Young notes that the phrase 'luxury tax' dominates OKC banter as much as anything the team has done on the court. He takes a deeper look to see how the tax has impacted franchises over the course of time.
Rohde writes that Eric Maynor is also on the docket for future plans, and unfortunately for Easy-E, a lot of it is dependent on the health of his knee. My prediction - he signs for a 2-3 year under-market deal to compete for a title with OKC, and then finds his fortune in another city as a starting PG.
George Karl thinks that the Nuggets are capable of getting home court advantage in the 1st round, and he might be right. However, the middle of the West is going to be a tight pack, as the Clippers, Grizzlies, Jazz, and even the Mavericks will be in the thick of it. Here's the bigger problem though; no matter how good Denver's offense is, their defense is capital 'H,' Horrible. You cannot win a playoff series with bad defense. Here's another problem that sticks out like a sore thumb - Denver has lost in the 1st round in 8 of the 9 past seasons. The only recurring factor in all of those seasons? Their head coach, George Karl.
I am as intrigued as anybody what will happen when LA tries to install a Princeton-based offense, but it wasn't their offense that killed them in the playoffs last season, and it won't be their offense that saves them against the likes of OKC and San Antonio.
This concept isn't hard. Every non-PG in the NBA should have a desire to play with a great PG. If they're willing to walk away from a great PG, they ought to have their head examined or just admit it's for more money.
Mark Cuban is never shy about expressing himself, and Lowe takes a stab at defending some of his recent arguments. At the end of the day, no matter how ludicrous his statements sound, he won the ring. That's what matters.