The NBA has been through what can only be described as a major change up this last few months.
With Commissioner David Stern relinquishing his title, one which he has held for over three decades, and handing over to his Deputy (Adam Silver) the recent 2013 draft picks were shocking and somewhat over-shadowed by the fans reception of Sterns retirement. However David Stern does not formally vacate his roll as Commish until 1 Feb 2014, exactly 30 years to the day he first accepted the role.
I’m not much for the draft. There is never alot of excitement in it for me and that’s probably because I do not watch College basketball, nor have access to it. It could be argued that collegiate sports are far more important to the average american family than the actual pro games are. Whether that’s because families are more invested in College as they are closer to home, what with their kids etc going to them I don’t know. But there is certainly just as much money and hype (if not more) in collegiate sports as in the pros. And because of that you get people being aware of the college players who are being scouted and expected to turn up in the draft and then what team is going to pick what.
The fun of the draft ‘season’ for me, is more the trades.
This year we saw some BIG changes in the L. None more so than that of Dwight Howard upping sticks and heading to Houston!
Now you could be forgiven for thinking that this has come out of the blue. I mean there wasn’t really any sign that Howard wanted to leave the Lakers, he was playing okay, getting his minutes and there apparently seemed no issues between him and the rest of the team. But like every other star player; they want more than just a great set of fans and playing with
arguably the best point guard/shooting guard/small forward/game winner/ black mamba(Kobe Bryant). The Los Angles Lakers went 45 for 37, barely making themselves a .500 team. This is a far cry from the Phil Jackson days. Dwight saw the potential of playing with other players that are just about to step into their prime. Players like James Harden and Jeremy Lin – yeah that guy that drafted with the Knicks and took the League by storm forcing fans around the globe to recognize an era of Linsanity that lasted until injury and a trade to Houston. But at Houston they have a coach in Kevin Mchale (one of the best post players in history) and Hakeem Olajuwon on the staff. Howard is set for super-stardom that he could only of dreamed of on the West Coast.
But i’m not even that fussed about D12 making a move. Hop on a greyhound and hit the East Coast and you’ll find that Mikhail Prokohov appears to be fulfilling his promise of a ‘championship caliber team in 5 years’.
Kevin Garnett, Paul Peirce and Jason Terry have joined the Brooklyn Nets. KG averages at 12.7 ppg, and 13.7 rpg. Peirce with 18.9 ppg and Terry at 12 ppg. Add that to the already impressive stats of DWill 20.6 ppg 8.4 apg, Iso Joe with 14.9 ppg and at center Brook Lopez with 22.3 ppg 7.4 rpg (sorry for all the numbers!) The Brooklyn Nets look set to makje a big impact on the league this year. Great roster of players and a bench that still has Marshon Brooks, I think teams are going to have to think twice about how ‘easy’ BKN is going to be in the 2013-2014 season. Towards the end of last season we got rid of the dead weight that was Avery Johnson and fortunately had an Assistant Coach who was ready to step up in PJ Carlesimo, PJ got us to the playoffs and ended a season with 49-33 ( a big improvement from previous 2011-2012 22W-44L) however PJ obviously didn’t have what Billy King wanted and so when the Nets dropped out of the playoffs after round one PJ was also dropped and the hunt for a new head coach was on.
Jason Kidd, a former New Jersey Nets player and starting point guard.
He was a ten-time NBA All-Star, a five-time All-NBA First Team member, and a nine-time NBA All-Defensive Team member.
In just 10 days Kidd had retired from playing basketball for the Dallas Mavericks and was hired as the Head Coach of the Nets, (and all before Derrick Rose could say he was fit. Again.) It is my strong belief that JKidd has what it takes to help mould the Nets into a strong and capable winning formula. He has modern day, relevant playing experience which will allow him to empathize with the team when they are fatigued or downhearted playing against the Heat. He led the league in assists on a regular basis, which will help DWill, and we should see much more cohesive basketball. Towards the end of last season DWill was feeding Lopez some awesome balls and it helped the team win and Lopez to be noticed for what he is. A great center. Kidd knows and understands that basketball is a team game and the best chance you have of winning is to play unselfishly.
We’re going to turn this team around 360 degrees.
Jason knows how to play with superstars and knows that will great skills come great egos. He should have the ability and apathy to understand that each player on his team has at one time or another achieved greatness and therefore are worthy of good court time and stats. Having at a time, great accuracy shooting a 3 ball in his tenure then he should also have no problem coaching the likes of Johnson, Peirce and Terry. There only spot I think he may struggle with is center and power forward – but only cos he hasn’t played there! – I think being able to play with some of the best big men or against some of the best big men will help him here. But let’s not forget that ironically Jason Kidd has hired his former Head Coach of the NJ Nets when he played there, Lawrence Frank as his assistant coach. Frank is known to be one of the best when it comes to drawing up plays and has a wealth of experience with the NBA. With two season as head coach at Detroit, Frank spent a season under Doc Rivers as assistant to the Boston Celtics so he has some experience with the Nets newly acquired talent.
Either way this season is going to be exciting to say the least. What do you guys think, leave your comment in the section below :-)