The race for the conference championship in the National Basketball League’s Western Conference is turning out to be a two horse race between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs. Both teams are head and shoulders above the other teams in the Western Conference and the competition for the title should be a compelling story line for the remainder of the season.
If the Spurs are to win the Western Conference title, they are going to need to get continued production out of their aging stars. Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker Continue Reading »
The newest team in the NBA is the Oklahoma City Thunder, better known as OKC. This team was founded as a replacement for the Seattle Sounders who were disbanded a few years ago. There will issues with building new facilities in Seattle, which the government there was unwilling to contribute towards. As a result OKC was formed and they are actually doing quite well in the NBA.
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The Lakers have a difficult time beating the Charlotte Bobcats. For years, the Lakers have tried to solve this riddle as a multiple time championship team seems to have difficulties against the Bobcats.
Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol seem to have trouble scoring on a very athletic Bobcats team. The Bobcats with Kwame Brown and Boris Diaw make life very difficult on the Lakers. Diaw is a mult-dimensional big man who can make teams pay that don’t understand how to guard him. He can make the extra pass when Continue Reading »
After a disappointing second round lost to the eventual NBA champion, Dallas Mavericks, many questions surround the Los Angeles Lakers for next season:
Can they win a championship without Phil Jackson at the helm?
Will new head coach Mike Brown’s scheme take full advantage of the current Laker roster?
The Masters of Prognostication (the Las Vegas oddmakers) will have the Lakers near the top when they’re projecting the odds for the 2012 NBA title Continue Reading »
The rule changes that the NBA have implemented will indeed affect how the game is played in the NBA. The NBA has said that it wanted to eliminate players confronting referees about calls on the court. They have given the referees more power to give players technical fouls. This leads to the opposing team getting a free throw at the other end of the court.
This is a rule that can change the pace of the game and also places too much control of the game into the hands Continue Reading »
You’re sitting around watching game after game on your Direct TV satellite but all you really want to know is who’s going to go free agent when summer hits? The ball’s already rolling on some of these players but we’ve got the scoop on who’s most likely to go rogue this summer in the NBA.
The Cavs have Anthony Parker who is, as of now, totally unrestricted. After the Lebron fiasco, though, no player is likely to leave the Cavaliers in the lurch.
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Antoine Walker was a fine player in his day. Many fans around the league, however, believe that day has passed. Walker himself, however, is not one of those critics. Now playing with the Idaho Stampede of the National Basketball Developmental League (sweet, sweet irony for a 34 year old former all-star to be playing in a “developmental” league), Walker is attempting a comeback to the NBA stage, several years after his peak performance days have passed. Though Walker has put up lofty point totals over a handful on NBA seasons, even a 20 PPG average in Atlanta after his most productive stint in Boston, Walker is a relic of a bygone era in NBA basketball, and not a good one according to most analysts. The Iverson Era, as it could be best summarized, saw the NBA culture lift up chuckers, players who hoisted endless shots of questionable selection, surrounded by role players less demanding of the basketball. When professional players are shooting 30 times a game, after all, it should be relatively easy to fill up the scoring column of the stat sheet. Antoine Walker was among the league leaders year in and year out in three point shots attempted. One would have to scroll a little further down to find his name in three point shots made, just a 32.5 career three point shooter. Not to say Walker didn’t contribute in other areas. During his earlier days, the Big Wiggle was a fine rebounder, regularly averaging 8 a game, even breaking the 10 rebound barrier in his second NBA season. As his body wore down and minutes dwindled over the course of his final three seasons, however, those numbers dropped from 8.3 to 5.1 to 4.4 to 3.7, alongside a similar decline in scoring average. Continue Reading »
If the past 2 weeks of conversation out in Vegas are to leave any indication of the NBA’s future, professional basketball fans across the country should have their seat belts fastened, table trays put away and seats returned to the upright and locked position. Negotiations as the new Collective Bargaining Agreement approaches are sure to be turbulent with major delays (in actually regular season playing time no less) seemingly inevitable at this point. Early figures released by commissioner David Stern‘s office report that the league lost an estimated 370 million over the course of last season. The players union disputes this figure, claiming the league’s figures could be off by as much as get this 370 million. For those keeping track at home, that’s exactly 100 of the approximated total, meaning all negotiations will be more or less starting from scratch. Though the NHL, MLB, NFL and NBA have experienced stoppages of play at the hands of financial disputes before, the disparities between contentions of the players and owners may have never been so bleak. Continue Reading »
With John Wall entering the Capital City as arguably the most well known new resident not elected by the general populace, the Wizards one-time most celebrated player may soon be on his way out. In order for Washington to ship out Gilbert Arenas, they’d have to find a suitor both willing to deal with his questionable decision making, high priced contract and recent injury history. In other words, options are limited, but if Wizards’ brass believes there’s not enough space in their backcourt for a power struggle, or are worried about Agent Zero’s influence on the prized rookie, look for Arenas to be suiting up elsewhere or sitting at home come October. Looking around the league, two teams seem desperate enough to take a chance on the troubled superstar.
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