LeBron is going home…whoop-de-do…
I’ve got to be careful what I write here. I don’t want to offend LeFraud. He’s going “home”. Probably just because he wants to be loved so much in his hometown and all of Northeast Ohio. He must feel bad about the whole “Decision” process from 4 years ago. Gag…
I could care less about what LeBron does. I’m far from a Cleveland Cavalier fan. But what those clowns did 4 years ago, starting with the whole televised “The Decision”, to the dancing on stage with all three morons down in Miami…just foolish. I understand that these days the NBA seems to be more about entertainment, rather than actual basketball. And it’s ALWAYS about money…we all know this. But someone should have told LeBron and the other idiots that this whole scenario was a pretty bad idea from the get-go. In reality, he shouldn’t have even NEEDED anyone to tell him it was a bad idea, despite his young age. Pretty obvious. Especially if he was worried about what people would think of him. It actually still leaves a bad taste in my mouth, despite James’ greatness on the court. That’s never going away for me. It is remarkable how Cavaliers fans now are ignoring it for the most part I feel. Guess that’s what happens when you never win.
And James IS great on the court, no question. But he does always seem to look for the easiest solution at every turn. I suppose if I was in his shoes I would do the same…I mean, look at his first tour in Cleveland. It was him and most of the time, some other flotsam and jetsam. OK, Mo Williams and Big Z Ilgauskas and guys like that were decent, but by and large, not championship timber. So who could blame him for wanting a few other bona fide superstars around him to make title runs every year?
Who could also blame him for wanting a max contract this time around? He has never been the highest paid player on his TEAM, no less the entire league, so in that context, he deserves a max deal. Despite the fact that no one deserves this type of dough. Or that this ignores the fact he also makes a zillion dollars in endorsements. But whatever. I know that in my career, when I see useless stiffs making more money than me, that makes me upset…so it’s all relative.
I have to say that even though this whole “decision” process has been much more low-key, I am still not a fan of it. There were still some theatrics to the whole thing. Giving a story to a Sports Illustrated writer? Why? Because that writer (and the magazine itself) have been highly respected for years? And this is supposed to change our impression of LeBron this time around? Because he wanted to leave ESPN out of this for this time?
I’ve heard all kinds of talking heads spout many ideas about why he chose this route. Who knows the truth? I’ve also heard people say that this time around the move was “classy”, “tasteful” and saying, “I respect the hell out of him for it”. WHAT?! Joke. For this to happen, it all had to be orchestrated carefully to make sure it all happened definitively in the end. That includes the trade of two players to the Celtics for nothing (not that the two players the Celts got are difference makers. But they still got them for nothing). Prepping the letter. And everything else. I know the story was told “through Lee Jenkins”. But does anyone think LeBron really came up with all that himself? I’m sure most of the letter was pre-crafted to make him look good and then LeBron signed off on it. People are acting like he sat down and penned it himself and Jenkins proofread it for spelling and grammatical errors or something. Doubtful.
In any event, even though I am done with any offseason “performances” by James, I AM excited that he finally picked a place. Now all the other free agents can make their plans too. The teams can do what they need to and we can see how the league will take shape. Locally, we can see what Danny Ainge will do with the 17 mediocre players and satchel of draft picks he has. He can’t possibly keep all of the “assets”, can he? I’m not sure what trade options are out there, especially with Kevin Love now considering Cleveland. But Ainge has to be able to make some moves, no? I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times, my first move is to unload Rondo. This is no secret. There HAS to be some sort of market for him. As the team is currently constituted, Rondo is not coming back after next year. He’s already said he is looking forward to testing the free agent market. The Celtics would be extremely stupid to give him a max deal that he wants. A team that trades for him would presumably, at the very least, want him as a one-year rental, not a trade deadline rental. So I would think it behooves other teams to make a deal for Rondo sooner, rather than later.
Around the rest of the league, no surprise to me that ‘Melo is going back to the Knicks. More money for him there…seems like that is why Chris Bosh went back to the Heat. The Heat’s max money is greater than what any other team can give him. And I suppose he will be the focus there now, even if D-Wade comes back. Still surprising that he wouldn’t jump to another team (Rockets) that had plenty of money to give him and plenty of talent around him. Kind of a surprise to me. As is Gordon Hayward getting 63 mil. And anyone giving a 37 year old Vince Carter a 3 year, 12.2 million dollar contract. This is only the beginning.
At least LeBron is done…and now we all can move on…mercifully…until the introductory press conference of course…
Posted on July 12, 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged 'Melo, Big Z, Boston Celtics, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Cleveland Cavaliers, D-Wade, Danny Ainge, Gordon Hayward, Houston Rockets, Kevin Love, LeBron James, Miami Heat, Mo Williams, NBA, Northeast Ohio, Rajon Rondo, Vince Carter. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.