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Can Carmelo Anthony rebuild in OKC? 

It just did not work in New York. Fun while it lasted I guess. Flashes of Kristaps Porzingis being great in the future, (Jeremy Lin) Lin-sanity, brief appearances in the playoffs after a long drought, but I think even Carmelo Anthony would admit this is not the legacy he wanted to leave in New York. I for one am excited on what is to come for “hoodie Melo”. He’s definitely has got some bulletin board material to motivate the next chapter of his career.

Last season Carmelo and other NBA stars see LeBron James went back and forth with then Knicks president Phil Jackson. Jackson at one point even saying Melo should probably continue elsewhere. The Knicks again had a terrible season in which they missed the playoffs and Carmelo had one of the worst statistical seasons of his career. Melo had one of the lowest outputs ever offensively which had some fans of the NBA questioning his value since scoring is his best attribute and felt he never expanded his game to involving his teammates and playing defense. He was also blatantly not on the Knicks radar for building for the future. Then ESPN drops its players ranking where he’s disrespectfully listed as the 64th best player in the NBA just behind rookie Lonzo Ball who hasn’t played a game yet and I’m a Laker fan but be serious. Have you seen the footage of him giving all the stars in the league work this summer all while wearing a hoodie?

Fast forward to this summer post Phil Jackson being fired and we see a whirlwind of trades happening throughout the NBA. Paul George setting up shop in Oklahoma, Chris Paul joining Harden in Houston and Jimmy Buckets (Butler) taking his talents to Minnesota. Stars all around the league changing the dynamic powers of the NBA. All except the one we thought would for sure be traded. Yesterday news broke that Carmelo added teams to a list he would accept a trade to. Last week we received confirmation he’ll be heading to Oklahoma to join Russell Westbrook and George creating another super team if those exist (see Cavs, Warriors finals back and forth lol). Let the fireworks begin.

Video: Kobe Bryant’s reaction to Lakers win on Jimmy Kimmel

I know I’m a day late a dollar short, but when I saw this video yesterday I knew I was going to post it. Sorry for dragging my feet folks.

The Lakers are like 1-81 this year and personally it was funny seeing them celebrate a meaningless regular season game. I mean the Lakers are in full tank for D’Angelo Russell mode right now. Nick Young, Jeremy Lin, Jordan Hill and Carlos Boozer were acting like they won the Championship. Kobe as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel was played the video live and his reaction was priceless and expected. He knows this team sucks and they shouldn’t be celebrating when they are heading to the lottery for the second year in a row.

Check out the video this is classic.

Do The Basketball Gods have any love for the Lakers?

First off if you know me, you know I’m a diehard Lakers fan and some of this post will make you laugh, some might make you mad, but hey it’s all my opinion. It could be right, wrong or indifferent. I just wanted to get that off my chest before I start a little rant about my favorite NBA squad.

The Lakers off-season started early this 2013-14 season soon as Kobe broke his knee cap the season which didn’t have much hope to begin with withered away in the Los Angeles sunset.

JuliusRandleLakersThe Lakers had the 7th pick in the NBA draft and ended up selecting Kentucky power forward Julius Randle. Randle reminds me of a more athletic Zach Randolph, with his physical style of play. I think Randle will be a double-double guy for years to come. The Lakers got a steal with him falling to the 7th pick. So the basketball gods showed some love for this move.

The big tagline from a lot of media outlets during the end of the season is the Lakers were poised to get one of the big name free agents out in the market. The two big dogs were fellow small forwards LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony.  I knew it was no chance in hell LeBron would be silly enough to help Kobe win a few more glory rings, so I never bought into that rumor, but I did have some hope the Lakers could steal Melo away from the lowly Knicks. Ultimately Melo went back to NY and the Lakers whiffed of their big splash signing. The basketball gods showed no love.

The Lakers resigned high energy power forward Jordan Hill to a two-year $18 million dollar deal. I like Hill as a player, but the Lakers overpaid just a tad. Every team needs a dirty work player who is effective, but for $9 million a year? I don’t know! As least it’s only a two-year deal. The basketball gods showed no love.

swaggyplakersNick “Swaggy P” Young resigned with for four years $21.5 million, the fourth year is a player option. Swaggy P was the Lakers leading scorer last year and for the mid-level exception Young is a steal for the Lakers to retain at that price. Young’s overall entertainment value is worth this contract and the fact he can score. The basketball gods showed love.

Jeremy Lin and a 1st round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. Lin only has one year left on his deal, but it’s the poison pill part of deal which is roughly $ 15 million this year against the cap. Lin is better than any other point guard on the roster and the value of getting the 1st round pick is very important. We all know Linsanity was just a two-week run in New York, but he isn’t a bum. As much as I talked about Lin and now he’s on my favorite team, karma for my ass! As must as I want to say the basketball gods didn’t show love, in fact they did.

boozergasolThe Gasol for Boozer unintentional swap has been the big topic amongst Laker fans this week. Pau Gasol went to the Bulls and Carlos “Bigen” Boozer came to the Lakers. Gasol signed a deal with the Bulls and Boozer was amnestied by Bulls and signed by the Lakers for $3.25 million. The Bulls still will pay Boozer a little over $16 million this year, which is a win for him. I’ve wanted to replace Gasol for the last three years, but I didn’t want the replacement to be Boozer. Is this a sick game being played on me? Do you know how much I dislike Boozer? Overall, getting Boozer for 3.25 million is a good deal, but it’s still Boozer. The basketball gods showed no love.

There are a few other moves that were made, but nothing worth saying if the basketball gods hates the Lakers or not.  If Kobe can come back strong maybe the Lakers will compete for a bottom seed in the Western Conference. I know the Lakers will be better than last year, but the question is how much better?

Note: Byron Scott is the new head coach.

Is Linsanity Back?

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It seems like it was ages ago when Jeremy Lin dazzled the basketball world which gave him the nickname Linsanity. Since Linsanity died out in New York Lin never really got comfortable with the Houston Rockets last season.

Lin did have respectable numbers averaging (13.4 ppg and 6.1 assists per game), but he never lived up to the lofty expectations of his new contract.

This season Lin is averaging 18.2 ppg to go along with 4.9 assists. Lin is a part-time starter and has exploded as of late averaging over 25ppg in the past few contests.

The numbers look good for Lin, but can he keep up his stellar play? With James Harden, Chandler Parsons, and Dwight Howard being at the forefront of the offense’s focus I don’t see Lin scoring as much, but he can give them solid point guard play to get everything in order.

We may never see Linsanity unleashed ever again, it was fun while it lasted, but that doesn’t mean that Jeremy Lin can’t be a quality player.

With the pressure off of him after signing his contract, and with the acquisition of Dwight Howard life is a little easier on Jeremy Lin.

Remembering FlipSanity A.K.A. Ronald “Flip” Murray

flipAround this time last year some were introduced to a NBA player by the name of Jeremy Lin who became an instant success with the New York Knicks. Lin took the basketball world and the “Big Apple” by storm with his feel good story, and great play on the court. Jeremy Lin’s run created a lot of Linsanity across the nation. Many people may not know that there was  player before Jeremy Lin that had a similar run, but didn’t garner the same attention.

That player is Ronald “Flip” Murray.  Back in the 2003-2004 season with the then Seattle SuperSonics Murray had a run of averaging over 21.0 ppg over his first 14 games. Murray didn’t get the attention that Lin received due to playing in a small market. Prior to shining with the Seattle SuperSonics,  Murray was coming off of a bench riding rookie season with the Milwaukee Bucks.  The guard out of  Shaw University(Division II) caught many people by surprise, and went on to play in the NBA for a total of eight seasons (Played for the Bucks, Sonics, Cavs, Pacers, Bulls, Pistons, Bobcats, and  Hawks) .  Here is a video of  Flipsanity throughout his career going to work!

Get over it Knicks fans Linsanity has left the building

Stuff happens in sports it’s just the way of life. Since free agency has burst on the scene it has allowed players to do “what cha’ like” to quote the og Shock G. There is nothing wrong with players leaving teams to joint other teams for more money, contrary to popular belief. As the common fan we get mad at the player because they left your favorite team to join a rival or vise versa but at the end of the day it is a business. Business decisions are made everyday by the players and the owners, so get paid that’s all I say. (This is my disclaimer)

Around the world people are pissed the Knicks didn’t match the offer sheet the Houston Rockets sent for overnight sensation Jeremy Lin. The deal on the table was a 3 year deal worth 25.1 million but the catch for the Knicks is the last year of the deal wasn’t worth between 8-9 million it was back loaded via poison pill at 14.8 million. Do people really think the Knicks should’ve matched that? In the words of the Great Kobe Bryant, “The kid has played two games” Figuratively not literally but you get the point. I think the Knicks were smart for not matching, they didn’t let the hype make them over spend for no reason.

The writing was on the wall the Knicks were not going to match once they did a sign and trade deal with the Blazers to acquire Raymond Felton. With the acquisition of Felton it gives the Knicks a solid point guard who can make plays on a nightly basis and they signed OG Jason Kidd so their PG situation isn’t in bad hands.

Lin only played 35 games last year and had a great 2-3 week run where he helped the Knicks go 8-0 and helped bring them back to respectability in the eastern conference. I understand Lin helped bring excitement to Knicks basketball that the Garden hasn’t seen in years but let’s not mistake Lin for Steve Nash people, just don’t do it. After his hot start he came down to earth and became a regular player,which was expected. Lin is a decent player, we can’t call the kid a bum but do we know if he can even solid play throughout a whole season? Is he worth the 25.1 million over 3 years the Rockets are about to shell out to him?

My question to everybody that is on the Lin bandwagon is do you remember another Rockets point guard by the name of Matt Maloney? If not here’s a little background story on the situation, Matt took the Rockets by storm with a hot month or two and everybody thought their PG situation was solved, but it wasn’t.

Do you remember Ronald “Flip” Murray? Who had a hot half of a season replacing the great Ray Allen at the two guard. Yeah we saw how that ended up but I bet Flip is saying why couldn’t I get cashed out for my flash season..

Maybe Lin doesn’t pull a Flip or Matt but I believe the Knicks did the right thing. Why pay him top-tier money when he hasn’t proven over the long haul he is a top-tier player? Why? So, Knicks get over Linsanity it’s gone, your front office made the correct decision.

Why Jeremy Lin Should Sit Out Versus the Miami Heat?

There has been speculation about Jeremy Lin returning to the court for game five against the Miami Heat. It is a very high chance that the Knicks will lose game five so it is not like that the Knicks are waiting on Willis Reed to return. Though the Knicks are in need of a point guard due to the recent injury of Baron Davis it would be best for Lin to stay in a business suit rather than returning to the hardwood.

We all remember how Linsanity played during his highly anticipated match up against the Miami Heat prior to the playoffs. The Miami Heat sent the wolves towards Lin and he was exposed. Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole hounded him for 48 minutes and Lin had one his worst games of the season.

In sports the “what have you done for me lately” slogan becomes truer by the day. The lasting images of Jeremy Lin were a good one in the mind of basketball fans and NBA Executives. This is a guy who was a feel good story that had a nice run that helped fuel the Knicks into playoff contention. With Lin being a free agent it will be smart for him to sit out the playoffs and to cash in on a big payday this summer. By Lin sitting he is still looked at as the feel good story of the NBA. If he comes to play, but not in the way that we all remember it can raise question marks about his ability to play and how he returns from injury.

Not playing is the best business move for Linsanity and his camp. Professional sports are ruthless so it is important to cash on a paycheck while you are relevant. Lin may not be worth a big payday, but it ensures his financial security if he is really a one-hit wonder.