Saturday, August 21, 2010

Nuggets would be foolish to ship out Carmelo Anthony, sadly, the fools who, this very day, would throw Carmelo Anthony under the bus, to the curb, over the cliff and into the briar patch.

Can't we see how this plays out?

In Carmelo Anthony's seven seasons in Denver, the Nuggets have won 338 regular-season games, averaging just over 48 victories per season, finished first or second in the division 6 times, reached the playoffs in every season and advanced to the conference finals once (and, yes, lost in the first round all other years).

In the eight seasons prior to Carmelo Anthony's arrival, the Nuggets won 200 games, an average of 25 per season and NEVER made the playoffs.

Yet, because Carmelo hasn't made up his mind yet about accepting a three-year, $65 million contract extension offer, because some people made cute, champagne remarks at his wedding, because the Knicks were snubbed by LeBron James and look like the buffoons they are, because some people in New York and on talk radio claim to have sources who are friends of sources who drink on barstools next to sources, some people in Denver want to run the Nuggets' most accomplished NBA player, ever, out of town — immediately.

The rest of us must suffer the fools.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

NBA : Stephen Curry Hopes to Play Saturday
Though Stephen Curry said his left ankle was at just “80 percent” in yesterday’s practice, he’s looking to play this weekend as the US takes on Lithuania on Saturday and defending world champion Spain on Sunday: From Marcus Thompson: “Doctors told him there is no structural damage to the ligaments or tendons in his left ankle.

Curry’s sprained ankle, he promises, is really just a mild sprained ankle. So much so, he is going to continue his pursuit of making the national team for the World Championships. He said if he thought the injury would linger, he would leave Team USA to make sure he is healthy for the season.

He said he is hoping to play in Saturday’s game vs. Lithuania in Spain, though it all depends on how his ankle feels. He is presumed to be in a battle with Clippers guard Eric Gordon for the 12th and final roster spot for the World Championships, which starts Aug. 28 in Turkey.”

NBA : Chicago Bulls making their “moves”
This year’s trade market was one of the busiest as well as biggest in the NBA history. With big names like LeBron James and Chris Bosh moving to Miami Heat, NBA witnessed a lot of buzz lately. Some fans consider the move would be successful whereas others have opposite views. The Miami Heat has come up with big signings, with other teams following its footsteps.

Trying to recapture the days in which they were the only dominating force in the NBA, the Bulls intended to sign LeBron James, who is expected to bring the same royals as Michael Jordan once did. After failing to sign King James, the Chicago Bulls came up signing Carlos Boozer to further boost their talented squad that lacked experience. LeBron joined the Miami Heat that couldn’t manage to get past the first round playoffs. Not only did the Bulls sign Boozer but came up with another amazing signing that strengthens three scoring abilities by bagging Kyle Korver, a three-point specialist from the Utah Jazz.

Not only this, the Bulls also managed to trade away a few players from their squad so that they could rotate the players and every person in the team could play without any conflicts.

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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Stephen Curry hoping for quick recovery from ankle injury
MADRID (AP) -- Stephen Curry is eager to overcome an ankle injury, hopeful it won't impact his chances of making the U.S. roster for the world championship.

Stephen Curry didn't practice Thursday after suffering a mild sprain to his left ankle a day earlier. The U.S. team said Curry's recovery was "progressing'' but he remained day to day.

With one player still to be cut from the 13-man squad -- and most likely a guard -- Stephen Curry looked slightly anxious after watching his teammates practice.

"It hurts. To miss a great practice like this with the scrimmaging and all -- it's never great to have an injury, especially in a pressure situation like this,'' Stephen Curry said at the Magic Box center on the outskirts of the Spanish capital. "I just have to make sure I get back this weekend.''

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NBA : Rudy Fernandez ignoring Portland Trail Blazers
MADRID, Spain -- Rudy Fernandez is not returning calls from Portland Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan, and the NBA on Thursday was investigating whether Fernandez or his agent violated league rules by threatening a holdout.

With Team USA set to play Rudy Fernandez and the Spanish national team Sunday night, the latest developments regarding the disgruntled Rudy Fernandez and the trade speculation surrounding Carmelo Anthony added 2 more subplots to an NBA offseason that refuses to take a holiday.

"I have tried to contact Rudy, and he hasn't returned calls [since the season ended]," Nate McMillan told "So we'll just have to see what happens. We are looking to improve our team at all times, but I don't know what's going to happen."

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Paul Pierce still likes Boston Celtics in ever-changing NBA
When he considers the new-age look of the NBA, Paul Pierce just shakes his head. Dwayne Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh keeping company in Miami. Talk of Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony leaving their respective teams.

“I have never seen a summer like this,” the Celtics captain said yesterday at his youth camp at Basketball City. “The landscape of the NBA is changing, West to East.

“It’s like the season never ended. You are seeing a new era in basketball. It’s going to be different the next 10, 15 years.”

Of course, Pierce’s team hasn’t exactly let the world pass by. General Manager Danny Ainge made several big moves this offseason, including re-signing Paul Pierce (after he opted out of his contract), Ray Allen, Nate Robinson and Marquis Daniels and adding veteran centers Shaquille O’Neal and Jermaine O’Neal.

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NBA : Where will Carmelo Anthony land?
After what transpired this summer, with LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Carlos Boozer and Amare Stoudemire changing addresses, it looks like Carmelo Anthony wants to get in on the fun.

As ESPN's Ric Bucher reported on Monday, Carmelo Anthony is ready to split with the Denver Nuggets, whether by trade or free agency. And if he doesn't sign an extension in the meantime, Carmelo will be the star of the 2011 free agent class.

Where will he end up? We posed that question to our 93 NBA experts.

Here are the results:

New York (60 votes)

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Celtics: How "The Big Shamrock" Will Help The Celtics
As a huge fan of Shaquille O'Neal, let me welcome the "Big Shamrock" to Boston. Ever since I started watching basketball, I’ve always loved watching the Diesel muscle his way through defenders and work the camera like no one in the history of the NBA. With that said, many people are a little skeptical of the signing because, let's face it, Shaquille O'Neal is 38 years old, clearly out of shape, and not nearly the player he once was. I look at the signing a bit differently...

We all watched the NBA Finals and saw the Boston Celtics get owned on the boards and just could not match up to the oversized team that was the Lakers. When Kendrick Perkins went down with a torn ACL and MCL in Game 6, all of Celtic Nation held their breath because we knew that we just lost one of the best defensive centers in the league at a time when we needed him most.

Even without Perk, the Boston Celtics were just a few minutes away from an 18th NBA Championship, but then that glaring hole at center really started to show. The likes of Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom, Kobe Bryant, and Andrew Bynum started getting all the rebounds that the Celtics could not get. Boston Celtics was just worn out and could not keep up with the Lakers who were able to keep their players fresh.

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Orlando Magic Sign Second Round Pick
On Monday, the Orlando Magic officially signed forward Stanley Robinson. Robinson, selected in the second round (59th overall) of the 2010 NBA draft, played four seasons for the University of Connecticut. He also was considered an integral part of the Huskies 2009 run to the Final Four.

This summer, Stanley Robinson played on the Magic’s summer league team where he impressed staff by shooting fifty percent from the floor and he also excels in rebounding and, with his 6’9″ frame, shot blocking.

Per team policy, the terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

LA Lakers: 30 Team Previews In 30 Days
2009-10 Statistics

Finished 57-25, first in Pacific Division, first in Western Conference


1st Round: Defeated Oklahoma City Thunder 4-2

2nd Round: Defeated Utah Jazz 4-0

Conference Finals: Defeated Phoenix Suns 4-3

NBA Finals: Defeated Boston Celtics 4-3

Additions and Re-Signings

Matt Barnes via free agency, Steve Blake via free agency, Theo Ratliff via free agency, Shannon Brown via re-signing, Derek Caracter via draft, and Devin Ebanks via draft.


Jordan Farmar via free agency and Josh Powell via free agency.

Revenge has never felt so good for the LA Lakers. After being ousted in 6 games in the 2007 NBA Finals by the Boston Celtics, the LA Lakers made it back to the NBA Finals to gain redemption against the team that had embarrassed them 2 years prior.


Karl Mallone and Scottie Pippen Join Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame
Getting into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame has been the dream of every basketball player. This prestigious recognition seems to be the ultimate achievement for a basketball player to have.

This year, two great basketball players have joined the group. Power forward Karl Malone and small forward Scottie Pippen were among the 10 inductees listed. Karl Malone has been nicknamed “The Mailman” way back his college years for his consistency and work in the post. It figuratively means “the mailman always delivers” and these has been Karl Malone been doing in his games. Proclaimed as two-time NBA’s Most Valuable Player and generally considered one of the greatest power forwards in NBA history, and has scored the second most points (36,928) in NBA history. Deserving enough to be included.

Scottie Pippen on the other has a lot of things to brag out. He was best remembered in Chicago Bulls wherein he has been a part of their record of 1996 season of having 72 wins. He was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team 8 times and the All-NBA First Team 3 times. He was a 7-time NBA All Star and was the NBA All Star Game MVP in 1994. He has been considered to be one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History during the 1996–97 NBA season.

Karl Malone has been emotional in the induction and has dedicated everything to his mom. Scottie Pippen on the other has given Micheal Jordan for being his best team mate. “MJ, you have touched so many people’s lives, but none quite like mine. Thank you for being the best team mate. I will always cherish that experience and I will cherish our relationship forever”, Scottie Pippen said.

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

LeBron, Carmelo, Wade attend negotiating session
NEW YORK—LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul were among the players who attended a negotiating session between the NBA and the union Thursday.

"It is important for me that all of us, as being the faces of the NBA, to be involved in the negotiations and what's going on," Carmelo Anthony said as he left. "Our future is in jeopardy if we can't come into a mutual agreement."

Chauncey Billups and Joe Johnson also attended. Chris Paul is the only one of the All-Stars who was scheduled to be there as a member of the players' executive committee.

Players' association executive director Billy Hunter said 14 players participated in the meeting in Manhattan. The sides agreed to hold another session before training camp so players can take part again.

The current collective bargaining agreement expires June 30, 2011.

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NBA Trade: Darren Collison, Trevor Ariza and Troy Murphy Switch Teams though NBA free agency is basically over with all the big-names signing new deals after Tracy McGrady signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Pistons, a few teams around the league were still not content with their current rosters as the New Orleans Hornets, Houston Rockets, New Jersey Nets and Indiana Pacers chose to make a blockbuster trade.

The 2 biggest names involved in the recent 4-team trade was Darren Collison and Trevor Ariza. With only one year in Houston and New Orleans, Darren Collison and Trevor Ariza are already on the move as the promising young point guard will be headed to the Indiana Pacers and the defensive minded Ariza will be playing alongside Chris Paul next season.

Despite every team involved in this trade losing very good players, I believe all 4 teams will ultimately get better as a result. Along with Trevor Ariza and Darren Collison heading elsewhere, Troy Murphy, Courtney Lee and James Posey will also be wearing a different jersey next season.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Celtics Sign Luke Harangody, NBA Title Now in Sight
In what should be one of the moves that solidifies the Boston Celtics as the front runners for the 2010-11 NBA title, and banner number 18, the Boston Celtics have today signed undersized power forward Luke Harangody to a guaranteed contract.

The burly, flat-topped 6'6" (without shoes) power forward today inked a 2-year deal so rich that the terms were not disclosed. Luke Harangody, the 52nd pick of the 2010 draft, will compete for time with Glen "Big Baby" Davis in the now-crowded Celtics frontcourt.

Also announced at the same press conference was the signing of some big guy with 4 titles and countless nicknames who will get some minutes at center.

LA Lakers A Long Way From Repeating
Despite Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade’s utterance that the Los Angeles Lakers are the favorites to repeat as NBA champions, Kobe Bryant’s team shouldn’t just be handed the trophy now. The road as a defending champion is always longer and more difficult than the previous one.

There are more expectations and thus more pressure. The mentality of fans is “If the Los Angeles Lakers won the title last year and kept every significant piece on their roster, why can’t they do it again?”

The answer is twofold. For one thing, a bullseye is inevitably placed on the back of each defending champion. It’s now squarely affixed between the numbers of the purple and gold jerseys. Especially on the back of Kobe Bryant’s 24.

Detroit Pistons, Tracy McGrady agree on one-year deal
It's funny how life sometimes comes full circle.

One of Tracy McGrady's biggest playoff disappointments happened at the Palace 7 years ago.

And now he might get a chance to redeem himself, with the Palace serving as the backdrop.

Tracy McGrady, an unrestricted free agent, agreed to a one-year, $1.2 million veteran's minimum contract with the Detroit Pistons Tuesday. He joins the now shooting guard/swingman heavy roster with starters Tayshaun Prince and Rip Hamilton.

Trades may happen down the road with Prince and Hamilton, but only Pistons president Joe Dumars knows the big picture.

For now, back to McGrady's disappointment.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

'The Mailman' Karl Malone always delivered
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame already has a former postmaster general. Now it has a Mailman.

Karl Malone, known as “The Mailman,” is part of the class of 2010. He earned his nickname because “he delivered.”

When he joins the Hall, Karl Malone will take his place among the game’s greats and contributors, including Springfield’s native son Larry O’Brien, who served as commissioner of the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1975 to 1984 and was president John Kennedy’s postmaster general. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1991, the year after he died.

Karl Malone, 47, was a Utah Jazz power forward and will also be enshrined as part of the 1992 U.S. Olympic team. Malone, a two-time NBA MVP, was an All-Star in 14 of his 19 seasons and led the Jazz to the NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998. The second-leading scorer in NBA history, Karl Malone finished his career in 2004 with 36,928 points.

Will Shaquille O’Neal take Boston Celtics to another championship title?

NBA: Will Shaquille O’Neal takes Boston Celtics to another championship title?

The Los Angeles Lakers is a team that is cherished by the basketball nation and is given the highest regard for procuring the top most elite players and nurturing them into world class championship winners for more than 50 years. Till date LA Lakers have remained a consistent franchise, reeling in more fans by the end of each year. It is a franchise with such a strong aura that whoever enters it does not want to leave.

However there were those who took the daring step and opted out; Shaquille O’Neal is one of those audacious players. According to media speculation he wanted to leave the team because he did not like sharing his stardom with fellow team mate Kobe Bryant which led to a heated brawl between the two.

He departed from the LA Lakers to join the Miami Heat along with superstar Dwyane Wade, although he was able to lead the team to win a championship title adding to his 4th title. He soon left the team after an alleged feud with the head coach Pat Riley in 2008. Basketball purists believe any chance Shaquille O’Neal had of building a dynasty was finished after he left the Lakers.

Shaquille O’Neal has suffered since he left the Lakers, joining Miami Heat followed by 2 other teams, Phoenix Suns and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The All-Star could have teamed up with LeBron James and win another championship ring, unfortunately the opposite happened. Shaquille O’Neal scored only 11.5 points per game in this year’s playoffs making his lowest score average ever.

Shaquille O’Neal hit the free-agency market this year after the playoffs; the once remarkable player was now a desperate player who nobody wanted to sign. The ‘Big Diesel’ is now 38 years old and is hungry for another title, rumours had it he wanted to go back to the Miami Heat and join the freshly formed All-Star trio including Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh.

The 7’1” big man was struggling to a find a team this season that will welcome him aboard and give him the same respect he once got in the Los Angeles Lakers, but nobody seemed interested in the aging star. However two days ago something happened that no sports analyst or basketball pundit had predicted, Shaquille O’Neal was signed on by the legendary team Boston Celtics. He was given a 2 year contract worth $3 million, proving the fact that Shaquille O’Neal is extremely concerned about his legacy and the fact that his former teammate, now rival Kobe Bryant has one more Championship title than him.

Accepting a minimum wage contract, putting his ego aside is as likely as the world is going to end in 2012. An ego so big that he left 2 teams because he could not cope with his former teammates, an ego so big that has left him delusional thinking he has another shot to the title.

Shaquille O’Neal has once again created hype in the NBA; his presence in the Boston Celtics has led many to believe he could now actually embed his name deeper into the league. With Kevin Garnett returning to the team after a successful knee surgery followed by star veteran players like Paul Peirce, Ray Allen, experts say the Diesel actually has a shot at winning another title.

It is no secret that Shaquille O’Neal is the oldest player in the league and deteriorating as days go by. Nevertheless, it is a fact that he once was one of the top most scorers in the NBA, and was also one of the most dominating centers in the NBA history. Basketball pundits say you never know the old fiery Shaquille O’Neal may get back into action and grab the Boston Celtics reigns taking them to the upcoming championship. The MVP recently told press he still has a year or two left in him, that statement will be proven true or false in the upcoming match vs. Miami heat which takes place on 26th October 2010. So fasten your seatbelts NBA fanatics because it is going to be one hell of a battle.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Former Cavaliers superstar LeBron James says thank you to Cleveland, Akron | NBA
AKRON, Ohio — LeBron James climbed on a bicycle Saturday morning and fastened his safety helmet.

Perhaps surprisingly, he didn't need it. The only people who turned out for James' fifth annual "King for Kids Bikeathon" in downtown Akron were the ones who continue to love their hometown hero.

Wearing a red "Enjoy Akron" shirt and shorts, the 25-year-old LeBron James pedaled down Main Street to cheers from a crowd that was significantly smaller than in years past, but the day was without any major protests or disturbances.

It was the first public appearance in Akron for the 2-time league most valuable player since he left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat last month — a decision that left much of Northeast Ohio feeling hurt and betrayed.

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NBA : Who will win Boston Celtics or the Miami Heat?
NBA : Who will win Boston Celtics or the Miami Heat?

The Boston Celtics, defending Eastern Conference champions, are scheduled to play vs. the Miami Heat on 26th of October 2010; as if the Heat’s newly formed trio was not enough of a juncture.

This year was tough for the Boston Celtics as they lost the playoffs to the LA Lakers in the last 5 minutes followed by their star player Kevin Garnett getting injured and Paul Pierce’s contract ending. The Boston Celtics fans feared deeply that the team was on the verge of breaking but who thought the tables would turn once again.

Kevin Garnett reportedly had a successful knee surgery and plans on returning to the court soon while Paul Pierce extended his contract and the biggest news ever since the Miami Heat trio was formed is, Shaquille O’Neal announced on the Celtics official site that he is ecstatic to join the team.

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Sunday, August 1, 2010

The Los Angeles Clippers Point Guard Situation
The Clippers currently have two point guards on their roster. One is Baron Davis and the other is rookie Eric Bledsoe. For now, we have to assume that Baron Davis will be the starter and that Eric Bledsoe will back him up, but it is possible that it could change. Baron Davis is already 31 years old and could start to show his age.

Baron Davis will likely starts to decline steadily within the next couple of years and the Clippers have put themselves in a perfect situation to let Eric Bledsoe slowly start to take over some of Baron Davis' duties.

Eric Bledsoe played for John Calipari at Kentucky last year alongside John Wall. This is important because Bledsoe played primarily off the ball while he was there.

It may be tougher for Bledsoe to transition to the point guard in the NBA than other players who had been playing the position in college. Bledsoe had been impressive in workouts and looked good against other point guards, but questions remain about his ability to play the point at the next level.

Although Bledsoe playing off the ball in college can be a bad thing it could also be a good thing. If they feel that he is ready to play right away, they could also give him minutes alongside Baron Davis at shooting guard.

Like I said, Eric Bledsoe has experience playing off the ball and could contribute at shooting guard. If Eric Bledsoe can become a true combo guard in the NBA he would be able to see more time on the court in his first couple of seasons.

With only two point guards on the roster one may think that the Clippers should try to sign another guard just for depth and injury insurance however, the Clippers have shown no interest in doing so.

There are several veteran point guards on the market that could be of use for the Clippers, but at this point it seems that they will either sign their second round pick Willie Warren or just keep two point guards.

I expect Baron Davis to get most of the minutes this year and next year, but after that depending on Bledsoe's development rate, he could get the job. The Clippers have a great point guard duo this year, and it looks like they are poised to succeed for year's to come.

Grabbing Eric Bledsoe was an excellent move for the Clippers. He fits well into the team and it is a perfect opportunity. He may not overwhelm people immediately he should be a solid contributor in a few years.