July 15, 2010
The Next Biggest Free Agent?
With all the top name free agents gone and settled into different teams, the next big free agent in the market right now is the one and only Tracy McGrady. The 31 year old wing still have a lot left in the tank and can be a solid contributor to any team he goes to. Yes, he has been riddled with injures for a while and yes he has had microsurgery on his knee over a year ago. But this is the same man who dropped 20+ points several times as a Knick last season and was the best player in the league many years ago. The same guy who carried a weak Magic team on his back (which explains all his back spasms haha) and took them to the playoffs while averaging 32 points a game. 2002-2003 T-Mac was what 2005-2006 Kobe became. A great player carrying a weak team all the way to the playoffs only to barely lose in the first round after going up 3-1 in the series. But unlike Kobe, T-Mac was traded away instead of having players built around him. And throughout the years in the Rockets, T-Mac was great but all his injuries took a toll and beat him up during his prime years. But since knee surgeries generally take a year to recover, I expect T-Mac to play this season in as good shape as he possibly can.
Which comes with the question of where should he play? Well the most obvious answers would be either the Lakers or the Heat. Lakers have a good team in place and can use a destructive scoring option off the bench with T-Mac. With the Lakers, he can chase the ring that has alluded him throughout his NBA career. He wouldn’t be playing with the glory and glamor of leading the team or even being in the starting lineup but he can be a great role player for a team that needs strong scoring off the bench. Same situation in the Heat. But instead he’ll be piggybacking off of 3 superstars instead of 2. He’ll probably offer the same services in the Heat as he would in the Lakers as the scoring option off the bench. Difference is, Lakers have the biggest chance of getting a ring while the Heat are still unproven. No one knows if their Big 3 are fit to play with each other for 82 games, but that will be observed throughout the season. I highly doubt T-Mac wants to be piggybacking off either team though. The dude can still ball.
Or T-Mac can do the unexpected. My suggestion is that he signs a contract for the Los Angeles Clippers and be the SF that they been looking for the last several offseasons. Tracy McGrady is set to workout with Los Angeles Clippers next week and if he can show the team that he is recovered and still has a bit of his old self in there, he will be a great option to have. He can be the starting SF while their lottery pick this year, Al-Farouq Aminu develops into an NBA player. He can help spread the floor, which relieves SG Eric Gordon the pressure of being the only 3 Point threat out there. And T-Mac is also a capable defender that can easily give problems to the opposing team. And with Kaman and Blake Griffin out there, T-Mac won’t have to feel the pressure of being the first scoring option of the team. The Clippers needs a starting SF that can spread the floor, defend, and also show some leadership. Out of all the available free agents available right now, I think T-Mac is the best option. And he can cement a legacy for himself by leading this team into the playoffs and further.
Or he can fall into the Clippers curse and explode.
The dude is injury prone but I think he is the worth the risk.
July 8, 2010
For all of you that don’t know, LBJ has chosen to join the Miami Heat and be with his bros, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. After two years of buildup, hours and hours of promotion by the worldwide leader in sports, and even a one hour special about it tonight, LBJ finally made the announcement the NBA world has been waiting for. And with that announcement, millions of hearts were broken in Cleveland, the 5 other teams with cap space can finally pursue other free agents if they haven’t already started (Clippers already signing Randy Foye and Ryan Gomes), and hopefully the big free agency circus is finally over.
I personally didn’t see the one hour special tonight but the second I started getting texts from my friends on what happened, I just got angry and started to not like Lebron James even more. I think he’s a great player and everything but he is also a primadonna, a diva, and a media whore. His philosophy, anything to get attention. What better way to make sure ESPN never forgets you by joining a team with the other two biggest stars of this era. And also, why bother working hard for a championship if you can easily join two other big name superstars and win one with less pressure on yourself. If LBJ thought he was that great of a player, he would have stayed in Cleveland and bring that city a championship they have not seen in what seems like forever.
I can understand why Dan Gilbert is pissed off. The hometown hero has decided to turn his back on the city that raised him and take the easy route to a championship gold. I don’t care about Cleveland (even though they have every right to be mad) but what kind of message does this send to the kids. I can think of several horrible lessons to the children here.
- Fuck working your ass off to the best of your abilities to achieve your goals, take the easy route whenever the opportunity becomes available.
- Forget about loyalty to your home, go somewhere else where the grass looks greener.
- Follow your friends because they supposedly have your best interest at heart.
- Money isn’t important, but neither is being faithful to the people who supported you since day one.
- Who cares about building a legacy, just win without ever really leaving a mark behind in history.
- Get as much as attention as you can because being humble is overrated.
I can think of a thousand other negative messages here in this little announcement. How can LBJ look at himself in the mirror now that he broke the hearts of all the Cleveland children that thought of him as a hero. How does he feel that he is no longer the hometown hero but the hometown despicable villain. I’m not from Cleveland but I feel their pain. As a Clippers fan, I know what its like to have the star player betray you and go to another team. But the Cleveland fans have it a thousand times worse because their Benedict Arnold is considered to be one of the top two players in the game right now. Betrayal is an awful sight to see, I hope Heat fans cherish this moment as much as possible right now because when something goes wrong with their Big 3, this summer will be for naught.
Calling it right now, the Miami Heat will not win a championship with those 3 players and 9 scrubs.
February 12, 2010
Mavericks, Celtics, Suns, Wizards, Cavaliers, and Heat are teams making the most buzz about trades lately.
Players whose names are mentioned most: Amare Stoudemire, Antawn Jamison, Caron Butler, Ray Allen, Richard Hamilton, Tracy McGrady, and Troy Murphy.
I’ll keep ya’ll updated.