Thursday, December 8, 2011

Cry Baby Odom!

"Lamar Odom: When a team trades u and it doesn't go down? Now what? Twitter"

Now what? You report to camp because, as a player, you know it's a business. The Lakers gave you decent contracts while you've been on the team, but at some point in time everything comes to an end. Management must improve the team, and players are assets that help improve the team. I mean, Lamar Odom came aboard knowing it was Kobe's team...what did he think?

Lamar Odom is taking a cry baby attitude about what happened. As if though he was above being traded. How long has Odom been on the team? He came over in the Shaq deal, right? That's a long time. Does Lamar Odom think that the Lakers were going to allow him to retire a Laker? Where, pray tell, does that thought come from? Ignorance or arrogance.

If someone should be upset it's Chris Paul. But, after reading a twitter comment I can see the leagues position.

"Adrian Wojnarowski: League source on killed deal: "...(Stern) wasn't going to let Chris Paul dictate where he wanted to go." Twitter"

After what happened last season with Carmelo Anthony, and with the lock-out in the off-season; I can see the logic of the league. Things had gotten out of control to the point where it seemed that the players were running the league. Of course, this goes back to the LeBron James "decision," too. The players were exercising too much power. Or the agents. This is probably the league's way of saying that the owners are taking back control of the league.

During the lock-out, weren't the fans backing the owners? Well, this is the type of scenario that the owners were fed up with. But, I do believe the owners have misidentified the problem. It isn't that players can't manipulate the system to get to where they want to go. It's about letting them go if they can, but punishing teams for going over the luxury tax. That's why the owners wanted harsher penalties for luxury tax payers.

In other words: let Paul go to Los Angeles, but make it so that the Lakers have a very difficult time filling out the rest of their roster. That's the punishment. Not forbidding league stars to move from team to team. That's why the owners should have never abandoned the system issue of forbidding luxury tax paying teams from signing mid-level exception players. That was a perfect solution to the problem.

It's still in place with the idea of going 4 million over the luxury tax, and stiffer penalties kick in. But they should have disallowed it altogether. That way the 3 superstar roster model would be a flawed approach to winning a championship. That was the only system issue that really mattered. That little piece of basketball legislation would have solved the whole competitive balance problem.

I guess we can say that the players should have caved on the mid-level exception for luxury tax paying teams issue. That way Chris Paul could have manipulated the system to get to Los Angeles, and the league would have been happy because the Lakers would have been well into the luxury tax penalties and would have had difficulty filling the rest of the roster. But, since the players didn't cave on the mid-level exception issue, they are now being strong armed - clumsy comes to mind - by David Stern because somehow someway things aren't supposed to work out the way Chris Paul and his agent wanted it to work out. That's what the lock-out was all about.

Again, all this because the league and the players haven't figured out the full context of the new CBA - the 3 superstar roster model: big-market vs. the balanced roster model: small-market. And, of course, because of that, it leaves Lamar Odom feeling abandoned, and thinking of hanging it up and reporting to the Kardashians for the next phase of his career.

mike t.

The New Hornets...Why Not?

Why can't the complaining owners see it? The new small-market model. A balanced roster.

Check out the potential Hornets starting roster:

PG: Dragic
SG: Martin
SF: Odom
PF: Scola
C: Okafor



If they sign David West, too?

Why is the NBA holding up this deal? This is an early model of the new CBA small-market approach to winning. It's a small-market balanced roster model vs. the big-market 3 superstar roster model. The Hornets can afford this roster, but not the 3 superstar model. Tell me, can a big-market 3 superstar model beat the small-market balanced model? This small-market model exposes weaknesses in the 3 superstar model.

What is holding up this deal? Small-market teams can only dream to have a balanced roster to compete with the 3 superstar roster. This is the competitive balance that the lock-out was all about. The small-market balanced roster model forces teams to play basketball the right way. This model is much like the Spurs' model. The Spurs had capable players who committed to play the game the right way, and made stars out of Tony Parker and Ginobli.

Get it? They made stars out of Parker and Ginobli. Championships made stars out of Parker, Ginobli, Billups, Hamliton, and Prince. Team ball made these players stars when they won championships.

Paul is a league superstar. He hasn't won anything. Anthony is a league superstar. He hasn't won anything. Amare is the same as those two. It two philosophical approaches to the game. The big-market approach and the small-market approach.

Sometimes the league makes superstars and sometimes championships makes stars.

Let them go at it! It's the competitive balance that the lock-out was all about.

The Hornets, right now, are owned by the league. The Hornets are a small-market team. The lock-out was about creating competitive balance for small-market teams. This situation is just what the doctor, the league, ordered and now they reject it? The idea of creating competitive balance wasn't just to punish luxury tax paying teams; it was to allow small-market teams to gather assets in return for losing league superstars to the big-markets. Lamar Odom, Scola, Martin, and Dragic fulfill that idea.


mike t.

Update on the Lakers Trade for Paul

"Adrian Wojnarowski: NBA owners have pushed commissioner David Stern to kill the deal sending Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers, sources tell Y! Sports. Twitter"

What's the problem with this deal? According to reports, the Hornets didn't want to deal with the Lakers in a package that involved either Odom or Gasol. The Hornets wanted to deal with the Warriors and the Clippers. The Hornets wanted Curry or Gordon, but the Warriors and the Clippers didn't make those players available in a deal for Paul. What are the Hornets supposed to do? Lose Paul at the end of the year and not getting anything?

The Hornets get Odom, Scola, Martin, Dragic, and the Knicks 1st rounder in 2012 for Chris Paul? That is one heck of deal for the Hornets! This isn't a one-sided deal. And the Rockets get a proven all-star in Gasol to replace Yao Ming. Tell me: what's wrong with this deal? This is just a case of envy.

I really think that most of the owners don't "get" the new CBA. It's the deal the owners locked the players out for. It was to create competitive balance. The problem, I think, is that the owners don't know what creative balance is in the context of this new CBA.

Let me explain one more time. Big-market teams are using the 3 superstar model to a championship. That's all good except for the new CBA. Most teams with 3 superstars will have trouble filling out the rest of their rosters. The owners complaining about this deal need to go out and get the players that are left. They have the money while the 3 superstar teams don't.

What? Do the complaining owners think the Lakers can win a championship with Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, and Andrew Bynum? Do the owners think the Heat can win the championship with James, Wade, and Bosh? The Knicks with Amare, Anthony, and Chandler? Let the big-market teams follow the 3 superstar model. The new CBA is about to kick in and what are the big-market teams going to do to fill out their rosters?

To the complaining owners I say this: quit complaining and start spending! You locked out the players for this deal, but it seems you don't understand how it works.

mike t.


I don't think the new CBA has sunk into the minds of executives (GMs) around the league, yet. Everyone is still trying to follow the 3 superstar model to a championship. That's all good, except for one little fact: what do these big market teams do to fill out the rest of their rosters? lol!

The Knicks, Heat, and Lakers are making moves that are going to tie up their salary cap limits pretty good for the 3 superstar model of basketball.

The Knicks have Amare, Carmelo, and now, it seems, Tyson Chandler at center. But, what about the point guard? And what about the rest of the roster? How do they proceed with their 3 superstars and win a championship without a point guard? And how do they fill out the rest of the roster, the bench? And how does a defensive center like Chandler fit into coach Mike D'Antoni's high powered offense? He still runs the run and gun doesn't he? It looks like a train wreck to me.

The Heat is about to sign Shane Battier, who is a good player. But, how does he address they're need for a center? I heard the Heat is going to sign Eddy Curry. Can you believe it? They have their 3 superstars, but have no real money left to sign a decent center. And, again, what about the bench?

The Lakers seem to be on the verge of getting Chris Paul with Pau Gasol on his way out, along with Lamar Odom. That leaves Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, and Andrew Bynum. What happens to Derek Fisher? lol! And, once more, what about the bench?

The new CBA was supposed to create competitive balance for small-market teams. Well, what you see happening in Miami, New York, and Los Angeles; these teams have no more money to get a point guard in New York, a center in Miami and in Los Angeles...they have no small or power forwards. Well, Metta World Peace and Luke Walton are there. And their money, I think, will be spent when they sign Paul to an extension. Hence, enter in the small-market teams. They have the money to put together balanced teams that can challenge the big-market 3 superstar team model.

In other words: small-market teams can built teams with a new model, balanced teams, to see if that approach can compete with the 3 superstar model.

It might take a year or two, but I think this new CBA is, indeed, going to create competitive balance for the league.

mike t.

Welcome to Basketball Pure and Simple

With the opening of NBA camps just a day away, I thought I'd jump in with my own blog and write about this coming season.

With a lock-out shortened season, 66 games, it's going to be interesting as to what is going to happen. Already, we're hearing about the Lakers making a big trade that will bring in Chris Paul from New Orleans and send Pau Gasol to Houston and Lamar Odom to New Orleans. Wow!

I guess Dr. Buss was listening to Magic Johnson when, at the end of last season, Magic suggested to Dr. Buss to blow this team up.

Well, by tomorrow, we'll see if the team has, indeed, been blown up.

My intention is to write about all teams that I think have a chance to get to the playoffs and try to evaluated what is going on with those teams. Of course, I'll probably focus around the Los Angeles Lakers because I live in Los Angeles.

I hope you'll stop by now and then to read what I have to say about the drama that is the Los Angeles Lakers and the NBA.

mike t.
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