Either way, Boozer is now on a team that will be a playoff team, and he just took in a boat load of money. And wouldn’t it be ironic if Lebron was reunited with his former Cavs teammate Boozer in Chicago? Maybe LBJ missed playing with the scrappy Boozer. Many thought that Carlos was a great college player who never would have the skill set to compete at the next level. Boy were the experts wrong.
This guy has averaged a double/double the past 4 years and is a career 17 and 10 guy. That does not appear to be a guy who is unable to compete. For Chicago, especially if they come up empty-handed on the King, they really salvaged their offseason with this pickup. They may not be a title contender yet, but the have improved.
Staying in the NBA, the League announced the salary cap to be at 58 million for next season, which is about 2 million more than expected. So teams will have a little more money than they originally bargained for to spend. Could this be a sign that the recession is ending (just kidding)? Also in the NBA, Kevin Durant, last year’s League scoring champ, who has remained very quite during this entire free agency frenzy, signed a 5 year contract extension with the Thunder for around 86 million. Durant and the Thunder appear to be on the brink of becoming a contender. Get this team a center or a very tough power forward, and they will compete for the West. Maybe they should have went after Mr. Boozer perhaps? Though this may have not fully solved their problem of lacking a solid center, it would have been a makeshift start.
In other sporting news, the World Cup had its second semifinal match yesterday. Very weird how Lebron James and “The Decision” have completely overshadowed this event. And in similar fashion to the Eurocup final of 2 years ago, Spain once again defeated the mighty Germans 1 to 0. After Germany had massacred the “it” team of the tournament (Argentina), many had jumped on the German bandwagon (myself included). Well I and many others were wrong again. The Germans appeared half asleep the entire game and were outplayed by the very young and talented Spanish squad.
Now Spain will get to participate in their first World Cup Final against the Dutch. Neither of these storied soccer countries have ever won a World Cup title. So on Sunday, we will have a new champion. Now I know many are disappointed not to see Brazil, Argentina, or Germany in the finals, but these are both great teams that have earned their spots. Many are not excited for this Final but I think that is nonsense. These are 2 very strong teams that will put up an entertaining final. So do not forget to tune in on Sunday at 2:30.
Lastly, voting for the final spot on the NL and AL All Star squads ends tonight with the announcement being made at 6:00. Now I know this is only a precursor to the real announcement show at 9:00, where Lebron will reveal to the world where he will be playing basketball next season.
Do not get to glued to your television set.
Stay tuned for the next edition of Sportskraze.