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RT @MikeAdz: @nate_robinson I doubt you read these, but for what it is worth, PLEASE STAY IN NY!!!(Yeah ill be back in nyc dnt worry)

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August 5, 2009 - Posted by | Nate Robinson, New York Knicks

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  1. Lives: Robinson may twitter his intent to return to the Knicks, but Knicks are perhaps hedging their bets. The latest ESPN notice by Mark Stein reports that the Knicks are now considering an audition on Thursday for Jerry Stackhouse:
    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4379230.

    Stackhouse would presumably be avalable to play shooting guard and thus compete for minutes with N8 and Hughes.
    Walsh is either seems determined to bring in one or more veteran players (Williams, Stackhouse–previously Kidd, Hill, and perhaps Tinsley, or is planning on trading N8 in
    some kind of sign and trade package.

    In the meantime, no deal is yet completed to sign Sessions and everyone (N8, Lee, Sessions, Tinsley, Williams and now Stackhouse) are being dangled.

    Comment by Post-up Prince | August 5, 2009 | Reply

    • Well Prince,

      I guess it depends on who you believe. Nate did not say he intended to be in NY, he said he would be in New York. He made this statement after being coy on Sunday about what was going on despite all the reports that a deal was imminent. Perhaps his statement is wishful thinking but it matches comments by a couple of press outlets and Nate’s agent. Most of the time players know about the deals before the press. Furthermore, it is bad negotiation posture to say you’re definitely going to sign when you are negotiating a position. That signals the end of negotiations in any industry, unless one believes the theory that Nate will agree to anything because Walsh holds all the cards. That lie spread by Newsday, which is owned by Cablevision, which owns the Knicks, is just that — a fiction.

      If one believes that Nate’s status as a Knick is tied to Sessions, then this could mean that Sessions is not going to happen. There is a lot of speculation about why Sessions has not signed. Most of it on the New York side is optimistic that it is the strategy of “patience” by Walsh. But how realistic is it that Walsh is gaining an advantage in negotiations by waiting to agree with Nate, Sessions or Lee. Negotiations are not that complicated. At this point all the parties know all the options. The most probably scenario is that Walsh and Sessions cannot come to an agreement. My guess is that Sessions wants the type of payday that Duhon got last year when other execs complained that Walsh upped the price points for certain free agents by overpaying Duhon. Sessions’ agent wants the full mid-level is my guess. Duhon got it and Walsh further showed his hand by being prepared to dip into the 2010 trust by paying large sums to Hill and Kidd. Sessions’ agent knows there is money on the table.

      On the flip side, the Bucks are doing exactly the same thing the Knicks are doing with their unrestricted free agents — waiting for Sessions to prove he has a deal. Sessions has the same options as Nate and Lee. If he does not get the full mid-level or close to it, plus a guarantee that he may be the starter soon why not just stay with the Bucks for the Q offer and become unrestricted next year when you know the money will be sweeter for a young guard despite the decline in the salary cap. (Salary Cap decline does not necessarily mean that all salaries must decline. Teams are not required to have 15 players on the roster).

      So are both the Bucks and Walsh being brilliantly patient or is Walsh having trouble coming up with a deal Sessions will agree to. Or is Sessions trying to make the deal a sign and trade. Well there is no sign that the Knicks are not looking to sign and trade Lee or Nate since they were dispatched to find the deals themselves according to some reports.

      Stackhouse as shooting guard competing for minutes with Nate is highly improbable. The fascination with Stackhouse and Hill is a sign that there is a problem with the corp of Gallinari, Chandler, Harrington, Stack’s game is closer to Q’s than Nate’s, as his strength, in the twilight of his career, is in the post. Furthermore, Stackhouse’s salary would have little to do with Nate since he would probably be signed to a one-year vet’s minimum contract or the bi-annual exception unless Sessions conceded a portion of the mid-level. I would be really surprised if Stack was offered the full mid-level.

      The bottom line is that Nate’s tweet is better evidence of what is happening than press speculation about other players. The Zach Randolph deal to New York reminded me that often the press doesn’t have a clue because management does not reveal the truth until the truth happens.

      Whatever the case, the truth will happen soon.

      Comment by livesinnewjersey | August 5, 2009 | Reply

    • I stand corrected (for the moment). See Alan Hahn # The Fix. But as often as these guys get it wrong, I don’t feel bad, just exasperated.

      How long have we been paying attention as Knicks fans? Tell me that this isn’t slowly becoming the summer from hell: landing Sessions would remove it from hell status, but this is not a superstar we are talking about. It would be a building block though.

      Comment by livesinnewjersey | August 7, 2009 | Reply

  2. LIves:

    I hope you are right and that N8 returns to play next season. Stackhouse, if signed, could provide veteran leadership to fill in at the 2 spot but will mostly ride the bench much like Malik Rose. Lee recently stated his impression that Walsh does not quite know the direction in which he wishes to take the team. If Walsh could offer a MLE contract to Jason Kidd, why not Sessions, whose upside at 23 is worth the price. My point is that Walsh needs to pull the trigger on one or more players, by offering reasonable contracts, and stop flirting with and dangling everyone involved.

    Comment by Post-up Prince | August 5, 2009 | Reply

    • Agreed.

      Comment by livesinnewjersey | August 6, 2009 | Reply

  3. Robinson, Crawford lead Rainier Beach past Roy-less Garfield in Adonai Hood Classic

    Roy was scheduled to play in the two-day, four-team tournament that included alums from Franklin and O’Dea, but organizers said the two-time NBA All-Star was in Portland this weekend completing a contract extension with the Trail Blazers.

    By Percy Allen

    Seattle Times staff reporter

    If only Brandon Roy was here.

    That was the lament of several Garfield High fans as NBA stars Jamal Crawford and Nate Robinson led Rainier Beach to a 130-123 victory in the championship game of the sixth Adonai Hood Classic on Sunday at Garfield High.

    Roy was scheduled to play in the two-day, four-team tournament that included alums from Franklin and O’Dea, but organizers said the two-time NBA All-Star was in Portland this weekend completing a contract extension with the Trail Blazers.

    Without the former Bulldog standout, Garfield came up a few points shy of matching the offensive firepower of tournament MVP Robinson, who scored a game-high 35 points and Crawford who had 28.

    “This is the best and this is how it’s supposed to be to come out in the community and show your love,” Robinson said. “This is great. It’s too bad B-Roy is not here, [then] it would have been even better. But you had great guys from Franklin, Garfield and O’Dea so it was a challenge.”

    Former Washington Husky stars Will Conroy (32 points), Anthony Washington (24) and Tre Simmons (15) led Garfield.

    Rainier Beach was also missing an NBA player, New Jersey Nets guard Terrence Williams, who scored 31 points against O’Dea in the first round on Saturday. Tyrone Shephard who had 18 points and C.J. Giles (17) picked up the scoring slack for Rainier Beach, which claimed its third straight Hood Classic title.

    Houston Rockets guard Aaron Brooks and Al Snow each scored 14 points and led Franklin to a 106-95 victory over O’Dea in the consolation game. Marlon Bailey finished with a game-high 24 points, Kelly Edward had 17 and Michael Duty 16 for the Fighting Irish alums.

    Robinson beat former Garfield High star Marques Echos in the finals of the Comcast Three-Point Challenge. Former UW standout Justin Dentmon, who finished third in the three-point shootout, easily won the slam-dunk contest, outdistancing a field that included UW guard Venoy Overton.

    Comment by livesinnewjersey | August 6, 2009 | Reply

  4. First,no child deserves an early death.A parent’s nightmare is to survive their child.RIP
    That said,
    “Diane Schuler, 30 — who died in the wrong-way crash on the Taconic Parkway — recently “seemed under pressure, like work and family were getting to her,” said the pal, Sheila, who asked that her last name be withheld.

    “Her marriage seemed a bit rocky, and I think she felt trapped by it,” the friend said of Schuler’s relationship with her husband, Daniel, a Nassau County public-safety officer. “For the last couple of months, she didn’t appear to be a happy woman.”

    Schuler, a manager in Cablevision’s accounting department, would suck down screwdrivers at a Long Island saloon, where she was a regular the past few years and usually came by herself, her pal said, adding:

    “I wouldn’t say she was an alcoholic, but she liked her drinks.”-NY Post

    Of all the companies in NYC, she worked for Cablevision.I’d like to know a little more about the “stress” this woman was under.Maybe nothing, maybe something, inquiring minds would like to know more about the C-vision work place?It’s not like women haven’t sued them before.Due diligence is needed here Mr. D.A.
    .
    Hope all are enjoying their summer.Keep hope alive and let’s make history.Trade Mike No-D to Toronto for a future 1st rounder.Colon-angelo loves stockpiling No-D-loving-Euros, why not give him his ultimate wet dream,former NBA bench warmer turned Euro superstar/genius/CYO coach/Thundering Herd(What did they ever win?)star, as a gift.Bring in Mark Jackson.He at least talks a good game!Jackson would at least respect the game and bring Ewing and the Oakman home.Enough with the Cablevision carpetbaggers and their tiresome toadies.Give Mark a chance, Donnie.You blew that one bigtime.It’s not too late though.Colon-agelo, the Younger, is another self-made genius, look at the roster he’s traded for!Throw in a baker’s dozen of assorted bagels.Call them bagettes, maybe he’ll bite!LGK

    Comment by Tman | August 6, 2009 | Reply

  5. WHAT!!!!no hottie picture to start off the bloggin’?

    I vote that every blog should have a hottie picture.(Not really Lives,it’s just the manley thing to do.lol)

    I have not heard anything on N8 talks other than N8’s own twists.N8 and Lee maybe stuck taking the qualifying offer to save face.Walsh seems to be looking for cheaper lower price players to run the floor in 2009.

    Walsh has to show he is building a winnning team? NO!

    Walsh wants to gut-out this team out by 2010,where there are few to no contracts left and let his chosen superstar PICK the players he wants to play with.Can be done.This new superstar will be stuck with only Chandler,Gallo,Hill,Douglas and maybe Sessions,if he can dump Curry and Jeffries.

    Comment by D L T Knicks | August 6, 2009 | Reply

  6. The Knicks Are Shopping:

    Newsday’s Alan Hahn has been Twittering that the Knicks could be looking to move a contract and that could be either Eddy Curry (yeah right) or Jared Jeffries. The smart money says Jeffries is the guy the Knicks look to move, mainly because they had several suitors at the trade deadline for Jeffries and simply could not reach a deal. Word is the Washington Wizards would welcome Jeffries back and given their packed roster a deal involving an ending contract (Mike James anyone?) could solve the Knicks problem.

    The Knicks have been talking about adding veteran guard Jerry Stackhouse and have been linked to free agent Von Wafer as well. The Knicks did not make an offer to Jason Williams yesterday who is expected to start meeting with other teams this week.

    The Knicks currently have 11 contracts on the roster now (Cuttino Mobley still counts) and the two outstanding qualifying offers to Nate Robinson and David Lee for a total of 13 roster spots, leaving the Knicks with more than enough roster room to add additional players.

    Comment by D L T Knicks | August 6, 2009 | Reply

    • Don’t forget that many Fanatics had Morris Almond all but locking down roster spot #14, with a point guard to be named at #15.

      Comment by Paul | August 6, 2009 | Reply

    • What would you say if that contract was actually Duhon’s? Just Bloggin’.

      Comment by livesinnewjersey | August 6, 2009 | Reply

  7. oh, oh, here we go!
    NEW YORK (AP) — Orlando Magic forward Rashard Lewis tested positive for an elevated testosterone level and was suspended Thursday for 10 games.

    Lewis said in a statement that he took an over-the-counter supplement late last season that included a substance he did not realize was banned by the NBA.

    E City was probably fyking with that estrogen!

    Comment by Tman | August 6, 2009 | Reply

    • I suggest that everyone remain calm and not make any unfounded accusations about other Magic players with cartoonishly superiorly shaped bodies.

      Comment by livesinnewjersey | August 6, 2009 | Reply

  8. I’ve been out of pocket all day and I expected to return to a major announcement. I throw in the towel; this method of management is unbelievably unbelievable. I think I will hold off on any further speculation until after Newsday reports the facts after-the-fact.

    Comment by livesinnewjersey | August 6, 2009 | Reply

  9. Walsh is either incredibly patient or increadibly indecisive or perhaps both. Once again, it seems that all decisions are on hold until that apocalyptic moment of creation occurs on July 1, 2010 when Walsh can buy and assemble his fantasy team. Until then, just shut up and pray for cap space.

    Comment by Post-up Prince | August 6, 2009 | Reply

    • This is why we named him “Turtle Don”.

      Comment by D L T Knicks | August 6, 2009 | Reply

      • Wake me when the turtle beats the rabbit to the finished line.

        Comment by livesinnewjersey | August 6, 2009

    • LOL. That seems to be the directive. I look forward to his lesson on how to use cap space. Most Championship teams are not built with cap space — Drafts and trades. See Chicago, San Antonio, Los Angeles, Houston and Boston. Perhaps Walsh has become far more brilliant than he was earlier in his career and has a new patented way of building a team. Instead of rookies he’ll build with retirees and almost done oldies with one and done contracts. I’ll be patient until next week.

      Comment by livesinnewjersey | August 6, 2009 | Reply

      • Are we the only team STILL looking for players in August,5 weeks before training camp?

        Who else hasn’t filled out their roster by now!

        Comment by D L T Knicks | August 6, 2009

  10. Make of this article what you will…

    Donnie may be sleeping his way to letting Sessions get away!

    http://my.journaltimes.com/post/woelfel-world-of-sports/bucks_and_clippers_talking_trade.html

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    Bucks and Clippers talking trade
    Posted by: gwoelfel on August 6, 2009 at 9:17PM EST

    BY GERY WOELFEL

    Since the commencement of free agency in the NBA on July 1, it’s been generally assumed the New York Knicks were the frontrunners for Ramon Sessions.

    That might not be the case anymore.

    The Los Angeles Clippers have intensified their interest in Sessions and appear on the brink of making a strong pitch for him.

    The scuttlebutt around the NBA is the clippers and Bucks are discussing a sign-and-trade scenario with Sessions, a restricted free agent, being the central figure.

    The Clippers would ideally like to include point guard Sebastian Telfair in the deal, and have also tossed out some other possibilities, including a draft pick.

    If the Clippers can’t come to an agreement with the Bucks on a sign-and-trade arrangement, there are growing indications they’ll extend an offer sheet to Sessions.

    Sessions, 23, is generally considered the best available point guard on the free agent market. A lowly second-round draft pick in the 2007 draft, Sessions has already shown in his brief pro career that he can be an explosive scorer and reliable playmaker.

    In a game against the Detroit Pistons last season, Sessions erupted for 44 points.

    Two seasons ago, as a rookie, Sessions registered 24 assists against the Chicago Bulls, setting a franchise record.

    Sessions averaged 12.4 points and 5.7 assists in 79 games for the Bucks last sesaon. He was particularly impressive down the stretch, averaging a double-double — 14 points and 10.4 assists — over the final seven games.

    What’s more, the 6-foot-3 Sessions turned the ball over only 20 times in that span.

    Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy has a high regard for Sessions — as does Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni — and especially likes Sessions’ ability to protect the basketball.

    The Clippers and Bucks are expected to resume conversations about Sessions today, although it’s unlikely any agreement will be reached.

    The Knicks also remain interested in Sessions, but are attempting to trade a player to free up more money to sign him.

    There have also been rumblings the Sacramento Kings have recently inquired about Sessions. However, the extent of the Kings’ interest isn’t known.

    Comment by orangeandblue1 | August 7, 2009 | Reply

    • Yep. Uh huh. The truth will set you free (agent) (or not), soon. Watch this. POOF!

      Comment by livesinnewjersey | August 7, 2009 | Reply

      • I’ve got a good lil article coming up entitled:

        “Beer Goggles, Rosey Covered “Patience” Glasses, and 2010..11…12….plecebos in ever more supository forms!”

        You guys should enjoy it.

        Comment by orangeandblue1 | August 7, 2009

  11. As Donnie delays and diddles, Rome burns, and all hope for 09-10 fades and perhaps vanishes in the time-wasting slow Walsh waltz to nowhere.

    Comment by Post-up Prince | August 7, 2009 | Reply

    • Wonderfully phrased. Thank you.

      Comment by livesinnewjersey | August 7, 2009 | Reply

  12. You have Lemons make lemonaid,
    however, with all the shyte we have,
    it’s easy to make a sewer!

    Comment by Peaceman | August 7, 2009 | Reply

  13. Ewing and Oak are not walking through that door.
    However, Eddy Curry, Al Harrington, Larry Hughs, and Chris
    Duhon are! Hear that Boston?

    Comment by Peaceman | August 7, 2009 | Reply

    • LOL Peaceman!

      Too bad so sad man… I’m very close to committing Knicks harakiri! Damn you Walsh!

      Comment by orangeandblue1 | August 7, 2009 | Reply

  14. Has LeGreedy signed his extension yet?The whole world is watching and the hourglass is emptying.His history says he won’t, unless there is a bigger deal than what’s on the table.I wonder what he is waiting for?Tick tock, tick tock!
    LGK

    Comment by Tman | August 7, 2009 | Reply

  15. Turtle Don had better show us something.If he is waiting to deal Jeffries before signing Session we are in big trouble.The only team that had an interest in JJ was Washington.I’m sure Turtle has made that call by now.JJ is 6’10 and can’t score but 5 points a game.

    Let’s all wave goodbye to Ramon.

    Comment by D L T Knicks | August 7, 2009 | Reply

  16. New York Knick GM Donnie Walsh was Mugged in Midtown Manhattan today by three 89 year old men. Police questioned Walsh on what the men were wearing and Walsh stated
    “They were so fast I didn’t get a good look. Police got a break when they aprehended three 89 year old men trying to purchase “Depends” diapers with Walsh’s Credit Card at the 34Th and Broadway CVS.The three 89 year old men were taken to Belview Hospital for evaluation. Times are tough stated
    officer Jones. We are starting to see thugs as old as 90 in this economy.

    Comment by Peaceman | August 7, 2009 | Reply

    • Your killin’ me Peaceman.LMAO!

      Comment by D L T Knicks | August 7, 2009 | Reply

  17. With so many NBA franchises currently consumed with clearing out cap space in order to make a mad dash toward the summer of 2010 free-agent pool, the Celtics are the seemingly rare team that is focused solely on the here-and-now…

    Boston, with their famed ‘Big 3’ all having already turned the Big Three-O, is well aware that their window of opportunity to win another championship won’t be open forever.

    Kevin Garnett, who was once affectionately referred to as the “The Kid,” will turn 33 next season. Ray Allen is a year older than KG. And Paul Pierce, at 32, is no spring chicken either. Thus, these three warriors are as determined as ever to reclaim the championship belt this upcoming season. And this is why the Big 3 three flew to Michigan this July in order to convince 35-year old free agent Rasheed Wallace to join them in their quest for an 18th Boston banner.

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    View Tommy Beer Archive The recruiting visit worked, and ‘Sheed agreed to three-year contract with the Celtics for the full mid-level exception. Despite his relatively-advanced age, Wallace was a great get for the C’s. As an experienced and grizzled veteran, he’ll add to their solid core of established playoff performers. And while not quite as agile as he once was, Wallace can still perform at a high level. Although he played just 32 minutes a night last season with the Pistons, he averaged 7.4 rebounds per contest, which were the most boards he had pulled down since 2004-2005. And he averaged his customary 12 PPG – the 13th straight season he has posted a double-figure scoring average. Rasheed also drained over 100 three-pointers again last year and it’s this ability to stretch out the floor from the forward/center spot that really causes fits for opposing coaches.

    If you suit up for these Celtics, you are going to need to be able to defend – which is another one of ‘Sheed’s strengths. Wallace has always been able to use his length and shot-blocking ability to protect the paint and disrupt offensive sets.

    The one negative that has followed Wallace throughout his career has been the extra-curricular activities and temper tantrums that have resulted in countless techinicals. However, ‘Sheed has always developed great relationships with his teammates and Garnett and company should be able to rein Wallace in more often than not.

    Other than adding Rasheed, the Celtics have been relatively quiet this offseason. They didn’t have a first-round pick in June’s draft, and used their second–round pick (58th overall) on Lester Hudson, who broke his finger in Las Vegas Summer League action and may spend next season overseas.

    Their other addition was Shelden Williams. After being selected fifth overall in the 2006 NBA draft (one spot ahead of Brandon Roy), Williams has been a major disappointment in the pros. The Celtics got him cheap, and are hoping he can salvage his career in Beantown.

    However, the Celtics still have some unfinished business on the free-agent front. Glen “Big Baby” Davis remains in ‘restricted free-agent limbo.’ Davis has received plenty of interest from clubs across the country, but no one has tendered and offer sheet as of yet – most likely because other teams believe GM Danny Ainge and the Celtics would match any reasonable offer (i.e. anything south of $4 million.) Thus, Big Baby has grown frustrated as the summer has dragged on and he is still without a long-term contract.

    The Celtics other free agent of note is Leon Powe. Powe, who is unrestricted, tore his left ACL last year and won’t be ready until well the middle of the 2009-2010 season (he also had a minor microfracture procedure done). His future remains cloudy.

    The C’s have also been in hot pursuit of Marquis Daniels, who spent last season with the Pacers. Boston has been trying for some time now to work out a sign-and-trade with Indiana, but an agreement has not yet been reached.

    *****

    While rounding out the roster is obviously important, the Celtics future lies primarily in the hands of their superstars. The biggest question that needs to be answered early this fall is the status of Kevin Garnett. KG suffered a mysterious knee injury last season and, early on, the Celtics (borrowing a page out of the Patriots / Bill Belichick playbook) refused to comment and/or downplayed the extent of Garnett’s knee problems. The company line out of Boston was that Garnett’s right knee was steadily improving and that Garnett’s return was forthcoming. But the timeline kept getting pushed back. Then Doc Rivers stated that KG would return for only few regular season games in order to get ready for the playoffs. Then, news finally broke that Kevin was done for the season – playoffs included. KG had surgery on his right knee in the offseason, but is now said to be ahead of schedule in his rehab. Ainge has stated that he believes Garnett will be “100% healthy” by the start of training camp.

    Another interesting subplot to keep an eye on in Boston this season is the Rajon Rondo situation. On the floor, Rondo has developed into one of the league’s premier playmakers. But there are some off-the-court issues that have apparently rubbed Danny Ainge and Celtic management the wrong way.

    Earlier this summer, there was buzz circulating that the C’s were considering trading Rondo (one prominent rumor had Rondo and Ray Allen being shipped off to Detroit for a haul that included Rodney Stuckey and Tayshaun Prince). When asked to comment on the gossip, Danny Ainge’s response was a surprisingly strong censure of Rondo. “We expect him to play by the rules and be a leader as a point guard. We need him to be more of a leader. There were just a couple situations where he was late this year, I don’t know if he was sitting in his car, but showed up late and the rest of the team was there. We have team rules and you have to be on time… He’s got to grow up in some cases… We really need him as our point guard to be a leader than someone who thinks more of himself at times,” said Ainge in an interview with WEEI in Boston.

    Commenting on Rondo’s playoff performance, Ainge said: “As we saw in the Orlando series, they left him wide open. His presence hurt us in winning right now because his man went and doubled onto Ray (Allen) and Paul (Pierce) and made it difficult for us.”

    While none of us were in the locker room, and thus would be strictly speculating on Rondo’s maturity level and/or his punctuality – we all we witnessed Rajon’s performance on the court during the playoffs, and that display was simply incredible. Rondo helped lead the undermanned Celtics past the Bulls in an epic seven-game series, and then extending the eventual Eastern Conference Champion Orlando Magic to a seventh and deciding game in the semi-finals. The C’s, who were forced to play without Garnett and Powe, and very little depth in the backcourt (the Celtics signed the artist formerly known as ‘Starbury,’ as a backup PG), exceeded expectations and Rondo was a major reason why.

    The Celtics played 14 games last postseason, and in those contests Rondo averaged 16.9 points, 9.8 assists (versus just 2.7 turnovers), 9.7 rebounds, and 2.5 steals. Those are mind-boggling numbers for any point guard, let alone one who won’t turn 24 until next February. Yes, there are certainly flaws in his game – Rondo win never win any “prettiest jump shot” awards – but he still has managed to shot over 50% from the floor last season and, most importantly, his playoff production speaks for itself; as does the championship ring on his finger.

    Well, the day after Ainge made his comments, Rondo’s agent fired back, supporting Rajon and calling out Ainge for airing dirty laundry in a public forum.

    While Ainge has since backtracked from some of the disparaging comments, it was certainly strange to hear a GM criticize one of his key players.

    It is safe to assume that this will all be buried under the rug and rarely discussed once the season tips off, but the more interesting question is whether Rondo will have a long memory once next summer rolls around. He will be a restricted free agent and, as we all know, the majority of the teams in the league will have plenty of cash to throw around next July. And if some of the big-spenders don’t get the marquee free agents they are currently targeting, they may be willing to offer Rondo a huge contract. Interestingly, as talent-rich and deep as the 2010 free agent class is, there will actually be very few quality point guards on the market (especially with Steve Nash agreeing to an extension with the Suns) which only increases Rondo’s value and prospective earnings.

    *****

    Future drama aside, Boston is very excited about their 2009-2010 Celtics, as well they should be. Although the rest East’s powerhouses have all improved (Orlando and Cleveland in particular have made major changes and shaken up their already talented rosters), the C’s have plenty of reason to be confident. Critics tend to forget just how dominant the Celts were over the first half of last season, when they had a full complement of healthy players. With KG blocking shots, knocking down jumpers, and screaming obscenities while sweating thru his green #5 jersey, the Celtics were champions of the basketball world in 2008; and then began last season by winning 27 of their first 29 contests – including an NBA-best 19-game winning streak. But with KG clapping and cheering and screaming obscenities from the sidelines nattily dressed in an expensive suit, the Celtics were simply a good – but not great – team.

    It is impossible to understate the impact of Garnett on the C’s. He is the heart and soul of his team. As the former Defensive Player of the Year, he is the engine that drives their world-class defensive machine. With him in the lineup, the Celtics are as good as any team on the planet. And adding the versatile Rasheed Wallace to the squad will only enhances their considerable strengths.

    Can the Celtics run the gauntlet of the new and improved Eastern Conference and return to the NBA Finals and eventually capture another championship before their window slams shut? We shall see – stay tuned…

    Comment by Peaceman | August 7, 2009 | Reply

  18. …..There is always a reason for not having a winning team, by Turtle Don

    Knicks Constrained By Projections Of Declining Cap

    Aug 07, 2009 3:57 PM EST
    The warning from the NBA league office that the salary cap could decline is having an impact on the Knicks’ pursuit of Ramon Sessions.

    If the cap drops as much as the league’s worst-case scenario, even an offer starting at this year’s mid-level exception could dip into the maximum contract slot the Knicks have set aside for next summer.

    Walsh was reportedly relieved that Jason Kidd turned down the team’s offer, which was made before the league issued its cautionary memo to teams.

    Via Twitter (Alan Hahn, Newsday

    Comment by D L T Knicks | August 7, 2009 | Reply

  19. By TOM WITHERS, AP

    Last updated: 6:06 pm
    August 7, 2009
    Posted: 2:07 pm
    August 7, 2009

    AKRON, Ohio — LeBron James is going to make the Cleveland Cavaliers wait — and sweat — which could be good news for the Knicks.

    James said today he is unlikely to accept a contract extension from the Cavs until after the 2009-10 season and presumably will become a free agent, with the Knicks expected to show much interest.

    Despite James’ insistence that he’s happy in Cleveland, his choice to delay his decision is certain to spark more speculation he’ll sign with another club next summer.

    At an event in his hometown to unveil the latest sneaker in his Nike line, James made his strongest comments yet about his future. The NBA’s reigning MVP said he signed a three-year contract in 2006 to give him more options once it expires.

    “I signed a contract in 2006 with an option, and it would make no sense for me to sign that contract if I didn’t keep my options open,” he said. “I’ll let you fill in the blanks.”

    The Cavaliers offered James a contract extension on July 18, the three-year anniversary of the signing of his current contract. The team could offer the extension (at the highest salary allowed) of up to four years. James can sign the extension offer anytime before June 30, 2010.

    James, who will make $15.7 million next season, also has an option in his current contract that can extend his deal through the 2010-11 season.

    However, it appears for now that James does not intend to sign the extension or pick up his one-year option for $17.1 million anytime soon.

    @14 -Talk about your quick turnaround on a question.
    LeBucks need to star in the remake of Wall Street.He can do the Gordon Gecko part, you know, “Greed is good!” If he is so in love with Cleveland and the money is max why doesn’t he sign?The answer is he’s playing everyone in sight, Cleveland, NY, NJ, Nike(for the 2nd time!) probably the whole world and he’s getting away with it.Nothing wrong with that, it’s the entrepreneurial way, the American way.The only problem is the dishonesty of telling people in Cleveland that you love them and they matter, when they don’t.ie no signature at top dollar.There is a layer of dishonesty here that is as unbecoming as when he refused to shake a man’s hand after losing a game and calling it competitiveness.It appears that Li(ttle)Bron is shooting for megamillions, not just millions, so NY is being given more time to get its house in order and show that it’s worthy.Nike et.al have to be pushing that.LeBro is now just sitting back watching the market at work.Someone will offer him an illegal piece)ownership) down the road, and that might be what he’s waiting for.Meanwhile he can go through the honest charade (oxymoronic right?) of perhaps winning the big one with Shaq.Probably won’t happen with all the big guys loading up to get better for next season.Who wants to be stuck in Cleve long term if the Shaq experiment implodes.Where does that leave our Leboy?Basically hung out to dry, even if it’s in the town that loves him.Better to sit back, lie to your friends and neighbors, and wait for a better deal.Yeah, it’s only LeBusiness when it’s all said and done, or is it?I was always the kind of guy who’d rather lose with my friends than win with my enemies.LeBron, maybe you should just tell people the truth, we might prefer that.It’s cool to come here, NYC, for the money and challenge, no problem there.The part where you say you love a community and then leave, is unbecoming a champion.Kind of like not shaking your opponent’s hand, win or lose.Then again if you think you are the real Truth, maybe you need to speak it!lgk

    Comment by Tman | August 7, 2009 | Reply

  20. Why not this trade:with Washington /A>

    Comment by D L T Knicks | August 7, 2009 | Reply

  21. Perhaps referring to Donnie Walsh as “Turtle” is an insult to the relative mobility of the Tortoise species. Compared to the way Donnie dilly-dallys and procrastinates. the term “snail” or the name of some other virtually motionless, stagnating creature (algae or fungus?) might be more apt. Yet no amount of name calling, sarcasm, begging,
    pleading, beseeching, or screaming seems to move the Knick GM to act or understand the consequences of his stultifying inaction.

    At any rate, I am away for a week’s vacation in a remote place with no internet access, so that I will not be able to keep up with any Knick news or the swift, spontaneous and often incisive Fanatic posts in reaction thereto. Not that I should expect anything momentous to happen, given Walsh’s recent conduct, but if anything does occur, I will weigh in with a belated opinion post when I return. I fervently hope that I am wrong about Walsh and that he is actually putting together a significant trade or signing that will improve the team for next season.

    I will miss reading my favorite sports blog for short awhile, but I am confident that Lives, O & B, Peaceman, DLT and the rest of you Fanatics will, as Steady and Cooley would say: “Keep Em Poppin.”

    LGK and Knick Fanatic for life(KFFL)!

    Comment by Post-up Prince | August 7, 2009 | Reply

    • Post Up Prince,

      Have a really good and peaceful time. We look forward to your return and pray that we can measure your absence by some meaningful change in the Knicks atmosphere. If not, we’ll just welcome you back to the same ol’, same ol’. Enjoy.

      Comment by livesinnewjersey | August 8, 2009 | Reply

  22. Enjoy the vacation and safe return Postup Prince!

    Comment by orangeandblue1 | August 8, 2009 | Reply

  23. Dito Prince,Be safe,return back,holla back.

    Comment by D L T Knicks | August 8, 2009 | Reply


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