by Brett Edwards
Toronto's Mike James is having a breakout season with the Raptors. And not coincidentally, he will be a free agent after this season. So Mike is already plotting how he will spend his free agent cash. Here are some of the items on his list, from a piece in The Toronto Star:
-A 10,000-square-foot home he's building on his 3.5-acre Houston estate. And the 2,500-square-foot guesthouse.
-A putting green.
-A kennel for his pit bulls, the most misunderstood breed of dog in the world if you believe James.
-The six-car garage to house his Maserati, Hummer and Lincoln Navigator, plus the motorcycle he suggested he already owns but that most NBA contracts would forbid him from riding.
Nice stuff. Even better is what James had to say about his upcoming free agency in an extended press conference yesterday: "The money that I make — the multi-year deal or whatever you guys want to call it — just give me what I deserve. Don't underpay me. I'm tired of being called an underachiever. I'm tired of being underpaid. And I've been underpaid since I've been in this game. Now it's time for me to get what I deserve."
OK, I get that. You had your above average season, so now it's time to get paid, and it's all about the cash right? Um, wrong I guess, if you listen to more of James' comments: "The money don't motivate me. The money don't motivate me at all." Alrighty then.
What about James' passion for living on the edge, should that worry a team ready to give him a big contract? James referred to "my Harley" and "my motorcycle" multiple times, then said he didn't own a bike. Hmmmm. More quotes on this topic: "I keep telling people, I'm an on-the-edge type person....Would you rather me lie to you and tell you I'm not doing it?" Uh, no, but why bring it up at all genius?
Two more quotes and we're done: "I'm sorry that I enjoy things that people are scared to death to do." You're so brave, Mike! And finally: "I don't need all 30 (teams) to love me. I'm just looking for one."
How about Portland, they could probably use another crazy guy who's into pit bulls, since the one they had has moved on.