(READERS: Jan Hubbard suggested this morning that the staff make lottery predictions. And while I am comfortable myself predicting a Nuggets win with the Knicks’ combination of numbers, it is truly a guessing game. So you have my guess, and here is Hubbard’s — in a column originally published Jan. 11-CS) While Laker haters throughout the NBA are able to enjoy the struggles of one of the two most successful franchises in the league, they perhaps have overlooked the irony of
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.
The Lakers have a Dwight dilemma. They can pin their hopes on Howard re-signing with them over the summer, taking an enormous risk by doing so, or they can go the prudent route and flip him for a wheelbarrow full of rebuilding assets.
What shall be our parting memory of Carlos Boozer? Him sitting on the bench for the final 14 minutes. What shall be our parting memory of Josh Smith? A 21-foot fadeaway jumper, when the Hawks needed him to attack the rim, that never had a shot. And those were the losers whose seasons ended Thursday night. What of the night’s other loser, the Los Angeles Lakers? Let’s just say that if Pau Gasol is that unassertive in the Olympic gold medal game, the United