If you thought I quit blogging…you’re wrong!  I took a serious break though.  No excuses either.  I work, I party, I chill.  But I used to do that even when I was blogging, so again, no excuses.  It’s been quite a while since my last entry.  When I pull up my past entries, it doesn’t say “yesterday’s posting”, but rather “a while ago..” .  Once I saw that I said WHOA.  Time to put an end to this.  So, I realized I do have quite a bit on my mind about the league happenings.  Here we go:

-I know I wrote quite a few articles about Grant Hill, but wow, this guy has been putting up semi-Grant Hill-of-old numbers.  Quite impressive.  That being said, I think he’s reached his season peak, and of course, I fear of his inevitable season ending injury.  I have already traded him in one of my fantasy leagues.

-Baron Davis is one of the best players in the league, not just one of the best POINT GUARDS.  He’s finally getting some credit where it is due, but still, not enough!  This guy is on the brink of a triple double every night.  He’s leading one of the league’s best offenses, yet still probably not considered one of the league’s best.  I know in a fantasy league of 15 people, he would be in the first round.

-Dwight Howard is a monster.  The funny part is he’s only 21 (or not even?).  WOW…

 -Boston.  No one expected these guys to do this well, this early in the season.  The crazy part too is that all 3 of the BIG 3 are averaging over 20 points per game.  That being said, I STILL wouldn’t have KG as the league MVP at this rate.  Team MVP forsure, but right now I think you have to start thinking D.Howard.

-The Cavs truly are a one man team, and with LeBron out, they’re proving it.  As I’ve set before, last year was a fluke for these guys. 

-I expect Kobe to stay put for a while in L.A.  On another hand, I do expect Jason Kidd to be out of N.J. by the trade deadline.  With Andrew Bynum playing so well, it’ll be interesting to see if the Lakers can cook something up around him.  Doubt it, but who knows.

-Why is Rip Hamilton leading the league in technical fouls and not Sheed Wallace?  Weird!

That’s all folks.  I will try and keep at it as much as possible.

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Recently I took part in one of my favourite events of the whole year.  Fantasy Basketball Draft!  This will be my third year in a league with some friends.  This year we have 14 people, and it seems like a tradition now that I have a terrible position in the draft, the 12th pick overall.  With my hopes of finally getting a Kobe, KG or LeBron, that obviously quickly went down the drain.  Even worse off, I felt I just had to take Tim Duncan with my first pick.  I hate Tim Duncan (watching him play=boring.  It’s like watching an elementary coach teach his team the fundamentals of how to hit a jump shot off the backboard).  Beyond that though, I was really happy with my 2nd to 6th picks.  Below is my team in order of which round I drafted them in.    I think Mikki Moore will have a 10 and 10 year, and Grant Hill promises to be extremely solid if he can stay healthy.  What about Yiiiiiiiiiii?  Someone please tell me this guy’s going to be a star this year!  As for J. Maxiell, I know I could have probably grabbed him off of waivers early, but hey, I love this guy and hopefully he gets a lot of minutes off the bench with McDyess starting at an older age.  Either way, I think I’m in great shape for another exciting season of Fantasy Basketball

1.  Tim Duncan

2.  Andre Iguodala

3.  Baron Davis

4.  Tyson Chandler

5.  Mike Miller

6.  Mo Williams

7.  Mike Dunleavy

8.  Mikki Moore

9.  Grant Hill

10.  Yi Jianlian

11.  Brevin Knight

12.  Jason Maxiell

kerr1.jpgOkay, strong statement, especially with Danny Ainge making more noise than any other exec. On the other hand out of all the NBA executives to be impressed with, I never thought 3-point King Steve Kerr would be one of them. Firstly, how did this guy ever get this job? After asking a friend why in the world a front-running organization would hire a freshly retired, just out of commentating school ex-player? My friend assured me that Kerr is a brilliant basketball mind. At the time, I wasn’t sold, although now I’m starting to see the light. After sneaking under the table and stealing Grant Hill (for free, well, almost), there is talks that the Suns and vet P.J. Brown might come to terms. The only thing pending is whether P.J. wants to play or retire. I have to say, I’ve never really been a big fan of Brown, and he’s really not that exciting to watch. I support this move fully because he is a very solid and consistent guy that could come in the game and make an impact (much better than Kurt Thomas). Best of all, he brings leadership. With Brown and Hill popping off the bench, these guys would be in great shape. Let’s just hope Brown and Hill are is great shape so their season’s don’t end early (which could be very likely, especially Hill). I’m just wondering what Steve Kerr is saying to these guys to bring them in. The team truly speaks for itself, but so does many other organizations. It takes a good pitch from a respectable guy to bring in great talent. I feel when Kerr was younger, he was an expert puzzle maker because he’s putting together a complicated puzzle that might finally be solved

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The day has finally come. After weeks of hype, the boys can finally sign on the dotted line. Probably the top free-agent of this off-season was Chauncey Billups. After flirting with the idea of leaving the red, white and blue, he couldn’t resist yet another title run, alongside backcourt mate Rip Hamilton. These two guys seem like they’ll never part each other. Why would they? Arguably, they are the best backcourt in basketball today. They have my vote forsure. The surprise of the off-season ( thus far) was Rashard Lewis. Did anyone see him going to Orlando before all the rumours swarmed? It will be interesting to see Rashard and Dwight Howard trying to make the Magic a contender in the weak east. I personally don’t see them improving in the standing from last season. I can’t see them beating Washington, let alone the Bulls, Pistons, Cavs, etc. They need another piece to the puzzle. Hopefully, Magic management plan are pursuing some more pieces. As Lewis enters the Magic, Grant Hill decides to leave. The most sought after starter-to-bench-player decided he would be best fit in with the Phoenix Suns. Whether he’ll last the whole season seems to be the biggest mystery. Will GH survive the intensity of the Suns’ run-and-gun offense? For the price they paid, who cares? He was a steal. Even though these guys are signed, sealed and delivered, there is still another 3 months for some serious trades to go down. KG or Kobe? I can’t wait to find out.

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After reading this article about Grant Hill probably going to the Suns, I’m outraged! He deemed the Suns the best fit for him, but how is this true? At this point in his career, GH is looking for a title. The main obstacle standing in front of him to any success is staying healthy. How can the Suns fast-paced, run and gun style be a perfect fit for him? After 5 ankle surgeries, those tender parts are bound to break down after a few practices in a fast paced environment. GH used to be a high-flyer, but now he’d fit better in a slow paced offense, such as in Detroit. The Pistons half-court style offense would be less demanding on GH’s ankles. With respect to Hill, he is probably looking at more championship potential than a good fit. Even though he says a better fit is more important, a good fit for him at this point in his career means a team that can win him a championship. There isn’t a doubt in the league that the Phoenix Suns are just as on the brink of a championship than any other team. If GH can stay healthy and contribute on a consistent level, the Suns might be onto something great. Wasn’t this their goal when they signed one Jalen Rose? I would even say if Hill has a terrible first half of the season, we can all officially call this the Jalen Rose Curse, soon to be in dictionaries at your local bookstore. Realistically, it isn’t fair to compare the two, as GH still has more gas left in the tank than Rose did when he came to Phoenix. At this point, do the Suns have enough pieces to win a championship? Is GH the final piece of the puzzle? Only time will tell.

 

 

 

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Acquiring Rashard Lewis was a tremendous addition for the Orlando Magic. It is a step in the right direction. Unfortunately, it isn’t enough! What this means is that the Magic’s starting front line just received a big dose of energy. Unfortunately for them, they still have a very weak backcourt. Jameer Nelson having a very iffy season is not an ideal guy running the point, especially with such talented guys in the frontcourt. At the off guard, The Magic fiddled with Grant Hill, but odds are he’ll back leaving the team pretty soon. This leaves a huge vacancy for the team! The team could take two approaches to the situation. One, they can insert one of the younger guns, such as J.J. Redick or Keith Bogans and consider the year as “rebuilding”. As much as a Redick fan I used to be, this would just make me nauseous. The other, is try and make something happen with those still available in the market. My guess is that by bringing Rashard Lewis to the team means they’re all business! Why waste time when you have some outstanding talent on board? Would the Magic be that heartbroken to part with Nelson? He’s shown signs of being a solid point guard, but any team trying to contend needs more consistency. If would be in the teams best interest to put together a respectable package deal to target some better players. If they don’t, I really can’t see the Magic moving up in the standings, definitely not past Washington ( who was one place ahead of them in the East Standings). I’m curious to hear what you all think. Am I completely out of whack here, or are the Magic still a long ways away from being…great?

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Should the Magic part ways with Nelson?

Here is a great clip of Rashard Lewis.  He really is wicked player to watch…check it out!!!!

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The “sweepstakes” for Grant Hill have been narrowed down to five, now that the Raptors chose the younger Jason Kapono with their midlevel exception. Since GH probably would take a pay cut to win a championship, it’s all about the best fit. Why not put on an old jersey and take a stab at maybe getting his jersey retired in Detroit? Maybe the latter is a long shot, but the Pistons would be a great fit. Since the Pistons traded Carlos Delfino, there is an opening for some minutes behind Tayshaun Prince. He’d bring a great energy off the bench, and Flip Saunder’s half court offense would be too demanding on his aging body. With Miami and Phoenix, Hill’s ankle is due for another breakdown trying to run alongside Nash or Wade all season long. The Spurs are a great option but, with Ginobili coming off the bench playing both two and three positions, there’s not a lot of potential for GH to get any minutes. And lets just face it, he’s not going back to Orlando. Why would he? Why else would he move back to Detroit? Maybe wife Tamia might want to move closer to home (across the river in Windsor, Ontario). I guess GH’s decision will come down to who’s wearing the pants in his house, him or the wife?

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Should we expect to see GH back in Motown? Would anyone even buy his jersey?