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“The Real Terrific Trifecta”

Could these two bitter rivals on the court and good friends off the court land in New York City next season?

Just when we thought the aftershock of “The Decision” was over. Today started murmurs about the possible departures of Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony from their current teams, to the Big Apple. New York would truly be the city that never slept if this happened. The Knicks have been craving a winner for the better part of a decade. A once proud franchise has really been at a standstill or a steady tread downward for 10 plus years now. Well that could all end in the very near future if the General Manager for the New York Knickerbockers (Donnie Walsh) puts on a David Blaine act. And a guy can dream right? I mean how far-fetched did most think it would be to see Lebron James and Chris Bosh join Wade in Miami?

In the words of the famous Disney Movie, “Angel’s In the Outfield,” “It could happen.”  So without even looking at the actual logistics and possibility of this momentous move, today, lets just dream big and look into if this actually happened. First of all the effect it would have would be amazing. Because these 3 players actually would have the pieces to gel. They are not just 3 random superstars. You take the best point guard in the game in CP3. Put him with the best small forward in the game outside of “King” James, Carmelo Anthony, and add in the highlight reel that is power forward Amare Stoudemire? You better believe that you have a great mix of guys that could really play together.

Amare was acquired by New York to bring other big names with him.  Stoudemire failed in a big way in July at helping acquire big name talent with him.  Well July is over and it is August now. Carmelo is an East Coast guy who thrived at Syracuse. And CP3 wants to play on a winner and even hinted at this trifecta heading to NYC at Melo’s wedding. The consequences for the East would be mind-blowing. The old Knicks vs Heat rivalry would be renewed. And probably more exciting than ever.

This would probably even lead to the power shifting in the NBA from the West to the East. In the East, you would now have the Celtics, the Magic, the Knicks, and the Heat as 4 very strong teams.  Not to mention a 5th very solid team in Chicago. The West would be left with the Lakers, the Mavericks, and the very young Oklahoma City Thunder. The Nuggets would never be the same without Melo. The Hornets were not a contender anyways. The Jazz loss of Boozer hurts.  The Trailblazers are always a major question mark due to injuries. The Spurs are becoming old and decrepit. This move would honestly lead to many believing in the East as the superior conference for the first time since the days of his “Airness.”

And I will say this. On paper, Lebron, Wade, and Bosh are the more skilled trio according to most.  Not to mention that Pat Riley is surrounding them with a decent supporting cast considering his lack of funds. But I will state that the New York trio would have a far better chemistry and would have a better shot at bringing home the title in my eyes.

The NBA game has had a reawakening at the point guard position.  Look at the contending teams from last year.  The  Celtics, the Magic, the Lakers, the Nuggets, the Mavericks, and the Suns and I could go on.  Want to know what they all had in common?  A big time point guard with playoff experience.  I mean think about it.  These teams had Rajon Rondo, Jameer Nelson, Derek Fisher, Chauncey Billups, Jason Kidd, and Steve Nash.  Do the Miami Heat have a real legitimate point guard next year?  I guess Wade could do it.  But I would rather have Chris Paul running my offense.

So could this second terrific trio be formed, and would it be the “Real Terrific Trifecta?”

Stay tuned for the next edition of TheSportsKraze.

-TheSportsKraze

“R-E-S-P-E-C-T”

Today, the limelight was finally taken off of Lebron James in Miami.  The real “King” of Miami, has been heard today in a big way.  The real Slim Shady has stood up.  Quotes from Heat superstar Dwyane Wade have been heard loud and clear today.  And I will admit, I was very surprised to hear Mr. Wade, a man who has been very smooth with the media for his entire career, make the outrageous remarks that he made.

In summary, he compared a 3 game losing streak next year for the Heat to the World Trade Center Towers coming down.  This is absolutely unacceptable no matter what the context.  Find another metaphor or comparison.  It is never a good idea to bring up possibly the worst disaster in American history.  This is a subject that should never be compared to a losing streak in a sporting event.  Sports were used as a coping mechanism in 2001 to help mend the wounds suffered by millions.  It was never used as a comparison.

One thing that this did prove though.  No matter how big guys like Lebron James and now Dwyane Wade think they are, they cannot do whatever they want.  Wade made an outlandish statement and got called out on it as he should have.  Just because these guys are megastars does not mean they can do and say whatever they please.  There are restrictions, even if you think that you are bigger than the game.

I am still utterly shocked that Wade said something this dumb for lack of a better word.  The Heat have had a fantastic offseason.  But through the antics of Lebron’s “Decision” and now Wade’s big mouth, people will be rooting for these guys to fail.  This could be a good or bad thing for the Heat.  Wade did also say

Dwyane Wade looks very smooth here pictured at the ESPYs. Boy was he not smooth with the media today.

 today that he always loves to have a fuel.  Every athlete needs a fuel to accomplish big things according to Dwyane.  And fans thinking that the Heat can’t win the title or pulling for the Heat not to win will act as a fuel for him and his teammates. 

Wade was also quoted today as saying, “”We’re not even the champions but we’re going to get that kind of attention from teams,” Wade said. “It’s a respect factor” (ESPN). 

Well I hate to say it Dwyane, Miami may be Wadeville, but where is your respect?

Stay tuned for the next edition of Sportskraze.

-Kraze

“I Thought the Magic were in Orlando?”

The Heat continue to shock the world with their amazing 2010 Summer.  I am not sure how they are pulling this off.  But they continue to bring in players to a team that has already has 3 of the best players in the League.  It is just simply amazing.  There is one of three things going on here.  Either the Heat truly are possessing “magic” and just doing an amazing job.  Secondly, these guys could all just be extremely selfless people striving to get a title.  Which would be a truly beautiful thing.  Or thirdly, something fishy is going on.  Like  a John Calipari type of sketchyness.

Most thought it would be impossible to get Wade, James, and Bosh on the same team.  They did that.  Then they signed seasoned veteran Mike Miller.  The former Florida standout has been in the League for 10 years now and made nearly 10 million in salary last season.  Next, the Heat somehow magically got Udonis Haslem or UD as they call him in Miami to come back.  Udonis has spent all 7 of his years in the League with the Heat.  This guy is a solid player who is entering his prime and made a little over 7 million in salary last season.  Today, the saga continued with the announcement that 12 year NBA veteran and a teammate of James for the last 7, Zydrunas Ilgauskas will be in South Beach next season.

Now none of these 3 guys are All Stars.  But they are all seasoned veterans who will help this team get to that championship level.  Had Derek Fisher have signed with this Heat team, then I would have gone nuts.  I am very reluctant to believe that there is completely fair play going on here, but I also realize that the League is watching this all with a very close microscope. So I thought about rolling through the numbers:

The NBA Salary Cap this year is right around 58 million.  Currently the Heat have 7 players on the roster.

Pat Riley may be fist pumping a lot come next June with the amazing summer the Miami Heat have had.

Haslem due to his experience would have to make a minimum of 1, 146,337 this year.  He made over 7 million last year.  Udonis was signed to a deal of 4 million per year.  Mike Miller due to his 10+ years of experience would make a minimum of 1.3 million.  He made a little less than 10 million last year.  Miller signed for around 6 million per year.  Ilgauskas also due to his experience would make a minimum of 1.3 million.  Lets also not forget that Lebron, Wade, and Bosh all made nearly 16 million last year apiece.  They each took a cut in order to help make this happen.  All 3 of them will be making around 14.6 million a year, which is 2 million less than the max of 16.6 that they could have made.  Wade has stated that he would be fine making around 11 million a year.  Finally, the Heat have Mario Chalmers.  The former Kansas Jayhawk is set to make around 756,000 or 800,000 this year.

So between these 6 guys, 55.8 million in cap room would be used if Ilgauskas takes the minimum possible salary.  So did Miller take 4 million less than he made last year to win a title?  Did Udonis take 3 million less than he made last year as he is entering his prime to win a title? 

Could there be something going on?  I am honestly not sure and I hope not.  I  know that Pat Riley is a mastermind and one of the  finest coaches and executives of all time.  Possibly these guys could be demonstrating that sport is about winning and not about the money.  Which would be an extremely selfless and commendable act. 

I am very curious to see how the rest of the roster gets filled out.  Realize that all rookies signed this year make a minimum of $473,604.  There are a good 5 more roster spots left.  Should be very interesting to see how this works out.

Perhaps the “Magic” has moved from Orlando to Miami in the East?

Stay tuned for the next edition of Sportskraze.

-Kraze

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