NBA is discussing rather to have Nicknames on the back of the Heat and Nets jerseys in one of the four games they play this season. Yes NBA fans you may get the chance to see Lebron James with King James on the back of his jersey, Ray Allen with Shuttlesworth on his, Dwayne Wade with W.O.W, Paul Pierce with the Truth, and Kevin Garnett with The Big Ticket. This is just another way for the NBA to make more money. I’m not interested in buying someones jersey with their nickname on it, but I know there will be some fans that are interested in purchasing a jersey with a nickname. Kendall Marshall of the Phoenix Suns isn’t a fan of the move either saying on Twitter “The nickname makes it more about the individual,” “It’s still a team sport. Represent your team, your family, and go out there and play.” But we will see if the NBA proceeds with the plan.
Jay-Z has sold his share of the Brooklyn Nets to non-other than their new head coach Jason Kidd. Jay-Z sold his stake for 500,000 to Kidd. This move was forced after Jay-Z launched Roc Nation Sports in April and once you become a agent you can’t own a team. I’m sure Jay-Z won’t lose sleep over selling his stake of the team and we’ll still see him sitting court-side at Nets games this season. But congrats to Jason Kidd. He’s having a great off-season.
Weeks ago Pat Riley told reporters don’t expect the Heat to amnesty Mike Miller…I guess Riley had a change of heart, as the Heat amnestied Mike Miller yesterday. Riley told USA today “After many discussions internally and a sincere effort to explore the trade market, we made a very difficult decision to use our amnesty provision on Mike Miller,” Riley said in a statement. “Mike had an incredible impact on the Miami Heat; helping us to three Finals appearances and winning back-to-back world championships. This was a very difficult decision for me personally, the Arison family, Erik (Spoelstra) and the entire Miami Heat organization. Mike was one of the best we have ever had here, and will be sorely missed. We wish Mike, his wife Jennifer and their family nothing but the best.” This is a big loss for the Heat. Miller didn’t do much the last two years during the regular season, but he was a big part to what the Heat did when the playoffs came around. Heat will still pay Miller the $12.8 million he’s owed over the next two years, but the Heat will save $16 million in luxury tax. Miller told USA today “One thing I’ve learned through 13 years of basketball is the business side of it, and I completely understand it,” Miller said. “But I’ve got a lot of basketball left. This is the best I’ve felt in five years and that might have something to do with the fact that I haven’t played (much). Sometimes, there’s light at the end of the tunnel even when you’re frustrated.” Miller leaves Miami with two championship rings. Look for Miller to join a championship contending team. Clippers, Spurs, Nets, Thunder, and Rockets come to mind.
Metta World Peace. Who is a Queensbridge native is heading home. That’s right Metta who was recently amnestied by the Lakers has just signed with the New York Knicks. According to reports the deal for 2-years worth and is worth 3.1million dollars. 2nd year is a player option. Metta will still be paid 7.7million by the Lakers this year. Metta sounds excited he spoke with USA today “The team is amazing.I’m excited to play and hustle. I’m excited to hustle for (Raymond) Felton, for Iman (Shumpert), for Tyson (Chandler), Melo (Anthony), (Amar’e) Stoudemire, coach (Mike Woodson). That’s all it’s about right now. It has nothing to do with New York the city. The only thing that’s important is those players that I will be joining and touching the hardwood with. That’s all that’s important.” Metta brings a defensive mentality that the Knicks will need. He’ll be the tough guy for them as well. It’s a solid pickup for the Knicks. They have already acquired Andrea Bargnani this off-season. Will World Peace and Bargnani make them better than the Heat? We will see, but right now I would have to say no. The Knicks are still a top five team in the East. I still can’t rank them the best team in New York either (Thanks to Brooklyn). But it’s a long season, and anything can happen. I would say for the Knicks to not have any cap room I’d say they had a solid off-season. And if you guys were wondering Metta will wear his father’s old High School number (51) this year.