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Posted: August 13, 2013 in Miami Heat, NBA
Tags: Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Derek fisher, Derrick Rose, Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade, James Jones, jerry stackhouse, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Miami Heat, NBPA
After previously having the idea of running for president, Miami Heat Superstar LeBron James has decided against running for the National Basketball Player Association according to sources that told ESPN.
What is it that is driving James away from the presidential seat? His availability and time to dedicate to the union. He wants someone who can better focus on the NBPA in that situation.
“I think my voice could be huge in that situation. But I’m not sure I have the time to do it but it’s something I’m going to think about with my team and go from there. But I think we all can agree there’s been a lot of transition in our union in the last couple of years. If it’s not me in that seat then I hope it’s someone who is comfortable with it and can do the job,” said James.
So who could fill the seat since James won’t be? Maybe Jerry Stackhouse who is currently a executive member of the NBPA. He seems to be making a little noise in the Union by saying, “To make that statement about where we are as a union right now (As James said was backwards), he was misinformed.” Or could it end up being team mate James Jones. Jones is as of right now treasurer of Union. Jones seems to want to peruse the position and would have time since he isn’t such a big star.
Even with James not taking the seat, he along with other NBA stars will need to make their voice heard because within the next year there are a couple of potential big decisions that will be made. That will include a new age requirement and drug testing policy change.
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After last months Kenny Chesney concert Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper has found himself in a hole that might be a little to deep to climb out of.
Cooper who used the N-word at the concert was fined by the Eagles organization but that’s just where Isis problems start. He is reportedly having problems sleeping and eating over this incident as ESPN reported that he returned to camp under weight.
Luckily for him, Rodger Goodell and the National Football League will not fine him.
This has the entire organization shaken up, especially with a large part of the team disgusted at Cooper and his actions.
“I forgive him. We’ve been friends for a long time,” the running back said Thursday. “But in a situation like this, you really find out about someone. Just on a friendship level, I can’t really respect someone like that,” said Eagles running back LeSean McCoy. Then McCoy continued,”Ain’t nothing to prove. He said how he felt,” reported by CSN is Philly.
Coopers relationship with a lot of players like McCoy and star quarterback Michael Vick on the team has dramatically changed.
The Cooper they thought they knew doesn’t seem to be the real one, and his friendship with most of the players is only on the field and if that doesn’t exist for some players with him.
At a press conference on Thursday the organization said that they will enroll the wideout in sensitivity training classes.
When you are part of an organization you have to act like you are representing them at all moments while you are in public, you are a part of them. You need to show professionalism and he didn’t. He’s lucky that coach Chip Kelly hasn’t decided to release him.
“It’s still a process that’s going on. I think some players that know him better than other players, I think maybe they’ve moved quicker,” he said. “Again, this isn’t a situation that you put underneath the rug and say, ‘It happened, let’s move on. We have to get ready for Thursday’s practice.’ That certainly isn’t the mood or the feeling around this building,” said Kelly according to ESPN.
No matter what Cooper does now, it seems like he is going to have a long road ahead of him, with everyone including me personally disgusted with him. He’s made a lot of noise this off season, certainly the most noise that has come from the Eagles organization.
It’s even got around the League and not to many people are happy about that, including Dallas Cowboy safety Barry Church who had this to say on the situation, “There are going to be players in the league that definitely are going to put a target on him. For me individually, if he apologized, I have no wrongdoing for him or harsh feelings for him. But there’s definitely going to be a target on him from other players in the league. I can tell you that much.”
John Wall has inked an extension with the Washington Wizards! The deal is reportedly worth 80 million over the next 5 years.
This is his first contract negotiation since his rookie contract. It hit home when he did, his family was by his side or in front of him as I should say during his press conference which when asked about family support he got a little teary eyed and said, “She’s (his mother) the most emotional person. It was like a breathtaking moment, seeing my mom and seeing everything she worked for,” as espn reported.
Wall isn’t like other NBA players, when inking the deal he said that he would then go ahead a donate a million dollars to a charitable organization In Washington. How many NBA players do you hear say that after signing a big contract? None, most of them will donate money throughout their career but for him to say that’s the first thing he’s gonna do with his new contract, that’s what separates him from the rest.
Wall is the face of the Wizards organization and definitely among the NBA elite even for only being in his third season if you didn’t already know that and the organization seem to have a lot of trust in him.
“The day we drafted John, we said we wanted to build this franchise with him and around him,” he said. “The last three years, he’s shown he’s capable of leading this franchise where we want to go and that’s back to the playoffs,” said team president Ernie Grunfeld.
The last time the Wizards were in the playoffs was back in the 2008 season when they had Gilbert Arenas aka agent Zero, so Wall hasn’t experienced that type of atmosphere yet.
Last year could have been the year Wall had brought the Wizards to the playoffs if it wasn’t for an injured knee that set him and his team back.
With the increased competition in the East I don’t know if the Wizards will make it to the playoffs, but I do see some light in their tunnel if you know what I mean.
Playoffs you think that’s the big picture for the Wizards and John Wall? Push its obvious that they are still perusing the goal everyone else is and that’s an NBA championship.Even though stopping their playoff drought would be the first step.
“We haven’t been to the promised land of winning a championship for years. I know we’re a long way from there, but that’s my main goal before my career is done, to win one here,” said Wall.
Now all the Wizards have to do is get some players around him that can make that happen, and just remember next off season is a big free agency. You begin to wonder who can and will bring in.
Posted: August 1, 2013 in NBA, Sports
Tags: Brandon Jennings, Brandon knight, Chauncey Billups, DeAndre Jordan, Detroit pistons, Gary Neal. San Antonio Spurs, Josh Smith, Kyrie Irving, Milwaukee bucks
Brandon Jennings has found a new home.
After trying free agency Jennings has agreed to a sign and trade deal that would send him to the Detroit Pistons and in return the Milwaukee Bucks get Brandon Knight, Khris Middleton and Viacheslav Kravtsov.
With the addition of Jennings look for the Pistons to finally become one of the top tier teams in the East. Jennings is the fourth name they have added this off season along with former Atlanta Hawk star Josh Smith. These two names alone give this team a decent chance at a top 5 spot in the east. The additions of Chauncey Billups and Luigi Datome bring a little bit of depth to their bench. Although, Billups is getting up there In age he could still be very effect if given minimal minutes.
Now, the Bucks just added a great point guard to their line up in Knight, but with the departure in Monte Ellis they don’t seem to promising. The Bucks also acquired former San Antonio Spur Gary Neal who seemed to hot to handle from the three point line in the NBA finals against the Miami Heat.
The winner of this deal is undoubtably, the Detroit Pistons. They want to win now and by trading for Jennings they are one step closer to doing just that. Him and Smith are two dynamic players that by bring the pistons to the playoffs could maybe cheer up and financially help the bankrupt city of Detroit. Knight is very talented don’t get me wrong, but he’s still maturing and I think we have seen that throughout the season. Remember that freshman vs sophomore game when Kyrie Irving destroyed Knight or that nasty dunk that DeAndre Jordan had on him, those were all learning experiences for him. Expect for him to develop this season into a more powerful guard and even maybe show some resemblance of that of John Walls style of play.