Last edited by aamcguy; 08-02-2013 at 07:49 PM.
So is Greg Oden going to make a SportsCenter appearance for his decision?
I agree that going to Miami probably wouldn't significantly increase his endorsement opportunities unless he shows that he can play and stay on the floor for multiple seasons, but a ton of NBA players have endorsement deals. They don't have to film commercials to get those types of contracts.
And Miami has the taxpayer's exception left, I think. So something would have to go wrong, you would think, for Oden to choose San Antonio or New Orleans over the Heat. They're all offering the minimum salary. It would be hilarious if Oden chose some team other than the two-time defending champs and took less money do it... especially if he came back healthy for the long haul. I would get a good deal of enjoyment out of that, no matter who he chose to sign with. I did hear some whispers that he wanted a lower-pressure environment so the microscope wasn't so trained on him.
I've been on record since he cancelled his qualifying offer with the Blazers (out of the goodness of his heart, because Portland was locked in and he chose to forfeit the money) in saying that he should choose the Suns if his primary interest is prolonging his career. They have the best training staff in the league by a wide margin.
Last edited by spreedom; 08-03-2013 at 11:20 AM.
What the EFF is wrong with him?
[I]Ash from Army of Darkness: Good...Bad...I'm the guy with the gun.
I'm sure this has been discussed many times elsewhere, but was Oden's knee problem foreshadowed at all in college? If so, who in their right mind would pick him over Durant?
"I like our group of people," Ainge told USA Today. "I'm trying to teach them about basketball, and they're trying to teach me about analytics."
He had a broken hand or wrist I think in college. I don't recall him having knee trouble.
In any case, Pritchard sure learned the hard way about being as thorough as can be regarding a player's past, current, and projected health, didn't he? Between Oden and Brandon Roy.
Nothing in life worth having comes easy.
Didn't Stevenson and LeBron get in "beef" when it was the famous Wizards vs Cavs rivalry that was 2 playoff series I think.
"It's just unfortunate that we've been penalized so much this year and nothing has happened to the Pistons, the Palace or the city of Detroit," he said. "It's almost like it's always our fault. The league knows it. They should be ashamed of themselves to let the security be as lax as it is around here."
----------------- Reggie Miller
Here's the video the Mav's made to woo Dwight Howard.
This is from Mark Cuban's blog post. Some of you might enjoy reading it, he discusses some of the moves they made since their championship season.
Calling him a cornerstone is semantics. They have the top shooting guard in the NBA on their team.
It wasn't about being the team everyone loved, it was about beating the teams everyone else loved.
Division Champions 1955, 1956, 1988, 1989, 1990, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Conference Champions 1955, 1956, 1988, 2005
NBA Champions 1989, 1990, 2004
They've done a little of both.
The Pacers drafted Paul George, who spent 2 years in college playing in a small conference for a team with a losing record. They took Lance after he spent 1 not very impressive year in college with all sorts of character question marks. Both those guys were in the starting lineup last year.
Best example of a 4 year player they took was Roy, obviously, and they developed him. They also took a 4 year player in Hasnbrough who was one of the most decorated college players ever, but it was always doubtful after the first couple years that he was going to be in the team's long range plans. Not surprisingly, he's now played his last game for the Pacers.
Just want to make a quick comment on Mark Cuban.
I think he's been a tremendous owner in this league, but remember one thing: When he took over the Mavs, Dirk, Michael Finley and Steve Nash were already there in place. He started off with 3 franchise cornerstones.
He won by inheriting these 3 guys (with Dirk being the most important obviously) and spending big, big money to surround them with role players. His teams were consistently deep in the luxury tax and among the highest payrolls in the league year after year. He willingly took on big contracts from other teams who were good players but overpaid (Jamison, Walker, LaFrentz, Van Exel, etc...) in order to build up and flip assets.
Eventually, he found the right combo of role players to stick around Dirk and his timing was good: it was right before OKC turned into an elite team and was also the same year that Lebron was just figuring things out with Miami. And truthfully, he got it done right at Dirk's peak, right before he started to decline.
Curious to see how he rebuilds now with Dirk really in his twilight and after his failure to land a franchise player 2 summers in a row. So far, I think he's gotten off to a poor start.
Last edited by d_c; 08-04-2013 at 10:13 AM.