Tuesday, 22 February 2011
THROUGH THE WIRE: TUESDAY (02/22/11)
24. We told you there was more thrills and spills to come. Now the All-Star events are 'so' last weekend, as a blockbuster has hit our NBA TV screens. Carmelo Anthony is finally no longer a Denver Nugget. So all the talk will stop now right? NO! Believe me it's only getting started. The Showtime is now over in L.A, as 'melo has made his way out East, and not to New Jersey. Carmelo has headed to the core of Manhatten to play for the New York Knicks, making this most-improved team stellar and giving them a real good chance of overcoming Florida rivals Miami Heat and their 'superfriends' or even reigning Eastern champs, Boston. Chauncey Billups is also donning, blue and orange giving the Knicks another Mecca talent for Madison Square Garden. This sleeper part of the trade gives the Knicks, their own group of 'superfriends' and who knos Chris Paul may still be on his way this Summer too. More talent is coming New York's way with top backups Anthony Carter and Shelden Williams, plus former Knickerbocker favourite Renaldo Balkman is back in MSG. N.Y. still lose a crop of popular talent that helped them go far in the form of Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, and Timofey Mozgov, plus many draft picks to the Nuggets, but they also send Eddy Curry's expiring contract to Minnesota in exchange for the dunking, sparking talents of Corey Brewer. New York basketball is looking as bright and ignited as Times Square on New Year right now. It's another new day.
48. The New Jersey Nets may not be heading to London, England with a bright new star next week, but their opponents in the U.K. game, Toronto will land boasting a new trade. Sure this deal is more of a matinee next to the Knicks blockbuster but it's still a great one. The Raps have acquired sensational sophmore James Johnson off the Chicago Bulls for a second round draft-pick. This great forward gives this young developing Canadian team more youth and height. James Johnson is no stranger to playing in the U.K. either. Two years back in his Rookie season Johnson hit the big stage even bigger, hitting a buzzer beater to beat the Utah Jazz in a preseason friendly. J.J. will look forward to returning to a place that housed one of his earliest, favourite NBA memory.
82. Now we are into the second-half of the season the men will really be seperated from the boys, or the contenders from the lottery picks that is. The reigning top dog, the Los Angeles Lakers and their doberman Kobe Bryant look to bounce back after a disappointing first half to the season. After hosting the All-Star game in L.A., after his Staples MVP performance Kobe Bryant has a warning for the league, "You can’t beat me in June"! The whole purple and gold half of Los Angeles (Blake's really bringing out the blue and red) is behind their Lakers including, Snoop Dogg who has recorded a new song 'Purp & Yellow'. Following his 'Lakers Theme' of years past, the Doggfather hopes to bring L.A. more luck with his new track which features The Game. The video of the song features Laker players, Shannon Brown and Ron Artest. Two guys no stranger to music videos after vying for the beautiful, talented Toni Braxton in her clip last year. The video also features Matt Barnes who has returned to practice this Monday for the Lakers. The X-factor defensive back-up who can play the 2 or the 3 will be an assett for the Lakers to have back as they try and overcome their liabilities.
O.T. Maybe it's because he's bitter he lost. Or maybe it's because he's not the only one tired of the gimmicks, but dunker DeMar DeRozen is beginning to discredit the contest he took part in only just this weekend. DeRozen doesn't like the props used in the contest, not giving the spectacle any himself. Here's guessing he won't be back next year...he missed giving the Rookies a challenge this weekend and now reigning R.O.Y. Tyreke Evans will miss three weeks due to a foot injury...however as a door closes in Sacramento, one opens in Chicago as Joakim Noah is expected to return for tomorrows game against Toronto...Miami's Dwyane Wade should also play tonight as his ankle appears to be fine, even after he had to leave the All-Star game...expect more playing time for Steve Novak and the San Antonio Spurs as the player was given another 10 day contract by the team. TIM DAVID HARVEY.