Frankly Frankel: July 12, 2014

12 Jul

LeBron James is coming home, the Knicks don’t want Frank Isola reporting Carmelo is coming back to the team, absolutely nothing is going right for the Yankees, and the Mets have a ridiculous car wash home-run celebration. This is Frankly Frankel on this July 12, 2014.

  • We can all move on with our lives now that LeBron James has made his 2nd career “decision”. James decided to “come home” and re-join the Cleveland Cavaliers 4-years after walking away from his hometown team.
  • LeBron made the decision to give himself the best chance to win. I’m so looking forward to seeing him play with Kyrie Irving and Andrew Wiggins. That trio will be special.
  • The way this decision came about is comical, there’s no other way to say it. All the signs were right there in front of us, yet no one could put the pieces of the puzzle together. You had Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert taking down the ruthless letter he wrote about James leaving in 2010 from the teams website, the city clearing room for billboards, and the team getting rid of Jarrett Jack which in turn created the necessary cap space to go and get LeBron. People wanted to say he’s definitely going back to Cleveland, but they had to real proof.
  • Then LeBron really sticks it to all the reporters who wanted the scoop by teaming up with SI writer Lee Jenkins. I could see all the reporters being pissed, but the bottom line is no one knows how to make decisions quite like LeBron. I have to give it to him, the way he went about this one was drastically better than his national TV ESPN special 4-years ago.
  • After re-reading the letter Gilbert wrote in 2010, who knows what he had to say or do to convince LeBron to come back. Here are some of my favorite highlights from that letter:

“I PERSONALLY GUARANTEE THAT THE CLEVELAND CAVALIERS WILL WIN AN NBA CHAMPIONSHIP BEFORE THE SELF-TITLED FORMER ‘KING’ WINS ONE. You can take it to the bank.The self-declared former “King” will be taking the “curse” with him down south. And until he does “right” by Cleveland and Ohio, James (and the town where he plays) will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma”

  • All you can say is props to you LeBron for somehow forgiving this man who took such personal shots at you and wished that you wouldn’t have any success in Miami. I know I would not have been nearly as forgiving, but to each his own.
  • The reporting in this story has been absolutely horrendous. You had so many people saying LeBron was going to post the decision on his website on Wednesday night between 6 and 7pm, then he was going to have an announcement on Thursday by 3:30, Brian Windhorst and every writer out there saying LeBron never even met with the Cavs when it turned out that wasn’t the case. It’s truly amazing how not one reporter was able to report that LeBron met with the Cavs, not one. And then there was Chris Broussard who should simply stop. Whatever he’s doing and whatever he’s hearing, he needs to just stop and now.
  • I couldn’t get enough of watching his reaction when he “confirmed” the LeBron news yesterday.
  • The one point Broussard brings up is when the essay LeBron wrote was actually written. Obviously it was published on Friday morning on, but I am curious as to how long ago LeBron made his decision to return to Cleveland because I find it highly doubtful that his essay was written yesterday morning.
  • I find it ironic that the day after he made his decision public, LeBron heads to Brazil to see the World Cup Final… Get away from the media ASAP.
  • ESPN needs to come to its senses and name Brian Windhorst LeBron’s personal reporter. It’s crazy how one player has the same reporter follow him where ever he goes. There’s the NBA for you. In no other sport does a player like LeBron have so much power to change the complexion of an entire sport. The Cavaliers go from having the worst record in the league over a 4-year span, to being the favorites to win the Eastern Conference overnight because LeBron decided he wanted to play for them…
  • Hours after LeBron made his decision, Pat Riley quickly re-signed Chris Bosh to a 5-year $118 million dollar max-contract. This really surprised me. All reports indicated that if LeBron left Miami, Bosh would join the Houston Rockets to team up with Dwight Howard and form one of the best front lines in the league. Instead, Riley felt the pressure to do something and brought back Bosh.
  • With LeBron out, I think we’re going to see the Chris Bosh that we saw in Toronto when he was with the Raptors. He deferred so much to LeBron the past 4-years, and he was so much more productive when he was the focal point of the offense. I’m excited to see what he can do.
  • The Carmelo Anthony case is just as intriguing. You had James Dolan’s arch nemesis, Frank Isola from the New York Daily News, report that ‘Melo was going to accept the Knicks max-contract offer. Isola had the scoop, and I’ve heard conspiracy theories that Dolan delayed confirming the news just to stick it to Isola. After all, the Knicks usually don’t even let Isola ask questions during press conferences because Dolan hates him so much. If you don’t believe me, read this.
  • The other theory I’ve heard is Carmelo wants his own time in the spotlight once the LeBron news calms down, and next week, it will be all ‘Melo. I think that theory is more practical.
  • Overall, I’m just not a big fan of ‘Melo’s game. I think he’s selfish on the court, he in no way makes anyone else around him better, and he’s simply not a winner. ‘Melo has all the talent in the world, but I believe the Knicks would be better off going in a different direction.
  • How much worse can it possibly get for the Yankees? First, Ivan Nova goes down, next it was Michael Pineda, then CC Sabathia, and now Masahiro Tanaka. That’s 4/5 starters who could all be done for the year. Who would have ever thought that David Phelps would be the number 2 starter in the rotation, and Brandon McCarthy who was just acquired in the last week would be the 3rd starter? So much as gone wrong this season, it doesn’t even seem fair.
  • Onto last night’s game where Brian McCann single-handedly blew it. In the 4th inning, McCann drilled a pitch into the right field corner that should have been a stand-up double. Instead, McCann held at first. With one out, Ichiro lined a bullet into the right center field gap that should have scored McCann who once again held at third. If no one had been on base, Ichiro gets a triple easily on that hit. The Yankees had runners on 2nd and 3rd with one out and failed to add to their 2-0 lead. It was all because how painfully slow Brian McCann is.
  • In the bottom of the inning, Brian McCann led 2 pitches get by him and go to the backstop. One allowed a run to score, and the other allowed Adam Jones to advance to 3rd from 2nd with one out. He scored on a sac-fly to tie the game and Baltimore went on to win the game in extras 3-2. Way to go Brian.
  • The Yankees haven’t been the only team to be decimated by injures, the St. Louis Cardinals losing Yadier Molina for 8-12 weeks is a killer. When Molina plays, St. Louis is a dominant team. When he doesn’t, they become average and now they’re going to have to find a way to stay afloat with him out.
  • I’m all for professional sports teams having fun, but the most lame celebration I’ve ever seen could be the New York Mets having a “Car Wash” celebration in the dugout after a player hits a home-run. The players form a tunnel and wave towels as the player who hit the home-run runs through.
  • Tuesday night is the MLB all-star game, a game that will decide which league will get home-field advantage in the World Series. Major League Baseball wants the game to be a celebration, but also to mean something. Since the rule that whichever league wins the game gets home-field advantage was introduced, the league with home-field has won the World Series 70 percent of the time. What. A. Joke.
  • Be sure to tune in next Saturday for another edition of “Frankly Frankel”, and make sure to follow me on Twitter @lucasfrankel.
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