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Posted Friday November 08, 2013, About: Ireland suggested that Martin punch Incognito
Especially when the guy you're supposed to punch has a history of being violent and mentally unstable. The smart move is to walk away and report it to authorities. Unfortunately, the guy in the position of authority was Ireland.
Posted Monday September 23, 2013, About: Magic Johnson: Michael Jordan is greatest one-on-one-player
If you had actually read the T&R blurb, it starts out with "When asked..." In other words, he was answering a question, not talking about himself out of the blue.
Posted Saturday September 14, 2013, About: Doc Rivers: Kendrick Perkins trade was Celtics mistake
The reason the Celts lost to the Lakers was because they couldn't beat a Lakers team that had Bynum playing on one leg and Kobe having a horrendous night.

The reason they lost to the Heat was because they allowed them to stay alive long enough for Bosh to return from his injury.

Which sounds more like poor effort or poor coaching.
Posted Monday July 29, 2013, About: Heat want Oden
People like to hold on to the illusion that the rest of the pack is catching up with the Heat. But here's the reality: In the 2011 playoffs, Miami was 14-7. In 2012, they were 16-7. And in 2013, they were 16-7 again. You can't get much more consistent than that. And all without a dominant big man.

Bosh and Wade have gotten injured during the playoffs the last 2 seasons. And they still won the championship both times. And they won all their game 7s in both years. The primary advantage of having 3 stars is being able to survive key injuries. It helps too if you have the right role players and the right system to minimize the effects of your injuries and flaws.

If Oden can make it to the playoffs healthy, the Heat might be able to use him the way Boston used to with Bill Walton for 10-20 minutes per game. But the thing that would really help the Heat is if Bosh and Wade can make it through the playoffs injury-free.
Posted Friday July 26, 2013, About: Bynum: Full-season plan includes camp
His lack of maturity gets blown way out of proportion.

OK, so he went to a party at the Playboy mansion while he was rehabbing his leg. Like none of you would ever do that if invited. And he went bowling too. A normal everyday activity that most of you probably think is non-athletic anyway. Something he thought he wouldn't re-injure his knee doing. He did his OK, so he went to a party at the Playboy mansion. Like none of you would ever do that if invited. And he went bowling. A normal everyday activity that most of you probably think is non-athletic anyway. Something he thought he wouldn't re-injure his knee doing. He did his work (rehab), then went out and played.

He's never blown off practice as unimportant (AI). Never gone off on a rant throwing various teammates, coaches, and execs under the bus (Kobe, Shaq, and virtually every "superstar"). In fact, after Kobe's infamous rant on Bynum's worthlessness, Bynum busted his hump and proved Kobe wrong. Helped them win 2 NBA titles. Including one when Kobe sucked during the Finals.

By the way, he's never choked his coach (Sprewell). Never brought a gun into the locker room (Arenas). Never "accidentally" shot anyone (Jayson Williams). Never pulled a gun on a teammate (Javaris Crittenton). Never been charged with murder (Crittenton).

And although he's been in the NBA a long time, we forget he's only 25.
Posted Saturday July 20, 2013, About: Cuban: Mavs beter off without Howard
Cuban's problem is that he's one of the richest NBA owners, he's in a Top 5 media market, and he still thinks small. After they won in 2011, he could have kept a couple of key players by signing them to 2-3 yr deals, keeping his cap space open for the 2013 and 2014 bonanzas. But he let Chandler go. Dirk might be the face of the franchise, but Tyson was the heart and soul of that championship team. The Lakers, on the other hand, would have doubled down and paid Chandler for the chance to repeat.

Pat Riley personally met with LeBron James because he knew it was important to James. Both Alexander and Buss did the same with Dwight Howard even though they didn't represent his original destinations of choice. On the other hand, Cuban couldn't find the time in his busy Shark Tank schedule to meet with DWilliams. Another example of small time thinking. And this from a guy who prides himself as an astute business mind.

If he had either Chandler or DWill, then he might have had something to offer Howard. If the Mavs want to be considered a destination team, they need to stop thinking small.

The Nets were in the same boat when Prokhorov first took over. But with all the moves they've made, whether their current team wins the NBA title or not, the Nets have immediately made a big splash in their new market. They've also set themselves up to becoming a destination for free agents in the future.
Posted Tuesday July 16, 2013, About: Knicks targeting Al Harrington
Top T&R headlines today: "Rockets add Hakeem Olajuwon to staff" and "Knicks targeting Al Harrington."

Kinda says it all right there.
Posted Monday July 15, 2013, About: At least three teams with strong interest in Oden
Miami is a good fit for him. Low pressure situation. They made the Finals 3 yrs in a row without a dominant big man. So they've already proven that they don't really *need* one. But if he pans out, he'll make them that much better. A couple of yrs ago, they carried Eddie Curry at the minimum salary while he rehabbed and tried to get back into playing shape. I can see them doing the same for Oden who has much more upside in his game.
Posted Friday July 12, 2013, About: Bynum's agent sets bar awfully high
Posted Monday July 08, 2013, About: Mavs using medical staff in pitch to Andrew Bynum
The problem with signing a player coming off a serious injury or string of injuries to a 1-year contract is that you probably won't reap the benefits until year 2. Meaning someone else will benefit from your rehab efforts. Kinda like being the rebound boyfriend. Once the broken heart gets healed, she wants a real boyfriend.
Posted Saturday July 06, 2013, About: Report: Mavs to sign Jose Calderon
Because Monta never met a shot he didn't like. Calderon is more efficient, better shooting percentage, less turnovers, etc. At 31, he's not exactly over the hill.
Posted Saturday July 06, 2013, About: Lakers to make a run at LeBron James in 2014?
The Rockets were selling Howard on their China market. If they were to promptly get rid of Lin, their commercial appeal in China would also promptly disappear. What might make sense basketball-wise won't make sense business-wise. So I think they give Lin another year, maybe 2, to break out again before trying to unload him.
Posted Tuesday July 02, 2013, About: Josh Smith, Iguodala met with Detroit
Josh Smith is not a SF. Save your money. Lots of SF in FA and draft next summer.
Posted Friday June 28, 2013, About: Draft's biggest loser
Noel wouldn't have added much. They already have athletic bigs who can't shoot. I can see how McLemore might have been a better choice. But with Cho doing the picking now instead of Jordan, there were probably some analytics involved in this choice.
Posted Friday June 28, 2013, About: Snubbed Noel vows to 'make them pay'
If he went No. 1, he'd be in Cleveland. He dropped to No. 6 and ends up in a bigger market. A lot of people would be happy to "fall" that "badly".
Posted Thursday June 27, 2013, About: Redskins accidentally use fake chief to defend name
Posted Tuesday June 25, 2013, About: James on 2014 'Decision': 'I don't know'
Haven't even finished celebrating their 2nd championship, and all the reporter wants to know is if he's going to opt out and sign with another team? Learn to live in the frickin' moment.

The real problem isn't that players are looking too far ahead toward free agency. It's that the media keeps making it an issue long before they become free agents. In the beginning, they'd ask about it as soon as the season ended. Then, they started asking about it at midseason. Nowadays, the media starts their countdown as soon as players sign. They create a lot of false anxiety and then blame the players for not being forthcoming about their plans. What is this, FoxNews?
Posted Monday June 24, 2013, About: Cavaliers doctor: Nerlens Noel's knee in 'perfect' shape
Not sure how Len's foot injury would be a better risk. 7-footers with foot injuries usually turn into chronic foot injuries.
The Spurs model. Yeah, right. Tank badly enough to draft David Robinson. Then tank some more to draft Tim Duncan... Worked for the Rockets back in the day too. Suck and get Sampson in the draft. Tank some more and get Hakeem... Which is why everybody thinks the way to build a dynasty is by tanking...

Now people point to OKC's model. But you need to remember that Westbrook, Hardin and Ibaka weren't projected to be as good as they turned out to be. People hated the Westbrook pick. On the other hand, 3 of the worst top picks: Larue Martin, Sam Bowie, and Greg Oden. All Trailblazers. Bowie and Oden were projected to be great, but were hampered by injuries. So it takes smart management and luck too.

Free agency at least is honest. You go to the team that wants you the most. And the way they show you how much they want is by offering you something nobody else can. More money. Smart front office (Miami, San Antonio, OKC, Houston, Lakers). Owner who's willing to take the financial hit if it means continuing to win (see Miami, Lakers). Better coaching. Better atmosphere (see Ray Allen). Better location (see almost anyone who'd rather play in SoFL or SoCal).
Posted Friday June 21, 2013, About: Greg Oden, Miami Heat have mutual interest
Best situation for Oden. Little to no pressure. They're coming off a 3rd Finals appearance without a true big man, they're not looking for a starter, and they don't even him to be ready to play right away. They carried Earl Barron and Derrick Pittman for long stretches as their 14th-15th man in the past. So they're obviously willing to wait to see how things develop.
Posted Thursday June 13, 2013, About: Metta World Peace blasts Heat's work ethic
The Lakers are the ones who expected the championship to be handed to them by virtue of their superstar lineup. That's why they, not the Heat, are watching the playoffs from home.
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