Bad news for the New York Knicks today as Amare Stoudemire has been ruled out for at least the first 6 weeks of the NBA season, due to kick off tomorrow.
Stoudemire suffered a ruptured cyst in his knee last week in a preseason game against the Toronto Raptors and was initially only diagnosed as having to miss 3-4 weeks at most, but as the pain increased in his knee, so did his need of a second opinion. Following a consultation with a former doctor of Stoudemire, it was concluded that the rupture had caused more damage than first thought, and more rest was required for the knee to fully heal.
This is a huge blow to the Knicks who are currently dealing with injuries to Tyson Chandler and Marcus Camby, as well as working out their rotations for their first match up against fellow New York team the Brooklyn Nets on Friday (Aus time). Stoudemire’s injury could potentially sideline him for high priority games against Miami, Philadelphia and other playoff predicted teams.
It came as somewhat of a shock to many on Sunday. Oklahoma City, last year’s runner up and this year’s high hope trading their reigning Sixth Man of The Year and ultimate play maker off the bench. There were predictions of a trade involving said Sixth Man, but few saw it unfolding as dramatically as it did. In the dwindling hours of Sunday afternoon, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! sports broke the news of a trade that could ultimately change the course of the Western Conference and indeed the NBA as a whole. Fans, teams, officials and players have been left to ponder a decision which may impact the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Championship hopes for at least this year. Here, we take a look at the trade which has seen ‘The Beard’ himself, James Harden accept an offer to join Jeremy Lin at the Houston Rockets, and leave a title hopeful Thunder in his wake.
So here we have it hoop heads, the season is finally upon us!
We hope you have stuck with us during the Pre-Season and have enjoyed our previews on every team in the NBA.
Here is our 9th and final part to the series. Enjoy the season!
Portland Trail Blazers
How will they do?
It’s been a long time since the Blazers have really put up any serious fight out West. Sure they have been playoff bound for most of the last handful of seasons (apart from last season) but have generally only snuck into the 8th or 7th slot. However, with all of this midtable fight, the Blazers certainly looked like a team that was heading in the right direction. Oden, Aldridge and Roy were gaining momentum in their careers and everything was looking up for this young team. Then the curse hit them…hard. Injuries ruined this team and all the groundwork done to get themselves past that 7th or 8th seed was undone. They needed to rebuild again. it may have taken them a couple of seasons to really start to believe again, but i think they are back on the right road now. They have a supremely talented PF in Aldridge who is a genuine star in the prime of his career and have managed to build a quality young roster both through the draft and trades around him. The gifted Nicolas Batum was resigned and the selection of rookies DamianLillard and Meyers Leonard in the draft has many Blazers fans excited about what lies ahead.Lilard especially may just turn out to be the answer to all their problems. A free scoring PG that knows how to run the floor and control the tempo of the game, he will be critical in the success of this team for years to come. Many reports coming out of the balling media have Lilard as a massive chance at sneaking through and stealing the ROTY Award from some of the more fancied players.
2012-13 NBA Punters Preview – Team Totals, MVP’s and Rookies.
As we fast approach a new season we want to pass on some words of wisdom to you. We all love a bet, a cheeky punt from time to time and what better time then the start of the NBA season. We think we have found a few options for you this season.
As announced this morning, long serving NBA Commissioner David Stern has advised the media he will step down from the position he has resided over since 1984. He is to be succeeded by his VP Adam Silver.
Since taking charge 28 years ago, Stern, the NBA’s 4th commissioner, has overseen the drafting and retiring of some of the greatest players the game has ever known, dealt with numerous controversies and scandals and dealt with a number of lengthy and painful lockouts but will always be known as one who set the bar very high.
Stern had this to say:
“For the most part it’s been a series of extraordinary experiences and enormous putting together of pieces of a puzzle and it goes on forever, and there will always be another piece of the puzzle and so the question is at what point do you decide that, let someone else do it? That’s the point that I’m at now.”
Leadership will carry over from February 1,2014 which gives the Commissioner 15 months to fully prepare himself, the league and his successor for the transition.
We wish Mr. Stern all the best and thank him for his lifelong contribution to the game we all love so much.
We’re getting closer! Within a week we’ll be seeing our favorite teams in full swing as the regular season begins. Here is the second last installment of our season previews featuring the Orlando Magic and New Orleans Hornets.
How Will They Do?
Unfortunately, things don’t look great for this franchise in the depths of a rebuilding phase. They’ve lost their star, had an overhaul of coaches and staff and dedicated themselves to starting over with a clean slate. The past year has been tumultuous for Orlando and the Dwightmare caused many a headache for them. Many said that when it did come time to trade him, they made a mistake getting only Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, some draft picks and change in exchange for Howard and the offloading of a contract or two. Management have stood firm in their decision to move forward slowly, and rebuild this team from its grass roots and they have warned fans “this may be a difficult time, stick with us”. Guys like Jameer Nelson and Hedu Turkgolu now have the wight of a franchise on their shoulders with little help. The incoming of Arron Afflalo should help the Magic on the scoring end, but how well can Afflalo maintain efficiency without help? Will JJ Redick and Glen Davis contribute to a point where the team can win games? No. The Magic aren’t interested in winning anything this season. They know they’ll be horrible, and with that will likely come some very good draft picks. What they do want to do is remain tough. Play as a team and build chemistry. Considering the Magic’s strengths lie with their younger core, don’t be surprised if they deal away some of their veterans in order to clear even more room and have an even better shot building a strong team over the next few seasons. It’s a tough time to be a Magic fan, but rest assured the pain won’t last forever.
Things change quiet rapidly in the NBA, and many of us voice our opinions day in and day out pertaining to who may or may not win the Championship, take home MVP or make the playoffs. But yesterday, the yearly General Manager Poll (GM Poll) took place, with some interesting results coming from the men in charge, whom we very rarely hear from directly (unless you listen to anything Mark Cuban has to say). We though we’d take a quick look at, and briefly analyze how some of this year’s NBA GM’s view the league as it stands, and who they think might just walk away with a Championship under their belts. Here is a selection of votes from yesterday’s poll.
Dwight Howard is a Laker, and Monday’s game against the Sacramento kings saw the most feared center in the league take the floor for the first time. Although the Lakers walked away with the loss, Howard notched a double double and signified a new era in the City of Angels. Not everything went the Lakers way however, and through high turnover rates and low production from the bench, Sacramento spoiled the party going on a 10-0 run down the stretch to bury the Lakers and send them into an ominous 0-6 preseason record. Here are some of the best moments:
Pau Gasol to Dwight Howard lob and slam
Thomas Robinson huge putback slam over Dwight Howard
Kobe Bryant buzzer beater at the half to extend the Lakers lead
It’s official. Lakers superstar center Dwight Howard will make his debut for the purple and gold today versus the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center. Howard has been subjected to full contact drills since October 9th and has been progressing extremely well since.
It was undecided whether the 3 time defensive player of the year would make it back in time for the regular season opener against Dallas in a week’s time, but Howard has shown through training and conditioning that he is ready to make his mark and take the floor for the first time for his new team. Up until 10.30am today, Howard’s return was still a game time decision, but as per Y! sources, the decision has been made that will see him play.
It’s six long months since the back operation which cast doubt over when he would be back playing again, but today we will see the one they call Superman step onto the pine alongside Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Steve Nash and Metta World Peace for the very first time.
Howdy folks! We’re back today with the latest team season preview taking a look at Western Conference favorites the Oklahoma City Thunder, Perennial dark horses the Philadelphia 76ers (or will they be?) and southern giant killers the San Antonio Spurs. Enjoy!
Oklahoma City Thunder
How Will They Do?
Oklahoma City are the NBA’s darlings, rising out of the ashes of the Seattle Sonics. Last year they fulfilled what most predicted – making it to the NBA Finals before being steamrolled by the Heat juggernaut. This season brings another series of high expectations and even more challenges. As the Lakers rebuilt and retooled for another assault on the title the Thunder took stock and made very few changes. Last season was an important moment for this franchise as it gave them the irrational confidence that they can now reach the highest heights. The biggest story line coming out of this camp this season will be can they re-sign James Harden? Currently the team is cash strapped. They hold the contracts of Durant, Westbrook, Perkins and Ibaka in their hands. Harden is the icing on this cake, coming off the bench with confidence, fearless determination and one of the best ball handlers in the league. Harden’s presence cements this team atop the Western Conference, without him there is an air of uncertainty. We really like how the Thunder have built upon their roster and given themselves depth at most positions. Collison & Jones backing up Ibaka & Durant as newest Thunder recruit Thabeet brings size off the bench. Harden, Maynor and Cook act as dynamite off the bench lifting the tempo of the team whenever they are on-court. Sure it’s not the deepest team in the league but it’s one of the most reliable, you know what you will get from your bench. Very similar to Moneyball it’s about working your way to a win any way you can. Coach Brooks knows this, has assembled a squad capable of challenging every team in the league. This team is one of the most explosive and dynamic in the league, a League Pass must every night. There is no doubting they have the talent, if they can just sprinkle in a dash of experience (gained from the 2011/12 Finals & Olympics) this team could destroy the Western Conference. Look for them to pick up 55-65 wins this year.