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Allen Iverson Plans to Retire
November 26, 2009, 9:18 am
Filed under: Sports

According to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, Allen Iverson plans to retire from the NBA. Iverson is one of my favorite players of all time, and is arguably the best small guard in the history of the League. I remember playing basketball as a kid in his Reebok shoes.

A couple stats:

One of the NBA’s great scorers, Iverson entered this season with a career average of 27.1 points that ranked fifth all time.

If this is the end for Iverson, he leaves with four scoring titles and a playoff scoring average of 29.7 points that ranks second only to Michael Jordan.

I hope that A.I. can get another chance in the NBA this year, but if not he’ll retire as one of the greatest players of this era.

Via ESPN



NBA Free Agency: Winners/Losers; West Edition
July 27, 2009, 2:54 am
Filed under: Sports

NBA free agency has been stirring with moves and signings since it began earlier this month. Some teams have reloaded for next year while others simply dumped salary while awaiting the Class of 2010, with the likes of LeBron, D-Wade, and Chris Bosh becoming available. Of course, there have been both Winners and Losers.

We’ll start with the Losers, as in my opinion most Western Conference teams made poor decisions.

Losers:

Los Angeles Lakers

Yes. I said it. And I will not apologize either. The Lakers, who will attempt to defend their Championship, have made a big move. In signing Ron Artest, they basically traded Trevor Ariza to the Rockets for him. Artest is one of, if not, the best defenders in the NBA. His offense, though, is questionable at times. And, as always, Artest’s personality can be tricky as well. On paper, Artest > Ariza. HOWEVER, the Lakers were able to win “as a team” (that’s another story) because of role players such as Trevor Ariza. Prior to this past season, Ariza was a perennial nobody who shined at times. Yet he embraced his role as a “glue guy” and ended up shooting 40% from beyond the arc while making game-changing plays on defense. Ariza gave the Lakers the balance they needed; Kobe (and Gasol/Odom/Bynum?) took in the spotlight while guys like Ariza and Shannon Brown did the dirty work. This equaled a championship.

Yet adding another “star” player simply adds too many cooks to the p0t. Especially the one guy Kobe almost provoked into a fight during last years playoff series. Artest will play well, yet the Lakers will eventually succumb to the “ME ME ME” syndrome defending champions usually encounter. This is a main reason why the Lakers are Free Agency Losers. (L.A. might also lose Odom, which would be another huge change for the worse.)

TO BE CONTINUED




NBA Free Agency: Winners/Losers; East Edition
July 19, 2009, 12:25 am
Filed under: Sports

NBA free agency has been stirring with moves and signings since it began earlier this month. Some teams have reloaded for next year while others simply dumped salary while awaiting the Class of 2010, with the likes of LeBron, D-Wade, and Chris Bosh becoming available. Of course, there have been both Winners and Losers.

Winners:

Orlando Magic

Despite losing point-forward/clutch player Hedo Turkoglu and rookie sensation Courtney Lee, the Magic are Winners. Orlando signed the still talented Vince Carter for a more proven threat at the 2 position. They also secured the rights to a young, blossoming power forward in Brandon Bass from Dallas. This addition allows Rashard Lewis to return to the Small Forward position which will make for better matchups against bigger frontlines like the Lakers and Spurs. Finally, Orlando was able to match an offer for Marcin Gortat, who proved to be a solid backup Center for their Superman in the middle.

Boston Celtics

Despite only one major move, the Celtics are looking to return to their championship form already. Rasheed Wallace will help on defense with his length, strength, and experience. On offense, he will be another scoring threat in both the post and out on the wing. ‘Sheed, coupled with The Boston Threeparty of Garnett, Pierce, and Allen, a young explosive Point Guard in Rondo, and a serviceable bench (even if Big Baby Davis leaves) should allow the Celtics to push toward the Trophy once again (barring injuries of course).

To Be Continued ASAP