Another MVP for James might not be so far-fetched after all

LeBron James' return to Cleveland might have been just what he needed to get back in the MVP race.

LeBron James' return to Cleveland might have been just what he needed to get back in the MVP race.

CLEVELAND — It probably was only a matter of time.

As enthusiastic as The Race committee is about scouting out new MVP prospects, especially early in each season, and as skeptical as certain members were about the ganged-up, shared-load approach being deployed by the Miami Heat this season, it figures that there would be no keeping down LeBron James for long.

Reigning two-time winners of the Maurice Podoloff trophy have a way of asserting themselves.

James makes his first appearance this week in the list of 10 for 2010-11 on the strength of his performance at Quicken Loans Arena on Thursday — he pretty much punked the house on a night when he was supposed to be rattled and ill at ease — and on Miami’s three consecutive victories. Read more of this post

Right Place, Right Time

Right on time Rocky Widner/NBAE

Right on time Rocky Widner/NBAE

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – When the credits rolled on the wild and crazy Summer of 2010, the names Dorrell Wright and Hakim Warrick were barely legible compared to the bold type afforded guys like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Amar’e Stoudemire, Carlos Boozer, Joe Johnson, David Lee and many others.

Yet when the midseason report cards get handed out, both Wright and Warrick will be on the honor roll.

While some of the more high-profile movers from the summer are still trying to settle into their new digs, Wright (in Golden State) and Warrick (Phoenix) have made seamless transitions with their new teams.

It’s clearly a case of the right player being in the right place at just the right time. The 19th pick in their respective drafts (Wright in 2004 and Warrick in 2005), neither player had found the right fit, until now. And their new teams are reaping the rewards of these unions in ways their former teams wish they could. Read more of this post

The NBA’s Top Ten Highest Player Salaries for 2009-2010.

The 2009-2010 season will begin on the 27th of October, just less than four weeks from now. We take a look at the top ten paid players in the league going into the season – deserving and overpaid.

Number 10 – Michael Redd, Milwaukee Bucks – 17,040,000 Dollars

Michael Redd, Milwaukee Bucks

Michael Redd, Milwaukee Bucks

Hasn’t scored less than 21.5 points per game in the last six seasons, but also hasn’t led his team into the playoffs in the last three and hasn’t played more than 72 games since 2005-2006, his and the Bucks’ last playoff appearance. True he is their best player and go to guy… but does he deserve 17 Mil a year? Read more of this post

Los Angeles Lakers Team Salary

Player 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
Kobe Bryant $24,806,250 $25,240,000 $27,840,000 $30,450,000
Pau Gasol $17,823,000 $18,714,150 $19,000,000 $19,285,850
Andrew Bynum $13,700,000 $14,900,000 $16,100,000
Lamar Odom $8,200,000 $8,900,000 $8,200,000
Ron Artest $6,322,320 $6,790,640 $7,258,960 $7,727,280
Sasha Vujacic $5,475,113
Luke Walton $5,260,000 $5,680,000 $5,800,000
Steve Blake $4,000,000 $4,000,000 $4,000,000 $4,000,000
Derek Fisher $3,700,000 $3,700,000 $3,400,000
Shannon Brown $2,149,200 $2,374,866
Matt Barnes $1,765,000 $1,906,200
Theo Ratliff $1,352,181
Devin Ebanks $473,604 $736,420
Derrick Caracter $473,604 $736,420
TOTAL $92,500,272 $93,683,189 $91,608,109 $61,463,130 $0 $0

* No Longer With Team Read more of this post

Are NBA stars America’s most popular new export?

 

Stephon Marbury

Stephon Marbury

Stephon Marbury always knew his destiny. Back in the day, as a 19-year-old precocious, big-city point guard he regularly boasted of revolutionizing the game at some point. Fast-forward some 15 years later and his reputation as a much maligned, somewhat misunderstood NBA journeyman, and all his prophesying is beginning to ring true.

No, inking a deal with Shanxi of the northern Chinese League doesn’t make “Starbury” the first former NBA star either cunning or humbled enough to make the trek abroad, all in a last-ditch effort to extend the reach of a declining career arch. But without question, it does make the one-time perennial all-star the biggest and perhaps hungriest talent to ever do so.

And a part of Stephon Marbury always knew it would come to this. You could say he expected and orchestrated it. With as much craft and savvy as he’s ever displayed on the court, becoming one of the NBA’s all-time leading assist men, Marbury is now focused on tapping into an unparalleled Chinese market–at least in terms of numbers–through his line of low cost “Starbury” shoes and apparel. Read more of this post

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