Alpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (10 years 7 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1031 times:
Everyone is gathering in Churches, Synagogues, Mosques, and wherever else today in Cleveland. The city has reached a watershed in it's history. It's do or die, put up or shut up.
Yes, that's right, tonight, at 8pm, the world stops turning for Cleveland. It's the moment of truth-will LeBron become a Cavalier, and rescuse this sorry excuse of an NBA franchise, or will it wither and die. I don't care if Carmello and Darko are out there. If they don't get LeBron, they might as well leave.
May the Gods at whatever Law Firm are overseeing the ping-pong ball selection smile on the sons and daughters of "The Shot", "The Drive", "The Fumble". Amen.
Alpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 984 times:
STT757, Shaq is probably one of the main reasons the Lakers aren't going for #4 in a row. He's fat, out of shape, and seems to have lost a lot of the desire that, two years ago, was I thought made him into the player in the league.
He's got to lose about 50lbs, and get serious about his conditioning. Oh, and it didn't help that he pissed off The Zen Master by blowing off his exit interview after the loss to San Antonio.
Speaking of the Spurs, how many times can they blow a big 2nd half or 4th quarter lead? They did it tonight again to Dallas. They have no heart; they have no killer instinct. Go Nets.
Alpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 962 times:
No way, IMissPiedmont. He's too good for a crash and burn! He's got loads of talent, and I think he'll be smart enough to keep his roadies at a distance once he's signed by the Cavaliers. Although if it were to happen, such a thing would happen to a Cleveland team.
STT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16564 posts, RR: 52 Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 951 times:
I think he's going to be a great player, but not right away.
Kevin Garnette is now only begining to grow into a leader on the T-Wolves, and how long has he been in the league?
I give James 4-5 years untill he becomes a "impact" player, that's one advantage of College.
College players develop quicker in the NBA than do the high school kids.
I think there should be a mandatory age limit in the NBA, of lets say 20.
College could be one path to the NBA, but I think the NBA should develop a "minor league" system with the European leagues. If a kid does not want to go to College they can play in Italy or Spain for a couple years, make $50k-$100K a year and gain some maturity and "worldly Knowledge" before landing the 6 year $70 Million dollar contracts.
It would also help the NBA continue to diversify by recruiting more European players like Dirk Neviski (SP?) and Valdi Divac (?).
MLB has been very successfull recruiting new talent from Latin America, Japan, and South Korea.
MaxPowers From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 475 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 945 times:
He's not gonna be that good in the NBA...he's playing with kids at the highschool level, and totally skipped the college level. From Highschool to pro can be done, however it's gonna be really tough for him.
Redngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 47 Reply 16, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 928 times:
I hope & pray that...
...he will be competent in the NBA
...he will actually compete in the NBA
...he doesn't hold out (even though he's already promised...)
...he doesn't get into drugs or alcohol
...he doesn't get in trouble with the law
...he doesn't get injured before the draft
...he doesn't get injured before he ever plays a game
...the last two, except substitute "killed" -- now that he's a popular and very public figure, he could be some wacko's target
Alpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 17, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 907 times:
He's not gonna be that good in the NBA...he's playing with kids at the highschool level, and totally skipped the college level.
Max, last summer, he was playing with NBA players at a "scrimmage" at Gund Arena in Cleveland. There were NBA players from the Cavaliers, and other teams as well. The Cleveland Plain Dealer had a reporter present. And, from all accounts, he just blew everyone's mind with how good he was-against professionals. From all accounts, they couldn't believe his skill level for a 17 year old. That "scrimmage" cost the Cavaliers a hefty fine, since then-head coach John Lucas was the one who held it. From all accounts, he can play in the league. It's a matter of him adjusting to an 82-game schedule, instead of a 30-game season, and how fast he can take the physicalness of the NBA. He's 6ft 8, 245lbs. He's not skinny weakling. I think he'll work out just fine.
Redngold, he really can't hold out. Unlike the NFL, the salaries for rookies is set for like the first 3 or 4 seasons. He knows what he'll make. There's no negotiating on that basis. His agent is around, for now, at least, not so much to guide his basketball career as his PR career.
I don't even know if the NBA has signing bonusus for their players, so I don't know how that will work with LeBron.