Wednesday, 15 December 2010


Denver Nuggets guard J.R. Smith waits for second half to begin against the Boston Celtics at the Pepsi Center on February 21, 2010 in Denver. Northwest division leader Denver beat Atlantic division leader Boston 114-105. UPI/Gary C. Caskey

24. Trades are the subject of today. For today's '48' we will report on a trade that actually went down, but first it looks like the Nuggets may deal J.R. Smith. SLAM Online have reported that the talented slasher may be off to cut through the Windy City air of Chicago. Whether this star goes to the Bulls though depends on what is going on with Carmelo Anthony. The trade that went down last night may have something to do with that as well according to SLAM. Billups could also be moved in a trade in the midst of this 'Melo fiasco. The thin air in Denever is not calm right now either as the team look to rework, not rebuild around this Carmelo problem. Carmelo Anthony is looking for a resolution before the trade deadline and that will be somewhat just fine with the Nuggets who don't want another LeBron or Bosh on their hands. Anthony's desire is to join forces with Amare in New York but the Nuggest want the best return they can get for their franchise forward. How will this situation unfold do you think? Sound off in our comments section below.

Norman Pattiz jokes with Sasha Vujacic during a timeout as the Lakers beat the Houston Rockets 89-70, Sunday, May 17, 2009, at the Staples Center to win the Western Conference semifinals Photo via Newscom

48. Well, at least he got to meet the President one last time before he went. The Lakers guard Sasha Vujacic is off to the New Jersey Nets. Mr. Sharapova will join former teammate Jordan Farmar in New Jersey's backcourt but not until December 15Th due to league rules. This three way deal lands New Jersey's talented sophomore Terrence Williams with the Houston Rockets. Jersey will also get while the Lakers 2011 first-round pick and Houston's 2012 lottery-protected first pick. What does this leave the Lakers you ask? It leaves them with another big man they sorely need. Nets Power Forward/centre Joe Smith is taking his experience, hard work and hustle to Hollywood. This is providing he passes a physical however. Joe will be a great veteran addition for a team who needs more presence in the post, plus the Lakers also save $7 million. Smithy will help spell Bynum and Gasol with Theo Ratliff but right now will be called upon a lot as everyone else recovers. Joe is a great addition but Sasha's hard work, hustle, talent and shot will be sorely missed. As the machine readys to join some new components the Lakers once again give up a talented, fan favorite guard, but they get tougher and seasoned with Joe Smith.

Los Angeles Lakers' Matt Barnes goes to the basket against Washington Wizards Kirk Hinrich during the fourth quarter at the Verizon Center in Washington on December 14, 2010. UPI/Kevin Dietsch Photo via Newscom

82. Keeping it tuned into the Lake Show, after taking Chicago Bulls jokes from Barack Obama Monday the Lakers took apart the Washington Wizards 103-89 on Tuesday in the nations capital. The exclamation point of this game was Kobe Bryant's 24 points. The star had 16 in the third as the Lakers took control of the game right before the fourth quarter. A 17-2 run, spearheaded by 12 straight points from the Mamba was too much bite for D.C. to handle. Sasha Vujacic suited up for the last time for the Lakers but did not play in the victory. He wont return to LA at the end of this road trip after being traded to New Jersey for Joe Smith. One guy who did play was Andrew Bynum who returned to the floor and form with 7 points in 17 minutes. The Washington fans laughed at Kobe as he uncharacteristically missed three straight free throws, still it was Kobe who had the last laugh. After that against the Wizards three was the magic number for Kobe. He went all De La Soul, as he faded away for 3, hit another and then was fouled on a following attempt. After this time sinking all three free throws, Bryant had one more from downtown in D.C. showing the Verizon crowd that you do not laugh in the face of a doberman without getting bit. Pau Gasol added a stellar 16 points, 9 boards and 7 dimes from his bag of tricks, while Lamar Odom doubled up on 18 points and 10 rebounds and Shannon Brown added 16. John Wall again sat out of the game, (maybe he should of taken Kobe's advice about wearing Nike's) as he joined Yi Jianlian and Andray Blatche chilling on the pine. Nick Young had 21 points for the Wizards but that wasn't enough magic to contain Hollywood and the leagues premier team.

Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau (R) talks with guard derrick Rose during the second quarter at the United Center in Chicago on November 4, 2010. UPI/Brian Kersey Photo via Newscom

O.T. Our thoughts go out to Carlos Arroyo who lost his Grandfather. he will be absent for the Heat game against the Cavs....Richard Hamilton ripped the Hawks as his Pistons had the last laugh last night...following yesterdays 'THROUGH THE WIRE' Derrick Rose has been listed day to day as the star is going through the wars...the Warriors finally win as they beat the Wolves after a howler of a week...and Philly also ended a 8 game road skid, as their form was at 'steak'. TIM DAVID HARVEY

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