His Decision

January 14, 2011 by

We’ve all heard of big time trades, but mainly those kind of trades only happen with high-profile, star athletes.  The talk around the sports world lately has been about the trade talks for the New Jersey Nets to acquire Carmelo Anthony.  This would constitute as a big time trade, but what makes it even bigger is the fact that the trade could entail 3 teams and somewhere around 15 players. Really?! Is that necessary?

Carmelo is one of the best players the Denver Nuggets have ever had in franchise history. Carmelo ranks at the top of many categories; however he still wants out.  You’re probably asking yourself, why would he want to leave when he was on top of the world in Denver?  Doesn’t he have it all?  Apparently not, but that is okay.  We all seek for greener grass.

No one can fault Carmelo for wanting to give himself the best chance of winning a title in the NBA. He has been with Denver since he was a rookie, and all he is looking for is the right opportunity, with the right supporting cast.  Denver has tried to bring in players, such as Allen Iverson and Chauncey Billups, but they haven’t been able to help get over the other Western Conference powerhouses.  Does all of this sound familiar?

Carmelo signed a 5 year / $80 Million contract, which ends this season. He will no doubt be making for than that for the next 6 or 7 years to come, but why New Jersey? Is it because they will likely move to Brooklyn in 2 years, or because they have a billionaire for their owner who is willing to spend whatever it takes?  Still, why New Jersey, a team in the Eastern Conference, in the Atlantic Division? I guess Carmelo has his reasons.

In all likelihood it will ultimately be his decision to be traded to New Jersey or some other team; crazier things have happened. But in the end it’ll be his decision, just not ‘The Decision.’

 

NBA Playoffs

April 17, 2010 by

The 2009-2010 regular season has come to an end in the NBA, and the playoffs begin this weekend.  While games are spread over three television networks, many will be able to tune in to see the stardom and some potential great match ups.  We will take a look at some key series, and make predictions on all the match ups.

(8) Oklahoma City at (1) Los Angeles

Oklahoma City had a good year, especially with the talent and rising star of Kevin Durant; however he is no Kobe.  With the experience of Phil Jackson at the helm and Kobe Bryant‘s will to win and be the best will be no match for the Thunder.  While many wish the Thunder had a different match-up for the first round, with potential to move deep into the playoffs this year, luck may not have been on their side in the final stretch losing 4 of the last 6 games.

Spotrac Picks: Los Angeles in 5

(8) Chicago at (1) Cleveland

Chicago had a great run in the playoffs last year, but this year will be a different story.  Barely making it into the playoffs to being and the conflicts/news stories about the coach and the general manager the Bulls are not a team that seems poised to enter the playoffs on a good note.  Cleveland, the top team in the league, does not seem to be one to easily give up to the eighth seed.  With many players able to contribute and the off season aquisitions to set them up for a run in the playoffs, the Cavaliers should have no problem moving on.

Spotrac Picks: Cleveland in 4

(5) Utah at (4) Denver

Denver had a really good season in a conference that was tight from the get go.  This four-five match up could be one of those series that you just don’t know what is going to happen.  However, with the recent injuries that Utah has experienced, will the Jazz be able to hold off the Nuggets in a series that is bound to be battle driven.  Will Carmelo be able to lead his team to the second round with a potential 2nd round series with the Lakers?

Spotrac Picks: Denver in 6

(7) San Antonio at (2) Dallas

Rivalry teams of the same state, within miles of each other.  Does anyone expect anything less than exciting? Can Duncan and the Spurs get past this first round match up with Nowitzki and the Mavericks?  While their records are only separated by 5 games, this match up ought to be a series you don’t want to miss.  Duncan is trying to win his fifth Championship, while Nowitzki is trying to return for the second time to the Finals, hoping for a Championship.

Spotrac Picks: San Antonio in 7

(7) Charlotte at (2) Orlando

Orlando worked earlier this season on acquiring players to help them win their first Championship after losing in the NBA Finals last year, and was at the top of the Eastern Conference with no surprises.  Charlotte on the other hand made it into the playoffs in their final few games.  Just because the great Michael Jordan is at the top of the organization, does not mean this team has what it takes to beat a team like Orlando. Howard and Carter will easily move past the Bobcats in this first round match up.

Spotrac Picks: Orlando in 4

Remaining picks

(6) Portand at (3) Phoenix

I think we will see the sixth seed upset the Suns in 6.

(5) Miami at (4) Boston

In a close series Boston will triumph over the Heat in 6 to setup another series with Cleveland.

(6) Milwaukee at (3) Atlanta

Atlanta has been strong all season long and that will not stop in the first round.  Atlanta will win in 5.

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