I regularly attend Indiana Pacers games, and have learned one thing. Miami, New York, and even Atlanta are very good. I really think whoever wins the East wins the ship. The Eastern teams are stacked. I mean the Knicks three years ago would have been crazy good. They have Marcus Camby, Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudamire, Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd, Tyson Chandler, Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith, Rasheed Wallace, Kenyon Martin, Kurt Thomas, and Steve Novak. That is a good lineup, but as I witnessed the other night in Indy they can suck really bad. They were terrible, I couldn’t believe Amar’e, a player I had loved since I was 10 years old was terrible. He looked like a scrub, the Knicks made the Pacers look like an all-star team.
So really who is the best in the East? I believe Miami is for now, but Miami could get beat by my Bulls or my Pacers. Two players who have elevated their status in the NBA are Lance Stephenson (of the Indiana Pacers) and Jimmy Butler (of the Chicago Bulls). I love watching both play, they are probably the most talented on their teams, but act like they have to prove they are good every night.
Players like Jimmy and Lance make the difference in big games. The Heat don’t have guys like this they have three superstars and that’s it. The Heat may be the best right now, but come playoff time they could lose.
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So as the Laker Train continues on its track to a championship, another path is being walked by Dwight Howard. Now the heir to the “original” Superman, Dwight must come to grips with all that has happened. He requested a trade to the Brooklyn Nets earlier in the summer, that obviously didn’t happen so now he is in Los Angeles. Does anyone remember Howard refusing to take the road Shaquille O’Neal took years ago? I sure do! He said he would never do it, but look where he is, he is in Hollywood.
Funny this trade to happen this week as I am currently on vacation here in LA. Two hours ago I walked out on my street next to our house to get something from the car. I had been keeping in tune with all the trade rumors this evening, but I was disappointed to find out the Magic preferred the Rockets offer. I kinda just gave up on it then. So anyway I’m out on the street and I hear this guy yelling, “we got Dwight!!!!!” I was so happy along with the rest of Tinkertown, but I was happy for a different reason.
I am happy cause the drama is over, Dwight left Orlando and everyone is happy now. I am also happy to be rooting for Dwight knowing that he will stay with that team. About the Laker Train, the Lakers look like the best in the West as of now. With a HOF point guard, shooting guard, great defensive small forward, All-Star power forward, and HOF center. The Showtime can start again, just think Nash is Magic, Kobe as James Worthy, and Dwight Howard now playing the backup star role that Kareem played. Why do I like this team? They really are an image of Showtime Lakers.
The Lakers look great, all they need to do is figure out how to get Phil Jackson back and dump Mike Brown. Am I dissing Mike Brown? Of course not. I completely respect Brown and his coaching, but if they could get Phil back it would be great!!
This team = one Championship
I know most basketball fans want to think about march madness, but this week is one of my favorite weeks in NBA basketball. This is trade deadline week and I am gonna do some evaluation of team needs.
1. The biggest need for any team, is the need of the Orlando Magic to trade Dwight Howard. Howard will obviously never stay in Orlando and they aren’t a team capable of beating Chicago or Miami in a series. If I were the Otis Smith (Magic’s general manager), I would pursue a trade that includes a solid big man and a talented swingman. The Magic must make a trade this week or they will be left with a team similar to the 2010-2011 Cleveland Cavaliers, after “The Decision.”
2. The Denver Nuggets and Indiana Pacers, two of the deepest teams in the NBA have the exact same need. They each need a so called, “superstar.” They both have different reasons for this need though, the Mile High City team needs a star to take that last shot, but the Bird’s team needs a star to get some fans in those many empty seats in Bankers Life Fieldhouse. There are a few available stars that could change both of these teams those stars are Monta Ellis and Josh Smith.
3. There is one team in the NBA that needs a totally new roster, the Charlotte Bobcats. The Cats should be open to any trade, the question is Michael Jordan smart enough to know a good trade from a bad trade. The funny thing is, you can make a playoff team with the players MJ has traded away: Gerald Wallace, Stephen Jackson, and Tyson Chandler.
All these teams have their problems going into the deadline week, it will be exciting to see who gets their problems solved.
Oh, and forgot to remind those C’s fans out there not to worry about Rondo. Yeah, there are a lot of rumors, but I don’t think Danny Ainge is stupid enough to trade him.
First, I gotta say welcome back to our friends coming back from China. Yes, that means you, J.R. Smith and Kenyon Martin.
We all know already that K-Mart is already suited in a Clippers jersey, but will J.R. team up once again with Kenyon, Billups, and CP3. J.R. is probably one of the best dunkers and shooters of the last five years. Five teams are reported, by Yahoo.com, to be after Smith, those teams are: Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Indiana Pacers. The only question about this evaluation is if he wants a ring, money, or more playing time. The Pacers would be the team to offer money, they have 14 million laying around waiting to be spent by Larry Bird. The Clippers offer the strong possibility of a championship ring for the veteran. Last, but not least, the T-Wolves offer playing time. Now, if I know J.R. Smith, (and I do pretty well) I would think he would be after the money that Larry Legend is sure to offer. That’s just me though, tell me what you think J.R. will want.
Amway Center is probably the nicest sports arena/stadium in the world, but would it still be there if the Magic had drafted Emeka Okafor over Dwight Howard in 2004? I am gonna do a little analysis on this topic in this post.
In 2004 the player to pick would have been Emeka Okafor, Emeka had led UCONN to a championship that year and had way more experience than Howard, but the Orlando Magic saw something in the young center that no one else saw. They couldn’t have known he was gonna be the best center since Shaqille O’Neal, or maybe even better. So what would have happened in Orlando if they had drafted the UCONN star ? Orlando would have been one of the most struggling teams in the NBA. All you have to do is look at how their team is built. Everything is centered around Dwight Howard. The funny thing is Superman doesn’t want to stay where people worship him. He wants to go to a big market. I don’t blame him, but seriously he is the one who saved the Magic. Now if the Magic don’t trade the former, “Man Child,” as he was called in 2004, they will face what the Cavaliers faced, a team without its star. Dwight Howard is everything to the Orlando organization and if he leaves Amway, the house he practically built, its all down hill in the “Big O.”
Monta Ellis is one of the key stars in the NBA, don’t think so? Well, I have come up with some reasons why. Monta has a contract with AND 1 shoe company, he averages 20 points a night, and he is the face of, one of my favorite teams, the Golden State Warriors. Now, down to business, how is the man not an all-star? This is why, the fans want stars in the All-Star game, they want supposedly, “big names.” Ellis deserves to be an all-star more than Marc Gasol, Steve Nash, or even Dirk Nowitzki. Like I said, Dirk and Nash are knock your socks off players, or used to be. I really haven’t met that many people who know who Monta Ellis is. He is hardly ever on Sports Center, he hasn’t ever been an all-star, and frankly, no one is interested in the Bay association. They did get some rightfully deserving players in the all-star game this year, only they are from the Eastern Conference. Note: We all knew they would pick LaMarcus Aldridge.
Roy Hibbert and Luol Deng are such hard workers. Each of them deserves to fly down to the “Big O” to put on a show for basketball fans all over the world. I am very proud of both of them, especially my boy, “Big Roy.” I have watched Hibbert ever since he was a rookie, he had one of the biggest gaps to fill in the NBA. He was supposed to replace Indiana’s “Golden Boy,” Jermaine O’Neal. He has done so accordingly and look where he’s at. I will continue to enjoy watching the slim 7 footer for the rest of his career.
So just how good is Jeremy Lin?
Its really hard to tell if a point guard is talented these days with all the other point guards, don’t agree with me? Okay, well check out this list I have created of point guards I would be happy to have run my team: Derrick Rose, Ricky Rubio, Norris Cole, Jameer Nelson, Jarret Jack, Ty Lawson, Darren Collison, Rajon Rondo, Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Jeremy Lin, Mo Williams, Brandon Jennings, Steve Nash, Tony Parker, Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, Jrue Holiday, and Jason Kidd. You see, there are so many talented point guards that you can’t really pick a star out them. I think that Lin will continue to flourish with the Knicks, but this organization seems to trade young talent away or let them go like: David Lee, Zach Randolph, Nate Robinson, Trevor Ariza, and Jamaal Crawford. For this situation I think the Knicks will keep Lin, although we will have to see. I think most of it is how D’Antoni sets up the offense.