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Lebron’s Choice – The Effects of “The Decision”

In BSO on July 12, 2010 at 9:12 pm

When Lebron James officially made “The Decision”, my first impulse was to write an article blasting “King” James for copping out and taking what seems like a short-cut in a career that many expect to be one of the greatest of all-time.

However, out of respect for my readers and knowing that you were about to get 654 articles like that on Friday, I decided to sit back for the weekend and fully analyze the ramifications of what had just happened. I truly wanted to sit back and figure out exactly why Lebron chose Miami, why he chose to announce his “Decision” the way he did, and why exactly the reaction outside of South Beach was so harsh to James.

Like every decision any human being makes, there are pros and cons to what James did. We know one of the biggest pros is playing with Wade/Bosh and competing for titles the rest of the decade. We also know one of the biggest cons is that James will probably never peacefully return to Cleveland and instantly became one of, if not the most, hated players in the league. But what other factors play into the pros and cons of this decision? Read the rest of this entry »

Lebron James To Announce Free Agency Decision Thursday Night on ESPN

In BSO on July 6, 2010 at 9:34 pm

The Summer of LeBron takes another wild turn.  This time we are getting news that LeBron will announce the winner of the Bron Sweepstakes in (brace yourselves) a live, one-hour special on ESPN this Thursday at 9 ET!  WHAT?!

According to ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard:

“LeBron James is planning to announce the team with which he will sign during a one-hour special on ESPN Thursday night”

and:

“[S]ources said that James’ representatives requested they be allowed to sell sponsorship for the one-hour special” Read the rest of this entry »

Stupid Signing Scale: Rating the Worst FA Contracts So Far

In BSO on July 5, 2010 at 9:47 pm

A few days into free agency, and who knew we would all be wrong about the biggest story? Sure Lebron and Wade and Bosh are still the headlines, but to me and many people I’ve talked to the biggest story has been the ridiculous contracts teams are signing players to.

The Bucks/Grizzlies/T-Wolves/Raptors/Hawks have all made expensive, long-term investments in players that haven’t really done anything to justify the amount of money they’re about to make.

But the question is, which first-day signing was the absolute worst? While the Bulls/Cavs/Knicks/Nets/Heat spend their time fretting over how to get the big name free agents for the big bucks, let’s rate how bad the other teams did in signing the no-name free agents to salary-cap killing contracts. After each contract we’ll have a “Stupid Signing Scale” that will rate how bad the move was on a scale of 1-10.

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Inside NBA Free Agency: What My Sources Are Telling Me

In BSO on July 5, 2010 at 9:41 pm

With NBA free agency officially hitting yesterday, the rumor mill is going crazy with all types of predictions, scenarios for sign-and-trades and will he or won’t he storylines. Some sources are solid and give you information that you can confidently accept. Others, not so much.

Stephen A. Smith kicked off the madness a couple of weeks ago by saying Lebron James was leaning towards signing with the Knicks, but apparently changed his mind a couple of days ago and is now claiming that Lebron-Bosh-Wade trio is a done deal in Miami. Not only that, but he’s willing to put everything on it, not sure what everything is but that sounds convincing!

With that being said, Stephen A. isn’t the only one with sources, so I’m going to let you all in on some inside scoops I’ve gotten, but keep it quiet! Read the rest of this entry »

Best Free Agent Fit: Lebron James

In BSO on July 5, 2010 at 9:36 pm

July 1, 2010. Depending on who you ask, it is either the beginning of something beautiful or the end of a franchise as we know it. It’s a day that teams have spent two years fantasizing about, two years creating cap-space for, and two years telling their fans that it would be the day they turned their franchise around.

Once that day finally hits, where will Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Joe Johnson and others be headed? While we can’t predict the future, we can see which teams are the best fit for these free-agents-to-be.

The biggest free agent prize of them all this summer, and maybe even the biggest free agent prize of all-time, is of course Lebron James. The once-in-a-lifetime forward is the crown jewel in a treasure chest of free agents. There have been thousands of articles written about where James will end up, but I’m not here to Stephen A. Smith you with my sources, let’s just take a look at the five teams most likely to win the Lebron Sweepstakes. Read the rest of this entry »