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Sportsman of the Year: Drew Brees, Michael Vick or LeBron James

Krysten Oliphant: The sports person of the year has to be New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

CHRIS PUMMER: Brees might be a nice guy, but nothing defines the competitive spirit of the modern athlete better than knowing you’re so good that you can tell everyone else to go fuck themselves. That’s why LeBron James is my Sportsman of the Year. Continue reading

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NBA Preview

JASON CLINKSCALES: As it has been for the entire existence of the NBA, only a handful of teams matter when it comes to winning the championship. Yet, we keep watching because maybe, just maybe, we’ll be surprised by a fearless team that makes a ridiculous run later. We watch because games still have to be played. We keep watching because for all of the continued over-examination of the league, we will see something, for the lack of a better word, amazing.

ALEX PREWITT: As I flipped on the television to catch the end of the Celtics-Heat game before turning it over to my computer for Blazers-Suns and then Lakers-Rockets, I thought to myself about how I’ve never been this excited for an NBA season. For me in the past, it was all-NCAA, all-time. Whether it’s because of how desperately I want to see LeBron James fail in Miami (last night’s 88-80 loss at the Garden was a nice start) or because of how desperately I want my Memphis Grizzlies to succeed (success being a very relative term in Memphis), this season promises more, at least for me, than ever before. Continue reading

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The Joakim Noah Contract

DANIEL SPERO: It was only four years ago that the Bulls (with basically the same front office people) used their cap space for a 4 year, $60 million dollar contract for a rapidly aging Ben Wallace, so it isn’t surprising that they ponied up this type of cash for Noah. Other deals for similar players include last year, when the Cavaliers handed out a 6-year, $50 million dollar contract to Anderson Varejao, and this summer when David Lee got $80 million over 6 years. But is Noah worth $60 million over 5 years? Maybe, at least in the current economic climate of NBA teams still holding stockpiled cap space from the 2010 summer free agent bonanza that turned into the LeBron/South Beach debacle. But what about the uncertainty of the upcoming CBA with the threat of a hard cap at a figure lower than teams can currently spend before having to pay the luxury tax? In the post-CBA world the Bulls might end up paying a lot more than they bargained for in the upcoming seasons for this deal. And is Noah really worth passing over Carmelo Anthony for?

BRAD GOLDBACH: The Noah contract may be a little much in some people’s eyes and he’s certainly no Carmelo Anthony, but it was the right move for the Bulls to make because he is just one of those guys who makes your team better.

JASON CLINKSCALES: The real reason I’m all for this contract: a few extra dollars can help out his wardrobe.
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What the FIBA World Championships Meant

MIKE CUMMINGS: About 10-odd days ago, Team USA won its first FIBA World Championship in 16 years, defeating Turkey 81-64 in the final at — wait, you hadn’t heard? Well, for real, it seriously did happen, and it was actually kind of a big deal to basketball fans, apparently. But unless I was missing out on something, mainstream American sports fans didn’t seem to care. At all. While this raises the possibility of some bad forest-related jokes — ‘If Team USA won a championship and no one heard about it, did it really happen?’ — it also raises some interesting questions. Chiefly among them: What the heck happened to international basketball?


HOWARD MEGDAL:
To me, the strange part of the recently-completed FIBA World Championships isn’t the lack of interest here in the United States. The Redeem Team simply reinforced for all but the most-observant fans that the USA reigns supreme, unless we send our B-team. And perhaps that is so.

But the difference in passion seen among the other countries this summer is what struck me. And there are several possible reasons. Continue reading

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Carmelo Anthony’s Value

HOWARD MEGDAL: Carmelo Anthony’s value to the Knicks is such that they should trade whomever it takes to get him, and give him a max contract, without thinking twice.

ALEX PREWITT: There’s no doubting Carmelo Anthony’s ability as a top-flight NBA player. Through seven seasons after leading Syracuse to the NCAA Championship, ‘Melo has never averaged under 20 points per game and has led the Nuggets to the playoffs in all seven years. But with rumors swirling regarding his imminent departure from the Rocky Mountains and Anthony’s pending free agency next summer, we can expect that some squad will throw a gaudy contract at ‘Melo to make him the cornerstone of the franchise. But does he belong in the elite level of players deserving of a max salary, or in the upper echelon of NBA studs along with fellow ’03 draftees LeBron James and Dwyane Wade? Continue reading

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Shaq To The Celtics

KRYSTEN OLIPHANT: Shaquille O’Neal to the Celtics is quite a…treat. I’m not sure it will be so successful on the court, but Boston will certainly get a lot from Shaq on the outside of the game.
BRAD GOLDBACH: Shaq will certainly provide entertainment for the Celtics, but I see this as a move that actually makes a lot of basketball sense for the C’s. I know, Shaq and basketball sense do not usually go in the same sentence these days, but hear me out. Continue reading

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Patrick Ewing: Head Coach

HOWARD MEGDAL: For me, a lifelong Patrick Ewing fan, seeing him become a head coach is about unfinished business. I want Patrick Ewing to win an NBA championship. But hearing that Ewing wants to be a head coach himself-well, who would be a better candidate?

JASON CLINKSCALES: The idea of Patrick Ewing as a future head coach may not be strange to those far removed from his heyday with the New York Knicks. However, but for those who followed his Hall of Fame career up close, it’ll take some eye-rubbing. Continue reading

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LeBron Rumors: Should We Care?

HOWARD MEGDAL: I know, I know. Nobody knows anything. Tom Izzo thinks LeBron’s staying in Cleveland, but he never talked to him. Dr. Phil weighed in- seriously. Not Phil Jackson. Phil McGraw.

It’s all nonsense. But I can’t turn away.

JASON CLINKSCALES: Jason, meet rock; rock, meet Jason. This is where you’ll find me under until LeBron James makes a decision. From that point on, if Pope Benedict XVI has thoughts on where he thinks the NBA star should go, I won’t be reading about them. Continue reading

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Reggie Miller’s Impact

STEPHON JOHNSON: Reggie Miller might have provided some show-stopping performances at Madison Square Garden, but without the New York Knicks, Miller doesn’t have a real legacy at all.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Just a brief bit to add to Stephon’s post. He mentioned in passing that Patrick Ewing was reliant on others to get him the ball. Problem is, others didn’t. Continue reading

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Patrick Ewing Trade and Retrospective

STEPHON JOHNSON: Patrick Ewing revolutionized the 5-spot and the Knicks, somehow, are still feeling the mistakes management made in the twilight of his career.

AKIE BERMISS: I grew a Knicks fan in Brooklyn, New York. When I was 11, I played in the local “Junior Knicks” basketball league. I had a Knicks winter coat, a windbreaker, two or three jerseys, and more NYK tee-shirts than I can possibly remember. And every spring, around playoff time, I fell horribly behind on my homework and studying while I cheered the Knicks through their ups and (mostly) downs. I was (and still am) a die-hard Knicks fan. Didn’t matter that we never won a championship — there was always next year. Why? Because there was always Patrick Ewing.

CHRIS PUMMER: While Ewing’s ugly split with the Knicks might seem like the perfect bookend — both for an era when the center’s large talents forgave other roster flaws, as well as the franchise’s current funk — the Hall-of-Famer’s exit was not the first domino to fall in the team’s descent into irrelevance.


HOWARD MEGDAL:
While Chris is correct about some poor contracts, none of the three he cites were responsible for roster-clogging disasters that came from the trade of Patrick Ewing. Continue reading

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