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Where Are They Now?
Hmm, I wonder what Isaiah Rider has been up to lately?

Posted by Michael Blunda at 1/27/2006 1:22:00 PM
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Wolves/Celtics trade
Still mentally processing the trade (as a Wolves fan). I hate that Minny gave up yet another first round pick (that's 2 they've traded in the past 6 months, after all the #1s that they lost in the Joe Smith debacle) and I also hate that they gave up Dwayne Jones (rookie defensive-minded center that was playing well in the NBDL, and had been billed as "next year's first rounder" to replace the one traded to the Clips in the Cassell/Jaric swap). Finally, I hate that the Wolves traded their one expiring contract (Kandi) in a move that added another seemingly unmovable deal (Blount) without removing our other bad unmovable deal (Troy Hudson). All of that said...basketballwise it could pay some dividends for both teams if everything clicks. Davis is potentially a better match with KG than Wally as he can create his own offense off the dribble as opposed to relying primarily on a set shot that isn't always open when defenses clamp down. Jaric/Hassell/Davis/KG/Griffin would be the most athletic starting five in Wolves history. Blount, if motivated enough, could also find a well-defined role as the 'offense' part of an offense/defense center rotation with Eddie Griffin as the 'defense'. Since both Garnett and Griffin are good rebounders, perhaps some of Blount's rebounding deficiencies could be covered by being paired with them. As for the Celtics side, I also think Wally might make a better offensive pairing with Pierce than Davis did. Davis' game was redundant with Pierce's, whereas Wally's dead-eye jumper might spread the floor for Pierce to drive or the young Bigs to operate in the post. I have to imagine Olowokandi isn't in the Celtics future plans as anything but a salary dump, but maybe he gets a few minutes backing up Jefferson, Perkins and LaFrentz as well.

Posted by Dre' at 1/27/2006 2:18:00 AM
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Babcock Out
Rob Babcock's brief-but-ugly tenure as Raptors GM ended on Thursday. The final damage report: - Rafael Araujo, apparent first round bust - effectively trading Vince Carter for Joey Graham and the right to pay Alonzo Mourning to play for someone else - Charlie Villanueva, first round reach (despite outperforming expectations the jury is still very much out, and he's still very much blocked by Chris Bosh) - signing Rafer Alston, although that mistake was corrected with a shrewd trade for Mike James The Raps are not unsalvageable -- Bosh is the real deal, and a winning franchise could be built around him. But there's very little around him in way of a supporting cast, especially if James is not re-signed, and the next man in charge in Toronto has a deep, deep talent hole out of which to dig.

Posted by Erik at 1/26/2006 12:45:00 PM
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Iverson Has Outlasted Bad Rep
Ron Artest is the new bad guy in the NBA, and while people tried to keep that rap on Iverson as late as last season, saying he was incapable of playing with Chris Webber, that didn't stick, and now Iverson is having the best season of his career while playing point guard and shooting a good percentage from the floor. How many guys labeled delinquents as teenagers and bad guys in their 20s survive and come out the other end? Probably the same number who are listed at 6-1, 165 and have four NBA scoring titles and an MVP award under their belts. And who despite living on quickness get even better at age 30.

Iverson is a survivor.



Posted by Chris Liss at 1/25/2006 1:42:00 AM

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Kobe Replay
For those that missed it, NBA TV is replaying Kobe's 81-point game right now.

Posted by Jason Thornbury at 1/24/2006 12:36:00 PM
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Kobe's 81
I think you gotta say Kobe's 81 is more impressive than Wilt's 100. The level of competition is better and Kobe couldn't just plant himself in the paint and toss in shots. Not taking anything away from Wilt, of course, but Kobe's 81 was pretty amazing, especially as he was throwing in treys with defenders in his face.

Posted by Jason Thornbury at 1/23/2006 12:19:00 PM
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