I have no worthwhile haikus to contribute this month. I am so sorry I’ve failed you. Actually I don’t *really* care, but I want to be consistent – so please feel free to add your own in comments as usual. Also, I should mention that I’ve spent most of the last few months on vacation and/or working very hard, so basketball has taken a backseat lately to exploring new restaurants in big (actual) cities and bitch-slapping deadlines that try to bring me down. Sorry, but that’s just the way it is. Until we get some momentum on the upcoming, slow/late starting season, my haikus will be more like hai-poos. Oh, me. 

We’ll start out easy:

 

Hot but not humid

Typical Phoenix summer

Still waiting for rain

 

                Haboob…pff…nonsense

                Come on, it’s just blowing dust

                Phew, I wasn’t here

 

It rained after all!

But only for ten minutes

And that’s all we’ll get

 

Then add some Suns references:

 

When I heard the news

(NBA released schedule)

I smashed butterflies

 

No October games…

Halloween will take their place

As significant

 

It is just so sad

Paychecks will go missing soon

Blank televisions

 

Our team grows older

Grant Hill, Steve Nash, Vince Carter

Waiting for resolve

 

And  to wrap it up:

 

Haircuts are awesome

Unless it was one of those

Britney Spears moments

 

Jim Coughenour

Our resident thesaurus

Verbose and prolix…

 

I hope my fellow BSotS are enjoying summer, despite the current state of NBAffairs.

 

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Lon Babby has crunched the numbers, and rebuilding just doesn’t make sense. According to The Arizona Republic, Babby and the Suns have determined that conference finalists that tear down and...

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You weren't expecting good news, were you? Yet another body of this lead zeppelin has spoken out-the agents. And they want to bring some more lawyers into this deal.

Of course I wasn't paying attention to those guys. I was thinking about the popcorn sellers and security guards working at the arena that weren't getting paid. But a lot of people arn't going to see checks pretty soon.

Wojo writes here about the rising doubt of the agents that Billy Hunter is a man to get things done:

"Right now, it's a respectful disagreement with [the agents] and Billy," an agent briefed on the meeting told Yahoo! Sports. "But it's getting to a ‘[expletive]-you' point. We will blow this thing up."

An "F-U point?" Good lord. If agents really think that Hunter is in any position to get anything done by himself with the present "plan of attack" (which doesn't really exist), then, they are as naiive as anyone who thinks this thing isn't going to get like drunken soccer brawl in the stands ugly.

This article goes on to tell us what we already know, the owner's are sitting back and waiting. They need not do anything right now. Why make any concessions, the players have yet to starve. And while it's cold blooded or cut throated, it makes perfect strategy. Said Sun Tzu:

Be extremely subtle, even to the point of formlessness. Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of soundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent's fate.

And more to the point, Wojo reaffirms:

The owners are counting on panic to take over the union once the players start missing checks. That's when the owners want to cut a deal, when the players are most vulnerable and fearful of losing a full season's salary. The players risk getting the same lousy deal next year after already losing a year's salary.

Hunter is selling diplomacy, but his foe is hardly is over a barrel. In fact, if he could even get the owner's back to the table with something reasonable, he's only Chamberlain shaking hands with the nazis (not that the owners are indeed nazis-just a quick metaphor that came to mind).

Check out the article for more about the agents and thier cry for decertification.


About a year ago at this time Suns owner Robert Sarver laid out a plan to change the structure of the Phoenix Suns’ front office to put specialists in a position of strength. Sarver sees four main...

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A couple of weeks ago, PHXgp posted this story about best and worst values in the NBA, with Steve Nash featured as an outstanding value and Vince Carter.....eh, not so much. Teamrankings.com recently rated the values of the NBA's top 30 salaries using their own calculations, and I found this list to be interesting for a few reasons.

First, Steve Nash doesn't appear on the list at all because he's not one of the top 30 salaries in the league. Have I mentioned before that Nash is underpaid and has been for his entire Phoenix career? OK, maybe once or twice but when I see it called out like this, I still stop and take notice.

The names of former Suns Jason Richardson, Amare Stoudemire and Joe Johnson on the list also beg questions of value.

Follow the jump for the details of what this nerd came up with in his calculations. Does he know what he's talking about? Or does he need to get the hell out of here and take his pocket protector with him?

Looking down the list, we start with superstar players who can be paid just about any amount and it won't be too much: LeBron James, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard. We're talking about calculated win shares per dollar here, so best bang for your buck, and those players are obviously producing a lot of wins. Say what you will about LeBron, but $14.5M for him last year was a bargain.

Continuing down the list, we see the usual suspects like Paul Pierce, Dirk Nowitzki and Pau Gasol. Zach Randolph's name at #9 might raise your eyebrows a bit, but not if you saw what he did in the playoffs. It's at #10 that things get a little peculiar. Elton Brand? Really? He's been talked about as having one of the worst contracts in the league, but he provided better "value" than the likes of Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan last year.

Jason Richardson is rated #12, one spot ahead of Amare Stoudemire. I suppose that, if we're looking at a list of 30 salaries, we can loosely define "good" value as being among the top 15. Notably on the wrong side of that line are Carmelo Anthony at #16 and Kobe Bryant at #17. Bryant's obviously still an outstanding player, but his mammoth salary makes it hard to be a good value, while Carmelo Anthony's lower rating can possibly be attributed to his tumultuous season, with rumors of trade and then the trade to the Knicks.

Getting into the 20s, we find our old friend Joe Johnson at #21, to the surprise of nobody since he's been overpaid for years. This has always justified the Suns decision to trade him, in my view. Of course, current Sun (technically, at least) Vince Carter is at #23 so it's not as if we're immune to wasting money.

At the very bottom, we have the injured (Yao Ming, Michael Redd), and the laughably terrible contracts of guys like Gilbert Arenas and Rashard Lewis.

These ratings generally pass the smell test for me and, if the owners have their way and implement a hard salary cap, this sort of player value will become much more important in the league (i.e. the Lakers won't be able to go way over the cap to pay Bryant, Gasol and Bynum). What say you about these ratings? Is there value in their definition of value?


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