Smack / Jul 1, 2009 / 4:08 am

NBA Free Agency tips off, and is Houston replacing Yao with Bosh?

Chris Bosh, Dime #33

Chris Bosh, Dime #33

Before getting into what was a busy first day of NBA free agency, let’s talk about Joe Dumars and his sudden firing of Pistons coach Michael Curry. You can’t really say it was “out of nowhere,” because few teams fell apart quite like the ’08-09 Pistons fell apart, and Dumars has proven that he’s not exactly patient. (It’s a miracle he didn’t trade Amir Johnson two years ago.) But it was just two months ago that Dumars admitted he’d fired previous coaches too soon, promised to be more patient with Curry, and even took some responsibility for putting Curry in a tough situation with the Billups/Iverson trade. What happened to that?Avery Johnson, Doug Collins and Bill Laimbeer‘s names have been bounced around as replacements. Judging by how the Rip Hamilton/Curry beef played out, this group of players needs somebody they immediately respect. Laimbeer, Collins and Avery all have the on-court credentials, but Collins’ time may have been too long ago for any of those guys to remember or care … It’ll never get out publicly, but if Avery gets the job, you know Devin Harris and Jason Kidd are gonna tease Rodney Stuckey about the micro-managing hell he’s about to encounter. And if Laimbeer gets the job? Well, you can make your own jokes about the seamless transition from dealing with the Shock to dealing with the Pistons … One of the guys who was supposed to be a big free-agent fish in ’09 took himself off the table. Carlos Boozer decided not to opt-out of his contract, meaning he’s coming back to Utah at a $12.7 million price tag and pretty much stamped Paul Millsap‘s ticket out of town. Maybe the Jazz front office and fans would’ve preferred Millsap, but either way they’re in decent shape. It’s a good problem to have when you’re giving up one walking double-double at power forward but you’ve got another one sitting right there ready to make an All-Star bid … Mehmet Okur and Kyle Korver also decided to opt-in, so Jerry Sloan will have most of his core unit back (minus Millsap, plus Eric Maynor) to make another run next year. The unfortunate part? Utah will be expected to be good, so once again Sloan can’t win Coach of the Year … In the interest of time and space, for this next section we’re gonna skip all the “reportedly” and “apparently” and “rumored to be” stuff; just presume everything is a fact or close enough. Cool? … Hedo Turkoglu has the Blazers on top of his list, even though they can’t pay him the $10M a year he was looking for; The Pistons and Cavs are going after Charlie Villanueva, and while Detroit has more money, Charlie wrote on his Twitter page that he thinks he’s the missing piece to a championship in Cleveland; The Rockets are exploring trade scenarios for Chris Bosh (T-Mac back to T-Dot?), and if that doesn’t work, will make Bosh their top free agent target in 2010; and for an insurance policy, Houston got in early talking to Marcin Gortat, but is he really an NBA starter?; Memphis is still trying to get Zach Randolph from the Clippers, but they’re also prepared to chase David Lee and Millsap in free agency; The Celtics didn’t make a qualifying offer to Leon Powe, which you can blame on his knees; Eddie House made the smart move and took his $2.9M player option, killing our wish to see if he’d still act like an ass if he’s playing for a Lottery team … J.R. Smith was sentenced to 30 days in jail and 500 hours community service for charges related to that car accident two summers ago that caused the death of his friend … Corey Maggette had surgery on his right wrist and will be out for a month. When he does come back, you don’t want to be anywhere near whatever gym he works out in during the offseason. With a month’s worth of shots to catch up on, “Bad Porn” would be the worst pickup teammate EVER. Tony Dungy would even be compelled to choke him … From Ron Artest‘s alleged Twitter: “Played pickup bball against an 8 year old today. Beat him 47-1. I teabagged him so many times I nicknamed him Earl Gray!” Why hasn’t anyone given this guy a TV show yet? … We’re out like Bad Porn …

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  • ponky_alolor

    damn i hope leon powe gets his due. that guy is a warrior.

  • Danny

    30 days for killing his friend?? man he’s lucky he’s a nba baller cuz if he wasn’t, he’d be looking at 30 to life-

  • Danny

    30 days for killing his friend?? man he’s lucky he’s a nba baller cuz if he wasn’t, he’d be looking at 30 to life not 30 days

  • Danny

    30 days for killing his friend?? man he’s lucky he’s a nba baller cuz if he wasn’t, he’d be looking at 30 to life not 30 days

  • don cannon

    ron artest is a funny ass dude……thats how you do it ron-ron lol earl gray thats classic

  • don cannon

    im just mad the lil kid scored one on him haha

  • http://uoregon.edu sans

    was that the real Ron Artest or THE_REAL_RON_ARTEST? Bosh–Cavs–2010.

  • http://uoregon.edu sans

    damn Danny, lay off the Enter button…7-15 for negligent manslaughter


    Is Ron Artest serious? A professional basketball player that couldn’t even stop a little boy that haven’t even develop puberty from scoring!

  • http://manilatonight.com solomon (el latino machismo)

    teabagged an 8 y/o LOL that is ron artest in true form LOL

  • JesusFTW

    EARL GRAY! hahaha. ftw.

  • saaimen

    Damn… RonRon is funny as hell

  • thomasmmm

    there is neither bad publicity nor bad porn

  • Sweet English

    I’m sure that must have been REAL RON ARTEST. The guy who isn’t actually Ron but says things that you know Ron would say.

  • dz

    @7 and 13: definitely “Real Ron Artest”.

    Z-Bo to Memphis? In the Clippers’ dreams.

  • http://bt.davka.info/ SparkyJay23

    @ thomasmmm

    No such thing as bad porn? Japan and germany would like a word…

    Ron-Ron prob gave up the ball to the kid and the kid made a 3
    i’ve have paid money to see that mess

  • haha

    curry beef haha caught that one (unintentional?)

  • Pavlek

    its the REAL_RON_ARTEST…
    didnt Dime report themselves that this not Ron Artest?
    Dont you guys read your own articles?

  • shake&bake

    In 2010 if Lebron stays with his hometown Cavs and Bosh goes to his hometown Rockets (close enough to Dallas), as a Bulls fan I would hope the DWade sticks with the trend and goes to his hometown Bulls. A backcourt of Rose and Wade would Earl Gray the league.

  • http://uoregon.edu sans

    there is definitely such a thing as bad porn…

  • lee

    Bad porn is when you see you mum in one !!!

  • That’s whats up

    We know he’s Bad, but hopefully Ron Artest ain’t goin’ the MJ route – I ain’t talkin’ about jordan either

  • Kobeef

    speaking of jail, i think you can go to jail in moast states for tea bagging an 8 year old

    just a`hunch – Bosh is not going to play for toronto again

  • Celts Fan

    I get not liking Perk and KG, Rondo punked a Beayle, so I gët that too, and haters even hate PP for saying (wrongly obviously, but still) what you’d want every #1 option om a good team to say, but why the Eddie House hate Dime? Am I forgetting something?

  • http://www.myspace.com/beenobrown BERN BROGDEN aka BINO BROWN STR8 UP N DOWN

    @24 – ain’t hate.

    It’s watchin’ role playin’ bench riders whose ONLY job is to do ONE thing and one thing only – act like THE SH*T when he’s so not.

    …he has ‘a beyonce song’ problem…at least that’s how it appears. That’s why SKIP smacked da hell outta him when he was showboatin.

    The corny, outta shape dude is an unqualified SHOWBOATER —} People HATE that.

    PS – Personally, I like him. Bomb away and gloat. It’s only entertainment to me.

  • doc

    Keep dreaming about Wade leaving Miami to come to cold ass Chicago.Just because he grew up there dont mean shit.Thats just more people kissing his ass for handouts.

  • QQ

    I’d be willing to bet JR was blowing DRO on 24’s right before the accident happened. I bet he was twisted like a bag of rope. Blackenesed eyes. Dro seepin out da whip. And like a dumbass, I bet his boy wasn’t wearin a seatbelt. JR was prolly in the midst of taking a monster rip off da B when he forgot he was driving. His car then proceeded to hit the divider and tumble.

    Sad but i guess thats how the chips fall sometimes.

    QQ onda otha hand? QQ gettin brain inda whip witta chick, puffin hits, rubbin tits, blammin lips, in dis bytch, like WHOAAAA!

    ‘Cept QQ don’t crash da whip!


  • The_Real_OchoCinco

    @RonArtest, i’d like to see you try that shit on Esteban, The Black Mexican, i am on a mission right now!!!!!

  • rell

    Nice offseason so far by Danny Ainge. First the Rondo trade rumors and know Powe. It would only take a max of 1M to sign Powe to a qualifying offer. I guess those comments by Doc about offering Powe a contract didn’t matter to DA. I hope Boston will end up resigning Powe.

    -2010: The end of the DA era

  • Zach

    I can almost gaurantee that Dumars already has the replacement in line for the new coach. There is going to be no search. It’s either Lambeer or maybe he talked Tom Izzo into leaving Michigan St (I doubt it) But he definetaly already has atleast a verbal commitment from someone to be the next coach. (Remember when he fired a coach of the year/eastern conference finals coach out of nowhere and brought in Larry Brown)

  • tim

    Laimbeer is out. Detroit sources have said he doesn’t have much of a shot at all, because Joe D is actually looking for experience….

    I hope its Avery…Doug Collins just seems too dang old to matter much…plus I would miss Collin’s Keys on TNT…

    What happened the last time they had a non player’s coach? Larry Brown…and at least Avery wont be in a interview going uhhhh…we just need to rebound the ball…uh…and play some defense…uh…and we’ll be ok…uhhhhhhh

    Seriously so hard to listen to Curry’s interviews between quarters and all that…

  • http://TheHighPosts.com POE

    A few comments:

    – “It’s a good problem to have when you’re giving up one walking double-double at power forward but you’ve got another one sitting right there ready to make an All-Star bid” – not at the additional cost of approximately $8M more and with the likelihood of considerable additional games lost to injury!

    – Collins in Detroit- What is up with all the retread coaches? (i.e. Sacramento) Is there no fresh blood in the coaching ranks? No one from Europe could come in here and do the job? [No college coaches need apply though]

    – Love CV7 in Cleveland. He could be the answer for R. Lewis/Pierce come playoff time… in that he would score enough to counterbalance their scoring, not that he would be able to defend them ;-)

    – Memphis and the Clips working on a deal- Talk about two organizations attempting to polish turds…

  • K Dizzle

    Does Hedo really wanna play in Portland or is he just kissin they ass cuz he found out they under the cap and can offer him the most in a sign and trade? Food for thought…

  • POPPI GEE Mobile

    Rockets will prolly land Gortat but Bosh I don’t know. Hopefully they can just get Gortat and keep Tracy. They saying Kidd likely wont go NY but i really see him leaving Dallas and leaving Cuban high and dry. Love this time of year with all the movement but still miss the game.

  • SagJism

    Why would Joe go get Doug Collins when Doug couldnt do anything with the prior teams he had and he had jordan for what 3-4 years? I hope it is BL because at least then we will be tough and not be so sheedy (whiny). BTW: If sheed goes to Clevland or Orlando, the east is whichever team out of those 2 get him, lord forbidif he goe sto boston.

  • http://www.powerballlotterytips.com PowerBall

    I’m sure that must have been REAL RON ARTEST. The guy who isn’t actually Ron but PowerBall says things that you know Ron would say.