Jersey on the Move
Bruce Ratner has bought the New Jersey Nets and already he has stated he wants to move the team to Brooklyn. Allot of work has to be done before that actually takes place, such as the official selling of the team, building of a stadium, and getting permission of local and state governments, so before anyone runs out to purchase their season tickets just everyone hold on a moment.
Miles on the Move
One team not holding onto anything (including their players) are the Cavaliers, after trading away Chris Mihm, and Ricky Davis now Darius Miles has been sent away to Portland for Jeff McInnis. This deal may actually help the Cavs as they were in need of a point guard since Andre Miller was traded for Miles. With Lebron James, Carlos Boozer, and Dajuan Wagner the building blocks, GM Jim Paxson is trying to plug the other holes around them which so far, if record is an indicator (14-28), hasn’t gone so smoothly.
Lakers on the Slide
The Lakers are decimated by injury and have now lost 9 straight road games falling 5 behind the Kings for the Divisions lead, only thing helping the Lakers stay that high is the Supersonics struggles of late. Overall they sunk to a 4th place tie in the Western Conference, it’s still mighty early but unless the Lakers start getting guys healthy, the Lakers will be in the same position they were last season.
– 3-point Shootout contestants are Peja Stojakovic (2-time champ), Rashard Lewis, Brent Barr, Voshon Lenard, Cuttino Mobley, and the only Eastern Conference player Chauncey Billups.
– Lebron James sprained his ankle and has missed the past two games, the Cavs went 1-1, and he might play Saturday night against Philly.
– Memphis is hot again winning 5 straight but in the ultra-competitive Midwest their still in 6th.
– Michael Redd’s 40 points against Orlando, and his shutdown defense of McGrady (0 point 4th quarter) should put an exclamation point on a terrific first half and get him a invite to the All-Star game.