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Enough With 2010 Already

Malcolm MartinContributor INovember 11, 2009

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What do you say we hold off on all of this 2010 offseason free agency coverage until, let's say...seven months from now. You know, during the 2010 offseason?

Yes, it makes for interesting barber-shop discussion (this I know first hand) where your favorite 2010 free agent might end up for the 2011 season, but the discussion surrounding that is beginning to dwarf the 2010 season. Before we can talk heavily about where LeBron James will be playing after the 2010 season, we should let the 2010 season take place. That's the natural way of things.

Many fans are tired of it, the players are definitely tired of it, but like the prolonged Brett Favre saga, ESPN loves to talk about it.

Some of the discussion doesn't even make sense.

During a game on ESPN recently, a graphic showed the long list of free agents in the offseason, and Jeff Van Gundy, who I normally have no issue with, pointed out that Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is on that list.

Kobe is in his 14th season in the NBA, all of them with the Los Angeles Lakers. That's like pointing out that Michael Jordan would become a free agent in the nineties.

Kobe isn't going anywhere. The world should have come to the point a long time ago (around mid-June of this year) where it is accepted that Kobe Bryant will retire a Laker.

So whether or not LeBron remains in Cleveland or jumps to New York, we should be able to watch the NBA season without the noise of the offseason.

With teams having played eight or nine games maximum, there's a lot of 2010 season to play. Let's try to manage one season at a time, shall we?

[OK, my opinion on LeBron: if he's smart, he'll stay in Cleveland. If he's truly about winning rings instead of more zeros at the end of his checks, he will remain in Cleveland. They may not win this year, but the Cavaliers are LeBron's best chance of winning. If he goes to New York or New Jersey, even if the Nets or the Knicks bring in another free agent (Bosh, maybe?), it won't be enough for a ring. Both teams need A LOT more help than that.]

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