Hawks’ Collapse Signifies Need For Change

For an entire half of their game against the Charlotte Bobcats yesterday, the Atlanta Hawks dominated. The Bobcats were clanking shots off the rim and turning the ball over at an alarming rate while Josh Smith was raining in jumpers and Mike Bibby was getting tip-ins over Stephen Jackson.

It took the Bobcats until the 2:30 mark in the second quarter to make their first field goal of the period and just before that basket was made, with three minutes left in the half, the Hawks announcers were so convinced their team would win that Dominique Wilkins proclaimed the Hawks were going to “run (Charlotte) out of the gym,” and that there was “no chance of them coming back.”

At the time, the statement seemed fairly accurate, but by the time the final buzzer sounded, the Hawks had found a way to prove Wilkins wrong.

More on the Hawks’ collapse and if they should make a deal after the break…

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Michael Jordan Practices With The Bobcats

During the summer, I asked Charlotte Bobcats forward Gerald Wallace what it was like playing for a team owned by NBA great Michael Jordan.

“(Michael’s given me) a lot of direction,’ Wallace told me. “Not only me but my teammates also. He’s tried to guide us and turn us into a championship caliber team. [...]

Carmelo’s 50 Not Enough To Defeat Rockets And Other NBA Notes

As the trade deadline nears, Carmelo Anthony is about to re-enter the spotlight of the NBA. After spending a couple weeks at the center of attention earlier in the year because of trade rumors that eventually died down, the Nuggets will likely be shopping Anthony around more than ever as the possibility that the franchise will end up with nothing in exchange for Melo at the end of the season grows larger.

But while there may be much less of a chance that Carmelo ends up staying in Denver for the remainder of the season, it’s time to start looking at the Nuggets as they are currently constructed to determine whether or not this will just be a lost cause for both Anthony and the Nuggets if they end up sticking together until the end of the year.

Denver is currently the sixth seed in the Western Conference with the same record as the Utah Jazz (30-22) but with a superior head-to-head record. This a team that beat the Heat by 28 earlier in the season (though they were without LeBron James, that’s still impressive) but also a club that got smashed by the Clippers and recently lost back-to-back games to the 76ers and Nets by the scores of 110-99 and 115-99.

Whether the Anthony drama has this team disinterested or in spite of their teammate, there is clearly something missing from this team that it had over the past two seasons when they were legitimate contenders to take down the Lakers in the West thanks to their uptempo offense and reliable home court advantage. But instead, ever since Carmelo was left to fend for himself against Utah in the post-season last year, Anthony has started to slip away from his supporting cast and the mojo around this squad is clearly no longer there – at least not consistently.

For my recap of last night’s Rockets-Nuggets game as well as every other game in the NBA last night, hit the break…

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2010-2011 NBA Season Previews: Charlotte Bobcats

The Charlotte Bobcats were a playoff team last season. You may not remember because they were swept out in the first round by the Orlando Magic, but based on the principles and fundamentals on the defensive end, the Bobcats finished with the seventh best record in the Eastern Conference in 2009-2010.

The Bobcats finished [...]

Attacking The Boards: Where The Thunder Look Young And Old At The Same Time

With 25 seconds left in the game, Kevin Durant stepped to the free throw line looking to ice the game away for the Oklahoma City Thunder. As the ball was tossed to him by the ref, Durant heard chants of “M-V-P” come down from the rafters. He couldn’t help but crack a smile.

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Attacking the Boards: Agent Zero Is Back, Philly Survives A Close One, and Trevor Ariza Gets The Last Laugh On Brandon Roy

If Gilbert Arenas can score like he did tonight without losing the concept of team play, there is no telling what this Washington team can do. Agent Zero had 32 points (9-of-13 shooting, 3-of-4 from three) and seven assists to lead Washington to pretty nice win over the Nets in their home opener. Arenas [...]

Derrick Rose is Ready to Take the 3rd Point Guard Spot

Jason Kidd recently told SI.com’s Chris Mannix that he would not be returning to the 2012 Team USA Basketball Team, leaving a roster spot open to a point guard to back-up Chris Paul and Deron Williams.

At the Team USA Basketball Showcase, four young point guards from around the NBA were invited to try [...]

Meet CP3′s Newest Weapon: Emeka Okafor

After ESPN’s Marc Stein reported about the possibility of a Tyson Chandler/Emeka Okafor swap between the New Orleans Hornets and the Charlotte Bobcats, SLAM Online is saying the deal is done. This makes the Hornets the fourth team in the Western Conference to better themselves via trades, the draft and free agency this off-season. [...]

Eastern Conference Champs Add Brandon Bass

The Orlando Magic have added, presumably, their final piece of the puzzle, signing free agent forward Brandon Bass to a four-year deal worth $18 million.

Bass was also being pursued by the New Orleans Hornets and the Charlotte Bobcats among other teams.

Bass will add a very tough player to a team that lacked [...]

Charlotte Looking At and Liking Bass, McDyess

The Charlotte Bobcats are interested in adding either former Dallas Maverick Brandon Bass or former Detroit Piston Antonio McDyess via free agency this off-season.

A power forward that can bring toughness to the front line would be a key piece in putting Charlotte in contention for a latter playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.