Monday, November 24, 2008

Wiz Pull The Plug On Jordan!

The Washington Wizards fired their head coach Eddie Jordan, making them the second team to give someone the ax. I agree with this move, the Wizards have the same team they had last year, they've only lost Haywood and Arenas (who was out this time last year anyway). Haywood is a big part of their front line, but you'd think they'd be able to better than they have been.

I don't really know what can cure this team, we'll see what they can come up with. Just like with the Thunder, I feel it's good to throw away this season to get a good lottery pick. Not that I like it when teams don't try, I just am putting the best strategy for the long term on the table.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

My Thoughts On The Knicks Deals!

The New York Knicks made two big deals yesterday. First, they traded Jamal Crawford to Golden State for Al Harrington. Then, they sent Zach Randolph to the LA Clippers for Cuttino Mobley and Tim Thomas. These aren't really great basketball trades, but they're still great trades. The Knicks have freed up some money to run after LJ and one of his friends.

Stephen A. Smith explains:

I don't think a pairing of LJ and Amare Stoudamire would be bad. I agree that Walsh made great moves, but he's still got to back this up get the big money guys in 2010. If he can't do that, this was all done for nothing. But, like I said before, I have faith in him. I hope all of New York does, they've still got to employ patience.

I wonder if they're going to trade away high draft picks to keep cap space open. I wouldn't be surprised to see them near the top of the lottery, especially since they lost their threat down low.

Anyway, good job Knicks management! It feels good to write that.

Thunder Fire Carlesimo, WTF?

The Oklahoma City Thunder have fired head coach P.J. Carlisemo because the team they put together is 1-12. I feel this move makes absolutely no sense. I would give Carlisemo an extension for starting 1-12. My reason: this team is going NO WHERE this year, we knew that. So why not get a lottery pick that's in the top three? I don't think any coach currently unemployed can really change the Thunder.

This organization reminds me of the LA Clippers before they spent a couple dollars. They will be terrible for at least a few years to come. I hope a better coach can come in and do something, but the odds are really against him.

Let's hear what you think of the move in the comments.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Dirk Cites Insider Trading For Mavericks Decline!

Here's a report from an inside source:
When asked about why his Dallas Mavericks are competing with the Grizzlies (each are 3-7) Dirk said, "look we traded that young kid who was good and young, got a tremendous prehistoric point guard, problem is he's just too old to get me a ring." He thinks the trade could not have been Cuban approved, "I feel it was those damn Grizzlies, they were responsible for the Gasol trade, they must have had something to do with this deal."

Obviously I'm just looking for a good way to bring up how bad the Mavs have been early on (no offense, JKidd). I mean, come on, I thought they might compete for a playoff spot. From what I've seen early on, they're not going to do it. They have Josh Howard, Dirk, a declining Kidd, and don't forget Jason "the jet" Terry; you think they'd be able to do something.

Only time will tell with this squad. Looking at their next 10 games (including tonight against the Bobcats), I think this will have to be where they prove themselves. If they win five of 10, I think it will be a dramatic mental drop down for them. They are facing the Lakers, Rockets and Suns, those should be good tests. I would say winning seven of these 10 would be a big success for them. You know they're going to bring it for the elite, their games against LA and Houston will be on national TV.

I feel a deal could help as well. They need a better point guard off the bench. I would do either of these three things- trade Jerry Stackhouse for a decent point guard (not a great chance of happening), buyout Stackhouse and look into the free agent market for a guard (maybe), I really like the idea of moving Jason Terry to the bench. He's an energy guy and giving him major minutes off the bench will boost productivity and the energy level off the bench.

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Knicks Aren't Terrible, But They Fell Apart

The Knicks played well for four and a half quarters, but they let the Mavericks come back and steal one in overtime 124-114. The Knicks fell apart; allowing a 19-2 run in the last 6:27 of the game. Mike D'Antoni was furious and I felt his pain. The Knicks seemed to be missing layups left and right, I felt like I was watching Kwame Brown when he was in LA.

Dirk Nowitzki and Zach Randolph had incredible games. Dirk put in 39 points (26 in the first half) and pulled down 15 boards. Randolph got 27 points and reeled in 18 boards. The problem for the Knicks was Randolph wasn't there late. The Knicks have to learn to maintain their level of play throughout a close game.

To be honest, I didn't expect a whole lot more out of the Knicks this season. I thought, well, they'll be better with D'Antoni, but their intensity and enthusiasm won't be there. Well, I was wrong. Even though they're still not good enough to make real Eastern noise, the atmosphere around their team is finally helping their squad. Once they get the Marbury buyout done and over with, they'll start to ease more into the right direction. The future is bright in New York Knicks basketball.

By the way, I know I haven't been posting consistently enough, expect that to change. I will be posting much more as my schedule is more flexible now.

Photo by: Mary Altaffer

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Hawks Comeback to Beat Sixers!

The Hawks beat the Sixers in an incredible come back. They were down by as many as 23 points, but they came back inch by inch in the second half. Guys like Josh Smith and Joe Johnson were the key down the stretch. For three quarters, Smith played a terrible game. But by the fourth, he was hitting clutch shots and making needed plays.

In the first half, it was all Sixers. In the second quarter, my Philly breakout pick-Thaddeus Young had an incredible quarter. He went four of six from three for the game and hit about three in the first half. One big mistake the Sixers coaching staff made was taking him out of the game. That made him loose his rhythm and it probably would've have helped if he had time to test that hot streak. Either way, Young played great.

I also felt that while watching this game that the Sixers looked like the Pistons did last year. A team that gets too confident and disregards what the other team can do. They're offensive game became really flat and they let the Hawks feed off of energy from their home crowd.

Joe Johnson makes my choice for player of the game easy. If you forget the stats (even though they were great), you can tell he carried this team down the stretch. His best shot was with under a minute to go on a possession when they had a two point lead. The Sixers defense was all over him, but, after taking some time off of the shot clock, he drained a 30 footer. That's a shot that only the LeBron's, the Kobe's and I guess the Joe Johson's can make.

If you didn't get a chance to see this one, you missed out. It was a great game with some teams that could develop a nice matchup for the future.

Photo by: Scott Cunningham