Written on November 17th, 2013 by Daniel Johnson NBA Comments
By Daniel Johnson: This article is going to be a little bit different. Most of my articles have been list or previews, not focusing on a single player or team.
The two pieces about individual players were retirement parties to athletes saying goodbye to their craft. This will not be a goodbye. It will not be a happy send-off. It will not be a final salute.
Instead, it will be a rant. A rant about, next to LeBron, the most athletic player in the NBA. Over the past three years, Dwight Howard have become a pariah in the eyes of both the casual and devote fans. He has become the Justin Bieber of basketball- The player who is popular to hate.
People no longer look at Dwight Howard as the smiling man-child who went into a payphone booth and put on the superman cape. Instead, they remember his breakup in Orlando, the calling for the firing of his coach, Stan Van Gundy. The two off-seasons of playing the bachelor for NBA teams.
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Written on October 30th, 2013 by Daniel Johnson NBA Comments
10 Things to Know about the NBA Season
By Daniel Johnson: The 2013-14 NBA season kicks off Tuesday, concluding an off-season that is bound to make this basketball season a bit different than last year. Major trades, and signings by superstar players. Seven off the twelve coaches for the playoff teams have been replaced. Even the commissioner, David Stern, is retiring on February 1st. Here are ten things to be prepared for the season.
10. Don’t expect another Damien Lillard
This year’s NBA draft might have been the weakest since 2001. It was one of the first drafts in years that people had no idea who was going to be the #1 pick. Bill Simmons’ reaction to Anthony Bennett’s selection said it all.
Looking at the draft, you have good players like Otto Porter, Victor Oladipo, and Cody Zeller, but no one star. This year, some of these players would make good role players, but you probably have to wait until next year’s draft for your future NBA superstars.
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Written on September 30th, 2013 by Niles Pender NBA Comments
By Niles Pender: As a fan of an NBA team, you never know how the squad is going to do from year to year. While many teams look great towards the end of a season or go on a run, you never know if that momentum is going to carry on into the next season. With that in mind, let’s take a look at five teams who hope to build on progress that they made last year.
1) L.A Clippers
The Clippers won their first ever division title in the 2012-2013 season. With most of their team back as well as adding Doc Rivers as their coach, the Clips are looking to go even farther than they did last year. This would mean advancing deep into the playoffs. If L.A cannot reach the Western Conference finals in 2013-2014, it could be seen as a major disappointment.
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Written on September 18th, 2013 by Jahzeel Julien NBA Comments
NBA Eastern Conference
By Jahzeel Julien: Heading into the season the eastern conference has never been this packed with teams that have legitimate title aspirations, but where do they stack up against each other and how will they fall into place in the standings let’s take a look at the 5 best teams in the Eastern conference.
Miami is in the driver seat there by far the best team in the league with Lebron being the best two-way player this league has seen in almost 20 years Dwayne Wade being the most over qualified wing man in NBA history and the plethora of interchangeable pieces they have they maybe on their way too their third straight championship.
This second spot was hard to decide on but I settled on the new look Brooklyn Nets. Even though we’ve never seen them on court together getting the defensive savant that is Kevin Garnet and the Proven closer that is Paul pierce your team can only get better, adding them to the core that was already there in Brook Lopez and Deron Williams Joe Johnson is a very impressive starting five.
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