Monday, 27 December 2010


Miami Heat forward LeBron James drives to the net against the Boston Celtics in the second half of the opening night game at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on October 26, 2010. UPI/Matthew Healey Photo via Newscom

24. The NBA players of the week for games played Monday, Dec. 20, through Sunday, Dec. 26 have been named. After a big Christmas Day triple serving and a great week for Miami, LeBron James has taken the Eastern honors. The Heat are finally looking like the team they are meant to be winning 14 out of the last 15 games, behind 'Bron's 27.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 2.33 steals per. James play helped the Heat to a 2-1 record. Out in the Pacific, the Golden State Warriors posted a 2-1 record also due to the Western player of the week, Monta Ellis. Monta mounted an amazing 39.7 points per game. He also averaged 7.0 assists and 3.0 steals and even posted a brilliant 44 points in the Warriors one loss to the Houston Rockets. Congratulations to both guys.

Houston Rockets center Yao Ming (11) waits to come in to the game against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on October 26, 2010. The Lakers won 112 to 110. UPI/Lori Shepler Photo via Newscom

48. What happened to loyalty? After the Houston Rockets asked the NBA for a contract exception on their injured star Yao Ming last week they are now looking to trade their legend away. The Rocket may not play again but still Houston are looking to unload his $17 million expiring contract. Houston may even trade the player, then re-sign him for a smaller contract. They will look to move Ming before February's trade deadline and build a team around what they get in return and great guard, Aaron Brooks. Either way the Rockets will have to do something soon as they and Yao are running out of options. Still after the reign of this Ming dynasty you can't help think, where's the love?

NEW YORK - MARCH 30: Steve Francis arrives for the Coca-Cola Campaign Launch Of 'Coke Side Of Life' at Capitale on March 30, 2006 in New York, NY. (Photo by Scott Wintrow/Getty Images)

82. Things aren't looking great for Yao Mings former sidekick Steve Francis either. China may be working for Stephon Marbury but it doesn't seem to be made for the Franchise. After just 13 days, 14 minutes per and only 0.5 points to go along with that Francis is done with Chinese side, Beijing Shougang Ducks. According to Steve's agent the team released, the speedy, talented high scoring guard as things just didn't work out. Things looked good at the start as Francis' affiliations with Chinese legend Yao helped his reputation, but since his arrival a number of situations have led to attitude problems. It's a shame that Steve's basketball career has been on a downward spiral, he was such a big talent in the NBA and can still play. Still things have been rocky in his latter NBA days, from being re-signed then released by the Rockets and his telling SLAM magazine that due to his various business enterprises he didn't need basketball. Let's hope Francis isn't done with a comeback and basketball stays on his mind. Who knows? Things could look peachy again.

ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 14: NBA player Shaquille O'Neal in the audience during the NBA All-Star Game held at Cowboys Stadium on February 14, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

O.T. Shaq has been fined $35K for criticising refs, he better blow the whistle on anymore comments...Miami and L.A. really where a big attraction this year as the NBA Christmas Day ratings set T.V. records...the San An Spurs are looking at the best record in the NBA again...meanwhile the Detroit Pistons are struggling away from Motown...the Lakers have assigned Trevor Ariza, lookalike, play-a-like Devin Ebanks to the NBA's development league...without Carmelo the Nuggets fell to Philly but still our thoughts are with Anthony during this tragic time...the Cavs have waived backup forward Jawad Williams...finally the Clippers beat the Suns in a Western clash...which is a good sign as it looks like star guard Baron Davis wants to stick around. TIM DAVID HARVEY.

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