Cleveland Cavaliers


In the wake of the new CBA in the NBA, fear not, big market fans. The war between have and ‘have not’ owners has passed, and there can be no better indicator that the big markets made out smashingly well than the Knicks’ acquisition of C Tyson Chandler, the prize of this free agent class. The amnesty provision that the Knicks employed to gain the maneuverability to sign Chandler to a 58M contract when they were totally tapped out by walking away from the 14M contract of Chauncey Billups, provided they were willing to write him a check for that amount, is surely a clause that deep pocketed teams will be way more willing to use to their benefit than the smaller market teams who took such a hard line during the lockout that they forced.

Begs the question: why such histrionics in the first place? Well, as astute observers of labor disputes in sport, we did kind of agree with Billy Hunter’s assertion that the league was trying to break the players, behind a core of small market owners like Michael Jordan, lead hypocrite, who wanted the lockout to stretch on to the point where the players were feeling the impact of missed paychecks. So why abandon course in favor of a compromise that more favored the Knicks than the Kings, Celtics than Cavs?

Because Stern’s public stance that 15 or so clubs were losing money was so obviously no more than just a posture. If the Charlotte Bobcats aren’t willing to pay Ray Felton 7.5M per for 2 years, the 27/28 truly healthy teams around the league can not pay the price for it. If Lebron and Bosh won’t re-up or up with Cleveland, then Stern in his infinite wisdom can not negotiate a CBA that alters Cleveland’s geography and ethnic demography.

Look at the Memphis Grizzlies. They heaped money on Rudy Gay and Mike Conley, absorbed the huge deal of Zach Randolph, and are poised to now lavish 70M or more on Marc Gasol. They aren’t exactly hurting.

The new CBA did as much for small markets as it could have. By making top tier free agent movement essentially prohibitive financially to the player by limiting salary and term, the deal ensures that most sensible players will be traded for prime assets rather than seeing them flee in FA, getting way more in return than they would in an after thought sign and trade. That’s as far as they can go. The league does not have the ability to restrict player movement beyond that.

They put franchises in places like Minnesota in the first place, and were happy to carve up the franchise initiation fees, but they can’t make players want to be there. As for the Knicks, you have to respect the Chandler move, which brings to the club the elements they lack: size, toughness, shot blocking, rebounding and post defense. You’d have to respect the move for both the creativity and the cost, when compared to say, Nene, at 70M for 4 years. And for their ability to recognize that Paul wasn’t getting done and for seamlessly and successfully changing gears and getting this done.

The Knicks do have a passable player in Toney Douglass at the point, and with Billups out a good bit, TD has plenty of experience in the lead. He should see a lot of open looks, and with he and Chandler starting, they look like a better defensive club. Iman Shumpert, drafted on the strength of his defense, may now see some time at point guard as well, which we’d prefer to Bibby getting significant minutes.

Weak at two guard, the Knicks are in talks to bring back Jamal Crawford, who would be a great addition. Should that trade go down, expect Landry Fields to go the other way. Knicks GM Glen Grunwald just told Mike Francesa that the team will soon announce the signing of Jerome Jordan, and that they are still hoping to bring back Shawne Williams, who resuscitated his career with the Knicks. Grunwald also boasted that NY will have a 5M and a 2M exception available next season, and a 2.5M exception available right now.

As for the Nets, if they did speak to Dwight Howard on Thursday without permission, the Magic should file tampering charges. Can’t the Nets simply text D12′s entourage, like every other team?

Crack (http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com)

Legitimate prime time player, Amar’e Stoudemire of the New York Knicks (above).

Amare Stoudemire  #1  PF
2010-11 STATS
PPG RPG BPG
26.5 9.4 2.1

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?playerId=1727

In the summer, we called Amar’e Stoudemire the “consolation prize” of the NBA dream team free agent class.  And when the new Knick centerpiece tweeted in August that he was in Israel of all places because he just learned of his Hebrew ancestry, well, if that’s the prerogative of a $100M man, so be it, but our reaction to that was that not only was he a consolation prize, but that he also might be a clown.  Our initial reaction was that the Knicks got themselves a “me” player with creaky knees who got rich, figuratively and literally off the exquisite, ball on a string, play making mastery of Steve Nash.  Our reaction upon seeing the Israel tweet was more along the lines of “Oh Jesus.”

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/21/knicks-protect-investment-block-stoudemire-from-playing-at-world-championships/

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/03/knicks-sign-consolation-prize-amare-stoudemire/

When the Knicks got out 3-8, not only was it expected by us, but we were giddy at all the D’antoni job security articles, and readying the bubbly for our own little D’antoni firing party.  We had even marked the team through the first 34 games of their schedule, figuring they’d give D’antoni and his stupid offense at least 30 games with the new roster before Dolan gave the order to Donnie Wheelchair to pull the plug on the Italian with the affinity for matador defense.  But then something very out of the ordinary began to happen.  The Knicks started winning.  In fact, they reeled off 13 out of 14 wins, elevating the team’s record to a wholly respectable 16-9.  And we said, “Who kidnapped our awful Knicks?”

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/03/23/before-they-can-worry-about-free-agents-knicks-need-a-coach/

Stoudemire did–the consolation prize.  He’s taken the other Knicks which include a 6’11 Italian 3 point specialist, a talented but unconventional g/f stuck out of position, a rookie 2nd round pick expected to guard an elite scorer every night, and a talented but inconsistent point guard, had them hop on his back while the man carried them all, posting clutch fourth quarter after clutch fourth quarter like Bernard King did once upon a time, before he injured his knee.  Stoudemire has actually flourished in the marquis role and has Raymond Felton looking a lot more like Nash than um, Raymond Felton, along side Gerald Wallace in Charlotte.  And so delighted have Knicks fans been with Felton that there is way more talk about extending Felton than there is of packing him off for Chris Paul.

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/10/knicks-sign-point-guard-raymond-felton/

Likely, Donnie Wheelchair makes some moves to solidify the…pause…most improved team in the league and gets some more reinforcements in here for Stoudemire, before the guy drops from over-use, as he gives 44+ minutes a night to the team.  Then there’s Stoudemire’s sidelight as the Knicks’ assistant coach/heavy, which can not be understated.  Stoudemire has been the most vocal guy in the organization–the only guy–to preach defense this year, and he has chided the team about the importance of striving for constant improvement, staying level, and always trying to get the “next one.”

And when I heard that Stoudemire had dogged his own teammate in the wake of Saturday’s horrific OT loss in Cleveland to the D-league’s new franchise called the Cavaliers–in a menacing way no less–I removed my own consolation prize tag and put in my vote, all but meaningless, for Stoudemire as league MVP.

“Yo Ray!”  Stoudemire called to Felton in the locker room after the Cleveland debacle on Saturday.  “How does a one play 23 minutes and get no dimes (assists)?  No dimes, Ray?!”  Stoudemire asked loudly about backup lead guard Toney Douglass, who dressed a few feet away.  Hold on a sec…you mean to tell me that Stoudemire reads the stat sheet right after games and doesn’t just look for his own name?  And that he is actually upset after a loss?

This guy was a bargain at $100M.  After about 800 meaningless Knicks’ games, to watch a few that matter again has been priceless.  Don’t be fooled.  Pretty much, it’s Amar’e and only Amar’e we have to thank for it.  We’re happy to be wrong about this guy.  Couldn’t be happier.  And from here forward, we give the Knicks’ captain permission to travel anywhere he wants in the off season.  Clearly, he knows what he’s doing.  He’ll even make an unselfish player yet out of Toney D., something D’antoni wasn’t able to do with one of our favorites, Nate Robinson, now a Celtic due to that failure.

Crack (http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com, www.crackbillionair.com)    

Lakers backup shooting guard Shannon Brown (above).

The Knicks, who seem to be in the mix to acquire the services of Portland point guard Rudy Fernandez, may also be attempting to improve their off guard position t0night as well, as several sources have reported that New York has made an offer to two time NBA Champion and Lakers backup guard, Shannon Brown.

Reports are surfacing the New York Knicks have made an offer to Lakers free agent shooting guard Shannon Brown.

The terms of the deal are still unknown.

At this point, Brown has two options: Take the offer from the Knicks, or wait and see if the Lakers can trade Sasha Vujacic so that he can resign with the two time defending champions. 

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/426929-knicks-go-after-lakers-shannon-brown

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/29/knicks-to-land-rudy-fernandez/

Brown, a first round pick in 2006 by the Cleveland Cavaliers (25th overall), played 3 years collegiately at Michigan State.  Here’s a look at Brown’s professional regular season statistics:

Career Season Averages
Year Team G GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% OFF DEF RPG APG SPG BPG TO PF PPG
06-07 CLE 23 5 8.8 0.378 0.280 0.714 0.3 0.7 0.9 0.4 0.3 0.1 0.61 1.04 3.2
07-08 CHI 6 0 3.7 0.200 0.000 0.500 0.2 0.2 0.3 0.0 0.2 0.3 0.83 0.33 1.5
07-08 CLE 15 4 14.5 0.369 0.310 0.609 0.3 0.9 1.2 1.1 0.7 0.1 1.27 1.80 7.0
08-09 LAL 18 0 7.6 0.524 0.667 0.889 0.2 0.9 1.1 0.6 0.2 0.1 0.50 0.50 3.2
08-09 CHA 30 0 11.4 0.455 0.286 0.800 0.3 0.5 0.8 0.9 0.6 0.2 0.97 1.10 4.8
09-10 LAL 82 7 20.7 0.427 0.328 0.818 0.4 1.9 2.2 1.3 0.7 0.4 0.82 1.57 8.1
Career 174 16 15.0 0.421 0.327 0.778 0.3 1.2 1.5 1.0 0.6 0.2 0.82 1.29 6.1

Brown’s playoff stats:

Year Team G GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% OFF DEF RPG APG SPG BPG TO PF PPG
06-07 CLE 1 0 0.0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.00 0.00 0.0
08-09 LAL 21 0 13.1 0.434 0.480 0.792 0.4 0.8 1.2 0.6 0.5 0.1 0.48 1.29 4.9
09-10 LAL 23 0 14.1 0.393 0.281 0.714 0.3 1.0 1.3 0.9 0.4 0.3 0.57 1.61 4.9
Career 45 0 13.3 0.411 0.368 0.750 0.3 0.9 1.2 0.7 0.4 0.2 0.51 1.42 4.8

http://www.nba.com/playerfile/shannon_brown/career_stats.html

Shannon Brown is not an unrestricted free agent.  As a restricted free agent, the Lakers have 7 days to match any offer the Knicks made to their bench player, who some think fits well as a shooter in Mike D’antoni’s system.  Brown is a 42 % 3 point shooter in his career. 

This summer Brown has tried to get a deal done with the Lakers, with his asking price being the NBA’s average salary, which is about $ 3.5 M.  Brown made $ 2.388 M last season.  Though the terms of the offer are not yet known, one could imagine the Knicks using a portion of their mid level exception on Brown, likely in the neighborhood of 2 years/$ 8 M.

It would be insane for the Knicks to commit more years than that to Brown (but the Knicks have done stranger things), who most likely, would like to see this offer matched and remain a Laker, but who could not pass up on the pay raise.

Also, an arrest warrant was issued in Illinois for Knicks’ center Eddy Curry earlier.

A Cook County judge ordered an arrest warrant for Curry after learning that the Knicks bust “failed to sign an agreement to pay the balance of a $660,000 legal settlement reached after he was sued for allegedly having sex with an underage girl,” the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

The case goes back to 2001 when Curry, then 18, reportedly had a relationship with a 14-year-old girl.

Last month, another arrest warrant was filed and later quashed when Curry and a woman agreed on a payment schedule for the $100,000 the oft-injured center owed her.

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/knicks/report_another_arrest_warrant_issued_fPX5TkEGzf1xkE90NtzqDL

“Knicks’ bust” Eddy Curry…gotta love the label.  Curry did not show up to the Knicks’ summer league in Las Vegas despite having his best opportunity in light years to win a significant role on a basketball team.

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/05/18/lebron-knicks-center-eddy-curry-to-work-out-together/ 

–Crack (http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com)

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/03/knicks-sign-consolation-prize-amare-stoudemire/

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/04/knicks-rumors/

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/05/24/panic-city-cleveland-finally-fires-mike-brown/

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/05/15/memo-to-cleveland-you-have-a-problem/

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/04/will-domino-effect-land-knicks-lebron-or-wade/

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/toronto-okays-bosh-sign-and-trade-to-cleveland-bosh-rejects-deal/

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/boshwade-meetings-mean-miami-for-both/

If new Knicks’ power forward and $ 100 M man Amar’e Stoudemire (directly above) thought he’d be playing for Team USA at the World Championships next month and chilling on the Dream Team’s bench at the elbows and in the ears of the best America has to offer, then he couldn’t have been happy when the Knicks told the centerpiece of their rebuilding project this week that they were denying him permission to play. 

The Knicks informed their new power forward Monday night, just days after Stoudemire tweeted: “There isn’t anything that would stop me from playing for the U.S.”

Stoudemire was disappointed but accepted the decision, according to team president Donnie Walsh, who wasn’t willing to risk his free-agent prize on a 15-day tournament in Turkey. The U.S. team opened training camp Tuesday in Las Vegas.

“He really wanted to play but understood our position,” said Walsh, who added that Stoudemire needed more rest after playing through the end of May in the Western Conference finals. “He was a man about it.”

Stoudemire’s agent, Happy Walters, did not return a phone call.

Insured players typically don’t need permission to compete for national teams, but Stoudemire’s contract wasn’t covered because of his medical rap sheet. Microscopic surgery on his left knee in 2005 and a detached retina in 2009, among other health issues, have limited the 27-year-old to only three 82-game seasons in his eight-year career. Durability was a major reason the Suns declined to offer Stoudemire a max contract, even after he was named to four consecutive All-Star teams and played every game last season.

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/2010/07/21/2010-07-21_knicks_block_amare_shot.html

Stoudemire, the only top tier free agent the Knicks have managed to acquire this off-season, albeit one near the bottom of the top tier, was one of only 5 players this month to earn a contract at $100 M or more.  But Stoudemire’s 2005 microfracture surgery makes his contract uninsurable.  The Knicks are still reminded of the last mistake they made on an uninsurable player because that player is on the roster and a constant eyesore–Eddy Curry.  Isiah Thomas signed Curry to a $56 M/7 yr deal in 2004 that was uninsurable due to a Curry heart condition.  The Knicks had hoped that Curry would attend their summer league in Las Vegas because he has played so little basketball the last two years.  Curry did not show up for the voluntary workouts and Curry already thinks Knicks’ coach Mike D’antoni is holding it against him.

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/03/23/before-they-can-worry-about-free-agents-knicks-need-a-coach/

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/05/20/lebron-james-mother-had-sexual-relationship-with-lebrons-clevela-nd-teammate/

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/05/18/lebron-knicks-center-eddy-curry-to-work-out-together/

Last week, when the Knicks made the mysterious decision to sign Russian 7 footer, Timofey Mozgov, it is believed they informed Mozgov that he would back up newly acquired Center Ronny Turiaf who came to the Knicks as part of the David Lee sign and trade.  At least, that’s what Curry’s agent believes took place, as was reported by the New York media.

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/12/knicks-lavish-10-m-on-unknown-russian-center/

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/10/knicks-sign-point-guard-raymond-felton/

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/knicks-mull-lee-sign-and-trades-as-fallback-options-to-lebron-and-wade/

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/04/17/david-lee-thanks-for-the-memories/

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/with-various-reports-linking-lebron-to-miami-knicks-rumored-to-have-agreed-to-trade-david-lee-to-golden-state/

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/with-various-reports-linking-lebron-to-miami-knicks-rumored-to-have-agreed-to-trade-david-lee-to-golden-state/

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/05/19/knick-caught-with-weed-in-queens/

It seems strange that they would guarantee playing time to a guy unable to start on his European League team and who has never played a minute in the NBA.  When D’antoni was asked about it, he responded by saying that he couldn’t promise any time to a player he hasn’t really seen, and that the Knicks would find a place on the floor for a well conditioned Curry.

In terms of the decision to hold Stoudemire out of the Worlds in Turkey next month, it’s simply a smart play on their part from the standpoint of protecting their big new investment.  Remember, this is the Knicks we are talking about, who found a way to trade Marcus Camby for Antonio McDyess and then watched McDyess go down for the year in the final minute of the first half of an exhibition game.  While they have lost out on their target of 2-3 years in Lebron James, they have probably had the 2nd best off-season of any team, were in the mix for James despite doing everything wrong up until that very week, and despite the very questionable Mozgov signing.  I like the decision to hold Stoudemire out of international competition.

If Stoudemire thought he’d be pitching potential free agents like Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony on joining him in New York next month in Las Vegas and Turkey, he will either be doing so as a spectator, or via twitter and text message.  Hopefully the decision to hold him out of these games does not impinge on the Knicks’ ability to recruit or acquire top tier players in the future.

As for Amar’e, who took the money the Knicks threw at him, he doesn’t play for country anymore.  Now he’s just a New York Knickerbocker.

–Crack (http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com)

Looks like Lebron, Wade, and Bosh (above) will make for a pretty picture in Miami.

The New York Daily News is reporting that the Knicks have today conceded that Lebron James will be joining the Heat, with coach Mike D’antoni going so far as to say he is “stunned” by James’ choice.

It’s not just that the Knicks have seemed to have lost LeBron James but it appears that they have lost him to their old nemesis, Pat Riley.

Knicks officials conceded Thursday that they are likely out of the James sweepstakes with Mike D’Antoni going as far as to say he is “stunned” by James’ apparent decision to leave Cleveland and join the Miami Heat along with Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and of course Riley, the former Knicks coach who led the Lakers and Heat to titles.

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/2010/07/08/2010-07-08_new_york_knicks_likely_out_of_lebron_james_sweepstakes_as_king_seems_headed_to_m.html

In the last hour, the New York Post reported that James has reserved 25 rooms at the W Hotel in South Beach for tonight, and is planning a party.

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/james-hotel-reservations-indicate-heat-are-the-team/

We’ll be holding out hope that the Post’s story is untrue, especially with all of the secrecy surrounding James’ announcement.  Is it odd that story wasn’t broken by a Florida paper?

–Crack (http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com)

The New York Post has just reported that Lebron James has booked a large number of rooms at a South Beach hotel, and that he is planning a party in Miami.

LeBron James is ready to party it up in what may be his new basketball home.

James has booked 25 rooms at the W Hotel in South Beach starting tonight, a source told the Post. That fuels speculation that James will announce that he will sign with the Heat tonight at 9 p.m. during an ESPN special.

Though the Knicks are still clinging to a sliver of hope, they have heard through back channels that James is not likely headed to the Big Apple.

A source connected to James said, “ You should be writing about the Heat,’’ and there are multiple reports saying James is likely to join Pat Riley’s Miami club. The Knicks also believe Cleveland is still in the running and ahead of them in the chase for James.

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/knicks/report_with_heat_favored_over_knicks_f3LUmn9hVLmXN1AUncxG7I

We certainly hope this report proves to be false.

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/with-various-reports-linking-lebron-to-miami-knicks-rumored-to-have-agreed-to-trade-david-lee-to-golden-state/

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/04/will-domino-effect-land-knicks-lebron-or-wade/

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/toronto-okays-bosh-sign-and-trade-to-cleveland-bosh-rejects-deal/

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/boshwade-meetings-mean-miami-for-both/

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/04/17/david-lee-thanks-for-the-memories/

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/04/knicks-rumors/

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/knicks-mull-lee-sign-and-trades-as-fallback-options-to-lebron-and-wade/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/lebron-james-chilling-with-ex-knick-great-allan-houston-in-new-york-see-video-of-jared-dudley-revealing-inside-information/

https://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/07/is-lebron-announcements-location-good-news-for-knicks/

The Knicks can’t be happy right now.

–Crack (http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com)

Allan Houston (above), rumored to be heavily recruiting Lebron James (below), may be hosting the free agent prize at his Greenwich, Connecticut home this evening.

Could this be too good for Knicks’ fans to be true?  Several sources have reported, though unconfirmed, that former Pistons’ and Knicks’ great, and current Knick front office employee, Allan Houston, is entertaining Lebron James, who arrived in New York this evening, and that James may even be a guest at Houston’s sprawling Greenwich mansion this evening.

Should this be true, James to the Knicks is a slam dunk–another piece of speculation being rampantly reported by various internet sources this evening.

http://www.myfoxphilly.com/dpp/sports/tmz%3A-lebron-james-will-pick-the-knicks

Jared just phoned into TMZ Live … and revealed that his top secret NBA sources have information directly from the Knicks … that LeBron has informed team officials that he will be joining the team.

Check out the audio and listen to the whole thing. LeBron is expected to make his “official” announcement tomorrow evening.

http://www.tmz.com/2010/07/07/tmz-live-jared-dudley-lebron-james-nba-new-york-knicks/

If Allan Houston has indeed been instrumental in bringing Lebron James to the Knicks, Houston, said to be the heir apparent to aging team president Donnie Walsh, deserves an immediate promotion.  Sources have said that Houston sold James on the Knicks as one of the classiest franchises in sport, despite recent woes.

It is believed that Houston discussed with James how supportive Knicks’ brass was with him when he suffered from debilitating knee and back injuries toward the end of his career, and how the Knicks allowed Houston to try out for the team after he had collected an enormous injury settlement at the time of his retirement–a very uncharacteristic move by an NBA ownership group.

Houston is said to be very close friends with Knicks primary owner Jim Dolan.  Should Houston really be instrumental in orchestrating James to New York–the coup of all coups–it would no doubt be an even bigger contribution the franchise than putting the Heat out of the playoffs with a last second shot in the 1999 playoffs, when the 8th seeded Knicks defeated the top seeded Heat, and made their last run to the NBA Finals.  Take a look at that shot at the video link below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ex-U50tT4aI

For more on this year’s banner NBA free agent class, and on the Knicks, check out the links below:

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/03/knicks-sign-consolation-prize-amare-stoudemire/

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/04/will-domino-effect-land-knicks-lebron-or-wade/

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/toronto-okays-bosh-sign-and-trade-to-cleveland-bosh-rejects-deal/

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/boshwade-meetings-mean-miami-for-both/

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/05/20/lebron-james-mother-had-sexual-relationship-with-lebrons-clevela-nd-teammate/

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/04/17/david-lee-thanks-for-the-memories/

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/04/knicks-rumors/

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/knicks-mull-lee-sign-and-trades-as-fallback-options-to-lebron-and-wade/

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/yanks-cashman-lebron-james-is-going-to-be-a-knick/

James will make his announcement Thursday at 9 PM EST, live on ESPN.

–Crack (http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com)

Since word was released earlier that Lebron James plans to make his free agent choice on ESPN live Thursday At 9 PM EST from a Boys and Girls Club facility in Greenwich, Connecticut, which is only minutes from the New York Knicks’ practice facility at SUNY Purchase in Rye, New York, speculation has been rampant that the prized free agent is set to join the New York Knicks.  The Knicks, who were the only team to receive a second audience with James of the 6 suitors, were said to have sought James’ blessing on the free agent acquisition of Amar’e Stoudemire, which James granted.  Also, at that 2nd meeting, James’ agent is believed to have discussed with the Knicks in detail their plans to continue to improve the team, which included a conversation about the salary cap space that New York will have after the 2010-2011 season, and the Knicks’ ability to sign another max contract free agent, which they assured James’ representatives they would be able to do.

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/03/knicks-sign-consolation-prize-amare-stoudemire/

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/04/will-domino-effect-land-knicks-lebron-or-wade/

Other signs that seem to favor the Knicks today are a noticeable rise in the value of Madison Square Garden stock, and tweets by Stoudemire’s former Phoenix teammate and close friend, Jared Dudley, stating that James will announce tomorrow that he is signing with New York.

Aside from Greenwich being a short drive from the Knicks training facility in Greenburgh, NY, former Suns teammate of Amar’e Stoudemire, Jared Dudley, posted on his Twitter account earlier Monday, “Breaking News!!! My sources tell me LeBron will announce that he will be goin to the NY KNICKS tomorrow on ESPN.. This is serious.. WOW!!!!”

And if you’re trying to read the tea leaves, shares of Madison Square Garden Inc. (MSG) rose 6.4 percent today.

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/2010/07/07/2010-07-07_new_york_knicks_source_lebron_james_could_make_announcement_from_allan_houstons_.html

Though the article linked above was co-written by NY Daily News Knicks’ beat writer Frank Isola, Isola appeared via telephone with Chris “Mad Dog” Russo on Mad Dog Radio on Sirius XM Satellite Radio in the past hour, and downplayed James to New York, while predicting that James will remain in Cleveland.  Frankly, and this comes from a devout Knick fan, Isola is a very poor Knicks’ reporter, who has only been updating his Knicksnation blog about once a day, despite myriad developments over the last week involving the Knicks.

Isola offered zero information in his 20 minute spot with Russo, downplayed Dudley’s twitter remarks, and surmised out loud that James is going to pick Cleveland from Connecticut as a means of creating a smoke screen, because James likes the drama and suspense he has created, and any announcement coming from Ohio would be read into that James will obviously return to Cleveland.  This situation is entirely unique in sport where a professional athlete calls his own press conference to announce a free agent destination, but when high school recruits do so, generally the school of choice does already know of the athlete’s decision.

Could Isola know more than he lets on and be sworn to secrecy, like everyone is at ESPN, where some surely must know what team James chose, but who will not say a thing and risk compromising their prime time ratings tomorrow night?  Isn’t the team James chooses going to be eager to in the very least put a uniform and hat on James and get some photos with their new or returning star?  The proximity of Greenwich to the Knicks’ training facility in Rye would allow the Knicks the easiest access to James in Connecticut, while offering Cleveland the worst access.  Greenwich is widely considered to be Knicks’ country.  James obviously has known what team he will choose for at least a day, since making the announcement that he will make the announcement live in the 9 to 10 PM slot Thursday evening on ESPN.  James probably made his decision as soon as he knew that Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade were signing with Miami.

Whereas many, including Isola, have suggested that James is “too good a guy” to go on national television and completely destroy a city, and that announcing he is leaving Cleveland in this manner would be akin to stabbing Cleveland in the back, others feel that James will make his announcement devoid of sentiment, and will choose based on what is best for his career going forward.  A major factor in that line of reasoning would have to be Chris Bosh’s rejection of a sign and trade to Cleveland yesterday, which would clearly delineate to deluded Clevelanders that real NBA stars not from Ohio do not want any part of living in Ohio, even if it meant a chance to play with James.  James one time good friend and teammate, Carlos Boozer, also jilted James once, leaving Cleveland as a free agent, though he pledged not to, to play for the Utah Jazz.  Boozer, another highly sought free agent this year, agreed to a 5 yr, $ 80 M deal with Chicago this afternoon.

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/toronto-okays-bosh-sign-and-trade-to-cleveland-bosh-rejects-deal/

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/boshwade-meetings-mean-miami-for-both/

James’ mother Gloria was said to have a sexual relationship with James’ Cleveland teammate Delonte West, who Cleveland is desperately trying to trade, probably in a last ditch effort to appease James any way they can.  West was rumored to be part of the Bosh proposed sign and trade, and was rumored this morning to be in separate deals, some alongside Jamario Moon, so that Cleveland could make additional cap space.

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/05/20/lebron-james-mother-had-sexual-relationship-with-lebrons-clevela-nd-teammate/

If James chooses the Knicks, I for one feel the Knicks owe a great debt to Bosh, whose decision to nix Cleveland yesterday was monumental.  If the Knicks lose out on the guy who has been the apple of their eye for years, they will probably try to improve their roster by exploring sign and trade options in which they dealt David Lee.

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/04/17/david-lee-thanks-for-the-memories/

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/04/knicks-rumors/

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/knicks-mull-lee-sign-and-trades-as-fallback-options-to-lebron-and-wade/

Though one prominent New York name in sports doesn’t think it will come to that.  Yankees GM Brian Cashman said this week he fully expects James to make the best decision for himself, and predicted the star would sign with the Knicks.

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/yanks-cashman-lebron-james-is-going-to-be-a-knick/

GO NY GO NY GO!!!!

Crack (http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com)

This morning came word out of Toronto that the Raptors were willing to do a sign and trade with Cleveland that would send Chris Bosh (above) to Cleveland to play for new coach Byron Scott and perhaps along side Lebron James.  Toronto, who had balked at signing and trading Bosh to teams he appeared to be colluding with James and Wade about, must not view it as a bad thing to see the Cavs keep James.  Bosh would go to Cleveland in exchange for a package including Anderson Verajao, Anthony Parker, and Delonte West, rumored to have had a sexual relationships with the mother of Lebron James.

The Toronto Raptors have told the Cleveland Cavaliers they will do a sign-and-trade with them for Bosh, according to several league sources.

The exact details of the potential trade have not been solidified, but Toronto likely would get Anderson Varejao and/or J.J. Hickson, Delonte West and perhaps Anthony Parker. A draft pick could be involved as well.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=5357607

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/05/20/lebron-james-mother-had-sexual-relationship-with-lebrons-clevela-nd-teammate/

The only problem is that Bosh has negged the deal, as people close to him have said that he wants no part in playing for or living in Cleveland.  This could illustrate two very important points about Bosh–that he isn’t married to a 6 yr deal, and that he has been telling the truth about his preference to play in a warm weather city.  Both factors could be looked at as positives for the Heat, who would love to snag Bosh, which would probably be the linchpin of their plan to keep Dwayne Wade, who is said to be seriously considering Chicago.

http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/more_sports/report_bosh_won_agree_to_raptors_5KJC5iyj8G656moECl5N1H

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/boshwade-meetings-mean-miami-for-both/

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/04/will-domino-effect-land-knicks-lebron-or-wade/

Since Amar’e Stoudemire agreed to a 5 yr, $ 99.7 M contract with the Knicks Monday, much has been made of the fact that the Knicks sought Lebron James’ blessing for such a move, giving rise to the scenario pitched in Sunday’s New York Post by Peter Vecsey, that James or Wade would rather play with Stoudemire in New York as opposed to Cleveland and Miami, respectively, with no other star to ride shotgun, an idea disgusted in the link directly above.

Despite the fact that the Bulls are blessed with the better roster, many have recently voiced their opinion that James would sign with the Knicks, inlcuding New York Yankees’ General Manager Brian Cashman, ESPN Radio’s Brandon Tierney, and www.ESPN.com’s Chris Sheridan.

http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/knicks/post/_/id/133/lbj-free-agency-5-questions-on-bullsknicks-premise

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/yanks-cashman-lebron-james-is-going-to-be-a-knick/

The Knicks will wait on Lebron James’ decision before exploring sign and trade options for David Lee.  Both Monta Ellis and Al Jefferson have been mentioned as possibilities.  Also, the Knicks are said to be very interested in free agent point guard Raymond Felton.

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/04/17/david-lee-thanks-for-the-memories/

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/04/knicks-rumors/

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/knicks-mull-lee-sign-and-trades-as-fallback-options-to-lebron-and-wade/

Chris Bosh may be helping the Knicks enormously with his refusal, so far, to go to Cleveland.  Time will tell soon enough.

–Crack (http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com)

New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman told reporters today that he fully expects mega star prized free agent Lebron James to join the New York Knicks in the coming days.

The New York sports executive who has signed free agents to contracts totaling more than a billion dollars doesn’t believe the New York Knicks have any shot to land LeBron James.

Brian Cashman believes they have the only shot.

“LeBron James is going to be a Knick,” the New York Yankees‘ general manager said Monday after hearing the news that Amare Stoudemire had agreed in principle to play his home games at Madison Square Garden.

“I’m convinced of it. New York is the place that will allow LeBron to be the player and person he wants to be, and it’s all coming together. Just listen, LeBron James will be a Knick.”

http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/nba/news/story?id=5356628

Newest Knick Amar’e Stoudemire, whose 5 yr, $ 96 M contract was agreed to in principle today, attended the Yankees game on Sunday with Knicks’ owner Jim Dolan.

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/04/17/david-lee-thanks-for-the-memories/

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/04/knicks-rumors/

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/04/will-domino-effect-land-knicks-lebron-or-wade/

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/knicks-mull-lee-sign-and-trades-as-fallback-options-to-lebron-and-wade/

http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com/2010/07/05/boshwade-meetings-mean-miami-for-both/

Let’s hope Cash is right.

–Crack (http://crackbillionair.wordpress.com)

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