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It is opt out season and all that ESPN is spouting about is where LBJ and Melo will land.  Most think the King will return to the paradise we call South Beach (and if you have ever seen a Pitbull video who can blame him), and ME-lo is looking to be lifted and landing in the Windy City, Chi-town!  All I hear is that both want more weapons and a place to win more rings or A ring.  When I hear this I think to myself why not the Washington Wizards?  I know I’m a homer, but now I will make an argument for why The King and Melo should seriously consider D.C. their new home:

1.  Young Talent

The Wizards have a backcourt that can become one of the greatest in the league for a few years.  John Wall and Bradley Beal are up and comers, and they could benefit from having a legitimate #1 option in the offense.  The Wizards are one of the youngest teams in the league so these guys will be around for a while and the team can grow with the eventual aging superstars.

2.  The team compliments your weaknesses

When you look at the Knicks and the Heat, rebounding and down low scoring was an issue for both, thus morphing LBJ and Melo into post up players, and having to become better at rebounding to help their respective teams.  Well if the Wiz resign Gortat and with NeNe already down there, they have size, rebounding, and scoring.  Also both of these big men can shoot the 12-15 footer.

The team weakness in the playoffs was lack of composure and no go to scorer down the stretch.  Add Melo or LeBron, problem solved.

The Heat struggled with Point guard play, enter Mr. Dougie/NaeNae Dance John Wall. They also have a wily veteran coming off the bench in Andre Miller to help too.

3.  The Bench/Depth is not San Antonio good, but they are not bad either

As I mentioned above you have Miller for leadership and veteran sensibility, but you have a young energy guy in Martell Webster as the back up SG.  I figure to get either one of these superstars we wouldn’t be resigning Ariza, but you would have  youth at the back up SF in Otto Porter Jr (who is a bust so far), Chris Singleton, and Glen Rice Jr. You then look at Old Man Drew Gooden, Al Harrington, and the younger Trevor Booker at the back up PF with Kevin Serephin in the back up C position.  Again great Depth and granted these guys would look a lot better with a Melo or LBJ on the court.

4.  The City

Growing up in D.C. (called “Chocolate City” when I lived there, or the “Gun Murder Capital”) it’s a beautiful city.  Everyone knows about the sights and history there, but it is not far off from being a legitimate major market.  Especially if one of the superstars were to grace the city and play there.  The D.C. market is as competitive as the Miami market, naturally D.C. can’t touch NY, but those stars would bring business and marketers there.  We just witnessed the RGIII craze.  Imagine the The King heading to D.C., LBJ would be come the Mayor and the President in the same year.  Imagine Melo coming here with his roots in Baltimore and not snitching.  Also his wife’s reality show would have to be filmed in D.C. bringing more awesome to the city.

Also there are very little to no sports demons of the past for them to battle in D.C.  When it comes to Basketball it is Wes Unseld, and that is it.  In Miami LBJ will always be held to D-Wade and Pat Riley’s popularity.  In NY Melo has tons of demons in the Basketball Mecca!  Washington D.C. could be the house they built, ala MJ and Chicago.

5.  You can do something Michael Jordan could not

You can accomplish something that the great Michael Jordan could not…  MAKE WASHINGTON D.C. A WINNER.  Now I know MJ was old and the air was out of the Jumpman, and he was more of a Ground man.  But MJ suited up and he couldn’t lead the Wizards to the playoffs, let alone sniff a Championship.  LeBron, you can claim a victory in a Jordan failure.  How awesome would that be?  Melo would begin to rewrite the books about his legacy with a Championship, but he can also claim that which “His Airness” could not.  That allure alone should push King James here, and that double win for Melo’s legacy should be tempting.

All I’m saying is that the Washington Wizards should be on these Superstars radar and sadly enough they probably are not.  So if everyone in D.C. or everyone that loves the Wizards could share this and build up a ground swell that maybe will reach one of these superstars we may get my wish, and eventually get all of D.C.’s wish and that is to win the NBA Championship!

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When the 6’9″ small forward was bought out of his contract with the Sixers; the question around league circles was “where would be the best fit for Danny Granger?”   A guy with immense talent but with the durability of Mr. Glass (At least he doesn’t rock the haircut).

There was to much bad blood for it to be with the Heat (yet it would have stuck it to Indiana), to much depth to be with the Spurs, and OKC would’ve made sense.  However, now that we know Granger has chosen the Clippers, what can we expect from him?     First off a starting five of Paul, Griffin, Jordan, Granger and Dudley would be a tough match up for anyone in the West.  Doc Rivers is the right coach to make it all work.  He is used to having multiple superstars on one team and getting them to a common goal (as long as he doesn’t have a Rondo part 2 in the group).  The move also improves the depth of the Clippers bench with Crawford, Collison, and Reddick bringing the fire power.

The big question is how much does Granger have in the tank.  Also why would the Pacers trade him away in the first place?  I know about the terrible shooting percentage, how uncomfortable he seems coming off the bench, but you would think Larry “Legend” wouldn’t get rid of a former All-Star working his way back in unless there was a flaw.  So now we sit, wait, and see what will come of Mr. Gla…  I mean Danny Granger.  I’m not saying this move would make the Clippers the favorite to win the Western Conference, but it won’t hurt there chances either.  At least until Granger gets hurt again.

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“A NFL team without a good quarterback is like a stripper without a good body”- Colin Cowherd.  This book is the living journal or testimony of the alter of Cowherd.  This book left me very undecided and I don’t know whether to praise it or donate it to my local Library.  Ok I will probably do both!

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Now that might seem like an insult, but when I say praise or local Library it.  I mean that in the most sincere way.  This book could do some good in the local library in educating the masses on how to think outside the box while living inside the box.  Cowherd is probably one if not the best storytellers in the radio sports arena.  Which is just a pure delight in this book, I loved his story in the intro about the “Harlem Globetrotters” and how that incident shaped his whole view of the sports world.  What makes Colin Cowherd great and in turns makes this book so fun to read is that Colin attacks sports in a relate this to that to make sense of his point.  For example “Hating an athlete for being arrogant is like hating a bat for being nocturnal.”  “Holding a grudge is the equivalent of chain-smoking hate”.  This book is chalked full of similar words/sayings.  Each chapter tackles a new subject and lets Colin either tell a story to get to his point or he proceeds to breakdown either the proper or irrational way the public views a subject matter.  So you really don’t have to read this book in order, you can pick chapters that intrigue you more than others.  I typically agree with a lot of Colin’s views and the views I don’t agree with he makes me say “Hmmm!”.  This book is a sports world eye opener if you have never Herd “The Herd”.  But if you listen to the show on a regular basis then most of what Colin has written you have Herd on “The Herd” and there lies the only issue.

For every witty and new discovery in the book, there was probably 4 others I had already heard on his show.  There is barely any new territory covered in this book.  And it’s only a draw back in comparison to Mike Greenberg’s books from “Mike & Mike” fame.  Greenie in his books seems to put fresh narratives on conversations or hot topics that he never gets to fully expand on during his show.  Now that could be a product of Greenie being a two man show and Colin Cowherd is solo so his “everything” is on stage 5 days out of a week.  Now in no way am I saying that reading retread arguments/points kills the book, but if I had to nitpick a negative that would be it.

Colin Cowherd is the man and I would love to sit down and have a cocktail with him and hear more of his stories, only issue is that usually Colin is the one that wants to listen to others stories, so maybe I would have to bring a few baby dolls with me to open him up.  If your a sports fan this is a must read for pure enjoyment.  If your not a sports fan, but a very important person in your life is this would be a great birthday, Christmas, or Valentines Day gift.  Maybe I should just buy another copy and donate it to the library and request it be on the reading list for any athlete, journalist, and media mind/personality.  Reading this book is like being a character in “Being John Malkovich” where we get to see what “Thinking Like Colin Cowherd” is like, but somethings are just very familiar.  Remember I Pay For It So You Don’t Have To!

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Nerves up, Heart racing, sweat on brow and upper lip.  Ball hiked pass thrown, pass tipped, and intercepted.  In a surge of anger/rage/disappointment I toss my 49er hat and Kick it up the hallway, while yelling FUUUCCCKKK!!!!  I walk right into my room strip down and go straight to bed.  Why do sports drive us so insane?

As I lay dreaming, I’m hoping that in my fit that a penalty is called, and I missed it. That the 49ers lead by Kaepernick won the game and I missed it all (granted my DVR would have been viewing).  That I would wake up to the 49ers repeating as NFC Champions.  Sadly enough that was not to come true and would remain in my dreams.

I was MISERABLE for two days.  My wife knew not to talk to me, my team members at work didn’t mention the game.  Even an open Seattle Seahawk fan I work with didn’t mention the game.  Everyone knew I was in a bad mood and it showed on my face.  How can a game that I placed no money on, that the result wouldn’t effect my life, except for my mood which is a direct result of me, change so much.  The Answer:  Passion and Love!

Sports fans all over the world know the feeling.  Some how we have built up this emotional tie to a team or person that can dictate or lives based on the results.  Even in the defeat the feeling lets us know we are alive, and in victory the joy can put a pep in our step like no other.  I have met people that their life is God, Sports, Children, Spouse, and Family.  Yes in that order!  And you can make an argument that the God is really a sport’s god.

I always say to myself, “Self if you could have that same passion for your work, or Blog you would be the most successful person ever”  and it’s true the same Passion and Love that can change my life for two days (or a week when the 49ers lost the Super Bowl) can be harnessed into my other loves then life would be even better.  So basically I’m writing this to say this year, I’m on a mission to learn how to build Passion and Love in all my walks of life and challenge everyone to do the same.  But we can never deny the rush that Sports give us and I’m thankful for the good/bad reminder that I’m ALIVE!

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By: Maurice “Cool Reece” Thomas

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Is the show Hard Knocks on HBO hard at all? I’m sorry, but this season with the Cincinnati Bengals seems like its a joke.  What’s so hard about it?  Is training camp tough?  Seems pretty easy.   Do they practice hard?  If in shorts and no pads is hard, then yes.  Are they playing physical at all?  Not even a bit, except for the first episode they did the Oklahoma drill.  Is this what really goes on in football now (Damn you CBA!)?

With the new need to protect players the NFL has taken away the physical nature of the sport.  Imagine that your an accountant, and for your training the company gives you easy problems, then expect you to handle complex problems later that week.  This is what the league has become and “Hard Knocks” is just showing the world that the league is becoming powder puffs.

Hard…  I mean “Soft Knocks” is just a joke now, you sure I’m not watching Def Comedy Jam?  All I can get from this show is laughter, grown ass men talking about superheroes, and Harrison flicking off the camera man.  Now if they show Harrison go out and hit somebody then that would be a great thing to watch. Unfortunately we are stuck seeing players with there girlfriends or the show highlighting a nobody that’s about to be cut.  I know that is part of the experience of the show, but give us something to root for.  Show a nobody working hard and getting cut because the team has other needs (Danny Woodhead anyone?).

With that being said maybe I should be critical about the team?  Is it me or does Coach Marvin Lewis seem a little soft or should I say suspect?  Even when he yells I don’t think I can take him seriously.   Could “Soft Knocks” be accidentally showing the beginning of the end of Marvin Lewis and neither him or HBO realize it?  Coach Zimmerman on the other hand is the real, they should just give him more time and let him cut loose, its to bad he doesn’t have a head coaching job (wink wink).

Bottom line is the show doesn’t portray how hard the sport of football really is.  Especially when the coach tells his team they wont have to practice in full pads for the rest of the season unless they piss him off.  Really???  Really!!!  And what happened to players getting cut on every episode?  This new CBA has partially killed the “Hard” in “Hard Knocks”, because these guys seem like they are not afraid of getting cut at all.  Despite the the team winning preseason games, this year of “Hard Knocks” is a joke.  I’m not  saving room on my DVR for this shit!

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By: Raymond “Big Play” Miller

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Guess who’s back!
“EL Capitain” the Captain Derek Jeter leader of the Bronx Bombers here to make everything right in the Yankee World right, right,… wrong and unfair.  I know Jeter hit the first pitch he saw for a Home Run on Sunday and the Yanks eventually won the game.  Let’s be realistic Jeter’s 39 and he’s missed 103 games already this is not the Jeter of old, but just an old Jeter.  With Granderson out, Teixeria out, Arod out and with the Yanks 7.5 games out of 1st place there’s only one thing Jeter can do right, Holla at Ryan Braun (PEDs).  I’m not saying it can’t be done (who am I to judge a guy with 5Chainz!!!! I mean Rings). The fact is Jeter already has his monument coming, the clubhouse needs to receive Jeter’s leadership through his presence and how he handle’s himself in pinstripes it’s up to Cano to carry them to the division championship! Roc-A-fella yall.
Onto my thoughts…
1. The Sanchez-Geno competition seems like a Geno victory unless he falls on his face, judging by what the beat writers and what players are saying.
2. Maclin gone.  Pitta gone.  Soon training camp will be a glorified walk through.
3. Much respect to Donovan McNabb for having his #5 retired. I loved how he played in his early career (juke move on Mark Carrier #27 “Fast forward to 3:20”) and hated how his career ended (39yds passing vs SD w/Min), and Shout Out to Andy Reid knowing he was done.
4. As a NBA fan I like the Luis Sciola to Pacers trade it really helps them down in the paint.
5. As a Knicks fan I hate the Luis Sciola trade to the Pacers… just saying.
6. Aaron Rodgers hates being lied to, so does Greg Jennings apparently.
7. Dang, Kanye that photographer at the airport wasn’t there when you hit your head on that sign.  LoL that’s Cray!
8. Tino Martinez (Marlins hitting coach) snapped on the team after seeing Logan Morrison’s tweet on not being on PEDs for not scoring a run in 37 innings
9. Matty Ice $59mil guaranteed.  Is it SB or bust time?
10. AP may want HGH testing but we know the Seahawks don’t!

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By: Maurice ” Cool Reece” Thomas

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     I’m the first to admit when comes today’s contracts in sports I’m quick to say “is that player worth that much money?”, especially in the NFL.  You have players like Tony Romo who just recieve an extension worth 108 million dollars but only have one playoff win and alot people feel he doesn’t deserve it.  Yahoo Sports reports that Tony Romo makes $6,302.52per hour, while Peyton Manning only makes 400 dollars more than Romo.  What about other celebrities that makes enormous amount of money like actors or musicians?  How come we don’t judge them on their money and performance?  As Chris Rock would say “Now that ain’t right!”

     Jason “Big J” Allen my fellow UnSportsMenMic colleague asked me “how can i be so quick to hate on Megatron, but not say anything about other entertainers?” Like Ryan Reynald from the movie R.I.P.D. had two bombs in the same week, and yet he probably made millions for just being part of the film.  Hell, he scored 9 million for Green Lantern, and according to “Big J” it was terrible.  Bottom line is he’s right, a lot of people do judge athletes more than actors and musicians including myself. But why?  Until this article I never thought about how much an actor or musician made.  I never really cared, but a lot of that has to do with the fact we don’t hear about the money  they make.  Mostly people care to hear about the drama they go through or what they wore on the red-carpet. 

     So i decided to google overpaid actors and the first link I clicked on was forbes.com and the actor they had first was Eddie Murphy.  I can only think well damn Eddie’s movies have sucked in the recent years.  And what’s funny is there were other websites saying he’s the most overpaid as well. Now for a second let’s compare him in athlete terms, he would be an athlete that came out the gates hot in his rookie contract, then got his pay day for his second contract and then decided to stop striving t be the best.  We would “Kill” that guy in the media and would want him to return the money, or in the words of Eddie Murphy “HALF! Give me half Eddie”.  Furthermore I decided to search for over paid music artist came up with very little info, but I was hoping to see Jay-z name somewhere especially after the recent album “Magna Carta Holy Grail”.  I’m not saying he’s overpaid, but if he comes out with more average to terrible material like that again then somebody will have to make a list just to add him on (I’m prepared for the black lash, holla at me @CR_Unsportsmen).

     In my opinion actors or music artist always get a pass for the money they make in comparison to athletes, because almost everyone has played a sport, or at least been around sports.  With that you feel like if you had just worked harder, had a better break, or just had more of God- given talent “we” could have been a pro!  How many times have you watched a game and could point out what the player did wrong before an announcer?  How many times have you said “Man! he should have done this…” “Man! I would’ve done this/that instead”.  I’m sure most if not all of you have, and that is where our “skepticism” or our harsh judgement comes from.  On the other hand, we all don’t feel like we can/could make it as an actor, or musician, so we have a habit of giving them a pass. .  Though they all have pre maddona moments, but athletes are the ones I hear the most about, because of sports media with “breaking news” of new contracts, contract disputes, or contract extensions.

     Maybe if I was able to watch Beyonce perform all her shows than I would probably have a different opinion on her.  The same if i saw how many retakes Denzel Washington had to have while filming a movie.  Then maybe I would have more of an opinion if they make too much money, but all we get is the finished product to judge them on.  So is it fair for athletes to be judged for how much money they make?  No, but there’s no editing in sports so I’ll be judging Romo every Sunday.  And just like unemployed Bart Scott “Cant Wait!”

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By: Raymond “Big Play” Miller

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The Summer of Mo

With the 2013 season being the last for Mariano Rivera, it dawned on me watching the All-Star game the other night; that Mo is the epitome of being a true Yankee. How great was it that “Enter the Sandman” plays and Mo comes out and no one else is on the field; both dugouts are standing there cheering for him.  The reason I say that is in a world where teammates (Arod and Petitte) usage of PED’s and HGH and idiotic tweets (Arod, we can actually go all day with Arod but I digress) run rampant Mo has been nothing but a class act.  Since taking over as closer from John Wetteland in ’97 Mo has 634 saves and had 30 saves at the All-Star break not bad for a 43yr old.  Rivera has dominated the game with one pitch a cutter that has broken the bats of many major leaguers ask the Twins (they gave Rivera a chair of broken bats).   Mariano lets his game do the talking for him, he never shows up his opponent with crazy emotional outburst like many closers do.  No Rivera handles himself like a true Yankee would.  Come on even Red Sox fans recently cheered for Mo now that’s respect.
Onto my thoughts…
1. A 66 in the final round!  Wow congrats Phil Mickelson.
2. Didn’t Ryan Braun do a Rafael Palmeiro and emphatically deny the use of PED’s or HGH right?
3. I thought Arod was coming back, but now not so much.  He’s next to go.
4. Tim Duncan to nice of a guy for his ex wife to lie about him right… Dang Timmmmy!!!!
5. And here I thought Bosh was the down low star…  Then again
6. Training camp around the NFL starts this week and we’ve all missed it.  As a Jet’s fan let the Sanchez vs Geno battle begin!
7. Looking at Von Miller’s wardrobe, glasses, and demeanor I’m not to surprised he was smoking weed.
8. Only Ryan Reynolds can have two movies come out the same weekend and neither one be #1 in the box office.  Turbo looked so bad my kids didn’t want to see it.  And what can be said about R.I.P.D. that is not in the title, cause this movie will Rest In Peace.
9. And I thought Channing Tatum was bad…  Damn Van Wilder.
10. My surprise National League World Series Representative is the LA Dodgers and for the American League the Red Sox.  Winner to be decided with later.

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By: Raymond “Big Play” Miller

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The Knicks believe in Peace but are they just chasing headlines?  With the acquisition of the artist formerly known as Ron Artest, the Knickerbockers bring in an enforcer, a tough nosed guy with a Charles Oakley type mentality.  Many believe (myself included) that Metta will help protect Melo from having to guard players like David West and Carlos Boozer.  Yes I know Peace is a wing player, but he’s stronger than Melo and who’s gonna punk him out?  Throw a beer on him and see how quick he turns back into Ron Ron.  The question is this move necessary?  The Knicks need a big man that can rebound, defend and backup Chandler and although I like the move.  If not for what Brooklyn has been doing this offseason would the move have been made?  At the end of the day on paper the Knicks are still the 5th best team in the east (Heat, Pacers, Bulls, and Nets), but having three defensive minded players (Tyson, Shump, and Peace) doesn’t hurt.

Onto my thoughts….

1. Pouncey brother’s with a “FREE HERNANDEZ” hat… Really!!!!
2. Tim Lincecum 148 pitches on a no-hitter congrats, but that joker won’t pitch again for a month.
3. Chris Davis 37home runs at the break.  Oh yeah please believe more tests are coming.
4. So everyone pushes for the #voteforFreddie campaign and now he isn’t playing because he jammed his thumb?  C’mon Son, should have went with Puig.
5. I like Carson Palmer as a sleeper in fantasy football this year he’s playing with the best receiver and offensive coach he’s ever had.
6. Derrick Rose is officially now 100%.  In July… Really!!!!  C’mon Son.
7. Is it me or does it seem like some players in the NBA Summer league look like they never played the game before.
8. Jay-z line of the week “I brought sand to the beach cuz my beach is better” classic Jay.  And once again Jay-Z doesn’t need the advertising from me.
9. George Zimmerman found not guilty.  Really, so in Florida you can shoot an unarmed black kid and get away with it?  Next you will tell me that Casey Anthony can have/get another kid…  Wait, you got to be kidding me, smh
10. Quote of the week from @hubbuchNYP “Aaron Hernandez’s lawyers just filed a motion to have his trial moved to Sanford, FL”
*Bonus* Matt Harvey All-Star game MVP!  (editors note: Ray wrote submitted this at 11AM)

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By: Raymond “Big Play” Miller

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Free Agency is pretty much done in the NBA, and free agents are making decisions on teams for numerous reasons, some leaving for places that are more comfortable (D12 to Rockets), have a better chance to win (A.I. to Warriors), or just for the money (Josh Smith to Pistons). The decisions made by these players are debatable were they the best moves for these players?  We will see in time.
Dwight Howard

Former team: LA Lakers
Best Fit: Houston
Worst Fit: Atlanta, Lakers
Decision: Houston
Howard showed that the big stage was too much for him, could you imagine him playing in his hometown Atlanta… me neither.  Houston allows him to be himself and play with a budding superstar in James Harden and not feel handcuffed and bullied by Kobe.  Atlanta would have been Orlando all over again for Howard, so that was definitely a no go.

Andre Igudola

Former Team: Denver Nuggets
Best Fit: Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors
Worst Fit: Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns
Decision: Golden State Warriors
A.I. is not a superstar, but is definitely the kind of player a contending team needs.  Teamed up with Curry, and Thompson, he can become the defensive force and to the basket slasher to open up shoots for the Dynamic Sharpshooting Duo.  Atlanta would have been a good fit too, A.I. is a five tool player that can stuff the stat sheet, but we know he wouldn’t be winning anything in the Hotlanta.  Going to the Kings or Suns just would’ve been a money grab.  So A.I. chose to try and win the chip Golden State Warriors was the best place.

Josh Smith

Former Team: Atlanta Hawks
Best Fit: Houston, Milwaukee
Worst Fit: Detroit, Dallas
Decision: Detroit
This “ninja” took the money forget about winning and being a leader he wanted the paper and he got it.  Detroit was one of the worse fits for him if his pursuit was to ever win a ring.  He will definitely have the green light offensively so 3 point shots is a go!  Also the Bucks would have been a good move so he could have teamed back up with Larry Drew, he would have been familiar with the system, and the Bucks seem to be trying to blow the team up to rebuild.  Also the Bucks would have marketed the heck out of Josh Smith.  The smartest move would’ve been to form a big 3 in Houston (Howard, Smith, and Harden… what about Lin? HA) and see if you would contend for a ring, but I think Smith lacks the discipline and we know Kevin McHale would have slapped  (ok benched) Josh Smith he would have pulled a 3 pointer.  Chase that cash young man!

JJ Redick

Former Team: Milwaukee Bucks
Best Fit: LA Clippers
Worst Fit: Charlotte Bobcats
Decision: LA Clippers
Can we add another long to the fire please?  Great move by Redick by agreeing to the sign-n-trade with the Clippers, he can be the sharp shooter the Clippers need to open up lanes for CP3.  Now Redick may be a defensive liability, but your paying DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin for a reason.  Redick gets to play with a great point guard and a coach that’s great when having elite talent.  Do we even have to comment on the Bobcats?  Redick probably would have gotten more money, been in the starting line-up, and could have put up decent numbers.  Yet we all know the end result, Bobcast back in the lottery with another terrible draft pick by His Teribbleness (Michael Jordan).

Monta Ellis

Former Team: Milwaukee Bucks
Best Fit: Atlanta, Dallas
Worst Fit: Milwaukee, NY Knicks
Decision: Dallas Mavericks
I felt this was a good decision by Ellis although it was risky to opt out of $11mil he did move on to an organization known for winning and that not to long ago won a championship.  The Mavericks need Ellis more than Ellis needed them, because Dallas NEEDS more scoring.  We all know Ellis is a scorer that needs tons of shots, and with only real scorer being Dirk, Ellis will get his opportunities offensively.  Atlanta would have been a great place to land too, with the team semi rebuilding and losing Teague, Ellis could have played point guard again in that scoring point mode similar to Westbrook, Rose, and Tony Parker (guess who’s current head coach was a former Spurs asst coach?) with the additions of Millsap, and Horford they would have been an exciting team to watch.  He had to get out of Milwaukee, with Jennings and him there was not enough basketballs to go around.  The Knicks would have bee the same thing imagine J.R. Smith, Carmelo Anthony, and Ellis trying to share and play team basketball.  Did you imagine it?  By mid season one of them would have been traded.

What do you think and if I missed anybody important hit me up and I will tell you my take.  Get ready for another exciting Basketball season.

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