Takeover Thursdays – Stephen A Smith

So once again Stephen A Smith (SAS) opened up his mouth to make himself apart of the conversation.  SAS can’t help but want to be a factor in sports commentary; yesterday on Jim Rome’s show SAS talked about Bron’s mysterious lack of presence in the Game 4 loss to the Mavs.  For whatever reason SAS decided that he will drop a hint that LeBron James horrible Game 4 was more than just Bron having a bad game.

SAS talked about Bron possibly having off the court distractions/issues that may have caused the terrible Game4…..

Ummm, ok!!

SAS, what exactly are those off the court distractions?

When someone makes a comment like that it is only natural for everyone to inquire what those distractions are; BUT as soon as SAS alluded to possible “Distractions” he quickly added that it is none of our business.

WHAT???

How do you sit there and RECKLESSLY throw out statements about LeBron having possible off the court issues during the NBA Finals??

Come on Stephen A Smith, you know better than that.  Terrible job on his part and to me unprofessional… Because of SAS comments the next line of questions from Jim Rome were about LeBron’s mental makeup.

One second SAS is defending Bron’s toughness but then moments later he challenges Bron’s heart, where do you stand SAS?

That is weak on Stephen A Smith part; instead of just simply reporting on the NBA Finals for a quick minute Stephen A Smith is making himself the story.  Now everyone wants to know what does SAS know about LeBron’s off the court life.  On top of that SAS then wants to act innocent and get mad that everyone is hitting him up about his comments; STOP IT!!!!

You got exactly what you wanted Stephen A and that is attention; do us all a favor and just report on the game and stop trying to be the game.

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

F-A-Natic Fridays – The NY Knicks are for real but how “REAL” are they…

Amar'e Stoudemire

So here we go Knicks fans, tonight’s game is the 2nd test for the Knicks.  In many ways you can say that the Knicks have already shown a lot; it has been a LONG time since NY was this excited about basketball.  The Knickerbockers are 16-10 and coming off a heartbreaking defeat to the Celtics; without a doubt Amar’e Stoudemire has made an early case for MVP.  Stoudemire aka STAT (Standing Tall And Talented) set the Knicks record for 8 consecutive games scoring 30 or more points including adding his 9th straight game with a dominant performance against the Celtics.  This current streak by STAT has put him in the same company of the likes of Michael Jordan and Shaq O’Neil.

Needless to say STAT has already put his stamp on this team!

Many critics will say that during their 8 game winning streak that the Knicks have not faced quality opponents; while this is true you have to keep in mind where this organization has come from.  For TRUE Knicks fans no matter the quality of the opponents we know that the games we have won during this winning streak would not have been possible a year ago.  Even with the loss Wednesday night against the Celtics the Knicks have put an early stamp on the season; just ask the Celtics if they think the Knicks are for real.  Actually the Celts may not publicly say anything but the look on Paul Pierce’s face when Amar’e hit what was thought to be the game winning shot was priceless!

But enough of the Knicks losing to the Celtics… I will give the Knicks credit for giving the Celtics a run for their money but that’s it!  At the end of the day a loss is a loss and tonight we have the Heat and LeBron; no disrespect to Dwayne Wade but Bron will be the focus of NY fans tonight.  I expect tons of booing and unlike his past performances at the Garden when he was with the Cavs their will not be any cheering moments by Knicks fans for Bron Bron.  If the Knickerbockers REALLY want to show NYC and the rest of the NBA that they mean business they must win tonight!!!

There will be no moral victories!!!!

Against the Celtics the Knicks were able to hang and at times control the game; the Heat are not as good (team wise) as the Celtics so YES I am expecting the Knicks to win tonight.  Good teams bounce back and win these games, a win tonight will show that this Knicks team is more than just a .500 or barely above .500 team.

One thing for sure is that Knicks fans will not be a WITNESS tonight to the greatness of LeBron like Cavs fans were (Bron Bron made Cavs Fans Once Again Witness His Greatness…)

What I will be watching tonight is how the Knicks manage to play when Amar’e is not on the court; against the Celtics his absence was a problem as the team lost its way.  In my opinion this is the reason the Knicks need a solid 2nd scoring option, now is that player Melo???  That is still to be determined….

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!

Arrogance of Yankee fans…

So if you heard that loud annoying noise last night around midnight (eastern), it was Yankee fans crying about the news that Cliff Lee was going to sign with Philadelphia Phillies.  Don’t confuse the Yankee fans crying with the sobbing of Houston Texans as once again they lost a game in heartbreaking fashion, but that story is for another day; LOL!

Back to Yankee fans, the typical NY Yankee fan is so arrogant that they feel EVERY free agent should sign with them and that going anywhere else is like turning down the advances of Selita Ebanks.  After the disbelief of the idea that the #1 free agent on the market Cliff Lee would tell the Yankees no, fans of the Bronx Bombers began to go after the mental makeup Lee and his wife.  Seriously, was it not enough that classless Yankee fans rudely heckled Lee’s wife during the ALCS last year at Yankee Stadium?

In my opinion any attack on Lee’s mental makeup is just silly, and any comparison to LeBron not wanting to come to the Knicks is off as well.  In the case of LeBron you can say LeBron was wanting to avoid being the man as basketball is more of an individual sport than baseball.  Bron would have had the focus of the NY media on him every day as he would be playing every game.  Unlike LeBron, Lee would only pitch every 5 days while sharing the marquee with other Yankee players like Jeter, Robinson Cano, Alex Rodriguez and Mariano Rivera.  Keep in mind that for the past 2 seasons Lee has been a hired gun that has been thrown into the fire of stretch runs for teams making a push for the playoffs.  He also has been the #1 pitcher leading teams in the playoffs…

Postseason Pitching Statistics
SEASON G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO W L SV HLD BLSV WHIP ERA
2009 5 5 2 0 40.1 27 10 7 0 6 33 4 0 0 0 0.82 1.56
2010 5 5 1 0 35.2 27 12 11 2 2 47 3 2 0 0 0.81 2.78
Total 10 10 3 0 76.0 54 22 18 2 8 80 7 2 0 0 0.82 2.13

Sorry Yankee fans but these are not the numbers of some one scared to pitch on the big stage, LOL!  As a matter of fact Lee has done it in Yankee Stadium as an opposing pitcher, which is worse than playing for the home team.  Yankee fans will just have to get over it and realize Lee just likes Philly better; yes there are people out there not obsessed with NYC and being part of that scene.  It’s even coming out that Lee never wanted to leave Philly last season when he was traded.  If you want to question Lee’s intelligence, well that is a different story… LOL, who wants to live in PHILLY!  At the end of the day Yankee fans should applaud Lee for not just being about the money and coming to NY to cash checks.  It will truly be OK Yankee fans, you still have C.C. Sabathia…

Now as a Mets fan, I am the one that should be mad!!!!

WTF, now my squad which has no money to spend not only has to deal with Roy “Doc” Halladay but now in a 3 game series we could be facing Halladay, Lee, and Hamels/Oswalt!! Screw a Yankees fan, I am the one who should be crying, HAHA!!!

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!

Bron Bron made Cavs fans once again WITNESS his greatness….

LeBron James

As we all know by now, LeBron James returned to Cleveland for the first game since last year’s embarrassing playoff performance.  There was much talk about the reception James would receive from the Cavs fans and for the most part they lived up to expectations.  All types of chants of “Scottie Pippen” and “Akron Hates You” rain down on the former King Cavalier.  With all the boos and jeers LeBron calmly knocked down his first jumper and from that point on the King once again ruled the court.

 
By the end of the 3rd quarter the occupants of the Quicken Loans Arena were all WITNESSES; the boos that were once defeating at the beginning of the game continued but at a much lower level.  As the Cavs played the role of court jester in King James Court I recalled comments made by Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith before the game; they made reference to that LeBron’s leaving Cavs for the Heat was basically a statement against his former Cavs teammates.  In simple terms, James was saying they were not good enough for him to win a championship.  I remember thinking that was a pretty harsh statement, but at the same time that it has some truth to it… also I was wondering how his ex mates felt about that.
 
WELL……
 
By the end of the 3rd there was no doubt in my mind about Kenny and Charles statement; THE CAVS WERE NOT AND STILL NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO HELP JAMES WIN!!!
 
It wasn’t just the bad play of the Cavs, because there is some talent on that team.  It was the poor attitudes those players took to the court; there is nothing wrong with players being friends off the court but when you are competing… all that friendship stuff is left in the locker room.  These kats on the Cavs have no heart, they let James come to their house and act like it was his crib and they were only renters.
 
If you’re a Cavs player how are you going to sit there and yuck it up with Bron during timeouts and free throws?  These bum ass player let Bron stand in front of their bench and chat them up.  At times Booby Gibson looked more like a fan than a ball player on a team getting their asses handed to them.  Cavs fans need to stop putting all the blame on James for not taking them to the promise land and they better look at them cornballs currently playing for them. 
 
Cavs players need to take a lesson from Joakim Noah; there is no way Noah would have taken that sh*t from James; he already let the King know he is not a servant in the King’s Court.  I hope Byron Scott will sit those players down and have a long conversation and let them know, at some point one of them kats should have stood up and told James to STFU and get away from their bench. 
 
And I refuse to give Mo Williams any respect for the cold shoulder he gave Bron during warmups…
 
Really Mo???  You did all that and tweeted all that trash before the game and turned around a laid an egg!  Plus Mo looked like a woman scorned, LOL!!!
 
 
As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!

Militant Mondays – LeBron James a “Runaway Slave”???

 

“His feelings of betrayal personify a slave master mentality…”

“He sees LeBron as a runaway slave. This is an owner employee relationship — between business partners — and LeBron honored his contract.”

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Jesse Jackson

I totally disagree with Jesse Jackson on this; how can you bring race in this matter? What we have here is an owner (Dan Gilbert) who is upset he lost his #1 cash cow in LeBron James. Was Dan Gilbert’s comments out of line; in my opinion yes! Calling LeBron James a coward is ridiculous; as an 18-year-old James came into the NBA with a tremendous amount of hype and the weight of a city on his shoulders. In his 7 years with the Cavs LeBron handled himself great maturity and never shamed the city of Cleveland or the Cavaliers. James was able to make the Cavs a top draw as they seemed to always be on TNT during the NBA season; so when did LeBron act like a coward??

Dan Gilbert spit so much fire at LeBron in his open letter that even Dylan was impressed, HAHA!!!

Seriously tho Dan Gilbert acted like Spencer Pratt after Heidi left him; instead of acting a professional he let his emotions get the best of him. In no way am I making any excuses for Gilbert, but for Jesse Jackson to say Gilbert sees LeBron as a “Runaway Slave” is a bit of a stretch. I don’t know if Jackson felt he had to defend LeBron’s decision to leave; James has received a lot of negative press since making his decision. From Cleveland to New York City fans are feeling betrayed by LeBron (still not sure why Knicks fans are so upset). Whatever the reasons are Jesse took a sensitive issue like racism (slavery) and interjected into a situation where we have a millionaire owner mad at a millionaire (new money) basketball player.

“Slavery” in this case is a hard sell;especially when you look at LeBron’s career in Cleveland. Since day one with the Cavs, LeBron has controlled that organization. Best believe that there was not a single player/personnel move made in Cleveland without it first being passed by King James. I don’t know many slaves that would receive treatment like that. The whole free agency process itself showed the control James and his team (Team LeBron) maintained. Jackson’s comparison to slavery is a slap in the face to those who really faced slavery.

Jesse Jackson SHOULD be looking into the Oscar Grant case if he wants to do something positive. LeBron doesn’t need “Messy Jesse” coming to his rescue, James has his situation in had. I mean who else would leave approximately $20-30 Million on the table to take less money?? Only someone who is in more control than we give him credit for…

No disrespect Jesse Jackson but do us all a favor and SHUT THE HELL UP!!!

Update 7/13/2010: Monday night David Stern addressed the media from Las Vegas and announced that the Cleveland Cavaliers will be fined $100K for owner Dan Gilbert’s comments concerning LeBron James leaving the Cavs for the Miami Heat. David Stern also stated he disagreed with Jesse Jackson’s statements about Gilbert looking at LeBron as a “Runaway Slave”

As always….
If there is something to be said, “Its On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!

Takeover Thursdays – The NY Knicks

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Today is the day that NY Knicks fans have been waiting for since the Patrick Ewing Era ended on September 20, 2000. It has been a long decade suffering through Scott Layden, Isiah Thomas and the ownership of James Dolan. Well Dolan still owns the Knicks but times have changed as Donnie Walsh was brought in to revitalize this once proud franchise. Throughout it all loyal Knicks fans stuck with their team. At times we were glutton for punishment as year after year we came into the season optimistic even though the talent to win was not there (Jerome James).

Now all signs point in the right direction for the Knicks, and the “Real” Knicks fans are ready for the ride!

Donnie Walsh came into NY with a plan; that plan was to get the Knicks under the cap by the time big-time free agents like LeBron James and Dwayne Wade were available.

Part 1 of Mission Accomplished!!

The next step for Donnie was to sign a big-time free agent; this would not be the easiest task in the world. Even though the Knicks were able to get under the cap it still was not a guarantee that the Knicks could sign a top-tier guy; the Knicks were not the most attractive team for potential FAs. Let’s face it, the Knicks needed more than the lure of the bright lights of NYC and unfortunately a roster of Eddy Curry, Billy Walker, Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Andy Rautins, and Landry Fields is not that appealing.

Still the Knicks had a lot of money to offer and in this business money is high on the list for these players no matter what they say! So as free agency started on July 1st; the Knicks made their pitch to top FAs Joe Johnson, Amar’e Stoudemire, and LeBron James. Johnson would ultimately decide on returning to Atlanta and take the money and run (most Knicks fans are not mad at that). Then came the Presentation to LeBron James; without a doubt LeBron is the Grand Prize of the 2010 FAs. The Knicks reportedly offered LeBron 2 packages in signing with them:

  1. Sign a max deal and leave the Knicks with the ability to sign one other top-tier free agent
  2. Sign for less than the max deal and give the Knicks the ability to sign 2 other top tie free agents

In my opinion the Knicks did what they could do; basically telling King James sign with the Knicks and use your ability to help lure other big-time players and lets build a championship franchise in NYC. Also adding that when you win in NYC there is no other feeling; NYC is the MECCA (I am a shameless New Yorker)!!

With all the sports world focus on King James Donnie Walsh also put his work in with Amar’e Stoudemire…

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Amar’e aka STAT (Stand Tall And Talented) is a player who is looking to be “The Man” and the Knicks are a team looking for a player who wants to be “The Man” and lead this franchise back to glory. Apparently that was enough for Amar’e as Donnie was able to snag STAT with a max deal (5 years approximately $100 Million). With Stoudemire now a NY Knick Donnie has made the Knicks an attractive option for FAs; when free agency started many said the Knicks had a shot at signing LeBron albeit a long shot. Once Amar’e signed with NY, the Knicks became REAL players in the King James sweepstakes. The past couple of days have been great for NYC basketball; I haven’t felt excitement like this since Larry Johnson’s 4-point play against the Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals. This is how it should always be in NYC.

As Knicks fans countdown to the 9pm announcement by LeBron on where he will end up (reports say LeBron is leaning towards signing with the Miami Heat and join Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh); we should keep in mind that all is not lost if King James decides not to come to NY. Landing the King is not the only way to win a championship; we have a viable starting piece in Amar’e Stoudemire. Donnie Walsh has given me a reason to believe…

In Donnie I Trust!!!

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Update 7/12/2010: LeBron decided to join Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade in Miami. Knicks complete Sign & Trade of David Lee with Golden State Warriors; get Ronnie Turiaf, Anthony Randolph and Kelenna Azubuike in return. Knicks trade for draft rights of Jerome Jordan (7- foot center). Knicks sign Russian 7- foot center Timofley Mozgov and agree in principle with point guard Raymond Felton.

As always….

If there is something to be said, “Its On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!

F-A-Natic Fridays – The NY Knicks select….

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With the 38th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft the NY Knicks select…

Before we get to who the Knicks selected in the NBA Draft let’s first go through the status of the roster before the picks were selected. As all Knicks fans know, this is a big huge offseason for the organization. The 2010 free-agent class is loaded with talent; LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Joe Johnson, Amar’e Stoudemire, Carlos Boozer…

With that much talent on the open market Donnie Walsh came in as Knicks GM 2 years ago with the idea of freeing up as much cap space as possible. Walsh is banking on that he can sign a top line free-agent (LeBron, Dwayne Wade) or at least sign two 2nd tier stars (Chris Bosh type players). To Walsh’s credit he was able to free up the much-needed cap space; no one could have imagined Walsh would have been able to get rid of the bloated contract of Jared Jeffries but he did. So the excitement of Knicks fans going into the 2010 offseason was pretty high; well at least as high as it has ever been since the Knicks acquired Stephon Marbury.

The residual effect of Walsh clearing cap space left the Knicks with a depleted roster made up of; Eddy Curry, Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Toney Douglas and Bill Walker. Needless to say this is not the most attractive roster to help court the likes of LeBron, Dwayne Wade or Bosh. So Walsh had some work to do as he would have to add talent via the draft to help set the stage for July 1st (free agency officially starts).

In looking at the current the Knicks its obvious they have some holes in their lineup; legit shot blocker/rebounder, play-maker, and legit point guard. Some would also argue coach, HAHA!!

As the draft was approaching the Knicks picks (38 and 39) I started to realize that Brooklyn’s own Lance Stephenson was still on the board along with some legitimate centers. Stephenson is a very good raw talent; a physical 6’6″ shooting guard who can go to the basket. I understand that Stephenson is not a great shooter but I like the idea of the Knicks having some kind of a play maker that can create his own shot. I also believe he would have no fears in taking a shot with the shot-clock winding down; other than Gallinari no one has shown the desire to take that shot.

As the picks ahead of the Knicks started to wind down and teams continued to pass on Stephenson I was sure this was a done deal.

34. Portland: Armon Johnson, Nevada, shooting guard

35. Washington: Nemanja Bjelica, Serbia, small forward (draft rights traded to Minnesota)

36. Detroit: Terrico White, Ole Miss, shooting guard

37. Milwaukee: Darington Hobson, New Mexico, small forward

With the 38th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft the NY Knicks select…

Andy Rautins

Ummm, OK… This is not a bad pick, I mean I have watched Andy Rautins play for the past 3 years and his game has improved drastically. He is a GREAT shooter with a quick release, he is also a scrappy player that will compete every night. His defense is nothing to write home about but he is not here for defense, lol. I am concerned how much of an impact Rautins will have coming off the bench; i don’t know if he is that type of player that can come into a game and start lighting it up from 3 point land. Still this is not a bad pick and it doesn’t hurt that he is a Syracuse Alum (Orange Pride).

OK, no worries we need size; if I can’t at Lance Stephenson at least we can get a shot blocker. There are still some bigs left, Let’s Go!!!!

With the 39th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft the NY Knicks select…

Landry Fields

WTF, Landry Fields???? Just what the Knicks needed another 6’7″ small forward; sorry but what about Wilson Chandler, Billy Walker, and Gallinari? Is this really a position of need for the Knicks? NO!!!! Unless the Knicks are not as in love with Chandler as they used to be; he has finished the last 2 seasons with surgery and he was arrested for marijuana position this off-season. I don’t know this pick doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, not unless he is a chip in a future trade.

To be fair to Landry Fields he is a very athletic small forward that can score around the basket, he will need to work on his jumper and his defense. No offense but the last thing the Knicks need are more non-defenders.

According to reports today, Donnie Walsh apparently addressed our center needs. Reports are stating the Bucks will be dealing the 44th pick Jerome Jordan (7’1″); for whatever reason draft rules prohibit the deal from being finalized until 2 weeks after the draft. If this is true this is a very good move by the Knicks. Jerome is a good athlete that can run the floor and he can block shots!!!

All in all I am still disappointed that Lance Stephenson is not a Knick, but I can live with Rautins and Landry Fields will have to do a lot to make me forget about Stephenson. I will definitely be watching Stephenson progress in Indiana; watch out Walsh I will yelling outside of MSG before every home game if Stephenson turns out to be a stud!!!!

Have the Knicks address all of their needs? No, we still have Mike D’Antoni coaching the team HAHA!! We will get LeBron? Probably not, I think we have a better chance at bringing in 2nd tier players like Bosh, Joe Johnson, and Amar’e.

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!