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The Geriatric Cavs Take on the NBA

 This Cleveland team is on a collision course with disaster as they attempt to put a geriatric basketball team on the court with straight killers in the Western Conference.

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The Cleveland Cavs have had quite the interesting offseason and their squad will be wild this season. They shipped their second biggest star out of town and have welcomed a whole slew of new and old players to the team. The starting lineup possibilities are almost limitless with their versatility. Imagine a lineup where Kevin Love plays the center position and Dwayne Wade and JR Smith fight over the starting shooting guard spot.

Sure, they sent starting point guard Kyrie Irving to the rival Celtics for an injured Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, and a first-round pick, but that shouldn’t make Cavs fans worry. They somehow amassed an all-star team from 10 years ago, so they should be ok. The Cavs picked up former All-star point guard Derrick Rose and former all-star shooting guard Dwayne Wade, although both of these players are showing their age and wear and tear.

I wouldn’t expect much out of these two veterans as the team will once again rely heavily on possibly the greatest player in NBA history, LeBron James. The trade that shocked the NBA wasn’t totally one-sided, Jae Crowder is a nice role player and a great defender. They also acquired tiny sparkplug point guard Thomas who is revering from hip surgery in the offseason. He should return by Christmas time and his scoring ability is second to none.

The word on the street is that the team is still dangling the first round pick they got from the trade with the Celtics for another veteran player.

As of now, the starting lineup most expect on opening night is Kevin Love at the center, moving Tristan Thompson to the bench, Jae Crowder at the 4 spot, LeBron at 3, either JR Smith or Dwayne Wade at the shooting guard and Derrick Rose at the point. That small lineup will be able to compete with both the Warriors and the Thunder, but I’m not sure if they can hang in a seven-game series.

This Cleveland Cavs team has the same feeling of that failed Lakers 2003/4 Dream team with Karl Malone and Gary Payton. That team won 56 games on the way to the NBA finals, but were almost swept by the Detroit Pistons and basically embarrassed on National TV. This Cleveland team is on a collision course with disaster as they attempt to put a geriatric basketball team on the court with straight killers in the Western Conference.

I see Dwayne Wade and/or Derrick Rose going down with injuries and Isaiah Thomas’ hip issues lingering all throughout his career. LeBron may be the greatest of all time but he isn’t big enough to carry this past its prime team.

No matter how funky the starting lineup may end up being, they still have to go through either the Warriors or the Thunder and both of those teams are stacked with players in their prime.

 

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Carmelo Anthony and Oklahoma City Thunder To Part Ways

Carmello Anthony will not be playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder next season.

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It was announced today that Carmelo Anthony and the Oklahoma City Thunder will eventually be parting ways this summer. The revelation comes after the Thunder resigned Paul George and were left with a serious financial problem to solve. The eventual departure of Anthony could save them up to $100 million.

Anthony will not be a free agent. The options for his departure include a trade, a buyout, and/or a stretch provision. Luckily for both sides, Anthony’s agent, Leon Rose, has a good relationship with Oklahoma City management and everyone seems confident that both parties will come out on the other side happy.

It doesn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone, either. Anthony seemed unhappy with his role multiple times during the season and saw many career lows as far as his stats are concerned, including only 16.2 points per game, despite hitting a career high in three-pointers (169). His points per game dropped all the way to 11.8 in their lone playoff series.

At the end of the season, Anthony was very clear about his frustration with his role on the team. “I don’t think I can be effective as that type of player. I think I was willing to accept that challenge in that role, but I think I bring a little bit more to the game as far as being more knowledgeable and what I still can do as a basketball player.” He also made sure to point out that no matter where he played next season, he most certainly will not becoming off the bench.

Now comes the fun of where he might end up. Anthony is still a very dominant player and could easily be the number one option on many teams. He’s a 10-time All-Star and has also won three Olympic gold medals. And the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, and Houston Rockets are among the teams that have already expressed an interest in acquiring Anthony.  

“I think for me, my focus would be on kind of figuring out what I want out of the rest of my career, what I want in my future, what am I willing to accept, if I’m willing to accept that at all,” Anthony said recently about his future in the league. “I think everybody knows that I’ve sacrificed kind of damned near everything – family, moving here by myself, sacrificed my game – for the sake of the team, and was willing to sacrifice anything and everything in order for this situation to work out. 

So, it’s something I really have to think about – if I really want to be this type of player, finish out my career as this type of player, knowing that I have so much left in the tank and I bring so much to the game of basketball.”

 

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Lebron James Signs With The Los Angeles Lakers

Lebron James has joined the Los Angeles Lakers on a four year, $153.3 million deal. 

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It happened. It actually happened. Lebron James, the greatest basketball player in the world, is now officially a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.

The four year, $153.3 million deal was officially announced on Sunday. It was a relatively quick and painless decision-making process this time around. Unlike the famous “Decision” the first time James left Cleveland. His now famous words, “I’m taking my talents to South Beach” will live on forever and solidified his role as a villain in the NBA for at least the next two seasons in Miami.

But for the majority of NBA fans, Lebron’s status as a villain is long gone. He is a very well-liked and respected player. Even Cleveland fans aren’t mad at him for leaving again. he brought them a championship. Their first ever. And they will forever be grateful to him for that.

Lebron now joins the likes of Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram and the rest of the young, talented Lakers in the hopes of bringing the Larry O’Brien trophy back to L.A. Not to mention the other two free agents the Lakers signed on Sunday, Jevale McGee and Lance Stephenson. Yes, that Lance Stephenson. The man behind one of the craziest intimidation techniques we’ve ever seen when he blew in Lebron’s ear.

But despite all that, Lebron’s presence alone now makes the Lakers a serious threat to the reigned champs in Golden State. Sure, it will take some time for the players to gel. But Lebron is Lebron. He’s the best basketball player in the world and likely at least the second-best basketball player ever. And now that he’s joined one of the most talented young cores in the league it’s easy to see how this team could achieve great things.

And let’s not forget all the other benefits of coming to Los Angeles. There were definitely multiple non-basketball related reasons while Lebron wanted to join the Lakers. He already has had a home in Los Angeles for years and he has his own production company based in Los Angeles. Not to mention all the other financial opportunities that Los Angeles allows.

The only question left now is: will it work? Will he be able to take this team to the promised land? Will he earn a place among Laker greats like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, and Kobe Bryant by winning at least one championship? Or will he simply add to his now unfortunately large list of playoff failures and disappointments? Only time will tell.

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James Harden Named 2018 NBA MVP

James Harden wins the 2018 NBA MVP, beating out Lebron James and Anthony Davis.

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It was another star-studded night at the 2018 NBA Awards and everyone was dressed for success. Especially James Harden. The Houston Rocket that is known for his wild style was awarded the 2018 NBA MVP, a year after he thought he should have won the award.

Harden admitted that because he didn’t win it last year after assuming he would, he did not prepare a speech this year in case the same thing happened. So by the time he finally did take the stage and had the trophy in his hand, he barely knew what to say. “Wow. All glory to God, man. All glory to God. Wow.” That was the first thing he said. And it’s easy to understand how it’s a moment that can really leave you speechless.

As far as almost everyone was concerned, the race came down to Harden and Lebron James. The majority were still leaning towards Harden at the end of the season, but it was hard to ignore the playoff heroics of Lebron James. But none of that matters now as Harden becomes the third member of the former Oklahoma City Thunder big 3 to win an MVP. Something that really has to sting Thunder fans and management. What could have been…

“The last four years have been like knocking on the door, knocking on the door,” Harden said later. “Now the moment is finally here. Just every single year, you try to come back and be better than you were the year before, and just to be holding that trophy finally, it means a lot. But it doesn’t stop here. We’ve got a long way to go. But it feels good to have it though.”

It’s hard to argue against the award going to Harden. He averaged 30.4 points this season, making him only the 4th player to ever average over 30 points a game for a team that also won at least 65 wins. The other three are Stephen Curry, Michael Jordan (did it twice), and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. That’s pretty incredible company.

Now we can officially say that the 2017-2018 season is officially over. The champions have been crowned, the individual leaders have been recognized. And now the real circus can start: off-season free agency. So much could happen, so much is still in the air, but there’s no doubt it’s going to consume sports pundits for months to come!

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