August 8th, 2014 at 2:36 PM
By Glenn Minnis
The free agency period is one of the most exciting times in all of sports. Some of the most dominating players hit the market and you get to see if your favorite team is a player for one of the best in the game. It is a little bit stressful with having to wait days and sometimes weeks to see where the player is going, but when it finally happens and he or she is going to your favorite team, it gives you hope that your team is trying to not only win more games, but win a championship as well. The NBA free agency period is no different and it has once again shifted power to different teams.
The Miami Heat were once the most dominating team in not only the Eastern Conference, but the entire NBA. For four years fans were accustomed to seeing the Heat in the NBA Finals, but now it is hard to picture that image. Even though the Heat did not have to rebuild and even picked up Luol Deng, Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger, they lost the most talented ball player in the game today in LeBron James. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh re-signed with the team, which helps tremendously. However, losing someone of James' stature surely stings a little.Read more... Join the Conversation...
August 7th, 2014 at 2:36 PM
By Glenn Minnis
According to a report by USA Today, free agent Center Greg Oden was arrested early this morning for being accused of punching his ex-girlfriend in the face. The incident took place in Lawrence, Ind. When police officers arrived to the scene, they saw the victim holding her face while on the bed crying. There was obvious cuts on her forehead and swelling to the nose. The victims best friend was at the scene as well and said that Oden punched his ex-girlfriend and asked for the ex to tell the police what had happened. The victim eventually did and the police arrested Oden, who apologized for the incident and went without a struggle.
If this is true, with this unthinkable act being on Oden's resume, it will be extremely hard for the free agent to find a home anywhere for the for-seeable future in the NBA. Oden was not productive last season playing with the Miami Heat and he was a non factor in the playoffs due to back issues. No one is exactly clamoring for his services and even the Miami Heat don't know what they are going to do about re-signing Oden. The former number one draft pick future is looking bleak right now with health issues continually being a problem and most importantly this issue with assault to his ex-girlfriend. Only time will tell what Oden's future holds with injuries being a problem and doing the unthinkable by putting his hands on a female, this becomes a recipe for a career that is not looking too good right now.
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August 6th, 2014 at 8:36 PM
By Glenn Minnis
With so much talk about LeBron James' homecoming and his passionate letter to the fans of Cleveland, it left many Miami Heat fans wondering where was their letter for supporting the star for the four years he was there in Miami. It is kind of understandable on why some Heat fans could be mad, since he did win his first championship in the city of Miami and they supported James when the Cleveland fans bashed him and burned his jerseys as well. Some Heat fans took some money to purchase some space for a billboard in Akron, Ohio, which is James' hometown. The poster read, "You're Welcome LeBron, Love Miami," with two NBA titles on the billboard as well.
The Heat fans obviously felt a certain about James. It might not have been the fact that he left their team to go back home and play for the Cavaliers, but it was the way in which he gave all praise to the Cav fans and not one mention to the Miami Heat fans. One the other hand though, you could understand why maybe no one would quite consider the Heat fans as passionate as most. They show up late for games, half of them walked out when the Heat were down to the San Antonio Spurs with seconds remaining. Read more... Join the Conversation...
August 5th, 2014 at 5:02 PM
By Glenn Minnis
Ray Allen has had one of the greatest careers in the NBA. He started out his career being drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the fifth pick in the 1996 NBA Draft, which was later traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for their fourth pick in the draft which was Stephon Marbury. Allen never played for the Timberwolves and spent his first seven seasons with the Bucks. He was traded to the Seattle SuperSonics for Gary Payton in the 2002-03 season. There in Seattle, Allen averaged his most points per game putting up 26.4 a game during his last season with the team in 2006-07.
Allen would be traded in the offseason of that said year to the Boston Celtics to formulate the, "Big Three." This consisted of Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. There he would win his first NBA Title with the team and during his first season there by beating the Los Angeles Lakers in six games. While in Boston, Allen also broke the most three pointers made mark by passing Reggie Miller for the number one spot. Allen has since left Boston and played for the Miami Heat for the past two seasons. Read more... Join the Conversation...
August 2nd, 2014 at 11:30 AM
By Glenn Minnis
Dwyane Wade and LeBron James are the best of friends on and off the court. Surely, James tell Wade mostly, if not everything that is going on in his life and what he is thinking about. Wade was one of the main reasons why James decided to go play for the Miami Heat four years ago and leave Cleveland. So it comes as no surprise that Wade knew that James was going to leave Miami before James even gave him his final say.
While in Las Vegas, Wade says that he knew James was going to leave Miami because of how he was acting and just feeling something different from his close friend and teammate. Now with time to digest the entire situation and how it all played out, Wade is ready for life after James and ready to lead his team through the Eastern Conference and possibly to another NBA Championship.
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