The NBA, arguably better than any major sport, has made extreme efforts to become a global league. While it’s not reported on consistently in the media, both the NBA and the NFL have an eye on London as the hub of a new international team.
Is it an honor to go last? I hope that’s what Sheridan was thinking when he assigned my the final edition of our senior staff writers’ 10 Season Predictions.
The funny thing is that I am enough of a senior citizen to have had each of our esteemed prognosticating vets (Sheridan, Mark Heisler, Jan Hubbard, Chris Bernucca, Peter May) cover me with a notebook and tape recorder in their hands.
And now I am an ink-stained wretch just like them. Woo-hoo.
SH Blog: Gasol Stands His Ground In LA; Attorney Claims Perkins Is Innocent; Beasley Punches Self In Head
There is hope that Kobe Bryant will return early this season, but at age 37 and coming off a torn Achilles, the Black Mamba returning as his former self is no certainty.
So as Gasol enters the final year of his contract with the Lakers, that precarious question has been asked: will Gasol take less money to help the Lakers improve next year?
Daily Trivia: During the 2009-10 season, which team became just the fifth team in NBA history to lose 70 games in a single season?
Pau Gasol unlikely to take a pay cut to remain with the Lakers
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With his free agency pending once the 2013-14 season concludes, Pau Gasol has made it clear that his chances of taking a significant pay cut to remain with the Los Angeles Lakers are slim to none. Gasol has recently talked openly about keeping his options open. Per the Los Angeles Daily News , when asked if he would be willing to take a significant pay cut in the interest of the Lakers maximizing financial flexibility his response was,”Probably not.” he said. “You have to explore your options, but I would like to continue to play for the Lakers and maybe finish my career here. But you have to see the cards on the table.”
Kendrick Perkins denies wrongdoing in alleged assault case
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The attorney for Oklahoma City center Kendrick Perkins has released a statement denying any wrongdoing in the pending assault case against his client. Perkins is accused of punching a woman and her brother. Per NewsOk.com: “Kendrick Perkins did nothing wrong, and I am confident that he will be exonerated,” said Matt Hennessy of DeGuerin, Dickson, Hennessy and Ward. “My client takes these charges very seriously. He is a respectful and kind person and is anxious to address these charges for the sake of his family and his team. We will defend these allegations vigorously in court.”
Jason Collins confused on why no NBA team has signed him
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As the first openly gay NBA player, Jason Collins has already cemented himself in history in that regard. A career journeyman, having played for over 12 years on six different teams, Collins questions why he hasn’t received interest from an NBA team already. Despite being a moderately average player for most of his career with averages of 3.6 points and 3.8 rebounds, it does bring to question if his sexual orientation has kept teams from signing him. Per The New York Times: “You don’t want to speculate – I don’t go there,” he said, while picking at a bowl of greens in a cafe in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles, near where he lives.However, while conceding he would at this stage of his career be at the lower end of a team’s depth chart, he admitted being perplexed because, he said: “I feel there are players in the league right now that, quite frankly, I’m better than.”
Trivia Answer: The New Jersey Nets
Although I wouldn’t consider myself to be a serious bettor, I do enjoy an occasional trip to Las Vegas, where the betting is legal and sometimes expensive. Vegas is the ultimate venue for those who believe they are blessed with the power of clairvoyance. Think you’re smart enough to predict the outcome of a game, or games? Sports books provide unlimited opportunity for you to prove it.
On an ideal day, I would wish for the ability to make three correct predictions. In Vegas, that is called a parlay and it pays 6-1. Hit a couple of those and you’ve got a lot of room for future error.
As our esteemed colleague Chris Sheridan has and will discover in Vegas, however, predictions – aka bets – come with a price. Hit them, and your bankroll increases. Miss them and, well, the bucks pass to the house. That makes them far more serious than predictions on this web site.
So, with that as a disclaimer, here are a few with some serious; others not so much. You can decide which is which.