Thunder Storm Into Title Contention With Deadline Deals

I’ve already gone over the Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson trade for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic on the Boston side of things so now it’s time to take a look at what the Thunder got out of this deal.

The Thunder won themselves this deal, easily, and if we are taking into account [...]

Celtics Make Curious Deadline Decision, Trade Kendrick Perkins

Of all of the teams in the top half of the Eastern Conference, the Boston Celtics were the club you’d least expect to make a move. The Miami Heat still need an extra piece or two on the bench at the point guard and center spots before their team can be considered complete, the [...]

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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Nate Robinson Arrested, too Short to Convice Cops He Was in the NBA

New York Knicks guard Nate Robinson was arrested yesterday for driving with a suspended drivers license yesterday. according to the New York Post.

Robinson had his license suspended back in June, which was the fifth time Nate has had it suspended. By our calculations, Robinson is only three license suspensions away from J.R. Smith, [...]

Reading the Internet

Reading the Internet” will give 3-5 links to stories, videos or pictures that are popular in the sports world for that day. The title of the article was inspired by Florida Marlins manager Freddy Gonzalez when he said “I read the newspaper…..and those others, uh, reading the internet…” in an interview on the Baseball Show on ESPN Radio.

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Here are today’s headlines:

Worst Trade Of the Season: Well, now if the Rangers win the World Series, it will be tainted. Why in the world would you trade for Ivan Rodriguez? Oh, I see, it was the .251 batting average. Or maybe it was the eight homers in 93 games. [Baseball Time In Arlington]

Uh, Forget What We Said Earlier: We fully bought into the whole Bryce Harper is the Chosen One story, but as it turns out, that SI cover piece was clearly a curse. [Baseball America, Earlier: But The Game Is On]

Back to the National League It Is: John Smoltz is strongly leaning towards signing with the St. Louis Cardinals. Apparently the Cardinals saw him as a Red Sox, so he won’t be starting. [ESPN]

Shaq Vs. Was Scripted: At least we know that Shaq is worse at sports than two alleged racists. [LA Times]

Where is CP3, SKEETS?: Who is the fastest player in basketball? Of the players listed, it has to be Devin Harris. [Ball Don't Lie]

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Nate Robinson May Be Headed to Greece

The same team that took Josh Childress from the Atlanta Hawks is looking to sign free agent guard Nate Robinson from the New York Knicks. Some reports have the Olympiakos making a 2-year, $10 million offer to Nate.

This could create a hole for the Knicks. After failing to get Stephen Curry and passing [...]

Lakers and Magic Want Nate Robinson

NBA Sources confirm that the Los Angeles Lakers and Orlando Magic are both strong contenders for the services of restricted free agent Nate Robinson.

Robinson was one of the best scorers off the bench in the NBA last season averaging 17 points as a member of the New York Knicks. Robinson was the slam [...]

2009 NBA Free Agency Opening Night Open Thread

All times eastern.

12:01 AM: The Rockets are making an offer to Marcin Gortat in his home. “Rockets’ General Manager Daryl Morey rang the door bell at Gortat’s Orlando-area home at 12:01 AM July 1, as part of a personal gesture to express Houston’s desire to bring the big man into the fold.” [...]

2009 NBA Draft Preview: No. 8 New York Knicks

2008 First Round Pick: Danilo Gallinari, Small Forward, Italy. Still learning the NBA game. Third on the depth chart but an injury hampered his ability to move up. In 28 games, he averaged six points a game.

Departures: David Lee (restricted), Nate Robinson (restricted), Eddy Curry (can opt-out), Al Harrington (player option), Quentin Richardson [...]

Surprising Stat About the NBA Slam Dunk Champion

For the second straight year, Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard lead the NBA in dunks during the regular season with 202 jams. However, Howard lost his slam dunk crown to New York Knicks guard Nate Robinson, when he wowed the judges by jumping over Howard during the All-Star festivities in Phoenix. Robinson is one [...]