Hello Melo

Where will Carmelo Anthony play next season? This blog will talk about where the All-Star power forward will play his 13th season in the NBA.  His talents speak for themselves with the stats he has put up.  There are plenty of teams that will be shopping for Melo at the season’s end.

Did you know that Melo grew up around Baltimore. He went to Towson Catholic High School. He then transferred to Oak Hill where he won numerous games and MVP honors. He played against LeBron James when he was in high school at St. Vicent St. Mary’s.

He played one year at Syracuse where he averaged 22 and 10. He played seven and a half seasons in Denver before getting traded mid-season to the Knicks.

An up and mostly down season has led Melo to question his future. He is at risk for missing the post season for the first time in his NBA career.

Melo could join the likes of Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah in Chicago. This could be an extremely dominant 3 man team. I would not what that to happen.

Melo could be bribed by money and join Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles. I don’t think this is likely. Melo is a scorer, and so is Kobe. But their friendship is very strong and anything is possible.

Melo could maybe try and come back home and play for the Wizards. Personally, I wouldn’t like that mostly because the chemistry that the Wizards have right now.

Even though he’s said he’s definitely going to resign with the Knicks, that was a couple weeks ago. I think he will do this, because who wouldn’t want to play in Madison Square Garden every home game? And it’s all about the money, right?

With the talents Carmelo possesses, his skills can and ultimately will make any team better. I’m very eager to see what he does at the end of this season.  The summer of 2015 has a lot more hype behind it. More big name players will be free agents. A blog is to follow soon.

-RV

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10 day contracts

Two interesting 10 day contracts have been signed in the past few days.

The Nets have resigned Jason Collins, like I thought they would. And the Kings have signed Royce White who was drafted by the Rockets in 2012, but never played.

I personally really like the move by the Brooklyn Nets in resigning Jason Collins. I think after this stint, they will sign him for the rest of the season. His presence in the paint and in the locker room is very much needed.  The Brooklyn Nets are this year’s light switch team. Yes, I just made up a new term. A light switch gets turned on and off regularly throughout the day, so therefore, this makes sense. The Nets can honestly beat any team on any given night. The talent that they have is unheard off. With first year coach Jason Kidd finally figuring out the dynamics of his newly formed team, he is adjusting the the coaching side of the game nicely.

The Sacramento Kings signed Royce White, who previously played for the 76ers during the preseason before getting waive, to a 10 day contract, but sent him to the D-League. The D-League is the developmental league, for the new readers of my blog.  This is a big deal because White suffers from an anxiety disorder that prevents him from flying. This disorder kept him from playing a single game with the Houston Rockets when they first drafted him.  He used to drive to college away games even if his team were to fly.  The more important thing about this signing is that they sent him to the D-League. Why? I have no idea. But they signed him because the Kings have recently bought out the contract of Jimmer Fredette. Fredette found a new home with the Bulls until the end of the season. A home I can see him living in for awhile.

-RV

And the award goes to…

The NBA team who made the best trade, the best pick up, or the best buyout goes to…

Indiana got Evan Turner.

Clippers got Danny Granger from a buyout with the 76ers.

Lakers got Kent Bazemore.

Warriors got Steve Blake to back up Stephen Curry.

Kings got rid of Jimmer Freddete (who signed with the Bulls).

Knicks have signed a number of free agents after buying out the contracts of Mette World Peace and Beno Udrih.

Nuggets got Jan Vesely, we’ll talk about that soon.

The standings all around the league are very up in the air.

And in my eyes, the biggest winners are the Wizards. We got Andre Miller and Drew Gooden. Two amazing pick ups to go along side Otto Porter Jr. and Al Harrington who are coming back from injury.  I’m so excited for the last quarter of the season because if the Wizards keep up the play they are on now, we could very much be seeing the 3rd seed of the Eastern Conference.

But could the biggest deal be the trading of Jan Vesely. I mean, when he was playing for the Wizards, I was a big fan of his play. But now that he’s on the Nuggets and I was this GIF from “The Big Lead” I couldn’t help but laugh.

Wide open– Pump fake, Jab step, Fade away… BRICK

I’m not the only one who’s laughing at this. I’m sure Jan is laughing at himself still from this. But let’s be real, he was a bust. Drafted 6th overall by the Wizards in the 2011 draft. If we look back at the players drafted after him, we could have started this turn around earlier.  A few names are Klay Thompson, the Morris twins, Kawhi Leonard, NIKOLA VUCEVIC, KENNETH FARIED, Jimmy Butler, Chandler Parsons (my favorite on this list)… The list goes on and on, but if we hadn’t wasted a pick, we might not be where we are today. But wow, think about a Wizards team today with any one of those players I just listed. I think the Wizards came out on top over these past couple days and our playoff picture looks bright.

-RV

Court Storming No More?

A postgame brawl broke out last night after Utah Valley State beat New Mexico State in a late game last night. The question of court storming is brought up again after this incident last night. But should there really be a ban on such a long-lived tradition? I don’t think so.

The straw that broke the camel’s back was when K.C. Ross-Miller of New Mexico State threw the ball at Utah Valley’s Holton Hunsaker. The fans were already storming the court, but at that time, tempers flared, and all hell broke lose. I would say this wasn’t as bad as the brawl at the Palace of Auburn Hills in 2004. But in a way, it relates because fans are involved with the athletes. Just two weeks ago, Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart pushed a fan in the middle of the game. Violence in sports should stick to wrestling, not basketball.

In a podcast by Andy Katz and Seth Greenberg, they discussed exactly what happened, and what can be done about court storming. They talk about how people have no fear in the world. A student from the fans even threw a punch at a player. This is scary. What if one of them had a knife? But I don’t care, a court storming is supposed to be a celebration of a win! Not a fight.

In relation to last weeks blogs, this video has gone viral. It’s all over ESPN and the internet. It’s mainly because this really is a big deal. Andy Katz said in his podcast, that the student who threw the punch should get suspended from the University. He could be charged with a misdemeanor or even a felony. The fact that this happened at a smaller, WAC conference school, and it’s getting this much publicity, is crazy. But right. Brawls aren’t acceptable anywhere.
Five years after Ron Artest’s brawl incident, he said in an interview, “If anybody can take the heat, let it be me, ’cause I’m strong enough to take heat like that.” He pretty much just said that he took responsibility for his actions, actions he shouldn’t have done.

-RV

Golden Blake

What would you do if you wake up every day at 4am and drive two hours to work every morning, and you get a phone call just as you’re five minutes away from your building saying you’ve been fired?
Well that’s pretty much what happened to Steve Blake last night. He was warming up for his showdown between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets, when he was told that he had be traded. He even had posted a picture of his shoes he was going to wear before the game… He never got to wear them. This is analyzed more in depth in chapter 20 of the the Social Media Bible by Lon Safko. Blake used real-time social engagement to share a picture of his shoes.
When I heard about this trade, I thought, “Noooooo!” But at the end of the day, the NBA is a business, and the Lakers just want to improve down the road. This trade definitely went viral all over the internet and TV during the game. David Meerman Scott goes in depth of going viral in his New Rules of Marketing and PR book.
The Lakers traded away the veteran, Blake, 33, who had been with the team for four years. He has really improved since the beginning of last season. He will now be the backup point guard to Stephen Curry of the western conference rivals, Golden State Warriors.
Kobe Bryant was “not cool” with the news when he heard Blake was traded. He and Blake have been great friends over the past couple couple years.
The Lakers will receive young talent in return from Blake- Kent Bazemore and Marshon Brooks.
Bazemore, 24, out of Old Dominion University, will bring his youth, athleticism and his awesome celebrations to Los Angeles. He’ll go great with Robert Sacre.
Brooks, 25, is raw talent, and will be a great addition to the Lakers team.
But if that isn’t enough, trade rumors still are buzzing about Pau Gasol, Kevin Love, Rajon Rondo, and Jeremy Lin. The trade deadline is always a great time for unheard of trades going down. Big name players getting traded at the last minute.

-RV

All-Star Weekend Came and Went… Now What?

All-Star Weekend has come and gone, and on Tuesday, the second half of the NBA season began.  Twitter played a big role in the outcome of MVP votes.

On Friday night, we were reminded that the Secretary of Education Arne Duncan can play some basketball. He was awarded the MVP of the Celebrity All-Star game.  Andre Drummand, of the Pistons, set the record for most rebounds in the Rising Stars Game. He pulled in the MVP for that game with 30 points and 25 rebounds.  Fans used Social Media specifically Twitter, to vote for the MVP.

Saturday night, the Wizards’ Bradley Beal finished second place in the Three-Point Contest. His teammate, John Wall, won the Slam Dunk Contest… Like I predicted (see previous blog).  He was voted by the fans via Twitter. He was the last player to dunk, but the “speed and agility” of the voters “won the moment” for Wall, according to The New Rules of Marketing & PR book by David Meerman Scott.

The All-Star Game on Sunday ended as the highest scoring all-star game in history.  Kyrie Irving, of the Cleveland Cavaliers, brought in the MVP.  But does this mean the Cavaliers are on the road to improvement? Since firing their GM, Chris Grant, on February 6th, the Cavs are 5-0. The Cavs are trying to get their record above .500 so they have a better chance of making the playoffs.

The Lakers, well, lets just say being 17 games under .500, and their stars always hurt, it might be hard to make a push. The only thing the Lakers can look forward to is their 1st round draft pick that they cannot trade.

Speaking of trades, the trade deadline is on Thursday and there are a number of rumors out there. Will Rajon Rondo get traded? Will the Knicks get a point guard? Will the bottom feeders, Bucks and 76ers, make any moves to try and salvage their season?

The All-Star Weekend was fun, but now that the season has resumed, teams are going to make a push for the playoffs.  Because at the end of the day, the farther teams go, the more money players get paid. And at the end of the day, it’s all about money.

-RV

Wall-Star

The Washington Wizards are above .500 for the first time since 2009. They’ve had 8 other chances throughout this short season alone to climb the hurdle that’s haunted the Wizards for the past 51 months.  Can anyone guess who the starting line up was for that win against the Nets? Well, Gilbert Arenas is a definite, Brendan Haywood(not in the league today), Fabricio Oberto (who?), Randy Foye(well he did hit a game winner last night), and Mike Miller(old, yet still playing).   But today, the Wizards have a very talented starting lineup that includes the explosive John Wall, the sharp shooter Bradley Beal, the veteran Trevor Ariza, the big Brazilian Nene, and the bald one Marcin Gortat.  The win comes at a surprise to me because the Trail Blazers are one of the top teams in the east.  Wall had 22 points and 5 assists to lead the team.  Fresh off making the All-Star team, Wall has proven to the fans and coaches, that he is the player he once was.  Wall graduated from the University of Kentucky and was taken first overall by the Wizards in the 2010 draft.  A recent snub from the National team could be the reason for why he’s been playing so well. If you ask me, he deserves the chance to play for the USA in The Olympics.  His level of play this year has been overall better.  The past year or so, he’s been plagued with injuries and lack of support.  Now that his back court mate Bradley Beal is healthy and playing night after night with him, they have grown on and off the court to become one of the top back courts in the league.  I say this because what other team has two young high-flying guards that can do what Beal and Wall can do? The Wizards are on the up and up right now, and I see no signs of them slowing down.  Unless the injury bug flies from Southern California to the nation’s capital by the end of the season.

-RV