The NBA wraps up the season's first half in style with a great double header tonight on TNT. At 8pm Eastern, its the Thunder hosting the Miami Heat in Oklahoma City, followed by the battle of Los Angeles featuring the Clippers and Lakers. The "Grammy" break is over and both LA teams are road weary and ready for a return to the Staples Center. NBA fans won't be without the game as All-Star weekend in Houston tips off on Friday.
As we roll into the 2012-'13 NBA season, we're going to take you through an overview of each of the six divisions. Who are key newcomers? Who are notable for your fantasy team? Last season was brutal with a late and sudden December start to an abbreviated season. We wrap up our previews, staying in the Western Conference, with the Pacific Division. The Lakers have assembled the latest "Dream Team" with Steve Nash and Dwight Howard now running showtime alongside Kobe. The Clippers are now a force, with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin leading the way. Golden State finally landed a big man to help David Lee, now if only Andrew Bogut can stay healthy. Watch out for Sacramento and mercurial big man DeMarcus Cousins. Marcin Gortat was a nice find in the desert, but Phoenix just doesn't have the horses to compete.
With the NBA regular season tipping off this week, a major trade from the Association. The defending Western Conference champion Oklahoma City Thunder shipping mainstay James Harden to the Houston Rockets in a multi-player deal. What are the fantasy implications? Why would the Thunder break up their big three? We break it down for you in the inaugural edition of Talking Hoops for the 2012-'13 season.
While the Eastern Conference featured Philadelphia's shocking win over top seeded Chicago, the Western Conference held serve, for the most part. The Clippers seven game elimination of Memphis could be considered an upset, while expected by others.
As we play out the final days of the 2011-'12 NBA regular 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 Pacific Division of the Western Conference with the Los Angeles Lakers.
As we roll towards February and the All-Star break, NBA clubs are looking to make adjustments. Most clubs still have hope of making the post season, while a few may already be tinkering with the future in mind. A one time NBA All-Star may finally be emerging from free agency and trade rumors are rampant. Those looking for a center find one on the market after already being traded once this season.
Dwight Howard has been dominating the boards this season and at the same time, dominating conversation when it comes to his next destination. In the last week, he has added the Los Angeles Clippers to his "approved" trade list and has also been mentioned in trade rumors involving the Knicks. New York reportedly suggesting a package that would send Amare Stoudamire and Tyson Chandler to the Magic Kingdom. Today, we have details on Superman's wish to end up in the City of Angels... across town from Kobe.
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.
The NBA world is buzzing over last night’s preseason battle of Los Angeles between the Lakers and the Clippers. Chris Paul didn’t disappoint in his Clippers debut with 17 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in the 114-95 win over the Lakers. Kobe Bryant led the Lakers with 22 points before injuring the wrist on his shooting hand. The injury has been determined to be minor.
It's official! The NBA labor deal has been approved by all parties and camps are set to open. It is a 10-year deal, but both sides have the option to opt out after six. Contract limits were lengthened, a soft salary cap is in place but the luxury tax will have more impact on owners. There were also be increased drug testing of players. While camps open today,, those involved in the CP3 trade remain in limbo in Houston, Los Angeles and New Orleans.