....because screw him, the CBA doesn't do anything if guys do not lose money by going somewhere else. Wanna go to Brooklyn go with 40 less million. They can sign Brook Lopez if they want to, Nets couldn't macth deal because they would sign Howard. In this equation Howard makes less and so does Brook and the league wins. Your Otis Smith and you will never be the GM of a NBA franchise ever again after this year anyway. You traded for Areanas (amnesty cost 68 million dollars should be fired for that alone)and Hedo's(3yr) terrible contracts then signed Reddick(2yrs), Richardson (4yrs)and Duhon (3yrs) to bad long deals.You have Jameer's (2yrs)contract and Big Babies (4yrs)around for a while, your Otis Smith and you suck. This may be worst in the NBA as far as deals that go nowhere fast. Portland got Jamaal Crawford at 2 years 5 mill and you sign J.Rich for 4 years 5.4 mill. I would trade Howrd only if a suitor would find away to take all these terrible deals and spread them to teams that want them. New Orleans has a fresh start next year and if im Orlando thats what I want, not continued mediocracy!
deez nuts, where did u get your name from? my friend is going to trademark that name and start making shirts up in FSU, are you damian? lol if you are
I am trademarked, I even started a business packaging peanuts and selling to vedor's outside baseball stadiums. Those nuts inside cost like 5 buck but DeezNutz only 2 bucks!!!
It’s a sad testament to a player who could have been among the all-time greats based on raw ability. If McGrady had pushed himself and found the determination that, say, Kobe Byrant possesses, there’s little question that he could have been a champion and a Hall of Fame player. Instead, at 33 years old he looks like he might wash out of the league altogether, leaving us to wonder what might have been.
Instead, injuries and a lack of postseason success have defined McGrady’s career, and now at 33 years old he seems to have aged at a faster pace than his peers. Even as we talk about how Steve Nash, Jason Kidd and Grant Hill still have plenty left in the tank despite pushing 40, McGrady looks more like a former NBA player.rwqe312fasf23
Once upon a time, Tracy McGrady was considered to be one of the best players in the NBA. The seven-time All-Star and two-time scoring champion seemed destined to be mentioned in the same breath as Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins and Kobe Bryant, some of the most electrifying scorers in the history of the NBA, but he never quite lived up to that billing.
''We still have a lot of work to do,'' Stotts said. ''I thought Damian had a good first outing. He showed good signs, and the movement on our offense was pretty good. Defensively, we can get a lot better.''
"I'd definitely say blocking a shot because that turns into an extra possession for us," Drummond said. "That's when I get the dunks. Without the blocked shot, I get no dunk."
Drummond finished with 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting, seven rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots in 22:37.
"He's a finisher," Frank said. "We have a guy who can dunk. That's an added bonus. We're able to throw it up and he can go get it.-0799078
Frank would probably have been pleased to hear what Drummond said after the game.
"Tomorrow, I got to get better," he said. "Today's over."
One solid preseason game does not make you an NBA All-Star, but this one offered a glimpse of what could be an important, impact player for the Pistons in the not-too-distant future.gsfg3443
OK, now for the bad news. Irving shot just 2-for-15. Last year, he struggled mightily against Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich (then with the Hawks). That continued Friday. Hinrich (14 points, eight assists, four rebounds) blocked Irvings shot twice, stripped the ball from Irving twice, and just generally stayed in front of him. Its nothing to be cry about, though. Hinrichs one of the leagues best backcourt defenders.
With the NBA removing the center position from the All-Star ballot, many players who used to be center eligible will likely see a significant drop in the number of fan votes. Of course, many of these same players’ games more closely resemble that of a traditional power forward than that of a center. Anderson Varejao of the Cleveland Cavaliers may be the classic example of a power forward playing center in the NBA over the past few seasons, but apparently, that is about to change.
The duo of Rivers and Davis figure to be a prominent inside-outside pairing for many years to come if everything goes as planned in New Orleans. For Rivers, he says his goal is to put both Davis and the rest of his Hornets teammates in the position to succeed on a night-in, night-out basis.
When Novak became a free agent this past summer, the Knicks organization was determined to keep him in NYC. The Knicks were able to exceed the salary cap to re-sign Novak only after a surprising court ruling that led to a settlement between the NBA and the players’ union, which gave players claimed off waivers their “Early Bird rights.”[890-809
In addition, Novak also acknowledged that he’d have to continue to improve and expand his game if he wanted to be effective in the future.
“I think defenses are going to know my strengths and run me off the three-point line and do that kind of thing,” Novak explained. “This summer, I definitely put an emphasis on being able to put the ball on the floor. One or two dribbles, using my shot fake more; just understanding how defenses are going to play me.o78o7
“It will be depend on matchups, but I think if that’s something that gives us our best opportunity with Melo on their four man, I know Melo would probably not prefer that, but he would be more than willing to do it if we had to,” Novak said. “And we did have success with him at the four last year. Also, there’s so many in-game adjustments that maybe you start the game with Melo at the three and it goes unnoticed that he’s become the ‘four’ during the game because so many things are changing. Even depending on the team; if they are playing well and one their guys gets hot, he ends up at the four.”oi76t786786
Over the offseason Noah worked hard on his game, and it looks like he might bring a dependable jumper to the equation for the Bulls this season.
“When I’m not thinking, I’m just out there playing ball, the game just comes out a lot easier,” Noah said. “I’ve been working on my game a lot and I’m feeling a lot more comfortable out there shooting the ball and all that.”
But it’s not like Bynum is the only good thing this Philadelphia team has going on. Evan Turner and Jrue Holiday have looked promising so far, and Thaddeus Young and Nick Young have been surprisingly productive early on as well. There’s talent here, but it’s hard to move them up or knock them down these rankings without knowing the fate of Bynum.
Calderon’s injury looked to be the worst by far, as he hit the ground in pain and had to be helped off the court. He was quickly assisted to the dressing room while putting minimal weight on his injured leg.
“The culmination of this decision to move forward, we got to a point where we were pretty transparent, very direct as we are with all our players in this situation. As a fact, we reached a point where we had to make a decision, we made a final proposal on Friday morning that was unacceptable, we then came back to where we were beginning to execute a trade, initiation with another proposal. We were very transparent with James that if this was not acceptable, then we would have to move towards making the best decision for the franchise, given the fact that it was becoming a reality that more than likely, he would be signing elsewhere after the season. Once that reality was met, as we have in the past, this organization turned a page. We started to focus on what’s in the best interest to the program and focus on capitalizing on an opportunity that would help us both in the short term and also continue to strengthen the future of the Thunder organization and building this program in a sustainable fashion.”vsdfads