July 14, 2007
This doesn’t sound like the title of your typical children’s book, but this could potentially be the title of the NBA’s next Twin Towers. I know I downplay Darko on a regular basis, but that is the worst case scenario. Now how about thinking about the best case scenario? If Darko finally has his breakout year, and Pau stays healthy, what are the possibilities? It’s pretty endless in my mind. Firstly, Pau showed last year (when healthy) that he is one of the most dominating, as well as versatile centers in the NBA. This is a fact, my friends. As for Darko, this will likely be the year where he starts at power forward from the starting of the season. He has shown flashes of light. It’s just a matter of time before he becomes consistent. Yes, he’s still young. Yes, he still has a lot to learn. But, playing alongside Pau during games and practices will work wonders for his game. These guys are still not going to be playoff contenders within a year or two, but I wouldn’t count them out three years down the road. In addition to the Memphis “Twin Towers” (sorry Duncan and Robinson), Rudy Gay is showing flashes of stardom in the summer league. If Mike Miller can continue is high scoring at shooting guard, these guys can turn into a decent team. It seems like all the pieces WILL fall into place, but the success of this team practically depends on the development of Darko. This is a scary thought, hence, why Memphis still has a few years to go.
July 10, 2007
It has definitely been day of random craziness in the NBA. One of the most hyped draft picks, Greg Oden, is out for the rest of summer league play! I feel bad for all those people paying that extra $5 a month in their cable packages so they could watch all of Portland’s summer league games. I hope those fans enjoy LaMarcus Aldridge too. Apparently Oden needs to get his tonsils out. That’s pretty weak. Next, Ron Artest has decided he wants to stay in Sacramento. Does anyone know why? He’s up for another season of getting nowhere? That’s my best rationale. The Kings clearly don’t have a chance in hell to get anywhere in the West. He would have been smart to join Zach Randolph and rebuilding/ playoff potential Knicks in the weak East. Hopefully Artest will opt out next year, and come to his senses, and finally join a contender. He is a talented player, and can play a key role for a team trying to contend. Finally, Darko. Yes, inevitably, someone wants Darko. The 76ers aren’t keen with Joe Smith, as he is getting a little old. Isn’t he like 80 by now? Anyways, Phili is trying to get Darko on board. Can you see a lineup featuring Iguodala, Andre Miller, Darko, Dalembert, and Kyle Korver? It sounds like a weirrrrd team on the floor. I can’t see that group mixing well, as Darko is a bit slower than those faster, up-tempo guys. Darko is meant to be in a half court offense. He’s not a hussler, and hasn’t really shown a true work ethic. To me, he’s still overrated, and will probably get more money than he deserves. Phili, save yourself, and start aiming for Mikki Moore!