Wasn’t About the Money?

Carmelo Anthony had a interview with ESPN Jeff Goodman and in his interview he had some interesting things to say,  he said:

“I want to win. I don’t care about the money,” Anthony said. “I believe Phil (Jackson) will do what he has to do to take care of that.

“I don’t think we’re that far away,” he added. “People use ‘rebuilding’ too loosely.”

“I was flip-flopping,” he admitted. “It was hard. It was Chicago, but then after I met with L.A., it was L.A. But it came back to Chicago — and was pretty much always Chicago or New York. That’s a situation where I could have walked in now to an opportunity to compete for the next however many years.”

“It’s a matter of me believing in the organization, believing in Phil,” Anthony said. “I wanted to go somewhere where I can end my career.”

What really stands out to me when he says “I want to win. I don’t care about the money,”  this is just a flat-out lie. There is no other explanation to why he re-signed with the New York Knicks but for the extra 50 million he would get from the Knicks. This Knicks team has no shot at winning a championship yet he says “he wants to win” if he would have signed with the Chicago Bulls I could understand him saying he wants to win because that team would easily give him a better chance at winning. Let me be clear I do not blame Carmelo for taking the money,  family is more important than basketball. Carmelo family can be set for generations now with all money he will be getting, that sounds much better to me than winning a ring.

Hello Charlotte

The Brooklyn native Lance Stephenson has signed with the Charlotte Hornets, according Rick Bonnell from Charlotte Observer.

The Contract I would say is a steal and very cheap for his talents, 3-years 27 million with a team option on the last year he is set to make 9 million 2014-2015 and 9 million again for 2015-2016 if the Hornets pick up the team option he would make a little bit over 9 million in 2016-2017.

Lance Stephenson has that killer instinct that the Hornets need, he can bring a new attitude to the locker room. Many people try to knock Lance for his on the court behavior, the things he has done like blowing in LeBron’s ear to doing the choke sign to LeBron some years ago. But I find that to be overblown I think it’s funny and a good way to try to get into a player’s head, even LeBron found him annoying and wondered how he did he hold back from doing something to Lance. Lance Stephenson should have been a All-Star this past season but no one knows how he didn’t make it but he carried that chip on his shoulder all season and I hope he continues to do that this season.

 

Statistically he had his best season by far. Lance averaged 13.8 points ,7.2 rebounds ,and 4.6 assist Lance led the league in triple doubles with five, Lance also led all shooting guards in rebounds.

Bringing Home the Goods

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Germany is the 2014 FIFA World Cup champions!

This game was a thriller going into extra time just to decide the winner in the final game of the World Cup. Mario Gotze might have just scored the biggest goal of his life. Mario Gotze caught a beautiful lob pass from André Schürrle, as catching the ball on his chest he managed to keep control and volley kick with his left foot past the goalie putting Germany up 1-0. This was one of the best goals we have seen this World Cup. Lionel Messi missed some chances but Germany was just simply too much for Argentina. Germany wins its fourth overall title and first title since 1990. This was a match to remember for ages.

Melo Staying Put

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Today Carmelo Anthony officially announced on his website he will be staying with the New York Knicks. The letter he wrote is:

A few years ago I dreamed of coming back to New York City, the place of my birth, and on February 23, 2011 that became a reality. This organization has supported me and in return, I want to stay and build here with this city and my team. At this pivotal juncture in my career, I owed it to myself and my family to explore all of the options available to me. Through it all, my heart never wavered.

During this journey I met with some quality organizations who have amazing talent and leadership. I thank them for their consideration, belief in my talent, and opportunity to imagine the possibilities.

I will always remember this chapter in my life. In the end, I am a New York Knick at heart. I am looking forward to continue my career in Orange & Blue and to work with Phil Jackson, a champion who builds championship teams. Madison Square Garden is the mecca of basketball and I am surrounded by the greatest fans in the world.”

He signed the max contract 5-years 120 million, I believe only time will tell if this was a smart signing for Melo I don’t know what Phil Jackson has in store for the Knicks but at least Phil now can breathe easily knowing Melo is returning for the next 5-years. Being able to build around a superstar like Melo is something that won’t be easy but can be done with the right pieces, Hopefully Phil Jackson can continue to unload these bad contracts such as Amar’e Stoudemire, and J.R. Smith. Phil was able to trade-off Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton to get some pretty good quality players in return.

Marvin Williams to Charlotte Hornets

Marvin Williams is heading to Charlotte signing a two-year deal worth 14 million fully guaranteed. Marvin Williams is a combo forward who can play the small and power forward position. Coming out of North Carolina he was taken 2nd overall in the 2005 NBA draft to the Atlanta hawks, although he didn’t live up to the hype he however is a serviceable role player which is something the Hornets need. Last season with the Utah Jazz he averaged 9.1 points with 5.1 rebounds off the bench. He can bring in veteran leadership to the young big’s like Cody Zeller, Noah Vonleh, and Bismack Biyombo.

I’m Coming Home

I’m coming home words spoken by LeBron James, nothing sweeter for a Cleveland Cavalier fan to hear. It has been 4 years since he had the “decision” and left for South Beach. Today he decided he wanted to head back to Cleveland where he started his NBA career and hopefully ends. I couldn’t agree more with this choice from LeBron James.Click Here Continue reading his article on why he felt like he had to come back to Ohio.

Bad News NBA

 

Many reports are going around that the Miami Heat will be targeting Carmelo Anthony. If this is true then this would dismantle the NBA. I don’t think I will ever understand why these superstars in the NBA feel the need to team up with each other to win a championship, I find it taking the easy way out and not having to compete against each other. I think that’s the thing behind this, these players are scared to compete against each other. Till this day I still disagree with LeBron teaming up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, even though they managed to go 2-2 in their four-year run, I felt like he took the easy way out by teaming up with at the time two top ten players. Dwyane Wade has gotten older and close to retirement, Chris Bosh played good up until NBA Finals.LeBron actually was the only person to show up in the Finals and actually the  Miami Heat are the oldest team in the NBA at 30.4.The Heat do need to get younger and more pieces I believe before trying to get Carmelo they need to fill the point guard position, as Mario Chalmers played awful and showed he isn’t a starting point guard  they should attempt to get Kyle Lowry is one of the most underrated point guards in the NBA averaging almost 18 points per game with 7.4 assist per game, this could really help the Heat in so many ways.  I do believe the Miami Heat could use some help but bringing in another superstar player would be good for the team, but overall as a league and fan base of the NBA this would be very bad news.