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Monday, July 03, 2006

John Havlicek: The Ultimate Complete Player

John Havlicek won eight championships as a Boston Celtic. He inherited the sixth man role from Frank Ramsey before becoming a perennial member of the All-NBA Team. He enjoyed his best season individually in 1970-71, averaging 28.9 ppg, 9.0 rpg and 7.5 apg. Havlicek was an outstanding defensive player, earning eight consecutive All-Defensive Team selections.

You can read my HoopsHype.com article about John Havlicek here.

posted by David Friedman @ 11:21 PM

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At Thursday, July 06, 2006 7:14:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off topic: Can you please write your thoughts on the Ben Wallace deal and also thoughts on if Lebron should stay with Cleveland? Thanks.

 
At Friday, July 07, 2006 1:16:00 AM, Blogger David Friedman said...

The Wallace deal, Wade re-signing with Miami and the other transactions that have been mentioned in various media reports do not become official until July 12. Granted, it is unlikely that any of the reported moves will not happen, but I am waiting until July 12 when all the dust settles to analyze these situations in detail. Sometimes the announced deals get tweaked a little bit or additional moves are made.

Briefly, I think that the Wallace deal is great for Chicago, even though the Bulls have overpaid a little bit. Miami overpaid Shaq but won a championship; sometimes you have to overpay to contend for the title. If Chicago had offered less then Wallace would probably have stayed in Detroit. This move solidifies Chicago in the paint and weakens what had been the best team in the Bulls' division.

In general, I think that LeBron should stay in Cleveland for two reasons: (1) The team has made good faith efforts to spend money to surround him with complementary players, enabling the Cavs to have a good playoff run; (2) I hate to see a team nurture a young star, help him grow and then lose that star just as he hits his prime. I don't think that LeBron can go to a better situation than the one he would be leaving. Any team that signs him would not likely have enough salary cap room to become any better than the Cavs are.

 

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