Moving on…

We’re about halfway through the off-season and trades have gone down left and right leaving my head spinning on who is where now. That coupled with the surprisingly exciting summer league games it’s pretty exciting thinking about what’s going to go down next season.

So here is a recap of what happened in the league recently.

New Orleans Hornets

The Hornets have matched the offer that the Phoenix Suns made to Eric Gordon. Ensuring that he will at least start the season in the blue and yellow. Considering the fact that Gordon really really wanted to play for the Suns and stated that he absolutely did not want to play in the Big Easy, it will be interesting to see if he pulls a disappearing act on the Hornets.

Oh and Anthony Davis is going to be going to the Olympics. Yeah, he’s a rookie who hasn’t played a single NBA game. Good times!

Orlando Magic

They are still trying to find a good deal for Dwight Howard. after multiple offers from several teams it doesn’t seem like the Magic are happy with any of the offers they are getting. From the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Houston Rockets it is incredibly frustrating watching the Magic tease so many teams without actually doing the deed. But who cares?

I don’t like Dwight Howard anymore.

Brooklyn Nets

With Gerald Wallace, Joe Johnson, and Deron Williams in their starting line-ups they have now added Brook Lopez to their versatile line-up. Although they are still looking to re-sign Kris Humphries they have officially withdrawn from the Dwight Howard Race. This will be a great offensive team to watch. They should be able to put up 100 points on any given night and boy have the Nets become relevant again. However with all these large contracts it’s going to be tough for the Nets to sign any other significant role-players going into the future. As such I shall name this team the B-List Miami Heat.

Speaking of which.

Miami Heat

The Miami Heat have wrestled Ray Allen away from the Celtics and picked up the newly amnestied Rashard Lewis from the Hornets. Last year’s defending champs have somehow managed to pick up two of the most prolific 3-point shooters in the league. How the hell did that happen? I’m sorry to say this folks but the Heat are locked in for the next few years as the only concrete title contenders.

New York Knicks

The Knicks signed Jason Kidd, that really ought to fix their problems. A 39 year old point guard who is really good at driving. SCORE. They also signed Marcus Camby who is expected to play at least a quarter of the season.

Jeremy Lin has also signed an offer-sheet put forth from the Houston Rockets and everyone expects the Knicks to match the offer sheet. Their have also been rumours that the Knicks won’t be matching the offer instead looking to bring back Raymond Felton. The Linsanity goes on and I could not care less!

Team USA vs ’92 Dream Team

Team USA

It’s the middle of June, the NBA season has ended, the draft has come and gone and free agency is starting to simmer down a bit. Let’s talk about the Olympics.

I imagine this was MJ’s reaction.

I’m sure everyone’s already heard that Kobe thinks this years Olympic team can beat the ’92 Dream Team but yesterday Michael Jordan replied and said he “absolutely laughed” when he heard Kobe’s comments. Charles Barkley said he just started laughing too. Jordan added, “For him to compare those two teams is not one of the smarter things he ever could have done.” Understandable for Jordan to say seeing as he is considered ‘The Greatest of All Time’. Larry Bird also had something to say, “They probably could. I haven’t played in 20 years and we’re all old now.” I lol’ed a little bit.

Then Kobe comes back with this gem. “He knows I’m a bad mother fucker. I’m not really tripping.” Kobe mother-fucker Bryant. Sorry Mario Chalmers, your nickname is now invalid.

In my last post, we got a glimpse of what Kyrie Irving could do and I told you to keep an eye on him. Once again though, Kobe ain’t scared.

This is why Kobe is amazing.

Clippers and Lakers, big moves in the making.

The battle for basketball supremacy in Los Angeles continues as the LA Clippers and LA Lakers continue to make big offseason moves to solidify their hold on the city. Personally, I think these two teams have made the biggest impact in the free agency market so far. While the Houston Rockets continue to make an effort to put together a package to bring Dwight Howard over, the Los Angeles teams have made legitimate moves to bring themselves one step closer to a championship next season.

Continue reading

And we’re back.

Sorry about the long hiatus folks, it’s been an awesome Canada weekend and I think we can all agree that time spent outside with an ice-cold brew is better than being stuck in front of the computer.

Since we last posted the NBA Draft has gone down, where every single player seems like a game-changer. Not only are we excited to see how the draft picks are working out for their respective teams but the NBA is alive with trades and rumours.

The biggest one thus far is Deron Williams deciding to re-sign with the Brooklyn Nets. Not only did they retain their marquee point guard but they also traded for Joe Johnson and managed to keep Gerald Wallace for another 4 years. Is this enough for the Brooklyn Nets to become championship contenders? Probably not. They haven’t re-signed an NBA referee yet.

The Hornets really came out big winners from the draft, they took Anthony “Wow the Brow” Davis at the first pick and Austin “Doc” Rivers at the 10th pick. All they need now is to re-sign Eric Gordon and damn that team is looking pretty set for the next ten years. The only problem with that is that Eric Gordon has agreed to a max deal with the Phoenix Suns(?). Yup. The Phoenix Suns. If they can’t make the play-offs with Steve Nash it’s hard for me to believe they can do it with Knee Gordon. It’d be a difference scenario if he were healthy.

Since Eric Gordon is a restricted free agent (RFA), the Hornets can choose to match the Suns offer and are reportedly going to do so. If this happens, Gordon will be forced to stay with the Hornets. This is a smart move on the Hornet’s part because they know he’s too valuable to walk. They will probably trade him some point next year and get some nice pieces in return. They can’t sign and trade him because in the Collective Bargaining Agreement, it stipulates that a RFA cannot be traded after they have been given a matching offer.

To further complicate things, Gordon has stated that he has no wish to play for the Hornets so it’ll be interesting to see how the Hornets choose to play out the situation. This entire scenario reminds me of Vince Carter in his late Raptor days and what’s been going on with Dwight and the Magic for the past two seasons. The only difference in this case is that Gordon’s contract hasn’t even started. Not going to lie, it’s pretty low-blow to the city of New Orleans. Gordon was the only relevant piece that came over during the Chris Paul trade and it is starting to seem like the Hornets aren’t going to retain anything at all for the all-world point guard they lost.

Over in Boston, the Celtics have retained the services of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. They have signed Jason Terry over from the Mavericks and are trying to keep Ray Allen and Jeff Green. To be honest, I don’t know what Danny Ainge is thinking. Garnett, Pierce, Allen, and Terry are all at least 36 years old and Paul Pierce is the young one at 34. I could easily see all five of them going down with injuries during the season and Boston really will be royally screwed for the next five years.

We’ll analyse the rest of the picks and obviously break down the big moves in the league so be on the lookout.

Is Anthony Davis the Real Deal?

With the 2012 NBA Draft nearing, things are beginning to fall into place. Trades are being finalized. (Chase Budinger to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the 18th Overall Pick, Emeka Okafor + Trevor Ariza for Rashard Lewis + the 46th Overall Pick, Maggette & Meatballs for Ben Gordon + A Pick in the 2013-2016 campaign), Draft prospects stock values are constantly on the rise and fall and more importantly, teams are also beginning to realize whose a better fit for them. Everyone except for Anthony Davis that is.. New Orleans knows, the fans know, the other teams know, despite what Anthony Davis believes, we know he knows. EVERYONE knows that he is going first overall.

All this fame and publicity hasn’t gone to his head though. It’s not like he already trademarked “Fear the Brow” and “Raise the Brow”. In actual fact, he did. He didn’t want others trying to copy his “unique” look and try to make money off it.

But that is neither here nor there.


With all this hype, doubters and haters are starting to claim he might be overrated or even be a bust. But they obviously have not seen this fine specimen play in Kentucky. With his ability to pass, run the floor, shot block (4.7bpg), steal (1.4spg), rebound (10.4 rpg), and even shoot FT (71%) in Kentucky, it appears that he is a pretty complete player already. There have been comparisons of Marcus Camby and Kevin Garnett and things are looking promising for the 6’10 PF, with a 7’3 wingspan. If he works and polishes his post-game, he should be able to pull off a pretty solid career similar to that of Kevin Garnett. The only issue I see is his lack of build. He is quite slender for a PF given that he is only 220 pounds and if you would like to put that in comparison he weighs as much as D-Wade, but is 6 inches taller. Davis will need to bulk up to about 250 in order to sustain the banging in the low post from other bigs. That wasn’t meant to sound dirty bee tee dubs.

I am soooo looking forward to this draft. For the order in which prospects will be drafted, but more so for the upcoming year in which Anthony Davis will prove to everyone how good he is on a national level.

Sergeant Ibaka or Fear the Beard Harden?

Now that the 2012 post season is over, you have to wonder who the OKC Thunder plan to keep: Serge Ibaka or James Harden.

Both are up-and-coming young stars that bring a very specific set of skills to the team, not only that but both were vital to the success that the Thunder have been experiencing. However this upcoming season may be the last they will play together. Both players have been extended qualifying offers for the 2013/2014 season and you should probably expect their stat lines to explode.

Continue reading

So about the Olympics…

Even before watching the “Dream Team” documentary on NBATV this season I was so stoked for the 2012 Olympics. I mean who doesn’t love country on country sportsmanlike domination? It’s going to be absolutely amazing watching some of the world’s greatest players go head to head all trying to win the Tournament of the Five Rings (Sorry Game of Thrones on my mind).

So it seems like players are dropping out of the Olympics faster than people are proclaiming themselves the King’s of Westoros (last one I swear).

Derrick Rose, MVP last season, beast everywhere on the court. Out with a torn ACL.

Derrick Rose

 

Dwyane Wade, won his second ring this season playing Scottie Pippen to Lebron James. May require knee surgery this off-season.

LeMarcus Aldridge, probably the best power-forward in the league who isn’t white. Out with  a hip inury.

Chauncey Billups, Big-Shot Billups, the Derek Fisher prototype for an Olympic team. Also out with a torn ACL.

Ricky Rubio, torn ACL, will not be able to play for Spain.

Tony Parker, got int a bar fight with Drake and Chris Brown, and almost lost a eye. Way to go TP.

Dwight Howard, possible best center in the league, definite little bitch. Out with a back injury.

It’s gotten so bad that Anthony Davis, the projected top pick for the season will be considered playing for the team. With only Tyson Chandler as the true big-man on the team, the USA will really have to be careful when playing teams that are fielding legitimate centers like Spain and the Gasol brothers.

Might as well bring back David Robinson, Clyde Drexler, and Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane.