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Sixty Five Million Reasons Why Denver Has Become A Butthole of Ineptitude.


Sixty Five Million Reasons Why Denver Has Become A Butthole of Ineptitude.

Well the Russian dynamo saw fit to derail the ambitions of the Denver Nuggets and in particular that of NBA All Star player Carmelo Anthony . New Jersey Nets’ owner Mikhail Prokhorov saw fit the make team GM Billy King aware that the organization would no longer deal face to face with the player or anyone from within the Nuggets’ organization with the purpose of eliciting the blockbuster trade that was said to be brewing and involving as many as eight players and a third team in the Detroit Pistons in order to enable the deal.

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One of the stumbling blocks behind this has been the intransigence shown by the Nuggets’ front office headed by owner Stanley Kroenke and GM Masai Ujiri who seem set in upping the ante but at the same the player had yet to sign the contract extension $65 million three year deal that would have facilitated and completely sped up the process. And while Carmelo Anthony has publicly stated that he’d love to play in New York City at no time has he showed any desire to the fans of his willingness to remain in Denver as a Nuggets’ player .

I’ve read contributors trying to apportion the blame upon the Russian billionaire owner of the Nets it’d have helped if those actually trying to put their own spin on the situation sought out the real fact behind this issue. At the heart of this all remains the fact that the fans in attendance at the Pepsi Center in Denver , Colorado as they have to sit through this idiotic mess. Furthermore with Anthony having not signed the contract extension that’s still on the table makes the situation all the more intolerable. At the center of this all George Karl having overcome his illness is placed in the midst of this all as the team’s coach. As good as the team has been playing having posted a 24-17 record in the Northwest Division of the Western Conference . The team currently sits 2.5 games out of first place behind the division leading Oklahoma City Thunder (27-15) and there’s every reason to believe that they’ll be part of the contingency of teams gutting it out for a playoff berth at the end of the season .

I’m not so sure that this will be the last of the tom foolery exhibited by the Nuggets and to a lesser extent the Nets . Prokhorov has exhibited the wish to make the franchise one of the better teams in the NBA and seeks the Nets’ presence on a global scale in particular within Europe and the Eastern bloc. Russia with its growing economy a demographic of fans who are now seeing the NBA up close and personal . Many of Prokhorov’s contemporaries such as Roman Abramovich the multi-billionaire owner the Premiership soccer team Chelsea have similar ambitions to gain a wider notoriety for themselves and their various business and sporting interests. . Both of these owners have ambitions to see their brand global on a large scale and with few teams in the NBA that are global grands that are recognized. The Los Angeles Lakers might be just the only franchise other than the Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets that one could assume to has a major worldwide following. With the Rockets that legacy is solely because of their one time center Yao Ming whose career now sits on a precipice given the fact that he’ll undergo yet another surgery on his right foot.

The Nets and their season has been one big roller coaster of ups and downs and with Devin Harris and Derrick Favors looking to add some cohesiveness to this team it’s now extremely hard to view how this team can no go forward in its present guise. The ambitions of the organization rested on the fact that they were looking to add a high profile name to the roster. And with the envisaged deal that would’ve landed both Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups heading to the team with Favors and Harris heading in the opposite direction with some additional pieces being thrown in via a third party by way of the Pistons also sending Richard Hamilton to the Nuggets.

I’ve always been under the impression that the business template of the league under Commissioner David Stern and the game’s hierarchy was a sound one . The team owners notwithstanding is simply flushed with buffoons who have more money than they know what to do with. With the league itself now in tentative talks with the NBPA and Executive Director Billy Hunter about the collective bargaining agreement these are the type of maneuvers that somehow will play in the charade that the league is trying to create. This fiasco has gone on long enough but at the same time the impasse created is one that can negotiated to an amicable solution that will be equitable for all parties.

This Nuggets , Nets’ episode is literally proof that the fans are now the farthest thing from the minds of the owners , league and players as they’re incessantly look to increase their coffers at the expense of the fans. Albeit that in large part, monies coming into the treasure chest of the NBA comes primarily from its merchandising , we should also remember the countless billions that the they receive courtesy of TNT ,—- ABC/ESPN through their expansive international broadcast affiliates who televise the games across the globe in conjunction with the NBA and its own in-house broadcast outlet NBA TV. Stern and the league may well now plead poverty but had the commissioner and the conduit within the league seen fit to look at the economic climate and in particular their budget they’d have seen that they couldn’t have continued to operate under their existing mandate. Common sense has never been one of the prevailing factors within the league hierarchy much less with the owners and union .

Oblivious to the ever changing environment the league and in particular Stern in obeyance of the owners saw fit to borrow $250 million last year that would be used to stave off several teams from financial disaster. Think of it as the league’s own financial bailout that was similar in the Obama initiated and led bailout of the financial and automotive sectors. While the $250 million is a mere pittance to the multi-billion dollars that both sectors were in receipt of at the taxpayers’ expense. It does now add to the fact the NBA as an organization is no different from what’s now a broken down relic that we call the US government . Both bodies are essentially completely devoid of creativity , common sense and intelligence but these are simply my thoughts on the matter ! Consider this fact also , over the last decade the NBA has borrowed in excess of $2.5 billion from various financial institutions that we’re now to believe was put to good use by the teams of the NBA ? Can pigs fly ?

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(1) Al Harrington (7) of the Denver Nuggets welcomes Troy Tulowitzki (c) and Jason Giambi (l) of the Colorado Rockies as they watch from courtside seats as the Denver Nuggets host the Los Angeles Lakers at the Pepsi Center on January 21, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Lakers defeated the Nuggets 107-97 . Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images …….

(2) Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol is guarded by Denver Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Denver on Friday, Jan. 21, 2011. The Lakers won 107-97. AP Photo/Chris Schneider …….

George Karl, head coach of the Denver Nuggets, leads his team against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Pepsi Center on January 21, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Lakers defeated the Nuggets 107-97. Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images ……

(4) Carmelo Anthony (15) of the Denver Nuggets looks on during a break in the action against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Pepsi Center on January 21, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Lakers defeated the Nuggets 107-97. Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images …..

(5) A fan shows her lack of support of owner Stan Kroenke of the Denver Nuggets as they face the Los Angeles Lakers at the Pepsi Center on January 21, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Lakers defeated the Nuggets 107-97. Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images …….

(6) Carmelo Anthony (15) and Chauncey Billups (1) of the Denver Nuggets talk during a break in the action against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Pepsi Center on January 21, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Lakers defeated the Nuggets 107-97. Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images ……

(7) Team President Josh Kroenke and team owner Stan Kroenke of the Denver Nuggets . Getty Images / Phil Matthews ……

[8] Nets general manager Billy King told WFAN radio this morning the team is moving away completely from the idea of acquiring Carmelo Anthony. New Jersey Star Ledger / Saed Hindash …………..

(9) New Jersey Nets Owner Mikhail Prokhorov addresses the media during a press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel on May 19, 2010 in New York City. Getty Images / Mike Stobe ……….

(10) Masai Ujiri former mid-level executive with the Toronto Raptors and now the GM of the Denver Nuggets . Getty Images North America / Camille Moiceaneau ………..

What thoughts if any do you have on what has transpired between the New Jersey Nets and Denver Nuggets ? And do you as such believe that much of the blame lies with the Nets or the Nuggets or should it in part also be blamed on the player in the middle of this all Carmelo Anthony ? Simply chime in with your comment on this topic and the NBA as you see it at present.

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When Johnny Met Manny ……………….


When Johnny Met Manny ……………….

Well holy Moses the impossible has happened and the Tampa Bay Rays are now able to make lemonade out of rat’s pi_s . How else can you explain the idiocy of many of the statements coming from GM Andrew Friedman senior managing partner Stuart Sternberg Granted we know that the organization and team have been beset with financial problems ever since they came into existence and it has been that way ever since . Friedman and Sternberg have continued to berate the fans but have little willingness to spend money but at the same time they’re looking to have a new stadium built at the taxpayers’ expense . And at no time have they actually shown a commitment that they’re prepared to step up to the plate and contribute in part to the building of the supposed new venue. Some solace for the fans eh _____ from two rather conniving individuals who have continued to talk out of both sides of their mouths.

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Sternberg having made his fortune in the commodities’ market and on Wall St much like any other millionaire owner in the league has a bauble (Rays) that he can parade as his own personal jewel in his crown. And given the success that the organization has had in recent years having twice won the AL East divisional crown . Now having failed to make their presence felt in the MLB playoffs where they would succumb to the Texas Rangers the Tampa Bay Rays in the offseason essentially had themselves a fire sale gutting the team in order to stave off financial ruin. To make matters worse their most storied and beloved player Carl Crawford was signed by the Boston Red Sox and several other players have followed in tow.

Now Friedman and Sternberg are trying to allay the fans’ fears that the team is heading in the right direction even with the moves that have been made. Simply put you can’t dress a sow up as a pig and call it a pig . Neither can you say that the Rays will be able to contend within the AL East especially when the likes of the Red Sox , New York Yankees , Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays will have improved. It’s easy to understand the reason why the division has always been considered to be most competitive in all of baseball . It’s not liable to change at all this upcoming season and it remains to be seen whether or not the coaching staff of the Rays can still have this team playing competitively this upcoming season even with the changes made.

For the fans in attendance at Tropicana Field St Petersburg , Florida this could be a season where that venue will come to be even more so as an elephant’s graveyard where the attendance will if anything border on being bare to say the very least . Instead of that hardcore 15,000 that the organization has come to rely on we could very well see that figure drop below 10,000 . It gives even greater credence to the fact that baseball just doesn’t work in the city of Tampa and it never will. Spin it anyway you want but there comes a time when the fans and in particular Sternberg and Friedman will have to accept the fact that they’re fighting a losing battle. And it certainly hasn’t helped with the continued buffoonery being shown by MLB Commissioner Bud Selig , his office and his idiotic impact of the stadium issue for the Tampa Bay Rays . Rather being of assistance to the organization’s plans Selig has been nothing but a hindrance with his nonsensical edicts and public statements on the issue. Telling the team that the only way that they can ever host an All Star Game is to have a purpose built new stadium is asinine, as it was to suggest that he was completely unaware of the whole steroid issue that has been simply rife within the game under his tenure as commissioner !

Now if to create something of a furor and perhaps lure fans into the belief that the good time are here again with them having signed both Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez to one year contracts . As to whether not both of these players who are shall we say are past their prime can prove to be productive remains to be seen. But it’s clear that if anything in terms of character they’ll be bringing a great deal with them if not much in terms overall productivity to the Rays.

The two players had unprecedented success as players on the Boston Red Sox having won two World Series and then essentially were either ran out of town or left of their own volition from the organization. Since their departure let’s just say that the fortunes for the Red Sox where GM Theo Epstein and team President Larry Lucchino rule the roost at the behest of principal managing partner John Henry . Can both players contribute to the Rays and make them a competitor within the AL East and throughout baseball will be of interest to the vast majority of fans the print media and broadcast networks who cover the game.

From my own perspective this may well be nothing more than a face saving publicity gimmick but at the same time with both players set to earn in excess of $7.5 million for their effort we could very well see them showing us that they’re not completely past their prime. I do believe however that this team will struggle to be competitive merely because from the standpoint that a great deal will be asked of Evan Longoria and David Price as they try to keep in tact that the momentum that had been created under Joe Maddon’s coaching philosophy. I’ve heard it said that the youth movement on this team will bode well for the Tampa Bay Rays but really given what’s happened in terms of the roster upheavals does anyone truly believe that to be the case ? The Rays may well have been tested over the last few seasons as they saw their glare shine brightly in the public’s presence and perception . But this is a whole new ball of wax and if the truth be told this is liable to be a season where we will see the fortunes of the organization and the team simply falter once again not only from a competitive standpoint but also from a financial one as well.

This upcoming season the team will be on a thread bare budget in terms of salary and once again they will be back in the bottom half of the league in terms of that very aspect. Suffice to say this is one more symbolic point that’s a sad indictment of what’s completely wrong with the game of baseball from an economic and business standpoint as it continues to be about the haves and have nots !

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What thoughts if any do you have on both Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez joining the Tampa Bay Rays ? And do you see the team being competitive this season not only within the AL East but across the entire baseball landscape ? Simply chime in with a comment on this topic and what you you envisage this season within baseball.

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(1) This file photo taken Sept. 6, 2010, shows Chicago White Sox’s Manny Ramirez during a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Detroit. A person familiar with negotiations tells The Associated Press that Ramirez and Detroit Tigers’ Johnny Damon have agreed to one-year contracts with the Tampa Bay Rays. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, because the agreements had not been announced. Getty Images / Drew Bishop ……….

(2) In this file photo taken Aug. 24, 2010, Detroit Tigers’ Johnny Damon watches from the dugout in the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Detroit. A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez have agreed to one-year contracts with the Tampa Bay Rays. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, because the agreements had not been announced. AP Photo/Paul Sancya ………..

(3) In this Oct. 9, 2010, file photo, Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Rafael Soriano delivers the ball to the Texas Rangers during Game 3 of the American League Division Series baseball game in Arlington, Texas. A person familiar with negotiations tells The Associated Press that the New York Yankees have reached a three-year agreement with Soriano, last years AL saves leader. AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez ……….

(4)Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon talks with pitcher Andy Sonnanstine (21) as catcher Gregg Zaub, left, third baseman Evan Longoria and first baseman Willy Aybar, right, look on during the third inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader against the New York Yankees on Monday, Sept. 7, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in New York. The Yankees won 11-1. AP Photo/Bill Kostroun ……….

(5) Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays of the New York Yankees during the game on April 15, 2008 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images ………

(6) Seen here in a role as a relief pitcher David Price (14) of the Tampa Bay Rays delivers a pitch against the Boston Red Sox in game seven of the American League Championship Series during the 2008 MLB playoffs on October 19, 2008 at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, Florida. The Rays defeated the Red Sox 3-1 to win the series 4-3 . Getty Images North America / Doug Pensinger ………….

(7) Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg, left, talks to left fielder Carl Crawford during baseball practice Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Rays host the Texas Rangers in Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Wednesday. AP Photo/Chris O’Meara ………..

[8] Matthew Silverman, tram President (left), GM Andrew Friedman (center) and principal managing partner Stuart Sternberg (right) are overhauling the Devil Rays. photo appears courtesy of New York Times/ Phillip Diedrich ………………

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