According to agent Jim Tanner, Boston Celtics point guard Ray Allen has agreed to a deal with the NBA Champion Miami Heat.
Allen was the Heat's top priority this offseason and, while not official, is believed to have agreed to a $3.09 million dollar deal, the mid level exception. The Celtic's offer was worth twice as much as the Heat were offering.
The number of years has not been disclosed at this time.
Heat owner Mickey Arison broke the news of the Allen signing on Twitter by tweeting: "welcome to the family #20."
The Miami Heat and LeBron James finally closed out a long awaited NBA title and ABC decided to do something special.
ABC aired a two minute long montage devoted to the journey LeBron has taken to become an NBA champion. From "The Decision" to his very complete season, it also included the loss to the Dallas Mavericks that seemed to give LeBron the fire and determination to dig even deeper and win a title.
The only thing missing in this video was Luther Vandross.
The basketball world had longed to hear it, but Shane Battier is finally an NBA champion. Oh, and LeBron James, too.
The Miami Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder, 121-106, to win their second NBA title and the long awaited first for LeBron James.
LeBron scored 26 points, 13 assists, and 11 rebounds and became the seventh player in history to record two or more triple doubles in an NBA Final. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh showed up too scoring 20 and 24 points respectively.
For the Thunder, it was a valiant effort, but fell a little short. Kevin Durant scored 32 points and Russell Westbrook had a nightmarish game, shooting just 4-20 as the Thunder just fell apart during Game 5. The Thunder turned the ball over 13 times and shot just 39 percent from three point range.
We continue our Year in Review, albeit a bit late, with our look at the Best Sports Moments 0f 2011.
Abby Wambach Keeps US Hopes Alive With Miracle Goal
Remember in the 2010 World Cup when Landon Donovan's goal lifted the US into the knockout round, only to lose to Ghana, GHANA!, and made Americans care about soccer for a hot minute. Well, Abby Wambach's goal in the 2011 Women's World Cup was perhaps bigger than Donovan's. If not for that goal, the US don't make it to the Finals, where they eventually lose to upstart Japan. This goal does not get nearly enough credit like Donovan's did.
Mavericks Defeat Big Three, Nation Rejoices
The Miami Heat have become the villains of the NBA ever since LeBron and Chris Bosh decided that it would just be easier to join a team of superstars to win a title rather than lead one, like Michael Jordan did. So when they reached the NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks, most of the US, except for a smattering of people in South Florida, were rooting for the Mavs. The Heat finally met their match going up against Dirk Nowitzki and Jason "Jet" Terry as the Mavs won the series in six games. I don't think I've been that happy during an NBA Finals since Jordan pushed off Byron Scott in the '98 Finals to give the Bulls their most recent title.
David Freese Goes From Goat To Hero In One Game
St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese had quite a postseason winning the NLCS MVP and World Series MVP, but Game 6 every baseball fan can agree was quite a roller coaster. Freese had committed an awful error in the 5th inning when he dropped a routine pop up from Michael Young. That error allowed the Rangers to score later in the inning to take a one run lead. Then in the 9th inning, Freese stepped up to the plate with two outs against a young flame throwing closer in Neftali Feliz and hits a bases clearing triple to tie the game.
After the Rangers blew a two run lead in the 11th inning, Freese once again came to the plate against Mark Lowe, perhaps the Rangers weakest reliever, and hit a bomb to dead center field to force a Game 7 that the Cards would eventually win. ESPN's Buster Olney has said that Game 6 was the greatest game in baseball history.
Eric LeGrand Leads His Team On The Field After Spinal Cord Injury
This is perhaps the most inspirational moment of the year. Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand had suffered a severe spinal cord injury while making attempting to make a tackle last season in a game against Army. Doctors said that LeGrand would be paralyzed from the neck down, but in January, LeGrand defied the odds and regained feeling in his shoulders and sensation throughout his entire body. In July, LeGrand was able to stand with some assistance and was gaining feeling back in his arms.
On October 29, Eric LeGrand led his Rutgers teammates onto a snowy field for its game against West Virginia. LeGrand sat in his wheelchair with an ax across his lap symbolizing coach Greg Schiano's message to "Keep Chopping". LeGrand has indeed taken that motto to new heights.
Tim Thomas, Tim Thomas, Tim Thomas
As a Bruins fan, I feel I need to put this down on my list of moments. Without the outstanding goaltending of Thomas, the Bruins don't win the Cup. Hands down. Sure the Bruins have great pieces around him, but without solid goaltending you can't go far. Case in point, the Philadelphia Flyers.
In the epic seven game series against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Thomas was perhaps his best in Game 7. The Bruins won Game 7 by the score of 1-0 and Thomas was a huge, if not the main, reason they won that game and the series. The Lightning gave the best challenge to the Bruins all playoffs, not the Canucks. Dwayne Roloson would not back down and if the Canucks had Roloson in net, Vancouver would be hoisting the Cup not Boston. Thomas' GAA was an outstanding 1.98 and his save percentage was .940. So, yeah Tim Thomas big, huge part of the Bruins Cup run.
September 28, 2011: Greatest Night of Baseball Ever
Four teams entered the final night of the baseball regular season with two spots on the line. The Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox were trying to find a way to stop the bleeding and back their way into the postseason. The St. Louis Cardinals and Tampa Bay Rays were just trying to complete to epic comebacks and surprise the baseball world by making the postseason.
The Cards won rather easily over the Major's worst Houston Astros, but the other three games were of epic proportion. The Atlanta Braves blew a 9th inning lead to the Philadelphia Phillies and lost the game in extras to complete the meltdown. The Red Sox seemed to have the game locked up, at least according to Boston Globe writer Dan Shaughnessy, and all of New England was calling for the umps to call the game early due to rain, but to no avail. Papelbon ends up blowing the save when Red Sox killer Robert Andino lined a hit to left field that came up short from a diving Carl Crawford's glove. The Red Sox lost to the Orioles and were now rooting for the Yanks.
The Yankees had a SEVEN run lead in their game against the Rays, but in true Boston sports fan tradition the Rays came all the way back to tie it in the 9th inning when seldom used Dan Johnson just cleared the right field fence to tie the game. Red Sox fans should have known something was up when Joe Girardi kept one of his seldom used, worst relievers in the game for 2 and 2/3 innings and didn't use Rivera to close the game. Again in true Boston sports fans tradition, Evan Longoria launched a ball just over the left field wall and sent the Rays to the postseason and the Red Sox, and Terry Francona, packing.
I'm sure there is more, but I can't keep typing forever. If you have any more moments I should have mentioned, feel free to comment below. Have a Happy New Years, folks.
Autumn has arrived and with it comes leaves changing color, crisp chill in the air, and high hopes for NBA fans that this year will be the year their team will win it all. Except this year. The NBA lockout has already canceled the preseason and threatened to cancel the entire season in general and it seems like a very real and legitimate threat. Will the season be called off? Only time will tell, but who exactly is to blame for this lockout?
It all started earlier this year when the NBA claimed they were losing up to $300 million a season and that 22 of 30 teams were losing money. The NBA also wanted to reduce players salaries 40% and institute a $45 million salary cap per team. The NBA does have a point, however, on reducing player salaries. Case in point, Rashard Lewis, a career average of 16.3 points per game, 5.8 repounds per game, and two assists per game, signed a six year, $118 million deal in 2007. $118 million! Granted, Lewis was coming off a career year with the now defunct Seattle SuperSonics, but really $118 million? Lewis became one of the richest players in the NBA and undeservedly so. Creating a hard salary cap would help things out too, so we wouldn't have these super teams like the Miami Heat (still not sure how they signed that many players with the bloated contracts of D-Wade, LeBron, and Chris Bosh), and it would create more of an even playing field so that smaller market teams like the Timberwolves and Raptors can compete. It would also stop teams from losing money, field a competitive team so people would attend games, and more revenue would flow in making the number of teams in the red reduce drastically. The NBA could adopt a plan similar to the MLB in that teams that spend over a certain amount would have to pay a luxury tax and write checks for the teams with a smaller payroll. It is working for the MLB with more and more smaller market teams fielding better teams and posting better numbers.
The players have their point too. Why should they cut their salary by 40%? If a player has worked hard to become the best in his sport shouldn't he be rewarded as such? It's not the players fault if the owners overpay on some players like Rashard Lewis, so why should they be penalized for the owners malfeasance?
Another problem arising in the NBA lockout are the agents getting involved. Yes, the agents. You know the agents who don't play the game or run a team's day to day operations and just collect a check from their client for doing basically nothing. The agents are telling players to do something while NBA Players Association president Billy Hunter and Lakers guard and union president Derek Fisher are telling them another. An example is the agents telling the players to decertify the players union like the NFL did, where as Billy Hunter has stated that decertifying the union hasn't even come up and are not considering it yet. Agents stay out of it, this isn't your fight. I know you will be losing money, but not nearly enough if the season is canceled.
With more and more players playing over in Europe and Asia, it seems as if the players are throwing in the towel on the new season. It doesn't look like an immediate end to this lockout anytime soon. So if you are an NBA fan, I say you follow the leagues in Europe this year because that looks like the only basketball going to happen. We basketball fans can take one positive out of this in that LeBron James needs to wait another year before winning his first title.