Wednesday, 2 February 2011
THROUGH THE WIRE: THURSDAY (02/03/11)
24. Houston had a lot of problems on Tuesday, namely their players who were in suits and ties rather than suited up, still the Lakers recently have been problematic two. So both teams overdrew it out into overtime as they struggled to overcome each other. The Lakers prevailed however to their advantage at home with a 114-106 win at STAPLES. Kobe was magic with 32, still it was Gasol who was cinematic with a clutch lay-up with just above a minute to go before the end of the game. Bryant went with pop culture and popular consensus, stating, "He's very white swan. I need him to be more Black Swan." I'm glad enthusiastic fan, Larry David didn't bring his golf clubs to this one. Pau was powerful in overtime with six of his 26 to go along with a machine-powered 16 boards. Lamar Odom, had the best vision however, as his stats where a clear 20, 20. This guy really is an all-stats, All-Star.
48. More news coming out of La, La, Lakerland. It seems that after Mitch Kupchack's trade talk, someone in L.A. is listening. It has been reported that Ron Artest would like a trade...and it was all good just a year ago. Artest has played for a lot of teams and seemed to have found the one with these Hollywood stars, but there appears to be smoke..and fire with these rumors. ESPN's Marc Stein has reported that a source has told him Ron hopes he is the guy involved in the trade. It's a shame because Artest was one of the pivotal reasons the Lakers repeated last year as champions and will be if they catch that elusive three-peat. Sure Ron has suffered some ill-form this season and the Lakers are sick of losing and playing sporadic, but the answer isn't always to shake things up, especially as this former instigator has calmed down and let his game outburst.
82. The NBA's first regular season games to be played outside the U.S. are happening in London in March. The Toronto Raptors will face the New Jersey Nets in two games at the 02 Arena that has already held many exhibition games for the NBA over the last few years, including the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat. Still Portland Trail Blazer legend, Clyde Drexler believes that this development will span further. The Glyde believes that it won't be long before there is an NBA franchise in England's capital city. "If the demand continues, that could actually happen,'' Drexler told press. Clyde has been in foggy old London town promoting the March games and thinks that a British franchise could come even in this decade, "We're probably 10 years or so away, but that is not too farsighted to happen.'' Look out for British talent balling beyond the London eye soon. The cities focused.
O.T. The Utah Jazz will have to play without two of their high-notes today, as their foreign talent Okur and Kirlienko will be grounded with injury...it gets worse for the Milwaukee Bucks who will miss their talented forward, Drew Gooden for around 4-6 weeks as he is suffering from plantar fasciitis in his left foot...meanwhile Washington can't find a footing away from the Verizon as the Wizards are now an embarrassing 0 and 25 on the road, now that's weary...injuries and problems aren't stopping for the Lakers as Andrew Bynum has a sore knee. The Lakers will hope this is nothing serious...meanwhile their rivals the Celtics can celebrate one time as their coach, Doc Rivers is so good, he will be coaching the Eastern All-Star's this month. The Doc knows best. TIM DAVID HARVEY.