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Wanna see how fast Devin Harris is? January 17, 2009

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Saw how far Bayless went sliding after the wicked crossover by Harris? that’s quickness people, and Devin Harris needs a proper nickname to go with his skills, generic shit like DH34 just ain’t gonna get the job done.


New Jersey Nets Game 40 Review January 17, 2009

Posted by netsophobia in Jerryd Bayless, Portland TrailBlazers, Recap, youtube.
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For three quarters the Nets looked like a team capable of doing alot of things but in the last 5 minutes of the fourth, the Nets’ just looked overwhelmed, fatigued, and generally incapable of stopping anything that the Blazers were throwing at them. Not Jerryd Bayless, Not Travis Outlaw, they were not able to stop abyone from scoring in the last few minutes.

The team shot tremendously the entire game but somehow we just didn’t made them when it mattered most, Vince was probably still recovering from the shock of witnessing a plane crash, everyone played an almost perfect game, it seemed impossible for us to lose in the third because we were playing that well, we were neck and neck with the Blazers.

It also looked easier when Steve Blake wasn’t playing, which meant that they would be short at the PG position, but then again, it’s just like the Nets, which Brandon Roy, a great passer who is capable of playing PG, it allowed Jerryd Bayless, an undersized scoring guard to come in and play the SG, and it was his introduction to the game that turned it around for them. 23 points and 11-11 FTs? Unfathomable.

This team just needs a really strong perimeter defender that is fast enough and can hold guys on the other team from scoring, we’ve seen it in so many previous games, and today it’s the same thing all over again, a 6-7 wing scoring all over us, this time it was Travis Outlaw. We have guys who are average defenders, but they’re just not good enough, Trenton Hassell was once a decent defender, but now he rarely gets on the floor, and when he does, he’s not able to do anything.

The much hyped out battle between the two rookie centers was, well just hype. Brook Lopez again consistent with his performance, coming up with 17 points, 6 rebounds and the daily 2 blocks, Ryan Anderson had his second consecutive game in double figures, but he hadn’t boxed anyone out for the entire game, 2 rebounds from the PF spot is Ruffin-ish.

Eventhough it’s a tough loss, it was still a decent performance from the team, 19-21 is not too bad at the moment, I just hope that this mini run of losses would give the team more character and somehow strengthen their resolve to start winning on the road again.

Regular Season Game 12: I think they got the Memo November 23, 2007

Posted by netsophobia in NBA talk, New Jersey Nets, Pacific Division, Portland TrailBlazers, Recap, youtube.
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Boy oh boy, boy oh boy, I could just repeat this sentence a thousand times and end the review there, but the Nets did something different today, yeah winning was something very different, but that’s not it, the Nets did something very very different, instead of trailing in the fourth and coming in letting the other team expand the lead, the Nets did one better, they came in sucked for the first couple of minutes, and absolutely killed it in the remaining time, massive win, massive morale booster and massive indication that Vince = victory, V for victory right, just clicks.

Why is that video there btw, well if you could just turn a blind eye on Tony Parker and Dwyane Wade, you could actually see Kidd’s and one that sealed the W, Nachbar getting back his legs (shocker), and Vince Carter dunking with a sore ankle. None of them made them made the top 3 tho sadly.

Back to the game, remember when I said we need Nachbar shooting well for us to have a chance at winning games? well this is it, he shot well we won, he shot well against the Sixers we won too, and about how RJ couldn’t score without Vince in the game, see, once Vince was back into the game and started to hit a few shots, the Blazers wasn’t collasping on RJ no more and taht allowed him space to shoot and drive to get to the line, which was how he got his 30 points thru 11 FTs made.

PORTLAND, OR - NOVEMBER 21: Vince Carter #15 of the New Jersey Nets drives to an opening during a game against the Portland Trail Blazers on November 21, 2007 at the Rose Garden Arena in Portland, Oregon. NOTE TO USER:  User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2007 NBAE  (Photo by Sam Forencich/NBAE via Getty Images)

Antoine Wright’s stock isn’t exactly going up but it is slowly ascending, topping double figures in 10 of the 12 games he’s in and still playing good Defense on his part, and he’s shooting the ball better than ever while somehow gaining confidence to dunk the basketball onto anybody, that’s remarkable. I haven’t reached the part where Jason Kidd notched his 90th triple double did I? and I haven’t note that we shot 50% from three with thirteen shots made and 28 assists? and do you know when this game was won? the moment Jason Collins scored his third field goal in 12 games.

It’s good to be winning again. SING WHEN YOU’RE WINNING.

Final Score: New Jersey Nets 106 – 101 Portland Trail Blazers
Jason Kidd line: 12 points, 11 rebounds, 13 assists, 1 three
Richard Jefferson line: 30 points, 3 threes, 11-14 FTs
Vince Carter line: 6-8 FGs, 13 points
Collins line: 18 minutes, 2 points, 2 assists, 2 TOs
Sub of the Game: Bostjan Nachbar, 23 points, 5 threes.

edit: I’m starting a new side column today

Regular Season Game 12: New Jersey Nets – Portland Trailblazers November 22, 2007

Posted by netsophobia in Nate McMillan, NBA predictions, NBA talk, New Jersey Nets, Portland TrailBlazers.


A trip to Rip City to play against the Jail Blazers presents us with the best chance of breaking the six game losing streak of ours and prevent us from being the Celtics of 2006 and thus starting our get OJ Mayo here project, or maybe Michael Beasley.

The Blazers i must add are perfect at home (4-0), and count in the fact that the Nets are a horrible road team especially when travelling to the West, it’s going to be a tough game but when the other team’s starting point guard is Jarrett Jack, that’s always something to smile about =), and if the Nets win tonight, I am officially presenting my case to get a new laptop, one powerful enough to influnece referees to get more fouls called on Jason Collins so he gets to foul out in 21 minutes, oh did I tell you guys he and Malik Allen’s starting tonight’s game? totally horrible, just when we need Sean Williams to stuff the shit out of Aldrige, Frank gives us Collins to foul shit.

Hope Vince Carter plays tonight, even if 10 minutes he’s going to be a huge confidence booster. GO NETS!

The Great Blogger Mock Draft 2K7, Prehistoric Draft year June 21, 2007

Posted by netsophobia in Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Brandan Wright, Charlotte Bobcats, Chicago Bulls, Derrick Byars, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Jason Smith, Javaris Crittenton, Josh McRoberts, Kevin Durant, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Marco Belinelli, Memphis Grizzlies, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, Mock Draft, Morris Almond, NBA, NBA Draft, NBA talk, New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks, Philadelphia Sixers, Phoenix Suns, Portland TrailBlazers, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards.
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The GREAT BLOGGER MOCK DRAFT 2007, it’s different from the SB Nation Mock Draft, but still it is a mock draft.

Pick #1 
Portland Trail Blazers – Henry –
True Hoop
Greg Oden, Ohio State, Fr, C

Greg Oden: by a whisker. Kevin Durant will punish the Blazers for a decade at least for this pick. He’s a beautiful thing to watch, and if Portland ends up taking Durant, I’m THRILLED. But I just got this GM job and I want to keep it, and I have a feeling that with Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Greg Oden we’re going to be just fine.

Pick #2
Seattle Supersonics  – Chris – Sonics Central
Kevin Durant, Texas, Fr, SF

Kevin Durant

Pick #3
Atlanta  Hawks – Ryan –
Hoops Addict
Al Horford, Florida, Jr, PF

Al Horford: The Hawks are tempted to go with the PG they desperately need but GM McNeill decided to wait until the 11th pick in the hopes that Mike Conley Jr is still on the board. If he’s not there, the Hawks will “settle” for the 2007 Bob Cousy Award recipitent.

Zaza Pachulia is a temporarily solution at best for the Hawks and they are looking for some beef up front to pair alongside Sheldon Williams. Williams is a bit undersized as a starting centre at 6’9″ but with a wingspan of 8’8″ he could be paired alongside Harford who is 6’10” to provide a dynamic rebounding duo.

Pick #4
Memphis Grizzlies – la287 –
Daily Basketball
Brandan Wright, North Carolina, Fr, PF

Brandan Wright: Making his final draft selection as GM of the Memphis Grizzlies, Jerry West decided to add another athletic big man to their roster. “The lottery this year is full of athletic big men, but we feel that Wright can step in right away (no pun intended) and contribute to our team. Wright has the potential to be a major star in this league.”

Pick #5 
Boston Celtics – Jeff –
Celtics Blog
Yi Jianlian, China, Guangdong Tigers, 20, PF

Yi Jianlian: Danny Ainge will be trading for immediate help so he can afford to take the best talent available.  Danny thinks Yi is the best talent available.

Pick #6
Milwaukee Bucks – Jeff – 
Celtics Blog
Mike Conley Jr, Ohio State, Fr, PG

Mike Conley Jr: If Conley lasts this long, he won’t last longer.  He’ll either stay with the Bucks (who are losing Mo Williams) or he’ll be traded to someone that needs a point.

Pick #7
Minnesota Timberwolves- Sonia –
I Heart KG
Corey Brewer, Florida, Jr, SF

Corey Brewer: While looking to build for the future, the team is also in the market for immediate help and Brewer fits the bill. A great defender with a demonstrated knack to be clutch, his work ethic and winning attitude will make him a welcome addition to the team.

Pick #8 
Charlotte Bobcats – Serena – Bobcat Bonfire
Joakim Noah, Florida, Jr, PF/C

Joakim Noah: The Bobcats will take Joakim Noah.  Reason:  This big man could be the next best thing for the Bobcats.  He’s talented, athletic, and he knows the game.  He will add a lot to what the Bobcats already have.

Pick #9 
Chicago Bulls- Fanatical Pupil –
Give Me The Rock
Spencer Hawes, Washington, Fr, C

Spencer Hawes: The Bulls really wanted Joakim Noah, but what can you do? Julian Wrights was definitely a consideration, but without any trade proposals on the table (yeah, I know we didn’t do that), Hawes fills the need for the Bulls and is talented enough to warrant the number nine position. Wright probably is the more talented player overall, but with Deng and Tyrus Thomas already on the roster, he would have created a logjam at the 6-9 SF-wannabe-PF position.

If Hawes can do what PJ Brown currently does, he was worth the pick.

Pick #10 
Sacramento Kings – Tom Ziller –
Sactown Royalty
Jeff Green, Georgetown, Jr, PF

Jeff Green: provides immediate help not only at small forward (should Ron Artest retire), but also for Sacramento’s underpowered frontcourt. Green can fill in immediately at power forward, and his passing ability should help take pressure off of Kevin Martin and Mike Bibby. With some youngish defensive specialists at SF already (John Salmons, Francisco Garcia) we went with Green over Julian Wright with a nod to offense and size.

Pick #11 
Atlanta Hawks – Ryan –
Hoops Addict
Acie Law IV, Texas A&M, Sr, PG

Acie Law IV: Are you kidding me? Law’s still on the board? Atlanta would be all over him like a fat kid on a smartie.I thought for sure that not filling a need (point) would doom but Hawks but they lucked out by getting the Bob Cousy Award winner from last season. I remember last year the Raptors targeted Bargani as their target and there was talk they could trade down and still nab him – however BC was set on Bargnani as his man so he stuck with Bargnani with the #1 pick. I still believe the Hawks will pull something similar and nab Conley at #3 but if they are able to wait for a PG with the #11 pick and nab Law the Hawks may have a chance to be one of the East’s elite teams in a couple years. However, this is Atlanta we are talking about…

Between adding a double-double candidate in Horford to pair with Sheldon Williams and Josh Smith in the frontcourt, the Hawks now have their backcourt tandem in Law and Joe Johnson and things are looking bright in A Town.

Pick #12 
Philadelphia Sixers – Jon –
Passion and Pride
Julian Wright, Kansas, So, SF/PF

Julian Wright: His athleticism is off the charts and his game is still developing, but he can play both forward spots and will make an impact at the next level.  The only question is his jumpshot, which can be worked out with practice.  He will create all kinds of matchup problems with his quickness and length.  He is best suited to the small forward position where he can overpower people, but his ability to outmaneuver power forwards is just as noteworthy.

Pick #13 
New Orleans Hornets –
Keith Dardis 
Al Thornton ,Florida State, Sr, SF

Al Thornton: Chris Paul needs a mature, athletic running mate to dish the ball to. Chances are that the Hornets will lose Desmond Mason to free agency. Thornton can come in and contribute right away. He will most likely be put in the small forward slot, immediately making the Hornets a big team with David West and Tyson Chandler down low. Thornton creates matchup problems by being a 6’8″ forward with three-point range.

Pick #14 
L.A. Clippers – Steve Perrin  –
Clips Nation
Nick Young, USC, Jr, SG

Nick Young: With the 14th pick in the 2007 draft, the Los Angeles Clippers select Nick Young of the University of Southern California.  Young is a terrific athlete who can get his own shot, and has good range on his jumper.  His workouts have been impressive, displaying an ability to finish and shoot the NBA three as well.  With Cuttino Mobley in his 30’s and Corey Maggette’s future uncertain, the Clippers need to add athleticism and shooting range on the wings, and Young does both.  Plus, he’s an LA product who actually wants to play for the Clippers – seems like a perfect fit.

The Clippers still need a point guard given the uncertain situation with Shaun Livingston’s knee and Sam Cassell’s age, but with the best two point guards already off the board and Javaris Crittendon a couple of years from helping, Nick Young on the wing is the best choice for the Clippers.

Pick #15 
Detroit Pistons- Matt –
Detroit Bad Boys
Rodney Stuckey, E. Washington, Fr, SG/PG

Rodney Stuckey: provides instant offense off the bench, something the Pistons have lacked in recent years. He can play both positions in the backcourt, filling Carlos Delfino’s void at the two and giving the team a semi-respectable backup at the point for the time first time in years. (Sorry, Flip Murray) Had he gone to a bigger school, he probably would have been gone already, so the proverbial chip on his shoulder is also a welcome addition to a frequently complacent team.

Pick #16 
Washington Wizards – Pradamaster – 
Bullets Forever
Derrick Byars, Vanderbilt, Sr, SF/SG

Derrick Byars: While the Wizards’ biggest need is probably an intimidating presence in the middle, that’s not going to be found with the 16th pick.  Rather that draft another second-rate big to add to the cirque du soleil of second-rate bigs on the roster, the lack of depth on the wing should be addressed.  Byars is the perfect fit for this Wizards team, having played in the Princeton offense while at Vanderbilt.  He’s a solid all-around performer that, in addition to his scoring, plays excellent defense, which this team really needs.  He’s also an excellent shooter, a strong ball-handler, and a fantastic passer for his position.  I’m personally shocked that he isn’t getting more attention.  

The main criticisms  with Byars seem to be that he does a lot of things well, but nothing spectacularly.  Hmm…sounds a lot like the 2006 Rookie of the Year, doesn’t it?

Pick #17 
New Jersey Nets- sirnanzy (your’s truly) – HOOPLAH NATION
Tiago Splitter, Brazil, Tau Vitoria, 22, C

Tiago Splitter: New Jersey selects Tiago Splitter from Brazil with the 17th pick of the draft, Splitter are one of the few centers left in the draft who can score with his back towards the basket, he’s also a very proficient offensive rebounder, something the Nets needed to improve on immeadiately.

He’s also very proficient in the open court, which is an important trait when you’re on the same team with Jason Kidd, he will definitely be a huge upgrade over Jason Collins, in fact almost any center would be better than Collins.

Pick #18 
Golden State Warriors- GSOM –
Golden State of Mind
Thaddeus Young, Georgia Tech, Fr, SF

Thaddeus Young: Getting Young to get even younger? Why?

Yes, Young is another project and the Warriors are littered with enough youth, but what’s a GM supposed to do this late in the draft? None of the trades the Warriors were mock-offered made any sense. Therefore you take the best player available even if he’s a project. The Dubs will need to swing some trades and make some key signings to take the next step to perennial playoff team in the loaded Western Conference and Young makes it easier to part with some of that youth. It’s a chess move that sets up an even bigger and more spectacular move this offseason.

Young has the biggest upside of anyone left on the board and just a year ago if Stern didn’t institute that silly age limit he would have been a top 10 pick straight out of high school. That 2006 draft will go down as one of the worst in NBA history. Young is a better fit for the NBA than the college ball scene. He has all the tools and physical gifts to be an All Star small forward several years down the line. If he can contribute a few minutes off the bench playing Nellie’s brand of hoops this season it’s just icing on the cake.

Pick #19 
L.A. Lakers – Don –
With Malice
Josh McRoberts, Duke, So, PF

With the 19th pick of the draft, the Los Angeles Lakers
select Josh McRoberts of Duke.

Josh McRoberts: Surprising that McRoberts was still on the board, this was a fairly easy choice for us to make.  McRoberts has the tools to become a good NBA starter, and impact the team immediately.  McRoberts is a fantastic addition for us.

Pick #20 
Miami Heat – Darren Heitner – I Want to be a Sports Agent
Javaris Crittenton, Georgia Tech, Fr, PG

With the 20th pick of the draft, the Miami Heat nab Javaris Crittenton

Javaris Crittenton: The Heat were looking to upgrade the PF/C position with either Hawes (who went early) or Splitter.  With Splitter being taken by the Nets at the 17th slot, the Heat decided to fill another hole by selecting a young, talented point guard out of Georgia Tech, Javaris Crittenton.  The PF/C need should be addressed with the Heat’s newly acquired 2nd round pick.

Pick #21 
Philadelphia Sixers – Jon –
Passion and Pride
Jason Smith, Colorado State, Jr, PF/C

Jason Smith: is a great addition to the big man tandem of Sam Dalembert and Steven Hunter.  He’s a relentless rebounder and highly skilled offensive player.  His shot blocking ability in college might not translate as well in the pros, but he’s a solid defender as well.  With this pick, the Sixers satisfy the need for some help in the middle and on the glass while providing another scoring option up front.

Pick #22 
Charlotte Hornets – Serena –
Bobcat Bonfire
Marc Gasol, Spain, Barcelona, 21, C

With the 22nd pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, the Charlotte Bobcats select: Marc Gasol.

Marc Gasol: Young, talented, and he’s a true Center.  The Bobcats desperately need to fill this position, and Gasol would be a great addition to the team.  He may need some help on the defensive end, but I have faith that Sam Vincent can get that under control.  And if not, well, we always have Gerald Wallace to lean on!

Pick #23 
New York Knicks – Seth –
Posting and Toasting
Morris Almond, Rice, Sr, SG

Morris Almond: With the 23rd pick, the Posting and Toasting’s New York Knicks select Morris Almond from Rice University. We’re desperate for another shooter on the roster, and Almond’s a guy who- at the very least- can fill it up from outside. He’s got the potential to grow into something more. Also, I took Sean Williams in the SB Nation Mock Draft, so I’ll mix things up. Almond it is.

Pick #24 
Phoenix Suns – Dan Hilton –
Bright Side Of the Sun
Rudy Fernandez, Spain, Joventut Badalona, 22, SG

With the 24th pick, the Suns pick Rudy Fernandez – mostly because he won’t come play yet and the Suns can keep him off the books regarding payment as well.  I suspect the Suns will package the picks with some players to try and move up in the real draft.

Pick #25 
Utah Jazz – UtesFan89 – 
Win Or Go Home
Aaron Gray, Pittsburgh, Sr, C

With the 25th pick, the Jazz take C Aaron Gray of Pittsburgh.

Aaron Gray: He provides the Jazz with a back-up center (no, I don’t think highly enough of Jarron Collins to call him that) that is ready to contribute now. He’s a bit better defender than Visser (which is why I took Gray despite having Visser, and not Gray, in my top-10 prospects for the Jazz. If he can play some D, gather a couple of boards and score when the opportunity comes (a la Millsap), the Jazz will be fine.

The wing-spot can be addressed in the 2nd round, as a wing drafted in the 1st probably won’t play much behind Brewer, Fish, Giricek, AK and Harp. Of course, a trade (of AK) changes all of this, but we’ll assume that that’s not happening.

Pick #26 
Houston Rockets- Daryl Morey
Nick Fazekas, Nevada Wolf Pack, Sr, PF

Houston will take Nick Fazekas – ummm, just because that’s what a couple of mocks said.  Apparently new GM Daryl Morey (a stat head) likes him.

Pick #27 
Detroit Pistons – Matt –
Detroit Bad Boys
Sean Williams, Boston College, Jr, C

Sean Williams: Yes, Williams has a checkered past, but he’ll have a chance to clean up his act on Detroit’s veteran-heavy roster. With Rasheed Wallace spending half of the game camped out by the three-point line, the Pistons could use a force in the paint, and Williams is exactly that.

Pick #28 
San Antonio Spurs – Matthew Powell –
Pounding The Rock
Gabe Pruitt, USC, Jr, PG

With the 28th pick, the Spurs select Gabe Pruitt

Gabe Pruitt: The Spurs most glaring weakness is backup PG.  Jacque Vaughn, despite his tenacity, grit and hustle, is a crude stopgap at best.  Pruitt brings youth, size and the ability to hit the long range j.

Pick #29 
Phoenix Suns – Dan Hilton
Bright Side Of the Sun
Marco Belinelli, Italy, Climamio Bologna, 21, SG

With the 29th pick, the Suns select Marco Belinelli.

Marco Belinelli: I really think the Suns will trade both of these picks but if they do keep them, the team will be looking for guys that can keep within the system Mike D’Antoni has set up.   I don’t know much about Belinelli except that he is supposed to be a pure shooter so on that front he would fit into the Suns’ system nicely.

Pick #30 
Philadelphia Sixers – Jon –
Passion and Pride
Arron Afflalo, UCLA, Jr, SG

With the 30th pick, the Philadelphia 76ers select Arron Afflalo

Arron Afflalo: The Sixers can go with best available here, draft a need, or select a foreign project for the future.  Petteri Koponen, Kyrylo Fesenko, Glen Davis, and Dominic McGuire were all considered, but Afflalo is the best available and would give the Sixers a better option than Rodney Carney or Willie Green alongside Andre Iguodala on the wing.

Boston’s Season of Wonders May 23, 2007

Posted by netsophobia in Boston Celtics, NBA Draft, NBA talk, Paul Pierce, Portland TrailBlazers, Ryan Gomes, Sebastian Telfair, Weekday Randomness.
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Winning 23 games isn’t really spectacular, but if you wanna win the draft, winning 23 is a good prerequisite to seccure the No.1 pick but admitting to tanking isn’t, it’s like some prawn ass selling out King Arthur to the Celts.

Let’s do a Recap of the Celtics season, First they lose Paul Pierce to injury, after that, they slump into their worse losing streak in franchise history, than as if injuries aren’t their calling card, Tony Allen decides to make one by contorting his legs through the dumbest plays in history, you think that’s all? oh no…

Delonte West decides that enough isn’t enough, and goes off with his Valentines Day culinary arts spree, then there’s Ryan Gomes slightly confessing about the team tanking towards the lottery, oh wait, even Danny Ainge admits to tanking

“The same people that want to say that Doc, for whatever reason, was tanking games, which he wasn’t doing, also want to hold that record on him,” said [Boston GM Danny] Ainge shortly before the season ended. “So, he’s either doing what’s in the best interest for the long term of the Celtics or he’s not a good enough coach to win games. But it can’t be both. Doc is a team player. He does what’s best for the franchise.”

There’s more, Sebastian Telfair had dreams of Indiana Jones therefore he had this gun in his car and was caught chasing Danica Patrick by the Powerpuff Girls, had visions of himself crying and resorted to begging for a new life, Through the Fire ladies and gentlemen, Through the Fire

“I wanted to let you know that we have removed Sebastian’s nameplate from his locker in Waltham

Paul Pierce back again after his spell of fighting cancers like Ainge, decides not to be too patriotic and turns down his chance of playing for the National Team, wait did he say never ever? never ever ever? Gary Payton and Antoine Walker got bitter on how old and fat they were, decides to attack someone their age, Greg Oden.

“All [Oden’s] going to do is bring fans in here,” the Miami Heat point guard said in the locker room before tonight’s game. “That’s it. That’s all they want. We aren’t talking about no playoffs here. They’re not going to the playoffs. If they’re sold out that’s good. They want to make their money.”

“If they get Oden they still ain’t going to do [crap], period” said Antoine Walker, sitting just a few feet away.

And for the Grand Finale?

“I probably (would have played), but since we were in the hunt for a high draft pick, of course things are different,” Gomes said. “I understand that. Hopefully things get better. Now that we clinched at least having the second-most balls in the lottery, the last three games we’ll see what happens. We’ll see if we can go out and finish some games.”

Most balls in lottery history? check

My buddy Flow had this to say ‘the Celtics deserves the no.1 pick just because they had Rajon Rondo in their team’ which i had no idea why he said that. But back to Rajon Rondo, he’s making news because he’s probably the only Celt to make us think of Jason Kidd.

So the Celtics already had fantasies of either Durant/Pierce, or Oden/Pierce leading them to another championship, or maybe a Oden/Jefferson tandem to tear through the Eastern Conference, scour all the Celt blogs and see whether they had it going on, something like ‘the Dynasty is going to change’ or ‘Oden is starting straightaway’.

and come Lottery night,someone told Danny Ainge about the story where the Frail-Blazers, had the worst record in the league and they hoped to get to win the lottery, but instead they end up with the 4th pick, which of course they used to draft a ROY winner. Danny Ainge shrugs that odd as if it was another joke about Doc Rivers, so The Celts who had hopes of the no.1 or no.2 pick, ends up with no.5…NO.5 pick, which means from a franchise cornerstone, you get someone like……Joakim Noah? but hey, take heart by the fact the Blazers had ROY with their 4th pick, maybe Noah could win the Wimbledon, AND maybe after another year of tanking maybe going 1-81, the Cs could win the lottery, just like how the Blazers did.

I Heard it’s Kevin Garnett for Lebron James February 22, 2007

Posted by netsophobia in Anthony Johnson, Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks, Fred Jones, Gilbert Arenas, Juan Dixon, NBA talk, NBA trades, Portland TrailBlazers, Toronto Raptors, Wiz.

Fred Jones – Portland TrailBlazers
Juan Dixon – Toronto Raptors
trade impact : 3/5

Fred Jones was touted a mini Vince Carter (because they were both Slam Dunk champs) when he first signed for Toronto, for the marriage didn’t work out that well, as he was supplanted by Jose Calderon and T.J Ford, and even Anthony Parker and Mo Peterson, so off he goes to Portland, where he could backup Brandon Roy and provide more athleticism to the Blazers backcourt; Juan Dixon on the other side gives the Raptors a combo guard that could spell both guard positions, and it gives them a guy who can put up big buckets in a matter of minutes.

Anthony Johnson – Atlanta Hawks
2nd Round Draft Pick – Dallas Mavericks
trade impact : 2/5

this to me sounds like a good trade, Atlanta gets Anthony Johnson, who has playoff experience, big game experiences, crunch time experience, so that’s alot of experience, remember his 40 point explosion against the Nets last season in the playoffs? ya, where is he going to help the Hawks at? veteran leadership, someone to cool their heads during some important stretch or something (Atlanta are only 5.5 games behind the 8th seed in the East); and another good thing is Dallas gets to get rid of Johnson who really hasn’t seen much playing time on the team, so it’s a good deal for both sides, and it gives them another chance to draft another Jose Juan Barea.

– the Jason Kidd deal to the Lakers are all but dead so Jason stays, and so does Vince, what i see is the Nets gets back the stability now that they know no one is getting traded, but still the team performance will go up and down up and down until Richard Jefferson actually returns to the court.

– the Hibachi grill is on at the Verizon and Mike at BulletsForever has the feed.


Gilbert Arenas slumping? January 23, 2007

Posted by netsophobia in Gilbert Arenas, Nate McMillan, Portland TrailBlazers.
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over the last 8 games, Agent Z3ro seems to be dropping off, his shooting seems to be off the mark. shooting only 36.3% from the field on 20 shots per night, averaging ONLY 26.5 ppg in the process and 6.5 assists, but still he broke out of a mini slump at Utah where he toched Deron Williams for 51 and the game winning jumper, and also 10-20 against the Magic, but then 38% against the Celts, players like Kirk Hinrich, Tony Parker, Rajon Rondo, Stephon Marbury seriously are giving Gilbert problems scroing-wise but hey Agent Z3ro is too good to be undone by them…im looking forward to the game against the Suns he’s gonna implode, but maybe he won’t and that would be the case of trying to do the much, Gilbert!, relax and let the game come to you!!

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