Melo, CP3, Wade Star in Lockout Relevant Jordan Commercial

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I think the concept for this commercial is genius. Using the lockout to create a fresh and exciting commercial is a great move by the PR people over at Jordan brand. Obviously, I am very pro owner but even I can come to appreciate a great ad about the players being “victimized” by the lockout. I wouldn’t exactly say that guys like Melo, CP3 and D Wade refusing to take a 2% pay reduction (a figure Melo probably makes in one shoe deal alone) in exchange for playing basketball is them having their love of the game stripped from them. Either way this is a very entertaining commercial and a great move by the Jordan brand.

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Amar’e Gets a Job at Foot Locker

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How Funny is that Danilo Gallinari-Kim Kardashian Story?

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So apparently Kim Kardashian wanted to watch former Knick Danilo Gallinari take a sheet…

“Kardashian was so eager to land a basketball player, the site says, that she had producers at E!, the home of her reality shows, contact NBA teams about potential beaus. Sources say that producers at the network called the Knicks to find out if the team’s handsome Italian import, Gallinari, was single.

They asked if he would be interested in dating her and being on a reality show,” a source told the site. “Danilo said he would love to meet Kim but was not interested in dating her or being on a reality show … Even though E! explained it would be great for his career, Gallinari turned the offer down.”

Kardashian reportedly wanted a New York sports star to date to coincide with the debut of her series “Kourtney & Kim Take New York” in January. Apparently she settled on the Tri-State area and Nets player Humphries. The pair started dating in December 2010.” from the NY Post

So Kim wanted the Italian Stallion!! Do we need anymore proof that she is…you know? How do you feel if you are Kris Humphries? Actually knowing Kris Humphries he probably doesn’t even care.

Personally I don’t really care about this story. Everybody knows about Kim Kardashian and her plethora of high profile relationships and sex tapes. While she is very attractive, I think Gallo made the right choice here. Good for him to stay out of the whole media circus that comes along with any member of that Kardashian family. This story is just so funny. Way to go Kim. Once again you look like a total ass (no pun intended) and you will likely have an annulment on your hands.

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Will A Deal Be Done By Sunday?


Throughout these negotiations, I have firmly been optimistic every step along the way. That has been a mistake as the NBA has disappointed me every step of the way. Despite holding marathon meetings after marathon meetings, the NBA and its players have failed to come close to making a deal much less punching a deal across the goal line. They have gone three and out every drive for the past two years. Despite how poorly talks have gone, there is once again a great deal of optimism surrounding this weeks discussions. Once again I feel confident a deal will be struck soon but this time I feel more confident than ever.

I believe there is a 70% chance that a deal, in principle of course, will be struck by Sunday night. There are multiple reasons for my optimism on this.

  • When a deal in principle is reached, there will be a 30 day period in which free agency will begin, training camps will begin, the exhibition season will occur and the new CBA will be drafted and ratified. If the NBA is to squeeze in an 82 game season, they will need to have the season start in early December at the latest. If a deal in principle is reached by Sunday, October 30th, the season hypothetically could start December 1st. That would save the NBA’s trademark Christmas Day games and would allow the NBA to potentially fit in an 82 game season.
  • Multiple NBA stars have dropped out of the “World Tour” that was supposed to take place promoting the game all over the world. This was something the stars had their eyes set on and were excited for. What possible reasons would make them drop out? Maybe they know something we don’t. Maybe a deal is close.
  • I believe the players must by now realize that they have very little leverage in these negotiations as reality has begun to set in with them. Owners are willing to miss a season. Players need a season.
At the end of the day, the owners gain more leverage every day while the players lose theirs. The owners actually benefit and make money from this lockout. They cash in on TV deals (despite no broadcasted games), they do not have to pay the players and they do not have to pay arena workers. The players gain nothing from this lockout, they only lose millions (or billions depending on the length of the lockout) of dollars they will never get back, they lose time off of their careers and they lose their spotlight in the public eye. This is the time for the players to cut the best deal they will get and I believe that will happen this week.
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Melo Drops Out of World Tour

The NBA Players “World Tour” seems to be unraveling. In the last two days, stars have been dropping from the tour like flies. Yesterday Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook dropped out while LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony dropped out today.

Could the NBA have a deal coming? Why else would these guys be turning down a million dollars each? Maybe they know that a deal is close. I take the collapse of this world tour as a good sign in that if they had no reason not to play, they would play. Clearly there is something going on and this is a strong indication that  a deal is close. Stay tuned.

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Report: NBA To Cancel Two More Weeks of Season

Frank Isola and Mitch Lawrence of the NYDN report that the first month of the season will be canceled on Tuesday. Already the first two weeks have been canceled and David Stern had said if no deal was reached next week that he felt the Christmas Day games would seriously be in jeopardy of being canceled. I think this is a good thing in this aspect: While it sucks that games are being missed, I think the more checks the players miss the closer they will come to folding. As I have said the whole time, the players will lose and they will fold at some point. It is just a matter of when. Last weeks talks really showed me that the owners are totally willing and able to play hardball and this move further indicates their willingness.

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Kevin Durant Charity Game Will Be Streamed Online

Today’s KD Charity Game featuring Melo, Amar’e and Kevin Durant, will be streamed online on the basketball channel. Here are the rosters for the teams

Team Blue:

Chris Paul

Carmelo Anthony

Amar’e Stoudemire

Rudy Gay

James Harden

John Wall

Damien Wilkins

Johnny Flynn

Team White:

Kevin Durant

Russell Westbrook

LeBron James

LaMarcus Aldridge

Monta Ellis

Jeff Green

Michael Beasley

Jamal Crawford

You have to sign up for an account on the basketball channel but it only takes a few seconds.

Here is the link for the game

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Carmelo Anthony Wants Chris Paul on the Knicks… Duh

On Thursday, Knicks star Carmelo Anthony said what everybody knew; that he would love to have Hornets guard Chris Paul in a Knick uniform.

“If it works out and he comes here and they allow him to come here, you’ll see a smile from ear to ear,” Anthony said, according to the New York Post. “It’s not just me. It’s everybody [in New York]. If he decides to leave New Orleans and goes somewhere else, they’ll be feeling the same way I’m feeling.”

Isn’t this why we are having the lockout? Cause owners do not want players recruiting each other and joining up in big markets? I love Melo as much as the next fan but this is not the time for him to be saying things like this. Also I do not really see the reason for saying this. Everybody knows that he would like to join up with Chris Paul. Everyone knows about the infamous Melo-LaLa wedding where Paul made a toast to a big three in New York (along with Amar’e Stoudemire).

Obviously I would love to see a big three with Paul also. Whether or not it would be best for the team would have to be decided by the roster and pieces around them but either way it would be entertaining and the team would have a great chance to be great. I really do not get why Melo said this at this time, probably the worst possible time to make comments like this, and I do not think it is necessary to say that in public. Everyone knows that, why say it? Telling it to a New York paper is not going to make it happen or heighten the chances of it happening so why say it? I love Melo but I think it would be just best if he keeps this Chris Paul stuff on the DL. You know, since there is a lockout going on where the fight is about superstars changing teams it is probably best to just not say the free agent stuff. Just saying…

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Derrick Brown Working Out at Accelerate

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This is a great sign to see for Knick fans because I think Derrick Brown has got a ton of potential. You are talking about a guy who is a big small forward at 6’8 that has great athleticism. On our team where we are smaller in the paint, having tall wings (such as Shumpert, Fields, Melo, Shawne Williams) is important to giving us some size on defense. I think if Brown can get a consistent offensive game going, he can be a beast. I really like that he is improving his jump shot cause as a role player if he can score 8-10 points a game, that is huge boost for us. I really think the key to the Knicks in the future is our bench. Melo and Amar’e will score but if we can get 30-40 points a game from guys like Douglas, Shumpert, Williams and Brown then nobody should outscore us.

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Bryant Gumbel Crosses the Line with his David Stern Comments

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Tuesday night on his “Real Sports” HBO show, Bryant Gumbel made some egregious comments about NBA commissioner David Stern.

“Finally tonight, if the NBA lockout is going to be resolved any time soon, it seems likely to be done in spite of David Stern, not because of him. I say that because the NBA’s infamously egocentric commissioner seems more hell-bent lately on demeaning the players than resolving his game’s labor impasse.

How else to explain Stern’s rants in recent days? To any and everyone who’d listen, he has alternately knocked union leader Billy Hunter, said the players were getting inaccurate information, and started sounding chicken-little claims about what games might be lost if the players didn’t soon see things his way.

Stern’s version of what’s been going on behind closed doors has, of course, been disputed. But his efforts were typical of a commissioner, who has always seemed eager to be viewed as some kind of modern plantation overseer treating NBA men as if they were his boys. It’s part of Stern’s M.O. Like his past self-serving edicts on dress code or the questioning of officials, his moves are intended to do little more than show how he’s the one keeping the hired hands in their place.

Some will, of course, cringe at that characterization, but Stern’s disdain for the players is as palpable and pathetic as his motives are transparent. Yes, the NBA’s business model is broken, but to fix it, maybe the league’s commissioner should concern himself most with a solution, and stop being part of the problem.”

While David Stern is an infamously egocentric commissioner, Gumbel was completely out of line by bringing race into his argument. Though out of line, Gumbel’s statement should not come of surprise to anybody as he has made such blasphemous comments in the past.

In February of 2006, Gumbel said about the Winter Olympics:

“So try not to laugh when someone says these are the world’s greatest athletes despite a paucity of blacks that makes the Winter Games look like a GOP convention”

In August of 2006, Gumbel kept the trend going when he directed these comments about then NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue to current NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell:

“Before he cleans out his office have Paul Tagliabue show you where he keeps Gene Upshaw’s leash. By making the docile head of the players union his personal pet, your predecessor has kept the peace without giving players the kind of guarantees other pros take for granted. Try to make sure no one competent ever replaces Upshaw on your watch.”

Now I have no bias against Bryant Gumbel, I think Real Sports is a great show and I enjoy lots of the investigative reporting done in that show. That being said, I have to completely disagree with this radical black apologist stance that Bryant Gumbel consistently takes. I respect everybody’s right to have an opinion but I think Gumbel crosses the line when he unnecessarily brings race into the conversation. While I am a fan of David Stern, I can see where Gumbel is coming from in terms of Stern’s egocentrics and his argument about Stern demeaning the players. However, Gumbel allows his radical racial opinions to cloud his vision when it comes to this lockout. It is not only David Stern demeaning the players. The players have put just as much effort into public relations as Stern has. And for the record, I listened to Stern speak last week when he was interviewed by both Darren Rovell and Mike Francesa and I would not necessarily say that Stern demeaned players. Stern told his side of the story as he would like the public to know it. Just as how the players have taken to twitter to try and show this image of solidarity and this illusion that they are victims of this lockout.

I believe the owners have made concessions. They have come off the hard cap. They have eased up on the BRI split. I believe the players are holding this agreement up with their unwillingness to give up money and change the system. What Gumbel fails to see is the other side of this lockout. He sees the players side but he does not see the owners side of the argument. Stern is trying to get the best deal for his owners. That is his job. That is what he is paid to do. He is no plantation owner. The NBA players are not being forced to take 5 million dollars a year. The NBA superstars are not being forced to take a BRI cut from 57 down to 53 or 50. Thats the whole reason we have this lockout is because the players have a 50/50 voice in this discussion.

Now how ridiculous is this “plantation owner” comment. Hell, if the NBA is a plantation and the players are slaves making an average of 5 million dollars a year, then sign me up. I would love to work on a plantation where I play basketball and make millions a year. How is David Stern trying to control “his boys”? By enforcing a dress code? People forget. The players are EMPLOYEES of the NBA. The players, while being the main attraction, do not run the NBA. If not for the owners, there would be NO NBA. How can you call the commissioner of the league a “plantation owner” when the league average salary is 5 million dollars a year. How can you call Stern a “plantation owner” when the league provides a forum for players to improve themselves on the court and off the court with community service opportunities and endorsement opportunities they would have otherwise not had? Gumbel is so wrong to bring race into this because race has nothing to do with this lockout. Stern isn’t lobbying for the white players to make 30 mil a year while the black players make minimum wage. Does Gumbel even realize that Stern works for the owners? If he was going to make this idiotic comment about somebody, he should have made it about the owners. Stern serves as their spokesman and fights for what they want.

Gumbel’s comments made me so angry because they are so untrue, out of line and unnecessary. There is no reason to bring race into this discussion. Nobody else has and probably nobody else will because there is no reason for it. Stern is no racist and he is no plantation owner. Just because he is fighting a PR battle with the union, and in my opinion is winning, that makes him a racist? Stern is doing what any person of power in a labor situation does. They fight for their side of the issue. In my opinion it is the players, such as Kevin Garnett that are holding up these discussions. I respect all people’s right to have their own opinions but when race is brought into it, that is when the line is crossed. Gumbel was flat out wrong in making racist statements about Commissioner Stern and I think there are few people that would debate that.

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