As we work our way towards Pro Basketball's version of the Final Four, injuries have and continue to play a huge role. Is there any doubt that Chicago would have taken care of business against Philadelphia with a healthy Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah?
As we play out the final days of the 2011-'12 NBA season, we take a look at each franchise. Who emerged, what went wrong, what lies ahead. A look at post season chances, long term potential and upgrades possible in this summer's NBA draft. We continue in the Central Division of the Eastern Conference with the Indiana Pacers.
NBA's All-Star weekend is right around the corner, and a week from now, most teams will be approaching the midway point of the abbreviated 66-game season. What does this mean to you? Enough games have been played and given your league's rosters remain somewhat static, the standings aren't going to chance a whole heckuva lot. Now if you were fortunate enough to add Jeremy Lin, you are the exception not the rule.
Chris Paul and Kobe in the Lakers back court? The three team deal between Houston, New Orleans and Los Angeles is dead. Well, maybe not Los Angeles, just the Lakers. As the LA Times first reported, the Clippers jumped into the fray, withdrew and are now back negotiating. Since the Hornets are owned by the NBA, the Clippers continue negotiations with the NBA front office. While Paul may still be on the move, Dwight Howard now appears happy staying in Orlando. The recent news has Kobe wondering why thus far all the Lakers have done is lose Lamar Odom?
NBA camps are officially open! Free agency is also underway and we have the latest rumors. The proposed deal that would send Chris Paul to the Lakers is still in play. Houston, Los Angeles and New Orleans continue to look for ways to make it happen with league approval. For the most part, all players under contract reported for duty for training across the country.
Much like the NFL this summer, NBA free agency will be packed into a short period as teams hustle for a Christmas Day tip off. Beginning on Friday December 9th, clubs may begin signing free agents to fill out their opening day rosters. Teams will be looking to create cap space by utilizing the new amnesty clause which enables clubs to shed bad contracts. Teams may match offer sheets signed by unrestricted free agents.
The NBA Lockout is reportedly nearing its end and the season is expected to start on Christmas Day but how does the extended lockout and shortened season affect your fantasy basketball league? Well, taking a look at the impact of this year's NFL lockout and the last NBA lockout in the late-90s we can see exactly the kind of drop off we should expect from the coming 66-game 2011-2012 season.