Thursday , Jul , 13 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

For The Love Of Basketball 66th edition

So, Big All About the Benjamins Wallace left the Pistons in pursuit of the all mighty dollar huh? I thought he said his heart was in Detroit? I guess love doesn’t conquer all.

You know it’s interesting how all the prognosticators are proclaiming the Bulls to be title contenders. That ladies and gentleman is SURDICULOUS (absurd + ridiculous) considering all they did was overpay for a guy who is the definition of offensive liability and trade for the vaunted P.J. Brown. The last time I looked, the Bulls were a jump shooting team that lacked an offensive low post presence. Well, nothing has changed thus far. Funny, they’ll be fortunate to get out of the first round next season. 

I can’t believe they’re going to pay Ben Effin’ Wallace $15 million a year. The guy averages less than 8 points a game. EIGHT POINTS!!! And I won’t mention how his rebounding, shot blocking and individual defense are VASTLY overrated. Amazing right? But you gotta give him credit, Big Ben pulled off the greatest heist the league has ever seen. I guess congratulations are in order, get that paper black!

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My man Tim Thomas parlayed his impressive playoff performance into a 4-year $24 million dollar deal from the Clippers. Don’t you just love how a person only gives their maximum effort during a contract year? But wait, don’t you just love it even more how teams ignore that very fact and still are willing to give money away? Actually, it’s not that bad of a deal for the Clips, but I have a hard time trusting those types of players.

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I’m feelin’ LeBron’s business acumen. He played his contract situation beautifully. We all know King James will do everything in his power to win; now we’ll see if the Cavaliers organization will do the same. They got three years to show and prove or the party will definitely be over.

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If I were Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, I’d be questioning the abilities of my representatives. Their respective clients had to be informed of their contract options by a peer of all people.

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Meanwhile, I guess Carmelo Anthony isn’t as sure of his future as the other stars of his draft class. He decided to sign the 5-year $80 million deal.

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The NBA draft was quite entertaining, I especially enjoyed the back and forth between Commissioner David Stern and ESPN’s Dan Patrick. That was good stuff. I don’t really have much to say about the selections, since none of the players really stood out to me, I’ll just have to reserve my judgment for another day. But I did have a thought, what gives Jay Bilas the qualifications to say who will be a success in the NBA? It’s not like he ACTUALLY played in the league.

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Has anyone ever seen Tyrus Thomas play before the NCAA Tournament? Well, I didn’t and I’m a basketball junkie. Yet, all of a sudden, he’s a lottery pick and a future hall of famer. If that isn’t making something out of nothing, then I don’t know what is.

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Shane Battier cried during his goodbye press conference to the Memphis media. I’m willing to bet $1 that the Memphis media didn’t reciprocate the sentiment even though he was such a vital cog in the Grizzlies becoming an NBA powerhouse.

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I’m still perturbed by the fact that the Miami Heat won the Glory. Gross! And you know what; it doesn’t bother me in the LEAST that I feel this way.

 
 
Aiight.