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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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.
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.
Finally, the NBA has reached an agreement. Late Saturday night the players and owners agreed on a ten year deal that will give us matchups on Christmas, including the following: Lakers vs. Bulls, Mavericks vs. Heat, and many more. Look for more NBA information coming this weekend.
I think its kind of funny that just a few weeks ago I proclaimed Katie Douglas as the leader of the Indaina Fever, but then forward Tamika Catchings turns around and gets MVP award. I hope you have noticed that I am a new WNBA fan because this would have never happened in a NBA case. In the NBA that would be like me saying Carlos Boozer is the best player on the Chicago Bulls, which we all know is not true, that would be totally stupid because D-Rose just won the MVP award. Please, do forgive for the miscalculation. I really enjoy Katie the most because she went to Purdue University and grew up in my state Indiana.
Former NBA star, Dennis Rodman, did not dissapoint anybody last night. He appeared at his induction to the Basketball Hall of Fame last night with one crazy outfit, but this was not unusual considering Dennis Rodman is one of the craziest celebrity dressers.
Now, lets look at Rodman’s career. Young Dennis Rodman started out as a rookie from Southeastern Oklahoma State on the Detroit Pistons, “Bad Boys” team, but quickly became a rebounding phenomenon. Dennis was the most fun to watch when he ticked off Utah Jazz superstar, Karl Malone. Dennis Rodman will be known as the funniest player to Bulls and Pistons fans, but to everybody else he is known as the craziest NBA player ever.
Here is Dennis’ induction speech. http://sports.yahoo.com/video/player/nba/Hall_of_Fame/26271289;_ylt=Atxfv7QPXOFni6HMgCxfAPu8vLYF#nba/Hall_of_Fame/26271289
Tonight at 8:00 pm, be sure to watch NBA TV as four basketball legends are inducted into the greatest basketball honor, the Basketball Hall of Fame. The four people going in tonigh are Bulls’ power forward and NBA bad-boy Dennis Rodman, legendary Golden State Warriors’ shooter Chris Mullin, offensive genius and Chicago Bulls coach Tex Winter, and international passing sensation Arvydas Sabonis. Make sure you don’t miss this tonight, the best part is to see what Dennis Rodman is wearing.