My “beef” with NBA contracts: Part I – Bad Contracts

Money and the NBA

I love to get paid just as much as the next guy. But when it comes to figuring out a budget and where to spend your money, I think some GM’s are lost. The absurdity of big-dollar contracts in the NBA has made me think a lot since last offseason. With another off-season just around the corner, I would like to dive into last year’s contracts that were handed out, what players did and didn’t deserve them, and then I would like to focus on this year’s contracts and who should and shouldn’t get a big deal. This might turn into a three or four-part series. Here is Part I today.  [Read more…]

NBA Playoffs: Garnett Gives A “Throwback” Performance

Kevin Garnett

For a second I thought I was watching Kevin Garnett, the MVP back when he played for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Last night, Garnett put on of the best playoff performances and did something no Boston Celtic has ever done in their rich history.

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Sacramento Kings face off-season uncertainty on and off the court

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The Sacramento Kings franchise is a mess; both on and off the court.  They enter the off-season with a ton of uncertainty as to whether or not the Maloof brothers will even keep the team in Sacramento past next year.  The product on the court is struggling to find the identity and chemistry needed to dig themselves out of the NBA Western Conference cellar.

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Documentary of Late Pacers, Kings Legend Wayman Tisdale Coming Soon

Embodying his life’s approach of compassion, courage, and optimism, The Wayman Tisdale Story is a feature length documentary that offers a detailed account of the life of former basketball star and jazz musician Wayman Tisdale. Told through his own words, The Wayman Tisdale Story journeys through Tisdale’s life from this childhood as a preacher’s son to his battle with cancer.

A story of human courage in the face of adversity, the documentary will air on ESPN and NBA TV this fall, with the DVD and CD/DVD release to follow on November 22 from Rendezvous Music/Mack Avenue.

You can view the trailer here

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NBA’s Kings to Remain in Sacramento Another Year

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After months of speculation, the Sacramento Kings decided on May 2 they’re going to keep the NBA franchise in Sacramento for at least one more season. This will give Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson (former Phoenix Suns NBA All-Star) the chance to prove he’s a man of his word and deliver a new arena for them to play in.

After failing to get a new venue in Sacramento, the Kings were thinking about heading over to Anaheim, Calif. But after thinking about it long and hard, decided to stay put and give Johnson another shot.

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Kings must get Tyreke Evans help this summer

By: David Kay

’09-’10 Season in Review:
The Kings suffered through their fourth straight losing season but showed improvement in the second year of their re-building project.  That improvement can be attributed to the arrival of the next big thing; Tyreke Evans (allow me to say “I told you so” as I have been high on Evans since seeing him in person at the 2008 McDonald’s All-American Game.)  Evans joined LeBron James and Dwyane Wade as the only players in the NBA to average at least 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists per game and has stud potential written all over him.  In the process of Evans taking the reigns as the face of the franchise, Sacramento decided to deal Kevin Martin partly due to the fact that they didn’t think Martin and Evans were the perfect fit in the same backcourt.  Martin was practically given away though as the Kings received Carl Landry and cap space in exchange.
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NBA Power Rankings Western Conference 11-19

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By Paul M. Banks

1. Phoenix Suns (10-2)

They have won eight of their last 11 in Houston. They feel more comfortable at the Rockets’ home court than Mark Mangino at an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet.

2. Los Angeles Lakers (8-3)

A recent tweet from NBAGuy summarizes my thoughts exactly: “Hey Reggie Miller, how’d your 20-1 Lakers prediction work out? You dope”gorilla1

3. Denver Nuggets (9-3)

Is the Birdman, and his feel good story a NBA version of Josh Hamilton? Does that mean we’ll soon catch him doing naughty things with strippers?

4. Portland Blazers (9-4)

The number one defense in the league at 88 ppg. That will win you a lot of games, especially in an “Association” where so many teams treat the idea of guarding the way Jessica Simpson regards reading books.

5. Dallas Mavericks (9-3)

Their record is all the more impressive when you consider: Marion is out with a sprained left ankle, Dampier sat out his third straight game with an unknown illness and Howard has missed eight games due to offseason left ankle surgery.

6. San Antonio Spurs (4-5)

Antonio McDyess was a nice pickup wasn’t he? They better hope Manu Ginobili can stay healthy, especially with Tony Parker already out. Otherwise the best thing they’ll have going for them is the league’s most attractive fan in Eva Longoria.

7. Oklahoma City Thunder (6-6)

James Harden has had a couple nice games recently. And you may see them in the playoffs this year. As long you can get past the logo and team name which sounds like a Lingerie football or WNBA franchise.

8. Houston Rockets (7-5)

On paper, you really wouldn’t think that some of their pieces go together as a team. Yet they have a winning record. It’s like former Rocket Charles Barkley, whose arrest taught us that donuts and wine coolers go together…or at least they do for him.

9. Utah Jazz (5-6)

With Deron Williams back, all is well correct? No, not until they also have Kyle Korver back and finally get their front line healthy and clicking on all cylinders. It seems like ages since Utah had their forward depth at full strength.korverhair

10. Sacramento Kings (5-5)

From Kings’ blog Cowbell Kingdom “Nocioni’s defense has been pretty much spectacular and he’s easily been the best wing defender for the Kings this year.” Always liked Chapu when he played under Scott Skiles in Chicago.

11. New Orleans Hornets (4-8)

The fortunes of this team seem to be mirroring that of Utah, just a couple years behind. I think they’ll finish with a above .500 record, just not much higher.

12. Los Angeles Clippers (4-9)

They need Blake Griffin badly. Until then…as ClipperBlog.com put it, “The Clippers essentially have no chance to win when Baron reverts back to the shot happy, poor decision making version of himself that he was last year.”

13. Golden State Warriors (3-8)

To quote a tweet from Bucksketball.com “I don’t think Acie Law ever wants to see the Bradley Center again.”  That was the man “defending” Brandon Jennings the night he dropped 55.

14. Memphis Grizzlies (3-8)

Have you seen their attendance figures lately? I wouldn’t be surprised if the Memphis Grizzlies themselves have never even heard of the Memphis Grizzlies.

15. Minnesota Timberwolves (1-11)

Their only win was over the Nets at home, so that doesn’t actually count right? I think Michigan State might be able to beat the New Jersey Nets’ current lineup. After Ricky Rubio, this franchise is beginning to look cursed. But then again the Arizona Cardinals finally made it to the Super Bowl last year. So don’t give up hope Twin Cities.

NBA Power Rankings: #30 Sacramento Kings

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We are only a month and a half away from the start of the NBA season.  So why not start our 2009-2010 team previews?  Every weekday for the next six weeks, I will be revealing my pre-season Power Rankings in reverse order from #30 to my prediction for winning the NBA title.

Coming in at #30, the Sacramento Kings, one of many teams in the bottom of the association in re-building mode.  They boast my favorite rookie in the league, Tyreke Evans, but not much else.

Click here to read the complete Kings preview.  (Insiders are not allowed to click here.  Suck it ESPN!)

Post Lottery NBA Mock Draft

Now that the lottery has concluded, find out who’s going where by clicking here. What should the L.A. Clippers do with their draft choice?

http://www.walterfootball.com/nbadraft2009mock.php

NBA offseason needs

By Paul M. Banks and David Kay

Find out what your NBA team this needs this offseason. We’ll be doing every team as the draft approaches.

http://www.walterfootball.com/nbaoffseason.php

Charlotte Bobcats – Updated 5/7

http://www.walterfootball.com/nbaoffseason2009cha.php

Golden State Warriors – Updated 5/5

http://www.walterfootball.com/nbaoffseason2009gs.php

Milwaukee Bucks – Updated 5/5

http://www.walterfootball.com/nbaoffseason2009mil.php

Sacramento Kings – Updated 5/5

http://www.walterfootball.com/nbaoffseason2009sac.php
Washington Wizards – Updated 5/7

http://www.walterfootball.com/nbaoffseason2009was.php

And we have Utah Jazz Exclusive Interviews

http://www.walterfootball.com/nbainterviews.php
Carlos Boozer – Posted 5/5/09

Jerry Sloan – Posted 5/5/09

Deron Williams – Posted 5/5/09