Former Heat and Bulls,12-Time All-Star,SHooting Guard Dwyane Wade plans to reunite with LeBron James as a Cleveland Cavalier.The deal is worth 2.3 million for a year.Wade will be an unrestricted free agent next Summer.
A couple of days ago,New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony wa traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Enes Kanter,Doug McDermott,and a second round pick.
OKC Thunder Perspective
Carmelo Anthony,even if he is a star in decline,is a pure scorer at the forward position.The Thunder had to go all in this Summer because next Summer their franchise player,Russell Westbrook,has a player option.They acquired former Pacers superstar Paul George for almost nothing.Now they have Carmelo Anthony,one of the best scorers the NBA has ever seen.The NBA should be afraid of this team.I’ll make a post on that topic later.The Thunder are ready to go deep into the playoffs.I wouldn’t bet on them making the playoffs immediately,but if they play well,I think they can.OKC is primed for a deep run in the playoffs.
New York Knicks Perspective
New York finally gets rid of Carmelo Anthony.They receive two decent players in Center Enes Kanter,and Small Forward DOug McDermott.Kanter,and McDermott are two good offensive players,but their defensive stats are miserable.Because of their defense,the comined for twenty-two averaged minutes in the playoffs last season.Both of these guys are decent players.New York didn’t get enough back,even if they were getting a second round pick on top of those two players.
I will be doing more about this trade later.
The Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas trade won’t be voided by the Cavs,even though Isaiah Thomas is hurt.The Celtics put in one extra asset,a 2020 second round pick to get the Cavaliers to officially agree to the deal.This has been the craziest off season ever!Kyrie Irving is a Boston Celtic!
The Cleveland Cavaliers received star Point Guard Isaiah Thomas back in the block buster Cavs-Celtics deal.But the weird thing is somehow the Celtics got the trade to go through with Isaiah Thomas injuring his hip.During the Eastern Conference Finals last year Isaiah Thomas injured his hip.He elected to not get surgery,but when Thomas was traded to the Cavs,and got his physical the Cavs doctors advised for Thomas to get surgery meaning that he would miss some time during the Regular Season.The real thing is though,the Cavs are seeking more assets from the Celtics because of Thomas’ injury!The injury shouldn’t be able to void the trade if their looking for more.So you see the delimma.It’s insane this off season,and I’ll blog everytime I get more information about this.
Kyrie Irving was traded to the Celtics just a couple of days ago.Who would’ve thought that Irving was going to be traded to Boston?Everybody thought that Celtics Head Coach Brad Stevens had his team in place for the future.Everybody thought he would keep his core intact.The Cavs pulled the trigger,and let go of Kyrie Irving.But the real question is:Who won the trade?Well,first let’s look at the trade:
Boston Celtics Receive
Cleveland Cavaliers Receive
Brooklyn 2018 First Round Pick
Let’s first break this trade down,and then I’ll pick a winner.
The Cavaliers are good for the short term future by acquiring star Point Guard Isaiah Thomas.Even though Thomas is the best player on the move to Cleveland,there are some doubts about his move over to Cleveland.The first thing is that if LeBron James is leaving next Summer,Isaiah Thomas is looking for max money elsewhere.There are also complaints saying that Thomas can’t play off ball with LeBron James because he’s too short at 5’9,but in my opinion,this guy was almost a thirty-point scorer,and he’s a great off ball player as well.I know he won’t put those numbers up in Cleveland,but he will put up,probalbly at least eighteen to twenty-two points per game.Getting a perimeter defender in Jae Crowder is something the Cavs have needed for a long time.Crowder scored almost fourteen a game in Boston last year,playing both his natural Small Forward posting,and the small ball Power Forward,or even at the Shooting Guard as well.Crowder can play as a starter or off the bench.Ante Zizic,not to be mean,is someone we don’t need to talk about,so let’s get into the next,and last piece they got in this trade,the Brooklyn 2018 First Round Pick.Danny Ainge,Boston’s General Manager,finally let go of the pick,giving a top-three projected pick to the Cavs.If the Cavaliers think that both Isaiah Thomas,and LeBron James are going to leave,they can draft somebody like Michael Porter Jr., or Marvin Bagley.So you see how the Cavs are only ready for the short term future,not the long future.That wraps up what the Cavs received,so now let’s talk about Kyrie Irving.
The only player in this move that Boston got was Kyrie Irving,who’s wanted his own team for a little less than a month now.Irving isn’t really getting his own team as he already has star Small Forward Gordon Hayward,Rookie sensation Jayson Tatum,Al Horford at the Center,and many more pieces around him.You’re thinking that this a great move for the Celtics.It is,but it’s not.Kyrie Irving,in most of the media’s opinion is a better player than Isaiah Thomas,but really Isaiah Thomas fit better with the Celtics.Isaiah is a player with off ball skills (as seen above),and liked (at least we think) the situation in Boston.Irving,and Hayward are two ball heavy players so I don’t know how that’s going to work.Also with young Small Forwards Jaylen Brown,and Jayson Tatum,and point guard Marcus Smart,it’s going to be hard to share the ball in Boston.There’s really nothing else to talk about right now,soI’m going to pick a winner of this blockbuster trade.
The only reason I’m saying this (I’m not trying to be buyest) is because of the Brooklyn 2018 First Round Pick.They could turn that pick into trade bait for somebody that would make LeBron James stay.So I’m picking the Cavs,as winners of this trade,but that doesn’t mean that the Celtics get better in this trade because they actually do.
Why Zion Williamson is a future NBA star!Zion,as of now is the second ranked player in the 2018 class according to ESPN.Today I’m here with another player breakdown.Zion Williamson,is a 6’7 Power Forward,but will most likely have to play at the Small Forward position because he’s not tall enough to play at the four in the NBA.Before,ninth grade Zion was a Point Guard.As an eighth grader he was only five-nine,but he eventually grew to now six foot seven.In high school ball,in South Carolina,he scored a ton,making not so good South Carolina high school basketball teams worse.Zion won a State Championship,and averaged thirty-seven points as a Junior.Zion can shoot,which is always great,especially in the NBA now.Drake got a custom Zion Williamson jersey,which everyone knows that means that that kid can ball,but until last Summer know one saw the dunks,the blocks that went into the stands until the Summer of 2016.This was because of his lackluster high school opponents.Zion played in many camps,and balled out against older five-star players at many camps in the past two years.Zion,since then, has played for the South Carolina Supreme,an AAU team,and gone up against LaMelo Ball!This was one of he most hyped up games,and I’ve already blogged about it,and I put the link to it in the comments.Zion did amazing keeping his composure,as he scored thirty-one points,and added eight rebounds!I was even lucky to see Zion play,as well!Zion said that he doesn’t want to have trouble off the court,he wants to give back to the community,and he wants to win at least three rings.Winning three rings is tough,but giving back to his community,and having no trouble off the court is amazing!I definitely,now,after hearing this,am on the Zion Williamson hype train,and believe that he’s going to be balling for any college he goes to,and in the pros.Zion watches game film on LeBron James,Russell Westbrook,and Kawhi Leonard.Watching LeBron is great,(I don’t have to explain why),watching Russell is great so he can improve his in-game toughness,and demeanor,and watching Kawhi,the best defender in the NBA,will greatly improve his game,too.I love Zion’s game,and I’m ready to see where he goes to in college.And please,Zion don’t go to Duke!
The 6’11 Marvin Bagley,and number one player in high school,regardless of class,has decided to skip his Senior season in high school if he’s allowed to do so.Bagley is the number one player in the 2018 class,and the best high school player regardless of class,and will visit Duke,Kentucky,Kansas,USC,and UCLA,and I’m sure many other schools.If he is able to skip his Senior season,then he’ll be elgible for the 2018 NBA Draft.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has been thinking about changing the one and done rule back to where players can come straight out of high school,and be elgible for the draft.It hasn’t happened yet,but I think it’s bound to happen.For all the latest news,ch2 is signing out.
This is a new series.Ranking the Top 15 with NBA categories,and we’re going to start off with the ranking the last fifteen NBA MVP Seasons.
15.Steve Nash,PG,Phoenix Suns
2005 NBA MVP
2004-05 Stats:15.5 PPG,11.5 APG,3.3 RPG
14.Derrick Rose,PG,Chicago Bulls
2010-11 Stats:25 PPG,4.1 RPG,7.7 APG
13.Steve Nash,PG,Phoenix Suns
2006 NBA MVP
2005-06 Stats:18.8 PPG,10.5 APG,4.2 RPG
12.Kobe Bryant,SG,Los Angeles Lakers
2008 NBA MVP
2007-08 Stats:28.3 PPG,5.4 APG,6.3 RPG
11.LeBron James,SF,Miami Heat
2012 NBA MVP
2011-12 Stats:27.1 PPG,6.1 APG,7.9 RPG
10.Stephen Curry,PG,Golden State Warriors
2015 NBA MVP
2014-15 Stats:23.8 PPG,7.7. APG,4.3 RPG
9.Dirk Nowitzki,PF,Dallas Mavericks
2007 NBA MVP
2006-07 Stats:24.6 PPG,8.9 RPG,3.4 APG
8.Tim Duncan,PF,San Antonio Spurs
2003 NBA MVP
2002-03 Stats:23.3 PPG,12.9 RPG,3.9 APG
7.LeBron James,PG/SF,Cleveland Cavaliers
2010 NBA MVP
2009-10 Stats:29.7 PPG,7.3 RPG,8.6 APG
6.Kevin Garnett,PF,Minnesota Timberwolves
2004 NBA MVP
2003-04 Stats:24.2 PPG,13.9 RPG,5 APG
5.Kevin Durant,SF,Oklahoma City Thunder
2014 NBA MVP
2013-14 Stats:32 PPG,7.4 RPG,5.5 APG
4.Stephen Curry,PG,Golden State
2016 NBA MVP
2015-16 Stats:30.1 PPG,5.4 RPG,6.7 APG
3.LeBron James,SF,Miami Heat
2013 NBA MVP
2012-13 Stats:26.8 PPG,8 RPG,7.3 APG
2.Russell Westbrook,PG,Oklahoma City Thunder
2017 NBA MVP
2016-17 Stats:31.6 PPG,10.7 RPG,10.4 APG
1.LeBron James,PG/SF,Cleveland Cavaliers
2008-09 Stats:28.4 PPG,7.6 RPG,7.2 APG
If you’re confused about this list or think there are changes that need to be made here’s the video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SarZC6Do1KA And as always give me your thoughts down in the comments section below.
This is Dwyane Wade telling the story of the 2010 Free Agency in which he and LeBron,and Chris Bosh went to Miami,but what if they went a different route?Just read the story,and give me your thoughts.
We all wondered in 2010 why LeBron James and Dwyane Wade went to Miami with Chris Bosh when they could have come to Chicago to play with Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah Luol Deng and Taj Gibson. It seemingly would have been a much better and more complete team than the one in Miami, which had to be rebuilt around them, but which did go to four consecutive NBA Finals, winning two.
So they obviously didn’t make a mistake.
But Wade Thursday after Bulls practice in extended public comments about the most celebrated free agency in NBA history said he and James were serious about joining the Bulls, that if the Bulls had succeeded in an effort to trade Luol Deng to add salary cap space it was possible, that it never was a longtime conspiracy among the three to come together, that, in fact, Wade had told the Heat they’d never get James, and that, in the end, James and Wade decided that with Rose it would be three ball dominant players and better to try it with two and Bosh.
“It was us trying to put together our dream team in a sense,” said Wade. “Chicago was very tempting from a standpoint of what they had on the roster when it came to the young talent. But when it came to the point Miami was able to get three players, that changed the whole dynamic of the summer. It would be a different story (if the Bulls were able to trade Deng). We thought about it. That didn’t happen. It was something they (Bulls) talked about. They were very open with us with what they were trying to do. They heard the news of Miami being able to bring three players in. But it never happened. So we never had to think that far. They (Miami) came with the idea that they can get three players. We never thought it was possible. I was shocked when I heard it could happen. But I know LeBron’s eyes were here (Chicago). I know my eyes were here. I know Chris’ eyes were kind of everywhere because he was in Toronto, so he was just happy that people knew who he was. Toronto was a little different than it is today.
I mean, this was a place I wanted to play. It was a place that LeBron also loved. We loved the city of Chicago. It’s a great market, as well. Obviously, the sunny sun of Miami is great, too. We had two great choices.”
-Dwyane Wade about Chicago after two free agency visits in 2010 and stunned the NBA by leaving Miami to return home, as he insisted he always wanted to do.
“It pretty much boiled down to what we felt we could build. We had to build a whole team in Miami. Obviously, here they had players already. But once we got me, ‘Bron and Chris, we had to now take pay cuts to build a team. It was obviously tougher to do it in Miami, but because we wanted to play together, us three, we decided to do it there.”
“I think we made a good choice,” said Wade. “It worked out. It wasn’t like they had all three roster (spots); they couldn’t get all three of us and add us to the mix of what was going on. It was going to be kind of a sense where Chicago could’ve got two players and it probably was going to be LeBron and Chris or me and Chris. Miami was able to get all three of us. And we really wanted to play together at that moment once we found out it could be a thing. At the same time, you have to look at it, too. They did have a young Derrick Rose. What, he got MVP that next year? So you’re already talking two guys who are ball dominant. And then you have a young up-and-coming star in the league who is ball dominant. At that time, I don’t think it would’ve worked out for us. We took our two ball-dominant selves away from having three guys as ball dominant. So instead of it being me, LeBron and Derrick Rose, it’s going to be a tough one. So we decided to pick what we thought was better from a basketball standpoint.”Which is how history and geniuses are made in sports. Wade confirmed the Bulls’ effort was far superior to any other teams’ in the NBA as far as trying to recruit the all-time free agents. Wade also shot down the speculation and conspiracy theories that this was percolating among the three as far back as the 2006 World Championships and brewed to a boil at the 2008 Olympics. Nonsense, said Wade, but thanks for the credit of believing they were so smart they could have maneuvered and manipulated such a coup. Further proof was said to be that Heat owner Micky Arison’s son was an intern for the 2006 USA team in Japan, the first time the three played together, and that all signed similar extension to become 2010 free agents. Gotcha!But Wade said when Miami owner Arison approached him after that Olympics about whether the Heat could get James, Wade said he told Arison to forget it, that there was no chance.
“Crazy notion,” laughed Wade. “I wish we were that smart. Thank you for giving us credit of seeing in the future. That theory is crazy. So I’m going to play for two seasons, may get hurt, but let’s hope that this happens in two years? Nah. I never thought me and LeBron would play together. It was a question posed to me, y’all can ask Micky Arison; asked me a year or two before, ‘You think LeBron would like to come to Miami?’ I said. ‘You got a 0.0000.1 percent chance.’ It was a powerful .1 percent because he ended up coming, but I had no idea, I never thought it would be possible. I never thought besides All Star games and Olympics, I never thought about the NBA, taking the same court. But when it presented itself, you open it up, you start the conversation, you start looking at it a little different. That’s what happened. Thank everybody for thinking we were that smart but this kind of happened when it happened.”
Which perhaps makes it that much more frustrating for the Bulls since it was obviously much closer than any of us imagined. Wade confirmed his and LeBron’s relationship with Bosh was vital since they both knew and liked Bosh, but also liked his fit as a player. Wade said he knew LeBron was working with the Cavs that 2009-10 season to trade for Bosh because James didn’t want to leave Cleveland, and James then was trying to get Bosh to make a free agency commitment. But Bosh did not want to play and live in Cleveland.
Would the three have come to Chicago if the Bulls had succeeded in moving Deng to the Clippers as the Bulls had done with trading Kirk Hinrich to Washington, essentially for salary cap space for free agency? The Clippers were one of six teams that summer along with the Knicks and Nets bidding for the top free agents. Clippers’ management reportedly wanted to make the Deng trade. Then owner Donald Sterling overruled them, saying they could do better with the cap space. They instead signed free agents Brian Cook, Ryan Gomes and Randy Foye.
Rose did go on to win the league MVP that season and the Bulls led the league in wins. Though the Bulls lost in five games to the Heat in the conference finals, they were deeper and younger and the view was they could catch and surpass Miami the next season. The Bulls again led the NBA in wins in the 2011-12 lockout season, but then Rose suffered his severe knee injury the first game of the 2012 playoffs and Miami went on to the first of two consecutive championships.
Then after losing to the Spurs in the 2014 Finals, James returned to Cleveland and won the title with the Cavaliers last June. Wade then stunned Miami and the NBA world in signing with the Bulls last July. Bosh with blot clot health problems has not been able to play.These memories, possibilities and reflections about the historic implications came up after practice with the Bulls Friday hosting defending champion Cleveland and James in the United Center in the Bulls’ fourth preseason game. James is not expected to play as he’s resting much of the preseason. Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said Wade will play Friday, but perhaps not Saturday in Milwaukee or Monday back home against Charlotte.
They (Miami) came with the idea that they can get three players. We never thought it was possible. I was shocked when I heard it could happen. But I know LeBron’s eyes were here (Chicago). I know my eyes were here.Wade, in a revealing 20-minute session with reporters that was his most wide-ranging analysis of that summer, said the trio did understand the potentially consequential ramifications of their decision, which was largely unpopular at the time. The blowback about creating super teams has since diminished, though Kevin Durant has been criticized by some for going to Golden State. Though not nearly to the extent for James.
“We definitely knew it was big,” said Wade. “Obviously, we knew we had to win to make it something. We knew we were embarking on something big. You don’t know exactly what it is; we won’t know even probably for years from now. That first year was a tough year for us. You’ve got guys who at that time had been in this league and fans love. Media wasn’t too bad on us, either. And everything turned because we decided to play together. From a competitive standpoint you love that it was sold out every time you go to the arena; boos are fine. But just the things that people had to say about us, the decision we made to play the game of basketball together. There was a lot of negative attention on that. We took the hit of that. No one else is going to take that kind of hit when it comes to that. Just like Allen Iverson took the hit for tattoos and braids and headbands. Everyone does it now. So we understood what we were embarking on, and that’s why it was huge. I’m not saying we were the first to do it because I know other teams have tried to, but in the point of where we were name wise in our career, in the prime of our career, we were kind of the most powerful to do it at that time. But hey, we did what we wanted to do and that’s what it always came back to us. After that first year, that’s why we got back to playing the game, enjoying the game. It became, ‘We came together to win championships, let’s take care of business.’ ‘’
Wade also offered a salient point about why it was time and appropriate for such a decision. After all, this is what freedom of movement is about, what players fought for over the years. What all workers seek. Why should players be tied to the whims of only one team? Without going into that, Wade was saying it’s basically what the freedoms of the United States are about.
“It was different for the NBA at that time,” Wade agreed. “Everyone had this perception that it was… ‘Best players play against each other.’ You do it with your own team. I don’t think Magic was the only person on his team. I don’t think Larry Bird was the only person on his team. They’ve got multiple Hall of Fame players. So you understand from that standpoint what it takes to be really successful in this league. You want to give yourself a chance. Just the fact that we were both big names. All in all, we’re just like everyone else. We just decided to play together.
“At the end of the day whether you dislike the Heat or you loved the Heat, you were tuning in to watch the Heat,” said Wade. “Same thing with Golden State. Whether you dislike what happened with Kevin Durant or whatever the case may be, you’re going to tune in to watch, whether you dislike the Heat or you loved the Heat, you were tuning in to watch the Heat,” said Wade. “Same thing with Golden State. Whether you dislike what happened with Kevin Durant or whatever the case may be, you’re going to tune in to watch, whether you want him to succeed or fail. Our game is growing. Eyes are on our game. And at the end of the day, me as a player, I just love the fact that players have the ability to control their own destiny. That’s what we fight for. When it comes to lockouts, all these types of things, we want to be able to do the things that we want to do because they can trade us at any moment, they can get rid of us at any moment. So to have the power to be able to do what we did in 2010, that felt great. That was a great moment for us; three young African-American kids got the opportunity to control their own destiny and call their own shots. That’s what we wanted. Our game is not taking a hit, our game has only grown.’’
dislike the Heat or you loved the Heat, you were tuning in to watch the Heat,” said Wade. “Same thing with Golden State. Whether you dislike what happened with Kevin Durant or whatever the case may be, you’re going to tune in to watch, whether you want him to succeed or fail. Our game is growing. Eyes are on our game. And at the end of the day, me as a player, I just love the fact that players have the ability to control their own destiny. That’s what we fight for. When it comes to lockouts, all these types of things, we want to be able to do the things that we want to do because they can trade us at any moment, they can get rid of us at any moment. So to have the power to be able to do what we did in 2010, that felt great. That was a great moment for us; three young African-American kids got the opportunity to control their own destiny and call their own shots. That’s what we wanted. Our game is not taking a hit, our game has only grown.’’