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« Reply #14 on: Jan 18, 2011, 06:25:45 AM »

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All-Star choices

Today I would like to attempt to beat the media competition to the punch and be the first one give you the upcoming All-Star selections for the West and the East.

I feel that a simple formula mixing individual stats and team performance should give us a fair idea of who deserves to be chosen but you must also take into account career success for all-time great players like Tim Duncan or Big Shaq.

The natural evolution in the last twenty years for the coaches who choose the bench players has been to give more weight to team success which is logical because a coach's job is to win games as a team! It's also true that it's easier to put up big stats on a weak team that only plays offence because their are less quality players surrounding you to share the ball and stats with.

This tendancy might hurt brillant individuals ranked in the Top 6 in efficiency rating like Kevin Love or Blake Griffin in the west who, in my opinion, deserve to be selected despite poor team results even though the Clippers are playing better.

The problem is that there are so many high-performance forwards and guards in the western conference that some players with merit won't be chosen and Phil Jackson might be right in saying that the fairest method is to do "eeny-meeny-miney mo"! The best way to make space is to not choose ANY true center in the west and open up an extra spot for a power forward.

As usual, David Stern will repair the biggest injustice when he chooses Yao Ming's replacement after the west coaches have done their shopping.

The final result should look something like this,Chris Paul-Kobe Bryant at guard,Kevin Durant-Carmelo Anthony at forward and Pau Gasol as replacement center for Yao in the starting five chosen by the fans.

My only qualm with this is that the season-long Melo-drama in Denver has really hurt their team and I would rather see Dirk, Love or Griffin starting.

The west coaches will add Dirk Nowitzki, Love,Griffin, and one of the following list between Tim Duncan (fabulous career), Zach Randolph (9th in efficiency rating),Lamar Odom (for the reality-TV crowd!), Paul Milsap or LeMarcus Aldridge.

This leaves three or four spots for the west guards who are also plethoric in terms of deservedness.

Deron Williams who merited a starting spot as much as Paul is a sure-fire pick as well as Russell Westbrook.

Beyond them, it's difficult to know if Steve Nash (brilliant career) or 3rd leading NBA scorer Monta Ellis can pass in front of the Spur's tandem of Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker who are playing for the NBA's number one team.

Manu,San Antonio's leading scorer, seems the most likely pick out of the four.

On to the east where,once again, alot of forwards are deserving so I would only choose one true center, Dwight Howard, even though the Aussie center Andrew Bogut is playing well.

The fans' starters will be Derrick Rose-Dwayne Wade at guard,Amarè Stoudamire-LeBron James at forward and Howard at center.

Now that Rose and Stoudamire have passed Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett in the fan voting, I agree with their choices.

Those two Celtics will lead the coaches' bench selections accompanied by Paul Pierce,Boston's leading scorer.

Carlos Boozer and Chris Bosh will round out the forwards unless an Al Horford or Danny Granger can create an unlikely surprise.

There are less dominating guards in the east so I feel Raymond Felton, Joe Johnson or Ray Allen have a chance to squeeze in, with Felton the favorite thanks to the Knicks' resurgence this season.

In general, the east is all about Miami, Boston and Chicago and the west,once again, has a bigger international presence with alot of Spurs and Lakers in the mix.


So, plenty of great players will be on the court and a bumper harvest of super-celebs will be surrounding the hardwood to make for a memorable All-Star weekend in LA-LA land.

The last time the big show was in LA, I remember having to tap Gisele Bundchen and Leonardo DiCaprio on the shoulder in order to ask them to sit down so that I could see the court!

George Eddy from FIBA



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« Reply #13 on: Jan 04, 2011, 07:34:00 PM »

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New year's lockout resolution

To ring in the new year I want to do nothing less than save the NBA from itself!

How?

By giving a simple, intelligent framework that allows the league to avoid a destructive lockout this coming summer.

Why am I so concerned?

Because the NBA took several years to eliminate the ill will and tarnished image that the '99 lockout created, notably for the fans. As the world economy tries to rebound, this is the worst possible time to shoot oneself in the foot, especially since the league is still flourishing in terms of TV contracts and ratings but needs to find a way to become profitable again for the majority of the franchises, who are paying dearly for some bad contract decisions.

Here's my plan. The players need to give back 20 percent on all new contracts, which isn't so painful when you are making millions, because this would give the franchises the margin necessary to become profitable again. This would avoid killing the goose that lays the golden eggs!

Maximum length of contracts could be dialed back to five years instead of six, with four years guaranteed, which would make future bad contract decisions less lengthy and costly for teams.

The NBA needs to follow the highly profitable NFL's lead and gradually move towards a hard salary cap in 2 or 3 years but also increase revenue sharing between big market and small market teams in order to give everyone a chance to compete.

David Stern has been waving the threatening possibility of contraction in front of the players' noses which would mean less jobs for marginal players, and even Lebron James fell into the trap saying it would be good for the league to have the talent less diluted.

This is negotiating strategy and pure rubbish for me because even when there were only eight teams in the league in the early sixties, there were still some weak sister franchises, as there always will be, with 8 or 35 teams!

I say 35 teams because I agree with Stern that one day there will be a European division which would create jobs and this could be another argument to sway players to make some neccessary concessions.

The world reservoir of players is much bigger now with 88 non-american players in the league and with the African continent waking up to opportunities, the idea of contraction is a heresy.

Now that I've gone through what the players need to concede to keep the magnificent NBA machine running at full throttle without work stoppage, let's also look at what the league can do for the players to make the bitter pill easier to swallow.

To avoid injury and prolong players' careers the NBA must eliminate back to back games which often provide a poor brand of ball because one of the teams is exhausted.

Teams play between 15 and 20 back to backs a season and the NBA could do away with or reduce the pre-season schedule to recuperate some dates. The league could also reduce some of the heavy fines they impose on players to put some money back into their pockets and most importantly, the league needs to create efficient and obligatory financial counseling for the players in order to avoid the personal dramas we've seen lately with former millionaires like Scottie Pippen or Antoine Walker going broke.




Get these players out of the casinos and into business school, please!

Last but not least, the owners could, over time, significantly increase what they contribute to the players' retirement fund because this way the players would recieve money later in life when they are older and smarter to manage it and probably more in need of it, too.

Best wishes in 2011 to all our readers!

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« Reply #12 on: Dec 07, 2010, 06:27:07 PM »

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Let's give Lebron a Le- break!

I will concede to you that Lebron James has done a lot of dumb things over the last year or so to make you hate him. Over-celebrating vs. easily-beaten opponents, rarely seeming to take the game seriously then quitting when the going got tough against Boston in the playoffs,followed by poor handling and communication concerning his desire to take his skills to South Beach after having been poorly advised by his omni-present and poorly prepared entourage but also by the Miami franchise which overdid the marketing presentation of the arrival of the Big Three Amigos ! These things were hyper-mediatized and sent James from most popular status to most-despised status in record time.

As with everything concerning Miami right now, all of this is a bit too much for my taste and the pendulum has excessively swung in the wrong direction for the "Chosen One"(that monicker was already a bit too much to begin with and very hard to live up to out of high school).

If you look at Lebron objectively all of these errors were merely bad judgement or bad taste.

He has committed no heinous crimes compared to a long list of pro athletes starting with the beloved Kobe Bryant or the re-born Michael Vick.

James has been a good father and companion so far with no gun or doping scandal or money laundering or gambling problems.

He gave Cleveland the seven best years in franchise history and it was his perfect right as a free agent to choose sun-shiny Miami over chilly Cleveland anyway! After a bumpy(hah hah!) start with Miami and their young coach,Eric Spoelstra, Lebron has led the Heat to a four-game win streak and won the war with the Cleveland haters by popping 38 points while crushing the Cavs in the early season hype-fest last thursday.

Of course Lebron couldn't keep himself from stupidly trash-talking with his former teammates during the game which was once again in bad taste but, hey, that's part of his makeup.

In the future, if James wants to avoid having a disappointing career like Pat Ewing or Allen Iverson, he'll have to hunker down and get serious about supporting his coach,sharing the ball with his teammates while making them more confident and just simply better.

If he wants to move to a higher level where titles are won by beating repeatedly the likes of Boston and LA, he will need to develop a new,tougher,mind-set in order to dominate monsters of competition like Paul Pierce or Kobe Bryant the same way Michael Jordan became steely determined vs. the Bad Boy Pistons or Knicks after seven years of waiting.




Pat Riley could help things move faster by flatly stating that he will not replace Spoelstra this season no matter what which would oblige the players to learn to play together and stop looking for excuses.

One thing is for sure, talking about all this on the court soap opera is more fun than talking about a dreaded lockout!

George Eddy from FIBA



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« Reply #11 on: Oct 28, 2010, 09:31:04 PM »

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Let's get it started again: The New NBA Season ~ Here's my take on 2010-2011 !


Will the new NBA season be remembered as the "looming lockout season" or the "Phil Jackson's fourth threepeat season"?

Will it be the "three amigos budding dynasty season" or the "Spurs fading dynasty season"?

Will it be "old Boston's last gasp season" or "Orlando's first title season"?

Here's my take on 2010-2011.

The Lakers will threepeat again because their players are at the peak of their careers where brains and brawn mix together beautifully between the ages of 28 and 32 years old. In two years they will start declining, especially Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom, but that time isn't here yet and Kobe can pass Jordan by winning seven titles as he leans more and more heavily on a dominating Pau Gasol.

I bet Phil Jackson even hangs around one more season after this one to help Kobe do it! Then it will be Miami's turn after two season's of losing and growing together if the amigos and their bosses are patient enough and the supporting cast is drastically improved. This season for Miami will be all about learning how to play together and managing the media hype and unrealistic expectations thown upon them.

Maybe Doc Rivers will move closer to his home in Orlando next season to help. Now, who will meet the Lakers in the Western conference finals considering that Denver, Phoenix and Utah seem weaker than last season for different reasons?

I think the Spurs can whip up a last hoorah together because their big three rested this summer and Tiago Splitter is a player. Tony Parker is playing for new contract at the peak of his career and will be motivated to shine.

Dallas is the other potential West finalist with a copious roster and Jason Kidd or Dirk Nowitski's biological clock ticking down! If you add an ever-improving, possible MIP, Nicholas Batum's Portland squad and future MVP and leading scorer Kevin Durant's Thunder youth movement, that makes eight playoff teams even though Houston, with the return of Yao and the brillance of Scola and Brooks, might be able to oust one of the weaker sisters aforementioned.

The NBA is the opposite of the NFL where unexpected teams like New Orleans last season can surprise everyone and win the title. In the NBA there will always be a limited number of true candidates for the throne, five or six maximum and these are usually teams that progress from year to year in the playoffs and finally break through one day.

This is why a sudden recruiting phenomenon like Miami doesn't impress me at all and I'm still trying to figure out what Jeff Van Gundy was drinking the night he said that Miami would beat Chicago's regular season record of 72 wins, never lose two games in a row and waltz easily to the title. No way, Jeff!

Miami's weakness at point guard and center is evident and with Mike Miller out until january opponents will be packing the paint and the feeble and elderly bench will be huffing and puffing just trying to keep up. The three amigos will alternately play isolation ball to profit from matchup advantages but to be a real champion they will need defence, ball movement and an offensive hierarchy like the Lakers with their triangle offence and that will take time.

I would bet on a Boston-Orlando East final with Miami and Chicago as losing semi-finalists which would still represent a net improvement for both teams. Chicago would be content and Miami probably not! Joakim Noah's Bulls will start really clicking when Carlos Boozer comes back and the Frenchman's new contract totally liberates him to attack the rebounding title and a spot on the East All-Star roster.

I see Atlanta stagnating or dropping off a bit after severely over-paying Joe Johnson this past summer. Their may be a little suspense in the East about which teams round out the top eight for a playoff berth and a team like Charlotte might have trouble holding off challengers like Rookie of the year John Wall's  Washington or Stoudemire's New York especially if Milwaukee confirms their surprising 2009-2010 campaign with a highly internationalized roster.
 



Teams like Detroit, New Orleans, Sacramento and Indiana will once again show how difficult it is to recuperate recent but bygone glory in today's NBA! As I've stated all along, all this posturing should still lead us back to the usual supects and an LA-Boston or LA-Orlando NBA Finals in june, which would be fine with me. What do you think?

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« Reply #10 on: Jul 11, 2010, 09:49:58 PM »

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What about LeBron James’s definition of loyalty ?

LeBron James played a blinder at the 2008 Olympics.

He was breathtaking in a Team USA jersey.

He commanded a press conference like no other.

I remember that presser after the USA’s gold-medal win against Spain on August 24, 2008, as if it were yesterday.

There was so much pride and relief for LeBron that he'd finally won something, a title, unlike in his NBA career.

Dwyane Wade, the leading scorer of that USA team, and Chris Bosh, the side's best defensive player and most valuable reserve, were also in that press conference.

LeBron did all the right things and said all the right things after the win over Spain.

He praised the defending world champions for their battling performance in the gold medal game, but proclaimed that the USA were back on top.

The gold medal seemed to re-energize him and his teammates.

It meant something.

The American basketball icon, LeBron, hasn’t put on his best performance this week.

His advisors scheduled an hour-long program called 'The Decision' on ESPN on Thursday night for LeBron to announce to the world where he was going to play in the NBA next season.

With the fans of his team, Cleveland, watching, hoping and praying that their favorite free agent would remain a Cavalier, LeBron revealed he was going to Miami.

If he had hoped for well wishes from the Cleveland Cavaliers, he got something else entirely.

Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert let fly with the mother of all open letters to criticize his former star.

He wrote to the fans: “As you now know, our former hero, who grew up in the very region that he deserted this evening, is no longer a Cleveland Cavalier.

“This was announced with a several day, narcissistic, self-promotional build-up culminating with a national TV special of his ``decision'' unlike anything ever ``witnessed'' in the history of sports and probably the history of entertainment.”

The rest of the letter, it’s fair to say, was not complimentary of LeBron.

It’s the right of all players, at least once they’ve put in the years of service as LeBron has, to choose where they want to play.

He had the opportunity to go, and has.

He wants to win a championship.

But then again, the Cavaliers haven’t been a bad team.

In fact, they’ve been one of the Eastern Conference’s best sides with LeBron.

I think LeBron has blown it.

His self-belief, or lack of it, and his decision to rub Cleveland’s fans noses in it with that TV broadcast, are the real issues.

If Michael Jordan stayed in Chicago because he believed he could lead the Bulls to the top, LeBron chose not to stay in Cleveland because clearly, he did not believe he could lead the team to the top.

What about LeBron’s definition of loyalty?

It’s strange because in his show, ‘The Decision’, LeBron used the L word.

"It was a tough decision because I know how loyal I am,” he said.

His decision to go, no matter how you slice it, was not a show of loyalty to the people of Cleveland, Akron and all of Ohio.

Cleveland needs its heroes, and LeBron was a hero for a place that’s known as the ‘Mistake by the Lake’.

What about Team USA? Where is the loyalty to them, and that burning desire to be the best?

Weren’t LeBron, Wade and Bosh in that American team that lost 101-95 in the Semi-Finals of the 2006 FIBA World Championship, arguably the most famous game in the history of the event?

He did play the following summer at the FIBA Americas Championship and helped the USA reach the Beijing Games, and then helped them win gold in China.

But the pride that LeBron felt playing for Team USA at the Olympics, where is it?

They didn’t play last summer because the USA didn’t need to qualify.

They’re not going to play this summer, either.

They have other things on their minds.

Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, this season’s scoring champion in the NBA, is going to play for Team USA .

He has just, very quietly, signed a five-year extension with the Thunder.

Looking ahead to the FIBA World Championship, I want to see Durant more than any other player because he’s an exceptional talent at the beginning of his career.

It’s going to take some time getting used to seeing LeBron, Wade and Bosh playing together for the Heat.




What happens if Team USA, led by Durant, do win the gold medal in Turkey?

They will be the best team in the world and they will not then need to go through qualifying in Argentina to play at the London Games.

If that happens and Durant does lead the Americans to the gold medal, that is the team that I want to see play in London.

Jeff Taylor from FIBA



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