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Forget 1992 vs 2012 – Who would win, the 1992 Dream Team or 12 Lebron James clones

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English: Basketball player LeBron James during...

English: Basketball player LeBron James during the game Washington Wizards versus Miami Heat (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We all know that Kobe Bryant’s statement that the 2012 US Olympics Men’s Basketball team beating 1992’s “Dream Team” was laughable. It’d have been an uphill climb enough if the 2012 team was fully healthy, but without Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose, 3 of its superstars, any shot went out the door.

A better question perhaps is who would win a match between the Dream Team and 12 clones of the 2012’s team’s best player, Lebron James.

12 Lebrons would be a fearsome team to face. First and foremost they would be the most dynamic transition scoring team the earth has ever seen. Every time the Dream Team turned the ball over, 5 superhuman forces would charge down the court with superhuman speed, size, ballhandling, passing and decision making. Any odd man rush would be near impossible to stop. Because the Lebrons would all be excellent rebounders, they would also start these breaks off miss shots constantly. The Dream Team would be facing an uphill battle off the start just due to the immense amounts of fastbreak points they’d face from the Lebrons. In the halfcourt the Lebrons would have 5 players who can shoot out to the 3 – Despite it initially seeming like 5 on ball Lebrons would be weak spacing, the fact that regular teams don’t traditionally have more than 2 or 3 outside shooters on the team, especially from the PF/C spots, would mean the Lebrons may actually have better spacing than a normal team. Read the rest of this entry »

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July 15, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Why the Dallas Mavericks should offer a max contract or near it to Steve Nash

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Steve Nash

Steve Nash (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Right now the frontrunner to sign Steve Nash appears to be the Toronto Raptors. It’s a nice story, he gets to go back to Canada and improve the popularity of the sport there and they’re apparently lining up future management options for him if he does (think Larry Bird and the Pacers). They’re also offering a lot of money – 3 years, 36 million for 12 million a year. Nash has been up front that the money does matter. A player’s last big contract is a relevant thing for them. It’s the last score for what have left when they retire.

I’m of the opinion that the Dallas Mavericks should go up to max money if that’s what it takes to sign Nash – and they should fold their cards on their Deron Williams chances now. Here’s why:

Having a superstar like Dirk Nowitzki is a once or twice in a lifetime opportunity for a franchise. He’s a top 15-20 player of all time. He’s proven you can win a title and make the Finals on his back and is one of the most terrifyingly clutch playoff performers in the league. The Mavericks took a big risk last summer by blowing up their 2011 title team by letting Tyson Chandler walk in free agency and letting JJ Barea go, choosing to horde their capspace for the Deron Williams-Dwight Howard summer – this leading to a middling season and 1st round sweep. It was sacrificing a chance at a title for the future. At the time it may have been a good gamble, but the trick to playing cards is knowing when to walk away. The tea leaves are there for Deron to resign in Brooklyn and Dwight is no longer on the market. If Dallas loses out on both Williams and Nash they will be the dog with two bones. They will have had a bone in their mouth, walked to the river to see their reflection and a bone in the water, then when they opened their mouth to grab their 2nd bone, they ended up with none. This would effectively be the end of the Dirk Nowitzki title window, no matter how much cap-space they have left this summer.

They have to realize the difference between signing Deron and signing Nash isn’t worth that risk. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by jr.

July 1, 2012 at 2:24 pm

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