I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
One question I find myself wondering amid this whole free agency whirlwind is how do we measure the not-quite-so-obvious legacies of professional basketball players. For instance, Magic Johnson says NBA stars are measured by championships, and since Kobe just got his 5th this summer, Magic says the two are now equal. Michael Jordan has 6 and is considered the best player of all time even though he does not have the most titles.
But when stars share the stage, how much credit does each claim for a championship? Humor me for a second and suppose Bosh/Lebron end up with 5 championships at the end of their career (Wade would thus have 6) where does that put them? Are they equal with Kobe by this metric? Is Wade equal to MJ? (almost certain this is a resounding no here, just throwing it out there).
Also, in terms of measuring a player -- and this is perhaps my biggest wonder -- how far down do you credit the "championship"? For instance, on the Bulls squad generally Jordan gets most of the credit, and Pippen and Rodman are considered great "Robin" talent to his "Batman." Other players like Steve Kerr are considered good role players but not great. However, every team isn't the same. The Lakers teams from the early 2000s were considered Shaq, Kobe, and role players (despite excellent efforts from Fisher and others). If the Heat win a few championships, is Bosh considered a role player to Lebron and Wade even if he puts up similarly monster numbers?
Can somebody on here Photoshop Wade and Lebron as Batman and Robin? Obviously Lebron would be Robin in this scenario. If I had photoshop skillz I'd do it myself but I am hoping a fellow maize and blue brother can help me out. Thank you good sirs. Have a tremendous day.
Someone beat me to it.
You've got to read this letter posted on the Cleveland Cavaliers official website. Wow is it bitter and angry. Something you rarely seen any more in our corporate white washed world.
If anyone has NBA tv and is interested in how Deshawn Sims is looking, the Celtics and Pacers are playing in the Orlando Summer League on NBA tv right now. Sims is looking good through the first half. The announcers are high on him. They like his versatility, and also pointed out that he can finally play his "natural position". Being forced to play center last year held him back a little bit, but it looks like he benefited from playing in the post so much and developed some nice post moves.
I know, another LeBron post, but I thought this one deserved it's own thread because of the interesting (and different) debate that it could spark for those of us on the "tax nerd" side of things (and I know there are a lot of us who post here...). The key quote:
“On a five-year contract worth $96 million -- what he'd get from the Knicks or the Heat -- LeBron would pay $12.34 million in New York taxes.” Florida has no state income tax.
New Jerseyand Ohio, the other reported frontrunners to attract James, also have state income taxes, but they are not as his as in New York. Based on a $96 million contract, James would pay $5.69 million in state taxesif he re-signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers. If he signed with the New Jersey Nets, James would pay $10.32 million in state taxes.