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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Boozer agrees to five-year deal with Bulls

A league source confirms that Utah Jazz free agent forward Carlos Boozer has agreed to a five-year, $80 million deal with the Chicago Bulls, giving the team some solace on the day that both Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade spurned its offers to come to the Windy City, and a 28-year-old power forward to team with point guard Derrick Rose and center Joakim Noah.

The deal, which was first reported by ESPN, does not include any options for either side in the deal, the source said, meaning Boozer will be signed through the 2014-15 season once he officially signs the deal. Players can begin signing verbally agreed to contracts on Thursday.

When the free agent negotiating period began last week Chicago looked in a strong position to acquire both Bosh and LeBron James, or Bosh and Wade, the Chicago native. But once Bosh decided Tuesday that he would not go to Chicago, and Wade opted to stay in Miami to play with him, the Bulls knew it would be next to impossible to woo James without having someone else already in tow, so they turned their attention to Boozer, the next-best power forward on the board. The source said Wednesday that the Bulls have no idea how the signing of Boozer will impact the decision of James, who is scheduled to announce where he is going Thursday night.

Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade joining forces

With Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade joining forces in Miami, the Heat has one of the most impressive one-two punches in the N.B.A., regardless of whether LeBron James decides to join them.

Wade and Bosh were their teams’ undisputed go-to guys last season, but as teammates neither will have to carry so much of the offensive burden, which in turn will make each star more dangerous. That’s the theory at least.

The trouble is, history tells us that combinations like this –- featuring two players who had each been go-to guys the year before -– rarely result in a championship.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Los Angeles Lakers Champions Again

The Lakers are the repeat World Champions. I thought the lakers earned the title this year. The Boston Celtics was a good opponent, but a step slow. They couldn't control Kobe, and his ability to make his team better. Good for Kobe ! I was in Los Angeles the night the lakers won the title. What a traffic Jam ! It seemed the whole City of Los Angeles was wearing Gold and purple. Can the Lakers 3 peat ? Probably so if Kobe stay healthy, and keep the supporting cast together !

Michael Beasley is considered damaged goods

The Heat aren't struggling to move Beasley because of his game. It's not especially helpful being a low-rebound percentage, mid-range-jumpshot shooting tweener with questionable defense. But the kid has crazy athleticism and can shoot. That description is one of an NBA player. But the Heat can't get him out the door because of his head, and because of his reputation. If Beasley doesn't want to fade to the margins before falling through the cracks, if he wants to capitalize on the enormous amount of potential he has, he's going to have to go through substantial personal growth in a very short amount of time.

Raptors GM Colangelo says 'it's likely' Bosh will leave

General manager Bryan Colangelo said Monday "it's likely" that free agent forward Chris Bosh will leave the Toronto Raptors. Colangelo told radio station Fan590 in Toronto that the Raptors still hope to keep the All-Star forward, but if Bosh does want to leave, he will try to work a sign-and-trade arrangement that could help both sides. Chris Bosh is a very good forward. Any team will be lucky to get him. I'm hoping the Portland Trail Blazers will take a chance. Owner Paul Allen will have to fork out some money if he would like to win a title. LaMarcus Aldridge will be a perfect sign and trade situation. Both Toronto and Portland will exchange good players. I don't think Chris Bosh would mind playing next to Greg Oden, and Brandon Roy. That will make the Blazers the favorites to advance to the Western Conference Finals. Certain moves are needed to advance the chemistry, and provide a solid foundation. This move will provide and establish an endowment for years to come.

2010 NBA Free Agents

2010 Free Agent Class
Rank Player Last Team Pos Age Height PPG RPG APG Status
1 LeBron James Cavaliers SF 25 6-8 29.7 7.3 8.6 Unrestricted free agent (Player option for $17.1 million)
2 Dwyane Wade Heat SG 28 6-4 26.6 4.8 6.5 Unrestricted free agent (Player option for $17.1 million)
3 Chris Bosh Raptors PF 25 6-10 24.0 10.8 2.4 Unrestricted free agent (Player option for $17.1 million)
4 Dirk Nowitzki Mavericks PF 32 7-0 25.0 7.7 2.7 Unrestricted free agent (Player option for $21.5 million)
5 Yao Ming Rockets C 29 7-6 19.7* 9.9* 1.8* Unrestricted free agent (Player option for $17.7 million)
6 Joe Johnson Hawks SG 29 6-8 21.3 4.6 4.9 Unrestricted free agent
7 Amar'e Stoudemire Suns PF 27 6-10 23.1 8.9 1.0 Unrestricted free agent (Player option for $17.7 million)
8 Carlos Boozer Jazz PF 28 6-9 19.5 11.2 3.2 Unrestricted free agent
9 David Lee Knicks PF 27 6-9 20.2 11.7 3.6 Unrestricted free agent
10 Paul Pierce Celtics SF 32 6-6 18.3 4.4 3.1 Unrestricted free agent (Player option for $21.5 million)
11 Rudy Gay Grizzlies SF 23 6-9 19.6 5.9 1.9 Restricted free agent ($4.4 million qualifying offer)
12 Josh Childress Olympiakos (Greece) SF 26 6-8 11.8* 4.9* 1.5* Restricted free agent ($4.8 million qualifying offer; Hawks)
13 Ray Allen Celtics SG 34 6-5 16.3 3.2 2.6 Unrestricted free agent
14 Luis Scola Rockets PF 30 6-9 16.2 8.6 2.1 Restricted free agent ($4.1 million qualifying offer)
15 John Salmons Bucks SG 30 6-7 15.4 3.3 2.8 Unrestricted free agent (Player option for $5.8 million)
16 Tyrus Thomas Bobcats PF 23 6-9 9.4 6.2 1.0 Restricted free agent ($6.2 million qualifying offer)
17 Brendan Haywood Mavericks C 30 7-0 9.1 9.3 0.6 Unrestricted free agent
18 Raymond Felton Bobcats PG 25 6-1 12.1 3.6 5.6 Unrestricted free agent
19 Shaquille O'Neal Cavaliers C 38 7-1 12.0 6.7 1.5 Unrestricted free agent
20 Ronnie Brewer Grizzlies SG 24 6-7 8.8 3.2 2.7 Restricted free agent ($3.8 million qualifying offer)
21 Udonis Haslem Heat PF 30 6-8 9.9 8.1 0.7 Unrestricted free agent
22 Richard Jefferson Spurs SF 30 6-7 12.3 4.4 2.0 Unrestricted free agent (Player option for $15.2 million)
23 Travis Outlaw Clippers SF 25 6-9 9.1 3.6 1.0 Unrestricted free agent
24 J.J. Redick Magic SG 25 6-4 9.6 1.9 1.9 Restricted free agent ($3.9 million qualifying offer)
25 Nate Robinson Celtics PG 25 5-9 9.8 1.9 2.8 Unrestricted free agent
26 Al Harrington Knicks PF 30 6-9 17.7 5.6 1.5 Unrestricted free agent
27 Jermaine O'Neal Heat C 31 6-11 13.6 6.9 1.3 Unrestricted free agent
28 Zydrunas Ilgauskas Cavaliers C 35 7-3 7.4 5.4 0.8 Unrestricted free agent
29 Mike Miller Wizards SG 30 6-8 10.9 6.2 3.9 Unrestricted free agent
30 Matt Barnes Magic SF 30 6-7 8.8 5.5 1.7 Unrestricted free agent (Player option for $1.6 million)
31 Josh Howard Wizards SF 30 6-7 12.7 3.6 1.4 Unrestricted free agent (Player option for $11.8 million)
32 Channing Frye Suns C 27 6-11 11.2 5.3 1.4 Unrestricted free agent (Player option for $2.1 million)
33 Linas Kleiza Olympiakos (Greece) SF 25 6-8 9.9 4.0 0.8 Restricted free agent ($2.7 million qualifying offer; Nuggets)
34 Amir Johnson Raptors PF 23 6-9 6.2 4.8 0.6 Unrestricted free agent
35 Luke Ridnour Bucks PG 29 6-2 10.4 1.7 4.0 Unrestricted free agent
36 Anthony Morrow Warriors SG 24 6-5 13.0 3.8 1.5 Restricted free agent ($1 million qualifying offer)
37 Steve Blake Clippers PG 30 6-3 7.3 2.3 4.8 Unrestricted free agent
38 Jordan Farmar Lakers PG 23 6-2 7.2 1.6 1.5 Restricted free agent ($2.8 million qualifying offer)
39 Kyle Korver Jazz SF 29 6-7 7.2 2.1 1.7 Unrestricted free agent
40 Roger Mason Jr. Spurs SG 29 6-5 6.3 2.1 1.7 Unrestricted free agent
41 Shaun Livingston Wizards PG 24 6-7 6.9 2.2 3.6 Unrestricted free agent
42 Randy Foye Wizards SG 26 6-4 10.1 1.9 3.3 Restricted free agent ($4.8 million qualifying offer)
43 Matt Bonner Spurs PF 30 6-10 7.0 3.3 1.0 Unrestricted free agent
44 Kyle Lowry Rockets PG 24 6-0 9.1 3.6 4.5 Restricted free agent ($3 million qualifying offer)
45 Wesley Matthews Jazz SG 23 6-5 9.4 2.3 1.5 Restricted free agent ($932,000 qualifying offer)
46 Hakim Warrick Bulls PF 27 6-9 9.6 4.1 0.7 Unrestricted free agent
47 Brad Miller Bulls C 34 6-11 8.8 4.9 1.9 Unrestricted free agent
48 Tracy McGrady Knicks SG 31 6-8 8.2 3.1 3.3 Unrestricted free agent
49 Sergio Rodriguez Knicks PG 24 6-3 6.6 1.3 3.2 Restricted free agent ($2.8 million qualifying offer)
50 Ronald Murray Bulls SG 30 6-3 9.9 2.4 1.8 Unrestricted free agent

Thursday, June 10, 2010

NBA Championship Game 3

If it wasn't already apparent, this is not the same series as the 2008 Finals. Mostly because of the Los Angeles Lakers.

In their 91-84 Game 3 victory, the Lakers, both as individuals and collectively, fought through a litany of situations that would have left them reeling and beaten. And they were tested from the very beginning. And then there was Derek Fisher, criticized so often for his age and difficulties guarding younger, faster point guards. With a little leeway from the officials -- it was an ugly, physical, foul-ridden game throughout -- Fisher was able to put his body on Ray Allen's as he chased him through screens, riding his hip and taking out the shooter's legs.

Monday, June 7, 2010

lakers lose game two

I'll not go as far to say the Lakers are in trouble. They are the defending champs and know how to survive on the road. If the lakers want to see game 6 in Los Angles, they must get some results from the beach. Farmer, Artest,Odem,and Brown.... must stand up and be counted. If Ray Allen had not shot so well in Game 2, the Lakers can easily be up 2 games to none. You know Kobe will be ready to defend Mr Allen and make him play defense in Boston. The key to beating boston is playing solid defense and scoring points. If the Lakers extend their exterior defense, and make the celtics put the ball on the floor... than the lakers will win. The Celtics like to shot jumpshots. Go inside and the lakers are the repeat champs ! Who know the lakers could sweep them in Boston. It will not be far fetched, especially since the Lakers have closed out series on the road. So, Boston don't take Kobe for granted. Paul Pierce mentioned that they will not be back in Los Angeles... please don't give kobe any logs to put gas on.... because he will light and burn the logs. Paul be careful what you ask for !

Basketball Players

Basketball players need to be aggressive in their every move. If you just stay unmoving on the spot and you seem to be uncertain of your next move, rest assured that the glory that is supposed to be yours will be benefited by your opponent. Basketball dribbling requires you to remember the common mistakes made by almost everyone who lacks the practice and to of course do what is supposed to be done. Basketball is part physical, and part mental. If you can improve the mental part of your game, you'll become a better player. After all, the game is suppose to be played the correct way, and don't forget to thank your opponent for a good game. Always be a good Sport !

Monday, May 24, 2010

Crowded D.C. Backcourt

Gilbert Arenas, the Washington Wizards' guard, fresh off a month of house arrest, had seen what occurred earlier, when the Wizards jumped from fifth to first in the lottery, with the opportunity to take Kentucky's John Wall. And that would mean Wall would move to point guard, and Arenas would move to shooting guard.

And oh, the trouble that would cause!

There is a school of thought that says the Wizards shouldn't have Arenas within a mile of Wall, such is Arenas' supposed toxicity. Arenas, the argument goes, will drag down Wall with him, into his world of bringing guns to the locker room, and suspensions, and unmentionable acts with teammates' footwear. Wall has no chance to resist the devilish charms of Arenas, the anti-teammate depressant, and the Wizards will sink deeper into the morass. What do you think ?