Tuesday, February 27, 2007

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

AP Photo/Pat Sullivan
WADE DISLOCATES HIS SHOULDER!

Just after Shaq and Pat Riley return it appears Flash may be out for a while also. Last night in a game against the Rockets he sat on the bench and it looked like he was really in pain.

"I knew it was pretty serious when I looked at him," teammate Shaq said. "His shoulder has been sore the last couple of weeks and he just got hit the wrong way. I think it popped out of place. But he's a tough kid. He's going to do what needs to be done to get back." Quote From ESPN

I think this puts an end to that big run the Heat needed to go on to get where they were last season. I'm not saying they won't make the playoffs, but their rhythm will be off if Wade has been out of the lineup and then comes back.

GET WELL SOON FLASH!
A FEW DEALS MADE BEFORE TODAY'S TRADE DEADLINE!

Today marked the trade deadline for the NBA and very few teams were active.

First, the biggest deal in my opinion today was Fred Jones and future considerations to the Blazers and Juan Dixon to the Raptors. I think Dixon is a great player, but I want to see if he fits into Toronto. Fred Jones was inconsistent as a Raptor and should develop more on a bad team like the Blazers.

Next, the Mavericks dealt Anthony Johnson to the Hawks for a second round pick. I like this deal for the Mavs because Johnson is a good player but didn't get enough playing time in their system. It doesn't matter what the Hawks do until they start winning but this won't hurt them.

The Sixers shipped Alan Henderson to the Jazz for 2007 second-round draft picks. I like this move for the Sixers more than Jazz because they need more young talent as they rebuild and Henderson doesn't do much but rebound. I think it gives the Jazz some depth down low and adds a scrappy rebound specialist to their attack.

NO BLOCKBUSTERS THIS TIME!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

PAT RILEY BACK ON HEAT BENCH TONIGHT!

Pat Riley, Head Coach of the Miami Heat, will return to the bench tonight against the Rockets at 9 pm Eastern time on ESPN. I think this is the step that will result in a great second half of the season for the Heat. The fill in for Riley, Ron Rothstein, did a great job. Even though The Heat went up and down during the season without Shaq, he gave his all. The players should thank him for his effort and be grateful for all his help.

NOW IT'S TIME FOR THE HEAT TO SIZZLE!

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Photo by: Nathaniel S. Butler
ALL STAR SATURDAY BIG HIT!

Watching All Star Saturday night last night was a blast!

First, in the Shooting Stars contest, the Pistons won by default over the Bulls. The Bulls were unfortunately disqualified because of Ben Gordon shooting too early. This is unfortunate, but Gordon has to know when to take his shot.

Next, I want to talk about the hilarious race between Sir Charles and Dick Bavetta. Charles really lead all the way and showed his great skills. Also, they raised good money for charity after the race.

Jason Kapono stole the show in the three point shootout, and the Heat won not only one but two events with Wade winning the skills challenge. I thought Agent Zero would be right there, but he lost his rhythm after the first round of shooting. The biggest disappointment in this contest was Jason Terry, who scored 10 in the first round and was easily ousted.

In the best contest of the night, Gerald Green took home the crown in the Slam Dunk contest. The judges need to grade more for creativity and watch more replays, because these dunks were better than they were scored. Dwight Howard put a sticker on the back board! Wait, I'm not sure you heard that: DWIGHT HOWARD PUT A STICKER ON THE BACK BOARD! MJ is a great guy and player, but even though you've done every dunk these guys are recreating, you have to score higher.
TIME FOR THE ALL STAR GAME!

Saturday, February 17, 2007

ROOKIE CHALLENGE NO PROBLEM FOR SOPHOMORES!

The first of the All Star weekend festivites kicked off with the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam, a blowout for the Sophomores 155-114. MVP went to David Lee of the Knicks. He got the award for dunking about 90% of his shots and making two free throws, which in my opinion, overlooked the overall play of Chris Paul. I know the NBA is about trying to bring back the run and gun game and usually awards scoring instead of the little things, but Paul had 12 assists in the first half alone.

On the Rookie side, I think the best player was Rudy Gay or maybe Milsap because he stopped some of the bleeding and had some nice plays under the basket.

This game is all about putting on a show. I think the Sophomores wanted to come out and crush the hopes of young ones. The Rookies were just looking in the crowd and smiling because they were at All Star weekend and totally forgot to get back on defense.

If you care, the All Star Celebrity game was won by the West 40-21. This is a high scoring margin for this game! Not really, but Tony Potts, co-anchor of Access Hollywood won MVP because he can shoot. Go to www.nba.com for extra cool videos and information on the game.
NOW IT'S TIME FOR ALL STAR SATURDAY!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

TIM HARDAWAY BASHES GAY PEOPLE

Tim Hardaway, former Heat player, tarnished his image by making crude and cruel comments about his feelings towards gay people. This blew my mind when I read about it because I have had a friendship with Tim when he was with the Pit Bulls in the ABA. A few years ago when I heard about Tim Hardaway starting an ABA team I quickly wrote him an email and was pleasantly surprised when I got a signed letter back from him. This letter invited me to a game and to be an honorary ballboy. Tim Hardaway gained my respect from more than what he did on the court, because he was nice enough to write to a kid and make me feel good. Now, however, I am sad and shocked that Tim would lash out at gay people. He made a terrible mistake and has apologized for it but it won't make up for what he said. He should have known better. I thought he was smarter than that.

If you want to read what Tim said, go to www.ESPN.com.

Monday, February 05, 2007

DUNK CONTEST PARTICIPANTS AND JUDGES ANNOUNCED!

The NBA released the names of the judges of the dunk contest during All Star Weekend in Vegas, and the dukers they will be judging. Here is a list of the judges: The Great MJ, Kobe Bryant, Vince Carter and Dr. J. These are great picks and it should be interesting to see if old school votes differently from the new school. The four participants are: Tyrus Thomas, Gerald Green, Dwight Howard and last year's champion Nate Robinson. I don't know if I agree with putting two big guys in (Thomas and Howard), but hopefully I will be pleasantly surprised. My prediction for the winner would have to be Green, because he got more playing time this season, and will probably come in with more confidence and creativity. Robinson hasn't had a lot of highlight dunks like the masterpiece artworks I have seen from Green this season.
IT'S A DUNK OFF, BUT WHO WILL WIN?

Friday, February 02, 2007

ALL STAR RESERVES ANNOUNCED!

The NBA All Star games reserves have been announced for both conferences and I want to break down the ones that interest me.

First, in the Eastern conference. What first jumps out at me is why wasn't there a message in big print on the ballots saying, "DON'T VOTE FOR ANYONE FROM THE ATLANTIC, THEY ARE HORRID TEAMS." I know the game is to produce an exciting up the court I am going to score more than you kinda game, but the Atlantic is the worst division ever in basketball this season in my opinion. The players who made it from the Atlantic are VC and JKidd. I don't want to take anything away from these players and their achievements this year, because let's face it, if you are in that division right now there is one record over 500. No one from those teams should make it, with one exception though, Bosh. The reason Bosh is allowed is because his team has made improvements this year and he is a big factor in leading them into an elite state.

Now to the conference that isn't under 500., the West. I like the fact that Melo was left off the team. He missed some games and needs to repair that tiny dent on his image that took place in New York, to please the voters. I think he may be a frontrunner to replace Yao who won't play. I love how the West looks.

For all of your information on the All Star game, stay tuned here on Basketball Notes by Alex and log onto: http://aol.nba.com/allstar2007/ the official website of the All Star game. One other thing I want to note on. I am writing a weekly column for the Spanish basketball website www.bkball.net in English to give them more English along with the Spanish content. Please check out that wonderful site also.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

ROOKIES VS. THE SOPHOMORES GAME PLAYERS ANNOUNCED!

The All Star weekend event will be a dunk fest and some other players have made good adjustments to make it to Vegas.

Here are the players:
Rookies- Andrea Bargnani, Jordan Farmar, Randy Foye, Jorge Garbajosa, Rudy Gay, Paul Millsap, Adam Morrison, Brandon Roy and Marcus Williams.

Sophomores- Andrew Bogut, Andrew Bynum, Monta Ellis, Raymond Felton, Danny Granger, Luther Head, David Lee, Chris Paul and Deron Williams.

Both are good groups with a few surprises. Big thumbs up to all the new talent that got in!

CAN YOU WAIT UNTIL THE ALL STAR WEEKEND? I CAN'T!!!