Golden State and Lakers compete in hiring worst coaches possible.
What a way to end a thrilling career, get dropped from Orlando for being a third string PG and then missing the last 17 games due to lower back soreness.
Thanks for the memories, white chocolate.
Shane Battier is a standup guy, great lockdown defender, and decent 3point shooter. Oh and he’s a big basketball nerd who studies and analyzes his opponents’ moves. Sports Radio Interviews transcribed this interview he had in Memphis earlier this week.
“I actually found out through Twitter feeds online. Honestly, I was on one of the websites and just kept refreshing. … As of 1:45 nothing had happened and I was like, ‘All right, I’m going to finish the year in Houston.’ I hit refresh at 1:55 and it said, ‘Sources say Battier to Memphis.’ I was like, ‘I better start packing.’”
Man, twitter is fuckin up the game. It’s sad to think Battier was waiting and staring at the computer screen to find out about his future. It’s even sadder knowing he’ll be away from his pregnant wife. He was going to be traded regardless but it would’ve been nice for him to land with a good team. He would’ve been perfect for Boston.
This deal will allow OKC to give a max contract to Russell Westbrook. And with the power dynamic shifting to the East, the West is looking free to Durant’s crew. Dallas, San Antonio, and Lakers will get older while OKC get better and grow into their prime. Perkins is all they really needed to fill the void of defense and rebounding.
Marc J. Spears reported Bibby is giving up his entire “$6.2 million salary for the ’11-’12 season to get buyout with Wizards”. Bibby knows what’s in store for him in Washington. He doesn’t want to end his career being emo like Mo Williams (Mr. I’m contemplating retirement after LeBron left).
All signs point to Bibby signing with Miami. Bibby can’t penetrate or defend. He can only shoot which still makes him a huge upgrade over Carlos Arroyo. Arroyo can’t even beat out Mario Chalmers for playing time on a team that requires the point guard to do absolutely nothing. Bibby should’ve just got paid because the West will take the chip again this year.
One of the craziest trade deadline just ended. Mike Bibby thought he was going to play in the playoffs, he got sent to Washington and will never know how victory feels again. Baron Davis thought he’d be throwing alley-oops to Blake Griffin, Donald Sterling banished him to the worst team in the league for Mo Williams and Jamario Moon. Houston gave up Shane Battier for a scrub Hasheem Thabeet. Houston’s Aaron Brooks switched places with Phoenix’s Goran Dragic. Blazers gave up their only backup center, two no names, two first round draft picks and cash for Gerald Wallace.
Boston wins for the most random and unnecessary trades. Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson got sent to Oklahoma for Jeff Green, Nenad Krstic and 2012 first round pick. Marquis Daniels got sent to Sacramento for cash and second round pick. Both rookies Semih Erden and Luke Harangody got sent to Cleveland for second round pick. Rumor has it they want to free up space to sign Troy Murphy after he gets bought out by Golden State. Congratulations Boston, you now have no front court depth and no longer pose a threat as a great defensive team. If Murphy becomes a Celtic, that will make three new players who can’t defend. The O’Neals are done, they don’t count. All this because they needed a swingman to backup for Pierce and Danny Ainge expected Perkins to walk when he’s a free agent after refusing to sign an extension. And Jeff Green will most likely be a rental just for this season.
Oklahoma is the clear winner in this year’s trade deadline and became a championship contender over night. They add much needed front court depth with Perkins and Nazr Mohammed. Letting Jeff Green go was great for them because they wouldn’t pay him what he wanted, they’re giving that money to Russell Westbrook. I feel sorry for Seattle fans. They got robbed of a future Western Conference Champions and possible dynasty.
Salt Lake Tribune beat writer Brian Smith reported that former Utah Jazz point guard Deron Williams learned he was traded to New Jersey on SportsCenter while in the training room.
Truth is stranger than fiction. I was joking in my previous post and it was much closer to reality than I thought. Jazz front office didn’t even call Deron or his agent. Cold-blooded. Or Karma depending on who you side with. On one hand, DWill seem to be out of control. He needed an ego check. On the other hand, this is not how you treat your franchise player, the face of your organization for the past six years. All I know is somewhere out there on his farm, Jerry Sloan is smirking.
Deron Williams was sitting at home watching TV and found out he was traded to New Jersey. That’s not exactly what happened but the reaction was probably the same. Williams didn’t expect this trade. Nor did anyone that wasn’t following trade rumors. Even then, it appeared NJ wanted Andre Miller or Caron Butler’s contract.
The Jazz knew DWill wouldn’t re-sign with them so this was a good move on their part and avoid the Melo/LeBron drama. And they basically admit to blaming him for Jerry Sloan’s retirement, Jazz have been horrible since Sloan left. The Nets get a better player than Melo but they have a tough case to get DWill to sign an extension with them. With Favors and Murphy gone, they have no post presence to help Brook Lopez. The Nets are obviously lining up cap space for free agent this Summer or next. What they will do with that money is anyone’s guess. They traded their future (Favors and draft picks) to win now. The Nets still don’t know what they’re doing on their court, they’re still lacking identity. Just looking at the roster makes you understand why DWill isn’t happy being traded.
Poor Al Jefferson, just as he’s shipped to a good team it implodes.
At first glance, Knicks gave up a lot: “Danilo Gallinari, Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler, the Knicks’ 2014 first-round pick, two second-round picks New York acquired from the Golden State Warriors in the David Lee sign-and-trade and $3 million” (yahoo). Wilson Chandler wasn’t signed long term and he would become a bench player if he wasn’t traded. Danilo Gallinari is trigger happy with his shots and plays mediocre defense. And Raymond Felton was only signed for 2 years because the Knicks are eyeing Deron Williams or Chris Paul in the future.
It’s too bad Mike D’Antoni is still the coach. The fun will be over by May every year. The East playoffs are going to be a bloodbath. Boston, Miami, Chicago, New York, and to a lesser extent Orlando.
Denver will have to rebuild but at least they can still compete for now. And they’re better off than Cleveland. Both franchises were “saved” by drafting Melo and LeBron, respectively. And now both have to deal with their departures.
The All-star weekend began with the unveiling of Jerry West’s statue outside Staples Center. The NBA logo now has his own statue. He’s immortalized along with fellow Laker Magic Johnson, legendary Laker broadcaster Chick Hearn, Wayne Gretzky and Oscar De la Hoya. All the big names in NBA history showed up to pay respect including Pat Riley, teammate Elgin Baylor, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Russell, Shaquille O’Neal, and even Pau Gasol. Kobe Bryant sent a video, he’s probably still bitter about West’s (“Lakers won’t be good much longer“) and Johnson’s criticism of Lakers’ recent struggles. Congrats to “Mr. Clutch,” the man who always shied away from the spotlight.