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LeBron James, the Choosy One

Posted in NBA, Photoshop with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 10, 2010 by dunkonu

In this post we’ll take a look at the whole LeBron role change from hero to villain via movie references…ande because it is even more fun, we’ll also take a look how Kobe is slowly also performing a role change from villain to hero.

Here is the short version for everyone using Lost (because everybody knows that show): LeBron is Jack, Kobe is Sawyer and Kate is the Championship. Easy analogy, right? Jack is the hero, saving the day, making other people feel better and being an all around good guy. Sawyer is minding his own business, doing what is best for him, having a mean streak…but after a couple episodes/season’s, we start seeing them in a bit of a different light…Jack isn’t the nice guy anymore, Sawyer’s is actually doing the right things but his way, that’s why it took us a while to get to like him – when the right chance presents itself, he is even a really nice guy…get my point? If you need a more detailed statement, click the cute little ‘More…’-button:

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Godspeed2Sheed

Posted in NBA with tags , , , , , , , on July 6, 2009 by dunkonu

He is gone. I would feel better if he wasn’t headed to Boston, but if there is no sudden change of heart (see: Turkoglu, Hedo), Sheed will suit up in a green jersey next season.

The funny thing about Sheed is that he actually is the Detroit Pistons of the last few years in a way. Falling asleep on the court from time to time, struggles to find motivation day in and day out, thinks he can switch it on at any time and, too bad but it is true, he often just disappears when we need him the most. Still, he is unique – there is nobody with his set of skills out there and he is hilarious – a joy to watch and to listen to so you better look forward to that, Boston fans (I heard your bandwagon got bigger since KG arrived so there should be enough room for some of Sheed’s fanbase – not me, tho).

It’s always hard to see one of “your” guys leave for a rival team, but this is a business after all – I would take the best offer too, so I can’t blame Sheed. We took him for granted and didn’t give him the feeling that we want him here (because we don’t – rebuilding ‘n’ stuff), but it is only human to go where people want you to be around. The Celtics know why they send their big 3 over to woo Sheed – it worked. I wouldn’t want to work somewhere where people doubt me and I don’t feel appreciated.

Sheed, I know you won’t read this, but anyway: thanks for the memories (and one title – yeah, what up!) and I wish you only the best in Boston.

Ben Gordon & Charlie Villanueva

Posted in NBA with tags , , , , , , , , on July 2, 2009 by dunkonu

First, here are the facts:

Ben Gordon agreed to a deal that is worth about $ 58 mil/5 years and Charlie Villanueva agreed to a deal that will pay him $ 40 mil/5 years. That is about $100 mil in the next 5 years for the Detroit Pistons so Gordon and Villanueva better bring their A game.

I’m not sure if I like this or not. Throwing big money at Ben Gordon when we could probably got him for less doesn’t bother me too much, but are those two guys really worth an investment like this? Will they turn our team around and get us through the 1st round of the playoffs? I don’t see it. We desperately need a big man who can put the ball in the basket and Charlie Villanueva could fill that hole. He won’t score 20 a night, but he is a threat around the hoop at least.

But what is up with Joe D and his new found love for undersized volume shooters? Is a guy who is taking 25 shots a game while only scoring on 40% of them really worth $11-12 mil a year? Did his 1st round performance against the Celtics really put him that much over the top? I think Joe is still riding this “we need somebody to trade baskets with the other teams superstar in the final minutes“-wave (he got that after LeBron destroyed us in the game that shall not be named a few years back – scoring like the last 25 points for the Cavs – you know what I’m talking about). We used to be a team that didn’t need anyone to step up in the final seconds, because we took care of business early and cruised to victory. Once upon a time, when we did need somebody to step up, there was this guy called “Mr. Big Shot” – they didn’t give him that nickname for nothing.

Can't wait for the 1st Pistons - Bulls game

Can't wait for the next Pistons - Bulls game

Now, times have changed. Ben Gordon will be our starting shooting guard (yeah, I know he is saying he will come off the bench, be our 6th man ‘n’ stuff – but just wait til we hit our first 3 games losing streak)…so…what will happen with Rip? Rip has a big contract and those are hard to get rid off nowadays. Will they move him to small forward and trade Tayshaun? Well, looking at the draft and the Tayshaun-clone we drafted in the 1st round – could be. Would I like that? Hell no. Would I prefer a Rip trade? No, I’d like to have both guys around, but that won’t happen. We still need a big man and now we are limited to trading, because we threw our cap space away in a single day. Joe D could have at least pretended to be taking a look at David Lee and let the Knicks match the offer or whatever, but you know what they say in NY…it is what it is.

Kwame Brown is a Detroit Piston

Posted in NBA with tags , , , on July 29, 2008 by dunkonu

What a terrible day to be a Detroit Pistons fan. *hangsheadinshame* Man, first the Pistons say they aren’t trying to get a sign-and-trade done with the Atlanta Hawks (Josh Smith) and now they go and sign Kwame Brown (8mil/2 years + player option for a third year). ESPN has all the gory details.

What is up with Joe Dumars? He is a great guy and I want to believe that this is a great addition like always when Joe D spends money, but c’mon…Kwame “Brick” Brown? Joe, whatever they gave you – those pills aren’t helping.Kwame is like this stone dude from the Fantastic 4, just without the superstrength and the invulnerability – actually the comparisons stop with the stone-hands.

Excuse me, but I have to go watch a few Kwame Brown YouTube Highlights and kill myself:

Let’s hope that Ronny Turiaf is right:

James Posey leaves Celtics for Hornets

Posted in NBA with tags , , , , , , on July 16, 2008 by dunkonu

Welcome to New Orleans, Mr. Posey. The Boston Herald and ESPN report that it’s a done deal. James gets 25 mil/4 years. He wanted a four year deal for the full mid-level exception and he got it – the Celtic’s management is probably regretting not offering him the full mid-level exception/four years.

Chris Paul, Peja Stojakovic, David West, Tyson Chandler and James Posey (probably coming off the bench)…sounds good to me. The Hornets were a very good team last year already, but by acquiring Posey they can become a great team. You need guys off the bench who can score and defend like he does. Even if you don’t like him…it is better to have a guy like him on your side than to face him in the playoffs.

Great job, New Orleans Hornets. Who will Boston go after with their mid-level exception now? Drop your ideas/suggestions in the comments.