October 31, 2008
The NBA season kicked off this Tuesday so it’s time for some thoughts.
Aldridge and Roy
Greg Oden gets hurt in his first game in the NBA and is now out 2-4 weeks. People are making a ton of Sam Bowie jokes but I feel these are misplaced. As are the feeling that Oden should be the savior of the franchise. With players like Roy, Aldridge, and Fernandez there are plenty of other places to go. The Blazers will just have to figure out a way to utilize Pryzbilla in the starting line-up which is something that worked pretty well last season. Plus as the season moves along I’m predicting other players on the team will improve as well such as Channing Frye, Travis Outlaw, Jerryd Bayless, Sergio Rodriguez. It was one game and it was against an LA team firing on all cylinders while it looked like only Rudy Fernandez was at full speed on Tuesday. I still have high hopes for the TrailBlazers and expect them to reach the playoffs regardless of what Oden does. John Canzano of The Oregonian agrees with me.
Then we have my Golden State Warriors. With an off-season where we lost Baron Davis and Monta Ellis was injured in a freak moped accident (how bizarre is that) things are not looking great for the fans of Oakland. Luckily Correy Maggette was added to the mix and in his first game came out and led the team in scoring. Stephen Jackson played well also. Al Harrington is asking to be traded, and I feel that it’s probably time to let him go anyway as he doesn’t seem to be fully utilized in Nelson system. Hopefuly a complementary piece can come back in trade. I’m a fan and I hold out hope that they can make the playoffs, but things are going to have to fall into place pretty quickly for that to be an option.
People are talking about how the West is falling off compared to last year. And it pretty much had to. So many teams were at a basically level point of competitiveness in the West last year as the former(?) powerhouses of San Antonio, Dallas, and Phoenix saw a slight decline while other teams are becoming the new powerhouses like New Orleans, LA Lakers, Utah. The Rockets have maintained for a while, but adding Artest seems a savvy move that I think will pay dividends over the next couple of years. I think they’ll at least make it out of the first round of the playoffs (finally!).
The East is looking better with the Knicks and Heat looking like they could be competitive as opposed to the total pushovers they were last year. I still think the top of the east comes down to Boston, Detroit, and Cleveland, but the Raptors are on the rise and Dwight Howard and the Magic are nothing to trifle with.
My initial feeling is that we’ll see a New Orleans vs. Detroit final as New Orleans figures out how to make it through the playoffs and Detroit’s young talent becomes more valuable while the veterans will see little drop-off. I give it to New Orleans, though.
August 26, 2008
YEP, we’re back. Not since the 3rd of June have we actually posted a podcast and you know what, it feels good to be back. So we kicked off the dust and got back to it. We talked about the Olympics closing up and Team USA basketball. We only just touched on football, but I can promise, this will be a fun football season. Well, thanks for tuning back in, and we’ll get back to a regular schedule at some point.
June 26, 2008
Kellan – It is currently an hour and a half until the draft officially starts, but I thought that I’d get some thoughts out there before this happens. I’m going to try and be fair in my coverage of the draft, but will probably end up talking mostly about the Blazers and the Warriors, so fair warning. And I guess I’ll start with what these two teams need to do. For the Blazers I think that they trade every pick they have as well Jarrett Jack to the Nets for Devin Harris. The Nets will have put themselves into a position to use those picks or leverage them. It would help them clear cap space for the Lebron shoot-out that people have been anticipating for so many years. And with Jason Kidd gone and now Richard Jefferson being swapped for “ChairMan” Yi and Bobby Simmons it looks like the Nets are in rebuilding mode which means that they can stockpile young talent and let them develop. And then the Blazers get Devin Harris and go on to be a dominant team for nearly a decade. C’mon Nets, make the trade.
Kellan – Well bayareasportsguru I’m pretty excited to see what the Warriors do as well. I think that you’re right that the best move they can make would probably to trade and get another piece that can start contributing immediately. I don’t think that any of the players projected to go at 14 will be able to make meaningful contributions early on. With the Warriors having won 48 games last year all that they need is a little extra something to get them into the playoffs. I would like a trade with Detroit, but before being totally sold on it I’d have to see who the Warriors would be losing.
Kellan – So the beginning of the draft is only minutes away. Will Chicago shock the world and take Beasley over Rose? Or will they do what everyone things and go with the hometown hero? Can Pat Riley pass on Beasley and go with OJ Mayo? We will soon find this all out. I do like that the NBA draft happens all at once, instead of having it take an entire weekend like the NFL.
Kellan – So Rose goes with the first pick in the Draft. Now what is Chicago going to do with all of those guards? Hmm, maybe they’ll sent one to Portland for Martell Webster or Travis Outlaw?
Kellan – And the second goes to Michael Beasley. Pat Riley just proved that he does do a better job when he has just one. On the ESPN live chat everyone thinks that the Timberwolves go with OJ Mayo for this pick, but I’ve heard that Kevin McHale is a huge Kevin Love fan. I think it’d be great to see Kevin Love as the number 3 pick.
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