NBA Off-Season Part 5

The Phoenix Suns are going to miss Steve Nash. Coming back to Phoenix and went to Houston and back again is Goran Dragic. This is a new Phoenix Suns team without Steve Nash. How posh is that?!

This Portland Trail Blazers are rebuilding and rebuilding fast. No true point guard. No true shooting guard. Where is this franchise going?

Aaron Brooks is now playing for the Sacramento Kings. How awesome is that? Tyreke Evans is still there. Demarcus Cousins is still there. John Salmons, Marcus Thornton, and Francisco Garcia are also there. Where is this franchise going? There is no true leader here.

The San Antonio Spurs are old. What will become of Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobli? Who replaces them?

Experience is killing the Toronto Raptors. How do we rid of the inexperience bug? Laundry Fields and John Lucas III are now in Toronto playing for the worst team. Why’d they leave for Toronto?

I have no idea where the Utah Jazz are going. They do not have a true point guard.

The Washington Wizards will soon be hot stuff. Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza arrived in town. If the young guys in the locker room respond to them, especially John Wall, all is good. If not, prepare for a long 82-game season.


NBA Off-Season Part 3

Nothing much has changed about the Indiana Pacers, although they have recently acquired D.J. Augustin from the Charlotte Bobcats and Ian Mahinmi. How well will they play after last season’s finish against the Miami Heat in the 2012 NBA playoffs? Will Danny Granger get any better? Will Roy Hibbert try and be a better offensive and defensive force?

If you’ve read my previous basketball posts, I am really excited by what the L.A. Clippers have done this summer. They have added Lamar Odom and Grant Hill and acquired Ryan Hollins, Jamal Crawford, and Willie Green. They really can’t and won’t do any harm for them this season, although I regret saying that if they do have had high expectations since last season, they will regress a bit this year.

I really can’t emphasize this any further, but can the L.A. Lakers get any better and bigger by trading for one of the biggest big men in NBA history in Dwight Howard. Steve Nash is also the Lakers’ biggest acquisition too. But one thing that will hold the Lakers back if they don’t win the 2013 NBA title is age.

One of the three characteristics that strike me most about the Memphis Grizzlies is hustle. They have heart and the grind. When they hustle, they really go after it. Tony Allen and Marc Gasol have to be two of the Grizzlies’ best hustle players. It’s really a shame that Memphis let O.J. Mayo go to Dallas in hopes of the Mavericks getting better last season after winning the NBA title two seasons ago.

I really liked how Miami went after Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis this summer. The starting five will give opposing teams field days with a lineup of Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen in the backcourt, Lebron James and Rashard Lewis in the front court and Chris Bosh at center. This star-studded cast of superstars will go after the NBA title again for another year. What will hold the Heat back? Repeating is harder than winning an NBA title for the first time.

The Bucks have an ultra fast back court in Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings. They eliminated the slow and fleet footed Andrew Bogut at center and sent him to the Golden State Warriors. What about their defense? It’s nonexistent now.

The mighty Los Angeles Lakers

With the addition of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, they have also signed Chris Duhon as well as Antawn Jamison and Jodie Meeks. No longer will the Lakers have to deal with Andrew Bynum and his immature and childish behavior on and off the court, as cited by Chris Ross, my fellow basketball writer and colleague (and also co-conspirator). Bynum is sent off to Philadelphia now in Kobe Bryant’s hometown. As the Lakers prepare for next NBA season, get ready for a lineup consisting of Steve Nash at point guard, Kobe Bryant at shooting guard, Ron Artest as small forward, Pau Gasol at the power forward, and Dwight Howard at center. With a bench that has backup point guard Chris Duhon, backup forward Antawn Jamison and backup shooting guard Jodie Meeks as well as recurring bench roles such as Matt Barnes, Steve Blake, Jordan Hill, Devin Ebanks, and Troy Murphy, this is a Lakers team that is now a dominant force and should be reckoned with. There are a lot of question marks such as, how will they compete with the 2004 Lakers that had Gary Payton and Karl Malone alongside Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal. Will the 2012-2013 version of the Lakers be better or worse than the 2003-2004 L.A. Lakers? That’s what we want to know. That’s what we want to find out.

Recent NBA trades and Thoughts

The L.A. Lakers landed Steve Nash now. Nash and Kobe Bryant will make a good duo in the backcourt. If Ron Artest a.k.a. Metta World Peace stays and Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum also stay, they will make the Lakers tougher to beat with Nash aboard. Nash will make the Lakers play more up-tempo, but with Bynum and Gasol clogging up the lanes, the Lakers will be forced to play some small ball and then some slow-tempo basketball. Joe Johnson was traded to the Brooklyn Nets now. Mo Williams went to the Utah Jazz. Marvin Williams also went to the Utah Jazz also. Jason Terry has joined the Boston Celtics organization after being dealt from the Dallas Mavericks. Laundry Fields went to the Toronto Raptors. What a crazy combination. Why would Fields go to the Toronto Raptors, one of the worst NBA teams in the NBA after being in New York City with Jeremy Lin, Carmelo Anthony, and Amare Stoudemire? Eric Gordon just signed an offer to play for the Phoenix Suns and left the L.A. Clippers. Lamar Odom is officially a Clipper now. Why does Odom like to play in L.A.?