July 30, 2007
Ladies and Gentlemen: Kevin Garnett is finally free after 12 long years in Minnesota. Just when it looked like K.G. would remain with the T-Wolves for the rest of his career, a blockbuster trade by Danny Ainge and Kevin McHale will send K.G. to the East for the following: Danny Ainge’s Ferrari, one of Paul Pierce’s headbands, an autographed Larry Bird Celtics Jersey, a Celtics championship trophy, the rights to ESPN’s overhyped Sebastian Telfair series, half of the Celtics coaching staff, and everybody currently on the team not named Ray Allen or Paul Pierce. Actually the last statement is close to reality. Check out the following AP article that lists out the potential package that will make Kevin Garnett a member of the 2007-08 Boston Celtics:
BOSTON (AP) — Kevin Garnett is leaving Minnesota after the Boston Celtics agreed to acquire the All-Star forward in a multiplayer trade with the Timberwolves, a Celtics official told The Associated Press on Monday. Among the players who could be headed to Minnesota are forward Al Jefferson, guard Sebastian Telfair, swingman Gerald Green and center Theo Ratliff.
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If you are not a math major and need help breaking down the trade numbers check out Marc Stein’s article at ESPN.com
June 19, 2007
01. How could an NBA Finals with Lebron James get the lowest TV ratings ever?
02. How could the top two draft picks in the upcoming draft go to the West and not East?
03. How could you hire the ex-GM of the Boston Celtics to be your GM in Memphis?
04. How could Kobe change his mind about wanting to be traded by the LA Lakers?
05. How could the Lakers organization ever consider trading the best player in the NBA?
06. How could Kevin Garnett finally get legit trade rumors without whining like Kobe?
07. How could there even be a decision to make between Oden and Durant for Portland?
08. How could Joakim Noah be projected to go as high as #8 in the upcoming NBA draft?
09. How could Larry Brown consider coaching Ron Artest and the Sacramento Kings?
10. How could San Antonio win 4 championships in 9 years and not be a dynasty?
March 13, 2007
Its almost like the Mavs decided to lose this one on purpose. Dallas got blown away by former head coach Don Nelson and his Golden State team led by little-known Monta Ellis. Everybody will say, “It’s good for the Mavs to lose a game,” but I say, “Yeah, maybe to the Spurs or Suns away from home in double-overtime, but not to be down by 30 to the Golden State Warriors.”
This may in fact impact their psychi so negatively that they lose another 5 or 10 games out of their last 20. Remember when they lost game 3 against Miami in the Finals last year after being up big late in the game? They went on to lose that game and the next 3. Avery, Dirk, this is your time to shine, this is your time to lead. Be the coach, be the MVP that perseveres through the highs and lows and Dallas wins a championship this year. Let it affect you mentally and Dallas blows its best shot at a championship for the next decade.
March 8, 2007
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February 26, 2007
After a disappointing trade deadline, analysts are coming out in droves to say who should have done what. Marc Stein applauds several GMs for not making moves, and I just don’t see where he is coming from. Stein feels that the Bulls may have a chance at Oden/Durant this summer with the pick they received from the Knicks, so instead of getting a proven big (Gasol) and winning now, Stein thinks they may have been better off waiting. Has he forgotten that Ben Wallace has a 4 year deal and seems to be on the decline already? Waiting for Oden or Durant to come in next year and make a championship impact is wishful thinking. Maybe in 2-3 years, but Big Ben will be at the end of his contract. Maybe Big Ben is saving it up for when it counts, al-la Shaq, but if you’re the Bulls, you’ve got to win now.
1. Last Night’s Games - Scores, Articles, Highlights from all of yesterday’s games - ESPN
2. Kiki predicts the East playoff seeds, Bulls at 5? - ESPN
5. Chicago Bulls (32-26) — The loss to the Pistons on Sunday exposed a potential weakness — when Ben Gordon’s out of the game, the opposing team can go zone and not pay the price from the outside. On the plus side, we also saw more of P.J. Brown. In big games coming up, you’re going to see a lot of him — he’s a proven leader, has good size and can score.
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February 25, 2007
As I sit here watching Ben Wallace lose his cool in his first trip back to Motown since he chose Chicago and the Bulls organization as his new home for 2006-07, I found myself wondering who would get the last laugh in the Big Ben Sweepstakes. As the game finishes, I find it fitting that Detroit’s key addition to help fill the hole Wallace left, Chris Webber, the hometown hero, gets the put back with only a few seconds remaining to secure the victory in the game of the week. And what a week it was…
To begin, Dwayne Wade suffers what will most likely be a season ending shoulder injury and the Heat are left with an anticlimactic return of Riley and Shaq, and the uncertainty if they can even make the Eastern Conference Playoffs. In the West, the Mavs continue to dominate, the Jazz stretch their division lead, and the Lakers end Phil Jackson’s longest losing streak ever.
The trade deadline was underwhelming and was over-shadowed by the premature death of Dennis Johnson. Steve Kerr paid tribute to DJ, as the basketball world mourns the loss of not only a great player, but a great person, as well. Our prayers go out to his family.
The All-Star Weekend lived up to the mantra that what happens in Vegas should stay in Vegas. When the highlight of the entire weekend is Charles Barkley winning a race against a 67-year-old referee, something is terribly wrong. I built up All-Star Saturday night to family and friends and then was embarrassed about everything from the half-speed skills challenge to the lackadaisical hall-of-fame judging in the slam-dunk contest. At least the future MVP, Dirk Nowitzki, made into D’Antoni’s starting line-up for the Sunday game. Is it just me or did the party scene over-shadow any of the events and make every player too cool and too big for their britches to give the fans what they deserve?
The weekend closed with Lebron James agreeing to partner with Microsoft on an interactive website so kids in the information age can be “like Lebron”. Over a decade ago all it took was drinking Gatorade to be “like Mike”. What’s next? Will Bill Gates take the reigns from David Stern and become the Commissioner of the NBA? I think Mark Cuban would “digg” that!