Only two days after New York finally acquired Carmelo Anthony from the Nuggets, the New Jersey Nets rose from the dead and stole Deron Williams away from the Utah Jazz for Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, two first-round picks, and cash.
In related news, the time and place will soon be announced for the double-funeral of the Jazz fans’ loyalty and the team’s playoff chances. Continue reading
Apparently, Brett Favre and Michael Jordan are still competing over who gets their picture in the dictionary next to the word “comeback.”
A rumor is going around that MJ is aiming for an NBA comeback by the time he turns 50 in two years. It will have been exactly a decade since he last played on an NBA team. And the game has only gotten bigger and faster since then. Would he even have a chance? Continue reading
Winning streaks are in fashion this year. Last season, NBA fans saw only two winning streaks of more than 12 games: Cleveland and Dallas both won 13 games in a row. Half way through this season? The Celtics (14), Spurs (12), Mavericks (12), and Heat (12) have already done it.
But winning isn’t the only kind of streak that’s popular; most of these same teams like to rip off 3, 4, or 5 losses in a row immediately after these periods of domination.
So what’s happening to NBA teams? Why is it either a winning streak or a losing streak? Fatigue? Pressure? Boredom? Continue reading
Warning: Contains NBA conspiracies concerning New Orleans, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, and the Miami Heat.
The NBA has taken operational control of the New Orleans Hornets. What does this mean? Well, a lot of things.
First and foremost, it means the league can now move the team wherever it pleases. One alternative to contraction is to move a team out of smaller market (like New Orleans) into a bigger market that will produce more money. Moving the Hornets would help solve a lot of David Stern’s problems right now. Continue reading
The talent level in the NBA has hit a high point in the last couple of years. A greater number of teams are competitive every year, teams have more depth, and no team is safe during the playoffs. So what is it that makes a few teams rise to the top?
The answer should be obvious after the chaos of last summer’s free agency frenzy: it’s the All Stars. The truly elite players are the thing to push their teams over the edge. And now every team in the NBA is starting to pick up on this fact.
As recently as a few years ago, a team such as the 2002-03 Nets or 2004-05 Pistons could make the Finals two years in a row. One great player and a team of role players who fit well together could win a lot of games. But with the amount of talent in the league evening out the playing field, it takes more than one to make yourself heard in the playoffs. Continue reading
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