Grant Hill: The Prized Free Agent Target For Contenders

Grant Hill

Overall, this summer has been a huge disappointment for the NBA. After having one of the best NBA Playoff runs ever that was capped off with the league’s brightest foreign star defeating two of the league’s brightest stars period, the NBA failed to reach an agreement with their players and is currently entrenched [...]

Rockets, Suns Swap Young Point Guards

After a breakout campaign during the 2009-2010 regular season that earned him the most improved player award,  point guard Aaron Brooks was expected to do big things for the Houston Rockets this season. After a break run in the 2009-2010 post-season, point guard Goran Dragic was expected to do big things for the Phoenix [...]

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: Phoenix Suns

When you look at the Phoenix Suns’ off-season, the first thing you notice is that they lost Amare Stoudemire to the New York Knicks. Obviously, losing a player like that means a complete overhaul of the Suns’ offense. Stoudemire ran countless pick and rolls with Steve Nash last season and was the only guy [...]

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.

And [...]

Rejuvenated Post Play Keying Phoenix Run

Though the Phoenix Suns lost last night to the Utah Jazz thanks to a fourth quarter collapse that saw a 13-point lead turn into an eight point deficit in mere minutes, the Suns have been rolling since the All-Star break. (By the way, I blame the fact that TNT aired the game for the [...]

Videos: Rondo’s Ridiculous Buzzer Beat And An Amare Poster

2009 NBA Season Previews: Phoenix Suns

[Ed. Note: For the Phoenix preview, we go to our 'Zona correspondent and Head Columnist Aaron Thurunger. Prediction is by me.]

2008-2009 Season Record: 46-36. Second place in Pacific Division of the Western Conference (9th in the West).

2008-2009 Team MVP: Shaquille O’Neal

Key Additions: Channing Frye, Earl Clark, Taylor Griffin

Key Departures: Shaquille [...]

One Guy To Pay Attention To This Year: Phoenix Suns Center Channing Frye

Channing FryeWhen the Phoenix Suns signed center Channing Frye it was a sign that they were fully dedicated to the offense first style of play that the team used to run for coach Mike D’Antoni. Frye is a big man that loves to get up and down the floor and contributing at a high rate on the offensive, which is basically the exact opposite of Shaquille O’Neal, whom GM Steve Kerr traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers this off-season for a couple of expiring contracts (We still think he could have landed Boobie Gibson to play in that offense, but oh well.). O’Neal sat in the paint eating up space and often struggled to get all the way down the court to play defense. Frye won’t do that. He’s an athletic 6-foot-11 who played at Arizona, (Jordan Hill, also a Wild Cat, was drafted by D’Antoni and the Knicks. He has the same tools that Frye does to fit in that offense.), that will put points on the board at a good pace. Continue reading…

Photo: Steve Nash Isn’t A Great Dresser