Tuesday , Feb , 12 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Eduardo Najera to the Kings For Ron Artest?

Mark Heisler of the Los Angeles Times, who has been covering pro basketball since the pick-and-roll was an experiment, took a moment on Sunday to go over the top teams in the West in the wake of the big recent trades. The Lakers, with the acquisition of Pau Gasol and the forthcoming return of Andrew Bynum, are an ’emerging giant,’ he wrote. So are the young Trail Blazers, who will add last year’s top draft pick, Greg Oden, next season. Then he mentioned the traditional powers in San Antonio,  Phoenix and Dallas, and the ‘young comers’  in Utah and New Orleans.

Then he pointed out he still hadn’t talked about Yao Ming and the Rockets, who won 52 games last season.That’s an entire playoff bracket without the Nuggets, the only team that boasts two starters on the Western Conference All-Star team, although the case for Portland is more about the future than
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