- The 2011 Dunk Contest was fun and I posted every dunk here, but my favorite Dunk Contest dunker is still Vince Carter:
- 'Melo's not going to Jersey. He wants to be a Knick or a Bull; the Knicks are willing to take him on, but the Bulls say it's too expensive. 'Melo never had to give Denver all of this time to maximize that for which they get in return for losing, as opposed to losing him for nothing. Don't blame 'Melo for playing anyone; only blame the Nuggets for using the Nets -- who don't have a serious chance -- as pawns to prevent the Knicks from lowballing them. Fortunately for the Nuggets, they could get away with this as the Knicks owner is biting the bait and Isiah Thomas has emerged as the "de facto GM" in this deal.
- Deron Williams reportedly began planning to follow Amar'e Stoudemire last summer. This all makes sense. D-Will is an assassin at the pick-n-roll. He played with a top-three PNR guy in Carlos Boozer to make himself arguably the best point guard in the league with Chris Paul. Amar'e is another in that top-three -- arguably the best. The report is that when Amar'e went to New York, D-Will informed his camp that was his preferred destination when he becomes a free agent in 2012. Trading Raymond Felton in a package that includes Chauncey Billups to New York isn't so crazy anymore.
- The foundation could be set for the Kings to formally request relocation to Anaheim before the March deadline. In a Saturday press conference, David Stern confirmed the franchise is engaged in those talks.
The NHL Ducks owner is prepared to loan the franchise $100 million to
move the team to the Honda Center in Anaheim in order to cover debts the
Kings have in Sacramento. I never took this rumor seriously, but Sam
Amick reports the Kings wouldn't have to pay "territorial rights" to the
Lakers and Clippers on the other side of the freeway, though it's
expected they'd do all they can to block the move. What do you think:
Anaheim Kings, California Kings, The California Kings of Anaheim?
- How do you not love Kevin Durant? True role model.
- Dwight Howard's been eligible to sign an extension with the Magic since July. He acts as if his future there in out of his hands right now, but it really isn't. I'm not faulting him
for waiting things out because it's on the franchise to sell basically
the rest of the decade to Howard. And it's completely within Howard's
human and contractual rights to weigh all options. But his political
ploys shouldn't fool anyone.
The truth is that as Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, and Dirk Nowitzki age
themselves into lesser roles or retirement and Carmelo Anthony, Deron
Williams, and Chris Paul make career changes, Howard can make a more
educated decision as to what's best for him. Early prediction: I fully
expect no trade and a huge bidding war in the 2012 offseason where the
Lakers win him over.
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