Full steam ahead ……

Full steam ahead …..

The NBA has entered a new chapter with the stepping down of David Stern as commissioner of the league, to be succeeded by his long-time deputy Adam Silver . As Deputy Commissioner, Silver will officially take the reins as the league’s commissioner immediately after 2014 NBA All Star game festivities, with the incumbent likely to return to the private sector either to practice law or in all likelihood, to be hired by a high-profiled Fortune 500 company. Stern’s three-decade long rein has been filled with highs and lows , some might say more highs, bearing in mind the NBA’s visibility on a global basis , as well the rising values of the thirty teams that now currently exist .

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In a recent discussion with a patron , he tried to suggest that the league still remains a team oriented endeavor. In reality, however, nothing, could be further from the truth, as the NBA has now become personality driven, by way of the visibility of the league’s most high-profiled players. Individual feats, are now more admired than the actual team endeavor by way of a victory . This has become glaringly true and can be seen with how the games are now reported not only on the league’s official site , but also across the wide gamut of media outlets . With stars such four-time league MVP LeBron James , Kevin Durant , Carmelo Anthony , Kobe Bryant and Dirk Nowitzki , not only being amongst the best players now in the league , these athletes are now among the most highly paid and said to be “ face “ of their respective franchises. A great deal of the financial largess of the teams has come with the fact that the league hierarchy has not sought to rein in expenses by way of the teams’ payroll . Though there is said to be a “soft salary cap” ($58.759 million) in place , few teams actually fall in line and choose to seek to remain within the cap figure.

The departure of David Stern , though expected , what has been a cause for concern over the past several years, has been the decline of the play within the NBA. Scoring , may well be up and down in a number of cases , but the repeated point , has now become the weakness of the Eastern Conference in comparison to their Western Conference counterparts. One could attest to the fact that there are some bad teams within the East , lack of depth in talent , as well as the inexperience of the coaches and their respective staffs. Stern has always been quick to point to what he believes are positives within with game, while seeking to blur the lines with regard to the negatives, the fans and media can readily point to. His autocratic rule, a tendency to place himself in the middle any high-profiled matter concerning the NBA, paints a somewhat cozy image and picture of the commissioner . Whether or not, this trait is followed by Adam Silver, once he officially assumes the reins as the league’s highest ranking executive remains to be seen.

Stern’s tenure can be best summed up , by saying that were it not for Michael Jordan and his unprecedented success and accolades with the Chicago Bulls . Then, the NBA would have remained somewhat of a pedantic pastime with fans, by way of being entertained . Jordan was the “goose “ that laid the golden egg for the league’s massive appeal nationally , . as well as on the global stage .

The Indiana Pacers (38-10) continue to keep apace , ahead of the rest of their conference and divisional rivals within the East. Head coach Frank Vogel , has his team playing some high up-tempo basketball , while having the best ten-game winning streak within the East , having been victorious in seven of their last ten games . Not to be outdone, the defending NBA champions, the Miami Heat have also put together a similar mark of going 7-3 over their last ten contests. . Being the top two teams, within the Eastern Conference, these two franchises may well be on a repeat course for another conference finals’ clash during the upcoming postseason , if both currently maintain their existing pace.

Everything about this NBA season, points to a divide within the East concerning the top two, teams, while the others simply jockey for position , for the seeding’s numbers three through eight . From my own perspective , the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat simply have to play .550 basketball or better over the remainder of the regular season schedule to assure themselves of the top two spots within the Eastern Conference. Miami Heat and LeBron James this season to my mind, are not the team I witnessed at times during last season , simply exerting their dominance over an opponent . If anything , during their travails of their current schedule they have been complacent , and not showing a great deal of consistency as and when needed . Obviously, the change in the makeup of the roster from last season , has a great deal to what the fans have seen, and to my mind the additions of Greg Oden and Michael Beasley , has not borne the fruit desired in terms their combined productivity. Then you also have , an ailing Dwyane Wade , being in and out of the lineup , throughout much of this season. A Wednesday night contest against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles , California, should prove to be an exciting match-up between the two teams coached by Erik Spoelstra of the Heat and Doc Rivers , for the Clippers. .

The Pacers having come off a narrow four-point victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night , will have a scheduled meeting with the Portland Trailblazers on Friday night in their home venue at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indiana, Indianapolis.

There is no doubt that the success of the NBA came down to first , those legendary regular and postseason contests between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers. Certainly., the collegiate furor built up around Larry Bird and Magic Johnson became even more pertinent once they entered the league to begin their now legendary careers. While, there seems to be a belief that there remains a team rivalry that dominates within the NBA. There is no longer anything or any semblance of a contest that one could point to and categorically state , the league does have a rivalry of note. Both the Celtics and Lakers are currently having indifferent seasons , with the case of Boston a being newly revamped roster , head coach and coaching staff . Their season , will be one of Brad Stevens simply learning the nuances of the game at the professional, while his young team acquits itself within the league. The Los Angeles Lakers, with Mike DAntoni in his second season as the team’s head coach , the labors of the franchise have been well chronicled over the course their schedule . Kobe Bryant remains sidelined , and there seems to be no immediate timeline set for his return to the starting lineup . Los Angeles has a meaningful game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, a team that now seems to be disillusioned , has its best player in Kyrie Irving questioning the direction of the franchise , while team owner , Dan Gilbert , now said angered by the player’s discontent.The Boston Celtics will seek to even their season series with the Philadelphia 76ers , when the two teams meet in Philadelphia Pennsylvania , on Wednesday evening at the Wells Fargo Center .

Courtesy of Forbes.com

Kobe, LeBron Lead NBA’s Highest-Paid Players 2014

This story appears in the February 10, 2014 issue of Forbes.

By Kurt Badenhausen , Forbes contributing columnist & writer

The NBA is a star driven league . David Stern has spent his 30 years as commissioner marketing the game’s best players—Magic, Bird, Jordan, Shaq, Kobe, LeBron—and creating global icons. It has been a mutually beneficial relationship for both owners and players. While league revenue and franchise values soared 40-fold, the NBA’s top salaries jumped from $1 million to $30 million.

The payouts off the court have been even more lucrative for elite players thanks to shoe companies like Nike, Adidas and Reebok, who turned players into bigger than life celebrities. Michael Jordan’s first Nike shoe contract was worth $500,000 a year in 1984 when the Swoosh was a $920 million-in-sales company. LeBron James will bank an estimated total of $42 million this year from endorsements with his biggest benefactor, Nike, now a $26 billion company.

look at the NBA’s top earners on and off the court puts Bryant on top with combined earnings of $64.5 million from salary and endorsements. Bryant is in the final season of the three-year, $83.5 million contract extension he signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in April 2010, including the NBA’s highest salary this season at $30.5 million. He is the first player since Jordan in the 1997-98 season to top $30 million with his playing salary. Bryant signed a two-year, $48.5 million contract extension in November that will keep his on-court salary tops in the NBA with payouts of $23.5 million and $25 million the next two seasons.

While Bryant is reaching the sunset of his playing career, his endorsements are at an all-time high thanks to his extended run atop the league and five titles with the Lakers. His deals with the likes of Turkish Air, Lenovo, Hublot, Nike and Panini for merchandise are worth more than $30 million annually. Bryant is the most popular NBA figure in China and cultivates his relationship with the Chinese people through eight straight years of extended offseason visits for Nike. Even after 18 years in the league, Bryant’s jersey is still the NBA’s second best-seller this season, behind only James.

Full Coverage: The Business of Basketball

Basketball is the only one of the four major U.S. team sports that puts a cap on individual player salaries, but don’t fret for NBA players who have the highest average salary in sports at nearly $5 million a year. Bryant benefits from a provision in the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement where players can sign deals at 105% of their previous salary even if it exceeds the cap. The cap this year is $58.7 million with individual players limited to 35%, but Bryant has signed a series of max deals while still performing at a high level over his nearly two decades in the league. The result is a playing salary that is $7 million higher than any other NBA player this year.

The NBA’s 10 highest-paid players will collectively bank $358 million this year, including $149 million from sponsors. Nine of the top 10 make at least $4 million annually from endorsements. James is the leader off the court at $42 million and ranks second overall with earnings of $61.1 million. Two straight NBA titles have sent James’ popularity and fortunes soaring. The NBA’s top pitchman counts Nike, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola , Samsung, Audemar

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There is no denying, that Kevin Durant is a prolific scorer, as borne out by the fact that he has already been a three-time NBA scoring titlist and quite possibly is on his way to securing his fourth , in his extraordinary six-year career in the NBA . What has made Durant’s season all the more astonishing, is the very fact that for a number of games he has played without the aid of Oklahoma City Thunder point guard and teammate , Russell Westbrook . While, there seems to a great deal false bravado, in celebrating a game , where Carmelo Anthony scored sixty-two points in a contest against the Charlotte Bobcats. Let us not us forget , those defensive statistics concerning the Bobcats belie the very fact, that the team is struggling to maintain its grip on the eighth seed within the Eastern Conference.

As the Oklahoma City Thunder seek to make a return to the NBA postseason , the challenge for Sam Presti , Scott Brooks and the coaching staff , will be , at what time will they seek to rest some of their prime starters not necessarily for a prolonged stretch as the second half of the season meanders. It is hard to believe that beyond the eighty-two game regular season foray , the players are then asked to subject themselves to as many as another thirty plus games during the league’s postseason schedule of contests. Too much basketball, or simply the avarice and greed of the NBA as a branded sporting and commercial enterprise ? It is clear that even in light of the Thunder’s effortless victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves , Scott Brooks will have to address the issue of fatigue and unforeseen injuries taking place to some of the more prominent players on the roster. Russell Westbrook’s return cannot come around soon enough, to take the bulk of the scoring burden and distribution off Kevin Druant’s shoulders , even if the player is amenable to assuming that role, as well as being the leader of what it is undoubtedly an extremely talent team.

As fan of the San Antonio Spurs and a long-time admirer of the talents of both Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich . I can say that the disappointment of last postseason still leaves a bitter taste within my mouth ! The NBA Finals’ series loss to the Miami Heat , notwithstanding where in games’ six and seven , the team had the series within their grasp , only to fail miserably. I have written very little about the Spurs as the 2013-14 NBA has taken shape, choosing instead to view the rest of the NBA as I currently see the state play both on and off the court.

At 36-13 as of the February the San Antonio Spurs currently have the second best record within the Western Conference trailing the Oklahoma City Thunder’s (40-11) mark of 40-11 , good enough for the best record in the entire NBA . While I do believe that the Spurs will make the NBA Playoffs once again, I believe that Gregg Popovich will have some major issues with the team in terms of its current guise . There is not enough offensive productivity from the players by way of a third and fourth alternate scorer behind the team’s leading offensive weapon , Tony Parker (18.1 ppg) . Defensively, the Spurs do remain resolute , but the results do not belie the fact that against the top teams the Spurs have been somewhat inconsistent , while losing games to lesser opponents .

For a number of years Popovich has been able to rely on his ” Big Three ” of Tim Duncan , Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli to supply the team with the preponderance of the team’s scoring and much of the success equated with the franchise over last decade. It is now time, for the younger players on the staff to step up to the plate and assume an even greater responsibility in that role. While I am sure that the head coach and his staff have emphasized that point , I am not so sure as to whether or not Tiago Splitter , Kawhi Leonard , Danny Green , Corey Joseph , Aron Baynes and Nando De Colo are yet ready to assume that role. Yet, if the Spurs are to have any semblance of success particular in the run-up before the postseason begins , where teams will have to hit a rich vein of form , the expectations will be of the highest of these players . Peter Holt , as the owner of the San Antonio Spurs, has always been reliant upon acumen shown by GM RC Buford along with that off the coaching staff led by Gregg Popovich. It is hard to envisage the franchise not attaining the success achieved over the past seventeen years, without individuals in question.

Coming off a 125-118 victory over the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center in Washington , DC , the Spurs’ next scheduled game will be against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn , New York , where the Spurs lead the season series 1-0 .

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Less than a week away from the NBA’s All Star Break , the league is likely to commemorate David Stern’s tenure , with the likelihood , that he will be bestowed with some sort of plaque ,with the players current and past , owners and a number of general managers lauding the now departed executive for his services to the league . Adam Silver has a tough act to follow, while seeking to take the brand into a new arena , in terms of a growing fan-base globally . How he goes about seeking to achieve this will be based upon how the game itself is viewed by the consumers he and the NBA seeks to court as well as the major corporations in the regions where the league now seeks to grow. Your thoughts on what you have witnessed within the NBA this season and how do you David Stern’s tenure as the commissioner ?

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(1) David Stern the outgoing NBA Commissioner has stepped down from his position and will be succeeded by his Deputy , Adam Silver. A three-decade tenure and Stern has presided over a numerous changes as well as the league expand to its current makeup of thirty teams and revenues exceeding $ 5.7 billion annually. Getty Images / Paul Matthews ….

(2) Adam Silver, the incoming NBA Commissioner who will be succeeding David Stern after his three-decade long tenure as the league’s highest ranking executive. Favored by the general managers and owners , it remains to be seen how Silver will seek to stamp his own style of custodianship on the NBA. Getty Images / Paul Robinson …

(3) Dallas Mavericks player Dirk Nowitzki a native of Germany celebrates a basket against the Denver Nuggets in the second half of game 4 of second round of playoff game at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas USA, 11 May 2009. Dallas won 119-117. Nowitzki a NBA Finals’ MVP is amongst the highest paid players in the NBA and has been the leading scorer on the Mavericks’ team this season . EPA/LARRY W. SMITH **CORBIS OUT** ……

(4) NBA legends Magic Johnson left , is seen here with David Stern center and Larry Bird . Bird and Johnson contested several memorable NBA Finals as well as regular season contests . Each player has been a regular season MVP and Finals’ MVP award winner. @ Corbis Images ….

(5) Michael Jordan (23) is seen here alongside teammates Scottie Pippen (33) and Dennis Rodman of the Chicago Bulls . The three players are members of the Hall of Fame and three of the most celebrated members of the team that was so dominant during the 1995-96 season that won the NBA title as well posting a season’s and league best record of 72-10 . NBA archives …. @ copyrighted material all rights reserved ………

(6) Tim Duncan, left , is seen here meeting center-court with Kevin Durant before a game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs . Duncan seen as an elder statesman of the league has won just about every individual honor available for a player as a professional in the NBA. Getty Images / Tim Woods ……

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19 thoughts on “Full steam ahead ……”

  1. Three decades of David Stern having ruled his fiefdom and what has he really succeed in doing ? Created a multi-billion concern , where the league doesn’t test for steroids , has no hard and fast salary cap and where the level of play a has become damn mediocre .

    Fifteen of the league’s thirty teams now have a sub 500 record . . Can it get much worse than that ?

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  2. You and I are going to have to agree to disagree on Stern’s impact on the game over the years, Al.

    No one is denying that the fact that Michael’s popularity eventually falling into his lap worked in his favor. I’m pretty sure Stern would agree with that.

    He’d also say that he made plenty of mistakes over the years.

    But overall the game is far better now than it was than in almost every respect. In that sense, Stern’s thirty years in office can only be viewed as a resounding success.

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    1. Chris Humpherys

      What has been the underlying success of David Stern’s tenure ? Greater value in terms franchises’ net worth , the escalating player and salaries and the deteriorating quality of the play ? Or the very fact that as of now the talent level and coaching has become mediocre and there teams themselves have failed to rein in expenses ? You seem to forget that during the 2010 season David Stern made available over $500 million to 20 teams in the NBA and this wasn’t money that came out of the league’s coffers , but made available to the league from major financial institutions , at a time when the economy was in a tailspin .

      As commissioner , he stated that this should not be seen as any type of “bailout ” for the franchises in question ..

      Bear in mind also the stoppage that took place and the so called collective bargaining agreement that is simply not worth the paper it is written on . Stern and the NBPA (union) in recent years have made the NBA somewhat of a joke in so many areas , but yet no one wants to address as they seem to be more interested in what happens on the court in terms of the results .

      The league has now become star driven and more about individualistic achievement , rather than it being about team endeavors , excellence and success .

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    2. Chris Humpherys

      The level of play is simply banal , along with the coaching and talent coming up from the collegiate level overall.

      If the case you’re trying to make is that the NBA is a resounding success it is only that way from a commercial standpoint. Point to a current team rivalry that actually piques your interest ? There isn’t one now , that has longevity or even suspense . Your view is blinkered and tied to the past . Please don’t use the Celtics vs Lakers as a premise or that of the Heat vs Thunder .

      The Lakers and Celtics have not been relevant in a number of years and the Oklahoma City still remains a work in progress .

      If as you say the NBA is now in better position under Stern now , than it was at the start of his tenure , why is that the league itself has not seen an explosive growth in terms of a television audience as has been the case with the NFL ? Popular as you maintain the NBA to , . its television audience , is rather menial and has been for a number of years . Explain that to me succinctly if you can ? The only time the NBA had ratings at an all time high were during of the contests between the Lakers and Celtics and the era of the Jordan led Chicago Bulls . Since then viewership has tapered off and slowly declined , rarely peaking at any high-point since Jordan’s departure from the game .

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      1. Stern’s not coaching the teams, Al. He’s managing the league not ensuring its players know how to properly pick and roll.

        He’s also not responsible for establishing rivalries. That should happen naturally. Sure the Lakers-Celtics isn’t what it used to be (it was five years ago) but Pacers-Heat is pretty damn healthy.

        The teams, players and owners all make infinitely more money than they did before his watch.

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        1. Chris Humpherys

          What is said to be actually healthy about the Pacers vs Heat rivalry that has just come into being and is simply a budding one and not something that has been ongoing ? You’re simply looking for instant gratification more than anything else. That rivalry has only a stature of its own because the postseason of 2013 and the conference finals within the East .

          Stern has created this mea-culpa where the teams are no longer relevant , but the high-profiled stars, are and that is what now drives the NBA , that along with singular achievements.

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  3. The Pacers’ player Paul George should be reminded what happens in Miami doesn’t necessarily stay in Miami . He’s dating the daughter of Clippers’ head coach Doc Rivers , but has impregnated a stripper from Miami , having met her on-board a ship at a party . George took her back to his hotel room to initiate the deed. Now with her pregnancy , he has offered the female a lump sum of $1 million as a parting gift . The monetary offer was also based upon his wish for the female in question to terminate the birth .

    Got to admit , George does have taste when it comes to women , but hasn’t his dumb @ss heard of prophylactics (condoms) ?

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  4. Dan Gilbert now looks as if he will go all out to retain the services of Kryie Irving rather than seeking to trade the disgruntled player at the trade deadline . The Cavaliers’ team owner made the decision to fire incumbent GM Chris Grant . Not so sure that will actually solve anything given the Cavaliers’ divisional , conference standing as well as their last few results .

    Gilbert has proven to be somewhat of a buffoon in the aftermath of LeBron James’ departure from the organization to join the Miami Heat . He mocked James , calling the player , greedy and lacking class . The Cavs’ owner also made the claim that the his club would be able to win an NBA title before James would able to realize that ambition with the Heat.

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    Cavaliers fire GM Chris Grant

    By Matt Moore , CBS Sports

    It wasn’t just the Cleveland Cavaliers’ loss to the Lakers who literally ran out of available players Wednesday night. It wasn’t just reports of Luol Deng being unhappy or that Kyrie Irving has an attiude or that Dion Waiters is a problem. It wasn’t just the 16-33 record in a season that was supposed to be a playoff year.

    Cavaliers’ next GM
    Berger: No shortage of candidates

    It was all of this, and more, but the result is the same. The Cleveland Cavaliers announced that GM Chris Grant was fired Thursday morning. From the Cavs:

    “I would like to thank Chris Grant for his eight and a half years of service with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the last three and a half as General Manager. Chris always conducted himself with class, integrity and was motivated by what he believed was right for the organization. We wish Chris and his family the best in the years to come,” said Dan Gilbert Majority Owner of the Cavaliers.

    “My entire focus the past eight years has been on trying to build a team that can contend and win and provide Cleveland fans the success that they deserve,” said Grant. “I have a tremendous appreciation for the players that are here and the coaches that I have worked with, as well as our front office. I thank them for all of their dedication and commitment to the Cavaliers.”

    Gilbert went on to address the current situation and the path ahead:

    “This has been a very difficult period for the franchise. We have severely underperformed against expectations. Just as this is completely unacceptable to our loyal and passionate fan base, season ticket holders and corporate partners, it is also just as unacceptable to our ownership group. I can assure everyone who supports and cares about the Cleveland Cavaliers that we will continue to turn over every stone and explore every possible opportunity for improvement to shift the momentum of our franchise in the right direction. There is no one in our entire organization who is satisfied with our performance, and to say that we are disappointed is an understatement. We all know the great potential of our young talent, seasoned veterans, as well as our recent all-star addition. We believe a change in leadership was necessary to establish the best possible culture and environment for our entire team to flourish.

    There is no move, nor any amount of capital investment, we will not make if we believe it will improve our chances of competing and winning in this league for both the short and long term. The fans of this great city have invested too much time, money and effort for the kind of product we have recently delivered to them. This must change,” concluded Gilbert.

    Grant took over for the Cavaliers after GM Danny Ferry was fired in 2010 in an attempt to retain LeBron James in free agency by forcing a series of moves.

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    From left to right , Dan Gilbert , Mike Woodson and Chris Grant .Gner

    So far Dan Gilbert is 0-2 in that premise and his franchise continues to look a mess while the Heat seem to be riding high within their division and the Eastern Conference as a whole .

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    1. Tophat, concerning Dan Gilbert. Do wonder why a Cleveland franchise was labeled “The Mistake by the Lake”? I watch their #1 pick Anthony Bennett here for UNLV. Why was he drafted #1? Poor scouting. He wasn’t even a star here. Excuses galore. At draft level they all have talent. This kid will fail in the D-League.

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      1. Ronbets

        Dan Gilbert will continue to be a butt-head in terms of his ownership of the Cleveland Cavaliers and idiot fans continue to believe the NBA is OK when you have owners such as this not only ruining their franchise but also the league as a brand in terms of the lack of competitiveness on display.

        Other than LeBron James in their recent history the Cavaliers have drafted poorly .

        The Cavaliers’ lone appearance in the NBA Finals and they were blown completely out of the water due to the inexperience of the team and coaching staff .

        Gilbert is highly thought of because as founder of Quicken Loans , his company has been at the forefront of the mortgage finance industry for homeowners . But I look at the company as one of those who played a part in the almost implosion of that sector along with the government company bailout of AIG .

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  5. I will say this about Stern…….Since his reign ,we no longer have to watch the NBA Finals on tape delay.
    These black athletes like George and Kemp get all the good pussy. Even the German has a trophy. Guys like me end up with the Joan Behars’ and Wendy Williams; of the world. LOL I think I’ll practice my free throws.

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    1. Ronbets

      This will cost Paul George a lot more than a $1 million when it’s all said and done, because now, his image has taken a serious hit, if the allegations are said to be true , in terms of his asking the female to abort the child .

      “You want me to name my kids in alphabetical order ? How much time do you have ” ?

      Shawn Kemp

      Shawn Kemp must believe that Trojan do not make condoms in his size .

      Trojan condoms are akin to an American Express card , you simply don’t leave home without it , if you’re looking to get some “tail” . For Kemp he simply has no wish to use one or them .

      From a bygone age

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  6. It is now plain to see that with the Chicago Bulls trading away Luol Deng they’re bailing on the season and in acquiring Andrew Bynum as nothing more than a stop-gap before a salary dump and then hoping to rebuild around Derrrick Rose for the 2014-15 NBA season . Bulls’ owner Jerry Reinsdorf , GM Gar Forman and the entire front office should have been honest enough to admit that fact . rather than creating a charade as to their intent .

    The Pacers’ front office must have signed Bynum as an act of desperation , as he brings absolutely nothing to the table that would aid the team .

    Having been waived by the Bulls , it simply goes to show that as a player Andre Bynum has been stealing money (career earnings $79.6m) , ever since he entered the league in 2005 as a rookie .

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  7. If the incoming NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is now said to be seeking input from USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo as to the next step in the evolution of the NBA as a brand , then what does that suggest to the fans about David Stern’s successor ? .

    Silver has been the heir apparent for years , and if he has no idea or a vision for the league , at his ascent , then it points to possible incompetency ahead for the league . Not something that the NBA needs at present , considering the lack of competitive play now being exhibited within the league and the poor coaching .

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