It’s kind of boring here in Spurs Land with the team still fishing and the draft weeks away. So we decided to do a mailbag! Keep in mind these are real e-mails from fake people.
After seeing LeBron-Bron’s reactions to flaming out in the last two
playoffs, is it safe to say that dude probably has “child actor
syndrome”? You know, famous and favored from such an early age that
he has no idea how to react when he doesn’t get that bike he wanted
– Aloysius Fairbanks
AA: I thought a lot about the team dynamics after they got bounced and came to an interesting conclusion. LeBron and his teammates have too much fun. Stay with me for a second. There’s no denying LeBron *can be* the best player on the planet. He had a pretty good team this year (compare it to the 2003 Spurs and you see how decent it was) but still couldn’t get to the Finals. I think LeBron needs to be more like Jordan or even Kobe in terms of team relationships. His teammates don’t fear anything (except maybe Delonte’s face herpes) and that’s a huge problem. They’re too relaxed and rely on regular season malaise and LeBron to get them to the playoffs. Once there, they don’t know how to get serious and play for something other than “I hope we don’t get burned by the media”. They don’t know how to do it. So I think while it’s likely LeBron has child-actor syndrome, it’s even more likely that the entire team has “act like a child” syndrome.
Over the years we’ve heard fanciful talk of an NBA Europe or NBA
Asia, isn’t more likely that if David “Call Me King” Stern wants to
grow the NBA brand and enhance his legacy that expansion takes place
– Michael Torres
AA: I prefer to call Stern “King Baby” because of how stubborn he is. I think there’s zero chance the NBA expands to Europe, Asia, Australasia, or Narnia before cities like Seattle and even Las Vegas get teams. Stern knows he’d have mini-riots in Seattle since their franchise was basically stolen out from under them. However, I don’t see expansion any time in the near future. The NBA is in some trouble with finances with so many teams losing money. They also have to renegotiate the Collective Bargaining Agreement after next season. Many people think there will be another Lockout and who knows how long that might take. So in general, I don’t see expansion happening any time soon. If it does, it’ll be on this side of the Atlantic. Mexico City anyone? For those that are curious, here is a map of the NBA if it added Seattle and Vegas and realigned the divisions:
Do you think that the Suns are kicking themselves for selling the
rights to Rondo back in 2006?
– Dave Donsperontu
AA: Probably. They traded Rondo to Boston for the rights to Cleveland’s 2007 first round pick and cash. With that pick they took Rudy Fernandez…who they then traded, along with James Jones, to Portland for, wait for it, cash. So they basically traded Rondo AND Fernandez for cash. Robert Sarver everybody!
Any idea what “Kahnnnnnn!!” is going to do with his first round picks
this year? Draft three more point guards?
– Duke Johnson
AA: I don’t think anyone knows what that moron is doing. They have 3 first round picks and they basically need players at every position other than PG and PF. I think it’s possible we see a trade before or on Draft Night. There were rumors earlier in the season that Kahn offered Al Jefferson straight up for Danny Granger. I laughed too. But it points to Kahn understanding you can’t play a team of PG-PG-Moose-PF-PF. If they do keep the #4 pick and Wesley Johnson is gone, I’m not sure what Kahn will do. They need a wing and after Johnson, the next few best prospects are all big men. I highly doubt David Kahn will be the GM after next season with the position he has put himself and the team in.
How is it possible that the Spurs supposedly lost $20mil this season,
and they haven’t been foreclosed on? I miss one house payment and the
bank bugs the crap out of me until I pay up.
– Dixon Cox
AA: They’re white?
Am I delusional for hoping that the Spurs are able to nab one of the big
free agents this summer?
– Ariel Ven
AA: Yes, you are. The Spurs are already at around $65 million for next season with the cap likely being around $56 million. That means the Spurs can only use their Mid-Level Exception and various other minimum contracts to fill out their roster. It looks like they’ll offer some or all of the MLE to Splitter. Even if they don’t give it all the Splitter, they’ll only be left with a few million bucks here and there to fill out the roster. Now, the dark horse would be if a big free agent desperately wants to join the Spurs. Then it’s likely the Spurs could package Jefferson’s rotting cesspool of a career + draft pick(s) and/or cash for said Free Agent via a Sign-and-Trade. This is all assuming Jefferson doesn’t royally screw the Spurs by opting out of his contract. While that would bring the Spurs to about $6 million below the cap, they wouldn’t be allowed to use the MLE AT ALL. So as much as we hate Jefferson…and we do, we need him to stay with the Spurs at least until July 1st.