Geltzeiler: Five Players Who Could/Should Have Breakout Seasons

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crystal ballBefore last season began, I wrote a piece predicting 5 players who will have breakout seasons, 5 players who will get traded, and 5 players who will have the biggest impact on the title picture.

I whiffed so badly on the players who will be traded and the players that will impact the title picture, that I’m not even going to try again.

However, I was 2 for 5 on my five breakout players (Ty Lawson and Paul George), which would win me a batting title in Major League Baseball, so I’ll give it another try.

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Jason Kidd and the Nets: Perfect Together

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kiddUntil now, the Brooklyn Nets had been methodical and deliberate about naming a new coach. However, that all changed this week.

Sources tell me that the Nets have offered their coaching job to Jason Kidd, their former star point guard and future Hall of Famer who recently retired.

The Nets have an interview scheduled with Brian Shaw, but I am told that is just window dressing. They are talking contract with Kidd, who is in the process of building a coaching staff. The bottom line is that the Nets believe they have found their guy.

But have they?

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Getzeiler: If Spurs seem desperate for title, that’s because they are

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200px-David_Robinson_(Team_USA)When the San Antonio Spurs beat the New York Knicks in the 1999 NBA Finals, it was considered a championship coronation for long-time Spurs center David Robinson.

With plenty of help from second-year power forward Tim Duncan, that title validated Robinson’s career. But more importantly, it spawned a run of sustained success that is incredibly unique in the NBA, especially for a small-market franchise like the Spurs.

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Podcast: Brian Geltzeiler on WFAN in New York

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This is the part of the playoffs where things get interesting — or they don’t.

If the Rockets win Game 3 against an Oklahoma City Thunder team that will be without Russell Westbrook, then it’s an interesting series. If the Rockets lose, don’t waste your time on Game 4.

Same thing with Spurs-Lakers — although the urge to watch El Lay’s funeral might actually make Game 4 a compelling view.

If the Knicks win tonight in Boston, it’ll be another pity party to view on Sunday. If the Celtics win, that’s a whole different story.

That’s the beauty/ugly factor for you, and I discussed the possible twists and turns in several NBA playoff series in this interview with Marc Malusis on WFAN in New York.

Enjoy.

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Geltzeiler, The Envelope, Please — Part II (The Geltzies)

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(Yesterday, Chris Bernucca tried to influence my official NBA ballot with his choices for postseason awards. Today, we get more of the same from Brian Geltzeiler of Hoopscritic.com and SheridanHoopsRadio. I’ll publicize my picks after I cast my ballot in the wee hours of Thursda morning-CS)

BrianGeltzeilerThe dying days of the NBA regular season are upon us. A few teams that are in the playoffs are still jockeying for seedings, and we won’t know until late Wednesday night whether it is the Los Angeles Lakers or the Utah Jazz who will qualify for the final spot.

Strangely, the Lakers can finish as high as sixth with the right confluence of events.

Or, they could be packing their bags for the offseason on Thursday morning if they lose to the Houston Rockets and the Utah Jazz manage to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies.

In the East, all that’s left to be determined is who will face the No. 3 Indiana Pacers and the No. 4 Brooklyn Nets. Chicago holds the tiebreaker edge over Atlanta.

This is also the time of year when I take the opportunity to hand out my own unique docket of awards that I have dubbed The Geltzies. Many of these are my take on traditional awards that the league gives out, and many of these are the polar opposite of that.

Without further ado, I present to you the third annual edition of “The Geltzies”

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