regular season could be canceled as early as Monday if a deal is not struck.

Anthony says it would not be "realistic" for the sides to agree on anything before then.
via Now what? After Miami game, players wait and see - NBA - CBSSports.com Basketball.

Yahoo! also reports that at the meeting, the players stuck to their guns regarding 53 percent of BRI being the lowest their willing to go, while no meetings were scheduled due to the league's insistence on a 50-50 split being a precursor to any further talks.  

So here we are. The trenches have been dug, both sides are settled in for the shelling, and Stern's finger is on the trigger. Barring a miracle, the first two weeks of the 2011-2012 NBA season will be canceled on Monday, costing the league, players, team cities, employees, local businesses and supporting industries millions of dollars, because the two sides won't even get in a room to discuss it.

Everyone's stopped trying to make sense out of the lockout, because you can't make sense out of something that's not driven by reasonable people. From the owners' childish insistences to the players' hyper-reactive defensiveness and clownish pouting, both sides have revealed themselves as more dedicated to "winning" this fight than getting a deal done. It's a business negotiation, and so it's cutthroat. But too often this has taken on the feel of the inmates running the asylum. The dogs are playing poker, and we hit the river.
If any meetings pop up in the next 24 hours we'll keep you updated and once the axe falls, we'll have complete reaction to that, too. The lockout drags on. 
Posted on: October 3, 2011 9:27 am
Edited on: October 3, 2011 9:28 am

Celtics and Heat partying together, mass hysteria

By Matt Moore

The NBA Lockout is ruining some of the favorite illusions of fans. It really is entirely about the money. The owners are reasonable men. The players have global appeal. Stuff like that. But perhaps nothing is more crushing than realizing that the Celtics and Heat don't actually hate each other. According to the New York Post, after Dwyane Wade went all Jordan '99 on David Stern Friday, there were no walls between the rivals. From the Post:
The NBA stars were in NYC this past weekend to take part in bargaining sessions to try to settle the lockout, but it didn’t stop them from enjoying a late night out. On Friday night Carmelo Anthony held court, playing host to Miami Heat’s LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, Boston Celtics’ Paul Pierce and Ray Allen, taking the guys to the five-year anniversary party of Meatpacking hotspot Tenjune. The basketball greats were treated to a DJ set by Swizz Beatz.
via Carmelo Anthony hosts fellow NBA stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen at the five-year anniversary party of Tenjune - NYPOST.com

The report also states the quintet was in "good spirits" as it partied the night away. So that whole "we're probably going to miss a season" thing must not be bumming them out too much. 

It's a relative surprise to find these players hanging out. Video from the NBA's "The Association" series showed a clear divide between the clubs at All-Star Weekend, which was corroborated by multiple sources. In short order, it was thought that the Celtics had a genuine distaste for the Heat and their antics. But then, this also shows the foolishness of believing that on-floor rivalries translate to off-the-floor. Just as the Heat went to party with the Mavericks after beating them, the Celtics have now partied with the Heat that eliminated them. 

It should be noted that Kevin Garnett was reportedly not with the group. Whether that's because he was not in New York or whether he wasn't invited since all he does is yell at the waitresses, D.J. and everyone else is not known at this time. 

(HT: SBNation)

Posted on: October 2, 2011 12:23 pm

Video: LeBron and Wall exchange awesome plays

Posted by Royce Young

Chris Paul hosted a charity game in Winston Salem Saturday night and while I think most of us are a bit fatigued by these All-Star pickup games, this one produced some nasty highlights. Who won? I have no idea. Nor do I care. Nor should you.

As it should, because joining CP3 was LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, Rudy Gay, Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving and John Wall. And for about three minutes, Wall and LeBron totally stole the show with LeBron finished a wild two-hand reverse dunk and then Wall responding with a behind-the-back dunk. Then LeBron threw himself an oop, then Wall put down one off the backboard from CP3. Back and forth, one stellar play after another. All without an semblance of defense too. Go figure.

Durant led the way with 48, CP3 had 39, Gay 38, LeBron 30 and Wade 32.

(Interesting note: Via CP3, 1,072,532 viewed the game online, which streamed for free on Paul's website. People are missing their basketball.)

But here's the thing with these vidoes: While nice and certainly a good fix while we're waiting for basketball, it just serves as a very obvious reminder as to what we'll be missing if there's lost games. Which makes me physically ill.
Posted on: October 2, 2011 1:56 am
Edited on: October 2, 2011 1:32 pm

NBPA shouts met with laughter by NBA owners

Posted by Ben Golliver


Saturday essentially represented the eleventh hour if ongoing labor negotiations were going to progress enough to save the start of the 2011-2012 NBA season, and the league's owners responded with all the urgency other people their age bring to planning a 2 p.m. nap. The owners wanted to save the season so badly that they agreed not to even discuss the money issue because it was so clearly a waste of time. The owners were so committed to avoiding a true work stoppage that they used the oldest trick in the book, "working late" on Saturday as an excuse to take off Sunday. 

The lasting scene from the last two fruitless days of labor negotiations is not Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade standing up to commissioner David Stern on Friday. No, the image that will endure is billionaire Heat owner Micky Arison cracking a joke about the exchange and then treating himself to a New York steak on Saturday night.

Sure, imagining Wade sticking it to basketball's bellicose bully is a great picture, but if you zoom out you can clearly see the league's owners yawning, or perhaps even chuckling, at Wade's confident petulance, knowing that his outburst stems from a growing sense of outrage and frustration at the lack of progress in the talks. "If the superstars are getting this upset," you can almost hear the owners thinking, "just imagine how mad the mid-level players must be."

Once the natural sense of satisfaction and vindication caused by Wade's confrontation with Stern wears off among the league's rank and file, they will soon realize that the exchange of words and, really, the entire appearance of stars like LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony at Friday's talks in New York was nothing more than a sideshow, a distraction from the fact that the owners have not meaningfully moved on the only topic that matters: the split of basketball-related income. Expecting Wade, James and Anthony to influence the mindset of owners dead set on a financial system overhaul is as ridiculous as the costume Cleveland Cavaliers guard Baron Davis wore to the proceedings. It didn't make any difference. The superstars, it turns out, are not a panacea. So, what next?

Aside from praying for a favorable ruling by the National Labor Relations Board and the longshot, that-ship-has-sailed option of decertification, the National Basketball Players Association is running fresh out of ideas. Patience has been the order of the day up to this point but panic seems like a more apt description of what should come next, given how unblinking the owners were this weekend. As a group, the owners have shown no real cracks and they even offered up a generous, expanded revenue sharing program to the surprise of many. Sure, they are getting killed for jeopardizing the future of their league and for being profit-hungry, and they deserve every word of it, but damned if they aren't unified in their questionable course of action. They are driving this season off the cliff in tandem. Thirty motorcycles will crash into the ravine simultaneously.

And that's why the month of October in these negotiations will be defined by the resolve of the other side, which already seems a touch shaky. NBPA president Derek Fisher and executive director Billy Hunter, despite their best efforts and tireless work, have struggled to maintain order and interest among their ranks. Only a few dozen players bothered to show up at a recent regional meeting in Las Vegas and the league's star players were virtually absent during this process until their brief cameo on Friday. The NBA's most popular player, Kobe Bryant, couldn't be bothered to break off from his overseas obligations. The NBA's MVP, Derrick Rose, has been seen fighting bullfighters in sneaker commercials but hasn't stepped into the labor ring. LeBron James, the league's biggest talent, is reportedly among a group of stars ready to dig in and take a hard line at 53 percent of the BRI, regardless of the consequences, but that's easy for him to say because he's made more money in a season, multiple times, than the average player will make in a career. He has copious, global endorsement opportunities to help ease the pain, too.

Dozens of fringe players have already bailed to play basketball overseas and, with the cancelation of regular season games just around the corner, middle of the road guys who had been weighing their options are likely to follow suit. Those who don't go will only get antsier and antsier, louder and louder, once this weekend's non-action sinks in and the missed paychecks become a reality rather than a threat. When that clamoring starts to pick up, we know where the owners will be: laid back with their feet kicked up, holding onto the same demands they've held since the beginning of the process, laughing all the way to the bank.

The owners are the perfect villians: rich beyond our wildest dreams and determined to squeeze out every possible penny, regardless of the collateral damage. The scary part is that they don't care how they appear to the public, the media or, even, to Wade. The terrifying part is that it's still not totally clear the players understand what they are up against yet.
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