Western Conference Preview
Oklahoma City Thunder – I do not like the Harden trade for this season. The Thunder might be better in the long run, but when you are so close to a title, why mess with it? Kevin Martin can flat out score, but he couldn’t guard me. That’s going to be a problem in the playoffs. His scoring will get them a lot of wins in the regular season though.
Los Angeles Lakers – It always works out for the Lakers. They were able to turn Bynum into Dwight Howard AND add Steve Nash. A Nash, Bryant, Peace, Gasol, Howard starting lineup is as good as it gets. Their bench is pretty terrible, but once the playoffs start and the starters play extended minutes, it won’t matter as much. The window for this unit to win is fairly small since 4 out of 5 of the starters are nearing the end of their careers, but they are on the short list of contenders this year.
San Antonio Spurs – The Spurs are one of the two teams in the conference (league?) that are two deep at every position. That means less minutes for Duncan and Ginobili which in theory will preserve them for the playoffs. This team should take a look at the standings near the end of the season and “adjust” their lineup to try and avoid a 1st round matchup against the Grizzlies. Continue reading
Yay, the game is on at a normal time tonight! In case you haven’t realized, tonight’s game is kind of a big deal. Will be be in 9th by the end of the night or will we all sleep just a little bit better tonight knowing our chances of making the playoffs have significantly increased?
Who’s going to have a big game? Who’s going to make me pull my (remaining) hair out? Post your comments below!
Lamar Odom will not be playing any more games this season.
Lamar Odom is a Sad Panda
For those of you who haven’t been following this tragic story let me fill you in. Lamar Odom was completely confused and very butthurt that the Lakers would actually have the nerve to try and get the best point guard in the league. He then demanded a trade and was lucky enough to go to the defending champions, the Dallas Mavericks. He then pouted his way to the worst season of his career, took some time off to pout and cook his wife some large meals and came back even worse. Dallas decided it’s not even worth playing him at all anymore so for now on the box score will read Lamar Odom – DNP-SAD.
The Knicks are on a five game winning streak which not only coincides with D’Antoni getting fired, it coincides with Carmelo Anthony trying! The Knicks beat Toronto and Philly. Ten things to worry about for the rest of the season. Some other news around the league, Fisher and Turiaf getting signed, Odom retiring and not telling anyone, and the battle for the last two playoffs spots in the east. Download Episode 114
The NBA took some heat for the extended and unnecessary lockout. It’s time for damage control. So the very first thing David Stern did, before the ink was even try on the new CBA was to kill the Chris Paul to L.A. trade. Winning the new CBA and getting 3 billion dollars back from the players was only the beginning apparently. David Stern is officially mad with power, he’s jumped the shark, he’s turned the NBA into a dictatorship….
What does this mean for the upcoming season? No one knows. I guess David Stern can now pick and choose whatever deal he does and does not want to approve. The NBA under Stern’s regime has been accused of being fixed for a long time. Ask Sacramento fans. I guess every trade has to be followed by “If David Stern Allows It.”
The sad part about this is the Hornets will never even come close to getting this much for Chris Paul. They were about to get Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, Lamar Odom, Goran Dragic and a 2012 first-round pick that Houston had acquired from the Knicks. Who is even going to come close to that? New Orleans basically received an entire starting lineup for Chris Pau. Houston would have gotten Pau Gasol and the Lakers would have gotten Chris Paul. We are now robbed of seeing Derrick Caracter and Ater Majok as the Lakers front line once Andrew Bynum gets his annual injury. OK, it wouldn’t have been that bad, the Lakers would have two trade exceptions after that trade, one worth 8.9 Million, so in theory they would have been able to fill the void on the front line with a pretty decent player.
So far the backlash from this has been pretty heavy. Twitter exploded as soon as this was announced, fans from EVERY team were pissed, even the usually loyal writers at ESPN wrote a number of articles criticizing this move. Oh and Chris Paul is planning on suing the NBA. He has a good case too. If New Orleans can’t trade Chris Paul by the end of the season (and I bet a lot of owners are going to be scared to even try, think about how awkward practice is going to be when Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol show up), he won’t be able to sign a max contract with that team. That means he could lose up to 30-40 million dollars.
Nice work Stern, what’s the next move? Are you going to make all the trades yourself for now on?