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  1. Great piece on Kevin Durant from Corey Elliott - MR. RELIABLE (FYI, Corey Elliot is a contributor for HornSports.com. He is a Senior Writer at the Indy Sports Report and a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association, recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Pacers and has full media access. Follow Corey on Twitter - @CoreyElliot)
  2. Hall of Fame Center Moses Malone died in his sleep last night of an apparent heart attack. He was only 60. RIP to one of the greats. http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/2015/09/13/moses-malone-dies-age-60/72201802/
  3. Since a couple of Texas teams are represented, I thought y'all would appreciate this brief synopsis from UT: Five former Longhorns ready for NBA Playoffs Aldridge, Bradley, Hamilton, Joseph and Thompson are on playoff rosters. AUSTIN, Texas — A total of five University of Texas will be involved in the upcoming 2015 NBA Playoffs beginning this weekend. LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers), Avery Bradley (Boston Celtics), Jordan Hamilton (Los Angeles Clippers), Cory Joseph (San Antonio Spurs) andTristan Thompson (Cleveland Cavaliers) are all currently on their team’s postseason rosters and will begin pursuit of the NBA Championship, when the first round of the Playoffs starts on Saturday, April 18. Aldridge, currently in his ninth season in the league (all with the Trail Blazers), averaged a career-high 23.4 points and 10.2 rebounds per game while playing in 71 games during the regular season. He converted 46.6% from the floor and 84.5% from the free throw line this year. Portland (51-31) earned the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference and opens its First Round series against No. 5 seed Memphis on Sunday (7 pm Central, TNT). Bradley, currently in his fifth season in the league (all with the Celtics), averaged 13.9 points and 3.1 rebounds per game in 77 contests during the regular season. He converted 35.2% from three-point range and 79.0% from the free throw line this year. Boston (40-42) earned the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference and opens its First Round series against No. 2 seed Cleveland on Sunday (2 p.m. Central, ABC). Hamilton, currently in his first season with the Los Angeles Clippers after being acquired earlier this year (Feb. 24) and his fourth season in the NBA, averaged 2.7 points and 1.1 rebounds in 8.7 minutes per game in 14 contests during the regular season with the Clippers. Los Angeles (56-26) earned the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference and opens its First Round series against No. 6 seed San Antonio on Sunday (9:30 p.m.Central, TNT). Joseph, currently in his fourth season with the league (all with the Spurs), averaged 6.8 points and 2.4 assists in 18.3 minutes per game in 79 contests during the regular season. He converted 50.4% from the floor and 73.4% from the free throw line this year. San Antonio (55-27) earned the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference and opens its First Round series against No. 3 seed Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday (9:30 p.m. Central, TNT). Thompson, currently in his fourth season in the league (all with the Cavaliers), averaged 8.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in 26.8 minutes per game while playing in all 82 contests during the regular season. He converted 54.7% from the floor this year. Cleveland (53-29) earned the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference and opens its First Round series against No. 2 seed Celtics on Sunday (2 p.m. Central, ABC).
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  5. Breaking news: LA out for next 6-8 weeks for surgery to repair radial collateral ligament tear in his thumb; return early to mid March. Portland with some bad luck right now.
  6. Dirk scored 14 points tonight in the Mavs' win over the Lakers, giving him 27,322 career points in the NBA, which is good enough for 8th all-time in the league. As a Mavericks fan I am incredulous. Seems like Dirk started in the league just yesterday. Up next for Dirk is Moses Malone with 27,409 points at #7.
  7. It's been far too long since I've posted anything here on Hornsports so I thought I'd come by and post a brief run down of the picks last night. I'm not grading these picks, rather giving reasons as to possibly why each team chose who they chose. It was a fun draft to watch even though there wasn't "top talent". There were still surprises and a lot of team/player movement via trades. There was so much movement going on that the ESPN crew couldn't even keep up with it as they broke down the picks. Woj and Yahoo did a great job as usual announcing the trades as they happened. Too bad they can't do the coverage. I actually would rather see Charles Barkley and the TNT crew cover the draft, and really anything. Just anything is fine with me if they cover it. Funny guys when they are together. Let's jump in and try to sort this all out. Round 1, picks 1-30 1. Cavs - PF Anthony Bennett, UNLV Arguably the most stunning pick of the night, the Cavs selected Bennett after many "experts" pegged Noel, Len, Oladipo, and McLemore here. But when you think about it, is it really that stunning? One of the greatest things about drafts is the poker/chess game teams play. The Cavs clearly wanted to trade out of this spot, that was a fact. So in order to try to find a trade partner, they expressed interest in guys other teams may want. They were intentionally letting it leak that they had interest in Noel, Len, etc. But did you ever hear anything about them having interest in Bennett? Ideally, the Cavs would have liked to move back to 4-6 range. Bennett was largely projected to go around there. Had the Cavs traded back, they could have picked up another pick or asset and likely still gotten their guy. But Bennett is no scrub #1 pick, and a guy my roommate has been clamoring about ever since the NCAA season ended. He has a strong NBA body at 6'8" and can score down low or beyond the arc. He weight is a bit of a concern, but he's a driven player so I don't think it will be an issue. I like the pick for the Cavs, as it gives them a big who can do a lot of different things for them. 2. Orl - SG Victor Oladipo, Ind I didn't think there was any question who Orl would pick. They had already made it be known they wanted to shop their current SG, Afflalo, and they are continuing to work with the Clippers about Eric Bledsoe for Afflalo. But more so, Orlando's GM comes from OKC. Well OKC just so happens to have an athletic guard they covet by a guy named Russell Westbrook. Oladipo won't be a PG like Westbrook, but he has the athleticism and some intangibles Westbrook has. Watch out for ORL. Their young core will be good in a couple of seasons. 3. Wash - SF Otto Porter Jr, GT I missed on this pick. Many different sources pegged Otto here and I fell into the trap thinking it could be a ploy. Why? I saw that Trevor Ariza had opted back in for a year and Chris Singleton, a former 1st Rd pick was still on roster at SF as well. But I over thought this pick. Trevor Ariza will be gone after a year. And Singleton hasn't improved that much at all since coming into the league. Porter Jr. teamed with John Wall and Bradley Beal gives the Wizards a solid back court with a variety of specialties. Many thought Otto Porter Jr. was one of the safer picks this year and I agree. Comes from a basketball family and knows the business of the NBA. If Washington can improve their locker room culture, this trio is another young group to watch out for. Now Washington's focus should shift to post players. Nene and more so Okafor are getting up there in age. 4. Cha - F/C Cody Zeller, Ind When making Mocks, I try to take into account the personality and past decisions of those in charge of the teams. With Ben McLemore still on the board, I was almost positive that MJ would want to select the talent scorer. But luckily MJ went with his basketball guys and realized that Josh McRoberts starting at PF isn't ideal at all. I was wondering if MJ would go with Zeller and he did. He also passed up on the injured Nerlins Noel, which I thought was another smart move by Charlotte. Zeller wasn't talked about as much as other prospects but I'm very high on him, as some of you may know. At worst, he will be an athletic 7'0" PF/C who gives 110% effort on both ends of the floor and can score some. At best he will be an All-Star, blue collar type post player. Solid pick Mr. Jordan and he will go well next to Biyombo. 5. Suns - C/F Alex Len, Maryland The Suns got their guy. I wasn't sure he would be here but they lucked out and were able to draft the traditional low post center. With Gortat in his last year, and likely on the trade block, and Scola as your only other post player, Len has the chance to turn into the Suns franchise post player. He has good moves on both ends of the floor and has the potential to be one of the best centers (and maybe play some PF as well) in the game. I'm a Len supporter and I think the Suns got a good one. 6. Philly - C/F Nerlins Noel, Ken Biggest surprise of the draft was Philly trading Jrue Holiday for this pick to get Nerlins Noel. When New Orleans drafted him, I just couldn't picture Noel and Davis together side by side. But I also find it weird that New Orleans coveted Holiday as much as they did when they have a pretty good PG in Vasquez already. But this also may be a move to help satisfy Eric Gordon so who knows what their reasoning is. Anyways, for Philly, the Bynum experiment blew up in their face. So they needed a center to replace the free agent. Is it weird that Philly went after another Center who has injury problems? Yes. But at 6, the value is good for Noel so I can't blame Philly for taking him. They also did a decent job of adding back a PG and a coveted 2014 draft pick once it was all said and done. If healthy, Noel can be one of the premier shot blockers in the league. Though his offense needs work. 7. Kings - SG Ben McLemore, Kan This pick is solely best available. And I think it's also safe to say the Jimmer Fredette experiment is done. They were also trying to trade him before the draft and still may. What's interesting about this pick is the Kings have Tyreke Evans playing SG and Isaiah Thomas at PG. I suppose something will happen with Thomas, either a demotion or trade. But he isn't a terrible guard so I'm not sure exactly what the plan is. Maybe McLemore comes off the bench is first season and they go from there? Not sure. But the Kings got a player who could turn into one of the stars from this draft. And at #7, this is great value for McLemore's potential to become a scoring machine and a good all-around guard in the NBA. 8. Det - SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia The best thing Detroit has going for them right now are their young twin towers down low, with Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. I thought Det would have targeted a SF to take Tayshuan Prince's minutes, but maybe there wasn't a guy they liked here. Instead, Detroit took a guard who can flat out score. Though he is still young, it doesn't look like Detroit has been happy with Brandon Knight so this could push Knight to either play better or see his minutes decrease. Also, Jose Calderon isn't getting any younger so finding a replacement for him was inevitable as well. 9. Utah (from Minn) - PG Trey Burke, Mich Surely Minnesota wouldn't draft ANOTHER point guard right? Well they did but later in the draft. This pick went to Utah, and the Jazz may have found a long-term answer at point guard. Trey Burke graded every where from potential all-star to bench warmer. I personally think Burke will be somewhere in the middle as a guy who is a decent guard but could be a journey man or make a living as a back up PG. But he has shown flashes of great ability and he could very well become one of the better PG's in the league. Plus, Utah's best PG was Mo WIlliams. Trying to find improvement over him isn't a bad idea at all. 10. Portland - SG C.J. McCollum, Lehigh All season long last year, I felt that if Portland had better help from their bench they would be a much more dangerous team. They lacked a true scoring threat off the bench and C.J. McCollum can be that guy. Or he could pair up with Damian Lillard and allow Portland to move Matthews to the 6th man role. Either way, Portland needed more depth at guard and they got it. Like Lillard, McCollum comes from a small school so the question marks are there about the competition he's been playing. But if there's any team who's knows something about small-school guards having success in the NBA Portland is up there right with the Spurs. 11. Philly - PG Michael Carter-Wiliams, Syracuse What better way to get over losing a player than to draft his replacement not even an hour after. In a surprising move, Philly traded Jrue Holliday to New Orleans for Nerlins Noel and a 2014 1st rd pick and then picked up PG Carter-Williams with this pick. Carter-Williams is a big 6'5" PG who knows how to dish the rock. But the concern for Philly now is scoring. Evan Turner and Carter-Williams don't necessarily score the ball well so finding points could be an issue. I actually think the Sixers will be one of the worst NBA teams next season. But if there's any season to tank in order to rebuild, this up-coming season is the one to do it in because the 2014 draft is filled with studs, especially at #1 with Andrew Wiggins. 12. OKC - C Steven Adams, Pittsburg My boy James Harden's response on twitter to this pick was "LLOOOOOOOOOOOLLL" which he lated denied ever sending and deleted it. I then lol'd once I read it. But if OKC has been as frustrated as I have been with their starting Center Kendrick Perkins these past couple of season then I see why they wanted to target a big man. OKC was actually trying extremely hard to move up for Alex Len but it didn't work out. Harden's "LOL" was due to the fact that Adams didn't really show much of anything in his only year at Pitt. But he's still a 7-footer who's young and has some potential. And considering that their back-up C is Hasheem Thabeet, OKC could either have found suitable depth and possibly a replacement for Perkins. Or they could have a stable lackluster Centers. These next couple of years will be interesting for OKC. 13. Bos (from Dallas) - C Kelly Olynyk, Gon Boston is in complete rebuild mode after trading Pierce and KG away, but I would have done the exact same move. The last thing you want to be as an NBA team is mediocre. And by trading away their agin stars, Bos got a lot of great assets (mainly draft picks and expiring contacts) to help build for the future. But the building has already begun, and Kelly Olynyk is a great low post pick up for Boston. Olynyk can shoot the rock, but he will need to prove himself as a tough low post player. I like the idea of Sully and Olynyk handing low-post duties. One can bang around down low and one can step out and shoot a jumper. 14. Minn (from Utah) - SF Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA No one saw his stock plummet faster and further than Shabazz Muhammad did this past season. Once thought to be a number 1 pick, some were wondering if he'd get picked in the top-20. Muhammad has NBA potential in him but he also has a lot of question marks. I liked his interview with Shane Battier once he got drafted because Muhammad seemed motivated to start working on his game right then and there. I see Muhammad coming off the bench his first season but what happens after that is up to him and what type of player he wants to be. 15. Bucks - SF Giannis Antetokounmpo Try to say that name 3 times fast... or just one time fast. The 6'9" SF from Greece was one of the more intruiging Euro's in this draft and someone I'm very interested in. He has a body very similar to that of Kevin Durant, though is scoring is no where close to KD's ability. I think a better comparison on how he handles the ball is Nicolas Batum. But either way, Giannis could turn into a dangerous NBA player, or he could never be anything more than a big body. Period. The Bucks really don't have a lot going for them and I would have picked Dennis Schroeder with this pick knowing that it's likely Monta Ellis and/or Brandon Jennings will likely be looking to play else where soon. But if Giannis pans out, he could easily become a focal point for the Bucks. 16. Hawks (from Dallas) - C Lucas Nogueira, Brazil If you didn't know who he was before the draft, you now know him for his huge afro. I honestly don't know much about Lucas other than he's an athletic big who doesn't do one thing great, rather does a lot of things well. And given the Hawks don't have anyone dominant at Center, Lucas could come in next to Al Horford and provide a pretty good duo if he pans out. Good value for the 16th selection. 17. Hawks (from Dallas, from Bos) - PG Dennis Schroeder, Germany Atlanta's biggest win of the night was Dennis schroeder. I think Schroeder could be the best PG of the draft when it's all said and done, though he does need to polish his game. But it's a win due to where they got him in the draft and what they need. Current starter Jeff Teague could be on his way out. But if nothing else, Schroeder will be good depth and could be the starting PG if he proves himself. Another good value pick. 18. Mavs (from Hawks) - PG Shane Larkin, Mia I originally thought the Mavs would take Schroeder due to their need for a back-up PG. But instead they kept sliding back to save money for their pursuit of Dwight and also landed a back-up PG. Many are knocking Larking due to his 5'11" size, but Shane wouldn't be the first short PG to succeed in the NBA and the Mavs didn't seem to worried about that. Larkin has athleticism in his genes from his dad, former MLB and current Hall of Famer Barry Larking, so professional sports isn't a new world for him either. 19. Cavs - SF Sergey Karasev, Russia Daniel Gibson is gone via free agency, and the rebuilding Cavs are in need of another shooter. Karasev is a sniper from the floor and will provide the Cavs with more scoring. The only issue with Karasev (and the Cavs back court) is their need for more defense. So that's still an issue. But Karasev already has a jump-shot that's NBA ready, though he still may play overseas next season. If the Cavs can't defend you then they may just try to out-score you. 20. Bulls - SG Tony Snell, New Mexico When I think about the Bulls roster, I think about a team that needs another scorer from their guards to go along with Derrick Rose. And on top of that, Snell is a shooter who can benefit from the kick-outs Derrick Rose provides from his drives into the lane. Snell is also a good defender. Those attributes combined with Rip Hamiltons increase in age and decline in production give Snell an opportunity to come in and earn some serious playing time early on. 21. Minn - C Gorgui Dieng, Lou With Pekovic gone in FA, the Wolves are in need of body down low to grab boards and play D. Dieng is exactly that guy. He didn't blow anyone away with his play and workouts, but he's a decent option in the middle who could turn into a good post defender and rebounder. 22. Brooklyn - C Mason Plumlee, Duke Plumlee will be a great body to have come off the bench to spell both Lopez and newly acquired Kevin Garnett. He's a smart post player who hustles and can provide a few good minutes in games and playoff series. Also arguably the best player available at this point that's NBA ready. 23. Pacers - SF Solomon HIll, Arizona I honestly don't know much about HIll other than he's a tough and versatile player. But with a couple of other SF's on the board rated higher, seems like the Pacers saw something in Hill that stood out amongst the other guys left and they stuck to their draft board. 24. Knickerbockers - SG Tim Hardaway Jr., Mich Decent selection for the Knicks considering J.R. Smith may be wearing a different jersey next season. But Hardaway Jr.'s name often outweighs his realistic value. Can Hardaway Jr. be a pretty good role player in the NBA? Yea. But I don't see him becoming more than that unless he shows flashes that we've never seen before. But he has good energy and knows the NBA business from his dad. 25. Clips - SF Reggie Bullock, UNC Catch and shoot player, Bullock will likely benefit from all the jump shots the Clippers take with Chris Paul running the point. I also wouldn't be surprised if Bullock is involved in the Afflalo for Bledsoe trade that still may go down between the Clippers and Magic. Not a star in college, but he played for UNC so that's saying something. Likely will ride the bench early on if he stays in L.A. 26. OKC (from GSW, from Minn) - SF Andre Roberson, Colorado I've questioned the Thunder's picks in these drafts. But then again they've turned other draft picks into stars so you have to cut the Thunder some slack with their picks. Roberson will not be a star but he could be a decent role player as he excels in rebounding. I would have gone in a different direction here, but what do i know? 27. Jazz (from Denver) - C Rudy Gorbert, France I don't know much about Gorbert other than he needs a lot of work but that he's the tallest player in the draft. But if you're going to take a flyer on a guy with size like Gorbert, this is a great place in the draft to do it. Who knows how this pick will pan out. 28. Los Spurs - SF Livio Jean-Charles, French Guiana The Spurs draft a foreigner and you almost expect that he will have some type of positive NBA impact at some point. Charles needs a few years overseas to develop. But again, I wouldn't bet against the Spurs when they draft a foreigner. I don't know much else about this guy as well. 29. Suns - SG Archie Goodwin, Ken Suns are clearly building for the future (as they should be) and drafted a project guard who could turn into a solid option at shooting guard down the road. 30. GSW - PG Nemanja Nedovic, Serbia Come again? With Jarrett Jack possibly going to another team, GSW was looking for depth at the guard position. I don't think he is the immediate answer to take Jack's spot but he could be solid, athletic back up in a season or two. Or he could never see the floor... Well folks, that's all I got. Nothing too in depth but some reasons on why teams drafted who they drafted. It was a fun one to watch (though I'm still wondering why the Rockets didn't make any moves... In Morey we trust). Let the Dwight sweepstakes begin, and the rest of the Free Agents fall in line after him. Is it football season yet?
  8. http://m.espn.go.com/nba/story?storyId=11127329 See ya.
  9. Hard to believe DJ has been in the NBA for 5 years now already...... Former Texas point guard DJ Augustin signed a deal to play basketball with the Toronto Raptors. He is lights out from the stripe and will make a nice addition at the point for Toronto. 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right]111[/TD] [TD=align: right]333[/TD] [TD=align: right].333[/TD] [TD=align: right]269[/TD] [TD=align: right]297[/TD] [TD=align: right].906[/TD] [TD=align: right]38[/TD] [TD=align: right]187[/TD] [TD=align: right]225[/TD] [TD=align: right]498[/TD] [TD=align: right]54[/TD] [TD=align: right]3[/TD] [TD=align: right]155[/TD] [TD=align: right]152[/TD] [TD=align: right]1178[/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: full_table] [TD=align: center]2011-12[/TD] [TD=align: right]24[/TD] [TD=align: left]CHA[/TD] [TD=align: left]NBA[/TD] [TD=align: center]PG[/TD] [TD=align: right]48[/TD] [TD=align: right]46[/TD] [TD=align: right]1408[/TD] [TD=align: right]183[/TD] [TD=align: right]487[/TD] [TD=align: right].376[/TD] [TD=align: right]61[/TD] [TD=align: right]179[/TD] [TD=align: right].341[/TD] [TD=align: right]105[/TD] [TD=align: right]120[/TD] [TD=align: right].875[/TD] [TD=align: right]24[/TD] [TD=align: right]85[/TD] [TD=align: right]109[/TD] [TD=align: right]307[/TD] [TD=align: right]36[/TD] [TD=align: right]1[/TD] [TD=align: right]110[/TD] [TD=align: right]65[/TD] [TD=align: right]532[/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: full_table] [TD=align: center]2012-13[/TD] [TD=align: right]25[/TD] [TD=align: left]IND[/TD] [TD=align: left]NBA[/TD] [TD=align: center]PG[/TD] [TD=align: right]76[/TD] [TD=align: right]5[/TD] [TD=align: right]1226[/TD] [TD=align: right]103[/TD] [TD=align: right]294[/TD] [TD=align: right].350[/TD] [TD=align: right]67[/TD] [TD=align: right]190[/TD] [TD=align: right].353[/TD] [TD=align: right]83[/TD] [TD=align: right]99[/TD] [TD=align: right].838[/TD] [TD=align: right]20[/TD] [TD=align: right]71[/TD] [TD=align: right]91[/TD] [TD=align: right]170[/TD] [TD=align: right]34[/TD] [TD=align: right]3[/TD] [TD=align: right]68[/TD] [TD=align: right]64[/TD] [TD=align: right]356[/TD] [/TR] [TR=class: stat_total] [TD=align: center]Career[/TD] [TD=align: right][/TD] [TD=align: left][/TD] [TD=align: left]NBA[/TD] [TD=align: center][/TD] [TD=align: right]358[/TD] [TD=align: right]147[/TD] [TD=align: right]8771[/TD] [TD=align: right]1120[/TD] [TD=align: right]2795[/TD] [TD=align: right].401[/TD] [TD=align: right]417[/TD] [TD=align: right]1126[/TD] [TD=align: right].370[/TD] [TD=align: right]767[/TD] [TD=align: right]880[/TD] [TD=align: right].872[/TD] [TD=align: right]110[/TD] [TD=align: right]545[/TD] [TD=align: right]655[/TD] [TD=align: right]1418[/TD] [TD=align: right]211[/TD] [TD=align: right]14[/TD] [TD=align: right]526[/TD] [TD=align: right]548[/TD] [TD=align: right]3424[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] I prefer to remember him this way: Hook 'Em!
  10. We've awoken from another Dwightmare and this time Dwight Howard has emerged as a Houston Rocket. There's been an endless amount of opinions about Dwight's move in a wide variety ranging from hate all the way to strong support. And it seems like everyone from fans, to players, to front office officials, to members of the media have all chimed in about the move. I myself am a Rockets fan and also have an opinion. But with my opinions, I try to be realistic with my take on situations involving the teams I support and other subjects in the world of sports. So I'm treating this situation with the same realistic approach in an attempt to see Dwight's decision for what it is and the effect his move will have on the Rockets. I'm not shy to admit that I've criticized Dwight Howard in the past for his attitude and behavior. My first criticisms started when the first Dwightmare began in Orlando. But before he flip-flopped back and forth with Orlando, I really liked Dwight. I liked that he was a dominant NBA player who liked to cut up and have fun with his teammates. And I liked watching the Youtube videos of him pulling pranks and being a goofball outside of games when he was around his team. I wasn't a big Dwight follower and didn't always keep up with him. But at the time, I found his "fun" attitude to be acceptable because he was leading a mediocre Orlando Roster to 3 Division Titles and 1 Conference Title from 2008 to 2010. My opinions, however, began to change when he started flipping back and forth with Orlando. I really do like seeing professional athletes have fun while they do their job. But when it's time for business, I hope all athletes use a business-like approach. Unfortunately, that doesn't always happen. And when Dwight couldn't make a decision and drug Orlando around, that rubbed me the wrong way. I still thought he was a great basketball player (still do) and one of the top Centers in the league (definitely is, if not the best), but I didn't like how he was treating the organization and his mentality. But in that whole process, I realized that Dwight's personality was a bigger factor in his basketball profession than I had realized. And from that point on, I knew there were certain teams, players, and coaches he likely wouldn't mesh well with. Why Not L.A.? Dwight still has youthful qualities to this day. Nothing and no one said it better than Dwight himself when he talked about what he did while he made his recent decision. "I went up to Colorado and had a good time. Man, I had a good time. I really enjoyed myself. I played chess, ping-pong and just got away." Playing ping-pong, chess, and enjoying nature? Sounds like my 11-year-old cousin. But because Dwight has these qualities, they are often looked upon negatively. And because he has these qualities, I never saw him fitting in with Kobe and the Lakers. Kobe is a different animal. He seems like a dying breed. He has that old school, step on your throat when you're down, competitive nature. Every chance he gets he wants to not just beat you but dominate you. It's why people either love Kobe or hate Kobe. And this type of attitude and personality doesn't always mesh well with someone like Dwight. I'm not saying Dwight can't be a dominant player in the NBA. Obviously he has been and should continue to dominate down low. But the only way I saw Dwight fitting in L.A. was if Phil Jackson came back to coach the Lakers. Only the Zen master could have balanced all of the egos and personalities on that roster. But Jerry Buss had other plans and decided to blaze his own trail by hiring Mike D'Antoni after he prematurely fired Mike Brown. Hiring D'Antoni was one of the worst decisions Buss could have made. It was terrible due to one simple fact… You can't build the future of the franchise around a low-post center if the coach is trying to implement an up-tempo, fast break style of offense. That just won't work, nor does that make sense. Not to mention D'Antoni hasn't won anything in the NBA, ever. But on top of having problems from a basketball standpoint, Dwight also wasn't a fit from an age and mentality standpoint with the Lakers roster. Which was also a big reason why he decided to leave. In that same interview where Dwight talked about going to Colorado, he added "I want to get back to that person. That's who I am. That's the person that made me who I am and who people love. I have to get back to being that." And Dwight started doing just that by deciding to move to Houston. Kobe, Nash, and Pau are all older players who are more mature (I'd add MWP to this since he's older, but I struggle calling him mature). Dwight is a younger guy with a different mentality. The chemistry wasn't where it needed to be between him and the old guys. With that, Dwight also saw the Lakers aging/injury riddled roster as a concern. And I can see why. Kobe is 34, coming off an Achilles injury, and not getting any younger. Nash will be 40 by the time playoffs start. And both Pau and Metta World Peace are both 33 (I know MWP got amnestied, but at the time he was still on roster). Sure, Dwight could have signed a 5-year deal. But of those 5 years, how many years would that core actually be there and playing at a level high enough to contend for a title? I'd argue 2 years, maybe. So for 3 years of his contract it's fair to think he either has no clue who he will be playing with or he's playing with a very old roster. Compare that to a Rockets core where Dwight is the oldest and where he can be guaranteed to be playing with James Harden for all of his time in Houston (and hopefully Parsons if he resigns in 2015), I can see Dwight's thinking. And then add in the fact that he feels more comfortable around the younger guys, can get low-post help form McHale and Olajuwon, and he doesn't have to deal with the intense media in L.A… It makes sense why he wants to play in Houston. Of course walking away from extra money and from having Kobe Bryant playing alongside you is always a risk. But I get why Dwight decided to become a Rocket. It definitely upset Lakers fans. And I find it funny that they wanted him so badly in LA yet they talk about how terrible he is once he's gone. I think part of their frustration stems from the fact that they realize they are somewhat screwed for this upcoming season, and especially for whatever comes after that. But that's a different discussion in itself. Bottom line is the Rockets are a better fit for Dwight, and Houston should allow him to play better basketball. Remember, having success with your job is largely related to finding a working environment that works for you. The Rockets Moving Forward The Rockets obviously got better by acquiring Dwight. He's arguably the best defensive big man in the league and one of the best, if not the best, rebounders in the league as well. And since acquiring Dwight, I've heard many people saying that the Rockets are easily one of the top teams in the West, specifically speaking, top-3. Even Vegas seems to agree with that thinking. Personally, I think the Rockets can contend for a title with this roster. But I'm not ready to say they are easily one of the top teams in the West. Really, there are about 6 teams that are all strong teams in the west (Spurs, Thunder, Clippers, Memphis, Golden State, & Houston). Yes the Rockets do have James Harden, and yes they now have Dwight. Parsons is also a good player on the wing. But the reality is Harden still has to improve his game to the next level. He had some bad decisions and costly turnovers in the playoffs. Dwight needs to prove he can A) stay healthy keep his attitude and mentality in check. The Rockets still need an answer at PF since right now all they have are young players in Terrence Jones, Donatas Motiejunas, and Greg Smith (Smith plays C & PF). And there needs to be some improvement at PG, whether it be by Jeremy Lin or someone they pick up (I love Patrick Beverly, but as a bench player. I haven't seen enough from him to feel good about him being a consistent starter. Though I have no problem with him starting in certain situations). And though it's not a huge deal, I'd like to see the Rockets pick up another shooting guard to come off the bench. Bottom-line, the Rockets still need to improve if they want to win a title. And we have to remember that they haven't even stepped on the floor yet… Don't get me wrong; I'm very excited about the Rockets. I've had my criticisms about Dwight in the past but there's no denying he's one of the best Centers and players in the NBA. Adding him to a Rockets roster that made it to the playoffs as one of the worst defensive teams in the league can only help the team from a basketball standpoint. And Daryl Morey deserves a ton of credit for sticking to his plan and acquiring Harden, Dwight, Parsons, etc. But realistically, the Rockets aren't the clear-cut favorites to win the West. The West is still a strong conference. But having Dwight roam the paint definitely increases their odds of getting to the finals and it's safe to say they are a "title contender" in the NBA.
  11. Myck announced this morning that he will give up his two years of remaining eligibility with Rick Barnes and Texas and will declare himself eligible for the NBA draft. Nobody should be surprised - and I think it is a good decision for the kid. He is projected to be a late first round/early second round pick and it is probably hard for him to shun the thought of first-round NBA dollars. We lost a lot already with transfers and now it is up to Felix to carry the PG torch for us next season.
  12. No matter what part of the year or season it is, I always enjoy these NBA conversations/debates. Often times there isn't 1 right answer. The conversation itself is what's fun about it. So here's another 1 that's been rolling around in my head. If you could choose sign 1 NBA player to a contract of 6 years to build a team around, who would it be and why? And you cannot choose Lebron James or Kevin Durant. My vote would be James Harden. Why? Well yes, I'm a Rockets fan. But when I try to take my Houston love out of it, this is what I come up with. First off, he's a guy who can score from all over the court. He can hit a 3, he can pull up for a jumper, and he can get into the lane and muscle his way to the rim. And his scoring can come at any point during the game, including the closing minutes. He also is a good free-throw shooter, shooting a little over 86% on the season right now. He also isn't a PG. I'm agree with an that in today's NBA it's tough having your best player also be your PG. Find the last NBA team to win a ship that had it's PG as it's best player? Tough answer to find in recent years. And Harden is not a PG. Besides scoring, Hardin also is a pretty good distributor and rebounder. He averages almost 5 rebounds a game and almost 6 assists a game. And he has his games where he has double digit rebounding and/or assists. And a big key in basketbal, IMO, is ball movement and rebounding. One knock I have on Harden is his defense. He's not terrible, and he's gotten better as the season has progressed. But it's not where it needs to be. In the end, I feel like it would be easy to find players that would play well with Harden. He also has a good team-mentality and demeanor. Not a locker room cancer. Who you got?
  13. As a sports nerd and NBA fan, I always have random thoughts I fire off on twitter throughout the season. I figured I'd start an on going thread where all of us NBA fans can comment, converse, and fire off random NBA thoughts. Feel free to shoot off any analysis or opinions relating to any organization, player, team, trade, etc. You can crack jokes and have fun with it, but do not turn this thread into "personal insult fest 2013".
  14. Do you remember when the Spurs almost beat the Heat in Miami but they came up short 105-100? Do you also remember that same night the Spurs sat 4 of their starters (Duncan, Parker, Ginobili, Green) and the league and old David Stern was upset with the Spurs because the entertainment value of the game had diminished (though I had a great time watching the game, and I'm not even a big Spurs fan). Well David Stern fined the team $250,000 to make an example of the Spurs and moved on from it. Well, apparently the lack of stardome in the building really cut one of the fans deep and he is now suing the Spurs "stating that the team's head coach, Gregg Popovich, "intentionally and surrepticiously" sent their best players home without the knowledge of the league, the team and the fans attending the Nov. 29 game against the Heat." Here is the link to the ESPN article about this idiot: San Antonio Spurs sued by lawyer for resting top players - ESPN In the article the guy compares the players to a piece of meat, basically saying that not seeing them play was like going to a nice Steak restaurant and being served low quality meat... This guy is dumb and from that you should instantly understand where my opinions fell on the matter. This entire story actually sheds light on the line that is often blurred between entertainment and competitive play of sports. But when a coach makes a decision for the better of his team in order to increase the chances of his team winning in the grand scheme of things (because, well, that's his job) then I have 0 problem with that coach... Who is trying to do his job. Look, I get that the fans and NBA were upset. Fans didn't see as many stars as they hoped and the NBA figured they would lose money and ratings. But coach Pop was resting veteran players who had just played 4 road games. This guy is a moron and needs to get over it.
  15. "LIN" Sanity has taken over the NBA! He's hotter than Tebow and got more game than Jesus Shuttlesworth! He's a Harvard graduate with a scorching case of herpes! Fear the LIN!
  16. D-Wade and LeBron might want to wait until after the game is over before making fun of Dirk... He was sick but still played better than LeBron. They notched a win too... http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=V7sNgIaXEhw#at=113

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