Lakers simply dominate, win seven in a row
"Hey, we're the friggin' five, don't expect too many losses from us", that's what Lakers forward Lamar Odom said just after the Lakers won their fourth game in a row against the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night. The five guys he baptized as the "friggin' five" are obviously belonging to the cream of the crop in the NBA.
Steve Nash, on his first year in LA after being traded during the offseason from his beloved Phoenix Suns has been able to adapt to the new System the Lakers run and is averaging 10.4 points and 7.9 assists, shooting .53% from down town. "It's great not having to shoulder the load all the time like it was in the last seasons", the 39-year old Canadian says.
Combined with Kobe Bryant, who is playing as good as ever, averaging 24.3 points and hitting over .53% of his field goal attempts, the Lakers' backcourt is definitely tough to contain.
Completed are the "friggin' five" by Lamar Odom (12.3 ppg), Pau Gasol (18.6ppg/10.9rpg) and center Andrew Bynum (13.3ppg). Definitely the best starting five the league has to offer right now.
Heat remain unbeaten without D-Wade as LeBron assassins NBA defenses
The Miami Heat are the only team next to the LA Lakers that still hasn't lost a game this season. At 6-0, the Heat had no business beating the likes of Utah, Washington and even the Knicks.
And all that is happening without Dwyane Wade, who missed five games with a broken hand and will be out indefinitely. With Wade out, LeBron James has taken over on offense and posted monstrous numbers.
"LBJ" is averaging 40.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game, shooting .557% from the field. The "King" simply slaughtered some teams singlehandedly, erupting for 45 points against Utah, 43 vs Washington and 45 @MSG Center vs the Knicks.
Against New Orleans, Chris Bosh led the way with 42 points and LeBron added 31 as they were the only two Heat players in double figures and still grabbed a win.
Timberwolves surprise, make early push in the West
The Minnesota Timberwolves have surprised many experts with their recent run, winning four of their first five games.
The Wolves won against the Kings last Saturday at home thanks to 26 points by Michael Beasley, who is averaging 21.4 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, hitting well over .500% from the field.
Rip Hamilton, who was acquired from the Pistons in last year's February is adding 18.6 points per game so far, whilst Kevin Love averages 22.6 points and 11.4 rebounds.
Pistons winning three in a row, go up to 3-1
After being the worst team of the league last season, the Pistons have won three of their first four games, thanks to rookie George Randolph having a stellar start to the season.
Randolph, a junior out of North Carolina is averaging 22.3 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, connecting on .557% of his three point attempts so far.
The Pistons have won against the Knicks (90-85), Nets (99-90) and Pacers (116-96) so far.
Guards lead league
After two weeks of NBA basketball, it seems like the guards are dominating the score boards of the league so far.
Except LeBron James, who is leading the league with an outstanding 40.0 points per game, there are seven guards among the top ten scorers (namely Monta Ellis, Derrick Rose, Leandro Barbosa, Ty Lawson, Tony Parker, Chris Paul and Kobe Bryant) with none of them dropping less than 23.0 points per game.
The biggest surprise might be former Tar Heel Ty Lawson, who is averaging 32.8 points per game, good enough for 2nd place in the league. The 5-10 guard scored 40 points in a win over Golden State and put up 30 points and 10 assists as the Nuggets beat the Cavs.
hova- wrote:Hey guys, just wanted to know who else is still following. I will post anyway, even without comments, but just wanted to stay in touch with some of you. Would be cool if you'd leave some comments here and there
hova- wrote:Guys, I will keep this one going until February. In February I have something special going: I will be going on a internship in Accra, Ghana for eight weeks. Life's better than this D, but in a way it breaks my heart that I just don't have the time/passion I once had, to get this going even more.
███ Kings sign Przbylla, Harris
The struggling Sacramento Kings (1-5) have announced the signings of center veteran Joel Przbylla and forward Manny Harris. Both players have agreed to sign one-year deals according to the Kings.
The 32-year old Przbylla has been a free agent after not resigning with the Blazers last season. 22-year old Manny Harris went undrafted in 2010 and has been playing at the D-league recently.
███ Trail Blazers sign Brandan Wright
The Portland Trail Blazers have signed forward Brandan Wright to a 1-year deal. Wright did not resign with any team after being with the Golden State Warriors last season.
███ Celtics sign extension with Robinson, Allen, add Pietrus to their roster
The Boston Celtics have agreed to sign extensions with their guards Nate Robinson and Ray Allen. Three point veteran Allen has reportedly agreed to sign for another year with the Cs, worth 5.8M $. The 25-year old point guard Robinson has signed a contract extension worth 22M $ over the next four years.
Robinson is averaging 10.1 points on .51% shooting this season for the 3-3 Celtics, Allen is scoring 14.9 points per game so far.
The Celtics have also added french forward Michael Pietrus to their roster giving him a 1-year deal according to close sources.
███ More signings of the season
NEW YORK (AP)
More deals have been executed by NBA officials to complete their roster after the beginning of the season. Take a look at the deals below:
Grizzlies sign F Kris Humphries for 1 year/2.25M $
Warriors sign C-F Jeff Foster for 1 year/1.5M $
Suns sign G-F Keith Bogans for 1 year/1.14M $
These contracts have been extended this season:
Cavs sign F JJ Hickson to a 4-year/30M $ deal
Nuggets sign C-F Nené to a 5-year/50M $ deal
Suns sign F Grant Hill to a 1-year/5.50M $ deal
Pacers sign G Brandon Rush to a 1-year/3M $ deal
Rockets sign G Goran Dragic to a 3-year/15M $ deal
Rockets sign G Courtney Lee a 2-year/8M $ deal
███ Stoudemire, Artest among injured key players
NEW YORK (AP)
Amar'e Stoudemire and Ron Artest are two of several key players being out for their respective teams right now. Take a look at the list below to see who is injured at the moment:
Amar'e Stoudemire is out for 1-2 weeks with a hip bruise
Ron Artest is out for 2-4 weeks with a broken pinky
Andrei Kirilenko is out for 1-2 weeks with a sprained ankle
Kirk Hinrich is out for 1-2 weeks with a sore knee
Eric Gordon is out for 1-2 weeks with a dislocated index finger
hov wrote:“That’s all right. But his contract is expiring. If we ain’t dealing him now, we won’t get nothing in return. He did not even make a comittment to the franchise while we still had been in Seattle”
hova- wrote:Valor, the question is, is it really about a player on a different team or rather one on my team. [quote=]“That’s all right. But his contract is expiring. If we ain’t dealing him now, we won’t get nothing in return. He did not even make a comittment to the franchise while we still had been in Seattle”
Lamrock wrote:I think the first thing the Kings need to do is clean out their incompetent front office. In all seriousness, I'm interested to see what you'll do.
The X wrote:A good trade. Demon.Wii help. I don't like Reke.anyhow. would like to see.you deal Cousins away too. What's the plan with Chase? 6th man who will often play in backcourt next to Deron?
Valor wrote:wow....didn't anticipate this big of a move!
Great pick up in D-Will, I kinda think it's too lopsided for the Nets though, seeing what they gave up initially for him...Tyreke and a first rounder doesn't really match up to Favors, Harris, and two first round picks. Especially as you said, the future first might not be that good of a pick anyways. I think if it was both Tyreke AND Cousins alongside the first rounder it'll be a better deal for New Jersey
hova- wrote:You may be right, but what I suggest you to consider is his really poor playing in my D since the very first beginning. I remember back when I started this one with 2k11, he exploded and was even a MVP candidate - then, he got injured and missed almost 30 games. The Jazz only finished 11th in 2011 with 39 wins.
Then, D-Will got traded to the Nets, who are currently at 5-12 iirc. D-Will was only putting up 13/6/2steals and shooting below .40%.
Further I take Petro's 2y/6.5M$ contract, which will help the Nets become players in free agency upcoming season.
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