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Michael Vick and NBA Ramblings

Michael VickLet me introduce myself, this way you guys can familiarize yourselves with me and my writing. My name is Steve Salamone and I’m from Egg Harbor Township, NJ. Usually, no one has any idea where that is, so I just tell people that I live 15 minutes away from Atlantic City, and they’re like, “Oh OK”.

I love basketball, and have played my whole life, during high school and junior college, and still do during my spare time. As you can tell, this is my first, of what I hope will be many, blog. I would to thank Eric for giving me a forum to discuss, what I think is, the greatest game in the world. I’m sure at times I’ll discuss football or baseball, but for the most part it will be basketball, and mostly about the Lakers, as I’m a diehard Laker fan, and have been since the age of 5. But, since it’s the off season, I’m going to spread it out a little bit and just tackle a couple subjects.

(Disclaimer I wrote the following paragraph about a month ago believe it or not)

First off, we have to talk about Michael Vick….like no… we really do. I’m not going to talk much, but we have to hit it. I hate the Eagles, HATE them, but there are some things that I understand and things that I don’t. What I get is the fact that Michael Vick gives the Eagles options (yada, yada, yada). But here’s my thing, Donovan McNabb couldn’t handle TO, just forget all about the contract stuff and everything, and just look at their relationship. It was horrible towards the end!

Now in comes Michael Vick, and now, whether or not anyone will admit it, he’s working to get Mcnabb’s job. Although, Vick might be a year away, it’s lingering, especially when McNabb inevitably goes down with his annual injury. When Vick takes his job, we’ll really see some fireworks. On the other hand, I don’t see how this can work, as far as the dog fighting. I own two awesome dogs, and I was even rooting for my Dolphins to sign him over. So in my point of view, when something is over, it’s over. He was locked up for two years, which, believe me, is a long time and he lost a ton of money. I think he knows what he did is wrong, and has learned from it. I mean, I’ve always liked Vick, just not his incriminating habits, and I’m really rooting for him to do well (just not the Eagles).

Ahh now the N.B.A.. All the Artest stuff has been discussed to death, it’s not even worth it to do a power ranking thing. Yet, as much as I would love to do one, I’ll just wait until the season rolls around. What I do want to talk about is the international stuff. It’s getting bad for the N.B.A.. Look at the names that have left in the last few years: Josh Childress, Von Wafer, and Linus Kleiza. O.K., to most of you these are no name guys, but to people who follow the N.B.A closely, these are big blows to a bench.

Now most of you are probably thinking that they can be easily be replaced, which they could be, but then you would be missing the point. We’ll just look at Linus Kleiza because that’s the information I have in front of me at the moment. So, Kleiza got a 12.2 million dollar deal for 2 years. This is a guy who went to high school and college in America, and has the potential to put up a lot of points in a game, in which he has already proven. There were four teams offering him money, but they were offering him the maximum they were allowed, which is something like 5.5 million. In the N.B.A., the cap has been declining on a yearly basis, in which the projections for next year are handcuffing the Knicks, who 2 or 3 years ago would have been able to afford two max contracts, and now are projected to fit one.

In addition to that, the Olympiakos, the European basketball team, just aren’t playing on the same field as the N.B.A., and it’s not fair to these teams that have to compete with these international powerhouses. What’s going to happen when the N.B.A. golden boy Lebronze, as I like to call him, leaves. Let’s not even talk about LeBron, let’s look at guys like Brandon Roy and Danny Granger. It’s going to happen eventually when a star leave and teams aren’t going to be able to do anythng and when that happens it’s going to be awful.

There’s also a good chance for a lockout (hopefully Derek Fisher takes care of it.) Now, I see two solutions for this, and they’re both pretty improbable. The first one, which I keep hearing, is joining International Division teams from Europe into the N.B.A.. That has to be so far off that it’s not even in the realm of possibility. The other is having no salary cap. Some of you, who are unfamiliar with all the salary cap rules, would probably think it’s a good idea, but for someone like me who knows the rules would hate to see it go anywhere. Something needs to be done, and something needs to be done before it gets any worse.

That’s all for now, thank-you, and keep reading my blogs! If you guys want to throw out some suggestions for future blogs, be my guest, as I would love some feedback, it’s always fun.

– Steve

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Eric is the owner and editor-in-chief of the Camel Clutch Blog. Eric has worked in the pro wrestling industry since 1995 as a ring announcer in ECW and a commentator/host on television, PPV, and home video. Eric also hosted Pro Wrestling Radio on terrestrial radio from 1998-2009. Check out some of Eric's work on his IMDB bio and Wikipedia. Eric has an MBA from Temple University's Fox School of Business.

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