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Jason Kidd going to the Milwaukee Bucks

I know I haven’t been blogging in a pretty long time.  But this situation has inspired me to write about the NBA again.  I will try my best to consistently blog.

With that being said, I’ve been reading about the Jason Kidd situation, and I think that it’s absolutely absurd.  Nets GM Billy King took a chance on Kidd and gave him a coaching position when Kidd didn’t have any coaching experience.  Even after the Nets got off to a horrible start, King stuck by him.  There are reports that King was contemplating firing Kidd, which is understandable, but he didn’t.  And now Kidd shows his appreciation by asking King for his job.

I mean, that’s pathetic.  Kidd is so stuck up, power-hungry, and way out of his league.  Just last week, the Bucks’ new owners said they are committing to long term improvement, making smart decisions and slowly building a contender.  I think this decision will force the Bucks to take a couple of steps back.

But Jason Kidd seems to be burning bridges wherever he goes.  His actions are inexcusable, and uncalled for.  I hope the Bucks now stay at the bottom of the NBA for the whole time Kidd is there.

And one last thing, what does this mean for Larry Drew?  He hasn’t been in contact with the Bucks, and he’s been nothing but a faithful coach.  I hope he gets a really great position in the NBA.

Rajon Rondo and Kris Kardashian Fight

last night, the boston celtics and the brooklyn nets played and rondo took exception to a hard foul on kevin garnett by kris humpries.  the foul really wasn’t that hard, and rondo just overreacted a bit.  i think rondo shouldn’t have started anything, and i think it’s hilarious that his jersey was taken off like hockey.  kevin garnett and gerald wallace also got into it as well.  everyone involved except kevin garnett were ejected, and i expect a 3-5 game suspension on rajon rondo.  i think he deserves it, because his actions were clearly unwarranted and he has a history of not being able to control his temper.  he’s kinda hard headed, and it’s admirable that he stood up for his teammate, but please use discretion when choosing when to fight.  even doc rivers said his team is soft, so i’m sure he didn’t think it was a hard foul at all, even though he said so to the media.  also, kris humpries posted his battle wounds after the game.  i thought that was hilarious..

Brooklyn Nets New Stadium

the brooklyn nets are trying to turn a new leaf, and from the look of things, they might have something.  i think presentation goes a long way and jay-z certainly knows that.  they just revealed how the new stadium will look like.  i have to say, it looks pretty dope.

 

NBA Standings Predictions 2012-2013 Atlantic Division

this division just became one of the most competitive divisions out there.  let’s see who will stand on top.

1. Boston Celtics (52 wins)

the big 3

this summer was a heartbreak summer for the celtics, with them losing ray allen, who was part of the big 3.  they did make a nice recovery though, signing courtney lee and jason terry to replace allen.  no one expected allen to leave, but there was tension in the locker room between him and rajon rondo.  and with doc rivers giving the ball to rondo all the time, allen just couldn’t take it.  it must have been pretty bad if he left for miami, which gave him half of what boston was offering.  i don’t think he’ll get the ball more in miami, but i think he’s a loyal guy, one who reacts to how others treat him.  he was the center of many trade rumors over the past few years, and he didn’t like that either.  but now the celtics only have rondo, garnett, and paul pierce as their big 3.

they also brought back brandon bass, which is a great thing.  he was a key component in their run last year, and they have a loaded backcourt, with terry, lee, and avery bradley, who should come back in the middle of the season.  they’re a little thin in the front court, and garnett is getting older.  he just signed for 3 more years, but i don’t know how long he will last.  this year, i see them leading the atlantic division, but they probably won’t win a title.  and even though they might win the division, they are still vulnerable to lost to the knicks or the nets.  but they can also amaze us again and surpass all expectations as well.

starting 5: garnett, bass, pierce, lee, rondo

2. Brooklyn Nets (50 wins)

the second best backcourt in the league

the nets are on the cusp of something exciting and hopefully good.  hopefully their spending spree paid off.  they resigned deron williams, one of the best point guards in the league, and they traded for joe johnson and his massive contract.  although it’s a lot of money to pay one guy, i think it’s worth it.  they didn’t get dwight, but they still have a decent front court.  with brook lopez, kris kardashian humphries, and gerald wallace, they have the ability to make some noise in the east.  they also have marshon brooks, a shooter who was good enough to be one of the main pieces for a dwight howard trade.  they did overpay for wallace, though.  i think they could have spent a little less on him.  but because of their willingness to spend, i’m sure they will reap the benefits of it.  deron williams and joe johnson can be a deadly and lethal 1-2 punch.  and brook lopez is a good offensive center.  i think they have better pieces than new york.  and i think their jerseys are going to look better than new york also.

starting 5: lopez, humphries, wallace, johnson, williams

3. New York Knicks (48 wins)

last year was the year of linsanity.  this year will be totally different, as they shipped lin to houston.  now, their success depends all on amare stoudemire and carmelo anthony.  and that’s probably why i have them in 3rd place in this division.  carmelo anthony excelled during the olympics.  many people were talking about new york getting better this year because of his play and his improvement.  but here’s the difference between the olympics was that he was playing with great players, and he was on a team where all he had to do was shoot the ball and worry about nothing else.  he didn’t have to worry about leading his team, because lebron and kobe did that.  he didn’t have to worry about passing because cp3 and deron williams did that.  so that’s why he played so well.

in new york, it’s a different story.  he has to be the leader, he has to play unselfishly, he has to switch up his game, and he has to jell with everyone on the team, even if they’re not playing well.  that’s a tall order for someone who has never really been a leader.  as much as he would like to be, he’s not.  that’s why he couldn’t make it work with jeremy lin.  and that’s why i don’t really have high hopes for the knicks.

amare worked with hakeen olajuwon this past summer, and i hope that it adds a lot to his game.  for the past few seasons, he’s been a step slow.  so hopefully this rejuvenates him a bit, even after he injured his own hand.  this offseason was supposed to be a good one, but instead, it turned out to be an ok one.  they snatched jason kidd from dallas and signed marcus camby back.  so they got a bunch older, but didn’t do what everyone expected and resign jeremy lin.  i know it was a lot of money to get him back, but i think they should have done it.  they instead got raymond felton, who has been out of shape for the past two seasons, to make up for it.  and they got kurt thomas,another veteran who’s 40.  so i don’t know where they’re going with this, but i don’t think this will get them past miami, or even brooklyn.  maybe they’ll prove me wrong.

starting 5: chandler, stoudemire, anthony, smith, felton

4. Philedelphia 76ers (43 wins)

the 76ers made a surprising trade of the summer and ended up with the second best center in the league.  how they did that, i have no idea.  but give credit to the GM, he made the right move and helped this franchise get better.  they have the most dominant big man in the east, and they gave up just iguodala for it.  that’s pretty good, i would say.  and the trade doesn’t really hurt them because they have people like thaddeus young and even turner, as well as nick young.  spencer hawes now moves to the power forward spot, giving them two dominant and tall big guys who can control the paint.  they are going to be tough to score on, and their defense will improve in the paint.  it might take a hit on the perimeter, but that’s ok.  one move i didn’t get was getting backup kwame brown.  he’s the most useless player on the planet, but somehow, he still gets money and he still “plays.”  that’s amazing.

this club is solidly built, with jrue holiday at the point, evan turner at small forward, nick young backing up shooting guard, and jason richardson, who brings leadership.  but the one thing that concerns me the most is bynum.  i don’t feel that he’s ready to lead a team.  if you watched the press conference they had, he talked more about himself and how he’s excited to be the first option on offense, rather than talking about the team.  he’s a me-first guy, always have been that way, and needs to mature some more.  also, physically, he needs to stay healthy.  this past season was the first time he was able to stay on the floor for more than half the season, and that won’t cut it if that happens again.  there’s a lot of risk involved with bynum, so hopefully he continues to take care of himself the way he should.

starting 5: bynum, hawes, turner, richardson, holiday

5. Toronto Raptors (20 wins)

their main goal was to acquire steve nash this summer.  that didn’t pan out, but they got kyle lowry.  i guess that’s a decent replacement.  they also acquired landry fields, who looked lost in new york last season.  i honestly don’t see any positive to this team the way it’s constructed right now, and if your leader is andrea bargnani, then that’s not a good look.  linus kleiza is a solid player, as well as demar derozan.  but other than that, this team needs alot of work.  they need even more work, with the way this division is constructed.  there will be a huge gap between them and the rest of the division.

starting 5: valuncianus, bargnani, derozan, ross, lowry

Kris “Kardashian” Humphries signs with Nets

the brooklyn nets just signed kris humphries for a whopping $24 million for 2 years.  that’s insane, even though he averaged a double-double.  but still, at first it didn’t make sense to me.  until i read an article talking about how the nets are still trying to get dwight howard to brooklyn.  confused?  the nets need the contracts to make it work for dwight.  and they’re banking on the magic retaining howard until january of 2013.  that’s when they could trade humphries and brook lopez again after signing them.  it puts them in a better position to make a play for dwight.  so i guess we’ll see about how all this turns out.

Dwight Howard trade falls apart

i know, i know, this saga has run its course, but it will still continue.  the trade that would have sent dwight to the nets fell apart, and the magic are kinda stopping trade talks as of right now.  but knowing the magic management, that might change today.  the magic are a mess, i don’t know why jameer nelson just signed again with them.  maybe because no one else wanted him.  but anyway, back to dwight, as of this moment he’s not going anywhere.  also, because i’m getting pretty annoyed with the whole thing, this will probably be my last post about dwight howard until something major happens.

Dwight Howard Situation

I know right, can we just get this saga over with?

right now, this is what the update is.  the magic wanted to send dwight to the lakers, but bynum isn’t guaranteeing that he will sign long term with orlando, so that’s a no go for the magic.  so the magic went back to brooklyn.  brooklyn was trying to find a third team to help out with the dwight deal, and it seemed like orlando wasn’t willing to cooperate last week with it.  the details of it is not all revealed yet, but i think marshon brooks would go to cleveland, as orlando seems to think they have no need for him, brook lopez and kris humphries to orlando, and dwight (of course) going to brooklyn.  there is also concern that there will not be a balance in competitiveness in the league.  with that being said, lakers just got nash last week.  honestly, if a team can complete this kind of trade, and if they are willing to do so, then why not?  i think most people would rather see a bunch of really good players play together, rather than a bunch of teams with just one star trying to carry their whole team, ala the bulls.  and, if the lakers get dwight, isn’t that the same thing?  but that’s just me.

in other free agent news…

KIRK HINRICH is going back to the bulls.  that’s a nice pickup for them, since derrick rose is injured with a torn acl and mcl.  hinrich is a solid point guard, knows what he needs to do, and is a decent defender as well.

RYAN ANDERSON is being traded to the hornets for some dude.  i think in order to make this work, the hornets have to renounce the rights to some players, like chris kaman and carl laundry, both who are good players to have.  this move wil give anthony davis room to operate all day in the post.  looks like things are shaping up only a year after trading chris paul.

MARCUS CAMBY is discussing being traded to the knicks.  he would like a starting job, which miami can give him, but miami is not in a position financially to offer as much as the knicks could offer him.  i think camby should go to miami, not because i’m a heat fan, but because it’s a better fit, with chandler already on the knicks.

COURTNEY LEE is being courted by celtics.  after losing ray allen to the heat, the celtics are desperate for another shooting guard to either start, or backup jason terry/avery bradley.  that would be a good pickup, as lee is a 40% shooter from downtown.

NICK YOUNG is going to the sixers.  don’t really get this move, unless iguodala is moving.  they had to amnesty elton brand to make this move.