Sounding Off with San Dova: First Blood
Cleveland stinks, Shaq’s screwed and Dirk may have nailed in his own coffin.
Sometimes, I have a lot of thoughts and opinions on some happenings that have occurred in the world of the NBA, but a lot of times, I don’t have the conviction to write 700 words on every singular subject of interest–but I may have a bunch of short bits to communicate en masse, on occasion. And so I’ll be Sounding Off on occasion. Holler.
I think Cleveland fans have to keep in perspective that LeBron James wasn’t going to get other superstars to come to the Cavaliers unless it was by midseason trade. No one likes Cleveland. I’m from Ohio, and I don’t even like Cleveland. Understandably, it’s an unfortunate turn of events, but burning jerseys and things like you’re protesting the Vietnam War or something is totally lame to me–sure you’re well within your rights to do that, but it’s still a little much. I’ve haven’t seen anything quite like it in the sports world. It’s horrifying to see that amount of disdain. This isn’t to say that LeBron was error-free, but gosh…you guys hoped for the worst for the past five years or so, and it came to fruition and now you’re that angry? Get out of here.
And have a chilled coffee.
It is beyond me how Joe Johnson or Rudy Gay got maxed out by their home teams. Joe is a fine player, very skilled and is worth the accolades that he gets, but he got more than Wade or LBJ. Atlanta probably should’ve waited a little while and negotiated for something closer to $105-110 million. Rudy, on the other hand, while talented, hasn’t shown that much improvement relative to his second season in the league. I don’t understand how the Memphis Grizzlies would agree to pay him, a wing, when talented wings are everywhere. He’s Andre Iguodala 2.0, but slightly worse. Obviously, I can’t hate on the players for making those great decisions to take those contracts, but the teams are moronic. I don’t understand this…and the owners are crying about money (shaking head).
(Also, Boston overpaid for Ray Allen. He probably should’ve gotten a $15 million contract from Boston [for $7.5 million per year], but even the 2-year, $20 million contract he did recently receive was a pay cut that the Celtics could afford.)
I hope Dirk Nowitzki really made the right decision about staying in Dallas. I personally love that he’s a Maverick and I like Mark Cuban, but I think he owed himself the opportunity to explore, even if he didn’t feel like going through the process. I say this because if he never wins a championship, people might say, “Well, he had the opportunity to play for a true contender, and he opted to stay where he was.” In a sense, I was hoping he might look at the San Antonio Spurs or maybe even the Los Angeles Lakers (via sign-and-trade), or just somewhere that might allow for him to have a truer foundation, because Dallas never seems to have a consistent inside presence or the type of guard that truly hurts teams the way that you would think. If Dirk doesn’t win by the time his contract ends, he’ll be Karl Malone. I’m sorry to say it, but it’s true.
Shaquille O’Neal is probably in the most bitter situation right now. He’s a free agent, and all four of his former teams are willing players on the free agent market, and three of them–the Orlando Magic, L.A. Lakers and Miami Heat–need a center who can play vital minutes either as a primary reserve or as a starting center for teams that are actively in the hunt for an NBA championship…and he’s burned the bridges totally with them all. The Lakers would be great, but that’s not going to go down with Kobe and Andrew Bynum established firmly without Shaq (and challenging Kareem to a virtual war of words about the issue of No.34 being the best franchise center in Lakers history doesn’t help, either); the Magic would totally be great from a marketing standpoint, with the two “Supermen”, but his relations with Dwight Howard are icy at best; and with his exit from the Heat, he talked about Pat Riley and the training staff so horribly, he’s virtually persona non grata at American Airlines Arena, despite having won them a championship–sadly for him, they desperately need a competent center. It’s amazing that Shaq, being a former franchise player, will have to spend his latter days in the NBA as a journeyman due to his hubris and inflated sense of entitlement.
Sandy Dover is a novelist/writer, artist and fitness enthusiast, as well as an unyielding Prince fan (for real). You can find Sandy frequently here at SLAMonline, as well as at Facebook, Associated Content and Twitter.