Chalk Talk: Fourth of July in the NBA

Serena Williams was upset at Wimbledon. It’s a Fourth of July weekend miracle in the newest edition of Chalk Talk!

THE MINT – Welcome back! Am I saying that to you or myself? Who knows at this point. It’s been quite a while since I put some postage together. A lot has happened, but none more important than the Blackhawks winning their second Stanley Cup in four years.

But I’m not here to talk hockey. It’s all basketball today. And it wouldn’t be a Fourth of July without Gilbert Arenas getting arrested in L.A. for possession of illegal fireworks.

OK, so that’s not what happened when Arenas was arrested for having a 100 pounds of illegal fireworks in the cab and bed of his truck. At least it wasn’t some motherf—–‘ bootleg fireworks shit.

Oh wait. It was.

What’s awesome is that the L.A.P.D. had to call in the bomb squad. Luckily it was a false alarm since Arenas’ career already exploded years ago.

But staying in L.A. real quick… the Dwight Howard spree is on and getting serious here, all signs are pointing to D12 joining James Harden and Chandler Parsons in Houston and that’s where I believe Dwight’s going. There’s not a better fit for Howard, who can join a talented young group and learn a lot about the post from coach Kevin McHale.

The Rockets even brought in the Dream, Yao, Dikembe and Clyde Drexler to sway the most coveted center and player on the market.

Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash will give their pitch next for Dwight to stay. Hopefully it’s not as elaborate as the poster the Lakers hung on Staples Center. But Kobe’s a competitor. I expect a speech similar to this:

This is also what Kobe told Shaq in 2004.

Hey Kobe — tell Dwight bye bye.

All’s not lost in Los Angeles. Chris Paul isn’t going anywhere after he agreed to stay with the Clippers for $107 million. And with it comes a new coach in Doc Rivers, who will help the Clippers become an even better contender. Simple as that.

But what the hell is happening in Boston? You lose the Cup. Aaron Hernandez seems to be a murderer and then Danny Ainge trades away the entire team to the Brooklyn Nets. Ainge says they’re not tanking but c’mon, really?

“That’s ridiculous. This is the Boston Celtics,” said Ainge.

Exactly, Danny.

The Nets received Kevin Garnett, Jason Terry and Paul Pierce. All aging stars who might need walkers after next season. But formed with Deron Williams and Brook Lopez is one dangerous team for whatever Garnett and Pierce have in the tank.

I would have loved to see Garnett in L.A. and all the Clippers had to give up was DeAndre Jordan and Eric Bledsoe. Not sure if I would have did that deal but then Lob City might have needed a motorized chair lift to dunk a ball.

As for anything else on the free agency front, I’ll let SB Nation and Bleacher Report fool you with dumb rhetoric about what rumors fans are talking about. And then I’ll comeback in a few days and confirm what really happened.

If you’re thinking the Bulls are going to sign a big name free agent, get the hell out of here. The Bulls are taxpayers in the latest CBA — meaning they spent way more money than they’re allowed and they can’t spend really much at all this summer.

And they gave all that money to Carlos Boozer in 2010…

Um, yeah…

It also means they may not be able to re-sign Nate Robinson or Marco Belinelli, who both will get lucrative multi-year deals from other suitors, deals too good to pass up. Belinelli and Robinson were vital in the Bulls’ run into the Eastern Semis, especially Robinson, who saved his best theatrics for the playoffs. Both came into starter roles off the bench and played brilliantly throughout the season.

If the Bulls can’t con them into signing cheaper deals, K.C. Johnson from the Trib believes they’ll sign someone like John Lucas III or Roger Mason Jr.

The addition of Tony Snell with the 20th pick in the NBA Draft last Thursday could be the next Jimmy Butler project and Snell is very athletic. He seems like a perfect player for Tom Thibodeau’s system and has good company around to make him better. And yes, that includes Derrick Rose, who has to win Rookie of the Year, Sixth Man of the Year, GM of the Year, Coach of the Year and every single trophy there is along with the MVP and the title to get back into my top five favorite athletes on Facebook.

So look for the Bulls to develop their draft picks and fill out their bench to get better this year. If you expect any major roster changes, comeback around next year’s all-star break.

I’ve got nothing else to talk about with basketball until some of these deals play out. But have fun on the Fourth. Be good.


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