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In short - get your butt to Orlando for the summer league. Thabeet needs to come to terms with the reality that he is a step away from watching his pro career go down the drain if he can't change direction in a hurry.
You know what else will be fascinating to watch? Russell Westbrook, the best player on the court during the Western Conference semi's. Adding Nash to the mix doesn't exactly solve that conundrum for the Lakers. At all.
This story was written two days ago, but I find it fascinating. When the Raptors made a restricted free agent offer for Landry Fields, they did it to take a potential trade piece for the Knicks to acquire Nash off the table, thereby protecting the Raptors' own offer for Nash. In finance we might call that a short squeeze. Well, the ploy worked in a sense. NY isn't getting Nash, and now the Raptors might be stuck with Landry Fields. That's so Raptors-esque.
Yeah, the Mavericks kind of screwed the pooch on this one. They'll be cursing the name of Lamar for many years to come.
The Suns have been a pretty good model of what not to do when you have both stars and momentum on their side. I understand Nash's dedication to the franchise, but their mismanagement of assets over the past half-decade puts them in the same category as the Knicks.
Dwyer takes a closer look at what is going to happen in L.A. now that Nash is in the mix. Success is not guaranteed, but just like with Chris Paul in Clipper-land, boy does it sure make things interesting.
As much as Kobe Bryant will likely say all the right things about letting Nash run the team, at the end of the day Kobe (and Nash) knows that he is the one with 5 rings.
The Nets now have, what? Maybe the 4th best point guard in the league on the hook for $100 million? Seems solid to me.
Celtics guard Ray Allen has narrowed his free agency choices to the Heat and the Clippers. That's a pretty interesting choice to be made there.
This might be a slow motion video of hot dog eating champion Joey Chestnut, or it might be an outtake from Prometheus. You'll have to decide for yourself.
This story about NFL players suing the NFL over the punishments handed out by commissioner Roger Goodell might seem extraneous to our purposes here. However, as we've written here frequently, there is something disturbing going on with this sense of creeping autocratic authority in the NBA (most recently seen with the league punishing Amare Stoudemire for a tweet). If the NBA continues to allow the commissioner to have this kind of unchecked reach, I believe a similar outcome as this NFL lawsuit will result.