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Brandon Marshall and his NBA dreams

Brandon Marshall is already looking ahead to next year even though the NFL is only a few games into their 2010 preseason. With the controversial wide receiver talking NFL lockout and the NBA while his bags are barely unpacked in Miami, he earns our Bitch-Slap-of-the-Week.  

Should the fans in South Beach give up on the season and throw out Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross’ prediction that his ‘Fins would make it to the Super Bowl this year? Making it to the big game seems like a mighty hard task when your star receiver is pursuing an NBA Championship and Chad Henne is your starting quarterback… or on your roster.

Okay, so technically Brandon Marshall said that he’ll consider a career in the NBA only if there is a lockout on the 2011 NFL season. Does that mean Mr. Marshall has already checked out this year?

Maybe so since he hasn’t laced his spikes up for a single game this season yet he’s already talking about next year, or maybe it’s simply because he is Brandon Marshall. My guess is the latter.

Marshall is a 6-ft 4-in 230 lb. wide receiver that has a history of issues to say the least. He has never played college basketball and basically has been injured most every year since he was drafted in 2006. He may be considered one of the toughest guys to tackle, but even an overweight out-of-shape Shaq would dominate the so-called ‘Beast’ in the paint.

During the regular season, each NBA team plays 82 games. That means there are 82 chances for Brandon ‘The Beast’ to re-injure his torn PCL, aggravated hip, strained groin, and pulled quadriceps.

God forbid that there be a McDonalds bag lying around the court for him to ‘slip’ on again. No joke, this guy cut his arm and needed stitches because he allegedly slipped on a McDonalds bag. We’re not making that up, have to wonder if he did though.

Brandon, just because you’re a good athlete it does not mean you can play any sport you please.

Take a look at Michael Jordan, arguably the most talented basketball player to ever live. He thought playing MLB looked easy but was about as good at hitting a baseball as Dina Lohan is at being a mother.

Do you seriously think that just because you played varsity basketball a decade ago, that you can drain a three on Kobe?

You may be above average height for your position in the NFL but 6-ft. 4-in. is really short on an NBA court.  Your height and minimal basketball experience makes you about as useful as any flat-footed player in the NBA.

And for all you “Brandon to the NBA” fans out there I say this. Based on his ability to up and quit on teams, I think we would have another LeBron James on our hands and with his notorious practice regimen; Brandon might even have a bit of Allen Iverson in him.

Regardless what B.M. says he wants to do next NFL season during any lockout or strike, my professional experience tells me that he has about as good a chance to play in the NBA as the Nets do. And for causing the distraction in the Dolphins locker room and assuming the NBA is so easy to step into, he receives the Bitch-Slap-of-the-Week.

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Logan Rhoades is a Los Angeles-based writer and contributor to Sports Climax. With an extensive knowledge of ESPN topics and celebrity gossip, he is known for mixing sports and pop culture to entertain his readers. Follow him on Twitter @loganrhoades.

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Big Daddy Shaq heading to Beantown

The NBA Eastern Conference champions Boston Celtics just got 325 pounds bigger after signing free agent Shaquille O’Neal to a contract yesterday.

With NBA rings earned while playing with the Miami Heat and L.A. Lakers, the 7-foot-1 Shaq goes to Boston the year after failing to win a championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James last season.

The two-year deal is said to be worth around $3 million and will take one of the NBA’s most popular players to the end of a 20-year career.

Big Daddy, 38 years old, will be teamed up with several other aging but productive players on the parquet floor including Kevin Garnett, 34, and Ray Allen, 35.

Shaq was originally drafted No. 1 overall in the 1992 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic after a successful college stint at LSU.

 Playing on 6 teams, his career numbers include 28,255 points (5th overall), 12,921 rebounds (14th overall) and 15 All-Star appearances.

 O’Neal’s playoff experience is sure to help the Celtics but the big man does bring some baggage with him in the form of brick-throwing from the free throw line.

When I was living in Orlando, while Shaq was imploding at the line with the Magic, I had my wife come out to the neighborhood hoop and asked her to “stand on that white line right there” and see how many shots she could make into the hoop. She hit her first 6 out of 10 for 60% meaning her percentage was better than Shaq’s currently was at that time for the Magic. Could she do that again? Probably not since that was the first time she shot a basketball since her gym class in high school but it makes a good story.

If you would like to get personal with Shaq, you can follow him on Twitter at his account; @THE_REAL_SHAQ.


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Shawne Williams busted . . . again.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Former Indiana Pacers guard Shawne Williams became the latest member of our Jocks Behind Bars column this week when he was busted by Memphis police after a loaded gun and some pot was found in the car he was driving.

Police originally pulled the car over when they noticed Williams wasn’t buckled up and after checking the former University of Memphis player and his college teammate Kareem Cooper out, they charged Williams with driving on a suspended license.

Police then searched the vehicle and according to the reports, found marijuana and a gun on Cooper.

Since being selected in the first-round by the Pacers in 2006, the troubled player has left a trail that includes past arrests and off the court issues.  

One of those previous arrests were also related to marijuana possession. Earlier this year, the player was indicted on four counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture/deliver/sell and four counts of conspiracy to manufacture/deliver/sell a controlled substance. The controlled substance was a codeine-based syrup. (the mugshot from that arrest is seen here above).

After a few seasons in Indiana, the Pacers had seen enough and traded him to the Dallas Mavericks who appear to have given up on the player as well. After the Mavs sent Williams home to Memphis, Mavs owner Mark Cuban said his team was hoping to work out some issues with the player but after this latest incident, we may have seen the last of Williams in Dallas and possibly the NBA.

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Jay Donetelli is a Tampa-based freelance sportswriter and contributor to Sports Climax. With an opinion sharper than an Ovechkin skate blade with the sting of an Ali jab, Donetelli has a loyal cult of readers who have found a way to love him.

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Jordan weighs in, LeBron’s “Loyalty” tattoo

It’s been a little more than a week since LeBron James went on his prime-time, hour-long show “The Decision” reared back and kicked the city of Cleveland square in the nuts.

In the ensuing days, the Cavaliers and the city of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame couldn’t rip the pictures of their new villain down fast enough, trashed the carefully preserved rose corsage from the 2007 Finals, and set their Facebook profile to “single.”

Cav’s owner Dan Gilbert took it one tiny step further, writing an open letter so visceral and incendiary that the NBA fined him $100,000, and that was for a letter written in comic sans font, not “Angry Bitch” font.

As the team and the city bid their frigid farewell to their self-proclaimed former king, the waters in Cleveland are far from calm. Conversely, after the blunt stab to the back, LeBron gave the knife another twist, arriving in South Beach a day later to meet the Heat.

The new “Big-Three” were lowered down onto a stage in their uniforms, arms crossed, with pyrotechnics display that would make the Black-Eyed Peas envious.

“It’s not a dynasty, it’s a Dyna-three,” shouted the public address announcer, in a scene befitting of the self-aggrandizing that in seconds washed away a near decade of good will James had built up.

After the smoke settled from the South Beach party for the self-proclaimed Dyna-Three, James was said to have gone house shopping and may have picked up the $45 million mansion that mysteriously came off the real estate market just hours after “The Decision”.

What does your Airness Michael Jordan, a man who stayed loyal to his Windy City and has six NBA Championship rings think of all this? Jordan was chased down recently and with very little coaxing let the world know LeBron took the easy way out, a path he would never have considered.

“There’s no way, with hindsight, I would’ve ever called up Larry [Bird], called up Magic [Johnson] and said, ‘Hey, look, let’s get together and play on one team’. In all honesty, I was trying to beat those guys.”

Jordan went on the say “I’m a competitive guy” possibly implying LeBron either lost or lacked that quality.

Now that the city of Cleveland, Jordan and every blog in America has weighed in; the fact is that Cleveland, who was on the verge of an NBA title the past several seasons, is now even further removed from a true chance at its first championship since 1964.

LeBron showed a side of himself that none of us, except Skip Bayless, may have wanted to see–the self indulgent, naïve, obtuse side of his personality. I liked LeBron, I like the NBA and although I’ve never been to Cleveland, I wanted him to choose loyalty, you know the word he has tattooed alongside his left torso for the world to see. But I also get why he made the choice he did.

What I disagree with is the contingency claiming he took the easy way out. He didn’t.

The Cavs may remain viable, only because of Gilbert. Even with the fire-breathing tirade, the hallow promise of a world championship before LeBron wins one, and the petty move of having one of his company’s, Fathead, sell life-size stickers of LeBron for $17.41 – signifying the year Benedict Arnold was born – Gilbert has come out of this better than James. Way better.

All it took was 24-hours for James to ignorantly throw out all the good will he had accumulate over the past decade of his meteoric rise from high school to now.

“The King’ went from castle to outhouse after making perhaps the worst public relations decision since Spencer and Heidi Pratt got in front of a rolling camera.

Dan Gilbert Spanks LeBron James, Literally – Sports Climax

LBJ and “The Decision” – Sports Climax

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Theo is a staff reporter and feature writer for the Marin Independent Journal where he covers local prep and college sports. As an Associate Production Manager for ESPN, he helped produce Sunday Night Baseball among other national ESPN and ABC Sports telecasts. In addition to his contributions to Sports Climax, he is a columnist for Examiner.com and is the play-by-play voice for Sonoma State University baseball and softball.

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$450 million sale, are sports recession-proof?

Recently, it was announced that the Golden State Warriors are to be sold for a record $450 million pending approval by the NBA Board of Governors.  This franchise, that made the playoffs only once in the past 16 seasons, is the latest example that sports may be recession-proof.

The change in ownership among professional sports teams is a carousel that can provide an organization with years of hope, tribulation or new rivalries. One of the earliest examples might be the purchase of the Boston Red Sox in 1916 for around $500,000, a purchase that initially paid off with a World Series championship in 1918.  

Shortly thereafter, the team began to struggle and the Red Sox – Yankees rivalry was born with the sale of Babe Ruth.  It was later determined that owner Harry Frazee had sold the contract of Ruth in order to finance a stage play entitled “My Lady Friends”.  Regardless, the rivalry had evolved and the Yankees would find great success with Ruth and other players acquired by the organization.

The state of Michigan has perhaps some of the richest history in sports. In terms of ownership, one of the most unique paths to ownership took place when Tom Monaghan purchased the Detroit Tigers in 1983.  

In the years leading up to the sale, Monaghan had enrolled at the University of Michigan and while still a student there borrowed $500 to purchase a small pizza store called DomiNick’s in Ypsilanti, Michigan in 1959 along with his brother.  After the opening of three more stores, Tom traded a Volkswagon Beetle to James for his half of the ownership. 

Monaghan, a lifelong Detroit Tigers fan saw the business grow into Domino’s Pizza and that’s when the eccentric owner realized a childhood dream and purchased of the team for $53 million. The first day of spring training, Monaghan showed up in the Tigers dugout donned in a Tiger uniform and hat, ready to ‘play ball’. And play ball the Tigers did as they cake-walked through a record-setting year and went on to win the World Series in 1984.  Year later in 1992, Monaghan sold the team to another pizza guru, Mike Ilitch for $85 million.

The purchase of the Detroit Tigers became the second organization owned by Ilitch, the Little Caesar’s founder. While $85 million for the Tigers sounds like pocket change in the sports world of today, imagine Ilitch purchasing the NHL Detroit Red Wings team for $8 million in 1982; that sounds like a yard-sale price.

Fifteen years after the purchase, the Red Wings won back-to-back championships in 1997 and 1998 and have become one of the most successful, popular and recognized teams in sports.

Ilitch helped move the Tigers into Comerica Park in 2000 after contributing half of the $350 million required to build the stadium.  The Tigers have once again become formidable competitors and captured the American League Championship in 2006. Like Monaghan, Ilitch had a love for the Tigers and was once offered the opportunity to become a competitor for the team himself but his demands for a larger contract were never met.

Across the country in Texas, Jerry Jones became owner of the Dallas Cowboys in 1989 after paying $65 million for the team. J.J. also had to absorb the cost of Texas Stadium’s leasing rights at an additional $75 million.

How is that investment paying off?

The ‘Boys with their world-famous Cowboys cheerleaders are said to be appraised at over $1 billion today after opening state-of-the-art Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.

Throughout the years, the cost to purchase sports franchises has soared.  That said, many organizations still show profits, some that may come from revenue sharing with wealthier large-market teams. Success isn’t always dependent on the value of the team.

Moving south into Florida, the Tampa Bay Rays soared to the American League Championship with a young core of talented players in 2008 and although they had built a winner, the team was recently listed as the 28th wealthiest team in Major League Baseball.

In the Big Apple, the New York Knicks are considered the richest team in the NBA but the last championship season came in 1973.

Across the U.S. and Canadian border sits the wealthiest team in the NHL, the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs have experienced rough times and have failed to make the playoffs in the post-lockout era but is believed to make around $1.9 million per game at the Air Canada Centre – a venue they have sold out since October 2002.  

As the value of many non-sports organizations continue to plummet the general rule of thumb is that financial success tends to follow as sports stand the test of time.  The new owners of the Warriors will be greeted by crowds packing the sold-out Oracle Arena even in discouraging seasons.  

With this NBA offseason filled with LeBron James’ “The Decision” drama, Golden State has been among the most active of teams exploring the free-agent pool.  Among the new group of owners is minority Boston Celtics partner Joe Lacob.  Much like other cities that have enjoyed past success, Oakland has a long and storied history of championships with the Athletics and Raiders.  While the Warriors have only enjoyed one championship while in California the enthusiasm surrounding this deal might suggest new excitement is just beyond the horizon.  After all, both Oakland and Lacob know all about winning.

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Cade Caldwell is an Atlanta-based sportswriter and contributor to Sports Climax.

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Tug-of-war over LeBron . . . jewelry

The tug-of-war over LeBron James continues.

Not the one for landing the NBA’s biggest fish in this year’s free agency, that one was won by the Miami Heat, but the one pertaining to that expensive piece of jewelry with the number 23 on it that’s pictured here.

 The Associated Press reported that the Ohio woman who said she paid $5 at a yard sale for a LeBron James pendant worth nearly $10,000 says it’s been taken from her. The piece is said to contain a total of about 2 carats of diamonds.

Vaneisha Robinson had the basketball jersey-shaped white gold pendant appraised and put it for sale on eBay but after she responded to a call Wednesday from the mother of Maverick O. Carter, the CEO for James’ marketing company, the pendant was taken from her.

Robinson said the caller told her ‘The King’ himself wanted to buy the pendant but when she went to the woman’s house LeBron wasn’t there and other people threatened her and took it.

Wadsworth police Sgt. James Elchlinger said he determined the pendant belongs to Carter after Carter said it had been stolen from him.

Robinson on the other hand told WEWS-TV that the pendant belongs to her and she wants it back.

Aren’t there two other pieces of fine jewelry with the numbers 1 and 3 on them that should go along with this piece?

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Jay Donetelli is a Tampa-based freelance sportswriter and contributor to Sports Climax. With an opinion sharper than an Ovechkin skate blade with the sting of an Ali jab, Donetelli has a loyal cult of readers who have found a way to love him.

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Delonte West pleads guilty to gun charges

Here’s an update for one of our Jocks Behind Bars members. Cleveland Cavaliers guard Delonte West was in court today and avoided any jail time after pleading guilty to weapons and driving charges.

After the plea, West was sentenced to eight months of electronic monitoring, two years probation and 40 hours of community service by a Prince George’s County Circuit Court.

Police said in September 2009, the NBA star was speeding when he cut off one an officer. After getting pulled over, they discovered two loaded handguns, a loaded shotgun and an 8½-inch Bowie knife in West’s vehicle.

Where the hell is an NBA basketball player going with artillery like that?

West’s attorney said his client was moving the weapons from one home to another after the player’s mother wanted them removed from the one property.

The NBA may consider a suspension and, or, other disciplinary actions against West after they “review the court’s decision.”

It’s been a rough week for Cavs owner Dan Gilbert that included the team’s superstar LeBron James deserting Cleveland to go play for their rival Miami Heat. There is speculation that the 26-year-old West may have seen his last day in a Cavs uniform. With this arrest and conviction coupled with the player skipping a bunch of practices and team meetings in the past and the domestic violence report his wife filed against him in October, well, you get the message.

According to sources, West has been battling a bi-polar disorder and has been seeing the team’s psychologist. Lucky for him, with today’s sentencing, he won’t have to do it from a jail cell.

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Jay Donetelli is a Tampa-based freelance sportswriter and contributor to Sports Climax. With an opinion sharper than an Ovechkin skate blade with the sting of an Ali jab, Donetelli has a loyal cult of readers who have found a way to love him.

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Dan Gilbert spanks LeBron James

The NBA has a true villain, LeBron James, and ESPN’ 1st and Ten analyst Skip Bayless just accrued a million fans overnight.

Bayless, who has been ripping LeBron as being overrated as an NBA star and his inability to win an NBA championship for years, will now be admired by the thousands of Cleveland fans who burned No. 23 jerseys and millions of other NBA fans across the country who are disgusted with James and “The Decision”.

After ‘The King’ as he calls himself, joined Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade to create an All-Star trio in Miami, the most outspoken was betrayed Clevland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert who vented and accused James of “quitting during the playoffs”.

Gilbert posted a scathing message to Cavs fans on the team’s website shortly after James announced he was deserting the shores of Lake Erie for the nude beaches in Miami.

Being accused of quitting by your owner is about as big an insult a player could get but I agree with Gilbert’s accusations and actually thought the same as I was watching those games against the Celtics when James was dominated and outplayed by the aging Celts who came back from a 2-1 game deficit to win that series.

“He quit,” Gilbert said. “Not just in Game 5, but in Games 2, 4 and 6. Watch the tape. The Boston series was unlike anything in the history of sports for a superstar.”

The Game 5 Gilbert is referring to is the game the aging Celtics took James to school and won by 32 points. During that game, James played lethargic while he team got blown off the court then made a cowardly remark after the game, ducking accountability saying he “spoiled people” with his play over seven seasons, whatever the hell that means.

Gilbert, who has owned the Cavs for five years, said he felt disrespected by James’ behavior since the season ended and that James never returned a single phone message or text since that time and that the Cavs were not informed of James’ decision until he went on the air last night.

During an interview with the AP, Gilbert pulled no punches saying:

“[Lebron] has gotten a free pass. People have covered up for him for way too long. Tonight we saw who he really is. LeBron James needs to go to another team with two superstars already so he can win a championship. We will win a championship before [the Heat] do.”

Gilbert went on to call LeBron “disrespectful”, “narcissistic” and “cowardly” and added a few other colorful words like “shameful”, “selfishness” and betrayal” and referred to LeBron’s move to South Beach as an “act of disloyalty,” and “heartless and callous”.

When it was all said in done, millions of Bayless haters are jumping on the Skip Bayless bandwagon and the NBA has themselves a true villain.

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Knicks inking Stoudemire for $99.7 million

BIG APPLE – The New York Knicks opened their checkbook real wide and agreed to a deal that will ink free agent Amare Stoudemire a five-year, $99.7 million contract. The deal cannot be officially signed until Thursday.

Knick coach Mike D’Antoni must be ecstatic to be reunited with a big man he is familiar with from his days in Phoenix coaching the Suns when Stoudemire averaged more than 20 points a game every season the two were together.

Speculation is rising that the Knicks wanted to land Stoudemire to bait the NBA’s biggest free agent fish, LeBron James. James pushed hard for the Cavs to pick up Stoudemire last year during the trade deadline.

“I feel great, really, about being a pioneer,” said Stoudemire. I think [LeBron] feels great about [me signing]. It’s a situation where no one wanted to make that first move, and I felt confident enough to take that first step, and hopefully now we can bring in a few guys to join us.”

“I’m not sure where [LeBron’s] leaning. If he’s leaning more toward New York, that would be a great start for us.”

James and, or, his agent have had talks with the Cavaliers, Bulls, Nets, Clippers and Heat.

Stoudemire flew into New York on Saturday, broke bread with D’Antoni and agreed on the deal on Monday.

Madison Square Garden already has billboards and signs throughout the arena picturing Stoudemire in a Knicks jersey.

This is the first big move by the Knicks who have spent the last few seasons dumping overhead and salary cap anticipating making a serious bid for James. The team however, has enough cap space to add another maximum contract player but the question remains, who will that be?

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Brian Shaw or Byron Scott next for Lakers?

If you had to pick a successor to Lakers coach Phil Jackson would it be the team’s current assistant coach, Brian Shaw or former Nets and Hornets head coach, Byron Scott?

That question just got closer to being relevant with the news on Tuesday morning about Shaw’s interest in the open coaching position with the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

Is Phil done? His daughter and Luke Walton think so

Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times reported that Shaw’s representation sent out a text that said his client is “close to accepting a deal” to be head coach in Cleveland.

LeBron or no LeBron it’s a head coaching position, one of only 30 of its kind. It is available now, not dependent on someone else moving over to accommodate a successor. What’s that saying, “If you snooze you lose”?

Shaw, an assistant to Phil Jackson for five seasons isn’t just a clipboard holder. Like all Jackson assistants he was given responsibility for scouting a third of the league’s teams and game-planning when the Lakers were to face them.

He’s played in the triangle for Jackson, been a teammate of Kobe and Fish and now is a trusted adviser on the coaching staff.

Then there’s Byron Scott, perennially mentioned as a good candidate to slide into the coaching chair at Staples Center. Byron’s resume includes playing time as a member of the Showtime Lakers, during which he won three championship rings.

He returned to the team for his last year on the court which just happened to be during Kobe Bryant’s rookie year of 1996-97. The connection to Kobe is considered significant since it seems ridiculous to believe that Bryant wouldn’t be afforded the opportunity to weigh in on management’s ultimate choice.

As a head coach, Scott took the N.J. Nets to the finals twice in the last decade and weathered the chaos of coaching the New Orleans Hornets during the years they had no permanent home in the post-Katrina days.

He coached them all the way from an 18 win team to the second seed in the Western Division playoffs in 2008. For his efforts he won coach of the year.

But he never achieved the same success in the next season and rumblings turned into words that indicated Scott was out of favor with the team’s star point guard Chris Paul.It resulted in Scott’s firing early in the 2009 season.

Shaw has never been a head coach but his connection to all the current players is clearly superior to that of Scott and his preparation by Jackson has to count for something.

So there you have it ladies and gentleman. Not a bad pick between the two but the choice might come down to familiarity and trust rather than coaching resume. Polls are open at the bottom of this page here.

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Paula Duffy is a national sports columnist for Examiner.com and the Huffington Post and regularly comments on sports/legal matters for radio affiliates of ESPN and Fox Sports. She founded the sports information site, Incidental Contact, is the author of a line of audio books designed for sports novices and in her spare time practices law in Los Angeles. 

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