The Golden State Warriors, led by coach Steve Kerr, have the best record in the NBA. Kerr has the Warriors buying and adjusting to the coaching system in his first season. Now, there is no need for having David Lee starting because Draymond Green is doing his best, if not better job than David Lee at playing basketball. Stephen Curry is still the NBA’s best perimeter shooter and Klay Thompson is also a lights-out shooter. If I were playing against the Warriors, I wouldn’t give Curry or Thompson the green light to shoot from three-land or from anywhere on the court. Golden State has two backup guards in Leandro Barbosa and Shaun Livingston who can create shots as well as Andre Iguodala who can manage to play some point for them. You can expect Andrew Bogut to play his all. He is ably-bodied for the assignment to play basketball. The Warriors are playing the basketball and stopping the ball from going into the basket. That’s how they are succeeding as a team.
This is turning out to be a terrific opening game night between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat. The Heat are quicker to the ball and faster on every possession than Boston is. New Heat acquisitions Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis have incredible 3-point shooting ability and it is no question that they are ready to contribute to a Heat team that has a potent offense containing Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. New Celtics acquisitions such as Jason Terry and Leandro Barbosa aren’t having spectacular debuts, but they are contributing. The Heat are leading 100-85 in the fourth quarter with 8:53 left.
Leandro Barbosa is going to join the Boston Celtics. This is a good opportunity for him to get to know Rajon Rondo and play with some of the Celtic greats like Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. Also joining Boston are Courtney Lee and Jason Terry. They may not rule the Eastern Conference like in the past, but they will still be there somewhere at the top of the playoff race.
It seems the U.S. basketball program is intent on making its players going to represent basketball players from this country based on talent and athleticism. If that is the case, the Americans will have trouble defending bigger players whose basketball talents lie in the areas of length and size. They will keep running against the world’s best basketball players and if that is the case, the world will take their bigs and take it down low against the Americans where they lack the size against the world. I think the U.S.A. basketball program should rethink organizing and retooling a reinvented basketball team based on length and size. If I were to organize a team against a Spanish team that has the likes of Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol, and Jose Calderon, I would like to have a defensive-minded and solid distributing point guard in Rajon Rondo. I would like to have Rondo match up against Jose Calderon. What about Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol, you say? Greg Monroe and Lamar Odom. The Gasol brothers gave the Americans a bunch of headaches and the Americans didn’t like the Gasol brothers patrolling the lane. What about Brazil? Leandro Barbosa against Ty Lawson. The quicker Barbosa is a lot to handle for Lawson. Nene? I’d put the lighter Kevin Durant who is my favorite bench warmer on Nene. Durant on the perimeter will open up the paint for Odom and Monroe, whoever is the 4 or 5. Whatever the thinking the U.S. basketball program has about athleticism, it’s working against the world’s best basketball players, however it has trouble defending and keeping the world’s big post players from scoring the basketball on the inside. They might want to rethink about going with length and size, if that’s what they want to see in their own best basketball players.
Hi, NBA summer! Welcome to the NBA off-season where anything can happen. Leandro Barbosa is a free agent and I expect the Indiana Pacers to re-sign him soon. I am interested in how the Chicago Bulls handle new personnel as Marco Bellinelli is on board as Kirk Hinrich is back with Chicago again and Mike James again for another stint. The Bulls also signed Vladimir Radomanovic and Nate Robinson too as well. The Bulls are interested in giving NBA rookie Marquis Teague a chance to do well in the Bulls’ backcourt. That would be possible too as well. The Bulls should be ashamed of themselves for letting Omer Asik leave to play for the Houston Rockets.
The Atlanta Hawks also shook up their roster too by letting Hinrich leave and having traded for Devin Harris from Utah. They also signed Kyle Korver from Chicago also. Sharpshooter Anthony Morrow is on board for the Hawks as well. DeShawn Stevenson from New Jersey (now called the Brooklyn Nets) was also signed and so was Lou Williams from Philadelphia. The Celtics have a new team now that Ray Allen is longer a part of Boston. Jason Terry has been signed on for a championship run and the C’s have gotten Jason Collins and re-signed Jeff Green. They also signed Courtney Lee from the Houston Rockets to replace the sharpshooting that Ray Allen once gave the Celtics offensive fire power. I’m interested in seeing how Jared Sullinger does for the Boston Celtics.
Joe Johnson, Jerry Stackhouse, and C.J. Watson are playing for the Brooklyn Nets and are all seemingly to reside in Manhattan, rather than live in Brooklyn and playing in the practice facilities in Brooklyn, New York.
I’m not looking forward to seeing a lot of dramatic changes in the Charlotte Bobcats, but expect Kemba Walker to improve and do better and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to make a spark there in North Carolina.
Non-USA Basketball Team U.S.A. Basketball team
PG Tony Parker PG Rajon Rondo
SG Leandro Barbosa SG Joe Johnson
SF Andrea Bargnani SF Tayshaun Prince
PF Dirk Nowitzki PF Paul Millsap
C Zydrunas Ilgauskas C Greg Monroe
PG Jose Calderon PG Ben Wallace
SG Manu Ginobli F/C Kevin Durant
SF Carlos Delfino SG/SF Anthony Morrow
PF Tiago Splitter F/C Kevin Love
C Andris Biedrins SG/SF Rudy Gay
PG Patty Mills PG Ty Lawson
SG Marco Bellinelli G/F Josh Smith
If I were to construct a basketball team to play against the Americans, here’s who it would be: Tony Parker would be the point guard here. I like how he’s structured and wired to play his best basketball. Make layups. I also like Leandro Barbosa’s speed here too. Barbosa has a good shooting mechanic. At small forward, I’d put Andrea Bargnani, my guy from Italy. I like having a big guy who is seven feet at small forward. It creates mismatches for opposing forwards. Bargnani can put the ball on the floor if he is being guarded by a slow forward. Dirk Nowitzki is my starting power forward. No questions asked. Nowitzki is a shooting dynamo. You can’t stop Dirk from making his shots. You can only hope to contain him. Zydrunas Ilgauskas is a fabulous center who can make jump shots. At 7-3, you can’t defend his jump shot. On the bench, I have Jose Calderon as my backup point guard who is a heady playmaker and offers steady floor leadership. Manu Ginobli is next on my list. I like Manu’s aggressive drives to the hoop. I like Carlos Delfino here. He is a good shooter and sometimes a willing passer. Then, I’ll have Tiago Splitter manning the power forward and center positions with his rebounding and shot blocking. Andris Biedrins is my backup center and will be relied upon for defense, energy, and rebounding. Patty Mills and Marco Bellinelli fill out the roster with their shooting. Luol Deng is a good option here because I like having Deng on my world basketball team. His all-around game will support his teammates on the offensive and defensive end. Ersan Ilyasova will help my team with his hustle and defense and shooting ability. Serge Ibaka will help here also with his defense and shooting ability. J.J. Barea from Puerto Rico will help my team get points at this point guard position. Then, lastly Kelenna Azuibuike will score points from his reserve shooting guard position. How about that? This is an all-European and African and South American basketball team.