Wednesday, 20 October 2010


Boston Celtics

Boston Celtics Paul Pierce reacts after making a 2 point basket in the last minute of the fourth quarter against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden in New York City on October 13, 2010.    UPI/John Angelillo Photo via Newscom

Time may not be on the Rolling Stone side for the team from New England but you should never bet against the luck of the old Irish. The gangs all hear minus a few technicalities. Boston have just what the Doc Rivers ordered. A test and tried medicine of the original big three is re-prescribed and you'll be relieved to have another double dose of Shrek and Donkey, no matter how irritable they can get (we see you Shaq). Still, no matter how much medicine you take sometimes you need luck to overcome a heat fever. The Celtics went out and caught their four leaf clover however and it doesn't come much bigger than 'The Big Shamrock'.

New York Knicks

Amar'e Stoudemire speaks to the media at a press conference after signing a 5 year and nearly 100 million dollar contract to play with the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden in New York City on July 8, 2010.    UPI/John Angelillo Photo via Newscom

Can it be that the New York Knicks finally might not suck? The Knickerbockers no longer look pants as they have formed a team for the ages that will be run by Mike D'Antoni. The coach who has a flare for the excellent. Don't get it twisted, Madison Square Garden still may not host talent of Mecca proportions, but in this legendary house these 'New' Knicks are building. Just like their Hudson partners Jersey, NY didn't land the top three skyscraping free agents but they still landed some new wheels that will run better than the Chrysler for this Empire State. The Knicks added some extra STAT's to their frontcourt by reuniting D'Antoni with Amare Stoudemire. This forwards power plays should take these Knicks forward. That’s Amare. The former rotten apple now has a core of talent that could have New Yorkers wondering Knick or Yankees come late May early June. The Knicks however are still a few pieces away from making N.Y. a hoops hotbed. One very big piece Eddy Curry looks to round into shape in order to help the team in the worlds most famous arena and city go full circle.

Philadelphia 76ers

April 12, 2010: Philadelphia 76ers guard Andre Iguodala (9) looking to pass the ball during the NBA game between the Miami Heat and the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Heat beat the 76ers, 107-105.

Is there a doctor in the house, because Philly are short of some J's, A's, I's and answers? The city of brotherly love seems to have lost their liberty. The brief A.I. reunion cracked quickly but the bell isn't about to toll for the Sixers as quick as you think. As a matter of fact there's much more at 'steak' for these Phillies. Another A.I. answers the call for the 76ers these days and Andre Igudola's gold winning performances with Team USA was unquestionable. With a healthy Elton Brand Philadelphia boast one of the strongest, most well-rounded one two punches in the L. Also that's not to mention their wealth of raw talent. Guys like Thaddeus Young who leads Philly's youthful revolution that you better watch. The streets of Philadelphia may no longer be littered with number 3, Iverson jerseys but give it a few years and these aspiring players may win big like Tom Hanks in ‘93.

New Jersey Nets

The New Jersey Nets players huddle before taking the court against the Charlotte Bobcats in the first half of their NBA basketball game in East Rutherford, New Jersey April 12, 2010. This is the Nets' last game at the Izod Center after playing for 29 seasons at this arena. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL IMAGES OF THE DAY)

Jay-Z's got 99 Problems with his New Jersey Nets and a franchise player is one. The team may soon be BK everyday but they need more than an across town move to Brooklyn as a facelift. This offseason Shawn Carter could have had his dynasty as the Nets were pretty close to ringing the James'. Not only did they not elect a king, their would be prince Carmelo Anthony was stopped at the gates of the Meadowlands. Rest assured though Jay and Russian owner Mikhail Prokhorov still run this town and there empire isn't done. The state of mind right now in New York’s neighbor may not be great but just like Jersey boy Bruce Springsteen these Nets will become anew again. Right now Devin Harris is evolving by the game winning seconds and the Lopez twin that did not date Michelle Wie is scoring big in the post. Even though Jersey are not sure of a 'Bron or 'Melo they might have a franchise player in the making with Derrick Favors. A player who may lend exactly the help this team need.

Toronto Raptors

Toronto Raptors guard Jarrett Jack sits during a television interview at the NBA team's annual media day before the start of training camp in Toronto September 27, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Cassese  (CANADA - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)

This fall it's going to get even colder up North for Canada’s sole NBA franchise and the lone team outside of the U.S. Chris Bosh joins LeBron in the former team hates, taking the baton from long carrier Vince Carter. Bosh's search down South for more warmer and winning pastures makes him the T-Dot's public enemy number one. The former Phoenix Suns of the East also have the 'Air' knocked out of their 'Canada Centre'. It looks one time wonder GM Bryan Colangelo has some explaining to do but Hedo Tukoglu doesn't want to hear it, heading due West to warmth in Bryan's old Phoenix home. This dinosaur franchise isn't extinct yet however, Jarrett Jack and Jose Calderon continue to breed new life into the team, it's just a shame that they play similar positions however. Demar DeRozen also provides enough spark to plug leaving fans back in their seats. Still however if it's ever going to feel like 2006 again the Rap's need a new start and leader not a new athletic dunker each year. It's time for the talented but underdone Andrei Bargnani to cook up some inspiration and show these down trodden fans that there is still a spring in the step of a once underrated team that belongs in one of the worlds most unsung cities. TIM DAVID HARVEY.

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