On Feb. 1, 2008, Michael Heisley, the owner of the Memphis Grizzlies, and Chris Wallace, the team’s general manager, were the two most vilified men in the NBA. They had just traded Pau Gasol to the Lakers in a move that was seen as one of the most lopsided trades in NBA history. They turned the Lakers into instant championship contenders, while getting pennies on the dollar in return. The package they got included Javaris Crittenton (now out of the League), Kwame Brown, a practically retired Aaron McKie, two late first-round picks, and the rights to Pau’s brother, Marc Gasol. Read More »
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You know how when people are discussing NBA prospects like Jimemr Fredette and everyone – doesn’t matter if it’s an NBA TV talking head or your boy – always hits you with the “Who’s he gonna guard in the NBA?” question? The answer, invariably, is almost always, “ No one.” And that’s because good offensive NBA players cannot be stopped. By anyone. NBA players are the best athletes in the world – no one man can stop an offensively-skilled pro from putting the ball in the bucket. That fact was on full display for all to see last night in the Bulls/Celtics game as Derrick Rose squared off with Rajon Rondo. If you asked 10 NBA scouts to name the best defensive guard in the league, there’s a very good chance they would all go with Rondo, which means he’s arguably the best defensive guard in the world. And Rose lit him up, going for 30 points (on 9-16 shooting!) and eight assists in a 97-81 Bulls victory … Read More »
24-point comebacks are awesome. 24-point comebacks are great TV. But 24-point comebacks can also be disturbing because they take everything you thought you knew and turn it upside down. It appears as if someone needs to inject LeBron James with some tiger blood … Last night in Miami, the Orlando Magic snuck in and broke up a coronation of the Heat, dropping a monstrous “don’t forget about us.” After trailing by as many as 24 points in the second half, the Magic slowly cut down the deficit through a barrage of threes (16-29 on the night) and with some great defense from Quentin Richardson slowing down LeBron. Once Orlando took the lead, they held on for the final few minutes, including a final, frantic possession that saw missed threes from Chris Bosh and James (29 points) to win by three … The game was like watching a movie, and then watching it again backwards. Dwyane Wade (28 points) and James went from electric to ordinary, Gilbert Arenas went from dead to alive and the Miami role players went from deferential to commanding, taking a number of the biggest shots in the final minutes Read More »
Knicks/Magic was easily the best game on Tuesday’s run of NBA matchups with Melo, STAT and Dwight battling with playoff-like intensity in an extremely physical game in an electric arena … When the Knicks came out and started 6-9 Shawne Williams on Dwight Howard, we thought Howard was poised to get himself a 40/20 night (as did Dwight, we’re assuming). And after he steamrolled his way to 22 first half points, he was well on his way. Howard ended up with 30 points, 16 boards and five blocks in a 116-110 win for Orlando … Dwight Howard will beast any team’s front line, but with the Knicks, it seemed to make their front court deficiencies all the more glaring. They have zero depth along their front line, making defending opposing bigs an adventure. And their rebounding? Abysmal. Amar’e Stoudemire played 38 minutes and had only two rebounds (with zero defensive boards)! Their leading rebounder was Landry Fields with 11, and at least half of them were hustle boards tracking down long misses … Another glaring Knicks issue following the Melo trade? Read More »
Words. Dave Dulberg
During a troubling time in the state’s sports scene, Arizona’s aficionados are comforted by the grace in his fadeaway jump shot, the unnatural ease by which he floats through the lane and the work ethic he puts on display hours before the US Airways Center is even near capacity. Steve Nash isn’t just a two-time MVP or a seven-time All-Star, he’s the face of not only a fading Phoenix Suns team, but of a city whose professional sports identity has withered away in recent years as iconic stars like Luis Gonzalez, Randy Johnson and Kurt Warner quietly walked away when their ticking clocks finally wound down.
But with Nash’s Suns falling further behind in the Western Conference standings (15-21), currently sitting in the uncomfortable position of 11th place, where does Suns owner Robert Sarver and Co. go from here? Perhaps Chris Webber was right: It may finally be time to “Free Steve Nash.” Read More »
The Phoenix Suns have rolled through three general managers, three coaches and a slew of All-Stars and talented role players since 2005. After the sale of the franchise from long-time sports owner Jerry Colangelo to businessman Robert Sarver, this question looms: How much time does a team under new ownership need to settle down?
Composing winning teams in the NBA means team ownership must pair talented players with adaptable coaches. But championship-caliber teams keep those pieces static. Retaining players and coaches requires that the ownership have patience and trust in everyone in the organization –- no panicking allowed. Read More »
Despite becoming the most dominant post presence in the NBA, and bringing the Orlando Magic to within an arm’s reach of a world title the last two seasons, Dwight Howard had somehow become an afterthought heading into the 2010-11 season. With new and old fan favorites owning the headlines out East, speculation has emerged that Howard just isn’t on that top-flight level of NBA superstardom. Maybe he isn’t Superman after all, or maybe we’ve just lost sight at how hungry he is to become the greatest of all-time. In Dime #60, I sought to find the rest of the story. Read More »
Combine the typical widespread preseason optimism of every NBA team with the fact that the start of training camp means Media Days all around, and you know why this time of year is always good for blatant bulletin-board material and more subtle jabbing comments … On one hand you have Chris Bosh, who (intentionally or not) sneak-insulted the Raptors by telling everybody that he’s never been in a training camp as intense as Miami’s — probably because they’re focusing on, you know, defense. Read More »
When the 1992 Dream Team was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame last week, Magic Johnson — as the de facto spokesman for the team on stage — saved the coveted “last but not least” status and maybe his most glowing remarks for Larry Bird, his longtime rival.
Watching Bird receive another Hall of Fame honor (he was inducted into the Hall as a player in 1998), I couldn’t help but think that Steve Nash is the Bird of this generation. Read More »