Friday, 18 March 2011
THROUGH THE WIRE: THURSDAY (04/16/11)
24. The Orange County Royals? How about the Los Angeles Royals? Or even the Anaheim Royals? Get used to one as it's looking more and more likely that as of next year the Sacramento Kings will be no more. The Kings look to be the third team in Southern California as of next season as they also look to drop the 'Kings' mantra and go back to the 'Royals' one that they had when they where in Cincinnati and Rochester. Perhaps they where tired of Shaq et al calling them the queens. Last month Sacramento filed a motion with the NBA last month to secure a possible move to Anaheim and possible names may include the Anaheim Royals, or the Anaheim Royals of Southern California (strange but cool), Orange County Royals and the L.A. Royals. Surely not L.A. though? Los Angeles isn't big enough for two franchises, let alone the Lakers rivals, it sure would make things interesting however. My favourite is Orange County, no doubt, can't wait for the uniforms.
48. If the new look Utah Jazz look to go far this season they will have to do it without their old favourite and mainstay Mehmet Okur. The big man who's also an outside threat will sit out for the rest of the regular season. He is riddled with injuries to his lower back and Achilles' tendon, it's best Okur rests but Mehmet is "discouraged and disappointed that he won't be able to help the Jazz as they try to get back in the playoff race", according to the teams general manager. There's a small chance that Okur may return if the Jazz make the playoffs, but that's an even smaller chance. All joking aside with a fresh core of Devin Harris, Derrick Favors, Al Jefferson, Paul Milisap and Okur the Jazz sound like a good contender for next year.
82. Blake Griffin may be the one having a monster year, but Dwight Howard had his own beyond human performance last night as superman turned out a heroic performance. With 31 points and 22 rebounds Howard helped the Magic cast their playoff berth, with a secure seed and qualification. Following the 93-89 win the Magic won't have to worry about the postseason apart from keeping hold of their spot and making some improvements. As last night the Magic had 19 slight of hands, as they lost and turned over the ball too many times. "We did about everything wrong we could do," Orlando's coach Stan Van Gundy told press post-game. The team also didn't make many free-throws but charity stripe bricklayer , Dwight said "The only thing that matters is we got a win. Are we satisfied with the way we won the game? No, but we won the game. That's all that matters," the team leader added setting an example for the areas they need to improve on. As long as this Magic learns some new tricks this young team will be able up with the old dogs.
O.T. Speaking of the future looking bright for the new-look Utah how about C.J. Miles and his career-high 40 points in the Jazz's win against Minnesota. Looks like this new starter has earned his prominent place in the rotation...you can't keep Basketball and England apart right now. Following a successful first-ever regular season game and before the 2012 Olympics the runners up of the WNBA last season, the Atlanta Dream will play the female Team GB in Manchester this May. Looks like this will be a tune up game, for Atlanta, get ready for Team GB to have a nightmare...the Denver Nuggets aren't mellowing out without Carmelo. Thanks to Nene and J.R. Smith the team struck gold, clawing away a victory from the Hawks...after losing out on the Eastern top spot to Chicago the Boston Celtics have regained their share of the number one seed in the East by beating Indiana...Thanks to a late rally Dallas won their battle against the Golden State Warriors...while the Sun slipped to four burns in a row after failing to maintain a buzz against the New Orleans Hornets....Detroit ended their losing streak and started a winning one against Toronto thanks to Richard Hamilton's 24 and Greg Monroe's 21 points...Kevin Martin's 21 points kept the Houston Rockets past the Charlotte Bobcats for their entire match-up, as did the matching of Chuck Hayes season high 17 rebounds...Elton Brand had 19 points and 12 rebounds as he led his Philadelphia 76ers team over his old Los Angeles Clippers...while things are looking up for Cleveland as Cavalier Ramon Sessions hit the high-notes with 20 points as the Cavs beat the Anaheim Royals, excuse me the Sacramento Kings in a rare win on the road on the soon to be no more ARCO Arena. Perhaps this finished team needs more cowbell. Time to up the prescription. TIM DAVID HARVEY.