Category Archives: NBA

Nene’s fantastic coast-to-coast slam

Nene gave Denver the best Christmas present of all with this athletic coast-to-coast finish. You have to see this.

NBA Trade: Orlando Magic undertake fastest retooling process in history

Gilbert Arenas in Magic threads. (c) SLAMonline

In two separate moves, the Orlando Magic have completely retooled their roster. Orlando and the Washington Wizards exchange forward Rashard Lewis and his gargantuan contract–almost $19 million this year alone–for Gilbert Arenas and a gigantic paycheck of his own.

Before that trade is officially finalized, the Magic and Phoenix lined up a six player swap bringing veteran forward Hedo Turkoglu back to the team that made Hedo, Hedo (His full name is actually Hidayet). Orlando parts with forwards Vince Carter and Mickael Pietrus, center Marcin Gortat, a future first-round pick and cash for Turkoglu, guard Jason Richardson and second-year forward Earl Clark.

Jason Richardson brings his insatiable appetite for getting to the rim to an Orlando team that picked up Vince Carter on the wrong side of his knees’ career. Although very few people will ever be able to throw down the rock like Carter could in his prime, J-Rich has a deadly first step and can finish with the best of them.

The athletic Mickael Pietrus fits the Phoenix system in every way that Hedo Turkoglu did not. All moving parts considered, this appears on the surface to be a very even trade for both teams as far as talent goes.

However, Orlando has fairly abruptly lost a ton of weight in their front court. Lewis, despite having an off year, possesses a nasty effective jumper when he’s on. Backup center Marcin Gortat appeared in line to be a very hot commodity on the free agent market until the Magic matched the Dallas Mavericks bid on the big man in July of last year.

ORLANDO FRONTCOURT:
SF: Quentin Richardson 6’6″, 280 | Mickael Pietrus 6’6″, 215
PF: Rashard Lewis 6’10”, 230 lbs | Brandon Bass, 6’8″, 250 lbs | Ryan Anderson 6’10”, 240 lbs | Malik Allen 6’10, 255
C: Dwight Howard 6’11”, 270 lbs | Marcin Gortat, 6’11”, 240 lbs

They add Earl Clark, who at 6’10”, 255 replaces Rashard Lewis wholesale. The shooting dirth left by the departure of Lewis will probably be filled by Ryan Anderson. The dude can stroke.

Officially listed at 6’10”, 220, Hedo will fit more naturally into the small forward spot than Rashard Lewis but he appeared constantly out of place and did more harm than good at power forward in Phoenix, despite his height.

More to come. My flight takes off shortly. Denver bound! Finally!

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Rashard_Lewis‎ Yo boy off to DC it was fun playing in Orlando had a great time trying to win it all got close but not close enough but it’s been real.

JR Smith makes us all believe

This video needs no introduction.

Carmelo Anthony tips his hand–and this guy Anonymous Source seems to know everything

we doing the best that we can with the guys that we have.

-Carmelo Anthony

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Former Missouri Tiger Basketball Players Chase the DreamOverseas

To the casual basketball observer, college basketball players careers may seem to end if they fail to make the cut in the NBA.

The University of Missouri basketball program has produced a handfull of NBA caliber players. Demarre Carroll, Keyon Dooling, and Kareem Rush all made the jump straight into America’s top professional tier.

Those players who never quite made it over the hump–forward Leo Lyons, for example, who played in the NBA’s Summer League two years in a row but never made a starting day roster–often pack up their whole lives and leave the country for the professional leagues all over the world. Continue reading

Carmelo Anthony’s Trade Possibilities

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! News reported on Thursday (8/26) that Carmelo Anthony has requested a trade from the Denver Nuggets.

The team offered Anthony a $65 million extension on his current contract, which he can opt out of at the end of this season. Given what happened with LeBron in Cleveland, the Nuggets were determined not to let Anthony do the same to them, and walk away leaving them with nothing.

When Anthony still had not inked the new contract after several months, the Nuggets parted ways with the duo of general managers Rex Chapman and Mark Warkentien, and hired up-and-coming Masai Ujiri to replace them.

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