It's going to be a busy Summer of reality TV! Not only will we have the Presidential conventions in Charlotte and Denver, but the Summer Olympic Games in London. It's the 20th Anniversary of the "Dream Team" in Barcelona. Often imitated, never duplicated, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson in Spain was a once in a lifetime event. I had the pleasure of "covering" the Boys of Barcelona and am still awaiting, but not expecting a duplication of the excitement it brought not only the United States, but the World.
After months of news surrounding labor negoations, we get a taste of NBA action ON the court. No more court-rooms, no more talking heads of NBA player reps in suits. With the season getting underway Chrismas Day, a week from Sunday, the NBA tipping off what will be a fast and furious exhibition season. I had the opportunity tonight to watch both the Philadelphia 76ers at Washington Wizards and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Detroit Pistons. Not exactly the Eastern Conferece semi-finals, but pro hoops nonetheless.
Just one caveat, the deal is "pending league approval" The Los Angeles Clippers caved in to the demands of the NBA owned New Orleans Hornets. After breaking off the talks saying the demands were just too high, the Clippers went ahead and made the deal anyway. The hold up in the deal was which guard the Clippers were going to trade to the Hornets. Los Angeles wanted to move Eric Bledsoe, while New Orleans was insisting on Eric Gordon. Bledsoe's recent injury complcating matters even further, but the Clippers gave up in the end.
The Lakers got the jump on the Chris Paul sweepstakes only to get trumped by the NBA league office. But wait, is Chris Paul still heading to Los Angeles? Maybe so, but instead of joining Kobe and Showtime CP3 may be running with Blake Griffin and the Clippers. The Lakers thought they had completed a deal that would bring the mercurial guard as Kobe's back court mate and even briefly re-submitted a deal before giving up altogether. Now its the Clippers turn.....
The season is just a few days old, but already there is news all over the NBA. Whether it is stars potentially on the move, injury concerns or former number one picks making their debut, there is already a lot of shakeup in the Association. You can email me any time at email@example.com for all of your fantasy basketball questions and advice. I guarantee a response within 18 hours.