Found August 26, 2012 on
Los Angeles Lakers
Oklahoma City Thunder
The Los Angeles Lakers have been busy this off-season. With big name acquisitions, like Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, the Lakers are now the favorites in the Western Conference for five reasons:
Lakers head coach Mike Brown is excited his new starting 5 happens to be the best center in the NBA. Not because of the measly 20.6 PPG Howard averaged last season, but because Dwight Howard, aka Superman, is the best defensive player in the NBA. Howard has been selected to the all NBA Defensive team five times, and won three consecutive NBA Defensive Player of the year awards, from 2009 to 2011(possibly four consecutive had Howard been at 100% this past season). His presence in the paint is reminiscent of Shaq in the late 1990s and early 2000s, dominant. In the second round of the 2012 NBA Playoffs, the Thunder took the series 4-1 over Los Angeles. Oklahoma City averaged 41.2 points in the paint per game. That is a significant number, and it wasn’t just the Thunder big men:...
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Now that there is a little distance from the initial fever of the Dwight Howard trade, reactions are starting to pour in as to how parties felt when they found out that the trade was finally in the books.
For good reason there was no one that went off as hard as Lakers coach Mike Brown did.
“I got a little excited,” Brown told ESPN. “I tried to jump up and down, but my mind...
Former NBA player Charles Oakley was the definition of a tough player. He was so tough that Michael Jordan trusted him to protect him from the rough style of basketball from the 1980′s. These days, those types of players are hard to come by. The league has become soft with all their rules to “speed up” the game. Nowadays, players have the power to dictate the team...
These are strange times in the NBA. Ray Allen has gone from Jesus Shuttlesworth to Judas in the eyes of Celtics fans, Steve Nash is a Laker. Meanwhile Drake and Chris Brown nearly knocked Tony Parker out of the Olympics and the Orlando Magic hired a 30-year-old away from the Oklahoma City Thunder's nursery to negotiate their 26-year old superstar's
The Magic are not going to escape Dwight Howard for some time. He will haunt the franchise as it moves toward its future and as the team tries to recover. Until that next superstar center comes, Howard will be the one who got away. And everyone will want to know how the hell that fish got off the line.
Everyone is weighing in trying to pick up the pieces over a wrecked Magic...
Charles Oakley is not impressed with Dwight Howard’s antics – who was – but the legendary former Knicks star thinks the Orlando Magic should’ve dealt with Dwight like you do a toddler who has a temper tantrum, put him in timeout. “A lot of guys cry in this league these days. I try not to [...]
Oak calling out more guys...
Steve Nash, the former sun, moon and stars of the NBA franchise in Phoenix, has landed two new jobs this year.
Before he was hired as the point-guard upgrade in Hollywood, the three-time league MVP was named general manager of the Canadian national team. For context, he's hoping to become Canada's version of what Jerry Colangelo is for USA Basketball.
Basketball fans up...
Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol, Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant will make the new-look Los Angeles Lakers a heavy favorite to not only win the Western Conference but the NBA crown as well. However, being overlooked are the defending West champs - Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Thunder have remained in tact, re-signed Serge Ibaka, and after a long march in the playoffs last season, they...
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