Breaking Down the NBA
To quote the 'great' Bon Jovi, Andrea Bargnani and ‘Flip’ Murray were ‘Livin' on a Prayer’.
Recently, the Toronto Raptors’ post and Chicago Bulls’ swing received a little help when their heaves were answered by a higher power –of some sort. Of course, the Raptors and Bobcats will take all the divine intervention they can get - even if it comes courtesy of a hair band years past their prime, if they ever had one - because both franchises are battling for the eighth and final playoff birth in the Eastern Conference.
The Quick Hit: There are many theories on the Los Angeles Lakers' recent struggles.
Perhaps, they’re bored having all but locked up first in the Western Conference standings. Perhaps, players are distracted by the trappings of Hollywood. Perhaps, they miss injured giant Andrew Bynum more than they care to acknowledge. Perhaps, Kobe Bryant’s on-going contract negotiations and unknown future was unsettling. And perhaps, tension exists between Bryant and Pau Gasol over shots and touches.
Today, they’re the league laughingstock. Next season, they could be laughing.
He played hooky and got busted.
Last Friday, Toronto Raptors forward Hedo Turkoglu claimed he couldn't play in the second half of a game against the Denver Nuggets because of a stomach virus. Yet, hours later he was caught poppin' bubbly, buying shots, and getting his party-on at a trendy Toronto establishment.
Best of the Web: No Bynum, No wins for L.A. Lakers; Bosh Chicago-bound; and Lou Williams' stolen Escalade
HoopsVibe's Breaking Down The NBA Blog regularly provides a snapshot of the best NBA stories you should be reading from the three dubyas. We call it Best of the Web ...
It would be a sight to see.
Commissioner David Stern making nice with Mark Cuban before handing the Dallas Mavericks owner the Larry O’Brien trophy.
Why leave a championship contender for an organization years away from contending?
This is the question Kobe Bryant and LeBron James will face if either leaves the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers as an unrestricted free agent this summer to sign with the dysfunctional New York Knicks.
Weekend Rant: Ginobili's future with San Antonio Spurs, video of Stoudemire's greatest dunk, and Washington Wizards botch Blatche-gate
For most, the weekend is about rest, relaxation, and reflection. Well, not here at Breaking Down The NBA. While you’re chilling, we’re droppping a little venom called the Weekend Rant …
-Guess who is back?
After months of looking washed up, over the hill, and slow afoot, Manu Ginobili has found his old form for the San Antonio Spurs. Love him or hate him, the Argentine swing is again driving opponents crazy with his scoring prowess and trademark flops.
The Quick Hit: The powers that be within the Los Angeles Lakers should ask themselves this question: Why did they spend last summer ‘fixing’ what wasn’t broken?
Last July, after winning the NBA Title, the purple-and-gold decided not to re-sign blue-collar Trevor Ariza and instead inked Ron Artest to a multi-year deal for mid level exception money.