Thursday, July 29, 2010

Stephon Marbury Staying in China


After dreaming about playing for the Miami Heat, Stephon Marbury has snapped back to reality and agreed to a deal that will keep him in China with the Shanxi Zhongyu of the Chinese Basketball Association.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed but it was reported that Marbury earned a $100,000 for playing half a season last year. The deal is for 3 years but Marbury could be asked to join the coaching staff in year three. Also included in the deal is an agreement for team ownership to set up a business to produce and sell Marbury's "Starbury" brand of shoes and apparel.

Marbury played in 15 games last season and quickly became a fan favorite. He is by far the highest profile NBA player to play in China's professional league.

Photo Credit: NBA.com

Monday, July 26, 2010

Ramon Sessions On His Way to Cleveland

The Minnesota Timberwolves took a step at clearing up their crowded point guard position and the Cleveland Cavaliers added confusion to theirs.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo sports reported tonight via twitter that the Cavaliers had indeed obtained Ramon Sessions, Ryan Hollins, and a draft pick from the Timberwolves for Delonte West and Sebastian Telfair.

Sessions at first glance would appear to be an odd match for Cleveland given the presence of Mo Williams but the situation in Cleveland is a lot better than it was in Minnesota where he was competing for playing time with Johnny Flynn, the newly acquired Luke Ridnour, and with Ricky Rubio waiting in the wings in Spain. Cleveland could decide to play Sessions and Williams together in the back court but their limited size might make that tough due to unfavorable match ups on the defensive end. Ryan Hollins also figures to get a shot to earn some minutes at Center for the Cavaliers.

Minnesota is expected to waive Delonte West which will wipe about 4 million dollars from their salary cap as only $500 thousand of his current deal is guaranteed. Telfair really doesn't have a place in Minnesota either and T-Wolves GM David Kahn may try and move him in another deal as well.

The status of the draft pick that Cleveland is getting in this deal isn't known yet. If it is a second round pick then this deal is probably a push at best as it helps Minnesota clear out some duplicated talent from its roster while providing Cleveland some depth at positions of need. However, if that pick turns out to be a first rounder then this could be a very good deal for Cleveland.

Photo from NBA.com

Jeremy Lin Now On Twitter

Oh how exciting this time of the off-season is. Players obvious quotes being headlines, USA basketball exhibitions with zero defense and players getting social with their media.

The latest to join Twitter? Harvard's Jeremy Lin. He's @JLin7. I'm hoping he Twitpic's some insane looking Harvard work he did.

Check out a recent status of his:

  1. Jeremy Lin
    JLin7 Just worked out with my lil bro...about to do my last media obligation. Gonna buy a few ipads for my fam, whatre the good ipad apps/games?
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Friday, July 23, 2010

A Fascinating Interview

Paul Shirley is one of the more intriguing figures that have ever played pro basketball. His insights are amazing, opinions strong and unique.

That is why you must listen to this interview. Great talk about basketball, LeBron hoopla, and some other endeavors Paul has going on. You won't be sorry you listened (he is introduced around the 3:07-10 mark).

Interview found from: Sports Radio Interviews

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Surprisingly, I Like The Warriors' Moves

The Golden State Warriors have been one of the many active teams in the wild summer of 2010. David Lee is forthcoming, young players will come back better and did I mention Harvard phenom Jeremy Lin? I'm scratching my head as to why there was no ESPN special as we speak. Golden State would also benefit from a healthy roster (though David Lee already has an injury), something that forced them to bring in D-Leaguers last season. In addition to all of that, the new owner sounds more committed to winning.

But don't they still lay back on defense? It's too early to tell. If the new owner keeps Don Nelson as the coach, expect terrible defense. Word has yet to come out on whether Nelson returns to the helm or not. Seeing as management is changing though, the feelings about the importance of defense will likely rise.

The Warriors' roster, if healthy, is a more formidable defensive team than they were last year. Lee isn't a tremendous defender by any stretch, but his effort level will be there. Andris Biedrins only suited up for 33 games last season and he's a guy who can be a presence on defense. Nelson should really instill some defense into the team if he returns, but that would be like asking LeBron to stay in Cleveland.

That begs the question-should Nelson return to coach this team? I am in between on that. He is a guy who knows the game and can certainly orchestrate an offense. But, with young talent that could really develop over time, do you want to miss out on what truly wins playoff games? The Suns have wised up on how they feel about defense. Let's face it, the Warriors could never win a title playing the way Nelson does, with the current (or even a stacked offensive team) roster.

Jeremy Lin, the newest Warrior, has quite a story: an undrafted point guard from Harvard, who got himself a job (partially guaranteed) by performing well in the summer league. During the summer, he showed that he is a tough nosed point guard who can run an offense and make aggressive moves going toward the basket. Just like the crowd that got behind him in Vegas, I got behind him. He's easy to root for. I hope Lin can play well and find some rotation minutes in Golden State.

How far can Golden State go next season? Right now, best case would be a lower level playoff spot. They should be in the mid to low 30's with wins this year for sure. Defend your house, I say! Tis the only way to make your mark, Warriors!

Here's a tweet from @warriorsworld (also check their site out) on the current state of the squad:

Monday, July 19, 2010

Video: Big Baby Dancing

Yeah, I had to post this. Just way too good to pass up! Is this how he prepares for next season?


Video from: NBA Hoot

Friday, July 16, 2010

Video: JaVale McGee Can Dunk



Video From: @jose3030

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Charles Barkley Weighs In On LeBron

Sir Charles might be the best interview in sports. He constantly brings an insightful, funny and candid opinion. That is why I urge you to check out this interview he did on a Miami radio station (which I found on Sports Radio Interviews). I have been quite about LeBron's decision on this site and honestly it's because it was hard for me to put into words. Sir Charles explains the situation the way I'd like to.

He talks about how wrong LeBron was and I couldn't say it better. So, listen to that interview for sure. You won't regret it.

Also, what are your thoughts on the whole LeBron situation? Sound off in the comments!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Your Newest Chicago Bull Is

Billy King New Nets GM

This news is from Chris Mannix on Twitter. King will be taking over in New Jersey. Not a bad move, he was due for a job. After a solid start in his Philly days, he left there on questionable terms. The Nets have got a young roster with loads of talent and potential for him to work with.

King should make his focus on keeping the young core together. Lopez, Harris, Favors now joining the group. All they need is experience and seasoned veterans around them. Clearly these guys are better than last seasons 12 wins.

But is the new Russian Owner's goal of a title in five years possible? That's yet to be seen. There's a ton of work to be done before they're even in that conversation.

Kobe's Meeting Today

With Raja Bell.. I'm hoping it doesn't go down like this! He'd be with the Heat before we know it!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

John Wall's Summer League Debut

Lightning quick, gone in a snap. John Wall's penchant for speed without regard for the game hurt him more than it helped. Turnovers, poor shot selection early and slight frustration were seen early. Aside from a slow start, overall Wall was what I expected. I see the room for improvement, but I also see a point guard I'll grow to love.

In the early going, he was jittery and quick to pull the trigger on some poor shot attempts. Thus his bad shooting start. Wall controlled the offense in the half court decently, but I expect that to grow with surrounding talent and experience. His game in the open court embodies the most sought player in todays NBA: quick guards. The game starts with guards now and Wall certainly can ignite any squad.

Kevin McHale called the game and made a valid point on Walls jumper. He said it looked better than he expected. It seems pretty smooth, still does need some tweeks, but what rookie doesn't have work to do? Wall is well aware that the jumper is his known weak point and he's putting the time in to get better at it.

The dud in his first showing was the eight turnovers he coughed up. It mostly occurred because he tried to do too much too fast. Wall needs to establish a series of different speeds in his game. That will come with time, but that will dramatically rev up his efficiency.

Washington should be excited. A top class point guard who is a star in the making is on his way. Sure, he committed turnovers and played too fast, but mistakes are what makes the one at fault improve. Wall will improve with every second of experience he gets.

Photo from: Yahoo! Sports