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Same Old: Tony Parker And The Spurs Still Setting The Standard, But For How Long?

on February 22 2013 1:46 PM
This was a big win for the San Antonio Spurs. In more ways than one. Last nights 116-90 win over the Los Angeles Clippers cemented the Spurs as the hottest team in the NBA. With the best record in the Western Conference and add to that a healthy margin to boot. It will take a supreme effort from the teams below them to surpass them and gain Home Field advantage in the Playoffs. Not that Home Field was much of an advantage last year, as they were ousted in 5 games by the Oklahoma City Thunder. It should be tight again this year in the West and you couldn't say with any confidence who will make it to the NBA finals. The Spurs have their critics, some stating that they will always fall short of their main goal of a Championship. The main criticism of this team is their age. Can a team full of thirty-somethings. Cope with the intensity of a deep playoff run?

Sacramento Kings’ Impending Move to Seattle Will Trigger Divisional Realignment

on January 21 2013 3:01 PM
Sacramento Kings’ Impending Move to Seattle Will Trigger Divisional Realignment

Multiple news outlets are reporting that the sale of the Sacramento Kings is all but complete, as an ownership group led by hedge fund manager Chris Hansen and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is purchasing the team for a reported $340 million with the intention of relocating the Kings to Seattle for the 2013 season. 

The franchise is expected to adopt the SuperSonics nickname, which was left behind when the city’s original NBA franchise relocated to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder.  Key Arena will likely serve as the team’s temporary home while a new arena is constructed in the Sodo District. 

Commissioner David Stern, whose reputation took a major hit during the Sonicsgate saga, has repeatedly stated that he wanted the NBA to return to Seattle before his retirement in 2014.  It looks like that goal has finally been achieved, though there is one remaining loose end that needs to be tied up.

LA Clippers News: Who's Laughing Now?: The Clippers Have Shifted The Balance Of Power In L.A.

on January 18 2013 6:26 PM
LA Clippers News: Who's Laughing Now?: The Clippers Have Shifted The Balance Of Power In L.A.
That's not an Earthquake in Los Angeles, that's the balance of power shifting. For the longest time The Los Angeles Clippers have been an after-thought, playing second fiddle to their neighbours in the city, the decorated Lakers, steeped in history and championships. One of the greatest franchises in the history of sport. Media darlings, A list celebrities watching them on a nightly basis. Magic, Kareem, Wilt, Shaq, Kobe. The teams throughout the generations will be talked about forever. Things are changing. Things have already changed. Slowly but surely, the Clippers have turned it round. It hasn't been easy, they have made some bad decisions along the way but now the Clippers have a team that can genuinely challenge for an NBA championship. Something that the long suffering Clippers fans have never had before. Franchises have defining moments and you can pinpoint three moments in the not-to-distant past that have transformed the Clippers into the force they are today. 1. Drafting Blake Griffin:

Miami Heat vs. Golden State Warriors Preview, Prediction and Where to Watch Online

on January 16 2013 2:26 PM
Miami Heat vs. Golden State Warriors Preview, Prediction and Where to Watch Online

Miami Heat vs. Golden State Warriors January 16, 2013 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, CA. Coverage will begin at 10:30 p.m. ET.

LeBron James will once again be the center of attention as the Miami Heat take their talents to Oakland for their last regular season matchup against the Golden State Warriors. James needs just 18 points tonight to become the youngest player ever to reach 20,000.

At 28 years old LeBron James would be the youngest player to reach this milestone, but will not be the fastest. James has had a considerable advantage over most players due to his jump straight from high school to the pros. Wilt Chamberlain needed only 499 games to hit the 20,000 point plateau, that’s 227 games less than James needed.

No better opponent for James to accomplish such a feat than to do it against a Warriors team that with a win tonight can sweep the Heat on the season. The record is James for the taking, as he historically does well against the Warriors. During his career James has managed to score 18 points 16 of the 17 games he’s played against Golden State, and has been held under 18 points just once so far this season.

LA Lakers Trade News: Why The Lakers Should Trade Pau Gasol for Andrea Bargnani and Jose Calderon

on January 09 2013 3:58 PM
LA Lakers Trade News: Why The Lakers Should Trade Pau Gasol for Andrea Bargnani and Jose Calderon

With the NBA trade deadline slowly approaching, teams will start evaluating where they sit and what kind of potential moves they can make to improve their teams. Some will look to add bench pieces, while others will look for starter quality players to make one last run at the post season. On the other hand, there will be the teams, such as the Washington Wizards, who are attempting to set themselves up for a better draft pick, or moving players to acquire more picks for June’s draft. 

After the off season acquisitions of point guard Steve Nash and center Dwight Howard the Los Angeles Lakers were expected to wreck havoc in the league. With four potential hall of famers in Howard, Nash, Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, many picked the Lakers to go far in the playoffs and potentially win the championship for the 17th time. 

Now just over two months into the new season, the Lakers are looking at potentially missing the playoffs if they don’t pick things up. 

If you were to say the Lakers season has been smooth so far, you’d be lying to yourself and anyone and everyone listening. The Lakers have had a tumultuous season up to this point. 

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