Kevin Love is a prototypical high-low basketball player who can run up and down the court and with his perimeter shooting and picks, he’ll be tough to defend with Lebron James there with the Cavs. James Jones and Mike Miller joined Lebron James in Cleveland, so expect picking up Jones and Miller with open three-pointers when James and Love are double-teamed. I can see free agent Ray Allen joining Cleveland now.
Jameer Nelson signed with Dallas Mavericks. Orlando got rid of him, so expect Nelson to have a role in Dallas with Dirk Nowitzki. The Magic are rebuilding and there are lots of players who aren’t stars playing in Orlando now.
The Lakers hired Byron Scott as their head coach after Los Angeles had stints with Mike D’Antoni and Mike Brown. Jeremy Lin signed with the Lakers, so expect a Kobe Bryant-Jeremy Lin backcourt duo.
Mo Williams signed to play with the Minnesota Timberwolves. I don’t know why that happened.
There isn’t any general NBA updates to say, although it’s unclear to say where Kevin Love will end up. Cleveland wants to trade Andrew Wiggins to Minnesota so Kevin Love can play with Lebron James.
It’s not too certain if Carmelo Anthony is staying in New York, however Lebron James is returning back to his home state to play with Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters and Kristan Thompson. Anthony is looking to test the waters in Chicago and in Los Angeles, looking to splash with Derrick Rose and Kobe Bryant. James is looking to add NBA titles with Cleveland as he returns home.
After a year in Cleveland, the Cavs organization are giving him up to the Brooklyn Nets. Mentoring Kyrie Irving wasn’t good enough, so Cleveland has decided to move on. Jarrett Jack mentored Stephen Curry in Golden State before he came to join the Cavaliers and that wasn’t good enough either. So Jack is backing up Deron Williams in Brooklyn for a third point guard back-up experiment. Who knows what will become of the deal.
Jason Kidd’s leaving Brooklyn was a sign of wear for them as he signed to coach the Milwaukee Bucks. Lionel Hollins was signed by the Brooklyn Nets afterwards later today. Ben Gordon reached a deal with the Orlando Magic as he will play for them. Andrew Wiggins has gone first in the 2014 NBA Draft as he will play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Marcin Gortat signed a five-year deal to stay with the Washington Wizards. Expect greater things from the Polish big man, Gortat, because he will help the Wizards contend after their surprise beating the Chicago Bulls in the playoffs this spring.
So the Spurs have done it. They’ve beaten the Miami Heat to win the 2014 NBA title. San Antonio has a mentality to win basketball games, not by having individual stars, but by having team players. They were a team in every way. In addition to that, Kawhi Leonard is the NBA Finals MVP. Leonard helped San Antonio contain Lebron James and it was a key factor. Miami tried to didn’t let up, but eventually their defense was their demise. The Heat defense isn’t what it used to be, and it showed this season.
The Miami Heat will look back on this and remark that one of their role players, a starting point guard named Mario Chalmers didn’t play his best game when he had the chance to perform. The other role players, like Chris Andersen, Ray Allen, and Norris Cole are contributing statistically-wise to the Heat success. Andersen provides grit and defense and rebounding and that’s all Erik Spoelstra is asking of him. Ray Allen, the sharpshooter, has seen success in winning an NBA title and wants to add another title to his resume. Allen provides veteran leadership and a shooting stroke that’s hard to master for many years. Cole has seen playing time behind Chalmers and is a spark plug when the Miami Heat need it. Cole and Chalmers haven’t shown up in the NBA Finals and they haven’t shown it that they needed to produce points when the team needed to win basketball games.