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!
The latest rumour going around is that the New York Knicks could trade David Lee to the Sacramento Kings for non other than Ron Artest. Yes….Ron Artest! Don’t get me wrong, I’m actually a very big fan of Artest’s game. He’s a very solid all-around player who can really add that final piece to the puzzle for any team. In this situation, though, is Artest a good influence on the Knicks? What I’m trying to get at is that New York could become home to the new Bad Boys of the 2007-2008 season. Pairing newly acquired Zach Randolph with Artest creates one of the scariest front courts in the game, let alone one of the scariest duos outside the arena. I’m sure if this trade goes down that the Knicks will try and keep Randolph and Artest in separate rooms on the road, and make sure they don’t end up touring around the visiting cities together. If they do, who knows what could happen? These guys are straight up bad asses. They would give the team a physical edge, but the Knicks will need to do some investing in their bench with the amount of suspension between these two. Both of these guys are considered gambles, regardless of what team they play on. I’m sure Isiah Thomas is thinking more basketball. Seriously, a front court of Zach Randolph, Ron Artest and Eddy Curry is pretty powerful and has the potential to go places. And I’m not just talking jail. Think about it.
Michael and Scotty, Stockton and Malone…Randolph and Artest? Hmmm…