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Why Jeremy Lin Disrespected the Knicks

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The economics major from Harvard should have tried his hand at politics if his basketball career did not take off in the midst of Linsanity last season. Jeremy Lin clearly knows how to play both sides of the fence with lies, double-talk, and a falsified sense of happiness playing on a team he doesn’t actually want to be on.

Don’t make any mistake. Lin is only in Houston for the “ridiculous” money offered to him after playing just 25 games last season. All of the talk of wanting to join the Rockets because they are a good team is just complete nonsense. If Lin really wanted to win he would have stayed in New York and played alongside Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire, and Tyson Chandler.

Lin’s decision was more than winning and cashing in on a huge paycheck. The point guard’s ego couldn’t allow him to play second fiddle to Melo and Amar’e. No, Lin wanted to be the center of attention on a team that has no other big names to steal the thunder from him. I guess the media capital of the world is not big enough for Lin and Melo.

He said he always wanted to remain a Knick at the beginning of free agency, but if this is true, why would he consult with Houston and make them raise the price of the offer sheet? The original Houston offer would have been matched by James Dolan. He and Houston knew the Knicks couldn’t match a higher offer of 3 years/$25.1 million contract because it would cause serious problems for New York with the salary cap in year three of Lin’s deal. A very sneaky move done by Lin behind the Knicks’ back.

One more thing that is hard to understand is why Lin would sign with the team that cut him on Christmas Eve last season. Instead of repaying the team that gave him a chance to play and made him a worldwide sensation, he basically told the Knicks that he was too good for them.

Even if it was all about the money, which it was, how could a Harvard graduate be so dumb to move away from the biggest media market in the world. Sure the Knicks couldn’t match the $25 million by Houston. But he had the chance to make a whole lot more money in sponsorship and advertisements in New York. Now he will be forgotten playing in Texas for a team that is not even going to make the playoffs.

It’s no big deal for the Knicks. They will not have to deal with the sloppy play and turnovers at the point guard position with Lin gone. When all is said and done Jeremy Lin needs New York more than the Knicks need Jeremy Lin.

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Jason Kidd Pleas Not Guilty

Newly-signed Jason Kidd pled not guilty to the DWI charges he faces.  Kidd crashed his SUV into a ultility pole after a night of partying in the Hamptons.

The front of the SUV was totaled but Kidd did not suffer any serious injuries.  Kidd blew a stop sign while travelling back to his $6 million summer home at 2 o’clock in the morning.

When the cops showed up, Kidd reported reeked of alcohol and didn’t have the ability to stand up straight on his feet.  His eyes were bloodshot and watery.  He refused a breathalyzer and later turned away chemical tests at the Southampton Hospital.

Sources say he was not fit to drive at all.  He left the nightclub after breaking a light fixture he tried hanging from.  The club-goers are said to have seen Kidd dancing and drinking vodka throughout the night.

Not a good start for Kidd’s tenure with the Knicks.  I’m sure James Dolan isn’t pleased with him.  Jason Kidd was always looked at as a role model in the NBA community.  Hopefully this will be seen as a little blemish on Kidd’s goodie two-shoe career. 

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Why the Knicks Are Making the Right Move Not Matching Lin Offer

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Linsanity was a nationwide and even worldwide phenomenon for one month, as Jeremy Lin was the center of every tweet, headline, and conversation in the Big Apple. His name took on a life of its own with sayings such as “Linsanity”, “Lindarella”, Super Lintendo”, “Linincredible”, and so on. Honestly, it was hard not to be excited about all of the Jeremy Lin craziness. The unlikely hero carried the New York Knicks and played a big role in helping the team make the playoffs. It was the perfect story for a city like New York.

While Knicks fans adored Lin last season, many are extremely upset about the Knicks refusal to match Houston’s three-year/$25 million contract offer. New Yorkers want to experience Linsanity for a second straight year and they want to see the youngster lead New York to another playoff appearance.

The Knicks front office, however, has other ideas. The team signed veteran point guard Jason Kidd to a three-year deal, and they also traded for Raymond Felton in a sign-and-trade with the Trailblazers. There has also been news that New York will not match Houston’s offer for Jeremy Lin. All signs are pointing to Linsanity heading to Houston.

Although this might anger people, this is the right move my Knicks management for several reasons. The first and most obvious reason is that $25 million for someone who only played 25 games is way too much money. That equates to $1 million earned for every game he played last season. Even more worrying is the fact that Lin never played a minute of playoff basketball. What if those 25 games were a fluke? It would be a huge mistake to sign him to a big contract and be hamstrung with regards to the salary cap. New York already has Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire making the maximum and Tyson Chandler is also eating up a large portion of the salary cap.

Why put yourselves in a hole for the next couple of years? This is the same thing Isiah Thomas did when he destroyed the franchise for a decade. It took the Knicks and Donnie Walsh several years to recover from the terrible contracts and to clear some cap space for the summer of 2010. If Lin was a sure bet to be a top 10 NBA player, then the contract would be justified. But you cannot take such a gamble for a player who only played 25 games last season. Teams will soon catch on to Lin.

The moves for Kidd and Felton are smart ones. The Knicks do not have to pledge their future to either point guard, which opens the door for Chris Paul. This was the Knicks plan all along. Melo, Amar’e, and Chris Paul always wanted to play together and now they might just have their chance as Paul’s contract expires at the end of this season. He is the player who deserves the three-year/$25 million contract, not Lin. Paul is a franchise player who would greatly improve the Knicks and make them championship contenders for the foreseeable future. It is clear that New York is keeping an eye on Paul’s situation with the Clippers or else they probably would have matched Lin’s offer.

A backcourt of Kidd and Felton is not a very bad one. Both point guards are experienced and will fit well in Mike Woodson’s system. If it doesn’t work, then the Knicks could pursue a trade for Paul mid-season to bolster their roster. If that doesn’t happen, then the Knicks could wait until next off-season to throw a boatload of money at Paul. Let’s be honest, New York is not going to win a championship this season, so what’s the big deal if they sacrifice this season in order to pursue the Clippers’ point guard. With Lin’s New York career up in the air, the Knicks will have a lot of decisions to make in the future. Hopefully, all roads lead to a big three of Melo, Amar’e, and Paul.

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Howard Not Coming to Brooklyn? No Problem

So the Orlando Magic are reported to be cutting off trade talks with other teams for Dwight Howard.  In a way I’m disappointed.  Brooklyn had a great chance of being one of NBA’s powerhouse teams with Howard at center.  But in a way I’m kind of happy this move didn’t become a reality.  The Nets could be just as good without him, maybe even better.

At this point I bet a majority of the people reading this article is thinking I’m crazy for saying Brooklyn might be better off without Howard but it’s true.  MarShon Brooks, Brook Lopez, and Kris Humphries.  Those are just a few of the major pieces in the Nets organization that they would lose if the Howard deal became possible.  Yes, I am aware that all three of these guys are not even on Dwight’s level but put all three of these guys together and you are better off.

Let’s look at MarShon Brooks.  The 23 year old rookie out of Providence.  He had a great rookie season.  Averaged over 12 points a game and shot over 30% from the free throw line.  Though he had a good year as a rookie it could have even been better.  I feel that Brooks would thrive off the bench.  If you look at the type of player he is you’ll see that he is a quick, energetic forward.  He was seen to be a little shot happy at times but with stars like Joe Johnson and Deron Williams, this issue could be rectified over time.  Brooks is a bench player.  In the curtailed NBA season last year, he started 43 games.  If he stays with the Nets this season, he’ll be coming off the bench with Joe Johnson starting.  I could see him as a Jason Terry type player, coming off the bench with some spunk.

Brook Lopez missed all but five games in the 2011-12 season.  After an unlucky injury in a pre-season game against the cross-town rival Knicks, Lopez’s future with the Nets was up in the air.  I say give him another shot and bring him back.  I guess a lot of people forgot Lopez is a great player.  Lopez averaged about 20 points a game the season before his injury.  Howard averaged basically the same numbers last season.  I think Lopez will have a great season.  With Johnson and D-Will on your team, it’s hard not to partake in the success they will achieve together.

And now to the public punching bag. Who could forget what happened with Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian?  But let’s not go in that territory.  This is a sports blog.  Aside from all of the relationship struggles, Humphries did have a solid season for the Nets.  I mean the guy was a double-double machine.  He averaged a little under 14 points as well as 11 rebounds a game.  Not many people were concentrated on how he played, just what was going on with his personal life.  I guess you can call him a sleeper and a half.

Put all of these guys together and what do you have? A winning product.  I would rather have solid players as well as a bench.  I know it might look better to have Dwight Howard on paper but on the court, these three guys are the way to go.

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Dwight Howard Not Coming to Brooklyn, Lopez Re-Signs

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In a surprising twist, the Nets have moved on from the Dwight Howard trade talk after the four-team trade fell through. Brooklyn was apparently tired of going back and forth with Orlando over possible trade conditions, and so they have chosen to turn the page on a crazy last couple of months of Howard- to -Nets rumors.

The Lakers and Rockets are still in on Howard, but there has been news that the Magic have suspended trade talk in order to focus on hiring a new coach. This could be a good sign for the Nets as they might just have a chance to sign Howard as a free agent next off-season.

As a result, Brooklyn has turned their attention to signing Brook Lopez to a max deal. The team gave Orlando the 6PM deadline because Lopez received two offer sheets from the Trailblazers and the Bobcats, and they didn’t want to lose Lopez amidst the Dwight Howard trade talks.

So Lopez will be back and Humphries will follow. Not a bad off-season for Brooklyn even though they didn’t get Howard.

This news isn’t the worst news for Nets fans. Brooklyn is still a playoff team with a rotation of Williams, Johnson, Wallace, Humphries, and Lopez. This team should compete for a top six seed in the East, something fans couldn’t say for a long time about the Nets. Lopez isn’t a bad alternative so long as he stays healthy. When he plays he is a solid post-up center with a pretty good jump shot for a big man. Sure he’s not on Howard’s level, but don’t worry Nets fans; Prokhorov has money to burn. Brooklyn will be relevant and they will compete with the Heat within the next three seasons.

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Dwight Howard Saga Takes a Turn

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While it seemed like a forgone conclusion that Dwight Howard would get his wish of playing for the Brooklyn Nets, the four-team deal that would have made that happen fell apart. The Cleveland Cavaliers have reportedly pulled out of the trade that would have given them Kris Humphries. Reports say that the complexities of sign and trade deals were the reason. Others say that Cleveland abandoned the trade because they did not want to help assemble another “Big Three”, as they did when James joined Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami.

The crazy Dwight Howard trade talk has once again involved the Lakers and Rockets after the four way deal with Brooklyn fell through. The Nets have given Orlando a deadline of 6PM today to get a deal done. If it does not happen, the Nets will move on and focus on building their team around Deron Williams and Joe Johnson.

The Lakers have the most to offer to Orlando with Andrew Bynum, but it is uncertain whether Howard wants to be traded there. In addition, Bynum’s contract situation is a concern for the Magic as he could decide to sign elsewhere at the end of next season if he does not want to stay in Orlando.

No one really knows anymore. I’m not even sure Howard knows what is in store for him. A resolution, however, will be made in the near future as the free agent signing period is here and sign and trade deals will be complicated due to the salary cap restrictions. Howard could very well end up a Laker, a Net, a Rocket, or he could remain a Magic player.

This has gone on for way too long now. Why won’t Orlando just get rid of a guy who has clearly stated that he does not want to be on their team? It would be pretty disappointing if the center does not land in Brooklyn this season, but it would be a lot worse if he gets traded to Los Angeles. A move to LA would possibly result in an extension, while remaining in Orlando this season would put the Nets will in prime position to sign him next season during free agency. This would be the best possibility because Brooklyn would not have to trade any of their promising players to acquire Howard. Brooklyn could have a good season with a healthy Lopez and Kris Humphries, along with Williams, Johnson, and Wallace. They would have an even better season next year if they sign Howard as a free agent when his contract expires in Orlando.

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Dwight Howard Deal Almost Done

As reported by ESPN, the Dwight Howard deal between the Brooklyn Nets and Orlando Magic is nearly completed as two more teams have entered the trade talks. A potential blockbuster four-team trade would send shock waves throughout the NBA and create the latest “Big Three” in the NBA.

Brooklyn and Orlando needed at least one more team to be involved in the trade. Now it appears that the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Clippers are interested. Here is how the trade will look:

Brooklyn would get: Dwight Howard, Jason Richardson, Chris Duhon, and Earl Clar.

Orlando would get:  Brooke Lopez, Luke Walton, Damion James, Shelden Williams, Armon Johnson, and three first round picks from the Nets.

The Clippers would get: MarShon Brooks

Cleveland would get: Kris Humphries, Quentin Richardson, Sundiata Gaines, a first round pick, and $3 million.

PLEASE LET THIS TRADE HAPPEN ALREADY… I’m pretty sure everyone is tired of hearing about Dwight Howard being traded. Not only would we not have to hear about this every day, but the Nets would also have a really impressive big three of their own to compete against the Miami Heat.

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Williams Was That Close to Leaving Brooklyn

Imagine Deron Williams wound up passing on the 5 year, max offer that the Nets offered to him?  How the Nets organization would have been in complete disarray knowing that the team they pictured wasn’t going to happen?  Well, it was much closer than you can imagine.

 Ever since the end of last season, the Nets pictured opening up at Barclays Center with superstars like Deron Williams and Dwight Howard on their team.  Brooklyn knew in order for this to happen, GM Billy King would have to re-sign the prized point guard.  It wasn’t easy as Mark Cuban and his Mavericks stood in the way.  In the end, Williams tweeted the Brooklyn Nets’ new logo as it represented him staying in New York.  If you asked Deron Williams where he would be playing next season just hours before that tweet sent, you would have been surprised.  He was actually ready to sign with Dallas!  But, thankfully, Nets GM Billy King came through.

 It was Joe Johnson who changed Williams’ mind.  Even though Deron Williams would of loved to play in front of his family, he couldn’t pass up the scheme Mikhail Prokhorov and Billy King are putting together.  Williams told reporters at the USA training camp in Las Vegas: “Joe got me over the hump.  I’ve never played with anybody like him, a guy on the wing that can get his own shot and also get me involved and is a great defender.  We can have one of the top backcourts in the NBA for sure.”

 Phew.  Now that was closer than we all thought.  Honestly, I thought Williams wouldn’t return to the Nets.  Playing for your hometown is a special feeling.  I’m glad that Williams woke up and smelled the coffee.  Brooklyn is trying to do something special and for a player not wanting to be part of it has to be out of his mind.  Johnson is a great player and he and Williams should see much success this season.  Now they can concentrate on getting that superhero from Orlando.  That would be magic.

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Marcus Camby Returning to Knicks?

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Former Knicks center Marcus Camby could be on his way back to Madison Square Garden after leaving New York following the 2001-2002 season. Camby is currently an unrestricted free agent who is being targeted by the Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Houston Rockets, and Brooklyn Nets among other teams.

The big man is 38-years old but he has still shown that he is a more than capable center in this league, averaging 7.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks in 19 games this past season. He will meet with the Knicks and the Heat this weekend, and will likely leave Houston.

Camby would be a backup to Tyson Chandler if he signs with the Knicks. On the contrary, he would have an opportunity to start for the World Champion Miami Heat who are looking for a reliable center. It might very well come down to money for Camby. If so, there is a 50/50 chance that he comes back to New York.

I still think Marcus Camby is a good center in this league. He is a tremendous rebounder and a defensive force  in the paint. At age 38, he would probably be a better fit with the Knicks backing up Chandler and playing limited minutes off the bench. He would be an upgrade over what the Knicks have now on the bench, offering more than Jerome Jordan, Josh Harrellson, Jared Jeffries, or Dan Gadzuric. Camby would be a welcome edition to this undersized Knicks team.

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Jason Kidd Signs With Knicks

After failing to lure two-time MVP Steve Nash to MSG, the Knicks turned their attention to another veteran point guard. As their backup plan,  New York signed 39-year old Jason Kidd to a three-year deal worth a total of $9 million, filling the spot of Baron Davis and Mike Bibby.

Kidd is likely to play backup to Jeremy Lin if Lin decides to re-sign with the Knicks. The former New Jersey Net was slated to make a return to the Nets as a backup for Deron Williams, but instead chose to reunite with former Mavericks teammate Tyson Chandler. Kidd’s departure from Dallas leaves Mark Cuban’s team in a world of trouble as they have lost out on Steve Nash, Deron Williams, Jason Kidd, and Jason Terry.

This signing would have been great 10 years ago, but Kidd is not the same player that he was in New Jersey. At 39, his minutes will be limited and his physical abilities will not match up with those of Deron Williams, Rajon Rondo, Chris Paul, or Russell Westbrook.

While Kidd is on his last leg, he still has a lot to offer to the Knicks. He brings a calming influence to a team which lacked a reliable point guard last season, and he also is a great passer and shooter of the ball. He will get Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire, and Tyson Chandler involved in the offense while also providing the team with some scoring at the point guard position. While New York did not get Nash, Kidd was the next best option. Assuming that they re-sign Lin, the Knicks should have a solid backcourt as the future Hall of Famer will also be a great mentor for the young Jeremy Lin. Overall, it is a positive signing which had to be made.

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