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They compare this shit every year!

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Move over Kobe Bryant, it’s time for the LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan comparisons to start ramping up.

And at the front of it all — Charles Barkley. He is on the opening episode of NBA TV’s Open Court” (which first airs next Tuesday) and he says LeBron could be better than Jordan. From the Associated Press.

Jordan is considered by many to be the best player in NBA history. Barkley says he would never compare anyone to the Hall of Famer and six-time NBA champion. But Barkley also says that James is “just bigger, stronger, faster.”

Let’s be clear — LeBron has not lived up to the Jordan standard yet. I don’t believe Barkley thinks it, I don’t believe even LeBron thinks it. But also to be fair, if you are just talking physical gifts, Barkley is right. It’s the mental side that has separated Jordan and LeBron’s…

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A system to protect themselves from themselves? Sheesh, only if there was something to protect myself when I spend hundreds’ on Goose. Only if life were as simple as owners overpaying for players because of their vertical jump rather than paying them for their mental.

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NBA fans are shaking their heads when they see Jeremy Lin about to get $25 million over three years. Or when they see Brook Lopez getting a max contract. Or JaVale McGee not signing a $50 million deal while seeking more. Or countless more deals since the start of free agency. Fans thinking pretty much what George Karl told Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated.

“This summer has kind of been, I don’t know what the word is other than foolish,” said Karl, who has been outspoken against the league’s star culture that he was once a part of before Carmelo Anthony was traded to New York two seasons ago. “I just think there’s some wild and crazy mentalities going on out there.”

They also are asking this:

“Wasn’t the lockout supposed to stop this kind of spending?”

Actually, no. It was supposed to contain it. It was…

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Song grew on me. Amen.

Kendrick Lamar – HiiiPower

No clue that the track was produced by J.Cole

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Kendrick Lamar – Rigamortis

“If you the shit then I decline”

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Summertime Blues, NBA?!

I decided to start this blog off of mere boredom and a way to express my thoughts freely, uncensored, and unequivocally not give a f*!@ what anyone thinks. Hence, the name of the blog, “Vain’s Opine”. During my brief days of my online magazine and constant articles with various websites, I found it quite amusing that I needed to update my site every five minutes a story broke just to get constant visits. I thought it was fascinating, yet challenging, recanting was never an option then. I look back at it now and think that a promoting a my personality would’ve been more of successful and a direct hit, but that was then and this is now!

Disregard the aberrational rant, and let’s focus on the NBA free agency and the potential contracts that average players are getting because of hype rather need. Some teams may consider offering C-Level players a contract worth $40 Million for 4-5 years. This rumor circulated around twitter, but may hold more weight than Dwight Howard heading to L.A. The heralded player, Jeremy Lin, is the player on the other side of that $8-$10million a year contract. Really?!! Lin is a product of a three week hyperbole that swept the country by storm, and when teams decided to take him a little bit seriously, couldn’t manifest the same hype. Lin’s handle is shaky at best. I would rather a team sign him to a $40 million contract which 75% of it is for marketing purposes.

In 2010, Joe Johnson was given a max contract by the Atlanta Hawks and at the time the consensus was that he was overpaid and was pretty much another Rashard Lewis. If you remember Orlando rewarded Lewis with a max contract several years ago and both of these players haven’t lifted their teams past the second round in the playoffs. Orlando has regressed and found it difficult to sign players that would allow them to become formidable in the East.

The highest paid players in the league should be superstars and players who make a huge difference in the organization. There are only a few players under that category…….and they have championship rings that allows my argument to hold weight. Before this becomes a Brooklyn Net bash session, lets think about whether acquiring Dwight Howard after signing D Will, and trading for Joe Johnson is a formula for success. Is Avery Johnson the right coach? Can Dwight Howard handle the pressure? We know what Joe Johnson will do, but does he really make a difference? Honestly, can anyone see them beating the Celtics or Heat? No.

The Lakers are the team to beat in the West. I’m pro-Laker and even though their offseason has been as inept as the last two playoff seasons, hope still remains.

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