Since training camp opened, there have been five significant trades involving 10 teams, 19 players and seven draft picks. The big winners have been a team that got rid of the highest scorer among the traded players and a team that acquired a player who has yet to play. The big loser has been a team that swears by analytics. Another way to look at it is like this: The biggest trades thus far have been the ones that haven’t been made
As an action packed weekend of basketball comes to a close, here’s the good, bad and the ugly of what took place.
Remember that streak of games hot-shooting LeBron James put together last February? Well, he’s doing it again. Much earlier in the season. And for a longer stretch. And if he keeps it up, it will become historic. Because since the ABA-NBA merger, no wing player or point guard has scored this much while shooting this well. Not Dr. J. Not even Michael Jordan. Yes, really. Through the first month of the season, James is third in the league in scoring at 26.2 points per
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Everyone is familiar with that old cliché. It’s one the Grizzlies understand well after the 2012-13 season. Over the past year, there has been a complete changing of the guard in the Bluff City. An ownership swap was the first domino to fall when Michael Heisley officially completed the sale of the team to tech mogul Robert Pera right before the regular season began. From there, the rest of the hierarchy was
Labor Day Weekend is right around the corner, which means most of you are either holding tightly to the last vestiges of summer or getting ready for the beginning of football season. Then there are those of you who are aching and longing for the beginning of the NBA season. You, we like. We write articles like this for you. If you missed Part 1 of our players with make-or-break seasons, take the time to read it, then come back here for
Taking leads from the greatest minds in the Western hemisphere, we awake you with five interesting items from the previous evening. Five games hath the NBA on cinco de Febrero. The Rockets tied an NBA record, the Lakers continued their dominance over the Nets, the Pacers crept closer to a franchise record, and Samuel Dalembert played the greatest game of his career. Yes, Samuel Dalembert. “Hats for bats, keep bats warm…Gracias…”
Lessons learned on Monday? 1) You can’t win the $1,000 Survivor tournament if you get knocked out the first night. 2) Never be ‘sure’ about players. I ‘loved’ Al Jefferson; thought he’d shoot over and duck under Omer Asik with ease. Paul Millsap was another ‘lock,’ as I thought the Jazz would win 115-110 or thereabouts. They got blown out by 45, which never happens in Utah.