Thursday, 24 February 2011
THROUGH THE WIRE: WEDNESDAY (02/23/11)
24. More deals are being swung, before the trade deadline gavel is dropped. The New Jersey Nets may have not got their man Carmelo Anthony, but thy have still acquired an All-Star. The team traded for one of the best Point Guards in the league, Deron Williams but to get him they had to give up their own star Devin Harris and rising talent Derrick Favors. The pair head to the new look Utah Jazz to give more youth and potential to the Al Jefferson show. I guess nobody won out of the rumored Jerry Sloan, Deron Williams fall-out. Still D-Will gives Jersey it's league best player position since Jason Kidd, but just like when Kidd first landed in the Garden State who will this Point Guard pass to? Brook Lopez may be on the rise but they need more in order to rebound from the last few years. The team are looking to also deal for glass master Troy Murphy who currently boards out in California for Golden State.
48. 104-80. Now that's more like it. Speaking of rebounding the Lakers needed to bounce back and make a statement that they where still the reigning champion and by routing contender Atlanta they did that. The Lake Show had the talons to law the Hawks by 24 ending a 3 game losing streak. Coming off an All-Star MVP at home in Los Angeles, Kobe scored 20 in the Lakers return to Staples. Fellow All-Star Gasol added 14 points and 10 rebounds, doubling up in strength in numbers. All-franchise Joe Johnson scored 14 for the ATL, but Shannon Brown had 14 off the bench as the Lakers matched everything Atlanta had. The only bright-spot for the Hawks came before the game when reserve and last year Laker, Josh Powell was presented with his championship ring. Coach Jackson praised the hard-worker for his practice intensity and contributions to the championship.
82. The Portland Trail Blazers are in a state of flux right now. Sure they are in the fifth spot out West right now, but they have as much to work with in between their injuries as Brandon Roy has between his knees. Thank God for LeMarcus Aldridge who has stepped up his rising play even higher in the absence of the franchise of Roy and the power potential of Greg Oden. Still Portland can't just rely on him a they look to re-shape their injured roster. NBA.Com has reported that the team might try and make a deal for Gerald Wallace who would be the perfect potency for their powerful mix. Still the m.o. and the mission statement or this team is to use their bigger assets to get younger. So Andre Miller, Marcus Camby and Joel Przybilla may find themselves with new jerseys like Deron Williams. The doors of the NBA keep revolving.
O.T. This deal or no deal league keeps ringing up more trade ideas as Wizard guard Kirk Hinrich may find himself welcome in Atlanta in exchange for guards Jordan Crawford and Mike Bibby...while reports are saying that Sacramento have already pulled the trigger, shooting Carl Landry to Oklahoma in exchange for Marcus Thornton and cash considerations...meanwhile speaking of new changes, new, New York Knick Carmelo Anthony is 'Ready to accept all challenges' that face his new career in MSG...while former coach George Karl is embracing the Denver Nuggets new challenges without their star...looks like everyones happy with this deal. Or is that just relieved that it's over? We'll see. TIM DAVID HARVEY.