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NBA Big men move fastest.

With the season over, basketball fans everywhere can now only concentrate on one thing. Trades. Who do we need? Who do we want to get rid off? Who needs resigning? The last week has been filled with news mainly from the movements of 7 footers.

    Anthony Davis was the number 1 pick in the draft and he will begin next season with the New Orleans Hornets. After they lost Chris Paul, Anthony Davis may be the key to putting a smile on New Orleans fans faces. I also met Emeka Okafor’s wife a few months ago. I’m sure he is excited to have Anthony play alongside him. This is pointless information but I thought it was cool. We watched a Lakers game together in the airport. Groovy.

Blake Griffin has made public that he intends to sign a 5 year extension deal with the Clippers. It also looks like Lamar Odom will be joining him in LA again. Odom had a horrid time in Dallas. I’m sure his move is 50% Chloe Kardashian wanting to move out of Dallas though… Interestingly, Chris Paul has declined a 3 year extension offer on his current contract with the Clippers. Could Paul be on the move?

   Kevin Garnett has resigned with the Boston Celtics for a further 3 years in a deal worth $34 million. This is huge news for Rajon Rondo. Not only do the two get to keep playing together, but the chances of the Celtics Big Three staying together are now much more likely. There were heavy rumours that Ray Allen was on his way to Miami Heat as he was in search for one more championship before retirement. We know that Paul Pierce will never leave the Celtics. Maybe they can all try one last time? I know we’d all love to see it (and then see Rondo head to the Lakers…)



Pau Gasol 
is looking like cannon fodder for the Lakers as they try to shuffle their playing cards. Their salary cap is pretty much at a full now, however Gasol could bring in an established player or give them more money to offer to unsigned free agents like Jason Kidd, Deron Williams and Steve Nash. I can’t see it happening as Mitch Kupchak is eager to resign Ramon Sessions who has also stated he looks forward to a long career with the Lakers…..I hope you’re practicing that 3 right now Ramon.

   Finally, Dwight Howard has provided the most entertainment in the trade market over the last few days. He decided to sign a 1 year extension on his current contract before suddenly requesting a trade to the newly placed Brooklyn Nets (New Jersey Nets). He is property of Orlando for the next 12 months but since he now has back problems it may not be worth keeping him to then lose him for no money/players. It would be more sensible to trade Howard now whilst you can still get something worthwhile in return. This could then see Deron Williams stay with the Brooklyn Nets in what would be a newly formed and fearsome team in the Eastern Division. Furthermore, Jason Kidd is best friends with Deron and is hoping to play with him next season, maybe as a number 2 point guard for the Brooklyn Nets? Sounds juicy doesn’t it?

Either way, I’ll just be happy that there will be a new team capable of stopping Lebron and Miami. 

P.s- Steve Nash, Toronto ain’t got soccer like LA! Come live near your best friends David Beckham and Landan Donovan, Kobe will love your constant passing to him.

NBA Finals Preview

We have the final everyone wanted. Miami Heat, the most exciting team to watch.
                                                     Oklahoma City, the other most exciting team to watch.

Both cities couldn’t be more different if they tried. 
Bosh, Westrbook, Wade, Harden, Durant, Lebron. One thing is for sure, it’s going to be incredible. 

There are far too many talking points to cover. Will Bosh impact the game like he should. Will Chalmers be able to defend Westbrook. Will Chalmers even defend Westbrook. Will Iblocka maintain his incredible shooting percentage. Will Lebron choke. Will Perkins miss another dunk.  
I don’t want to drown you in this post. I instead want to talk about 2 things.

1) The game will not be won by either team’s “Big 3”.
Do I need to type all 6 names out again? We have the MVP, the runner up MVP. One of the most explosive and attacking point guards. The most undervalued forward. The 6th man of the year….oh and Dwayne Wade.  
Bosh, Wade and Lebron average 67.7 points per game for the Heat.
Harden, Westbrook and Durant average 67.1 points per game for the Thunder.
Unless you really want to tell me that Heat will win every game by 1 point, I fail to see how the game will be won outright by these 6 players.
I know Lebron dropped 45 against Boston, but Durant is the best scorer in the league. Logically, these 6 players will cancel each other out. Unfortunately it is never that simple, especially given Lebron’s history in the Finals (avg 19 ppg). However, for this reason, I’m going to predict that Oklahoma will win the NBA finals. The effort from Perkins, Iblocka and Sefolosha will exceed that from Chalmers, Haslem and….Miller? Oklahoma have a deeper and stronger squad in my opinion. But this is the NBA Finals, a stage where anyone out of 6 all star, superstar, super, suplerlative players can take over and send their fans into delirium. 

 2) The difference between Lebron and Durant is their personality. 
 The massive difference in their personality can be seen in one week during July of 2010. This was when Lebron announced his move to Miami via the TV fiasco “The Decision”. This was followed up by “The Celebration” as he joined Wade and Bosh in a smoke filled Miami Heat arena to the cheers of wealthy, cocktail sipping fans. Finally, who can forget the famous “…not 3, not 4, not 5….not even 6!” speech (in reference to how many titles Miami would go on to win).
The day before “The Decision”, Durant quietly announced that he had signed a further 5 year contract with Oklahoma. He simply posted on Twitter, “God is great, me and my family came a long way”. 
Lebron’s contract is littered with opt-outs should his romance with the Heat not work out.
Durant is property of Oklahoma until 2016. There are no opt-outs for him. To be honest, I don’t think he would ever want to leave anyway. 

To my close friends, it’s no surprise that I will be cheering for Oklahoma during the Finals. If anything, this post should show how optimistic I am that they will win, but you can never be sure, especially with the Miami Heat standing in Oklahoma’s way.