Lance Stephenson versus Indiana Pacers

Lance Stephenson was widely mocked for turning down an offer of  five years at $44 million by Indiana Pacers because most felt that was a fair deal.

According to ESPN, Stephenson’s agent, Alberto Ebanks, released a statement which said, “While we tried our best to come to the best possible terms for both sides, there was not sufficient flexibility in the terms of the contract, particularly the length of the contract.”

Lance Stephenson is only 23 and signing a five year deal worth just over eight million a season might give him some security however seeing as his potential is still untapped his market value is more likely to rise in the future.

There is a precedent for this: In 1991 Scottie Pippen signed a seven year deal, with Chicago Bulls, for $22 million, making him one of the highest paid players at the time. However within six years NBA contracts rose drastically, making Pippen, who was not only a five time champion at the time, but also named one of the 50 greatest all time players in the NBA, one of the lowest paid players in the league at the peak of his prowess.

Now Lance Stephenson is no Pippen, but he was a key cog on a team that played in the last two eastern conference finals.

Stephenson has since signed a three year deal worth $27 million, to play for the Charlotte Hornets.

The big risk with playing for the Hornets is that Stephenson could be exposed as being good due to Indiana, one of the best teams in the NBA that plays without a superstar but has good players at every position (except, arguably, the point guard position). That is probably why Indiana refused to budge from their initial offer to Stephenson because maybe they felt that he flourished in their system.

Now he plays for the Hornets who made the playoffs last season but were swept by Miami and has yet to win a playoff game since they were called Bobcats (since 2004/05).

There is no clear winner here as Stephenson demoted himself  and Indiana got significantly weaker on the perimeter defense. However Stephenson has a chance to show his true potential and Indiana can get a player who comes without Stephenson’s on court antics, which were considered a distraction.

The redemption of Delonte West

 

Every summer you hear about a veteran trying to play his way back into the NBA after squandering his opportunities, and knowing that summer league is all about rookies getting acclimated to the rigors  of the NBA game, you realize, most certainly, that these vets are wasting their time.

After all if they can play or contribute in any way to an NBA team, they would have had a contract or at least their agent would be talking to teams behind the scene while they trained somewhere privately, leaving summer league to the rookies and other guys trying to keep that NBA dream alive.

West can help a team win but his numerous antics, as detailed by Haglund, have landed him here. There are some players with marginal talent, like Kevin Ollie, who can carve out an 11 year NBA career because of their “high character” and there are equally some talented players who ruin their careers due to an adverse attitude. West falls into the latter category. It seems he may have a ‘Jordan like’ attitude coupled with role player talent, which may be deemed as a poor bargaining chip. Basically he is as competitive edge but not his talent according to the Haglund story.

However i personally do love a comeback story, especially a scenario where a player hasn’t committed murder, stolen anything or is an outright criminal. West had his troubles transporting guns but they were legally his, and his crime may have been in the way he was transporting them. What I like about west is that he isn’t too flashy and he always try to make the right play. If he can latch on to the Clippers I believe he can help them.

He is now married and recently became a father, let’s hope that he is in a better place  now, mentally, and he can put that unfortunate rumor, that soured his Cleveland days behind him.    At least he is saying the right things.

“It’s already been a success,” West told NBA Hang time Blog. “I got an opportunity to put a jersey on and be back in the fraternity. The chance to get up there and get some NBA bump, hey, anytime yo  u’ve got a jersey on – it don’t matter who you’re playing for – you’re there. You’ve got a Clippers jersey on.

“This is big for me and my family. We’re going to celebrate. It’s one step to more steps.”

As we follow sports we rely on the media to give us a glimpse of what players are like  however sometimes we have to remember that this is just a small, sometimes creative, scope of what someone’s life is about and whatever it is that we have read or seen doesn’t really define them for the rest of their lives.

 

Derick Rose says it’s not his job to recruit

 

Espn reports that  Derick Rose says “it is not his job” to help recruit Carmelo Anthony or any other free agents to the Bulls.

While this may be true, he is essentially paid to play, as the point guard and franchise player he represents the Bulls so it may be wise to have a hand in recruiting or at least show that he is invested in what the organisation is doing even if he does indeed trust them completely to do their job.

The point guard is meant to be the coach on the court, the one who calls the plays, recognize trends or defensive sets. If you are to lead your team mates in battle you must prove you are deserving of their respect, on and off the court.

Everyone knows this team belongs to Rose. So any free agent that turns up and signs with the Bulls may feel put out if Rose doesn’t at least welcome them in some feasible manner, before they sign.

He may have been asked a direct question by Yahoo, who first reported the story, but his attitude isn’t very welcoming when he says “If they want to come they can come” even though he did say he thinks he can play with Anthony.

I don’t think Anthony belongs on the same team with Rose. Rose likes to score the ball, at the detriment of other team mates, and so does Anthony.

If Rose was a more inclusive point guard maybe they can work together but as it stands Bulls need to chase  Carmelo and sign him and then trade Rose, who has had two devastating knee injuries within the last three years or just stick with Rose and find him team mates who will have no problem deferring to him.

Carmelo has previously played with another high scoring guard, Allen Iverson, albeit at the tail end of his career, and that did not end in championships for the Denver Nuggets, where they played with a “he gets his, I get mine ” type of attitude, meaning they both get enough shots to meet their satisfaction instead of focusing on winning the game.

Klinickal

 

If you want a unique opinion on all things basketball, from high school to the NBA you have come to the right place where I will pull no punches as I deliver hard and heavy opinions, garnered through 15 intensive years of being a fan of everything NBA or college basketball, division one.

When you truly love something you can see all the pros and cons and your eyes are open to all the angles. Not promising to be 100% accurate but there will be no fence sitting here on all current subjects.

I had a professor once who told me that sports is used by governments to distract the citizens from the real issues at which I retorted that you can spend a lifetime trying to figure out the government, or going to protests, etc or you can allow yourself to be distracted by sports. It’s fum to argue about sports and death to argue about politics.

Anyway here is me living the life of being happily distracted by the sport of my choice while the country slowly deteriorates.

I am about to become a father for the first time though so that will impact on my “hobby” immensely I imagine.

Anyway thanks for reading and I look forward to amusing you greatly in the near future.