LeBron James arrived for a day of massively important meetings wearing a t-shirt and sweatpants. I hate it when people make a big stink about formalities. Maybe he had other clothes upstairs. And no, he had no immediate need to impress anybody here. However ... it would have been nice, as a human gesture, if he had honored the efforts of those flying to meet him by, you know, wearing actual trousers.
It occurs to me that LeBron James and his team have played things very nicely when it comes to getting him multiple options to make a lot of money and have a shot at a title. But they didn't do well in terms of doing what is, to me, his most urgent basketball need: Getting him alongside a visionary passing point guard. With Steve Nash, Chris Paul, Rajon Rondo, Jason Kidd etc. at his side, it would become so amazingly obvious that James is an unstoppable finisher catching the ball on the move with space. The world needs all those highlights.
If the Spurs won't have Richard Jefferson, who can play small forward for them? A look at affordable free agents.
If the Knicks don't get a big free agent, has this whole cap-clearing experiment been a disaster? I say absolutely not. Being under the cap is a fantastic long-term strategy if you play it strategically. (See Thunder, OKC.) They were loaded down with bad contracts. That's impossible. Just having nobody on the team is way better than that. I know New York is hungry for a quick fix, and has been focused on LeBron James. But two years from now, getting nobody expensive at all could still lead to a beautiful rebirth of Knicks basketball.
Getting to know Ted Leonsis, via the web.
Any chance the Magic will be players in free agency?
Is Martell Webster, the Wolves' new shooting guard, really a small forward?
The Thunder's pick-and-roll offense is not great.
If you're shopping for free agent bargains, they may well come later in the summer, when cap space becomes scarce. Consider this from the Indianapolis Star's Mike Wells: "Bird warned me earlier this week that their quest to find a point guard could drag on for awhile because things may not start to clear up until the heavyweights -- LeBron and Co. -- decide what team to sign with. 'The teams under the salary cap are waiting to see what happens with players like LeBron and Wade and where they're going,' Bird said. 'After that, things will open up and things will progress for other teams. We're going to take our time and not rush into anything.'"
Jerryd Bayless can't say enough good things about Blazer assistant coach Kaleb Canales.