Tuesday, June 29, 2010
By Henry Abbott
- Talk of Miami as the destination for the biggest three free agents is heating up. By the way, if LeBron James is there, expect Chris Sheridan to remind people for years to come that he learned about it all back in May from James' sneakers. UPDATE: Ooh, and Sheridan wrote about the big three going to Miami last October, too.
- Chad Ford revisits this years free agent class. It's a great class at the top, but it's also deep. And here's my offer: Pick either the top five guys (LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Amare Stoudemire, Dirk Nowitzki) or the field. Who's going to win more titles in the next five years? It's not a fair question. The field has enough players to have one on every darned team. However, my point is that those top guys will probably go to so-so teams and try to make them great. But every summer, some of the best moves are incremental improvements to really good teams, and if you're obsessed with titles, those matter. For instance, with Shannon Brown reportedly opting out, Derek Fisher a free agent, and Jordan Farmar already talking about moving on, the Lakers will be needing point guards, and whoever they get may well win a ring. Also, the Celtics could use some wing players.
- Hoopinion has long been saying what lots of people are now writing: That Joe Johnson is not a max player. Meanwhile, let's ask the same questions of Amare Stoudemire. I'd add reported free agent Dirk Nowitzki to that list too: He's clearly worth the max now. But what about at the end of his next deal? He said himself on TV during these playoffs that he has a two or three year window to be at his peak.
- Dear Cleveland fans who have long been certain that the New York media was obsessed with making up stories about LeBron James coming to New York, I'd just point out the themes of the New York Times' last three articles on free agency: That the Bulls are the favorites, that LeBron James isn't all that and that signing free agents is a risky business. Say what you will, but that does not look to me like a press corps putting James on rails to the Big Apple.
- After brainwashing the referees into giving his team the 2006 NBA title (as the story goes) Dwyane Wade may be the most hated NBA player Dallas has ever known. Buuuuuuut ... if he wants to be a Maverick ... that's cool.
- Sifting through the free agent bargain bin.
- Dan Feldman of PistonPowered predicts Greg Monroe will be starting for the Pistons before the end of the year: "I’m absolutely thrilled the Pistons have Monroe’s calmness, intelligence and ability. It sure beats the disarray, confusion and ineptness of last year."
- Some meaningful insight from team president Larry Miller into the process that led to Kevin Pritchard getting the boot on draft day.
- Ryan Gomes ain't chopped liver.
- Somebody is going to take a risk on Michael Beasley. Is that smart?
- Lots of media love for Dwane Casey as a head coach, including a suggestion he's too good for the Clippers. It's amazing he doesn't have a job already. People who didn't play in the NBA always take a backseat, for all kinds of reasons (some owners like to hang out with celebrity former players, some players like to take orders from people who have been in their shoes) that have nothing do with actual coaching skill.
- Peeking into Larry Brown's playbook.
- Steve Kerr has been mentioned as a candidate for various GM jobs, but it's looking more and more like he was serious about being a broadcaster.
- Hats off to ESPN's Chad Millman (Insider) for doing the hard work of attempting to quantify LeBron James' different options. Factoring in earning potential on and off the court, the quality of the rosters, the cost of living, legacy and more ... Millman and company handicap Chicago as the favorite, followed by Miami.