So much of life is going through the motions. We humans being are creatures of habit, we learn by routine and perfect via repetition. Consistency is a virtue we all seek, against the unpredictable chaos that surrounds us. The other virtue we seek to attain is the flip side to this coin; versatility or adaptability, the power to adjust and course-correct in the face of the chaotic onslaught of life. Between these two virtues one can sail through calm seas in record time, and then stay afloat and maintain their heading when those seas become rough. To survive and to thrive.
Well just as the seas can not be both calm and rough at the same time, so too are we human beings either in consistency thrive mode, or adapting survive mode. One can not seek to attain proficiency and perfection through continual change and adjustment, nor can one expect to find innovation repeating the same means over and over.
Now this post's painfully obvious lesson in juvenile pop psychology is probably insulting to the intelligence of most reader's but while the notion is still fresh in your mind....the ThinkTank (Panel of One) would suggest the next time you find yourself merely surviving instead of thriving or vice versa.... try closing your eyes.!!!!!
Hate to beat the Lebron James Horse to death (actually beating Lebron James and anything pertaining to him is quite popular at the moment) but the ThinkTank Panel (of One) has considered the pitfalls of the new big three in Miami and come up with a solution. After all that’s what a think tank is for.
The main problem facing the big three is staying interested. Sharing shots and determining “whose batman and whose Robin (and in this case who is Alfred)” are all symptoms of the overriding but little publicized but not exactly secret reality that there are 82 games to play and no superstar really cares until May. Normally this is dealt with by players trying to win scoring titles and MVP awards. There are all star teams to make, stats to accumulate before the next contract year. Guys play 82 games for vanity and pride, basking in the adoration of adoring fans. Now Lebron and Wade cannot share a scoring title on the same team, nor can they share an MVP award (unless it is an all star game a la Stockton and Malone in Utah).
There is no doubt the big three can put egos aside and just win baby once the real season starts in the playoffs. But the regular season is all about ego and showing off for the fans. That is how the league makes money.
Here is the obvious solution, brilliant in it's simplicity yet ingenious in it's sophistication. Let Lebron take off 50 or so games. Seriously. Wade and Bosh can hold it down for a while. Let Wade garner all the scoring early, and Bosh can be sure to maintain his stats so he makes the All star team. That way it is DWade’s team, no doubt. The team has rhythm, and then after the All Star Break Lebron steps in. There is an adjustment period and then the playoffs start. Everybody wins.
So what does Lebron do in the mean time?
Lebron can do what everyone has been saying he could have done if he had chosen football over basketball in high school, play tight end in the NFL. The Dolphins need a money tight end. It’s a shame that Lebron didn’t consult with the Think Tank Panel (of One) before making his decision, because after hearing this suggestion he could have joined the Browns and then everyone in his home state of Ohio would not hate him. Lebron Plays the NFL season, wins a Super bowl the first week of February takes the rest of the month off and Joins the Heat March 1st. He wins an NBA Title in June just in time to attend minicamp.
Remember that episode of the Simpson's when Mr Burns brings in a Bunch of All Star Baseball players to play on the Company softball team? There’s Steve Sax, Roger Clemons, Wade Boggs, Ken Griffey Jr, Daryl Strawberry and Ozzie Smith among others. One by one something happens to each of them so that in the end it’s Homer Simpson who wins the game with 2 outs in the 9th inning by getting beamed in the head with the bases loaded...........
Ladies and Gentlemen, you’re new and maybe improved 2010/2011 Miami Heat!!!!!!!!
I wonder who will end up being Homer Simpson?? My money is on Chris Quinn.
The ThinkTank Panel (of One) just love the notion that Pat Riley is Mr. Burns.
The ThinkTank Panel (of One) proposes to unmask a conspiracy.
The Co-Conspirators: The Portland Trailblazers and Lebron James.
When Lebron James Makes his “decision” in just about a half hour from now. He will reveal a sign and trade deal sending him to the Portland Trailblazers. This deal has been in the works for months.
Kevin Pritchard’s firing for no apparent reason is only a cover so that he could work in secret to make the final arrangements. KP is “In New Jersey, interviewing for the nets job is all part of the cover and he will be in there with Lebron tonight. The Rumored Chris Paul to Portland deal will also happen now. Monty Williams worked out the Paul Deal on condition of getting his release from the Blazers butthey had to leak the deal was killed so as not to arouse suspicion, but the ThinkTank Panel (of One) is just too smart for them. Tom Penn’s bizarre firing was so he could spy and collect chatter from ESPN and other reporters at the draft. Why else would the Blazers have been pretending to interview all these bad GM candidates? It was a smoke screen so that no one in this new wild and wacky twitter and TMZ world we live in, would know the biggest deal in NBA history was going down before it happens.
I mean really, do you think Lebron would have his own show just to stay in Cleveland? Hell no. If he was going to Miami with Bosh and Wade, then they all three would have announced it on the decision show. If he was going to New York or New Jersey or Chicago he would have done it right after a presentation with them so it looks like he was sold by the team and improves the public perception of the team’s management, that they were able to win Lebron over.
So yep, Chris Paul is coming to Portland. Lebron is coming to Portland!! The ThinkTank Panel (of One) has only one question remaining. Who do the Blazers trade to Cleveland for Lebron? We know the Paul Deal, Pryzbilla and Andre’s contracts plus Batum, Bayless, and The Newly Drafted Williams From Memphis. Given what’s left of the roster surely one of the Big Three (Roy, Aldridge, Oden) are headed back to Cleveland in exchange for the current 2 time league MVP. The question is which one? The ThinkTank Panel (of One) doesn’t like to guess, but would speculate that the Cavs would demand Roy and picks for James straight up (that explains the bizarre trade of Webster, Cleveland must of coveted Babbitt, and Portland did what it had to do to get James). But KP is a sneaky bastard and he convinced Cleveland to take Aldridge, Babbitt, Rudy Fernandez, picks, and the newly acquired Emeka Okafor for James and the bad Contract of Antawn Jamison.
Portland now has a starting 5 made up entirely of all stars in Paul, Roy, James, Jamison and Camby. Free agents will sign for less to play with these guys. Greg Oden as a sixth man (if he will accept the role) could be amazing.
To be honest, with the 4 players in the trade and Mo Williams as a starting 5, Cleveland is a playoff team in the east. That is a lot of shooters and a rebounder = Orlando .5
So there you have it. Conspiracy uncovered. Future prognosticated. Dreams shattered.
Does anyone buy this??????????????????????
After long deliberation, the ThinkTank Panel (of One) has decided to withhold any further comment on the long anticipated NBA Free Agent class this summer. There has long been too many talking heads discussing and predicting the outcome of this free agent crop for the past 3 years. Every conceivable scenario has been proposed, debated and prayed for. For the ThinkTank Panel (of One) to comment further would be brutally redundant. The ThinkTank Panel (of One) will wait to see the end results of an exciting summer of player movement and will then extrapolate the implications of those moves and what they reveal about the NBA players and teams going forward into training camp.
However there is one note the ThinkTank Panel (of One) would like to clarify. The auspice of this summer free agent frenzy is the rare opportunity for the two best individual players in the game to join forces on one team at their physical peak, in Lebron James and Dwyane Wade (all due respect to Kobe who is arguably as good right now, but has peaked in terms of explosiveness.) Make no mistake; Wade and James together is what this summer is all about. Those two together are the big prize. Adding Chris Bosh to that duo would be a pleasant bonus, but that is merely icing on the Wade/James cake. And any other superstar combo, be it a duo, trio, or a full starting 5, will taste less sweet if James and Wade are not the main ingredients.